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« Reply #9630 on: June 29, 2020, 05:39:13 AM »
'Incompetent idiots or liars': Trump administration slammed for hushing up Russian military bounty plot




In an extended rant on MSNBC’s “AM Joy” national security expert Malcolm Nance ripped into Donald Trump and his advisors over the report that Russia has been paying terrorists bounties for killing U.S. military personnel in Afghanistan, saying it is an affront to all who serve overseas.

Speaking with host Joy Reid, Nance was unsparing in his criticism of the president and his national security advisors.

"The statements by Kayleigh McEnany, the press secretary, [John] Ratcliffe, the DNI and now coming out of Donald Trump himself, I can tell you personally that these are lies,” Nance excitedly explained. “There is a special reporting communications system that we have set aside for very imminent, very critical threat intelligence when it is recognized and identified which gets these reports to the desk of the president or into the president’s hands 24/7, 365, in no more than ten minutes for the initial report.”

"I have actually generated reports like this,” he continued. “These reports are not normal.”

“They are dancing around the word ‘briefed,’ and we have lost 20 service members in Afghanistan — that’s five Benghazis according to the way they count,” he elaborated. “So what we need to do is we need to determine through other sources whether it’s the House or the Senate intelligence community to determine if this type of communication went through that network or whether this was, you know, some sort of reporting that came from another source and that was bought into the PDB [presidential daily briefing] or not. They are dancing around the word briefing and it’s disgraceful. Whether it happened or didn’t happen should have been confirmed before this report went to the New York Times and if they’re denying it, then they’re either incompetent idiots or they’re liars — both could be true.”

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The US intelligence community knew in January about Russian bounty on American soldiers




Donald Trump has claimed that he knew nothing about the Russian Federation, placing a bounty on American soldiers’ heads. Still, political experts are wondering how it could be possible for the commander-in-chief not to be aware of threats the troops face.

The New York Times reported Sunday that while the president is denying knowledge, the intelligence community has revealed that they knew about the information as early as January 2020.

Trump, who is supposed to get a daily intelligence briefing called “The President’s Daily Brief,” rarely takes the briefing, instead only doing it a few days a week. There have also been reports that the president has a difficult time paying attention and that some briefers must find ways of keeping his attention. It’s unknown if the president was briefed and simply doesn’t remember it or wasn’t paying close enough attention.

“The crucial information that led the spies and commandos to focus on the bounties included the recovery of a large amount of American cash from a raid on a Taliban outpost that prompted suspicions. Interrogations of captured militants and criminals played a central role in making the intelligence community confident in its assessment that the Russians had offered and paid bounties in 2019,” the Times cited an official.

The military and intelligence officials have been looking into American combat casualties since early last year to discern whether any American soldiers were victims of the plot.

Democrats have long been critical of the president’s handling of Russian aggression, complaining that he hasn’t done enough to deliver consequences to actions against the United States.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi claimed that Russian President Vladimir Putin hasn’t gotten over losing the Soviet-Afghan War.

“Russia has never gotten over the humiliation they suffered in Afghanistan, and now they are taking it out on us, our troops,” she said on ABC Sunday. “This is totally outrageous. You would think that the minute the president heard of it, he would want to know more instead of denying that he knew anything.”

Read the full report from the New York Times.

https://www.rawstory.com/2020/06/the-us-intelligence-community-knew-in-january-about-russian-bounty-on-american-soldiers/



Trump's claim he was ignorant of Russian bounty on US soldiers ripped apart by ex-CIA official


Appearing on MSNBC early Sunday morning, the former chief of staff at the U.S. Department of Defense and the Central Intelligence Agency said it was “inconceivable” that Donald Trump was not aware that Russia has been paying a bounty for every American soldier killed in Afghanistan and said the administration’s protestations “don’t add up.”

Speaking with host Ali Velshi, Jeremy Bash cast a jaundiced eye at statements coming out of the White House that seem to infer the president and Vice President Mike Pence were out of the loop about such a serious charge.

‘”They don’t appear to be denying the underlying intelligence,” Bash began. “They don’t appear to be denying they have intelligence that Russia and Russian intelligence paid Taliban elements to go out and kill U.S. service-members whether it was for tactical victories in Afghanistan or some more strategic effort by Moscow to get us to be more focussed on counterterrorism and less on power competition.”

“So the intelligence and national security leaders don’t appear to be rebutting the basis of the intelligence, but they appear to be saying the president and other senior leaders at the White House were not briefed, which I find totally inconceivable and totally noncredible.”

“In my experience, at the CIA and the DOD., there are numerous layers of intelligence, departments and agencies, and organizations that would be carefully scrutinizing these kinds of reports, everything from the forces downrange in Afghanistan to the Joint Staff of the Pentagon, secretary of defense, Defense Intelligence Agency, CIA and other agencies,” he continued. “They surface up the reports for specific, very comprehensive analytic products to national security leaders every day. I don’t get it. It doesn’t add up and we need more answers to the questions.”

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« Reply #9631 on: June 29, 2020, 05:43:37 AM »
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« Reply #9632 on: June 29, 2020, 05:53:59 AM »
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« Reply #9633 on: June 29, 2020, 01:16:17 PM »
Ex-Trump official makes frightening prediction about the number of COVID-19 infections by the end of 2020

Former Trump FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb on Monday warned that COVID-19 infections in the United States are accelerating at an alarming rate that could see as much as half the population infected with the disease by the end of the year.

Appearing on CNBC, Gottlieb argued that the rapid spread of COVID-19 in many parts of the country had already gotten out of hand to the point where they may not be much that can be done to stop it.

“The community spread is pretty pervasive and we’re going to see it build pretty quickly over the next two weeks,” he said.

Gottlieb said that the increased number of young people getting the disease has so far meant that we’re seeing fewer deaths than we did earlier this year, but he warned “that won’t stay that way.”

“Eventually it will start to seep into older, more vulnerable people,” he said. “Even if the death rate has come down, which I believe it has, the total number of deaths will go back up, we’ll probably get above 1,000 deaths per day on average.”

Gottlieb said he was optimistic about getting a vaccine for COVID-19 out by early next year, but he warned that it may not matter if the United States keeps letting the virus spread unchecked.

“By the time we get to the end of this year probably close to half the population will have coronavirus, and that’s if we just stay at our current rate,” he said.

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Texas reports sixth consecutiven day of more than 5,000 new coronavirus cases




The Texas Tribune is using data from the Texas Department of State Health Services to track how many people have tested positive for the novel coronavirus in Texas each day. The state data comes from local health officials, and it may not represent all cases of the disease given limited testing. Here’s what we know about the daily numbers.

Under Gov. Greg Abbott’s plan to revive the economy, businesses started reopening in May. But he paused further reopening plans and scaled back others in late June. The governor is looking at two specific metrics to justify his decision to allow reopenings — the positive test rate and hospitalization levels.

Even as hospitalizations have increased dramatically in June, Abbott has said closing businesses will be “the last option” and has touted Texas’ hospital capacity as plentiful. But some local officials are worried hospitals could soon become overwhelmed. In late June, some local officials began reviving plans to make backup medical facilities available if hospitals become overwhelmed.

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Trump-loving governors who took his COVID-19 advice are ‘in retreat’ as his 2020 campaign stumbles: report



Governors in multiple states who took President Donald Trump’s advice on reopening their economies as quickly as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic have been forced to reverse course, which Politico reports is further damaging his campaign’s prospects.

“Republican governors in Florida, Arizona and Texas followed Trump’s lead by quickly reopening their states while taking a lax approach to social distancing and mask-wearing,” the publication writes. “Now each of them is seeing skyrocketing coronavirus caseloads and rising hospitalizations, and Republican leaders are in retreat.”

Govs. Doug Ducey of Arizona, Ron DeSantis of Florida, and Greg Abbott of Texas have all been forced to slow down or even roll back their reopening plans as their states have been getting hammered by the disease.

Texas last week announced it was shutting down bars entirely, while Florida said it was banning on-premise alcohol consumption in bars.

The Biden campaign has capitalized on the president’s stumbles by aggressively hitting him for pushing those states to open up too quickly, only to be struck with a fresh wave of COVID-19 cases, Politico reports.

“The reality is, when it comes to this president’s handling of the pandemic and the subsequent economic disaster that’s befallen our country — which was totally predictable coming out of the pandemic and his handling of it — Trump’s failed leadership has been exposed in a profound way,” Biden campaign adviser Anita Dunn tells the publication.

https://www.rawstory.com/2020/06/trump-loving-governors-who-took-his-covid-19-advice-are-in-retreat-as-his-2020-campaign-stumbles-report/

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« Reply #9634 on: June 29, 2020, 01:29:14 PM »
Trump knew about Russian bounties on US military much earlier than he’s letting on: Ex-RNC head




Appearing on MSNBC on Monday morning, former Republican National Committee head Michael Steele claimed he had no doubt that Donald Trump was aware that Russia was paying out bounties for the killings of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan.

Speaking with “Morning Joe” hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, the former RNC head was asked if Donald Trump thinks Americans are “stupid” for telling them he was out of the loop on the intelligence reports.

“I will take up that challenge and say they did brief him,” Steele replied. “I do not believe that something as important and severe as this was left untold to the president of the United States.”

“What I think is disturbing is his reaction to it once he was told — the fact that there has been nothing done,” he continued. “There has been no rebuke officially from the United States and the fact that the White House, even over the course of the president’s tweets still has not denied the underlying intelligence that this is, in fact, what happened and this is, in fact, what we do know and the reality is.”

“This is a bounty placed on the heads of American soldiers, you are the commander in chief, alright?” he continued. “So this isn’t about politics. This is about what you do as a leader of men and women in uniform who now find out that you are okay with a bounty on their head by your — by our adversary. So this is what he’s going to have to account for — he can’t spin this out. There may be some Republicans who will run to his defense, that will be curious to watch.”

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Pentagon officials were 'pounding down the door’ to get Trump to do something about Russia’s assassination bounty: WaPo’s Ignatius




Appearing on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” longtime political columnist David Ignatius said that his own follow-up on the New York Times’ explosive report that Donald Trump’s administration was well aware that the Russians were offering a bounty for the death of U.S. military members revealed that Pentagon officials have “pounding on the door” and trying to get Donald Trump to do something about it.

Speaking with host Joe Scarborough, Ignatius said he was stunned by the report from the Times and started looking into the details himself for confirmation.

“Based on my reporting trying to confirm the New York Times’ excellent story it’s clear in late March you had senior U.S commanders, senior civilian intelligence officials, in effect pounding on the door of the White House saying we need to do something about this, we need to come to a conclusion about what damage the Russian program is doing, we need to reassess our programs in Afghanistan and they couldn’t get an answer,” he reported. “To this day there’s not an answer, there’s not a real response. Was this because the president was briefed and did nothing or because he wasn’t briefed because people were afraid to give him bad news and kept it to themselves? I don’t know.”

“But it almost doesn’t matter in terms of the breakdown in terms of the way the government is supposed to work,” he continued. “In some ways, it’s almost worse the department didn’t tell him, ‘Mr. President while you’re encouraging Russia to rejoin the G8, we should mention Russia is putting bounties on the heads of American soldiers.’ If they didn’t tell him that, it’s a stunner.”

“I think people are steamed up about it, there’s nothing that would make American commanders angry other than the idea that their soldiers had targets on their back because of the actions of somebody that the president was still speaking of as a prospective ally,” he added.

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MSNBC's Morning Joe busts Trump's denials about Russian bounties on US troops

MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough busted President Donald Trump’s denials of a story about Russia putting a bounty on U.S. troops, and the administration’s subsequent failure to respond.

The “Morning Joe” host said the denials didn’t add up, and he said the episode was yet another example of Trump siding with Russian president Vladimir Putin over American intelligence services.

“At first Donald Trump said he didn’t get the briefing and then he changes his story and starts suggesting that this might be a hoax,” Scarborough said, speaking to New York Times reporter Charlie Savage, who helped break the story. “Yet, Charlie, didn’t you say in March this was considered so serious by the intel community that the national security council convened a meeting in late March to figure out how to respond to Vladimir Putin’s Russian government putting bounties on the heads of American soldiers, and they came up with several options — none of which have been followed through on by this president.”

“If they thought this intel was so damning that they needed to convene interagency meetings to figure out how to respond to the threat, doesn’t that suggest right there that, first of all, it was important enough to take to the president of the United States, which, of course, your reporting says they did,” he added. “Donald Trump is, once again, undercutting his own intel agencies like he did at Helsinki.”

Scarborough found Trump’s explanations implausible, and damning.

“The CIA station chief in Afghanistan knew about it, it was well known by the CIA there, it was well known in Washington, D.C., taken so seriously they convened a meeting at the end of March,” Scarborough said. “It was put in the president’s daily briefing, and yet, the president’s going back to what he did in Helsinki, where he’s once again undercutting U.S. intel agencies, once again undercutting a CIA station chief and the findings they found in Afghanistan, and deciding to go with Vladimir Putin’s word that he didn’t put a bounty on American soldier’s head instead of his own intel community. The president, again, knew about this, according to the reporting, in late March. Here we are in late June and the president still hasn’t even brought it up with Vladimir Putin, who he was calling his good friend two months after he was notified of this.”


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« Reply #9635 on: June 29, 2020, 01:42:18 PM »
White Supremacists have been infiltrating police departments for years — and now the problem is ‘10 times worse’: report




The FBI warned more than a decade ago that white supremacists had infiltrated the nation’s police departments, but now experts say the problem “has gotten 10 times worse.”

An internal report, “White Supremacist Infiltration of Law Enforcement,” compiled in October 2006 has circulated for years in heavily redacted form, but 28 lawmakers have called on the FBI and the Department of Justice to finally release the full document, reported The Daily Beast.

“This report is more than 14 years old,” said Rep. Norma Torres (D-CA), who’s leading the effort to force its release. “God knows where these officers that were looked at back then are in the rank and file of our police departments.”

Numerous law enforcement officers have been revealed as members of far-right groups — which have grown more powerful and plentiful since the report was compiled — and experts say hate group members have found work as prosecutors, police officers, medical examiners and even judges.

"We have anti-government groups now that are solely focused on law enforcement recruitment, like the Oath Keepers and the Constitutional Sheriffs Peace Officers association, also three-percenter militias,” said Daryl Johnson, a former Department of Homeland Security senior analyst who wrote a 2009 report about the risk from far-right violence.

“There’s more infiltration by those types of groups than from actual white supremacists,” he added. “But those groups are also hate groups to me because they hate Muslims. They hate immigrants, so they’re also a concern. The problem, if you look at extremist infiltration, has gotten 10 times worse than when that report was written in 2006, and it’s more widespread.”

Some experts say that law enforcement culture overlaps so much with white supremacy that infiltration is no longer necessary, but Torres said Republican lawmakers have shown little interest in untangling the connections.

“Republicans have been very aggressive at denying that white supremacists are a growing problem in our country,” she said. “We also have a president who has expressed the same concern that there is no white supremacist problem here in the U.S.”

Read the entire Daily Beast report here:

https://www.rawstory.com/2020/06/white-supremacists-have-been-infiltrating-police-departments-for-years-and-now-the-problem-is-10-times-worse-report/


Pence praises Texas governor for reopening that fueled massive surge in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations





"The head of the Covid Task Force just commended our governor for his role in opening the economy and creating the largest outbreak to date.”

Vice President Mike Pence on Sunday heaped praise upon Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and said “every Texan can be proud of” his leadership in reopening one of the nation’s largest economies even as lawmakers and public health experts say the governor’s decision to relax social distancing guidelines led directly to the Covid-19 surge that is currently pummeling the state.

“I… want to commend the governor for—for your decisive action,” Pence said during a news conference with Abbott, a Republican, at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. “Reopening this economy, which began in early May, is a tribute to your leadership and the steady progress in—in putting Texas back to work.”

“Abbott, who blocked local governments from acting on their concerns about the coronavirus, waited until case numbers, infection rates, and hospitalizations jumped.”—Ross Ramsey, Texas Tribune

Dr. Deborah Birx, a member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, also hailed Abbott’s reopening plan as “very serious and safe.”

“You can see the impact of the opening plan and how it worked out,” said Birx. “All of May, for almost five weeks, and then there was an inflection point.”

The vice president went on to acknowledge the alarming recent spike in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations in the state before applauding Abbott for announcing steps last week to slow the reopening process—steps that were criticized as inadequate to the scale of the crisis. Pence then conceded that “gatherings and meeting in certain places in communities… may well be contributing to the community spread.”

“Our objective is to save lives as Texas continues to reopen your economy and help to lead this country back to work,” Pence said.

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https://www.rawstory.com/2020/06/pence-praises-texas-governor-for-reopening-that-fueled-massive-surge-in-covid-19-cases-and-hospitalizations/



Author posts blistering video attacking Trump for ‘looking the other way when his soldiers needed him’





Best-selling crime-fiction author Don Winslow is going after President Donald Trump for non-fictional behavior in a video alleging the commander-in-chief not only left soldiers behind, he offered them up for slaughter.

Posting the video on Twitter, Winslow said that Americans got a “traitor” when they “needed a commander.”

“Trump knew since March that Putin had placed and paid the Taliban $$ bounties $$ to kill American soldiers in Afghanistan,” he tweeted. “When his soldiers needed him, he looked the other way.”

The video is just over two minutes showing the news report from MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow about Trump’s decision not to do anything about Russia offering a bounty for the death of an American soldier in Afghanistan. It also shows interviews with soldiers on the ground, explaining that they were under siege from opposition forces. One held up one of the massive bullets that were being fired at them and explained that a single shot would take down a soldier.

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https://www.rawstory.com/2020/06/author-posts-blistering-video-attacking-trump-for-looking-the-other-way-when-his-soldiers-needed-him/

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« Reply #9636 on: June 29, 2020, 01:57:08 PM »
Trump's 'incompetence, ignorance, and dishonesty’ over coronavirus is worse than the impeachment scandal: columnist





On Monday, writing for The Daily Beast, columnist Irwin Redlener argued that President Donald Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic is a bigger and more consequential than the events that led to his impeachment — and should be treated as such.

“Donald Trump and his administration did not create the worst biological threat that the world has experienced in more than 100 years, but the American president’s incompetence, ignorance and dishonesty in handling this crisis has been stunning,” wrote Redlener. “One hundred and twenty-seven thousand Americans are dead already, and that number will continue to rise.”

Redlener then outlined what he suggested as six “Articles of Incompetence, Ignorance and Dishonesty” that are more serious than the Ukraine scandal, in which he and his allies allegedly tried to extort a foreign president into announcing an investigation of former Vice President Joe Biden and his family.

The first article, Redlener wrote, is “Dismantling of a working group established by President Obama after the Ebola outbreak in 2014 to help prevent or manage future epidemics or pandemics—in spite of Trump’s own experts’ warning that a pandemic was entirely possible.”

The second, “Inexplicable failure to create reliable, widespread testing to look for cases of COVID-19 early in the outbreak when we really needed to know where the virus was, understand its prevalence and track its trajectory.”

The third, “Deliberate deception of the American people by reassuring them, against all expert opinion, that the pandemic was totally under control in February, March and April and suggesting that the coming of Easter—or perhaps warm weather—would result in a miraculous disappearance of the outbreak.”

The fourth, “Practicing medicine without a license by (a) repeatedly promoting Hydroxychloroquine as a drug he said would prevent and/ or treat SARS-CoV-2, but which can actually result in lethal heart disease, and (b) public musing about injecting bleach or bodily insertion of ultraviolet light as COVID-19 remedies.”

“The fifth, “Repeatedly lying to the American people about the severity and extent of the pandemic, the amount of testing being done by the U.S. and the idea that it was safe to open U.S. businesses.”

And finally, the sixth: “The unconscionable politicization of a lethal public health crisis for the purposes of supporting his own re-election.”

Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic has been broadly rejected by voters, which has contributed to a decline of the president in the polls.

https://www.rawstory.com/2020/06/trumps-incompetence-ignorance-and-dishonesty-over-coronavirus-is-worse-than-the-impeachment-scandal-columnist/



'It is really terrifying here': CNN goes behind the scenes at Houston hospital flooded with COVID-19 patients





CNN’s Miguel Marquez on Monday delivered a sobering report from a Houston hospital that has been flooded with patients infected by the novel coronavirus.

In a dispatch from Houston’s United Memorial Medical Center, Marquez talked with medical professionals who say their facility is being overwhelmed by the sheer number of people who have come down with the disease.

“The last three weeks, I have seen more admissions and sicker patients than on the previous ten weeks,” explained Joseph Varon, the chief medical officer at the United Memorial Medical Center. “So it’s been an exponential increase on the severity of illness and in the number of cases we admit.”

Tanna Ingraham, an ICU nurse who works at the facility, told Marquez that she recently came down with the disease and warned people that it should be taken very seriously.

"I wouldn’t wish this on my worst enemy,” she said, before describing the intense pain she’s experiencing all over her body.

Another COVID-19 patient at the hospital, who did not wish to be identified by name, told Marquez that she and her husband got infected with the disease even though they stayed at home as much as possible and wore masks whenever they went outside.

“It’s a little bit scary,” she said. “I wish that people would take it more seriously. They should take it more seriously. You can’t — you can’t trust people just because they look healthy, because a lot of people are walking around looking healthy and they’re not healthy.”

Marquez summed up his experience at the Houston hospital by saying, “It’s really, really terrifying here.”

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« Reply #9637 on: June 29, 2020, 01:59:40 PM »
Iran issues arrest warrant for US President Trump, asks Interpol to help

Tehran prosecutor Ali Alqasimehr said Trump and more than 30 others whom Iran accuses of involvement in the Jan. 3 strike that killed Gen. Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad face “murder and terrorism charges,”.


Iran has issued an arrest warrant and asked Interpol for help in detaining President Donald Trump and dozens of others it believes carried out the drone strike that killed a top Iranian general in Baghdad, a local prosecutor reportedly said Monday.

While Trump faces no danger of arrest, the charges underscore the heightened tensions between Iran and the United States since Trump unilaterally withdrew America from Tehran’s nuclear deal with world powers.

Tehran prosecutor Ali Alqasimehr said Trump and more than 30 others whom Iran accuses of involvement in the Jan. 3 strike that killed Gen. Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad face “murder and terrorism charges,” the semiofficial ISNA news agency reported.

Alqasimehr did not identify anyone else sought other than Trump, but stressed that Iran would continue to pursue his prosecution even after his presidency ends.

Interpol, based in Lyon, France, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Alqasimehr also was quoted as saying that Iran requested a “red notice” be put out for Trump and the others, which represents the highest level arrest request issued by Interpol. Local authorities end up making the arrests on behalf of the country that request it. The notices cannot force countries to arrest or extradite suspects, but can put government leaders on the spot and limit suspects’ travel.

After receiving a request, Interpol meets by committee and discusses whether or not to share the information with its member states. Interpol has no requirement for making any of the notices public, though some do get published on its website.

It is unlikely Interpol would grant Iran’s request as its guideline for notices forbids it from “undertaking any intervention or activities of a political” nature.

The U.S. killed Soleimani, who oversaw the Revolutionary Guard’s expeditionary Quds Force, and others in the January strike near Baghdad International Airport. It came after months of incidents raising tensions between the two countries and ultimately saw Iran retaliate with a ballistic missile strike targeting American troops in Iraq.

https://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/iran-issues-arrest-warrant-for-us-president-trump-asks-interpol-to-help/story-DkQVGrKxboq7s389YAC7ZP.html

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« Reply #9638 on: June 29, 2020, 03:57:33 PM »
Pentagon officials were ‘pounding down the door’ to get Trump to do something about Russia’s assassination hits on American soldiers
Appearing on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” longtime political columnist David Ignatius said that his own follow-up on the New York Times’ explosive report that Donald Trump’s administration was well aware that the Russians were offering a bounty for the death of U.S. military members revealed that Pentagon officials have “pounding on the door” and trying to get Donald Trump to do something about it.

Speaking with host Joe Scarborough, Ignatius said he was stunned by the report from the Times and started looking into the details himself for confirmation.

“Based on my reporting trying to confirm the New York Times’ excellent story it’s clear in late March you had senior U.S commanders, senior civilian intelligence officials, in effect pounding on the door of the White House saying we need to do something about this, we need to come to a conclusion about what damage the Russian program is doing, we need to reassess our programs in Afghanistan and they couldn’t get an answer,” he reported. “To this day there’s not an answer, there’s not a real response. Was this because the president was briefed and did nothing or because he wasn’t briefed because people were afraid to give him bad news and kept it to themselves? I don’t know.”

“But it almost doesn’t matter in terms of the breakdown in terms of the way the government is supposed to work,” he continued. “In some ways, it’s almost worse the department didn’t tell him, ‘Mr. President while you’re encouraging Russia to rejoin the G8, we should mention Russia is putting bounties on the heads of American soldiers.’ If they didn’t tell him that, it’s a stunner.”

“I think people are steamed up about it, there’s nothing that would make American commanders angry other than the idea that their soldiers had targets on their back because of the actions of somebody that the president was still speaking of as a prospective ally,” he added.

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« Reply #9639 on: June 29, 2020, 04:20:01 PM »
Trump knew about Russian bounties on US military much earlier than he’s letting on: Ex-RNC Head

Appearing on MSNBC on Monday morning, former Republican National Committee head Michael Steele claimed he had no doubt that Donald Trump was aware that Russia was paying out bounties for the killings of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan.

Speaking with “Morning Joe” hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, the former RNC head was asked if Donald Trump thinks Americans are “stupid” for telling them he was out of the loop on the intelligence reports.

“I will take up that challenge and say they did brief him,” Steele replied. “I do not believe that something as important and severe as this was left untold to the president of the United States.”

“What I think is disturbing is his reaction to it once he was told — the fact that there has been nothing done,” he continued. “There has been no rebuke officially from the United States and the fact that the White House, even over the course of the president’s tweets still has not denied the underlying intelligence that this is, in fact, what happened and this is, in fact, what we do know and the reality is.”

“This is a bounty placed on the heads of American soldiers, you are the commander in chief, alright?” he continued. “So this isn’t about politics. This is about what you do as a leader of men and women in uniform who now find out that you are okay with a bounty on their head by your — by our adversary. So this is what he’s going to have to account for — he can’t spin this out. There may be some Republicans who will run to his defense, that will be curious to watch.”

 

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