In Tense Meeting, Likely Nominee Attacks Republicans Who’ve Criticized Candidacy
Just leaving D.C. Had great meetings with Republicans in the House and Senate. Very interesting day! These are people who love our country!
â€” Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 7, 2016
By most accounts â€” and contrary to his tweet above â€” presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump had a pretty rough time meeting with Republican lawmakers in Washington on Thursday.Â
Later, Trump had a “tense meeting” with Senate Republicans, according to The Washington Post, where he predicted three who’ve criticized his candidacy would lose their re-election bids.Â
From the WaPo:Â
Trumpâ€™s most tenseÂ exchange was with Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), who has been vocal in his concerns about the business mogulâ€™s candidacy, especially his rhetoric and policies on immigration that the senator argues alienate many Latino voters and others in Arizona. …Â
Flake told Trump that he wants to be able to support him â€” â€œIâ€™m not part of the Never Trump movement,â€ the senator said â€” but that he remains uncomfortable backing his candidacy, the officials said.
Trump said at the meeting that he has yet to attack Flake hard but threatened to begin doing so.Â Flake stood up to Trump by urging him to stop attacking Mexicans. Trump predicted that Flake would lose his reelection, at which point Flake informed Trump that he was not on the ballot this year, the sources said.
Flake, who’s not up for re-election until 2018, told reporters after the meeting:Â “My position remains I want to support the nominee, I really do. I just can’t support him given the things he’s said.”Â
Trump also reportedly characterized Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk, who didn’t attend the meeting, as a loser. Kirk recently withdrew his endorsement of Trump, who’s now predicting that he’ll defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton in the Prairie State.
According to The Hill, Kirk said later that Trump is wrong about his re-election prospects, because, “I’ve never been defeated.”Â
Finally, Trump took aim at Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse, who’s advocated for a third-party candidate in the presidential race. A Sasse spokesman said later that while the two had “a gracious exchange,” the senator continues to believe that the 2016 election is “a dumpster fire.”Â
On a positive note, if you will, Trump did manage to convinceÂ Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, his former rival in the GOP primary, to speak at the upcoming Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Then again, Cruz’s acceptance of Trump’s invitation to speak is hardly surprising given that he’s reportedly already preparing to run for president again in 2020. Â
Cruz says Trump invited him to speak at the convention and he accepted pic.twitter.com/vhbTsFjJ65
â€” Katherine Faulders (@KFaulders) July 7, 2016
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In First Interview Since Loss, Trump Goes Off the Rails and Suggests FBI Is ‘Involved’ in Stealing Election
In his first interview since losing to President-elect Joe Biden, President Donald Trump repeated false claims about voter fraud and suggested that the FBI was “involved” in stealing the election.
Trump made the claims while speaking to Fox News host Maria Bartiromo.
“They send millions and millions and millions of mail-in ballots,” Trump opined. “I’m sure you know people that got two, three, four — because I do. They got four ballots. They got one at a country home. Dead people were seeing ballots. But even worse, dead people were applying to get a ballot. They were making applications to get ballots. Many. And we’re not talking about 10 people, we’re talking — there are a lot of dead people that so-called voted this election.”
“This is total fraud,” he continued. “And how the FBI and Department of Justice — I don’t know, maybe they’re involved. But how people are allowed to get away with this stuff is unbelievable. This election was rigged. This election was a total fraud.”
Trump also suggested that the judicial system had been rigged against him.
“We go to judges and people don’t want to get involved,” Trump remarked to Bartiromo. “The media doesn’t even want to cover it. I mean, you’re doing something. You’re actually very brave.”
Watch the video below from Fox News.
Trump’s ICE Is Using Torture to Quickly Deport Africans Back to a Deadly War-Torn Country
The central African country of Cameroon is currently experiencing a four-year separatist conflict that has killed over 3,000 people and displaced half a million more with “extrajudicial killings, forced disappearances, arbitrary and unlawful detention and torture.”
But Cameroonians who fled to the U.S. to seek political asylum here as refugees are experiencing torture as well from private prison guards and agents with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in Louisiana and Mississippi.
A new report from the Southern Poverty Law Center and Freedom for Immigrants includes six Cameroonians who say they were physically forced to sign deportation documents that they didn’t understand and threatened with choking, pepper spray, physical pain and prolonged detention if they refused.
One accuser said that ICE agents and private guards stripped him naked from the waist down, exposing his genitals and buttocks to a room of 10 people, while forcing him to sign. Others said they and other refugees were fed substandard food, subject to a humiliating full-body strip search, and housed alongside federal prisoners while waiting for their court proceedings.
If true, the actions would violate Louisiana state and federal law, the international Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment, which the U.S. has ratified, as well as ICE’s own policies within its 2011 Performance Based National Standards, Newsweek reports.
Trump has deported anywhere from 94 or 116 Cameroonians back to their home country since October. The Cameroon government has detained refugees who return to their shore to interrogate them for any separatist ties.
Trump Is Already Planning a 2024 Run Just So Biden Won’t Get All the Press Attention
President Donald Trump is reportedly discussing launching his 2024 re-election campaign kickoff event on January 20 just to overshadow President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration. Yes, really.
The Daily Beast has cited three officials who Trump has reportedly discussed the idea with. He is assessing which big-dollar donors would support his bid and which political underlings would remain loyal to him just to benefit from whatever happens.
“Trump’s scheming about a future White House run is both an implicit recognition that he views his own current legal efforts as longshots and a reflection of his inherent desire to maintain political power and public attention,” The Daily Beast writes.
According to Bloomberg News, National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien, reportedly told Trump, “If you do that—and I think I speak for everybody in the room—we’re with you 100 percent.”
Trump still has yet to officially concede. On Thursday he told reporters, “It’s going to be a very hard thing to concede because we know there was massive fraud.” Trump has been unable to prove his repeated claims of “massive fraud” in over 30 lawsuits which have either failed, been dismissed or withdrawn by his own re-election campaign.
Unfortunately for Trump, two comedians have already snatched up DonaldJTrump2024.com and are using the site to repeatedly call Trump a loser. They offered to give Trump the URL if he’ll concede and call himself a sad loser via Twitter.
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