Trump’s Chief Of Staff Defends Islamophobic National Security Adviser Michael Flynn
President-elect Donald Trump’s chief of staff, Reince Priebus, said Sunday he could not rule out a registry for Muslims under the incoming administration, although he added that it would not be based on religion.Â
Priebus also called “some aspects” of Islam “problematic.”Â
During his campaign, Trump at times advocated bothÂ a registry and a ban on Muslim immigrants. On NBC’s “Meet The Press” on Sunday, host Chuck Todd asked Priebus about Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, Trump’s newly appointed national security adviser, who’s made a number of Islamaphobic comments, including once sharing a tweet that said, “Fear of Muslims is RATIONAL.”Â
“Can you equivocally rule out a registry for Muslims?” Todd said.Â
“Look, I’m not going to rule out anything, but we’re not going to have a registry based on a religion,” Priebus responded.Â
â€” Zachary Pleat (@zpleat) November 20, 2016
On ABC’s “This Week,” host Martha Raddatz noted that Flynn has said Islam is “not a real religion, but a political ideology masked behind a religion.”
“Is he in line with how President-elect Trump views Islam?” Raddatz said.Â
“Well, I think so,” Priebus responded.”Look, phrasing can always be done differently, but clearly there are some aspects of that faith that are problematic, and we know them, and we’ve seen it. Â It certainly isn’t a blanket for all people of that faith.”Â
Reactions from Twitter below.Â
This story should lead EVERYWHERE, but won’t. Insert “Jews,” “African Americans” or how abt “white working class” instead “that faith.” https://t.co/n5xQi8Czr0
â€” Cliff Schecter (@cliffschecter) November 20, 2016
And this is from the “reasonable” not a white supremacist adviser. https://t.co/zbg7AE5FfS
â€” Eric Lesh (@EDLesh) November 20, 2016
Here we go, guys. https://t.co/OEuPICJfMz
â€” paul mcleary (@paulmcleary) November 20, 2016
The next White House Chief of Staff is on TV talking about which parts of a minority group’s religion the president disagrees with. https://t.co/xxZhrkhifg
â€” Liam Stack (@liamstack) November 20, 2016
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‘One Minute to Live, Sir’: Trump Shared Details of Soleimani Assassination With Top Dollar Donors at Mar-a-Lago Fundraiser
President Donald Trump shared moment-by-moment details of his assassination of Iranian general Qasem Soleimani with top high-dollar donors at Friday night’s fundraiser at Mar-a-Lago. The Commander-in-Chief also revealed he authorized the killing, not because of any supposed “imminent threat,” as he has previously asserted, but because intelligence reports, he said, found Solemiani was “talking about bad stuff.”
Killing Solemani as an act of retribution instead of as a preventative measure against imminent attack could be a war crime, legal experts have said.
The Washington Post reports Trump “spoke broadly about Soleimani as ‘the father of the road side bomb’ responsible for ‘every young, beautiful man or woman who see walking around with no legs, no arms.'”
Soleimani “was saying bad things about our country, like we’re going to attack, we’re going to kill your people. I said, ‘listen, how much of this shit do we have to listen to, right?’” Trump said, to applause.
The president also gave a blow-by-blow account of Soleimani’s killing.
“‘Sir, they have two minutes and 11 seconds.’ No emotion. ‘two minutes and 11 seconds to live, sir. They’re in the car, they’re in an armored vehicle. Sir, they have approximately one minute to live, sir. 30 seconds. 10, 9, 8 …’ Then all of a sudden, boom,” Trump told the group of donors, according to audio recordings the Post received.
The Post also revealed that at Friday’s fundraiser, “Trump is heard boasting about increasing the defense budget by $2.5 trillion. To those who criticized his spending and the growing national debt, Trump said, ‘Who the hell cares about the budget? We’re going to have a country.'”
Lev Parnas Details ‘Intimate’ Cannabis Industry Dinner With Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump
In an extensive interview with the Daily Beast, Lev Parnas — the associate of Rudy Giuliani who is at the center of more allegations of corruption against Donald Trump — revealed details of a meeting he had with Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner that the White House has tried to dismiss.
Speaking with the Beast’s Betsy Swan, Parnas stated that we was a participant at a private dinner at the Trump Hotel, with Swan writing, “In October 2018, he attended a dinner in a private suite at Trump Hotel hosted by the pro-Trump super PAC America First Action. The dinner, with around a dozen people, connected Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump with leaders in the cannabis industry. Parnas said he was invited because he “was a Trump loyalist,” and because the super PAC’s Director of Development Joey Ahearn knew he was pro-cannabis.”
According to Parnas, cannabis entrepreneurs were hoping to influence Kushner in the hope he could influence the White House’s stance on weed.
“They wanted Jared to be more involved, maybe help push the agenda with the president because they felt that that was something he needed to be more lenient on,” Parnas explained.
As for a picture taken with the couple that went viral, Parnas sais the White House was lying about the circumstances under which is was taken.
“The White House has claimed that a picture of Parnas with Kushner and Ivanka Trump was ‘taken at an event in a photo line.’” the report states. “Parnas, however, said it was taken at the intimate dinner with cannabis industry insiders. Two sources with knowledge of the dinner confirmed that it happened in October 2018 and that Parnas attended. The decor in the background of the picture–as Zack Everson, author of a newsletter on Trump properties noted–indicates the photo was taken in the pricey Trump Hotel suite where the dinner was hosted.”
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