President Donald Trump observed the one-year anniversary of the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller with an early morning Twitter tirade.
The president once again insisted he didn’t obstruct or collude – words he felt the need to capitalize – but blamed the Democrats for collusion. That’s a baseless accusation born of his Fox News watching and inability to understand what the words mean.
“Congratulations America, we are now into the second year of the greatest Witch Hunt in American History…and there is still No Collusion and No Obstruction,” Trump tweeted. “The only Collusion was that done by Democrats who were unable to win an Election despite the spending of far more money!”
MSNBC noted the “witches” who have already been “gathered up,” including former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, who has been indicted, along with Michael Flynn, George Papadopoulos, and Rick Gates, who have pleaded guilty.
There are also the 13 Russian operatives and three Russian companies who have been indicted.
Some responses via Twitter:
Did you just zone out and miss yesterday completely?
— Helen Kennedy (@HelenKennedy) May 17, 2018
The proper gift for a first anniversary is paper. So if anyone in a nondescript building in SW DC wants to honor the president today, a subpoena, indictment, or report to Congress would do. https://t.co/C9RsvV2xFy
— Matthew Miller (@matthewamiller) May 17, 2018
Mueller and his team have:
• Issued 8 indictments covering 19 individuals and 3 businesses
• Secured 5 guilty pleas
• 2 criminal cases headed to trial
• 1 one individual already serving a prison sentence pic.twitter.com/rZvT8Izvfj
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) May 17, 2018
On this anniversary of the appointment of Robert Mueller as special counsel, I want to thank DAG Rosenstein for a sterling choice and for standing steadfast under pressure, and Robert Mueller and his team for their service to our nation. https://t.co/pe1E0e3313
— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) May 17, 2018
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Trump Swipes at Mark Zuckerberg Asking for White House Goodies: ‘He Didn’t Do Too Well’
Former President Donald J. Trump mocked Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and “big tech” during an interview on Tuesday when he appeared on Fox News with Sean Hannity.
Trump meandered throughout the interview and went off on a tangent claiming he did “big things” when discussing the 2020 election. Trump said Zuckerberg visited the White House “trying to get goodies,” but that “he didn’t do too well.”
Trump added, “So I thought that he was concerned we were doing things. We were doing things. Had we had a second term, we would have had that much, really, pretty much under control. We had some incredible things planned for big tech.”
Watch the video below.
Lincoln Project Trolls Trump with New TV Ad Where He’s Currently Vacationing
According to the Sun Sentinel, the group has bought air time in the West Palm Beach market from Wednesday through Jan. 5. Trump is scheduled to be in the area until Jan. 3.
“A major pillar of The Lincoln Project’s 2020 strategy was aiming to torment an audience of one — Trump — through advertising on cable shows he’s sure to watch on channels such as Fox News,” the Sentinel reports. “That’s the aim of the latest effort, which seeks to drive a wedge between Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, who will preside over the Jan. 6 joint session of Congress at which the electoral votes making Joe Biden the next president will be counted.”
The ad focuses on recent reports that say Vice President Mike Pence is “backing away” from Trumpworld’s efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 election.
“When Mike Pence is backing away from you, you know it’s over,” the ad states.
Watch the ad below.
— The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) December 22, 2020
‘A Parting Gift to Dictators’: Trump Issues Final Round of Foreign Military Sales in Middle East
On Monday, writing for The Washington Post, columnist Brian Klaas tore into outgoing President Donald Trump for a final round of foreign military sales in the Middle East that function as a “parting gift to dictators” — and suggested he could even be using them to set up a private quid pro quo down the road in his post-presidency.
“All three regimes have abysmal human rights records,” wrote Klaas. “Saudi Arabia has beheaded dissidents, subjugated women and detained female activists who have pushed for reforms, and murdered and dismembered Post contributing columnist Jamal Khashoggi. The United Arab Emirates is home to torture, arbitrary detention and forced disappearances. Egypt’s dictatorship has carried
“Given past behavior, we know how these weapons will likely be used,” warned Klaas. “Despots will use them to help facilitate war crimes in places such as Yemen and the Sinai Peninsula while maintaining an iron grip over their own populations — all aided and abetted by the U.S. government.”
And even worse, Klaas argued, Trump himself could be using these sales to call in a personal favor from these countries in his post-presidency. “Once Trump leaves the White House, odds are good that he will cash in,” he wrote. “Seen in that light, the recently approved arms sales and military technology transfers are even more worrying. Are they just the beginning of a quid pro quo?”
All of this is occurring as President-elect Joe Biden alleges the Pentagon is obstructing him from getting all of the national security information he requires for the transition — something administration officials deny.
“For the past four years, Trump has painted the image of a United States that consistently sides with tyrants,” concluded Klaas. “Biden now has an opportunity to reverse Trump’s catastrophic foreign policy. He should take it.”
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