President Donald Trump, speaking to reporters before heading to Canada for the G-7 Friday morning, delivered many wide-ranging remarks to reporters.
Answering questions on the news of the day, President Trump weighed in on the stunning reports Thursday night including the Dept. of Justice secretly seizing years worth of email and telephone records of a New York Times reporter, Ali Watkins. The seizure also including the period of time when she worked for Politico and Buzzfeed.
The DOJ’s actions, which appear to have violated its own policies, raises strong questions of First Amendment violations. It led to the arrest of a former top Senate staffer for allegedly lying to federal investigators.
In response, President Trump insisted he supports freedom of the press.
“I believe strongly in freedom of the press. I’m a big, big believer in freedom of the press,” Trump claimed, despite evidence to the contrary. “But I’m also a believer in classified information. It has to remain classified.”
“That includes Comey and his band of thieves who leaked classified information all over the place,” Trump falsely claimed. “So I’m a very big believer in freedom of the press, but I’m also a believer that you cannot leak classified information.”
President Trump infamously shared highly classified information with top Russian officials inside the Oval Office, which led to the outing of the source of that information as Israel. He has also chosen to declassify classified information for political purposes.
President Trump also has waged war on the media for years. He has called reporters out at rallies, necessitating the Secret Service to provide at least one reporter with protection so she could leave the rally unharmed. He has also attacked reporters by name on Twitter. And nearly daily he attacks the press as the “fake news media.”
Those attacks on the press frequently include lies and misinformation.
Watch President Trump’s remarks from the White House grounds Friday morning:
President Trump: “I’m a very big believer in freedom of the press, but I’m also a believer that you cannot leak classified information.”
— CSPAN (@cspan) June 8, 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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