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Trump Uses Terror Attack in France to Claim America Needs More Border Security – Here’s Why It’s a Dumb Argument

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President Donald Trump is claiming Tuesday night’s terror attack in Strasbourg, France proves America needs greater “border security.” On the one hand, his remarks show he learned something from his dustup with Democratic Leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer Tuesday afternoon. He’s now speaking in terms of “border security,” even if he still means “build the wall.”

But the president’s argument shows exactly how little he understands the actual issues.

“Another very bad terror attack in France,” Trump tweeted Wednesday morning. “We are going to strengthen our borders even more. Chuck and Nancy must give us the votes to get additional Border Security!”

Max Boot, an outspoken critic of Donald Trump and a CNN analyst and Washington Post columnist, took Trump to task immediately, noting the growing problem isn’t foreign terrorists, but homegrown ones.

Boot knows what he’s talking about. He’s also a Senior Fellow in National Security Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, a military historian, a life-long journalist (and until Trump, a life-long conservative.)

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Busted: White House Counsel Worked to Keep Whistleblower Report From Congress – WaPo

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President Donald Trump’s White House counsel has reportedly been personally involved in keeping Congress from reviewing a whistleblowing report involving Ukraine.

“The revelation that Trump pushed Zelensky to pursue the Biden probe, which was first reported by The Wall Street Journal, represents the most detailed account so far of the president’s conduct that prompted a U.S. intelligence official to file a whistleblower action against the president,” The Washington Post reported Friday. “The disclosure comes amid new details about the White House’s role in preventing Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire from complying with Congressional demands for the material in the complaint.”

In addition to confirming the WSJ report, The Post also furthered the story with new reporting on the role of the White House in the scandal.

“White House Counsel Pat Cipollone has been engaged in the matter since shortly after the whistleblower action surfaced, officials said, helping to identify legal obstacles to the sharing of information that could be politically damaging to Trump,” The Post reported. “Cipollone’s involvement reveals a more direct White House role in the dispute than has previously been reported.”

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Trump Erupts in Fury Attacking Fox News for Not Rigging Poll That Shows Biden Would Beat Him

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President Donald Trump is blasting his favorite cable news channel for releasing a poll showing the current Democratic frontrunner would beat him in the 2020 race for the White House.

Fox News polls, according to Trump, are “at it again. So different from what they used to be during the 2016 Primaries,” he tweeted, saying they used to be “Proud Warriors!” for him.

“Now new Fox Polls, which have always been terrible to me (they had me losing BIG to Crooked Hillary), have me down to Sleepy Joe,” referring to former Vice President Joe Biden.

Trump, in fact, did lose “big” to Hillary Clinton, in the popular vote, which is what polls measure.

And he insists “there can be NO WAY, with the greatest Economy in U.S. history, that I can be losing to the Sleepy One.”

Not that it affected the poll, but Friday morning the federal government announced GDP growth slowed to 2.1% in the second quarter, down from 3.1%.

 

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Trump Accuses FBI Officials Who Investigated Him of ‘Treason’ – After Being Told It’s a Death Penalty Crime

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President Donald Trump was asked about his recent accusations of “treason,” and on Thursday afternoon named the FBI officials involved in investigating him, claiming they are guilty of the capital crime.

The President, as The Washington Post notes, has no idea what the word actually means.

“Sir,” NBC News White House Correspondent Peter Alexander said to Trump, “the Constitution says treason is punishable by death.”

The President nodded.

“You’ve accused your adversaries of treason,” Alexander continued. “Who specifically are you accusing of treason?” he challenged.

“Well,” Trump, only too happy to entertain the question, said, “I think a number of people. And I think what you look is that they have unsuccessfully tried to take down the wrong person.”

Trying to “take down the wrong person” is not treason, despite the President’s propensity for equating himself with the federal government and with the country overall.

“If you look at Comey,” Trump added, referring to Jim Comey, the FBI Director who Trump fired, the act that kicked off the start of the Mueller investigation. “If you look at McCabe,” he said, referring to his former deputy director of the FBI.

“And if you look at people probably higher than that,” Trump said, an apparent attack on Attorney General Loretta Lynch, and President Barack Obama, who were both in charge when the Russia investigation (not the Mueller investigation) first began. Trump has previously, falsely accused them of spying on him and wiretapping him.

“If you look at Strzok, if you look at his lover Lisa Page, his wonderful lover. The two lovers,” Trump said, mockingly, referring to the former FBI attorney and to former Chief of the FBI’s Counterespionage Section Peter Strzok.

Calling it “an absolutely ridiculous assertion,” The Washington Post’s Phillip Bump writes, “unless Comey and McCabe raised an army to take on the U.S. military or provided direct aid to countries who are officially at war with the U.S. — countries to be named later — they didn’t commit treason. By definition.”

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