President Donald Trump is making clear that he will deploy the U.S. Military only if there is an economic benefit to the United States. In a cabinet meeting that was open to reporters Wednesday afternoon, Trump suggested any humanitarian reason for the U.S. to defend the Kurds in Syria is far outweighed by the fact there’s no economic benefit to America to be there.
“It’s sand and it’s death,” Trump said of Syria, a nation embroiled in one of the largest and deadliest civil wars and humanitarian crises in all of history.
He gave no indication of caring that approximately half a million people have died in the nearly eight years of war in Syria, or that more than 5 million people have become refugees as a result of the war.
Instead, Trump cares only about any potential economic benefits, and sees none.
In a nearly two-minute diatribe, the President told reporters that “Syria was lost long ago. It was lost long ago. And besides that, I don’t want – we’re talking about sand and death. That’s what we’re talking about,” Trump said.
“We’re not talking about vast wealth. We’re talking about sand and death.”
– We lost it long before
– Kurdish YPG sells oil to Iran
– US Army leaving Syria
– USA still is going to protect YPG pic.twitter.com/SEY6f33T4n
— Ali Özkök – علي أزكوك (@Ozkok_) January 2, 2019
Calling the President’s remarks “utterly incoherent,” MSNBC’s Chris Hayes echoed the remarks of many on social media upon hearing Trump discuss how U.S. Military forces should be used – basically for blood and treasure – and his total lack of understanding of what is happening in the region.
This entire thing is just utterly incoherent. A series of synapses firing with little nuggets of both real and invented knowledge with absolutely no framework or structure. https://t.co/yj9kzFozpr
— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) January 2, 2019
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Trump Trade Advisor Says Americans ‘Don’t Have a Right to Know’ if Administration Tied China Policy to Getting Dirt on Biden
It is a stunning confrontation. Peter Navarro, the White House Director of Trade and Manufacturing Policy says the American people “don’t have a right to know” if the Trump administration has tied China trade policy to getting dirt on Joe Biden. President Trump has been engaged in an extortion scheme against Ukraine, using congressionally-approved military aid to try to strong arm that country.
“You don’t have a right to know what happens behind closed doors,” Navarro, whose often referred to as President Trump’s trade advisor, tells CNN’s Jim Sciutto at a televised forum Thursday.
“I think the American people have a right to know if politics have entered trade negotiations,” Sciutto responded.
Navarro tried to deflect by decrying “too many stories reported based on anonymous sources,” despite the fact that President trump freely admitted he was engaged in an extortion scheme.
“I’m asking you a diret question,” Sciutto continued. “Did you bring up investigating the Bidens as part of the negotiations?”
Navarro refused to answer the simple and direct question that, despite his false claim, Americans absoutely do have the right to know.
“It’s not an appropriate question in my judgment,” he claimed, falsely, repeatedly raising his hands as if to say “stop.”
“Asked and answered,” Navarro concluded.
— Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) October 24, 2019
Professor of international relations, political scientist, and journalist David Rothkopf offered this response to Navarro’s remarks:
Navarro has zero credibility among experts of both parties who specialize in the field in which he purports to have expertise (trade). This is because he is an idiot who is limited both by how much he does not know & by the fact that what he does know is wrong. He’s also a hack. https://t.co/LaLUTeUUy5
— David Rothkopf (@djrothkopf) October 24, 2019
‘I’m in Charge of the Hatch Act’ Trump Barked at ‘Weak’ Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney – In a Room Full of Aides
The Wall Street Journal has published an exposé about the Trump 2020 re-election campaign and how the president is “banking on base-pleasing campaign events – more meticulously produced this time – to outweigh any need for a fresh message.”
In one disturbing tale WSJ White House reporter Michael Bender relays how Trump has apparently grown frustrated with White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney – his third in under three years – and attacked him during a meeting with other aides present.
President Trump wanted to bring his Cabinet to a June rally in the critical swing state of Florida. Appropriately, Mulvaney warned the president about the Hatch Act, which prohibits executive branch employees from using their positions for political activities.
“I’m in charge of the Hatch Act,” Trump “barked” at Mulvaney, calling his chief of staff, one of the most powerful people in the nation, “weak.”
Trump is not “in charge” of the Hatch Act. It is an 80-year old federal law that was amended in 2012.
Special Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway’s violations of the law have been so egregious that the U.S. Office of Special Counsel requested the White House “remove” her from her job. President Trump refused.
Busted: White House Counsel Worked to Keep Whistleblower Report From Congress – WaPo
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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