President Donald Trump reportedly was furious when news broke this week that his top intelligence officials – in open Senate testimony, aired live and uninterrupted on C-SPAN – all disputed his claims and rebuffed his policies on worldwide threats from North Korea, Iran, ISIS, and other bad actors.
They told the Senate that ISIS has not been defeated, despite the President’s claims to the contrary. They told the Senate that North Korea is still planning to make nuclear bombs and missiles that could destroy the U.S., despite the President’s claims to the contrary. And they told the Senate that Iran is not in violation of the joint agreement (JCPA, aka the Iran Deal), despite the President’s claims to the contrary.
Trump held a rare second “daily” Intelligence briefing Thursday afternoon. Rare because it was his second this week, and the second two days in a row, and rare because he only has about seven or eight a month nowadays.
The President has now assured Americans that he’s straightened them out – or, more specifically, they have straightened him out. Trump tweeted that they told him their live and uninterrupted Senate testimony was taken out of context, “mischaracterized” by the media. It was a “false narrative” and “distorted press.”
….I would suggest you read the COMPLETE testimony from Tuesday. A false narrative is so bad for our Country. I value our intelligence community. Happily, we had a very good meeting, and we are all on the same page!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 31, 2019
Of course, that’s totally false. They may have told him that, but they would have been lying.
Either Trump is, or his top intelligence officials are.
And either way, it’s the American people who are caught in the middle, and in harm’s way.
UPDATE: 5:07 PM ET –
Minutes after Trump’s tweets, C-SPAN posted these tweets, clearly in response:
WATCH: From yesterday, Senate Intelligence Committee on threats to the United States with @CIA Director Haspel, National Intelligence Director Coats and @FBI Director Wray here: https://t.co/wE118zV65l pic.twitter.com/5vW3NhbNX7
— CSPAN (@cspan) January 31, 2019
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Trump’s Confiscation of Notes From Private Putin Meeting Set Off Alarm Bells Over Spy’s Safety: CNN’s Sciutto
“President Trump and his administration had mishandled classified intelligence a number of times.”
Appearing on CNN’s “New Day,” host Jim Sciutto — who broke the story that the CIA was forced to pull an highly-placed U.S. spy from Russia after Donald Trump reportedly exposed him — said American intelligence officials grew more concerned after Trump held a private meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Appearing with fellow host John Berman, Sciutto said he felt at liberty to discuss more details about the agent who is back in the U.S., now that the New York Times released information they had received.
According to the CNN reporter, not only were intel officials concerned about Trump exposing sensitive information in the Oval Office with Russian officials, but they grew concerned when he confiscated his interpreter’s transcripts from his Putin meeting.
“I spoke to five separate sources for this story,” Sciutto relayed. “People who served in the Trump administration in the highest levels of the intelligence agencies and also on Capitol Hill, handling sensitive intelligence, and they told me that this decision happened at a time of broad concern in the intelligence community about the president’s handling of intelligence, and it did not end with that Oval Office meeting.”
“In July 2017, you’ll remember Trump met with Putin at the G-20 in Hamburg, Germany,” Sciutto explained. “It was a private meeting and Trump took the interpreter’s notes afterwards — an unusual step. I’ve been told by an intelligence source that after that meeting as well, the intel community was concerned that the president had improperly discussed classified information.”
President Trump Announces New Asylum Proclamation, Will Be Challenged by ACLU
Donald Trump signed a proclamation halting asylum seekers ability to enter the United States between ports of entry for 90 days.
Speaking before leaving for France, the president said, “I just signed the proclamation on Asylum. Very important. People can come in but they have to come in through the ports of entry, and that to me is a very important thing.”
“Again, I reiterate, we need Democrat’s votes. They need to pass new immigration laws, because they’re flooding our country. We’re not letting them in, but they’re trying to flood our country. We need the wall, We’re building the wall, but we need it all built at one time and quickly. Its very important,” Trump added.
It is unclear what votes Donald Trump needs, given that he currently – until January – controls a majority in both the House and the Senate.
At current, there has been no actual construction on his long-desired “border wall.”
He continued, “we need democrats to support our new immigration laws to bring us up to date, the laws are obsolete and they’re incompetent. They’re the worst laws any country has anywhere in the world and it’s only because we don’t have the democrat’s votes so we need democrat votes so we can change immigration. We’ll have no trouble whatsoever at the border. We want people to come into our country, but they have to come into our country legally.”
The ACLU has headed to court against this proclamation.
“The president is simply trying to run roughshod over Congress’s decision to provide asylum to those in danger regardless of the manner of one’s entry,” Lee Gelernt, an attorney for the ACLU, told the Associated Press.
Those who do cross the border outside of a port of entry have, in the past, been arrested, but then released and monitored pending court hearings into the eligibility for asylum.
The “migrant caravan” Central America was a hot topic during the election, used to whip up anti-immigrant fervor during the election. Such discussion has slacked off post-election, and has people have seen that the caravan is not the threat it was made out to be.
The United States still has more than 5,600 active duty troops stationed at the border to somehow halt this supposed threat. The “caravan” is several hundred miles from the United States.
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Trump Just Called the Media ‘The True Enemy of the People’ – Days After Bombs Sent to CNN
Amid questions from reporters if he thought his rhetoric had helped incite a terrorist who sent 14 bombs last week, President Donald Trump on Friday said he thought he’s been “toned down,” and warned he “could tone it up.”
He just did.
Monday morning, just days after two of the bombs were sent to CNN, and less than 48 hours after a madman marched into a synagogue and massacred 11 people, President Trump just called the media “the true enemy of the people.”
That man, the man who attempted to assassinate 12 people, including two former U.S. presidents, also called CNN the “enemy” of America.
Trump appears to be linking the anti-Semitic hate crime mass shooting, the deadliest attack on Jewish people in America’s history, and the 14 bombs, to the free press.
“There is great anger in our Country caused in part by inaccurate, and even fraudulent, reporting of the news. The Fake News Media, the true Enemy of the People, must stop the open & obvious hostility & report the news accurately & fairly. That will do much to put out the flame,” Trump tweeted, “of Anger and Outrage and we will then be able to bring all sides together in Peace and Harmony. Fake News Must End!” he added.
Some responses to Trump’s attack:
“the true enemy of the people.”
There it is right there. Some other deranged person may well be making a bomb to mail soon.
it’s only a matter of time. https://t.co/uMu1NEJ2WT
— Michelangelo Signorile (@MSignorile) October 29, 2018
He blamed the media for the mail bomber, now he seems to be blaming the media for the synagogue attacks. This is despicable. This isn’t a man who is concerned with stopping the violence, this is a man who seeks to use the violence to silence his critics and the free press. https://t.co/zLqNVKtQPa
— Tom Bonier (@tbonier) October 29, 2018
Trump wields bombing campaign as a weapon against the press. For Trump, true reporting is the kind that makes him look good; anything that doesn’t is “fake news.” https://t.co/v5L356k56P https://t.co/AfTHGX6shn
— Matthew Gertz (@MattGertz) October 29, 2018
The bombing suspect, who was an obsessed Trump supporter, repeatedly called CNN “the enemy America” on Twitter – echoing the president’s rhetoric – before he sent his bombs. Today, the president calls the media “the true Enemy of the People.” https://t.co/BnrdDrUJYd
— 💀andrew👻kaczynski🎃 (@KFILE) October 29, 2018
“If only the media would cover events fairly, my supporters wouldn’t be so angry that they’d send bombs to my opponents.” https://t.co/Ogws8eFo89
— Arieh Kovler (@ariehkovler) October 29, 2018
Hate crimes have a point, Nazis aren’t the enemy and journalists deserve to be bombed is what he’s saying. https://t.co/AZuJvL2m9f
— Zedward D Wood Junior (@Zeddary) October 29, 2018
— Jim Roberts (@nycjim) October 29, 2018
Seriously this guy is unaware that due to comments like these he inspires hate and has caused actual bomb threats against citizens of the country he has sworn to protect. What a dumbass https://t.co/atw8LKKRkz
— Dr. Azula (@drazx2) October 29, 2018
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