In an apparent attempt to “one-up” and embarrass Russia many are wondering if President Donald Trump just tweeted out U.S. national nuclear secrets. Seven people died last week during a “failed test of Russia’s SSC-X-9 Skyfall, a nuclear-powered cruise missile still in development,” as Vox reported. One expert called it a flying nuclear reactor.
President Trump, who has been tweeting up a storm ever since he kicked off his 10-day August vacation at his golf course in Bedminster, NJ, apparently decided late Monday afternoon was a good time to respond – not with condolences for the lives lost, but by gloating.
“The United States is learning much from the failed missile explosion in Russia,” Trump tweeted, needlessly. “We have similar, though more advanced, technology. The Russian ‘Skyfall’ explosion has people worried about the air around the facility, and far beyond. Not good!”
Some were quick to realize Trump at least sounded like he was (once again) revealing national secrets via Twitter.
Assuming he’s not lying, Trump would seem to be casually tweeting out national secrets. https://t.co/7NiWD19aXh
— Chris O’Leary | Baseball (@thepainguy) August 12, 2019
Here’s the Communications Director for U.S. Congressman Don Beyer (D-VA), who sits on the House Ways and Means Committee and the Science Committee.
Tweeting about the status of secret nuclear weapons research, as one does https://t.co/wpZQ5rjRl4
— Aaron Fritschner (@Fritschner) August 12, 2019
Some experts chastised the President, while appearing to try to assure the world Trump was basically bluffing.
Here’s a professor of international relations and national security at the U.S. Naval War College:
It is a bad idea for the President to tell the world the U.S. has secret nuclear powered super-weapons and that we’ve been lying about that for years. Especially if we don’t actually have them, which we almost certainly do not. https://t.co/pK0sNPRpeg
— David Burbach (@dburbach) August 12, 2019
Here’s a noted nuclear weapons expert:
This is bizarre. We do not have a nuclear-powered cruise missile program. We tried to build one, in the 1960’s, but it was too crazy, too unworkable, too cruel even for those nuclear nuts Cold War years. https://t.co/DWMn07yO3Y https://t.co/7Uqpx7B7Sk
— Joe Cirincione (@Cirincione) August 12, 2019
There were other responses from some notables.
Washington Correspondent for TIME magazine:
Did the President just confirm the existence of a missile system with mini-nuclear reactors aboard, eliminating distance limitations, and that can fly low and weave around anti-missile shields? https://t.co/Bg1bzBXRwG
— Phil Elliott (@Philip_Elliott) August 12, 2019
If news reports on nature of the Russian test are correct, then the President has just asserted that the US has nuclear-propelled cruise missiles.
That would be newsworthy. https://t.co/XhxzLM5l0k
— Dan McFadden (@Dan_McF) August 12, 2019
Reuters DC National Security Correspondent:
Huh? Is he saying the US has secretly developed a nuclear-powered cruise missile? Project Pluto was canceled in July 1964. At same time, he confirms story I published Friday on experts suspecting explosion of Skyfall. https://t.co/Df8pHAS8Gm https://t.co/SXp12oxq3I
— Jonathan Landay (@JonathanLanday) August 12, 2019
So, is the President of the United States lying/bluffing about our capabilities (we don’t have missiles with tiny nuclear reactors) or just revealing our secret weapons to the world… Which is worse? https://t.co/LpO7bY1nlI
— Real Talk 910 (@RealTalk910) August 12, 2019
— Jason Tiscione (@JasonTiscione) August 12, 2019
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‘I Get No Lawyer’: Trump in Full Meltdown Mode Falsely Claims Open Impeachment Inquiry Hearings Are a ‘Trial’
“This Witch Hunt should not be allowed to proceed!”
President Donald Trump is in full meltdown mode. Thursday morning the man purported to be the leader of the free world, the most powerful person to hold elected office in this country, tweeted witness testimony in the House open impeachment inquiry hearings slated to begin next week are a “trial.”
They are not.
The trial takes place in the Senate, assuming the House passes articles of impeachment and Majority Leader Mitch MCConnell allows the Senate trial to proceed.
The President also claimed his due process rights and right to an attorney are being denied.
They are not.
This is not a criminal trial and as president Trump has no special rights.
The President also claimed the witnesses who will appear before Congress are “Never Trumpers.”
They are not.
It was just explained to me that for next weeks Fake Hearing (trial) in the House, as they interview Never Trumpers and others, I get NO LAWYER & NO DUE PROCESS. It is a Pelosi, Schiff, Scam against the Republican Party and me. This Witch Hunt should not be allowed to proceed!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 7, 2019
There are three witnesses scheduled next week. All three are career foreign service officers.
The first is the U.S. chargé d’affaires for Ukraine, Ambassador Bill Taylor, who previously served in State Dept. roles for both Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama. He was hand-picked by none other than Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for his current role. He is a decorated Vietnam War veteran who began working for the federal government in 1980.
The second is United States Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs, George Kent, who began working for the U.S. State Dept. in 1992.
The third is former Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, who began working for the U.S. Foreign Service in 1986.
There is zero evidence any of the three are “Never Trumpers.”
‘The Problem Is We Need Some Money’: Giuliani Has Been ‘Butt-Dialing’ an NBC News Reporter
“The problem is we need some money,” Giuliani says in the three-minute recording about overseas dealings. “We need a few hundred thousand.”
NBC News’ Rich Schapiro was the recipient of the accidental call. He writes he had been speaking to the former NYC mayor earlier in the evening of October 16 and the call went into his voicemail, as he was sleeping. Schapiro also reports, “it wasn’t the first time it had happened.”
It is not known to who Giuliani was speaking, nor specifically what deals he was working on. More importantly, perhaps, it is not known in what capacity Giuliani was working.
A former federal prosecutor, Giuliani opened a security consulting firm after leaving office as New York City’s mayor. He’s also President Trump’s attorney, he admits he has acted as a spokesperson for an Iranian group that once was on the U.S. terror watchlist, and he has been conducting shadow government foreign policy on Trump’s behalf.
And those are just the roles we know about.
Giuliani also “told the Daily Beast his firm had signed a deal with Bahrain to advise its police force on counter-terrorism measures. But the Bahrain News Agency account of the meeting suggested Giuliani was viewed more like an ambassador than a security consultant. ‘HM the King praised the longstanding Bahraini-U.S. relations, noting keenness of the two countries to constantly develop them,’ it said.”
Right before Giuliani says, “The problem is we need some money,” he asks for a man he calls “Robert.” It is not known who that is.
The other time Giuliani butt-dialed Schapiro was last month, on September 28.
Giuliani spends the entire three minutes railing against the Bidens. He can be heard recycling many of the unfounded allegations he has been making on cable news and in interviews with print reporters.
Among the claims: that then-Vice President Biden intervened to stop an investigation of a Ukrainian gas company because Hunter sat on the board, and that Hunter traded on his father’s position as vice president to earn $1.5 billion from Chinese investors.
“There’s plenty more to come out,” Giuliani says. “He did the same thing in China. And he tried to do it in Kazakhstan and in Russia.”
“It’s a sad situation,” he adds. “You know how they get? Biden has been been trading in on his public office since he was a senator.”
You can listen to the recording and read the full report here.
Trump to Order Entire Federal Government to Drop NY Times and Washington Post Subscriptions
The White House is canceling its subscriptions to The New York Times and the Washington Post, and the administration will order the entire federal government to not renew subscriptions to two of the nation’s top newspapers. President Donald Trump appareled on Fox News’ “Hannity” this week and called both national papers “fake.”
“Not renewing subscriptions across all federal agencies will be a significant cost saving—hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars will be saved,” White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said in an email to Rupert Murdoch’s Wall Street Journal Thursday, Axios reports. Murdoch also owns Fox News.
The decision was not made in an effort to cut costs. Just one weekend of President trump golfing likely could pay for a year’s worth of the entire federal government’s subscriptions to both papers.
Grisham, who as White House press secretary has never held a press conference, did not address the fact that government employees and members of the U.S. military reportedly can subscribe for free to the Post by using their .gov or .mil email addresses.
“Fed employees are eligible for free digital subscriptions to the Wash Post using their govt email.”
So the USG will save 1000s of $ by forcing agencies to give up their *free* subscriptions?
These folks are so transparent. If you work at the WH how do you respect yourself?
— Aki Peritz (@AkiPeritz) October 24, 2019
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