President Donald Trump fired national security adviser John Bolton by tweet, largely over their disagreement on holding peace talks with the Taliban at Camp David, but the president also had lost trust in his adviser.
Bolton strongly disagreed with Trump’s desire to meet with Taliban leaders and his willingness to meet with Iran’s president, but three sources revealed that Trump was angry at Bolton for another reason, reported CBS News.
Those sources, who were directly involved, said Trump was driven to distraction by his belief that Bolton or those close to him had leaked a story about the president asking whether nuclear weapons could be used against hurricanes.
Axios reported last month that Trump had asked senior Homeland Security and national security officials multiple times to explore using nukes to stop hurricanes from hitting the U.S., and they stood behind their reporting after the president denied asking about it.
“I got it. I got it. Why don’t we nuke them?” Trump asked, according to one source who was present. “They start forming off the coast of Africa, as they’re moving across the Atlantic, we drop a bomb inside the eye of the hurricane and it disrupts it. Why can’t we do that?”
The White House official assured the president they would look into that, but sources said aides were astonished by Trump’s question.
A National Security Council memo from 2017 shows that Trump asked about bombing hurricanes.
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Trump Facing ‘Very Unpleasant’ Jail Sentence After Michael Cohen Flipped Again: Former Federal Prosecutor
On Wednesday, NBC News reported that President Donald Trump’s jailed former attorney Michael Cohen is cooperating with New York City prosecutors as part of an investigation into whether the Trump Organization falsified business records.
On MSNBC’s “Hardball,” former federal prosecutor Joyce Vance told anchor Chris Matthews that the consequences for Trump could be serious.
“If it is the tail end of this whole operation of going after Trump, it seems to me the Manhattan DA, that’s a political office, this case could be a big case if you’re taking the president of the United States down into a criminal matter,” said Matthews. “The question I have, I guess, as a nonlawyer, is what’s the penalty for this kind of case?”
“So that really depends on how it’s ultimately structured,” said Vance. “If they were able to make some sort of a tax charge here, which we don’t know — we don’t know if they have tax records — we could be looking at a lengthy violation for a felony. It’s certainly not a misdemeanor.”
“The felony crime is a serious one, it carries a lot of collateral consequences,” said Vance. “But most significantly is the threat there is jail time involved, and any amount of jail time in the state system in New York would be very unpleasant for the president of the United States.”
Trump Ordered Staff to Force Federal Agency to Contradict Weather Forecasters Who Told Truth About Dorian and Alabama
President Donald Trump ordered White House staff to have the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration contradict federal government weather forecasters at the National Weather Service in Birmingham, Alabama.
Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney called Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross “but did not instruct him to threaten any firings or offer any punitive threats, officials said,” The Washington Post reports. “He simply told Ross that the agency needed to fix it immediately, leading to a new statement that was issued on Sept. 6.”
White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney ordered the Commerce Secretary to direct the NOAA to contradict the government’s weather forecasters so Trump could save face.
“The White House was directly involved in pressing a federal scientific agency to repudiate the weather forecasters who contradicted President Trump’s claim that Hurricane Dorian would probably strike Alabama,” The New York Times reports.
President Trump, asked by reporters Wednesday afternoon, insisted he did not tell Mulvaney to take action.
“No, I never did that,” Trump claimed. “That’s fake news.”
Some are calling for Mulvaney to be fired or to resign.
White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney called Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.
Ross then called ?@NOAA? and ordered them not to contradict Trump’s weather forecast for Hurricane Dorian.
All this to cover for Trump’s lies.
They should all resign.https://t.co/Wq56wHdK7W
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) September 11, 2019
No surprise that #Mulvaney just like Commerce Secretary #WilburRoss would threaten government employees if they did not cover up for #Trump lies – but no less culpable – they both need to resign or be fired given these disclosures about #AbuseofPower
— Shanlon Wu (@shanlonwu) September 11, 2019
Acting WH Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney instructed Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to have NOAA support Trump’s comments on the threat of Hurricane Dorian to Alabama and contradict the National Weather Service (NWS), according to The New York Times
Can we get them BOTH to resign?
— Sabrina McDaniel (@Sabrina_McDa) September 11, 2019
Well then, Mulvaney and Ross both need to resign then. https://t.co/3mZNAmJyxD
— Susan Solomon (@SusanSolomon) September 11, 2019
Mick Mulvaney, the acting White House chief of staff, told Wilbur Ross, the commerce secretary, to have the @NOAA publicly disavow the forecasters’ position that Alabama was not at risk. Mulvaney and Ross both must resign. #ResignMulvaney #ResignRoss #NOAA https://t.co/HJfG5Hp5Va
— Nancy Levine ? (@nancylevine) September 11, 2019
Busted: Cartographer-in-Chief Donald Trump Personally Doctored Dorian Map With a Sharpie
President Donald Trump is now the Cartographer-in-Chief. According to The Washington Post, it was none other than Donald Trump who drew the doctored Dorian map to expand the trajectory of the hurricane to include Alabama – just to cover his lie that Alabama was among the states that would “most likely be hit (much) harder than anticipated.”
Alabama was not in the path of Hurricane Dorian when he first tweeted on Sunday warning its residents of a life-threatening event that was not in the cards, and had not been for days.
“It was Trump who used a black Sharpie to mark up an official National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration map,” The Washington Post reports, “which he displayed during an Oval Office briefing on Wednesday, according to a White House official who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations.”
“No one else writes like that on a map with a black Sharpie,” that White House official said.
He has been defending his Alabama claims for days, fixating and unable to let it go.
Thursday night Trump scapegoated a Rear Admiral who penned a statement saying he had included Alabama in the president’s briefing.
Trump’s fraudulent weather reporting may be a crime.
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