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Trump Makes Startling Statement: ‘We’ve Taken Control of the Oil in the Middle East – U.S. Has Control of That’

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President Donald Trump made a startling statement Friday afternoon while boasting about how he believes he handled his widely-condemned withdrawal of U.S. troops from Northern Syria – a move that had opened the gate to ethnic cleansing of America’s now-former allies, the Kurds.

“We’ve taken control of the oil in the Middle East, the oil that we’re talking about, the oil that everybody was worried about. We have the U.S. control of that,” Trump said, minutes after concluding a talk with the first two women astronauts to participate in an all-women spacewalk.

Trump went on to claim “there are no shots being fired, and a lot of people are doing a lot of things,” despite the supposed “ceasefire” that lasted less than 24 hours.

“This is a deal that should been made 15 years, 10 ago, over the last number of years under the Obama administration. The real numbers is over one million people were killed,” Trump said, doubling his claim from earlier this week. “We have lost no, not a drop of blood since we’ve started, what I’ve started, and it was, so far it’s working out.”

CNN fact-checker Daniel Dale was among the first to report on Trump’s stunning claim.

Trump in fact made a similar statement on Twitter that went largely unnoticed just a few hours ago:

Reporters are expressing confusion over what the president meant:

 

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‘Only an Animal’: Trump Goes Off-the-Rails in Unhinged ‘News Conference’ Campaign Rally So MSNBC and CNN Stop Airing

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President Donald Trump late Monday morning announced he would hold a press conference, but after a late start and minutes in it became clear it was yet another campaign-style stream-of-consciousness rally devoid of facts and filled with lies.

Both MSNBC and CNN were not airing the “press conference” minutes after it began.

After Trump’s 20 minutes or so of angry grumbling, and disgruntled attacks on Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Kamala Harris, his Democratic opponents, Trump ended his remarks before taking reporters questions by saying, “Happy Labor Day, everybody.”

MSNBC “The Last Word” producer Kyle Griffin announced, “MSNBC aired about five minutes of Trump’s speech before cutting it off and fact checking his lies on U.S. economic progress.”

CNN’s Jim Acosta noted that the address was a campaign event:

Trump decided to hold the event at the North Portico, a more formal outdoor space in the White House usually reserved for major announcements, welcoming international leaders, and for White House family events.

During the event, Trump attacked administration officials who had told reporters he called military service members “losers” and suckers.”

“Only an animal.”

Trump attempted to Force Reuters’ Jeff Mason to remove his face mask.

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Busted: Ivanka Trump’s Story About Her Son’s White House LEGO Model Probably Isn’t True — Here’s Why

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During her address to the Republican National Committee Convention from the White House, first daughter Ivanka Trump attempted to humanize her father by telling a story of her son building a LEGO model of the White House.

Trump biographer Andrea Berstein, the Peabody Award winning journalist who wrote the 2020 book, American Oligarchs: The Kushners, the Trumps, and the Marriage of Money and Power Hardcover, had heard a similar story before, although in the earlier telling the story was about Ivanka herself.

President Donald Trump also told a similar story, involving his brother Robert and toy blocks.

Ivanka also told the story about herself while being interviewed by Conan O’Brien in 2007.

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Cincinnati Sportscaster Caught on a Hot Mic Dropping Homophobic Slur

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Veteran sportscaster Thom Brennaman appeared to unleash a homophobic slur Wednesday evening while on a hot mic “after the first game of a Reds/Royals doubleheader on Fox Sports Ohio,” Deadspin reports.

Brennaman was caught referring to an unmentioned location as “one of the f*g capitals of the world.”

Some have noted it’s possible the anti-gay slur did not make it on-air, but there are several recordings posted to social media.

ABC affiliate WCPO adds, “It is unclear if he knew his microphone was on, or that he was broadcasting live.”

CBS Sports writer Danny Vietti adds this commentary:

“A new hashtag, #FireThom, is now trending on Twitter,” the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

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