Secretary of State Mike Pompeo appears “impotent” as testimony reveals his subservience to President Donald Trump.
MSNBC anchor Nicolle Wallace interviewed Associated Press reporter Jonathan Lemire.
“You know, and Jonathan Lemire, another sort of plotline that keeps re-upping itself is Pompeo’s either impotence or what would appear to be the only other explanation, his been coerced by Trump and Rudy [Giuliani] as part of the conspiracy to extort the Ukrainians for dirt on the Bidens. What is the sense from inside Pompeo-world for which path he’s on?” Wallace asked.
“At the very least Pompeo did nothing to — no objection whatsoever,” Lemire replied.
“I keep going back to [Bill] Taylor’s opening testimony which was released a few weeks ago where he spoke about how this would undo all the progress that has been made in Ukraine which should be a bulwark against Russian aggression,” he explained.
“He described — he looked over that bridge. He was in the Ukraine and he looked over and saw those Russian-backed militia forces over there and sort of put a real human face on this and said this is the toll here. It’s not just about politics, lives could be lost if this military aid is not delivered,” he explained.
“In terms of Pompeo, he looks, if nothing else, he looks impotent,” Lemire said. “He’s kowtowed to Trump.”
“He’s yet another guardrail that has fallen away in allowing the president and in this case Rudy Giuliani and this other cast of characters to run rough shot over American foreign policy — and frankly American interests,” he added.
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CDC Agreed to Work on Trump Campaign’s MAGA-Themed Face Masks – As Hospitals Were Desperate for COVID-19 Tests: NYT
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this past March reportedly agreed to help consult with Trump administration officials on the design of “Make America Healthy Again” face masks that would be given out to promote both public health and President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign.
The New York Times reports that Trump administration official in March “asked the agency to provide feedback on possible logos — including ‘Make America Healthy Again’ — for cloth face masks they hoped to distribute to millions of Americans.”
The initiative eventually fell through, but once source tells the Times that “CDC leaders agreed to the request.”
The discussion about Trump-branded face masks came at a time when hospitals across the United States were desperate to have more COVID-19 testing kits and protective gear for their staff members who were struggling to handle a surge in hospitalizations at the start of a pandemic that would go on to kill more than 100,000 Americans in less than three months.
“They let us down,” Dr. Stephane Otmezguine, an anesthesiologist who treated COVID-19 patients in Florida, tells the Times.
Defense Secretary Splits From Trump on Use of Military in US Cities: ‘I Do Not Support Invoking the Insurrection Act’
In a rare move Secretary of Defense Mark Esper split from President Donald Trump on the use of the U.S. Military in American cities. Esper, in a hastily-called press conference, told reporters point blank: “I do not support invoking the Insurrection Act.”
The Defense Secretary said active-duty U.S. troops “should only be used as a matter of last resort and only in the most urgent and dire situations.” He added he does not believe America is in that situation presently.
NEW: Defense Sec. Esper: “I do not support invoking the Insurrection Act.”
“The option to use active-duty forces in a law enforcement role should only be used as a matter of last resort and only in the most … dire of situations. We are not in one of those situations now.” pic.twitter.com/JbtTACC0pH
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) June 3, 2020
Esper has been highly criticized since he participated in President Donald Trump’s Monday evening photo-op, which was held in front of St. John’s Church, across from the White House. That area was cleared by using rubber bullets and, according to reporters who were on the scene, teat gas. Esper on Wednesday specifically denied that the National Guard used tear gas, but other law enforcement and federal agencies were on the scene as well.
Sec. Esper said he was unaware he would be part of that photo-op, which in itself has been highly controversial. He said he tries to keep the Military out of politics and admitted his participation, which he said was unplanned on his part, failed in that goal.
The Pentagon chief also made an impassioned vow on the role of the U.S. Military.
“The Department of Defense, the armed services, our uniformed leaders, our civilian leaders and I take seriously our oath to support and defend the Constitution,” he said, “and to safeguard to those very rights contained in that document.”
Defense Sec. Mark Esper: “The Department of Defense, the armed services, our uniformed leaders, our civilian leaders and I take seriously our oath to support and defend the Constitution…and to safeguard to those very rights contained in that document.” https://t.co/GeCPnmcoS7 pic.twitter.com/26b1hc41aK
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) June 3, 2020
Esper ended the press conference somewhat abruptly, saying he was on his way to the White House.
Former Pentagon Public Affairs official Adam Blickstein calls Esper’s remarks “a stunning reversal” and “a direct rebuke” to President Trump.
This is a breaking news and developing story. Details may change. This story will be updated, and NCRM will likely publish follow-up stories on this news. Stay tuned and refresh for updates.
George Floyd Died of Asphyxiation: Independent Autopsy
George Floyd died of “mechanical asphyxiation,” concludes an independent autopsy commissioned by the Floyd family.
“The officers killed him,” Benjamin Crump (photo), the Floyd family attorney said at a Monday afternoon press conference moments ago. He “said an independent autopsy found his death was homicide,” The New York Times adds.
.@AttorneyCrump, the lawyer for the family of George Floyd, says the independent family autopsy found Floyd died “by asphyxia due to neck & back compression that led to a lack of blood flow to the brain.”
Big: Crump says physical acts by other officers also caused Floyd’s death. pic.twitter.com/5XsxQDLKHf
— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) June 1, 2020
Crump said the family wants all four officers to be charged with first degree murder. Only one of the four officers has been arrested.
Hennepin County autopsy report found heart disease, hypertension & “potential intoxicants” contributed to George Floyd’s death.
Dr. Michael Baden says no underlying health problems contributed. It was compression of neck & back. “He couldn’t breathe and that is homicidal.”
— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) June 1, 2020
The Hennepin County’s medical examiner’s autopsy offered different conclusions.
Attorney Ben Crump holds a news conference to announce findings of an independent autopsy of George Floyd. WATCH LIVE: https://t.co/qZHSbbWiKu
— ABC News (@ABC) June 1, 2020
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