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Trump Blasted as News Spreads He Wants to Visit Putin and Attend the Kremlin’s May Military Parade in Moscow

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“This is a celebration of Russian military power, which Putin is using to undermine US national security interests across the globe.”

President Donald Trump has been avoiding the press this week but Friday morning he spent about 25 minutes talking to reporters on the South Lawn of the White House. Trump’s remarks covered a lot of ground, among them were his eyebrow-raising remarks that President Vladimir Putin has invited him to attend Russia’s May Military Victory parade at the Kremlin, and he wants to go.

“President Putin invited me,” Trump told reporters. “It’s a very big deal.”

Russia is not an ally of the U.S. and in fact has been described as America’s top enemy.

The parade “is a celebration of Russian military power, which Putin is using to undermine US national security interests across the globe,” says CNN’s Jim Sciutto.

Trump’s clear devotion to Putin has been a disturbing hallmark of his presidency. Putin is one of the few leaders President Trump has never criticized, many say, and Trump’s actions have been to Putin’s advantage time and time again. Trump’s pullout of U.S. Forces from Syria and his abandonment of the Kurds is the latest in a long line of pro-Putin actions. His refusal to accept that Russia attacked the U.S. 2016 election that put him in the Oval Office is another that has left America open to even greater foreign influence.

Here’s how people are reacting on social media to Trump’s desire to attend the Kremlin’s military parade with Putin.

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2020 Road to the White House

Another Trump Adviser Tests Positive for COVID After White House Superspreader Event: Corey Lewandowski

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Corey Lewandowski, President Donald J. Trump’s adviser who’s been issuing baseless lawsuits regarding illegal election activity in specific states, tested positive for COVID-19 Wednesday, making him the latest person in Trump’s inner circle to contract the virus.

Lewandowski had visited Philadelphia days prior to his diagnosis, according to The New York Times‘ Maggie Haberman.

“He was at the White House election night party, but tested positive eight days later,” Haberman tweeted Thursday.

Mark Meadows, Trump’s chief of staff; Ben Carson, the housing secretary; and David Bossie, an adviser to Mr. Trump have also tested positive following the White House superspreader event on Election Day.

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Third Obama Memoir Details the Rise of Trumpism — ‘He Promised An Elixir for Their Racial Anxiety’

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President Barack Obama is releasing a new 768-page memoir titled, “A Promised Land” on Nov. 17 and readers can expect insight regarding the future president’s childhood and political rise, as well as the 2008 battle for the White House that included vehement “birther” movement attacks by then-reality star Donald J. Trump.

The memoir will dive into Obama’s historic first four years in office with hundreds of pages dedicated to the fights and characters that colored his tenure in the White House, according to CNN. Among his recounts: the racial inequality that plagued the nation and brought rise to Trumpism.

“It was as if my very presence in the White House had triggered a deep-seated panic, a sense that the natural order had been disrupted,” Obama wrote. “Which is exactly what Donald Trump understood when he started peddling assertions that I had not been born in the United States and was thus an illegitimate president. For millions of Americans spooked by a Black man in the White House, he promised an elixir for their racial anxiety.”

In addition to Trump, Obama’s memoir also captures the timeframe surrounding the capture and kill of Osama bin Laden.

In the memoir, Obama refers to his “failure” to pass immigration reform as being “a bitter pill to swallow” and acknowledging that the economy “stank” as he headed into the 2010 midterms, where Republicans reclaimed the House of Representatives on the back of the Tea Party movement.

“As far as I was concerned, the election didn’t prove our agenda had been wrong,” Obama writes of 2010. “It just proved that… I’d failed to rally the nation, as FDR had once done, behind what I knew to be right. Which to me was just as damning.”

This is Obama’s third memoir — the first was “Dream from My Father” in 1995 and his second was “The Audacity of Hope” in 2006. Michelle Obama released her own memoir, “Becoming,” in 2018, selling millions of copies.

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US State Department is Preventing Biden from Accessing Messages from Foreign Leaders

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The U.S. State Department is preventing Biden from accessing messages to him from foreign leaders, CNN’s Kylie Atwood reported Wednesday.

“A stack of messages from foreign leaders to President-elect Joe Biden are sitting at the State Department but the Trump administration is preventing him from accessing them, according to State Department officials familiar with the messages,” CNN reported. “Traditionally, the State Department supports all communications for the President-elect, which is why many countries began sending messages to State over the weekend. But with Biden prohibited from accessing State Department resources by the Trump administration, because President Donald Trump refuses to accept Biden’s victory, dozens of incoming messages have not been received.”

Biden’s team is currently contacting foreign leaders and government officials on their own, but “would prefer to be using the State Department resources,” said a source familiar with the situation, who noted that the Biden team is having to deal with the unexpected challenge of facilitating these calls.

“It was helpful to have State ops place the calls and to provide translation services, and we were grateful for the cooperation from the Bush administration for making that happen,” said Denis McDonough, who served in the Obama administration and worked with Obama during the transition.

That extended hand isn’t happening this time around from President Donald J. Trump and his agencies toward President-elect Joe Biden.

The calls happening now are congratulatory ones, standard to what usually occurs after a new president is selected.

“These calls in the past have been handled on open lines. They are congratulatory calls,” McDonough said.

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