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Wed Apr 24, 2019, 11:58 PM

Refuses to defend United States

APR 24, 2019
David A. Graham
Staff writer at The Atlantic

... Despite repeated evidence of Russian attempts to interfere in American electionsómost recently detailed in Special Counsel Robert Muellerís report, released last weekóthe White House continues to refuse to take action, because the president canít separate the nationís security from questions about the legitimacy of his victory in the 2016 election ...

Itís good to read news stories critically, and the Times story is heavily sourced to people who seem interested in rehabilitating the image of Kirstjen Nielsen, who was pushed out as secretary of homeland security earlier this month. Nielsen has been tarred by her association with Trumpís hard-line immigration policies, which she defended aggressively, often with blatant falsehoods, and some of the leaks seem geared at portraying her as standing up for issues that the president would not.

Nielsenís career choices speak for themselves, and one need not accept apologies on her behalf to accept the story, which fits into a long pattern for the president. He has repeatedly questioned whether Russia was really behind intrusions into the 2016 election, most prominently at the disastrous Helsinki conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin. He still hasnít condemned Russia. The U.S. shows little sign of taking action to prevent future foreign interference ...

... Trump stands apart. His silence isnít just a matter of messaging. It has policy effects as well. Trump has treated the Department of Homeland Security, which has wide-ranging and essential duties, as effectively just an immigration-and-border agency. According to the Times, this was a particular source of frustration for Nielsen, whose background is in cybersecurity. In May 2018, National Security Adviser John Bolton eliminated the job of the White Houseís top cybersecurity adviser. According to former Defense Secretary James Mattis, Russia once again meddled in the midterm elections six months later. Trump also bristled at the intelligence chiefsí comments on Russia, and reportedly sought to push out Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats in retaliation ...

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/04/trump-refuses-defend-country/587887/

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Thu Apr 25, 2019, 02:05 AM

1. K&R,

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Thu Apr 25, 2019, 04:56 AM

2. K&R

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Thu Apr 25, 2019, 05:13 AM

3. A lot of questions...

That cannot be ignored.

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