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Dennis Donovan

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"...during call, Erdogan complained about Graham to Trump without knowing Graham was in the room"

https://twitter.com/jdawsey1/status/1184210892759752706
Josh Dawsey ✔ @jdawsey1

At one point during call, Erdogan complained about Graham to Trump without knowing Graham was in the room, per people briefed on call.

Lindsey Graham ✔ @LindseyGrahamSC

I was part of a phone call yesterday between President Erdogan and President Trump where President Trump received a commitment from the President of Turkey to stay away from the Kobani area to prevent further escalation in Syria.


4:54 PM - Oct 15, 2019


Posted by Dennis Donovan | Tue Oct 15, 2019, 06:43 PM (0 replies)

Mark Hertling: it's not a theoretical civil-military relations issue, it's real, it's shameful

https://twitter.com/MarkHertling/status/1184219730414112774
Mark Hertling ✔ @MarkHertling

This “shocking dynamic” from @RichardEngel won’t be forgotten. It will be a major issue of discussion for military professionals for years to come. But now, it’s not a theoretical civil-military relations issue, it’s real, it’s tough for those on the ground, and it’s shameful.

Richard Engel ✔ @RichardEngel

This is a shocking dynamic that history will not forget. The Kurds say they are facing ethnic cleansing by a NATO country, Turkey, as US forces nearby have NO ORDERS TO HELP, only orders to defend themselves and leave Northern Syria.


5:29 PM - Oct 15, 2019
Posted by Dennis Donovan | Tue Oct 15, 2019, 06:33 PM (2 replies)

Erdogan says Turkey will never declare ceasefire in northern Syria: NTV

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-turkey-usa-erdogan/erdogan-says-turkey-will-never-declare-ceasefire-in-northern-syria-ntv-idUSKBN1WU2SZ

OCTOBER 15, 2019 / 5:03 PM / UPDATED 13 MINUTES AGO

ANKARA (Reuters) - President Tayyip Erdogan told U.S. President Donald Trump that Turkey will never declare a ceasefire in northeastern Syria, and added that he was not worried about U.S. sanctions over Ankara’s offensive, broadcaster NTV reported on Tuesday.

Speaking to reporters on a flight back from Baku, Erdogan said talks with Washington and Moscow on Syria’s Kobani and Manbij towns continued, and added it was “not negative” for the Syrian army to enter Manbij as long as militants in the area were cleared, NTV said.

He also said he told Trump that Turkey would “not negotiate with a terrorist organization” in response to Trump’s mediation offer.

Separately, the Turkish presidency said on Tuesday that Erdogan told Russian President Vladimir Putin in a phone call that Turkey’s incursion into northeastern Syria would contribute to counter-terrorism efforts, Syria’s territorial integrity, and a political solution process.

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Pence might as well save the Jet-A and stay home.
Posted by Dennis Donovan | Tue Oct 15, 2019, 05:54 PM (4 replies)

Defense Secretary Esper was spotted walking into the House GOP impeachment meeting tonight.

https://twitter.com/AlexNBCNews/status/1184223229939986445
Alex Moe ✔ @AlexNBCNews

Defense Secretary Esper was spotted walking into the House GOP impeachment meeting tonight. Today is the subpoena deadline for Esper to provide documents to Intel/Oversight/Foreign Affairs Cmte in the ongoing impeachment inquiry. (W/ @KyleAlexStewart)

5:43 PM - Oct 15, 2019
Posted by Dennis Donovan | Tue Oct 15, 2019, 05:46 PM (4 replies)

Speaker Pelosi will hold press conference at 6:30pm

https://twitter.com/AlexNBCNews/status/1184218105339363328
Alex Moe ✔ @AlexNBCNews

New: Speaker Pelosi will hold press conference at 6:30pm after the Dem Caucus meeting on impeachment tonight

5:22 PM - Oct 15, 2019


https://twitter.com/GeoffRBennett/status/1184198046420209665
Geoff Bennett ✔ @GeoffRBennett

.@SpeakerPelosi says she’ll be talking more about next steps in the impeachment inquiry following her 6PM caucus meeting. She chose not to engage at length on impeachment questions during a press conference focused on college affordability

4:03 PM - Oct 15, 2019
Posted by Dennis Donovan | Tue Oct 15, 2019, 05:26 PM (7 replies)

Great Luckovich!

https://twitter.com/mluckovichajc/status/1184217383243788288
mike luckovich ✔ @mluckovichajc



5:20 PM - Oct 15, 2019



Posted by Dennis Donovan | Tue Oct 15, 2019, 05:24 PM (2 replies)

People close to Giuliani are advising him to hire a criminal lawyer - Rudy is resisting

https://twitter.com/mkraju/status/1184195209741123585
Manu Raju ✔ @mkraju

People close to Giuliani are advising him to hire a criminal lawyer as questions linger about his connections to two of his indicted associates. Giuliani has been resisting that advice, according to those people. @evanperez @MichaelRWarren

https://www.cnn.com/2019/10/15/politics/rudy-giuliani-jon-sale-impeachment/index.html
Giuliani parting ways with attorney who was helping on impeachment matters
Rudy Giuliani is parting ways with the personal attorney who has represented him in matters related to the impeachment inquiry. Giuliani confirmed to CNN Tuesday that his current attorney, Jon Sale,...


3:51 PM - Oct 15, 2019


Posted by Dennis Donovan | Tue Oct 15, 2019, 03:58 PM (7 replies)

With Turkey's invasion of Syria, concerns mount over nukes at Incirlik

https://www.airforcetimes.com/news/your-air-force/2019/10/14/with-turkeys-invasion-of-syria-concerns-mount-over-nukes-at-incirlik/


A U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle lands at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, in November 2015. The deteriorating relationship between the U.S. and Turkey has led to concerns about the nuclear weapons reportedly housed there. (Airman 1st Class Cory Bush/Air Force)

By: Stephen Losey   1 day ago

The Air Force on Monday said it has made no changes to daily operations at Incirlik Air Base in Turkey even as Turkish forces continue to push into Syrian territory, which has prompted U.S. forces to pull back.

But concerns are growing over the reported presence of U.S. nuclear weapons at Incirlik, believed to be about 50 B61 gravity bombs. The New York Times on Monday reported that officials from the State and Energy departments over the weekend reviewed plans for evacuating the nuclear weapons there.

Not surprisingly, Air Force spokeswoman Ann Stefanek would not answer questions about possible nuclear weapons at Incirlik and whether they would be moved in a Monday email.

“The mission of the 39th [Air Base Wing at Incirlik] is to provide persistent surety and continuous air operations for the U.S., our allies and our partners and helps protect U.S. and NATO interests in the Southern Region by providing a responsive and operational air base ready to project integrated, forward-based airpower,” Stefanek said. But she stated there have been no daily operations changes at the base.

A senior official reportedly told the Times that the weapons “were now essentially [Turkish President Recep] Erdogan’s hostages” since removing the weapons would effectively spell the end of America’s alliance with Turkey, but keeping them there would leave them vulnerable.

The situation with Turkey, a NATO ally, has become increasingly volatile as Turkish forces tore into the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces after the U.S. pulled back and abandoned them.

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The clusterfuck grows...
Posted by Dennis Donovan | Tue Oct 15, 2019, 03:20 PM (4 replies)

Giuliani says he won't comply with a congressional subpoena

Source: ABC

President Donald's Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani told ABC News on Tuesday he is not complying with a congressional subpoena.

Giuliani tells ABC News “if they enforce it then we will see what happens.”

Giuliani went on to tell ABC News he is no longer retaining the services of Jon Sale, who was acting as his attorney for this matter. Giuliani says that if Congress seeks to enforce a subpoena then he will retain counsel.

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Read more: https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/giukiani-comply-congressional-subpoena/story?id=66293635&cid=social_twitter_abcn



His lawyer probably told him that he would be out if Rudy was going to blow off any subpoena.
Posted by Dennis Donovan | Tue Oct 15, 2019, 02:48 PM (39 replies)

Tiedrich tweet; remember when president dragged his failed-handbag-plagiarizing bubblehead daughter

https://twitter.com/itsJeffTiedrich/status/1184175065904099335
Jeff Tiedrich @itsJeffTiedrich

hey guys remember when our president dragged his failed-handbag-plagiarizing bubblehead daughter to the G20 summit and world leaders were smirking and rolling their eyes as she yammered away about shit she knew nothing about? yeah now tell me more about Hunter Biden and nepotism

2:31 PM - Oct 15, 2019
Posted by Dennis Donovan | Tue Oct 15, 2019, 02:40 PM (21 replies)
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