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Trump policies unite allies against him at European security forum

Trump policies unite allies against him at European security forum


17 Feb 2019 at 14:14 ET

In 2009, then U.S. Vice President Joe Biden came to Munich to “press the reset button” with Russia. A decade later he came again to offer the world better relations, this time with his own country.

Promising that “America will be back” once Donald Trump leaves office, Biden won a standing ovation at the Munich Security Conference from delegates who find the president’s brusque foreign policy stance hard to like.

But their elation also exposed the weakened state of Western diplomacy in the face of Trump’s assertiveness, according to European diplomats and politicians who were present.

Biden’s successor, Mike Pence, was met with silence at a reception in the palatial Bavarian parliament on Friday evening after he delivered his signature line: “I bring you greetings from the 45th president of the United States, President Donald Trump.”

His four-day trip to Europe succeeded only in deepening divisions with traditional allies over questions such as Iran and Venezuela and offered little hope in how to deal with threats ranging from nuclear arms to climate change, diplomats and officials said.

Misgivings about Washington’s role in the world are being felt by ordinary people as well as foreign policy specialists. In Germany and France, half the population see U.S. power as a threat,
up sharply from 2013 and a view shared by 37 percent of Britons, the Washington-based Pew Research Center said in a report before the Munich foreign policy gathering.

Asked about European anxiety over Trump’s leadership style, a senior U.S. official on Pence’s Air Force Two plane said the vice president’s Munich conference speech on Saturday at the Hotel Bayerischer Hof would “help give them a different perspective”.


But if the Europeans did not like the “America First” message, there was no concerted response to it. German Chancellor Angela Merkel was on her own after a last-minute cancellation by French President Emmanuel Macron.

That caused some to lament the failure of the West to uphold the rules-based international order that Washington itself championed in the 70 years that preceded the arrival of Trump in the White House...

Looks like the only one buying it is the Don-In-Law

Looks like the only one buying it is the Don-In-Law


Nunes is gone, so they're going to try to delegitimize the committee instead.



2/17/19 10:12am

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy did his best to undermine the new Democratic House Intelligence Chairman during an appearance on Fox's Sunday Morning Futures with Maria Bartiromo.

The right is constantly looking for an excuse to undermine the entire Russia investigation, pretending that the entire thing was based solely on the Steele dossier when it wasn't, and doing their best to undermine the dossier, even though core aspects of the dossier have indeed been verified.

They're also apparently still smarting from demands that former House Intel Committee chair Devin Nunes recuse himself, despite the fact that his recusal was pretty much a joke, which he never had any intention of honoring. The right was already demanding that current chair Adam Schiff recuse himself from any investigation of Russian collusion way back in 2017, simply because the ranking member was a supporter of Hillary Clinton.

Following an op-ed from one of The Hill's right-wing contributors, John Solomon, attacking Schiff for a brief meeting with Fusion GPS' Glenn Simpson during a security conference in Aspen last July, the wingnut outrage machine is out in full force, with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy using the meeting to again demand that Schiff recuse himself from the Russia investigation.

Shortly after the op-ed was published, Trump followed suit and went after Schiff on Twitter:......................

Story of the Angel moms and appearing in Rose Garden....

Interesting story. I feel for these families, while at the same, they were being exploited by Trump at his wild news conferences.

Ryan James Girdusky
‏ @RyanGirdusky
Feb 16

A lot of news broke in the last few days off my twitter account about the angel moms and a meeting with Trump about the border bill. I want to clarify how things actually went down:
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Ryan James Girdusky
‏ @RyanGirdusky
Feb 16

Angel moms came to DC early in the week, trying to schedule meetings with Trump, Schumer, and Pelosi.
Schumer's office granted them a meeting, Pelosi's office called the police on them, but Trump's WH respectfully said they couldn't take a meeting.
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Ryan James Girdusky
‏ @RyanGirdusky
Feb 16

According to two sources, the order was coming right from Mulvaney to stop a meeting w/ the angel moms. The WH has ways of stopping info from coming to Trump, many members of the WH team who are hostile to the MAGA movement keep information from ever reaching POTUS' desk
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Ryan James Girdusky
‏ @RyanGirdusky
Feb 16

With Trump in the dark, Angel Families and their organizers brainstormed how to get POTUS' attention. They floated multiple ideas but time was running out with a majority of them having return flights on home scheduled on Thursday
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Ryan James Girdusky
‏ @RyanGirdusky
Feb 16

They decided upon a press conference outside the WH where they would denounce the border bill. The WH caught wind of this and panicked, it would be horrible optics especially given that they had worked so hard trying to stop criticism from conservative media outlets
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Ryan James Girdusky
‏ @RyanGirdusky
Feb 16

Mercedes Schlapp called one of the organizers, asking that they turn around and stated that Trump was fighting for them w/ this bill. The organizer refused to give saying that $1.375 billion wasn't enough for all these dead Americans.
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Ryan James Girdusky
‏ @RyanGirdusky
Feb 16

With Mercedes unsuccessful, Kellyanne Conway called saying and also argued that they shouldn't do this to Trump. The fight got heated, words were exchanged, but in the end the Angel Families refused to give up their press conference in front of the White House.
11 replies 191 retweets 469 likes

Ryan James Girdusky @RyanGirdusky
Feb 16

Kellyanne was visibly upset after the conversation, Trump walked in the room and noticed something was wrong. After a week of keeping him in the dark someone relented and told him about the Angel Families.

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Ryan James Girdusky
‏ @RyanGirdusky
Feb 16

As the Angel Families rolled near the White House, Trump called the organizer and stated he wanted to meet with them, that he had no idea, and invited them for a meeting at 9:15 AM on Friday.

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Ryan James Girdusky
‏ @RyanGirdusky
Feb 16

Most of the Angel Families had left by that point but a few were there. But those that were there were happy to meet Trump. It was Trump's idea to bring them in the rose garden.

11 replies 196 retweets 599 likes

Ryan James Girdusky
‏ @RyanGirdusky
Feb 16

One of the more noticeably chatty members of the WH staff was Sylvia Mae Davis, Deputy White House Staff Secretary/ Deputy Assistant to the President, ironically she's one of the most hostile people towards the MAGA movement in the WH.
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Listening to Donald Trump likely cost the NFL tens of millions of dollars.

Listening to Donald Trump likely cost the NFL tens of millions of dollars. https://slate.com/culture/2019/02/colin-kaepernick-settlement-nfl-anthem-protest-collusion.html via @slate His settlement with the league is a major victory for the leader of the league’s protest movement.

How Colin Kaepernick Beat the NFL


His settlement with the league is a major victory for the leader of the league’s protest movement.

By Jeremy Stahl
Feb 15, 20195:22 PM

On Friday, the NFL and representatives for Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid announced that they had settled a grievance suit with the two players over alleged collusion to keep them out of the league because of their protests during the anthem.

“For the past several months, counsel for Mr. Kaepernick and Mr. Reid have engaged in an ongoing dialogue with representatives of the NFL. As a result of those discussions, the parties have decided to resolve the pending grievances,” the NFL and Kaepernick and Reid’s attorneys said in a joint announcement. “The resolution of this matter is subject to a confidentiality agreement so there will be no further comment by any party.”

Although the precise details of the settlement are as of yet unknown, it’s difficult to view the resolution as anything but a victory for Kaepernick and Reid. It will certainly be a win for the players financially. Bleacher Report’s Mike Freeman reported that NFL teams were speculating the settlement with Kaepernick alone could have been in the $60 million to $80 million range.

Kaepernick filed his grievance against the league in October 2017, alleging that one or more teams had colluded with each other and/or the league to keep him out of the NFL because of his decision to kneel during the national anthem in the 2016–17 season as a protest against police brutality and systemic racism.


Lindsey Graham goes all-in on Trump talking points: 'It's better' for kids to have a border wall th

Source: rawstory

Lindsey Graham goes all-in on Trump talking points: ‘It’s better’ for kids to have a border wall than new schools

17 Feb 2019 at 11:12 ET

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) argued on Sunday that it is “better” for children in Kentucky to have a border wall than it is for them to have new schools.

During an interview on Face the Nation, host Margaret Brennan explained that $3.6 billion of the funds for President Donald Trump’s emergency declaration to build a border wall could come from military funds “including construction of a middle school in Kentucky.”

Graham, however, told Brennan that the children of Kentucky need a border wall more than they need new schools.

“I would say it’s better for the middle school kids in Kentucky to have a secure border,” he continued. “We’ll get them the school they need, but right now, we’ve got a national emergency on our hands.”.............

Read more: https://www.rawstory.com/2019/02/lindsey-graham-goes-trump-talking-points-better-kids-border-wall-new-schools/

ummm. Does McConnell know this?? Lindsey has gone off his rocker again


New conversation
Jennifer Rubin
‏Verified account @JRubinBlogger
4h4 hours ago

Replying to @FaceTheNation @LindseyGrahamSC

This is ludicrous.
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Philly Snowflake
‏ @phillysnowflake
1h1 hour ago

Replying to @FaceTheNation @LindseyGrahamSC

When this is all over, one of the things I most look forward to is finding out what was said during that round of golf.

0 replies 1 retweet 5 likes

New conversation
‏ @oufenix
2h2 hours ago

Replying to @FaceTheNation @LindseyGrahamSC

Lindsey would've made a fantastic Nazi general. I've never seen someone able to be such an effective, shameless bootlicker. History will destroy him.

Rep. Jim Jordan: Same Republicans Who Didn't Fight For The Wall Are Criticizing The President Now


Rep. Jim Jordan: Same Republicans Who Didn't Fight For The Wall Are Criticizing The President Now


Posted By Tim Hains
On Date February 17, 2019

Rep. Jim Jordan, the founder of the Freedom Caucus, joins ABC's 'This Week' to discuss his support for President Trump's declaration of a national emergency on the southern border.

REP. JIM JORDAN, (R) OHIO: This is an emergency. I mean, what are we on now? The fifth caravan? So, I would just ask those senators how many caravans do we need? Six or seven or does an endless caravan, the one that never stops?

What do we have just a few weeks ago, a drug bust that was enough Fentanyl to kill 57 million Americans. What do we need, 58 million, 59 million Americans, enough Fentanyl to kill that many? So, you tell me. I think it's an emergency.

What I also think is interesting is those Republicans who are criticizing the president for wanting to do this executive order are the same kind of Republicans who just a year ago didn't want us to debate and push for the wall funding when we had the majority in both the House and the Senate. Back after Chuck Schumer had shut down the government, because he said amnesty was more important than funding the government, and we had the big omnibus spending bill, that's when we should have done this. So I think it's kind of interesting, those same Republicans who were against fighting for it back then are the same ones who are criticizing the president now for his executive order.


'Everyone knows a wall will help': House Freedom Caucus co-founder Jim Jordan

Japan's PM nominated Trump for Nobel Peace Prize on U.S. request: Asahi

Source: Reuters

February 16, 2019 / 10:51 PM / Updated 13 hours ago

2 Min Read

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe nominated U.S. President Donald Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize last autumn after receiving a request from the U.S. government to do so, the Asahi newspaper reported on Sunday.


The Japanese leader had given him “the most beautiful copy” of a five-page nomination letter, Trump said at a White House news conference.


A spokesman for Japan’s Foreign Ministry in Tokyo said the ministry was aware of Trump’s remarks, but “would refrain from commenting on the interaction between the two leaders.”

The Nobel Foundation’s website says a nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize may be submitted by any person who meets the nomination criteria, which includes current heads of states. Under the foundation’s rules, names and other information about unsuccessful nominations cannot be disclosed for 50 years.

Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-usa-trump-japan/japans-pm-nominated-trump-for-nobel-peace-prize-on-us-request-asahi-idUSKCN1Q6041

His Ego Must Eat!!!



Lawrence O'Donnell tweets that #Trump tried to get him fired from NBC....

I think I had heard this before--did not know for sure if it was true. Now I know.

Retribution? You tried to get me fired when you worked for NBC. That didn't work. Now you're president. Now what?

Lawrence O'Donnell added,




Acting Sec of Defense Shanahan told reporters he hasn't determined if there is a military necessity

Good god!! The WH/Trump just does things on their own without consulting the Defense DEPT!!

Meridith McGraw
‏Verified account @meridithmcgraw

Just in: Acting Sec of Defense Shanahan just told reporters he hasn’t determined if there is a military necessity for a border wall or how much money Defense will even spend. Shanahan said he hasn’t yet spoken to President Trump.


Jennifer Rubin
‏Verified account @JRubinBlogger
8h8 hours ago

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Acting US defense secretary will review programs to cut for wall funding


By Noah Gray

Updated 1:43 AM ET, Sun February 17, 2019
Trump declares national emergency

CNN anchor shuts down commentator over Trump lie

(CNN)Acting US Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said, beginning Sunday, he will start studying which projects military money may come from to shift funds toward a border wall following President Donald Trump's national emergency declaration.

Trump on Friday declared a national emergency to secure federal funds to build a wall on the southern border, bypassing Congress after lawmakers refused to meet his multi-billion dollar request for border wall funds.

The administration has said $2.5 billion of military narcotics funding and $3.6 billion in military construction money will be diverted to the wall. But Shanahan will have final say on how much will be taken from which programs.

A military official said Shanahan is likely to approve the $3.6 billion figure.

"I think I have a lot of discretion," Shanahan told reporters on a flight from Munich to the US Saturday. "You can trust the numbers in terms of the potential. Then you gotta marry it up with where the money would be spent." .....................
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