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A top GOP national security icon just announced he’s backing Clinton over Trump

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A high-ranking Republican has vowed to vote for Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton instead of his own party’s Donald Trump, citing concerns over Trump’s lack of interest in foreign policy issues, Politico reports.

Richard Armitage, who served as deputy secretary of state under George W. Bush, has vowed to vote for Clinton in what Politico calls “one of the most dramatic signs yet that Republican national security elites are rejecting their party’s presumptive nominee.”

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“If Donald Trump is the nominee, I would vote for Hillary Clinton,” Armitage told Politico. “He doesn’t appear to be to be a Republican, he doesn’t appear to want to learn about issues. So I’m going to vote for Mrs. Clinton.”

Armitage told Politico that many of his conservative friends with backgrounds in national security are confused about what to do.

Politico spoke to others off-the-record who have registered alarm over Trump’s candidacy and are mulling whether to come out publicly and say so.

Last month, members of the intelligence community told National Public Radio they are uncomfortable with the prospect of providing Trump with national security briefings.

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“He’s never held public office before,” CIA analyst Aki Peritz told NPR. “He’s a business developer and a reality TV star. So if the United States starts giving Donald Trump classified briefings, it could be a disaster.”

Peritz called Trump a “man famously with no filter.”

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told reporters that the process is set up ” to ensure that everybody gets the same information and that we do comply with the need to protect sources and methods and comply with security rules.”

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Clinton has also come under scrutiny for handling of secure information after it came to light she used a private email server while serving as Secretary of State. Armitage in 2006 admitted he revealed the identity of CIA agent Valerie Plame after her husband, Joe Wilson, challenged the Bush administration over claims of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.

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White House spokesperson ridiculed for ‘pathetic’ spin on Trump’s trade war admission: ‘Does she think we believe that?’

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Hours after Donald Trump blithely admitted that he had "second thoughts" about his trade war with China that has damaged the U.S. economy and helped set the stage for a possible recession, White House spokesperson Stephanie Grisham was forced to issue a clarification about the president's comments.

Addressing Trump's G7 response about his tariffs, widely interpreted by the press as expressing some regret, Grisham issued a statement saying the president meant that he wished he had increased his market-destroying tariffs even more.

"The President was asked if he had ‘any second thought on escalating the trade war with China,'" White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham relayed. "His answer has been greatly misinterpreted. President Trump responded in the affirmative - because he regrets not raising the tariffs higher."

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Here is why Trump is obsessed with Greenland

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They say that history repeats itself, first as tragedy, then as farce. Remember that President Harry Truman tried to purchase Greenland in 1946; now, in 2019, President Donald Trump is trying to do the same thing.

This article first appeared in Salon.

To be clear, Trump’s farcical, “absurd” idea — to borrow the adjective used by Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen — is not happening, and was never going to happen. As Frederiksen pointed out, Greenland is “not for sale." Trump, for his part, has not backed down from the idea.

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Iowa’s Steve King facing ouster because his campaign is broke and his allies have fled: report

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Iowa Republican Steve King is facing losing his seat representing his district in the U.S. House of Representatives as his campaign finds itself broke and the Republican Party has turned its back on him after his latest round of controversial comments.

According to a report from the Daily Beast, his campaign is struggling to bring donors -- who once wholeheartedly supported him --back into the fold.

Even worse, his colleagues in Congress have also abandoned him.

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