Donald Trump on Friday had a predictable reaction to Vladimir Putin’s announcement that he will not retaliate against the United States for ejecting Russian diplomats, calling the President of the Russian Federation “very smart.”
Great move on delay (by V. Putin) – I always knew he was very smart!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 30, 2016
Trump not only tweeted his praise of Putin, but he also pinned the tweet to his profile, meaning it’s the first thing people will see when they visit the president-elect’s Twitter feed. Notably, the Russian Embassy also retweeted Trump’s reverence for a foreign adversary.
Not only is a (Republican) President-elect siding with Russia over his own country – he made it his pinned tweet! (－‸ლ)#MRGA https://t.co/FYjb8CnWPo — T. Greg Doucette (@greg_doucette) December 30, 2016
— Steven Portnoy (@stevenportnoy) December 30, 2016
The reaction on social media was swift and dumbfounded, with many expressing outrage over the incoming president siding with a foreign country over the nation’s current president.
tried to tweet something funny but Putin poisons/murders political opponents & journalists who tell the truth. nothing funny bout that shit. https://t.co/BaVnLyCOs3
— mauriice (@tallmaurice) December 30, 2016
— Dan Slott (@DanSlott) December 30, 2016
What a deal for Putin. Yeah, you lose 35 agents and a couple compounds in the U.S. But you get this in 3 weeks. — Sam Stein (@samsteinhp) December 30, 2016
I’m worried when 2017 starts I’ll keep forgetting to write “United States of Russia” on my checks. — Benjamin Siemon (@BenjaminJS) December 30, 2016
Imagine if a Dem sided with Russia against a sitting Repub. president. It would cause an explosion. What a dangerous doofus this guy is. — Brian Koppelman (@briankoppelman) December 30, 2016
GOP is now the Party of Putin https://t.co/nX2Q4XTnk9
— Philip Klein (@philipaklein) December 30, 2016
Your future President just sided with Russia against the government. Now who’s Anti-American? Idiots.
— Bassey (@Basseyworld) December 30, 2016
China reports 323 new cases of mysterious virus — as death toll rises to 54
The number of confirmed deaths from a viral outbreak in China has risen to 54, with authorities in hard-hit Hubei province on Sunday reporting 13 more fatalities and 323 new cases.
The latest numbers from Hubei, the epicentre of the contagion, would put the nationwide total of confirmed infections at 1,610, based on figures previously released by the central government.
President Xi Jinping warned Saturday that China faced a "grave situation" as authorities raced to contain a respiratory illness that has caused the widespread abandonment of Lunar New Year celebrations nationwide and overwhelmed health facilities in Hubei.
California offers to reimburse Trump for abortions — but he has to free the women from non-disclosure agreements
The state of California is offering to reimburse President Donald Trump for any abortions he's paid for in the state, but there's a catch.
On Friday, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a "notice of violation" against the state for mandating universal abortion coverage in health insurance plans sold in the state, which the administration claims is "unlawful discrimination."
“Once again, President Trump’s administration is delivering on his promise to protect human life and all Americans’ freedom of conscience,” HHS Secretary Alex Azar said in a statement.
Elizabeth Warren wins coveted Iowa caucuses endorsement from the Des Moines Register newspaper
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) received a coveted endorsement on Saturday evening when her 2020 bid was endorsed by the Des Moines Register newspaper.
"Who would make the best president at this point in the country’s history? At a time when the economic deck has become so stacked against working Americans that the gap between rich and poor is the highest in more than 50 years? At a time when a generation of war has stressed military families and sapped the treasury?" the newspaper asked. "The Des Moines Register editorial board endorses Elizabeth Warren in the 2020 Iowa Democratic caucuses as the best leader for these times."