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John McCain says Flynn resignation is a sign of ‘troubling’ national security dysfunction

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Arizona Sen. John McCain has been tough on the Trump administration since day one. On Tuesday, Feb. 14, McCain commented on Gen. Michael Flynn‘s Monday night resignation from his position as national security advisor, noting that it raises concerns about President Donald Trump’s national security plans, as well as his ties to Russia.

McCain called Flynn’s resignation a “troubling indication of the dysfunction of the current national security apparatus.” He also noted that Flynn’s resignation, “raises further questions about the Trump administration’s intentions toward Vladimir Putin’s Russia, including statements by the President suggesting moral equivalence between the United States and Russia.”

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Flynn formally resigned on Monday night after it was revealed that he had passed on misleading information to Vice President Mike Pence and other White House officials regarding a phone conversation with Russian ambassador Sergey I. Kislyak, which took place before Trump’s inauguration.

In his letter, Flynn admitted to providing “incomplete information” about the December phone call, after previously denying that he had ever had any conversations of substance with the Russian ambassador. Pence repeated the same in TV interviews earlier this month.

Before Flynn resigned on Monday evening, McCain told the Arizona Republic in an interview “Obviously, it was a mistake for the vice president to categorically deny that. That’s not good for anybody’s credibility.”

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McCain wrote in his statement, “it is imperative that the President select a new national security adviser who is empowered by clear lines of authority and responsibility and possesses the skills and experience necessary to organize the national security system across our government.”

He also called on the president to clarify the future of the United States’ relationship with Russia, which is increasingly important, as Russia violated an arms control treaty on Tuesday afternoon. Russian patrol ships were spotted along the United States’ east coast.

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Jeanine Pirro pushes conspiracy theory 2016 election interference ‘apparently’ started in Ukraine

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The United States intelligence community is united in the conclusion that it was Russia that interred in America's 2016 presidential election.

But Fox News personality Jeanine Pirro said that 2016 election interference "apparently" started in Ukraine.

The conspiracy theory underlying the false claim resulted in President Donald Trump seeking foreign election interference from Ukraine, the scandal at the heart of the impeachment inquiry.

Pirro also said Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Geoge Kent is a "bozo."

Video of Pirro's opening was posted on Twitter by President Donald Trump:

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WATCH: Pete Buttigieg surges to first place in ‘gold standard’ poll of Iowa caucuses

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South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg surged in a poll of Iowa released Saturday night.

The poll, by Des Moines Register, CNN and Mediacom, showed major movement in the race.

"Since September, Buttigieg has risen 16 percentage points among Iowa’s likely Democratic caucusgoers, with 25% now saying he is their first choice for president. For the first time in the Register’s Iowa Poll, he bests rivals Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, who are now clustered in competition for second place and about 10 percentage points behind the South Bend, Indiana, mayor," the newspaper reported.

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Turkey launches ‘massive attacks’ on the Kurds — US military are ‘sickened’ by Trump’s betrayal: report

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Turkey launched a new offensive against the Kurds in Northern Syria, NBC chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel reported Saturday evening.

Engel hashtagged his update with #AmericanBetrayal.

"Massive attacks underway against the kurds in northern syria. No ceasefire. Total nonsenses there is," Engel reported.

President Donald Trump reportedly greenlighted the operation against the Kurds during a phone call with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an.

"US military officials tell me they are ashamed, 'sickened.' It’s cold now outside. What about the families, and kids, out of their homes?" he wondered.

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