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Mounting dissent: Former diplomat reveals officials fear Trump is a serious national security threat

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Pres. Donald Trump addresses fallout of Muslim ban on Saturday (Screen capture)

The former Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor issued a sarcastic rebuke of Donald Trump’s first few weeks in office, insisting it’s “totally usual” for a president to face the type of mounting dissent being levied against the administration.

“Is it unusual?” Tom Malinow­ski—who worked for former President Barack Obama—told the Washington Post, when asked about unprecedented efforts by government officials to voice concerns over the new administration. “There’s nothing unusual about the entire national security bureaucracy of the United States feeling like their commander in chief is a threat to U.S. national security. That happens all the time. It’s totally usual. Nothing to worry about.”

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The comment came after mounting signs of conflict between federal employees and the new president. Last week, Trump fired acting Attorney General Sally Yates after she publicly refused to defend his controversial executive order on immigration. Additionally, almost 900 State Department officials signed a protest memo voicing concerns over the order, Metro reports.

Asked about the dissent Tuesday, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer warned officials “should either get with the program, or they can go.”

But an anonymous source told the Washington Post that bureaucrats in Washington plan to fight back against the president’s policy plans.

“You’re going to see the bureaucrats using time to their advantage,” the employee said. He added officials will use leaks and internal complains to “resist and push back against orders they find unconscionable.”


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Trump whines press didn’t cover the ‘two Nobel Prizes’ — that he didn’t win

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The leader of the free world spoke of the Nobel Peace Prize as if he had repeatedly won the award.

Trump made the complaints he has not received the recognition he thinks he deserves during a campaign rally in Middletown, Pennsylvania.

"They didn't cover two Nobel Prizes," Trump says he told first lady Melania Trump. "I got two in one week, did you ever hear of that?"

Trump received two nominations, he has never won a Nobel Peace Prize.

"And my only complaint is, I should have gotten about seven or eight, because if you knew some of the other things -- some of the other things I have done much better," Trump argued, despite having not won the award a single time. "I should have gotten seven."

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Portland police search for white man who kicked Black journalist in the head at ‘Proud Boys’ rally

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On Saturday, the far-right group the "Proud Boys" held a rally at Delta Park in Portland, Oregon.

Zane Sparling, of The Portland Tribune documented the scene, with many attendees wearing militia dress.

https://twitter.com/PDXzane/status/1309945564922961920

Sparling captured video of a man pushing a Black journalist to the ground and kicking him in the head:

Man pushes live-streamer to the ground and kicks him in the face at Proud Boys is rally in Portland pic.twitter.com/SAdHShqir3

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Trump’s Amy Coney Barrett pick for Supreme Court might backfire: analysts

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President Donald Trump announced Saturday that he would nominate Amy Coney Barrett to fill Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s vacant Supreme Court seat. Trump made his pick official during an event at the White House Rose Garden.

“As Amy has said, being a judge takes courage. You are not there to decide cases as you may prefer, you are there to do your duty, and to follow the law, wherever it may take you. That is exactly what Judge Barrett will do on the U.S. Supreme Court.”

He continued: “No matter the issue, no matter the case before her. I am supremely confident that Judge Barrett will issue rulings based solely upon a fair reading of the law. She will defend the sacred principle of equal justice for citizens of every race, color, religion and creed.”

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