Fox News host Shep Smith on Thursday zeroed in on Donald Trump’s blatant hypocrisy regarding WikiLeaks, noting that while the president hyped the self-described transparency organization during the campaign, his administration is less-than-willing to express admiration for the disclosure site.
Speaking at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in his first public appearance as CIA director, Mike Pompeo lamented the WikiLeaks, brandishing it “a non-state hostile intelligence service often abetted by state actors like Russia.” Pompeo added the organizations mission is simple: “Personal self-aggrandizement through the destruction of Western values.”
Those sharp words from Pompeo contrasted with Trump’s public praise of WikiLeaks throughout the 2016 presidential election. On the campaign trail, then-candidate Trump extolled the transparency organization. At one point, after reading from hacked e-mails sent by Hillary Clinton’s campaign associates and released by the transparency organization, he exclaimed, “I love WikiLeaks!”
Smith pointed out the stark difference during a segment on “Shep Smith reporting.”
“RT is a propaganda arm of the Russian government,” Smith said, calling it “President Putin’s mouthpiece on TV.” Smith noted that Pompeo said Russia “worked directly with WikiLeaks and Julian Assange” during the 2016 presidential election.
“Are WikiLeaks and Russia the same thing?” Smith asked.
“We have nothing definitive on that,” Smith said. “But I can tell you that Mike Pompeo is no fan. Mike Pompeo with another huge reversal, if you will, from the Trump administration.”
“It was Donald Trump who said, ‘I love WikiLeaks!’ Remember?” Smith continued “You love ‘em when it’s working for you and you hate ‘em when it’s not.”
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Colbert names Trump’s siege on DC the ‘Tinyman Square’ incident
It wasn't quite Tiananmen Square, where a still-unknown number of Chinese protesters were murdered by the government in 1989, but it was the closest thing President Donald Trump managed to score this week.
After watching the footage of the military tear gas, beat and shoot at protesters so Trump could march from the presidential bunker to St. John's Church for the cameras.
"It was like Tiananmen Square," Colbert deemed. "Except, in Trump's case, Tinyman Square."
Trump claimed on "The Fox & Friends" that no one was tear-gassed, so it's unclear what was stinging people's eyes and making them cough, choke and tear up. The Park Police released a statement saying it wasn't tear gas. While the moment was captured on video from dozens of different camera angles, one protester actually grabbed a canister of Oleoresins Capiscum, or "OC," the gas that was used.
Vladimir Putin must love watching the US fall apart: columnist
New Yorker columnist Susan Glasser made the astute observation that if Russian President Vladimir Putin wanted to destabilize the United States with the election of President Donald Trump, he's clearly achieved his objective.
It was reported in March that Russian intelligence services are working to incite violence using white supremacist groups to try and sow racial chaos in the United States ahead of the November election.
Conservative columnist links all Republicans to the attack on Lafayette Square
Monday afternoon, President Donald Trump decided to walk across Lafayette Square for a photo-op. To get there, however, it took an outright battle with mounted park police, police covered in body armor and rattled Secret Service members who had just rushed the president to the bunker several nights before. Armed with semi-automatic weapons and military gear, they staged a siege on Lafayette Square against unarmed hippies, woke whites and people of color, again, forced to fight for justice.
Writing for the Washington Post Wednesday, conservative columnist Max Boot attacked Attorney General Bill Barr, who accepted responsibility for demanding that demonstrators be tear-gassed, beaten and shot with rubber bullets. Like Bull Conor ordering fire hoses on students marching in Birmingham, Alabama, Barr's attack on Lafayette Square for a photo-op proved he is willing to do what it takes to stroke the fractured ego of a president forced to cower in a bunker.