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Ex-ARMY officer who worked with McMaster: ‘He’s not telling the whole truth’

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A prominent retired Lieutenant Colonel who has known US National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster for decades, explained to NPR that McMaster isn’t being honest with the American people.

Retired Army Lt. Col. John Nagl spoke with NPR’s Rachel Martin about how and why McMaster has been “parsing his words” so carefully.

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“I think he is not answering the question that he was asked,” Nagl suggested. “And I think that he is doing so knowing absolutely in full cognizance of the fact that he is not telling the whole truth, but he’s being very careful not to tell lies.”

Nagl suggested obfuscation is all McMaster can do given the actions of President Donald Trump.

“I obviously think he’s in an absolutely impossible position,” Nagl told NPR. “The president expects him to defend the indefensible.”

There was much criticism of the precise wording McMaster used at his emergency press conference on the Comey memos.

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Greg Miller, who co-wrote the Washington Post bombshell, said “the White House is playing word games” immediately following the press conference.

That’s similar to what Nagl told NPR.

Lt. Col. Nagl recounted a story of a class on the West Point Honor Code that both Nagl and McMaster took while attending the service academy in the 1980s.

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“One of the scenarios that they discussed was what happens if you’ve been invited to a dinner and the dinner is horrible, and the hostess asks, how did you enjoy dinner?” Nagl recalled. “And what we’re taught to say in that point is I really enjoyed being here in the company I was in.”

Nagl claimed that analogy explained the precise wording used by McMaster, in light of a similar “horrible” situation.

“The administration is clearly in freefall mode, in other words a spiral,” the retired Lt. Col concluded. “My phrase is the wheels are coming off.”

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After West Point, John Nagal was chosen as a Rhodes Scholar. He also earned his doctorate from Oxford and has taught at both West Point and Naval Academy. He advises Secretary of Defense James Mattis as a member of the Defense Policy Board.

The White House has been in damage control since their firing of FBI Director James Comey last week. Then there were the revelations about President Trump giving away highly classified secrets during his Oval Office visit with Russia’s foreign minister Sergei Lavrov and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak (reported to be the top Kremlin spy-master for America).

Yet all of that pales in comparison to the political storm battering the White House since news broke about the alleged existence of the Comey Memos. If the Comey Memos do substantiate Obstruction of Justice by President Donald Trump, they may be a mortal wound for the embattled administration.

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A White House staffer who worked on the Trump 2016 campaign said, “I don’t see how Trump isn’t completely f*cked.”

Listen to the whole interview:

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Wall Street Journal drops a truth-bomb on Trump over his market-destroying trade war: ‘Everyone loses’

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In yet another blast from the editorial board of the Wall Street Journal, the editors looked back at Friday's stock market free fall and pointed the finger directly at President Donald Trump and his "trade-war general" Peter Navarro for being the main culprits.

After Friday's disastrous stock market session that took a major downturn due to the escalation of the trade war -- with China and Trump ordering billions of dollars in new tariffs -- the Journal pointed out that there will be no winners.

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G7 off to a rough start as Trump aides slam host Macron’s agenda

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With President Donald Trump at the latest G7 summit, all eyes are on the interactions between him and French President Emmanuel Macron. The two world leaders started off amicably, exchanging pleasantries, but behind the scenes, things have grown contentious.

According to Politico, Trump officials are railing against Macron, accusing him of trying to "fracture" the summit by steering the negotiations away from trade and into areas like climate change.

This development comes after Trump harshly criticized Macron for enacting a tax on digital services, which could increase costs for American tech companies like Google and Facebook. Trump threatened that if France does not suspend its "unfair" digital tax, "we'll be taxing their wine like they've never seen before." It is a threat that Trump has made repeatedly over the last few weeks whenever he has gotten angry at France.

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A likely recession could doom Trump

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President Donald Trump is worried that there will be a recession before the 2020 election. For once, he is right about something.

This article first appeared in Salon.

"The Economy is strong and good, whereas the rest of the world is not doing so well. Despite this the Fake News Media, together with their Partner, the Democrat Party, are working overtime to convince people that we are in, or will soon be going into, a Recession," Trump tweeted on Friday in a clear attempt to assuage concerns. "They are willing to lose their wealth, or a big part of it, just for the possibility of winning the Election. But it won’t work because I always find a way to win, especially for the people!"

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