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Conservative WSJ editorial board slams Trump’s transgender military tweet in blistering op-ed

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President Donald Trump on Wednesday announced on Twitter that he opposed allowing transgender people to serve in the United States military “in any capacity.”

The announcement, which reportedly came after some members of Congress threatened to withhold funding for his border wall unless he announced the ban, caught the military establishment completely by surprise, and the Joint Chiefs of Staff told all branches of the military to hold off on making any policy changes about transgender service members until it received more specific guidance from the White House.

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In a blistering op-ed published this week, the right-wing Wall Street Journal editorial board slammed Trump’s reckless tweet by pointing out that making major policy changes through hastily written tweets was the height of irresponsibility.

“Notwithstanding that the President dedicated some 520 characters to the U.S. military’s new transgender policy, officials at the Pentagon have expressed some, er, confusion about the details of the directive, whose timing apparently took them by surprise,” the editors wrote.

While the editorial board said that it could defend an order restricting the admission of transgender people in the military, it noted that doing so requires an orderly process.

“Issuing a major Pentagon policy change, via Twitter , before anything resembling the details of that policy exists, as happened with the initial travel ban, is awful management,” the editors explained. “It diverts and wastes the valuable time of the Administration’s highest officials. It creates (another) political storm and inevitably lawsuits that no one has had time to prepare for. Mr. Trump keeps driving policy like he’s the only person in government—and if he keeps it up, he might be.”

Read the whole editorial at this link.

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Trump made a ‘huge mistake’ talking to reporters about impeachment: Mueller prosecutor Andrew Weissmann

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One of former special counsel Robert Mueller's top prosecutors explained on MSNBC how President Donald Trump made a "huge mistake" on Wednesday.

Andrew Weissmann, who is now an MSNBC legal analyst, was interviewed by Chuck Todd on "Meet the Press Daily."

The former federal prosecutor says Trump committed a blunder by denying a call with a Gordon Sondland staffer.

"Why is that?" Todd asked.

"Because he now can’t rebut it," Weissman replied.

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‘He can’t understand why what he did is wrong’: George Conway says Trump is incapable of being president

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Prominent Republican attorney George Conway ripped President Donald Trump on MSNBC on Wednesday.

Conway, the husband of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, spent his day with MSNBC to provide live analysis on the first day of televised impeachment hearings.

"It’s also striking, George, that every defense falls apart almost before the end of a single news cycle," anchor Nicolle Wallace reported. "Everything that people have said in an effort to defend him has collapsed under the weight of the president’s conduct."

"What we just heard the president say is delusional," Conway replied. "And it’s debilitating."

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