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Donald Trump, if he were to win a second chance at the presidency, would likely be plagued by the looming threat of Iran, according to a news analysis.
Trump's past actions and stated attitudes would reportedly make a second presidency difficult for the former commander-in-chief. That means a vote for Trump could be a vote for war with Iran, according to a report from Huffpost.
"To hear Donald Trump tell it, a vote for him in 2024 is a vote for world peace," HuffPost senior foreign affairs reporter Akbar Shahid Ahmed wrote. "The narrative serves Trump’s goal of seeming like an outsider fighting a flawed establishment and suits his strategy of seeking votes by appealing to Americans’ fears. But it ignores the issue that would likely pose the biggest foreign policy challenge of a second Trump presidency and one Trump has shown little capacity to handle peacefully: Iran."
The reporter goes on to say that the Islamic Republic still "looms large for the former president."
"Trump twice risked a war with Tehran during his last year in office," the article states. "He first ordered the assassination of Iran’s top general, risking a cycle of tit-for-tat violence that tenuous diplomacy managed to prevent. After losing the 2020 election, he came close to launching another strike and risking a major conflagration, according to Gen. Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff."
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The report from HuffPost further states that the same negotiations responsible for past accords may not be doable if Trump is president.
"Trump acknowledges the higher chances of Iran obtaining a nuclear weapon and insists he knows how to keep that from happening," it says. "Yet in a second Trump term, the U.S.-Iran diplomacy that was at the heart of the last nuclear deal would be difficult to achieve both because of Tehran’s view of the former reality television star and real estate mogul and also because of the extremely different circumstances from previous periods of negotiations. Meanwhile, Trump’s 2024 agenda would weaken guardrails on his approach to the delicate issue and make it hard to win foreign support that would enable a fresh agreement."
Ron DeSantis has been hesitant about direct attacks on Donald Trump, his primary competitor in the GOP race for the 2024 nomination, but on Saturday he criticized Trump for congratulating "murderous dictator" Kim Jong Un.
A reporter asked DeSantis what he makes of Trump congratulating the North Korean leader for North Korea's appointment to the World Health Organization. The Florida Governor said, "I was surprised to see that."
"I think, one, Kim Jong Un is a murderous dictator. They just imprisoned for life a family, including an infant, which is just outrageous," the governor said. "And then, the World Health Organization is a bankrupt organization."
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DeSantis further noted that the U.S. should be leaving the WHO, and not celebrating its recognition of Un.
"Like, Kim Jong Un is bad, but then joining that? We need to be getting out of that and rejecting the WHO lockdown treaty, and not congratulating about being involved" in it, DeSantis said Saturday to the reporter from Fox.
Dexter Barry succumbed to cardiac arrest just three days after his release from a Florida jail, and his family believes his death could have been prevented had the jail staff adhered to his cry for help, NPR reports.
Per NPR, Barry's death, "which was first reported by The Tributary, has sparked major questions about the quality of health care overseen by the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office."
In addition to the late 54-year-old's family, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Florida also told NPR, "Dexter Barry's disturbing, preventable death from medical neglect highlights a major flaw in how America treats its carceral system. We urge state officials to investigate Mr. Barry's killing and pursue justice for his loved ones."
Florida pathologist Dr. Jose SuarezHoyos, "who conducted a private autopsy of Barry on behalf of Barry's family, told NPR," the 54-year-old "died from cardiac arrest that was caused by an acute rejection of the heart."
In body camera footage obtained by NPR, in his cry for help, Barry said, "I take rejection medicine for my heart transplant. I can't miss those doses."
After experiencing a near-stroke in 2008, Barry waited for a new heart for 12 years, and even moved to Florida to increase his chances of getting the procedure, King said. Barry was determined to receive the treatment because he wanted to watch his son's children grow up, as well as see King have a child of her own. In 2020, the opportunity to possibly live a longer, healthier life came true.
Janelle King, Barry's daughter said, "The officer, the judge, the jail, the nurses, the medical team, nobody did their job. As a result, my father who waited 12 years for a transplant is not here."
Andrew Bonderud, the Barry family's attorney told NPR the family will "file a lawsuit against the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office soon," adding, "There were so many people who could have prevented Dexter Barry's death. It seems to me that one phone call to the right person from the right person would've made a difference."
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