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Former Bush spokesman Ari Fleischer finally tells the story of infamous ‘Mission Accomplished’ banner

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Former George W. Bush spokesman Ari Fleischer is generally more sympathetic of Donald Trump than many others from the last Republican administration.

But Donald Trump’s poorly conceived “Mission Accomplished” tweet following Friday’s attack on Syria was an exception.

“I would have recommended ending this tweet with not those two words,” he wrote on Twitter.

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In a series of tweets, Fleischer then laid out “the full story” of the infamous banner behind George W. Bush during the attack on Iraq that started the war that the U.S. is still fighting 15 years later.

“I get the symbolism that came back to bite us months later when the war turned and the insurrection grew,” he wrote.

Here’s the story—with an important caveat at the end.

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It’s worth mentioning that Fleischer has previously taken responsibility, saying: “We put it up. We made the sign. But I think it accurately summed up where we were at the time, mission accomplished… the mission was to topple Saddam Hussein.


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WATCH: Maddow goes off on GOP governor for not alerting residents of meat packing plant COVID-19 outbreak

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MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow on Wednesday harshly criticized Iowa's Republican governor for not alerting residents to an apparent COVID-19 outbreak at a meatpacking plant.

"The highest per-capita infection rate in the state of Iowa right now is in one Buena Vista County, population around 20,000," Maddow explained. "More than 3% of the entire population of the county is now confirmed to be infected."

"Now, where are all of these infections coming from?" she asked rhetorically. "You know by now, right, without me even having to say it. You know, and I know, even without having to look it up on a map. And local reporters know exactly what drives those kinds of epidemic spike numbers. Everybody knows what's going on."

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Eric Trump bragged about the stock market as the US crossed 100,000 dead — and it didn’t go well

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On Wednesday, the number of reported coronavirus deaths in the United States officially hit the 100,000 mark — a milestone experts have been anticipating for days.

But at the same time, President Donald Trump's second son chose to take the moment to brag about how the stock market was doing.

GREAT DAY for the DOW!! https://t.co/t0cK3wOKUu

— Eric Trump (@EricTrump) May 27, 2020

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Navajo Nation got masks from a former Trump official — that ‘are not approved by the FDA’: report

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The Indian Health Service acknowledged on Wednesday that 1 million respirator masks it purchased from a former Trump White House official do not meet Food and Drug Administration standards for “use in healthcare settings by health care providers.”

The IHS statement calls into question why the agency purchased expensive medical gear that it now cannot use as intended. The masks were purchased as part of a frantic agency push to supply Navajo hospitals with desperately needed protective equipment in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

ProPublica revealed last week that Zach Fuentes, President Donald Trump’s former deputy chief of staff, formed a company in early April and 11 days later won a $3 million contract with IHS to provide specialized respirator masks to the agency for use in Navajo hospitals. The contract was granted with limited competitive bidding.

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