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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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Black man adopted by white Alabama family fights for Confederate symbols: ‘I’m not going to take my flag down’

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A Black Alabama man this week said that he was fighting to save Confederate monuments because members of his adopted white family fought in the U.S. Civil War.

WHNT spoke to Daniel Sims outside the courthouse in Marshall County, where activists are calling for the removal of Confederate monuments. Sims said that he opposed the effort to take down the monuments.

"Regardless of how the next person feels, I'm not going to take my flag down," Sims said. "If I've got anything to do with it, ain't no monument going to come down."

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Viewers reject Sarah Palin’s advice to Kamala Harris

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Sarah Palin offered advice to Sen. Kamala Harris on running for vice president, but social media users didn't want to hear it.

The former Republican vice presidential nominee and one-time half-term governor of Alaska appeared Thursday on ABC's "Good Morning America," where she complained about the media coverage of her failed 2008 campaign alongside Sen. John McCain.

"A lot of the coverage of me was quite unfair," Palin said. "I hope that they will treat her fairly, but at the same time, no kid gloves ... the American voter wants to know that we have the most capable people running and who will be elected, regardless of gender, regardless of race."

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CNN fact-checker debunks Pence’s ‘bonkers’ lie about Obama and job creation

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Speaking to Fox News, Vice President Mike Pence tried to put a positive spin on the economy — by taking the economic rebound of the past 3 months, and claiming that the raw number of jobs created during that period beats the entirety of job growth in President Barack Obama's 8-year administration.

We’ve created more jobs in the last 3 months than Joe Biden and Barack Obama created in their 8 years in office. pic.twitter.com/kwk5YhL3TJ

— Mike Pence (@Mike_Pence) August 13, 2020

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