In a prescient interview recorded hours before Donald Trump issued strikes on Syria in retaliation for their leader’s chemical attacks, a Pulitzer prize-winning journalist and author of a book abut the president commented that there’s no bounds to what Trump might do to distract from his many scandals.
“One of the promises he made was he’s going to get us into a war,” Trump biographer David Cay Johnston told SiriusXM radio host Dean Obeidallah, noting that on the campaign trail, the then-candidate also promised that he would use nuclear weapons.
“Hopefully he means a tactical weapon that would take out the hotel I’m in,” Johnston added, “not a strategic weapon that could take out the city I’m in.”
Trump, the biographer said, “is looking for things to distract you, to change what you’re doing and because he has no core philosophy except the glorification of himself…you should expect that there will be dangerous things.”
Though it might not be to distract specifically from this week’s scandals, such as the FBI raid on his lawyer Michael Cohen or the embarrassing anecdotes about him in fired FBI Director James Comey’s new book, Trump, Johnston suggested, is chomping at the bit to use the weapons in his arsenal.
“If he can find a reason to use a tactical nuclear weapon and can get Jim Mattis, the Defense secretary, to go along with this, yes, he would do that,” the biographer concluded.
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Explosive report shows how foreign entities are bombarding US servicemembers with pro-Trump propaganda
Social media sites like Facebook and Twitter played a critical role in helping Russia-affiliated trolls disseminate propaganda to divide and manipulate voters in the 2016 presidential election.
But it hasn't stopped. A new report from the Vietnam Veterans Association has uncovered an ongoing two-year effort by actors in several foreign countries, including Russia, to target U.S. veterans and servicemembers.
The report shows that "These foreign admins have created individual social-media accounts that purport to belong to American veterans working at reputable veterans organizations," and use the accounts both to "send friend requests to the relatively small community of veteran advocates and connect with its prominent members who work to shape federal policy" and "spread propaganda and false news, while shaping and moderating/censoring the conversations of the unsuspecting community of American veterans who follow or join these groups and pages."
‘Quiet!’ Trump snaps at reporters as he rants about his ‘perfect phone call’ to Ukraine
President Donald Trump on Monday snapped at reporters after he was asked about his alleged attempts to have Ukraine's president fabricate dirt on Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.
As Trump arrived at the U.N., he was asked how seriously he took the impeachment threat.
"Not at all seriously," the president said dismissively. "I had a perfect phone call with the president of Ukraine. Everybody knows it. It’s just a Democrat witch hunt. Here we go again. They failed with Russia, they failed with recession and everything, and now they’re bringing this up."
According to Trump, "the one who's got the problem is Biden."
Lawmaker flips on impeachment over Trump’s Ukraine scandal: ‘I don’t think we have much of a choice’
Rep. Vicente Gonzalez (D-TX) said on Monday that lawmakers don't "have much of a choice" but to impeach President Donald Trump, who allegedly asked Ukraine's president to fabricate dirt on Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.
"You have also been clear, sir, at least up until now that you are not supportive of impeachment against the president," CNN host Poppy Harlow told Gonzalez. "You said just in June the best way to impeach Trump is to defeat him in 2020."
"But if The Wall Street Journal reporting bears out -- and we have no reason to believe it won’t -- that the president eight times demanded this investigation by Ukraine and if there was any quid pro quo for U.S. aid to Ukraine, do you then support impeachment of the president?" the CNN host asked.