Just hours after President Donald Trump was forced to “clarify” that he thinks Russia hacked the United States, the 2016 election, the Democratic and Republican Parties, political candidates and the power grid, he said he doesn’t consider them an adversary.
In an interview with Fox News host Tucker Carlson, Trump chided the American press for criticizing him for wanting to get along with Russia.
“It’s incredible you look at World War I and World War II, there was Germany. And in World War II, Russia lost 50 million people and helped us win the war,” Trump began. “I was saying to myself, Russia really helped us. I’m not pro-Russia, pro-anybody, I just want to have this country be safe, I don’t want nuclear weapons — even people thinking about it. Russia and the United States control 90 percent of the nuclear weapons in the world. Getting along with Russia and not only for that reason, it’s a good thing.”
Trump did not clarify if a foreign country hacking the U.S. government fell under national security.
“Are they our chief adversary?” Carlson asked.
“Strong military but there economy is smaller than China,” he said. “I don’t want to use the word adversary, we can work together, everybody can do well and we can live in peace.”
He then said he watches Carlson frequently and notes that the host frequently talks about the size of China.
“You look at what they’ve done in a fairly short period of time, that’s because of a lot of bad leadership on behalf of the United States, we allowed it to happen we allowed them to make hundreds of billions of dollars,” Trump continued. “Right now as you see and you’ve probably noticed things are happening — we have to level the playing field between the United States and China. We’ve increased our net worth, we’ve increased our worth by more than $7 trillion since the election. Were about twice the size of China — our economy. China has the massive economy, they have the second biggest by far.”
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There’s no respite from Trump’s vindictiveness and foolishness
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He dismissed Michael Atkinson, the inspector general for the intelligence agencies, for doing “a terrible job,” satisfying his own thirst for vengeance for anyone who actually adhered to law and practice over blind loyalty to Trump himself. Indeed, asked about it the next day, Trump underscored his action by saying, Atkinson “was no Trump supporter, that I can tell you.”
It was an act that we once would have labeled corruption, by Democrats and Republicans – that is using the office for personal purposes – if Congress and too many Americans had not since become inured by so many like instances.
This is how Taiwan and South Korea bucked the global lockdown trend
As the coronavirus pandemic sparks global lockdowns, life has continued comparatively unhindered in places like Taiwan, South Korea and Hong Kong after their governments and citizens took decisive early action against the unfolding crisis.
At first glance Taiwan looks like an ideal candidate for the coronavirus. The island of 23 million lies just 180 kilometres (110 miles) off mainland China.
Yet nearly 100 days in, Taiwan has just 376 confirmed cases and five fatalities while restaurants, bars, schools, universities and offices remain open.
The government of President Tsai Ing-wen, whose deputy is an epidemiologist, made tough decisions while the crisis was nascent to stave off the kind of pain now convulsing much of the rest of the world.
Republican ex-lawmaker with coronavirus scolds Wisconsin GOP for forcing voters to risk their health
On CNN Tuesday, former Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA), who is himself dealing with a bout of COVID-19, chastised the Wisconsin GOP for doing everything in their power to block the state elections from being moved — and forcing many voters to stand in line and risk exposure to the virus to cast their ballot.
"I have to tell you, here in Pennsylvania we have a Democratic governor and Republican legislature," Dent told host Don Lemon. "They postponed the election here from April 28 until June 2. Without any controversy. Everybody agreed it was the right thing to do and they moved on. I'm surprised Wisconsin took this risk, knowing they don't have to."