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Pentagon scrambling in ‘full-scale damage control’ operation after Trump trashed NATO allies: report

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The United States Department of Defense was reportedly forced to conduct a “full-scale damage control” operation this week after President Donald Trump trashed American allies during the NATO summit in Brussels.

NBC News reports that American military leaders made “calls to their counterparts across Europe to reassure them that America will abide by its defense commitments in the region” after Trump attacked NATO members for not spending enough money on defense.

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“One thing you need in this alliance is predictability,” one diplomatic source told NBC news while explaining the need for the “damage control” mission.

The military leaders reassured Europe that America would not be reducing its troop commitments in European countries and that U.S. military bases in Europe will remain open.

NBC News’ sources also say that Defense Secretary James Mattis had tried to stick close to Trump during the trip for fear that he would do exactly what he wound up doing. However, Mattis’ multiple commitments during the NATO summit meant that he couldn’t be around to babysit the president at all times.


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Everyone is baffled by Trump’s rambling rant about flushing toilets ’10 times, 15 times’

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Another day, another truly baffling series of words coming from President Donald Trump’s mouth.

Speaking at a White House meeting on Friday about small business and regulation, Trump went on one of his trademark riffs, touching on a number of subjects with the clarity of a muddy puddle. He seemed to be referring to a series of complaints that have been raised over the years about various consumer product regulations (a favorite topic of Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky) but without making a coherent point about any of them.

Read the whole stream of consciousness rant to get a sense of what it was like:

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Adam Schiff pushes Pence to declassify aide’s secret information — implying it might be embarrassing or illegal

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House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff (D-CA) sent a letter on Friday to Vice President Mike Pence urging him to declassify the entirety of his Sept. 18 call with President Volodymyr Zelensky for use in the impeachment inquiry.

Though the vice president’s office, along with the rest of the administration, has stonewalled the impeachment inquiry’s requests for documents, Schiff’s committee obtained information about the Sept. 18 call through Jennifer Williams, a Pence aide who has already testified. Initially, Schiff explained, Williams testified about Pence’s call and did not assert that any part of it was classified. When she testified publicly, however, she said Pence’s office had since determined that the call was classified. She later sent the committee a “supplemental submission” after reviewing “materials” that refreshed her memory about the call — and it’s that supplemental submission that Schiff would like to see declassified.

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Photo surfaces showing Eric Trump in Ukraine as investigations into the Trump Org intensify: report

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Photographic evidence has surfaced of the President's second son in Ukraine as Congress and prosecutors continue their investigation into the White House and Trump Organization.

A photo was posted Friday by Democratic strategist Scott Dworkin.

Here’s a picture I found of Eric Trump in Ukraine. Eric Trump’s Ukrainian ties need to be investigated by Congress NOW. pic.twitter.com/PeZd5TkBI4

— Scott Dworkin (@funder) December 6, 2019

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