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John Bolton abruptly shuts down press conference after BBC reporter asks if Trump is a ‘security risk’

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This week, following National Security Adviser John Bolton’s announcement he had failed to reach an agreement with his Russian counterpart on election cyberattacks, he held a press conference in Geneva, Switzerland.

And he promptly shut it down after a reporter from the BBC asked him whether President Donald Trump is a “security risk.”

“Of course not, that’s a silly question. And I just spoke to him literally a few minutes ago, and we — we have performed here in exactly the way I think the two leaders would have expected us to, and you know, honestly, have a little faith in the American people who elected him president.”

With that, the press conference summarily ended.

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In addition to the allegations that Trump and members of his team accepted election assistance from Russia, Trump has blatantly risked national security on prior occasions, including an incident in which he shared code-word Israeli intelligence with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak in the Oval Office.

Bolton, an outspoken war hawk and former President George W. Bush’s rejected candidate for ambassador to the United Nations, is Trump’s third national security adviser since becoming president. He replaced Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster, with whom Trump clashed on a number of issues, and who had in turn replaced Michael Flynn, who resigned in early 2017 and has pleaded guilty to lying to investigators about his dealings with Russia.

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WATCH: Employee at Tim Hortons slurs Muslim couple and tells them ‘go back to your own country’

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According to a report from Deadline Detroit, a Muslim advocacy group has filed a complaint against a local Tim Horton's location after an employee insulted a Muslim couple and told them to "go back to their own country," followed by a sexist slur.

The report states Alaa Kouider and her husband, Ameur Dhaimini, were purchasing coffee at the local fast food location when they got into an argument with the cashier.

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Former New Hampshire GOP chair: Trump is using ‘the worst kind of racism’ to tear America apart

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President Donald Trump this past week ratcheted up racist rhetoric against four Democratic women of color, culminating in chants of "send her back" directed at Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) during a Trump rally on Wednesday night.

Jennifer Horn, the former chairwoman of the New Hampshire Republican Party, has written an editorial for USA Today in which she laments the fact that the entire Republican Party has been transformed by Trump into a "racist, nationalist movement" that she believes is tearing the country apart.

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Trump spewed a firehose of Orwellian lies after his racist outburst — and the media timidly bought into it

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With plodding predictability, we're now supposed to believe that Donald Trump is unhappy with racist chants by his followers and true believers. And that's after he spent the better part of the past week defending and doubling down on his use of a classic white supremacist demand that people of color should "go back" to wherever their ancestors came from.

This article was originally published at Salon

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