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Trump sends 5000 troops to US border – Claims ‘gang members’ and ‘very bad people’ part of caravan ‘invasion’

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‘This Is an Invasion of Our Country and Our Military Is Waiting for You!’ Trump Tweets

In a massive escalation President Trump will now send 5000 troops to the U.S. border in response to the estimated 4000 largely unarmed asylum-seeking migrants walking from Honduras. The “caravan,” as it’s called, is about 1000 miles south of the U.S.-Mexico border, and at last report had stopped after a child was reportedly abducted.

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The Wall Street Journal first reported the news, noting that the Pentagon has named this massive deployment “Operation Faithful Patriot.” It is rare for the U.S. Military to be deployed within America’s borders, except during emergencies like hurricanes, when governors can call up the National Guard.

Last week reports said the President would be sending 800 troops.

It will take weeks for the migrants, who are fleeing drugs, gangs, violence, and desperate poverty, to reach the U.S.-Mexico border.

Late Monday morning President Trump posted a false and fear-mongering tweet designed to support this nearly unprecedented deployment, just one week before the midterm elections.

“Many Gang Members and some very bad people are mixed into the Caravan heading to our Southern Border,” Trump claimed, citing no evidence. Reporters who are traveling with the migrants have said these claims are false. Last week Trump suggested terrorists are part of the caravan.

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“Please go back, you will not be admitted into the United States unless you go through the legal process. This is an invasion of our Country and our Military is waiting for you!” Trump said.

CNN’s Jeff Yang notes the 5000 troops “would be the 12th largest US military deployment in the world, and about the same number as we have in Iraq.”

The President’s supporters have ignorantly echoed those exact words, calling the migrant caravan an “invasion,” and saying they don’t care what he says, they will continue to follow him no matter what.

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“The caravan still must travel 1,000 miles (1,600 kilometers) to reach the nearest U.S. border crossing at McAllen, Texas,” ABC News reports. “The trip could be twice as long if the 4,000 or so migrants head for the Tijuana-San Diego frontier, as another caravan did earlier this year. Only about 200 in that group made it to the border.”

 


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Trump gets advice from golfing buddies and right-wing Twitter as America faces a ‘crisis of truth’: op-ed

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Writing in the Washington Post this Thursday, columnist Michael Gerson contends that President Trump is running the country through the prism of the "right-wing information bubble."

"Trump is not only using this right-wing information bubble to exploit his supporters," Gerson writes. "He also seems, increasingly, to have taken up residence there. As his failures have multiplied, his hold on political reality has loosened. Trump has become our boy in the bubble, with an intellectual immune system too weak for him to survive exposure to reality."

All sources of dissent and critical thinking have been removed systematically removed from his administration -- — posts formerly held by Rex Tillerson, James Mattis and Dan Coats, have now been replaced by sycophants, according to Gerson.

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‘Another hoax’: Trump whines and rambles about Supreme Court and New York in latest meeting

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After spending most of the day whining on Twitter, President Donald Trump spoke to the press from the White House Thursday afternoon to call questions about his taxes and financial documents a "witch hunt."

Trump has used the term to reference the Russia scandal, the Ukraine scandal, cases against Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, his friend Roger Stone and any other topics he chooses on any given day.

"Do you have a reaction to the Supreme Court rulings today?" asked a reporter that sounded like CNN's Kaitlan Collins.

"The rulings we're basically starting all over again," Trump said. "This is a political witch-hunt... it's a witch-hunt, it's a hoax, just like the Mueller investigation... this is purely political..."

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White House says a lot of Americans are having that elective surgery they’ve been putting off since the pandemic

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The White House is refusing to accept the fact that hospitalizations in coronavirus hotspot cities are spiking and ICU beds in many areas are near or over-capacity.

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany told reporters Thursday that the increase in hospitalizations across the country are due to "elective surgeries," and not COVID-19 patients fighting for their lives.

NBC News' Peter Alexander, noting that hospitalizations are up 50% asked McEnany, "How could the president say the country is in good shape right now?"

"Hospitalizations in a lot of these hospitals," McEnany replied, "about 10 to 40% are COVID, so a lot of hospitalizations aren't pertaining to COVID."

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