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Here’s why Donald Trump is ‘afraid’ to visit American troops in combat zones

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President Donald J. Trump poses with Maj. Gen. Walter E. Piatt, commander of the 10th Mountain Division, and Soldiers following an air assault and gun raid demonstration at Fort Drum, New York, on August 13. Image via U.S. Army photo/Sgt. Thomas Scaggs.

Donald Trump is preparing for his first visit to a combat zone since he took office — and White House insiders know why he hasn’t done it yet.

A former White House official told the Washington Post that the president has thus far avoided visiting active combat zones out of fear for his safety.

“He’s never been interested in going,” the official said. “He’s afraid of those situations. He’s afraid people want to kill him.”

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News of the president’s privately-discussed fears — and the mounting public pressure for him to make such a visit — comes after Trump yet again insulted a decorated veteran by calling Navy Adm. William McRaven a Hillary Clinton supporter.

Advisers told the Post that Trump’s plans to visit a combat zone are not firm and that he only began discussing it in recent weeks.


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Mike Pence’s chief of staff belittles former staffer on MSNBC after she comes out against Trump

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Mike Pence's chief of staff, Marc Short, belittled a former staffer who has now come out against President Donald Trump for his failed response to the coronavirus pandemic.

In an NBC News interview, Olivia Troye, who advised Pence on homeland security, counterterrorism and the coronavirus, explained that the main conversation in the White House over the coronavirus was about Trump's image, and not saving Americans.

"He's not actually looking out for you," Troye said. "He's not looking out for these people. He's not looking out for them. He just wants you in that audience so he can have the camera shot of, you know, his fanfare and the people around him. But the truth is, he's putting those lives at risk.”

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Secretly-recorded tapes reveal true scope of 200-year project planned for one of earth’s ‘most pristine ecosystems’

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"We are shocked at the depth and breadth of Pebble's deception."—Rachel James, SalmonState

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Lincoln Project takes out huge ad buy in military publications to highlight Trump’s failures

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On Tuesday, the Lincoln Project issued a press release announcing a massive ad buy on the Stars & Stripes and Military Times network of publications, aiming ads at servicemembers and veterans to remind them of President Donald Trump's lack of respect for the troops.

“It’s a complete disgrace that a Commander-in-Chief who dodged serving in Vietnam and denigrated POW's publicly has the audacity to disrespect the millions of brave men and women who volunteered for military service,” said Lincoln Project veteran's affairs adviser Fred Wellman. “President Trump has allowed Russia to put bounties on the heads of our brave service members and sought favor with our enemies. The Lincoln Project is taking this message directly to the military community so that every service member, veteran, and their families know the truth about Donald Trump’s betrayal of America’s troops.”

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