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Trump won’t visit troops in war zones because he doesn’t believe they should be there: White House aides

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President Donald Trump has not yet visited troops in war zones, after nearly two years on the job and despite his apparent love for military pageantry.

Trump repeatedly boasts about boosting the Pentagon budget, and he enjoys giving speeches before cheering troops or military hardware, but he has been reluctant to visit troops in war zones, reported the New York Times.

His immediate predecessors, George W. Bush and Barack Obama, each made four visits to troops in Afghanistan, the same number of visits Bush made to Iraq, which Obama visited once.

Aides told the newspaper that Trump has not made visits to war zones because he does not really want them serving there in the first place.

They said a presidential visit would validate missions he doesn’t truly believe in.

Trump, who got a military deferment for bone spurs during the Vietnam War era, has also not made special trips to visit troops deployed at American bases overseas.

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Reporting team that busted Trump’s tax secrets crumbles — thanks to ‘wrecking ball’ NYT journalist

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In October 2018, The New York Times published a landmark story on how President Donald Trump and his siblings committed large-scale tax fraud in the 1990s to maximize their inheritance.

Even for a story about Trump, who is seemingly invulnerable to financial scandal, it was hugely consequential — among other things, it led to Trump's sister resigning as a federal judge — and the reporters won a Pulitzer Prize for their efforts.

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Joe Biden’s ‘Jim Crow moment’ was dreadful — but he may be Democrats’ best shot at beating Trump

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The Democratic Party's presidential nomination and the White House are Joe Biden's to win — unless he sabotages himself.

Last Tuesday while speaking at a fundraising speech in New York, Biden reflected on his early career in the Senate, working alongside Sen. James Eastland of Mississippi and and Sen. Herman Talmadge of Georgia, a pair of old-line segregationists:

I was in a caucus with James O. Eastland. He never called me 'boy,' he always called me 'son.' Well guess what? At least there was some civility. We got things done. We didn't agree on much of anything. We got things done. We got it finished. But today, you look at the other side and you're the enemy. Not the opposition, the enemy. We don't talk to each other anymore.

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2020 Election

Who are all these white men running for president — and why?

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The country’s last presidential election was wide open, with incumbent president Barack Obama termed out of office and his vice president, Joe Biden, opting not to run as his replacement. While the vacancy looked like an opportunity for the 16 Republican men (and one woman) who ran in 2016, Democrats essentially cleared the field for Hillary Clinton, the first woman to win the party’s presidential nomination. Her only two challengers were white men; one who eventually became a star at the center of his own political movement and the other who was shortly reduced to strumming his guitar shirtless for attention.

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