Washington Post journalist David Fahrenthold explained his latest reporting on President Donald Trump’s business ties to Saudi Arabia, and other panelists on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” wondered how that affected his foreign policy.
Republican senators have broken against the Trump administration, which disagrees with the CIA assessment about Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman’s involvement in the grisly murder of Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi — and the newspaper’s most famous reporter linked that to the president’s business.
“The Saudis are always throwing around money,” said journalist Bob Woodward. “Let’s face it — Donald Trump is a walking conflict of interest on something like this. Billions of dollars the Saudis will throw around to make sure they have a good relationship with Trump and the administration, but this is a little piece of it, and you have to ask the question, why doesn’t somebody say no, let’s not do this?”
Woodward said voters should have been able to see Trump’s tax returns — which presidential candidates have revealed before the election — to see where his business conflicts with U.S. foreign policy.
“If we had his tax returns, it would be the road map to not everything, but I know from talking to people in the IRS and in the Trump Organization, that is the key,” Woodward said.
The veteran reporter said he regretted being unable to reveal Trump’s tax returns before the election so voters could make an informed decision.
“Even though he refused in 2016 to release them, it would be great if somebody were to get them,” he said. “I tried in 2016 and failed and regret that piece is not there. I mean it would be like somebody, a senator, running for president, and you say, ‘Well, you can’t have his voting record, it’s secret.’ It would be absurd.”
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South Korean fighter jets fire 400 warning shots at Russian military plane
South Korean fighter jets fired nearly 400 warning shots at a Russian military aircraft on Tuesday after it violated the country's airspace, with Seoul warning of a far stronger reaction if a breach reoccurs.
The Russian A-50 early warning and control aircraft breached South Korean airspace twice off its east coast, the defence ministry official said, forcing the air force to scramble fighters.
Moscow denied any of its military aircraft had violated South Korean airspace, saying its planes had carried out planned drills over international waters.
But Seoul said a warplane entered South Korean airspace near the disputed Dokdo islets -- which are also claimed by Japan -- the first such violation since Korean War hostilities ended in 1953.
Democrats are on the verge of setting a ‘time bomb’ for any candidate who can defeat Trump
If a new president takes over the White House in January 2021, he or she may quickly find that the Democratic Party that just won control of the executive branch left a loaded gun in the hands of the Republicans, who are all too eager to use it.
That should be the takeaway from reports about the budget negotiations between the House Democrats and the Trump administration. According to Bloomberg reporter Sahil Kapur, the parties are coalescing around an agreement to raise spending by $350 billion, offset that increase somewhat with about $75 billion, and extend the debt ceiling — now set to expire in the fall — to July 31, 2021.