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Deployed US Marines snicker at Trump’s overseas withdraw plans — because they’re unsure if he’s telling the truth

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President Donald Trump tweeted a recent decision that he’d be pulling out American troops from Afghanistan and Syria. The news came as a shock to the Pentagon and commanders overseas, neither of which had heard the policy shift was even a consideration.

In wake of the decision, members of the military admitted they “have no idea” what is happening, how they’ll move forward or what to expect in the coming weeks.

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In a Wall Street Journal report, Gen. Robert Neller, the Marine Corps commandant at Bost Air Field in Afghanistan, was asked by a Marine what the president’ orders meant for those deployed.

“That’s a really good question,” he replied. “And the honest answer is I have no idea.”

“We’ve won against ISIS,” Trump said in a short Twitter this week. “We’ve beaten them and we’ve beaten them badly. We’ve taken back the land. And now it’s time for our troops to come back home.”

Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) said in a CNN interview with Jim Sciutto that the decision seemed to indicate the policy was about bringing the troops home for Christmas. CNN’s John Avlon agreed, also noting that Trump might see it as this, and clearly not have the facts. As Neller explained, that’s far from the case.

“Are your families asking if you’re leaving?” Neller asked a group of Marines in Helmand province. Many said they were. “You’re not leaving.”

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The Journal explained that none of the commanders have details about the president’s plan to draw down the troops.

“The Marines have laughed with their leader and his honesty, but it belied a frustration among officers and personnel about the lack of details from Washington: If Gen. Neller, one of the highest-ranking officers in the American military doesn’t know what’s happening, who does?” The Journal wrote.

In another case, Gen. Austin Miller, the head of U.S. and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization forces in Afghanistan, received morning intelligence briefings that focused on news reports because there was no official communication from the White House or Pentagon.

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“I don’t think anybody really knows exactly what’s going to happen,” Gen. Neller told some Marines Friday. “I’ve read the same stuff in the newspaper you did, I have a little more knowledge than that, but not a whole lot more.”

Read the full report here.

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‘I look at Donald Trump I don’t see Reagan — I see George Wallace’: Former Republican Reagan official

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Wayne Grant served as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army under former President Ronald Reagan. Still, when he looks at today's Republican Party, he can't help but get uncomfortable.

"When I look now at Donald Trump, I don't see Ronald Reagan, I see George Wallace," said Grant.

"For my entire adult life, I was a Republican," he explained. "Until four years ago when, for the first time ever, I voted for a Democrat for president. When I was a much younger man, I had the great honor of serving as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army under Ronald Reagan. You know, Ronald Reagan was a conservative right down to his core. But the man was also an idealist. He was an optimist. And those are two qualities I see none of in the current occupant of that office."

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A whopping 14 percent of new US COVID-19 cases are coming from Texas

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With the daily number of new coronavirus infections in Texas now exceeding that of most other states, experts say Texas has become a hot spot of the global pandemic and that more aggressive measures are needed to slow the virus’ spread.

Texas’ new confirmed cases of the coronavirus now make up around 14% of the U.S. total — measured by a seven-day average — a significantly higher proportion than its 9% share of the nation’s population. Since July 1, the U.S. has reported 358,027 new infections. Of those, 50,599 were in Texas.

On Tuesday, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported more than 10,000 new cases — representing nearly 20% of the nation’s new cases for the day. It could be a “catch-up” from the July 4 holiday, DSHS spokesman Chris Van Deusen said, noting that numbers reported Sunday and Monday were lower.

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Devastating new ad uses Ronald Reagan’s words against Trump to stunning effect

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The Lincoln Project is not the only right-wing group that has been creating attack ads slamming President Donald Trump. Another is Republican Voters Against Trump, which uses the words of President Ronald Reagan in its latest video to illustrate Trump’s failures as president.

In the ad — which lasts one minute and 40 seconds — RVAT contrast Reagan’s words with images of the U.S. during the Trump era. The message is not subtle: Under Trump, the United States is a long way from Reagan’s vision for the country.

The ad isn’t aimed at liberals and progressives, many of whom would argue that Reagan’s economic policies were bad for the American working class during the 1980s. It asks Republicans: “Has your party left you?”

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