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This ‘Never Trumper’ agreed to lead Trump’s Syria policy and was ‘humiliated’ by surprise withdrawal

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In August, a book was published titled Everything Trump Touches Dies. Written by conservative strategist Rick Wilson, the book detailed Donald Trump’s habit of harming everything in his proximity.

The story of Ambassador James Jeffrey be the latest example of the reputational costs of supporting Trump, according to a Thursday evening Politico story.

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Jeffrey had been a high-profile Republican who signed an August 2016 letter denouncing Trump.

“From a foreign policy perspective, Donald Trump is not qualified to be president and commander-in-chief,” the open letter read. “Indeed, we are convinced that he would be a dangerous president and would put at risk our country’s national security and well-being.”

“He weakens U.S. moral authority as the leader of the free world,” they wrote. “He appears to lack basic knowledge about and belief in the U.S. Constitution, U.S. laws and U.S. institutions, including religious tolerance, freedom of the press and an independent judiciary.”

“Unlike previous presidents who had limited experience in foreign affairs, Mr. Trump has shown no interest in educating himself. He continues to display an alarming ignorance of basic facts of contemporary international politics. Despite his lack of knowledge, Mr. Trump claims that he understands foreign affairs and ‘knows more about ISIS than the generals do,'” they added.

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Despite vowing not to vote for Trump, Jeffrey joined the administration as Special Representative for Syria Engagement.

On Wednesday, Trump announced an immediate troop withdrawal.

“How can he put his name and reputation behind this policy?” a foreign policy expert asked Politico. “The president undermined everything he had been working on.”

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“The way this was done is going to make Jim Jeffrey’s job harder because foreign governments and foreign officials are going to wonder whether he genuinely represents the president of the United States,” said former Ambassador Robert Ford.

“Jim came into the administration on the understanding that it would remain deeply and aggressively engaged in Syria and that Trump wouldn’t change his mind,” former senior Obama aide Rob Malley explained. “Jim will have to decide whether what remains of the [Syria] policy makes sense to him, and whether he wants to be the person overseeing it.”

Jeffrey has not commented publicly since Trump’s Twitter announcement.

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Here’s why Jeffrey Epstein surrounded himself with scientists

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The list of confidants and friends who were fêted by the late financier and alleged sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein included a number of prominent scientists. Among the eye-popping names that appeared on the list: the late cosmologist Stephen Hawking, Nobel-winning physicist Murray Gell-Mann, evolutionary biologist Stephen Jay Gould, physicist Frank Wilczek, neurologist Oliver Sacks, and geneticist George M. Church.

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Trump just humiliated his own son with an absurd tweet about Greenland

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President Donald Trump confirmed multiple reports this weekend when he said that he does, indeed, hope to buy Greenland and make it part of the United States.

Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen has said that the country, which is part of the Kingdom of Denmark, is “not for sale”: “Greenland belongs to Greenland.” Which should be the end of the story. Unfortunately, it’s not.

On Monday, Trump sent the following tweet, apparently trying to quell suspicions that the president just regards Greenland as another place to expand his business empire:

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Trump’s resolve on background checks ‘substantially softened’ after call from NRA’s Wayne LaPierre: NYT

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President Donald Trump has reversed his promises to fight for gun control, The New York Times reported Monday.

"Days after a pair of deadly mass shootings in Texas and Ohio, President Trump said he was prepared to endorse what he described as 'very meaningful background checks' that would be possible because of his 'greater influence now over the Senate and over the House,'" the newspaper reported.

"But after discussions with gun rights advocates during his two-week working vacation in Bedminster, N.J. — including talks with Wayne LaPierre, the chief executive of the National Rifle Association — Mr. Trump’s resolve appears to have substantially softened, and he has reverted to reiterating the conservative positions on the gun issue he has espoused since the 2016 campaign," The Times reported.

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