“Trump’s ‘Mission Accomplished’ Moment”
President Donald Trump started the day by announcing the U.S. has defeated ISIS and he is pulling all troops out of Syria immediately.
Of course, the U.S. has not defeated ISIS and there is bipartisan condemnation of not only Trump’s decision to pull troops out of Syria, but the manner in which he is doing so.
But Trump did not stop there.
The Commander-in-Chief has just released a video in which he boasts about the destruction of ISIS. He also says that all the American troops who gave their lives in the war against ISIS support his decision to pull the troops out of Syria.
“I get very saddened when I have to write letters, or call parents, or wives, or husbands, of soldiers who have been killed fighting for our country,” Trump says from the White House lawn. “It’s heart-breaking.”
“Now we’ve won. It’s time to come back,” he announces, with barely a pause.
“I’ll tell you, they’re up there looking down on us, and there is nobody happier or more proud of their families, to put them in a position where they’ve done such good for so many people.”
“So our boys, our young women, our men, they’re all coming back, and they’re coming back now,” Trump says, looking at the camera.
“We won. And that’s the way we want it. And that’s the way they want it,” he concludes, pointing to Heaven above.
After historic victories against ISIS, it’s time to bring our great young people home! pic.twitter.com/xoNjFzQFTp
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 19, 2018
Some on social media blasted the President for, as this political commentator who writes for conservative websites says, claiming “to have the endorsement of dead U.S. soldiers.”
My God. He actually claims to have the endorsement of dead U.S. soldiers. This is sick. https://t.co/Gn0epFl4Rc
— John A. Daly (@JohnDalyBooks) December 19, 2018
Here’s what some others have to say:
The entire Pentagon, including your generals, say you’re lying. So why are you doing this then? Is someone paying you off? Is Putin blackmailing you? You must be gaining personally from this, so tell us, what did you do this time? https://t.co/iioaTzFkP7
— John Aravosis 🇺🇸 (@aravosis) December 19, 2018
This is Trump’s “Mission Accomplished” moment. The UN estimates there are still 20,000-30,000 ISIS fighters in Iraq and Syria. With US troops gone, they are likely to stage a resurgence. My @PostOpinions column: https://t.co/0gdlRq5x7S https://t.co/0f75gcwihF
— Max Boot (@MaxBoot) December 19, 2018
It is more than a little strange speak definitively about the desires and policy views of US servcicemembers who have died fighting in Syria and Iraq. https://t.co/QPIPE0TgN4
— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) December 19, 2018
Just watched this. I can’t move. My brain is mad at me. Is he talking about dead soldiers being happy? My nose is bleeding. Did he know he could do more than one take? Everyone is stupider now that this exists. What do we do? The trees in the background are smarter than him. https://t.co/4VsCbzHYP3
— Kelvin Yu (@InternetKelvin) December 19, 2018
Pres Trump says the soldiers who died fighting against ISIS would want the US to pull our troops out of Syria.
Guy who skipped out on honoring fallen soldiers in France uses fallen soldiers to declare imaginary victory. Disgusting. https://t.co/8AGaafTKZz
— Laura Walker 🍸🇺🇸 🏴🎄 (@LauraWalkerKC) December 19, 2018
After I claimed premature victory over ISIS, I’m making a decision against all military advisers by withdrawing all troops from Syria undermining U.S. allies while strengthening Russia, Assad, & Iran. Lastly, this move guarantees the slaughter of Kurds by Erdogan. #WeakTrump https://t.co/RpCpyZ85Sb
— Trump Interpreter (@trumpinterprtr) December 20, 2018
This video will come back to haunt Trump if the troop withdrawal results in an ISIS resurgence. At the moment, the caliphate is dismantled but ISIS still has thousands of fighters. Is this his “mission accomplished” moment? https://t.co/67xBorQS0H
— John Haltiwanger (@jchaltiwanger) December 19, 2018
This is such an unbelievable load of horseshit. https://t.co/KLUSsHC3Mj
— Gary Legum (@GaryLegum) December 19, 2018
This yet again proves that this “@POTUS” has no comprehension of what it takes to be in, command, or operate in a military situation. #CadetBoneSpurs @realDonaldTrump is a disgrace. #VeteransAgainstTrump https://t.co/x8BNvfpyid
— Mike Emery (@Emery_Mike) December 20, 2018
New Zealand may postpone general election after 4 test positive for COVID-19: PM Jacinda Ardern
New Zealand locked down nursing homes nationwide Wednesday after a 102-day streak without the coronavirus ended, as Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the outbreak could force her to postpone next month's general election.
Ardern said authorities were scrambling to trace anyone who had been in contact with four Auckland residents who tested positive Tuesday, ending the dream run in which the virus had been contained at New Zealand's borders.
A three-day stay-at-home order for Auckland, New Zealand's biggest city with a population of 1.5 million, was announced on Tuesday night and went into force at lunchtime on Wednesday.
Android phones to get ‘ShakeAlert’ earthquake warnings — and phones may double as tremor detectors
Android phones will receive warnings triggered by a "ShakeAlert" earthquake early-warning system implemented on the West Coast by the US Geological Survey and partners.
ShakeAlert uses signals from hundreds of seismometers across the state to trigger warning messages that "an earthquake has begun and shaking is imminent," according to the system's website.
"We saw an opportunity to use Android to provide people with timely, helpful earthquake information when they search, as well as a few seconds warning to get themselves and their loved ones to safety if needed," principal software engineer Marc Stogaitis said in a blog post.
‘Don’t talk about racism, racist’: Trump scorched after claiming Biden-Harris campaign has a ‘racism problem’
President Donald Trump continued to lash out at Kamala Harris after the California Democrat was chosen to join the 2020 Democratic Party ticket as presumptive nominee Joe Biden's running mate.
At a news conference following the selection, Trump complained about Harris being "nasty."
After 10 p.m. on Monday, Trump tweeted out an attack ad claiming "Joe Biden has a racism problem."
Here's some of what people were saying about Trump's line of attack: