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Putin has infiltrated Trump’s mind and is inspiring his words — and maybe even his actions: conservative pundit

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In a press conference Wednesday, President Donald Trump disparaged American commitments abroad, including the US presence in Afghanistan. He denounced former Defense Secretary James Mattis for failing to deliver results in Afghanistan and suggested that Trump himself would be a superior general.

As part of his criticism of US policy in Afghanistan, the president cited Russia’s experience in the region in the 1970s and 1980s, when the Soviet Union occupied the region. But as many critics pointed out following the conference, the president’s understanding of that history is deeply flawed—and may be indicative of current pro-Russia biases.

Writing in the Atlantic Wednesday, conservative David Frum asks, “Why is Trump spouting Russian propaganda?”

“It was only one moment in a 90-minute stream of madness,” Frum writes.

“The crazy part came during the president’s monologue defending his decision to withdraw all 2,000 U.S. troops from Syria and 7,000 from Afghanistan, about half the force in that country. ‘Russia used to be the Soviet Union,’ he said.” Frum writes.

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Frum analyzes Trump’s rant:

Afghanistan made it Russia, because they went bankrupt fighting in Afghanistan. Russia … The reason Russia was in Afghanistan was because terrorists were going into Russia. They were right to be there. The problem is, it was a tough fight. And literally they went bankrupt; they went into being called Russia again, as opposed to the Soviet Union. You know, a lot of these places you’re reading about now are no longer part of Russia, because of Afghanistan.

The conservative pundit hones in on the significance of the president’s seeming endorsement of Soviet actions. “It’s amazing enough that any U.S. president would retrospectively endorse the Soviet invasion,” he writes.

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“What’s even more amazing is that he would do so using the very same falsehoods originally invoked by the Soviets themselves: ‘terrorists’ and ‘bandit elements.'”

Frum notes that the issue is not what happened in Afghanistan, but rather Russian President Vladimir Putin’s efforts to whitewash Soviet era crimes and return Russia to its former imperialistic glory. What’s disturbing is that President Donald Trump also appears interested in that goal.

“Putin-style glorification of the Soviet regime is entering the mind of the president, inspiring his words and—who knows—perhaps shaping his actions,” Frum concludes.”How that propaganda is reaching him—by which channels, via which persons—seems an important if not urgent question.”


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Lara Trump snarls at critics of ‘send her back’ for pushing a ‘biased, racially-charged narrative’

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Lara Trump, the wife of President Donald Trump's son Eric, has accused CNN anchor Anderson Cooper of pushing a "biased, racially-charged narrative" after he criticized her recent defense of the Trump administration over the "send her back" scandal.

This article first appeared on Salon.

"Anyone insinuating that there was some premeditated plan to orchestrate the “send her back” chant is obviously desperate to continue pushing a biased, racially-charged narrative. #FakeNews," Trump posted to her Twitter account on Saturday. She included a link to the Washington Examiner, a right-leaning newspaper which included a quote from Cooper blasting Trump for supposedly "lying" about her role in whipping up a crowd to chant "send her back" about Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn.

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Trump’s trade war with China has led to foreign investments in the US drying up: report

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Not only are U.S. manufacturers and farmers feeling the devastating brunt of Donald Trump's ongoing trade war with China -- among other countries -- now the New York Times reports that foreign investors no longer see America as a safe bet to park their money.

According to the report, "the once steady flow of Chinese cash into America, with Chinese investment plummeting by nearly 90 percent since President Trump took office."

With the report stating, the drop-off "stems from tougher regulatory scrutiny in the United States and a less hospitable climate toward Chinese investment, as well Beijing’s tightened limits on foreign spending," one analyst blamed the increasingly hostile trade relationship between the two countries.

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Marvel unveiled its bumper slate of new superhero movies Saturday, wheeling out a who's who of Hollywood stars and prompting a collective meltdown at Comic-Con as it ended frenzied speculation over the most lucrative franchise in film history.

Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek and Rachel Weisz were brought on stage in San Diego to join Marvel film stalwarts such as Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman in the upcoming -- and sure to be multi-billion-grossing -- movies.

"I can spend 90 minutes talking about what we've done or I can spend some time talking about what we're about to do," said Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, drawing rapturous screams from thousands packed into the world's largest pop-culture fan convention.

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