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Ex-Trump official calls BS on president’s love for the military — and shames him for the government shutdown

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David Lapan, who served as the spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security under President Donald Trump, called out the president on Monday after he boasted about doing a “great job” for the American military.

Lapan, a retired marine who left the Trump administration in late 2017, took issue with Trump’s tweet claiming that he has “done a great job for… the Military, Vets, Economy and so much more.”

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“It’s time to retire the line about the military after your shutdown forced Coast Guardsmen and women to work without pay for 35 days,” Lapan wrote in response to Trump’s tweet. “And now you’re taking billions of [dollars] away from the military for a border wall (that Congress is already funding).”

This is not the first time that Lapan has publicly criticized Trump since leaving the administration. Last November, for example, he slammed Trump for using military service members as “political pawns” after the president ordered them to go to the U.S.-Mexico border to deal with the caravan of migrants that was trying to seek entry into the United States.

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BUSTED: These 10 GOP senators said Ukraine quid pro quo was a red line before Bolton bombshell

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The Washington Post's Philip Bump has tracked down statements from ten different Republican senators who in the past indicated that impeachment charges against President Donald Trump would be far more serious if it could be proven there was a quid-pro-quo agreement that involved exchanging the release of foreign aid to Ukraine for the investigation of former Vice President Joe Biden.

All of the statements flagged by Bump came before this week's bombshell revelation that former national security adviser John Bolton's upcoming book will reportedly say the president directly linked Ukraine aid to the Biden investigation.

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Law professor slams Trump team’s ‘distortions of facts’ as they try to shoot down congressional subpoenas

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Writing for The Atlantic, University of Missouri Law professor Frank Bowman excoriated the White House legal team for their rationale against honoring congressional subpoenas in the impeachment inquiry.

"On Saturday, Trump’s lawyer Pat Philbin tried to extinguish any flickers of enlightened self-interest among Republicans by arguing that Trump was entitled to stonewall the House because the House hadn’t properly authorized its own subpoenas," wrote Bowman. "Like so many contentions of the president’s defenders, this is malarkey thinly draped with plausible-sounding distortions of facts, rules, court opinions, and the Constitution itself."

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Trump has been mysteriously ignoring Melania’s initiatives in his major speeches: report

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According to a report on Politico, an analysis of Donald Trump's State of the Union addresses shows that the president has neglected to boost his wife's most notable achievement in her three years as first lady -- apparently at the urging of aides who feel it is best not to bring it up.

Traditionally, first ladies take on a cause after settling in and Melania Trump has been no different, launching her "Be Best" campaign aimed at halting online bullying. However, that campaign has been ignored by the president in all of his major speeches where he has touted his administration's accomplishments.

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