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Marines’ leader fumes in leaked memo: Trump’s border deployment is disastrous for the military

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The Marine Corps’ leading general rebuked President Donald Trump’s deployment of troops to the US-Mexico border in a pair of “strongly-worded” leaked memos to Pentagon.

In the memos obtained by the Los Angeles Times, Marine Corps Gen. Robert Neller pushed back against the president’s “unplanned/unbudgeted” emergency border deployment.

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That unexpected demand, Neller said in the letters to Navy Secretary Richard Spencer and Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan, pose an “unacceptable risk to Marine Corps combat readiness and solvency.”

The four-star commanding general complained that Trump’s deployment came “at a time where we are attempting to double down on strengthening alliances and attracting new partners.”

Because of problems posed by the deployment, Neller added, Marines “will not participate in planned training exercises in Indonesia, Scotland and Mongolia, and will reduce their participation in joint exercises with Australia and South Korea,” the LA Times noted.

Mandy Smithberger, defense expert at the nonpartisan Project for Government Oversight watchdog group, told the newspaper that “it’s pretty unusual for the commandant to be raising concerns that… a top political priority for the president is undermining the ability of the Marine Corps to do the training they need.”

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“This is a pretty strongly worded memo,” Todd Harrison, director of defense budget analysis at the nonpartisan Center for Strategic and International Studies think tank, told the LA Times.

“The incremental cost of the border deployment is likely small compared to these other factors,” Harrison added. “It sounds like there are some bureaucratic politics at work here.”

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Legal scholar exposes the strange ‘missing link’ in Rudy Giuliani’s debunked Ukraine conspiracy theory

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Ryan Goodman, a professor at New York University School of Law, has written a new article with NYU colleague Alex Potcovaru exposing the direct link between President Donald Trump's request to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and to investigate a debunked conspiracy theory pinning the blame on Ukraine for interfering in the 2016 presidential election.

Writing at Just Security, Goodman and Potcovaru examine past statements made by Giuliani both on cable news shows and on social media, and have discovered that Giuliani's efforts to get Ukraine to probe the 2016 election are also an effort to dig up dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden.

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Trump Organization boasts about India towers just days after Eric Trump says family doesn’t do international business

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The Trump Organization undermined Eric Trump's lie about the president's family ending its international business dealings.

President Donald Trump's second son falsely claimed last week to Fox News host Laura Ingraham that he and his siblings "got out of all international business" after their father took office.

"The difference between us and Hunter (Biden) is, when my father became commander in chief of this country, we got out of all international business," Eric Trump said.

However, the Trump Organization run by Eric Trump and his older brother Donald Trump Jr. sent out a tweet Monday morning promoting the Trump Towers in Pune, India.

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Trump wants to ‘wash his hands of responsibility for the Kurds’: US official tells NBC News

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A source reportedly told NBC News on Monday that President Donald Trump wants to "wash his hands of responsibility for the Kurds."

NBC correspondent Richard Engel reported the remarks on Monday morning.

"US officials tell me Trump wants to wash his hands of responsibility for the Kurds," Engel wrote on Twitter. "The US mil/gov gave Kurds REPEATED assurances of protection. US even asked Kurds to REMOVE defenses BEFORE the Turkish offensive. Kurds complied and now being displaced. WH says not our problem."

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US officials tell me Trump wants to wash his hands of responsibility for the Kurds. The US mil/gov gave Kurds REPEATED assurances of protection. US even asked Kurds to REMOVE defenses BEFORE the Turkish offensive. Kurds complied and now being displaced. WH says not our problem.

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