On Monday, Republican strategist Rick Santorum railed against President Donald Trump after he went off on a Twitter storm over the weekend.
Trump disgracefully tweeted insults about the late Senator John McCain.
“Senator Santorum, if someone’s dad or uncle sent out 29 tweets or re-tweets in one day, wouldn’t their family be a little concerned or have a Twittervention?” Cooper asked.
“There’s nothing I’m going to do to defend the president in this,” Santorum said. “I’ve said it many times and I’ll say it, he gets in the way. A CNN poll shows that 71 percent of the people think that the economy is on the right track and things are going well. He’s doing a good job in many respects as president and then he does this.”
He added. “This diverts attention away from the job he’s doing and some of the things that are positive and just likes to focus on things that negative to him. And it’s all personal.”
“Do you think there’s a strategy there, or it is just personal and he’s just getting it out?” Cooper asked.
“Maybe this is his therapy,” Santorum said. “I don’t know how he does it. I’m not familiar with the internal workings of Donald Trump’s schedule, but my guess is this is his time just to sort of let it all out. And he sees Twitter as his outlet to do that. I wish he wouldn’t do it. I wish he would write to them and send e-mails to a therapist, as opposed to sending tweets to the general public.”
US planning to slash troops in Germany: report
US President Donald Trump has ordered the Pentagon to slash the number of troops it maintains in Germany by more than a quarter in the coming months, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday.
The newspaper said the Defense Department would cut the number of military personnel by 9,500 from the current 34,500 permanently assigned to Germany postings.
The Journal also said a cap of 25,000 would be set on how many US troops could be inside German at any one time, whether in permanent postings or temporary rotations, half of the current allowance.
The move would significantly reduce the US commitment to European defense under the NATO umbrella, though it could also impact Pentagon operations related to Africa and the Middle East.
Manhattan DA announces protesters arrested by NYPD will not be charged: ‘Our office has a moral imperative’
The Manhattan District Attorney announced on Friday that his office would not be prosecuting protesters arrested for low-level crimes.
Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance, Jr. announced that Unlawful Assembly and Disorderly Conduct would not be prosecuted during the demonstrations over police violence.
"“The prosecution of protestors charged with these low-level offenses undermines critical bonds between law enforcement and the communities we serve. Days after the killing of George Floyd, our nation and our city are at a crossroads in our continuing endeavor to confront racism and systemic injustice wherever it exists. Our office has a moral imperative to enact public policies which assure all New Yorkers that in our justice system and our society, black lives matter and police violence is a crime. We commend the thousands of our fellow New Yorkers who have peacefully assembled to demand these achievable aims, and our door is open to any New Yorker who wishes to be heard," Vance said in a statement.
Chicago Police Board president files complaint alleging he was struck 5 times by cops at George Floyd protest
On Friday, WTTW reported that Ghian Foreman, the president of the Chicago Police Board, has filed a complaint alleging he was beaten in the legs five times by police officers at a protest against the killing of George Floyd last Sunday.
The Chicago Police Board is an independent civilian commission that has power over police disciplinary cases.
"Foreman filed a complaint with the Citizens Office of Police Accountability alleging that he was struck by at least one officer during a protest sparked by the death of George Floyd in the custody of Minneapolis police, said Ephraim Eaddy, a spokesperson for the agency," said the report. "Foreman’s complaint, which identifies the officer Foreman said struck him, is one of 344 complaints of police misconduct filed with COPA between midnight May 29 and 7 a.m. Friday, Eaddy said. The complaint itself is confidential."