Former Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA) on Wednesday admitted that he was stunned by reports that fired Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was discouraged from discussing her work to prevent Russia from meddling in the 2020 presidential election.
According to the report, White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney warned Nielsen that she shouldn’t have a cabinet-level meeting about ways to combat Russian efforts to influence the 2020 election out of fear of angering President Donald Trump.
Reacting to this, Dent slammed the White House for letting Trump’s pride get in the way of a vital national security issue.
“It’s simply incomprehensible to me the chief of staff would keep this information away from the president!” he said. “If election interference from a hostile foreign power doesn’t warrant the attention of the president, I don’t know what does!”
Dent then argued that Trump seems to be inviting Russia to help him again by not taking a more forceful stand against their actions during the 2016 election.
“I am flummoxed as to why the administration would want to minimize Russian interference,” he said. “The president should be talking about preventing this and sending a signal to the Russians that there would be retribution and retaliation.”
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NYT columnist says one of Trump’s friends begged him to talk him out of launching war with Iran
On Monday, Thomas Friedman of The New York Times spoke to CNN's Anderson Cooper, following President Donald Trump's attacks on him for calling his behavior racist in a recent article. The president accused him of "kissing [his] a**" in an Oval Office phone call.
Speaking to Cooper, Friedman denied Trump's characterization of their discussion.
"The president tweeted about a private conversation we had and lobbed in a few insults," said Friedman. "Basically, my response, which I put out on Twitter is that I was encouraged by a friend of his to speak to him after the downing of the American drone, because I thought it was wise that we not retaliate, and I thought he was wise not to retaliate, and this friend of his wanted me to encourage him in that, because he was evidently agonizing a little over that not retaliating. And I did that. I began the conversation by saying that 'I disagree with you, Mr. President on many things, but I think you did the right thing on this.' We talked for about four minutes. We also talked about China and we left it at that."
Here are 3 things Americans must hear from Mueller’s testimony: Democratic senator
No one can say with certainty what former special counsel Robert Mueller will tell the American people when he testifies before the House Intelligence and Judiciary Committees on Wednesday.
But on Monday, Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) told CNN's Wolf Blitzer the broad strokes of what Mueller will be expected to say — and what the American people should be listening for if they are not yet convinced President Donald Trump has committed impeachable offenses.
"Do you think there are Americans out there who still haven't made up their mind on this issue of impeachment, obstruction of justice, collusion and all of that?" Blitzer asked her. "Have the American people moved on?"
Trump is becoming more hawkish on Iran — and he’s running out of options: report
So far, one of the only pieces of good news in the escalating tensions between the United States and Iran is that President Donald Trump has been reluctant to use military force, taking his cues in part from Fox News host Tucker Carlson, who has personally warned him that it would end his presidency — resisting the urges of his most trigger-happy advisers like John Bolton.
Now, however, the president appears to be having second thoughts as it becomes clearer that he will not be able to broker a better deal than President Barack Obama's nuclear agreement, and is starting to view the conflict more hawkishly, reported CNN's Kaitlan Collins on Monday.