Evelyn N. Farkas, the former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia/Ukraine/Eurasia for the Department of Defense, told MSNBC on Monday that President Donald Trump was encouraging foreign adversaries to interfere with the 2020 elections.
During his visit to Tokyo, which included a meeting with the newly enthroned Emperor Naruhito, Trump quoted North Korean state-run media’s assessment that former vice president Joe Biden is a “low IQ individual.”
“I have confidence that Chairman Kim will keep his promise to me, & also smiled when he called Swampman Joe Biden a low IQ individual, & worse. Perhaps that’s sending me a signal?” Trump tweeted.
“It’s so unseemly. First of all, this visit is a solemn occasion. He’s marking the ascension of a new emperor to the throne and the fact that they invited the American president [is very serious.] President Trump understands it’s a big deal. He’s down playing it, almost taking away from the solemnity of the occasion by these ridiculous tweets,” Farkas said.
She also told MSNBC that North Korea was trying to interfere with the 2020 presidential election — and Trump was encouraging it.
“We don’t want other countries interfering in our elections, either overtly by insulting candidates or how the Russians did it with social media hacking and disseminating information, etc. I think it’s very bad that he’s encouraging other countries to involve themselves in U.S. domestic politics. And he’s taking the side of this brutal dictator, Kim Jong Un — he doesn’t need to go that far.”
Impressionism’s ‘forgotten woman’ shines in new Paris show
The first major show of Berthe Morisot's paintings in France in nearly 80 years puts the forgotten woman of Impressionism back at the centre of the movement she helped found.
One damning review of the first exhibition by the group that would revolutionise art blasted that it was no more than "five or six lunatics of which one is a woman ...[whose] feminine grace is maintained amid the outpourings of a delirious mind."
That 1874 show included such soon-to-be art giants as Monet and Manet, whose brother Eugene later married Morisot.
Scientists find earliest clues of Parkinson’s in brain
Scientists said Thursday they had found the earliest signs of Parkinson's disease in the brain years before patients show any symptoms, a discovery that could eventually lead to better screening for at-risk people.
Parkinson's, a neurodegenerative disorder that causes patients movement and cognitive problems, is estimated to effect up to 10 million people worldwide.
It is diagnosed by a build-up in the brain of a specific protein, a-synuclein, the cause of which is unclear.
However some people are born with a genetic mutation that makes them almost certain to develop the disease at some stage in their life.
‘Out of his depth’: Trump holding back on Iran because he understands it’s harder than ‘swinging’ at a primary foe
During a discussion on news that Iran has shot down a U.S. drone over international airspace on CNN, New York Times White House correspondent Maggie Haberman explained that Donald Trump is in no rush to respond militarily because, for once, he knows he's "out of his depth."
Speaking with hosts John Berman and Alisyn Camerota, Habermann said that the president will likely get advice from national security adviser John Bolton to push back militarily, but that Trump doesn't seem interested in taking on as large a task as going to war.
"He usually responds to a provocation when it's a smaller thing that he can punch and knock down," Haberman explained. "He's pretty aware he can't actually do that with Iran. So I don't think you're going to see the typical, you know, as if he were swinging back at a primary foe. I think he is going to actually be a little more careful in what he says."