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Ex-Pentagon official wallops Trump for amplifying North Korean propaganda during ‘solemn’ Japan event

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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.”

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“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.”

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Millions around the world joined #ClimateStrike — demanding bold climate action

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Masses of children skipped school Friday to join a global strike against climate change that teen activist Greta Thunberg said was "only the beginning" in the fight against environmental disaster.

Some four million people filled city streets around the world, organizers said, in what was billed as the biggest ever protest against the threat posed to the planet by rising temperatures.

Youngsters and adults alike chanted slogans and waved placards in demonstrations that started in Asia and the Pacific, spread across Africa, Europe and Latin America, before culminating in the United States where Thunberg rallied.

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Trump announces new sanctions on Iran — and deploys US troops to the Middle East

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The United States announced Friday that it was sending military reinforcements to the Gulf region following attacks on Saudi oil facilities that it attributes to Iran, just hours after President Donald Trump ordered new sanctions on Tehran.

Trump said the sanctions were the toughest-ever against another country, but indicated he did not plan a military strike, calling restraint a sign of strength.

The Treasury Department renewed action against Iran's central bank after US officials said Tehran carried out weekend attacks on rival Saudi Arabia's oil infrastructure, which triggered a spike in global crude prices.

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‘Do a lot of stupid sh*t as quickly as possible’: Ambassador Power breaks down ’The Trump Doctrine’

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The former ambassador to the United Nations explained "The Trump Doctrine" during a Friday evening interview with comedian Bill Maher on HBO's "Real Time."

Samantha Power, the author of the new book, The Education of an Idealist, was asked by Maher about the foreign policy mantra of the Obama administration.

"Obama's foreign policy doctrine was famously summarized as 'don't do stupid sh*t," Maher noted. "Trump's, of course, is 'Do stupid sh*t.'"

"Do stupid sh*t as quickly as possible," Power clarified.

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