MSNBC’s Jeremy Bash said President Donald Trump’s foreign policy showed clearly that Russia had “leverage” over him.
Bash, who served as chief of staff at both the Department of Defense and the CIA, disagreed with other “Morning Joe” panelists who said Trump’s view on foreign policy was incoherent.
“I would say that the president actually is operating from a coherent perspective in that he totally pushes away intelligence, he doesn’t listen to it, and in every instance you can go down the line, his foreign policy is one where Russia has leverage over him,” Bash said. “It’s kind of inexplicable.”
Bash said Trump’s positions on Syria, Venezuela, NATO, the G-7 and 2016 election interference favor Vladimir Putin’s interests.
“That’s a pretty coherent worldview, and it’s totally at odds with what the U.S. intelligence community believes,” Bash said.
Contracts show how Giuliani-backed lawyers planned to help fired Ukraine prosecutor get revenge on Biden
Newly revealed contracts obtained by the Daily Beast show that two lawyers backed by Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani explicitly promised to help fired Ukrainian prosecutor Viktor Shokin regain his reputation by digging up dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden.
A contract written up by attorney Victoria Toensing this past April stated that Shokin would agree to pay Toensing and her husband, fellow attorney Joseph diGenova, $125,000 "for the purpose of collecting evidence regarding [Shokin’s] March 2016 firing as Prosecutor General of Ukraine and the role of then-Vice President Joe Biden in such firing, and presenting such evidence to U.S. and foreign authorities."
GOP governor is relying on citizen’s prayers to stop school shootings and end opioid epidemic
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“If thousands of people offer similar prayers, he believes God will impart his favor on Tennessee,” the AP reports. “The governor’s remarks came during a luncheon at the Southern Baptist Convention’s Nashville headquarters.”
‘Not sure how they sleep at night’: Outrage erupts as GOP senator blocks Armenian Genocide bill at Trump’s behest
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The move was met with widespread condemnation, some of which came from former GOP state Rep. Cole Wist (CO), who accused the White House of attempting to "whitewash history."