On Saturday, Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH), a 2020 candidate for president, told MSNBC’s Alex Witt that the rapidly escalating tensions between the United States and Iran are President Donald Trump’s fault — and explained how he would do things differently if he is elected.
“Before we get to the debate, I just want to ask you, if you were the president right now, how would you be addressing the situation with Iran?” asked Witt. “Do you think you would try to de-escalate the tensions and move forward in some fashion? Have you given some thought to that?”
“Of course you want to de-escalate it,” said Ryan. “The war in the Middle East at this point, in addition to what’s going on in Iraq and Syria and all of the other activity there, would be a disaster.”
“We would not be in this position if I was president, Alex, because we had a peace deal with Iran,” said Ryan. “Everybody needs to remember that this president took us out of a long, tedious negotiated peace deal with Iran to make sure that they did not have nuclear weapons. And then he recklessly got us out of it. Then he put John Bolton in a very high position, and John Bolton has been talking about regime change in Iran for a long time and the president doesn’t pay too close of attention on some of these issues.”
“What the hell did he think was going to happen?” said Ryan. “Here we are in the middle of escalated tensions in the Middle East. Russia is an ally with Iran. Russia’s been deeply involved in our elections, trying to destroy our democracy, so, of course, they’re partnering with Iran now. And I’m sure they are in some way, shape, or form behind what’s going on here. Because they want to try to destroy us. And of course you’ve have John Bolton there. So escalating tensions, we’re running trillion dollar deficits, so now get us engaged in something that will hurt the global economy, destabilize the region and further get Americans involved in something we don’t necessarily want to be involved in. This is completely reckless but most importantly, it was preventable.”
“Do you think you would you try to put us back in this deal?” asked Witt. “Would that be one way you would deal with it?”
“I would most certainly try to get us back into the Iranian deal … It was a good deal,” said Ryan. “It was preventing Iran from having nuclear weapons. And now we’re going to have a nuclear weapon race in the Middle East between Saudi Arabia and Iran, and these other countries are going to all want their own nuclear weapons to try to protect themselves. That’s why they had this deal done. Even Russia was supporting it. And the president took us out of it, and now John Bolton, a regime changer for Iran, is in a top position for us. It makes no sense.”
Trump ripped as a ‘traitor’ by veterans for his mask photo-op at Walter Reed Hospital
The veteran advocacy organization Vote Vets on Sunday blasted President Donald Trump for holding a photo-op at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
After a round of golf on Saturday, Trump traveled to the hospital to be photographed by the press pool wearing a mask, which was a first since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Vote Vets, which says it has raised over $120 million since being founded in 2006 and made over 50 million voter contacts, released a new video on Trump's visit.
The ad says it shows "what wounded warriors see when Trump comes for a photo-op."
Trump’s push to reopen schools prematurely is an assault on states’ rights that may prove deadly
It’s hard to avoid a sense of déjà vu as the Trump regime threatens to withhold federal education funding from states that refuse to re-open their schools this fall. The contours of the “debate,” such as it is, perfectly align with the one we had a couple of months ago about re-opening businesses in the midst of a pandemic.
Then, as now, conservatives tried to frame the issue as a choice between re-opening and staying stuck in quarantine indefinitely. Those less moored to reality, including the President, insisted that proponents of quarantines were only motivated by a desire to undermine Trump’s prospects for re-election. The real divide at the time was between those of us who wanted to follow the science, build up adequate testing and contact-tracing capacity and re-open safely once the rate of infection had declined, and those, mostly on the right, who wanted to re-open prematurely either because they believed we’d achieve herd immunity if we let the outbreak run its course or because they thought Covid-19 was a “hoax” that was no more serious than the seasonal flu.
How 68,000 COVID-19 survivors created a world-class patient resource group in just four months
Diana Berrent was one of the first people in her hometown of Port Washington, New York, to get COVID-19. Back then, in early March 2020, only immunocompromised and seniors were believed to be high-risk; hence, as a 46-year-old yoga practitioner and runner, Berrent was "shocked" when she woke up with a 103-degree fever and respiratory infection — symptoms that strongly suggested she had coronavirus, which was later confirmed by a test.
This article first appeared in Salon.