George Conway, a Republican attorney and the husband of White House advisor Kellyanne Conway, blasted President Donald Trump on Friday for his “incompetence” in dealing with Iran.
The New York Times reported that Trump had ordered retaliatory strikes after Iran shot down a U.S. drone. But the president then called off the attack.
“The operation was underway in its early stages when it was called off,” one official said. “Planes were in the air and ships were in position, but no missiles had been fired when word came to stand down.”
Trump later said that he abruptly called off the strike after asking how many people would be killed.
Sam Vinograd, who was a member of President Obama’s National Security Council, said that the president would normally receive “an assessment of casualties on both sides at the front end.”
“I would have thought a president would be given a casualty assessment up front, as you say is the normal process. It’s possible he just didn’t care until he cared, and now he’s lying about it. Lord knows he lies about everything. Either way, his incompetence is staggering,” Conway tweeted in response.
“Indeed, what’s most remarkable about his characterization of events is that it’s the version THAT MAKES HIM APPEAR THE MOST INCOMPETENT. He’s so incompetent, he doesn’t even realize that,” Conway added.
Vinograd responded: “In my experience casualty assessments get better as intel gets better but they’re always part of a briefing – POTUS blaming this on intel and saying he didn’t know the facts before he greenlit an attack paints the President as either incompetent or misleading — or both.”
“Incompetent and misleading—that’s our president in a nutshell,” Conway concluded.
Adam Schiff’s anger boils over at GOP’s hypocrisy on Russian meddling: ‘Of course they were silent!’
During his closing statement today in the House impeachment inquiry, Intel Committee Chairman Adam Schiff forcefully condemned what he sees as Republican hypocrisy when it comes to Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
Schiff slammed the contention of some Republicans that the "whole idea that Russia got involved in the 2016 election was a hoax put out by the Democrats."
"And of course, they're not alone in pushing out this idea that is trumpeted by no one other than the President of the United States, who almost on a daily basis at times would comment, and tweet, and propagate the idea the Russia's interference in our election was a hoax," Schiff continued. "And of course, we all remember that debacle in Helsinki when the President stood next to Vladimir Putin and questioned his own intelligence agencies -- I wish I had heard just some of the righteous indignation we heard in the Committee today when the President questioned that fundamental conclusion of our intelligence agencies, but course, they were silent!"
White House secretly meeting with Republicans to limit impeachment trial as president courts GOP senators
The Trump White House is in secret talks with top Senate Republicans to draft a strategy on how the impeachment trial will be conducted after the House passes what are expected to be damning articles of impeachment. The president has been focused the past few weeks on sitting down with Senate Republicans individually or in small groups to take the temperature of the caucus and to woo those who have occasionally suggested they might be uncomfortable with the actions he has taken that have led to the current impeachment inquiry.
"A group of Republican senators and senior White House officials met privately Thursday to map out a strategy for a potential impeachment trial of President Trump, including proceedings in the Senate that could be limited to about two weeks," The Washington Post reports late Thursday afternoon.
Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical
A 17-year-old Canadian nearly lost his lungs after five months of intensive vaping, but the ingredient suspected of doing the damage, diacetyl, is different from the substance US authorities blame for dozens of deaths.
The case, described Thursday in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ), deepens the mysteries surrounding e-cigarettes, which have grown so popular US President Donald Trump earlier this week backed away from a proposed ban on certain vaping flavors, fearing such a move could cost him votes.
Vaping has been blamed for 42 deaths in the United States since the past summer. Canada has been relatively spared, with only eight identified patients, and no deaths.