President Donald Trump denied the 19 intelligence agencies that reported Russia hacked the 2016 presidential election because they wanted him to win. According to Trump, however, none of the intelligence reports are accurate because he won the election on his own. After years lambasting the intelligence services, attacking the FBI and other law enforcement agencies working with intelligence, Trump is between a rock and a hard place.
MSNBC host, and new mom, Katy Tur noted that after being sold a bill of goods about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, Americans are likely going to be skeptical. She went on to cite NBC reporter Ken Delaney, who said that American allies “don’t have the most trust in us” right now.
“President Trump is in a bad spot,” agreed senior politics editor Beth Fouhy. “Let’s not forget, he basically spent his entire presidency undermining intelligence agencies in this country. You’re talking about the American public, how they’re going to respond to it. If they have been conditioned over and over to not believe what they’re told, that somehow the intelligence agencies work off another agenda, why do you persuade the American people to believe it this time?”
She agreed that the country is still scarred by Iraq, but the other problem is that Trump isn’t good at bringing members of Congress together for a conversation about another foreign war, much less American allies.
Then there’s the political problem. Trump promised in 2016 that he would draw down troops and stop the endless wars. Ironically, Trump said that former President Barack Obama would probably try to start a war with Iran to hang on to his presidency during the 2012 reelection. If Trump actually does it, he will likely be outed for his hypocrisy.
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Mike Pence credits president for ‘ceasefire’ solution to situation Trump created
Vice President Mike Pence delivered a five-day ceasefire with Turkey after President Donald Trump agreed to pull out American troops so Turkey could bomb the Kurdish people.
Thousands of people have been displaced, thousands have been killed or wounded as a result of Turkey's bombing campaign.
The United States was forced to bomb our own military base to prevent ISIS, Syria and Russian troops to have access to American military information and equipment. The Turkish bombing began so quickly that the American military couldn't conduct a withdrawal the proper way. American soldiers were also fired on so heavily that they almost fired back in self-defense.
House Democrats: It’s time to include Trump’s shady Turkey deal in the impeachment inquiry
Even by Donald Trump's basement-level standards, there's something bizarre about the president's behavior in deciding to allow a Turkish invasion of Syria aimed at pushing the Kurdish population out of the area — a move that is, for all intents and purposes, an act of ethnic cleansing. Less than two weeks ago, Trump, apparently spontaneously, acceded to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an's request that the U.S. pull a small number of troops out of the area to clear the way for what swiftly turned into a slaughter. Since then, Trump's attempts to justify this betrayal — not just of the Kurds, but of basic human decency — have been alarmingly erratic, well beyond his existing baseline of constant, impulsive dramatics.
Climate change not on agenda for next G7 summit: Trump White House
Climate change will not be on the agenda of next year's G7 summit, to be held at US President Donald Trump's Florida golf club, the White House said on Thursday.
The announcement marks the latest development in Trump's running battle against nearly all forms of environmental regulation that has seen his administration pull out of the Paris climate accord, axe rules limiting leaks of the greenhouse gas methane and weaken key wildlife protections.
"Climate change will not be on the agenda," acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney told reporters.
The United States and China account for nearly half the planet's carbon emissions, making them the key countries needed to get behind urgent efforts to battle climate change.