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Republicans have ‘no one to blame but themselves’ for Trump’s Syria disaster: conservative Jennifer Rubin

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Responding to the growing chorus of Republicans breaking with President Trump over his decision to withdraw a contingent of US troops from northeast Syria, Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin argued that those same Republicans have no one to blame but themselves for Trump’s potentially disastrous decision.

According to Rubin, “Trump betrays American democracy at the drop of a hat” with his continuous praise of dictators and alienation of US allies. So, Rubin asks, what did they expect he would do when it came to the Kurds?

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“Republican Sens. Tom Cotton (Ark.), Ted Cruz (Tex.), Marco Rubio (Fla.) and Graham as well as House Republican hawks have not only defended but also now support for reelection a president who has defended and promoted the interests of American foes (e.g., Russia, North Korea) time and again,” Rubin writes. “Without them, Trump could not fend off impeachment; without them, he would not have clear-sailing to a second term in which even more allies could be betrayed.”

Thanks to “partisan tribalism,” Republicans are now married to Trump’s failures, Rubin argues. The GOP is now on the side of a “know-nothing president whose foreign policy is worse, by leaps and bounds, than President Barack Obama’s, whom these same Republicans decried as weak and lacking belief in American exceptionalism.”

In conclusion, Rubin calls on “the Cheneys, the Grahams and the rest” to take a stand and forget about their obsession with reelecting Trump.

“Hold him accountable for betraying American democracy.”

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State Dept official testifying on Capitol Hill has warned for months about Giuliani’s ‘disinformation’ campaign: report

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George P. Kent, the deputy assistant secretary of state in charge of Ukraine policy who is testifying on Capitol Hill as part of House Democrats' impeachment inquiry, has reportedly been warning colleagues about Rudy Giuliani running a "disinformation" campaign since this past March.

The New York Times reports that Kent for several months has "raised concerns to colleagues early... about the pressure being directed at Ukraine by Mr. Trump and his private lawyer, Rudolph W. Giuliani, to pursue investigations into Mr. Trump’s political rivals."

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Retired general tells Fox News: ‘We’ve already lost our reputation — we have abandoned an ally’

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A recently retired general lamented to Fox News this week that President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw troops from Syria has already damaged U.S. national interests by abandoning the Kurds.

"The deed has been done," retired Army Major General Malcolm Frost explained to Fox News correspondent Jennifer Griffin. "So what's happening is we've already lost our reputation. We have abandoned an ally, and thirdly, those ISIS prisoners are going to escape."

Read Griffin's tweets below.

U.S. military is in the process of withdrawing nearly all of the 1000 or so US troops that helped stabilize northern Syria. A US military spokesman says it has pulled out of Manbij, Syria - to make way for Russian-backed Syrian forces who have taken over the abandoned U.S. base.

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RNC chairwoman raked over the coals for accusing others of nepotism — despite being Mitt Romney’s niece

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Ronna Romney McDaniel, the chairwoman of the Republican National Committee and the niece of Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) thinks that the Democrats have a problem with nepotism.

Reacting to the recently aired ABC News interview with Hunter Biden, in which the former vice president's son admitted that his family name had opened doors for him that might have otherwise been closed, McDaniel accused the Bidens of engaging in "obvious nepotism."

"Hunter Biden got $50K a month from a Ukrainian energy company, despite having ZERO experience in energy," she wrote. "His justification? That he was also on the board of Amtrak – more obvious nepotism. If that’s not the swamp, I don’t know what is!"

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