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‘Self-centered ego’: John Brennan unleashes on Trump for taking credit for military successes with ISIS

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Former CIA Director John Brennan joined with MSNBC host Chris Jansing in expressing outrage over President Donald Trump proclaiming he captured ISIS.

Jansing cited reports saying the president attacked former Defense Secretary James Mattis and said, “I captured ISIS.”

“No reported mention of service members,” Jansing said about Trump’s rant. “I cannot remember a president who did not give credit to the men and women who fought, who bled, who risked their lives and in too many cases always, gave their lives, made the ultimate sacrifice, and then he exits risking the resurgence of ISIS. What does it say to the men and women of the military who have committed their professional lives to this — to keeping America safe?”

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Brennan said that throughout Trump’s presidency he’s sent signals to the military and intelligence community, law enforcement and the diplomatic corps, that he “doesn’t care about what they do or what they think.” Not only will he make the decisions, Brennan said, “he’s the one that’s going to take credit for all of these things.”

“So, I think it must be very, very dispiriting, not just to those professionals out there, whether it be military or civilians, but also to the families of these individuals, the ones who sacrifice so much so that their loved ones can, in fact, keep us safe by being deployed so far away from home,” he continued.

Brennan then noted that it’s another example of the president putting himself first before the American people.

“This shows the callousness and the self-centered ego of Donald Trump, who does not respect nor give credit and express appreciation for the tremendous work that’s being done out there,” said Brennan. “I still find it incredulous that people either believe what Donald Trump says or are willing to ignore what he says, especially the Republicans in Congress who have yet to find I think their bearing in terms of dealing with Donald Trump.”

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Trump betrays his promise to fight for America’s workers as he caves to pro-corporate zealots

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Campaigning for the presidency in 2016, Donald Trump promised that, if he was elected, “American worker[s] will finally have a president who will protect them and fight for them.”

Has he kept this promise?

When it comes to protecting workers’ health and safety, his administration has been a disaster. Once in office, Trump packed the leadership of U.S. regulatory agencies with pro-corporate zealots, leading to predictable results.  They repealed an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) rule requiring employers to keep accurate records of injuries, repealed a rule requiring that federal contractors follow safety and labor laws, and withdrew an OSHA policy allowing workers to participate in OSHA inspections. In addition, as the AFL-CIO noted, the Trump administration targeted job safety rules for toxic chemicals, mine examinations, and child labor protections for destruction.  It also sharply reduced the number of OSHA inspectors. As of 2019, only 875 were enforcing health and safety regulations nationwide?the lowest level in the agency’s half-century of operation.

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MSNBC’s Morning Joe nails it: Trump’s new spy chief did same foreign work ‘that got Paul Manafort sent to jail’

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MSNBC's Joe Scarborough ripped President Donald Trump's new spy chief -- who just got busted for apparently breaking the same law as Paul Manafort.

The "Morning Joe" host blasted Rick Grenell, the acting director of national intelligence, for lacking any relevant experience for the job, and now he may not even get the security clearance he needs to do the job.

"So he's doing work for a foreign politician, but he didn't register," Scarborough said. "That sounds like a crime. Haven't people been arrested for doing that? Sure as hell he knows he's not going to be able to get a security clearance."

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‘Mind-boggling’: Trump accused of hiding Russia documents until they can be destroyed

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According to a report from NPR, the administration of Donald Trump is coming under increasing fire from historians and activists for keeping documents about his meetings with foreign leaders -- including Russian officials -- and immigration-related documents out of the public eye until they can be destroyed.

The reports states, "Historians and activists charge that the White House has failed to keep notes of the president's meetings with foreign leaders, including with Russian President Vladimir Putin, and that other papers, including records of alleged abuses of undocumented immigrants, could be destroyed," before adding, "Immigration activists fear that records relating to the treatment of undocumented immigrants — including detainee deaths, complaints about medical conditions and alleged sexual assault and abuse of detainees — could be destroyed by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)."

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