Former Bill Clinton speechwriter David Kusnet has speculated that the anonymous author of the anti-Trump book “A Warning” is really Guy Snodgrass, who served as a speechwriter for former Defense Secretary James Mattis — and Snodgrass, during an appearance on CNN’s “New Day” earlier this week, flatly denied being the author and stressed to host Alisyn Camerota that he wants his name attached to any political assertions that he makes. The identity of the anonymous author and self-described Trump Administration remains unknown to the general public, but whoever it is, that person received a painfully cold reception during a Monday night appearance on Reddit.
The official, who also wrote a September 2018 New York Times op-ed headlined “I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration,” was a guest on Reddit’s Ask Me Anything Monday Night. And some Reddit users were not happy with the person’s decision to remain anonymous. One user, for example, asserted, “Get in front of Congress…. You could be a hero, and instead, you are doing below the bare minimum to help yourself fall asleep.”
The person announced that he or she planned to come forward before the 2020 election — a promise that some Reddit users were totally unimpressed with. One of them wrote, “This is so theatrical. He’s either a threat to this country, or he’s not. The longer you wait, the less your statements mean anything.”
The “he” is, of course, President Donald Trump. In the September 2018 New York Times op-ed, the writer described himself or herself as a frustrated senior official within the Trump Administration who was trying to counter the president’s worst impulses and steer him in the right direction. But in the book “A Warning,” the message is that Trump is beyond redemption and needs to be voted out of office in 2020.
At times, the person was quite evasive on Reddit — for example, he or she didn’t respond to the question, “Did you ever personally witness Donald Trump committing a crime?” And a Reddit user angrily complained, “these questions are why we’re here, and an anonymous person won’t even answer them to a bunch of other anonymous people.”
One of the most highly rated comments from a Reddit user during the question-and-answer session was, “Dirtbags. All of you. I hope you are ostracized for the rest of your days for your support of this administration.”
Donald Trump’s Secretary of State apparently thinks Spanish is spoken in Lebanon
The president of United States is often criticized for getting his facts wrong, especially when it comes to understanding the world.
Trump made up the country of "Nambia" while not knowing that Bhutan and Nepal (which he pronounced "nipple") are real countries. He said the country of Belgium "is a beautiful city" and once told the prime minister of India that the country does not share a border with China (their shared border is 2,500 miles).
Jason Crow lays out the human cost of Trump’s Ukraine scheme — citing his military experience
On the second day of the impeachment trial, Rep. Jason Crow (D-CO), a veteran and one of the House impeachment managers, clearly laid out the risk that President Donald Trump's Ukraine scheme posed to human life — and drew from his own experience in the military.
"I know something about counter-battery radar," said Crow. "In 2005 I was an Army Ranger serving in a special operations task force in Afghanistan. We were at a remote operating base along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. And frequently, the insurgents that we were fighting would launch rockets and missiles onto our small base. But luckily we were provided with counter-battery radar. The 20, 30, 40 seconds before those rockets and mortars rained down on us, an alarm would sound, and we would run out from our tents and jump into our concrete bunkers and wait for the attack to end. This is not a theoretical exercise, and the Ukrainians know it."
‘Sealed off’: China isolates city of virus outbreak
The Chinese city at the heart of a deadly virus outbreak is under effective quarantine, with outward flights and trains suspended, subways halted and large public events cancelled as doctors in full-body protective suits treat patients.
The coronavirus has spread across China and beyond, with 17 people killed and more than 500 infected in an outbreak that started in Wuhan -- a central city of 11 million people described by state media as "the main battlefield" against the disease.
Most cases are in Wuhan, a major transport hub with a seafood market that has been identified as the epicentre of the epidemic. A few cases involving people who visited Wuhan have been found elsewhere in the United States and some Asian countries.