The Trump administration is pushing back against a bill that seeks to punish Turkey for buying Russian weapons, specifically a key provision in the bill that would help Kurdish refugees, The Daily Beast reports.
According to a document from the White House explaining its position, the administration is against a part of the bill that would help Kurdish refugees seek asylum in the U.S. quicker. “The President has been clear on this Administration’s approach to refugees as reflected in the National Security Strategy of the United States,” the document says.
The bill would sanction Turkey for buying Russian surface-to-air missiles, as well as barring the U.S. from selling Turkey F-16 or F-35 fighter jets until the country gives up the S-400 missile defense system it purchased from Russia. According to the Foundation for Defense of Democracies’ Aykan Erdemir, the Trump administration’s move would “definitely encourage [Turkey’s president] Erdogan to continue his transgressions.”
According to the Trump administration, the bill would “effectively terminate U.S.-Turkey defense trade,” which would then increase Turkey’s reliance on Russia or “other adversary arms providers” for weapons. The White House also argues that the bill would also “treat Turkey as a pariah in NATO, feeding a narrative that the Russian Federation would likely seek to amplify and exploit.”
Speaking to The Daily Beast, Aaron Stein of the Foreign Policy Research Institute said that the White House’s response to the bill gives more clarity on why the administration has opposed sanctions against Turkey.
“The art of the deal, the master of the deal is an effing moron,” Stein said, referring to Trump. “The thing to do is impose CAATSA [the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act] and make this go away. It’s just that simple.”
America is on pace for record-shattering early voter turnout — including in critical states: report
On Tuesday, The Washington Post reported that voters are casting early ballots in numbers on track to set a historic record — including in some critical battleground states.
"Early-voting counts suggest a record level of civic participation before Election Day. The tens of millions of ballots already cast show highly enthusiastic voters are making sure their votes are counted amid a pandemic," said the report.
15.8 million people in battleground states have already voted, and in some states, like Michigan and Wisconsin, more people have voted early so far than did in the entire early voting period of 2016. In North Carolina, meanwhile, 2 million ballots have been cast — more than double the same amount at this point in 2016.
Pro-Trump activist who claims he’s from the future will represent himself against federal charges for stealing NFL brain scans
On Tuesday, The Daily Beast's Will Sommer reported that Austin Steinbart — a QAnon activist controversial even within the pro-Trump conspiracy world — plans to act as his own attorney in an upcoming federal criminal case.
Some QAnon news: QAnon figure Austin Steinbart, who goes by the alias "Baby Q" and has claimed to be the leader of QAnon visiting from the future via time travel, just filed to act as his own attorney in a federal felony case. What could go wrong?
— Will Sommer (@willsommer) October 20, 2020
‘Whiny orange baby’ Trump mocked for his panicked threat to scoop CBS on his own interview meltdown
On Tuesday, following reports that President Donald Trump stormed out of a "60 Minutes" interview with Lesley Stahl for an unknown reason, the president tweeted that he is considering releasing footage ahead of CBS, to prevent reporters from spinning the "FAKE and BIASED" interview.
Commenters on social media laughed at the president for telegraphing his apparent fear over the content of the exchange.
Lay off the drugs man.