During a news conference alongside French president Emmanuel Macron on the sidelines of the NATO Summit this Tuesday, President Trump was asked by a reporter if he supports the protesters in Iran, who’ve been met with a brutal government response that has so far left around 200 people dead.
“I don’t want to speak to that,” Trump replied, before adding, “The answer is no.”
Asked if the U.S. supports Iranian protesters, Pres. Trump says, "I don't want to comment on that, but the answer's no. But I don't want to comment on that." https://t.co/M5slGfPrE2 pic.twitter.com/w85Jyt9pYh
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) December 3, 2019
Trump’s comment seemingly contradicts words from his own Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, who just yesterday suggested that the US sees the Iranian government as the villain in the unrest.
During an appearance on Fox & Friends, Pompeo said that the US supports the protesters and that “we’ve done our best to make sure they can continue to communicate by using the internet,” despite a move last week by the Iranian government to shut it down “in its entirety” in the country.
In later comments at the University of Louisville, Pompeo said Iran is the uniting factor in protests around the Middle East. When speaking about the recent resignation of Iraqi premier Adel Abdel Mahdi, Pompeo said it was “because the people were demanding freedom and the security forces had killed dozens and dozens of people. That’s due in large part to Iranian influence.”
“The same is true in Lebanon, the protests in Beirut,” he added. “They want Hezbollah and Iran out of their country, out of their system as a violent and a repressive force.”
In regards to the protests in Iran, Pompeo said that they’re due to the fact that the Iranian people are “fed up.”
“They see a theocracy that is stealing money, the ayatollahs stealing tens and tens of millions of dollars,” he said.
Trump’s answer on the Iranian question puzzled many observers:
First of all, you can't answer the question and then say "no comment." "The answer is no" IS a comment. A very definitive comment.
Second… for real? For what possible reason would Trump not want to support the Iranian protesters?
— Leon Wolf (@LeonHWolf) December 3, 2019
Weird moment. Trump was asked if he backed the Iranian protesters. He said he didn't want to comment, and then says: "The answer is no".
— Julian Borger (@julianborger) December 3, 2019
It seems possible Trump was thinking the Iranian protesters might be the "death to America" type?
Still a weird response, though.
— Aaron Blake (@AaronBlake) December 3, 2019
‘Deeply hurt’ Ex-Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale tweets out Bible verse about being persecuted
Former Trump re-election campaign manager Brad Parscale is "deeply hurt" after being demoted Wednesday night by Jared Kushner, according to Politico.
"Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them," Parscale tweeted Thursday afternoon.
Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them.
— Brad Parscale (@parscale) July 16, 2020
GOP officials admit 2020 platform is basically whatever’s on Trump’s Twitter account
President Donald Trump has shaped the Republican Party into his own image in less than four years on the job, and that doesn't seem likely to change anytime soon.
Nearly half of the House Republicans on the job when Trump took office in 2017 have either retired, resigned, been defeated or are retiring in 2020, and many of the GOP newcomers are devoted Trump loyalists, reported Politico.
“Whether the president wins or loses, his policy views and style have firmly taken over the Republican Party — nationalism and white grievance, those kinds of things,” said Matt Moore, former chairman of South Carolina's GOP. “I don’t think that Trumpy politics will be leaving the stage anytime soon.”
Coronavirus data disappears from CDC dashboard after Trump hijacks info
The Trump administration on Tuesday forced all hospitals and states to make a significant and immediate change in how they report coronavirus patient data, hijacking the information to be funneled into the Dept. of Health and Human Services.
Experts warned the move could allow the administration to politicize the data, hide it, be less transparent, all of which interferes in the real-time usage of information to fight the coronavirus pandemic.