According to a report from CNN, State Department officials tasked with US embassy security had no idea of any “imminent threats” to four specific US embassies — threats that were used by President Trump as justification for the targeted killing of Iranian general Qasem Suleimani.
According to CNN, the State Department sent out a warning to all US embassies before the strike occurred, but the warning was not directed at any specific embassy and did not warn of an “imminent” attack.
At an Ohio rally, Trump claimed that Suleimani “was actively planning new attacks,” and later said on Fox News that “four embassies” were targeted in the plot.
“But State Department officials remain in the dark about the specific nature of that threat, the sources said,” CNN’s Kylie Atwood reports. “These officials also say the State Department did not produce the analysis that US embassies in the Middle East faced an imminent threat, the legally required threshold to justify [Suleimani’s] killing.”
Speaking to CNN, former State Department officials say that although steps had been taken to increase security at embassies in recent months, no additional measures were taken that would have signified an ‘imminent threat” situation.
Read the full report over at CNN.
Trump’s friends calling him over concerns he wants their kids back in school as pandemic rages: report
In a deep dive into why Donald Trump is hellbent on sending kids back to school as the coronavirus pandemic continues to rage across the country, the Daily Beast reports that close friends and outside advisers to the president are calling him and questioning the move over fears about their own children.
According to the report, Trump campaign advisers are saying they have polling numbers that show getting schools up and running again appears to be a winning issue with mothers and could help the president pick up some support in the suburbs where he has been polling poorly.
The worst may be yet to come as America finally wakes up to Trump’s incompetence and cruelty
Since Election Day 2016, America has been in a state of mourning.
Donald Trump's Independence Day speeches offered more of the almost never-ending funeral ceremonies for America's democracy, dignity and decency. Instead of trumpet-like exhortations to American greatness and goodness on the country's birthday, Trump chose to deliver horribly off-key funeral dirges.
‘I hear from psychiatrists weekly’ who warn about the president’s ‘mental incapacity’: Trump biographer
Trump biographer Michael D'Antonio told CNN on Friday that he's been in regular contact with professional psychiatrists who believe President Donald Trump lacks the mental capabilities to handle his job.
During a panel discussion about the president's mental health, D'Antonio spilled the beans about what some experts are telling him they see in the president's behavior and speech patterns.
"I hear from psychiatrists on a weekly basis about a different measure of the president, and that's whether he suffers from mental incapacity," D'Antonio explained. "That's a very different category and goes to whether he can perform his job."