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Trump signed off on killing Suleimani months ago — undercutting ‘imminent threat’ claims: report

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President Donald Trump Trump authorized the killing of Iranian general Qassim Suleimani seven months ago, according to administration sources.

Trump signed off on killing Suleimani in June if Iran’s increased aggression resulted in the death of an American, according to five current and former senior administration officials, which raises new questions about the justification for ordering the airstrike, reported NBC News.

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“There have been a number of options presented to the president over the course of time,” a senior administration official said.

That source told NBC News that aides placed Suleimani’s assassination on the list of options “some time ago.”

Administration officials have claimed Suleimani’s killing was ordered in response to an “imminent threat,” which the president has claimed — without evidence — involved up to four embassies.

Former national security adviser John Bolton urged Trump to approve Suleimani’s killing in June, after Iran shot down a U.S. drone, but the president said at that time he would not agree unless Iran killed an American.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also wanted Trump to approve Suleimani’s killing at that time, sources said.

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Pompeo, who was Trump’s first CIA director, has consistently urged the president to take a more aggressive approach to Suleimani.

Trump’s second national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, also discussed killing Suleimani as early as 2017.

The president ordered a drone strike that killed Suleimani on Jan. 3 near the Baghdad airport after an Iranian-backed militia killed Iraqi-American defense contractor Nawres Hamid a few days earlier.

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John Hopkins’ coronavirus data indicates that the US could ultimately end up even worse off than Spain and Italy

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Back in January and February, President Donald Trump and his sycophants in the right-wing media insisted that the deadly COVID-19 strain of coronavirus did not pose a major threat to the United States. But according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, the U.S. is now #3 in coronavirus deaths. And when one closely examines Hopkins data, it becomes painfully clear that the U.S. might be moving into the #1 position in the weeks ahead — and why Dr. Anthony Fauci, expert immunologist, is warning that the U.S. could be looking at 100,000-240,000 deaths from COVID-19 when all is said and done.

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Anti-science Christians who went ‘all in’ for Trump bear responsibility for COVID-19 crisis: religious extremism expert

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Appearing on MSNBC with host Ayman Mohyeldin, the author of a widely shared New York Times article on the dangerous rise of religious nationalism lambasted religious leaders who are still holding public services when the government is advising social isolation and claimed they are making things worse for the rest of the country.

Speaking with the host, Katherine Stewart, who is also the author of the book "The Power Worshipers," explained that years of anti-science rhetoric from the predominately rightwing evangelical movement is a contributing factor as to why the country is in the throes of a deadly pandemic that may lead to over 250,000 deaths.

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Ex-Homeland Security adviser reveals to The View another Trump coronavirus failure no one’s talking about

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Tom Bossert, a former Homeland Security adviser to President Donald Trump, identified one failure of leadership that has mostly escaped notice during the coronavirus outbreak.

Governors have begged the president to order the manufacture of ventilators and other medical equipment under the Defense Production Act, which Trump has already invoked, but Bossert said he must also anticipate another need to eventually end the pandemic.

"This is a massive, complicated logistics challenge at this point, and, you know, Gov. [Gavin] Newsom and others will tell you that it's not just about large-scale purchasing," Bossert said. "It's about deciding who needs it and whose priority should trump others because this is a scarcity of resource problem at this point. We're kind of past what we would have, could have and should have done, and we're making decisions about who gets what when and why. That's the trick."

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