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John Kelly sides with Lt Col Vindman against Trump: Ukraine call was ‘an illegal order’

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Former White House chief of staff John Kelly finally unloaded on President Donald Trump’s actions toward Ukraine, North Korea, immigrants and the media.

The retired Marine Corps general told students and guests at Drew University that Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, the former National Security Council aide and impeachment witness, was simply following his military training when he reported “questionable” actions in Ukraine policy, reported The Atlantic.

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“He did exactly what we teach them to do from cradle to grave,” Kelly said during the event. “He went and told his boss what he just heard.”

Trump insists his call to Ukraine president Volodymyr Zelensky was “perfect,” but Kelly accepted the conclusion by House Democrats that the president had conditioned military aid on Ukraine’s agreement to announce an investigation of Joe Biden and his son.

That would have sounded to Vindman like “an illegal order,” Kelly said — and the U.S. Army officer was duty-bound to report it.

“We teach them, don’t follow an illegal order,” Kelly said, “and if you’re ever given one, you’ll raise it to whoever gives it to you that this is an illegal order, and then tell your boss.”

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The View’s audience roars as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez schools Meghan McCain on socialism

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"The View" co-host Meghan McCain challenged Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) to defend her socialist policies, and the audience roared in approval as she laid them out.

The New York Democrat appeared Wednesday on the daytime talk show, and McCain compared herself to the first-year lawmaker.

"I feel like you're the bogeywoman of the right and I'm the bogeywoman of the left, so it's interesting to be talking to you," McCain said. "Because what you're proposing and what Bernie Sanders is proposing, you said Fox was, like, ushering in the apocalypse to conservatives like me that think big government is very dangerous, it is like the apocalypse. It's not just that Bernie is asking a lot of voters to buy into what I consider radical ideas like the Green New Deal, Medicare for All, he's advocating for a complete paradigm shift of the American system as we know it, and it's a huge ask for people like me and it's a huge ask for a lot of people, the seismic shift from capitalism to socialism."

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Julian Assange says he was promised a Trump pardon if he would lie about Russia’s DNC hacking

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Wikileaks founder Julian Assange told a British court on Tuesday that he had been promised a pardon by people close to President Donald Trump.

Assange made the remarks while appearing at a pretrial hearing via teleconference.

Courtroom reporter James Doleman broke the news on Twitter. According to Doleman, Assange said that the pardon was conditional on him publicly announcing that Russia had nothing to do with the attack on the 2016 election.

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Boris Johnson braces for meeting with furious US officials after defying Trump’s demand to spurn Huawei

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According to a report from the Daily Mail, U.S. officials are planning to chew out UK prime minister Boris Johnson over the UK's decision allow the Chinese tech company Huawei a role in the UK's 5G network.

The alleged security risk posed by the company is what has the Trump administration so furious, the Daily Mail reports. On Sunday, President Trump railed against the company, saying that its inclusion in the advanced telecommunications network could put intelligence sharing at risk. UK politicians who are also upset with Johnson's decision plan to meet with Trump's acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney over the matter.

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