By Michael Martina WASHINGTON (Reuters) - White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan said on Sunday the United States had begun to communicate with Iran over the country's detention of American citizens, calling the matter a "complete and utter outrage". Iran has arrested dozens of dual nationals, including several Americans, in recent years, mostly on espionage charges. Rights activists accuse the country of trying to use the detentions to win concessions from other countries, though Tehran dismisses the charge. Sullivan told CBS News' "Face the Nation" that it was a "significant pri...
Trump claims to know more about war than 'dope' Gen. Milley: 'I understand this stuff better than anybody'
Former President Donald Trump said this week that the man who he appointed as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is a "dope."
During an interview on Glenn Beck's radio show, Trump responded to reports that Milley had assured China that he would give an advanced warning if the then-president tried to start a nuclear war.
"So I learned early on that he was a dope," Trump said, recalling the Milley had apologized for participating in a 2020 political photo-op outside the White House.
Trump also complained that Milley had not wanted to retrieve "every nail" from Afghanistan before completing the withdrawal.
"He said, 'Sir, it's cheaper to leave it than it is to bring it,'" Trump remarked. "I'm a construction guy so I understand this stuff better than anybody."
"I said, 'I've got to tell you, you've got to be nuts,'" he added. "It was amazing."
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“You're talking to a guy who should be dead," Korin, 64, said in a Reformer interview from his hospital room, with his wife, Deb, present.
He first experienced shortness of breath and a cough on July 29. Within days, his oxygen saturation level had dipped to 78%, far below the 95% or higher expected in someone healthy. He was admitted to the hospital on Aug. 7, and about 10 days later he was placed on a ventilator, worrying he might die while he was intubated. He spent seven days on the ventilator, and has so far spent 44 days at Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids.
“I always believed, it's just another virus," he said. “I was wrong. I will be the first to admit: If I had taken the vaccine, I believe that I may have gotten sick, I probably wouldn't be in the hospital. If I was in the hospital, I probably wouldn't be on the ventilator."
Across Minnesota and the country, ICUs and hospital beds are filling up with COVID-19 patients, the vast majority of whom are unvaccinated. This week, the number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients reached 757, the Minnesota Health Department reported, the highest number this year as the Delta variant spreads.
Across the country, health care systems are under strain, with some hospitals putting off elective procedures as they deal with a surge in COVID-19 patients. Last week, Idaho released statewide “crisis standards of care," giving hospitals, nurses and doctors an ethical framework for how to use scarce resources.
In recent days COVID-19 has resumed its place as the leading cause of death in America.
Korin said his near brush with death has changed his mind about the COVID-19 vaccine.
“The pros far outweigh the cons," he said.
But still, he is against the government requiring people to be vaccinated. He said people are reluctant to be vaccinated because they have grown to distrust institutions, including the government.
“You don't know how to trust," he said. “I think the general population has lost their faith, not only in the government, but in what we're being told. We believe it's being manipulated to the benefit of whoever is in power."
He and his wife have documented his journey on Facebook, providing near daily status updates on his condition. Some people have attacked Korin in the comments.
“It was so visceral. It was hatred," he said of some of the comments, which included people berating him for not being vaccinated, while others criticized him for his change of heart on the vaccine.
His recovery includes rebuilding his strength. He still struggles to walk on his own without becoming exhausted, and stairs are also difficult for him. He hopes to learn soon that he is well enough to leave the hospital.
Despite his long hospital stay, he plans to get vaccinated, taking his doctor's advice that the virus can mutate and vaccination will confer greater protection.
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On Tuesday, according to the Alabama Political Reporter, MyPillow CEO and Trump ally Mike Lindell claimed that he has discovered 100,000 votes that were "flipped" in the state of Alabama.
The announcement, for which he did not provide any evidence, comes after Lindell announced a trip to Alabama to meet with state GOP officials like Gov. Kay Ivey (R) and Secretary of State John Merrill to investigate the count himself, despite the fact that Trump won the state by 25 points.
"Lindell, in a video posted to his website on Sunday, said Alabama's election officials are doing 'everything right, but they still somehow got through, with computers or whatever,' referring to hackers, although he didn't identify who those alleged hackers might be," reported Eddie Burkhalter. "Lindell claimed, without offering any proof, that according to his 'packet capture' data, intercepted network traffic that he's claimed show evidence of election hacking, 100,000 Alabama votes were 'flipped' and that 'we do have the data. Dr. Frank's data, where every, every single county was affected.'"
"Dr. Frank" refers to Douglas Frank, an Ohio mathematician and former teacher who has promulgated conspiracy theories about the election.
Lindell, who recently held a three-day "cyber symposium" on election fraud that offered no actual evidence of election fraud, is being sued by Dominion Voting Systems for defamation, after he repeatedly claimed without proof they were switching votes from Trump to Biden.
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