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Donald Trump: Russian Asset?

Donald Trump: Russian Asset?‘I  think it’s possible” that President Donald Trump is a Russian asset, disgraced former FBI acting director Andrew McCabe told CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Tuesday. McCabe also said to The Atlantic that FBI brass felt “concern about the president and whether or not he posed a national-security threat that we should be investigating.”On Wednesday, Russian president Vladimir Putin addressed the Federal Assembly in Moscow. “Let me be loud and clear,” he told lawmakers near the Kremlin. “If the U.S. really is going to deploy missiles on the European continent, it will exacerbate the international situation and create a genuine danger for Russia, as there will be missiles with a 10–12-minute flight time to Moscow.” Putin lamented America’s February 1 withdrawal from the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces treaty and added: “We are ready for disarmament talks, but we are no longer going to knock on a closed door.”McCabe’s bizarre comments perfectly echo the Trump-hating Left’s exhausted yet unsinkable theory that the president of the United States secretly works for Russia, Russia, Russia, and that he and Putin somehow swiped the White House from Hillary Clinton, who had waited her turn patiently to become America’s commander-in-chief.But only a thoroughly rotten Russian asset would create genuine danger for the Kremlin and close doors to Moscow. Indeed, President Trump routinely gives Putin ulcers.A Russian asset worth his borscht would work quietly to erode America’s military. Instead, Pentagon spending has soared from Obama’s final $ 521 billion allocation to Trump’s $ 634 billion in outlays for 2017 (up 21.7 percent) and another $ 716 billion last August (up 12.9 percent).Not satisfied simply to bolster the U.S. armed forces, Trump has pressured America’s NATO allies to do the same. Some criticize Trump for supposedly abusing our European partners. Actually, he has lavished them with tough love.“By the end of next year, NATO allies will add $ 100 billion extra toward defense,” NATO secretary general Jens Stoltenberg said January 27 on Fox News Sunday. “So we see some real money and some real results. And we see that the clear message from President Donald Trump is having an impact.” Stoltenberg added: “NATO is united because we are able to adapt to deliver. North America and Europe are doing more together now than before.”None of this makes Vladimir Putin smile.Putin must have groaned last October when President Trump persuaded German chancellor Angela Merkel to spend $ 576 million on a terminal to receive U.S. liquefied natural gas. The Wall Street Journal called this “a key concession to President Trump as he tries to loosen Russia’s grip on Europe’s largest energy market.” This promises less revenue and leverage for Moscow and more profits and employment for American gas exporters.Adjacent to Russia, Trump restored Poland’s purchase of U.S. Patriot air-defense missiles  (which Obama canceled to appease Moscow). Trump also shipped Javelin anti-tank missiles to Ukraine.Last June, and in January 2017, Trump imposed financial sanctions and travel restrictions on Russian companies and oligarchs. This was payback for Moscow’s invasions of Ukraine and Crimea and its interference in U.S. political campaigns. As Trump said: “We must unite as Americans to protect the integrity of our democracy and our elections.”If anyone behaved like a Russian asset, it was Obama. Trump’s predecessor launched the soft-on-Moscow “Russian Reset.” He was caught on a hot mic in March 2012 whispering to Russian leader Dmitry Medvedev: “This is my last election,” Obama said at a conference in Seoul. “After my election I have more flexibility,” especially on matters like anti-ballistic missiles in Europe, on which Russia frowned. “I understand,” Medvedev replied. “I will transmit this information to Vladimir.”As The Weekly Standard recalled, “the Obama administration removed a group of missile launchers from near the Russian border with Poland after Moscow objected to their placement.” Obama refused to arm Ukraine’s anti-Putin fighters. Obama’s first secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, said in March 2010: “Our goal is to help strengthen Russia.” This apparently included encouraging Cisco Systems, Google, and Intel to open shop at Skolkovo, a sort of Russian Silicon Valley. The Pentagon and FBI eventually learned that the entire project was a giant technology-theft scam.Strengthening Russia also involved greenlighting Moscow’s purchase of Uranium One Inc. and its 20 percent share of U.S. uranium reserves. This company’s top investors donated $ 145 million to the Clinton Foundation. What a coincidence.Alas, fact-o-phobic Trump haters like Andrew McCabe consider him a pro-Moscow mole even as they wink at Obama’s and Hillary’s Russophilia.Michael Malarkey furnished research for this opinion piece.



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Donald Trump threatens Venezuela's military if aid is blocked from entering country

Donald Trump threatens Venezuela's military if aid is blocked from entering countryPresident Donald Trump has warned the Venezuelan military not to block tonnes of humanitarian aid due to arrive in the country on Saturday, threatening the soldiers with grave consequences for remaining loyal to President Nicolas Maduro. “Today I have a message for every official who is keeping Maduro in place,” he said, speaking at a university in Miami – the city with the highest population of Venezuelan exiles in the US. “You cannot hide from the choice that now confronts you. You can choose to accept President Guaido’s offer of amnesty, and live your life in peace with your country. But you must not block humanitarian aid. “Or you can choose the second path; continuing to support Maduro. You will find no safe harbour, no easy exit, no way out. You will lose everything.” Mr Maduro has said the tonnes of aid, coordinated by his rival, self-declared “interim president” Juan Guaido, was designed to humiliate the country, and act as cover for an invasion. He has ordered the armed forces to block the aid coming in from Colombia and Brazil, and stationed troops on the border to prevent the assistance from being delivered. But Mr Trump, the first of around 50 world leaders to recognise Mr Guaido, told the crowd that “my heart is in Venezuela”, and urged the Venezuelan soldiers to ignore Mr Maduro’s orders, and allow the aid to enter the troubled country. Melania Trump, who was born in Communist Slovenia, introduced her husband and told the gathering: "many of you in this room know what it feels like to be living in freedom, after living under Communism and Socialism."  He also had stern warnings for Cuba, which props up Mr Maduro’s teetering regime, and the socialist rulers of Nicaragua. Mr Guaido, the leader of the national assembly, declared himself president on January 23, arguing that the presidency was left “vacant” owing to Mr Maduro’s fraudulent re-election. He promised soldiers on January 27 that they would be given amnesty if they defected, and since then, cajoling the military – seen as the real source of power in the country – to abandon Mr Maduro has been a priority of his. Mr Trump attacked the senior officials in Mr Maduro’s government for enriching themselves, while the country starved. A tenth of the population have now fled their homes, driven out of a country which Mr Trump said was on “the brink of ruin”. To chants of “USA!”, Mr Trump told the crowd that they stood “at the threshold of history, ready to reclaim their country and reclaim their history.” Donald Trump in Miami on Monday “Socialism has so ravaged the country that even the world’s largest reserves of oil are no longer enough to keep the lights on,” he said. “Millions are starving, while a few at the top are plundering the nation. “We know who they are, and we know where they keep the billions they plundered. “They are risking their future, they are risking their lives, and Venezuela’s future, for a man controlled by Cuba. Maduro is not a Venezuelan patriot; he is a Cuban puppet.” Mr Trump’s speech was peppered with multiple stern warnings to the government in Havana, warning President Miguel Diaz-Canel that Cuba could be the next socialist country to fall. The remarks are likely to only stiffen the resolve of Cuba’s leadership, which has for almost 20 years backed first Mr Maduro’s predecessor, Hugo Chavez, and Mr Maduro himself. Mr Guaido, speaking via videolink, told the gathering they were facing an “existential” struggle. “Now there is a debate between the democracy and dictatorship — one between life and death,” he said. “We must take advantage of this opportunity. The moment is now for change in Venezuela with determination and pressure from within Venezuela.” Sign up for your essential, twice-daily briefing from The Telegraph with our free Front Page newsletter.



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Here's why Donald Trump will threaten Venezuela's military leaders during a speech in Florida

Here's why Donald Trump will threaten Venezuela's military leaders during a speech in FloridaPresident Trump's speech will be directed at Florida's Venezuelan community as he tries to appeal to Latino voters heading into the 2020 election.



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Donald Trump's emergency declaration is an attack on democracy

Donald Trump's emergency declaration is an attack on democracyInvoking a bogus emergency to build a wall Congress rejected will have long-term impacts on the rule of law.



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Donald Trump demands Britain puts jihadists on trial as Isil makes desperate last stand

Donald Trump demands Britain puts jihadists on trial as Isil makes desperate last standDonald Trump has demanded Britain and its continental neighbours repatriate their captured Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant fighters and put them on trial – or face the terrorists being set free to "permeate Europe." In a strongly-worded message tweeted late on Saturday night, the US president warned he would have little choice but to release approximately 800 "jihadists" currently held by American-backed Kurdish forces in Syria. He said now was the time for the ant-Isil coalition partners to "step up" and take over ownership of its rogue citizens who threaten the safety of Europe. Mr Trump's remarks came as the Sunday Telegraph exclusively revealed intense concern in Washington that "time is running out" to bring the terror group’s fighters to justice as coalition forces prepare to declare victory within days. "The United States is asking Britain, France, Germany and other European allies to take back over 800 ISIS fighters that we captured in Syria and put them on trial," he wrote.  The United States is asking Britain, France, Germany and other European allies to take back over 800 ISIS fighters that we captured in Syria and put them on trial. The Caliphate is ready to fall. The alternative is not a good one in that we will be forced to release them……..— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 17, 2019 "The Caliphate is ready to fall. The alternative is not a good one in that we will be forced to release them.." "The U.S. does not want to watch as these ISIS fighters permeate Europe, which is where they are expected to go. We do so much, and spend so  much – Time for others to step up and do the job that they are so capable of doing. We are pulling back after 100% Caliphate victory!" Time is rapidly running out to establish a coherent strategy with Isil fighters now controlling a pocket of land just 700 metres square in eastern Syria. At its height, the terror group controlled an area the size of Britain.     In a final gesture of defiance, surviving Isil militants on Sunday laid down roadblocks around their final redoubt to prevent an estimated 1,000 civilians trapped with them from leaving.   Mr Trump predicted victory would come on Saturday, but commanders of the Syrian Democratic Forces commanders have slowed a push on the village of Baghouz with fears that civilians were being used as human shields.    SDF fighters man a checkpoint on the road leading to Bagouz, the last village under Isil control Credit:  Chris McGrath/Getty Images Europe On Saturday, the French army revealed a senior officer was facing punishment after publicly criticising coalition tactics.  Colonel Francois-Regis Legrier said an emphasis on minimizing risk to coalition personnel resulted in unnecessary civilian deaths and destruction of infrastructure that could feed resentment leading to another insurgency in future.  At least seven British Isil members, including two alleged members of the notorious ‘Beatles’ terror cell, are believed to have been captured and held in Syria. But an unknown number of others, including Shamima Begum, the 19-year-old child bride from Bethnal Green, are living in refugee camps and may also pose a threat to the UK.  According to a statement released by Miss Begum's family on Sunday, the teenager has just given birth to a baby boy. Mr Trump's comments put pressure on the British government to rethink its reluctance to commit to taking back the individuals. The village of Bagouz, Isil's ;ast enclave, is seen from an SDF hilltop position on February 14 Credit: Getty Images Europe/Chris McGrath Sajid Javid, the Home Secretary,  insisted last week he would “not hesitate” to prevent the return of anyone who supported terrorist organisations abroad. But yesterday SUN General Lord Richard Dannatt, the former head of the British Army, said the UK had an obligation to accept its citizens. “Usually I disagree with Donald Trump, but on this occasion I think he’s right. “If there are … a large number of foreign fighters in captivity in Syria who originate from countries like the UK, then they are our citizens and we have a responsibility to act responsibly towards them. That means they have got to come back to this country.” And Jeremy Wright, the Culture Secretary, echoed those views. Speaking on The Andrew Marr Show, he said: "It's clear, if you are dealing with a British citizen who  wants to return to this country and they're not a dual citizen – so their only citizenship is British citizenship – then we are obliged, at some stage at least, to take them back." ENDS



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Senate approves William Barr as Donald Trump's new attorney general

Senate approves William Barr as Donald Trump's new attorney generalThe US Senate has approved President Donald Trump’s attorney general nominee William Barr, putting the veteran Republican lawyer in charge of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe of any ties between Mr Trump’s campaign and Russia. The vote was 54-45, primarily on a party-line basis with most Republicans backing the 68-year-old and most Democrats opposed. Democrats had expressed concern over Mr Barr's nomination out of concern he might not fully make public Mr Mueller's findings. But with the Senate controlled by the Republicans, Mr Barr's confirmation was always assured. Previously attorney general from 1991 to 1993 under President George HW Bush, Mr Barr has won praise from lawmakers in both parties for his expertise and grasp of the workings of the Justice Department, which he will now head. He is the third man in barely two years to occupy that post, replacing acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, who replaced Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Mr Trump ousted Mr Sessions last November after criticising him repeatedly. Mr Mueller is investigating meddling by Russia in the 2016 US presidential election and whether Moscow colluded with Mr Trump's campaign to try to tilt the election in Mr Trump's direction, as well as possible obstruction of justice. Mr Trump denies any collusion. The Kremlin denies any meddling. Before being nominated, Mr Barr wrote a 19-page legal memo, which he shared with Mr Trump's legal team and Justice Department officials. It called Mr Mueller's probe "fatally flawed." Mr Barr has said he will not let himself be bullied by Mr Trump and will protect the integrity of Mr Mueller's investigation and make public as many of its findings as he can. However, Mr Barr has not promised to release Mr Mueller's final report in its entirety. He has warned he may not be allowed to reveal the identities of people who escape prosecution. That stance troubles many Democrats, who say Mr Barr's expansive views of executive power might lead him to suppress parts of the report. Despite Democrats' opposition, many are still anxious to have Mr Barr installed quickly so that he can replace Mr Whitaker, whose tenure has been fraught with controversy since the president installed him in November. Critics have alleged Mr Whitaker's appointment was unlawful. Democrats fear Trump installed him to undermine Mr Mueller's probe because Mr Whitaker had criticised it when he was a conservative pundit. Mr Barr is widely expected to back many of Mr Trump's tough immigration policies. He will also be under the microscope for how he implements a new law that eases prison sentences for non-violent criminals, after he advocated for the opposite, tough-on-crime approach for decades.



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Donald Trump Jr. shared a meme about women and it backfired spectacularly

Donald Trump Jr. shared a meme about women and it backfired spectacularlyDonald Trump Jr. might want to hold off sharing Twitter memes for a bit while he recovers from the internet dragging him.Following the State of the Union, the president's son decided to tweet a meme about the Democratic women of Congress on Wednesday, who wore suffragette white to the address to make a powerful visual statement.Trump Jr. tweeted the meme — a photo of the women with the words "NOT ONE AMERICAN FLAG AMONG THEM" across it — to his 3.3 million followers on Wednesday, adding, "Speaks for itself and no one is at all surprised."> Speaks for itself and no one is at all surprised. pic.twitter.com/kLoJzMmY10> > — Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) February 6, 2019SEE ALSO: Stephen Colbert breaks down where we're at with Trump's State of the Union addressAfter tweeting the meme, many people challenged Trump Jr. by sharing a photograph he shared of his own family right before the State of the Union address. Here it is.> Getting ready to watch @realDonaldTrump at the big show. Love this group. sotu pic.twitter.com/RXHtdEslGj> > — Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) February 6, 2019As you may have noticed, not one of these seven individuals — including Trump Jr. himself — appears to be wearing a flag pin. Hmm…One might go so far is to say there is "Not one American flag among them," and that perhaps their choice to not wear American flag pins to the State of the Union "speaks for itself." As you may have guessed, it wasn't long before people called Trump Jr. out for his hypocrisy and came to the defense of the women.> Not one American flag pin in sight. pic.twitter.com/rDPhqZzCrj> > — Cole (@TryUsingGoogle) February 6, 2019> Not one Pin or a shred of integrity in your group either, sonny. pic.twitter.com/ds6felZNTH> > — Decency must win (@KindNotWeak2019) February 6, 2019> Not one indicted or under investigation for criminal wrongdoing or collusion with Russia either t.co/5V0fKnDI38> > — The last Master Cherokee Conjurers (@lostcitymagi) February 6, 2019> Not one of them are being investigated for taking a meeting with Russians either. MAGA> > — Maggie Jordan (@MaggieJordanACN) February 7, 2019> Yeah Junior, some people show their patriotism through their actions. Others are Republicans wearing flag pins.> > — Evan Hurst (@EvanHurst) February 7, 2019> Not one indictment among them!> > — barbara james (@leapie454) February 6, 2019Photos taken from during the event showed the Trumps without pins. The First Family at the State of the Union, pinless.Image: Getty ImagesIf you're gonna tweet the meme, you really have to wear the pin yourself, dude. I think that's just how it works. WATCH: Steve Carell to reunite with 'The Office' creator for Netflix's 'Space Force'



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How is President Donald Trump's State of the Union playing overseas? It's not even playing

How is President Donald Trump's State of the Union playing overseas? It's not even playingPresident Trump used his State of the Union address to appeal for unity. The rest of the world looked the other way.



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State of the Union: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez refuses to stand for Donald Trump as she joins women wearing white in protest

State of the Union: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez refuses to stand for Donald Trump as she joins women wearing white in protestCongresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez – dressed in white in an act of solidarity with other women – declined to join a standing ovation for Donald Trump despite his purported call for “unity”. Mr Trump began his State of the Union address by claiming he wanted to work with the new Congress, including the Democratically-controlled House, in remarks that saw many members of the two chambers stand and applause – among them a number of Democrats, including speaker Nancy Pelosi. Millions of our fellow citizens are watching us now, gathered in this great chamber, hoping that we will govern not as two parties but as one nation,” said Mr Trump.



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Donald Trump says he has 'lost massive amounts of money' serving as president

Donald Trump says he has 'lost massive amounts of money' serving as presidentDonald Trump has declared being president one of the "great losers of all time" financially as he lambasted suggestions he was making money out of the office. The US president also indicated he is preparing to declare a national emergency in order to build a wall on the Mexico border, calling ongoing negotiations with Democrats in Congress a "waste of time". Mr Trump also said he has been informed he is not personally a "target" in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into whether his campaign colluded with Russia in 2016. His comments came on a day when it emerged the US economy added 304,000 jobs in January, almost twice what economists had forecast. Mr Trump tweeted: "JOBS, JOBS, JOBS!" The president has been accused by critics of violating the "emoluments clause" in the US Constitution, which bars gifts from foreign states, due to diplomats and other officials staying at his hotel in Washington, a few blocks from the White House. But in an interview with the New York Times, Mr Trump said he had actually lost out on business opportunities because he was president. He said: "I lost massive amounts of money doing this job. This is not the money. You know, fortunately, I don’t need money. This is one of the great [financial] losers of all time. "But they’ll say that somebody from some country stayed at a hotel. And I’ll say, 'Yeah. But I lose'. I mean, the numbers are incredible." Mr Trump criticised Nancy Pelosi, the Democrat speaker of the House of Representatives, who has refused to agree to any of the $ 5.7 billion funding he has requested for the border wall. Nancy Pelosi says there will be no money for the wall Credit: AP If agreement is not reached by Feb 15 the US government may shut down. A previous 35-day shutdown, caused by the same funding impasse over the wall, ended last month. Mr Trump indicated there would probably be no second shutdown because he will declare a national emergency, allowing him to use military funding for the wall. "I think Nancy Pelosi is hurting our country very badly," Mr Trump told the New York Times. "I’ve set the table. I’ve set the stage for doing what I’m going to do." The president also said his personal lawyers had been assured he was not being targeted by Mr Mueller. He said that assurance came from Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, who is overseeing the special counsel. Mr Trump said: "He [Rosenstein] told the attorneys that I'm not a subject, I'm not a target." The president said he had never spoken with Roger Stone, his longtime political ally, about Wikileaks and Russian-hacked Democratic Party emails made public in 2016. He said: "No, I didn't. I never did." Mr Stone pleaded not guilty this week to charges including lying to Congress, and obstruction, stemming from the investigation Mr Trump also denied that he had ever directed anyone to make contact with Wikileaks. "Never did," he told the New York Times. The president said he did not believe he would face a Republican challenger for his party's nomination ahead of the 2020 election. And he praised Kamala Harris as having had the best campaign launch of his potential Democrat rivals. He said: "I would say the best opening so far would be Kamala Harris. Some of the others were very flat."



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