Now what happens to the Trump presidency? Okay, Donald Trump’s presidency is off to a very bad start.
In his first half year in office he has failed to enact any of his big campaign promises, he has gotten himself accused of obstruction of justice (an impeachable offense), he has fanned the conspiracy flames around his relationship with Russia, he has contradicted his staff, and made enemies of allies. The result is an approval rating in the thirties and a country wondering: so what happens next? Can this guy govern? The answer, as with so much having to do with Donald Trump, is: we don’t know. But it is possible to lay out several broad scenarios. REPORTER: Would you be willing to speak under oath to give your version of events? TRUMP: 100% #TrumpMustTestify. Winners and losers from Comey’s testimony. James Comey's prepared remarks. Comey says he was fired because of Russia investigation. WASHINGTON (AP) — Former FBI Director James Comey asserted Thursday that President Donald Trump fired him to interfere with his investigation of Russia’s role in the 2016 election and its ties to the Trump campaign.
“It’s my judgment that I was fired because of the Russia investigation,” Comey told the Senate intelligence committee in explosive testimony that threatened to undermine Trump’s presidency. “I was fired in some way to change, or the endeavor was to change, the way the Russia investigation was being conducted,” Comey testified under oath. “That is a very big deal, and not just because it involves me.” Comey also accused the Trump administration of spreading “lies, plain and simple” about him and the FBI in the aftermath of his abrupt firing last month, declaring that the administration then “chose to defame me and, more importantly, the FBI” by claiming the bureau was in disorder under his leadership. Democratic Sen. “I don’t know. Democratic Sen. As ISIS retreats in Syria, U.S. and Iran scramble for control.
BEIRUT — U.S.- and Iran-backed forces are locked in a race to take Islamic State strongholds in southeastern Syria and seize a stretch of land that will either cement Tehran’s regional ambitions or stifle them.
The scramble for pole position in Deir al-Zour province is likely to be one of the most consequential fights against the extremist group in Syria, posing a regional test for President Trump as his administration turns up the rhetoric against Iran. On Wednesday, the Islamic State asserted responsibility for twin attacks in Tehran that left at least a dozen people dead, a clear reminder of the group’s reach as it faces off against Iranian and U.S. forces and the proxies they support in Syria and Iraq. If confirmed, they would be the group’s first major strikes in Iran. U.S. -backed forces launched an offensive this week to push the Islamic State out of its self-proclaimed capital of Raqqa. Trump’s Massive Saudi Arms Sale Was All Sizzle And No Substance – Mother Jones. President Donald Trump and King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia sign a "joint strategic vision" agreement in MayThe White House In mid-May, President Donald Trump announced that he’d applied his legendary dealmaking skills to close one of the largest arms sales in history.
His administration hyped the $110 billion deal to supply Saudi Arabia with American-made ships, planes, bombs, and other military as an diplomatic and economic success. White House spokesman Sean Spicer claimed the weapons sale and other investment deals with the Saudis would create employment for hundreds of thousands of Americans: During his subsequent visit to the Middle Eastern kingdom, Trump and King Salman bin Abd al-Aziz Al Saud participated in an signing ceremony in that seemed to seal the deal.
Now it seems that the weapons trade—like so many Trump “wins”—is not what it seems. A recent analysis by the New York Times also concludes that “Mr. Trump Foundation funneled $100K in donations into revenue for Trump Organization: report. US-led coalition admits killing at least 484 civilians in air strikes against Isis in Syria and Iraq. The US-led coalition has admitted killing at least 484 civilians in air strikes in Syria and Iraq amid concern over potential war crimes in the battle to drive Isis out of Mosul.
US Central Command (CentCom) insisted it “takes extraordinary efforts to strike military targets in a manner that minimises the risk of civilian casualties” but claimed: “In some incidents casualties are unavoidable.” The number of men, women and children killed in the campaign has rocketed since the start of the Mosul offensive, seeing densely populated residential districts pummelled by air strikes and artillery. Independent monitors say the death toll since the bombing campaign against Isis started in 2014 runs into the thousands, with transparency project Airwars claiming at least 3,800 civilians have been killed. In a monthly report, CentCom said investigations finished into 16 incidents that resulted in 132 “unintentional civilian deaths”, bringing the total to 484.
It’s Time to Make the Case for Impeaching Trump. Donald Trump’s campaign boast that “I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose any voters” may still hold true for the dead-enders who cling to the fantasy that he’s a competent commander in chief.
But the Trump team doesn’t set the standard for presidential accountability. That was done back in 1787, when the initiators of the American experiment delineated the impeachment power that is suddenly all the rage. Impeachment is not the only tool for checking and balancing errant presidents. Congress has the power of the purse, the duty to declare wars, and “advise and consent” oversight authority. Trump declines to move US Embassy to Jerusalem, for now. WASHINGTON (AP) — Stepping back from a campaign promise and incurring Israeli ire, President Donald Trump acted Thursday to keep the U.S.
Embassy in Israel in Tel Aviv for now instead of moving it to Jerusalem, a cautious move aimed at bolstering prospects for an Israeli-Palestinian peace accord. Trump avoided a step that threatened to inflame tensions across the Middle East and undermine a push for peace before it even started. Still, the White House insisted Trump was merely delaying, not abandoning, his oft-cited pledge to relocate the embassy. “The question is not if that move happens, but only when,” said White House press secretary Sean Spicer.
The praise from Palestinian and Arab leaders and the protest from Israelis showed just how far Trump has shifted from the unwavering support for Israel’s policies that he expressed during the 2016 campaign. “The time has come to put an end to this farce,” Steinitz told Army Radio. Mike Dubke: White House communications director quits. Image copyright Black Rock Group The White House communications director has resigned only three months after being hired by President Donald Trump.
Mike Dubke, an experienced Republican strategist, was hired in March to revamp the White House media strategy. As part of the shake-up, White House press secretary Sean Spicer will reportedly hold on to his position, but there will be fewer media briefings. The reshuffle follows reports of disarray in the White House communications team. Experimental Vaccines Unleashed on Public? Lame Duck Congress Fast Tracking Bill. Just when you thought you could start to prepare for your holiday season, a lame duck Congress is about to “Scrooge” the public over vaccines and give a huge holiday bonus to drug companies.
Your action is urgently needed to email and fax your two US Senators over the weekend and call them on Monday to demand the removal of three sections (3091, 3092 and 3093) from a “Christmas Tree Bill” called The 21st Century Cures Act, HR 34 that was just passed by the US House of Representatives. Here are some of the few that opposed the bill on the House floor: The 21st Century Cures Act legislation was originally passed in the house last year on July 10, 2015 as HR 6. In shakeup, Trump to set up 'war room' to repel attacks over Russia probe. The Trump effect: More dangerous than the man himself. These are dark days.
Darkened by the slaughter of children in Manchester. Darkened by the fawning welcome Donald Trump received in Riyadh. But darkened further by the Trump effect, which could be even more dangerous than the man himself. Gli Americani sono un popolo anti-palestinesi, rileva Gallup. Trump Tells Muslim Leaders: 'Drive Out' the Terrorists. RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — President Donald Trump offered a message of unity Sunday as he called on the Arab world to confront extremism during a highly anticipated speech in the birthplace of Islam. "A better future is only possible if your nations drive out the terrorists and extremists," Trump told the dozens of Muslim leaders who attended his remarks. "Drive. Them. Out. Drive them out of your places of worship," the president continued. The speech during the initial stop of the president's first foreign trip was a stark contrast to his previous comments on Islam.
In Riyadh, Trump said, "This is not a battle between different faiths, different sects, or different civilizations. Calling terrorists "the foot soldiers of evil," the president added, "If we do not stand in uniform condemnation of this killing, then we not only will be judged by our people, not only will we be judged by history, but we will be judged by God. " Monoteismi e rispartizione. Il discorso di Trump a Riad prefigura il ritorno a vecchie sfere di influenza in Medio Oriente.
"Non è una guerra tra religioni, ma una guerra tra il Bene e il Male. Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Donald Trump hold talks. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has held talks on a range of bilateral issues at the White House with US President Donald Trump. The main two topics on Tuesday's agenda were Trump's decision to send weapons to Syrian Kurdish forces of YPG and Turkey's request for the extradition of Fethullah Gulen, a US-based Muslim leader. Gulen, who lives in Pennsylvania since 1999, is accused by the Turkish government of having planned the failed military coup attempt in 2016. The US announced on May 10 that it would supply weapons and military equipment to YPG units of the SDF alliance battling the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group in Syria, despite strong opposition from Turkey, a NATO ally.
The Kurdish elements of the SDF, which is backed by the US-led coalition, are from the YPG, or the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), the main faction battling ISIL, also known as ISIS. Trump Threatens Comey With Secretly Recorded “Tapes” of Their Conversations. Updated: 5:10 p.m. EDT Here’s your morning Impeachment Watch: The president of the United States, @realDonaldTrump, just publicly threatened to release secretly recorded tapes of his conversations with James Comey, the former FBI director he fired this week.
READ IN FULL: Trump's letter to Comey informing him of his termination as FBI chief - U.S. News - Haaretz.com. Follow the latest updates: Trump Fires FBI Director Comey Dear Director Comey: I have received the attached letters from the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General of the United States recommending your dismissal as the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. I have accepted their recommendation and you are hereby terminated and removed from office, effective immediately. While I greatly appreciate you informing me, on three separate occasions, that I am not under investigation, I nevertheless concur with the judgment of the Department of Justice that you are not able to effectively lead the Bureau.
Why did Trump fire James Comey? The main reasons explained. President Donald Trump has fired FBI director James Comey over the way he handled the bureau’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server, based on documents provided by the White House. Mr Comey, an Obama administration appointee who formerly received bipartisan support, was also leading a probe into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 US election and alleged links between Moscow and the Trump campaign. “While I greatly appreciate you informing me, on three separate occasions, that I am not under investigation, I nevertheless concur with the judgment of the Department of Justice that you are not able to effectively lead the bureau,” Mr Trump said in a letter to Mr Comey. “It is essential that we find new leadership for the FBI that restores public trust and confidence in its vital law enforcement mission,” Mr Trump added. Did President Trump fire James Comey as part of a cover-up?
US psychiatrists 'fear reprisals if they speak out' on Donald Trump's mental health. Mental health professionals fear reprisals if they say publicly that Donald Trump may be psychologically unwell, according to a therapist who believes “half of America” is suffering panic attacks because of the President’s actions. Psychiatrists are afraid they will be sued or reported to professional regulators if they say Mr Trump is suffering a mental illness, Dr John Gartner told The Independent, adding he had received “a lot of very crude hate mail” after speaking out. Last week he and a few others sidestepped the longstanding Goldwater Rule—designed to discourage therapists from attempting to diagnose public figures without having examined them—by calling for a psychological evaluation of the 45th President over what they said were “impulsive” acts, like bombing a Syrian airfield after a suspected chemical weapons attack by the Assad government.
Why Not a Probe of ‘Israel-gate’? – Consortiumnews. Special Report: As Official Washington fumes about Russia-gate, Israel’s far more significant political-influence-and-propaganda campaigns are ignored. Trump says US-Russia relations may be at all-time low. WASHINGTON (AP) — With tensions rising over Syria and other issues, President Donald Trump said Wednesday that U.S. relations with Russia "may be at an all-time low" as he moved ever further away from his campaign promises to establish better ties with Moscow. "Donald Trump ha sbagliato ad attaccare la Siria. Il suo unico scopo è distinguersi da Obama". Il generale Vincenzo Camporini ad HuffPost.
3 questions to Marwan Bishara after US strike in Syria. The United States army has fired nearly 60 Tomahawk missiles at an airbase in Syria which it says was used by Syrian government forces this week to launch a deadly chemical attack on a rebel-held town. The move on Friday marked the first direct military action the US has taken against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces in the country's long-running war, now in its seventh year. How Sisi Is Destabilising Egypt. Since 2013, Egypt's new authoritarian government has systematically widened its repression of the opposition to targets beyond the Islamist spectrum.
Voices of dissent have been targeted, including businessmen whose refusal to provide financial support to the government's mega construction projects has led to the confiscation of their assets. And journalists like Ismail al-Iskandarani, whose independent reporting has resulted in accusations of terrorist affiliations and mock trials. Student protests on university campuses and labour protests in industrial facilities have been met with excessive force, while public demonstrations have been subjected to various kinds of state-sponsored violence, including long provisional detention, dismissal from universities, and hefty prison sentences. Hidden Loopholes Allow FBI Agents to Infiltrate Political and Religious Groups. White House Meeting With Egypt’s Tyrant Highlights Key Trump Effect: Unmasking U.S. Policy. Trump campaign’s Russia ties: Who’s involved - Washington Post.
Jared Kushner met with head of state-controlled Russian bank linked to espionage. Log In - New York Times. Russiagate, la commissione Senato Usa sentirà il genero di Trump. Trump blames Democrats for failed healthcare bill. Why Steve Bannon Wants You to Believe in the Deep State. Analysis: Trump collides with reality on Russia. Hawaii judge halts Trump's new travel ban before it can go into effect. Trump’s Revised Refugee and Visa Order: A Quick and Dirty Analysis - Lawfare. Log In - New York Times. Trump’s Twitter Distraction « George Lakoff. Trump e la teoria del mega-complotto, ecco perché ha accusato Obama. Trump accuses Obama of tapping his phones, offers no evidence - U.S. News - Haaretz.com. Russia: The scandal Trump can't shake. Trump claims Obama had his phones wiretapped; no proof cited. The Trump presidency exists in a bubble. WorldViews.
Trump clarifies 'Sweden' remark, says he was referring to Fox News report. Fact-checking President Trump’s rally in Florida. The Latest: Pence: US to 'will hold Russia accountable' Senate grills US envoy to Israel pick after Trump scraps two-state policy. As Trump prepares to meet Netanyahu, American Jews feel divided. Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn resigns. The Most Dangerous Man in Trump World? AP FACT CHECK: Improv week at the White House. #PostcardstoBannon. Federal appeals court refuses to reinstate Trump travel ban. Log In - New York Times. Donald Trump vows to 'totally destroy' Johnson Amendment that stops churches funding political parties. Former FBI agent: Muslim ban 'not about security'
Yes, All This Happened. Trump's First 2 Weeks As President. Facebook - Log In or Sign Up. Why Trump Won’t Serve His Full First Term. The Inevitability Of Impeachment. 10 Things to Know for Today. Trump's travel ban jolts globe, leads to legal fight. Trump’s facile claim that his refugee policy is similar to Obama’s in 2011. Acting attorney general orders DOJ not to defend Trump's travel ban. Six other times the US has banned immigrants.
Who hasn’t President Trump banned? People from places where he’s made money. Presidential executive order on inbound migration to US. What it's like in the 7 countries on Trump's travel ban list. What you need to know about Trump's travel ban. Le misure di Trump sull'immigrazione stanno creando un sacco di problemi. US judge bars deportations under Trump travel ban. Donald Trump's #MuslimBan sparks outrage and fear. Trump signs executive order banning Syrian refugees. Donald Trump's Muslim ban's implications in 5 maps. How Trump Just Made America Less Safe. Notorious Mercenary Erik Prince Is Advising Trump From the Shadows : Information Clearing House. Mexico border wall: What is Donald Trump planning, how much will it cost and who will pay for it? President Trump Still Believes Millions Voted Illegally: White House. Trump 'to advance controversial pipelines'
Sean Spicer is a Groucho Marxist, asking us not to believe our own eyes. Over 1 million join anti-Trump women's marches worldwide. Obama tells Russia's Medvedev more flexibility after election. U.S. Politics Expert: Trump "Highly Likely" to Be Impeached Within 2 Years. World diplomats tell Trump, Israel: Mideast needs peace. Outgoing CIA chief rips into Trump over tweets, Russia. Turkey, US take Syrian Kurdish battle to Twittersphere. AP Source: Trump aide in frequent contact with Russia envoy. Defining moments in Obama's presidency. Cina contro gli Usa sulle isole contese: "Trump rischia una guerra su vasta scala" How Trump’s attacks on the intelligence community will come back to haunt him. Trump, fugge la spia minacciata. Repubblicano dietro il dossier hot. OGE Director warns Trump’s business plan insufficient. Trump's nemesis John McCain kicked off 'Kremlin memo' scandal by handing dossier to FBI.