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    The US national security adviser said a CIA official tasked with briefing the president decided not to tell him about reports that Russia paid bounties to the Taliban for killing American soldiers because it was “unverified intelligence”.

    The claim from Robert O’Brien came as top members of the administration gave differing accounts on the status of intelligence reports on Russian bounty payments, and why Trump had not taken action in response, but had repeatedly pressed to re-admit Russia to the G7 club of nations.


    Trump himself continued to suggest that the allegations of Russia paying Taliban fighters to kill Americans were a “hoax”.


    It has been reported that the intelligence was included in the written presidential daily brief (PDB) given by the CIA. O’Brien appeared to suggest it had not been included in verbal briefings given to Trump.


    “The president’s career CIA briefer decided not to brief him because it was unverified intelligence,” O’Brien told Fox News, adding: “She made that call and, you know what, I think she made the right call, so I’m not going to criticize her. And knowing the facts that I know now, I stand behind that call.”


    O’Brien was severely criticised for putting the blame for a major policy issue on a relatively junior CIA official.


    “This is the same scapegoating play that the White House ran in the coronavirus context – blaming Trump’s intelligence briefer for something that is chiefly and fundamentally a failing of the White House staff,” said Ned Price, a former CIA analyst and national security spokesman.




    He added: “We now know that the information was included in Trump’s written PDB, which is how the intelligence community regularly flags items that the President needs to know. Nothing in the PDB is discretionary; everything in that short document is in there because – in the estimation of the intelligence community – the president needs to know it to fulfill his charge.”


    Intelligence experts have also pointed out that intelligence routinely briefed to the president is rarely “verified”, but presented with varying degrees of confidence.


    Trump continued to insist he had not been told, and questioned the veracity of the reports.


    “From what I hear, and I hear pretty good, the intelligence people – many of them – didn’t believe it happened at all,” the president told Fox News. “I think it’s a hoax. I think it’s a hoax by the newspapers and the Democrats.”


    Meanwhile, Mike Pompeo, the secretary of state, insisted that the Russian threat in Afghanistan was real and had been properly addressed, implying the president had been kept informed.


    “We took this seriously; we handle it appropriately,” Pompeo, a former CIA director, told reporters. “The president has been consistently aware of the challenges that Russia presents to us and he is aware of the risk in Afghanistan.


    “It’s why we have spent so much time over this past year at the president’s direction to reduce risk to our forces in Afghanistan in a way no previous administration has done.”


    Pompeo said it was up to the president whether to invite Russia to meetings of the G7 group of major industrialised democracies, but added: “I think it is wholly important and appropriate for the United States to continue to have dialogue with the Russians to convince them to change some of the activities that are inconsistent with what it is the United States needs to do to preserve security and freedom for its own people.”


    A former senior US official confirmed to the Guardian that reports of Russian bounties were circulating inside the White House before the summer of 2019, and raised concern, but at that point had not been fully corroborated.


    The official said that more detailed information had surfaced since then, but added it was likely that president had ignored the news as it conflicted with his desire to cultivate good relations with Vladimir Putin.


    “He doesn’t like hearing bad news about all kinds of things, unless he’s forced to,” the former senior official said. ( )


    CNN cited former officials on Wednesday as saying Trump’s resistance to intelligence warnings about Russia led his national security team, including those who delivered the PDB to brief him verbally less often on Russia-related threats to the US.


    A former Taliban spokesman, Mullah Manan Niazi, told the Daily Beast: “The Taliban have been paid by Russian intelligence for attacks on US forces - and on Isis forces - in Afghanistan from 2014 up to the present.”
    CIA official chose not to tell Trump of Russia bounty report, top adviser claims | US news | The Guardian

    Is it just me or have the die hard Trump supporters either gone quiet or pissed off. Defending the indefensible must get stressful I suppose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cujo View Post
    Is it just me or have the die hard Trump supporters either gone quiet or pissed off. Defending the indefensible must get stressful I suppose.
    Who are they then ?

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    You don't know ?

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    He's making up words again.

    edit:

    Jesus he's a boring speaker. Never listened to him before.

    His handlers must be proud, stayed right on script.
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    Trump is off to Mt. Rushmore. Fireworks, crowds and Covid. Meme making the round in the states.

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    “WHAT DO I DO? WHAT DO I DO?”: TRUMP DESPERATE, DESPONDENT AS NUMBERS CRATER, “LOSER” LABEL LOOMS

    “They probably won’t have” the Jacksonville convention. The Joni Ernst campaign is angry at Trump’s horrible numbers. Meadows and Kushner are at loggerheads over Parscale. And if things don’t turn around by Labor Day, GOP defections may begin.
    BY GABRIEL SHERMAN Trump Desperate, Despondent as Numbers Crater, “Loser” Label Looms | Vanity Fair

    JULY 2, 2020



    With Donald Trump’s approval sinking to Jimmy Carter levels and coronavirus cases spiking across the country, Trump is reluctantly waking up to the grim reality that, if the current situation holds, his reelection is gone. Republicans that have spoken with Trump in recent days describe him as depressed and “down in the dumps.”

    “People around him think his heart’s not in it,” a Republican close to the White House said. Torn between the imperative to win suburban voters and his instincts to play to his base, Trump has complained to people that he’s in a political box with no obvious way out. According to the Republican, Trump called Tucker Carlson late last week and said, “what do I do? What do I do?”

    To console himself, Trump still has moments of magical thinking. “He says the polls are all fake,” a Republican in touch with Trump told me. But the bad news keeps coming. This week, Jacksonville, Florida—where Trump moved the Republican National Convention so he could hold a 15,000-person rally next month—mandated that people wear masks indoors to slow the explosion of COVID-19 cases. According to a Republican working on the convention, the campaign is now preparing to cancel the event so that Trump doesn’t suffer another Tulsa–like humiliation. “They probably won’t have it,” the source said. “It’s not going to be the soft landing Trump wanted.”

    Neither the Trump campaign nor the White House responded to requests for comment.

    Trump remains furious at his son-in-law Jared Kushner, whom he blames for the campaign’s dismal poll numbers. Axios reported this week that Trump complained privately that Kushner’s advice on criminal-justice reform damaged Trump politically. But because Kushner is family, sources say it’s unlikely that Trump will formally strip him of authority.

    Kushner’s vast sway over West Wing decisions has become a flashpoint between him and Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, sources say. The two have been engaged in a cold war over control of the campaign. Meadows pushed Trump to replace campaign manager Brad Parscale, a Kushner ally, the Republican close to the White House said. Kushner wasn’t happy that Meadows is close with Kushner’s adversaries Corey Lewandowski and David Bossie.

    “Meadows is in real shit. He went to war with Jared and tried to get Brad out,” the Republican, briefed on the internal debate, told me. A couple weeks ago, Meadows unloaded about Kushner over dinner with his predecessor, Mick Mulvaney, at Sette Osteria near the White House. “All Mark did was complain how much operational control Jared has and how it leaves very little space for the chief of staff,” said a Republican briefed on the conversation. “Mark whined to Mick, ‘why didn’t you warn me before I accepted the job? There’s nothing for me to do.’”

    Nervous Republicans worried about losing the Senate are now debating when to break from Trump. Trump campaign internal polls show Trump’s level of “strong support” dropping from 21 to 17 points since last week, a person briefed on the numbers said. A source close to Iowa Republican Joni Ernst’s campaign said Ernst advisers are upset that a solid seat is now in play. “Joni’s campaign is pissed. They should not be in a competitive race,” the source said. ("This is completely false," an Ernst campaign spokesperson said in a statement. "Folks are energized about re-electing Joni Ernst, President Trump and the rest of Republican ballot in Iowa this November.") A Republican strategist close to Mitch McConnell told me that Republicans have Labor Day penciled in as the deadline for Trump to have turned things around. After that, he’s on his own.
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    Covid is closing in on Trump. Now his son Donald jr's girlfriend has it. Kimberly Guilfoyle.

    She and Don jr are in South Dakota with Trump.

    Kimberly Guilfoyle, Top Fundraising Official for Trump Campaign, Tests Positive - SFGate

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomcat View Post
    “WHAT DO I DO? WHAT DO I DO?”: TRUMP DESPERATE, DESPONDENT AS NUMBERS CRATER, “LOSER” LABEL LOOMS
    Well, The Donald could always resign for health reasons and let Pence take on Biden.

    Wonder just what's going on in the hallowed halls of the RNC?

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    Quote Originally Posted by aging one
    Covid is closing in on Trump. Now his son Donald jr's girlfriend has it. Kimberly Guilfoyle.

    She and Don jr are in South Dakota with Trump.

    Kimberly Guilfoyle, Top Fundraising Official for Trump Campaign, Tests Positive - SFGate
    Now wouldn't that be deliciously ironic!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AntRobertson View Post
    Now wouldn't that be deliciously ironic!
    . . . it'll disappear like magic . . .

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    Quote Originally Posted by AntRobertson View Post
    Now wouldn't that be deliciously ironic!
    They would do their best to cover up the idiot child having it.

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    Pool little Eric baldy orange cunto..... he's even thicker than his dad.

    Posted this trying to be clever....


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    Didn't take long for him to have to delete it once someone posted this.




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    These ads are getting more ruthless.



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    Quote Originally Posted by pickel View Post
    These ads are getting more ruthless.
    Change one word and its better.

    Truthful for ruthless. Fact.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aging one View Post
    Change one word and its better.

    Truthful for ruthless. Fact.
    Wasn't saying ruthless was bad AO.

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    Trump has a plan to stay in the whitehouse if he loses the election.

    President Donald Trump is scheming to retain power in the event of an electoral loss in November, according to a former Senator from Colorado.

    The former Democratic senator begins with an allegation that Mr Trump will attempt to retain power through voter suppression. Mr Wirth alleges there is a strategy to suppress voter turnout by purging voters - especially inner-city voters - from registration rolls and to suppress mail-in voting. He also believes physical polling locations will be limited, especially in urban areas, in an effort to create long lines on Election Day and discourage voting.


    Mr Wirth's allegations that there has been an effort in Republican-led states to remove people from the voter-roll is accurate.




    According to data compiled by Mother Jones, between 2016 and 2018, more than 17 million names have been removed from the voter rolls. While names are removed from voter rolls every year due to deaths or citizens leaving the state, the number of voters removed from the rolls since 2016 has significantly increased.




    Why Americans might not find out who won on election night
    Between 2016 and 2018, states on average removed 7.6 per cent of their voters from the rolls. However, the purge in some states went much further.





    Indiana purged the greatest number of voters, removing 22.3 per cent of the state's voters from its rolls. Both Virginia and Wisconsin removed 14 per cent, and Maine, Oklahoma and Massachusetts removed between 11 and 12.1 per cent.


    Mr Wirth's theory about Mr Trump trying to retain power following the 2020 US election doesn't end at the ballot box, however. He believes that - should the president lose - he will claim the vote was rigged and rely on a complicated gambit involving emergency powers and the compliance of Republican legislators to stay in the White House.




    According to Mr Wirth, should Mr Trump lose in a scenario where challenger Joe Biden beats him by "decent but not overwhelming" margins in the swing states of Arizona, Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania, Mr Trump will declare that the vote was rigged.


    He will supposedly blame mail-in ballots and Chinese election interference for the loss and invoke emergency powers to launch a Justice Department investigation into alleged "election hacking" in the swing states.


    From there, Mr Wirth claims Mr Trump will stall until 14 December, which is the date when states must appoint their US Electoral College electors. Because the swing states are each controlled by Republicans, Mr Wirth believes the state legislatures will refuse to certify their electors until the election hacking investigation is finished.


    Punters are betting on the US election, and they’re backing Biden
    He then claims the Democrats will challenge the investigation and the challenge to the election, which will eventually be taken to the US Supreme Court. Mr Wirth believes the Supreme Court will rule against the Republicans, but will concede that Mr Trump's emergency powers authorise him to continue his investigation. The Supreme Court will also maintain that should the swing states not be able to certify their selectors by 14 December - for any reason - then the Electoral College will have to meet and vote for the president without the swing states included.


    Under Mr Wirth's theory, the Electoral College will then meet without the swing states under investigation, and neither candidate will receive enough votes to secure the presidency. According to Mr Wirth, the contested election would then move to the House of Representatives, where each delegation gets to cast one vote towards the presidency.


    Since there are more Republican controlled House delegations than Democratic controlled delegations - 26 Republican to 23 Democrats - the Republicans will be the victors of the vote and Mr Trump will remain in office.
    Trump has a plan to stay in the White House if he loses election, former senator says | The Independent

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    ...I'm not worried about tRump refusing to leave the White House...it has first rate pest control...

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomcat View Post
    ...I'm not worried about tRump refusing to leave the White House...it has first rate pest control...
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    Will be so glad to see the end of that sorry lot.

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    So, the orange afterbirth and his First Slag were complicit . . . no surprise

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    Quote Originally Posted by aging one View Post
    Covid is closing in on Trump. Now his son Donald jr's girlfriend has it. Kimberly Guilfoyle.

    She and Don jr are in South Dakota with Trump.

    Kimberly Guilfoyle, Top Fundraising Official for Trump Campaign, Tests Positive - SFGate
    Wow that's close. He must be shitting himself.
    I reckon about now he'll be trying to think of a way to drop out of the race without losing face.

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