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Did Putin cross a Trump red-line? Extraordinary Tweet suggests he might have.

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Did Putin cross a Trump red-line? Extraordinary Tweet suggests he might have.

 

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Trump Tweeted like the madman he is this morning. His blaming President Obama and attacking Hillary Clinton is no news. He jabs President Xi and The Washington Post in his Twitter tantrum. Nothing shocking there. However, actually naming Putin, not merely Russia, as responsible for “Animal Assad’s” chemical attack, that is news. Joy Reid said it was like he said Voldemort out loud.

This is getting major coverage, at least on MSNBC. It will be interesting to see how Fox News covers the story.

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The world now awaits to see if Putin has at long last crossed a Trump red line and how the United States will respond. How far will Trump dare to go to incur the wrath of Vlad?

Did watching coverage of Assad’s chemical attack cause a rare flash of human emotion (doubt it), did someone on Fox say something against Putin (most likely), did General Kelly finally get him to name Putin directly (doubt it)?  I don’t see Trump as being so reckless as to stop his fawning obeisance to Putin.

 Read the Tweets bottom to top to see how Trump’s anger developed over the course of two hours.

  1. If President Obama had crossed his stated Red Line In The Sand, the Syrian disaster would have ended long ago! Animal Assad would have been history!

  2. ….to pay. Open area immediately for medical help and verification. Another humanitarian disaster for no reason whatsoever. SICK!

  3. Many dead, including women and children, in mindless CHEMICAL attack in Syria. Area of atrocity is in lockdown and encircled by Syrian Army, making it completely inaccessible to outside world. President Putin, Russia and Iran are responsible for backing Animal Assad. Big price…

  4. President Xi and I will always be friends, no matter what happens with our dispute on trade. China will take down its Trade Barriers because it is the right thing to do. Taxes will become Reciprocal & a deal will be made on Intellectual Property. Great future for both countries!

  5. The Washington Post is far more fiction than fact. Story after story is made up garbage – more like a poorly written novel than good reporting. Always quoting sources (not names), many of which don’t exist. Story on John Kelly isn’t true, just another hit job!

  6. “The FBI closed the case on Hillary, which was a rigged investigation. They exonerated her even before they ever interviewed her, they never even put her under oath…..” and much more. So true Jesse! @WattersWorld

UPDATE

The statement issued by the State Department On the Chemical Attack in Douma

We continue to closely follow disturbing reports on April 7 regarding another alleged chemical weapons attack, this time targeting a hospital in Douma, Syria. Reports from a number of contacts and medical personnel on the ground indicate a potentially high number of casualties, including among families hiding in shelters. These reports, if confirmed, are horrifying and demand an immediate response by the international community.

The United States continues to use all efforts available to hold those who use chemical weapons, in Syria and otherwise, accountable. The regime’s history of using chemical weapons against its own people is not in dispute, and in fact nearly one year ago on April 4, 2017, Assad’s forces conducted a sarin gas attack on Khan Sheikhoun, which killed approximately 100 Syrians.

The Assad regime and its backers must be held accountable and any further attacks prevented immediately. Russia, with its unwavering support for the regime, ultimately bears responsibility for these brutal attacks, targeting of countless civilians, and the suffocation of Syria’s most vulnerable communities with chemical weapons. By shielding its ally Syria, Russia has breached its commitments to the United Nations as a framework guarantor. It has betrayed the Chemical Weapons Convention and UN Security Council Resolution 2118. Russia’s protection of the Assad regime and failure to stop the use of chemical weapons in Syria calls into question its commitment to resolving the overall crisis and to larger non-proliferation priorities.

The United States calls on Russia to end this unmitigated support immediately and work with the international community to prevent further, barbaric chemical weapons attacks.

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From “US (State Department) calls on Russia to end support for Syria after alleged chemical attack,” in The Hill today.

President Trump said last year that reports of a deadly gas attack by forces loyal to Assad had “crossed a lot of lines.”

Trump indicated during a joint press conference with Jordan’s King Abdullah II last April that the Syrian leader had gone too far with an attack in the rebel-held province of Idlib.

“It crossed a lot of lines for me,” Trump said. “When you kill innocent children, innocent babies, little babies with a chemical gas that is so lethal that people were shocked to hear what gas it was, that crosses many lines beyond the red line. Many, many lines.”

“I will tell you, what happened yesterday is unacceptable to me,” Trump added.

Trump also said reports of women and children who had died had a “big impact” on him and caused him to rethink his strategy toward Assad.

“I do change. I am flexible. I am proud of that flexibility,” Trump said. “I will tell you that attack on children yesterday had a big impact on me. Big impact. It was a horrible, horrible thing. I’ve been watching it and seeing it, and it does not get any worse than that. I have that flexibility. And it is very, very possible, and I will tell you it is already happened, that my attitude toward Syria and Assad has changed very much.”

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Twitter Just Hit Trump’s Sore Spot By Reminding Him How Much We Love Obama

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#ObamaDay is trending on Twitter in celebration of President Barack Obama’s fifty-seventh birthday today, and also trending is “Happy Birthday Mr. President.” A recent poll found that Americans find Obama to be the best President in their lifetime and that might explain Trump’s profound jealousy of Obama, a man who spent years trying to delegitimize our country’s first black president and to this day, the former reality show star can’t go a day without bringing up his predecessor. So naturally, Twitter being Twitter, Internet users are wishing the former president a happy birthday but in response to Trump’s tweets today and it’s pretty funny. Even Trump’s retweets are getting birthday wishes to Obama.

In 2014, the Obama White House sent out a tweet to wish former president George H.W’ Bush a happy birthday.

Happy birthday, President Obama.

P.S.: Come back. We need you.

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Pro-Trump Doctor Launches Rant For Cops Treating Him Like A ‘F***ing Black Person’ During An Arrest

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Pro-Trump Doctor Launches Rant For Cops Treating Him Like A ‘F***ing Black Person’ During An Arrest

 

An unruly pro-Trump passenger was arrested on Thursday morning at Orlando International Airport and the incident was caught on camera in which he expressed his displeasure at being treated like an African-American. Apparently, Dr. Jeffrey Epstein, a self-described ‘conservative Republican’ and ‘Trump guy’ thinks he shouldn’t be treated as roughly as the police sometimes treat black people, so he fought the law and the law won.

The police said they received a call regarding a disruptive passenger at the American Airlines ticket counter, according to WESH. As they arrived, Epstein started acting out, and yelled, the police said.

After calming down for a bit, Epstein grew angry upon finding out that he was being booted off the plane for his behavior so as not to disrupt the flight, so instead, he disrupted the airport.

“So this guy’s trying to provoke me,” Epstein yells while pointing at an officer. “He’s a law enforcement officer, and he’s trying to provoke me. Do you know how to de-escalate things, genius? No, you’re not. You’re talking about me foaming at the mouth. Is that going to de-escalate things, genius?”

In the arrest report, according to Law & Crime, the police asked him to leave for public safety reasons. An officer noted that he had “white froth” around his lips, and asked if “he was having an issue.”

“You want to test me?” Epstein can be heard saying on video. “You want me to count backwards?” At that point, Epstein puts his hands in the air, daring the police to arrest him, and that’s when they tried to handcuff him. After a struggle, the cops get the good doctor on the ground of the airport.

“Don’t beat me up,” he yells. “Look at them. Oh my god. I can’t believe they’re doing this. Oh my god. Look at what they’re doing.”

At some point during the struggle, Epstein is heard (again) complaining that the cops are being rough, and said they were treating him like a black person.

“You’re treating me like a f*cking black person!” he yells out. At some point, Epstein was pepper sprayed.

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Later, after his release, Epstein told WESH that “if you’re (cops) going to do this to a white doctor, who’s 59-years-old, for doing nothing, then why would black people trust you?.” That’s a good point, actually, and a surprising one from a Trump supporter since his president told the police last year that they should rough up individuals more during arrests. “Please, don’t be too nice,” Trump told the officers at the time. But, Jeffrey was acting like a man with white privilege who complained that he was treated just like a black person during an arrest.

“I’m a conservative Republican, I’m a Trump guy. But until the police fix this problem, I don’t blame black people for being upset when they get arrested,” he added.

He says that now. I’m wondering how he felt before he was arrested.

Jeffrey Epstein is charged with battery on a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest, trespassing after a warning and disorderly conduct.

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Top Republican Complains About Censorship After Forgetting How To Use Twitter

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House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) has tweeted over 9,600 times since he opened a Twitter account in 2009 so he probably knows that there’s an area to adjust your ‘settings’ on the social site. On Friday, McCarthy took to Twitter to complain that conservatives are being censored and he even tagged Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to demand that he rectify the issue immediately and explain to Congress what is going on because he couldn’t see Laura Ingraham’s tweet. But, it wasn’t Twitter’s fault. It was McCarthy who had adjusted his settings to “Hide Sensitive Content” so it wasn’t the sneaky Deep State censoring conservatives on Twitter. For some reason, McCarthy kept the tweet up. “Another day, another example of conservatives being censored on social media,” the California Republican tweeted. “@jack easy fix: explain to Congress what is going on. #StopTheBias cc @IngrahamAngle”

Twitter users pointed out to McCarthy what he had done wrong but it doesn’t appear that he’s noticed.

Oh, and it’s not just McCarthy. Greta Van Susteren is having a hard time, too.

Well, bless their hearts.

Image: McCarthy via Flickr.

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