Iraq’s parliament votes to expel US military | TheHill


Iraq’s parliament reportedly voted on Sunday to expel the U.S. military from the country after an American airstrike killed top Iranian military commander Gen. Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad.

Source: Iraq’s parliament votes to expel US military | TheHill

Ousted Ukraine ambassador Yovanovitch says she was told to tweet praise of Trump to save her job : NBC News


Marie Yovanovitch, the ousted U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, told House impeachment investigators last month that U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland told her she should tweet out support or praise for President Donald Trump if she wanted to save her job, according to a transcript of her testimony made public Monday.

The three House committees leading the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump released two transcripts — including of Yovanovitch’s testimony  of the behind-closed-doors interviews they have conducted so far as their investigation moves to a more public phase.

According to the transcript, Yovanovitch she asked Sondland for advice on how to handle an onslaught of criticism from conservative media and Donald Trump Jr.

“He said, ‘You know, you need to go big or go home. You need to, you know, tweet out there that you support the president, and that all these are lies and everything else,'” she told the committees. “It was advice that I did not see how I could implement in my role as an ambassador, and as a Foreign Service officer.”

The release of the transcripts triggered an immediate influx of interest that seemed to overload the House website where the transcripts were posted, with the digital copies briefly unable to be accessed. The committees also released the transcript of the deposition of former Ambassador Michael McKinley, who recently resigned as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s senior adviser.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., who is leading the impeachment inquiry, told reporters Monday that the committees will release the transcripts of the interviews with Sondland and former U.S. envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker on Tuesday. The remainder of the transcripts of interviews that have been conducted thus far could all be released before Friday.

In a statement with the chairs of the two other committees leading the inquiry, Schiff said the round of transcripts released Monday “demonstrate clearly how President Trump approved the removal of a highly respected and effective diplomat based on public falsehoods and smears against Ambassador Yovanovitch’s character.”

 

Source: Ousted Ukraine ambassador Yovanovitch says she was told to tweet praise of Trump to save her job : NBC News

Trump’s Betrayal of the Kurds Is as Incoherent as It Is Dangerous – VICE


The Syrian Kurds always knew they would be betrayed by the United States, but no one could have expected that their abandonment would be so sudden or so brutal.

In a shock reversal of American Syria policy, President Trump declared on Twitter, to the horror of his Kurdish-led SDF allies and his own administration, that he would not stand in the way of Turkey’s long-threatened invasion of the Kurdish-led Autonomous Administration of Northeast Syria (AANES).

In doing so, Trump overturned America’s Syria policy, demolishing assurances to both local allies and international partners alike that the SDF’s sacrifice of 11,000 fighters in the bloody war against the Islamic State would be repaid with some form of negotiated settlement with Turkey, or at least protection from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s vengeance.

That this move comes immediately after US troops oversaw the destruction of the SDF’s carefully-prepared defensive positions, constructed to slow the progress of a Turkish assault, has only emphasized the sense of betrayal amongst to the SDF.

“The sacrifices we made to defeat the Islamic State were not just a service to our people but also a service to the United States, Europe, and the entire International community, who faced a real and present threat from terrorism,” wrote Ilham Ahmed, co-chair of the AANES’ Syrian Democratic Council governing body in an op-ed in the Washington Post. “We expected our sacrifice and commitment to be repaid in kind. Instead, now we have been betrayed.”

Now, SDF forces are not only fighting desperately to preserve their hard-won autonomy along the entire 300-km stretch of the border, they may very well be fighting for their survival.

 

Source: Trump’s Betrayal of the Kurds Is as Incoherent as It Is Dangerous – VICE

STEVEN EDGINTON, 19, was the journalist who exposed memos from the UK’s man in Washington | Daily Mail Online


  • Journalist Steven Edginton, 19, fears he is being targeted by security services 
  • The person who leaked the explosive Washington Files was his trusted source 
  • In April, he began working as a digital strategist for Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party 
  • Mr Edginton says his story was not a ‘Brexiteer plot to topple Sir Kim Darroch’ 

Lying awake at 2am last Wednesday and unable to sleep for the third night in a row, I listened as footsteps crunched up and down the gravel outside my ground-floor flat.

For one alarming moment I thought the police were preparing to storm through my front door and arrest me. I looked out of the curtains – but no one was there.

Paranoid? Hardly. A few hours later, Home Office Minister Nick Hurd stood in the House of Commons and refused to rule out deploying the ‘full force of the state’ to identify the person who leaked Sir Kim Darroch’s embarrassingly undiplomatic cables about US President Donald Trump.

I am not the leaker – I am a young journalist – but I did play a critical role in the publication of a story that has reverberated on both sides of the Atlantic.

 

Source: STEVEN EDGINTON, 19, was the journalist who exposed memos from the UK’s man in Washington | Daily Mail Online

Donald Trump deporting Somali American congresswoman?


Dear Kitty. Some blog

This video from the USA says about itself:

Lawsuit Filed After Failed Deportation Flight To Somalia

Detainees allege they were subjected to inhumane and deplorable conditions on a stalled airplane, Mary McGuire reports (2:08). WCCO 4 News At Noon – Dec. 20, 2017.

By Eric London in the USA:

Campaign rally in North Carolina

Trump praises Democratic Party, denounces congresswomen as a crowd howls, “Send her back!”

18 July 2019

Donald Trump unleashed a fascistic diatribe against socialism last night as his supporters howled threats aimed at four Democratic congresswomen during a campaign rally in Greenville, North Carolina.

Supporters chanted “send her back!”

This tweet shows the reaction by the American Jewish Committee.

as Trump attacked Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar

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Kim Darroch, UK ambassador to US, resigns after Trump cables leak – Nye Bevan News


Sir Kim Darroch has resigned as UK ambassador to the US, amid a row over leaked emails critical of President Trump’s administration.

Britain’s ambassador to the United States, Kim Darroch, has resigned after a series of leaked diplomatic cables revealed he told 10 Downing Street that the Trump administration was “inept” and “clumsy.”

The resignation, which was announced by the UK Foreign Office Today, came after US President Donald Trump said Monday that the White House would no longer deal with Darroch.

“I WANT TO PUT AN END TO THAT SPECULATION.”

In a letter to Simon McDonald, the permanent undersecretary at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Darroch said he wanted to “put an end to speculation” about his position and remaining term as ambassador.

“The current situation is making it impossible for me to carry out my role as I would like,” he wrote. “Although my posting is not due to end until the end of this year, I believe in the current circumstances the responsible course is to allow the appointment of a new ambassador.”

 

Source: Kim Darroch, UK ambassador to US, resigns after Trump cables leak – Nye Bevan News

Trump: Corbyn and Khan are ‘negative forces, not positive forces’ | Euronews


  • Corbyn and Khan are “negative forces,” said Trump.
  • The Labour leader asked to meet Trump but the US president said he turned him down.
  • Trump said the NHS would be on the table during talks.
  • Intelligence sharing with the UK will continue despite Huawei, he said.
  • He added reports of protests against him were “fake news,” saying that he didn’t see any demonstrations.
  • The president said he thought Brexit “will happen and it probably should happen”.

US President Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May are holding a press conference outside Downing Street following talks on a post-Brexit deal between the two nations.

When asked his thoughts on Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, Trump said he did not think he was a “very good mayor” and labelled him a “negative force, not a positive force”.

On the leader of the opposition Jeremy Corbyn, who was set to attend protests in the British capital against the president’s visit, Trump said he didn’t know the Labour chief, but that he too was somewhat of a negative force.

He added that Corbyn wanted to meet him, but “I decided not to do that”.

The Labour party put out a statement following the comments with a spokesman saying: “Jeremy Corbyn proposed a meeting with Donald Trump during the president’s visit.

“Jeremy is ready to engage with the president on a range of issues, including the climate emergency, threats to peace and the refugee crisis.”

On the UK’s treasured National Health Service, Trump said that it could be opened up to US competition as part of trade negotiations after Brexit, as “when you’re dealing with trade everything is on the table”.

“I think we are going to have a great and very comprehensive trade deal,” he added.

May paid tribute during her speech to “a precious and profound friendship” between the US and UK, while Trump dubbed it “the greatest alliance the world has ever known”.

The British PM also addressed the issue of China, saying “we cannot ignore actions that threaten our shared interests and values”.

Trump praised the UK leader calling her “a tremendous professional who dearly loves her country,” saying it had been an honour to work with her.

You can watch the full news conference back in the above video player.

‘A substantial and fair deal’

At a business meeting on Tuesday before the conference, Trump said the US is ready to do a “very substantial and fair deal” with Britain after Brexit.

“I think we’ll have a very very substantial trade deal, it’ll be a very fair deal, and I think it’s something we both want to do,” Trump told May at the start of the meeting. “We’re going to get it done.”

May later said she was confident both parties were “committed to an ambitious trade deal” after “positive talks”.

Trump thanked the British prime minister and said he didn’t know her timing [of her departure] but that she should “stick around” to get the deal done.

“I don’t know exactly what your timing is, but stick around. Let’s do this deal,” said Trump.

 

Source: Trump: Corbyn and Khan are ‘negative forces, not positive forces’ | Euronews

Donald Trump falsely claims, again, that his father was born in Germany | Euronews


US President Donald Trump once again falsely claimed on Tuesday that his father was born in Germany when he was in fact born in New York in 1905.

Trump made the comments from the White House where he was meeting with the head of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO), Jens Stoltenberg, and admonishing Germany for “not paying its fair chair” in defence spending.

According to a tally by the Washington Post and Buzzfeed News, it is the fourth time the American leader has publicly made the erroneous claim. He appears to confuse his father with his grandfather.

Friedrich Trumpf (later known as Frederick Trump) arrived in the US from his native Germany in 1885 at 16, US immigration records show.

His son – Donald’s father, Fred Trump – was however born in the Bronx, New York, in 1905.

Trump’s mother, Mary Anne MacLeod, was born in Europe. She acquired the American nationality in 1942, twelve years after leaving her native Scotland for the US.

 

Source: Donald Trump falsely claims, again, that his father was born in Germany | Euronews

After Cohen’s testimony, how much longer can Ivanka Trump play dumb? | Salon.com


After Michael Cohen’s incendiary congressional hearing, is it finally time to start asking hard questions about Ivanka Trump’s role in the sprawling corruption in Donald Trump’s empire?

So far, the “first daughter” has mainly been the subject of negative press for her clueless princess persona, and the way she holds herself out as a model businesswoman and a mother while her father wreaks havoc on the lives of working women and families. But during his day-long testimony before the House Oversight Committee on Wednesday, Cohen — who worked closely with Donald Trump for 10 years as his personal attorney and professional fixer — implicated Ivanka in the sprawling story of her father’s seedy and hidden Russian dealings, which may also be tied to the criminal conspiracy to steal emails from Democratic officials and influence the 2016 election.

Midway through the hearing, Rep. Stephen Lynch, D-Mass., asked Cohen, “Who were the family members that you briefed on the Trump Tower Moscow project?” referring to Trump’s efforts to get a favorable real estate deal from Russia’s oligarch class at the same time that Russian intelligence was orchestrating a criminal conspiracy to manipulate the presidential election.

“Don Trump Jr. and Ivanka Trump,” Cohen replied, adding that he had spoken with both of them “approximately 10 times” about it.

 

Source: After Cohen’s testimony, how much longer can Ivanka Trump play dumb? | Salon.com