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|'Let me guess, you want to nuke them all': Trump constantly baiting John Bolton in front of officials, report says
Donald Trump likes to goad his national security adviser John Bolton about his lust for military action, according to officials who have spoken out on their relationship.As Iran claims to have captured spies working for the US and accuses Mr Bolton of trying to start “war of the century”, new details have emerged of the president’s fondness for baiting his adviser in the company of top officials – including foreign dignitaries.During a White House Situation Room meeting last year, Mr Trump reportedly said to his hawkish national security chief: “Ok, John, let me guess, you want to nuke them all?”According to the report by the Axios website, Mr Trump turned to Mr Bolton in an Oval Office meeting with Irish prime minister Leo Varadkar and said: “John, is Ireland one of those countries you want to invade?”Quoting unnamed senior administration officials, the account claimed the president recently joked that “John has never seen a war he doesn’t like”, repeating sentiments made in public. “If it was up to him he’d take on the whole world at one time, okay?” Mr Trump recently told NBC’s Meet the Press.Yet the president is said to get “quite touchy” if critics of Mr Bolton complain the national security adviser could pull the US into unnecessary conflict against Mr Trump’s will. “He doesn't want anyone to believe he’s anybody’s pawn.”Sources said Mr Trump likes to keep Mr Bolton on his team because his aggressive reputation gives the president the opportunity to play “good cop” to his adviser’s “bad cop” routine.“He thinks that Bolton’s bellicosity and eagerness to kill people is a bargaining chip when he’s sitting down with foreign leaders,” said one official. “Bolton can be the bad cop and Trump can be the good cop. Trump believes this to his core.”On Sunday Iranian foreign minister Javad Zarif tweeted about the White House hawk as Tehran’s dispute with both the UK and US threatened to escalate over the seizure of a British oil tanker.“Make no mistake. Having failed to lure Donald Trump into a War of the Century, and fearing collapse of his B Team, John Bolton is turning his venom against the UK in hopes of dragging it into a quagmire.”> Make no mistake: > > Having failed to lure @realDonaldTrump into War of the Century, and fearing collapse of his B_Team, @AmbJohnBolton is turning his venom against the UK in hopes of dragging it into a quagmire. > > Only prudence and foresight can thwart such ploys.> > — Javad Zarif (@JZarif) > > July 21, 2019On Monday Iran announced it had arrested 17 people allegedly recruited by the CIA to spy on the country’s nuclear and military sites.Intelligence chiefs said some of the group have already been sentenced to death following arrests made over the past few months. Iranian media published pictures purportedly showing intelligence “officers” working for the US.“The identified spies were employed in sensitive and vital private sector centres in the economic, nuclear, infrastructure, military and cyber areas ... where they collected classified information,” read a ministry of intelligence statement.The US has yet to respond to the claims.
POSTED JULY 22, 2019 3:57 AM
|UPDATE 2-Iran says breaks up CIA spy ring, some sentenced to death
Iran captured 17 spies working for the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and some have been sentenced to death, Iranian media reported on Monday. Iranian state television published images it said showed the CIA officers who were in touch with the suspected spies. Iran announced in June that it had broken up an alleged CIA spy ring but it was unclear whether Monday's announcement was linked to the same case.
POSTED JULY 22, 2019 3:13 AM
|Hong Kong police seize explosives as rival camps rally
Police in Hong Kong discovered a stash of a powerful homemade explosive as the semi-autonomous Chinese city readied for another major pro-democracy protest on Sunday following a pro-Beijing rally that attracted thousands. Materials voicing opposition to an extradition bill that has sparked more than a month of demonstrations in Hong Kong were found at the site, local media said, but a police spokesman said no concrete link has been established and that the investigation is continuing. In a rally that aimed to counter the pro-democracy movement, thousands of people filled a park in central Hong Kong on Saturday to support the police, who have been accused of using rough tactics on protesters.
POSTED JULY 20, 2019 8:37 PM
|Father of 6 dies after wave breaks his neck in 'freak accident' on North Carolina coast
A Raleigh man was killed Friday after he was hit by a strong wave at Oak Island, his family said.
POSTED JULY 21, 2019 3:58 PM
|90% of Border Crossers Aren’t Referred for Asylum Interviews
The government is implementing a new proposal that would ban asylum for immigrants coming to the United States through Mexico. It pins the uptick in border crossers on the asylum process, but the government’s statistics reveal that 90 percent of crossers in 2019 were not referred for an asylum interview at the border, and the highest share ever referred was just 19 percent in 2018.In fact, the rate of referral was just 7 percent in March 2019. This strongly indicates that the asylum ban will not have its intended effects. Figure 1 compares the rate at which undocumented immigrants at the southwest border were referred for asylum interviews at the border—called credible fear interviews—for each year from 2010 and 2019 as well as March 2019—the most recent month available. In no year has more than one in five immigrants stopped either at or between ports of entry entered the asylum process from the border.The pattern is not significantly different for immigrants from Central America’s Northern Triangle—Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador. The highest percentage of credible fear claims was just 30 percent in 2016, and the rate for 2019 is 9 percent. March 2019 was actually just 6 percent. In other words, at the border at least, the asylum ban will have very little effect on most Central American crossers.
POSTED JULY 21, 2019 1:22 PM
|Booker Says He Could Confront Biden on Race at Detroit Debate
(Bloomberg) -- Presidential Democratic candidate Cory Booker on Sunday suggested he could confront former Vice President Joe Biden on racial issues during the second round of debates next week.Booker, a New Jersey senator, said it would be “fair” to bring up the 1994 crime bill, which Biden supported in the Senate and has called the “Biden crime bill.” Booker said the measure put “mass incarceration on steroids” for African Americans.“Yeah, it is fair,” Booker said on CBS News’s “Face the Nation,” when asked by host Margaret Brennan whether he would be more aggressive on race at the forums in Detroit on July 30-31. “I want people like Joe Biden, which he finally did, thank God, to stand up and say, ‘I was wrong, that bill did a lot of harm.’”Booker was among Biden’s most vocal critics last month when the former vice president spoke about the “civility” in the Senate that allowed him to work with segregationist lawmakers in the 1970s. Another Democratic presidential candidate, Senator Kamala Harris, seized the spotlight at the first set of debates last month in Miami by confronting Biden on his opposition to busing as a senator.Biden will face off against Harris, Booker and seven other Democratic candidates on July 31, the second night of the debates in Detroit.To contact the reporter on this story: Max Berley in Washington at email@example.comTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Wendy Benjaminson at firstname.lastname@example.org, Max Berley, Mark NiquetteFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
POSTED JULY 21, 2019 12:41 PM
|With over 40K blacked out, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo rips Con Edison: 'They should have been better prepared'
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo slammed electricity company Con Edison for blackouts in Brooklyn and Queens on Sunday night amid a heat wave.
POSTED JULY 22, 2019 5:02 AM
|10 Surprising Moon Facts! (That Were Totally Wrong)
POSTED JULY 21, 2019 9:00 AM
|Iraq Kurds arrest two suspects in killing of Turkish vice consul
Iraqi Kurdish authorities announced Saturday they had arrested two suspects involved in the murder of three people, including a Turkish diplomat, in the regional capital Arbil this week. The autonomous region's security council first said its counterterrorism unit had arrested "the main perpetrator" Mazloum Dag, a 27-year-old from Turkey's Diyarbakir region. The council had put out a wanted notice for Dag a day earlier in connection to Wednesday's killing of Turkish Vice Consul Osman Kose and two Iraqi nationals.
POSTED JULY 20, 2019 12:19 PM
|Mueller to make a public case for Trump impeachment with 'very substantial evidence' in congressional hearing, committee chairman says
Robert Mueller will air "very substantial evidence" of wrongdoing by Donald Trump and make a public case for impeachment when he appears before congressional hearings this week, it has been claimed.The lawyer’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election shows the US president is guilty of "high crimes and misdemeanours", says Jerrold Nadler, the House Judiciary Committee chairman."This is a president who has violated the law six ways from Sunday," the leading Democrat said. "We have to present, or let Mueller present, those facts to the American people...because the administration must be held accountable and no president can be above the law."Mr Mueller will answer questions about his findings – which specifically looked at links between the Russian state and Mr Trump’s election campaign – during back-to-back hearings on Wednesday.Analysts suggest his testimony could be pivotal in shifting public opinion on if the president should be held accountable for those apparent links.The report itself – a redacted version of which was published in April – did not find sufficient evidence to establish charges of criminal conspiracy. But it did suggest Mr Trump may have tried to obstruct the investigation.Now Democrats on the Judiciary Committee have said they plan to focus on a set of episodes laid out in the report to direct the attention of Americans to what they see as the most egregious examples of the president's conduct, which point to obstruction of justice.Those examples include Mr Trump's directions to then-White House counsel Donald McGahn to have Mr Mueller removed and, later, orders from Mr Trump to Mr McGahn to deny that happened.Democrats also will focus questioning on a series of meetings Mr Trump had with former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski in which the president directed Mr Lewandowski to persuade then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions to limit Mr Mueller's investigation.But Doug Collins, the top Republican on the committee, argued that "any thought of impeachment is waning" and that the American public has moved on.He added that Republicans will be focused in their questioning on making clear that the Mueller report represents a "final episode" in the Russia probe, which he described as flawed.Mr Mueller himself has said he does not intend to speak beyond the findings of the report in the new congressional hearings.
POSTED JULY 22, 2019 2:52 AM