11 Months Later, Trump STILL Won’t Reveal His “Very Beautiful” Plan To Defeat ISIS

We had plenty of contradictions and an abundance of hazy assurances during Donald Trump’s mess of a foreign policy speech yesterday. One thing notably missing: Trump’s secret plan to defeat ISIS.

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In a June meeting with the Des Moines Register Editorial Board, Trump claimed to have “an absolute way of defeating ISIS,” in vague terms describing the master plan as “decisive and quick, and very very — it’d be very, very beautiful.”

At the time, he declined to elaborate further for fear that other candidates might steal the plan. But now that Trump considers himself the presumptive nominee, there’s no danger of anyone else stealing it. So let’s hear it, Donald.

Listen to Trump tease his “very beautiful” master plan here:

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But In Russia, Trump Foreign Policy Endangers You

Donald Trump’s dangerous foreign policy speech was rightly criticized from all corners of America yesterday, but he found praise in…Russia, of all places.

The feeling is apparently mutual.

Trump recently said of Putin, “I think that he’s a strong leader, he’s a powerful leader” and “I think I would probably get along very well with Putin.”

When the most praise you’re getting on “America First” foreign policy is from Russia, it might be time to reassess your priorities…

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#EventuallyTrump Senator Toomey Thinks Drawing Attention To His Trump-Ties Is “Outrageous”

Despite repeated assertions that he will “support the Republican nominee“, Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey thinks it’s “outrageous” to tie him to Republican front-runner Donald Trump. Toomey can try to run from Donald Trump, but he can’t run from their shared extremism.

Toomey shares Trump’s vision for tax giveaways for the wealthy and corporations. Like Trump, he’s argued against a fair wage for workers. Toomey and Trump have both denigrated the Black Lives Matter movement while propagating the fantasy that Trump rallies are peaceful places.

Today, Senator Toomey yet again pledged his support to the Republican nominee while recognizing that Donald Trump is in “a very strong position” to be that nominee. Toomey can claim tying him to Trump is outrageous, but the only thing that’s outrageous is how closely Pat Toomey has aligned himself with Donald Trump.

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Bank Of America & NCAA Not Backing Down On Push Against McCrory’s Anti-LGBT HB2

North Carolina has already lost millions in revenue since Governor Pat McCrory signed HB2 into law five weeks ago, and the hits just keep coming.

Bank of America and the NCAA made headlines this week, calling for North Carolina to repeal the discriminatory law, or else:

CNBC: BofA’s Moynihan to keep fighting controversial ‘bathroom bill’

ESPN: Officials: North Carolina must show proof of discrimination-free zone, or lose NCAA tournament games

Despite the negative effect of HB2 on the state, McCrory as well as Senator Richard Burr continue to defend the anti-LGBT legislation. The Republicans are set on putting their bigoted views ahead of economic security and prosperity for North Carolinians.

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Like Paul Ryan, Boehner And McConnell Are #EventuallyTrump

Representatives Mike Kelly, Jeff Miller, and Bill Shuster — the latter two, chairs of the House Transportation and Veteran’s Affairs Committees, respectively — just endorsed Donald Trump. And the GOP frontrunner scored an even bigger nod yesterday, when former Speaker of the House John Boehner drew a line in the sand when it comes to his pick for the GOP nomination.

After calling Ted Cruz, “Lucifer in the flesh” and elaborating that he had “never worked with a more miserable son of a bitch in my life,”Boehner got down to brass tax, saying that he would never vote for Cruz in a general election but, according to the Stanford Daily,  “accepted Trump as the presumptive Republican nominee…[and] would vote for Trump in the general election if he becomes the Republican nominee.”

Don’t be surprised if Donald Trump has some kind words for Boehner in coming days. Last night, Trump praised Senate Majority […]

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Trump Contradicted Himself Bigly In Today’s Foreign Policy Speech

Donald Trump’s word-salad foreign policy address today was rife with glaring contradictions — not just internally, but also with the inflammatory rhetoric and foreign policy proposals that he’s been touting for months. (Also, he butchered his pronunciation of Tanzania. Apparently, teleprompters aren’t as easy as he thought.)

Here are a few of Trump’s most obvious contradictions from this afternoon:

 

OUR ALLIES DONT TRUST US… NOR SHOULD THEY?

[O]ur friends are beginning to think they can’t depend on us…your friends need to know that you will stick by the agreements that you have with them.”

But…

We must as, a nation, be more unpredictable.” (Also today.)

And…

Europe is a big place. I’m not going to take cards [of using nuclear weapons in Europe] off the table.

WE’RE GOING TO REBUILD RELATIONSHIPS WITH OUR OLDEST ALLIES… BUT FIRST, I’LL MAKE THEM PAY US

We’ve picked fights with our oldest friends, and […]

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Trump’s Foreign Policy: “Not Exactly Coherent”

Donald Trump delivered the first major foreign policy speech of his candidacy and the result was–to be charitable–less than impressive. Trump has relied solely on inflammatory rhetoric to energize the Republican base. That was probably a good decision as today’s disaster reveals how unprepared Trump is to approach matters of substance.

Mike Rogers, the former Republican chair of the House Intelligence Committee, found Trump’s remarks to be “not exactly coherent.”

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Fareed Zakaria was even less impressed with Trump’s effort, describing the speech as “rambling to the point of incoherent.”

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Nick Paton Walsh, CNN’s Senior International correspondent, referred to parts of Trumps’s speech variously as “a huge exaggeration”, “not true”, “very dismissive”, “somewhat confusing”, and “emblematic of the simplification” of Trump’s approach to foreign policy.

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Donald Trump’s campaign has been driven by anger and bombast. With today’s attempted pivot to more substantive issues, Trump demonstrated that his reliance on himself and “the shows” as policy […]

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