Why Does Toomey Support Pro-Kremlin, Anti-Ukraine Trump?

How on earth can Pat Toomey even show his face today at Philly’s Ukrainian Independence Day celebration when he stands behind pro-Kremlin, anti-Ukraine Donald Trump? Until Toomey stands up to Trump the bully, he is allowing Trump continue his dangerous pro-Russia posturing that threatens our economic and national security. Toomey is proving over and over again that he is nothing more than a cowardly politician contorting himself into politically expedient positions because he’s facing an uphill battle to win reelection.

Toomey stood by while Trump continues to prove that his presidency would threaten Ukraine and advance Vladimir Putin’s anti-U.S. agenda:

Trump threatened to disband NATO and abandon our allies like Ukraine if Russia invaded.

Trump specifically questioned the U.S.’s need to be involved in Ukraine.

Trump pledged to recognize Crimea as part of Russia, despite U.S. and international opposition — seeing it as a Ukrainian territory invaded by Russia in 2014.

Trump promised to improve relations […]

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Manafort Is Out, But Trump Still Loves Putin

When Donald Trump brought on Paul Manafort as his campaign chair, Trump very well knew he was getting a man who advised dictators around the world and who had uncomfortably close ties to pro-Vladimir Putin forces in Ukraine.

It turns out that Manafort is even sketchier than the general public was aware at the time Trump hired him. Manafort was behind “a series of [2006] anti-Nato, anti-Kiev protests in Crimea led by Viktor Yanukovych’s pro-Russian Party of Regions — now designated a criminal organisation,” and he may have received up to $12.7 million from Putin allies for the effort.

Further reports on Manafort’s ties to “undisclosed” — possibly illegal — foreign lobbying on behalf of a pro-Putin group reveal that Manafort’s firm “directly orchestrated a covert Washington lobbying operation on behalf of Ukraine’s ruling political party, attempting to sway American public opinion in […]

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Why Is Trump Allowing Advisers Paid By Putin (& His Allies) Access To Classified Intel?

Donald Trump’s repeatedly proven himself unfit to be commander-in-chief. From his juvenile temperament to his disdain for the First and Fourteenth Amendment, Trump clearly isn’t qualified. In terms of global affairs, Trump’s ignorance is as glaring as his shift to a distinctly pro-Putin foreign policy doctrine. And the pivot isn’t just rhetorical; Trump’s also brought on advisers cozy with and paid by Putin and his allies — advisers who appear to have significantly shaped Trump’s policy ideas, and with whom he might be sharing any classified intelligence.

Questions driving the day, as Trump gets his first classified briefing as the GOP nominee:

1. Is Donald Trump purposefully allowing individuals previously paid by Russia and pro-Putin allies access to classified intelligence?

2. Trump’s irresponsible conspiracy mongering and rhetoric are highly dangerous, but is this the most direct threat to our country’s national security that Trump’s engineered to date? 

The answer to each appears to be “yes.”

Paul Manafort, alleged […]

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MEMO: Trump’s Pro-Russia Agenda And The Implications Of His Classified Briefings

prolific Vladimir Putin admirer who once mused “[W]ill [Putin] become my new best friend?,” Donald Trump is tomorrow set to receive his first classified briefing from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

Trump’s new access to classified intelligence raises serious concerns — and not just because he’s a racist birther with the temperament of a two year old and a tendency to run his mouth without stopping to think.

What every American should be even more concerned about is that Trump will be receiving secret intelligence straight from the DNI’s office, then likely sharing its contents with a Russia-connected (and invested!) foreign policy adviser and — even more alarming — a chief adviser who reportedly may have received millions in off-the-books cash from a pro-Putin political party in Ukraine.

Here’s what you need to know when considering the implications of Trump accessing classified intelligence:

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Donald J. Trump Is Calling For A Total And Complete Ban On…Himself?

In the months since he first announced his un-American ban on Muslims entering the U.S. in December, Donald Trump’s regularly expanded the policy: 

May 2016: Trump refused to soften it.

June 2016: Trump expanded it to a ban on immigrants from any country “with a proven history of terrorism.”

July 2016: Trump recommitted to the June expansion, suggesting it’d also involve extreme vetting, if not a total ban, on immigration from countries like France and Germany.

Early August 2016: Trump’s running mate elaborated on a further expanded iteration of the ban, which would target Muslims but also, according to him, apply to Jewish and Christian immigrants, refugees, and presumably even tourists (?), from the banned countries.

That brings us to today, and Trump’s announcement that his latest ban expansion will also include an “ideological test for admission to the country that would assess a candidate’s stances […]

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Is Trump’s Chief Adviser Accessing Classified Intel While On Foreign Nationals’ Payroll?

At his foreign policy speech today, Trump said he’d want to have a closer relationship with Russia.

Is it because Paul Manafort, Donald Trump’s chief adviser, reportedly received millions of off-the-books dollars from Ukraine’s pro-Putin political party and had an office in Kiev as recently as May 2016?

Either way, Manafort’s reported ties to pro-Russia factions raise some serious questions:

Is Manafort still consulting the party and receiving off-books-payments from the party, even as Trump’s begun to receive classified security briefings?

Should Manafort be barred from accessing classified intelligence, given the possibility of serious conflicts of interest?

Does Trump himself have deeper, undisclosed ties to Ukraine and Russia? And might the existence of such ties explain his campaign’s push for a pro-Russia GOP platform and shift to pro-Putin talking points on Crimea? (Trump could clear this last one up by releasing his tax returns.)

Paul Manafort and others in Trump’s campaign have repeatedly lied to […]

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Who’s Borrowing Trump’s Talking Points? First David Duke, Now Hezbollah

Last week, Donald Trump absurdly called President Obama the “founder of ISIS.”  There was initial backlash, but that didn’t stop Trump from doubling-down almost immediately. The next day, Trump decided he was just being sarcastic (“DONT THEY GET SARCASM?“). But Mike Pence contemporaneously insisted that Trump wasn’t joking around, arguing, “I think he was being very serious.”

Guess who else is serious about the “Obama was the founder of ISIS” thing: the leader of Hezbollah, who commented, “This is not simple speech. This is an American presidential candidate. This was spoken on behalf of the American Republican Party. He has data and documents.”

Over the weekend, we learned that Trump and former KKK leader are sharing messaging, and Trump’s previously echoed Kremlin talking points on Crimea.

Is anyone else concerned that Trump is irresponsibly accusing the president of leading a terrorist […]

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Trump’s 24 hour lapse: “No, I meant he’s the founder of ISIS”


–Donald J Trump, Twitter, 6:26 AM, 8/12/2016



Less than 24 hours earlier:

Hewitt: I’ve got two more questions. Last night, you said the President was the founder of ISIS. I know what you meant. You meant that he created the vacuum, he lost the peace.

Trump: No, I meant he’s the founder of ISIS. I do. He was the most valuable player. I give him the most valuable player award. I give her, too, by the way, Hillary Clinton.


–Hugh Hewitt, “The Hugh Hewitt Show”, 8/11/2016 [transcript / full audio]

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“[Obama’s] The Founder Of ISIS”: More Pro-Putin Talking Points From Trump

First, Trump started using Russian talking points on Crimea, arguing that Russia never invaded Ukraine and, even if they did, the “people of Crimea…would rather be with Russia.” Now, Trump’s co-opted a much more cynical and irresponsible Russian talking point: that President Obama somehow “founded” ISIS.

And yes, that’s a distinctly Russian talking point, according to former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul — just the latest data point in an alarming Trump trend toward a hardline pro-Putin foreign policy doctrine.

Trump isn’t backing away from his wildly irresponsible characterization of the president as the “founder of ISIS,” if his Hugh Hewitt interview from this morning is to be believed. Apparently, pro-Russia talking points are the only ones Trump’s able to stick to with any consistency. 

It’s no wonder he’s winning over the Russian people.

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Hot Air: Russia blames U.S. for ISIS, Obama says Assad’s gotta […]

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Trump Winning The Hearts And Minds… Of The Russian People

Donald Trump’s praise for Vladimir Putin and pivot to a shockingly pro-Russia foreign policy doctrine has made him quite the hero in the Russian media, according to a new CNN report:

Much of what Trump says about Russia has left U.S. allies aghast, but has found a welcoming audience in Moscow.

Donald Trump’s own foreign policy pronouncements have won him plenty of friends here in Russia: His recent suggestion that he wouldn’t necessarily defend NATO allies in the event of a Russian attack, raised eyebrows both in the U.S. and here; and his vow to look again at recognizing annexed Crimea as part of Russia must have put a smile on the faces of many Kremlin supporters.


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