Trump Encouraging Russian Cyber Attacks On U.S. Elections Draws Condemnation From All Corners

In a press conference this morning, Donald Trump encouraged additional Russian cyber attacks saying, “[I]f you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing.” Trump’s borderline treasonous request was instantly met with condemnation from national security experts as well as from fellow Republicans.

Former CIA Director Leon Panetta described Trump’s comments as “outrageous” and “beyond the pale”.

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CNN Chief National Security Correspondent Jim Sciutto described the Russian cyber attacks as a form of “low level war” and Russia as an “existential threat to the United States.”

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Laura Galante, a cyber security expert found Trump’s comment to be “ground-breaking” and that, “The potential for this to insight aggression in cyber space is a serious risk.”

“Hacking email is a criminal activity. And he’s asked a foreign government — a murderous, repressive regime — to attack not just one of our citizens but the Democratic […]

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TRUMP’S RUSSIA: New Exhibit At American Bridge’s Trump Museum

With Donald Trump today publicly asking Russia to hack and conduct espionage on one of his political opponents — and suggesting that Russia would be rewarded “mightily” for the effort — American Bridge thought it was timely to add a “Trump’s Russia” exhibit to our Trump Museum, which is currently set up in Philadelphia for the DNCC. (RSVP and get more information here.)

Trump’s gone on the record to heap praise on Vladimir Putin and called for the U.S. to withdraw from NATO, which would be a big win for Russian influence around the world. Plus, Trump has ties to the Russian mob, and his campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, has worked for a Ukrainian “ally of Vladimir Putin” and may have had a hand in making this year’s Republican Party platform more pro-Russia.

On Tuesday night, Trump tweeted that he has “ZERO investments in Russia,” but Trump’s definitely […]

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WATCH: Bet Putin Liked Donald’s Doral Press Conference

Donald Trump held a rambling press conference today at his Doral National golf course and the result was a meandering disaster. Coming out of his convention, Trump’s admiration of Putin is well documented — but now Trump has gone a step further by promising rewards to Russia for hacking a political opponent’s emails and making it clear that he would consider recognizing Crimea as Russian and lifting sanctions.

From encouraging additional Russian hacking and denying his close business ties with Russia to shushing a respected journalist, it was a wild ride in Doral. Here are the lowlights:  

“I’ve never met Putin, I don’t know him” Youtube

“I’m not going to tell Putin what to do” Youtube

“I would love to have that power” Youtube

Asks Russia for more email leaks Youtube

On Putin: “I hope he likes me” Youtube

On his business with Russia Youtube

“If Russia has those emails […]

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Trump says “I don’t know who Putin is,” but…

1) Putin “calls me a genius and they want me to renounce him?”

2) “Putin’s said very nice things about me…he actually called me a genius”

3) “I think I would probably get along very well with Putin”

4) “I’ve had a sort of semi-nice relationship with Putin. He’s said very nice things about me.”

5) Trump defending Putin: “He’s always denied it…It’s never been proven that he killed anybody.”

6) “I think that he’s a strong leader. He’s a powerful leader”

7) “I always had a good feeling about him”

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Trump May Or May Not Have Russian Investments — But Not For A Lack Of Effort

Amid a number of experts publicly expressing their view that the DNC hacks were sponsored by the Russian government, Donald Trump tweeted out the following, unprompted:

Trump may or may not have investments in Russia, but that doesn’t mean he hasn’t tried, according to the Washington Post:

At the end of the day, here’s the real question: Trump may or may not have investments in Russia, but does Russia have investments in Trump?

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Trump’s Foreign Policy Is Reactionary, Naive, And Extremely Dangerous

“Statements like these make the world dangerous and the United States less safe.” 

Tonight, Donald Trump is showing that Senator Lindsey Graham’s take on Trump’s irresponsible comments on NATO can be applied to the nominee’s entire foreign policy platform. Trump’s complete lack of knowledge of foreign affairs is a danger to Americans and our allies abroad.

Trump has regularly “emotionally reacted” to terrorism activity. His facile understanding is made clear by his proposals that cut America off from the world and “bomb the sh*t out of” our enemies. Instead of outlining detailed strategies for taking on ISIS, Trump simply says “I’m good at war,” and promises that he has a “very beautiful” plan to defeat them. He falls back on the use of nuclear weapons but doesn’t even seem to know what the nuclear triad is. He wants to force our military into the use of war crimes, entirely abandoning the […]

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Senate Republicans And Donald Trump’s Dangerous NATO Policy

CLEVELAND – Last night, Donald Trump disavowed our country’s obligation to our NATO allies. Still, Republican senators and senate candidates are standing by Trump and supporting the presidential nominee. American Bridge 21st Century President Jessica Mackler, released the following statement in response to Trump and his Republican Senate supporters:

“Donald Trump’s reckless, and perhaps ignorant, understanding of NATO puts the safety of our county and our allies at risk. Trump’s inability to comprehend NATO shows he’s not fit to be commander in chief. Despite all of this, Republican Senators including those that sit and even chair the Homeland Security Committee, the Intelligence Committee, and the Foreign Relations Committee, continue to coward, choosing party unity over our national security. Perhaps if they showed up to more of their hearing and did their job, they’d understand just what a threat the Trump doctrine poses.”

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The Trump Doctrine

“I love war.” “I would bomb the sh*t out of them.” “I think there’s too much diplomacy.” “I know more about ISIS than the generals do — believe me.” “I’m good at war.” “We have nuclear capabilities, I’m not going to take it off the table.”

With reckless rhetoric like that, there’s no reason to believe Donald Trump would have any regard for the well-being and interests of American servicemembers and veterans. In fact, all signs point to the contrary — he’s an active threat to their well-being.

Donald Trump — as unstable, erratic, and petty as he is — somehow expects to convince voters that he can lead the country with a pragmatic and stable foreign policy doctrine grounded in rationality and diplomacy.

In truth, the Trump Doctrine spurns diplomatic compromise as weak, alienates allies, and celebrates torture. Just look at who Trump admires or has tried to do business with: Kim Jong-Un, Saddam Hussein Read more after the jump.

Trump Favorite Kim Jong-Un Sanctioned By U.S. Over Human Rights Abuses

Donald Trump yesterday praised Saddam Hussein.

Today, another of Trump’s favorite dictators, Kim Jong-Un, was sanctioned by the U.S. government over “notorious abuses of human rights,” according to Reuters.

Earlier this year, Trump praised Kim Jong-Un for showing initiative when he “wiped out [his] uncle” to take over North Korea.

Would Trump seek to ease the sanctions as president?

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