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Biden slams Trump over handling of Russian bounty intelligence

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By Trevor Hunnicutt and Simon Lewis

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Tuesday criticized President Donald Trump's handling of a reported Russian effort to pay the Taliban to kill American troops in Afghanistan, saying his actions were a "dereliction of duty."

The White House has said Trump did not receive a personal briefing on intelligence about the alleged Russian program. But the administration has yet to squarely address whether Trump had received a written briefing, whether he had read it and why he had not responded more aggressively if he had.

Biden, responding to questions from reporters, said lawmakers from both parties should "demand the facts" about the claims. The former vice president added that he was considering asking for a classified intelligence briefing on the matter.

“The idea that somehow he didn’t know or isn’t being briefed, it is a dereliction of duty if that is the case. ... If he was briefed and nothing was done about this, that’s a dereliction of duty," said Biden, adding that the American public should "conclude that this man isn't fit to be president United States of America."

The Trump campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the criticism.

Biden spoke at a high school in Wilmington, Delaware, where he took questions from reporters for the first time in months after delivering a speech attacking Trump's handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

“He doesn’t seem to be cognitively aware of what’s going on," Biden said, throwing one of Trump's criticisms of the Democrat back at him and previewing the sparring that could take place at their debates.

The Republican president trails Biden in opinion polls ahead of the Nov. 3 election amid the pandemic's health and economic crises, and nationwide protests against police brutality.

Biden on Tuesday released an updated plan to tackle the pandemic, calling for more COVID-19 testing and hiring at least 100,000 contract tracers.

"The American people don't make enormous sacrifices over the past four months so ... you can waste all their efforts they have undertaken with your midnight rantings and tweets," Biden said of Trump.

He predicted that the coronavirus outbreak would likely worsen with the onset of the flu season and said preparations should include more flu vaccines.

Biden said that, if elected, he would ask the federal government's top disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, to serve another term.

He also said he expected to announce his running mate in early August.

Trump and his allies say the toll of the virus - which has killed more than 126,000 Americans, according to a Reuters tally

  1. could have been larger without travel bans he put in place for visitors from China, and later from Europe.

They have argued that the increasing number of confirmed cases in recent weeks is largely attributable to more testing, although the rate of positive tests has also been rising.

Trump campaign spokeswoman Courtney Parella said Biden was"fear mongering and rooting against America’s success" while Trump led a public and private-sector mobilization that had slowed the spread of the virus.

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But the administration has yet to squarely address whether Trump had received a written briefing, whether he had read it and why he had not responded more aggressively if he had.

And why he's not acting aggressively now. The answer: because he's weak.

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President Donald Trump's handling of a reported Russian effort to pay the Taliban to kill American troops in Afghanistan

Only the numerous spook agencies have hard info on this and all the other Trump-Russia connections. The rest of the world can only rely on whichever sources confirm their bias.

But when there's so much smoke coming from so many places, only hardcore Trump supporters and other alt rightists (US and 'foreign') might continue to deny there are no fires.

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Just when you thought the Russia Hoax had finally met its much deserved demise the Dems keep flogging it over and over. Hey everyone - it was Hillary and the DNC that paid Putin’s spies! They don’t even deny it. The Dems has no compunction about selling America’s democracy to the Kremlin - they keep gaslighting the the public through a compliant Leftist media.

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u thought the Russia Hoax

 “Russia” fake news

If the many reports of Trump's connections to Russia are 'hoaxes' and 'fake news', no doubt those claiming so can cite reports from sources showing there have been no connections. If you're American, you know people can be found innocent of false charges.

Given the dozens of reports showing connections between Trump and Russia, I assume you're able to provide evidence showing those reports are bogus.

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Which is more disturbing? Trump knew that the Russians were doing this, he really didn't know anything about it because he hates to read anything (even on issues concerning slain U.S. soldiers at the hands of his buddy) or his own people were afraid to tell him anything because they're afraid Trump is the biggest leaker on secret intelligence (which he probably is) in the White House?

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Only the numerous spook agencies have hard info on this and all the other Trump-Russia connections. The rest of the world can only rely on whichever sources confirm their bias.

Uh-huh....

But when there's so much smoke coming from so many places, only hardcore Trump supporters and other alt rightists (US and 'foreign') might continue to deny there are no fires.

And yet the NYT once again can’t back up their allegiances....yaaawn....

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No, under our system as the accuser, you have to prove they aren’t bogus.

and when we found the Iran general targeted US military and killed him for that to stop it, that was no good either, somehow.

Given the dozens of reports showing connections between Trump and Russia, I assume you're able to provide evidence showing those reports are bogus.

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Looks like Trump fans aren't concerned whatsoever with Putin paying to have our troops killed.

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Dear leader trump and his fans are more concerned about protecting statues of bigots than the lives of brave soldiers!!

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Looks like Trump fans aren't concerned whatsoever with Putin paying to have our troops killed.

As you know many Trump fans idolize Putin and his system of national socialism where his government and his select oligarchs control the lion's share of the Russian economy. They also have 'partial' control of Russian media, which Trump supporters want their main male to copy, claiming something they call 'the media' sometimes questions their Trump.

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No, under our system as the accuser, you have to prove they aren’t bogus.

Trump supporters continue to disbelieve bi-partisan reports showing Russian connections.

They continue to disbelieve US and 'western' intelligence reports, believe the Kremlin's instead.

Fair enough; of course they're allowed that freedom. One of the things separating traditional US conservatives from the alt right is traditional conservatives believe US sovereignty should not be compromised by foreign states, especially by a nuclear powered foreign state that for decades has wanted to 'bury' the US.

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I don't think they even understand it. I bet it confuses the hell out of them that Trump praises Putin. But, he's Trump, and what Trump says, goes.

So they follow.

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Is this all scareface Biden has? Hey Joe! You’re running for President. Maybe you should talk about the economy, and stay away from NYTs propaganda pieces.

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Looks like Trump fans aren't concerned whatsoever with Putin paying to have our troops killed

Meanwhile, Democrats are laughing their rear ends off at Democrats.

As you know many Trump fans idolize Putin and his system of national socialism where his government and his select oligarchs control the lion's share of the Russian economy.

Everyone in Silicon Valley now loves Russia? Interesting...

They also have 'partial' control of Russian media, which Trump supporters want their main male to copy, claiming something they call 'the media' sometimes questions their Trump.

Liberals were the ones that allowed RT to embed itself in the US.

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. Maybe you should talk about the economy, 

Fully agree. On that issue Biden can clearly show how Trump's economy might benefit his fellow 'elite's' bank accounts, but stiffs the general population's.

The Trump economy has been good for Wall Street, not main Street. Not same as it ever was, worse than it's ever been.

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Fully agree. On that issue Biden can clearly show how Trump's economy might benefit his fellow 'elite's' bank accounts, but stiffs the general population's.

Like how? More regulations? Higher taxes? No incentives for small businesses. Punish job creators or allow them to outsource more US jobs?

The Trump economy has been good for Wall Street,

Yes as well as for main st. and that’s why the US economy would be in serious trouble if Biden becomes the next President.

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/06/24/bidens-big-lead-in-the-polls-could-be-partly-behind-markets-drop-and-may-lead-to-more-weakness.html

https://www.forbes.com/sites/sergeiklebnikov/2020/06/27/wall-street-quietly-begins-warning-about-a-biden-presidency/#55fbbb782ba4

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so we had the intelligence that Iran was killing our military and took action. Yet liberals didnt believe that or support what was done.

So now that its Russia (from Feb 2019), liberals want action.

He was briefed! Wait, it was in a briefing! Wait, it was in a briefing and marked as uncertain due to conflicting information. Wait- it was 1.5 years ago.

If we just get his taxes from the Supreme Court, it will all be proven!! (what?)

Walking it back....day by day.

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And Trump is STILL supporting Russia as a member of the G7.

What does Putin have on him?

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Meanwhile, Democrats are laughing their rear ends off at Democrats.

?

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He said he did not feel the group "properly represents what's going on in the world", suggesting Russia, South Korea, Australia and India should be invited.

So what do SK, Australia and India "have on" Trump?

And Trump is STILL supporting Russia as a member of the G7.

What does Putin have on him?

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Putin barks Trump jumps the hoops.

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Trump knew.

I feel for the family of any American service member who was killed as a result of the president's treason and cowardice.

Biden spoke at a high school in Wilmington, Delaware, where he took questions from reporters for the first time in months after delivering a speech attacking Trump's handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

He should sum up his proposals by saying - “The sad fact Is there’s nothing rocket science about what I would do. Any president would take charge this way, and set the right example, except the current occupant in the White House. Why? From day 1 he has been preoccupied with himself and not the American people. He is the personification of dereliction of duty. That changes Nov 3.”

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Putin barks Trump jumps the hoops

According to the New York Times allegedly and they have been debunked more than 100 times

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Still no outrage by Trump fans at Russia. I guess they'll be taking a knee on this one.

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Still no outrage by Trump fans at Russia. I guess they'll be taking a knee on this one.

Hmmmm....because unlike liberals do you want to have the facts first before becoming outraged at something we don’t even know what’s going on yet. So now we have to take the words of the New York Times, the paper that hates Donald Trump more than anything else and that is completely liberal bias? Give me a break!

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Back to Russia again! Man, you guys are so desperate. :D

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The current president, trump took both knees to Putin long before the elations ., so no surprise he stands by him. as for his supporters, the less said the better.

Past Republican leaders must be rolling in their graves at the state America is in today....

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The fraud occupying the White House continues on his path of self destruction ... unfortunately, he takes the United States of America down with him.

His followers have not been able to see the damage he continues to do, and probably never will.

The cult leader continues to lead his followers to the abyss.

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The current president, trump took both knees to Putin long before the elations ., so no surprise he stands by him. as for his supporters, the less said the better.

Obama allowed Putin to annex Crimea. Doesn’t get much worse than that, to watch one of our allies being sucked up by one of our adversaries, pitiful

Past Republican leaders must be rolling in their graves at the state America is in today....

at least they have the world in the past to take on Russia, none of the Democrats would even attempt to take on Russia, just give them what they want and in the meantime overlook China. Lol

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a reported Russian effort to pay the Taliban to kill American troops in Afghanistan

Why would anyone use the New York Times when Charmin is back on the shelves?

“He doesn’t seem to be cognitively aware of what’s going on," Biden said

That's rich, coming from Biden.

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Part of me is shocked by this, and part of me is not....

First, Trump, and his supporters, have show disdain and disrespect for our military time and time again...

They insult Gold Star families - those families that have given the ultimate sacrifice for one's country...

They ridicule military heroes and use the military as a political prop...

They cut and run in the Middle East rather than letting our military finish the job...

And now we find out the Russians have bounties on the heads of US soldiers, and Trump did absolutely nothing about it - and is now feigning ignorance (his usual ploy)...

And we all know why - Putin has evidence of the massive loans the Trump Org has received from Russia, laundered through Deutsche Bank - just as Don Jr and Eric both said; "We get all the money we need from Russia"...

And as a result, our President dances like a puppet anytime Putin pulls his strings...

Even when Putin has the blood of US soldiers on his hands...

It's a nightmare beyond all imagination...

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except that is isnt true. and when it was true with Iran, your team supported Iran.

And now we find out the Russians have bounties on the heads of US soldiers,

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Obama allowed Putin to annex Crimea.

Obama put sanctions on Russia, what else did you expect him to do, send the military in?

at least they have the world in the past to take on Russia, 

Could you write that in English?

none of the Democrats would even attempt to take on Russia,

That pretty rich coming from a trump supporter, one who took both knees to Putin.

just give them what they want and in the meantime overlook China.

Since trump took both knees to Xi asking for re-election support, I think he did way beyond overlook!!

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what do you expect Trump to do, considering you had such low expectations for Obama to do anything?

what else did you expect him to do, send the military in?

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Obama put sanctions on Russia,

end it still took for Mia and the insulting part of that is, Obama did nothing to help our ally.

That pretty rich coming from a trump supporter, one who took both knees to Putin.

Pretty rich coming from liberals overlook the real threat and what is China, you can’t get dumber than that.

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what do you expect Trump to do

He can start by getting off his knees!!!!

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except that is isnt true.

Once again Trump backers and others in the global alt right refuse to believe reports from American sources claiming Russian involvement. Instead they continue to believe the Kremlin's reports, or their Trump. Or maybe one of their alt right/kook/fringe media bloggers.

we've known that Russia's been providing limited support to the Taliban for years, but paying bounties to kill American soldiers is a dramatic escalation, one that I don't think any president should leave unanswered. I think there are just too many risks to leaving it unanswered. 

https://www.npr.org/2020/06/29/884958659/afghan-war-veteran-talks-about-bounties-russia-offered-taliban-to-kill-u-s-troop

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end it still took for Mia 

English please!!!!

Pretty rich coming from liberals overlook the real threat and what is China,

You mean the China lead by Xi, the one trump took both knees to begging for re-election support???

you can’t get dumber than that.

You underestimate trump, he did!!!

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..what went through your heart when you heard U.S. forces might have been targeted in this way?

then the guy goes on to answer as if it were true. its not. so the answer is invalid.

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and of course this was the speaker, dealing in all the "if true" questions:

KELLY: That is Aaron O'Connell. He served on President Obama's National Security Council.

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English please!!!!

Sorry, Siri stuck.

You mean the China lead by Xi, the one trump took both knees to begging for re-election support???

Lightizer said it didn’t happen, he what is there in the room.

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Hilarious....

Trump supporters again trying to dodge and deflect by bringing up Crimea...

Russia invade Crimea in Feb and Mar of 2014...Obama left office at end of 2016...two years.

Trump has been in office since Jan 2017 - over three and a half years - what's he done on Crimea?

When has Trump even said anything about Crimea in three and a half years? How many times did he mention it during his press conferences with Putin? The answer is ZERO...

We're lucky Trump wasn't President in 2014 or the Russians would have invaded and annexed all of Ukraine, and maybe more...

And Trump would have congratulated Putin on "winning"....

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Why would there be an expectation for Trump to do "something" about Crimea when Obama didnt?

What did Russia have on Obama that he did nothing? What was Obama hiding?

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Lightizer said it didn’t happen, he what is there in the room.

Bolton said it did!!

Why would there be an expectation for Trump to do "something" about Crimea when Obama didnt?

Obama did, a lot , and trump didnt do anything. He wants to reward Russia!!

What did Russia have on Obama that he did nothing? What was Obama hiding?

Nothing, but Russia sure has something on trump, or does he genuflect to dictators on impulse???

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Bolton said it did!!

Bolton also said there were WMD’s in Iraq as well, so.....

Obama did, a lot ,

He sure did, Putin was thankful for the Crimea present

and trump didnt do anything. He wants to reward Russia!!

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KELLY: That is Aaron O'Connell. He served on President Obama's National Security Council.

and of course this was the speaker, dealing in all the "if true" questions:

O'Connell's an American whose first hand experience in Afghanistan has given him an understanding of what happened there that's different from Trump and Russias's, so of course Trump's followers won't believe him. Once again partisan extremists and others in the alt right side with Trump and Russia.

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Bolton also said there were WMD’s in Iraq as well, so.....

And trump said his inauguration crowd was the biggest ever, so can we agree that the GOP lies most of the time.

He sure did, Putin was thankful for the Crimea present

Did he send a Thank You note to trump?

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SuperLibToday  07:18 am JST

But the administration has yet to squarely address whether Trump had received a written briefing, whether he had read it and why he had not responded more aggressively if he had.

And why he's not acting aggressively now. The answer: because he's weak.

And the answer, my dear Watson is a clear as winter ice. trump is a collaborator with the Russian government. He is a traitor to America, its democratic principals and all it has ever stood for. His silence betrays his guilt, every minute and every hour and every day. It's written all over his face in everything he says and does. His inaction, his lack of words show in living color his complacity, his selling out, his betrayal, his ultimate crime. He has betrayed, disgraced and failed the U.S.A., its people, our allies, democracy, peace, his responsibilities, mankind, God and even himself.

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And trump said his inauguration crowd was the biggest ever, so can we agree that the GOP lies most of the time.

Trump also claimed to be the hardest working president in history even though he does not go downstairs until 11am and leaves again at 6pm.

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Trump is weak. And a traitor.

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And trump said his inauguration crowd was the biggest ever, so can we agree that the GOP lies most of the time.

The inauguration has nothing to do with Bolton and his lies about Iraq and about his distain for anyone that’s not a real conservative, not to mention he’s trying to sell books right now which Trump is not trying to do. Trump said he didn’t say that and there is no proof either way, but most conservatives are not gonna be like on the liberal bandwagon to jump on it every time they hear something said against this president, liberals choose not to jump when it’s something that’s destructive on their part, but when it’s a conservative they jump all over it, give me a break.

Did he send a Thank You note to trump?

....to tell Obama thank you for handing him over Crimea, not sure.

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Trump also claimed to be the hardest working president in history even though he does not go downstairs until 11am and leaves again at 6pm.

Obama likes to party and party and have every known celeb at his house. Yes, busy man. Lol

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Trump also claimed to be the hardest working president in history even though he does not go downstairs until 11am and leaves again at 6pm.

My favourite was Trump saying he’d release his tax returns, changing his mind and then tweeting he’s running the most transparent administration in history.

You must admit, that is funny trolling if nothing else.

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The inauguration has nothing to do with Bolton and his lies 

But it has everything to do with trump's lies.

about his distain for anyone that’s not a real conservative,

So he hates trump because he's not a real conservative ????

Trump said he didn’t say that and there is no proof either way, but most conservatives are not gonna be like on the liberal bandwagon to jump on it every time they hear something said against this president, liberals choose not to jump when it’s something that’s destructive on their part, but when it’s a conservative they jump all over it, give me a break.

That's a lot of words without meaning but if you need to choose the bigger liar between trump and bolton, trump would win hands down.

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that’s not a real conservative

My family members and friends who identify as 'real' conservatives believe in the sovereignty of the US and for that matter all nations. They do NOT find it acceptable for Russia to continue to meddle in US politics.

They trust US sources that have evidence showing Russia continues to meddle.

They would never trust a national socialist leader like Putin, someone admired by the global alt right, i.e. those who have disdain for 'real' conservatives.

'Real' conservatives also do NOT find it acceptable for the US to meddle in other nation's affairs.

'Real' conservatives are essential to any democratic system; the alt right want to tear down democratic systems.

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....to tell Obama thank you for handing him over Crimea, not sure.

To trump for supporting Russia, threatening Ukraine and legitimizing the Crimea annexation!!!

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But it has everything to do with trump's lies.

And Bolton’s and the deaths he made on a war he pushed for 8 years who Obama subsequently followed up on in Afghanistan.

So he hates trump because he's not a real conservative ????

More like bitter, pride is a huge motivator.

That's a lot of words without meaning but if you need to choose the bigger liar between trump and bolton, trump would win hands down.

I disagree.

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And Bolton’s and the deaths he made on a war he pushed for 8 years 

Good to see posters who had previously supported all US invasions come around to now criticizing the architects of those invasions, now criticizing those architects they'd previously lauded.

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No one does, which really baffles me why liberals don’t say anything about China.

I don't know what sources you might watch, read or listen to, but I've read lots of people who identify as 'liberals' lambast China. Writing things like 'liberals don't say anything about China' further reduces alt right poster's credibility.

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And Bolton’s and the deaths he made on a war he pushed for 8 years who Obama subsequently followed up on in Afghanistan.

Should Obama have laid down arms and let our soldier get killed, trump sure looks to planning that?

The Commander in Chief apparently is comfortable with our soldiers getting killed as long as it doesn't upset Putin.

More like bitter, pride is a huge motivator.

So hiring Bolton was a big mistake like most of trump's other hires?

I disagree.

Facts say otherwise.

Maybe the difference is in the scale of lies, trump is a petty liar, bolton tells only big lies.

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Dear leader trump was railing against Fox New today and wanted Roger Ailes back!!!!

Talk of cognitive skills, ROFL.

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