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Analysis: Trump Lied 53 Times During His Congressional Speech (Addicting Info link): Recently, the mainstream media (yes, including the “liberals”) fawned over President Trump’s “presidential” address to a joint session of Congress. Why? Because he actually acted like a semi-decent human being. Instead of going off script on his usual childish tantrums and praise of himself, he stuck to the teleprompter and delivered a pretty forgettable speech.
There was just one tiny thing that the mainstream media failed to notice: his speech was absolutely riddled with lies. And when we say riddled, we mean a significant chunk of the things he said in his hour speech were either misleading, factually incorrect, or flat out falsehoods.
Among President Trump’s most egregious lies were:
1) He was responsible for General Motors, Spirit, Lockheed, Walmart and others investing billions in the United States economy and bringing jobs back
2) That the “vast majority” of terrorist attacks that happen on American soil are because of foreign born terrorists
3) Ninety-four million Americans are out of the workforce
4) America has the highest corporate tax rates in the world
5) Obamacare is collapsing
6) He wants to invest in women’s health
7) That he’s been working with members of both parties
8) That higher immigration leads to higher unemployment
9) That President Obama put on more debt than all other presidents combined
10) That he “drained the swamp.”
Everyone knows Trump lies and lies often. We’ve known this since the campaign. We know that everything listed above can be easily disproved. The only reason Trump got high marks for his speech was 1) less people watched than the previous one, 2) more Republicans watched than independents and Democrats, and 3) he spoke “normally.” Besides that, it was typical Trump: an ill-informed demagogue who stokes fear by racially scapegoating Mexicans and blaming everything on President Obama.
10 U.S. Officials Say Trump Lied About Raid That Killed Navy Seal (News.Groopspeak.com link): Ten current U.S. officials have told NBC News that Donald Trump wasn’t honest during his speech before a joint session of Congress when he was discussing the raid that killed Senior Chief William “Ryan” Owens.
In that speech, he told the American people that the raid that he had ordered (his very first military operation as president) was a success and that Ryan’s life wasn’t taken in vain because the government had uncovered “large amounts of vital intelligence.” It turns out, none of that was true.
“I just spoke to General (James) Mattis,” Trump said, referring to his defense secretary, “who reconfirmed that, and I quote, ‘Ryan was a part of a highly successful raid that generated large amounts of vital intelligence that will lead to many more victories in the future against our enemies.'”
The multiple officials said that in reality, none of the intelligence uncovered has yet proven to be actionable or relevant.
When one of the officials was asked to compare the raid to the 2011 SEAL raid that killed Osama bin Laden, the official said, “There is no comparison in either quality or quantity. There is no amazing laptop that we got or thumb drive that reveals something big. No map to Zawahiri kind of thing.”
“But it’s also important to note that we didn’t expect to gather anything like that. This was a house where some bad guys were supposed to be. We didn’t get the guys we wanted and the ones who were there were clearly ready for us.”
Another senior Pentagon official said the information was “de minimis,” or basically information the U.S. already knew about.
Given this information – it looks like the Trump administration is trying to play on the hearts and patriotism of the American people. He exploited Ryan’s widow Carryn Owens during his speech before Congress for this purpose.
What J.D. Gordon and Carter Page spoke to the ambassador about is unknown. While it is not unusual for staff members to talk to world diplomats at such events, the news contradicts repeated multiple claims – twenty, in fact – from President Trump himself that his staff had no contact with officials representing the Russian government.
Gordon, who managed the advisory committee as the Trump campaign’s director of national security, said the meeting was “informal” just like his other “interactions with dozens of other ambassadors and senior diplomats in Cleveland.”
Page, a member of the same national security team, refused to say what they discussed citing “confidentiality rules” but would only say that, “I had no substantive discussions with him.” Page’s statement confirms the two talked, making the Trump administration’s claim about the events an outright lie.
Page left the Trump campaign during the summer after it was discovered he gave a speech in Moscow in early July criticizing American foreign policy and the sanctions against Russia.
Exposed: Hypocrite Mike Pence Used Private Email As Governor (And Got Hacked) (IfYouOnlyNews.com link): In what amounts to the smoking gun proof that chants of “Lock her up!” were never about Hillary Clinton’s email security, Vice President Mike Pence has been caught red handed having used a similar private server during his time as governor – only unlike Hillary’s his server was hacked.
Talk about hypocrisy.
Emails released to IndyStar in response to a public records request show Pence communicated via his personal AOL account with top advisers on topics ranging from security gates at the governor’s residence to the state’s response to terror attacks across the globe. In one email, Pence’s top state homeland security adviser relayed an update from the FBI regarding the arrests of several men on federal terror-related charges.
Cybersecurity experts say the emails raise concerns about whether such sensitive information was adequately protected from hackers, given that personal accounts like Pence’s are typically less secure than government email accounts. In fact, Pence’s personal account was hacked last summer.
This blatantly hypocritical behavior may help explain why Pence went ballistic when he found out reporters were demanding to see his email records. In an outrageous attack on transparency, Pence actually took the media to court in order to block the release of an email that may have exposed him as having engaged in shady dealings while governor.
Cybersecurity experts say Pence’s emails were likely just as insecure as Clinton’s. While there has been speculation about whether Clinton’s emails were hacked, Pence’s account was actually compromised last summer by a scammer who sent an email to his contacts claiming Pence and his wife were stranded in the Philippines and in urgent need of money.
Trump Jr. Was Apparently Paid at Least $50,000 by Kremlin-Connected Foreign Policy Group (Slate.com link): Donald Trump Jr. was "likely" paid at least $50,000 in October by a French foreign-policy group whose president nominated Vladimir Putin for the Nobel Peace Prize and whose president's wife "regularly visits Moscow to coordinate policy with Russia’s Foreign Ministry" on behalf of a different group that she leads, the Wall Street Journal reports.
Trump Jr., a prominent campaign surrogate for his father who is now running the Trump Organization with his brother Eric, gave a speech at a dinner held by the Center of Political and Foreign Affairs in Paris on Oct. 11. A speaking agency that represents Trump Jr. lists his fee for such events as $50,000, and the Trump Organization has not denied that he was paid by the CPFA.
The CPFA is run by an individual named Fabien Baussart, who along with his Syrian-born wife, Randa Kassis, has been publicly supportive of Russia's position regarding the civil war in Syria. Kassis apparently leads a Syrian party called the Movement for a Pluralistic Society and told the Journal she has traveled to Moscow on several occasions to meet with "Russian diplomats." Both Baussart and Kassis believe the United States could help end the Syria war by adopting a friendlier stance toward Russia. Baussart nominated Putin for a Nobel Prize in December, telling Russian state media that "[Putin] is the only one who is truly fighting terrorism."
Trump Jr. thus (apparently) joins former national security adviser Michael Flynn and former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort as individuals in POTUS's inner circle who've been paid by Putin-affiliated entities. Trump advisers Roger Stone and Carter Page, along with Flynn and Manafort, are also reportedly being investigated for having had contact with Russian intelligence officials during the campaign, while attorney general and former Trump-campaign national security advisory committee chairman Jeff Sessions met in September with Russia's ambassador to the U.S. and then failed to disclose that meeting to the Judiciary Committee during his confirmation.
The impromptu rally, organized via Facebook by MoveOn and joined by the Progressive Caucus of the House of Representatives, signaled a fast-changing political reality in Washington.
On Wednesday, congressional Democrats were calling on Sessions to recuse himself from the investigation of contacts between the Trump campaign and Russian officials, and Republicans were resisting.
On Thursday, scattered Republicans who had been protective of Trump started to break ranks. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy called for recusal and then recanted. House Oversight Committee chairman Jason Chaffetz called for recusal, and didn't recant. So did Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) and Congresswoman Barbara Comstock (R-VA).
'The Sickness of This Man': Michael Moore Identifies the Most Revolting Moment from Trump's Big Speech (Alternet.org link): Appearing on a special post-speech edition of Hardball, filmmaker Michael Moore lambasted President Donald Trump for standing at the podium before Congress and boasting about getting a crowd to applaud long and hard for the widow of Navy seal as if he was going to win an Emmy for it.
In one of the most memorable moments in an otherwise highly scripted speech, Trump introduced the widow of Navy Seal William “Ryan” Owens who died during an mission in Yemen that Trump ordered.
Guest Moore was asked by host Chris Matthews, “What do you think about his counting the applause minutes that passed over a very poignant moment with the widow, who looked like a wonderful person, in love with her husband? Then he said ‘He’ll be happy up there in heaven with how many minutes of applause he got.’ Isn’t that strange?”
“Ryan Owens, his death came as a result of a dinner Trump had with his son-in-law,” Moore replied. “The widow, that’s why she’s there as sort of an F-you to the people who are criticizing him for this. And this poor woman, this widow who has lost her husband is in desperate grief right now.”
“And to use that to put another notch on his belt and what is he thinking about?” Moore continued. “‘My ratings, my record applause. I’m going to get an Emmy for this, most applause for a dead soldier on my watch.’ That is the sickness of this man.”