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‘He’s trying to muzzle everyone’: National security veterans were shaken by Trump’s decision to ‘purge’ witnesses who testified against him

President Donald Trump sent shockwaves through Washington on Friday when he abruptly fired two key impeachment witnesses and a third official who wasn’t involved in the impeachment inquiry but is related to one of the witnesses. National security and intelligence veterans were stunned. A current FBI special agent characterised Trump’s […]
‘He’s trying to muzzle everyone’: National security veterans were shaken by Trump’s decision to ‘purge’ witnesses who testified against him
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Trump’s new national security adviser is a ‘nice guy’, but poorly equipped for one of the toughest jobs in the White House, sources say

Robert O’Brien, Donald Trump’s new national security adviser, is well respected and has proven himself before. But former colleagues of the US’ former chief hostage negotiator say he lacks experience, is policy lightweight, and has little knowledge of international issues. Trump has lauded O’Brien for his 38-0 record in securing […]
Trump’s new national security adviser is a ‘nice guy’, but poorly equipped for one of the toughest jobs in the White House, sources say
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Trump keeps complaining that he never suggested destroying hurricanes with bombs, but there’s reportedly a White House memo that proves he said it

US President Donald Trump has again denied suggesting using nuclear weapons to halt hurricanes, after the news website Axios reported that he aired the idea in multiple conversations with national security officials. According to Axios, however, Trump’s suggestion that bombs should be used to halt hurricanes was recorded in a […]
Trump keeps complaining that he never suggested destroying hurricanes with bombs, but there’s reportedly a White House memo that proves he said it
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The White House quietly appointed a new China director who could rattle Beijing and make a US-China trade deal even less likely

The White House has quietly appointed Elnigar Iltebir, a Uighur-American scholar, to direct the National Security Council’s China policy. Iltebir’s appointment is significant because she is a member of the Uighur ethnic group, the marginalized, mostly-Muslim community mostly based in the western Chinese region of Xinjiang. Uighurs in China are […]
The White House quietly appointed a new China director who could rattle Beijing and make a US-China trade deal even less likely
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Trump accuses The New York Times of ‘a virtual act of Treason’ for publishing a story saying the US is ramping up cyberattacks on Russia

President Donald Trump accused The New York Times of treason, after the newspaper published a story that said the United States is ramping up cyberattacks against Russia. The Times’ story said that the Trump administration had deployed new cybertools to target Russia’s electric power grid. It also said administration officials […]
Trump accuses The New York Times of ‘a virtual act of Treason’ for publishing a story saying the US is ramping up cyberattacks on Russia
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The White House reportedly blocked climate testimony warning of a ‘possibly catastrophic’ future because it didn’t ‘jibe’ with Trump’s policy

The White House barred a federal intelligence agency from submitting written testimony about the harmful effects of climate change, according to the Washington Post. The testimony, prepared by the US State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research, predicted that greenhouse gas emissions would contribute “significant” and “possibly catastrophic” harm to […]
The White House reportedly blocked climate testimony warning of a ‘possibly catastrophic’ future because it didn’t ‘jibe’ with Trump’s policy
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2nd-highest ranking US military officer reportedly slammed his hands on table after growing tired of John Bolton’s aides at fiery meeting

Air Force Gen. Paul Selva, the US’s second-highest-ranking military officer, reportedly grew upset at interruptions by national security adviser John Bolton’s aides during a meeting. The aides queried Selva on exercising military options in response to the crisis in Venezuela, according to The Washington Post. Selva reportedly cautioned against escalating […]
2nd-highest ranking US military officer reportedly slammed his hands on table after growing tired of John Bolton’s aides at fiery meeting