Tag: Military and defense

Former IRA Chief Martin McGuinness Dies at 66

Former Irish Republican Army chief of staff Martin McGuinness has died at the age of 66, after a short battle with a rare genetic disease, his family said. McGuinness became a key figure in establishing peace in Northern Ireland after years of involvement with the paramilitary organization. He stepped down as deputy first minister just…

Comey, Rogers Debunk Trump’s Wiretap Claims

FBI Director James Comey and National Security Agency Director Adm. Mike Rogers said on Monday that there is no evidence to support President Donald Trump’s allegations that he was wiretapped by former President Barack Obama. “I have no information that supports those tweets, and we have worked carefully inside the FBI,” Comey said, adding that…

Trump’s First Budget Seeks Deep Cuts To Everything But Military, Border

President Trump unveiled his 2018 budget proposal Thursday, providing the clearest view yet of the policies he wants to use to deliver on his campaign promises. The plan includes a $54 billion increase in defense spending and a substantial bump for border security, while calling for deep cuts to most federal agencies, including roughly 30…

Report: ‘No Evidence Whatsoever’ Obama Wiretapped Trump

The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee said Friday that he has “not seen any evidence whatsoever” to support President Trump’s claim that he was wiretapped by the Obama administration during the 2016 campaign. “I think when [White House Press Secretary] Sean Spicer isn’t even willing to talk about it, you know there’s a…

Hundreds Marines Sent Into Syria For Raqqa Fight

A few hundred U.S. Marines have been sent into Syria with heavy artillery guns, as coalition forces prepare to retake the city of Raqqa from the Islamic State terror group, a U.S. official told the Associated Press on Wednesday. The Marines will also re-position howitzers for Syrian forces during the temporary deployment, the official said,…

Wikileaks: New Docs Dump Contains Hacking Files & CIA Material

On Tuesday WikiLeaks released a mass of new data about the CIA’s hacking arsenal in what the website called the “largest ever publication of confidential documents on the agency.” Wikileaks said the document dump from the CIA Center for Cyber Intelligence represents a new series of leaks it had code-named “Vault 7.” The website says…

Trump Signs New Executive Order Banning Travel From 6 Countries

President Trump on Monday signed a new version of his immigration executive order, following a federal court’s block last month of the original order he issued Jan. 27. No cameras were present as Trump signed the revised order, which newly excludes Iraq — an ally in the fight against the Islamic State — from the…

Pence Used Personal Email As Governor And Was Hacked

While serving as governor of Indiana, Vice President Mike Pence often used a private AOL email account while conducting official business, sometimes corresponding with top advisers about homeland security matters and other sensitive topics, the Indianapolis Star reports. The IndyStar made a public records request, and the office of Gov. Eric Holcomb (R) released more…

DHS Has Just $20 Million For Trump’s Border Wall

The White House has said construction could begin quickly on President Trump’s border wall using “existing funds and resources” from the Department of Homeland Security, but a DHS document says the agency so far has identified just $20 million that could be redirected to the project, Reuters reported Wednesday. The document, which was given to…

Trump New Executive Order Will Drop Iraq From Travel Ban

Following pressure from the Pentagon and State Department, President Trump’s next executive order on immigration will take Iraq off the list of countries whose citizens are temporarily barred from entering the United States, several U.S. officials told The Associated Press. The officials said that Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen will stay on the…

Billionaire Wilbur Ross Wins Senate Confirmation

President Trump’s nominee for U.S. commerce secretary won Senate confirmation on Monday, paving the way for work to begin on renegotiating trade deals with China and Mexico. Billionaire Wilbur Ross was confirmed with a Senate vote of 72-27, with support from 19 Democrats. Ross will now be at the helm of an agency with over…

Trump Accuses Obama: He’s ‘Behind’ Leaks, Protests [VIDEO]

President Trump on Tuesday morning blamed former President Obama for leaks of classified information from the White House and for protests in the wake of a controversial executive order halting immigration from seven predominantly-Muslim countries to the U.S. Trump made the comments in an interview with Fox and Friends, during which he gave no evidence…

Trump Taps Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster As New National Security Adviser

President Trump on Monday announced that he had picked Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, a respected military strategist, as his new national security adviser. McMaster replaces Michael Flynn, who was ousted last week for withholding information on his communication with Russia’s ambassador from Vice President Mike Pence. In an appearance at his Mar-a-Lago club in…

Fox News: Trump Crossed Line Calling Media “The Enemy Of The American People”

Even his friends at Fox News know President Donald Trump crossed the line with comments referring the media as “the enemy of the American people.” Chris Wallace said on Sunday that many presidents had contentious relationships with the media, but they still recognized that an independent press was essential to America’s democracy. Wallace noted that…

Defense Secretary James Mattis: U.S. Won’t Seize Iraq’s Oil

Defense Secretary James Mattis on Monday said that the U.S. would not try to seize Iraq’s oil, an idea President Trump floated last month that has upset Iraqi leaders. Some local lawmakers have been pressuring Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to cut back on the country’s cooperation with the U.S. due to Trump’s oil threat and…

AP: Trump To Mobilize 100,000 National Guard Troops On Immigrants

The Trump administration is considering a proposal to mobilize as many as 100,000 National Guard troops to round up unauthorized immigrants, including millions living nowhere near the Mexico border, according to a draft memo obtained by The Associated Press. The 11-page document calls for the unprecedented militarization of immigration enforcement as far north as Portland,…

Robert Harward Turns Down Trump’s Offer To Replace Flynn

Robert Harward confirmed Thursday night he did not accept President Trump’s offer to become the next national security adviser. Harward, a retired vice admiral who once served as deputy commander of U.S. Central Command and is now a senior executive at Lockheed Martin, told The Associated Press it was “purely a personal issue. I’m in…

Intelligence Agencies To ‘Go Nuclear’ On Trump ‘Watch Him Die In Prison’

U.S. national security officials are reportedly ready to “go nuclear” after President Donald Trump’s latest attack on the intelligence community. In a series of tweets on Tuesday and Wednesday, Trump insisted that the “real scandal” was not that former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn lied about his contact with Russia. Instead, the president blasted what…

Trump: Flynn Was ‘Just Doing His Job’

President Donald Trump on Thursday said former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn was “just doing his job” when he reportedly spoke numerous times with Russia’s ambassador about the sanctions levied on the country by the Obama administration, and then misled Vice President Mike Pence about those conversations. The president gave contradictory messages about Flynn, saying…

Report: Spies Keeping Info From Trump

U.S. intelligence officials have withheld some sensitive intelligence from President Trump because of concerns about the information being leaked or compromised, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal. This purported move underscores distrust between the intelligence community and the new administration as a result of reports that Trump’s campaign team had contacts with…

Trump: Reports Of Contact With Russia Are ‘Non-Sense’

President Donald Trump called reports that his 2016 campaign team was in “constant” contact with senior Russian intelligence officials “non-sense,” alleging that the news “is merely an attempt to cover up the many mistakes made in Hillary Clinton’s losing campaign.” U.S. officials told The New York Times and CNN that they had intercepted phone calls…

Matt Lauer Rips Kellyanne Conway on Flynn Defense: ‘Makes No Sense!’

The Today show’s Matt Lauer on Tuesday morning confronted top Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway over the White House’s remarkable inconsistencies in defending the handling of a scandal involving Michael Flynn. The national security adviser resigned late Monday over his pre-inauguration calls with a Russian ambassador that included discussion of lifting U.S. sanctions; and over his…

Michael Flynn Resigns As Trump’s National Security Adviser

Michael Flynn resigned late Monday as President Trump’s national security adviser, after just over three weeks on the job. Flynn quit hours after The Washington Post reported that the Justice Department had warned the White House that Flynn had discussed sanctions with Russia’s ambassador before Trump’s inauguration, and could be subject to blackmail. Flynn, a…

Senate Expected To Confirm Steven Mnuchin As Treasury Secretary

On Monday, the Senate is expected to confirm two of President Trump’s Cabinet nominees, Steven Mnuchin as treasury secretary and David Shulkin to head the Department of Veteran Affairs. The vote on Mnuchin, a former top Goldman Sachs executive and Hollywood financier, will be much closer than Shulkin’s confirmation. Republicans argue that Mnuchin is well-qualified…

National Security Adviser Michael Flynn In Trouble With Trump

National Security Adviser Mike Flynn may be in danger of losing his job, according to a Wall Street Journal report. The administration is reportedly weighing whether to dismiss Flynn over his controversial contacts with Russian officials and the publicity surrounding it. Flynn has allegedly apologized to President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, who are…

Senate Confirms Tom Price As HHS Secretary

On Monday the Senate voted 52 to 47 to confirm Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) to lead the Health and Human Services Department. The party-line vote was the fourth contested Cabinet vote in a row. Democrats argued before the vote that Price, a seven-term congressman and former orthopedic surgeon, had failed to come clean about some…

Trump Affirms ‘One China’ Policy In Phone Call With China’s President

President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping had a “lengthy” and “very cordial” phone conversation Thursday evening, the White House said in a statement, and “President Trump agreed, at the request of President Xi, to honor our ‘one China’ policy.” Trump had irked Beijing by speaking with Taiwan’s president on the phone soon after his…

Michael Flynn Reportedly Discussed Sanctions With Russia

Members of the Trump administration — including Vice President Mike Pence — have said Michael Flynn, President Trump’s national security adviser, never discussed U.S. sanctions with the Russian ambassador to Washington before the inauguration. Several current and former U.S. officials have told The Washington Post and The New York Times that this isn’t true, and…

Federal Judges To Hear Challenge To Trump’s Travel Ban Tuesday

On Monday evening, the Department of Justice filed a 15-page brief defending President Trump’s executive order on immigration, and moments later, it was announced the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals will hear a challenge to his travel ban on Tuesday. Last week, a federal judge temporarily suspended parts of the travel ban against people from…

Trump Administration Imposes New Iran Sanctions [VIDEO]

President Donald Trump imposed new sanctions on Iran on Friday morning, days after White House officials warned Tehran of being put “on notice” for its ballistic-missile test firings last weekend. The executive order targeted individuals and companies, and resemble the moves made by the Obama administration after previous tests. The White House has not accused…