Trump latest news: Ex-president says ‘there would be no Nato’ without him despite once wanting to pull out US



Trump praises Putin and denigrates US leaders at CPAC

As the Russian invasion of Ukraine galvanises western powers to act together against Vladimir Putin’s aggression, Donald Trump has claimed credit for essentially saving Nato – despite the fact that he routinely denigrated it during his presidency, and even reportedly considered pulling the US out of the alliance together.

“There would be no Nato if I didn’t act strongly and swiftly,” he wrote in a statement emailed to supporters, also falsely implying that the Obama administration only sent Ukraine “blankets” in aid when in fact it sent tens of millions of dollars’ worth of non-lethal military equipment.

Meanwhile, former US attorney general Bill Barr says Mr Trump has “shown he has neither the temperament nor persuasive powers to provide the kind of positive leadership that is needed” in a new book.

Mr Barr calls on the Republican Party to move on from Mr Trump and directly blames him for the violence at the US Capitol on 6 January in One Damn Thing After Another.

The former president fired Mr Barr when he refused to go along with his claims that the election had been stolen.

Mr Barr writes that his former boss “lost his grip” after the election, and that his false claims of voter fraud led to the attack on the US Capitol.

Mr Trump has also appealed to a decision requiring him to testify under oath in New York state’s civil investigation into his business practices — which will likely prolong the fight over his testimony by months.

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Pompeo redirected Trump’s anger by mentioning FBI and Russia in ‘running joke’

Former secretary of state Mike Pompeo would redirect the ire of Donald Trump by mentioning the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Russia probe, according to a new book.

Former attorney general Bill Barr wrote in his upcoming book, One Damn Thing After Another, that he and Mr Pompeo had a “running joke” to redirect Mr Trump from yelling by saying he hoped the FBI agents involved would be held accountable.

Mr Trump would then go off on a tangent about the investigation, according to a preview of the book from New York Times.

Oliver O’Connell1 March 2022 02:15

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Nigel Farage: Between statesman and culture warrior

At the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando, Florida, Richard Hall speaks to the former UKIP leader.

Oliver O’Connell1 March 2022 01:15

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Voices: I was red-pilled at CPAC


I thought my experience as a correspondent in the Middle East — where I covered the Syrian civil war, the rise and fall of Isis, refugee crises and the struggle for democracy in Lebanon — had given me a finely-tuned radar for tyranny and oppression. Boy, was I wrong.

Richard Hall

I was red-pilled at CPAC

I thought my experience as a correspondent in the Middle East — where I covered the Syrian civil war, the rise and fall of Isis, refugee crises and the struggle for democracy in Lebanon — had given me a finely-tuned radar for tyranny and oppression. Boy, was I wrong

Oliver O’Connell1 March 2022 00:45

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Romney calls Marjorie Taylor Greene a ‘moron’

Rep Marjorie Taylor Greene is now facing criticism from members of her own party for her attendance and speech at a white nationalist conference over the weekend.

Oliver O’Connell1 March 2022 00:15

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Tom Cotton slammed for refusing to criticize Trump’s praise for Putin

Amid Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine, the one-term president called Mr Putin a “genius” and “savvy” during a radio interview.

“George, if you want to know what Donald Trump thinks about Vladimir Putin or any other topic, I’d encourage you to invite him on your show,” Cotton told ABCthis week anchor George Stephanopoulos on Sunday.

Oliver O’Connell28 February 2022 23:30

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Trump appeals ruling forcing him to testify in New York probe

Former President Donald Trump has appealed to a judge’s decision requiring he answer questions under oath in New York state’s civil investigation into his business practices — a widely expected move that’s likely to prolong the fight over his testimony by months.

Lawyers for Trump and his two eldest children filed papers on Monday with the appellate division of the state’s trial court, seeking to overturn Manhattan Judge Arthur Engoron’s 17 February ruling. They argue ordering the Trumps to testify violates their constitutional rights because their answers could be used in a parallel criminal investigation.

Trump appeals ruling forcing him to testify in NY probe

Former President Donald Trump has appealed to a judge’s decision requiring he answer questions under oath in New York state’s civil investigation into his business practices — a widely expected move that’s likely to prolong the fight over his testimony by months

Oliver O’Connell28 February 2022 23:02

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Trump calls the US a ‘stupid country’ and praises Putin as ‘smart’ in latest Ukraine comments

Donald Trump repeated his praise of Vladimir Putin as “smart” and called American leaders “dumb” as Russia pressed on with its widescale invasion of Ukraine in the face of fierce resistance.

As world leaders united to condemn the Russian president and impose sweeping sanctions on his government and oligarch allies, Mr Trump doubled down on earlier comments about Mr Putin.

Oliver O’Connell28 February 2022 22:45

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Trump made a terrifying new promise to his followers: I will hurt Democrats for you

Donald Trump once told his supporters he was their voice. More than a year removed from the presidency, his remarks about him at CPAC make clear he now wants to be returned to Washington as their fist about him. Andrew Feinberg reports from Orlando, Florida.

Oliver O’Connell28 February 2022 22:07

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‘Apologist for Putin’: Fox News foreign correspondent fact checks ‘distortions’ from ex-Trump adviser

A former Trump administration military adviser who believes there is “no reason” Russia cannot make a claim to Ukraine’s territory has received a dressing down on live TV.

Col Douglas MacGregor, who told Fox News host Trey Gowdy that Russians and Ukrainians were “indistinguishable” from one another, claimed on Sunday that Washington DC should drop economic sanctions imposed on Moscow for launching a full scale military assault on Kyiv.

Fox News’ national security correspondent Jennifer Griffin appeared moments later and rebuked Col MacGregor, who said she had delivered “so many distortions” about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine that she could not address them all in 10 minutes.

Oliver O’Connell28 February 2022 21:22

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Chris Christie slams Trump for description of Putin as ‘savvy’ and ‘genius’

Chris Christie has slammed Donald Trump’s description of Vladimir Putin on Twitter.

The former governor of New Jersey wrote: “How can anyone with any understanding of the world call Putin’s decision to invade Ukraine “genius” and “very savvy” as we watch him unite the rest of the world against Russia in nearly an instant?”

He added: “Putin has two choices now: an unwinnable occupation of Ukraine after leveling the country and murdering its hero President (if that is even achievable) or a humiliating retreat. Yeah, that’s “genius” and “very savvy” alright. Not walking that back. History is watching.”

Oliver O’Connell28 February 2022 21:05




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