Donald Trump says he’ll encourage Russia to attack NATO allies for less
Donald Trump was rebuked by President Joe Biden after proclaiming during a campaign rally in South Carolina that he would “encourage” Russia “to do whatever they want” to any country that is “delinquent” in meeting financial obligations. its commitments to Nato.
President Biden was outraged by the comments, commenting: “Serving as commander-in-chief is the ultimate responsibility and one that must be borne by the individuals who hold this office.
“Trump’s claim that he intends to give Vladimir Putin the green light for more war and violence, to continue his brutal attacks against a free Ukraine, and to expand his aggression to the people of Poland and the Baltic States is terrible and dangerous.
“Unfortunately, they are also predictable from a man who promises to rule as a dictator as he praised on the first day when he returns to the Oval Office.”
Mr Trump was also reprimanded by his main rival Nikki Haley, who warned him not to “side with a thug”, while his rhetoric drew a divided reaction from his fellow Republicans.
The candidate otherwise spent the Super Bowl weekend idly courting the support of pop superstar Taylor Swift.
Liz Cheney hits out at Trump: ‘No proper American President would encourage Putin to attack our NATO allies’
Its final line is an open challenge to Republicans to stand up to their orange leader. Will they listen?
Joe Sommerlad12 February 2024 18:00
Voices: ‘Trump is dangerously wrong about Nato – and he’ll hang us out to dry’
Here Sean O’Grady to sound the alarm on the permatanned authoritarian’s contempt for Nato.
Joe Sommerlad12 February 2024 17:30
Trump claims it’s ‘dishonest’ if Taylor Swift endorses Biden. So what is the Music Modernization Act?
Hours before Sunday’s Super Bowl between the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers, Trump made a final, desperate appeal for the political support of pop superstar Taylor Swift, known as he’s flying in to see his boyfriend Travis Kelce in action and will dominate coverage of the big game.
“I signed and am responsible for the Music Modernization Act for Taylor Swift and all other Musical Artists,” the front runner for the Republican presidential nomination wrote on Truth Social.
“Joe Biden has done nothing for Taylor, and never will. There is no way he could endorse Crooked Joe Biden, the worst and most corrupt President in Our Nation’s History, and be disloyal to the man who made so much of his money.
She continued, surprisingly: “Besides, I like her boyfriend, Travis, even though he’s a Liberal, and I probably can’t stand it!”
Here’s one that explains exactly what the Music Modernization Act is and why Trump’s claim to be behind it all is, predictably, false.
Joe Sommerlad12 February 2024 17:00
Classified case documents: Smith accuses Trump team of trying to ‘smuggle’ in entirely new defense case
Remaining in Florida, the team of Jack Smith called the Trump side in a new file in which they accused the defendant’s lawyers of trying to “smuggle” a new theory of defense in the case of Mar-a -Lago claims he is a victim of revenge. prosecution.
Last week, Trump and his co-defendants admitted that the Justice Department’s dismissal of criminal charges against Joe Biden was proof that Trump was targeted.
“Defendants, of course, have the right to try to satisfy the relevant standards,” Smith’s team wrote.
“But they must do it in the proper procedural way – by raising their arguments and evidence in a motion where the government has the right to respond, and where the defendants have the right to respond.
“They may not do it by smuggling this issue into a short answer.”
Joe Sommerlad12 February 2024 16:30
Classified documents case: Trump attends behind closed doors hearing today
The Republican front-runner and his lawyers are in Fort Pierce, Florida, today to hear a federal court hearing before Judge Aileen Cannon regarding access to evidence in the impeachment brought against him by the special counsel of Justice Department Jack Smith on Trump’s alleged illegal resume. of sensitive material after the presidency.
We are not biased in any of this, alas, because it happened in private.
According to court filings cited by CNN, those present will discuss the case “in detail” before Judge Cannon meets with Smith’s team later.
Trump’s lawyers are expected to argue that they should be allowed access to all case materials obtained by the FBI after their Mar-a-Lago raid in August 2022, although Smith’s side is reportedly unwilling to commit more than summaries due to the high sensitivity of the material in question.
Whether the names of witnesses can be made public is also said to be up for discussion, with Smith and the company concerned about naming his agents or National Archives staff without threatening their personal safety. .
Judge Cannon must carefully consider every aspect of the case given that the classified information contained in the files remains confidential.
He is expected to announce on 1 March whether a trial can go ahead in May as tentatively announced.
Joe Sommerlad12 February 2024 16:00
NATO chief says Trump’s comments ‘put US and European soldiers at risk’
Biden wasn’t the only one angry and alarmed by Trump’s comments.
NATO secretary general Jens Stoltenberg doesn’t want to either.
Joe Sommerlad12 February 2024 15:30
Recap: Biden slams Trump’s ‘greenlight’ on Putin after he threatens NATO
Here Andrew Feinberg of his predecessor’s alarming attitude towards America’s military allies, as if he was only too happy to be thrown to the wolves over an unpaid bill or two.
Joe Sommerlad12 February 2024 15:00
‘I’m not worried’: Marco Rubio defends Trump on NATO comments
Here is the Florida senator who has sunk to the full level of personal humiliation of Tim Scott / Ted Cruz in defense of the latest terrible comments of Trump, who has previously called him a threat to American democracy.
Joe Sommerlad12 February 2024 14:30
Republicans insist Biden’s reported failing memory is ‘security risk’
The Democrats, however, consider such arguments after the report of Robert Hur “cheap garbage” and have already made the best slogans mockery.
Eric Garcia and Katie Hawkinson have the latest.
Joe Sommerlad12 February 2024 14:00
Biden sought to use the failure of Trump’s border deal as a campaign weapon
The president believes he can use the collapse of the Senate border agreement draft last week as a way to illustrate the extent of Trump’s utterly counterproductive and pernicious influence on Congressional Republicans. arguing that they now work only for their orange overlords, not the American people who elected them to office.
Joe Sommerlad12 February 2024 13:30