Charlotte Charles says president dropped ‘bombshell’ as grieving parents visited White House
US President Donald Trump has called for an immediate ceasefire in Turkey’s strikes against Kurds in Syria. Vice President Mike Pence is set to lead mediation efforts in the region. Earlier, Trump had pledged sanctions.
Left foot in left foot out hokey pokey policy
Trump’s course of self-defense, meanwhile, appeared to be increasingly erratic. The president told House Republicans that his reportedly outgoing energy secretary, Rick Perry, was the secret Machiavelli behind a phone call Trump held with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy, central to the scandal, Axios reported. “Not a lot of people know this but, I didn’t even want to make the call,” Trump was quoted as saying. “The only reason I made the call was because Rick asked me to.”
“My impression is that the president does not respect diplomats or diplomacy at all and this translates to many of his political appointees in the Department of State,” said Richard Armitage, a veteran Republican foreign policy expert who served as deputy secretary of state under Republican George W. Bush. Asked why so many senior State Department positions are held by “acting” assistant secretaries, Armitage replied: “Because they don’t care about personnel. They don’t care about policy. They only care about the care and feeding of Donald J. Trump.”
legal experts say Giuliani’s apparent hopes of invoking the privilege to avoid providing documents or testifying may be undercut by his own words — specifically, his habit of announcing in public that he is operating in a nonlegal capacity in his international trips. Those trips are of significant interest to congressional investigators. Communications between President Donald Trump and his lawyer aren’t privileged if their substance falls outside the attorney-client relationship. Take a recent conversation Giuliani had with a reporter for The Atlantic about his attempts to enlist officials in Kyiv, the Ukrainian capital, to investigate matters that could benefit the president politically. “I’m not acting as a lawyer,” he told the reporter. “I’m acting as someone who has devoted most of his life to straightening out government.”
A general election is now the PM’s only hope of Getting Brexit Done, says Guardian columnist Martin Kettle
— Read on www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/oct/02/boris-johnsons-speech-of-coward-conservative-conference
John Cassidy writes about Rudy Giuliani’s unclear intentions, and how, by luring Donald Trump into the Ukraine folly, he has ended up bloodying the President more seriously than Robert Mueller or James Comey ever did.
— Read on www.newyorker.com/news/our-columnists/rudy-giuliani-is-a-one-man-wrecking-crew
The lawyer for the anonymous whistleblower has pointed to statements from Donald Trump as evidence of a threat against his client. Verbal rampages by the president against his opponents meanwhile show no sign of abating.