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U.S. to Withdraw 2,200 Troops From Iraq, General Says
The U.S. will almost halve the number of forces it has in Iraq by the end of the month, the top military officer for the region said Wednesday, aligning with President Donald Trump’s attempts leading up to the November election to follow through on key campaign promises to withdraw the U.S. from “endless wars.”

'We all do stupid things at 17': Donald Trump Jr. refuses to condemn 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse charged in Kenosha killings
  • Donald Trump Jr. dismissed alleged Kenosha shooter 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse as a "young kid" who did a "stupid thing."
  • "We all do stupid things at 17," Trump Jr. said in an interview with ExtraTV. "We're not jumping to a conclusion."
  • President Donald Trump has also refused to condemn the armed teenager who drove across state lines to Kenosha and has been charged with killing two people.

If Trump loses the election, he'll resign and have Mike Pence pardon him to prevent a federal prosecution, Michael Cohen's book claims
  • Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's longtime former lawyer and fixer, believes that Trump wanted to install a loyalist to head up the Manhattan US attorney's office so he could arrange to be federally indicted and then pardon himself in the event that he loses the November election.
  • "The reason behind that unprecedented and serpentine thinking was that Trump knows perfectly well that he's guilty of the same crimes that resulted in my conviction and incarceration," Cohen wrote.
  • Cohen elaborated on that belief during an interview with MSNBC's Rachel Maddow, saying, "Well, my theory is that if he loses, there's still the time between the election and the time that the next president would take office."
  • "And during that time, my suspicion is that he will resign as president, he will allow Mike Pence to take over, and he will then go ahead and have Mike Pence pardon him," he added.
  • The White House slammed Cohen's book and described him as a "disgraced felon" and liar who can't be trusted.

Trump said he feels no responsibility to understand 'the pain' Black Americans experience, and suggested those who do 'drank the Kool-Aid'
  • President Donald Trump said he feels no responsibility to better understand the pain many Black Americans have experienced.
  • "You really drank the Kool-Aid, didn't you? Just listen to you," Trump told journalist Bob Woodward when asked about race relations in the US. "I don't feel that at all."
  • The remarks come from a series of interviews Trump had with Woodward detailed in his new book, "Rage."

Trump's former spy chief has 'deep suspicions' that Putin has blackmail on Trump, according to Bob Woodward's new book
  • The US's former top intelligence official, Dan Coats, secretly believes that Russian President Vladimir Putin may have blackmail on US President Donald Trump, according to the veteran journalist Bob Woodward's upcoming book.
  • According to CNN, which obtained an early copy of the book, Woodward wrote that Coats "continued to harbor the secret belief, one that had grown rather than lessened, although unsupported by intelligence proof, that Putin had something on Trump. How else to explain the president's behavior? Coats could see no other explanation."
  • He "saw how extraordinary it was for the president's top intelligence official to harbor such deep suspicions about the president's relationship with Putin," Woodward wrote. "But he could not shake them."

Jim Mattis reportedly slept in his clothes to be ready for North Korea's missile launches
  • Former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis slept in his clothes because of North Korea's missile launches amid the US's rocky relations with the regime in 2017
  • The account comes from Bob Woodward's upcoming book, "Rage," CNN reported.
  • According to the book, US-North Korean relations were fragile and the potential for nuclear war was on the mind of the president's national security staff.

Trump bragged to a reporter that he built a secret new nuclear weapon, according to bombshell book
  • President Donald Trump boasted to Washington Post journalist Bob Woodward that he built a secret new nuclear weapon, Woodward revealed in his new book "Rage," a copy of which was obtained by media outlets.
  • "I have built a nuclear — a weapons system that nobody's ever had in this country before," Trump reportedly said during a conversation about past tensions with North Korea that nearly brough the two countries to war.
  • While it is unclear to what Trump was referring, one theory is that he was referring to the W76-2 nuclear warhead, a new warhead for a low-yield submarine-launched ballistic missile that was deployed earlier this year.
  • Trump likes to boast about US military might and has talked several times this year about the development of what he calls a new "super duper missile," which reportedly turned out to be a new hypersonic glide vehicle being developed for future hypersonic weaponry.

Kim Jong Un told Trump their friendship would 'work as a magical force' in personal 'love letters,' new Woodward book says
  • Bob Woodward's upcoming book includes the first reported excerpts from letters between President Donald Trmp and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
  • In the letters, Kim said his "special" friendship with Trump would "work as a magical force."
  • Trump's historic (and controversial) meetings with Kim have yielded few positive results, as North Korea continues aggressive activities and retains its nuclear arsenal.

Former senior Homeland Security official alleges he was asked to withhold intelligence about Russia because it 'made the President look bad'
  • A former senior Department of Homeland Security official filed a whistleblower complaint accusing top officials at the department of suppressing, withholding, and manipulating intelligence about Russia that could anger President Donald Trump.
  • The official, Brian Murphy, still works at the DHS but alleges that he was demoted as retaliation after he filed multiple protected disclosures through the chain of command about potential illegal activity by top officials.
  • Murphy accused former DHS secretary Kirstjen Nielsen of making false statements to Congress, and he said acting DHS secretary Chad Wolf asked him to hold back intelligence assessments about Russia because they "make the President look bad."

The White House asked the Justice Department to handle Trump's legal defense in a defamation lawsuit brought by his rape accuser
  • In a highly unusual move, the Justice Department on Tuesday attempted to take over President Donald Trump's legal defense in a defamation lawsuit brought by the writer E. Jean Carroll, who has accused him of rape. A claim the president denies.
  • Attorney General William Barr told reporters Wednesday that the DOJ intervened at the request of the White House, according to The New York Times.
  • Barr defended the DOJ's move, saying it "was a normal application of the law," The New York Times reported.
  • But legal experts have cast doubt on that reasoning and why the DOJ waited ten months to intervene — just weeks after a court ruled Carroll could seek evidence from Trump such as DNA samples and a deposition.

Boris Johnson is copying Trump's tactics on Brexit, says the UK's former ambassador to the US
  • The UK's former ambassador to the US has said that Boris Johnson is using tactics which are "like Donald Trump".
  • It came after Johnson's government this week admitted that their latest attempts to negotiate a deal with the EU break international law.
  • Trump told Theresa May, who Johnson replaced as prime minister last year, that she should attempt to sue the EU in order to secure a favourable deal with Brussels.
  • "There is something about the negotiating style of this British government, especially in their handling of post-Brexit negotiations with the European Union, which looks a bit like Donald Trump's negotiating style," he said.
  • Trump, who is fond of talking about his own bullish negotiating tactics in business and politics, told Theresa May, the former prime minister, that she should attempt to sue the EU in order to secure a favourable post-Brexit deal.

Fox News hosts are scrambling to defend Trump's disastrous interview with Bob Woodward, where he said he deliberately played down COVID-19
  • On Wednesday, outlets starting reporting on Bob Woodward's new book on President Trump, "Rage."
  • Trump told Woodward during one of the many interviews they had for the book, that he downplayed the coronavirus crisis.
  • Wednesday night, Fox News hosts Tucker Carlson and Sean Hannity defended Trump against the damaging report.
  • Carlson blamed Sen. Lindsay Graham for setting up the interviews with Woodward, while Hannity said that Trump's leadership during the coronavirus is comparable to FDR.

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Trumpism refers to the nontraditional political philosophy and approach espoused by US President Donald Trump and his supporters. The term Trumpism can also be used to directly refer to an outrageous or idiosyncratic statement made by Donald Trump.

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