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'I saved his a--': Trump boasted that he protected Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman after Jamal Khashoggi's brutal murder, according to Woodward's new book
  • President Donald Trump bragged to the veteran journalist Bob Woodward that he protected Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman after the assassination and dismembering of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.
  • "I saved his a--," Trump said amid the US outcry over Khashoggi's killing, according to Woodward's new book. "I was able to get Congress to leave him alone. I was able to get them to stop."
  • The president also told Woodward he doesn't believe MBS ordered Khashoggi's murder, despite the fact that the US and other foreign intelligence services concluded he personally ordered the attack.
  • After Khashoggi's murder, Trump bypassed Congress to sell roughly $8 billion in arms to the Saudis and the UAE, and vetoed a trio of resolutions blocking the sale as well as a resolution to end US support for the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen.

The Treasury Department plans to sanction an 'active Russian agent' and Giuliani associate who sent dirt on Biden to Republicans
  • The US Treasury Department designated a top Ukrainian government official on Thursday for sanctions for "attempting to influence the US electoral process."
  • The official, Andrii Derkach, "has been an active Russian agent for over a decade, maintaining close connections with the Russian Intelligence Services," the department said in a press release.
  • Derkach made headlines in July when he sent packets of dirt on Joe Biden to President Donald Trump's top Republican allies on Capitol Hill.
  • He also met in December with Trump's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, to discuss launching investigations targeting the Bidens.
  • Thursday's press release said Derkach waged a "covert influence campaign centered on cultivating false and unsubstantiated narratives concerning US officials" ahead of the election, and "spurring corruption investigations in both Ukraine and the United States designed to culminate prior to election day."
  • He "almost certainly targeted the US voting populace, prominent US persons, and members of the US government," and he used US platforms and pro-Russian lobbyists in the US to spread his claims.

'Dangerous,' 'unfit,' and 'felony stupid': The most revealing quotes from Jim Mattis on Trump's presidency in Bob Woodward's bombshell book
  • Retired Marine Corps Gen. and former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has largely kept quiet on the Trump administration since he resigned in late 2018, except for a scathing op-ed in June.
  • Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward's book "Rage" offers new insight into Mattis' views of President Donald Trump and his presidency through quotes from him and those attributed to him by colleagues.
  • Mattis' reported remarks paint a picture of a president who is unfit for the office and detrimental to American interests.

Hackers linked to Russia and China are attacking both the Biden and Trump campaigns, Microsoft warns (MSFT)
  • Foreign hackers are targeting the campaigns of presidential candidates Donald Trump and Joe Biden, according to a new report from Microsoft.
  • Hackers associated with Russia's military intelligence unit "attacked more than 200 organizations including political campaigns, advocacy groups, parties and political consultants," the report said.
  • A hacking unit operating from China "attacked high-profile individuals associated with the election, including people associated with the Joe Biden for President campaign and prominent leaders in the international affairs community," the report said.
  • Another hacking unit from Iran "has continued to attack the personal accounts of people associated with the Donald J. Trump for President campaign," the report added.

Dr. Fauci said Trump's attention span is 'like a minus number' and the president's 'sole purpose is to get reelected,' according to Woodward's book
  • Dr. Anthony Fauci privately said that President Donald Trump's attention span is "like a minus number," according to Bob Woodward's new book.
  • Fauci also told an associate that Trump's "sole purpose is to get reelected," Woodward reported.
  • Trump has a rocky relationship with Fauci, the nation's top expert on infectious disease, because of their differing views on how to handle the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Fauci disputed the quotes in Woodward's book and said he did not "recall" making those statements.

Trump slammed after celebrating Kim Jong Un's 'good health' as the US COVID-19 death toll nears 200,000
  • President Donald Trump offered North Korean leader Kim Jong Un well wishes on Thursday, prompting confusion and outrage on social media.
  • "Kim Jong Un is in good health. Never underestimate him!" Trump tweeted.
  • Congressional lawmakers and reporters slammed Trump for celebrating the "good health" of one of the world's most repressive rulers.

Trump supporters are increasingly isolated in their denial of systemic racism, according to new polling data
  • A large swath of the American public has shifted in its views on race, but Trump's base has not.
  • In a new Pew Research survey, just 9% of Trump supporters say it's harder to be Black in the US than white.
  • Compared to 74% of Biden voters and 44% of the general electorate, Trump's base is left on an island of its own denial of systemic racism.
  • Seventy-six percent of American voters say it is at least "a little more difficult" or "a lot more difficult" to be Black than white in the US, with the share of respondents saying the latter up 9% from 2016.
  • "This change has come entirely from supporters of the Democratic candidates," Pew researchers said on the shift in a breakdown of the survey provided to Insider.

Trumpism
or Trump-ism

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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