We’ve now entered the 13th day of the Impeachment Inquiry.
President Trump has tweeted and retweeted a total of 113 times, that includes the seven plus one retweet covered in Friday’s Open Thread.
Only 9 of those 113 tweets and retweets focused on something other than the Impeachment Inquiry.
The Rally Tweets from Friday and Sunday.
Going to Louisiana on Friday night for a big Republican Rally. Keep Democrat Governor Edwards under 50%, force a runoff, and have a great new Republican Governor! Voting on Saturday. Information for Rally to follow.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 6, 2019
According to Donald J Trump.com/events he will be in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on Thursday, followed by a rally on Friday from Lake Charles, Louisiana. There is another rally scheduled for next Thursday from Dallas, Texas.
The Insulting Congressional Members tweets.
Mitt Romney never knew how to win. He is a pompous “ass” who has been fighting me from the beginning, except when he begged me for my endorsement for his Senate run (I gave it to him), and when he begged me to be Secretary of State (I didn’t give it to him). He is so bad for R’s!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 5, 2019
What Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) did this time to earn President Trump’s angry tweeting.
When the only American citizen President Trump singles out for China’s investigation is his political opponent in the midst of the Democratic nomination process, it strains credulity to suggest that it is anything other than politically motivated.— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) October 4, 2019
By all appearances, the President’s brazen and unprecedented appeal to China and to Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden is wrong and appalling.— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) October 4, 2019
President Trump did not stop at one angry tweet. He tried to start a trending hashtag, it failed.
I’m hearing that the Great People of Utah are considering their vote for their Pompous Senator, Mitt Romney, to be a big mistake. I agree! He is a fool who is playing right into the hands of the Do Nothing Democrats! #IMPEACHMITTROMNEY— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 5, 2019
In response to the President’s Twitter ire, Romney posted:
Enjoyed the pumpkin patch with my sweetheart and the two little pumpkins we brought with us! pic.twitter.com/0lMyUFQQws— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) October 5, 2019
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA).
LYIN’ SHIFTY SCHIFF! pic.twitter.com/vSZgFz9fIS— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 4, 2019
So Presidential. 🙄
He accuses Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) of possible treason.
Nancy Pelosi knew of all of the many Shifty Adam Schiff lies and massive frauds perpetrated upon Congress and the American people, in the form of a fraudulent speech knowingly delivered as a ruthless con, and the illegal meetings with a highly partisan “Whistleblower” & lawyer…— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 7, 2019
….This makes Nervous Nancy every bit as guilty as Liddle’ Adam Schiff for High Crimes and Misdemeanors, and even Treason. I guess that means that they, along with all of those that evilly “Colluded” with them, must all be immediately Impeached!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 7, 2019
Liddle‘ is not a word, but a rare disease.
It is very non-illegal, let alone treason, for the House Intelligence Committee to give a potential whistleblower advice on how to report alleged wrongdoing. The president keeps making nonsensical accusations of illegality. pic.twitter.com/p6p98a99Cf— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) October 7, 2019
The he gave Hunter Biden a raise tweet.
It is INCREDIBLE to watch and read the Fake News and how they pull out all stops to protect Sleepy Joe Biden and his thrown out of the Military son, Hunter, who was handed $100,000 a month (Plus,Plus) from a Ukrainian based company, even though he had no experience in energy,…— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 6, 2019
….and separately got 1.5 Billion Dollars from China despite no experience and for no apparent reason. There is NO WAY these can be legitimate transactions? As lawyers & others have stated, as President, I have an OBLIGATION to look into possible, or probable, CORRUPTION!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 6, 2019
According to multiple reports Hunter Biden, the son of the former Vice President Joe Biden, earned $50,000 a month while a board member to the Ukraine gas company Burisma.
Trump has now promoted Hunter Biden’s (NYT-reported) $50,000 a month to “$100,000 a month (Plus,Plus.)”— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) October 6, 2019
Earlier this week, over the course of four sentences, he promoted it from $50,000 a month to “hundreds of thousands a month.” pic.twitter.com/jrhoQ19ozx
For a complete look at President Trump’s over the weekend tweets @realDonaldTrump.
For Monday the President has tweeted 15 times and retweeted 6 times.
The confirmation that the U.S. is abandoning the Kurds to Turkey, but no worries, they got paid first Tweets.
The United States was supposed to be in Syria for 30 days, that was many years ago. We stayed and got deeper and deeper into battle with no aim in sight. When I arrived in Washington, ISIS was running rampant in the area. We quickly defeated 100% of the ISIS Caliphate,…..— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 7, 2019
….including capturing thousands of ISIS fighters, mostly from Europe. But Europe did not want them back, they said you keep them USA! I said “NO, we did you a great favor and now you want us to hold them in U.S. prisons at tremendous cost. They are yours for trials.” They…..— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 7, 2019
…..again said “NO,” thinking, as usual, that the U.S. is always the “sucker,” on NATO, on Trade, on everything. The Kurds fought with us, but were paid massive amounts of money and equipment to do so. They have been fighting Turkey for decades. I held off this fight for….— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 7, 2019
….almost 3 years, but it is time for us to get out of these ridiculous Endless Wars, many of them tribal, and bring our soldiers home. WE WILL FIGHT WHERE IT IS TO OUR BENEFIT, AND ONLY FIGHT TO WIN. Turkey, Europe, Syria, Iran, Iraq, Russia and the Kurds will now have to…..— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 7, 2019
…figure the situation out, and what they want to do with the captured ISIS fighters in their “neighborhood.” They all hate ISIS, have been enemies for years. We are 7000 miles away and will crush ISIS again if they come anywhere near us!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 7, 2019
Late Sunday the White House sent out a statement regarding U.S. troop withdrawal from northern Syria.
The Statement in full.
Today, President Donald J. Trump spoke with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey by telephone. Turkey will soon be moving forward with its long-planned operation into Northern Syria. The United States Armed Forces will not support or be involved in the operation, and United States forces, having defeated the ISIS territorial “Caliphate,” will no longer be in the immediate area.
The United States Government has pressed France, Germany, and other European nations, from which many captured ISIS fighters came, to take them back, but they did not want them and refused. The United States will not hold them for what could be many years and great cost to the United States taxpayer. Turkey will now be responsible for all ISIS fighters in the area captured over the past two years in the wake of the defeat of the territorial “Caliphate” by the United States.
The Washington Post reports that “the announcement, which signaled an abrupt end to a months-long American effort to broker peace between two important allies, came after a call between Trump and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.”
In a speech Monday Erdogan said that the withdrawal began soon after the President spoke with Erdogan.
A U.S. official confirmed to the Post, that American troops left observation post in the border villages of Tel Abyad and Ras al-Ayn, around 6:30 a.m. local time.
More form the Post article:
For months, Erdogan has been threatening an imminent invasion, as Trump administration officials attempted to work out an accommodation that would satisfy Turkish demands for border security while providing a measure of protection for the U.S.-allied Syrian-Kurdish forceThe Washington Post.
In a statement via the Post, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said:
The United States forces have not fulfilled their obligations and withdrew their forces from the border area with Turkey.
This Turkish military operation in north and east Syria will have a big negative impact on our war against Daesh [Arabic acronym for Islamic State] and will destroy all stability that was reached in the last few yearsSDF statement Washington Post.
Fox News reported that according to U.S. officials, Sunday’s statement from The White House sent “shockwaves through the region and Washington.”
According to the article, the U.S. officials also told Fox News, that Pentagon officials were “completely blindsided” and “shocked” by the order to pull back the hundreds of troops.
The New York Times reported the withdrawal from northern Syria is a major shift in the U.S. military policy regarding Syria.
The article goes on to say that “Many Syria experts criticized the White House decision and cautioned that American abandonment of its Kurdish allies could widen the eight-year Syrian conflict and prompt the Kurds to ally with the Syrian government of President Bashar al-Assad to combat the much larger and more technologically advanced Turkish army.”
They also explain that the decision to remove troops from Syria comes as, “the Islamic State is gathering new strength, conducting guerrilla attacks across Iraq and Syria, retooling its financial networks and targeting new recruits at an allied-run tent camp, American military, counterterrorism and intelligence officers say.”
What U.S. Elected officials have tweeted regarding the announcement.
Congressman Ruben Gallego (D-AZ)
Allowing Turkey to move into Northern Syria is one of the most destabilizing moves we can do in the Middle East. The Kurds will never trust America again. They will look for new alliances or Independence to protect themselves. Pompeo has failed again.— Ruben Gallego (@RubenGallego) October 7, 2019
Former U.S. UN Ambassador Nikki Haley.
We must always have the backs of our allies, if we expect them to have our back. The Kurds were instrumental in our successful fight against ISIS in Syria. Leaving them to die is a big mistake. #TurkeyIsNotOurFriend— Nikki Haley (@NikkiHaley) October 7, 2019
Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT)
The U.S. convinced the Kurds to destroy ISIS for us, causing massive Kurd casualties.— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) October 7, 2019
Then we conned the Kurds into dismantling their defenses, promising to protect them.
Now Trump invites the Turks into Syria, green lighting them to wipe out the Kurds.
Senator Mark Warner (D-VA)
The Syrian Kurds stood with the United States in the fight against ISIS, and this President just betrayed them in a tweet.— Mark Warner (@MarkWarner) October 7, 2019
This will further destabilize the region and haunt the United States for years to come.
How can anyone trust the United States under this President?
Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) [I guess he can expect more angry tweets!]
The President’s decision to abandon our Kurd allies in the face of an assault by Turkey is a betrayal. It says that America is an unreliable ally; it facilitates ISIS resurgence; and it presages another humanitarian disaster. https://t.co/Tu8ARa8Pmp— Senator Mitt Romney (@SenatorRomney) October 7, 2019
Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) [He is facing reelection in 2020]
I don’t know all the details regarding President Trump’s decision in northern Syria. In process of setting up phone call with Secretary Pompeo.— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) October 7, 2019
If press reports are accurate this is a disaster in the making.
* Ensures ISIS comeback.— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) October 7, 2019
* Forces Kurds to align with Assad and Iran.
* Destroys Turkey’s relationship with U.S. Congress.
* Will be a stain on America’s honor for abandoning the Kurds.
Also, if this plan goes forward will introduce Senate resolution opposing and asking for reversal of this decision. Expect it will receive strong bipartisan support.— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) October 7, 2019
To be fair Graham has now tweeted. [The posted tweet is the end of a long thread. Click the tweet to expand the thread].
By abandoning the Kurds we have sent the most dangerous signal possible – America is an unreliable ally and it’s just a matter of time before China, Russia, Iran, and North Korea act out in dangerous ways.— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) October 7, 2019
Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) [I’m posting some of his tweets here because yeah, I’m in a mood]
If reports about US retreat in #Syria are accurate, the Trump administration has made a grave mistake that will have implications far beyond Syria.— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) October 7, 2019
It would confirm #Iran’s view of this administration & embolden then to escalate hostile attacks which in turn could trigger much broader & more dangerous regional war.— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) October 7, 2019
We degraded ISIS using Kurd’s as the ground force. Now we have abandoned them & they face annihilation at the hands of the Turkish military— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) October 7, 2019
ISIS could now be reinvigorated when 1000’s of jailed fighters break out when the Kurdish guards are forced to leave to go fight Turkey https://t.co/Uc6MvsNOZ5
Rubio’s tweet came at 11:13 a.m., President Trump’s tweet? 7:40 a.m..
For what it’s worth, apparently there has been some type of NBA caving to the Chinese government, this happened apparently after a NBA executive issued a critical tweet, the official apologized to China. Rubio sent 5 tweets talking about the NBA Houston Rockets GM’s problems before he issued his first Syrian tweet. He then added in tweet.
The brave #BlueCheckBrigade has trouble distinguishing between what is inappropriate & what is dangerous.— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) October 7, 2019
POTUS asking #China to investigate Biden is wrong, but it isn’t going to happen.
China regulating speech in America is dangerous & is actually happening via @NBA
As a reminder Rubio told the gathered press that the President wasn’t really asking China to investigation the Biden’s, he was “baiting the press.”
Marco Rubio is the Ted Cruz of Jeff Flakes. pic.twitter.com/S9u3q1vgje— Christopher Bouzy (@cbouzy) October 4, 2019
Rubio in part: I don’t know that’s a real request or him just needling the press. Knowing that you guys were gonna get outraged by it.
But today it’s only wrong, and okay that President Trump did ask China to investigate a political rival because “it isn’t going to happen.”
“If press reports are accurate” Graham. “If reports about US retreat in #Syria are accurate.” Rubio.
While I was fair to both of them by posting their more current tweets regarding the abandonment of our Kurd allies, it should be noted both of these “if reports are true,” statements were sent after the White House released an official statement and the President tweeted confirmation.
The reports were accurate before either Graham or Rubio tweeted their first tweets.
The rest of the bullshit tweets [I told you I’m in a mood, some of these tweets will be responded to, but not all]
We just WON the big court case on Net Neutrality Rules! A great win for the future and speed of the internet. Will lead to many big things including 5G. Congratulations to the FCC and its Chairman, Ajit Pai!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 7, 2019
“IG: DECLASSIFIED INFORMATION CONTRADICTS THE WHISTLEBLOWER.” @foxandfriends But why are people surprised? The “partisan” Whistleblower was very wrong on what was said on my perfect, “no pressure,” call with the Ukrainian President. Bring in another Whistleblower from the bench!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 7, 2019
All I could find on the tweet was this Fox and Friends video from 5 days ago.
Heritage Foundation “These numbers are blockbusters. Just since Donald Trump took office, Median Family Incomrs are up over $4,100. In 8 years under President Obama, they only went up $1000. In one third the time, President Trump has increased incomes 4 times as much, and that…— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 7, 2019
….doesn’t even include the almost $2000 that the families got from the Trump Tax Cut.” Stephen Moore, Freedomworks That means $5000 to $6000 more in disposable yearly income that Americans have right now because of President Trump!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 7, 2019
The Radical Left Democrats have failed on all fronts, so now they are pushing local New York City and State Democrat prosecutors to go get President Trump. A thing like this has never happened to any President before. Not even close!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 7, 2019
I was elected on getting out of these ridiculous endless wars, where our great Military functions as a policing operation to the benefit of people who don’t even like the USA. The two most unhappy countries at this move are Russia & China, because they love seeing us bogged…..— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 7, 2019
….down, watching over a quagmire, & spending big dollars to do so. When I took over, our Military was totally depleted. Now it is stronger than ever before. The endless and ridiculous wars are ENDING! We will be focused on the big picture, knowing we can always go back & BLAST!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 7, 2019
He was elected because he wasn’t Hillary Clinton.
Back to his ‘great and unmatched wisdom,” in removing U.S. support of our allies the Kurds tweets.
As I have stated strongly before, and just to reiterate, if Turkey does anything that I, in my great and unmatched wisdom, consider to be off limits, I will totally destroy and obliterate the Economy of Turkey (I’ve done before!). They must, with Europe and others, watch over…— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 7, 2019
….the captured ISIS fighters and families. The U.S. has done far more than anyone could have ever expected, including the capture of 100% of the ISIS Caliphate. It is time now for others in the region, some of great wealth, to protect their own territory. THE USA IS GREAT!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 7, 2019
CNN factchecker Daniel Dale weighed in on President Trump’s earlier tweets.
It’s not true that the US presence in Syria was supposed to last 30 days. There was never a specific time period attached. Trump previously said eight times that US troops were supposed to be there for “four months.” pic.twitter.com/FzhV8G24Hf— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) October 7, 2019
The captured ISIS fighters are not “mostly from Europe.” Trump’s anti-ISIS envoy says 8,000 of 10,000 are Iraqi or Syrian. pic.twitter.com/MgrD06YF26— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) October 7, 2019
For thoughts on President Trump’s rolling over to Turkey among other things, @the News Blender.
This post will be updated within reason.