Trump Tweets While He Continues to Obstruct Congress

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It’s Tuesday.

Day 14 of the Impeachment Inquiry.

So far for Tuesday and day 14 of the Impeachment Inquiry the President has tweeted 14 times and re-tweeted 2 times.

He thanks a Senator who thanked him for signing the Japanese Trade deal tweet.

The Obsession with the Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey. Plus “Cops for Trump” T-shirt’s Tweets.

He issued 7 tweets before he next mentions Minneapolis.

President Trump is expected to host a rally on Thursday in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Ahead of the rally, the city requested that the campaign pay $500,000 in security costs, prior to the event.

The Hill reports that the request for upfront payment has come about in light of numerous cities reporting failures by “the Trump campaign to pay back costs incurred by local law enforcement services involved in protecting the president and rally attendees.”

In a statement via The Hill, Richard Myers the executive director of the Major Cities Chiefs Association said, “When one considers how much money campaigns raise and spend, it does not seem unreasonable to expect some degree of reimbursement for such demands for service.”

Frey responded via Twitter.

“Cops for Trump” t-shirts.

CBS Minnesota channel 4 news, reported on Monday, that ahead of President Trump’s campaign rally on Thursday that Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo announced a new policy that banned off-duty police officers from wearing their uniforms to political rallies or while endorsing candidates.

Lt. Bob Kroll, the Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis president, in light of the new policy created “Cops For Trump,” t-shirts, selling them for $20 each. The proceeds all go to benefit the union’s charities.

Kroll says the policy is politically motivated.

During his appearance on Fox, they play a clip of former President Obama speaking in Minneapolis with uniformed officers surrounding the President.

The closet match I can find is from 2013, when President Obama was pressing for stricter gun laws.

The Foreign Policy Tweets.

Sunday the White House announced that the U.S. was removing troops from Northern Syria ahead of a planned operation by Turkey.

The full statement.

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.

On Monday as the News Blender reported the President explained in 5 tweets his decision to abandon the Kurds to Turkey’s armed forces.

Saying in one tweet, “The Kurds fought with us, but were paid massive amounts of money and equipment to do so.”

The statement and the tweets earned President Trump a rare bi-partisan condemnation on his decision.

On Tuesday AP News reported that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has for months threatened to attack the Kurdish forces, that he views as a threat to his country.

According to the article the U.S. has about 1,000 troops in northern Syria. A senior Official said they will “pull back from the area — and potentially depart the country entirely should widespread fighting break out between Turkish and Kurdish forces.”

They go on to say that according to Ambassador James Jeffrey, the State Department envoy to the international coalition fighting the Islamic State and President Trump that the Kurds have custody “of thousands of captured Islamic State militants. They include about 2,500 highly dangerous foreign fighters from Europe and elsewhere whose native countries have been reluctant to take them back and another 10,000 or so captured fighters from Syria and Iraq.”

The decision to remove U.S. troops from the area, followed a phone call between President Trump and Erdogan.

Reuters is reporting that Erdogan has accepted President Trump’s invitation to visit the White House, on November 13th.

The I would love to, but I will continue to Obstruct Congressional Oversight tweets.

Ambassador Sondland’s tweet…

It was a text message.

Gordon Sondland the Ambassador to the European Union, which followed a million dollar donation to President Trump’s inauguration committee, was scheduled to appear for a deposition on Capital Hill, before three House Committees handling the Impeachment Inquiry.

He was directed not to appear before the Committees.

Yahoo News is reporting that the call for Sondland to not appear before the Committees came at 12:30 a.m. Tuesday morning according to Robert Luskin Sondland’s attorney.

He got the extraordinary middle-of-the-night-call, from a State Department official that he declined to identify.

In a phone interview Luskin said, “He’s fully prepared to testify and disappointed.”

They go on to say that the Statement Department is refusing to turnover documents to the Committees, and noted that Luskin confirmed that Sondland has already “turned over to the State Department WhatsApp messages, text messages and other documents in his possession relevant to the House investigation.”

At the heart of the matter is a text exchange that was between Bill Taylor, Acting Ambassador to the Ukraine, and Sondland. The messages appear in the release of *Taylor’s messages he provided the Committee’s last week.

*Correction: The messages were released after former Special Envoy to the Ukraine Kurt Volker testified. I apologize for the mistake.

Part of page 8.

Taylor: Are we now saying that security assistance and WH [white house] meeting are conditioned on investigations?

Sondland: Call me.

Part of page 9.

Taylor: As I said on the phone, I think it’s crazy to withhold security assistance for help with a political campaign.

Sondland: I believe you are incorrect about President Trump’s intentions. The President has been crystal clear no quid pro quo’s of any kind…I suggest we stop the back and forth by text…

To view images of note worthy exchanges @ the News Blender.

The Rest of the Tweets…

Hillary Clinton testified before Congress for 11 hours.

Hillary Clinton testified before Congress for 3 hours.

President Trump has and continues to obstruct Congressional Oversight.

From the Mueller Report regarding President Trump’s answers to the Special Counsel Investigation questions.

Mueller Report PDF pg. 418.
Mueller Report PDF pg. 419.

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