Posted by: maboulette | June 16, 2016

TRUMP ON THE PRESIDENT IDENTIFYING WITH TERRORISTS

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Only 2 days after Trump inferred that President Obama identified with terrorists, irritating a backlash that included members of his own party, the presumed Republican presidential nominee professed himself “right,” based on a published report claiming administration “support” for the Islamic State.

In a post to his Twitter account early Wednesday, Trump said “Media fell all over themselves criticizing what Donald Trump ‘may have insinuated’ ” about Obama. “But he’s right,” it said, linking to a story published by the conservative website Breitbart News.

The story was based on a declassified 2012 cable written by a Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) official, addressed to about two dozen military and national security agencies and officials, including then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Labeled as “information report, not finally evaluated intelligence,” it refers to “the general situation” in Iraq and Syria in the early days of the armed insurgency against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

It describes al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI), the Islamic State precursor, as part of the anti-Assad opposition, and notes that opposition forces fighting in eastern Syria are backed by “Western countries, the [Persian] Gulf states and Turkey.”

Such misstatements have caused concerns among foreign policy experts and Republican strategists about Trump’s understanding of complicated policy issues and his fitness for office.  “The main worry by those folks that I talk to in the national security and foreign policy universe is that he’s just winging it. And winging it . . . at this period in time is clearly dangerous,” said Kevin Madden, a veteran GOP strategist and former adviser to 2012 GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

“Some days I expect him to come out and say, ‘I’m not an expert on national security, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn last night.  Let me tell you what I think,’ ” Madden said.

There has been hesitation among foreign policy experts to join the Trump campaign or his transition team, at least partially born out of fear that aligning themselves with Trump could damage their professional reputations.

Clinton, who like Trump will begin receiving CIA briefings on world hot spots once the two parties’ nominations are official, has aggressively sought to brand Trump as erratic and uninformed on issues of global consequence. At a campaign event Wednesday in Hampton, Va., she called him “temperamentally unfit and totally unqualified to be commander in chief.”

Obama, without mentioning Trump by name, had stressed the same theme Tuesday in criticizing Trump’s response to the weekend terrorist attack in Orlando. On Monday, Trump had said Obama should “resign” over his refusal to utter the words “radical Islamic terrorism” and suggested that the president had an ulterior motive in relation to the Orlando attack. “There’s something going on,” Trump said.

Trump subsequently withdrew The Washington Post’s credentials to cover his campaign after the newspaper said he suggested that Obama was complicit in the attack. In his Twitter post Wednesday, however, Trump appeared to agree that that was, in fact, what he had “insinuated,” and he asserted that he was “right.”


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