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    Former President Trump told Fox News late Sunday that he expressed concern over the crowd size near the Capitol days before last month's deadly riots and personally requested 10,000 National Guard troops be deployed in response. TRUMP TALKS AT CPAC Trump told "The Next Revolution With Steve Hilton" that his team alerted the Department of Defense days before the rally that crowds might be larger than anticipated and 10,000 national guardsmen should be ready to deploy. He said that-- from what he understands-- the warning was passed along to leaders at the Capitol, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi-- and he heard that the request was rejected because these leaders did not like the optics of 10,000 troops at the Capitol. "So, you know, that was a big mistake," he said. BIDEN ADMINISTRATION TO OPEN NEW TENT FACILITY IN TEXAS AMID SURGE IN MIGRANTS AT BORDER Pelosi’s office and the Defense Department did not immediately respond to an...
    In the early afternoon of January 6, as insurgents forced themselves past one police line then another, as thousands gathered around the Capitol, and as the small number of Capitol Police fell under assault from seditionists attacking them with flag poles, fire extinguishers, and bear spray, calls went out for help. Metro D.C. Police responded rapidly, and a small group of those officers held a critical stand off with hundreds of insurgents in a tunnel beneath the building. But efforts to get the D.C. National Guard involved were stalled for hours. Much of the frustration has been focused on a phone call between then Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund and Pentagon officials. Over the last two weeks, military leaders have been forced to admit that the brother of disgraced Trump supporter Michael Flynn was on that call. And they’ve allowed that there was pushback to Sund over the “visuals” of sending guard forces...
    JOE Biden warned that US Covid deaths could hit 500,000 next month as he gets ready to deploy the National Guard to vaccine clinics. The news comes just one day after America saw its second deadliest day yet on Wednesday with more than 4,000 coronavirus deaths 5Joe Biden started rolling out his $1.9trillion Covid-19 action plan - as the US suffered its second deadliest day from the virus Credit: AFP or licensors 5The spread of the killer virus in the US The nation recorded 4,229 fatalities in 24 hours - the third time the daily Covid-19 death toll passed 4,000 - on the same day Biden was inaugurated at a scaled down ceremony in Washington DC. But as part of his first order of business and shortly after the Inauguration ceremony, Biden signed 17 executive orders - including mandatory face masks and physical distancing in all federal buildings. He also...
    Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said he will not send National Guard troops to Washington, D.C., again if they are “disrespected” with a vetting process similar to the one ahead of the inauguration. “This is the most offensive thing I've ever heard,” Abbott tweeted, linking to an article about the Pentagon vowing to vet National Guard troops for extremist ties before Wednesday’s inauguration proceedings for President-elect Joe Biden. “No one should ever question the loyalty or professionalism of the Texas National Guard. @TexasGuard,” he continued. “I authorized more than 1,000 to go to DC. I'll never do it again if they are disrespected like this.” This is the most offensive thing I've ever heard.No one should ever question the loyalty or professionalism of the Texas National Guard. @TexasGuard I authorized more than 1,000 to go to DC.I'll never do it again if they are disrespected like this.https://t.co/STZDMz7PGm— Greg Abbott...
    Rep. Steve Cohen said he is concerned about the National Guard securing President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on Wednesday because the military arm is composed mostly of males and is “more conservative.” “The Guard is 90-some-odd percent, I believe, male. Only about 20% of white males voted for Biden. You gotta figure that in the Guard, which is predominantly more conservative, and I see that on my social media ... they're probably not more than 25% of the people that are there protecting us who voted for Biden,” Cohen said Monday on CNN. “The other 75% are in the class that would be the large class of folks who might want to do something. And there were military people and police who took oaths to defend the Constitution and to protect and defend who didn’t do it who were in the insurrection. So it does concern me,” he said. Cohen...
    Infection disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci says President-Elect Biden's plan to dole out 100million coronavirus doses in 100 days is 'doable' and the goal is 'quite feasible.'  Biden unveiled the ambitious goal Thursday as part of his $1.9trillion 'American Rescue Plan,' which includes about $400billion to tackle COVID-19. The 100million dose in 100 days target is a dramatic increase from where the US currently stands in terms of vaccinations.  Despite having more than 31.1million doses of the vaccine available across the country, as of Friday morning, only about 12.2million shots have actually been administered, the CDC said.   Dr. Anthony Fauci said that President-Elect Biden's goal of giving out 100million vaccination doses in 100 days is 'quite feasible'  Fauci noted that the CDC widen its guidelines of who is eligible for priority vaccinations will help achieve this goal. A woman is show getting a COVID vaccination on January 10  RELATED...
    PRESIDENT Donald Trump has been slammed for claiming he called in the National Guard as Vice President Mike Pence was the one who approved the deployment. The outgoing president praised his actions in a video message shared online Thursday evening - where he also described Wednesday's riots on Capitol Hill as a "heinous attack on the nation's Capitol." 6President Trump reluctantly chose to concede defeat this weekCredit: Getty Images - Getty 6Mike Pence reportedly pushed for a quick deployment of the National GuardCredit: AFP or licensors 6The National Guard was reportedly not fully activated until hours after a violent mob descended on the capitolCredit: AP:Associated Press Trump reluctantly chose to concede defeat after the chaotic events unfolded and revealed he will now focus on a "smooth, seamless and orderly transition" of power. Speaking in Thursday's video, Trump said: "I’d like to begin by addressing the heinous attack on the United States...
    Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) said Friday he would “consider” impeaching President Donald Trump if House Democrats proposed it. “The House, if they come together and have a process, I will consider whatever articles they might move,” Sasse said in a morning interview on CBS. “I believe the president has disregarded his oath of office.” The Constitution requires two-thirds of the Senate to convict a president in an impeachment process, making Trump’s impeachment prior to his departure from office unlikely. Democrats hold just half of the Senate’s seats after Tuesday’s two run-off elections in Georgia. Congressional Democrats already attempted to impeach Trump in 2020, on two separate charges of abusing his power and of obstructing Congress. One Republican senator, Mitt Romney (UT), joined Democrats in voting to convict the president on the charge that he abused power. That effort failed 52-48. “He swore an oath to the American people to preserve, protect and...
    During a rally in Sanford, Fla., on Tuesday, President Trump said it "looks like" he is "going to win Minnesota" in the 2020 presidential election despite statewide polling showing him trailing former Vice President Joe Biden. The president has been pushing to win the battleground state that he narrowly lost to then-Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in 2016. In his new bid, he is citing  Democratic leadership's response to the social unrest and an uptick in violence as his reasoning for a potential victory. "Remember, Minneapolis was burning down. Day after day, and I'd call. 'Let us come in. Let us come in,'" Trump said of deploying the National Guard amid unrest after George Floyd's May 25 death. "Anyway, they finally came in. How long did it take? About a half an hour. ... Then, they just walk forward, and that was the end of that. And I think we're going to win the state of Minnesota because...
    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo offered up the National Guard to collect garbage as he works to quell renewed coronavirus outbreaks across the state. “I'm getting a lot of complaints in New York City about the cleanliness of the city. The garbage piling up … I have offered to send in the National Guard to come help pick up the garbage. [The] state can bring in trucks, personnel, and clean up the city,” Cuomo said in a Tuesday press briefing. New Yorkers have complained that a lag in garbage pickup has caused “a difference in the environment,” Cuomo said, an issue of cleanliness that could worsen an already worrying surge in new coronavirus cases throughout the state and especially in New York City. “This is a public health pandemic,” Cuomo said. “Cleanliness matters.” The governor is scrambling to stop overall infection rates in several New York...
            by Robert Romano  “Portland is a mess, and it has been for many years. If this joke of a mayor doesn’t clean it up, we will go in and do it for them!” That was President Donald Trump on Twitter renewing his warning to Oregon Democratic Governor Kate Brown and Portland Democratic Mayor Ted Wheeler that if they will not get political violence in Portland, Oreg. under control soon, he will have no other choice but to federalize the National Guard to restore civil order in the city. The siege of the Mark O. Hatfield Federal Courthouse by Antifa and other violent rioters has been going on for more than three months now in the wake of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody. U.S. Marshals and other federal law enforcement have been needed to keep the building from being burnt to the ground. On...
    BOSTON (CBS) – Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said he activated members of the National Guard over the weekend as a precaution at the request of local communities where demonstrations were anticipated. Baker activated 1,000 members of the National Guard Friday night, but had not specified why until his Tuesday press briefing. The governor said there were 45-50 events of various kinds that had been posted on social media at the end of last week. Baker said some had “very big numbers in terms of the anticipated attendance.” “We heard from a number of municipal officials who asked us if we would have people available to support them if those events turned out to be bigger than what they would be able to manage on their own,” Baker said. “And we did what we always do, which is we put out a message that we were activating accordingly, and then basically...
    KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on the Aug. 23 police shooting of Jacob Blake (all times local): 11 a.m. President Donald Trump says he’s heading to Kenosha, Wisconsin, to thank law enforcement and the National Guard “for a job well done.” The city has seen protests since police shot Jacob Blake seven times in the back on Aug. 23. Blake’s family says the 29-year-old Black man is paralyzed from the waist down. A 17-year-old is accused of fatally shooting two demonstrators on Aug. 25. Wisconsin Democratic Gov. Tony Evers deployed the National Guard to quell demonstrations. But Trump is taking credit for the deployment, even though his demand that Guard troops be used came a day after Evers had activated them. Trump asserts that Kenosha “would have been burnt to the ground by now” if it weren’t for the National Guard. Trump also told reporters before boarding Air Force...
    President Trump condemned the violence in Democratic-run cities, telling "The Ingraham Angle" Monday night it should be handled by law enforcement. When host Laura Ingraham asked the president if he wanted his supporters to confront the left-wing protesters, Trump responded, "Oh, I don't want them to." "Leave it to law enforcement," he said. TRUMP SUGGESTS 'SOME VERY STUPID RICH PEOPLE' ARE FUNDING PROTEST GROUPS, RIOTERS AT RNC AND ACROSS US "But my supporters are wonderful, hardworking, tremendous people," Trump said, "and they turn on the television set and they look at a Portland or they look at a Kenosha before I got involved and stopped it." CNN'S DON LEMON PRAISES BIDEN AFTER URGING HIM TO CONDEMN RIOTS: HE PUT TRUMP 'ON HIS HEELS' Trump slammed Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler as "incompetent" after the Democrat blamed Trump for the violent confrontation that led to the killing of a Patriot Prayer supporter in the Oregon city over the weekend....
    President Donald Trump said in a tweet Monday that he would move forward with a Tuesday trip to Kenosha, Wisconsin despite objections from Democratic Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers. “If I didn’t INSIST on having the National Guard activate and go into Kenosha, Wisconsin, there would be no Kenosha right now,” Trump wrote on Twitter Monday morning. “Also, there would have been great death and injury. I want to thank Law Enforcement and the National Guard. I will see you on Tuesday!” If I didn’t INSIST on having the National Guard activate and go into Kenosha, Wisconsin, there would be no Kenosha right now. Also, there would have been great death and injury. I want to thank Law Enforcement and the National Guard. I will see you on Tuesday! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 31, 2020 Trump’s remarks on social media come after Evers sent a letter to the...
    Portland Democratic Mayor Ted Wheeler blamed President Donald Trump on Sunday for the violence in Portland after a right-wing protester was murdered last night. Wheeler’s attempt to deflect blame comes after he told Trump last week to “stay away” following the president offering federal assistance to end the violence in the city. Wheeler lamented the fact that the president has been calling out the violence in Democratic-controlled cities, claiming that Trump was attacking the “very institutions of democracy that have served this nation well since its founding.” “Do you seriously wonder, Mr. President, why this is the first time in decades that America has seen this level of violence? It’s you who have created the hate and the division,” Wheeler claimed. “It’s you who have not found a way to say the names of black people killed by police officers, even as people in law enforcement have, and it’s you...
    During a visit to Texas on Saturday, President Donald Trump told reporters that he was “probably” going to visit Kenosha, Wisconsin, where violent unrest erupted following the shooting of Jacob Blake, at some point in the future. “We’ve had tremendous success as you know, we were finally able to get the go ahead from the local authorities to send in the National Guard,” said Trump, in remarks captured by Global News. “We sent in the National Guard, and within a few minutes of the guard, everybody cleared out.” “With Kenosha, it’s been in very, very good shape from the moment they set foot in that area,” Trump later added. “The sheriff’s been great, the police commissioner—the police chief—has been great. We’ve been working with all of them, but the governor let us do what we had to do, and we cleaned it out. We’ll see what happens, we have to...
    The mayor of Kenosha, Wisconsin, said his city did not have enough law enforcement officers to quash the riots that resulted in the death of two demonstrators this week. Mayor John Antaramian, a Democrat, told CNN on Friday that Gov. Tony Evers, also a Democrat, agreed to send in a large National Guard presence, but he said the city did not initially have enough officials to stop the swarm of out-of-town protesters that arrived in the city of roughly 100,000 residents. "The problem in the city at the time was we had made requests to the state, and the state did bring the National Guard in. However, a huge number of outside individuals came into the city, including, as you saw, the militia. These are not folks that are from Kenosha. They all came from other places. I shouldn’t say all, but a good percentage came from other places," Antaramian...
    President Trump on Wednesday said he will send federal law enforcement and the National Guard to Kenosha, Wisconsin to restore “law and order” amid days of unrest in the city. “We will NOT stand for looting, arson, violence, and lawlessness on American streets,” the president tweeted Wednesday. “My team just got off the phone with Governor Evers who agreed to accept federal assistance. (Portland should do the same!)” The president added: “TODAY, I will be sending federal law enforcement and the National Guard to Kenosha, WI to restore LAW and ORDER!” The president’s tweets come after 29-year-old Jacob Blake, a Black man, was shot at close range by city police officers, leaving him partially paralyzed. New footage emerged Tuesday of the moments before Blake was shot multiple times in the back by a White Wisconsin police officer, as Blake tried to get into his vehicle. The video reportedly captured Blake...
    President Donald Trump returned to weeks of attacks on officials in Portland after another night of street clashes and told them to bring in the National Guard, which he said is ready to act 'immediately.' The president pushed at Portland's mayor Ted Wheeler as well as Gov. Kate Brown on Twitter, returning to weeks of threats to send in the guard, after reaching an agreement in late July to remove federal officers amid ongoing protests and clashes. His language was more restrained than a few weeks ago, when he called the city a 'beehive or terrorists,' although he did accuse the Democratic officials of 'putting people's lives at risk.'     President Donald Trump on Monday told the governor of Oregon and the Mayor of Portland to to bring in the National Guard, which he said is ready to act 'immediately.' A butterfly flies behind US President Donald Trump's head as he...
    (CNN)President Donald Trump opened the door on Sunday to allowing some unemployed Americans to get enhanced unemployment benefits even if the states in which they live won't pay part of the costs.Under the memorandum Trump signed Saturday, the additional benefit of $400 per week would only be available to people living in states that agree to administer the program and pay 25% (or $100) of the cost. That initiative was criticized by several governors because of how financially strapped many states are due to the coronavirus.Trump said Sunday it was possible that the federal government could pick up the entire cost if governors make a request. Breaking down the executive actions Trump signed on coronavirus relief "We have a system where we can do 100% or we can do 75%, they pay 25, and it will depend on the state," he said to reporters before returning to the White House...
    A Minnesota National Guardsman stationed in Minneapolis during the riots, was just getting started when his life was cut short in a head-on collision in Washington County Thursday. Specialist Samuel Leedom, 20, of Oak Park Heights, was driving north on Manning Avenue in West Lakeland Township about 6:30 p.m., doing deliveries for DoorDash. Samuel Leedom (Courtesy of Army National Guard) According to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Leedom, who was driving a Nissan Sentra, crossed over the center lane into oncoming traffic and collided head-on with a dump truck near 22nd Street. “My son touched so many people. He’s an amazing boy,” said his mother, Heidi Leedom through tears Monday. She said the news of his death has been like a bad dream from which she can’t wake up. She thought maybe her son was in trouble when a Washington County Sheriff’s deputy pulled up in front of her house...
    (CNN)Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam said that he decided not to send the state's National Guard troops to Washington, DC, earlier this month after a call with President Donald Trump and other governors, in which Trump encouraged governors to use aggressive tactics on protesters. "We actually had a phone conference with the President on the Monday morning. His rhetoric was just terrible. It was divisive," the Democratic governor said Friday during a livestream interview with the Economic Club of Washington, DC."I saw what was getting ready to happen. Just looking at a lot of National Guard coming to Washington, being militarized, and I said, 'I'm not going to send the National Guard for a photo-op.' And that's exactly what he ended up doing later that day so. So we decided, you know after hearing that and just seeing what was going on to, to keep our National Guard in Virginia," he...
    (CNN)President Donald Trump tweeted Sunday morning that he has ordered for the National Guard to start the process of withdrawing from Washington, DC, after days of peaceful protests. "They will be going home, but can quickly return, if needed. Far fewer protesters showed up last night than anticipated!" Trump tweeted. Roughly 5,000 National Guard troops had been called to patrol the nation's capital -- 3,900 out-of-state National Guard troops from 11 states, and 1,200 DC-based Guard troops -- -- amid ongoing protests over the police killing of George Floyd, a black man who died at the hands of a white officer in Minneapolis.Trump did not specify in the tweet whether he meant all National Guard forces should be withdrawn or if he was just referring to out-of-state troops ordered to leave.Maj. Gen. William Walker, commander of the DC National Guard, told CNN's Ryan Browne on Saturday that the out-of-state troops...
    Get all the latest news on coronavirus and more delivered daily to your inbox. Sign up here.President Trump said Thursday he will extend the order allowing the National Guard to aid states in their fight against coronavirus through mid-August. “The men and women of the National Guard have been doing a great job fighting the CoronaVirus,” Trump tweeted. “This week, I will extend their Title 32 orders through mid-August, so they can continue to help States succeed in their response and recovery efforts.” In late March, nearly 15,000 Air and Army National Guard members were deployed to over 22 states and territories to aid with COVID-19 response missions. They worked with the Army Corps of Engineers to increase medical capacity, deliver food to hard-hit communities, provide support and symptoms screening to testing facilities and provide transportation and assessment support to health-care providers. NEARLY 15K NATIONAL GUARD TROOPS MOBILIZED ACROSS US TO BATTLE CORONAVIRUS, PENTAGON...
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