A former senior director of the National Security Council under President George W. Bush said on Thursday that the liberal media and Obama loyalists inside and outside of the federal government had executed a “coordinated attack” on President Donald Trump since he was elected.
Michael Doran made the remarks at the Hudson Institute in Washington, DC, where he is a senior fellow on Middle East security and was a panelist for a discussion at the institute on Russian meddling in the U.S. 2016 presidential election. The conversation quickly shifted to Trump and his campaign’s relationship with the Russians and the ongoing investigation into it.
“What we have is a coordinated attack between elements of the press, elements in the bureaucracy and then sitting — during the transition — and now former Obama officials weaving this vast Trump-Putin conspiracy theory, which doesn’t hold up under scrutiny.”
Panelist David Tafuri, former State Department legal counsel, argued that, although there is no evidence of collusion between Trump and the Russians, evidence could be unearthed by special counsel Robert Mueller, who was named by the Department of Justice to look into ties between President Trump’s campaign and Russian officials.
But Doran said that Russians meddling into U.S. elections and government has been going on for years, including the eight years that President Barack Obama was in charge of protecting the nation from its enemies.
“We knew the Russians were involved in all kinds of nefarious actions and we did nothing until December 29th  just before the Trump inauguration,” Doran said. “One of the psychological benefits to the Democrats of this Russian collusion nonsense is that it has completely white-washed the appeasement of the Russians by Obama.
“We’ve just forgotten all that,” Doran said.
“Intelligence community testimony and an ongoing special counsel investigation suggest an extensive Russian effort to interfere in last year’s U.S. presidential election and thereby undermine confidence in our democratic system,” the Hudson Institute said of its event. “Much relevant information remains classified and congressional and executive-branch inquiries are far from concluded.”
“But the outlines of this purported Kremlin meddling do reflect a range of intelligence tactics previously developed by Russia to destabilize its Baltic neighbors and weaken democratic institutions worldwide,” the Hudson Institute website states.
Home Depot Co-Founder Ken Langone condemned the mainstream media’s treatment of President Trump in a Thursday interview on CNBC.
Republican billionaire Ken Langone slammed the mainstream media in an interview with CNBC on Thursday, arguing that they have abandoned the importance of objectivity in journalism.
“I think the media ought to be ashamed of itself,” the co-founder of Home Depot said on CNBC’s “Squawk Box.”
“The whole idea of a newspaper to me is ‘give me the facts,’” Langone said during the interview. “The New York Times’ front page is the equivalent of the editorial page now.”
Langone praised Trump’s moves to lift needless regulations the impede upon businesses’ ability to grow.
“Somebody told me in November, ‘Don’t listen to what he says, watch what he does.’ What he has done so far in lifting these onerous and burdensome, needless regulations is absolutely incredible,” Langone remarked.
Langone also condemned mainstream outlets for pushing the Russia collusion narrative, which he claims is an effort by some on the left to destroy faith in the American electoral process.
Donald Trump was Langone’s third choice in the Republican field following New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Ohio Governor John Kasich. In a December 2016 interview on Fox Business, Langone expressed his enthusiasm over Trump’s cabinet selections.
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The head of Germany’s Die Welt newspaper Ulf Poschardt has denounced the violence caused by left-wing extremists calling the rioting, “the new fascist violence of the left”.
Mr. Poschardt, who serves as the editor in chief of Die Welt, slammed the so-called “black-block” left-extremists in a new column likening them to the Blackshirts who committed acts of political violence under Fascist dictator Benito Mussolini in the 1920s.
“Their black costume reveals that their aesthetic is inspired by Mussolini’s black shirts. They act like fascists. They stir up fear and uncertainty. The Black Block has been turning Hamburg into a civil war landscape since Thursday evening,” he wrote
“In the run-up to the G-20 summit, there are always two kinds of protest: the one idealistic peaceful but over and over again – the hate-filled dream of a broken dystopia, as in the Batman movie ‘The Dark Knight Rises’,” he added.
Calling the members of the black-block, many of which are neither from Hamburg nor even Germany, “adventure tourists” Poschardt paints the average left-extremist as young men in “late puberty” who have, “no more to offer politically than an archaic accumulation of rage and a regime of fear”.
The problem with left-extremists has been building up for years according to Poschardt. He said that in the past police and authorities had made mistakes by “confusing squatters with homeowners”, and allowing public spaces to be cleared of right-wing opinions by “antifascists with their fascist love of power”.
After the left-extremist left 130 police injured and caused massive damage to property Thursday night, Poschardt points out the left wing Green party has placed the blame on the police. “This is grotesque in the face of the articulated threats of violence and a motto such as ‘Welcome to Hell’,” he writes.
The Welt chief also notes the traditional idea of the left representing the working class is also largely a myth. He said that real working people were far more likely to be on the police side during a protest than the protestors who he describes as wearing expensive Northface jackets and “sneakers from the hipster shop”.
Poschardt is one of the few German media personalities to call out left wing extremism in such certain and blunt terms, though he has made controversial remarks in the past. No fan of U.S. President Donald Trump, Poschardt claimed that the best way for Germans to combat the ideas of the U.S. president was to bee “more gay”.
Extreme-left rioters have caused havoc in a second night or rioting in Hamburg, Germany, as they protest against the G20 meeting of world leaders in a violent demonstration dubbed ‘Welcome to Hell’.
Over 200 police officers have been injured in the rioting, which have seen officers deploy squadrons of water-cannon trucks, baton charges, and tear gas to disperse rioters.
As well as looting shops and burning cars, individuals appeared to be deliberately trying to injure — and even kill police officers. Hamburg police said in a statement Friday night that a 27 year odl German citizen had been arrested after using a laser to temporarily blind two crew members flying a police helicopter over the city. Both men have been unable to return to work due to their injuries.
Police said riots were extremely aggressive in the early hours of Saturday in the city’s Schanzenviertel neighborhood, which is only a few hundred meters (yards) away from the summit grounds. Hundreds of officers went into buildings to arrest rioters wearing black masks from rooftops while being attacked with iron rods and Molotov cocktails. Thirteen activists were arrested when special units stormed one building.
About 500 people looted a supermarket in the neighborhood as well as smaller stores. Cars were torched and street fires lit as activists built barricades with garbage cans and bikes.
On Saturday morning, city cleaners took to the streets sweeping up rubble and using heavy construction equipment to haul away the leftovers of last night’s barricades and fires, while in other parts of Hamburg, peaceful protesters started new marches holding up red balloons and dancing through the streets to live music.
So far, 114 have been arrested and 89 protestors have been temporarily detained.
The Associated Press contributed to this report