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ABC reporter Jonathan Karl's new book claims members of Trump's cabinet considered invoking the 25th Amendment against him. Karl specifically alleges that Steve Mnuchin and Mike Pompeo debated the issue. According to the book, Mnuchin brought the idea of removing Trump from office by invoking the 25th Amendment to several Cabinet members, including Pompeo, The Guardian reported. Mnuchin did not speak to Karl for the book, and Pompeo initially declined to offer comment. Representatives for Trump, Pompeo, and Mnuchin did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.
Persons: Jonathan Karl's, Karl, Steve Mnuchin, Mike Pompeo, Pompeo, Trump, Steven Mnuchin, Donald Trump, Jonathan Karl, Karl's, Donald Trump's, Mnuchin, Betsy DeVos, Elaine Chao Organizations: ABC, Service, ABC News, Trump, Guardian, MSNBC, Yahoo, CNN Locations: Washington
“Zal emerges from this as a quite tragic figure,” said Eric S. Edelman, a former national security official who worked with Mr. Khalilzad under Presidents Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush. As colleagues at the Pentagon in the late 1980s, Mr. Edelman and Mr. Khalilzad helped drive U.S. policy in support of mujahedeen fighters in Afghanistan resisting Soviet occupiers. During the Bush administration, they again backed resistance fighters, who this time were battling the Taliban as the United States invaded in 2001. “He did a lot to create a modern, post-Taliban independent state,” Mr. Edelman said of Mr. Khalilzad. A lifelong Republican, Mr. Khalilzad did not endorse Mr. Trump, noting his “provocative views.” But the introduction earned him good will in Mr. Trump’s inner circle.
Persons: Khalilzad’s, Zal, , Eric S, Edelman, Khalilzad, Ronald Reagan, George W, Bush, , Mr, Trump, Mike Pompeo Organizations: Mr, Pentagon, Republican Locations: Afghanistan, Soviet, United States, bartering, Doha
Christopher Miller became acting defense secretary just as Trump was contemplating attacking Iran. Miller purposefully took on the role of "fucking madman" to prevent Trump from following through, according to a new book. He didn't want to attack Iran, and he told Karl that if Trump could see exactly what it would all take, he wouldn't go for it. "I would play the fucking Madman," Miller told Karl. "I have found oftentimes with provocative people, if you get more provocative than them, they then have to dial it down," Miller told Karl.
Persons: Christopher Miller, Trump, Miller, Mark Esper, Donald Trump, Jonathan Karl's, Karl, Esper, Mike Pence, Mike Pompeo, Mark Milley, Robert O'Brien, Steven Mnuchin, We're, It's, You'll, Pompeo —, Pompeo, Bill Barr, wouldn't, Obama, Iran's, Qassem Organizations: Trump, ABC News, Chiefs, National, International Atomic Energy Agency, Air Force, Marine, Boeing, Iran, Biden Locations: Iran, Iranian, Islamic Republic, US, Persian, Qassem Soleimani, Iraq, Syria
Alyssa Farah told CNN she thinks Mike Pence is likely to run for president in 2024. She said Mike Pompeo and Ron DeSantis could also make a bid for the GOP presidential nomination in 2024. Farah also said she thinks former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Florida Gov. As for Pompeo, Farah said: "I think Mike Pompeo is looking at a political team and what that might look like." Trump has not formally announced a 2024 run but has signaled that he might seek a second term.
Persons: Alyssa Farah, Mike Pence, Pence, Mike Pompeo, Ron DeSantis, Donald Trump, Trump, John L, Dornan, Farah, DeSantis, Tom Porter, Pompeo, Mark Meadows, SiriusXM Organizations: CNN, Service, White House, Trump White, Republican, Florida Gov, Trump, Politico Locations: Iowa, Des Moines , Iowa
The US State Department is calling on China to release citizen journalist Zhang Zhan. Zhang, known for her reporting in Wuhan during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, was jailed in December. The State Department's call for Zhang's release follows reports that she is close to death after going on a hunger strike. The State Department previously called for Zhang's release in a statement in December, following her sentencing. "The United States strongly condemns the People's Republic of China's (PRC) sham prosecution and conviction of citizen journalist Zhang Zhan on December 28.
Persons: Zhang Zhan, Zhang, Ned Price, Zhang's, Zhang Ju, Mike Pompeo, Pompeo, — Chen Qiushi, Fang Bin, Li Zehua —, Li, Chen, Fang Organizations: US State Department, Service, Department, New York Times, Borders East Asia Bureau, Twitter, YouTube, State Department Locations: China, Wuhan, AFP, United States, Republic, China's
Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo changed longstanding State Department policy and violated the Hatch Act with his speech at the 2020 Republican National Convention, a government watchdog concluded in a report released Tuesday. Pompeo delivered his precedent-busting convention speech from Jerusalem, where he was on official State Department business at the time. "Secretary Pompeo had in fact himself reaffirmed those restrictions in December 2019. And in July 2020, less than a month before Secretary Pompeo approved the exception for the Secretary of State, the State Department circulated a document issued under his signature that reiterated the political activity restrictions on State Department political appointees, including the Secretary of State. State Department personnel also advised Pompeo on "how to comply with the Hatch Act when delivering the speech," the report said.
Persons: Mike Pompeo, Pompeo, Trump, Donald Trump's, who's, Chad Wolf, Wolf, Mark Meadows, Jared Kushner, Trump's, Joe Biden Organizations: Department, Republican National Convention, State Department, State, RNC, White, Trump, Homeland Security, Security, OSC Locations: Jerusalem
Former U.S. President Donald Trump reacts after his speech during a rally at the Iowa States Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa, U.S., October 9, 2021. In a 65-page report, the U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC) identified instances in which Trump advisers including Jared Kushner and Kellyanne Conway used their official authority to promote Trump's 2020 presidential election campaign. A spokesman for Trump did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the report. OSC said discipline was "no longer possible" because the Trump administration officials have left office, but said it was issuing the report to highlight enforcement challenges and to deter future violations. The report was the culmination of an investigation that began while Trump was in office following his decision to hold the 2020 Republican National Convention at the White House.
Persons: Donald Trump, Rachel Mummey, Donald Trump's, Jared Kushner, Kellyanne Conway, Trump, Trump's, Kayleigh McEnany, Mark Meadows, Stephen Miller, Mike Pompeo, Chad Wolf, Pompeo, Wolf, Jan Wolfe, Andy Sullivan, Howard Goller Organizations: U.S, Iowa States Fairgrounds, REUTERS, WASHINGTON, U.S . Office, Trump, OSC, ” OSC, ., Republican, Convention, White, Department of Homeland, Thomson Locations: Des Moines , Iowa, U.S,
WASHINGTON—Several Trump administration officials showed a “willful disregard” of laws restricting government employees’ political activity in the final weeks of the 2020 presidential campaign, according to a federal watchdog report released Tuesday. The report concludes that a speech by then-Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Jerusalem as well as a naturalization ceremony put on by the Department of Homeland Security that were both later incorporated into the Republican National Convention ceremonies were violations of a law called the Hatch Act.
Persons: Trump, Mike Pompeo Organizations: WASHINGTON, Department of Homeland Security, Republican, Convention Locations: Jerusalem
WASHINGTON — With each passing day, former President Donald Trump looks more like he is running to reclaim the Oval Office in 2024. What remains in some doubt is what, exactly, Trump wants to do with that power, according to GOP strategists. Next to Trump, the rest of the field looks downright tiny: former Vice President Mike Pence, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Florida Gov. "The Trump threat should not be underestimated," said Chris Kofinis, a Democratic strategist who has worked on multiple presidential campaigns. They watched him stoke Trump's base with appeals on cultural issues while reassuring independent voters by keeping arm's length from Trump himself.
Persons: Donald Trump, he'll, Trump, Glenn Youngkin, Mike Carey, Biden, Joe Biden's, Chris Wilson, pollster, Texas Sen, Ted Cruz's, , Mike Pence, Mike Pompeo, Ron DeSantis, Cruz, Josh Hawley, Tom Cotton, John J, Pitney, it's, Jason Miller, Miller, Chris Kofinis, Kofinis, Phil Murphy, Youngkin, Trump's, It's Organizations: WASHINGTON, Virginia Gov, Federal, Commission, Senate, Infrastructure, Republican, Trump, Florida Gov, GOP, Claremont McKenna College, NBC News, Democratic, New Jersey's Democratic Gov, White, Republicans, stoke Trump's Locations: Iowa, America, Ohio, Texas, Florida, Sens, Los Angeles, Virginia, New Jersey
Scott B. Curtis told The New York Times most people in the military agree "torture is wrong." The letter, signed by seven senior military officials, called it a "stain" on the US' "moral fiber." Curtis spoke with the Times' Carol Rosenberg last week, revealing himself as the author of a letter signed by a military jury that condemned the CIA's use of torture. Curtis told The Times that the jury, made up of senior military officials, did not have sympathy for the man or his actions, but that the torture he described was a "mitigating factor." He also said that opposition to torture is not a "liberal" position, citing the late Sen. John McCain's view.
Persons: Scott B, Curtis, Capt, Carol Rosenberg, Majid Khan, Khan, Sen, John McCain's, McCain, Donald Trump, James Mattis, Mike Pompeo Organizations: New York Times, Service, Times, Pentagon, CIA, Republican Locations: America, Guantanamo, Arizona, North Vietnam
Last year, US Coast Guard icebreaker Healy was crippled by a fire in one of its propulsion motors. With the Arctic becoming increasingly accessible, both ships have been called on conduct Coast Guard missions and provide a visible US presence in a strategically important region. "Our Coast Guard presence in the high-latitude areas, in the Arctic communities, and on the international councils really has the ability to shape things," Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Karl Schultz said in February. Healy crew members, seen from the ship's aloft conn, observe Chukchi Sea ice from the ship's bow, July 28, 2021. US Coast Guard/PO3 Janessa WarschkowAfter building them, the Coast Guard will have to man them.
Persons: Healy, Cmdr, Matthew Stevick, j.g, Trevor Layman, Stevick, — Healy, Adm, Karl Schultz, Warschkow, Healy's, Kenneth Boda, Boda, we're, Dana Grady Healy, PO1 Michael Underwood, Mike Pompeo, Rob Huebert, Susie Harder, wasn't, Ensign Robert Doherty, Christopher Woody, Capt, Jessica Worst, Petty, Matt Masaschi, Ensign Valarie Hines, conn, Janessa Warschkow Healy, Philip Baxa, Baxa, wouldn't, Breanna Centeno Healy, Schultz, PO2 Connor Dahl, it's Organizations: US Coast Guard, Service, Coast Guard, Polar Star, Polar, Guard, National Science Foundation, Canadian Rangers, University of Calgary, Arctic, Ice Center, GPS, US Navy, Merchant Marine, Antarctic Locations: North America, Seattle, Baltimore, Healy, Chukchi, East Coast, Panama, Bering, Portsmouth , Virginia, Greenland, Canada, Canadian, Resolute, Nunavut, Beaufort, Healy's, Russia, China
The State Department’s inspector general has found in a new report that tens of thousands of dollars in gifts purchased with government funds during the Trump administration to give to foreign leaders and others given to senior officials are unaccounted for. The conclusions of the inspector general’s report were in line with previous disclosures about sloppy record keeping and poor oversight by the Trump administration when it came to gifts given to and received from foreign leaders. The report said that the missing gifts include a 30-year-old Suntory Hibiki bottle of Japanese whiskey given to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo worth $5,800; a 22-karat gold commemorative coin valued at $560 given to another State Department official, and monogrammed commemorative pewter trays, marble trinket boxes, and leather portfolios. The monogrammed items were created to give away at a Group of 7 summit meeting in 2020 that was canceled because of the pandemic. While gifts are often given to senior officials by their counterparts, protocol officers and aides often quickly take possession of them.
Persons: Trump, Suntory Hibiki, Mike Pompeo, Pompeo Organizations: State, Suntory, Department, Republican
Mike Pence endorsed the MEK, a fringe Iranian dissident group with little support in Iran. The group forbids members from thinking sexual thoughts, considering them a distraction from their goals. The group was delisted as a terrorist group by the US in 2012 after a lobbying campaign, despite killing American citizens in Iran. Both the New York Times and BBC report that the group forbids members from thinking sexual thoughts, participating in "self-criticism rituals" and record any such thoughts in a notebook. It is unclear whether Pence was paid to speak to the group, and a spokesperson for Pence did not respond to a request for comment.
Persons: Mike Pence, Rudy Giuliani, John Bolton, Mike Pompeo, Maryam Rajavi, Pence, Sen, Joe Lieberman, Rajavi, Biden, Trump, Ebrahim Raisi, Rajavi's, Massoud, Saddam Hussein —, Iran —, Ed Rendell Organizations: Service, Iran Summit, Iran, New York Times, BBC, Times, New, National Security Locations: Iran, Washington , DC, Albania, United States, Iraq, Israel, Saudi Arabia, New York
Factbox: The general who led Sudanese coup
  + stars: | 2021-10-26 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +3 min
Sudan's Sovereign Council Chief General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan attends a news conference during the International Conference in support of Sudan at the Temporary Grand Palais in Paris, France, May 17, 2021. At the time, he was Sudan's third most senior general and inspector general of the armed forces. A day after the coup, the defence minister stepped down amid protests and named him head of a transitional military council. Burhan announced the dissolution of the Sovereign Council on Monday. He has close ties to senior Gulf military officials as he was responsible for coordinating Sudan's military involvement in the war.
Persons: General Abdel Fattah al, Burhan, Sarah Meyssonnier, Abdel Fattah al, BURHAN, autocrat Omar Hassan al, Bashir, Abdalla Hamdok, Benjamin Netanyahu, Donald Trump, Netanyahu, Mike Pompeo, Tom Perry, Angus MacSwan Organizations: Sovereign, International Conference, REUTERS, WHO, Sovereign Council, Sudanese, Gulf, United Arab, State, International Criminal Court, ICC, Thomson Locations: Sudan, Paris, France, Khartoum, Saudi, Yemen, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Sisi, Israel, Uganda, Darfur
His defenders have argued the envoy was handed an impossible task, given the tight deadline set by the Trump administration for the United States' withdrawal from Afghanistan. The talks ended with America's hasty and chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan in August and the Taliban's takeover of the country. Instead, his letter amounted to a defense of the 2020 Doha agreement that opened the way for the withdrawal of U.S. troops. But critics accused the Trump administration of negotiating a “surrender agreement” with the Taliban and have blasted the Biden administration for going ahead with the deal. This comes as the State Department's inspector general informed Congress on Monday that her office would be launching a series of investigations into the Biden administration's Afghanistan withdrawal.
Persons: Zalmay Khalilzad, ” Khalilzad, Antony Blinken, Critics, Ashraf Ghani, Trump, Khalilzad, , Wakil Kohsar, Donald Trump, Mike Pompeo, Biden, Pompeo, ” H.R, Bari Weiss, ” McMaster, Joe Biden, Blinken, Thomas West, Obama, Diana Shaw Organizations: U.S, Representative, NBC News, Taliban, NBC, United, United States ”, Islamic, Getty, McMaster, Doha, Trump, U.S . Embassy, State, Biden, State Department’s, Senate Foreign Relations, House Foreign Affairs Committee Locations: Afghanistan, United States, U.S, Doha, America, Islamic Republic, Kabul, AFP, Qatar, West, U.S . Embassy Kabul
Many of the senior officials in the Trump administration evidently skipped that portion of the protocol class. Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, under whose watch this occurred, blamed the “incompetence” of a staff he so ably led. If gifts are purloined by the individuals in charge, they can quickly become a powerful means of exerting personal persuasion on policy matters. Concerns about corruption or exerting undue influence on diplomats also extends to gifts given at home. They forgot that public service and especially foreign service on the world stage is fundamentally not about personal interests.
Persons: It’s, Trump, Mike Pompeo, Pompeo, John Kerry, , There’s, I’ll, Obama Organizations: National Foreign Affairs Training Center, Liberian, National Museum of American, MTV, Embassy, White House, National Security Council, NASCAR Locations: American, United States, Idaho, Washington, Venezuelan, Madagascar, Antananarivo, Kansas
A government watchdog group has called for an investigation into whether Jen Psaki violated the Hatch Act. The Hatch Act is a federal law that prohibits top government employees from engaging in some forms of political activity. "I'm curious if the White House sees the Virginia governor's race as a bellwether," a reporter asked Psaki during a press briefing Thursday. The White House did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment. Former White House counselor Kellyanne Conway was found to have violated the Hatch Act and recommend to be removed from her position.
Persons: Jen Psaki, Psaki, Jen Psaki's, Terry McAuliffe, Glenn Youngkin, McAuliffe, Biden, Marcia Fudge, Donald Trump, Mike Pompeo, Betsy DeVos, Kellyanne Conway, Mark Meadows Organizations: Service, White, White House, Democratic Gov, Washington, Urban, House, Trump Locations: Virginia, Ohio
Scott Walker says "Donald Trump looks like what your uncle would look like if he won the lottery." Scott Walker says former President Donald Trump's authentic appearance propelled him to win over the GOP, telling journalist David Drucker that Trump "looks like how your uncle would look like if he won the lottery." "Many of those voters are people who felt forgotten," Walker said of those who supported Trump in states like Wisconsin. "I felt strongly about it — and it wasn't Republican," Trump told Drucker in an interview. The book's chapters dive deep in mapping out the strategies and painting the landscape surrounding potential 2024 presidential contenders including Sens.
Persons: Scott Walker, Donald Trump, Walker, David Drucker, Donald Trump's, Trump, Drucker, , Tom Cotton, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Mike Pompeo, Nikki Haley, Mike Pence Organizations: Service, Former, Former Wisconsin Gov, GOP, Drucker's, Republican, Trump, Washington Examiner, Sens Locations: Former Wisconsin, Wisconsin, United States
The State Department inspector general is investigating whether Trump administration officials helped themselves to expensive Trump-branded gifts meant for foreign dignitaries, NBC News confirmed Tuesday. The official said the dollar value of the missing gifts is “significant.”The latest probe into missing gifts was first reported by The New York Times. “I have no idea how the State Department lost this thing — although I saw enormous incompetence at the State Department during my time there.”The inspector general's office declined comment. A State official said the department "takes seriously its role in reporting the disposition of certain gifts received by U.S. government employees. The State Department's office of protocol is required to record gifts given to U.S. officials and keep track of their disposition.
Persons: Trump, Donald Trump, David, Melania, Mike Pompeo, Pompeo, Organizations: State Department, Trump, NBC News, The New York Times, Times, Fox News, U.S, National Archives, Treasury Department Locations: Czech Republic, Brazil
The Saudi royal family gave former President Trump robes made of fake cheetah and tiger fur. The New York Times uncovered the fake robes as part of an investigation into foreign gifts. Federal agents found "the linings of the robes were dyed to mimic tiger and cheetah patterns," an Interior Department spokesman said. Initially, The Times reported, the White House counsel's office warned that if the fur was indeed real, the White House risked being in violation of the Endangered Species Act, the 1973 environmental conservation law. It wasn't until January 19, 2021, the last full day of Trump's presidency, that the White House handed over the robes to the General Services Administration.
Persons: Trump, Donald Trump, Trump's, Tyler Cherry, couldn't, Jared Kushner, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Kushner, , Mike Pompeo, Pompeo, David Organizations: Saudi, New York Times, Interior Department, Service, Times, Trump, The Times, White, White House, General Services Administration, GSA, Fish and Wildlife Service, Saudi Crown, State Department, Politico, State Locations: Saudi, Virginia
The State Department is probing if Trump officials stole gift bags meant for foreign leaders, NYT reports. Officials reportedly saw political appointees taking the bags, meant to be given out at the canceled 2020 G7 summit. The missing bags include "leather portfolios, pewter trays and marble trinket boxes," The Times said. The missing bags included tchotchkes like "leather portfolios, pewter trays and marble trinket boxes emblazoned with the presidential seal" or signatures of former President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump, The Times said. Kushner later reimbursed the US government for the dagger and other gifts with an estimated cost of nearly $48,000.
Persons: Trump, Biden, Donald Trump, Melania Trump, Bush, Obama, Mike Pompeo, Pompeo, John Bolton, Kushner Organizations: State Department, Trump, Times, Service, New York Times, David, The Times, Politico Locations: Vietnam
C.I.A. Reorganization to Place New Focus on China
  + stars: | 2021-10-07 | by ( Julian E. Barnes | ) www.nytimes.com   time to read: +3 min
A senior C.I.A. And the senior official said the new focus on technology and China would help in those efforts to continue to transform their tradecraft. The changes are also an attempt to refine the broad reorganization of the C.I.A. A senior C.I.A. But a review of the agency’s operations concluded that Iran and North Korea were best analyzed inside the context of their wider regions.
Persons: John O, Brennan, Obama, Burns, Mr, Brennan’s, Mike Pompeo, Donald J, Trump’s, Pompeo Organizations: Technological Locations: China, North Korea, Iran, East, East Asia
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Wednesday will consider whether Abu Zubaydah, the first Sept. 11 terrorism suspect known to have been tortured by the United States overseas, can be told about his treatment, including where he was held. But Zubaydah's lawyers argue that the location of the CIA's black site is no longer a secret. Richard Paez, one of the appeals court judges, said, "In order to be a 'state secret,' a fact must first be a 'secret.'" The appeals court directed the trial judge to sort out which information should be covered by the state secrets privilege. The government then appealed to the Supreme Court, which last heard a case involving Guantanamo Bay detainees more than a decade ago, ruling that they have some limited legal rights under the Constitution.
Persons: WASHINGTON —, Abu Zubaydah, Zubaydah, waterboarded, Mike Pompeo, Richard Paez Organizations: United, CIA, Senate Intelligence, Defense Department, Justice Department, Trump, Biden, of Human Rights, Abu Zubaydah . U.S . Central Command, AP, Supreme, U.S ., Appeals, Circuit Locations: United States, Pakistan, Al Qaeda, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Poland, U.S, Abu Zubaydah . U.S, California, Guantanamo
Trump says he'd beat Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis in a GOP presidential primary, per a Yahoo interview. "If I faced him, I'd beat him like I would beat everyone else," Trump told the outlet. The former president has teased a 2024 bid for months, but has not yet made a firm decision. "If I faced him, I'd beat him like I would beat everyone else," Trump told the outlet.
Persons: Trump, he'd, Ron DeSantis, I'd, Donald Trump, Joe Biden, Sean Hannity, I'm, DeSantis, Mike Pence, Sen, Ted Cruz of, Mike Pompeo Organizations: Florida Gov, Service, Yahoo Finance, Yahoo, Fox News, Echelon, Trump Locations: Florida, Ted Cruz of Texas
Mike Pence will make a trip to the key early presidential nominating state of Iowa in November. With 2024 on the minds of Republicans, Pence has been touting his experience as vice president. The trip will mark Pence's second outing since leaving office in January to what has traditionally been the first-in-the-nation state in the presidential nominating process. Kristi Noem of South Dakota and former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Pence, a former Indiana governor and congressman, has also made trips to the early presidential nominating states of New Hampshire and South Carolina since leaving office.
Persons: Mike Pence, Pence, Kristi Noem, Mike Pompeo, Donald Trump Organizations: University of Iowa, Young America's Foundation, Service, Family Leadership Locations: Iowa, Mexico City, Washington ,, South Dakota, Indiana, New Hampshire, South Carolina
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