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The Kremlin twists the knife on collapse of US/Turkey relationship, mocks Trump/Erdogan "letter".

Erdogan threw the letter in the garbage can (I read someplace).

The Kremlin twists the knife on collapse of US/Turkey relationship, mocks Trump/Erdogan "letter".
Kremlin spokesman Peskov: “You don’t often encounter such language in correspondence between heads of state. It’s a highly unusual letter,”


October 17, 2019 / 5:04 AM / Updated 3 hours ago
Kremlin questions language of 'unusual' Trump letter to Erdogan

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An October 9 letter from U.S. President Donald Trump to Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan warning Erdogan about Turkish military policy and the Kurdish people in Syria is seen after being released by the White House in Washington, U.S. October 16, 2019. REUTERS/Jim Bourg

Laurie Kafka
Replying to @andrewsweiss
It’s normal language for trump. They aren’t lying, this is who he is; it’s who he always has been. And he’s deteriorating rapidly. The R Senators know this is going on as he continues to destroy our country. They must help remove this madman from power before we lose our country.

Honest Abe
Replying to
This is a letter that I truly believe Trump wrote from beginning to end. He writes as the President and uses “I” six times. Other than proofreading and cleaning up the grammatical errors, it’s definitely Trumpian.

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Kremlin on Thursday questioned the tone of a letter sent by U.S. President Donald Trump to his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan, which it called highly unusual for correspondence between heads of state.

The White House on Wednesday released the Oct. 9 letter, in which Trump urged Erdogan: “Don’t be a tough guy” and “Don’t be a fool!” ................................

Sen Schumer asked #Trump what his plan was to Contain ISIS. He didn't have one.

Trump does not seem to know that the reason we worked with the Kurds was to eliminate, and or contain ISIS. He really does not know!

I asked President @realDonaldTrump
what his plan was to contain ISIS.

He didn’t have one.


I have been listening to cspan last 5 minutes. Repugs are on LIVE. Nothing but dissing of Pelosi

Adam Schiff and other Dems. on and on. Rep Cheney, Steve Scalise etc.

Kim rides horse on sacred peak, vows to fight U.S. sanctions

Source: AP

The pictures led to speculation Kim may be considering a new strategy in his dealings with the U.S.

Oct. 16, 2019, 3:52 AM CDT

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un vowed to surmount U.S.-led sanctions on his country in state media reports Wednesday as evocative propaganda images were released of him riding a white horse, seen as foretelling significant decisions as his own deadline for U.S. movement on nuclear talks is nearing.

The images in his country's official media showed a bespectacled Kim, clad in a light brown coat, climbing a snow-covered Mount Paektu on horseback. The location and the animal are both symbols associated with the Kim family's dynastic rule.

The highest point on the Korean Peninsula is sacred to North Koreans, and Kim has visited it before making previous major decisions such as the 2013 execution of his powerful uncle and his 2018 entrance into diplomacy with Seoul and Washington.

The images and Kim's comments were released days after his country's first nuclear negotiations with the U.S. in more than seven months fell apart.

South Korean media quickly speculated Kim may be considering a new strategy in his dealings with the U.S. because he's previously demanded Washington come up with new proposals to salvage the stalemated diplomacy by the end of December.

"He, sitting on the horseback atop Mt Paektu, recollected with deep emotion the road of arduous struggle he covered for the great cause of building the most powerful country with faith and will as firm as Mt Paektu," the North's official Korean Central News Agency said..........................................

Read more: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/kim-rides-horse-sacred-peak-vows-fight-us-sanctions-n1067201

I do not think Trump would give up his golf cart for a pic on a horse.



Image: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un riding a white horse amongst the first snow at Mouth Paektu, Oct. 16, 2019.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un rides a white horse at Mouth Paektu on Wednesday. KCNA / AFP - Getty Images

Turkey's Erdoğan says he won't meet with Pence and Pompeo

Source: axios

Jonathan Swan, Rashaan Ayesh 1 hour ago

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan told Sky News Wednesday that he will not meet with Vice President Mike Pence, who is currently leading a delegation with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to Turkey to discuss a ceasefire in northern Syria.

Why it matters: Erdoğan, who told the outlet that he will only meet with President Trump, is facing increasing international pressure over his decision to launch an offensive strike against U.S.-allied Kurdish fighters in northern Syria.

Our thought bubble: While Erdoğan may be facing international pressure, the offensive and his defiance of the U.S. is clearly playing well domestically right now.

Trump administration officials tell Axios they are banking that his position will change if and when Turkey’s economy starts suffering the way it did last time Trump hit the country with sanctions to secure the release of American pastor Andrew Brunson.

Behind the scenes: Trump has gloated to advisers that he broke Erdoğan during the Brunson negotiations — that he hit Turkey "so hard" with sanctions and drove its economy down........................................

Read more: https://www.axios.com/erdogan-wont-meet-pence-pompeo-turkey-syria-8c05e0bc-d309-46b9-912c-b7eabf512167.html

I would be VERY surprised if Trump got off his TV Couch to travel to Turkey. IMHO



Blood on his hands: 2020 Democrats slam Trump over Syria

October 16, 2019 / 1:54 AM / Updated an hour ago

Blood on his hands: 2020 Democrats slam Trump over Syria


WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic presidential hopefuls denounced President Donald Trump’s decision to pull U.S. troops back from northern Syria, saying in an Ohio debate on Tuesday he had endangered America’s longtime Kurdish allies while empowering foes Russia and Syria.

In the first Democratic presidential debate since Trump announced the withdrawal, the 12 candidates on the stage were united in painting the Republican president as reckless and a danger to American interests around the world.

But some, including leading progressive candidate Elizabeth Warren, said if they were president they would also seek to end the U.S. military presence in the Middle East.


“He has sucked up to dictators, he has made impulsive decisions that often his own team doesn’t understand,” Warren said. “He has cut and run on our allies, and he has enriched himself at the expense of the United States of America.”

Fellow progressive Bernie Sanders, a U.S. senator from Vermont, criticized Trump for first signaling the withdrawal in a tweet.

“What he has done is wreck our ability to do foreign policy, to do military policy, because nobody in the world will believe this pathological liar,” he said.................................


Former Vice President Joe Biden, who has touted his long experience in foreign policy as a key strength of his candidacy, said if he was president he would have protected the Kurds.

“It has been the most shameful thing that any president has done in modern history in terms of foreign policy,” he said.

“Our commanders across the board, former and present, are ashamed of what’s happening here,” he said. ..................................

@KamalaHarris on #Trump: 'Maya Angelou told us, listen to somebody when they tell you who they are'

If only more people would listen--and learn

Harris on Trump: 'Maya Angelou told us, listen to somebody when they tell you who they are'

10/15/2019 09:48 PM EDT


Kamala:"People need to keep their hands off of women's bodies and let women make the decisions about

"People need to keep their hands off of women's bodies and let women make the decisions about their own lives."
- Sen. @KamalaHarris
on health care and women's reproductive rights
#DemDebate https://cnn.it/2IV1Bo1


New Poll Suggests Sen. Susan Collins' Support for Brett Kavanaugh Will End Her Career

Source: lawandcrime.com

by Colin Kalmbacher | 12:38 pm, October 15th, 2019

A new poll, however, suggests that Collins has reached the twilight of her career due in large part to her vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court — despite allegations of sexual assault against Kavanaugh and despite Collins’s pledge not to not vote for a nominee who demonstrated “hostility” to Roe v. Wade. Collins has said that when she spoke with Kavanaugh they talked “at great length about precedent and the application of stare decisis.” According to Collins, Kavanaugh said he “agreed with what Justice Roberts said at his nomination hearing, in which he said that [Roe] was settled law.”

Public Policy Polling (PPP) released data on Tuesday showing that only 35 percent of Pine Tree State voters currently approve of the job Collins is doing in the Senate while 50 percent of voters disapprove.

And in that poll she trails a generic Democratic Party politician by 44-41 percent. Those are strikingly poor numbers for an incumbent–much less an incumbent who has been a fixture of Maine politics for over three decades. Collins was first elected to the Senate in 1996.

The never-missed-a-vote Senator’s current numbers are a stark contrast to a similar poll conducted by PPP last September which showed her leading a generic Democrat by six points at 44-38 percent; representing a nine point swing against her favor....................

Read more: https://lawandcrime.com/high-profile/new-poll-suggests-sen-susan-collins-support-for-brett-kavanaugh-will-end-her-career/

good news for the #USA

Candidate attacks, by the numbers, in the fourth presidential debate: Live updates

just ran across this website

Candidate attacks, by the numbers, in the fourth presidential debate: Live updates
We’re tracking candidate attacks throughout the night.

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