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President-elect Donald Trump’s incoming chief of staff admitted that Russia was behind last year’s hacking and leaking of internal emails from top officials at the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s campaign.
In an interview on “Fox News Sunday” with Chris Wallace, Reince Priebus acknowledged that Trump “accepts the fact that this particular case was entities in Russia,” but argued that the DNC should be criticized for not taking cyber security more seriously.
“I think he accepts the findings, Chris,” Priebus said of Trump. “But here’s the thing that everyone needs to understand. When this whole thing started, it started from the Russians 50 years ago. In other words, this is something that’s been going on in our elections for many, many years. The Russians, the Chinese, the Iranians — it happens, every election period.”
Trump and Priebus have evidently resolved their differences. Reince Priebus previously was reported to be “furious” with Trump. Priebus was previously livid with Trump over his remarks toward the parents of the soldier, a Muslim U.S. Army captain killed in the Iraq war. Priebus was also reported to have been livid over Trump’s refusal to endorse House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senator John McCain.
Priebus was reported to “ feel like a fool,” as a result of ever trusting Trump.
Priebus feelt “burned” by Trump’s string of self-inflicted wounds and his refusal to observe basic decorum by giving Ryan his support. Now that Trump is President-elect, it seems that Priebus is willing to defend anything Trump says or does. How could any American defend the hacking of information to impact an election by a foreign government by saying that the opposing party had known about hacking in the past and failed to try harder to stop it. It’s like saying that when Russia launches a nuclear weapon, it’s not ideal but Obama knew they had nuclear weapons and didn’t go to war with Russia to force them to relinquish their nuclear arsenal. An attack on the American election system is never O.K. The day we stop fighting to put an end to Russian interference with our elections is the day that we turn over control of our country to Russia….Oh wait, we already did that!
“My Plan also calls for repealing and replacing Obamacare.” “It’s a disaster” Donald Trump declared during his campaign.
Now that Trump has won the election, his previous rant about the Affordable Health Care Act seems to have been forgotten. More than 20 Million Americans who previously had not been insured, now have health insurance. Trump has now said he’s in favor of “keeping a core part of the law.”Repeal and replace seems unlikely as the Republicans haven’t agreed on a replacement, even though the Affordable Health Care Act became law almost seven years ago. Moreover the GOP has failed to offer ANY alternative plan to replace the Affordable Health Care Act. During the campaign, Trump didn’t concern himself with such mundane things as a better plan. Now that he is about to become our President, he seems to be concerned that there is no alternative to replace coverage for so many Americans. Perhaps his idea of “Making America Great Again” was to rid the country of all sick people by letting them die from lack of health care.
People have warned that Donald Trump’s endorsement of nuclear proliferation could be catastrophic for the planet. Yet some say that a nuclear holocaust is unlikely, and the result of liberals over-reacting to Donald Trump. However there is no way that anyone can deny the danger that America is ALREADY facing, and Trump will simply make it worse. It’s called climate change, and Trump says it’s a “hoax.”
2016 is predicted to be hottest year ever. If every year of the Trump presidency is the hottest on record, he would go down in history as the “Hottest President Ever!” The data out of the Arctic right now is terrifying: Over the last two months, temperatures have been as much as 36 degrees above normal. A chunk of ice the size of India has disappeared from the polar ice caps this year. Sixteen of the 17 hottest years on record have come since 2000.
Trump vowed to renege on U.S. commitments to the Paris Climate Agreement, undo Obama’s Clean Power Plan, and dismantle the EPA. His decisions made so far in this transitional period do not indicate anything different. Trump has assembled an energy and environment team that includes a climate-denier to head the EPA transition and executives from major fracking and oil companies.
A leading US Republican says she fears for the future of her seven grandchildren with Donald Trump in the White House. Christine Todd Whitman, head of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under George W Bush, accused Mr Trump of ignoring compelling science. She warned that his threat to scrap climate protection policies puts the world’s future at risk.
Ms Todd Whitman was interviewed on Trump’s likely policies for a documentary – Climate Change: the Trump Card – which airs on BBC Radio 4 at 20:00 on Tuesday.
She said: “I find it very worrisome that there seems to be a disdain for the science on protecting the environment.
“I worry terribly for the future of my family and families round the world because Mother Nature has never observed geopolitical boundaries and what one country does really does affect another country.
“To walk away from something where you have 97% of scientists saying this is occurring and people have an impact on it … it’s gotten to the point where we’ve got to try to slow it down if we’re going to survive it.”
Trump’s picks for Cabinet posts have alarmed scientists. Several of them have cast doubt on climate science. Rick Perry, the nominee for Energy Secretary, who has in the past argued for the abolition of the Department of Energy, he is about to lead.
The choice for head of the EPA is Scott Pruitt, who wants to scrap the clean power program which is the basis for America’s pledge to the UN to curb CO2 emissions.
Mr Trump’s pick for Secretary of State is Rex Tillerson, head of oil giant Exxon Mobil, which is being investigated for allegedly misleading its shareholders over risks to the climate. Nick Loris from the libertarian Heritage Foundation told BBC News: “Scott Pruitt has led the charge against an overly aggressive EPA – an agency that’s run wild, rampantly, with excessive regulations that are devoid of any meaningful environmental benefit.
“He wants to return environmental protection down to the state level where a lot of our environmental challenges can better be solved,” he added.