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Trump says Ukraine invasion could lead to WWIII

Donald Trump speculated that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine could potentially lead to a third world war, as he took a shot at Joe Biden for his response to Vladimir Putin’s aggression.

“This could lead to World War III. I see what’s happening,” he said during a rally in South Carolina on Saturday, adding that his successor can still “end this tragedy without getting Americans snared into a gruesome and very bloody war.”

Meanwhile, a former US ambassador to Ukraine said that transcripts revealing Mr Trump’s attempts to withhold congressionally approved military aid from Ukraine during a 2019 phone call with Volodymyr Zelensky likely emboldened the Russian president.

“I think it certainly plays a part. I think Putin saw how Trump viewed Ukraine … as a pawn,” Marie Yovanovitch told NBC on Sunday.

Mr Trump was impeached for the first time following a congressional inquiry finding that he sought to withhold military aid and an invitation to the White House in exchange for President Zelensky’s announcement of an investigation into his Mr Biden, and to promote a conspiracy theory that Ukraine – not Russia – interfered in 2016 elections.

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Obama tests positive for Covid

Former President Barack Obama announced that he has Covid-19 on Sunday, writing in a tweet that he was experiencing mild symptoms.

His wife, former first lady Michelle Obama, tested negative according to her husband’s announcement.

“I just tested positive for COVID. I’ve had a scratchy throat for a couple days, but am feeling fine otherwise. Michelle and I are grateful to be vaccinated and boosted, and she has tested negative,” he wrote.

The former president continued: “It’s a reminder to get vaccinated if you haven’t already, even as cases go down.”

Read details in this report by John Bowden:

Barack Obama reveals he has tested positive for Covid

‘Michelle and I are grateful to be vaccinated and boosted, and she has tested negative’

Namita Singh14 March 2022 07:01
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Mitt Romney accuses Tulsi Gabbard of ‘treasonous lies’

Utah senator Mitt Romney fiercely criticised former Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard pf Hawaii on Sunday and suggested that her remarks about the existence of so-called “US biolabs” in Ukraine would result in people being killed.

The Republican senator accused his ex-House counterpart, who served as a Democrat but has shifted far to the right since leaving office, of spreading “treasonous lies” that amounted to “Russian propaganda”.

His statement came in reference to a video posted by Ms Gabbard that claimed the existence of “25 to 30” US-funded biolabs that she went on to assert “if breached would release & spread deadly pathogens to US world”.

John Bowden reports:

Mitt Romney accuses Tulsi Gabbard of ‘treasonous lies’ about Russia’s invasion

Former congresswoman pushed falsehoods about ‘US biolabs’ in video

Namita Singh14 March 2022 06:42
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Opinion: Democrats work to keep domestic agenda on track as Ukraine dominates the discourse

While president Joe Biden has seen a bump in his poll numbers over the US response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, such success is unlikely to provide the same kind of bump to those fighting individual races for Congress – where the domestic agenda will carry greater weight, explains The Independent’s Premium Editor, Chris Stevenson.

Making it clear, what is at stake if Democrats failed to sufficiently pull together, Mr Biden said, “This may be the most important off-year election in modern history”.

If Democrats lose their majorities in the House and the Senate in November’s midterm elections, he said, “the only thing I’ll have then is a veto pen”.Indeed, raising prices for those filling up their cars at the pump thanks to the crisis is already being used as a wedge issue by Republicans.

Read the analysis here:

Politics Explained: Confusion reigns for the Democrats as Ukraine looms over all

The party needs to keep the domestic agenda on track while the White House deals with the consequences of Russia’s invasion of its neighbour, writes Chris Stevenson

Namita Singh14 March 2022 06:19
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‘Dealing with Trump and his allies like wrestling an alligator’

Former Attorney General William Barr said dealing with Donald Trump and his advisers was like “wrestling an alligator”.

Speaking with NBC, Mr Barr said that he and other Cabinet secretaries had to “wrestle” with his “yes-men” to keep them “on track”.

“He cast his net broadly and talked to a lot of people, and Cabinet secretaries, all of us, frequently had to wrestle with them to accomplish things that we thought would keep them on track, and we were successful generally, but … it was frequently like wrestling an alligator,” he told the outlet.

“After the election, he would just listen to this group of people who had no government position but were telling him exactly what he wanted to hear,” added Mr Barr. “He’s ultimately to blame for that. There’s something about him that he wants to be surrounded by yes men.”

<p> File: Attorney General William Barr arrives in the Rose Garden on 26 September 2020</p>

File: Attorney General William Barr arrives in the Rose Garden on 26 September 2020

Namita Singh14 March 2022 05:02
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‘Trump’s Ukraine phone call central to impeachment may have emboldened Putin’

Transcripts revealing Donald Trump’s attempts to withhold congressionally approved military aid from Ukraine during a 2019 phone call with Volodymyr Zelensky likely emboldened Vladimir Putin, claims former US ambassador to Ukraine.

“I think it certainly plays a part. I think Putin saw how Trump viewed Ukraine … as a pawn,” Marie Yovanovitch told NBC on Sunday.

“The release of that transcript showed the world that we had an administration that was willing to trade our national security for personal and political gain,” she said.

Mr Trump’s first impeachment was centered on him putting nearly $400mn military aid sanctioned for Ukraine on hold in exchange for President Volodymyr Zelensky’s announcement of an investigation into his political opponent Joe Biden.

Alex Woodward has the details:

Trump’s Ukraine phone call may have emboldened Putin, former ambassador says

Ex-president ‘showed the world’ he was willing ‘to trade our national security for personal and political gain’

Namita Singh14 March 2022 04:33
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Trump warns against third world war

Former president Donald Trump speculated that Russia’s attack on Ukraine could potentially lead to a third world war.

“This could lead to World War III. I see what’s happening,” he told supporters during a rally in Florence on Saturday. “Because if you think Putin’s gonna stop, it’s gonna get worse and worse. He’s not gonna accept it. And we don’t have anybody to talk to him. You had somebody to talk to him with me. Nobody was ever tougher on Russia than me.”

Read the details in this report by Eric Garcia:

Trump warns Ukraine invasion could lead to World War III, and calls Putin ‘driven’

Attack on Ukraine shows ‘lack of respect’ for a lot of things, former president adds

Namita Singh14 March 2022 04:32

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