Donald Trump on American football and dead soldiers

This satiric Mark Fiore video from the USA says about itself:

Trump Sports Network

17 October 2017

Once again, satire is just inches ahead of reality. When the President of the United States calls for people who don’t stand for the national anthem to be fired and speaks wistfully of more violence in sports, you know we’ve gone farther into Kookyland.

TRUMP TELLS PREGNANT WIDOW OF FALLEN SOLDIER: HE KNEW WHAT HE SIGNED UP FOR Trump reportedly told the pregnant widow of a soldier killed in Niger that he “must’ve known what he signed up for,” according to Florida Rep. Frederica Wilson. The hashtag #HeKnewWhatHeSignedUpFor began to trend on Twitter, as many slammed the president for his insensitive phrasing. Trump also politicized the Afghanistan death of his Chief of Staff John Kelly’s son, asking if President Barack Obama had called Kelly after his son was killed by a land mine. [HuffPost]

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP’S CALL TO SOLDIER’S FAMILY CREATES SELF-MADE FIRESTORM Despite the president claiming otherwise, the mother of fallen soldier Sgt. La David Johnson said the president “disrespected” her family. And White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders raised doubt about the existence of Trump’s claim to “proof” that he never said Johnson “knew what he signed up for.” This Gold Star father says Trump offered him $25,000 and never followed through. Another Gold Star dad said he wanted to learn how to use Twitter to call the president “a liar” over his claims of contacting all of the families of the fallen. [HuffPost]

Retired General John Kelly, the White House chief of staff, made an extraordinary intervention into the political firestorm over President Donald Trump’s crude and lying comments about the official treatment of military casualties in his and previous administrations: here.

Two-and-a-half weeks after the deaths of four US Special Forces troops during a firefight in the landlocked West African nation of Niger, the American media has remained fixated on the ugly controversy surrounding President Donald Trump’s condolence call to the grieving widow of one of the soldiers, made as she was driving to the airport to meet his coffin. Accounts given by both family members and Democratic Congresswoman Frederica Wilson, who was in the car when the call came over the speaker phone, leave no doubt that the indifference of the billionaire conman in the White House to the death of a 25-year-old African-American soldier from an impoverished Florida town, and his incapacity to express empathy for the family came through loud and clear: here.

The militarist diatribe by White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, a retired Marine general, at a White House press briefing last week laid bare an open secret of American politics: behind the façade of democratic rule, the United States increasingly resembles a military dictatorship: here.

Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, gave a televised press briefing Monday afternoon on the US military presence in the West African country of Niger. His hour-long appearance came in the midst of a mounting clash between the White House and the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson, one of the four US soldiers killed in Niger on October 4: here.

Slain US special forces troops on apparent assassination mission in Niger: here.

Trump loves the national anthem, so much so he has made it a wedge issue. Just don’t ask him to finish the song.

On Monday evening President Donald Trump announced the cancelation of the scheduled visit by the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles to the White House Tuesday. Reports indicate that of the over 80 players and team personnel who were invited, less than 10 had planned to attend. Taking offense at the expected size of the Eagle delegation, Trump seized upon it as an opportunity to continue his assault on National Football League (NFL) players and democratic rights generally. In rescinding the White House invitation, Trump issued a statement declaring that the players were not attending because of their refusal to stand properly for the national anthem: here.

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  2. Monday 23rd October 2017

    posted by James Tweedie in World

    NEW rows erupted over the weekend around the deaths of four US soldiers under unclear circumstances in Niger earlier this month.

    The White House condemned criticism of General John Kelly’s response to attacks on his handling of the ambush two weeks ago.

    It follows a week of heightened tensions around the attack on October 4 by Isis fighters after the White House engaged in a public feud with Democratic Party congresswoman Frederica Wilson.

    Ms Wilson said US President Donald Trump’s phone call to the widow of one the soldiers killed in the ambush was so insensitive it left her in tears.

    Yesterday President Donald Trump described Ms Wilson as “whacky” in a tweet.

    In an interview with Sputnik Radio on Friday, US peace campaigner Cindy Sheehan said US casualties of war were used as “political cannon fodder” by both main parties.

    “The question nobody is answering is: ‘Why are there special forces in Niger anyway?’” she said.

    “It doesn’t matter who’s president. We need to stop being partisan politicos and really start opposing the US empire as much as possible.”

    The United States Africa Command has a long-established network of almost 50 military bases across the continent, concentrated in the strategic Sahel region between the Atlantic and Indian oceans and north and central Africa.

    Two of those bases are in Niger, which borders war-torn Mali and Libya, Boko Haram-plagued Nigeria and Chad.


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