Categories for National Security

32,803. 2/13/2020

NATIONAL SECURITY/NEW YORK/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “I’m seeing Governor Cuomo today at The White House. He must understand that National Security far exceeds politics. New York must stop all of its unnecessary lawsuits & harrassment, start cleaning itself up, and lowering taxes. Build relationships, but don’t bring Fredo!”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, February 13, 2020 1:30 pm

32,684. 2/9/2020

JOE BIDEN/NATIONAL SECURITY/OBAMA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @AndrewHClark: Flashback to when Obama-Biden National Security Advisor Gen. James Jones praised the decision to take out dangerous Irani…”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, February 9, 2020 10:36 am

32,667. 2/9/2020

HEALTHCARE/NATIONAL SECURITY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @Surgeon_General: Enjoyed talking with @SenThomTillis about the intersection of health and national security, as well as how community h…”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, February 9, 2020 10:10 am

32,608. 2/8/2020

IRAN/NATIONAL SECURITY/OBAMA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @TrumpWarRoom: WATCH: Former Obama national security advisor Gen. James Jones praises @RealDonaldTrump decision to strike Iranian terror…”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, February 8, 2020 7:25 am

32,301. 1/30/2020

NATIONAL SECURITY/OBAMA ADMIN/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @RandPaul: My question today is about whether or not individuals who were holdovers from the Obama National Security Council and Democra…”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, January 30, 2020 5:28 pm

32,248. 1/29/2020

JOHN BOLTON/NATIONAL SECURITY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “….many more mistakes of judgement, gets fired because frankly, if I listened to him, we would be in World War Six by now, and goes out and IMMEDIATELY writes a nasty & untrue book. All Classified National Security. Who would do this?”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, January 29, 2020 7:28 am

32,074. 1/7/2020

NATIONAL SECURITY/TRUMP PEOPLE: “RT @LindseyGrahamSC: President @realDonaldTrump’s National security team — @VP Pence, @SecPompeo, @EsperDoD, and national security advisor…”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, January 7, 2020 7:00 am

30,773. 11/19/2019

IMPEACHMENT/NATIONAL SECURITY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/UKRAINE: “Two top national security officials offered new details about President Trump’s pressure campaign on Ukraine as they appeared for testimony during the second week of public hearings in House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry. At issue is whether Mr. Trump abused his power by holding out security aid and a coveted White House meeting from the Ukrainian government in exchange for an announcement from Ukraine’s president of investigations that could benefit Mr. Trump politically. Here are the new revelations from the officials, Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman and Jennifer Williams. Few in the government supported holding up security aid to Ukraine, witnesses said. Tuesday morning’s witnesses provided a new window into how the national security establishment reacted to the decision to freeze $391 million in security aid for Ukraine for 55 days.”

Michael D. Shear, “Vindman and Williams: What We Learned From Their Testimony,” The new York Times online, November 19, 2019

30,761. 11/18/2019

NATIONAL SECURITY/NUCLEAR/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Turnover in President Donald Trump’s national security staff may be having a little-noticed side effect: Worries about nuclear weapons zapping America’s electric grid will return to the fringe. Warnings about electromagnetic pulse attacks have long inspired eye-rolls or outright guffaws among national security experts, but advocates of the issue briefly found a home on Trump’s National Security Council, and the president himself issued an executive order on the topic in March. That respectability boom shows signs of fading, however, as those advocates leave the administration. On Sept. 13, controversial physicist, self-declared climate skeptic and backer of the fight against EMPs William Happer left the White House. Three days earlier, Trump had ousted national security adviser John Bolton, who according to people close to the congressional EMP effort was also a backer of hardening power plants and the electric grid against the threat.”

Sarah Cammarata, “Is it lights out for Trump’s EMP push?,” Politico, November 18, 2019 1:18 pm

30,062. 10/30/2019

HOUSE OF REPS/IMPEACHMENT/NATIONAL SECURITY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “House impeachment investigators on Wednesday [10-30-19] summoned John R. Bolton, President Trump’s former national security adviser, and two top White House lawyers to testify next week in their inquiry into Mr. Trump’s pressure campaign on Ukraine, closing in on critical witnesses as they prepare to go public with their investigation. Mr. Bolton, a fiery foreign policy veteran, could be a marquee player in the House’s month-old impeachment inquiry. His deputies have testified that Mr. Bolton, who left the White House in September amid disagreements with the president, was angry about the efforts to pressure Ukraine to open investigations into Democrats. Rudolph W. Giuliani, the president’s personal lawyer who was leading the charge, he warned, was a ‘hand grenade who’s going to blow everybody up.’ But his appearance is far from assured. His lawyer said that Mr. Bolton was ‘not willing to appear voluntarily,’ declining to specify what his client would do should he be subpoenaed.”  

Nicholas Fandos and Adam Goldman, “John Bolton Is Summoned to Testify in Trump Impeachment Inquiry,” The New York Times online, October 30, 2019

29,969. 10/28/2019

IMPEACHMENT/NATIONAL SECURITY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/UKRAINE: “A senior White House official told House impeachment investigators on Tuesday that he believed President Donald Trump undermined national security when he appealed to Ukraine’s president to investigate his political rivals, according to a copy of his opening statement obtained by POLITICO. Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman spent more than 10 hours behind closed doors with lawmakers and aides, providing his firsthand account of how the president’s posture toward Ukraine sent shudders through the highest levels of the U.S. national security apparatus…Vindman, who became the first White House official to testify as part of the impeachment inquiry, also wrote that he reported Trump’s July 25 phone call with Zelensky to the NSC’s top lawyer after listening in on the conversation from the White House Situation Room alongside other national security officials. It was the second time Vindman had raised concerns to the NSC’s lead counsel about a campaign by Trump, his associates and some U.S. officials to pressure Ukraine to launch investigations intended to benefit Trump politically.”

Andrew Desiderio and Kyle Cheney, “NSC official testifies Trump undermined national security with Ukraine pressure,” Politico, October 28, 2019 8:29 pm

29,638. 10/18/2019

NATIONAL SECURITY/OBAMA/SYRIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Susan Rice, who was a disaster to President Obama as National Security Advisor, is now telling us her opinion on what to do in Syria. Remember RED LINE IN THE SAND? That was Obama. Millions killed! No thanks Susan, you were a disaster.”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, October 18, 2019 9:59 pm

29,535. 10/16/2019

AMBASSADOR/FOREIGN POLICY/HOUSE OF REPS/IMPEACHMENT/NATIONAL SECURITY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “A former top White House foreign policy adviser told House impeachment investigators this week that she viewed Gordon D. Sondland, the United States ambassador to the European Union, as a potential national security risk because he was so unprepared for his job, according to two people familiar with her private testimony. The adviser, Fiona Hill, did not accuse Mr. Sondland of acting maliciously or intentionally putting the country at risk. But she described Mr. Sondland, a hotelier and Trump donor-turned-ambassador, as metaphorically driving in an unfamiliar place with no guardrails and no GPS, according to the people, who were not authorized to publicly discuss a deposition that took place behind closed doors. Ms. Hill, the former senior director for European and Russian affairs at the White House, also said that she raised her concerns with intelligence officials inside the White House, one of the people said.”

Nicholas Fandos and Adam Goldman, “Ex-Aide Saw Gordon Sondland as a Potential National Security Risk,” The New York Times online, October 16, 2019

29,532. 10/16/2019

AMBASSADOR/FOREIGN POLICY/NATIONAL SECURITY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “A former top White House foreign policy adviser told House impeachment investigators this week that she viewed Gordon D. Sondland, the United States ambassador to the European Union, as a potential national security risk because he was so unprepared for his job, according to two people familiar with her private testimony. The adviser, Fiona Hill, did not accuse Mr. Sondland of acting maliciously or intentionally putting the country at risk. But she described Mr. Sondland, a hotelier and Trump donor-turned-ambassador, as metaphorically driving in an unfamiliar place with no guardrails and no GPS, according to the people, who were not authorized to publicly discuss a deposition that took place behind closed doors. Ms. Hill, the former senior director for European and Russian affairs at the White House, also said that she raised her concerns with intelligence officials inside the White House, one of the people said.”

Nicholas Fandos and Adam Goldman, “Ex-Aide Saw Gordon Sondland as a Potential National Security Risk,” The New York Times online, October 16, 2019

29,395. 10/11/2019

IVANKA/NATIONAL SECURITY/TRUMP FAMILY: “RT @IvankaTrump: Women are absolutely critical to the National Security of a Nation & need to be brought to the negotiating table during pe…”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, October 11, 2019 6:23 pm

29,356. 10/11/2019

NATIONAL SECURITY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @WhiteHouse: National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien: ‘We made this very clear to President Erdogan early on that the invasion of Syria…” 

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, October 11, 2019 10:25 am

29,185. 10/7/2019

DEFENSE/FOREIGN AID/IMPEACHMENT/NATIONAL SECURITY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/UKRAINE: “The House on Monday [10-7-19] expanded its sprawling impeachment inquiry, issuing subpoenas to the Defense Department and the Office of Management and Budget for documents that could solve lingering mysteries about whether President Trump’s decision to withhold security aid for Ukraine was tied to his efforts to pressure the government there to investigate his political rivals. The action kicked off what was expected to be another busy week of investigation in Washington, where questions related to Ukraine appear increasingly likely to result in a vote on Mr. Trump’s impeachment. Two senior American diplomats caught up in the scandal are scheduled to speak to investigators before the week is through, while a third who was scheduled to be deposed on Monday failed to show up. And lawmakers appeared to be in the final stages of arranging a highly secure interview with the anonymous C.I.A. whistle-blower whose complaint prompted the inquiry.”

Nicholas Fandos, “Seeking Ukraine Aid Records, House Subpoenas White House Budget Office and Pentagon,” The New York Times online, October 7, 2019

28,657. 9/24/2019

IMPEACHMENT/JOE BIDEN/NATIONAL SECURITY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/UKRAINE: “Joe Biden on Tuesday [9-24-19] said Congress has ‘no choice but to initiate impeachment’ if President Donald Trump keeps stonewalling investigations, including into Ukraine…Biden, speaking in Delaware, said if the allegations now facing Trump are true, it is an abuse of power, it undermines national security and violates Trump’s oath of office…Biden, who did not take questions after his brief remarks, did not specifically reference that he and his son, Hunter, were at the center of the burgeoning controversy facing Trump. Trump is accused of pressuring Ukraine’s president into launching an investigation into the Biden family.”

Natasha Korecki, “‘A tragedy of his own making’: Biden says Trump has only himself to blame if Congress moves to impeach,” Politico, September 24, 2019 5:01 pm

28,639. 9/24/2019

IMPEACHMENT/NANCY PELOSI/NATIONAL SECURITY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced on Tuesday [9-24-19] that the House would initiate a formal impeachment inquiry against President Trump, charging him with betraying his oath of office and the nation’s security by seeking to enlist a foreign power to tarnish a rival for his own political gain. Ms. Pelosi’s declaration, after months of reticence by Democrats who had feared the political consequences of impeaching a president many of them long ago concluded was unfit for office, was a stunning turn that set the stage for a history-making and exceedingly bitter confrontation between the Democrat-led House and a defiant president who has thumbed his nose at institutional norms…She said the president’s conduct revealed his ‘betrayal of his oath of office, betrayal of our national security and betrayal of the integrity of our elections.’”

Nicholas Fandos, “Nancy Pelosi Announces Formal Impeachment Inquiry of Trump,” The New York Times online, September 24, 2019

28,534. 9/18/2019

IRAN/NATIONAL SECURITY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “In the space of seven minutes on an airport tarmac on Wednesday [9-18-19], President Trump captured the thorny decision he faces as he once again straddles the edge of war and peace. One moment, he threatened to order ‘the ultimate option’ of a strike on Iran in retaliation for attacks on oil facilities in Saudi Arabia. The next he ruminated about what a mistake it had been for the United States to get entangled in Middle East wars and welcomed Iran’s president to visit. To help sort through the alternatives, Mr. Trump on Wednesday named a hawkish new national security adviser, Robert C. O’Brien, the State Department’s chief hostage negotiator. But as Mr. Trump spoke with reporters, shouting to be heard over the roar of Air Force One engines, Mr. Trump sounded like a commander in chief searching for a way to be tough without pulling the trigger.”

Peter Baker and Eric Schmitt, “Trump Weighs Retaliation Against Iran and Names National Security Adviser,” The New York Times online, September 18, 2019

28,532. 9/18/2019

FOREIGN POLICY/NATIONAL SECURITY/STATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Even his many critics conceded that the former national security adviser John R. Bolton brought useful credentials to the job: decades of foreign policy experience and a keen grasp of how the gears of government turn. Mr. Bolton’s main problem, as it turned out, was that he knew too much. Confident in his experience to a fault, he was unwilling to shade his deeply held hawkish views, which he defended with a prickly personality that alienated colleagues — and ultimately President Trump himself, leading to his ouster last week. Robert C. O’Brien, Mr. Trump’s choice to succeed Mr. Bolton, flips that equation. He is a former Los Angeles lawyer with limited government experience before he became the State Department’s point man for hostage negotiations. But his friends all cite an affable, ingratiating personality that has earned him allies throughout the Trump administration, notably including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Mr. Trump’s son-in-law and adviser, Jared Kushner, both of whom supported his appointment.”

Michael Crowley, Peter Baker and Maggie Haberman, “Robert O’Brien ‘Looks the Part,’ but Has Spent Little Time Playing It,” The New York Times online, September 18, 2019

28,531. 9/18/2019

FOREIGN POLICY/NATIONAL SECURITY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “John Bolton, President Donald Trump’s fired national security adviser, harshly criticized Trump’s foreign policy on Wednesday [9-18-19] at a private lunch, saying that inviting the Taliban to Camp David sent a ‘terrible signal’ and that it was ‘disrespectful’ to the victims of 9/11 because the Taliban had harbored al Qaeda. Bolton also said that any negotiations with North Korea and Iran were ‘doomed to failure,’ according to two attendees. All the North Koreans and Iranians want to do is negotiate for relief from sanctions to support their economies, said Bolton, who was speaking before guests invited by the Gatestone Institute, a conservative think tank. ‘He ripped Trump, without using his name, several times,’ said one attendee. Bolton didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. Bolton also said more than once that Trump’s failure to respond to the Iranian attack on an American drone earlier this summer set the stage for the Islamic Republic’s aggression in recent months.”

Daniel Lippman, “Bolton unloads on Trump’s foreign policy behind closed doors,” Politico, September 18, 2019 10:07 pm

28,513. 9/18/2019

NATIONAL SECURITY/TRUMP PEOPLE: “RT @greta: [email protected] names new national security adviser: https://t.co/KiJaPAm1Ux

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, September 18, 2019 9:34 am

28,511. 9/18/2019

NATIONAL SECURITY/STATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “I am pleased to announce that I will name Robert C. O’Brien, currently serving as the very successful Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs at the State Department, as our new National Security Advisor. I have worked long & hard with Robert. He will do a great job!”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, September 18, 2019 8:23 am

28,362. 9/12/2019

NATIONAL SECURITY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE/VENEZUELA: “President Donald Trump on Thursday [9-12-19] again claimed former national security adviser John Bolton, well-known for his hawkish impulses and inclination toward military intervention, was in fact ‘holding me back’ on certain matters of foreign policy…The president’s post was in response to a message from Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), who wrote online Thursday morning that he had spoken with Trump regarding Venezuela…Among his other international priorities atop the National Security Council, Bolton had championed Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó’s attempted overthrow of Maduro — a regime change that remains unfulfilled eight months after the administration formally recognized Guaidó as the South American nation’s legitimate ‘interim president.’ Trump, who announced Bolton’s resignation on Tuesday, asserted to reporters in the Oval Office on Wednesday that he regularly backed a more hardline brand of foreign policy than his ex-aide.”

Quint Forgey, “Trump claims Bolton was ‘holding me back!’,” Politico, September 12, 2019 2:45 pm