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When Trump campaigned he promised to make America great again and he was going to start by supporting the military, well he's keeping his word on his promises...kinda...not really, but who cares...iamirite...Go Trump!!! #bestpresidentever..

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William Owens, whose son William "Ryan" Owens became the first American to die in combat under the Trump administration, says that he refused a chance to meet President Trump and that he wants an investigation into his son's final mission — a raid in Yemen whose merits have been called into question.

"I told them I didn't want to make a scene about it, but my conscience wouldn't let me talk to him," Owens said of the president in an interview with The Miami Herald. He made that decision after being told that Trump was heading from Washington to attend the transfer of Ryan Owens' remains.

The Navy SEAL died on Jan. 29, in a rare ground mission in Yemen. Since then, the U.S. acknowledged that more than 20 civilians, including women and children, were also killed in the attack, along with 14 al-Qaida militants. Almost immediately after the raid, questions were also raised about whether the gains of the raid were enough to offset the loss of an elite U.S. special operator and an Osprey aircraft.

 
 

The White House has deemed the mission a success, despite the losses and the apparent escape of one of the raid's key targets. From NPR's fact check that included Pentagon correspondent Tom Bowman:

"But the U.S. would not send in SEAL Team Six, the premiere anti-terrorist commandos, to pick up some cellphones and computers, a U.S. official told Bowman.

"Part of the effort was to get top al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP, leaders. While more than a dozen militants were killed, a top target, Qassim al-Rimi, either slipped away or was not at the location."

Discussing the raid, William Owens, who is also a military veteran, told the Miami Herald, "Why at this time did there have to be this stupid mission when it wasn't even barely a week into his administration? Why? For two years prior, there were no boots on the ground in Yemen — everything was missiles and drones — because there was not a target worth one American life. Now, all of a sudden we had to make this grand display?"

Saying that the U.S. owes his son an investigation, Owens criticized Trump for using a combat death to attack those who are calling for an inquiry.

"Don't hide behind my son's death to prevent an investigation," he said.

Days after the raid, the White House said that while Trump had authorized the operation, it had been planned under the Obama administration months ago, with the goal of gathering information. But military officials later said the raid's site was one of several that was identified back in November as one to consider.

Trump was also criticized after it was reported that he made the decision to carry out the raid while he was having dinner with his advisers, rather than in the White House's Situation Room.

Yemen has condemned the attack, with its military saying that one of the men who was killed had actually been working for them, as NPR reported.

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/02/27/517496770/father-of-navy-seal-killed-in-yemen-raid-has-harsh-words-for-trump?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=news

 

 

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All the conservatives that cried over Benghazi have been oddly silent about this

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11 hours ago, Jamie_B said:

All the conservatives that cried over Benghazi have been oddly silent about this

Oddly silent indeed...Strange how the Trump Administration claimed it was successful mission when a special forces member was killed, an expensive weapon was destroyed, civilians were killed, and the high level target escaped; that seems like a pretty unsuccessful mission to me.

 

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He likes soldiers that don't get killed.

 

And "It was a successful mission, period!"

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Discussing the raid, William Owens, who is also a military veteran, told the Miami Herald, "Why at this time did there have to be this stupid mission when it wasn't even barely a week into his administration? Why? For two years prior, there were no boots on the ground in Yemen — everything was missiles and drones — because there was not a target worth one American life. Now, all of a sudden we had to make this grand display?"

 

When his Dad said this I kinda had to wonder...how in the hell would he know if we'd had spec ops missions in Yemen or not prior to his son dying in this one? It's not like it's advertised or broadcasted.

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3 hours ago, Bunghole said:

Discussing the raid, William Owens, who is also a military veteran, told the Miami Herald, "Why at this time did there have to be this stupid mission when it wasn't even barely a week into his administration? Why? For two years prior, there were no boots on the ground in Yemen — everything was missiles and drones — because there was not a target worth one American life. Now, all of a sudden we had to make this grand display?"

 

When his Dad said this I kinda had to wonder...how in the hell would he know if we'd had spec ops missions in Yemen or not prior to his son dying in this one? It's not like it's advertised or broadcasted.

I'm sure he and his son talk and being that the Dad is a former military guy he probably has some connections as well. 

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On 2/27/2017 at 9:27 PM, Jamie_B said:

All the conservatives that cried over Benghazi have been oddly silent about this

 

Nothing odd about it all.  It would be odd if they didn't ignore it.

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Just now, T-Dub said:

 

Nothing odd about it all.  It would be odd if they didn't ignore it.

Oddly used in the sarcastic sense here

Basically calling them hypocrites. 

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2 minutes ago, Jamie_B said:

Oddly used in the sarcastic sense here

Basically calling them hypocrites. 

 

Yeah I get it, point being it's entirely expected.  Everyone's a hypocrite or we'd be in a pointless state of perpetual outrage. If Hillary was in office the Dems would be busily ignoring the Clinton Foundation etc.  It's all sockpuppet theater/team sports & the public at large is left either rooting for their "side" of corrupt shithead or casting troll/protest votes for a fucking joke like Trump simply because he's not one of them.

The two parties are going to bicker like an old married couple while driving us right off a cliff.

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That will make any brown person think twice about crossing trump.  Which was probably the intent.

 

 

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1 hour ago, CincyInDC said:

That will make any brown person think twice about crossing trump.  Which was probably the intent.

 

 

 

He's not a racist though, he's just surrounded himself with white supremacists because of the economy or whatever.

I honestly thought we were better than this as a nation.  What a bitter pill.

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Trump is sticking to his campaign slogan to make america great again by cutting the programs that help poor people in the south and midwest.... 

Good thing those people in Eastern Kentucky don't need any type of government assistance or rely on federal dollars because they believe in small government and want to DRAIN THAT SWAMP!!!!!1111 

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Eyeing Trump’s Budget Plan, Republican Governors Say ‘No, Thanks’

By ALEXANDER BURNS MARCH 22, 2017

Gov. Matt Bevin of Kentucky was unrestrained in his praise for President Trump: Opening for him at a rally on Monday, Mr. Bevin, a conservative Republican, echoed Mr. Trump’s “America First” slogan and only gently noted the nagging divisions in their party.

“We now have a president and a Congress that are united in party, and yet we still have disagreements among us,” Mr. Bevin said, insisting, “This is healthy and good.”

In private, Mr. Bevin has been blunter about the party’s disagreements. Just days before appearing with Mr. Trump in Louisville, he joined a conference call with the president’s budget director, Mick Mulvaney, to protest a White House proposal to defund the Appalachian Regional Commission, an economic development agency that spans 13 states and steers millions of dollars in federal money to Kentucky.

Mr. Bevin was not alone in his dismay.

As Mr. Trump and his advisers press for bone-deep cuts to the federal budget, Republican governors have rapidly emerged as an influential bloc of opposition. They have complained to the White House about reductions they see as harmful or arbitrary, and they plan to pressure members of Congress from their states to oppose them.

Of acute concern to Republicans are a handful of low-profile programs aimed at job training and economic revitalization, including regional development agencies like the Appalachian commission and the Delta Regional Authority, which serves eight Southern and Midwestern states, seven of them with Republican governors. They are also protective of grants from the Department of Housing and Urban Development and a $3.4 billion job-training program funded through the Labor Department.

Mr. Trump’s budget office has proposed to eliminate or deeply slash funding for all of those programs, along with dozens of others.

Kim S. Rueben, a budget expert at the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center, said the retrenchment in Mr. Trump’s spending plan appeared to be significantly out of step with his campaign promises to use the federal government as a machine for creating jobs, especially in distressed Midwestern and rural areas.

“It just seems like you’re going after places that are so pivotal to what you are arguing you wanted to do for your base,” Ms. Rueben said of Mr. Trump’s budget. “They’re cutting all sorts of infrastructure projects and economic development projects at the same time that the president is still talking about how much of an investment he’s going to put into infrastructure.”

The White House’s proposed cuts would be felt in matters well beyond economic development: A budget briefing circulated last week by the National Governors Association, a nonpartisan group, identified a long list of Trump-backed cuts to programs that support states. They include the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, a $3 billion project in the Department of Health and Human Services that helps people pay for heating and air conditioning, and the Community Development Block Grant program, a $3 billion initiative of the Department of Housing and Urban Development that funds local projects from affordable housing to Meals on Wheels.

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National Governors Association Warns of Proposed Federal Cuts

A budget briefing circulated last week by the National Governors Association, a nonpartisan group, identified a long list of Trump-backed cuts to programs that support states.

Those cuts could come on top of a potentially huge restructuring of the federal Medicaid program under a Republican-backed health care law. A number of Republican governors, including John Kasich of Ohio and Brian Sandoval of Nevada, have publicly criticized the bill under consideration in the House of Representatives because they say it would impose an impossible fiscal burden on states.

Republicans have long argued for a more limited federal role in matters of economic engineering and social welfare, preferring to collect less tax revenue at the national level and hand over responsibility for a range of programs to state and local governments. But in practice, state leaders in both parties often balk at taking on such burdens.

Some of the governors who have voiced worry about the White House budget are among the country’s most conservative. Far from welcoming additional responsibilities, many of them have focused intently on limiting the size and cost of state government.

Gov. Robert Bentley of Alabama said he intended to push back against planned cuts to the Appalachian and Mississippi Delta economic agencies, as well as to the community development grants.

“The Appalachian Regional Commission, the Delta Regional Authority and the Community Development Block Grants are important resources that provide funding that benefits rural projects such as infrastructure improvement, job creation, technology upgrades and school programs,” Mr. Bentley said in a statement. “Along with my governor colleagues in the A.R.C. and D.R.A., I look forward to sharing with Washington how vital these assets are to our poorest and smallest communities.”

Gov. Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas has already told the administration his objections to its plans for the Delta Regional Authority, which gave $10 million in federal grants to states last year, and which the White House budget would eliminate.

Mr. Hutchinson “wants to make sure the Delta is not cut off from necessary economic development funding,” said J. R. Davis, a spokesman for the governor. “It’s a relied upon program.”

So far, the administration has no apparent strategy to placate uneasy Republican governors. When Mr. Mulvaney, the budget director, briefed a bipartisan group of governors and their aides by telephone last week, he spent just a few minutes on a broad synopsis of the administration’s spending plans and took no questions before turning the call over to a member of the White House staff, according to four people on the call, some of whom spoke on the condition of anonymity because it was intended to be private.

By way of defending such extensive cuts, Mr. Mulvaney said simply that the White House’s priority was military spending and that other reductions were necessary to advance that goal.

After Mr. Mulvaney left the call, White House aides spent about 20 minutes taking down polite complaints from leaders in both parties, including Republicans like Mr. Bevin and Paul R. LePage, the governor of Maine and a strong supporter of Mr. Trump, who said he was concerned about cuts to housing for the poor. (Spokeswomen for Mr. Bevin and Mr. LePage declined to comment.)

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Construction work on a new segment of Route 460 in Elkhorn City, Ky., in 2014. Infrastructure projects would lose federal funding under President Trump’s budget proposal. CreditLuke Sharrett/Bloomberg

But the aides offered no clear reassurances to the governors, according to people on the call, merely pledging over and over to get back with answers to their questions.

“It was, ‘We’ll get back to you on that,’” recalled Pat Pitney, the budget director for Gov. Bill Walker of Alaska, a former Republican who was elected as an independent.

Ms. Pitney said that there was considerable skepticism among governors that Mr. Trump would be able to enact his budget, but that states heavily dependent on federal money were already forming coalitions to oppose some provisions. Many of those alliances are likely to transcend partisan divisions, Ms. Pitney said, as states team up on matters of regional importance.

“There are going to be a lot of these things that don’t fall on party lines, because it’s so impactful to the communities that the Congress and the Senate represent,” Ms. Pitney predicted, adding of the proposed cuts, “I think there are some that are dead on arrival, but not every one is dead on arrival.”

For all their private unease, only a few Republican governors have openly criticized Mr. Trump’s budget. Advisers to several of them, including some who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said they saw little benefit to doing so, since they believe the budget is all but doomed in Congress already. Leaders in both the House and Senate have indicated that they are unlikely to pass it in anything resembling its current form, and some have already lined up with their party’s restive governors: Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the majority leader, has publicly vowed to oppose any cuts to the Appalachian Regional Commission of the kind Mr. Bevin fears.

Aides to multiple governors, in both red and blue states, signaled that they doubted Congress would pass any budget at all, let alone one as disruptive as Mr. Trump’s.

Stephanie Wilson, a spokeswoman for Gov. Eric Holcomb of Indiana, a Republican elected in November, said the governor’s office would work closely with Indiana’s largely Republican congressional delegation to defend state priorities.

“But we understand the budget process is a long one,” Ms. Wilson cautioned in an email. “The president’s proposal will need to work its way through Congress.”

Amelia Chassé, a spokeswoman for Gov. Larry Hogan of Maryland, was perhaps even more direct: Asked about Mr. Trump’s proposal to wipe out funding for cleanup of the Chesapeake Bay, Ms. Chassé said Mr. Hogan, a Republican, supported restoring the bay and would address the White House budget as necessary.

“If any of these proposals ever become law or even draft legislation,” she said, “we will take a serious look at how to address them during our own budget process.”

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/22/us/eyeing-trumps-budget-plan-republican-governors-say-no-thanks.html?ribbon-ad-idx=5&src=trending&module=Ribbon&version=context&region=Header&action=click&contentCollection=Trending&pgtype=article

 

 

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Trump blocked me on Twitter and my account was locked because of "suspicious activity" whatever the hell that means. Haha fuck him 

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Wear it as a badge of honor. lol

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A. I'm surprised it took this long.

B. I thought my Twitter feed was slow... :ninja:




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I made a new one a couple days ago. I'm just glad he obviously seen me flipping him off and calling him a traitor :2_grimacing:

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