The president was asked last night by @SavannahGuthrie about his sharing of the insane lie that the heroes of SEAL Team Six didn’t actually kill OBL, that it was all faked — empirically a smear of brave servicemembers and a deranged claim.
2/ His response: “I know nothing about it — that was a retweet, that was an opinion of somebody. I'll put it out there, people can decide for themselves, I don't take a position."
3/ if you’re more upset that Savannah challenged him on this lunacy than the president besmirching American heroes and spreading deranged lies, you need to take a long, hard look in the mirror.

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14 Oct
Last month the US Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control “designated four Russia-linked individuals for attempting to influence the U.S. electoral process.”…
2/ One of those four individuals: Andrii Derkach, “a Member of the Ukrainian Parliament” and “active Russian agent for over a decade, maintaining close connections with the Russian Intelligence Services...
3/ “... Derkach has directly or indirectly engaged in, sponsored, concealed, or otherwise been complicit in foreign interference in an attempt to undermine the upcoming 2020 U.S. presidential election.”

Again, this is the US Treasury Department saying this. In September.
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12 Oct
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2/ This film launched the careers of so many great actors; here’s Wooderson (@McConaughey) explaining to host @pattonoswalt how he came up with “Alright, alright, alright” (amazing story)
3/ Jodi Kramer (Michelle Burke), Don (Sasha Jenson) and Simone (@JoeyLaurenAdams)
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2/ "The federal government has largely abandoned disease control to the states. ... But whatever their competence, governors do not have the tools that Washington controls. Instead of using those tools, the federal government has undermined them."
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They will not say when POTUS last tested negative, raising questions as to whether he was tested at all between infection and the debate Tuesday Sept 29.

This is important...
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Did POTUS test negative that day? WH won’t say.…
3/ The next day, Sunday Sept 27, POTUS briefed reporters in the Briefing Room and hosted Gold Star families in an event *with no masks or social distancing required.*

Did he test negative before meeting these families?

WH won’t say.

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2/ Trump’s Handling of
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Responsible      33%
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Margin of error: +/-4.2% pts
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Trump’s Handling of
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Women    72%
Men      54%
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