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National Security Action: America’s Failed Dealmaker

Oct. 22, 2020 – Four years ago, then-candidate Donald Trump pledged to be the greatest dealmaker in American history.He claimed to know deals “better than anyone knows deals.” During his last nomination acceptance speech, Trump told the audience: “I have made billions of dollars in business making deals,” and promised to leverage that supposed prowess for the […]

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National Security Action: Politics Before National Security

September 16, 2020 – The recent whistleblower complaint alleging that senior Trump administration officials attempted to “censor or manipulate” intelligence on Russian election interference, immigration statistics, the threat from white supremacists, and the reality of COVID-19 is another unmistakable signal that this administration continues to put Trump’s political interests ahead of our national security. The administration has proven, […]

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National Security Action: Trump’s Empty Cleveland Commitments

August 27, 2020 – As Donald Trump prepares to accept the Republican nomination, his previous acceptance address, four years ago in Cleveland, is emblematic of his presidency. The lofty promises and proclamations have amounted to nothing more than empty bluster.  Rather than fight corruption, pursue peace, and deliver prosperity, as he pledged, Trump’s self-serving administration […]

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National Security Action: Trump’s Latest Russian “Hoax”

August 5, 2020 – President Trump in recent days has repeatedlylabeled as “fake news” and “a hoax” swirling allegations that Moscow placed bounties on U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan. But his words — which echo the Kremlin’s propaganda  — ring characteristically hollow. That’s because numerous reports have now confirmed that Trump — who vowed “to always protect our great warfighters” — […]

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National Security Action: Putin First

July 16, 2020 – Two years ago today, President Trump stood next to Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki and, in front of the entire world, sided with him over American intelligence. By rejecting the conclusion that Russia interfered in the 2016 election and instead parroting Russian propaganda, Trump once again put his personal interests over the national […]

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National Security Action: Trump’s Iran Policy Has Left Americans Less Safe

July 14, 2020 – Five years ago, the Obama-Biden administration — in lockstep with allies and partners — negotiated an historic deal to verifiably prevent Iran from ever obtaining a nuclear weapon. From his first day in office, Trump has centered his entire Middle East policy on dismantling Obama’s legacy and tearing up the deal. In doing so, […]

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National Security Action: Trump Betrayed Our Troops for Putin

June 29, 2020 – President Trump and his administration have sat for months on intelligence that Russia offered Afghan militants bounties to kill American troops, a conclusion that reportedly, and tragically, has been borne out. But Trump failed to take any action, again displaying a disregard for the lives of American troops serving in harm’s way.  Instead, he […]

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National Security Action: How Not to Reopen: A Case Study

June 23, 2020 – As states across the country fight to prevent a resurgence of the virus, which has already taken more than 120,000 lives, countries around the world provide examples of safe and effective re-opening policy. In these countries, successful re-openings were made possible by leaders who developed policy informed by scientific expertise, communicated clearly […]

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National Security Action: Hundreds of Former Senior Officials Condemn Trump’s Militarized Response to Floyd’s Killing

June 8, 2020 – Over the past week, hundreds of former Department of Defense and other national security officials have added their voices to the chorus of condemnation of President Trump’s militarized response to the demands for justice and displays of solidarity in the wake of George Floyd’s killing. Former officials have penned op-eds, signed open […]

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National Security Action: The Next Crony at the Helm of America’s National Intelligence Community

May 21, 2020 – What Congressman John Ratcliffe lacks in national security experience and expertise he makes up for with blind loyalty to Trump. And that blind loyalty explains why Trump tapped him for the post earlier this year — even after Ratcliffe withdrew his name from consideration last year.   We have every reason to […]

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National Security Action: Under the Cover of Coronavirus

May 13, 2020 – President Trump has made clear that he accepts, in his words, no “responsibility at all” for the devastating coronavirus toll. That’s why, rather than focus nearly singularly on solving this unprecedented crisis, Trump has instead attempted to take advantage of an understandably distracted public and media to accelerate his authoritarian, divisive, and dangerous agenda. From […]

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National Security Action: Under the Radar: Continued National Security Malpractice

May 8, 2020 – President Trump’s mismanagement of the Coronavirus response — and the resulting public health and economic crises that the nation faces — has obscured his administration’s broader ongoing national security malpractice. But it hasn’t gone away. Far from it. As all eyes are on Coronavirus, the Trump administration continues to mismanage and neglect […]

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National Security Action: The Warnings in Plain Sight

May 6, 2020 – President Trump in recent days has attempted to downplay the volume of intelligence in early 2020 that warned him of the impending pandemic. The White House claimed that Trump received only two virus briefings in late January, apparently dismissing the more than one dozen warnings in Trump’s written President’s Daily Brief — and confirming, unsurprisingly, that Trump does […]

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National Security Action: Trump’s Gullibility: A National Security Threat

April 23, 2020 – Only in the midst of the coronavirus crisis, which has taken tens of thousands of American lives and compromised the livelihoods of millions more, did we learn that President Trump was warned about the impending pandemic — repeatedly. Beginning in the first week of January, the Intelligence Community provided frequent warnings in the President’s […]

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National Security Action: The pandemic wasn’t only predictable; it was predicted, even as Trump ignored warnings

April 10, 2020 – On March 2, President Trump described the Coronavirus outbreak as entirely unpredictable, adding that “six weeks ago, eight weeks ago, you never heard of this.”  The historical record, however, proves otherwise.  We have since learned more about the spate of increasingly dire warnings Trump and his advisors began receiving late last year and […]

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