Trump news: Ex-AG launches attack on Trump in new book as he blames Biden for war in Europe

Ad trolls Trump over January 6 committee developments

Former US attorney general Bill Barr says Donald Trump has “shown he has neither the temperament nor persuasive powers to provide the kind of positive leadership that is needed” in a new book.

Mr Barr calls on the Republican Party to move on from Mr Trump and directly blames him for the violence at the US Capitol on 6 January in One Damn Thing After Another.

The former president fired Mr Barr when he refused to go along with his claims that the election had been stolen.

Mr Barr writes that his former boss “lost his grip” after the election, and that his false claims of voter fraud led to the attack on the US Capitol.

On Saturday, Joe Biden laughed off Donald Trump’s praise of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“I put as much stock in Trump saying that Putin’s a genius as I do when he called himself a stable genius,” Mr Biden said in an interview released Saturday.

The former president hailed Mr Putin as “smart” and blamed Mr Biden for allowing the invasion to occur.

“I have [Mr Putin] was going to be satisfied with a piece and now he sees the weakness and the incompetence and the stupidity of this administration,” Mr Trump said while speaking with Fox News presenter Laura Ingraham. “As an American I am angry about it and I am saddened by it. And it all happened because of a rigged election.”

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Trump wins CPAC straw poll, DeSantis lags far behind

Former President Donald Trump was the wide favorite to seek the GOP nomination for president in 2024 at the 2022 CPAC gathering in Orlando, Florida.

A straw poll conducted over the weekend and released on Sunday indicated that Mr Trump held the support of nearly 6 in ten attendees.

The Florida governor lagged more than 30 points behind him. No other potential candidate received more than a small smattering of support.

John Bowden27 February 2022 18:30

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Barr hits ex-boss for ‘pettiness’

According to former Attorney General William Barr, Donald Trump’s failure to defeat Joe Biden had its roots in basic personality issues that the president exhibits.

The former Trump administration official is joining the ranks of Republicans who insist the party needs to move on from his former boss.

In his book, Mr Barr argues that Mr Trump could have won reelection had he “just exercised a modicum of self-restraint, moderating even a little bit of his pettiness”.

Many have speculated why Mr Trump focused on criticism of Mr Biden’s son and his former 2016 rival, Hillary Clinton, instead of challenging Mr Biden directly on the issues of his performance managing Covid-19.

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John Bowden27 February 2022 17:55

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Intelligence committee Dem: Putin is isolated, getting bad advice

Sen Mark Warner, a Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, joined NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday alongside Republican Sen Rob Portman to discuss the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine.

The senator refused to comment on specific intelligence but said that reports indicated that Vladimir Putin has spent much of his time at vacation or personal properties and is likely isolated from many of his Kremlin advisers as the war continues.

“[W]hat we do know is that over the last couple of years, Putin has been more and more isolated. He’s not been in the Kremlin for the most part. He’s been down at his place in Sochi, or at his dacha outside of Moscow, ”said Mr Warner. “And when you are an authoritarian leader and you have less and less inputs, and you’re only hearing from people who want to say to the boss, ‘Hey, you’re right,’ I think that leads to miscalculation.”

He added that such a “miscalculation” was what likely led to Mr Putin’s decision to go ahead with an invasion.

John Bowden27 February 2022 16:38

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White House responds to Biden’s low poll numbers

White House press secretary Jen Psaki joined ABC News on Sunday where she was confronted by this week host George Stephanopoulos about President Joe Biden’s flailing poll numbers, which are now at the lowest they’ve been since Mr Biden took office.

Democrats are looking at that polling nervously as they prepare for an unfriendly midterm map and the possibility of losing one or both houses of Congress in November.

“The president is approaching his State of the Union in a pretty difficult political position right now, 37 percent approval rating, Democrats trailing badly in the midterm polling,” said Mr Stephanopoulos, adding of Tuesday’s State of the Union address: “How is he going to turn that around on Tuesday night?”

Ms Psaki responded: “Leaders lead during crises. That’s exactly what President Biden is doing. He’ll speak to that, but he’s also going to speak about his optimism about what’s ahead and what we all have to look forward to.

John Bowden27 February 2022 16:09

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UN ambassador claims Human Rights Council will act against Russia

US ambassador to the United Nations, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, previewed the response she says the United Nations will take to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on Sunday.

Speaking with CNN’s State of the UnionMs Greenfield said that the US was pursuing a number of efforts in the UN to keep up diplomatic pressure on Russia’s government.

“[W]e will be having a discussion in Geneva at the UN Human Rights Council, bringing Russia before the Human Rights Council as well. And there’s another resolution that we’re bringing before the General Assembly in a special emergency meeting that we’re requesting tonight,” said Ms Thomas-Greenfield.

“So we’re keeping the pressure up on the Russians,” she claimed.

John Bowden27 February 2022 15:41

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MSNBC contributor insinuates Russia ‘installed’ Trump as president

Sarah Kendzior, a liberal guest on Joy Reid’s show Sunday on MSNBC, attacked Donald Trump and baselessly insinuated that he had been “installed” as president of the United States.

Russian operatives were found to have worked to denigrate Hillary Clinton’s public image in 2016, but her defeat to Donald Trump on Election Day is the result of many factors, Russian efforts included.

On Sunday, Ms Kendzior made the claim that Mr Trump was placed in charge of the US for the purpose of weakening NATO.

“Trump was installed as the president of the United States in order to weaken the alliances that were preventing Putin from achieving his goals. Alliances like NATO, our relationship with our European partners…with Ukraine,” she said.

John Bowden27 February 2022 14:50

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Bill Barr launches says Trump’s erratic behavior should disqualify him from running in 2024

Former US attorney general Bill Barr has unleashed a volley of criticism at Donald Trump in a new book, saying the ex-president has “shown he has neither the temperament nor persuasive powers to provide the kind of positive leadership that is needed” and that the Republican Party should move on from him.

“The absurd lengths to which he took his ‘stolen election’ claim led to the rioting on Capitol Hill,” Mr Barr writes.

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Bill Barr launches blistering attack on Trump in new book

Former US attorney general Bill Barr has unleashed a volley of criticism at Donald Trump in his new book, saying the ex-president has “shown he has neither the temperament nor persuasive powers to provide the kind of positive leadership that is needed” and that the Republican party should move on from him.

Ben Hurley27 February 2022 14:09

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Biden mocks Trump’s own ‘stable genius’ claims while laughing off his praise of Putin

Joe Biden finally responded in an interview on Saturday after his predecessor made a handful of remarks praising Russia’s Vladimir Putin for his strategy regarding the invasion of Ukraine.

In the interview, recorded following Russia’s invasion late Wednesday night, the US president was asked to respond to Donald Trump’s statement referring to Mr Putin’s plan to send so-called “peacekeeping” forces into the Donbas a “genius” move. The troop deployment immediately preceded the full-scale invasion of the rest of Ukraine’s territory.

Oliver O’Connell27 February 2022 13:00

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As ‘Trump fever starts to break’ Bill Maher says people should show ‘graciousness’ to former MAGA fans

Citing polls that suggest Mr Trump’s hold on the Republican Party is waning, the Real Time with Bill Maher host said on Friday’s episode there were “signs that the Trump fever is starting to break”.

The 66-year-old comedian said Mr Trump no longer commanded nearly the same level of attention as he did a year ago, and attendance at his rallies was down.

Oliver O’Connell27 February 2022 12:00

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Trump-pardoned Joe Arpaio cheered at far-right conference for saying he is ‘biggest racist’

Attendees at a far-right conference in Florida cheered former Maricopa County sheriff Joe Arpaio when he said that he was considered the “biggest racist” in the United States.

Oliver O’Connell27 February 2022 11:00