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A 2015 tweet from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is receiving backlash after New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been accused of alleged sexual harassment.

In May 2015, Pelosi tweeted a picture of her participating in a panel discussion board about sexual assault with Gov. Cuomo.

“Too many women are sexually assaulted while in college. Joined @NYGovCuomo to discuss why #EnoughIsEnough!” she wrote.

Many twitter users are calling her out for the hypocrisy.

“Correct. So when are you calling for his resignation, Madam Speaker?” Conservative group Reagan Battalion asked.

“@SpeakerPelosi spoke with someone who sexually harasses people about why too many women are sexually assaulted while in college. Quite ironic,” another user said.

“He is the expert after all,” another Twitter user wrote.

Three accusers have came forward with sexual harassment allegations against Cuomo.

On Monday, before the third accuser came forward, Pelosi called the allegations against Cuomo “serious” and “credible” and supported an independent investigation into his behavior.

In a statement, Pelosi said the two women who accused Cuomo of harassment and inappropriate behavior should be taken seriously.

“The women who have come forward with serious and credible charges against Gov. Cuomo deserve to be heard and to be treated with dignity. The independent investigation must have due process and respect for everyone involved,” Pelosi said.

Anna Ruch, the third woman to come forward, told The New York Times on Monday that she met Cuomo at a wedding in September 2019. During the reception, she said Cuomo put his hand on her bare lower back, which she pushed away, and asked if he could kiss her.

Charlotte Bennett, an executive assistant and health policy adviser in the Cuomo administration, and Lindsey Boylan, former top aide, also made allegations against Cuomo.

Bennett told The New York Times on Saturday that Cuomo sexually harassed her last year and, four days prior, Boylan said that Cuomo inappropriately touched her.

On Sunday, Cuomo said he was “truly sorry” if his conduct had ever been “misinterpreted as an unwanted flirtation” but denied inappropriately touching or propositioning anyone.

Follow Annaliese Levy on Twitter @AnnalieseLevy

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Trump: Tanks to Ukraine could escalate to use of ‘NUKES’

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Former President Donald Trump stated bluntly on Truth Social,  “FIRST COME THE TANKS, THEN COME THE NUKES. Get this crazy war ended, NOW. So easy to do!”

Trump was referring to the escalation of war in Ukraine. He, like many other commentators and lawmakers, are warning that the decision to continue sending weapons – and now tanks – could potentially lead to the use of “nuclear weapons.”

It’s mission creep and it’s dangerous, they say.

Why? Because Russian President Valdimir Putin has indicated in two different speeches that he would use nuclear weapons to defend Russia, if needed. Those warnings are not just bluster but a very real possibility.

And the escalation of war is visible.

Russia launched 55 missiles strikes across Ukraine Thursday, leaving 11 dead. The strikes come one day after the United States and Germany agreed to send tanks to Ukraine in an effort to aide the country. 47 of the 55 missiles were shot down according to Ukraine’s Air Force command.

Eleven lives were lost and another 11 were injured additionally leaving 35 buildings damaged in the wake of the attacks. According to The New York Times, Denys Shmyhal, said in a post on Telegram. “The main goal is energy facilities, providing Ukrainians with light and heat,” he said.

Ukraine is now demanding that they need F-16 fighter jets. In a post on twitter Ukrainian lawmaker, Oleksiy Goncharenko said, “Missiles again over Ukraine. We need F16.”

The US has abstained from sending advanced jets in the chances that a volatile decision could foster more dangerous attacks like former President Trump’s post on Truth referred to. If the US did authorize the decision to lend Ukraine the F-16 jets Netherlands’ foreign minister, Wopke Hoekstra, would be willing to supply them. According to The New York Times, Hoekstra told Dutch lawmakers, “We are open-minded… There are no taboos.”

F-16 fighter jets are complex to work on, they are not the average aircraft that can be learned in a matter of weeks. It can take months for pilots to learn how to fly these birds. European and US officials have the concern that Ukrainian forces could potentially use the jets to fly into Russian airspace and launch attacks on Russian soil.

Western allies are trying to avoid such a provocation, because that could lead to nuclear warfare in reference to what Putin has said he would do to defend his country.

 

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