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Gov. Newsom apologizes for attending guideline-breaking party, says it was a ‘bad mistake’

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California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom has apologized for attending a 12-person birthday party, which went against his own coronavirus guidelines, after accusations of being a hypocrite.

This is amid surging virus cases in his state and across the rest of the country and new restrictions that have been introduced. According to the San Fransisco Chronicle, the party two weeks ago was for his advisor Jason Kinney.

At a Monday press conference, the governor told reporters in his apology that “We’re all human. We all fall short sometimes.”

In explaining the situation, Newsom said that he was invited to a close friend’s 50th birthday party that occurred at a restaurant in an outdoor setting in Napa County, which he mentioned “was in the ‘orange’ status, relatively loose compared to some other counties.”

When Newsom and his wife arrived later than some of the other guests to the restaurant, however, there were more guests than he had anticipated. “As soon as I sat down at the larger table,” he said “I realized it was a little larger group than I had anticipated.”

The Golden State’s governor then said that staying at that dinner was a “bad mistake” that he should not have made.

“I made a bad mistake,” he said. “Instead of sitting down, I should have stood up and walked back, got in my car, and drove back to my house. Instead I chose to sit there with my wife and a number of other couples that were outside the household.”

“You can quibble about the guidelines, et cetera, et cetera—but the spirit of what I’m preaching all the time was contradicted. And I gotta own that,” Newsom continued. “And so I want to apologize to you because I need to preach and practice, not just preach and not practice, and I’ve done my best to do that.”

“We’re all human. We all fall short sometimes,” he added.

In an attempt to clear his name further, the governor of the nation’s most populous state said that since February he and his wife have been out only three times for social occasions, including this most recent time at his friend’s birthday party.

Last week, California surpassed a million new coronavirus cases as the amount of cases in the United States have grown past 10 million, according to Johns Hopkins University’s Coronavirus Resource Center.

You can follow Douglas Braff on Twitter @Douglas_P_Braff.

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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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