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Hogan Gidley Blasts John Kerry For ‘Pretending’ Middle East Peace Couldn’t Be Achieved

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On Thursday’s episode of “The Sara Carter Show,” Donald J. Trump 2020 Campaign National Press Secretary Hogan Gidley slammed former Secretary of State John Kerry for not only doubting any chance for peace in the Middle East, but for also kneeling to America’s adversaries in the region.

In a 2016 speech that recently resurfaced after President Donald Trump this week signed a historic peace accord between Israel, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain, Kerry said that “there will be no separate peace between Israel and the Arab world.”

“I’ve heard several prominent politicians in Israel sometimes saying ‘well, the Arab world’s in a different place now, we just have to reach out to them and we could work somethings with the Arab world and deal with the Palestinians.’ No, no, no, and no,” Kerry explained.

Kerry’s statement didn’t pan out to be true after the President signed the accord this week and signaled that more and more countries would follow with similar peace deals. And Gidley said it certainly didn’t age well.

“Listen, it’s so funny to listen to him speak,” Gidley said. “Because he that’s one of those speeches. It’s not gonna age. Well, that clip’s not gonna help anybody. But at the same time, look, I’m not taking foreign policy lessons from someone who propped up the Iran deal that paved the way for Iran to get a nuclear weapon. I’m sure not going to take a lecture from somebody who gave a ran billions of dollars in cash, and then admitted that money would probably be used against America in terrorist attacks.”

He added, “So forgive me, if I wasn’t falling all over that speech in the clip you just played in which he tried to pretend as though something like this could never be done, and only his way would make it work. It’s obvious the President understands the politics over there better than most. It’s obvious. The President understands how to come to some type of peace agreement. He’s the one who got it done.”

Further, Gidley explained how President Trump was the outsider who brought a new thinking to Washington that shook up the political establishment, which Kerry and many Obama administration officials were a part of.

“And these folks who’ve been in office forever, and are trying to push the conventional wisdom and conventional methods on to solving problems that they haven’t been able to solve for years. just proves the point. You need somebody who’s an outsider, who’s an underdog, who gets the global picture, who gets people and how to make these deals happen that no one thought possible. That’s Donald Trump. He’s done it every single time. And John Kerry has failed every single time.”

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Cuomo says he’ll ‘fully cooperate’ with NY AG’s review of sexual harassment claims

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) said Wednesday that he will “fully cooperate” with the state attorney general’s independent review into sexual harassment allegations made against the currently scandal-ridden governor, saying, “I fully support a woman’s right to come forward.”

Last Wednesday, Lindsey Boylan, who served in his administration for over three years, accused Cuomo of suggesting to her on a 2017 flight that they play strip poker, inappropriate touching, and kissing her on the lips without her consent.

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Following Boylan’s accusations, 25-year-old Charlotte Bennett alleged the governor indicated interest in having an affair with her while she was serving in his administration as a health policy adviser. In a Saturday New York Times report, Bennett told the newspaper that Cuomo asked her if she had “ever been with an older man,” adding that “age doesn’t matter” in relationships.

At Wednesday’s press briefing, the Empire State governor addressed the accusations leveled against him over the past seven days by three women and New York Attorney General Letitia James’ (D) independent review into those claims, which she announced on Monday was formally proceeding.

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“As you probably know, the attorney general is doing an independent review, and I will fully cooperate with that review,” Cuomo said at the beginning of his statement. “Now, the lawyers say I shouldn’t say anything when you have a pending review until that review is over. I understand that, I’m a lawyer, too. But, I want New Yorkers to hear from me directly on this.”

“First, I fully support a woman’s right to come forward,” the governor began. “And I think it should be encouraged in every way. I now understand that I acted in a way that made people feel uncomfortable. It was unintentional and I truly and deeply apologize for it. I feel awful about it, and frankly I am embarrassed by it, and that’s not easy to say. But that’s the truth.”

This echoes what Cuomo said in a Sunday statement about the allegations, in which he stated he “may have been insensitive” during his tenure but charged his accusers of misinterpreting his actions, saying, “I acknowledge some of the things I have said have been misinterpreted as an unwanted flirtation… I am truly sorry about that.”

RELATED: Cuomo responds to sexual harassment claims, saying he ‘may have been insensitive’

During his Wednesday remarks, Cuomo iterated “I never touched anyone inappropriately,” repeated that sentence, then said “I never knew at the time that I was making anyone feel uncomfortable” and repeated that one too.

“And I certainly never, ever meant to offend anyone or hurt anyone or cause anyone any pain. That is the last thing I would ever want to do,” he continued. “I ask the people of this state to wait for the facts from the attorney general’s report before forming an opinion. Get the facts, please, before forming an opinion.”

“I also want you to know that I have learned from what has been an incredibly difficult situation for me as well as other people, and I’ve learned an important lesson,” the governor said at the end of his statement. “I’m sorry. I’m sorry for whatever pain I caused anyone, I never intended it, and I will be the better for this experience.”

Amid Boylan and Bennett’s allegations, another report of Cuomo sexually harassing a woman has cropped up. On Monday, a woman named Anna Ruch accused the governor of placing his hands on her cheeks—without her consent—at a 2019 wedding reception and asking if he could kiss her. A photograph of the two together at the event has also been circulating on social media.

RELATED: ‘Eat the whole sausage: Gov. Cuomo in hot water for resurfaced video

Asked at Wednesday’s briefing about the pictures that have resurfaced of him being touchy with people, particularly that of him and Ruch, the governor claimed that it is his way of greeting people.

“I understand the opinion of—and feelings of—Ms. Ruch,” Cuomo said. “You can find hundreds of pictures of me making the same gesture with hundreds of people—women, children, men, etc. You can go find hundreds of pictures of me kissing people. […] It is my usual and customary way of greeting.”

Moreover, the governor said that his father, former Gov. Mario Cuomo, would do the same thing.

“By the way, it was my father’s way of greeting people,” Cuomo said, explaining, “You’re the governor of the state, you want people to feel comfortable, you want to reach out to them.”

He also mentioned that he kisses and hugs legislators and noted that at an event in Queens the other day he hugged pastors and state assembly members.

Furthermore, the governor said that his intent “doesn’t matter,” saying, “What it matters is if anybody was offended by it.”

“But if they were offended by it, then it was wrong,” he added, going on to say that if they were offended or hurt by it, he apologizes.

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You can follow Douglas Braff on Twitter @Douglas_P_Braff.

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