White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany ripped Washington D.C.’s Mayor Muriel Bowser for ordering a late curfew, saying the violence and destruction in reaction to the death of George Floyd had already become so out of hand.
“I think when you look at some of the befuddling actions like right here in D.C.,” McEnany said. “The Mayor of D.C. didn’t issue a curfew until 11 P.M. Well, guess what, at 10 P.M., you had St. John’s church burning. Several other cities had curfews at 4 P.M., at 5 P.M., at 6 P.M. Some of the actions are really not tough enough, as the President noted. Particularly with the Mayor here in D.C.”
The historic St. John’s church across from the White House has been set on fire: https://t.co/mWgtdkwBq3
— Alex Salvi (@alexsalvinews) June 1, 2020
She added, “And when you look at these horrific actions I just want to note how completely wrongheaded the fact is that you had the Veteran’s Affairs Department defaced and the word ‘Veteran’ completely spraypainted off the building. You had the Lincoln Memorial defaced, a beautiful symbol of a President who overcame some of the deepest racial divides in our country. And to have those institutions defaced really undermines the message.”
With all the news we get, how have we missed these images? How can you do this at the Lincoln Memorial? How can you do this at the WWII Memorial? pic.twitter.com/nY6Z16tjz8
— suzanne sigona (@suzanne_sigona) June 1, 2020
Bowser delayed her order until around 6 P.M. on Sunday, in an announcement she posted to Twitter. She also called on the DC National Guard to support the city’s police forces.
Mayor Bowser is ordering a citywide curfew for the District of Columbia from 11:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 31, until 6:00 a.m. on Monday, June 1. She has also activated the DC National Guard to support the Metropolitan Police Department.
— Mayor Muriel Bowser (@MayorBowser) May 31, 2020
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Trump: Tanks to Ukraine could escalate to use of ‘NUKES’
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.”
Morning. Missiles again over Ukraine. We need F16.
— Oleksiy Goncharenko (@GoncharenkoUa) January 26, 2023
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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