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McEnany slams Swalwell of hypocrisy on Russia probe, amid reports of his relationship with a suspected Chinese spy

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White Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany criticized Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) of hypocrisy for reportedly having a relationship with a suspected Chinese spy when he had been a proponent of the Russia collusion probe. She also accused the media of underreporting this story as well as the ongoing story about the federal investigation Hunter Biden‘s taxes.

At a Tuesday press briefing, McEnany was discussing the Trump administration’s policy toward Iran and saying that the four peace deals the United States has negotiated between Israel and predominantly Muslim countries did not get much media coverage. She added, “but I guess we shouldn’t be surprised because in the last 24, 48 hours, there have been quite a few stories that have not gotten a ton of coverage in the mainstream media.”

There was no coverage, however, of Swalwell being the one implicated with not Russia, but China. In fact, The New York Times website, as of this morning had not one result for Eric Swalwell’s ties to Chinese spies, not one result

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After which, the press secretary described the details of the original Axios report that broke the story about Swalwell, praising the outlet’s reporting.

She then turned her attention to Swalwell, accusing the Democratic congressman of hypocrisy for getting close to a suspected Chinese spy named Christine Fang when he had falsely accused President Donald Trump of collusion with Russia during the 2016 presidential election.

“Swalwell hypocritically went on to be one of the lead instigators of the Russia collusion hoax and the impeachment sham,” McEnany said.

She then pulled various quotes of Swalwell, where he falsely accused Trump and his allies of collusion with Russia and having a wide range of ties to the country.

After these quotes, McEnany said, “these baseless attacks were false yet covered breathlessly by the media. There was no coverage, however, of Swalwell being the one implicated with not Russia, but China. In fact, The New York Times website, as of this morning had not one result for Eric Swalwell’s ties to Chinese spies, not one result.”

Furthermore, she claimed that on the day the Swalwell story broke, ABC, NBC, MSNBC, and CBS had “zero” coverage of the story.

CNN, she said, “devoted three minutes and 16 seconds to it.”

Additionally, McEnany went on to compare various outlets’ headlines about Hunter Biden before and after the November 3 election to suggest that these outlets were favorable to then-candidate Joe Biden prior to the election but started to report on Hunter Biden after, which she called an “interesting turn of events”.

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Taiwan President Confirms US Troops Are In The Country To Help Protect Against China

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During a CNN interview on Wednesday, Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen confirmed that U.S. troops were on the ground in Taiwan to assist in strengthening the country’s defenses as the threat from China is “increasing every day.”

Tsai told CNN’s Will Ripley that the situation has gone south in recent years as “China’s plan towards the region” has become “very different.”

“That plan includes war threats over Taiwan, clashes with Japan and the East China Sea and militarizing manmade islands in the South China Sea, posing a direct challenge to seven decades of U.S. military supremacy in the Indo-Pacific,” Ripley said. “In response, the U.S. ramped up arms sales to Taiwan, selling the island $5 billion in weapons last year. President Tsai confirms exclusively to CNN, U.S. support goes beyond selling weapons. Does that support include sending some U.S. service members to help train Taiwanese troops?”

“Well, yes,” Tsai responded. “We have a wide range of cooperation with the U.S., aiming at increasing our defense capability.”

Later in the interview, Ripley asked, “Do you have faith that the United States would defend Taiwan if the Mainland were to try to move on Taiwan?”

“I do have faith, and given the long-term relationship that we have the U.S. and also the support the people of the U.S., as well as the Congress, and the administration has been very helpful,” Tsai said, later adding that Taiwan needs to “expedite our military reform so that we have the ability to defend ourselves. And given the size of Taiwan compared to the size of [China], developing asymmetric capability is the key for us.”

Tsai’s comments come a few weeks after China sent over 150 military planes into Taiwanese air space, the largest incursion ever by the Communist country.

“The defense of Taiwan is in our own hands, and we are absolutely committed to that,” Taiwan Foreign Minister Joseph Wu told ABC Australia in response to China’s aggression.

“If China is going to launch a war against Taiwan we will fight to the end, and that is our commitment. I’m sure that if China is going to launch an attack against Taiwan, I think they are going to suffer tremendously as well.”

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