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Rand Paul: Trump “Has Every Right To Withhold Aid”

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Every politician in Washington is trying to manipulate Ukraine to their purposes.

Senator Rand Paul argued Sunday that President Trump is within his rights to to withhold aid from any country that he believes corruption is taking place in, and that charges of quid pro quo against the White House are misplaced.

Transcripts from the House impeachment inquiry have revealed that several administration officials believe Trump tied military aid for Ukraine to the nation opening investigations into Joe Biden and the 2016 election.

“I think we’ve gotten lost in this whole idea of quid pro quo,” Paul said on NBC’s “Meet The Press”.

“If you’re not allowed to give aid to people who are corrupt, there’s always contingencies on aid.” Paul continued.

“Even President Obama withheld aid, you know, he was supposed to give lethal aid. Congress said, ‘Give them $300 billion in lethal aid,’ and he sent them blankets.” Paul said.

“Presidents since the beginning of time have resisted Congress and there’s been this sort of back and forth jockeying over what is sent. But also, presidents have withheld aid before for corruption. I think it’s a mistake to say, ‘Oh, he withheld aid until he got what he wanted.'” The Senator added.

“If it’s corruption and he believes there to be corruption, he has every right to withhold aid,” Paul urged.

However, Paul, who will act as a juror in the Senate trial if Trump is impeached by the House, also argued that it is a “mistake” for the Trump administration to argue that the president didn’t engage in a quid pro quo.

“Every politician in Washington other than me, virtually, is trying to manipulate Ukraine to their purposes.” he said.

“Menendez tried it, Murphy tried it, Biden tried it, Trump’s tried it — they’re all doing it. They are all trying to manipulate Ukraine to get some kind of investigation, either end an investigation or start an investigation.” he declared.

Paul also noted that he opposes aid to Ukraine altogether.

“I wouldn’t give them the aid because we don’t have the money,” the senator said. “We have to actually borrow the money from China to send it to Ukraine, so I’m against the aid and I think it’s a mistake to do the aid so I wouldn’t have played any of these games.”

White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham has argued that the transcripts from the hearings actually exonerate Trump.

“These transcripts are actually … good for the president,” Grisham stated last week.

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Fox News Has Effectively Banned Trump From Appearing on Their Network

Decision at “highest levels” to shun former president in favor of DeSantis.

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Fox News has effectively banned Donald Trump from appearing on their network in what seems to be part of a deliberate move to throw its support behind Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.

A report by the New York Times noted that Trump has not appeared on Fox News in over 100 days in what seems to be part of an intentional effort to freeze out his 2024 candidacy.

Having last appeared on Sean Hannity’s show on April 13, Trump himself complained that his old friend “doesn’t seem to be paying him much attention anymore.”

According to Newsmax, this is a clear sign that Fox is “banning” Trump from the network altogether as it prepares to throw its full weight behind DeSantis.

The right-wing news outlet pointed to a video released by Fox News two weeks ago which showed ‘man on the street’ style interviews with Trump supporters who said they don’t want him to run again and “unanimously backed DeSantis for 2024.”

A decision has reportedly been made at “the highest levels” of Fox’s parent company and by the Murdoch family to shun Trump entirely.

“Fox News opposed Trump in 2016 when it mattered and right before the 2020 election the Daily Beast reported that Rupert Murdoch was predicting Trump will lose “in a landslide,” points out Chris Menahan.

“The Daily Beast credited “three people who have spoke with Murdoch” for the scoop but I suspect Murdoch just gave them the story himself.”

Trump has repeatedly suggested he will run for the presidency again in 2024, although many supporters expected him to announce his candidacy in July and that never happened.

The former president is still weighing up whether to make the announcement before or after this year’s mid-terms, which Republicans are expected to win handsomely.

Last month, an unlisted video discovered on YouTube showed Trump’s plane getting a new paint job, suggesting he could be about to announce his 2024 bid to return to the White House.

Trump reportedly told allies recently that if he is re-elected he will impose a “purge” of the deep state and right the wrongs of his first term.

As we highlighted earlier, Trump trolled Biden by suggesting he caught dementia, not COVID, and will retire part time to a nursing home.

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Trump Trolls Biden by Suggesting He Contracted Dementia, Not COVID

“Get well soon, Joe!”

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Donald Trump trolled Joe Biden by suggesting the president has contracted dementia, not COVID, and is considering moving to a nursing home.

Trump made the comments on Truth Social after it was revealed that the quadruple vaccinated Biden had caught COVID for the second time in the space of two weeks.

“Joe Biden’s second bout of Covid, sometimes referred to as the China Virus, was sadly misdiagnosed by his doctors. He instead has Dementia, but is happily recovering well,” Trump wrote.

“Joe is thinking of moving, part time, to one of those beautiful Wisconsin Nursing Homes, where almost 100% of the residents miraculously, and for the first time in history, had the strength and energy to vote — even if those votes were cast illegally,” he added.

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Biden was released from isolation on Wednesday last week after testing negative for the virus and finishing a five-day course of Paxlovid.

However, on Saturday it was announced that Biden had again tested positive, although the White House claimed he was suffering no symptoms.

As we have documented, many top Democrats remain unconvinced that Biden can run successfully for re-election in 2024, citing his apparent cognitive impairment that only seems to be getting worse.

The New York Times published an article lamenting the fact that Biden’s double COVID diagnosis will “complicate his effort to turn his illness into a positive story” and delay his campaign trips in support of Democratic allies.

The newspaper also fretted that yet another example of Paxlovid causing a rebound COVID diagnosis will make Pfizer look bad.

The report admitted that the number of rebound cases caused by the drug is “likely significantly higher” than those acknowledged by Pfizer itself.

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Democrat House Majority Leader Refuses to Commit to Supporting Biden 2024

Rats continue to flee the sinking ship.

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Democrat House majority leader Steny Hoyer (D-NY) refused to commit to supporting Biden 2024 in another sign that the president is being jettisoned as his cognitive abilities decline.

Hoyer made the comments during an appearance on Neil Cavuto’s Fox News show.

“Let me ask you this, do you think, as some in your party are saying, [Biden] should run again, he’s open to running again, he’s not too old to run again?” Cavuto asked Hoyer.

“Neil, I-I-I’m not gonna go there,” Hoyer replied. “You’re asking about problems today, this is about today. There’s an inflation problem.”

“Well, six out of 10 Democrats don’t think the President’s up to dealing with this today,” Cavuto interjected, but Hoyer refused to be drawn on the matter.

With the New York Times having published six hit pieces against Biden’s candidacy in the last two months, the rats appear to be fleeing the sinking ship.

Front and center as the reason is Biden’s declining cognitive abilities, with him stumbling into yet another verbal gaffe yesterday by saying he had cancer.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) also refused to say she’d support Biden running again during an appearance on CNN last month.

Yesterday, we highlighted the comments of Dick Morris, former top advisor to Bill Clinton, who sensationally claimed that Hillary is being lined up to replace Biden.

According to Morris, the Democratic establishment knows “that Biden can’t run again in 2024” due to his “quickly declining mental abilities” and the economic disaster he had presided over.

As we document in the video below, given how he has behaved over the last two years, the notion that Biden would come out on top of debates with Trump two years from now is absurd.

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