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Richard Grenell strongly hints at possible run for governor of California

Richard Grenell, a strong ally of former President Donald Trump, teased a possible run for governor of California.

Grenell delivered a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Saturday, where the former U.S. ambassador to Germany hinted at making a gubernatorial run in the deep blue state of California.

“If you want the best case possible for a recall campaign, take a look at my home state of California,” Grenell told the crowd at CPAC in Orlando, Florida. “California used to be Reagan country, the shining example of business innovation and middle-class success. But now when you think of California, you think of out-of-control wildfires, of rolling blackouts, of schools still closed, of shuttered business, of bans on fracking, and on wealthy people jumping the vaccine line.”

Grenell then took aim at Gavin Newsom, the current Democratic governor of California who is facing a petition recall.

“In my three decades in American politics I have never seen a better case for a recall than there is right now in California,” he added. “And of course, if a public official is still failing to deliver on their promises, and if you can’t limit their term or recall them in time, there’s always one other option: You can run against them yourself.”

Mercedes Schlapp, another former member of the Trump administration who was the White House Director of Strategic Communications, was in favor of Grenell running and told the crowd, “How wonderful was Ric Grenell? I don’t know, I think he’d make a great governor of California.”

Previously, Grenell dismissed the notion that he would run for governor of the Golden State. The former Acting Director of National Intelligence shot down a Politico report earlier this month that he was “laying groundwork for CA governor run should @GavinNewsom recall qualify.”

Grenell reacted to the report by tweeting, “Politico has pretended gossip is journalism.”

The deadline to submit signatures on a petition to recall Newsom is March 17, but the campaign already surpassed the necessary threshold of 1,497,709. As of Thursday, the petition had 1,825,000 signatures, according to The Recall Newsom campaign.

“However, it’s important to note that all those signatures need to be verified as authentic registered voters by the Secretary of State’s office before a recall elections is triggered,” KABC-TV reported.

Even if Newsom is recalled, it would be a tall order for Grenell, who is embraced by much of Trump’s base, to win the deep blue California. In the 2020 presidential election, Trump lost California by more than 29 percentage points to Joe Biden. As of November, registered Democratic voters outnumbered Republicans by almost two to one.

Donald Trump will speak at CPAC on Sunday.


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Obama invites avalanche of criticism with ‘condescending’ remarks on Hispanic Trump supporters

Former President Barrack Obama invited a wave of criticism with remarks he made on a radio program about why President Donald Trump won a larger share of the Hispanic vote in the 2020 presidential election.

In his comments, Obama said that “evangelical Hispanics” ignored the “racist things” Trump says about Mexicans and how he put “undocumented workers in cages” because Trump agrees with them on gay marriage and abortion.

“People were surprised about a lot of Hispanic folks who voted for Trump, but there’s a lot of evangelical Hispanics who, the fact that Trump says racist things about Mexicans, or puts detainees, undocumented workers in cages, they think that’s less important than the fact that he supports their views on gay marriage or abortion,” Obama said on “The Breakfast Club” radio show.

Trump earned 32% of the Latino vote in the presidential election, improving his election margins in 78 of 100 Hispanic counties in key battleground states from 2016. As Obama noted, many political commentators were surprised that Trump performed so well with Hispanics despite the media narrative that his immigration policies and focus on border security are “racist” toward Mexicans and other Hispanics.

Critics were quick to point out that the policy of separating migrant children from their parents or adult accompaniment was carried out under the Obama administration and that the infamous picture of children in cages used to attack Trump’s immigration enforcement policies was from 2014, when Obama was president.

Also, Obama publicly opposed gay marriage when he first ran for president in 2008 and it wasn’t until just before the 2012 election that his views “evolved” to appease progressives. President Trump, on the other hand, was the first elected president to support gay marriage while he campaigned for office.

“[Barack Obama] sadly will not be fact-checked by the adoring media for this lie,” said Richard Grenell, the first openly gay official to serve as acting director of National Intelligence under President Trump. “Obama ran for president saying he was against gay marriage. And he created the cages.”

Others suggested Obama’s comments were reminiscent to his 2008 statement on “bitter” working-class Americans who “cling” to guns and religion.

“Ah yes, those Hispanic evangelicals. So backwards. Clinging to their guns and religion, you might say,” said Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.). “Barack Obama still the most condescending corporate liberal in America.”

“This is a great example of why Democrats are losing support in America’s Hispanic community,” said former Florida Congressman Carlos Curbelo. “The comment is dismissive of millions of people and seems to diminish their faith. Regrettable at a time when the President-elect has called for healing and reconciliation.”

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Oscars announce mandatory ‘inclusion’ requirements for Best Picture contenders

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that films hoping to be nominated for the Best Picture category starting in 2024 must meet a number of “inclusion” requirements in order to be considered, as part of the organization’s initiative to mandate a certain level of diversity in Hollywood and beyond.

What are the details?

People magazine reported that in order for new flicks to be in the running for the coveted Oscar for Best Picture, “films must meet two of four standards which are on-screen representation, themes, and narratives; creative leadership and project team; industry access and opportunities; and audience development.”

Academy President David Rubin and Academy CEO Dawn Hudson said in a joint statement announcing the new standards:

The aperture must widen to reflect our diverse global population in both the creation of motion pictures and in the audiences who connect with them. The Academy is committed to playing a vital role in helping make this a reality. We believe these inclusion standards will be a catalyst for long-lasting, essential change in our industry.

A reporter from The New York Times posted the new affirmative action requirements on Twitter, noting that any film hoping to contend for Best Picture must meet two of four categories laid out by the academy. The first standard listed requires that at least one lead character “or significant supporting actors is from an underrepresented racial or ethnic group,” listing off that they must be either “Asian, Hispanic/Latinx, Black/African American, Indigenous/Native American/Alaskan Native, Middle Eastern/North African, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander,” or “other underrepresented race or ethnicity.”

According to the Los Angeles Times:

Among the new standards, those concerning onscreen representation are likely to garner the most scrutiny. Indeed, some recent best picture nominees that featured almost exclusively white and male casts — including the World War I film “1917” and the gangster epic “The Irishman” — might have had difficulty meeting the new onscreen standards. Those standards require one of the following: at least one of the lead actors or significant supporting actors is from an underrepresented racial or ethnic group; at least 30% of all actors in secondary and more minor roles are from certain underrepresented groups; or the main storyline, theme or narrative is centered on an underrepresented group.

The news brought mixed reviews on social media. One person tweeted in reaction, “Finally! Majority of my life, I’ve watched mostly white actors on screen, championing stories from characters that do not necessarily look like me, or reflect anything remotely-like my life. Also felt the execs and investors didn’t want to produce movies those type of movies.”

Former acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell wrote, “The Democrats controlling Hollywood demand changes to the Oscars. It’s no longer the Best Picture, it’s the Most Politically Correct Picture.”

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Ric Grenell gives scorching response to Michelle Obama’s claim that black women are ‘invisible’ to white Americans

Former acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell offered a counter argument Monday to former first lady Michelle Obama’s assertion that black women like her are “invisible” to white Americans — and he invoked her husband to make his point.

What are the details?

The New York Post reported last week that Mrs. Obama claimed on her podcast that black women are “invisible” to white people in the U.S., recounting a story where a white woman cut in front of her and her daughters when they were in line for ice cream without their Secret Service detail.

In response to the Post’s story on Twitter, Grenell noted, “. @realDonaldTrump saw Alice Johnson. @BarackObama didn’t see Alice Johnson.”

Alice Johnson — who is black — served over 21 years of a life sentence for a nonviolent drug offense before President Donald Trump commuted her sentenced two years ago. Just days ago, President Trump granted her a full pardon.

Johnson, now 65, was denied clemency by President Barack Obama three times.

Grenell, who is the first openly gay person to serve in the cabinet of a U.S. president, has been an ardent defender of President Trump, and has especially been a thorn in the side of the media and other critics of the administration on social media. Grenell and Johnson spoke at the Republican National Convention last week.

Anything else?

Johnson has used her platform to serve as an advocate for further criminal justice reform and has praised President Trump for not only freeing her from prison, but for signing the First Step Act legislation into law.

Last week, she was reportedly one of the people harassed by rioters outside the White House after leaving the convention.

According to an exclusive report by The Daily Caller, two sources told the outlet that Johnson disclosed to a group of journalists and other public figures on a call over the weekend that “as [Johnson] left the White House, she was accosted by a group of demonstrators who yelled things at her that she had never heard before.”

One source added that “Johnson also told the group that the demonstrators told her they wanted to do ‘terrible things’ to her.”

A number of guests were seen on video being accosted leaving the RNC on its final night, including Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who was harassed and physically threatened along with his wife, Kelly. The perpetrators repeatedly urged the senator to say the name of Breonna Taylor.

Sen. Paul — a longtime advocate of criminal justice reform — introduced the Breonna Taylor Act earlier this year, calling for an end to no-knock warrants.

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Singer Kacey Musgraves calls voting for Trump an ‘act of violence’ against LGBTQ community — Richard Grenell has words

Grammy award-winning country music singer Kacey Musgraves took to Twitter recently to declare that voting for President Donald Trump in November would be equivalent to an “act of violence” against the LGBTQ+ community.

Musgraves posted an image to her feed Friday night which said: “If you love an LGBTQ+ person and you’re planning on voting for Donald Trump in November, that’s an act of violence against them.”

In a caption posted along with the image, the 32-year-old singer-songwriter wrote, “to each their own but know what your vote means” — a confusingly passive-aggressive message from someone simultaneously claiming that to vote one way would be violent.

In response to the tweet, former Trump administration acting director of national intelligence Richard Grenell, who is also the first openly gay member of a presidential cabinet, had words for Musgraves.

“Twitter should ban this piece of fake news. This isn’t remotely correct,” Grenell wrote on Twitter. “Stop making gay rights a partisan issue, Kacey! You aren’t helping gay people one bit.”

“We aren’t tokens,” he added.

Last year, Grenell, who was serving as the U.S. ambassador to Germany at the time, spearheaded a Trump administration effort to end the criminalization of homosexuality.

The move was reportedly launched in response to the Iranian government’s execution of a 31-year-old gay man by public hanging.

In an op-ed in the German newspaper Bild, Grenell condemned the execution and argued that “politicians, the U.N., democratic governments, diplomats, and good people everywhere should speak up — and loudly.”

He further called on world leaders to “work harder to demand that U.N. members decriminalize homosexuality.”

Trump has often been demonized by the left as anti-LGBTQ despite being the first president to take office in support of gay marriage.

The administration, though perhaps more left-leaning on LGBTQ policy initiatives than many conservatives in America, took heat from the left earlier this year for ending an Obama-era regulation that prohibited health care discrimination against certain LGBT individuals.

The regulation under Obama had defined sex discrimination as including gender identity, or “one’s internal sense of gender, which may be male, female, neither, or a combination of male and female.”

The Trump Department of Health and Human Services announced it would return to an interpretation of sex discrimination using the “plain meaning of the word ‘sex’ as male or female and as determined by biology.”

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Singer Kacey Musgraves calls voting for Trump an ‘act of violence’ against LGBTQ community — Richard Grenell has words

Grammy award-winning country music singer Kacey Musgraves took to Twitter recently to declare that voting for President Donald Trump in November would be equivalent to an “act of violence” against the LGBTQ+ community.

Musgraves posted an image to her feed Friday night which said: “If you love an LGBTQ+ person and you’re planning on voting for Donald Trump in November, that’s an act of violence against them.”

In a caption posted along with the image, the 32-year-old singer-songwriter wrote, “to each their own but know what your vote means” — a confusingly passive-aggressive message from someone simultaneously claiming that to vote one way would be violent.

In response to the tweet, former Trump administration acting director of national intelligence Richard Grenell, who is also the first openly gay member of a presidential cabinet, had words for Musgraves.

“Twitter should ban this piece of fake news. This isn’t remotely correct,” Grenell wrote on Twitter. “Stop making gay rights a partisan issue, Kacey! You aren’t helping gay people one bit.”

“We aren’t tokens,” he added.

Last year, Grenell, who was serving as the U.S. ambassador to Germany at the time, spearheaded a Trump administration effort to end the criminalization of homosexuality.

The move was reportedly launched in response to the Iranian government’s execution of a 31-year-old gay man by public hanging.

In an op-ed in the German newspaper Bild, Grenell condemned the execution and argued that “politicians, the U.N., democratic governments, diplomats, and good people everywhere should speak up — and loudly.”

He further called on world leaders to “work harder to demand that U.N. members decriminalize homosexuality.”

Trump has often been demonized by the left as anti-LGBTQ despite being the first president to take office in support of gay marriage.

The administration, though perhaps more left-leaning on LGBTQ policy initiatives than many conservatives in America, took heat from the left earlier this year for ending an Obama-era regulation that prohibited health care discrimination against certain LGBT individuals.

The regulation under Obama had defined sex discrimination as including gender identity, or “one’s internal sense of gender, which may be male, female, neither, or a combination of male and female.”

The Trump Department of Health and Human Services announced it would return to an interpretation of sex discrimination using the “plain meaning of the word ‘sex’ as male or female and as determined by biology.”

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Ousted Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill tries to dunk on Richard Grenell. It does not go well.

Former Missouri Democratic U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, who was voted out in 2018, attempted to paint former acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell as “unqualified” on Monday. But Grenell was quick to remind her that she actually voted in favor of his nomination to the Trump administration — and added a dig of his own.

What are the details?

Referring to Grenell, McCaskill tweeted, “Of all the sycophants and unqualified folks surround [President Donald] Trump, why do I find this guy particularly repugnant? Because he was given real jobs and didn’t have a clue?”

Grenell replied, “Ummm, you voted for me. Or was that because had an upcoming election and wanted to hoodwink the people of Missouri into thinking you weren’t a partisan?”

McCaskill, who is now an analyst for MSNBC, voted in favor of Grenell becoming the U.S. ambassador to Germany before she lost her re-election bid to Republican Sen. Josh Hawley (Mo.). Grenell, in his tweet, included a roster showing the votes for his confirmation by the Senate, circling McCaskill’s “Yea” vote with a highlighter.

Grenell was promoted to acting DNI in February, outraging liberals who launched a campaign to paint him as unqualified for the position. He subsequently declassified the list of Obama officials who could have been involved in the unmasking of Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn before John Ratcliffe took over as DNI in May following Senate confirmation.

The Twitter tiff between Grenell and McCaskill began after retired Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling criticized the Trump administration’s recent announcement that the U.S. would be pulling roughly 12,000 troops out of Germany.

Hertling said of the action, “While being aware of how many will stay & probably more aware than @RichardGrenell of the threat changes in Europe, this action is not part of a strategy or a threat assessment. And it damages both our national security and our alliances.”

Grenell replied, “It may not be your assessment but it was planned and will be implemented by the Pentagon. Times change.”

Anything else?

Grenell, who was the first openly gay person to serve in a U.S. president’s Cabinet, has been a thorn in the side of Democrats and the media and a staunch defender of President Trump.

He has been especially active in flagging “fake news” on Twitter, calling out CNN multiple times for false reporting and pushing back against fervent Trump critic Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) for attempting to interfere with personnel changes made during Grenell’s tenure as acting DNI.

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‘You don’t know what you are talking about’: Richard Grenell calls out Jake Tapper over CNN’s reporting

CNN’s Jake Tapper tried to pick apart President Donald Trump’s answer to a reporter on Thursday, leading former acting director of national intelligence Richard Grenell to remind the anchor of his own network’s false reporting while asserting: “You don’t know what you’re talking about.”

What are the details?

During a press conference, President Trump was asked about the report that Russia offered bounties to the Taliban to kill American troops and whether he had read about it in the President’s Daily Brief.

The president answered that he reads his briefings “all the time,” and said of the bounty report, “It was never brought to my attention, I think it’s another Russia hoax.”

He continued, “We’re working with Russia right now on a non-proliferation agreement—nuclear non-proliferation—and if we can get something like that it would be great. But it was never brought to my attention…because it didn’t reach the level. There were a lot of people, including Democrats, that said it never took place.”

“If it did take place, it would have been brought to my attention and I would take very strong action,” Trump added. “There’s been nobody tougher with Russia or China than I have—not even by a long shot.”

Tapper posted a clip of the exchange on Twitter claiming Trump’s comments that “It was never brought to my attention” and “I think it’s another Russia hoax” are “Not true.”

The anchor admitted, “Yes there is disagreement among Intel Community about GRU ‘bounties’ but there’s [intelligence community] consensus that Russia is arming and funding the Taliban. Who are killing US servicemembers.”

Grenell replied, “You haven’t seen the intel. You don’t know what you are talking about.”

He reminded Tapper, “Your network told Americans that Kim Jung Un was incapacitated and brain dead for weeks. And you said you had intel on it. Your intel ‘sources’ have agendas. And so do you.”

Anything else?

Grenell is starting to make a habit of dangling the Kim Jong Un story in CNN’s face. Last month, host Erin Burnett attempted to trap the former cabinet member on air into agreeing that John Bolton’s book couldn’t be both “highly classified” and “fake.”

“Of course, it can be both,” Grenell replied. “What are you talking about? Life is not simple.”

Grenell added, “CNN reported for a very long time that Kim Jong Un was brain dead. The fact of the matter is that was erroneous but had a nugget of classified information in there.”

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Richard Grenell schools CNN host who tried to corner him over John Bolton’s tell-all book

Richard Grenell, former acting director of national intelligence, schooled CNN host Eric Burnett on Friday, explaining why the publication of John Bolton’s forthcoming White House memoir is problematic.

The Justice Department sued to stop the publication of the tell-all book this week, claiming it contained classified national security information. President Donald Trump, however, alleged the book is “full of lies.” Burnett challenged Grenell over the president’s assertion that the book is both “highly classified” and “fake.”

“So, which is it, ambassador?” Burnett asked. “It can’t be both.”

But, according to Grenell, Bolton’s book can contain allegations that are both false and classified.

“Of course, it can be both. What are you talking about? Life is not simple—” Grenell responded.

“There can be a nugget of classified information. There can be something in there that shows sources and methods. It can be talking about things that are classified but then completely gone in another direction, completely made up, completely misused,” he explained.

“Life is not so simple that it’s either/or,” Grenell continued. “You can tell a story that has a nugget of classified information that is a totally erroneous story that goes off on a tangent and gives a false impression.”

To press home his point, Grenell pointed out that “CNN reported for a very long time that Kim Jong-un was brain dead.” He explained, “The fact of the matter is that was erroneous but had a nugget of classified information in there.”

On Saturday, U.S. District Court Judge Royce Lamberth ruled that publication of Bolton’s book could move forward, but said the former national security adviser’s “unilateral conduct raises grave national security concerns.”

Bolton’s book, “The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir,” will be released on Tuesday, June 23.

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Richard Grenell swats down Adam Schiff once again over congressman’s latest protest

Acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell has publicly dismissed House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff’s (D-Calif.) latest condemnation of his actions, as the congressman continues to protest against Grenell making moves without his approval.

What are the details?

Grenell was named acting DNI by President Donald Trump in February, and ever since, Schiff has criticized Grenell’s appointment and actions.

Last month, Grenell made a number of personnel changes, and was criticized by Schiff for doing so “without consulting and seeking authorization from Congress in a manner that undermines critical intelligence functions.”

Grenell wrote Schiff a reply reminding the congressman of the separation between the legislative and executive branches of government.

Axios reported that on Friday, Grenell announced more changes, including that his office would now handle election security briefings for political candidates rather than the FBI.

Chairman Schiff responded by issuing a statement saying, in part:

Our Committee did not authorize these changes—announced, once again, late on a Friday—by a temporary and unqualified Acting Director of National Intelligence, nor were HPSCI or SSCI even briefed or consulted, as required by law and requested by the Committees. The Acting DNI has a legal obligation to keep the Committee fully and currently informed of these changes and failed to do so.

In reaction to a CNN reporter who shared Schiff’s comments on Twitter, Grenell wrote, “Only in Washington, DC would one be appointed to a job but not expected to DO the job. @AdamSchiff.”

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Glenn Beck: List of ‘big names’ in Obama-admin finally DECLASSIFIED, this could crack ‘Obamagate’ wide open

A list of Obama administration officials, who could go to jail for their alleged part in illegally “unmasking” former national security adviser General Michael Flynn, has officially been declassified. On the radio program Tuesday, Glenn Beck and Stu Burguiere discussed the “big names” expected to be on the list and how this new development could crack the whole “Obamagate” investigation wide open.

“Acting Director of National Intelligence, Richard Grenell, has declassified the list,” Glenn said. “Well, Attorney General William Barr is now in possession of the list, and has the authority to make the document public.”

Glenn explained that Grenell visited the Justice Department last week, delivering the list of Obama administration officials before Barr announced that the DOJ would drop the case against Flynn. Flynn pleaded guilty to one count of lying to FBI investigators about contacts with former ambassador of Russia, but he withdrew his plea when the legal team found evidence of potential prosecutorial and investigative abuses.

“So here’s what happened,” Glenn continued. “They knew back in late 2016, in December, that the FBI had nothing on Flynn.
And then there was a meeting at the White House. And at this meeting was everybody, including Barack Obama. And it’s now been revealed that Barack Obama knew about everything. Now, this is new, because [retired General James] Clapper had testified that … the president [Obama] wasn’t involved. He didn’t know. But now we know that, yes indeed, he did.”

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Report: Richard Grenell has declassified list of Obama officials who ‘unmasked’ Flynn

Acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell has declassified a list of names purportedly containing the ex-Obama administration officials linked to the “unmasking” of Gen. Michael Flynn “in his conversations with the former Russian ambassador during the presidential transition,” ABC News first reported Monday.

What are the details?

ABC News cited an unnamed senior U.S. official who told the network that Grenell had the list with him during a visit to the Department of Justice during a visit last week.

The outlet noted that “Grenell’s visit came the same week that Attorney General William Barr moved to dismiss the criminal case against Flynn following his guilty plea for lying to the FBI about his conversations with [former Russian ambassador Sergey] Kislyak.”

The Daily Wire reported that a source informed them “that the list has already been declassified and now it’s on Attorney General William Barr to release the list.”

The Daily Caller explained:

Unmasking refers to a process where top U.S. officials can request information on American citizens picked up during electronic surveillance of foreigners. Flynn was unveiled as taking part in a Dec. 29, 2016 phone [call] with Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador.

It is not illegal for U.S. officials to make unmasking requests. But the information on Flynn was leaked to The Washington Post, opening up the possibility that someone in the Obama administration illegally disclosed classified information.

Grenell became acting DNI in February, after serving for two years as the U.S. ambassador to Germany, a position he still holds.

Last week, he reportedly pushed for House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) to release 6,000 pages of transcripts from his committee’s investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia during the 2016 election.

The documents revealed that several Obama administration officials testified under oath that they did not find evidence of any such collusion, despite claiming otherwise to the press.

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WaPo pushes forward with narrative that Trump botched COVID-19 response despite on-the-record denials

Acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell was forced to publicly rebuke the Washington Post on Monday after the newspaper reported as fact something that his office definitely said was not true.

According to the Post, President Donald Trump was given more than a dozen warnings about coronavirus in President’s Daily Brief, a daily intelligence briefing informing the president of the most important and sensitive issues around the world, between January and February.

The Post reported:

For weeks, the PDB — as the report is known — traced the virus’s spread around the globe, made clear that China was suppressing information about the contagion’s transmissibility and lethal toll, and raised the prospect of dire political and economic consequences.

But the alarms appear to have failed to register with the president, who routinely skips reading the PDB and has at times shown little patience for even the oral summary he takes two or three times per week, according to the officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss classified material.

The premise of the Post’s story is that Trump ignored advanced warnings about the seriousness of COVID-19, which led to a delayed response to the virus and a death-toll that recently surpassed 50,000 Americans.

The Post claimed health experts view Trump’s alleged inaction as “a squandered opportunity to contain the outbreak.”

But Grenell, whose office is responsible for the PDB, said the Post is not telling the truth — and that the newspaper published its story despite on-the-record denials from his office.

“This isn’t true. And we told you this before you wrote. And you put the DNI denial of your premise in paragraph 9,” Grenell wrote on Twitter.

Indeed, the Post included the on-the-record denial from Grenell’s office in its story, which undercuts the very premise of the story.

The Post repoted:

In response to questions about the repeated mentions of coronavirus, a DNI official said, “The detail of this is not true.” The official declined to explain or elaborate.

The mainstream media has been working overtime to pin blame for the COVID-19 outbreak on Trump, but it has been unsuccessful.

Earlier in April, ABC News claimed military intelligence — via the National Center for Medical Intelligence, Defense Intelligence Agency — had warned about the potential pandemic as far back as November.

The report prompted an immediate and very rare response from the NCMI DIA.

“As a matter of practice the National Center for Medical Intelligence does not comment publicly on specific intelligence matters. However, in the interest of transparency during the current public health crisis, we can confirm that media reporting about the existence/release of a National Center for Medical Intelligence Coronavirus-related product/assessment in November of 2019 is not correct. No such NCMI product exists,” Col. (Dr.) R. Shane Day, director of the NCMI DIA, said.

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Richard Grenell shuts down Adam Schiff’s attempt to control intel staffing decisions

Acting Director of National Intelligence
Richard Grenell shut down House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff’s (D-Calif.) recent attempt to control the director’s staffing decisions, sending the congressman a letter reminding him of the separation between the legislative and executive branches of government.

What are the details?

Earlier this month, Schiff — who led the impeachment effort against President Donald Trump — wrote a letter to Grenell, a Trump loyalist, expressing his “concern” that Grenell was “pursuing organizational and personnel changes at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence without consulting and seeking authorization from Congress in a manner that undermines critical intelligence functions.”

Schiff expressed concern over the firing of former DNI inspector general Michael Atkinson, who delivered the whistleblower complaint to Congress that triggered the president’s impeachment.

According to Grenell, Schiff’s letter was obtained by the press before it even hit his desk. The DNI tweeted at the time, “These press leaks politicizing the intelligence community must stop.”

Grenell wrote Schiff a response on Monday, in a letter described by CBS News’s Catherine Herridge as “combative.”

The DNI began by thanking Schiff for his “suggestions for reforming the Office of the Director of National Intelligence,” before expressing his “surprise” that Schiff did not acknowledge “the historic appointment of the first female Director of the National Counterterrorism Center.”

“Instead,” Grenell wrote, “You expressed concerns regarding the retirement of the former male Director.”

Grenell went to on tell Schiff, “I must disagree with your proposals to divest the DNI of managerial competence and personnel decision-making authority, and to replace your committee’s mandate for Intelligence Community oversight with a mandate for IC administration.”

He explained, “Career IC officials have conducted four studies in the last two years calling for reforms at the ODNI, and the career officials are eager to implement the recommendations. It is my duty to listen to these ODNI career employees who have ideas on how to improve the work we do for the American people.”

“Going forward,” Grenell suggested to Schiff, “I encourage you to think of the relationship between your committee and the IC as that between the legislative and executive branches of government, rather than that between a hedge fund and a distressed asset, as your letter suggests.”

Grenell closed his letter by taking a hit at Schiff for being the sole signatory on the letter he sent representing his committee, telling the chairman, “Lastly, I strongly agree with your statement of a bipartisan legislative commitment to the IC. I would hope to see this commitment reflected on the signature line of your future letters.”

How did Schiff react?

According to Politico, Schiff issued a statement on Tuesday in reaction to Grenell’s letter, saying:

In his letter, Acting Director Grenell did not respond in any way to our oversight requests regarding the decision to fire the IC IG, sudden staffing changes at the NCTC, and his pursuit of structural and personnel changes at the ODNI without the approval of Congress.

And the Acting Director failed to respond to important questions about whether [DNI inspector general Michael Atkinson] was investigating matters that may go uninvestigated as a result of his firing by Trump. The simple fact he was not willing to respond to a reasonable request form his agency’s oversight committee raises new basis for our concerns, particularly given this Administration’s history of covering up blatant misconduct.

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence owes us, and the Senate as well, answers to these questions. We remain ready to work with ODNI to ensure compliance with our oversight requests, consistent with its legal obligation to keep the Committee fully and currently informed of its activities.

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President Trump names Ambassador Richard Grenell to be director of national intelligence

President Donald Trump has named U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell to serve as the next acting director of national intelligence, in a move celebrated by the president’s supporters and slammed by his critics.

What are the details?

Grenell has been an ardent supporter of the president and his policies, and his appointment is historic: He will become the first openly gay Cabinet member selected by a U.S. president.

The diplomat and foreign policy expert will replace current acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire.

“I am pleased to announce that our highly respected Ambassador to Germany, @RichardGrenell, will become the Acting Director of National Intelligence,” President Trump tweeted on Wednesday night. “Rick has represented our Country exceedingly well and I look forward to working with him,” he continued.

President Trump also praised Maguire, saying, “I would like to thank Joe Maguire for the wonderful job he has done, and we look forward to working with him closely, perhaps in another capacity within the Administration!”

Fox News reported that President Trump’s selection of Grenell “heartened conservatives eager for new leadership as a series of scandals have plagued the intelligence community.” Meanwhile, The Washington Post reported that “Grenell’s appointment is likely to exacerbate tensions between the president and members of the intelligence community, who have been frequent targets of Trump’s ire.”

Ned Price, a former CIA officer who served as a Special Assistant to former President Barack Obama reacted to news of Grenell’s appointment by tweeting, “Another slap in the face to my former intel colleagues. Grenell is a partisan bombthrower whose only skill is defending Trump. Trump’s decision not to nominate a permanent DNI underscores that he has no use for intel and no regard for national security.”

Republican Senate aide John Noonan praised the president’s selection of Grenell while hitting back at critics who claimed the diplomat did not have the qualifications for the role, tweeting, “@RichardGrenell is sharp and competent. Harvard Kennedy School grad, senior UN official, ambassador to one of the most important US partners. Susan Rice went from UN Ambassador to National Security Advisor but Ambassador to Germany to ODNI is somehow out of bounds? Ok.”

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