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‘I have NEVER been there!’: Trump’s attorney Michael Cohen hits back at claims Robert Mueller ‘has evidence he visited Prague in 2016’ to meet a Putin ally

Posted: 14 Apr 2018 05:14 PM PDT

Trump's attorney Michael Cohen hits back at new claims he visited Prague in 2016

  • ‘No matter how many times or ways they write it, I have never been to Prague. I was in LA with my son. Proven!’ – Michael Cohen

 

( Daily Mail ) Michael Cohen, the embattled personal attorney of Donald Trump, has denied fresh reports that Special Counsel Robert Mueller obtained evidence he visited Prague in 2016.

‘No matter how many times or ways they write it, I have never been to Prague. I was in LA with my son. Proven!’ Cohen wrote in a withering tweet on Saturday.

‘Bad reporting, bad information and bad story by same reporter Peter Stone,’ he wrote.

Cohen was referring to a McClatchy report on Friday, which cited two sources claiming that Mueller’s investigators traced evidence that Cohen entered the Czech Republic through Germany in August or September of 2016.

British ex-spy Christopher Steele’s dossier claimed the purpose of the trip was to meet with a prominent ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Konstantin Kosachev, but it is not clear whether Mueller has evidence of such a meeting.

 

Read more: ‘Bad reporting, bad info, bad story. I have NEVER been there!’ Trump’s furious attorney Michael Cohen hits back at claim Robert Mueller ‘has evidence he visited Prague in 2016’ to meet a Putin ally

 

President Trump's longtime attorney Michael Cohen leaves the Lowes Regency Hotel on the way to his parking garage on Saturday morning. He denies new reports he went to Prague

THE NEW YORKER: “Chick-fil-A’s Creepy Infiltration of New York City”

Posted: 14 Apr 2018 05:03 PM PDT

Chick-fil-A

  • The New Yorker Dan Piepenbring : "The restaurant's corporate purpose still begins with the words 'to glorify God,' and that proselytism thrums below the surface of the Fulton Street restaurant, which has the ersatz homespun ambiance of a megachurch"
  • "There's something especially distasteful about Chick-fil-A…Its politics, its décor, and its commercial-evangelical messaging are inflected with this suburban piety"
  • Mr. Piepenbring suggests, moreover, that there may be a sinister, "ulterior motive" behind the restaurant's work, other than just selling chicken sandwiches, and it has to do with the G-word.

 

The New Yorker announced in a blatantly anti-Christian essay Friday that the arrival of Chick-fil-A restaurants in New York City "feels like an infiltration, in no small part because of its pervasive Christian traditionalism."

The April 13 article by Dan Piepenbring, ominously titled "Chick-fil-A's Creepy Infiltration of New York City," reads like old Ku Klux Klan propaganda against Catholics, Jews, and blacks. It is evident from the first line through the last that the only thing that disturbs Mr. Piepenbring about the restaurant chain is the overt Christian faith of its owners.

 

Apparently unaware of just how bigoted his essay sounds, Piepenbring offers as evidence of Chick-fil-A's "creepiness" that its corporate headquarters in Atlanta "is adorned with Bible verses and a statue of Jesus washing a disciple's feet. Its stores close on Sundays."

It makes one shudder just to imagine it.

Mr. Piepenbring suggests, moreover, that there may be a sinister, "ulterior motive" behind the restaurant's work, other than just selling chicken sandwiches, and it has to do with the G-word.

….Piepenbring notes that Chick-fil-A is set to become the third-largest fast-food chain in the nation, behind only McDonald's and Starbucks. While he seems to have no issue with these last two—which are motivated merely by a desire for profits and market-share—there is something deeply wrong with a successful company owned and run by devout Christians.

Despite the fact that the company donates thousands of pounds of food to New York Common Pantry, Piepenbring adds, still, "There's something especially distasteful about Chick-fil-A, which has sought to portray itself as better than other fast food: cleaner, gentler, and more ethical, with its poultry slightly healthier than the mystery meat of burgers."

"Its politics, its décor, and its commercial-evangelical messaging are inflected with this suburban piety," he scowls.

Read more: The New Yorker Freaks over 'Creepy Infiltration' of Chick-fil-A in NYC

Allied air strikes destroyed three Assad chemical sites, Syria fired 40 missiles ‘at nothing’

Posted: 14 Apr 2018 08:24 AM PDT

Pentagon says airstrikes 'crippled' Syria's chemical weapons systems

 

( Daily Mail )The Pentagon has shared new details of the successful, coordinated missile attack on Damascus which set the Syrian regime’s chemical weapons program back ‘years’.

At a press conference in Washington DC on Saturday morning, Chief Pentagon Spokesperson Dana White and Lt. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie gave a detailed break-down of the 105 missiles launched.

‘This is going to set the program back for years. We attacked the heart of the Syrian chemical weapons program,’ Gen. McKenzie said.

He also shot down the Syrian media’s claim that Assad’s missile defense systems took down 71 of the missiles launched, revealing that none were compromised and that they were only fired once the coordinated attack was over.

 

Three civilians were injured but there have been no confirmed fatalities.

On Saturday, the General said that if any deaths are reported they may well have been the result of Assad’s counter fire.

‘Syria shot 40 large missiles into the air using ballistic trajectory, without guidance.

 

This graphic issued by the Pentagon on Saturday illustrates how the attacks unfolded from air and sea. It does not represent exactly the number of ships or planes deployed by each country. The US used three destroyers and a submarine along with two B-1 Lancer bombers. France used at least two aircraft and four ships and the UK used four aircraft 

 

‘When we shoot iron into the air without guidance, it’s going to come down somewhere.’

He added that Syrian outlets which claimed as many as 71 of the missiles had been brought down were lying, saying playfully: ‘I can’t help you with what the Syrians are saying but what I am telling you is what actually happened.

All of the US’s aircraft returned safely to base after the attack. Gen. McKenzie did not say where the Lancer B-1 Bombers had flown from but other officials suggested they deployed from an airbase in Qatar.

‘We met our objective. We hit our target. It was mission accomplished,’ White said on Saturday, repeating the president’s tweet earlier in the day.

Dramatic before and after satellite photographs of the three targets were also shown and revealed the extent of the damage.

 

Read more: ‘We’ve set them back years’: Pentagon celebrates airstrikes which ‘crippled’ Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal and reveals Assad retaliated by aimlessly firing 40 missiles AFTER the attack was over 

 

Satellite images show the Barzah Research Center, the main target, before and after the missile attack which took place at 4am local time on Saturday, 9pm EST on Friday. 76 missiles pummeled this site alone

 

 

A map shows the location of the three targets. The Barzah Research Center was nearer the capital and the two storage facilities were to the north 

 

 

Chief Pentagon Spokesperson Dana White (left) and Joint Staff director Marine Lt. Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie gave a briefing on the strike on Saturday and said it 'crippled' Assad's chemical weapon arsenal 

 

 

A Syrian soldier films the damage at the cite of the Barzah Scientific Research Center in Damascus on Saturday morning after it was annihilated by 76 missiles

 

 

Soldiers were putting out the flames and smoke on Saturday morning as US officials celebrated the attack and said 'mission accomplished' 

 

 

TRUMP AFTER SYRIA AIRSTRIKES: ‘MISSION ACCOMPLISHED’

Posted: 14 Apr 2018 08:06 AM PDT

Trump says Syria airstrikes 'could not have had a better result'

 

( Daily Mail ) Donald Trump hailed a ‘perfectly executed strike’ that he said ‘could not have had a better result’ after authorizing a series of missile attacks against Syrian targets on Friday in response to the Assad regime’s latest chemical weapons attack.

The president said Saturday in his first comments since the air raid: ‘Thank you to France and the United Kingdom for their wisdom and the power of their fine Military. Could not have had a better result. Mission Accomplished!’

‘So proud of our great Military which will soon be, after the spending of billions of fully approved dollars, the finest that our Country has ever had. There won't be anything, or anyone, even close!’ he tweeted.

The Pentagon also said that the strikes ‘were very successful’ in that the coalition met its objectives

 

The Damascus sky lights up with missile fire as the US, Britain and France launch an attack on Syria

 

‘We hit the sites,’ Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White said at a Saturday morning briefing. ‘It was mission accomplished,’ she said.

Whether the strikes would have the intended effect — keeping Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad from gassing the people of his country again — was not something that the U.S. or its allies could predict.

Trump pledged Friday in a national address the White House tried to quiet until just before it happened that the U.S. would continue to strike Assad until he forsook his chemical weapons attacks.

French foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Saturday morning that ‘a lot has been destroyed in last night’s strikes’ but additional strikes could come if Assad crossed the ‘red line’ of using chemical weapons again.

Trump’s ‘mission accomplished’ claim drudged up old memories of another Republican president, George W. Bush, standing under a banner in 2003 and declaring the same thing. Bush’s war in Iraq lasted for years, and when the U.S. finally left the power vacuum was filled by ISIS.

 

Read more: ‘A perfectly executed strike’: Delighted Trump tweets his thanks to the ‘wisdom and fine military’ of France and the UK after airstrikes on Syria, and says allies ‘could not have had a better result’

 

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis (right) and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford (second from right) brief members of the media on Syria at the Pentagon

 

 

Damascus skies erupt with anti-aircraft fire after Donald Trump announced the strikes on Syria on Friday night ET