Thursday, August 8, 2019

Action: Trump, The Greatest Threat To National Security

TRUMP, THE GREATEST THREAT TO NATIONAL SECURITY

ACTION ONE: CALL YOUR SENATORS

SAMPLE SCRIPT FOR WYDEN AND MERKLEY:

My name is [–] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon [zip code]. I am calling because…
First, I want to thank you for calling on the House to start an impeachment inquiry. I urge you continue to educate Americans about what an impeachment inquiry is.
Also, I am calling because I am worried about our national security. Trump’s Director of National Intelligence nomination, and his hasty withdrawal, reaffirms that any DNI must be willing to stand up to Trump to protect America. We need a DNI who has an intelligence background and who will act in the best interests of the country. Please keep this in mind when his next nomination emerges and do not vote for anyone who equivocates. Protect America.

ACTION TWO: CALL YOUR HOUSE REPS

Not sure who your U.S. Representative is? Find out here. 

SAMPLE SCRIPTS FOR REPRESENTATIVES BLUMENAUER, BONAMICI AND DEFAZIO:

My name is [–] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon [zip code]. I am calling because…
I want to thank the Representative for supporting our Constitution with his/her call for an impeachment inquiry. You’ve taken a strong position on an contentious issue and I am grateful for your courage.
Also, I ask that you call Dan Coats to immediately testify about Trump’s approach to national security issues. Is Trump a continuing danger to our national security?

SAMPLE SCRIPTS FOR REPRESENTATIVES SCHRADER AND WALDEN:

My name is [–] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon [zip code]. I am calling because…
I want the Representative to support our Constitution by calling for an impeachment inquiry. Frankly, after Mr. Mueller’s report and testimony, I don’t know what more you need to do what’s right, live up to your oath of office amd voice the demands of your constituents.
Also, I ask that he call Dan Coats to immediately testify about Trump’s approach to national security issues. Is Trump a danger to our national security?

ACTION THREE:

Indivisible Oregon is organizing letter-writing parties using Swing Left tools to contact voters whose voter registration data may need updating.
Find a letter writing party near you or organize one yourself at SwingLeft.org/events.
Portlanders, join a party on the fourth Tuesday of every month. Upcoming: Aug 27th, 11amand Sept 24th, 11am

BACKGROUND:

America’s spies see Trump as a threat to national security. Intelligence officials are withholding information from the president because they fear that he would stop their operations or reveal them to foreign governments.
But last week, Trump created an opportunity to plant his own spy deep in the Intelligence Community when he pushed out the Director of National Intelligence (DNI). 
He quickly nominated a replacement whose chief qualification for the job was that he had shown on television repeatedly defending Trump.
Fortunately, that DNI nomination quickly self-destructed. But Trump has a knack for finding the most destructive individuals to run government agencies.
The job is a true hot seat. The list of threats the US might confront include a war with Iran, combating a massive Russia cyber attack, and anything is possible with Trump and China.
Daily, the DNI provides analyses to the president.
But Trump is no friend of the intelligence agencies, he has been deeply suspicious of their findings, and he relies on his gut as a compass for navigating complexities.
Does anyone believe Trump and his administration have the military, economic and fiscal knowledge and wisdom to confront any international threat? No.
Trump’s next DNI nominee must have intelligence experience and be able to candidly present assessments that might conflict with Trump’s views.

SOURCES: 

Axios AM, August 6, 2019: “The great global collision”  ahttps://www.axios.com/newsletters/axios-am-57f8d9bd-4d24-45b8-bd37-b41723e96105.html  
Washington Post, June 13, 2019: “Power Up: 2020 Dems slam Trump as ‘national security threat’ for saying he’d take foreign intel on opponents”https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/paloma/powerup/2019/06/13/powerup-2020-dems-slam-trump-as-national-security-threat-for-saying-he-d-take-foreign-intel-on-opponents/5d0150a41ad2e52ca1223d56/?utm_term=.bbc42f6da840
New York Times, June 8, 2019: “Trump Mixes Economic and National Security, Plunging the U.S. Into Multiple Fights”  https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/08/business/trump-economy-national-security.html
New York Magazine, August 2019: “Russian Election Hacking in 2020 Could Easily Be Much Worse Than 2016”   http://nymag.com/intelligencer/2019/08/russian-election-hacking-could-be-much-worse-in-2020.html  
Time Magazine, July 29, 2019: “Senate Fails to Override President Trump’s Vetoes, Allowing Saudi Arms Sales.” https://time.com/5638324/trump-senate-veto-saudi-arabia-arms/ 
LA Times, April 18, 2019: “Op-Ed: A question the Mueller report leaves unanswered: Is Trump a threat to national security?” https://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-hettena-mueller-report-trump-threat-national-security-20190418-story.html

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