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Officials Put ‘Unusual’ Limits on D.C. National Guard Before Riot, Commander Says

March 4, 2021
Michael Schmidt, Luke Broadwater | The New York Times
Pentagon officials placed “unusual” restrictions on the D.C. National Guard before the Capitol riot, its commander told senators on Wednesday, saying the military leaders’ fears of a repeat of aggressive tactics used during racial justice protests last year slowed decision-making and squandered time as the violence by a pro-Trump mob escalated.
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US Navy admiral visits Taiwan as Trump admin solidifies ties before exit

November 23, 2020
Vivian Salama, James Griffiths, Ryan Browne | CNN
A senior United States naval official visited Taiwan Sunday, as the outgoing Trump administration continued to strengthen ties with the self-ruled island in its last weeks, further riling Beijing and potentially helping to shape how Joe Biden deals with this issue as president.
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Trump Says He Wants All Troops in Afghanistan Home by Christmas, Going Further Than Security Adviser

October 8, 2020
Nancy Youssef, Gordon Lubold | The Wall Street Journal
President Trump tweeted late Wednesday that all American troops should be out of Afghanistan by Christmas, a new goal post for ending the long-running conflict that caught his own Pentagon flat-footed.
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Trump denies calling fallen soldiers "suckers" and "losers"

September 5, 2020
Weijia Jiang | CBS News
A news report alleges President Donald Trump privately referred to fallen American troops as "suckers" and "losers," but he has adamantly denied those claims.
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Military Newspaper Stars and Stripes in Budget Crosshairs

September 5, 2020
Nancy Youssef, Kristina Peterson | The Wall Street Journal
Stars and Stripes, the Pentagon’s independent newspaper, has been ordered by Pentagon officials to prepare to shut down as soon as the end of this month, a move that would end a history dating to the Civil War.
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To Get Tougher on China, Trump Needs U.S. Navy, Which Is Straining

August 15, 2020
Nancy Youssef, Gordon Lubold | The Wall Street Journal
The Trump administration’s escalating pressure campaign against China calls for a beefed up military presence to challenge Beijing’s claims in Asia, signaling a widening role for the U.S. Navy.
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Exclusive: Trump never raised Russia's Taliban bounties with Putin

July 29, 2020
Jonathan Swan, Dave Lawler | Axios
President Trump has never confronted Vladimir Putin with intelligence indicating Russia paid the Taliban to kill U.S. troops, he told “Axios on HBO” in an interview on Tuesday.
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White House does not plan any immediate response over intelligence reports on Russian bounties targeting U.S. troops

July 2, 2020
Josh Dawsey, Ellen Nakashima, Karen DeYoung, Shane Harris | The Washington Post
The White House is not planning an immediate response to intelligence reports of Russian bounties given to Taliban-linked militants to kill U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan because President Trump does not believe the reports are true or “actionable,” according to two senior administration officials.
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