It’s not an order but as the Trump White House has long held, it’s an official statement. President Donald Trump is calling for the jailing of Hillary Clinton’s right-hand aide. Westwood One Correspondent Bob Costantini reports President Trump is accusing the Justice Department of being part of the “deep state” and suggesting it “must finally act” against a top aide to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former FBI director James Comey.
The “deep state” refers to an alleged shadowy network of powerful entrenched interests that some Republicans argue are trying to undermine Trump. Trump tweeted today: “Crooked Hillary Clinton’s top aid, Huma Abedin, has been accused of disregarding basic security protocols. She put Classified Passwords into the hands of foreign agents. Remember sailors pictures on submarine? Jail! Deep State Justice Dept must finally act? Also on Comey & others.”
Trump appeared to be referring to a report in the conservative Daily Caller that Abedin sent government passwords to her Yahoo email before it was hacked. Trump’s reference to sailors probably referred to the Navy sailor convicted of taking photos of classified areas inside a submarine.
Meanwhile Pakistan is protesting an angry tweet from President Trump in which he complains about — quote — “lies and deceit” in the fight against terrorism. At the Pentagon, Correspondent Barbara Starr says Pakistan argues it doesn’t get enough support in its own battle against terror groups like al-Qaida…
Pakistan has summoned the U.S. ambassador to protest against U.S. President Trump’s angry tweet about Pakistani “lies and deceit”, which Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif dismissed as a political stunt. David Hale was summoned by the Pakistan foreign office on Monday to explain Trump’s tweet, media said. The ministry could not be reached for comment but the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad confirmed today that a meeting had taken place.
Trump said the United States had had been rewarded with “nothing but lies and deceit” for “foolishly” giving Pakistan more than $33 billion in aid in the last 15 years. “They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help. No more!” he tweeted on Monday. His words drew praise from Pakistan’s old foe, India, and neighboring Afghanistan, but long-time ally China defended Pakistan.
The president also used tweets this morning to address international events. President Trump says the people of Iran are “finally acting against the brutal and corrupt” government. Trump tweeted today that the Iranian people have “little food, big inflation and no human rights.” He adds: “The U.S. is watching.”
It was Trump’s latest comment on the largest anti-government demonstrations in Iran since its disputed 2009 election. Trump’s tweet came after Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei today accused the “enemies of Iran” of meddling in the country’s affairs. State television reported that nine people were killed in overnight clashes between protesters and security forces.