Lloyd Green at The Guardian:
On Wednesday Bloomberg reported that Trump had pressed Rex Tillerson, who at the time was nominally secretary of state, to push the justice department into killing an investigation into Reza Zarrab, a Giuliani client, for allegedly violating sanctions designed to thwart Iran’s nuclear ambitions. Specifically, in a February 2017 Oval Office meeting, Trump had invited Giuliani, and Michael Mukasey, Bush 43’s attorney general and a former federal judge, to lobby Tillerson on that score.
Like Trump, Giuliani can engender a sense of disappointment and disgust among those who know him best. Ken Frydman, a New York-based public relations whiz and a veteran of Giuliani’s 1993 mayoral race, recently wrote: “The man I worked for in 1993 is not the man who now lies for Donald Trump.”
Frydman isn’t alone. As another Giuliani alumnus told the Guardian, “There is tremendous disappointment that a man we once greatly admired and who was worthy of that admiration has become a lapdog to a conspiracy theorist president.” The aide explained: “It’s heartbreaking in so many ways because – at his core – for better or worse, Rudy was always his own man. Sadly, he no longer is.”
"Occasionally, while on the phone with foreign heads of state, Trump has handed the receiver to his daughter, Ivanka Trump, so she can talk with the leader."https://t.co/Wcs8RChKdA— Julia Davis (@JuliaDavisNews) October 12, 2019
(AP) — US says troops in Syria came under Turkish fire; says area was ‘known by the Turks’ to have Americans present.— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) October 11, 2019
Turkish-backed militants fighting in Syria killed at least 2 Kurdish prisoners on Saturday, according to a video and a fighter who said he witnessed the killings https://t.co/Q0nMBofmMH— The New York Times (@nytimes) October 12, 2019