According to several reporters traveling with President Donald J. Trump, four motorcycle police officers were injured in a crash while escorting his motorcade.
“Breaking: Trump’s vehicle is fine, but some officers who are part of his motorcade crashed. We could see at least a couple officers on ground and injured,” said Bloomberg’s Jennifer Jacobs. “I saw 3 officers down on Interstate 10 near Lake Charles as Trump motorcade headed to Hackberry. One in grassy ditch, sitting up. One flat on his back on highway shoulder, bleeding. A third standing up, bleeding from his arm. Our whole side of highway was closed to traffic.”
I saw 3 officers down on Interstate 10 near Lake Charles as Trump motorcade headed to Hackberry.
One in grassy ditch, sitting up. One flat on his back on highway shoulder, bleeding. A third standing up, bleeding from his arm.
— Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) May 14, 2019
Steve Herman of Voice of America confirmed that four officers were injured in the crash.
“‘Four motorcycle police officers were involved in an accident as the [President’s] motorcade left the airport’ in [Louisiana] confirms [The White House] which says no one was seriously injured,” he said.
— Steve Herman (@W7VOA) May 14, 2019
Secret Service also released a statement on the accident.
“Today, at approximately 1:30pm CDT, four motorcycle police officers were involved in an accident during a Presidential motorcade in Lake Charles, LA. Three of the four officers were taken to a local hospital to be treated for minor injuries,” the law enforcement entity said. “The injured officers were from the Westlake Police Department, Sulfur Police Department and the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office. The accident did not impact the movement of the motorcade,”
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Sanders criticized the assassination of Iranian General Qassem Suleimani in January and also stressed his opposition to the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
During the Iowa presidential debate, Sanders loudly boasted, “I not only voted against that war, I helped lead the effort against that war.”
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The answers the Sanders campaign gave the Times showed its flexibility when it comes to foreign policy.
In other words, the Sanders campaign signaled to the military and intelligence apparatus that Sanders won’t present a threat to their interests and may actually carry out their interventionist agenda.
One question in the survey that the Times sent the Sanders campaign stuck out above the rest.
The third survey question asked, “Would you consider military force to pre-empt an Iranian or North Korean nuclear or missile test?”
The Sanders campaign responded, “Yes.”
Based on this response, Sanders’ is signaling that he’s willing to continue Bush-era policies of “preemptive war.”
Like Obama, Sanders’ opposition to the Iraq War was a matter of politics rather than a principled opposition to regime change wars.
His campaign was also asked, “Would you consider military force for a humanitarian intervention?”
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