Trumper wins GOP gubernatorial nomination in Maryland primary – National & International News – Wed20Jul2022

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Trumper called ‘Q-Anon conspiracy theorist’ by out-going GOP governor, wins Maryland’s GOP gubernatorial primary; Putin, Khamenei, Erdogan meet in Tehran as ‘Supreme Leader’ expresses strong support for Russia in its war with Ukraine.



Trumper wins GOP governor nomination in Maryland

Trump-backed Dan Cox has won the GOP gubernatorial nomination in Maryland.

Cox has been known to call former Vice-President Mike Pence “a traitor” and organized buses for people to attend the events in Washington, D.C. on Jan 6, 2021.

Outgoing Governor Larry Hogan, a term-limited Republican, has called Cox “a Q-Anon conspiracy theorist.”

It remains to be seen whether Cox’s bagging the GOP nomination for Maryland governor has any real long term relevance. Maryland remains a Democratic stronghold. The state gave 65.4% of its 2020 presidential vote to Joe Biden, 33% better than Hillary Clinton did when she carried Maryland in 2016.

Yesterday Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader in the U.S. Senate, seemed to be trying to put distance between himself and Trump. Trump turned on McConnell after the Kentuckian voted to certify Joe Biden’s win in the 2016 election. McConnell said Trump would face a number of Republican opponents if he runs for president in 2024.

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Putin, Turkey and Iran meet in Tehran

Russian President Vladimir met yesterday with Iraq’s “Supreme Leader” Ali Khamenei and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The three were together in Tehran as Khamenei proclaimed Iran’s strong support for Russia in its continuing war with the Ukraine.

Erdogan, continuing a tradition of Turkish leaders, has talked out of both sides of his mouth with regard to the Russian attack on the Ukraine. Turkey, a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) for 70 years has found itself in recent years opposing Russia’s military intervention in Syria. However, Erdogan has opposed NATO membership for Finland and Sweden, a move favored by the rest of he NATO membership.

Erdogan wants help with Turkey’s decades long work to suppress or exterminate its Kurdish minority.

Ironically, Turkey has recently sold military hardware to the Ukraine.

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