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Maxine Waters: Republicans 'shielding' Trump 'going to be responsible for dragging us to war'

Maxine Waters: Republicans 'shielding' Trump 'going to be responsible for dragging us to war'
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Rep. Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersOn The Money: Democrats accuse Mnuchin of sabotaging economy in dispute with Fed | Trump administration proposal takes aim at bank pledges to avoid fossil fuel financing | JPMorgan: Economy will shrink in first quarter due to COVID-19 spike Democrats accuse Mnuchin of sabotaging economy in dispute with Fed Maxine Waters says Biden win is 'dawn of a new progressive America' MORE (D-Calif.) blasted President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden team wants to understand Trump effort to 'hollow out government agencies' Trump's remaking of the judicial system Overnight Defense: Trump transgender ban 'inflicts concrete harms,' study says | China objects to US admiral's Taiwan visit MORE’s Republican allies in Congress on Monday, saying they would be responsible if the U.S. and Iran go to war.

Waters cited the departures from the Pentagon of former Defense Secretary James MattisJames Norman MattisProgressive House Democrats urge Biden against Defense chief with contractor ties Trump fires Defense chief Mark Esper Talk grows of Trump firings at Pentagon, CIA MORE and other officials in arguing that Republicans should not follow Trump's lead.

“OK Repubs. Keep shielding & protecting this impeached prez despite his lies (15k); despite his unilaterally pulling out of Iran deal; despite weak answers on imminent danger; despite Mattis quitting, now Pentagon CoS quits; you are going to be responsible for dragging us to war!”

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The Pentagon announced Monday that Eric Chewning, chief of staff to Defense Secretary Mark EsperMark EsperTrump administration pulls out of Open Skies treaty with Russia The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC - Trump, Biden clash over transition holdup, pandemic plans President is wild card as shutdown fears grow MORE, will leave his position at the end of the month, with Jen Stewart, the top GOP staffer for the House Armed Services Committee, set to replace him.

The “weak answers on imminent danger” refers to claims by Trump and Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoOvernight Defense: Trump transgender ban 'inflicts concrete harms,' study says | China objects to US admiral's Taiwan visit King of Jordan becomes first Arab leader to speak with President-elect Biden Central Asia is changing: the Biden administration should pay close attention MORE that the U.S. killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani due to “imminent danger” of an attack that would put American troops at risk. Pompeo has declined to elaborate on the evidence and members of Congress have cast doubt on its validity.

Iran has threatened retaliation for the killing of Soleimani, while Trump tweeted over the weekend that any response would be met with targeted attacks on 52 unspecified targets, including those of cultural significance.