Krauthammer: Trump pivot ‘never comes’

Charles Krauthammer told “Special Report with Bret Baier” viewers Tuesday that Donald Trump’s controversial remarks are, “a reflection of who he is.”

“Everybody expected the pivot to being Presidential, to being conciliatory, to bringing the party together and it never comes,” said Krauthammer.

Trump is under fire for his criticism of a fallen Muslim U.S. soldier’s parents, Khizr Khan and Ghazala Khan, following their appearance at the Democratic National Convention. Many Republican leaders have denounced Trump’s remarks.

President Obama said Tuesday Trump is “unfit” and “woefully unprepared” to be President.

“The only way that [Democrats] can win is to argue for the unfitness of the opponent for the office,” said Krauthammer. “Because if [Trump] crosses the threshold of fitness, he wins.” 

Pentagon: "No endpoint" to US airstrikes in Libya, pace set by Libyian government

By Lucas Tomlinson

The Pentagon said Monday that a new round of airstrikes against ISIS in Libya today are being conducted at the request of the Libyan government, and the Libyans will tell the US military when to conduct airstrikes going forward.

“They'll be determining the pace and the success of this campaign,” said Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook in a press briefing Monday.

“We don't have an end point at this particular moment in time.  But we'll be working closely with the [Libyan government] and we certainly hope that this is something that does not require a lengthy amount of time,” he said.

Cook told reporters that one tank and two vehicles belonging to ISIS in the coastal town of Sirte were struck in the US airstrike today.  Cook would not readout what type of US military aircraft were used or where the aircraft were based.

Cook said US airstrikes in the future would be limited to the area of Sirte and be done only at the request of and in “close coordination” with the new UN-backed Libyan government, known as the Government of National Accord (GNA).

Cook said the number of ISIS fighters has been “reduced” in Libya, but did not offer any numbers to support the claim. 

He said the number of ISIS fighters in the ISIS stronghold of Sirte has been reduced to under 1,000, but did not have an estimate for the entire country.

Estimations vary, but the intelligence community has assessed ISIS to have more than 5,000 fighters inside Libya, double the number from a year ago.  Some estimates range as high as 6,000 ISIS fighters inside Libya.

Future airstrikes in Libya will be determined by the commander of the US military’ Africa command based in Stuttguart, Germany.

A Pentagon statement announcing the new airstrikes against ISIS in Libya released before the briefing said President Obama had authorized the strikes today.  

For months, top Pentagon officials have said they would wait for a new government in Libya before ramping up operations against ISIS in Libya.

Cook said no US troops participated in the strikes against ISIS today in Libya, but would not rule out the presence of US troops elsewhere in the country.

Pentagon officials confirmed recently that teams of special operations forces had been going in and out of Libya in the past few months to meet local forces on the ground.

The US airstrikes in Libya today were the third since November.

In February, US Air Force F-15s flying out of the United Kingdom bombed an ISIS training camp outside the Libyan capital of Tripoli killing up to 50 ISIS fighters.

In November, one day after the horrific Paris attacks  that killed over 125 people, American jets killed the top ISIS leader in Libya, Abu Nabil in the port city of Darnah (also spelled “Derna”)

Asked about the potential for an increase in the number of strikes in Libya going forward, Cook said, “We are prepared to carry out more strikes.”

Cook said the 2001 Authorized Use of Military Force (AUMF) was the legal authority used to launch the strikes today.

Hillary Clinton’s running mate, Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., as a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee,  has long sought a new authorization against ISIS and has introduced bipartisan legislation to make one, but the bill stalled in Congress. 

Hume: Controversy over Trump Russia comments ‘histrionic and hysterical’

Brit Hume told "Special Report with Bret Baier" viewers Wednesday that the reaction to Donald Trump's comments today were "a little histrionic and hysterical."

I a press conference, Trump appeared to appeal to Russia to find Hillary Clinton's missing emails. The Trump campaign ad surrogates are now on the defense, trying to explain away the candidate's remarks as a joke. Meanwhile, the Clinton campaign says this has become a matter of national security.

Hume thinks Trump was not being serious in asking Russia to hack Clinton's server.

"...[He] was really just trying to stick it to Hillary Clinton for having so sloppily handled classified information, that is possible that her server was being subject to being hacked by the Russians and who knows who else," said Hume.

Charles Hurt on Democratic Convention Chaos: ‘An astonishing development to think, that a document dump like this could have the impact that it's had on this coronation

Washington Times columnist, Charles Hurt said Tuesday on "Special Report with Bret Baier" that the Wikileaks document dump of the DNC e-mails had a big impact on the DNC convention. "It's an astonishing development to think, that a document dump like this could have the impact that it's had on this coronation back here." He added that despite Hillary Clinton coming so close to the nomination she has had to overcome so many obstacles to secure the nomination. "I think it's hard to overstate how galling for Hillary Clinton to be here after 8 years ago coming this close to getting the nomination and then to have to fight tooth and nail through day one, day two and to have the kind of protests that she's endured, Nancy Pelosi got booed this morning at a California delegation event, Bernie Sanders can't even get thru a speech endorsing Hillary Clinton without getting booed." Hurt concluded "it's very, very tough for Hillary Clinton I think."

Crowley on the split within the Democratic party: ‘The civil war… just exploded out into the open’

The Washington Times' Monica Crowley said Monday on "Special Report with Bret Baier" that, in the wake of an email leak that uncovered a bias against then-Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), the divisions in the Democratic party may be more pronounced than ever.

"The civil war that's been brewing in the Democratic party just exploded out into the open. I mean, this has been going on for quite a while, but now we're seeing the fruits of what's been bubbling underneath," Crowley said, adding, "We've long said that the real split in the country is less right [versus] left, Republican [versus] Democrat than it is the bipartisan ruling class versus everyone else. The Bernie Sanders people feel that they have been unheard, the way on the right, the great silent majority responds to Donald Trump."

Crowley went on to say the question now is whether these Sanders supporters will accept Hillary Clinton as the party's nominee.

"I doubt that. I'm very skeptical. I think that these are true believers," she said, concluding, "I think that they have bought into the leftist revolution, and they are willing to carry this revolution forward, with or without Bernie Sanders."

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Krauthammer: Start of GOP convention is “rocky”

Charles Krauthammer told viewers Monday on Special Report that the start of the GOP Convention in Cleveland can best be described as "rocky."

"It reflects the division in he party, far more than any convection we can remember," Krauthammer added. "It's usually a television show. Everything is scripted. It's not because there is a large segment that is anti-Trump.

Trump will make his first appearance at the convention this evening when he introduces his wife Melania, who will give a speech to the crowd Trump's children will speak during other evenings this week.

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