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Don Lemon tells Trump surrogates that it’s a privilege to come on CNN, not a right

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CNN’s anti-Trump anchor Don Lemon on Thursday night told Trump surrogates who attack the media and “lie all day long” that appearing on CNN “is a privilege” and “not a right.”

Following his colleague Chris Cuomo’s “closing argument” that lambasted RNC spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany for claiming that President Trump doesn’t “lie,” Lemon began their nightly handoff by reading the Merrian-Webster’s definition of the word “lie.”

“A lie is a lie all day long,” Lemon said. “For these folks to say he doesn’t lie or that you’re maybe misunderstanding how he’s communicating- that’s rich.”

Lemon knocked Trump defenders who attack the media, insisting they apologize “when the media gets it wrong.”

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He went on to suggest to Cuomo that he shouldn’t allow McEnany on his show again.

“Listen, I don’t want to go back over last night, but you know, it was a topic of discussion today among people about whether or not, you know, people are deceiving whether or not you should even give them the space to do it,” Lemon told Cuomo.

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Cuomo then challenged the “CNN Tonight” host on how he would “conduct the journalism of vetting” the Trump campaign if he doesn’t allow anyone who represents it onto his show, which Lemon countered by saying “you can have people on who represent it” but don’t have to sit through the “lies.”

“We have Trump supporters on all the time and we hold them accountable to the truth and they don’t make excuses for everything this president does,” Lemon explained. “But there are those like the one who was on last night- excuses about everything.”

“It’s the job of us to test and expose and let people see it for what it is- one: so that they can believe their eyes and ears, and two: if they’re against it, they know how to oppose it,” Cuomo told Lemon.

Lemon dismissed Cuomo’s advice from a “normal world” when it was “liberal versus conservative,” which he now believes is “truth versus lies.”

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“I don’t think people need the space to promote propaganda and lies,” Lemon continued. “I think that’s a disservice… It’s allowing someone- giving them a platform that they haven’t deserved, that they don’t deserve.”

“Coming on a major network like CNN- it is a privilege, it is not a right. It has nothing to do with Freedom of Speech or Freedom of Expression. It is a privilege to come on and to be able to talk directly to the American people and if you have that privilege then you should respect the American people and the host of that show and the platform and the company, the brand enough to come on and tell the truth.”

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Marc Thiessen: Trump and Biden say give me your vote, even if you don’t like me

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During a speech in New Hampshire, President Trump unveiled a new campaign line: “Whether you love me or hate me, you have got to vote for me.”

Citing the strong economy, Trump told voters that if he loses, “your 401(k), everything is going to be down the tubes,” so “you have no choice!” To underscore the point, when he finished speaking the music that came on was the Rolling Stones singing, “You can’t always get what you want. But if you try sometimes, well, you might find, you get what you need.”

Not far away, in Nashua, the Biden campaign rolled out the very same message about its candidate. “I know that not all of you are committed to my husband, and I respect that,” Jill Biden told Democratic primary voters. “Your candidate might be better on, I don’t know, health care, than Joe is. But you’ve got to look at who’s going to win this election. And maybe you have to swallow a little bit and say, ‘OK, I personally like so and so better,’ but your bottom line has to be that we have to beat Trump.”

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To put it another way: “Whether you love Joe or hate him, you have got to vote for him.”

Trump and Biden are both running on the same message, but with one crucial difference: Trump is directing his at independent swing voters; Biden is directing that message at his base.

The New York Times reports that, despite his commanding lead in the polls, Biden faces a problem of low enthusiasm. While Sens. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., “have followings rooted in zealous support for their ideas,” Biden’s support is rooted in a belief that he is the candidate best positioned to beat Trump.

Patrick Murray, director of Monmouth University’s Polling Institute, told the paper that while spending time recently in Iowa “I did not meet one Biden voter who was in any way, shape or form excited about voting for Biden. They feel that they have to vote for Joe Biden as the centrist candidate, to keep somebody from the left who they feel is unelectable from getting the nomination.”

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The danger of running on electability is that all it takes is one catastrophic gaffe or debate stumble for Biden’s support to collapse. And even if Biden manages to secure the Democratic nomination, running a campaign built exclusively on ousting the sitting president, rather than enthusiasm for your own ideas, is not a winning strategy. Just ask President Mitt Romney.

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Trump, by contrast, has his base wrapped up and energized. The president consistently enjoys nearly 90 percent support among Republicans (in contrast with Barack Obama, who had just 75 percent support among Democrats at this stage in 2011, according to Gallup). For Trump, the risk of this strategy is not with his base, but with the swing voters who put him over the top in 2016.

In 2016, according to Axios, “20 percent of Trump’s voters told exit pollsters they didn’t like him.” These reluctant Trump voters put Trump in the White House and are critical to his keeping it in 2020. Like many Americans, they are exhausted by the chaos of the Trump presidency. Biden is targeting his message directly at these voters, echoing George W. Bush’s 2000 campaign pledge to restore “honor and dignity” to the Oval Office in the wake of the tumultuous Clinton presidency.

Yet, despite their exhaustion with Trump, many of these voters approve of his economic performance in office. Despite recent market turbulence, the U.S. economy remains strong. On Trump’s watch, unemployment has reached a five-decade low, and our biggest economic problem is that we have 1.6 million more job openings than we have unemployed workers to fill them. And a decade after the Great Recession, wages are finally rising, with those at the bottom of the economic ladder benefiting the most.

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The problem is that Trump has made virtually no effort to win over these reluctant Trump voters again, much less expand his base by appealing to Americans who did not vote for him but are benefiting from his policies. He is betting that presidents seeking reelection in a full-employment economy don’t tend to lose. The danger is that, if the economy takes a nosedive, his argument for reelection with these voters does as well.

Biden and Trump are giving voters an ultimatum rather than inspiration. They both may find that running on your unlikability is a risky strategy.

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Hurricane Dorian upgraded to Category 2, nearing Category 3, forecasters say

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Hurricane Dorian was upgraded to Category 2 strength late Thursday and was expected to continue gathering force over the holiday weekend as it heads toward Florida.

As of 11 p.m. ET Thursday, the storm had maximum sustained winds of 105 mph, placing it just short of being a Category 3 hurricane, the National Hurricane Center reported.

Dorian was expected to remain a major hurricane through Friday and hit Florida’s east coast by Monday night, according to the Associated Press.

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As of late Thursday, the hurricane was about 295 miles east-northeast of the southeastern Bahamas.

​​​​​​​This is a developing story. Check back for updates. The Associated Pres contributed to this story.

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San Francisco man accused of attacking woman outside condo building denied bail: reports

A northern California man accused of blocking a woman from getting inside her San Francisco condo building, trying to force his way inside and attacking her was denied bail at a court hearing on Thursday, according to local reports.

A judge ordered Austin Vincent, 25, to remain behind bars without bail, KTVU-TV reported.

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Austin Vincent is accused of attacking a woman from getting inside her San Francisco condo building, police said.  (San Francisco Police)

After the judge’s ruling, Vincent walked out of the courtroom cursing at the judge and continued to yell in the hallway, according to the television station.

San Francisco police told Fox News Vincent “assaulted a female victim” outside an apartment building on Beale Street on Aug. 11 around 2 a.m.

Police said as the female victim tried to get into her building through the front door, Vincent stepped in front of it, which prevented her from getting inside.  He then allegedly tried to grab her cell phone. Police  said he is then seen on surveillance video grabbing her leg, causing her to fall. Police said Vincent also threw her to the ground. The alleged victim is seen in the video struggling to close the front door as Vincent pulled on it, trying to get inside, police said.

The woman was able to get into the building with the help of a security officer. Police said she sustained non-life threatening injuries.

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Sgt. Michael Andraychak, of the San Francisco Police Department, said Vincent was taken into custody about one block from the building, police said.

Vincent has been charged with false imprisonment, battery and attempted robbery.

During Vincent’s court appearance on Thursday, the judge watched the video of the alleged assault in the courtroom, according to KTVU-TV.

The station reported Vincent is also accused of threatening people with a knife in February, but the judge dismissed that case after learning Vincent was in a substance abuse program in Southern California at that time.

The television station reported that on Thursday The San Francisco District Attorney’s Office argued that Vincent would be a threat to the public if released and the judge agreed, denying bail.

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The alleged victim told the station she wants to move out of San Francisco because of the attack.

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Memorial to 9/11 first responders defaced in upstate New York; suspect being sought

Officials in upstate New York on Thursday said vandals had spray-painted over a memorial honoring 9/11 first responders, according to a report.

“To see something like that is really tough because you know those people, you see those people every day — the firefighters, the police officers, EMTs, all those first responders — and to have the work that they do be treated that way is sort of unfortunate,” Geneva, N.Y., Assistant City Manager Adam Blowers told Rochester’s WROC-TV.

He said authorities plan to find who did it.

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Andrew Stromfeld, a 9/11 first responder, told the station the vandalism was disheartening.

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(A 9/11 memorial near Seneca Lake in Geneva, N.Y., shows the spray-paint damage done by a vandal who remains at large. (Geneva Police Department))

“It brings it all back to us when more attention is played onto it by people doing damaging things, saying damaging things. It makes it a lot harder,” he said.

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He added that some likely don’t consider the symbolic significance of a memorial like the one vandalized. “What they don’t take into consideration is what about the people that the monument means,” he said, according to WROC.

The memorial has since been cleaned, WHEC-TV of Rochester reported.

Geneva is a city of about 13,200 residents, located about 55 miles west of Syracuse.

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Mark Steyn: Biden’s war story controversy latest in long line of verbal mistakes

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Former Vice President Joe Biden‘s emotional yet false war story on the campaign trail is the latest in a string of gaffes, according to Mark Steyn.

Biden claimed during a campaign stop last week that a four-star general asked the then-vice president to travel to Konar, Afghanistan, to award a medal to a Navy captain, Steyn said Thursday on “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”

“This is Biden at top form, where he does this vivid, coherent, brilliant narrative, in which not a single detail is correct,” he said.

According to the Washington Post, Biden visited that part of Afghanistan while a U.S. senator in 2008, and the soldier involved in the rescue he cited was a young Army specialist, not a Navy captain.

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Several years after the trip to Afghanistan, Obama awarded the serviceman, Kyle J. White, the Medal of Honor at a White House ceremony, the paper reported.

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On “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” Steyn said the Delaware Democrat may also have agitated people in a key primary state over the weekend when he stood in Keene, N.H., and remarked how nice it was to be in Vermont — about 15 miles to his west.

“Biden is doing it accidentally,” he said of the former vice president “throwing out” the presidential campaign “playbook.”

“He is insulting the populations of key critical primary states in a brilliant way.”

In addition, host Tucker Carlson pointed to another incident in New Hampshire in which Biden, “appeared to lose his train of thought and forget Barack Obama’s name.”

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Biden appeared to be rejecting President Trump’s recent claim that Russian President Vladimir Putin “outsmarted” Obama when he annexed Crimea in 2014.

“They invaded another country, and annexed a significant portion of it called Crimea,” Biden said. “They’re saying it was president — my boss — it was his fault.”

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Mark Levin: Comey ‘shouldn’t have been anywhere close’ to a law enforcement career

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Conservative radio host Mark Levin has unleashed a blistering attack on former FBI Director James Comey.

Levin, speaking on “The Mark Levin Show” on Westwood One, labeled Comey unethical and questioned why he ever held such lofty positions within the federal government.

“You know what’s scary? This dude was an assistant United States attorney, a United States attorney, the deputy attorney general of the United States and the director of the FBI,” Levin — who served in the Reagan Justice Department himself — said.

“He shouldn’t have been anywhere close to a 30-year career in law enforcement. … He’s unethical.”

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Earlier Thursday, the Department of Justice inspector general released a blistering report about Comey’s infamous memos documenting his discussions with President Trump.

The report found that Comey violated bureau policies by drafting, leaking and retaining the memos. However, it noted that the Justice Department declined to prosecute Comey over the violations. For his part, Comey responded by insisting that he is not a “liar and a leaker,” saying an apology from his critics “would be nice.”

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On the radio, Levin said he was satisfied by the findings of the report, but questioned Attorney General William Barr’s decision not to prosecute Comey.

“I must say, I am a huge fan of Bill Barr’s and the Department of Justice under Bill Barr,” he said. “But I strongly disagree with the decision not to charge him. Stealing government property — it’s no different than stealing the wheels off a government vehicle.

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“Although this inspector general report is a scarlet letter, this man needed to be in pinstripes.”

Levin, who also hosts Fox News’ “Life, Liberty & Levin,” added he believes Comey “ruined” several lives over the course of his DOJ career, and “fooled a lot of people.”

“The idea they can go after Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn the way they did — and others — is incredible to me,” he said.

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Coast Guardsman, 19, charged with murdering fellow seaman in Alaska

A 19-year-old Coast Guardsman has been arrested and charged with murdering a fellow seaman in Alaska this past January, the Coast Guard announced Thursday.

Seaman Ethan Tucker, of Ludington, Mich., was charged with several violations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ), including murder, involuntary manslaughter, aggravated assault, maiming, obstructing justice, making a false official statement and failure to obey a regulation, the Coast Guard Pacific Area Public Affairs said.

Tucker was charged Wednesday after the branch conducted a seven-month investigation into the death of Seaman Ethan Kelch, 19, who was found unresponsive Jan. 27 along the shore of Amaknak Island. Kelch, a native of Virginia Beach, Va., was said to have been hit in the head before being left for dead in the water, according to Tucker’s charging document.

Responders performed CPR, but Kelch was pronounced dead at a nearby clinic.

Tucker allegedly said he injured his hand when he punched a steel bulkhead upon learning about Kelch’s death, the charging document stated.

Both seamen had been assigned to the Coast Guard Cutter Munro, which had been docked in Dutch Harbor for repairs.

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Coast Guard cutters, including the Douglas Munro (WHEC 724), sitting moored in Kodiak, Alaska, this past May. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Ensign Jacob Marx, File)

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Coast Guard Senior Petty Officer NyxoLyno Cangemi told The Associated Press the seamen worked together in various jobs while assigned to the Munro.

“As both were seamen aboard the ship, they would have quite a bit of interactions with each other in the duties,” Cangemi said.

Tucker was transferred to the Alameda, Calif., Coast Guard base in June after the investigation had been launched, Cangemi said, and was assigned to the security division there.

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“He was being investigated at the time, but working in the security division allowed him appropriate supervision by base security,” Cangemi said.

If he’s found guilty, Tucker could face life in prison, dishonorable discharge from the military and forfeiture of all his pay and allowances.

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Tucker was being held at Naval Consolidated Brig Miramar in San Diego, where he’s awaiting an Article 32 hearing to determine if there will be a court-martial trial.

“Since our shipmate’s untimely passing, we have been in contact with his family to provide as much support as possible throughout this tragic and difficult time,” Lt. Cmdr. Stephen Brickey said in a statement. “The charges today are the result of the Coast Guard’s steadfast desire to gather all the facts and seek justice.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Biden pushes back on report refuting disputed war story: ‘I don’t see what the problem is’

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Former Vice President Joe Biden responded Thursday to a Washington Post report claiming that a military story he shared on the campaign trail “never happened,” saying in an interview “I don’t know what the problem is.”

The Democratic frontrunner’s blunder took place earlier this month when Biden recounted a story he claimed to be “God’s truth” at a campaign stop in New Hampshire.

Biden offered an emotional account of his decision to travel to Afghanistan, despite concerns about visiting a war-torn area, in order to honor a Navy captain for retrieving the body of his dead comrade during battle.

According to Biden, he brushed off concerns about the risk of him traveling to the deadly area. “We can lose a vice president,” he said, recounting his words to a crowd during an event on Friday. “We can’t lose many more of these kids. Not a joke.” His story involved the captain dramatically telling Biden he didn’t want the medal because his comrade ended up dying.

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The Washington Post reported Thursday that the event “never happened,” after speaking with a dozen military and campaign sources.

“It appears as though the former vice president has jumbled elements of at least three actual events into one story,” The Post’s Matt Viser and Greg Jaffe wrote. “In the space of three minutes, Biden got the time period, the location, the heroic act, the type of medal, the military branch and the rank of the recipient wrong, as well as his own role in the ceremony.”

During an interview on Washington Post columnist Jonathan Capehart’s Cape Up podcast, Biden acknowledged that he had not read the report but stood firm against the criticism.

“I have not read the article but my response is similar to a story you had about the fact that, you know, ‘Joe Biden, you know talked about the assassination of Barack Obama.’ Well, everybody understood the context. It was a totally different context that it was all about. Later, everybody clarified it,” Biden began. “There was no gaffe there. I was making the point to a group of young people that imagine if your generation were confronted with the things that happened in mine.”

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“The assertion I made was there was a young man who I attempted to pin a medal on at the request of the commander and he said, ‘I don’t want it. He died, he died’ Well, it turns out that’s true,” Biden continued. “There was a separate incident that occurred at a different time and a different circumstance, but what I was talking about was a young man- I mean, what was the gaffe when I said there was a young man I tried to pin a medal on and he said, ‘I don’t want it, sir. He died, he died, he died.’

“It was a young man, my recollection was, that he pulled a colleague of his out of a burning humvee and he risked his life doing it and the young man died that he tried to save. His commander has asked me to pin a medal on him when I was in theater and when I went to do it, he said ‘I don’t want it, sir. He took it, I pinned it on him, but he said, ‘He died, sir. He died.

“I was making the point about how courageous these people are, how incredible they are, this generation of warriors, these fallen angels we lost. And I don’t know what the problem is. I mean, what is it that I said wrong?”

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Capehart then read an excerpt from the Post’s report; “Almost every detail in this story appears to be incorrect based on interviews with more than a dozen U.S. troops, their commanders, and Biden campaign officials. It appears as though the former vice president has jumbled elements of at least three actual events into one story of bravery, compassion, and regret that never happened.”

“You just confirmed it happened,” Biden shot back.

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US labels Lebanon bank with Hezbollah ties a ‘global terrorist,’ sanctions Iranian networks linked to regime

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The U.S. designated Lebanon-based Jammal Trust Bank a “global terrorist” Thursday over its ties to the Iran-backed Hezbollah terror group, one day after it slapped sanctions on Iranian networks it claimed facilitated “tens of millions of dollars’ worth” of activities that benefited Iran’s military and regime.

Washington, in partnership with Oman, also announced sanctions against four individuals accused of moving tens of millions of dollars between Iran’s elite Quds Force and the military wing of the Islamic militant group Hamas in Gaza.

“Treasury is targeting Jammal Trust Bank and its subsidiaries for brazenly enabling Hezbollah’s financial activities,” Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Sigal Mandelker said in a statement. “Corrupt financial institutions like Jammal Trust are a direct threat to the integrity of the Lebanese financial system. Jammal Trust provides support and services to Hezbollah’s Executive Council and the Martyrs Foundation, which funnels money to the families of suicide bombers.”

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On Wednesday, the Treasury Department sanctioned two Iranian networks that it says engaged in “covert procurement activities benefitting multiple Iranian military organizations.”

One of the now-sanctioned networks used a front company in Hong Kong to evade sanctions imposed by the U.S. and other nations, and oversaw “tens of millions of dollars’ worth” of activity that targeted U.S. technology on behalf of people tied to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and the regime’s missile program, according to the Treasury Department.

The second network acquired aluminum alloy products for entities controlled or owned by the Iranian Ministry of Defense and Armed Forces Logistics.

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The Treasury Department’s statement accused several Iranian nationals of playing critical roles in the schemes. Two of them, Hadi and Hamed Dehghan — along with the latter’s company, Ebtekar Sanat Ilya — had several Iranian military clients, including Rastafann Engineering Company, the DOJ said. It’s unclear if the men are related.

Rastafann had provided support to Iran’s Naval Defense Missile Industry Group and the IRGC in the past. Ebtekar Sanat Ilya company also had customers including Iran Aircraft Manufacturing Industrial Company (HESA), the Shahid Bakeri Industrial Group (SBIG) and the Shahid Hemmat Industrial Group (SHIG).

“Since 2017 alone, these actors have used a network of intermediary companies, including a Hong Kong-based front company, to facilitate more than 10 million dollars’ worth of proliferation-related transactions,” Treasury said.

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Hamed Dehghan also owned Hong Kong-based Green Industries, which he used as a front to buy military equipment from U.S. suppliers on behalf of Iranian entities that could not purchase the equipment otherwise because they were blacklisted for being involved in activity surrounding Iran’s weapons of mass destruction, authorities said.

A third Iranian national, Seyed Hossein Shariat, owned Asre Sanat Eshragh Company, which for years obtained aluminum alloy products for several Iranian organizations.

“Since at least 2016, Asre Sanat Eshragh Company has procured large amounts of aluminum alloy products for multiple Iranian entities, including Iran Electronic Industries (IEI) and Iran Aviation Industries Organization (IAIO),” according to the Treasury Department.

“As the Iranian regime attempts to use complex schemes to hide its efforts to bolster its WMD [weapons of mass destruction] program, the U.S. government will continue to thwart them at every turn,” Mandelker said.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani this week walked back the idea of possible talks with President Trump regarding the countries’ nuclear impasse, saying Iran would meet with the U.S. only if Trump agreed to lift sanctions.

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“Without the U.S.’ withdrawal from sanctions, we will not witness any positive development,” Rouhani said in a speech Tuesday. “If someone intends to make it as just a photo-op with Rouhani, that is not possible.”

Trump had said Monday, during the close of the G-7 summit in France, that there was a “really good chance” he and Rouhani could meet. French President Emmanuel Macron had tried to intervene at the G-7 summit and bring the nations together.

Fox News’ Ben Evansky contributed to this report.

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