Big govt, International, Politics

President Trump: “We Have to Have a Wall of People”

President Trump doubled down on his decision to deploy as many as 15,000 troops to the U.S.-Mexico border in advance of the arrival of the thousands-strong Central American caravan determined to storm it. “We have to have a wall of people – very highly trained people, terrific, dedicated patriots.” Trump then fact-checked Karl’s claims that the caravan was composed mainly of women and children characterized as “deeply impoverished people fleeing violence.” “Actually mostly young men,” Trump said. “And a lot of rough people . . . they are pushing the women right up to the front – not good – and the kids right up to the front.” Indeed. It’s beginning to look more like the “refugees” coming from the Middle East to Europe.

Here’s more from Breitbart…

President Donald Trump defended Wednesday his decision to send the military to the border in response to the migrant caravan headed for the United States.
“It’s very important,” Trump said. “We have to have a wall of people —very highly trained people, terrific, dedicated patriots.”

The president commented on his commitment to secure the border during an interview with ABC News reporter Jonathan Karl.

Trump dismissed Karl’s description of the caravan as mostly women and children who were “deeply impoverished people fleeing violence.”

“Actually mostly young men,” Trump said. “And a lot of rough people … they are pushing the women right up to the front — not good — and the kids right up to the front.”

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Big govt, International, Issues, Politics

Trump to End Birthright Citizenship With an Executive Order

President Trump is promising an executive order to end birthright citizenship, a practice found only in the U.S. and Canada. “It was always told to me that you needed a constitutional amendment,” Trump told Axios. “Guess what? You don’t.” He then added, “We’re the only country in the world where a person comes in and has a baby, and the baby is essentially a citizen . . . And it has to end.” The question has never been officially ruled on in terms of the children of illegal immigrants residing in the United States, leading to the theory that President Trump is provoking this court fight to finally clarify the right of citizenship.

Here’s more from The Daily Wire…

On Monday, President Trump announced to Axios on HBO that he would pursue an executive order to outlaw birthright citizenship just before the election. “It was always told to me that you needed a constitutional amendment,” Trump stated. “Guess what? You don’t.” He then added, “You can definitely do it with an act of Congress. But now they’re saying I can do it just with an executive order…We’re the only country in the world where a person comes in and has a baby, and the baby is essentially a citizen of the United States…with all of those benefits. It’s ridiculous. It’s ridiculous. And it has to end.”

Trump isn’t wrong that the United States is one of only two developed countries to maintain birthright citizenship (the other is Canada). But it’s dicey whether an executive order could simply change birthright citizenship, or whether an act of Congress could.

At issue is the interpretation of the 14th Amendment, which provides:

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Pentagon to Deploy 5,000 Troops to U.S.-Mexico Border

President Trump has ordered 5,000 troops to the U.S.-Mexico border just days after the initial plan for 800 active-duty troops to greet the Central American caravan determined to storm our open border. According to Pentagon spokesman Capt. Bill Speaks, this number is subject to change amid ongoing planning and developments. “We are preparing what we call ‘defense support for civilian authorities,'” Defense Secretary Jim “Mad Dog” Mattis told reporters regarding the surge of troops. For comparison, the Washington Examiner notes the Pentagon reports roughly 5,200 U.S. troops in Iraq and another 2,000 in Syria as part of support operations for local forces fighting the Islamic State. In short, this is a major priority for the Pentagon.

Here’s more from Washington Examiner…

The Pentagon is set to deploy 5,000 U.S. troops to the border with Mexico, according to published reports.

That is thousands more than the initial plan last week to send 800 active-duty troops at the behest of the Department of Homeland Security and President Trump, who called an approaching caravan of migrants a national emergency.

Pentagon spokesman Capt. Bill Speaks said no final decision on troop numbers had been reached and that planning was ongoing.

The deployment of the active-duty military for border security, first reported by the Wall Street Journal, is a rare move. The report was later confirmed by USA Today. About 2,100 National Guard personnel were sent in April to assist border police with non-law enforcement activities.

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Big govt, International, Politics

NOT A BLUFF: U.S. Military Deploys to Southern Border

President Trump has ordered a welcoming committee to greet the Central American migrant caravan at our border with Mexico – and it’s the U.S. military. In an early Thursday morning tweet, President Trump threw down the gauntlet to the mob marching northward, and it wasn’t just rhetoric. The order was executed with roughly eight hundred soldiers en route to help Homeland Security and the National Guard with “logistical support.” Is it possible that Mexico could be conspiring to help Trump gain seats in the U.S. Senate?

Here’s more from Hot Air…

NARRATOR: It wasn’t a bluff. Donald Trump had threatened to send the military to close the border when the immigrant “caravan” first formed in Honduras and Guatemala. Earlier this morning, he reiterated his warning:

Sure enough, the order went out — although for the moment, it doesn’t exactly look like a militarization of the border:

Hundreds of U.S. troops are set to make their way to the southern border to help Homeland Security and the National Guard as a caravan with thousands of migrants moves north, a U.S. official confirmed to Fox News on Thursday.

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Big govt, International

Venezuela: “Fully Prepared” for War with the U.S.

Senior Venezuelan socialist official Diosdado Cabello on Sunday claimed his country is “fully prepared” for war against the United States or any other power trying to topple the failing regime of Nicolas Maduro. Cabello, leader of the dictator’s illegal legislative body, argued that the nation’s army will remain loyal to the socialist revolution. “Our Armed Forces, I believe, are prepared to resist those attacks of the North American imperialism and of the European Union, because they have a great conscience,” said Cabello. One wonders whether Cabello and his fellow Maurists have been drinking the same Kool-Aid(R) as Iran.

Here’s more from Breitbart…

Senior Venezuelan socialist official Diosdado Cabello claimed in an interview Sunday his country is “fully prepared” for a war with the United States.
Cabello, the leader of the regime’s illegal lawmaking body and a close ally of dictator Nicolás Maduro, claimed that the country’s Bolivarian National Armed Forces would remain loyal to Hugo Chávez’s socialist revolution should the U.S. or any other power try to topple the regime.

“The United States offers our military amnesty. If you rise up against Maduro, you will be forgiven. As if the military had something to be forgiven for. Is it wrong to love our country? To defend it?” he continued. “Our Armed Forces, I believe, are prepared to resist those attacks of the North American imperialism and of the European Union, because they have a great conscience.”

There is little evidence to support Cabello’s claims. Instead, countless reports detail the growing disaffection and dropout rates among troops, many whose salaries fail to cover basic living resources such as food and medicine.

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Trump Threatens Foreign Aid to Central America if Migrants Continue

President Trump is going on the offensive against the thousands-strong “migrant caravan” making its way from Honduras through Guatemala and into Mexico with plans of breaching the U.S.-Mexico border. After a second caravan reportedly left en route to the U.S., POTUS tweeted that slashes to foreign aid for Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador are in the works: “Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador were not able to do the job of stopping people from leaving their country and coming illegally to the U.S. We will now begin cutting off, or substantially reducing, the massive foreign aid routinely given to them.” Honduras receives more than $74 million in American aid, with El Salvador and Guatemala receiving between $80 and $140 million per year.

Here’s more from The Daily Wire…

President Donald Trump had harsh words for Honduras’s government Monday morning as word spread that a second “migrant caravan” departed from the central American nation, headed for the United States’ southern border: if Honduras doesn’t stem the “refugee” outflow, they may lose American aid.

The President tweeted Monday that he’d spoken to the leaders of several central American nations, including Honduras, where the current “migrant caravans” originate, and informed them that the United States could reconsider international financial aid programs aimed at Central America if the outflow does not abate.

 

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Big govt, International

UN Ambassador Nikki Haley Resigns

UN Ambassador Nikki Haley has resigned from her post as the vanguard of President Trump’s agenda before the international body. The move is leading to rampant speculation about what’s next in the former governor of South Carolina’s career, particularly in light of an April Quinnipiac poll indicating a staggering 63 percent approval rating from Americans, including 55 percent among Democrats. According to an Axios report, “President Trump has accepted Nikki Haley’s resignation as UN Ambassador . . . The timing of her departure is still unclear. Haley discussed her resignation with Trump last week when she visited him at the White House these sources said.” What’s more intriguing is that Haley has been rumored as either a VP nominee for 2020 or a presidential candidate in 2024 . . . or perhaps both.

Here’s more from The Daily Wire…

According to a new report, U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley has offered her resignation to President Trump. Jonathan Swan of Axios reports, “President Trump has accepted Nikki Haley’s resignation as UN Ambassador, according to two sources briefed on their conversation. The timing of her departure is still unclear. … Haley discussed her resignation with Trump last week when she visited him at the White House, these sources said.”

Haley, the former governor of South Carolina, was confirmed as U.N. Ambassador almost immediately after Trump’s inauguration. Her hardline positions on everything from the U.S. withdrawal from the notorious Human Rights Council to support for Israel to Russia had won her great admiration, to the point where polls said she was the most popular politician in America. An April 2018 Quinnipiac poll found Haley garnering a whopping 63% approval rate from Americans, with 75% of Republicans, 63% of independents and 55% of Democrats approving of her job performance. That last figure was, astonishingly, equal among democrats to the approval rates of Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (56%) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (55%).

 

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International, Issues

Trump Admin Slashes Refugees to 30K

The Trump administration announced a massive cut in the annual refugee cap to 30,000 per year – the lowest level since before the United States Refugee Act of 1980. In 2017 when President Trump took office, the admissions rate was 110,000 per year. This does not include asylum seekers – all 280,000 of them expected in fiscal year 2019 – according to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Eric Shwartz, president of Refugees International, called the move “appalling.” Senate Foreign Relations Committee Ranking Member Bob Menendez (D-NJ) calls it “truly repugnant,” but with illegal immigration through porous borders and clandestine terror attacks on the rise, we call it prudent.

Here’s more from PJ Media…

The Trump administration will slash the refugee cap to a low that hasn’t been seen since enactment of the United States Refugee Act of 1980, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo confirmed today.

The administration previously lowered the number of refugees admitted from 110,000 when President Trump took office to 45,000, though the number admitted last fiscal year did not near that cap. That is being cut again to a 30,000 cap, Pompeo told reporters at the State Department.

Refugee resettlement does not include the number of people reaching America and applying for asylum. Pompeo said 280,000 asylum-seekers are anticipated in fiscal year 2019.

“This year’s proposed refugee ceiling must be considered in the context of the many other forms of protection and assistance offered by the United States,” Pompeo said. “Moreover, the refugee ceiling number should not be viewed in isolation from other expansive humanitarian programs.

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International, Politics

Trump Administration Closing PLO Mission in Washington

Citing its lack of progress and obvious antipathy for peace with Israel, the Palestinian Liberation Organization’s offices in DC are being immediately closed by the Trump administration. Of course liberals across the globe were immediately foaming at the mouth in condemnation for the announcement. Somehow the plight of Israelis and the need to protect themselves from utter annihilation by radical Islamists doesn’t qualify for global humanitarian empathy from the radical left. Needless to say, their sentiments don’t weigh heavily in the Trump administration’s international diplomacy handbook.

Here’s more from Fox News…

The Trump administration announced Monday that it is closing the Palestine Liberation Organization’s mission in Washington, citing Palestinian leaders’ resistance to peace talks and attempts to get an international court to prosecute Israel for alleged war crimes.

The announcement marks the latest blow by the United States against the Palestinians amid a stalled Mideast peace process.

“The United States will always stand with our friend and ally, Israel,” National Security Adviser John Bolton said during a speech to the Federalist Society. “The Trump administration will not keep the office open when the Palestinians refuse to take steps to start direct and meaningful negotiations with Israel.”

He added: “The United States supports a direct and robust peace process, and we will not allow the ICC (International Criminal Court), or any other organization, to constrain Israel’s right to self-defense.”

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Trump’s Putin Summit May Be A Genius Move

By now, unless you’ve been hiding in a nuclear bunker for the last 48 hours, you’ve heard what an unmitigated disaster Trump’s summit with Putin was. Except maybe not. There’s an interesting theory that’s gaining steam among those paying close attention. If Trump would’ve gone in and blasted Putin for doing what we all know in fact he (or his surrogates) did, would we have gained anything? Negative, ghost rider. Trump knows that. So what if, instead, he’s playing a good-cop/bad-cop routine wherein he wins Putin’s favor in order to ‘keep his enemies closer’? If that’s the case, it’s brilliant.

Here’s more from PJ Media…

What?  Did you just read that headline correctly?

Yes, you did.  Writing it I assumed people’s heads would explode.  It’s about as far as you can can get from today’s conventional wisdom (i.e. what David Gergen thinks).  Virtually every member of the smart set from Pelosi to McCain to some ninety-five percent of the media, including several cowards on Fox News, to, alas, Lindsey Graham (who should know better) are going out of their minds excoriating Trump for being soft on Putin, even for being “owned” by the neo-Soviet strongman. John Brennan — once a communist himself, so he should know — accused Trump of treason.

Okay, time for that familiar cliche — the thought experiment.  Suppose Trump had done the opposite, exactly what these people demanded — verbally and viciously assaulted Putin for all his totalitarian tropes from annexing the Crimea to humiliating John Podesta for being so dumb as to fall for a phishing attack (all right — I’ll be fair. For invading the computers of Democratic Party operatives, allegedly to elect Trump) and so forth?

What would that have accomplished? The obvious answer is zilch.  Again the opposite would most likely have occurred.  Things, already bad, would have been set back further.  It’s human nature. You don’t have to be a personal acquaintance of Vladimir Putin to know that.  You only have to be breathing.

But… but…  then Trump shouldn’t have held the summit in the first place.

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