Obama, the terrorist financier

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(National SentinelUnprecedented: When he was running for his first term as president in 2007, then-Sen. Barack Obama delivered what was described at the time by ABC News as a “strikingly bold speech” about the “war on terror.”

In calling for withdrawing U.S. forces from Iraq, the freshman Democratic senator from Illinois called for redeploying thousands of troops to Afghanistan and, if necessary, Pakistan.

“I understand that [then-]President Musharraf has his own challenges,” Obama told an audience at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, “but let me make this clear. There are terrorists holed up in those mountains who murdered 3,000 Americans. They are plotting to strike again. It was a terrible mistake to fail to act when we had a chance to take out an al Qaeda leadership meeting in 2005.

“If we have actionable intelligence about high-value terrorist targets and President Musharraf won’t act, we will,” Obama vowed.

Granted, as president, the world looks different from the Oval Office, but does it look so different that it transforms a presidential candidate seeking to protect Americans from terrorism to a president who funds them?

Apparently so — at least, if you’re Barack Obama.

You may recall that as part of his ‘gotta have it at all costs nuclear deal’ with the Iranians, Obama authorized a payment of $400 million to the murderous theocrats who run the country, a payment that was literally delivered secretly, in the dead of night, on pallets stacked in a cargo plane.

As The Wall Street Journal noted at the time, the payment wasn’t made to the Iranians until four U.S. hostages were released — meaning that Obama reversed decades of U.S. policy against paying ransom to terrorist organizations (Iran is a state-sponsor of terrorism, making the entire regime a terrorist organization):

Wooden pallets stacked with euros, Swiss francs and other currencies were flown into Iran on an unmarked cargo plane, according to these officials. The U.S. procured the money from the central banks of the Netherlands and Switzerland, they said.

As outrageous as that was, there’s more to the story. The WSJ noted further:

The money represented the first installment of a $1.7 billion settlement the Obama administration reached with Iran to resolve a decades-old dispute over a failed arms deal signed just before the 1979 fall of Iran’s last monarch, Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.

“With the nuclear deal done, prisoners released, the time was right to resolve this dispute as well,” President Barack Obama said at the White House on Jan. 17—without disclosing the $400 million cash payment.

Next, the Obama administration authorized 13 payments of $99,999,999 on the same day to the Iranian regime for a total of around $1.3 billion — paid out of a secret fund run by the Treasury Department called the “Judgement Fund” that is used to pay monetary awards against the U.S. government. The payments were less than $100 each to avoid oversight (reporting requirements), according to the New York Sun.

Of course. We’re talking about the most corrupt regime in the history of our country, as we continue to learn each day.

For months after revelations surrounding the ransom payments, foreign policy realists predicted that Iran would use the monetary windfall to fund its terrorist proxies, which include Hamas and Hezbollah (rather than spend the money on its own people).

Those predictions were met with the usual derision and pompous dismissal by the pro-Obama commentariat and congressional Democrats.

Turns out those predictions were spot-on.

As Bill Gertz reported for the Washington Times, a U.S. government study has found that “Iran used the funds to pay its main proxy, the Lebanon-based terrorist group Hezbollah, along with the Quds Force, Iran’s main intelligence and covert action arm and element of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps.

During his two terms in office, Obama did more to support terrorists aligned against America than he did to eliminate them as a threat. And now we know for certain.

What a guy.

A version of this story appears at NewsTarget.com.

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Informant: Obama briefed TWICE on dirty Uranium One deal, did NOTHING (Video)

(National SentinelNational Security: Critics of a deal to allow a Russian state-owned uranium company, Rosatom, to purchase a Western firm, Uranium One, that held 20 percent of all U.S. strategic uranium, have long said it negatively impacted American national security.

And yet a series of U.S. officials including former Secretary of State and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton allowed the deal to go through.

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Many of those same critics have often wondered where was the president of the United States — Barack Obama — during the deal-making process which, reports have since noted, was fraught with corruption?

According to an FBI informant in the case, Obama was briefed at least twice but failed to stop the deal.

In October the informant, identified as Bill Campbell, came forward with details of a story of backroom dealing and quid-pro-quo arrangements involving several Obama administration figures along with Bill and Hillary Clinton.

As The National Sentinel reported:

An undercover informant for the FBI who worked in the Russian nuclear industry and was made to sign an “illegal” non-disclosure agreement (NDA) by Obama Attorney General Loretta Lynch is claiming to have video evidence showing Russian agents with briefcases full of bribe money in relation to the Uranium One scandal.

Having been deeply embedded in the Russian nuclear industry, Campbell was able to gather incriminating evidence of bribery and kickbacks to and by U.S. and Russian actors involved in getting the Uranium One deal approved by the Obama administration.

Meanwhile, Campbell’s attorney, former Reagan Justice Department official Victoria Toensing, previously told Fox Business host Lou Dobbs, “He can tell what all the Russians were talking about during the time that all these bribery payments were made.”

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Reports noted earlier that as the Uranium One deal progressed beyond 2009 and into 2013 when it was concluded, tens of millions of dollars flowed into the Clinton Family Foundation.

In addition, Bill Clinton received hefty, outsized payments of $500,000 each for a series of speeches he gave in Moscow.

Fast-forward to this week. On Wednesday Campbell broke his silence again after receiving marathon cancer treatments to inform three congressional committees, according to investigative reporter and Fox News contributor Sara A. Carter, who obtained his testimony:

“For several years my relationship with the CIA consisted of being debriefed after foreign travel,” Campbell noted in his testimony, which was obtained by this reporter. “Gradually, the relationship evolved into the CIA tasking me to travel to specific countries to obtain specific information. In the 1990’s I developed a working relationship with Kazakhstan and Russia in their nuclear energy industries. When I told the CIA of this development, I was turned over to FBI counterintelligence agents.”

The informant’s attorney, Victoria Toensing partner at the firm DiGenova & Toensing, said the following:

“Mr. Campbell testified for over four hours until he answered every question from three Congressional committees; the Senate Judiciary, House Oversight and House Intelligence committees.

He recounted numerous times that the Russians bragged that the Clintons’ influence in the Obama administration would ensure CIFIUS approval for Uranium One. And he was right.”

In an interview Wednesday night with Fox News host Sean Hannity, Toensing — a former Reagan administration official — noted that Campbell testified that he was told Obama was briefed at least twice on the deal as it progressed.

“Mr. Campbell was told by the FBI that what he was being told and they were taking it upstairs and he was also told that President Obama also had it in his daily briefing twice,” she said.

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In December, Attorney General Jeff Sessions ordered a new probe into the Uranium One deal.

Zero Hedge reported in January that ranking members of the Obama FBI and Justice Department were also involved:

Robert Mueller’s FBI had been investigating the scheme since at least 2008 – with retiring Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe assigned to the ongoing investigation which was hidden from the Committee on Foreign Investments in the United States (CFIUS). Had they known, the committee never would have approved the Uranium One deal with TENEX’s parent company, Rosatom. 

Four individuals were eventually prosecuted and given plea agreements after the Uranium One deal was approved. The prosecuting DOJ attorneys? Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and top Mueller investigator in the Trump-Russia probe, Andrew Weissman – who praised former acting Attorney General Sally Yates for defying Trump.

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Trump in Davos declares: ‘America OPEN for BUSINESS’ as Wall Street has another RECORD day

(National SentinelRock Star: President Donald J. Trump continued taking the World Economic Forum in Davos by storm with a speech on Friday declaring “America is open for business” while encouraging investment in the U.S. from around the world.

“Now is the best time to bring your money, your jobs, your businesses to America,” he said, mentioning the dramatic reduction in regulations and his and Republicans’ successful tax cuts. “The world is witnessing the resurgence of a strong and prosperous America.”

While encouraging new investment, Trump nevertheless reiterated his “America first” vision, saying that “fair” trade deals could still be made.

“We will enforce our trade laws and restore integrity to the trading system. Only by insisting on fair and reciprocal trade can we create a system that works not just for the United States but for all nations,” Trump said.

“The United States will no longer turn a blind eye to unfair trade practices,” he said. “We cannot have free and open trade if some countries exploit the system at the expense of others.”

In particular, according to the White House:

  • America is committed to global growth and prosperity. As the world’s largest economy, the United States has a particular responsibility to get things right domestically: When the U.S. economy grows, so does the world’s.
  • The Trump Administration supports free and open trade—but it must be fair and reciprocal trade, too. The global economy cannot flourish unless all countries follow the rules and are held responsible when they don’t.
  • Leaders must reform—not abandon—the international economic system. America’s goal is to improve that system by making it more accountable and efficient, which will make the global economy work for all sovereign nations.

“The President’s message is very much the same here as it will be [in Davos],” Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said ahead of Trump’s visit. “He welcomes the opportunity to go there and advance his America First agenda with world leaders.”

Meanwhile, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at a new record, up 125 points to 26,523.23, while both the NASDAQ and S&P 500 were also up.

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Trump’s first year in office was a MAJOR SUCCESS for him and the U.S.: Here’s WHY

(National SentinelPresidential: By any measure, President Donald J. Trump had a successful first year in office, despite a dearth of major legislative accomplishments due in large part to near-universal Democratic opposition.

The president scored well on his turnaround of the moribund Obama economy, while scoring foreign and domestic policy gains that formed a good basis for more progress in 2018.

The Economy

In eight years, President Obama never saw a single quarter of 3 percent growth in GDP, but Trump has twice in his first year.

In addition, Wall Street has had a stellar year. The Dow Jones Industrial Average has skyrocketed some 42 percent since Trump’s November 2016 election victory and 31 percent since Inauguration Day, closing on Friday at 26, 071.71, while the NASDAQ closed at 7,336.38, both at new records. This is particularly advantageous for ordinary Americans who have seen meteoric gains in their 401k and other market-based retirement plans.

Also, job growth has been substantial, with 2 million new jobs added to the economy in just a single year, as the unemployment rate fell to around 4 percent. Workforce participation is also the highest its been in a decade.

At the end of the 3rd Quarter the national GDP reached $19.5 trillion for the highest recorded GDP in U.S. history.

Economists believe this is just the beginning. The Trump-GOP tax reform and tax cut plan is expected to lead to sturdy corporate growth, which will lead to more employment, higher pay — and fewer federal taxes for more than 85 percent of Americans.

Foreign Policy

Trump entered office vowing to unleash the U.S. military on ISIS so as to defeat the Islamic militant group as quickly as possible. While new problems are arising in Syria and Iraq, the Islamic State has been soundly defeated. “Both Syria and Iraq have declared victory over ISIS and due to President Trump’s resolve, less than 1,000 ISIS fighters are estimated remaining,” The Gateway Pundit reported.

Meanwhile, Trump’s focus on rebuilding the U.S. military and refocusing it for near-peer, great-power war after more than 15 years fighting small brushfire conflicts in the Middle East and Southwest Asia is paying dividends. Training is shifting away from insurgencies back to great power conflict; as Russia and China rise, the United States’ and NATO’s deterrent capability is being bolstered. What’s more, the president has the support of most in Congress for building a bigger Navy and more robust, capable forces.

Domestic Policy

Trump has kept his promises to cut bureaucracy and the regulatory state, which is in turn also driving economic growth. Some of the president’s first executive orders included a near-government-wide hiring freeze and instructions to all federal agencies that for every new rule they implemented, two must be cut. The resulting reduction of federal compliance costs on businesses and industries has been phenomenal.

As noted by The Gateway Pundit, Trump’s actions have included:

* Dismantling Obama’s climate change initiatives.
* Travel bans for individuals from a select number of countries embroiled in terrorist atrocities.
* Enforcing regulatory reform.
* Protecting Law enforcement.
* Mandating for every new regulation to eliminate two.
* Defeating ISIS.
* Rebuilding the military.
* Building a border wall.
* Cutting funding for sanctuary cities.
* Approving Keystone and Dakota pipelines.
* Reducing regulations on manufacturers.
* Placing a hiring freeze on federal employees.
* Exiting the US from destructive, expensive and wholly inappropriate global trade deals like TPP

In addition, Trump kept his promise to appoint constitutional-minded federal judges and justices. His first pick for the U.S. Supreme Court was Neil Gorsuch.

There were other accomplishments as well, which Trump managed to achieve despite being attacked endlessly by the establishment media, being under investigation by a special counsel — which is beginning to look more and more like it was an Obama political operation — and near-constant opposition from Democrats and threats of impeachment.

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Dershowitz: Obama ‘EMBOLDENED’ authoritarian Iranian regime; Sees world of difference between him and TRUMP

(National SentinelPolicy: Constitutional law professor Alan Dershowitz, who has historically supported the Democratic Party, said during an interview Monday he sees a wide difference between President Donald J. Trump and President Obama when it comes to Iran.

“President Obama made it clear that he was going to stand behind the Iranian regime,” Dershowitz told Fox News‘ “Fox & Friends” morning show.

He added that Obama emboldened Iranian leaders with a failed strategy to curb their nuclear development.

“He was going to send them lots and lots of money. Of course some of it was their own money, but still they used it to foment terrorism, to export terrorism around the world,” Dershowitz added.

He said Obama’s approach — appeasement — stood in stark contrast to the Trump White House, which is supportive of those currently protesting the regime.

“I think President Trump has indicated that he will not stand behind the Iranian regime. The Iranian regime is failing. The people there are hungry despite the infusion of cash,” the retired law professor said.

Dershowitz and the show’s hosts began to discuss the current protests in Iran, which are the largest since the 2009 “Green Movement” — protests that the Obama administration also did not support as it was secretly opening talks for the eventual nuclear agreement.

The law professor, who has written extensively on the Middle East, said that while the Trump administration is supportive of the protesters, there is only so much the U.S. can do.

“But this is something that will happen in Iran. The United States will only be able to have a limited role and hopefully it will be a positive role,” he said.

He added that he believes the time is right in Iran for democratic reforms.

“I think the president can also try to engender international support for the real people of Iran. Look, Iran is the most secular, democratically-oriented group of people in the Middle East. They have been repressed for so many years by the Ayatollahs,” he said.

“If they had their wishes, if they had a genuine election, they would overthrow this regime of religious thugs and substitute a real democracy. They’ve never had a real democracy, but they had the Shah and the Shah was a lot better for America than the Ayatollahs.”

The president has taken to Twitter to denounce the Iranian regime and express his support for the Iranian people.

“Iran is failing at every level despite the terrible deal made with them by the Obama Administration. The great Iranian people have been repressed for many years. They are hungry for food & for freedom. Along with human rights, the wealth of Iran is being looted. TIME FOR CHANGE!” he wrote.

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PATHETIC: Obama advisors SHILL for Iran during protests; tell Trump to ‘be quiet’ about them

(National Sentinel‘Foreign’ Policy: Former advisors to President Barack Obama have waded into the the debate over President Donald J. Trump’s comments regarding the widening and deadly protests in Iran, backing the regime they struck a nuclear deal with over the policies of the current commander-in-chief.

Former National Security Advisor Susan Rice tweeted a New York Times op-ed by former Obama aide Philip Gordon, “How Can Trump Help Iran’s Protesters? Be Quiet.”

The author of the op-ed argued that by supporting the protests while taking steps to end the Iran nuclear deal will only help the regime to delegitimize its internal opponents.

In addition, Rob Malley, who had once been dropped from the Obama campaign for meeting with the Hamas terrorist group but found his way back into the administration during negotiations with Iran, also praised Gordon’s op-ed.

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Former Obama Secretary of State John Kerry, who helped seal the Iran nuclear deal, also praised the Iranian regime, which has now killed at least 20 protestors, according to reports.

“With humility about how little we know about what’s happening inside Iran, this much is clear: it’s an Iranian moment and not anyone else’s. But the rights of people to protest peacefully and voice their aspirations are universal and governments everywhere should respect that,” he tweeted.

Also, former Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes, who ran an “echo chamber” of administration-friendly pundits to sell the Iran deal to the American public via the media, criticized Americans who think the U.S. should encourage the protests.

“The Iranian people are rightfully demanding dignity, less corruption, more opportunity, and greater control over their lives. In looking at US twitter, it seems lost on too many that this is about what Iranians want for Iran, and not about us,” he tweeted.

As the protests began in earnest over the weekend, Trump tweeted his support for those angry with the theocratic regime.

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Critics of the Obama officials noted as well that the former president and his administration refused to support Iran’s “Green Revolution” in 2009. Obama said that “we respect Iranian sovereignty and want to avoid the United States being the issue inside of Iran.”

Noted Breitbart News: “Obama was more concerned with preserving the possibility of an eventual deal on Iran’s nuclear program than he was in removing the Iranian regime as a strategic threat or in standing up for human rights. Critics charge that Obama missed a golden opportunity.”

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Trump’s FIRST tweet of 2018: ‘No More’ aid to terrorist-harboring PAKISTAN

 

(National SentinelAssistance Abuse: On his first tweet of the new year, President Donald J. Trump announced a major foreign policy shift: The U.S. would no longer send monetary assistance to Pakistan as long as the country continued to harbor terrorists.

“The United States has foolishly given Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars in aid over the last 15 years, and they have given us nothing but lies & deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools. They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help. No more!” the president tweeted.

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It was not clear what “no more” means, whether it is a partial or full suspension of funds or whether it is temporary and/or conditions-based.

If the announcement means a full termination of U.S. foreign aid for Pakistan becomes official policy, then that is a much more dramatic step than merely withholding $255 million in military assistance to the country, which is reportedly under consideration.

Trump’s tweet comes after Pakistan refused to let U.S. officials interrogate a captured terrorist linked to the hostage-taking Haqqani Network.

In August, President Trump said the “next pillar” of his strategy for battling terrorism would involve a “change in our approach to Pakistan.” Then, he accused the country of giving “safe haven to agents of chaos, violence, and terror.”

“We can no longer be silent about Pakistan’s safe havens for terrorist organizations, the Taliban and other groups that pose a threat to the region and beyond,” the president said. “These killers need to know they have nowhere to hide – that no place is beyond the reach of American arms.”

The administration withheld $50 million in funding to Pakistan over the summer after accusing Islamabad of doing too little to interdict and battle the Taliban and Haqqani Network.

As Breitbart News reported further:

The Pakistani military rescued a Canadian-American family held hostage for years by the Haqqanis in October. Concerns have been raised that even this rescue might have been the result of a deal between the Pakistanis and the militant network, which has long been suspected of enjoying special favors and protection from elements of the Pakistani security apparatus. The prisoner Pakistan refused to allow the United States to interview was tied to the kidnapping of this Canadian-American family.

Pakistani military officials have recently warned the U.S. against taking any unilateral actions against suspected terrorists and Taliban members inside the country.

The U.S. has long engaged suspected al Qaeda and Taliban figures inside Pakistan, mostly with drones strikes.

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In 2011, a SEAL team raided a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, where al Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden had been hiding.

The compound was near Pakistan’s top military university, leading many to suspect that the government was not only aware of bin Laden’s presence but providing him safe harbor.

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Trump admin makes SIGNIFICANT CUTS to its UN budget (Video)

(National SentinelBad Deal: On Sunday the Trump administration released a statement noting that the White House would be making “significant” reductions to its United Nations Budget, citing waste, inefficiency, and routine opposition to U.S. initiatives.

“Today, the United Nations agreed on a budget for the 2018-2019 fiscal year. ‎Among a host of other successes, the United States negotiated a reduction of over $285 million off the 2016-2017 final budget,” said the statement by UN Ambassador Nikki Haley.

“In addition to these significant cost savings, we reduced the UN’s bloated management and support functions, bolstered support for key U.S. priorities throughout the world, and instilled more discipline and accountability throughout the UN system,” she wrote.

“The inefficiency and overspending of the United Nations are well known. We will no longer let the generosity of the American people be taken advantage of or remain unchecked,” Haley continued.

“This historic reduction in spending – in addition to many other moves toward a more efficient and accountable UN – is a big step in the right direction. While we are pleased with the results of this year’s budget negotiations, you can be sure we’ll continue to look at ways to increase the UN’s efficiency‎ while protecting our interests,” she wrote.

The administration’s announcement comes days after the UN General Assembly voted 128-9 against a U.S. initiative to declare Jerusalem the capital of Israel and the decision to move the U.S. embassy there.

After the vote, President Donald J. Trump issued a rebuke of those who cast negative ballots.

“They take hundreds of millions of dollars and even billions of dollars, and then they vote against us. Well, we’re watching those votes. Let them vote against us. We’ll save a lot,” he said.

Meanwhile Haley, in a letter to dozens of UN states seen by Reuters, warned that Trump had asked her to “report back on those countries who voted against us.”

She bluntly echoed that call in a Twitter post: “The U.S. will be taking names.”

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Top Marine general: ‘There’s a WAR coming’

(National SentinelWW3: The top Marine commander told about 300 personnel in Norway on Thursday that “there’s a war coming,” so their presence in eastern Europe is vital.

Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Robert Neller and Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Ronald Green, on their annual Christmas tour, visited a Marine contingent at Vaernes Garrison in the Nordic nation and described the strategic role that the small unit is fulfilling.

They also pointed out that a peacetime mission can suddenly change into a combat mission in an instant if circumstances change.

Neller said Marines should be ready for combat at any time, predicting a “big-ass fight” on the horizon.

“I hope I’m wrong, but there’s a war coming,” Neller said. ” … You’re in a fight here, an informational fight, a political fight, by your presence.”

He added that he expects the Pacific region — a veiled reference to North Korea and possibly China — as well as Russia would be the U.S. military’s and the Marine Corps’ primary focus in the coming years.

Green was equally stark.

“Just remember why you’re here,” he said. “They’re watching. Just like you watch them, they watch you. We’ve got 300 Marines up here; we could go from 300 to 3,000 overnight. We could raise the bar.”

Most Norwegians generally support the U.S. presence, but Russia has voiced its opposition frequently, Military.com reported.

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Trump schools LaVar Ball on who REALLY got his son released in China

(National Sentinel) Ungrateful: Former New York Jets player LaVar Bell has been all over sports media disparaging President Donald J. Trump in claiming that he had little to do with getting his son, UCLA basketball star LiAngelo Ball — one of three players arrested for shoplifting while in China — released.

Bell has said that the president had little to do with getting his son and the other two players released but on Wednesday Trump left little doubt about who was instrumental in convincing the Chinese government to relinquish the players.

“It wasn’t the White House, it wasn’t the State Department, it wasn’t father LaVar’s so-called people on the ground in China that got his son out of a long term prison sentence – IT WAS ME. Too bad! LaVar is just a poor man’s version of Don King, but without the hair. Just think,” Trump tweeted.

He then followed that up with: “LaVar, you could have spent the next 5 to 10 years during Thanksgiving with your son in China, but no NBA contract to support you. But remember LaVar, shoplifting is NOT a little thing. It’s a really big deal, especially in China. Ungrateful fool!”

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Ball has disputed most everything the president has said regarding the release of his son and his two teammates, all of whom have thanked the president profusely.

The attitude of the former Jets player miffed former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

“I think it’s a sad commentary on what’s happened to America when a father being told that his son was shoplifting in China isn’t really angry at his son,” Gingrich said Tuesday on Fox News‘ “Hannity” program.

“He ought to be grateful to the president, because his son could have been in really deep trouble,” he said.

“I’m embarrassed for that father that he didn’t have the decency to say, ‘Thank you, Mr. President. I’ve got to talk to my kid,’” Gingrich said. “I just think this is a sign of what’s sick about America, that people don’t take responsibility, they don’t take accountability.”

He also noted that a future NBA player who is caught in a foreign country stealing sunglasses is also an embarrassment.

“People should be pretty irritated that these guys who have a privileged life, have a privileged future, have the chance for a multi-million dollar career in the NBA are out here embarrassing America, looking stupid and doing something that’s totally dumb,” Gingrich said.

Nevertheless, Ball stood by his refusal to thank Trump.

“Did he help the boys get out? I don’t know. … If I was going to thank somebody I’d probably thank President Xi (Jinping),” Ball told CNN’s Chris Cuomo.

He also claimed he had “people on the ground” in China who got his son released.


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“I helped my son get out … of China. I had some people who had boots on the ground that knew the situation when we first jumped on it.”

“I say thank you when I see something. I don’t thank you just ‘cause it’s people talking and saying I did this, I did that,” he said.

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Trump labels North Korea a state sponsor of terrorism, unleashing new sanctions

(National SentinelWar Drums: President Donald J. Trump announced on Monday he is designating North Korea a state sponsor of terrorism in an effort to apply maximum diplomatic pressure and sanctions on the Stalinist regime.

“We will be instituting a very critical step and that will start right now,” Trump told the media at the start of a Cabinet meeting. He did not take any questions during the meeting.

“Today, the United States is designating North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism,” Trump said, adding, “It should have happened a long time ago. Should have happened years ago.”

Addressing reporters, Trump discussed what happened to Otto Warmbier, an American student who was imprisoned by Pyongyang and now allowed to return to the United States until he was nearly dead.

“As we take this action today, our thoughts to turn to Otto Warmbier, a wonderful young man, and the countless others so brutally affected by the North Korean oppression,” Trump said.

Warmbier, who as a tourist in January 2016, was arrested and sentenced to 15 years imprisonment with hard labor after being convicted for attempted theft of a propaganda poster from his hotel.

North Korea had already been on the State Department’s list of state-sponsored terrorist regimes but was removed by former President George W. Bush in 2008 in an attempt to get Pyongyang to end its nuclear development program.

During his interaction with reporters, Trump also discussed his recent trip to Asia and how it pertained to corralling North Korea, which is working to develop nuclear weapons and the means to deliver them.

“One of the primary goals of our trip was to pursue the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula,” Trump said.

“In addition to threatening the world by nuclear devastation, North Korea has repeatedly supported acts of international terrorism including assassinations on foreign soil.”


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Administration officials pointed to the murder of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s estranged half brother in Malaysia in February, describing it as an act of terrorism.

The president said the sanctions would amount to “the highest level” possible. They will be announced by the Treasury Department on Tuesday.

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Trump diplomacy: Three UCLA basketball players held for shoplifting in China have been released

(National SentinelPresidential Power: Three UCLA basketball players accused of shoplifting and arrested by Chinese police have now been released, likely due to intervention from President Donald J. Trump who is returning today from his first Asian trip.

Media reports say that Freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley were detained in Hangzhou on suspicion of theft after their team defeated Georgia Tech in their season-opening game in Shanghai as part of the annual Pac-12 China game.

Ball is the brother of LA Lakers guard Lonzo Ball.

Their UCLA teammates returned to California on Saturday without them, leaving many to speculate when or whether the Chinese would release the trio.

Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott thanked Trump, the White House and the State Department for their efforts in resolving what he called “the incident with authorities in Hangzhou, China.”


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The president said Tuesday he had a long conversation about the three players’ status with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

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Trump: Former intel chiefs, Comey, ‘political hacks;’ believes Putin

(National SentinelElection 2016: President Donald J. Trump, following a meeting in Vietnam with Russian President Vladimir Putin, said he believed him when the Kremlin leader said his country did not “meddle” in the U.S. presidential election last year.

Also, he added that Obama-era intelligence chiefs, CIA Director John Brennan and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, were “political hacks” who were doing the bidding of President Obama and the Democratic Party when they claimed Russia intervened in the election to help Trump defeat Hillary Clinton. He also lumped fired FBI Director James Comey in with the intel chiefs.

“Every time he sees me he says ‘I didn’t do that’ and I really believe that when he tells me that, he means it,” the president said aboard Air Force One. “I think he is very insulted by it, which is not a good thing for our country.

“He says that very strongly, he really seems to be insulted by it and he says he didn’t do it. You can only ask so many times. He said he absolutely did not meddle in our election,” Trump said.

U.S. intelligence agencies have said all along they believe Russia was behind efforts to interfere in the U.S. election last year, but other intelligence experts and Cold War veterans have added that is nothing new for Moscow. They also note that the United States’ intelligence agencies are equally culpable in meddling in the political processes of Russia and other countries over the years.

As for the intel chiefs and Comey, “They’re political hacks,” Trump said.

“So you look at it, and then you have Brennan, you have Clapper and you have Comey. Comey’s proven now to be a liar and he’s proven to be a leaker,” he continued. “And you have President Putin very strongly, vehemently says he had nothing to do with that. Now, you are not going to get into an argument, you are going to start talking about Syria and the Ukraine.”

Clapper has also been accused of lying to Congress about NSA domestic spying.

FO-logo-square-regular-2Trump suggested that he would take Putin at his word for diplomatic purposes, at least for now.

He also laid the blame for Obama’s poor relationship with Russia at the feet of Clinton, who as Obama’s secretary of state tried to clumsily “reset” relations with Moscow at the outset of his administration. Trump recounted how Clinton used a large button with “reset” spelled incorrectly in Russian as a prop.

“She hit that reset button, it was a joke. But she tried and she failed,” the president said. “Sometimes you don’t have chemistry with someone you don’t. But [President] Obama did not have the right chemistry and Hilary was in way over her head. Russia could really help us and the Democrats wanted to have a good relationship with Russia but they couldn’t do it because they didn’t have the talent, they didn’t have the chemistry to do it, they didn’t have what it takes.”


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Clinton has said that she was confident Putin tried to help Trump win last year because the Kremlin leader “hates” her.

“There is a time when I think Putin and I, President Putin and I, would have a great relationship and that would be great for both countries,” Trump continued.

“And it would take a lot of danger out of this world. It’s a dangerous time – this isn’t small stuff. This is a very dangerous time. Having a great relationship or even a good relationship with the president of Russia – Hillary tried it, she failed, nobody mentions it.”

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U.S., South Korean war games off peninsula ‘clear WARNING’ to North Korea

(National SentinelWar Drums: U.S. and South Korean naval and air forces launched a four-day military exercise off the Korean peninsula in what analysts and foreign policy experts say is a “clear warning” to the North.

The exercises, launched on Saturday, involve three aircraft carrier battle groups — the USS Ronald Reagan, Nimitz and Theodore Roosevelt, and come as President Donald J. Trump continues his Asia tour.

Many of Trump’s discussions with regional leaders included how to solve the North Korean nuclear threat.

In addition to the carriers, 11 U.S. Navy ballistic missile defense warships equipped with the Aegis system will join seven South Korean navy vessels, including two equipped with the same system.

Aegis technology refers to missile tracking and guidance, the UK’s Daily Mail reported.

The goal of the exercises is to improve combined operations and aerial strike capabilities while displaying “strong will and firm military readiness to defeat any provocation by North Korea with dominant force in the event of crisis,” the South Korean military said in a statement.

The drills are the first time since 2007 three U.S. carriers participated together in the same exercise. The last time that happened was 2007 in waters near Guam.

The U.S. carriers will also participate in separate exercises with three Japanese destroyers on Sunday, according to Japan’s Maritime Self-Defense Force, the Daily Mail.

The U.S. has begun sending more strategic assets including long-range bombers and F-35A fighters in patrols and shows of force near the Korean peninsula in recent months, as rhetoric between Trump and North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, has become more bellicose.

 


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Increased patrols have also come as North Korea hastens its development of nuclear weapons, which Trump has said the U.S. would not allow.

Daily Mail:

Trump continued his tough talk against Pyongyang on Friday in a speech to business leaders at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Danang, Vietnam, saying that the region’s future “must not be held hostage to a dictator’s twisted fantasies of violent conquest and nuclear blackmail,” referring to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Trump also delivered a sharp warning to Pyongyang in a speech at South Korea’s parliament last week, telling the country: “Do not underestimate us. And do not try us.”

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Limbaugh: ‘The one moment during Trump’s China trip the mainstream media has refused to report’

(National SentinelBlackout: The legacy media has gone out of its way to embarrass President Donald J. Trump during his first trip to Asia, even purposefully misreporting incidents as diplomatic faux pas.

In addition to misreporting, the mainstream media is also ignoring certain events and occurrences in an effort to portray Trump’s visit in a certain, negative light, and talk radio legend Rush Limbaugh pointed out one such incident Thursday.

The host uploaded a picture to his show’s Facebook page of Trump and first lady Melania Trump after they climbed down the steps from Air Force One.

The picture shows the president and his wife being greeted by a number of children who are waving Chinese and American flags.

Limbaugh surmises that the legacy media isn’t showing the photo because it demonstrates that Trump and the first lady visibly happy to have gotten such a warm welcome in China.

“There’s not a single network that televised all of the Chinese children waving American flags to welcome President Trump,” Limbaugh wrote.

The conservative talk giant even jabbed pro football, saying that there were more Chinese kids waving U.S. flags that NFL players.

“They’re happy to see President Trump. There are more ChiCom children waving the American flag than NFL players waving the American flag,” he added.

“Chicom” is Limbaugh’s nickname for “Chinese communists.”

Limbaugh suggested that the legacy media simply did not want to give the appearance of Trump receiving such a warm greeting.


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