Trump era: Fascist dawn, or road to liberation?

angelburst29

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Saturday that Donald Trump deserved to be re-elected, praising the U.S. President's reaction to his decision to end a decades-old military agreement with the United States.

Philippines' Duterte says Trump deserves to be re-elected
FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald J. Trump (L) shakes hands with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (R) before the opening ceremony of the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Manila, Philippines,13 November 2017. REUTERS/Mark R. Cristino/Pool

Trump said on Wednesday he did not mind Duterte’s decision to end the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) even as his defense secretary, Mark Esper, called the move “unfortunate” as Washington and its allies press China to abide by “international rules” in Asia.

“It is President Trump’s circumspect and judicious reaction to the termination of the VFA that made President Duterte give the following remarks: ‘President Trump is a good president and he deserves to be re-elected’,” presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo said in a statement.

The VFA is important to the overall U.S.-Philippines alliance and sets out rules for U.S. soldiers operating in the Philippines, a former U.S. territory.

In his comments about the VFA on Wednesday, Trump added that he had “a very good” relationship with Duterte.


Trump administration taking $3.8 billion more from military for Mexico border wall

FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump visits a section of the U.S.-Mexico border wall in Otay Mesa, California, U.S. September 18, 2019. REUTERS/Tom Brenner/File Photo
The U.S. Defense Department sent Congress a request to shift nearly $4 billion from the military budget to pay for a wall on the border with Mexico, a central promise of President Donald Trump's campaign for the White House four years ago and bid this year for a second term.
 

bjorn

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This is heart-breaking and I feel disgusted.

I appreciate how Trump allows the families to come up and speak and share their story and pain. Anyone pointing out to this reality that affects so many is silenced as a racist.

The Left let in and protects the ANIMALS who do this kind of thing and are complicit of this horror.

About time we stop the invasion start deporting and restore law and order.

Trump Shares HORRIFIC Consequences of Sanctuary Cities
 

bjorn

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👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏

Trump: Europe is 'losing its culture' because of immigration

President Trump is railing against what he described as the migration of "millions and millions of people" into Europe, declaring that the continent is "losing its culture" to refugees and asylum seekers from the Middle East and Africa. In an interview with the British tabloid The Sun published Thursday, Trump said it is a "shame" that European leaders had allowed so many migrants to enter their countries.

“Allowing the immigration to take place in Europe is a shame," the U.S. president told the tabloid, which his owned by conservative media mogul Rupert Murdoch.

"I think it changed the fabric of Europe and, unless you act very quickly, it’s never going to be what it was, and I don’t mean that in a positive way," he continued.

Trump's publicized comments came shortly after he arrived in the U.K. for a long-awaited trip on the heels of a tense set of meetings at the annual NATO summit in Brussels, where he delivered a blistering criticism of European allies and demanded that member nations pay more for defense.

The president's comments during his interview with The Sun, however, highlighted Trump's deeply held skepticism of immigration and resurfaced a line of attack that he had used often on the campaign trail — that Europe was being overrun by non-Europeans and was quickly becoming a shell of what it once was.

"I think you are losing your culture," he told the tabloid. "Look around. You go through certain areas that didn’t exist ten or 15 years ago." In fact, migration levels to Europe have declined recently, dropping to numbers more common prior to 2015, when an influx of people sought to seek asylum on the continent to escape conflict and humanitarian crises in the Middle East and Africa.

Back in the U.S., Trump has led a crackdown on illegal immigration, warning that a failure to secure America's southern border would result in criminals and drugs entering the U.S.

That crackdown, however, has become the subject of controversy for the Trump administration, after it was revealed that thousands of migrant children had been separated from their parents at the border as part of enforcement efforts.
 

3DStudent

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This is heart-breaking and I feel disgusted.

I appreciate how Trump allows the families to come up and speak and share their story and pain. Anyone pointing out to this reality that affects so many is silenced as a racist.

The Left let in and protects the ANIMALS who do this kind of thing and are complicit of this horror.

About time we stop the invasion start deporting and restore law and order.

Trump Shares HORRIFIC Consequences of Sanctuary Cities
May her grandma RIP and my condolences to her and her family. I was thinking what role tribalism and nationalism play in this. You would respect your people and homeland more than those who are outsiders to you. Any criminal tendencies are amplified when you're not in your homeland, osit. Maybe not the best metaphor, but it reminds me of when teenagers go to a party and have no qualms about trashing the place.
 

angelburst29

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Oh, this is just too funny! Touche' Sergey!

Last Friday, February 14th through the 16th, there was scheduled the Munich Security Conference, held in Germany. The Munich Security Conference is the world's leading forum for debate on international security policy. Pompeo was to meet with Lavrov but had requested that it remained "hushed-up" and kept under wraps. Lavrov's spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova, confirmed the meeting on her Facebook Acct. including a photo (below). U.S. media kept quiet but Russia let it out of the bag, using a photo from a Dec. 10th, 2019 meeting that was held at the State Dept. in Washington, D.C. Then Politico.eu picked up and released the story.

Julia Davis‏ @JuliaDavisNews Feb 14

A Russian journalist traveling with Lavrov said the U.S. side had requested that there be no press conference or joint statements and that photographers not even be invited to take a picture of the two top diplomats shaking hands.

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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference on Friday in an encounter the American side apparently wanted to keep under wraps.
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Russia's Lavrov, after Pompeo meeting, says felt more constructive U.S. approach
Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo shake hands at the conclusion of a joint news conference at the State Department in Washington, U.S., December 10, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo shake hands at the conclusion of a joint news conference at the State Department in Washington, U.S., December 10, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday after meeting U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo last week that he had felt a more constructive approach from Washington when it came to the U.S.-Russia strategic dialogue.

The two top diplomats met on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference on Friday in an encounter that neither side has so far spoken about in detail.

“I felt certain small moves toward a more constructive approach by our American partners,” Lavrov said on his ministry’s website on Monday.

Lavrov said the two men had spoken about issues related to strategic dialogue between Russia and the United States and about arms control.

The last remaining major arms control treaty between Moscow and Washington, the New START accord, expires next year. Russia has said it is ready to extend it, but U.S. officials have called it flawed and outdated.

The treaty is the last major nuclear arms control treaty between the world’s two biggest nuclear powers and limits the number of strategic nuclear warheads they can deploy.


State Department keeps quiet as Pompeo meets Lavrov in Munich
State Department keeps quiet as Pompeo meets Lavrov in Munich

Russian officials publicize meeting that US side did not mention.

Feb. 15, 2020 - MUNICH — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference on Friday in an encounter the American side apparently wanted to keep under wraps.

The State Department made no announcement of the meeting, which took place in Lavrov's own dedicated meeting room at the Hotel Bayerischer Hof, where the major annual conference of politicians, policymakers and security experts is held. Pompeo's aides also did not provide any readout after the meeting ended.

Russian journalists traveling with Lavrov were aware of the meeting in advance, and wrote about it afterward.

Lavrov's spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova, confirmed the meeting in a Facebook post, which included a photo of Pompeo in a hallway of the hotel, and Lavrov standing in a doorway a few steps behind him.

In the post, Zakharova wrote that Pompeo had said "good luck" to those gathered in the hallway, and cheekily added that those who heard it "gasped." "There are few to whom Americans now wish something good," she wrote.

Asked about the meeting by POLITICO, a State Department official confirmed that there had been a “pull aside” with Lavrov but gave no further details. The official denied that the State Department asked Russia not to publicize the meeting and said it did not normally issue readouts of "pull asides."

There was no mention of the meeting in a briefing by a senior administration official about U.S. efforts at the security conference. The official said Pompeo met with Masrour Barzani, prime minister of the Kurdistan region of Iraq, and that U.S. officials met with Israeli counterparts as well as with a senior EU foreign affairs official, Helga Schmid.

It was not immediately clear why the State Department did not disclose the meeting between Pompeo and his Russian counterpart in advance.

The secretary of state has had some tense interactions with journalists recently, including an outburst at a National Public Radio reporter, Mary Louise Kelly, after Pompeo became angry at being asked questions about Ukraine in an interview. After that outburst, the State Department barred another NPR reporter from traveling on Pompeo's plane.

A Russian journalist traveling with Lavrov said the U.S. side had requested that there be no press conference or joint statements and that photographers not even be invited to take a picture of the two top diplomats shaking hands.

After Pompeo speech fell flat, Pelosi says messenger may be to blame
After Pompeo speech fell flat, Pelosi says messenger may be to blame

After Pompeo speech fell flat, Pelosi says messenger may be to blame. ‘The west is winning’ didn’t win applause in Munich and US House speaker suggests problem was ‘source’ not substance.

Feb. 17, 2020 - It was a line that couldn't possibly miss, a surefire way to draw thunderous applause and bring a crowd full of true believers in the Western world order to its feet.

"The West is winning," U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declared to a packed hall at the Munich Secretary Conference. "We are collectively winning. We’re doing it together."

And yet it totally bombed. There was silence, not cheers. Video of the event shows people in the audience sitting, unmoved. Several people appeared to be on their phones, many had their hands in their laps. One man had two fingers pensively touching his chin. Two people seemed to be heading for the exit.

That session at the annual conference, which featured Pompeo's speech and an address immediately after by U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper, perhaps most crystallized the yawning gulf that has opened up between the U.S. and its traditional European allies. And the crowd may simply not have agreed with Pompeo's assertion that the West is still ahead.

But in a brief interview on Monday at NATO headquarters in Brussels, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who attended the Munich conference, said it may be a rare case where blaming the messenger is actually appropriate.

New Lawsuit Seeks Records of Complaints About Mike Pompeo’s Conduct
New Lawsuit Seeks Records of Complaints About Mike Pompeo's Conduct - American Oversight

Publish Date: February 14, 2020 - American Oversight sued the Central Intelligence Agency and the State Department on Friday for records of complaints filed by employees concerning the conduct of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to shed light on potentially abusive conduct toward staff and journalists.

NBC’s Richard Engel reported in the fall of 2019 that according to former senior intelligence officials, Pompeo was “a bully to subordinates” while serving as CIA director. His behavior and “fits of ‘anger’” had even driven some employees “to quit or seek new assignments.” American Oversight filed Freedom of Information Act requests for records of and communications about any whistleblower complaints related to Pompeo’s reported conduct. The agencies’ failure to provide records in response led to today’s lawsuit.

As early as November 2018, reports began to surface of Pompeo’s berating of federal employees and retaliation against reporters for unflattering coverage. Last month, NPR reported that All Things Considered host Mary Louise Kelly had been called to a private meeting with Pompeo following an interview about Iran-U.S. tensions and the secretary’s involvement in the Ukraine scandal. There, Pompeo shouted, cursed and challenged Kelly to identify Ukraine on a blank map, then released a statement calling her a liar and claiming she misidentified Ukraine’s location.

The State Department subsequently dropped NPR’s Michele Keleman from Pompeo’s recent trip to Europe. The secretary later defended that decision by saying it sent “a perfect message about press freedoms” to the world. President Donald Trump praised Pompeo’s interactions during a news conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, saying, “I think you did a good job on her.”

“Mike Pompeo bullies reporters, punishes people who ask tough questions, and throws tantrums when he doesn’t get his way,” said Austin Evers, executive director at American Oversight. “If the nation’s chief diplomat is willing to act like a child in front of the press, the public deserves to know how he treats his staff in private.”
The complaint is available here.

Part of Investigation:
 

alkhemst

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Loved RTs analogy of Rodger Stone being accused of covering up the alleged Wikileaks / Trump / Russia collusion:

"Put another way, it's akin to convicting someone for trying to cover-up the existence of Sasquatch"


It's bizarre to consider there's all these so-called smart people - lawyers, journalists, politicians etc. - getting up in every morning, putting on their expensive suits and spending years talking about fiction pretending it's reality. Isn't there much better things they could be doing with their time? Like for example - taking walks in nature, rummaging in the leaves, looking for Sasquatch footprints? They could even keep their nice suits on while doing it.
 

SummerLite

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Interesting timing with this "suicide". Considering Haney's past as a whistle blower within the DHS, I'm wondering if he may have been considered a potential witness for the investigations that are occurring into the DOJ by Wm. Barr. :shock:

Philip Haney, a former Department of Homeland Security (DHS) official during the Obama administration who blew the whistle on shortcomings within his own agency, was found dead in California on Friday with a “gunshot wound” to the chest, several news outlets report, citing a statement from the law enforcement.

Although authorities have said the gunshot wound “appears” to be “self-inflicted,” stressing that the investigation is ongoing, 66-year-old Haney had been missing since February 19. and died from a gunshot wound to his chest two days later, Red State and Heavy reported.

While testifying as a whistleblower before the Senate Judiciary Committee in June 2016, Haney asserted that DHS ordered him to delete hundreds of files of people with links to Islamist terrorist groups. He argued that authorities could have prevented several terrorist attacks in the U.S. if DHS had not scrubbed specific data.
Gunshot wounds to the chest are uncommon in the case of suicides, data reportedly show. Haney’s death has triggered a wave of claims suggesting he may have been a victim of foul play.
Echoing some of the whistleblower’s friends, a number of senior congressional officials have expressed alarm to Breitbart News about this, noting that they do no believe Haney was suicidal.
Law enforcement found Haney’s body 40 miles east of Sacramento, California.
While testifying as a whistleblower before the Senate Judiciary Committee in June 2016, Haney asserted that DHS ordered him to delete hundreds of files of people with links to Islamist terrorist groups. He argued that authorities could have prevented several terrorist attacks in the U.S. if DHS had not scrubbed specific data.
The Washington Examiner learned from the Amador County Sheriff’s office that “deputies and detectives responded to reports Friday morning at 10:12 a.m. of a male subject on the ground with a gunshot wound in the area of Highway 124 and Highway 16 in Plymouth, California.”
“Upon their arrival, they located and identified 66-year-old Philip Haney, who was deceased and appeared to have suffered a single, self-inflicted gunshot wound. A firearm was located next to Haney and his vehicle. This investigation is active and ongoing. No further details will be released at this time,” the sheriff’s office reportedly declared in a statement.
Rep. Steve King (R-IA) said Haney “didn’t kill himself” as claimed by law enforcement who ruled his death a suicide. Haney was in possession of an archive of information he considered an insurance policy in case he was ever found dead, King asserted.
“Phil Haney was a friend & patriot. He was a target because of all he knew of Islamic terrorist coverups,” King wrote Saturday on Twitter. “He insured his life by archiving data that incriminated the highest levels of the Obama administration. Phil Haney didn’t kill himself. RIP, Phil.”
“If I am found dead, it wasn’t suicide,” Haney told multiple people, confirmed by two anonymous sources, the NOQ Report learned.
One America News Network (OANN) reporter and veteran intelligence officer of the U.S. Navy, Jack Posobiec, suggested on Twitter that Haney’s death could be a homicide.
“I can confirm at @OANN we are investigating the suspicious death of DHS whistleblower Phil Haney,” Posobiec tweeted on Saturday. “We have spoken with local sources that suggest this may have been a homicide”:
Authorities found Haney dead ahead of his plans to publish another book exposing problems within the Obama administration, according to the Examiner.
Citing unnamed sources, however, the Examiner also revealed that Haney “was recently in contact with top officials about returning to work for the DHS. Additionally, Haney was engaged to be married.”
 
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angelburst29

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I'll believe it - when it happens!

Federal Judge Orders Clinton to Sit for Deposition on Use of Private Email Account
Federal Judge Orders Clinton to Sit for Deposition on Use of Private Email Account

‎March‎ ‎02‎, ‎2020‎ - A federal judge has ordered Hillary Clinton to sit for a sworn deposition regarding her use of a private email account while serving as secretary of state.

U.S. District Court Royce Lamberth, a Reagan appointee, on Monday filed the order for Clinton to appear for a deposition in a five-year-old case brought by the conservative group Judicial Watch. The group filed a Freedom of Information Act request for Clinton emails pertaining to the 2012 attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

Clinton has previously said she used a private server to read government email as a matter of convenience. The FBI investigated Clinton’s use of the server to read classified material and in July 2016 recommended against bringing charges in the case; however, in October that same year the FBI announced it would reopen the investigation after discovering previously unknown emails on the server. The investigation was publicly reopened just days before election day and is widely believed to have bolstered Trump’s prospects.

“To argue that the Court now has enough information to determine whether State conducted an adequate search is preposterous,” Lamberth wrote in his ruling. “Even years after the FBI investigation, the slow trickle of new emails has yet to be explained…Why did she think that using a private server to conduct State Department business was permissible under the law in the first place?”

Republican Senator to Issue First Subpoena in Hunter Biden, Burisma Probe
Republican Senator to Issue First Subpoena in Hunter Biden, Burisma Probe


‎March‎ ‎02‎, ‎2020‎ - The Republican chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee plans to issue the first subpoena related to the committee’s probe of Hunter Biden and Ukrainian energy Burisma Holdings.

Senator Ron Johnson said that it is his “intention to schedule a business meeting to consider a committee subpoena,” in a letter the Wisconsin Republican sent to members of the committee on Sunday.

Johnson plans to subpoena former Ukrainian embassy official Andrii Telizhenko, who worked as a consultant for the Washington-based Blue Star Strategies, a firm Burisma hired to combat accusations of corruption within the energy company.

“As part of the committee’s ongoing investigation, it has received U.S. government records indicating that Blue Star sought to leverage Hunter Biden’s role as a board member of Burisma to gain access to, and potentially influence matters at, the State Department,” Johnson wrote in his letter.

Internal State Department email exchanges reported last year showed that Blue Star leveraged the Biden name to secure a meeting between the gas company and State Department officials and then brought his name up again during that meeting. The meetings were part of a longstanding campaign to rehabilitate Burisma’s reputation in Washington following a corruption probe.

Biden obtained a lucrative position on the board of Burisma in 2014 after his father, Democratic 2020 candidate Joe Biden, became vice president. In that role, court records suggested he earned at least $50,000 a month advising the energy company on “transparency, corporate governance and responsibility, international expansion and other priorities,” as his position was described by Burisma.

Biden resigned from the board in April of last year, and it is unclear whether he was aware his name was being used by Blue Star in discussions with the State Department.
 
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