@POTUS @RealDonaldTrump, Leader Of The Free World At U.N.

Update: Greatest President Donald J. Trump speech ever? It was a great speech. So great it does not require much analysis. It was clear, direct. No ambiguity. Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton:

This was the best speech of the Trump presidency, in my view,” Bolton said. “I think he was as clear and direct as it’s possible to be.”

Trump said the U.S. would destroy North Korea if forced to defend itself or its allies; Bolton said that was a memorable line.

“I think it’s safe to say, in the entire history of the United Nations, there has never been a more straightforward criticism of the behavior, the unacceptable behavior of other member states,” Bolton said.

In addition, he said Trump’s critiques of the nuclear deal revealed the White House would not tolerate “half-measures and compromises” that allowed Iran and North Korea to progress to the verge of having deliverable nuclear weapons.

He also praised Trump’s line, which was met with near silence at first, that the collapsing regime in Venezuela was an example of socialism being successfully implemented.

There are a lot of people in the UN. who have never heard anything like that from an American president,” Bolton said. “I think this was an outstanding speech, and I think it will serve the president very well.”

Some critics will ask “Should President Trump have attacked North Korea or given this speech?” President Trump was right to give the speech. Why? Because, as we stated in our short initial article (below), the American armed forces must first stockpile weapons before any attack on North Korea.

The need to stockpile weapons before an attack on North Korea holds back President Trump’s strong hand. The President must first make sure that before any attack on North Korea there are plenty of Tomahawk missiles and MOAB bombs in the arsenal even after the attack. After the use of a MOAB bomb in Afghanistan the U.S. arsenal held only about a dozen MOAB bombs. MOAB bombs are needed to destroy tunnel infrastructures which is why they are sometimes referred to as bunker buster bombs. A dozen of these bombs won’t be enough before an attack on North Korea.

Likewise, the need for Tomahawk missiles. An attack on North Korea will require many hundreds of Tomahawk missiles.

The reason why stockpiling of weapons is so important is because President Trump understands that an attack on North Korea might lead the Persian Empire of Terror (a.k.a. Iran) to believe that the United States is otherwise preoccupied in Asia and therefore the time ripe for the Persian Empire of Terror to make moves. All countries must understand that the United States can attack North Korea yet still maintain enough weaponry to defeat other opponents. Peace through strength.

Other than understanding why President Trump gave North Korea this one last chance to avoid an overwhelming fire and fury attack by the United States, not much analysis of the clear and direct President Trump speech to the United Nations is needed.

Our comments section will include highlights of the Trump speech (Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech too) and the transcript when available.

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The leader of the Free World will address the United Nations today. In the same way tough leadership has forced Republican leadership in congress to get something done, finally, the America First president will do what has to be done to get his agenda accomplished.

President Trump has been a harsh critic of the United Nations for many decades. Today, as President, Trump will be an avenging angel demanding CHANGE from that corrupt organization. North Korea has its last chance today and will sit on the front row. After today all that stops war is the time requirements of stockpiling needed weapons.

We’ll provide analysis after the speech.



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  1. President Trump delivers a tough speech right from the beginning. No apologies. President Trump declares he is an “America First” president.

    This is a strong American defending a strong America. A strong American president defending a strong America. No more wimp Obama apologizing for the existence of America.

  2. President Donald J. Trump is as tough as ever today. PDT discusses every issue that needs discussion. Venezuela, Iran, Cuba, North Korea, UN in need of massive reform, defends America and America First policy, trade, etc.

    What needed to be said is being said and no one doubts actions will follow.

  3. http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2017/09/19/president-trump-un-general-assembly-address/

    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Denouncing North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, President Donald Trump told the United Nations General Assembly that “Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself.”

    The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea,” Trump said Tuesday. “Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime. The United States is ready, willing, and able, but hopefully this will not be necessary.”

    During his inaugural address to the UN General Assembly, Trump rallied other countries to do their part in solving global issues, including sharing the burden of fighting terrorism.

    “We live in a time of extraordinary opportunity… but each day also brings news of growing dangers that threaten everything we cherish and value,” Trump said. “Terrorists and extremists have gathered strength and spread to every region of the planet. Rogue regimes represented in this body not only support terrorists but threaten other nations and their own people with the most destructive weapons known to humanity.”

    “To put it simply, we meet at a time of both immense promise and great peril,” Trump said. “It is entirely up to us whether we lift the world to new heights or let it fall into a valley of disrepair.”

    Trump also said that he will “always put America first” and the U.S. can no longer be taken advantage of in its dealings around the globe.

    Trump said he will “defend America’s interests above all else.” He says the U.S. will “forever be a great friend to the world,” including its allies, but the U.S. can no longer be taken advantage of and get nothing in return.

    In his first appearance at the United Nations on Monday, Trump made a call for sweeping reforms.

    “In recent years, the United Nations has not reached its full potential because of bureaucracy and mismanagement,” Trump said.

    The U.S. is the UN’s largest contributor, paying at least 25 percent of the operating budget. The president encouraged other nations to consider joining in, reviewing the UN’s spending and efficiency.

    “I think the main message is ‘Make the United Nations great,’ not again, ‘Make the United Nations great.’ Such tremendous potential and I think we’ll be able to do this,” Trump said.

    North Korea was a major conversation point in Monday’s phone call with China’s president.

    “As far as North Korea is concerned, I think most of you know how I feel, we’ll see what happens,” Trump said.

    Trump also met with French President Emanuel Macron and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu focused on Iran.

    Dinner with Latin American leaders was centered around trade and instability in Venezuela, another topic he is expected to address in his UN speech.

    “We call for the full restoration of democracy and political freedoms in Venezuela,” Trump said.

    There is no sign that Trump will falter on his choice to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord unless it is renegotiated, which will likely be a major topic this week.

  4. Direct from President Donald J. Trump:

    https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/4499486/donald-trump-says-rocket-man-kim-jong-un-is-on-a-suicide-mission-for-himself-as-he-vows-to-destroy-band-of-criminals-in-north-korea-during-fiery-u

    DONALD Trump has insisted that “rocket man” Kim Jong-un is on a “suicide mission for himself” in his first speech at the United Nations.

    The US President also branded the nuke-wielding North Korean regime “evil” and “depraved” and threatened to “totally destroy” the crackpot country if dictator Kim does not change course.

    Loud murmurs filled the UN General Assembly hall in New York when Trump issued his sternest warning yet to despot Kim whose ballistic missile launches and nuclear tests have rattled the globe.
    Unless North Korea backs down, Republican firebrand said: “We will have no choice than to totally destroy North Korea.”
    “Rocket man is on a suicide mission for himself and his regime.”

    He urged United Nations member states to work together to isolate the Kim government until it ceases its “hostile” behaviour.
    A junior North Korean diplomat remained in the delegation’s front-row seat for Trump’s speech, the North Korean U.N. mission said.

  5. Been tied up with Hurricane cleanup here in Boca. We had damage to home and thank g0d only a cat one as this was bad. Internet and power finally back up. Missed the speech but sounds great!!!! Hope all in Texas affected by Harvey and other areas in FL who took brunt of Irma are OK.

  6. https://news.grabien.com/story-trump-problem-venezuela-not-socialism-has-been-poorly-implem

    “The problem in Venezuela is not that socialism has been poorly implemented, but that socialism has been faithfully implemented. (Applause) From the Soviet Union to Cuba to Venezuela, wherever true socialism or communism has been adopted, it has delivered anguish and devastation and failure.

    “Those who preach the tenets of these discredited ideologies only contribute to the continued suffering of the people who live under these cruel systems. America stands with every person living under a brutal regime. Our respect for sovereignty is also a call for action. All people deserve a government that cares for their safety, their interests and their well-being, including their prosperity.”

  7. Update: Greatest President Donald J. Trump speech ever? It was a great speech. So great it does not require much analysis. It was clear, direct. No ambiguity. Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton:

    This was the best speech of the Trump presidency, in my view,” Bolton said. “I think he was as clear and direct as it’s possible to be.”

    Trump said the U.S. would destroy North Korea if forced to defend itself or its allies; Bolton said that was a memorable line.

    “I think it’s safe to say, in the entire history of the United Nations, there has never been a more straightforward criticism of the behavior, the unacceptable behavior of other member states,” Bolton said.

    In addition, he said Trump’s critiques of the nuclear deal revealed the White House would not tolerate “half-measures and compromises” that allowed Iran and North Korea to progress to the verge of having deliverable nuclear weapons.

    He also praised Trump’s line, which was met with near silence at first, that the collapsing regime in Venezuela was an example of socialism being successfully implemented.

    There are a lot of people in the UN. who have never heard anything like that from an American president,” Bolton said. “I think this was an outstanding speech, and I think it will serve the president very well.”

    Some critics will ask “Should President Trump have attacked North Korea or given this speech?” President Trump was right to give the speech. Why? Because, as we stated in our short initial article (below), the American armed forces must first stockpile weapons before any attack on North Korea.

    The need to stockpile weapons before an attack on North Korea holds back President Trump’s strong hand. The President must first make sure that before any attack on North Korea there are plenty of Tomahawk missiles and MOAB bombs in the arsenal even after the attack. After the use of a MOAB bomb in Afghanistan the U.S. arsenal held only about a dozen MOAB bombs. MOAB bombs are needed to destroy tunnel infrastructures which is why they are sometimes referred to as bunker buster bombs. A dozen of these bombs won’t be enough before an attack on North Korea.

    Likewise, the need for Tomahawk missiles. An attack on North Korea will require many hundreds of Tomahawk missiles.

    The reason why stockpiling of weapons is so important is because President Trump understands that an attack on North Korea might lead the Persian Empire of Terror (a.k.a. Iran) to believe that the United States is otherwise preoccupied in Asia and therefore the time ripe for the Persian Empire of Terror to make moves. All countries must understand that the United States can attack North Korea yet still maintain enough weaponry to defeat other opponents. Peace through strength.

    Other than understanding why President Trump gave North Korea this one last chance to avoid an overwhelming fire and fury attack by the United States, not much analysis of the clear and direct President Trump speech to the United Nations is needed.

    Our comments section will include highlights of the Trump speech (Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech too) and the transcript when available.

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  8. POTUS has placed the world on notice!

    “I will always put America first just like you, the leaders of your countries, should put your countries first.”
    “We meet at a time of immense promise and great peril… It is up to us whether we will lift the world to new heights or let it fall into a valley of disrepair.”
    “The scourge of our planet is a group of rogue regimes”
    “Rocket man is on a suicide mission for himself and his regime… The U.S. is ready, willing and able to take military action, but “hopefully that won’t be necessary”
    “If it the US forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea”
    “It’s time for North Korea to realize that de-nuclearization is its only acceptable future”
    “it’s outrageous that nations would support North Korea and that rogue nation’s pursuit of missiles threatens the whole world”
    “Problem in Venezuela is not that socialism has been poorly implemented, but that socialism has been faithfully implemented.”
    “Major portions of the world are in conflict and some, in fact, are going to hell”
    “No nation should have to share a disproportionate share of the burden, militarily or financially”
    “If the righteous many do not confront the wicked few, then evil will triumph.”
    “The American people hope that one day soon the United Nations can be a much more accountable and effective advocate for human dignity and freedom around the world.”
    The “righteous many” must confront the “wicked few.”

  9. http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/at-un-trump-warns-us-may-have-to-totally-destroy-north-korea/ar-AAschGJ?li=BBmkt5R&ocid=ientp

    In his first appearance at the annual gathering of world leaders, the president used a 41-minute speech to take aim also at Iran’s nuclear ambitions and regional influence, Venezuela’s collapsing democracy and the threat of Islamist extremists.

    He also criticized the Cuban government. But his strongest words were directed at North Korea. He urged United Nations member states to work together to isolate the Kim government until it ceases its “hostile” behavior.

    He said North Korea’s pursuit of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles “threatens the entire world with unthinkable cost of human life.”

    In what may have been a veiled prod at China, the North’s major trading partner, Trump said: “It is an outrage that some nations would not only trade with such a regime but would arm, supply and financially support a country that imperils the world with nuclear conflict.”

    Turning to Iran, Trump called the 2015 nuclear deal negotiated by his predecessor, Barack Obama, was an embarrassment and hinted that he may not recertify the agreement when it comes up for a mid-October deadline.

    “I don’t think you’ve heard the last of it,” he said.

    He called Iran an “economically depleted rogue state” that exports violence. The speech marked his latest attempt to lay out his America First vision for a U.S. foreign policy aimed at downgrading global bureaucracies, basing alliances on shared interests, and steering Washington away from nation-building exercises abroad.

    Trump, who entered the White House eight months ago, told world leaders at the 193-member global body that the United States does not seek to impose its will on other nations and will respect other countries’ sovereignty.

    I will defend America’s interests above all else,” he said. “But in fulfilling our obligations to other nations we also realize it’s in everyone’s interest to seek a future where all nations can be sovereign, prosperous and secure.”

    Reading carefully from a script, Trump said the U.S. military would soon be the strongest it has ever been. Turning to Venezuela, Trump called the collapsing situation there “completely unacceptable” and said the United States cannot stand by and watch. He warned the United States was considering what further actions it can take. “We cannot stand by and watch,” he said.

  10. Thanks McNorman for the transcript of PDT speech to U.N.:

    Mr. Secretary General, Mr. President, world leaders, and distinguished delegates, welcome to New York. It is a profound honor to stand here in my home city as a representative of the American people to address the people of the world. As millions of our citizens continue to suffer the effects of the devastating hurricanes that have struck our country, I want to begin by expressing my appreciation to every leader in this room who has offered assistance and aid. The American people are strong and resilient, and they will emerge from these hardships more determined than ever before.

    Fortunately, the United States has done very well since Election Day last November 8. The stock market is at an all-time high, a record. Unemployment is at its lowest level in 16 years, and because of our regulatory and other reforms, we have more people working in the United States today than ever before. Companies are moving back, creating job growth, the likes of which our country has not seen in a very long time, and it has just been announced that we will be spending almost $700 billion on our military and defense. Our military will soon be the strongest it has ever been. For more than 70 years, in times of war and peace, the leaders of nations, movements, and religions have stood before this assembly.

    Like them, I intend to address some of the very serious threats before us today, but also the enormous potential waiting to be unleashed. We live in a time of extraordinary opportunity. Breakthroughs in science, technology, and medicine are curing illnesses and solving problems that prior generations thought impossible to solve. But each day also brings news of growing dangers that threaten everything we cherish and value. Terrorists and extremists have gathered strength and spread to every region of the planet. Rogue regimes represented in this body not only support terror but threaten other nations and their own people with the most destructive weapons known to humanity.

    Authority and authoritarian powers seek to collapse the values, the systems, and alliances, that prevented conflict and tilted the word toward freedom since World War II. International criminal networks traffic drugs, weapons, people, force dislocation and mass migration, threaten our borders and new forms of aggression exploit technology to menace our citizens. To put it simply, we meet at a time of both immense promise and great peril. It is entirely up to us whether we lift the world to new heights or let it fall into a valley of disrepair. We have it in our power, should we so choose, to lift millions from poverty, to help our citizens realize their dreams, and to ensure that new generations of children are raised free from violence, hatred, and fear.

    This institution was founded in the aftermath of two world wars, to help shape this better future. It was based on the vision that diverse nations could cooperate to protect their sovereignty, preserve their security, and promote their prosperity. It was in the same period exactly 70 years ago that the United States developed the Marshall Plan to help restore Europe. Those these beautiful pillars, they are pillars of peace, sovereignty, security, and prosperity. The Marshall Plan was built on the noble idea that the whole world is safer when nations are strong, independent, and free. As president, Truman said in his message to congress at that time, our support of European recovery is in full accord with our support of the United Nations.

    The success of the United Nations depends upon the independent strength of its members. To overcome the perils of the present, and to achieve the promise of the future, we must begin with the wisdom of the past. Our success depends on a coalition of strong and independent nations that embrace their sovereignty, to promote security, prosperity, and peace, for themselves and for the world. We do not expect diverse countries to share the same cultures, traditions, or even systems of government, but we do expect all nations to uphold these two core sovereign duties, to respect the interests of their own people and the rights of every other sovereign nation.

    This is the beautiful vision of this institution, and this is the foundation for cooperation and success. Strong sovereign nations let diverse countries with different values, different cultures, and different dreams not just coexist, but work side by side on the basis of mutual respect. Strong sovereign nations let their people take ownership of the future and control their own destiny. And strong sovereign nations allow individuals to flourish in the fullness of the life intended by God. In America, we do not seek to impose our way of life on anyone, but rather to let it shine as an example for everyone to watch.

    This week gives our country a special reason to take pride in that example. We are celebrating the 230th anniversary of our beloved Constitution, the oldest constitution still in use in the world today. This timeless document has been the foundation of peace, prosperity, and freedom for the Americans and for countless millions around the globe whose own countries have found inspiration in its respect for human nature, human dignity, and the rule of law. The greatest in the united States Constitution is its first three beautiful words. They are “We the people.” Generations of Americans have sacrificed to maintain the promise of those words, the promise of our country and of our great history.

    In America, the people govern, the people rule, and the people are sovereign. I was elected not to take power, but to give power to the American people where it belongs. In foreign affairs, we are renewing this founding principle of sovereignty. Our government’s first duty is to its people, to our citizens, to serve their needs, to ensure their safety, to preserve their rights, and to defend their values. As president of the United States, I will always put America first. Just like you, as the leaders of your countries, will always and should always put your countries first.

    All responsible leaders have an obligation to serve their own citizens, and the nation state remains the best vehicle for elevating the human condition. But making a better life for our people also requires us to with work together in close harmony and unity, to create a more safe and peaceful future for all people.

    The United States will forever be a great friend to the world and especially to its allies. But we can no longer be taken advantage of or enter into a one-sided deal where the United States gets nothing in return. As long as I hold this office, I will defend America’s interests above all else, but in fulfilling our obligations to our nations, we also realize that it’s in everyone’s interests to seek the future where all nations can be sovereign, prosperous, and secure.

    America does more than speak for the values expressed in the United Nations charter. Our citizens have paid the ultimate price to defend our freedom and the freedom of many nations represented in this great hall. America’s devotion is measured on the battlefields where our young men and women have fought and sacrificed alongside of our allies. From the beaches of Europe to the deserts of the Middle East to the jungles of Asia, it is an eternal credit to the American character that even after we and our allies emerge victorious from the bloodiest war in history, we did not seek territorial expansion or attempt to oppose and impose our way of life on others. Instead, we helped build institutions such as this one to defend the sovereignty, security, and prosperity for all. For the diverse nations of the world, this is our hope.

    We want harmony and friendship, not conflict and strife. We are guided by outcomes, not ideologies. We have a policy of principled realism, rooted in shared goal, interests, and values. That realism forces us to confront the question facing every leader and nation in this room, it is a question we cannot escape or avoid. We will slide down the path of complacency, numb to the challenges, threats, and even wars that we face, or do we have enough strength and pride to confront those dangers today so that our citizens can enjoy peace and prosperity tomorrow.

    If we desire to lift up our citizens, if we aspire to the approval of history, then we must fulfill our sovereign duties to the people we faithfully represent. We must protect our nations, their interests and their futures. We must reject threats to sovereignty from the Ukraine to the South China Sea. We must uphold respect for law, respect for borders, and respect for culture, and the peaceful engagement these allow.

    And just as the founders of this body intended, we must work together and confront together those who threatens us with chaos, turmoil, and terror. The score of our planet today is small regimes that violate every principle that the United Nations is based. They respect neither their own citizens nor the sovereign rights of their countries. If the righteous many do not confront the wicked few, then evil will triumph. When decent people and nations become bystanders to history, the forces of destruction only gather power and strength.

    No one has shown more contempt for other nations and for the well-being of their own people than the depraved regime in North Korea. It is responsible for the starvation deaths of millions of North Koreans. And for the imprisonment, torture, killing, and oppression of countless more. We were all witness to the regime’s deadly abuse when an innocent American college student, Otto Warmbier, was returned to America, only to die a few days later.

    We saw it in the assassination of the dictator’s brother, using banned nerve agents in an international airport. We know it kidnapped a sweet 13-year-old Japanese girl from a beach in her own country, to enslave her as a language tutor for North Korea’s spies. If this is not twisted enough, now North Korea’s reckless pursuit of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles threatens the entire world with unthinkable loss of human life. It is an outrage that some nations would not only trade with such a regime, but would arm, supply, and financially support a country that imperils the world with nuclear conflict.

    No nation on Earth has an interest in seeing this band of criminals arm itself with nuclear weapons and missiles. The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea. Rocket man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime. The United States is ready, willing, and able, but hopefully this will not be necessary. That’s what the United Nations is all about. That’s what the United Nations is for. Let’s see how they do.

    It is time for North Korea to realize that the denuclearization is its only acceptable future. The United Nations Security Council recently held two unanimous 15-0 votes adopting hard-hitting resolutions against North Korea, and I want to thank China and Russia for joining the vote to impose sanctions, along with all of the other members of the Security Council. Thank you to all involved. But we must do much more.

    It is time for all nations to work together to isolate the Kim regime until it ceases its hostile behavior. We face this decision not only in North Korea; it is far past time for the nations of the world to confront another reckless regime, one that speaks openly of mass murder, vowing death to America, destruction to Israel, and ruin for many leaders and nations in this room.

    The Iranian government masks a corrupt dictatorship behind the false guise of a democracy. It has turned a wealthy country, with a rich history and culture, into an economically depleted rogue state whose chief exports are violence, bloodshed, and chaos. The longest-suffering victims of Iran’s leaders are, in fact, its own people. Rather than use its resources to improve Iranian live, its oil profits go to fund Hezbollah and other terrorists that kill innocent Muslims and attack their peaceful Arab and Israeli neighbors.

    This wealth, which rightly belongs to Iran’s people, also goes to shore up Bashar al-Assad’s dictatorship, fuel Yemen’s civil war, and undermine peace throughout the entire Middle East. We cannot let a murderous regime continue these destabilizing activities while building dangerous missiles, and we cannot abide by an agreement if it provides cover for the eventual construction of a nuclear program. The Iran deal was one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the United States has ever entered into. Frankly, that deal is an embarrassment to the United States, and I don’t think you’ve heard the last of it. Believe me.

    It is time for the entire world to join us in demanding that Iran’s government end its pursuit of death and destruction. It is time for the regime to free all Americans and citizens of other nations that they have unjustly detained. Above all, Iran’s government must stop supporting terrorists, begin serving its own people, and respect the sovereign rights of its neighbors. The entire world understands that the good people of Iran want change, and, other than the vast military power of the United States, that Iran’s people are what their leaders fear the most. This is what causes the regime to restrict internet access, tear down satellite dishes, shoot unarmed student protesters, and imprison political reformers.

    Oppressive regimes cannot endure forever, and the day will come when the people will face a choice. Will they continue down the path of poverty, bloodshed, and terror, or will the Iranian people return to the nation’s proud roots as a center of civilization, culture, and wealth, where their people can be happy and prosperous once again? The Iranian regime’s support for terror is in stark contrast to the recent commitments of many of its neighbors to fight terrorism and halt its finance, and in Saudi Arabia early last year, I was greatly honored to address the leaders of more than 50 Arab and Muslim nations. We agreed that all responsible nations must work together to confront terrorists and the Islamic extremism that inspires them.

    We will stop radical islamic terrorism because we cannot allow it to tear up our nation and, indeed, to tear up the entire world. We must deny the terrorists’ safe haven, transit, funding, and any form of support for their vile and sinister ideology. We must drive them out of our nation. It is time to expose and hold responsible those countries whose support and fi — who support and finance terror groups like al-Qaeda, Hezbollah, the Taliban, and others that slaughter innocent people.

    The United States and our allies are working together throughout the Middle East to crush the loser terrorists and stop the reemergence of safe havens they use to launch attacks on all of our people. Last month I announced a new strategy for victory in the fight against this evil in Afghanistan. From now on, our security interests will dictate the length and scope of military operation, not arbitrary benchmarks and timetables set up by politicians. I have also totally changed the rules of engagement in our fight against the Taliban and other terrorist groups.

    In Syria and Iraq, we have made big gains toward lasting defeat of ISIS. In fact, our country has achieved more against ISIS in the last eight months than it has in many, many years combined. We seek the deescalation of the Syrian conflict, and a political solution that honors the will of the Syrian people. The actions of the criminal regime of Bashar al-Assad, including the use of chemical weapons against his own citizens, even innocent children, shock the conscience of every decent person. No society could be safe if banned chemical weapons are allowed to spread. That is why the United States carried out a missile strike on the airbase that launched the attack.

    We appreciate the efforts of the United Nations’ agencies that are providing vital humanitarian assistance in areas liberated from ISIS, and we especially thank Jordan, Turkey, and Lebanon for their role in hosting refugees from the Syrian conflict. The United States is a compassionate nation and has spent billions and billions of dollars in helping to support this effort. We seek an approach to refugee resettlement that is designed to help these horribly treated people and which enables their eventual return to their home countries to be part of the rebuilding process. For the cost of resettling one refugee in the United States, we can assist more than 10 in their home region.

    Out of the goodness of our hearts, we offer financial assistance to hosting countries in the region and we support recent agreements of the G20 nations that will seek to host refugees as close to their home countries as possible. This is the safe, responsible, and humanitarian approach. For decades the United States has dealt with migration challenges here in the Western Hemisphere.

    We have learned that over the long term, uncontrolled migration is deeply unfair to both the sending and the receiving countries. For the sending countries, it reduces domestic pressure to pursue needed political and economic reform and drains them of the human capital necessary to motivate and implement those reforms. For the receiving countries, the substantial costs of uncontrolled migration are born overwhelmingly by low-income citizens whose concerns are often ignored by both media and government.

    I want to salute the work of the United Nations in seeking to address the problems that cause people to flee from their home. The United Nations and African Union led peacekeeping missions to have invaluable contributions in stabilizing conflict in Africa. The United States continues to lead the world in humanitarian assistance, including famine prevention and relief, in South Sudan, Somalia, and northern Nigeria and Yemen.

    We have invested in better health and opportunity all over the world through programs like PEPFAR, which funds AIDS relief, the President’s Malaria Initiative, the Global Health Security Agenda, the Global Fund to End Modern Slavery, and the Women Entrepreneur’s Finance Initiative, part of our commitment to empowering women all across the globe.

    We also thank — we also thank the secretary general for recognizing that the United Nations must reform if it is to be an effective partner in confronting threats to sovereignty, security, and prosperity. Too often the focus of this organization has not been on results, but on bureaucracy and process. In some cases, states that seek to subvert this institution’s noble end have hijacked the very systems that are supposed to advance them. For example, it is a massive source of embarrassment to the United Nations that some governments with egregious human rights records sit on the UN Human Rights Council.

    The United States is one out of 193 countries in the United Nations, and yet we pay 22 percent of the entire budget and more. In fact, we pay far more than anybody realizes. The United States bears an unfair cost burden, but to be fair, if it could actually accomplish all of its stated goals, especially the goal of peace, this investment would easily be well worth it. Major portions of the world are in conflict, and some, in fact, are going to hell, but the powerful people in this room, under the guidance and auspices of the United Nations, can solve many of these vicious and complex problems. The American people hope that one day soon the United Nations can be a much more accountable and effective advocate for human dignity and freedom around the world.

    In the meantime, we believe that no nation should have to bear a disproportionate share of the burden, militarily or financially. Nations of the world must take a greater role in promoting secure and prosperous societies in their own region. That is why in the Western Hemisphere the United States has stood against the corrupt, destabilizing regime in Cuba and embraced the enduring dream of the Cuban people to live in freedom.

    My administration recently announced that we will not lift sanctions on the Cuban government until it makes fundamental reforms. We have also imposed tough calibrated sanctions on the socialist Maduro regime in Venezuela, which has brought a once thriving nation to the brink of total collapse. The socialist dictatorship of Nicolás Maduro has inflicted terrible pain and suffering on the good people of that country.

    This corrupt regime destroyed a prosperous nation — prosperous nation, by imposing a failed ideology that has produced poverty and misery everywhere it has been tried. To make matters worse, Maduro has defied his own people, stealing power from their elected representatives, to preserve his disastrous rule. The Venezuelan people are starving, and their country is collapsing. Their democratic institutions are being destroyed. The situation is completely unacceptable, and we cannot stand by and watch.

    As a responsible neighbor and friend, we and all others have a goal — that goal is to help them regain their freedom, recover their country, and restore their democracy. I would like to thank leaders in this room for condemning the regime and providing vital support to the Venezuelan people. The United States has taken important steps to hold the regime accountable. We are prepared to take further action if the government of Venezuela persists on its path to impose authoritarian rule on the Venezuelan people.

    We are fortunate to have incredibly strong and healthy trade relationships with many of the Latin American countries gathered here today. Our economic bond forms a critical foundation for advancing peace and prosperity for all of our people and all of our neighbors. I ask every country represented here today to be prepared to do more to address this very real crisis. We call for the full restoration of democracy and political freedoms in Venezuela. The problem in Venezuela is not that socialism has been poorly implemented, but that socialism has been faithfully implemented.

    From the Soviet Union to Cuba to Venezuela, wherever true socialism or communism has been adopted, it has delivered anguish and devastation and failure. Those who preach the tenets of these discredited ideologies only contribute to the continued suffering of the people who live under these cruel systems. America stands with every person living under a brutal regime. Our respect for sovereignty is also a call for action. All people deserve a government that cares for their safety, their interests, and their well-being, including their prosperity. In America, we seek stronger ties of business and trade with all nations of goodwill, but this trade must be fair and it must be reciprocal.

    For too long the American people were told that mammoth, multinational trade deals, unaccountable international tribunals, and powerful global bureaucracies were the best way to promote their success. But as those promises flowed, millions of jobs vanished and thousands of factories disappeared. Others gamed the system and broke the rules, and our great middle class, once the bedrock of American prosperity, was forgotten and left behind, but they are forgotten no more and they will never be forgotten again.

    While America will pursue cooperation and commerce with other nations, we are renewing our commitment to the first duty of every government, the duty of our citizens. This bond is the source of America’s strength and that of every responsible nation represented here today. If this organization is to have any hope of successfully confronting the challenges before us, it will depend, as President Truman said some 70 years ago, on the independent strength of its members. If we are to embrace the opportunities of the future and overcome the present dangers together, there can be no substantive for strong, sovereign, and independent nations, nations that are rooted in the histories and invested in their destiny, nations that seek allies to befriend, not enemies to conquer, and most important of all, nations that are home to men and women who are willing to sacrifice for their countries, their fellow citizens, and for all that is best in the human spirit.

    In remembering the great victory that led to this body’s founding, we must never forget that those heroes who fought against evil, also fought for the nations that they love. Patriotism led the Poles to die to save Poland, the French to fight for a free France, and the Brits to stand strong for Britain. Today, if we do not invest ourselves, our hearts, our minds, and our nations, if we will not build strong families, safe communities, and healthy societies for ourselves, no one can do it for us.

    This is the ancient wish of every people and the deepest yearning that lives inside every sacred soul. So let this be our mission, and let this be our message to the world. We will fight together, sacrifice together, and stand together for peace, for freedom, for justice, for family, for humanity, and for the almighty God who made us all. Thank you, God bless you, God bless the nations of the world, and God bless the United States of America. Thank you very much.

    Won’t highlight any line in particular because it all deserves a highlight.

  11. great speech…the Dims & BM want to solely focus on NK, however there was a lot more in that bold speech…inspiring, forward looking…most importantly truthful…
    can the world handle honest, blunt, down to earth truth or do they need flowery words to placate them…

    again, what is wrong with the Dims, Diane Feinstein??

    we have North Korea making statements like they will reduce the USA to ashes and sink Japan…and shooting off hydrogen bombs and rockets that go flying over Japan…

    What if one of those rockets had failed and landed in Japan?

    reckless does not begin to explain the behavior of NK…provacative, yes suicide mission…

    and the Dims & BM want PDT to offer lollipops and flowery words to NK? WTH?

    PDT stands up for our nation…our security and our national pride…and our allies…I don’t really like the moniker ‘rocket man’ (although I see its appeal) but that man, KJU, needs a big reality check

    imagine how much is going on that we don’t even know about…how much our defense dept is watching…

    one errant bomb that hurts any allies or USA citizens and all bets are off…is that too much for Dims & BM to understand…or would they rather just be passive sitting ducks to be nice

  12. foxyladi14
    September 19, 2017 at 11:46 am
    yes!!!
    ************************************************************************************************

    I have mentioned this before…keep your eyes on Rep Ron DeSantis from Florida

    …he has a cute, youthful, boyish…kind of innocent look…however he is razor smart & positioned for the future…

    (he is the soft touch to PDT’s bluntness & he supports PDT’s strength & honesty)

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ron_DeSantis

  13. @admin
    You are most welcome. This is a speech to remember. The left is freaking out bigly. As for the doctorine…
    regionally owned problems and actions to solve them.
    economically driven solutions first.
    military imposed solutions last.
    I read somewhere that poor ole Jim Acosta of CrapNewsNetwork was searching for the doctorine.

  14. As California votes to become sanctuary state, residents TRAGICALLY find out what that means

    Illegal immigration has just cost the life of yet another American, a death that could have been easily prevented if not for the aiding and abetting of this murder by the “sanctuary state” of California.

    Erick Garcia-Pineda, an 18-year-old illegal in San Francisco, the same city which suffered the murder of Kate Steinle by an illegal with a stolen police gun only two years ago, managed to also steal a police gun. And, on August 11, he, with two other men, began looking for robbery victims.
    The unfortunate target of their quest became 23-year-old community volunteer Abel Esquive. Mr. Esquive died during the robbery, believed to be shot by Mr. Garcia-Pineda.

    story continues below

    https://www.allenbwest.com/2017/09/17/california-votes-become-sanctuary-state-residents-tragically-find-means/

  15. That’s our Bibi:

    http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/benjamin-netanyahu-applauds-trumps-un-remarks-i-never-heard-a-bolder-or-more-courageous-speech/article/2634890

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave President Trump high marks Tuesday afternoon for his speech before the United National General Assembly earlier in the day.

    In over 30 years in my experience with the UN, I never heard a bolder or more courageous speech,” Netanyahu tweeted.

    President Trump spoke the truth about the great dangers facing our world … and issued a powerful call to confront them in order to ensure the future of humanity.”

  16. President Trump was also stockpiling support in the UN should it become necessary to resume hostilities in the Korean War and liberate North Korea from Rocket Man.

  17. Just got back from driving my daughter and granddaughter to Houston to meet up with her husband, the pilot. They haven’t seen each other for 3 weeks secondary to the flood and his job, which she escaped with a 4 week old and Boomer the bodacious German Shepherd, thank the Lord Jesus…
    She lives near Port Arthur, Beaumont area, called the Golden triangle in Texas, gold as in black gold, oil that is, trust me, it’s the kind of area you want to make your money quick, and get out, however there are thousands of Texans of many generations that have called this home. Hers is 4 exits from Louisiana.
    She won’t be there more than another year thank God… but that being said, these people are the salt of the earth and will give you the shirt off their back, literally…
    Now if 98% humidity, 98~1000*, alligators, poisonous snakes and marshland, hurricanes, is your cup of tea, this is the area for you.

    Glad you did OK JB…

  18. We listened live to President Trump address the UN in the car, I laughed so hard when he called that murdering baffon rocket man at the UN with the NK delegation sitting right there.
    I was also proud he called the monster out about murdering that innocent young American man. I want to say boy, but I know he was of age, yet I think of his parents and their grief, how horrible it was for the whole family.
    Trump has the ability to touch your heart with reality, even though he is the King of run on sentences.

    He took no prisoners today

    Get ready to rumble…

  19. From ACE.. ( I guess they just forgot how strong and wonderful obama was when he threatened NK with nuclear war… as ACE said, hard to be critical when you have their penis (sorry) stuck down your throat )

    ABCNews’ Chief Foreign Correspondent Terry Moran: Trump’s UN Speech “Bordering on Threat” of a “War Crime”

    Antifa Members On Trial in France for Firebombing a Police Car with Cops Inside of It

    Judge Re-Instates Group Defamation Lawsuit by UVA Fraternity Against Susan Erdeley and Rolling Stone for Fabricated Rape Story

    Trump at the UN: Key Quotes

    Insane: Woman Freaks Out Over Hobby Lobby’s Display of Raw Cotton, Shrieking That Cotton is Oppression, Or Something

    The Morning Rant

    Mid-Morning Open Thread

    The Morning Report 9/19/17

    Monday Overnight Open Thread (9/18/17)

    Pajama Boy Democratic Candidate for Congress Thinks He’s Maverick from Top Gun

    September 19, 2017
    ABCNews’ Chief Foreign Correspondent Terry Moran: Trump’s UN Speech “Bordering on Threat” of a “War Crime”
    —Ace

    Ohhh.

    Trump told the United Nations that if America is “forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea.” In response, Moran freaked out: “The words ‘totally destroying’ a nation of 25 million people, that borders on the threat of committing a war crime.”
    Terry Moran was joined in freaking out by his Twitter Bubble Buddies at the SJW National Laughingstock and SJW Atlantic Magazine, who had all sorts of GAINZZZ as far as nervous disorders.

    Strangely enough, the media — get this — praised Obama’s steely toughness and girthy penis when he said the US could use its nuclear arsenal to “destroy” North Korea in 2016.

    President Barack Obama delivered a stern warning to North Korea on Tuesday, reminding its “erratic” and “irresponsible” leader that America’s nuclear arsenal could “destroy” his country.

    Mr Obama gave warning of the possible consequences. “We could, obviously, destroy North Korea with our arsenals,” he told CBS News. “But aside from the humanitarian costs of that, they are right next door to our vital ally, [South] Korea.”

    I guess it’s hard to mount a sustained criticism of a man who’s got his dick three and a half deep in your mouth.

    Thanks to Jane D’Oh. For the link. Not for all the penis stuff.

    BTW, I don’t know who came up with “girthy penis” but I think it was a commenter and it’s hilarious.

  20. sorry but Sessions is not running the Justice Dept, he is a figurehead who dabbles in some immigration policy

    less than two weeks ago, Session’s Justice dept declared that there was no evidence that DT was wiretapped…

    http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/348987-justice-dept-says-it-has-no-evidence-of-trump-tower-wiretapping

    …ok, and this week we find out that Manafort has been wiretapped before & after the election, btw he lives in Trump Tower
    Is there any evidence that Manafort was just the proxy to listen in on DT? Does Sessions even bother to investigate what is going on?
    Ah no, because he is locked out of that territory & better stay out of it…
    this is a farce…one big farce..

    Sessions just goes along to get along…he is MIA as head of the Justice Dept, he is doing nothing, at least that anyone knows of, to get to the bottom of anything Comey, Clinton, Lynch, IRS did
    IMO, he is the wrong person for this job, the absolute wrong person to be the AG for the strong & unafraid PDT…Sessions is invisible…& useless

    We had a little rehabilitation of him with his speech a few weeks ago then he swiftly goes into hiding again…not a peep…
    Mueller goes on with hiring Clinton lawyers, he is bankrupting innocent people who have to lawyer up and Mueller’s investigation is leaking all over the place
    Manafort, indictment, people wired, etc, etc, etc Keep the story going at all costs to everyone…every time PDT makes headway, leak another damaging story, at least CNN & MSNBC will still salivate over it…

    Donald Trump is a man without an AG, instead he has a Justice Dept supervising and supporting an investigation to take him down…and his family and friends as well…

    PDT is in a tight spot, his instincts were right to fire Sessions, or move him into another area where he could flourish, but instead for the foreseeable future DT is stuck with an AG who cannot…or will not…do his job…

  21. THe Manafort tapping was leaked by Mueller, I bet the house on it. They must have something and are trying to put the squeeze on him to turn.

  22. Sessions is the biggest disappointment to me. Had no idea he was incompetent. If he’s not incompetent, he’s purposely setting up road blocks to Trumps agenda and keeping obama people in place.

    I don’t believe he is working behind the scenes at all except for immigration, which we are in agreement with, and the decil weed, which we are not.

  23. First time in years, a U.S. President manages to address the UN—without trashing the United States

    I won’t bother listing examples, because there are so many that it would take all day. Suffice it to say that, if you spent any part of the last 8 years watching President Obama address the United Nations, you saw a U.S. President belittle his own county. Obama’s speeches were, almost without exception, apologetic affairs designed to acknowledge the left-wing “truth” that America is the source of all the world’s ills.

    If you were among those who were utterly disgusted with it, take heart. Those days are over. President Donald Trump’s address this morning stands in diametric opposition to all of it.

    http://canadafreepress.com/article/for-the-first-time-in-years-a-u.s.-president-manages-to-address-the-un-…w

  24. Soros-Funded Activists Demand Democrats Oppose Border Security At Any Cost

    Leading activist groups backed by pro-open borders financier George Soros are demanding that congressional Democrats obstruct any measures that allow the administration to enforce existing immigration law, even if they come as part of a package granting amnesty to more than 800,000 “DREAMers.”

    Soros-backed “resistance” group Indivisible is partnering with the National Immigration Law Center and United We Dream to increase pressure on all congressional Democrats, but especially House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, whom the activists
    criticize for having a “cozy relationship with Trump.”

    http://dailycaller.com/2017/09/18/soros-funded-activists-demand-democrats-oppose-border-security-at-any-cost/

  25. I especially like these quotes (thanks, mcnorman!) from Trump:

    We have learned that over the long term, uncontrolled migration is deeply unfair to both the sending and the receiving countries. For the sending countries, it reduces domestic pressure to pursue needed political and economic reform and drains them of the human capital necessary to motivate and implement those reforms.

    (this applies to MX as well, as encouraging their lower income, lower skilled people to come to US enables the MX gov to not get its act together to have a system to help its own people)

    For example, it is a massive source of embarrassment to the United Nations that some governments with egregious human rights records sit on the UN Human Rights Council.

    Yes! Go Trump! There are terrible countries on the Women’s Equality (whatever it’s called) board at the UN.

  26. gonzotx
    September 19, 2017 at 11:58 pm

    Sessions is the biggest disappointment to me.

    I’m not going to defend Sessions at the DOJ because I don’t work there, don’t have any inside information, don’t see how he can get rid of 99% of the “professional” lefties in 8 months, and has been double crossed by supposedly upright men like Rosenstein who is now going off on tangents talking about racism and MLK Jr apropos of nothing but his own virtue signaling to cover a guilty conscience. He is a stupid, vapid asshole.

    Immigration is the linchpin issue for this time for this country. Illegal immigration is killing us economically and socially. “Legal” immigration is killing us economically and socially too with refugees who are economic migrants and H1B’s which are salary slaves for rich business sectors who demand unlimited profits. No one understood these issues pre-Trump better than Sessions. He was hated in the Senate because he kept bringing it up. The DOJ under Obama kept this racket, social collapse, and criminal/terror enterprise going fighting the states who were trying to limit or end it. The taxpayer funded DOJ represented globalists, terror enabling countries, and those dumping their citizenry on the US against the interests of the US. Most of that has stopped. Is it enough? No. Does Sessions make splashy headlines, talk to reporters, leak, play games, threaten, pout? No he doesn’t. But he has great influence over Trump because he is thoughtful, scholarly and doesn’t toot his own horn and chase headlines.

    The DACA withdrawal was Sessions and why he was given the task of the “rule of law” announcement. The virtue signalers in the White House wanted to save the “tiny children”. It is unconstitutional, morally wrong, a waste of DOJ resources, and most of all a FAKE issue. The illegal aliens who showed their ingrate asses for Pelosi couldn’t have made Sessions point for him any better than if he had sent them out there. Mexican illegals want free rein to do whatever they please in TWO countries. They want full rights with zero responsibilities both in the US AND Mexico. They want to run back and forth over the border with impunity, harvest benefits in the US, move the Mexican population around with no limits, give themselves every advantage, hector us about their own racism, spread one of the most corrupt society’s on earth top down tyranny here, live in a fantasy history of fabulous Aztlán which was collapsing from stupidity and cruelty when the Spaniards arrived, and take what they did NOT build and lost in wars because they couldn’t control it.

    If, and that is a big IF, immigration, legal and illegal, can be solved, or even slowed down, all of the US problems will lessen if not disappear. Budgets, education, crime, unemployment, low wages, poverty, high taxes both fed and state and local, and on and on. It is all caused or exacerbated by illegal or unfettered immigration. Sessions wants to stop it. Trump does too. Who else does? Besides us the public? The “helpers” industry of bureaucrats and NGOs who earn their beans importing problem people certainly don’t. Neither do the “virtue signalers” who get a little brain charge with zero cost by doing nothing but spouting feel good nonsense which is why Pelosi is such a great object lesson. Look where it got her. Embarrassed and disrespected and a home state in a tailspin.

    I’m still rooting for Sessions because he has to pick priorities since there is so much shit to shovel. If it has to be ONE thing make it immigration. It is the big thing. But I do understand your frustration and disappointment and I feel it too many days. DC is a cesspit of crap. Much worse than a natural swamp.

  27. “There’s a “huge” rate of fraud in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, a former insider warns, and many of the people who are in the DACA program have provided false information in order to escape deportation and remain in the U.S.”

    “As many as half of the approximately 800,000 people who now have work permits under DACA may have lied on their applications to get approved, said Matt O’Brien, an attorney and until last year a manager in the investigative unit of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS).”
    https://www.lifezette.com/polizette/fmr-uscis-investigator-theres-huge-amount-fraud-daca-program/
    DACA is a joke. It is a fake program. Applicants show utter contempt for our rule of law.

  28. Mormaer

    I understand that immigration by itself is the holy grail, and clearly if Sessions can make an impact in that area, it would be a blessing and the trickle down benefits almost unimaginable..

    I have no problem with his laser focus on it. I can’t imagine how difficult it must be, but his recusing himself, and keeping obama people in place, has been disastrous, especially Rosenstein.

    He has to step up his game, Mueller is stepping up, and has now pressured Manadort to turn, this is getting scary ugly. This is the problem obviously with the recusal and Trumps frustration, and rightly so, with it.

    I probably was too harsh and simpleton in my criticism , but your right, I am frustrated with what appears as Sessions having little control as AG outside of Immigration, which I concede is a monster, and if he can make real headway and help America actually implement our rule of law with the same, he will have in the end be remembered HUGLY and BIGLY for helping save this Country of ours.

    Lorac,
    Good to hear from you!

  29. gonzotx
    September 20, 2017 at 6:37 am
    I probably was too harsh and simpleton in my criticism

    No, you have every right to be disappointed and expect more. I do too. I am trying to temper my own and talking out loud I think. Public officials MUST be critiqued but praised and explained also sometimes. I enjoy reading your remarks and observations. We NEED a full spectrum and you help provide it and I hope I do too.

  30. NJ Gov. Candidate [Kim Guadagno, current Lt Gov] Sends Democratic Opponent a Box of Calculators to Help Find ‘True Cost’ of Campaign Promises

  31. Wormaer

    You are too kind, I reread my comment again and it was impulsive and not well thought out.
    Really, what do I know what Sessions is doing behind closed door? Surely I can not trust the Media and possibly Trump was playing his mind warp chess game callling Sessions out.
    The recusal, and Rosenstein stick in my throat, and some of the decisions that have come out of the AG office have made me cringe.
    Non the less, it is 8 months, Rome wasn’t built in a day.
    Time to take a measured step back from the ledge.

  32. Wormaer

    You are too kind, I reread my comment again and it was impulsive and not well thought out.
    Really, what do I know what Sessions is doing behind closed door? Surely I can not trust the Media and possibly Trump was playing his mind warp chess game callling Sessions out.
    The recusal, and Rosenstein stick in my throat, and some of the decisions that have come out of the AG office have made me cringe.
    Non the less, it is 8 months, Rome wasn’t built in a day.
    Time to take a measured step back from the ledge.

  33. She was part of the problem that got us into this mess.

  34. Sorry about that, need to wake up did I actually write wormaer instead of Mormaer?
    Going to blame the phone lol, it does change words in a time warp after I press post comment.

  35. Jeff Sessions urges California governor not to sign ‘sanctuary’ bill into law

    Says policies undermine the safety of the jurisdictions that adopt them

    Gov. Jerry Brown is poised to sign The California Values Act, passed Saturday by state lawmakers.

    Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday singled out California Governor Jerry Brown and urged him not to sign into law a bill that would further restrict local law enforcement cooperation with federal immigration authorities. […]

    The California Values Act, passed Saturday by state lawmakers, is expected to be signed by the governor.

    The law prohibits local police and sheriffs from asking a person about his or her immigration status or from participating in immigration enforcement efforts. Under the law, local law enforcement agencies, including those that oversee jails, will be able to share information with federal immigration agents and transfer people into their custody if they have previously been convicted of one of some 800 crimes, mostly felonies and misdemeanors that can be charged as felonies. Cooperation will be banned if the person has only minor offense convictions on his or her record.

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/sep/19/jeff-sessions-urges-jerry-brown-not-sign-sanctuary/?utm_source=onesignal&utm_campaign=pushnotify&utm_medium=push

    …..

    Sounds like another $$$ making scheme for ambiguously shielding key offenders that have the wherewithal to buy they way out of deportation.

  36. PUTIN WARNS HE’LL START NAMING ELITE PEDOPHILES

    Most people do not realize Putin has declared
    the Russian Orthodox religion the official religion of Russia
    as a renewed Christian country.

  37. I respect and understand the differing opinions on Sessions however under the circumstances he is simply the wrong person at the wrong time for the AG job…he recused himself from some of the most consequential elements of his job…he opened the door that allowed Mueller in to devastate many innocent people & go after PDT & his family…

    this is not about Sessions as a person or his intent, he just has two hands tied behind his back and Rothstein is, in effect, doing his job…

    Sessions should have been moved to DHS where he could shine on his focused priority of immigration, but alas he remains with his hands tied as AG

    yes, Mormaer he is trying to go after illegal immigration but what about everything else? so he dabbles in going after marijuana, please that ship has sailed…

    I am not the only one feeling this way, certainly PDT does, Greg

    http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2017/09/19/gregg-jarrett-sessions-should-resign-but-not-before-taking-action-against-clinton-comey-and-rice.html

  38. I haven’t heard anyone minimize the importance of Sessions’ work on illegal immigration and drug importation; however, he needs to also take control of the Justice Department overall, or resign. While he’s concentrating on immigration, however important it is, the establishment holdovers in the Justice Dept continue to actively work to destroy Trump, his family, and his business associates, as well as to stall Trump’s agenda.

    A woman called into Rush Limbaugh’s show this afternoon and was so livid at Sessions that she could barely control herself, and she was absolutely right. Greg Jarrett, legal analyst at Fox News, has been calling for Sessions to resign for weeks due to his incompetence. Where are the investigations into Comey, Clinton, Rice, Mueller, Lynch, etc?

    Even if these investigations are being conducted in secret, as they are supposed to be, the Sessions Justice Dept is responsible for the following:

    1. Denied congress requested info regarding Hillary’s emails on the basis of “lack of public interest.”

    2. Stonewalling the American Center for Law and Justice’s request for info pertaining to the Lynch-Clinton tarmac meeting in Arizona.

    3. Officially confirmed that there is and will be no investigation into the IRS scandal, despite clear lawbreaking by Lerner and Koskinin, including a confession by Lerner.

    4. Stonewalling of several FOIA requests for information by Judicial Watch on several of their investigations.

    This is just unacceptable by any standard. Trump needs to make Sessions the immigration “czar” or something and get some competent person like Jay Sekulow to do the rest of the AG’s job. Time is a-wasting and Trump supporters are losing patience with the Justice Department.

  39. whoops that got submitted before I finished

    Gregg Jarrett gives a lengthy explanation on why Sessions should resign
    I was just in my car and had Rush on & a woman called in furious with Sessions…

    same thing…what is he doing? What about all these other issues that the AG should be looking at? another Special Counsel, reopening investigations, etc
    Her opinion was he is either very incompetent or Mueller and cohorts have something on Sessions

    I believe Sessions is afraid to do anything against the deep state…or worse maybe he really is part of it…I think it is fear…

    …imo, all would be fine if he was just transferred to DHS…that would be the fair thing to do for PDT…DT needs to know he can trust and depend on his AG…

    maybe PDT is just biding his time…waiting to get over some other hurdles…and then Sessions will go somewhere else…

  40. my goodness Mike Marks…we are literally on the same wave length & hearing the same thing…

    many people are so frustrated, including PDT based on the explosion he had with Sessions that leaked out last week…

    just now fair to PDT…he is being obstructed from every angle, he should be able to depend on his own AG…and the deep state has even obstructed & separated that important player from PDT

  41. …and one other thing, Sessions came out a few weeks ago and made a big deal about going after leakers…

    What happened to that? Leakers are still all over the place, including in his own Justice Dept and the Special Council’s office…all directed at hurting PDT

    Why doesn’t he make an example of some high level leaker?

    (imo…never happen…please, please prove me wrong)

  42. S, that report of Mueller “interviewing” Rosenstein is extremely disturbing. We believe it is blackmail. Mueller is essentially letting his ostensible “boss” Rosenstein know that Rosenstein could be turned into a “target” of the investigation if Rosenstein tries to rein in Mueller.

    Jeff Sessions should resign along with Rosenstein and all others at the DOJ implicated in any way with the Mueller investigation or with conflicts of interest. The DOJ needs an AG who can clean house and remove Mueller. There is lots of work to do at DOJ and it is not getting done.

  43. Admin, I completely agree…

    and in addition, while this is all going on…Hillary is all over TV going on about Russia and she is Paula Revere and she plants more ideas about the election being contested…(and there are rumblings that Hillary has donated $$$ to Antifa)

    and Sessions does nothing…not a peep…Hillary is getting off scot free while Mueller & crew search under every single rock to get DT

    the comments in the article below show that so many of us are disgusted and really suspect something very suspicious is going on behind the scenes…all the while Mueller is hiring more and more intense prosecutors associated with Hillary & O to bring DT down…

    if anyone has seen Caputo on TV lately, he and others are going on about being financially ruined by Mueller, whose intent he believes is to destroy DT & his family and friends…

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/russia-probe-trump-aide-struggles-193721480.html

    and what is Sessions doing? nothing

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2017/09/gregg-jarrett-attorney-general-sessions-incompetent-must-right-thing-resign-video/

  44. admin

    September 20, 2017 at 3:27 pm

    S, that report of Mueller “interviewing” Rosenstein is extremely disturbing. We believe it is blackmail.

    ***************************************************

    Admin,

    where does someone turn in a case like this…the Justice Dept is compromised, the Special Counsel is getting stronger and more far reaching with unlimited resources

    so who could stop this? PDT cannot do it politically

    who would be the source to police the Justice Dept & SC that is corrupt and running amuck?

    How do we the people get this under control?
    Mueller seems omnipotent…who polices him?

  45. I go back and forth on Sessions, upset as I said above on his recusal which led to the Mueller investigation that seems to be growing larger and more ominous each day.
    Rosenstein is a disaster and the reason behind Muellers power. He set absolutely no boundaries or limitations on him. Rosenstein has no balls. Too many obama lovers still in power. Drain the swamp for Gods sakes!
    I don’t see this ending well, but after Trumps speech at the UN, in God and Trump I have faith.

    This is War and the good guys, Trump and us, have GOT to win.

    Sessions either needs to get on the Trump train or move over to DHS.

  46. Trump seemed all set to fire Sessions during his original tweet-storm and make a recess appointment during the summer (as suggested by Admin in a post at the time) until the Senate blocked Trump’s ability to make recess appointments by not officially adjourning and holding one-minute pro-forma sessions every three days. This action required the approval of every senator, by the way.

    It’s pretty obvious that the Senate would not approve any Trump nominee to replace Sessions. In this instance, Trump’s hands seem to be tied. But there are still Obama appointees and holdovers in several departments that Trump can and should fire and replace immediately without needing Senate approval (John Koskinin comes to mind; he should also be indicted for destroying evidence and lying to congress).

    With so much obvious corruption (wiretapping, unmasking, leaking, pay-to-play, destruction of evidence, etc.) coming to light every day, Trump supporters (and many others) are losing patience with the lack of action (and downright stonewalling) by the Justice Department. Something needs to be done soon or a flash point will be reached.

    But wait! Sessions made a rare public announcement this morning. The Coast Guard captured a big load of cocaine being smuggled into San Diego. Yay! I guess now you can give all the swamp criminals a pass. Heck of a job, Jeff.

  47. Garrett is really going after Sessions on Hannity, everything we have been saying here
    AND most importantly, what I have been fearing, he said Sessions is NOT investigating anyone behind closed doors, Hillary, Comey, IRS, Unmasking, tapping of Manafort and thusly Trump, no one, WE WOULD KNOW…of course we would know, think of the leaks, ridiculous.
    He’s going into the Rosenstein, Mueller, Comey relationship right now.
    I think something is going down in the next week.

  48. I thought there was a ninja mind game going on, or I was wishing, between Trump and Sessions.

    Trump would threaten to fire Sessions, the Senate and media would be up in arms and support Sessions, then Sessions would turn around and appoint special councils to investigate all of the above and the Congress and Media couldn’t come out and then turn on Sessions because they had just elevated him to be untouchable.

    But it never happened.

  49. If Trump gets the ACA repealed and replaced, lowers taxes, re-negotiates NAFTA, stays out of the Paris accord, stays out of the TPP, curtails illegal immigration, creates favorable conditions for millions of jobs, keeps DACA repealed, it will be great but still will not be enough if he allows these mega-criminals of the Obama administration to skate.

    We’re not talking about $1500 Spiro-Agnew-type bribe corruption. These crimes of government surveillance of opposition presidential candidates, obstruction of justice by Loretta Lynch, illegal unmasking of private citizens, pay-to-play Clinton Foundation scandals, IRA abuse of political enemies, Andrew McCabe leading the Clinton investigation, etc. are monumental, historic, and unprecedented (at least as far as getting caught).

    It’s just infuriating that nothing is being done about it and I think that feeling is spreading quickly among the Trump electorate.

  50. I think we should be grateful that Trump has interrupted the destruction of Western Civilization. So things are not all fixed in 8 months? Lighten up.

    She packed my bags last night, preflight
    Zero hour, nine a.m.
    And I’m gonna be high
    As a kite by then

    I miss the earth so much
    I miss my wife
    It’s lonely out in space
    On such a timeless flight

    And I think it’s gonna be a long, long, time
    ‘Til touchdown brings me ’round again to find
    I’m not the man they think I am at home
    Oh, no no no
    I’m a rocket man
    Rocket man
    Burnin’ out this fuse
    Up here alone

    And I think it’s gonna be a long, long, time
    ‘Til touchdown brings me ’round again to find
    I’m not the man they think I am at home
    Oh, no no no
    I’m a rocket man
    Rocket man
    Burnin’ out this fuse
    Up here alone

    Mars ain’t the kind of place
    To raise your kids
    In fact, it’s cold as hell
    And there’s no one there to raise them
    If you did

    And all this science
    I don’t understand
    It’s just my job
    Five days a week
    A rocket man
    Rocket Man

    And I think it’s gonna be a long, long, time
    ‘Til touchdown brings me ’round again to find
    I’m not the man they think I am at home
    Ah, no no no…
    I’m a rocket man
    Rocket man
    Burnin’ out this fuse
    Up here alone

    And I think it’s gonna be a long, long, time
    ‘Til touchdown brings me ’round again to find
    I’m not the man they think I am at home
    Ah, no no no…
    I’m a rocket man
    Rocket man
    Burnin’ out this fuse
    Up here alone

    And I think it’s gonna be a long, long, time
    And I think it’s gonna be a long, long, time
    And I think it’s gonna be a long, long, time

    Long, long, time
    Long, long, time

    Ah, no, no, no…
    Oh, no, no, no, no, no, no, no…

  51. Mike Marks
    September 20, 2017 at 6:53 pm

    We’re not talking about $1500 Spiro-Agnew-type bribe corruption. These crimes of government surveillance of opposition presidential candidates, obstruction of justice by Loretta Lynch, illegal unmasking of private citizens, pay-to-play Clinton Foundation scandals, IRA abuse of political enemies, Andrew McCabe leading the Clinton investigation, etc. are monumental, historic, and unprecedented (at least as far as getting caught).

    ********************************

    and throw in DWS & her corrupt, probably blackmailing IT man & his family…with access to all of the DNC & highly confidential info of Dem Congress people

    ***********************

    Mike Marks, you are absolutely correct…these are monumental, historic and unprecedented acts of corruption, collusion & in essence, a true crisis of our consititution…

    yet, as I asked Admin…what can be done about it? How do we police the people who the guilty ones & at the same time the ones that are in power trying to take PDT down by nonstop investigations…

    Who do we turn to? Is there a way the Supreme Court can intercede?

    The reason all of us are so alarmed is that the AG & the Justice Dept would be the place we would turn but that is where all this turmoil is originating…and we had hoped when Lynch was out that DT’s AG would get to work & the bottom of much of this…but Sessions is impotent…
    Rothestein is highly compromised, McCabe is still in there…Comey & Mueller are pulling the strings…

    this is horrible…it is beyond all things not being fixed up in 8 months…this is internal sabatoge to take PDT out…

  52. …and with no end in sight…this could go on throughout PDT whole Presidency if they don’t strike out at him before that…

    they are trying to cripple him…I will agree, thank goodness we have an unrelenting fighter because anyone else would fold under this pressure

  53. S @ 11:03 PM:

    If you’re asking me personally what we can do, as opposed to speaking rhetorically, in my humble opinion there is only one person who can do anything about this situation and that’s Trump himself. He’s the president and he needs to repeal and replace Sessions immediately, simply because he is not doing his job. The President is allowed to replace anybody at any time; it’s not a high crime or misdemeanor. Political consequences? What is anybody really going to do to him that they’re not already doing? Is the congress going to suddenly stop implementing his agenda (they haven’t even started)? Are they going to block and delay his appointments (already doing it)? Are the media going to start writing flattering articles? Is the FBI going to start stonewalling congressional investigations? What does he gain from keeping Sessions?

    I think that Trump misjudged some of the people that he brought into the White House, assuming that once the election was over, they would be agreeable to implementing his agenda (the voters’ agenda). He took a lot of heat for bringing in NY liberal businessmen (e.g.Gary Cohn) but Trump felt that they were the people best qualified to get the economy going. Some of them have not served him well but who can blame Trump’s motivation?

    I believe that Trump’s biggest problem coming to Washington as an outsider was that he didn’t (and doesn’t) have a large enough pool of reliable allies and supporters with which to staff the federal government. As a result, he’s had to rely on establishment people (like Reince Priebus) for staffing suggestions and that has not worked too well in many instances. Many Obama holdovers have had to stay and some of his own nominees, brought in because he thought they would be best qualified for their jobs, have turned out to be working against him.

    There’s still plenty of time for Trump to get reliable people who support his agenda into the high positions of his administration. The time for making decisions based only on campaign loyalty is coming to an end. He needs agenda loyalty and competence both. If someone is not working out, get rid of him no matter how many times it needs to be done.

    Who should replace Sessions? There are plenty of young non-establishment conservative lawyers from whom to choose. I always cite Jay Sekulow as an example but there many others like him.

    But he needs to act soon, before the daily Obama-era corruption eruptions get out of hand and start to frustrate his base. That time is approaching.

    Just my thoughts.

  54. Could this be another issueTucker Carlson knows about?

    ‘Something ominous is happening in Washington’

    Read a complete an utter takedown of Obama written in the Wall St Journal
    just a few days ago. Naming sources, detailing his gamesmanship over the years of the
    DACA program as a reelection tool for his Vanities of Vanities, the Presidency!

    Overnight, Barack Hussein Obama could be seen for what he truly IS:
    ‘Persona Non Grata’ throughout the World.

    Now that would be the real hope and change we’ve been longing for!

    The Cruelty of Barack Obama

    On immigration, the ex-president isn’t what he says he is!

    By William McGurn
    Sept. 11, 2017 7:05 p.m. ET

    Throughout his political life, Barack Obama has been hustling America on immigration, pretending to be one thing while doing another.

    Now he’s at it again. Mr. Obama calls it “cruel” of Donald Trump both to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that protected hundreds of thousands of people who came to the U.S. as children illegally—and to ask Congress to fix it. The former president further moans that the immigration bill he asked Congress to send him “never came,” with the result that 800,000 young people now find themselves in limbo.

    Certainly there are conservatives and Republicans who oppose and fight efforts by Congress to open this country’s doors, as well as to legalize the many millions who crossed into the U.S. unlawfully but have been working peacefully and productively. These immigration opponents get plenty of attention.

    Now he’s at it again. Mr. Obama calls it “cruel” of Donald Trump both to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that protected hundreds of thousands of people who came to the U.S. as children illegally—and to ask Congress to fix it. The former president further moans that the immigration bill he asked Congress to send him “never came,” with the result that 800,000 young people now find themselves in limbo.

    Certainly there are conservatives and Republicans who oppose and fight efforts by Congress to open this country’s doors, as well as to legalize the many millions who crossed into the U.S. unlawfully but have been working peacefully and productively. These immigration opponents get plenty of attention.

    What gets almost zero press attention is the sneakier folks, Mr. Obama included. Truth is, no man has done more to poison the possibilities for fixing America’s broken immigration system than our 44th president.

    Mr. Obama’s double-dealing begins with his time as junior senator from Illinois, when he helped sabotage a bipartisan immigration package supported by George W. Bush and Ted Kennedy. Mr. Obama’s dissembling continued during the first two years of his own presidency, when he had the votes to pass an immigration bill if he had chosen to push one. It was all topped off by his decision, late in his first term, to institute the policy on DACA that he himself had previously admitted was beyond his constitutional powers.

    Let this columnist state at the outset that he favors a generous system of legal immigration because he believes it is good for America. Let him stipulate too that a fair and reasonable solution to 800,000 children who are here through no fault of their own should not be a sticking point for a nation as large as America. But once again, here’s the point about Mr. Obama: For all his big talk about how much he’s wanted an immigration bill, whenever he’s had the opportunity to back one, he’s either declined or actively worked to scuttle it.

    Start with 2007, when a coalition of Republican and Democratic senators came up with a bill that also enjoyed the support of the Bush White House. It wasn’t perfect, but it extracted compromises from each side—e.g., enhancements for border security, a guest-worker program, and the inclusion of the entire Dream Act, the legislation for children who’d been brought here illegally that Mr. Obama claims he has always wanted.

    Sen. Obama opted to back 11th-hour amendments that Kennedy rightly complained were really intended as deal-breakers. At a critical point, Kennedy urged that President Bush ask then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to keep the Senate in session to get the last few votes the bill needed. Mr. Reid opted for the Obama approach: Concluding he’d rather have the political issue than actual reform, he adjourned the Senate for the July 4 recess.

    A year later Mr. Obama was running for president. Before the National Council of La Raza, he vowed: “I will make [comprehensive immigration reform] a top priority in my first year as president.” Yet notwithstanding the lopsided Democratic majorities he enjoyed in Congress his first two years, he didn’t push for immigration legislation, which makes his promise to La Raza rank right up there with “if you like your health care plan you can keep it.”

    Mr. Obama frequently noted the limits on his powers. “I know some here wish that I could just bypass Congress and change the law myself. But that’s not how democracy works,” he said. Then in 2012 he decided he would indeed change the law himself. A June 2012 Journal editorial captures the cynicism built into the DACA memo.

    The president’s move, the Journal predicted, “will further poison the debate and make Republicans more reluctant to come to the negotiating table and cut a deal.” The editorial went on: “One begins to wonder if anything this President does is about anything larger than his re-election.”

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-cruelty-of-barack-obama-1505171158?mod=djcm_OBV1_092216

  55. Trump going in person to support Strange.. well, it’s just strange. He doesn’t represent Trumps agenda, he represents the turtles and that’s in direct opposition to his?

    This is a mistake

  56. …so many of us intuitively are on the same wavelength & asking the same questions…

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2017/09/lou-dobbs-goes-off-corrupt-mueller-investigation-going-video/

    snip…

    Fitton answered by saying, “Mueller is investigating himself in my view. The firing of Comey led to his appointment. Comey’s leaking of information led to his appointment and Sessions recused himself almost immediately…”

    Fitton called Mueller an unelected bureaucrat who doesn’t answer to the American people.

    “What can we do about it?!” Dobbs asked frustrated.

    Dobbs points out that there is no one to turn to in order to put an end to this madness and went off on all of the corrupt agencies in the federal government.

    The only recourse would be for AG Sessions to unrecuse himself, yet we all know that he’s not going to do this.

    Dobbs closed by saying ‘the establishment’ which owns the leadership of both political parties is using Mueller as a tool to attack President Trump who threatens their power structure.
    **********************************
    video clip…and a few intriguing comments at end

    ************************************************************************************************

    Mike Marks…

    yes I am asking rhetorically or anyway anyone can provide an answer or some insight…

    thank you for your answer & ideas
    I agree with most of what you say…it is the bottom line & true…(and now we find out Chief of Staff John Kelly voted for Hillary, nice!)

    one question that remains is what to do about Sessions
    PDT seemed so ready to pull the trigger, then there was the big repub uproar led by Lindsey…perhaps PDT was going to do it during the recess but again the repub Congress put a stop to that…

    so how does PDT fire Sessions and get a confirmation on a new AG, McConnell all but said it would not happen this year…

    so then PDT is even more rudderless in the justice dept, probably with McCabe ascending to more stature…

    talk about a chess game, many sides are trying to box PDT in
    imo…it is now getting serious, Mueller looks like he is setting up a play to go in for the kill…

    we are starting to look like a communist country/banana republic that is strategizing to take down the elected leader…

  57. I rack my brains trying to figure out who can do anything to stop this corruption & obvious sabatoge
    there are a few conservative pundits talking about it Dobbs, Fitton, Garret, Hannity
    but still no one in power doing anything about it

    the only name…and it is a way, way out there shot…is Senator Charles Grassley… imo…he is the most prominent person in power that has asked any significant questions to defend PDT

  58. add Rep Ron DeSantis as another who has introduced a bill to limit Mueller’s actions

    but all this sounds like little whispers in the distance compared to the pounding Mueller & his posse are inflicting

  59. Sheryl Atkisson: Looks Like Obama Spied on Trump Just Like He Spied on Me
    —Ace

    A pattern of using pretexts to spy on problematic American citizens.

    Many in the media are diving deeply into minutiae in order to discredit any notion that President Trump might have been onto something in March when he fired off a series of tweets claiming President Obama had “tapped” “wires” in Trump Tower just before the election.
    According to media reports this week, the FBI did indeed “wiretap” the former head of Trump’s campaign, Paul Manafort, both before and after Trump was elected. If Trump officials — or Trump himself — communicated with Manafort during the wiretaps, they would have been recorded, too.

    But we’re missing the bigger story.

    If these reports are accurate, it means U.S. intelligence agencies secretly surveilled at least a half dozen Trump associates. And those are just the ones we know about.

    Besides Manafort, the officials include former Trump advisers Carter Page and Michael Flynn. Last week, we discovered multiple Trump “transition officials” were “incidentally” captured during government surveillance of a foreign official. We know this because former Obama adviser Susan Rice reportedly admitted “unmasking,” or asking to know the identities of, the officials. Spying on U.S. citizens is considered so sensitive, their names are supposed to be hidden or “masked,” even inside the government, to protect their privacy.

    In May, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates acknowledged they, too, reviewed communications of political figures, secretly collected under President Obama.

    Nobody wants our intel agencies to be used like the Stasi in East Germany; the secret police spying on its own citizens for political purposes. The prospect of our own NSA, CIA and FBI becoming politically weaponized has been shrouded by untruths, accusations and justifications.

    You’ll recall DNI Clapper falsely assured Congress in 2013 that the NSA was not collecting “any type of data at all on millions or hundreds of millions of Americans.”

    Intel agencies secretly monitored conversations of members of Congress while the Obama administration negotiated the Iran nuclear deal.

    In 2014, the CIA got caught spying on Senate Intelligence Committee staffers, though CIA Director John Brennan had explicitly denied that.

    Journalists have been targeted, too. This internal email, exposed by WikiLeaks, should give everyone chills. It did me.

    Dated Sept. 21, 2010, the “global intelligence” firm Stratfor wrote:

    [John] Brennan [then an Obama Homeland Security adviser] is behind the witch hunts of investigative journalists learning information from inside the beltway sources….
    The government subsequently got caught monitoring journalists at Fox News, The Associated Press, and, as I allege in a federal lawsuit, my computers while I worked as an investigative correspondent at CBS News….

    She then recounts her own fight against hacking, and her lawsuit against the government, with our government fighting against her. She says the keylogger software used to hack her is federal government proprietary software.

    It recalls what Daniel Greenfield wrote at Townhall: Once you start spying illegally, you have to keep spying illegally, because now you have to keep yourself out of jail.

    Meanwhile, Don Surber tries to figure out why the We Bugged Trump story was leaked to CNN — was it planted by an anti-Mueller hand trying to get Mueller in trouble, or a pro-Mueller hand trying to help him?

    He thinks it’s the latter.

    Ben Domenech has some questions of his own. Remember, the wiretap was removed when the evidence it produced was “not conclusive,” then it was re-applied for.

    5. When was the wiretap renewed? On whose orders was the request made, and what new justification was involved?
    6. If the evidence contained within the conversations the government wiretapped were indeed “not conclusive” about acts of collusion, as two sources tell CNN, why was the wiretap renewed (presuming that was the case) after Manafort left the campaign? Was it investigating the same activity, or new ones?

    7. This was a 2014-based investigation given Manafort’s activity on behalf of a Vladimir Putin-friendly political party in Ukraine at the time. Back in April the Podesta Group revised their FARA reporting on their involvement in that Ukraine election, when their activity was directed by Manafort. Was the Podesta Group or any of its officials included in any wiretaps in 2016?

    10. Was any of the justification contained within the application for the wiretap’s renewal dependent on the Steele Memo, whose many claims cannot be substantiated or have been significantly debunked? We know according to prior CNN reporting it was used for approval from a FISA court regarding Carter Page.

    12. Why did Attorney General Jeff Sessions say there was no basis for Trump’s tweet when it seems clear that in fact someone as senior as Manafort, working and operating within Trump Tower, was indeed wiretapped?

    By the way, for those on the SubRight determined to defend CNN and their hero Jake Tapper at every turn, even Clapper is now confessing that sure, maybe Trump was intercepted — incidentally, of course.

    The SubRight defenders of the media and Obama’s spy ring are cutting the baloney thinner and thinner to claim that Trump wasn’t really surveilled.

  60. Gonzo @ 1:02 PM:

    On Lou Dobbs this evening, Ed Rollins stated that he was mistaken in his comment yesterday that Kelly had voted for Hillary. He said Kelly was totally supportive of Trump during the campaign.

  61. I was just stopping in to say that Lou Dobbs & Ed Rollins withdrew their comment that Gen Kelly voted for Hillary & they apologized for denouncing him yesterday…

    …however Mike Marks has already cleared that all up…

    thanks, MM

  62. Earlier questions about Senator Bob Menenedez’s private life arose and I’ve done my best to make it look bad. 🙂
    12.10.13 Sen. Menendez Pops The Question To Girlfriend
    Menendez Proposed To Alicia Mucci In Capitol Rotunda
    Mucci lives in Bergen County and manages real estate investments. Her public Facebook profile says she’s widowed and worked as a “barmaid” at the Stony Hill Inn in Hackensack in August 2009. The restaurant is home to numerous New Jersey political fundraisers and events. Menendez’s office says the couple met after a fundraiser but did not specify where or when. Menendez took to Twitter to thank people for their well wishes

  63. This PA Dem has since apolgized. The point is he’s usually not crass. So that pressure on the party is getting to everyone. 🙂
    Pennsylvania Rep. Matt Cartwright: John McCain will make a ‘good choice’ on healthcare because ‘he’s staring death in the face’
    http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/pennsylvania-rep-matt-cartwright-john-mccain-will-make-a-good-choice-on-healthcare-because-hes-staring-death-in-the-face/article/2635221

    McCain’s daughter Meghan fired back a tweet:
    “What a disgusting and macabre statement @RepCartwright”

  64. 3 hours ago
    Comey convocation address derailed by angry protesters at Howard University
    …After several more minutes of protests, Comey launched into his prepared speech – which, ironically, was about how the rest of the world is often “too noisy” to take time to reflect, whereas Howard University represents an “island.”
    Comey had to raise his voice throughout the address as the chanting persisted. The protesters later said they were with the group HU Resist and were protesting “state-sanctioned violence….
    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/09/22/comey-convocation-address-derailed-by-angry-protesters-at-howard-university.html”

    busy twitter today

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