Tag Archives: Trump regime

Trump regime suspends most security aid to Pakistan

Source: Washington Post

“The Trump administration will suspend most security assistance to Pakistan, the State Department said on Thursday, expanding its censure over militant safe havens that U.S. officials blame for ongoing violence in Afghanistan. … The administration had previously announced it will suspend $255 million in military aid to Pakistan.” (01/04/18)


Trump regime nixes MoneyGram sale to China’s Ant Financial

Source: Reuters

“A U.S. government panel rejected Ant Financial’s acquisition of U.S. money transfer company MoneyGram International Inc over national security concerns, the companies said on Tuesday, the most high-profile Chinese deal to be torpedoed under the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump. The $1.2 billion (885 million pounds) deal’s collapse represents a blow for Jack Ma, the executive chairman of Chinese internet conglomerate Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, who owns Ant Financial together with Alibaba executives. He was looking to expand Ant Financial’s footprint amid fierce domestic competition from Chinese rival Tencent Holdings Ltd’s WeChat payment platform.” (01/03/18)


2017 review: Yemen

Source: Libertarian Institute
by Kyle Anzalone

“On the night of Trump’s inauguration, he approved a raid on al-Qaeda in a village in central Yemen. Two Americans were killed in the raid: Chief Petty Officer Ryan Williams and 8-year-old Nawar Anwar al-Awlaki. Nawar was hit in the neck with a bullet and died in her grandmother’s arms. … Another early move for Trump was to reinstate precision-guided munition sales to Saudi Arabia. Late in Obama’s Presidency, Obama blocked a sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia as a punishment for Saudi massacring over 150 people at a Yemeni funeral. Other than those small changes Trump’s policy on Yemen has been the same as Obama’s: provide the Saudi’s with the military support and diplomatic cover needed to enforce Saudi’s will over the people of Yemen or to kill them all.” (12/29/17)


Nikki Haley: The bold scold of the Trump administration

Source: The American Conservative
by Doug Bandow

“As governor of South Carolina, Nikki Haley didn’t have much need to worry about foreign policy. Yet for reasons unknown (other than perhaps her Indian heritage), Donald Trump tapped her to be the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. There, she has performed to perfection, offering a model of the hubris and lack of awareness that consistently characterize U.S. foreign policy. What makes America different from other nations when it comes to foreign policy is the certainty that it is the right — indeed, the duty — of Americans to run the world. … Other governments have no right to make decisions about their own countries, and need to be told what’s right and wrong by Washington on any and every subject, day or night, in sunshine, rain, or snow. But another element of American exceptionalism is the fact that the U.S. is exempt from the rules it applies to other nations. Washington gets to lecture, but no one gets to tell Americans what they should do.” (12/27/17)


“Never Trump” will be the only faction still standing when he’s gone

Source: The Atlantic
by Conor Friedersdorf

“[T]he most important and damning traits that distinguish Trump from his predecessors are his willingness to stoke animus against minority groups for political gain; the energy he has given to white supremacists; the indiscipline of his public statements; the frequency with which he blatantly lies to the public; and the unsavory characters that he brought with him into the federal government — including Stephen Bannon, Stephen Miller, and Sebastian Gorka, for starters. Only Never Trumpers can credibly claim to stand against the moral abominations that suffused Trump’s political rise and the first year of his presidency. … Insofar as most Republicans celebrate Trump as a success story, rather than repudiating him as an affront to basic standards of decency, they transgress against the Founding belief in the importance of character in leaders while disgracing themselves and doing shortsighted violence to the GOP’s long term prospects.” (12/27/17)


Trump regime docks UN budget $285 million after Jerusalem backlash

Source: New York Daily News

“The Trump administration has worked out some ‘historic’ belt-tightening at the United Nations, officials announced Sunday. The UN’s budget has been slashed by more than $285 million, according to Ambassador Nikki Haley, who said the cost cuts gutted the organization’s ‘bloated management.’ … News of the leaner operations comes days after a widespread rebuke by UN member countries on President Trump’s controversial decision to deem Jerusalem the capital of Israel. The General Assembly voted Thursday 128-9 to pass a resolution saying Trump’s declaration was ‘null and void.’ A day ahead of the Jerusalem vote, Trump said he’d be closely eyeing the outcome and turning off the spigot for nations voting against the resolution.” (12/25/17)


Trump regime OKs sale of lethal arms to Ukraine regime

Source: Fox News

“The Trump administration has approved the sale of lethal arms to the western-aligned government of Ukraine for its [continuing efforts to conquer the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics and the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, which seceded from Ukraine in 2014]. Wednesday’s move was in stark contrast to the Obama administration, which denounced Russian aggression but refused to sell lethal arms to Ukraine. Politicians were divided on the move, with some praising it as long overdue, while others raised concerns that it will complicate any efforts to work with Russia.” (12/21/17)


Trump & Co.’s vile anti-immigrationism

Source: The Libertarian Institute
by Sheldon Richman

“U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director L. Francis Cissna displayed an odious hostility to liberty at a press briefing this week when he tried to associate immigration with terrorism. ‘If you have immigrant visa programs where the eligibility criteria are low to nonexistent or even an outright lottery,’ Cissna, ‘you’re not selecting for the types of people that we [sic] want in this country, according to criteria, that will ensure their success in our nation. That will ensure that they will assimilate well.’ I can think of one type of person I’d rather not have in the country — people like Cissna.” (12/15/17)


Next year in Jerusalem?

Source: National Review
by Kevin D Williamson

“Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas says he will no longer accept a role for the United States in the ongoing Arab–Israeli peace negotiations, which have produced little in the way of negotiation and nothing in the way of meaningful peace. If President Abbas desires to end diplomatic relations with the United States, the United States should think seriously about obliging him. … Abbas boasts that the Palestinian state and the Palestinian National Authority no longer receive U.S. aid, but that isn’t quite true. The United States is a very large contributor to UNRWA, the relief agency for Palestinian ‘refugees.’ … The United States is also a large contributor to other U.N. programs and international organizations that provide aid to the Palestinians …. In 2016, the United States gave more in aid to the Palestinians than any other country did. It is time to rethink that.” (12/14/17)


How the US could provoke a new Korean War

Source: Antiwar.com
by Geoffrey Fattig

“In April 2002, about a year before the invasion of Iraq, then-president George W. Bush told a group of assembled reporters that Saddam Hussein had to go. When asked how he would accomplish this, Bush replied cryptically, ‘Just wait and see.’ I was reminded of this quote when President Trump was asked about North Korea’s test launch of a Hwasong-15 intercontinental ballistic missile, reportedly able to strike anywhere in the United States. Trump’s response was simply, ‘We’ll handle it.’ Trump’s incendiary rhetoric about ‘fire and fury’ and ‘totally destroying’ North Korea have garnered much of the headlines. But perhaps because his grandest pronouncements — ‘build the wall,’ ‘repeal and replace,’ ‘lock her up’ — have all proven hollow, his subtler comments hinting toward war, such as when he termed a meeting of top generals in October as ‘the calm before the storm,’ seem far more alarming.” (12/13/17)