Category: Politics

Trump Warns Iran Over Oil Tanker Attacks: “We Don’t Take it Lightly”

President Trump issued a warning to Iran after the nation attacked two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman yesterday, telling Fox and Friends, “We don’t take it lightly.”

Citing video footage showing an Iranian boat removing an unexploded mine from a Japanese oil tanker, Trump said, “Iran did do it and you know they did it because you saw the boat.”

“They’re a nation of terror and they’ve changed a lot since I’ve been president, I can tell you.”

Yesterday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo blasted Iran for it’s “blatant assault” on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman.

Pompeo said the U.S. reached its conclusion based on intelligence and the types of weapons used in the attack.

“It is the assessment of the United States government that the Islamic Republic of Iran is responsible for the attacks that occurred in the gulf of Oman today,” said the Secretary of State. “This assessment is based on intelligence, the weapons used, the level of expertise needed to execute the operation, recent similar Iranian attacks on shipping and the fact that no proxy group operating in the area has the resources and proficiency to act with such a high degree of sophistication.”

“These attacks are a threat to international peace and security, a blatant assault on the freedom of navigation, and an unacceptable escalation of tension by Iran,” wrote Pompeo on Twitter.

Earlier yesterday, a U.S. official told CBS News that it was “highly likely Iran caused these attacks.”

Iran claimed that it rescued 44 sailors from the two ships, an assertion the U.S. official says is “patently false.”

WH Press Secretary Sarah Sanders Stepping Down

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders is stepping down from her role in the Trump administration.

President Trump announced her impending departure on Twitter, writing “After 3 1/2 years, our wonderful Sarah Huckabee Sanders will be leaving the White House at the end of the month and going home to the Great State of Arkansas…She is a very special person with extraordinary talents, who has done an incredible job! I hope she decides to run for Governor of Arkansas – she would be fantastic. Sarah, thank you for a job well done!”

Breaking: Pompeo Blames Iran for “Blatant Assault” on Oil Tankers in Gulf of Oman

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo blasted Iran for it’s “blatant assault” on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman.

Pompeo said the U.S. reached its conclusion based on intelligence and the types of weapons used in the attack.

“It is the assessment of the United States government that the Islamic Republic of Iran is responsible for the attacks that occurred in the gulf of Oman today,” said the Secretary of State. “This assessment is based on intelligence, the weapons used, the level of expertise needed to execute the operation, recent similar Iranian attacks on shipping and the fact that no proxy group operating in the area has the resources and proficiency to act with such a high degree of sophistication.”

“These attacks are a threat to international peace and security, a blatant assault on the freedom of navigation, and an unacceptable escalation of tension by Iran,” wrote Pompeo on Twitter.

Earlier today, a U.S. official told CBS News that it was “highly likely Iran caused these attacks.”

Iran claimed that it rescued 44 sailors from the two ships, an assertion the U.S. official says is “patently false.”

Watch Pompeo’s remarks:

Unhinged Dem Rep Blasts “Sex-Starved” Male Congressmen For Talking About Abortion

California Democratic Congresswoman Norma Torres said she was sick of her “sex-starved” male colleagues talking about abortion.

Speaking on the floor of the House yesterday, Torres said, “It is tiring to hear from so many sex-starved males on this floor talk about a woman’s right to choose.”

Torres’ comments came in response to Republican Ross Spano (FL), who criticized a spending bill for the Department of Health and Human Services that would leave federal tax dollars vulnerable to being used to fund abortions.

“For more than 40 years, this country operated under the policy that not one cent of taxpayer money can be used to fund abortion. We are a nation that deeply values religious liberty,” Spano said.

The New York Post reports:

The comment elicited an audible response from the House floor, with some people groaning.

Rep. Rob Woodall (R-Ga.) got up to ask whether Torres would “like to change her last statement.”

…Ultimately, she opted to change her remarks.

“I will put it in different terms, it is tiring to be here on this floor or in committee as a woman to continue to be counseled about what types of affordable [care], whether it is family planning conversations that rightfully I deserve to have with my own doctor choosing when women want to have a family and to avoid pregnancy,” she said.

“It is unfortunate that that is something that continues to be denied to American women day in and day out on this floor. And with that, I will reserve the balance of my time.”

Joe Manchin Considers Leaving Senate

Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va) is considering exiting the United States Senate before the end of the 116th Congress or after the 2020 elections, according to The Hill.

Manchin is reportedly deeply troubled by the lack of bipartisanship in Congress and is instead, considering running for governor in his home state.

“I have people back home that want me to come back and run for governor. We’re looking at all the different plays. I want to make sure whatever time I have left in public service is productive,” he told The Hill.

He also said he has not been happy with the lack of action in the Senate.

“I haven’t been happy since I’ve been here. I’ve always thought there was more we can do. It’s the greatest body in the world, so much good could be done,” he said.

According to the Hill, “Manchin’s patience reached a breaking point shortly before the Memorial Day recess, when the Senate finally finished debating a disaster relief bill that many lawmakers thought should have passed weeks earlier.”

A Democratic senator told the publication that Manchin got fed up and threatened to retire before the end of the 116th Congress.

“He said, ‘I’m out of here.’ He was all pissed off and said, ‘I’m going to be out of here,’ ” the lawmaker–who requested anonymity–said.

The Hill writes:

Manchin continued to vent about the Senate’s lack of productivity during a trip he took with Senate colleagues to countries around the Arctic Circle, including Greenland, a Norwegian archipelago, Scotland and the Faroe Islands.

“I think he’s been fed up for a long time,” said a senator who traveled with Manchin. “He said, ‘I have so many people talking to me about whether I should or I shouldn’t [run for governor].’ ”

“One of the things you get as a lawmaker is you get lots of free advice from lots of people. He expressed frustration, and it’s the same that a lot of people share,” said the lawmaker, who spoke on background.

A third Senate colleague who has spoken to Manchin about his future in the Senate said, “All he says is, ‘I’ll be here until 2020.’”

Flashback: Hillary Endorsed Obtaining Political Dirt from Foreign Sources

As the phony outrage over President Trump’s comments on accepting foreign dirt on political opponents continues, it seems many in the mainstream media have conveniently forgotten Hillary Clinton’s endorsement of the very same tactics.

Rowan Scarborough of the Washington Times points out that in November 2017, Clinton appeared on the Daily Show where she was asked about the infamous anti-Trump dossier which has sources linked to Kremlin intelligence.

“It’s part of what happens in a campaign where you get information that may or may not be useful and you try make sure anything you put out in public arena is accurate,” she said, “So this thing didn’t come out until after the election and its’ still being evaluated.”

“When Trump got the nomination of the Republican Party, the people doing [the dossier research] came to my campaign lawyer, and said, would you like us to continue it,” she said. “He said yes. He is an experienced lawyer. He knows what the law is. He knows what opposition research is.”

Trevor and Hillary Clinton discuss Russian propaganda, the Steele dossier, and how she responds to the question, “why won’t you go away?” ►Extended interview: http://on.cc.com/2zbbMRg

Posted by The Daily Show on Wednesday, November 1, 2017

In an interview with ABC News yesterday, President Trump said he would most likely accept political dirt on an opponent from a foreign country as well as hand over that information to the FBI.

“I think maybe you do both,” he said.

“I think you might want to listen, there isn’t anything wrong with listening,” Trump continued. “If somebody called from a country, Norway, [and said] ‘we have information on your opponent’ — oh, I think I’d want to hear it.”

Trump responded to the criticism he received for his ABC News comments, writing on Twitter this morning, “I meet and talk to ‘foreign governments’ every day. I just met with the Queen of England (U.K.), the Prince of Wales, the P.M. of the United Kingdom, the P.M. of Ireland, the President of France and the President of Poland. We talked about ‘Everything!’ Should I immediately call the FBI about these calls and meetings? How ridiculous! I would never be trusted again. With that being said, my full answer is rarely played by the Fake News Media. They purposely leave out the part that matters.”

Shady Schiff Issues Surprise Subpoenas to Michael Flynn, Rick Gates

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) has subpoenaed former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and former Trump deputy campaign manager Rick Gates for documents and testimony relating to the phony Trump-Russia investigation.

“Both Michael Flynn and Rick Gates were critical witnesses for Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, but so far have refused to cooperate fully with Congress,” Schiff said in a statement. “That’s simply unacceptable. The American people, and the Congress deserve to hear directly from these two critical witnesses.”

In a letter accompanying Gates’ subpoena, Schiff writes, “While the Committee understands that your cooperation agreement with the Department of Justice only requires you to testify for the Department, the Committee is disappointed that you do not view your cooperation more broadly as an obligation to assist the United States of America, and not merely the Department of Justice.”

Schiff wrote to Flynn that cooperating with the committee would “further underscore to your sentencing judge that ‘you’ve done everything you possibly can for the United States of America,’ not just the Department of Justice.”

Gates told Fox News he was unaware of the subpoena and would discuss it with his lawyers.

Flynn’s attorney, Sidney Powell, did not comment to Fox.

For the full report, click HERE.

Iran “Highly Likely” Behind Attacks on Oil Tankers in Gulf of Oman, U.S. Navy Responds

The U.S. Navy has responded after two oil tankers were damaged in a suspected torpedo attack in the Gulf of Oman.

Fox News reports:

The U.S. Navy’s Bahrain-based Fifth Fleet told Reuters it was assisting two tankers in the Gulf of Oman after receiving two distress calls. Details of the incident were unclear, but one of the operators made an unconfirmed report that a torpedo had hit its ship, Reuters reported.

“We are aware of the reported attack on tankers in the Gulf of Oman. U.S. Naval Forces in the region received two separate distress calls at 6:12 a.m. local time and a second one at 7:00 a.m.,” Joshua Frey of the Fifth Fleet said. The Fleet did not blame anyone for the attack.

One of the vessels involved was identified as the MT Front Altair, a Marshall Islands-flagged but Norwegian-owned crude oil tanker carrying naphtha, a petrochemical product, to Japan.

A U.S. official told CBS News that it was “highly likely Iran caused these attacks.”

Iran claimed that it rescued 44 sailors from the two ships, an assertion the U.S. official says is “patently false.”

For the full report, click HERE.

Sick: “Enthusiastic Cheers” as IL Gov Signs Late Term Abortion Bill

Enthusiastic whoops and cheers” could be heard today as Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker held a “festive” ceremony to sign a late-term abortion bill, according to the Washington Times.

Prior to signing the Reproductive Health Act at the Pritzker delivered remarks to a crowd where he was frequently interrupted by “hoots and applause.”

The new law removes criminal penalties for abortion doctors and places no limit on the procedure if done for the “health of the patient.”

“Let the word go forth today from this place, that if you believe in standing up for women’s fundamental rights, Illinois is a beacon of hope in the heart of this nation,”the governor said. “We trust women.”

For the full report, click HERE.

DHS Reveals Startling Percentage of Asylum Seekers SKIP Their Court Hearings

Acting DHS Secretary McAleenan told the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday that a whopping 90 percent of illegal immigrant asylum seekers do not show up for their scheduled court hearings.

“It depends on demographic, the court, but we see too many cases where people are not showing up,” McAleenan said. “Out of those 7,000 cases, 90 received final orders of removal in absentia, 90 percent.”

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) asked, “Ninety percent did not show up?”

“Correct, that is a recent sample from families crossing the border,” responded McAleenan.

On Monday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that President Trump’s recent deal with Mexico will enable the United States to return asylum seekers to Mexico at “full throttle.”

Pompeo said those crossing over the U.S.-Mexico border will be “rapidly returned” to Mexico where they can wait for the outcomes of their asylum claims.

At a press conference, the Secretary of State said:

Those crossing the U.S. southern border to seek asylum will be rapidly returned to Mexico where they may await their adjudication of their asylum claims. We’ve seen this before. We were able to do this to the tune of a couple of hundred people per day [before the deal].

We now have the capacity to do this full throttle and engage this in a way that will make a fundamental difference in the calculus for those [migrants] deciding to transit Mexico to try to get into the United States. This full-blown effort under the Migration Protocols [Remain in Mexico] is a big deal and was something that we worked on very, very diligently with our Mexican counterparts over two days. And we will pursue other cooperative efforts too.

On Friday, President Trump announced that the he had reached a deal with Mexico after threatening to impose tariffs on the country unless it did more to curb the massive influx of illegal immigrants into the U.S.

“I am pleased to inform you that The United States of America has reached a signed agreement with Mexico,” the President wrote on Twitter. “The Tariffs scheduled to be implemented by the U.S. on Monday, against Mexico, are hereby indefinitely suspended. Mexico, in turn, has agreed to take strong measures to stem the tide of Migration through Mexico, and to our Southern Border. This is being done to greatly reduce, or eliminate, Illegal Immigration coming from Mexico and into the United States. Details of the agreement will be released shortly by the State Department. Thank you!”