Trump Praises China For Ordering Banks To Halt Business With North Korea

If you believe as I do that the North Korean threat is a psy op, engineered by the (((Deep State))) to add to the American military budget and to add to Israel’s aspirations, then you might not be impressed with the news about added sanctions on Kim’s regime. If you are inclined to believe the little fat boy is a real threat, then enjoy the good news that President Trump reported today at the UN.

Real Clear Politics

Sitting alongside South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the UN General Assembly on Thursday, President Trump praised the Chinese government for reportedly banning any of its banks from doing business with North Korea.

“You heard about China – what China was doing today, in terms of the banking system. That was a tremendous move,” the president said.

“I’m very proud to tell you that as you may have just heard moments ago, China, their central bank has told their other banks –that’s a massive banking system– to immediately stop doing business with North Korea,” Trump reportedly said off camera at the same meeting.

PRESIDENT TRUMP: It’s wonderful to have prime minister Shinzo Abe doing a great job for the people of Japan. He’s doing a wonderful job for the great people of Japan. We had discussions already today and this is a formalization of the discussions. We made a lot of progress both on trade and obviously, very importantly, we have discussed in great detail North Korea, with also South Korea, as you just saw.

So we will continue that dialogue — the relationship that has never been closer with Japan and the United States.

It will continue on with that way. I look forward to discussing some things that the group is here specifically to discuss, and we will be reporting back to you later.

Thank you all very much. You heard about China – what China was doing today, in terms of the banking system. That was a tremendous move and we have great respect and also would like to thank President Xi of China. It was a great thing he did today. Thank you very much. Thank you very much for being here.

If the whole North Korean situation is real, then Trump is doing better than Obama. That bar was set pretty low, however.

As they say, “It ain’t over til the fat lady sings.” This isn’t over yet.

I’m out of fat ladies. William Shatner will have to do. Trump’s inspiration–Rocket Man.

Trump Signs Russia Sanctions Bill “With Reservations”

America’s great (sarc) Congress is on a roll. Last week Congress made it a crime to refuse to do business with Israel. Now, the geniuses have given the world a bill that drives us closer to war.

The few votes against this bill show that the number of politicians in Washington not controlled by the New World Order (Rothschilds and their puppet Soros) is minuscule.

The Europeans, who depend on Russia for their energy, are reportedly angry over the sanctions bill. Europe’s response deserves a separate post later.

The glimmer of hope here is that Trump signed the sanctions bill while issuing a statement of his reservations, reproduced below.

Zerohedge

Subject: Statement by President Donald J. Trump on Signing the “Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act”

THE WHITE HOUSE

Office of the Press Secretary

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 2, 2017

*Statement by President Donald J. Trump on Signing the Countering Americas Adversaries Through Sanctions Act*

Today, I signed into law the Countering Americas Adversaries Through Sanctions Act, which enacts new sanctions on Iran, North Korea, and Russia. I favor tough measures to punish and deter bad behavior by the rogue regimes in Tehran and Pyongyang. I also support making clear that America will not tolerate interference in our democratic process, and that we will side with our allies and friends against Russian subversion and destabilization.

That is why, since taking office, I have enacted tough new sanctions on Iran and North Korea, and shored up existing sanctions on Russia.

Since this bill was first introduced, I have expressed my concerns to Congress about the many ways it improperly encroaches on Executive power, disadvantages American companies, and hurts the interests of our European allies.

My Administration has attempted to work with Congress to make this bill better. We have made progress and improved the language to give the Treasury Department greater flexibility in granting routine licenses to American businesses, people, and companies. The improved language also reflects feedback from our European allies who have been steadfast partners on Russia sanctions regarding the energy sanctions provided for in the legislation. The new language also ensures our agencies can delay sanctions on the intelligence and defense sectors, because those sanctions could negatively affect American companies and those of our allies.

Still, the bill remains seriously flawed particularly because it encroaches on the executive branchs authority to negotiate. Congress could not even negotiate a healthcare bill after seven years of talking. By limiting the Executives flexibility, this bill makes it harder for the United States to strike good deals for the American people, and will drive China, Russia, and North Korea much closer together. The Framers of our Constitution put foreign affairs in the hands of the President. This bill will prove the wisdom of that choice.

Yet despite its problems, I am signing this bill for the sake of national unity. It represents the will of the American people to see Russia take steps to improve relations with the United States. We hope there will be cooperation between our two countries on major global issues so that these sanctions will no longer be necessary.

Further, the bill sends a clear message to Iran and North Korea that the American people will not tolerate their dangerous and destabilizing behavior. America will continue to work closely with our friends and allies to check those countries malignant activities.

I built a truly great company worth many billions of dollars. That is a big part of the reason I was elected. As President, I can make far better deals with foreign countries than Congress.

ABC News is reporting that in a separate statement that Trump called the sanctions bill unconstitutional:

President Trump today signed a bill aimed at punishing Russia for its interference in the 2016 presidential election despite calling it “significantly flawed.”

In a signing statement released by the White House, Trump said the legislation “included a number of clearly unconstitutional provisions” in lawmakers’ “haste” to pass it.

“While I favor tough measures to punish and deter aggressive and destabilizing behavior by Iran, North Korea and Russia, this legislation is significantly flawed,” he said.

He went on, “My administration particularly expects the Congress to refrain from using this flawed bill to hinder our important work with European allies to resolve the conflict in Ukraine and from using it to hinder our efforts to address any unintended consequences it may have for American businesses, our friends or our allies.”

Unconstitutional? Next stop, the U.S. Supreme Court.

That said, signing bill makes Trump look weak (which he is because of the Republican establishment). He should have vetoed it on principle.

France’s Macron Scrambles to Stand Next to Trump at G-20 Group Photo

Funny! Each world leader was assigned a spot. I wonder if Emmanuel Macron is looking for a daddy and so grabbed the spot next to Trump.

I would complain about Merkel’s mode of dress, but anything is better than a Hillary Clinton pantsuit, so I won’t complain.

Youtube title: Macron Busts his Ass to get a Spot Next to Trump

Published on Jul 7, 2017

French President Macron worked the crowd today to get next to President Donald Trump in the G20 group shot.

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Putin Hints JFK Was Murdered By The “Deep State” Which Is Now After Trump And Russia

Zionist moron Megyn Kelly somehow got an interview with one of the most serious men in the world.

Kelly is destroyed by Putin. The 7 minute video is embedded at the bottom of this post. Watch him insult the most hated reporter on the planet. The JFK material comes near the end of the story.

Like Trump, Putin plays 8D chess.

Zerohedge

In Megyn Kelly’s much anticipated interview with Vladimir Putin for her debut episode of NBC’s “Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly”, the Russian President said he never met Donald Trump during his business trips to Russia (including Trump’s 2013 visit to Moscow for the Miss Universe pageant), stated that he was unaware of any proposal from Jared Kushner to set up an alleged “secret line” of communications between the Trump administration and the Russian government, and that it’s “nonsense” to say Russia has collected compromising material about Trump among many other topics covered in the 7 minute interview (see below).

“I am not aware of such a proposal,” Putin said referring to Kushner’s alleged proposal. “No such proposal ever reached me.” Putin said many CEOs of major U.S. companies visit Russia and then asked rhetorically, “do you think we’re gathering dirt on all of them right now or something?” Putin asked, before saying: “Have you all lost your mind?”

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Weird French President Emmanuel Macron Admits to Trying to Bully Trump with Handshake

CNN

French President Emmanuel Macron confirmed that there was indeed a deeper significance to the prolonged handshake he shared with US President Donald Trump in Brussels.

“My handshake with him, it’s not innocent,” Macron told the Journal du Dimanche in an interview published Sunday. “It’s not the alpha and the omega of politics, but a moment of truth.”

The two newly-minted leaders met in Brussels on Thursday and shook hands in full view of the press.

Pool reporter Phillip Rucker of the Washington Post, who was in the room, described it:

“They shook hands for an extended period of time. Each president gripped the other’s hand with considerable intensity, their knuckles turning white and their jaws clenching and faces tightening.”

Steve Holland, who covers the White House for Reuters, tweeted this: “The photogs noticed that Trump and Macron were gripping their hands hard… Trump seems to just want his hand back.”

On at least one, and maybe two, occasions during the tug of war Trump tries to pull away and Macron just keeps holding on.

In the interview, Macron compared his own handshake to his leadership posture.

One must show that we won’t make little concessions, even symbolic ones,” Macron said.

The centrist European leader also likened Trump’s diplomatic approach to those of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“Donald Trump, the President of Turkey or the President of Russia are of a mindset of power relations, which doesn’t bother me,” Macron said. “I don’t believe in diplomacy of the public invective but in bilateral dialogues. I don’t let anything go. That’s how one makes oneself respected.”

Youtube full handshake:

Senate Attends White House Briefing on North Korea

War did not break out today and terrorists did not attack the buses carrying America’s Senators to a secure briefing room in the White House.

President Donald Trump did make THEM come to HIM, a very symbolic act of someone determined to show that he’s the boss.

ABC News

Several Senate Republicans described the full Senate briefing on North Korea at the White House Wednesday as a thorough accounting of the administration’s diplomatic and military options when it comes to dealing with Kim Jong Un.

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, called it “a long and detailed briefing.”

“The military is obviously planning for a number of options, as they should — minimal military action to more significant action,” Cruz said. “It’s of course the hope of the administration and Congress that military action isn’t necessary. If there’s a clear and imminent threat to the U.S., our military needs to be prepared to act and I believe they are prepared to act to keep our country safe.”

The senators were invited at the personal invitation of President Donald Trump after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, requested a briefing. The president stopped by the briefing at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House grounds.

Gardner said that one takeaway from the meeting was that “we are a long ways away from exercising all of our options on the diplomatic side.”

“There were great questions within the briefing from both sides of the aisles,” Gardener said. “It shows how important this issue is, to have that team assembled to talk about this and make sure North Korea knows they won’t get away with this.”

Separately, a senior administration official told ABC News that part of the current concern about North Korea comes from China’s view of North Korea as a threat.

“I think what’s different about how China is viewing the problem in North Korea today is that China is viewing that problem as the threat not only to U.S. interests and security or South Korean or Japanese interests and security, but also a threat to Chinese interests and security and so I think that is a big shift in and of itself,” the senior administration official told ABC News.

White House officials say the South Auditorium would be turned into a Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility, or “SCIF,” and the briefing will be led by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Defense James Mattis, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford, and Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats.

When asked about the bus ride to the White House ground for the meeting, Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colorado, said it was “a unique approach to a classified briefing.”

Using the White House grounds for a full briefing with the Senate is a rare move, but administration officials told ABC News that too much shouldn’t be read into the choice of location.

Officials said that after hearing of McConnell’s request, the president suggested nonchalantly that the senators should come to the White House because he’s a “gracious host.” Trump has cultivated a reputation in his meetings at the White House for relishing the opportunity to show off his historic digs.

CNN’s report on today’s briefing is so biased you might as well call it fake news. It gets tiresome.

Trump Flip-Flops: NATO No Longer Obsolete

What’s wrong with President Trump?

Is he being blackmailed or his family threatened? He’s certainly not the candidate who won the presidency last November.

There are short pieces on each of his recent flip-flops at Zerohedge.

The most visible of the Trump flipping and flopping came Wednesday during a press confernce with the leader of NATO, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

Sky News

Donald Trump has declared NATO is “no longer obsolete”, saying he is committed to the military alliance.

Before taking office in January, Mr Trump questioned its relevance, saying the organisation, established after World War Two, was “obsolete because it was designed many, many years ago”.

And “the (member) countries aren’t paying what they’re supposed to pay”, he said.

But the President has made a U-turn, describing the alliance as a “bulwark of international peace and security”.

He has again called on alliance members to spend 2% of their GDP on defence within a decade, saying they “must pay what they owe”.

If they “pay their fair share rather than relying on the US to make up the difference, we will all be much more secure”, Mr Trump told reporters after White House talks with NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg.

At a news conference, the President also admitted the US was “not getting along with Russia at all” and relations between the two global powers may be at an “all-time low”.

He said he hoped he can improve ties with Russian President Vladimir Putin but “we’re going to see what happens”.

Relations have become strained over Moscow’s support for President Bashar al Assad, whose Syrian forces allegedly carried out a chemical attack on civilians.

Russia has vetoed a UN Security Council resolution demanding a swift investigation into the attack.

Mr Trump said: “The secretary-general and I had a productive discussion about what more NATO can do in the fight against terrorism.

“I complained about that a long time ago and they made a change and now they do fight terrorism.

“I said it was obsolete, it’s no longer obsolete.”

So far, only five of the 28 NATO members, including the UK, spend 2% of their GDP on defence, but the number is expected to rise next year.

In her column today Ann Coulter theorizes that Trump is like a child hungry for the approval of the liberal media. Another theory I’ve read is that he’s been stuck with a deal that confers foreign policy on the neocons, with him being allowed to conduct domestic policy. We’ve also seen the theory that Jared Kushner controls Trump now.

Whatever, it’s a mystery. When Steve Bannon goes, MAGA is dead.

A transcript of the Trump/Stoltenberg press conference can be read here.