President Trump, at the start of his meeting Saturday in Germany with Chinese President Xi Jinping, called the Asian nation a “great trading partner” and said the increasing North Korea nuclear threat will eventually be resolved “one way or the other.” The much-anticipated meeting was one of several Trump and top administration officials had Saturday with world leaders at the close of the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany. But it was considered perhaps the most critical. China is North Korea’s largest trading partner, which gives the country considerable influence over Pyongyang and its growing threat, which includes developing a nuclear warhead and launching long-range missiles to transport them. Trump told Xi that putting an end to North Korea’s nuclear missile testing “may take longer than I’d like, it may take longer that you’d like. But there will be success in the end one way or the other.” “Something has to be done,” the president also said. Xi also spoke briefly, but his comments in Chinese were not immediately translated and available. Saturday’s meeting also focused on trade between the two nations. Trump said “many things have happened” that have created trade imbalances between the United States and China but “we’re going to turn that around.” The president was flanked in the meeting room by about a dozen top administration officials including Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and adviser Jared Kushner. The meeting followed a long-range missile test launch by North Korea on Tuesday, which a Pentagon spokesman said was a type not previously seen by U.S. analysts. Following the missile launch, Trump expressed frustration with China over its expanding trade with North Korea. Trump had expressed optimism after his first meeting with China’s president that the two would work together to curb North Korea’s nuclear pursuits. The president tweeted Wednesday, “Trade between China and North Korea grew almost 40% in the first quarter. So much for China working with us – but we had to give it a try!” China has long resisted intensifying economic pressure on neighboring North Korea, in part out of fear of the instability that could mount on its doorstep, including the possibility of millions of North Koreans fleeing into China. China has also been concerned that a reunited, democratic Korea — dominated by South Korea — would put a U.S. ally, and possibly U.S. forces, on its border. Tillerson on Tuesday vowed “stronger measures” to hold North Korea accountable. “Global action is required to stop a global threat,” he said. Tillerson also said any country helping North Korea militarily or economically, taking in its guest workers or falling short on Security Council resolutions “is aiding and abetting a dangerous regime.” However, his statement did not specifically mention China.
..of course not. That would not be well received by China. But, we’re quickly approaching the point at which we really shouldn’t care whether we cause Xi some embarrassment. This whole catering to the Asian saving face cultural nonsense is…well..nonsense. We’ve been playing footsie with them for DECADES now. Clearly it’s not working. Their trade with the DPRK is up 40% in the last quarter, for crying out loud! That’s hardly putting pressure on that regime. If China won’t help us with N. Korea, then we need to take serious and substantive action, regardless. If N. Korea really does have an ICBM that can reach Alaska, then mere “economic sanctions” and so on is hardly sufficient. It’s time to end this decades-long chess game, and remove the Kim dynasty once and for all.
Officials said Monday that the Obama administration– in its waning hours– defied Republican opposition and quietly released $221 million to the Palestinian Authority that GOP members of Congress had been blocking. A State Department official and several congressional aides told The Associated Press that the outgoing administration formally notified Congress it would spend the money Friday morning. The official said former Secretary of State John Kerry had informed some lawmakers of the move shortly before he left the State Department for the last time Thursday. The aides said written notification dated Jan. 20 was sent to Congress just hours before Donald Trump took the oath of office. In addition to the $221 million for the Palestinians, the Obama administration also told Congress on Friday it was going ahead with the release of another $6 million in foreign affairs spending, including $4 million for climate change programs and $1.25 million for U.N. organizations, the congressional aides said. The aides and the State Department official weren’t authorized to speak publicly on the matter and demanded anonymity. Congress had initially approved the Palestinian funding in budget years 2015 and 2016, but at least two GOP lawmakers — Ed Royce of California, the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and Kay Granger of Texas, who sits on the House Appropriations Committee — had placed holds on it over moves the Palestinian Authority had taken to seek membership in international organizations. Congressional holds are generally respected by the executive branch but are not legally binding after funds have been allocated. The Obama administration had for some time been pressing for the release of the money for the Palestinian Authority, which comes from the U.S. Agency for International Development and is to be used for humanitarian aid in the West Bank and Gaza, to support political and security reforms as well as help prepare for good governance and the rule of law in a future Palestinian state, according to the notification sent to Congress. The Palestinian funding is likely to draw anger from some in Congress as well as the Trump White House. Trump has vowed to be a strong supporter of Israel and has invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to visit Washington next month. Some of Trump’s incoming administration has been split on whether to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem. The Washington Post noted that most of the world doesn’t recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. East Jerusalem is also considered “occupied territory,” which Palestinians hope to call their capital if a two-state solution is ever reached. South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, Trump’s U.N. ambassador, said Wednesday that she would back the embassy move, while Trump’s Defense Secretary nominee retired Marine Gen. James Mattis said he would “stick to U.S. policy” regarding Jerusalem. Trump’s next ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, supports Israeli settlements and other changes to U.S. policies in the region. Friedman said he looked forward to carrying out his duties from “the U.S. embassy in Israel’s eternal capital, Jerusalem,” even though the embassy is in Tel Aviv. Trump advisers have said that the president-elect will follow through on his call for moving the embassy.
This should outrage every clear-thinking American. The audacity of Obama to just send over $200 MILLION dollars of our hard-earned tax dollars to the Islamic terrorist affiliated Palestinian government is shocking, and deeply offensive! Trump should do everything in his power to stop that cold in its tracks if at all possible. Not only is it outrageous, and offensive.. But, it sends absolutely the WRONG message to that part of the world. Obama always loved to cozy up to dictators, communist nations, Islamic wackos, and other evil regimes…while throwing our friends under the bus. This was one of Obama’s final acts of giving we-the-taxpayer, and Israel, the finger. Awful..
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January 24, 2017
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During Tuesday’s “Fox & Friends,” former Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-AR) suggested taking a jackhammer to the United Nations after the Security Council voted to condemn Israeli settlements. “I think we ought to get jackhammers and we ought to jackhammer the whole thing off, float it into the East River,” Huckabee said. “Ask anybody who would like to host it, to come pick it up, haul it off. And it’ll be a lot easier to park in Manhattan after we get rid of it.”
No kidding.. The United States SHOULD remain in the UN, and retain it’s permanent position on the UN Security Council with its veto power. That said.. What has the UN ever done for the national security, or economic, interests of the United States? Short answer..nothing. And yet we throw BILLIONS and BILLIONS of our hard-earned tax dollars at this organization…knowing we’ll get nothing in return. That’s a very bad investment, and it’s needs to stop. So, we should kick the UN out of NYC, and send to Geneva, Switzerland or some other western European nation…and then let those nations fund it. Kudos to former Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-AR) for saying what needs to be said more often.