McKINNON & IDES – Schmoozing with Papa; Drudge links; MAY – Manchester attack; BRUCE – Manchester; GOLDBERG – No surprise; HANSON – Obama skated; SHAW – Haley warns NKor; NYPOST – Trump’s cuts; MARK LEVIN 5-23-17.
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Angus McKinnon & Ella Ide, YAHOO!: “Pope urges Trump to work for peace as smiles replace spats”
“. . . Trump’s audience with the 80-year-old pontiff, a keenly-anticipated highlight of his first overseas tour, lasted just under half an hour and concluded with both men beaming, for the cameras at least.
“‘He is something,’ the president later said of his host. ‘We had a fantastic meeting.’
“The Vatican described the discussions as “cordial” and stressed the two men’s joint opposition to abortion and shared concern for persecuted Christians in the Middle East.
“There was no mention from either side of the two men’s profound differences on climate change, migration, the death penalty and other issues.
“Trump told his host as he left: “Thank you. Thank you. I won’t forget what you said.’…”
Theresa May, UK Guardian: “Theresa May leads condemnation of ‘cowardly’ Manchester attack”
“Prime minister promises to bring attackers to justice as political parties agree to suspend general election campaigning
“Speaking outside Downing Street just over 12 hours after a presumed suicide bomber killed at least 22 people and injured 59 more at the end of an Ariana Grande concert, Theresa May condemned the ‘sickening cowardice’ of the attack. She said those connected to the actions of the attacker, since identified as 22-year-old Salman Abedi, would be brought to justice.
“‘All acts of terrorism are cowardly attacks on innocent people, but this attack stands out for its appalling, sickening cowardice, deliberately targeting innocent, defenceless children and young people who should have been enjoying one of the most memorable nights of their lives,’ the prime minister said.
“May, who later travelled to Manchester to see police with the home secretary, Amber Rudd, said the city had “fallen victim to a callous terror attack, which targeted some of the youngest people in our society with cold calculation”.
“She added: ‘We struggle to comprehend the warped and twisted mind that sees a room packed with young children not as a scene to cherish but an opportunity for carnage.’ . . .”
Tammy Bruce, Washington Times: “Another lesson from Manchester”
“Terrorism must be confronted head-on, not accepted as a way of life
After the horrific carnage unleashed by the terrorist attack in Manchester, England, some of the reactions were inexplicable. We’re used to jihadis celebrating the horror of mass murder, but it’s still perplexing to hear Western leaders and media reissue their bizarre insistence that we need to get used to the sick and depraved.
“For some, perhaps it’s a reflection of a sense of hopelessness in the face of a savage enemy that has been allowed to flourish; considering the passive and useless attitude of the previous American president and rhetoric of his admirers, it’s not surprising the left remains stuck in dangerous cynicism.
“Consider BBC anchor and frequent U.S. news show guest Katty Kay. On Tuesday morning after the attack, the Daily Caller reported, “Kay told MSNBC’s ‘Morning Joe’ … that Europeans have no choice but to get used to terrorists murdering their families because ‘we are never going to be able to totally wipe this out. … Europe is getting used to attacks like this, Mika. They have to, because we are never going to be able to totally wipe this out,’ Kay said.”
Ms. Kay continued, ‘As ISIS gets squeezed in Syria and Iraq, we’re going to see more of these kinds of attacks taking place in Europe, and Europe is starting to get used to that.’
“Ms. Kay’s defeated sentiment isn’t new. While not her intention, she articulated not the reality of our situation, but the policy preference of failed western leadership. . .”
Jonah Goldberg, NRO: “Trump’s Warm Welcome in the Middle East Is No Surprise”
“We just got back from the Middle East,” President Trump said to the president of Israel after his flight from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, to Tel Aviv, which is also in the Middle East.
As Trumpisms go, this one is easy to forgive, particularly given how exhausted the president must have been after a weekend of jet-lagged diplomacy, (non-alcoholic) bacchanalia, and sword dancing. But it does speak to a larger truth. The president was a stranger in a strange land, a region of ancient conflicts and complex political intrigues.
“We have seen the president struggle with the “swamp” in Washington. Well, if Washington is a swamp, then the Middle East is the Everglades, and the alligators rolled out the red carpet.
“The king of Saudi Arabia greeted Trump at the airport, a gesture ostentatiously denied President Obama. On the drive from the airport the streets were lined with American flags, and Trump’s face was beamed onto the side of a building.
“At the Riyadh summit, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, the authoritarian leader of Egypt, invited the president to visit his country, adding, “You are a unique personality that is capable of doing the impossible.”
Trump replied, “I agree,” to diversely interpretable laughter.
He also returned the compliment. “Love your shoes. Boy, those shoes. Man!”
In short, the Arab leaders, hardly inexperienced in lavishing praise on men who crave it, have the president’s number. Of course, they were given some guidance in this regard. According to New York Times reporter Peter Baker, Washington officials offered some tips on how to deal with the American president.
““Keep it short — no 30-minute monologue for a 30-second attention span,” Baker summarized. “Do not assume he knows the history of the country or its major points of contention. Compliment him on his Electoral College victory. Contrast him favorably with President Barack Obama. Do not get hung up on whatever was said during the campaign.”
“These last two points are key. The success — so far — of the president’s Middle East trip stands on the ashes of Obama’s failures. It’s easy to forget that for all Obama’s alleged expertise, his foray into the Middle East foundered on his arrogance and naïveté. In his 2009 Cairo speech, he unspooled clichés as wisdom, thinking that his name alone would put points on the board. He bought into the idea that the road to stability and peace in the Middle East went through Jerusalem.
“As Obama learned on the job, he came to believe that the road to peace went through Tehran, crafting an Iranian deal that alienated both our democratic ally Israel and our strategic Sunni allies, chief among them Saudi Arabia. In pursuit of his fantasy, he turned a blind eye to Iran’s crushing of the Green Revolution and dithered to the point of complicity in the Syrian abattoir. Meanwhile, Iran remains as implacably hostile and as determined to be a regional hegemon as ever. . .”
Victor Davis Hanson, NRO: “Truth or consequences? Obama skated for far worse misdeeds.”
“Election machines in three states were not hacked to give Donald Trump the election.
“There was never a serious post-election movement of electors to defy their constitutional duties and vote for Hillary Clinton.
“Nor, once Trump was elected, did transgendered people begin killing themselves in alarming numbers. Nor were there mass resignations at the State Department upon his inauguration.
“Nor did Donald Trump seek an order to “ban all Muslims” from entering the U.S. Instead, he temporarily sought a suspension in visas for everyone, regardless of religion, from seven Middle Eastern states that the Obama administration had earlier identified as incapable of properly vetting travelers to the U.S.
“The first lady did not work for an elite escort or prostitute service.
“She never said that she and young Barron Trump would not be moving to the White House.
Barron does not have autism.
“Trump’s father never ran racist ads as a supposed candidate in a purported political campaign.
“Kellyanne Conway denies that in a private conversation between segments on MSNBC, she privately remarked to hosts that she had to take a shower after working for Trump.
“Donald Trump never suggested to the Mexican president that the U.S. was going to invade Mexico. Nor did Trump plan to mobilize the National Guard to send back illegal aliens.
“He did not remove a Martin Luther King bust from the White House.
“There was no evidence that he ever promised to ease Russian sanctions (much less that he promised the Russians he would be “flexible” after he was elected). He did not short the FBI of resources to conduct an investigation into supposed Russian collusion. He did not go to Moscow and watch prostitutes in his bed urinate where Barack Obama had previously slept.
“His deputy attorney general did not threaten to resign over the Comey firing.
“And we have no idea whether Trump really gets two scoops of ice cream while limiting his guests to one, or pads around in a bathrobe in the early evening, or cannot find the light switch in the White house.
“Yet all that is what daily we hear and read.
“Meanwhile . . .
“Fake news crowds out real news. Here is what we do not read much about: North Korea, long appeased, could well send missiles against our allies, perhaps even with nuclear payloads. Afghanistan is at a crux and will either implode or need more American troops. China’s role is in the balance, and it may or may not help defang North Korea. The greatest tax- and health-reform packages in years are now in the hands of Congress. Executive orders have revolutionized the domestic energy industry and achieved a stunning and historic reduction in illegal immigration. The stock market is soaring, employment is up, and confidence in the economy has returned. Wall Street seems to dip only on talk of impeaching Donald Trump. . .”
Adam Shaw, Breitbart: “Nikki Haley Warns North Korea: ‘Don’t Give Us a Reason’ to Fight”
“Haley made the remarks in an interview with NBC’s Today show as she toured Jordan and Turkey in her first international tour, in which is she is focusing on the humanitarian response to the Syrian refugee crisis.
“Following recent missile tests by North Korea, Haley was asked when it becomes time to try a new tactic with the rogue regime.
“‘We’re doing that now in terms of getting another [U.N.] resolution together, looking at sanctions and how we’re going to continue to force it because this is the same movie that keeps playing,’ she said.
“‘All options are on the table,’ she said. ‘That means we have made it very clear we don’t want to start a fight, so don’t give us a reason to have one.’
“Haley has become known for her tough rhetoric against rogue regimes, warning the U.N. Security Council in April that the U.S. was prepared to act alone against Syria in the wake of a chemical weapons attack by President Bashar al-Assad. A few days later, President Trump ordered airstrikes against the Assad regime. . .”
NY Post: “The truth about Trump’s ‘savage’ cuts”
“Relax: President Trump’s new budget won’t leave people starving or bleeding in the streets.
“Yes, it brought media hysteria: The plan would ‘drive millions’ off food stamps, screamed an Associated Press story. It “cuts deeply into Medicaid and anti-poverty efforts,” cried The New York Times.
“In fact, the budget’s $4.1 trillion in outlays amount to 21.3 percent of the economy — more than in any of the last four Obama years and in line with much of the past few decades.
“And the cuts would just bring some anti-poverty programs closer to pre-2009 levels.
“Take food stamps: In 2007, 26 million people got them. Add in all the other government programs, soup kitchens and various charities, and no one really had to go hungry back then.
“Yet by last year, the program covered 44 million — with outlays up from $33 billion to $71 billion. Trump wants to trim that by about $19 billion a year, to $52 billion — still higher than when Obama took office. He’d also have states pay an added amount, in hopes that, with skin in the game, they’ll help root out fraud.
“Let’s face it: The program has veered out of control. In 1969, just 2.9 million people, 1.5 percent of Americans, got food stamps. By 2008, it was 9 percent; last year, 14 percent. (Even Amazon accepts them now.)
“Trump wants able-bodied adults with no dependent kids to work in order to qualify for the stamps. Smart: That’ll help encourage independence. And with the economy improving, fewer still should need them.
“Similar logic justifies his other cuts, such as his $800 billion over 10 years for Medicaid — a program originally meant for the poor that, post-Obama, now covers nearly one out of every four Americans.
“Trump’s ultimate goal, to slice $3.6 trillion from $53.5 trillion in planned spending over 10 years and balance the budget, is laudable. Americans should applaud it, not smear it as a heartless hit on the “hungry.”
Mark Levin 05-23-17
“On Tuesday’s Mark Levin show – Mark broadcasts from CBN studios in Israel. In Manchester, England a child of Libyan refugees slaughtered 22 Brits and injured 59 in a terror attack on Monday night. Despite this there was no discussion about President Trump’s policy that would prevent people coming in from certain countries, including Libya. What is going on in Britain and Brussels will be in the U.S. if we don’t take our defense and immigration policy seriously.
Also, John Brennan, former CIA Director, when asked about the Trump campaign, says he was concerned about known Russian efforts to suborn such individuals. He is treating this like a big deal but the Russians try to suborn all sorts of individuals. What does he mean by this? Does anybody have any evidence of collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign? No, so it should not be news that Trump wants former officials such as Brennan, Mike Rogers, and Dan Coates to back him. Brennan’s questioning before Congress underscores the point of domestic surveillance by the Obama Administration.
Later, General Yaakov Amidror, former Head of Research for the Department of Military Intelligence calls in to talk about Israel’s victory in the 6 Day War and America’s cooperation with Israel. The argument during the war was, can Israel survive and even defend itself? After this war it was clear to the Arabs that they could not destroy Israel. This was the biggest achievement of the war. Now Israel and the Gulf Arab states are working behind the scenes with each other. These countries understand that Israel is a source of stability and technology.
Also, Michael Oren, former Israeli ambassador, to the U.S. and Vice Minister of Diplomacy in the Prime Minister’s office, calls in to talk about the 1967 Israel borders. The pre-1967 borders were not defensible and after the 1967 war it was assumed that Israel would keep Judea and Samaria. The Palestinians have no legal claim in history to these areas. Palestinians emerge as a political force only after 1967. Israel could not be overcome by conventional means, so her enemies have turned to terrorism and legal means.
Finally, President Mahmoud Abbas says East Jerusalem should be the capital of Palestine but it was never theirs to begin with. East Jerusalem includes the Ark of the Covenant, where the Ten Commandments, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and other holy sites common to Jews and Christians. Abbas is a terrorist and was behind the bombing and massacre of Israeli athletes during the Olympic Games in Munich. Why negotiate with a man who finances and is behind terrorism? Trump and his administration think the Palestinians are ready for a deal. What the Palestinians really want is the destruction of the Jews.”
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