​Trump taps Pompeo, dangerous Christian extremist for Secretary of State

Trump Taps Pompeo, Dangerous Christian Extremist, For Secretary Of State (Image by Gage Skidmore)
President Donald Trump has fired Rex Tillerson as secretary of state and replaced him with current CIA Director Mike Pompeo, a dangerous Christian extremist.

  • Trump made the announcement that Tillerson was fired and Pompeo would replace him as secretary of state via Twitter earlier this morning:
  • Mike Pompeo, Director of the CIA, become our new Secretary of State will do a fantastic job! Thank you t Tillerson for his service! Gina Hasp become the new Director of the CI the first woman so chosen. Congratulations to all!

Pompeo’s selection to serve as secretary of state is alarming but not surprising. As CIA Director Pompeo has rejected diversity and promoted conservative Christian dogma within the Central Intelligence Agency.

A recent report from Foreign Policy paints a dismal portrait of the CIA under Pompeo. According to the report, Pompeo was working to make the agency a bastion for white, male, Christian conservatives.

The Foreign Policy report explains:

  • The concerns are not that Pompeo is religious but that his religious convictions are bleeding over into the CIA.
  • According to four sources familiar with the matter, Pompeo, who attends weekly Bible studies held in government buildings, referenced God and Christianity repeatedly in his first all-hands speech and in a recent trip report while traveling overseas.

Commenting on the report, Raw Story notes:

  • Insiders — many of whom are afraid to come forward — say Pompeo’s religious beliefs are becoming part of CIA dogma to the dismay of longtime employees.

Michael Weinstein, founder of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, reports he is “being flooded with complaints about the creeping evangelical Christianity that is beginning to pervade the intelligence agency.”

Commenting on the discomfort of long-time agency insiders, Weinstein Notes:

  • They don’t typically file formal complaints within the government. But certain things are making them especially uncomfortable, such as officials signing off with the phrase ‘have a blessed day.’ That’s something straight out of The Handmaid’s Tale.

For the record, Mike Pompeo is a dangerous Christian extremist, and a sharp critic of Islam. Indeed, Pompeo even goes so far as to endorse the notion of a “Holy War” between Christians and Muslims, and believes the fight against terrorism is a war between Islam and Christianity.

Speaking at a church group in Wichita, Kansas, in 2014, Pompeo claimed that Christianity was the “only solution” to combat terrorism, arguing that the greatest “threat to America” is caused by “people who deeply believe that Islam is the way.”

Pompeo told the church-goers:

  • This threat to America is from people who deeply believe that Islam is the way and the light and the only answer.
  • These folks believe that it is religiously driven for them to wipe Christians from the face of the earth.

Noting that “these folks” constitute a small minority among Muslims, Pompeo continued:

  • They abhor Christians, and will continue to press against us until we make sure that we pray and stand and fight and make sure that we know that Jesus Christ our savior is truly the only solution for our world.

In addition, at an event hosted by a Virginia-based think in 2015, Pompeo again invoked the notion of a Holy War, describing the wars in which the U.S. is involved in as being “between the Christian West and the Islamic East.”

Cosmopolitan reports that Pompeo’s past comments concerning Muslims have drawn sharp criticism. For example, in the months after the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013, Pompeo took to the House floor to call on Muslim leaders to denounce acts of terrorism committed in the name of Islam, declaring:

  • It’s been just under two months since the attacks in Boston, and in those intervening weeks, the silence of Muslim leaders has been deafening.

The future secretary of state went on to suggest that failing to condemn the terrorist attacks made Muslim leaders “potentially complicit” in those attacks.

In another anti-Muslim incident,, Pompeo, using veiled threats and intimidation tactics, forced a mosque located in Kansas to cancel an appearance by a prominent Muslim leader, in part because the speaker was scheduled to appear on the Christian holy day of Good Friday.

Bottom line: Pompeo is a dangerous Christian extremist. His Holy War mentality is alarming, and completely inappropriate for any individual serving as secretary of state. 

Source: patheos.com

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​You’ll suffer ‘Painful Experience’ if you run against me, Trump warns Oprah Winfrey

United States President Donald Trump says the candidate he most wants to run against in 2020 – the next U.S presidential election – is Oprah Winfrey.
Speaking in Western Virginia on Saturday night, during a rally in support of Republican, Rick Saccone, Trump said the campaign would be a “painful experience” for the American media proprietor, if she decides to run against him.

Trump said he knows Winfrey well and repeated that he would love to run against her.

“Oh I’d love Oprah to win, I’d love to beat Oprah. I know her weakness,” he said.

But speaking in an interview with CNN’s Van Jones on “The Van Jones Show,” on Sunday night, Winfrey dismissed speculations she will run for office in 2020 but had an advice for anyone who does.

“I will say to whoever is going to run for office, do not give your energy to the other side,” she said.

“Do not spend all your time talking about your opponents. Do not give your energy to that which you really don’t believe in. Do not spend an ounce of your time on that.

Winfrey added that though a bid for the presidency wasn’t for her, “The noise about running for president moved me so humbly and deeply.”

“It means that you have somewhere in the work gained the people’s trust,” she told Jones.

Speculation mounted earlier this year that the talk show host might seek the presidency in 2020, following a captivating speech at the Golden Globes in January.

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​Trump blocks $117bn telecomm deal

         •U.S. President Donald Trump
U.S. President Donald Trump blocked the $117 billion hostile takeover of chip maker Qualcomm by Singapore-based Broadcom Monday.

Qualcomm had rejected Broadcom’s bid, and in announcing his decision, Trump said “there is credible evidence” to believe Broadcom and its partners “might take action that threatens to impair the national security of the United States” if the takeover goes through.

The computer chip makers must “immediately and permanently abandon the proposed takeover”, Trump said in a presidential order.

“The proposed takeover of Qualcomm by the Purchaser is prohibited, and any substantially equivalent merger, acquisition, or takeover, whether effected directly or indirectly, is also prohibited,” he said.

Broadcom said in a statement it is reviewing the order but emphasised it “strongly disagrees that its proposed acquisition of Qualcomm raises any national security concerns”.

While initially founded in the U.S., Broadcom reincorporated in Singapore in 2016 after it was sold to Avago. It maintains its administrative headquarters in California.

Qualcomm makes key components found in many cell phones and mobile devices, and the chip company has faced successive legal challenges alleging it has engaged in unfair business practices.

Trump’s decision was widely foreshadowed by a March 5 letter from Treasury Department regulators to the companies that raised what it called “national security risks” of the takeover, particularly the looming transition to 5G cellular networks.

“Qualcomm has become well-known to, and trusted by, the U.S. government,” said Deputy Assistant Secretary for Investment Security Aimen Mir. “Limitation or cessation of supply of Qualcomm goods or services to the U.S. government could have a detrimental impact on U.S. national security.”

In an ultimately futile attempt to assuage concerns, Broadcom said last week it was committed to making the U.S. “the global leader in 5G”. The company further pledged to create a $1.5 billion fund to bolster training and education for U.S. engineers. (Anadolu Agency)

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​What Tillerson said about Russian President, Putin that led to his sack

It has been revealed what US Secretary of state, Rex Tillerson said about Russian President Vladimir Putin that led to his Tuesday dismissal by President Donald Trump.
Tillerson in a statement on Monday blamed Russia for the attack on a former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in the English city of Salisbury last week.

He stated that the attack clearly came from Russia and would certainly trigger a response, CNN Reports.

The statement reads, “We have full confidence in the UK’s investigation and its assessment that Russia was likely responsible for the nerve agent attack that took place in Salisbury last week.

“There is never a justification for this type of attack, the attempted murder of a private citizen on the soil of a sovereign nation and we are outraged that Russia appears to have again engaged in such behavior.

“From Ukraine to Syria and now the UK, Russia continues to be an irresponsible force of instability in the world, acting with open disregard for the sovereignty of other states and the life of their citizens.

“Though it is still unclear to the State Department whether the Russian government was aware of the attack, the substance used in the attack was distinctive.

“This is a substance that is known to us and does not exist widely. It is only in the hands of a very, very limited number of parties. And I don’t want to say anything further than that,” Tillerson said in the statement.

Trump in response dismissed Tillerson and replaced him with Gina Haspel.

Giving reasons for the sack, Trump said he warned Americans against speaking ill of Putin.

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​‘Ask your wife to stop calling me.’ actor, Alec Baldwin, slams Donald Trump

President Donald Trump is no stranger to playing television critic for Saturday Night Live. This time he took aim at “Alex” Baldwin’s impression of him.

In a since deleted tweet, Trump remarked, “Alex Baldwin, whose dying mediocre career was saved by his impersonation of me on SNL, now says playing DJT was agony for him. Alex, it was also agony for those who were forced to watch. You were terrible. Bring back Darrell Hammond, much funnier and a far greater talent!”

Trump deleted the tweet and later reposted the comment, correcting Alex Baldwin to Alec Baldwin and cleaning up his “dieing” error to “dying.”

b:1/Alec Baldwin, whose dying mediocre career was saved by his terrible impersonation of me on SNL, now says playing me was agony. Alec, it was agony for those who were forced to watch. Bring back Darrell Hammond, funnier and a far greater talent!12:07 PM – Mar 2, 2018141K79K people are talki.
Baldwin, Alec not Alex, responded through his foundation’s Twitter account with a grim prediction of the President’s future writing, “Agony though it may be, I’d like to hang in there for the impeachment hearings, the resignation speech, the farewell helicopter ride to Mara-A-Lago. You know. The Good Stuff. That we’ve all been waiting for.” Baldwin added that the President should ask First Lady Melania Trump to stop asking for Saturday Night Live tickets.
b:2/Agony though it may be, I’d like to hang in there for the impeachment hearings, the resignation speech, the farewell helicopter ride to Mara-A-Lago. You know. The Good Stuff. That we’ve all been waiting for.1:38 PM – Mar 2, 201865.8K18.4K people are talking about this.
b:3/Looking forward to the Trump Presidential Library.A putting green.Recipes for chocolate cake.A live Twitter feed for visitors to post on.A little black book w the phone numbers of porn stars.You’re in and out in five minutes.Just like…2:23 PM – Mar 2, 201833K9,198 people are talking abo.
b:4/And Mr President…please ask your wife to stop calling me for SNL tickets.(Hey, Melania…we’ve got Charles Barkley this Saturday!)2:36 PM – Mar 2, 201828.4K6,627 people are talking about this.
Baldwin began regularly delivering his impression of Trump on Saturday Night Live in 2016, taking over for announcer Hammond during the premiere of the show’s 42nd season with a cold open skit about the first presidential debate.

Trump previously called the show “unwatchable” saying Baldwin’s impersonation “just can’t get any worse.”

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​Trump’s meeting with Kim Jong-un is another pledge to do what nobody else can

President Trump in November in Seoul, South Korea. He said on Thursday that he had agreed to meet the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, in the next two months.
WASHINGTON — When the establishment told him he should talk with North Korea , President Trump scorned the idea. “Presidents and their administrations have been talking to North Korea for 25 years” and had been made to look like “fools,” he scoffed, and then rattled his saber. “Sorry, but only one thing will work!”
Five months later, Mr. Trump cast aside his skepticism and agreed to talk to North Korea with no more promise of success at negotiating an end to its nuclear and missile programs than his predecessors had. The main difference this time around is who will do the talking for the United States: Donald J. Trump.

Shocking and yet somehow not surprising, Mr. Trump’s decision to do what no other sitting president has done and meet in person with a North Korean leader reflects an audacious and supremely self-confident approach to international affairs. Whether it is Middle East peace or trade agreements, Mr. Trump has repeatedly claimed that he can achieve what has eluded every other occupant of his office through the force of his own personality.

So far, he has little to show for that. He has yet to successfully negotiate any new trade deals or renegotiate any old ones. A resolution between Israel and the Palestinians, which he once said would be “maybe not as difficult as people have thought,” looks more distant than when he came into office. Beyond threatening

“fire and fury,” he has offered no original formula that suggests a path to unlock the North Korea puzzle.

But in his penchant for unpredictability, his willingness to shift at a moment’s notice and his sense that only he  can make the important decisions, Mr. Trump may find a kindred spirit in the man who would sit across the table, Kim Jong-un of North Korea.

Several times over the years, negotiations between the United States and North Korea have appeared successful. Each time, the agreement fell apart.

“In some ways there’s a symmetry,” said Wendy R. Sherman, a longtime former diplomat who was part of a historic American delegation to Pyongyang under President Bill Clinton and later negotiated the Iran nuclear agreement for President Barack Obama. “You have two leaders who believe fundamentally that they are the only people who matter.”

Other presidents left talks with North Korea to lower-level officials because they did not want to reward Pyongyang with the prestige of such a meeting unless there was a substantial assurance of a breakthrough. They feared an ill-conceived gathering that resulted in failure would be counterproductive.

Mr. Clinton considered going to Pyongyang in the twilight months of his presidency, but ultimately opted against it, partly because of the Florida recount that dominated the postelection period in 2000 and partly because he calculated he had a better chance of forging an agreement between Israel and the Palestinians in the time he had left. He was unable to achieve that either, but after leaving office, went to North Korea to bring home two Americans held prisoner.

Diplomacy is a positive, Ms. Sherman said. “But this is a diplomacy that has to be prepared. It’s why Bill Clinton didn’t drop everything and go to Pyongyang.” She added: “This is very serious business. It is not a reality show. And it’s our national security that is at stake.”

While the president’s economic pressure may have prompted him to come to the table, Mr. Kim made few known concessions to win a meeting with Mr. Trump. The North Korean leader agreed to suspend nuclear and missile tests for the moment, although after a year of accelerated tests, they may not be as necessary for the program’s development at this point. And he assented to routine joint military exercises by the United States and South Korea that usually draw his ire.

What Drives Kim Jong-un?

“I can’t imagine any other president doing this on the basis of these general comments passed on from Kim Jong-un,” said Christopher R. Hill, who negotiated with North Korea for President George W. Bush . “The question is whether Trump will go ahead without clear signs the North Koreans are on the way to denuclearization.”

Among those surprised by the president’s decision to meet Mr. Kim were some of his own advisers. “In terms of direct talks with the United States, you ask negotiations and we’re a long ways from negotiations,” Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson told reporters traveling with him in Africa just hours before the surprise announcement at the White House.

But the president has flirted with the idea of meeting Mr. Kim before, and James Jay Carafano, a national security scholar at the Heritage Foundation, said it was utterly predictable that Mr. Trump would want to personally take on the issue.

“Trump actually has a really good track record of talking to other leaders,” Mr. Carafano said. “We ought to get beyond this thing that he’s going to be stupid. He’s now met with dozens of world leaders. This is actually where he shines, meeting with other leaders and looking very presidential. The fact that he would want to look the guy in the eye is very Trumpian.”

Indeed, Mr. Trump has been far more eager to deal directly with foreign leaders than Mr. Obama, a hands-on interlocutor who has forged relationships that changed his views and policies, such as with President Xi Jinping of China.

Mr. Carafano said Mr. Trump, the first president never to have served in government or the military, is not wedded to stale nostrums and is willing to think outside the box. He cited Mr. Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, a move Democratic and Republican presidents were too wary to make. While it drew loud protests from Palestinians, Mr. Carafano said, the world did not come to an end.

But Mr. Carafano cautioned against expecting a breakthrough if the meeting with Mr. Kim takes place. “The odds of him actually negotiating something are incredibly small,” he said. But the president’s agreement to talk dispels the warnings by critics that Mr. Trump was inevitably headed to war with North Korea through his bellicose messaging. “Our policy is not on this inevitable path to World War III.”

Still, the critics remain dubious. While they have urged Mr. Trump to try diplomacy, many said they did not mean that he should do it personally, and they warned that the president did not seem to have a thought-through plan for what he could reasonably achieve and how he would do it. Given Mr. Trump’s repeated criticism of Mr. Obama’s Iran deal — and a looming deadline for deciding whether to scrap it — the president would be hard pressed to agree to any accord with North Korea that fell short of its terms.

“Trump sees himself as a master negotiator, and yet is not particularly good at it,” said Colin Kahl, a former national security official under Mr. Obama. “He isn’t thoughtful or steeped in the types of details required for this type of diplomacy. He is prone to manipulation and flattery. He often makes threats he doesn’t follow through on and promises he can’t or won’t keep. And he often throws allies under the bus. This does not add up to a recipe for success, and the stakes could not be higher.”

But the president’s aides said he was full of surprises and should not be discounted. While noting that this would be a meeting, not a negotiation, a senior administration official, who briefed reporters on the condition of anonymity, said Mr. Trump was elected in part because he was willing to take approaches different from those of other presidents, a trait best exemplified by his North Korea policy.

Mr. Kim is the undisputed master of his totalitarian system, the official said, and so it made sense to accept an invitation to meet with the one person who can actually make decisions instead of repeating the long slog of the past.

The real question, then, becomes whether the only two leaders who can make decisions can make one together.

Russian President Vladimir Putin: if the US attacks Russia, he will use Nukes

Russian President Vladimir Putin said the United States is planning to deploy five cruisers and 30 destroyers near the Russian border. Should the US make the mistake of attacking Russia, however small the attack may be, Putin will launch nuclear weapons.

Putin’s warning came during a state of the nation address delivered by the Russian president on Thursday, in which he presented a number of new advanced strategic weapon systems. He said he would render all anti-missile capabilities that the US currently has powerless with his new and advanced weapon systems.

“We are greatly concerned by some parts of the new nuclear posture, which reduces the benchmark for the use of nuclear weapons. Whatever soothing words one may try to use behind closed doors, we can read what was written. And it says that these weapons can be used in response to a conventional attack or even a cyber-threat,” he said.

“Our nuclear doctrine says Russia reserves the right to use nuclear weapons only in response to a nuclear attack or an attack with other weapons of mass destruction against her or her allies, or a conventional attack against us that threatens the very existence of the state.”

“It is my duty to state this: Any use of nuclear weapons against Russia or its allies, be it small-scale, medium-scale or any other scale, will be treated as a nuclear attack on our country. The response will be instant and with all the relevant consequences,” Putin warned. –RT

A nuclear war is not something to take lightly. It would end civilization as we know it. Russian Lieutenant General

Evgeny Buzhinsky told RT that by training its European allies to use their nuclear arms, the US is moving towards an atomic war with Russia, forgetting that it would mean the end of the human civilization. The US is also attempting to make a “show of force” against Russia by sending ships to the Black Sea.

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“This is a gigantic story and nobody’s talking about it,” says Kyle Kulinski of Secular Talk. Americans are too busy being bombarded by gun control rhetoric and propaganda in the mainstream media to even realize that the US is posturing for a nuclear war with another nuclear superpower. “ We’re rolling the dice with World War 3. That’s not hyperbolic, ” Kulinski continued. “So you keep f***ing slowly tumbling toward armageddon and the entire time we all act like there’s not even a story here.”

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