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Steve Mnuchin Makes Salient Move in Sticky Saudi Situation

With all Hell set to break loose in the middle east, the Trump administration is making sure to cross their t’s and dot their i’s.

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With all Hell set to break loose in the middle east, the Trump administration is making sure to cross their t’s and dot their i’s.

The US relationship with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is a strange one, indeed.  Given the Saudis exorbitant wealth, both in resources and cash, it pays for nations around the globe to play nice with the middle eastern monarchy.  The problem, of course, is that Saudi Arabia doesn’t often have to “play nice”, since they seem to be holding a majority of the world’s oil and can dictate the entire global economy with the stroke of a pen.

Now that it is becoming clear that Saudi Arabia was intimately involved in the gruesome and inexcusable torture and murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the United States has several tough decisions to make in how to proceed.  This development has the Trump administration firing on all cylinders, and working to bring the entire organization into harmony.

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Steven Mnuchin’s latest announcement has give us a glimpse into the severity of the issue.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Thursday he has decided against attending a conference in Saudi Arabia this month, amid the uproar over the the presumed death of activist Jamal Khashoggi.

“Just met with @realDonaldTrump and @SecPompeo and we have decided, I will not be participating in the Future Investment Initiative summit in Saudi Arabia,” Mnuchin tweeted.

Mnuchin has been facing calls to cancel his plans to attend after Khashoggi vanished two weeks ago during a visit to the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. Turkish officials allege Khashoggi was killed and dismembered inside the consulate.

The Future Investment Initiative summit is scheduled for Oct. 23-25 in Riyadh. A number of high-profile people – including leaders from the World Bank, Google and Uber – have also announced plans to drop out.

While the President’s White House has often been light and nonchalant in their narrative, on the subject of Saudi Arabia there seems to be little room for interpretation.  Mnuchin’s announcement, combined with the President’s reserved candor when it comes to discussing the Saudi Royal Family speaks volumes about the tense nature of the situation.

 

 

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Furious Furloughed Federal Workers Descend on DC Swamp to Demand Action

It’s the ruling class versus the working class on the streets of DC this weekend as protesters take their gripes to Pennsylvania Avenue.

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Americans are becoming increasingly disenfranchised with the asinine behavior of our elected officials, and a breaking point seems to be in the offing.

The partial government shutdown that we are currently navigating is undoubtedly sending us in the direction of civil unrest, as nearly a million government workers are being asked to continue toiling away at their jobs despite their net-zero paychecks.

This has led to massive callouts at the TSA, the suspension of routine food inspections by the FDA, and a general sense of anger and lament among We The People.  The Washington fat cats are too proud to compromise, and the working class Americans who are affected by this sinful pride have reached a tipping point.

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It’s the ruling class versus the working class on the streets of DC this weekend as protesters take their gripes to Pennsylvania Avenue.

Hundreds of furloughed government workers and contractors descended on the White House on Thursday to plead to be allowed to return to work.

Holding signs such as “Stop the war on workers” and “We want work, not walls,” the protesters assembled in the bitter cold outside of AFL-CIO union headquarters before making their way to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

The anger was palpable.

“I’d like the shutdown to end. I’d like to go back to my job,” said Matthew Chrichton, a 32-year-old staffer for the Peace Corps, adding that he’d moved to Washington for his job four months ago and “living in DC is expensive.”

“I have rent to pay,” he said. “I have bills I need to pay. I want to go to work, and I can’t because they can’t figure out how to fund the government.”

The action comes after weeks of populists uprisings in France, in which the French people have railed against their own government’s lack of care for the people of that nation.

If the American government shutdown doesn’t end soon, there is little doubt that scenes similar to those we’ve witnessed in Paris could be on the horizon.

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Blackface-Wearing Comedian Joins Dems in Dismissing Border Crisis

There is a crisis on the border where women are being raped and children are dying, but don’t worry! Blackface-wearing comedian Jimmy Kimmel says everything is fine.

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There are no shortage of disturbing issues with the liberal left’s stance on border security, not the least of which was on full display last night.

Shortly after President Trump delivered an 8-minute address to the nation on the subject of the southern border, the media spin-machine was turned up to 11.  In the immediate aftermath of the Commander in Chief’s speech, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Minority Leader Chuck Schumer took to the podium, looking eerily similar to the famous Grant Wood painting American Gothic.  During their terse, dry, and unconvincing read of their vetted and re-vetted verbiage, the two failed to make any sort of point that resembled a counterattack to the President.

The American people weren’t buying it, with anchors on CNN even visibly disappointed by the lackluster language.

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Then came the late night hosts, who again attempted to downplay the severity of what it happening on the border.

“All the major networks covered his speech live, and for good reason,” Jimmy Kimmel began. “It was historic. Rarely does a president of the United States interrupt primetime television to warn us about a completely made-up thing.”

Kimmel then suggested that the speech should be accompanied by the following disclaimer: “The following presidential address is a work of fiction. All personalities, incidents, events, locations and facts were pulled directly from the president’s ass.”

“So with that as a caveat, the president spoke. He did not mention the caravan that was coming to get us three months ago. I don’t know what happened to that, but I guess it disappeared when the election was done,” Kimmel said. “But he does want us to believe there is a crisis at the border beside the one he created. He desperately wants us to be worried about the border.”

Kimmel’s remarks are akin to denial of the horrific conditions that many of the migrants face.

Not only are these human beings subjected to blistering temperatures, dangerous trails, and nefarious ne’er do wells on their journey, but we have already seen at least two instances in which children are dying as a result of their attempts to be marched across the border.

And this doesn’t even take into account the unspeakable and unfathomable things that occur to women and children as they mingle with these hardened smugglers.

If the democrats and the comedians want to downplay the severity of that, they do so at the peril of being labeled “Border Crisis Deniers” – a term purposefully reminiscent of “Holocaust Deniers”.

But, what else do you expect from a man who habitually wore blackface for chuckles?

 

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