KIM TARGETS TRUMP: North Korea vows ‘ruthless’ retaliation toward America as tensions mount

Washington, D.C. — North Korea released a propaganda video on Tuesday showing President Donald Trump looking out over a graveyard full of crosses (http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/844271/World-War-3-North-Korea-v-USA-Guam-warning-video-propaganda-Kim-Jong-Un).

The video, which was paired with an ominous warning from North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, criticized the president for “spouting rubbish” and parodied his frequent use of Twitter and other social media platforms.

The video also showed a figure resembling Vice President Pence consumed by flames and mocked South Korea’s “puppy-like” Defense Minister Song Young-moo for “pinning hope on that mad guy.”

“Trump spouted rubbish that if a war breaks out, it would be on the Korean Peninsula, and if thousands of people die, they would be only Koreans and Americans may sleep a sound sleep,” a statement from KCNA, North Korea’s official news agency, read on Tuesday.

In a separate statement issued by South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency (http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/news/2017/08/22/0200000000AEN20170822002752315.html), the KCNA vowed to wage “ruthless” retaliation against South Korea and the U.S. in response to their participation in a series of ongoing joint military exercises.

“The U.S. will be wholly held accountable for the catastrophic consequences to be entailed by such reckless aggressive war maneuvers, as it chose a military confrontation [with North Korea],” a North Korean military spokesman told the KCNA.

In related news, the US Treasury Department announced on Tuesday new sanctions which target Chinese and Russian entities that help fund and facilitate North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

“As a result of today’s action, any property or interests in property of the designated persons in the possession or control of US persons or within the United States must be blocked, and US persons are generally prohibited from dealing with them,” the Treasury Department said in a released statement (https://www.treasury.gov/press-center/press-releases/Pages/sm0148.aspx).

“Treasury will continue to increase pressure on North Korea by targeting those who support the advancement of nuclear and ballistic missile programs and isolating them from the American financial system,” Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said. “It is unacceptable for individuals and companies in China, Russia and elsewhere to enable North Korea to generate income used to develop weapons of mass destruction and destabilize the region. We are taking actions consistent with UN sanctions to show that there are consequences for defying sanctions and providing support to North Korea and to deter this activity in the future.”

North Korea’s latest round of threats come on the heals of Monday’s Reuters report which revealed that two North Korean shipments bound for a Syrian chemical arms facility were recently “intercepted.”

“The panel is investigating reported prohibited chemical, ballistic missile and conventional arms cooperation between Syria and the [North Korea],” the report read (http://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-northkorea-syria-un-idUKKCN1B12G8?utm_campaign=trueAnthem:+Trending+Content&utm_content=599b6e2604d301797510cb1b&utm_medium=trueAnthem&utm_source=twitter).

North Korea has been under U.N. sanctions since 2006 over its ballistic missile and nuclear weapons programs. The Security Council has stepped up efforts in recent weeks to shut those programs down since North Korea’s recent tests of nuclear weapons and four long-range missile launches.

President Trump has heavily called on China to put more pressure on North Korea but thus far China has done little to curb the threats of it’s neighbor and ally.

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COMEY LETTER TO CONGRESS: I WAS PRESSURED BY TRUMP TO SHUT DOWN FLYNN INVESTIGATION

WASHINGTON, D.C. — In advance of his expected testimony before the House Senate Intelligence Committee, former FBI director James Comey, in a letter to Congress on Wednesday, claimed president Donald Trump coerced him to shut down his investigation into ex-national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Flynn, who Democrats claim had inappropriate communications with Russia, resigned just weeks after being appointed by Trump amid revelations that he had not been forthcoming to Vice President Mike Pence in regard to his dealings with a Russian diplomat.

The letter, which includes a seven page opening statement filed with the Senate Intelligence Committee (https://www.intelligence.senate.gov/sites/default/files/documents/os-jcomey-060817.pdf), details nine separate meetings with President Trump, including a Jan. 27 dinner in which Trump allegedly told Comey: “I need loyalty, I expect loyalty.’’

“I didn’t move, speak or change my facial expression any way during the awkward silence that followed,’’ Comey said of the encounter.

On another occasion, Comey says Trump all but demanded that he halt his investigation into whether Flynn’s communications with the Russian diplomat had anything to do with election tampering.

“I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go,’’ Comey quotes the president as saying. “He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go.’’

At one point, claims Comey, the exchanges between himself and the president became so uncomfortable that he confronted Attorney General Jeff Sessions and said he did not want to be left alone again with the president.

“Throughout history, some Presidents have decided that because ‘problems’ come from Justice, they should try to hold the Department close,” Comey wrote in the letter to Congress. “But blurring those boundaries ultimately makes the problems worse by undermining public trust in the institutions and their work.”

Comey’s letter to Congress also sheds light upon the impact the Russia scandal was having at the time on President Trump and his young administration.

“On the morning of March 30, the President called me at the FBI,” Comey writes in the letter. “He described the Russia investigation as “a cloud” that was impairing his ability to act on behalf of the country. He said he had nothing to do with Russia, had not been involved with hookers in Russia, and had always assumed he was being recorded when in Russia. He asked what we could do to “lift the cloud.” I responded that we were investigating the matter as quickly as we could, and that there would be great benefit, if we didn’t find anything, to our having done the work well. He agreed, but then re-emphasized the problems this was causing him.”

The relationship between himself and the president only worsened from there, claims Comey.

“On the morning of April 11, the President called me and asked what I had done about his request that I “get out” that he is not personally under investigation,” Comey writes. “I replied that I had passed his request to the Acting Deputy Attorney General, but I had not heard back. He replied that “the cloud” was getting in the way of his ability to do his job. He said that perhaps he would have his people reach out to the Acting Deputy Attorney General. I said that was the way his request should be handled. I said the White House Counsel should contact the leadership of DOJ to make the request, which was the traditional channel.

He said he would do that and added, “Because I have been very loyal to you, very loyal; we had that thing you know.” I did not reply or ask him what he meant by “that thing.” I said only that the way to handle it was to have the White House Counsel call the Acting Deputy Attorney General. He said that was what he would do and the call ended.

That was the last time I spoke with President Trump.”

The president has denied any wrongdoing in his firing of Comey, claiming that his decision to terminate him from the role of FBI director was based primarily on Comey’s sub par handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server.

Democrats, however, argue that Comey was fired in an effort to cover up a conspiracy by the president and his staff to collaborate with Russia to influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.

On Wednesday it was announced that Texas Democrat Al Green had begun impeachment proceedings against the president (https://rebekahworsham.org/2017/06/07/potus-under-attack-texas-democrat-starts-impeachment-process-against-trump/) on the grounds of obstruction of justice.

Comey’s testimony is scheduled to begin on Thursday starting at 10 am EST.

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PRESIDENT PENCE? VP LAUNCHES SUPER PAC AS RUMORS OF IMPEACHMENT SWIRL

WASHINGTON, D.C. — As his boss faces increasing backlash over reports of his alleged ties to Russia, Vice president Mike Pence filed papers on Thursday to launch a political action committee of his own.

The announcement comes just one day after the justice department announced it had appointed a special prosecutor to look into whether or not president Trump’s firing of former FBI director James Comey had anything to do with his investigation into what, if any, role the Russians played in the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.

In an interview with Bloomberg (https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-05-17/pence-takes-steps-to-build-war-chest-as-white-house-stumbles), Nick Ayers, Pence’s senior advisor to the “Great America Committee”, downplayed rumors that the VP was capitalizing on the president’s woes by pouncing on the opportunity to slide in to the Oval Office given the remote chance that impeachment should occur, claiming that the creation of the committee was simply another attempt by Pence to boost the president’s legislative efforts.

“The Vice President is playing a leading role in passing legislation on the Hill,” Ayers said. “He wants to support House and Senate members who are helping pass the president’s agenda.”

Despite his denials, Pence is well aware of the rumors circulating on the Hill. On Wednesday, conservative radio show host Michael Savage opened his show by asking his listeners if Trump should resign in order to save the party’s agenda.

Also on Wednesday, Politico ran an opinion piece (http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/17/mike-pence-president-trump-238525) which insinuated that the ultra conservative Pence may be the only hope left in saving the Republican party from collapse.

Once source close to Pence says the rumors of his sharpening the knife to stab the president in the back are “ridiculous”.

“Mike is loyal to the president,” said the source, who wished to speak off the record. “Don’t read anything more into this than his running for re-election as vice president in 2020 and supporting other candidates. This president (president Trump) isn’t going anywhere.”

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‘GOD BLESS AMERICA’: TRUMP STRIKES BACK AGAINST WAR ON FAITH; SIGNS EXECUTIVE ORDER TO PROTECT RELIGIOUS FREEDOMS

WASHINGTON, D.C. — In a move to restore religious freedoms in the U.S., president Donald Trump signed on Thursday an executive order to protect churches from sanctions by the IRS.

In his introduction of the president during a National Day of Prayer event inside the Rose Garden, Vice President Mike Pence said the National Day of Prayer is a time to reaffirm “the vital role people of faith play in American society” and praised Trump for marking the importance of the day.

“Our President is a believer. He loves his family and he loves his country with an unshakeable faith in God,” said Pence.

After thanking the Vice-president, Trump took to the podium and declared that the war on Christianity by the government is over.

“We’re a nation of believers. Faith is deeply embedded into the history of our country, the spirit of our founding and the soul of our nation,” Trump said as religious leaders and members of his staff looked on. “We will not allow people of faith to be targeted, bullied or silenced anymore.”

After a word of prayer with attending clergy, the president signed the executive action which effectively reverses the ban on political speech from the pulpit that was introduced in 1954 by then-Democratic Sen. Lyndon Johnson. Johnson’s bill, which was approved by Congress, gave the IRS the authority to punish tax-exempt religious organizations, including churches, for making political endorsements or participating in political campaigns.

“We are giving our churches their voices back,” Trump said.

“You are great, great people,” the president continues, pointing to the religious leaders in attendance. “No one should be censoring sermons or targeting pastors.”

“God bless you, and God bless America,” he concluded.

The order, “to protect and vigorously promote religious liberty”, was met with welcome praise by religious leaders from around the country.

“The first freedom in the Bill of Rights is religious freedom. America was born on the foundation of religious freedom and it is one of our most cherished liberties. There could be no better day to sign an executive order on religious freedom than the National Day of Prayer,” Mat Staver, chairman of Liberty Counsel, said of the executive action.

Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, also praised the order.

“The open season on Christians and other people of faith is coming to a close in America and we look forward to assisting the Trump administration in fully restoring America’s First Freedom,” Perkins said in a released statement,

However, critics of the president were quick to categorize the order as an attack on the LGBT community.

In a statement, (https://www.aclu.org/news/aclu-statement-reports-impending-religious-freedom-executive-order) Louise Melling, ACLU’s deputy legal director said of the order: “The ACLU fights every day to defend religious freedom, but religious freedom does not mean the right to discriminate against or harm others. If President Trump signs an executive order that attempts to provide a license to discriminate against women or LGBT people, we will see him in court.”

When reached for statement on the ACLU’s response, a White House spokesperson said the president had, “no comment” on the organization’s threat.

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TRUMP ORDERS ADDITIONAL AIRCRAFT CARRIERS SENT TO KOREAN PENINSULA AS KIM JUNG-UN REMAINS DEFIANT

WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Donald Trump on Monday ordered two additional aircraft carriers deployed to the Korean peninsula as tensions between the U.S. and North Korea continue to mount.

South Korea’s primary news outlet, Yonhap, reports that in addition to the already deployed U.S.S. Carl Vinson, which is expected to arrive off the South Korean coast on April 25, the CVN. Ronald Reagan and the CVN-68 Nimitz will enter the Sea of Japan next week.

A source close to the Trump administration says the move is meant to show North Korean leader Kim Jung-Un, who attempted a missile launch early Sunday local time that failed “almost immediately”, that America’s new leader does not draw imaginary red lines in the sand.

“We expect it to be completely different from the previous administration,” said the source.

Trump, who was briefed on the launch while visiting his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida, this weekend, has said that his administration has no qualms about using military action against the rogue leader, if necessary.

“The president and his military team are aware of North Korea’s most recent unsuccessful missile launch. The president has no further comment,” Secretary of Defense James Mattis said in a statement Saturday night.

Shin In-kyun, President of Korea Defense Network, a civic group specializing in military affairs, said that submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) that was likely launched by the North Koreans, told NBC News (http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/north-korean-missile-launch-fails-almost-immediately-u-s-military-n747006) that although this most recent test launch was a failure, the idea that Jung-un has developed this type of capability to begin with should be a matter of grave concern.

“SLBMs are more threatening than any other type of missile of the same range because it can evade radar detection, including the THAAD,” Shin said of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense anti-missile system provided to South Korea by the U.S. “If North Korea [can] complete building 3,000-ton submarine, they can then attack Guam, Hawaii and even Alaska with an SLBM.”

Vice President Mike Pence, in a rare trip to South Korea, put North Korea on notice saying that recent US military strikes in Syria and Afghanistan showed that Trump’s patience should not be tested.

“Just in the past two weeks, the world witnessed the strength and resolve of our new president in actions taken in Syria and Afghanistan,” Pence said in a joint press conference with South Korean acting president Hwang Kyo-ahn on Sunday.
“North Korea would do well not to test his resolve or the strength of the armed forces of the United States in this region.”

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OPINION: VP UNDER FIRE: PENCE SPARKS UPROAR OVER COMMENTS ON WIFE

WASHINGTON, D.C. — In D.C., scandals surrounding married men being seen with women other than their wives are a daily occurrence. But only Vice-president Mike Pence could spark controversy by saying he’d rather play it safe.

In a piece published by The Washington Post on Tuesday (https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/karen-pence-is-the-vice-presidents-prayer-warrior-gut-check-and-shield/2017/03/28/3d7a26ce-0a01-11e7-8884-96e6a6713f4b_story.html?utm_term=.b7be21c0adb3), Pence is quoted as saying that he never eats alone with a woman other than his wife and that he won’t attend events featuring alcohol without her by his side, either.

Let the mudslinging begin.

Instead of being praised as a man who honors and respects his wife enough to not be seen in public every night with a different woman on his arm, Pence was immediately slammed by some members of the liberal left as a phony, a fraud and, worst, a misogynist.

“The revolting thing about Pence’s no-meals-with-women rule isn’t prudishness. It’s that he’s limiting key professional opportunities to men,” wrote Ian Millhiser, an editor at ThinkProgress.

Ultra left ‘Mother Jones’ Editor in Chief Clara Jeffery wrote on Twitter, “If Pence won’t eat dinner alone with any woman but his wife, that means he won’t hire women in key spots.”

“There are a zillion threads out there about the Pences extra suffocating habits, but the key one is this,” Jefferey continued. “If Pence won’t eat with a woman alone, how could a woman be Chief of Staff, or lawyer, campaign manager, or… Would Pence dine with Ivanka? Or KellyAnne? Or are they too relegated to second class citizens. For that matter, how would he ever even interview a woman. With a chaperone? “It means that female reporters, also, would be cut out of his information flow, now and in the past.”

So let’s get this straight. The left idolizes a former president who sexually assaulted an intern who was barely out of her teens with a cigar, but want to hang a happily married man who prefers the company of his wife to political groupies out to dry?

Yea. Makes perfect sense to me.

Thankfully, some members of the mainstream media had enough sense to come to Pence’s defense.

Conservative blogger Matt Walsh took his liberal colleagues to task asking, “Seriously what’s the appropriate reason for a married person to go out for a meal alone with a member of the other sex (outside of family)? If you laugh at Pence for respecting his marriage, it’s probably because you’ve never been in a healthy one.” (https://twitter.com/MattWalshBlog/status/847414407000805376)

This, of course, led to calls for his head on Twitter. For daring to defend the family oriented V.P. Walsh was accused of everything from being a closeted homosexual to having faked positive reviews of his book on Amazon.

So basically, all liberals really want is a man who values adultery and zero morals in the White House. Anything other wouldn’t be up to their leftist standards.

Only in D.C., America. Only in D.C..

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