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BOMBSHELL: Trump told Saudis to stop funding terror

Donald Trump also returned to a popular campaign theme, insisting that US intervetion in the middle east has caused nothing but harm

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Donald Trump made a startling admission in a speech to his supporters in Iowa earlier this week.

The US president continued his unique brand of personal communication with the American electorate by holding a rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on Wednesday.

Near the conclusion of his speech to an enthusiastic crowd, Trump turned to discussion of his first foreign tour, which saw him meeting with the heads of 54 Muslim countries in the Saudi capital of Riyadh:

…you go to Saudi Arabia where I just came back – a monumental, epic trip. Because I said: You cannot continue to fund terrorism. And the king of Saudi Arabia who…is really a very special man, I mean that – he has taken it to heart.

It may have been a slip by Trump, who is known for generous ad libbing during speeches.

But he clearly accused Saudi Arabia of complicity in terror funding – something for which Qatar is currently under fire after Riyadh and several allies threw the small Gulf emirate under the bus.

The United States, not to mention the world at large, has known about the Saudi support for radical Islamic terror for quite a while.

The failure of Washington to condemn the Wahabist Saudis’ role, while pointing the finger solely at Qatar (which certainly is also guilty), has been a glaring omission.

Continuing his speech, Trump attempted to backtrack slightly, stressing the Saudis were now on board for the fight against terror, but then appeared to say the greater part of the Muslim world bore responsibility:

And [the Saudis] are fighting with other countries that have been funding terrorism…We cannot let these incredibly rich nations fund radical Islamic terrorism or terrorism of any kind…54 Muslim nations coming together, some immensely powerful, wealthy nations…

He then emphasized that in fact, the main point of the trip was actually not economic, but precisely to let those nations know that the status quo on ISIS support had to change:

[We’re] making airplanes, we’re making all sorts of things, hundreds of billions of dollars, and it’s going back [to the US]. [But] the real purpose of my being there, was to make sure these countries do not fund terror any longer.

Earlier in his address, Trump had strongly reiterated his campaign rhetoric, decrying the havoc caused by decades of US military intervention:

Our country has spent $6 trillion in the middle east – wasted. And the lives, the lives…thousands and thousands and thousands of lives. We started 16 years ago, and it’s in far worse shape than it was 16 years ago. So we spent all of this money, all of these lives…and let me tell you, I came in and took over a very, very difficult hand. But we’re going to get it fixed – that’s what you put me here for.

Needless to say, Trump’s rhetoric is at odds with Pentagon policy, which seems to have changed little since the turnover in administrations. There is clearly a discrepency between the US president’s views and the deep state’s demands.

Whether anything will come of Trump’s talk with the Saudis is questionable. Most likely, they will continue exporting their radical brand of Islam while they seek to lay blame solely on Qatar as the scape goat.

But at any rate, reports of the death of “anti-establishment Trump” appear to have been greatly exaggerated.

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André De Koning
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André De Koning

Even though Trump might not have much control on the deep state policies, he said what was needed and perhaps there is a chance that he can appoint new officers of the deep state bit by bit. Maverick he may be and little understanding of climate change shows his lack of vision for longer term planning, at least he might start his promise of less war and save Syria (and ultimately Iran and Russia which are part of the long standing megalomaniac New World Order plans of the US since decades).

Wesa F.
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Wesa F.

Well lets give the man another chance, all he has to do is lead by example,the bottom line is he is not going to beat Syria unless he wants all out war then he will be in for a shock as to who his real enemies are,so best forget NWO that will never happen and get back to reality.He is not a bad bloke shows balls and brains took on one hellover job after a total world stuff up by the Last Govt.

nshah
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nshah

He’s actually advancing those jews agendas to wiped off and illiminates Muslims throughout the world by the so called muslim scumbags regardless of whatever the countries are.. even the inbreed SA will be wiped out according to the greater israhell’s plan/s or NWO..!
This asshole is just a puppet (like the rest of the potus) as everything he speaks about are all contradicting..!not to mention all the promises given when running for the presidency.. And don’t give me all the crabs that he’s playing along with those jews game/s..!

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Trump is a nutter, always was, always will be. Has not read a book in 50 years, has problems reading from the teleprompter stopping in mid sentence and putting emphasis on the wrong parts which suggests that he was never read to as a child. He has absolutely no knowledge of how our Government works nor what Foreign Policy is and lacks any and all curiosity to learn any of it. So he just talks nonsense most of the time and then has to correct himself when his handlers tell him to. The whole thing is pathetic. The country has… Read more »

John Mason
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John Mason

Clever from Trump by reversing his stand against Qatar. Don’t believe he said that to the Saudis. Just another publicity stunt to make himself look important.

hestroy
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hestroy

I agree.

SPQR
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SPQR

Trump is a buffoon but he triggers progressives so he isn’t all bad… I guess.

seby
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seby

bernie sanders said that he “couldn’t remember an American president with more authoritarian tendencies than tRump.” Really, bernie? It’s hard to get more authoritarian than oblahblah killing American citizens by drone without an indictment, trial or declaration of war. tRump’s authoritarianism comes with the office.

Tom Luongo
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Tom Luongo

Bernie Sanders is a joke. A simple party lacky, nothing more.

seby
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seby

it doesnt matter. the real lackey that matters to our immediate lives, is POTUS!

seby
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seby

Did he put that as a clause in the contract when he sold the “big hearted” saudi head-chopper half a trillion dollars in military hardware?

Guy
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Guy

Lets see if he walks the talk .He seems to be all over the map ,though to be realistic ,there seems to be different factions within the US pulling in differing agendas and this hopefully explains why .

Vera Gottlieb
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Vera Gottlieb

Very noble…but how about not selling any arms to any of the countries in that region? Money, money makes the world go round…

Strelnikov
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Strelnikov

Recent research has shown that Duran Duran is neither a duran, nor a duran.

lickeyleaks
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lickeyleaks

If its true,then when a lot of countrys are veering away from the US policy of world policemen and regime change he has to change his tune to save US..

XRGRSF
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XRGRSF

OK, wonderful, but what did Jared say?

Jesse Marioneaux
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Jesse Marioneaux

Hey I want to tell you thanks for your service I wish we can talk more on Facebook. I am so glad you are awake.

Marc Leif
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Marc Leif

Trump can say what he wants, but the Deep State runs the military and national security apparatus for Israel and Saudi Arabia and they do what they want. And what they want is the partition of Syria and the destruction of every state in the Middle East and Central Asia. And then it’s the break-up of Russia. That’s what they want, that’s what they’re doing. Trump can re-live his campaign and tweet all he wants. The US Military Industrial State does what it wants. Period.

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Anyone who believes the headline is living in fantasy.

Headline:
“…BOMBSHELL: Trump told Saudis to stop funding terror…”

Reason:
Trump has a habit of saying things but doing the opposite.

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Trump Has Gifted “No More Wars” Policy Position To Bernie Sanders (Video)

The Duran Quick Take: Episode 148.

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RT CrossTalk host Peter Lavelle and The Duran’s Alex Christoforou discuss how US President Donald Tump appears to have ceded his popular 2016 ‘no more wars’ campaign message and policy position to Bernie Sanders and any other US 2020 candidate willing to grad onto a non-interventionist approach to the upcoming Democrat primaries.

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“Is Bernie Stealing Trump’s ‘No More Wars’ Issue?” by Patrick J. Buchanan…


The center of gravity of U.S. politics is shifting toward the Trump position of 2016.

“The president has said that he does not want to see this country involved in endless wars… I agree with that,” Bernie Sanders told the Fox News audience at Monday’s town hall meeting in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

Then turning and staring straight into the camera, Bernie added:

“Mr. President, tonight you have the opportunity to do something extraordinary: Sign that resolution. Saudi Arabia should not be determining the military or foreign policy of this country.”

Sanders was talking about a War Powers Act resolution that would have ended U.S. involvement in the five-year civil war in Yemen that has created one of the great humanitarian crises of our time, with thousands of dead children amidst an epidemic of cholera and a famine.

Supported by a united Democratic Party on the Hill, and an anti-interventionist faction of the GOP led by Sens. Rand Paul and Mike Lee of Utah, the War Powers resolution had passed both houses of Congress.

But 24 hours after Sanders urged him to sign it, Trump, heeding the hawks in his Cabinet and National Security Council, vetoed S.J.Res.7, calling it a “dangerous attempt to weaken my constitutional authorities.”

With sufficient Republican votes in both houses to sustain Trump’s veto, that should be the end of the matter.

It is not: Trump may have just ceded the peace issue in 2020 to the Democrats. If Sanders emerges as the nominee, we will have an election with a Democrat running on the “no-more-wars” theme Trump touted in 2016. And Trump will be left defending the bombing of Yemeni rebels and civilians by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia.

Does Trump really want to go into 2020 as a war party president?

Does he want to go into 2020 with Democrats denouncing “Trump’s endless wars” in the Middle East? Because that is where he is headed.

In 2008, John McCain, leading hawk in the Senate, was routed by a left-wing first-term senator from Illinois, Barack Obama, who had won his nomination by defeating the more hawkish Hillary Clinton, who had voted to authorize the war in Iraq.

In 2012, the Republican nominee Mitt Romney, who was far more hawkish than Obama on Russia, lost.

Yet, in 2016, Trump ran as a different kind of Republican, an opponent of the Iraq War and an anti-interventionist who wanted to get along with Russia’s Vladimir Putin and get out of these Middle East wars.

Looking closely at the front-running candidates for the Democratic nomination of 2020 — Joe Biden, Sanders, Kamala Harris, Beto O’Rourke, Pete Buttigieg, Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker — not one appears to be as hawkish as Trump has become.

Trump pulled us out of the nuclear deal with Iran negotiated by Secretary of State John Kerry and reimposed severe sanctions.

He declared Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps a terrorist organization, to which Iran has responded by declaring U.S. Central Command a terrorist organization. Ominously, the IRGC and its trained Shiite militias in Iraq are in close proximity to U.S. troops.

Trump has recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, moved the U.S. Embassy there, closed the consulate that dealt with Palestinian affairs, cut off aid to the Palestinians, recognized Israel’s annexation of the Golan Heights seized from Syria in 1967, and gone silent on Bibi Netanyahu’s threat to annex Jewish settlements on the West Bank.

Sanders, however, though he stands by Israel, is supporting a two-state solution and castigating the “right-wing” Netanyahu regime.

Trump has talked of pulling all U.S. troops out of Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. Yet the troops are still there.

Though Trump came into office promising to get along with the Russians, he sent Javelin anti-tank missiles to Ukraine and announced a pullout from Ronald Reagan’s 1987 INF treaty that outlawed all land-based intermediate-range nuclear missiles.

When Putin provocatively sent 100 Russian troops to Caracas — ostensibly to repair the S-400 anti-aircraft and anti-missile system that was damaged in recent blackouts — Trump, drawing a red line, ordered the Russians to “get out.”

Biden is expected to announce next week. If the stands he takes on Russia, China, Israel and the Middle East are more hawkish than the rest of the field, he will be challenged by the left wing of his party, and by Sanders, who voted “no” on the Iraq War that Biden supported.

The center of gravity of U.S. politics is shifting toward the Trump position of 2016. And the anti-interventionist wing of the GOP is growing.

And when added to the anti-interventionist and anti-war wing of the Democratic Party on the Hill, together, they are able, as on the Yemen War Powers resolution, to produce a new bipartisan majority.

Prediction: By the primaries of 2020, foreign policy will be front and center, and the Democratic Party will have captured the “no-more-wars” political high ground that Candidate Donald Trump occupied in 2016.

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Over 200 killed, hundreds injured in series of blasts at Sri Lankan hotels & churches

A series of bombings hit churches and hotels across Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, killing more than 200 people.

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A series of eight explosions rocked Catholic churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka as Christians began Easter Sunday celebrations, with over 200 killed and hundreds injured, media reported, citing police.

The blasts started at around 8:45am local time at St. Anthony’s Church in Colombo and St. Sebastian’s Church in Negombo, a Catholic-majority town outside of the capital. The Zion Church in Batticaloa on the eastern coast was also targeted. At around the same time, the Shangri-La, Cinnamon Grand and Kingsbury five-star hotels were also hit, police confirmed.

Two more explosions happened later in the day, targeting two more locations in Colombo. All attacks appear to have been coordinated.

At least 207 people were killed, Reuters reported, citing police. More than 450 were injured in the attacks.

Alleged footage of the aftermath, shared on social media, showed chaos and large-scale destruction inside at least one of the churches.

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Mike Pompeo reveals true motto of CIA: ‘We lied, we cheated, we stole’ (Video)

The Duran Quick Take: Episode 147.

Alex Christoforou

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The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris take a look at a Texas A&M University speech, and subsequent interview, with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

The former CIA Director admitted, ‘as an aside’ to the question asked, that the Intelligence agency he headed up before being appointed as the top US Diplomat had a motto “we lied, we cheated, we stole”…which, according to Pompeo, contained entire CIA training courses based on ‘lying, cheating and stealing.’

Pompeo finally speaks some truth.

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