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Trump CRUSHES Nato Secretary General with massive truth bomb rant (Video)

Watch Trump dismantle NATO’s Secretary General, who turns to some good old fashion butt kissing to win Trump over.

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US President Donald Trump gave NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg a tongue lashing on NATO’s failure to crank up its defense spending, while calling out Germany for its complete dependance on Russian oil and gas.

Check out the video below for the best parts of Trump’s epic take down of Stoltenberg (and Merkel)…

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Of course Trump is preparing the way for his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, setting up some negotiating points for public consumption, before the two leaders face off in Helsinki on July 16th.

Trump however is also signaling his disdain for the Brussels technocrats running NATO, a military alliance with no purpose or point for existence. Trump is obviously displaying his lack of patience with NATO’s decades of freeloading, while also calling out Germany’s two-faced hypocrisy…feeding off the US taxpayer to protect them against an ‘invading Russia’, while at the same time outsourcing its entire energy infrastructure to Russia.

POTUS Trump called Germany a hostage of Russia, criticizing the bloc members that approved the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline from Russia to Europe.

Trump blasted Stoltenberg during a working breakfast…

“Germany is captive of Russia because it is getting so much of its energy from Russia. They pay billions of dollars to Russia and we have to defend them against Russia.”

This is a defense and energy shake down from Trump towards NATO, while at the same time laying the groundwork for a meeting with Putin, which will possibly see European energy and NATO discussed as perhaps some kind of grand bargain between the two leaders…because today, during his NATO breakfast, Trump just exposed how weak, inept, and corrupt NATO has become.

Via RT

Chancellor Angela Merkel rejected Trump’s assertion, saying that Berlin makes its own independent decisions and policies.

Germany has resisted US pressure to block Nord Stream 2, which is due to be completed in 2019. The project is an expansion of the existing Nord Stream natural gas pipeline which opened in 2011. The pipeline has been a source of contention for over a year, pitting the US and a small number of Eastern European countries, including Poland, Ukraine, Lithuania and others, on one side, against Russia and major EU members, led by Germany, on the other.

The expanded pipeline aims to ensure a reliable supply of Russian gas to central and western Europe. It includes a 759 mile (1,222km) natural gas pipeline running on the bed of the Baltic Sea from Russian gas fields to Germany. It will double the existing Nord Stream pipeline’s current annual capacity of 55 billion cubic meters and is expected to become operational by the end of next year.

The EU has suffered considerable economic losses due to the US-led push to block trade with Russia since 2014. By contrast, the US has been largely unaffected, and has even profited somewhat from the sale of pricey liquefied natural gas (LNG) that Washington has promoted as the alternative to cheaper Russian fuel.

Last month, Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen said that while US politicians are accusing Europe of being dependent on Russian gas, Washington was force-feeding Europe its liquefied natural gas, which is three times more expensive than natural gas from Russia.

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“Trump is obviously displaying his lack of patience with NATO’s decades of freeloading, while also calling out Germany’s two-faced hypocrisy…feeding off the US taxpayer to protect them against an ‘invading Russia’, while at the same time outsourcing its entire energy infrastructure to Russia…” Just who’s side are you on? NATO is not a defensive alliance, it is an instrument of US imperial aggression, therefore every penny Europeans spend on it- and they spend billions- us a free gift to the US Treasury. Europe is subsidising the USA’s policy of putting them in the middle of a nuclear war with Russia..… Read more »

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The fundamental ignorance of The Duran never ceases to amaze me, especially its praise for Trump who is every bit the proto-fascist monster that his opponents make him out to be, and that any examination of his domestic policy makes plain. The fact that he campaigned on a semi-sane foreign policy does not make him less of a US imperialist and his dressing down of NATO and Germany amounts to this: “My MAGA policy means that since you other members of NATO are forced into supporting the public hypocrisy that Russia is a threat to you, you have to embrace… Read more »

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The word “PROTECT” is the basis of Trumps assertions. The average German doesn’t feel that he has to be “PROTECTED” from Russia. Which is why they put so little and have put so little into national defense against Russia for so long. They tend to feel that the most de-stablising force on the planet is the US not Russia. Regarding the pipeline. “A penny saved is a penny earned”. Germany stands to make Billions on the gas from Russia, not only because its much cheaper but they will become a HUB allowing them to charge transit fee’s. And these fee’s… Read more »

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Pathetic that your disdain for Stoltenberg somehow should justify and even embroider Trump’s one-sided and illogical rant. NATO has said consistently since 1991-2012 that there is nothing to fear from Russia; only in the last 3 years has there been a ramping up of anti-Russia stuff (evidently the ‘missles against Iran’ no longer is a valid message)… NATO needs to be abandoned, not ‘fixed’ or ‘more heavily financed’. Its use has had negative consequences for the EU and European Nato members – useless regime change wars that spark migration flows and terrorist motivations. Even where actions are not NATO but… Read more »

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I failed to find mention of the fact that US LNG is so expensive that if Germany contracted with the US to buy it instead of the very cheap Russian pipeline gas, it would cease to be the world’s second biggest exporter. If Trump succeeds in selling this LNG to Russia, it will be tantamount to selling the Brooklyn Bridge. http://www.newsilkstrategies.com/news–analysis/trump-sells-vacuum-cleaners-to-warsaw

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NATO is an instrument for US control of European states .There is no need for organizations such as NATO anymore , now that the USSR is dissolved as is the Warsaw pact .If nothing else the European sates could develop their own security system of their own .NATO is a sink hole for uselessly spent money .

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But but but, the US has been trying to control the whole world since WW1 (?), why should we all pay them to dominate us?

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lene johansen

Duran is full of childish BS. Trump is a halfbrain talking like a toddler, something that suit the Duran. obviously.

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NATO is about providing political coverage to US hegemony. Starts to look like a mafia ‘protection’ racket.

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It is pure theatre. He runs the same script, time, plus time again. ‘Good cop, bad cop’, leaves the summit, leaving organised chaos in it’s wake. G7 summit compared to the SCO summit. One suited for the kindergarten. the other, professional, diplomatic, plus attended by adults.

So Trump says US will pull out of Nato, if you do not do as we say. What will Congress/Senate say, owing to so many being on the ‘MIC take’.

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lmao. really hope trump runs as a democrat next time

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This article is a PURE BULLSHIT!

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If the US wanted to end “freeloading” it could have years ago. The driving forces behind the War Machine are profit and Israeli expansion. The US is raising Pentagon spending by about the size of the Russian military budget each year. Yes, the Pentagon increase alone matches the entire Russian defense budget. Trump wants Euros to spend more money on dubious, vastly overpriced US weapons, for use against a pretend enemy.

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The author obviously has no clue that Trump’s ‘truth bomb’ was anything but a self serving gesture. It was more thuggish posturing to mask his real motivations and intentions, and that is to bully and intimidate Germany into abandoning Nordstream 2….so that the US itself can replace Russia and become Europe’s supplier of natural of the LNG kind…..at three times the Russian price! Stop behaving like a teenage Trump groupie Mr Christoforou, you are only diminishing the credibility of Duran’s once great journalism. If you think Putin will pay any attention to Trump’s harebrained idea, you better think again. He… Read more »

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Rod Rosenstein resigns from his post before President Trump can fire him

Rosenstein’s comments about secretly recording the President backfire, and resignation may throw the Mueller Russiagate probe into question.

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The Washington Times broke the story that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein resigned from his post. He submitted his resignation to Chief of Staff John Kelly.  At present the breaking story says the following:

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is out at the Department of Justice.

Axios reported that Mr. Rosenstein verbally resigned to White House Chief Of Staff John Kelly, but CNN said that he is expecting to be fired.

Sarah Isgur Flores, a Department of Justice spokeswoman, declined to comment on the reports.

Mr. Rosenstein’s departure immediately throws Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russian collusion probe into chaos.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the investigation, leaving Mr. Rosenstein in charge.

President Trump mulled firing the No. 2 at the Department of Justice over the weekend.

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This report came after Fox News reported that the Deputy AG was summoned to the White House. Fox reported a little more detail:

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is heading to the White House expecting to be fired, sources tell Fox News, in the wake of a report that he suggested wearing a wire against President Trump and invoking the 25th Amendment to remove him from office last year.

This is a developing story, however one major factor that comes under consideration is the fate of Robert Mueller and his Russiagate investigation, which was authorized by Rosenstein. CNBC had this to say in their piece:

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is resigning Monday, according to Axios, which cited a source familiar with the matter.

NBC News’ Pete Williams, however, reported that Rosenstein would not resign of his own accord, and that he will only depart if the White House fired him. He will refuse to resign if asked to do so, Williams added.

Rosenstein was at the White House when Williams reported this on the air. However, President Donald Trump is in New York for the United Nations General Assembly.

Bloomberg later reported that the White House accepted Rosenstein’s resignation, citing a person familiar with the matter.

Rosenstein’s expected resignation will immediately raise questions about the fate of the ongoing investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller, who is probing Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, and possible obstruction of justice by President Donald Trump.

Rosenstein’s job security was called into question after The New York Times reported last week that the No. 2 DOJ official had discussed invoking the 25th amendment to remove Trump, and had also talked about surreptitiously recording the president.

Rosenstein oversees the special counsel investigation, and has appointed Mueller to run the Russia probe last year, after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the case.

The special counsel’s office declined to comment on the report.

The White House did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment on Axios’ report. The Justice Department did not immediately respond to CNBC’s inquiry.

Trump has repeatedly blasted Mueller’s inquiry, which also is focused on possible collusion with Russia by members of the Trump campaign.

He has called the investigation a “witch hunt,” and has repeatedly vented frustration about Sessions’ recusal, which directly led to Mueller’s appointment by Rosenstein.

Rosenstein’s expected departure comes on the heels of a guilty plea by Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort to conspiracy charges related to his consulting work in Ukraine, which predates his role on the campaign.

As part of the investigation, Mueller’s team has been locked in an ongoing back-and-forth with Trump’s legal team over an in-person interview with the president.

Trump’s lawyers, including former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, have signaled that Trump is unwilling to sit for an interview, calling it a “perjury trap” and setting up a potential challenge for Mueller to subpoena the president.

This story is developing. Please check back for updates.

 

 

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European Council crushes Theresa May’s soft Brexit dream (Video)

The Duran – News in Review – Episode 116.

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UK Prime Minister Theresa May hoped that the European Council was ready to see things her way, in terms of proceeding with a soft Brexit, which was essentially no Brexit at all…at least not the hard Brexit that was voted on in a democratic referendum approximately two years ago.

Much to May’s surprise, European Council President Donald Tusk delivered a death blow verdict for May’s Brexit, noting that EU leaders are in full agreement that Chequers plan for Brexit “will not work” because “it risks undermining the single market.”

Without a miracle compromise springing up come during the October summit, the UK will drift into the March 29, 2019 deadline without a deal and out of the European Union…which was initially what was voted for way back in 2016, leaving everyone asking, what the hell was May doing wasting Britain’s time and resources for two years, so as to return back to the hard Brexit terms she was charged with carrying forward after the 2016 referendum?

The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss what was a disastrous EU summit in Salzburg for UK PM Theresa May, in what looks to be the final nail in May’s tenure as UK Prime Minister, as a hard Brexit now seems all but certain.

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Tusk was speaking at the end of an EU summit in Salzburg, where the leaders of the 27 remaining states in the bloc were discussing Brexit. He said that while there were “positive elements” in May’s Chequers plan, a deal that puts the single market at risk cannot be accepted.

“Everybody shared the view that while there are positive elements in the Chequers proposal, the suggested framework for economic co-operation will not work, not least because it is undermining the single market,” Tusk said. He also said that he could not “exclude” the possibility that the UK could exit the EU in March with no deal.

May has been urging her European counterparts to accept her controversial Chequers plan which has split both the Conservative party and the broader UK population after it was thrashed out back in July. However, despite the painfully-slow negotiation process, which appears to have made little headway with just a few months left, the UK is set to leave the EU on March 29 2019 – with or without an exit deal.

The main sticking point that has emerged, and left May and the EU at loggerheads, has been how to avoid new checks on the Irish border. May has claimed that her proposals were the “only serious, credible” way to avoid a hard border in Northern Ireland. She said during a press conference after the Salzburg meeting that she would not accept the EU’s “backstop” plan to avoid a Northern Ireland hard border. She said the UK would shortly be bringing forward its own proposals.

May also said that there was “a lot of hard work to be done,” adding that the UK was also preparing for the eventuality of having to leave the EU without a deal. Tusk, meanwhile, said that the upcoming October summit would be the “moment of truth” for reaching a deal, and that “if the conditions are there” another summit would be held in November to “formalize” it.

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The US and Israel are universally recognized leaders in the development and use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or drones. Thousands of American and Israeli UAVs are operating across the world daily.

The US military has recently successfully tested an air-to-air missile to turn its MQ-9 Reaper drone into an effective long-endurance, high-altitude surveillance unmanned spy aircraft capable of air-to-surface as well as air-to-air missions. This is a major breakthrough. It’s not a secret that Russia has been lagging behind in UAV development. Now its seems to be going to change with tangible progress made to narrow the gap.

Very few nations boast drones capable of high-altitude long endurance (HALE) missions. Russia is to enter the club of the chosen. In late 2017, the Russian Defense Ministry awarded a HALE UAV contract to the Kazan-based Simonov design bureau.

This month, Russian Zvezda military news TV channel showed a video (below) of Altair (Altius) heavy drone prototype aircraft number “03”, going through its first flight test.

Propelled by two RED A03/V12 500hp high fuel efficiency diesel engines, each producing a capacity of 500 hp on takeoff, the 5-ton heavy vehicle with a wingspan of 28.5 meters boasts a maximum altitude of 12km and a range of 10,000km at a cruising speed of 150-250km/h.

Wingspan: about 30 meters. Maximum speed: up to 950 km/h. Flight endurance: 48 hours. Payload: two tons, which allows the creation of a strike version. The vehicle is able to autonomously take off and land or be guided by an operator from the ground.

The UAV can carry the usual range of optical and thermal sensors as well as synthetic-aperture ground-surveillance radar with the resolution of .1 meter at the range of 35km and 1 meter at the range of 125km. The communications equipment allows real-time data exchange.

Russia’s UAV program currently underway includes the development of a range of large, small, and mid-sized drones. The Orion-E medium altitude long endurance (MALE) UAV was unveiled at the MAKS 2017 air show. Its developer, Kronstadt Technologies, claims it could be modified for strike missions. The one-ton drone is going through testing now. The Orion-E is capable of automatic takeoff and landing.

It can fly continuously for 24 hours, carrying a surveillance payload of up to 200 kg to include a forward looking infra-red (FLIR) turret, synthetic aperture radar and high resolution cameras. The drone can reach a maximum altitude of 7,500 m. Its range is 250 km.

The Sukhoi design bureau is currently developing the Okhotnik (Hunter) strike drone with a range of about 3,500km. The drone made its maiden flight this year. In its current capacity, it has an anti-radar coating, and will store missiles and precision-guided bombs internally to avoid radar detection.

The Kazan-based Eniks Design Bureau is working on the small T-16 weaponized aerial vehicle able to carry 6 kg of payload.

The new Russian Korsar (Corsair) tactical surveillance unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) will be upgraded to receive an electronic warfare system. Its operational range will be increased from 150km to 250km. The drone was revealed at Victory Day military parade along with the Korsar unmanned combat helicopter version.

The rotary wing drone lacks the speed and altitude of the fixed wing variant, but has a great advantage of being able to operate without landing strips and can be sea-based. Both drones can carry guided and unguided munitions. The fixed-wing version can be armed with Ataka 9M120 missiles.

The first Russian helicopter-type unmanned aerial vehicle powered by hydrogen fuel cells was presented at the Army-2018 international forum. With the horizontal cruising speed of the drone up to 60 kph, the unmanned chopper can stay in the air at least 2.5 hours to conduct reconnaissance operations. Its payload is up to 5 kg.

Last November, the Kalashnikov Concern reported that it would start production of heavy unmanned aerial vehicles capable of carrying up to several tons of cargo and operating for several days at a time without needing to recharge.

All in all, the Russian military operate 1,900 drones on a daily basis. The multi-purpose Orlan-10 with a range of 600km has become a working horse that no military operation, including combat actions in Syria, can be conducted without. Maj. Gen. Alexander Novikov,
the head of the Russian General Staff’s Office for UAV Development, Russian drones performed over 23,000 flights, lasting 140,000 hours in total.

Russia’s State Armament Program for 2018-2027 puts the creation of armed UAVs at the top of priorities’ list. Looks like the effort begins to pay off. Russia is well on the way to become second to none in UAV capability.

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