More Politics contributed by Timothy Howe – Wed 2 Jan, 2019

Trump’s Accomplishments

Trump’s top 10 successes of 2018
BY MARC A. THIESSEN Special to Washington Post

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President Donald Trump speaks on the South Lawn of the White House on Dec. 7.

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In his second year in office, the list of extraordinary things President Trump has done, for good and ill, continued to grow. Today, I offer my annual list of the 10 best things Trump has done in office.

10. He has secured the release of 19 people, including 16 Americans, from foreign captivity. When Pastor Andrew Brunson was freed by Turkey, he became the 19th captive released thanks to Trump. Others include: four held by North Korea; an aid worker and her husband held by Egypt; three UCLA basketball players and a Texas businesswoman held by China; a couple and their three children held by the Taliban; a former CIA officer held by Portugal; and two citizens held by Venezuela. That’s more Americans freed in two years than President Barack Obama got released in eight. And unlike Obama, Trump did it without releasing terrorist leaders or sending plane-loads of cash to rogue regimes, creating incentive for more hostage taking.

9. He delivered for the “forgotten Americans.” The Trump boom is benefiting those left behind by the Obama economy. Manufacturing jobs grew at the fastest rate in 23 years and the unemployment rate for Americans without a high school diploma reached the lowest point ever recorded. The Wall Street Journal reports that wages rose 3.1 percent – the biggest jump since 2009 – and that “low-skilled workers are among the biggest beneficiaries.”

8. He worked with Democrats and Republicans to pass important legislation. It didn’t get a lot of attention, but Trump got a lot done on a bipartisan basis, including criminal justice reform, opioid and sex trafficking legislation, and a new “Right to Try” law giving dying Americans access to experimental medications.

7. He has ushered in a golden age for women in the CIA. Trump not only appointed Gina Haspel as the agency’s first female director but also made Elizabeth Kimber the first women to lead the agency’s clandestine service.

6. His push to expand domestic energy production bore fruit. This year the United States passed both Saudi Arabia and Russia as the world’s top oil producer.

5. In the six months after the Singapore summit with North Korea, he has made no concessions to Pyongyang. North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un expected to blow up some useless nuclear facilities in exchange for billions in hard currency. Trump has refused to play Kim’s game. Not only has Trump not lifted sanctions, unfrozen North Korean assets, ended the Korean War or offered Pyongyang diplomatic recognition, but also he imposed new sanctions on members of Kim’s inner circle.

4. He struck Syria again and eliminated the last vestiges of the Islamic State’s physical caliphate. For a second time, he enforced Obama’s red line against the use of chemical weapons. In December, U.S.-backed fighters captured Hajin, the last pocket of territory held by the Islamic State. The militant group is far from defeated, but Trump is right that we have knocked “the hell out of ISIS.”

3. He’s continued his tough line with Moscow. Trump announced America’s withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, shipped Javelin antitank missiles to Ukraine, canceled a meeting with Putin at the Group of 20 summit over Russia’s seizure of Ukrainian navy ships, expelled dozens of Russian diplomats and imposed more sanctions against Moscow.

2. He pulled out of Obama’s disastrous Iran deal and reimposed crippling sanctions on Tehran. The new sanctions have taken millions of barrels of Iranian oil off the market and led to the cancellation of major deals with European investors. And when Iranian protesters rose up to challenge the regime, Trump (unlike his predecessor) stood with them.

1. He stood by Brett Kavanaugh and even in the worst moments never wavered. Trump has confirmed a record 85 judges in his first two years as president. That total includes two Supreme Court justices, 30 appellate court judges and 53 district judges who will preside for decades.

Trump’s successful fight for Kavanaugh also helped him expand his Senate majority, as energized Republican voters threw out four Democratic incumbents who opposed Kavanaugh.

There were many more accomplishments not included in this list. Trump got Mexico, Canada and South Korea to sign new trade deals. He continued his regulatory rollback, replacing Obama’s “Clean Power Plan” and his “Waters of the United States” rule and returning power to the states. He took on the International Criminal Court, which purports to have jurisdiction over U.S. soldiers and citizens. And his graceful handling of George H.W. Bush’s funeral brought dignity to the office.

Marc A. Thiessen writes on foreign and domestic policy.


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Comments:
  1. On January 2, 2019 at 6:33 pm,
    snowbird says:

    Al, I’ll try this again, I have one question and the answer is either yes or no.
    Do you believe that anybody within the United States Government had prior knowledge of the September 11 attacks?

    • On January 2, 2019 at 7:01 pm,
      Big Al says:

      Yes, I do Snowbird.

      • On January 2, 2019 at 7:12 pm,
        snowbird says:

        Thanks Al. That means alot. I have a hard time figuring you out sometimes . I understand your position, but we can’t keep being told about the bogey man behind the tree. To many Vets aren’t making it. Things are getting serious. The veterans are starting to put their hats on again. I can feel it.

        • On January 2, 2019 at 7:38 pm,
          Big Al says:

          Thanks, Snowbird!

  2. On January 2, 2019 at 6:53 pm,
    snowbird says:

    The fake dossier and the players.
    Bill and Hillary Clinton
    Christopher Steele
    Strobe Talbot- B Clinton Oxford U.
    David Satter-B Clinton -Oxford U
    Cody Shearer-married Talbots sister.2nd dossier
    Jonathon Winer- Clinton Asst Sec of State 94-99-Lawyer for B. Browder
    Victoria Nuland–briefings by Steele
    Sid Blumenthal- Clinton E-mail
    Bill Browder-The Magnitsky act-
    Ali Chalupa–DNC
    Brent Kiimberlin–convicted speedway bomber
    Preet Bahara Former Atty S District of New York

    • On January 3, 2019 at 10:48 am,
      Big Al says:

      Thanks Snowbird. Seems like the gang has been together for a long time.

  3. On January 2, 2019 at 6:58 pm,
    snowbird says:

    George Soros is the ring Leader.
    The Clinton Global Initive
    The Clinton Foundation
    The McCain Foundation
    The State Dept
    Your Money

    • On January 2, 2019 at 7:17 pm,
      Ebolan says:

      Nancy Blowsi is going to cut your head off and you won’t even know you’re bleeding…

      https://www.foxnews.com/politics/pelosi-will-cut-your-head-off-and-you-wont-even-know-youre-bleeding-daughter-says

      • On January 2, 2019 at 7:22 pm,
        snowbird says:

        Somebody should call for a disclosure of the Meds her and Maxine are taking.
        Just because their prescription doesn’t mean squat.

        • On January 2, 2019 at 7:43 pm,
          Big Al says:

          Maxines” meds could very well be obtained on the streets o L.A.

          • On January 4, 2019 at 10:27 am,
            Rufust445 says:

            Especially on the streets of Mad Max’s district. She and Nancy are just two of the Four Horsewomen of the Californiapocalypse, along with Feinstein and Harris. There, I said it again.

      • On January 2, 2019 at 7:42 pm,
        Big Al says:

        She is pretty slick, Eddy!

        • On January 3, 2019 at 8:11 am,
          Ebolan says:

          Slick or sick?

          • On January 3, 2019 at 10:49 am,
            Big Al says:

            “Sick” is probably a better term to use.

      • On January 4, 2019 at 10:24 am,
        Rufust445 says:

        Princess Nancy is old enough to be queen, yet I refer to her as princess, because she hasn’t grown up yet. She has been sounding off for some years now without knowing her head isn’t screwed on correctly.

    • On January 2, 2019 at 8:18 pm,
      snowbird says:

      Sros is playing both sides,Democrat and Republican. I will try post more to explain. No more tonight.

    • On January 3, 2019 at 10:49 am,
      Big Al says:

      “The Leader of the Pack”!

  4. On January 2, 2019 at 7:20 pm,
    snowbird says:
  5. On January 2, 2019 at 7:32 pm,
    snowbird says:

    Silverstein Properties part of the Hack.
    Where is Elliot Spitzer? Was he framed to get the 9/11 insurance money?

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eliot_Spitzer_prostitution_scandal

  6. On January 2, 2019 at 7:37 pm,
    Buzz says:

    Here comes Romney with the power and the Gore!!

  7. On January 2, 2019 at 7:38 pm,
    snowbird says:

    China tensions over Taiwan surfacing again.
    Xi “Taiwan must be re-united with China”

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-46733174

  8. On January 2, 2019 at 8:05 pm,
    snowbird says:

    I cannot verify any of this.

    Whether in the Khashoggi case or any other case, the four main components of real investigative journalism consist of fact-finding and analyses of who, what, how and why. After spending nearly two months investigating this story, on the ground, in Turkey, and with access to inside sources and research material in multiple languages, I can assure you, with one-hundred-percent certainty, that none of those questions have been answered by the media, despite their around-the-clock sensational coverage- intentionally. In my previous post I directed you to my pinned real-time coverage of this concocted case. As you can see, I have over 600 entries spanning 55+ days. And as you can tell, with so much info, so many angles and twists, it would be impossible to present my report in one long and comprehensive article and or video episode. Therefore, I am going to break down my work into 4 to 6 segments to present the key questions and findings, examine the four components of the story, and analyze the macro picture:

    Who was or is Jamal Khashoggi?

    He was the nephew of notorious global arms dealer Adnan Khashoggi, an intimate friend and confidante of Osama Bin Laden, an active CIA operative, one of the leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood, an intelligence official for Saudi Intelligence, a major participant in Arab Spring operations via several CIA and Soros-Funded NGOs and Think-Tanks. On the personal front he was a polygamist with at least two known wives (one in Saudi Arabia, one in the U.S.) and one alleged fiancé in Turkey, a notorious party-man who frequented billionaires’ harems of prostitutes in London, Istanbul, Dubai and Washington D.C., and a high-flyer with hundreds of millions of dollars in Dubai, London, New York, Malta, and Jeddah banks. A chameleon who drank like a fish and partied like Play Boy executives when posing with progressives and billionaires, while playing a pious Muslim and a staunch follower of Sharia laws when among traditionalist Muslim leaders.

    Yet, when we look at the mainstream media portrayal of Khashoggi, we only read-watch-hear of a saintly progressive journalist who worked for the Washington Post and stood against the Saudi Kingdom. Why?

    Who is Khashoggi’s Alleged Fiancé- Hatice Cengiz?

    She attended a University in Egypt during the height of Arab Spring operations, and has been connected to several London and US-based Arab Spring Networks of NGOs. She is an active member of the Muslim Brotherhood with intimate ties to Qatar. This woman worked with Al Sharq, which is a known Muslim Brotherhood media outlet. Her past social media writings have been mainly in Arabic not Turkish. The Khashoggi family had never heard of this woman or the alleged engagement.

    I have also documented how she changed her story on the Consulate-Entry day- . changing her story from waiting outside for 3 hours then making calls and leaving, to waiting outside and pacing for 11.5 hours, and after that notifying authorities, then back to three to four hours. Meanwhile, those who have reviewed the “entire” CCTV recording outside the Saudi Consulate were unable to see her anywhere near the Consulate after Khashoggi entered the building. There is the question of why she had one of President Erdogan’s top advisors’ phone number and made the first call to him, not the security forces. There is that infamous photo of the duo submitted to all mainstream media outlets by … “her’ which has been examined by several experts and determined to be “highly likely fake; photo-shopped).

    And of course, there is the recent revelation by one of Turkey’s top generals, former Director of Turkish Military Intelligence Services, who claims she is a foreign agent and highly-likely a honeytrap.

    Yet, comb through the media coverage and you will find only sympathetic coverage of a saintly damsel in distress- who happens to be the Only witness to Khashoggi’s disappearance.

    Why did Khashoggi come to Turkey?

    According to the media, unanimously, Khashoggi came to Turkey because of the following reason:

    He went to the Saudi Embassy in Washington D.C. where he was based, and asked them to provide him with documents showing he was divorced from one of his wives in Saudi Arabia, so that he could marry this Turkish woman Hatice Cengiz. The Saudi Embassy, set on luring him to Turkey in order to murder him, told him that they were unable to provide those papers there, and that the only place that could process this was one consulate: the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey.

    Within the first two weeks of this case I was able to establish this narrative concocted and disseminated by the media as completely FALSE. Khashoggi was Not divorced from his wives in Saudi Arabia. Not only that, he had just gotten married (via Sharia marriage) to his third or fourth wife in the United States. That’s for one. I also contacted administrators in the Saudi embassy and I was told that: 1- Khashoggi had never made that request- and that there was no record of such a request; 2- Even if he had, an Embassy in D.C. would have been able to process that request as one of the routine processes they regularly perform. That’s two.

    I then began contacting my sources here in Turkey, and found that Khashoggi was relocating to Turkey to establish his new base for a new business and a new NGO he was setting up here. That in fact he set up one NGO and one for-profit business here with … shady/questionable partners. Not only that, he had opened several bank accounts in Turkey with hefty deposits, and had bought a lavish residential flat in Istanbul with a value of nearly one million dollars.

    Additionally, I also confirmed that while in Turkey, Khashoggi took a business trip to London, flew there First Class from Istanbul, and attended a spooks-filled glitzy conference sponsored by the Intelligence community and Soros NGO networks in preparation for Arab Spring Operations Part II.

    Yet, the media coverage, despite having all this documented information on his relocation to Turkey, intentionally omitted all this highly relevant (and questionable) information from their concocted story, and turned it into a trip to obtain divorce papers for his coming marriage, which is entirely FALSE. Why?

    What Really Did Happen to Khashoggi?

    I could easily write a two-volume book series documenting the constantly-changing narrative on what happened on the day Khashoggi entered the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. The media has been changing the story and claims on almost a daily basis. Most importantly, not a single outlet has ever bothered to issue a retraction for stories that later were completely and officially debunked: From the iWatch story (debunked within the first five days) and video-recording of hours-long tortured Khashoggi (completely debunked but never retracted), to, body-parts being transported by Saudi diplomatic cars and then to Saudi Arabia via diplomatic planes- from Saudis throwing body tidbits into a well in the Saudi Consul’s residence, to, the entire body being immersed into an acid tub and melted with zero trace left behind.

    In each case the story, always published as a major front-page headline, would be printed definitively, as a fact, based on one or two Unnamed sources, and with zero documents or witnesses cited.

    Interestingly, up until recently, these Western mainstream media outlets would omit publishing factual reports coming out of Turkish media outlets, citing them as unreliable and government-influenced. Yet, these very same Western outlets, for the Khashoggi narrative, have been taking complete bs stories (with no named sources or documents) from some of the worst paparazzi media publications in Turkey, republishing them under their own signature and with warranty-assurance, and disseminating-marketing these FAKE stories nonstop. Why?

    Why Did “They” Concoct the Khashoggi Story?

    Around the third week of my coverage of this concocted story I started listing highly-possible reasons for this Khashoggi concocted shenanigan. Certain powers wanted MBS out and replaced with a new puppet prince for several reasons: MBS recent deals and agreements with China, MBS recent partnership with Putin and consideration of S-400 purchase, MBS getting a bit too confident and a bit hubris-ridden for the certain establishment’s taste…

    Then there was this Iran issue: Was MBS going a bit Mild on Iran? What was the deal with the recent Iran comment on the possibility of getting a bit close to Saudi Arabia? Were there certain operation plans not to MBS’ liking?

    There were also possible positive externalities such as targeting President Trump- with the concocted Russia-Gate fizzled, why not replace that divisive and distract-ionary with a new one: Enter Target Trump via Saudi-Gate.

    And remember: Saudi Arabia is rich with many billions to suck from. With the forecasted financial crash in the U.S., how much Saudi investment could be sucked via blackmail? Supposedly Turkey has a $40+ billion hole in its finance books- Qatar stepped in with more or less $10 Billion, who other than Saudis to dish $30 Billion extra in investment to fill in the gap.

    • On January 3, 2019 at 10:57 am,
      Big Al says:

      Thank you for this insightful and informative post, Snowbird’

  9. On January 3, 2019 at 7:52 am,
    Chartster says:

    Either Trump gets impeached or, the dems get rolled-up (all of them) for sedition. There’s no gray area here.
    I think the dems are about to dig the grave and hop in.

    https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2019/01/02/speaker-nancy-pelosi-outlines-new-rules-for-116th-congressional-session-includes-schedule-for-process-of-trump-impeachment/amp/?__twitter_impression=true

    • On January 3, 2019 at 8:56 am,
      OOTB Jerry says:

      If Trump is going to act , he better hurry up……..time running out……
      Hope he keeps the govt shut down…….we have to many govt employees anyway
      we have more govt workers than people manufacturing.
      23,000,000 govt workers
      12,000,000 manufacturing jobs
      Above figures approx. per the NATIONAL DEBT CLOCK

  10. On January 4, 2019 at 6:27 pm,
    BUZZ says:

    Nancy Peloski’s contribution to the wall of one US dollar amounts to 1 crumb of which I shall watch her eat