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Trump Approval Rating Soars After Missile Strike on Iran Terror General Soleimani

President Donald Trump’s approval ratings have risen since he ordered the missile strike that took out Iran’s top terror general, Qassem Soleimani.

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President Donald Trump’s approval ratings have risen since he ordered the missile strike that took out Iran’s top terror general, Qassem Soleimani.

Trump’s approval rating rose to 45.3% approval mark, according to RealClearPolitics. His disapproval rating is down to 52.3% from a high of 58.1% on Dec. 16, 2017.

Indeed, Trump’s January approval rating is not much different from President Barack Obama’s (46.8%) at the same time in his own presidency.

Trump’s numbers have stayed stubbornly higher than Democrats have been able to believe despite their daily drumbeat of their impeachment obsession.

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As Breitbart News recently reported:

President Donald Trump’s job approval rating is up six percentage points since the House Democrats launched their impeachment inquiry, according to a Gallup poll released early Wednesday.

The survey found the president’s approval rating climbed to 45 percent from 39 percent, from when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) formally launched the probe to remove him in late September. The findings mark the third consecutive rise in his approval rating and the fifth time his approval has hit 45 percent in his presidency, according to Gallup.

Impeachment does not seem to be bringing many supporters:

The survey found a majority of respondents — 51 percent — are against the impeachment and removal of the president, an uptick of five percent since the inquiry was launched. Conversely, 46 percent of respondents stated they approve of impeachment and his removal, a drop of six points. A mere five percent of Republican respondents said they support impeachment and removal. Eighty-five percent of Democrat respondents said they supported the two actions. Further, Gallup found impeachment support has dropped with independents to 48 percent, down from 55 in October.

Trump has proven to be an amazingly resilient politician, much to the left’s disgust.

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Is Iran Provoking War With Help Inside The Beltway?

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UPDATE – 21 May 02:30

  • Maduro escalates situation by threatening to send Venezuelan navy ships to escort Iranian tankers into port.
  • Russia confirms the shipment was coordinated between Venezuela & Iran as a military sanction-busting operation.
  • OSINT places two Russian submarines in the Eastern Caribbean, probably for observation and intelligence collection.

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Rumors of Kim Jong Un’s Death Have US Authorities Reviewing Contingency Plans

Has Kim kicked the bucket?

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Among the seven deadly sins, pride has never been considered an especially deadly one.  It just takes a little imagination to understand how pride kills, sometimes.  The situation in North Korea this week may lend a fairly spot-in example for us, however.

As coronavirus raged in the Far East, North Korea stood defiant.  They insisted that there were zero cases of COVID-19 in the country – something that couldn’t possibly be true, especially given just how poor the North Korean medical infrastructure is known to be.

Now, as the DPRK’s dainty despot has gone MIA, the United States is revisiting a contingency plan for the possibility that Kim Jong Un is D.O.A.

The U.S. government has extensive contingency plans in place for an eventual death of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un that factor in expectations of a mass-scale humanitarian crisis inside the country, Fox News has learned.

Sources discussed those plans amid conflicting reports about the reclusive North Korean leader’s health. Those same sources urge caution about these reports, which have claimed he’s facing serious health issues after a cardiovascular procedure.

While his condition is unclear, a well-placed defense intelligence source told Fox News on Tuesday that the U.S. government has extensive plans in place for when Kim is gone, taking into account all the complications that could arise from his eventual death.

The official described the likelihood of a huge humanitarian crisis within North Korea that could include millions of people facing starvation and a mass exodus of North Korean refugees into China. Intelligence sources told Fox News that part of the plan would be to rely heavily on China to step in and help manage the situation on the ground inside North Korea, partly due to China’s proximity and partly due to logistical challenges of the U.S. providing humanitarian assistance.

Why now?

The Daily NK, an online news periodical based in Seoul, which is run mostly by North Korean defectors, has reported that Kim, 36, was recovering from his April 12 surgery at a resort county villa on the east coast. The report said Kim has been in bad health because of heavy smoking, obesity and overwork.

But specifics on Kim’s condition remain unclear, as North Korea has been notorious for withholding and distorting news inside its borders.

Rumors of Kim’s possible death have been floating around the internet for days, after reports seemed to indicate that he was in “grave danger” after heart surgery.

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Here’s Trump’s Historic Middle East Peace Plan

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President Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu unveiled the Middle East peace plan with a two-state solution, a tunnel connecting West Bank and Gaza.

“Complex problems require nuanced remedies. My vision presents a win-win opportunity for both sides. Today Israel has taken a giant step toward peace.”

Fox News:

President Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu revealed a long-awaited Middle East peace plan meant to bring to an end the decades-long conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.

The plan, which has been opposed by the Palestinians, was touted by Trump as the “most detailed proposal ever put forward” toward a lasting peace in the region.

Here is a look at some of the key features of the Middle East Peace plan:

Two-State Solution: Long-billed as the only way for the Palestinians and Israelis to actually come to terms, Trump’s plan calls for a two-state solution – with the creation of a future “state” of Palestine.

The plan would require the Palestinians to meet certain benchmarks — rooting out terrorism, stopping “pay to slay,” implementing steps toward free speech and political reforms – to become a state, but Trump promised that they would have U.S. backing if they did. It also calls for the creation of a Palestinian capital in East Jerusalem and for more than doubling the amount of territory the Palestinians control.

Land Swaps: There will also be a number of land swaps including one south of the Gaza strip to give the Palestinians more territory and one near the Egyptian border that will remain Israeli territory and will be subject to Israeli security control. The plans also calls for the construction of a tunnel connecting the West Bank and Gaza strip. More

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas today said “a thousand noes” to the long-awaited Middle East peace plan unveiled by President Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

“After the nonsense that we heard today, we say a thousand noes to the Deal of The Century. We will not kneel and we will not surrender.”

They have zero interest in peace. They will never agree to anything. Of course, they are saying no, they say no to everything except having the whole country or death to Israel. That’s no surprise. They’ve always been this way.

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Russia Accused of ‘Bugging’ Davos Summit with Campy Plumber Ruse

Putin is again pushing the envelope, this time as world leaders gather in Switzerland.

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There are few things that put a bigger smile on the face of Vladimir Putin than chaos.  The Russian President-turned-dictator revels in the idea that the world around Moscow could crumble, paving the way to Superpower status on the backs of the international community.

Lately, Putin’s focus has been on sowing the seeds of distrust among the American people with repeated attempts to infiltrate the very democratic process that We The People hold dear.

This week, however, the Kremlin is being accused of taking aim at the Davos summit in Switzerland using a campy ruse straight out of Hollywood.

Swiss police reportedly believe they uncovered two Russian spies who had posed as plumbers in order to bug world leaders at Davos this week.

According to the Financial Times, Swiss police picked up two men at the high-end resort in August after the pair had aroused suspicion by staying for an unusually long time.

Zürich’s Tages-Anzeiger newspaper reported that Swiss officials and police concluded that the pair were Russian spies employed by the Kremlin to record and tap into the conversations of important figures at the World Economic Forum.

Police told the Financial Times that the men claimed they had diplomatic protection, although they had not registered this with official Swiss authorities. The newspaper added that Swiss police found no indications of criminal acts.

The Kremlin was predictably defiant.

A representative for the Russian embassy in Switzerland, Stanislav Smirnov, told CNBC via phone Tuesday that there had been no contact from Swiss authorities on the matter and that the story was “one more attempt to undermine Swiss-Russian relations.”

Russia and Switzerland have been in heated conversations regarding espionage since 2018, after the latter accused the former of attempting to hack into a Swiss laboratory.

 

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Canada’s Leftist Prime Minister Blames Downed Ukraine Plane on Donald Trump

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, is blaming the U.S.A. for the Iranian missiles that took out a Ukrainian passenger jet.

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Left-wing Canadian Prime Minister and serial black-face wearer, Justin Trudeau, is now blaming the U.S.A. for the Iranian missiles that took out a Ukrainian passenger jet.

The liberal PM said that the only reason Iran shot down the Ukrainian plane was because the U.S. killed Iran’s top terror general, Qassem Soleimani.

A short time after Iran launched its weak and ineffective reply to the U.S. missile strike, the country’s missile forces “accidentally” shot down the passenger jet that didn’t even have any American passengers aboard.

Trudeau made his accusation in comments made to Global News television.

“I think if there were no tensions, if there was no escalation recently in the region, those Canadians would be right now home with their families,” Trudeau exclaimed.

All 176 people — including 57 Canadians — were killed when Iran’s Revolutionary Guard struck the the plane.

“This is something that happens when you have conflict and war. Innocents bear the brunt of it and it is a reminder why all of us need to work so hard on de-escalation, moving forward to reduce tensions and find a pathway that doesn’t involve further conflict and killing,” Trudeau added.

“I think full admission, acknowledgment of responsibility and some form of compensation is going to have to come,” Trudeau exclaimed.

“I am hurt like all Canadians. I am angry like all Canadians. But unlike many people I have a job to do that will be able to help these families directly. Getting answers for them is my entire focus right now,” he said.

But Trudeau also attacked President Trump for not giving him a heads up before the U.S. took out Iran’s terror general.

As if filling in a liberal Canadian was the first thing the U.S. should do before fulfilling its national interests.

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Michigan Muslim Cleric Calls U.S. Strike on Iranian Terror General a ‘Cowardly Act’

A Michigan Muslim cleric called the U.S. strike against Iranian terror General Qassem Soleimani a “cowardly and heinous act.”

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A Michigan Muslim cleric took to his podium last week to call the U.S. strike against Iranian terror General Qassem Soleimani a “cowardly and heinous act.”

Iraqi-American Sheikh Ibrahim Kazerooni of the Islamic Center of America in Dearborn, Michigan slammed the Trump administration’s actions after the strike that kill Soleimani and another high-ranking terror chief who were both in Iraq illegally to plan further terror attacks on U.S. troops there, according to watchdog group MEMRI.

Again, this is a Muslim leader inside the U.S.A. who is openly siding with terrorists.

Kazerooni led a prayer for the souls of the two terror chiefs and told his congregation that Soleimani had “brought hope to the marginalized [and] hatred and fear to the enemies of Islam, particularly the United States.”

The Michigan cleric added that Soleimani had been instrumental in keeping the Syrian regime in power, despite “American and Zionist” attempts to take out the Assad regime.

Kazerooni defended Soleimani as a hero “protecting” Muslims and even claimed the terror general was a key figure in defeating ISIS, which Kazerooni described as the “extended arm of American foreign policy.”

The cleric the droned on about Koranic exhortations about martyrdom as a virtuous act.

Kazerooni ended telling his audience that Iran would prevail in the attacks against the U.S.A.

Indeed only a few days later Iraq did, indeed, launch a missile attack on U.S. positions inside Iraq.

However, the Iranian strikes did little damage. In fact, many of Iran’s missiles did not even reach any targets and failed in flight.

Worse, the hapless Iranian military accidentally shot down a Ukrainian jet airliner.

“Unnamed officials told US media that Iran fired two surface-to-air missiles at the aircraft as it took off on Wednesday morning, bringing it down in a blaze of flames before it exploded on the ground,” AFP reported.

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Sen. Ted Cruz: Obama’s Cash Payoff to Iran Paid for the Missiles They Launched at U.S.

Texan Republican Senator Ted Cruz said that Barack Obama is the one that helped Iran fund its missile program.

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Texan Republican Senator Ted Cruz said he agrees with President Trump’s “peace through strength” policy and noted that Barack Obama is the one who helped Iran fund its missile program.

Cruz hailed Trump’s Iran policy as a “dramatic shift” from the failed ideas of the Obama-Biden administration, which, Cruz pointed out, sent billions of dollars to Iran and that funding helped it make the missiles it sent into Iraq on Wednesday.

“Under Barack Obama, as you noted, the policy was appeasement,” Cruz told Fox News on Wednesday. “The policy, under the disastrous Iranian nuclear deal under Obama, was to give over $100 billion to Iran. They literally flew 1.7 billion dollars in cash in unmarked bills on pallets in the dead of night into Iran.”

The Senator added:

In a very real sense, the missiles that we saw fired on U.S. servicemen and women tonight (Tuesday night in Iraq) were paid for by the billions that the Obama administration flooded the ayatollah with. And if history teaches anything, it’s don’t give billions of dollars to people who hate you and want to kill you.

And so, let me say, the last three years, I’ve spent a lot of time with President Trump, urging him to pull out of Obama’s disastrous Iran deal. He did that. He took on his own State Department, his own Defense Department, and made the right decision there. Urging the president to end the oil waivers. You know, we had waivers in place that were allowing Iran to sell a million barrels a day of oil. The president agreed and ended those waivers.

“And so, the effects of these sanctions and the economic pressure, it’s having a real effect,” Cruz continued.

Cruz went on saying that the U.S. needs to “stand up to the Ayatollah Khamenei,” whom he called a “radical religious zealot” who hates America.

“He literally chants ‘Death to America,’ and he calls Israel the Little Satan and America the Great Satan. The way to deal with threats like that is not through weakness, but rather through strength. And I think we saw that in taking out Soleimani this past week.” Cruz concluded.

During another segment, Cruz also said that the U.S. has to make sure that Iran never gets nuclear weapons.

“You know, tonight could have played out very differently if they didn’t just have ballistic missiles but they had nuclear warheads. You could be seeing literally millions of American casualties, particularly if they put them (nukes) on an ICBM and took them to a U.S. city. That’s not a risk we should allow,” Cruz said.

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