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Pompeo Smacks Acosta for Having Facts Wrong Then Asking ‘Ludicrous’ Question


Reported By Ben Marquis | September 25, 2018 at

1:46pm

The liberal media was all abuzz recently over an anonymous report published by The New York Times which alleged that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein had once suggested to other administration officials — perhaps jokingly — that he wear a wire when meeting with President Donald Trump in order to gather evidence of his alleged mental instability to support invoking the 25th Amendment to remove the president from power.

The Daily Caller reported that this rather ridiculous story was brought up in the form of a question about the alleged 25th Amendment discussions posed to U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during a news conference at the U.N. on Monday, where Trump was scheduled to address the General Assembly on Tuesday.

The reporter who brought up the story was none other than CNN’s Jim Acosta, and both Haley and Pompeo let him know how “absurd” and “ludicrous” both his question and the allegation in general were, while also calling him out for getting the basic facts and premise of his question wrong.

First addressing Haley, Acosta said, “You are the one person here who has been with this administration from the beginning,” and then mentioned the story about Rosenstein and invoking the 25th Amendment. “Were you ever involved in any of those discussions? Were you aware of any of those discussions?”

“I said yesterday on the Sunday shows that, literally, I have never once been in the White House where that conversation has happened,” Haley replied.

“I’m not aware of any cabinet members that are even talking about that. It is completely and totally absurd. No one is questioning the president at all. If anything, we’re trying to keep up the pace with him, in the fact that he has a lot he wants to accomplish very quickly and we’re going to continue to support him in the way that he does that,” she added.

Acosta then attempted to ask Pompeo a follow-up question regarding North Korea — particularly about not having details of a deal ironed out prior to high-level summit meetings — but the secretary felt the need to first address Acosta’s initial line of questioning, snarkily fact-checking him in the process.

“Two things: Fact check, I’ve been with the administration since the beginning, too. That’s relevant,” said Pompeo, who first served in the administration as CIA director prior to transferring to the State Department.

“I’ll add, no discussion with me about the 25th Amendment in any way either, so you can now report that there are two senior leaders who’ve said that your question was ludicrous,” Pompeo added.

Pompeo attempted to move on to the North Korea part of Acosta’s questions, but the reporter interrupted to apologize for forgetting Pompeo’s role as the former CIA director and to wonder why Rosenstein would be talking behind the scenes about the 25th Amendment, if it were so “ludicrous.”

“I find the question ludicrous,” Pompeo replied. “I’ve been involved, I’ve been at the center of this administration, along with lots of other folks, from virtually Day One — I think it was actually day three or four — I’ve never heard anyone talk about it, whisper about it, joke about it in any way.”

“I’ve been in a lot of meetings with a lot of senior officials from this government,” he added, prior to transitioning to Acosta’s question about North Korea.

In that regard, Pompeo noted that “we went at this the other way for decades,” to no avail, and said “we’re coming at this from a different direction” by bringing together the two most senior leaders from North Korea and the U.S. in an effort to make actual progress toward denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula.

Acosta, like many other “journalists” in the liberal media, accepted the report from The Times about Rosenstein’s wearing a wire and invoking the 25th Amendment against Trump as if it were the gospel truth, largely because it fit into their preconceived notions and narratives about the mental state of the president.

But Acosta’s “ludicrous” focus on a story that may not even be true, at the expense of more focus on far more pressing international matters, serves to fit snugly with the growing perception that the “fake news” media care only about hurting, smearing and ultimately getting rid of Trump. That’s why it was so it was nice to see Haley and Pompeo verbally smack him back into place.

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Haley Scorches Palestinians, Blocks UN Meddling in Israel, Then Walks Out All in Matter of Minutes


disclaimerReported By Joe Saunders | May 16, 2018 at 7:01am

URL of the original posting site: https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/haley-scorches-un-meddling-walk/

 

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And Haley was having none of it. In an eight-minute speech, she attacked Palestinian intransigence and blasted the U.N.’s notorious “double standard” when it came to judging the Jewish state.

The thousands of Palestinians who massed at the Israeli border, challenging border guards with slingshots, Molotov cocktails and rocks disregarded clear Israeli warnings beforehand that any attempt to storm the border would be met with deadly force.

“Who among us would accept this type of activity on your border?” Haley asked the other Security Council members. “No country in this chamber would act with more restraint than Israel has.” 

Haley then blocked a proposed Security Council resolution to investigate the violence, according to The Daily Caller. When Palestinian Ambassador Riyad H. Mansour began his remarks, Haley simply left the chamber. She couldn’t have missed much, judging by Mansour’s statements to reporters outside the U.N. before the meeting.

Maybe “peaceful” means something different to Palestinian ambassadors to the U.N. than it does to honest people. Or maybe hurling firebombs, launching fire kites and using slingshots to attack armed soldiers qualify as “peaceful” for Palestinians the same way Israeli soldiers firing to protect themselves and their country’s borders qualify as “aggression” to world leaders who aren’t named President Donald J. Trump.

Either way, they’re lies. And Haley proved on Tuesday why Trump’s selection to have her represent the county in the den of vipers known as the U.N. Security Council was right on target.

She’s proven over and over that she’s not afraid to stand up for the country, or walk out when it counts.

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After UK-Russia Fight Escalates, Haley Issues Bombshell Warning at UN


Reported By Chris Agee | March 15, 2018 at 10:33am

URL of the original posting site: https://www.westernjournal.com/uk-russia-fight-escalates-haley-issues-bombshell-warning-un/

While critics have slammed President Donald Trump over his perceived initial equivocation in response to evidence that Russian operatives staged a poisoning on British soil earlier this month, many in his administration are unambiguous in their condemnation of the act.

As Fox News reported, Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, made the case this week that the U.N. Security Council must react swiftly and decisively in response to what she called an “atrocious crime.”

Following the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, which left them critically ill and threatened the health of hundreds in the vicinity, the U.K. released a joint statement by the leaders of that nation, the U.S., Germany and France condemning the attack in stark terms.

The use of Russian nerve agent novichok “constitutes the first offensive use” of such a chemical in Europe since World War II, the statement indicated.

“A British police officer who was also exposed in the attack remains seriously ill, and the lives of many innocent British citizens have been threatened,” the world leaders wrote.

The joint statement went on to offer sympathy for those involved, as well as “admiration for the UK police and emergency services for their courageous response.”

In Haley’s comments Wednesday to the U.N. Security Council, she made it clear that America “stands in absolute solidarity” with the U.K. in the wake of an incident she warned could easily strike closer to home.

“If we don’t take immediate, concrete measures to address this now, (Britain) will not be the last place we see chemical weapons used,” she said.

Haley explained similar agents “could be used here in New York, or in cities of any country that sits on this council.” 

Haley struck back directly at Russian allegations that Western nations “criticize them too much,” adding that if “the Russian government stopped using chemical weapons to assassinate its enemies,” then those critics “would stop talking about them.”

In addition to her harsh rebuke of the poisoning, British Prime Minister Teresa May announced this week the nation’s decision to impose a range of punitive measures. A total of 23 Russian diplomats have reportedly been kicked out and the U.K. canceled several intergovernmental contracts between the two nations.  In announcing the decision to expel nearly two dozen diplomats, May told British officials that the move would “fundamentally degrade Russian intelligence capability in the U.K. for years to come.”

She also signaled the initiation of further probes into the attack and additional action against Russia. The White House expressed support for those measures in a statement from press secretary Sarah Sanders. She confirmed that the U.S. is “working together with our allies and partners to ensure that this kind of abhorrent attack does not happen again.” 

Sanders also denounced the public poisoning in her comments this week, asserting that the “latest action by Russia fits into a pattern of behavior in which Russia disregards the international rules-based order, undermines the sovereignty and security of countries worldwide, and attempts to subvert and discredit Western democratic institutions and processes.”

‘Outrageous’: Nikki Haley Just Sent Palestinian President a Brutal Message


Reported By Joe Setyon | January 25, 2018 at 3:11pm

URL of the original posting site: https://www.westernjournal.com/outrageous-nikki-haley-just-sent-palestinian-president-a-brutal-message/

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley blasted Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday for indulging in “outrageous and discredited conspiracy theories” regarding Israel.Image result for nikki haley us ambassador

Delivering her remarks at a U.N. Security Council meeting, Haley slammed Abbas for a speech he gave earlier this month, in which the Palestinian leader strongly criticized both Israel and the United States.

In that speech, Abbas said he did not want the U.S. to lead peace talks between Israel and Palestine. He also called the peace plan that the Trump administration is currently working on a “slap in the face,” Fox News reported.

But Abbas wasn’t done. In his two-hour-long address, he referenced events from centuries ago in an attempt to indicate that the Jewish state is nothing more than a “colonial enterprise that has nothing to do with Jewishness.”

“The Jews were used as a tool under the concept of the promised land — call if whatever you want. Everything has been made up,” he added, according to The New York Times.

Haley was having none of it. Responding to Abbas’ “outrageous and discredited” ideas, she suggested that he does not have “courage” or “will” to seek a lasting peace.

“He rejected any American role in peace talks. He insulted the American president. He called for suspending recognition of Israel,” Haley said. 

“He invoked an ugly and fictional past, reaching back to the 17th century to paint Israel as a colonialist project engineered by European powers.” 

A speech that indulges in outrageous and discredited conspiracy theories is not the speech of a person with the courage and will to seek real peace.”

Haley also contrasted Abbas to former Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, who traveled to Israel in 1977 — a visit that eventually helped facilitate peace between Egypt and Israel. The U.N. ambassador referred to Sadat as someone who was “willing to step forward, acknowledge hard truths and make compromises.”

“Where is the Palestinian Anwar Sadat?” she asked.

While emphasizing that the U.S. is “eager” for a peace deal to be reached between Israel and Palestine, she warned that America “will not chase after a Palestinian leadership that lacks what’s needed to achieve peace.” 

Haley’s remarks on Israel came the same day President Donald Trump said the U.S. might withhold aid for Palestine unless they “sit down and negotiate peace.”

“When they disrespected us a week ago by not allowing our great vice president to see them and we give them hundreds of millions of dollars in aid and support — tremendous numbers, numbers that nobody understands — that money is on the table,” Trump said from Davos, Switzerland, with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu by his side.

“And that money’s not going to them unless they sit down and negotiate peace.

Media Refuses to Support Iran Uprising, So Haley Takes Matters Into Own Hands


Reported By V Saxena | January 3, 2018 at 8:14am

The mainstream media, which seems to have sided with Iran’s oppressive regime and against the crowds of protesters seeking to overthrow it, received some bad news Tuesday when U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley called on the United Nations to hold emergency sessions in support of the protesters.

“Dozens have already been killed, hundreds have been arrested,” she said during a news briefing, according to RealClearPolitics. “If the Iranian dictatorship’s history is any guide, we can expect more outrageous abuses in the coming days. The U.N. must speak out.

“In the days ahead, we will be calling for an emergency session both here in New York and at the Human Rights Council in Geneva,” she added. “We must not be silent. The people of Iran are crying out for freedom.”

Listen to some of the speech below:

Dovetailing back to the first paragraph, it would admittedly be disingenuous to claim everybody in the mainstream media supports Iran’s oppressive regime. But it would not be wrong to say some certainly do.

Conservative commentator Ben Shapiro took notice, taking The New York Times to task this week for defending Iran’s oppressive government. Not only did Times’ reporter Thomas Erdbrink falsely describe Iranian President Hassan Rouhani as a moderate (he’s not), Erdbrink and the rest of the leftists at the Times appeared to suggest the protesters were to blame for any violence they faced from the Iranian regime:

Notice how the Times framed what’s been happening in Iran.

“Yes, it’s the fault of the demonstrators, who have somehow merely refused to heed the decent calls for calm from the Iranian mullahs,” Shapiro sarcastically wrote at The Daily Wire.

But it’s not just the media that have acted improperly in response to the protests in Iran. A number of former Obama administration officials, including former National Security Advisor Susan Rice, have begged President Donald Trump to “be quiet” and not involve himself in the protests.

Yes, of course, because allowing the protesters in Iran to be trampled by their government just as they were during the Green Movement demonstrations in 2009 makes perfect sense.

“(I)n 2009 when the Green Movement demonstrators were marching through the streets of Tehran and other Iranian cities, demanding freedom from the mullahs … (t)he students and others marching in the streets to overthrow these tyrants desperately wanted America’s help, specifically the support of our ‘oh-so-liberal-progressive’ president,” notes Roger L. Simon for PJ Media.

How did Obama respond? He was silent. But not Trump, nor Haley. Never that:

This, ladies and gentlemen, is what real leadership looks like.

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Nikki Haley Announces Punishment For UN Members That Voted Against Jerusalem Move


Reported by Benny Johnson | Reporter At Large | 4:48 PM 01/02/2018

Ambassador Nikki Haley said Tuesday that the U.S. is taking its first move to punish the countries that opposed moving its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. Those countries, it seems, will not be invited to a party America is throwing.

“As I said in December, we won’t forget the Jerusalem vote,” Haley, U.S. ambassador to the U.N., said. “To that end, tomorrow night, we are having a reception for the countries who chose not to oppose the U.S. position. This is a great sign of U.S. friendship, and I look forward to tomorrow evening. We hope to see more of this in 2018.

“The United States is asked to do a huge amount around the world, and we are happy to do that. But we expect to be treated respectfully in return.” 

President Donald Trump said that the countries who don’t vote with the U.S. at risk of having their U.S. aid cut. Were Trump to follow through on his threat, Daily Caller research found that the U.S. would save more than $24 billion.

But for now, no cocktails for you.

The decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel sparked international backlash against America, and a referendum condemning the move was put forward at the United Nations. In response, Haley said that the United States would not forget the countries that “disrespected” America. When the final vote came down, 128 countries voted in opposition to the U.S. Embassy move to Jerusalem.

Trump announces new sanctions on North Korea


Reported

President Trump on Thursday signed an executive order imposing new sanctions on North Korea as the U.S. and its allies sought to ramp up pressure on Kim Jong Un to abandon his nuclear ambitions.

Speaking at the United Nations before a working lunch with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Moon Jae-in, two key allies in the region, Trump said the order would significantly expand the U.S. ability to crack down on individuals and companies that do business with North Korea.

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The president said he had empowered the Treasury Department to “target any individual or entity that conducts trade in goods, services or technology” with the country. The order also includes measures designed to “disrupt critical North Korean shipping and trade networks.”

Flanked at a table by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Vice President Pence, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley, Trump expressed an urgency to curb North Korea’s nuclear and ballistics programs.

“North Korea’s missiles and weapons development is a grave threat to peace and security in our world, and it is unacceptable that others financially support this criminal rogue regime,” Trump said. “The brutal North Korean regime does not respect its own citizens or the sovereignty of other nations. A new executive order will cut off sources of revenue that fund North Korea’s efforts to develop the deadliest weapons known to human kind.”

The announcement immediately raised questions about the impact on China, which is North Korea’s largest trading partner.

“I want to be clear the order targets only one country — that country is North Korea,” Trump said. 

The president announced that he had “heard moments ago” that the Chinese had told their central bank to “immediately stop doing business with North Korea.”

“I want to thank President Xi [Jinping] of China for the very bold move he made today,” Trump said. “It was a somewhat unexpected move, and we appreciate it.”

The U.N. has passed two resolutions recently aimed at squeezing the North Korean economy by cutting off oil, labor and exports to the nation. Haley has said those measures have “strangled their economic situation,” but acknowledged it will “take a little bit of time” for the impact to be felt. 

Trump has thanked the U.N. Security Council for voting unanimously on those sanctions, but also expressed frustration that the measures do not go far enough.

“The United Nations has had representatives working on this problem for over 25 years and they have done nothing,” Trump said Thursday. “That’s why we are in the problem we are in today, in addition to other countries not doing what they should have done. Tolerance for this disgraceful practice must end now.”

In his first-ever speech to the U.N. general assembly this week, Trump threatened to “totally destroy” North Korea if it continued its provocations.

South Korean President Moon, who campaigned on the promise he would seek dialogue with North Korea and has sought to tamp down the possibility of military action, on Thursday praised Trump’s executive order.

“President Trump just talked about the executive order, through which the U.S. is going to be implementing sanctions against the DPRK,” Moon said. “That was a very major announcement made by China to take actions on the DPRK. I am very confident that such moves will contribute to complete denuclearization of DPRK.”

Japanese President Abe has taken a similar hardline approach as Trump, writing in The New York Times this week that “prioritizing diplomacy and emphasizing the importance of dialogue will not work with North Korea.” On Thursday, Abe offered “heartfelt support” for the new sanctions.

“We are going into the new stage of pressure from the viewpoint of exercising the stronger pressure, new pressures,” Abe said. “I welcome the new sanction measures of the United States.”

Before the event, there were questions about whether Trump, Moon and Abe would all be on the same page about North Korea.

This story was updated at 2:28 p.m.


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