President Trump’s Brilliant Speech to the Muslim World

Piers Morgan writes:

Donald Trump could have taken the easy route with his first foreign trip.

He could have flown over to friendly neighbours Canada, knocked off a few eye-pleasing photo ops with Justin Trudeau, said how much he loves maple syrup and smashed a few positive headline home runs.

But nothing President Trump ever does is easy, for anybody.

Instead, he decided to jet into Saudi Arabia, the very heart of the Muslim world, and give the leaders of 55 Muslim states some much-needed home truths.

It was an extraordinary moment to watch the President of the United States stand in Riyadh’s King Abdul Aziz Conference Center and let his audience have it right between the eyes about their responsibility for tackling terror groups like ISIS.

‘A better future is only possibly if your nations drive out the terrorists and extremists,’ Trump said, in an unusually calm, measured but emphatic tone.
‘Drive. Them. Out. Drive them out of your places of worship, drive them out of your communities, drive them out of the holy land, and drive them out of this Earth!’

Wow.

Yes, yes, YES.

Whatever you think of Trump, and he is currently right up there with the most divisive people in history, this was a stunningly bold and courageous thing to do.

This, remember, is a guy who’s not exactly Mr Popular in the Muslim community. Someone who many assume hates all Muslims because he wanted them banned from America.

Now he’s in a room surrounded by hundreds of the most powerful Muslims in the world and arrogantly expects them to listen to his opinion on what to do with Muslim terrorists.

Yet they did listen, intently.

And at the end of the speech, many of them applauded.

Why? Because Trump perfectly summed up the reality of the global war on Islamist terror: it will only be defeated by decent, law-abiding Muslims renouncing and denouncing the vile extremists in their midst and preventing them from radicalizing vulnerable minds to their medieval cause.

‘This is not a battle between different faiths, different sects or different civilisations,’ Trump said, choosing his words not only very carefully but very differently to the ones he so recklessly tossed around about Islam and Muslims during his election campaign. ‘This is a battle between barbaric criminals who seek to obliterate human life and decent people of all religions who seek to protect it.’

He called Islam ‘one of the world’s great faiths’, dismissed ‘Islamists’ as the ‘footsoldiers of evil’, stated that ‘95% of the victims of terrorism are themselves Muslim’, and urged his audience not to wait for American power to sort out the problem.

‘Muslim majority countries must take the lead in stamping out radicalization,’ Trump beseeched.

Then he played the unifying religious card.

‘If we do not stand in uniform condemnation of this killing, then we will not only be judged by our people, not only will we be judged by history, but we will be judged by God.’

Gingrich: World Leaders Respect Trump; Media ‘Pygmies’ Don’t

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich on Monday told the Fox News’ “Fox & Friends” program that “it’s ‘ironic’ to watch world leaders in Israel and Saudi Arabia treating President Donald Trump with ‘enormous respect’ while the ‘pygmies’ in the media treat him with contempt, and the president and his administration should take a tougher stance against them.”

Gingrich said that “the reporters are “little midgets” who spend “their lifetime watching other people do real things.”

Murdered DNC Staffer Passed Off Documents to WikiLeaks

According to an unnamed federal investigator talking to Fox News, “Democratic National Committee Staffer Seth Rich sent DNC emails to Wikileaks before he was murdered in Washington, D.C., last July.”

“I have seen and read the emails between Seth Rich and Wikileaks,” the investigator told Fox News. The investigator reviewed an FBI forensic report on the contents of Rich’s computer, which was generated within a few days of his murder.

The investigator said Rich transferred 44,053 emails sent between DNC leaders to Wikileaks through its director Gavin MacFayden, including 17,761 attachments. The leaked emails were from January, 2015, through May, 2016. Rich turned them over before May 21, 2016. The numbers the investigator gave Fox matched those publicly available on the Wikileaks website.

An unnamed assailant shot Rich 12 days after Wikileaks published internal party emails that revealed that DNC leadership colluded with members of the campaign to elect Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton to ensure she clinched the nomination. The published emails led DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz to resign.

The federal investigator’s information corroborates what a private investigator hired by Rich’s family, Rod Wheeler, has said previously. Wheeler, a former D.C. police homicide detective, is running a parallel investigation into Rich’s death. He has said Rich communicated with Wikileaks before his death and believes someone in the federal government or Hillary Clinton is holding up the investigation’s progress.

“I do believe that the answers to who murdered Seth Rich sit on his computer on a shelf at the DC police or FBI headquarters,” Wheeler told Fox News, adding: “My investigation shows someone within the D.C. government, Democratic National Committee or Clinton team is blocking the murder investigation from going forward. That is unfortunate. Seth Rich’s murder is unsolved as a result of that.”

Trump Makes It Hard for Even His Supporters to Back Him

New York Post columnist Michael Goodwin reckons it’s hard to be a Trump supporter, which, by the way, he is.

Goodwin writes:

The president rarely makes it easy on the faithful, often testing his tribe through errant word and deed. Even on his best days, he manages to insert a hurdle or two or 10.

The James Comey affair is the perfect example. On substance, Trump made the absolute right call. Comey had to go, with his blunders on the Hillary Clinton case reason enough. And there were many others.

Yet being right isn’t enough in Washington, and being Trump raises the bar exponentially. The Democratic left and the media (I know, that’s redundant) get out of bed ready to pounce.

They don’t need facts to unleash their volcanic hatred of him. A juicy rumor and an anonymous source will suffice. Any mistake sparks talk of impeachment.

Yes, indeed, it’s hard to figure Trump out. You’d think he’d have realized by now that he’s courting disaster, carrying on about stuff the way he does. Maybe he’s just blunder-prone by nature.

We Are Watching a Slow-Motion Coup D’etat

From The Federalist:

It’s nearly incontrovertible that a slow-motion coup d’etat is now taking place. Since November 9, 2016, forces within the U.S. government, media, and partisan opposition have aligned to overthrow the Electoral College winner, Donald Trump.

To achieve this they have undermined the institutions of the Fourth Estate, the bureaucratic apparatus of the U.S. government, and the very nature of a contentious yet affable two-party political system. Unlike the coup d’etat that sees a military or popular figure lead a minority resistance or majority force into power over the legitimate government, this coup d’etat is leaderless and exposes some of the deepest fissures in our system of government. This coup d’etat represents not the rule of one man or even many, but by the multitude of our elites.

This article outlines the mechanisms, institutions, and nature of this coup d’etat; not in defense of President Donald Trump — who has proven himself bereft of the temperament of a successful president — but in defense of the institutions of our republic that are now not just threatened, but may very well be on the verge of collapse.

Is Mike Pence Distancing Himself From Trump?

Mike Pence has so far appeared as an unobtrusive, almost self-effacing figure “always in the background, often looking over Donald Trump’s shoulder with an approving nod as the president delivers a speech or signs yet another executive order.”

Moreover, the vice-president and his associates have substantially stayed out of the infighting going on in the White House, knowledge of which has been disseminated “through anonymous sources and well-timed insider leaks.”

Thursday night, then, was quite unusual. Two major US media outlets — CNN and NBC News — ran articles, complete with quotes from anonymous White House sources, distancing the vice-president from the current chaos in the administration and the running controversy over possible Trump campaign ties to the Russian government during the 2016 US presidential election.

“We certainly knew we needed to be prepared for the unconventional,” an unnamed Pence aide told CNN’s Elizabeth Landers, but “not to this extent.”

The proximate cause for the concern among the vice-president’s camp was a New York Times article earlier this week reporting that Michael Flynn, Mr Trump’s prominent campaign surrogate and short-lived national security adviser, had in early January informed the presidential transition team — then headed by Mr Pence — that he was under investigation for his ties to the Turkish government.

In March Mr Pence denied any knowledge of Mr Flynn’s Turkish ties before they were made public earlier that month.

A “source close to the administration” told NBC that Mr Pence stands by his comments and he was not told of Mr Flynn’s Turkish connections.

“That’s an egregious error — and it has to be intentional,” the source said. “It’s either malpractice or intentional, and either are unacceptable.”

And it’s not the first time the vice-president “has taken the White House line, only to be undercut by subsequent revelations.”

If Thursday night’s story is any indication, the vice-president may now be trying to put some distance between himself and an administration that has made a habit of leaving him out on a limb.

If the Trump presidency is truly in trouble, and this week’s appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller is a dark storm cloud on the horizon, this could be evidence that the vice-president is contemplating a future after Mr Trump. He’s certainly not abandoning ship, but he’s familiarizing himself with where the lifeboats are stored.

Trump Officials: He Looks More and More Like a Complete Moron

“In the wake of yet another Russia-related bombshell, Trump aides” are in despair “because they know President Trump only has himself to blame.”

Donald Trump and his senior staffers were headed across the Atlantic when news broke that the president had trash-talked former FBI Director James Comey in a meeting with Russian government officials — a meeting in which Trump reportedly promised the Kremlin more flexibility in their relationship with “crazy” Comey out of the picture.

“I just fired the head of the FBI. He was crazy, a real nut job,” Trump told Russia’s foreign minister and ambassador to the United States, according to an official written account of the meeting first reported by The New York Times. “I faced great pressure because of Russia. That’s taken off,” Trump promised.

The White House confirmed that Trump made the remarks in a Friday afternoon statement, but insisted that the president was simply attempting to elicit concessions from the Russians. The administration officials and West Wing aides who were left grounded stateside on Friday late afternoon couldn’t do much more than dodge questions and vent inflamed frustrations at their boss. (Senior staffers who escaped aboard Air Force One included Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, Chief Strategist Steve Bannon, Senior Adviser Jared Kushner, Director of Strategic Communications Hope Hicks, press secretary Sean Spicer, and National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster.)

“I’m glad I’m not on the plane so I could be here to answer your Russia questions,” a senior Trump administration official said, sarcastically, before abruptly hanging up.

Trump’s remarks quickly elicited groans, and some harsh words, from senior officials who did speak with The Daily Beast.

“If Donald Trump gets impeached, he will have one person to blame: Donald Trump,” one of those administration officials said.