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Trump’s trade war faces resistance from GOP, but it probably won’t matter

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While the government-contrived immigration “crisis” at the border involving forced family separations has captured the headlines—effectively giving Trump and the GOP the cover they need to save DACA and create a pathway to citizenship for millions of illegal aliens—Trump’s trade war was the topic of the day during hearings with the Senate Finance Committee yesterday.

Following recent announcements of retaliatory tariffs being leveled against the US by Canada, China, Mexico, and the EU, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross appeared before the committee to defend what the committee referred to as Trump’s “knee-jerk impulses” with his trade policies.

Senators from both parties blasted Ross over Trump’s steel and aluminum tariffs—which Ross once defended as “no big deal” because any impact they might have on consumer prices would be “trivial”—following recent economic data indicating that tariffs were indeed having a negative impact on the US economy.

After pointing out that tariffs were responsible for raising prices by 20 percent or more for certain US manufacturers, Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch questioned the administration’s claim that Trump’s trade war was a matter of national security.

“These tariffs do not support US national security; instead, they harm American manufacturers, damage our economy, hurt American consumers, and disrupt our relationship with our long-term allies, while giving China a free pass.”

As regular readers of the Strident Conservative already know, Trump has been particularly soft on China after receiving favorable treatment for his and Ivanka’s business interests in China from the Chinese government.

Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA), who attempted to get a law passed that would return the power to levy tariffs back to Congress as the Constitution requires—it was shot down by Mitch McConnell—also pointed out that Trump’s trade war has nothing to do with national security.

“I wish we would stop invoking national security because that’s not what this is about. This is about economic nationalism.”

“We’re picking winners and losers.”

Hmm… picking winners and losers. Isn’t that something Obama did?

Despite Trump’s misguided optimism, it’s important to remember that there are always casualties in war—even in a trade war—and he is personally responsible for them because he will have caused them.

While news that there are Republicans willing to take a stand against Trump’s disastrous trade policies should be something to cheer, the GOP has become the party of Trump where loyalty and undying devotion to the NY liberal has replaced conservative values. It was just yesterday that I wrote about Sen. Dean Heller’s conversion to Trump conservatism and how as a Trump loyalist, he would be giving Trump “a wide berth” concerning tariffs.

With the GOP adopting a Trump loyalty test when it comes to enacting policy and running elections, it’s likely that we’ll see more Republicans giving Trump a wide berth on tariffs and pretty much everything else Trump wants.

Originally posted on The Strident Conservative.

 


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Turkish President Erdoğan says Christchurch was not an individual act but rather an organized part of a wider attack on Turkey

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Turkish President Erdoğan says Christchurch was not an individual act but rather an organized part of a wider attack on Turkey

See also previous NOQ Report articles:

Aotearoa, The Land of the Long White Cloud, needs to step back and look at Christchurch objectively

Was Christchurch a lone gunman or a conspiracy?

Today Radio New Zealand published an article entitled, “Erdoğan says attackers targeting Turkey will go home ‘in caskets’“.

Following are pertinent excerpts:

“President Tayyip Erdoğan on Monday described a mass shooting which killed 50 people at two New Zealand mosques as part of a wider attack on Turkey and threatened to send back ‘in caskets’ anyone who tried to take the battle to Istanbul.”

“‘They are testing us from 16,500km away, from New Zealand, with the messages they are giving from there. This isn’t an individual act, this is organised,’ he said.”

The Turkish tyrant, in reference to the “1915 Gallipoli campaign, when Ottoman soldiers defeated British-led forces including Australian and New Zealand troops trying to seize the peninsula, a gateway to Istanbul,” told today’s citizens of New Zealand and Australia: “Your grandparents came here … and they returned in caskets.”

“He has said the gunman issued threats against Turkey and the president, and wanted to drive Turks from Turkey’s northwestern, European region.”

“‘You will not turn Istanbul into Constantinople,’ he added, referring to the city’s name under its Christian Byzantine rulers before it was conquered by Muslim Ottomans in 1453.”

The RNZ article confirms that Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu was in Christchurch and visited Turkish citizens wounded in the attack.

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is no friend of New Zealand, Australia or the United States of America. As former Prime Minister and current President of Turkey, he has transformed his NATO-member country from a staunch ally into an ideological, political and military adversary of western nations, Israel and Christians throughout the Middle East.

Erdoğan’s delusions of grandeur revolve around restoring the Ottoman Empire as a new Islamic Caliphate and enthroning himself as new Caliph. That is the only reason he ever opposed ISIS as it was a competitor for control of the Sunni Dar ul-Islam.

The Christchurch gunman is obviously a very conflicted man with many competing concepts and objectives. We will not reward his evil bloodshed by recognizing him by name here.

The perpetrator could have been manipulated by those with motives different from his own. That’s why the report about the suspicions of Turkish intelligence is so significant.

See previous RNZ article:

Turkish intelligence investigating Christchurch accused – report

There are factions in Turkey who oppose Erdoğan for reasons of their own, altruism not being among them. Consider a young uneducated Aussie traveling throughout the world seeking to define himself and to find a cause to champion.

In Turkey and the Balkans, he learns about the Ottoman Empire and the assault of Islam on Europe centuries ago. He comes in contact with elements in Turkey that see a conduit through which they can accomplish their own different objectives.

The young fellow from Grafton, New South Wales believes an armed assault on Muslims during Friday prayers in a city named Christchurch across the Tasman Sea in New Zealand will further his own concepts of white supremacy and that it will suppress Muslim immigration. But elements in Turkey see this as a way to instantly change the narrative and remove the focus on Islamic Jihad as a world threat, substituting a mad rush of useful idiots in western governments to come to the aid of Muslim victims of religious bigotry.

Today, a 37-year-old Turkish male killed three and wounded five on a tram in Utrecht, Netherlands. Europe is under siege. Alas, this is far more common in the world than the anomaly in Christchurch! But politicians will continue to beat their breasts and say we ♡ diversity. Diversity and open borders are who we are. Welcoming the unvetted world is our raison d’être.

We’ll conclude today with an urgent reminder:

There is reason for New Zealand authorities to put your political correctness aside and mount serious international investigations of the Christchurch gunman’s potential handlers in Turkey. Censorship and gun grabs in NZ will not keep you safe if this was orchestrated abroad.

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The reason Hamas fired rockets on Tel Aviv

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The reason Hamas fired rockets on Tel Aviv

Hamas launched two rockets at Israel without provocation or warning. Israel responded by launching strikes of their own.

Some are scratching their heads about this latest attack. Two rockets, which had little chance of doing any actual damage other than through the counterstrike which Israel was certain to launch, make very little sense until we look at the politics and suffering happening in Gaza right now.

The people of Gaza, for the first time since Hamas took control, are protesting in the streets over the elevated cost of living and low wages. They are unable to sustain themselves and Hamas seems to be out of options.

This puts everyone in a pickle. Hamas may be trying to pull Israel into a war simply to distract their people from their own hardships, or they may do it in order to get international help for “rebuilding” even though the damage there seems to be very much already done without a bombing. It’s like having a beat up car and intentionally wrecking it in order to get the insurance company to pay for all repairs.

The IDF thought something like this could happen last month.

On the surface, there isn’t much to see here, but just under the surface we see a conspiracy brewing against Israel by the broken forces of Hamas. Part of our charter at this news outlet is to cut through the surface level of the news and connect the dots to get the whole truth. Mainstream media is reporting this as a standard minor attack by Hamas and strong response by Israel. We are crowdfunded, which means we rely on the support of our readers so we can continue to find the underlying truths behind events like these.

The bottom line is this: Hamas is trying to spark a war because Gaza is in shambles. They feel war is the only way they can keep their people from revolting and possibly get international aid without taking the blame for their own stupid decisions.

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#DefundUN: In a laughable display of poor judgment, UN puts Iran on ‘Women’s Rights Committee’

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DefundUN In a laughable display of poor judgment UN puts Iran on Womens Rights Committee

At this point in history, we can officially state the experiment in world government known as the United Nations is a complete and utter failure. It’s time to abandon ship. There is no way to redeem them after their latest stunt.

Iran, one of the greatest violators of women’s rights in the world, has been given a seat as part of the United Nations Women’s Rights Committee. It was necessary to check with several sources just to make sure this wasn’t just one big fake news troll job. It wasn’t.

Of the 27 resolutions condemning nation for the actions, the body slapped 21 on Israel alone. One of the remaining six was slapped on the United States for our treatment of Cuba. Consider the extreme level of persecution and human rights violations rampant in countries like Iran, North Korea, China, Saudi Arabia, Russia, and dozens of other nations where freedom isn’t really a thing, Now, ask yourself why we continue to fund an organization that embraces authoritarianism over Democracy and Islam over Judeo-Christian worldviews. If you don’t see a problem with these things, you’re probably on the wrong website.

It’s a problem. We’ve been fighting to defund the United Nations and put a stop to their anti-American and anti-Israel rhetoric since the site was launched. As a crowdfunded site, it’s important that our readers support these messages in an effort to alert the American people of things mainstream media willfully ignores.

Giving Iran a seat on a women’s rights committee would be like giving a wolf a stall in the chicken coop. For any other organization, this would be idiocy. For the United Nations, it’s standard operating procedure. #DefundUN now.

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