House Intel Chief Devin Nunes revealed Obama’s intelligence agencies may have been improperly spreading significant information about Trump’s transition.
In the last three months of the Obama presidency, significant personal information from and about the Trump transition was collected and widely disseminated at intelligence agencies, according to House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes.
Dozens of intelligence reports provided to Nunes by an unnamed whistleblower were floating around during the sensitive transition period following the election, he said. The information collection itself may have technically been legal, but the failure to properly mask the information “alarmed” the California congressman, who notified the White House of the surveillance and dissemination of information on Wednesday afternoon.
President Trump’s personal communications may have been incidentally captured as part of a surveillance sweep conducted by the Obama administration, House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes revealed on Wednesday.
Speaking to reporters on Capitol Hill, Nunes said that there have been “significant developments” in his committee’s investigation into any Obama administration surveillance of the Trump team.
“I recently confirmed that on numerous occasions the intelligence community incidentally collected information about U.S. citizens involved in the Trump transition,” Nunes said.
“Details about U.S. persons associated with the incoming administration, details with little or no apparent foreign intelligence value, were widely disseminated in intelligence community reporting.”
Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in his unrelenting quest to be permanent dictator of his country and who knows where else, is accusing Dutch officials of Nazism for denying his proxies the ability to campaign for him among Holland’s sizable Turkish population Almost simultaneously, a group of Senate Democrats is proffering legislation to overturn President Trump’s temporary travel ban on six Muslim majority countries.
These two events seem unrelated — NATO member Turkey is not one of the six — but in actuality they are tied closely together because they highlight a growing dilemma that is approaching catastrophe. Trump’s travel ban may be of some use, even necessary, in the short run, but it is only a temporary bandaid for what confronts us.
President Trump’s administration has told the State Department to cut more than 50 percent of U.S. funding to United Nations programs, Foreign Policy reported.
The push for the drastic reductions comes as the White House is scheduled to release its 2018 topline budget proposal Thursday, which is expected to include a 37 percent cut to the State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development budgets.
It’s not clear if Trump’s budget plan, from the Office of Management and Budget, would reflect the full extent of Trump’s proposed cuts to the U.N.
The budget that Donald Trump is expected to send to Congress this week will include cuts to the federal government that the country hasn’t seen in 70 years.
The president’s budget for the fiscal 2018 year, set for release on Thursday, reportedly calls for a significant reduction in spending for environmental and public housing agencies while reducing the number of federal employees and adding millions to the defense spending.
A tale of two leaders… OK Justin is not actually a leader, more a hand puppet.
Trump tackles the ‘outsourcing visa’
Last month, there was a national “Day Without a Latino.” This week, the demonstration du jour shutting down schools and shops is “A Day Without a Woman.” Here’s my question for all the virtue-signaling protesters who pay lip service to better jobs and wages:
Where’s your awareness-raising event for untold thousands of America’s high-skilled men and women victimized by H-1B visa havoc? Thanks to cheap labor-hungry big businesses and money-grubbing politicians in both parties, every day has become a “Day Without American Tech Workers.”
Our own best and brightest are vanishing in plain sight. It has been going on for decades — and it’s all legal. Several court challenges to the corporate abuse of the program have failed.
Meanwhile PM Useful Idiot continues to suck up to special interests at your expense…
That HR departments go out looking for ‘Purple Squirrels’ is a well known technique for justifying foreign worker recruitment. (They actually use the term ‘Purple Squirrel’ BTW.)
So what they do is put out job ads that no human in Canada could ever fulfill such as very specific technical knowledge combined with many years of experience, or impossible combinations of experience and credentials. This allows the firms to reject every Canadian applicant and then whine to the government about the ‘skills shortage’ and the fact that there are “lots of Purple Squirrels in Elbonia”.
Of course Elbonia doesn’t have any purple squirrels either, but they do have people willing to work cheaper than Canadians, and the government never checks back to verify if the purple squirrel actually does have the credentials.
All of this domestic turmoil comes at a time China and Russia are posturing and flexing their military might. These are dangerous times and miscalculations can bring tragic consequences.
Since the tragic attacks against the Twin Towers on September 11, 2001, domestic acts of terrorism by foreign nationals, or on behalf of foreign terrorist organizations, have been relatively small in terms of casualties. That is, unless you lost a loved one to the radical Islamist movement.
If history is prologue, the new president will be tested by “saber rattling” foreign powers, including terrorists, and typically sooner rather than later. It is all about re-evaluating their calculus with a new suit in the White House.
The media and Swedish politicians were in an uproar after President Donald J. Trump chose to highlight the negative effects of mass migration in Sweden. But ten days later, here are ten incidents that proved him right.
Despite his impeccable military and other credentials, US President Donald Trump’s national security adviser, Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, began his job — the one he got as a result of the resignation of Gen. Michael Flynn — with a whimper. If reports are correct, McMaster told Trump last week that he should cease using the term “radical Islamic terrorism,” so as not to alienate Muslim-majority countries allied with the United States.
The president’s proposal to move America to a skills-based visa system is long overdue.
President Trump has sparked controversy for his plans to build a wall along the Mexican border, for banning travelers from certain countries from entering the U.S., and for stepping up deportations of those here illegally. But in his address to Congress on Tuesday night, Trump spent more time discussing reforms to our legal immigration system, which currently allows some 1 million people a year to enter the country. Most pointedly, Trump pledged to change the current family-based system to one that is skills- or merit-based—as other developed nations have done. “It is a basic principle that those seeking to enter a country ought to be able to support themselves financially. Yet, in America, we do not enforce this rule, straining the very public resources that our poorest citizens rely upon,” Trump said. It’s an idea likely to spark as much opposition from today’s immigration advocates within the Democratic Party as anything else that Trump is proposing. But if he succeeds, Trump would dramatically transform the flow of newcomers in ways that could boost America’s economic output.
I was once a Democrat. In those days, I thought I was on the team of truth, justice, and the American way. It was fun to be a Democrat then. But… Bye, bye Miss American Pie. Drove my Chevy to the levee but the levee was dry. I woke up.
I’m no longer a Democrat (it’s been many years now), and though on the rarest of occasions I worried I’d made a mistake, Tuesday night watching the shell-shocked faces of the Democrats on the floor of Congress while Donald Trump delivered his magnificent speech, I knew I had made no error. I even wondered what was going on in my head in those isolated moments I doubted myself.
President Trump last night addressed a joint session of Congress and astonished his supporters, while dismaying his detractors, by delivering a powerful, patriotic but never jingoistic, speech that called upon America to be great again. It was brilliantly written and flawlessly delivered. From condemning recent outbreaks of anti-Semitism, to insisting that those who are allowed into the country “love its people and our values,” to promoting cooperation around the world, President Trump gave the speech his opponents never thought possible and that even his supporters never hoped for in their wildest dreams.
I promised the major domos at Blazing Cat Fur that I’d write about Trump for some time now. The honest truth is that so much has happened so fast it was nearly impossible to find a starting point until now. America has undergone a genuine revolution of sorts, where a corrupt and dishonest media are called out time and again, and where the new President moved swiftly, surely and effortlessly in fulfilling his major campaign promises. Despite media narratives of disarray, Trump has proceeded methodically to deliver on his vision on offer to the American voter last November. It’s only his fifth week in office.
President Trump suddenly makes all the old ways of doing things, of doing politics, seem stale and outdated. How did we operate otherwise for so long, people ask themselves. Beholden to no one but the millions who delivered the single most remarkable election upset in history, Trump has moved into an otherwise confining office with remarkable skill and aplomb.
He doesn’t play by the rules, is the shopworn cliche but this misses much about him: he can and will if it serves to advance his agenda. Washington DC is coming to terms, albeit in fits and starts, that when he says his only agenda is the American people, he actually means it.
America has never had such a President before.
I could recapitulate for my Canadian readers various twists and turns since his inauguration on January 20th but that would be to see only the trees and not the forest. “Process” still drives what media focuses on; they can’t help themselves. But process by definition is transient, doesn’t stick, doesn’t last. Trump, by contrast, focuses on both long and short term goals simultaneously.
Rush Limbaugh said that he doesn’t have anyone in Washington but the voters who sent him there. This is fundamentally correct. But in knowing it and never forgetting it, Trump remains true to them and to himself. This is objectively the case and provides him with a command and sense of power we haven’t seen here in living memory.
Trump will build the wall, build up the military, spark an infrastructure boom to repair and rebuild large swaths of the country, crack down on illegal immigrants, focus on reducing the horrific crime rates that plague far too many cities and repeal and replace Obamacare with a market-oriented, patient-centered plan. In a word, he’ll keep his promises.
I’ll be writing more regularly for this audience in the future about how this presidency unfolds. For now, I must defer to the far left activist, former member of the Obama White House and now cable news pundit Van Jones, who said last night with a praiseworthy honesty: “If he can do that over and over, he’s gonna be there for eight years.” Yes.