Kessel told MDA "There is no controlling Bill Clinton. He does whatever he wants and runs up incredible expenses with foundation funds, according to MDA's account of the interview. "Bill Clinton mixes and matches his personal business with that of the foundation. Many people within the foundation have tried to caution him about this but he does not listen, and there really is no talking to him."
MDA compiled Kessel's statements, as well as over 6,000 pages of evidence from a whistleblower they had been working with separately, and which they filed secretly over a year ago with the FBI and IRS. MDA has alleged that the Clinton Foundation engaged in illegal activities, and may owe millions in unpaid taxes and penalties.
In addition to the IRS, the firm’s partners have had contact with prosecutors in the main Justice Department in Washington and FBI agents in Little Rock, Ark. And last week, a federal prosecutor suddenly asked for documents from their private investigation.
The memo also claims Kessel confirmed to the private investigators that private lawyers reviewed the foundation’s practices — once in 2008 and the other in 2011 — and each found widespread problems with governance, accounting and conflicts of interest.
“I have addressed it before and, let me tell you, I know where all the bodies are buried in this place,” the memo alleges Kessel said.
The 48-page submission, dated Aug. 11, 2017, supports its claims with 95 exhibits, including internal legal reviews that the foundation conducted on itself in 2008 and 2011. -The Hill
"There is probable cause that the Clinton Foundation has run afoul of IRS rules regarding tax-exempt charitable organizations and has acted inconsistently with its stated purpose," MDA alleged in its memo, adding "The Foundation should be investigated for all of the above-mentioned improprieties. The tax rules, codes, statutes and the rule of law should and must be applied in this case."
Foundation officials confirmed that Kessel met with MDA investigators, but said that he "strongly denies that he said or suggested hat the Clinton Foundation or President Clinton engaged in inappropriate or illegal activities."
"Mr. Kessel believed he was meeting an old professional acquaintance who was looking for business from the Foundation," the foundation added in a statement.
-averted the toppling of Assad
-averted WW3 with Russia
-isn't Hillary Clinton
-got major tax cuts for small businesses and the middle class
-moved the overton window way to the right of where it was (exhibit A: Tucker Carlson)
-repealed the individual mandate, which ensures Obamacare dies
-renegotiated NAFTA (USMCA)
-didn't cuck on any meaningful gun control (see "isn't Hillary Clinton")
-imposed tariffs on China and many others
-negotiated new trade deals on a bilateral basis with more than a dozen major economies
-averted war with N. Korea
-uncucked the EPA to unleash coal
made the USA the biggest oil producer in the world
-pulled out of the Paris climate treaty
-kept oil prices low by putting pressure on OPEC
-named the (((Fed))) as his greatest enemy more than once
-increased Senate majority control
-named two supreme court justices
-didn't cuck on Kavanaugh
-named more than 100 federal judges
-increased deportations, including of MS13, while creating an environment where fewer immigrants attempt to cross
That's just off the top of my head. I'm sure I'm missing a lot. And keep in mind he did all this with the biggest propaganda campaign anyone of Gen X or younger has ever seen. Just go to CNN.com right now and count how many articles on the front page mention Mueller.
He's doing well all things considered.
MDA was specifically created to investigate 501c3 charities, and researched the Clinton Foundation at its own expense in the hope that the whistleblower submission they compiled might result in a government reward if the IRS was able to corroborate wrongdoing and recover tax dollars.
The IRS sent multiple letters in 2017 and 2018 to MDA Analytics, confirming it had received the submission and it was “still open and under active investigation.” But, shortly before last month’s election, the agency sent a preliminary denial letter indicating it did not pursue the allegations for reasons that ranged from a lack of resources to possible expiration of the statute of limitations on some allegations.
I asked a half-dozen former federal investigators to review the submission and key evidence; all said the firm’s analysis of tax-exempt compliance issues would not be that useful to federal agencies that have their own legal experts for that. But they stressed the evidence of potential criminality was strong and warranted opening an FBI or IRS probe. -The Hill
According to retired FBI supervisory agent Jeffrey Danik, MDA's work is "a very good roadmap for investigation, adding "When you have the organization’s own lawyers using words like ‘quid pro quo,’ ‘conflicts of interest’ and ‘whistleblower protections,’ you have enough to get permission to start interviewing and asking questions."
FIRST DOJ INDICTMENTS CONNECTED TO THE CLINTON FOUNDATION UNSEALED
>Federal prosecutors announced charges this Tuesday against four men connected to the law firm “Mossack Fonseca”, which has extensive ties with the Clinton Foundation.
>The charges, which include Conspiracy to Defraud the United States, Conspiracy to Commit Wire Fraud, Conspiracy to Commit Tax Evasion, Wire Fraud, and Money Laundering Conspiracy, come merely three years after the leak of the Panama Papers by Wikileaks. The papers were received by the German newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung in 2015 from an anonymous source.
>The charges line up with several of the sealed indictments requesting wiretaps, PRTT orders, and search warrants which were leaked by the DOJ recently and reported on by the Daily Crusader
CF connected to many many persons who donated to them and used Mossack Fonseca's services to hide money
All of those donations and their assets in total are now subject to DOJ scrutiny
>The sham foundations were one of the primary products marketed by OWENS and BRAUER at Mossack Fonseca. Mossack Fonseca advertised the sham foundations as including asset protection and privacy. OWENS also advised clients that the sham foundations provided tax benefits in multiple jurisdictions, including the United States.
Mossack Fonseca was a team of lawyers that helped people set up shell companies in Panama (because there are less regulations there). People would shift money to these shells (often through multiple shells) in order to hide the money OR just move the money out of the US. This is not illegal in and of itself. Rich people often like to hide their net-worth and this is a good way to do this. Sometimes, though, it is done to avoid taxes, receive illegal donations or other criminal activities. Mossack Fonseca got hacked and the accounts leaked. They don't do banking, just setting up the shells, but it was an interesting look inside this mechanism of ownership. Several of the companies that Mossack Fonseca was responsible for turned out to be very questionable in their legality. The fact it has taken this long for anything to come of it says something about how deep this criminal complaint goes and is likely only the beginning
AND ADD THE FINAL LINE:
- DOES WHAT HE SAYS
** Every politician says one thing and does another, we call that lying and why everyone is fed up with Washington, but Mr Trump, GEOTUS promises us things HE WANTS and is fighting for every day, real solutions that need attention!!
- Fair, free trade
- NATO pay their share and train
- NAFTA renegotiated back-dealing CHINA out protecting US workers and parts
- Merkel back-dealing with Putin placing NATO's largest economy dependent on Putin energy WTF???
- U.N. wasting our $$ we give them to attack USA
- Paris Accord, Obama promised $2B of US tax payer funds, while China/India would not do anything till 2030 while openly saying they will build over 3,500 new coal plants and use the $2B Obama promised (for developing countries) to do it!!
- Paris Accord would cripple many US industries overnight with heavy new regulations killing jobs and some companies overnight, while others in other counties do not have these hand-cuffs and can out-compete
- STRONG BORDERS instead of slave labor for the 1% who also own the media
I can fucking go on and on.. ISIS is gone, Stock Market, Canada/EU tariffs they have on us for decades etc.. Syria is now fixed, refugees can GO HOME and rebuild but oh wait, no one gives a shit, leave them in EU to rape and pillage..
NATIONAL DEBT DAILY UPDATE AND QUESTIONS:
National Debt Today 12/09/18: 21 Trillion 838 Billion
National Debt 1/20/17: 19 Trillion 947 Billion
The National Debt has increased ONE (1) TRILLION 891 BILLION, since Donald Trump took office. If a President cannot Balance the Budget during a “Booming Economy”, when can he?
When Trump Campaigned to “Wipe-Out” the National Debt in eight (8) years, how will he accomplish this, if the National Debt continues to increase every year?
Under President Trump’s leadership, Congress passed historic tax cuts and relief for hard-working Americans. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act:
Is the first major tax reform signed in 30 years.
Federal revenues are increasing as the economy grows. April 2018 had a record surplus of $214 billion.
Over 500 companies (507) have announced bonuses, wage increases, and new investments.
Businesses have invested $482 billion in new, American projects and employees.
More than 4.8 million workers received increased wages or bonuses (3.7% of all private workers).
Provided $1.5 trillion in tax cuts to individuals.
American families received $3.2 trillion in gross tax cuts and saw the child tax credit double.
A family of four making $73,000 will get a cut of over $2,000-cutting their taxes in half.
Nearly doubled the standard deduction.
Repealed Obamacare’s burdensome individual mandate.
The bill provides a 20% deduction for small business income, which means $415 billion tax cut.
The President lowered the corporate tax rate was lowered from the highest in the industrialized world (35%) to 21%.
The U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) grew at or above 3 percent for two quarters in a row for the first time in three years.
2017 third quarter GDP grew 3.2 percent.
2017 second quarter GDP grew 3.1 percent.
2017 first quarter GDP grew 1.2 percent, and 2017 fourth quarter GDP grew 2.5 percent.
2018 first quarter GDP grew 2.3 percent. The best since 2015.
President Trump is unleashing economic growth and jobs. During his first year, nearly 3 million new jobs were created since January 2017 and the unemployment rate fell to 3.8 percent, the first time below 4% in 18 years.
The manufacturing industry created over 300,000 jobs.
337,000 construction jobs have been created since President Trump took office, and construction employment stands at its highest level since June 2008.
Fourteen states reached record low unemployment rates.
The African American unemployment rate reached its lowest ever recorded.
Job openings have reached 6.6 million, the highest level recorded. This competition should drive wage growth.
Jobless claims reached the lowest level in 45 years (1973).
The number of people dependent on food stamps has fallen by 2.6 million or 6.2% since January 2017.
The number of people receiving unemployment benefits is running at the lowest level in 45 years.
Average 3% growth the last three quarters- under President Obama, annual growth averaged 1.9%.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average hit record highs more than 80 times under President Trump, including closing higher than 26,000 points for the first time in its history.
Since President Trump’s election, more than $5 trillion in wealth has been created for the U.S. economy.
Economic confidence rebounded to record highs under President Trump because his pro-growth policies have and continue to put American workers and businesses first.
The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index rose in November 2017 to a 17-year high of 129.5.
The National Association of Manufacturers’ Outlook Index had the highest annual average in its history.
Small business optimism has sustained record-high levels under President Trump according to the National Federation of Independent Business.
President Trump signed an Executive Order that expanded apprenticeships, recognizing the need for more quality alternatives to four-year college degrees.
The Executive Order set in motion a new process that makes it easier for businesses to create and scale apprenticeship programs, providing many more Americans access to an affordable education that leads to a well-paying job.
President Trump signed a Presidential Memorandum directing the Secretary of Education to prioritize STEM education with a particular focus on computer science.
Leading private sector technology companies and organizations pledged over $300 million to amplify the president’s computer science initiative.
The Trump Administration prioritized the economic empowerment of women as a key element of our commitment to economic growth and gender equality.
This year, the Small Business Administration lent approximately $500 million more than last year in capital to women-owned businesses.
President Trump has rolled back unnecessary job-killing regulations beyond expectations.
In 2017, President Trump far exceeded his promise to eliminate regulations at a two-to-one ration, issuing 22 deregulatory actions for every new regulatory action.
The Administration rolled back rules and regulations harming farmers and energy producers, such as the Waters of the United States Rule and the Clean Power Plan.
Regional and community banks and credit unions got relief after President Trump signed legislation reducing harmful requirements imposed by the Dodd-Frank Act.
Since taking office, President Trump has advanced free, fair and reciprocal trade deals that protect American workers, ending decades of destructive trade policies.
Days after taking office, the President withdrew the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations and agreement.
President Trump's Administration is working to defend American intellectual property from China's unfair practices through a range of actions.
The President improved the KORUS trade agreement with the Republic of Korea, which will allow more U.S. automobile exports to South Korea with lower tariffs and increase U.S. pharmaceutical access to South Korea.
American agriculture has gained access to new markets under President Trump.
The Longest Consecutive Positive Monthly Job Growth on Record - Total payroll employment grew by 213,000 in June 2018 (18,000 over forecasts) led by gains in professional and business services, education and health services, and, once again, manufacturing.
This is the longest consecutive, positive monthly job growth period on record (93 months).
New Good-Paying Manufacturing Jobs - Manufacturing jobs continue to outperform under this administration, with an average increase of 20,000 new jobs per month compared to 8,000 per month in the second term of the Obama administration.
Since President Trump was elected, the American economy has added 3.7 million jobs. One in every 10 of those jobs has been in manufacturing.
President Donald Trump’s economy beat expectations in August in an impressive month that saw 201,000 jobs added.
On average, President Trump has added 82,000 more jobs per month than President Obama.
Wage growth soared at its fastest pace since the Great Recession” and the unemployment rate held “near a generational low” of 3.9 percent.
Unemployment remains historically low, as the number of Americans filing for unemployment hit its lowest point since 1969. (Source: RNC Research)
President Trump called on Congress to fully fund a wall along the Southern border, to close legal loopholes that enable illegal immigration, to end chain migration, and to eliminate the visa lottery program.
President Trump pulled the United States out of negotiations for a “Global Compact on Migration,” a plan for global governance of immigration and refugee policy that may have compromised U.S. sovereignty.
Under President Trump’s leadership, the Department of Homeland Security took action to wind down the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in an orderly fashion, following the assessment of the Department of Justice (DOJ) that DACA lacks legal authorization.
This action gives Congress the opportunity to consider appropriate legislative solutions, as required by our Constitution.
The Trump Administration rescinded the unlawful Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) program.
The Department of Homeland Security launched the office of Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement (VOICE).
From President Trump’s inauguration through the end of FY 2017, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) made 110,568 arrests of illegal aliens, a 40 percent increase compared to the same time period the prior year.
Over the same time period, removals that resulted from arrests increased by 37 percent.
Of the illegal aliens arrested by ICE, over 92 percent had criminal convictions or pending criminal charges, were ICE fugitives, or were illegal reentrants.
In FY 2017, there was a 17 percent decrease in border removals, which shows the deterrent effect of strong interior enforcement.
The number of counties participating in the 287(g) program, which gives state and local law enforcement entities delegated authority by ICE to enforce immigration in their jurisdiction, has doubled.
In FY 2017, ICE conducted 226,119 removals. The proportion of removals resulting from ICE arrests increased from 65,332, or 27 percent of total removals in FY 2016 to 81,603, or 36 percent of total removals, in FY 2017.
The Trump Administration cracked down on sanctuary cities by improving the Administration of Federal grants to increase information sharing on illegal aliens.
The Department of Justice announced more than $98 million in grant funding to hire 802 additional full-time law enforcement officers.
President Trump signed an Executive Order to restore state and local law enforcement’s access to surplus Defense Department equipment through the 1033 program, including safety equipment.
The DOJ has worked with Central American partners to arrest and charge about 4,000 MS-13 members.
This includes the alleged leader of MS-13’s “East Coast Program.”
The Department of Homeland Security arrested 796 MS-13 gang members and associates in FY 2017, an 83 percent increase from the previous year.
President Trump signed three Executive Orders aimed at cracking down on international criminal organizations.
In June, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the creation of the new National Public Safety Partnership, a cooperative initiative with cities to reduce violent crime.
President Trump took action to protect America’s critical steel and aluminum industries, which were harmed by unfair trade practices and global excess capacity.
The President exercised his authority to impose a 25 percent global tariff on steel imports and a 10 percent global tariff on aluminum imports in order to protect our national security.
The tariffs on steel and aluminum are anticipated to reduce imports to levels needed for domestic industries to achieve long-term viability.
As a result, these industries will be able to re-open closed mills, sustain a skilled workforce, and maintain or increase production.
The strengthening of our domestic steel and aluminum industries reduces our reliance on foreign producers.
One of President Trump’s first actions was to withdraw the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, advancing his agenda to protect American workers.
The Trump Administration began renegotiations of trade agreements that contribute to the U.S. trade deficit and harmed American workers.
Renegotiations of the North American Free Trade Agreement are still underway to modernize the deal so that all countries benefit.
President Trump worked to bring foreign investment back to the United States so more goods are made in America by American workers.
South Korean companies announced 64 projects that will invest more than $17 billion in the U.S. over four years and will purchase $58 billion in goods and services.
Foxconn announced its investment of $10 billion in Wisconsin to build a factory that will employ thousands of workers directly, and up to 22,000 workers indirectly.
Toyota and Mazda announced a $1.6 billion investment that will go toward a new manufacturing plant in the U.S., creating an estimated 4,000 jobs.
At the White House, Broadcom Limited announced they were moving their headquarters back to the United States, bringing potentially $20 billion in annual revenue.
President Trump worked to promote the sale of more American products abroad.
President Trump and King Salman of Saudi Arabia oversaw the signing of a historic $400 billion in deals between U.S. and Saudi companies.
The Trump Administration made enforcement of U.S. trade laws a top priority and has already made significant progress.
To defend U.S. national security interests, President Trump blocked a foreign company from acquiring a U.S. business for only the fourth time in history.
Since President Trump was sworn into office, the Department of Commerce has initiated 79 antidumping and countervailing duties (AD/CVD) investigations
The U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) self-initiated a Section 301 investigation into whether Chinese policies, acts, and practices related to technology transfer, licensing, and intellectual property are unreasonable or discriminatory. This is the first use of Section 301 since 2001.
President Trump delivered on his promise to roll back the Obama Administration’s bad deal with Cuba, which benefitted the Cuban regime at the expense of the Cuban people.
The Treasury Department and State Department put new sanction rules to channel economic activity away from the Cuban government, particularly the military, and towards the people of Cuba.
The President directed his Administration to consider a range of actions to respond to China’s acts, policies, and practices involving the unfair and harmful acquisition of U.S. technology.
The Trump Administration proposed adding 25 percent additional tariffs on certain products that are supported by China’s unfair industrial policy.
Sectors subject to the proposed tariffs will include aerospace, information communication technology, and machinery.
The U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) confronted China’s discriminatory technology licensing practices through a World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute proceeding.
In August, the Trump Administration launched an investigation under Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974 into Chinese acts, policies, and practices related to technology transfer, intellectual property, and innovation.
This was the first Section 301 investigation since 2013.
The U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) confronted China's discriminatory technology licensing practices through a World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute proceeding.
USTR led an extensive investigation based on a thorough analysis of evidence and comments received from academics, think tanks, law firms, trade associations, and American companies and workers.
The investigation concluded that China forces U.S. companies seeking to license technologies to Chinese entities to do so on non-market based terms.
China imposes contractual restrictions on the licensing of intellectual property and foreign technology into their country, but does not put the same restrictions on contracts between two Chinese enterprises.
The investigation concluded that China directs and unfairly facilitates investments and acquisitions to generate large-scale technology transfers from U.S. companies to Chinese entities.
A Chinese government-backed fund helped Apex Technologies Co., a Chinese investment consortium, acquire a U.S. computer-printer maker which had previously sued Apex over patent infringement.
The investigation concluded that China conducts and supports cyber intrusions into U.S. companies to access their sensitive commercial information, such as trade secrets.
In 2014, the U.S charged five Chinese military hackers for cyber-esponiage committed against U.S. corporations and a labor organization for commercial advantage.
An interagency analysis estimated that China's unfair acts, policies, and practices caused tens of billions in dollars in damages to the United States each year.
Since taking office, President Trump has sought to confront unfair trade practices that have harmed American commerce for far too long.
The President’s Administration conducted 82 antidumping and countervailing duty investigations in 2017.
This was a 58 percent increase in investigations over 2016.
In January, the President announced new safeguard tariffs on imported large residential washing machines and solar cells.
The Trump Administration successfully litigated WTO disputes targeting unfair trade practices and protected our right to enact fair trade laws.
In February 2018, USTR won a WTO compliance challenge against China’s unfair antidumping and countervailing duties on U.S. poultry exports, and China announced the termination of those duties.
In November 2017, the United States won a WTO dispute regarding Indonesia’s unfair import licensing regime restricting U.S. agricultural exports.
In October 2017, a WTO compliance panel found that U.S. tuna labeling rules designed to inform consumers about safe fishing practices were consistent with WTO standards.
In September 2017, the WTO rejected allegations by the European Union that Boeing was receiving prohibited subsidies.
In June 2017, a WTO compliance panel rejected almost all claims by the European Union that alleged U.S. subsidies to Boeing were causing serious prejudice to Airbus, instead finding that 28 of 29 challenged programs were consistent with WTO rules.
After President Trump’s personal intervention, three student athletes from the University of California, Los Angeles, were released from China.
Three student athletes from the University of California, Los Angeles, were released from China after President Trump’s personal intervention.
An American, a Canadian, and their three children were released from Taliban custody after United States Government and Pakistani forces secured their release.
The Trump Administration secured Otto Warmbier’s release from North Korea.
Sandy Phan-Gill was released from Chinese detention after President Trump and his Administration intervened.
Aya Hijazi was released from an Egyptian prison and welcomed to the White House by President Trump.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and other representatives of the United States government traveled to Pyongyang, North Korea on May 9 to prepare for the President’s upcoming meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. During Secretary Pompeo’s visit, the North Korean leadership released three American detainees. The Americans were welcomed home by President Trump and Melania.
President Trump followed through on his promise and recognized Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel, and directed the relocation of the U.S. Embassy. After announcing the United States' recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, President Trump quickly and efficiently opened the Embassy in Israel at a low cost to tax payers.
The State Department announced the new US Embassy in Israel would move to Jerusalem.
The Trump Administration withdrew from UNESCO to show it would not stand for the anti-Israel bias of the organization.
On May 14, 2018, the United States officially opened our Embassy in Jerusalem, Israel, 70 years to the day that President Truman recognized Israel as an independent country, making the United States the first nation to do so.
After meeting with North Korea’s Vice Chairman Kim Yong Chol in the Oval Office, President Donald J. Trump said that the North Korean summit, planned for June 12 in Singapore was back on. He called Friday’s meeting with Kim Yong Chol a “great start,” and confirmed the Vice Chairman gave him a letter from Chairman Kim Jong Un. Regarding the negotiations, the President said, “We’re going to deal.” Yesterday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said President Trump has been very clear he wants the complete denuclearization of the North Korean peninsula, and expects both leaders to enter the summit in Singapore “with their eyes wide open and with clear understanding of the possibilities of the future.”
President Trump went on a historic 12-day tour through Asia, including visits to five countries and attended three regional summits to promote America’s interests.
South Korea and Japan pledged to build closer defense collaboration with the United States, and the President underscored the commitment of the United States to providing advanced military equipment.
Cooperation was boosted between the Quad countries (the United States, Japan, India and Australia) on the sidelines of ASEAN in Manila.
President Trump reaffirmed the commitment of the United States to promote prosperity and security in the region by modernizing America’s development finance institutions and increasing their coordination with Japanese counterparts.
President Trump traveled to the Middle East and Europe to solidify relations with our allies in both regions and to push for greater commitments and cooperation.
President Trump visited Mecca, Jerusalem, and Rome, three of the world’s holiest places.
In Saudi Arabia, President Trump pushed for a coalition of nations to confront Iran and attended the opening of the Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology.
President Trump persuaded allies to develop national plans to boost defense spending up to 2 percent of GDP by 2024, and for NATO to formally join the coalition to defeat ISIS at the 2017 NATO Leaders’ meeting.
President Trump visited Poland and a meeting of the G-20, where he pushed for closer cooperation and American First policies.
With G20 partners and the World Bank, the U.S. championed the establishment of the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative (WeFi), which could leverage in excess of $1 billion in financing to support women entrepreneurs.
UN Security Council unanimously passed new sanctions on North Korea.
President Trump secured new commitments from Vietnam and China to increase pressure.
China affirmed it would fully implement UN Security Council resolutions to pressure North Korea.
KEEPING OUR PROMISE ON U.S.-CUBA POLICY:
The President kept his promise to roll back the Obama Administration's bad deal on Cuba that benefitted the Cuban regime at the expense of the Cuban people.
August 2018 - The Trump Administration announced the creation of the Iran Action Group in a further demonstration of its commitment to pressure the Iranian Regime to change its hostile and destabilizing behavior.
August 2018 - President Trump signed the FY2019 National Defense Authorization Act, allocating a historic $716 billion dollars for defense spending including a 2.6 percent pay raise for our service men and women and an increase of 15,600 troops across the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps.
Upon taking office, President Trump directed the rebuilding of the United States Military, a new national defense strategy, a comprehensive nuclear posture review, and fielding state-of-the-art ballistic missile defenses.
President Trump has worked with Congress to increase defense spending, reverse the defense sequester, expand our military capacity, and modernize its capabilities.
The President has empowered the Secretary of Defense and our military commanders to make decisions, seize the initiative, and win – without micromanagement from Washington.
President Trump revived the National Space Council to develop and implement a new national space policy and strategy.
President Trump elevated the U.S. Cyber Command into a major warfighting command, to advance U.S. efforts in cyberspace
President Trump withdrew from the U.N. Global Compact on Migration to reassert American sovereignty over our borders.
President Trump signed Executive Order 13780, which restricted travel from certain countries that do not have sufficient security or share enough information.
President Trump and his Administration worked tirelessly to defeat ISIS and terrorism around the world.
ISIS lost its last town after U.S.-led forces retook Raqqa.
President Trump directed the State Department to send aid through USAID directly to Christians and other minorities facing genocide in the Middle East.
During his first international trip, President Trump pushed for a coalition of nations to confront Iran and attended the opening of the Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology. It was created to empower Muslim-majority countries in fighting radicalization.
President Trump announced a new strategy for Afghanistan to protect the American people based on stability and security so terrorists cannot use the country as a base to threaten U.S. interests.
The new strategy put pressure on the Taliban, and set conditions for a peaceful settlement between the Afghanistan government and the Taliban.
The President warned Pakistan that no partnership can survive a country’s tolerance for militants and terrorists and they must take action.
The partnership with India is vital, and they make important contributions to Afghanistan’s safety, security, and development.
President Trump is putting maximum pressure on North Korea to denuclearize.
President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un agreed to meet on June 12th in Singapore.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and other representatives of the United States government traveled to Pyongyang, North Korea on May 9 to prepare for the President’s upcoming meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. During Secretary Pompeo’s visit, the North Korean leadership released three American detainees. President Trump appreciates leader Kim Jong Un’s action to release these American citizens, and views this as a positive gesture of goodwill. The three Americans appear to be in good condition and were all able to walk on the plane without assistance. All Americans look forward to welcoming them home and to seeing them reunited with their loved ones.
The Treasury Department implemented sanctions on 57 North Korean individuals and entities as part of the Maximum Pressure Campaign.
Under President Trump’s leadership, the United Nations Security Council unanimously passed new sanctions on North Korea for their continued aggressive behavior.
The President signed an Executive Order sanctioning parties that engaged in trade or financing with North Korea.
The Treasury Department placed a sanction on the Chinese Bank of Dandong for “illicit North Korean financial activity.”
President Trump announced a new Afghanistan strategy that strengthens our support for Afghan security forces, delegates authority to military leaders, and demonstrates our resolve to defeat terrorism.
NATO allies and partners increased troop contribution to NATO’s Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan.
President Trump is confronting Iran’s aggression.
President Trump in consultation with his national security team has approved a new strategy for Iran.
Not certifying they are in full compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, known as the Iran Deal,
Focusing on neutralizing the Government of Iran’s destabilizing influence and constraining its aggression, particularly its support for terrorism and militants,
Revitalizing our traditional alliances and regional partnerships as bulwarks against Iranian subversion and restore a more stable balance of power in the region,
Deny the Iranian regime – and especially the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) – funding for its malign activities, and oppose IRGC activities that extort the wealth of the Iranian people,
Counter threats to the United States and our allies from ballistic missiles and other asymmetric weapons,
Rally the international community to condemn the IRGC’s gross violations of human rights and its unjust detention of American citizens and other foreigners on specious charges, and
Deny the Iranian regime all paths to a nuclear weapon.
Department of the Treasury sanctioned 25 entities and individuals involved in Iran’s ballistic missile program in order to further monitor and prevent any acts of terrorism.
The first week of January, 2018, the Treasury Department sanctioned additional Iranian entities tied to Iran’s ballistic missile program and Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corp.
The Department of Treasury put in place new sanctions against Iranian companies in response to Iran’s provocative launch of a space vehicle.
President Trump ordered missile strikes against a Syrian airbase after the Assad regime used it to launch chemical weapons attacks against civilians.
President Trump prevented further chemical weapons attacks by announcing detection of their preparation and warning Syria that they would be struck again if the attacks were carried out.
President Trump imposed new sanctions on the Maduro dictatorship in Venezuela, targeting the regime itself, and not just individuals, for the first time.
The new financial sanctions prohibit dealings in new Venezuelan debt and its corrupt oil company. The regime will no longer be able finance its debt using U.S. banks.
NEW ACTIONS AGAINST RUSSIA:
President Donald J. Trump announced additional measures to punish those who seek to undermine American democracy and security.
The Trump Administration will continue to take a direct approach to confront Russia where it threatens our institutions, our interests, or our allies.
The Trump Administration imposed sanctions against 16 Russian entities and individuals that were previously indicted for their roles in Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
Additionally, the Trump Administration imposed sanctions against two Russian intelligence agencies and six senior Russian intelligence officials for their significant efforts to undermine U.S. cyber security.
Two of the officials are newly sanctioned. The remaining two agencies and four individuals were previously sanctioned and are being re-designated under the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA).
The Trump Administration called out the Russian government for its malicious cyber activity targeting U.S. critical infrastructure, including failed attempts on the energy sector.
This action follows the Trump Administration’s January 29, 2018 Report on Senior Foreign Political Figures and Oligarchs in the Russian Federation.
Finally, the Trump Administration released a separate DHS/FBI Joint Analytic Report that shares technical threat information to improve the network defenses of American infrastructure and raises the cost on the Russian government.
A POWERFUL SANCTIONS REGIME:
President Trump has already taken action to counter the challenge from Russia and has previously imposed numerous rounds of sanctions.
On February 13, the Trump Administration proposed a new rule under the Patriot Act that would prohibit Latvia’s ABLV bank, which has been laundering illicit Russian funds, from opening or maintaining correspondent accounts in the United States.
On December 20 and 21, the Trump Administration announced Russia Magnitsky Sanctions and Global Magnitsky Sanctions respectively.
On December 20, the Trump Administration imposed export controls against two Russian companies that were helping Russia to develop missiles that violate the INF Treaty.
In response to Russia’s occupation of Crime and aggression in Eastern Ukraine, the Trump Administration sanctioned 58 targets on June 20, 2017, and 42 targets on January 26, 2018.
On February 16, 2018, the Trump Administration attributed the worldwide NotPetya cyber-attack to the Russian military.
On September 13, 2017, the Trump Administration banned the use of Kaspersky Labs software on U.S. government computers due to Kaspersky ties to Russian intelligence.
On March 15, 2017, the Trump Administration charged three Russians, including two officers of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB), with criminal charges for the 2014 Yahoo hack.
The Trump Administration has maintained the closure of two Russian compounds and the expulsion of 35 diplomats in response to Russian interference in the 2016 election.
In 2017, the Trump Administration established the Election Infrastructure Government and Sector Coordinating Councils to increase coordination and information sharing across all levels of government and with the private sector providers of voting and registration systems.
During the 2017 elections, the Trump Administration provided onsite cybersecurity support to States, which have the responsibility to ensure that their electoral infrastructure is secure, and will continue to provide this assistance in 2018.
The Trump Administration released a new National Security Strategy that makes clear that Russia is undertaking actions that threaten the security of the United States and our allies, and outlines steps to stop Russia’s malign interference.
The Trump Administration has increased funding for the European Deterrence Initiative, providing billions to increase U.S. troop readiness in Europe, deter Russian aggression, and help defend our NATO allies.
The Trump Administration has enhanced its support for Ukraine’s Armed Forces to help Ukraine improve its ability to defend itself.
The Trump Administration is working to pressure Russia back into compliance with the INF Treaty to ensure that Russia does not gain strategic advantage from its treaty violations.
On August 31, 2017, the Trump Administration announced the closure of a Russian consulate and two diplomatic annexes in response to Russia’s cutting of the number of U.S. diplomatic personnel in Russia.