Neoconservative extraordinaire and former Vice President Dick Cheney criticized President Donald Trump’s foreign policy. Cheney went as far as to compare it with the foreign policy that former President Barack Obama employed.
Cheney spoke with Vice President Mike Pence at a retreat sponsored by the American Enterprise Institute in Sea Island, Georgia that was completely closed off to the public. The former Vice President highlighted that American allies were doubting the U.S.’s commitment to their defense based on Trump’s public statements. Cheney specifically pointed to Trump’s statements about NATO and his recent announcement to withdraw troops from Syria.
Additionally, Cheney expressed concern about Trump not spending enough time with his intelligence briefers and was alarmed by the frequent turnover in national security postings. Likewise, Cheney insinuated that Trump’s transactional view of foreign policy, specifically his emphasis on how much allies pitch in for their defense—was misguided.
After leaving the Executive Branch, Cheney has shied away from the public spotlight. Cheney’s recent comments were done in private, but they still reflect concerns from traditional neoconservative opponents of Trump’s foreign policy actions. Trump’s “America First” platform has made many neocons jittery, and as a result, some like John Bolton have slithered their way into the Trump administration to derail Trump wherever possible
Hispanic UFC Fighter Jorge Masvidal to Join Donald Trump Jr. in “Fighters Against Socialism” Bus Tour
UFC Welterweight fighter Jorge Masvidal announced on September 29, 2020 that he would be joining Donald Trump Jr. for a day long “Fighters Against Socialism” that will take place in Florida on October 3.
ESPN MMA journalist Ariel Helwani provided more details on this development:
“Jorge Masvidal will join Donald Trump Jr. on a day long “Fighters Against Socialism” bus tour across Florida this Saturday. They will hold 3 rallies in Tampa, Orlando and Miami. Their final rally will be at the American Top Team gym where they expect numerous fighters to join.”
Jorge Masvidal will join Donald Trump Jr. on a day long "Fighters Against Socialism" bus tour across Florida this Saturday. They will hold 3 rallies in Tampa, Orlando and Miami. Their final rally will be at the American Top Team gym where they expect numerous fighters to join.
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) September 29, 2020
The fighter himself commented on this news, declaring “The anti communism bus tour will be arriving at a city near you #supernecessary.”
— Jorge Masvidal UFC (@GamebredFighter) September 29, 2020
Unlike other sports leagues, the UFC has uniquely positioned itself by not adopting the woke antics of leagues such as the NFL and NBA.
Masvidal is a veteran of MMA promotions such as Strikeforce, Bellator, and the UFC. He is currently fighting under the UFC banner and holds a record of 35-14. According to MMA website Sherdog, he is currently ranked in 4th place . Similarly, he is ranked in 4th place according to the UFC’s rankings.
The Welterweight fighter currently owns the record for the fastest knockout in UFC history, after he knocked out Ben Askren with a flying knee five seconds into the first round. Additionally, Masvidal won the “BMF” championship against Nate Diaz in 2019 after he battered Diaz and forced a technical knockout via doctor stoppage.
Masvidal fought current welterweight champion Kamaru Usman on less than a week’s notice for the UFC Welterweight Championship at UFC 251, after he replaced the original challenger Gilbert Burns, who tested positive for the Wuhan virus. Before the fight took place, Masvidal signed a multi-fight contract with the UFC. Masvidal ended up losing the fight via unanimous decision.
Nevertheless, the card reportedly netted 1.3 million pay-per-view buys in America.
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