Democrat House speaker Nancy Pelosi is getting criticized from all angles during this government shutdown over border Wall funding, and her other decisions as party leader are not helping her gain any friends.
Pelosi’s appointment of Minnesota freshman congresswoman Ilhan Omar to the House Foreign Affairs Committee set off alarm bells in the national security establishment, given Omar’s well-documented record of anti-Israel agitation.
“It is disgraceful that Speaker Pelosi and her Democrat majority gave a coveted seat on the House Foreign Relations Committee to a member who has a documented history of making anti-Semitic and anti-Israel remarks. Rather than standing up against the disturbing rise of anti-Semitic rhetoric on the left, House Democrats have now just endorsed that ideology,” stated Republican Rep. Steve Scalise.
Liz Cheney and Ari Fleischer joined in the condemnation, and the nation of Israel is reportedly “nervous” about the appointment.
Omar’s early days in Congress have done nothing to dispel concerns about her left-wing philosophy.
Omar used her January 16 floor speech to promote the plight of migrants from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras.
Omar referred to Trump’s “racist and cynical” big wall.
Omar, a Muslim congresswoman from Somalia, called the shutdown over border security a “manufactured crisis.”
“If the president wants to have a real conversation about border security, we are ready to have it,” Omar said, noting that the conversation would include “policies that extend humanity and compassion to migrants and refugees.”
Omar devoted special attention to addressing the situations in Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras, as another migrant caravan moves up toward the U.S. southern border. (Trump Cuts Off $555 Million To Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador).
Omar’s freshmen colleagues are also finding themselves in key committee posts. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rashida Tlaib have landed on the House Financial Services Committee under chairwoman Maxine Waters.
NEW: Joe Biden Bashes Incoming Trump Administration In Leaked 2016 Call to President of Ukraine
Joe Biden speaks in critical and partisan terms of the incoming Trump administration in a new leaked call to the President of Ukraine unveiled Wednesday.
In the call, conducted in November 2016 a week after then-candidate Trump’s election victory, Biden bashes the incoming administration to the foreign leader, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. Biden assails the Trump transition team as incompetent, turning down the idea of visiting the country before the January transition before Trump is “fully briefed” on matters related to Ukraine.
In a second call, Biden asks for Poroshenko to describe his conversations with incoming President Trump, going to to speak of Trump in more dismissive terms. He describes Trump as a “dog who caught the car, and who doesn’t know what to do.” Not quite a “dog-faced pony soldier,” but definitely not an appropriate way for an outgoing vice president to describe an incoming president to a foreign leader.
A Ukrainian comedian originally released the calls, suggesting questionable operational security within the conversations of Joe Biden and Poroshenko. Biden has a lengthy history of ethical questions regarding his relationship with Ukraine, including looking the other way as his son Hunter secured an extremely lucrative position at a Ukrainian oil company without any experience whatsoever in the energy industry.
Biden himself would later go on to demand the firing of a Ukrainian prosecutor who was investigating corruption allegations against the younger Biden, a clear conflict of interest Biden merely dismissed when he spoke openly of securing the prosecutor’s firing at a Council on Foreign Relations public event.
This is a totally inappropriate way for a Vice President to speak to a foreign leader, and the public should be concerned about how Biden plans to conduct diplomacy should he be elected President.
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