Four men suspected of having ties to the Islamic State (ISIS) were arrested Tuesday in Nicaragua after Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) broadcasted an alert that the men might have entered Central America.
Two of the men were Iraqi, and the other two were Egyptian, according to Reuters. They entered Nicaragua from Costa Rica and were apprehended by Nicaraguan armed forces. All four have been deported back to Costa Rica.
“The Egyptians were named as Mohamed Ibrahim, 33, and Mahmoud Samy Eissa, 26, while the Iraqis were Ahmed Ghanim Mohamed Al Jubury, 41 and Mustafa Ali Mohamed Yaoob, 29,” the report said.
Three of the men were labeled in the HSI report, which Mexican media reported Tuesday. Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said that the government was aware of the presence of the men, and “dealing with the matter,” a sign of good faith from the Mexican government that has taken increased steps to secure its own border, as well as that of the United States since President Donald J. Trump threatened to levy tariffs against the nation.
Just weeks ago, reports were released in which a captured Canadian-born former ISIS member said the group planned to send terrorists into the United States via the open southern border.
Meanwhile, tensions are rising amid gridlock on securing that border, as promised by Trump.
Big League Politics reported:
President Donald J. Trump has declared a national state of emergency, for which several heavily-blue states immediately sued his administration. Democrats refuse to budge on the issue, unwilling to secure America’s borders. As illegal border crossings surge, they blocked a meaningful amount of wall funding in the 2019 federal budget.
In what many conservatives see as a colossal failure, the Republican Congress, led by former Speaker Paul Ryan, current Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, failed to deliver wall funding to the president’s desk during all of 2017 and 2018, when Republicans held the House, the Senate, and the White House.
The Senate is scheduled to vote on humanitarian aid package for the southern border Wednesday afternoon. Democrats have stressed that none of the aid can be used for border security.
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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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