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Trump Plays It Smart On North Korea

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It is likely that global powers are expecting the Trump administration to react temperamentally regarding recent North Korean missile launches. However, at present, military aggression on the part of the Trump administration may be too predictable to garner the most profitable outcome for the U.S.

North Korea is a rogue power serving as an agitator for the Chinese. It is trying to box President Trump into a situation where he appears overly confrontational or submissive depending on his course of action. Although merely a surrogate of China, North Korea cannot be underestimated. It has a strong military with unknown capability in terms of weapons capacity. If Trump answers North Korea with aggression, he will be publicized by his opposition as foolish enough to hasten the start of a nuclear war. If he does not answer the North Korean threat, he will be painted as a paper tiger.

It is likely that strategies are designed by China and North Korea to counter predictable responses on the part of the President. The U.S.’s response to North Korea should be unpredictable, yet costly to the Chinese. Trump should propose incentives for U.S. companies in China to come back to the U.S., or relocate to India, or other Western-friendly countries near China’s sphere of influence. The greatest incentives would be granted to companies that ready to close doors and leave China the soonest. In addition, additional merchant marine and naval support should be granted to countries that receive the bulk of U.S. companies relocating from China. This two-pronged approach is needed to hedge further Chinese naval aggression in key trade routes.

Perhaps Secretary of State Tillerson should reach out to India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, and Taiwan in answering China’s powerplay via North Korea. These countries still have capacity to develop sectors where the Chinese are starting to become more complacent. As many in the Chinese workforce are demanding greater pay, and companies in China are looking to evolve toward industries requiring greater intellectual capacity, the Chinese are starting to price themselves out of low and mid-cost global labor markets. Many countries near China’s sphere of influence are hungry too fill that void.

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Aggressive diplomacy on the part of the U.S. will force the Chinese and the North Koreans to respond diplomatically or militarily. An aggressive response from China may warrant crippling U.S. tariffs on key Chinese exports. A naval powerplay by the Chinese in waters too far away from its mainland will warrant military reprisal by countries whose waters the Chinese violate. China would take great risk in striking countries with ports and waters additional naval capacity on the part of the U.S.

Those on the left will likely complain that Trump is urging conflict and putting U.S. trade at risk. However, given the provocations of North Korea, aggressive diplomacy is a defensible course of action. Chinese trespass on global trade routes, diminished trade partnership and currency power are what the U.S. and the West should expect if China goes unchecked for North Korea’s recent nuclear missile launches.

For the past decade, China has blatantly manipulated currency, bought sovereign territory in other countries, and has constructed islands off its coast, attempting to extend its naval sovereignty and dominate trade waters. Letting the Chinese go unchecked for the actions of North Korea will have disastrous financial consequences for the U.S. and the West.

North Korea will likely assist other anti-Western countries in designing their own nuclear program. It has already worked with the Iranians regarding their growing nuclear program. China is the only country North Korea will answer too. For North Korea or any country aligned with China to stop agitating Western powers, the U.S. must hurt China both economically and in terms of diplomatic strategy.

Terence Rosenthal writes on foreign policy and national security. Rosenthal was a legislative policy fellow for Rep. Steve King (R.-Iowa) and has worked on numerous Republican legislative and executive campaigns.

 

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Trump Says See Ya To The UN Human Rights Council, Announces U.S. Withdrawal

We’re NOT Tired Of Winning!

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The United Nations Human Rights Council doesn’t deserve their namesake with countries like Saudi Arabia, Venezuela, and Cuba having representatives on the council. Now President Donald Trump’s Administration has made it clear that they don’t deserve to have the United States as representatives in a Tuesday decision to withdraw the U.S.’s membership.

The announcement was made by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley and wasn’t all that surprising. The United States has feuded with the U.N.’s Human Rights Council since the President first took office.

Conflicts between the U.S. and the U.N. Human Rights Council flared up most notably in recent weeks after the 47-member body voted to condemn Israel. The Human Rights Council considers Israel the world’s number one human rights abuser, while continually taking the side of Palestine in the border dispute between the two countries.

While the council’s treatment of Israel was the stated reason for the withdrawal, the U.N. Human Rights Council has long been a thorn in the side of many tenants of Donald Trump’s agenda.

For many years, the U.N. Human Rights Council has fought to make abortion a human right. Many members of the council are also extremely opposed to President Trump’s strict anti-illegal immigration stance. Just a day before the decision to withdraw from membership in the council, the U.N.’s human rights chief blasted Trump for his work to enforce federal immigration law in the United States.

During Monday’s meeting session Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein told the body that  “in the United States, I am deeply concerned by recently adopted policies which punish children for their parents’ actions.”

The Trump Administration’s decision to withdraw from the U.N. Human Rights Council is yet another accomplishment for anyone who believes in his “America First” message. Perhaps his next step could be leaving the United Nations all together.

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White House Placed on Lockdown After Grounds Breached

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A man who breached the lawn of the grounds of the White House has been taken into custody, according to the Secret Service.

“An individual climbed over a security barrier on the south side of the White House Complex between the Ellipse and E Street,” the group said in a tweet. “The individual dropped a backpack and was immediately taken into custody on E Street by Secret Service Uniformed Division Officers.”

The White House was placed on lockdown while authorities work to identify the contents of the backpack.

This story is developing.

 

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Prince Harry is a Trump Fan

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In another huge loss for American liberals, the only people on earth who still care about the British Royal Family, it turns out that Prince Harry is a fan of President Donald J. Trump.

Thomas Markle, father of Prince Harry’s bride Meghan Markle, revealed on “Good Morning Britain” that the Prince asked him to “give Donald Trump a chance.”

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“I sort of disagreed with that, but I still like Harry, that’s his politics, I had my politics,” said Markle.

Markle’s father is a staunch anti-Trumper who said that he “has to apologize to the rest of the world for his president,” during the interview.

“I think Trump’s had his chance 100 times now,” Markle said. “Time’s up. I think the time’s up for Trump”

An amused Piers Morgan, Trump supporter and host of the show, grinned at Markle’s remarks. Morgan continued on to inquire about Markle’s conversations with Prince Harry regarding Brexit, UK’s 2016 vote to leave the European Union.

“This is just a conversation between two guys about politics,” Markle said. “Nothing cast in stone. Just the way you talk.”

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