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White House Fumbles American Innovation Summit

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When the White House “Office of American Innovation” and “American Technology Council” put together a summit last week to promote an America First economic policy, they committed a fumble.  They gave a German software management company a forum to pitch the White House for new business.  For an Administration that has pushed back against the idea of “Globalism,” this one company was allowed to push a globalist agenda by being allowed to pitch the outsourcing government functions to a German company.

The German Company is SAP, Systeme Anwendungen und Produkte in der Datenverarbeitung, and that company competes directly with the products of American companies Oracle and Microsoft. SAP was an odd choice, because the German company Deutsche Telecom was not invited to pitch their internet services.  Other Russian, Chinese and European companies were not invited to pitch President Trump for business.  Why SAP?

The CEO of SAP, Bill McDermott, not only attended but was an active participant in the process.  While many giants of American technology like Apple, Microsoft, Google and Oracle were invited and participated, the inclusion of McDermott as an active participant was not well received.  American companies are a better fit for federal government contracts that involve national security and government wide software, and hardware, solutions.

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One purpose of the summit was to solicit help in modernizing government.  The president was quoted as calling for a “sweeping transformation” in technology for the whole federal government.  It is funny that President Trump has not proven to be the protectionist that the media predicted – the European Union are the proven protectionist block of nations.

What happened to America first? We will not, “make America Great Again” with the same old buddy system and the huge trade imbalance that has put America in next to last. We must square our trade imbalance and start putting our American industry first, and that means looking at our trade – both imports and exports.

Economics 101 folks, means we bring in from the EU and other nations what they take from our exports. It is a balance sheet formula. We need to regain our place in this Economic monopoly board and set the stage for U.S. dominance economically. If Trump is truly concerned about our economic standing, it is time to put up or shut up.

Just look at the recent fine imposed by the EU on Google.  CNN Money reported this week, “European Union regulators slapped Google with a record €2.4 billion ($2.7 billion) antitrust fine on Tuesday, the latest broadside fired at big American tech companies doing business in the region.”  This is protectionism.

The EU claimed that Google was denying choice because they were using their search engine to steer people to their own shopping platform.  The real reason they are hammering Google is because Google is the most successful search engine in human history – and an American company.  The allegation is that Google did not allow other companies “a chance to compete” when they don’t understand the Google is a private company that does not have to actively promote competitors.  Is the EU aware that there are other search engines competing with Google?

Yet this incident proves the point that the EU is just beginning to engage in protectionism in the name of “anti-trust” law.  The fact is that the EU exists to protect and shelter European companies at the expense of the American business world. Is this fair trade? I think not, I think our very existence as a super power is being threatened by this EU buddy system.

And that brings us back to the American summit held last week to promote American technology where the White House allowed a German company to pitch the government for business. Reciprocity is a very important idea in trade.  We treat them like they treat us.  If President Trump treated SAP like the EU has treated Google this past week, he would have handed the German company a billion dollar fine for trying to compete for American business.

Ted Geller grew up in upstate New York.  He is a graduate of New England School of Law in Boston.  Ted is a free lance writer living in Massachusetts who writes about liberty and freedom related issues.

 

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Pat Robertson: It’s Time For Congress To Put The Screws in the Justice Department

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Pat Robertson did an incredible segment on The 700 Club calling for Peter Strzok and Lisa Page to be fired from the Federal Bureau of Investigation for their conduct in running an anti-Trump operation for James Comey and Andrew McCabe, who both operated under Barack Obama as members of the White House High Value Intelligence Group.

Was Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, conspiring with this motley crew?

“Rosenstein was doing just that,” Pat Robertson says.

“It’s time for the U.S. Congress to just put the screws in the Justice Department and we are going to impeach you,” Robertson said in his segment.

Watch Pat Robertson’s powerful statement

 

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Corey Stewart Polling Better than Key GOP Senate Candidates Despite Lack of Party Support

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According to a press release, a U.S. Senate Candidate from Virginia is polling strongly after winning his primary last week.

“Tim Kaine is polling exceptionally low, at 44%, for an incumbent Senator. In the same poll, I am only 11 points behind with a whopping 23% undecided,” said a press release from Corey Stewart. “That’s better than GOP Senate candidates taking on Democrats in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia – all states that voted for President Trump.”

Stewart’s release also blasted Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Sen. Corey Gardner (R-CO), head of the GOP campaign arm for not putting their weight behind him, financially or otherwise.

“Mitch McConnell, Cory Gardner, and their gang need to stop fighting conservatives and start helping to elect us,” Stewart said. “We have the same goal, to help the greatest president in our lifetimes Make America Great Again.”

Gardner appears to have no interest in even considering support for Stewart.  According to Gardner, the National Republican Senate Committee is withholding support for Stewart:

“Sen. Cory Gardner tells me NRSC has NO plans to endorse VA Senate candidate Corey Stewart, despite Trump tweet expressing support,” tweeted CNN’s Manu Raju.  “’We have a big map, right now we are focused on Florida, North Dakota, Missouri, Indiana. I don’t see Virginia in it.’”

McConnell has yet to comment on the Stewart race.

The Republican party of Virginia, on the other hand, has been the first group to outwardly come to Stewart’s side.

“RPV, as always, is fully backing all of our nominees for office including Corey Stewart,” said John Findlay, Executive Director of RPV. “We look forward to Corey retiring Tim Kaine this Fall. Corey is fully participating in the RPV/RNC field program.”

Findlay told Big League Politics that he is “confident that if Corey and RPV are able to show that this race is competitive, the NRSC will deploy resources to our state.”

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

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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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