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IT’S FINAL! Trump Just Dropped A $200 Million Hammer On Muslims

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The United States has chosen to cut more than $200 million in aid slotted to be sent to Palestinians for a variety of services including healthcare and education. This follows a review ordered by the Trump administration.

State Department officials state the funds previously earmarked for the West Bank and Gaza would instead be redirected to “high-priority projects elsewhere” without providing further details. The decision to reappropriate the funding came in an effort by the Trump administration to ensure funds are spent in accordance with U.S. national interests and provide value to the U.S. taxpayer. It takes into account the international community faces in providing assistance to Gaza where terror group Hamas continually endangers the lives of the citizenry of Gaza, further degrading the already dire humanitarian and economic situation.

As Fox News reports –

“The move comes as President Donald Trump and his Middle East pointmen, Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt, staff up their office to prepare for the rollout of a much-vaunted but as yet unclear peace plan for Israel and the Palestinians.

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“At the direction of President Trump, we have undertaken a review of U.S. assistance to the Palestinian Authority and in the West Bank and Gaza to ensure these funds are spent in accordance with U.S. national interests and provide value to the U.S. taxpayer,” the department said. “As a result of that review, at the direction of the president, we will redirect more than $200 million … originally planned for programs in the West Bank and Gaza.”

“This decision takes into account the challenges the international community faces in providing assistance in Gaza, where Hamas control endangers the lives of Gaza’s citizens and degrades an already dire humanitarian and economic situation,” the notice said, without providing additional details.

One main issue the U.S. has had with support for the Palestinian Authority had been its stipends paid to the families of Palestinians killed, injured or jailed for attacks on Israel. Israel and the Trump administration, have repeatedly demanded that those payments from a so-called “martyrs’ fund” be halted because they encourage terrorism. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has refused to do so.

The Palestine Liberation Organization quickly denounced the decision, calling it “the use of cheap blackmail as a political tool. The Palestinian people and leadership will not be intimidated and will not succumb to coercion.”

“The rights of the Palestinian people are not for sale,” PLO Executive Committee member Hanan Ashrawi said in a statement. “There is no glory in constantly bullying and punishing a people under occupation. The U.S. administration has already demonstrated meanness of spirit in its collusion with the Israeli occupation and its theft of land and resources; now it is exercising economic meanness by punishing the Palestinian victims of this occupation.”

The notice did not give an exact amount of the funds to be cut, but said they had been approved in 2017 as part of a $230.1 million package in economic support funds for the Palestinians.

One official said the specific amount had not yet been determined because $25 million in planned 2017 funding for the East Jerusalem Hospital Network, which provides health care to Palestinians, remains on hold and under review. All or part of that could still be released or reprogrammed, the official said.

The U.S. had planned to give the Palestinians $251 million for good governance, health, education and funding for civil society in the current 2018 budget year that ends on Sept.30. But with just over a month to go before that money must be used, reprogrammed to other areas or returned to Treasury, less than half has actually been spent.

Earlier this month, the department had released about $60 million of the 2018 money for security projects that encourage cooperation between the Palestinian Authority and Israel. Israel and Jordan, in particular, had lobbied for the security assistance to be continued.

The loss of the assistance is almost certain to further provoke the Palestinians against the Trump peace plan. The Palestinian leadership has been openly hostile to any proposal from the administration, citing what it says is a pro-Israel bias, notably after Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in December and moved the U.S. embassy there from Tel Aviv in May. The Palestinian Authority and Abbas broke off contact with the U.S. after the Jerusalem announcement.

The announcement does not include some $65 million in frozen U.S. funding for the U.N. Relief and Works Agency, which provides services to Palestinians in the West Bank, Gaza, Jordan and Lebanon. However, the Trump administration is extremely skeptical of UNRWA and that money is also likely to be reprogrammed, according to officials.

Friday’s decision follows a similar decision last week in which the State Department announced that it was redirecting $230 million dollars in aid that had been planned for stabilization programs in liberated areas of Syria. In that case, however, the department said the loss of U.S. funding would be more than offset by other nations, including Saudi Arabia, which announced a $150 million contribution for Syria stabilization just hours before the American announcement.”

In January the United States announced it would withhold $65 million of $125 million that it had planned to send to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), which is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions from U.N. states, with the United States as the largest contributor.

National Security adviser John Bolton states that the UNRWA was “a failed mechanism” that violated the standard of international law on the status of refugees.

UNRWA was founded in 1949 after the first Arab-Israel war, which led to 700,000 Palestinians being forced to leave their homes or flee. It helps around 5 million Palestinian refugees, a figure that includes descendants of those displaced by the fighting.

The nation of Jordan currently hosts the largest number of Palestinian refugees in the Middle East outside Palestinian territories and they warn this month that a severe financial shortfall facing UNRWA could have a “catastrophic” impact on the lives of millions of refugees in the region.

 

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THAT Didn’t Take Long! Ocasio-Cortez Just Flipped The Script ALREADY!

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Alexandria Ocasio Cortez spent her ENTIRE campaign RAILING against the Democratic Party’s leadership.

Well… she’s been in DC for a couple of days and yeeeah. She’s best buds with them now.

SHE’S JUST THERE TO SUPPORT THEM, Y’ALL.

WOWOWOWOWOWOW.

AMAZING.

According to The Daily Wire:

Democratic Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez changed her tone toward the Democratic establishment immediately after arriving in Washington, D.C. this week after she had previously campaigned against it.

“One of the things that I admire so much about Leader Pelosi is that she comes from a space of activism and organizing and so I think she really appreciates civic engagement and really what I’m here to do is just to support the folks that are here,” Ocasio-Cortez said this week.

“Really what I’m here to do is, uh, is just to support the folks who are here,” Ocasio-Cortez continued.

BAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

That was quick. RECORD TIME, AOC!

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Trump Just CLEANED HOUSE – Fires 3,600 From Washington’s Most Corrupt Agency

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Taking care of our veterans should be among our nation’s top priorities. Sadly, 800,000 records were found stalled in the Department of Veterans Affairs enrollment system in 2015. Far worse is that 307,000 of those veterans died months or years before that. That is shocking and is simply unfathomable.

A request by the House Committee on Veterans Affairs’ to investigate a whistleblower’s allegations of mismanagement at the VA’s Health Eligibility Center received a response from the inspector general who also found that VA staffers incorrectly marked unprocessed applications and may have deleted 10,000 or more records in the previous five years before these findings. No wonder Trump has fired more than 3,600 from the VA.

CNN has more on this story that started during the Obama administration:

(CNN) Hundreds of thousands of veterans listed in the Department of Veterans Affairs enrollment system died before their applications for care were processed, according to a report issued Wednesday.

The VA’s inspector general found that out of about 800,000 records stalled in the agency’s system for managing health care enrollment, there were more than 307,000 records that belonged to veterans who had died months or years in the past. The inspector general said due to limitations in the system’s data, the number of records did not necessarily represent veterans actively seeking enrollment in VA health care.

In a response to a request by the House Committee on Veterans Affairs’ to investigate a whistleblower’s allegations of mismanagement at the VA’s Health Eligibility Center, the inspector general also found VA staffers incorrectly marked unprocessed applications and may have deleted 10,000 or more records in the last five years.

In one case, a veteran who applied for VA care in 1998 was placed in “pending” status for 14 years. Another veteran who passed away in 1988 was found to have an unprocessed record lingering in 2014, the investigation found.

For more than a year, CNN investigated and reported on veterans’ deaths and delays at VA facilities across the country, including detailed investigations in November 2013 and January 2014 examining deaths at two VA facilities in South Carolina and Georgia.

The report released Wednesday reveals a web of complications with the VA’s management of health care enrollment data, including a lack of procedures to oversee records, software glitches within the records system and inconsistency in identifying veterans who have died.

The inspector general found the VA’s office responsible for enrollment “has not effectively managed its business processes to ensure the consistent creation and maintenance of essential data.”

Additionally, the investigation states the Veterans Health Administration “has not adequately established procedures to identify individuals who have died, including those with pending health care enrollment records.”

The report said an internal VA investigation in 2010 found staffers had hidden veterans’ applications in their desks so they could process them at a later time, but human resources later recommended the staffers responsible not be disciplined.

Scott Davis, a program specialist at the VA Health Eligibility Center, said thousands more veterans who have returned from combat in Iraq and Afghanistan have not received care because of being erroneously placed in the enrollment system’s backlog.

He said many of these combat veterans have since lost their five-year eligibility for care due to the delay.

“People who fought, and who earned the right to VA health care, were never given VA health care,” Davis said. “They literally died while waiting for VA to process their health care application.”

Davis said he alerted both the VA’s inspector general and members of Congress to problems with the Health Eligibility Center records more than a year ago.

He said he also alerted the White House and senior officials at the VA, but was ignored.

VA Deputy Inspector General Linda Halliday said in a statement Wednesday that whistleblowers “have proven to be a valuable information source to pursue accountability and corrective actions in VA programs.”

In a statement, the VA said it “continues the efforts outlined in previous blogs and public responses to contact veterans with a record in a pending status … to determine if they desired to enroll in VA healthcare. We have been reaching out to veterans to let them know the additional information needed so that we may complete their application.”

As of June 30, the VA sent letters to 302,045 veterans asking them to submit required documents to establish their eligibility, and 34,517 of those veterans have since been enrolled for care, the VA said.

“Our mission is to provide timely access to earned health care and benefits for millions of veterans. That is a responsibility that we do not take lightly,” the agency said.

In response to issues with the VA’s enrollment records, Rep. Jeff Miller, a Florida Republican and chairman of the House VA Committee, said in July, “(This) troubling news highlights VA’s ongoing mismanagement and calls into question VA’s ability to adequately care for our nation’s veterans.”

“No veteran should ever fall through the cracks when attempting to receive the care they have earned,” Miller said.

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