New York Earthquake: City of the Sixth Seal (Revelation 6:12)

Published 30th April 2018

Researchers believe that a powerful earthquake, magnitude 5 or greater, could cause significant damage to large swathes of NYC, a densely populated area dominated by tall buildings.

Some experts have suggested that NYC is susceptible to at least a magnitude 5 earthquake once every 100 years.

The last major earthquake measuring over magnitude 5.0 struck NYC in 1884 – meaning another one of equal size is “overdue” by 34 years, according their prediction model.

Natural disaster researcher Simon Day, of University College London, agrees with the conclusion that NYC may be more at risk from earthquakes than is usually thought.

EARTHQUAKE RISK: New York is susceptible to seismic shaking from far-away tremors

But the idea of NYC being “overdue” for an earthquake is “invalid”, not least because the “very large number of faults” in the city have individually low rates of activity, he said.

The model that predicts strong earthquakes based on timescale and stress build-up on a given fault has been “discredited”, he said.

What scientists should be focusing on, he said, is the threat of large and potentially destructive earthquakes from “much greater distances”.

The dangerous effects of powerful earthquakes from further away should be an “important feature” of any seismic risk assessment of NYC, Dr Day said.

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THE BIG APPLE: An aerial view of Lower Manhattan at dusk in New York City

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RISK: A seismic hazard map of New York produced by USGS

“New York is susceptible to seismic shaking from earthquakes at much greater distances” Dr Simon Day, natural disaster researcher

“An important feature of the central and eastern United States is, because the crust there is old and cold, and contains few recent fractures that can absorb seismic waves, the rate of seismic reduction is low.

Central regions of NYC, including Manhattan, are built upon solid granite bedrock; therefore the amplification of seismic waves that can shake buildings is low.

But more peripheral areas, such as Staten Island and Long Island, are formed by weak sediments, meaning seismic hazard in these areas is “very likely to be higher”, Dr Day said.

“Thus, like other cities in the eastern US, New York is susceptible to seismic shaking from earthquakes at much greater distances than is the case for cities on plate boundaries such as Tokyo or San Francisco, where the crustal rocks are more fractured and absorb seismic waves more efficiently over long distances,” Dr Day said.

In the event of a large earthquake, dozens of skyscrapers, including Chrysler Building, the Woolworth Building and 40 Wall Street, could be at risk of shaking.

“The felt shaking in New York from the Virginia earthquake in 2011 is one example,” Dr Day said.

On that occasion, a magnitude 5.8 earthquake centered 340 miles south of New York sent thousands of people running out of swaying office buildings.

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FISSURES: Fault lines in New York City have low rates of activity, Dr Day said

NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the city was “lucky to avoid any major harm” as a result of the quake, whose epicenter was near Louisa, Virginia, about 40 miles from Richmond.

“But an even more impressive one is the felt shaking from the 1811-1812 New Madrid earthquakes in the central Mississippi valley, which was felt in many places across a region, including cities as far apart as Detroit, Washington DC and New Orleans, and in a few places even further afield including,” Dr Day added.

“So, if one was to attempt to do a proper seismic hazard assessment for NYC, one would have to include potential earthquake sources over a wide region, including at least the Appalachian mountains to the southwest and the St Lawrence valley to the north and east.”

The Risks of Indian Point at the Sixth Seal

Drone photo of Indian Point Power Center in Buchanan on Tuesday, April 28, 2020.

Indian Point: Mass. nuclear plant deal could be decommissioning model

John Meore & Peter Carr/The Journal News

“This agreement provides critical protections, includes compliance measures stricter than federal requirements, and secures the funds necessary to safely and properly clean up this site,” Healey said Wednesday.

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New York Attorney General Letitia James has voiced similar concerns about the shutdown and decommissioning of Indian Point, which is slated to power down next year after four decades generating electricity for Westchester County and New York City.

Earlier this year, New York joined eleven other states in supporting Massachusetts’ challenge of the sale of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station to Entergy, which also owns Indian Point.

Holtec’s pending deal to buy the Buchanan plant awaits the approval of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

In February, James called the deal with Holtec “very risky” and questioned whether the company had the experience and financial backing to tackle a full-scale decommissioning.

Holtec said it does and has promised to finish the job in 12 to 15 years, knocking decades off the typical timeline for a decommissioning with the help of state-of-the-art technology that allows for the swift removal and shipment of radioactive material.

Entergy said the Massachusetts settlement was good news for the pending sale of Indian Point.

“This is a positive development for Holtec and demonstrates continued progress in clearing regulatory hurdles and reaching agreements with key stakeholders,” spokesman Jerry Nappi said.

Entergy reached an agreement to sell Pilgrim to Holtec in 2018. The plant, which housed Massachusetts’ last power-generating reactor, shut down the following year.

Massachusetts agreed to drop its legal challenges to the sale in return for the agreement.

“Our commitment to be a good neighbor, and our shared goal of protecting the health and safety of our workers, the community, and the environment were clear drivers for both parties that led to this agreement,” said Pam Cowan, the chief operating officer of Holtec Decommissioning International, a subsidiary.

Pilgrim sits on 1,600 acres along the coast of Cape Cod Bay some 35 miles from Boston and, like Indian Point, has been the focus of efforts to shut it down.

Holtec said once the buildings and structures are taken down, the Pilgrim site will be reduced to 50 acres where much of the spent nuclear fuel will be stored.

Indian Point sits on 240 acres along the Hudson River.

The leaders of Buchanan, the town of Cortlandt and the Hendrick Hudson schools are hopeful the property can be opened to redevelopment in the years after the decommissioning so they can begin recouping what’s expected to be millions of dollars in lost property tax revenue.

“We’re at Ground Zero here and we seem to be overlooked,” Buchanan Mayor Theresa Knickerbocker said.

The village was not a party to the shutdown agreement, which was negotiated with the state of New York and the Hudson River environmental group Riverkeeper in 2017.

And Knickerbocker is concerned the village will be stuck paying for damage to roads beyond the gates of Indian Point, which will be used to transport multi-ton pieces of steel and cement.

“Our goal is the safe restoration of the property, so we can re-use it,” Knickerbocker said. “Did anyone work with the local communities who are going to have the biggest impact?”

Buchanan is staking a claim to a $15 million community and environmental fund Entergy agreed to fund as part of the 2017 shutdown deal.

The $193 million Holtec will set aside for Pilgrim will cover cost increases, project delays and any newly-discovered contamination. Another $38.4 million will be put aside to cover the transportation of spent fuel as well as the cleanup of the site where it was stored.

Holtec will be paid out of some $1.3 billion that’s accumulated in Pilgrim’s decommissioning trust fund.

Holtec said it will cost $2.3 billion to decommission Indian Point, roughly the amount that has accumulated in trust funds for each of the plant’s three reactors.

Holtec purchased the Oyster Creek nuclear power plant in New Jersey from Exelon last year. Holtec is trying to develop an interim storage facility for nuclear waste in New Mexico, where it hopes to send the spent fuel from facilities it buys.

In February, Westchester County Executive George Latimer praised James for her efforts to challenge Indian Point’s sale with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

“All of Westchester County, from Cortlandt to Yonkers, stands to be greatly impacted by the Indian Point decommissioning process and this move by the Attorney General brings the resources and expertise of the state to this high-stakes proceeding,” Latimer said.

The Expansion of the Nuclear Cold War (Revelation 16)

US fears China or Russia could detonate nuclear bomb in space

By Tim Stickings For Mailonline and Afp 16:29 18 Jun 2020, updated 17:25 18 Jun 2020

• Pentagon’s new Space Strategy sees nuclear weapons as a ‘very serious threat’

• Officials insist that ‘we do have capabilities which detect these sorts of events’

• They accuse China and Russia of ‘weaponizing space’ to challenge the US

The United States is concerned that China or Russia could detonate a nuclear weapon in space, the Pentagon admitted yesterday. 

A nuclear detonation would produce an electromagnetic pulse that could ‘fry the electronics’ of US spacecraft and ‘indiscriminately’ take out satellites, it is feared – although there would be no mushroom cloud in the vacuum of space. 

The Pentagon’s new Space Strategy sees a nuclear attack in space as one of the gravest threats to US interests, but assistant secretary Stephen Kitay insisted that ‘we do have capabilities which detect these sorts of events’. 

The document published yesterday accuses China and Russia of ‘weaponizing space’ while also naming North Korea and Iran as a ‘growing threat’ to US space operations. 

Under threat? US satellites could be attacked by nuclear weapons which would ‘fry’ their electronics and take them out ‘indiscriminately,’ it is feared

The 18-page strategy released by the Pentagon yesterday identifies a ‘continuum’ of possible dangers including ‘electronic warfare’ and attacks on launch sites. 

The danger of a ‘nuclear detonation in space’ is at the most severe and ‘non-reversible’ end of the spectrum. 

Asked about the nuclear danger at a press conference, Kitay told reporters that it was a ‘threat going back to the Cold War’.  

‘The challenge of a nuclear detonation is it creates an electromagnetic pulse and a signal that could then take out indiscriminately many satellites in space and essentially fry the electronics,’ he said.  

‘So that is a very serious threat and we ensure that we’re prepared for it.’

Scientists have previously explained that ‘in the vacuum of space, the lack of air means the principal destructive effects come not from the blast, but instead from the particles and radiation pouring out of the bomb’. 

‘We do have capabilities which detect those sorts of events, in fact we have those sorts of detection systems on satellites in space today,’ Kitay said.

‘That goes on a continuum of a range of threats that we have to be prepared for potential adversaries to employ.

Pressed on whether satellites could withstand an electromagnetic pulse, he said: ‘We do have systems that are assured to various threats to include the necessary hardening against threats such as this. 

‘If you look at our overall space constellations, we have a variety of systems that range from nuclear command and control [to] missile warning capabilities. 

‘That is a threat that we have to potentially be prepared for, is a nuclear detonation in space.’  

This ‘continuum’ of space-age threats included in the Pentagon’s new space strategy includes the prospect of a ‘nuclear detonation in space’

Kitay said that the US would regard ‘aggression against the United States’ as including attacks ‘against our space systems and those of our allies’. 

In view of the growing threats, ‘we are left with no choice but to ensure we are prepared with the necessary means to protect and defend ourselves,’ he said.  

While refusing to discuss specific defense technologies, he said: ‘The United States is addressing its security needs consistent with its obligations under the Outer Space Treaty and other relevant international and national law.’  

The strategy document was the first since President Donald Trump announced the creation of the new Space Force military arm in December.

‘China and Russia present the greatest strategic threat due to their development, testing and deployment of counterspace capabilities,’ it said.

‘China and Russia each have weaponized space as a means to reduce US and allied military effectiveness and challenge our freedom of operation in space.’

The document that the US would strive to maintain superiority in space, in particular by protecting GPS satellites on which the military and others depend. 

But China and Russia are developing tools that directly threaten US satellites, such as jamming tools, electromagnetic weapons and anti-satellite missiles, Kitay said.  

The strategy document was the first since President Donald Trump announced the creation of the new Space Force military arm (pictured with a Space Force flag at the White House in May)

In 2007, Beijing successfully tested a surface-to-air missile strike against a satellite, according to the Pentagon.

In 2017, Russia launched into orbit what it described as an inspection satellite capable of diagnosing problems with a Russian satellite, Kitay said. 

But the satellite has not moved since its launch and is a worryingly short distance from an American satellite, he added.

Russia has also planned a test launch of its Angara heavy carrier rocket later this year and is pressing ahead with the development of its new ballistic missile, the Sarmat.

In 2018, President Vladimir Putin boasted that the Sarmat was one of the new Russian weapons that could render NATO defenses obsolete.

‘We are still ahead of them, but we are absolutely at risk with the pace that they are developing these capabilities,’ Kitay said. ‘And these are very serious threats.’ 

The Pentagon’s strategy document stressed that both China and Russia viewed access to outer space as essential to national and military strategy.

Both countries, according to the document, consider space important for modern warfare and the use of weapons in space as a significant means of reducing the military effectiveness of the US and its allies in future wars.  

The US, which is reviving its space exploration program, recently celebrated its first crewed spacecraft flight in nearly a decade, sending two astronauts to the International Space Station in a capsule built by Elon Musk’s SpaceX.

The strategy document emphasized that the US would ‘promote burden-sharing with our allies and partners.’

The United States’ closest intelligence allies, the ‘Five Eyes’ group (Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Britain and the US), have been cooperating since 2014 within the Combined Space Operations initiative. France and Germany joined them in February.

The Blind Leading the Blind (Revelation 18:10)

Bolton books says Trump didn’t know Britain had nuclear weapons, thought Finland was in Russia

By Emily Goodin, Senior U.s. Political Reporter and Nikki Schwab, Senior U.s. Political Reporter For Dailymail.com 00:01 18 Jun 2020, updated 12:59 18 Jun 2020

• John Bolton’s new book contains a number of anecdotes in which President Trump is caught not knowing basic information about American foreign policy 

• Bolton describes Trump reacting in surprise when informed during a meeting with Theresa May in 2018 that the UK possesses nuclear weapons

• The former national security adviser also said that the president once asked former Chief of Staff John Kelly if Finland was a part of Russia 

• Bolton said Russian President Vladimir Putin was able to change Trump’s mind on Venezuela by equating opposition leader Juan Guaidó to Hillary Clinton

Donald Trump did not know that Britain was a nuclear power, thought it would be ‘cool’ to invade Venezuela and thought Finland was in Russia, a new book by his former aide John Bolton claims.  

The US president allegedly reacted with surprise when informed during a meeting with Theresa May in 2018 that the UK possesses nuclear weapons. 

Bolton says Trump’s response was ‘not intended as a joke’ – and recalls another occasion where Trump asked his then-chief of staff John Kelly whether Finland was a part of Russia.  

Trump also suggested having journalists ‘executed’ and described them as ‘scumbags’ for refusing to reveal their sources, Bolton says.

The explosive claims have come to light in Bolton’s 592-page memoir The Room Where It Happened, published nine months after the former National Security Advisor left the White House last September.  

Trump has already lashed out at Bolton, calling him a ‘liar’ and a ‘washed up guy’ and telling his Fox News ally Sean Hannity that ‘everybody in the White House hated him’. 

The White House has tried to block publication of the book and Trump has even threatened Bolton with criminal charges for exposing ‘highly classified’ conversations. 

However, Trump has not denied Bolton’s claim that Trump ‘pleaded’ with Chinese leader Xi Jinping to buy more US crops to boost his re-election chances.  

President Trump didn’t know a number of basic things about American foreign policy and geography, according to former National Security Advisor John Bolton’s new book, including that Britain, one of the country’s top allies, was a nuclear power

John Bolton (right) also wrote that President Trump (left) had asked former Chief of Staff John Kelly whether Finland was a part of Russia. He also shared an anecdote about Russian President Vladimir Putin changing Trump’s mind on Venezuela by equating opposition leader Juan Guaidó to Hillary Clinton

Donald Trump, pictured with Britain’s then Prime Minister Theresa May in 2018, did not know the country, one of America’s closest allies, was a nuclear power

According to just some of Bolton’s further revelations: 

• Trump agreed to ‘back off’ criminal probes as ‘personal favors’ to dictators, seeing ‘obstruction of justice as a way of life’;

• Told Chinese President Xi Jinping he should go ahead with building alleged ‘concentration camps’ the regime was constructing for Chinese Uighurs;

• Spent part of an Osaka summit ‘pleading with Xi to ensure he’d win’ re-election by buying U.S. crops such as soybeans and wheat; 

• Was ‘largely persuaded’ by Vladimir Putin’s ‘propaganda’ trick of comparing Venezuela’s opposition leader to Hillary Clinton;  

• Made it a ‘high priority’ to get Mike Pompeo to hand a copy of Elton John’s ‘Rocket Man’ to North Korean Dictator Kim Jong-un;   

• Pompeo once referred to Trump as being ‘so full of s**t’ in a private note he passed to Bolton during the historic 2018 summit with Kim; 

• Trump defended Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman over the killing of Jamal Khashoggi to distract attention from Ivanka Trump using personal email. 

Early copies of John Bolton’s blockbuster memoir, ‘Where It Happened,’ were leaked to the media Wednesday

A copy of the book was obtained by DailyMail.com after first being obtained by The New York Times and The Washington Post on Wednesday. It is expected to hit bookshelves on Tuesday. 

Bolton’s book contains numerous private conversations Trump had about other world leaders that showed his knowledge of them and foreign policy was limited.

Trump asked his then-Chief of Staff John Kelly if Finland was a part of Russia, The Washington Post notes.

And in a meeting with then-Prime Minister Theresa May in 2018, a British official referred to the UK as a ‘nuclear power,’ and Trump interjected: ‘Oh, are you a nuclear power?’

Britain has long been a nuclear power and Bolton writes he could tell the president’s question ‘was not intended as a joke.’

Trump also said invading Venezuela would be ‘cool’ and argued that the South American nation was ‘really part of the United States.’ 

Bolton also reveals how Russian President Vladimir Putin manipulated Trump to his point of view.  

He recalled a May 2019 phone call where Putin compared Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó to Hillary Clinton, Trump’s 2016 rival.

Bolton called it a ‘brilliant display of Soviet style propaganda’ to shore up support for Venezuelan leader Nicolás Maduro. 

Putin’s claims, Bolton writes, ‘largely persuaded Trump’.

While much of Bolton’s book focuses on foreign policy, which is the aide’s forte, he more broadly characterized the president as someone who didn’t know a lot and wasn’t learning. 

 

John Bolton, Trump’s former National Security Advisor, left the administration in September

President Trump says he fired Bolton, who claims he quit first. The Justice Department is seeking to stop publication of Bolton’s memoir

‘He second-guessed people’s motives, saw conspiracies behind rocks and remained stunningly uninformed on how to run the White House, let alone the huge federal government,’ Bolton wrote about what he witnessed during his tenure, which was over in September 2019. 

Trump, he said, led by ‘personal instinct,’ and went looking for opportunities to show off his ‘reality TV showmanship.’ 

The book also contains revelations about Attorney General Bill Barr, saying he tried to block prosecution of a Turkish bank, in a move sought by President Recep Erdogan.

Barr’s Justice Department filed suit in federal court in Washington, DC filed suit seeking to suppress the book, arguing that Bolton was in breach of nondisclosure agreements he signed. 

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As Bolton’ fired up a publicity tour for the explosive book, he spoke about Trump’s relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin to ABC News.

‘I think Putin thinks he can play him like a fiddle,’ Bolton said of the world leader many policy experts consider the leading U.S. adversary. ‘It’s a very difficult position for America to be in,’ he said,’ Bolton said. 

An excerpt obtained by the New York Times contains the claim about the criminal probes. Bolton writes that in cases involving China and Turkey, Trump was willing to ‘in effect, give personal favors to dictators he liked.’ 

‘The pattern looked like obstruction of justice as a way of life, which we couldn’t accept,’ Bolton writes. 

According to a February report, Attorney General Bill Barr tried to block U.S. prosecution of a Turkish bank after Turkey’s president Recep Erdogan asked Trump about it.  Barr personally got involved to try to stop the prosecution of Halkbank, according to a CNN report. 

In the case of China, Bolton describes Trump as begging the leader, with whom he regularly touts his good relationship. Trump was ‘pleading with Xi to ensure he’d win. He stressed the importance of farmers, and increased Chinese purchases of soybeans and wheat in the electoral outcome,’ according to the book. 

Trump pleaded in Osaka with China’s President Xi Jinping to buy U.S. agriculture products, describing the pitch in electoral terms, Bolton writes

Trump implored Xi during a one-on-one meeting during their summit in Osaka, according to Bolton.  

Bolton’s new book is titled ‘The Room Where It Happened,’ and has already climbed to the top of Amazon’s bestseller list. The Justice Department on Tuesday sued to try to stop publication, claiming Bolton was in breach of contract of his nondisclosure agreements. 

Bolton describes Trump’s meting with Xi, but says he must do so without benefit of his notes, due to a clash with the government during a security review.

Donald Trump defended Saudi prince over the murder of Jamal Khashoggi to keep the spotlight off revelation Ivanka was using private email account, John Bolton claims 

President Trump backed Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the aftermath of journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s murder to distract reporters from covering Ivanka Trump’s use of a private email server, a new book claims. 

Early copies of John Bolton’s ‘The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir,’ were obtained Wednesday by The New York Times and The Washington Post. 

In the book, Bolton, Trump’s third national security adviser, suggested that some of the president’s more erratic behavior was designed to serve as a diversion. 

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

Washington Post opinion writer Jamal Khashoggi

Bolton recalled the November 2018 controversy over Khashoggi’s death. 

Khashoggi was a Washington Post op-ed writer and a resident of the U.S. 

He also was a critic of the Saudi regime.  

He went missing after walking into the Saudi consulate in Turkey on October 2. 

A month later, the CIA determined that the Crown Prince, who has a close relationship with White House adviser and presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner, had given the order for Khashoggi’s assassination. 

On November 20, the president read an exclamation-mark-filled statement essentially letting the Crown Prince off the hook. 

‘Our intelligence agencies continue to assess all information, but it could very well be that the Crown Prince had knowledge of this tragic event – maybe he did and maybe he didn’t!’ Trump had said. 

‘That being said, we may never know all of the facts surrounding the murder of Mr. Jamal Khashoggi,’ Trump continued. ‘In any case, our relationship is with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.’ 

Behind-the-scenes, Bolton wrote, Trump decided to issue the statement because on November 19 the story broke that first daughter and White House adviser Ivanka Trump sent hundreds of emails to government officials using a personal email account. 

Government officials are supposed to use government email accounts for government business, so the messages can be archived and proper security measures are in place.  

‘This will divert from Ivanka,’ Trump said of the statement, according to Bolton’s book. ‘If I read the statement in person, that will take over the Ivanka thing.’   

Ivanka’s use of a private email account looked hypocritical after Trump paid great attention to rival Hillary Clinton’s use of her private email server during her tenure as President Obama’s secretary of state.  

Xi complained about China critics in the U.S., and Trump immediately assumed he meant Demorats, according to another excerpt that appeared in the Washington Post.  

‘He then, stunningly, turned the conversation to the coming U.S. presidential election, alluding to China’s economic capability to affect the ongoing campaigns, pleading with Xi to ensure he’d win,’ according to Bolton. 

‘He stressed the importance of farmers, and increased Chinese purchases of soybeans and wheat in the electoral outcome. I would print Trump’s exact words but the government’s prepublication review process has decided otherwise. 

Trump cast the deal as a breakthrough when he described it from Osaka. 

‘For the time being we won’t be lifting tariffs on China,’ Trump told reporters. ‘We will work with China. They are going to negotiate and start spending money.’ 

‘Cooperation and dialogue are better than friction and confrontation,’ said Xi, prompting Trump to say: ‘It would be historic if we can do a fair trade deal.’

China had imposed retaliatory tariffs in a way that maximized pressure by focusing on key farm states including Iowa. When the ‘Phase One’ deal was finally inked in January of this year, China agreed to buy $12.5 billion in additional U.S. agriculture products.

Bolton describes a meeting in New Jersey in 2019 where Trump tears into journalists amid his ongoing consternation about leaks and says they should be forced to give up their sources. ‘These people should be executed. They are scumbags,’ Trump said, according to Bolton.

Guy Snodgrass, a speechwriter for former Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis wrote ‘can confirm’ on Twitter. 

‘This sentiment expressed again during Trump’s meeting with Mattis in the Pentagon,’ Snodgrass wrote. 

In another episode, Bolton writes, Russian President in May last year compared Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó to Hillary Clinton in a gambit to win Trump over. The U.S. recognized Guaido as the legitimate leader amid protests to the rule of Nicolas Maduro.  

 Bolton called it a ‘brilliant display of Soviet style propaganda’ to boost Maduro that  ‘largely persuaded Trump.’ 

‘I am hard-pressed to identify any significant Trump decision during my White House tenure that wasn’t driven by reelection calculations,’ Bolton writes. 

Trump didn’t know that Finland is not part of Russia, according to the book. 

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany called the book ‘full of classified information, which is inexcusable,’ although the comment could also suggest some of what Bolton claimed did in fact happen.

According to an excerpt in the Wall Street Journal, Trump told Xi: ‘You’re the greatest Chinese leader in 300 years.’ Then later, in a nation that still reveres Mao Tse Tung, Trump called him ‘the greatest leader in Chinese history.’ 

One passage depicts Trump showing contempt for a persecuted religious minority that U.S. policy seeks to protect by calling out repression of mostly Muslim Uighurs.’

‘Trump asked me at the 2018 White House Christmas dinner why we were considering sanctioning China over its treatment of the Uighurs, a largely Muslim people who live primarily in China’s northwest Xinjiang Province,’ Bolton writes.  

‘At the opening dinner of the Osaka G-20 meeting in June 2019, with only interpreters present, Xi had explained to Trump why he was basically building concentration camps in Xinjiang,’ he continued. 

‘According to our interpreter, Trump said that Xi should go ahead with building the camps, which Trump thought was exactly the right thing to do. The National Security Council’s top Asia staffer, Matthew Pottinger, told me that Trump said something very similar during his November 2017 trip to China.’

Another dark passage recounts one of Trump’s many defenses of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman over the killing of Jamal Khashoggi as an effort to distract attention from Ivanka Trump using personal email. The president’s daughter, a White House advisor, was under fire for using the personal account for some government business – a sensitive matter given Trump’s attacks on Hillary Clinton.

‘This will divert from Ivanka,’ Trump said, according to the book. ‘If I read the statement in person, that will take over the Ivanka thing.’ 

Trade negotiator Robert Lighhizer denied the charge that Trump pushed Beijing to help his own reelection through the agriculture purchases.

‘I was there. I have no recollection of that ever happening. I don’t believe it’s true,’ he told the Senate Finance Committee.  

Woven together, Bolton concludes Trump’s conduct was always about helping himself, often at the expense of the country or strategic objectives. 

‘The Trump presidency is not grounded in philosophy, grand strategy or policy. It is grounded in Trump,’ he wrote. 

Bolton minimizes his own controversial moves, however, including ending a directorate at the NSC dealing with pandemic response before the coronavirus that would throw the global economy into chaos and cause a global health crisis. He writes that he merely shifted most staffers over to another directorate. ‘At most, the internal NSC structure was the quiver of a butterfly’s wings in the tsunami of Trump’s chaos,’ he writes. 

Democrats noted Bolton’s revelations – but also blasted him for failing to participate in impeachment. Bolton resisted a Democratic request that he appear to testify in the House, then offered to do so in the Senate, where Republicans voted in lock-step not to call witnesses.

‘If John Bolton’s accounts are true, it’s not only morally repugnant, it’s a violation of Donald Trump’s sacred duty to the American people to protect America’s interests and defend our values,’ wrote former Vice President Joe Biden on Twitter.

Bolton ‘may be an author, but he’s no patriot,’ fumed Rep. Adam Schiff, the House Intelligence Committee chairman. 

‘Bolton’s staff were asked to testify before the House to Trump’s abuses, and did,’ Schiff tweeted, pointing to top NSC staffers who served as star witnesses. ‘They had a lot to lose and showed real courage. When Bolton was asked, he refused, and said he’d sue if subpoenaed. Instead, he saved it for a book.’

Said Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer: ‘It was clear then and could not be any clearer now: the vote to convict and remove Donald Trump from office was absolutely the right vote. The revelations in Mr. Bolton’s book make Senate Republicans’ craven actions on impeachment look even worse — and history will judge them for it,’ he added in a statement.

Democrats including Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon fired up new requests for information from Bolton based off the book. 

 

John Bolton says Donald Trump offered ‘personal favors to dictators’, begged China’s Xi to help him win in 2020 and gave him the go-ahead to build Muslim concentration camps – and that Putin ‘plays him like a fiddle

By Geoff Earle, Deputy U.S. Political Editor For Dailymail.com  

Former National Security Advisor John Bolton’s new memoir accuses President Donald Trump of ‘obstruction of justice as a way of life’ and carrying out a chaotic foreign policy not designed beyond any grand strategy other than to serve the president’s personal benefit. 

Bolton’s bombshell book contains startling new claims of alleged misconduct by President Trump – including agreeing to back off criminal probes as ‘personal favors’ to certain dictators that make up a foreign policy characterized by ‘chaos’ and aimed at the president’s personal benefit.

The book also contains a claim that Trump pleaded with Chinese President Xi Jinping to boost U.S. food purchases, describing it in terms of his own election. Trump regularly touts a deal to pause the China trade war as one of his chief accomplishments.

The incidents are part of a pattern that Bolton describes as a ‘pattern of fundamentally unacceptable behavior that eroded the very legitimacy of the presidency,’ Bolton writes.  

The book also contains revelations about Attorney General Bill Barr, saying he tried to block prosecution of a Turkish bank, in a move sought by President Recep Erdogan.

Barr’s Justice Department filed suit in federal court in Washington, DC filed suit seeking to suppress the book, arguing that Bolton was in breach of nondisclosure agreements he signed. 

As Bolton’ fired up a publicity tour for the explosive book, he spoke about Trump’s relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin to ABC News.

‘I think Putin thinks he can play him like a fiddle,’ Bolton said of the world leader many policy experts consider the leading U.S. adversary. ‘It’s a very difficult position for America to be in,’ he said,’ Bolton said. 

Trump pleaded in Osaka with China’s President Xi Jinping to buy U.S. agriculture products, describing the pitch in electoral terms, Bolton writes

Former national security adviser John Bolton takes part in a discussion on global leadership at Vanderbilt University Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn

An excerpt obtained by the New York Times contains the claim about the criminal probes. Bolton writes that in cases involving China and Turkey, Trump was willing to ‘in effect, give personal favors to dictators he liked.’ 

‘The pattern looked like obstruction of justice as a way of life, which we couldn’t accept,’ Bolton writes. 

According to a February report, Attorney General Bill Barr tried to block U.S. prosecution of a Turkish bank after Turkey’s president Recep Erdogan asked Trump about it.  Barr personally got involved to try to stop the prosecution of Halkbank, according to a CNN report. 

In the case of China, Bolton describes Trump as begging the leader, with whom he regularly touts his good relationship. Trump was ‘pleading with Xi to ensure he’d win. He stressed the importance of farmers, and increased Chinese purchases of soybeans and wheat in the electoral outcome,’ according to the book. 

President Trump says he fired Bolton, who claims he quit first. The Justice Department is seeking to stop publication of Bolton’s memoir

China agreed to billions in purchases of U.S. agriculture product to end the trade war that began when Trump slapped on tariffs to protest China trade practices.

Trump implored Xi during a one-on-one meeting during their summit in Osaka, according to Bolton.  

Bolton’s new book is titled ‘The Room Where It Happened,’ and has already climbed to the top of Amazon’s bestseller list. The Justice Department on Tuesday sued to try to stop publication, claiming Bolton was in breach of contract of his nondisclosure agreements. 

Trump sought to give ‘personal favors to dictators he liked,’ according to Bolton, who recounts a story about Turkish president Recep Erdogan

Bolton describes Trump’s meting with Xi, but says he must do so without benefit of his notes, due to a clash with the government during a security review.

Xi complained about China critics in the U.S., and Trump immediately assumed he meant Demorats, according to another excerpt that appeared in the Washington Post.  

‘He then, stunningly, turned the conversation to the coming U.S. presidential election, alluding to China’s economic capability to affect the ongoing campaigns, pleading with Xi to ensure he’d win,’ according to Bolton. 

‘He stressed the importance of farmers, and increased Chinese purchases of soybeans and wheat in the electoral outcome. I would print Trump’s exact words but the government’s prepublication review process has decided otherwise. 

Trump cast the deal as a breakthrough when he described it from Osaka. 

‘For the time being we won’t be lifting tariffs on China,’ Trump told reporters. ‘We will work with China. They are going to negotiate and start spending money.’ 

‘Cooperation and dialogue are better than friction and confrontation,’ said Xi, prompting Trump to say: ‘It would be historic if we can do a fair trade deal.’

China had imposed retaliatory tariffs in a way that maximized pressure by focusing on key farm states including Iowa. When the ‘Phase One’ deal was finally inked in January of this year, China agreed to buy $12.5 billion in additional U.S. agriculture products.

Bolton describes a meeting in New Jersey in 2019 where Trump tears into journalists amid his ongoing consternation about leaks and says they should be forced to give up their sources. ‘These people should be executed. They are scumbags,’ Trump said, according to Bolton.

Guy Snodgrass, a speechwriter for former Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis wrote ‘can confirm’ on Twitter. 

‘This sentiment expressed again during Trump’s meeting with Mattis in the Pentagon,’ Snodgrass wrote. 

In another episode, Bolton writes, Russian President in May last year compared Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó to Hillary Clinton in a gambit to win Trump over. The U.S. recognized Guaido as the legitimate leader amid protests to the rule of Nicolas Maduro.  

 Bolton called it a ‘brilliant display of Soviet style proganda’ to boost Maduro that  ‘largely persuaded Trump.’ 

‘I am hard-pressed to identify any significant Trump decision during my White House tenure that wasn’t driven by reelection calculations,’ Bolton writes. 

Trump didn’t know that Finland is not part of Russia, according to the book. 

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany called the book ‘full of classified information, which is inexcusable,’ although the comment could also suggest some of what Bolton claimed did in fact happen.

According to an excerpt in the Wall Street Journal, Trump told Xi: ‘You’re the greatest Chinese leader in 300 years.’ Then later, in a nation that still reveres Mao Tse Tung, Trump called him ‘the greatest leader in Chinese history.’ 

One passage depicts Trump showing contempt for a persecuted religious minority that U.S. policy seeks to protect by calling out repression of mostly Muslim Uighurs.’

 

‘Trump asked me at the 2018 White House Christmas dinner why we were considering sanctioning China over its treatment of the Uighurs, a largely Muslim people who live primarily in China’s northwest Xinjiang Province,’ Bolton writes.  

‘At the opening dinner of the Osaka G-20 meeting in June 2019, with only interpreters present, Xi had explained to Trump why he was basically building concentration camps in Xinjiang,’ he continued. 

‘According to our interpreter, Trump said that Xi should go ahead with building the camps, which Trump thought was exactly the right thing to do. The National Security Council’s top Asia staffer, Matthew Pottinger, told me that Trump said something very similar during his November 2017 trip to China.’

Another dark passage recounts one of Trump’s many defenses of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman over the killing of Jamal Khashoggi as an effort to distract attention from Ivanka Trump using personal email. The president’s daughter, a White House advisor, was under fire for using the personal account for some government business – a sensitive matter given Trump’s attacks on Hillary Clinton.

‘This will divert from Ivanka,’ Trump said, according to the book. ‘If I read the statement in person, that will take over the Ivanka thing.’ 

Trade negotiator Robert Lighhizer denied the charge that Trump pushed Beijing to help his own reelection through the agriculture purchases.

‘I was there. I have no recollection of that ever happening. I don’t believe it’s true,’ he told the Senate Finance Committee.  

Woven together, Bolton concludes Trump’s conduct was always about helping himself, often at the expense of the country or strategic objectives. 

‘The Trump presidency is not grounded in philosophy, grand strategy or policy. It is grounded in Trump,’ he wrote. 

Bolton minimizes his own controversial moves, however, including ending a directorate at the NSC dealing with pandemic response before the coronavirus that would throw the global economy into chaos and cause a global health crisis. He writes that he merely shifted most staffers over to another directorate. ‘At most, the internal NSC structure was the quiver of a butterfly’s wings in the tsunami of Trump’s chaos,’ he writes. 

China agreed to buy $12.5 billion in U.S. agriculture products to halt a trade war, in a move seen as a boon to Trump in farm state battlegrounds like Iowa

Democrats noted Bolton’s revelations – but also blasted him for failing to participate in impeachment. Bolton resisted a Democratic request that he appear to testify in the House, then offered to do so in the Senate, where Republicans voted in lock-step not to call witnesses.

‘If John Bolton’s accounts are true, it’s not only morally repugnant, it’s a violation of Donald Trump’s sacred duty to the American people to protect America’s interests and defend our values,’ wrote former Vice President Joe Biden on Twitter.

Bolton ‘may be an author, but he’s no patriot,’ fumed Rep. Adam Schiff, the House Intelligence Committee chairman. 

“Bolton’s staff were asked to testify before the House to Trump’s abuses, and did,” Schiff tweeted, pointing to top NSC staffers who served as star witnesses. ‘They had a lot to lose and showed real courage. When Bolton was asked, he refused, and said he’d sue if subpoenaed. Instead, he saved it for a book.’

Said Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer: ‘It was clear then and could not be any clearer now: the vote to convict and remove Donald Trump from office was absolutely the right vote. The revelations in Mr. Bolton’s book make Senate Republicans’ craven actions on impeachment look even worse — and history will judge them for it,’ he added in a statement.

Democrats including Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon fired up new requests for information from Bolton based off the book. 

 

Mike Pompeo mocked Donald Trump behind his back by slipping John Bolton a note saying ‘he is so full of s***’ – and Bill Barr said he was ‘worried’ about his conduct bombshell book claims

• Secretary of State Mike Pompeo mocked President Trump behind his back, while Attorney General Bill Barr expressed concerns, according to John Bolton 

• The Washington Post and New York Times obtained copies of Bolton’s forthcoming book, ‘The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir’ 

• The book will be released next Tuesday and largely characterizes Trump’s staff as knowing better than the president and talking behind his back 

• Bolton described Pompeo as writing a note to him amid the 2018 Singapore summit, saying of Trump, ‘He is so full of s***’ 

• Bolton, Trump’s third national security adviser, said Trump was ‘stunningly uninformed’ and was always looking for a way to show ‘reality TV showmanship’  

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo mocked President Trump behind his back and Attorney General Bill Barr shared his concerns, according to the blockbuster book by former National Security Advisor John Bolton. 

On Wednesday, both The New York Times and The Washington Post obtained copies of the tome, ‘The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir,’ which the Trump administration had tried to block from bookstores with a week to go before its release, filing a Tuesday lawsuit. 

The book largely characterizes Trump’s staff as knowing better than the president and talking behind his back, like the time Bolton was passed a note by Pompeo amid the June 2018 Singapore summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.  

‘He is so full of s***,’ the note read, Bolton wrote. 

In public, Pompeo has portrayed himself as the loyal servant – as has Barr. In private, when Bolton approached Barr to discuss the president’s behavior – especially toward autocratic rulers like China’s President Xi Jinping and Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdoğan – the attorney general admitted he, too, was worried.  

Former National Security Advisor John Bolton’s new book ‘The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir,’ reveals that President Trump’s advisers are talking behind his back, expressing shock and concern

PASSING NOTES: John Bolton (left) recalled that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (second from left) slipped him a note during the June 2018 Singapore summit with the North Korea delegation that said President Trump (center left) was ‘so full of s***’

The takeaway from Bolton’s book was that Trump, despite trying to convey strength, was a shallow, paranoid and indecisive leader. 

‘He second-guessed people’s motives, saw conspiracies behind rocks and remained stunningly uninformed on how to run the White House, let alone the huge federal government,’ Bolton wrote. 

Trump led using ‘personal instinct,’ Bolton went on, and looked for opportunities for ‘reality TV showmanship.’ 

Bolton, the president’s third national security adviser, pointed to the president’s diplomacy with North Korea as a prime example. 

Bolton, who had worked for President Reagan and in both Bush administrations, called Trump’s first meeting with Kim in Singapore ‘an exercise in publicity.’ 

‘Trump told … me he was prepared to sign a substance-free communique, have his press conference to declare victory and then get out of town,’ Bolton wrote. 

Behind-the-scenes, Bolton captures Pompeo being appalled. 

He described a call between Trump and the president of South Korea as they prepared for the June 2018 summit. 

Both Bolton and Pompeo, according to Bolton, were upset with how Trump handled the conversation. 

Pompeo, Bolton described, said he was ‘having a cardia in Saudi Arabia,’ as he was listening to the call while traveling in the Middle East. 

Bolton, likewise, said the call was a ‘near death experience.’ 

After President Trump seemed to capitulate to the leaders of China and Turkey, John Bolton wrote that he met with Attorney General Bill Barr (pictured), who told Bolton that he was worried with how the president presented himself

After the summit, Bolton claimed Trump became transfixed with getting Kim a copy of Elton John’s ‘Rocket Man’ CD, signed by the artist. 

Prior to their first meeting, Trump had called Kim ‘Little Rocket Man,’ when the North Korean leader would conduct unsanctioned nuclear experiments.  

Bolton criticized Trump for not being able to grasp that Pompeo wouldn’t be meeting with Kim during every trip he made to North Korea. 

After one Kim-less trip, Bolton recalled Trump asking Pompeo if he’d handed the North Korean leader the CD. 

‘Pompeo had not,’ Bolton wrote. ‘Getting this CD to Kim remained a high priority for several months.’ 

Pakistan is slowly building up its nuclear arsenal

Is Pakistan slowly building up its nuclear arsenal?

ET Online | 17 Jun 2020, 01:06 PM IST

Pak building nuclear arsenal?

Pakistan may be slowly increasing its military missile material holdings, which include both weapons-grade plutonium and highly enriched uranium. In a report produced by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute(SIPRI), Pakistan has produced mainly HEU, but is increasing its ability to produce plutonium. The country now has 160 nuclear warheads. India has 150.

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Nuclear missiles

Pakistan’s nuclear-capable ballistic missile arsenal currently includes two types of medium-range ballistic missile: the liquid-fuelled, road-mobile Ghauri (Hatf-5), with a range of 1250 km; and the two-stage, solid-fuelled, road-mobile Shaheen-II (Hatf-6) with a range of 2000 km. (Representative Image)

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On the shopping list

The Pakistan Air Force currently operates 160 Mirage aircraft, of which 120 are fighter-bombers. According to reports, Pakistan plans to buy 36 more Mirage V aircraft from Egypt. (Representative image)

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Cue from China

Pakistan is acquiring a significant number of JF-17 aircraft, jointly developed with China, to replace the ageing Mirage aircraft. Pakistan currently operates about 100 JF-17s in four to six squadrons, according to the SIPRI report. Pakistan also ordered eight air-independent propulsion-powered conventional submarines from China, the first of which is expected to be delivered in 2022. (Representative Image)

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The triad

To achieve secure second-strike capability, Pakistan wants to create a nuclear triad by developing a sea-based nuclear force. The Babur-3 submarine-launched cruise missile could help develop a nuclear capability for the Pakistan Navy’s three diesel-electric Agosta class submarines. The Babur-3 was first test launched in 2017.’ (Representative Image)

Rockets Fired From Outside the Temple Walls Into Israel (Revelation 11)

Rocket Fired From Gaza Into Israel for First Time in More Than a Month

June 16, 2020

A rocket was fired from Gaza into southern Israel for the first time since early May, spurring Israeli airstrikes and tank fire on Hamas posts and infrastructure in retaliation, according to the Israel Defense Forces.

The rocket fired on Monday night landed in an open area and only triggered a local alarm. No group in Gaza has claimed responsibility.

But earlier Monday, Hamas deputy political chief Saleh al-Arouri told the al-Resalah TV channel, which is linked to the terror organization, that Hamas is planning both political and diplomatic actions to prevent Israel’s plan to annex parts of the West Bank. He also threatened a military response.

“We cannot exclude the possibility that in the wake of Israeli aggression, matters may reach a point of escalation in the confrontation, which might lead to military escalation,” al-Arouri said, according to reports.

Incendiary balloons plague Israeli land outside the Temple Walls (Revelation 11)

Incendiary balloons plague Israeli land near Gaza border, sparking new fires

Footage showing the aftermath of an incendiary-balloon attack from Gaza on the fields of Kibbutz Nir Oz has emerged, as local volunteer and professional firefighters have been rushing to put out at least four spot fires in the Eshkol Region in the past 48 hours.

Eshkol Council Security Officer Ilan Isaacson said local volunteers stepped in to provide assistance while professional firefighters were called to blazes in other locations.

“We are grateful for the specialized, critical-response fire wagons that allow us to support the professional firefighters,” he said. “The smaller size of our equipment enables us to access areas where larger firetrucks cannot go, like in the fields and near creeks.”

Although the smaller wagons—provided by the Jewish National Fund-USA—hold less water than the municipality’s larger firetrucks, they allow volunteers to fight multiple fires at once.

“There were two critical-response fire wagons at [Monday’s] scene,” said Isaacson, referring to one of the fires on June 15. “Each contains 35 cubic feet of water. The regular firetrucks in the municipal station can hold 100 cubic feet. Rather than bringing one large firetruck to multiple locations, volunteers and their wagons can attend to multiple fires at once—an important capability in a largely rural area.”

While the world’s attention has been focused on the coronavirus and protests against racism, terrorists in the Gaza Strip have continued to send incendiary devices into Israel.

“Nothing has stopped,” laments Isaacson. “Hamas and Islamic Jihad continue to train day and night, while they conduct more and more missile tests.”

Right now, he added, “the terrorists are using balloons; however, they change strategies depending on their intention. Whether it’s demonstrations along the border or firing missiles at Israeli towns, nothing has stopped. It may be quieter due to corona, but we are always ready to face fires, missiles or whatever they try to throw our way.”

Recent dry weather has exacerbated concerns over Israel’s upcoming fire season.

JNF-USA just donated 28 firetrucks, on top of the 200 donated to date.

“For us, it’s not just about extinguishing fires,” said Jewish National Fund-USA Fire and Rescue Taskforce chairs Penny Rosen and Mark Egerman. “It’s about our commitment to first responders as we create an ecosystem of amenities and services that allows those living outside of Israel’s central cities to have world-class facilities, such as medical centers, parks and schools. While Israel faces many threats along its southern border, we are determined to create a positive, prosperous future for the children and families of the Negev.”

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