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712 People in Washington State Being Monitored for Coronavirus Symptoms

February 18, 2020 Updated: February 18, 2020

Taliban Deal is Promising but Not Without Risk: Esper

February 15, 2020

Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Saturday that a truce agreement between the United States and the Taliban that could lead to the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan is not without risk but “looks very promising.”

Ahead of a formal announcement of the seven-day “reduction in violence” deal, Esper said it was time to give peace a chance in Afghanistan through a political negotiation. He spoke a day after a senior U.S. official said the deal had been concluded and would take effect very soon.

Expectations are that agreement will be formally announced on Sunday and that the reduction in violence will begin on Monday, according to people familiar with the plan.

“So we have on the table right now a reduction in violence proposal that was negotiated between our ambassador and the Taliban,” Esper told an audience at the Munich Security Conference. “It looks very promising.”

“It’s my view as well that we have to give peace a chance, that the best if not the only way forward in Afghanistan is through a political agreement and that means taking some risk,” he said. “That means enabling our diplomats and that means working together with our partners and allies on the ground to affect such a thing.”

Esper and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met on Friday in Munich with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, who has been skeptical of the scheme, which, if successful, would see an end to attacks for seven days and then the signing of a US-Taliban peace deal. All-Afghan peace talks would then begin within 10 days as part of the plan, which envisions the phased withdrawal of U.S. forces over 18 months.

Border Patrol to Deploy Elite Tactical Agents to Sanctuary Cities as “Part of Supercharged Arrest Operation”

The US Border Patrol will be deploying elite tactical agents to sanctuary cities as a “part of a supercharged arrest operation.”

US Attorney General Bill Barr recently escalated the Trump Administration’s war on sanctuary cities.

From February through May, the agency will deploy 100 agents, including officers from the elite tactical unit “BORTAC” to work with ICE [Immigration and Customs Enforcement].

Via The New York Times:

The Trump administration is deploying law enforcement tactical units from the southern border as part of a supercharged arrest operation in sanctuary cities across the country, an escalation in the president’s battle against localities that refuse to participate in immigration enforcement.

The specially trained officers are being sent to cities including Chicago and New York to boost the enforcement power of local ICE officers, according to two officials who are familiar with the secret operation. Additional agents are expected to be sent to San Francisco, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Houston, Boston, New Orleans, Detroit and Newark, N.J.

Lawrence Payne, a spokesman for Customs and Border Protection, confirmed the agency was deploying 100 officers to work with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which conducts arrests in the interior of the country, “in order to enhance the integrity of the immigration system, protect public safety, and strengthen our national security.”

The deployment of the teams will run from February through May, according to an email sent to Customs and Border Protection personnel, which was read to The New York Times by one official familiar with the planning.

Corrupt US Attorney Jessie Liu Resigns From Trump Administration Following Nomination Withdrawal

Jessie Liu

The former US Attorney who oversaw the Roger Stone and Mike Flynn persecution prosecutions resigned this week after Trump withdrew her nomination for a job at the Treasury Department.

NBC reported:

The former U.S. attorney whose office oversaw the Roger Stone prosecution resigned from the Trump administration Wednesday, two days after President Donald Trump abruptly withdrew her nomination for a top job at the Treasury Department.

President Trump pulled his nomination on Tuesday of crooked Deep State US Attorney Jessie Liu to the Treasury Department.

Liu was involved in the Maria Butina case where a young woman sat in prison, due to the fact that she was set up by the Deep State FBI. The information related to the FBI’s set up was never provided to her or her attorneys in spite of numerous requests from the defense for this information which was the government’s duty to provide to her.

Liu also is involved in the Concord Management case. This case has been a mess since day one. The government alleged numerous lies about the company in order to tie the Mueller sham to Russia. Mueller’s team stated Concord and its sister company Concord Catering were involved in spreading news on Facebook that impacted the US election. The problem is Concord Catering wasn’t even in existence at the time they were indicted by Mueller and the Mueller team was never able to tie Russians to Concord Mangement which spent only $3,000 on Facebook ads that supposedly impacted the 2016 election.

The Conservative Treehouse outlines Liu’s involvement in the James Wolfe cover-up and how she dropped most charges against him allowing him to plead guilty to only one count of making a false statement to the feds.

BREAKING: AG Barr Installs Outside Prosecutor to Review Abusive Case Against General Flynn

General Mike Flynn

US Attorney General Bill Barr has assigned an outside prosecutor to review the abusive case against General Mike Flynn.

Barr also assigned a handful of prosecutors to review other cases in the US Attorney’s office in DC.

US Attorney in St. Louis Jeff Jensen is one of the prosecutors handling Flynn’s case.







Pentagon Approves Shift of $3.8 Billion To Support Southern Border Wall

Pentagon Approves Shift of $3.8 Billion To Support Southern Border Wall


Whistleblower: Lives Lost, Billions Wasted Due to Government Records Management Failures

Whistleblower: Lives Lost, Billions Wasted Due to Government Records Management Failures





Insider Attack in Afghanistan Kills 2 American Soldiers and Afghan Serviceman

Insider Attack in Afghanistan Kills 2 American Soldiers and Afghan Serviceman

KABUL/WASHINGTON—Two U.S. soldiers and an Afghan soldier were killed when an individual in an Afghan uniform opened fire on them with a machine gun in eastern Afghanistan, the U.S. military …


‘We Live in Fear Every Day:’ Burnt-Out Health Workers Prepare for the Worst in Wuhan

‘We Live in Fear Every Day:’ Burnt-Out Health Workers Prepare for the Worst in Wuhan


The U.S. Cities Mired In The Most Debt

Truth in Accounting has released its 2020 Financial State of Cities report, highlighting the fiscal health of America’s 75 most populous cities. Statista’s Niall McCarthy notes that the study found that this year, 63 cities do not have enough money to pay their bills and total municipal debt now stands at $323 billion.

It ranked the cities according to their taxpayer burden or surplus which is the amount each taxpayer would have to pay to clear municipal debt with nothing, such as benefits and services, in exchange.

Infographic: The U.S. Cities Mired In Debt | Statista

You will find more infographics at Statista

Gordon Sondland Says Trump Has Recalled His Position as Ambassador to EU

Gordon Sondland Says Trump Has Recalled His Position as Ambassador to EU


A FOX News document was leaked online–
A leaked internal memo from FOX News obtained by the far left Daily Beast and Law and Crime refers to Sean Hannity, John Solomon and Rudy Giuliani as “disinformation.”

Via Jack Posobiec:

The 162-page memo, entitled “Ukraine, Disinformation, & the Trump Administration,” created by Bryan S. Murphy, slams Rudy Giuliani, investigative journalist John Solomon and top ranked FOX News host Sean Hannity.

The memo by Bryan Murphy also says Rudy Giuliani is “easily fooled” by Ukrainians. Rudy Giuliani has remarkable record of 4,000 convictions as Associate US Attorney and defended President Trump in the attempted coup by Robert Mueller and Andrew Weissman. He is hardly a gullible fool!

It is not clear what Bryan Murphy considers “disinformation” but Rudy Giuliani and John Solomon’s reporting includes Ukrainian documents and testimony from Ukrainian officials.

FOX News better have a good explanation for this.
FOX News viewers don’t like being lied to.
And they especially don’t like blanket smears against their favorite conservatives based on garbage reporting.

Sleazy Andrew Weissmann Admits Mueller Team Tried to Ensnare Trump in Perjury Trap – To Remove Him From Office (VIDEO)

Sleazy Andrew Weissmann Admits Mueller Team Tried to Ensnare Trump in Perjury Trap – To Remove Him From Office (VIDEO)


Five More Canadians Test Positive for Coronavirus Aboard Cruise Ship




Barr Sounds Alarm on Chinese Regime’s ‘Technological Blitzkrieg’ on US

 February 6, 2020

Senate Acquits Trump on Both Articles of Impeachment

Senate Acquits Trump on Both Articles of Impeachment

The Senate voted to acquit President Donald Trump on both articles of impeachment on Feb. 5, ending the …


As Impeachment Ends, It’s Time to Correct These Nine Injustices

The president should take action to exploit this very short window in which his exhausted opponents cast about for their next fake “bombshell.” They’re going to complain about Trump anyway. He might as well give them something to complain about.

– February 5th, 2020 updated

How will Donald Trump spend the windfall of political space resulting from the busted impeachment effort? It now appears that the Senate is ready to put an end to Rep. Adam Schiff’s (D-Calif.) vanity project. The “resistance” will require approximately six weeks to lick its wounds and re-manufacture outrage over yet another Trump “scandal.”

In the meanwhile, an exhausted Congress and media cannot easily pivot to another offensive. The president should use this critical breathing space immediately to correct some of the many outrages perpetrated by his opponents. Yes, as a matter of fact, I do have a wish list.

  1. Commute Paul Manafort’s sentence. Paul Manafort has spent most of his time in solitary confinement since his arrest in 2017. As noted by the National Review, “Everyone knows this prosecution is politically motivated. [the prosecutor] hates the president and wants to use solitary confinement in a hellhole with violent criminals to squeeze Manafort into testifying against the president.” Reason magazine, no fan of either Trump or Manafort, has called this torture. Enough is enough. He’s served years in brutal conditions for white collar crimes. Commute his sentence.
  2. Pardon Michael Flynn. I’ve already written thousands of words on the myriad injustices visited upon Michael Flynn by the deep state’s premier vengeance project. But this is Trump’s Department of Justice. He shouldn’t farm out the obligation to do the right thing to a district judge. He should immediately stop this nonsense. While he’s at it, pardon Roger Stone and Papadopoulos too.
  3. Fire or demote Christopher Wray. Wray seems like a nice guy. But he’s not the right person to reform the FBI. In fact, it’s getting worse under his supervision. As bad as James Comey was, there’s a case to be made that Wray is worse. Since he took office, we’ve had a fresh new round of serious spying misconduct by the FBI and he’s allowed the FBI’s informant program to become even more dysfunctional than it was (to name just two examples.)
  4. Reassign Brandon Van Grack. Van Grack was appointed the head of the Justice Department unit in charge of prosecuting cases under the Foreign Agent Registration Act. FARA is a vague law that the government uses as a pretext to investigate and surveille political opponents. Van Grack recently lost two FARA prosecutions in court. As a former Mueller prosecutor, he retained his role as the chief prosecutor in the Flynn case. After we learned that the original Carter Page FISA warrant was built on lies, the Justice Department should be reviewing his work in the other 500 warrants issued during Van Grack’s tenure with the Mueller team. He should not be in his current position while that review is conducted.
  5. Reform the CIA and the FBI. Ok, I know this is a project that will take years, not weeks. But there are some simple things that can be done quickly. We’ve learned in the last 3-4 years that both the CIA and the FBI participated in the Russia collusion hoax even after it was known to be a hoax. Where were the whistleblowers? One answer is that these two powerful agencies don’t rotate their officials the way the military does. Keeping the same power-players working together for decades creates fertile ground for conspiracy. They learn each other’s secrets and come to depend on a kind of “omerta” to their mutual benefit. A few fresh faces will keep these power players more accountable as they will never know whether the new guy will “play ball.”
  6. Reassign Michael Atkinson. As noted by Julie Kelly, the current Intelligence Community inspector general is (or should be) under investigation for his role in surveillance abuse. Yes, it appears that the guy who is supposed to field whistleblower complaints for surveillance abuse is somebody against whom somebody blew the whistle. In addition to (likely) playing a role in the massive surveillance scandal noted by the FISA court here, Kelly believes he was “involved in handling the FISA warrant on Trump campaign associate Carter Page.” That’s the warrant that resulted in a bombshell OIG report finding numerous deceptions against the court.
  7. Make the bureaucrats live closer to their areas of responsibility. One problem with Washington, D.C., as demonstrated by the Ohrs (read here for the more complete story), is the intellectual incest. As the ruling class all hang out with each other, coach each other’s kids, and sleep with each other’s wives, they lose the ability to tolerate the “smell” of the peasants they rule. Our largest law enforcement challenges involve drug smuggling and Mexican cartels. So perhaps Dallas is a better location for the FBI headquarters. And why is so much of the CIA, which isn’t supposed to do anything inside the United States, located in Washington? How about splitting it into three divisions with a headquarters in Miami for Latin American affairs; Seoul, South Korea for Asian matters; and Warsaw, Poland for European affairs. The CIA is spending too much time in DC.
  8. Fire the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. As I noted here, the SDNY led a raid on Cohen’s private law office. Shortly thereafter, audio files of confidential attorney-client communication leaked to the press. There’s no excuse for that. Since then, the SDNY has continued its insurrection by abusing its awesome power to “take down” Trump. That’s not OK. Trump needs a U.S. Attorney who will prioritize law enforcement over political prosecutions.
  9. Introduce Intelligence Reform Legislation. The best time to reform the Intelligence Community is when the politicians can’t be sure who the IC will next target. A Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), for example, might be interested in voting to prevent a 2020 edition of “Crossfire Hurricane” if he might be the next target. Among the low-hanging fruit is the FISA court which recently issued a decision questioning whether it could rely on FBI affidavits on any of its approximately 1,000 annual FISA applications. The most important job of the FBI is to protect the Constitution, not to meddle in elections and spy on Americans.

The president should take action to exploit this very short window in which his exhausted opponents cast about for their next fake “bombshell.” They’re going to complain about Trump anyway. He might as well give them something to complain about.


Trump Touts US Economy in Optimistic State of the Union Address

February 5, 2020

President Donald Trump delivered his annual State of the Union, touting the burgeoning U.S. economy in a key moment just months away from the November election.

“Three years ago, we launched the great American comeback. tonight, I stand before you to share the incredible results,” Trump said. “In just three short years, we have shattered the mentality of American decline and we have rejected the downsizing of America’s destiny” and the United States is “moving forward at a pace that was unimaginable just a short time ago, and we are never going back,” he added.

Trump, speaking to both the House of Representatives and the Senate, delivered the address in the same chamber where he was impeached late last year. The Senate on Wednesday will surely vote to acquit him on charges of obstruction of Congress and abuse of power, as no Republicans have signaled that they would vote to convict. Behind him on the dais was House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who made the announcement of the impeachment inquiry in late September, and Vice President Mike Pence.

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Pelosi’s Eyes Pop and Jaw Drops When She Realizes Trump Calling Out California’s Sanctuary Laws for Illegal Aliens (Video)

Pelosi’s Eyes Pop and Jaw Drops When She Realizes Trump Calling Out California’s Sanctuary Laws for Illegal Aliens (Video


WOW! Democrats Even Sit on Their Butts, Won’t Even Stand for the “Hand of Almighty God” (VIDEO)

WOW! Democrats Even Sit on Their Butts, Won’t Even Stand for the “Hand of Almighty God” (VIDEO)





WOW! Democrats Even Sit on Their Butts, Won’t Even Stand for the “Hand of Almighty God” (VIDEO)

WOW! Democrats Even Sit on Their Butts, Won’t Even Stand for the “Hand of Almighty God” (VIDEO)

Adam Schiff Repeatedly Slanders and Smears President Trump on Senate Floor and GOP Senators Say Nothing – Chief Justice Sits on His Hands

Adam Schiff Repeatedly Slanders and Smears President Trump on Senate Floor and GOP Senators Say Nothing – Chief Justice Sits on His Hands

Iowa Democratic Caucus Results Delayed by Technology Issues, Inconsistent Reporting
Iowa Democratic Caucus Results Delayed by Technology Issues, Inconsistent Reporting
Democrats still didn’t know who won the Iowa Democratic caucus on Tuesday morning after the Iowa Democratic Party …


Hunter, Sam and the Sheikh: Hunter Biden’s Alleged Connection to Middle East Shakedown Artists

Hunter Biden’s corruption may not have ended in Ukraine. The hard partying politician’s son also met with a corrupt sheikh, who has illegally given massive contributions to Democrats, about working on a project to unfreeze Libyan assets in 2015.

As the farce they call impeachment is winding down in the Senate, it has become obvious that no new witnesses will be called, and almost as likely that, if they are, Hunter Biden will not be among them.

It also now appears that the wayward Biden son has gotten away with not providing his financial records in his child support case in Arkansas.

Earlier this month Biden missed the court-imposed deadline to turn in five years’ worth of financial information. The records, which were demanded by Independence County Circuit Court Judge Holly Meyer, were in response to his failure to pay child support going back to 2018, and his claims that he was broke.

Judge Meyer had called for Biden to be held in contempt and he was ordered to appear in court on January 29th to face the Judge.

But as he usually does, Biden got out of it.

According to reports, Biden has now agreed to pay monthly child support to the mother, Lunden Alexis Roberts. He has also agreed to pay all the child support payments he missed, dating back to at least November 2018.

None of this is good news to those who are trying to determine just how corrupt Hunter Biden really is, because the facts are starting to show Ukraine is just the tip of a very big iceberg that could sink Papa Joe’s campaign.


Oh My! 40% of Ilhan Omar’s Campaign Spending Went to Loverboy’s Firm

Oh My! 40% of Ilhan Omar’s Campaign Spending Went to Loverboy’s Firm





European Digital Economy Commissioner Margrethe Vestager and European Commissioner for the Internal Market Thierry Breton communicate on the EU's 5G plan in Brussels, Belgium January 29, 2020. (Yves Herman/Reuters)

EU Allows Members to Decide on Huawei’s 5G Role Against US Recommendation

The European Union (EU) is allowing its members to decide what part China’s Huawei Technologies can play in …

Exposing Eric Ciaramella would exonerate the President. Rand Paul, John Roberts, and Adam Schiff know this.

Last October, I said if Eric Ciaramella is exposed to be the whistleblower, the entire impeachment debacle would crumble. Today, this was confirmed by Rand Paul and John Roberts.

by JD Rucker

On the second day of questions being asked from Senators through Chief Justice John Roberts, the presiding judge continued blocking questions from Senator Rand Paul that named the alleged whistleblower, Eric Ciaramella. He has this power, at least partially, as he is presiding over the impeachment trial. But there are arguments that could be made that since the Senate has the sole constitutional power to try the impeachment, a Senate majority ultimately has the power to overturn any decisions the Chief Justice makes.

That likely won’t happen, but we’ll wait and see. In the meantime, conservatives are steaming over Roberts’ quashing of Paul as well as threats by Democrats to punish him for his impudence.

Why was Rand Paul’s question not asked? By what law or what justification was he silenced? This is extremely scary to witness and answers are needed.

Chief Justice John Roberts again refused to read Republican Sen. Rand Paul’s question to the Senate. Roberts then immediately read verbatim a question from a Democrat senator.

Incredible cowardice, arrogance, and abuse of power by an unelected judge to hijack the U.S. Senate.

It’s understandable that House Manager Adam Schiff and the other Democrats would want the whistleblower’s identity to be withheld. As I noted last October, if Ciaramella is, indeed, the whistleblower, the Democrats’ narrative surrounding impeachment gets shredded. Moreover, Schiff’s clear attachment to the whistleblower and the lies he’s been telling about not knowing who he is make Ciaramella a double-edged sword for the Congressman.

The question today that some are asking is whether or not the Chief Justice is putting his thumb on the scales of justice to benefit Democrats. It seems conspicuous that he’s so adamant about not allowing the whistleblower’s name to be mentioned. Is he simply being cautious for the sake of the whistleblower and for himself out of concern that reading a question with his name will somehow prompt retribution against him? This would seem to fit with Roberts’ modus operandi.

Then again, he has been very subtle in his attacks on President Trump, but not subtle enough to hide the fact that he doesn’t care for the man in the Oval Office. He also has access to heaps of information others simply cannot see. Does he know Ciaramella’s past would come back to haunt the Democrats’ case if he is exposed as the whistleblower?

We may never know for sure, but it certainly seems like the Chief Justice’s avoidance of allowing a commonly believed fact to enter into the proceedings means he’s protecting more than his own self-interests or Ciaramella’s safety. If Ciaramella is brought openly into the impeachment trial, mainstream media and government agencies will have a de facto green light to talk about him. What they reveal may be too damaging to the Democrats’ case for the Chief Justice to allow.

Here’s what we know about Eric Ciaramella:

If you add it all up, you can see the pickle the Democrats are in with Ciaramella. He wasn’t a patriotic American fulfilling his solemn duty when he blew the whistle on Pres

campaign for a soft coup against the President.

Ciaramella’s involvement ties it all together. He was there when people in Obama’s Department of Justice were setting up Trump campaign and administration officials like Carter Page and General Michael Flynn. He was there to blow the whistle about President Trump allegedly firing then-FBI Director James Comey because Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered him to do so. As a result, Ciaramella is in the Mueller Report.

Trump. This was the culmination of years of work—from 2016 Spygate all the way through to the phone call between President Trump and President Zelensky—that demonstrates what we’re seeing today: a long-term

While the general public is mostly unaware of who Ciaramella is if they’ve even heard his name (and they probably haven’t if they get their news from mainstream media or Facebook), those who have been following closely, like Rand Paul, realize that if he is brought into the impeachment proceedings, the truth will come to light. What is the truth? This impeachment mess is not a response to a phone call between world leaders. It’s the culmination of a systematic attack on our republic by the “Deep State,” the Democrats, and mainstream media to either overturn the results of the 2016 election, subvert the 2020 election, or both.

There’s another important reason the Democrats don’t want Ciaramella to be let out of the bag. If he’s brought out, Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson is in play. His is the only testimony that hasn’t been released from the initial House impeachment hearings in the infamous “SCIF.” According to ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee Devin Nunes, what Atkinson said was damning to the Democrats in general and Adam Schiff in particular.

This is a complex web, one that’s hard to see as a whole without inserting Eric Ciaramella into the center of it. But his identity and connections to the whole sordid affair are being blocked at every turn. If President Trump’s defense would be allowed to face him and expose his long history of trying to take down the President that goes back to before the 2016 election, it would shift public sentiment and send the House Managers’ case crumbling to the ground.

Democrats have been crying “cover up” since the Senate trial began. The only true cover up is being done by Adam Schiff, John Roberts, and mainstream media. They all know if Eric Ciaramella is unveiled for this impeachment, the whole thing unravels.



Senate to Vote on Witnesses in Impeachment Trial as Trump Acquittal Eyed by Republicans

Updated: January 31, 2020




Trump Signs USMCA Trade Deal to End ‘NAFTA Nightmare’ in Major Policy Victory

Trump Signs USMCA Trade Deal to End ‘NAFTA Nightmare’ in Major Policy Victory

President Donald Trump signed the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) into law on Wednesday, essentially rewriting the rules for …Read More


Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg


Lev Parnas, former associate of Rudy Giuliani indicted on several serious felonies, attempted to attend the impeachment trial today. It didn’t go well.

John Durham Appoints New Chief To Criminal Division: She’s ‘Done It All’


Top prosecutor John H. Durham, the United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut charged with leading the investigation into the origins of the FBI probe into President Donald Trump’s campaign, announced Monday that he has appointed a new Chief to serve in the U.S. Attorney’s Office Criminal Division.

Sarah P. Karwan will succeed William J. Nardini, who is currently serving as a U.S. Circuit Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, the DOJ press release stated.

Then-national security adviser John Bolton speaks at a press briefing at the White House in Washington on Jan. 28, 2019. (Holly Kellum/NTD)

Trump’s Legal Team Doesn’t Think John Bolton Should Testify in Impeachment Trial

Updated: January 29, 2020

Trump Releases His Mideast Peace Plan, Calling It a ‘Realistic’ Two-State Solution

Updated: January 28, 2020

Plane Carrying American Evacuees From China Amid Coronavirus Outbreak Diverted to California Air Base

Plane Carrying American Evacuees From China Diverted to California Air Base

A plane carrying around 200 American citizens who were evacuated from Wuhan, China—where the new coronavirus outbreak started—was …



DOJ blasts NYT for ‘grossly’ mischaracterizing Bolton, Trump talks on Ukraine  {video censored}


White House Officials Challenge Leaked Details From Bolton Book

Updated: January 28, 2020

Officials: On Iran, Commander in Chief Trump Showed Restraint, Deliberateness, and Ability to Make Tough Decisions

U.S. President Donald Trump makes a statement in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House October 27, 2019 in Washington, DC. President Trump announced that ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been killed in a military operation in northwest Syria. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images


In the days after President Trump authorized the killing of Iranian Quds Force leader Qasem Soleimani, mainstream media reports and pundits painted a picture of an erratic commander in chief — one who had made a hasty, ill-thought out decision that would prompt a new war.

Yet, current and former administration officials and analysts say his handling of Iran showed restraint, deliberateness, and the ability to make tough decisions.