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Secretary Pompeo: "If We Don't Change China, It Will Change Us".

The U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made a comprehensive and tough speech about China in the Richard Nixon Presidential Library in Yorba Linda City of California . In the speech titled "Communist China and the Future of the Free World", Pompeo directly addressed the Chinese Communist Party and Xi Jinping, and said that if necessary, a new alliance could be established against Beijing.

Secretary Pompeo stated that "As Chinese Communist Party did not keep its promises it gave to the world, we are now counting deaths by sitting with masks on our faces; we also read social pressure news from Hong Kong and Sinkiang. We see the terrible statistics of China's commercial abuse that has hit American employment and companies. And we're watching a Chinese military that grows stronger and stronger, and also more menacing," he said. 

"The old paradigm has collapsed."

"What does the American nation have to show after 50 years of dialogue with China? Have the theories of our leaders on China would evolve into freedom and democracy come true? Is this how China defines the "win-win" situation? Is America safer?" asked Pompeo, stating that the previous Chinese policy of the U.S. was of no use.

Secretary Pompeo, "If we want a free 21st century instead of China century that Xi Jinping has been dreamed of, we now have to accept the ugly truth that: The old paradigm which proposed a dialogue with China blindly has collapsed. We should not pursue this. We should not return to this approach. As President Trump suggested, we need a new strategy that protects the American economy and our lifestyles. The free world must triumph over this new tyranny." 

"China bites the hand that fed them" 

Stating that they opened their arms to Chinese citizens, Secretary Pompeo argued in return that the Chinese Communist Party exploited their free and open U.S. society. Secretary Pompeo said that China is sending propagandist individuals to press conferences, research centers, high schools and university campuses, and even parents' meetings.

"Whatever the reason, today, China is increasingly authoritarian at home and more aggressive in its hostility to freedom everywhere else," said Secretary  Pompeo. As President Trump has stated: Enough is enough".

Secretary Pompeo said, "Xi Jinping is a real follower of a failed totalitarian regime. Its ideology reflects a decade of longing for global hegemony that is based on Chinese Communism. Unless we allow it, China will not be exposed to the tyranny of Xi Jinping anymore inside and outside of the country." 

U.S. Navigation Operations are Increasing

Pompeo stated that the Department of Defense increased the number of freedom of navigation operations in the South China Sea and the Taiwan Strait. He also noted that a space force was established to deter China from aggression.

Secretary Pompeo warned, "If the free world cannot change Communist China, Communist China would change the free world".

Secretary Pompeo "Communists always lie; however, the biggest lie is that the China Communist Party represents 1 billion 400 million people who it spies on, pressures and scares them into not talking." Quite the contrary. Honest opinions of the Chinese people scare the Communist Party much more than its foreign enemies. 

Secretary Pompeo's Full Speech:(Linkide verirmisin) 
 

President Trump: Wear a Mask

President Donald Trump has brought back the briefings that he held in the White House every day in the early days of the coronavirus pandemic.

Once more, Trump has called the Coronavirus the “China Virus” and stated that the current situation would “get worse before it gets better.” President Trump stated that the vaccine studies are going “faster than what everyone expects” and that "it would take years if it were in the old system.”

President Trump encourages American people to wear a mask when  cannot adhere to the social distancing rules.He added: " Like it or not, but the masks are really effective” for keeping the pandemic under control."

President Trump also stated that : “All staff working in nursing homes will be tested at the highest level. In connection with that, we will send 15 thousand rapid diagnostic test equipment. These devices will enable having the results in 5 to 15 minutes.”

Mortality Rates continue to decrease

President Trump: “We learned a lot during this pandemic. We are in a good place in terms of necessary sources for battling the virus, and we can send them to places in need immediately. Our mortality rates continue to decrease. Our mortality rates are lower compared to the EU countries and other places in the world.”

He also added : “Our strategy is to ensure that our younger and healthy citizens are able to return to schools and workplaces while protecting people who are at higher risk.”

President Trump: Over 50 Million Covid-19 Tests 

President Trump said the number of tests done so far would soon exceed 50 million, and the U.S. is one of the leading countries in the world when it comes to testing. I think we have done a tremendous number of tests, but if doctors and healthcare professionals would like to do more, that is fine by me.

Per Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the national ensemble forecast predicts there will likely be between 160,000 and 175,000 total reported COVID-19 deaths by August 15th. 

References: Latests updates on Covid-19 Worldmeter and John Hopkins University

President Trump’s Operation Legend Decision

U.S. President Trump indicated during his press conference that federal law enforcement officers would be deployed to Chicago, Albuquerque and Kansas cities.

Operation Legend is named after the four-year-old LeGend Taliferro, who was shot and died while asleep in his house during the acts of violence in Kansas City. Trump announced that federal law enforcement officers were already deployed to Kansas City, Missouri, Chicago, one of the largest cities of Illinois, and Albuquerque, New Mexico.

President Trump continued using the expression “law and order” during the press conference. “In recent weeks, a left-wing extremist movement has been launched with the aim of abolishing our police force, cutting its budget,” Trump said, blaming the group for what he described as “armed attacks, murders, horrific crimes.” 

Federal law enforcement officers are intervening in the protests in Portland.

President Trump said, “The bloodshed must end. We will deploy hundreds of troops to Chicago. We will find, prosecute and imprison the criminals. We have no other choice than to get involved.”

President Trump remarked that the protests against racism in the U.S. might be the cause of the increase in novel coronavirus (Covid-19) cases among young citizens.

Crime Rates Are Increasing Across the Country

Security Experts shared the following factors as causes of the increase in crime rates: weather getting hotter, more people going outside, states resuming economic activities, and people’s trust in law enforcement officers decreasing under the shadow of protests organized after African American George Floyd’s death, which was caused by police while taking him into custody in May in Minneapolis.

Who is in Power?

Federal Government and Local Governments especially in Seattle,Portland, New York, Chicago have disagreement how to handle the protests.Especially many cities are going after defunding the police budget. 

United States Constitution reserves police powers for states to exercise. However the federal government’s involvement at the local level is limited to specific purposes such as combating crimes covered by federal law (examples: weapons possession and counterfeiting), protecting federal properties like courthouses and safeguarding U.S. constitutional rights per Washington Post.

President can send federal forces into cities so long as they stay within their statutory authority of “enforcing federal law,”

The Department of Homeland Security has about  two thousand federal officials from its divisions, including CBP  on standby for possible deployment to cities, according to the New York Times. 

President Trump:The Coronavirus shows need for better flu shot

3,131 deaths have been linked to the coronavirus and deaths worldwide exceed those from SARS.92,312 confirmed coronavirus cases worldwide, with more cases popping up outside China than inside. with the new cases in Iran, Italy, and South Korea. In the last week, the virus has spread faster than it did in China.There are now more than 100 confirmed cases in the U.S., with 18 of those in Washington state, which also has the first related deaths (six).

President Donald Trump held a press conference on COVID-19 (coronavirus) at the White House together with Vice President Mike Pence, Health Secretary Alex Azar, and Health officials.

President Trump who emphasized that his priority was the health and safety of the US public and that the administration had taken the necessary precautions from the very first day, said: “We are ready to do what we need to do if this disease spreads. However, the risk to the people of the US is fairly low.” Stating that he had been working closely with Congress regarding the issue of the virus and that he believed a common ground had been established between the two parties, Trump said, “We asked Congress for a fund of $2.5 billion. We think that is enough. However, the Democrats want much more than that. They want more money; we’re going to do more. We’re going to spend as much money as is appropriate. I hope we don’t have to spend that much money.”

“TREAT COVID-19 LIKE THE FLU”

Trump called on Americans to treat COVID-19 like the flu and said, “Wash your hands, keep yourselves clean. You don’t have to shake hands with everyone. If there are people with signs of the cold or flu around me, I move away immediately. Treat this virus like the flu, too.”

HEALTH SECRETARY AZAR: THE FINAL VACCINE COULD TAKE UP TO 8 MONTHS

“We have to stop any further spread of COVID-19. We can expect more cases in the US. The US is at risk; the coronavirus could spread rapidly within the community.”

Vice President Mike Pence, who is the highest authority in the Trump government who is in charge of the struggle against the coronavirus outbreak, stated that the necessary equipment to detect cases of infection more quickly is being produced and distributed. On the other hand, Pence said, “Apart from the ban on travel to those coming from Iran, no nationals of any other countries who have visited Iran in the last 14 days will be allowed in the US, either.” Pence said, “We are warning Americans against traveling to Italy and South Korea, which are among the places most affected by the coronavirus.”

Concerning the development of a coronavirus vaccine at military laboratories, US Chief of Staff Mark Milley said, “We will look at the developments in the coming months.”

THE SIXTH DEATH IN THE U.S.

The number of deaths due to the new-type Coronavirus (Covid-19) has risen to 6 in the State of Washington, in the USA. Officials have stated that there are 18 cases in Washington State, 14 in King County and 4 in Snohomish County. There have been over 100 cases detected throughout the US until now.

President Trump and other senior officials met with leading executives from the pharmaceutical industry at the White House yesterday.

 

Two Turkish-Americans Plead Not Guilty in Embassy Brawl

(VOA) -- Two Turkish-American men involved in a brawl at the Turkish Embassy earlier this year pleaded not guilty to assault charges in a Washington, D.C., courtroom Thursday. Sinan Narin of Virginia and Eyup Yildirim of New Jersey faced charges of felony aggravated assault as well as making assault threats. Court documents from Thursday indicate the men both entered pleas of not guilty and asked for a jury trial.

Turkey's Syrian Refugees Carve Out Their Own Opportunities

Gaziantep, Turkey - A group of Syrian children already well versed in the language of despair now have a chance to learn a vocabulary of hope at the Excellence Education Centre in Turkey's Gaziantep. In a bright and colourful classroom, the kids enthusiastically recite some of the Turkish phrases they'll need in their new homeland from a curriculum designed by the centre's owner, Asmaa Joha. "When I would look into the eyes of Syrian children, I was feeling afraid," explains Asmaa. "I wondered how they would feel when they got older, and if I had done my duty and served them well as a teacher."

FETÖ Could 'Poison' US-Turkey Ties if US Doesn't Take Action

Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu warned the U.S. authorities Thursday that the Gülenist Terror Group (FETÖ) members residing in the country would "poison the Turkish-American cooperation." Speaking at a panel called "July 15 Coup Attempt: A Year After" at the Turkish Heritage Organization via conference call, Çavuşoğlu said that Turkey was trying to clean the FETÖ factions that had infiltrated all institutions of the government, however, "the crime ring carries on activity through its schools, businesses and lobbying on global level."

Ex-Ambassador: Don’t Do Prisoner Swap Deal With Turkey’s Erdogan

(CNSNews.com) – A former U.S. ambassador to Turkey is urging the Trump administration not to consider swapping a Turkish businessman facing Iran sanctions-busting charges in the U.S. with an American pastor incarcerated in Turkey for nine months. The pastor is accused of having links to “terrorists.” While exchanging Turkish-Iranian financier Reza Zarrab for Protestant pastor Andrew Brunson may hold appeal for the administration, Eric Edelman wrote in a Washington Post column, “a trade would be a grave mistake.”

Lawyer: Giuliani, Ex-attorney General Work for Reza Zarrab

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In this combination of file photos, then Attorney General Michael Mukasey, left, speaks at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington on Dec. 16, 2008 and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani arrives for meetings with President-elect Donald Trump on Nov. 20, 2016, in Bedminster, N.J. A judge has been told that Mukasey and Giuliani are working for Turkish businessman Reza Zarrab who is charged with helping Iran evade U.S. sanctions. The judge had asked for clarification this week after prosecutors asked him to ensure there are no conflicts of interest. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, left, and Carolyn Kaster, Files)
NEW YORK (AP) — Former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and an ex-U.S. attorney general were hired by a Turkish businessman charged with helping Iran evade U.S. sanctions, but don't expect to see them in court, a lawyer told a judge handling the case on Thursday. Attorney Benjamin Brafman, representing businessman Reza Zarrab, said neither Giuliani nor Michael Mukasey will be in court because they are serving in an ancillary role related to the prosecution. He said Giuliani, the city's Republican mayor from 1994 to 2001, and Mukasey aren't involved in trial preparation or plea discussions.
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