Friday, February 17, 2017

Trump lashes out at ‘failing’, ‘disgraceful’ journalists at first solo presser

News With Ed --February 16, 2017

Trump lashes out at ‘failing’, ‘disgraceful’ journalists at first solo presser 
President Donald Trump held his first solo press conference on Thursday. He spoke at length about the myth of his Russian connection as well as the omnipresent problem of fake news. RT correspondent Alexey Yaroshevsky reports.
Debate: Is hyper-criticism of Trump hampering his presidency? 
In his first solo press conference at the White House, US President Donald Trump announced his new nominee to head the Department of Labor and berated reporters for “fake news” about his administration. This comes amid a torrent of mainstream criticism against the president. New York Assemblyman Ronald Castorina (R) and Democratic strategist Erica Pierce join 'News With Ed' to weigh-in.

New US stance on two-state Mideast solution - refreshing or regressive?

New US stance on two-state Mideast solution - refreshing or regressive?
While Donald Trump’s reluctance to move the US embassy to Jerusalem is not surprising, his approach to untangling the Israeli-Palestinian conflict might be refreshing even without a concrete action plan, politicians and experts told RT.
US President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday had their first face-to-face meeting since Trump came into office. The American leader discarded the previous commitment of the US to a two-state Israel-Palestine solution.
However, Trump called Netanyahu to restrain from settlement expansion in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. Speaking at a joint news conference, he said the US “will encourage a peace and really a great peace deal” between the two Middle Eastern states.
The US President said he is “looking at two-states and one-state,” and likes “the one both parties like," adding that he "can live with either one."
Trump’s statement that the US would no longer insist on an independent Palestinian state as part of a peace accord between Israel and the Palestinians contradicts both with Israeli PM’s Netanyahu views and decades-old American approach to the problem, Mustafa Barghouti, leader of the Palestinian National Initiative and a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council, told RT.
I know that Mr. Netanyahu has a different plan; the Israeli prime minister wants to establish a system of discrimination and racist apartheid against Palestinians as a substitute for the two-state solution,” Barghouti said.
The Palestinian National Initiative, he said, has always demanded a one-state solution with equal “democratic rights for Jewish, Christian and Muslim Palestinians.” If that’s not the case, the new US approach to the problem might even regress the reconciliation process, Barghouti said.
We cannot accept a system of apartheid or a system of racial discrimination. So if Israel does not want a two-state solution, the only option would be one state with equal rights,” he said, adding that “it would be a state for everybody.”
Unfortunately… there was a statement from White House officials that they don’t think that the two-state solution is a must for achieving peace. And that is definitely a regression,” he added.
Mitchell Barak, the former media adviser to President Shimon Peres & former speechwriter for Prime Minister Sharon, argues that Washington’s rhetoric is “very refreshing.
“It’s very refreshing for people in the region to hear that the US government hasn’t made up its mind what the best solution is and that it’s really up to the parties – the Israelis and Palestinians – and by extension other countries in the region to really work it out and figure out what works best for them,” he told RT.
The whole notion of the two-state solution was a lot of semantics because two states mean different things to each party. For Israelis it means a Palestinian state which is demilitarized, which may not have territorial continuity, where Jerusalem is not the capital of the Palestinian state,” Barak said. “And for the Palestinians, they think this state would mean that Jerusalem is the capital, that there’s territorial continuity, they talk about the right of return of refugees and so forth. Even the concept of what that state is is very different.
The statements, views and opinions expressed in this column are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of RT.

Donald Trump tells truth about Russia to fake news audience (VIDEO)

Donald Trump tells truth about Russia to fake news audience (VIDEO)

Donald Trump just told the whole truth and nothing but the truth about how mainstream media hinder his attempts to deal positively with Russia.

The President of the United States has told the truth about the old elite trying to tie his hands in respect of rapprochement with Russia. In an extraordinary press conference where he lashed out at the mainstream media more vociferously than ever, Trump said that having good relations with Russia would be good for America and good for the world. However, he said that for him

This was one of the frankest statements a US President has made about how fake news merchants actually hinder good policy making.
Trump told his audience of ‘journalists’:
“Tomorrow you’ll say: ‘Donald Trump wants to get along with Russia. This is terrible!’ It’s not terrible. It’s good…. I know politically (getting along with Russia) is not very good for me… The greatest thing I could do is shoot that ship that’s 30 miles off shore right out of the water. Everyone in this country is going to say ‘Oh, that’s so great!’ That’s not great… I would love to get along with Russia.”
Trump then went on to characterize what political leaders in Russia must be thinking while watching the chaos unfold in Washington:
“Putin probably assumes that he can’t make a deal with me anymore because politically it’s unpopular for a politician to make a deal”.
He went on to say:
“If Russia and the United States actually got together and got along — and don’t forget, we’re a very powerful nuclear country and so are they… If we have a good relationship with Russia, believe me, that’s a good thing, not a bad thing”.
Typically, a leader of any world power will try to whitewash internal troubles in front of the media and play down any difficulties in executing foreign policy deals. Not Trump, he did the unthinkable, he told the TRUTH!
This is an inconvenient truth indeed, for the Washington establishment. The fact of the matter is that Russia is a superpower, Russia does not threaten America at all, Russia could, however, be an important partner for America if the US got serious about fighting terrorism, settling the war in Donbass and building future trade relations with Russia and her burgeoning Eurasian Economic Union.
Trump will not go down without a fight after all. He stated the facts as plainly as anyone and has done so more plainly than almost anyone in media, including alternative media.