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While campaigning, President-elect Trump was strongly opposed to Obama’s 2014 deal between the U.S. and Cuba. It looks like he will be keeping his promise to void that deal unless updated demands are met by the Cuban government.

Reince Priebus, Trump’s future Chief of Staff, told Fox News Sunday“President-elect Trump has been pretty clear,” … “We’ve got to have a better deal.”

“Trump, during his successful White House bid, argued against President Obama’s 2014 executive action that attempts to “normalize” relations between the United States and the communist country.

Obama used executive actions to ease sanctions against Cuba. The president ended the 180-day ban on ships docking at U.S. ports after sailing from Cuba, paved the way for doctors to work with Cuban researchers on medical investigations and allowed Americans to travel to Cuba in cultural exchange programs.

Obama visited Cuba in March, becoming the first president since Calvin Coolidge to visit the island nation. Coolidge took the trip in 1928.

Trump, during a campaign stop in September, said if elected president he would void Obama’s deal unless Cuba met his demands, which included “religious and political freedom for the Cuban people and the freeing of political prisoners.””

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Donald Trump In Des Moines, Iowa For His Vet Event

Breaking this afternoon, according to reports:

Donald Trump landed in Mexico Wednesday afternoon for an unprecedented meeting with that country’s president that takes place just hours before a critical address by the GOP presidential nominee on immigration.

Trump landed in Mexico City around 2:10 p.m. Eastern, according to local reports, and then headed by helicopter to Los Pinos, the residence and office of Mexico’s president. Trump and Peña Nieto are set to address the media after their private meeting at around 3:15 p.m. Eastern, the Mexican government said.”


Breaking today, according to reports:

“One of the guns used in the November 13, 2015 Paris terrorist attacks came from Phoenix, Arizona where the Obama administration allowed criminals to buy thousands of weapons illegally in a deadly and futile “gun-walking” operation known as “Fast and Furious.”

A Report of Investigation (ROI) filed by a case agent in the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives (ATF) tracked the gun used in the Paris attacks to a Phoenix gun owner who sold it illegally, “off book,” Judicial Watch’s law enforcement sources confirm. Federal agents tracing the firearm also found the Phoenix gun owner to be in possession of an unregistered fully automatic weapon, according to law enforcement officials with firsthand knowledge of the investigation.

The investigative follow up of the Paris weapon consisted of tracking a paper trail using a 4473 form, which documents a gun’s ownership history by, among other things, using serial numbers. The Phoenix gun owner that the weapon was traced back to was found to have at least two federal firearms violations—for selling one weapon illegally and possessing an unregistered automatic—but no enforcement or prosecutorial action was taken against the individual. Instead, ATF leaders went out of their way to keep the information under the radar and ensure that the gun owner’s identity was “kept quiet,” according to law enforcement sources involved with the case. “Agents were told, in the process of taking the fully auto, not to anger the seller to prevent him from going public,” a veteran law enforcement official told Judicial Watch.

It’s not clear if the agency, which is responsible for cracking down on the illegal use and trafficking of firearms, did this because the individual was involved in the Fast and Furious gun-running scheme.”

A key leader in the UK’s departure from the European Union says Trump would be a better President for Britain than Obama…

According to The Hill:

“A leading figure in Britain’s push to exit the European Union says Donald Trump would benefit his country more than President Obama.

“I think for the United Kingdom, Trump will be better for us than Barack Obama’s been, of that there’s no doubt,” Nigel Farage told CNN.

“Donald Trump dares to talk about things that other people want to brush under the carpet,” the United Kingdom Independence Party head added…

Farage added that he dislikes how beholden Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee, is to the political establishment.

“There’s nothing on earth that could persuade me to ever vote for Hillary Clinton. I mean, she represents the political elite. It’s almost as if she feels she has sort of a divine right to have that job.”

A leading British politician says President Obama shouldn’t have interfered with Great Britain’s vote to leave the EU…

According to The Hill:

“A leading figure in the British push to exit the European Union says President Obama accidentally helped the Brexit cause.

Nigel Farage on Friday said Obama’s calls for the United Kingdom to stay in the EU caused people to vote to leave.

“Threatening people too much insults their intelligence,” the United Kingdom Independence Party head said. “A lot of people in Britain said, ‘How dare the American president come here and tell us what to do?’ ” Farage continued on Sirius XM’s “Breitbart News Daily,” citing Obama’s U.K. trip in April.

“It backfired. We got an Obama-Brexit bounce, because people do not want foreign leaders telling them how to think and vote.”

It looks like yesterday’s historic #Brexit vote is a good sign for Donald Trump’s chances at winning the Presidency…

According to InfoWars:

“The surprise Brexit vote result in the United Kingdom represents a sensational victory for populist politics and makes a Donald Trump presidency more likely.

Brits stunned the world yesterday by choosing to ditch the European Union and reclaim their own sovereignty, a result that has rocked the global order.

It’s also an outcome that could help blaze a trail for Trump all the way to the Oval Office.

“If there’s one conclusion to draw from the Brexit result, it’s that nationalist sentiments may not necessarily be visible to political elites but the right person, with the right cause, can easily bring them out,” writes Brett LoGiurato.

According to Republican pollster Frank Luntz, the result represents a massive populist uprising.

“Populism is rising everywhere as people decide that government does not listen and does not care,” said Luntz.

“But this is even more significant, because Britain has never been the source of populist uprisings like this. If Britain can vote itself out of Europe, America can vote itself in for Trump.”

Nigel Farage also commented on the issue during an appearance on Good Morning Britain.

“There is something happening in American politics that is perhaps a bit of a mirror of what’s happening here, a feeling in much of America, that what happens in Washington is too detached and too remote and Trump is cashing in on some of it,” said Farage, adding, “He must have a chance of winning.”

As the BBC reports, a Brexit win signifies that anti-globalist sentiment is stronger than the political class had bargained for.”

Rep. Justin Amash (Photo by DarKen Photography)

Congressman Justin Amash says that CIA Director John Brennan’s assessment regarding 28 pages of a 9-11 report that have been kept secret from the American people for nearly 15 years is inaccurate.

Brennan claims nothing in the report implicates the Saudis and that the secret documents should be released.

Amash agrees they should be released, but fired back at Brennan’s assertion the Saudis were in the clear.

“CIA director must be referring to different 28 pages than the ones I read,” Amash said via Twitter…

According to The Hill:

“Information in the report, according to the New York Post, includes evidence of several phone calls between a handler for one of the hijackers in San Diego and the Saudi Embassy in Washington, as well as the transfer of $130,000 from the family checking account of then-Saudi Ambassador Prince Bandar to another San Diego handler. Strangely enough, as first reported by The Hill’s Alexander Bolton, in the days immediately following the Sept. 11 attacks, when all commercial flights were banned, 140 Saudi nationals were safely escorted out of the United States by the FBI.

Even though on two different occasions, in 2009 and 2011, President Obama promised relatives of the 9/11 victims he would make public the missing 28 pages, he has yet to do so. Now, with time running out before the end of his term, he’s under increased pressure.”

Stay tuned…

ISIS Militants (Via Wikipedia)

Breaking this weekend, according to reports:

“A pro-Isis group has released a hit list with the names of more than 8,000 people, mostly Americans…

The “United Cyber Caliphate” that hacked U.S. Central Command, 54,000 Twitter accounts and threatened President Barack Obama is the same pro-Isis group that’s reportedly created a “kill list” with the names, addresses and emails of thousands of civilian Americans.

Reports of the list came to light online when Vocativ reported the list was shared via the encrypted app, Telegram, and called on supporters to kill.

Former FBI agent turned lawyer Stuart Kaplan says the threat is especially alarming, because the people on this list are civilians who don’t have the security necessary to protect themselves.

“It’s going to create some hysteria,” he said.”

Gowdy Vs. CLinton October 22nd...

Trey Gowdy says the report from his committee regarding the Benghazi attack will be released soon…

According to The Hill:

“The House Select Committee on Benghazi will release its report on the 2012 attack that killed four Americans in Libya within the next month and ahead of the twin nominating conventions this summer, Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) promised on Friday.

“It’ll be in the next month,” Gowdy said during an interview with MSNBC’s “Meet the Press Daily.”

“It will be before the conventions,” he added.

The deadline, which he and other Benghazi committee Republicans have previously suggested was the goal, will likely bring to a close years of official scrutiny about the Sept. 11, 2012, violence.”


President Obama’s secret meeting with the richest man in China is causing controversy after Obama kept the meeting off his public schedule…

According to The Hill:

“President Obama on Tuesday met with the newly minted richest man in Asia, Jack Ma, founder of the Chinese e-commerce conglomerate Alibaba.

Ma, whose net worth jumped this year to $33.3 billion, ate lunch with Obama, according to a White House official.

The meeting was private and did not appear on the president’s public schedule.

Ma was spotted leaving the White House complex Tuesday afternoon. He told a Washington Post reporter that the meeting was “very good.”