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WATCH: Trump Signs Order Effectively Banning Muslim Refugees, but Prioritizing Christian Immigrants, on Holocaust Remembrance Day

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‘They Were Chopping Off the Heads of Everybody but More So the Christians. And I Thought It Was Very, Very Unfair,’ Trump Says

President Donald Trump has just signed an executive order that effectively bans Muslim refugees from war-torn areas of the globe like Syria, yet prioritizes Christian immigrants into the United States. The name on the order, as the president said when he signed it after a swearing-in ceremony of his new Defense Secretary, James Mattis, is the “Protection of the Nation From Foreign Terrorists Entry Into the United States.”

Trump announced he is “establishing new vetting measures to keep radical Islamic terrorists out of the United States of America. We don’t want them here,” he told the audience at the Pentagon. “We only want to admit those into our country who will support our country, and love – deeply – our people.”

Trump’s executive order “would enact a temporary ban on refugees and suspend visas to immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries,” The Guardian reports. :This would fulfill his vow to limit Muslim immigration to the United States, which he made while campaigning for the White House.”

Today is International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Many on social media have been sharing posts with images of Jews who came to America but were refused entry, sent back to Germany, and slaughtered in Hitler’s death camps. The U.S. disgracefully turned away tens of thousands of Jewish immigrants, including children, from its shores.

During the presidential campaign and even this week, Trump lied about the process refugees undergo to enter the U.S., claiming refugees are not vetted, which is extremely false. Trump now is promising those entering the United States will undergo “extreme vetting.” Refugees already undergo extreme vetting, which can take several years before being complete.

Trump spoke with Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) Friday morning. David Brody reports “persecuted Christians will be given priority when it comes to applying for refugee status in the United States.”

RELATED: Trump’s Official Statement on International Holocaust Remembrance Day Doesn’t Mention Jews

“We are going to help them,” Trump told Brody. “They’ve been horribly treated. Do you know if you were a Christian in Syria it was impossible, at least very tough to get into the United States?” Trump said. “If you were a Muslim you could come in, but if you were a Christian, it was almost impossible,” Trump continued saying, which is false. “The reason that was so unfair, everybody was persecuted in all fairness, but they were chopping off the heads of everybody but more so the Christians. And I thought it was very, very unfair.”

UPDATE: 7:31 PM EST –

Complete text of the order is here.

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‘One Minute to Live, Sir’: Trump Shared Details of Soleimani Assassination With Top Dollar Donors at Mar-a-Lago Fundraiser

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President Donald Trump shared moment-by-moment details of his assassination of Iranian general Qasem Soleimani with top high-dollar donors at  Friday night’s fundraiser at Mar-a-Lago. The Commander-in-Chief also revealed he authorized the killing, not because of any supposed “imminent threat,” as he has previously asserted, but because intelligence reports, he said, found Solemiani was “talking about bad stuff.”

Killing Solemani as an act of retribution instead of as a preventative measure against imminent attack could be a war crime, legal experts have said.

The Washington Post reports Trump “spoke broadly about Soleimani as ‘the father of the road side bomb’ responsible for ‘every young, beautiful man or woman who see walking around with no legs, no arms.'”

Soleimani “was saying bad things about our country, like we’re going to attack, we’re going to kill your people. I said, ‘listen, how much of this shit do we have to listen to, right?’” Trump said, to applause.

The president also gave a blow-by-blow account of Soleimani’s killing.

“‘Sir, they have two minutes and 11 seconds.’ No emotion. ‘two minutes and 11 seconds to live, sir. They’re in the car, they’re in an armored vehicle. Sir, they have approximately one minute to live, sir. 30 seconds. 10, 9, 8 …’ Then all of a sudden, boom,” Trump told the group of donors, according to audio recordings the Post received.

The Post also revealed that at Friday’s fundraiser, “Trump is heard boasting about increasing the defense budget by $2.5 trillion. To those who criticized his spending and the growing national debt, Trump said, ‘Who the hell cares about the budget? We’re going to have a country.'”

 

 

 

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Lev Parnas Details ‘Intimate’ Cannabis Industry Dinner With Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump

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In an extensive interview with the Daily Beast, Lev Parnas — the associate of Rudy Giuliani who is at the center of more allegations of corruption against Donald Trump — revealed details of a meeting he had with Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner that the White House has tried to dismiss.

Speaking with the Beast’s Betsy Swan, Parnas stated that we was a participant at a private dinner at the Trump Hotel, with Swan writing, “In October 2018, he attended a dinner in a private suite at Trump Hotel hosted by the pro-Trump super PAC America First Action. The dinner, with around a dozen people, connected Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump with leaders in the cannabis industry. Parnas said he was invited because he “was a Trump loyalist,” and because the super PAC’s Director of Development Joey Ahearn knew he was pro-cannabis.”

According to Parnas, cannabis entrepreneurs were hoping to influence Kushner in the hope he could influence the White House’s stance on weed.

“They wanted Jared to be more involved, maybe help push the agenda with the president because they felt that that was something he needed to be more lenient on,” Parnas explained.

As for a picture taken with the couple that went viral, Parnas sais the White House was lying about the circumstances under which is was taken.

“The White House has claimed that a picture of Parnas with Kushner and Ivanka Trump was ‘taken at an event in a photo line.’” the report states. “Parnas, however, said it was taken at the intimate dinner with cannabis industry insiders. Two sources with knowledge of the dinner confirmed that it happened in October 2018 and that Parnas attended. The decor in the background of the picture–as Zack Everson, author of a newsletter on Trump properties noted–indicates the photo was taken in the pricey Trump Hotel suite where the dinner was hosted.”

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GOP DISINFORMATION MACHINE

Rod Rosenstein Admits He Authorized Release of Strzok-Page Texts That Spawned Preposterous GOP Conspiracy Theories

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In a court filing released on Friday, former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein admitted that he authorized the release of the text messages between FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page.

Strzok and Page, who were involved in the Russia investigation prior to dismissal by former special counsel Robert Mueller, and whose extramarital affair inflamed Fox News’ outrage for months, revealed a dislike of President Donald Trump in their text messages, which formed the basis of GOP conspiracy theories that the FBI had been secretly working to bring down the president with the Russia investigation.

Subsequent investigations have failed to find any evidence that Strzok, Page, or any other FBI officials tried to politically target Trump with the power of the agency. However, a recent inspector general report suggests some of their surveillance practices may have been improper and require reform.

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