Remember That August U.S. Delay of $300 Million in Aid To Egypt?…

The Backstory Here Is Important – Those who travel the deep weeds of politics might remember back in August when the Trump administration delayed $300 million in economic aid to Egypt.  The U.S. media made quite a fuss about it and claimed U.S. Egyptian relations would be stressed.  Reminder:

CAIRO— Egypt reacted angrily Wednesday to the Trump administration’s decision to cut or delay nearly $300 million in military and economic aid over human rights concerns, a surprise move given the increasingly close ties that have bound the two allies since President Donald Trump took office in January.

Hours after the U.S. announcement, Trump’s Middle East envoy, son-in-law Jared Kushner, arrived in Egypt as part of a Middle East tour to try to revive Arab-Israeli peace talks. He met with President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi and later conferred with Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry before leaving for Israel.

In a statement, the Egyptian Foreign Ministry said Cairo regretted the U.S. decision, calling it a “misjudgment of the nature of the strategic relations that have bound the two countries for decades.” The move, it said, “reflects a lack of careful understanding of the importance of supporting the stability and success of Egypt, as well as the size and nature of the security and economic challenges faced by the Egyptian people.”

It warned that the cuts may have “negative consequences for the realization of common U.S.-Egyptian interests.” It did not elaborate. (more)

Well, that was August.  Now check out something that just surfaced, and pay attention to the timeline within today’s story.

(Western Journalism) In August, a cargo ship flying Cambodian colors sailed from North Korea with unknown cargo until it was intercepted in Egyptian waters and its contents sparked an international investigation.

Upon entering Egyptian waters, the “Jie Shun” was seized by customs agents who discovered a cache of nearly 24,000 rocket launchers and components for 6,000 more weapons hidden beneath bins of iron ore.

A United Nations report later called the interception the “largest seizure of ammunition in the history of sanctions against the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.”

According to a report in The Washington Post, Egyptian customs agents were informed about the suspicious bulk freighter by the United States.

An investigation by the U.N. revealed that the Egyptians were actually the buyers of the weapons, an arrangement in which Egyptian business executives ordered millions of dollars of North Korean rockets for Egypt’s military while keeping the transaction secret.

[…]  “These cover materials not only act to obfuscate shipments, but really highlights the way that licit North Korean businesses are being used to facilitate North Korean illicit activity,” Thompson said.

U.S. officials confirmed that the discovery of the weapons shipment was among the factors leading to the Trump administration’s decision in July to freeze or delay $290 million in military aid to Egypt.  (link)

Also, again, NOTICE THE TIMELINE.  Remember that very first “unanimous” U.N. Security Council resolution that established the foundation for all of the Trump economic leverage that followed?  Well?…. SEE HERE

“Complicated business folks,… Complicated business”!!

Knowing Predator Trump has spent a life dealing with business creeps who engage in the dark arts, and professional obfuscation of Machiavellian angles, makes it even funnier to read articles about people who think Predator Trump has been tricked… or something.

They can get this:

….Or they can get THIS:

The decision is always theirs.

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200 Responses to Remember That August U.S. Delay of $300 Million in Aid To Egypt?…

  1. starfcker says:

    International diplomacy has not seen an American like Trump in my lifetime. A lion indeed.

    Liked by 53 people

    • Minnie says:

      Precisely!!

      #MAGA
      #COVFEFE
      #WINNING

      Liked by 14 people

    • gymcy81 says:

      …while bo might publicly shake a finger at NK,
      …is it possible that the hc and bo etc. etc. had their other 3 finger$ on something el$e?
      (referencing the movie: Clinton Cash)

      imho
      I do not know

      Liked by 3 people

      • gymcy81 says:

        Oh come on!!!
        That kind of notion is preposterous!!

        Exactly.

        imho
        I do not know

        Love thy neighbors
        Mark 12:31

        p.s. bc, what really did happen to flight 800, prior to a re-election?

        (maybe along the life journey, some folks will learn to practice honestly – instead of just shifting around (mis)perceptions?

        Liked by 2 people

    • SpanglishKC says:

      I very clearly remember this incident where they froze the aid. I couldn’t believe it! I couldn’t figure it out! I remember thinking I’m just going to have to trust that you know what they’re doing and have their reasons!

      I’m learning to trust Trump administration‘s judgment more and more and wait for the facts to come in since I can’t see as far ahead as they can

      Liked by 7 people

  2. Sharon says:

    Well, well, well.

    Who’d a thunk.

    Liked by 10 people

  3. Anita says:

    Sundance Cracks. Me. Up. sometimes. Thank God for him tho.

    Liked by 19 people

  4. Oldschool says:

    Thank you Sundance for this explanation. I knew something was amiss when we witheld that payment as our relationship with Egypt seemed to be a productive one. Makes sense now.

    Liked by 11 people

  5. chojun says:

    “An investigation by the U.N. revealed that the Egyptians were actually the buyers of the weapons, an arrangement in which Egyptian business executives ordered millions of dollars of North Korean rockets for Egypt’s military while keeping the transaction secret.”

    This is interesting. Since the Egyptians reacted with anger, yet they have a good relationship with the Trump administration, I wonder if the transaction was being done entirely outside of the knowledge of both the Egyptian Administration and Top Egyptian Military leaders’ knowledge.

    Very more than likely I’ll bet that the weapons were going to be funneled through Egyptian business connections to rogue military elements, where they’d be further funneled deeper into Africa to re/supply ISIS/Al-Qaeda elements.

    It doesn’t make sense on its face for the Egyptian military to be ordering such equipment when they already have arms contracts with the US and are already receiving aid for their military.

    I still have no reason to believe that el-Sisi is nothing other than a friend to the Trump Administration.

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    • Guffman says:

      Your supposition make a lot of sense to me. Very good possibility that these rocket launchers (delivered from Rocket Man) we’re passing through Egypt to a third party.

      BTW… that is a sh**load of rocket launchers, and someone is out a sh**load of money after that confiscation.

      Liked by 12 people

      • singingsoul says:

        Guffman says:
        Your supposition make a lot of sense to me. Very good possibility that these rocket launchers (delivered from Rocket Man) we’re passing through Egypt to a third party.
        we’re passing through Egypt to a third party.”
        _______________________________________
        Now we know why PDJT called North Korean leader “Rocket Man”…:)
        What is amazing why people think in media and GOP and democrats that POTUS has lost his marbles or is not very bright..?

        Liked by 14 people

      • jmclever says:

        which means that the shafted buyers are going to be putting heat on the ones that fouled up their deal…Egypt now mad at NK inept leader Lil Kim

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        • nimrodman says:

          So are the buyers out their rockets or is Lil Kim out his payment on the deal?
          Or a bit o’ both?

          I wonder.

          Liked by 1 person

          • G. Combs says:

            Bit of both. No honor among thieves. So a down payment made (Cost of round trip plus?) and no completed delivery until rest of $$$ pass hands when ship docks.

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            • G. Combs says:

              HMMMmm sort of sheds a different light on those US navy vessels that got rammed near No. Korea…

              Liked by 3 people

              • Grandma Covfefe says:

                Same here. We never felt it was an accident. Two times? It was deliberate, but what and why, we may never know.

                Another one is still nagging us-Elaine Chao McConnell’s family shipping line-the Foremost Maritime Corporation (FMC). But that’s an off topic for now.

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    • chojun says:

      On the flip-side I ask, why would the Trump Administration punish the Egyptian regime for actions beyond their control? The only answer I can think of is that the withholding of the aid was an incentive for the regime to be more diligent in policing arms trafficking and to be more vigilant in tracking international shipments that are of interest to anti-terror operations.

      The fact that all this deals ultimately with North Korea tells me that Trump has Kim Jong-un’s neck in a very small set of vice grips and is squeezing *very* hard.

      Liked by 8 people

      • auscitizenmom says:

        His “neck”? 🙄

        Liked by 5 people

        • chojun says:

          To be clear, Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un has only one fat, stubby neck and possesses no other body part – anywhere on his body – that would resemble a “neck”. Any other evidence to the contrary are just unsubstantiated rumors. 😉

          Liked by 3 people

      • This provides cover for el Sisi to drain Egypt’s Swamp (no choice) and incentive for him to collaborate and taking down the DPRK.

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        • And, of course, the question must be asked: does N. Korea possess the capabilities of manufacturing this number of weapons ALL BY THEMSELVES??? To quote Sundance, my spidey sense is producing a completely frozen curious cat face. Yea, I’m talking to you, Xi Jinping.

          Liked by 8 people

          • Maquis says:

            They do. They have extensive mineral resources and have been supplying tyrants and crooks with weapons for decades. These are munitions, simple enough for even lesser entities to build

            Liked by 3 people

        • Maquis says:

          Exactly. Public outrage, private reciept of corruption fighting tool.

          Our leaders are great together.

          Liked by 2 people

      • bob says:

        One would suppose that every truck, every manufacturing site and every ship in NK is monitored by satellite pretty tightly. Would seem this ship was monitored all the way across the ocean with hopes they would nab the eventually recipient. Once in Egypt they would have lost track pretty quickly.

        Liked by 1 person

        • Maquis says:

          We could have intercepted it one way or another prior, but our Lion watched through the grass until the prey revealed their destination.

          This was a very useful outcome. I am well pleased with this Administration.

          Liked by 3 people

      • G. Combs says:

        It sends a LOUD message that President Trump is watching and will STOMP on anyone who tries to plays games. I would not be surprised to find out that El Sisi was fine with the optics and was playing along.

        Liked by 1 person

      • Grandma Covfefe says:

        Surely you mean China’s neck.

        Remember what Sundance said—The North Korea is a ‘province’ of China and a salesman of arms goods for China. It is China’s neck that was/is being squeeze. And of course the President is still publicly stroking Panda’s fur to help China ‘save face’ while giving the “Jethro Gibbs’ smack” on the back of China’s head.

        This is all fun to watch–the “Chest Beating of Tarzan” power plays being made all around the world against us because they are used to getting away with questionable operations. Then comes President Trump the Lion, catching all of them in the act and calling them out on it covertly.

        Thank You, Sundance, for enlightening us on this. We were wondering about this one.
        God Bless you, Sundance!

        Winning.
        MAGA
        Covfefe Rules.

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      • Benson II says:

        Evidently it wasn’t beyond the regimes control when it was brought to their attention that is if they weren’t part of it. You punish even your friends if it brings them back under compliance with squeezing N. Korea. This is the kind of warning that keeps them from making the same mistake again or keeping those doing it under control. Either way it’s a good thing.

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    • rsanchez1990 says:

      Maybe the Egyptian foreign ministry is as corrupt as the US Department of State, both examples of a “deep state”.

      Liked by 8 people

    • Sayit2016 says:

      Or what about this…. Egypt needs the weapons ( maybe- maybe not ) .. ok Check. NOKO is under sanctions- Check.. Shipping weapons for payment while under sanctions is a no no. Check. The weapons are confiscated from NOKO Check. Since NOKO’s Leader being a bad little Rocketman…. his shipment is shipment is confiscated, and he is not paid the money he was expecting. PT was in cahoots with Egypt. Egypt gets the weapons for free ; ) US just saved 300 M . It could happen ; )

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    • Maquis says:

      The buyers were defense contractors, suppliers. The cheaper they buy, the more they make when they sell high. Think black market cigarettes.

      Liked by 1 person

    • Maquis says:

      Rogue possible, but I don’t feel it’s likely. Egypt is building up it’s forces and there is money to be made, especially when the supplies can be forgeries bought at black market prices sold at US quality prices.

      But you all are correct, the MB is a huge threat and this action actually allows al-Sisi to focrefully root them out. After all, if US aid is cut off, wink wink, they will all suffer, so it’s in the people’s interest not to go all Arab Spring on the first good leader they’ve had since Soldat.

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  6. DeplorablePatriotInCa says:

    Hey Sundance, OT but I just heard Shepherd Smith on Fox news call Conservative Treehouse fake news, saying that the Puerto Rican truck driver strike story is not true. What do you say?

    Like

  7. Minnie says:

    Yes!

    We do not know what we do not know.

    Hence, my undying trust in OUR President 🦁

    God bless you, Mr. President!!

    🇺🇸🦁🇺🇸🦁🇺🇸🦁🇺🇸🦁🇺🇸❤️

    Liked by 10 people

  8. Patriot1783 says:

    SD choice of lion images always stellar, the magnificent animal only deserve noble pictures on this site.

    Liked by 5 people

  9. Sandra-VA says:

    I posted that story a few days ago in NK thread….

    People should stop second guessing this President. He KNOWS what is going on 😉

    Liked by 12 people

  10. rsanchez1990 says:

    The “Javanka” crowd can rest easy. Turns out Jared has just been a team player who follows orders faithfully all along.

    Liked by 7 people

  11. ooohhhh…very interesting.

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  12. fleporeblog says:

    WOW! I am totally disgusted reading this thread. Not because of the information from it but because someone that I admired was involved in it. I cannot put into words how angry I am at President el-Sissi. For me this is as much of a shock as AG Sessions has been so far. Never in a million years would have I expected Egypt of all countries to be dealing in buying arms from NK. Our President must have been sickened to find this information out.

    Liked by 8 people

    • auscitizenmom says:

      Don’t throw him to the dogs too quick. There may be more to the story. I believe he has a lot of opposition in his country, just like Pres. Trump has here.

      “An investigation by the U.N. revealed that the Egyptians were actually the buyers of the weapons, an arrangement in which Egyptian business executives ordered millions of dollars of North Korean rockets for Egypt’s military while keeping the transaction secret.” This says it is Egyptian business executives who ordered the rockets.

      Liked by 4 people

    • sundance says:

      It wasn’t the official government. Go re-read the articles.

      Liked by 16 people

    • Minnie says:

      Felice, I want to believe it was an end-run around President el-Sissi. Hopefully, he is now FULLY awake.

      “An investigation by the U.N. revealed that the Egyptians were actually the buyers of the weapons, an arrangement in which Egyptian business executives ordered millions of dollars of North Korean rockets for Egypt’s military while keeping the transaction secret.”

      Liked by 2 people

    • Shadrach says:

      Don’t be sickened. It’s been par for the course before now….and Egypt is far from the only violator. el-Sisi might not have realized that Trump actually means what he says, and that there will be consequences. He surely does now. I’m curious what happens next.

      I swear, you’d think by now that talking about the Trump Presidency would get boring. Not even a second of boringness. It’s interesting every day.

      Liked by 2 people

    • indiamaria2020 says:

      “…Egyptian customs agents were informed about the suspicious bulk freighter by the United States. An investigation by the U.N. revealed that the Egyptians were actually the buyers of the weapons, an arrangement in which Egyptian business executives ordered millions of dollars of North Korean rockets for Egypt’s military while keeping the transaction secret.”

      Can we actually conclude that from the information given FLEP? Recall that Al-Sisi overthrew the previous MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD Government of Morsi. Are there not players in the U.S. that still operate contrary to Trump’s wishes? The above statement implies that the transaction as “secret.” If El-Sisi was responsible, why would he have made the bust?

      And your “shock” shot at Sessions (who has nothing to do with this post) is surprising. Maybe Sessions himself made “the collar.” How has sessions helped Egyptian businessmen with purchasing NorKo Rockets ???

      Liked by 2 people

    • Flep: Did I miss out on evidence that el Sisi was complicit?

      Gotta believe there are LAYERS to unravel … and a show to enjoy.

      Liked by 1 person

    • fleporeblog says:

      I am totally embarrassed of growing the Great president of Egypt under the bus! After reading the responses to my post, I realized that has absolutely nothing to do with President el-Sissi.

      I can’t tell you how HAPPY I am for being wrong! The man still is able to roam the lands with our LION!

      Liked by 4 people

    • Dixie says:

      Is there a possibility that President el-Sissi and President Trump are working together on this to round up the Egyptians working against el-Sissi and passing weapons through Egypt? If that is way off base, I can take criticism……

      Liked by 5 people

  13. LBB says:

    I was originally thinking this was a repeat story, but sounds like this is second time for Jie Shun. Same cargo type, same month, August , but 2016 ( under NK?) , now 2017 (under Cambodia?)

    Mar 2017 article.
    http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/01/asia/north-korea-arms-smuggling/index.html

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  14. MVW says:

    NK arms shipment dots connected to an old but puzzling story. Thanks.

    Trump is the man.

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  15. maiingankwe says:

    So off topic:
    In less than five minutes I have lost this page six times. Six times! I’ve added Ad Blocker and to no avail I keep getting kicked out. Plus, I have my own two cents to add to this thread.

    I’ve cleaned my cache I don’t know how many times along rebooting. There is something wrong going on here, especially when this is the only site this happening too. I love my CTH and I want to keep coming here, but I’m getting so frustrated. Is there anything that can be done on CTH’s side? Anything? Anything I can do differently? It could certainly be my side as well even though I’ve been hearing others are having problems too.

    Please excuse any grammatical errors since I am on limited time in writing this before it gets erased again.

    Out of all of the places I visit, this is by far my favorite place for so many reasons. If anyone can help, I am here to listen. I am using my IPhone 6 for all of my CTH news.
    Please help,
    Ma’iingankwe

    Liked by 2 people

    • Deplorable bcootz says:

      Ma’iingkwe I wish I could help you but I’m having the same problems and am very frustrated myself and I don’t know what to do either😡

      Liked by 1 person

    • Coldeadhands says:

      Hi M, this won’t help your page reloading issues. (I have been experiencing to a lesser degree than you) If you type your post in “notes” in iPhone or Android then copy / paste to Reply, this may allow a speedier entry before the page reloads. Good luck 😉

      Liked by 2 people

    • Lindy says:

      This website jumps around for me on laptop, but not on my phone. And I was disgusted to see a planned parenthood banner ad—i know, not your fault.

      Liked by 2 people

    • I would love to help but I have ZERO experience with any iPhones.

      Liked by 1 person

    • Minnie says:

      I added Adblockplus to my 6 on Sunday and it solved the problems you are experiencing.

      It’s free in the App Store.

      Hope this helps 👍

      Liked by 1 person

    • Dixie says:

      Find free malware removal on the internet, download it and clean up your computer.

      I use SpyBot and CCleaner. They both have free versions and work for me.

      Liked by 2 people

    • Phil aka Felipe says:

      I’m using desktop and many of my posts don’t show up and each one gets “your comment is awaiting moderation” or something like that.

      I thought CTH doesn’t like my input.

      Liked by 1 person

    • G. Combs says:

      It took four times to post just one comment and I had to ‘kill’ all the live links.

      Remember Shep called CTH ‘Fake News’ ao do not be surprised if wordUnimpressed starts playing games. I saw that happen at the end of 2014 to another very good site.

      Liked by 1 person

    • wolfmoon1776 says:

      I suggest downloading the Brave browser. The founder and CEO of the company is a guy who lost his prior CEO position due to the Gaystapo. It removes all ads, meaning it will remove ones from liberal-backed companies which include “malvertising”.

      https://brave.com

      Liked by 1 person

      • Grandma Covfefe says:

        Thank you, Wolfmoon. We will look into that.

        Liked by 1 person

      • Phil aka Felipe says:

        Thanks for the tip, wolfmoon1776.

        Have you been using it for a while?

        Liked by 1 person

        • wolfmoon1776 says:

          Yes – it’s excellent. It’s not perfect, but as a technical solution, it’s really great. One does not have to install a bunch of extensions or plugins – it just works out of the box to suppress ads. The company is not in a conflict of interest against us like Google, which provides Chrome. It runs on many platforms, too. Once I got used to it, I never looked back, although I keep other browsers on hand for times when Brave can’t handle something – which is RARE.

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    • Grandma Covfefe says:

      I never had this problem until the last few weeks. There is something going on, but the enemy will lose at the end. I just keep on going, refreshing til it does post. It’s about all I can do for now. So if my post doesn’t seem to fit in the flow of the thread or if I seem to repeat what someone said just upthread, it’s because mine didn’t post earlier.

      It just happened to me upthread a few minutes ago. There was no one downthread postings respnding to a comment, so I responded and when mine finally did post there were about 10-20 postings above me responding to the original comment!

      I’m calling it the “Treehouse Ogre”–it’s chomping up our words.

      Liked by 3 people

      • thluckyone says:

        Dear Grandma Covfefe and Beloved Treepers –

        On my ancient machine, I’m browsing CTH with Mozilla Firefox with adblocker(s) engaged. Mozilla has a number of “add-ons” that I use and – so far – no issues with CTH. I realize that not everyone likes Firefox but it works for me – BIGLY! Where else besides CTH do I need to go (maybe ‘People’s Cube’, gatesofvienna, jihadwatch, the
        GellerReport) and a few others?

        Currently, I run a 32 bit O/S on a 64-bit machine (long story). My version of Firefox is 52.4. Supposedly, I’m on the “esr” update channel. I’ll be evaluating the “Brave” browser, a.s.a.p. Currently, I’m using AVG anti-virus but – of the several others I occasionally use –
        none have caused any problems with Word-Press web-sites. AND, see also the post from ‘graffety’ about the Firefox Focus browser!

        To begin any session on CTH, I bring up the login dialog box by clicking ‘Like’ on any thread AND immediately after successfully logging in to CTH , I refresh the page before posting anything. After logging off, CCleaner cleans up the crud REAL good for me and I regularly clean and sanitize.

        But mostly I want to say that I just love all of you. I don’t always comment because I just don’t have anything to add that would make a difference for any of you. MUCH brighter minds are WAY ahead of me here. But I truly am sorry that anyone has any difficulty participating on this astonishing web-site.

        To me, Sundance, the lovable TREEPERS, the insightful, delightful, entertaining, uplifting, educational and indispensable TCTH is head an shoulders above anything else on the web for understanding our beloved President and what he’s doing for us. Sundance & his crew are like our mighty LION of a President in many ways but mostly because CTH is also Heaven sent.

        Like we all pray for our President, please just let me remind us all to pray for our beloved Sundance & crew and ALL Treepers. Please REMEMBER what this incredible Treehouse is worth to you and to me. The stakes have been raised by MSM exposure. But WE are privileged to have an open channel to the ONE who is over all and Who is the ONLY ONE to whom our President – and our nation – bows.

        Tell “Daddy” (ABBA) you Love Him and ask Him to take care of our Precious Lion and our beloved Sundance & team. Not in recent history has so much been owed by so many to so few. Again, LOVE YOU GUYS!

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    • graffety says:

      Use the Firefox Focus private browser. No such problems since I switched.

      Liked by 1 person

    • What browser are you using? If it is Chrome, switch to FireFox.

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  16. free73735 says:

    Am simply asking questions to have a better understanding of this situation….so don’t eat me alive. Still a bit confused. Maybe I need to go back and reread some history. Trump stopped the payment in July, but shipment wasn’t discovered until now(?) Once notified by US, Egypt customs took action & stopped it. (?) Why an assumption el Sisi was involved? Thinking of our own State Dept under Clinton, look at the mess of arms running we are still dealing with. Granted, O’ was colluding with Clinton in our situation, but does that mean el Sisi also did the same or do we know.(?)Maybe his (el Isis’s) response to PT action was a dead give away?

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  17. The arrogance on the part the Egyptians is astounding.

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  18. jojo says:

    PDJT always seems to have a back story. I have faith in him that he knows EXACTLY what he’s doing at all times.

    Liked by 2 people

  19. MfM says:

    The other advantage of sending Jared is that he actually talks to the right person. I phone call or email can go were it shouldn’t or be listened to.

    Liked by 1 person

  20. webgirlpdx says:

    “Complicated business folks,… Complicated business”!! Along with my favorite picture.

    It always makes me smile…..

    Liked by 4 people

  21. TheLastDemocrat says:

    Someone asked, “who knew about this?”
    My guess. NK. Egypt. And USA. Oh- and Cambodia.
    A bunch of people were cut in on the deal.
    These are the deals I keep saying are making congressmen wealthy, and, along with blackmail material, is what turns all congressmen to the uniparty .

    Now, congressmen see the writing on the wall. They will all grab what they can before the jig is up.

    Like insurance rates rising once obamacare looked like it would pass. Mad grab at the pinata .

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  22. jmclever says:

    I wonder if those Egyptian businesses are owned by another country or its nationals, say Chinese or NK? BC if Egyptian people running Egyptian businesses are buying arms for pass through to rogue militant groups, the face of global terrorism just got a whole lot uglier and fatter!

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  23. MfM says:

    Read what Sundance has said, not what you think he has said.

    This wasn’t al-Sisi, it was other Egyptians. I see two options for the weapons. They could be sold further down the line or they could be used against al-Sisi.

    I don’t see this as al-Sisi buying them, because if he felt the need for them he could have bought them from the US.

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  24. sharpshorts says:

    Curious cat wants to know — Were those seized hidden weapons produced by N. Korea or were they provided by China or Russia (or whomever)…and were they provided before or after our friendly, lying enemies voted for sanctions against the little fat man?

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  25. Southern Son says:

    The Boss…has Got this!
    Hey T-Rex!
    We understand its been a while, since you Took Orders, and Followed them.
    Now is the time for You, to Understand who the Boss really is.
    You were Given a commision.
    So just follow through on it, with zero deviations please.

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  26. bob says:

    I can’t imagine why any shipments are allowed in or out of NK? Shouldn’t we embargo and inspect everything?

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    • Grandma Covfefe says:

      Do you supposed that is what our navy ships were doing when two of them got hit? I wondered…

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      • Maquis says:

        No. We do havecvarrier groups, two at last count I saw there. Peeps thought it was for war… No, it’s for an economic embargo, backed up with a US naval blockade.

        PDJT knew he’d get his sanctions through the UN, and when he did his enforcement mechanisms were already in place. It’s a great big beautiful thing.

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  27. MIKE says:

    Sometimes I think a world leader like Al-Sissi knows about these undertable transactions, and sometimes I think a world leader like Al-Sissi is purposely left out of the loop for insulating reasons.
    Don’t know enough to postulate either way in the ‘rocket man fast and furious caper’ written about here. Will try to learn, though. Love the treehouse!

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  28. trapper says:

    Hahahahaha. Moving the cheese, and watching the mouse change direction. But every once in a while you have to press the little button that sends a couple hundred volts through its little feet just to regain its attention. I love these little dot connection pieces Sundance puts up.

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  29. fred5678 says:

    We should have given Puerto Rico its independence in 1948 when Philippines went independent.

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  30. jeans2nd says:

    Remember those sanctions Pres Trump recently levied against North Korea?
    “Trump orders new sanctions against North Korea, Kim calls him ‘deranged'”
    https://in.news.yahoo.com/trump-n-korea-sanctions-announcement-not-oil-official-135251600.html

    This has been going on for a long, long, time. However did the Incorrigible Deplorable Pres Trump know??? https://i.imgur.com/RiNOSGF.gif

    From Asia Pacific Media Services Limited, Hong Kong
    Originally published in Far Eastern Economic Review, February 13, 2003
    “in the early 1980s the Egyptians provided North Korea with Soviet-made Scud B missiles–liquid-fueled, surface-to-surface missiles that can deliver a 1,000-kilogram payload up to 300 kilometres away…which can carry nuclear warheads.”

    “The North Koreans reverse-engineered the short-range Scuds and soon began to manufacture them as the Hwasong 5 and the updated Hwasong 6…”

    “Slovakian police raided a luxury apartment in (Slovakian capital) Bratislava…documents left behind by the North Korean couple (Kim Kum Jin and Sun Hui Ri) who lived there indicated that they were missile-trade agents for their country… they were North Korean agents arranging the sale of millions of dollars worth of missile components to a surprising customer–Egypt, one of the United States’ closest allies in the Middle East…(Kim Kum Jin) previously worked as economic counsellor at the North Korean embassy in Cairo””

    Ex., one company –
    “New World Trading Slovakia is set up in March 2001 (Kim Kum Jin and Sun Hui Ri, business owners)
    Slovak police find documents indicating missiles and related parts were its real business
    New World traded with Egypt. Other Korean clients were Pakistan, Iran, Libya, Yemen and Syria
    New World sourced its goods from China, Russia, Belarus and other countries”
    including Ukraine. Will wonders never cease? Crooked Clinton wanted a piece of the action, of course.
    much, much more – http://www.asiapacificms.com/articles/north_korea_missiles/

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  31. G. Combs says:

    “CAIRO— Egypt reacted angrily Wednesday to the Trump administration’s decision to cut or delay nearly $300 million in military and economic aid over human rights concerns, a surprise move given the increasingly close ties that have bound the two allies since President Donald Trump took office in January.”

    Think about that.

    I would not be surprised to find El Sisi and President Trump set up a bit of theater between themselves to drive a message home and catch a few MB businessmen in still in Egypt trading in arms.

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  32. Al-Sissi has shown great admiration and support for our President Trump. One can see this in his expression when conferring together. Deep State Egypt was to blame in my opinion. Trump and Al-Sissi are still enjoying their “jacuzzi”. Great to have a Mid-East giant like Egypt on our side.

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  33. And on those days when I think nothing is changing, I always come back here and its always more winning. So much winning, I never want to say that we are winning too much!

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  34. skifflegirl says:

    If President Trump refused/delayed a $300 million payment to Egypt, he was trying to get their attention and encouraging them to ‘clean house?’ If business executives were the ones who ordered the shipment for the Egyptian military, then who other than General el Sissi would have authorized it?

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    • Maquis says:

      As it was defense contractors, suppliers, they didn’t really need authorization as they were smuggling them in anyway. The Egyptian government had not ordered these banned black-market missiles directly we know. The government buys munitions regularly and may have contracted for a delivery but not necessarily paid for them.

      We don’t know if these smuggled items were intended to fill an order, or intended to be offered for sale to the military. I suspect the latter. The contractor was hoping to make big money buying low and selling high, but it just didn’t work out for them. Tant pis!

      There has been speculation that maybe these were intended for sale to terrorists. Possible, but I kinda doubt it. There is still a sea of weapons floating around the Mahgreb due to the Hillary/Obama/France murder of Gahdaffi allowing his massive arsenal to be fall into Islamist hands. Oops.

      As for the US action, it does pay to read the article and the discussion thread. Many important points have been made, but essentially we believe that we followed the shipment, asked Egypt to board and inspect the vessel, finding the rockets hidden under iron ore.

      Halting the payments brought the issue to light World-wide. All the bad guys saw that and gulped. The UN completes an investgation in record time, the Egyptian government is cleared and the funds are released, and I wouldn’t be surprised to hear that the contractors will never see daylight again.

      Chances are good that all parties played this straight, reacting with surprise, indignation, etc, but was easily strategic and tactical cover for a knowing and joint intent between our heads of State. al-Sisi could force his people to cooperate and expose the criminals, citing the aid shortfall that the crisis had created.

      Now, he can point to the risks that rogue elements pose to their security relationship with the US and their aid funding. This gives him political cover to dig deep to eliminate graft and MB sympathizers out, he can shrug his shoulders and say they have no choice. Another Trumpian Win/Win equation.

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  35. Bendix says:

    This is one of the things we can use to refute the new talking point that Trump “doesn’t know how to govern”, when our idiot former friends start throwing it in our faces, and you know they will.
    One of the things that reassured me that we were going to be alright with playboy developer Donald Trump in charge of foreign policy, is when he made that tweet about a “dopey” Arab prince and someone reminded me that there was more to that tweet than met the eye.
    He knows international government, inside and out, and we are benefitting from his deep knowledge.
    What I’m also finding reassuring about this post from Sundance, is that I was becoming alarmed in the aftermath of Andrew Cuomo’s campaign visit to Puerto Rico, and the subsequent vitriol and lies by the mayor of San Juan. I was trying to figure out what the real political value of the “Trump isn’t handling Puerto Rico right because he hates Puerto Ricans narrative. Then when I realized what the plan was, to pack swing states with Puerto Ricans who believe Trump was going to let them die and Hillary, Chuck, and Andrew saved them, I became really alarmed.
    This post about the Lion thinking several steps ahead reassured me, because if he knew all about NK, weapons, and Egypt before everybody else, he’s certainly aware of what the Uniparty has planned to make political capital out of the disaster in Puerto Rico.

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