Beltway Insider: Trump Visits France; Bastille Day; Bi-Laterals; Russian Links Grow; PA Murders, Cold Case Heats Up

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President Donald Trump spent Bastille Day, the French National Holiday, with French President Emmanuel Macron for a continuation of bi-laterals followed by participation in the ceremonies marking the 100th Anniversary of American military support of the French people.

According to Gallup, President Trump's job approval, over the past week, decreased one percentage point to 38% of those polled who approve of his effectiveness as President and those who disapprove of his effectiveness as President remained consistent at 56%. 

Trump Visits France

President Donald Trump graciously accepted French President Emmanuel Macron's invitation to participate in the July 2017 Bastille Day celebration which remembered the terror attack of July 2016 in Nice and marked the 100th Anniversary of the first American troops to land in France ensuring the defeat of the German Alliance marking an end to World War I.

"America and France will never be defeated or divided.  It was my high honor to commemorate, on French soil, France's most historic day and the 100th anniversary of the entry of the United States into World War I. On behalf of the American people, we congratulate the people of France and look forward to many more centuries of friendship and cooperation," the President said.

Bastille Day

Officially, Bastille Day is held every July 14 and commemorates the storming of the Bastille prison, a sign, in 1789, of the tyrannical, and dictatorial leadership of Louis XVI. A mob of about 1000 grew outside the prison gates and when negotiations failed the mob stormed the prison and rescued the seven citizens held captive. The storming of the Bastille was key in setting of a revolution that toppled the government of Louis XVI, resulting in his execution and that of his wife, Queen Marie Antoinette.


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The French National Holiday is similar to the Fourth of July for the United States and the Trooping of the Colors for the United Kingdom. Every Nation holds some sort of annual national holiday marking specific relevance to its nation.

Bastille Day 2017

     

On this great day, France's national day and the 228th anniversary of the French Revolution, Melania and I were proud to stand with the President of France and Madame Macron and to celebrate with the French people. The ties between the United States and France stretch back almost as far as our shared history as democratic republics.  

 

France is America's first and oldest ally.  In 1778, our two countries signed a treaty of friendship and alliance.  We have remained joined in common purpose ever since.America and France fought together throughout the rest of the bloody 20th century—sometimes reveling in triumph, other times enduring tragedy.  But our spirits never wavered.

Today our two countries stand taller—and more united—than ever.  From Africa to the Middle East to Central Asia, we are fighting to destroy the terrorist organizations that threaten all civilized peoples and that continue to exact a terrible toll on the French people, including one year ago today.  Together, we will eliminate their safe havens, end their financing, and eradicate their ideology. President Donald J. Trump

 

Bastille Day 2017 is marked with remembrances for the losses of the 2016 Terrorist Attack at the coastal city of Nice, in the South of France, when an Islamic State Terrorist plowed through the crowds that were dispersing after enjoying the fireworks display which accompany the festivities marking the rise of the people to fight for freedom.

A lone wolf recently radicalized Islamic State terrorist had rented a 19toone lorry truck and mowed down 520 adults and children, who were strolling along the Promenade des Anglais enjoying the beautiful evening.

At about 10:30PM, local time, the terrorist, a Tunisian resident jumped the barrier that separated the car free/pedestrian zones and according to investigators sped up to nearly 55mph, jumped to the curb, and zigzagging back to the pedestrian zone when encountering any sidewalk obstacle, and continued plowing through the crowd killing 84 instantly. Two others died in the hospital and 434 were injured. The attack ended with police, five minutes later, at 10:35PM, local time, disabling the driver, killing him in a barrage of gunfire.

The Nice Attack and its victims will always be remembered.


France Attacked: Terrorist Hit Coastal City of Nice, 80 Dead; Dozens Injured


President Macron stated via his official Twitter feed three messages regarding Bastille Day 2017:

"I wanted to decorate those who stopped the race of this truck sower of death, those who treated the victims with infinite dedication. ‖ July 14, 1789 was a day of fighting for freedom. July 14, 2016 reminded us brutally of the price of this freedom. ‖ Nice, this city anchored in the Mediterranean, shown by the reaction of its citizens what civilization can against barbarism."

Trump and Macron

President Trump and President Macron meet in bi-lateral meetings during the two-day ceremonies. During the President visit he also held a working lunch with Senior members of his delegation and U.S. Military Leaders participating in the Bastille Day Celebration.

In remarks both Presidents stressed the commonalities and independence and responsibilities they have to the people of their nations and to the world at large.

Complete remarks by both presidents are available here which follows with a brief press conference. President Macron provided a summary of the bi-lateral detailing the topics, nations and hot button issues that continue to plague national and international political fronts.

  1. We've talked about a number of topics of joint interest, and we underlined a number of shared convictions and, most importantly, a joint road map in order to work together in the coming months.  
  2. We agreed to implement free and fair trade, and in the field -- and this is the G20, in Hamburg, also expressed in terms of sensitivity.  
  3.  We then had a long discussion which enabled us to cover all of the topics of international policies and the challenges, the security challenges for the people as well.  
  4. When it comes to fighting terrorism, from day one I can say that we've seen eye to eye, and we are strongly determined to take any necessary measures in order to root out terrorism and to eradicate it no matter where, in particular the narrative on the Internet.  
  5. We agreed to strengthen our action and our cooperation in fighting against propaganda. 
  6. We want to get all the major operators to limit the propaganda, and tackle cyber criminality.  
  7.  Regarding the situation in Iraq and in Syria, here again we agreed to continue to work together, in particular in order to be able to launch together some diplomatic initiatives in order to put in place a road map for what will come after the war.  
  8. We also share the same intentions regarding Libya.  And like I told President Trump, I very much want to take diplomatic initiatives, strong ones, given the situation that we know, and which requires more stability and better control over the region.  
  9. On Libya or the Sahel, I think I can say that we have the same vision, a very coherent understanding of the situation in the region, and the same willingness to act very clearly against any form of terrorism and destabilization.
  10. Next, climate.  Well, here we know what our disagreements are.  We have expressed them on a number of occasions.  But I think it is important that we can continue to talk about it.  I very much respect the decision taken by President Trump.  He will work upon implementing his campaign promises.  And as far as I'm concerned, I remain attached to the Paris Accord, and we'll make sure that, step by step, we can do everything which is in the accord.

Trump Children Implicated as Russian Players Revealed

Revelations continue to surface regarding what the President, and other members of the then Candidate Trump's inner circle, including then Vice-Presidential candidate Mike Pence, knew and when did he know it regarding his son, Donald Trump, Jr's., involvement with the Russians.

As reported and confirmed throughout the world Trump, Jr., had been very willing and highly interested in a meeting to secure any and all information that would discredit and destroy the reputation of Democratic challenger Hillary Clinton.

Donald Trump, Jr., has secured attorney Alan Futerfas, to represent him. President Trump's campaign fund appeared to foot the retainer bill as it has been revealed that a $50,000 payment was sent to Futerfas' firm one week before the public revelation of the emails exposing the invitation and purpose behind the meetings, which have been clearly defined as meeting for the purpose of securing damaging information on Hillary Clinton.

At the time of the meetings, the United States government had mandated sectorial sanctions against the Russian government which included a ban on American business from entering into business deals, ventures with Russia due to the violations of Ukraine's territorial sovereignty.  

According to Wikipedia, treason is defined as "the crime of betraying one's country especially by attempting to kill a sovereign or overthrow the government."

Trump Children Remain Liabilities

While Donald Jr., is feeling the Russian burn and public sting of pre-election, all is fair in love, war and politics, his siblings are each feeling the same melt down as the scrutiny of every media agency in the world, from the least of them to he greatest will pour through every document in find the one, the slip up, that sets the entire Trump presidency toppling.

Of the many variables, the children of entitlement did not factor it would be the mood of the American People; the backlash; the refusal to accept the results as legitimate; the dedication to uncovering, exposing the Trump organization in total as fraudulent, the long-term ramification of misleading the American people, and the loyalty to Russia, which borders on traitor.

History has shown Ethel and Julies Rosenberg were sentenced to death for selling nuclear secrets to the Russians (treason could not be charged because the United States was not at war with the Soviet Union). Accepting meetings to exchange secrets from the Russians? Quid Pro Quo payments, the implication of future involvements and past business dealings prove the relationship was based on business transactions. Treason? Stupidity? Espionage? Or a horrific mistake that entitled children believe will be fixed seamlessly?  

Pennsylvania Murders – Cousins Arrested for Grisly Murders; A 37-year-old Cold Case Heats Up

Within one week of missing person reports going out on four young men, all known to each other, the gruesome details are emerging of minor drug deals gone bad, big haul stories and mental illness.

Cosmo DiNardo, 20, of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, has been arrested and charged with four counts of homicide and 20 additional counts for the murders of Dean Finocchiaro, 19, Mark Sturgis, 22, Tom Meo, 21, Jimi Taro Patrick, 19.

The victims were all allegedly purchasing small quantities of cannabis from DiNardo, who was known in the area to sell guns and quarter-pounds bags of marijuana. He priced the weed at $2,000.00 to $3,000.00 per quarter pound.

Each of the men were killed over a drug deal gone bad. Three separate drug deals beginning with Dean Finocchiaro who in some way threatened DiNardo who responded by shooting him and unloading his weapon into the body. The body was wrapped in a tarp and deposited into a large pig roaster.

Tom Meo and Mark Sturgis were the next victims. The drug deal went south quickly and Dinardo, without provocation, shot Meo. Sturgis tried to run and again DiNardo unloaded his weapon into the man. Officials believe Meo was still alive at this point and DiNardo drove over him as he said in his confession, "basically crushed" him with a backhoe. He loaded the two bodies and tossed them in the pig roaster. He poured gasoline over the bodies and attempted to remove all means of identification.

DiNardo used the backhoe to dig a 12-foot grave and dumped the charred remains of the three men.

Jimi Taro Patrick may have been the first of the murders which occurred on July 5 and July 7. Patrick had agreed to buy four pounds of marijuana for $8000.00. Patrick allegedly showed up to the sale with $800.00. DiNardo walked him around the property and then shot him with a shotgun. The body was buried in a remote area of the property away from the others.

DiNardo, who was well known to police had been charged with possession of a firearm earlier this year and had been diagnosed with schizophrenia.

Sean Krantz, 20, a cousin of DiNardo's, was also arrested and charged as an accomplice with 20 counts including three counts of homicide.

Cold Case Catches Fire

On December 4, 1980, a routine traffic stop in Saxonberg, Pennsylvania, ended with shots fired and the local Police Chief Greg Adams, missing and presumed dead but not before firing one shot, hitting the perpetrator in the leg.

Thirty-seven years have passed since that night when authorities who have reconstructed the crime scene after nearly four decades say Donald Eugene Webb shot the Police Chief and tossed him in the trunk of his car and drove east. The vehicle was recovered in Rhode Island in January 1981.

After receiving an anonymous tip in June 2017, Massachusetts Police began searching the home of Webb's wife in Bristol, Massachusetts. During the initial search they found a hidden room, and a walking cane. The significance of the find allowed for further evidence gathering which lead to authorities finding what appeared to be human remains.

"I was 12 years told when he was murdered, I lived on the county on the other end of the county and all the adults were talking about," current Saxonburg Police Chief Joe Beachman said. "Getting in the field you can't help but think about it though your career," as reported in Foxnews.com.

The Medical Examiner has indicated they would release the cause of death and identify the remains.

 

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Sources: Whitehouse.gov, Wikipedia.com, Foxnews.com

 

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