Beltway Insider: The President, The Porn Star and Polarizing Politics; Norway; Trump/UK Protests; Pakistan Child Killer

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President Trump hosted Prime Minister Erna Solberg of Norway this week discussing a number of issues including the allegiance the two nations share, NATO commitments, economic developments and topics as diverse as Crimea and the Russian Election probe.

According to Gallup, President Trump job approval, over the past week, remained constant at 40% of those polled who approve of his effectiveness as President and those who disapprove of his effectiveness as President remained constant at 55%.

The President, The Porn Star And Polarizing Politics

President Trump, in addition to his duties as leader of the free world, has also become skillful at dodging the proverbial bullets of damaging information as it surfaces and this week in Washington was no different after bombshell information dropped on President Trump's pre-inaugural tryst with a porn star.

The hush money, for the 2006 encounter between President Trump and adult film star, Stephanie Clifford AKA Stormy Daniels that occurred during a Golf Championship at Lake Tahoe in Nevada, was paid in October 2016 just as his candidacy was derailing.

The affair, which has been corroborated by three sources, also includes details of Mr. Trump's sexual predilections and desire to include a second adult film star, Alana Evans, for a threesome.


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The payment, expedited by Trump's personal lawyer, Michael D. Cohen, was to have Daniels, who is a registered republican, expressly deny, or lie, about the consensual affair she had in 2006 with the yet declared candidate.

Trump who has been named in nineteen sexual misconduct allegations and has also as the American people have heard,  in an "Access Hollywood" with Billy Bush, demeaning women and using vulgar language to describe the female anatomy. Trump also explained that as a billionaire mogul the rules are different and his belief of entitlement allow him to sexually assault women at whim.

For extracting the information and randomly affirming the actions, Bush, has been harshly penalized for facilitating an interview that allowed a future president and then a celebrity billionaire to speak, on the record, his actual opinions and views on women, philandering, and reducing women to the sum of their parts. Bush lost his career and wife. He has yet to be named by any person in any sexual harassment or assault allegations.

Polarizing Politics

In addition to the growing list of those naming President Trump's in consensual affairs, or as a sexual predator in harassment and assault allegations, he has managed to alienate nearly every third world nation over the past week with his off-handed, and clearly off color remark on "Shithole Nations."

The remark, made during a closed door session on immigration, was recorded by various sources and surfaced with alarming speed as the President has continued to polarize himself and play to the Alt-Right crowd who built his base during his surprising November 2016 victory.

Entering into his sophomore year, many expected the President to soften, somewhat, on his rhetoric and positions.

The comments directed at Haiti and African Third World nations were immediately condemned by members of both parties, one of the few instances since his election that lawmakers have agreed on anything.

UN human rights spokesman Rupert Colville condemned Trump's remarks as "shocking and shameful" and going against the world's "universal values." "I'm sorry, but there's no other word one can use but racist," Colville said, responding to reporters at a news conference in Geneva, Switzerland. "You cannot dismiss entire countries and continents as 'shitholes' whose entire populations, who are not white, are therefore not welcome," CNN reported.

The remarks, which have been termed racist, offensive, divisive and unacceptable, pushed the porn star payment on the back burner and once again brought the attention back to the polarizing president.

If not planned, clearly a textbook example of Wag the Dog, create a scandal to cover one. It was effective and achieved the desired results.

President Trump and Norway's Prime Minister Solberg

President Trump and Norwegian Prime Minister Solberg spoke twice to the press with remarks before the bi-lateral meeting and then again after the two leaders spoke at length on the renewal of allied partnership.

"Prime Minister Solberg I want to thank you for joining us at the White House. For decades Norwegians have stood side by side against common threats to our freedom, security and values. Together we have fought against fascism, communism and terrorism and we face threats always together. We're partners. Our partnership has advanced peace, cooperation and respect for human dignity around the world. Today we remain united in our efforts to confront shared challenges, to seize new opportunities and to build a bright and beautiful future for our countries, our people, our children and we have a new found friendship," the President said.

The partnership between Norway and the United States, has always been one of quiet strength. A member of the sixty-six nation Islamic State Coalition dedicated to dismantling and destroying ISIS formed under President Obama's administration, Norway has remained a valued partner of the coalition.

The state visit, which covered the laundry list of joint programs, commitments and obligations, also focused on the $10Billion military equipment and weapons purchase recently made by the Norwegians which included F-35 Fighter Jets.

The president also spoke Norway's obligation to contribute 2% GDP Defense Spending obligation and added he believes Norway "will get there quite soon."

As a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, NATO, The United States and Norway enjoy a strong military and defense relationship. The solid strength each have exhibited as increased to include economic partnership through reciprocal trade and jobs.

"You are our closest ally inside NATO.  And we see your military personnel also training in Norway, and it's a part of what you think is very good on our bilateral cooperation also.  In the last years, there has even been a surplus from the U.S. to Norway on the economic side.  So you must be making good products," said Prime Minister Solberg.

Trump/UK Protests

Citing security concerns, President Trump has cancelled his second scheduled visit to meet Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, a presidential tradition between the two allied nations, and also meet with leaders of Parliment.

The first invitation, secured by Prime Minster Teresa may, shortly after the Inauguration was cancelled due to the enormous backlash and protests over his election.

"Reason I canceled my trip to London is that I am not a big fan of the Obama Administration having sold perhaps the best located and finest embassy in London for "peanuts," only to build a new one in an off location for1.2billion dollars. Bad deal. Wanted me to cut ribbon – NO!" said President Trump via twitter @REALDONALDTRUMP

London, home to 8.8million residents, a vibrant and diverse city have taken to the streets in the past three years forcing government to hear them and by vote have exacted change that will benefit the quality of life for all groups even if the party leaders accustomed to unwavering rule are challenged by the will of the people.

"Many Londoners have made it clear that Donald Trump is not welcome here while he is pursuing such a divisive agenda. It seems he's finally got that message," said Sadiq Khan Mayor of London, via Twitter. @Sadiqkhan

Mayor Khan elaborated in BBC.com, "It appears that President Trump got the message from the many Londoners who love and admire America and Americans but find his policies and actions the polar opposite of our city's values, inclusion, diversity and tolerance. His visit next month would without doubt have neem met by mass peaceful protests. This just reinforces what a mistake it was for Theresa may to rush and extend an invitation of a state visit in the first place. Let's hope that Donald Trump also revisit the pursuits of his divisive agenda."

Khan and President Trump have been verbally sparring over the past year as each are quick to take to twitter voicing condemnation over any recent misstep, or in the case of the president, Khan has kept his attacks to policy and allowed the media to handle the continued revelation of his indiscretions.

Some Londoners support Trump and even interrupted a planned speech calling for the Mayor to be arrested. The Alt-right group called the White Pendragons walked in shouting "pro-Trump and pro-Brexit slogans, disrupted his talk," reported Newsweek.

As in any metropolitan, and especially one such as London, Paris, Berlin, Barcelona and any on the European continent who have experienced an influx of immigrants due to the Syrian war, cultures and cultural practices will differ.

The announcement of President Trump's visit in the U.K. sparked public outrage and support with Alt-right groups clashing with those who support democracy and denounce racism, neo-Nazism and other Aryan groups.

Alt-right groups, while they profess change their rhetoric and methods run in the vein of terrorism. Whether it is homegrown and divisive, rising alt-right groups or those saluting a bloody swastika, imported, professing devotion to hatred and loyalty to a god they are sure will reward them ignite mass casualty and death, it is still terrorism.


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Libya Destroys Chemical Weapons

In a released statement the President said, "The United States congratulates Libya for destroying the last of its chemical weapons and satisfying its obligations under the Chemical Weapons Convention.  We also recognize the key contributions of Denmark, Germany, Canada, the United Kingdom, Finland, Italy, Malta, France, and Spain, and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, in ensuring the proper destruction of these dangerous chemicals and protecting the integrity of the Convention.  This achievement demonstrates the great progress the international community can make when all nations work together. The United States calls on Syria to eliminate all chemical weapons, to dismantle fully its chemical weapons program."

Pakistan Serial Child Killer Strikes Again

Demanding justice Pakastani's have taken the streets of Kasur, in the Panjabi region, for a second straight day after the body of Zainab Amin, 7, was found in a garbage dump, the eleventh victim of a serial pedophile murderer.

Amin, who was staying with relatives at the time, was last seen on security cameras walking hand in hand with the predator that sodomized, raped and strangled her. She had been reported missing for several days before her body was discovered hidden under piles of garbage.

The demon is reportedly 30-35, dressed in traditional cultural garments, full beard and wearing a short brown jacket. He is the subject of an international investigation.

According to an autopsy report, Zainab was sodomized and strangled to death. Dr. Quratulain Atique, who did the autopsy, told CNN that there were torture marks on her face and her tongue was "crushed between her teeth," reported The Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Pakistani officials have acknowledged that five of the victims have been linked through DNA to one suspect confirming fears of a serial pedophile killer preying on young girls.

Over the past two years, to 11 girls under ten years old have been raped and murdered, beaten and brutalized, with Zainab Victim number 12.

The past victims include Eman Fatma, 4; Fauzia, 11; Noor Fatma, 7; Ayesha Asif, 5; Laiba, 9; Sana Omar, 7; and Kainat Batool, 8.

Mumtaz Gohar, senior program officer at Pakistani news agency Sahil, told The Express Tribune that in 2017, there were a total of 129 cases of child assault reported from Kasur. Thirty-four were abductions, 23 were rapes, 19 involved sodomy, 17 were attempted rapes, six abduction and rapes, and four abduction and gang rapes. In 2015, an investigation into the Kasur district uncovered a major child sexual abuse scandal involving up to 25 men who blackmailed children into making sex videos between 2009 and 2014, according to CNN," reported the Atlanta Constitution Journal.

Pakistani is a nation that has practiced an culturally accepted version of pedophile in the name of child marriage, and is finally changing the acceptability. The strides to break a culturally accepted practice is difficult and dangerous.

Zainab's parents were out of the country on a pilgrimage. Upon hearing the news her father reportedly said for the past two years, knowing a serial pedophile was stalking young girls, "parents were living in fear scared to send their kids outside. Zainab was buried Thursday.

Her young voice echoed from her grave as protestors continued to amass daily demanding justice for Zainab.

For more information on President Donald Trump: www.whitehouse.gov

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