Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Does the President Have the Right to Expect Loyalty from His Attorney General?

Does the President Have the Right to Expect Loyalty from His Attorney General?

by Alan M. Dershowitz  •  September 20, 2017 at 11:00 am
  • Under our constitutional structure there is no perfect cure for the mistake made by our founders in merging the two incompatible goals of the current Attorney General: that of political advisor to the president; and that of independent chief prosecutor.
  • We are one of the few western democracies that mistakenly merged these roles into one. Our Attorney General is supposed to both advise the president politically... But at the same time, the Attorney General is supposed to be the head law enforcement officer of the United States – the chief prosecutor.
  • The system should be changed. The Justice Department should be broken up into two completely separate agencies, with two separate heads: the Minister of Justice would be a loyal political advisor to the president and a member of his cabinet; and the Director of Public Prosecution would be completely independent, and not a member of the cabinet. This separation will not be easy to achieve. But it may be possible, without a constitutional amendment, if Congress and the courts have the will to do it.
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Recent news reports describe the President chastising his Attorney General Jeff Sessions for disloyalty. According to the New York Times, after learning that a special counsel had been appointed, President Trump accused Sessions of "disloyalty." Critics insist that the President has the right to demand loyalty of every other member of his cabinet but not of the Attorney General The Attorney General is different, these critics insist, because he is the chief law enforcement officer of the United States. The Atlantic's David A. Graham, for example, criticized Trump's demand for unconditional "loyalty," saying that, "for Trump, there is only one loyalty: to the president himself. When his aides and staffers make the mistake of following any other principle—rule of law, standard ethics policies, U.S. alliances—that might conflict with the principle of loyalty to Trump, the president becomes enraged."


Daniel Greenfield's article: Did Obama Spy on America to Protect Islamists?

Daniel Greenfield's article: Did Obama Spy on America to Protect Islamists?

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Posted: 19 Sep 2017 11:58 AM PDT
After months of denials, the pretext for Susan Rice’s eavesdropping on Trump officials has finally been made public. It had been widely known that Obama’s former National Security Adviser had contrived to unmask the names of top Trump officials who had been spied on by the administration. And the same media that still treats Watergate as the Great American Scandal had claimed that there was nothing “improper” in an Obama loyalist eavesdropping on members of the opposition party.

Every time Obama Inc. was caught eavesdropping on opposition politicians, it presented its spin in a carefully packaged “scoop” to a major media outlet. This time was no different.

When Obama Inc. spied on members of Congress to protect its Iran nuke sellout, it packaged the story to the Wall Street Journal under the headline, “U.S. Spy Net on Israel Snares Congress”. The idea was that Obama Inc. was “legitimately” spying on Israel, that it just happened to intercept the conversations of some members of Congress and American Jews, and that the eavesdropping somehow meant that its victims, Jewish and non-Jewish, rather than its White House perpetrators, should be ashamed.

The White House had demanded the conversations between Prime Minister Netanyahu, members of Congress and American Jews because it "believed the intercepted information could be valuable to counter Mr. Netanyahu's campaign." This was domestic surveillance carried out under the same pretext as in the Soviet Union which had also accused its dissident targets of secretly serving foreign interests.

Obama and his minions had used the NSA to spy on Americans opposed to its policies. Including members of Congress. They did this by conflating their own political agenda with national security.

Since Obama’s spin was that the Iran Deal was good for national security, opponents of it were a “national security” threat.

And its fig leaf for domestic surveillance was that a “foreign leader” was involved.

Now get ready for a flashback.

Susan Rice’s excuse for unmasking the names of top Trump officials in the Obama eavesdropping effort was that they were meeting with the crown prince of the United Arab Emirates. The carefully packaged CNN story, which reeks of the Goebbelsian media manipulations of “Obama whisperer” Ben Rhodes, tries to clumsily tie the whole thing to the Russians. But for once it’s not about Russia. It’s about Islam.

The UAE has become best known for being the first regional Muslim oil state to turn against the Muslim Brotherhood and the entire Arab Spring enterprise. It helped mobilize opposition to the Qatari agenda. The ultimate outcome of that effort was that Egypt was stabilized under a non-Islamist president and the Islamist takeover in Libya is looking rather shaky. The Saudi coalition against Qatar, the sugar daddies of Hamas, Al Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood, has its origins in that effort.

When Obama Inc. spied on members of Congress before, it was to protect Iran. This time around, the gang that couldn’t spy straight was trying to protect the Muslim Brotherhood. The Iran Deal was never about stopping Iran’s nuclear program. It certainly does not do that. Nor was it ever meant to do it.

Instead the real goal of the Iran negotiations was a diplomatic arrangement with the Islamic terror state. The fruits of that arrangement can be seen from Beirut to Baghdad. They are written in blood and steel across Syria, Israel and Yemen. And that arrangement had to be protected at all costs.

Even if it meant spying on Americans. Even if it meant spying on members of Congress.

The arrangement that Susan Rice was protecting by spying on top Trump officials was even older and dirtier. It goes back to Obama’s Cairo speech and the resulting bloody horrors of the Arab Spring.

Both times Obama Inc. was caught spying on American officials to protect its dirty deal with Islam.

Obama officials had spied on Americans to protect Iran and the Muslim Brotherhood. That’s more than a mere crime. It’s treason. Imagine if Watergate had been about the White House spying on Democrats for the KGB. That is the sheer full scope of what we appear to be dealing with here.

Both high-level eavesdropping incidents involve an effort by Obama Inc. to protect Islamist enemies.

These efforts checked all the right and wrong legal boxes. The orders were carried out by men and women who know all the loopholes. Each decision was compartmentalized across a network. There were always pretexts. And a media eager to fight for the right of the left to spy on the right.

It is as unlikely that Susan Rice will be held accountable for pulling off a crime that makes Watergate into the gold standard of governmental ethics as it is that Hillary will ever go to jail for abusing classified information. The network, which some dub the swamp, has excelled at defending its own. That’s why current National Security Adviser HR. McMaster protected Susan Rice’s access to classified information and nurtured all the Obama holdovers behind the leaks while purging those who tried to expose them.

It is also why Susan Rice’s testimony did not leak until CNN was able to roll out its carefully packaged spin.

Conservatives excel at zeroing in on abuses like Hillary’s email account, the Rice unmasking and the Benghazi cover-up, but falter when it comes to exposing the motives behind them. And so the investigation of the abuses quickly vanishes into a thorny thicket of alibis, technical legalities, cover-ups and licenses. And a baffled public reads about hearings that delve into acts rather than motives.

It is vital that we understand not only what Rice did, but why she did it. It is important that we expose the pattern of misconduct, not just the individual act.

Susan Rice’s eavesdropping would have remained hidden if Flynn and his appointees hadn’t temporarily obtained the keys to the kingdom. And the network quickly worked to have Flynn forced out and replaced with McMaster. And McMaster has steadily forced out Flynn’s appointees so that there are no more leaks like the one that exposed the Rice eavesdropping. The swamp looks after its own.

Unless there are fundamental changes at the NSC and beyond, we will never know the full scope of the Obama eavesdropping operation. But we still do know a great deal about what motivated it.

Susan Rice and the White House didn’t just eavesdrop on the political opposition. There was an agenda so urgent that they were willing to pull out all the stops to protect it.

Even right down to committing what has become the ultimate crime in the White House.

It was the same agenda that dragged us into a war in Libya. The same agenda that was at the heart of the diplomatic efforts of the administration over eight years. That agenda was empowering Islamists.

The Obama edition of Watergate wasn’t committed merely for domestic political gain. It was carried out for a reason that was encompassed in his address to the United Nations after the Benghazi massacre.

“The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam.”

This foul slogan led to the first arrest of a filmmaker for political speech in almost a century. It led to the sordid betrayal of our national security and our allies. And to domestic espionage against Americans.

The future must not belong on those who spy on Americans to protect Islamism.

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Eye on Iran: Trump Signals End of Iran Nuclear Deal by Calling It An 'Embarrassment' in UN Speech

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President Trump on Tuesday signaled he is close to ditching the Iran nuclear agreement struck by former President Barack Obama, by saying the deal is an "embarrassment to the United States" in his first address to the United Nations General Assembly. "We cannot let a murderous regime continue these destabilizing activities while building dangerous missiles and we cannot abide by an agreement if it provides cover for the eventual construction of a nuclear program," Trump said.

The Iran nuclear deal must be changed if the United States is to remain in it, the top U.S. diplomat said on Tuesday, suggesting its key limits on the Iranian nuclear program must be extended. Making his debut appearance at the annual United Nations General Assembly, U.S. President Donald Trump accused Iran of exporting "violence, bloodshed and chaos" and of seeking to project its influence in Yemen, Syria and elsewhere in a region rife with sectarian conflicts between Sunni and Shi'ite Muslims.

The chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee is calling on President Trump to "enforce the hell" out of the Iran nuclear deal rather than doing away with it completely. Trump signaled he was near the point of scrapping the deal during his first appearance before the United Nation's General Assembly Tuesday, saying the agreement forged by former President Barack Obama is "an embarrassment to the United States."


On the sidelines of the UNGA, some prominent critics of the Iran nuclear deal endorsed his position Tuesday, debating how best to move forward to prevent Tehran from becoming a nuclear weapons state, while underscoring concerns about Tehran's links with North Korea. Participants in the United Against Nuclear Iran conference (UANI) agreed they see flaws in the 2015 deal, which offered incentives to Iran in return for guarantees that it would not develop nuclear weapons. But speakers disagreed on whether the United States should attempt to renegotiate and expand the deal negotiated under former President Barack Obama, or scrap it altogether.

New York City - President Trump should try to renegotiate the Iran deal and maybe make it permanent instead of withdrawing from the pact, according to former Gov. Jeb Bush. "Maybe the question of negotiation is to extend it to permanency," Bush said during a panel discussion hosted by United Against Nuclear Iran. That idea was based on the assumption that Iran is complying with the agreement and has arrested the development of its nuclear weapons program, something critics of the deal don't accept. It's also at odds with President Trump's likely decision to decline to certify Iranian compliance with the agreement.

Former Florida governor and 2016 presidential candidate Jeb Bush praised President Donald Trump's foreign policy in comments made in New York City during the Iran Summit 2017. Asked by the moderator, NBC News's Nicolle Wallace, to comment on Trump's behavior toward North Korea and Iran, Bush said he believes Trump's brash attitude has helped "set the table" in dealing with dangerous regimes.  "Once in a while, chaos, chaotic words, are helpful," Bush said. "Regimes need to be called out. Trump is right."

"The president in the speech today... particularly on Iran and North Korea, could not have been more clear," Bolton said at a conference hosted by United Against Nuclear Iran. "The issue is whether the rest of his government feels the same way." Tillerson, Bolton noted, had said the United States has imposed economic sanctions on North Korea in order to induce a "constructive, productive dialogue" with the regime. But Bolton dismissed that as a repetition of failed policies.

He was gracious and measured, stern but sober-and tough on Russia-as he addressed the greatest challenges facing the United States. Standing in a hotel ballroom a few blocks from the spot where Donald Trump was threatening to "totally destroy" North Korea, Jeb Bush offered a glimpse of the presidency that could have been. "At some point the president is going to have to go from this ad hoc diplomacy, or whatever the foreign policy is, to something that's clear and coherent," Bush, one of Trump's vanquished 2016 opponents, told a hawkish hotel ballroom audience gathered Tuesday for the United Against Nuclear Iran conference. "Because at the end of the day, too much chaos, and being unreliable, creates real dangers."

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) criticized President Trump's foreign policy at a conference Tuesday, warning the president risks creating "real dangers" around the world the day of his first address to the United Nations General Assembly. Bush, who was speaking at the United Against Nuclear Iran conference in New York, called for Trump to reject "ad hoc diplomacy" and develop a "clear and coherent" foreign policy strategy. "At some point the president is going to have to go from this ad hoc diplomacy, or whatever the foreign policy is, to something that's clear and coherent," Bush said, as reported by McClatchy. "Because at the end of the day, too much chaos, and being unreliable, creates real dangers."

Bush was Trump's favorite foil during the Republican presidential primaries, standing as an avatar of the maligned GOP establishment. But the former Florida governor argued Trump has moderated his policies in office, while his heterodoxy has paid off in some areas. "As it relates to NATO, look, here's a place where the rhetoric actually has been helpful," Bush said during a foreign policy discussion hosted by United Against Nuclear Iran. "Granted, the fact that he didn't embrace NATO to begin with, but you're starting to see European countries increase their defense budgets. ... From time to time, it's okay to shake up the complacency."

A warning that the Iranian nuclear deal was boosting Iran's agenda was heard on the sidelines of the UNGA meeting from Prince Turki Al Faisal, the former Saudi Arabia ambassador to Washington. "The Iranians are boasting about their ambitions and their activities," he told a summit convened by United against a Nuclear Iran. "They are telling us exactly what they want to do and we are helping them do it."

Meanwhile, the former Florida Governor-turned GOP presidential frontrunner-turned Donald Trump punching bag delivered a foreign policy speech at the United Against Nuclear Iran conference seemingly right out of the conservative foreign policy orthodox. As Katie Glueck chronicled for McClatchy, Bush criticized the freewheeling approach that has defined Trump's foreign policy: "At some point the president is going to have to go from this ad hoc diplomacy, or whatever the foreign policy is, to something that's clear and coherent," Bush said.

As President Trump prepared to give his address at the United Nations on Tuesday morning, United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI), a decade-old, bipartisan, non-governmental organization, was opening its annual summit just down the road. The line-up for the event at New York City's Roosevelt Hotel was full of heavy hitters. David Petraeus, Jeb Bush, John Bolton, Bill Richardson, and Joseph Lieberman were just a few of the political celebrities in attendance. In his opening remarks, Lieberman, UANI's chairman, praised the Trump administration's Iran dispositions, calling it a "sea change" from the deal-at-any-cost Obama administration. Leiberman called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), or Iran deal, a waste of leverage, suggesting Obama had given away the farm for little in return. Not surprisingly, given UANI's mission to keep Iran from achieving nuclear arms, this would not be the last attack on the JCPOA. Speaker after speaker from both parties, including early and vociferous opponents of President Trump, trashed the deal while urging the president to take a harder line in regard to Iran.


After using the most high-profile foreign policy speech of his presidency to call the Iran nuclear deal "an embarrassment to the United States," President Trump could find recertifying the agreement next month even more politically difficult than the deal's opponents had already promised to make it. Supporters of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, as the Iran deal is formally known, rallied in defense of it this week ahead of Trump's appearance at the United Nations General Assembly, where he was expected to argue against the deal both publicly and privately.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on the world to change or cancel a nuclear deal with Iran, just hours after President Donald Trump called the agreement "an embarrassment to the United States." Netanyahu, who praised Trump's speech earlier on Tuesday to the United Nations General Assembly as "courageous," singled out the deal's so-called "sunset clause" -- which phases out the most significant restrictions on Iran over time -- as the most problematic aspect of the accord. He added that Iran must face severe sanctions for its ballistic missile program and should be prevented from extending its influence in Syria.

As US President Donald Trump meets with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, every NGO, expert and interest group is campaigning for Trump to use its approach regarding the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement. Trump's options vary from merely enforcing the accord's provisions to immediately abrogating it to everything in between.

In public, in private, and with few exceptions, world leaders gathered at the United Nations this week are urging President Donald Trump not to follow through on his threat to derail the Iran nuclear deal. But so far, Trump shows no sign of listening to them. And some diplomats and supporters of the agreement even worry the efforts could backfire by triggering Trump's defiantly contrarian instincts.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani left Tehran for New York on Sept. 17 to attend the UN General Assembly session. His brief but important visit serves Iran with an opportunity to hold talks with some of the leaders of the countries with whom Iran signed the nuclear deal. Rouhani hopes to persuade them to stand up to US President Donald Trump, who has vowed to scrap the landmark accord.

President Hassan Rouhani of Iran said Tuesday that if President Donald Trump backs out of the 2015 nuclear deal, "no one will trust America again" and his country could then resume work on expanding its nuclear capabilities. Rouhani raised that possibility in an interview with NBC News just before Trump spoke for the first time as president before the United Nations General Assembly, where he called Tehran a "murderous regime" and the nuclear deal "an embarrassment to the United States."

Iranian leaders today rejected France's President Emmanuel Macron's suggestion that the Iran nuclear accord could be supplemented to address Iran's ballistic missile program and Iranian nuclear program after 2025. "Under no circumstances, the Islamic Republic of Iran will hold talks over the J.C.P.O.A.," said Ali Akbar Velayati, a top aide to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, referring to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action - the nuclear deal Tehran signed with world powers two years ago. "This negotiation has taken place once and Iran held talks with the 5+1 countries for a long time and reached an agreement. No doubts from any countries regarding this accord is acceptable and we will not accept any such proposals," Velayati, a former Iranian foreign minister, added in a reference to Macron's suggestion.


Donald Trump isn't the only head of state who likes to let off some steam on the weekends by trolling his enemies on Twitter. Iran's supreme leader Ali Khamenei is right there with him. American leaders are "oppressive," "hounding," "cruel," "corrupt," "bullying" "liars," Khamenei said in a pointedly English-language Twitter rant on Sunday.

The United States and Iran on Wednesday will have their highest-level interaction of Donald Trump's presidency, a day after the American leader delivered a blistering attack on the Islamic Republic and the landmark 2015 nuclear deal. Amid strong signals Trump could walk away from the nuclear accord as early as next month, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will attend a European Union-hosted meeting about the agreement at the United Nations. The closed-door gathering is expected to be contentious, and the lead-up has seen Washington and Tehran trade increasingly harsh barbs.

The Trump administration faces a pivotal decision in coming weeks on how far it is willing to push to secure the release of several Americans imprisoned in Iran. The White House is mulling options that include punitive measures to pressure Iran over the detained Americans and discussions through an interlocutor for a possible prisoner swap, two sources familiar with the administration's deliberations told Foreign Policy.


With 33.5 trillion cubic meters of natural gas, Iran has the largest conventional gas reserves in the world. Along with its vast oil reserves, it also has sizable, non-associated conventional gas resources that are being developed aggressively. With regard to exports, however, natural gas has never matched the significance of oil in Iran. Nonetheless, Tehran has boosted gas production tremendously in the past few years, despite sanctions and other challenges. 


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday told the United Nations General Assembly that his country would act to prevent Iran from establishing a permanent military presence in Syria, the same day the Israeli military said it shot down an Iranian-made drone. Echoing a speech by U.S. President Donald Trump, the Israeli leader also lambasted the landmark 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers, telling the group of nations to "fix or nix" the agreement.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised President Trump for his speech before the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, calling it the most "bold" and "courageous" speech he's heard delivered at the annual gathering of world leaders and diplomats. "I've been ambassador to the United Nations, and I'm a long-serving Israeli prime minister, so I've listened to countless speeches in this hall," Netanyahu said during his own address before the United Nations General Assembly. "But I can say this - none were bolder, none were more courageous and forthright than the one delivered by President Trump today."


"The IRGC is a great popular military force in our country and has played a very important role in the eight-year (Iraqi imposed) war," President Rouhani said at a meeting with senior American journalists and managers of media outlets in New York on Tuesday. The IRGC has also taken a very effective role in protecting Iran's security and fighting against terrorism today, the president noted.


The U.S. military acknowledged Tuesday it has closed an outpost in southern Syria in recent days amid reports that American forces and their contingent of Syrian proxies had pulled out from an important base in the area - effectively ceding the ground to Iranian-backed militias. The decision to vacate the Zakaf outpost, a small, barrier-walled compound just miles from the Syria-Iraq border, appeared to represent a tacit acknowledgment that U.S.-backed forces will now be in an increasingly difficult position to recapture strategic border towns where the Islamic State's most senior leaders have been sighted in recent months.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said he will prevent Iran from establishing military bases in Syria and demanded changes to the Iran nuclear deal in an address before the United Nations General Assembly. Iranian-backed militia and military advisers have been fighting on the side of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the country's six-year civil war, and Israeli leaders have recently charged that Tehran is now moving to establish a permanent presence there. Netanyahu said on September 19 that Tehran was trying to lower what he called an "Iranian curtain" across the Middle East, "from the Caspian Sea to the Mediterranean."

Russian President Vladimir Putin is working on what sounds to Israelis like science fiction but in Moscow makes perfect sense - a deal on the power structure in Syria that both Israel and Iran can live with. Two years after Russian warplanes began landing in Khmeimim air base, carrying out devastating bombing missions on rebel-held parts of Syria and killing thousands of civilians, along with rebel fighters opposed to President Bashar Assad's regime and Islamic State fighters, Putin now controls Syria's future.


A lawyer says an 81-year-old Iranian-American imprisoned in Iran on widely criticized spying charges has undergone surgery and had a pacemaker installed. Washington-based attorney Jared Genser said in a statement that Baquer Namazi is expected to return to Tehran's Evin prison on Wednesday. Genser says Namazi underwent surgery Tuesday. He says his client has been in poor health. Namazi is a former UNICEF representative who served as governor of Iran's oil-rich Khuzestan province under the U.S.-backed shah.


As the president travels to the United Nations this week, the Middle East, along with North Korea, will top the agenda. There, the United States faces a dramatic escalation of tension for which it is not yet adequately prepared. Iran and its Shia militia proxies, abetted by Russian airpower, are positioning themselves to fill the vacuum in Iraq and Syria after the defeat of the Islamic State (IS). The spread of Iranian presence and influence poses a risk to Israel and Jordan, the Gulf states, and potentially also Turkey. Moreover, as Iran undermines the sovereignty of Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon, with Shia militias far more loyal to the Islamic Republic than to their own states, stability and the regional security system maintained by the United States are almost certain to break down.

Imam Musa al-Sadr is hardly known in the West today, but the 39-year anniversary of this clergyman's mysterious disappearance remains a source of deep grief and resentment among his followers. Sadr's message of peaceful coexistence among peoples of different faiths still resonates. One cannot help but wonder what the Middle East, and Iran in particular, would look like today if Sadr had lived?

President Donald Trump's maiden speech to the UN General Assembly was a confusing hodgepodge of tropes, themes and threats that made one unmistakable point: There is no coherent Trump Doctrine. He awkwardly tried to reconcile the notion of "America First" with a global outreach and planetary humanism designed to appease and placate his largely international audience. Still, almost without exception, the key threats he identified -- North Korea and Iran -- will require, whether he likes it or not, the abandonment of America First in favor of cooperation with others.

On August 31, major Western media outlets reported that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) had once again certified Iran's compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal. This assertion, which purported to reflect the IAEA's seventh and latest post-implementation  report on Tehran's nuclear activities, mirrors statements by the Iranian government and key world leaders in response to the agency's previous reports... These accounts are false. In fact, the IAEA has never certified Iran's compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

The number of times US President Donald Trump mentioned Iran or its derivatives in his UN speech? Twelve, and each time to emphasize its threat. The number of times he mentioned the Palestinians or derivatives? That would be zero. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, paying Trump the rare leader-to-leader gesture of attending his speech and applauding throughout, was clearly pleased. "In over 30 years in my experience with the UN, I never heard a bolder or more courageous speech," Netanyahu tweeted immediately after the 40-minute address on Tuesday. "President Trump spoke the truth about the great dangers facing our world and issued a powerful call to confront them in order to ensure the future of humanity"... Long term, Netanyahu and Israel may not be as enthused by Trump's dream of a world in which nations make a priority of "sovereign" interests - or as the president put it, repeating a campaign phrase that unsettled many US Jews, "America First."

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