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President Trump speaks truth to terrorists


Early yesterday morning, President Donald J. Trump delivered a major announcement to the Nation: Thanks to the unmatched bravery of America’s men and women in uniform, the terrorist leader of ISIS is dead.

 President Trump: ‘The world is now a much safer place.’

“Last night, the United States brought the world’s number one terrorist leader to justice,” the President said. “Capturing or killing Baghdadi has been the top national security priority of my Administration.”

Baghdadi and the cowards around him are responsible for horrific and depraved acts of violence, including the deaths of Americans James Foley, Steven Sotloff, Peter Kassig, and Kayla Mueller. The group’s disgusting track record includes publicly beheading more than 300 people under Baghdadi, as well as carrying out genocidal murders of the Yazidi population and killing thousands of captured prisoners of war.

There are no words strong enough to condemn these monsters. The President’s own language was powerful and clear: “A brutal killer, one who has caused so much hardship and death, was violently eliminated . . . He will never again harm another innocent man, woman, or child.”

Some in the leftwing press prefer to save their harshest language for President Trump instead of murderers. The Washington Post’s original headline for Baghdadi’s “obituary” was chilling: “Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, austere religious scholar at the helm of Islamic State, dies at 48.”

“I have no words,” White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham said.

ISIS terrorists deserve no glorification. They deprived thousands of dignity in their deaths, and thus deserve no honor in their own. ISIS recruits shouldn’t be told that their evil leaders died heroically. They should be told the truth—that their masters died as cowards, traitors, and complete, wretched failures. 

Arizona Republic: “Parents of Kayla Mueller grateful for death of ISIS leader”

🎬 In case you missed it: President Trump’s full address to the Nation

Watch: President Trump honors the men and women in blue


President Trump traveled to Chicago today for the International Association of Chiefs of Police Annual Conference, where he had a special message for the men and women who keep us safe each day.

🎬 President Trump: An attack on law enforcement is an attack on all Americans

You are the ones that “defend our communities, chase down criminals, and keep America safe,” the President said to a crowd of thousands of officers. “You don’t hear it enough: You do an incredible job. The people in this country know it, and the people of this country love you.”

Thanks to President Trump, America’s communities are safer:After spiking for two years before he took office, the violent crime rate in America has dropped for two years in a row under President Trump, falling 4.6 percent.
 The murder rate has declined for two consecutive years under President Trump—after increasing in each of the prior two years.
 The number of robberies fell by more than 50,000 from 2016 to 2018 nationwide. And there were 286,000 fewer burglaries in 2018 than 2016.Now, President Trump is establishing a new executive Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice—the first such American commission on law enforcement in half a century.

There’s been no better friend to law enforcement than President Trump.

 Watch: My Administration will always stand up for you!

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THE HONORABLE LINDSEY GRAHAM WRITES…

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Dear Charles,

Yesterday, I had the great honor of joining President Trump in the Diplomatic Room of the White House as he informed America of the successful raid that killed ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

ISIS is one of the most depraved organizations that has ever existed in the history of the world. They are religious Nazis. Their leader is now dead, and he died a coward’s death.

Thanks to amazing, elite U.S. forces and brave canines, the best of America confronted the worst of humankind… and the good guys won.

I was honored to be asked by President Trump to address the media following his announcement in the White House Press Briefing Room. You can watch my full remarks here:

President Trump deserves great credit for authorizing this risky operation and for his steely resolve in crushing ISIS’ so-called “caliphate.”

Historic moments like this announcement are special, and I consider myself blessed for having been able to witness it up close. South Carolinians – and all Americans – are safer today because al-Baghdadi has been brought to justice.

Please join me today in praying for those brave men and women in uniform who brought this murderous thug to justice and for the families of his many victims such as James Foley and Kayla Mueller.

Sincerely,
Lindsey Graham
United States Senator

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WEST WING READS – 10/28/2019

White House Press Release – 10/28/2019

President Trump Announces Death of ISIS Leader in US Raid

“Last night, the United States brought the world’s Number One terrorist leader to justice,” President Donald J. Trump said yesterday from the East Room of the White House.
 
“Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is dead.”
 
The terrorist leader’s “death represents a significant symbolic victory in the battle against the terror group and marks the end of a years-long effort to track down the elusive ISIS leader, who had been reported killed multiple times in the past,” Morgan Chalfant reports for The Hill. “Trump declared that al-Baghdadi’s death demonstrated the United States’s ‘relentless pursuit of terrorist leaders and our commitment to the enduring and total defeat of ISIS and other terrorist organizations.'”
 
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On Sunday, the parents of Kayla Mueller, who was taken hostage by al-Baghdadi in 2013 and killed 18 months later, praised President Trump and the soldiers who completed this mission, Karina Bland writes in The Arizona Republic. “I still say Kayla should be here, and if Obama had been as decisive as President Trump, maybe she would have been,” Marsha Mueller said.”

On Sunday morning, The Washington Post seemingly struggled to come up with a headline for Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s obituary,” Ashe Schow writes in The Daily Wire.  “Just imagine the Post claiming Osama bin Laden was an ‘austere religious scholar.’ You can’t, because that’s not how the Post described him after the raid that killed him during the Obama Administration … Yet when the leader of a terrorist organization dies under President Donald Trump, the word ‘terrorist’ gets removed.”

“A week after he was inaugurated, Trump issued National Security Presidential Memorandum 3, which mandated an updated campaign plan against ISIS within 30 days,” Peter Bergen writes for CNN. The President deserves credit for giving “his military commanders the authority for taking action against ISIS so they were no longer micromanaged by the White House, as was often the case under Obama.” 

“The S&P 500 hit a record high on Monday, breaking above an all-time high set over the summer as investors cheered strong earnings and progress on U.S.-China trade,” Fred Imbert reports for CNBC.

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