BARACK AND MICHELLE OBAMA JETSET TO NECKER ISLAND, RICHARD BRANSON’S PRIVATE ISLAND RESORT – HOW ABOUT SASHA AND MALIA? HOME ALONE?
The former first couple posed with staff at Terrence B Lettsome International Airport, the islands’ main airport, on Monday night after a flight from California.
A photograph of the pair with their arms stretched around immigration officials and the local police commissioner appeared on social media after their quiet arrival.
They were then whisked away in a waiting motorcade to be taken to a nearby boat to complete their journey to Branson’s private retreat, Necker Island.
READ MORE: Next stop, Necker Island: Barack and Michelle Obama are all smiles as they arrive in the British Virgin Islands on Richard Branson’s private jet and head straight for his lavish private island retreat
OBAMA GAVE $221 MILLION TO PALESTINIANS IN LAST HOURS – TAKES CARE OF THEIR BUDGET FOR ‘ THE CARE FOR THE FAMILIES OF MARTYRS’ AND PALESTINIAN JIHADISTS
Obama’s parting gift to Palestinians? $221 million. And they sure need them. The Palestinian Authority budget for “the Care for the Families of the Martyrs” was reportedly about $175 million in 2016, and an additional $140 million was reportedly allocated for payments to prisoners and former prisoners. Well, Obama wants to make sure terrorist families won’t go hungry now that he’s no longer in the WH to take care of them, right Obama?
From Breitbart: Report: Obama Gave $221 Million to Palestinians in Last Hours
Republicans have increasingly called for blocking or canceling funding to the Palestinian Authority, not only because of unilateral diplomatic moves toward statehood, but also because of increasing evidence that funds are used to incite violence and provide financial rewards to terrorists.
The Palestinian Authority reportedly provides compensation to the families of terrorist prisoners incarcerated in Israeli prisons, as well as to those who have killed themselves in attacks on Israeli civilians. The total amount allocated by the Palestinian Authority budget for “the Care for the Families of the Martyrs” was reportedly about $175 million in 2016, and an additional $140 million was reportedly allocated for payments to prisoners and former prisoners.
The AP details:
A State Department official and several congressional aides say the outgoing administration formally notified Congress it would spend the money Friday morning, just before Donald Trump became president.
More than $227 million in foreign affairs funding was released at the time, including $4 million for climate change programs and $1.25 million for U.N. organizations.
At least two GOP lawmakers had placed holds on the Palestinian funds. Congressional holds are generally respected by the executive branch but are not legally binding.
U.S. MAY EXIT UNITED NATIONS – REP. MIKE ROGERS INTRODUCES BILL…U.N. IS A POST WW2 ‘FEEL-GOOD’, EXPENSIVE, USELESS ORGANIZATION
- The bill reads: “The President shall terminate all membership by the United States in the United Nations in any organ, specialised agency, commission, or other formally affiliated body of the United Nations.
- Rep. Mike Rogers: ‘Why should the American taxpayer bankroll an international organization that works against America’s interests around the world? The time is now to restore and protect American sovereignty and get out of the United Nations.”
Proposed by congressman Mike Rogers, the American Sovereignty Restoration Act also seeks a complete withdrawal from membership of the World Health Organisation.
And Republicans have even demanded the UN remove its headquarters from New York in a shocking blow to global relations.
Doing so would mean repealing the United Nations Participation Act of 1945, which was enacted just months after the end of World War II.
Quietly introduced on January 3, the act was quickly passed on to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, where it has been sponsored by at least half a dozen supporters including Missouri Representative Jason Smith.
The bill reads: “The President shall terminate all membership by the United States in the United Nations in any organ, specialised agency, commission, or other formally affiliated body of the United Nations…
“The United States Mission to the United Nations is closed. Any remaining functions of such office shall not be carried out.”
Rep. Mike Rogers: ‘Why should the American taxpayer bankroll an international organization that works against America’s interests around the world? The time is now to restore and protect American sovereignty and get out of the United Nations.”
From The Business Insider:
The bill, titled the American Sovereignty Restoration Act of 2017, was proposed on January 3. It is cosponsored by a handful of Republican lawmakers, including North Carolina Rep. Walter Jones, Arizona Rep. Andy Biggs, Missouri Rep. Jason Smith, Kentucky Rep. Thomas Massie, Tennessee Rep. John Duncan Jr., and Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz.
SEPARATE LIVES? MICHELLE OBAMA HEADS TO CARIBBEAN PRIVATE ISLAND OF BILLIONAIRE RICHARD BRANSON AFTER WEEKEND AT PALM SPRINGS – WHERE DID OBAMA GO ?
An eight-vehicle motorcade left the home of Spanish Ambassador James Costos and his partner Michael Smith, where the Obamas had been staying, around 10am and headed to a private terminal next to Palm Springs International Airport.
A Riverside County Sheriff’s Department vehicle blocked traffic in both directions on Highway 111 as the motorcade sped to the airport.
Once there former First Lady Michelle was seen boarding a private jet owned by Sir Richard Branson.
TRUMP FIRST MONDAY: SIGNS 3 EXECUTIVE ORDERS – END TPP, FREEZE FEDERAL WORKERS HIRING EXCEPT IN MILITARY, BAN ABORTION FUNDING OVERSEAS – AND PROMISES 75% CUT ON REGULATIONS
FIRST DAY, THREE STRIKES! President Trump signed three executive orders on Monday morning:
1. WITHDRAWAL OF U.S. FROM TRANS PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP ( TPP )
- READ MORE: Trump rips up controversial TPP trade deal and says getting out is ‘a great thing for the American worker’
2. BAN ON FUNDING OF ABORTION OVERSEAS:
3. FREEZE ON FEDERAL HIRING EXCEPT MILITARY:
Trump also met with business leaders announcing he wants to cut regulation by 75% or ‘maybe more’ – Read more: Wants to slash regs by 75% — or ‘maybe more’…
( Rt.com ) After apparently being hacked, a Twitter account belonging to the New York Times reported that Russia intended to launch a missile attack against the US. The newspaper is investigating the situation.
The gaffe affected the NYT’s video account, @nytvideo, which tweeted out the hoax on Sunday at around 9:40am ET, citing a “leaked statement” from Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Though the alarming tweet was quickly deleted, others followed that were claimed by the hacker group OurMine, which has previously taken responsibility for hijacking a number of high-profile accounts on social media.
OurMine said it had “re-hacked” the account in order to stem the spread of misinformation after noticing that it had been broken into by a third party. Their messages were eventually deleted too.
READ MORE: Hacked NYT tweet claims Russia will attack US with missiles
CHELSEA CLINTON DEFENDS BARRON TRUMP FROM BULLIES:’Barron Trump deserves the chance every child does – to be a kid.’
( Daily Mail ) Former first daughter Chelsea Clinton came to the defense of Barron Trump on Sunday after he was subjected to taunts from internet bullies, though her statement quickly turned political.
Ten-year-old Barron was subject to a series of cruel taunts after Friday’s inauguration including one from an Saturday Night Live writer who said he will turn into a ‘homeschool shooter’.
Chelsea called for the public to lay off of Barron, while simultaneously encouraging her followers to oppose policies from Barron’s father President Donald Trump that she claims will be harmful to children.
In a Facebook post on Sunday, she said: ‘Barron Trump deserves the chance every child does – to be a kid.’
READ MORE: Former first daughter Chelsea Clinton speaks out to defend Donald Trump’s 10-year-old son from cruel internet bullies – but then immediately turns her post into a political attack on his father