10 HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE COMEY TESTIMONY

June 13, 2017

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1. Comey clearly stated that President Trump was at no point the subject of any FBI investigation.

2. Comey confirmed that the President never asked for the Russia investigation to be dropped.

3. Even MSNBC host Chis Matthews admitted that the TrumpRussiacollusionnarrativecame apart” with Comey’s testimony.

4. The former FBI director put it simply: “There have been many, many stories based on — well, lots of stuff, but about Russia that are dead wrong.”

5. The MSM has become reliant on anonymous sources, and it speaks volumes that it took a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing to bring the truth to light.

6. Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Arkansas, sought further clarification by pointedly asking about a much-discussed New York Times’ story titled “Trump Campaign Aides Had Repeated Contacts With Russian Intelligence.” Comey did not mince words by responding that the Times’ story “was not true” and saying yes when Cotton asked if the article was “almost entirely wrong.”

7. Comey also used Idaho Republican Sen. Jim Risch’s question on the Times’ false reporting as an opportunity to expand on “the challenge” with media reports using classified information and anonymous sourcing. He put it simply: “The people talking about it often don’t really know what’s going on.”

8. He went on to explain that “those of us who actually know what’s going on are not talking about it. And we don’t call the press to say, ‘Hey, you got that thing wrong about this sensitive topic.’ We just have to leave it there.” Underscoring the problems this administration has against a narrative based on unidentified sources and rumors.

9. Republican Sen. Marco Rubio on leaks to the press highlighted the agenda of the MSM to use leaks to harm the President, but also forced Comey to admit that he himself had leaked damaging information about the President. Rubio astutely observed “the only thing that’s never been leaked is the fact that the President was not personally under investigation.” Why? Because that didn’t fit the left’s Trump-Russia narrative.

10. We did learn a great deal about Comey’s concerns regarding the previous administratin — specifically the apparent obstruction arising from former Attorney General Loretta Lynch in the FBI’s Hillary Clinton email investigation. The Obama administration has serious questions to answer based on Comey’s testimony.

The Comey hearing ended up being a bust for those peddling conspiracy theories about Trump and Russia, and even more embarrassing for the media outlets fueling that hysteria with inaccurate reporting. It’s past time for this witch hunt to end, and hopefully Comey’s testimony helped hasten its demise.

Editor’s Note: Taken from a CNN oped on 6/09/2017 written by Anthony Scaramucci. Mr. Scaramucci is the founder of SkyBridge Capital and was a member of the Trump transition team.

20 REASONS WHY LEAVING THE PARIS AGREEMENT IS A GOOD IDEA

June 4, 2017

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1. The PARIS Agreement costs: $2.5 trillion in lost GDP.

2. It will increase electricity costs between 13% to 20%.

3. 400,000 jobs will be lost -of which 200k are in manufacturing.

4. It will reduce the income of a family of 4 by $20,000.

5. It asks U.S. and China to pay for carbon emotions. However, only we pledged the most while China hasn’t pledged anything.

6. According to corporate leaders the withdrawal from the Paris Agreement will have little impact on their investments and strategies. Companies are already adjusting to consumer demands to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions. They’re held responsible by consumers -not government.

7. Firms buy natural gas and renewable electricity because it is becoming cheaper (due to advancing technology), not because the omnipotent government tells them. Technology is the best way to reduce emissions -not treaties. And to do so without harming consumers through increasing the cost of electricity.

8. The Paris Agreement only mitigates about 0.2 degrees of the 2 degrees of expected warming -if UN models are accurate (doubtful).

9. After Bush’s Kyoto withdrawal, electricity prices in the US were half of the European Union average -which went up by 55% from 2005 to 2013. US energy prices are 1/3 of the prices in Germany -where emissions have gone up thanks to the abandonment of nuclear power.

10. Germany IS A PRIME EXAMPLE OF THE INEFFICIENCY OF GOVERNMENT CONTROLLED MARKETS. Draughts, surpluses & carbon emissions are up in Germany.

11. 15% of the world (1.2 billion ppl) don’t have access to electricity, yet alone the capability to get it through green energy.

12. Biofuels lead to 200k/yr of additional deaths because crops aren’t producing food due to government mandates for biofuels.

13. Third World countries need their own industrial revolution. The  Paris Agreement negates that right.

14. It will cost $100 trillion to MAYBE reduce global warming by 3/10 of 1 degree by 2100. Less than 1% of its’ targets.

15. A 26-28% reduction of 2005 green house emissions levels by 2025 reduces GDP by 150 billion $/yr and costs 6 million jobs.

16. 20-30% raise in the cost of electricity, and a 150th thousands of a degree cooling by 2100 postpones global warming by 8 months.

17. $100 billion/year of our tax money transfers to 3rd world countries and their corrupt governments.

18. Fossil fuels are the cheapest, most efficient and cost effective form of energy.

19. We must keep manufacturing in developed countries because of proper local regulations. Standards in 3rd World countries will damage the planet.

20. The United States contributed $1 billion to the global Green Climate Fund, but the world’s top polluters contributed nothing. -China Russia India

BETTER THAN #ParisAgreement:
1.Drill locally
2.Simplify tax code
3.Reduce gov spending
4.Reduce Deficit spending
5.Reduce Deficit financing

Israel financia ley de terrorismo que promulga su propia destrucción:

March 20, 2017

HOW TO DEFEND THE INDEFENSIBLE?

February 3, 2017

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If you are reading this, you are likely a person of intellectual curiosity that is willing to investigate a different point of view and perhaps question the mainstream media. The following is an attempt to clarify some of the misinformation regarding the perceived humanitarian meltdown of the United States.

THE MUSLIM BAN OR CAREFUL VETTING?

The executive order has been misrepresented and unfairly vilified. The ban is not a religious ban, but a vetting system that targets the countries that the previous administration deemed as the most up to date list of nations that foment and harbor terrorists.

Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly said: “This is not a travel ban. This is a temporary pause that allows us to better review the existing refugee & visa vetting system”.

According to an ABC News article from 2013, the Obama administration also ceased the process of Iraqi refugees from entering the U.S. in 2011 for a six-month period, even for people who had previously helped U.S. forces in Iraq. One person who applied for refugee status was even killed while waiting to be processed. This order happened after 2 Iraqi refugees in Kentucky were found to be al Qaeda terrorists and had killed U.S. soldiers while in Iraq. According to the report: “Several dozen suspected terrorist bombmakers, including some believed to have targeted American troops, may have mistakenly been allowed to move to the United States as war refugees.”

If you are an American or a legal resident coming from these countries, you will be released right away – after careful vetting. If you are not, then the new process will be longer and stricter than before in order to keep our citizens safe from dangerous acts of terrorism as we’ve been seeing in Europe, The Middle East, Africa, and even our own land. The vetting system used by the previous administration was found to be inappropriate according to their own intelligence experts – including the FBI. We can not allow dangerous people to enter our country to commit terrible crimes. This momentary pause is necessary.

FREE TRADE VS FAIR TRADE

Trade agreements such as NAFTA or TPP will only be renewed if they are fair. Even Bernie Sanders has gone recently on record criticizing such trade agreements as unfair to our country and our workers, while benefiting big corporations and other countries’ economies.

Claims by the US Chamber of Commerce that NAFTA has created millions of jobs are based on disingenuous accounting, which counts only jobs gained by exports but ignores jobs lost due to growing imports. The U.S. economy has grown in the past 20 years despite NAFTA, not because of it. Worse yet, wages in the United States have suffered. Likewise, workers in Mexico haven’t seen wage growth. Job losses and wage stagnation are NAFTA’s real legacy.

Companies from U.S. and Canada moved to Mexico because of cheap labor and lower corporate taxes. Americans factories closed, and American workers became unemployed; as for Mexico, no improvement for the average citizens, workers are under payed and their economy is still underperforming.

Trump is not a protectionist, he’s a believer of “free-fair trade”. NAFTA allows Mexico to pollute the environment, has poor labor laws (including abuse of women and children), manipulates its currency, and does not create opportunity for average blue collar workers.

Conservative and Free Market principles cannot work without justice and fairness for all players. The Trump administration is determined to even out the playing field.

THE WALL IS ANTI-IMMIGRATION OR IS IT ANTI-CRIME?

President Trump has mentioned several times that the main focus of his immigration policies is to deport illegal criminals, while welcoming those who are a positive contribution to our society.

Our country has been taken advantage by the unwillingness of prior administrations to enforce our immigration laws. Border control is a matter of safety and sovereignty, race has no place in the conversation. Mexico has one of the strongest immigration laws in the world, and they are not considered racist or inhumane for enforcing them – it is their sovereign right.

We have a poverty, unemployment, and lack of social mobility problem that needs to be addressed immediately – ahead of helping those who cross our borders illegally. Additionally, the border has been a friendly enabler of drug, arms and human trafficking due to past administrations’ negligence and unwillingness to fight a corrupt and unethical system.

Consider that President Donald Trump’s victory was an unforeseeable blow to the establishment, and their “fake news” propaganda machine. An aggressive and Machiavellian opposition attack to regain control of the system and the “status quo” is expected. It is our responsibility to expose the truth behind the strategies of indoctrination that are being used, with clear and respectful dialogue that can win the hearts and minds of people with good intentions but with equivocated information.

EL PRESIDENTE TRUMP Y EL RENACIMIENTO DE LA LIBERTAD

January 23, 2017

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La libertad para el ser pensante es el don humano de ejercer acciones basadas en el libre albedrío; es la habilidad de podernos separar de las cadenas de lo automático, del ritual de lo habitual, de nuestras limitaciones, del estatus quo; es la capacidad de liberarnos de nuestras predisposiciones naturales, de la trampa de nuestras tendencias; es la práctica de romper esquemas y patrones automatizados.
La Libertad nos separa de las bestias cuyos instintos programan su comportamiento, su vida y su destino. Ella nos da la opción de ser “únicos” y extraordinarios. El libre albedrío nos regala la llave que abre las puertas de probabilidades infinitas y oportunidades milagrosas.
La libertad no significa poder hacer, comer, o comprar lo que uno quiere; mas bien es aquel atrevimiento que es tan natural y espontáneo durante nuestra infancia y que nos llevaba a hacer cosas desde un punto de vista único, relativo y personal; y es también aquella madurez emocional y cognitiva que nos permite cambiar acciones heredadas y predestinadas.
Lamentablemente, son pocos los hombres o mujeres que pueden mantener ese don infantil que se pierde con la edad, las decepciones y lo cotidiano. Escasos son aquellos que tienen el coraje de pensar independientemente y convertirse en un Quijote que hace de su vida una aventura y ejemplo del ser humano existencialista por naturaleza, y no por fuerza de voluntad como los llamados filósofos, políticos y personalidades de hoy.

La libertad es la capacidad y la destreza de poder desviarse de las normas y las expectativas para poder acelerar el progreso humano.
Nuestro mayor poder se halla en la aceptación de nuestras imperfecciones como la herramienta necesaria para poder volar, e incluso para poder caer y volvernos a levantar con mayor fuerza.

Una sociedad sabia y próspera sabrá dar y fomentar esta forma de ser. Cualquier intento estatal de controlar nuestro derecho más importante y poderoso eventualmente hallará su fin.

El populismo de Obama en los EEUU y en muchos países de habla hispana han probado que la nueva ola de esquemas socialistas no son la alternativa necesaria para un mundo próspero que responda a las necesidades sociopoliticas de nuestros tiempos. En los EEUU tanto la imposición de impuestos para seguro médico por medio de ObamaCare, la violacion de nuestras libertades mediante el NDAA, y el intento de monopolizar los medios de información son algunos ejemplos que han convertido al Presidente Obama en el gobierno mas paternal e inmiscuido de nuestros tiempos. Mientras tanto el Movimiento Socialista del Siglo XXI en Latinoamérica ha hecho de Venezuela el país más peligroso en el mundo, en Ecuador está acabando con su economía y su relativa paz -ahuyentando a acreedores e inversionistas, y atrayendo a narcotraficantes y terroristas, y en Bolivia siguen viviendo en la pobreza eterna.
Nuestros hermanos latinoamericanos están sufriendo de mayores índices de violencia, de más corrupción, y ahora incluso la influencia del narco-terrorismo y el jihadismo.
Trampas electorales, la violación de derechos humanos, la censura a la libertad de expresión y la adoctrinación de sus ciudadanos con tácticas nazis son sus logros más grandes e infames, e irónicamente estrategias que se han comenzado a usar en los EEUU.

No debemos temer las caídas y las equivocaciones que vienen con el riesgo de ser libres y que son parte de nuestro crecimiento y de nuestra evolución. Un estado sobreprotector producirá una población sin ideas y sin el coraje de quererse arriesgar, y terriblemente endeudado; lo contrario producirá una sociedad abierta donde las ideas, los riesgos y el libre pensar crearán ciudadanos independientes, valerosos, compasivos, y por ende una sociedad más avanzada.

Donald Trump es la personificación del libre albedrío. Es un hombre criticado por su fallas, por sus limitaciones y por su atrevimiento de hacerse en contra del mismísimo sistema que generaciones de nosotros hemos querido cambiar. Es un pensador independiente que utiliza su sentido común para criticar las políticas auto-destructivas que por ser utópicas han puesto en riesgo la subsistencia de los EEUU.
Es un líder que ha sufrido varios altibajos, pero que se ha hecho más sabio por ellos.
Es un administrador que sabe motivar a sus trabajadores para que sean capaces de producir a su máxima capacidad.

Es un luchador que no se deja manipular por los medios de comunicación o los llamados expertos, pero que confía en su propia capacidad de pensar sin la influencia del mundo exterior.

Un pensante no-convencional que disfruta de controlar su propio destino y romper esquemas.

Un hombre que ha hecho de negociaciones un arte, y de ganar un hábito.
Ganó la presidencia americana por estas mismas virtudes, y será el Presidente que hará de la libertad y el libre albedrío su escudo de presentación.

Pedro Monge fue graduado del prestigioso Colegio San Gabriel en Quito, Ecuador y de Rutgers University de New Jersey donde obtuvo una Maestría en Ciencias Políticas en el 2010. Fue candidato Republicano para Asambleísta de NY en el 2008. Contribuidor político para The Heritage Foundation en el 2013. Maneja su propio blog de análisis político desde el 2008; es dueño y administra la página http://www.TrumpPresidente.com; al igual que las páginas de Facebook: Democracia y Libertad, y Trump Presidente. Su enfoque es en análisis político de América Latina y EEUU. Fomenta el pensamiento conservador del libre albedrío, y de la paz a través de la libertad. Pedro es Director de Bear Witness Central en el area de New Jersey y New York.

Today’s Dream Team Scouting Report: #ReincePriebus @Reince, #WhiteHouseChiefOfStaff #TrumpPresidente

January 18, 2017

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus

Reinhold Richard “Reince” Priebus born March 18, 1972, is an American attorney and politician who is Chairman of the Republican National Committee. He has previously served as RNC general counsel, and is the former chairman of the Republican Party of Wisconsin, where he is credited with helping to bring nationally known figures such as Paul Ryan, Speaker of the House, and Scott Walker, Governor of Wisconsin, into power on the state level and prominence on the national stage.

On November 13, 2016 it was announced that Priebus would serve as White House Chief of Staff.

Early life and career

  • Born in Dover, NJ, lived in Netcong, NJ until his family moved to Green Bay, Wisconsin.
  • His father is a former union electrician and his mother a real estate agent. His father is of German descent and his mother, who was born in Sudan, is of Greek descent.
  • At 16, he volunteered for several political campaigns while attending Tremper High school in Kenosha, WI.
  • After graduating, he attended the University of Wisconsin, where he majored in English and political science.
  • Priebus graduated cum laude in 1994 and prior to that had been elected to serve as student body president and was president of the College Republicans.
  • After graduation, Priebus served as a clerk for the Wisconsin State Assembly Education Committee. He then enrolled at the University of Miami School of Law in Coral Gables, Florida. While studying for his law degree, he worked as a clerk for the Wisconsin Court of Appeals, the Wisconsin Supreme Court, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, and also interned at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund in California.
  • In 1998, he graduated with a J.D.degree cum laude from the University of Miami after serving as president of the Law School Student Body. He moved back to Wisconsin and became a member of the State Bar.
  • Subsequently, he joined Wisconsin law firm Michael Best & Friedrich LLP, where he became a partner in 2006.
  • He was named as one of Wisconsin Super Lawyers magazine’s “Rising Stars” in 2008 and was included in the Milwaukee Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” list, also in 2008.

Early political career

  • He ran for election to the Wisconsin State Senate in 2004 but lost to the Democratic incumbent, Robert Wirch.
  • In 2007, he was elected chairman of the Wisconsin Republican Party. Two years later, in 2009, he also became the general counsel for the Republican National Committee.
  • As chairman of the Wisconsin Republican Party, Priebus led the party to success in the November 2010 elections in Wisconsin, which was previously a state held by the Democratic Party. The party won control of the State Senate and Assembly, and a Republican candidate was elected Governor.
  • In particular, his work to bring Wisconsin’s Tea Party movement together with the mainstream Republican party organization was credited by commentators as contributing to the party’s success.
  • Following the success of the 2010 elections, Priebus, with Paul Ryan, Ron Johnson and Scott Walker, became known as part of a rising Republican movement in Wisconsin that focused on conservative ideologies, particularly fiscal conservatism.
  • Priebus continued as Wisconsin party chairman and general counsel to the RNC to late 2010, when he stepped down as general counsel to run for election to chairman of the committee.

2011 RNC chairmanship election
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker supported Priebus’ bid from the beginning, attributing the party’s victories in Wisconsin to “Priebus’ leadership and involvement in the grassroots Tea Party movement that swept the state and the nation”. Priebus told delegates in his letter: “I will keep expenses low. I will put in strong and serious controls. We will raise the necessary funds to make sure we are successful. We will work to regain the confidence of our donor base and I will personally call our major donors to ask them to rejoin our efforts at the RNC.”
On January 14, 2011, Priebus was elected chairman of the Republican National Committee

Reinhold Richard “Reince” Priebus born March 18, 1972) is an American attorney and politician who is Chairman of the Republican National Committee. He has previously served as RNC general counsel, and is the former chairman of the Republican Party of Wisconsin, where he is credited with helping to bring nationally known figures such as Paul Ryan, Speaker of the House, and Scott Walker, Governor of Wisconsin, into power on the state level and prominence on the national stage.

On November 13, 2016 it was announced that Priebus would serve as White House Chief of Staff in the coming administration of President-elect Donald Trump.

RNC chairmanship

First term

  • Priebus inherited a $23 million debt from his predecessor Michael Steele, as well as severely strained relationships with “major donors”. Priebus stated that his goals for his leadership were to reduce the debt, rebuild the organization’s finances and improve relationships with major donors and party leaders, as well as aiding Republican efforts in the 2012 presidential elections.
  • By the end of 2011, Priebus raised more than $88 million and cut the RNC’s debt to $11.8 million.
  • Former RNC chairman Ed Gillespie described his work in glowing terms: “He’s completely restored faith at the RNC amongst donors and activists, he’s been on message and he has done a great job raising money, which is the principal role of the RNC chairman.”
  • During the 2012 State of the Union Address and presidential primary of 2012, Priebus and his RNC team were credited with keeping the focus on President Barack Obama. Despite such focus, Obama won re-election decisively over Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, by an electoral college voting margin of 332 to 206 (while the popular vote margin was four percent).
  • In 2012, he continued to focus on rebuilding the RNC’s finances by reaching out to donors, and at the end of the year the organization reported no debt.
  • After the Republican losses in 2012, Priebus ordered broad reviews of RNC operations. Of particular concern was voter outreach, including the party’s failed messaging to young people, women, and Hispanics. 2012 Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney lost each of these groups to Obama. The analysis of the election cycle would include gathering feedback from numerous volunteers and staffers who were involved at various levels. He began development of a political plan including a long-term strategy to reach demographic groups that had voted mainly Democratic in the November 2012 elections. The plan was labeled “The Growth and Opportunity Project”.

Second term

  • For Priebus’ second term he set the goal of “transforming the party – to be a force from coast to coast.”
  • On March 18, 2013, Priebus presented the completed Growth and Opportunity Project report developed from a listening tour and four-month analysis carried out by Priebus and Republican strategists. The report outlined a comprehensive plan for the party to overhaul its operations. Specific plans outlined in the report included: improving the Republican Party’s digital and research capabilities; a $10 million outreach effort to minority communities; supporting immigration reform; and reducing the length of the presidential primary season.
  • In September 2013, Priebus was successful in persuading both CNN and NBC to cancel planned biopics of Hillary Clinton, which had been criticized as “free campaigning on Clinton’s behalf”. Priebus stated that the networks would not be allowed to moderate a Republican primary debate if the films went ahead.
  • The following year, Politico reported that Priebus had made progress with efforts to make the RNC a year-round operation, particularly through investment into digital technology and field staff.
  • In a March 2014 CNN op-ed, Priebus said that the RNC had established a data management and predictive analytics initiative called Para Bellum Labs, with an office in Silicon Valley. Continuing Priebus’ aim to create an initiative to rival the voter mobilization efforts of the 2012 Obama campaign, in May 2014, the RNC launched the Victory 365 program. The program focuses on communicating with and encouraging the efforts of volunteers across the U.S. to reach others in their communities.
  • Priebus worked to reduce the length of the presidential primary calendar, generating support for a RNC rules change to make the  calendar shorter by up to 3 months and bringing the national convention to late June at the earliest.
  • Following the Growth and Opportunity Project report (also called “the autopsy” and “the post-mortem”. Priebus led efforts to reach out to black, Latino and Asian American voters.
  • In July 2014, he spoke at the National Association of Black Journalists convention, where he said that to support these efforts the Republican Party was spending  $8.5 million per month and had established offices in 15 states.
  • In a speech on October 2, 2014, Priebus laid out the RNC’s “Principles for American Renewal”, covering 11 goals of the Republican party in the lead up to the 2016 presidential election. The principles include three economy-related proposals for the Senate to move forward: approval of construction on the Keystone XL Pipeline; federal healthcare law reform; and a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. constitution. Other goals included in the principles include job creation, care of veterans, immigration and government spending. Following the speech, the Democratic National Committee issued a statement criticizing Priebus, arguing that Republicans are “out of step with the American public”.
  • On January 16, 2015, Priebus was reelected to a third term on a near-unanimous vote, making him the first chairman to lead the RNC for three consecutive terms with a Democratic president in the White House. Priebus was credited for his fundraising skills, healing relations with major Republican donors, and the ability to maintain “generally warm acceptance” by conservatives and moderates alike, among other accomplishments.

 

Third term

  • On October 30, 2015, after the third Republican presidential debate in Boulder, Colorado, in which there were clashes between the Republican candidates and the debate moderators, the RNC announced that NBC News would no longer host the February 26, 2016, debate in Houston. Priebus showed concerns that an NBC-hosted debate could result in a “repeat” of the CNBC debate, as both are divisions of NBCUniversal, although NBC News is editorially separate from CNBC. He explained that CNBC had conducted the October 28 debate in “bad faith”, arguing that “while debates are meant to include tough questions and contrast candidates’ visions and policies for the future of America, CNBC’s moderators engaged in a series of ‘gotcha’ questions, petty and mean-spirited in tone, and designed to embarrass our candidates.
  • In December 2015, Priebus publicly criticized then  presidential candidate Donald Trump’s proposal to temporarily suspend Muslim immigration in response to terrorist attacks. “I don’t agree,” Priebus told The Washington Examiner.
  • On April 22, 2016, Priebus appealed for party unity, regardless of who would become the Republican Party’s nominee.
  • Priebus went on to forge a positive relationship with Trump and was personally involved in quashing efforts by anti-Trump delegates to prevent Trump’s nomination.

Trump Administration
After the 2016 election of Donald Trump to the presidency, Priebus was selected as the future president’s White House Chief of Staff. On November 13, Trump announced his choice of Priebus for the Chief of Staff position, at the same time as announcing Stephen Bannon as White House Chief Strategist and Senior Advisor.

Personal life
In 1999, Priebus married his high school girlfriend Sally L. Sherrow whom he met at an Illinois church when he was 18 and she was 16. They ended up going to prom together. They broke up for a time before getting back together and finally marrying in 1999. They have two children: Jack Priebus (born 2005), and Grace Avalyn Priebus (born 2010).

Today’s Dream Team Scouting Report: #NikkiHaley @nikkihaley, #AmbassadorToTheUnitedNations #TrumpPresidente

January 17, 2017

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Early life and education

Born Nimrata Randhawa in Bamberg, South Carolina, on January 20, 1972, to an Indian Sikh family. Her parents, father Ajit Singh Randhawa and mother Raj Kaur Randhawa, are immigrants from Amritsar District, Punjab, India, where Ajit had been a professor at Punjab Agricultural University and Raj had received her law degree from the University of Delhi.

Haley’s parents immigrated to Canada after her father received a scholarship offer from the University of British Columbia. After her father earned a PhD degree in 1969, he moved his young family to South Carolina to accept a position as a professor at Voorhees College. Her mother, Raj Randhawa earned a master’s degree in education and taught for seven years in the Bamberg, South Carolina public schools before founding her clothing shop Exotica International in 1976.

When Haley was 5 years old, her parents entered her in the “Miss Bamberg” contest. The contest traditionally crowned a black queen and a white queen. The judges decided Haley did not fit either category, so the judges disqualified her.

At age 12, Nikki began helping with the bookkeeping in Exotica International, her mother’s ladies’ clothing shop. The Economist likens her to another shopkeeper’s daughter, Margaret Thatcher, writing that Nikki’s girlhood job in her mother’s shop gave her “an extreme watchfulness about overheads and a sharp aversion to government intrusion.”

Nikki is a graduate of Orangeburg Preparatory Schools and Clemson University, with a BS degree in accounting.

Career

  • Haley worked for FCR Corporation, a waste management and recycling company, before joining her mother’s business, Exotica International, an upscale clothing firm, in 1994. The family business grew to become a multimillion-dollar company.
  • Haley was named to the board of directors of the Orangeburg County Chamber of Commerce in 1998.
  • Was named to the board of directors of the Lexington Chamber of Commerce in 2003.
  • Haley became treasurer of the National Association of Women Business Owners in 2003 and president in 2004.
  • She chaired the Lexington Gala to raise funds for the local hospital.
  • She also serves on the Lexington Medical Foundation, Lexington County Sheriff’s Foundation, and West Metro Republican Women.
  • She is president of the South Carolina Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners and
  • was chair for the 2006 Friends of Scouting Leadership Division campaign.
  • She is a member of the Rotary Club in Lexington.

South Carolina House of Representatives 

Elections
In 2004, Haley ran for the South Carolina House of Representatives for a district in Lexington County. She challenged incumbent state Representative Larry Koon in the Republican primary—the real contest in this heavily Republican district. Koon, who had served since 1975, was the longest-serving member of the House. Her platform was anti-tax and fiscally conservative with an emphasis on education. In the primary election, she forced a runoff as Koon won just 42% of the vote. In the runoff, she defeated him 55%–45%. She then ran unopposed in the general election. She became the first Asian-American of Asian Sikh Indian heritage to hold office in South Carolina.

She was unopposed for re-election to a second term in 2006. In 2008, she won re-election to a third term, defeating Democrat Edgar Gomez 83%–17%.

Tenure
Haley was elected chair of the freshman caucus in 2005 and majority whip in the South Carolina General Assembly. She was the only freshman legislator named to a whip spot.

Fiscal policy

  • One of Haley’s stated goals is to lower taxes.
  • She voted against a bill to override the governor’s veto to place a surtax on every cigarette produced. The funds earned would be appropriated to smoking prevention programs and cancer research related to smoking.
  • She voted for a bill that raised sales taxes to 6%. The bill exempted sales tax on unprepared food such as canned goods. The same bill also exempts property tax on “owner-occupied residential property” except for the taxes due from what is still owed on the property.
  • Haley has said that funds allocated for public education can be used more effectively. She has proposed a plan that would determine a teacher’s salary based not only on seniority and qualifications but also on job performance.
  • During her gubernatorial campaign, Haley stated that she would be in favor of school choice and more charter schools. She has said that wasteful spending occurs when funds allocated for education sit too long in departmental accounts before being spent.
  • Haley supports barring legislators from collecting legislative pensions while they’re in office. She believes the pensions should be based only on the $10,400 legislative salary instead of the salary plus lawmakers’ $12,000 annual expense allowance.

Immigration policy

  • Haley has stated that, as the daughter of immigrants, she believes the immigration laws should be enforced.
  • She voted in favor of a law that requires employers to be able to prove that newly hired employees are legal residents of the United States, and also requires all immigrants to carry documentation at all times proving that they are legally in the United States.
  • Haley signed an “Arizona-style” law cracking down on illegal immigration in June 2011, but the law is the subject of a lawsuit initiated by the United States Justice Department on numerous grounds, including claims the immigration law violates the Supremacy Clause. Rob Godfrey, a spokesman for Haley, said, “If the feds were doing their job, we wouldn’t have had to address illegal immigration reform at the state level. But, until they do, we’re going to keep fighting in South Carolina to be able to enforce our laws.”

Abortion

  • Haley has consistently supported bills that protect the rights of a fetus and restrict abortion, except when the mother’s life is at risk. As a member of the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2006, Haley voted for the Penalties for Harming an Unborn Child/Fetus law, which asserted that an act of violence against a fetus is akin to a criminal act against the mother.
  • Also voted for two separate bills that required a woman to first look at an ultrasound and then wait 24 hours before being permitted to have an abortion.
  • Haley has voted yes on some bills relating to abortion that were tabled or rejected, including the Inclusion of Unborn Child/Fetus in Definition for Civil Suits Amendment, Prohibiting Employment Termination Due to Abortion Waiting Period amendment, and Exempting Cases of Rape from Abortion Waiting Period amendment. The last-mentioned bill would have allowed specific cases of women to not have to wait the mandatory 24 hours before having an abortion.

Committee assignments 

Labor, Commerce and Industry
Medical, Military, Public and Municipal Affairs

Caucus memberships

Freshman Caucus, 2005–2006 (Chair)
Lexington County Meth Taskforce
Sportsman’s Caucus
Women’s Caucus, 2007 (Vice Chair)

2010 gubernatorial election

South Carolina gubernatorial election, 2010

Haley was elected governor on November 2, 2010, over the Democratic candidate, Vincent Sheheen 51% to 47%.  She is considered the third non-white person to have been elected as governor of a Southern state, after Virginia’s L. Douglas Wilder and Louisiana’s Bobby Jindal.

Haley’s victory marked the first gubernatorial victory for a Sikh in US history.

Governorship 

Economic policies 

Haley supports lower taxes, opposes regulation and is extremely anti-union.

Confederate flag 

In June 2015, following the Charleston church shooting, Haley led bi-partisan calls for the removal of the Confederate flag from the State Capitol and its grounds. Haley stated:

“These grounds (the State Capital) are a place that everybody should feel a part of. What I realized now more than ever is people were driving by and felt hurt and pain. No one should feel pain.” Haley also said, “There is a place for that flag,” but she said “It’s not in a place that represents all people in South Carolina.”

In July 2015, Haley signed a Bill to authorize removing the Confederate flag from the flagpole on the grounds of the South Carolina Capitol.

LGBT issues

In April 2016, Haley indicated she would not support legislation introduced by the South Carolina State Senate which would require transgender individuals to use restrooms based on biological sex instead of gender identity. Haley stated:

“These are not instances… Y’all haven’t reported on anything. I haven’t heard anything that’s come to my office. So when I look at South Carolina, we look at our situations, we’re not hearing of anybody’s religious liberties that are being violated, and we’re, again, not hearing any citizens that feel like they are being violated in terms of freedoms.”

Haley described such restroom legislation as unnecessary.

Israel

Haley has been described as a “strong supporter of the State of Israel”. As South Carolina Governor she signed into law a bill to stop efforts to boycott, divest and sanction Israel. The anti-BDS legislation was the first of kind on a statewide level.

Other issues 

In 2016, Governor Haley was named among “The 100 Most Influential People” by Time magazine.

She also supports a law requiring photo identification at the polls.

2014 re-election

Haley was re-elected on November 4, 2014, with a 55.9 percent to 41.3 percent win, almost tripling her previous margin of victory over Sheheen in 2010 gubernatorial elections. Her second term as governor of South Carolina was set to expire on January 9, 2019.

 

Personal life 

Haley was raised as a Sikh. In September 1996, she married Michael Haley with both Sikh and Methodist ceremonies. Haley identifies herself today as a Christian, as well as Sikh. She attends Mt. Horeb United Methodist Church, as well as Sikh Gurdwara services.

Her husband is an officer in the South Carolina Army National Guard and was sent on a year-long deployment to Afghanistan in January 2013. The couple has two children, Rena and Nalin.

In May 2015, she received an honorary doctorate in public service from the University of South Carolina.

 

 

 

Today’s Dream Team Scouting Report: DavidShulkin, Secretary of Veterans Affairs #SecretaryOfVeteransAffairs #TrumpPresidente

January 16, 2017

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David Jonathon Shulkin
June 22, 1959
Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Spouse(s) Merle Bari
Education Hampshire College (BS)
Drexel University (MD)

Early life and education 

  • Born in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania.
  • He received a BS from Hampshire College in 1982, and a
  • MD degree from Medical College of Pennsylvania in 1986;
  • Internship at Yale School of Medicine,
  • Residency and fellowship in General Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Presbyterian Medical Center.

Career

  • Served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City.
  • Also served as President of Morristown Medical Center and the Atlantic Health System accountable Care Organization.
  • He has been Chief Medical Officer of the University of Pennsylvania Health System,
  • The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania,
  • Temple University Hospital, and
  • The Medical College of Pennsylvania Hospital.

His other academic positions have included:

  • Chairman of Medicine
  • Vice Dean at Drexel University College of Medicine,
  • Professor of Medicine at Albert Einstein School of Medicine.
  • Editor of Journal of Clinical Outcomes Management and Hospital Physician,
  • and has been on the editorial boards of several journals, including Journal of the American Medical Association.
  • He founded and served as the Chairman and CEO of DoctorQuality, Inc a consumer-oriented information service.
  • Dr. Shulkin has written 25 peer-reviewed journal articles, and numerous other professional publications.
  • Under Secretary of Veterans Affairs for Health in July 6, 2015 under President Barack Obama

U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs 

On January 11, 2017, Shulkin was selected by President-elect Trump as Secretary of Veterans Affairs pending Senate confirmation. Shulkin resigned from a private sector position with an annual salary of a $1.3 million to work in Veterans Affairs, where he’s paid $170,000 a year.

Awards and honors

  • Fellow of the American College of Physicians[9]
  • Senior Fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute in Health Economics at the University of Pennsylvania.
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania.
  • National Health Policy Fellow, U.S. Senate Committee on Aging
  • Named one of the country’s top Health care leaders for the next century by Modern Healthcare
  • Ranked as International Leader in Health Care Award by the Healthcare Forum.
  • Named One of the Hundred Most Powerful in Healthcare (ranked #86) by Modern Healthcare

 

 

Today’s Dream Team Scouting Report: @DanCoats, Director of National Intelligence #DirectorOfNationalIntelligence #TrumpPresidente

January 12, 2017

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Daniel Ray Coats
May 16, 1943
Jackson, Michigan, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Marsha Coats
Children 3
Education Wheaton College, Illinois (BA)
Indiana University, Indianapolis (JD)

Daniel Ray “Dan” Coats is an American politician who served as a United States Senator from Indiana from 1989 to 1999, and again from 2011 to 2017.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1966 to 1968. Before serving in the U.S. Senate, Coats was a member of the United States House of Representatives, representing Indiana’s 4th congressional district from 1981 to 1989. He was appointed to fill the Senate seat vacated by Dan Quayle following Quayle’s election as Vice President of the United States in 1988. Coats won the 1990 special election to serve the remainder of Quayle’s unexpired term, as well as the 1992 election for a full six-year term. He did not seek reelection in 1998.

After retiring from the Senate, Coats served as U.S. Ambassador to Germany from 2001 to 2005, and then worked as a lobbyist in Washington, D.C. He was re-elected to the Senate by a large margin in 2010, succeeding Bayh, who announced his own retirement shortly after Coats declared his candidacy. Coats declined to run for re-election in 2016, and was succeeded by Todd Young.

On January 5, 2017, Coats was nominated by President-elect Donald Trump for the post of Director of National Intelligence.

Early life, education and career 

Coats was born in Jackson, Michigan. His father was of English and German descent, and his maternal grandparents emigrated from Sweden. Coats attended local public schools, and graduated from Jackson High School in 1961. He then studied at Wheaton College in Illinois, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science in 1965. At Wheaton, he was an active student athlete on the soccer team. He served in the United States Army from 1966 to 1968, and earned a Juris Doctor from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis in 1972, where he was also the associate editor of the Indiana Law Review. He also served as assistant vice president of a Fort Wayne life insurance company.

U.S. House of Representatives

From 1976 to 1980, Coats worked for then-U.S. Representative Dan Quayle, a Republican from Indiana’s 4th congressional district, as Quayle’s district representative. When Quayle decided to challenge three-term Democratic incumbent Birch Bayh in the 1980 U.S. Senate election, Coats ran for and won Quayle’s seat in the U.S. House.

Political positions 

Gun laws
Coats has supported gun control measures. In 1991, he voted in favor of the Biden-Thurmond Violent Crime Control Act of 1991. This act, which did not become law, would have created a waiting period for handgun purchases and placed a ban on semi-automatic firearms. Subsequently, he supported the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act that President Clinton signed into law in 1993. The legislation imposed a waiting period before a handgun could be transferred to an individual by a licensed dealer, importer, or manufacturer. This waiting period ended when the computerized instant check system came online. Coats also supported Feinstein Amendment 1152 to the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1993. The purpose of this amendment was to “restrict the manufacture, transfer, and possession of certain semiautomatic assault weapons and large capacity ammunition feeding devices”.

In April 2013, Coats was one of 46 senators to vote against passage of a bill which would have expanded background checks for gun buyers. Coats voted with 40 Republicans and 5 Democrats to stop the passage of the bill.

Taxes
In 1995 Senator Coats introduced S. 568: Family, Investment, Retirement, Savings, and Tax Fairness Act which would provide “family tax credits, increase national savings through individual retirement plus accounts, indexing for inflation the income thresholds for taxing social security benefits, etc”. The bill did not become law.

LGBT issues
In 1993, Coats emerged as an opponent of President Clinton’s effort to allow LGBT individuals to serve openly in the armed forces. Coats was one of the authors of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy and opposed its 2011 repeal. He does not support same-sex marriage but opposes interference with “alternative lifestyles”.

Russia
Coats pressed President Barack Obama to punish Russia harshly for its March 2014 annexation of Crimea. For this stance, Coats and several other lawmakers were banned from travelling to Russia.

Other
Coats cosponsored, with former Senators Edward M. Kennedy, Christopher Dodd, and James Jeffords, S.2206: Coats Human Services Reauthorization Act of 1998. This bill, which was enacted into law, “amended the Head Start Act, the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Act of 1981, and the Community Services Block Grant Act… in order to provide an opportunity for persons with limited means to accumulate assets.”

In 1996, Coats cosponsored the Line Item Veto Act of 1996 which President Clinton signed into law. The bill allowed the President to “rewrite legislation by vetoing single items of spending or specific tax breaks approved by Congress.”The Supreme Court of the United States declared the law unconstitutional in Clinton v. City of New York.

Coats made headlines in August 1998, when he publicly questioned the timing of President Bill Clinton’s cruise missile attacks on Afghanistan and Sudan, suggesting they might be linked to the Lewinsky scandal: “While there is clearly much more we need to learn about this attack and why it was ordered today, given the president’s personal difficulties this week, it is legitimate to question the timing of this action.”

Between U.S. Senate tenures

Coats worked as Special Counsel member in the firm Verner, Liipfert, Bernhard, McPherson and Hand in 2000 and 2001.

In 2001, Coats was reportedly one of George W. Bush’s top choices to be Secretary of Defense, a job eventually given to Donald Rumsfeld who had previously held it under President Gerald Ford.

From August 15, 2001, to February 28, 2005, Coats was the United States Ambassador to Germany. As ambassador during the lead-up to the Iraq war, he pressured the German government not to oppose the war, threatening worsened US relations with Germany. As Ambassador he also played a ke.g. role in establishing robust relations with opposition leader Angela Merkel and in the construction of a new U.S Embassy in the heart of Berlin next to the Brandenburg Gate.

In 2005, Coats drew attention when he was chosen by President George W. Bush to shepherd Harriet Miers’s failed nomination to the Supreme Court through the Senate. Echoing Senator Roman Hruska’s famous 1970 speech in defense of Harrold Carswell, Coats said to CNN regarding the nomination: “If being a great intellectual powerhouse is a qualification to be a member of the court and represent the American people and the wishes of the American people and to interpret the Constitution, then I think we have a court so skewed on the intellectual side that we may not be getting representation of America as a whole.”

In 2007, Coats served as co-chairman of a team of lobbyists for Cooper Industries, a Texas corporation that moved its principal place of business to Bermuda, where it would not be liable for U.S. taxes. In that role, he worked to block Senate legislation that would have closed a tax loophole, worth hundreds of millions of dollars to Cooper Industries.

Personal life 

Coats lives in Fort Wayne, Indiana and is married to Marsha Coats, Indiana’s female representative to the Republican National Committee. During the 2016 presidential campaign she endorsed Donald Trump, saying, “I truly believe the office will change Donald Trump. I believe it will humble him. And, I think even Donald will be impelled to turn to God for guidance… I believe our party needs to give Donald Trump a chance.”

Coats is a member of The Fellowship, an informal and highly-secretive association of Christian lawmakers. He received the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America’s Charles G. Berwind Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012. He also frequently donates to charity and has helped underprivileged youth.

 

Today’s Dream Team Scouting Report: @RepMikePompeo, Director of the Central Intelligence #CIADirector #TrumpPresidente

January 11, 2017

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Born Michael Richard Pompeo
December 30, 1963
Orange, California, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Susan Pompeo
Children 1
Education United States Military Academy (BS)
Harvard University (JD)

Education, and early career 

The son of Dorothy (née Mercer) and Wayne Pompeo. He attended the U.S. Military Academy where he majored in Mechanical Engineering, graduating first in his class in 1986 and subsequently serving in the Regular Army as an Armor Branch cavalry officer from 1986 to 1991. He received his J.D. from Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. He then worked as a lawyer for Williams & Connolly. According to his official biography, he then served as a cavalry officer patrolling the Iron Curtain before the fall of the Berlin Wall. He also served with the 2nd Squadron, 7th Cavalry in the Fourth Infantry Division.

Business career 

Pompeo founded Thayer Aerospace and Private Security. In 2006 he sold his interest in Thayer (which was renamed Nex-Tech Aerospace). He became the President of Sentry International, an oilfield equipment company.

U.S. House of Representatives 

Elections
2010
In the 2010 Kansas Republican primary for the 4th District Congressional seat, Pompeo defeated State Senator Jean Schodorf, Wichita businessman Wink Hartman and small business owner Jim Anderson. State Senator Dick Kelsey also ran for the nomination, but ended his campaign before the August primary and endorsed Pompeo. Late in the primary, Schodorf began to surge, prompting two outside groups—Americans for Prosperity and Common Sense Issues, an Ohio-based political group—to enter the race, spending tens of thousands of dollars in the final campaign days to attack Schodorf and support Pompeo.

In the general election, Pompeo defeated Democratic nominee State Representative Raj Goyle. Pompeo received 59% of the vote (117,171 votes), to 36% for Goyle (71,866).

2012
In his 2012 re-election bid, Pompeo defeated Democratic nominee Robert Tillman by a margin of 62%-32%.

2014
Pompeo won the general election, defeating Democrat Perry Schuckman, with 66.7% of the vote.

2016
Pompeo won the general election with 60.6% of the vote.

Committee assignments

  • Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and Committee on Energy and Commerce
  • The Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade
  • The Subcommittee on Energy and Power, and
  • the Subcommittee on the CIA.
  • He is also on the House Select Committee on the Events Surrounding the 2012  Benghazi

Nomination to be CIA Director 

On November 18, 2016, President-elect Donald Trump announced that he would nominate Pompeo to be the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

Political positions 

Abortion
Pompeo is strongly opposed to abortion, except in cases when the mother’s life is at risk. He does not support abortion in cases of rape and incest.[25]

Energy and environment
On May 9, 2013, Pompeo introduced the Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act (H.R. 1900; 113th Congress).

The bill placed a 12-month deadline on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, requiring it to approve or reject any proposal for a natural gas pipeline within that timeframe. The bill passed the House along party lines but not voted on in the Senate.

Pompeo rejects many concepts about global warming. UIn 2013, he said, “There are scientists who think lots of different things about climate change. There’s some who think we’re warming, there’s some who think we’re cooling, there’s some who think that the last 16 years have shown a pretty stable climate environment.”

Pompeo has referred to President Obama’s environment and climate change plans as “damaging” and “radical”. He opposes the regulation of greenhouse gas emissions, and supports eliminating the Environmental Protection Agency’s greenhouse gas registry program. He has said that Obama’s Clean Power Plan does not provide “any measurable environmental benefit.”

He signed the Americans for Prosperity’s No Climate Tax pledge. He has called for the elimination of wind power production tax credits, calling them an “enormous government handout”. He predicted a new energy bill would cost millions of jobs and make the United States a net food importer.

Firearms
Pompeo is a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association, which has endorsed him.

Healthcare
Pompeo opposes the Affordable Care Act.

Genetically modified foods
Pompeo opposes requiring food suppliers to label food made with genetically modified organisms, and to that end in April 2014 introduced the “Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act” to block states from requiring mandatory GMO food labeling.

 

Manufacturing
Pompeo introduced the Small Airplane Revitalization Act of 2013 into the House on May 7, 2013.

Military
Pompeo has been critical of President Obama, whom he repeatedly alleged was indecisive and not appropriately respectful of military leaders such as General McChrystal, who was forced to submit his resignation for having made negative comments about the president to Rolling Stone magazine. He accused the president of “unforgivably failing to provide the total commitment of our national means to our servicemen in the field.”

National security
Pompeo supports the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs, characterizing the agency’s efforts as “good and important work.” In March 2014, Pompeo denounced NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden’s inclusion in the South by Southwest conference in Austin, Texas, and called for Snowden’s invitation to speak via telecast at the annual Texas event be withdrawn, lest it encourages “lawless behavior” among attendees.

Pompeo has advocated for rolling back post-Snowden surveillance reforms, saying “Congress should pass a law re-establishing collection of all metadata, and combining it with publicly available financial and lifestyle information into a comprehensive, searchable database. Legal and bureaucratic impediments to surveillance should be removed. That includes Presidential Policy Directive-28, which bestows privacy rights on foreigners and imposes burdensome requirements to justify data collection.”

On July 21, 2015, Pompeo and Senator Tom Cotton alleged the existence of secret side agreements between Iran and the IAEA on procedures for inspection and verification of Iran’s nuclear activities under the Iran nuclear deal. The Obama administration denied any clandestine or secret actions.

In a 2013 speech on the House floor, Pompeo said Muslim leaders who fail to denounce acts of terrorism done in the name of Islam are “potentially complicit” in the attacks.The Council on American-Islamic Relations called on Pompeo to revise his remarks, calling them “false and irresponsible”.

Pompeo opposes closing Guantánamo Bay detention camp. After a 2013 visit to the prison, Pompeo said, of the prisoners who were on hunger strike, “It looked to me like a lot of them had put on weight.”

Pompeo has criticized the Obama administration’s decision to end the CIA’s secret prisons (so-called “black sites”), and the administration’s requirement that all interrogators adhere to anti-torture laws.