Reuters: Spend more on defence or we move troops to Poland, U.S. envoy tells Germany

Sour puss

An envoy of U.S. President Donald Trump suggested on Friday that Chancellor Angela Merkel’s unwillingness to boost defence spending might give the United States no choice but to move American troops stationed in Germany to Poland.

The comments by Richard Grenell, the U.S. ambassador to Germany, signal Trump’s impatience with Merkel’s failure to raise defence spending to 2% of economic output as mandated by the NATO military alliance.

“It is offensive to assume that the U.S. taxpayers continue to pay for more than 50,000 Americans in Germany but the Germans get to spend their (budget) surplus on domestic programmes,” Grenell told the dpa news agency.

Germany’s fiscal plans foresee the defence budget of NATO’s second-largest member rising to 1.37% of output next year before falling to 1.24% in 2023.

Eastern European countries like Poland and Latvia, fearful of Russia after it annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, have raised their military spending to the 2% target, drawing praise from Trump who wants Germany to do the same.

Source: Spend more on defence or we move troops to Poland, U.S. envoy tells Germany

Reuters: Johnson threatens to withhold 39 billion pound Brexit payment

Boris Johnson, the leading candidate to succeed Theresa May as Britain’s next prime minister, said he would withhold a previously agreed 39 billion pound Brexit payment until the European Union gives Britain better exit terms.

The EU has repeatedly said it will not reopen discussion of the Brexit transition deal it reached with May last year, which British lawmakers have rejected three times, prompting May to announce her resignation earlier this month.

May stepped down as leader of the governing Conservatives on Friday.

Johnson, a former foreign secretary in May’s cabinet, is popular with ordinary Conservative Party members, who will decide between the two candidates who come top in a series of votes by Conservative lawmakers over the coming weeks.

“I always thought it was extraordinary that we should agree to write that entire cheque before having a final deal. In getting a good deal, money is a great solvent and a great lubricant,” Johnson told the Sunday Times.

Britain is due to leave the EU on Oct. 31. If Parliament does not approve a deal – and the government does not ask the EU for another delay – there risks being major economic disruption from a disorderly departure.

The 39 billion pounds represents outstanding British liabilities to the EU, which would be paid over a number of years according to the withdrawal agreement negotiated by May.

Source: Johnson threatens to withhold 39 billion pound Brexit payment – Reuters

Reuters: Mexico freezes bank accounts in widening migration clampdown

Diamonds are made under pressure…

The Mexican Finance Ministry said on Thursday it blocked the bank accounts of 26 people for their alleged involvement in human trafficking, as Mexico broadens its migration clampdown under intense pressure from U.S. President Donald Trump.

The ministry’s Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) said in a statement it froze the accounts due to “probable links with human trafficking and illegal aid to migrant caravans.”

Source: Mexico freezes bank accounts in widening migration clampdown – Reuters

The Daily Caller: Disney Threatens To Boycott Georgia But Partners With China, Which Puts Muslims In Internment Camps

I recommend everyone write Disney CEO, Bob Iger, and tell him just what you think of his boycott… His address is at the bottom of the article.

The Walt Disney Company is considering boycotting Georgia over its new abortion law, even as Disney profits from doing business in China, a notorious human rights violator that is putting Muslims in internment camps.

Disney CEO Bob Iger told Reuters on Thursday the company is likely to cease filming in Georgia if the pro-life law takes effect.

Source: Disney Threatens To Boycott Georgia But Partners With China, Which Puts Muslims In Internment Camps | The Daily Caller

In the end, our 50 states are 50 sovereign states bound together under the US Constitution. The citizens of a state have a right to vote for laws they want for their state. While businesses have the right to do anything they wish with their money, it’s completely unethical to indiscriminately harm people, many of which may not support that law, just to put political pressure on elected officials.

Terrorism is generally defined as harming a civilian population in order to create political pressure on the leaders of those civilians, so while some might argue the point, there’s a strong case to be made that Bob Iger and the rest of Hollywood is engaged in economic terrorism.

But I think this will backfire, because not only does it indiscriminately harm people, but it gives those people the business intended to harm the resolve to continue on.

Write Disney and send it to the address below. We really need to let Bob Iger know what we think of his boycott of Georgia.

Robert A. Iger
Chief Executive Officer 
The Walt Disney Company 
500 South Buena Vista Street 
Burbank, CA 91521-4873

Reuters: British ex-spy will not talk to U.S. prosecutor examining Trump probe origins

It really figures this jackass would stop cooperating.

Christopher Steele

The former British spy who produced a dossier describing alleged links between Donald Trump and Russia will not cooperate with a prosecutor assigned by U.S. Attorney General William Barr to review how the investigations of Trump and his 2016 election campaign began, a source with knowledge of the situation said.

Christopher Steele, a former Russia expert for the British spy agency MI6, will not answer questions from prosecutor John Durham, named by Barr to examine the origins of the investigations into Trump and his campaign team, said the source close to Steele’s London-based private investigation firm, Orbis Business Intelligence.

Source: British ex-spy will not talk to U.S. prosecutor examining Trump probe origins: source – Reuters