This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute. 

Donald Trump declared yesterday, “Jim Jordan is one of the most outstanding people I’ve met since I’ve been in Washington. I believe him 100 percent. No question in my mind.”  Amen.

The President is responding to reports calculated to besmirch Rep. Jordan’s heretofore unblemished record of integrity, character and conservative conviction. 

Two facts help calibrate such reports.  First, they are emanating from Perkins Cole – a Washington DC law firm best known as an instrument of Democratic political warfare, notably, for its promotion of the fraudulent Steele “dossier.”

Second, Perkins Cole’s attack on Rep. Jordan is occurring as the Congressman’s campaign to become the next Speaker of the House gathers steam.  Swamp creatures, including Democrats and the current Republican congressional leadership, have a mutual interest in taking him out.

The rest of us should join President Trump in standing with Jim Jordan.

This is Frank Gaffney.

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This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

Mike Pompeo is off on his third trip to Pyongyang aimed at advancing the denuclearization of North Korea. The Secretary of State must contend with two competing realities.

First, Kim Jong-un’s regime is continuing nuclear weapons-related activities, notwithstanding the commitment to denuclearization he ostensibly expressed to President Trump in Singapore. That’s evident from photographs of above-ground facilities and must be assumed to be true at deeply buried, covert ones, as well. 

Second, officials in South Korea are urging the Trump administration to back away from its insistence that nothing less than Kim’s complete, irreversible and verifiable denuclearization will be acceptable. They are leaking that the U.S. has actually agreed.

Given North Korea’s past, unbroken record of cheating, the fact that it is already violating the spirit of Kim’s undertakings means that complete, irreversible and verifiable denuclearization is the only acceptable outcome. 

This is Frank Gaffney.

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This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute. 

Fox News’ Judge Jeanine Pirro has raised a much-needed alarm about a serious national security threat.  On Saturday, she and Rep. Duncan Hunter established that UAE-based Gulftainer is a company that shouldn’t be anywhere near U.S. ports, let alone running two of them. 

Congressman Hunter observed that Gulftainer is co-owned by the family of Saddam Hussein’s nuclear bomb-maker.  And it has a joint venture with a Russian company that exports the Club-K system – which conceals a launcher for four cruise missiles inside what looks like an ordinary shipping container.  These missiles can be equipped with weapons of mass destruction.

Government bureaucrats have failed to address the inherent danger posed by such a company and permitted it to manage container operations at Port Canaveral, Florida and the port of Wilmington, Delaware.  President Trump must protect our ports – and us – from Gulftainer. 

This is Frank Gaffney.

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This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

Andrés Manuel Lopez Obrador isn’t an easy name for Americans to remember.  But the victor in yesterday’s Mexican presidential election is universally known by his acronym, which is easily recalled since AMLO rhymes, appropriately, with “Uh, oh." 

Despite AMLO’s assurances that he seeks a “respectful and cooperative” relationship with the United States, that seems highly unlikely.  After all, he is a radical leftist in the mold of Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez, whose disastrous legacy we don’t want next door. And he considers Mexican and other migration to the U.S. to be a “human right” he’ll facilitate – a formula for mass penetration of our border. 

We need a wall.  Until we get it built, security would be greatly enhanced by quickly turning back on Blue Servo’s highly effective “virtual fence” along the Texan border – and expanding it to illegals’ major crossing points elsewhere.    

This is Frank Gaffney.

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This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute. 

How would you feel if two major ports in the United States were to be run by a company owned by the family of Saddam Hussein’s nuclear bomb-maker – a company that also has a joint venture with the Russian manufacturer of cruise missile launchers concealed in shipping containers? And how would you want your government to respond to such a prospect? 

Most of us would, quite sensibly, regard this as an insane idea and would expect the federal government to prevent it.

Unfortunately, just such a company – known as Gulftainer – already manages container operations in strategically located Port Canaveral, Florida and will soon be doing the same in Wilmington, Delaware’s port. And the U.S. government has just turned a blind eye to the obvious peril these arrangements pose.

What could possibly go wrong? We may soon find out the answer is: plenty.

This is Frank Gaffney.

 

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This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

President Trump announced yesterday that he will be meeting next month with Russian dictator Vladimir Putin.  On the agenda so far we’re told are Ukraine and Syria. 

So should be Russia’s ominous nuclear build-up, including the impending deployment of hypersonic missiles against which we currently have no defense.  Ditto, Putin’s collaboration with China to supplant the dollar as the reserve currency of the world. And the Kremlin’s cyber attacks on others’ electric grids and its aggressive efforts to subvert Western democracies through covert action and influence operations.

Since Mr. Trump clearly seeks to improve relations with Putin and Russia, the temptation will be great to ignore such unpleasant topics and their strategic implications. But if relations are really to improve, he must be prepared, like Ronald Reagan at the Reykjavik summit, to confront the disagreeable and, if necessary, to walk away.    

This is Frank Gaffney.

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This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute. 

Hallelujah! The U.S. Supreme Court yesterday affirmed the President’s authority to exercise his judgment, just as his predecessors have done, in barring entry to foreigners deemed too dangerous to admit. It’s alarming that four justices rejected not only past practice, but what Congress and the Constitution have clearly authorized – and commonsense dictates – in this regard. 

Writing for the majority, though, Chief Justice John Roberts reversed similar nonsense from lower courts. He thus effectively cleared the way for President Trump to adopt a recommendation with respect to the vetting of such aliens offered by the Center for Security Policy and six prominent national security experts in a friend of the court brief

Just as adherence to Naziism and Communism were deemed to be grounds for denying entry in the past, adherence to Sharia-supremacism should be today.  We can’t afford to import more jihadists.

This is Frank Gaffney.

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This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

Amidst what can only be described as utter chaos with regard to immigration policy, President Trump has offered a sensible and much-needed corrective.  No, I am not talking about his decision to issue an executive order ending the separation of children from the adults who brought them illegally across our southern border.

Rather, I am referring to the President’s declaration on Twitter last Friday that Speaker Paul Ryan and the other congressional Republicans should stop trying to legislate immigration reforms, given Democratic opposition.  Instead, he urged that they wait until after the election when the “Red Wave” will install more Republicans.

It’s great advice: Nationalize the mid-term elections on issues that most Americans feel passionately about – securing our borders, enforcing our laws, protecting our sovereignty and people.  

We need a real debate about those topics, and then let the voters decide.

This is Frank Gaffney.

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This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

Whatever one thinks of the immigration issue, it’s about to be fundamentally transformed. On Sunday, Mexicans will likely elect as president Adrés Manuel Lopez Obrador, a radical leftist politician universally known by his initials, AMLO.  

AMLO’s socialist economic program and anti-American agenda seem certain to turn a basically friendly nation – albeit a drug- and violence-ridden one that enables large numbers of illegal aliens to transit our southern border – into a failed state like Venezuela, right on the other side of the Rio Grande.

AMLO reportedly will also urge Mexicans to engage in mass migration to the United States.  Whether just a goal or the predictable result of his disastrous economic and security policies, we are on notice: Lots more illegal aliens are likely headed our way.

We need a wall to prevent that from happening, and we need it now.  

This is Frank Gaffney.

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

The Southern Poverty Law Center has finally admitted what many of those it has attacked over the years – including yours truly – have said about it:  The SPLC gets its facts wrong, falsely characterizing those it lists as “haters” and worse.  In the process, it causes material harm to victims of its smears. 

All of this was confirmed in a $3.3 million settlement the Southern Poverty Law Center reached this week with Maajid Nawaz and the Quilliam Foundation. As our Center for Security Policy, along with nearly fifty others, declared in response:  This payment is “tangible proof that the SPLC…amounts to little more than a leftist instrument of political warfare.”

Now that the SPLC affirms it’s an unreliable source of information, social media platforms, corporate sponsors and journalists who have enabled its falsehoods to spread must disassociate themselves publicly from this discredited organization.

This is Frank Gaffney.

 

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