Introduction – Jan 18, 2020
The Zionists now obviously have Trump where they want him. Short of launching a military campaign, and that may still happen, Trump is doing all he can to squeeze Iran.
Not only has he applied crippling sanctions on the Islamic Republic, he is now putting pressure on his Western allies to do likewise. If they won’t join him in a trade and diplomatic war against Iran he will impose hefty tariffs on Europe’s car exports to the U.S.
Predictably, Boris Johnson has signalled his readiness to comply and we suspect that Merkel and Macron will soon follow.
Apart from trade and economic sanctions, with the assassination of Soleimani and repeated threats against Iran, Trump is beginning to resemble the schoolyard bully. So it’s fitting that he’s recruited Alan Dershowitz as part of his impeachment defence team.
It’s appropriate because Dershowitz has a record of successfully defending highly dubious suspects, like OJ Simpson, and associating with questionable characters like Jeffrey Epstein.
To be sure things would be much worse if Hillary Clinton was president. Nonetheless, there is little to be optimistic about with someone like Trump in the White House. Ed.
President Trump DID threaten Britain, France and Germany with 25% tariff on car exports if they did not wage diplomatic war with Iran over broken nuclear deal, German defense minister claims
Jack Elsome – Daily Mail Jan 17, 2020
Donald Trump tried to strong-arm Britain and its European allies into waging diplomatic war with Iran by threatening to impose 25 per cent tariffs on their lucrative car exports, the German defense minister revealed yesterday.
At a press conference in London yesterday, Germany’s Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer confirmed reports of such economic threats and said: ‘This expression or threat, as you will, does exist.’
A 25 per cent tax on cars would particularly hurt Germany, which exports around £23billion worth of vehicles across the Atlantic each year.
On Tuesday, London, Paris and Berlin jointly announced they had been left with ‘no choice’ but to trigger the dispute mechanism of the nuclear deal against Iran, in a move that would have buoyed the President.
Iran’s foreign minister responded by accusing the trio of bowing to pressure from the US President.
Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted they had ‘sold out remnants of #JCPOA (the nuclear deal) to avoid new Trump tariffs’.
Yet EU trade commissioner Phil Hogan distanced himself from Ms Kramp-Karrenbauer’s account of White House threats, which was first reported in the Washington Post.
Speaking of recent trade talks with US officials, he said: ‘It [threats] was not mentioned, it was hardly mentioned. I think it should be good news for Germany.’
Since Mr Trump gave the order to assassinate Iran’s powerful general Qassem Soleimani, tensions in the region have turned hot, with the regime responding by firing rockets at a US base in Iraq.
The Iranians then accused the US of wrongly blaming them for the downing of a Ukranian plane in Tehran which killed 176 passengers – but they later admitted it had been mistaken for a cruise missile and shot down by a trigger-happy member Iranian Revolutionary Guard.
Washington also doubled down on sanctions designed to cripple the already weak Iranian economy.
Mr Trump initially slapped sanctions on Iran when he unilaterally pulled out of the nuclear agreement in 2018.
The nuclear deal – formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action – was signed by Barack Obama, Britain, France, Germany, China and Russia in 2015, when they agreed to lift sanctions on the regime in exchange for restraints on the suspected Iranian nuclear programme.
But since the US reimposed its sanctions, Iran claims to have reacted by firing up their nuclear programme once again.
President Hassan Rouhani said yesterday: ‘We are enriching more uranium than before the deal was reached … Pressure has increased on Iran but we continue to progress.’
Britain’s Mr Johnson signalled this week his desire to see a new nuclear deal negotiated that Mr Trump can also swing behind.
He said: ‘If we are going to get rid of it then we need a replacement…If we are going to get rid of it, let’s replace it and let’s replace it with the Trump deal.