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Report: Biden State Department refuses to use term ‘Abraham Accords’ when discussing historic Trump achievement

The Biden administration is reportedly discouraging State Department employees from using the name “Abraham Accords” when discussing the historic peace agreements brokered by former President Donald Trump and signed by Israel and several of its Arab neighbors to normalize relations.

The Washington Free Beacon reported Friday that the State Department has erased the name of the accords from their internal communications as officials are pressured to refer to the peace deals simply as “normalization agreements.”

The Abraham Accords are a series of agreements between Israel, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and several other Muslim nations that were once antagonistic towards the world’s lone Jewish state to normalize relations. Speaking last year, President Trump declared the agreements “the dawn of a new Middle East.”

But according to the Free Beacon’s source, the Biden administration is seeking to purge the name “Abraham Accords” for some unknown reason.

From the report:

Following inquiries to the State Department about the emails and the source’s information, a spokesman told the Free Beacon, “the Department would refer to the Abraham Accords as such.” The department declined to comment on the emails in question or make clear whether its statement represents another shift in policy. A State Department official, speaking only on background, said, “This administration is not focused on what these agreements are called but what they mean.”

It is unclear what impact the Biden administration believes the change will have. The State Department declined to explain its position. “It’s a name the Trump administration came up with, a branding they came up with, and they prefer not to use it because it’s associated with President Trump. For the U.S. to shy away from that term, it’s absurd, petty, and silly.” Team Biden, the source said, further saw the recent conflict between Israel and Hamas terror groups “as an, ‘Ah-ha!’ moment to **** on the Abraham Accords.”

Evidence that this policy is in effect surfaced in early April, when Associated Press diplomatic correspondent Matthew Lee repeatedly tried to get State Department spokesman Ned Price to state the “specific name” of the agreements. Price bizarrely evaded the question several times before finally calling them the “Abraham Accords.”

Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reacted to the Free Beacon’s story on social media, suggesting that the Biden administration’s policy was implemented out of spite for Trump or “they so despise religious freedom that the faith-driven name we gave to these historic deals upends their anti-religious outlook.”

“Maybe both?” Pompeo mused.

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Biden officials shut down Trump-era investigation to determine if COVID-19 leaked from Wuhan bio lab

President Joe Biden’s administration reportedly shut down a State Department investigation into the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic that was started last year by the Trump administration under then-Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s leadership.

News of the Biden administration’s actions are significant because the theory that COVID-19 leaked from the Wuhan Institute of Virology — which the media once denounced as a conspiracy theory — has gained considerable traction in recent weeks, not that evidence existed previously showing the theory was not a viable possibility.

What are the details?

According to CNN, which broke the news late Tuesday, the Biden administration terminated a “closely-held” investigation initiated by former President Donald Trump’s administration that sought to substantiate whether COVID-19 leaked from the Wuhan bio lab.

The investigation, which was conducted from the State Department’s arms control and verification bureau, “was an honest effort to probe what many initially dismissed: that China’s biological weapons program could have had a greater role in the pandemic’s origin in Wuhan,” according to CNN.

A State Department spokesperson told CNN that Biden officials terminated the investigation because they considered the inquiry a waste of resources.

“Even though this discrete project has concluded, the State Department continues to work with the interagency to look into the COVID origins issue,” the spokesperson said.

More from CNN:

Proponents of the effort, including Pompeo himself, argued that the potential connection between the Chinese military and the pandemic needed to be investigated and that the administration was justified to include the inquiry in the State Department’s ongoing and legally mandated review of countries’ compliance with arms control treaties, according to four sources familiar with the matter.

Officials involved in the effort relied on scientific research as well as public and classified information to probe the lab leak theory, including looking into any possible connection between the virus and the Chinese government’s biological weapons program, three of the sources told CNN.

CNN framed the investigation as potentially shady, citing critics who believe people working on the probe were “suspicious as hell” or “just fishing to justify pre-determined conclusions.”

Bioweapons?

David Asher — a former top investigator for the State Department who, according to Fox News, has worked on some of the “most classified intelligence investigations” — revealed in March he believes the COVID-19 pandemic began when bioweapons research at the Wuhan lab resulted in an accidental virus leak.

“The Wuhan Institute of Virology is not the National Institute of Health,” David Asher told Fox News. “It was operating a secret, classified program. In my view, and I’m just one person, my view is it was a biological weapons program.”

In fact, before leaving the State Department, Pompeo released a memo explaining the U.S. government knew China was “engaged in classified research, including laboratory animal experiments, on behalf of the Chinese military since at least 2017” at the Wuhan bio lab.

Anything else?

The Wall Street Journal reported on American intelligence over the weekend that stated three researchers at the Wuhan lab became sick enough with COVID-like symptoms in November 2019 that they required hospitalization.

The revelation moves the COVID-19 timeline forward about one month. China has claimed “patient-zero” was confirmed in December.

More importantly, the intelligence emboldens the lab leak theory, which a group of 18 high-profile scientists said this month requires further investigation.

China denies COVID-19 leaked from its Wuhan lab, saying the pandemic began through wet markets located in Wuhan. The Chinese communist government has also blamed the U.S. for the pandemic.

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US says China forcibly tested American diplomats with anal swabs for COVID-19 detection

The U.S. State Department says that China forced American diplomats to take invasive anal swab tests to detect COVID-19 infection, according to various reports Thursday.

China has reportedly been using anal swabbing tests to determine the coronavirus status.

What are the details?

According to the Insider, a state department representative said that the United States complained to China after it learned that staffers were subjected to the anal swab.

“The State Department never agreed to this kind of testing and protested directly to the Minister of Foreign Affairs when we learned that some staff were subject to it,” the representative said.

The representative added that China also said the tests were given to American diplomats “in error” and that the diplomats were supposed to be exempt from the test.

During a Thursday press briefing, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said, “I have checked with my colleagues. As far as I know, China has never required U.S. diplomatic staff in the country to take anal swab tests.”

According to a related report from Vice, it was not immediately clear how many diplomatic employees or members of their families were made to take the tests.

Insider reported that the test involves inserting a cotton-tipped swab one to two inches into the rectum and rotating it.

In a statement, the State Department said that it is committed to preserving the “dignity” of American diplomats.

What else?

According to a Thursday report from the BBC, Li Tongzeng — a respiratory and infectious diseases expert in Beijing — said that anal swabbing can “avoid missing infections as virus traces are detectable for a longer time than the more common COVID tests used in the mouth and nose.

At the time, Li insisted that the tests were only necessary for certain populations, such as those under quarantine orders.

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President Biden eases sanctions, offers to restart nuclear deal talks with Iran

President Joe Biden’s administration on Thursday says that it is ready to commence talks with Iran to rejoin the 2015 nuclear deal.

What’s a brief history here?

Former President Donald Trump famously withdrew from the Obama-era deal in 2018.

According to reports, the Biden administration has also began taking steps with the United Nations to restore the policy to what it was before Trump’s move to strike it down.

Biden has said that he would attempt to save the deal so long as Tehran resumes compliance with the agreement terms.

Iran previously set a deadline of Feb. 21 and vowed that if oil and banking sanctions are not removed, the country would expel the United Nation’s nuclear inspectors from the country.

What are the details?

According to the Daily Wire, the state department announced the developments “following discussions between Secretary of State Antony Blinken and his British, French, and German counterparts,” and just one day before Biden speaks with Group of Seven (G7) leaders at the Munich Security Conference.

“At both,” the outlet noted, “Biden is expected to discuss his commitment to multilateral diplomacy and his desire to undo damage that Trump’s positions may have caused over the previous four years.”

In a statement on the matter, State Department spokesperson Ned Price said that the country is willing to further talks regarding the deal.

“The United States would accept an invitation from the European Union High Representative to attend a meeting of the P5+1 and Iran to discuss a diplomatic way forward on Iran’s nuclear program,” Price said.

No such invitation has been extended at the time of this reporting.

According to the Associated Press, “In addition to signaling a willingness to talk with Iran, the administration also reversed Trump’s determination that all U.N. sanctions against Iran had been restored. And, it eased stringent restrictions on the domestic travel of Iranian diplomats posted to the United Nations.”

The Daily Wire added, “National security expert Tim Morrison, who was on Trump’s National Security Council and is currently a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute, told The Daily Wire in a statement that the Biden administration was giving up all leverage as it tried to restart the ‘dangerously flawed’ deal.”

“The Biden Administration is repeating the mistakes of the Obama Administration,” Morrison said. “It’s making concessions to get nothing more than a meeting. The Iran deal was dangerously flawed in 2015. In 2021, with key provisions expired, it’s simply national security malpractice to return to that deal. The Trump Administration bequeathed Biden tremendous leverage over Iran — it must not squander it.”

The outlet added:

Nuclear weapons expert Dr. Peter Vincent Pry told The Daily Wire back in 2017 that one of the major problems with the Iran nuclear deal was that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) does not have “access to their military facilities where the military program would be going on.”

“Most people in this town [Washington D.C.] believe [that Iran does not have nuclear weapons], because I think they are ignorant, the level of technological ignorance among Washington policy makers, who are mostly lawyers, is so astonishing that we can find ourselves in a treaty like this,” Pry said. “When Obama signed that thing, he let them off the hook, to prove that they didn’t have the bomb yet — and I think it was on purpose because he was so anxious to get that deal to set up his legacy and everything. He didn’t want to be the president where Iran goes nuclear on his watch.”

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State Department’s new deputy spokesperson allegedly said in 2016 that ‘largest threat to US national security are US cops’

Jalina Porter, picked by President Joe Biden’s administration as the State Department’s new deputy spokesperson, allegedly said in a 2016 Facebook post that the “largest threat to U.S. national security are U.S cops,” the Washington Free Beacon reported.

What are the details?

The outlet said it obtained a screenshot of the alleged post.

Fox News said Porter’s September 2016 comments were posted shortly after a video was released of police in Tulsa, Oklahoma, shooting Terence Crutcher, an unarmed black man .

The screenshot of Porter’s alleged Facebook post reads as follows in the Free Beacon story:

“An unarmed Black man takes a knee for justice, bigots riot. An unarmed black man (with his hands raised) takes a bullet and dies, those same bigots are silent. Explain this to me, please.”

“The largest threat to U.S. national security are U.S. cops. Not ISIS, not Russian hackers, not anyone or anything else. If y’all don’t wake up and rise up to this truth, the genocide against Blacks in America will continue until we are near extinct. That’s not the world I seek to live in and create for myself or those around me.”

“I am calling out the majority because this means you need to take action…in your communities, churches, classrooms, and with your Members of Congress. We can’t do this alone.”

At the time of the post, Porter was a communications official for the Truman National Security Project, a “left-leaning foreign policy think-tank that previously employed Hunter Biden,” the Free Beacon reported.

Porter also served as a congressional staff member for U.S. Rep. Jerry McNerney (D-Calif.) and former U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-La.), who is a White House senior adviser, Fox News said.

The Free Beacon added that Porter also danced for the NFL’s Oakland Raiders (now the Las Vegas Raiders) and the NBA’s Washington Wizards.

What did Porter and the State Department have to say?

The Free Beacon reported that the State Department did not respond to multiple requests for comment — and that emails sent to Porter via her website and to an address listed on it were not returned by press time.

Anything else?

Then-Tulsa police officer Betty Shelby pleaded not guilty in regard to Crutcher’s fatal shooting. In May 2017, a jury found her not guilty of first-degree manslaughter, KTUL-TV reported.

The jury foreman’s letter explaining the verdict indicated that the jury members — three of whom were black — agreed with Shelby that Crutcher’s race was not a factor in her decision to shoot him as he walked away from her with his hands raised and toward his stalled vehicle, Business Insider said.

“The jury concluded that any officer put in that situation at that exact moment and regardless of the skin color, gender or size of the suspect, would have performed the same way, which is in accordance with their law enforcement training,” the jury foreman wrote, the outlet added.

Business Insider also said the letter indicated that “many on the jury could never get comfortable with the concept of Betty Shelby being blameless for Mr. Crutcher’s death” — but the “rule of law” and instructions they received “forced” them to choose the not guilty verdict.

The Tulsa World reported that at least five jurors started crying when the judge finished reading the verdict.

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State Dept. officials monitored Donald Trump Jr., Rudy Giuliani, Fox News hosts’ social media accounts in the early days of the Ukraine scandal

Officials at the United States Embassy in Kyiv may have broken federal law by launching an effort to monitor the social media accounts of 13 prominent Americans at the start of the Ukraine scandal in 2019, newly released State Department memos show.

According to a Just the News report by journalist John Solomon — who worked for The Hill at the time and was among the individuals monitored — the memos were made public Tuesday under a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit brought by the conservative watchdog Judicial Watch.

Other individuals listed as targets for monitoring in the memos included President Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr.; the president’s personal attorney, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani; Fox News hosts Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, and Lou Dobbs; conservative political commentator Dan Bongino; and Daily Wire reporter Ryan Saavedra.

The memos show that Marie Yovanovitch, U.S. ambassador in Ukraine at the time, along with former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State George Kent, were aware of the monitoring efforts.

The officials apparently used CrowdTangle, a popular social media monitoring product, to round up the accounts and log online posts about Yovanovitch, Hunter Biden, nefarious Ukrainian gas company Burisma, and liberal megadonor George Soros.

Here’s more from Solomon’s report:

“Key thing is to get up to ramming speed from the get go,Kent wrote in a March 27, 2019 email that discussed the social media monitoring efforts, which appear to have been prompted by early stories about the embassy’s activities with Ukrainian prosecutors and the Bidens at The Hill newspaper (written by this reporter) and on Fox News.

The same day, Yovanovitch received an email updating her on the social media monitoring.

“Thanks Ambassador — I just wanted you to be aware as we are really trying to help them and recognize how hard everyone is working in this especially trying time,” an official whose name was redacted wrote Yovanovitch. “The good news is our social media team back here is now helping to provide them with the reports they want when Kyiv is asleep/offline — through existing PD tools — so this should greatly help.”

By April 1, 2019, the embassy appears to have been instructed to cease the social media monitoring by officials in Washington.

“Thank you so very much for alerting everyone to this issue. We appreciate you shutting down the automated report,” an email entitled “Ukraine Twitter report” read.

Then in May, a digital media associate for EUR/PD Keniya-Trusant Group told the embassy officials that they would “unfortunately” need to go about monitoring social media posts the “old school way” so as to not violate a little thing called the Privacy Act of 1974.

“Going to chime in here — so regarding the influencers, there are some legal implications of making a list of Facebook influencers of Twitter influencers since they are technically private citizens (even though they’re publicly on the internet) and we cannot compile them into a list and monitor what they are saying using a third-party application without their knowledge,” the associate, whose name was redacted, wrote in an email. “To see what they’re saying, you unfortunately need to use the old school way and manually go to their feeds and view that way. Cumbersome but it’s in compliance with the Privacy Act of 1974.”

Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton responded Tuesday to the release of the memos, arguing they prove that embassy officials essentially “set up an enemies list” for illicit monitoring.

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Mike Pompeo slaps Dem senator with his own history of problems with the law

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo came out swinging on Wednesday amid pushback over last week’s firing of State Department Inspector General Steve Linick, reminding the press that the Democratic senator leading a probe over Linick’s termination was himself prosecuted on corruption charges.

What are the details?

President Donald Trump fired Linick on Friday, prompting outrage from Democrats. The president later said he was asked by Pompeo to let Linick go, and reports have emerged indicating that the watchdog had been investigation Pompeo.

In response, Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Chairman Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) launched an investigation into Linick’s firing, saying “it may be an illegal act of retaliation.”

Pompeo addressed questions surrounding Linick on Wednesday, acknowledging, “I recommended to the president that Steve Linick be terminated. Frankly, should’ve done it some time ago.”

The secretary of state told The Washington Post, “This is all coming through the office of Sen. Menendez. I don’t get my ethics guidance from a man who was criminally prosecuted.”

Sen. Menendez was charged during the Obama administration with conspiracy, bribery, and honest services fraud and accused of abusing the power of his office. A federal judge declared a mistrial in the case in 2017, and the New Jersey Democrat was subsequently reelected.

The Washington Examiner noted that despite the Department of Justice abandoning the prosecution of Menendez following the mistrial, the senator was “severely admonished” by the Senate Ethics Committee.

Pompeo said of Menendez, “His Senate colleagues, bipartisan, said basically that he was taking bribes.”

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Top Dems accuse Trump of ‘retaliation’ for firing State Department IG. But there’s more to the story.

President Donald Trump triggered new condemnation on Friday when he fired State Department Inspector General Steve Linick.

Writing in a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Trump said that he “no longer” had “the fullest confidence” in Linick as inspector general, the New York Times reported. It, therefore, became necessary to dismiss Linick, Trump told Pelosi.

In response, top Democratic leaders alleged Trump was committing more acts of vengeful political retaliation.

Pelosi claimed in a statement that Linick’s ousting amplifies Trump’s “dangerous pattern of retaliation.” Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, called Trump’s decision an “unlawful act of retaliation” because Linick was reportedly investigating Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

“Mr. Linick’s firing amid such a probe strongly suggests that this is an unlawful act of retaliation,” Engel said. “This president believes he is above the law.”

However, that is not the whole story. According to the Daily Caller News Foundation, Linick himself was under investigation last year.

From the DCNF:

Two sources familiar with Linick’s ouster told the DCNF that while they were not certain of the precise reason that the watchdog was fired, he was under investigation last year by the Department of Defense’s inspector general for mishandling sensitive material.

The sources spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter.

As the Times noted, Linick was a “bit player” in Trump’s impeachment inquiry.

Linick drew national attention when he gave congressional investigators a packet of documents he thought might be useful in determining whether or not Trump improperly pressured the Ukrainian government to investigate Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden.

From the Times:

In the end, the roughly 40 pages of material turned out to be largely inconsequential: a record of contacts between Rudolph W. Giuliani, the president’s personal lawyer, and Ukrainian prosecutors, as well as accounts of Ukrainian law enforcement proceedings.

In fact, Maryland Democratic Rep. Jamie Raskin chastised the move.

“It raises more questions than it answers,” Raskin said of the documents, Roll Call reported. “The inspector general had no idea where it came from.”

Trump said he would appoint Stephen Akard, current director of the Office of Foreign Missions, as Linick’s replacement.

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China may have conducted secret nuclear tests; Chinese government refutes US State Department report

China may have conducted secret nuclear tests that potentially violated an international agreement, according to a U.S. State Department report. The Chinese government has refuted the accusations made by the U.S.

China may have secretly conducted underground low-yield nuclear tests in the northwest region of the country, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal. “Some compliance concerns are raised and some findings of violations are made,” the State Department claimed.

“China’s possible preparation to operate its Lop Nur test site year-round, its use of explosive containment chambers, extensive excavation activities at Lop Nur, and a lack of transparency on its nuclear testing activities … raise concerns regarding its adherence to the zero yield standard,” the report stated.

Nuclear test explosions are banned under the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty. The CTBT allows counties to carry out testing and other activities to ensure the safety of nuclear weapons, but nuclear explosive reactions are prohibited.

China, which is estimated to have about 300 nuclear weapons, and the U.S. are two of the eight countries who have signed the 1996 accord. However, neither country has ratified it, so they aren’t bound to the treaty and aren’t obliged to allow inspections. The U.S. and China say they obey the terms of the nuclear agreement despite not ratifying it. Russia, France, and the United Kingdom have signed and ratified the CTBT.

The U.S. is suspicious that the Chinese government is testing nuclear weapons because, in recent years, there have been interruptions of data transmissions from monitoring stations in China that detect radioactive emissions and seismic activity.

A spokeswoman for the CTBT organization informed the Wall Street Journal that there had been no interruptions in data transmissions from China’s five sensor stations since the end of August 2019, following an interruption that started in 2018.

The Chinese Communist Party denied the American allegations and called the accusations “a complete distortion of the facts.”

“The U.S. neglects all the facts and makes wanton accusations against China. This is irresponsible and ill-intentioned,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said on Thursday. “The U.S. criticism of China is entirely groundless, without foundation, and not worth refuting.”

This charge against China follows a Fox News report that was released on Wednesday, alleging that the coronavirus originated from a virology lab in Wuhan, China.

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China expels American journalists in latest escalation of media war amid the coronavirus outbreak

The Chinese government revoked the press credentials of American journalists for the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal Tuesday, effectively expelling them from the country.

The journalists will be required to turn in their press cards to the Chinese government within 10 calendar days and will “not be allowed to continue working as journalists in the People’s Republic of China, including its Hong Kong and Macao Special Administrative Regions,” according to the announcement from China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs office.

The country also ordered the journalists from those media outlets — along with voice of America and Time magazine — to “declare in written form” information about their operation within the country.

What’s the background?

The move is the latest escalation in a media war between the United States and China amid the global coronavirus pandemic.

In the announcement, the Chinese government stated that the expulsion was a necessary retaliation to the U.S. State Department’s action last month, which designated five Chinese state media outlets as “foreign missions.” The designation meant that the outlets would be treated as arms of the Chinese government.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo argued that the five outlets were “clearly controlled by the [Chinese Communist Party]” and that the U.S. was “simply recognizing that fact by taking this action.”

At the same time, China expelled three Wall Street Journal journalists in response to an opinion piece the outlet published that was headlined: “China Is The Real Sick Man Of Asia.”

Then in March, the State Department also capped the number of Chinese journalists that could work for the media outlets at 100, which resulted in 60 Chinese nationals having to leave the country.

‘Disinformation and outlandish rumors’

The global coronavirus outbreak has heightened the intensity of the conflict of late, as many in the U.S. suspect that China lied for weeks regarding the origin and severity of the novel virus, which began in Wuhan, China, last year.

On Saturday, the State Department “hauled in” the Chinese ambassador to the U.S. to confront him over a Chinese official’s unsubstantiated claims that the virus was introduced in Wuhan by the U.S. Army.

Then early this week, Secretary Pompeo again lashed out at the Chinese government for pushing the claims.

In a phone call with the Chinese Foreign Affairs office director, Pompeo “conveyed strong U.S. objections to PRC efforts shift blame for COVID-19 to the United States,” according to a statement from the State Department.

“The Secretary stressed that this is not the time to spread disinformation and outlandish rumors, but rather a time for all nations to come together to fight this common threat,” the statement added.

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