White House Budget Office refuses to comply with subpoena for impeachment probe

Washington, October 11 (RHC)-- In the U.S., the White House Budget Office says it will not comply with a congressional subpoena for documents relating to Ukraine.  This comes after the White House said it would refuse to cooperate with the impeachment probe.

The State Department has also blocked the U.S. ambassador to the European Union from speaking to the three congressional committees leading the inquiry.

House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff told reporters: “The failure to produce this witness, the failure to produce these documents, we consider yet additional strong evidence of obstruction of the constitutional functions of Congress, a coequal branch of government.”

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Trump condemned for denying visas to those lacking medical insurance

Organizations and members of Congress today criticized President Donald Trump's decision to deny visas to immigrants without medical insurance or unable to prove they can pay healthcare costs in the United States.

The Republican president issued a proclamation on Friday in which he said those seeking to live in this nation must be covered by approved health insurance or prove they have the financial resources to reasonably afford foreseeable medical costs.

The measure, considered part of the ruler's continued efforts to reduce immigration, both illegal and legal, will come into effect on November 3, in order to stop the entry of those 'financially charged to the United States health system', according to the document.

This is the Trump administration's latest attempt to restrict immigration allowing only the rich, using economic status to discriminate instead of trying to reunite families, the interim president and executive director of the Legal Center said about the decision.

The United We Dream group, meanwhile, said this move by the head of the White House 'is another economic and racist attack against a community that deserves medical attention in the first place.'

What do foreseeable medical expenses mean? How much money is that? How do you show that you are going to get health insurance in the future? No particular form has been submitted for people to complete, questioned the new rule Doug Rand, a former official of the Barack Obama administration (2009-2017) who worked on immigration policy.

Rand told the CBS News television network yesterday that this executive is obsessed with the erroneous notion that immigrants are depleting taxpayers 'resources, so they look' under every rock they can to exclude people who are not rich. '

The president brazenly targets and punishes immigrants and low-income families. The order will separate US citizens from their spouses and legal immigrant loved ones. Trump's anti-immigrant agenda has no limits and is hurting American families, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus said on Twitter.

Trump continues to find cruel and hateful ways to harm innocent people, and separates American citizens from their loved ones who seek to join them, to feed their narrow-minded political base. Horrifying, said Democratic representative Lucille Roybal-Allard on that platform.

For his part, the senator and presidential candidate for the blue party Bernie Sanders said that while the Republican president wants to use medical care 'as a weapon to advance a racist and xenophobic agenda', he seeks to guarantee medical care for all 'and we will win'.

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United States-2020: How is the Election Process Going?

Although the most widespread opinion estimates that Donald Trump is sure to be reelected in 2020, other assessments support this.


Republicans have now an advantage of 53 against 47.


But, if there is a 50-50 equality, the vice president would break the tie.

An Associated Press (AP) journalist, Nicholas Riccardi, covering the elections believes the Democratic Party faces a geographical dilemma to win both the Senate and the White House.


He warns, this could hinder the chances to win in the upper chamber.


Besides it conditions the democratic triumph if they obtain victory in the industrial northwest, whose white working class has diminished their support.


As for the Senate, Riccardi warns, they are obliged to win the vote on what represents the future of the party.


Who? Professional sectors that reside in the suburbs, youth, and minorities.

Together, it’s estimated, they could reach a majority in the states of Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, and North Carolina.


Experts believe Democrats gained ground in the West as well in southern states, but neglected their activism in the industrial belt of the northeast.


"They are stranded between the past and the future," said William Frey, a demographer from the Brookings Institution in Washington.


In such a scenario it’s more difficult to select candidates for the Senate.

Observers associate the White House-Senate brawls with the fact that applicants seldom win a position if the presidential candidate loses in his state.


"There’s no doubt that the Sun Belt (the south) will be vital for the Democrats," said Simon Rosenberg, a spokesman for a partisan organization that demographic changes benefit the Democrats.

The latter are obliged to add four benches to reach the senatorial majority.

The far right almost celebrates Trump's success in 2020, but it would be more rational to await the development of events.

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Trump: Between the Hatred and Love of Many

The opinion poll results don't have the last word, although they do give some signs impossible to ignore.

A survey published this Sunday by The Washington Post and the ABC television network repeat the Donald Trump’s edge for the coming 2020 elections.

The approval rate rises to 47%, "the highest since he took office at the White House."

This supports the work the president is doing from the White House, and it supposes an increment since April, when 42% affirmed the same.

However, the investigation also reveals that half of registered voters disapprove Donald Trump’s form of governing.

Also, 65% of interviewed considers that he acts in a way "that is not common in the president of the United States."

At the same time, only 28% believes that he behaves in a "suitable and appropriate manner".

However, according to the interpretation of the Post, the survey shows that Trump has a "narrow path" that could take him to be reelected in the coming elections.

There is a very important lesson here, it would be mistaken to apply on the North American society the same scale of values than to other societies.

When the president acts in an extremely severe fashion against Central American immigrants it causes the applause of those who support him.

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Besides causing exasperation among those who favor to aid the human rights.

And that shows its results in public opinion polls.

It helps to understand that more than 50% of the consulted North Americans have a positive approach on measures executed by Trump whose outcome has benefitted the full employment.

Nevertheless, 42% rejects his administration and last October figures went to 46%.

When asked on how much trust Trump deserved for the patched health of his economy, 47% responded that "mostly", while the 48% affirmed that "only a little" or "almost nothing."

At the same time, in the foreign policy area, between 40-55% of the consulted North Americans have a negative opinion about it.

The survey was elaborated through phone interviews between June 28th and last July 1st.

At present there isn’t a fairly believable prognosis on the direction that will follow the 2020 elections.

Eminent Threat of the Vermin against Venezuela

On the wide spectrum of criteria on the matter it’s worth turning the eye to one in particular that was published last Sunday in Miami by the New Herald.

The name of the article:”How likely is a military intervention of the United States in Venezuela?

The author, Andrés Oppenheimer, an Argentinean born journalist more pro-Yankee than Donald Trump himself.

He begins, “although speculations on a military intervention of the United States in Venezuela are escalating, I think believe it’s very unlikely.”

However, he clarifies, after hearing from diplomatic sources that North American officials consider to summon the Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance of 1947 (The Rio Treaty).

He said that he is less convinced than before that there won't be a military foreign action.

On the following line he explains his arguments.

Firstly, Donald Trump and his men go further in their discourse after the attempt of April 30 “to reestablish democracy.”

They were beyond their usual statements, all options are on the table, and the Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, said “a military action is possible.”

Secondly, in the White House there are some who fear that Trump is not longer taken seriously if he doesn't impose the force to overthrow Maduro.

His promises that he will overthrow Maduro “could begin to sound as his empty threats that “Mexico will build the wall.”

Oppenheimer, a famous “gossiper” of the White House, thinks that Trump’s greatest interest in Venezuela resides in that he wants to win Cuban-American and Venezuelan votes in Florida for the 20220 elections.

But it’s not discarded, and observers alert, also that the leader could be talked into using the military option in that country by some of his collaborators.

Thirdly, Latin American diplomats tell him that there are private discussions within the OAS to summon the Rio Treaty.

Who are the members of the Rio Treaty? The governments from the United States, Brazil, Colombia, Argentina, Chile and Peru, that is, the rotten extreme right.

In his article, when he asked Trump’s special correspondent for Venezuela, Elliott Abrams, (a Medieval figure) if there were secret discussions about summoning the Rio Treaty, he didn't confirm it neither denied it.

In spite of him, even Oppenheimer was forced to acknowledge that practically all countries of Latin America have already opposed a foreign intervention in Venezuela.

Cornered, the journalist tried to save his image when saying, but it’s unclear what would happen if more Venezuelans moved to neighboring countries.

He therefore gave credit to the hope that cynically keep depositing in the effects of the vicious attack of Washington against the South American nation.

The truth is that, as it has been defined for good, the vermin from Washington can’t be trusted a bit.

Venezuelan coup attempt ‘directly planned in Washington’ – FM

The Venezuelan foreign minister has accused the US-backed opposition of planning Tuesday’s coup attempt in Washington, and said the government would work to keep the peace.

Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza told Reuters by telephone that only around 30 soldiers had supported the coup instigated by opposition leader Juan Guaido. He described the plot as “another chapter” of an American effort to topple the government of President Nicolas Maduro.

While downplaying the scale of the uprising, Arreaza said it did not originate within the military, but that opposition leaders planned the event in Washington.

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"It is not a coup attempt from the military. This is directly planned in Washington, in the Pentagon and Department of State, and by [National Security Adviser John] Bolton," Arreaza told Reuters.

"They are leading this coup and giving orders to this man Guaido," he said.

Bolton, a long-time major backer of the Venezuelan opposition, went public on Tuesday with his support for the coup attempt, pledging that “the United States stands with the people of Venezuela” while slamming Maduro’s “usurpation of democracy.”

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Speaking to RT Spanish earlier on Tuesday, Arreaza said that “916,050 square kilometers” –nearly the whole of Venezuela– is under the Maduro government’s control, except for “one small bridge and a highway near the military airbase” where Guaido-led opposition and a group of military supporting him are located.

He added that he’s aware that Guaido is already under investigation, but said he could not comment on what steps the judiciary would take next.

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Trump: Is his Spokeswoman "Mute?"

Once again with questions marks appears the way things are handled by the people running the White House.

 

Now the main attacks swirl against Sarah Huckabee Sanders, his Press Secretary.

For what reason? Because after a succession of very important events she remained in silence.  

Even a journalist based in Miami, Otto Rodríguez, dedicated an article to the matter, "The Shocking Silence of the White House."

First he summarized the episodes of that stage: Protests in Charlottesville, the death of Heather Heyer at the hands of a white supremacist.

All amid the turmoil of a country more and more divided, and new tests of missiles in North Korea, among others.

Then he remembered that in such a scenario there was not even a single press conference.

Three weeks later, Rodríguez wrote, the spokeswoman Huckabee he spoke again to the credited press.

“It´s good to be back, [but] you don't seem thrilled. I thought there would surely be balloons here… or some other thing [to celebrate]. I imagine it will be next time."

After listening something like that, Rodríguez wondered where the common sense of the spokesmen of this Administration had gone.

“Is it perhaps a joke, or cynicism? Or just indifference in the need of the American public opinion of knowing what their leaders think about crucial events? "

Is perhaps the continuation of the wild war unleashed by Donald Trump's presidency against the American press?

On the next paragraph the journalist manifests his approaches on what triggers such process.

It’s very difficult to excuse a president that doesn't clearly stands against the white supremacists and Neo-Nazi of Charlottesville.

Who even estimated that in both sides there were "good people" during the clashes in that city of Virginia.

However, The Washington Post revealed a letter where the Trump’s top economic advisor, Gary Cohn, abandoned his position due to the violence caused by Nazi groups in that town.

Enough reasons to understand – up to a certain degree - the unusual silence of spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

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United States: Only for «Whites»?

Thus insinuates the migratory project driven by Donald Trump.

Amid a country where racist groups thrive, its president pleads for an initiative that encourages that evil.

The perspective was commented last Monday, among others, by a New Herald columnist, Fabiola Santiago.

She wrote, Trump’s migratory project seeks “to make the United States white again” and that they only speak English.

Also, if approved, our current city of Miami would not exist.

In fact, she adds, the idea of the president's reformation closes the doors to people like Cuban- Americans who voted for him.

The same happens with his Latin and Haitian supporters, too stubborn on their support to a president “whose white-supremacy, and anti-immigrants agenda” is a slap on the face of a diverse country and an insult to the values with which it was founded.

Fabiola Santiago stops to wonder:

What can be expected from an administration that separates North American children from their parents and launches an initiative whose target is minorities?

The Raise Law would reduce legal immigration by 50% in the next 10 years, and would give priority to skills over family reunification, abandoning the sacrosanct migratory politics of the United States.

With sarcastic tone Fabiola Santiago says: The president could also dismantle the Statue of Liberty, and return it to France.

She warns in her article what Trump’s plan pursues is to change our racial and ethnic face, as well as to write a new speech on who we are and what we defend.

Later she says, “Trump wants that, once again, the United States to be white” and monolingual.

Besides she adds, after a long road, it he wants to pass a supremacy politics in only eight months of government.

There is a small detail that strays from that attempt, the North American people, as a whole has never favored extreme positions.

Even less the intellectual and artistic sectors that bump into the Golden Ox that wanders the White House are well-known.

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