Krauthammer: POTUS trip will “have reverberations for many years. That’s the story.”

Syndicated Columnist Charles Krauthammer told viewers on Wednesday’s "Special Report with Bret Baier" that President Trump's first foreign trip represents " a new day in the Middle East."

While the trip’s theme was to bring the three great religions together in a nonpolitical way, Krauthammer says the real story is not the visit to the Vatican or Israel, but instead “it’s the realignment of American policy over Iran.” 

The syndicated columnist said it’s important to get the fifty Sunni nations lined up with Saudi Arabia behind the U.S.

Krauthammer added that the trip will “have reverberations for many years. That’s the story.”  He said that “America’s back, that’s the story and the consequences are going to be immense.”

 

York: Appointment of Special Counsel Could Drag Investigation to 2020 Presidential Election

Byron York told viewers on Wednesday's Special Report with Bret Baier that the appointment of a special counsel for the Russian investigation means the probe could drag on for years and years, even into the next presidential election.

The Deputy Attorney General named former FBI Director Robert Mueller to oversee the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. 

York says that while the choice is a good one, it will still bother Capitol Hill Republican members.   "'He's a very respected man but they [Republicans] are worried about a wild goose chase," the Chief Political Correspondent for the Washington Examiner stated. 

York even shared with viewers what one current lawmaker told him.  "A U.S. Senator just said to me, 'it matters what the word matters means and what the word directly means.'" 

York explained the senator was referencing the 2003 case in which a special counsel was appointed to find out who leaked the name of a CIA operative to the press.  The Washington Examiner correspondent pointed out that that case was "followed by years and years of investigation.”  And as a result, York said, “we will be talking about this investigation in 2020."  

Krauthammer: “Who is going to step out now and defend the president in these denials?”

Charles Krauthammer told viewers Tuesday on “Special Report with Bret Baier” that when it comes to breaking allegations about President Trump by the New York Times, “I think what is really stunning is that nobody, not even from the White House, has come out under their own name in defense of the president here.”

“Who is going to step out now and defend the president in these denials?” Krauthammer continued.

Late Tuesday the New York Times published a story which stated that Trump asked then FBI Director James Comey to end a federal investigation into former national security advisor Michael Flynn in a February Oval Office meeting. Comey reportedly detailed the meeting in a memo, writing that Trump told him “I hope you can let this go.” The White House has denied the report.

Krauthammer: Timing of Comey firing “inexplicable”

Charles Krauthammer told viewers Tuesday on “Special Report with Bret Baier” that the timing of President Trump’s decision to fire FBI Director James Comey is “inexplicable.”

“This is about – according to the letter by the deputy attorney general – this is about something that occurred on July the 5th. This, it, so we start out with something that is highly implausible,” Krauthammer said.

Krauthammer noted that if Trump had wanted to remove Comey from his position, he could have done it earlier.

“If that was so offensive to the Trump administration, what you would have done is in the transition you would have spoken with Comey and said we’re going to let you know. That’s when a president could very easily make a decision to have a change. That’s not unprecedented,” Krauthammer commented. 

Krauthammer: On Sally Yates Testimony "We learned nothing today"

Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer said Monday on “Special Report with Bret Baier” we learned nothing from the former acting Attorney General Sally Yates testimony before the Senate Judiciary subcommittee on Russian interference into the 2016 presidential election.  "There was nothing that was said today that we didn't already know.”  He added that the hearings only helped make Sally Yates a house hold name.

Krauthammer said "The only result of these hours of hearings is that Sally Yates is now a democratic star and she needs to pick a state and run for the senate.  She is a rising candidate for the future."  

Krauthammer: Shutdown is not a strategy, nuclear option is a strategy.

Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer said Monday on “Special Report with Bret Baier” that suggestions from President Trump of a government shutdown later this year if a  long-term budget deal is not reached would be the wrong approach.  

Krauthammer strategy said Republican leaders in the Senate already have a solution that worked successfully on the Supreme Court nomination of Justice  Neil Gorsuch. While the nuclear option—requiring only a simple 51-vote majority instead of a 60-vote threshold—should be applied to a wider range of legislation.

“If you control the White House and the Senate and the House, and you can't get anything done, because you're eight votes short of 60-percent,” then said Krauthammer, “a reasonable thing to is… drop the nuclear option on you and then we'll be able to pass our legislation.”

Benson: Buyer's Remorse Aside, Voters still Don't want Hillary Clinton

Guy Benson, political editor of Townhall.com, told viewers on Monday's "Special Report with Bret Baier"  that if Americans are changing their tune about President Trump, it probably still has to do with his then-opponent. 

A recent ABC News/Washington Post poll shows that if voters had a do-over today, even more would vote for Donald Trump, with 43% choosing the current White House occupant and only 40% choosing Hillary Clinton.  

Benson said "you would get a sense from the coverage that there is massive widespread buyers' remorse with President Trump and this poll suggests that that's just not the case."

Benson, a Fox News contributor, stated that certain obstacles still cloud things for the president.   "The Russia stuff is interesting," Benson said.  "It ought to be investigated," he continued. 

The Townhall.com editor said that some disgruntled voters look at FBI Director James Comey's investigation into the former Secretary of State's private e-mail server as foul play but any loss really lies with the candidates themselves. 

Benson explained "I think that what we're seeing now that even with a very controversial president whose numbers in that poll, internally, not very good would still defeat Mrs. Clinton."  As for the new poll numbers,  "maybe she was just a really lousy candidate and people still recognize that," Benson said. 

Steve Hayes: "Trump Administration is going to take on Iran as a threat"

Steve Hayes, Editor and Chief of the Weekly Standard said Thursday on "Special Report with Bret Baier" that the Trump administration is taking a whole new approach to the threat from Iran.  "The Trump administration is going to take on Iran as a threat looking at the nuclear program, looking at terrorism, looking at what it's doing in the region."  Hayes added,  "remember the Obama administration had this chosen, this deliberate policy of decoupling the nuclear talks from everything else Iran does. You heard in Rex Tillerson's comments yesterday, you've heard from other people in the administration, that's over, that's not happening anymore."   Trump has vowed to take a look at the Iran Nuclear deal, which was put in place by the Obama administration.  However, Hayes said the Trump administration is sending mixed messages.  "The reason for it is Iran, as part of this deal got the goods, got the rewards for the deal early and now it's about compliance.  so if the administration tears up the deal Iran has already gotten much of what it took to sign the deal and the United States and people would keep Iran from getting a nuclear weapon now want to test the compliance." 

 

Krauthammer on Russian Involvement in Syria

Fox News Contributor and syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer said Tuesday on “Special Report with Bret Baier” that Russia’s continued support of the Assad regime in Syria is “not an affection for Assad or Syria, but because as a result of their involvement, they now have a naval base in the warm water Mediterranean, they have active, very powerful airbase in Syria. They have a presence in the Middle East. They are the power.”

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrived in Moscow on Tuesday as tensions have flared between the United States and Russia over American airstrikes on a Syrian airbase in retaliation for last week’s chemical weapons attack in Idlib province. The Kremlin has denied suggestions that the Syrian government led by President Bashar al Assad may have been behind the attack.

On Tuesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin went so far as to suggest that Assad was being framed for the chemical weapons attack, saying “"We have intelligence from various sources that similar provocations are being prepared in other regions of Syria, including southern suburbs of Damascus, where they are planning to plant chemicals and blame the Syrian government for using them."

Before arriving in Moscow, Secretary Tillerson reaffirmed the need for regime change in Syria, and criticized Russia for failing to live up to its  obligation in Russian government brokered a deal to remove chemical weapons from Syria saying “ I hope that what the Russian Government concludes is that they have aligned themselves with an unreliable partner in Bashar al-Assad….The Assad regime, the Iranians and Hezbollah -  is that a long term alliance that serves Russia's interests?”

Krauthammer noted that it may be foolish for an American Secretary of State to lecture Russia on its own best interests: “They have displaced the united states, and their entire foreign policy under Putin is to recover the glory and the territory and the influence of the old Soviet Union one piece at a time and it does that by taking away from the United States. It's a zero sum game.

“So, the idea that we're going to persuade them it's not in your interest to stay with Iran and Hezbollah and Assad, who are we to say, of course it's in the Russian interest, they have succeeded in doing it and unless we show them a reason to abandon it, they are not going to leave. “

Krauthammer: Syria strikes represent “a neck snapping about face” on policy

Charles Krauthammer told viewers Friday on “Special Report with Bret Baier” that Thursday’s US missile strikes on Syria represent “a sort of neck snapping about face” when it comes to foreign policy.

“It’s a warning to Assad and the Russians and the Iranians. You no longer have a free hand. You’re going to pay a price. Next time it’ll be a bigger price. All of that is important,” Krauthammer said.

He added that President Trump’s reaction to Syrian President Bashar al Assad’s apparent chemical weapons attack on civilians came more rapidly than when the Obama administration was in office.

“Remember when he came up with the policy on Afghanistan? It took something like eight months,” Krauthammer noted. “This is about 48 hours and America strikes. So I think that is the most important message.”

 

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