Wednesday, September 23, 2020
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Confronting Communist China
President Trump addressed the United Nations General Assembly yesterday. Like so many other events this year, the U.N. meeting was held virtually, so the president spoke from the White House. And he wasted no time in confronting communist China.
Just 28 words into his remarks, the president blasted Beijing for failing to contain the coronavirus pandemic that has swept the world. Here's an excerpt of the president's remarks:
"Seventy-five years after the end of World War II and the founding of the United Nations, we are once again engaged in a great global struggle. We have waged a fierce battle against the invisible enemy -- the China virus -- which has claimed countless lives in 188 countries.
"In the United States, we launched the most aggressive mobilization since the Second World War. We rapidly produced a record supply of ventilators, creating a surplus that allowed us to share them with friends and partners all around the globe. We pioneered life-saving treatments, reducing our fatality rate 85 percent since April.
"Thanks to our efforts, three vaccines are in the final stage of clinical trials. We are mass-producing them in advance so they can be delivered immediately upon arrival."
President Trump condemned China for shutting down domestic air travel and "locking citizens in their homes" while it allowed international flights to "infect the world."
He ripped the World Health Organization for parroting Beijing's claim that there was "no evidence of human-to-human transmission, and he called on the U.N. to hold China accountable.
But the president wasn't done. He also denounced China's terrible environmental record and abusive trade practices.
If you missed the president's U.N. address, you can watch it here.
Another Vaccine Advances
Johnson & Johnson announced today that its COVID-19 vaccine has entered late-stage testing. That makes it the fourth vaccine supported by the Trump Administration's Operation Warp Speed program to advance into Phase 3 testing.
Sixty thousand people in the United States and seven other countries will participate in the voluntary testing, which showed promise in animal trials.
What makes the Johnson & Johnson vaccine unique is that it is a single-shotvaccine, whereas the three other vaccines in Phase 3 testing require a second booster shot weeks later.
President Trump Defends Life
This morning, President Trump announced that he was taking additional steps to defend the sanctity of life. During an address to the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast, the president said:
"Today I am announcing that I will be signing the Born-Alive Executive Order to ensure that all precious babies born alive, no matter their circumstances, receive the medical care that they deserve. This is our sacrosanct moral duty."
While I am pleased with the president's announcement, he has unfortunately been forced to take this step because legislation to protect babies born alive after failed abortion attempts was filibustered in the Senate and failed to get a vote in the House of Representatives.
Today, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom held a virtual event discussing the growing threat of rising anti-Semitism in Europe amid the coronavirus pandemic. I was pleased to participate in the event along with USCIRF Chairwoman Gayle Manchin and experts from the Trump Administration and the Anti-Defamation League.
I have been warning for years about the dangers of anti-Semitism. But, sadly, there are those who exploited the pandemic to spread their own virulent hatred of Jews. (Here, here and here.)
You can watch the USCIRF anti-Semitism event here.
Getting Tough On Crime
The Justice Department has followed through on an executive order from President Trump to crack down on cities that tolerate riots and lawlessness.
The department named New York City, Portland and Seattle as "anarchist jurisdictions." Attorney General William Barr blasted these progressive cities, saying, "When state and local leaders impede their own law enforcement officers and agencies from doing their jobs, it endangers innocent citizens who deserve to be protected."
Justice Department officials warned that these cities risk losing federal grant dollars unless they take more proactive measures to stop rioting and looting.
That may prove difficult in Seattle, where the left-wing city council just overrode the mayor's veto to force significant cuts in the police budget.
Values Voter Summit
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Register here for your free digital pass and tune in this week to hear amazing speakers, including:
- Dr. Bill Bennett
- Ambassador Sam Brownback
- Reverend Franklin Graham
- Secretary of State Mike Pompeo
- Dr. Carol Swain
- President Donald Trump
- And many more!