Here are the top stories making headlines in conservative politics for today: Trump may release transcript of Ukrainian call; Pompeo says Saudi oil attack an “act of war” by Iran; Johnson says UK may back US against Iran; Iran says it won’t cave in to sanctions; Muslim of the year nominee says ‘jihad is the only solution.’
Trump to consider releasing transcript of call with Ukrainian leader
As Democrats once again cry “impeachment” over a whistleblower complaint against communication Trump had with a foreign leader, the President said he will now consider releasing the transcript of the call he held with Ukraine’s leader.
“We’ll make a determination about how to release it, releasing it, saying what we said,” Trump told reporters on Sunday. “It was an absolutely perfect conversation. The problem is, when you’re speaking to foreign leaders, you don’t want foreign leaders to feel that they shouldn’t be speaking openly and good.”
Trump added: “You want them to be able to express themselves without knowing that not every single word is going to be going out and going out all over the world.”
Trump tweeted: “Now the Fake N*ws Media says I “pressured the Ukrainian President at least 8 times during my telephone call with him.” This supposedly comes from a so-called “whistleblower” who they say doesn’t even have a first hand account of what was said. More Democrat/Crooked Media con…….Breaking N*ws: The Ukrainian Government just said they weren’t pressured at all during the “nice” call. Sleepy Joe Biden, on the other hand, forced a tough prosecutor out from investigating his son’s company by threat of not giving big dollars to Ukraine. That’s the real story!”
Pompeo calls Saudi oil plant attack “act of war” by Iran
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the Trump administration has irrefutable evidence showing the attack last week on oil facilities in Saudi Arabia was organized and directed by Iran’s government.
“This was Iran true and true, and the United States will respond in a way that reflects that act of war by this Iranian revolutionary regime,” Pompeo said on Sunday. “The U.N.’s primary charter is to protect peace around the world. This was a state on state act of war.”
Johnson says UK may consider US-led action against Iran
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the UK would consider participating in any US-led military actions to support Saudi defenses.
“The U.K. is attributing responsibility with a very high degree of probability to Iran” for the attack on Saudi facilities by drones and cruise missiles, Johnson said on Sunday. “We will be working with our American friends and our European friends to construct a response that tries to de-escalate tensions in the Gulf region.”
Iran frees British-flagged tanker after UK says it will back US
Just ahead of the United Nations Summit, where Tehran faces tough questions on an attack on Saudi oil facilities, Iran has released a British flagged tanker it seized in July on alleged maritime violations.
“The legal process has finished and based on that the conditions for letting the oil tanker go free have been fulfilled and the oil tanker can move,” a government spokesman for Iran, said on Monday.
Iran’s foreign minister says it won’t cave in to sanctions
Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says Tehran will not cave in to economic sanctions by the Trump administration.
“We are resisting an unprovoked aggression by the United States,” Zarif said on Sunday. “I can assure you that the United States will not be able to bring us to our knees through pressure.”
“Abandon the illusion that Iran can be defeated by pressure,” Zarif added.
Muslim of the year nominee probed after telling rally “jihad is the only solution”
Sumaira Farrukh, 38, a prominent activist who was once nominated in the UK as “British Muslim of the Year” is now being probed by police after she was videoed at a rally saying “jihad is the only solution.” She spoke at a demonstration that was attended by hundreds of people who were demanding action over India’s plan to take away self-rule from Kashmir.
“‘Let them live their own lives – nothing more than that. And one thing to truth-tell to the Muslim community,” Farrukh is seen saying on the video. “There’s only one solution, which is jihad. No protest, nothing. Just jihad.” Farrukh said her use of the word jihad only referred to a struggle and that she was not inciting violence.