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Saturday, October 24, 2020

AJonathan Turley: NBC Analyst says Trump Supporters have LIZARD Brains

This is why conservative or independent voters view liberal networks as biased and gratuitously insulting

Vanderbilt University professor and historian Jon Meacham recently gave a quiz in his course on the 2020 election in which students were asked: “Was the Constitution designed to perpetuate white supremacy and protect the institution of slavery?” You had to answer "yes" or get points deducted.

It appears that the final exam in the class could prove even more demanding for any intellectually honest student if Meacham asks about the voters themselves. The NBC analyst this week declared that President Trump and his supporters are examples of being controlled by what is called "the lizard brain."

It only got worse from there.


Meacham addressed a simple question of whether Trump helped himself with his base in the second presidential debate Thursday night. It is impossible on NBC, however, to refer to Trump voters without some derisive or insulting precursor. Meacham did not disappoint his audience.

“I think Trump did himself good with his base tonight,” Meacham said. “The question for America is how big that base is. There is a lizard brain in this country. Donald Trump is a product of the White man's, the anguished, nervous White guy's lizard brain.”

Meacham was referring to a primitive part of the brain in psychological literature: "Many people call it the ‘Lizard Brain,’ because the limbic system is about all a lizard has for brain function. It is in charge of fight, flight, feeding, fear, freezing up, and fornication."

Of course, even with the lead held by Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden in the polls, roughly half of this country still supports Trump (or at least rejects Biden, who Meacham has endorsed). That is a lot of lizard people.

What is striking is that Meacham is supposed to give what NBC, MSNBC and PBS present as neutral, scholarly analysis. But his comment about Trump supporters having lizard brains captures why conservative or independent voters view the networks as biased and gratuitously insulting.

Indeed, these comments show that networks like NBC are now focusing entirely on Democratic and liberal viewers — writing off half of the American people as gag lines.

I have written repeatedly about how the media have helped Trump by fulfilling his narrative of open bias. Meacham shows that they are now enjoying this too much.

There appears to be no point that is too insulting or raw for national commentary so long as it is an attack on Trump or those who support him. 

I did not vote for Trump, and I have regularly criticized him in columns and blog posts. However, I have watched the stereotyping of Trump supporters at media conferences for years. It suggests that roughly 63 million people in this country who voted for Trump in 2016 are knuckle-dragging racists.

The media have simply never tried to see any nuance or gain any insight into what is motivating Trump supporters. It is easier to dismiss them as a whole as racists and lizard people.

Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin has declared that Trump supporters as a whole are racists. That common stereotyping of Trump supporters is uncontested, even as the media object to Trump’s generalizations about other groups.

Miami Herald columnist and NBC analyst Leonard Pitts wrote a column headlined: “No, it’s not the economy, stupid. Trump supporters fear a black and brown America.”

The narrative has moved beyond Hillary Clinton’s description of Trump supporters as a “basket of deplorables” to now portraying all Trump supporters as open racists.

“Make America Great Again” hats are denounced by academics as the symbol of “modern day hitlerjugend” and hate speech.

What is most distressing about Meacham’s comments is that he is an incredibly talented and insightful academic. But it is hugely popular to degrade Trump's supporters on television. That can create its own conditioning reward system. 

It is also popular in academia today to rewrite history to fit a narrative, like declaring simplistically that the Constitution was designed to perpetuate White supremacy and protect the institution of slavery. No nuance. No objectivity.

Following this logic, if you believe Trump is a threat, it follows that his supporters are threats. That actually sounds familiar. You could almost say that it sounds like … well … the lizard brain.


An article headlined "Why Your Lizard Brain is Keeping You Stuck and Specific Tools To Start Connecting" could be distributed as a self-help guide for network analysts.

The article states: “When you’re acting in one of these fear-based modes — whether you fight, flee or freeze — you can’t remember any of the great communication tools you’ve learned or the tips or strategies you’ve been practicing because you can’t access the part of the brain where that stuff is saved! Brain imaging has shown that when the amygdala is activated by negative emotions, it actually interferes with the brain’s ability to solve problems (or figure out how to get unstuck). But here’s the good news: positive emotions and thoughts do the opposite; they help you with creative problem-solving and strategic thinking.”


In other words, it is possible that tens of millions of voters are not lizard people, but people with opposing views. Yet, once Trump supporters are shown or discussed, it triggers these intense negative emotions in analysts who respond with fight and flight impulses.

Once you accept that, you can access parts of "the brain where that stuff is saved" from your training and your scholarship. You know. Like history.

*Jonathan Turley is the Shapiro professor of public Iiterest law at George Washington University and a practicing criminal defense attorney.


OpEd: An Election of Common VALUES, and Common SENSE

theodore miraldi.

After 12 years of covering up the truth to hide their massive corruption, the Democrats are now apoplectic. This election may be their last chance to cover-up their raping the nation of its dignity. Obama's 8 years were filled with cover-ups and arrogance. The Democrats have become the voice of the street rioters and store looters, funny how the narrative seems the same.

What is being revealed regarding BIDEN has only one resolution, and that is to withdraw from the election or be shamed forever in history. The false denials in the face of corroborating evidence is a fact, no matter what the Democrat talking heads are feeding the public. It's no more than their usual Propaganda. This is more like Communism than Democracy.

The nation and all of its citizens have suffered in some way since 2008. Groups and individuals were censored. investigated and spied on without their knowledge or permission. Big Brother had finally landed in the name of Barack Hussein Obama. Make no mistake a man's past does matter when filled with Communist and Socialist Mentors and Family Members.

What's at stake in the 2020 Election is far greater than Democrats or Republicans, it's about the sovereignty of our nation on macro and micro levels through every socio-economic schema known.

Those who feel that turning their backs on our success shows independence from our failures, only represent the greater failure ahead. And those who feel tightening the reins of individual freedoms will alleviate the unrest will be fighting the battle till kingdom come.

Americans must once again rely on common sense based upon interpersonal relationships throughout our communities. The axiom that we are only as great as the least among us must be a lesson practiced with a passion. It has become evident that the guiding mantra of civilized human behaviors has taken a turn for the worst. The wants of our flawed behaviors cannot guide the true purpose of bringing people together.

By losing the will to allow your inner voice to speak its truths, you deny the greater part of humanity.

So, whether you are a Democrat or Republican we are in the throes of a revolution the politics of which are the symptom of a far greater problem...

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WTimes Editorial: Confronting Political CENSORSHIP

FILE - This combination of photos shows logos for social media platforms Facebook and Twitter. Facebook and Twitter moved quickly this week to limit the spread of a disputed tabloid story promising new twists in the saga of Joe Biden’s relationship with Ukraine. President Donald Trump's campaign quickly seized on the story in the New York Post — but the report raised more questions than answers, including about the authenticity of an email at the center of the story. Wednesday morning Oct. 14, 2020, hours after the story's publication, a Facebook spokesman tweeted that the company was limiting its distribution on the platform.(AP Photo/File)


Some disasters arrive with the suddenness of an avalanche with no time to react, while others are preceded by a flashing early-warning sign. Americans are shocked by blatant censorship of news relevant to the impending 2020 presidential election, but they shouldn’t be. Unsavory political bias has been a growing phenomenon in the electronic public square. With millions of votes already cast, efforts to release the subversive grip on free speech are too little, too late.

The bombshell discovered on a laptop purportedly belonging to Hunter Biden, son of Democratic presidential contender Joe Biden, were quickly contained last week when dominant social media platforms chose to shield them from public view. A New York Post exclusive, including email references to a meeting between then-Vice President Biden and an executive of corruption-tainted Ukrainian energy firm Burisma Holdings, lent fresh rationale to President Trump’s call last year for investigation of the Bidens for peddling access. Congressional Democrats retaliated and tried unsuccessfully to oust Mr. Trump from office.

The Hunter Biden revelations comprise an epic October surprise with the potential of tarnishing Mr. Biden’s image weeks before his Election Day faceoff against the Republican president. But Twitter and Facebook chose to block users from linking to the story, effectively forcing readers to engage in a game of online hide-and-seek to read it.

Nowhere is media bias more jarring than in social media. Originally envisioned as an electronic equivalent of the town square, many online platforms have abandoned objectivity by favoring progressive content and installing so-called fact checkers to weigh — and sometimes censor — countervailing material, like the Biden laptop story.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has warned against fact-checking politicians, but with his former subordinate Jessica Hertz joining Twitter executive Carlos Monje on the Biden transition team, the temptation to put a thumb on the Democrats’ side of the scale is apparently irresistible. Mr. Zuckerberg, along with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, has been fingered to explain the suppression of the New York Post story before the Senate Judiciary Committee, either voluntarily or by means of subpoena.

For Mr. Trump, whose press coverage is consistently ranked at 90% negative, Senate chat-fests are not enough. The president on Tuesday called on U.S. Attorney General William Barr to appoint a special counsel to probe whether the Biden laptop reveals illicit corruption. Meanwhile, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai is composing tightened provisions for Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996, which was meant to immunize online platforms from liability for objectionable content. Current rules have been abused, says the White House, by those who “in reality use their power over a vital means of communication to engage in deceptive or pretextual actions stifling free and open debate by censoring certain viewpoints.”

Sadly, censorship warning lights were not heeded in time to halt subversion of Election 2020. When smoke from the current political battle clears, the nation will discover whether its reverence for free speech still stands.


Texts from Hunter Biden's Business Partner SHOW Joe Biden INVOLVED in China DEAL Talks

                 Tony Bobulinski, center seated, who says he is a former associate of Hunter Biden, waits for the start of the second and final presidential debate Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020, at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn. 

                (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

  Rowan Scarborough

Hunter Biden’s former business partner is releasing a trove of text messages that show that former Vice President Joseph Biden was brought into discussions on his son’s China business ventures.

The texts from whistleblower Tony Bobulinski show Hunter talked of the “family brand” when discussing investments. Another partner warned Mr. Bobulinski “don’t mention Joe being involved. It’s only when u are face to face.”

Mr. Bobulinski suddenly emerged in the Hunter Biden financial scandal on Wednesday when he issued a statement saying he met with Mr. Biden, the Democratic presidential candidate, to discuss Hunter’s business ventures.

This adds to evidence casting doubt on Mr. Biden’s categorical statement that he has never discussed Hunter’s foreign businesses. They include being on the payrolls of Russian and Ukraine oligarchs and doing deals with wealthy Chinese close to the communist party and military.

The Hunter Biden scandal erupted earlier this month when Rudy Giuliani, President Trump’s attorney, began releasing emails and texts from Hunter Biden’s discarded MacBook Pro laptop. The messages show that an executive of Burisma Group, a Ukraine energy firm for which Hunter sat on the board of directors, thanked Hunter for setting up a meeting with the vice president in 2015.

Also, Devon Archer, Hunter’s principal business partner, arranged for a delegation in 2011 of top Chinese business leaders and communist party members to visit the Obama White House and meet with Mr. Biden, according to emails reported by Breitbart.

The Bobulinski texts, first reported by Fox News, show that Hunter Biden went on a tirade in a June 2017 message to partner James Gilliar with complaints about Mr. Bobulinski.

“Explain to me one thing Tony brings to MY table that I so desperately need that I’m willing to sign over my family’s brand and pretty much the rest of my business life,” Hunter Biden says. “Why in gods name would I give this marginal bully the keys my family’s only asset? Why?”

The “only asset” appears to be a reference to the Biden name, or Joseph Biden himself.

Mr. Bobulinski entered into partnership as CEO of Sinohawk Holdings with Hunter Biden and a Chinese billionaire, Ye Jianming, then chairman of CEFC or China Energy Co.

Two Republicans, Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Chairman Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, and Finance Committee Chairman Charles Grassley of Iowa issued a Step. 23 report outlining Hunter’s deep financial ties to Mr. Ye.

The report detailed million-dollar payments based on committee-acquired Treasury Department suspicious activity reports (SARS).

Mr. Bobulinski said the Senate report opened his eyes to the fact Hunter was secretly withdrawing huge sums of money from the partnership.

“I just saw behind the Biden curtain and I grew concerned with what I saw,” he said. “The Biden family aggressively leveraged the Biden family name to make millions of dollars from foreign entities even though some were from communist controlled China.”

Hunter Biden left his computer at a Wilmington, Del., repair shop in April 2019. With the computer abandoned, the shop owner became alarmed by its contents and notified the FBI, which took possession. He also provided a hard drive copy to Mr. Giuliani.

One email showed Hunter Biden demanding $10 million annually from Mr. Ye for “introductions alone.”

Another was a May 2017 email from Mr. Gilliar to Hunter Biden and Mr. Bobulinski on a new venture with Mr. Ye in which 10 percent stake would be “held by H for the big guy?”

Mr. Bobulinski says the “big guy” is the former vice president.

The FBI interviewed Mr. Bobulinski on Friday.

Joseph Biden said at Thursday night’s debate with President Trump that Hunter has taken no money from China–––an assertion disproven by the Senate report.

The campaign says there are no Chinese proceeds on his tax returns.

A business partner informed Mr. Bobulinski that Hunter referred to his dad as “the chairman.”

Mr. Bobulinski wrote to Mr. Gilliar, “U need to stress to H, does he want to be the reason or factor that blows up his dad’s campaign, things need to be done right and protective of that fact.”


FBI, Mueller Received Trump Transition Records from GSA in SECRET: Senate report

"This conduct undermines the GSA’s role as a neutral provider of services to presidential transition teams," the GOP report said

*Nearly 4 years later the nation is still experiencing the massive corruption throughout the Obama Administration. And here we are on the verge of another Presidential Elections with the last remnant of that Corruption Joe Biden. This attempt to seize power again and cover-up not only his Pay for Play, but massive ethic violations once more. 


 Brie Stimson

Former Special Counsel Robert Mueller and the FBI gained access to Trump transition team records during their Russia investigation through the General Services Administration, according to a report from Senate Republicans.

The FBI and Mueller secretly pursued the documents despite an agreement between then-President-elect Trump’s team that the transition records were private property and would not be retained after the transition ended, said a 26-page report released Friday by Sens. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., and Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, chairmen of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee and Senate Finance Committee, the Washington Examiner reported.

The report, titled, “Don’t Brief the Trump Team: How the GSA and the FBI Secretly Shared Trump Transition Team Records,” said the “presumption of good faith” in the transition “was called into question in 2016. This majority staff report tells an important, yet overlooked, story about how the" FBI and special counsel “secretly sought and received access to the private records of Donald J. Trump’s presidential transition team, Trump for America, Inc.”

It noted that Obama appointee Denise Turner Roth was administrator of the GSA until Timothy Horne was appointed as acting administrator on Inauguration Day in 2017. 


The report said even after the transition team learned about the secret preservation request the GSA refused to give the Trump team a copy of its own records.

“Instead, after denying the Trump transition team its basic legal rights to control its own information, including the opportunity to protect privileged or confidential information, the GSA turned those same records over to the Special Counsel without requiring any legal process, such as a subpoena or warrant,” it said.

The FBI also asked the GSA to “preserve all Trump transition team records associated with Lt. Gen. [Michael] Flynn” after Trump’s then-national security adviser resigned in February 2017.

The GSA preserved all remaining Trump transition team records for months, the report said, “even though the GSA did not receive a formal preservation request until June 12, 2017.”


Mueller’s team also received transition records for “13 different Trump for America officials, including then-CIA Director Mike Pompeo, then-national security advisor to the vice president Keith Kellogg, and Jared Kushner” in August 2017. The requests were made without a subpoena or search warrant, the report said.

The requests for the records were made by former FBI Assistant General Counsel Kevin Clinesmith, who later pleaded guilty to falsifying a document related to a FISA wiretap of Trump associate Carter Page, according to the Washington Examiner.

In conclusion, the report said, the conduct “undermines the GSA’s role as a neutral provider of services to presidential transition teams. These actions provide a basis for future transition teams to question or even doubt the services offered by the GSA, which risks the effectiveness of the transfer of power from one administration to the next.”


It added the report should serve as a “stark warning” to never let such conduct happen again.


Friday, October 23, 2020

A Serious Debate that Leaves Biden with Lingering BRUISES

Will allegations of Biden family corruption ever be properly scrutinized?

                                Kristen Welker moderates the final debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden (Jim Bourg-Pool/Getty)

Charles Lipson

Thursday night’s debate was far calmer and more substantive than the street brawl that preceded it. If we score it like a boxing match, it was pretty close. Both Donald Trump and Joe Biden landed punches. Neither had to be carried out on a stretcher.

But that’s the wrong way to look at it. It matters, obviously, that neither candidate won a decisive victory and that Trump needed one more because he’s trailing, according to polls. But the debate helped Trump in another way. Biden said things he will regret. Time and again, he made false or misleading claims and politically-questionable promises. Three stand out: ‘super predators’, fracking and family corruption.

Fracking is important because it has led to much lower energy prices and freed America from foreign oil supplies. Whether to continue fracking or significantly reduce it is part of a larger debate about fossil fuels. How much are Americans willing to pay to move away from cheap hydrocarbons? How quickly they wish to do it? On the debate stage, Joe said he has never wanted to ban fracking. But that’s ‘General Election Joe.’ Last winter, ‘Democratic Primary Joe’ had a very different position. His running mate Kamala Harris was even more emphatic. Even in this debate, Biden acknowledged he wants to ban fracking on federal lands.

Biden and Trump differ sharply on America’s energy future, and those differences came through in the debate. Biden made aggressive statements supporting alternative energy, pledging to gradually phase out the entire oil and gas industry and add thousands of new, high-paying jobs as he did so. There are really two issues here. One is whether voters have a clear sense of what Biden will do and how much it will cost. The other is how these promises will play in states that rely on energy production (such as Texas, Pennsylvania and Ohio) or on energy-intensive industries (Michigan). How Pennsylvania voters, in particular, see Biden’s energy policies is crucial because, if Trump loses the state, he’ll have a very hard time winning reelection. That’s why Trump was so quick to jump on Biden’s ‘green energy’ promises during the debate. He thinks Biden is hurting himself in Pennsylvania and Ohio.

Second, Biden denied he ever used the term ‘super predators’, a not-so-veiled reference to black street gangs. He’s right, sort of. Hillary said it in 1996. But in 1993, as Biden was trying to pass a major crime bill, he spoke of ‘predators on our streets…literally without any conscience developing.’ As Joe himself might put it, ‘Just play it for yourself on the Victrola.’ In 1998, he told a convention there were 100,000 juvenile ‘predators’, arrested for violent crimes, who ‘warrant exceptionally, exceptionally tough treatment’. He later came to regret that language and the crime bill, which led to mass incarceration of young black men. Trump has attacked him on it and emphasized his own success in passing criminal-reform legislation. Trump also spoke of his long-term funding for historically black colleges, the creation of ‘enterprise zones’ in minority areas, and especially the record-low unemployment among minorities before the pandemic. It’s all part of his concerted effort to win African American votes. Republicans seldom win very many, but even small gains could help in the swing states of Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Florida. Biden responded by calling Trump a racist, saying he used dog-whistle language ‘as big as a foghorn’.

The biggest breaking story of the past week — Hunter Biden’s corrupt entanglements with foreign businesses and his father’s role, if any — received far too little attention during the debate. The mainstream media, Big Tech and the Biden campaign would say it didn’t deserve much. They certainly haven’t given it any. But Biden did, at least, make a clear, blunt statement on the issue. He denied ever taking a penny from foreign sources. As a debater, he did a fine job of turning the issue around and attacking Trump over a bank account in China. But Biden’s debate performance and help from every media organization may not be enough to kill the corruption issue.

The accusations of Biden family corruption are piling up, and they are getting verification from multiple sources, willing to go on the record. Biden’s response, that the charges are nothing more than Russian lies, is crumbling. Granted, the mainstream media have not reported the story and Big Tech social-media platforms have smothered circulation of any stories that did appear. But if these allegations can be verified and gain traction, then they are incredibly damaging. After all, Biden is running as the candidate of integrity and honor, as he emphasized during the debate.

The main allegations are that the Biden family got rich on pay-to-play schemes. They monetized Joe’s power as the sitting vice president and, after he left office, his strong position to win the 2020 Democratic nomination. The allegations, so far, have not been that Joe was paid directly, although notes about one deal allocated 10 percent to be held by ‘H for the Big Guy’, alongside slices for ‘H’ (his son, Hunter) and ‘JB’ (Joe’s brother, Jim). The principal allegations are that the family members got rich off Joe’s position, and did so with his knowledge and help. That is far from proven, but more evidence has been coming out each day. The more directly Joe Biden is implicated in these schemes, the more damaging it is politically.

Joe and his campaign know that. For several years, he has flatly denied ever discussing Hunter’s business with him or knowing anything about it. Those claims are undermined by newly-emerging evidence. One is a cache of damaging emails found on Hunter Biden’s laptop computer, abandoned at a Delaware repair shop. Another is a separate cache of 26,000 emails involving Hunter’s dealings with a former business associate, Bevan Cooney, who is now serving time for fraud. The latest, which broke just before the debate, is perhaps the most damaging of all: first-hand testimony from Tony Bobulinski, another of Hunter’s business partners. Bobulinski says he met directly with Joe Biden to discuss some Chinese deals, which include companies with ties to the Communist party. He adds that Hunter told him and others that he always spoke with his father about these matters before making any moves. Bobulinski is now cooperating with Senate investigators, has offered to testify under oath, and has turned over three electronic devices with messages from Hunter than mention Joe’s involvement.

The New York Post broke the Delaware computer story on Wednesday October 14. The Biden campaign said nothing for over a week. They did not deny it. The compliant press corps didn’t ask, and Joe remained at home, without any public events. Eventually, he responded briefly to a reporter, saying the story was a ‘smear’. That’s not the same as saying the computer wasn’t Hunter’s or the emails were fake.

Biden’s denial received support from former Obama-era officials in the intelligence agencies, who said it all looked exactly like Russian disinformation. They offered no supporting evidence. They were refuted by Trump’s director of national intelligence, John Ratcliffe, who said the computer and information on it were not Russian disinformation. The FBI, no friend of Trump’s, confirmed they did not consider it foreign disinformation. During the Thursday debate, however, Joe Biden reasserted his claim that it was all a ‘smear’ and a ‘Russian hoax’. Trump taunted him, ‘Russia, Russia, Russia!’ and repeatedly asked about Hunter’s receipt of $3.5 million from the widow of Moscow’s mayor.

At that point, the moderator, NBC’s Kristen Welker, could have made a genuine contribution to public discourse and voters. She failed. She should have stepped in and said, ‘Mr Vice President, on this story, there are major differences between the two campaigns. Could you explain your position? Are you saying that the Delaware computer didn’t belong to your son or that the emails we have seen from it are fake? Are you saying that you did not meet with Burisma officials in the White House? Are you saying that you never met with Tony Bobulinski to discuss Chinese business ventures?’ She didn’t do that. She was determined to return to her set list of questions, which meant the corruption issue was never clearly dealt with. Both candidates should have been given an opportunity to make their case, not squelched by a moderator on autopilot.

If evidence from Bobulinski, the Delaware computer, or Cooney emails holds up, if anyone else comes forward with credible information, if the ‘Russia, Russia, Russia!’ claims continue to collapse, then Biden is in a very difficult position. Should he leave the basement or not? If he campaigns, some brave reporter might — gasp! — press him for serious answers. If he stays in the basement, as he did all this week, he looks like he’s hiding from scrutiny.

We don’t know which path he will choose, or what new information will come out, but on Thursday night, we did learn how Joe Biden intends to respond to allegations of corruption. He will strenuously deny them. The questions are whether those denials will hold up or, what’s just as good, be ignored by the media. If the accusation loses steam, then Joe can continue to focus on his strongest arguments: COVID, character, and healthcare.

Meanwhile, Trump will campaign non-stop, battering Joe on the scandals and hoping it doesn’t distract from his strongest argument for reelection: ‘I can bring the economy back, and Biden will kill it.’

We saw that choice on display Thursday night. And, unlike the first debate, we actually got to hear the arguments.


Trump Announces PEACE DEAL Between Sudan and Israel, Says More Nations Will Normalize Relations

Sudan is the third Arab state to do so as part of U.S.-brokered deals in the run-up to Election Day

Morgan Phillips

President Trump on Friday announced a peace deal that would normalize ties with between Israel and Sudan, claiming there "would be many more peace deals to come in the Middle East."

Trump invited reporters into the Oval Office while he was on the phone with the leaders of Israel and Sudan to discuss the latest U.S.-brokered deal in the run-up to Election Day. 

"Three months ago, no one thought this was possible. Even Bibi didn't know if this was possible, right Bibi?" Trump asked his ally, Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. 

Trump said Sudan had demonstrated a commitment to battling terrorism. "This is one of the great days in the history of Sudan," Trump said, adding that Israel and Sudan have been in a state of war for decades. 


"It is a new world," Netanyahu said over the phone. "We are cooperating with everyone. Building a better future for all of us."

The president said that at least five other countries wanted peace with Israel. "We have many lined up. They want to come in, get the deal done."


Senior adviser to the president Jared Kushner, who has been involved in brokering the deals, agreed that other countries in the Middle East would soon follow suit. 

Trump said that even Iran would "someday" normalize relations with Israel.

President Trump hangs up a phone call with the leaders of Sudan and Israel, as Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, left, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien, and others applaud in the Oval Office of the White House, Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

President Trump hangs up a phone call with the leaders of Sudan and Israel, as Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, left, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien, and others applaud in the Oval Office of the White House, Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) ((AP Photo/Alex Brandon))

"Iran ultimately will become a member of this whole thing. Look, someday I'd love to help Iran get back on track. They've gone from a rich country to a poor country in three years," he said. 

"But they can't have nuclear weapons," he continued. "It's always death to Israel, that's all they shout. So they can't have nuclear weapons."

The president also said that a deal between Israel and the Palestinian region may be on the horizon. "Palestinians, they're wanting to do something. "I'm sure that will get done, too." 


Before the 2020 peace deals, Middle Eastern nation had not recognized Israel since Jordan in the 1990s. 

Trump said he expects Saudi Arabia to come to the table for a deal soon. 

"There's going to be a big reunion, where everybody is here, everybody's going to be signed. We expect Saudi Arabia's going to be one of those countries. Highly respected. The King and the Crown Prince. They're all just highly respected in the Middle East."

Friday's deal, which would deepen Sudan's engagement with the West, follows Trump's conditional agreement this week to remove the North African nation from the list of state sponsors of terrorism if it pays compensation to American victims of terror attacks. 

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a ceremony announcing the deal that victims of terror would receive $335 million in compensation from Sudan. 

The money is meant for victims of the 1998 bombings of the U.S. Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania by the al-Qaida network while its leader, Osama bin Laden, was living in Sudan. Trump said on Tuesday that once the funds were transferred, he would remove Sudan from the list.

A senior U.S. official said Sudan had borrowed the money needed to pay that amount.

But these recent recognitions of Israel have undermined the traditional Arab consensus that there can be no normalization with Israel before the establishment of an independent Palestinian state. The Palestinians say the recognitions amount to betrayal, while Israel says the Palestinians have lost what they have seen as their "veto" over regional peace efforts.


Netanyahu has made it a priority to forge ties with formerly hostile countries in Africa and the Arab world in the absence of any progress with the Palestinians during his more than a decade in office. 

The deal with Sudan will include aid and investment from Israel, particularly in technology and agriculture, along with further debt relief. It comes as Sudan and its transitional government teeter on the edge. Thousands have protested in the country's capital Khartoum and other regions in recent days over dire economic conditions. 

Trump said the deal "will enhance Israel's security and end Sudan's isolation from the world." 

The removal of the terror designation opens the door for Sudan to get international loans and aid needed to revive its battered economy and rescue the country's transition to democracy.

Sudan is on a fragile path to democracy after a popular uprising last year led the military to overthrow the longtime autocrat, Omar al-Bashir. A military-civilian government rules the country, with elections possible in late 2022.

Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok thanked Trump for signing the executive order to remove Sudan from the terrorism list and said in a statement that he hoped to complete the process in a "timely manner." 

The normalization agreement had been in the works for some time but was finalized when Trump's Mideast peace team, led by Jared Kushner and Avi Berkowitz, visited the region earlier this week to mark the first commercial flight between Israel and Bahrain and then went on to the United Arab Emirates, according to U.S. officials.

Unlike with Bahrain and the UAE, there has been a state of hostilities between Sudan and Israel, even if they had not been in direct conflict.


Unmentioned in the joint statement was that Sudan has agreed, according to the senior U.S. official, to designate Lebanon's Hezbollah movement as a terrorist organization, something that Israel has long sought from its neighbors and others in the international community.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.