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President Trump’s Words Show How Sovereignty Can Serve Western Values
“Hell froze over Thursday, as Donald Trump delivered a speech in Europe that even his critics applauded. His remarks on the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landing at Normandy were stirring, and the occasion offers a lesson about the values that unite the Western alliance,” The Wall Street Journal editorial board writes.
“In his ode to the soldiers who stormed the beaches and parachuted behind Nazi lines, Mr. Trump pointed to their larger motivation. ‘These men ran through the fires of hell moved by a force no weapon could destroy: the fierce patriotism of a free, proud, and sovereign people,’ he said to applause. ‘They battled not for control and domination, but for liberty, democracy, and self-rule.’”
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“Calling the surprising May surge in illegal immigrant arrests on the border the ‘worst case scenario,’ a top immigration analyst has boosted the expected level of crossings 10%, to over 1 million,” Paul Bedard reports for the Washington Examiner. “U.S. Customs and Border Protection on Wednesday revealed that May apprehensions topped 144,000. This year has seen 676,315 apprehensions so far, up 99% over this time last year.”
“Vice President Mike Pence honored the U.S. soldiers who stormed the beaches of Normandy 75 years ago on D-Day during a speech Thursday at the National D-Day Memorial” in Bedford, Virginia—a small town that lost 19 men on Omaha Beach, Andrew O’Reilly reports for Fox News. “That such a small town could make such a sacrifice seems beyond belief,” the Vice President said.
“The media has a simple script. When the president is a Republican abroad, the correct approach is to blame everything on him and play up as many negatives as possible. But when the president is a liberal, anything less that fulsome applause is a betrayal of the tradition [than] politics stops at the water’s edge,” Ted Bromund writes in The Daily Signal.
“President Trump’s tough approach to trade with China is evidence that he’s an entrepreneur at heart,” former head of the Small Business Administration Hector Barreto writes in The Wall Street Journal. “For decades, America’s approach to China’s bad behavior has been as cautious as a corporate CEO . . . The Chinese always smile and say ‘yes,’ and then continue doing what they’ve always done.”