ABD Brezilya'yı “NATO üyesi olmayan ana müttefik” olarak tanıdı

WASHINGTON (AA) – ABD Başkanı Donald Trump, Brezilya'yı "NATO üyesi olmayan ana müttefik" olarak belirlediğini açıkladı.

ABD Kongresine bir mektup gönderen Trump, ABD-Brezilya ilişkilerinde önemli bir adım attı.

Trump, mektubunda, "1961 Dış Yardımlar Yasası'nın 517. bölümüne uygun olarak Brezilya'yı 'NATO Üyesi Olmayan Ana Müttefik' olarak belirleme niyetimi beyan ediyorum." ifadelerini kullandı.

Bu son adımın ABD ile Brezilya arasındaki özellikle savunma iş birliğini ciddi şekilde artıracağını kaydeden Trump, iki ülke arasındaki koordinasyonun daha da artacağını ifade etti.

Brezilya, aralarında İsrail, Japonya, Güney Kore ve Avustralya'nın da bulunduğu "NATO üyesi olmayan ana müttefik" kategorisine eklenen son ülke oldu.

Söz konusu adımla Brezilya, artık ABD'den silah alımlarında öncelikli ülkeler arasında yer alacak, Pentagon'un düzenleyeceği silah ihalelerine katılabilecek ve ABD birlikleriyle beraber tatbikatlar yapabilecek.

Trump moves to designate Brazil 'major non-NATO ally'

            <p>By Umar Farooq</p>  <p>WASHINGTON (AA) - U.S. President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that he will designate Brazil as a major non-NATO ally.</p>  <p>&quot;I am making this designation in recognition of the Government of Brazil's recent commitments to increase defense cooperation with the United States, and in recognition of our own national interest in deepening our defense coordination with Brazil,&quot; Trump said in a statement to Congress.</p>  <p>In order to grant major non-NATO ally status to a country, Trump has to wait 30 days after notifying Congress of the intended designation.</p>  <p> The benefits of the designation include collaboration on the development of defense technologies, special access to military equipment financing, privileged access to the U.S. defense industry and increased joint military exchanges, exercises and training.</p>  <p>Seventeen other countries hold the status of major non-NATO ally including Israel, Japan and South Korea.</p>  <p>Trump has previously said the United States is looking &quot;very strongly&quot; at granting Brazil some NATO privileges, noting his administration is &quot;very inclined to do that&quot;.</p>  <p>&quot;We are going to look at that very, very strongly in terms of whether it’s NATO or something having to do with the alliance,&quot; the president said in March. </p>  <p>Should Brazil ever clear the lengthy process of ascension, it would become the first Latin American nation to join NATO. All 29 of NATO’s member states are in North America and Europe.</p>  Trump has long been a critic of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, calling on other member states to shoulder more of its defense burden by increasing military spending.

UPDATE 2 – Trump exerts privilege over unredacted Mueller report

                                               ADDS CONTEMPT VOTE IN GRAFS 6-7; MOVES UP LAST GRAF AND REFRAMES</p>  <p>By Michael Hernandez</p>  <p>WASHINGTON (AA) - U.S. President Donald Trump exerted executive privilege Wednesday on the unredacted version of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report on Russian interference in the 2016 election.</p>  <p>The House Judiciary Committee subpoenaed the Justice Department for an unredacted copy of the report as well as all underlying evidence. Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler had set a Monday deadline for the department to comply, but it came and passed as the committee and the department continued talks to breach the impasse.</p>  <p>Those discussions broke down late Tuesday. </p>  <p>Nadler said the president decided to invoke privilege on the document as the committee prepared to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress for failing to adhere to the subpoena.</p>  <p>&quot;The department seemed open to sharing these documents with us just yesterday. This decision represents a clear escalation in the Trump administration's blanket defiance of Congress' constitutionally-mandated duties,&quot; Nadler said ahead of the contempt vote.</p>  <p>The committee voted 24-16 later Wednesday to hold Barr in contempt, sending the matter to the full House where the Democratic majority will likely follow suit and trigger a criminal referral to the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia.</p>  <p>Jessie Liu, the U.S. attorney, would then decide whether a prosecution would be pursued. </p>  <p>Barr released a redacted version of the Mueller report to Congress and the public last month, but Democrats have insisted on receiving an uncensored copy.</p>  <p>The White House sharply criticized Nadler, saying in a statement that &quot;neither the White House nor Attorney General Barr will comply with Chairman Nadler’s unlawful and reckless demands.</p>  <p>&quot;Faced with Chairman Nadler’s blatant abuse of power, and at the Attorney General’s request, the President has no other option than to make a protective assertion of executive privilege,&quot; spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said in a statement. 

UPDATE – US sanctions Iran's metal sectors as tensions heighten

                              ADDS DETAILS THROUGHOUT </p>  <p>By Michael Hernandez</p>  <p>WASHINGTON (AA) - U.S. President Donald Trump imposed sanctions on Iran's iron, steel, aluminum, and copper sectors Wednesday as tension between the rivals escalates. </p>  <p>The penalties, contained in an executive order, affect what Trump called the Iranian government's &quot;largest non-petroleum-related sources of export revenue&quot; one year after he pulled the U.S. out of a landmark nuclear accord that placed unprecedented curbs on Tehran's nuclear program. </p>  <p>Trump and his senior officials have embarked upon a wide-ranging campaign to ramp up pressure on the Iranian government in the time since, including reimposing U.S. sanctions on Iran's oil sector that were lifted as part of the 2015 agreement. </p>  <p>&quot;Tehran can expect further actions unless it fundamentally alters its conduct,&quot; the president said in a statement. &quot;Since our exit from the Iran deal, which is broken beyond repair, the United States has put forward 12 conditions that offer the basis of a comprehensive agreement with Iran.&quot;</p>  <p>Trump long decried the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action before unilaterally exiting Washington from the multilateral accord brokered under former President Barack Obama. </p>  <p>The Trump administration has called on the U.S.'s negotiating partners -- the U.K., France, Germany, China, Russia and the EU -- to follow the U.S. lead, but none have to date, insisting the agreement is the best way to ensure Iran not attain a nuclear weapon.</p>  <p>The deal granted Iran sweeping relief from international sanctions in exchange for unprecedented curbs on and inspections of its nuclear program. </p>  <p>In one of the administration's most critical efforts to force Iran to quit the deal, the Trump administration declined to renew waivers that allowed seven countries and Taiwan to continue to import Iranian oil.</p>  <p>Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said earlier Wednesday that Iran would resume high level enrichment of uranium to near weapons-grade levels if his country’s interests in the nuclear deal are not protected within 60 days.</p>  <p>Javad Zarif, Iran's foreign minister, said Tehran will suspend implementation of two of the deal's key articles, because following through on them is no longer possible due to U.S. sanctions announced May 4 that prohibited the activities.</p>  <p>&quot;Iran is not engaged in escalating tensions, Iran does not want clashes,&quot; Zarif said. &quot;Iran is a party to the dialogue, a country that has proved in recent years that it is possible to solve the fundamental problems of the world through dialogue.&quot;<br> <br> </p>  <p> </p>  <p> 

US sanctions Iran's metal sectors as tensions heighten

             By Michael Hernandez</p>  <p>WASHINGTON (AA) - U.S. President Donald Trump imposed sanctions on Iran's iron, steel, aluminum, and copper sectors Wednesday as tensions between the rivals escalates. </p>  <p>The penalties affect what Trump called the Iranian government's &quot;largest non-petroleum-related sources of export revenue&quot; one year after he pulled the U.S. out of a landmark nuclear accord that placed unprecedented curbs on Tehran's nuclear program. </p>  <p>Trump and his senior officials have embarked upon a wide-ranging campaign to ramp up pressure on the Iranian government in the time since, including reimposing sanctions on Iran's oil sector that were lifted as part of the 2015 agreement. </p>  <p>&quot;Tehran can expect further actions unless it fundamentally alters its conduct,&quot; the president said in a statement. &quot;Since our exit from the Iran deal, which is broken beyond repair, the United States has put forward 12 conditions that offer the basis of a comprehensive agreement with Iran.&quot;

Trump yönetimi, İran'la ilgili istihbaratı abartmış

WASHINGTON (AA) – Donald Trump yönetimindeki "şahin" bir grubun, "İran'ın bölgedeki bazı Amerikan birliklerine saldırı hazırlığında olduğu" şeklindeki istihbaratı abartarak bölgeye uçak gemisi taarruz grubu gönderilmesini sağladığı ileri sürüldü.

Amerikan Daily Beast haber sitesinde yer alan ve adı açıklanmayan bazı üst düzey ABD'li yetkililere dayandırılan iddia, Amerikan kamuoyunda yankı buldu.

Haberde, Beyaz Saray Ulusal Güvenlik Danışmanı John Bolton'ın başını çektiği Beyaz Saray'daki "şahin" bazı isimlerin, İran'la ilgili bir istihbaratı olduğundan daha büyük bir tehdit olarak yorumlayıp bölgeye uçak gemisi taarruz grubu gönderilmesinde önemli rol oynadıkları iddia edildi.

  • İstihbarat doğru, reaksiyon abartılı

Daily Beast'e konuşan bir yetkili, söz konusu istihbaratın doğru olduğunu, ancak yönetimin bu istihbarata aşırı tepki vererek bölgeye uçak gemisi gönderdiğini belirtti.

Bir diğer yetkili ise söz konusu istihbarata göre, İran Devrim Muhafızları Ordusu'na bağlı Kudüs Gücü Komutanı Kasım Süleymani'nin, "Irak'taki İran'a bağlı güçlere Amerikan birliklerine yönelik saldırı konusunda talimat verdiğinin" bildirildiğini söyledi.

Bu istihbaratın ele alındığı toplantıda verilecek karşılığın "büyütüldüğünü" kaydeden yetkili, "Buradaki risk, yanlış hesap yapıp tansiyonu artıran düşük seviyeli (İran adına hareket eden) bir 'proxy' birimidir. Tehdit, betimlendiği kadar yakın olmasa da biz bu reaksiyonumuzla istihbarata bir mesaj gönderiyoruz." değerlendirmesini yaptı.

Haberde, pazar günü Beyaz Saray'da yapılan ulusal güvenlik toplantısına katılan bazı isimlerin İran'a çok güçlü bir mesaj gönderilmesini savundukları, bunun sonucunda da uçak gemisi taarruz grubunun gönderilmesi kararının çıktığı iddia edildi.

  • Bolton duyuruyu yapmıştı

Beyaz Saray Ulusal Güvenlik Danışmanı Bolton, pazar günü yaptığı açıklama ile USS Abraham Lincoln Uçak Gemisi Görev grubunun bir bombardıman görev gücü ile birlikte Körfez'e yönlendirildiğini bildirmişti. Bolton, bu sevkiyatı İran yönetimine "net ve kesin bir mesaj" olarak nitelemişti.

Amerikan medyasında yer alan bazı haberlerde İsrail istihbaratının ABD'ye İran'ın bölgedeki Amerikan askerlerine yönelik saldırı hazırlığında olduğu bilgisini ulaştırması üzerine Washington'un söz konusu kararı aldığı iddia edilmişti.

Trump's decades-old tax returns show $1B in losses: NYT

             By Umar Farooq</p>  <p>WASHINGTON (AA) - U.S. President Donald Trump reported more than $1 billion in losses to avoid paying federal income taxes, according to a report by The New York Times that cited the president’s tax returns from three decades ago.</p>  <p>The Times revealed Internal Revenue Service data records between 1985 - 1994 showing a reported loss of $1.17 billion, an amount that allowed him to avoid paying income taxes for eight years out of the ten-year-period.</p>  <p>The financial information predates the tax period Democrats in Congress are calling into question but it gives insight into the president's former business tactics.</p>  <p>From 1986 to 1988, the president made $57 million by posing as a &quot;corporate raider.&quot; He had a tactic of buying up different companies' stock, then announced he was about to become the company's majority shareholder before selling all of the shares he bought once the stock shot up in value.</p>  <p>While this tactic was previously reported, the newspaper report published Tuesday showed Trump lost the majority of the gains he had made during that period.</p>  <p>Trump has touted himself as an ardent philanthropist, however, the period showed no charitable donations on record.</p>  <p>According to The Times, the president reported losses of more than $250 million in 1990 and 1991, more than double that of any other high-income individual taxpayer.</p>  <p>The newspaper added that the trend continued through the rest of the decade, with Trump losing &quot;more money than nearly any other individual American taxpayer.&quot;</p>  <p>Trump criticized the report, saying that reporting losses was common amongst real estate developers at the time.</p>  <p>&quot;You always wanted to show losses for tax purposes....almost all real estate developers did - and often re-negotiate with banks, it was sport. Additionally, the very old information put out is a highly inaccurate Fake News hit job!&quot; Trump tweeted Wednesday.

Trump'tan Rusya soruşturması raporuna başkanlık müdahalesi

WASHINGTON (AA) – ABD Başkanı Donald Trump, özel yetkili savcı Robert Mueller'ın Rusya soruşturması üzerine hazırladığı raporun Kongre'ye ulaşmasını engellemek için başkanlık yetkisini kullandı.

ABD Temsilciler Meclisi Adalet Komitesi, Adalet Bakanlığından özel yetkili savcı Mueller tarafından Rusya'nın 2016 başkanlık seçimlerine müdahalesine yönelik hazırlanan orijinal raporu istedi.

Bakanlığın, söz konusu raporu komiteye teslim etmesi için pazartesiye kadar süre verilmesine rağmen, raporu ulaştırmadığı belirtildi.

Buna sebep olarak Komite Başkanı Jerry Nadler, Trump'ın raporun komiteye teslim edilmemesi için başkanlık yetkisini kullandığını duyurdu.

Nadler, "Bakanlık dün bu belgeleri bizimle paylaşmaya açık görünüyordu. Bu karar, Trump yönetiminin Kongre’nin anayasal sorumluluklarına karşı oluşturduğu net bir gerginliktir." dedi.

Beyaz Saray Sözcüsü Sarah Sanders ise konuya ilişkin yazılı bir açıklama yaparak, şu ifadeleri kullandı:

"Amerikan halkı, Komite Başkanı Nadler'in bu tarz çaresiz girişimlerle, Başkan Trump'ın yükselen ekonomimizde elde ettiği tarihi başarıyı gizlemeye çalıştığının farkında. Ne Beyaz Saray, ne de Adalet Bakanı William Barr komite başkanı Nadler'in bu hukuksuz ve pervasız isteklerine boyun eğmeyecektir. Nadler'in gücünü kötüye kullanması sebebi ve Adalet Bakanı'nın talebiyle, Başkan'ın bu konuda başkanlık yetkisini kullanmaktan başka seçeneği yoktu."

Adalet Bakanı Barr, söz konusu Mueller raporunun düzenlenmiş halini geçen ay Kongre'ye sunmuş ancak Demokratlar raporun sansürsüz bir kopyasını almak için ısrarcı olmuşlardı.

Adalet Komitesi'nin bir sonraki adım olarak, Barr'a Kongre'nin talimatlarına itaat etmediği gerekçesiyle soruşturma açması bekleniyor.

UPDATE – Trump exerts privilege over unredacted Mueller report

                              ADDS WHITE HOUSE STATEMENT, DETAILS THROUGHOUT</p>  <p>By Michael Hernandez</p>  <p>WASHINGTON (AA) - U.S. President Donald Trump exerted executive privilege Wednesday on the unredacted version of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report on Russian interference in the 2016 election. </p>  <p>The House Judiciary Committee subpoenaed the Justice Department for an unredacted copy of the report as well as all underlying evidence. Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler had set a Monday deadline for the department to comply, but it came and passed as the committee and the department continued talks to breach the impasse.</p>  <p>Those discussions broke down late Tuesday. </p>  <p>Nadler said the president decided to invoke privilege on the document as the committee prepared to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress for failing to adhere to the subpoena.</p>  <p>&quot;The department seemed open to sharing these documents with us just yesterday. This decision represents a clear escalation in the Trump administration's blanket defiance of Congress' constitutionally-mandated duties,&quot; Nadler said ahead of the contempt vote.</p>  <p>Barr released a redacted version of the Mueller report to Congress and the public last month, but Democrats have insisted on receiving an uncensored copy.</p>  <p>The White House sharply criticized Nadler, saying in a statement that &quot;neither the White House nor Attorney General Barr will comply with Chairman Nadler’s unlawful and reckless demands.</p>  <p>&quot;Faced with Chairman Nadler’s blatant abuse of power, and at the Attorney General’s request, the President has no other option than to make a protective assertion of executive privilege,&quot; spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said in a statement. </p>  <p>The Judiciary Committee is likely to vote in favor of holding Barr in contempt of Congress when it votes later Wednesday, sending the matter to the full House where the Democratic majority will likely follow suit and send the matter to the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia. 

Trump exerts privilege over unredacted Mueller report

             By Michael Hernandez </p>  <p>WASHINGTON (AA) - U.S. President Donald Trump exerted executive privilege Wednesday on the unredacted version of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report on Russian interference in the 2016 election. </p>  <p>The House Judiciary Committee subpoenaed the Justice Department for an unredacted copy of the report as well as all underlying evidence. Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler had set a Monday deadline for the department to comply.</p>  <p>But Nadler said the president decided to invoke privilege over the document as the committee prepared to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress for failing to adhere to the subpoena.</p>  <p>&quot;The department seemed open to sharing these documents with us just yesterday. This decision represents a clear escalation in the Trump administration's blanket defiance of Congress' constitutionally-mandated duties,&quot; Nadler said.