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Playboy White House Reporter Erupts on Sarah Sanders: ‘You Throw Children in Cages!’

CNN contributor and Playboy White House reporter Brian Karem erupted on Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders over President Donald Trump's border policies Thursday, asking if she had any empathy for children and accusing the administration of throwing them "in cages." The Trump administration has come under fire for separating illegal immigrant children from their parents as part of a "zero tolerance" policy. Sanders took questions about the policy on Thursday, also sparring with CNN's Jim Acosta over it. She called on Democrats to fix "loopholes" in the law to address the problem. Although he wasn't called on, Karem—whose dramatic outbursts in the briefing room won him a role as a CNN political contributor—interrupted and berated Sanders over the Trump administration's controversial policy. "You're a parent! Don't you have any empathy? Come on, Sarah, you're a parent!" he said. "Don't you have any empathy for what these people are going through? They have less than you do. Sarah, come on, seriously. Seriously." Sanders told Karem to "settle down." "I'm trying to be serious, but I'm not going to have you yell out of turn," she said, trying to call on another reporter. Karem, with photographers clicking away as he stood at the side of the briefing room, continued on, saying "these people have nothing." "Brian, I know you want to get some more TV time, but that's not what this is about," Sanders said. Karem was undeterred, continuing to lace into Sanders while she stood silently at the podium. "It's not about that … Answer the question. It's a serious question," Karem said. "These people have nothing. They come to the border with nothing, and you throw children in cages. You're a parent. You're a parent of young children. Don't you have any empathy for what they go through?" Sanders ignored him and called on the next reporter. NBC News correspondent Jacob Soboroff reported from Brownsville, Texas, on the nation's largest detention center for illegal immigrant children and said there were no "cages," although he did liken the situation to a prison. The post Playboy White House Reporter Erupts on Sarah Sanders: ‘You Throw Children in Cages!’ appeared first on Washington Free Beacon.

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U.N. Votes to Condemn Israel Against Strong Opposition From Trump Administration

In the face of strong opposition from the Trump administration, the United Nations repudiated Israel on Wednesday for the country's response to violence incited by Hamas along its border with Palestinian-controlled Gaza. At an emergency special session, the U.N. General Assembly overwhelmingly passed an Arab-backed resolution condemning Israel for taking "excessive" use of force against Palestinian "civilians," according to Reuters. The resolution was introduced by Turkey, Alegria, and Palestinian represenatives on behalf of the Arab League and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in response to weeks of demonstrations, rioting, and violence along the border between Israel and Palestinian-controlled Gaza. Originally organized as the "March of the Return," the demonstrations were intended to pressure the Israeli government to allow thousands of Palestinian refugees and their descendants to return to what is now Israel. Violence and rioting broke out in late March when Hamas, the terrorist group governing the Gaza Strip, encouraged demonstrators to attack Israel Defense Forces with incendiary kites and Molotov cocktails in an effort to breach the border. The situation only intensified following the opening of the United States embassy in Jerusalem. To date, the violence has resulted in over 120 Palestinians being killed and hundreds wounded, the highest number since the end of the 2014 Gaza War. The Arab-backed resolution made no mention of Hamas or its role in fomenting violence, choosing instead to set its sight on condemning Israel for responding in self-defense. While the resolution did condemn the firing of over 70 rockets into Israel territory by Hamas–the largest artillery barrage from Gaza since 2014–it largely ignored accounts from both Israel and Hamas indicating a significant number of those killed and were wounded were affiliated with terrorist groups. The resolution also requested that Antonio Guterres, the U.N. secretary-general, devise a plan recommending an "international protection mechanism" for the "occupied" Palestinian territory. Nikki Haley, President Donald Trump's ambassador to the U.N., spoke out against the resolution on the floor of the General Assembly. In her remarks, Haley expressed frustration with the U.N. for painting a "one-sided" portrait of a dire situation. "The nature of this resolution clearly demonstrates that politics is driving the day," Haley said. "It is totally one-sided. It makes not one mention of Hamas, who routinely initiates violence in Gaza." The ambassador added that such resolution only served to admonish Israel while abdicating Hamas of any responsibility. "Instead, this resolution holds Hamas completely unaccountable for most of the recent unrest. It blames everything on Israel," Haley said. "But the facts tell a different story." Haley responded to the resolution by invoking a strategy the Trump administration unveiled earlier this month in response to a similar measure sponsored by Kuwait in the Security Council. The U.S. attempted to amend the resolution to include language condemning Hamas and demanding the terrorist group "cease all violent activity and proactive actions" against Israel. Haley called the amendment a modest reflection of truth and stated it was "the least that any self-respecting" international body could do to pursue the course of peace. "This is a modest amendment that reflects the minimum truth of what is going on in Gaza," Haley said. "It is the least that any self-respecting international organization or nation can do for the cause of peace." The Arab-backed resolution, which like most U.N. actions is not legally binding, passed by a vote of 120 to 8, with 45 abstentions. The U.S. amendment, however, garnered a majority in its favor–62-58, with 42 abstentions–but failed to cross the two-thirds threshold required for adoption. In a statement released shortly after the vote, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lauded the Trump administration for its efforts in exposing the anti-Israel bias existing within the U.N. "Israel appreciates the firm support of the Trump administration in Israel at the United Nations and Ambassador Haley's resolute statement today, which exposed the hypocrisy of the bias against Israel at the U.N.," Netanyahu said. The prime minister added such bias only served to divert the international community's attention from more pressing concerns. "The unceasing focus of the United Nations in Israel shames the organization," he added. "It also diverts attention from other burning issues that require the attention of the international community." The U.S. ambassador took a much more stringent tone in declaring the U.N.'s actions enunciated how "morally bankrupt" the organization's judgment had become. "In the face of Hamas terrorists routinely inciting violence … today the UN made the morally bankrupt judgment that the recent Gaza violence is all Israel’s fault," Haley said. "It is no wonder that no one takes the UN seriously as a force for Middle East peace." Haley expressed that the closeness of the vote on the U.S. amendment signified a shift was taking place. "But the common practice of turning a blind eye to the UN’s anti-Israel bias is changing," she added. "Today, a plurality of 62 countries voted in favor of the U.S.-led effort to address Hamas’s responsibility for the disastrous conditions in Gaza." Haley said peace in the region could only be established when the international community took into account the realities of Israel's security concerns and the provocations of Hamas. "We had more countries on the right side than the wrong side," she said. "By their votes, those countries recognized that peace will only be achieved when realities are recognized, including Israel’s legitimate security interests, and the need to end Hamas’ terrorism." The post U.N. Votes to Condemn Israel Against Strong Opposition From Trump Administration appeared first on Washington Free Beacon.

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Dem Rep Sponsoring Trump Tax Cut Repeal Paid No Taxes for Five Years

Congressman Jared Polis of Colorado, who is sponsoring a bill that would repeal the Trump tax cuts, thereby effectively raising tax rates on most Americans and businesses, recently reconfirmed to a reporter in his home state that for at least five years he paid no income taxes at all from 2001 to 2005. The issue resurfaced in a recent debate as Polis is running for governor. The five-term congressman is one of the ten wealthiest members of Congress. However, a repeal of the tax law would be costly to the state he hopes to lead. Shortly after the tax bill was passed in December, Colorado state budget experts estimated the changes would result in anywhere from $196 to $340 million in new receipts to the state's coffers. The Polis campaign did not return a comment on whether the congressman was willing to let Colorado forego those automatic gains. "The newly passed tax bill would generate more money than the sales tax boost proposed by a bipartisan group of Colorado lawmakers earlier this year to fund transportation needs," a house editorial by the Denver Post said just after the bill was signed into law by the president. "Republicans in the state Senate refused to send that tax increase to voters. But this new revenue would come without that difficult hurdle. Thanks, Congress!" The tax boost to Colorado is also roughly equivalent to the $225 million in new annual funding the general assembly dedicated to the state's anemic public employees retirement fund this session. Polis's bill drew a rebuke from the president on Twitter. "A Democratic lawmaker just introduced a bill to Repeal the GOP Tax Cuts (no chance)" Trump tweeted. "This is too good to be true for Republicans…Remember, the Nancy Pelosi Dems are also weak on Crime, the Border and want to be gentle and kind to MS-13 gang members…not good!" "I proudly wrote the bill to repeal @RealDonaldTrump's tax giveaways," Polis replied on Twitter. "Simple choice this election: President and GOP lose by cozying up to corporate special interests. We win by standing up for students, public schools, and families. RT if you agree." Local CBS reporter Shaun Boyd pressed the congressman on his personal taxes, issues which surfaced in his first congressional run from 2008. "You recently introduced legislation that would repeal the Republican tax law which you say is a giveaway to special interests and corporate welfare," Boyd began. "For five years though, before you entered Congress, you paid no federal income tax and have used onshore and offshore Cayman Island accounts to avoid paying taxes. Critics contend a repeal of that tax reform law would amount to a tax increase of thousands of dollars a year for the average family in Colorado. How do you square, you know, you not paying taxes with raising taxes on middle class families?" "Well first of all, I paid a heck of a lot of taxes in the years I made money," Polis replied. "When you don't make money, you can't pay taxes, and since I've been in public service my expenses have been greater than my income, and that's simply the fact, and I think that's, you know, that's completely appropriate." "Look, the Republican convoluted special-interest tax giveaway actually raised taxes for many Colorado families," he continued. "You know, for everyone you talk to that it might save a little there's another family that costs more. Whether it's not being able to write off losses from floods or wildfires or it's the fact that they have deductions that they can no longer attribute." In continuing his answer, Polis said he was calling for forgiveness of all college debt, claiming it would be more helpful to more Coloradans than the Republican tax cut. In a handful of tweets, he has drawn comparisons between the $1.9 trillion in national debt incurred by the tax cut as estimated by the Congressional Budget Office, and an estimated $1.3 trillion in outstanding student loans. If we repeal the #GOPTaxScam’s corporate and special interest giveaways, we can cancel out all student loan debt- and still have money left over. #StudentsOverSpecialInterests pic.twitter.com/vVTTfpUeLu — Rep. Jared Polis (@RepJaredPolis) May 23, 2018 Presently, it remains unclear if the 2001-2005 years were the only returns in which Polis paid no income tax. The campaign did not respond to an opportunity for comment requesting more specifics of his tax circumstances since he has been a congressman beginning in 2009. A recent poll shows Polis leading his closest competitor, former state treasurer Cary Kennedy, 34 to 23 percent, with 29 percent still undecided. Mail balloting is already underway and the election concludes June 26. According to a report in 2008 when the financial issues first surfaced for him, Polis released several years of tax returns, which showed in 2006 "he reported $96.5 million in adjusted gross income and paid nearly $13.6 million in taxes." The release of the tax records in 2008 also showed Polis had been using an investment fund registered in Delaware, which included an offshore account in the Cayman Islands. That fund was wound down the following year. The congressman also spoke from the floor of the House in 2010 about his pride in paying taxes. "That's why every year, in April, when I pay mine, I feel that same lump in my throat and in my belly as every American," Polis said at the time. "But I know deep inside that I would not trade it for anything else. And I am proud that I have this opportunity to be able to contribute to this greatest of the great countries and help America continue to be a beacon unto the nations and a light for future generations." 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Come Fly With Claire

The Washington Free Beacon‘s report on Sen. Claire McCaskill (D., Mo.) and her private plane that followed her around during her recent RV tour certainly took off. McCaskill embarked on a "Veterans for Claire" tour last month in her RV nicknamed "Big Blue." The plot thickened when the Free Beacon‘s Brent Scher, using public flight information, reported her multi-million-dollar single-engine turboprop—the "Cadillac" of such planes according to MSNBC's Brian Williams—followed the same path as her RV around Missouri. Although McCaskill complained to Politico the story was "not accurate," she actually went further than the Free Beacon‘s original report in confirming she did in fact ride on the plane. "I added some stops with the use of the plane, but I was on the RV so much that the broken drawer drove me crazy," McCaskill said, adding that "I even lost an iPad around a corner on the RV." She went on to say she never tried to hide her use of the plane and said, ""Paying on my own dime to visit more Missouri veterans is not something I’m going to apologize for." This week, the plane story has been covered on television by local Missouri stations, MSNBC, CNN, and Fox News, in addition to numerous online outlets. President Donald Trump's tweet mocking her over the plane drew even more widespread coverage. Trump called her "so phony" and offered his full endorsement to Missouri Republican Attorney General Josh Hawley in his general election battle against McCaskill. She is one of the most vulnerable Senate Democrats in the 2018 cycle, seeking a third term in a state Trump carried handily in 2016. Senator Claire McCaskill of the GREAT State of Missouri flew around in a luxurious private jet during her RV tour of the state. RV’s are not for her. People are really upset, so phony! Josh Hawley should win big, and has my full endorsement. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 13, 2018 The National Republican Senatorial Committee made a computer game out of the saga at FlyAirClaire.com. Liberal "Late Night" host Seth Meyers even made a joke out of it, quipping her apology for using the plane was to write "My Bad" in skywriting. The post Come Fly With Claire appeared first on Washington Free Beacon.

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NRA Announces Support for Suit Against New Jersey Ammunition Magazine Confiscation Scheme

The National Rifle Association announced on Wednesday that it will be supporting a lawsuit filed by a local gun-rights organization against New Jersey's law requiring the destruction or surrender of certain ammunition magazines. The NRA said it is backing the Association of New Jersey Rifle & Pistol Clubs in their lawsuit against the state. The lawsuit, filed on Wednesday, claims the new law could affect as many as one million New Jersey gun owners and is an unconstitutional violation of the Second Amendment. The NRA described the law as an undue restriction on law-abiding New Jerseyans and ineffective at fighting crime. "Magazine bans do not deter criminals or improve public safety," Chris Cox, executive director of the NRA's Institute for Legislative Action, said in a statement. "Instead, they irrationally burden the rights of law-abiding gun owners. The National Rifle Association is proud to assist the Association of New Jersey Rifle and Pistol Clubs in this legal challenge." The law, signed by Gov. Phil Murphy on Wednesday along with five other new gun laws, gives New Jersey gun owners who currently possess ammunition magazines exactly 180 days to either surrender their ammunition magazines, permanently modify them to only accept up to 10 rounds, or transfer them to somebody who is allowed to legally own it such as those living in most other parts of the United States. If someone in New Jersey is caught with a magazine capable of holding more than 10 rounds after the deadline is passed, it will be considered a crime of the fourth degree which carries up to 18 months in prison and up to $10,000 in fines or both. Nearly all full-size and compact handguns as well as many rifles come standard with ammunition magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds. The Association of New Jersey Rifle & Pistol Clubs said it acted immediately to try and block the law because it could turn a million New Jersey gun owners into criminals. "This unconstitutional law will be ignored by criminals and madmen, and affects only law-abiding citizens," Scott Bach, the group's executive director, said in a statement. "It turns one million people into criminals with the stroke of a pen, limits self-defense, and takes away property lawfully acquired. Buy it yesterday, ban it today, go to prison tomorrow—it's the Jersey way, and the goal of our lawsuit is to boot this law, which makes no one safer, into the trash heap of history where it belongs." The New Jersey Office of the Attorney General did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The post NRA Announces Support for Suit Against New Jersey Ammunition Magazine Confiscation Scheme appeared first on Washington Free Beacon.

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Missouri GOP Senate Candidate Releases Ad Blasting McCaskill’s ‘Misleading’ Plane Use

Josh Hawley, a Republican candidate for Senate in Missouri, released an ad on Thursday mocking Sen. Claire McCaskill’s (D., Mo.) use of a private plane while on a supposed RV tour of the state. The ad mostly consists of news clips highlighting McCaskill’s plane use. It concludes with bold letters declaring "‘Air’ Claire McCaskill" to be "Out of touch" and "Hiding the truth." "Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill confesses to misleading voters," Fox News reported. "McCaskill's use of a private plane has been a political issue for her in the past," CNN noted. The Washington Free Beacon reported on Tuesday that McCaskill’s private plane followed the same route her campaign’s RV traveled during a three-day tour of the state. The Beacon acknowledged it "was unable to determine whether McCaskill traveled on the plane." Soon after the report was published, however, McCaskill told Politico she had traveled via air, having "added some stops with the use of the plane." President Donald Trump jumped on the reports about McCaskill’s plane, tweeting the following on Tuesday: "Senator Claire McCaskill of the GREAT State of Missouri flew around in a luxurious private jet during her RV tour of the state. RV’s are not for her. People are really upset, so phony! Josh Hawley should win big, and has my full endorsement." McCaskill faces a tough reelection campaign in a state that Trump won handily in 2016, earning over 56 percent of the vote to Hillary Clinton’s 38 percent. A Morning Consult poll from April found only 39 percent of Missourians approve of McCaskill. Recent polls show a tight race between McCaskill and Hawley, the state's attorney general who has not yet officially secured the GOP nomination. The Real Clear Politics rolling average shows McCaskill with less than a 2 percent lead. The post Missouri GOP Senate Candidate Releases Ad Blasting McCaskill’s ‘Misleading’ Plane Use appeared first on Washington Free Beacon.

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Cotton Blasts Apple for Closing iPhone Security Loophole Used by Law Enforcement to Access Devices

Sen. Tom Cotton (R., Ark.) on Thursday castigated Apple for closing a technological loophole that law enforcement agencies used to get information from locked iPhones, suggesting that the tech giant's decision gives precedence to "criminals and terrorists" over "the safety of the American people." "If Apple is willing to store Chinese customers' data on a state-owned firm's servers, then it should be more than willing to cooperate with valid warrants from U.S. law enforcement," Cotton said. "Criminals and terrorists should never take precedence over the safety of the American people." Cotton's statement came after the New York Times reported that "Apple said it was planning an iPhone software update that would effectively disable the phone's charging and data port—the opening where users plug in headphones, power cables, and adapters—an hour after the phone is locked." "While a phone can still be charged," the Times added, "a person would first need to enter the phone's password to transfer data to or from the device using the port." Apple's planned update would hinder law enforcement officials' efforts to open locked iPhones to help with cases. Authorities have connected another device running special software to the port to access information on the phones. The Indiana State Police, for example, used a $15,000 device it bought in March from a company called Grayshift to unlock 96 iPhones for various cases this year, each time with a warrant. "If we go back to the situation where we again don't have access, now we know directly all the evidence we've lost and all the kids we can't put into a position of safety," said Chuck Cohen, who leads an Indiana State Police task force on internet crimes against children. Apple spokesman Fred Sainz told the Times that the update is meant to protect customers from criminals who use the same techniques as law enforcement to access others' iPhones. "We have the greatest respect for law enforcement, and we don't design our security improvements to frustrate their efforts to do their jobs," he said. Apple's decision follows clashes between the company and law enforcement over accessing iPhones. Apple created iPhones as secure devices that only their owners can open, but that position has conflicted with law enforcement agencies, which have sought to access them for information relevant to ongoing cases. The issue came to a head in the aftermath of the terrorist attack in San Bernardino, California, in December 2015, when a married couple shot and killed 14 people. The FBI could not access the gunman's iPhone and asked for Apple's help. When Apple refused, a federal judge ordered the company to help the FBI open the phone. Apple still chose not to cooperate, with CEO Tim Cook releasing a letter that read, "The implications of the government's demands are chilling." Eventually, the FBI circumvented Apple and found a third party to get into the phone, paying the undisclosed group $1.3 million. Since then, law enforcement agencies around the U.S. have used private companies—mainly Cellebrite, an Israeli forensics firm, and Grayshift, which was founded by a former Apple engineer in 2016—to access locked iPhones, generally using the technological loophole that Apple has moved to close. Critics of Apple's refusal to cooperate with law enforcement, like Cotton, have noted that the company has complied with local laws that conflict with its rhetoric in favor of users' privacy. In China, for example, Apple now stores its Chinese customers' data on state-run servers because of a new law there. Many of these critics have slammed Apple in recent months for taking several steps in China that they say are meant to appease the country's communist government. The post Cotton Blasts Apple for Closing iPhone Security Loophole Used by Law Enforcement to Access Devices appeared first on Washington Free Beacon.

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IG Report on Clinton Investigation Leaves Gowdy ‘Alarmed, Angry, and Deeply Disappointed’

House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R., S.C.) issued a blistering statement Thursday criticizing the Department of Justice’s "numerous failures" in investigating former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Gowdy said he is "alarmed, angered, and deeply disappointed" by Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s findings, which were released in a report to Congress Thursday, and he told Attorney Gen. Jeff Sessions and FBI Director Christopher Wray to take "decisive action restore Americans’ confidence in our justice system." He said the IG report showed the investigation into potential Espionage Act violations by Clinton deviated from standard procedure "in favor of a much more permissive and voluntary approach." "This is not the way normal investigations are run," Gowdy said. "The investigatory conclusions were reached before the end of the witness interviews. The July 5th press conference marked a serious violation of policy and process. And the letters to Congress in the fall of 2016 were both delayed in substance and unnecessary in form." Gowdy zeroed in on how the treatment of Clinton and her associates was "starkly different from the FBI’s investigation into Trump campaign officials." "Voluntariness and consent in the former were replaced with search warrants, subpoenas, and other compulsory processes in the latter," Gowdy said. "Many of the investigators and supervisors were the same in both investigations but the investigatory tactics were not." In addition, he alluded to the text messages between FBI investigator Peter Strzok and FBI lawyer Lisa Page, in which Strzok said "we’ll stop" Trump from becoming president. Gowdy said his messages show "manifest bias trending toward animus," which "casts a pall on this investigation." "Bias is so pernicious and malignant as to both taint the process, the result, and the ability to have confidence in either," he said. Gowdy accused former FBI Director James Comey of violating established policy, judging such violations as a problem for the department. "Former Director Comey violated Department policy in several significant ways," he said. "The FBI’s actions and those of former Director Comey severely damaged the credibility of the investigation, the public’s ability to rely on the results of the investigation, and the very institutions he claims to revere." Gowdy finished by saying "questionable decision making by FBI and DOJ leadership destroys confidence in the impartiality of the institutions I have long served, respected, and believed in." "This is not the FBI I know. This is not the FBI our country needs. This is not the FBI citizens and suspects alike deserve," he said. "It is now urgently incumbent on Attorney General Sessions and Director Wray to take decisive action to restore Americans’ confidence in our justice system." The post IG Report on Clinton Investigation Leaves Gowdy ‘Alarmed, Angry, and Deeply Disappointed’ appeared first on Washington Free Beacon.

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New York AG Sues Trump Over Misuse of Foundation Funds

In October 2016, the Washington Post reported that Donald Trump had, for decades, apparently used his charitable Trump Foundation as a personal slush fund. The report joined the dozens of other mini-scandals that bounced off “Teflon Don” in that whirlwind campaign, and was largely forgotten—until Thursday, when New York’s acting …

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Watchdog: Chemical Weapons Likely Used in March 2017 Syria Attacks

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), an intergovernmental body that implements the Chemical Weapons Convention, determined sarin and chlorine were "very likely" used in the Syrian village of Ltamenah in March 2017. The organization did not state which government or entity employed the weapons, according to BBC News and CBS News. BBC cites a UN Human Rights Council Commission report that states a Syrian air force helicopter dropped a barrel bomb on the village’s hospital on March 25, 2017. On 25 March, at approximately 1 p.m., a Syrian air force helicopter dropped a barrel bomb on Al-Latamneh hospital, killing three civilian men — a surgeon and two patients — and injuring a number of staff and patients. Photos of remnants provided to the Commission depict an improvised chlorine bomb. Eyewitnesses heard the bomb make only a slight noise before releasing a yellow/greenish smoke that smelled strongly of cleaning agents. The use of chlorine is further corroborated by symptoms reported: at least 32 persons were injured as a result of the attack, most of them suffering from irritated throats and eyes, difficulties breathing, vomiting and frothing of the mouth. The same report notes that five days later, on March 30, "an unidentified warplane dropped two bombs in an agricultural field south of Al-Latamneh village." Although the report did not conclude at the time that sarin was used, it observed that "interviewees described certain symptoms, including a very low pulse in one case, and contracted pupils, suffocation, nausea and spasms in another, that indicate poisoning by a phosphor-organic chemical, such as a pesticide or a nerve agent." The Syrian government is reported to have used chemical weapons on multiple occasions over the past few years. In April, the United States, Great Britain, and France attacked alleged chemical weapons facilities in Syria in response to reports of a chemical weapons attack by the Syrian government in Douma. The OPCW is currently investigating the Douma attack. The Obama administration claimed it had ensured Syria’s chemical weapons were removed. Obama's secretary of state at the time, John Kerry, said the U.S. and Syria "struck a deal where we got a hundred percent of the chemical weapons out." Despite reports of chemical weapons usage by Syria, former White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told MSNBC that "Bashar al-Assad doesn't have a declared chemical weapon stockpile." The Syrian government has repeatedly denied using chemical weapons. The post Watchdog: Chemical Weapons Likely Used in March 2017 Syria Attacks appeared first on Washington Free Beacon.

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