June 2016 – GEOPOLITICS – The tables have turned in this week’s White House Watch. After trailing Hillary Clinton by five points for the prior two weeks, Donald Trump has now taken a four-point lead. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey of Likely U.S. Voters finds Trump with 43% of the vote, while Clinton earns 39%. Twelve percent (12%) still like another candidate, and five percent (5%) are undecided.
Last week at this time, it was Clinton 44%, Trump 39%. This is Trump’s highest level of support in Rasmussen Reports’ match-ups with Clinton since last October. His support has been hovering around the 40% mark since April, but it remains to be seen whether he’s just having a good week or this actually represents a real move forward among voters. Trump now earns 75% support among his fellow Republicans and picks up 14% of the Democratic vote. Seventy-six percent (76%) of Democrats like Clinton, as do 10% of GOP voters. Both candidates face a sizable number of potential defections because of unhappiness with them in their own parties.
Clinton appears to have emerged relatively unscathed from the release this week of the House Select Committee on Benghazi’s report on her actions as secretary of State in connection with the murder of the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans by Islamic terrorists in September 2012. Rasmussen Reports will be releasing new numbers on Clinton and Benghazi at 10:30 a.m. Eastern today. Trump made a major speech on jobs and trade on Tuesday that even the New York Times characterized as “perhaps the most forceful case he has made for the crux of his candidacy …. that the days of globalism have passed and that a new approach is necessary.” Some also speculate that last week’s vote in Great Britain to leave the European Union signals a rise of economic nationalism that is good for Trump. Despite the media panic and market swings that have resulted, Americans are not particularly worried that the “Brexit” will hurt them in the pocketbook.
The latest terrorist carnage – this week in Istanbul, Turkey – also may be helping Trump who is arguing for a harsher response to radical Islam than Clinton. Voters remain lukewarm about President Obama’s national security policies and expect more of the same if Clinton moves back into the White House next January. Trump, if elected, will definitely change things, voters say, but not necessarily for the best. –Rasmussen Reports
80% of Americans supported BREXIT
Prior to the historic vote, a poll showed that 80% of Americans favored Britain leaving the E.U., and that they support the departure more than any other country — including the U.K. The data comes from polls posted through May and June in 123 articles on the website of The Independent, a liberal British newspaper with a global online readership. Polling and quiz company Apester powered the polls and analyzed votes from 359,217 users. The polls asked just one question: should Britain leave the European Union or remain a part of it? 51 percent of all voters voted to remain. In April of 2016, President Obama urged Britons to remain in the EU. –Forbes
The Patriot Spring could alter the face of Europe
Citizens and populist parties across the European Union (EU) have congratulated the UK on her vote to leave the political bloc, and are being encouraged to hold their own membership referendums as the populist ‘Patriot Spring’ sweeps the continent. Countries including as Austria, Hungary, France, the Netherlands, Italy, and Denmark are calling for referendums on their own membership of the EU, as well as on issues such as the migrant allocation policy and the euro.
Front National leader for France, Marine Le Pen, stated in the European Parliament that the UK’s vote was a “signal of liberty and freedom to the rest of the world”, and that she “commit[s] to pursuing the path of liberty [for France] – to be a free people.” Here’s a look at Europe’s most emboldened member states, dissatisfied by the EU’s push for ever closer union, looking to challenge the authority of the political bloc and take back their sovereignty. –Breitbart
EU releases plans for further expansion with intentions to raise an army
The European Union (EU) is going through an “existential crisis” that can only be solved through more military integration, Turkish accession and the creation of a “true union”, EU chiefs have said. In a document on the political union’s foreign policy objectives in light of the UK’s vote to leave, EU officials call for a “stronger Europe” the draws on “the combined weight of a true union.” EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini points out in the foreword that “the European Union currently deploys seventeen military and civilian operations, with thousands of men and women serving under the European flag for peace and security” before calling for further integration.
The document adds that the EU needs “full spectrum defense capabilities”, and although it claims members states will “remain sovereign” in decisions of defense, it goes on to say: “To acquire and maintain many of these capabilities, defense cooperation must become the norm.” In a strong hint that it plans to create a shared army that can operate alongside but also separately from NATO, it says that while the transatlantic defense organization “exists to defend its members”, Europeans “must be better equipped, trained and organized to contribute decisively to such collective efforts, as well as to act autonomously as necessary.” It also calls for a “strong European defense industry” supported by “Union funds” and “multinational cooperation.” The EU’s military efforts will be bolstered by a “diplomatic network” that runs “wide and deep in all corners of the globe”, the document adds. –Breitbart