Last week, North Korea released three American prisoners who arrived back in the United States. When President Trump met the released prisoners at Andrews, he announced that the first-ever meeting between a sitting U.S. president and a North Korean leader would be held in Singapore on June 12.
Then, North Korea announced that it will dismantle its nuclear test site in less than two weeks in a dramatic event that would set up leader Kim Jong un’s summit with President Trump. North Korea’s Foreign Ministry announced that all of the tunnels at the country’s northeastern testing ground will be destroyed by explosion and observation and research facilities and ground-based guard units will also be removed. He said North Korea will invite journalists from the United States, South Korea, China, Russia and Britain to witness the dismantling process.
In other news last week, five senior leaders of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) were captured in a joint operation involving U.S. and Iraqi forces. It is the latest defeat for the extremist group, which has lost nearly all the territory it once held in Iraq and Syria. Instead of simply sending a drone to blow-up one or two terrorists as our past president was prone to do, a sting operation was used to capture five terrorist leaders alive.
First, came the capture of Ismail al-Eithawi, described as a close aide to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Then, U.S. and Iraqi forces used an app on Eithawi’s mobile phone to lure the other men across the Syrian border and into Iraq where they were arrested. The Iraqi government said information gathered during interrogations led to an air-strike that killed another 40 ISIS leaders. Banking information was also obtained which allowed sources of funding for ISIS to be shut down.
On the economic front, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) announced last week that the government collected more money in tax revenue than expected in April, generating the largest one-month budget surplus in U.S. history. Wow! Tax cuts were supposed to reduce tax revenues, but a roaring economic boom is actually increasing tax revenues.
Also making the news last week; Black unemployment and Hispanic unemployment rates are at the lowest level ever recorded by the U.S. Labor Department since it began tracking that statistic. And participation in the food stamp program is at the lowest level seen in seven years.
Do you remember Trump’s campaign speech where he predicted, “We will have so much winning if I get elected that you may get bored with the winning”? No way Mr. President; we love winning! Keep it up!