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Trump: ‘We have probably 9 or 10’ countries readying to normalize ties with Israel



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Before heading to the Midwest, President Donald Trump had some updates about the Middle East.

Asked by a reporter about if there are any more countries in the Middle East who may soon seek to normalize ties with Israel, President Trump said he thinks that more countries in the region will soon follow suit.

“We have probably nine or 10 [countries] that are right in the mix. We’re going to have a lot—I think we’ll have all of them eventually,” he said beside First Lady Melania Trump at Andrews Air Force Base on Tuesday before flying off to the Midwest for three campaign rallies.

As for when these new potential diplomatic agreements will materialize, he said, “that’ll largely be after [the election].”

“The beauty is it’s peace in the Middle East with no money and with no blood,” the president then said. “There’s no blood all over the sand.”

“And it’s happening,” he continued. “We have five definites, and I think we’ll have another five pretty-much-definites soon. And all of them: the big ones, the smaller ones, and the three that we got I have great respect.”

For decades, ever since the State of Israel was established in 1948, its predominantly Muslim, anti-Zionist neighbors have treated it hostilely. As the years have gone on, more and more of these countries have made peace with Israel and have established formal diplomatic ties with the Jewish State. The first of these countries to do so were Egypt in 1979 and the Kingdom of Jordan in 1994, though under different circumstances.

Back in September, the United States brokered agreements between Israel and the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, in what has been called the Abraham Accords.

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Following that foreign policy victory for the president, the U.S. brokered yet another deal earlier this month, this time between Sudan and Israel.

RELATED: White House: Sudan and Israel to normalize relations

Closing his Tuesday remarks at the airfield, Trump compared his administration’s strategies to those of past administrations, saying: “And we did it in a much different way than than they’ve [who???] been working over the last 30 years.”

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Hunter Biden Indicted on Federal Gun Charges Amidst Special Counsel Investigation



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In a significant development, Hunter Biden, the son of President Joe Biden, was indicted on Thursday on federal gun charges as part of Special Counsel David Weiss’ ongoing investigation. The indictment alleges that Hunter Biden made false statements during the purchase of a firearm, among other charges.

The charges against Hunter Biden include:

• Making a false statement in the purchase of a firearm

• Making a false statement related to information required to be kept by a federal firearms licensed dealer

•Possession of a firearm by a person who is an unlawful user of or addicted to a controlled substance

According to the indictment, the alleged incident occurred on or about October 12, 2018, in the District of Delaware. Hunter Biden is accused of knowingly making a false and fictitious written statement during the acquisition of a Colt Cobra 38SPL Revolver. According to reports from Fox News, the statement, submitted on Form 4473, falsely certified that he was not an unlawful user of, and addicted to, any stimulant, narcotic drug, or controlled substance.

Furthermore, the indictment further states that between October 12, 2018, and October 23, 2018, in the District of Delaware, Hunter Biden knowingly possessed the same firearm despite being an unlawful user of and addicted to controlled substances. This marks the first set of charges brought by Special Counsel David Weiss against Hunter Biden since being granted special counsel status.

The investigation came to public attention when it was reported by Fox News in 2021 that police had responded to an incident in 2018 involving a gun owned by Hunter Biden.

Reports state that, Hallie Biden, the widow of President Biden’s late son, Beau, who was in a relationship with Hunter at the time, discarded the gun. Hunter’s gun was thrown away in a dumpster near a market, located close to a school. It was subsequently revealed that Hunter Biden had purchased a gun earlier that same month.

Hunter Biden’s legal troubles do not end with the gun charges. Earlier in July, an original plea agreement collapsed, which would have seen him plead guilty to two misdemeanor tax counts for willful failure to pay federal income tax, thus avoiding jail time on a felony gun charge. Instead, he pleaded not guilty to two misdemeanor tax charges and one felony gun charge.

Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed David Weiss as special counsel to oversee the Hunter Biden investigation and related matters. The White House has declined to comment on these developments, which continue to draw significant public and media attention.

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