Donald Trump Was Unlikely Queen Elizabeth II’s Favourite President!
This is really nothing more than hyperbole, if not fake news, by Greg Kelly and Trump fans… and here are the reasons why.
Fact #1 : Queen Elizabeth II Met 13 US Presidents
First, let us establish some basic facts about Queen Elizabeth II and US Presidents.
Through her long seven-decade reign, she met with 13 out of the last 14 US Presidents, starting with Harry Truman and ending with Joe Biden.
The only US President she did not meet was Lyndon Johnson, who did not visit the United Kingdom during his presidency.
Fact #2 : Queen Elizabeth II Never Expressed A Preference… Officially
Queen Elizabeth II was famous for her discretion during her official duties, and never said anything controversial about any US President.
She certainly did not mention any particular preference for any US President, at least officially.
Fact #3 : Donald Trump Repeatedly Asked Queen Elizabeth II
Of all of the thirteen US Presidents to meet Queen Elizabeth II, only Donald Trump was vain (and foolish) enough to repeatedly ask her who was her favourite President.
I’ll never forget, I’d say, “Who was your favourite President?’ And she’d say, ‘I liked them all, I liked every one of them.
Fact #4 : Queen Elizabeth II Said To Leave Indirect Clues
Much has been said about the indirect messages Queen Elizabeth II conveyed through her attire, her gifts and the decoration of the room where she met dignitaries.
For example, she notably wore yellow and had yellow flowers in her drawing room when she met with Malaysia Prime Minister Najib Razak on 14 July 2011.
It was seen as an indirect nod towards the Bersih movement for free and fair elections in Malaysia, which used yellow as its official colour.
In fact, anti-Najib protestors also wore yellow and carried yellow signs when they protested outside the Mansion House in London, where Najib Razak was due for a meeting with the business community there.
She never said anything controversial to Donald Trump, but there were notable hints of her displeasure :
She gave Trump a book, even though he was notorious for hating to read.
The book – a first-edition copy of The Second World War – was written by Winston Churchill – a notable anti-fascist.
She made remarks about the importance of alliances and International institutions, right after Trump tried to undermine several alliances and international institutions.
The Trumps were not invited to stay at Buckingham Palace, unlike previous Presidents, allegedly due to ongoing renovations, even though it has 775 rooms, including 52 Royal and guest bedrooms.
Fact #5 : Queen Elizabeth II Only Invited Obamas After They Left Office
While Queen Elizabeth II did not officially name any US President as her favourite, her actions suggest that it was Barack Obama.
Queen Elizabeth met then President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama in April 2009, and met them several times after that during his Presidency.
His last visit as President would be to Windsor Castle in 2016 for the Queen’s 90th birthday celebration, but it would not have been his last if the Queen had her way.
Queen Elizabeth II apparently liked the Obamas so much that she repeatedly asked her staff to invite them back after Barack Obama left office. A former employee explained it to royal author Tom Quinn :
The queen has a soft spot for Americans after meeting Barack Obama who she completely fell in love with – so much so that she has frequently asked her courtiers if they could arrange for him to come to Britain now he is no longer president.
The Queen has never invited any other US President to visit her once they left office. Only the Obamas were invited back, which speaks volumes about her regard for the Obamas.
The Queen was even photographed with Michelle Obama, with their arms around each other in 2009 – a gesture of fondness unseen with other First Ladies who met with the Queen.
If anyone can lay claim to being Queen Elizabeth II’s favourite US President, it would undoubtedly be Barack Obama, not Donald Trump.
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Was the US Navy forced to withdraw from the South China Sea after Chinese jamming attacks on their planes?
Find out what’s going on, and what the FACTS really are…
Claim : US Navy Withdraws After Chinese Jamming Attacks!
This was the Chinese article that went viral after the Chinese 50 Cent Army (wumao) and netizens promoted it excitedly in July 2020, and again in 2022.
It was allegedly translated into English by Hong Kong-based analyst, Thomas Wing Polin, whose translation was widely circulated on social media
It was this English translation that went viral again social media, after tensions rose between the US and China over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
The post is very long, so feel free to skip to the next section for the facts…
Just now, the U.S. fighter plane flew over the South China Sea again. Unexpectedly, it lost control halfway, and the U.S. finally admitted one thing.
Just now, the US CNBC website reported that several US Growler electronic warplanes were mysteriously attacked when they flew to the South China Sea again.
These warplanes were all out of control midway, but these warplanes were out of control for only a few seconds. Then the US military ordered the request. All fighters over the South China Sea withdrew.
In this regard, the United States was at a loss as to why this happened. Finally, they mobilized reconnaissance satellites to discover that many electronic jamming devices appeared on the islands and reefs in the South China Sea.
It was these devices that caused the short-term loss of control of the U.S. fighter planes. According to the pilots, when they were attacked electronically, all the instruments in the cabin were chaotic.
The fighter planes were completely out of control and could not communicate with the outside world, but they did not know what happened.
After the accident, the United States negotiated with my country, demanding that my country dismantle the electronic equipment immediately, but it was rejected.
These electronic devices are an important part of my country’s maritime defense and are not offensive weapons. Therefore, the US military’s request for dismantling is unreasonable.
So why does this electronic device make the United States so afraid? First of all, it is an electronic jamming device that can cut off the enemy’s radio system. The attacked fighter will be out of control. Since it cannot be controlled, these fighters will soon crash.
The second is that its attack method is unpredictable. Compared with conventional air defense missiles, electronic jamming systems are more concealed. Because its attack method interferes with the radio, enemy fighter planes are often hit inadvertently.
At the same time, this type of attack is almost impossible to intercept. That’s why the US military asks my country to dismantle these weapons.
On the same day, Swift, the former commander of the US Pacific, finally admitted that the US military had lost the best time to control the South China Sea. He believes that China has deployed a large number of Hongqi 9 air defense missiles, H6K fighter jets, and electronic jamming systems on islands and reefs. The defense can be said to be solid. If US fighter jets rush into the South China Sea, they are likely to encounter “Waterloo.”
In fact, since the construction of China’s island and reef defense began, the living space of US military fighters and warships has been shrinking. If China continues to develop like this, the United States will not have any chance of winning.
Whether it is islands or reefs or electronic jamming systems, these are part of our national defense system. According to the US military, my country’s electronic jamming system has covered more than half of the South China Sea. It can be seen from this that American fighters must be careful when entering the South China Sea.
US Navy Withdraws After Jamming : Just A Chinese Fantasy
That Chinese article was given some legitimacy after it was posted in Asia Times by Pepe Escobar.
However, it is COMPLETELY BOGUS, and is yet another example of Chinese propaganda warfare. Here are the facts…
Fact #1 : There Is No Such CNBC Report
A quick check on any search engine will show that CNBC never published a report on US Growler planes being attacked by Chinese jamming.
Fact #2 : No US Growler Planes Ever Lost Control From Chinese Jamming
No US EA-18G Growler planes ever lost control to Chinese jamming.
The Americans first detected Chinese jamming during USS Theodore Roosevelt’s deployment to the Philippines in 2018.
One EA-18G Growler pilot confirmed it in an interview with GMA News Online, but pointed out that they were not in danger :
The mere fact that some of your equipment is not working is already an indication that someone is trying to jam you. And so we have an answer to that.
A EA-18G Growler, XE 573 166857 of the VX-9 “Vampires” cruises over the desert during a mission. Shot 3/11/2009. RMS 227040
Fact #3 : EA-18G Growler Is An Electronics Warfare Aircraft
The Boeing EA-18G Growler is a two-seat electronics warfare aircraft, designed to jam enemy radar and electronics.
While the Growler is still vulnerable to powerful ground jamming, it is the worst aircraft for the Chinese to attack electronically because it’s the American aircraft most able to defend against, and respond to, a jamming attack.
Hence, the pilot’s response – “We have an answer to [Chinese jamming]“.
Fitted with a multitude of jamming pods and electronics, its electronics warfare officer can counter-jam Chinese radar and communications in the area.
And if they are ever in real danger, the pilot can fire an AGM-88 HARM (High-speed Anti-Radiation Missile) to destroy the Chinese jammer.
But perhaps that’s also the reason why the Chinese chose to attack the EA-18G Growler in 2018 – it was the aircraft best able to withstand such an attack.
Fact #4 : It Is Illegal To Jam Any Aircraft In International Airspace
China has the right to jam foreign military aircraft entering its airspace without permission, but the Chinese do not have the right to jam any aircraft, military or civilian, flying in international airspace.
While a jamming attack is not an act of war like firing a missile or shooting shells at the aircraft, it is still a hostile, provocative act that could result in the loss of aircraft and aircrew.
Needless to say – it is illegal for for anyone to electronically interfere with aircraft flying in international space, even if they are EA-18G Growler electronic warfare aircraft.
No nation that claims to be peaceful would behave so recklessly.
Fact #5 : China Pledged Not To Militarise The Spratlys
Back in 2015, Chinese President Xi Jinping declared that China has no intention to militarise the Spratly islands :
Relevant construction activity that China is undertaking in the Nansha Islands does not target or impact any country and there is no intention to militarise.
President Xi Jinping also reiterated that China is “committed to freedom of navigation in the sea” and to “resolving disputes through dialogue“.
The presence of military jamming equipment in 2018 though would suggest that President Xi was lying, or has no control of what really goes on in the South China Sea.
It doesn’t help that the writer specifically pointed out how China has militarised those islands :
Since the construction of China’s island and reef defense began, the living space of US military fighters and warships has been shrinking. If China continues to develop like this, the United States will not have any chance of winning.
Fact #6 : Jammers Are Offensive Weapons
The claim that electronic jammers are defensive weapons is nonsensical. Electronic jamming is an offensive capability.
Imagine if your neighbour uses an electronic jammer to disrupt your Wi-Fi network, claiming that he has the right to defend his own Wi-Fi network. Which court in the world would agree with him?
The Chinese author of that fantasy piece actually debunked his own claim that jammers are defensive weapons, noting that “it is an electronic jamming device that can cut off the enemy’s radio system. The attacked fighter will be out of control. Since it cannot be controlled, these fighters will soon crash.”
Does that sound like a defensive weapon to you? Serious lack of logic and common sense.
Russian Krasukha ground jamming system
Fact #7 : Electronic Jammers Do Not Affect Flight Controls
While electronic jammers can suppress or disrupt radar and communications, they cannot render an aircraft uncontrollable.
Airplanes will not crash simply because they lose radar and communications. Planes that lose radar and communications can still fly…
So the claim that Chinese jammers caused the Growler planes to almost crash is ludicrous.
Fact #8 : Chinese Jammers Do Not Cover Half The South China Sea
While the writer claims that the US military acknowledged that China’s electronic jamming system has covered more than half of the South China Sea, this is yet another fantasy.
The Chinese only deployed military jamming equipment to several artificial islands they created on Mischief Reef and Fiery Cross.
And as powerful as ground-based jamming can be, their effectiveness is greatly reduced by range. That’s why China introduced their Xi’an H-6G airborne jamming aircraft in 2018.
These long-range jamming aircraft would not be necessary if China is already capable of jamming electronics across such a vast distance.
Xian H-6G jamming bomber
Fact #9 : The United States Did Not Withdraw
The United States did not withdraw from the South China Sea in July 2020, as claimed by the article.
In fact, they sent two aircraft carriers – USS Nimitz and USS Ronald Reagan – together with their battle groups into the South China Sea just before the Chinese article was published.
It was the first time two carrier groups operated together in the South China Sea since 2009. The third US carrier – USS Theodore Roosevelt – was also nearby, in the Philippine Sea.
The US Navy Chief of Information left no doubt that the two carriers were there to assert that the South China Sea are international waters, not Chinese waters.
Not did it withdraw in April 2021 when the same article went viral again.
In April 2021, the US Navy posted this famous photo of the captain and executive officer of USS Mustin (DDG-89) – an Arleigh Burke guided missile destroyer watching the Liaoning carrier group in the Philippine Sea.
The photo left no doubt that the US Navy was not going anywhere, and would shadow Chinese naval forces wherever they are in the South China Sea… and beyond.
Neither did they withdraw in 2022 when the same fake story went viral again.
On 20 January 2022, USS Benfold – an Arleigh Burke guided missile destroyer – conducted a Freedom of Navigation operation by sailing past the Paracel Islands (which the Chinese call Xisha Islands).
On 24 January 2022, two US aircraft carrier groups led by USS Carl Vinson and USS Abraham Lincoln entered the South China Sea for training exercises.
This fake story appears to be part of the disinformation campaign conducted by the Chinese 50 Cent Army (wumao, 五毛).
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Did Russian President Vladimir Putin just threaten to release secret satellite evidence of US government’s involvement in the 9/11 attacks?!
Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the facts really are!
Claim : Putin Just Threatened To Release 9/11 Satellite Evidence!
People are sharing links to a Pravda news report that Russian President Vladimir Putin just threatened to release secret satellite evidence of US government involvement in the 9/11 attacks!
Apparently, this threat was in retaliation for US sanctions against Russia for the invasion of Ukraine, Putin is apparently striking back.
It’s a long article, so please skip to the next section for the facts…
Putin is going to hit once, but he’s going to hit hard. Russia is preparing the release of evidence of the involvement of the US government and intelligence services in the September 11 attacks. The list of evidence includes satellite images.
Published material can prove the US government complicity in the 9/11 attacks and the successful manipulation of public opinion. The attack was planned by the US government, but exercised using her proxy, so that an attack on America and the people of the United States looked like an act of aggression by international terrorist organizations.
The motive for deception and murder its own citizens served US oil interests and the Middle East state corporations. The evidence will be so convincing that it utterly debunks the official 9/11 cover story supported by the US government.
Russia proves that America is no stranger to using false flag terrorism against its citizens in order to achieve a pretext for military intervention in a foreign country. In the case of “the September 11 attacks,” the evidence will be conclusive satellite imagery.
If successful, the consequences of Putin’s tactics would expose the US government’s secret terrorist policies. The government’s credibility will be undermined and should bring about mass protests in the cities leading to an uprising, according to American analysts..
And as the United States will look on the world political arena? The validity of America’s position as a leader in the fight against international terrorism will be totally undermined giving immediately advantage to rogue states and Islamic terrorists.
Truth : Putin Did Not Threaten To Release 9/11 Satellite Evidence!
This is yet another example of pro-Russia FAKE NEWS that are spamming social media, as well as WhatsApp and Telegram groups. Here are the reasons why…
Fact #1 : This Was From February 2015
This article was actually posted in February 2015. This was specifically mentioned in all the 2015 examples :
VT Editor’s note:Russian satellite evidence proving the controlled demolition of the World Trade Center using “special weapons” was reviewed by a VT editor while in Moscow.
The article below was forwarded to us for publication in the US and translated from Russian. It is 3 days old, published on February 7, 2015.
The fake news creator removed that section, to mislead you into thinking that this was a new threat by Putin in 2022.
Fact #2 : There Is No Such Pravda Article
There is no evidence that Pravda actually published such an article on 7 February 2015.
On that day, Pravda published four articles, none of which referred to Putin, or satellite imagery, or the 9/11 attacks.
The crisis will retrain office workers Кризис переучит офисный планктон
10 best gifts for Valentine’s Day 10 лучших подарков на День святого Валентина
Sofa troops of Ukraine raised the white flag Диванные войска Украины подняли белый флаг
February 8: The verdict of Giordano Bruno, the fatal duel and how the war ended 8 февраля: Приговор Джордано Бруно, роковая дуэль и как войну замолчали
If you go through the Pravda archives, three days before and after 7 February, you will only find a single article on the September 11 attacks :
Obama blackmails Congress with new 9/11 Обама шантажирует конгресс новым 11 сентября
Fact #3 : Russia Did Not Release Any Evidence Of 9/11 Conspiracy
It may seem silly to you now, but it has to be said – Russia never released any evidence of any conspiracy by the US government in the September 11 attacks.
No satellite imagery… no documents… no evidence in any form or manner, since this claim was made in 2015 – seven years ago!
Fact #4 : Russian Satellites Were Terrible In 2001
It would also be quite a feat for Russia to provide “conclusive satellite imagery” as the fake story alleges, as Russian electro-optical satellites were not quite “state-of-the-art” back in 2001.
At that time, they used the Yantar-4KS1M (Neman / Неман) satellite, which had a resolution of just under a meter using the Zhemchug-18 camera.
These satellites have a limited lifespan of just 26 to 32 weeks, and used film which could be returned using two small canisters mid-mission, and a larger reentry module at the end.
Russia only had one in operation at that time – Cosmos 2377, which was launched on 29 May 2001, and landed on 10 October 2001.
Cosmos 2377 could plausibly have taken photos of the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City, but the images would only be as good as the Maxar IKONOS commercial imaging satellite.
Fact #5 : There Are Many Satellite Images Of 9/11 Attack
Frankly, there is no need for the Russians to share their satellite photos anyway, because there are many publicly-available satellite photos on the September 11 attacks.
The private satellite imaging company, Maxar, for example, shared this high-resolution photo of ground zero at the World Trade Center on 15 September, 2001.
Taken by IKONOS, which had a resolution of 0.82 to 1 metre, it gives you a good idea of the image quality and resolution that are already available for free to the public.
So it begs the question – do the Russians really have better images than that?
Fact #6 : Satellites Have Limitations
Despite being extremely useful, imaging satellites not magical instruments. They have limitations in what they can and cannot do.
For example, they have to generally stay in a pre-determined orbit, and “fly through” an area – leaving large gaps during which there is no coverage.
They also cannot look inside or under solid objects – planes, buildings, trees; and their view can be obscured by smoke and clouds, unless they have multi-spectral ability.
You can see how the smoke obscures the picture in this Maxar image taken of the Manhattan financial district on September 11, 2001.
It is therefore highly improbable that any satellite image from way up high would have captured “incriminating evidence” of the US government’s involvement in the September 11 attacks.
Fact #7 : 9/11 Attack Was Committed By Al Qaeda
In the past 20 years, the many conspiracy theories have all been repeatedly looked into and debunked.
We now know, with absolute certainty, that the September 11 attacks were conceived by Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, approved by Osama bin Laden, and carried out by nineteen Al Qaeda terrorists.
There was no US government involvement in the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.
Osama bin Laden himself claimed responsibility for the 9/11 attacks on several occasions. You don’t need a satellite to know that.
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COVAX – the worldwide initiative for equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines – does not rely on donated vaccines. It relies primarily on financial aid, which allows it to directly purchase vaccines to distribute.
China did not contribute a single dollar to the COVAX Facility until 6 August 2021, when they announced a single US$100 million contribution.
That may sound impressive, until you actually compare their contribution with what the rest of the world is contributing…
Contribution In USD
B&M Gates Foundation
China could only match Australia, donating LESS THAN HALF what South Korea donated and just 10% of what Japan donated donated to COVAX, despite being the world’s second largest economy.
Even more embarrassingly, China donated LESS THAN HALF what the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation – a private organisation – donated to COVAX.
But not to worry – Russia didn’t contribute a single cent to COVAX. So Chinese propagandists would do better to compare China’s contributions against their northern brethren, instead of their western rivals.
Fact #5 : China Is No Angel
China may not have dropped bombs on other countries like the United States, but it is no angel.
While the United States dropped bombs on terrorists and sometimes innocents caught in “The War On Terror”, China conducted its own “War on Terror” in its Xinjiang Province by rounding up between 1-3 million Uyghur Muslims and putting them into internment camps, which they call “vocational education and training centres”.
Now, there is no equivalence between dropping bombs on people, and imprisoning them to use as slave labour. But it would be foolish for anyone to believe that China is an angel.
China has aggressively threatened Taiwan, continuously sending flights of military planes into their ADIZ (Air Defence Identification Zone).
China also took over islands and features in the Paracel and Spratly Islands that belonged to other countries, and built military installations on them, including airfields, radar and radio stations as well as missile defences, and actively use them to threatened passing ships.
China even sent their troops to engage the Indian army in aggressive melee and face-off skirmishes on their border, resulting in deaths of 20 Indian soldiers and approximately 43 Chinese soldiers in 2020.
China’s conduct within their own country and internationally, has shown that the Middle Kingdom has no qualms ignoring international laws and destroying people’s lives, to get what they want.
That makes China no different from other superpowers abusing their economic and military strength to bully smaller and less powerful nations.
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Did America try to hide the logo on new gantry cranes with the US flag, so that people won’t know that they were made in China?
Take a look at the new viral claim, and find out what the facts really are!
Did America Hide Logo Of New Chinese Cranes With US Flag?
People are sharing a video showing the US flag falling from a gantry crane, revealing the ZPMC logo, together with this message :
During opening ceremony of new gantry cranes in USA. A sudden gust of wind blew away the board covering Chinese brand name. You can see the board is black on one side and has American flag on the other.
What an embarrassment trying to hide the Chinese made cranes.
Truth : America Did Not Hide Logo Of New Chinese Cranes With US Flag
The video is genuine, but taken out of context. Here are the facts…
Fact #1 : Video Was Recorded On 29 March 2013
The viral message was intentionally vague on when it happened, suggesting that it was new.
The truth is – the video was recorded more than 8 years ago – on 29 March 2013 in Miami, Florida.
At that time, the President of the United States was Barack Obama, not Joe Biden or Donald Trump.
Fact #2 : It Was Not An Opening Ceremony Of Any Kind
The viral message said that this incident happened during an “opening ceremony of new gantry cranes” in the United States. That is completely FALSE.
The video was recorded at the Port of Miami Tunnel project in Miami, Florida – just before President Obama spoke about his infrastructure plan.
It was related to the Port of Miami tunnel project on Dodge Island, which would connect the port to the interstate highway system, and had nothing to do with the gantry cranes.
Fact #3 : The Logo Was Covered For Optics
As President Obama was going to speak about shipping “products made in America” through ports like the Port of Miami, so it would have been awkward optics to have Chinese logos in the background.
Therefore, members of the White House advance team decided to cover up the ZPMC logo with a US flag.
Not only did the ZPMC have Chinese characters, it was also a Chinese state-owned company. Awkward indeed!
Fact #4 : They Left The ZPMC Logo Visible
After wind blew the American flag off the logo, a member of the White House team went onto the gantry to retrieve the flag.
But instead of putting it back over the logo, he shifted the American flag to the side of the gantry.
Ultimately, the ZPMC logo was left visible during President Obama’s speech, as this picture shows.