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Guam National Guard Troops Troll Ignorant Rep. Greene -- With Cookies

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia has faced one controversy after another during her time in Congress, and the far-right Republican recently offended residents of the U.S. territory of Guam by incorrectly describing it as a foreign country. Some Guam National Guard troops responded this week by visiting Greene's office to give her some cookies, and they were led by Democrat Michael F.Q. San Nicolas — a Guam delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives.

"It is unclear whether any military rules were broken, and it does not appear that any of the soldiers involved will face disciplinary action," Military.com reporter Steve Beynon explains. "Maj. Gen. Esther J.C. Aguigui, adjutant general of the Guam National Guard, said she appreciated Nicolas' efforts to represent Guam's culture on Capitol Hill."

Aguigui issued an official statement, saying, "We thank Congresswoman Greene for ultimately helping raise awareness of Guamanians as citizens of the United States, and our rich tradition of service and sacrifice to our nation. As a non-partisan entity, the Guam National Guard is here to continue this legacy of supporting and defending the Constitution of the United States and the freedoms it provides."


Rep. Greene Thinks U.S. Territory Guam Gets Too Much ‘Foreign Aid’

Reprinted with permission from American Independent

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) included the U.S. territory of Guam when listing foreign nations that she says are receiving American tax dollars.

Greene made the comments on February 27, the second day of the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, in Orlando, Florida, in one of the event's side sessions.

"We believe our hard-earned tax dollars should just go for America. Not for, what? China, Russia, the Middle East, Guam, whatever, wherever," said Greene.

Guam has been a part of the United States since 1899, ceded to the United States by Spain in accordance with the Treaty of Paris that ended the Spanish-American War in 1898.

People born in Guam are U.S. citizens. More than 160,000 Americans live in Guam, and 7,000 members of the American military are stationed at U.S. Naval Base Guam and Andersen Air Force Base on the island.

While citizens of Guam cannot vote in presidential elections, in 2020 Republicans in the territory caucused during the primaries and awarded 9 delegates to Donald Trump, helping him to secure the Republican presidential nomination.

Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.

Guam Man Guilty Over Deadly Japanese Tourist Attack

Hagatna (Guam) (AFP) — A Guam man was found guilty Monday of killing three Japanese tourists and injuring 11 more during a frenzied knife attack in the Pacific island nation last year.

Chad Ryan De Soto had pleaded not guilty to three counts of murder and 11 of attempted murder by reason of insanity, but a jury convicted him after a seven-week trial that included two weeks of deliberations.

De Soto, 22, faces the prospect of life without parole when he is sentenced on September 25.

He has never provided an explanation for the night attack on February 12, 2013, when he plowed his car into people in the tourist district of Tumon, then leapt from the vehicle and attacked bystanders at random with a knife in each hand.

All of the victims were Japanese, including an eight-month-old baby and three-year-old toddler who both survived.

De Soto showed no emotion when judge Anita Sukola read out the jury verdict, although his mother Rae De Soto and girlfriend Reanne Acasio were both in tears.

More than 100 witnesses testified during the trial. Victims of the attack are expected to address the court at his sentencing hearing.

AFP Photo

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