Morocco, Israel Normalize Ties as US Recognizes Western Sahara -The Jerusalem Post “Israel and Morocco have agreed to establish diplomatic relations, US President Donald Trump announced on Thursday. Morocco became the fourth Arab country to normalize ties with Israel in four months,” Omri Nahmias, Lahav Harkov, and Greer Fay Cashman report. “White House Senior Adviser Jared Kushner said normalization ‘comes on the heels of four years of very, very hard work and very intense diplomacy.’”
Trump Administration’s National Space Policy Formalizes Space Force Role -SpaceNews “The Trump administration released a new national space policy Dec. 9 that articulates U.S. goals in civil space exploration, commercial growth and national security. The document recognizes the U.S. Space Force as the primary organization responsible for defending the nation’s interests in space,” Sandra Erwin writes.
Small Business Administrator Carranza: PPP Saved Millions of Small Businesses, American Jobs -Fox Business “During a year when every sector of society grappled with how to defeat a novel virus, COVID-19, and survive sweeping government shutdowns, we can say with certainty the American small business sector was upheld by the Trump administration,” SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza writes. More than 5 million U.S. businesses were buoyed by the Paycheck Protection Program, with 75% of loans going to the smallest firms.
The Navy Stops Taking On Water -The Wall Street Journal “The Trump administration this week is taking an important step to quicken the U.S. Navy’s buildup after its disastrous decline under previous administrations,” White House Budget Director Russ Vought and National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien write. “Mr. Trump delivered on his promises to rebuild the military.”