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Post by carolhathaway on Mon 04 Jun 2018, 21:42

Has anybody heard about that.
I first read about it on a German newssite and was looking for it on the Washington Post website:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-says-he-has-absolute-right-to-pardon-himself-of-federal-crimes-but-denies-any-wrongdoing/2018/06/04/3d78348c-67dd-11e8-bea7-c8eb28bc52b1_story.html?utm_term=.087d8644

Trump says he has ‘absolute right’ to pardon himself of federal crimes but denies any wrongdoing
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Professor Louis Seidman, an expert in constitutional law, explains how President Trump could use his executive privilege to pardon himself or others. (Video: Ashleigh Joplin/Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post)

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President Trump on Monday asserted an “absolute right” to pardon himself of any federal crimes but said he has no reason to do so because he has not engaged in any wrongdoing.

“As has been stated by numerous legal scholars, I have the absolute right to PARDON myself, but why would I do that when I have done nothing wrong?” Trump wrote on Twitter.


In a subsequent tweet Monday, Trump also claimed that the appointment of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 election had been “totally UNCONSTITUTIONAL!”

“Despite that, we play the game because I, unlike the Democrats, have done nothing wrong! Trump said.


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President Trump's lawyers suggested in a January memo Trump could pardon himself. The letter sparked questions about a president's pardon power. (Elyse Samuels, Joyce Koh/The Washington Post)

Trump’s assessment of his pardon powers echoed that of his attorney, Rudolph W. Giuliani, who offered an expansive view of the president’s executive powers during interviews Sunday, arguing that Trump probably has the ability to pardon himself.

“He probably does,” Giuliani said Sunday, when asked on ABC News’s “This Week” whether Trump has the ability to pardon himself. “He has no intention of pardoning himself, but he probably — not to say he can’t.”


[Giuliani calls it ‘unthinkable’ that Trump would pardon himself]

Giuliani’s comments came less than 24 hours after the revelation Saturday that the president’s legal team argued in a confidential January memo to Mueller that Trump could not have obstructed an FBI probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election because, as president, he has total control over all federal investigations.

In his tweets Monday, Trump again lashed out at Mueller’s probe, calling it a “never ending Witch Hunt,” asserting that it was led by “13 Angry and Conflicted Democrats (& others)” and predicting that it would continue through the midterm elections.

Mueller is a Republican, as is Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein, a Trump appointee overseeing Mueller’s investigation.

[The president as the persecuted: Donald Trump’s strategy of self-victimization]

Legal scholars differ on the issue of whether the president can pardon himself — and even some Republicans question the reading of the law by Trump’s legal team.


Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) suggested Monday that Trump should hire a new lawyer if he is being told he can pardon himself.

“If I were president of the United States, and I had a lawyer that told me I could pardon myself, I think I would hire a new lawyer,” Grassley told CNN.

The question of whether a president can self-pardon has long been a “parlor game” among scholars, said Jonathan Turley, a constitutional law professor at George Washington University Law School.

There is no precedent for it and, thus, no case law. Turley said he believes a president can pardon himself — but added that it would not protect a president from impeachment.

“A president cannot pardon out of an impeachment,” Turley said. Congress, he said, “can use his pardon as an abuse of his office.”

Ethan Leib, a professor at Fordham Law School, said he believes a president can’t self-pardon because that violates the oath of office — in which the president swears to “faithfully execute” his duties — and the stipulation in Article II of the Constitution that the president “shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed.”


“The Constitution is clearly prohibiting the president from engaging in self-dealing,” Leib said.

[Presidents and the constitutional power to pardon]

Trump did not say in his tweets why he believes the Mueller probe is unconstitutional.

Late last month, Steven Calabresi, one of the founders of the conservative Federalist Society, argued in a guest editorial in the Wall Street Journal that Mueller cannot oversee such a broad investigation because he was not confirmed by the Senate.

Calabresi asserted that under the appointments clause of the Constitution, an official overseeing the probe would be a “principal officer” and would have to be someone who was appointed by the president and confirmed by the Senate.

Among those pushing back on that view Monday were Rep. Jerrold Nadler (N.Y.), the ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee.

“The appointment of Special Counsel Mueller is clearly constitutional,” Nadler said in a statement in which he referenced a top former Trump campaign aide who has been indicted by Mueller. “We know this, in part because Paul Manafort — the president’s old campaign manager — tried the same desperate argument in federal court last month. The court rejected that motion, and Manafort will rightly face trial for his alleged crimes in due course.”

With Trump going on Twitter again to undermine the Mueller probe, Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) sought to bolster its legitimacy.

In a tweet directed at Trump on Monday, Schumer wrote: “Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation has either indicted or secured guilty pleas from 19 people and three companies. Five of these people, including three former Trump aides, have already pleaded guilty.”

Other Democrats, including Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (N.H.), also took aim at Trump in response to his assertions on Twitter.

“All the tweeting in the world will not change the fact that the President is not above the law,” Shaheen said in a tweet of her own.

Trump’s tweet about his pardon power comes as he has issued a string of pardons of others, most recently conservative commentator Dinesh D’Souza.

As he pardoned D’Souza last week for a campaign finance law violation, Trump also said he was weighing commuting the prison sentence of former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich (D) as well as granting a pardon to Martha Stewart, the television personality and lifestyle mogul, arguing that they and D’Souza had been unfairly treated by the justice system.

Many have seen Trump’s actions as a signal to personal attorney Michael Cohen, former national security adviser Michael Flynn and others ensnared in Trump-related investigations that they, too, could be spared punishment in the future.

Trump also used Twitter on Monday to mark his 500th day in office. In an earlier tweet, he said he had “accomplished a lot — many believe more than any President in his first 500 days.” The president ticked off accomplishments, including “Best Economy & Jobs EVER.”

Joel Achenbach, Devlin Barrett and Ashley Parker contributed to this report.

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Re: The Serious Side - part 5

Post by LizzyNY on Mon 04 Jun 2018, 23:55

Carolhathaway - As you can see the question of whether or not the president can pardon himself is a legal problem that doesn't have a definite answer - mostly because we've never had a president who believed he was above the law like this one does. Most people do not agree. They also wonder why, if he's so innocent, he's even talking about needing a pardon.

Oh, and Rudy Giuliani is an idiot. Always has been, always will be. Take everything he says with a grain of salt.
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Re: The Serious Side - part 5

Post by party animal - not! on Tue 05 Jun 2018, 01:24

https://www.realclearpolitics.com/2018/06/04/president_trump_thinks_he_is_a_king_443923.html

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Re: The Serious Side - part 5

Post by annemarie on Tue 05 Jun 2018, 01:30

[size=41]President Trump Thinks He Is a King[/size]

By [size=10]Harry Litman
Mr. Litman is a former United States attorney and deputy assistant attorney general.
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  • June 3, 2018




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President Trump on Thursday.CreditDoug Mills/The New York Times
The president believes he is above the law. That’s the takeaway from the confidential 20-page memo sent by President Trump’s lawyers to the special counsel, Robert Mueller, [size=13]published over the weekend by The Times. And it’s the same sentiment that Rudy Giuliani expressed on Sunday when he suggested that Mr. Trump has the power to pardon himself.
The central claim of the legal memorandum is that it is impossible for the president to illegally obstruct any aspect of the investigation into Russia’s election meddling. That’s because, as president, Mr. Trump has the constitutional power to terminate the inquiry or pardon his way out of it. Therefore — and this is the key and indefensible point — he cannot obstruct justice by exercising this authority “no matter his motivation.”
This understanding of presidential power is radical and absolutist. It is also unsound and almost certain to be sharply rejected should it ever be proffered in court.
Even granting the contention that Mr. Trump could simply terminate the investigation, it is a non sequitur to argue, as the president’s lawyers do, that as a consequence he cannot obstruct it. Imagine, for example, that the worst version of facts proves true: that Trump fired the F.B.I. director, James Comey, tried to fire Mr. Mueller, constructed a false account of the June 2016 Russia meeting, and tried to force Attorney General Jeff Sessions to reverse his recusal decision that was driven by Justice Department policy, all to protect his own skin and his family’s fortune.
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If this were the case, the elements of obstruction — in brief, the interference or attempted interference with an official proceeding, such as a grand jury investigation — would be plainly met. Most important, the president would have acted with corrupt intent as it is well understood under the law.
No tenable account of executive power holds that a president’s purposes in exercising powers accorded under Article II, “to take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed,” have no import. If it were otherwise — if the president had the authority to use his constitutional powers for any reason — it would follow that he could accept a bribe for doing an official act, or, more saliently, extend a pardon to keep a witness from testifying. This would very clearly violate the maxim that the president is not above the law.
If this sounds like legal theorizing, just consider the fact that Mr. Trump’s position is soundly contradicted by the Richard Nixon case. Under Mr. Trump’s view, Nixon would not have been guilty of obstruction for ordering the F.B.I. to stand down on the investigation of the Watergate burglars or paying off the defendants to keep them quiet.
Subsequent investigations into alleged abuses of presidential power — Iran-contra as well as Whitewater — took it as accepted law that the president is capable of obstructing justice. And while the case of the president can present challenging legal and practical questions of enforcement, both because the president is the head of the executive branch and because of the political levers he can pull, there is scant support among constitutional scholars or in the case law for the president’s drastic argument.


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The second pillar of the letter submitted by Mr. Trump’s lawyers to Mr. Mueller is that he is too busy running the country to sit for an interview. Relatedly, they argue, forcing him to testify “demeans the office of the president before the world.”
Here Mr. Trump’s position runs completely afoul of another presidential precedent: that of Bill Clinton. Mr. Clinton argued to the Supreme Court that the demands of sitting for a deposition in the Paula Jones case would leave him unable to discharge satisfactorily his unique constitutional responsibilities. The Supreme Court rejected the argument unanimously, and Mr. Clinton was forced to testify, initiating an indecorous process that led to his impeachment.
The decision was so resounding, and the precedent so apposite, that it’s puzzling that Mr. Trump’s lawyers would even attempt to make it a main plank of their argument to the special counsel. Perhaps they are relying on the distinction between a civil and a criminal deposition, which no president has been ordered to sit for. But it is strained to argue that the fact of the criminal investigation would make Mr. Trump’s testimony either be more time-consuming or more demeaning than was Mr. Clinton’s.
Mr. Trump’s lawyers finally offer a factual argument, that he could not have intentionally impeded the F.B.I.’s investigation because he did not know that his national security adviser, Michael Flynn, was under investigation when he asked Mr. Comey if he could “see his way clear to letting it go.”
First of all, Mr. Mueller may or may not see the facts in the same way; we don’t know yet. But what we do know is that even if Mr. Trump’s point were factually accurate, it would not foreclose an obstruction of justice charge.
All three of Mr. Trump’s pillars of defense support no weight. Mr. Mueller may have practical or policy reasons for staying his hand in finding obstruction, but he needn’t worry about the proffered legal impediments. They are all losers.


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Post by annemarie on Tue 05 Jun 2018, 01:32

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5804161/Official-organizing-Singapore-summit-Kim-keeps-critical-details-Twitter-happy-Trump.html

[size=34]Key Trump official organizing Singapore summit with Kim keeps critical details of meetings from the president in case he tweets them[/size]

  • Joe Hagin is a deputy chief of staff to the president who has been running point on logistics for the historic face-to-face between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un

  • He regularly keeps sensitive information from the commander in chief about summits, reportedly so it doesn't end up on Twitter

  • Also said to vent about the fly-by-the-seat of your pants Trump White House that's not as organized as the Bush administration

  • White House did not deny that he'd made the comparison but said he's not purposefully excluding the president in summit planning 


By FRANCESCA CHAMBERS, WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 11:12 EDT, 4 June 2018 | UPDATED: 12:35 EDT, 4 June 2018

    


The senior official tasked with planning the president's Singapore summit has reportedly been keeping key details about the June 12 meeting from the Twitter-happy president.
According to CNN, Joe Hagin, a deputy chief of staff to the president who has been running point on logistics for the historic face-to-face between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un, regularly keeps sensitive information from the commander in chief so it doesn't end up on Twitter.
An incident at the end of 2016 when Trump, then the president-elect, jumped the gun on a deal with Boeing to remake Air Force One led to Hagin's cautiousness, the news network reports.
'Remember Boeing,' he is said to tell colleagues of his process. 


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Joe Hagin, a deputy chief of staff to the president who has been running point on logistics for the historic face-to-face between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un, regularly keeps sensitive information from the commander in chief so it doesn't end up on Twitter
Since then Hagin has kept details of major security operations, like the summit last year at Mar-a-Lago between Trump and Xi Jingping, away from the president.

The Boeing blabber caused the cost to build the new fleet of government planes to go up beyond what the company suggested it would offer.
White House officials also told CNN that Hagin, a veteran of the Bush administration, has also been frustrated with the general disarray that accompanies planning in the Trump administration.
They recalled him saying: 'This would never happen in the Bush administration.'
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders did not dispute the characterization of Hagin's feelings to CNN. She noted that Hagin remembers the previous Republican administration 'after they had been there for eight years,' however.
'You're going to go back to your most recent recollection,' she said. 'At the same time, I think it's fair to say that there are plenty of things that have happened that you would say wouldn't have happened in a Bush administration, but I don't think that's necessarily a negative. This is one of the reasons Trump was elected, to do things differently and to change Washington.'


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Trump and Kim Yong Chol pose in the Oval Office after Trump accepted the letter. Trump told reporters afterwards that it was a 'nice letter' but then said he hadn't yet read it
Sanders also said that Hagin is not explicitly keeping Trump out of the loop.
'It's just not how Joe Hagin operates,' she said. 
She told the outlet, 'I've worked very closely with Joe and it's just not how his mind thinks or the way that he operates.'
U.S. officials other than Hagin have been panicked over the logistics of pulling off the meeting between Trump and Kim on considerably short notice, especially after it was briefly called off. 
'There's really not a lot of time. We've lost quite a bit of time that we would need in order to -- I mean, there's been an enormous amount of preparation that's gone on over the past few months at the White House, at State, and with other agencies and so forth,' an official told reporters the day Trump called the summit off.
'But there's a certain amount of actual dialogue that needs to take place at the working level with your counterparts to ensure that the agenda is clear in the minds of those two leaders when they sit down to actually meet and talk and negotiate, and hopefully make a deal.'


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The Oval Office confab with Kim Yong Chol stretched out 'Because we found the whole subject matter very interesting. And because I really think they want to do something'
The official said in statement that Trump later contested on Twitter, 'And June 12 is in 10 minutes, and it's going to be -- you know. But the President has said that he has -- someday, that he looks forward to meeting with Kim.'
Trump changed his mind  about the summit days later after a delegation of North Korean officials came to Washington on Friday to present him with a sealed letter written by the country's dictator. 
'This was a letter presentation that ended up being a two-hour conversation,' Trump told reporters on the South Lawn following an Oval Office meeting with North Korea's Kim Yong Chol, Kim Jong-un's point-man on negotiations.   
After a week of uncertainty over the June 12 summit, the afternoon's events locked in Trump and the 33-year-old leader of North Korea for a high-flying meeting next week in Asia.
'We'll be in Singapore. It will be a beginning,' Trump said. 'I don't say, and I never said it happens in one meeting. You're talking about years of hostility, years of problems, years of really hatred between so many different nations.'
But he said, 'I think you're going to have a very positive result in the end.' 


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North Korean envoy Kim Yong Chol talks with U.S. President Donald Trump as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo looks on after a meeting at the White House


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Trump said Friday after receiving the delegation of North Korean officials that he would move forward with a June 12 nuclear summit in Singapore


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COME BACK NOW REAL SOON: President Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo say goodbye to Kim and other North Koran officials


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We'll be in Singapore. It will be a beginning,' President Trump told reporters on the South Lawn after the foreign officials' departure

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Re: The Serious Side - part 5

Post by Way2Old4Dis on Tue 05 Jun 2018, 03:39

Richard Nixon asked his DOJ if he could pardon himself. They issued a legal opinion that, Constitutionally, he could not, because the American justice system is specifically organized so that no person charged with a crime can act as his or her own judge.

Nixon resigned three days later.

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Re: The Serious Side - part 5

Post by Way2Old4Dis on Tue 05 Jun 2018, 03:43

LizzyNY wrote:Way2Old - Evidence of DID? Or just too busy being "Roseanne" the star to treat others with respect?

She went from one extreme to the other in a day, and sometimes during the same conversation. I got the impression it was deeper than assholish behavior.

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Re: The Serious Side - part 5

Post by Donnamarie on Tue 05 Jun 2018, 04:34

I wouldn’t put it past Trump to defy the legal system.  Even though Nixon didn’t try it I wouldn’t put it past Trump.  He doesn’t respect our legal system so why should he care.  But I suspect his lawyers are telling him in no uncertain terms that it would be the worse move he could make.  It’s unprecedented.  Most likely it would backfire on him.  



Carol, you’ll appreciate a news story I read tonight.  Maybe you are already aware.  Seems the U.S. Ambassador to Germany gave an interview to Brietbart London and he said that he wanted to “empower” European conservatives.  Seems Richard Grenell is a fan of the Austrian Chancellor, who is far right politically.  Amb. Grenell also criticized Germany’s NATO spending, their military and Merkel’s immigration policy.  Since diplomats aren’t supposed to politicize their roles he is getting some grief for giving an “awful” interview. The fact that he gave this interview to Brietbart, which has been accused of false reporting (Brietbart Germany in particular), shows really poor judgment on his part.  

Seems like he is just a mouthpiece for Trump.  Such as it is in the Trump era .....
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Post by carolhathaway on Tue 05 Jun 2018, 06:45

Donna,
I've read as well what Mr. Grenell said. An ambassador should adopt a neutral position. Our ambassadors  have studied to become diplomats and are public servants / executives of the German State Department. So that's a big difference where friends or contributors of the POTUS get this job as a sort of reward. But your diplomats have known what to comment and whdn to stay silent - I do remember John Kornblum very well who served as a US diplomat in Germany and Europe for decades. But he actually was more a trained diplomat rather than one who got this job as a goodie. He's well respected and often shows up on German tv to explain Trump and his politics.
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Post by LizzyNY on Tue 05 Jun 2018, 12:59

Carolhathaway - We used to have a professional diplomatic service, but Trump gutted it. Now it's just staffed with his friends and a few career diplomats who are still hanging on. Trump doesn't care. He thinks he's in charge of everything and his opinion (which changes every hour) is the only one that counts. "Dictator Donald".

One way or another we will fix this. Just give us some time.
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Post by annemarie on Tue 05 Jun 2018, 14:53

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5807875/Trump-claims-families-separated-border-Dems-act-together.html

[size=34]Trump claims families are being separated at the border because 'Dems can’t get their act together' and pass immigration reform legislation that would also fund his wall[/size]

  • Democrats have been outraged since the administration announced a new policy that separates parents and children who enter the U.S. illegally


By FRANCESCA CHAMBERS, WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 09:03 EDT, 5 June 2018 | UPDATED: 09:33 EDT, 5 June 2018

    


President Trump blamed Democrats on Tuesday for border apprehension policies that have broken up families.
The Republican president who has aggressively pursued stricter immigration policies and security reforms designed to tamp down illicit border crossings claimed rules changes that would help families are being blocked by the opposing party.
'Separating families at the Border is the fault of bad legislation passed by the Democrats,' he tweeted. 'Border Security laws should be changed but the Dems can’t get their act together! Started the Wall.'  
Democrats and Republicans have been unable to come to an agreement on an overhaul of the immigration system that Trump can stomach. Attempts on two occasions over the last year to force reforms have failed, and a third push now is off to a sputtering start.  


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President Trump blamed Democrats on Tuesday for border apprehension policies that have broken up families
Members of the president's own party were struggling this week to come up with enough votes in the House of Representatives to allow for a free-flowing discussion on the topic.

After Trump's Tuesday morning tweet, Democratic Rep. Joe Crowley shot back that it was the 'Trump administration’s inhumane policies' that caused thousands of children to be 'ripped from their mothers’ arms.' 
'Outrage is not enough – we must dismantle @realDonaldTrump’s deportation machine,' Crowley tweeted.
Another Democratic congressman, Gerry Connelly, said he intends to fight back with an amendment that would prohibit family separations. 'We must stop this cruel practice,' he stated.
President Donald Trump last week accused Democrats of trying to make him 'look bad' when they tweeted a photo of immigrant children in cages that turned out to be from 2014 - when Barack Obama was president.
'They thought it was recent pictures in order to make us look bad, but backfires,' the president charged in a tweet Tuesday morning. 
The picture, published by the Arizona Republic, shows two children lying on green mats behind a chain-link fence.


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President Trump criticized Democrats for tweeting this photo over the weekend, accusing them of trying to make him 'look bad' on immigration. The picture was taken in 2014, when Barack Obama was president.


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President Trump slammed Democrats on immigration in an early morning tweet Tuesday but White House counselor Kellyanne Conway would not answer the DailyMail.com's question on whether the president was trying to restart DACA talks. 
The picture circulated on social media this weekend and was tweeted by former Obama speechwriter Jon Favreau and other liberal activists.
Several people deleted their tweets when the photo was revealed to be four years old. 
Democrats have been outraged since a new policy was announced by the administration earlier this month that separates parents and children who enter the U.S. illegally.
Over the weekend, Trump blamed Democrats for the origins of that policy, asking them to change a 'horrible law' he claimed required children to be separated from parents who enter the country illegally. There is no law specifically requiring that action by the government.
Favreau defended the Obama administration, saying children were held because they were unaccompanied minors who tried to cross the border illegally. 
He tweeted: 'These awful pictures are from 2014, when the government's challenge was reconnecting unaccompanied minors who showed up at the border with family or a safe sponsor.'  



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Trump supports compromise legislation that include a pathway for citizenship for the so-called 'Dreamers,' children brought to the U.S. illegally by their parents. However, he also wants any proposal to include funding for his border wall, which experts say could cost up to $25 billion. Democrats oppose the building of the wall.
White House counselor Kellyanne Conway did not answer a question from the DailyMail.com Tuesday morning when asked if the president's tweet was his way of making a new push for a DACA deal.
Conway did follow Trump's line of attack and asked a CNN reporter, who was also asking questions on immigration: 'why did a CNN reporter retweet that false fake tweet about the migrant children being in cages?'
CNN reporter Hadas Gold posted and then deleted the photo. She later wrote on Twitter: 'Deleted previous tweet because gave impression of recent photos (they're from 2014).'
Conway asked if the tweet was deleted 'because it didn't fit the narrative.'  



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Democrats are outraged over a Trump administration policy that would separate children from their parents when they come into the U.S. illegally.


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The president was reportedly furious when the number of illegal border crossings doubled in April when compared to the same month in the previous year.
The president was reportedly furious when the number of illegal border crossings doubled in April when compared to the same month in the previous year.
He was said to give Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen a 30-minute tongue lashing when the numbers were reported. Nielsen was reportedly considering resignation after the verbal whipping from the president, which she later denied was the case.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions warned earlier this month that parents who cross the border illegally with their children will have them taken away.
'If you cross the border unlawfully, then we will prosecute you -- it's that simple. If you smuggle illegal aliens across our border, we will prosecute you,' he said during a visit to the U.S.-Mexico border.
The administration is working with Southern states to dispatch more National Guard troops along the border and is also looking at housing children separated from their parents in military bases.  
Additionally, Nielsen has ordered federal prosecution against any person caught crossing the border illegally. 
Between May 6 and May 19, 638 adults were referred for prosecution for illegally crossing the border. They brought with them a total of 658 children, all of whom were separated from those adults.
Nielsen defended the Trump administration's practice of separating children and parents when the family is being prosecuted for entering the U.S. illegally.
She told a Senate committee earlier in May that removing children from parents facing criminal charges happens 'in the United States every day.' 
If a person crosses the border illegally, she said: 'We will refer you for prosecution. You've broken U.S. law.'
A conviction for illegal entry carries a maximum penalty of six months in custody for first-time crossers - though they usually do far less time - and two years for repeat offenses.     
During a surge in children from Central America in 2014, under the Obama presidency, Health and Human Services temporarily used military bases in California, Oklahoma and Texas to house the kids.
Nearly 1 in 4 Border Patrol arrests on the Mexican border from October through April was someone who came in a family. That means any large increase in prosecutions will likely cause parents to be separated from their children while they face charges and do time in jail.
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Post by annemarie on Tue 05 Jun 2018, 14:55

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5804643/Free-trade-puts-Republican-megadonors-collision-course-Trump.html

[size=34]Koch brothers declare war on Trump's tariffs with multi-million dollar campaign promoting free trade[/size]

  • David and Charles Koch put themselves on collision course with Donald Trump

  • Groups backed by the pair have pledged to oppose the President's trade tariffs 

  • They are now preparing a multi-million dollar campaign championing free trade

  • Trump last week imposed heavy tariffs on foreign aluminium and steel


By REUTERS and CHRIS PLEASANCE FOR MAILONLINE
PUBLISHED: 13:04 EDT, 4 June 2018 | UPDATED: 08:01 EDT, 5 June 2018

    



The billionaire Koch bothers declared war on Trump's trade tariffs on Monday after the President imposed steep levies on foreign aluminium and steel.
Groups backed by the powerful Republican donors said they will champion free trade with a multimillion-dollar campaign.
The move comes ahead of the November congressional elections when Democrats hope to overturn Republican majorities in both houses of Congress. 


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David (left) and Charles Koch declared war on Trump's tariffs on Monday as groups backed by the pair announced a multi-million dollar campaign to promote free trade
Charles and David Koch made their position clear as Trump pursues aggressive measures against trading partners from China to Canada and U.S. allies in Europe, in line with promises made during his campaign.

An infusion of money into media, grassroots mobilization, lobbying and policy analysis into the domestic debate on free trade could embolden Republican candidates in the November congressional elections to part ways with the President.


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Republican lawmakers, already grumbling about some of Trump's trade initiatives, outright condemned the Commerce Department announcement last week on impending tariffs on steel imports and aluminum to be imposed on the European Union, Canada and Mexico.
In a statement, the Koch-backed groups said they would push Trump to lift those steel and aluminum tariffs, the recent tariffs on solar panels and washing machines as well the proposed tariffs for imports from China.
'The Trump administration has taken some incredibly positive steps for the American economy, but tariffs will undercut that progress and needlessly hamstring our full economic potential,' said Tim Phillips, president of Americans for Prosperity, a Koch advocacy group.
The groups said they would advocate that Trump reduce or eliminate trade barriers by modernizing the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and returning to the negotiating table on the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP).


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Last week Trump imposed steep tariffs on foreign aluminium and steel, prompting retaliatory moves from Canada, Mexico and the EU
Congress should abolish farm subsidies on crops, commodities and crop insurance and end subsidies for green energy as well as repeal the 'buy America' requirement and the Jones Act, which requires goods shipped between U.S. ports to be carried on ships that are domestically owned.
The Koch-funded Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce and the LIBRE Initiative are also involved in the initiative.
The billionaire Koch brothers have been a force in American politics since the 1980s. Their influence has largely been powered by a fortune centered on Koch Industries, the second-largest privately held company in the United States with annual revenues of more than $115 billion from interests in energy, chemicals and other sectors.
During the 2016 presidential campaign, the Kochs kept their distance from Trump. Charles Koch spoke out against Trump's proposed Muslim registry, invoking a comparison to Nazi Germany.
The Koch network did not actively campaign against Trump in the 2016 Republican presidential primary or pour money into his campaign against Democrat Hillary Clinton. By contrast, the Koch network spent more than $120 million in the unsuccessful 2012 effort to defeat President Barack Obama.
After the 2016 election, however, the Kochs found common ground with the new Republican president on issues including rolling back federal regulations and pulling out of the Paris global climate accord.
'This campaign makes a clear statement: Trade is a major priority for our network. We will work aggressively to educate policymakers and others about the facts,' said James Davis, executive vice president of Freedom Partners. (Reporting by Doina Chiacu and Caren Bohan; editing by Jonathan Oatis)
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Post by annemarie on Tue 05 Jun 2018, 14:58

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5807603/Philly-mayor-Trump-fragile-egomaniac-not-true-patriot.html

[size=34]'Trump is a fragile egomaniac and not a true patriot': Philadelphia mayor slams Trump for banning the Eagles Super Bowl champions from the White House because they won't stand for the national anthem[/size]

  • Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, a Democrat, issued a statement condemning President Trump after he cancelled the Eagles' White House reception 

  • The team was due to celebrate their Super Bowl win Tuesday afternoon 

  • Event was called off Monday because less than 10 players planned to attend

  • The president blamed the event's cancellation on the NFL kneeling protests

  • White House said some Eagles players 'disagree with their President because he insists that they proudly stand for the National Anthem, hand on heart' 


By ASHLEY COLLMAN FOR DAILYMAIL.COM and ASSOCIATED PRESS and KEITH GRIFFITH FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 07:55 EDT, 5 June 2018 | UPDATED: 09:03 EDT, 5 June 2018

    


Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney branded President Trump a 'fragile egomaniac' after the Commander-in-Chief called off the Eagles' White House reception to celebrate their Super Bowl win. 
Trump called off the White House visit Monday, because several members of the team were planning on skipping the event due to the president's condemnation of the NFL kneeling protests. 
The White House said in a statement that some members of the Super Bowl championship team 'disagree with their President because he insists that they proudly stand for the National Anthem, hand on heart'. 
'The 1,000 fans planning to attend the event deserve better,' the statement said, referring to the small delegation of less than 10 players that the team planned to send.

In a statement issued Monday, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, who is a Democrat, said Trump's decision to cancel the event proves that the 'President is not a true patriot'.        


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Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney (left) branded President Trump (right) a 'fragile egomaniac' after the Commander-in-Chief called off the Eagles' White House reception to celebrate their Super Bowl win.
'The Eagles call the birthplace of our democracy home, so it’s no surprise that this team embodies everything that makes our country and our city great. 
'Their athletic accomplishments on the field led to an historic victory this year. Fans all across the country rallied behind them because we like to root for the underdog and we feel joy when we see the underdogs finally win. 
'I’m equally proud of the Eagles’ activism off the field. These are players who stand up for the causes they believe in and who contribute in meaningful ways to their community. They represent the diversity of our nation—a nation in which we are free to express our opinions.
'Disinviting them from the White House only proves that our President is not a true patriot, but a fragile egomaniac obsessed with crowd size and afraid of the embarrassment of throwing a party to which no one wants to attend.
'City Hall is always open for a celebration,' Kennedy said. 


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Malcolm Jenkins #27 and Ron Brooks #33 of the Eagles raise their fists in protest during the national anthem before a game last year. The team has been disinvited from the White House
Twisting the knife on Tuesday, the White House replaced the football reception with a patriotic 'Celebration of America,' featuring the U.S. Marine Corps band and the Army Chorus.
'We will proudly be playing the National Anthem and other wonderful music celebrating our Country today at 3 P.M.' Trump tweeted.
'Honoring America! NFL, no escaping to Locker Rooms!'
In a followup message, he pointed out that the Eagles have been the only high-profile team to decline his invitation in large numbers.
'We have had many Championship teams recently at the White House including the Chicago Cubs, Houston Astros, Pittsburgh Penguins, New England Patriots, Alabama and Clemson National Champions, and many others,' he wrote.
'National Anthem & more great music today at 3:00 P.M.'


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Trump announced Tuesday morning that the White house would be holding another celebration instead of the Eagles' reception 


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Trump similarly withdrew a White House invitation from the 2017 NBA Champion Golden State Warriors team, after star Steph Curry publicly said he was not in favor of attending.
The White House did not immediately respond to questions about what had sparked the decision on the Eagles. The Eagles did not respond immediately to requests for comment.
The NFL recently announced a new policy requiring players to stand for the anthem if they're on the field before a game, subjecting teams to fines for violations but allowing players to remain off the field for the anthem if they choose.
Trump took a swipe at the new policy in a tweet about cancelling the Eagles' visit, writing: 'Staying in the Locker Room for the playing of our National Anthem is as disrespectful to our country as kneeling. Sorry!' 


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Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz, right, hands the Vincent Lombardi trophy to Nick Foles after winning Super Bowl LII


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Eagles Quarterback Nick Foles, left, and the team celebrate in the Super Bowl Victory Parade in February. The team will not be invited to the White House after fallout over the anthem
The issue became a flashpoint during the 2017 season after Trump suggested that players who kneel during the anthem should be fired. 
Last year, no Eagles players kneeled during the anthem before a regular season game, according to an analysis by SportsPundit.
However, Eagles cornerback Ron Brooks did kneel for the anthem in at least two preseason games. He was released in August before the regular season began.
Eagles players did make various standing protests during the anthem, including raised fists, in 73 instances last regular season, SportsPundit found. 
Trump has repeatedly stoked the issue, saying the NFL should fire any players who kneel during the anthem. During an interview after the new policy was announced, Trump praised the league for doing 'the right thing.'
'You have to stand proudly for the national anthem,' Trump said. Or 'you shouldn't be playing, you shouldn't be there. Maybe they shouldn't be in the country.'


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The Philadelphia Eagles championship team walks down the Art Museum Steps as hundreds of thousands filled the Parkway in Philadelphia in February to celebrate Super Bowl LII
Several members of the Eagles have voiced staunch opposition to the NFL's new anthem policy.
'This is a fear of the diminished bottom line,' defensive end Chris Long said last month after the NFL announced its new policy. 
'It's also fear of a president turning his base against a corporation. This is not patriotism. Don't get it confused. These owners don't love America more than the players demonstrating and taking real action to improve it.'
Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins is among the outspoken players have also vowed to carry on the cause.
'I will not let it silence me or stop me from fighting,' he said recently. 'This has never been about taking a knee, raising a fist or anyone's patriotism, but doing what we can to effect real change for real people.'


[size=34]Philadelphia Eagles player protests during the national anthem in 2017[/size]


During the 2017 regular season, the Philadelphia Eagles were one of eight NFL teams that did not have sitting or kneeling protests during the national anthem, according to a SportsPundit analysis.
However, Eagles cornerback Ron Brooks did kneel for the anthem in at least two preseason games. He was released in August before the regular season began.
Eagles players did make various standing protests during the anthem, including raised fists, in 73 instances last regular season, SportsPundit found. 
When the Eagles faced the New England Patriots for Super Bowl LII at the end of the season, no player from either team kneeled during the anthem.

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Re: The Serious Side - part 5

Post by annemarie on Wed 06 Jun 2018, 00:13

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5809981/Judge-says-Trump-sit-SEVEN-HOUR-sworn-deposition-defamation-case.html

[size=34]Judge says Trump must sit for SEVEN-HOUR sworn deposition in defamation case filed by a woman who accused him of sexual assault[/size]

  • The president must answer questions former 'Apprentice' contestant Summer Zervos' team by January 31, 2019

  • Trump's  legal team moved quickly to keep the deposition from becoming part of a wider inquiry on any allegations against the president

  • During the 2016 election, Zervos accused Trump of rubbing his genitals against her in an incident at the Beverly Hills Hotel in 2007 

  • He called her allegations 'fiction' and she sued him for defamation

  • A Manhattan judge set a series of deadlines on Tuesday for both sides 


By EMILY GOODIN, U.S. POLITICAL REPORTER FOR DAILYMAIL.COM and ASSOCIATED PRESS
PUBLISHED: 17:53 EDT, 5 June 2018 | UPDATED: 18:44 EDT, 5 June 2018

    


A judge ordered President Donald Trump to sit for a seven-hour deposition by Jan. 31, 2019, in a defamation case brought by former 'Apprentice' contestant Summer Zervos.
Trump's legal team moved quickly to keep the deposition from becoming part of a wider inquiry on any allegations against the president. 
Trump attorney Marc Kasowitz said he would try to block Zervos from asking the president questions about other women who have alleged they were harassed or sexually assaulted by the president. 
Trump's legal team had tried to get Zervos' defamation lawsuit dismissed or delayed until after his presidency.


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A judge ordered President Donald Trump to sit for a seven-hour deposition by Jan. 31, 2019, in a defamation case


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Former 'Apprentice' contestant Summer Zervos accused Donald Trump of rubbing his genitals against her, which he said was fiction and she then sued for defamation


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Summer Zervos is seen above on The Apprentice in 2006


During the 2016 election, Zervos accused Trump of rubbing his genitals against her in an incident at the Beverly Hills Hotel in 2007. 
He called her allegations 'fiction' and she sued him for defamation. 
Zervos' lawyer, Mariann Wang, indicated she was interested in obtaining information from other women who have accused the president of inappropriate conduct. 
Lawyers for each side were in Manhattan Supreme Court on Tuesday to set deadlines for the case, which included depositions for Trump and Zervos. 
After neither side could agree, the judge set a schedule. 
Each side has until July 13 to make demand for documents and has to respond to such demands by October. They're due back in court in September and the case is scheduled for trial sometime after June 7, 2019.
The deposition could last up to seven hours.  
The president's lawyers reminded the judge that Trump is a busy man with many demands on his time. 
'We will do our best to abide by those dates and deadlines,' Kasowitz said, adding that 'there are significant attendant duties that the president must perform,' so he may need to ask for adjournments.
Earlier the judge denied Kasowitz's request to delay the case until the U.S. Supreme Court can determine whether the president is immune from state civil lawsuits while he is in office.   



Zervos, a California restaurateur, appeared in 2006 on Trump's former reality show, 'The Apprentice.' She says he subjected her to unwanted kissing and groping when she sought career advice in 2007.
She was among more than a dozen women who came forward late in the 2016 presidential campaign to say that Trump had sexually harassed or assaulted them.
He denied all the claims, saying they were '100 percent fabricated' and 'totally false' and his accusers were 'liars.' He specifically contested Zervos' allegations in a statement and retweeted a message that included her photo and described her claims as a 'hoax.'
Zervos says his words hurt her reputation, harmed her business and led to threats against her. She is seeking a retraction, an apology and compensatory and punitive damages.
Trump's attorneys have said his statements were true, and also that his remarks were 'non-defamatory opinions' that came amid the heated public debate of a national political campaign.
Besides the campaign records, Zervos' lawyers have subpoenaed other information including any 'Apprentice' material that features Trump talking about Zervos or discussing other female contestants in a sexual or inappropriate way.
Trump's lawyers, meanwhile, are seeking a court order to keep some documents and information private. The details are yet to be worked out.
Such confidentiality agreements, meant to facilitate the exchange of information between opposing sides, aren't uncommon. Wang said Trump's lawyers initially signaled they wanted to seal a swath of filings in the case, but Kasowitz said Tuesday they would narrow their request.
But Kasowitz said they are mindful of media interest and might seek additional protections if it 'intrudes on the interests and rights of the litigants or looks like it would impair the ability to have a fair trial.'

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Re: The Serious Side - part 5

Post by party animal - not! on Wed 06 Jun 2018, 01:49

Macron compares conversation with Trump as like eating sausages...............


https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jun/05/macron-trump-call-terrible-sausages

and I love this story...

https://www.newyorker.com/humor/borowitz-report/philadelphia-eagles-accept-muellers-offer-to-celebrate-with-him

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Re: The Serious Side - part 5

Post by annemarie on Wed 06 Jun 2018, 02:07

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jun/05/macron-trump-call-terrible-sausages


Macron says Trump call is like sausages: best to not know what's inside
French president relates conversations with world leaders to food after reports that call with Trump regarding tariffs was ‘terrible’


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Tue 5 Jun 2018 16.52 EDTLast modified on Tue 5 Jun 2018 17.27 EDT





 Emmanuel Macron outside the Élysée palace in Paris on 5 June. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images
Emmanuel Macron has said that his phone calls with Donald Trump and other world leaders are just like sausages: better not explain what’s inside.
During a news conference with the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, Macron was asked about a CNN report on Monday saying that a phone call between the French leader and Trump last week had been “terrible”.


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Borrowing a famous quote from the 19th-century Prussian statesman Otto von Bismarck, Macron summed up his policy of refraining from making off-the-record comments about his conversations with other world leaders.
“As Bismarck used to say, if we explained to people how sausages were made, it’s unlikely they’d keep eating them,” Macron told reporters.
“So I like it when people see the finished meal, but I’m not convinced the kitchen commentary helps with delivering the meal or eating it,” Macron added.
A readout from the French presidency of Macron’s call with Trump last week said the 40-year-old president had told Trump that his decision to slap tariffs on the exports of US allies were both “illegal” and a “mistake”.

The shorter White House readout of the same call said the conversation had focused on trade and immigration, without elaborating.
“Macron thought he would be able to speak his mind, based on the relationship. But Trump can’t handle being criticised like that,” CNN quoted an unidentified source as saying. “Just bad. It was terrible.”
Macron, appalled by his predecessor François Hollande’s frequent off-the-record comments to journalists, has kept the press at a distance since his election last year and banned his aides from giving behind-the-scenes accounts of his presidency.
“You can go and ask the people who make comments, but here in Paris we don’t make comments on how it went, or how hot, cold, warm or terrible things are. We just go ahead and do things,” Macron said.
He added that he would have a “useful” and “frank” exchange with Trump at the next G7 summit in Canada on 7-8 June about both issues on which they agree and those where they disagree. 


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Post by annemarie on Wed 06 Jun 2018, 02:11

https://www.newyorker.com/humor/borowitz-report/philadelphia-eagles-accept-muellers-offer-to-celebrate-with-him


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[size=44]Philadelphia Eagles Accept Mueller’s Offer to Celebrate With Him[/size]

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WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—The Philadelphia Eagles have accepted Robert Mueller’s invitation to come to his office and celebrate their Super Bowl victory with him, Mueller has confirmed.
The special counsel said that he was “absolutely tickled” that the Eagles had accepted his invitation. “I’m a huge fan of the Philadelphia Eagles, and it turns out the feeling is mutual,” he said.
According to one member of the team, the Eagles accepted Mueller’s invitation only after being assured that their visit would not in any way distract the special counsel from “getting his job done.”
“What Bob Mueller is doing is so much more important than any Super Bowl,” the Eagle player said. “If he wins, the whole world wins.”
For his part, Mueller praised the Eagles for responding to his invitation so quickly, adding, “I invited Trump to see me months ago, and I still haven’t heard back.”




  • Andy Borowitz is the New York Times best-selling author of “The 50 Funniest American Writers,” and a comedian who has written for The New Yorker since 1998. He writes theBorowitz Report, a satirical column on the news, for newyorker.com.
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Re: The Serious Side - part 5

Post by annemarie on Wed 06 Jun 2018, 09:43

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5808401/Indiana-teacher-challenges-district-transgender-policy.html

[size=34]Indiana teacher who refused to call transgender students by their preferred name because 'it goes against his religious beliefs' says he was forced to RESIGN[/size]

  • A teacher claims he was forced to leave his job because he refused to call transgender students by their preferred name

  • Indiana man John Kluge, told school officials that doing so would go against his religious beliefs and violate his constitutional rights

  • LGBTQ community advocates say the practice is a sign of respect and isn't about religion or politics

  • Kluge reached a compromise with the school administration that allowed him to refer to all students by their last name the past school year

  • He said administrators informed him a few months ago that he would no longer be allowed

  • Kluge said he enjoyed his time at the school, and hopes the administration will reconsider his termination 


By ASSOCIATED PRESS and DAILYMAIL.COM REPORTER
PUBLISHED: 10:46 EDT, 5 June 2018 | UPDATED: 01:12 EDT, 6 June 2018




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Former Brownsburg High School orchestra teacher John Kluge (pictured) said he was forced to resign because he refused to call transgender students by their preferred name
A central Indiana teacher says a school district forced him to resign following a disagreement over a policy that calls for teachers to address transgender students by their preferred name rather than their birth name.
Former Brownsburg High School orchestra teacher John Kluge said the Brownsburg Community Schools policy goes against his religious beliefs and violates his constitutional rights, the Indianapolis Star reported.
'I'm being compelled to encourage students in what I believe is something that's a dangerous lifestyle,' the 28-year-old said. 

'I'm fine to teach students with other beliefs, but the fact that teachers are being compelled to speak a certain way is the scary thing.'
Students must have written consent from a parent and doctor to request the name change, according to district documents.
LGBTQ community advocates say the practice is a sign of respect and isn't about religion or politics.
'This is not a request for advocacy,' said Sam Brinton, head of advocacy and government affairs for The Trevor Project, a national nonprofit focused on suicide prevention in LGBTQ youth. 'This is a request for respect.'
Kluge said he reached a compromise with school administration that allowed him to refer to all students by their last name this past school year. 
He said administrators informed him a few months ago that he would no longer be allowed to do that.


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Brownsburg High School, located in central Indiana, is pictured above. Kluge said he hopes the administration will reconsider his termination
Kluge resigned before the end of the school year, according to a district representative. 
Kluge said he submitted a tentative resignation letter because officials threatened to fire him and that he had requested to withdraw the letter.
'They're acting as if I have (resigned), even though I'm pleading, 'No,'' he said. 'I'm not dead yet. I still want to work here.'
Kluge plans to appeal to the school board to get his job back. He had worked in the district for four years.


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District officials declined to comment on the policy.
Kluge released a public statement saying he enjoyed his time teaching at Brownsburg.
'I love serving the kids in the community and would like to continue teaching at Brownsburg. It’s unfortunate that the administration is not letting me come back and that they are unwilling to continue a reasonable accommodation that most people consider to be very common-sense,' he said.
'Again I appreciate teaching at Brownsburg High School and hope the board will reconsider terminating me.'

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Post by annemarie on Wed 06 Jun 2018, 16:40

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5812427/Henry-Winkler-118-000-Californians-omitted-voting-rosters.html

[size=34]Fury of the Fonz! 118,000 Californians are omitted from voting rosters because of a printing error - including Happy Days actor Henry Winkler[/size]

  • Winkler tweeted he was one of the names left off polling registry on Tuesday 

  • Californians were voting in primaries for governor, US Senate and House races

  • Workers were instructed to offer provisional ballots to every voter left off list

  • Winkler was eventually able to vote and posted a picture with his 'I Voted' sticker 


By DAILYMAIL.COM REPORTER and ASSOCIATED PRESS
PUBLISHED: 09:07 EDT, 6 June 2018 UPDATED: 11:03 EDT, 6 June 2018



     

     

     

     
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The names of more than 118,000 California voters were omitted from Los Angeles County voting rosters because of a printing error, it has been revealed. 
And one of those names was Henry Winkler, better known as 'The Fonz' from Happy Days. 
Winkler tweeted that he was one of the names left off the registry on Tuesday, which prompted confusion throughout polling places.
The names of registered voters are included on lists that poll workers use to record who votes. 


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The names of more than 118,000 California voters were omitted from Los Angeles County voting rosters because of a printing error - including Henry Winkler, better known as The Fonz


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Californians were voting in a primary for the governor race in November, as well as a US House and Senate elections on Tuesday
Californians were voting in a primary for the governor race in November, as well as US House and Senate elections.

Workers were instructed to offer provisional ballots to every voter whose name didn't appear on a list for the primary, according to the county registrar-recorder's office.
The issue affected 118,000 voters and a third of the country's 4,357 polling locations, according to ABC.  
County Registrar Dean Logan apologized for the inconvenience and said provisional ballots would be counted after voters' registrations were confirmed. 
'Our office is committed to ensuring every voter has a positive voting experience on Election Day,' he said Tuesday. 


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Workers were instructed to offer provisional ballots to every voter whose name didn't appear on a list for Tuesday's primary


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Winkler, who shot a campaign ad for Barack Obama in 2008, was able to vote despite the issue and tweeted a picture of himself proudly wearing an 'I Voted' sticker 
'We apologize for the inconvenience and concern this has caused. Voters should be assured their vote will be counted.' 
Winkler, who shot a campaign ad for Barack Obama in 2008, was able to vote despite the issue. 
The Fonz tweeted a picture of himself smiling proudly with an 'I Voted' stick on his shirt.
'Your turn!!!' he wrote in the caption.   
Officials are still working to identify what caused the printing error, which they realized after officials saw that certain data had not been included in the lists.
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Antonio Villaraigosa called on county officials to keep the polls open longer on Tuesday night after the error was revealed.
'You have the right to vote,' he tweeted. 'If you were turned away, return to your polling place & exercise your right to vote by requesting a provisional ballot.' 


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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Antonio Villaraigosa (pictured) called on county officials to keep the polls open longer after the error was revealed


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But Villaraigosa will not appear on the November ballot after Republican John Cox (pictured) secured his spot in the runoff against Gavin Newsom
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But Villaraigosa will not appear on the November ballot after Republican John Cox secured his spot in the runoff against Gavin Newsom. 
The Republican got about a quarter of the votes counted in the election to easily outdistance Villaraigosa for second to Newsom, who won by a comfortable margin.
Cox had been struggling to break clear of fellow Republican Travis Allen until Donald Trump tweeted his endorsement two weeks ago.

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Because of California's 'jungle primary,' the top two finishers - regardless of party - advance to a runoff in November.  
It wasn't all good news for the GOP, however, as they failed to lock Democrats out of several congressional races that will be key to their attempts to regain control of the House.
Democrats also managed to lock Republicans out of the state Senate race, which will now likely be between incumbent Dianne Feinstein and uber-progressive challenger Kevin de Leon. 


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Post by annemarie on Wed 06 Jun 2018, 22:01

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5814009/Trump-fumed-Trudeau-burning-White-House-War-1812-BRITISH.html

[size=34]Blame Canada! Trump fumed at Trudeau for burning down the White House during the War of 1812 – but it was the BRITISH and Canada didn't exist for another 50 years![/size]

  • Trump asked Trudeau: 'Didn't you guys burn down the White House?'

  • British troops torched the White House in War of 1812

  • Canada didn't exist for another 55 years - until 1867

  • Trump and Trudeau were on a contentious phone call on tariffs

  • Trudeau and Trump have been engaged in a war of words since the new tariffs were announced last week, sparking fears of an international trade war


By EMILY GOODIN, U.S. POLITICAL REPORTER FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 15:18 EDT, 6 June 2018 | UPDATED: 16:23 EDT, 6 June 2018

    




President Donald Trump fumed at Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during a contentious phone call on the administration's new tariff policy, attacking Canadafor burning down the White House - a feat performed by British troops in the War of 1812.
Canada didn't exist for another 55 years - until 1867 when the colonies of Canada, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia came together to form the nation. Yet, Trump reportedly quipped to Trudeau during a call, 'Didn't you guys burn down the White House?'
Trudeau had been pressing Trump on how he could justify the new steel and aluminium tariffs as a 'national security' issue, CNN reported.
In response, Trump brought up the War of 1812 when British troops burned down the presidential residence on August 24, 1814. They also looted and set the U.S. Capitol building aflame.

Larry Kudlow, the president's national security chief, told reporters on Wednesday that despite the dispute with Canada over tariffs that 'relations are very good' between the two countries as he blew off a suggestion that the partnership between the U.S. and its northern neighbor is strained.


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President Donald Trump fumed at Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during a contentious phone call on the administration's new tariff policy, attacking Canada for burning down the White House - a feat performed by British troops in the War of 1812. The two men exchanged an awkward hand shake at a February 2017 meeting 


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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau fought back against the White House rational that the tariff policy was for in the best security interest of the United Sates


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A map of the War of 1812 
Kudlow was not asked about and did not directly comment on Trump's remark to Trudeau about the burning down of the White House.
In response to a push to compare the leaders' relationship with that of Trudeau and Barack Obama, though, he said: 'President Trump talks to Prime Minister Trudeau a lot and continues to do so.
'I think the bilateral meeting that's scheduled between the two is a really good thing and I think they'll walk through a lot of these issues,' the senior White House official said of a face-to-face that's set for Friday. 'I have no doubt that the United States and Canada will remain firm friends and allies, whatever short-term disagreements may occur. So I would say relations are very good.' 
The White House press office did not respond to question from DailyMail.com question about whether Trump was joking about the role he suggested that Canada had played in the War of 1812.
When CNN asked its source if the president was joking, the source said: 'To the degree one can ever take what is said as a joke. The impact on Canada and ultimately on workers in the U.S. won't be a laughing matter.' 
Trudeau has vocally slammed Trump's reasoning for his new steel and aluminum tariff policies, saying it is 'insulting and unacceptable' to say Canada is a threat to the United States.
The Canadian prime minister fought back against the White House rational that the tariff policy was for in the best security interest of the United States.
'The idea that we are somehow a national security threat to the United States is quite frankly insulting and unacceptable,' he said on NBC's 'Meet the Press' on Sunday.


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Larry Kudlow, the president's national security chief, told reporters on Wednesday that despite the dispute with Canada over tariffs that 'relations are very good' between the two countries as he blew off a suggestion that the partnership between the U.S. and its northern neighbor is strained
Ironically, during that interview, he emphasized the long history between the U.S. and Canada, noting how the military from each country has fought together.
'The idea that, you know, our soldiers who had fought and died together on the beaches of World War II on the - and the mountains of Afghanistan, and have stood shoulder to shoulder in some of the most difficult places in the world, that are always there for each other, somehow - this is insulting to them,' he said in an interview from his Parliament office in Ottawa.
The Trump administration says that Trudeau is missing the point, though. The purpose of Trump's tariffs are to make sure the United States' own aluminum and steel factories are not totally depleted. 
'The president has declared our steel industry a national security matter and he hopes through these actions to rebuild it,' Kudlow on 'Fox News Sunday' said. 'But, look, in the communique, in the announcement from the White House, it said very clearly that we still welcome good faith negotiations, and that's why I regard this as more of a family quarrel.'
Trudeau and the White House officials have been engaged in a battle of words since Trump announced the tariffs on Thursday, sparking fears of an international trade war. 
Trump last week allowed Canada and the European Union's exemptions from steel and aluminum tariffs he introduced this spring to expire, which resulted in the U.S. imposing tariffs of 25 percent and 10 percent, respectively, on steel and aluminum imports from Canada, Mexico and the European Union.
A report on Wednesday claimed that Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin tried to talk Trump into another exemption for Canada, which is in negotiations with the U.S. to rewrite the North American Free Trade Agreement.
Kudlow told reporters during an on-camera briefing that the report was 'patently false' and that neither he nor Mnuchin spoke at all. 
'I was in that meeting. I talked to the Treasury Secretary earlier today. This was funny. Neither of us said a word in that meeting. So that story is patently false. Okay? Patently false.'  



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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and President Trump have been engaged in a war of words since the tariff decision was announced, sparking fears of an international trade war


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When asked what President Trump wanted out of the new tariffs, Canadian Prime Minister told NBC's Chuck Todd: 'I don't know.'
Kudlow stressed to reporters that the president wants free, fair and reciprocal trade.
'But until we can deal with these unfair practices and so forth, we will not have fair trade. Until we can have reciprocal relationships, we will not have free trade, we will not have fair trade,' he said. 'So I think his cause is just, and I think the rest of the world agrees with him. I mean, it always has from day one.'
White House National Trade Council director Peter Navarro has framed the issue of tariffs as a matter of national security.
'This particular action on steel and aluminum is not about unfair trade practices,' Navarro told Fox Business. 'It's about national security. … Without an aluminum steel industry, we don't have a country.'
Trudeau countered that argument by emphasizing how the neighboring countries are bound together.
'There are no two countries that are as interconnected, interdependent. You sell more things to us every year than to UK, Japan, and China combined,' he told NBC.
He argued the decision would hurt U.S. jobs in addition to Canadian ones.
'The fact that the president has moved forward with these tariffs is not just going to hurt Canadian jobs. It's going to hurt U.S. jobs as well, and neither of those things is something that Canada wants to see.'
Trudeau responded to the administration's move by slapping retaliatory tariffs on $12.8 billion worth of U.S. goods, including metals, toilet paper, mayonnaise and handkerchiefs. EU leaders have also threatened a tariff counter-strike.
Kudlow said Trudeau is 'overreacting' in his Fox interview on Sunday.
'To say that this is an attack on Canada is not right,' Kudlow said.
Trump fought back too. He argued in a tweet on Saturday that the U.S. is losing the trade war and something must be done about it.
'When you're almost 800 Billion Dollars a year down on Trade, you can't lose a Trade War! The U.S. has been ripped off by other countries for years on Trade, time to get smart!' the president wrote on Saturday.
The U.S. has a $8.4 billion trade surplus in goods and services with Canada, according to a report from the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.
But looking at trade in goods alone, Canada has a surplus of $17.5 billion last year, according to the same USTR report.


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Trudeau is set to host Trump and other world leaders on Friday in Quebec's Charlevoix region, home to this year's G7 summit. He's seen here greeting France's Emmanuel Macron, whom Trump is also set to meet with
Trudeau is set to host Trump and other world leaders on Friday in Quebec's Charlevoix region, home to this year's G7 summit. Kudlow said the two leaders will meet privately during the conference. 
Trump will also sit down, he said, with France's Emmanuel Macron.
French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire griped after a weekend meeting at the ministerial level that 'it has been far more a G6 plus one than a G7' and that the group's work 'has been put at risk by the decisions taken by the American administration on trade and on tariffs.'
Kudlow rebuffed him on Wednesday, telling a reporter, 'There may be disagreements. I regard this as much like a family quarrel.
'I'm always the optimist. I believe it can be worked out. But I'm always hopeful on that point. This is a G7 meeting, and the presidents and heads of state will get together. 
'President Trump is very clear with respect to his trade reform efforts that we will do what is necessary to protect the United States, its businesses, and its workforce. So that we may have disagreements, we may have tactical disagreements, but he has always said -- and I agree -- tariffs are a tool in that effort. And people should recognize how serious he is in that respect,' Kudlow added.
Trudeau told NBC News he will try to one-on-one time with Trump during that meeting and said he wanted to 'have a frank conversation about where we can work together to grow our economies, to help Canadian workers and American workers who are working in the same, in the same way to build a better future for their families.'  
The 1814 sack of Washington D.C. was later justified by the British as retribution for American 'burnings' in various parts of what is now York, Ontario.
Canada was a British colony at the time of the war and some of its troops would have been included in the fighting on the side of the British. 
Several battles in the War of 1812 were fought in territory that is now Canada. 
The burning of the White House is mostly remembered by first lady Dolley Madison famously rescuing a portrait of George Washington before fleeing the residence.

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Post by annemarie on Thu 07 Jun 2018, 09:59

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5814735/Heartwarming-moment-Alice-Johnson-released-prison-arms-family.html

[size=34]The grandmother freed by Kim Kardashian: Alice Johnson has emotional family reunion on release from prison after her sentence was commuted by President Trump following meeting with reality star[/size]

  • Alice Johnson, 63, ran into the arms of her waiting family after she was freed from prison on Wednesday

  • She had her life sentence commuted by President Donald Trump

  • She was convicted of being part of a drug-smuggling ring - and sources say a dozen or more pardons or commutations could follow  

  • Kim Kardashian made a trip to meet Trump and beg for a pardon for Johnson at an Oval Office meeting 

  • The president is said to be 'obsessed' with his power to issue pardons and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly is said to have opposed clemency for Johnson


By FRANCESCA CHAMBERS, WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT FOR DAILYMAIL.COM and ARIEL ZILBER FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 19:28 EDT, 6 June 2018 | UPDATED: 04:49 EDT, 7 June 2018

    


The touching moment a first-time drug offender runs into the arms of her family after her life sentence was commuted by President Donald Trump has been captured on camera.
Great-grandmother Alice Johnson is seen sprinting into the arms of her waiting family in Aliceville, Alabama on Wednesday, just hours after Trump's announcement.
Wearing an all white outfit, she appears tearful as she is greeted by waiting relatives, one of whom is carrying a bunch of flowers.
The footage was captured by local station WVTM-TV. 
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Video footage has emerged showing the emotional reunion between a first-time drug offender whose life sentence was commuted by President Donald Trump on Wednesday and her family


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Alice Johnson is seen sprinting into the arms of her waiting family in Aliceville, Alabama on Wednesday


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Relatives give her flowers during the emotional reunion in Alabama
Hours earlier, Trump freed Johnson, 63, a first-time drug offender whose case has been championed by reality TV star Kim Kardashian.
The president commuted Johnson's life sentence after the personal plea in the Oval Office from the reality star.  
Kardashian posted a story about Johnson with the caption: 'BEST NEWS EVER!!!!'
'So grateful to @realDonaldTrump, Jared Kushner & to everyone who has showed compassion & contributed countless hours to this important moment for Ms. Alice Marie Johnson,' she said in a follow-up message. 'Her commutation is inspirational & gives hope to so many others who are also deserving of a second chance.'
She said: 'I hope to continue this important work by working together with organizations who have been fighting this fight for much longer than I have and deserve the recognition.'
Kardashian said later that she'd had a call with Alice Johnson and that it 'will forever be one of my best memories.'
'Telling her for the first time and hearing her screams while crying together is a moment I will never forget,' Kardashian tweeted.


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Reality star Kim Kardashian met with President Trump in the Oval Office in May to plead for a pardon for Johnson, a 63-year-old great-grandmother


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Kardashian posted a story Johnson with the caption: 'BEST NEWS EVER!!!!'


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Trump met with Kardashian last week to discuss Johnson's case in the Oval Office



Johnson's attorneys had prepped Kardashian for the meeting with Trump where she begged for clemency for the for the great-grandmother






Kim Kardashian reacted to warm words from her sister, Khloe, who hailed her as a 'beautiful person inside and out'

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63-year-old Alice Johnson
Johnson's attorneys had prepped Kardashian for the meeting with Trump where she begged for clemency for the great-grandmother.
A lawyer for Johnson did not return a request for comment on the commutation.  
Reporting out of the White House from the news site Axios originally was that Johnson had been pardoned.
A senior White House official told DailyMail.com that was inaccurate.   
An official White House statement later said that it was a 'commutation' and that it was being granted because 'Ms. Johnson has accepted responsibility for her past behavior and has been a model prisoner over the past two decades.'
'Despite receiving a life sentence, Alice worked hard to rehabilitate herself in prison, and act as a mentor to her fellow inmates,' the White House statement said, noting that even her warden had said she 'exhibited outstanding and exemplary work ethic.' 
The White House said: 'While this Administration will always be very tough on crime, it believes that those who have paid their debt to society and worked hard to better themselves while in prison deserve a second chance.'
The move to commute the sentence came after internal debate among his top advisers. 
White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and White House counsel Don McGahn are said to have been less than thrilled, however, with the president's recent reprieve.
Both officials are said to have reviewed Johnson's case, which involved drug possession and money laundering, and were not convinced she should be set free, The Washington Post reported.
Kelly did not respond to questions from DailyMail.com after news of the commutation broke during a chance encounter.
A source told The Post that Trump is 'obsessed' with his almost unchecked ability to issue pardons and could issue a dozen more before the end of the summer. 
CNN said the number he was considering was closer to 30.
An official affirmed the higher number to DailyMail.com. 
Trump had already told reporters that he's also considering pardons for former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich and Martha Stewart.
The Post says that Trump is also thinking about pardoning two ranchers from Oregon, Dwight and Steven Hammond. 
They were convicted of arson charges in 2012 and sentenced to minimal time in prison, then re-sentenced to five years each at the behest of the government.
Johnson's case has a powerful ally in not just Kardashian, but the president's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, who set up the face-to-face with with the celebrity who's married to Kayne West.  
Trump reportedly thanked Kardashian at the meeting for boosting his popularity with African-Americans, a group that has not strongly supported his presidency.
Two sources familiar with the conversation recounted it to Bloomberg News.  
Trump received only 8 per cent of African-American vote in 2016, compared to the 88 per cent who supported Hillary Clinton.  



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[size=34]WHO IS ALICE JOHNSON AND WHY IS KIM KARDASHIAN INVOLVED?[/size]


Alice Marie Johnson, a mother-of-five, grandmother-of-six and great-grandmother of one, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole after being convicted of drug dealing in 1996. 
It was her first conviction and some of her co-conspirators testified her against in exchange for plea deals.
The 63-year-old grew up in Olive Branch, Mississippi, and was married and pregnant by age 15.
In 1989, she and her husband divorced. Her life started to crumble as she struggled, as a single mother, to try and be financially stable for her five children, reports Mic. However, in 1990, because of a gambling addition, she was sacked by FedEx Corporation. 
After filing for bankruptcy in 1991, Johnson lost her house. The next year, a scooter accident claimed the life of her youngest son, Cory.
It was while she was at rock bottom that Johnson became involved in a drug syndicate that imported cocaine into Memphis, Tennessee, where she acted as a go-between and passed on messages to drug dealers, relaying coded messages like 'everything is straight' by telephone.  
While admitting to acting as a middle man for the drug traffickers, passing on the messages in code via telephone, Johnson claims she never directly sold drugs.

Inside time: Alice Johnson in federal prison
She was arrested along with 15 others in 1993 on charges including conspiracy to possess cocaine, attempted possession of cocaine and money laundering.
But ten of her alleged co-conspirators turned against her in exchange for reduced sentencing or dropped charges. 
During the trial, evidence showed an operation with Texas-based Colombian drug dealers and their Memphis connections trading tons of cocaine for millions of dollars in cash.
At the time of Johnson's February 1997 sentencing the amount of drugs and money involved meant that federal laws mandated a life sentence, despite the fact Johnson was a first-time, nonviolent offender.
US District Judge Julia Gibbons, who sentenced Johnson, called the then 42-year-old the 'quintessential entrepreneur' of the drug ring.
'And clearly the impact of 2,000 to 3,000 kilograms of cocaine in this community is very significant,' Gibbons said at the sentencing.
The quantity of cocaine - up to three tons - would now be worth about $85 million. 
Johnson was 21 years into her life sentence at FCI Aliceville, in Aliceville, Alabama before it was commuted by President Donald Trump on May 6.
Her eldest daughter Tretessa Johnson, told Mic several years ago, 'It's like a waking death; it's like the person is alive but they're not. There's never a point of closure, ever. It's heartbreaking for me.'
Tretessa has organized an online petition, via change.org, calling for her to be released, explaining that her family's life 'changed forever' when she was sentenced to life in federal prison.
She said her mother had explained that she became a telephone mule passing messages between her co-conspirators after losing her job at FedEx.



Mom: Alice Johnson is now a great-grandmother as well
Alice Johnson is quoted on Tretessa's petition: 'I couldn't find a job fast enough to take care of my family. I felt like a failure.
'I went to a complete panic and out of desperation I made one of the worst decisions in my life to make some quick money. I became involved in a drug conspiracy'.
Tretessa said that her 'mom's desire upon release is to assist the community with the needs of ex-offenders to help reduce recidivism. 
'It serves no purpose or benefit to society to have her locked up for life. Her large and loving immediate and extended family and friends would welcome her return.'
During her time in prison, Johnson has displayed exemplary behavior, become an ordained minister, a published writer and a prison tutor, a biography from Can Do Clemency reports. 
She had gained a large following of people pushing for her to be granted clemency. Part of this push saw her story turned into a short video, which went viral on social media.
Kim Kardashian saw the video and retweeted it to her millions of followers with the caption: 'This is so unfair' in October last year. 
Since then, she has been working to help Johnson receive clemency from Trump.
The reality star had her personal lawyer begin working on Johnson's case, and has spent months in conversation with Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law and adviser, on the topic.
Kushner - whose father Charles is himself a federal felon - is pushing a criminal justice reform agenda. 
Last week, a grateful Johnson penned a moving letter to Kardashian, saying her efforts were 'literally helping to save my life'.
'I was drowning, and you have thrown me a life jacket and given me hope,' she wrote.   




Kardashian met with Trump and Kushner at the White House on May 30 to make her case for a presidential pardon for Johnson.
Trump has issued a pardon for conservative commentator Dinesh D'Souza since that meeting.
Additionally, Trump has publicly said he could pardon Stewart and commute the sentence of Blagojevich. 
The star of 'Keeping Up with the Kardashians' told Mic News that her meeting with Trump went well after he tweeted the picture of them in the Oval Office.
'He really understood, and I am very hopeful that this will turn out really positively,' she said.  


Kardashian also sent out a tweet that said, 'I would like to thank President Trump for his time this afternoon. It is our hope that the President will grant clemency to Ms. Alice Marie Johnson who is serving a life sentence for a first-time, non-violent drug offense.'
After the meeting, Kardashian left the White House and headed for Kushner and wife Ivanka Trump's Washington D.C. home.
Exclusive photos taken by DailyMail.com show the reality star walking inside and laughing with the First Daughter and her husband.   
Kardashian, who appeared on Trump's NBC show 'The Apprentice' in 2010, said she voted for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election. 
She arrived at and left the White House for her meeting last week in a black SUV, wearing all black, except for yellow stilettos.
Kardashian avoided a pack of press staking her out. 







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In December of 2016, Kayne West actually met with President Trump
About a month before, her husband, West, had praised Trump in a tweet that said: 'You don't have to agree with trump but the mob can't make me not love him. We are both dragon energy.'
He later revealed that his 'Make America Great Again' hat is signed by Trump himself, posting a picture of the accessory.
Trump retweeted the message and wrote, 'Thank you Kanye, very cool!'
The president then praised West at a rally in Michigan.
'Kanye West gets it — when he sees African American unemployment is the lowest in history, you know, people are watching,' Trump told a crowd of supporters. 
Trump credited the April tweet from West with raising his approval rating among African Americans during a speech to the National Rifle Association the first week in May.
'Kanye West must have some power because you probably saw I doubled my African American poll numbers. We went from 11 to 22 in one week,' Trump said at the NRA's annual conference in Texas. 
Reuters tracking poll showed Trump's approval among African-Americans rose by six points - from 12 per cent in April to 18 per cent in May. His support among male African Americans nearly doubled. 
Johnson was imprisoned for life in 1996 for drug dealing and money laundering after her 15 accomplices all testified against her and had their own charges dropped, despite Johnson's minor role in the cocaine ring.











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Kim Kardashian leaving the home of Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner
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Post by annemarie on Fri 08 Jun 2018, 18:43

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5821943/May-speaks-against-steel-tariffs-snubbed-Donald-Trump-G7-summit.html

[size=34]Theresa May rejects Donald Trump's call for Russia to be let back into the G7 saying he should 'engage but beware' of Moscow as she hold talks with Macron and Trudeau at the summit amid steel tariff row[/size]

  • Theresa May held talks with Justin Trudeau and Emmanuel Macron at G7 summit

  • Six of the G7 -  UK, Canada, Germany, France, Italy and Japan -  angry at tariffs

  • US leader Donald Trump jetted into Canada for showdown talks with his allies 

  • But he is not holding a bilateral meeting with Theresa May in a major snub  


By KATE FERGUSON, POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT FOR MAILONLINE and JOHN STEVENS DEPUTY POLITICAL EDITOR FOR THE DAILY MAIL
PUBLISHED: 11:37 EDT, 8 June 2018 | UPDATED: 13:26 EDT, 8 June 2018

    



Theresa May today rejected calls by Donald Trump for Russia to be allowed back in to the G7 - saying that the world should 'beware' of Vladimir Putin.
The US President made his controversial call ahead of an expected tense showdown with his allies at the summit in Canada today over his steel tariffs. 
The US leader has unleashed a furious tirade against his Western allies for their 'unfair trade' and defended his decision to slap 25 per cent levies on steel. 
Mrs May embarked on a flurry of diplomacy at the meeting - holding bilaterals with Canadian leader Justin Trudeau and French president Emmanuel Macron.  

But in a major blow to the Prime Minister, she is not holding bilateral talks with the US President at the summit. 
Vladimir Putin's state was kicked out of the group after illegally annexing Crimea.
On letting Russia back into the G7, Mrs May said: 'I have always said we should engage with Russia but my phrase is "engage but beware".
'We should remind ourselves why the G8 became the G7, it was because Russia illegally annexed Crimea.
'We have seen malign activity from Russia in a whole variety of ways, of course including on the streets of Salisbury in the UK.
'So we need to say, I think, before any such conversations can take place Russia needs to change its approach.'


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Theresa May and her husband Philip with Canadian PM Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie at the G7 summit in Canada.america's steel tariffs and the Iran deal are top of the list for discussions at the meeting


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Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau greets Theresa May at the G7 summit. The two leaders say tey want to build on their close bilateral relationship


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German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron, Theresa May, and Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte held talks at the G7 today. They are all united in opposing the US tariffs warning it could plunge the world into a trade war 


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Theresa May (pictured with Emmanuel macron at the G7 summit today) has said she wants the UK to be a champion of free trade


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Donald Trump (pictured meeting Canadian mounties as he arrived in the country for the G7 summit) has warned his allies that they will not be spared from his trade war


They added: 'Before any conversations can take place about Russia rejoining, it needs to change its approach.'  
Mr Trump touched down in Canada after the other leaders and having fired of an angry tweet setting the stage for confrontation.
The US has imposed tariffs on steel in a bid to stop China dumping cheap steel on the global market - sending prices downwards.


What are tariffs and why has Trump's plan to impose them been met with such criticism?


Tariffs are charges which governments can slap on certain goods or products imported into the country.
Governments usually try to negotiate minimum tariffs so that goods can be traded freely around the world.
This is because for many years most politicians have agreed that free trade leads to greater wealth and makes products cheaper to buy in the shops.
But China has massively ramped up the amount of steel it has produced in recent years and dumped it cheaply on the market.
This global steel glut has made it far harder for steel industries in other countries to compete - prompting plant closures and job losses.
In the US this has sparked widespread anger which has led to Donald Trump imposing his hefty tariffs in a bid to protect the American steel industry.
But critics around the world have blasted the move - warning this will result in a tit for tat trade war which will only push up prices in the long term. 
And while Mr Trump has hinted Britain could be exempted from the charges, practicably this would be impossible while the UK remains in the EU, which imposes ad receives tariffs as a single trading bloc.
There would have to be an EU-wide exemption for Britain to avoid the tariffs. 





But he has refused to exempt his allies, the UK, EU and Canada, from the protectionism - sparking fears of a global trade war which will send prices soaring.
He is at odds with the other six countries in the group - the UK, Canada, Germany, France, Italy and Japan - over his protectionist tariffs on steel and aluminium. 
In a tweet today, Mr Trump said: 'I am heading for Canada and the G-7 for talks that will mostly center on the long time unfair trade practiced against the United States. 
'From there I go to Singapore and talks with North Korea on Denuclearization. Won't be talking about the Russian Witch Hunt Hoax for a while!'
Mrs May launched into a round of diplomacy as the summit - meeting with Canadian leader Justin Trudeau and French President Emmanuel Macron.   
She will seek to use the summit to avert a wider trade war, insisting she wants a 'proportionate' response from the European Union to the 'unjustified' US tariffs.
But before the summit had even begun Mr Trump was engaged in an extraordinary public spat with Mr Trudeau and Mr Macron.
Mr Macron - who has cultivated a close relationship with Mr Trump over recent months - stressed that the US was isolated.
But Mr Trump posted a series of messages on his favourite social media platform, accusing the EU and Canada of imposing 'massive trade tariffs and non-monetary Trade Barriers' against the US.
The president threatened to take retaliatory action against them unless there was reform.
He wrote: 'Why isn't the European Union and Canada informing the public that for years they have used massive Trade Tariffs and non-monetary Trade Barriers against the U.S.


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Donald Trump (pictured arriving in Canada today) is not holding bilateral talks withMrs May in a blow for the PM


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Mrs May launched into a round of diplomacy as the summit - meeting with Canadian leader Justin Trudeau (pictured today)


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Theresa May said that Britain and Canada want to build on the close relationship at today's summit (pictured together at the G7 in Canada)


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The PM also met with French leader Emmanuel Macron (pictured together today in Canada) both leaders are firmly against the steel tariffs 


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Theresa May (pictured landing in Canada for the G7 summit today) said s he wants the UK to be a champion of free trade - and that she has raised her concerns about steel tariffs with Donald Trump 
'Totally unfair to our farmers, workers & companies. Take down your tariffs & barriers or we will more than match you!'
The Prime Minister told reporters travelling with her: 'I made my views clear on the steel and aluminium tariffs that President Trump has announced, I have done that directly to him.
'My most recent conversation with him was on Monday this week.
'We disagree with these, we think they're unjustified. Obviously the European Union will be responding.
'We want to ensure, and we're working with others in the European Union to ensure, that this response is proportionate, that it is within the WTO rules.'
The US has refused to exempt its allies from the 25 per cent tariff on steel imports and the 10 per cent duty on aluminium.
The European Commission has confirmed it intends to hit back with retaliatory tariffs from July on US imports ranging from jeans to bourbon whiskey.
The EU members of the G7 will have a special meeting in the margins of the summit to discuss tariffs and the Iran nuclear deal, which Mr Trump also opposes.
Mrs May said: 'As the UK, we want to be a great champion of free trade around the world and that's what we will continue to be.
'I will continue to put the argument for the importance of those trade relationships around the world and I'll be doing that here at the G7 as I have done elsewhere and will continue to do elsewhere.'
Meanwhile, Mrs May was also using the summit to call on internet giants to do more to remove content showing violence against women.
She will encourage companies to do more to quickly identify and take down online content promoting or depicting violence against women and girls, including illegal violent pornography and rape threats on social media platforms. 
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Post by annemarie on Sat 09 Jun 2018, 20:04

He doesn't get those with common sense are not going to kiss Putin's tail. He is the only one that will do that.

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Post by LizzyNY on Sat 09 Jun 2018, 23:08

He is such an embarrassment! That picture of him sitting there like a spoiled brat makes me sick! Maybe he thinks if he stamps his feet and holds his breath all the grownups in the room will cave. Jackass
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Post by Donnamarie on Sun 10 Jun 2018, 04:35

Really!  That picture is worth a thousand words.  So telling of this orange haired monster of a man.

There is serious concern now about what Trump is up to.  He is clearly showing his affinity with the likes of Russia, China and even Saudi Arabia and turning his back on our 
international European allies.  Just today he claimed Prime Minister Trudeau lied.  Called him weak.  This is after he made the statement the other day that Russia should be allowed back into the G7, knowing full well that Russia hacked into our election.  So he wants to reward Putin by letting him back in??!  He probably on some level respects Kim Jong Un much more than any of  the European leaders. He gravitates towards strongmen who get what they want.
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[size=38]Trump BACKS OUT of G7 agreement: President stuns leaders by leaving summit and then announcing on Twitter that America WILL NOT 'endorse the Communique' - before slamming 'dishonest and weak' Trudeau[/size]

  • Trump slammed Trudeau as 'dishonest and weak' on Twitter Saturday after leaving the G7 summit in Quebec 

  • Stunned world leaders by pulling his endorsement for joint communique that traditionally follows every G7 

  • Opened new front on trade dispute with Trudeau after White House said two leaders were 'close to a deal'

  • French presidential official says Trump delivered 'a long, frank rant' on trade in G7 session with world leaders

  • Now Trump is en route to Singapore for historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on June 12


By ARIEL ZILBER and KEITH GRIFFITH FOR DAILYMAIL.COM and REUTERS
PUBLISHED: 19:25 EDT, 9 June 2018 | UPDATED: 01:32 EDT, 10 June 2018

    


President Donald Trump has stunned world leaders by rejecting a joint statement that traditionally follows the G7, and has escalated his feud with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau by calling him 'dishonest and weak'.
Trump said in a Twitter tirade on Saturday night that he has 'instructed our U.S. Reps not to endorse the Communique', just hours after all the members came to a consensus in Quebec and signed the summit's 'joint communique'.
The joint communique is a statement of broad goals and principles endorsed by the G7 leaders, and Trump's refusal means that this will be the first year that the annual summit fails to issue one. 
Instead, Canada will likely issue a chair's summary of the meeting listing the major topics of discussion. 

Trump also slammed Trudeau for 'making false statements' and accused him of being 'meek and mild' in their one-on-one meeting on Friday before the Canadian leader came out swinging against the US in a press conference on Saturday.
After the White House on Friday said that Trump's meeting with Trudeau was 'great' and the leaders were 'close to a deal' on trade, Trump's latest counter-punch cast doubt on any hopes for a quick resolution of his mounting tariff disputes with Canada and the European Union, and signaled that Trump is far from backing down.


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President Donald Trump slammed Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as 'dishonest and weak' on Saturday following what the White House called a 'great meeting' between the two leaders on Friday (seen above)


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Trump stunned the G7 by refusing to endorse the summit's traditional joint communique after Trudeau gave a press conference (above) at the end of the talks and criticized Trump's position on trade


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Trudeau toned down his normally whimsical socks on Saturday as he played host to world leaders for the G7








After boarding a flight for Singapore, where he will meet North Korea's Kim Jong Un, Trump tweeted: 'PM Justin Trudeau of Canada acted so meek and mild during our G7 meetings only to give a news conference after I left saying that, “US Tariffs were kind of insulting” and he “will not be pushed around.” 
'Very dishonest & weak. Our Tariffs are in response to his of 270% on dairy!'
Trump then tweeted: 'Based on Justin’s false statements at his news conference, and the fact that Canada is charging massive Tariffs to our U.S. farmers, workers and companies, I have instructed our U.S. Reps not to endorse the Communique as we look at Tariffs on automobiles flooding the U.S. Market!' 
Trump was reacting to comments made by Trudeau at a press conference on Saturday in which he threatened to torpedo negotiations on a new NAFTA deal if the Americans did not remove tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum. 
Trudeau said he told Trump directly that Canada 'particularly did not take lightly the fact that [the tariffs were] based on a national security reason.' The prime minister said in comments reported by CTV: 'Canadians are polite, we're reasonable, but we also will not be pushed around.' 
The Canadian leader's office defended him against Trump's tweets on Saturday, saying that Trudeau said nothing in his G7 news conference that he has not said before directly to Trump 
'The prime minister said nothing he hasn’t said before — both in public, and in private conversations with the president,' Trudeau’s office said in a statement released on Twitter, which added Trudeau remained focused on what was accomplished at the two-day summit in Quebec. 
Leaving his allies in perplexed disarray, Trump was on Saturday night jetting around the world to meet a longtime adversary, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, for talks on denulcearizing the isolated nation. 
Air Force One was spotted early on Sunday refueling at a US military facility on the Greek island of Crete.  


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Journalists and White House staff stand under Air Force One, as it is stopped on Sunday for a refuel in Chania, Greece while carrying Trump from Canada to Singapore for an anticipated summit with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un


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Air Force One stopped over at the US military facility on Crete, giving journalists and staffers a chance to stretch their legs


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Journalists (above) have begun staging at at the Formula One racetrack in Singapore ahead of the Trump-Kim summit


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A North Korean reporter is chased by a group of Western reporters as he appears at the media center at the Formula One racing track in Marina Bay, Singapore on Sunday ahead of Trump's summit with Kim on June 12


Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will meet separately with Kim and Trump on Sunday and Monday, respectively, before the US and North Korean leaders are set for their summit on Tuesday.
Trump is even open to accepting a North Korean embassy in the US in exchange for verifiable steps to denuclearize, according to a source close to the White House cited by Axios.
'His view is: "We can discuss that: It's on the table. Let’s see." Of course we would consider it. There’s almost nothing he'll take off the table going in,' the source said. 
In Singapore, a media hurricane was already brewing, as journalists began staging at a media center at the Formula One racetrack not far from the Capella Hotel, where the talks will be held.
Meanwhile, back in Canada, the leaders had initially agreed on the need for 'free, fair, and mutually beneficial trade' and the importance of fighting protectionism in the G7 communique Trump withdrew his support for.
The document also acknowledged the need to fight dumping and excess capacity in steel and aluminum, a key Trump concern about China.
'We strive to reduce tariff barriers, non-tariff barriers and subsidies,' the leaders said in the communique after a meeting that focused heavily on trade fights between the United States and its allies.  


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In this photo made available by the German Federal Government, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, center, speaks with U.S. President Donald Trump, seated at right, during the G7 Leaders Summit in La Malbaie, Quebec
In one behind-the-scenes account from the G7, a French presidential official described an 'extraordinary' session in which leaders surrounded Trump and showered him with data one after the other in an attempt to sway him to drop US tariffs.
Trump gave 'a long, frank rant', the official said, repeating his position that the US had suffered at the hands of its trading partners, as French President Emmanuel Macron tried to push back.
It was a 'a long litany of recriminations, somewhat bitter reports that the United States was treated unfairly,' said the French official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. 'It was a difficult time, rough, very frank.'
White House officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the characterizations by the official of Trump's remarks. 
Trump himself told reporters on Saturday that the summit was not contentious and called his relationship with G7 allies a '10'.  
The trade dispute was launched after Trump last week removed exemptions from steel and aluminum tariffs on imports from Canada, Mexico and the EU.
Canada responded by slapping tariffs on $12.8billion worth of US exports, including metals, toilet paper, ball point pens and pizza. 
'We’re like the piggy bank that everybody is robbing,' Trump said at a press conference as he departed the two-day meeting in La Malbaie, Quebec on Saturday.
'This isn’t just G7. I mean, we have India, where some of the tariffs are 100 percent ... And we charge nothing,' Trump said. 'And it’s going to stop. Or we’ll stop trading with them.' 


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IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde chats with Trump on Saturday morning at a Gender Equality breakfast meeting


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Left to right: European Union Council President Donald Tusk, Dayle Haddon, Christine Lagarde, US President Donald Trump, Christine Whitecross and Winnie Byanyima during the Gender Equality Advisory Council working breakfast on Saturday


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Lagarde reacts as Trump takes his seat after arriving late to the Gender Equality working breakfast on Saturday morning


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French President Emmanuel Macron looks across at Trump during the breakfast on Saturday
Trudeau on Saturday rejected a US demand for a sunset clause in NAFTA but said he was prepared to compromise on the issue, which is holding up talks to update the 1990s-era pact. 
Trump - who regularly threatens to pull out of the North American Free Trade Agreement - insists that Canada and Mexico agree to a sunset clause that would allow a member nation to withdraw after five years.
Although Canada and Mexico say the idea is unworkable, Trump told reporters earlier on Saturday that the new deal would contain such a provision. Trudeau rejected the idea. 
'There will not be a sunset clause ... we will not, cannot sign a trade deal that expires automatically every five years,' he told a news conference at the end of a Group of Seven summit in Quebec. 
'I think there are various discussions about alternatives that would not be that, and that would not be entirely destabilizing for a trade deal, and I think we are open to creativity,' he said.
This, he suggested, could involve 'a check in and a renewal.' 


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Trudeau (right) greeted other national leaders such as Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness after Trump left the summit


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Canadian riot police line an anti-G7 demonstration in Quebec City on Saturday


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Residents watch fireworks explode over La Malbaie, Quebec, at the conclusion of the G7 leaders summit on Saturday
Officials say Canada and Mexico have proposed member nations gather every five years to review the treaty.  
Talks to modernize NAFTA, which started last August, have effectively stalled as Canada and Mexico resist U.S. demands for major changes such as the sunset clause and boosting the North American content of autos made in the three nations.
Trudeau said he had told Trump that the talks had been made more complicated by a U.S. decision to impose tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum, ostensibly for national security reasons. Canada has promised retaliatory measures on July 1.
'I highlighted directly to the president that Canadians did not take it lightly that the United States has moved forward with significant tariffs,' said Trudeau. 

[size=34]THE CHARLEVOIX G7 SUMMIT COMMUNIQUE[/size]


1. We, the Leaders of the G7, have come together in Charlevoix, Quebec on June 8–9, 2018, guided by our shared values of freedom, democracy, the rule of law and respect for human rights and our commitment to promote a rules-based international order. 
As advanced economies and leading democracies, we share a fundamental commitment to investing in our citizens and meeting their needs and to responding to global challenges. 
We collectively affirm our strong determination to achieve a clean environment, clean air, and clean water. 
We are resolved to work together in creating a healthy, prosperous, sustainable and fair future for all. 
Investing in Growth that Works for Everyone 
2. We share the responsibility of working together to stimulate sustainable economic growth that benefits everyone and in particular those most at risk of being left behind. 
We welcome the contribution of technological change and global integration to global economic recovery and increased job creation. 
The global economic outlook continues to improve, but too few citizens have benefited from that economic growth. 
While resilience against risk has improved among emerging market economies, recent market movements remind us of potential vulnerabilities.
We will continue monitoring market developments and using all policy tools to support strong, sustainable, balanced and inclusive growth that generates widespread prosperity. 
We reaffirm our existing exchange rate commitments. 
We commit to promoting smart, sustainable and high-quality investments – such as in infrastructure – to boost growth and productivity and create quality jobs. 
Economic Growth is fundamental to raising living standards. 
We also recognize that economic output alone is insufficient for measuring success and acknowledge the importance of monitoring other societal and economic indicators that measure prosperity and well-being. 
We are committed to removing the barriers that keep our citizens, including women and marginalized individuals, from participating fully in the global economy. 
We endorse the Charlevoix Commitment on Equality and Economic Growth which reinforces our commitment to eradicate poverty, advance gender equality, foster income equality, ensure better access to financial resources and create decent work and quality of life for all. 
3. In order to ensure that everyone pays their fair share, we will exchange approaches and support international efforts to deliver fair, progressive, effective and efficient tax systems. 
We will continue to fight tax evasion and avoidance by promoting the global implementation of international standards and addressing base erosion and profit shifting. 
The impacts of the digitalization of the economy on the international tax system remain key outstanding issues. 
We welcome the OECD interim report analyzing the impact of digitalization of the economy on the international tax system. 
We are committed to work together to seek a consensus based solution by 2020. 
 
4. We acknowledge that free, fair, and mutually beneficial trade and investment, while creating reciprocal benefits, are key engines for growth and job creation. 
We recommit to the conclusions on trade of the Hamburg G20 Summit, in particular, we underline the crucial role of a rules-based international trading system and continue to fight protectionism. 
We note the importance of bilateral, regional and plurilateral agreements being open, transparent, inclusive and WTO-consistent, and commit to working to ensure they complement the multilateral trade agreements. 
We commit to modernize the WTO to make it more fair as soon as possible. We strive to reduce tariff barriers, non-tariff barriers and subsidies.
5. We will work together to enforce existing international rules and develop new rules where needed, to foster a truly level playing field, addressing in particular non-market oriented policies and practices, and inadequate protection of intellectual property rights such as forced technology transfer or cyber enabled theft. 
We call for the start of negotiations – this year – to develop stronger, international rules on market-distorting industrial subsidies and trade distorting actions by state-owned enterprises. 
We also call on all members of the Global Forum on Steel Excess Capacity to fully and promptly implement its recommendations. 
We stress the urgent need to avoid excess capacity in other sectors such as aluminum and high technology. 
We call on the International Working Group on Export Credits to develop a new set of guidelines for government supported export credits, as soon as possible in 2019.
6. To support growth and equal participation that benefits everyone, and ensure our citizens lead healthy and productive lives, we commit to supporting strong, sustainable health systems that promote access to quality and affordable healthcare and to bringing greater attention to mental health.
We support efforts to promote and protect women’s and adolescents’ health and well-being through evidence based healthcare and health information.
We recognize the World Health Organization’s vital role in health emergencies, including through the Contingency Fund for Emergencies and the World Bank’s Pandemic Emergency Financing Facility, and emphasize their need for further development and continued and sustainable financing. 
We recommit to support our 76 partners to strengthen their implementation of the International Health Regulations, including through their development of costed national action plans and the use of diverse sources of financing and multi-stakeholder resources. 
We will prioritize and coordinate our global efforts to fight against antimicrobial resistance, in a 'one health' approach. 
We will accelerate our efforts to end tuberculosis, and its resistant forms. We reconfirm our resolve to work with partners to eradicate polio and effectively manage the post-polio transition. 
We affirm our support for a successful replenishment of the Global Fund in 2019.
7. Public finance, including official development assistance and domestic resource mobilization, is necessary to work towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda, but alone is insufficient to support the economic growth and sustainable development necessary to lift all populations from poverty. 
As a result, we have committed to the Charlevoix Commitment on Innovative Financing for Development to promote economic growth in developing economies and foster greater equality of opportunity within and between countries. 
We will continue to invest in quality infrastructure with open access. 
Given rising debt levels in Low Income Countries and the importance of debt sustainability, we call for greater debt transparency not only from Low Income Debtor countries, but also emerging sovereign lenders and private creditors.
We support the ongoing work of the Paris Club, as the principal international forum for restructuring official bilateral debt, towards the broader inclusion of emerging creditors. 
We recognize the value in development and humanitarian assistance that promotes greater equality of opportunity, and gender equality, and prioritizes the most vulnerable, and will continue to work to develop innovative financing models to ensure that no one is left behind.
Preparing for Jobs of the Future
8. We are resolved to ensure that all workers have access to the skills and education necessary to adapt and prosper in the new world of work brought by innovation through emerging technologies. 
We will promote innovation through a culture of lifelong learning among current and future generations of workers. 
We will expand market-driven training and education, particularly for girls and women in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. 
We recognize the need to remove barriers to women’s leadership and equal opportunity to participate in all aspects of the labor market, including by eliminating violence, discrimination and harassment within and beyond the workplace. 
We will explore innovative new approaches to apprenticeship and vocational learning, as well as opportunities to engage employers and improve access to workplace training.
9. We highlight the importance of working towards making social protection more effective and efficient and creating quality work environments for workers, including those in non-standard forms of work. 
Expanding communication and collaboration between governments and businesses, social partners, educational institutions and other relevant stakeholders will be essential for preparing workers to adapt and thrive in the new world of work. 
To realize the benefits of artificial intelligence (AI), we endorse the Charlevoix Common Vision for the Future of Artificial Intelligence. 
We recognize that a human-centric approach to AI has the potential to introduce new sources of economic growth, bring significant benefits to our societies and help address some of our most pressing challenges.
Advancing Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment
10. We recognize that gender equality is fundamental for the fulfillment of human rights and is a social and economic imperative. 
However, gender inequality persists despite decades of international commitments to eliminate these differences. 
We will continue to work to remove barriers to women’s participation and decision-making in social, economic and political spheres as well as increase the opportunities for all to participate equally in all aspects of the labor market. 
Our path forward will promote women’s full economic participation through working to reduce the gender wage gap, supporting women business leaders and entrepreneurs and recognizing the value of unpaid care work.
11. Equal access to quality education is vital to achieve the empowerment and equal opportunity of girls and women, especially in developing contexts and countries struggling with conflict. 
Through the Charlevoix Declaration on Quality Education for Girls, Adolescent Girls and Women in Developing Countries, we demonstrate our commitment to increase opportunities for at least 12 years of safe and quality education for all and to dismantle the barriers to girls’ and women’s quality education, particularly in emergencies and in conflict-affected and fragile states. 
We recognize that marginalized girls, such as those with a disability, face additional barriers in attaining access to education.
12. Advancing gender equality and ending violence against girls and women benefits all and is a shared responsibility in which everyone, including men and boys, has a critical role to play. 
We endorse the Charlevoix Commitment to End Sexual and Gender-Based Violence, Abuse and Harassment in Digital Contexts, and are resolved to end all forms of sexual and gender-based violence. 
We strive for a future where individuals’ human rights are equally protected both offline and online; and where everyone has equal opportunity to participate in political, social, economic and cultural endeavors.
Building a More Peaceful and Secure World
13. We share a responsibility to build a more peaceful and secure world, recognizing that respect for human rights, the rule of law, and equality of opportunity are necessary for lasting security and to enable economic growth that works for everyone. 
The global security threats we face are complex and evolving and we commit to working together to counter terrorism. 
We welcome the outcome of the international conference on the fight against terrorist financing held in Paris April 25-26, 2018. 
Foreign terrorist fighters must be held accountable for their actions. 
We are committed to addressing the use of the internet for terrorist purposes, including as a tool for recruitment, training, propaganda and financing, and by working with partners such as the Global Internet Forum for Counter Terrorism. 
We underscore the importance of taking concrete measures to eradicate trafficking in persons, forced labor, child labor and all forms of slavery, including modern slavery.
14. Recognizing that countries that are more equal are also more stable, more peaceful and more democratic, we are resolved to strengthen the implementation of the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda. 
Gender-sensitive measures that include women’s participation and perspectives to prevent and eradicate terrorism are vital to effective and sustainable results, protection from sexual and gender-based violence, and preventing other human rights abuses and violations.
15. We commit to take concerted action in responding to foreign actors who seek to undermine our democratic societies and institutions, our electoral processes, our sovereignty and our security as outlined in the Charlevoix Commitment on Defending Democracy from Foreign Threats. 
We recognize that such threats, particularly those originating from state actors, are not just threats to G7 nations, but to international peace and security and the rules-based international order. 
We call on others to join us in addressing these growing threats by increasing the resilience and security of our institutions, economies and societies, and by taking concerted action to identify and hold to account those who would do us harm.
16. We continue to call on North Korea to completely, verifiably, and irreversibly dismantle all of its weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and ballistic missiles as well as its related programs and facilities. 
We acknowledge recent developments, including North Korea’s announcement of a moratorium on nuclear testing and ballistic missile launches, a commitment to denuclearization made in the April 27 Panmunjom Declaration – assuming full implementation – and the apparent closure of the Punggye-ri nuclear test site on May 24 but reiterate the importance of full denuclearization. 
The dismantlement of all of its WMD and ballistic missiles will lead to a more positive future for all people on the Korean Peninsula and a chance of prosperity for the people of North Korea, who have suffered for too long.
However, more must be done and we call on all states to maintain strong pressure, including through full implementation of relevant UNSCRs, to urge North Korea to change its course and take decisive and irreversible steps. In this context, we once again call upon North Korea to respect the human rights of its people and resolve the abductions issue immediately.
17. We urge Russia to cease its destabilizing behavior, to undermine democratic systems and its support of the Syrian regime. 
We condemn the attack using a military grade nerve agent in Salisbury, United Kingdom. 
We share and agree with the United Kingdom’s assessment that it is highly likely that the Russian Federation was responsible for the attack, and that there is no plausible alternative explanation. 
We urge Russia to live up to its international obligations, as well as its responsibilities as a permanent member of the UN Security Council, to uphold international peace and security. 
Notwithstanding, we will continue to engage with Russia on addressing regional crises and global challenges, where it is in our interests. 
We reiterate our condemnation of the illegal annexation of Crimea and reaffirm our enduring support for Ukrainian sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders. 
We maintain our commitment to assisting Ukraine in implementing its ambitious and necessary reform agenda. 
We recall that the continuation of sanctions is clearly linked to Russia’s failure to demonstrate complete implementation of its commitments in the Minsk Agreements and respect for Ukraine’s sovereignty and we fully support the efforts within the Normandy Format and of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe for a solution to the conflict in Eastern Ukraine. 
Should its actions so require, we also stand ready to take further restrictive measures in order to increase costs on Russia. 
We remain committed to support Russian civil society and to engage and invest in people-to-people contact.
18. We strongly condemn the murderous brutality of Daesh and its oppression of civilian populations under its control. 
As an international community, we remain committed to the eradication of Daesh and its hateful ideology. 
In Syria we also condemn the repeated and morally reprehensible use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime and by Daesh. 
We call on the supporters of the regime to ensure compliance with its obligation to declare and dismantle remaining chemical weapons. 
We deplore the fact that Syria assumed the Presidency of the Conference on Disarmament in May, given its consistent and flagrant disregard of international non-proliferation norms and agreements. 
We reaffirm our collective commitment to the Chemical Weapons Convention and call on all States to support the upcoming Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) special Conference of States Parties and to work together to strengthen the ability of the OPCW to promote the implementation of the Convention. 
We call upon those who have yet to do so to join the International Partnership Against the Use of Chemical Weapons. 
We call for credible, inclusive and non-sectarian governance in Syria, facilitated by free and fair elections held to the highest international standards of transparency and accountability, with all Syrians, including members of the diaspora, eligible to participate.
19. We remain concerned about the situation in the East and South China Seas and reiterate our strong opposition to any unilateral actions that could escalate tensions and undermine regional stability and the international rules-based order. 
We urge all parties to pursue demilitarization of disputed features. We are committed to taking a strong stance against human rights abuse, human trafficking, and corruption across the globe, especially as it impacts vulnerable populations and we call upon the international community to take strong action against these abuses all over the world. 
We welcome the recent commitments made by Myanmar and we pledge to coordinate efforts to build lasting peace and support democratic transition in Myanmar, particularly in the context of the ongoing Rohingya crisis, to allow safe and unhindered humanitarian access and the safe, voluntary, and dignified return of refugees and displaced people. 
We are deeply concerned about the lack of respect for human rights and basic democratic principles in Venezuela, as well as the spiraling economic crisis and its humanitarian repercussions. 
We express our concern at the continuous deterioration of the situation in Yemen and renew our call for all parties to fully comply with international humanitarian law and human rights law.
20. Recognizing the threat Iran’s ballistic missile program poses to international peace and security, we call upon Iran to refrain from launches of ballistic missiles and all other activities which are inconsistent with UNSCR 2231 – including all annexes – and destabilizing for the region, and cease proliferation of missile technology. 
We are committed to permanently ensuring that Iran’s nuclear program remains peaceful, in line with its international obligations and commitments to never seek, develop or acquire a nuclear weapon. 
We condemn all financial support of terrorism including terrorist groups sponsored by Iran. 
We also call upon Iran to play a constructive role by contributing to efforts to counter terrorism and achieve political solutions, reconciliation and peace in the region.
21. We remain concerned about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, especially in the light of recent events. 
We support the resumption without delay of substantive peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians aimed at achieving a negotiated solution that ensures the peace and security for both parties. 
We stress the importance of addressing as soon as possible the dire and deteriorating humanitarian and security situation in the Gaza strip.
22. Africa’s security, stability, and sustainable development are high priorities for us, and we reiterate our support for African-led initiatives, including at a regional level. 
We reiterate our commitment to work in partnership with the African continent, supporting the African Union Agenda 2063, to realize Africa’s potential. 
We will promote African capabilities to better prevent, respond to, and manage crisis and conflicts and to strengthen democratic institutions. 
We reiterate our commitment to the stabilization, unity and democracy of Libya, which is key for the stability of the Mediterranean region and of Europe.
We support the efforts of the Special Representative of the UNSG Salamé in pursuing an inclusive political process founded on his Action Plan and we encourage all Libyan and regional actors to uphold their constructive engagement as outlined in the June 2018 UNSC Presidential statement. We support the efforts of the Presidency Council and the GNA to consolidate State institutions.
Working Together on Climate Change, Oceans and Clean Energy
23. A healthy planet and sustainable economic growth are mutually beneficial, and therefore, we are pursuing global efforts towards a sustainable and resilient future that creates jobs for our citizens. 
We firmly support the broad participation and leadership of young people, girls and women in promoting sustainable development. 
We collectively affirm our strong determination to achieve a clean environment, clean air, clean water and healthy soil. 
We commit to ongoing action to strengthen our collective energy security and demonstrate leadership in ensuring that our energy systems continue to drive sustainable economic growth. 
We recognize that each country may chart its own path to achieving a low-emission future. We look forward to adopting a common set of guidelines at UNFCCC COP 24.
24. Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the European Union reaffirm their strong commitment to implement the Paris Agreement, through ambitious climate action, in particular through reducing emissions while stimulating innovation, enhancing adaptive capacity, strengthening and financing resilience and reducing vulnerability, as well as ensuring a just transition, including increasing efforts to mobilize climate finance from a wide variety of sources. 
We discussed the key role of energy transitions through the development of market based clean energy technologies and the importance of carbon pricing, technology collaboration and innovation to continue advancing economic growth and protect the environment as part of sustainable, resilient and low-carbon energy systems, as well as financing adaptive capacity. 
We reaffirm the commitment that we have made to our citizens to reduce air and water pollution and our greenhouse gas emissions to reach a global carbon-neutral economy over the course of the second half of the century. 
We welcome the adoption by the UN General Assembly of a resolution titled 'Towards a Global Pact for the Environment' and look forward to the presentation of a report by the Secretary-General in the next General Assembly.
25. Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the European Union will promote the fight against climate change through collaborative partnerships and work with all relevant partners, in particular all levels of government; local, Indigenous, remote coastal and small island communities; as well as with the private sector, international organizations and civil society to identify and assess policy gaps, needs and best practices.
We recognize the contribution of the One Planet conferences to this collective effort.
26. The United States believes sustainable economic growth and development depends on universal access to affordable and reliable energy resources. It commits to ongoing action to strengthen the worlds’ collective energy security, including through policies that facilitates open, diverse, transparent, liquid and secure global markets for all energy sources. 
The United States will continue to promote energy security and economic growth in a manner that improves the health of the world’s oceans and environment, while increasing public-private investments in energy infrastructure and technology that advances the ability of countries to produce, transport, and use all available energy sources based on each country’s national circumstances. 
The United States will endeavor to work closely with other countries to help them access and use fossil fuels more cleanly and efficiently and help deploy renewable and other clean energy sources, given the importance of energy access and security in their Nationally Determined Contributions. 
The United States believes in the key role of energy transitions through the development of market-based clean energy technologies and the importance of technology collaboration and innovation to continue advancing economic growth and protect the environment as part of sustainable, resilient, and clean energy systems. 
The United States reiterates its commitment to advancing sustainable economic growth, and underscores the importance of continued action to reduce air and water pollution.
27. Recognizing that healthy oceans and seas directly support the livelihoods, food security and economic prosperity of billions of people, we met with the heads of state or government of the Argentina, Bangladesh, Haiti, Jamaica, Kenya, Marshall Islands, Norway, Rwanda (Chair of the African Union), Senegal, Seychelles, South Africa, Vietnam, and the heads of the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, to discuss concrete actions to protect the health of marine environments and ensure a sustainable use of marine resources as part of a renewed agenda to increase global biodiversity protection. 
We endorse the Charlevoix Blueprint for Healthy Oceans, Seas and Resilient Coastal Communities, and will improve oceans knowledge, promote sustainable oceans and fisheries, support resilient coasts and coastal communities and address ocean plastic waste and marine litter. 
Recognizing that plastics play an important role in our economy and daily lives but that the current approach to producing, using, managing and disposing of plastics and poses a significant threat to the marine environment, to livelihoods and potentially to human health, we the Leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the European Union endorse the G7 Ocean Plastics Charter.
Conclusion
28. We share the responsibility of working together to stimulate sustainable economic growth that benefits everyone, and, in particular, those most at risk of being left behind. 
We would like to thank our citizens, civil society, the Gender Equality Advisory Council, the Formal G7 Engagement Groups and other partners for their meaningful input to Canada’s presidency. 
We welcome the offer of the President of France to host our next Summit in 2019 and his pledge to continue G7 leadership on our common agenda.  

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Post by annemarie on Sun 10 Jun 2018, 10:00

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5826137/John-McCain-says-majority-population-pro-free-trade.html

[size=34]'America stands with you, even if our president doesn't': John McCain says the majority of the US population is pro-free trade after Trump's latest salvo over tariffs at the G7 summit[/size]

  • McCain tweeted on Saturday in reaction to Trump's mounting trade feuds

  • Trump hurled insults at Canadian PM and rejected G7 joint communique

  • Demanded that Canada lower a 270% tariff on US dairy for relief on steel duties 

  • Pew survey does say 56% of Americans agree free trade deals have been good

  • But support is sharply divided on partisan lines, not 'bipartisan' as McCain says 


By KEITH GRIFFITH FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 01:51 EDT, 10 June 2018 | UPDATED: 01:53 EDT, 10 June 2018

    


John McCain has claimed in a direct appeal to US allies that the majority of Americans are opposed to President Donald Trump's trade policies.
'To our allies: bipartisan majorities of Americans remain pro-free trade, pro-globalization & supportive of alliances based on 70 years of shared values,' the Republican senator from Arizona tweeted on Saturday.
'Americans stand with you, even if our president doesn’t,' McCain continued.
It followed Trump's extraordinary snub of the G7 by refusing to endorse the group's joint communique, and the latest salvo of insults Trump directed at Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in an escalating trade dispute.





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John McCain (above) claimed in a direct appeal to US allies that the majority of Americans are opposed to President Donald Trump's trade policies


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Trump rained insults upon Canada's prime minister over trade disputes on Saturday and snubbed the G7 by refusing to endorse the group's joint communique this year


'Very dishonest & weak. Our Tariffs are in response to his of 270% on dairy!' Trump continued. 
Last week, Trump lifted exemptions from tariffs on steel and aluminum imported to the US from Canada and other allies who failed to negotiate a side agreement, as Australia did. 
In response, Canada slapped retaliatory tariffs on $12.8billion worth of US exports, including metals, toilet paper, ballpoint pens and handkerchiefs.
Trudeau said at a press conference on Saturday that those tariffs, set to go into effect on July 1, will move forward. 
'Canadians, we're polite, we're reasonable, but we also will not be pushed around,' Trudeau said. 


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Trump met with Trudeau on Friday for one-on-one talks (above) and now accuses the Canadian leader of being 'meek and mild' in the meeting before talking trash at a press conference


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IMF Managing Director reacts to Trump at a Gender Equality breakfast at the G7 on Saturday
Trump's latest verbal counter-punch came in response to comments made by Trudeau at the press conference, in which he threatened to torpedo negotiations on a new NAFTA deal if the US did not remove the steel and aluminum tariffs. 
There is some data to support the idea that a majority of Americans support free trade deals, although that support is not 'bipartisan' as McCain claims.
Overall, 56 per cent of Americans say that free trade agreements have been a good thing for the US, while 30 per cent say they are a bad thing, according to a Pew Research survey conducted in late April. The remainder were undecided. 
Democrats were heavily in favor of free trade deals, with 67 per cent saying the deals were good and just 19 per cent opposed to them.
Republicans were more narrowly split, with a slight plurality (46 per cent) saying the deals were bad, while 43 per cent said the trade deals were good.  
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Re: The Serious Side - part 5

Post by annemarie on Sun 10 Jun 2018, 10:07

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5825399/Billionaire-investor-liberal-donor-George-Soros-blasts-Trumps-presidency.html

[size=34]'He's willing to destroy the world': Billionaire investor and liberal donor George Soros blasts Trump's presidency saying 'everything that could go wrong has gone wrong'[/size]

  • The 87-year-old Holocaust survivor accused the President of being 'willing to destroy the world'

  • Geoge Soros claimed that with the Trump Administration, 'everything that could go wrong, has gone wrong' 

  • Soros plans to spend roughly $15million in the 2018 elections 

  • The billionaire describes Trump as a 'marcissist' who 'considers himself all-powerful'


By DAILYMAIL.COM REPORTER
PUBLISHED: 18:16 EDT, 9 June 2018 | UPDATED: 19:00 EDT, 9 June 2018

    


Liberal billionaire George Soros blamed the Trump administration for the current woes in society, adding that 'everything that could go wrong, has gone wrong.'
The 87-year-old, who frequently donates to the Clintons, did not mince his words and accused the President of being 'willing to destroy the world.'
'The bigger the danger, the bigger the threat, the more I feel engaged to confront it,' Soros said Thursday in an interview with The Washington Post. 


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Geoge Soros claimed that with the Trump Administration, 'everything that could go wrong, has gone wrong' 


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The 87-year-old Holocaust survivor accused the President of being 'willing to destroy the world'
He had just finished an appearance at the Human Rights Watch conference in Zurich, Switzerland. 

'So in that sense, yes, I redouble my efforts,' he added. 


Soros was a charitable contributor to the Hilary Clinton campaign, and the billionaire has pushed for heavy donations to various campaign across the globe that push globalism.  
But lately, he has been faced with a slew of attacks from the likes of Roseanne Barr to Vladmir Putin claiming things such as him being a Nazi sympathizer and controlling the Democratic Party. 


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Soros plans to spend roughly $15million in the 2018 elections but has already faced some rejections as several of his bids for district attorneys in California lost their elections on Tuesday
'It makes it very difficult for me to speak effectively because it can be taken out of context and used against me,' Soros stated. 
Soros is still in shock that Trump won the election, something he didn't see happening. 
'Apparently, I was living in my own bubble,' he said.
Soros plans to spend roughly $15million in the 2018 elections but has already faced some rejections as several of his bids for district attorneys in California lost their elections on Tuesday. 
'We ran into a brick wall in California,' he added. 
The billionaire describes Trump as a 'marcissist' who 'considers himself all-powerful.

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Soros was a charitable contributor to the Hilary Clinton campaign, and the billionaire has pushed for heavy donations to various campaign across the globe that push globalism. The two pictured in 2004
He doesn't agree with fellow billionaire Tom Steyer's efforts to impeach Trump, only believing Democrats capable of doing so with the help of Republicans in Congress. 
Soros refused to endorse any candidates for the 2020 Democratic primaries for president. 
He was adamant, however, to voice his discontent for Senator Gillibrand of New York. 
He felt that her work to push former senator Al Franken to resign after several women came forward with allegations of sexual misconduct was 'in order to improve her chances.'  
Soros, a native of Hungary, has made his fortune by managing hedge funs and betting on currency changes. 
He has given away billions to groups promoting human rights and other liberal causes.

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Re: The Serious Side - part 5

Post by party animal - not! on Sun 10 Jun 2018, 12:44

After the Trump temper tantrum at the G7, President Macron had this to say:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-44430000


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Re: The Serious Side - part 5

Post by annemarie on Sun 10 Jun 2018, 13:14

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-44430000

G7 summit: France condemns Trump 'fits of anger'

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Image copyrightREUTERSImage captionRifts between Mr Trump and other G7 leaders appeared to be papered over in the final statement
Diplomacy cannot be dictated by "fits of anger", French President Emmanuel Macron warned after a G7 summit in Canada ended in acrimony.
In tweets, US President Donald Trump described host Justin Trudeau as "dishonest and weak" and retracted his endorsement of the joint communique.
That statement sought to overcome deep disagreements, notably over trade.
Mr Macron's office said France and other EU countries would maintain their support for the final G7 communique.
"Let's be serious and worthy of our people. We make commitments and keep to them," a statement from the French presidency quoted by AFP news agency said.
"International co-operation cannot be dictated by fits of anger and throwaway remarks," it added.
Germany also said it would abide by the communique.

So how did the latest spat unfold?


In recent weeks, trading partners of the US have criticised new tariffs on steel and aluminium imports imposed by the Trump administration.
Saturday's final communique aimed at easing those tensions by advocating a "rules-based trading system".


  • UK's May says G7 will act over 'malign' Russia
  • G7 pledges $3bn for girls' education


In a news conference after the summit, the Canadian leader reasserted his opposition to the US tariffs, and vowed to press ahead with retaliatory moves on 1 July.
"Canadians are polite and reasonable but we will also not be pushed around," he said.
Tweeting en route to his next summit in Singapore, Mr Trump said he had instructed US officials "not to endorse the communique as we look at tariffs on automobiles".






Media captionTrudeau: "I don't want to hurt American workers"
He said the move was based on Mr Trudeau's "false statements... and the fact that Canada is charging massive tariffs to our US farmers, workers and companies".

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Mr Trudeau's office responded by saying the prime minister had said nothing he had not said before, both in public and in private conversations with Mr Trump.






Media captionWho left their mark on President Trump at the G7 summit?

What is in the joint communique?


The G7 summit, held in La Malbaie, Quebec province, also covered such issues as relations with Russia.
In the communique, the group of major industrial nations - Canada, the US, the UK, France, Italy, Japan and Germany - had initially agreed on the need for "free, fair, and mutually beneficial trade" and the importance of fighting protectionism.
Other agreements reached include:


  • Russia: A joint demand that Moscow "cease with its destabilising behaviour" and to withdraw its support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad
  • Iran: A pledge to "permanently" ensure Tehran's nuclear programme remains peaceful
  • Climate: An agreement to disagree. The US refused to sign a pledge to implement the Paris climate change accord after Mr Trump announced the US would pull out of the agreement



What are the tariffs?


On 1 June, the US imposed a 25% tariff for steel and 10% for aluminium on imports from the European Union (EU), Canada, and Mexico. Mr Trump said the move would protect domestic producers that were vital to US security.
The EU then announced tariffs on US goods ranging from Harley-Davidson motorcycles to bourbon. Canada and Mexico are also taking action in retaliation.


  • A looming row over trade
  • What is a trade war?
  • How allies are retaliating against Trump








Media captionDairy wars: Why is Trump threatening Canada over milk?

What is the G7?


It is an annual summit bringing together seven major industrialised nations which represent more than 60% of global net worth between them.
Economics tops the agenda, although the meetings now always branch off to cover major global issues.
Russia was suspended from the group - then called the G8 - in 2014 because of its annexation of Crimea from Ukraine.
On Friday, Mr Trump made a surprise call for Moscow to be readmitted but German Chancellor Angela Merkel said other members were against the idea.

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Re: The Serious Side - part 5

Post by LizzyNY on Sun 10 Jun 2018, 14:17

I don't understand the "perplexed disarray". Don't they know by now that he's Putin's puppet and will do whatever he's told to do to destabilize the West? They need to present a united front and tell Trump to go f**k himself. Will it hurt the US? Absolutely. But maybe if his base gets screwed over financially they might finally wake up and kick his ugly ass out.
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Post by annemarie on Mon 11 Jun 2018, 09:23

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5826981/Kudlow-slams-Trudeau-stabbed-make-Trump-look-weak-Kim.html

[size=34]White House slams Trudeau: 'Special place in hell' for PM who 'stabbed us in the back' to try and make Trump look weak ahead of North Korea summit[/size]

  • White advisers went on the attack against Canadian PM Justin Trudeau 

  • Larry Kudlow blamed Canadian PM Trudeau for the U.S. pulling out of the G7 communique, saying America was 'betrayed'

  • Kudlow: Trump 'is not gonna let a Canadian prime minister push him around'

  • Kudlow: 'He can't put Trump in a position of being weak going into the North Korean talks. He can't do that. And by the way, President Trump is not weak' 

  • Kudlow said Trump was 'charming' and acted in 'good faith' 

  • Peter Navarro said there is a 'special place in hell' for Trudeau 

  • Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland responded, saying that Canada doesn't find attacks 'appropriate or useful'

  • The White House is angry about a press conference Trudeau gave after the G7 summit where he slammed America for raising tariffs on steel

  • Trudeau has hammered Trump on tariffs since they were announced last week 


By EMILY GOODIN, U.S. POLITICAL REPORTER FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 10:41 EDT, 10 June 2018 | UPDATED: 13:57 EDT, 10 June 2018

    


The White House escalated the war of words against Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Sunday as top advisers to President Donald Trump said there was a 'special place in hell' for the traitor who 'stabbed us in the back' with a 'cheap' and 'sophomoric' stunt designed to make Trump look weak ahead of his meeting with North Korean President Kim Jung-Un.
'He really kind of stabbed us in the back. He really, actually, you know: he did a great disservice to the whole G-7. He betrayed,' White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said on CNN's 'State of the Union' Sunday morning.
'He went rogue.' 
The White House economic adviser used the interview to take shot after shot at Trudeau, calling him 'polarizing,' sophomoric,' and performing a 'political stunt.' 


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Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and President Donald Trump participate in the working session at the G7 Summit 


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White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau 'stabbed us in the back'


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Director of the National Economic Council National Larry Kudlow and Security Advisor John Bolton listens to President Donald Trump speak to reporters at the G7 summit


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President Trump criticized Prime Minister Trudeau in a twitter tirade after the G7


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Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and G7 leaders France's President Emmanuel Macron, Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel, Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May and U.S. President Donald Trump hold a meeting with staff on the first day of the G7 summit



Kudlow went on to explain it was Trudeau's press conference after the summit that led to the U.S. action. 
'He holds a press conference and he said the U.S. is insulting, he said that Canada has to stand up for itself, he says that we are the problem with tariffs,' Kudlow noted.
Kudlow said the 'key point' in this is that Trudeau went on the attack. 
'Trudeau decided to attack the president. That's the key point,' Kudlow said on CBS' 'Face the Nation. 'The president is going to negotiate with Kim of North Korea and Singapore. It is a historic negotiation and there is no way this president is not going to stand strong. Number one he's not going to allow the people to suddenly take pot shots at him. Hours before that summit and number two Trudeau should've known better.'
Trudeau has slammed the U.S. on the new steel and aluminum tariffs since the Trump administration raised them, saying they will hurt both the American and Canadian economies.
And Trump stunned world leaders Saturday by rejecting a joint statement that traditionally follows the G7.
Trump said in a Twitter tirade on Saturday night that he has 'instructed our U.S. Reps not to endorse the Communique', just hours after all the members came to a consensus in Quebec and signed the summit's 'joint communique'.
The joint communique is a statement of broad goals and principles endorsed by the G7 leaders, and Trump's refusal means that this will be the first year that the annual summit fails to issue one.
Trump also slammed Trudeau for 'making false statements' and accused him of being 'meek and mild' in their one-on-one meeting on Friday before the Canadian leader came out swinging against the US in a press conference on Saturday. 
Trump tweeted: 'PM Justin Trudeau of Canada acted so meek and mild during our G7 meetings only to give a news conference after I left saying that, 'US Tariffs were kind of insulting' and he 'will not be pushed around.'
'Very dishonest & weak. Our Tariffs are in response to his of 270% on dairy!'
Trump then tweeted: 'Based on Justin's false statements at his news conference, and the fact that Canada is charging massive Tariffs to our U.S. farmers, workers and companies, I have instructed our U.S. Reps not to endorse the Communique as we look at Tariffs on automobiles flooding the U.S. Market!'
Trump was reacting to comments made by Trudeau at a press conference on Saturday in which he threatened to torpedo negotiations on a new NAFTA deal if the Americans did not remove tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum.







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Director of the White House National Trade Council Peter Navarro said there was a 'special place in hell' for Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau


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Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau greet President Donald Trump at the G7 Leaders Summit in La Malbaie, Quebec, Canada


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President Trump escalated his feud over tariffs with Trudeau after their G7 meeting 


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Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau held a news conference upon the conclusion of the G7 Summit that angered the White House
Trudeau said he told Trump directly that Canada 'particularly did not take lightly the fact that [the tariffs were] based on a national security reason.' The prime minister said in comments reported by CTV: 'Canadians are polite, we're reasonable, but we also will not be pushed around.'
The Canadian leader's office defended him against Trump's tweets on Saturday, saying that Trudeau said nothing in his G7 news conference that he has not said before directly to Trump
'The prime minister said nothing he hasn't said before — both in public, and in private conversations with the president,' Trudeau's office said in a statement released on Twitter, which added Trudeau remained focused on what was accomplished at the two-day summit in Quebec.
World leaders had initially agreed on the need for 'free, fair, and mutually beneficial trade' and the importance of fighting protectionism in the G7 communique Trump withdrew his support for.
The document also acknowledged the need to fight dumping and excess capacity in steel and aluminum, a key Trump concern about China.


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Trump tweeted about Trudeau while he was flying to Singapore


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The White House complained Trudeau was trying to make Trump look weak ahead of the North Korea summit


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Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and G7 leaders France's President Emmanuel Macron, Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel, Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May and U.S. President Donald Trump meet on Day one of the G7 summit


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Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau walk with Argentina's President Mauricio Macri and his wife Juliana Awada Macri after Trump's twitter tirade





'We strive to reduce tariff barriers, non-tariff barriers and subsidies,' the leaders said in the communique after a meeting that focused heavily on trade fights between the United States and its allies.  
Trump himself told reporters on Saturday that the summit was not contentious and called his relationship with G7 allies a '10'.
The trade dispute was launched after Trump last week removed exemptions from steel and aluminum tariffs on imports from Canada, Mexico and the EU.
Canada responded by slapping tariffs on $12.8 billion worth of US exports, including metals, toilet paper, ball point pens and pizza.
'We're like the piggy bank that everybody is robbing,' Trump said at a press conference as he departed the two-day meeting in La Malbaie, Quebec on

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Re: The Serious Side - part 5

Post by LizzyNY on Mon 11 Jun 2018, 11:53

The White House's response in defense of Trump was completely predictable and disgusting. Trump's a typical schoolyard bully. He can dish it out but he can't take it. When someone stands up to him he runs to his friends for help and gets them to lie for him. I hope karma kicks his ass. If anyone's going to hell, it's Trump.

We should all send our apologies to Trudeau.
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https://people.com/movies/tonys-2018-robert-de-niro-trump-bleeped/

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June 10, 2018 11:04 PM

Robert De Niro wasted no time in attacking Donald Trump while presenting at the 2018 Tony Awards.
While taking the stage at the Radio City Music Hall on Sunday to introduce a musical performance by Bruce Springsteen, the Oscar winner began with a message for the president of the United States.
“I’m going to say this, f— Trump,” De Niro said, adding, “It’s no longer just down with Trump, it’s f— Trump.”
The actor’s remarks earned a standing ovation from most of the audience, and were bleeped out for those watching from home.
The remarks were just the latest in a long line of insults and criticisms the actor has leveled against Trump.
Be sure to check out PEOPLE’s full Tony Awards coverage to get the latest news on Broadway’s biggest night.

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Just three days ago, De Niro reportedly slammed the president while speaking at the ceremony for the Jimmy and Rosemary Breslin “American Writer Award” at the Tweed Courthouse in Lower Manhattan, telling a group of high school students that Trump is a purveyor of ” bulls—.”
In addition to repeatedly criticizing Trump in public, the actor and co-owner of the Nobu restaurant empire told the Daily Mail that he’s banned Trump from all of his Nobu restaurants, with locations all over the world and here in the U.S., including one in Washington, D.C.
In March, the actor called Trump an “idiot” who “lacks any sense of humanity or compassion.”
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He also made his political opinions known in January while presenting Meryl Streep with the award for best actress at the National Board of Review awards gala.
“It was fascinating to watch The Post. That story took place nearly 50 years ago, but there are many parallels today,” he said of the Streep-starring political drama. “At the time of the story, Donald Trump was suffering from ‘bone spurs.’ Today, the world is suffering from the real Donald Trump.”
If that wasn’t clear enough, De Niro added, “This f—ing idiot is the president. It’s the Emperor’s New Clothes —the guy is a f—ing fool.”
The 72nd annual Tony Awards, hosted by Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban, are airing live from Radio City Music Hall on CBS.

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Post by LizzyNY on Mon 11 Jun 2018, 13:20

Thanks, Annemarie. I wondered what he said. Maybe wrong place, wrong time - but right sentiment!
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Post by Donnamarie on Mon 11 Jun 2018, 14:24

Well I just wish DeNiro would just tell us how he REALLY feels!
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Post by annemarie on Mon 11 Jun 2018, 15:02

Lol right , Donnamarie.

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Post by annemarie on Mon 11 Jun 2018, 15:38

https://people.com/theater/tony-awards-2018-parkland-drama-department-tonys-rent-performance/

[size=40]Parkland Kids Perform 'Seasons of Love' at Tonys and Leave Amy Schumer, Audience in Tears
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June 10, 2018 09:42 PM

Student survivors of the Parkland shooting brought down the house at the 2018 Tony Awards.
The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School’s drama department made a surprise appearance at the awards show Sunday night, bringing the star-studded audience to tears with an emotional rendition of ‘Seasons of Love’ from the classic musical Rent.
The kids took the stage at the famed Radio City Music Hall Sunday, where they delivered a moving performance from the Tony-winning musical. Amy Schumer and other celebrities were seen wiping away tears during the song.
The performance came after their drama teacher Melody Herzfeld received the coveted Excellence in Theatre Education Award, which is reserved for influential educators like herself.
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Marjory Stoneman Douglas performance at the 2018 Tonys.
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The honor, which includes a $10,000 prize for her school’s theater program, comes from the Broadway League, the American Theatre Wing and Carnegie Mellon University, as well as other theater industry leaders.
“To be a teacher —who might’ve aspired to do something like this at one point in her life and found her true calling in producing and working with children, especially in high school — to have any significant light shed on that is really, deeply meaningful,” Herzfeld told TIME ahead of the Tony Awards.

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Marjory Stoneman Douglas Performance at the 2018 Tonys.
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RELATED: Everything You Need to Know About the 2018 Tonys — Including How to Watch and Who’s Nominated
Just months earlier, Herzfeld hid 60 of her students in the school’s drama room for over two hours as a former student opened fire in a nearby building. The shooting left 17 students and faculty members dead and more than a dozen others injured.
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As Herzfeld accepted the award Sunday, the Parkland community gathered together to watch the show.
“If we could just go back to February 13 and be the normal, everyday people that we were, we’d give it up in a heartbeat,” she told TIME. “There’s nothing that can replace what we had on that day.”
The 72nd annual Tony Awards, hosted by Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban, are airing live from Radio City Music Hall on CBS.

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Post by Donnamarie on Mon 11 Jun 2018, 18:53

That was such a moving performance by the Parkland students.  I saw an interview a few days ago with a couple of the students.  They talked about how a group of them will be taking part of their summer vacation to go across the country to motivate young people to register so they can vote in November!
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Post by party animal - not! on Mon 11 Jun 2018, 18:59

1) What is Trump on about? The US has a two billion surplus i e no deficit!! with Canada.

2) Thanks so much Annemarie for posting the Parkland musical number. Saw it earlier but no time.

3) LOVE Robert de Niro!!

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Post by annemarie on Mon 11 Jun 2018, 19:08

Your welcome Pan, Trump is an idiot and what is even worse we have people here who believe what he is saying.

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Re: The Serious Side - part 5

Post by Donnamarie on Mon 11 Jun 2018, 19:38

PAN, the fact that Trumpster’s top economic advisors made disgusting accusations of Trudeau is almost worse than what Trump said.  I just read that Trump told Macron that the EU is worse than China on trade.  Trump spews his propaganda to resonate with his base of support.  He knows that they will believe him over anyone else. His lies do resonate.  And Fox News perpetuates them. The Republican Congress is mostly silent.  The silence is deafening.  This is where we are right now.   Now on to North Korea.  We can’t even keep up with every firestorm that Trump starts.
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Post by party animal - not! on Mon 11 Jun 2018, 20:24

I rather think that that's exactly how he wants us all to react. Blanket publlcity 24 hours of the day, name never out of the headlines............peddling lie after lie like a street tradesman. It has been proved that only 4% of what he says is true..........

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Post by annemarie on Mon 11 Jun 2018, 21:06

https://people.com/politics/white-house-aides-tape-documents-trump-rips-up/

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June 11, 2018 01:05 PM

President Donald Trump reportedly has an unofficial “filing system” that involves tearing to shreds important White House documents that must be legally preserved. To remedy the situation, White House staffers have resorted to taping the tattered paperwork back together “like a jigsaw puzzle,” according to a new report from Politico.
Veteran records management analyst Solomon Lartey, who earned an annual salary of $65,969, says he spent the first five months of Trump’s presidency using rolls of clear Scotch tape to piece back together what the president had torn apart.
Trump’s longtime practice of ripping up papers when he’s done with them — sometimes into confetti-sized bits — has put him in violation of the Presidential Records Act, which says the White House must preserve all memos, letters, emails and papers that the president deals with and store them in the National Archives as historical records.

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Quickly realizing it was futile to try to break the notoriously stubborn Trump of this habit, White House aides instead decided to clean up his mess for him to ensure he wasn’t breaking the law, Politico reports, citing people familiar with the process.
Staffers routinely had pieces of paper collected from the Oval Office and the president’s private residence and sent to records management for Lartey and his colleagues to reassemble.
“We got Scotch tape, the clear kind,” Lartey told Politico. “You found pieces and taped them back together and then you gave it back to the supervisor.”
Lartey, who said his entire department was on taping duty during the early months of Trump’s presidency, told Politico that the papers included newspaper clips on which Trump had written notes; invitations; and letters from constituents and lawmakers.
“I had a letter from [Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer] — he tore it up,” Lartey said. “It was the craziest thing ever. He ripped papers into tiny pieces.”
Lartey said staffers in the records department were still being tasked with taping back together documents as recently as this spring. But that team grew smaller after Lartey and many other career officials were abruptly terminated from their positions earlier this year without any warning or explanation as to why.
Lartey isn’t the only staffer who has been asked to perform unusual tasks in Trump’s White House.
As Trump’s former White House communications director, Hope Hicks was charged with fetching coffee and steaming Trump’s pants — while he was still wearing them, according to a recent tell-all book by former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski.
Over on Twitter, critics were outraged over the Scotch tape report and what some called Trump’s “toddler”- like behavior.





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“Trump Loves Tearing Papers, Staffers Tape Them Back Together. You can even teach a 2-year old not to do something! Why do we have a less than a toddler in the oval office?” another critic said.
And one tweeter couldn’t help but wonder, “But who will tape Trump’s country back together?”

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Re: The Serious Side - part 5

Post by LizzyNY on Mon 11 Jun 2018, 21:51

He's like any crime-lord. Don't keep any records of anything so there isn't a paper trail back to you. They're lucky he hasn't got a cross-cut shredder.
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Post by party animal - not! on Tue 12 Jun 2018, 10:11



How can this happen?!

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/jun/11/ivanka-trump-jared-kushner-outside-income-white-house

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Post by annemarie on Tue 12 Jun 2018, 11:50

Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner made over $82m outside White House roles
Financial disclosures reveal extensive external income earned while working for president, raising conflicts of interest concerns


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Financial disclosure forms released on Monday revealed how much Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner have earned from outside income while working at the White House, resurrecting concerns over possible conflicts of interest.
The disclosures showed that the president’s daughter and son-in-law earned more than $82m in outside income in their first year serving as senior advisers to the president, the Washington Post first reported. Ivanka made $3.9m from her stake in the Trump International Hotel and reported more than $5m in earnings from her personal brand.
Trump and Kushner both chose to forgo drawing taxpayer-funded salaries from their roles in the White House. The disclosures, which were also obtained and reviewed by the Guardian, nonetheless reinforce the ways in which the couple has continued to earn money from the Trump Organization and outside business endeavors.
Because the financial disclosures report assets in broad ranges, it is difficult to determine the extent to which Trump and Kushner’s wealth has risen during their time at the White House. The disclosures are filed annually to the Office of Government Ethics. Donald Trump and the vice-president, Mike Pence, submitted their 2017 financial disclosure forms last month.
Kushner yielded more than $5m from a New Jersey property acquired by his family’s real estate business last year. Ivanka Trump reported $2m in severance pay from an entity called the Trump Payroll Corp. She also received an advance totaling $289,000 for the book she published last year, Women Who Work. Trump said she would donate the profits from the book to charity.


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The couple’s vast business investments have repeatedly drawn scrutiny for potential ethics violations. Government watchdog groups have accused the Trump family of using the presidency and its stature for personal profit.
Peter Mirijanian, a spokesperson for Kushner and Trump’s outside counsel, said the couple’s net worth “remains largely the same, with changes reflecting more the way the form requires disclosure than any substantial difference in assets or liabilities”.
Prior to joining the White House, Kushner resigned as chief executive officer from his real estate development business, Kushner Companies, stepped down from more than 260 corporate positions and partially divested from some of his assets. He nonetheless retained the vast majority of his interest in Kushner Companies.
But concerns over potential conflicts of interest resurfaced earlier this year when it was reported that several foreign governments saw Kushner, who has a wide-ranging foreign policy portfolio, as a target for manipulationbased on his business interests and personal debt. Ethics watchdogs also sounded alarms over Trump’s brand continuing to win trademarks overseas.


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Post by LizzyNY on Tue 12 Jun 2018, 11:52

PAN - It can happen because this family sees itself as above the law and has no idea what constitutes ethical behavior. They are using their government positions to stuff their piggy banks, and the people they have hired are doing the same (ie. Scott Pruitt) because they see governing as a business venture, not a real job in itself. Everything they do is based on how it can financially benefit them and our Congress is too chicken to call them on it.

Eventually they'll do something so outrageous that even their base will turn against them and kick them out. Until then we can only hope the hand of God will smite them where they stand.
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