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Post by annemarie on Wed 30 Jan 2019, 02:21

He doesn't want immigrants to come here , and yet he will take advantage of them. He doesn't even pay minimum wage.
What a peace of work.

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Post by annemarie on Wed 30 Jan 2019, 18:57

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6648759/Trump-defends-North-Korea-ISIS-foreign-policy-intel-chief-paint-different-picture.html

[size=34]Trump tells his intelligence chiefs 'go back to SCHOOL' and lectures them on Iran in Twitter dressing down after they said North Korea wants to keep its nuclear weapons and ISIS are NOT defeated[/size]


  • President Donald Trump defended his foreign policy initiatives on Wednesday after his intelligence chiefs sharply contradicted his claims the day before

  • Trump suggested his chiefs were 'extremely naive and passive'

  • And he told them to 'go back to school' as he defended his foreign policy stances

  • The president was particularly defensive of his relationship with North Korea but he also argued of the progress he made against ISIS 

  • His intelligence chiefs painted a different picture when they testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday

  • Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un is unlikely to give up his nuclear stockpiles

  • Additionally Coats said Iran appeared not to be pursuing a nuclear weapon 

  • And CIA director Gina Haspel warned ISIS was still dangerous 

  • Trump touted success after his summit last year with Kim; he's charged Iran with being a nuclear threat; and he proclaimed ISIS 'defeated' earlier this year


By EMILY GOODIN, U.S. POLITICAL REPORTER FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 08:49 EST, 30 January 2019 | UPDATED: 12:21 EST, 30 January 2019

     


President Donald Trump on Wednesday suggested his intelligence chiefs should 'go back to school' and lectured their 'naive' assessments on Iran after they sharply contradicted his foreign policy claims, particularly on North Korea and ISIS.
The president's response to his chiefs testimony before the Senate a day earlier was an unprecedented Twitter dressing down of America's top intelligence officials, where he called them 'extremely passive and naive,' said they were flat out 'wrong' on Iran, and suggested 'Intelligence should go back to school!.'
He railed against FBI directory Christopher Wray, CIA director Gina Haspel, and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, who painted a different picture of America's relationship with its foreign partners when they testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday. 
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President Donald Trump defended his foreign policy initiatives on Wednesday
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He attacked his intelligence chiefs as 'extremely passive and naive'
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He suggested they go back to school
Trump did not hold back in his fury and insults.  

'The Intelligence people seem to be extremely passive and naive when it comes to the dangers of Iran. They are wrong! When I became President Iran was making trouble all over the Middle East, and beyond. Since ending the terrible Iran Nuclear Deal, they are MUCH different, but....,' he tweeted.
He added: '....a source of potential danger and conflict. They are testing Rockets (last week) and more, and are coming very close to the edge. There economy is now crashing, which is the only thing holding them back. Be careful of Iran. Perhaps Intelligence should go back to school!' 
The president spent the morning in a defensive twitter storm about his foreign policy initiatives after Coats argued North Korea has no intention of giving up its nuclear weapons - in contrast to the president's claim of success after his summit with Kim Jong-Un - and CIA director Gina Haspel warned ISIS was still dangerous after Trump claimed they had been beaten.
Additionally Coats, in his testimony, had a different take on one of Trump's key assertions on Iran - that it had cheated on the spirit of the 2015 nuclear agreement. The president has argued Iran is still a nuclear threat.
Coats appeared to contradict that when he said Tehran was complying with the deal - even after Trump announced America's withdrawal from it in May - and isn't taking any steps toward a nuclear weapon.
'We do not believe Iran is currently undertaking activities we judge necessary to produce a nuclear device,' he said. 
Former CIA Director John Brennan, a frequent Trump critic who had his security clearance revoked by the president, retweeted Trump's criticism and told the president: 'All Americans, especially members of Congress, need to understand the danger you pose to our national security.'
'Your refusal to accept the unanimous assessment of U.S. Intelligence on Iran, No. Korea, ISIS, Russia, & so much more shows the extent of your intellectual bankruptcy. All Americans, especially members of Congress, need to understand the danger you pose to our national security,' he wrote on Twitter.
Trump's early morning defense of his foreign policies particularly focused on Iran and North Korea. 
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FBI Director Christopher Wray; CIA Director Gina Haspel; and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee on 'Worldwide Threats'
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Trump started Wednesday morning defending his policies on Syria
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He was particularly defensive of his work with North Korea
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The president's early morning Twitter focus was on world affairs after his intelligence chiefs sharply contradicted his claims
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Trump touted his foreign policy work after his intelligence chiefs offered a different assessment
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Former CIA Director John Brennan, a frequent Trump critic who had his security clearance revoked by the president, fired back in the defense of the intelligence chiefs
'When I became President, ISIS was out of control in Syria & running rampant. Since then tremendous progress made, especially over last 5 weeks. Caliphate will soon be destroyed, unthinkable two years ago. Negotiating are proceeding well in Afghanistan after 18 years of fighting..,' Trump wrote in a series of tweets that came before he insulted his intelligence chiefs.
'Fighting continues but the people of Afghanistan want peace in this never ending war. We will soon see if talks will be successful? North Korea relationship is best it has ever been with U.S. No testing, getting remains, hostages returned. Decent chance of Denuclearization...,' the president noted. 
He added: '...Time will tell what will happen with North Korea, but at the end of the previous administration, relationship was horrendous and very bad things were about to happen. Now a whole different story. I look forward to seeing Kim Jong Un shortly. Progress being made-big difference!'
The positive notes from Trump came after Haspel warned ISIS was still dangerous and Coats told the Senate Intelligence Committee that Kim is unlikely to give up his nuclear stockpiles.
'We currently assess that North Korea will seek to retain its WMD (weapons of mass destruction) capabilities and is unlikely to completely give up its nuclear weapons and production capability because its leaders ultimately view nuclear weapons as critical to regime survival,' Coats said in his opening statement as the three intelligence chiefs testified on Tuesday.
'Our assessment is bolstered by our observations of some activity that is inconsistent with full denuclearization,' he added.  
Coats' conclusions run counter to the claims Trump made after his June summit in Singapore with Kim, when he argued North Korea no longer poses a nuclear threat.
Trump plans to meet with Kim again 'shortly,' as he said in his Wednesday morning tweet but no agenda, venue or date have been announced. 
The White House has said the sitdown will be around the end of February.


Additionally, in the annual 'Worldwide Threat Assessment' released on Tuesday, it was revealed Kim is wooing China and South Korea to support its push for Washington to loosen sanctions pressure without making significant nuclear concessions. 
'Kim has also sought to align the region against the U.S.-led pressure campaign in order to gain incremental sanctions relief, and North Korean statements have repeatedly indicated that some sanctions relief is necessary for additional diplomacy to occur,' the report said.  
The 42-page report released by Coats noted North Korea had not conducted any nuclear or missile tests in over a year and had declared its support for the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
Pyongyang had also 'reversibly dismantled' parts of its infrastructure for weapons of mass destruction, the report said.  
The report also noted that in his 2019 New Year's address, Kim pledged that North Korea would 'go toward' complete denuclearization and promised not to make, test, or use nuclear weapons.






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Contradiction: Dan Coats (right), the Director of National Intelligence, told the Senate Intelligence Committee, that Kim Jong Un still wants nuclear weapons so his regime can survive. Coats testified beside (from left) Christopher Wray, the FBI Director, and Gina Haspel, the CIA Director
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Another summit: After this meeting in Singapore in June 2018, Trump said that Kim Jong Un had committed to full denuclearization but was contradicted Tuesday by his own Director of National Intelligence
However, it said Kim made it conditional on 'practical actions' by the United States and added that Pyongyang had - in the past tied - the idea of denuclearization to changes in diplomatic ties, economic sanctions, and military activities.
And CIA director Gina Haspel told the Senate panel on Tuesday that Kim's regime 'is committed to developing a long-range nuclear-armed missile that would pose a direct threat to the United States.' 
The threat report also found that the United States' trade policies and 'unilateralism' - central tenants of Trump's presidency - have strained relationships with foreign partners.
In addition to the focus on the North Korea, both the report and the chiefs' testimony examined relationships with Iran, Afghanistan and Syria plus warned of possible cyber attacks in the next presidential election.
Missing from the report was any mention of threats at the U.S-Mexico border where Trump is demanding a border wall for security reasons. 
The report stated the Islamic State group 'remains a terrorist and insurgent threat' inside Iraq, where the government faces 'an increasingly disenchanted public.'
In Syria, where Trump has ordered a full withdrawal of U.S. troops, the government of Bashar Assad is likely to consolidate control, with Russia and Iran attempting to further entrench themselves in Syria, the report claimed. 
And Haspel said of ISIS: 'They're still dangerous,' adding that they still command 'thousands of fighters in Iraq and Syria.' 
Last month Trump claimed 'we have won against ISIS; we've beaten them, and we've beaten them badly.' 
The intelligence assessment of Afghanistan projected a continued military stalemate. 
Without mentioning prospects for a peace deal, which appear to have improved only in recent days, the report said, 'neither the Afghan government nor the Taliban will be able to gain a strategic military advantage in the Afghan war in the coming year' if the U.S. maintains its current levels of support. 
Trump has ordered a partial pullback of U.S. forces this year, although no firm plan is in place.
Coats also told the committee that Russia and perhaps other countries are likely to attempt to use social media and other means to influence the 2020 U.S. presidential election.
'We expect our adversaries and strategic competitors to refine their capabilities and add new tactics as they learn from each other's experiences, suggesting the threat landscape could look very different in 2020 and future elections,' the intelligence report said.
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The White House is planning another meeting between Kim and Trump after their first summit in Singapore in June
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Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats told the Senate Intelligence Committee that North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un is unlikely to give up his nuclear stockpiles
The report specifically warned about Russia, which U.S. intelligence agencies determined had interfered in the 2016 election to sway voters toward Trump.
'Russia's social media efforts will continue to focus on aggravating social and racial tensions, undermining trust in authorities, and criticizing perceived anti-Russia politicians,' it said. 
'Moscow may employ additional influence toolkits - such as spreading disinformation, conducting hack-and-leak operations, or manipulating data - in a more targeted fashion to influence U.S. policy, actions, and elections.'
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Post by Way2Old4Dis on Wed 30 Jan 2019, 21:18

What a peace of work.

I don't think "work" is quite the word we're looking for here.

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Post by annemarie on Wed 30 Jan 2019, 22:10

I know just trying to keep it clean.

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Post by annemarie on Sat 02 Feb 2019, 11:26

https://people.com/politics/trumps-tweets-sent-while-he-doing-other-things/

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Surprise! President Trump isn't the only one who hits his blue "Tweet" button
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February 01, 2019 07:05 PM

Like his hair, President Donald Trump‘s tweets are an integral part of his White House identity.
But during a revealing in-person interview with New York Times reporters, Trump gave out printed handouts of his tweets at the same time a staffer published them on his account — proving the president isn’t the only one who hits his blue “Tweet” button.
“Fresh from a meeting on trade with China’s vice premier, Mr. Trump seemed relaxed and confident as he sought to make his case,” wrote Timesreporters Peter Baker and Maggie Haberman, “distributing handouts including, at one point, printed copies of two tweets sent out in his name even as he was speaking with his visitors.”
Haberman told PEOPLE that the tweets on the printouts were the ones published on Thursday at around 5 p.m. Trump also gave the reporters a photocopy of the picture featured in the tweets.


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In the wide-ranging interview, published on Tuesday, Trump talked about his plan to declare a national emergency in order to build his border wall, since he believes negotiations with Congress are a “waste of time.” He also dismissed insinuations that he’s done anything wrong, even as the Russia investigation closes in on more of his associates, per the outlet.
While the reporters focused on these heavy topics, the president’s decision to pass out Twitter handouts also stood out to them. Why? It’s indicative of how he operates in the White House, the reporters said. Trump has a history of using Twitter to name-call his enemies, declare new policy (like the transgender ban in the military) and threaten nuclear war with North Korea.

The Times report isn’t the first one to note that Trump has staffers who assist with presidential tweets.
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FILE - In this Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017 file photo, President Donald Trump speaks on the telephone with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. In the background is a portrait of former President Andrew Jackson which Trump had installed in the first few days of his administration. Jon Meacham, who wrote a 2008 biography of Jackson titled "American Lion,” said Trump has echoed Jackson's outsider message to rural America by pledging to be a voice for "forgotten men and women." But he says it's "not the cleanest analogy." (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
Ex-staffer Cliff Sims’ new book, Team of Vipers, reveals that, in the early days of the White House, longtime aide Dan Scavino was the only person besides the president “who always maintained access to the @readlDonaldTrump Twitter account.” (Savino’s role as presidential tweeter was so impressive that he was profiled by The New York Times Magazine in April 2018).

“[Trump would] fire off tweets from the residence at all hours and usually without any advance notice to staff,” Sims writes. “During the day, he would call Dan into the Oval to dictate tweets, complete with punctuation instructions — dash, dash, ‘sad,’ exclamation point — and his own unique way of capitalizing seemingly random words for emphasis.”
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He continues: “Early on, there wasn’t an official channel to submit recommended tweets, but Dan would come in with a printout of various options. Trump would approve them, disapprove them, or make tweaks, but you can rest assured that he wasn’t letting anything go out without his sign-off.

“In that regard, he was like a publisher, fiercely protective of his brand and loyal to his audience — he only wanted to put out things they’d want to read.”
Sims, who was on the communications team as a special assistant to Trump until 2018 after working on Trump’s campaign, also became “adept” at copying Trump’s voice.
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“Policy and communications aides would bring their topics to me and I’d craft the most Trumpian tweet I could,” he writes, “then submit it for approval, with a pretty good success rate.”
While Sims defends Trump in his book, he is also critical of the president and the way the White House operates. In response, the president took to his favorite social media platform to denounce Team of Vipers. But it’s unlikely that Trump read Sims’ book in full because, as the Times report explains, staffers put together summaries of books written by ex-staffers for him to read.

“I have somebody — boom boom, they give me the quotes,” the president told the Times reporters.
In another twist, Trump told the reporters that being president is not lucrative. He described the job as a “loser” financially, according to the Times.
“I lost massive amounts of money doing this job,” Trump said, per the outlet. “This is not the money. This is one of the great losers of all time. You know, fortunately, I don’t need money. This is one of the great losers of all time. But they’ll say that somebody from some country stayed at a hotel. And I’ll say, ‘Yeah.’ But I lose, I mean, the numbers are incredible.”

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Post by party animal - not! on Sat 02 Feb 2019, 19:51

Somebody unplug Twitter!!

The worst part about this is that his phone is not encrypted and Russia and China and Lord knows who else are listening. But he says it would be too inconvenient!

And this (below) has been described as 'wilful ignorance'. Basically he doesn't listen when being briefed and then rages when he get the facts wrong and blames those trying to brief him.

http://time.com/5518947/donald-trump-intelligence-briefings-national-security/

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Post by annemarie on Sat 02 Feb 2019, 20:00

'Willful Ignorance.' Inside President Trump's Troubled Intelligence Briefings
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In the wake of President Donald Trump’s renewed attacks on the U.S. intelligence community this week, senior intelligence briefers are breaking two years of silence to warn that the President is endangering American security with what they say is a stubborn disregard for their assessments.

Citing multiple in-person episodes, these intelligence officials say Trump displays what one called “willful ignorance” when presented with analyses generated by America’s $81 billion-a-year intelligence services. The officials, who include analysts who prepare Trump’s briefs and the briefers themselves, describe futile attempts to keep his attention by using visual aids, confining some briefing points to two or three sentences, and repeating his name and title as frequently as possible.

What is most troubling, say these officials and others in government and on Capitol Hill who have been briefed on the episodes, are Trump’s angry reactions when he is given information that contradicts positions he has taken or beliefs he holds. Two intelligence officers even reported that they have been warned to avoid giving the President intelligence assessments that contradict stances he has taken in public.

From left, FBI Director Christopher Wray, CIA Director Gina Haspel, Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats, Defense Intelligence Agency Director Gen. Robert Ashley, National Security Agency Director Gen. Paul Nakasone and National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Director Robert Cardillo testify to the Senate Intelligence Committee on worldwide threats on Jan. 29, 2019.
From left, FBI Director Christopher Wray, CIA Director Gina Haspel, Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats, Defense Intelligence Agency Director Gen. Robert Ashley, National Security Agency Director Gen. Paul Nakasone and National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Director Robert Cardillo testify to the Senate Intelligence Committee on worldwide threats on Jan. 29, 2019. Salwan Georges—The Washington Post/Getty Images
That reaction was on display this week. At a Congressional hearing on national security threats, the leaders of all the major intelligence agencies, including the Directors of National Intelligence, the CIA and the FBI contradicted Trump on issues relating to North Korea, Russia, the Islamic State, and Iran. In response, Trump said the intelligence chiefs were “passive and naïve” and suggested they “should go back to school.”

The intelligence officials criticizing Trump requested anonymity because the briefings they described, including the President’s Daily Brief, or PDB, are classified. The PDB is one of the most highly restricted products produced by U.S. intelligence analysts. A select group of intelligence officials is involved in preparing these briefings. A small number of senior officials, often including the Director of Central Intelligence, Director of National Intelligence or the heads of other agencies depending on the topic, usually deliver it.

The reporting for this story is based on interviews with multiple officials who have first hand knowledge of the episodes they describe, and multiple others who have been briefed on them. Asked in detail about the officials’ concerns, senior White House and National Security Council officials declined to comment.

The problem has existed since the beginning of Trump’s presidency, the intelligence officials say, and for a time they tried to respond to the President’s behavior in briefings with dark humor. After a briefing in preparation for a meeting with British Prime Minister Theresa May, for example, the subject turned to the British Indian Ocean Territory of Diego Garcia. The island is home to an important airbase and a U.S. Naval Support Facility that are central to America’s ability to project power in the region, including in the war in Afghanistan.

The President, officials familiar with the briefing said, asked two questions: Are the people nice, and are the beaches good? “Some of us wondered if he was thinking about our alliance with the Brits and the security issues in an important area where the Chinese have been increasingly active, or whether he was thinking like a real estate developer,” one of the officials said wryly.

In another briefing on South Asia, Trump’s advisors brought a map of the region from Afghanistan to Bangladesh, according to intelligence officers with knowledge of the meeting and congressional officials who were briefed on it. Trump, they said, pointed at the map and said he knew that Nepal was part of India, only to be told that it is an independent nation. When said he was familiar with Bhutan and knew it, too, was part of India, his briefers told him that Bhutan was an independent kingdom. Last August, Politico reported on president’s mispronunciation of the names of the two countries during the same briefing.

But the disconnect between Trump and his intelligence briefers is no joke, the officials say. Several pointed to concerns regarding Trump’s assessment of the threat posed by North Korea’s nuclear capabilities. After Trump’s summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un last summer, the North claimed to have destroyed its major underground nuclear testing facility at Punggye-ri, and Trump has gone out of his way to credit the claim.

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGIA), which oversees the spy satellites that map and photograph key areas, had tried to impress upon Trump the size and complexity of the North Korean site. In preparing one briefing for the President on the issue early in his administration, the NGIA built a model of the facility with a removable roof, according to two officials. To help Trump grasp the size of the facility, the NGIA briefers built a miniature version New York’s Statue of Liberty to scale and put it inside the model.

Intelligence officials from multiple agencies later warned Trump that entrances at the facility that had been closed after the summit could still be reopened. But the president has ignored the agencies’ warnings and has exaggerated the steps North Korea has taken to shutter the facility, those officials and two others say. That is a particular concern now, ahead of a possible second summit with the Kim Jong-Un later this month.

The briefers’ concerns are spread across multiple areas of expertise. Two briefers worry that a summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping could produce a trade agreement that the President can trumpet but that fails to address China’s espionage, its theft of intellectual property that ranges from circuit boards to soybean hybrids, its military buildup, and its geopolitical ambition.

Three other officials worry about what one of them calls “precipitous troop withdrawals” from Syria and Afghanistan and a peace deal with the Taliban that in time would leave the extremist Islamic group back in charge and wipe out the gains made in education, women’s rights and governance since the U.S. invaded the country more than 17 years ago.

For now, the briefers are heartened by the intelligence community leaders who risked Trump’s ire by contradicting him in public testimony this week.

The danger, one former intelligence official said, is that those leaders and other intelligence briefers may eventually stop taking such risks in laying out the facts for the President.

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Post by annemarie on Sat 02 Feb 2019, 20:03

He thinks he knows everything and knows nothing.

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Post by Donnamarie on Sat 09 Feb 2019, 01:53

Regarding the Bezos/Pecker story I was reading an article in ‘The Washington Post’ yesterday about Bezos’ security guy and the point person for the AMI investigation.  Maybe others here have heard of Gavin de Becker but I hadn’t.  He has quite an impressive reputation and has provided security for many celebrities over the years and worked for the Justice Department.  He had a horrible and abusive childhood living in LA.  His mother killed herself when he was a teenager.  Without going into too much detail he ended up knowing Miguel Ferrer and eventually met Rosemary Clooney.  She heard his story and invited him to live in her home.  He eventually went on to become her road manager.  Can’t imagine George doesn’t know him.
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Post by LizzyNY on Sat 09 Feb 2019, 02:55

Donnamarie - I don't know why, but his name seems very familiar. I think you're right. George must know him. Maybe he even gave George advice on how to manage his own security.
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Post by annemarie on Sat 09 Feb 2019, 10:12

My guess is that George's security comes from De Beckers company.

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Post by party animal - not! on Sun 10 Feb 2019, 13:52

Well, here's his company and what they do.

https://gdba.com/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zNtXjIiJ0PU

I see George's usual security man was there last night - he works for many of them

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Post by annemarie on Sun 10 Feb 2019, 13:56

George's usual security seems to be working for Jennifer he has been with her while she films and he was with her in the photos last night.

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Post by Donnamarie on Mon 11 Feb 2019, 04:28

annemarie wrote:George's usual security seems to be working for Jennifer he has been with her while she films and he was with her in the photos last night.

Do you mean the bald guy in the blue shirt?  Thought I recognized him as George’s usual security guy.  I didn’t recognize the guy driving Amal, George and friend from Jen’s party.
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Post by party animal - not! on Mon 11 Feb 2019, 14:06


Thursday is the anniversary of the Parkland shooting - and I'm willing to bet that we'll be hearing a lot more about it then.

And I'm also willing to bet that a certain couple will be continuing to back and mentor them in every way that they can...........and I suspect they are not alone

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Post by annemarie on Mon 11 Feb 2019, 14:12

Yes the bald guy is his guard.

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Post by annemarie on Wed 13 Feb 2019, 02:40

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6696853/Donald-Trump-Jr-slammed-saying-loser-teachers-spreading-socialism.html

[size=34]Donald Trump Jr. is slammed by educators for claiming 'loser teachers' indoctrinate American children with 'socialism from birth'[/size]


  • Donald Trump Jr encouraged young conservatives to 'keep up' the fight against socialism in their schools at a Trump rally in El Paso, Texas on Monday

  • 'You don't have to be indoctrinated by these loser teachers that are trying to sell you on socialism from birth. You don't have to do it,' he told the crowd  

  • His comments were quickly blasted on Twitter by liberals and teachers who argued students are taught 'social responsibility' and 'civic duty'  


By KAREN RUIZ FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 15:56 EST, 12 February 2019 | UPDATED: 16:33 EST, 12 February 2019

     




Donald Trump Jr has been slammed on social media after claiming 'loser teachers' are brainwashing young Americans 'from birth' with socialism.
The president's eldest son spoke to a crowd of Trump supporters at a rally in El Paso, Texas on Monday night, encouraging young conservatives to 'keep up' the fight against leftist policies at their schools.
'Keep up that fight, bring it to your schools. You don't have to be indoctrinated by these loser teachers that are trying to sell you on socialism from birth. You don't have to do it,' Trump Jr said drawing cheers and applause from the crowd. 


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Donald Trump Jr encouraged young conservatives to 'keep up' the fight against socialism in their schools saying they don't have to be 'indoctrinated by these loser teachers'
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President Trump drew an estimated 16,000 people to his rally in El Paso on Monday - claiming victory in his battle with Democratic upstart Beto O'Rourke. The arena held 6,500, but there was a large crowd outside which saw the speech on big screens
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Several teachers, including user @kybluebird77 hit out at Don Jr saying students are taught 'social responsibility' and 'civic duty'
The 41-year-old also expressed his joy over seeing young Republicans standing up for their beliefs which he said 'is not easy.'  

Although he received praise at the rally, Don Jr's comments were quickly blasted on Twitter by Democrats and teachers who slammed him for criticizing 'hardworking' educators.  
'Teachers do not indoctrinate kids. It's called learning. Academics, teamwork, social skills and - now - lock down drills. Not socialism, survival thru human compassion and kindness,' one Twitter user, Elizabeth Doyle said. 
Several teachers, including user @kybluebird77 blasted Don Jr's comments saying: 'Hey Jr., I've been teaching for 15 years and never once have I witnessed the teaching of socialism! I have however witnessed the teaching of RESPONSIBILITY, EQUALITY, AND CIVIC DUTY, as in it's our right to vote someone in that's not a complete idiot!!'
Twitter user Brett Rose echoed those sentiments suggesting students are taught how to be socially responsible, not to subscribe to political beliefs. 


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'I think little Donald here is getting socialism confused with "social responsibility." One is a political theory, and the other is how decent people should act,' he tweeted.     
'My hat is off to all the "Loser" teachers who spend their lives working hard to teach our children to be critical thinkers, to weigh the evidence before them, to recognize that #factsmatter, and to call bullsh!t on the bullsh!tters,' another said. 
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Twitter user Brett Rose echoed those sentiments suggesting students are taught how to be socially responsible, not how to subscribe to political beliefs
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Don Jr has been a vocal critic of the new wave of 'democratic socialism' taking over the Democratic party. 
While on stage, he also took the chance to ridicule the Green New Deal which has been mainly supported by New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio Cortez. 
'I see the Green New Deal,' Don Jr said before pausing to laugh. 
'We're gonna ban airline travel, we're gonna ban the internal combustion engine. We're gonna let people who just don't wanna work, we're gonna take care of them anyway. And it's all gonna pay for themselves,' he mocked. 
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Trump, who chose the border town as the venue for a rally to drum up support for his promised wall along the frontier with Mexico, spoke at the El Paso County Coliseum on Monday

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Post by annemarie on Wed 13 Feb 2019, 18:14

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6701227/Bill-Cosby-compares-Nelson-Mandela-Gandhi-comment-prison.html

[size=34]Bill Cosby speaks out for the first time from prison as he compares himself to Nelson Mandela and Gandhi and says is a 'political prisoner' put in jail for 'trying to humanize all races, genders and religions'[/size]


  • 'My political beliefs, my actions of trying to humanize all races, genders and religions landed me in this place surrounded by barb wire fencing,' said Cosby

  • He said his 'temporary residence resembles the quarters of some of the greatest political prisoners - Martin Luther King, Jr., Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela'

  • Cosby, speaking out from prison for the first time , said he has 'no remorse' for his actions and should never have been put on trial

  • This comes after Cosby's spokesperson Andrew Wyatt said that the disgraced actor was having an 'amazing time' in prison 

  • Cosby, 81, is behind bars waiting to hear if the court will accept his appeal after he was sentenced to serve at least three years for aggravated sexual assault 

  • He claim that the judge in his case was 'corrupt' and the district attorney was a 'low life' 


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PUBLISHED: 12:37 EST, 13 February 2019 UPDATED: 13:10 EST, 13 February 2019



     

     

     

     

     
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Bill Cosby is once again speaking out from behind bars, and comparing himself to three of the most respected non-violent political protesters in history.  
In his statement, Cosby compares his time in prison to the sentences of Nelson Mandela and Gandhi while at the same time saying he has no remorse for any of his actions.
'Here’s why I, have "no" remorse and will never have remorse. I was given a deal; I settled out of court for $3.8 million dollars; I waived my 5th amendment rights; I was declared Not Guilty in 2005 by the Commonwealth - never charged,' said Cosby in his first comments from prison, which were relayed through his spokesperson Andrew Wyatt.
'However, a low-life District Attorney and a corrupt Judge needed me Guilty now. Not for justice, but for their political aspirations. They say, Mr. Cosby you must attend these classes. Why? One word. Entrapment!' 

This comes one day after Wyatt told NBC 10 that Cosby was having an 'amazing experience' in prison, where he exercises daily at 3:30am, has cut bread and coffee from his diet and rises his food with water to lower his sodium intake.  
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J-A-I-L-O: 'My political beliefs, my actions of trying to humanize all races, genders and religions landed me in this place surrounded by barb wire fencing,' said Cosby (mugshot above)
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Compare: He said his 'temporary residence resembles the quarters of some of the greatest political prisoners - Martin Luther King, Jr., Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela' (Mandela above in 2004)
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Peaceful: Cosby, speaking out from prison for the first time , said he has 'no remorse' for his actions and should never have been put on trial (Gandhi above in 1931)
Cosby goes on to explain why he believes these public officials were so eager to put him behind bars.
'My political beliefs, my actions of trying to humanize all races, genders and religions landed me in this place surrounded by barb wire fencing, a room made of steel and iron,' explained Cosby.
'So, I now have a temporary residence that resembles the quarters of some of the Greatest Political Prisoners - Martin Luther King, Jr., Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, Randal Robinson, and Dr. Benjamin Chavis.'
He then closed out by declaring: 'I stand upright as a Political Prisoner and I Smile. The Truth is Strong!' 

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Cosby is currently serving a three- to 10-year sentence at the State Correctional Institute Phoenix in Collegeville after a jury found him guilty on three counts of aggravated indecent assault for a 2004 incident in which Andrea Constand alleged that she was drugged and sexually molested by Cosby at his Pennsylvania home.
The 81-year-old actor has never denied Constand's allegations, but argues that he was promised immunity from charges when he agreed to a settlement in the case and agreed to give a deposition.
In that deposition, Cosby confessed to obtaining Quaaludes to give to women.  
'When you got the Quaaludes, was it in your mind that you were going to use these Quaaludes for young women that you wanted to have sex with?' one of the attorneys asked Cosby.
'Yes,' said the actor. 
He was then asked: 'Did you ever give any of those young women the Quaaludes without their knowledge?'
That is when his lawyer objected and ordered Cosby not to answer.
This statement from Cosby sounds remarkably similar to an interview Wyatt did with NNPA Newswire and radio host Frankie Darcell of WDAS that was published by The Washington Informer. 
Much of that interview was devoted to what Wyatt and Cosby's publicist Ebonee Benson see as an unjust arrest and conviction that would have never occurred were Cosby not black.
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Leading the blind: This comes after Cosby's spokesperson Andrew Wyatt (above with Cosby) said that the disgraced actor was having an 'amazing time' in prison
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'He has been able to speak with other inmates about their situation and impart advice,' said Wyatt.
'Mr. Cosby loves hearing other stories of the inmates whom he calls residents. It’s that psychology part of him that takes them into his laboratory. He tells them, "You don’t have to swear or curse, this is what you do." He’s doing what he always have on the lecture circuit.'
Wyatt did not explain how Cosby did that however, since he was removed from the general population at that time.
'Mr. Cosby said Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr. and Nelson Mandela helped him prepare for this chapter of his life,' added Wyatt.
'He said they told him that if he was going to continue to fight for civil rights, something like this was bound to happen and he’s been prepared for it and he knows he’s in prison not for rape, but for infidelity. He knows he’s innocent and he’s kept his head up.'
What also revealed that Cosby had grown a beard and gave more information about his living conditions.
'He said the bed lies on thick steel or concrete and he’s allowed to make phone calls, but he’s still being assessed right now so he’s not in general population,' revealed Wyatt.
'He follows the rules and respects the guards. They’ve given him a cane and, because he’s blind, they have a trustee to help him.'  [/size]

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Post by carolhathaway on Wed 13 Feb 2019, 20:04

Well, everybody has the right for an own opinion..
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Post by LizzyNY on Wed 13 Feb 2019, 20:13

This is just totally bizarre. I wonder if they tested him for mental competence. It seems like he and drumpf are living in the same alternate fact-free universe.
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Post by carolhathaway on Thu 14 Feb 2019, 06:43

As long as he's the only person who hares his opinion, I don't care. But he's vilifying his victims, and that's simply not fair. Not to mention all those civil-rights activists he mentioned, I don't think they would be too happy to be named with him...
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Post by Way2Old4Dis on Thu 14 Feb 2019, 14:35

Equal parts dementia and narcissism.

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Post by annemarie on Sun 17 Feb 2019, 12:46

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6713599/Trump-demands-Europe-lock-800-ISIS-fighters-captured-Syria.html

[size=34]Trump demands Europe 'take back' and lock up 800 ISIS fighters captured in Syria or he warns the US will be forced to release the terrorists to 'permeate Europe'[/size]


  • President Trump tweeted a warning late Saturday to European allies

  • Trump urged Europe to put on trial returning ISIS fighters from Syria

  • There are an estimated 800 ISIS fighters from more than 40 countries in Syria

  • Comes as UK officials argue on what to do with Shamima Begum, 19, who left her London home to fight with ISIS but now pregnant wants to go back to Britain  

  • Once U.S. withdraws from Syria, these fighters will likely seek to return home 


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PUBLISHED: 23:42 EST, 16 February 2019 | UPDATED: 03:55 EST, 17 February 2019

     



President Trump wants America's European allies to put more than 800 ISIS fighters captured in Syria on trial. 
'The United States is asking Britain, FranceGermany and other European allies to take back over 800 ISIS fighters that we captured in Syria and put them on trial,' the president tweeted late Saturday.
'The Caliphate is ready to fall. The alternative is not a good one in that we will be forced to release them.'
Trump continued: 'The U.S. does not want to watch as these ISIS fighters permeate Europe, which is where they are expected to go.

'We do so much, and spend so much - Time for others to step up and do the job that they are so capable of doing. We are pulling back after 100% Caliphate victory!' 
The President's warning comes as British officials remain divided on how to deal with terrorists who leave the country to fight with ISIS, sparking debate throughout Europe and across the Atlantic. 
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President Trump (seen at the White House on Friday) warned European allies of ISIS fighters 'permeating' the continent
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'The United States is asking Britain, France, Germany and other European allies to take back over 800 ISIS fighters that we captured in Syria and put them on trial,' the president tweeted late Saturday
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Trump is referring to the '800 foreign terrorist fighters' that are now being held by the American-backed, Kurdish-dominated Syria Democratic Forces
Trump is referring to the '800 foreign terrorist fighters' that are now being held by the American-backed, Kurdish-dominated Syria Democratic Forces.

The ISIS members come from 'over 40 countries,' the Pentagon told CNN earlier this month.
Many of these ISIS fighters come from European countries, and the Kurdish-led SDF wants these nations to take their nationals off their hands.
But with American forces about to withdraw from Syria, there is concern as to what will happen to these detainees if Turkey - as expected - attacks Kurdish-held areas.
American officials have asked the Europeans to repatriate the citizens that are being held in detention in Syria.
But these governments have been hesitant to do so because of the limited evidence they have to use in a court of law proving their membership in ISIS.
It comes as the UK Government remains divided on what to do with the east London teenage ISIS bride hoping to return to Britain after falling pregnant for the third time.
Shamima Begum, of Bethnal Green, says she doesn't regret her time in the Caliphate but wants to come home to bring up her child.  
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There are more than 800 ISIS fighters in custody of U.S.-backed forces in Syria. European governments will have to decide how to repatriate their nationals who joined ISIS. British PM Theresa May (left) and French President Emmanuel Macron (right) are seen above
The Trump administration is warning that repatriating ISIS members without putting them on trial would lead to a surge in attacks.   
European governments are internally divided over what to do with suspected ISIS jihadis and their relatives who are returning from the battlefield.
The British government is being urged to allow a pregnant teenager who ran away from home to join ISIS to return to the United Kingdom. 
Shamima Begum's family issued a statement appealing for government assistance 'as a matter of urgency.' 
Begum, now 19, resurfaced this week at a refugee camp in Syria where she gave an interview to the Times of London saying she didn't regret her decision, but wanted to come home.
'Given Shamima's four-year ordeal, we are concerned that her mental health has been affected by everything that she has seen and endured,' the family said in a statement to Britain's ITV, describing her words as those of child who had been groomed by ISIS recruiters.
Begum was one of a group of schoolgirls from London's Bethnal Green neighborhood who went to Syria to marry ISIS fighters in 2015 at a time when the group's online recruitment program lured many impressionable young people to its self-proclaimed caliphate.
Her comments raise larger questions about how Western societies will deal with others who joined ISIS, but want to return to their home countries now that the extremist group is on the verge of collapse.
Though it is unclear whether Begum has committed any crime, her apparent lack of remorse has triggered criticism from many who believe her decision makes her a permanent pariah in Britain.
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The British government is being urged to allow Shamima Begum (right), a pregnant teenager who ran away from home to join ISIS, to return to the United Kingdom. She is seen left going through security at Gatwick airport before catching a flight to Turkey in 2015 to join the ISIS
The head of Britain's MI6 security service, Alex Younger, has warned that Britons returning from ISIS-held territory are likely to have acquired 'potentially very dangerous' skills and connections.
Though he didn't comment on the Begum case, Younger said that while U.K. nationals have a 'right' to come home, public safety was the first priority.
Home Secretary Sajid Javid told the Times he 'will not hesitate' to prevent the return of Britons who 'supported terrorist organizations abroad.' 
But others have appealed for mercy, noting Begum's age when she fled.
Though the family said they were 'shocked' by her comments, they said she should 'be returned to the U.K. and be dealt with under the British justice system.'
'The welfare of Shamima's unborn baby is of paramount concern to our family, and we will do everything within our power to protect that baby who is entirely blameless in these events,' they said in the statement. 
'Shamima's child who will also be British has every right as a total innocent to have the chance to grow up in the peace and security of this home.' 

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Post by party animal - not! on Sun 17 Feb 2019, 14:01

Well, I think it's an international law that says you have to bring them back at some point if they are British, French, American, whatever - but diplomacy is usually the key!! No doubt there are numerous intelligence people out there checking everything - yet another headline for Mr Trump's so-called base, that's all.

Mike Pence got a great reception at the Munich Security Conference where most of the world's leaders are meeting at the moment! Watch......

https://www.businessinsider.com/pence-greetings-from-trump-silence-munich-security-conference-2019-2?r=US&IR=T

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Post by carolhathaway on Sun 17 Feb 2019, 20:01

I know that there are ongoing discussions in Germany about German ISIS fighters who demand to return to Germany after having been imprisoned and entenced to prison. They have to be taken back as long as they are German citizens. But they lose their citizenship after becoming soldiers of several countries. The problem is that ISIS doesn't represent a recognized country...

But there are not just ISIS fighters but also young women who went to Iraq to become ISIS brides, married fighters and had children with them, are now imprisoned in Iraq with their kids.
They all demand to return to Germany and claim they didn't know that ISIS really killed others etc. Either very naive or dangerous...
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Post by LizzyNY on Sun 17 Feb 2019, 20:18

Or both. It is inconceivable to me that these girls (now women) didn't realize they had joined a bunch of murderers until ISIS was losing ground. Now they want to come home? IMO, not because they've had a change of heart but because ISIS is losing and they're afraid of what will happen to them if they stay where they are. I wouldn't trust them as far as I can throw the Statue of Liberty!
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Post by party animal - not! on Sun 17 Feb 2019, 21:06

Here's the latest interview from the girl who wants to come home:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6714069/British-ISIS-bride-Shamima-Begum-gives-birth-baby-refugee-camp.html

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Post by annemarie on Sun 17 Feb 2019, 21:35

Sympathy for her , yeah nope. You chose to go there .

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Post by Donnamarie on Sun 17 Feb 2019, 22:02

It’s really hard to have sympathy for these young women  who were willing to condone the heinous acts of ISIS as they embraced their new lives with these men.  I don’t know what would be the right way to handle the return of these women back to their home countries.  I feel like they need to be placed in some sort of structured environment...something like a halfway house and under the supervision of psychiatrists and social workers.  Whatever indoctrination these women may have experienced while living with ISIS fighters should be sorted through and hopefully they could be resocialized.  Just a thought ....
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Post by party animal - not! on Sun 17 Feb 2019, 22:26

Very true - and I would not want to be the one responsible for making such decisions - but hopefully a very safe free of propoganda environment would be the best. There are such places here and they've featured on many a channel's news lately, Donnamarie.

The difference between this incident and the Clooneys' caring and help for Hazim (see the last tv interview post) is just stunning to me.

I wonder what they're thinking

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Post by LizzyNY on Mon 18 Feb 2019, 00:16

As I see it this girl is only the tip of the iceberg. Whatever happens with her will surely influence what happens with the others who will now want to repatriate. What to do with people like her husband?

Is there actual evidence that can be brought into court to prosecute them for what they did while serving ISIS? If there is nothing specific to each individual, do they get a pass? Do they thumb their noses at us and say "Prove it"? Do they get to come back home and live as if nothing has happened? And does anyone believe they'll leave their ISIS beliefs behind in Syria?

This girl may have been a child when she left, but she isn't one now. My only sympathy is for her child.
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Post by annemarie on Mon 18 Feb 2019, 00:31

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6714901/Trumps-government-ASKED-Japans-prime-minister-nominate-Nobel-Peace-Prize.html

[size=34]REVEALED: Japan's PM nominated Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize only after the White House ASKED him to do so following the president's summit with Kim Jong-un[/size]


  • President said Friday that Japan's PM sent a letter to the Nobel Peace Prize committee nominating him because of his work on North Korea 

  • Japanese newspaper now reports that someone in the Trump administration lobbied Shinzō Abe to submit his name

  • Abe made the nomination, citing Trrump's efforts to bring stability to the Korean peninsula in the midst of saber-rattling nuclear threats from Pyongyang 

  • Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un will have their second summit this month in Vietnam

  • President said he will 'probably never get' the prestigious prize and snarked about Barack Obama winning it in his first year as president

  • 'He didn’t even know what he got it for. He was there for about 15 seconds and he got the Nobel Prize,' Trump sniffed

  • A former Nobel official wrote in his 2015 memoir that the committee regretted that decision because people thought he hadn't yet done anything deserving


By DAVID MARTOSKO, U.S. POLITICAL EDITOR FOR DAILYMAIL.COM and WIRES
PUBLISHED: 15:16 EST, 17 February 2019 | UPDATED: 18:10 EST, 17 February 2019

     




Donald Trump's administration asked Japan's prime minister Shinzō Abe to nominate him for a Nobel Peace Prize after he and North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un met for a historic summit, according to a Japanese newspaper.
Trump boasted Friday during a White House Rose Garden press event that Abe had handed him 'the most beautiful copy' of a five-page letter about the nomination but concluded 'I'll probably never get it.'
The request came during the fall, months after the Trump-Kim summit in Singapore on June 12, according to the newspaper Asahi Shimbun.
Abe ultimately submitted Trump's name, citing his efforts to defuse decades-long tensions on the Korean peninsula.

'He said, "I have nominated you, respectfully, on behalf of Japan. I am asking them to give you the Nobel Peace Prize",' Trump told reporters on Friday. 'I said thank you.'
'Many other people feel that way, too. I'll probably never get it. That's okay,' he said.
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President Donald Trump claimed Friday that his Japanese counterpart nominated him for the Nobel Peace Prize
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A Japanese newspaper now reports that someone in Trump's administration asked Prime Minister Shinzō Abe to submit the president's name to the Nobel committee


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It's unclear how common it is for governments to lobby each others' leaders for award endorsements.
The Japanese Embassy in Washington did not respond to a request for comment on Sunday. The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Trump has made strides in opening talks with North Korea, saying consistently that the hermit kingdom's belligerence should have been countered by his predecessors.
Last year's meeting was the first between a sitting American president and a North Korean head of state.
A spokesman for Japan's Foreign Ministry in Tokyo told Reuters that it was aware of Trump's remarks but 'would refrain from commenting on the interaction between the two leaders.'
The Nobel Foundation's website says a nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize may be submitted by any person who meets the nomination criteria, which includes current heads of states.
Under the foundation's rules, names and other information about unsuccessful nominations cannot be disclosed for 50 years.
But that wall of silence has been ineffective in at least one recent instance.
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Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, pictured last year during their first summit in Singapore, will meet for a second time later this month; in his Nobel nomination, Abe cited the president's efforts to bring stability to the Korean peninsula amid nuclear saber-rattling
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Former President Barack Obama posed with his Nobel Peace Prize on Dec. 10, 2009, less than a year into his presidency; a Nobel official later said the committee regretted giving him the prestigious award

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The former non-voting secretary of the Nobel Peace Prize committee said in 2015 that members regretted giving the prestigious award to former president Barack Obama in 2009, less than a year into his first term.
Geir Lundestad told the Associated Press that the committee had hoped the prize would strengthen Obama, but instead it was met with ridicule since he hadn't yet had a significant impact on global affairs.
'No Nobel Peace Prize ever elicited more attention than the 2009 prize to Barack Obama,' Lundestad wrote in his memoir.
'Even many of Obama's supporters believed that the prize was a mistake. In that sense the committee didn't achieve what it had hoped for.'
Trump noted on Friday that 'they gave it to Obama.'
'He didn't even know what he got it for. He was there for about 15 seconds and he got the Nobel Prize. He said, "Oh, what did I get it for?"'
The surprising anecdote came as he hailed Pyongyang's 'tremendous' economic potential and his 'great relationship' with Kim ahead of a second scheduled summit between the two leaders late next week.



Trump also took a second dig at Barack Obama, suggesting his predecessor had been close to going to war with the nuclear-armed state.
Recalling a conversation he had with Obama shortly before his inauguration, Trump said: 'I don't want to speak for him but I believe he would have gone to war with North Korea.'
'I think he was ready to go to war, he told me he was so close to starting a big war with North Korea. Where are we now? No missiles, no rockets, no nuclear testing.'
'We've learned a lot. But much more importantly than all of it – much more important, much, much more important than that – is we have a great relationship. I have a very good relationship with Kim Jong-un. And I've done a job.'
Trump also ran through some of the highlights of the fiery rhetoric he and Kim exchanged in 2017 when tensions between the two countries were skyrocketing.
'It was a very tough dialogue at the beginning: "fire and fury," "total annihilation," "my button is bigger than yours",' he recalled.
'People said "Trump is crazy." And you know what it ended up being? A very good relationship. I like him a lot and he likes me a lot. Nobody else would have done that. The Obama administration couldn't have done it.'

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Post by annemarie on Mon 18 Feb 2019, 16:02

Here is another one who wants to come home to Alabama

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6716445/US-ISIS-bride-called-Memorial-Day-terror-attack-begs-allowed-back.html

[size=34]'I made a big mistake': American ISIS bride who called for terror attacks at Memorial Day parades and has married three jihadi fighters begs the US to let her go back to Alabama[/size]


  • Hoda Muthana, 24, left Hoover, Alabama in 2014, in order to join ISIS in Syria

  • Married thrice and called for US Muslims to launch terror attacks on social media

  • She recently fled ISIS's 'final front line' and is now in a refugee camp in Syria

  • She is begging to be allowed to return to the US, saying she 'made a big mistake'


By SARA MALM FOR MAILONLINE
PUBLISHED: 04:36 EST, 18 February 2019 | UPDATED: 05:06 EST, 18 February 2019

     



An American jihadi bride living in a refugee camp after fleeing ISIS's last stand in Syria is begging the US to allow her to return home.
Hoda Muthana, 24, left Hoover, Alabama in 2014, in order to join ISIS in Syria, where she would later call for US Muslims to 'spill all of the blood' by launching terror attacks during Memorial Day events.
Now, having lost two of her three jihadi fighter husbands and living in a squalid refugee camp, she claims to have been brainwashed and made a 'big mistake' when she travelled to Syria.
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Remorseful: Hoda Muthana, 24, pictured in her high school year book in 2012, left the US to join ISIS in 2014 and as well as marry three jihadi fighters, she would go on to call for American Muslims to launch terror attacks on 'Veterans, Patriot, Memorial etc Day parades' [sic]
Ms Muthana was 19 years old when she left the US and headed to Raqqa in Syria where she would first marry an Australian jihadist and then a Tunisian man. Both died fighting for ISIS, and she recently married a Syrian, The Guardian reveals.

During her time as a jihadi bride in ISIS's then-capital Raqqa in Syria, she would use social media to spread hatred against non-Muslims and call for terror attacks in the US.


In a 2015 tweet she wrote: 'You have much to do while you live under our greatest enemy, enough of your sleeping!
'Go on drive-bys and spill all of their blood, or rent a big truck and drive all over them. Veterans, Patriot, Memorial etc Day parades..go on drive by's + spill all of their blood or rent a big truck n drive all over them. Kill them.' [sic] 
Now, she is living in the tent-city that is al-Hol - also known as al-Hawl - a refugee camp in northern Syria some 200 miles away from ISIS's 'last front' near the village of Baghouz by the Iraqi border. 
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Muthana, pictured while in high school, says she 'deeply regrets' leaving the US, and that she believed she was doing what was right according to Islam because she had been brainwashed

Speaking to The Guardian, Ms Muthana claims she 'deeply regrets' leaving the US, and that she believed she was doing what was right according to Islam.
'I thought I was doing things correctly for the sake of God,' adding that she now believes she 'misunderstood' her faith.
'I was really young and ignorant and I was 19 when I decided to leave.'
At the time when she left, her family pleaded with her to come home and in an interview with BuzzFeed, her father said she had been 'brainwashed'. 
The 24-year-old former University of Alabama student says she is worried about the future of her young child, a boy called Adam whose father is her second ISIS husband, and is begging the US and her family for forgiveness.
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Shamima Begum (pictured in her passport photo, and right before she left aged 15) is now 19 and is alive in Syria - she wants to return to the UK
'I believe that America gives second chances. I want to return and I’ll never come back to the Middle East. America can take my passport and I wouldn’t mind.'
Ms Muthana is one of more than 25,000 displaced people who have turned up in al-Hol in recent weeks as US-backed forces closed in on ISIS's final sliver of territory in the Euphrates Valley, 200 miles away from the camp.
Another western ISIS bride living in the camp is 19-year-old Shamima Begum, who was just 15 when she and two classmates Kadiza Sultana and Amira Abase travelled from London's Bethnal Green to Syria in February 2015.
Begum, like Ms Muthana, is pleading with authorities to be allowed to return to her home country as she fears for the future of her son.
Conditions in the camp are better than on the road, but the makeshift tents, overcrowding and sparse resources pose a great health risk to children, with at least 29 dying in al-Hol in the past two months, mainly because of hypothermia, the World Health Organization (WHO) said earlier this month.

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Post by LizzyNY on Mon 18 Feb 2019, 16:04

facepalm No comment!
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Post by annemarie on Tue 19 Feb 2019, 10:48

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6719607/Alabama-newspaper-editorial-wants-Ku-Klux-Klan-night-ride-order-clean-D-C.html

[size=34]Outrage after Alabama newspaper editor calls for the KKK to 'clean out DC' by lynching 'socialist-communists'[/size]


  • Goodloe Sutton is the publisher of the Democrat-Reporter, in Linden, Alabama

  • He wrote an editorial last Thursday which called for the return of the KKK

  • Sutton wrote the editorial, in which he called for the KKK to 'night ride again' against 'Democrats plotting to raise taxes in America'

  • He said the Klan should 'clean out D.C.' by lynching 'socialist-communists' 

  • The newspaper clip was spotted and posted online on Monday by student journalists at Auburn University 

  • Sutton has a history of printing racist headlines and content

  • Senator Doug Jones of Alabama and Congresswoman Terri Sewell demanded that Sutton resign 


By ARIEL ZILBER FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 01:38 EST, 19 February 2019 | UPDATED: 01:54 EST, 19 February 2019

     





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Goodloe Sutton, the publisher of the Democrat-Reporter in Linden, Alabama, wrote an editorial last week calling for the return of the Ku Klux Klan
The editor of a rural Alabama newspaper is facing calls to resign after he published an editorial wishing for ‘the Ku Klux Klan to night ride again’ against ‘Democrats [who] are plotting to raise taxes in America'.
Goodloe Sutton, the publisher of the Democrat-Reporter in Linden wrote that he wanted the KKK to 'clean out D.C.' by 'lynching'. 
‘If we could get the Klan to go up there and clean out D.C., we'd all been better off,’ Sutton wrote.

When asked to specify what he meant by ‘clean out D.C.,’ Sutton brought up lynching.
‘We'll get the hemp ropes out, loop them over a tall limb and hang all of them,’ Sutton said.
Sutton confirmed writing the editorial that appeared in last Thursday's newspaper to the Montgomery Advertiser. 
He was then asked if it was appropriate for a newspaper publisher to call for the lynching of Americans.
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'Time for the Ku Klux Klan to night ride again’ against ‘Democrats [who] are plotting to raise taxes in America,’ Sutton wrote in the editorial
‘It's not calling for the lynchings of Americans,’ Sutton said.
‘These are socialist-communists we're talking about. Do you know what socialism and communism is?’
The editorial which Sutton wrote read: ‘Democrats in the Republican Party and Democrats are plotting to raise taxes in Alabama.
‘They do not understand how to eliminate expenses when money is needed in other areas.
‘This socialist-communist ideology sounds good to the ignorant, the uneducated, and the simple-minded people.’ 



Sutton was asked if he agreed with the near-consensus view that the KKK was a racist and violent organization.
‘A violent organization? Well, they didn't kill but a few people,’ Sutton said.
‘The Klan wasn't violent until they needed to be.’
Sutton said that he did not know any members of the KKK who still lived nearby.
Most of them died out after the 1960s, he said. Sutton has worked at the newspaper since 1964. He inherited it from his father.
The editorial was first spotted and shared online on Monday by two student journalists at The Auburn Plainsman, Auburn University's newspaper.
‘As a newspaper editor myself it's disturbing to see this type of editorial printed,’ one of the journalists, Chip Brownlee, said via email.
‘Granted, I'm the editor of a student newspaper, but all newspapers should be held to the highest ethical and moral standards.
‘Editorials should be about new ideas, constructive criticism and opinion backed up by facts.
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The Ku Klux Klan is a 150-year-old white supremacist group which has historically terrorized blacks and other minorities through violence and intimidation, particularly in the American South
‘To call for the return of domestic terrorism - no matter its form - is counterproductive and wrong.
‘It's important to welcome and encourage differing opinions, but violence is never right.’
The Democrat-Reporter under the leadership of Sutton has a history of printing racist commentary.
Brownlee tweeted an old newspaper clip about a 9-year-old black girl who committed suicide after falling victim to racist bullying.
The headline read: ‘Westside Elementary 9-year-old from Linden ends her misery, life.’
The newspaper also ran a racist editorial about the controversial practice by NFL players who took a knee during the national anthem to protest police brutality.
‘Some of the news programs are making a big to-do about black football players kneeling in the stadiums, the editorial read.
‘That’s what black folks were taught to do two hundred years ago, kneel before a white man.
‘Is that it? Let them kneel!’
Senator Doug Jones of Alabama and U.S. House Rep. Terri Sewell demanded Sutton resign.
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Senator Doug Jones of Alabama tweeted on Monday: ‘OMG! What rock did this guy crawl out from under? This editorial is absolutely disgusting & he should resign - NOW!'
Jones tweeted on Monday: ‘OMG! What rock did this guy crawl out from under? This editorial is absolutely disgusting & he should resign - NOW!
‘I have seen what happens when we stand by while people - especially those with influence - publish racist, hateful views.
‘Words matter. Actions matter. Resign now!’
Sewell, an African-American woman elected to represent Alabama’s 7th Congressional District, tweeted: ‘For the millions of people of color who have been terrorized by white supremacy, this kind of “editorializing” about lynching is not a joke – it is a threat.
‘These comments are deeply offensive and inappropriate, especially in 2019.
‘Mr. Sutton should apologize and resign.’ 
The Ku Klux Klan is a 150-year-old white supremacist group which has historically terrorized blacks and other minorities through violence and intimidation, particularly in the American South. 
At its peak, the Klan numbered between 3 million and 6 million members nearly a century ago. Today, its influence is far less significant, with membership estimated to be only in the thousands.

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Post by Way2Old4Dis on Tue 19 Feb 2019, 13:22

Wow. Just... wow.

Besides being a racist f*ck, he writes like a 4th grader.

Another privileged White guy who failed up. They're going to be the death of us all.

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Post by LizzyNY on Tue 19 Feb 2019, 13:35

"membership numbers ONLY in the thousands"?!! That's thousands of racist sociopaths running loose in our country. Even one is one too many - and you can bet good money that most of them wear MAGA hats and are armed to the teeth! What a lovely world we live in! Evil or Very Mad Sad
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Post by party animal - not! on Wed 20 Feb 2019, 14:58

I was really hoping this would get huge coverage on the TV news channels.

But I'm not sure that it did.............

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Post by Donnamarie on Wed 20 Feb 2019, 15:07

Sadly it hasn’t here PAN. It may have been mentioned on one of the cable news channels but I missed it.  
There is so much going on with Trump and the overwhelming number of investigations going on that it’s hard to fit in all the other noteworthy news stories.  And honestly we all should be appalled by this racist idiot’s comments but so many people are becoming inured by the barrage of stories coming out of this administration and the Republican Party .... corruption, abuse of power bigotry, racism.
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Post by annemarie on Wed 20 Feb 2019, 16:09

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6725093/Trump-predicts-end-media-6-years-encourages-Covington-student-suing-Washington-Post.html

[size=34]Trump predicts the end of the media in 6 years as he encourages student suing the Washington Post over Covington coverage: 'Go get them Nick. Fake News!'[/size]


  • President Trump egged on a student suing the Washington Post over coverage of a confrontation in Washington with a Native American man 

  • Covington Catholic student Nick Sandmann, 16, claims the newspaper falsely accused him of racist acts and instigating a face-off with the activist 

  • The president quoted Sandmann's suit and said, 'Go get them Nick. Fake News!' 

  • In a another tweet, Trump who routinely harangues the Post and other news outlets he believes are biased, predicted the end of the media as an industry   

  • Sandmann was on field trip to Washington, D.C. on January 18 when he was filmed in confrontation with a drum-playing Native American elder

  • Activist Nathan Phillips, 64, claimed he'd been surrounded and abused by boys

  • Story went viral and brought hate raining on MAGA-hat wearing Sandmann for 'smirking' at Phillips and disrespecting him

  • But extensive video from the scene told a radically different story and Sandmann is suing for the amount owner Jeff Bezos paid for the paper


By FRANCESCA CHAMBERS, SENIOR WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT FOR DAILYMAIL.COM andREUTERS
PUBLISHED: 09:01 EST, 20 February 2019 | UPDATED: 09:45 EST, 20 February 2019

     



President Trump egged on a student a suing the Washington Post for its coverage of a confrontation in Washington with a Native American man that the teen says distorted reality.
Covington Catholic student Nick Sandmann, 16, is suing the Washington Post for defamation. He claims the newspaper falsely accused him of racist acts and instigating a face-off with a Native American activist in the January incident. 
Trump gave Sandmann is his backing on Wednesday morning after watching a segment on the lawsuit, and other inaccurate media stories, on 'Fox & Friends.'
The president quoted Sandmann's suit and said, 'Go get them Nick. Fake News!'

In a another tweet, Trump, who routinely harangues the Post and other news outlets he believes are biased, predicted the end of the media as an industry in a half-decade. 


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Covington Catholic student Nick Sandmann, 16, is suing the Washington Post for defamation
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The president quoted Sandmann's suit and said, 'Go get them Nick. Fake News!'
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Trump gave Sandmann is his backing on Wednesday morning after watching a segment on the lawsuit, and other inaccurate media stories, on ' Fox & Friends'
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In a another tweet, Trump, who routinely harangues the Post and other news outlets he believes are biased, predicted the end of the media as an industry in a half-decade
Trump often calls news outlets with which he has disputes 'fake news' and the 'enemy of the people' when he's particularly outraged.
The Washington Post is a favorite target of Trump's. The billionaire president has a beef with the paper's owner, Bezos, who happens to be significantly wealthier than him.
In a weekend tweet Trump repeated his claim that the media is not only 'rigged and corrupt' but the true 'enemy' of the American public. 
Tweeting on Wednesday amid an winter snow storm, he said: 'The Press has never been more dishonest than it is today. Stories are written that have absolutely no basis in fact. The writers don’t even call asking for verification. They are totally out of control. Sadly, I kept many of them in business. In six years, they all go BUST!'
Later in the morning he slammed another paper, The New York Times, for a report it ran on his conversations with recently departed acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker. 
The paper claimed that Trump asked Whitaker to interfere in the federal case against Michael Cohen, a former fixer for him who flipped to receive a reduced jail sentence. Trump says Cohen is making stories up to fulfill his end of the bargain.
Raging about the report on Twitter, which he'd called 'fake' to reporters the day before, Trump said, 'The New York Times reporting is false. They are a true ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE!'  
Possibly taking a page out of the litigious president's book, Sandmann is suing the Post over its reporting on his confrontation on the National Mall with a Native American elder. 
A viral video of the incident suggested that Sandmann was blocking the man's path, but subsequent video and testimony from Covington students called initial reporting into dispute.
The lawsuit, filed on Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Kentucky seeks $250 million in damages, the amount that Amazon founder Jeff Bezos paid for the Post in 2013.
The lawsuit claims that the newspaper 'wrongfully targeted and bullied' the teen to advance its bias against President Donald Trump because Sandmann is a white Catholic who wore a Make America Great Again souvenir cap on a school field trip to the March for Life pro-life rally in Washington, D.C. on January 18.
The Washington Post's Vice President for Communications Kristine Coratti Kelly said: 'We are reviewing a copy of the lawsuit and we plan to mount a vigorous defense.'
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Sandmann (left) was accused of 'taunting' Phillips (right) and blocking his path while 'smirking', when video showed that Phillips waded into the group of boys to confront them


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The Washington Post is a favorite target of Trump's. The billionaire president has a beef with the paper's owner, Bezos, who happens to be significantly wealthier than him
In a photo that went viral from the incident, Sandmann is seen standing face to face with Native American activist Nathan Phillips. Sandmann stares smiling at him while Phillips sings and plays his drum.
The incident sparked outrage on social media. In early articles, the Post reported that the schoolboys 'surrounded' and 'taunted' 64-year-old Phillips. 
The newspaper claimed that a 'smirking' Sandmann had stood in Phillip's path, blocking him from moving.
More extensive video of the events told a radically different story, showing the boys were subjected to racist abuse by a group of Black Hebrew Israelites, before Phillips waded into the group of students and banged his drum directly in Sandmann's face.
In a statement, Sandmann's Atlanta-based lawyer, Lin Wood, said additional similar lawsuits would be filed against other parties in the weeks ahead.
A private investigation firm retained by Covington Diocese in Park Hills, Kentucky, found in a report released last week no evidence the teenagers provoked a confrontation.
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Phillips (above) spread the claim that the boys had chanted 'build that wall' at him, when nothing of the kind could be found in extensive video of the incident
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Sandmann defended his actions in an interview, saying he meant no disrespect for Phillips and smiled because he thought it would diffuse the situation
The students were met at the Lincoln Memorial by offensive statements from members of the Black Hebrew Israelites, the report said.
The investigation also determined that the students did not direct any racist or offensive comments toward Phillips although several performed a 'tomahawk chop' to the beat of his drum.
Phillips claimed in a separate video that he heard the students chanting 'build that wall,' during the encounter, a reference to Trump's pledge to build a barrier along the U.S. border with Mexico.
The investigators said they found no evidence of such a chant and that Phillips did not respond to multiple attempts to contact him. 
In a letter to parents this week, Covington Bishop Roger Foys said the students 'were placed in a situation that was at once bizarre and even threatening'.


'The immediate world-wide reaction to the initial video led almost everyone to believe that our students had initiated the incident and the perception of those few minutes of video became reality,' the bishop wrote.  
Students told investigators that they felt Phillips was coming into their group to join their own cheers, which were meant to drown out insults from the Black Hebrew Israelites. 
They claimed that they were confused but did not feel threatened by Phillips, the report said.
'We found no evidence of racist statements to Mr. Phillips or members of his group,' the report said. 'Some students performed a "tomahawk chop" to the beat of Mr Phillips' drumming and some joined in Mr Phillips' chant.'
The investigators also reviewed related videos, including one made the same day in which a young person says: 'It's not rape if you enjoy it.' 
The investigators say they determined that person was not a Covington Catholic student.

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Post by annemarie on Thu 21 Feb 2019, 02:17

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6727041/Coast-Guard-lieutenant-arrested-arsenal-accused-plotting-massive-attack.html

[size=34]Coast Guard lieutenant, 49, 'built up an arsenal of weapons and was planning a mass terror attack with a "hit list" of prominent Democrats - including Nancy Pelosi and AOC - and journalists'[/size]


  • Christopher Paul Hasson was arrested after investigators claimed he was planning a massive domestic terror attack

  • Hasson had an online 'hit-list' that included prominent politicians and journalists including Nanci Pelosi, Alexandra Ocasia Cortez and Elizabeth Warren 

  • The suspect wanted to 'establish a white homeland' and dreamed of ways to 'kill almost every last person on earth' according to court documents

  • He was arrested on Friday and no longer works at Coast Guard headquarters

  • Authorities seized 15 firearms, including several long guns and rifles, and more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition from his basement apartment

  • He also read the manifesto of right-wing terrorist Anders Behring Breivik, who was responsible for two attacks in 2011 that killed 77 people in Norway


By LEAH MCDONALD FOR DAILYMAIL.COM and ASSOCIATED PRESS
PUBLISHED: 19:37 EST, 20 February 2019 | UPDATED: 21:05 EST, 20 February 2019

     





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Christopher Paul Hasson (pictured)  is due to appear on Thursday in federal court in Maryland after his arrest on gun and drug offenses
A U.S. Coast Guard Lieutenant was arrested after investigators claimed he was planning a domestic terror attack and had a 'hit-list' that included prominent Democrats and media figures.
Christopher Paul Hasson is due in court on Thursday in Maryland after he was arrested on gun and drug charges last week.
Prosecutors said that Hasson, a 49-year-old who lives in a basement apartment in Silver Spring, espoused extremist views for years. 

Court papers say Hasson drafted an email in June 2017 in which he wrote about an 'interesting idea' that included 'biological attacks followed by attack on food supply.'
Federal agents found 15 firearms and over 1,000 rounds of ammunition when Hasson was arrested. 
Prosecutors allege that he had compiled a list of prominent congressional Democrats, activists, and media commentators.
He is expected to appear before a judge for a detention hearing in federal court in Greenbelt at 1pm on Thursday.
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Federal investigators said that Christopher Hasson was stockpiling an arsenal of wesapons and planning to launch a terrorist attack targeting liberal politicians and journalists


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Hasson's attorney declined to comment on Wednesday. 
He  wanted to establish 'a white homeland' and dreamed of ways to 'kill almost every last person on earth,' according to court records filed in U.S. District Court in Maryland and seen by The Washington Post.  
It is understood that Hasson was gathering supplies and weapons since at least 2017 and had developed a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet of 'targets' that included Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
The list featured the names 'JOEY,' which prosecutors said was a reference to former Congressman Joe Scarborough and 'cortez,' which was an alleged reference to freshman U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. 
U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal and Beto O'Rourke were also on the target list, it is believed. 
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Hasson developed a spreadsheet of 'targets' that included Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (left) and Freshman congresswoman Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez (right)
Authorities seized 15 firearms, including several long-guns and rifles, and more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition from his cramped basement apartment after executing a search warrant this month. 
Over the last two years, he had bought nearly two dozen firearms and visited websites selling weapons or tactical gear thousands of times, sometimes using his work computer. 
Authorities said Hasson harbored extremist views for years. 
'The defendant is a domestic terrorist...'bent, on committing acts dangerous to human life that are intended to affect governmental conduct,' a court filing stated according to The Washington Post. 
The documents do not detail a specific planned date for an attack. However an investigation revealed he searched the Internet using phrases such as 'best place in dc to see congress people' and 'are supreme court justices protected.'
'The defendant intends to murder innocent civilians on a scale rarely seen in this country,' the government said in the court documents.
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Senator Richard Blumenthal (left) and Beto O'Rourke were also on Hasson's (right) hit-list 
He was arrested on illegal weapons and drug charges on Friday, but the government claimed that the charges merely represented 'tip of the iceberg.' 
Officials with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Maryland detailed that Hasson had planned to unleash destruction and violence in public places and against individuals in court documents.
Hasson was working at the U.S. Coast Guard headquarters in Washington since 2016, according to court documents filed by prosecutors. 
He also served in the U.S. Marine Corps between 1988 to 1993 and in the Army National Guard for about two years in the mid nineties, the filings state.
A Coast Guard spokesman, Lieutenant Commander Scott McBride, said Wednesday that Hasson no longer works at Coast Guard headquarters.
'An active duty Coast Guard member stationed at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C., was arrested last week on illegal weapons and drug charges as a result of an ongoing investigation led by Coast Guard Investigation Services, in cooperation with the FBI and the Dept. of Justice.' McBride told The Washington Post.
McBride declined to comment further citing the open investigation.
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Hasson had read the manifesto of right-wing terrorist Anders Behring Breivik, who was responsible for two attacks in 2011 that killed 77 people in Norway
It is not clear why federal agents began investigating investigating Hasson. 
But it is understood that he had been researching the manifesto of right-wing terrorist Anders Behring Breivik, who was responsible for two attacks in 2011 that killed 77 people  in Norway.
The manifesto outlined how Breivik orchestrated his attacks with the aim of providing a road-map for others planning similar terrorist operations, the U.S. court filings said.
Breivi had taken steroids and narcotics and he believed this would heighten his abilities to carry out attacks. 
When law enforcement raided Hasson’s apartment, they said they found a locked container loaded with more than 30 vials of human growth hormones, The Washington Post reported. 
It is understood that he ordered more than 4,200 pills of the narcotic Tramadol over a three year period.
He had also ordered a synthetic urine to allegedly bypass possible random drug screenings at work.

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Post by Donnamarie on Fri 22 Feb 2019, 01:53

We should be thankful that the FBI was a part of this investigation and caught this guy before anyone was killed.  This is the same FBI that Trump trashes anytime it gets in his way.  

I read tonight that this guy’s lawyer said that it isn’t a crime to think negative thoughts about people or doomsday scenarios.  Hmmm while stockpiling weapons and maintaining a hit list of Democrats and journalists...

Also bewildering is that this story didn’t come to light until several days after this guy was arrested.  It was the Justice Department’s responsibility to release the facts of the arrest to the public but the Department sat on it.  This story came to light from a private person.  Just wondering if another reveal of a possible hate crime by a white supremacist was not the kind of headline the Trumpster administration wanted to see.
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Post by LizzyNY on Fri 22 Feb 2019, 03:06

What do you want to bet Trump would've been on the front page of every paper screaming if the guy had been threatening Republicans? Not to mention the tweet-storm he would've unleashed. But because the guy targeted Democrats Trump has nothing to say.
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Post by annemarie on Fri 22 Feb 2019, 10:20

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6728159/N-Carolina-US-House-candidate-faces-questions-choices.html

[size=34]North Carolina election board orders NEW election for House seat as Republican candidate admits result is too tainted by 'fraud' to stand - after his own son testified against him[/size]


  •  The 9th congressional district in the state will have a new ballot, North Carolina State Board of Elections rules in 5-0 decision

  • Republican Mark Harris had appeared to be ahead but was faced with claims his campaign used firm which engaged in voter fraud

  • Harris gave up after three days of hearings and said that he believed a new election would be called - prompting the vote by the board

  • His own son had told testified that he told Harris the firm's methods were 'illegal'

  • No date was set for the new race and it is unclear if Harris will run 


By ASSOCIATED PRESS
PUBLISHED: 01:18 EST, 21 February 2019 | UPDATED: 21:05 EST, 21 February 2019



North Carolina's elections board ordered a new election in the nation's last undecided congressional race after reviewing evidence that it was tainted by absentee ballot fraud.
The board voted 5-0 on Thursday to hold a new race in the 9th Congressional District. It did not immediately set a schedule. 
The ruling came immediately after the Republican candidate in what remains the nation's last undecided congressional race abruptly dropped his bid to be declared the winner and instead called for a new election, after investigators detailed evidence of ballot fraud by political operatives working for him.
Mark Harris informed the North Carolina elections board of his decision on the fourth day of a hearing on whether to certify the results of the November contest - a day after his own son had taken the stand to say he had warned about the operatives' 'illegal' activities.

'Through the testimony I've listened to over the past three days, I believe a new election should be called,' he said. 
'It's become clear to me that the public's confidence in the 9th District seat general election has been undermined to an extent that a new election is warranted.'
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It's over: Mark Harris takes the oath before abruptly telling the North Carolina Elections Board that he was dropping his bid to be declared winner of the 9th District race and accepted the result was tainted by fraud allegations
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Family affair: John Harris, Mark Harris' son and a federal prosecutor, testified Wednesday that he had warned his father about illegal election activity




According to testimony and other findings detailed at the board hearing, Dowless conducted an illegal 'ballot harvesting' operation while working for Harris. Dowless and his assistants helped voters obtain absentee ballots and then gathered up the filled-in ballots from them by offering to put them in the mail, the board was told.
Dowless' workers in rural Bladen County testified that they were directed to collect blank or incomplete ballots from voters, forge signatures on them and even fill in votes for local candidates. It is generally against the law in North Carolina for anyone other than the voter or a family member to handle someone's completed ballot.
Earlier Thursday, Harris testified that Dowless had assured him that he wouldn't collect absentee ballots in violation of state law. 'I'll never forget. He said it again and again. He said, 'We do not take the ballot,'' Harris testified.
But on Wednesday his son had testified that his father ignored repeated warnings against hiring a shady political operator.
John Harris testified at the special state elections board hearing that he'd warned his father about Dowless' operation repeatedly since mid-2016.
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Reaction: Mark Harris, Republican candidate in North Carolina's 9th Congressional race, fought back tears at the conclusion of his son John Harris's testimony
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Strife: Beth Harris, the wife of Mark Harris, was present as her son testified against her husband
John Harris said his warnings were overridden because local Republicans recommended Dowless to Mark Harris. 
His parents met with Dowless in April 2017, when the operative insisted his method for maximizing mail-in vote results was legal and grounded in local relationships.
'I think they were lied to and they believed the person who lied to them,' John Harris said of his parents. 
'I will also say, they were weighing what I had provided in terms of analysis against other people that they respected who endorsed Mr. Dowless' behavior. Do I agree with their ultimate assessment? No. I thought what he was doing was illegal. And I was right.'
North Carolina's elections director said Monday that Dowless conducted an illegal and well-funded ballot-harvesting operation while working for Mark Harris during the 2018 election cycle. Dowless' workers in Bladen County testified at the special state elections board hearing that they were directed to forge signatures, collect blank or incomplete ballots voters handed over, and even fill in votes for local candidates who hadn't earned them.
Some Bladen County residents also raised their suspicions in sworn affidavits that Dowless also may have discarded the ballots of Democrat Dan McCready's supporters. He trailed Harris by 905 votes out of about 280,000 cast in November's election, but the race wasn't certified after allegations against Dowless surfaced. The hearing has produced no testimony showing ballots were discarded.
Dowless declined to testify this week after the elections board refused to grant him immunity from prosecution based on what he might say. Dowless has felony convictions for insurance fraud and perjury, but Harris and his chief campaign consultant said those charges were missed in a brief background check.
John Harris said he did not have a significant role in his father's campaign and assumed campaign staffers and consultants had a duty to keep an eye on Dowless' performance.
Mark Harris previously told The Associated Press he sought out and hired Dowless because he delivered votes, including for a Republican rival in the 2016 GOP primary. Harris said he discussed with an attorney after that primary whether to challenge Dowless' incredible results for a GOP rival with mail-in ballots in Bladen County. Dowless' methods in the 2016 general election were referred to federal prosecutors, who took no action.
Since October, John Harris has worked in the civil division of the same U.S. Justice Department office in Raleigh. He said he was testifying voluntarily in his capacity as a private citizen and not as a Justice Department employee. Mark Harris appeared to tear up during his son's testimony.
John Harris testified that he initially warned his parents about Dowless after reviewing voting data immediately after his father's 2016 primary loss. Mark Harris had lost a Republican primary that June in which GOP rival Todd Johnson, who used Dowless in that campaign, scored 98 percent of the mail-in ballots cast in Bladen County.
In November 2016, John Harris forwarded a Republican fundraising email amid a vote-counting fight in the close North Carolina governor's race. The email claimed that a Democratic Party voting fraud scheme in Bladen County had been uncovered, based on a complaint by Dowless of misdeeds by a local black empowerment organization.
Mark Harris reacted to the email with a reply to his son: 'Amen! But interestingly enough, the guy who made the claim, Dowess (sic), is the same guy that Johnson paid to run the 'absentee ballot program' for him! Guess he didn't like the Dems cutting into his business!'
Mark Harris is expected to testify Thursday. The elections board is expected to either declare him the winner in the 9th congressional district or order a new election after the multi-day hearing.

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Post by annemarie on Fri 22 Feb 2019, 17:16

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6734585/ISIS-bride-says-shell-no-problem-returning-despite-Trump-claims.html

[size=34]ISIS bride says she'll have 'no problem' returning to US after her father sued the Trump administration for saying she will not be allowed back because she is 'not a citizen'[/size]


  • 'ISIS bride' Hoda Muthana says she's desperate to come to the U.S., even if it means she'll be potentially jailed for decades

  • President Trump and Mike Pompeo have said they will not allow her to come back 

  • They claim she was given a US passport incorrectly and that she is not a citizen  

  • Her father Ahmed Ali Muthana has filed a suit against the Trump administration 

  • Lawyer Hassan Shibly said she'll pay 'whatever debts she has to society' 

  • The 24-year-old fled her hometown of Hoover, Alabama to join ISIS in Syria in 2014 

  • She has since married three ISIS fighters and had a child with one of them  

  • Diplomats are under the jurisdiction of their home countries and their children are not given birthright citizenship  


By JENNIFER SMITH and MARLENE LENTHANG FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 11:59 EST, 22 February 2019 | UPDATED: 12:00 EST, 22 February 2019


         


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ISIS bride Hoda Muthana is unperturbed by the president's claim that she will not be allowed back into the US and says she thinks she will have 'no problem' coming home. 
The 24-year-old is in a refugee camp in Syria awaiting information about being allowed to return to America.
Her father has filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration for saying it will block her from re-entering the country because she is not a citizen. 
Because Hoda's father was living in the US as a Yemeni diplomat when she was born in New Jersey, she is not a citizen. The children of diplomats are not given birthright citizenship if they are born in the foreign country where their parents are posted. 

But in an interview with NBC, Hoda, who fled her hometown of Hoover, Alabama in 2014 and has since married three ISIS fighters, said she was not worried about the law. 
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Hoda Muthana said on Thursday in an interview with NBC news that she would have 'no problem' returning to the US despite President Trump banning her 

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President Trump said Wednesday that he made the decision to bar her from coming back
'I know in fact that I was a citizen. When I tried filing for a passport it was very easy. It came in 10 days. 
'So, I thought I didn’t have a problem, and I’m sure there is no problem and I know my lawyer hopefully is working on it and he will win the case,' she said. 
She added that 'of course' she will do jail time when she returns but that she was not worried about it. She said she would rather return to the US than anywhere else. 
'I prefer it other than anywhere else,' she said.  
Ahmed Ali Muthana, her father, filed a suit in the federal court in Washington stating his 24-year-old daughter is an American citizen and should be allowed to come back to the U.S. with her toddler. 
Her lawyer Hassan Shibly said she's willing to pay the consequences as long as she's allowed back on American soil.
'She literally expressed fear that she will possibly have to spend decades in jail potentially and she's still willing to come back to America,' Shibly said on Thursday afternoon on America's Newsroom.  
'She is accountable for her actions. She's going to have to answer to God for her decisions,' he added. 
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'ISIS bride' Hoda Muthana is willing to serve time in jail if she's allowed to come back to the U.S., her lawyer Hassan Shibly (right) said on America's Newsroom on Thursday
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'She literally expressed fear that she will possibly have to spend decades in jail potentially and she's still willing to come back to America,' Shibly said about Muthana on Thursday
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The 24-year-old fled her hometown of Hoover, Alabama to join ISIS in Syria in 2014. She's now in a Syrian refugee camp with her 18-month-old son pleading to be allowed in the U.S., but Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo say she won't be re-admitted
The family and their lawyers say they were told that the U.S. determined she did not qualify for citizenship because her father was a Yemeni diplomat at the time of her birth.
But the family argues that is incorrect. They say that her father ceased to be a diplomat before she was born in Hackensack, New Jersey, and that she had a legitimate passport when she left the U.S. to join the Islamic State in Syria in 2014.
The Obama administration initially determined she was not a citizen and notified her family that it was revoking her passport in January 2016.
Under the Immigration and Nationality Act, a person born in the U.S. to an accredited foreign diplomatic officer is not subject to U.S. law and is not automatically considered a U.S. citizen at birth. 
The 24-year-old fled her hometown of Hoover, Alabama to join ISIS in Syria in 2014 after she was radicalized online.  After ISIS' last sliver of territory was captured, she's now living in a squalid refugee camp in Syria, begging to be allowed back into the U.S. claiming that she was brainwashed and is now reformed. 
But President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo say there's no way she'd be allowed back in the States.
Pompeo argued this week that Muthana does not have citizenship as her father was a foreign diplomat from Yemen who was working in the U.S. when she was born here.  
Diplomats are under the jurisdiction of their home countries and their children are not given birthright citizenship.   
Still, Shibly is fighting for Muthana to re-enter the States saying she has a birthright as she was born in New Jersey and went as far as sharing her birth certificate online as proof. 
Her attorney insists Muthana won't return to the U.S. to start an easy life, rather quite the opposite. 
'People shouldn't forget that Hoda herself right now and her family are not saying that she should just come back home, that she should get a free pass. Everybody acknowledges that what she did was horrible, disgusting, unacceptable, but we also acknowledge that America is great because of our legal system,' he said. 
He said Muthana is 'tremendously remorseful' for joining the terrorist group and argues she could be an asset to the states and could have helpful intelligence about ISIS.  
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Pompeo says Muthana will not be allowed back in the U.S. on the Today show adding she does not have birthright citizenship as her father was a diplomat in New Jersey when she was born
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Her birth certificate, a copy of which was shared on Twitter her family lawyer and was not independently verified by DailyMail.com, shows that she was born Oct. 28, 1994 in Hackensack, New Jersey
And by the looks of it, she's ready to turn herself in. 
'I personally called them, I said, 'Listen we know where she is and she's ready to speak with you. She's ready to collaborate. She's ready to turn herself in.  You should at least go question her and see if she has intelligence that can protect American lives.' And they failed to act on it and that's really concerning,' he said.  
Muthana fled the U.S to join ISIS and had two jihadi fighter husbands who were killed and she is now married to a third.
In 2015, she tweeted urging Muslims in the U.S. to commit acts of violence and 'spill all of the blood' by plowing trucks through Memorial Day parades and plotting drive-by shootings. 
On Thursday Secretary of State Mike Pompeo dashed her pleas, labeled her a terrorist, and said she should never be allowed back in the country. 




Muthana fled the U.S to join ISIS in 2014 when she was 19 and had two jihadi fighter husbands pass away and is now married to a third. Her first husband was Australian extremist Suhan Abdul Rahman who was killed in combat (pictured right) 
'There are now over 800 terrorists that are being held, foreign terrorist fighters that are being held, in Syria today. She's just one of them. She is a terrorist,' Pompeo said on the Today show. 
'She's not a U.S. citizen. She ought not return to this country,' he said.
'She may have been born here,' Pompeo repeated. 'She is not a U.S. citizen, nor is she entitled to U.S. citizenship.'  
President Donald Trump sided with Pompeo on Wednesday tweeting: 'I have instructed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and he fully agrees, not to allow Hoda Muthana back into the Country!'  
Even the American Islamic Forum for Democracy has joined the chorus against Muthana entering the U.S. 
'She became, not only a terrorist, she became an enemy of our country and if she did believe in the citizenship oath…she abandoned it and actually violated it and became an enemy combatant,' the group's founder and president Zuhdi Jasser said.   
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Post by LizzyNY on Fri 22 Feb 2019, 17:40

Didn't Trump just tell the European countries to repatriate their citizens who left to join ISIS or they would be dumped back by the US? I thought I read that somewhere, but maybe I'm wrong.
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Post by annemarie on Fri 22 Feb 2019, 18:02

Yes he did your right. They are saying that since her father was a diplomat she doesn't get automatic citizenship.
I think I also read that she was born the day after her fathers diplomatic job ended.

Diplomats are under the jurisdiction of their home countries and their children are not given birthright citizenship  

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Post by Donnamarie on Fri 22 Feb 2019, 18:20

That’s the way I understand it too.  Children born in the U.S. to diplomat parents do not get U.S. citizenship.  Even the Obama Admin said she wasn’t a citizen back in 2016.  How fortuitous for Trumpster that his argument is actually legitimate.  I suspect that if she was a citizen he would have found some devious way of keeping her from returning to the U.S.  Muslim BAN!
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Post by annemarie on Wed 27 Feb 2019, 15:26

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6747921/Republicans-vote-Trumps-state-emergency-declaration-Senate.html

[size=34]Humiliation for Trump as 13 Republicans rebel in the House to vote down President's 'national emergency', amid fears GOP senators will ALSO vote against it in public rebuke to POTUS[/size]


  • President Trump could see Congress debunk his national emergency declaration

  • The Republican-controlled Senate is on the brink of voting it down 

  • Republican Sen. Thom Tillis on Monday night joined fellow GOP Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins to say he'd vote to block the president's move

  • It will only take one more Republican senator to vote it down

  • Democratically-controlled House passed a resolution to terminate it Tuesday

  • Trump has made it clear he expects Republicans to support him

  • He will use his veto for the first time if Congress votes to rebuke him 


By EMILY GOODIN U.S. POLITICAL REPORTER and FRANCESCA CHAMBERS, WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT FOR DAILYMAIL.COM and WIRES
PUBLISHED: 12:54 EST, 26 February 2019 | UPDATED: 19:56 EST, 26 February 2019

     


A resolution terminating President Donald Trump's border emergency passed the House 245-182 on Tuesday evening, mostly along party lines as a rebuke from Democrats.   
Thirteen Republican lawmakers joined their colleagues in voting Trump's emergency down, however, including Michigan's Justin Amash, Kentucky's Thomas Massie and Washington's Jaimie Herrera Beutler.
It fell short of the 290 votes that would be needed to override a veto, but its passage in the House ensures that it will be sent to the U.S. Senate, where at least three Republicans have said they will support it. 
Others have indicated they are seriously considering a break with the president over his use of emergency powers, as well. 
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President Trump - who arrived in Vietnam Tuesday - could see Congress debunk his national emergency declaration
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Trump has vowed to use the power of his presidential veto if the measure winds up on his desk, which would be the first veto of his presidency. 
The GOP is in a tough spot on the matter because many Republican lawmakers had privately warned the president against using emergency powers although several don't want to rebuke him publicly.
'I am very worried, prudential, about the slippery slope that could occur,' Sen. Ted Cruz told reporters Tuesday afternoon, pausing to carefully consider his next words, 'emboldening future presidents to implement radical policies, contrary to law and contrary to the Constitution.'  
Cruz told DailyMail.com that he had spoken to the president about the national emergency resolution and 'time will tell' whether the White House will be able to swing enough Republican lawmakers to sustain a veto.
He said that the GOP had a 'robust and productive conversation' at a meeting with the vice president that he'd just come from.   
Republican Sen. Thom Tillis on Monday night joined fellow GOP Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins to say he'd vote to block the president's move. 
With all 47 Democrats also voting 'aye,' plus those three, it would only take one more Republican to secure passage. Those 51 votes would not be enough to over ride Trump's expected veto, which takes a two-thirds majority of both chambers.
Tillis told reporters Tuesday, as he entered the Senate GOP’s weekly luncheon, that he agrees with Trump on the border wall but cannot support his use of executive action to construct it, having opposed former President Barack Obama’s power grabs in 2014 when he ran for office.
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Republicans rebelled to vote down Trump's 'national emergency' declaration in the House on Tuesday 
‘I want to make it clear though, that about half of what the president is allocating to the southern border, without the executive emergency action, I completely agree with,’ he explained. ‘In fact, I agree with the need for about $25 billion to go down there. I just don’t think this is the right, sustainable path.’
Asked if he’s worried that Trump’s declaration will set a ‘dangerous precedent,’ he said he is ‘always’ concerned about the long-term consequences of executive action.
‘You always worry about that. And that’s why I think it’s time for us to support the president, but do it in the right way,’ he stated.
The House is expected to pass the measure terminating Trump's national emergency proclamation when they vote on it Tuesday evening.


Democrats have argued it's a constitutional issue.
'This isn't about the border. This is about the constitution of the United States,' Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Monday evening. 
She said she will send the measure to the Senate as soon as it passes the House. 
Trump has made it clear he expects his party to back him on the matter.
'I hope our great Republican Senators don't get led down the path of weak and ineffective Border Security,' he tweeted on Monday. 'Without strong Borders, we don't have a Country - and the voters are on board with us. Be strong and smart, don't fall into the Democrats 'trap' of Open Borders and Crime!' 
But several Republican senators were coy when asked how they'd vote.
Oklahoma Sen. James Lankford said that he’s waiting for the legal justification and the line items of where, exactly, Trump plans to get his money.
‘I have not even seen what the president’s asking for yet. It’s really fascinating to me, we’re disapproving of something that no one’s actually read. Because no one’s actually seen it,’ the Republican senator said. ‘The House certainly hasn’t seen it yet. So they’re disapproving of something that currently doesn’t exist.’
Sen. John Cornyn, a member of the Senate GOP leadership team, said the ‘larger issue’ is that Congress has ‘delegated its authority to the White House in hundreds of instances – and this is just one example.’
‘I think we need to have a bigger conversation about the separation of powers, and whether we want to delegate all this authority to the next president, as well as this president.’
He suggested that the resolution to terminate Trump’s emergency would pass, but the president would veto it, and Democratic lawmakers in the House would not be able to muster enough support to cancel it.
‘I think we’re looking at a veto, and then a veto-override vote, failed veto override vote in the House,’ the Texas Republican asserted.  
Sen. Joe Manchin, a West Virginia Democrats who sometimes breaks rank to side with Republicans, said he's voting for his party's resolution. He wasn't confident that Democrats could come up with a large enough coalition in the Senate to override a presidential veto.
'That I don't know. I feel very strongly that it's not constitutional,' he said.

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GOP Sens. Lisa Murkowski (left) and Susan Collins (right) said they would vote against Trump's national emergency declaration
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House Democrats, led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi (above), will vote to block the president's move to build his border wall on Tuesday night
The White House is working hard to limit Republican support for the measure. Vice President Mike Pence attended the Senate Republican luncheon on Tuesday, where the resolution was a key topic. 
The battle in Congress is the latest chapter in a long-running war between Trump and Democrats over border security, immigration policy and the 'great, great wall' that Trump has pledged to build since becoming a presidential candidate.
He originally promised that Mexico would pay for it, but after Mexico refused, he asked U.S. taxpayers to foot the bill for the project, which Democrats call unneeded and ineffective.
In his first two years in office, Trump's Republicans controlled both chambers of Congress, which under the U.S. Constitution holds the national purse strings, but lawmakers failed to provide the funding Trump wanted for his border barrier.
When Congress, with the House now controlled by Democrats, refused in recent weeks to provide the money he wants, Trump declared an emergency and vowed to divert funds toward the wall from accounts already committed by Congress for other purposes.
That set up a test of the constitutional separation of powers between Congress and the presidency that will likely lead to a court challenge after lawmakers deal with the resolution.
A coalition of 16 U.S. states led by California has already sued Trump and top members of his administration in an attempt to block his emergency declaration.  
Trump declared the emergency after Congress declined his request for $5.7 billion to help build the wall.
Congress this month appropriated $1.37 billion for building border barriers following a battle with Trump, which included a 35-day partial government shutdown - the longest in U.S. history - when agency funding lapsed on Dec. 22.

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Post by annemarie on Fri 01 Mar 2019, 19:54

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6761207/Otto-Warmbiers-parents-condemn-Trump-taking-Kim-word-sons-death.html

[size=34]BREAKING NEWS: 'Kim and his evil regime ARE responsible.' Otto Warmbier's parents condemn Trump for taking Kim at his word that he knew nothing about their son's death[/size]


  • Donald Trump said he spoke to Kim Jong-un about death of Otto Warmbier

  • Trump said Kim knew the case 'very well' but denied involvement in his death

  • 'He tells me he didn't know about it and I take him at his word,' Trump said

  • Warmbier was sentenced to 15 years in North Korean jail in 2016 for stealing a poster before being returned to the U.S. in a coma in 2017, and died shortly after 

  • His parents and U.S. senators from the state have been critical of Trump since his summit with Kim

  •  'Kim and his evil regime are responsible for the death of our son Otto,' Fred and Cindy Warmbier said


By FRANCESCA CHAMBERS, SENIOR WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 10:38 EST, 1 March 2019 | UPDATED: 13:57 EST, 1 March 2019

     


The parents of former North Korean captive Otto Warmbier, an Ohio college student who died days after he was released into U.S. custody, lashed out at Donald Trump on Friday for his deference to the 'evil' and dictatorial regime.   
Fred and Cindy Warmbier were once close to the Trump administration — they sat in the first lady's box during the president's State of the Union address in January of 2018.
However, Trump drove a wedge in the relationship with a declaration in Vietnam that he believed Kim Jong-un's claim that he had knowledge of their son's condition, the Warmbier family indicated.
'We have been respectful during this summit process. Now we must speak out. Kim and his evil regime are responsible for the death of our son Otto,' Fred and Cindy Warmbier said. 'Kim and his evil regime are responsible for unimaginable cruelty and inhumanity. No excuses or lavish praise can change that.'
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The Parents of Otto Warmbier, Fred and Cindy Warmbier are acknowledged during the State of the Union address in the chamber of the U.S. House of Representatives January 30, 2018
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Donald Trump said he spoke with Kim Jong-un about Otto Warmbier, a U.S. student who fell into a vegetative state while in North Korea custody, and the dictator said he was not involved
Trump said during a Vietnam presser that he spoke with with Kim about Warmbier, who fell into a vegetative state while jailed in North Korea and came back to the U.S. in a coma.

The President admitted that while 'some really, really bad things' had happened to the University of Virginia student, Kim denied any involvement in the case.
'He tells me that he didn't know about it, and I will take him at his word,' Trump told reporters in Hanoi after his summit with the dictator collapsed without a deal to eradicate North Korea's nuclear stockpile.
Sen. Rob Portman, a Republican who represents Ohio in the U.S. Senate, condemned the president's statements in a floor speech on Thursday. He shares his hometown with Warmbier's parents.
'This is an emotional issue for me because through the process of trying to bring Otto home I got to know his family very well,' Portman proclaimed. 'He was a young man with a lot of promise.'
Going over the details of the case, he said he supports 'engagement with North Korea' now more than ever before. 'In fact my experience with Otto Warmbier makes me even more convinced that we need to be in communication because we had no good lines of communication.' 
Portman said, 'I support the ongoing talks with North Korea, specifically about denuclearization. But I want to make clear that we can never forget about Otto. His treatment at the hands of his captors was unforgivable and it tells us a lot about the nature of this regime.
'We can’t be naive about what they did to Otto, about the brutal nature of the regime that would do this to an American citizen, and it's not just about Otto and other visitors, it's about how the people in North Korea are treated.'  
'But I also want to say today as we discuss these broader issues with North Korea, let’s keep Otto Warmbier at the front of our minds. Let’s be sure that he is high on our agenda and in our consciousness as we deal with North Korea and again understanding, because of our experience with Otto, the brutal nature of this regime,' Portman said in the floor speech.
Ohio's other Sen. Sherrod Brown, a Democrat, told ABC News in the hallway of the Senate that he couldn't understand why Trump likes Kim so much.
'I mean the president seems to gravitate toward autocrats like Putin, and the Crown Prince and Saudi Arabia and the North Korean dictator instead of speaking out on human rights,' Brown said. 
'I mean you never should go meet up with the North Korean dictator without brining up the name Otto Warmbier, and bring up the whole issue of human rights, over and over,' he asserted.
Brown said that past presidents of both parties had made human rights a top focus of their conversations with autocrats and it makes him 'sad' that Trump doesn't appear to be following in their footsteps.
He said Trump is sending a message 'that he believes autocrats when they lie or when they cover up' or take malign actions they want to justify.  



Trump has repeatedly taken foreign adversaries he's built a personal relationship with at their word over the advice of U.S. intelligence that tells a different story.   
Scans of Warmbier's brain before his death revealed extensive brain damage associated with an unexplained trauma that American neurosurgeons were not able to pinpoint. 
Warmbier died on June 19, 2017, in Cincinnati at the age of 22 after his parents opted to remove his feeding tube. 
The student was studying abroad when he was taken into custody in North Korea. He was at the airport, preparing to board a plane when he was arrested for taking down a propaganda poster at his hotel.
He admitted to the act, which is considered a serious crime in North Korea, in a taped confession on Feb. 29, 2016. The next month, he was tried and convicted in a North Korean court. 
The U.S. State Department said at the time that it was evident that North Korea arrested Warmbier to make a political statement.
It wasn't until Trump took office that the U.S. secured Warmbier's release, in June of 2017. 
North Korean officials claimed several days prior to his return that he'd come down with food-borne botulism that he fought off with a sleeping pill. Experts in the U.S. could find no such evidence, although they said they could not rule it out, and determined that he'd most likely experienced a trauma that led to oxygen deprivation in his brain.
After his death, Pyongyang claimed that it had been wrongly accused in a 'smear campaign' as Warmbier's treatment in prison had been nothing but 'humanitarian.'
'Although we had no reason at all to show mercy to such a criminal of the enemy state, we provided him with medical treatments and care with all sincerity on humanitarian basis until his return to the U.S., considering that his health got worse,' a regime spokesperson said.
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Warmbier was returned to the US in a vegetative state (pictured) which North Korean authorities blamed on botulism, a rare bacterial infection that can be fatal
Trump claimed in 2017, after Warmbier's release, that the boy had been 'tortured beyond belief' and belittled Kim as Little Rocket Man.
The U.S. passed legislation barring Americans from traveling to North Korea after the student's death, and a led a U.N. charge to introduce heft sanctions on Pyongyang for its illicit nuclear program.
In early 2018, the relationship between the U.S. and North Korea began to change after Kim extended an olive branch to the South when the neighboring democracy hosted that year's Winter Olympics. 
By that summer Trump and Kim were exchanging private letters.
They met in person for the first time in Singapore in June of 2018 after Trump hosted a North Korean delegation at the White House for talks on nuclear disarmament. 
The leaders have continued to converse through letters that Trump says turned he and Kim into great friends.
'We had probably the toughest language in the history of diplomacy ... at the beginning, and yet, we became very friendly,' he recalled in Vietnam at the conclusion of their latest summit. 
Prior to the talks in Vietnam, the president called Kim a 'friend' in a tweet. Asked in Hanoi about the message, in the context of Warmbier's death.
Trump said, 'We have talked about it. And I really don't think it was in his interest at all. 
'I know the Warmbier family very well. I think they're an incredible family. What happened is horrible. I really believe something very bad happened to him,' he admitted, 'and I don't think that the top leadership knew about it.'

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Kim expressed remorse for Warmbier's death, Trump revealed. 'He felt badly about it. I did speak to him. He felt very badly'
The U.S. president noted that Warmbier 'came back in shape,' while fellow American hostages came home 'extremely healthy.'
'I thought it was horrible,' he said. 'Otto came back in a condition that was just, just terrible.' 
Trump told the reporter, who'd asked if he confronted Kim about the matter, 'I did speak about it, and I don’t believe that he would've allowed that to happen. Just wasn’t to his advantage to allow that to happen. 
'Those prisons are rough. They're rough places. And bad things happened. But I really don’t believe that he was -- I don’t believe he knew about it,' the president asserted.
Kim expressed remorse for Warmbier's death, Trump revealed. 'He felt badly about it. I did speak to him. He felt very badly.'
'But he knew the case very well, but he knew it later,' the American president explained. 'And, you know, you got a lot of people. A big country. A lot of people. And in those prisons and those camps, you have a lot of people. And some really bad things happened to Otto. Some really, really bad things.'
Trump cut the reporter off as he tried to ask a follow-up question about the president's belief that Kim was in the dark.
He stated flatly before moving on: 'He tells me that he didn’t know about it, and I will take him at his word.'
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Trump acknowledged that some 'really, really bad things' happened to Warmbier but added: '[Kim] tells me that he didn't know about it and I will take him at his word'
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Trump spent the last two days in meetings with the North Korean leader in an attempt to negotiate a deal for the country to give up its nuclear weapons, but ultimately failed
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Warmbier decided to go to North Korea from China while completing a study abroad program in Hong Kong at the end of 2015
Warmbier traveled to North Korea from China while completing a study abroad program in Hong Kong at the end of 2015, as part of a tour group that included ten other Americans.
The group celebrated New Year's Eve in Pyongyang, and at some point during the stay, Warmbier took down a propaganda poster from the wall of his hotel that he planned to take home as a souvenir. 
He was arrested at Pyongyang airport shortly after, before tearfully confessing on North Korean television that he had taken the poster after six weeks in detention.
A court sentenced Warmbier to 15 years in prison with hard labor for his confessed crime.

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