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Post by LizzyNY on Thu 20 Jun 2019, 22:25

Way2Old - Sadly they're following the same playbook as every group trying to raise money. They inundate you with their emails and letters and calls - and then they sell their mailing list to any group willing to pay for it. It's not just political; it's charities and environmental groups and shopping sites and Lord knows what else. Donate to one and they all come running with their hands out. They're almost worse than robo-calls.
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Post by Donnamarie on Sat 22 Jun 2019, 21:19

I’m trying to understand how the reporting of another woman coming forward to accuse Trump of sexual assault isn’t the lead story of every news outlet,  Just goes to show how tolerant this country has become to Trump’s criminal behavior.


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Post by LizzyNY on Sun 23 Jun 2019, 12:51

Donnamarie - I absolutely believe her, but I think the problem is that she waited so long to tell her story. Other women spoke out long ago. Why not then? Why go public right at the beginning of his re-election campaign? It makes her story suspect and gives drumpf the chance to say it's politically motivated.
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Post by Donnamarie on Sun 23 Jun 2019, 20:53

Lizzy, I believe her too.  This narrative that if women don’t speak up when others think they should and therefore it makes their story less credible is BS.  Women more times than not don’t speak up and speak out when it’s timely for others.  Every woman’s experience  and reaction to her experience is different.  I haven’t read about anyone not believing her story.  What seems to be the case is that Trump has been outed by another one of his victims (I think 16 so far and who knows how many more there are who haven’t spoken up) and the response is so what else is knew.  Trump and his enablers have done a great job of desensitizing people to his criminality.


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Post by LizzyNY on Sun 23 Jun 2019, 22:10

Donnamarie - I don't disagree. I'm just saying that telling her story now just gives him (and his henchmen) the opportunity to say it's politically motivated. It's not, IMO, a case of "so what else is new?" as it is "Here's another phony trying to hurt him politically".

Either way, the woman's the only one getting hurt here.
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Post by Donnamarie on Mon 24 Jun 2019, 18:05

Lizzy I definitely agree that the hypocrites on the right are going to ignore this and pretend that it’s more fake news from the left. Unfortunately even the press didn’t elevate this story the way they should have. And you’re right the victims are the ones getting hurt ... again.
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Post by LizzyNY on Mon 24 Jun 2019, 19:14

There was an interesting discussion of this on The View this morning. They all seemed to find her fairly credible (even Megan McCain) but still wanted her to present some sort of proof that the rape actually took place.

I don't know how you do that 20 odd years after the fact. She supposedly told two friends - one told her to go to the police and one told her not to because drumpf's lawyers would destroy her in court. Sadly, that's the one she listened to or this would be a very different story. Even if these friends testify for her in court people will still doubt her story and it will still come sown to "he said, she said".
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Post by Donnamarie on Mon 24 Jun 2019, 20:58

I apologize for belaboring this subject but it makes me so angry.

The so-called leader of our country is a rapist. Yet he and the Republican lawmakers get to make life changing laws about women’s bodies. Every woman in this country should be angry.

I’m surprised that The View women weren’t totally on board with Ms. Carroll’s story. She is one of many who have already come forward with allegations. No way all these women are lying. Trump gave himself away with the Access Hollywood tape. Even George Conway, Kellyanne Conway’s husband) wrote an opinion piece in The Washington Post and said Ms. Carroll’s allegations were far more credible than Juanita Broderick (accused Bill Clinton of rape after she denied it under oath).

Anyone who reads this thanks for indulging me.
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Post by party animal - not! on Tue 25 Jun 2019, 10:39

This lady seems to have given this a lot of thought - quite rightly! - long may she keep this going. 

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/jun/24/e-jean-carroll-trump-sexual-assault-accuser-police-complaint


And why is this guy still 'getting away with it?'


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Post by annemarie on Tue 25 Jun 2019, 11:00


Trump sexual assault accuser E Jean Carroll considers police complaint

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  • Carroll to CNN: ‘He pulled down my tights. There was a fight’

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 E Jean Carroll in New York on Sunday. She told CNN: ‘I want women to know I did not stand there, I did not freeze, I was not paralysed. No, I fought.’ Photograph: Craig Ruttle/AP
E Jean Carroll, the celebrated advice columnist who has accused Donald Trump of sexually assaulting her in the mid-1990s, has said she is considering bringing a complaint to the New York police department.
In a lengthy interview with CNN on Monday, Carroll said she would be open to working with the NYPD in a criminal investigation into the attack she alleges happened in the Manhattan store of Bergdorf Goodman in late 1995 or early 1996.
“I would consider it,” she said. However, she added that lawyers had advised her that the statute of limitations deadline by which such a complaint would have had to be brought has expired.
The advice columnist, whose column Ask E Jean has been a popular feature of Elle for almost 30 years, broke her bombshell allegations in New York magazine on Friday. Her comments to CNN were the first time she has been seen on camera telling her story. The book in which it appears will be published next Tuesday.

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Trump has issued blanket denials of the claims. On Saturday he said he had “no idea” who Carroll was, despite a photograph existing of the two meeting in a social setting from the late 1980s. And in an interview with The Hill on Monday, Trump again dismissed the allegations, adding, “she’s not my type”.
The “not my type” remark is not the first time Trump has disparaged an accuser. In 2016, after a former magazine writer accused Trump of assaulting her in 2005, he responded: “She lies! Look at her, I don’t think so.” And when another woman claimed Trump groped her in the early 1980s, he said, “Believe me she would not be my first choice.”
Responding to the president’s comments on CNN, Carroll said: “I love that I’m not his type.”

The president has suggested that Carroll’s allegations are designed to make money out of book sales. He has also floated the theory that this is a political conspiracy to discredit him in the week he launched his campaign for re-election.
Bill de Blasio, the mayor of New York who is running for the Democratic nomination to face Trump in 2020, said on Saturday that were Carroll to come forward with her allegations, he would authorise a police investigation. “We will find out the truth,” he said.
But the reaction to Carroll’s allegations has been strangely muted. In live interviews on Sunday, the vice-president, Mike Pence, was not asked once about the fresh claims of sexual assault made against his boss.
The New York Times, which carried Carroll’s allegations and Trump’s subsequent denial on Friday, has launched a reader’s editor inquiry into why its 800-word account of Carroll’s allegations was not promoted to the first page until Saturday and only belatedly made it into the paper on Sunday.
Some who wrote in to complain questioned whether the lack of prominence revealed deference to the president, misogyny or an unwillingness to believe a victim’s account.
The paper’s executive editor, Dean Baquet, said on Monday that critics were correct that the article had been downplayed. “The fact that a well-known person was making a very public allegation against a sitting president ‘should’ve compelled us to play it bigger’,” Baquet conceded in conversation with the paper’s Reader Center.
The New York Post removed a story about Carroll’s allegations on Friday afternoon. CNN Business reported on Monday that Col Allen, a supporter of the president and an advisor to the paper, had ordered the removal.
Carroll has also been forced to defend her accusations, which could be considered a step away from blaming the victim. She strongly denied to CNN that she was politically motivated in describing the alleged attack in her book What Do We Need Men For?
“I’m barely political. I can’t name you the candidates who are running right now,” she said.
Carroll said she was suffering as a result of coming forward. She has received death threats on social media, she said, and fears her career in journalism might be in peril.
“Who knows? Donald Trump has gotten people fired,” she said.
Carroll gave CNN further vivid details of the attack she says she endured when Trump took her into a dressing room in the lingerie department of the department store.
“The minute he closed that door I was banged up against the wall, hit my head really hard,” she said. “Boom. I was stunned, and then he tried to kiss me, which was repulsive.”
She went on: “My reaction was to laugh to knock off the erotic thing he had going on, but no, he just went at it. He pulled down my tights. There was a fight. I want women to know I did not stand there, I did not freeze, I was not paralysed. No, I fought.”

The CNN presenter Alisyn Camerota put it to the writer that what she was describing was an unambiguous case of legal rape. Carroll declined to agree.
She said: “I don’t use the word. I have difficulty with the word. I see it as a fight. I don’t want to be seen as a victim because I quickly went past [it]. It was a very brief episode of my life. I’m very careful with that word.”
Camerota is well versed in the difficulties women face in cases of sexual misconduct. In April 2017 she revealed she was sexually harassed by Roger Ailes, the late and ousted Fox News chair, while she was a presenter on that channel.
Were Carroll to go to the NYPD, it is by no means certain a case could be mounted, given statute of limitations concerns. New York state removed the five-year statute of limitations for first-degree rape in 2006 but it did not do so retroactively, meaning that all cases that fell before that year – as Carroll’s allegations do – are not freed from the restriction.

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That potentially insurmountable roadblock notwithstanding, there are aspects of Carroll’s case that would be of interest to NYPD detectives. She has kept the clothes that she was wearing during the alleged assault in her closet, where they remain unlaundered to this day.

Carroll’s clothing is an echo of the blue cocktail dress worn by Monica Lewinsky, which carried DNA evidence that became important in the impeachment of Bill Clinton. Asked by Camerota if she thought her dress could similarly have Trump’s DNA on it, Carroll replied: “I have no idea whether the president ejaculated.”
Carroll was asked at length why she had not come forward during the 2016 campaign, and had waited until now. She said that for years she had blamed herself and thought of herself as stupid.
But she said she had watched a pattern developing with 16 or more women coming forward to accuse Trump of sexual misconduct – she had thought “they were doing the job”, she said – only for Trump to get away with it.
“With all the women it’s the same: he denies it, he turns it around, he attacks and he threatens – and then everybody forgets it until the next woman comes along. I am sick of it. I am sick of it.”

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Post by LizzyNY on Tue 25 Jun 2019, 20:48

As much as I'd like to see drumpf locked in a cesspool for the rest of his life, I don't see how this can be prosecuted as a rape case. As Ms. Carroll's attorneys told her, in NY the statute of limitations has run out - unless there's something else they can charge him with. I hope there is. I hope she can humiliate him and drag him through the courts and then get him locked up forever. I wish her luck!
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Post by annemarie on Wed 26 Jun 2019, 18:46

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7183421/Trump-knocks-Democrats-border-security-Pelosi-gets-4-5-billion-humanitarian-aid.html

[size=34]It's like we're running hospitals over there now!' Trump blasts Democrats for approving $4.5 billion to care for border-jumpers in move that earmarked ZERO for border protection[/size]


  • President Donald Trump said he's ' not happy' with the $4.5 billion passed by the House for humanitarian aid at the southern border

  • He says it does nothing to help with border security

  • 'It's like we're running hospitals over there now!' he lamented  

  • Trump says Democrats are not acting on border security because they want more immigrants in the U.S.

  • 'Too bad the Dems in Congress won't do anything at all about Border Security. They want Open Borders, which means crime,' he tweeted Wednesday morning

  • His tweets comes a day after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was able to secure $4.5 billion in humanitarian aid for migrants at the border 

  • The bill was only passed after Democratic leadership set strict limitations on how the money is to be spent 

  • He also has launched this attack a few hours before 10 Democratic presidential candidates are set to take the first debate stage in Miami


By KATELYN CARALLE, U.S. POLITICAL REPORTER FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 08:25 EDT, 26 June 2019 | UPDATED: 10:13 EDT, 26 June 2019

     




Donald Trump said Wednesday he isn't pleased with the $4.5 billion humanitarian aid allowance passed by the House because it doesn't allot any of the billions in funds for border protection.
Democratic House leadership was able to secure the money, but only after including strict limitations for what the money could be used for, including improving conditions for the migrants being held after illegally crossing the border.
'I'm not happy with it because there's no money for protection,' the president told Maria Bartiromo in an interview on Fox Business Wednesday morning. 'It's like we're running hospitals over there now!'
The bill ended up passing 230-195 on Tuesday, almost along party lines, and will seek to address the horrific situation migrants are facing when they illegally cross into the U.S., rather than block the flux of immigrants that continuously flow across the border.
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President Donald Trump said he's 'not happy' with the $4.5 billion in humanitarian aid for the crisis at the border because it doesn't do anything for border security
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The president is responding to a bill that was passed by the House on Tuesday, but was only able to make it through after Democratic leadership put strict limitations on what the money could be spent on 
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'It's like we're running hospitals over there now!' Trump lamented in a Fox Business interview
Democrats have long criticized Trump for his immigration policies, especially after reports of immigrants being held in cages and children getting separated from their parents began making headlines.

'People are coming up, what people don't understand is you have separation. Separation is a terrible thing, of the families,' Trump said, adding that former President Barack Obama was the one that created cells where migrants were being held.
'We've done much better job than Obama,' Trump touted to the Fox host. 'Obama built all those cells. Those cells were built by the Obama administration. ... He put in all the cages.'
Trump bashed Democrats for inaction on border security in a set of tweets Wednesday morning, claiming lawmakers on the left don't want anything making it harder for immigrants to get into the U.S. because they want 'open borders.'
The president says the reason there is such an influx in illegal immigration is due to the roaring economy – which he says migrants want to benefit from.
'Too bad the Dems in Congress won't do anything at all about Border Security. They want Open Borders, which means crime,' Trump posted to Twitter. 'But we are getting it done, including building the Wall! More people than ever before are coming because the USA Economy is so good, the best in history.' 
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President Donald Trump slammed Democrats for inaction on border security, adding they don't want to do anything because they want 'open borders'
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Trump tweeted Wednesday morning that Democrats aren't doing anything to help the situation
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He touted that there is such an influx in illegal immigration because the U.S. economy is doing well and he claims they want a part of it
Trump declared a national emergency earlier this year, claiming there was a humanitarian crisis at the southern border with illegal immigration, crime, human trafficking and drug smuggling.
'Democrats want Open Borders, which equals violent crime, drugs and human trafficking,' he reiterated in a tweet Wednesday morning. 'They also want very high taxes, like 90%. Republicans want what's good for America - the exact opposite!'
In his interview, Trump repeated the notion that immigration issues could be swiftly remedied if Democrats would agree to fix loopholes.
'If I had loopholes taken care of and asylum taken over, you'd have zero problem at border,' he said. '
'If the Democrats would get rid of the loopholes and would fix asylum, it would take an hour. We could sit there, we can make a deal. They refuse to do it,' Trump continued. 'Number one, they want open borders. They legitimately want open borders. They want those people that you see in caravans, many of whom are criminals, okay, just so you understand, many of whom are criminals.'
His comments come the same day 10 Democrats are set to take the stage in Miami Wednesday night for the first day of the first Democratic primary debates. Another 10 candidates will appear on the same stage Thursday night.
Several 2020 candidates already in Miami for the debates are making a stop at the Homestead Temporary Shelter for Unaccompanied Children in Homestead, Florida. The facility can accommodate up top 3,200 minor immigrants that either crossed illegally by themselves or were separated from their families.
Rep. Eric Swalwell visited the center on Monday, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren made an impromptu announcement Tuesday night that she would be going Wednesday morning and former Texas Congressman Beto O'Rourke announced over the weekend he would go there Thursday morning.
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Increased attacks on the president and his immigration policy has mounted lately, and several 2020 contenders are visiting the Homestead minor migrant facility in Florida this week

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Post by Donnamarie on Thu 27 Jun 2019, 00:03

Trump is simply heartless and cruel. And well that’s the point isn’t it?
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Post by annemarie on Thu 27 Jun 2019, 15:50

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7187333/Trump-touches-Japan-crush-intense-diplomatic-talks-Putin-China.html

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  • President Trump descended Air Force One in rainy Osaka having torn into a string of nations before his arrival

  • He condemned India for 'unacceptable' tariffs on the US as he tweeted on his way to the G20 summit in Japan 

  • He had earlier zeroed in on Beijing, saying China needed a trade deal because it was 'going down the tubes' 

  • Trump even mocked the hosts, saying in the event of WWIII Japan would watch US get attacked on Sony TVs 

  • In addition he called Germany 'delinquent' over its NATO contributions and said Vietnam was a trade 'abuser' 

  • The president will hold a series of bilateral meetings in Osaka during the annual G20 on Friday and Saturday

  • He meets Friday with Russian President Vladimir Putin as he told reporters talks were 'none of your business'


By GEOFF EARLE, DEPUTY U.S. POLITICAL EDITOR FOR DAILYMAIL.COM IN OSAKA, JAPAN
PUBLISHED: 05:52 EDT, 27 June 2019 | UPDATED: 10:41 EDT, 27 June 2019

     








President Donald Trump has arrived in Japan for an intense series of diplomatic talks – setting a contentious tone for the visit during his flight from the U.S. by demanding that India withdraw retaliatory tariffs.
He landed In Osaka on Thursday evening, local time, in an intense rain, disembarking with a black umbrella and waiving to people below as he walked down the stairway form Air Force One.  
En route to typhoon-expectant Japan, Trump fired off a bullish tweet, chiding long-standing ally India for 'unacceptable' tariffs on American goods.
And before setting off he lambasted China for 'going down the tubes,' slammed Vietnam as the 'single worst abuser' on trade, lashed Germany as 'delinquent' on contributions to NATO, and said hosts Japan would not help the US in the event of WWIII.

'If Japan is attacked, we will fight World War III. We will go in and protect them with our lives and with our treasure,' he said. 'But if we're attacked, Japan doesn't have to help us. They can watch it on a Sony television.'
Trump blasted Beijing, claiming they wanted to do a trade deal because the world's number-two economy was 'going down the tubes'. 
The in-flight entertainment en route was less than satisfactory. Trump declared the Democratic presidential debate, where his name barely came up, 'BORING.' He also said NBC and MSNBC should be 'ashamed' for an embarrassing technical glitch that forced the network to cut to commercial. 
About 20 minutes before he landing, he tweeted a video mocking the glitch, set to ACDC's 'Crazy Train.'
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President Donald Trump (C) gestures as he arrives at Osaka International Airport in Itami, Hyogo prefecture, on June 27, 2019 ahead of the G20 Osaka Summit
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President Donald Trump descends the stairs after arriving in Osaka on Thursday - he fired off a bullish tweet about India's 'unacceptable' tariffs while on board, as well as criticizing Germany, China, Vietnam and even the hosts Japan before his arrival
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China's President Xi Jinping receives a bunch of flowers on his arrival at Kansai International Airport in Osaka on Thursday as he would have also received the news that Trump had rebuked the world's number-two economy
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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi arriving at the wet runway as rain poured down over Osaka on Thursday - while on his way Trump said Modi's tariffs on American goods were not acceptable
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US President Donald Trump (left) and daughter Ivanka attend a dinner with Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison in Osaka on Thursday night
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President Donald Trump is flanked by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (second left) and Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross (left) at dinner with the Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Thursday in Osaka
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President Trump held an umbrella over his head as he descended the stairs of Air Force One to a rainy runway in Osaka today
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Trump walks towards his motorcade as he arrives at Osaka today - he will be involved in G20 meetings tomorrow and on Saturday
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Senior White House Adviser Ivanka Trump (left and right) arrives at windswept Osaka on Thursday wearing a beige mac paired with white heels
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Ivanka Trump looked like she was about to be blown away as she touched down in Japan wearing as gorgeous Khaite trench coat.

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President Trump waves to the press before getting into the Beast - the US president's fortified black Cadillac - in Japan today
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Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrives ahead of the G20 on the rainy windswept tarmac in Osaka - he recently met Trump during a state visit
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British Prime Minister Theresa May arrives with her husband Philip May from a Royal Air Force jet in rainy Osaka






'Thank you @MSNBC, real professionals! @ChuckTodd @Madow,' Trump wrote, singling out hosts Chuck Todd and Rachel Maddow.
After some brief greetings on the tarmac, Trump walked onto 'The Beast' and was driven away. Following him were Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, trade negotiator Robert Lighthizer and daughter Ivanka Trump.
It wasn't only the Japanese who gave Trump a greeting. 
The Wall Street Journal published China's latest demands to end a trade war almost precisely as Trump landed in Osaka. 
Chinese President Xi Jinping is preparing to present President Donald Trump with a list of terms for ending the U.S. trade war that has rattled markets as Trump prepares to impose an additional $300 in tariffs. 
One of China's key demands is for the U.S. to pull back a ban on U.S. technology sales to telecom giant Huawei, according to the Journal. The Chinese also want the punitive tariffs imposed by the Trump administration for what Trump says are a range of unfair and anti-competitive trading practices.
Chinese officials told the paper Xi was not expected to take a 'confrontational' tone, but will describe how he sees the bilateral relationship working.
The posture comes as Trump has been preparing to slap an additional $300 billion in tariffs on China if the two sides fail to reach an agreement. 
Trump immediately headed to his first meeting of the trip, dining with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison. He took a question about relations with U.S. allies – and gave an answer where he said the U.S. looks at itself more 'positively' than ever.
'We've been very good to our allies. We work with our allies. We take care of our allies. We generally speaking – I've inherited massive trade deficits with our allies,' Trump said. 'And we even help our allies militarily. So we do look at ourselves, and we look at ourselves, I think, more positively than ever before,' he said.  
Trump already had his hands full with a series of difficult meetings on his agenda – including one with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Trump has said he 'may' raise the issue of Russia's election interference. 
But if his Twitter feed is any guide, he hasn't backed off his stance that it is FBI and Intelligence Community members who have explaining to do. 
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China's President Xi Jinping arrives at Kansai International Airport in Izumisano, Osaka, western Japan - he wasn't spared a Trump ribbing before his arrival, with the President saying China needed a trade deal because it was 'going down the tubes'
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Adviser to the President Ivanka Trump sits with her husband and colleague Jared Kushner during a dinner with President Trump and Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison in Osaka
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Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, center, arrives at Kansai International Airport ahead of meetings on Friday and Saturday
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Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrives at Kansai airport in Osaka on Thursday
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British Prime Minister Theresa May arrives ahead of the G20 - it will be her last summit as she is set to be replaced as Prime Minister at the end of next month
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US Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross (left), Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Adviser to the President Ivanka Trump descend from Air Force One today
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Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrives at Kansai airport in Osaka - Saudi Arabia will be concerned about the Trump administration's recent tensions with neighboring Iran
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The plane carrying Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is emblazoned with the message 'Allah Bless You' as it arrives at Kansai airport
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President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan (right) and his wife Emine Erdogan walk with umbrellas during a rainy weather at Mukogawa Women's University after the president received an honorary doctorate degree in Nishinomiya, Japan
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Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives at Kansai airport in Izumisano city - furious at what he sees as an unfair advantage in the trading system, Trump has already hit Beijing with $200 billion in levies on Chinese imports and appeared to threaten more
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With Special Counsel Robert Mueller now set to testify publicly in July about Russia and his investigation of obstruction, Trump asked hours before he landed why Democrats in the House weren't investigating top former officials who 'leaked, lied and did so many other terrible things.' 
The president also meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping amid an ongoing trade war having issued a threat to impose $300 billion in additional tariffs.
Trump also will talk to various leaders about tensions in the Middle East. He has demanded other nations do more to protect their own vessels in vital shipping lanes – after pulling back from a military strike on Iran that he said was just 30 minutes away from occurring.
Japan's Prime Ministser Shinzo Abe met recently with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and will try to seek avenues to diffuse tensions. 
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Trump will meet with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who is trying to diffuse tensions with Iran and traveled there
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India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi (L) shakes hands with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during a bilateral meeting ahead of the G20 summit
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Late Arrival: Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and his wife Maria Begona Gomez Fernandez arrive ahead of the G20 leaders summit in Osaka
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Thailand's Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha and his wife Naraporn Chan-O-Cha arrive at Kansai airport (left) and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro gives a thumbs up to the press before hopping in his car
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French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte are welcomed by Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako prior to their meeting at the Imperial Palace
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President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan receives honorary doctorate degree from Mukogawa Women's University in Nishinomiya, Japan on Thursday
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South Korea's President Moon Jae-in and his wife Kim Jung-sook arrive at Kansai airport after a relatively short skip over on the plane, with just an hour and 50 minutes of flight time
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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo talks with U.S. Ambassador to Japan Bill Hagerty as he arrives in Osaka ahead of the President on Thursday
As if he doesn't have enough on his plate, Trump raised the stakes on his meeting with India's Prime Minister Narendra Damodardas Modi.  He demanded India, a key strategic counterbalance to China and the world's largest democracy, take down retaliatory tariffs it imposed on U.S. goods.   
'I look forward to speaking with Prime Minister Modi about the fact that India, for years having put very high Tariffs against the United States, just recently increased the Tariffs even further,' he wrote from Air Force Once en route to Osaka. 'This is unacceptable and the Tariffs must be withdrawn!'
Trump has been more than willing to impose tariffs when he believes it's to his benefit in negotiations.
He tweeted in December: 'I am a Tariff Man. When people or countries come in to raid the great wealth of our Nation, I want them to pay for the privilege of doing so. It will always be the best way to max out our economic power. We are right now taking in $billions in Tariffs. MAKE AMERICA RICH AGAIN'
He tweeted about India Wednesday just as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo left New Delhi. The Trump administration last month took away trade benefits to India under the Generalized System of Preferences. 
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The Prime Minister of Australia Scott Morrison shakes hands with the Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe during a bilateral meeting ahead of the G20 summit
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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his wife Emine arriving in Osaka - Erdogan has recently suffered a setback at home as his party lost the mayoralty of Istanbul to a secular rival
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Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May and her husband Philip May arrive at Kansai airport as rain lashed the runway, with Japan anticipating a typhoon
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French President Emmanuel Macron (second from left) and his wife Brigitte pose with Japanese Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on Thursday
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European Union President Donald Tusk (left), European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker (right) pose for photographs with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday
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Police officers guard the roads around the venue of the G20 summit the International Exhibition Center in Osaka on Thursday
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Police officers guard the waters around Osaka Castle in a rubber dinghy on Thursday amid heightened security as world leaders flew in
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Police officers dressed in white raincoats prepare to lay down traffic cones as they secured the area around the G20 summit venue today
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A police officer talks to someone on a bicycle as Japanese security officials locked down some of the city center in Osaka today
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If Trump's initial posture appeared less than diplomatic, it may be in part to a symbolic and awkward State Department departure. The chief of protocol resigned on the eve of the trip following a possible internal probe into allegations of harassment in the office and carrying around a whip. 
He has at least nine bilateral meetings scheduled, as well as other G20 activities. 
First was a dinner with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
He also meets with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Slaman of Saudi Arabia, and President Recip Erdogan of Turkey. 
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Post by annemarie on Thu 27 Jun 2019, 16:11

https://people.com/politics/donald-trump-blames-democrats-photo-father-daughter-drowned/


[size=48]Trump Says He 'Hates' That 'Wonderful' Dad & Toddler Drowned Trying to Get to U.S., Then Blames Democrats

"You are head of the Executive Branch," Sen. Chuck Schumer reportedly told Trump. "You control what’s happening at the border"
By Adam Carlson 
June 26, 2019 06:03 PM


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President Donald Trump said Wednesday he was struck by a devastating photo of a young father and daughter who drowned trying to swim across the Rio Grande and enter the U.S. from Mexico.
But in the same sentence that he shared his distress, Trump pivoted to blaming Democrats for the set of circumstances at the southern border that drove the family into the water in the first place.
“I know it could stop immediately if the Democrats change the law,” Trump said, without elaborating on which possible reforms could be helpful.
“They have to change the laws,” he said. “And then that father, who probably was this wonderful guy, with his daughter, things like that wouldn’t happen.”
“If we had the right laws, that the Democrats are not letting us have, those people, they wouldn’t be coming up,” Trump said. “They wouldn’t be trying.”

In response, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer reportedly said, “That’s a disgrace. Mr. President, you are president of the United States. You are head of the Executive Branch. You control what’s happening at the border.”
RELATED: Wrenching Photo of Father and Daughter Washed Up on a River Bank Reveals the Dangers Migrants Face
Speaking with reporters outside the White House on Wednesday, Trump said, “I hate it,” referring to an internationally circulated image of Óscar Alberto Martínez Ramírez, 25, and his 23-month-old daughter, whose bodies washed ashore in Mexico across the river from Brownsville, Texas.
The father and daughter were found Monday morning, according to news reports.
Their relatives said they left El Salvador seeking more economic opportunity and had been in Mexico about two months before arriving in the city of Matamoros with Ramírez’s wife, brother and daughter, who has been identified alternately as Valeria and Angie Valeria.
Ramírez’s family was seeking asylum in the U.S., according to the Associated Press. But it was unclear if they were able to make their official request before they chose to try to cross the Rio Grande out of apparent desperation.


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Tania Vanessa Ávalos of El Salvador speaks with Mexican authorities after her husband and nearly 2-year-old daughter were swept away by the current while trying to cross the Rio Grande to Brownsville, Texas, in Matamoros, Mexico.
 
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The federal government has been strictly controlling the amount of asylum applicants under a “metering” policy officially meant to prevent immigrants from overwhelming available border resources, according to NPR.
However, critics have charged the policy is a veil for the government’s real goal of cutting down on immigration, CNN reported in December.
Trump made immigration a centerpiece of his 2016 campaign. Since taking office he has moved broadly to reduce the amount of both legal and illegal immigration in the U.S.
The Mexican border is the site of numerous migrants from Central and South America who have fled poverty and extreme violence seeking new lives in America — but who are now struggling in limbo waiting for possible entry while living in shelters and camps.
“I begged them not to go, but he wanted to scrape together money to build a home,” Ramírez’s mother told the AP from El Salvador. “They hoped to be there a few years and save up for the house.”


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Post by party animal - not! on Thu 27 Jun 2019, 16:31

The Supreme Court seem to have held up their hands and said gerrymandering is okay...

https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/kagan-dissent-supreme-court-gerrymandering-852999/

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The liberal justice blasted the Supreme Court’s conservatives for abdicating their duty and putting American democracy in danger


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Associate Justice Elena Kagan poses in the official group photo at the US Supreme Court in Washington, D.C.
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WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court’s five conservatives ruled Thursday that federal courts have no role to play in striking down politically rigged congressional maps that deny equal representations to citizens of a given state. The court’s majority opinion, responding to two lawsuits challenging gerrymandered maps in Maryland and North Carolina, effectively punted, saying there is no standard to decide such cases. The decision is a serious blow to voting rights groups who had hoped the high court would step in and set a precedent on the issue of gerrymandering.



In her dissent, Justice Elena Kagan, one of the court’s four liberals, blasted the five conservative justices. She accused them of abdicating their duties with a “tragically wrong” decision that would have disastrous consequences for American democracy. Here are six of the most blistering lines from Kagan’s dissent:

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  • “The majority’s abdication comes just when courts across the country, including those below, have coalesced around manageable judicial standards to resolve partisan gerrymandering claims.”

  • “Maybe the majority errs in these cases because it pays so little attention to the constitutional harms at their core. After dutifully reciting each case’s facts, the majority leaves them forever behind, instead immersing itself in everything that could conceivably go amiss if courts became involved.”

  • “The majority’s idea instead seems to be that if we have lived with partisan gerrymanders so long, we will survive. That complacency has no cause. Yes, partisan gerrymandering goes back to the Republic’s earliest days. (As does vociferous opposition to it.) But big data and modern technology—of just the kind that the mapmakers in North Carolina and Maryland used—make today’s gerrymandering altogether different from the crude line-drawing of the past.”

  • “For the first time in this Nation’s history, the majority declares that it can do nothing about an acknowledged constitutional violation because it has searched high and low and cannot find a workable legal standard to apply.”

  • “[I]n throwing up its hands, the majority misses something under its nose: What it says can’t be done has been done. Over the past several years, federal courts across the country—including, but not exclusively, in the decisions below—have largely converged on a standard for adjudicating partisan gerrymandering claims (striking down both Democratic and Republican districting plans in the process).”

  • “Of all times to abandon the Court’s duty to declare the law, this was not the one. The practices challenged in these cases imperil our system of government. Part of the Court’s role in that system is to defend its foundations. None is more important than free and fair elections. With respect but deep sadness, I dissent.”


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Post by annemarie on Fri 28 Jun 2019, 01:27

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7190613/Liberalisms-day-boasts-Putin.html

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  • Russian president gloated that western Liberalism 'had outlived its purpose' 

  • Said ‘liberal idea’ was on way out as the public turned its back on its concerns

  • Also blasted Angela Merkel's 'cardinal mistake' of allowed in a million refugees 


By AMELIA CLARKE FOR THE DAILY MAIL
PUBLISHED: 19:51 EDT, 27 June 2019 | UPDATED: 20:23 EDT, 27 June 2019

     


Vladimir Putin last night boasted that liberalism in Europe and the US had ‘outlived its purpose’.
The Russian president criticised Western views on gay rights, immigration and multiculturalism – which he claimed were an attack on ‘traditional family values’.
In an interview with the Financial Times, Mr Putin said ‘the liberal idea’ was on its way out as the public turned its back on these issues. 
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The Russian president criticised Western views on gay rights, immigration and multiculturalism – which he claimed were an attack on ‘traditional family values’
And he claimed German chancellor Angela Merkel made a ‘cardinal mistake’ in her 2017 decision to allow a million refugees into the country.

He said: ‘[Liberals] cannot simply dictate anything to anyone just like they have been attempting to do over the recent decades. This liberal idea presupposes that nothing needs to be done.
‘That migrants can kill, plunder and rape with impunity because their rights as migrants have to be protected.’
He added: ‘Every crime must have its punishment. The liberal idea has become obsolete. It has come into conflict with the interests of the overwhelming majority of the population.’


Mr Putin reserved special praise for Donald Trump for trying to stem the flow of migrants and drugs into the US, and said Anglo-Russian relations were beginning to improve ahead of his face-to-face meeting with Theresa May at this weekend’s G20 summit in Osaka, Japan.
Relations have been rocky since the UK pointed the finger at the Kremlin for the attempted assassination of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury in March last year.
Mr Putin said: ‘I think Russia and UK are both interested in fully restoring our relations, at least I hope a few preliminary steps will be made.’
But he declined to condemn the poisoning of the Skripals, saying: ‘Treason is the gravest crime possible.’ He added: ‘I am not saying that the Salisbury incident is the way to do it . . . but traitors must be punished.’
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Mr Putin reserved special praise for Donald Trump for trying to stem the flow of migrants and drugs into the US
Mr Putin said liberal governments had ignored their people in pursuit of multiculturalism and tolerance of gay people. He said: ‘I am not trying to insult anyone because we have been condemned for our alleged homophobia. But we have no problem with LGBT persons. God forbid, let them live as they wish.
‘But some things do appear excessive to us. They claim now that children can play five or six gender roles. Let everyone be happy, we have no problem with that.
‘But this must not be allowed to overshadow the culture, traditions and traditional family values of millions of people making up the core population.’
Mr Putin said the threat of a new nuclear arms race between Russia and the US was a concern, adding: ‘The Cold War was a bad thing... but there were at least some rules that all participants in international communication more or less adhered to or tried to follow.’
 

Hand over novichok killers, May to tell Putin 
By Jack Doyle Associate Editor in Osaka, Japan 
Theresa May will today tell Vladimir Putin to hand over the two agents who carried out the Salisbury chemical attack.
The Prime Minister will demand the men be ‘brought to justice’ when she holds talks with the Russian president on the fringes of the G20 in Osaka, Japan. It will be the first formal meeting between the two leaders in nearly three years – amid signs the Kremlin wants to end its isolation.
Relations were put in the deep freeze following the attempted assassination of Sergei and Yulia Skripal last year with the nerve agent novichok which left one innocent Briton dead.
After the attack, Mrs May led international efforts to expel more than 150 Russian diplomats from 20 countries. Last night she insisted Britain’s position towards Russia ‘has not changed’ and she would make it ‘absolutely clear’ to Mr Putin that the two agents should be handed over.
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Theresa May will today tell Vladimir Putin to hand over the two agents who carried out the Salisbury chemical attack
But she opened the door to a ‘different relationship’ between Britain and Russia if Mr Putin changes his ways.
Speaking to reporters on the flight to Osaka, she said she would give Mr Putin a ‘very clear message, leader to leader’.
She added: ‘We have no argument with the Russian people. Our position in relation to Russia, in relation to what happened on the streets of Salisbury, is well known and it has not changed. We are open to a different relationship with Russia but if that is going to happen, Russia needs to stop its activities that undermine international treaties and undermines our collective security.’
Asked about the prospect of extraditing Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, who have both been accused of attempted murder over the attacks, she said: ‘We believe we have identified the evidence and identified two individuals, we believe they should be brought to justice.
‘There are European arrest warrants out for these individuals and if they step foot outside Russia, we will be making every effort to ensure they are brought to justice.’
n Mrs May said walking holidays in the Swiss Alps had convinced her of the need to combat climate change.
She and husband Philip had witnessed the Gorner Glacier retreating ‘quickly’ over the past decade and it prompted her to act, she added.
Mrs May is expected to press other leading nations at the G20 summit to match the UK’s cuts to emissions. 
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Post by annemarie on Fri 28 Jun 2019, 19:35

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7189211/Bush-Clinton-celebrate-leadership-program.html

[size=34]'I disagree with so much of what's happening today': Presidents Bush and Clinton call for bipartisanship while celebrating the graduates of their leadership program[/size]


  • Former presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton were in Dallas Thursday to see their leadership program in action

  • The presidents bemoaned a lack of bipartisanship in the current political world

  • President Bush said cellphones and short text were 'hurting the country' 

  • President Clinton said that fake news was simply a way to ignore very real facts 

  • Both Presidents spoke at a ceremony for the graduates and held a Q&A session

  • 2019 marks the 5th anniversary of the Presidential Leadership Scholars program

  • The program helps midcareer professionals hone their leadership abilities through interactions with former presidents and other officials


By ASSOCIATED PRESS and JAMES GORDON FOR DAILYMAIL.COM 
PUBLISHED: 12:58 EDT, 27 June 2019 UPDATED: 10:34 EDT, 28 June 2019


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They may have come from opposite ends of the political spectrum but former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton were united as they made subtle digs at the current administration's behavior.
Bush and Clinton took time to discuss the Trump White House while touching on other hot-button issues Thursday night during a conversation recognizing graduates of their leadership program in Dallas.
'I disagree with so much of what's happening today,' Clinton said. 'I think diversity is a godsend. I think it's one of America's great blessings.' 
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Former presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton were in Dallas Thursday to see their leadership program in action
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Former U.S. President Bill Clinton shake hands with a graduates during the Presidential Leadership Scholars graduation event at the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas
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Former U.S. President Bill Clinton spoke during a question & answer session at the graduation
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Former U.S. Presidents George W. Bush and President Bill Clinton shake hands as Lisa Hallett and Dr. Jay Bhatt leave the stage during the event
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2019 marks the 5th anniversary of the Presidential Leadership Scholars program
The discussion was geared mainly around health care and veterans' affairs, but both former Commander-in-Chiefs also complained about the current perceived lack of bipartisanship in America.

'I've been concerned for a long time about how we keep drifting apart,' Clinton said. 'We all say we want people to work together, but at least in politics, we don't always vote for what we say we want.' 
Clinton lead a discussion about health care and told an anecdote about George H.W. Bush listening to advice from his wife according to the Dallas Morning News
'At some point we can't scream fake news and alternative facts at each other if the infant mortality rate is what it is,' Clinton said. 'Same with the number of people who are here at the border that may be legal or not legal, they are what they are.' 
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'I disagree with so much of what's happening today,' Clinton said. 'I think diversity is a godsend. I think it's one of America's great blessings.'
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'There's some people discouraged about the future of the country, and I strongly suggest they meet people from PLS classes,' Bush said
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'The country is full of decent, caring, compassionate citizens willing to serve,' Bush said
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President Bush then spoke about how he believed cellphones were hurting the country.
'You can't have any empathy when you communicate by short texts,' he said, in a clear message aimed at the current president. 
He then went to talk movingly about his father who passed away in November.
'His last words on Earth were 'I love you,'' Bush said. 'That does say a lot. He gave me the greatest gift: unconditional love. For all you men out there who may end up having children, remember the greatest gift you can give your child is unconditional love.'
The graduation ceremony for the almost 60 people participating in their Presidential Leadership Scholars program was held late Thursday afternoon at the George W. Bush Presidential Center. 
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President Bush said cellphones and short text were 'hurting the country'
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This is the fifth anniversary since the program set up by the former Presidents began in 2015
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Former U.S. Presidents George W. Bush and President Bill Clinton shake hands as Lisa Hallett and Dr. Jay Bhatt
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President Bush spoke movingly about his late father George H.W. Bush. 'His last words on Earth were 'I love you,' That does say a lot. He gave me the greatest gift: unconditional love,' he said
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Former Presidents Bill Clinton, left, and George W. Bush, center, listen as Sylvester, right, recites a performance piece at the Meadows School of the Arts in Dallas
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Former President Bill Clinton speaks to staff and participants of a youth program, Big Thought, at the Meadows School of the Arts in Dallas
Bush said that he felt the future of the country is still bright because of the people they had met through the program.
'There's some people discouraged about the future of the country, and I strongly suggest they meet people from PLS classes,' Bush said. 'The country is full of decent, caring, compassionate citizens willing to serve.'
The scholars program, which began in 2015, helps midcareer professionals hone their leadership abilities through interactions with former presidents and other officials.
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Former Presidents Bill Clinton, left, and George W. Bush, center, and Byron Sanders, right, President and CEO of Big Thought view art at the Meadows School of the Arts in Dallas
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Former President George W. Bush chats with Big Thought staff and youth participants, a non-profit youth program, during a conversation with those taking part
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Byron Sanders, left, President and CEO of Big Thought, shows former Presidents Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush, art created by some of the staff of Big Thought
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Sanders, CEO of Big Thought, welcomed the former presidents at one of Big Thought's youth programs 'that uses visual, performing and digital arts to help young people improve job skills, gain a positive self-image, and increase social and emotional development.' 
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Byron Sanders, left,  and former President George W. Bush, right, listen as Big Thought youth participant, Isaiah, center, describes a work of art created by participants and staff on display
Each scholar works on a project intended to solve a problem or issue.
Doctors, veterans, attorneys and educators are among those participating in this year's class.
The program draws from the experiences of former presidents Bush, Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Lyndon B. Johnson to teach leadership skills.
Each scholar then uses the presidential experiences while working on a project intended to solve a problem or an issue over a six-month period. 
'This is a program that is absolutely not political and yet it achieves a common objective,' said President Bush. 'All of them got a PHD in life, they're gonna help lead the country.' 
Earlier on Thursday, Bush and Clinton also took time to visit one of their past scholars, Byron Sanders, to talk about a youth program offered by Big Thought, a Dallas-based nonprofit Sanders leads. 
Byron Sanders, CEO of Big Thought, welcomed the former presidents at one of Big Thought's youth programs 'that uses visual, performing and digital arts to help young people improve job skills, gain a positive self-image, and increase social and emotional development.'
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Former President Bill Clinton chats with Big Thought staff and youth participants, a non-profit youth program
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Carletta, left, and former president George W. Bush, look on as former president Bill Clinton congratulates Sylvester, right, after she recited a performance piece 
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Big Thought staff members Jose Manuel 'Bone' Garcia, left, and Sarah Guerra, center, discuss the non profit youth program with former President George W. Bush
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Post by annemarie on Sun 30 Jun 2019, 10:18

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7196629/Cory-Booker-defends-Kamala-Harris-Don-Jr-shared-tweet-claiming-wasnt-black-enough.html

[size=34]'Kamala Harris doesn't have s**t to prove': Cory Booker defends fellow 2020 candidate after Trump Jr shared racist 'birther' tweet claiming the 'half Indian, half Jamaican' senator 'isn't black enough' to discuss the plight of African Americans[/size]


  • Donald Trump Jr on Thursday retweeted - and deleted - controversial tweet 

  • Tweet by alt-right Twitter user says Kamala Harris 'isn't black enough' to discuss racism in America because of her Jamaican-Indian ancestry 

  • During Democratic debate on Thursday, Harris slammed Joe Biden for his praise of pro-segregation senators

  • Cory Booker came to Harris's defense on Twitter on Saturday, saying she 'doesn't have s**t to prove' 

  • Harris accused Don Jr of 'same type of racist attacks his father used to attack Obama' - a reference to the birther movement 


By ARIEL ZILBER FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 20:39 EDT, 29 June 2019 | UPDATED: 02:46 EDT, 30 June 2019

     


Cory Booker came to the defense of Kamala Harris on Saturday by using foul language on Twitter after Donald Trump Jr retweeted - and then deleted - a post questioning her ancestry.
‘Kamala Harris doesn’t have s**t to prove,’ the senator from New Jersey tweeted on Saturday.
Booker was replying to a New York Times report about the president’s eldest son who shared a tweet that claimed Harris, the senator from California, was not ‘black enough’ to discuss race relations in America.
Both Booker and Harris are contenders for the Democratic Party nomination for president.
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Donald Trump Jr (left) on Thursday retweeted - and then deleted - a tweet which claimed that Senator Kamala Harris (right) of California 'is not an American Black' but rather is 'half Indian and half Jamaican'
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Senator Cory Booker (above) of New Jersey came to Harris's defense on Twitter on Saturday
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‘Kamala Harris doesn’t have s**t to prove,’ the senator from New Jersey tweeted on Saturday
Don Jr on Thursday retweeted a post by Ali Alexander, an alt-right fringe personality on Twitter, who wrote: ‘Kamala Harris is *not* an American Black. She is half Indian and half Jamaican.

‘I'm so sick of people robbing American Blacks (like myself) of our history.
‘It's disgusting. Now using it for debate time at [the Democratic debate in Miami on Thursday].
‘These are my people not her people.
‘Fr*****g disgusting.’
Don Jr retweeted the tweet, adding: ‘Is this true? Wow.’
A short time later, the president’s eldest son deleted the retweet.
Don Jr has nearly 3.6 million Twitter followers.
Since Donald Trump entered politics, Don Jr has been outspoken in his support for his father.
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Don Jr on Thursday retweeted a post by Ali Alexander, an alt-right fringe personality on Twitter, who wrote: ‘Kamala Harris is *not* an American Black. She is half Indian and half Jamaican. I'm so sick of people robbing American Blacks (like myself) of our history. It's disgusting. Now using it for debate time at [the Democratic debate in Miami on Thursday]. These are my people not her people. Fr*****g disgusting.’
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A spokesperson for Don Jr told the Times: ‘Don’s tweet was simply him asking if it was true that Kamala Harris was half-Indian because it’s not something he had ever heard before and once he saw that folks were misconstruing the intent of his tweet, he quickly deleted it.’
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A spokesperson for Don Jr told the Times: ‘Don’s tweet was simply him asking if it was true that Kamala Harris was half-Indian because it’s not something he had ever heard before and once he saw that folks were misconstruing the intent of his tweet, he quickly deleted it.’
Alexander’s tweet has gone viral and been reposted by conservatives on social media.
Harris’s campaign denounced the tweet, saying it was racist and comparing it to the birther movement which claimed that Barack Obama was not born in the United States.
‘This is the same type of racist attacks his father used to attack Barack Obama,’ a spokesperson for Harris told The Daily Beast when asked about Don Jr’s tweet.
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Harris’s racial origins became a hot topic of conversation after Thursday’s Democratic debate in Miami. The 54-year-old senator from California (far right) challenged Joe Biden (far left) over his comments about working with segregationists as well as his record on the issue of desegregating schools. Senator Bernie Sanders is seen in the middle
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Harris’s campaign posted a photo of her as a young girl in elementary school. Harris attacked Biden over his past record on the issue of busing, a controversial practice in which African American children were bussed to predominantly white schools to combat segregation
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Earlier this month, Biden told a fundraiser in New York that he had good working relationships with the late Senators James Eastland of Mississippi (left) and Henry Talmadge of Georgia (right) - two men known for pro-segregation views 
‘It didn’t work then and it won’t work now.’
Harris’s racial origins became a hot topic of conversation after her performance during Thursday’s Democratic debate in Miami.
Harris was born in Oakland to a father from Jamaica and a mother from India.
The 54-year-old senator from California challenged Joe Biden over his comments about working with segregationists as well as his record on the issue of desegregating schools.
Earlier this month, Biden told a fundraiser in New York that he had good working relationships with the late Senators James Eastland of Mississippi and Henry Talmadge of Georgia - two men known for pro-segregation views.
‘I do not believe you are a racist,’ Harris said, turning her head to Biden.
‘…But I also believe and it’s personal and …it was hurtful to hear you talk about the reputations of two United States senators who built their reputations and career on the segregation of race in this country… you also worked with them to oppose busing…and, you know, there was a little girl in California who was part of the second class to integrate her public schools, and she was bused to school every day and that little girl was me.
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Harris's campaign compared Don Jr's tweets to his father's attacks on Barack Obama (right) - a reference to the birther movement which claimed that the 44th president was not born in the United States
‘So, I will tell you that on this subject it can not be an intellectual debate among Democrats.
‘We have to take it seriously. We have to act swiftly.’
Harris’s campaign even posted a photo of her as a young girl in elementary school.
‘There was a little girl in California who was bused to school. That little girl was me,’ read the caption on the tweet on Harris’s account, which was posted during the debate on Thursday evening.
Biden appeared shaken by the attack, but defended his record on civil rights and said his remarks had been mischaracterized as praise for racists.

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Post by party animal - not! on Mon 01 Jul 2019, 17:35

Some of you might enjoy this

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/jul/01/unwantedivanka-awkward-moment-at-g20-prompts-slew-of-trump-parodies


And includes this from Elysee Palace


https://twitter.com/ParhamGhobadi/status/1145074623035449357

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Post by annemarie on Mon 01 Jul 2019, 19:55

#Unwantedivanka: awkward moment at G20 prompts slew of Trump parodies
Photoshopped images show president’s daughter as interloper at historic moments


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 Ivanka Trump photoshopped into the famous photograph of American civil rights activist Dr Martin Luther King jr in Washington. Illustration: Supplied/Getty
Ivanka Trump’s prominent role at the G20 summit over the weekend, and her presence at the Korean demilitarised zone with her father, has inspired a slew of parodies under the hashtag #unwantedivanka.





 Ivanka Trump seen chatting with Macron, Trudeau, Lagarde and May – video
Following an awkward encounter in Osaka, in which Trump appeared to muscle in on a conversation with world leaders, the president’s daughter and senior White House advisor has been photoshopped into significant moments in history, ranging from the signing of the US declaration of independence to the Japanese surrender at the end of the second world war.
The flurry of #unwantedivaka tweets came after a callout on Twitter from US journalist Erin Ryan. One tweet placed the former fashion entrepreneur at the Yalta peace conference alongside Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin.


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Another tweet pictured her standing alongside Martin Luther King. She was also photoshopped beside Colin Kaepernik kneeling during the national anthem, at Prince Harry’s wedding and in the White House situation room when Osama Bin Laden was captured.
Others showed her on set of the television show Friends, crossing Abbey Road with the Beatles, on stage with Beyoncé and as the titular character in hit 80s movie ET.



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Ivanka Trump’s appointment to her father’s staff in 2017 raised eyebrows because of her apparent lack of qualifications to be a senior presidential adviser.
In April Donald Trump confirmed he had considered naming her to head the World Bank, and also said he thought she would have been a great UN ambassador.
“She’s a natural diplomat,” Trump said. “She would’ve been great at the United Nations, as an example.”

Ivanka’s presence at the weekend of international set-piece events came under fire from New York Democratic congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who said it “hurts our diplomatic standing”. Her criticism followed the release of a 19-second video of Ivanka Trump appearing to try to join a conversation between French president Emmanuel Macron, Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau, International Monetary Fund director Christine Lagarde and British prime minister Theresa May.
Before the US presidential party left South Korea, Ivanka Trump was once again in the spotlight, pictured addressing US troops at a military base. As her father called her up to the stage with the US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, he quipped that they were “beauty and the beast” and that Ivanka would “steal the show”.
“What a beautiful couple,” Trump said.




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Post by LizzyNY on Mon 01 Jul 2019, 22:29

I just read the most amazing, heartbreaking letter. I can't post it (don't know how) and even if I did, it's too long. But if you want to read something extraordinary go to:

     mydaughtersarmy.org/open-letters/

Click on "open letters" and look for : Open Letter: To my Trump-supporting family.

Stunning. Made me want to weep.
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Post by annemarie on Mon 01 Jul 2019, 23:00

Not sad to me , but he finally saw America as it really is.

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Post by LizzyNY on Tue 02 Jul 2019, 00:56

What made me so sad is the depth of his feeling of betrayal and how he, and probably millions more, have lost faith in our ever moving past where we are today. He seems to be giving up on the American dream that motivated so many generations to be better and do better than the people who came before them and he is certainly giving up on his family's ever changing. That's sad. No one should be considered beyond redemption.
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Post by Donnamarie on Tue 02 Jul 2019, 02:01

Lizzy thanks for the link. This man’s letter was so compelling. What he has endured with his family goes beyond politics. The essence of who he is is in direct conflict with his family. It is sad that it seems like he’s breaking all ties with his family but you have to be true to yourself. If I was in his situation I’m not sure that I wouldn’t feel the same as he does.
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Post by LizzyNY on Tue 02 Jul 2019, 13:34

Donnamarie - For different reasons I have been in a similar situation with some of my own family members - and, I'm sorry to say, with the same result. It hurts to know that relationships that have been the foundation of your life can be destroyed over a disagreement.
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Post by annemarie on Tue 02 Jul 2019, 15:24

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7203481/Trump-slams-Democrats-homelessness-New-York-Los-Angeles-San-Francisco.html

[size=34]‘We need to clean up our filthy big cities’: Trump blasts ‘disgraceful’ state of homelessness in NYC, LA and San Francisco[/size]


  • Trump gave an interview to Tucker Carlson of Fox News, which aired on Monday 

  • President agreed with Carlson that large American cities were beset by 'filth' 

  • Carlson mentioned New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles 

  • President said 'phenomenon started 2 years ago' though unclear what he meant 


By ARIEL ZILBER FOR DAILYMAIL.COM and ASSOCIATED PRESS
PUBLISHED: 01:15 EDT, 2 July 2019 | UPDATED: 09:35 EDT, 2 July 2019



President Trump blamed Democrats for the worsening homelessness problem in some of America’s largest cities.
During an interview with Fox News that aired on Monday, the president appeared to be saying that the problem has been exacerbated in the last two years, though others interpreted his comments to mean that he believed homelessness was a phenomenon that started two years ago.
‘It’s a phenomenon that started two years ago,’ Trump told Tucker Carlson when the Fox News host asked him about ‘major problem with filth’ in cities like New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.
‘It’s disgraceful. I'm going to maybe - I am looking at it very seriously.’


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President Trump blamed Democrats for the homelessness problem in some of America's largest cities. He made the comments in an interview with Tucker Carlson of Fox News, which aired on Monday
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Trump says that it’s a ‘phenomenon that started two years ago’ though it is unclear what he meant
Carlson mentioned the cleanliness of cities in Japan, where he traveled to cover the G20 summit which was also attended by Trump and other world leaders.
‘You come to where we are now, Osaka or Tokyo, and the cities are clean,’ Carlson says.
‘There’s no graffiti. No one going to the bathroom on the street. You don’t see junkies.’
Trump replies: ‘It’s very nice, isn’t it?’
‘Very different from our cities,’ Carlson says.
‘Yep,’ Trump says before adding: ‘Well, no, some of our cities…’
‘Some of our cities, but New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles - they’ve got a major problem with filth,’ Carlson says.


‘It’s very sad,’ Trump says.
‘Why is that?’ Carlson asks.
Trump then says that it’s a ‘phenomenon that started two years ago’ though it is unclear what he meant.
The president then said that ‘police officers are getting sick just by walking the beat,’ though it is unclear what he was referring to.
In May, an LAPD detective was diagnosed with typhoid fever, a rare illness typically spread through contaminated food or water, and at least five other officers who work in the same station showed symptoms.
The six officers work in the Central Division station, where a state investigation into unsafe and unsanitary working conditions led to penalties and more than $5,000 in fines earlier this month, documents show.
The division polices downtown Los Angeles, including the notorious Skid Row area where hundreds of homeless people camp on the streets. 
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When mentioning San Francisco, Trump said that the city was a place ‘that you used to think as very special’ but is now ‘terrible.’ A homeless man is seen begging for money as pedestrians walk by on a San Francisco street in May 2019
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Travis Stanley, who said he has been homeless for three months and is a U.S. Navy veteran, reads on donated bedding where he normally sleeps beneath an overpass on June 5, 2019 in Los Angeles
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Homeless beg for money on April 6, 2018 in New York City - Trump's hometown
[size=18]Thousands of homeless people on LA's 'skid row' in 2017 video




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The police union says homeless encampments must be cleaned up following the recent diagnosis and other cases where officers contracted hepatitis A and staph infections. 
‘I mean, they’re getting actually very sick, where people are getting sick, where the people living there are living in hell, too,’ Trump said.
Trump then claimed that it was the ‘liberal establishment’ that was responsible for homelessness and that he ‘ended it very quickly’ in Washington, D.C. after he became president.
When mentioning San Francisco, Trump said that the city was a place ‘that you used to think as very special’ but is now ‘terrible.’
The president also said he owns property there.
‘So we’re looking at it very seriously,’ Trump said.
‘We may intercede. We may do something to get that whole thing cleaned up. It’s inappropriate.’ 
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Post by annemarie on Tue 02 Jul 2019, 15:34

Idiot the homeless problem began when old Ronald Regan was President. New York is dirty because of the people who throw garbage on the street. We also don't even wash the streets any more sanitation trucks used to come through and wash the streets not anymore they don't even sweep up trash that falls out of bags or is just lose they leave it in the street.
As for the homeless, maybe he should look at building affordable housing , he won't because as he has said there is no
money in that.

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Post by annemarie on Tue 02 Jul 2019, 17:47

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7205429/Trump-claims-Pentagon-thrilled-tanks-Fourth-July-celebration.html

[size=34]Trump claims Pentagon is 'thrilled' to have tanks in his Fourth of July celebration as White House insists president's speech ISN'T political even though Republican party is handing out tickets[/size]


  • President Trump claimed the Pentagon is 'thrilled' with his plan to include tanks in his Fourth of July celebration amid reports of reluctant

  • 'The Pentagon & our great Military Leaders are thrilled to be doing this & showing to the American people,' he wrote on Twitter

  • And the White House insisted Trump's 'Salute to America' isn't political 

  • 'That's absolutely ridiculous,' Deputy White House press secretary Hogan Gidley said. 'The president is not going to get political'

  • Tanks were spotted arriving in Washington D.C.

  • A stage was being set up at the Lincoln Memorial where Trump will speak 

  • Threatening to rain on the president's parade is literally the rain as thunderstorms are in the forecast for the Fourth of July 


By EMILY GOODIN, U.S. POLITICAL REPORTER FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 11:50 EDT, 2 July 2019 | UPDATED: 12:15 EDT, 2 July 2019

     



Donald Trump claimed Tuesday the Pentagon is 'thrilled' with his plan to include tanks in his Fourth of July celebration amid reports military leaders were reluctant to have them as a part of the festivities. 
'Big 4th of July in D.C. “Salute to America.” The Pentagon & our great Military Leaders are thrilled to be doing this & showing to the American people, among other things, the strongest and most advanced Military anywhere in the World. Incredible Flyovers & biggest ever Fireworks!,' the president wrote on Twitter.
His defense of his parade of America's military might comes amid reports the Pentagon was reluctant to showcase military vehicles and weapons in the nation's capital the way leaders of North Korea, Russia, and China put on such displays. 
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President Trump claimed the Pentagon is 'thrilled' with his plan to include tanks in his Fourth of July celebration amid reports of reluctant
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The tanks and other military vehicles were spotted arriving in Washington D.C. ahead of Thursday's 'Salute to the Fourth'
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Two M1A1 Abrams tanks and other military vehicles sit on guarded rail cars at a rail yard in Southwest Washington D.C. 
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A worker carries a security camera to be installed at the Lincoln Memorial ahead of Trump's speech on Thursday
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City workers hangs US and District of Colombia flags on light poles along Constitution Avenue
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Military leaders argue the U.S. does not need to demonstrate its military strength. 

The costs of the president's 'Salute to America' to tax payers is unclear and critics charge him with throwing a campaign-style rally - aided by Trump's planned speech before the Lincoln Memorial - on America's birthday.  

Fourth of July Events 


[size=13]National Independence Day Parade
11:45 a.m. - 2 p.m., Constitution Avenue NW from 7th Street NW to 17th Street NW
Marching bands, fife and drum corps, floats, military units, giant balloons, equestrian, drill teams and more celebrate Independence Day in this patriotic, flag-waving, red, white and blue celebration of America's birthday! 
Salute to America
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Lincoln Memorial
President Donald J. Trump honors America’s armed forces with music, military demonstrations, flyovers and much more. Participants include the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps, the U.S. Army Band (“Pershing’s Own”), the Armed Forces Chorus, the United States Marine Corps Silent Drill Team, and many others. Gates open at 3:30 p.m.
Capitol Concert - A Capitol Fourth
8 p.m. - 9:30 p.m., West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol
This all-star salute to America's 243rd birthday with performances by Grammy Award-winning music legend Carole King, multi-platinum recording artist Vanessa Williams, Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Colbie Caillat, the National Symphony Orchestra, and a special appearance by the Sesame Street Muppets! 
Fireworks Display
9:07 p.m., National Mall & Neighboring Parks
Independence Day culminates with a spectacular fireworks display launched from West Potomac Park and behind the Lincoln Memorial which will be visible from many locations throughout D.C. and Northern Virginia. The fireworks will be cancelled in case of heavy rain, thunderstorms or high winds.
- courtesy the National Park Service 




White House officials deny that is the case - even though the Republican Party is handing out tickets to a special VIP section to hear the president's remarks.
'That's absolutely ridiculous,' Deputy White House press secretary Hogan Gidley said Tuesday morning on Fox Business Network. 'This is all about a salute to America. The president is not going to get political. He's going to celebrate the greatest country, the greatest idea in the history of the world, and that is the United States of America.'
The Republican National Committee will offer major donors tickets to the VIP section to hear the president's address, the Huffington Post reported.
'He’s going to have tanks out there. It’s going to be cool,' one fundraiser told the publication. 
But Gidley also promised several surprises in store for the day.
'We're going to have a lot of surprises. The president didn't get into all of them. In fact, private donations are coming in. The fireworks display is going to be five times that of normal years. So this is going to be the biggest and best celebration of the biggest and best country in history and we're excited to be a part of it,' he said. 
White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said it is a public event.
'This is a public event it's open to the public. The public is welcome to come and celebrate our great country the greatest democracy,' she told reporters at the White House Tuesday morning.
Threatening to rain on the president's parade is literally the rain. 
Thunderstorms are forecasted for the afternoon and evening of the Fourth of July, according to The Washington Post, with heavy rains and gusty winds predicted. 
Preparations have begun in the nation's capital for the event, which is expected to attract supporters and protesters alike.
Workers were spotted at the Lincoln Memorial setting up crowd barriers, lights and seating.  
And tanks have arrived in Washington D.C.  
Two M1 Abrams tanks and two Bradley Fighting Vehicles on flatcars were photographed at a rail yard at the southeastern edge of Washington where military police stood guard. 
They were accompanied by a M88A2 Hercules recovery vehicle and a Humvee support vehicle, in case they break down or become stranded.  
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A fire extinguisher sits near a row of loaded firework launchers at West Potomac Park ahead of Thursday's July 4th Salute to America celebration
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Workers prepare the stage before the Lincoln Memorial
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White House staffers Hogan Gidley (left) and Kellyanne Conway (right) defended the president's Fourth of July plans saying they are not political
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Workers install security barriers at the Lincoln Memorial
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Ready for the parade: The military have shipped two Bradley fighting vehicles (left), an M88A2 Hercules recovery vehicle in case they break down (center) and a support Humvee, and two M1 Abrams tanks from Fort Stewart in Georgia
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Ready for problems: The four combat vehicles are backed up by the Hercules recovery vehicle and a Humvee with more support equipment
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At least two M1 Abrams tanks and two Bradley Fighting Vehicles on flatcars guarded by military police are seen at a railyard at the southeastern edge of Washington on Monday
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Arrival: The convoy of military vehicles on flatcars was seen in Washington on Monday
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Guarded: Military police were deployed to guard the tanks and fighting vehicles by night 
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President Donald Trump's 'Salute to America' celebration on July 4 is coming together as a stage was erected in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, on Monday (pictured)
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The president has promised to go all out for Independence Day this year by sending tanks down the National Mall and having Air Force One do a flyover before the fireworks begin
'We're gonna have a great Fourth of July in Washington, DC,' Trump told reporters in the Oval Office on Monday. 'It'll be like no other. 
'It'll be special and I hope a lot of people come. And it's going to be about this country and it's a salute to America.
'We're gonna have some tanks stationed outside. You've got to be pretty careful with the tanks because the roads have a tendency not to like to carry heavy tanks. So we have to put them in certain areas but we have the brand new Sherman tanks and we have the brand new Abram tanks,' he said.
The Sherman tanks were last used in World War II and Abrams tanks are the main American battle tanks.
Local officials had previously objected to the more than 60-ton tanks because they could cause damage to the roads - but it appears Trump wouldn't take 'no' for an answer.  
The Abrams tanks were shipped on railroad freight cars from Fort Stewart, Georgia, the nearest Army base that has them. 
The White House declined to release more specific information.
Trump recalled his visit earlier this year to a plant in Lima, Ohio, where M1 Abrams tanks are refurbished. Ohio is a critical state for the president to win in his 2020 re-election bid. 
The plant had been at risk for closure but remained online due to Trump's investments in defense spending.
'We have some incredible equipment, military equipment on display - brand new,' Trump said. 'And we're very proud of it. You know we're making a lot of new tanks right now. We're building a lot of new tanks in Lima, Ohio - our great tank factory that people wanted to close down until I got elected and I stopped it from being closed down, and now it's a very productive facility.'
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'We're gonna have a great Fourth of July in Washington, DC,' Trump told reporters in the Oval Office on Monday. 'It'll be like no other. It'll be special and I hope a lot of people come'
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Trump is seen visiting the Lima Army Tank Plant where where M1 Abrams tanks are refurbished in March with then-acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan
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Trump is essentially producing the holiday show himself, holding extensive briefings and weighing in on all aspects - from where the fireworks are launched to how military are honored
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Workers build a stage and bleachers for the 'Salute to America' Fourth of July event on Monday
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Protesters will be out on the Fourth of July as Code Pink has a permit to bring the Baby Trump blimp (pictured in Orlando in June)
The president has wanted a military-style parade with tanks since he saw the French version on their Bastille Day celebration during his 2017 visit to France.  
Trump is essentially producing the holiday show himself, having extensive briefings on the subject and weighing in on all aspects - from where the fireworks should be launched to how the military will be honored.
The cost to taxpayers has yet to be determined: while two firework companies have donated the $750,000 show, employees of the National Park Service will have to clean up the mall the next day not to mention all the security officials working during the fireworks performance and the president's address.
The president has added extra touches to this year's event. 
The fireworks display will be twice as long as those in the past and include new elements - such as a massive American flag and the words 'U.S.A.' spelled out in the sky. 
The fireworks display will run from 9.07pm to 9.42pm. 
The president has also moved the fireworks launch site from it's traditional location alongside the Lincoln Memorial reflecting pool to a barge in the Potomac.   
There will also be a flyover from Air Force One, the Blue Angels - the US Navy's flight demonstration squadron - and other military planes. 
Bands will play and the president will give a speech before the Lincoln Memorial.
The White House has set aside a VIP section in front of the monument for dignitaries, family and friends to hear Trump's address that will be accessible only through tickets distributed by the White House, The Washington Post reported.  
Protests will also take place.
The Baby Trump Blimp will be on the National Mall. 
Code Pink announced it has obtained the necessary permits from the National Park Service to fly the Baby Trump blimp in DC on July 4.
But the balloon will be unable to actually fly over the Mall, as helium balloon are barred from the area at all times. 
Code Pink held a press conference Tuesday to protest the National Park Service's refusal to let them fly the balloon a few feet off the ground. 
Trump first got the idea for a military-style parade when he attended the Bastille Day festivities in Paris in 2017. 
Originally he wanted a Veterans' Day parade but that idea was nixed after concerns about its cost and the damage the military vehicles would do to the streets of Washington D.C.  
In addition to the president's plans, there's also an annual concert on the West Lawn of the Capitol, broadcast live by PBS. 
Actor John Stamos will host that event which will feature singer Carole King and characters from Sesame Street Street, including Big Bird and Burt and Ernie. 
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'Salute to America' is free and open to the public and free of charge, but a ticket-only area in front of the memorial is being set aside for VIPs, including members of Trump's family
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Workers hang patriotic bunting as they build a stage and bleachers for Thursday's event 
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The Blue Angels - the US Navy's demonstration squad - will fly over the National Mall
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Air Force One will also make a fly over
The event is open to the public and free of charge, but a ticket-only area in front of the memorial is being set aside for VIPs, including members of Trump's family, friends and members of the military, the White House said.
Last year, Trump and his wife, first lady Melania Trump, hosted service members and their families at a picnic on the White House lawn and the president addressed guests from the balcony. No similar event is being planned this year.
Federal lawmakers, local officials and others have voiced concerns that Trump could alter the tone of what traditionally is a nonpartisan celebration of America's independence from the British by delivering a political speech. Trump formally announced his bid for re-election in June.
Interior Secretary David Bernhardt, who oversees the National Mall and has helped orchestrate the president's vision, and other officials have said Trump's remarks will be patriotic. 
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Trump originally got the idea for tanks when he and the first lady observed a Bastille Day military parade in France in 2017 (pictured)
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Fireworks are seen around the Washington Monument during last year's celebration

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Post by LizzyNY on Tue 02 Jul 2019, 18:03

This crap he has money for, but not for anything of substance. Freakin' little dictator wannabe! I hope it pours buckets and no one shows up.

Just a thought. Maybe the Pentagon is going along with this because they're planning a coup Very Happy . One can only hope. If I were drumpf, I wouldn't want to be around anyone with a gun - let alone a tank! Laughing
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Post by party animal - not! on Tue 02 Jul 2019, 18:26

The VETS have a plan:

https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/veterans-john-mccain-donald-trump-july-4_n_5d1a43ace4b07f6ca581c21e

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Post by Donnamarie on Wed 03 Jul 2019, 00:16

Brilliant idea for the McCain t-shirts. If he sees them it will aggravate the hell out of him.

This whole event is wrong on so many levels. And it’s costing the city and the National Park Service. The military equipment being hauled in for this is inappropriate and sends the wrong message. Most veterans do not see this event as honoring them in any way.

Thunderstorms are in the forecast for Thursday so I hope that they move in just in time to ground the flyovers and drown out Trump’s BS speech. The people who want to come into the city to enjoy the fireworks should think twice about being a part of the ludicrous show and stay home and go to their neighborhood fireworks displays.
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Post by annemarie on Wed 03 Jul 2019, 14:41

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7209035/New-Jersey-judge-rebuked-lenient-rape-suspect-good-family.html



[size=34]New Jersey judge is rebuked for being lenient to 16-year-old rape suspect because he came from 'good family' and had high grades at school[/size]


  • Judge James Troiano said the teenage suspect was destined for a 'good college'

  • He said the victim had not been told about 'devastating effect' of trying the boy

  • The judge refused a trial in full adult court but a higher court reversed his ruling 


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A New Jersey judge has been rebuked for showing leniency towards a 16-year-old boy accused of rape at an alcohol-fueled pajama party because he came from a 'good family' and was destined for a top college. 
Judge James Troiano refused to allow the teenager to be tried in adult court, saying the claims were not a 'traditional case of rape' and that the boy had not shown 'calculation or cruelty'. 
He even complained that the victim had not been told about the 'devastating effect' that a full adult trial would have on the boy. 
But the judge's ruling has now been overturned by a higher court.  

According to prosecutors, the boy - named only as G.M.C. in court documents - had assaulted the girl, also 16 and called Mary to protect her identity, at the party in New Jersey in 2017. 
After both had been drinking, he allegedly filmed himself having sex with her in a darkened room, then sent a text saying: 'When your first time having sex was rape'.  
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A New Jersey judge has been rebuked for showing leniency towards a 16-year-old boy accused of rape because he came from a 'good family'
 
The girl,  was left vomiting and with bruise marks, and her family pursued criminal charges against the boy. 
Prosecutors say the 16-year-old alleged victim was 'visibly intoxicated, physically helpless and unable to provide consent', and applied for the boy to be tried as an adult. 


'This was neither a childish misinterpretation of the situation, nor was it a misunderstanding,' they argued. 
'[His behavior was calculated and cruel. This level of criminal sophistication warrants the elevation of this case via involuntary waiver to the adult criminal court.'
However, Judge Troiano disagreed.
Describing how he imagined the 'traditional case of rape', he said there were generally two or more men involved, 'either at gunpoint or weapon', and mentioned ideas such as 'manhandling' and an 'abandoned shack'. 
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Some of the judge's comments in which he praised the alleged rapist's academic performance
The judge also discussed how the girl had been intoxicated, saying she 'doesn't remember much of what happened'. 
On the boy, he said: 'Do I believe that it shows in any way a calculation or cruelty on his part or sophistication or a predatory nature? No, I do not.
'This young man comes from a good family who put him into an excellent school where he was doing extremely well.'
Mentioning the boy's role as an Eagle Scout, the judge continued: 'He is clearly a candidate for not just college but probably for a good college. His scores for college entry were very high.' 
He also dismissed the boy's text messages as 'a 16-year-old kid saying stupid crap to his friends'. 
As a result, the judge ordered the boy to be tried as a juvenile - but a New Jersey appeals court has since reversed his decision. 
Giving their reasons, the senior judges said Judge Troiano had gone off course and 'decided the case for himself'. 
'That the juvenile came from a good family and had good test scores we assume would not condemn the juveniles who do not come from good families and do not have good test scores,' they said.

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Post by LizzyNY on Wed 03 Jul 2019, 20:37

I can't imagine where this judge has been for the last 50 years. Unless two or more men drag you off to a deserted shack and force you to have sex or die - it isn't rape?! What is it? A Sunday school picnic?

Good home? Does well in school? Still a rapist. He even said so in his own post! What else do you need? This judge should go to work for drumpf. They think alike.
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Post by party animal - not! on Fri 05 Jul 2019, 10:20

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/trump-airports-1775-planes-revolutionary-war-speech-4th-july-speech-independence-day-salute-america-a8989286.html

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Post by annemarie on Fri 05 Jul 2019, 10:40

Trump says US troops 'took over airports' in war almost 100 years before planes were invented

US president appears to struggle with autocue during Fourth of July speech




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In a Fourth of July speech dedicated largely to American military might, Donald Trump claimed US Army troops “took over the airports” during a conflict which broke out almost a century before the first planes took flight. 
Allaying fears he would turn the "Salute to America" address at the Lincoln Memorial into a campaign-style rally, Mr Trump avoided political point-scoring and kept largely to a script, part of which detailed American military achievements throughout history.

“Our army manned the amparts (sic), it ranned (sic) the ramparts, it took over the airports, it did everything it had to do,” Mr Trump said, apparently struggling to read from the autocue. 



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Though it was unclear if he was referring to a moment during the Revolutionary War or the later War of 1812, which was also fought between British and American troops, Mr Trump was out by at least 89 years – the Wright brothers would not pilot the first powered flight until 1903.

The comment sparked mockery from some of the president’s critics. 
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“This is a president too stupid to know what he’s saying, a White House too incompetent to do basic fact checking, or someone with a serious reading problem,” tweeted Chris Lu, former deputy secretary of labour in the Obama administration. 
Andrew Stroehlein, a director at Human Rights Watch, sarcastically hailed Britain’s “legendary” air superiority in 18th century conflicts. 



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Mr Trump’s slip of the tongue came just days after he appeared confounded by questions about school “busing” and “Western-style democratic liberalism” during a press conference at the G20 in Japan. 
Asked about Vladimir Putin’s claim liberalism was in decline, Mr Trump appeared to believe it was a reference to “liberals” in California, and launched into a rant against the leadership in Los Angeles and San Francisco. 
He also appeared to believe a question about busing – a method intended to help achieve racial integration in schools – was literally just about buses. 
“I mean, you know, there aren’t that many ways you’re going to get people to schools,” Mr Trump said.

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Post by annemarie on Fri 05 Jul 2019, 10:56

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7215617/Alitalia-removes-ads-featuring-Tunisian-actor-dressed-blackface-portray-Barack-Obama.html

[size=34]Italian airline Alitalia sparks outrage with an ad for their transatlantic flights to the USA featuring Tunisian actor dressed up in blackface to portray Barack Obama[/size]


  • Italian flagship airline announced new nonstop flights from Dulles to Rome 

  • Company unveiled ad campaign featuring actors portraying U.S. presidents 

  • Social media users were outraged over actor dressed in blackface as Obama 

  • Alitalia initially defended itself, saying that the actor was not a Caucasian

  • But it backed down and apologized before removing the ads from social media 


By ARIEL ZILBER FOR DAILYMAIL.COM and REUTERS
PUBLISHED: 01:11 EDT, 5 July 2019 | UPDATED: 01:29 EDT, 5 July 2019

     











Alitalia has issued an apology after igniting outrage on social media for an ad campaign which featured a Tunisian-born actor dressed up in blackface to portray Barack Obama.
Italy’s flagship airline rolled out a series of commercials to promote its newly opened nonstop Rome-to-Washington, DC route.
In keeping with the theme of our nation’s capital, Alitalia thought it was a good idea to have the commercial star four men who portray the current American president, Donald Trump; his predecessor, Obama; Abraham Lincoln; and George Washington.
The airline promoted the campaign on social media using the hashtag #WhereIsWashington.
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Alitalia, Italy's flagship airline, apologized this week after social media users were outraged over a commercial in which Barack Obama is portrayed by an actor dressed up in blackface
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The ads, which feature four men who portray Presidents Lincon, Washington, Obama, and Trump, were unveiled to promote Alitalia's newly announced nonstop flights from Rome to Washington's Dulles Airport
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‘Alitalia deeply apologizes for the offense caused by the promotional video on our new Washington route,’ the airline said in a statement
But some social media users reacted angrily when they noticed that the actor who plays Obama was not black, The New York Times reported.

The reactions on Facebook and YouTube were critical, with some people calling the ad ‘outrageous’ while noting that using blackface to portray Obama was ‘universally considered a racist practice.’
Initially, Alitalia pushed back against the online criticism, saying that the actor who plays Obama was not Caucasian and that ‘makeup was applied to highlight features.’
But on Wednesday, the company backed down and apologized. It also removed the ads from its social media pages.
‘Alitalia deeply apologizes for the offense caused by the promotional video on our new Washington route,’ the airline said in a statement.
‘For our company, respect for everyone is mandatory, it was never our intention to hurt anyone and we will learn from what has happened.’
Alitalia is the latest Italian brand which was publicly flogged over the issue of ‘blackface.’


Gucci apologized earlier this year after it marketed a black sweater that included a balaclava knit top black that when worn above the neck resembled blackface.
The black sweater with a pull-up neck featured a cutout surrounded by cartoonish red lips.
Gucci apologized, saying that it was committed to diversity and considered it a 'fundamental value to be fully upheld, respected and at the forefront of every decision we make.'
In December, Prada said it was no longer selling a line of accessories that featured a character with brown skin and exaggerated red lips after complaints they resembled blackface.
The Swedish clothing retailer H&M ignited outrage last year when it marketed a hooded sweater on its web site.
The sweater, which was worn by a young black boy, read: ‘Coolest monkey in the jungle.’
A number of H&M stores were ransacked in South Africa by angry locals who denounced the ad.
H&M pulled the ad and apologized to 'anyone it may have offended'.
Earlier this week, sportswear giant Nike canceled plans to release a sneaker that featured a colonial-era version of the American flag.
Nike recalled the shoe after former NFL quarterback and Nike pitchman Colin Kaepernick asked the company not to sell a shoe with a symbol that he and others consider offensive because of its connection to an era of slavery, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday.
Nike had planned to release a new version of the Air Max 1 sneaker ahead of the Fourth of July holiday that featured a version of the U.S. flag with 13 white stars representing the first U.S. colonies.
The flag is commonly known as the ‘Betsy Ross flag.’
The move angered conservatives, many of whom vowed to boycott Nike.
Arizona’s governor, Doug Ducey, on Tuesday withdrew a $1million incentive for Nike Inc to build a plant in the state.
Ducey is a Republican.

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Post by carolhathaway on Sun 07 Jul 2019, 13:27

My hometown had to elect our mayor some weeks ago. There were two candidates: our acting mayor, 42, a lawyer, married and father of four children, and his opponent, a techer, 50, also married and mother of three. I know both of them quite well since I had been to school with the teacher who also teaches my kids at school, andour acting mayor is my boss at work since I work for our local administration.
The campaign was pretty interesting. I was at an event held for our acting mayor to hear bout his visions and ideas for our town and was quite impressed. He also mentioned that he would never attack his opponent personally and keep it on a factual level "because that's my idea of politics, and we still have to work together after the elections". Which is very close to my heart, but I thought: "I just hope that his opponent and her team and party think the same."

I then tried to find an event of his opponent to hear about her visions and ideas for our town (apart of what's been written in our local newspaper which was very unrealistic and sometimes even illegal), but the only public event was cancelled because she was sick. The rest of her campaign ws focussed on social medias which I don't like aince I think it's much more meaningfulhow people interact in real talks.

Our acting mayor was critisized and attacked soon for everything that didn't work out the way others expected it to happen - no matter if it was his responsibility or not. Burger King wanted to open a restaurant in our town for example, so he decided to offfer them an area where to build. Soon, some neighbours started a campaign against this plan (which I can understand on the one hand, I also wouldn't want a fast food restaurant next to my door either. On theother hand, it's not a quiet, picturesque area but an area next to a parking lot, a very busy federal highway and close to a motorway, three years ago, there were plans to build a supermarket at the parking lot which hadn't been any less disturbing to their neighboorhood.) Both candidates spoke out for the BurgerKing restaurant, but only pur acting mayor was critisized for it.
The attacks soon became insulting and attacked him on a personal level, especially on social medias, and when I met his opponent at a birthday party, I spoke to her about it. She said that she didn't like it either but couldn't do anything about it. I responded that these people are on her team, working for her, so she should be able to tell them what to do and what not. She said that she can't control them (which IMO is either a sign of weakness or or of snugness - or it was simply a flimsl excuse for her acceptance).
In the end, our acting mayor was re-elected, but it was quite close. Our mayor now tries to return to daily routine, but tht's noteasy since the attacks haven't stopped.

One week after his election, a nationwide politician was shot and killed outside his house. His murderer was found soon after, and his justification was that the politician had helped refugees in 2015 and that, when being attacked at a town-hall meeting at that time (interestingly, those people who attacked him, were well-known right-wing extremists - or neo-nazis from hundreds of miles away, obviously trying to cause trouble), he said: "Those who don't agree with our constitutional rights (which include the right for asylum), have the freedom to leave our country and quest for happiness somewhere else. That's the right every German has." Of course this was misinterpreted and and taken out of context and shared again and again. In the end, his murderer saw this as his justification to kill him - and others agreed which might be the most frightening thing about it...
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[size=34]Britain's man in the US says Trump is 'inept': Leaked secret cables from ambassador say the President is 'uniquely dysfunctional and his career could end in disgrace' [/size]


  • EXCLUSIVE: Sir Kim Darroch used secret cables to impugn Trump's character

  • Top diplomat warned London President Trump's career could end in 'disgrace'

  • Bombshell comments risk angering the notoriously thin-skinned US President

  • He describes bitter conflicts in White House as 'knife fights', sources confirmed

  • And claims President's economic policies could wreck the world trade system

  • Says Presidency could 'crash and burn', 'we could be at start of downward spiral'


By ISABEL OAKESHOTT FOR THE MAIL ON SUNDAY
PUBLISHED: 17:01 EDT, 6 July 2019 | UPDATED: 04:29 EDT, 7 July 2019

     





Britain's Ambassador to Washington has described Donald Trump as 'inept', 'insecure' and 'incompetent' in a series of explosive memos to Downing Street.
Sir Kim Darroch, one of Britain's top diplomats, used secret cables and briefing notes to impugn Trump's character, warning London that the White House was 'uniquely dysfunctional' and that the President's career could end in 'disgrace'. 
His bombshell comments risk angering the notoriously thin-skinned President and undermining the UK's 'special relationship' with America.
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Sir Kim Darroch (pictured), one of Britain's top diplomats, used secret cables and briefing notes to impugn Trump's character, warning London that the White House was 'uniquely dysfunctional' and that the President's career could end in 'disgrace'
In the memos, seen by The Mail on Sunday following an unprecedented leak, Sir Kim:



  • Describes bitter conflicts within Trump's White House – verified by his own sources – as 'knife fights';
  • Warns that Trump could have been indebted to 'dodgy Russians';
  • Claims the President's economic policies could wreck the world trade system;
  • Says the scandal-hit Presidency could 'crash and burn' and that 'we could be at the beginning of a downward spiral... that leads to disgrace and downfall';
  • Voices fears that Trump could still attack Iran.


In one of the most sensitive documents, Sir Kim writes: 'We don't really believe this Administration is going to become substantially more normal; less dysfunctional; less unpredictable; less faction riven; less diplomatically clumsy and inept.'
He also says that he doesn't think Trump's White House will 'ever look competent'.
In reference to Trump's ability to shrug off controversies in a life which has been 'mired in scandal', he says that the President may nonetheless 'emerge from the flames, battered but intact, like [Arnold] Schwarzenegger in the final scenes of The Terminator'.
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His bombshell comments risk angering the notoriously thin-skinned President (pictured earlier this month) and undermining the UK's 'special relationship' with America
He warns senior politicians in London: 'Do not write him off.'
The leak is embarrassingly timed for the British Government, coming just weeks after the Queen welcomed Trump and his family with a 41-gun salute and a State banquet at Buckingham Palace as part of a diplomatic drive to secure a post-Brexit free-trade deal.
In a memo sent after the visit, Sir Kim warned that while Trump and his team had been 'dazzled' by the visit, and the UK might be 'flavour of the month', Trump's White House remained self-interested: 'This is still the land of America First'.
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The leak is embarrassingly timed for the British Government, coming just weeks after the Queen welcomed Trump and his family with a 41-gun salute and a State banquet at Buckingham Palace (pictured) as part of a diplomatic drive to secure a post-Brexit free-trade deal 



The Washington Files span the period from 2017 to the present, covering everything from Trump's policy in the Middle East to his 2020 re-election plans.
One account of a Trump rally says that there is a 'credible path' for Trump to win a second term in the White House – but describes the crowd as 'almost exclusively white'.
In what is likely to be regarded as a patronising passage in the cache, officials in London are told that in order to deal with Trump effectively 'you need to make your points simple, even blunt'.
The most incendiary paper is a letter to National Security Adviser Sir Mark Sedwill sent on June 22, 2017 – 150 days into the Trump administration – and copied to what Sir Kim describes as a 'strictly limited' number of senior figures in Downing Street and the Foreign Office.
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The most incendiary paper is a letter to National Security Adviser Sir Mark Sedwill (pictured) sent on June 22, 2017 – 150 days into the Trump administration – and copied to what Sir Kim describes as a 'strictly limited' number of senior figures in Downing Street and the Foreign Office
The document, sent ahead of a National Security Council discussion on the UK-US relationship, paints a damning picture of the President's personality and leadership style.
It says media reports of 'vicious infighting and chaos' inside the White House – dismissed by Trump as 'fake news' – are 'mostly true'.
And referring to allegations of collusion between the Trump camp and Russia – since largely disproved – the memo says: 'The worst cannot be ruled out.'
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One memo, sent by Sir Kim on June 22, refers to 'incoherent, chaotic' US-Iran policy, adding: 'Its unlikely that US policy on Iran is going to become more coherent any time soon. This is a divided Administration'
The cache also includes diplomatic telegrams – known as 'DipTel' in Foreign Office jargon – updating Downing Street on political events in the US and providing commentary on Trump's foreign policy decisions.
They reveal details of highly sensitive negotiations over efforts to curb Iran's nuclear weapons programme, as well as the disarray surrounding the President's handling of recent attacks on oil tankers in the Strait of Hormuz.
One memo, sent by Sir Kim on June 22, refers to 'incoherent, chaotic' US-Iran policy, adding: 'Its unlikely that US policy on Iran is going to become more coherent any time soon. This is a divided Administration'.
He questioned Trump's recent claim that he aborted a missile strike on Iran because it would have caused a predicted 150 casualties, saying it 'doesn't stand up'.
'It's more likely that he was never fully on board and that he was worried about how this apparent reversal of his 2016 campaign promises would look come 2020' – at the next Presidential election.
Another memo, sent on June 10, warns of tensions ahead over Brexit: 'As we advance our agenda of deepening and strengthening trading arrangements, divergences of approach on climate change, media freedoms and the death penalty may come to the fore.'
The leak of diplomatic cables is extremely unusual and will raise new questions about morale in the Civil Service.
When dealing with Trump you need to make your points simple, even blunt
There is mounting evidence that Brexit has politicised many mandarins, with officials who privately support Brexit accusing the Civil Service of trying to stop the UK leaving the EU.
Darroch, who became British Ambassador to Washington in January 2016, is a former UK Permanent Representative to the EU and widely regarded as a europhile.
The Foreign Office last night said that the British public 'would expect our Ambassadors to provide Ministers with an honest, unvarnished assessment of the politics in their countries'.
A spokesman added: 'Their views are not necessarily the views of Ministers or indeed the Government. But we pay them to be candid, just as the US Ambassador here will send back his reading of Westminster politics and personalities.
'Of course we would expect such advice to be handled by Ministers and civil servants in the right way and it's important that our Ambassadors can offer their advice and for it remain confidential.
'Our team in Washington have strong relations with the White House and no doubt that these will withstand such mischievous behaviour.'
 

Trump's speeches are 'full of false claims' and the White House 'will never look competent': Ambassador's withering views reveal scale of concern British Government has about President
It was summer 2017, and Britain's National Security Council was convening to discuss a problem. President Trump had been in office for 150 days, and Prime Minister Theresa May and her Cabinet colleagues were still struggling to get a handle on his chaotic Administration. They needed advice.
At his desk in his splendid official residence in Washington DC, the British Ambassador, Sir Kim Darroch was trying to help. Britain's National Security Adviser Sir Mark Sedwill had asked him to put together some thoughts on the President's personality and leadership style, and he was compiling a briefing note.
Copied to a 'strictly limited' number of senior figures in Downing Street and the Foreign Office, it ran to six pages of highly unflattering observations about the President's character and political record.
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In the confidential memo – marked 'Official Sensitive' – the UK's most important diplomat accused Trump of 'radiating insecurity', filling his speeches with 'false claims and invented statistics' and achieving 'almost nothing' in terms of domestic policy.
Earlier, Sedwill had sent Sir Kim an outline presentation for the meeting. Sir Kim thought the slides 'looked good'. There was just one point he felt he needed to correct: 'My only disagreement with the slides: I don't think this Administration will ever look competent,' he declared.
It was an extraordinarily damning assessment. The problem was that Ministers and diplomats had to find a way to deal with the President.
Sir Kim highlighted how America was still the UK's No 1 security partner and the 'cultural and historical ties' between the two countries were 'profound'. The UK needed America: as an export market; for defence and intelligence cooperation; and for a post-Brexit trade deal.
'The starting point is that this is our single most important bilateral relationship,' Sir Kim wrote.
But he added: 'As seen from here, we really don't believe that this Administration is going to become substantially more normal; less dysfunctional, less unpredictable, less faction-riven, less diplomatically clumsy and inept.'
There's no upside in being subtle, let alone being ambiguous 
He therefore compiled a three-point guide for how Britain's politicians and officials should handle this most unpredictable of Presidents. His first suggestion was to 'flood the zone', which meant influencing as many of the President's key advisers as possible.
Sir Kim said Trump spends his days in the Oval Office asking his White House team, Cabinet members and senior Republicans for their opinions 'on the business of the moment'.
But, crucially, the diplomat also highlighted how the President spends his evenings phoning his friends outside the administration 'seeking reinforcement or a different take'. Many of these friends have been 'cultivated' by the British, Sir Kim boasted.
'It's important to 'flood the zone': you want as many as possible of those who Trump consults to give him the same answer,' he wrote. 'So we need to be creative in using all the channels available to us through our relationships with his Cabinet, the White House staff, and our contacts among his outside friends.'
Sir Kim's second recommendation was for Theresa May to call Trump more often, stressing 'there is no consistently reliable substitute for the personal phone call from the Prime Minister'.
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Sir Kim said Trump spends his days in the Oval Office asking his White House team, Cabinet members and senior Republicans for their opinions 'on the business of the moment'
'The President respects and likes her,' he added. 'I know they have already talked several times. But in a perfect world, they would be speaking two or three times a month, if not more.'
The diplomat's third pointer was to urge Britain's politicians and officials to use flattery and to pander to the President's ego when they come into contact with him.
'You need to start praising him for something that he's done recently,' he advised. 'You need whenever possible to present them as wins for him.' In comments which could be viewed as highly patronising, Sir Kim also advised his bosses to make their points 'simple' and 'even blunt', adding: 'as a senior White House adviser told me, there is no upside with this President in being subtle, let alone ambiguous.'
His stark assessment reveals the scale of concern at the highest level in the British Government about Trump. By summer 2017, the President had torn up the Paris climate change accord; junked key international trade agreements and launched military strikes against Syria. Western allies were reeling: he didn't seem to care who he upset.
You need to start by praising him for something he's done recently 
But while Trump was making waves on the world stage, his domestic programme was getting nowhere, Sir Kim said.
The President's big election pledges – building a wall between the US and Mexico; stopping Muslims from certain countries coming to America and reforming tax and healthcare – had all hit the buffers.
'Of the main campaign promises, not an inch of the Wall has been built; the executive orders on travel bans from Muslim countries have been blocked by the state courts; tax reform and the infrastructure package have been pushed into the middle distance; and the repeal and replacement of Obamacare is on a knife edge,' Sir Kim wrote. The Ambassador 'wouldn't bet a tenner' on Trump's health proposals passing through the Senate.
Sir Kim's confidential letter, sent to Sedwill, who is now also the Cabinet Secretary, on June 22, 2017, is unsparing in its assessment of the President's personality flaws and the chaos of his administration.
In language that is likely to prove highly embarrassing for Sir Kim, the Ambassador declared: 'For a man who has risen to the highest office on the planet, President Trump radiates insecurity.'
He highlighted how the Administration had been 'dogged from day one by stories of vicious infighting and chaos inside the White House, and swamped by scandals – all, one way or another, linked to Russia.'
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And while the President would deride media stories about such chaos as 'fake news', Sir Kim privately advised his bosses in London to believe what they were reading in the newspapers. 'The stories about White House knife fights are, we judge, mostly true: multiple sources and confirmed by our own White House contacts. This is a uniquely dysfunctional environment.' He warned Whitehall to be braced for more presidential outbursts including the use of 'immoderate, sometimes offensive, language', like his attacks on London Mayor Sadiq Khan.
'There is no filter,' Darroch advised. 'And we could also be at the beginning of a downward spiral, rather than just a rollercoaster: something could emerge that leads to disgrace and downfall.'
But while warning Whitehall that Trump's White House could collapse under the weight of scandal, he also urged the British Government not to write Trump off.
The President, he noted, has been mired in scandal most of his life but has always survived.
Sir Kim drew a parallel with The Terminator, a 1984 science fiction film featuring Arnold Schwarzenegger as a cyborg that is almost impossible to destroy.
'Trump may emerge from the flames, battered but intact, like Schwarzenegger in the final scenes of The Terminator.'
Looking to the future, Sir Kim warned 'there are real risks on the horizon' and that Trump 'will do or say things we oppose'.
'This 'America First' Administration could do some profoundly damaging things to the world trade system: such as denounce the WTO, tear up existing trade details, launch protectionist action, even against allies. It could further undermine international action on climate change, or further cut UN funding.' He said that Trump's 'spontaneous' missile strike on a Syrian airbase in April 2017 had won him 'the best headlines of his brief time in the Oval Office' but warned that 'a less well judged military intervention is not inconceivable.'
In the face of the chaos, Sir Kim highlighted how German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and French President Emmanuel Macron, were busy distancing themselves from Trump. But Sir Kim warned London: 'I don't think we should follow them.'
He admitted it could be rocky, but suggested that sometimes it might make sense to criticise the President, 'provided we are careful'. Sir Kim added: 'Arguably, you get more respect from this President if you stand up to him occasionally – provided the public comments do not come as a surprise and are judicious, calm and avoid personalising.'
Today he may regret that his confidential memo does not meet that test.
Indeed, last night, Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage, a friend of the President, called for Sir Kim to leave his post, saying: 'The sooner he is gone the better.'    
 


The council house kid who ended up with a plum job: How Sir Kim Darroch secured a prestige position by winning scholarship to £20,000 private school before taking Foreign Office role because 'they were the first to offer him work'
Sir Kim Darroch's gilded lifestyle, meeting the great and the good at Britain's lavish Ambassador's residence in Washington DC, is a world away from the council flat he grew up in.
His parents split up when he was just six years old, forcing his family to leave behind their hitherto comfortable life in Nairobi, Kenya, where his father taught in a private school.
His mother Edna moved Kim and his younger brother back to Britain and into a flat on a council estate in Abingdon, Oxfordshire.
From there, many boys would have gone on to work in manual employment. But Kim, a bright student, had other ideas.
After soaring through the entrance exams, he won a free scholarship to attend Abingdon School, a leading public school that charges £20,000 a year for day pupils.
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After soaring through the entrance exams, he won a free scholarship to attend Abingdon School (pictured), a leading public school that charges £20,000 a year for day pupils 
'I think I was the only person in the school uniform walking out of this council estate every morning to go to school,' he recalled in a recent interview.
'I think what it teaches you is that all things are possible no matter where you come from, if you put the work in.'
After finishing his A-levels, he studied zoology at Durham University because – in his own words – he was 'naturally lazy' and it was an 'easier option'.
He joined the Foreign Office in 1977 after graduating because 'they were the first people to offer me a job' and started his ascent through the ranks at Embassies around the world, including top roles dealing with EU bureaucrats in Brussels.
When he landed the most prestigious diplomatic post in the Foreign Office – British Ambassador to the United States – in 2016, Barack Obama was winding down his presidency. Sir Kim and his wife Vanessa, who he married in 1978, soon settled into the comfortable private apartment in the Embassy, widely regarded as the finest in Washington DC.
It has a ballroom, boutique hotel-style guest rooms, a library and beautiful gardens. It was his reward for 40 years in the Civil Service, and he threw himself into the social whirl. The residence hosts almost 800 breakfasts, lunches, dinners and cocktail parties a year, and Sir Kim reportedly shows up at 90 per cent of them.
His job was relatively straightforward – until Donald Trump arrived.
Days after winning the Presidential election in November 2016, Trump was tweeting that he'd prefer his friend Nigel Farage, the former Ukip leader, to be Britain's Ambassador to the US.
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Days after winning the Presidential election in November 2016, Trump was tweeting that he'd prefer his friend Nigel Farage (pictured with Trump in August 2016), the former Ukip leader, to be Britain's Ambassador to the US
No 10 insisted it was for Britain to decide who serves as its Ambassador, while Sir Kim bit his tongue. But it's clear Trump created unprecedented challenges even for this most experienced of diplomats.
There is no doubting Sir Kim's deep patriotism (his mobile phone cover is a Union Jack) and colleagues in the Foreign Office consider him to be a first rate diplomat. However, it is his long postings in Brussels that have earned him a reputation as a europhile, and he is mistrusted by Brexiteers.
He was Tony Blair's top Europe adviser from 2004 to 2007 and then became Britain's Permanent Representative to the EU from 2007 and 2011.
Knighted in 2008, he became David Cameron's National Security Advisor, from January 2012 to September 2015, before his Washington posting.
Now aged 65, Darroch is nearing the end of his diplomatic career.
Even before today's revelations in The Mail on Sunday, few expected him to survive in Washington DC after the next UK Prime Minister takes office.
Now these unfortunate leaks may just hasten his departure.
 

But Ambassador STILL says The Donald can win again!
Donald Trump could win a second term in the White House, Sir Kim Darroch told Downing Street, saying there is a 'credible path' for him to sweep to victory in next year's Presidential election.
In a leaked diplomatic cable sent on June 20, the Ambassador reported how two days earlier the President had 'electrified' an audience of 20,000 supporters in Orlando, Florida, at a huge rally to launch his re-election campaign.
A senior British diplomat was in the Amway Center, an indoor sports stadium, to witness the event and report back to Sir Kim.
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In a leaked diplomatic cable sent on June 20, the Ambassador reported how two days earlier the President had 'electrified' an audience of 20,000 supporters in Orlando, Florida, at a huge rally to launch his re-election campaign (pictured)
The Ambassador told London that while the President had not offered any new policies, 'the crowd could not have been happier'.
'The atmosphere was unique – somewhere between a major sporting event (where only the home team fans are in the crowd) and a mega-church. Indeed the event kicked off with prayers from a pastor who asked God to 'tear down' opposition to the President.'
Sir Kim said the audience was a 'sea of the now iconic red MAGA [Make American Great Again] caps. The crowd looked almost exclusively white, with a pretty even mix of men and women, young and old: there were families in every stand. For some, attending had meant a long wait in 30C heat and humidity.'
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Sir Kim said the audience was a 'sea of the now iconic red MAGA [Make American Great Again] caps. The crowd looked almost exclusively white, with a pretty even mix of men and women, young and old: there were families in every stand. For some, attending had meant a long wait in 30C heat and humidity'
Sir Kim predicted that the President's campaign strategy will be to 'go with what he knows best' and appeal to his core supporters.
He noted how the enthusiasm of his 'die-hard fans' is undiminished after two-and-a-half years in the Oval Office. In comments that could anger the White House, Sir Kim reported that: 'As is standard at these rallies, the language was incendiary, and a mix of fact and fiction – hard to reconcile with [Vice President Mike] Pence's remarks about governing for all Americans.'
A key difference between when Trump last ran for President in 2016 is that the machinery of the Republican Party is 'four-square behind him', Sir Kim said.
Sir Kim said the President still faces hurdles – including the prospect of the Democrats picking a candidate more popular than the widely disliked Hillary Clinton, who fought the last election.
He also said Trump cannot afford to lose much support and stressed that the President has made no meaningful efforts to 'diversify his base'.
'All that said, there is still a credible path for Trump – but so much rides on who the Democrats choose in July 2020.'   
 

How Trump told British Ambassador the special relationship felt 'closer and stronger' after state visit but warned 'don't expect any special favours'
As the President and First Lady boarded Air Force One at Southampton, Sir Kim Darroch breathed a sigh of relief. Their State visit to the UK was finally over and, despite minor hiccups, it had been a resounding success.
Moments earlier, on the Tarmac, Donald Trump had taken his leave of the various UK Government officials and dignitaries who had gathered to see him off.
The formalities – six months in the planning – were now over. All that remained was for Sir Kim, who had accompanied the President throughout the three-day trip, to bid him farewell. 'This was a wonderful visit, and UK-US relations are now in the best state ever,' Trump told him, shaking his hand.
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As the President and First Lady boarded Air Force One at Southampton, Sir Kim Darroch breathed a sigh of relief. Their State visit to the UK (pictured with the Queen in Buckingham Palace for the State Banquet) was finally over and, despite minor hiccups, it had been a resounding success
The British Ambassador to Washington could hardly hide his delight.
Somehow he had managed to pull off what had, at times, looked an almost impossible feat: showing America's First Family the very best of British pomp and circumstance and steering him through multiple potentially tricky meetings and engagements, without any unwelcome drama. It was the pinnacle of his 40-year career in the Civil Service.

Iran: His missile attack u-turn claim 'doesn't stand up'


American policy towards Iran is incoherent and unlikely to improve 'any time soon', according to a devastating memo by Sir Kim Darroch.
In a damning indictment of Donald Trump's administration, Britain's Ambassador to Washington described '36 hours of contradictory messaging and decisions' after Iran shot down a US military drone last month.
The missile strike by Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard took America to the brink of launching a retaliatory attack. But after authorising a strike and boasting of being 'cocked and loaded', President Trump aborted the mission with ten minutes to spare after being told that it might kill as many as 150 people.
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Blame: The US says Iran attacked this oil tanker in the Gulf of Oman in June
Tensions have been escalating between the US and Iran since May 2018, when Trump announced the US was withdrawing from a nuclear agreement with Iran and was reimposing sanctions on the regime.
The US has blamed Iran for a series of recent attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman.
In his memo, written at 12.39am UK time on June 22, Sir Kim described disarray and confusion across Washington as Trump unexpectedly aborted the attack.
'The Administration said nothing for several hours, awaiting guidance from the White House,' he wrote. 'Even our best contacts were unwilling to take our calls.'
Sir Kim said the episode illustrated Trump's 'aversion to new military adventures'.
But, astonishingly, he made it clear to London that he did not believe the President's explanation of why he cancelled the attack.
'His claim, however, that he changed his mind because of 150 predicted casualties doesn't stand up; he would certainly have heard this figure in his initial briefing.
'It's more likely that he was never fully on board and that he was worried about how this apparent reversal of his 2016 campaign promises would look come 2020 [at the next election].'
He warned that this is a 'divided Administration' and that 'it's unlikely that US policy on Iran is going to become more coherent anytime soon'.
And while Trump had stepped back from the brink this time, Sir Kim warned that the President could still trigger a conflict with Iran, noting that he is now 'surrounded by a more hawkish group of advisers'.
'This may, however, only be a temporary pause,' he warned. 'Just one more Iranian attack somewhere in the region could trigger yet another Trump U-turn. Moreover, the loss of a single American life would probably make a critical difference.' 



Back at his desk in Washington, almost two weeks later, Sir Kim was still buzzing. He settled down to write a long memo to Prime Minister Theresa May and other senior Government figures reflecting on what had been achieved.
'We are basking in a big success, with doors open everywhere in Washington,' he gushed in a diplomatic cable sent last month and marked 'Official Sensitive'. 'As a result, our relationship with this Administration, at this critical juncture for the UK, feels closer and stronger.'
But he warned London not to get too carried away, stressing that this was 'still an Administration of 'no special favours'.'
'We might be flavour of the month, but this is still the land of 'America First',' he concluded.
Sir Kim could be forgiven for feeling pleased with himself. The smooth running of what was only the third State visit of a US President to the UK (the others were George W Bush and Barack Obama) had been by no means assured.
Indeed, the President had barely entered UK airspace before there were signs of trouble.
Moments before touching down in London, he had fired off a characteristically aggressive tweet about the city's mayor Sadiq Khan, labelling the Labour politician a 'stone cold loser' and making a disparaging comment about his height.
It was hardly the diplomatic start Sir Kim had hoped for. If the President continued to behave like this, the visit would be a disaster.
For all the President's bombast, Sir Kim knew he was nervous. He was excited about seeing the Queen again – they had met for the first time almost exactly a year earlier – but had been fretting about messing up.
Last time, he had been accused of various gaffes, and he was 'worried about getting the protocol right', Sir Kim later reported.
The Ambassador knew that Her Majesty would take any minor slips in her stride. He was much more concerned about the President meeting Prince Charles.
The President and the heir to the throne did not see eye-to-eye over the environment. What if they had some embarrassing row?
Then there was the diplomatic minefield posed by the looming Tory Party leadership contest. Mrs May was on her way out, and the President would have to decide which of the dozen or so MPs vying for her job he should take time to meet. What if he backed the wrong horse?
Furthermore, there were difficult discussions looming over Chinese telecoms giant Huawei. The President was annoyed by the UK's refusal to cut ties with the company. It could be awkward.
Greatly to Sir Kim's relief, however, everything went to plan.
From his splendid official residence on Massachusetts Avenue in Washington DC – once described as 'Downton Abbey on the Potomac' – Sir Kim reflected on what had been achieved.
He penned a long diplomatic telegram on June 17 on the 'impressions and implications' of the State visit. The memo was sent at 2.15am, UK time, guaranteeing that it would be read at the beginning of the working day in London.
'With this unorthodox President, there were genuine risks… In the event, the gamble paid [off] handsomely,' he wrote in the cable that was sent to No 10 and senior officials across Whitehall.
Though Trump was now 'used to being feted by foreign governments,' the State visit was 'an honour that no other country can match' and Trump had 'revelled in every element of it'.
'The President knew from the outset that it amounted to genuinely special treatment…. Although initially worried about getting the protocol right, he became more relaxed as it progressed; and by the end, he could not have been happier or more fulsome in his assessment,' Sir Kim wrote in the telegram.
According to the Ambassador, the highlight for the President had been the 'extensive personal engagement' with the Queen: at a private lunch, at a glittering State banquet, and at the D-Day commemorations in Portsmouth.
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Cordial: Trump hit it off with Charles - surprisingly. Trump 'seemed to deeply appreciate' the effort the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall made. 'I think the Prince of Wales, despite differing views on climate change, established an open and easy relationship with the President,' he wrote
However, he had also got on surprisingly well with Charles and Camilla. Trump 'seemed to deeply appreciate' the effort the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall made. 'I think the Prince of Wales, despite differing views on climate change, established an open and easy relationship with the President,' he wrote.
Throughout the visit, Sir Kim had also been conscious of the need to keep Trump's aides happy. The President had travelled with a huge entourage, all of whom needed to be looked after. That had gone equally well.
'His team were also dazzled, telling us that this had been a visit like no other – the hottest ticket of their careers,' he reported.

Russia: The presidency could crash and burn over Russia links


Donald Trump's alleged links to Russia could see his presidency 'crashing and burning', Ambassador Darroch said in one memo.
In a controversial briefing note written two years ago, Sir Kim Darroch warned his bosses in London that of all the President's troubles, allegations of collusion between the Trump camp and Russia – since largely disproved – had the greatest potential to finish him.
At the time, evidence was mounting that his campaign team had conspired with Vladimir Putin's regime to beat Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election. There were also unproven claims his son-in-law Jared Kushner may have been indebted to shady Russian moneymen. The British Ambassador feared they might be true. 'The worst cannot be ruled out,' he said, in a letter written for the UK's National Security Adviser Sir Mark Sedwill in June 2017 marked 'Official Sensitive'.
'There could have been active collusion between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and Russian intelligence, especially over the timing of release of hacked emails from inside the Clinton camp. Dodgy Russian financiers may have bailed out the Trump and Kushner enterprises when both were at risk of bankruptcy in previous decades,' he declared. A month earlier, in May 2017, Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller had launched an investigation. Trump was accused of trying to stop a probe into his former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.
Once again, Sir Kim was uneasy. 'Trump's attempts to close down the FBI investigation... might amount to obstruction of justice,' he said. This would be a criminal offence. He warned Sedwill that Trump could win a second term, but 'we can't rule out his crashing and burning either'.
For all his misgivings, Sir Kim also told Sedwill he 'wouldn't bet' on any of it bringing the President down. 'Trump has been mired in scandal pretty much all his life, and has come through it. He seems indestructible,' he wrote.




Impressing Trump's advisers was far more than a matter of manners.
Cultivating contacts in the White House and Trump administration was a key part of Sir Kim's job. He liked to call those with the President's ear the 'Trump Whisperers.' Now he was on even better terms with them.
'These are close contacts, with whom we have spent years building relationships: they are the gatekeepers... the individuals we rely upon to ensure the UK voice is heard in the West Wing.
'The visit will make a substantial difference to those relationships too,' he enthused.
On their return to the US, Sir Kim and his team had 'done the rounds with journalists, pundits and commentators'. Media coverage had been great.
'With some nuances, their view was that we had pulled off a difficult task: a largely gaffe-free visit which had made a President who often stumbled on foreign trips look good, and which had shown the UK, at a difficult juncture, at its best,' Sir Kim declared.
Mercifully little had been made of 'potentially controversial moments' like public protests, the spat with Khan, and 'private meetings with some prominent UK politicians', including Nigel Farage.
Instead, American journalists had focused on 'how much the President appeared to be enjoying himself; how relaxed a relationship he appeared to have developed with the Queen; and how well the talks and lunch with the Prime Minister appear to have gone', Sir Kim wrote.
Now it was a question of capitalising on these gains. The Ambassador told his bosses back home that he would be building on the 'enhanced personal relationship with the Trump inner circle to deliver UK objectives'. Thinking ahead, he felt that the State visit could be used to lay the ground for Theresa May's successor – Boris Johnson or Jeremy Hunt – to secure an early meeting with the President.
The new Prime Minister would be 'starting in the best possible place with this President', he said.
He suggested a possible early meeting at the UN General Assembly in New York in mid-September ('though Brexit considerations may intrude here') or 'in the margins of the Nato summit in December'.
But the new Prime Minister could also make a formal visit to the White House.
'I am sure that there would be a warm welcome here in Washington if that's what we want to happen,' Sir Kim said.
But perhaps conscious that his report might sound too self-congratulatory, Sir Kim signed off with a warning that despite the successful visit, America would not cut the UK any slack in trade negotiations and would continue to press the UK to 'choose between them and China'.
They would measure the UK by 'what resources we bring to the table', he cautioned.
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Post by party animal - not! on Mon 08 Jul 2019, 10:03

Mmm, really unfortunate for our Trade Minister post-Brexit - who happens to be in Washington today to meet Ivanka Trump, and who is likely to have to apologise to her!

They need to find the leaker from the small band concerned - and let's face it at least it was discreet! I couldn't say that that's the nature of Donald Trump's insults....

I'm betting every ambassador around the world has background information for every country's leader and government - after all that's the nature of their job...

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Post by annemarie on Tue 09 Jul 2019, 12:18

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7227099/Pelosi-says-Trump-wants-make-America-white-citizenship-question-2020-census.html

[size=34]Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi says President Donald Trump is trying to 'make America white again' by fighting to include a citizenship question on the 2020 census[/size]


  • Speaker Nancy Pelosi said President Donald Trump wants to use a citizenship question on the 2020 Census to 'make America white again' on Monday

  • The citizenship question is believed to have a potential chilling effect

  • Having in the Census may cause those in the US illegally to refuse to fill it out 

  • The Census is used to distribute congressional seats and government funds

  • Undercounting migrants would shift federal representation and dollars away from areas where they live

  • Pelosi said from a news conference in San Francisco that if people don't fill out their census forms, the administration will win

  • The Supreme Court has temporarily blocked the question's inclusion

  • Department of Justice lawyers involved in the court cases challenging the question across the country filed motions to withdraw on Monday

  • This comes after Trump signaled he would consider an executive order to sidestep the SCOTUS ruling and get the question on the Census in 2020


By STEPHANIE HANEY FOR DAILYMAIL.COM 
PUBLISHED: 06:41, 9 July 2019 | UPDATED: 06:59, 9 July 2019

     




House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said President Donald Trump wants to add a citizenship question to next year's Census because he wants to 'make America white again' during a news conference in San Francisco on Monday.
The California Democrat says the administration is battling in federal court to insert the question because it would have a chilling effect on who responds. 
Census Bureau experts and critics of the question say it would discourage people who are living in the U.S. illegally, including large numbers of migrants from Central America, from responding.
The Supreme Court has temporarily blocked the question's inclusion, and Department of Justice lawyers involved in the court cases challenging the question across the country filed motions to withdraw on Monday.

One former DOJ attorney said the withdrawals were likely because the lawyers were likely having a hard time arguing for the citizenship question 'within the bounds of ethics and within the bounds of the law.' 
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'The Supreme Court did not rule in their favor because they said the administration did not give sufficient evidence as to why the citizenship question should be there,' Pelosi said. 
Pelosi said on Monday that if people don't fill out their census forms, the administration will win.
The Census is used to distribute congressional seats and government funds. 
Undercounting migrants would shift federal representation and dollars away from areas where they live.
'This is about "make America white again,"' Pelosi said. 'They [the Trump administration] want to make sure that certain people are counted. It's really disgraceful and it's not what our founders had in mind.
'And what they want to do is to put a chilling effect, so certain populations will not answer the form. They won't respond. And we're saying don't get them that victory.'
She added: 'You must respond. Because otherwise they win.' 
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said President Donald Trump wants to add a citizenship question to next year's Census because he wants to 'make America white again' during a news conference in San Francisco on Monday
The Trump administration had said the question was being added to aid in enforcement of the Voting Rights Act, which protects minority voters' access to the ballot box. But in the Supreme Court's decision last week, Chief Justice John Roberts joined the court's four more liberal members in saying the administration's current justification for the question 'seems to have been contrived.'  
Following the ruling, a department spokesperson confirmed on July 2 that there would be 'no citizenship question on the 2020 census.' 
In what appeared to be a sign that the Trump administration was ending the legal fight, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said in a statement that day that the 'Census Bureau has started the process of printing the decennial questionnaires without the question.'
But the next day, Trump appeared to overrule that statement, sowing enough confusion that Hazel and U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman, overseeing a census lawsuit in New York, demanded clarification.
'The News Reports about the Department of Commerce dropping its quest to put the Citizenship Question on the Census is incorrect or, to state it differently, FAKE! We are absolutely moving forward, as we must, because of the importance of the answer to this question,' Trump tweeted on July 3.
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In what appeared to be a sign that the Trump administration was ending the legal fight, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said in a statement on Tuesday that the 'Census Bureau has started the process of printing the decennial questionnaires without the question.' But the next day, Trump appeared to controvert that statement, tweeting 'we are absolutely moving forward'
Following confusion of whether the administration would or would not pursue a route that would sidestep SCOTUS's ruling, many members of the DOJ legal teams assigned to federal court cases related to the citizen question filed court documents seeking to withdraw on Monday.
A Justice Department official said on Monday that a top civil attorney in the department, John Burnham, will no longer lead the litigation team.


NPR's national correspondent covering the 2020 census reported the changes late on Monday in a Twitter thread showing DOJ lawyers withdrawing from the census question cases in California, New York and Maryland. 
'To reassign the trial team at this stage in litigation is — to not put too fine a point on it — insane,' former DOJ Civil Rights Division career attorney Sam Oliker-Friedland said. 
'I suspect that it is a move of a Department of Justice that is serving a client that is asking them to do something that they are finding very difficult to do within the bounds of ethics and within the bounds of the law.'
Oliker-Friedland joined the DOJ's Civil Rights division under former president Barack Obama and left after Trump took office. 
'To take yourself off of a case in the middle of litigation, and certainly for an entire office to take off in the middle of litigation, would not just be because of personal disagreement with a particular policy choice,' a former DOJ attorney who asked not to be identified for fear speaking out may jeopardize the attorney's current job said.
'It has to be something more extreme than that, more to the core of what your ethical and professional obligations are as an attorney.'
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Following confusion of whether the administration would or would not pursue a route that would sidestep SCOTUS's ruling, many members of the DOJ legal teams assigned to federal court cases related to the citizen question filed court documents seeking to withdraw on Monday. President Donald Trump is pictured in Washington, DC on Monday

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Post by party animal - not! on Tue 09 Jul 2019, 12:53

Ellen Barkin on Epstein  - and his Friends

https://twitter.com/EllenBarkin/status/1147992061163048961

Very interesting!

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Post by LizzyNY on Tue 09 Jul 2019, 14:09

Watching her tell her story made me furious. She's totally believable and was the first time she told her story. I'd really like to know why her case never went forward.

The truth about Epstein and his operation was known long before this story surfaced. Nothing happened to him because of his powerful "friends" - who are now probably scared shitless that they'll be dragged into this. Who knows? He's such a sleaze he probably taped them all.
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Post by Way2Old4Dis on Tue 09 Jul 2019, 18:18

Would anybody here be surprised if it was discovered that some of those detained immigrant teen girls who somehow cannot be accounted for had been trafficked by the minions of the Molester-in-Chief to his old wingman, Epstein? I wouldn't. In fact, I would lay odds on it. Money in amounts that nobody needs, two perverted rapists, private planes with a pimp pilot, and no documentation. Perfect setup.

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Post by LizzyNY on Tue 09 Jul 2019, 19:30

This whole thing is sickening. What's worse is that so many people won't care. Epstein's life was so many men's wet dream they can't, or won't, see anything wrong with it. Even if there's direct proof of drumpf's involvement they'll make excuses for him. After all, it's only women, right?
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Post by annemarie on Sat 13 Jul 2019, 00:28

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7242039/House-approves-9-11-victims-bill-sends-Senate.html

[size=34]House overwhelmingly votes to fund 9/11 compensation bill championed by Jon Stewart and named for NYPD hero Luis Alvarez who died after emotional testimony to Congress[/size]


  • House votes 402-12 to pass bill to permanently fund compensation fund for those sickened by aftermath of 9/11

  • Bill is named for NYPD Detective Luis Alvarez, who testified for it in June but died of colorectal cancer later that month before it was passed

  • He was supported by Tonight Show host Jon Stewart at same hearing who then tore into Congress members for failing 9/11 heroes  

  • Alvarez died aged just 53 on June 29 of colorectal cancer which he had been diagnosed with in 2016; he linked the illness to his three months at Ground Zero

  • Bill now goes to Senate where Mitch McConnell is promising it will be voted on before the August recess 


By ASSOCIATED PRESS
PUBLISHED: 13:50 EDT, 12 July 2019 | UPDATED: 18:20 EDT, 12 July 2019

     




The House on Friday overwhelmingly approved a bill ensuring that a victims compensation fund for the Sept. 11 attacks never runs out of money.
The 402-12 vote sends the bill to the Senate, where Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has agreed to call a vote before Congress goes on its August recess.
Lawmakers from both parties hailed the House vote, which comes a month after comedian Jon Stewart sharply criticized Congress for failing to act. 
Stewart, a longtime advocate for 9/11 responders, told lawmakers at an emotional hearing that they were showing 'disrespect' to first responders now suffering from respiratory ailments and other illnesses as a result of their recovery work at the former World Trade Center site in New York City.

Stewart called the sparse attendance at the June 11 hearing 'an embarrassment to the country and a stain on this institution.'  
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 Crusade: Nancy Pelosi praised Jon Stewart for shining his 'celebrity spotlight' on the issue and said 'You made it too hot to handle' in the Senate
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Tragedy: One of the bill's most prominent advocates, former New York City police detective Luis Alvarez, did not live to see the bill's passage. Alvarez, who testified with Stewart at last month's House hearing, died June 29 at age 53
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Replenishing the fund will not fix the health problems of emergency workers and their families, but it would remove 'a 15-year, unnecessary burden placed by their own government upon them,' Stewart said at a Capitol news conference.
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He later targeted McConnell for slow-walking a previous version of the legislation and using it as a political pawn to get other things done.
Stewart said Friday that replenishing the victims fund was 'necessary, urgent and morally right.'
Replenishing the fund will not fix the health problems of emergency workers and their families, but it would remove 'a 15-year, unnecessary burden placed by their own government upon them,' Stewart said at a Capitol news conference.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other lawmakers credited Stewart for raising the profile of the issue, which has lingered on Capitol Hill for years.
'You made it too hot to handle' in the Senate, Pelosi, D-Calif., told Stewart, praising him for shining his 'celebrity spotlight' on the issue.
The bill would extend a victims compensation fund created after the 2001 terrorist attacks through 2092, essentially making it permanent. The $7.4 billion fund is rapidly being depleted, and administrators recently cut benefit payments by up to 70%.
The Congressional Budget Office said in a report this week that the bill would result in about $10.2 billion in additional compensation payments over 10 years, including more than $4 billion for claims already filed. 
The bill would require that victims whose compensation payments were reduced because of the fund's declining balance be made whole.
'This was not a hurricane or a flood or a tornado. This was the largest terrorist attack ever on American soil,' Rep. Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y., said in a floor speech before the House vote. 
'As Jon Stewart testified in front of the House Judiciary Committee, these terrorists weren't saying 'Death to Tribeca'. This was an attack on all of us as Americans and we all should be voting yes today as Americans.'


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Zeldin and other lawmakers noted that one of the bill's most prominent advocates, former New York City police detective Luis Alvarez, did not live to see the bill's passage. 
Alvarez, who testified with Stewart at last month's House hearing, died June 29 at age 53.
Alvarez, who was diagnosed with colorectal cancer in 2016, traced his illness to the three months he spent in the rubble of the World Trade Center's twin towers after the attacks.
Alvarez and other first responders 'shouldn't have had to come down here to fight on behalf of all of these other victims and first responders in the first place,' Zeldin said. 
'Month after month, year after year ... how many first responders have made dozens of trips (to the Capitol) educating, advocating, passionately asking members of Congress for their support?'
The bill was renamed to honor Alvarez and other first responders.
'The first responders who rushed into danger on September 11th, 2001 are the very definition of American heroes and patriots,' McConnell said in a statement after the House vote.
'The Senate has never forgotten the Victim Compensation Fund and we aren't about to start now. We will consider this important legislation soon.'

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Post by annemarie on Mon 15 Jul 2019, 20:58

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7249633/Pelosi-force-vote-condemn-Trump-tweets.html

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  • Nancy Pelosi announced House Democrats are composing a resolution condemning President Trump 's tweets

  • 'Our Republican colleagues must join us in condemning the President's xenophobic tweets,' she wrote to lawmakers on Monday 

  • She did not indicate when the vote would take place 

  • The move will force Republicans on the record about their feelings on the president's tweets after few GOP lawmakers, thus far, have defended him 

  • And it comes six months after House Democrats passed a watered-down resolution condemning hate language after comments from Omar 

  • Trump set off a Twitter firestorm this weekend 

  • 'Why don't they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came,' Trump wrote on Twitter Sunday of 'the squad'

  • The 'squad' are four liberal Democratic freshman lawmakers who are of racial minorities and have called for the president's impeachment


By EMILY GOODIN, U.S. POLITICAL REPORTER FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 12:46 EDT, 15 July 2019 | UPDATED: 14:33 EDT, 15 July 2019

     


Nancy Pelosi announced Monday House Democrats are composing a resolution condemning President Donald Trump's tweets against Alexandria Ocasio-Cortezand her 'squad.'
The speaker indicated there will be a vote soon in the chamber, a move designed to put Republicans on the record about their feelings on the president's tweets after few GOP lawmakers, thus far, have defended him.
No timing was indicated but Pelosi announced the forthcoming resolution in a letter to colleagues on Monday. 
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Trump's tweets were seen as an attack on the 'squad': Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Alyanna Pressley and Rashid Tlaib
'This weekend, the President went beyond his own low standards using disgraceful language about Members of Congress,' she wrote.

'This morning, the President doubled down on his attacks on our four colleagues suggesting they apologize to him. Let me be clear, our Caucus will continue to forcefully respond to these disgusting attacks,' she added.
'The House cannot allow the President's characterization of immigrants to our country to stand. Our Republican colleagues must join us in condemning the President's xenophobic tweets. Please join us in supporting a forthcoming resolution sponsored by Congressman Tom Malinowski, who was born abroad, and Congressman Jamie Raskin, along with other Democratic Members born abroad,' she noted in her letter. 
Malinowski was born in Poland and came to the United States at the age of six.  
Trump, meanwhile, defended his tweets in which he suggested the four congresswomen, who are of racial minorities, go 'back where they came from.'
‘All I'm saying, they want to leave, they can leave. Now, it doesn't say leave forever. It says leave if you want,’ Trump told reporters on the South Lawn of the White House Monday afternoon.
‘They hate our country. They hate it, I think, with a passion. Now, it's possible I'm wrong. The voter will decide. But when I hear the way they talk about our country, when I hear the anti-Semitic language they use, when I hear the hatred they have for Israel and the love they have for enemies like Al Qaeda, then you know what, I will tell you that I do not believe this is good for the Democrat Party,’ he added.
'I'm not happy with them.'
He also slammed Pelosi's accusation on twitter that he wants to 'make America white again.'
'That's a very racist statement, somebody would say that. Speaker Pelosi said, "Make America white again." Let me tell you, that's a very racist statement. I'm surprised she would say that,' he said.


His tweet attack was seen as directed at Omar, Ocasio-Cortez, Alyanna Pressley and Rashid Tlaib - four young, progressive lawmakers who took office in January after winning in the 2018 wave election that gave back control of the House of Representatives to Democrats. 
They have dubbed themselves 'the squad.'
Trump was accused of a racist attack against the lawmakers, of whom only Omar was born overseas. She and her family fled war in Somalia and she is now a U.S. citizen. The rest of the lawmakers were born in the United States. 
All have called for Trump's impeachment. 
Omar and Tlaib are also the first Muslim women elected to Congress.   
Most Republicans have been notably silent on the president's tweets.
GOP Representative Will Hurd, whose district was won by Hillary Clinton in 2016, was one of the few to call the president's words 'racist.'
'Those tweets are racist, and xenophobic... It's also behavior that's unbecoming of the leader of the free world. He should be talking about things that unite, not divide us,' he told CNN.  
And his fellow Texas Republican, Congressman Chip Roy, also condemned the president writing on Twitter that 'POTUS was wrong to say any American citizen, whether in Congress or not, has any 'home' besides the U.S.'
'But I just as strongly believe noncitizens who abuse our immigration laws should be sent home immediately, & Reps who refuse to defend America should be sent home' in the next election, he added. 
Michigan Republican Fred Upton called the president's tweets 'very disappointing.'
But the congressman said his fellow GOP lawmakers don't feel the need to respond to everything out there. 
'We don't respond to everything that's out there,' he told the radio program 'Michigan's Big Show.' 'But I would imagine, I would know, that a good number of my Republican colleagues don't appreciate the comments as well. 
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Trump attack this weekend was condemned as racist.  
'Why don't they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came,' Trump wrote on Twitter of ''Progressive' Democrat Congresswomen' on Sunday. 'Then come back and show us how it is done.' 
'These places need your help badly, you can't leave fast enough. I'm sure that Nancy Pelosi would be very happy to quickly work out free travel arrangements!,' he added.
But the speaker promptly defended her members of Congress. 
'When [Trump] tells four American Congresswomen to go back to their countries, he reaffirms his plan to 'Make America Great Again' has always been about making America white again,' Pelosi tweeted. 'Our diversity is our strength and our unity is our power.'


Freshmen progressive Congresswomen backgrounds


Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
Born: New York City
Parents from: Puerto Rico and America

Heritage: Puerto Rican 

Ilhan Omar
Born: Mogadishu, Somalia
Parents from: Somalia
Heritage:  Somalian and Yemeni
Rashida Tlaib
Born: Detroit, Michigan
Parents from: West Bank and East Jerusalem
Heritage: Palestinian
Ayanna Pressley 
 Born: Cincinnati, Ohio
Parents from: America
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And the lawmakers fought back themselves. 
Ocasio-Cortez led the defense of her squad. 
'Mr. President, the country I 'come from,' & the country we all swear to, is the United States. But given how you've destroyed our border with inhumane camps, all at a benefit to you & the corps who profit off them, you are absolutely right about the corruption laid at your feet,' she tweeted. 
'You are angry because you don't believe in an America where I represent New York 14, where the good people of Minnesota elected @IlhanMN, where @RashidaTlaib fights for Michigan families, where @AyannaPressley champions little girls in Boston,' she added. 
The squad members also had words for the president.
'Yo @realDonaldTrump, I am fighting corruption in OUR country. I do it every day when I hold your admin accountable as a U.S. Congresswoman. Detroit taught me how to fight for the communities you continue to degrade & attack. Keep talking, you'll be out of the WH soon,' Tlaib tweeted in response.  
Pressley wrote: 'THIS is what racism looks like. WE are what democracy looks like. And we're not going anywhere. Except back to DC to fight for the families you marginalize and vilify everyday.'
And Omar tweeted: 'Mr. President, As Members of Congress, the only country we swear an oath to is the United States. Which is why we are fighting to protect it from the worst, most corrupt and inept president we have ever seen.'
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Omar and her family came to the United States in the early 1990s to escape the war in Somalia. She became a citizen in 2000 when she was 17 years old.
Tlaib is the daughter of two Palestinian immigrants and Ocasio-Cortez's mother is from Puerto Rico. Tlaib was born in Detroit while Ocasio-Cortez was born in the Bronx borough of New York City.
Pressley is the first African American woman elected to Congress to represent Massachusetts. She was born in Cincinnati.
In a Twitter rant Sunday night, Trump doubled down on his attacks and claimed the Democratic lawmakers hate Israel, an accusation that will likely incite fury among the GOP base.
'So sad to see the Democrats sticking up for people who speak so badly of our Country and who, in addition, hate Israel with a true and unbridled passion,' he wrote.  
But Trump's attacks united Pelosi and the members of 'the squad' in their outrage against the president.
It was a show of unity after the speaker and the four got into a feud of their own.   
The Democrats' resolution against the president comes six months after House Democrats passed a watered-down resolution condemning hate language after alleged anti-semitic comments from Omar.
Omar came under fire in March for suggesting that supporters of Israel were urging lawmakers to have 'allegiance to a foreign country.' 
A battle broke out between the older, powerful Jewish members of Congress who accused Omar of anti-Semitism and the younger, progressive members who defended Omar's right to speak.  
Democratic leaders had hoped to dispatch with the issue quickly through a hastily written resolution condemning anti-semitism. 
But they broadened the text to include condemn Islamophobia and white supremacism after Omar's defenders said one form of hate should not be singled out. 
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Reps. Ilham Omar and Rashida Tlaib are the first Muslim women elected to Congress
Minutes before the scheduled vote Democrats pulled it again, to add several groups not included in the original measure, including Latinos, Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, and LGBTQ community.  
Omar's name was not specifically mentioned in the 1,400 word text, which some Democrats had argued for while the congresswoman's defenders countered that would require a resolution any time a lawmaker said or tweeted something offensive. 
Republicans condemned Democrats for not calling out Omar about name.
But Pelosi defended the Minnesota congresswoman. 
'One resolution is not mentioning her name because it's not about her,' she said at the time.


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[size=34]Republican lawmaker claims Trump's 'go back to where they came from' tweet at non-white congresswomen was about their home DISTRICTS and not their nationalities[/size]


  • Andy Harris, a Republican from Maryland, said Trump could have meant districts when telling minority congresswomen to go back to where they came from

  • 'He could have meant go back to the district they came from. To the neighborhood they came from,' Harris said in defending the president

  • Over the weekend Trump tweeted that a group of four freshman minority congresswomen should go back to their home countries and fix issues there

  • 'Why don't they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came. Then come back and show us how it is done,' Trump said

  • He was referencing Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib

  • Of the four, only Omar was born in a country other than the U.S. – she is a Somali-American who fled to the U.S. with her family when she was a child

  • Harris said people claimed the tweet was racist because that's the default claim when you disagree with someone


By KATELYN CARALLE, U.S. POLITICAL REPORTER FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 13:09 EDT, 15 July 2019 | UPDATED: 13:29 EDT, 15 July 2019

     




Andy Harris, a Republican representative from Maryland, said when Donald Trumptold congresswomen of color to go back to where they came from he was referencing their home districts and not foreign countries.
President Trump posted a trio of tweets Sunday that told a group of four freshman congresswomen to try and fix their 'corrupt' and 'inept' countries of origin before trying to wade into American politics.
'Well look, ask the president what he meant by it. But clearly it's not a racist comment,' Harris told WBAL NewsNow host Bryan Nehman. 'He could have meant go back to the district they came from. To the neighborhood they came from.'
Only one of the four representatives Trump was referencing in his tweets was born in a country other than America.
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Republican Congressman Any Harris said Donald Trump's tweet telling freshmen minority congresswomen to go back to where they came from could have been in reference to their home districts or neighborhoods
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'Why don't they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came,' he suggested of four progressive minority representatives. 'Then come back and show us how it is done'
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Trump said these congresswomen should go fix their countries of origin before trying to weigh in on American politics and claimed they are from 'corrupt,' 'inept' countries 
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Harris claims people said the tweet was racist because that's the 'default' when you disagree with someone
Harris, the only Republican congressman from Maryland, made mention of this, laughing that Trump obviously meant something other than the congresswomen's nationalities.

'Yeah, they all didn't come from foreign countries, so you'd have to presume that it's not a country,' Harris said when asked if he truly thought Trump was talking about districts or neighborhoods.
Trump posted his tweets about Reps. Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley – all minority women congresswomen who voted into the House during the 2018 midterm elections.
Omar was born in Somalia and fled to the U.S. with her family when she was a child. Otherwise, Ocasio-Cortez, Pressley and Tlaib were all born in America.
'So interesting to see 'Progressive' Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a functioning government at all), now loudly and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our government is to be run,' Trump posted to Twitter Sunday.
'Why don't they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came,' he suggested. 'Then come back and show us how it is done.'
Shortly after posting the tweets, he was met with a flurry of backlash.
The president sided, has found himself siding with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who is at odds with the four freshmen members, and suggested she would arrange free travel so they can fix where they came from first.
'These places need your help badly, you can't leave fast enough. I'm sure that Nancy Pelosi would be very happy to quickly work out free travel arrangements!' he concluded.
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Trump was making reference to Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (upper left), Ilhan Omar (upper right), Ayanna Pressley (lower left) and Rashida Tlaib (lower right). They are all minority women, but of the four, only Omar was born in a country other than the U.S. 
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Omar fled Somalia with her family when she was a child. She became a U.S. citizen when she was 17 and represents Minnesota in the House
The tweets were labeled immediately as racist and another way of telling minorities to 'go back to where they came from.'
'They're obviously not racist,' Harris said of the president's tweets. 'But again, you know, when anyone disagrees with someone now, you know, the default is you call them a racist. And this is no exception.'
Omar fired back at the president, saying she swore an oath to serve in the U.S. Congress because she wants to work to make this country better.
'Mr. President,' the Somali-American wrote. 'As Members of Congress, the only country we swear an oath to is the United States. Which is why we are fighting to protect it from the worst, most corrupt and inept president we have ever seen.'
Ocasio-Cortez, whose mother is from Puerto Rico and father of Puerto Rican descent, responded, as well, claiming Monday morning that Trump was using the language of a white supremacist.
'It's important to note that the President's words yday, telling four American Congresswomen of color 'go back to your own country,' is hallmark language of white supremacists,' she tweeted. 'Trump feels comfortable leading the GOP into outright racism, and that should concern all Americans.'
The 29-year-old congresswoman from New York said Trump was angry because he didn't like the makeup of Congress now that there are more women and minorities representing U.S. districts.
'You are angry because you don't believe in an America where I represent New York 14, where the good people of Minnesota elected @IlhanMN, where @RashidaTlaib fights for Michigan families, where @AyannaPressley champions little girls in Boston,' she tweeted Sunday.
All four of the women have recently clashed with Pelosi as they voted against a $4.6 billion Republican bill aimed at providing aide to the border and immigration crisis. Pelosi helped get the bill passed in the House after reports emerged of the deteriorating conditions at migrant detention facilities.
The House speaker accused the freshmen congresswomen of relying on their social media following, which she claims doesn't translate to real action in Congress.
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The congresswomen, who were all elected in the 2018 midterm elections, reacted to the president's comments, claiming he was using language of a white supremacist
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Omar insisted that she made a pledge to serve the U.S., which she claims she and her fellow congresswomen are fighting to protect from Donald Trump


'All these people have their public whatever and their Twitter world,' Pelosi said after all four congresswomen voted against the border bill. 'But they didn't have any following. They're four people and that's how many votes they got.'
Ocasio-Cortez warned Pelosi not to discount their social media followings because it proves they have the support to 'achieve meaningful change.'
'I find it strange when members act as though social media isn't important,' Ocasio-Cortez tweeted.
'That public 'whatever' is called public sentiment,' Ocasio-Cortez continued directly responding to Pelosi's comments. 'And wielding the power to shift it is how we actually achieve meaningful change in this country.'
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Post by LizzyNY on Mon 15 Jul 2019, 21:49

What a mess! Such a lovely face we show to the rest of the world. A racist, narcissistic president and a bunch of newbie Congresswomen who think they're a lot more important than they really are, staging a schoolyard brawl for all the world to see.

Is drumpf a disgusting, racist pig? Yes! Do the women of "the squad" understand that they are not the first people ever elected to Congress? Not that I can see. If they keep up this bullshit about how everyone should "respect" them because they have a social media following, they will hand the next election to drumpf on a silver platter (and probably try to blame it on anyone but themselves.) I wish they, and he, would just SHUT UP!!!!
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