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The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) released details on the deal for the upgrading of Greece’s F-16 fighter jet fleet following the meeting between Greek PM Alexis Tsipras and US President Donald Trump in Washington. Trump had repeatedly made reference to the agreement on th Greek aircraft in his public meeting in front of the cameras with the Greek PM. The DSCA announcement refers to an estimated cost of EUR 2,404 billion, despite a tweet by Greek Defence Minister Panos Kammenos which claimed that the correct figure was 1.1 billion euros and the the rest of the money relates to assistance and compensatory programs.

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According to the DSCA, Greece has requested a possible upgrade of its existing F-16 fleet to an F-16 Block V configuration and will include all its electronic equipment, the modern APG-83 AESA radar, a flight planning system (JMPS), a F-16V flight simulator, the upgrading of two existing PA simulators to F-16V, the upgrading of ASPIS II self-protection systems ASPIS II, ground support equipment, system integration and test systems, spare parts etc.

The key contractor will also be Lockheed Martin, which is based in Texas, while the offset agreement will be the subject of a contract between the contractor and Greece.
The announcement states that this agreement will contribute to the achievement of US foreign policy and national security goals by improving the defence capabilities of a NATO ally.

 

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Greek PM Alexis Tsipras met with IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde in Washington. During their 15-minute private meeting the two discussed the need for the implementation of the measures by Greece, as well as the necessity for a debt relief. Both recognised that Greece was a on a path of economic recovery, as well as a swift and timely completion of the 3rd review. During a joint press conference after their meting, the Greek PM underlined that the country was finally turning a new leaf after years of efforts by the Greek public had bore fruit leading to a visible and viable exit from the economic crisis.

Ms. Lagarde welcomed Mr. Tsipras to the organisation’s headquarters and stressed that the achieved progress via the implementation of the programme was positive noting that the application of the agreement for debt relief was of substantive importance to support Greece and its subsequent return to sustainable growth. During their extended meeting, which lasted 50 minutes with the participation of the Greek Deputy Finance Minister George Chouliarakis from the Greek side, among others, and IMF officials, the talks pretty much reiterated the need for a fast implementation of the reforms and the need for some kind of debt relief. Earlier the Greek PM had called for investments by the Chicago Greek American community during his address at the Chicago Council of Global Affairs. Mr. Tsipras is scheduled to meet with US President Donald Trump at the White at 7pm (Greek time) on Tuesday.

(Ξένη Δημοσίευση)  Η Γενική Διευθύντρια του Διεθνούς Νομισματικού Ταμείου, Christine Lagarde  υποδέχεται τον πρωθυπουργό Αλέξη Τσίπρα  κατά τη διάρκεια της συνάντησής τους, τη Δευτέρα 16 Οκτωβρίου 2017, στην Ουάσιγκτον. Ο πρωθυπουργός που πραγματοποιεί πενθήμερη επίσκεψη στις ΗΠΑ,  θα συναντήσει τον Πρόεδρο των Ηνωμένων Πολιτειών, Donald Trump, τον Αντιπρόεδρο, Mike Pence, καθώς και τη Γενική Διευθύντρια του Διεθνούς Νομισματικού Ταμείου, Christine Lagarde. ΑΠΕ-ΜΠΕ/ΓΡΑΦΕΙΟ ΤΥΠΟΥ ΠΡΩΘΥΠΟΥΡΓΟΥ/Andrea Bonetti

(Ξένη Δημοσίευση)  Η Γενική Διευθύντρια του Διεθνούς Νομισματικού Ταμείου, Christine Lagarde  υποδέχεται τον πρωθυπουργό Αλέξη Τσίπρα  κατά τη διάρκεια της συνάντησής τους, τη Δευτέρα 16 Οκτωβρίου 2017, στην Ουάσιγκτον. Ο πρωθυπουργός που πραγματοποιεί πενθήμερη επίσκεψη στις ΗΠΑ,  θα συναντήσει τον Πρόεδρο των Ηνωμένων Πολιτειών, Donald Trump, τον Αντιπρόεδρο, Mike Pence, καθώς και τη Γενική Διευθύντρια του Διεθνούς Νομισματικού Ταμείου, Christine Lagarde. ΑΠΕ-ΜΠΕ/ΓΡΑΦΕΙΟ ΤΥΠΟΥ ΠΡΩΘΥΠΟΥΡΓΟΥ/Andrea Bonetti

(Ξένη Δημοσίευση)  Ο πρωθυπουργός, Αλέξης Τσίπρας συνομιλεί με τη Γενική Διευθύντρια του Διεθνούς Νομισματικού Ταμείου, Christine Lagarde κατά τη διάρκεια της συνάντησής τους, τη Δευτέρα 16 Οκτωβρίου 2017, στην Ουάσιγκτον. Ο πρωθυπουργός που πραγματοποιεί πενθήμερη επίσκεψη στις ΗΠΑ,  θα συναντήσει τον Πρόεδρο των Ηνωμένων Πολιτειών, Donald Trump, τον Αντιπρόεδρο, Mike Pence, καθώς και τη Γενική Διευθύντρια του Διεθνούς Νομισματικού Ταμείου, Christine Lagarde. ΑΠΕ-ΜΠΕ/ΓΡΑΦΕΙΟ ΤΥΠΟΥ ΠΡΩΘΥΠΟΥΡΓΟΥ/Andrea Bonetti

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A former contestant on “The Apprentice” who accuses President Donald Trump of past sexual misconduct has filed a subpoena for “all documents concerning any woman who asserted that Donald J. Trump touched her inappropriately,” it was revealed on Sunday.
Buzzfeed News first reported the existence of the court document, which names Trump’s campaign organization and any applicable “directors, officers, partners, shareholders, managers, attorneys, employees, agents and representatives” as subjects.
Only a few weeks before the 2016 election, former “Apprentice” contestant Summer Zervos alleged that Trump had tried to kiss and touch her inappropriately without her consent at the Beverly Hills Hotel in 2007.

Her claim came shortly after the October 2016 release of the now-infamous “Access Hollywood” tape from 2005 in which Trump said, “And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything. Grab them by the p—-. You can do anything.”
Zervos’ subpoena calls for “all documents concerning any accusations that were made during Donald J. Trump’s election campaign for president, that he subjected any woman to unwanted sexual touching and/or sexually inappropriate behavior.”
The subpoena also specifically names at least 10 women and requests documentation associated with them “or any woman alleging that Donald J. Trump touched her inappropriately.”
Trump has flatly denied the allegations, calling the accusations “lies, lies, lies,” which led Zervos to sue him for defamation. His lawyer attempted to have Zervos’ defamation lawsuit dismissed in July, claiming that presidents cannot face civil lawsuits while in office.
That motion to dismiss could decide the merit of this subpoena, according to Gloria Allred, the famed women’s rights attorney representing Zervos.

source: nbcnews.com

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“I can say with certainty that Greece is back”, said Greek PM Alexis Tsipras in the English language at the reception held in his honour by the Consulate General of Greece in Chicago at the National Hellenic Museum. He said that Greece had been through a great ordeal over the past years, but could now stand on her two feet and look with optimism to the next generations. Addressing the Greek diaspora, the Greek PM called on them to support the country’s efforts to stand on its two feet again, especially now that it was exiting the crisis. “I believe that this power of the Greek diaspora, both in the economy and in politics, will be a driving force in our own efforts to make Greece strong, powerful and self-reliant”, he said in his address. Mr. Tsipras and his partner Peristera Baziana had earlier received a tour of the museum by the director Lora Kalamos. US Ambassador to Greece Geoffry Pyatt was also prudent at the dinner. The prime minister visited Cinespace Film Studios and had a meeting with their chairman in Chicago, Alex Pissios, who showed the PM around a number of large studio productions.

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The two man had the chance to discuss possible openings in Greece related to television and film productions, given the new favourable climate in the film production industry in the country. The PM tweeted on his account: “Greece can become a host country for investments in the audiovisual industry, since it has features that make it attractive”.

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The Greek PM’s schedule in the US with US and Greek time is as follows:
Monday October 16 – Chicago and Washington

16:30 / 08:30: Speech at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs

18:00 / 10:00: Visit to Chicago’s Technology and Entrepreneurship Center in 1871 and Guided Tour by CEO Howard Tullman

19:00 / 11:00: Meeting with the Mayor of Chicago, Mr. Rahm Emmanuel, and a visit to Riverwalk Urban Reconstruction.

20:15 / 12:15: Meeting with the Governor of the State of Illinois, Mr Bruce Rauner

23:40 / 16:40: Arrival of the Prime Minister and the official delegation in Washington

00:30 / 17:30: Meeting with the IMF General Manager, Ms. Christine Lagarde

03:00 / 20:00: Dinner in honour of the Prime Minister by the AHI and AHEPA

Tuesday, October 17 – Washington

19:00 / 12:00: Prime Minister’s reception by President Trump at the White House and guest book signing

19:10 / 12:10: Private meeting with President Trump and then a working lunch with extended composition

20:30 / 13:30: Joint Statements by the Prime Minister and the US President to the media

22:30 / 15:30: Meeting with Senators

02:30 / 19:30: Meeting with businessmen

Wednesday, October 18 – Washington

16:30 / 09:30: Meeting with Vice President Pence

19:00 / 12:00: Business lunch with businessmen as stated by the Business Council for International Understanding

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Hustler founder Larry Flynt is taking aim at President Trump in a full page ad in this Sunday’s Washington Post, FOX Business has learned exclusively.
Flynt is offering a $10 million bounty on credible information that leads to the impeachment of Trump. The porn king is asking for tax returns information, records from the president’s investment or any “secret dealings with the Russians” that provides what he calls a “smoking gun.”
In the ad Flynt writes, “Impeachment would be a messy, contentious affair, but the alternative – three more years of destabilizing dysfunction – is worse. Both good Democrats and good Republicans who put country over party did it before with Watergate. To succeed, impeachment requires unimpeachable evidence. That’s why I am making this offer.”
Flynt has attempted to take down other lawmakers in the past with $1 million prize for information on sex and scandals that forced the resignation of former Louisiana Rep. Bob Livingston (R) and former Louisiana Sen. David Vitter (R), who admitted to being involved in a prostitution ring.

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Greek PM Alexis Tsipras spoke to newspaper “Greek News” published in the US before his official visit to the US and meeting with President Donald Trump. In the exclusive interview to Apostolos Zoupaniotis, Publisher/Editor of the Greek-American weekly newspaper “Greek News”, the PM outlined his goals in meeting with Mr. Trump and other officials in the US and the agenda of talks with the US President. From greeknewsonline.com:

Greece is a pillar of stability and security for the wider region, the Prime Minister of Greece Alexis Tsipras said, in an exclusive interview with Apostolos Zoupaniotis, Publisher/Editor of the Greek-American weekly newspaper “Greek News”, just few hours before arriving in Chicago, the first stop of his 5 day-long U.S. visit. (The full text of the interview will be posted on Saturday at 12 noon EDT)
The Prime Minister said Greece is regaining a key role in the European and regional developments and it is moving steadily on a path of economic development, leaving behind the tough period that unfortunately has cost the country in many fields beyond the economy.
“In this context, the growing dynamics of our strategic relationship with the United States – especially in the economy, energy and defense / security – is crucial. With President Trump, we will have the opportunity to discuss all these issues,” Tsipras said describing the agenda of his talks with the U.S. President, on Tuesday.
Answering a question on Greek national issues, Tsipras said that Greece has a series of open issues and it has consistently defended its sovereign rights on the basis of international law, while at the same time it seeks to consolidate stability in the wider region.
“The ending of the aggression of the Turkish side in the Aegean Sea, a mutually accepted solution to the issue of FYROM, and a just and viable solution to the Cyprus problem, are not only for the benefit of our country but also for the benefit of Europe and the international community. I am convinced that our dialogue and cooperation with the US Administration in this direction can only benefit our interests and the region,” he said.
Noting the regional and international initiatives taken by the Greek government, the Prime Minister pointed out that Greek efforts for a just and viable solution to the Cyprus problem stepped up, and so they will continue. Greece also stepped up contacts with FYROM with new confidence-building initiatives, while the country’s position in the hard core of the countries of Europe has been strengthened
“We are taking initiatives such as the Southern EU Summit, and we are strengthening our cooperation with the Balkan countries. Along with the Republic of Cyprus, we are in tripartite co-operation with Israel, Egypt and other Middle East countries, while our Foreign Ministry is taking important initiatives such as the Rhodes Conference or the Conference of Ancient Civilizations.”
“My commitment is, Tsipras promised the Greek American community, that we will continue unhindered on this path, which ensures the continuous upgrade of the country’s position internationally and protects our sovereign rights and our national interests. In such a course, the upgrading of our strategic relations with the US remains an ongoing goal, in the context of a sincere cooperation and mutual respect, as is the case today.”
Greece is emerging from the economic crisis and upgrading its geo-strategic role in an extremely important and, unfortunately, increasingly destabilized region. We are in an extremely positive, but also crucial period for our country, which is regaining its prestige; moving away from mistakes of the past;
The Greek Prime Minister stressed that the government’s policy is guided by the principles of an active, multidimensional foreign policy, which allows the country to be a pillar of stability in a more destabilized region.
“It is clear that given its interest in the stability of the region, as well as our extremely important defense cooperation – including in Souda Bay – the United States has a particular interest in working towards this direction. We are at a time that the foreign policy objectives of Greece find common points with US strategy in the region,” he added.
On the economy, Alexis Tsipras described Greece as a country synonymous with determination and hard work, a country that overcomes difficulties and it is once more in a position that is worthy of its people and history.
“I think, he noted, this is acknowledged by the US leadership, and for that reason, there is a growing interest on their part to further accelerate the recovery process in our country.”
“President Trump has a long track record in business. He knows when an investment could be beneficial and when not. Looking at Greece today, I think he can easily realize there are large investment opportunities in critical sectors of the economy. “
Prime Minister Tsipras mentioned the progress has taken place in Greek economy the reforms that were legislated and the predictions of the international financial institution for 2017 and next year and he send to the Greek American and U.S. investors the following message:
“Those who trust Greece today can only gain”, he said.

source: greeknewsonline.com

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President Donald Trump on Friday threatened to pull out of the Iran nuclear agreement if Congress and US allies do not agree to strengthen it, throwing the future of the deal into doubt as he unveiled a tough and comprehensive new policy toward the Islamic Republic.
“As I have said many times, the Iran deal was one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the United States has ever entered into,” Trump said in a major speech at the White House laying out the sharp turn in US Iran policy.
Trump accused Iran of committing “multiple violations of the agreement,” despite the fact that the International Atomic Energy Agency, America’s European allies and even his own government say that Tehran is complying with the 2015 deal reached by former President Barack Obama and major world powers.
He said that Iran had “failed to meet our expectations in its operations of advanced centrifuges,” and “intimidated” international inspectors into not using their full authority. He also accused the Obama administration of lifting sanctions on Iran under the terms of the deal at a moment when the Iranian clerical regime was about to collapse, an assessment that contradicts the views of many experts.
The President announced that he would no longer make regular certifications that the lifting of sanctions under the deal was in the US interests.
“We cannot and will not make this certification. We will not continue down a path whose predictable conclusion is more violence, more terror and the very real threat of Iran’s nuclear breakout,” he said. “I am directing my administration to work closely with Congress and our allies to address the deal’s many serious flaws so that the Iranian regime can never threaten the world with nuclear weapons.”
He said the flaws of the agreement included “sunset” provisions under which limits on Iran’s nuclear program will begin to expire. Proponents of the deal dispute that. The President warned that the deal was plagued by “insufficient enforcement” and near total silence on the missile program.

source: cnn.com

 

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Press Secretary Sarah Sanders confirmed US President Donald Trump would meet with Greek PM Alexis Tsipras on October 17 and 19, during the Greek PM’s visit to Washington. Mr. Tsipras will also meet with US Vice-President Michael Pence. Meanwhile, IMF General Director Christine Lagarde accepted the Greek PM’s request for a meeting in the US capital.

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Japan must brace itself for the possible launch of a nuclear-armed North Korean missile over its territory if the regime carries out a threat to test a hydrogen bomb in the Pacific Ocean, Japan’s defence minister has said.
The warning followed an extraordinary exchange of insults between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un in response to the US president’s threat at the UN general assembly to “totally destroy” North Korea if Washington was forced to defend itself or its allies.
Kim said that he was considering retaliating at the “highest level”, calling Trump a “mentally deranged US dotard” who would “pay dearly” for threatening to destroy his regime. The North Korean foreign minister, Ri Yong-ho, suggested Pyongyang could test a powerful nuclear weapon in the Pacific.
“It could be the most powerful detonation of an H-bomb in the Pacific,” Ri, who is due to address the UN general assembly at the weekend, told reporters in New York. “We have no idea about what actions could be taken as it will be ordered by leader Kim Jong-un.”
Trump tweeted in response on Friday: “Kim Jong Un of North Korea, who is obviously a madman who doesn’t mind starving or killing his people, will be tested like never before!”

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US President Donald Trump has delivered a stern warning to North Korea in his first speech to the United Nations general assembly – telling Kim Jong-un that “Rocket Man is on a suicide mission” and threatening the “total destruction” of his country should he attack the US.
The US president told the packed general assembly chamber that North Korea posed the greatest threat to the world with its flagrant disregard for international law. In a speech seen by analysts as a return to George W. Bush’s “Axis of Evil” world view – only with Iraq removed from the list drawn up in 2002 – Mr Trump also spoke out against Iran, describing the country as an “economically depleted rogue state” whose chief export is violence.
He denounced the Iran nuclear deal as an “embarrassment”, in the latest sign that he plans to tear up or renegotiate the landmark accord.
“Frankly, that deal is an embarrassment to the United States, and I don’t think you’ve heard the last of it,” he said. “Believe me. It is time for the entire world to join us in demanding that Iran’s government end its pursuit of death and destruction.”

Mr Trump criticised Cuba and Venezuela, singling out Nicolas Maduro for particularly harsh denunciation. The Venezuelan president, he said, ruled over a “corrupt regime” that was starving its own people and had “seized power”.
Yet Mr Trump did indeed, as his UN ambassador Nikki Haley promised, “hug people”, as well as “slap” them.
He praised Antonio Guterres, the UN secretary-general, for his efforts to encourage reform. He thanked Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon for taking in refugees. And he celebrated Middle East leaders who had joined his summit in Saudi Arabia in May, saying that together they had made significant progress in fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil).
The US president also said his nation did not seek to impose their world view on anyone, and devoted significant time to defending his America First policy.
“As president of the United States, I will always put America first – just like you, as leaders of your countries, will always and should always put your countries first,” he said.

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During his 2016 presidential campaign, then-candidate Donald Trump stirred up a great deal of controversy when a recording from 2005 captured the soon-to-be president describing how to hit on women in extremely vulgar terms.
Many people took issue with Trump’s tactic to “grab them by the [expletive],” but one person who had no problem with what he deemed as “locker room talk” is none other than Floyd Mayweather.
Mayweather recently appeared on “Hollywood Unlocked” to discuss a number of things but came to the defense of President Trump on that particular topic.
“People don’t like the truth,” Mayweather said about Trump. “He speak like a real man spoke. Real men speak like, ‘Man, she had a fat [expletive]? I had to grab that fat [expletive].’ Right? So he talking locker room talk. ‘I’m the man, you know what I’m saying? You know who I am. Yeah, I grabbed her by the [expletive]. And?’”
Mayweather wouldn’t go as far as to say that he and Trump are “friends,” but did say that he could call him direct at any time. He would go on to say that he needed to “find out what’s going on” so he could “relay the message to everybody else” who wouldn’t take those steps to meet with the current president.
This isn’t the first time that Mayweather has caused a stir when it comes to the 45th president. Back in November, a picture of Mayweather with Trump and his son surfaced on Instagram. Mayweather didn’t shy away from the criticism and decided to attend his inauguration in January.
Mayweather reiterated that it wasn’t because he and Trump were friends, but because he wanted to attend an inauguration for the next president.
“I just wanted to say I did it one time in my life,” Mayweather said. “It didn’t matter who the president was. I just wanted to go to be a part of it, to see how it is.”
But one thing that Mayweather would explain is why people need to stop complaining about the man who currently runs the White House and has been embroiled in a number of controversies since taking office. But for the man who recently dispatched of Conor McGregor and raked in another nine-figure payday, the people that Trump affects are those like him: rich.
“A lot of times, it’s, ‘Aw, man, it’s going to affect us.’ My man, if you ain’t making 400, 500, $600 million, it’s not going to affect you no [expletive] way. It’s only going to affect somebody like me,” Mayweather said. “I’m the [expletive] that should be tripping—paying $34 million, $25 million, $26 million [in taxes]. I should be tripping! But guess what I’m saying? ‘It’s alright. It is what it is.’”
Ultimately, Mayweather believes that everybody should worry about themselves and not what the president is doing. From Trump’s views on immigration and decision to end DACA to what transpired in Charlottesville, Mayweather says that people shouldn’t concern themselves with any of it. As bizarre as that may sound, it’s Mayweather’s story and he’s sticking to it.
“A lot of times, we spend too much time talking about and worrying about other people’s business instead of worrying about our own,” he continued. “I got to where I got to—it’s easy, I make millions and millions of dollars on a daily basis—because I focus on Floyd.”

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North Korea is readying the launch of a ballistic missile, military leaders in South Korea believe after launching rockets in live-fire drills in response to the test of a nuclear bomb at the weekend.
Sunday’s nuclear test by Kim Jong-Un’s regime had an estimated strength of 50 kilotons, defence ministry officials told a parliamentary briefing on Monday as Seoul agreed “it is time to strengthen” a military response against the North.
That would make it five times the size of the North’s previous test in September last year – and more than three times bigger than the US device that destroyed Hiroshima in 1945.
South Korea responded to the nuclear test, which the North claimed was of a hydrogen bomb, with live-fire drills off its eastern coast on Monday that were meant to simulate an attack on the North’s main nuclear test site.
Military leaders in the South claim to have seen indications that the North is preparing more missile launches, possibly of an intercontinental ballistic missile.

America has warned that any threat to itself or its allies would be met with a “massive military response”, but British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson cautioned against a military strike.

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Steve Bannon has resigned from his role as White House chief strategist, according to ABC News.

On Tuesday, President Donald Trump told reporters at Trump Tower that Bannon was a “good man” and “not a racist.”

“I like Mr. Bannon. He’s a friend of mine. But Mr. Bannon came on very late. You know that. I went through 17 senators, governors, and I won all the primaries. Mr. Bannon came on very much later than that,” Trump said before adding, “but we’ll see what happens with Mr. Bannon.”

Bannon, the former executive chairman of Breitbart News, is the latest high-profile aide to leave the White House. On July 21, press secretary Sean Spicer resigned, followed by Chief of Staff Reince Priebus. White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci was fired a few days later, serving just 11 days in that role.

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Barack Obama’s tweet condemning racism in the wake of the violent far-right rally in Charlottesville during which one woman died has become the most liked tweet in history.
The poignant tweet, in which the former US President quoted Nelson Mandela, has been liked more than 2.9 million times on Twitter.
He posted the tweet alongside a picture of himself after his daughter Sasha’s fourth-grade graduation.

It read: “No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin or his background or his religion.”
He continued in separate tweets: “People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love. For love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite. – Nelson Mandela.”
Heather Heyer, 32 was killed when a car was driven into counter protesters as anti-fascist demonstrators clashed with the white supremacists at the rally in Charlottesville on Saturday.
Dozens of people were also injured as the car mowed into crowds.
Neo-Nazis and white supremacists were among those who gathered at the rally in Virginia to protest a decision to remove a statue of a Confederate general.
US President Donald Trump has come under fierce criticism for his response to the violence, after he told reporters in New York left-wing activists were also to blame for “charging” at the alt-right.

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CNN accepted the resignations Monday of three journalists involved in a retracted story about a supposed investigation into a pre-inaugural meeting between an associate of President Donald Trump and the head of a Russian investment fund.

The story was posted on the network’s website on Thursday and was removed, with all links disabled, Friday night. CNN immediately apologized to Anthony Scaramucci, the Trump transition team member who was reported to be involved in the meeting.

The story’s author, Thomas Frank, was among those who resigned, according to a network executive who requested anonymity because the person was not authorized to discuss personnel issues. Also losing their jobs were Eric Lichtblau, an assistant managing editor in CNN’s Washington bureau, and Lex Haris, head of the investigations unit.

CNN, in initially taking down the story, said it didn’t meet its editorial standards. The episode is a damaging blow for a network that Trump has frequently derided as “fake news,” and for a story that never even made it onto any of CNN’s television networks.

The story had been quickly questioned both internally and externally, including by the conservative site Breitbart News. It was determined that the story was posted without going through the expected checks and balances for a story of such sensitivity, the executive said.

The failure to follow proper procedures is what led to the resignations, the CNN executive said.

It’s not immediately clear what in the story is factually incorrect, or whether CNN will continue to report on the issue. The retracted story had said the Senate intelligence committee was looking into a January 16 discussion between Scaramucci and Kirill Dmitriev, whose Russian Direct Investment Fund guides investments by U.S. entities in Russia. Scaramucci, in the story, said he exchanged pleasantries in a restaurant with Dmitriev.

The report also said that two Democratic senators wanted to know whether Scaramucci had indicated in the meeting whether sanctions against Russia would be lifted, a decision that could impact the investment fund.

Following the retraction, Scaramucci tweeted that CNN “did the right thing. Classy move. Apology accepted. Everyone makes mistakes. Moving on.”

Haris, in a statement to CNN’s “Reliable Sources,” noted that he’d been with CNN since 2001, “and am sure about one thing: This is a news organization that prizes accuracy and fairness above all else. I am leaving, but will carry those principles wherever I go.”

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The President of the European Council, Donald Tusk expressed the view that the US and the EU agreed on a number of issues, following his meeting with US President Donald Trump in the presence of European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker. “We discussed a number issues regarding foreign policy, security, the climate and trade”, Mr. Tusk said. He added, however, that he was 100% certain that the EU and US saw eye to eye on Russia, but added that they did agree on the conflict in the east Ukraine issue. Continuing he underlined that the core message he conveyed to Mr. Trump “which gave meaning to our friendship and relationship” were the fundamental rights of the west “like freedom, human rights and respect to human dignity”.

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Greek PM Alexis Tsipras is attending the NATO Summit in Brussels, Thursday, where he is expected to hold crucial bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the gathering about the Greek debt problem. Mr. Tsipras hopes to meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron in the wings of the meeting to present the need for a complete solution to the Greek matter, including a package of medium term measures for a debt relief that would allow Greece to exit the markets and enter the European Central Bank’s (ECB) QE program. A brief meeting with US President Donald Trump can not be ruled out, according to sources. The same sources says that the only scheduled meeting is with Albanian PM Edi Rama. Greece will underline that the role of NATO is to reinforce collective security and aid in maintaining peace in the wider region based on international law. Greece will highlight the its role as pillar of stability in the Balkan and eastern Mediterranean region, while it recognises the significance of battling global terrorism, a goal that should be part of a more strategic plan for peace and stability in the area. The Greek PM is accompanied in Brussels by Defence Minister Panos Kammenos and Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias.

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Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan touted “outstanding” relations with the United States on Tuesday but emphasised Turkey will not accept Syrian Kurdish fighters in the region while stopping short of directly criticising a U.S. decision to arm them.
Erdogan met at the White House with President Donald Trump, and both called relations between the two NATO allies strong.
“We’ve had a great relationship and we will make it even better,” Trump said in a joint appearance with Erdogan.
Erdogan said his visit would “mark a historical turn of tide” and hailed “outstanding relations” between the nations. It was an especially positive tone considering the tensions over Washington’s decision to arm the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia that Ankara regards as an extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).
“There is no place for the terrorist organizations in the future of our region,” said Erdogan, speaking through a translator.
He added that the activities of the YPG and its political arm in the region, the PYD, “will never be accepted.”
Meanwhile, according to prorothema.gr correspondent Michalis Ignatiou, scuffles occurred outside the White House half an hour before the scheduled meeting took place, when the Turkish President’s personal body guards confronted a group of Kurdish protesters who were voicing their objections to Mr. Erdogan’s policies against the Kurds in Turkey.

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U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday a major conflict with North Korea is possible in the standoff over its nuclear and missile programs, but he would prefer a diplomatic outcome to the dispute.
“There is a chance that we could end up having a major, major conflict with North Korea. Absolutely,” Trump told Reuters in an Oval Office interview ahead of his 100th day in office on Saturday.
Nonetheless, Trump said he wanted to peacefully resolve a crisis that has bedevilled multiple U.S. presidents, a path that he and his administration are emphasising by preparing a variety of new economic sanctions while not taking the military option off the table.
“We’d love to solve things diplomatically but it’s very difficult,” he said.
In other highlights of the 42-minute interview, Trump was cool to speaking again with Taiwan’s president after an earlier telephone call with her angered China.
He also said he wants South Korea to pay the cost of the U.S. THAAD anti-missile defence system, which he estimated at $1 billion, and intends to renegotiate or terminate a U.S. free trade pact with South Korea because of a deep trade deficit with Seoul.
Asked when he would announce his intention to renegotiate the pact, Trump said: “Very soon. I’m announcing it now.” Trump also said he was considering adding stops to Israel and Saudi Arabia to a Europe trip next month, emphasising that he wanted to see an Israeli-Palestinian peace. He complained that Saudi Arabia was not paying its fair share for U.S. defence.

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Top Trump administration officials will hold a rare briefing on Wednesday at the White House for the entire U.S. Senate on the situation in North Korea.
All 100 senators have been asked to the White House for the briefing by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said White House spokesman Sean Spicer on Monday.
While administration officials routinely travel to Capitol Hill to address members of Congress on foreign policy matters, it is unusual for the entire Senate to go to the White House, and for all four of those officials to be involved.
Wednesday’s briefing was originally scheduled for a secure room at the Capitol, but President Donald Trump suggested a shift to the White House, congressional aides said.
Washington has expressed mounting concern over North Korea’s nuclear and missile tests, and its threats to attack the United States and its Asian allies.
Trump, who called the leaders of China and Japan during the weekend, told U.N. Security Council ambassadors on Monday that “the status quo” is not acceptable, and said the council must be ready to impose new sanctions.
Congressional aides suggested the briefing was being held at the White House to underscore the message to North Korea that Washington is serious about wanting a shift in policy. Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said the administration should be telling senators it had a “red line,” if it has one. “By 2020, if nothing changes inside of North Korea, they’ll have the technology, they’ll have a breakthrough, to develop an ICBM (intercontinental ballistic missile) that can reach America. I hope this president will say that’s a non-starter,” Graham said.

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Top Trump administration officials will hold a rare briefing on Wednesday at the White House for the entire U.S. Senate on the situation in North Korea.
All 100 senators have been asked to the White House for the briefing by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said White House spokesman Sean Spicer on Monday.
While administration officials routinely travel to Capitol Hill to address members of Congress on foreign policy matters, it is unusual for the entire Senate to go to the White House, and for all four of those officials to be involved.
Wednesday’s briefing was originally scheduled for a secure room at the Capitol, but President Donald Trump suggested a shift to the White House, congressional aides said.
Washington has expressed mounting concern over North Korea’s nuclear and missile tests, and its threats to attack the United States and its Asian allies.
Trump, who called the leaders of China and Japan during the weekend, told U.N. Security Council ambassadors on Monday that “the status quo” is not acceptable, and said the council must be ready to impose new sanctions.
Congressional aides suggested the briefing was being held at the White House to underscore the message to North Korea that Washington is serious about wanting a shift in policy. Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said the administration should be telling senators it had a “red line,” if it has one. “By 2020, if nothing changes inside of North Korea, they’ll have the technology, they’ll have a breakthrough, to develop an ICBM (intercontinental ballistic missile) that can reach America. I hope this president will say that’s a non-starter,” Graham said.

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The Polish President welcomed the US troops which he believed would protect the country’s sovereignty from the threat of Russia.
The 900 American troops will serve alongside 150 British and 120 Romanian soldiers in Orzysz, after landing in Poland in March.
Nato deployed troops as part of the bloc’s strategy to contain Russia and protect allies in Eastern Europe.
The troops will be stationed near the Russian border enclave of Kaliningrad, which is a relic of the Soviet Union and is separated from the rest of Russia by other Baltic states.
About 4,000 Nato troops have been placed across Poland, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia and has become Nato’s biggest deployment of troops since Afghanistan.
According to RT, President Duda described the deployment of US troops as a “historic moment”.
He said: “Generations of Poles have waited for this moment since the end of World War II, generations that dreamt of being part of the just, united, democratic and truly free West.”

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US President Donald Trump condemned the explosion in the St. Petersburg Metro in which 10 people died and dozens were injured, calling the incident a “terrible thing.” “Terrible. Terrible thing. Happening all over the world. Absolutely, a terrible thing,” Trump said when asked by journalists to comment on the St. Petersburg blast. White House press secretary Sean Spicer said that the US is ready to provide Russia assistance in investigating the St. Petersburg attack if needed.
“The US condemns this reprehensible attack and act of violence” in St. Petersburg, Spicer said, adding that such attacks “remind us that the world must work as one to combat violence in all forms.”
The US envoy to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, has also expressed her condolences to Russia, stressing that Washington and Moscow are on the same page when it comes to fighting terrorism.

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It was all Greek at the White House on occasion of Greece’s March 25 annual Independence Day celebrations, with images of traditional Greek dances and the sound of the bouzouki filling the hall. President Donald Trump was present and enjoyed the Greek-American dance groups that showcased their skills at the event. “ I love the Greeks.  Oh, do I love the Greeks.  Don’t forget, I come from New York.  That’s all I see, is Greeks.  They are all over the place.”, said the President amid laugher and applause.

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Hours after a much-touted MSNBC “scoop” revealed part of President Trump’s 2005 tax returns — and in the process, undermined the left’s speculation that he was a tax dodger — the commander-in-chief fired back Wednesday morning with another volley of barb-laden tweets.

Though Trump was set to hit the road for a stop in Detroit and a rally in Tennessee on Wednesday, he kicked off his travel with a victory lap on Twitter after DCReport.org reporter David Cay Johnston revealed 2005 Trump tax documents to MSNBC host Rachel Maddow. Johnston said he found the president’s 1040 form “in the mail,” a story Trump wasn’t buying as he took aim at Maddow’s parent network.

“Does anybody really believe that a reporter, who nobody ever heard of, ‘went to his mailbox’ and found my tax returns? @NBCNews FAKE NEWS!” Trump tweeted.

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Johnston’s story about finding the tax documents in the mail mirrors how a New York Times reporter was mailed Trump tax info from 1995 in October.

The tax documents, which showed Trump made $153 million in 2005 and paid $36.5 million in income taxes, did not exactly amount to a bombshell. His effective rate was close to 25 percent. It appeared so favorable to the president that Johnston — a longtime reporter who won a Pulitzer Prize in 2001 — speculated to Maddow it was possible “Donald sent this to me.”

“Donald has a long history of leaking material about himself when he thinks it’s in his interest,” Johnston said.

The White House in a Tuesday night statement called the tax story a sign that Maddow was “desperate for ratings.” A senior administration official added it was “totally illegal to steal and publish tax returns.”

Maddow argued the returns were “not illegally published” and said MSNBC merely exercised its First Amendment right to publish information in the public interest. The unauthorized publishing of federal tax returns is a criminal offense that can be punished by five years in jail or a fine of up to $5,000.

Most of the post-reveal chatter focused on how Maddow overhyped the report and took too long — about 20 minutes — to even break the story on her own show, a delay that allowed other publications and TV shows to report on the tax news ahead of her.

The “Legal Insurrection” website mocked Maddow with the headline “Rachel Maddow’s career committed suicide live on national TV tonight.”

“If anything, Maddow helped Trump by showing he paid $38 million in taxes on $150 million of income. Hardly the narrative the Democrats like,” William A. Jacobson wrote.

Donald Trump Jr. sent out a slew of tweets lambasting the Maddow segment and highlighting the millions of dollars in taxes his dad was proven to have paid. The narrative that Trump paid little or no taxes has dogged Trump since the GOP primary battle. Trump has so far refused to release his taxes, saying the documents are under audit.

“BREAKING NEWS: 12 years ago @realDonaldTrump made a lot of money and paid a lot in taxes #scandal #thankyouMaddow,” Trump Jr. tweeted.

Trump turned from the tax debacle in a subsequent Wednesday tweet, also taking aim at rapper Snoop Dogg – who took literal aim at an actor dressed up as Trump in a new music video, pretending to shoot the man.

“Can you imagine what the outcry would be if @SnoopDogg, failing career and all, had aimed and fired the gun at President Obama? Jail time!” Trump wrote.

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Trump also previewed his Wednesday travel schedule and boasted of his early successes in bringing auto manufacturing jobs back to America.

“Will be going to Detroit, Michigan (love) today for a big meeting on bringing back car production to State & U.S. Already happening!” Trump tweeted.

He added: “Looking forward to a big rally in Nashville, Tennessee, tonight. Big crowd of great people expected. Will be fun!”

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Hours after a much-touted MSNBC “scoop” revealed part of President Trump’s 2005 tax returns — and in the process, undermined the left’s speculation that he was a tax dodger — the commander-in-chief fired back Wednesday morning with another volley of barb-laden tweets.

Though Trump was set to hit the road for a stop in Detroit and a rally in Tennessee on Wednesday, he kicked off his travel with a victory lap on Twitter after DCReport.org reporter David Cay Johnston revealed 2005 Trump tax documents to MSNBC host Rachel Maddow. Johnston said he found the president’s 1040 form “in the mail,” a story Trump wasn’t buying as he took aim at Maddow’s parent network.

“Does anybody really believe that a reporter, who nobody ever heard of, ‘went to his mailbox’ and found my tax returns? @NBCNews FAKE NEWS!” Trump tweeted.

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Johnston’s story about finding the tax documents in the mail mirrors how a New York Times reporter was mailed Trump tax info from 1995 in October.

The tax documents, which showed Trump made $153 million in 2005 and paid $36.5 million in income taxes, did not exactly amount to a bombshell. His effective rate was close to 25 percent. It appeared so favorable to the president that Johnston — a longtime reporter who won a Pulitzer Prize in 2001 — speculated to Maddow it was possible “Donald sent this to me.”

“Donald has a long history of leaking material about himself when he thinks it’s in his interest,” Johnston said.

The White House in a Tuesday night statement called the tax story a sign that Maddow was “desperate for ratings.” A senior administration official added it was “totally illegal to steal and publish tax returns.”

Maddow argued the returns were “not illegally published” and said MSNBC merely exercised its First Amendment right to publish information in the public interest. The unauthorized publishing of federal tax returns is a criminal offense that can be punished by five years in jail or a fine of up to $5,000.

Most of the post-reveal chatter focused on how Maddow overhyped the report and took too long — about 20 minutes — to even break the story on her own show, a delay that allowed other publications and TV shows to report on the tax news ahead of her.

The “Legal Insurrection” website mocked Maddow with the headline “Rachel Maddow’s career committed suicide live on national TV tonight.”

“If anything, Maddow helped Trump by showing he paid $38 million in taxes on $150 million of income. Hardly the narrative the Democrats like,” William A. Jacobson wrote.

Donald Trump Jr. sent out a slew of tweets lambasting the Maddow segment and highlighting the millions of dollars in taxes his dad was proven to have paid. The narrative that Trump paid little or no taxes has dogged Trump since the GOP primary battle. Trump has so far refused to release his taxes, saying the documents are under audit.

“BREAKING NEWS: 12 years ago @realDonaldTrump made a lot of money and paid a lot in taxes #scandal #thankyouMaddow,” Trump Jr. tweeted.

Trump turned from the tax debacle in a subsequent Wednesday tweet, also taking aim at rapper Snoop Dogg – who took literal aim at an actor dressed up as Trump in a new music video, pretending to shoot the man.

“Can you imagine what the outcry would be if @SnoopDogg, failing career and all, had aimed and fired the gun at President Obama? Jail time!” Trump wrote.

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Trump also previewed his Wednesday travel schedule and boasted of his early successes in bringing auto manufacturing jobs back to America.

“Will be going to Detroit, Michigan (love) today for a big meeting on bringing back car production to State & U.S. Already happening!” Trump tweeted.

He added: “Looking forward to a big rally in Nashville, Tennessee, tonight. Big crowd of great people expected. Will be fun!”

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President Trump signed an executive order on Monday blocking citizens of six predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States.

 
A new revised order was signed by the US President Donald Trump, aiming to avoid the protests that engulfed the nation’s airports after the first immigration directive on Jan. 27. The first order was later blocked by a federal appeals court.

 
The new order imposes again a 90-day ban on travelers, but it removed Iraq. According to sources, this was requested by Defense Secretary James Mattis, who feared it would hamper coordination to defeat the Islamic State.

 
The order exempts permanent residents and current visa holders. It also drops language offering preferential status to persecuted religious minorities. This provision was widely interpreted as favoring other religious groups over Muslims. Finally, it imposes a 120-day ban on Syria, instead of an indefinite one.

 
The new order retains central elements of the old one, cutting the number of refugees admitted to the United States each year to 50,000 from about 110,000. President Trump is also leaving open the possibility of expanding the ban to other countries and putting Iraq back on the banned list if the country’s leaders fail to comply with a requirement that they increase intelligence sharing.

 
“Unregulated, unvetted travel is not a universal privilege, especially when national security is at stake,” said John F. Kelly, the homeland security secretary.

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Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch is sworn in on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, prior to testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearing on her nomination. If confirmed, Lynch would replace Attorney General Eric Holder, who announced his resignation in September after leading the Justice Department for six years. The 55-year-old federal prosecutor would be the nation’s first black female attorney general. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

 

Obama-era Attorney General Loretta Lynch is calling for more marching, blood, and death on the streets.

In a video published to the Senate Democrats Facebook page, Lynch says “this is a time of fear and uncertainty for so many people… who see our rights being assailed, being trampled on and even being rolled back.”

She continues, “I know that this is difficult. But I remind you that this has never been easy.”

Lynch goes on to praise individuals in history who have banded together, “marched, bled and died” to fight for their ideals.

“We have done this before, we can do it again,” she concludes.

Although Lynch never mentions President Donald Trump by name, many commenters on that video seem to have made the connection.

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Witches vs. Christians: it’s a rivalry that dates back centuries, spanning from King Arthur’s court to Salem, Massachusetts. And now the latest battle between the two will begin this Friday night, over President Donald Trump’s soul.
At midnight on February 24th, witches around the gathered to cast a binding spell on Trump “and all who abet him” to stunt his power to do damage. And the Christian Nationalist Alliance, a right-wing group that believes America to be a Christian nation “founded by Christian men upon Christian tenets,” will try to out-magic the witches with a day of prayer. Over candles and a Tower tarot card (representing “the end,” “destruction,” and “having plans disrupted” – and also perhaps a nod to the president’s signature building), participants are to called on spirits to “Bind [Trump] so that he shall not […] fill our minds with hate, confusion, fear, or despair,” among other things.
The spell will be cast on every following waning moon (symbolic of something diminishing, weakening, or disappearing) until Trump leaves office. The words of the spell include a plea to the Wiccan deities to “bind Donald J Trump, so that his malignant works may fail utterly” and so that he “shall not break our polity, usurp our liberty, or fill our minds with hate, confusion, fear, or despair”.
Mr Trump’s supporters don’t escape either, as the spell asks that their “malicious tongues” be curbed too.
Apparently Lana Del Ray is on board, according a cryptic tweet the singer sent out on Thursday. The particular kind of spell called for here, known as a binding spell, is specifically focused on preventing the subject from doing harm to others – as opposed to a hex, which calls for harm to come to the subject, in particular. A Facebook group devoted to the ritual has attracted over 10,500 likes, and coined the hashtag #magicresistance.
The development has sparked fury among Christian conservatives, who have accused the witches of “declaring spiritual war”.

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Never since Richard Nixon was in office more than 40 years ago, has a President had such an antagonistic relationship with the media like Donald Trump has today. He considers himself at war with the media and calls outlets whose reporting he disapproves of “fake news”. There seems to be a corrosion of trust in either the President or the so-called Fourth Estate, depending on your political preferences.
This chart shows U.S. voters’ attitudes towards the trustworthiness of the media and/or the president (in percent)

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President Donald Trump’s administration on Wednesday revoked landmark guidance issued to public schools in defense of transgender student rights, reversing course on a signature initiative of former Democratic President Barack Obama.
Obama instructed public schools in May 2016 to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms matching their chosen gender identity, threatening to withhold federal funding if they should force transgender children to use bathrooms against their will. Reversing the Obama guidelines stands to inflame passions in the latest conflict in America between believers in traditional values and social progressives, and is likely to prompt more of the street protests that followed Trump’s Nov. 8 election. A couple hundred people gathered in front of the White House to protest the Trump action, waving rainbow flags and chanting: “No hate, no fear, trans students are welcome here.” The rainbow flag is the symbol of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

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US President Donald Trump’s remarks on the situation in Sweden regarding the dire impact of uncontrolled immigration in that country during a speech in Florida caused a backlash and furore of criticism by many media outlets and the response by Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven who cautioned the US President to use facts. But it seems the harsh criticism and mocking by the media against Trump was not entirely justified. Official Swedish statistics show that rape and violent crimes in Sweden have gone up exponentially since 2006 and spiked from 2012 to 2016. And while the Swedish authorities have stopped recording the nationality of the perpetrators to avoid discrimination and charges of racism, it is apparent that there is a correlation between the rise of crime and immigration in the country. The extent of the violence in some cities in Sweden, where immigrate make up the majority of the residents, can be observed by the concerns of some immigrants themselves who, although migrated to the Scandinavian country fleeing violence in the homelands are now actually considering going back to their country of origin due to security concerns. In a recent interview to Norwegian State broadcaster NRK, Somali Mohamed Dame is one of those who are fleeing Sweden after having been subjected to threats by criminal gangs in Gothenburg. Now he is thinking of escaping back to his more peaceful homeland again.
“It’s like a war zone,” he says about the Swedish suburbs to Norwegian NRK. Revealing that other migrants have fled parts of Sweden in fear of their lives, Mohammed Dame said he believes that Sweden is no longer a safe place.
NRK has in several reports described how Swedish society completely lost control over its so-called external districts, which instead [have been] taken over by criminal immigrants.
Among others [the newspaper] interviewed Mohamed Dame, who immigrated to Sweden from the Somali State of Hargeisa in the present Somaliland when he was six years old. 20 years later, he is “on the run”, but this time in Sweden, writes the Norwegian tv company.
“It’s like a war zone. You don’t know who gets shot. Shots can hit you anywhere. Now there are more weapons than ever. There are more drugs than ever. There is more insecurity. Everyone is scared. I dare say the truth, there are not many who venture there,” says Dame.
He worked as a civilian employee with the police [department], and after a group of [Muslim] criminals got caught [they] blamed Mohamed for [snitching on] them.  After being threatened with murder and surrounded by gun-toting youths he is now at a secret location along with his children.
The situation escalates further because the police refuse to be hard against criminals, according to Mohamed. Many others have been forced to flee the suburb but there are few who dare speak out, he said.
“Many have fled with their children. They are afraid that their children or they themselves should be killed.”
Unless society reclaims control of Sweden Mohamed is considering to escape home to Somaliland, which he now perceives as more secure.
“I may have to move back. I do not know. But I don’t want to move around in Sweden [to another location]. I want to feel secure.”

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US President Donald Trump’s remarks on the situation in Sweden regarding the dire impact of uncontrolled immigration in that country during a speech in Florida caused a backlash and furore of criticism by many media outlets and the response by Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven who cautioned the US President to use facts. But it seems the harsh criticism and mocking by the media against Trump was not entirely justified. Official Swedish statistics show that rape and violent crimes in Sweden have gone up exponentially since 2006 and spiked from 2012 to 2016. And while the Swedish authorities have stopped recording the nationality of the perpetrators to avoid discrimination and charges of racism, it is apparent that there is a correlation between the rise of crime and immigration in the country. The extent of the violence in some cities in Sweden, where immigrate make up the majority of the residents, can be observed by the concerns of some immigrants themselves who, although migrated to the Scandinavian country fleeing violence in the homelands are now actually considering going back to their country of origin due to security concerns. In a recent interview to Norwegian State broadcaster NRK, Somali Mohamed Dame is one of those who are fleeing Sweden after having been subjected to threats by criminal gangs in Gothenburg. Now he is thinking of escaping back to his more peaceful homeland again.
“It’s like a war zone,” he says about the Swedish suburbs to Norwegian NRK. Revealing that other migrants have fled parts of Sweden in fear of their lives, Mohammed Dame said he believes that Sweden is no longer a safe place.
NRK has in several reports described how Swedish society completely lost control over its so-called external districts, which instead [have been] taken over by criminal immigrants.
Among others [the newspaper] interviewed Mohamed Dame, who immigrated to Sweden from the Somali State of Hargeisa in the present Somaliland when he was six years old. 20 years later, he is “on the run”, but this time in Sweden, writes the Norwegian tv company.
“It’s like a war zone. You don’t know who gets shot. Shots can hit you anywhere. Now there are more weapons than ever. There are more drugs than ever. There is more insecurity. Everyone is scared. I dare say the truth, there are not many who venture there,” says Dame.
He worked as a civilian employee with the police [department], and after a group of [Muslim] criminals got caught [they] blamed Mohamed for [snitching on] them.  After being threatened with murder and surrounded by gun-toting youths he is now at a secret location along with his children.
The situation escalates further because the police refuse to be hard against criminals, according to Mohamed. Many others have been forced to flee the suburb but there are few who dare speak out, he said.
“Many have fled with their children. They are afraid that their children or they themselves should be killed.”
Unless society reclaims control of Sweden Mohamed is considering to escape home to Somaliland, which he now perceives as more secure.
“I may have to move back. I do not know. But I don’t want to move around in Sweden [to another location]. I want to feel secure.”

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FILE PHOTO: Vice Adm. Robert S. Harward, commanding officer of Combined Joint Interagency Task Force 435, speaks to an Afghan official during his visit to Zaranj, Afghanistan, in this January 6, 2011 handout photo. The visit consisted of a tour of a provincial prison, the Iran/Afghanistan border crossing and an airfield assessment.  Sgt. Shawn Coolman/U.S. Marines/Handout via REUTERS

The US President Donald Trump is considering offering the job of White House national security adviser to Vice Admiral Robert Harward.
Robert Harward, a former deputy commander of U.S. Central Command who has Navy SEAL combat experience now works as an executive for defense contractor Lockheed Martin, with responsibility for its business in the United Arab Emirates in the Middle East.
It is not clear yet if he has accepted the offer.

 

Vice Admiral Robert S. Harward, commanding officer of Combined Joint Interagency Task Force 435, greets an Afghan official during his visit to Zaranj, Afghanistan, January 6, 2011.  Photo courtesy of Sgt. Shawn Coolman/Department of Defense/Handout via REUTERS

 
To many he is just ideal for the job, as he gathers some unique elements in his resume. Harward, a Rhode Island native, went to school in Tehran before the Shah was toppled in 1979 and has already done a tour on the National Security Council under former Republican President George W. Bush as a counterterrorism specialist.

 

Then U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel (L), walks with Vice Admiral Robert Harward (C) and Colonel Kelly Martin, vice commander of 6th Air Mobility Wing, after landing at MacDill Air Force Base, Tampa, Florida, U.S., March 21, 2013.   Courtesy Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo/Department of Defense/Handout via REUTERS

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The US may propose to send conventional ground combat forces into Syria. According to a CNN report, The move would significantly alter US military operations in Syria if approved and could put troops on the ground within weeks.
Any decision is ultimately up to President Donald Trump, who has ordered his defense secretary to come up with a proposal to combat ISIS before the end of the month.
The Obama administration never embraced the idea of ground combat troops because of the inherent risks involved. If the idea is approved, it would signal a fundamental change in the Trump administration’s willingness to accept such risk.
Until now, only small teams made up largely of Special Operations forces have operated in Syria, providing training and assistance to anti-ISIS opposition groups on the ground.
Also under discussion is increased cooperation with the Russians and the arming of Kurdish groups in northern Syria supported by the US — at the risk of angering Turkey.

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Lt Gen (ret.) Michael Flynn, the US national security adviser has resigned over his contacts with Russia, according to an announcement of the White House.
Michael Flynn is alleged to have discussed US sanctions with the Russian ambassador before Donald Trump took office. The former acting attorney general Sally Yates had argued that He may have misled officials about the conversation. She also expressed written concerns over Flynn’s potential susceptibility to blackmail due to his communications with Russia
It is illegal for private citizens to conduct US diplomacy, and the calls happened late last year before Flynn was appointed to the administration.
Lt Gen. (ret.) Flynn wrote in his letter of resignation, stated that he had “inadvertently briefed the vice-president-elect and others with incomplete information regarding my phone calls with the Russian ambassador”.
According to a White House announcement, Lt Gen (ret.) Joseph Keith Kellogg has been appointed as interim replacement.
Michael Flynn, a retired Army lieutenant general, initially denied having discussed sanctions with Ambassador Sergei Kislyak, and Vice-President Mike Pence publicly denied the allegations on his behalf.
However, Flynn later told the White House that sanctions may have been discussed.

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Dozens of top tech companies — including Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Twitter — have filed a joint legal brief arguing against President Donald Trump’s travel ban.
The brief was filed late Sunday with the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in support of an ongoing lawsuit against the ban.
It charged that the ban “inflicts significant harm on American business, innovation, and growth as a result,” according to a copy of the document published by US media outlets.
Executives from several top Silicon Valley companies had previously spoken out against the ban, which temporarily barred all refugees and travelers from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen from entering the United States.
On Friday, following a lawsuit filed by the state of Washington challenging the ban, a federal judge in Seattle temporarily suspended Trump’s order pending a wider legal review.
The Trump administration appealed over the weekend to the Ninth Circuit court, where a flurry of legal filings were flooding in early Monday.
The travel ban would have a large impact on Silicon Valley firms which employ thousands of immigrants.
The 97 signatories to the brief argued that Trump’s ban harms recruiting and retention of talent, threatens business operations, and hampers the firms’ ability to attract investment to the United States.
Other tech companies that are part of the coalition include AirBnb, Dropbox, eBay, Intel, Kickstarter, LinkedIn, Lyft, Mozilla, Netflix, PayPal, Uber and Yelp.

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The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an alliance of Arab and Kurdish forces in northern Syria, has received armored vehicles from the US, indicating increased support from Washington under the administration of President Donald Trump.
A small number of vehicles arrived four or five days ago, SDF spokesman Talal Silo told Reuters.
“Previously we didn’t get support in this form, we would get light weapons and ammunition,” he added. “There are signs of full support from the new American leadership – more than before – for our forces.”
The shipment was confirmed by Pentagon spokesman John Dorrian, who said it was made “using existing authorities, in the interest of helping protect our partnered force from the (IS) improvised-explosive device threat.”
The Pentagon also said that plans to deliver the vehicles pre-dated the Trump administration, but were a sign of its renewed commitment to defeaating IS, which the new US President promised as part of his campaign.
The SDF, which includes the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia forces, is part of what the US wanted to forge into a united force opposing the terrorist group Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL). The administration of former President Barack Obama voiced plans to launch a siege of the IS stronghold in Syria, Raqqa, similar to the operation in Mosul in Iraq. The plans are yet to be implemented.
Silo told the news agency that the SDF has plans for “new action” against IS in “a few days,” but would not go into detail.
A Kurdish military source separately told Reuters that the SDF was planned to take control of a road connecting Raqqa and Deir er-Zor, the governorate where IS forces are trying to seize control of the provincial capital from the Syrian Army.
“The coming phase of the campaign aims to isolate Raqqa completely,” said the Kurdish military source, who declined to be named. “In order to accomplish this requires reaching the Raqqa-Deir al-Zor road,” the source said. “This mission will be difficult.”

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The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an alliance of Arab and Kurdish forces in northern Syria, has received armored vehicles from the US, indicating increased support from Washington under the administration of President Donald Trump.
A small number of vehicles arrived four or five days ago, SDF spokesman Talal Silo told Reuters.
“Previously we didn’t get support in this form, we would get light weapons and ammunition,” he added. “There are signs of full support from the new American leadership – more than before – for our forces.”
The shipment was confirmed by Pentagon spokesman John Dorrian, who said it was made “using existing authorities, in the interest of helping protect our partnered force from the (IS) improvised-explosive device threat.”
The Pentagon also said that plans to deliver the vehicles pre-dated the Trump administration, but were a sign of its renewed commitment to defeaating IS, which the new US President promised as part of his campaign.
The SDF, which includes the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia forces, is part of what the US wanted to forge into a united force opposing the terrorist group Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL). The administration of former President Barack Obama voiced plans to launch a siege of the IS stronghold in Syria, Raqqa, similar to the operation in Mosul in Iraq. The plans are yet to be implemented.
Silo told the news agency that the SDF has plans for “new action” against IS in “a few days,” but would not go into detail.
A Kurdish military source separately told Reuters that the SDF was planned to take control of a road connecting Raqqa and Deir er-Zor, the governorate where IS forces are trying to seize control of the provincial capital from the Syrian Army.
“The coming phase of the campaign aims to isolate Raqqa completely,” said the Kurdish military source, who declined to be named. “In order to accomplish this requires reaching the Raqqa-Deir al-Zor road,” the source said. “This mission will be difficult.”

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The German political establishment responded in a staunch manner to US-President-elect Donald Trump’s interviews to British London Times and German Bild, criticising him on adopting a protectionist economic policy and his stance on Russia and the migrant crisis.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel reacted to Mr. Trump’s position that her policy on immigration was catastrophic, while predicting that more EU member-states would follow Britain’s lead and leave the union, by noting that the fate of the EU was in the hands of the Europeans and she would continue working for the common good of the continent.

On his part, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schauble warned Mr. Trump against implementing protectionist economic measures as this would jeopardise the global economy, while he went on to stress that risk of “flirting” with Russia, raising concerns of a potential breakdown of the west’s alliance. German Vice-Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel also blasted Mr. Trump in response to the latter’s threats of imposing import taxes on BMW if the company decided to open a plant in Mexico and sell its cars in the US market, saying that US auto-industry would “find itself unpleasantly surprised if the extra-parts needed for cars in the US were imported with a 35% tax”. Mr. Gabriel also made reference to the migration crisis, reminding Mr. Trump that it was the wars waged by his country in the middle East that had caused the crisis in the first place.

Meanwhile, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steimeir expressed his surprise over the President-elect’s statements.

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US President-elect Donald Trump has said German Chancellor Angela Merkel made “one very catastrophic mistake” by admitting more than 1m migrants.

 

He said Mrs Merkel was by far Europe’s most important leader, and that the EU had become a vehicle for Germany.

 

Mr Trump was giving details of his foreign policy goals in an interview with British and German newspapers.

 

He told the Times and Bild his priority was to create fairer trade deals for the US and have strong borders.

 

He said the US had to address its trade deficit with the rest of the world, particularly with China.

 

The emphasis for his administration should be smart trade, rather than free trade, he said.

 

The interview was conducted for the Times by UK MP Michael Gove, who played a key role in the Vote Leave campaign that led to Brexit, and who also has a column in the newspaper.

 

An image of Mr Gove and Mr Trump giving a thumbs-up at New York’s Trump Tower, where they met, was shared on Twitter.

 

Asked about a possible deal with Russia, Mr Trump said nuclear weapons should be part of it and “reduced very substantially”, in return for lifting US sanctions.

 

Turning to the Middle East, he condemned the 2003 invasion of Iraq as possibly the worst decision ever made in the history of the country, and said safe zones should have been created within Syria and paid for by the United States’ Gulf allies.

 

In a separate interview with the Washington Post, Mr Trump said he was close to finalising a replacement for President Barack Obama’s healthcare programme, the Affordable Care Act.

 

He gave few details, other than saying there would be healthcare for everybody and that costs would be lower.

 

He said he was waiting for his nominee for health secretary, Tom Price, to be confirmed, before unveiling the plan.

 

Trump’s interview: Key points
– Brexit:  It was a “smart” decision by the UK
– UK-US trade deals:  “We’re gonna get something done very quickly”
– Angela Merkel:  She made a “catastrophic mistake” by letting in 1m migrants
– The EU:  “It’s basically a vehicle for Germany” and other countries will also leave because of anger over immigration
– Nato:  It’s “obsolete” but “very important to me” and other members should pay “their fair share”
– Iran nuclear deal:  It’s “one of the dumbest deals I have ever seen”
– Iraq war:  It was “like throwing rocks into a beehive”
– Twitter:  “I’ll keep it [as president] – I can go bing, bing bing” and respond to “dishonest” news

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Mr Trump also spoke about the UK and Brexit, saying he thought the UK was “so smart in getting out” of the EU.

 

“Countries want their own identity and the UK wanted its own identity,” he said. “I think you’re doing great, I think it’s going great.”

 

He predicted that more countries would follow the same path.

“I think people want . . . their own identity, so if you ask me … I believe others will leave.”

 

During the interview, the president-elect said he thought Mrs Merkel was the “by far the most important European leader”.

 

“If you look at the European Union, it’s Germany – it’s basically a vehicle for Germany,” he said.

“I think she made one very catastrophic mistake and that was taking all of these illegals.”

 

He linked the migrant issue with the UK referendum vote to leave the EU.

“I do believe this, if they [EU countries] hadn’t been forced to take in all of the refugees, so many, with all the problems that it . . . entails, I think that you wouldn’t have a Brexit.

 

“It probably could have worked out but this was the final straw, this was the final straw that broke the camel’s back.”

 

He repeated his vow to be tough on immigration into the US.

“People don’t want to have other people coming in and destroying their country. In this country we are going to go very strong borders from the day I get in,” he said.

 

He also stressed that he would “start off trusting both Russian President Vladimir Putin and Mrs Merkel” on taking office, but would “see how long that lasts”. Talking about international security, Mr Trump argued that he had said “a long time ago that Nato had problems”.

“One; that it was obsolete because it was designed many many years ago, and number two; that the countries weren’t paying what they’re supposed to pay.”

 

He said that only five countries were paying what they should into the Nato budget.
“Five. It’s not much… With that being said, Nato is very important to me.”

 

The president-elect was also asked if he would continue to use Twitter after his inauguration, and said he would keep up his habit of publishing streams of messages on the social network.

 

“It’s working – and the tweeting, I thought I’d do less of it, but I’m covered so dishonestly by the press, so dishonestly,” he said. “I can go bing bing bing . . . and they put it on and as soon as I tweet it out. This morning on television [channel] Fox: ‘Donald Trump, we have breaking news’.”

 

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President-elect Donald Trump conceded that Russia was behind the hacking of the Democratic National Convention (DNC) for the first time in a press conference, Wednesday, adding a little later a few times that perhaps it was another country. He vehemently denied a series of allegations published Tuesday about his involvement in “salacious behaviour” in a Russian hotel room. “It’s all fake news. Its phony stuff. It didn’t happen,” Mr. Trump said. “It was gotten by opponents of ours. It was a group of opponents that got together. Sick people and they got together and put that crap together.” In his first press conference for two months, Trump praised Russian President Vladimir Putin for saying it was false news. “I respected the fact that he said that,” Mr. Trump told reporters.

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Only days before US President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration,
Buzzfeed has published a 35-page dossier that purports to reveal Mr. Trump’s involvement in “perverse sexual acts” with Russian women, while also alleging that the Russian regime “has been cultivating, supporting and assisting Trump for at least five years”. Although the dossier is not verified, Buzzfeed has published the full document, saying it chose to do so “so that Americans can make up their own minds about allegations about the President-elect that have circulated at the highest levels of the US government”.
Donald Trump has taken to Twitter to deny the claims, saying it’s a “total political witch hunt”.

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He also linked to an article entitled “Fake News: BuzzFeed Runs ‘Unverifiable’ Trump-Russia Claims”, which deemed the news site’s decision to publish the documents a “shocking breakdown of journalistic ethics”. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, addressing reporters on a conference call, said the dossier was a hoax which had been dreamt up to further damage US-Russia relations.
Two US officials said on Tuesday evening that the heads of four US intelligence agencies had last week presented Trump with classified documents which included claims that Russian intelligence operatives had compromising information about him.
But the Kremlin said the unsubstantiated dossier had been fabricated and was “total nonsense”. The dossier, understood to be written by a purported former British intelligence agent, whose credibility is also questionable, also claims that Mr Trump was involved in “perverted sexual acts” during a visit to Moscow.
The document concludes that Mr Trump’s “unorthodox behaviour in Russia” had provided authorities with “enough embarrassing material … to be able to blackmail him if they so wished”. The information has caused a storm on social media, with users posting memes showing Trump involved in “golden showers.”

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Actress Meryl Streep strongly criticised US President-elect Donald Trump in her speech for receiving a lifetime achievement award at the Golden Globes.

 

The three-time Oscar-winning actress almost throughout her entire speech slammed Trump hard.

 

Her main argument was that “his actions legitimized bullying”.

 

Donald Trump’s answer was swift and came through a tweet: “Meryl Streep, one of the most over-rated actresses in Hollywood, doesn’t know me but attacked last night at the Golden Globes.”

 

Something tells us this is not the last time we will be hearing about those two…

 

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The President-Elect had indirectly tried to influence the USA vote at the UN Security Council in order to veto the motion  condemning Israeli settlements in the Palestinian Territories. However, President Obama opted the USA to abstain.

 

The reaction from Trump was hard: “The United Nations has such great potential but right now it is just a club for people to get together, talk and have a good time. So sad!”

 

On Friday, after the decision of the UN he wrote on his twitter account: “The big loss for Israel in the United Nations will make it much harder to negotiate peace. Too bad, but we will get it done anyway!”

 

Although the UN resolution doesn’t have an immediate effect on Israel, the semiotic value is great. This is the reason the Israeli reaction was so fierce. Some analysts argue that this was a planned strike from President Obama personally to the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. And at least Netanyahu himself seems to agree with this interpretation…

 

During the weekend, the Israeli Prime Minister announced that Israel will “re-examine” the country’s connections with the UN, including funding to UN institutions.

 

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A fierce argument took place in the social media realm between Bill Clinton and Donald Trump. The former POTUS wrote on his Twitter account that President-elect Donald Trump “doesn’t know much” but that “one thing he does know is how to get angry, white men to vote for him.” He added that Trump called him after his victory and he was “strangely cordial”.

Trump answered by writing that “Bill Clinton stated that I called him after the election. Wrong, he called me (with a very nice congratulations)” and he added that “He ‘doesn’t know much,’ especially how to get people, even with an unlimited budget, out to vote in the vital swing states (and more). They focused on wrong states.”

Trump is officially President of the USA, as he received 304 Electoral College votes, well above the 270 he needed to clinch a victory. Clinton received 227.

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There were many protesters but few faithless electors as Donald Trump won the Electoral College vote Monday — ensuring he will become America’s 45th president.
With all states voting, Trump finished with 304 votes and Clinton had 227. It takes 270 Electoral College votes to win the presidency. Texas put Trump over the top, despite two Republican electors casting protest votes.
An effort by anti-Trump forces to persuade Republican electors to abandon the president-elect came to practically nothing and the process unfolded largely according to its traditions. Trump’s polarizing victory Nov. 8 and the fact Democrat Hillary Clinton had won the national popular vote had stirred an intense lobbying effort, but to no avail.
“We did it!” Trump tweeted Monday evening. “Thank you to all of my great supporters, we just officially won the election (despite all of the distorted and inaccurate media).”
He later issued a statement saying: “With this historic step we can look forward to the bright future ahead. I will work hard to unite our country and be the President of all Americans.”
Even one of Trump’s fiercest Republican rivals, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, said it was time to get behind the president-elect.

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It turns out that the Russian were best at predicting who would win the U.S. presidential elections. According to research by Ipsos, only two other countries, or rather a majority of respective citizens, were giving Trump the thumps-up before the race for the White House had started. The rest of the world was convinced that Hillary Clinton would win.

The Mexicans were most convinced that Clinton would make it – understandably so. (Sometimes it’s hard to distinguish wishful thinking from sober realism.) Strange though, that the British who had witnessed the Brexit vote in June didn’t have a stronger foreboding that you indeed should never say never. The respondents were questioned in the month leading up to the presidential election on November 8, 2016.

Infographic: Russians Had an Inkling Trump Would Win | Statista
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It turns out that the Russian were best at predicting who would win the U.S. presidential elections. According to research by Ipsos, only two other countries, or rather a majority of respective citizens, were giving Trump the thumps-up before the race for the White House had started. The rest of the world was convinced that Hillary Clinton would win.

The Mexicans were most convinced that Clinton would make it – understandably so. (Sometimes it’s hard to distinguish wishful thinking from sober realism.) Strange though, that the British who had witnessed the Brexit vote in June didn’t have a stronger foreboding that you indeed should never say never. The respondents were questioned in the month leading up to the presidential election on November 8, 2016.

Infographic: Russians Had an Inkling Trump Would Win | Statista
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