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The friendly atmosphere and US investments in Greece are at the centre of global media coverage of the meeting between Greek PM Alexis Tsipras and US President Donald Trump. The international media also focus on the trick question directed at Mr. Tsipras during the joint press conference when he was asked whether he stood by an earlier statement he had made that Trump was “bad”.
US network CNBC reports: “Trump’s message to Tsipras is that the US can increase investment in Greece, a key alliance in NATO,” while ABC News points out that “Donald Trump praises the Greek leader despite his comment about the “bad Trump” in the past. The German public broadcaster ZDF2 reports the meeting with the title “Tsipras and Trump on a cosy cosy path”, while Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) points out: “Trump and Tsipras shower one another with praise “. Bloomberg reports that Alexis Tsipras assured that he had a “productive” meeting with Donald Trump and noted that he did not feel “threatened at any moment” by the American president, while the report brings up Tsipras’s comment on the prospect of a Donald Trump presidential victory before the US elections in 2016 with the phrase “I hope this evil will not befall upon us”.

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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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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.

source: telegraph.co.uk

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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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US President Donald Trump has defended his “absolute right” to share information with Russia, following a row over classified material.
Mr Trump tweeted that he had shared “facts pertaining to terrorism and airline safety” and wanted Russia to do more against so-called Islamic State.
He met Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in the Oval Office last week.
US media said Mr Trump had shared material that was passed on by a partner which had not given permission.
In his tweet early on Tuesday, Mr Trump said: “As President I wanted to share with Russia (at an openly scheduled W.H. meeting) which I have the absolute right to do, facts pertaining to terrorism and airline flight safety.
“Humanitarian reasons, plus I want Russia to greatly step up their fight against [IS] & terrorism.”
A report in the Washington Post said Mr Trump had confided top secret information relating to an IS plot thought to centre on the use of laptop computers on aircraft.
Mr Trump’s move is not illegal, as the US president has the authority to declassify information.
However, the action drew strong criticism from Democrats and a call for an explanation from his own Republican party.
And one senior Nato diplomat quoted by Reuters said: “If true, this is not going to instil confidence in allies already wary of sharing the most sensitive information.”

source: bbc.com

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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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Since his shock victory last month, Donald Trump has been trying very hard to bypass the daily intelligence briefings that are intrinsic to the daily schedules of U.S. Presidents.

According to recent reports, the president-elect has stated that he is too smart to be given daily briefings, and that is why he has confined them to one briefing per week and once on Sundays.

I get it when I need it,” the septuagenarian explained at an interview with Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday. “First of all, these are very good people that are giving me the briefings. And I say, “If something should change from this point, immediately call me. I’m available on one minute’s notice.”

Last week, Reuters revealed in a report that the president-elect was only receiving one report per week – a lot less than his predecessors. But Trump stuck his ground.

I’m, like, a smart person,” he said on Sunday. “I don’t have to be told the same thing in the same words every single day for the next eight years. Could be eight years – but eight years. I don’t need that.”

Nonetheless, he confirmed that his running mate, vice president-elect Mike Pence and his generals are receiving the intelligence briefings more frequently than he is, concluding: “But I don’t need to be told the same thing every day, every morning – same words. ‘Sir, nothing has changed. Let’s go over it again. I don’t need that.”

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Nigel Farage, the British politician that spearheaded the Brexit campaign and managed to pull the UK out of the EU, was a staunch Trump supporter during the US Presidential campaign. Farage was invited to speak at Donald Trump rallies on more than one occasion. The two populist politicians seem to have a perfect chemistry with some reports saying Trump could offer the position of US Ambassador to Britain to former UKIP leader. This special relationship could not have been presented more in a more telling way that the hilarious video montage of the two singing the 80’s hit song “Just the Two of Us”. The creators at “Pledge” of the video strung together actual words used by Donald Trump and Nigel Farage during speeches to compile a brilliant 45 second video! Kudos to Pledge. It must have taken hours of research and some fine audio and visual; editing to produce the end result.

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The Greek PM Alexis Tsipras congratulated US President-elect Donald Trump on his recent victory in the US elections in a phone contact, Wednesday, according to the PM’s office. The two men reaffirmed the significance of strengthening the strategic partnership between the two countries, while Tsipras underlined the close bonds of friendship and cooperation between the American and Greek people. During the contact, they agreed that Greece played a crucial role as a factor of stability and peace in the region, especially in light of the rising turbulence in the area. Trump also pointed out the significant efforts made by the Greek people during the economic and refugee crises. The two politicians agreed to maintain frequent contact over the next period.

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The White House released a statement on the official visit of outgoing US President Barack Obama to Greece on November 15. According to mignatiou.com, Barack Obama will stay in Greece for 36 hours and he is scheduled to meet with Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos and PM Alexis Tsipras. Obama has requested to visit a refugee hotspot, possibly on the island of Limnos, during his stay. Mignatiou.com reports that Obama had initially asked to visit Greece on November 17, but his request was turned down, as it would have coincided with the annual anniversary of the November 17 students’ uprising against the military junta in 1974, an event fuelled with anti-American sentiment due to the support offered by the US to the junta in the past. The White House statement said the US President is expected to reaffirm the strong democratic values emanating from Greece that have brought peace and prosperity in Europe and the rest of the world, while he will express his admiration to the Greek people and government for their exceptional generosity to the refugees and migrants. The agenda of talks between Obama and Tsipras will include the economic crisis, the Cypriot problem, the Turkish-Greek relations, the refugee crisis and the Syrian conflict. Diplomatic sources say the relationship between Greece and the US are excellent, pointing to the Obama administration’s full support to Tsipras’s efforts to navigate through the Greek financial crisis in the past, highlighting the central role of the US in avoiding a Grexit in 2015. The Greek side hopes to get a statement by the US President about a debt relief, while Obama has expressed the desire to directly address the Greek people from a hotel.

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US President Barack Obama is scheduled to be in Athens, on an official 2-day visit on November 14-15. According to sources, the US President will stop over in Athens before travelling to the German capital, Berlin. The Greek PM’s office has not confirmed the visit, however, the Foreign Ministry has taken all the necessary steps in preparation of the visit. An official announcement is expected to be released in the upcoming days, without any information as to whether the news of the visit will come out of Athens or the White House. The Greek government hopes Obama could offer strong support regarding the Greek debt relief.

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US President Barack Obama is scheduled to be in Athens, on an official 2-day visit on November 14-15. According to sources, the US President will stop over in Athens before travelling to the German capital, Berlin. The Greek PM’s office has not confirmed the visit, however, the Foreign Ministry has taken all the necessary steps in preparation of the visit. An official announcement is expected to be released in the upcoming days, without any information as to whether the news of the visit will come out of Athens or the White House. The Greek government hopes Obama could offer strong support regarding the Greek debt relief.

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