US Politics in Trump era Public date: 17.09.2019 01:44:11

31 Oct 2018

Robert Mueller asks FBI to investigate ‘women offered money to make false sexual harassment claims against him’

Robert Mueller has asked the FBI to probe allegations that a woman was offered up to $20,000 to make false accusations of sexual harassment against him. In a rare public statement from the office of the man investigating Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 presidential election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign, said it had been notified of the accusations last week, apparently by journalists.
Robert Mueller has asked the FBI to probe allegations that a woman was offered up to $20,000 to make false accusations...
16 Jun 2018

Attacking Hodeidah is a deliberate act of cruelty by the Trump administration

The Trump administration is guilty of many acts of deliberate cruelty, such as taking away the children of immigrant parents at the US border. But just as the world was watching the lead up to the Trump-Kim Jong-un meeting in Singapore last Monday, the US may have done something even worse by quietly announcing a decision that threatens to kill millions by starvation or disease.
The Trump administration is guilty of many acts of deliberate cruelty, such as taking away the children of immigrant...

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12 May 2018

Trump cancels NASA’s greenhouse gas monitoring system after scrapping clean air regulation

Donald Trump has cancelled NASA’s greenhouse gas monitoring system, prompting concern it will hinder efforts to bring down global emissions. The space agency’s Carbon Monitoring System (CMS) has until now used satellite and aircraft instruments to monitor carbon dioxide and methane levels remotely - spending $10m (£7.35m) each year.  But the White House has now scrapped the funding as part of its wider attack on climate science.
Donald Trump has cancelled NASA’s greenhouse gas monitoring system, prompting concern it will hinder efforts to bring...
14 Oct 2017

Iran nuclear deal: EU condemns Donald Trump’s decision to decertify agreement

The Iran nuclear deal  is working well and continues to prevent the country from developing  atomic weapons, the European Union's foreign policy chief has said.Federica Mogherini made the comments after Donald Trump announced he had chosen not to re-certify the agreement. Ms Mogherini said no one country could terminate the deal, which was signed onto by Britain, France, Germany, Russia, China and the European Union. Instead, she called for a "collective process" to preserve the historic accord.
The Iran nuclear deal  is working well and continues to prevent the country from developing  atomic...
13 Oct 2017

US withdraws from Unesco over ‘anti-Israel bias’

The United States has withdrawn from Unesco over what it claims is the organisation’s “continuing anti-Israel bias” – a move that has just been followed by Israel itself.  The US State Department recently announced its intention to withdraw from the UN’s cultural, scientific and educational organisation and become a permanent observer instead.
The United States has withdrawn from Unesco over what it claims is the organisation’s “continuing...
29 Sep 2017

North Korea-US war now ‘a real possibility’, warns influential Rusi think tank

The disturbing analysis, written by Rusi director general Malcolm Chalmers, says a war could be triggered by either Washington or Pyongyang, but it warns there is a growing risk action could be taken by Donald Trump to “resolve” the issue “sooner rather than later”. “War is now a real possibility,” the report states. “With North Korea making rapid progress in its missile and nuclear programmes, time is not on diplomacy's side.”
The disturbing analysis, written by Rusi director general Malcolm Chalmers, says a war could be triggered by either...
14 Sep 2017

Department of Justice ‘stops Senate from interviewing FBI officials’ over Trump’s Comey firing

The Justice Department is reportedly blocking Senate investigators  from  speaking with FBI officials who may provide first-hand testimony  about  Donald Trump's firing of ex-FBI chief James Comey. It is the latest  sign that Special Counsel Robert Mueller could be  investigating the  sacking as part of his Russia-related probe.
The Justice Department is reportedly blocking Senate investigators  from  speaking with FBI officials who may...
28 Jul 2017

Russia seizes American property in Moscow and cuts US diplomatic staff in retaliation to fresh sanctions

Russia has ordered America to cut the number of diplomatic staff it has in the country and has seized a dacha compound and warehouse used by US officials in retaliation for new sanctions against Moscow. Embassy staff must leave the country by 1 September, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement, in a move triggered by the US Senate’s near unanimous vote to slap new sanctions on Russia, further hurting its fragile economy.The number of American diplomats in Russia will fall to 455 under the plan Reuters
Russia has ordered America to cut the number of diplomatic staff it has in the country and has seized a dacha compound...
20 Jul 2017

Trump ‘ends programme to arm anti-Assad rebels’ in move sought by Russia

Donald Trump  has reportedly decided to end the US’s funding and training of so-called moderate Syrian rebels opposed to Bashar al-Assad - something that has long been requested by Moscow. The plan to train and equip rebels opposed to Mr Assad was started in 2013 under the administration of Barack Obama, as an effort to try and put pressure on the Syrian leader to step aside. While most of the heavy weapons and cash were provided by Saudi Arabia, the CIA took the lead in the training.
Donald Trump  has reportedly decided to end the US’s funding and training of so-called moderate Syrian rebels...
8 Jul 2017

Trump accepts Putin’s claims that Russia did not meddle in US election, says Russian foreign minister

Tillerson said Mr Trump pushed Putin on the issue and that Mr Putin stood firm in his denial. “I think the president is rightly focused on how do we move forward from something that may be an intractable disagreement at this point,”  Mr Tillerson said. In his own briefing to reporters, Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov said Mr Trump accepted Putin's assurances that Russia did not meddle in the election.
Tillerson said Mr Trump pushed Putin on the issue and that Mr Putin stood firm in his denial. “I think the president...
4 Jul 2017

Trump considers scrapping immigrant soldier scheme in move that could lead to deportations

The proposal to cancel the programme, which was established in 2009 to try and address a shortfall in specialised skills and language capabilities, was contained within a memo from Pentagon officials to  Defence Secretary James Mattis. The memo, obtained by NPR, cites concerns about security and inadequate vetting of recruits. Ms Stock, who now works as a lawyer in Anchorage, Alaska, said the decision would not only deny the military of a source of applicants with specialised skills, but was an act of bad faith.
The proposal to cancel the programme, which was established in 2009 to try and address a shortfall in...

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21 Jun 2017

The US seems keener to strike at Syria’s Assad than it does to destroy Isis

The extraordinary destruction of a Syrian fighter jet by a US aircraft on Sunday has precious little to do with the Syrian plane’s target in the desert near Rasafa – but much to do with the advance of the Syrian army close to the American-backed Kurdish forces along the Euphrates. The Syrians have grown increasingly suspicious in recent months that most Kurdish forces in the north of Syria – many of them in alliance with the Assad government until recently – have thrown in their lot with the Americans.
The extraordinary destruction of a Syrian fighter jet by a US aircraft on Sunday has precious little to do with the...
12 Jun 2017

Donald Trump Jr seems to inadvertently confirm James Comey’s remarks on Flynn investigation

“When he tells you to do something, guess what? There's no ambiguity in it, there's no, 'Hey, I'm hoping,'“ 39-year-0ld Mr Trump said.  - “You and I are friends: 'Hey, I hope this happens, but you've got to do your job.' That's what he told Comey.  - “And for this guy [Comey] as a politician to then go back and write a memo: 'Oh, I felt threatened.' He felt so threatened — but he [President Trump] didn't do anything.”
“When he tells you to do something, guess what? There's no ambiguity in it, there's no, 'Hey, I'm...
31 May 2017

Jared Kushner ‘admitted Donald Trump lies to his base because he thinks they’re stupid’

Donald Trump lied to his Republican base and thought they were so stupid they would believe it, according to Jared Kushner. Mr Kushner, a property developer who is both President Trump’s senior advisor and son-in-law, reportedly made the remarks after he was  challenged about Mr Trump’s prolonged interrogation over whether Barack  Obama was born in the US.
Donald Trump lied to his Republican base and thought they were so stupid they would believe it, according to Jared...
24 May 2017

The only real way to stop atrocities like the Manchester attack is to end the wars which allow extremism to grow

President Trump leaves the Middle East today, having done his bit to make the region even more divided and mired in conflict than it was  before. At the same moment that Donald Trump was condemning the suicide bomber in Manchester as “an evil loser in life”, he was adding to the chaos in which al-Qaeda and Isis have taken root and flourished. It may be a long distance between the massacre in Manchester and the wars in the Middle East, but the connection is there.
President Trump leaves the Middle East today, having done his bit to make the region even more divided and...
24 May 2017

Past month ‘deadliest on record’ for Syrian civilians killed in US-led air strikes

Air strikes carried out by the US and its coalition partners in Syria have killed the highest number of civilians on record since the bombing campaign began, a war monitor has said. A total of 225 civilians, including 36 women and 44 children, were killed in the period between 23 April to 23 May, the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
Air strikes carried out by the US and its coalition partners in Syria have killed the highest...
20 May 2017

Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner ‘person of interest in Russia investigation’

Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, has reportedly been identified as a “person of interest” in the ongoing investigation into possible ties between Russia and Donald Trump’s campaign. The Washington Post said a senior adviser to Mr Trump was among people investigators wanted to speak to. A New York magazine reporter then said the person in question was Mr Kushner, 36, who is married to Mr Trump’s eldest daughter and who flew out of Washington on Friday night to accompany the President on his first official foreign trip.
Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, has reportedly been identified as a “person of interest” in the...

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11 May 2017

Noam Chomsky says Republican Party is the ‘most dangerous organisation in human history’

Asked by Newsnight host Evan Davis whether the party was really worse than an organisation like Isis, the author and academic replied: “Is Isis dedicated to trying to destroy the prospects for organised human existence? “What does it mean to say not only are we not doing anything about climate change but we’re trying to accelerate the race to the precipice?
Asked by Newsnight host Evan Davis whether the party was really worse than an organisation like Isis,...
7 May 2017

Donald Trump former aide Carter Page refuses to provide Russia contacts to Senate

Former Trump adviser Carter Page has declined to provide records of his communications with Russians to the Senate intelligence committee, saying that anything of note has already been recorded by former President Barack Obama’s administration. Mr Page, who advised President Donald Trump on foreign policy matters during the 2016 campaign, is the subject of investigation by the FBI and congressional committees looking into whether the Trump campaign colluded with the Russian government.
Former Trump adviser Carter Page has declined to provide records of his communications with Russians to the Senate...
30 Apr 2017

Two members of alt-right accused of making white supremacist hand signs in White House after receiving press passes

Two conservative journalists have sparked outcry on social media by making what some have interpreted as a white supremacist hand symbol at a recent visit to the White House. Freelance journalist Mike Cernovich and Cassandra Fairbanks, a reporter for Russian news outlet Sputnik, posed for a picture behind the podium in the White House briefing room. In the photo, they are making a hand sign that can be used to signify “white power.”
Two conservative journalists have sparked outcry on social media by making what some have interpreted as a white...

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26 Apr 2017

Donald Trump to strip all funding from State Department team promoting women’s rights around the world

Donald Trump plans to strip all funding from a State Department bureau that promotes the rights of women around the world, it has emerged. Oxfam America led criticism of the move, saying said cutting funds for the Office of Global Women’s Issues would have “dire consequences for millions of people, as well as our global standing”.
Donald Trump plans to strip all funding from a State Department bureau that promotes the rights of women...
25 Apr 2017

Donald Trump to turn off EPA’s data service, one of government’s most important websites

Donald Trump is to shut down one of the government's most important data services. The Environmental Protection Agency's Open Data Web service – which stores information on climate change, life cycle assessment, health impact analysis and environmental justice – is to have its funding removed and will no longer be in operation, according to people working  on the plan. A pop-up on the site appears to confirm the shutdown, with  anyone visiting the Open Data page told that the site will not be operational from Friday.
Donald Trump is to shut down one of the government's most important data services. The Environmental Protection...
25 Apr 2017

John Oliver destroys assumption Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner are moderating forces on Donald Trump

Oliver says Ms Trump’s political promises lack substance and she consistently fails to hold her father to account. The comedian argued the frequently voiced belief the President’s eldest daughter and his son-in-law, who are now both unpaid White House advisors, had a great deal of clout behind the scenes had little concrete basis.
Oliver says Ms Trump’s political promises lack substance and she consistently fails to hold her father to account. The...

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22 Apr 2017

Donald Trump has ‘dangerous mental illness’, say psychiatry experts at Yale conference

Donald Trump has a “dangerous mental illness” and is not fit to lead the US, a group of psychiatrists has warned during a conference at Yale University.Mental health experts claimed the President was “paranoid and  delusional”, and said it was their “ethical responsibility” to warn the  American public about the “dangers” Mr Trump’s psychological state poses to the country.
Donald Trump has a “dangerous mental illness” and is not fit to lead the US, a group of psychiatrists has warned...

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10 Apr 2017

Donald Trump’s administration is not prepared for the next global pandemic

The Trump administration has failed to fill crucial public health positions across the government, leaving the nation ill-prepared to face one of its greatest  potential threats: a pandemic outbreak of a deadly infectious disease, according to experts in health and national security.
The Trump administration has failed to fill crucial public health positions across the...

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17 Mar 2017

Donald Trump could reverse cuts to arts, poor and elderly if he stopped staying at Mar-a-Lago, figures show

Donald Trump could reverse his recently announced cuts to arts, poor and elderly services if he cut his trips to Mar-a-Lago and lived permanently in White House instead, figures indicate. Calculations show four programmes that face elimination - which tackle homelessness, unemployment among over-55s, participation in the arts and helping the poor access higher education - could be maintained at the cost of the President’s trips to his private Florida resort over the course of four years.
Donald Trump could reverse his recently announced cuts to arts, poor and elderly services if he cut...
6 Mar 2017

Ukranian businessman with links to Donald Trump and Russia dies in unexplained circumstances

Mr Oronov is reported to have set up a secret meeting between Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen – to whom he had family ties - and Russian officials where a “peace plan” is said to have been hatched to give Russian President Vladimir Putin control of the Crimea. 
Mr Oronov is reported to have set up a secret meeting between Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen – to whom...
18 Feb 2017

Jason Chaffetz said he would investigate Flynn and Russia – but he’s investigating media leaks instead

Amid a series of controversies around Russia-US links, the  Republican-led House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform has vowed to take action, but has ended up investigating freedom of the press instead. Jason Chaffetz, chairman of the committee, proudly tweeted on Friday that his team was "taking the lead" on Russia intelligence,  as well as the "mishandling of classified material" and issues surrounding former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
Amid a series of controversies around Russia-US links, the  Republican-led House Committee...

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18 Feb 2017

Trump family trips cost taxpayers $11.3m in one month – almost as much as Obama’s cost in a year

Donald Trump’s family’s trips have cost taxpayers nearly as much in a month as Barack Obama’s cost in an entire year. The US President’s three visits to his Mar-a-Lago club in Florida since his presidential inauguration, combined with his sons’ business trips, reportedly cost $11.3m (£9.1m).
Donald Trump’s family’s trips have cost taxpayers nearly as much in a month as Barack...

Donald Trump’s pick for national security adviser turns down job

Donald Trump’s choice for national security adviser has rejected the post days after Michael Flynn was forced to resign. Vice Admiral Robert S Harward visits Zaranj, Afghanistan on January 6, 2011. Shawn Coolman/US Marines via Reuters
Donald Trump’s choice for national security adviser has rejected the post days after Michael Flynn was forced to...

Republicans hit back at Commons Speaker John Bercow for blocking Donald Trump’s address to Parliament

Commons Speaker John Bercow has become embroiled in controversy after insisting US President Donald Trump should not be allowed to address Parliament during his state visit. Mr Bercow's extraordinary attack re-ignited controversy over the invitation to Mr Trump, provoking applause from MPs who oppose the US President, and drawing accusations the Speaker was “insulting” the UK's closest ally.
Commons Speaker John Bercow has become embroiled in controversy after insisting US President Donald Trump should not be...

Donald Trump loosens sanctions preventing Russia intelligence agencies from cyberspying

Donald Trump's government has loosened sanctions imposed by Barack Obama on Russia's Federal Security Service, that would make it easier for US companies to do business with the intelligence agency. The FSB was the only Russian intelligence entity named in the amendment announced Thursday, leaving much of the emergency action taken by Mr Obama intact.
Donald Trump's government has loosened sanctions imposed by Barack Obama on Russia's Federal...
23 Jan 2017

Merkel advisors say Germany has ‘given up’ on Donald Trump acting like a President

German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel has warned the country could be in for a "rough ride" under President Donald Trump - but Chancellor Angela Merkel has expressed a more optimistic view EPA
German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel has warned the country could be in for a "rough ride" under President Donald Trump...
21 Jan 2017

Donald Trump set to ‘eliminate arts funding programs’, cutting off NPR and PBS

President-elect Donald Trump is believed to be planning on shutting down arts and heritage programs as part of a raft of budget-tightening measures. The Hill, whose source is an unnamed member of Trump’s transition team, reported that Trump will eliminate both the National Endowment For The Arts and the National Endowment For The Humanities, and privatise the Corporation For Public Broadcasting.
President-elect Donald Trump is believed to be planning on shutting down arts and heritage programs as part of a raft of...
23 Nov 2016

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu bans ministers from talking to Donald Trump’s team without prior permission

Mr Netanyahu congratulated Mr Trump on his election two weeks ago but  cautioned his coalition government to refrain from speaking publicly  about their views on the new US President-elect after Education Minister Naftali Bennett said Mr Trump’s victory meant that “the era of a Palestinian state” was over.
Mr Netanyahu congratulated Mr Trump on his election two weeks ago but  cautioned his coalition government to...

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