Trump fires back at European leaders after damp reception in France

President Trump lashed out at European leaders after French President Emmanuel Macron denounced his ‘America First’ brand of nationalism and called for the creation of a European army, independent from the US.

“Just returned from France where much was accomplished in my meetings with World Leaders,” Trump tweeted on Monday. “Never easy bringing up the fact that the US must be treated fairly, which it hasn’t, on both Military and Trade. We pay for LARGE portions of other countries military protection, hundreds of billions of dollars, for the great privilege of losing hundreds of billions of dollars with these same countries on trade.”

@realDonaldTrump Just returned from France where much was accomplished in my meetings with World Leaders. Never easy bringing up the fact that the U.S. must be treated fairly, which it hasn’t, on both Military and Trade. We pay for LARGE portions of other countries military protection,........

@realDonaldTrump .....hundreds of billions of dollars, for the great privilege of losing hundreds of billions of dollars with these same countries on trade. I told them that this situation cannot continue - It is, and always has been, ridiculously unfair to the United States. Massive amounts.....

@realDonaldTrump .....of money spent on protecting other countries, and we get nothing but Trade Deficits and Losses. It is time that these very rich countries either pay the United States for its great military protection, or protect themselves...and Trade must be made FREE and FAIR!

Trump’s tirade came just one day after French President Emmanuel Macron – once regarded as a close confidant of the US president – rebuked Trump’s ‘America First’ brand of nationalism, comparing it to the forces that plunged Europe into conflict in the early 20th Century.

Speaking at an Armistice Day commemoration in Paris, Macron did not address Trump by name, but warned that "Patriotism is the exact opposite of nationalism...nationalism is a betrayal of patriotism. By saying our interests first, who cares about the others, we erase what a nation holds dearest, what gives it life, what makes it great and what is essential: its moral values."

At a recent campaign-style rally, Trump described himself as a “nationalist,” the first time he has done so since taking office. On Monday, the president’s beef with Maron and his European counterparts seemed to be driven more by financial concerns than ideological ones.

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Trump has often criticized his European allies for failing to meet their defense spending targets, leaving the US to foot much of Europe’s security bill. At present, only five NATO member states – the US, UK, Greece, Estonia, and Poland – allocate two percent of their GDP to defense spending, a requirement for membership. In 2017, the US spent $686 billion on defense, over double the expenditure of all 28 other states combined.

However, European leaders as of late seem more interested in looking elsewhere for their defense needs. In a radio interview last week, Macron called for the establishment of an EU army that can defend the continent “without relying only on the United States.”

@realDonaldTrump President Macron of France has just suggested that Europe build its own military in order to protect itself from the U.S., China and Russia. Very insulting, but perhaps Europe should first pay its fair share of NATO, which the U.S. subsidizes greatly!

Macron’s view was echoed by liberal MEP Guy Verhofstadt, a long-time proponent of a closer-knit, federal Europe. Tweeting on Saturday, Verhofstadt said that Europe cannot be “unprepared for the America First Policy.”

@guyverhofstadt Yes, @ischinger, we need to go to majority voting in the EU & yes @p61pavel we need an integrated defence capacity as a European pillar of NATO. We are stronger together, cannot afford 27 parallel defence budgets nor being unprepared for the America First Policy. https://twitter.com/p61pavel/status/1060976524978016268 

Petr Pavel @p61pavel
Replying to @ischinger

Great idea! Will this European Army be part of or parallel to NATO? And wasn’t NATO designed primarily to defend Europe?

With the commemorations marred by gray skies and constant-drizzle, Trump received the cold shoulder from activists and from the French media too. Ahead of his arrival, French comedian Yann Barthes switched to English on his primetime show, telling Trump to “go and f*** yourself. You’re not welcome in this country.”

As the president’s motorcade rolled down the Champs-Élysées, a topless feminist protester hopped the barricades and ran towards the president’s car with the words “fake peacemaker” scrawled on her chest. Police apprehended the woman, and feminist group FEMEN later released a statement attacking several of the world leaders present at the event, including Russian President Vladimir Putin and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Bare-breasted FEMEN protester almost throws herself at Trump’s m...

“FEMEN believes that restoring world peace with those who are responsible for the ongoing wars is hypocritical,” the statement said.

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"What A Stupid Question": Trump Slaps Down Another Journalist

Washington: President Donald Trump instructed journalists Friday to show more respect in the "sacred" White House and moments later angrily refused to answer a reporter's question because it was "stupid."

The latest clash between the president and the press corps assigned to cover him followed a meltdown on Wednesday when Trump lashed out at a star CNN reporter as a "terrible person" and had him barred from the White House.

In Friday's incident, Abby Phillip, also from CNN, asked Trump whether he wanted his new attorney general to hold back an explosive probe into allegations that the president's 2016 election campaign colluded with Russian agents.

The topic has been one of the main headlines in Washington since Wednesday when Trump abruptly fired Jeff Sessions as attorney general and named Matthew Whitaker, who has strongly criticized the Russia probe, to replace him. Critics have accused Trump of placing an ally who will try to muzzle special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.

Trump, speaking just before leaving for an international gathering in Paris to commemorate World War I, refused to answer Phillip.

"What a stupid question that is, what a stupid question. But I watch you a lot. You ask a lot of stupid questions," he said, shaking a finger at the journalist, then walking away.

Moments earlier he'd defended his decision to bar CNN reporter Jim Acosta following their exchange at Wednesday's press conference, saying that Acosta "is a very unprofessional guy."

Asked how long Acosta will be denied the credential allowing him to work inside the White House, Trump said he hadn't decided and seemed to indicate that the extremely unusual sanction could be applied to more journalists.

"It could be others also," he said.

Trump went on to refer to another reporter, April Ryan, who works for American Urban Radio Networks and CNN, as "a loser" and "very nasty."

The president said that the bad blood between him and the media was the fault of journalists showing insufficient deference.

"When you're in the White House, this is a very sacred place to me. It's a very special place. You have to treat the White House with respect. You have to treat the presidency with respect," he said.

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Over 5,600 U.S. Soldiers at US-Mexico Border

Washington, Nov 9 (Prensa Latina) Some 5,600 U.S. soldiers are Friday at the Mexican border to prevent undocumented migrants from entering the country, according to U.S. military sources.

Despite criticism from various sides, the Department of Defense initially predicted the deployment of some 5,200 uniforms.

The Pentagon said in a statement that 2,800 military units are located in Texas, 1,500 in Arizona and 1,300 in California.

Some 2,000 members of the National Guard, mobilized since last April, are also in the border area.

U.S. President Donald Trump threatened on October 31 to send up to 15,000 soldiers to the dividing line after the department announced it had sent 7,000 to that end.

The military publication Star and Stripes reported then that the Northern Command had confirmed that more soldiers could be added to the 5,239 initially assigned.

Nearly 40 units were summoned for the movement and the list includes combat engineers, Third Infantry Division aviators, members of forts from Texas, North Carolina and Kansas, and medical and logistical staff, the source added.

This operation, called Faithful Patriot, a name recently dropped, was described by Northern Command chief Terrence O'Shaughnessy as an effort to help the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection tighten defenses at legal entry points and nearby sites.

Newspaper reports stated that the military will have its actions limited by a federal law.

Such a rule, they pointed out, prevents the Army from carrying out police work in U.S. territory, which means that uniformed soldiers won't be able to participate directly in operations against Central American caravans seeking to reach the United States.

Some of the tasks allowed to soldiers include providing air support for border missions, installing concrete barriers, and repairing and maintaining vehicles.

R. Gil Kerlikowske, commissioner of the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection from March 2014 to January 2017, said the Army cannot stop asylum seekers at border crossings requesting protection.

I see the deployment of troops as a political maneuver and a waste of both military resources and taxpayers' money,' he said.

It is a big mistake to use active military personnel and assign them to such duties, Kerlikowske added.

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"Would Never Forgive Trump," Writes Michelle Obama In Memoir

Washington: In her memoir, former US First Lady Michelle Obama has ripped President Trump's spreading of the "birther" conspiracy theory against her husband Barack Obama.

In excerpts from her memoir "Becoming", Michelle Obama has said he she would "never forgive" Mr Trump for the "xenophobic" claims that her husband was not actually born in America, reports The Hill magazine.

"The whole thing was crazy and mean-spirited, of course, its underlying bigotry and xenophobia hardly concealed," the former First Lady wrote.

"But it was also dangerous, deliberately meant to stir up the wingnuts and kooks. What if someone with an unstable mind loaded a gun and drove to Washington? What if that person went looking for our girls? Donald Trump, with his loud and reckless innuendos, was putting my family's safety at risk. And for this I'd never forgive him," she said.

The book, which is set to release on November 13, details the her early life in Chicago all the way through to her time as First Lady, and includes her feelings of shock and disbelief following Trump's election in 2016.

The comments were some of Michelle Obama's most direct aimed at the current President, whom she has mostly avoided criticising since leaving the White House last year.

Other criticism in the book was aimed at Trump's comments about women on the now-infamous "Access Hollywood" tape, as well as his conduct during debates with his 2016 opponent, Hillary Clinton.

Michelle Obama plans to launch a 10-city book tour that is scheduled to kick off on November 13 in her hometown of Chicago.

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Chinese Greenlights 16 More Trademarks For Trump

According to Chinese government records, Ivanka’s trademark applications were granted preliminary approvals, in October, as Chinese and U.S. officials sought to restart trade talks.

China has greenlighted more than one dozen trademarks - ranging from fashion accessories to electronics - for United States’ First Daughter, Ivanka Trump.

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In addition to the trademarks that cover several fashion-related categories, the clothing entrepreneur also applied for items in a category which covers voting machines and electronics including cameras and telephones.

The reportedly now-defunct company, which bears the name of the White House adviser, had previously applied for the 16 trademarks in March and May of 2016 - the year the elder Trump was elected U.S. head of state.

The family-run Trump Organization was also granted a number of trademarks by Beijing that same year.

According to Chinese government records, Ivanka’s trademark applications were granted preliminary approvals, in October, as Chinese and U.S. officials sought to restart trade talks.

“Since she has retained her foreign trademarks, the public will continue to have to ask whether President Trump has made foreign policy decisions in the interest of his and his family’s businesses,” Caroline Zhang of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics (CREW), who uncovered the filings, remarked.

Jordan Libowitz of CREW added that data indicated that some of the Washington advisor’s applications have taken longer than usual to process. “We obviously do not know the reason behind the timing, although some others have suspiciously lined up with events involving the Trump administration.”

However, Abigail Klem, former-president of the Ivanka Trump brand, had previously stated in relation to copyright infringement, that "we have recently seen a surge in trademark filings by unrelated third parties trying to capitalize on the name and it is our responsibility to diligently protect our trademark." 

In May, China awarded Ivanka seven trademarks, which coincided with President Trump pledge to help Chinese state-owned telecom equipment maker to recover.

The recent trademarks are set to become fully approved after a three-month public review period. China has approved more than 30 trademark applications for Ivanka, who will hold trademarks for senior homes, veterinary services, batteries, wedding gowns and sausage casings. Ivanka Trump submitted 53 applications, overall.

China reversed a decision to reject nine Donald Trump trademarks last year, the Associated Press reported.

Ivanka currently serves as an adviser to her father, U.S. President Donald Trump.

Failed U.S.-China trade talks have resulted in Trump slapping $250-billion worth of tariffs on Chinese imports, followed by the Asian country imposing retaliatory tariffs on US$110 billion worth of U.S. products.

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US: 12 Killed, 10 Injured in California Bar Shooting

At least 12 people were killed in California after a man entered a suburban bar and opened fire.

An unidentified gunman killed 12 people, including a sheriff's deputy, when he walked into a Southern California bar and grill and started shooting Wednesday night, police said.

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The gunman was also killed, Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean told a news conference Thursday, though it was not immediately clear by whom.

An unknown number of people were also wounded during the attack at the Borderline Bar and Grill, a Country & Western venue in the Los Angeles suburb of Thousand Oaks where a crowd had gathered for a night of dancing, drinking, and eating.

"It's a horrific scene in there," Dean said. "There is blood everywhere and the suspect is part of that."

@brittny_mejia Scene out here right now. Teylor Whittler, 19, was here for her friend’s 21st bday. When she walked out of the bar, police took her shirt because it was covered in blood. She doesn’t know whose.

 

The sheriff's deputy who was killed was identified as Sgt. Ron Helus, a 29-year-veteran of the department, Dean said.

No other victims have been identified. The sheriff said the gunman has not been identified and there was no known motive for the shooting.

“We just dropped to the ground, we heard a lot of screaming. My friend is the DJ so she cut off the music. We just heard a lot of mayhem,” an unidentified man told local reporters

“I was on the dance floor and I heard the gunshots, so I looked back and then all of a sudden everyone screamed 'get down!' Another witness, Teylor Whittler, said.

"It was a huge panic, everyone got up, I was trampled. I was kind of left on the floor until some guy came behind me and grabbed me and dragged me out," he added.

Pepperdine University has stated that students from the university were present during the shooting but does not have further information. 

One group was celebrating a friend's 21st birthday party, a witness said. 

Matt Wennerstrom, 20, said he first saw a figure with a handgun opening fire on employees at the front desk.

@vcsjoecurley Matt Wennerstrom, 20, of Newbury Park explains what it was like to be in Borderline Bar and Grill tonight when a gunman opened fire.

 

"At that point, I grabbed as many people around me as I could and pulled them down underneath the pool table that we were closest to until he ran out of bullets for that magazine and had to reload." 

At that point, Wennerstrom told reporters, he and others threw bar stools to break the windows and shuffle people out of the building

He described the gunman as just over six-feet tall in all-dark clothing.

Accounts about the incident varied widely throughout the early morning hours with initial reports saying the suspect was in custody. But Sheriff Dean has since said that the gunman died at the scene.

Some social media accounts said a bearded man wearing a dark trenchcoat walked in and started shooting.

Witnesses told CNN that patrons were there for the "College Country" night with line-dancing, music, drinks, and food and the place was packed with a young crowd.

When the shots started, some people smashed windows with chairs to escape, witnesses told CNN.

Other witnesses and people posting on social media said that the man might have fired up to 30 times. Others reported fewer shots, and he might have tossed smoke bombs.

Officials said that shots were still being fired when the first officers arrived at the scene.

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Georgia Dem Wants Full Count Against 'Architect of Suppression'

The state’s election system has been at the center of heated debates involving people often requesting Kemp’s resignation.

Georgia Democratic governor candidate Stacey Abrams was adamant that some votes remain uncounted, after the result of a closely contested race resulted in her finishing behind Republican Brian Kemp.

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“Friends, we are still on the verge of history,” Abrams told supporters late Wednesday. “We believe our chance for a stronger Georgia is just within reach, but we cannot seize it until all voices are heard, and I promise you tonight we’re going to make sure that every vote is counted.”

Abrams is attempting to become the first black woman elected governor in the United States. The campaign team of the candidate, who described Kemp as “an architect of suppression,” explained that there were outstanding absentee ballots that have yet to be tallied.

Kemp pushed back, declaring that an investigation will be launched into Georgia Democrats for “possible cybercrimes.”

“Votes remain to be counted. There are voices that are waiting to be heard,” Abrams said. “In a civilized country, the machinery of democracy should work for everyone, everywhere. Not just for certain places and not just on a certain day. You’re going to have a chance to have a do-over.”

A win in the state race would make the democratic candidate the first woman or nonwhite governor in Georgia’s history, on the heels of her making history as the first black woman to be a major-party gubernatorial nominee.

Republicans have won every Georgia governor’s race since 2002.

“I’ve never seen a time where the state of Georgia had more at stake than we do in this contest,” Kemp told supporters at one of his final campaign stops.

The state’s election system has been at the center of heated debates involving people often requesting Kemp’s resignation. The system has also been heavily scrutinized about the compromise of the ethics of the process since the Republican candidate double’s as the secretary of state.

The election chief has also been accused of creating obstacles to frustrate minorities who are tracking to cast their ballot for Abrams who is an African American. Ironically, Kemp has met with went a voter card issue when he tried to cast his ballot.

Kemp currently leads by a slim margin, 50.5 percent to Abrams’ 48.5 percent.

Late Tuesday, a nonprofit organization, Protect Democracy, file a last-minute lawsuit which noted that Kemp presiding over an election in which he is a candidate “violates a basic notion of fairness.”

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Iran: US Sanctions Hasn't Halted Oil Sales

The Trump administrations' attempt to hinder Persian oil exports has failed.

Despite US sanctions, Iran has sold all its oil, said the first vice president of the Persian country, Eshaq Yahanquiri.

RELATED: US Reimposes Iran sanctions, Tehran Slams Trump's 'Bullying'

"The Americans say they will reduce the sale of Iranian oil to zero, but I must say that, to date, we sold all the quantities of oil we needed," he said.

Yahanquiri denounced the U.S. governments' committment to damaging the Iranian economy with a psychological war.

"No government in Europe, Africa and Asia support US sanctions, except Israel and a couple of countries in the region," said the Iranian vice-president.

The Trump administration restored economic sanctions against Iran on Nov.5, seeking thus to reduce drain the Iranian government's main source of revenue. This new wave of sanctions is also aimed at breaking the Iranian banks' ties with the international financial system.

Although the U.S. goal was to reduce Iranian oil exports to "zero," economic interdependencies forced Trump to backtrack and break his promise.

In the near future Persian oil exports could even increase as the Trump administration granted 'waivers' to China, India, South Korea, Japan, Italy, Greece, Taiwan and Turkey. These countries, who are Iran's biggest energy clients, will be able to buy the Persian oil for another 180 days.

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