Thousands March in Solidarity with Migrants, Against Trump

Opposing his predatory campaign and rhetoric, demonstrators including celebrities, filmmakers and even public officials have all called for more mobilization against Trump.

To denounce U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s anti-immigrant stance, thousands of people staged protests in several U.S. cities this Sunday, the same day the world celebrated International Migrants Day.

Across Washington, D.C., New York, Los Angeles and Denver, protesters reflecting various nationalities and social movements rallied in solidarity with the large immigrant population in the country that Trump has repeatedly attacked and denigrated. In an interview with 60 Minutes last month, Trump pledged to deport approximately 2 to 3 million undocumented immigrants after taking office on Jan. 20.

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Demonstrators, who included influential anti-Trump activists such as liberal filmmaker Michael Moore, called for acts of civil disobedience to put a stop to Trump’s unrelenting hate and bigotry. Speaking with MSNBC, Moore said the answer was more “protesting, obstructing, disrupting.”

“Listen, we’re hours away now from the Electoral College coming together on Monday. This needs protest, this needs people’s voices,” Moore had said, according to Press TV.

Moore’s comments echo what other prominent figures have said, such as Virginia Senator Bernie Sanders, who has called for and organized and well-strategized massive mobilizations against Trump. In Seattle, renowned socialist councilmember Kshama Sawant was also recently arrested at an anti-Trump rally for inviting people to create a "wall of mass resistance" in order to block Trump's cancerous rhetoric, specifically by staging protests during his inauguration.

"We must bring together millions of progressive workers and young people to build a wall of mass resistance against Trump,” Sawant wrote in CounterPunch in November. “And to defend immigrants, women, Muslims, LGBTQ people and all others targeted by his presidency.”

The decision to elect a president does not ultimately belong to the people via the popular vote. According to the U.S. Constitution, voters elect members of the Electoral College, who then elect the president. A majority of 270 votes are required to be elected.

This means that despite losing to Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton by over 3 million ballots in the popular vote on the Nov. 8 election, Trump still won the state-by-state contest for the Electoral College.

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The New York Immigration Coalition organized a rally that saw hundreds of people, including elected officials, march towards Trump Tower to let him and the Electoral College know they continue to oppose his looming presidency.

“It’s important because even though he is elected, we want to show not everyone is on board,” Hansol Lee, a South Korean immigrant, said, according to AM New York.

In Los Angeles, more than 2000 people came out.

"I want to tell Mr. Trump that we are immigrants, we help this economy grow, we don't want nothing for free," Los Angeles marcher Horalia Jauregui told CBC News.

All protests were reportedly peaceful.

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Trump once donated $10,000 to a West Bank Israeli settlement

In 2003, President-elect Donald Trump donated $10,000 to institutions in one of Israel’s oldest and most steadfast West Bank settlements, one of the community’s founders told an Israeli radio station on Sunday.

Yaakov “Katzele” Katz, one of the original settlers of Beit El, said on the radio that Trump had made the donation in honor of his good friend and Jewish adviser David Friedman, now Trump’s pick to be the next U.S. ambassador to Israel. Friedman, a New York lawyer, serves as president of the American Friends of Bet El Institutions.

Katz told the radio station that more than a decade ago, the settlement honored Friedman at a gala dinner in New York. It was then that Trump made his donation.

“If I would have known he would be elected president, I would have saved the check,” Katz said. He said that Friedman was like a brother to him. The two have been friends for 40 years.

[Israel says no U.S. ambassador has been as right-wing as Trump’s pick]

Trump's pick for ambassador to Israel signals shift in foreign policy

President-elect Donald Trump has tapped David Friedman to be the next U.S. ambassador to Israel. The bankruptcy attorney welcomed the announcement, saying he's looking forward to taking up his post in Jerusalem, a nod to Trump's pledge to move the U.S. embassy out of Tel Aviv. (Reuters)

Friedman’s nomination as ambassador was warmly welcomed by many Israelis, especially those living in some 300 Jewish communities in the West Bank. But it also drew sharp criticism because Friedman is an outspoken supporter of the settlements, which the Obama administration has often said are the main impediment to achieving a peace deal between Israelis and Palestinians.

[Israel rejects latest U.S. criticism of settlement policy]

Katz, a former member of the Israeli parliament, did not comment further on Trump’s donation but said the money was used for the settlement’s yeshivas, or Jewish learning institutions. Trump has donated money to many yeshivas in Israel and the United States.

The Jerusalem Post published an article Sunday showing a 2003 U.S. tax form from the Trump Foundation, which listed a $10,000 donation to American Friends of Bet El.

The group’s website also shows that financial support for the settlement came from the family of Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law. The website shows that his parents, Charles and Seryl Kushner, are on the fundraising organization’s founding board of trustees. The group recently held its gala fundraising event in New York.

Beit El was established in 1977 on a hill on the outskirts of the de facto Palestinian capital of Ramallah. Today, about 1,300 families live in the settlement. As well as the yeshiva, the settlers there also run a pre-military academy and house one of Israel’s most right-wing media outlets, Arutz Sheva.

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'If Electoral College votes against Trump, US will get worst constitutional crisis in its history'

The system of the Electoral College is corky, but it is not going away anytime soon. Each party thinks they can work the system to their advantage. The losers complain about it. The winners are happy with it, says political cartoonist Ted Rall.

Donald Trump may have won the US presidential election, but he faces one last hurdle - the Electoral College which convenes on Monday to vote for America's 45th leader.

Technically, it has the power to block him and electors are facing immense pressure from those hoping to scupper a Trump presidency.

RT: How can you explain all the pressure about the vote of the Electoral College members to usher in Donald Trump as President of the United States?

TR: Every time there is a situation as in 2000 when George W. Bush technically won the Electoral College vote over Al Gore, who won the popular vote - and there have been other examples in the history - the losers always look to the Electoral College as sort of a “maybe we can get these guys to change their minds after the fact”. But the fact is that historically, although technically it is legally allowed for members of the Electoral College to change their vote, there isn’t much precedent for it. The fact is that they are expected to vote in accordance with the way that their states ordered them to vote. They are appointed by their respective political parties and 99 percent of the time, they always have cast their votes exactly the way that they are supposed to. It does seem a little bit churlish at this point for Democrats to be complaining about the Electoral College. If the election had gone the other way and Hillary Clinton had won with the minority of the popular vote but had won the Electoral College, you could probably guess that the complaints would be coming from the Republican side. As they say “Hypocrisy, thy name is politics.”

RT: What can you tell about the history of the Electoral College? Is there any chance that pledged electors will change their votes over to Hillary Clinton?

TR: The Electoral College does have a long and strange history. The US is the only country that I know of that has a system like this. And it is balanced in order to benefit more rural states. The way it works is basically the number of Electoral College votes per population tends to benefit small states like Rhode Island and Vermont over large states like California, Texas and Florida. So, it is a system that is quirky. But I think it is not going away anytime soon. And the reason is that each party thinks that they can work the system to their advantage. The losers always complain about it. The winners are always quite happy with it. You would need a bipartisan effort on the part of both Democrats and Republicans to get rid of it. And while there are certainly grounds to complain about it. It is not direct democracy; it is not purely one man, one vote or one person, one vote. But nevertheless is also does serve to give a more equal vote to people who live in parts of the country that might not otherwise get that much attention. The Democrats are kind of looking foolish by not only trying to look anti-democratic by trying to defy the system that they tried to work and lost fair and square. This is just not going to work. And the last thing you want to do in politics is to try to get involved in a battle that you don’t have any chance of winning. There is just literally no way that you are going to get forty or more of this pledged electors to change their votes over to Hillary Clinton.

RT: What could be the consequences if members of the Electoral College really decide to change their mind?

TR: If you remember during the campaign Democrats really thought they are going to win and not by a little bit, they thought that Hillary Clinton really thought she was going to win by a landslide. And many of the polls said the same thing. And at that time there was a lot of pressure on Donald Trump to agree, pledge and promise that he was going to honor the results of the election when he lost. Well, he didn’t lose. Now, you have the Democrats doing the same thing that they didn’t want Donald Trump to do, which is an attempt to delegitimize the winner. Trump won the election fair and square. No matter what any Democrats say, there is just no allegation that there were millions of votes were changed somehow by magical means… I don’t think they are thinking this through very carefully. If by some miracle they were able to get the Electoral College to change its mind and install Hillary Clinton, this would create a constitutional crisis which would be unprecedented in American history. And nobody knows where that would lead. You’d have the odd situation, and you’d be doing it at a time when the Supreme Court – which could be called upon to settle it – isn’t in any position to do so due to the death of Antonin Scalia. You now have a 4-4 balance between Democrats and Republicans on the Court. So literally the system couldn’t cure the problem they’re creating. They really need to stop this… the country is already terribly divided in the aftermath of this very difficult and divisive election. If they want to take on Donald Trump there are better ways to do so.

The statements, views and opinions expressed in this column are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of RT.

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Trump taps ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson as secretary of state

President-elect Donald Trump will nominate Rex Tillerson to be the 69th secretary of state. The ExxonMobil CEO will also serve as a member of the National Security Council.

A statement from Trump’s transition team on Tuesday says Tillerson, 64, is "a forceful and clear-eyed advocate for America’s vital national interests" and will “help reverse years of misguided foreign policies and actions that have weakened America's security and standing in the world.”

 
 

“Rex Tillerson’s career is the embodiment of the American dream. Through hard work, dedication and smart deal making, Rex rose through the ranks to become CEO of ExxonMobil, one of the world’s largest and most respected companies,” Trump said in the statement announcing the news.

President-Elect Donald J. Trump Intends to Nominate Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State

(New York, NY) – President-elect Donald J. Trump today announced his intent to nominate Mr. Rex Tillerson, Chairman and CEO of ExxonMobil, to serve as Secretary of the United States Department of State.

Among the most accomplished business leaders and international dealmakers in the world, Mr. Tillerson has spent his career protecting the jobs of his employees, who number more than 70,000....

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Tillerson will replace the current Secretary of State John Kerry, who took over the role in February 2013. Agencies under its responsibility include the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the US Mission to the United Nations (USUN). The secretary of state is fourth in the presidential line of succession.

Tillerson was backed by former holders of the position Condoleeza Rice and James Baker, as well as former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, according to Reuters.

In 2011, Tillerson sealed a deal with Russian state-owned oil company Rosneft on behalf of ExxonMobil, giving Exxon access to the Russian Arctic and Rosneft a stake in the US company’s projects in North America.

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Speaking at a press conference in Belgrade following the announcement, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said “We accept this as a decision by the president-elect of the United States and, as President Putin had underlined on numerous occasions we’re ready to work with any partners who are interested in developing comprehensive relations with Russia.”

Kremlin foreign policy aide Yury Ushakov described Tillerson as being “well known to the Russian representatives and was actively involved in business cooperation.”

“He is respectable and very professional,” added Ushakov. “Not only the Russian president, but Russian representatives have good business relationships with him.”

Following US-imposed economic sanctions on Russia over the crisis in Ukraine, the deal ended and Exxon was estimated to have incurred losses of $1 billion. He has advocated for ties between the two nations to be restored.

In 2013, Vladimir Putin presented the Texan with the Order of Friendship, one of the highest honors a foreigner may be awarded from Russia.

“To me a great advantage is that he knows many of the players in the world and he knows them well,” Trump said in an interview with Fox News Sunday. “He does massive deals in Russia not for himself, but for the company.”

READ MORE: Exxon has lost over $1 billion from Russian sanctions

Tillerson has acknowledged that humans have contributed to climate change but claims that the exact extent is unknown, rendering any proposed solutions useless. "The world is going to have to continue using fossil fuels, whether they like it or not," he said at a meeting of Exxon’s shareholders this year.

He has also shown support for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a trade agreement which Trump vehemently opposes. In a 2013 statement Tillerson called the TPP a “promising development” that would “open markets to growth and progress for every nation.”

Trump was rumored to be considering former CIA Director David Petraeus, former Mayor of New York Rudy Giuliani and former Governor of Massachusetts and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney for the role, before settling on Tillerson.

The Department of State was created in 1789 to “shape and sustain a peaceful, prosperous, just, and democratic world and foster conditions for stability and progress for the benefit of the American people and people everywhere.”

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Noam Chomsky Warns Trump Presidency Threatens Human Survival

Trump's presidency will further isolate the U.S. from the world, but will also have a detrimental impact on climate change and world conflicts.

Prominent U.S. intellectual Noam Chomsky warned Monday about the possibility of a nuclear war and the further risks linked to global warming as a result of a Donald Trump presidency, during a speech for the 20th anniversary of Democracy Now!.

Commenting on the concrete implications of the Republican candidate's win, Chomsky said that the Iran nuclear deal could be reversed.

“Other countries who are parties to the deal might well continue,” he said. “That means ignoring U.S. sanctions. That will extend U.S. isolation, even from Europe.”

“Brexit may assist with (U.S. isolation) because Britain was the voice of the United States in NATO, the harshest voice,” he added.

“The threats and dangers are very real,” he said. Namely, the positions that Trump has taken in regards to climate change and the Iran deal pose a threat to the future of the country and the world.”

“The threats that we now face are the most severe that have ever arisen in human history,” he added. “They are literal threats to survival: nuclear war, environmental catastrophe.”

“They became more urgent on Nov. 8, for the reasons you know and that I mentioned. They have to be faced directly, and soon if the human experiment is not to prove to be a disastrous failure,” he warned.

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Donald Trump Attacks China Through Twitter

The US President-elect Donald Trump has criticized China''s financial and military policy in a message posted on Twitter, which could endanger decades of diplomatic relationships between the two countries.

In the tweets, the New York Billionaire accused China of devaluing the Yen in order to better compete with US companies and build an enormous military complex in China Southern Sea.

The messages come only 48 hours after Trump talked with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen for ten minutes, eliciting a strong reaction from Beijing's authorities.

Washington recognizes Beijing's sovereignty over Taiwan.

According to sources close to the Trump team, President Tsai congratulated the real state magnate on his electoral victory and both sides discussed joint economic, political and security ties.

Evan Medeiros, former Asia director at the US National Security Council, noted that China would view the exchange between the next US president and the Taiwan authorities as a highly provocative action.

On Saturday, a Beijing government spokesperson reaffirmed that, 'There is only one China and Taiwan is an inalienable part of Chinese territory.'

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Donald Trump to Punish US Migrant Companies

US president-elect Donald Trump threatened companies that try to leave the US to sell their own merchandise with a severe tax, if they later try to reintroduce their products in the US national territories.

Trump said this tax, might reach up to 35 percent, when those migrant frims want to bring their products back to the US.

On his personal account in Twitter, Trump announced a reduction of taxes and regulations for enterprises, but with the exception of those which fire their workers or build installations in other countries of the world.

He said the tax will apeear, for the companies wanting to sell their products out of the US (like cars, air conditioners, refrigerators, etc) to think before they do.

He stated that measure will make those want to leave, hard to leave the US, from the financial point of view. But these enterprises may move all arround the 50 states of the USA without any tax at all.

Trump said those companies are already warned before they make any kind of mistake, and reasserted that the US are opened to businesses.

The warning of the president-elect materialized one of his electoral promises, of searching for a way to avoid the output of US companies and jobs to other countries such as Mexico or China, through the imposition of tariffs to their import operations.

For his part, former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, said that Trump's actions and decisions set a dangerous precedent, since taxpayers will have to pay the cost of multi-million dollar subsidies to keep the companies in the United States.

From the early hours of Sunday, several Tweets written by Trump made it clear that as a President, he will keep his promise to punish those companies that leave the United States on January 20.

Trump held that those companies are wrong if they believe they can dismiss employees and build plants in other countries without facing consequences.

Nobel Prize winner in Economy, Paul Krugman, questioned the impact on the U.S. economy of the president-elect's personal intervention with particular companies.

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USA: Trump Nominates Secretaries for Treasury and Commerce

Steven Mnuchin and Wilbur Ross confirmed today to financial network CNBC they had been nominated by U.S. President elect Donald Trump to asume the secretaries of the Treasury and Commerce, respectively and are pending of confirmation by the Senate.

Mnuchin was in charge of the administration of finances in the Trump campaign for the elections of November 8 and worked for the financial group Goldman Sachs, while Ross is president and strategy chief of the private firm W.L. Ross & Co.

Jessica Mackler, director of the non-government organization American Bridge, criticized the appointment of Mnuchin and said he made almost three billion dollars from people's misery in the crisis of 2008.

Putting an executive of Wall Street to supervise from the White House that entity it is dangerous and shows that Trump is only interested in protecting corporations at the expense of working families, added Mackler.

Ross, who according to Forbes magazine, has a fortune of about three billion dollars, obtained most of his estate from the reestructuring of bankrupt companies in the steel and manufacturing industries.

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