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The US President Seems to Take a Liking for Kim Jong Un After the Historic Meet

The much-anticipated meet between the US President Donald Trump and the North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is over. Both the leaders did their best, setting aside the past 60 years of distrust and dark history for this historic meet.

The two had been taking jabs at each other in the past, but after the meet, the US President actually expressed his admiration for his counterpart.

He called Kim a tough guy who took over his country at a young age of 27 in an interview to Bret Baier, a Fox News anchor. While the anchor wanted Trump to talk about Kim’s human-rights violations, Trump actually chose to praise his leadership.

 

He said, “He’s a tough guy. Hey, when you take over a country, tough country, with tough people, and you take it over from your father – I don’t care who you are, what you are, how much of an advantage you have. If you can do that at 27-years-old, I mean, that’s one in 10,000 that can do that. So, he’s a very smart guy. He’s a great negotiator. But I think we understand each other.”

Trump was giving this interview aboard Air Force One and he chose to ignore the anchor’s comments about Kim getting his uncle and half-brother killed.

When the reporter pressed further, Trump said that it’s ok and many other people have also done some really bad things in the past. He played defensive on Kim. It looks like that President Trump is seldom bothered on the human rights violation front. Last year too, he had defended the Russian President Vladimir Putin on it.

Larry Kudlow Reacts to Trudeau Comments as Overreaction

The Trump administration announced on Thursday that the 25 and 10 percent tariff on imported steel and aluminum will now come into effect as the two-month exemption ends on Friday. It was originally proposed in March on imports from Canada, Mexico, and the European Union.

The Trump administration has introduced these stiff import duties citing that they are creating a menace for the US to which the Canadian Prime Minister reacted sharply.

He said, “The idea that we are somehow a national security threat to the United States is, quite frankly, insulting and unacceptable.”

President Donald Trump’s economic adviser said that the concerns that Justin Trudeau, the Canadian Prime Minister has overreacted and the trade frictions between the two countries are more like a “family quarrel.”

Trudeau said that Canada is not only the largest trading partner for the US but also its closest military and political allies. The Canadian PM further said that with such steps the US President is disregarding the history and values that the two countries have shared together.

He said, “The idea that our soldiers who had fought and died together on the beaches of World War II, on the mountains of Afghanistan and have stood shoulder to shoulder in some of the most difficult places in the world, that are always there for each other, this is insulting to that.”

Next week, Canada is hosting the annual Group of Seven summit where Trudeau will bring up the subject with Trump. The White House has defended Trump’s decision saying that the measures taken by the US government are not unfair or irreversible.

Larry Kudlow, the US President’s top economic adviser said that the new tariff decision taken by the US has nothing to do against the friendship and longstanding alliance that the country has with Canada.

President Trump Renews Attacks on Media at Conservative Political Action Conference

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US President Donald Trump returned to the Conservative Political Action Conference, assuring audience that they have a top advocate for their policy priorities in the White House while also taking aim at the media.

“All of these years we’ve been together and now you finally have a President, finally,” the ABC News quoted Trump as saying on Friday. The President was notably absent from the annual conservative gathering during his presidential run last year and was criticised in the GOP primary for skipping the event.

“I would have come last year but I was worried that I’d be at that time too controversial,” Trump told the enthusiastic crowd. “We wanted border security. We wanted very, very strong military. We wanted all of the things that we’re going to get, and people considered that controversial, but you didn’t consider it controversial.”

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The President also doubled down on his attacks on the media, repeating his assertion that the “fake” news is the “enemy of the American people”. He also zeroed in on the use of unnamed sources. “I’m against the people that make up stories and make up sources.”

“They shouldn’t be allowed to use sources unless they use somebody’s name. Let their name be put out there,” Trump said.

According to the ABC News, the renewed criticism of the media came amid reports that White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus asked the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to knock down news stories of Trump campaign officials communicating with Russian intelligence agents.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on Friday said Priebus only asked the FBI to go public with information that they had first privately provided to him which cast doubt on the media reports.

The President seemed to want to qualify his attack, saying he was not against all media.”I want you all to know that we are fighting the fake news,” said Trump. “It’s fake, phony, fake.”

Referring to a tweet he posted a week ago, in which said the “fake news media is the enemy of the American people”, the President said criticism was itself misrepresented by the media.

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“In covering my comments, the dishonest media did not explain that I called the fake news the enemy of the people. The fake news,” said Trump. “They dropped off the word ‘fake’. And all of a sudden, the story became, the media is the enemy. They take the word ‘fake’ out.”

Trump’s speech marked his fifth time addressing the annual gathering of right-wing organisers and activists. The conference hosted by the American Conservative Union began in 1974 and has since grown into a four-day-long event with thousands of attendees.

Source:IANS

Trump is Good listener, Frank: Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe believes that US President Donald Trump is a “good listener”, as well as “friendly and open”, the media reported.

“President Trump is surprisingly a good listener though it may seem that he isn’t. He’s also very frank and open. But he’s very committed to his campaign pledges,” Abe told public broadcaster NHK in an interview on Monday.

During the interview, Abe spoke of his meetings in the US over the weekend with Trump, in which they discussed security issues such as Washington’s stance over the disputed Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea, a point of conflict and contention between Tokyo and Beijing.

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Trump had previously suggested that Japan should pay more to maintain a US military presence in Japan. But Abe said the US President did not mention the issue during their meeting.

“Defence Secretary Mattis visited Japan and said the Japanese and American cost-sharing model is an example for other nations to follow. I think that settled the issue. We were wondering whether President Trump would mention the matter, but he didn’t. Rather, he thanked Japan for the warm hospitality extended to the US Marine Corps,” the Prime Minister said.

He also discussed the North Korea’s latest missile test on Sunday, while he was still with President Trump at his resort in Florida.

“President (Barack) Obama was very cautious about using military force against North Korea, calling his stance ‘strategic patience’. I believe the Trump Administration is aiming to review the stance and seek a diplomatic solution, putting all options on the table,” Abe said.

The premier also believes that the Trump administration will renew its stance towards China and Russia.

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“I think the US government is in the process of establishing its foreign policy against China. Right before our summit, President Trump talked for one hour over the phone with Chinese President Xi Jinping. The timing was very good for me. President Trump and I were able to discuss how to deal with China, taking into consideration what the leaders of the US and China talked about and various other factors.”

“I have also insisted that dialogue between the US and Russia is essential for resolving the issues of Syria, the Middle East, Iran and Ukraine.” President Trump plans to hold a close dialogue with Russia,” Abe concluded.

Source:IANS

Busta Rhymes refers Donald Trump as ‘President Agent Orange’ at the GRAMMYs

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US President Donald Trump was yet again a target at an award show and this time it was the 59th annual Grammy Awards when he was referred to as “President Agent Orange“.

During a group medley by A Tribe Called Quest, Busta Rhymes and Anderson.Paak, one of the members called out angrily to the US President.

The medley included the rap “We the People” with a chorus that said: “All you black folks, you must go, all you Mexicans, you must go, and all you poor folks, you must go, Muslims and gays, boy, we hate your ways, so all you bad folks, you must go.”

Rhymes during the performance, said: “I want to thank President Agent Orange for your unsuccessful attempt at the Muslim ban.”  The performance featured women sporting the hijab.

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A Tribe Called Quest has been nominated twice at the Grammys for best rap album.Hosted by British comedian and actor James Corden, the award show, honouring the best of music around the world, took place at the Staples Centre here on Sunday night.

As it is aware that Donald Trump had issued ban on Immigration of seven Islam majority nations and it is also rumored that the list might extend which includes Pakistan.

Source: IANS