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Hollywood Reacts To President Trump’s Charlottesville Remarks About ‘Very Fine People’ At Neo-Nazi Rally

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Stars of the entertainment world have condemned US President Donald Trump on social media after he refused to denounce white supremacists after the violent rally in Charlottesville.

Speaking at a press conference that was supposed to be about infrastructure, Trump responded to the incident and said there was “blame on both sides”. He attacked what he referred to as the “alt-left” protesters.

He has already been criticised since his initial reaction to the rally which took place last week, where he refused to denounce people in attendance who were seen waving Nazi flags and performing the Hitler salute.

At one point, he said that the protest, which was attended by members of the KKK, included some “very fine people”.

His comments have caused an uproar, with some fellow Republicans criticising him for failing to establish that racism and hate would not be tolerated by the White House.

John McCain tweeted: “There’s no moral equivalency between racists and Americans standing up to defy hate and bigotry. The president of the United States should say so.”

He was backed up by one of Trump’s rival Republican presidential candidates, Jeb Bush, who stated: “This is a time for moral clarity, not ambivalence. I urge President Trump to unite the country, not parse the assignment of blame for the events in Charlottesville.

“For the sake of our country, he must leave no room for doubt that racism and hatred will not be tolerated or ignored by the White House.”

Prolific figures in film, music, comedy and television also reacted to Trump’s remarks, speaking out on social media to condemn him.

TV legend and Air Force veteran Norman Lear wrote: “I fought Nazis in World War II. They aren’t ‘very fine people’.”

Filmmaker Michael Moore tweeted: “OMG. What did we just watch? He blamed the anti-racism protesters. He likened George Washington to Robert E. Lee. Donald. Trump. F***. You.”

Jimmy Kimmel said he hadn’t seen “anything that crazy since Tyson bit Holyfield”.

Author JK Rowling noted that it was “now impossible for any Trump supporter to pretend they don’t know what he is”.

During the press conference, Trump accused the media of “changing history, changing the culture” of treating the people who were holding the rally “very badly”. He reaffirmed his statement that there were “bad people” on both sides of the violence. Soon after the press conference, the hashtag #ImpeachTrump was a top trend in both the US and the UK.    (The Independent)

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Donald Trump Says US Nuclear Arsenal Is ‘Far Stronger, More Powerful Than Ever Before

The President also promised ‘fire and fury’ if North Korea attacks the US

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Donald Trump has said that thanks to him, the US’s nuclear arsenal is “far stronger and more powerful than ever before,” a day after he dramatically upped the stakes in the war of rhetoric with North Korea and threatened “fire and fury” against the isolated country.

Mr Trump took to his favoured venue Twitter to communicate this morning that his first act as President was to strengthen the US nuclear arsenal.

He added that “there will never be a time when” the US is not the “most powerful” nation on the planet.

However, in a move that has become somewhat characteristic of the Trump administration, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had a somewhat contradictory message after Mr Trump’s “fire and fury” comment.

Mr Tillerson travelled unexpectedly to the US territory of Guam earlier today after North Korea threatened to attack the small Pacific island nation after news of Pyongyang’s ability to build a nuclear warhead capable of fitting inside a missile became known.

The typically tacit Secretary of State addressed the media while on his plane: “I do not believe that there is any imminent threat…Americans should sleep well at night”.

Guam, approximately 2,200 miles (3540 km) southeast of North Korea, has two US military bases and is the home port for nuclear submarines.

Guamanians, who do not vote for US presidents but have party delegates in Washington, DC, have been threatened before by Kim Jong-un.

In 2013 and 2016, the mercurial leader warned that US bases in the Pacific would face attack. But, experts say this would be a suicide mission for Pyongyang.

As Mieke Eoyang, Vice President for the National Security Program at DC-based think tank Third Way, pointed out on Twitter – North Korea lacks “second strike” capabilities should the US respond to any possible attack on US territories, Hawaii, or even South Korea and Japan.

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Donald Trump Hits Out At Republicans Telling Them: ‘You Don’t Have My Back!’

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US President Donald Trump has criticised his Republican colleagues by saying that they were not doing enough to “protect” him.

“It’s very said that Republicans, even some that were carried over the line on my back, do very little to protect their President,” Trump tweeted after another post calling investigations into Russian interference in the last election “phoney”.

“As the phoney Russian Witch Hunt continues, two groups are laughing at this excuse for a lost election taking hold, Democrats and Russians!” Trump wrote on Twitter.

In the last few days, Trump has been active on social media, as he dismisses the crises still unfolding in only his sixth month of presidency. On Saturday (22 July), he once again attacked Hillary Clinton, eight months after his election victory.

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Also, there was another Twitter dig at his own party came on Saturday when the president wrote: “The Republican Senators must step up to the plate and, after 7 years, vote for Repeal and Replace. Next, Tax Reform and Infrastructure. WIN!”

Trump’s overhauling agenda has been slowed by the realities of Washington politics. After a tight push to get the bill through the House of Representatives, efforts to pass a bill replacing Obama’s signature health care policy fell apart.

Republicans on the right of the party argued that the bill did too little to scrap the Affordable Care Act while more moderate senators in the party wanted a less drastic change. The Congressional Budget Office has produced a series of scores for the evolving Republican health care bill that continually shows millions of Americans losing health coverage under the plans.

Trump promises to reform the tax system and create a huge infrastructure bill have been stymied by the continuing failures to progress with health care. (IBT)

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Biafran Delegate To Meet President Donald Trump Tomorrow |The Republican News

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The Biafran delegate in the company of their two attorneys will meet President Donald Trump and other White House officials tomorrow, 21st July 2017.
 
The details of the meeting and topic covered will be widely serialised by THE REPUBLICAN NEWS during and after the meeting.
 
This is the very first time Biafrans are being invited by the government or President of any country to hear their grievances with regard to their push for an independent state of Biafra.
This meeting could be a big turning point for the Biafran secessionist group.
 
Whatever transpires in this meeting could be a game changer for the entire struggle.
 
It could be recalled that the United States has stated its support for one United Nigeria, a message passed on by its ambassador to Nigeria.
 
But, it could also be recalled that the United States was indeed against the formation of the state of Israel but later agreed to it.
Could the same fate befall Biafra? The preamble to that question could be addressed in this first meeting with Biafrans in the White House tomorrow.
 
For the fact that this meeting is scheduled and the White House agreed to grant such audience to Biafrans is a giant step for Biafra.
 

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BREAKING NEWS: White House Press Secretary, Sean Spicer Resigns

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The White House Press Secretary, Mr Sean Spicer has resigned his job under President Donald Trump, says a report reaching The Republican News from sources in the White House.

There have been calls before now by some outspoken Republicans to President Trump to get Sean Spicer fired.

This is a developing story and we will bring later the details.

DETAILS LATER……….

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Trump ‘Disgraced’ As Obamacare Stays |The Republican News

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GOP Sens. Jerry Moran (Kan.) and Mike Lee (Utah) announced, on Monday night, that they would not support taking up a bill repealing and replacing ObamaCare, effectively blocking the legislation.

Their decision means Republicans in the Senate are well short of having the support to pass their legislation, and raises serious questions about whether President Trump would reach his goal of ending ObamaCare.

In light of Monday’s challenges, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell(R-Ky.) said the Senate will try to separate ObamaCare repeal and replacement, closing the door on the chamber’s current healthcare legislation.

“In the coming days, the Senate will vote to take up the House bill with the first amendment in order being what a majority of the Senate has already supported in 2015 and that was vetoed by then-President Obama: a repeal of Obamacare with a two-year delay to provide for a stable transition period,” McConnell said in a statement.

The move means Senate Republicans will try to repeal and replace ObamaCare separately, reverting to a plan Senate GOP leadership initially proposed earlier this year, but had to abandon due to lack of support.

In announcing their opposition to the Senate draft, Moran and Lee both said the bill failed to do enough to lower premiums.

“This closed-door process has yielded the [bill], which fails to repeal the Affordable Care Act or address healthcare’s rising costs. For the same reasons I could not support the previous version of this bill, I cannot support this one,” Moran said in a statement.

He added that the Senate “must now start fresh with an open legislative process,” an indication that relatively minor changes to the current bill would not be enough to win his support. It may also indicate he wants hearings on a bill, which was absent from the process on the current measure.

Highlighting the challenges faced by McConnell, Lee argued the measure is not conservative enough, tugging in the opposite direction from moderates.

“In addition to not repealing all of the Obamacare taxes, it doesn’t go far enough in lowering premiums for middle-class families; nor does it create enough free space from the most costly Obamacare regulations,” the Utah Republican said in a statement.

Lee added on Twitter that he and Moran would not support proceeding to “this version” of the Senate GOP legislation, known as the Better Care Reconciliation Act, leaving the door open to additional changes.

Lee warned that a controversial amendment from Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) included in the bill does not go far enough. That amendment allows insurers to sell plans that don’t fulfil ObamaCare’s coverage mandates if they also sell plans that do.

Lee’s announcement came after he distanced himself late last week from the Cruz-negotiated provision, which was a spin-off of an amendment he initially worked out with the Texas senator. But the Utah Republican quickly said that he had not “seen it or agreed to it.”

Lee objects that the amendment still does not repeal ObamaCare’s requirement that healthy and sick people be grouped in a “single risk pool,” which he says would undermine the effectiveness of the amendment.

Moderates, many health experts and major health insurance companies are warning that premiums would spike for the people remaining in the ObamaCare plans. Any move by McConnell to address Lee’s concerns and move the bill further to the right would risk losing the support of key moderate senators, many of whom are already wary of the legislation.

The Monday evening announcement put four GOP senators officially on record against the bill and left McConnell without enough support to bring up it to the floor, forcing him to seek a plan b.

With a slim 52-seat majority, he could only afford to lose two GOP senators and Sens. Susan Collins (Maine) and Rand Paul (Ky.) were already expected to vote no.

In a tweet, President Trump said “Republicans should just REPEAL failing ObamaCare now & work on a new Healthcare Plan that will start from a clean slate,” adding that, “Dems will join in!” (TheHill)

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Donald Trump Told By Party Member To ‘Remove His Children From The White House’

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Donald Trump should remove his children from the presidential administration, a congressman from his own party has said.

Representative Bill Flores of Texas said: “I’m going out on a limb here – but I would say I think it would be in the president’s best interest if he removed all his children from the White House.

“Not only Donald Trump [Jr] but Ivanka and Jared Kushner,” the Republican politician told Texas TV station KBTX. Mr Trump’s daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Mr Kushner both hold posts as his senior advisors.

The advice comes after the release on Tuesday of an incendiary series of emails showing that Mr Trump Jr worked to arrange a meeting between Mr Kushner and a Russian lawyer who claimed to hold potentially incriminating material about Hillary Clinton.

“I do find issues with the meeting, that it’s a meeting that should not have taken place,” said Rep. Flores on KBTX.

“I think he probably thought he was looking out for his father’s best interests.”

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Rep. Flores later clarified his comments in a statement.

“Through no fault of their own, the presence of President Trump’s adult children in the White House has caused some distractions from the work the Trump administration is doing on behalf of hardworking American families,” Flores said in the statement.

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“Given the liberal media’s unwavering scrutiny of the Trump administration, it may be beneficial for the president to do all he can to remove any distractions from the administration so that he can focus on our conservative agenda.”

President Trump defended his children this week, saying in Paris on Thursday: “My son is a wonderful young man. He took a meeting with a Russian lawyer, not a government lawyer, but a Russian lawyer.”  (Evening Standard)

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