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The Woman Behind Donald Trump’s Twitter Obsession Revealed |The Republican News

Karishma Sarkari
Ivana Trump                                                 Ivana Trump

 

President Trump’s tweets are the source of many late night TV monologues.

But it seems Donald Trump’s Twitter obsession is thanks to his first wife, Ivana Trump.

In an upcoming interview on CBS’s Sunday Morning, the 68-year-old tells journalist Jim Axelrod she gave him the idea of getting his message out using social media during the election.

“I said, ‘I think you should tweet. It’s a new way, a new technology.

“‘And if you want to get your words across rightly, without telling the New York Times, which is going to twist every single word of yours, this is how you get your message out’.”

When asked what she makes of the US President’s constant tweets and rants, which has drawn plenty of criticism from across the globe, Ivana says her ex-husband is on the money

                © Provided by Nine Digital Pty LtdDonald Trump’s Twitter obsession has been highly criticised by people from all across the globe. Image: Twitter

 

“Well, it’s a tweeting president. This is his new way, how to put the message across. And he’s right,” she told Axelrod.

On Thursday however, it came to light that the President may not, in fact, be the one posting his own tweets.

The theory ironically puts out on Twitter by political journalist Joe Perticone, shows Trump’s social media director Dan Scavino Jr posting a duplicate tweet, complete with the ‘FAKE NEWS’ hashtag.

Scavino, who has previously insisted the President tweets for himself, has since deleted the double up from his account, leaving just the version on Trump’s account.

Meanwhile, also during the interview to air this Sunday, Ivana revealed that like her daughter Ivanka Trump — an advisor to her father — she too has been offered a position by her ex, whom she still speaks to on a weekly basis.
 © Provided by Nine Digital Pty LtdIvana was the President’s first of three wives but the pair remain close and still speak once a week. Image: Getty

 

“I was just offered to be the American ambassador to the Czech Republic,” she said.

“Donald told me. He said, ‘Ivana if you want it, I give it to you. But I like my freedom.

“I like to do what I want to do, go wherever I want to go with whomever I want to go. And I can afford my lifestyle.”

Ivana reveals she turned down the role because she doesn’t want to say goodbye to spending winters in Miami and summers in St Tropez, or interrupt her jet-setting lifestyle.

© Provided by Nine Digital Pty LtdThe 68-year-old revealed she has been offered a position by her ex-husband but turned it down to enjoy her jet-setting lifestyle. Image: AAP

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North Korea: Trump Says He Is Prepared To Take ‘Devastating’ Military Action To End Tensions

Clark Mindock

 Donald Trump says that the US is ready with a “military option” to end the escalating crisis with North Korea that would be devastating for Pyongyang.

“We are totally prepared for the second option, not a preferred option,” Mr Trump said at a White House news conference alongside Spain’s prime minister. “But if we take that option, it will be devastating, I can tell you that, devastating for North Korea. That’s called the military option. If we have to take it, we will.”

The President proceeded to say that North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho – who said over the weekend that it was “inevitable” that North Korean rockets would hit the US mainland – was acting “very badly, saying things that should never be said.”                       (The Independent)

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Trump Tweets: If North Korea Tries ‘Rocket Man Threat’, There Won’t Be N’Korea Much Longer

 

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Twitter on Saturday North Korea’s Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho and leader Kim Jong Un “won’t be around much longer” if Ri echoed the thoughts of “Little Rocket Man,” an apparent reference to Kim.

Ri told the United Nations General Assembly earlier on Saturday that targeting the U.S. mainland with its rockets was inevitable after “Mr Evil President” Trump called Pyongyang’s leader “rocket man.”

“Just heard Foreign Minister of North Korea speak at U.N. If he echoes thoughts of Little Rocket Man, they won’t be around much longer!” Trump tweeted.

Trump and Kim have traded increasingly threatening and personal insults as Pyongyang races towards its goal of developing a nuclear-tipped missile capable of reaching the United States – something Trump has vowed to prevent.

U.S. President Donald Trump         © REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein U.S. President Donald Trump  

In an unprecedented direct statement on Friday, Kim described Trump as a “mentally deranged U.S. dotard” whom he would tame with fire. His comments came after Trump threatened in his maiden UN address on Thursday to “totally destroy” the country of 26 million people.

It was not clear from Trump’s latest tweet if he was referring to Ri and Kim, or North Korea more broadly.

North Korea conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear bomb test on Sept. 3, prompting another round of U.N. sanctions. Pyongyang said on Friday it might test a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific Ocean.

“It is only a forlorn hope to consider any chance that the DPRK (North Korea) would be shaken an inch or change its stance due to the harsher sanctions by the hostile forces,” Ri told the UN General Assembly on Saturday.

U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer bombers escorted by fighters flew in international airspace over waters east of North Korea on Saturday in a show of force the Pentagon said indicated the range of military options available to Trump.   (Reuters)

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Clinton: Trump Has ‘Been Even Worse Than I thought He Would Be’

Julia Manchester
Clinton on Trump presidency: ‘He’s been even worse than I thought he would be’© Provided by The Hill Clinton on Trump presidency: ‘He’s been even worse than I thought he would be’  

Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton slammed President Trump on Saturday, saying his presidency is worse than she expected it would be.

“I really had such deep doubts about his preparation, his temperament, his character, his experience, but he’s been even worse than I thought he would be,” Clinton told MSNBC’s Joy Reid on “AM Joy.”

“I tried in my concession speech to make clear that we should all give him the space to be president for every American. That’s what we want from our presidents, regardless of our partisan differences, we want to feel like the person in the oval office really cares about and is looking after everybody,” she continued.

“And that just hasn’t turned out to be the case, starting with our inauguration, which is how I opened the book talking about how excruciating it was to go and what a missed opportunity for him because all he did was reinforce the dark, divisive image of America that he’d been feeding to his supporters.”

Clinton’s comments come as she promotes her new book “What Happened,” which documents her experience during the 2016 presidential campaign and her shocking electoral loss to Trump.

The former Democratic nominee has not shied away from criticizing Trump’s policies in the book and in public, recently slamming him for his rhetoric toward North Korea.

Trump has also taken aim at Clinton in recent days, tweeting an edited video of him hitting her with a golf ball and blasting her criticism of his debut speech to the United Nations General Assembly.

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North Korean Kim Says He Will ‘Tame The Mentally Retarded U.S. Dotard With Fire’ |RN

David Nakamura, Anne Gearan
NEW YORK — President Trump on Thursday announced new financial sanctions targeting North Korea as his administration seeks to build international support for more aggressively confronting the rogue nation, whose escalating nuclear and ballistic missile capabilities have reached what U.S. officials consider a crisis point.

The new penalties seek to leverage the dominance of the U.S. financial system by forcing nations, foreign companies and individuals to choose whether to do business with the United States or the comparatively tiny economy of North Korea. U.S. officials acknowledged that like other sanctions, these may not deter North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s drive to threaten the United States with a nuclear weapon, but is aimed at slowing him down.

Kim on Thursday reacted angrily to Trump’s remarks and actions this week, calling the president a “mentally deranged U.S. dotard” and Trump’s earlier speech at the U.N. “unprecedented rude nonsense.” Kim said that he was now thinking hard about how to respond.

U.S. President Donald Trump addresses the General Debate of the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly at the UN headquarters in New York, Sept. 19, 2017.© (Xinhua/Li Muzi via Getty Images) U.S. President Donald Trump addresses the General Debate of the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly at the UN headquarters in New York, Sept. 19, 2017.  

“I will make the man holding the prerogative of the supreme command in the U.S. pay dearly for his speech,” Kim said in a statement released by the official Korean Central News Agency, which also published a photo of the North Korean leader sitting at his desk holding a piece of paper.

“I am now thinking hard about what response he could have expected when he allowed such eccentric words to trip off his tongue. Whatever Trump might have expected, he will face results beyond his expectation,” Kim said, saying that he would “tame” Trump “with fire.”

Trump’s executive order grants the Treasury Department additional authority that Trump said would help cut off international trade and financing that Kim’s dictatorship uses to support its banned weapons programs.

“North Korea’s nuclear program is a grave threat to peace and security in our world, and it is unacceptable that others financially support this criminal, rogue regime,” Trump said in brief public remarks during a meeting with the leaders of South Korea and Japan to discuss strategy to confront Pyongyang.

He added that the United States continues to seek a “complete denuclearization of North Korea.”

Significantly, Trump also said that Chinese President Xi Jinping had ordered Chinese banks to cease conducting business with North Korean entities. Trump praised Xi, calling the move “very bold” and “somewhat unexpected.”

China is North Korea’s chief ally and economic lifeline. Some 90 percent of North Korean economic activity involves China, and Chinese entities are the main avenue for North Korea’s very limited financial transactions in the global economy. China is also suspected of turning a blind eye to some of the smuggling and sanctions-busting operations that have allowed Pyongyang to rapidly develop sophisticated long-range missiles despite international prohibitions on parts and technology.

 All U.N. sanctions have to be acceptable to China, which holds veto power. China’s recent willingness to punish its fellow communist state signals strong disapproval of North Korea’s international provocations, but China and fellow U.N. Security Council member Russia have also opposed some of the toughest economic measures that could be applied, such as banking restrictions that would affect Chinese and other financial institutions.“We continue to call on all responsible nations to enforce and implement sanctions,” Trump said.

Trump’s announcement came as he has sought to rally international support for confronting Pyongyang during four days of meetings here at the U.N. General Assembly. In a speech to the world body Tuesday, Trump threatened to “totally destroy” the North if necessary and referred derisively to Kim as “Rocket Man.” But the president and his aides have emphasized that they are continuing to do what they can to put economic and diplomatic pressure on North Korea to avoid a military conflict.

“We don’t want war,” U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley told reporters. “At the same time, we’re not going to run scared. If for any reason North Korea attacks the United States or our allies, we’re going to respond.

The new executive order signals the U.S. willingness to take a more aggressive approach to cutting off world trade with North Korea, even if other countries such as China aren’t willing partners in sanctions because it would allow the United States to economically punish businesses anywhere in the world.

The executive order “opens the door for the U.S. to unilaterally enforce a trade embargo against North Korea,” said Joseph DeThomas, a former State Department official who focused on North Korea and Iran and is now a professor of international affairs at Pennsylvania State University. “It gives us the power to play that game if we wish to.”

In the past, Chinese officials have objected to suggestions that the United States could punish foreign companies trading with North Korea, but there are signs that China and the United States are becoming more agreeable on North Korea.

“The positive comments about China when [Trump] made the announcement indicates that there’s some good cooperation rather than confrontation,” DeThomas said.

DeThomas warned, however, that even if sanctions are adopted and enforced, the way ahead will be difficult, because North Korea may feel it has little choice, given the president’s bellicosity at the United Nations, but to proceed with its weapons program despite the pain of an embargo“If we stick with sanctions, it’s going to be a long ugly haul with lots of humanitarian costs,” DeThomas said.

“If we stick with sanctions, it’s going to be a long ugly haul with lots of humanitarian costs,” DeThomas said.A White House fact sheet said that under the executive order,

A White House fact sheet said that under the executive order, airplanes or ships that have visited North Korea will be banned for 180 days from visiting the United States, a move to crack down on illicit trade.

“This significantly expands Treasury’s authority to target those who enable this regime … wherever they are located,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said.

U.S. officials say there is still time and room for diplomacy if North Korea shows that talking could be productive. Other countries, including China and Russia, are pressing Washington to make a greater effort toward talks and an eventual bargain that could buy Kim out of his weapons without toppling his regime.

The shape of a possible deal has been evident for years, but Kim has raised the stakes, and perhaps the price, with his rapid development toward the capability to launch a nuclear-equipped intercontinental ballistic missile at U.S. territory.

Asked why North Korea might entertain such an international deal when Trump appears poised to undermine a similar one with Iran, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said a North Korea deal would be designed very differently.

“While the threat is the same — it’s nuclear weapons — the issues surrounding North Korea are very different than the issues surrounding Iran,” Tillerson said Wednesday. “Iran is a large nation, 60 million people; North Korea is a smaller nation, the hermit kingdom, living in isolation. Very different set of circumstances that would be the context and also the contours of an agreement with North Korea, many aspects of which don’t apply between the two.”

In recent weeks, the Security Council has approved two rounds of economic sanctions but also left room for further penalties. For example, the sanctions put limits on the nation’s oil imports but did not impose a full embargo, as the United States has suggested it supports. The Trump administration has signalled it also wants a full ban on the practice of sending North Korean workers abroad for payments that largely go to the government in Pyongyang.

“We are witnessing a very dangerous confrontation spiral,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in a speech to the United Nations, filling in for President Vladimir Putin, who skipped the forum. “We resolutely condemn the nuclear missile adventures of Pyongyang in violation of Security Council resolutions. But military hysteria is not just an impasse; it’s disaster … There is no alternative to political and diplomatic ways of settling the nuclear situation on the Korean Peninsula.”

Mnuchin emphasized that “this action is in no way specifically directed at China,” and he said he called Chinese officials to inform them ahead of the U.S. announcement.

Mnuchin also said the unilateral U.S. action is not a rejection of separate Security Council sanctions and the international diplomacy they require. Similar to unilateral U.S. sanctions on Iran applied during the Obama administration, the new U.S. restrictions seek to leverage the power of the U.S. financial system.

“Foreign financial institutions are now on notice that going forward, they can choose to do business with the United States or with North Korea, but not both,” Mnuchin said.

Sitting down with South Korean President Moon Jae-in before the trilateral discussion with Japan, Trump said the nations are “making a lot of progress.”

Moon praised Trump’s speech to the United Nations, saying through a translator that “North Korea has continued to make provocations and this is extremely deplorable and this has angered both me and our people, but the U.S. has responded firmly and in a very good way.”

The Security Council had also applied tough new export penalties in August, and Tillerson said Wednesday that there are signs those restrictions are having an economic effect.

“We have some indications that there are beginning to appear evidence of fuel shortages,” Tillerson said in a briefing for reporters. “And look, we knew that these sanctions were going to take some time to be felt because we knew the North Koreans … had basically stockpiled a lot of inventory early in the year when they saw the new administration coming in, in anticipation of things perhaps changing. So I think what we’re seeing is a combined effect of these inventories are now being exhausted and the supply coming in has been reduced.”

There is no sign, however, that economic penalties are having any effect on the behaviour of the Kim regime and its calculation that nuclear tests and other provocations will ensure its protection or raise the price of any eventual settlement with the United States and other nations.

Trump said the United States had been working on the North Korea problem for 25 years, but he asserted that previous administrations had “done nothing, which is why we are in the problem we are in today.”

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

Roisin O’Connor
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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

trump-north-korea.jpgPeople walk by a TV screen showing a local news program reporting with an image of U.S. President Donald Trump at the Seoul Train Station in Seoul, South Korea on 9 Aug 2017. AP Photo/Lee Jin-man

 

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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