Trump Gives Liberians One Year To Quit US

US President Donald Trump decided Tuesday to end the protected status of thousands of Liberian migrants to the United States and gave them a year to leave the country.

It’s the latest of similar moves, after more than 250,000 Salvadorans, Haitians and Nicaraguans lost their protected status under an administration which has made cracking down on immigration a priority.

In 1991, when the West African country was in the grip of civil war, some Liberians living in the US were given “temporary protected status” to allow them to remain in safety.

Then in 1999 approximately 10,000 of them were made eligible for “deferred enforced departure,” or DED, by then-president Bill Clinton, allowing them to continue to build new lives.

Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama have periodically renewed the DED status, but Trump has now decided to allow it to expire, deeming Liberia safe for returnees.

Trump has taken a tough stance on immigration in general and, in reported private conversations, an even tougher stance on Africans from what he has reportedly deemed “shithole countries.”

The latest grace period expires on March 31, but Trump said in a letter to the Department of Homeland Security that he would accord the Liberians a 12-month “wind-down” period to prepare their departure.

“Through consultation with appropriate executive departments and agencies and my advisors, I have been informed that conditions in Liberia have improved,” Trump wrote.

“Liberia is no longer experiencing armed conflict and has made significant progress in restoring stability and democratic governance,” he argued.

Trump admitted that the 2014 outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa had brought “tragic loss of life and economic damage” to Liberia, one of the world’s poorest countries after years of civil war.

But he declared himself satisfied with Liberia’s progress in tackling the disease.

 

It is not clear how many of the original 10,000 DED recipients may have died, moved on voluntarily or been granted another form of legal US residency — but the rest face an uncertain future.

Opponents of Trump’s move warned it would uproot many who had made new and productive lives for themselves in the United States.

Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar, a Democrat, noted on Twitter that, thanks to the previous presidents’ DED extensions, the Liberians had been living in the United States legally since 1992.

“Many work in Minnesota hospitals and nursing homes,” she wrote. “I won’t give up this fight. We have a year.”

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Trade War Causes Dip in Stocks of US, China

The trade war ignited by U.S President Donald Trump against China has caused a dip in the stock markets of both countries.

The Dow Jones industrial average dropped more than 700 points as investors worried that trade tensions between the world’s largest economies would escalate, MSN reports on Friday.

The planned sanctions include tariffs on $60 billion worth of Chinese imports as well as restrictions on Chinese investments.

Mr Trump said he is taking those steps in response to theft of American technology but the Chinese government was quick to confirm it will defend itself.

Investors are worried that trade tensions would hurt US companies and harm the world economy.

On Thursday they fled stocks and bought bonds, which sent bond prices higher and yields lower.

With interest rates falling, banks took some of the worst losses. Technology and industrial companies, basic materials makers and healthcare companies also fell sharply.

Peter Donisanu, an investment strategy analyst for the Wells Fargo Investment Institute, said the risk of a damaging trade war is still low because the Trump administration is targeting specific goods that are not central to China’s economy.

That could change if it puts tariffs on products like electronics or appliances imported from China.

President Xi Jinping of China
President Xi Jinping,
Reuters also reports that war between the world’s two largest economies jolted China’s markets on Friday, with the country’s main stock indexes tumbling the most in six weeks, while bond yields fell as investors rushed into less risky assets.

But in contrast to stock market ructions, the country’s currency markets remained quiet, with analysts expecting that any Chinese response to U.S. trade actions is unlikely to include changes in its foreign exchange policy.

China shares fell sharply after Beijing unveiled plans for tariffs on up to $3 billion of U.S. imports in retaliation to U.S. duties on Chinese steel and aluminium products went into effect on Friday.

China urged the United States to “pull back from the brink”, while its embassy in Washington vowed Beijing would “fight to the end” in any trade war with the United States.

The Shanghai Composite index closed down 3.6 percent at 3,152.76 points, its lowest close since Feb 9.

China’s blue-chip CSI300 index was down 2.9 percent at 3,891.47, its lowest close since Feb. 12.

Donald Trump Doesn’t Use Condoms- Karen McDougal

The president of the United States is not immune to the sexual scandals that have rocked every sector in the country since early last year. Porn star Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal have been in the news more frequently as news men try to dig into the life of the President.

Karen McDougal , the Playboy playmate who allegedly had an affair with Donald Trump, has granted an interview with CNN saying he didn’t use protection during their romps because he didn’t like them.

While speaking to CNN’s Anderson she said: “We talked about it. Right beforehand, he was starting to (use protection) and then he said ‘I don’t like these things.’ ” The affair allegedly began in 2006, shortly after the birth of Trump and Melania’s son Barron.

Karen said she dumped Trump months later because she felt guilty about being the other woman. She also claimed she thought Melania “maybe” knew about the affair, after hearing that Melania and Donald Trump had argued after her first and only encounter with Melania.

She explained: “I was just feeling so guilty. It was just digging inside me. I just started feeling so bad about myself.”

 

Trump Rolls Back Blanket Ban On Military Transgender Individuals

US President Donald Trump late Friday rolled back his blanket ban on transgender people serving in the military — but they will still face major restrictions in the American armed forces.

Trump signed a memorandum in August that effectively barred transgender people from the military but the ban faced multiple legal challenges.

The White House has now come back with a modified version of the original plan — as with Trump’s efforts to ban travelers from several Muslim-majority countries, which was repeatedly challenged in court.

“I hereby revoke my memorandum of August 25, 2017, ‘Military Service by Transgender Individuals,’ and any other directive I may have made with respect to military service by transgender individuals,” Trump’s new memorandum said.

Trump instead sought to shift responsibility to two of his cabinet secretaries.

“The Secretary of Defense, and the Secretary of Homeland Security, with respect to the US Coast Guard, may exercise their authority to implement any appropriate policies concerning military service by transgender individuals,” the memorandum said.

Trump’s memorandum said the two cabinet secretaries recommended people diagnosed with gender dysphoria be barred from military service.

The Defense Department released a copy of a report with further details on the restrictions outlined in the memorandum.

“Transgender persons who have not transitioned to another gender and do not have a history or current diagnosis of gender dysphoria… are eligible for service” if they meet mental and physical health standards and “are capable of adhering to the standards associated with their biological sex,” the report said.

People who have undergone gender transition treatment are barred because it may not “fully remedy… the mental health problems associated with gender dysphoria,” the report said, also noting the time required for treatment.

‘Many’ could be disqualified

“Although the precise number is unknown, the department recognizes that many transgender persons could be disqualified under this policy,” it said.

The number of transgender troops among America’s approximately 1.3 million active duty service members is fairly small, with estimates topping out at 15,000.

There are some exceptions to the restrictions: people who have a history of gender dysphoria may join the military if they “can demonstrate 36 consecutive months of stability — i.e. absence of gender dysphoria — immediately preceding their application,” the report said.

And those diagnosed with gender dysphoria after joining the military who do “not require gender transition” may remain.

There is also an exception for people currently in the military who were diagnosed with gender dysphoria between the implementation of an Obama-era policy allowing transgender people to serve and the start of the new Trump administration policy.

The American Civil Liberties Union rights group condemned the new policy, calling it “transphobia masquerading as policy.”

“This policy is not based on an evaluation of new evidence,” the ACLU’s Joshua Block said in a statement. “It is reverse-engineered for the sole purpose of carrying out President Trump’s reckless and unconstitutional ban, undermining the ability of transgender service members to serve openly and military readiness as a whole.”

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“The policy effectively coerces transgender people who wish to serve into choosing between their humanity and their country.”

The Human Rights Campaign, a major LGBTQ rights group, also took aim at the restrictions.

“There is simply no way to spin it, the Trump-Pence Administration is going all in on its discriminatory, unconstitutional and despicable ban on transgender troops,” the organization’s president Chad Griffin said.

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Donald Trump Makes Another Drastic Change In Cabinet

U.S. President Donald Trump has again fired another vital member of his cabinet and immediately created a replacement. He announced the replacement of his National Security Adviser, Gen. Herbert McMaster, with former U.S. Ambassador to the UN, John Bolton.

This announcement was made through his Twitter handle that McMaster would handover to Bolton on April 9.

“I am pleased to announce that, effective 4/9/18, @AmbJohnBolton will be my new National Security Advisor.

“I am very thankful for the service of General H.R. McMaster who has done an outstanding job & will always remain my friend.

“There will be an official contact handover on 4/9”, Trump announced in a tweet.

However, McMaster said in a statement released by the White House that he was leaving the position following his retirement from the U.S. Army.

“After 34 years of service to our nation, I am requesting retirement from the U.S. Army effective this summer after which I will leave public service.

“Throughout my career it has been my greatest privilege to serve alongside extraordinary service members and dedicated civilians.

“I am thankful to President Donald J. Trump for the opportunity to serve him and our nation as national security advisor.

“I am grateful for the friendship and support of the members of the National Security Council who worked together to provide the President with the best options to protect and advance our national interests”.

McMaster served for about a year following the exit of his predecessor, Michael Flynn, who resigned amid controversy over his contact with Russian officials within a month in the job.

Trump’s was rumoured to sack McMaster last week but White House came out to deny it.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders while denying the claims on Twitter, stated that the pair had a “good working relationship”.

Sanders said: “Just spoke to Donald Trump and Gen. H.R. McMaster – contrary to reports they have a good working relationship and there are no changes at the National Security Council.”

McMaster’s exit followed a string of reported disagreements between the him and the President, particularly, the relationship between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Trump reportedly failed to develop good relations with McMaster after complaining that he was “too rigid” and his “briefings go on for too long”.

Following the dismissal of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, the president had declared that he was “very close” to having the Cabinet he wanted.

He said: “I’m really at a point where we’re getting very close to having the Cabinet and other things that I want.

“There will always be change and I think you want to see change; I want to also see different ideas,” he said

 

Zuckerberg Breaks Five Day Silence To Apologize For Breach

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has apologized for a “major breach of trust,” while admitting mistakes and outlined steps to protect user data in light of a privacy scandal involving a Trump-connected data-mining firm.

“I am really sorry that happened,” Zuckerberg said of the scandal involving data mining firm Cambridge Analytica. Facebook has a “responsibility” to protect its users’ data, If it fails, “we don’t deserve to have the opportunity to serve people.” he said in a Wednesday interview on CNN.

His mea culpa on cable television came a few hours after he acknowledged his company’s mistakes in a Facebook post , but without saying he was sorry.

Recall that news broke Friday that Cambridge may have used data improperly obtained from roughly 50 million Facebook users to try to sway elections. Cambridge’s clients included Donald Trump’s general-election campaign.

Facebook shares have dropped some 8 percent, lopping about $46 billion off the company’s market value, since the revelations were first published.

In the CNN interview, Zuckerberg offered equivocal and carefully hedged answers to two other questions. He said, for instance, that he would be “happy” to testify before Congress, but only if it was “the right thing to do.” He went on to note that many other Facebook officials might be more appropriate witnesses depending on what Congress wanted to know.

Similarly, the Facebook chief seemed at one point to favor regulation for Facebook and other internet giants — at least the “right” kind of rules, he said, such as ones that require online political ads to disclose who paid for them. In almost the next breath, however, Zuckerberg steered clear of endorsing a bill that would write such rules into federal law, and instead talked up Facebook’s own voluntary efforts on that front.

Even before the scandal broke, Facebook has already taken the most important steps to prevent a recurrence, Zuckerberg said. For example, in 2014, it reduced access outside apps had to user data. However, some of the measures didn’t take effect until a year later, allowing Cambridge to access the data in the intervening months.

Zuckerberg acknowledged that there is more to do.

In his Facebook post, Zuckerberg said it will ban developers who don’t agree to an audit. An app’s developer will no longer have access to data from people who haven’t used that app in three months. Data will also be generally limited to user names, profile photos and email, unless the developer signs a contract with Facebook and gets user approval.

In a separate post, Facebook said it will inform people whose data was misused by apps. Facebook first learned of this breach of privacy more than two years ago, but hadn’t mentioned it publicly until Friday.

The company said it was “building a way” for people to know if their data was accessed by “This Is Your Digital Life,” the psychological-profiling quiz app that researcher Aleksandr Kogan created and paid about 270,000 people to take part in. Cambridge Analytica later obtained information from the app for about 50 million Facebook users, as the app also vacuumed up data on people’s friends — including those who never downloaded the app or gave explicit consent.

Chris Wylie, a Cambridge co-founder who left in 2014, has said one of the firm’s goals was to influence people’s perceptions by injecting content, some misleading or false, all around them. It’s not clear whether Facebook would be able to tell users whether they had seen such content.

Cambridge has shifted the blame to Kogan, which the firm described as a contractor. Kogan described himself as a scapegoat.

Kogan, a psychology researcher at Cambridge University, told the BBC that both Facebook and Cambridge Analytica have tried to place the blame on him, even though the firm ensured him that everything he did was legal.

“One of the great mistakes I did here was I just didn’t ask enough questions,” he said. “I had never done a commercial project. I didn’t really have any reason to doubt their sincerity. That’s certainly something I strongly regret now.”

He said the firm paid some $800,000 for the work, but it went to participants in the survey.

“My motivation was to get a dataset I could do research on,” he said. “I have never profited from this in any way personally.”

Authorities in Britain and the United States are investigating.

David Carroll, a professor at Parsons School of Design in New York who sued Cambridge Analytica in the U.K., said he was not satisfied with Zuckerberg’s response, but acknowledged that “this is just the beginning.”

He said it was “insane” that Facebook had yet to take legal action against Cambridge parent SCL Group over the inappropriate data use. Carroll himself sued Cambridge Friday to recover data on him that the firm had obtained.

Sandy Parakilas, who worked in data protection for Facebook in 2011 and 2012, told a U.K. parliamentary committee Wednesday that the company was vigilant about its network security but lax when it came to protecting users’ data.

He said personal data including email addresses and in some cases private messages was allowed to leave Facebook servers with no real controls on how the data was used after that.

“The real challenge here is that Facebook was allowing developers to access the data of people who hadn’t explicitly authorized that,” he said, adding that the company had “lost sight” of what developers did with the data.

 

Lie-Detector Test Shows Porn Star Stormy Daniels Is Being Truthful

A lie-detector test taken by former porn star Stormy Daniels has shown she’s telling the truth about the affair between her and Donald Trump when Melania Trump was still recovering from the birth of their son.

Diels whose real name Stephanie Clifford took the test on May 19, 2011, in Las Vegas. The Wall Street Journal got a copy of the report by polygrapher Ronald Slay.

According to reports Stormy took the lie-detector test back then as part of an agreement to sell her story to Life & Style magazine for $15,000. But the interview with Life & Style wasn’t published at that time and Stormy was never paid, according to people familiar with the matter.

Polygrapher Ronald Slay said in the report that he found Ms. Clifford’s responses about having unprotected sex with Mr. Trump in July 2006 to be truthful. His report said the test was inconclusive about the truth of her statement that Mr. Trump had promised her a spot on his reality show, “The Apprentice”.

Stephanie Clifford’s lawyer, Michael Avenatti, paid $25,000 on Monday to buy the rights to video footage of the former porn actress taking a lie-detector test about an alleged sexual encounter with President Donald Trump, the polygraph examiner who administered the test said.

In January, it was reported that Ms. Clifford had been paid $130,000 in October 2016 by President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, in exchange for signing a nondisclosure agreement about the alleged affair. The White House and Mr. Cohen have denied any affair occurred between Ms. Clifford.

Avenatti said: “Long before Mr. Trump announced his candidacy for the presidency, Ms. Clifford passed a lie detector test confirming her relationship with Mr. Trump. Where are his test results claiming otherwise? Where are Mr. Cohen’s test results claiming otherwise? When this is over, the American people will know the truth about the relationship and the cover-up.”

In an interview with NBC News today, Avenatti confirmed that he paid $25,000 to purchase the video of the polygraph exam along with related documentation.

“The reason why we did that was because we caught wind of the fact that there were number of third parties, some in the mainstream media, that were attempting to purchase the video and the file for use in what I would describe as nefarious activities,” Avenatti said. “We purchased the materials and the video to make sure that they were maintained from an evidentiary standpoint for potential use in the case.”

Stormy is now locked in a legal battle with Trump and his team over a nondisclosure agreement she signed shortly before the 2016 election in exchange for $130,000. Her lawyer told MSNBC on Friday that she had been threatened with physical harm if she talked about her interactions with Trump.

 

Trump Tweets On Robert Mueller’s Russian-Election Meddling Affair

US President Donald Trump on Sunday attacked special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s election meddling as unfair, insisting the probe is staffed with “hardened” Democrats.
“Does anyone think this is fair? And yet, there is NO COLLUSION!” Trump tweeted.

The salvo was the latest in an intensifying confrontation over Mueller’s probe into whether Trump’s campaign colluded with Russian attempts to sway the 2016 election in his favor.

The president also took aim at former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe, who was fired Friday two days before he was due to retire, and former FBI director James Comey, who Trump sacked last year over the Russia probe.

Until now, the president has steered clear of directly attacking Mueller, the former FBI director who took over the Russia probe after Comey’s firing May 9, 2017.

“Why does the Mueller team have 13 hardened Democrats, some big Crooked Hillary supporters, and Zero Republicans? Another Dem recently added,” Trump said.

Widely respected in both political camps, Mueller was appointed FBI chief by the Republican president George W. Bush, and kept on under the Democrat Barack Obama.

Lawmakers have repeatedly warned that any attempt by the president to oust him as special counsel would cross a red line.

In earlier tweets, Trump accused Comey of lying under oath in congressional testimony and dismissed as “fake memos” contemporaneous notes McCabe and Comey took of their interactions with the president.

Those memos could be fodder for Mueller’s probe if he is pursuing potential obstruction of justice by the president.

“Spent very little time with Andrew McCabe, but he never took notes when he was with me. I don’t believe he made memos except to help his own agenda, probably at a later date. Same with lying James Comey.”

After his firing, McCabe said he was the victim of a Trump administration “war” against the FBI and the special counsel.

Comey has pushed back as well. “Mr President, the American people will hear my story very soon. And they can judge for themselves who is honorable and who is not,” he tweeted on Saturday.

America Doesn’t Deserve A President Like Trump – Hillary

America’s ex-Secretary of State and ex-Democratic presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton, has said her country does not deserve a President like Donald Trump, describing the situation as “perilous times.”

Hillary made the statement at the weekend at a conference in Mumbai, India.

She said Trump had “quite an affinity for dictators” and that the American president “really likes their authoritarian posturing and behaviour.”

Appearing to still be smarting from her defeat by Trump in the 2016 election, Hillary decried what was reported as Trump’s “reality campaign tactics,” saying perhaps she would have won more votes if she had also “provided more entertainment to voters who responded to Trump’s brash style.”

“She also believes former FBI director James Comey’s October 28, 2016 letter to Congress about her private email server cost her support from white women voters,” Washington Post reported.

 

Popular Porn Star Stormy Daniels Offers To Refund $130,000 To Donald Trump

 

Porn actress, who says she had an affair with President Trump, has offered on Monday to return the $130,000 she received from Mr. Trump’s personal lawyer in 2016 when she signed the hush agreement not to discuss the alleged relationship.

In a letter, her attorney, Michael Avenatti, says Daniels “will pay $130,000 to President Trump by wire transfer, to an account designated by the president” by this Friday. Trump has never admitted knowledge of the payment to Daniels, which was made by his longtime lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen during the 2016 presidential campaign.

“They should accept this proposal. It’s more than fair,” said Avenatti in an interview with NPR. “She’ll return the money and she’ll be free to speak, and in turn the president can provide his version of events and we can allow the American people to decide who’s telling the truth and who’s not.”

The letter also seeks an agreement that neither Mr. Trump nor the shell company that Mr. Cohen used to pay Ms. Clifford, which he represents as a party to their October 2016 deal, would move to block the broadcast of an interview that Ms. Clifford taped with “60 Minutes” last week.

Meanwhile, Trump through his lawyer and press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, has repeatedly denied that there was an affair between the President and  Daniels.

 

 

Tillerson Calls Trump A “Moron” In Scathing Resignation Letter (FULL LETTER)

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who’s been staring disbelievingly at Donald Trump since the first day of his bungled presidency, finally called it quits today after months of internal wrangling with his boss.

 With multiple news organizations reporting on Thursday that Mr. Trump was preparing to dump the former Exxon Mobil CEO after he had fallen out of favor with the mercurial president, the man leading the State Department preempted the public shaming orchestrated by the White House by making a hasty exit from the troubled Trump administration.
But if Mr. Tillerson appeared to be an ineffective and impotent Secretary of State, that lack of pluck did not extend to his letter writing. Before his departure, the top man at State scribed a truly memorable, thoroughly ego-withering and POTUS-emasculating resignation letter, loaded with the kind of colorful Texas expressions that could only be uttered by a plainspoken man raised in the heart of the Lone Star state.

 

It reads as follows:

Dear President Moron,

That’s right, you heard me correctly, President Moron. With a capital “M.”

And for the record, I didn’t say it just once, but more like a hundred times to anyone in Washington who would listen, because I swear to fucking God that I have never met anyone dumber than you.

Where do I begin to share my contempt for everything you and your extended family of goofball dimwits represents?

Oh, wait, I know, how about we start with your little ass-wipe of a son-in-law, Prince Dunderhead? I knew the second you threw that candy-ass, sniveling milksop into my State Department meetings that he couldn’t pour piss out of a boot if it had a hole in the toe and the directions printed on the heel. The nonsense that came out of that weasel’s mouth was about as welcome as an outhouse breeze and as useless as two buggies in a one-horse town.

Speaking of useless, let me waste a few sentences on that pretty Princess Paramour of yours. Please tell me what the hell that pocketful of pudding is doing in the White House? Trying to have a meaningful conversation with Ivanka is like trying to put socks on a barnyard hen. IMPOSSIBLE! I’d truly rather argue with a wooden Indian than listen to that vertical mashed potato’s fatuous chatter for one more minute.

And since absolutely everyone but you knows that Steve Bannon is still pulling at your puppet springs, let me briefly comment on that festering hog. This guy is such a lowlife he has to look up to see hell and so crooked that if he swallowed a nail he’d spit up a corkscrew. I have never had one conversation with that conniving dog where I didn’t walk away scratching fleas. If you were even one twig smarter than that barn swallow’s nest sitting on your head, you’d see that Old Stevie is playing you like a fiddler at a West Texas kicker dance.

I could go on, but I’m a polite fella and, besides, I’ve only got a minute before I have to catch the Exxon jet back to Houston where I’ll resume my $45-million-a- year job managing people who have no slack in their ropes and aren’t on a first name basis with the bottom of the deck.

Now, as I return to my preferred position as a titan of industry (a real one, not a bankrupt idiot businessman like you), I want to share some words of Texas wisdom from Mama Tillerson that helped me get through the past ten months every time I thought of your gargantuan stupidity: “Sometimes, Rex, you just have to close your eyes, take a deep breath, count to ten, remind yourself that you wouldn’t look good in prison stripes, and just smile at the dumb-ass and walk away.”

So, goodbye, you mind-boggling bozo.

Sincerely,

Rex Tillerson, Former U.S. Secretary of State

P.S. Just a reminder, you lost the election by 3.5 million votes, which is roughly the populations of Houston and Dallas combined. Where I come from, that’s called a whupping!