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Trump to reinstate US military ban on transgender people

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that he plans to reinstate a ban on transgender individuals from serving “in any capacity” in the US armed forces. “After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military,” Trump said in a series of tweets Wednesday morning. “Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender…

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Why Trump’s words — and omissions — matter

Washington (CNN)From time to time, in moments of tragedy or international peril, a president is called up on to say the right words at the right time and foster the national unity or summon the gravity such events often produce. Trump did hit out at an “egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence” on Saturday after a woman died when a man with reported neo-Nazi sympathies allegedly rammed protestors opposing an alt-right gathering in Virginia with a car. But his comment that the wrongdoing was on “many sides” appeared to…

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Trump’s faith advisers condemn white supremacists

(CNN)As thousands of white nationalist and “alt-right” protesters descended on Charlottesville, Virginia, for the “Unite the Right” rally Saturday and clashed with counterprotesters, voices from both sides of the aisle were raised to condemn the gathering. And while Trump failedto single out white supremacists and “alt-right” groups at the center of Saturday’s violence in Charlottesville, the ministers who spoke out in statements were not so reticent.

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Trump warns North Korea against making ‘overt’ threats

(CNN)US President Donald Trump called the leader of China and spoke with the governor of Guam on Friday amid mounting tensions with North Korea. Trump also said he is considering “very strong” new sanctions against Pyongyang. Guam Gov. Eddie Baza Calvo, on the US territory in an area of the Pacific that North Korea has threatened to strike with missiles, said he spoke with Trump and chief of staff John Kelly, and he posted audio of the call on Facebook. In Japan, the defense ministry deployed the missile interception system…

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UK criticised over sales of military equipment to Venezuela

Theresa May urged to suspend controlled export licences to Venezuelan government while violent clashes continue Britain has sold military equipment worth millions of pounds to Venezuela in the last decade, it has emerged, prompting calls for Theresa May to suspend controlled export licences while the country in is the grip of violent clashes between police and protesters. Government figures show military equipment was approved for sale from UK-based companies to Venezuelas armed forces as recently as September last year, despite the Foreign Office listing the country as of concern regarding…

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Our Brave Savior: Donald Trump Is Working TIRELESSLY To Return The Precious White Orbs Obama STOLE From The FURIOUS Dwarf King That Lives Under America

President Trump is hard at work to fix the disaster that idiot clown Obama left America in. The socialist bozo STOLE the Dwarf Kings precious white orbs, and the dwarven monarch is FURIOUS and SWEARS VENGEANCE against the surface world unless his beloved stone spheres are returned to his SUBTERRANEAN KINGDOM. Fortunately, Donald J. Trump is toiling around the clock to DELIVER the white orbs into HOLES leading back underground where they belong. Thank you, Mr. President. Your hard labor is all that stands between the United States and the…

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Trump’s ad-libbed North Korean missile crisis

(CNN)President Donald Trump effectively ad-libbed his way into a test of wills with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and an unpredictable cycle of escalation — largely due to both men’s propensity for white-hot rhetoric and a desire to project strong leadership. One day after Trump fired off a blistering and improvised warning to rain “fire and fury” over the communist state if it kept up its own threats, North Korea issued an unusually specific and provocative warning, threatening to send four missiles toward Guam while ridiculing Trump for spouting…

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Master Diplomat: Pundits Have Noted Similarities Between Trumps N. Korea Statements And JFKs Iconic Prepare To Be Radioactive Skeletons, Motherfuckers Speech That De-escalated The Cuban Missile Crisis

When President Donald Trump delivered a tough warning to North Korea on Tuesday, he was following in the footsteps of one of Americas greatest statesmen. As numerous Washington pundits have now noted, Trumps threat to unleash fire and fury on North Korea bears strong resemblance to JFKs historic Prepare To Be Radioactive Skeletons, Motherfuckers speech that he delivered during the Cuban Missile Crisis. At the peak of the Cold War, tensions were high, and even a slight miscalculation by President Kennedy could have plunged the world into nuclear conflict. JFK…

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Wax it means wax it: Madame Tussauds sets to work on Theresa May

London attraction says it is in first stages of four-month process of creating figure of UK prime minister Her automated slogans and stilted election campaign may have earned her the nickname Maybot, but an even more lifeless incarnation of the prime minister is about to be unveiled. Madame Tussauds has announced the commission of a wax figure of Theresa May that is to be placed outside the Downing Street set at the London attraction, joining political heavyweights such as Donald Trump and Angela Merkel. Real of fake? The finishing touches…

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Before a North Korea war, we’d see this

(CNN)Despite bellicose rhetoric coming from US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, analysts say there are no signs the US is planning a first strike on North Korea or that Kim will make good on threats to hit the US territory of Guam. Mark Hertling, a retired US Army general and CNN analyst, said the tens of thousands of US civilians, many of them military dependents, would first need to be evacuated from South Korea. But these would be defensive in nature and more of a…

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Trump’s credibility crisis goes nuclear

(CNN)With his jaw set and his arms crossed, Donald Trump delivered the most incendiary public threat by an American president in many decades. From political, diplomatic, and historical perspectives, Trump’s threat, delivered from his golf club in New Jersey, was an extraordinary moment and shattered years of national security conventions in apparently threatening to use nuclear weapons in response to an adversary’s rhetoric — rather than an existential threat to US security. How Hawaii is preparing for a nuclear strike McCain: Not sure Trump is ready to act on NK…

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Trump gets a win on North Korea, but sees no easing of crisis

Washington (CNN)The Trump administration can claim a genuine foreign policy win, marked by deft diplomacy on two continents, following the passage of the most punitive UN sanctions ever imposed against North Korea. Washington and its allies will hope that the new assault on Pyongyang’s already heavily sanctioned economy will change Kim Jong Un’s calculations in the building nuclear showdown. Russia, North Korea pose challenges to US Haley: Sanctions are a gut punch to N. Korea McMaster: Trump has N. Korea military options Poll: Declining approval for Trump at 200 days

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Unlearning the myth of American innocence

The long read: When she was 30, Suzy Hansen left the US for Istanbul and began to realise that Americans will never understand their own country until they see it as the rest of the world does My mother recently found piles of my notebooks from when I was a small child that were filled with plans for my future. I was very ambitious. I wrote out what I would do at every age: when I would get married and when I would have kids and when I would open…

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Trump praises AG Sessions’ plans to combat leaks

(CNN)President Donald Trump on Saturday praised Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ plan to combat leaks of classified information a rare show of support for the man Trump recently called “beleaguered.” Existing guidelines, which were put in place under Attorney General Eric Holder in 2015, give broad protections from subpoenas and government monitoring for all journalists engaged in “newsgathering activities.” Sessions did not say what the review would mean in terms of prosecutions or actions against journalists. Trump has pressed Sessions to be more aggressive in pursuing a crackdown on leaks, a…

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