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Africans outraged over racist Trump remarks

NAIROBI, Kenya – Africans reacted angrily on Friday, January 12, after Donald Trump reportedly referred to their nations as "shithole countries," with many lashing the US president for racism and ignorance. The 55-nation African Union condemned the remarks while the southern African state of Botswana hauled in the US ambassador to ........»»

Category: newsSource: rappler rapplerJan 12th, 2018

Trump scrambles as ‘shithole’ slur fuels global outrage

WASHINGTON, D.C.: US President Donald Trump sought to quell a global firestorm over his reported denunciation of immigration from “shithole countries” – a slur slammed at home and abroad as racist. The reported remarks – which drew unanimous condemnation from African nations at the UN and resulted in at least two US diplomats being called [...] The post Trump scrambles as ‘shithole’ slur fuels global outrage appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsJan 13th, 2018

African countries demand Trump apology

UNITED NATIONS -- A group of "extremely appalled" African countries demanded Friday that US President Donald Trump retract and apologize for his reported denunciation of immigration from "shithole" nations. After an emergency session to weigh Trump's remarks, the group of African ambassadors to the United Nations said it was "concerned at the continuing and growing trend from the US administration toward Africa and people of African descent to denigrate the continent and people of color." The group is "extremely appalled at, and strongly condemns the outrageous, racist and xenophobic remarks by the president of the United States of America as widely reported by the media," a st...Keep on reading: African countries demand Trump apology.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 13th, 2018

Trump's comments about anthem, Curry inflame sports stars

CATHERINE LUCEY, Associated Press br /> TIM REYNOLDS, Associated Press br /> SOMERSET, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump sharply criticized protests by NFL players for a second straight day and rescinded NBA star Stephen Curry's White House invitation on Saturday in a series of tweets that outraged football and basketball stars and even prompted LeBron James to call the president a 'bum.' Trump started by announcing that Curry, the immensely popular two-time MVP for the Golden State Warriors, would not be welcome at the White House for the commemorative visit traditionally made by championship teams. Later, Trump reiterated what he said at a rally in Alabama the previous night that NFL players who kneel for the national anthem should be fired, prompting immediate condemnation from a handful of team executives, the league commissioner and its players' union. The Warriors said it was made clear to them that they were not welcome at the White House. They said that when they go to Washington this season they will instead 'celebrate equality, diversity and inclusion — the values that we embrace as an organization.' Curry had said he did not want to go to the White House anyway, but the Warriors had not made a collective decision before Saturday. 'U bum @StephenCurry30 already said he ain't going!' James tweeted in a clear message to the president — a post that Twitter officials said was quickly shared many more times than any other he's sent. 'So therefore ain't no invite. Going to White House was a great honor until you showed up!' James also released a video Saturday, saying Trump has tried to divide the country. 'He's now using sports as the platform to try to divide us,' James said. 'We all know how much sports brings us together. ... It's not something I can be quiet about.' Warriors general manager Bob Myers said he was surprised by the invitation being pulled. 'The White House visit should be something that is celebrated,' Myers said. 'So we want to go to Washington, D.C., and do something to commemorate kind of who we are as an organization, what we feel, what we represent and at the same time spend our energy on that. Instead of looking backward, we want to look forward.' Added Warriors coach Steve Kerr, after his team's first practice of the season: 'These are not normal times.' As a candidate and as president, Trump's approach has at times seemed to inflame racial tensions in a deeply divided country while emboldening groups long in the shadows. The latest sports comments come a little over a month after Trump came under fire for his response to a white supremacists' protest in Charlottesville, Virginia. Trump later pardoned Joe Arpaio, the former sheriff of Arizona's Maricopa County, who had been found guilty of defying a judge's order to stop racially profiling Latinos. Trump's latest entry into the intersection of sports and politics started in Alabama on Friday night, when he said NFL players who refused to stand for 'The Star-Spangled Banner' are exhibiting a 'total disrespect of our heritage.' Several NFL players, starting last season with then-San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick, have either knelt, sat or raised fists during the anthem to protest police treatment of blacks and social injustice. Last week at NFL games, four players sat or knelt during the anthem, and two raised fists while others stood by the protesters in support. Other players have protested in different ways over the past season since Kaepernick began sitting during the 2016 preseason. 'That's a total disrespect of everything that we stand for,' Trump said, encouraging owners to act. He added, 'Wouldn't you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, you'd say, 'Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out! He's fired.' On Saturday, Trump echoed his stance. 'If a player wants the privilege of making millions of dollars in the NFL, or other leagues, he or she should not be allowed to disrespect our Great American Flag (or Country) and should stand for the National Anthem,' Trump wrote in an afternoon pair of tweets. 'If not, YOU'RE FIRED. Find something else to do!' Trump has enjoyed strong support from NFL owners, with at least seven of them donating $1 million each to Trump's inaugural committee. They include New England Patriots owner Bob Kraft, who Trump considers a friend. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell strongly backed the players while New York Giants owners John Mara and Steve Tisch said the president's comments were inappropriate and offensive. Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross, who has supported the players who have knelt, said the country 'needs unifying leadership right now, not more divisiveness,' and San Francisco 49ers CEO Jed York ripped Trump's comments as 'callous.' 'Divisive comments like these demonstrate an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL, our great game and all of our players, and a failure to understand the overwhelming force for good our clubs and players represent in our communities,' Goodell said in a statement. Plenty of other current and former stars from across sports weighed in Saturday. Richard Sherman of Seattle Seahawks said the president's behavior is 'unacceptable and needs to be addressed.' In his Friday remarks, Trump also bemoaned what he called a decline in violence in football, noting that it's 'not the same game' because players are now either penalized or thrown out of games for aggressive tackles. 'No man or woman should ever have to choose a job that forces them to surrender their rights,' DeMaurice Smith, the NFL Players Association executive director, said Saturday. 'No worker nor any athlete, professional or not, should be forced to become less than human when it comes to protecting their basic health and safety.' Trump has met with some championship teams already in his first year in office. Clemson visited the White House this year after winning the College Football Playoff, some members of the New England Patriots went after the Super Bowl victory and the Chicago Cubs went to the Oval Office in June to commemorate their World Series title. The Cubs also had the larger and more traditional visit with President Barack Obama in January, four days before the Trump inauguration. North Carolina, the reigning NCAA men's basketball champion, said Saturday it will not visit the White House this season. The Tar Heels cited scheduling conflicts. Rep. Al Green, D-Texas, said Trump has 'taken indecency to a new low.' 'I think that the president has forgotten that he is the standard bearer for our country, that little boys and little girls look up to the president,' he said. 'Little boys and little girls want to be like the president. They want to talk like the president. I think that the president has insulted the American people with this low level of verbiage.' Warriors forward Draymond Green said the good news was that Golden State won't have to talk about going to the White House again — unless they win another title during the Trump presidency. 'Michelle Obama said it best,' Green said. 'She said it best. They go low. We go high. He beat us to the punch. Happy the game is over.' ___ Reynolds reported from Miami. AP Sports Writer Janie McCauley in Oakland, California, and AP writer Corey Williams in Detroit contributed to this story. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 23rd, 2017

Putin says he’s willing to meet Trump whenever US is ready

QINGDAO, China --- Russian President Vladimir Putin said Sunday he's happy to meet with President Donald Trump once Washington is ready to hold the summit. Putin, speaking to reporters in Qingdao, China, where he attended a summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, said he agreed with Trump's expressions of concern about a renewed arms race. Putin added that a thorough discussion is needed to address the issue. Putin said that some nations, including Austria, have offered to host his summit with Trump. Putin's remarks follow a report that White House officials were working toward setting up a meeting. Trump has said he was open to having a summit with Putin, who US in...Keep on reading: Putin says he’s willing to meet Trump whenever US is ready.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 10th, 2018

Trump says Cavs, Warriors won t be invited to White House

WASHINGTON, USA – United States President Donald Trump said Friday, June 8 that neither the Cleveland Cavaliers nor the Golden State Warriors would be invited to the White House following the NBA Finals. Responding to remarks by Cavs star LeBron James and Warriors ace Stephen Curry – who both said they ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 9th, 2018

Talk about political football: No Eagles at the White House

By Jill Colvin and Jonathan Lemire, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Taking on the NFL and football's Super Bowl champs, President Donald Trump gave the boot to a White House ceremony for the Philadelphia Eagles on Tuesday and instead threw his own brief "Celebration of America" after it became clear most players weren't going to show up. Both sides traded hot accusations about who was to blame. Trump tried to turn the fracas into a referendum on patriotism and tie it to the dispute over players who have taken a knee during the national anthem to protest racism and police brutality. However, Eagles players never knelt during the "Star-Spangled Banner," throughout the 2017 season and their march to the Super Bowl. The White House accused Eagles team members of pulling a "political stunt" and abandoning their fans by backing out at the last minute. Indeed, few apparently were going to come, though some expressed disappointment that they'd been disinvited and complained Trump was unfairly painting them as anti-American. Through it all, Trump appeared to revel in fanning the flames of a culture war that he believes revs up his political base. Trump had long been leery of the Eagles' planned visit to the White House, in part because the team's owner, Jeffrey Lurie, has been a Trump critic, and because several players have been vocal critics of the league's new policy that requires players to stand if they're on the field during the national anthem or else stay in the locker room. White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the team notified the White House last Thursday that 81 people, including players, coaches, managers and others would be attending the Super Bowl celebration. But she said the team got back in touch late Friday and tried to reschedule, "citing the fact that many players would not be in attendance." The Eagles proposed a time when Trump would be overseas. Eagles officials declined comment on the White House version of events, sticking with a simple earlier statement: "We are truly grateful for all of the support we have received and we are looking forward to continuing our preparations for the 2018 season." No one connected with the team said the players' reluctance to attend had anything to do with the national anthem, as Trump tried to portray the situation. And comments by star players in the current pro basketball finals indicated it's not about football. "I know no matter who wins this series, no one wants the invite anyway. So it won't be Golden State or Cleveland going," said LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers. There was no disagreement from Stephen Curry, who angered Trump last year when he said he wouldn't go to the White House after the Warriors' NBA triumph, leading the president to disinvite him and his team. Trump, furious about the small number of Eagles who were coming, scrapped Tuesday's visit, believing a low turnout would reflect poorly upon him. He had told aides last year he was embarrassed when Tom Brady, star quarterback of that season's champion New England Patriots, opted to skip a White House visit. Instead, the president held what he dubbed a "patriotic celebration" that was short and spare. A military band and chorus delivered the Star-Spangled Banner and God Bless America, with brief Trump remarks sandwiched in between. "We love our country, we respect our flag and we always proudly stand for the national anthem," Trump said. The White House crowd of roughly 1,000, mostly dressed in business suits, was light on Pennsylvanians and heavy on administration and GOP Party officials. Several in attendance blamed the players, not the president, for torpedoing the Eagles event. John Killion, a lifelong Eagles fan who now lives in Florida and traveled to Washington to see his team, said he was "devastated and infuriated" by a breakdown he blamed on the Eagles owners. "I waited my whole life for the Eagles to win the Super Bowl and they were going to be congratulated at the White House. And I don't really care who you like or dislike, it shouldn't be about that," he said. Bill Fey, a Republican state committeeman from southern New Jersey and an Eagles fan, called the decision "a black eye as far as I'm concerned with the NFL. I think that everyone should come to the White House. This is the peoples' house." Still, he said, "I think the Eagles did what they thought was necessary. I don't blame anyone." Trump's own patriotic event was not without its controversy. Following the playing of the anthem, a heckler shouted from the audience: "Stop hiding behind the armed services and the national anthem!" prompting boos. A Swedish reporter posted video of a man kneeling as the anthem was played. In a statement Monday, Trump placed the blame on Eagles players he said "disagree with their President because he insists that they proudly stand for the National Anthem, hand on heart, in honor of the great men and women of our military and the people of our country." Besides the fact that none of the Eagles had taken a knee during the anthem in 2017, defensive end Chris Long said the NFL anthem policy change and Trump's reaction to it were not even discussed by the players in meetings about making the visit. Those deciding to stay away had various reasons beyond Trump's opposition to the protests, including more general feelings of hostility toward the president, one official said. Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins, who had planned to skip the ceremony "to avoid being used as any kind of pawn," said in a statement that at the White House a "decision was made to lie, and paint the picture that these players are anti-America, anti-flag and anti-military." Trump has long railed against the protests that began in 2016 when San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began silently kneeling on the sidelines during the anthem to raise awareness around racism and, specifically, the killing of black men by police. At a rally last September, Trump suggested NFL owners fire "son of a bitch" players who "disrespect" the flag by kneeling. As for politics, Trump believes the anthem controversy is a winning issue for him and was pleased that last month's announcement of the league's new policy returned it to the news, according to people familiar with the president's thinking but not authorized to discuss private conversations. Even so, Trump made clear Tuesday he doesn't believe the policy goes far enough, tweeting: "Staying in the Locker Room for the playing of our National Anthem is as disrespectful to our country as kneeling. Sorry!" The president told one confidant Monday that he aims to revive the issue in the months leading up to the midterm elections, believing its return to the headlines will help Republicans win votes. Trump's attempt to drive a wedge between the team and its fervent fan base could have political consequences in Pennsylvania, which Trump won by just 44,000 votes in 2016. The politics are already playing out in the state's Senate race, where Republican Rep. Lou Barletta is challenging Democratic incumbent Bob Casey. Barletta attended the White House ceremony sans Eagles, "representing the proud Pennsylvanians who stand for our flag." Casey tweeted he would be "skipping this political stunt at the White House" and invited the Eagles on a tour of the Capitol instead. ___ Lemire reported from New York. Associated Press writers Darlene Superville and Catherine Lucey in Washington, Errin Haines Whack in Philadelphia and Associated Press Pro Football writer Rob Maaddi contributed to this report......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 6th, 2018

Roseanne: a rare TV look at Trump’s America

NEW YORK — Given the boot after a racist rant by its star, Roseanne was a rare TV series depicting conservative America despite the election of President Donald Trump, which could have popularized the genre. The post Roseanne: a rare TV look at Trump’s America appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJun 4th, 2018

Mattis: US may take more steps vs China over ’militarization’

SINGAPORE --- US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Saturday raised the prospect of additional American steps against China if its "militarization" of the South China Sea keeps apace. He said Beijing was intimidating and coercing others in the region by putting weapons systems on manmade islands. President Donald Trump, backing the remarks by his Pentagon chief at an international security forum in Singapore, said on Twitter: "Very surprised that China would be doing this?" Mattis said the Trump administration's recent decision to disinvite China from a multinational naval exercise this summer was an "initial response" to Beijing's island activity. Mattis called the US action a...Keep on reading: Mattis: US may take more steps vs China over ’militarization’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 3rd, 2018

Plug pulled on Roseanne, a rare TV look at Trump s America

NEW YORK, USA  – Given the boot after a racist rant by its star, Roseanne was a rare TV series depicting conservative America despite the election of President Donald Trump, which could have popularized the genre. In its first episode at the end of March, the series dared to set up ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 3rd, 2018

EU joins global battle against Trump tariff onslaught

WHISTLER, Canada – The EU on Friday, June 1, launched its first counteroffensive against Washington's punishing steel and aluminum tariffs  while the US began meetings in Canada with outraged finance ministers from its top trading partners. Meanwhile in Washington, US President Donald Trump floated the possibility of scrapping the 24-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 2nd, 2018

Iran president warns of ‘problems’ as Trump decision looms

TEHRAN, Iran --- Iran's president on Tuesday warned the country could face "some problems" ahead of President Donald Trump's decision on whether to pull out of its nuclear deal with world powers. Without directly naming Trump, Hassan Rouhani's remarks at a petroleum conference in Tehran represented the first official Iranian comment on the US president's overnight tweet that he'd make an announcement on the deal Tuesday. "It is possible that we will face some problems for two or three months, but we will pass through this," Rouhani said. Rouhani also stressed Iran wants to keep "working with the world and constructive engagement with the world." That appeared to be a nod to ...Keep on reading: Iran president warns of ‘problems’ as Trump decision looms.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 8th, 2018

Chance the Rapper apologizes for backing Kanye West s Trump love

NEW YORK, USA – Rap superstar Kanye West's professed love for President Donald Trump sent new shockwaves through the music world on April 25 with Chance the Rapper apologizing for seemingly sympathetic remarks. West, re-emerging from a year-long absence as he promotes upcoming albums and his fashion line, on Wednesday tweeted his "love" of ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 28th, 2018

Trump wants U.S. troops to get out of Syria

WASHINGTON DC, USA – President Donald Trump said Tuesday, April 3, he wants American troops to "get out" of Syria , even as some of his top officials stressed the need to stay for the long term. Trump's remarks follow comments last week when he vowed US forces would soon quit Syria, a ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 4th, 2018

In Trump times, American Filipinos no longer outraged by Duterte

A friend of mine just came back for the medical care. He was in the Philippines for three months. But he's back. Typical American Filipino these days. My friends, who are dual citizens, go back and forth to the United States from the Philippines all the time like it's just a long, extended commute. No different from Marcos times? Only these aren't jet- setters. They're regular folks. Some are younger who have businesses in both places; but many are on good solid U.S. pensions and retirement funds, willing to live the 52x life. 52X? Last I checked that's how many pesos you get to a dollar. And, of course, that's discounting the black market. Sixteen hours from the west ...Keep on reading: In Trump times, American Filipinos no longer outraged by Duterte.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 21st, 2018

China s foreign minister slams Trump tariffs on steel, aluminum

BEIJING, China – China's foreign minister tore into the new steel and aluminium tariffs announced by US President Trump, calling them "groundless" in remarks to state media on Saturday, March 3. "The American action to put sanctions on other countries' reasonable steel and aluminium exports in the name of harming national ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMar 3rd, 2018

Tears, exuberance as ‘Black Panther’ opens across Africa

JOHANNESBURG --- "Black Panther" has burst onto the screen in Africa, handing a powerful response to the unfortunate remarks about the continent by President Donald Trump. As the red carpet in South Africa swirled with stunning outfits and exclamations in the local Xhosa language used in the film's Wakanda kingdom, cast member John Kani laughed at the U.S. president's views, which several African nations have openly scorned. (Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong'o said simply: "No comment.") The South African actor Kani, like many at Friday night's Johannesburg premiere, expressed pride at seeing an Afro-futuristic society that celebrates traditional cultures and dreams of what t...Keep on reading: Tears, exuberance as ‘Black Panther’ opens across Africa.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 17th, 2018

AP fact checks Trump SOTU claims

WASHINGTON--- The Associated Press fact-checked remarks from President Donald Trump's State of the Union speech. Here's a look at some of the claims we've examined (quotations from the speech as delivered or as released by the White House before delivery):   WAGE GAINS   TRUMP: "After years and years of wage stagnation, we are finally seeing rising wages."   THE FACTS: Actually, they are not rising any faster than they have before. Average hourly pay rose 2.5 percent in 2017, slightly slower than the 2.9 percent increase recorded in 2016. Most economists say wages should increase at a faster rate as the unemployment rate drops. The unemployment rat...Keep on reading: AP fact checks Trump SOTU claims.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 2nd, 2018

Peso strengthens as Trump remarks hit dollar

THE PESO regained strength against the dollar on Wednesday, following the three-day decline, as President Donald J. Trump’s protectionist remarks in his first State of the Union address weighed on the greenback. The local currency finished at P51.295 against the dollar yesterday, rising by 12.5 centavos from its P51.42 close on Tuesday. The peso opened […] The post Peso strengthens as Trump remarks hit dollar appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsFeb 1st, 2018

Philippines to back US fight vs terror ‘if efforts coincide’

MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine defence chief reacted guardedly Wednesday to President Donald Trump's remarks on fighting terrorism in his first State of the Union address, saying.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsFeb 1st, 2018

Philippines to back US fight vs terror if efforts coincide

The Philippine defense chief reacted guardedly Wednesday to President Donald Trump's remarks on fighting terrorism in his first State of the Union address, saying Manila would lend its.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsFeb 1st, 2018