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Trump defends vulgar remarks while partly denying them

WASHINGTON --- President Donald Trump offered a partial denial in public but privately defended his extraordinary remarks disparaging Haitians and African countries. Trump said he was only expressing what many people think but won't say about immigrants from economically depressed countries, according to a person who spoke to the president as criticism of his comments ricocheted around the globe. Trump spent Thursday evening calling friends and outside advisers to judge their reaction, said the confidant, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to disclose a private conversation. Trump wasn't apologetic about the inflammatory remarks and denied he was r...Keep on reading: Trump defends vulgar remarks while partly denying them.....»»

Category: newsSource: inquirer inquirerJan 14th, 2018

Trump defends vulgar immigrant comments, partly denies them

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump offered a partial denial in public but privately defended his extraordinary remarks disparaging Haitians and African coun.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 13th, 2018

Evangelical rift intensifies over Trump immigration remarks

NEW YORK — Donald Trump's vulgar remarks questioning why the U.S......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 14th, 2018

Trump and Putin open historic summit

HELSINKI: The US and Russian leaders opened an historic summit in Helsinki on Monday with Donald Trump promising an “extraordinary relationship” and Vladimir Putin saying it was high time to thrash out disputes around the world. Looking sombre, they exchanged opening remarks in front of the press at the start of the summit in Helsinki.… link: Trump and Putin open historic summit.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJul 16th, 2018

Trump, Putin sit down a bit late for closely watched summit

President Donald Trump opened a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday by predicting that their countries will end up having “an extraordinary relationship” but without mentioning Moscow’s meddling in the 2016 US presidential election in his opening remarks. Trump, Putin sit down a bit late for closely watched summit President Donald Trump opened… link: Trump, Putin sit down a bit late for closely watched summit.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJul 16th, 2018

Trump and Putin open historic summit

HELSINKI: The US and Russian leaders opened an historic summit in Helsinki on Monday with Donald Trump promising an “extraordinary relationship” and Vladimir Putin saying it was high time to thrash out disputes around the world. Looking sombre, they exchanged opening remarks in front of the press at the start of the summit in Helsinki. [...] The post Trump and Putin open historic summit appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsJul 16th, 2018

The other ‘no-nonsense’ president in Philippines stirs up outrage, praise

It’s hard to imagine a head of state who’s more outrageously confrontational, incendiary or vulgar than Donald Trump. Maybe that’s part of the reason Trump admires Rodrigo Duterte so much......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 9th, 2018

Trump: Gas prices are up and OPEC ‘doing little to help’

  WASHINGTON --- President Donald Trump said the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) is "doing little to help" rising gas prices and claims "if anything, they are driving prices higher."   Trump tweeted Wednesday: "The OPEC Monopoly must remember that gas prices are up & they are doing little to help. If anything, they are driving prices higher as the United States defends many of their members for very little $'s. This must be a two way street. REDUCE PRICING NOW!"   Last month, members of the OPEC cartel agreed to pump 1 million barrels more crude oil daily, a move that should help contain the recent rise in global energy price...Keep on reading: Trump: Gas prices are up and OPEC ‘doing little to help’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 5th, 2018

Bolton: US plans to dismantle North Korea nukes in year

WASHINGTON, United States --- The United States has a plan that would lead to the dismantling of North Korea's nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs in a year, President Donald Trump's national security adviser said Sunday, although U.S. intelligence reported signs that Pyongyang doesn't intend to fully give up its arsenal. John Bolton said top U.S. diplomat Mike Pompeo will be discussing that plan with North Korea in the near future. Bolton added that it would be to the North's advantage to cooperate to see sanctions lifted quickly and aid from South Korea and Japan start to flow. Bolton's remarks on CBS' "Face the Nation" appeared to be the first time the Trump admin...Keep on reading: Bolton: US plans to dismantle North Korea nukes in year.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 1st, 2018

Top US, Russian diplomats to meet before Trump-Putin summit

MOSCOW (AP) --- Moscow says the top Russian and US diplomats are likely to meet to set the stage for a summit between President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump. Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is likely to meet with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo within two weeks. Ryabkov said in remarks carried by Russian news agencies Thursday that Moscow already has made a proposal regarding the specifics of the meeting and is waiting for Washington's answer. Trump told reporters that he'll probably meet with Putin during a July trip to Europe. He mentioned Helsinki, Finland, and Vienna, Austria, as possible venues, adding that he...Keep on reading: Top US, Russian diplomats to meet before Trump-Putin summit.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 28th, 2018

Sara Duterte defends President over stupid God rant

MANILA, Philippines – Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte Carpio defended her father, President Rodrigo Duterte, as his recent remarks against God fueled public outrage in this predominantly Christian country. In a Facebok post, Carpio said Filipinos should not listen to Duterte when he tries to interpret the ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 27th, 2018

Duterte’s Remarks About God Just ‘Personal Belief,’ Palace Defends

Malacañang officials on Monday defended President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s remarks about God, stressing that it was his “personal belief” which he, and anyone else, had the right to express. While mentioning the Bible’s creation story in his speech at the National Information and Communications (ICT) Summit in Davao City on Friday, Duterte stated: “Adam ate […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsJun 27th, 2018

Trump defends policies on border, North Korea in visit to Las Vegas

President Donald Trump defended his tough stance on immigrants crossing the US border with Mexico on Saturday, praising his administration for a job well done and saying his approach will make the United States stronger. Source link link: Trump defends policies on border, North Korea in visit to Las Vegas.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJun 24th, 2018

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

Trump defends border policy as UN says children’s rights violated

WASHINGTON, D.C.: The Trump administration defended on Tuesday its policy of separating illegal immigrant children from their parents as the United Nations demanded a halt to the “serious” violation of children’s rights. President Donald Trump, who ordered border patrol agents a month ago to implement the separation policy to deter other migrants from crossing the [...] The post Trump defends border policy as UN says children’s rights violated appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsJun 6th, 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

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

PH ambassador defends slating June 12 fete at Trump s DC hotel

The Trump Hotel on 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue NW in Washington, D.C. WEBSITE NEW YORK - What do Kuwait, Bahrain, and the Philippines have in common? Aside from human rights issues, all three countrie.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsMay 26th, 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