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GSA Tells Biden That Transition Can Formally Begin
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GSA Tells Biden That Transition Can Formally Begin

The General Services Administration has informed President-elect Joe Biden that the Trump administration is ready to begin the formal transition process, according to a letter from Administrator Emily Murphy sent Monday afternoon and obtained by CNN. The letter is the first step the administration has taken to acknowledge President Donald Trump's defeat, more than two weeks after Biden was declared the winner in the election. Murphy said she had not been pressured by the White House to delay the formal transition and did not make a decision "out of fear or favoritism." "Please know that I came to my decision independently, based on the law and available facts," Murphy wrote. "I was never directly or indirectly pressured by any Executive Branch official -- including those who work ...
ICE Agrees To Rescind Policy Barring Foreign Students From Online Study In The U.S.
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ICE Agrees To Rescind Policy Barring Foreign Students From Online Study In The U.S.

In a swift reversal, the Trump administration has agreed to rescind a directive that would have barred international college students from the U.S. if their colleges offered classes entirely online in the fall semester. The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement rule change, released last week, would have prohibited foreign students from entering or remaining in the country to take fully online course loads. A number of colleges and universities had already announced plans to offer online-only classes because of the coronavirus pandemic. The agency's July 6 announcement was met with immediate backlash. Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology sued the U.S. government in federal court two days later, calling the directive "arbitrary and capricious" and seeking...
Coronavirus Cases in the US hit Three Million as President Trump Pushes for Schools to Reopen
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Coronavirus Cases in the US hit Three Million as President Trump Pushes for Schools to Reopen

The United States has surpassed 3 million confirmed Coronavirus cases with Trump administration pushing to reopen schools in the fall. The Coronavirus is surging in at least 40 states in the US including Texas, Florida, Louisiana, and Arizona. Some public health officials have warned that the country is on track to start recording 100,000 new cases a day if the virus is not controlled. The U.S. also leads the world in COVID-19 deaths, with over 131,000. "At this point, we have tested more than 39 million Americans," US Vice President Mike Pence told reporters. "Among those, more than three million Americans have tested positive and more than 1.3 million Americans have recovered." The U.S. hit the milestone after President Donald Trump formally submitted the U.S. notice o...
Trump Sends List Of Obama Officials Who Unmasked Flynn To Congress And Media So We All Know Who They Are
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Trump Sends List Of Obama Officials Who Unmasked Flynn To Congress And Media So We All Know Who They Are

The Trump administration just made its move to hold Adam Schiff to account and it is lights out for Schiff. Trump finally sent over to Congress the list of Obama administration officials who unmasked Mike Flynn. It looks like they will not get away with it after all. From The Hill: A copy of the list obtained by The Hill includes a who’s who of Obama-era officials, including then-Vice President Joe Biden, former White House chief of staff Denis McDonough, former FBI Director James Comey and former CIA Director John Brennan. Acting Director of National Intelligence (DNI) Richard Grenell declassified and then sent the list of names to GOP Sens. Ron Johnson (Wis.) and Chuck Grassley (Iowa) on Wednesday. “I am providing a revised list of identities of any officials who submi...
Obama Calls Trump’s Coronavirus Response An “Absolute Chaotic Disaster” In Private Call
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Obama Calls Trump’s Coronavirus Response An “Absolute Chaotic Disaster” In Private Call

According to TheHill reports, former President Obama during a private call on Friday night with his former aides tore into the Trump administration’s response to the coronavirus crisis, calling it an “absolute chaotic disaster.” The blistering assessment, confirmed to CNN by three former Obama administration officials, came on a call intended to encourage members of the Obama Alumni Association to engage with former Vice President Joe Biden’s 2020 presidential campaign. “This election that’s coming up — on every level — is so important because what we’re going to be battling is not just a particular individual or a political party,” Obama said, according to CNN. “What we’re fighting against is these long-term trends in which being selfish, being tribal, being divided and seeing o...
Trump Extends European Travel Ban to Include UK and Ireland 
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Trump Extends European Travel Ban to Include UK and Ireland 

The Trump administration has announced it would extend its current travel ban to include the UK and Ireland beginning next week Monday The White House had previously declared a travel ban to Europe alone, but due to the rapid spread of Coronavirus, the U.K. and Ireland have been included. Speaking at the White House press briefing on Saturday morning, Vice President Mike Pence confirmed that all travel from the United Kingdom and Ireland has been suspended, effective midnight on Monday. The same exclusions that are a part of the already existing European travel restrictions will also apply to the UK and Ireland, Pence said. "We continue to implement the President's vision, as you know, it's been a brisk few days," Pence said, noting how the U.S. implemented a state of emerg...
Trump Finally Adds Nigeria To His Restricted Travel list – NY Times
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Trump Finally Adds Nigeria To His Restricted Travel list – NY Times

President Trump adds Africa’s biggest country, Nigeria, as well as Myanmar, Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Sudan and Tanzania, to his restricted travel list. The Trump administration on Friday added six countries to the nations facing stringent travel restrictions, virtually blocking immigration from Africa’s most populous nation, Nigeria, and from Myanmar, where refugees are fleeing genocide. Beside Nigeria, varying degrees of restrictions will hit three other African countries, Eritrea, Sudan and Tanzania, and one former Soviet state, Kyrgyzstan. Myanmar’s Muslim Rohingya could also be caught in the crossfire. The total number of countries on the restricted travel list now stands at 13. Immigrant visas, issued mostly to foreigners intending to live in the United States, will be banned fro...
US Imposes Sanctions On Iranian Steel And Other Metals
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US Imposes Sanctions On Iranian Steel And Other Metals

The Trump administration is imposing new sanctions on Iran following attacks on US and allied troops earlier this week, Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced Friday. "The President is issuing an executive order authorizing the imposition of additional sanctions against any individual owning, operating, trading with, or assisting sectors of the Iranian economy including construction, manufacturing, textiles, and mining," Mnuchin told reporters at the White House. He noted those would be both primary and secondary sanctions and that the executive order allows the US to designate other sectors in the future. Additionally, the US is announcing 17 specific sanctions against Iran's largest steel and iron manufacturers, three Seychelles-based entities, and a vessel involved in the trans...
Trump bars visas for Immigrants who can’t pay for healthcare
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Trump bars visas for Immigrants who can’t pay for healthcare

Immigrants applying for US visas will be denied entry into the country unless they can prove they can afford health care within 30 days of entering or can’t pay for it themselves, according to a proclamation signed by President Trump. The new rule, which comes into force on 3 November, will be applied to people seeking immigrant visas, not those in the US already. It does not apply to those seeking asylum seekers, refugees or children. But it would apply to the spouses and parents of US citizens. That could have an impact on families who are trying to bring their parents to the US. The proclamation said immigrants will be barred from entering the country unless they are to be covered by health insurance within 30 days of entering or have enough financial resources to pay for a...
US intelligence chief Dan Coats leaves Trump administration
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US intelligence chief Dan Coats leaves Trump administration

The US director of national intelligence, Dan Coats, has become the latest high-profile figure to leave the Trump administration. President Donald Trump tweeted Mr Coats would step down in mid-August and that he would nominate the Texan congressman John Ratcliffe to replace him. He said Mr Ratcliffe would lead and "inspire greatness for the country" he loved. Mr Coats and Mr Trump have often been at odds over Russia and North Korea. As director of national intelligence, it was Mr Coats' role to oversee all 17 US intelligence agencies, including the CIA and NSA.
₦900Billion: President Trump Celebrates After US Court Grant Border Wall Funding
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₦900Billion: President Trump Celebrates After US Court Grant Border Wall Funding

  More than $2.5 billion has been released after being frozen due to lawsuits. The funding will go into repairs of fencing and future wall building. Trump will now be closer to fulfilling his 2016 campaign promise. The US Supreme Court has cleared the way for the Trump administration to use billions of dollars in Pentagon funds to build sections of a border wall with Mexico. The court’s five conservative justices gave the administration the green light to begin work on four contracts it has awarded using Defense Department money.
Huawei Is Selling Off Its Undersea Cable Business
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Huawei Is Selling Off Its Undersea Cable Business

With the on-going trade war between U.S and China, Hauwei is considering selling off a few assets to stay afloat in business. China’s Huawei has had to battle suspicions and worries about the security of its networking equipment for many years, which most recently culminated in it being placed on a US blacklist by the Trump administration. Now, Huawei is officially bowing out of one line of business, by agreeing to sell off its undersea cable operations, and reportedly shrinking another, by reducing smartphone production orders with supplier Foxconn. Huawei Marine Systems, in which Huawei holds a 51 percent stake, lays undersea fiber optic cables between continents in much the same way that Microsoft, Facebook, and Google have been doing. It was established in 2009 and has laid m...
US Announces Sanctions Targeting Venezuela’s Oil Industry
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US Announces Sanctions Targeting Venezuela’s Oil Industry

The Trump administration on Monday escalated its efforts to force Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro from power, blocking all U.S. revenue to Venezuela’s national oil company and calling on members of its armed forces to switch their allegiance to the man the United States now recognizes as Venezuela’s head of state. Any attempt to harm remaining U.S. diplomats in Venezuela, or violence against the newly recognized president, Juan Guaidó , “will be met with a significant response,” White House national security adviser John Bolton said. President Trump “has made it very clear all options are on the table,” said Bolton, who announced the sanctions at a white House press briefing alongside Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin For the moment, the administration is depending on econom...
President Trump’s Secretary of Interior, Ryan Zinke Forced to Step Down amidst Pressure By Ethics inquiries
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President Trump’s Secretary of Interior, Ryan Zinke Forced to Step Down amidst Pressure By Ethics inquiries

United States Interior Secretary, Ryan Zinke will quit the administration by the end of the year. President Trump made the announcement on Twitter saying; "Secretary of the Interior @RyanZinke will be leaving the Administration at the end of the year after having served for a period of almost two years. Ryan has accomplished much during his tenure and I want to thank him for his service to our Nation". The Trump Administration will be announcing the new Secretary of the Interior next week. Zinke has been the target of an Interior Department's inspector general investigation over concerns about his travel and and "potential conflicts of interest," which reports says were factors in his decision to step down as Secretary.
President Trump Celebrates as Federal judge rules Obamacare as ‘unconstitutional’
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President Trump Celebrates as Federal judge rules Obamacare as ‘unconstitutional’

A federal judge in Texas has ruled the Affordable Care Act otherwise called 'Obamacare' unconstitutional, finding that the law cannot stand now that Congress has rolled back the mandate that everyone carry health insurance or pay a fine.   The new ruling poses a significant threat to the Affordable Care Act’s most popular and most sweeping health insurance reforms. If affirmed at higher courts, it could roll back Obamacare’s ban on preexisting conditions. Insurers would once again be able to charge sick patients higher premiums.   The Trump administration had partially supported this lawsuit, filing a brief asking the court to overturn Obamacare’s ban on preexisting conditions.  “The Court finds the Individual Mandate ‘is essential to’ and inserverable from ‘the other...
Trump Orders All Liberians In America To Vacate The Country Within 12 Months
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Trump Orders All Liberians In America To Vacate The Country Within 12 Months

President Trump said on Tuesday he will end a special immigration program that has allowed nearly 4,000 Liberians to legally live and work in the U.S. over the past 25 years. Liberians will now face a similar situation to thousands of people from El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua, and Sudan who had their Temporary Protected Status (TPS) terminated by the Trump administration. They either have to leave the country at the expiration of the deadline or risk becoming undocumented immigrants facing deportation. Liberians were first granted TPS in March 1991 under former President George H.W. Bush due to armed conflicts that were gripping the country, and starting in 1999, Liberians were transferred into a separate program called Deferred Enforced Departure, a classification that allowed th...
Jerusalem Vote: Trump Vows; I Will Destroy Nigeria – Calls Buhari ‘Senseless Man’
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Jerusalem Vote: Trump Vows; I Will Destroy Nigeria – Calls Buhari ‘Senseless Man’

This is trending report in what appears to be a major diplomatic face-off over Nigeria’s vote at the United Nations last week against Jerusalem as Israeli capital, United States President Donald Trump has vowed to sink Nigeria and destroy it’s leadership, according to report by a Jewish newspaper. Prior to the vote last week, Trump had warned that America would deal with any country that voted against Jerusalem. Nigeria was one of the many countries that voted against Jerusalem. According to an Israeli newspaper Jews News (jewsnews.co.il), Trump has threatened to impose sanctions on Nigeria in response to how Nigeria voted against Jerusalem at the UN meeting. In a report published on Monday (today) entitled: ‘SO IT BEGINS: Trump MAJORLY Sanctions Nigeria Over Vote Against Jerusalem – W...
Trump Administration Announces End Of DACA Immigration Protection Program
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Trump Administration Announces End Of DACA Immigration Protection Program

The White House confirmed its decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which provides work permits to nearly a million undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as minors with their parents. DACA was established by executive action in 2012 by former President, Barack Obama to enable undocumented immigrants who had come to the United States with their parents to apply for a two-year work permit which prohibited the possibility of deportation. Trump wrestled with the decision, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in the daily White House press briefing on Monday. She added that Trump had spoken with people both opposed and in favour of the program, including its recipients, although she did not provide any specifics. With the Trum...
US Lawmakers Slam Trump’s ‘Fire And Fury’ Toward North Korea
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US Lawmakers Slam Trump’s ‘Fire And Fury’ Toward North Korea

President Donald Trump faced criticism from lawmakers in both parties on Tuesday after warning that North Korea would “face fire and fury like the world has never seen” if Pyongyang keeps threatening the United States. Senate Armed Services Chairman John McCain said he took exception to Trump’s comments, warning that the President might not be able to follow through with the threats he is making. “I take exception to the President’s comments because you’ve got to be sure that you can do what you say you’re going to do,” the Arizona Republican said in an interview with Phoenix radio station KTAR. “The great leaders I’ve seen don’t threaten unless they’re ready to act and I’m not sure President Trump is ready to act.” Trump threatens North Korea after US assesses they have miniaturi...
Nicolas Maduro Defiant As US Slaps Him With Sanctions
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Nicolas Maduro Defiant As US Slaps Him With Sanctions

A defiant President Nicolas Maduro mocked fresh US sanctions against him after a disputed and deadly weekend vote in Venezuela to elect a new legislative body. The sanctions came as electoral authorities said more than eight million Venezuelans voted on Sunday to create a constitutional assembly - a turnout doubted by independent analysts. The election, which spurred unrest that killed at least 10 people, was labelled illegitimate by leaders across the Americas and Europe. Maduro, however, said on Monday evening that he had no intention of deviating from plans to rewrite the constitution and lashed out at US sanctions, saying the move smacked of "imperialism". "They don't intimidate me. The threats and sanctions of the empire don't intimidate me for a moment," Maduro told a che...
John McCain’s ‘No’ Vote Helps Derail The Senate Health Care Bill
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John McCain’s ‘No’ Vote Helps Derail The Senate Health Care Bill

Just days after John McCain was diagnosed with brain cancer, he flew in to Washington, D.C., from Arizona on the pretense that he would help save Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s health care bill. In the end, he helped derail it. Just hours after Senate leadership had unveiled its “better health care bill,” the measure failed 51-49, a stunning defeat for McConnell, who had been frantically trying to whip up the necessary votes for days. Since this was passing under the budget’s reconciliation process, Senate leadership only needed 50 votes. With 52 Senators in the conference, that means they could only afford two defections. They ended up with three: Sens. Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and McCain. The final Republican bill would have repealed the employe...
China Set For Showdown With North Korea
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China Set For Showdown With North Korea

There are indications that China could engage North Korea following series of missile tests by Pyongyang and the refusal of its leader Kim Jong-un to stop actions capable of endangering peace in the Korean Peninsula. Subsequently, the Chinese military has reportedly been building up defenses along its border with North Korea that coincide with warnings by President Trump that he is considering military action over Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons push. The Wall Street Journal, citing a review of official military and government websites and interviews with experts, reported that Beijing has built bunkers to protect against nuclear blasts, established a new border brigade and a 24-hour surveillance of the mountainous frontier. The preparations are intended to respond to worst-case scena...
US Certifies Iran Nuclear Deal, But Vows New Sanctions
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US Certifies Iran Nuclear Deal, But Vows New Sanctions

The Trump administration has for the second time declared that Iran is complying with the nuclear deal, but threatened more sanctions for breaching the “spirit” of the agreement. The announcement came just hours before the midnight deadline for US President Donald Trump to inform congress whether Iran had met the terms of the 2015 nuclear deal. “The conditions have been met, based on information available to the United States,” one official said during a briefing with reporters on Monday. In a shift from Trump’s campaign promise to “rip up” the “worst deal ever”, officials said that the administration was working with US allies to try to fix the agreement’s flaws, including the expiration of some nuclear restrictions after a decade or more. Officials also said that the US would...
CNN’s Chief Lays Blame On Trump For Threats
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CNN’s Chief Lays Blame On Trump For Threats

CNN chief Jeff Zucker says the level of threats faced by his journalists is more serious than people realize and he lays the blame squarely at the feet of President Donald Trump and other politicians he says try to delegitimize the press. Zucker called it “unconscionable and dangerous and they should know better.” CNN has frequently been the target of Trump’s complaints about “fake news.” Anti-CNN chants were heard from the audience at some of Trump’s campaign rallies last year. It didn’t involve CNN, but recently elected Montana congressman Greg Gianforte pleaded guilty to body-slamming a newspaper reporter who had asked him a question the night before his special election victory. “This is what happens when you try to delegitimize an institution that is trying to do its job,” Zu...
Trump Cancels Obama Policy For Illegal Immigrant Families
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Trump Cancels Obama Policy For Illegal Immigrant Families

The Trump administration announced on Thursday that it is cancelling an Obama-era policy to allow millions of illegal-immigrant parents of children born in the United States to stay in the country. The 2014 policy, known as DAPA, for Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents, aimed to help the families of so-called “dreamer” children stay together free from the threat of deportation. It was never implemented after 26 states successfully sued in a Texas federal district court to block it. The US Supreme Court let the lower court ruling stand last year after a four-four tie vote. Set out in a memo from the administration of then-president Barack Obama, the policy said the government would defer any action against illegal immigrant parents of children wh...
Comey Accuses Trump Administration Of Defaming Him, ‘Lies’
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Comey Accuses Trump Administration Of Defaming Him, ‘Lies’

Former FBI Director James Comey on Thursday accused the Trump administration of defaming him and telling lies about the agency. He, however, declined to offer his opinion on whether President Donald Trump sought to obstruct justice by asking him to drop an investigation into the former national security advisor. Comey told U.S. lawmakers at a hearing before a Senate panel he was confused by “the shifting explanations” given by the Trump administration for his firing on May 9. “Although the law required no reason at all to fire the FBI director, the administration then chose to defame me and more importantly the FBI by saying that the organization was in disarray, that the workforce had lost confidence in its leader,” Comey said. “Those were lies, plain and simple, and I am so s...
Painting Of Donald Trump Kissing Pope Francis
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Painting Of Donald Trump Kissing Pope Francis

‘Devil’ Trump kisses the Pope in life-sized mural pasted onto a wall near the Vatican two weeks before they are due to meet Pope has a halo around his head while American president has devilish horns The caption on the sash of the pope's cassock reads 'the good forgives the evil' Francis and Trump will meet at the Vatican on May 24 during his tour of Italy A life-sized mural that shows Donald Trump kissing Pope Francis on the lips has appeared on a wall near the Vatican. The painting, which depicts the pontiff with a halo around his head while the American president sports devilish horns, was created in Rome on Thursday. The caption on the sash of the pope's cassock reads 'the good forgives the evil.' The mural - painted less than two weeks before the pair are due to meet ...
North Korean Envoy At UN Warns Of Nuclear War Possibility
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North Korean Envoy At UN Warns Of Nuclear War Possibility

United Nations. Only at a North Korean press conference at the United Nations, can you hear a diplomat say he hoped journalists had a good holiday weekend and then warn of possible thermonuclear war. North Korea has consistently issued threats of war toward the United States in recent decades, but the Trump administration's announced end of a "strategic patience" policy with Pyongyang has upped the ante in terms of warnings and bellicose rhetoric. North Korea's UN deputy representative, Kim In Ryong, on Monday unleashed at a hastily called UN press conference a torrent of threats, war scenarios and rhetoric aimed at the United States. The press event was held hours after US Vice President Mike Pence visited the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea. Pence warned North Kore...
Former Manchester United striker Dwight Yorke Denied Entry To The United States
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Former Manchester United striker Dwight Yorke Denied Entry To The United States

Dwight Yorke, the former Manchester United striker, was denied entry to the United States as he ‘had an Iranian stamp on his passport’. The 45-year-old was travelling to his home country of Trinidad and Tobago via the US when the incident occurred on Friday. Yorke works as an ambassador for United, representing his former club in charity matches and commercial events, but the journey in question was conducted while he was on personal business. Yorke has since told The Sun that he was barred from entering the US due to an Iranian stamp on his passport, having played in a charity match in Tehran in 2015. The incident came to light after a tweet by Richard Keys, the beIN Sports presenter. Yorke occasionally appears alongside Keys on the Dubai-based network’s coverage of European f...
Despite Trump, Ford Moves Ahead With Plans For Mexico Plants
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Despite Trump, Ford Moves Ahead With Plans For Mexico Plants

Ford Mexico CEO Gabriel Lopez said at a company event in Mexico City Thursday that it's going ahead with plans to expand two of its plants -- an engine plant in Chihuahua and a transmission plant in Irapuato. These plans aren't new -- they were first announced in 2015. But they may seem at odds with all the recent buzz about U.S. automakers bringing jobs back to the U.S., particularly Ford, amid pressure from Trump. Related: On Mexican auto jobs, Trump misses the point. Most workers make parts, not cars Ford got a lot of attention last month when it dropped its plans to build a $1.6 billion assembly plant in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. But the small car production originally planned for the discontinued San Luis Potosi plant is shifting to an existing Ford Mexican assembly plant, not retur...
Nigerian Group Requests $500 Million From Trump Administration
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Nigerian Group Requests $500 Million From Trump Administration

The rancorous reign of the 45th US President faces a fresh controversy. A Nigerian economic and social rights group has written to the White House demanding the return of $500 million of stolen funds, which it claims are being held by the US. "(We urge) the administration to attach and release to Nigeria some $500 million worth of US-based proceeds of corruption traced to former Nigerian dictator General Sani Abacha," the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) wrote in an open letter. The letter cites US obligations as a signatory to the UN Convention Against Corruption, and demands that the government "promptly initiate civil asset forfeiture proceedings" to ensure that the funds are swiftly returned to Nigeria. General Sani Abacha was a notorious dictator who le...
Buhari May Speak To Nigerians By Phone Soon – Presidency
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Buhari May Speak To Nigerians By Phone Soon – Presidency

President Muhammadu Buhari may soon speak by telephone to Nigerians. Buhari’s media adviser, Femi Adesina made the disclosure on Monday night during a live political programme on Channels TV. Adesina said: “Yes, he (Buhari) said maybe, he will speak to Nigerians by phone, and I also say maybe. “That issue of his coming back is already in the public domain in the letter that was transmitted to the National Assembly. He said as soon as he has an ‘all-clear’ on his health, he’ll be back. I think that issue has been settled “I communicate what has been told to me. Unless I receive a definite communication that says the president will be back on this date. Then, I can say. Otherwise, I’ll just be making a guess, if I say anything that has not been said to me. Don’t forget that I’m a...
U.S. National Security Adviser, General Flynn, Resigns
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U.S. National Security Adviser, General Flynn, Resigns

Embattled White House national security adviser Michael Flynn resigned Monday night, two sources tell CNN. His departure came just after reports surfaced the Justice Department warned the Trump administration last month that Flynn misled administration officials regarding his communications with the Russian ambassador to the United States and was potentially vulnerable to blackmail by the Russians. The move comes less than a month into the job, making him one of the shortest-serving senior presidential advisers in modern history. The sudden exit marks the most public display yet of disarray at the highest levels of the new administration, which has faced repeated questions over a slew of controversies and reports of infighting among senior aides during its first three weeks. The shak...
Bishop Says PM Pleased With Trump Chat
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Bishop Says PM Pleased With Trump Chat

Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop says the best days of the Australia-US alliance lie ahead after Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull spoke with US President Donald Trump. Ms Bishop was tight lipped about the details of the prime minister's phone call with the president other than saying it was a "very positive discussion about a whole range of issues". She declined to say if the asylum seeker deal brokered between Mr Turnbull and former US president Barack Obama last year would stand despite Mr Trump's harsh new actions on refugees and citizens of Iran, Iraq, Syria and four other mostly Muslim nations. But it is understood Mr Trump assured Mr Turnbull that the refugee arrangement between the two countries would stand under his presidency. "I won't go into the ...
US Trade Chief Warns Against Quitting TPP
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US Trade Chief Warns Against Quitting TPP

US President Barack Obama's departing chief trade negotiator has warned the Trump administration on Tuesday that it risks abdicating US leadership in Asia by scrapping the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The TPP is a free trade deal covering 12 countries in the Pacific Rim, including Australia. Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says he raised the issue with president-elect Donald Trump when the two spoke soon after Trump's election win. Michael Froman, in his final speech as US Trade Representative, said he agreed with Trump's plan to take a tough stance on trade with China, adding that the Obama administration has filed 15 challenges to that country's practices at the World Trade Organisation over eight years. But he said withdrawing from the Trans-Pacific Part...

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