AFTER HIGHLIGHTING WHY ROY MOORE SHOULD WIN, TRUMP EXHORTS HIM TO ‘GO, GET DEMOCRATS’

Hours after his strongest defense of Roy Moore yet, the controversial Republican nominee for the United States Senate election who has even been refuted by many Republicans, US President Donald Trump formally endorsed him in a phone call, pushing the Republican National Committee (RNC) to resume campaign ties with Moore which it had severed last month after allegations by many women that Moore sexually abused them when they were minors.

Trump’s formal endorsement of Roy Moore extended the line of strong views on why he was supporting Moore. Trump exhorted Moore to ‘go, get them (his Democratic rivals)’ after letting America, the world and Moore’s Republican critics know why a Moore victory was a crisis issue for Trump and his party (the Republican Party).

Linking Moore’s victory to the successful implementation of the Republican agenda in the US Congress, Trump highlighted that how the refusal of the Democrats was obstructing the passage of many Republican legislative reforms including the new US tax code. The Republic tax code has divided the US society with many strongly disapproving it. Democrats are calling it a scam that would benefit only wealthy Americans and corporations. “Democrats’ refusal to give even one vote for massive tax cuts is why we need Republican Roy Moore to win in Alabama. We need his vote on stopping crime, illegal immigration, border wall, military, pro life, V.A., Judges 2nd Amendment and more,” Trump wrote on Twitter highlighting the Republican legislative agenda.

Targetting the Democrat nominee Doug Jones, a former attorney, Trump called him a puppet of Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, the minority leaders in the US Congress. “Putting Pelosi/Schumer Liberal Puppet Jones into office in Alabama would hurt our great Republican Agenda of low on taxes, tough on crime, strong on military and borders…and so much more. Look at your 401-k’s since Election. Highest Stock Market ever! Jobs are roaring back!” Trump wrote further on Twitter.

Roy Moore is former chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court. His life and career have been controversial and it is not just these sexual abuse allegations that he has vehemently denied. He was who was removed twice from his position of chief justice for abusing his position to take contrary positions from established judicial norms. Trump has defended Moore to garner more numbers in the US Congress to support his agenda that even many Republican don’t follow. For the record, he says as Moore has denied all allegations against him and nothing has been proved, so there is no case.

Moore, who is nicknamed ‘The Ten Commandments Judge’ for installing a Ten Commandment granite monument in a judicial building for which he was punished, is a hardliner like Trump whose first indication on supporting Moore was the statement that “we don’t need liberals there (in the US Congress). Moore says the US Congress should not have Muslim members and calls homosexuality illegal despite the US Supreme Court making it legal a long back. The Senate election from Alabama is due on December 12 and was necessitated after resignation of Jeff Sessions in February this year after he was appointed US Attorney General by Trump.

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TRUMP BATS FOR ROY MOORE, IN HIS STRONGEST DEFENSE YET

In his strongest defense yet of Roy Moore, the controversial Republican nominee for the United States Senate from Alabama, US President Donald Trump has linked the victory of Moore to successful implementation of the Republican agenda.

Tying Moore’s election from the state, represented by US Attorney General Jeff Sessions earlier, with numbers game in the US Congress, Trump highlighted that how the refusal of the Democrats was obstructing the passage of the new US tax code that Republican consider a sweeping reform. The Republic tax code has divided the US society with many strongly disapproving it. Democrats are calling it a scam that would benefit only wealthy Americans and corporations.

With the Senate passing the new US tax code this Friday, both chambers of the US Congress, including the House, have passed the legislation that intends to introduce sweeping structural reforms to the taxation practices in the US. The legislation will also be the first major legislative victory for the Republicans who have failed to repeal and replace Obamacare, their long-term agenda and one of the main campaign promises, despite their numerical dominance in the US Congress, indicating that their own house is not in order.

Batting for Moore, former chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court and a controversial figure who was removed twice from his position and who is also facing allegations of being involved in sexual abuse on minor girls, Trump targeted the Democrat nominee Doug Jones, a former attorney, without naming him. He called him a puppet of Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, the minority leaders in the US Congress, whose election would further hurt the Republican agenda of introducing measures on lowering taxes, tougher laws on crime, stopping illegal immigration, strengthening military and defending the US borders.

Trump has defended Moore to garner more numbers in the US Congress to support his agenda that even many Republican don’t follow. For the record, he says as Moore has denied all allegations against him and nothing has been proved, so there is no case.

Moore, who is nicknamed ‘The Ten Commandments Judge’ for installing a Ten Commandment granite monument in a judicial building for which he was punished, is a hardliner like Trump who endorsed his nomination saying “we don’t need liberals there (in the US Congress). Moore says the US Congress should not have Muslim members and calls homosexuality illegal despite the US Supreme Court making it legal a long back and says.

The Senate election from Alabama is due on December 12 and was necessitated after resignation of Sessions in February this year after he was appointed US Attorney General by Trump.

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ONLY TRUMP CAN DO IT! HUMILIATES AND LECTURES JAPAN WHILE IN JAPAN!

US President Donald Trump is known for routinely exceeding his brief, adding improvisations to his prepared speech that normally land his team in trouble and this time it has come from Japan which is Trump’s first strop during his 12-day five nation Asian tour. The other countries on Trump’s itinerary are China, Vietnam, South Korea and The Philippines.

Trump was addressing a news conference in Tokyo today and everything was going fine till he was reading from his prepared speech. But the moment he took a detour, it all came crashing down when Trump spoke something that not only stunned the members of his delegation but also humiliated his host, the Japanese.

While the prepared speech of Trump was praising Japan’s economy, his impromptu addition took a different track which not only showed Japan’s economy in poor light but also humiliated the country’s pride dragging in undue comparison between Japan’s and US’ economies.

“I don’t know if Japan’s economy is as good as ours. I think not. OK? We’re going to try to keep it that way. And you’ll be second,” an MSNBC report* quoted Trump saying. Certainly not a diplomatic finesse, especially when the host country is a major global power, your friend and an important ally.

Trump’s impromptu addition to his speech reiterated another of Trump’s characteristics, that he doesn’t care for facts while speaking out his mind. He said Japanese economy can only be second to the US economy while the fact is China overtook Japan as the world’s second largest economy in 2011 and will be bigger than even the US economy well before 2030, a study* by PricewaterhouseCoopers says. Even India’s economy will overtake the US economy by 2050.

Trump did not stop at it. He also lectured Japan to remilitarise, procure weapons from the US and shoot down North Korean missiles. In spite of sanctions, North Korea has developed the inter-continental ballistic missile (ICBM) threatening to hit the US mainland. The rogue nation facing tough UN Security Council and global sanctions has also detonated a hydrogen bomb and has declared itself a nuclear power. It recently fired two missiles over Japan.

“Abe will shoot them out of the sky when he completes the purchase of lots of additional military equipment from the United States. The prime minister is going to be purchasing massive amounts of military equipment, as he should. And we make the best military equipment by far,” Trump said* after his summit with Abe.

And then Trump came to his favourite, America’s trade imbalance with countries like China, Japan and Germany. These three countries account for $483 billion of the trade deficit the US has with the top slot goes to China with which the US has a trade deficit of $349 billion followed by Japan ($69 billion) and German ($65 billion).

While addressing the business community, Trump declared Japan had not reciprocated in the same way as the US did when it came to trade ties but now Trump was working on to correct it*, “We want free and reciprocal trade but right now our trade with Japan is not free and it’s not reciprocal and I know it will be and we’ve started the process.” An ingenious way that Trump suggested the Japanese to lower the trade deficit burden the US had was to buy more and more military hardware from the US.

He also committed another factual blunder. He asked the Japanese carmakers to come to the US to manufacture and sell their cars instead of exporting them*, “Try building your cars in the United States instead of shipping them over. Is that possible to ask? That’s not rude. Is that rude? I don’t think so” while the fact is 75 per cent of Japanese cars or three out of four sold in America are built in North America.

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TRUMP’S RATINGS

US President Donald Trump has had consistently low approval ratings ever since inaugural of his government on January 20 this year. A latest approval rating (Marist College Institute of Public Opinion) released two days ago found 58 per cent of its respondents strongly disapproving the Trump Administration while another 20 per cent opined that Trump would be known as an average president.

Earlier, a poll result (Morning Consult) on October 18 had found Trump’s approval rating dipping in all of 50 US states, many of which he had won with large margins. At 37.8 per cent, Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight analysis shows Trump’s approval rating are still hovering around the crisis of being historically low. And this has been the case right from Trump’s first month in the White House. No authentic poll can found him on a good standing. Polls, in fact, have found him to be the least popular US president ever since such statistical practices began to keep gauge of them.

Another marker of people’s trust in Trump administration is the way it has handled the aftermath of three big hurricanes, Harvey, Irma and Maria. According to a CNN poll, a September poll found Trump rating at 64 per cent after Harvey and Irma but it drastically came down to 44 per cent after Maria hurricane which ravaged Puerto Rico and millions are still looking for proper rehabilitation, after a month the hurricane hit. Trump, in fact, was panned for his inhuman comments that he made multiple times on Puerto Rican debt when the residents of the US territory in the Caribbean were staring at

But like always happens, like Trump always dismisses such polls, and in fact anything and everything that criticises him, Trump again tweeted today to claim all such developments as fake news efforts and like he always does, tried to shield behind stock market or job creation figures though it is debatable how much of it is due to the efforts of his administration.

And people who dump Trump are right there, we can see them if we see the comment thread of Trump’s tweet. The first comment says the stock market has been “following the same trend for the past 8 years” while the next one thanks Trump’s predecessor Barack Obama for it, “When the stock market breaks the current trend-line that Obama started 8 years ago, then you can take some credit. Until then, Thanks Obama!” The thread comment is full of views that Trump is bragging about something that ideally has been a trend for years and Trump has no claims to fame here.

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PREET BHARARA JOINS BOB CORKER IN MOCKING TRUMP FOR THREATENING NEWS NETWORKS

The article originally appeared on India Today on October 12.

Preet Bharara, former US Attorney and a known critic of US President Donald Trump, mocked him for trying to threaten news networks. Bharara was appointed by Barack Obama as US Attorney for Manhattan where he served for many years before being fired by Trump this March, a fact that Bharara has mentioned in his Twitter bio.

While replying to a tweet where Trump indicated he might challenge broadcast license of media houses, Bharara quipped, “Adult day care shift alert, please report for duty”, in an apparent reference to Republican Senator Bob Corker, a supporter-turned-critic of Trump, who has called the US president a political novice whose outbursts have become so routine that the White House has become an adult day care centre.

Bob Corker heads the powerful US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and has been a strong anti-Trump voice on issues like Trump Administration’s handling of the North Korean nuclear crisis and the changes Trump is trying to make to the US tax regime. Trump and Corker are engaged in a bitter war of words these days and they routinely exchange barbs.

Bharara also questioned if it was possible to a get a ruling it happens so tagging Ajit Pai, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the agency that regulates the media and communications industry in the US.

Earlier in the day, Trump had blasted the NBC News alleging it for producing a fake story which said Trump had asked for tenfold rise in US nuclear arsenal in a meeting with national security officials earlier this summer after which Rex Tillerson, the US Secretary of State, had termed him a “moron”.

While dismissing the row if Tillerson really called him a moron, Trump said in an interview yesterday, “I think it’s fake news, but if he did that, I guess we’ll have to compare IQ tests. And I can tell you who is going to win.” And today, in a series of tweets, he complained that the NBC report was “pure fiction, meant to demean.

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IRKED BY REPORT, DONALD TRUMP ASKS: WHEN IS IT APPROPRIATE TO CHALLENGE NEWS NETWORKS’ LICENSES?

The article originally appeared on India Today on October 11.

US President Donald Trump asked when it would be “appropriate” to challenge the licenses of American media outlets like the network NBC, which he accused of carrying a fake story about him.

Quoting three sources, the NBC report in question said Trump told the US’ “highest-ranking national security leaders” that he wanted “what amounted to a nearly tenfold increase” in America’s nuclear arsenal.

It also said Trump’s Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, was heard calling his boss a “moron” after the meeting.

On Wednesday, Trump complained in a tweet that the report was “pure fiction, meant to demean.”

Trump says that since he won last year’s presidential polls, media outlets have run several fake stories targeting him.

He routinely blasts networks running stories he finds uncomfortable – be it CNN, the New York Times or the Washington Post.

In March, Trump threatened to end White House Press briefings after a row over the ouster of former FBI director James Comey, even thought it was his press office that was at fault.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who was then the White House’s deputy Press Secretary, first said Comey’s firing wouldn’t affect the investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the US presidential election.

Then, she said Comey’s removal would hasten the investigation. But Donald Trump himself later said he’d fired Comey to ensure that “the Russian meddling investigation is done absolutely properly.”

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DONALD TRUMP THREATENS TO CHALLENGE LICENSE OF NEWS NETWORKS CRITICAL OF HIM

US President Donald Trump is threatening media outfits again, this time raising a possibility that he in fact can challenge their broadcast license in future.

Blasting a NBC News investigation that said Donald Trump wanted a tenfold increase in the US nuclear stockpile, Trump wrote on his Twitter handle, “NBC News made up a story that I wanted a “tenfold” increase in U.S. nuclear arsenal. Pure fiction, made up to demean. NBC = CNN!”, declaring the whole piece fake.

The meeting with highest ranking national security officials of the US where Trump made the comment took place this summer. NBC News also reported that after Trump’s remarks, Rex Tillerson, his Secretary of State, termed him a moron, something which was also called a fake news piece by Trump. While dismissing the row over Tillerson’s moron jibe, Trump, in fact, went on to say that even if Tillerson said that, he was ready for an IQ test.

While blasting NBC News, Trump further said that media networks producing fake stories was bad for country and questioned when and “at what point was it appropriate to challenge their License.”

Trump says since he won the Presidential polls, media outfits have run multiple fake stories targeting him and he routinely blasts networks running stories uncomfortable to him, be it CNN, the New York Times or the Washington Post or any other one.

In March, Trump had threatened to stop the White House Press briefings after row over FBI director James Comey’s ouster even if it was his press office that was at fault.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders, deputy Press Secretary of the White House then, first said Comey’s firing would not affect at all the investigation into the Russian meddling in the US presidential election last year. Then she said Comey’s removal would hasten the investigation. But all of this was latter dumped by Donald Trump himself who said he fired Comey to ensure that “the Russian meddling investigation is done absolutely properly.”

Also, before it, several White House officials sent out messages that Comey’s firing was for mishandling the email leak issue of Hillary Clinton and was, in no way, related to the investigation into Russian hacking. The White House press briefings have been a tradition since 1929 when the first White House Press Secretary George Akerson was appointed by President Herbert Hoover.

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DONALD TRUMP’S BEHAVIOUR COULD PUT AMERICA ON THE PATH TO WORLD WAR III, SAYS TOP US LAWMAKER

The article originally appeared on India Today.

Republican US Senator Bob Corker told a leading American daily on Sunday that the threats President Donald Trump has made to other nations could put the US “on the path to World War III.”

Corker, an influential voice on US foreign policy, made this grim forecast in an interview with the New York Times (NYT). The newspaper called it “an extraordinary rebuke of a president of his own party.”

Donald Trump had earlier posted a series of tweets in which he claimed Corker had “begged” him to endorse his re-election bid in the US state of Tennessee (which he represents as a Senator), and that he left the race when the President refused.

He said Corker wanted to be Secretary of State, and accused the senator of being responsible for “the horrendous Iran Deal” – a 2015 agreement that limited Tehran’s nuclear program, which Trump has now threatened to decertify.

“…Hence, I would fully expect Corker to be a negative voice and stand in the way of our great agenda. Didn’t have the guts to run!” he wrote in the last tweet.

Bob Corker told NYT that Trump was behaving “like he’s doing ‘The Apprentice’ or something,” referring to a reality show that Trump hosted for many years.

“I know for a fact that every single day at the White House, it’s a situation of trying to contain him,” Corker told the newspaper.

The senator, who in the interview refuted the President’s claims that he’d asked for his endorsement, also hit back on Twitter.

Bob Corker heads the powerful US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. He is a supporter-turned-critic of Donald Trump – especially of his handling of issues like the North Korean nuclear crisis, or the changes he’s trying to make to the US tax regime.

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SENATOR BOB CORKER HITS BACK, SAYS DONALD TRUMP IS PUSHING US TO WORLD WAR III

A day after Trump’s vitriolic verbal attack, Republican Senator from Tennessee, Bob Corker, has hit back saying Trump is running the White House like a reality show and his reckless acts may push the United States to the World War III.

In what was described as “an extraordinary rebuke of a president of his own party”, the New York Times quoted Corker saying “President Trump was treating his office like a reality show….like he’s doing ‘The Apprentice’ or something….and his reckless threats toward other countries could set the nation on the path to World War III.” The Apprentice, a reality show judging business skills of its participants, was hosted by Donald Trump for many years.

Corker didn’t stop at it. He further said that “Trump was a political novice who failed to make the transition from show business and with his irresponsible outbursts, every single day at the White House, it’s a situation of trying to contain him.”

Corker also rejected Trump’s claims that he had begged him for mercy. Donald Trump had tweeted yesterday to let the world know, “Corker begged me to endorse him for re-election in Tennessee as he could not win without my endorsement.”

Corker said in his New York Times interview that he had already decided that he would not seek re-election and it was instead Trump who was insisting him to run for re-election, “When I told him that that just wasn’t in the cards, he said, ‘You know, if you run, I’ll endorse you.’ I said, ‘Mr. President, it’s just not in the cards; I’ve already made a decision.’ So then we began talking about other candidates that were running.”

In his outburst against Corker yesterday, Trump had also reminded us that Corker was behind the ‘horrendous’ Iran nuclear Deal and that he wanted to be the US Secretary of State and that how Trump could have allowed the re-election of such a person! Conservative Republicans blame Corker for passage of Barack Obama’s Iran Nuclear Deal as even if Corker sounded his opposition to the bill, he did not really act when it came to voting. Now Trump has threatened to decertify the Iran deal.

Senator Corker who also heads the powerful US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations has been representing Tennessee since 2007. Last month, after weeks of speculation, he finally announced that he would not seek re-election the next year.

Corker is an influential voice on US foreign policy. And he is a strong supporter turned strong critic of Donald Trump, especially of his ways to handle issues like the North Korean nuclear tension or the changes he is trying to bring to the US tax regime.

And this strong rebuttal says Corker is expected to become even more critical of the Trump administration in the days to come, and as he is an influential voice, so, in a seemingly pre-emptive offensive, Trump has also tried to set the narrative from his perspective by saying that “he fully expects Corker to be a negative voice and stand in the way of his ‘great’ agenda.”

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