Taliban warns of more US dead after Trump says he cancelled peace talks

President tweets that he called off planned Camp David meeting after Kabul attack killed US soldier Afghanistan scheduled for Sunday that would have brought him face to face with Taliban leaders at Camp David, the presidential retreat in the hills of Maryland state with the Islamist militant group warning on Sunday that the snub meant more American lives would be lost. The US president made the remarkable claim in a series of tweets on Saturday evening declaring he had called off the negotiations after the Taliban claimed responsibility for a blast in Kabul that killed 12 people including a US soldier on Thursday. What kind of people would kill so many in order to seemingly strengthen their bargaining position? Trump …

Trump seems to think he’s an emperor but we are not entertained | Lloyd Green

Commodus was mad and, at least the way Russell Crowe told it, it took a heroic gladiator to bring him down. America has the polls Hail the imperial cult: ancient Rome is reborn on the Potomac. This week, Donald Trump ascribed to himself the roles of Chosen One, a first for an American president but definitely not for an emperor. Then, to immediately start looking for an alternative to China. The president cited no authority for his directive, but then again it looks like Trump thinks the law and he are one and the same and that Article II of the constitution is a limitless font of power, Congress and the courts be damned. To quote him: Then I have …

Trump lines up loyalist as Coats leaves US intelligence chief post

Dan Coats to go next month after turbulent two years of disagreements with president Dan Coats, one of the most senior national security officials willing to contradict Donald Trump, will leave the post of US director of national intelligence next month, the president has said. Trump said Coats would go on 15 August and that he will nominate John Ratcliffe, a Texas representative and staunch loyalist, to the post. The relationship between Coats and Trump was marked by turbulence. Coats public, and sometimes personal, disagreements with Trump over policy and intelligence included Russian interference in the US election and North Korean nuclear capabilities. Trump had long been skeptical of the nations intelligence agencies, which provoked his ire by concluding that …

Trump’s far-right Twitter summit: the most bizarre highlights

Here are some of the highlights from the gathering of far-right propagandists, conspiracy theorists and YouTube agitators Donald Trumps so-called social media summit on Thursday was off to an inauspicious start before it even began. Just as a rogues gallery of Trumpist lawmakers, far-right propagandists, conspiracy theorists and YouTube agitators gathered at the White House for a collective airing of grievances, Twitter experienced @whitehouse, @briankarem calling him a “punk.” then someone remarked that gorka could “kick your punk ass.” again, this happened… in the rose garden.vid from pic.twitter.com/F88NX4lWk7 exchanging words, Gorka stormed over to Karem as if a fight was about to break out. Youre not a journalist, youre a punk! he shouted. The Secret Service intervened. Twitters bias Daniel …

This Fourth of July, Trump will star in a movie of his own making

We will view the presidents remake of Gladiator, the Oscar-winning tale of a debauched and self-venerating Roman emperor Donald Trump won the presidency but never scored an Emmy for the Apprentice despite 15 seasons and 192 episodes. Come this Independence Day, however, the president will star in a movie of his own making. On the Fourth of July, the president will produce and take center stage in his own remake of Gladiator, Ridley Scotts Academy Award-winning tale of a debauched and self-venerating Roman emperor. Broadcast and filmed before a live audience from the Lincoln Memorial, Trumps extravaganza looms as a cinematic production befitting his politics and persona. flanked by the service branches brass, Trump will seek to honor himself as …

Trump in North Korea: history as farce first time round | Michael H Fuchs

The president stepped over the DMZ to meet his favourite dictator. He came back with a mere promise of new talks Donald Trump had to publicly thinks Kim is his friend and a great leader. He even claims he defending Kims human rights abuses. He even wished the American people would treat him more like the North Korean people are forced, at gunpoint, to treat Kim. Trump has given away US leverage for nothing. His rush into a first summit was ill advised but tested a theory of top-down engagement. A second summit squandered an opportunity because Trump again rushed in without having a deal squared away in advance. This third meeting has proven just how easily Kim can extract …

Trump Calls Out London Mayor Over Stabbings In The City, So Someone Compares It To US Statistics

Trump retweeted right-wing commentator Katie Hopkins, who referred to the capital as ‘Stab-City’ and called for his replacement. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said it was “absolutely awful” Mr. Trump was using the “tragedy of people being murdered to attack the mayor.” In response to his attack on Khan, many media outlets pointed out that before the president judged London, he should take a look at his own backyard – as statistics show that violence in U.S. cities far exceed London. U.S. President Donald Trump attacked London Mayor Sadiq Khan on Twitter again in the wake of violent attacks over the weekend Image credits: Image credits: Image credits: Image credits: realDonaldTrump And in July last year, President Trump said Mr Khan …

30 Best Ways That Brits Responded To Trumps Visits

US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump are currently visiting the UK as part of their June 3-5 state visit. As expected, the people on the Internet as well as people in the streets kept their eyes on the unfolding events, ready to spill their thoughts and opinions. And everyone knows when it comes to Donald Trump, opinions are boiling hot and plenty. Last year, President Trump made his first official visit to the UK and many people in the country banded together to protest his appearance. Thousands marched in London as well as other cities, bearing signs showing their dislike for the US President. This year is no different in that regard as protests are being planned …

Trump would face obstruction charges if he wasn’t president, prosecutors say

Hundreds of former prosecutors sign open letter, saying it was clear Trump would have faced charges of obstruction of justice Hundreds of former federal prosecutors and counting signed an Donald Trump would have faced multiple felony charges of obstruction of justice if he were not president. Multiple aspects of Trumps conduct described in a report of the Robert Mueller were probably criminal, the prosecutors write. Mueller had declined to weigh whether to charge Trump, citing justice department guidelines prohibiting the indictment of a sitting president. But the letters signatories, which include prominent Republicans from administrations going back to Richard Nixon, said it was clear that Trump would have faced charges had he not been protected by the guidelines. Each of …

Trump floated nominating Merrick Garland to supreme court, book reveals

Exclusive: Trump raised the prospect in summer 2018, according to The Hill to Die On, but it was not clear how serious he was In the midst of a damagingly dysfunctional relationship with Republicans who controlled Congress in his first two years in office, Donald Trump pondered nominating Merrick Garland to the supreme court seat now filled by Brett Kavanaugh. A political moderate, Garland was the arch-conservative Antonin Scalia in February 2016. Citing contested precedent but exercising brute political power, the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, refused even to consider the nomination. The startling revelation that Trump mused on bringing Garland back is contained in a new book by the Politico reporters Jake Sherman and Anna Palmer. The Guardian obtained …

Kellyanne Conway is no ‘badass’ and she’s certainly no feminist | Arwa Mahdawi

Conway plays an integral role in Trumps racist and misogynist agenda. Shes no feminist shes simply a bad person Sign up for the Conway told Fox Business that she has no intention of resigning from the White House over Trumps Twitter feud with her husband George (popularly referred to as Mr Kellyanne Conway, according to an Badass Women of Washington. The entire series, which profiles women like Nancy Pelosi, Elaine Chao, and Dianne Feinstein, has been a pretty vapid exercise in corporate feminism; however the puff piece on Conway was particularly embarrassing. It celebrates the fact that Conway, a mother, wife, and career woman, seems to be doing it all while brushing over the fact that all includes a lot …

Pelosi comes out against impeaching Trump: ‘He’s just not worth it’

House speaker says move would be too divisive without compelling and bipartisan rationale Donald Trump should not be impeached unless the reasons are overwhelming and bipartisan, given how divisive it would be for the country, the House speaker, Washington Post interview published on Monday. Impeachment is so divisive to the country that unless theres something so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan, I dont think we should go down that path, because it divides the country, she said. Hes just not worth it. It was Pelosis most direct comment yet on Trumps possible impeachment, a topic she has dealt with cautiously as it carries the potential to sharply split Democrats and the public ahead of next years White House and congressional …

House Probes Cambridge Analytica on Russia and WikiLeaks

As part of a sweeping new investigation into what it calls "obstruction of justice, public corruption, and other abuses of power by President Trump," the House Judiciary Committee sent document requests to 81 people and organizations on Monday. The list includes President Trump's sons Donald Jr. and Eric; his son-in-law, Jared Kushner; and a litany of former Trump campaign and administration officials, including former chief strategist Steve Bannon, former chief of staff Reince Priebus, and former communications director Hope Hicks. Sprinkled among those names are also key players from President Trump's 2016 digital team, including his former digital director and current campaign manager, Brad Parscale, as well as several former executives of Cambridge Analytica, the now defunct consulting company, including …

Watch the 2019 State of the Union address here (or not)

It’s that time again — time to hear what kind of state our precious union is in. For those of you inclined to watch the temporarily delayed speech by the President, you can of course watch it in a bar and invent your own drinking game, but you can also stay home and watch it on YouTube or C-SPAN. The drinks are cheaper — and stronger. Of course C-SPAN will have it raw, and the White House stream will probably also be a plain one. But if you want a bit of partisan spice and occasional pull quotes along the bottom, many networks are also doing live YouTube coverage. There’s a list here; pick your poison. The broadcast starts at …