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Another day, another Donald Trump Russia scandal, as former campaign manager, Paul Manifort was found to have secretly worked for the Russia billionaire with plans to "greatly benefit the Putin Government," and as been doing so since 2005 under Republican President Bush, even at the time the US-Russia relations grew worse.

According to the AP, a confidential strategy by Manifort proposed a strategic plan that would influence politics, business dealings and news coverage in the United States, Europe and former Soviet republics in a way that will benefit the Putin government.

           

Manifort proposed the strategy to aluminium magnate Oleg Deripaska and a very close ally of Putin, and his proposal was signed by Oleg, which was  a $10 million annual contract. The relationship between the two business parties was maintained until 2009, and this is also confirmed via interviews with people, and also a source familiar with the contract.

In his memo to Deprisaka, Manifort wrote;

We are now of the belief that this model can greatly benefit the Putin Government if employed at the correct levels with the appropriate commitment to success The effort, Manafort wrote, "will be offering a great service that can re-focus, both internally and externally, the policies of the Putin government.

The White House brushed the news aside, but it raised a fresh alarm at the Congress. 

Press secretary Sean Spicer said that Candidate Trump was not aware of Manifort involvement with Oleg Deripaska, he said;

  To suggest that the president knew who his clients were from 10 years ago is a bit insane

Paul Manifort plan was well laid out in the document obtained by Associated press, and also documents that show wire transfers of  millions of dollars, but how much work was done by Manifort is unknown. This is also contradictory to what the Trump administration and Manifort said, as Manifort once said he never worked for the Russian government.

On Wednesday, Manifort confirmed he had worked with Deripaska, but denied his work was pro-Russia, and he said;

I look forward to meeting with those conducting serious investigations of these issues.

 

Mr Deripaska official representative also responded to the allegation in a statement said;

There was an agreement between Mr. Deripaska and Mr. Manafort to provide investment consulting services related to business interests of Mr Deripaska which now is a subject to legal claims.

Two Republicans senators, and also a critic of Donald Trump Russia connection, Sen John McCain and Senator Graham commented on the recent revelation of Manifort.

Senator McCain said, this is a "serious stuff" and asked for more evidence into the issue, by using an independent congressional committee to investigate Trump, "Other shoes will drop" he said.

Senator Graham of South Carolina said;

Clearly, if he's getting millions of dollars from a billionaire close to Putin, to basically undermine democratic movements, that's something I'd want to know about. I doubt if Trump knew about it.

 

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Former 49ers quarter-back, Colin Kaepernick, has been in the news recently for not standing up for the national anthem, and instead kneeling down when the anthem is on, something that causes an uproar among fans, agents and US Citizens.

Come 2017, Colin Kaepernick is a free agent, looking for a team to pick him up, but yet to find a team, and Donald Trump believes the NFL is afraid to pick him up because they are scared of his tweet towards them.

During his early campaign in Louisville, Donald Trump brought up the issue of Colin Kaepernick, and takes credit for his current situation of not finding a new team, Trump said;

And you know, your San Francisco quarterback — I’m sure nobody ever heard of him. I’m just reporting the news. There was an article today. I love to report the news and then they said I made a mistake. I said, ‘No, the people reporting the news made the mistake if it’s wrong.’ But, there was an article today that was reported that NFL owners don’t want to pick him up because they don’t want to get a nasty tweet from Donald Trump. You believe that? I just saw that. I said, ‘If I remember that one, I’m gonna report it to the people of Kentucky because they like it when people actually stand for the American flag.’ Right?

Donald Trump is referencing an article on Bleacher on Friday, when an anonymous NFL executive, and AFL general manager talk about the Donald Trump tweet. The report reads;

“He can still play at a high level,” one AFC general manager said. “The problem is three things are happening with him.

“First, some teams genuinely believe that he can’t play. They think he’s shot. I’d put that number around 20 percent.

 

“Second, some teams fear the backlash from fans after getting him. They think there might be protests or [President Donald] Trump will tweet about the team. I’d say that number is around 10 percent. Then there’s another 10 percent that has a mix of those feelings.”

Kaepernick took knee last season for racial injustice, but he had said he won't be taking a knee in the 2017 season.

 

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The President of the United States, Donald Trump has welcome German Chancellor, Angela Merkel to the White House. The two leaders finally meet after Trump's various accusations towards the Chancellor. Donald has accused Merkel of "ruining" Germany when she allows too many refugees into the country. Trump also said that Germany is using the European Union as a "vehicle" to grow its own economy.

            

In a joint press conference of the two world leaders, Trump said he had told Merkel that her country and other European nation needs to pay their "fair share" towards the mutual defence effort.

Trump said that the nations must pay what they owe, but he has also pledged continued support for NATO, even though he had called the NATO a place where people just have fun when he was a candidate.

Donald Trump also said both leaders discussed their "workforce development" and "vocational training"

While speaking at the conference, Merkel said that Germany is increasing its own contribution to NATO so as to meet the goal of 2% of gross domestic product.

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During Donald Trump's campaign, we saw the spat between house speaker Paul Ryan and Donald Trump, with Donald Trump slight of endorsing Ryan opposition in Wisconsin. On a new released audio from a press conference with house GOP, Paul Ryan could be heard telling other members of the Republican he is done with the now president Donald Trump.

In a October 10, 2016 audio, just right after the Access Hollywood tape, Ryan can be heard clearly stating his stance on Donald Trump;

I am not going to defend Donald Trump—not now, not in the future.

The audio was released on Breitbart, which Steve Bannon used to control as executive chairman. 

The audio released by Breitbart is a revenge against Paul Ryan, whom Republicans, or Steve Bannon believed to have fooled Trump with his acceptance of the new healthcare reform, which is meant to repeal and replace Obamacare.

According to reports, this is the first major initiative by Paul Ryan and Donald Trump, and Ryan has also supported the bill, and try to tell other Republicans to follow suit, but a lot of Republicans have kicked against the idea of the new "Affordable Healthcare Act," also called Trumpcare.

The Whitehouse, or as Editors in Doynews speculates that Paul Ryan could have advised or warned Donald Trump against the new bill, and let him know it will be dead on arrival, knowing full well it won't pass the house, but instead was playing Devil advocate, and hereby embarrassing Donald Trump first power move through congress.

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Spaking on the newly released tape is Ryan spokesman Brendan Buck, and he wrote;

The world is well aware of this history.And obviously a lot has happened since then. As everyone knows, of course they were specifically about the Access Hollywood tapes.

Buck is making it clear that Ryan had said that when the Access Hollywood surfaced, with Trump talking about how he kiss and touch the women's genitalia without permission, and they will allow him to do it, since he is rich and a celebrity.

Buck said;

This was in response to that, but as everyone knows, they came together toward the end of the campaign and the speaker vocally supported him and even campaigned with Pence.

Though Donald Trump, Mike Pence and Paul Ryan have since seems to end their spat, but the newly released video is a statement to Paul Ryan, on how they could hurt his next campaign, and there is no denial Steve Bannon know about the Breibart article

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According to a US official involved in arms transfers, the US is in the middle of sending a precision-guided missile technology valued at $300 million, and also  a F-16 fighter jet valued at $4 billion to Bahrain.

The new resumption of arms deal is signed between the US and kingdom’s involvement in its neighbour’s ongoing civil war.

             

Former President Obama in his last month in office blocked the sale of precision munitions in Riyadh because of the airstrike's killing civilians in large-scales in Yemen.

The US has been supporting Saudi Arabia with logistics and surveillance support in its military aggression and operation in Yemen.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s approved the sale this week, but this will also need to go through the White House.

The Obama-led administration approved the sales of Tank to the Saudi government, but did not give a final go ahead to precision-guided missile technology.

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President Donald Trump has always talked about how the country needs "extreme vetting" of people coming to the US, but he is not applying same vetting process to his cabinet appointees. 

In recent reports by White House press secretary, Sean Spicer, Donald Trump was unaware that is former national security adviser Michael Flynn was working as "foreign agent."

               

                    President Trump and Michael Flynn during a campaign

Michael Flynn was former national security adviser to Donald Trump, and he resigned after 4 weeks into Trump's administration, after it was revealed that he had contact with the Russian ambassador, and discuss the Obama led sanctions on Russia. and lied to Vice-president Michael Pence about it.

The latest report on Flynn now is that between September to November last year, while he was working with the Trump presidential campaign, Flynn was also lobbying for a firm linked to the Turkish government, earning $530,000.

When Flynn joined the Trump's administration, he like other members in the cabinet agreed not to lobby for any foreign government or represent  foreign government for the next five years.

When Spicer was asked if President Trump would have hired Flynn if he knew about his foreign government connection, Sean Spicer replied;

I don’t know ... That’s a hypothetical. I don’t know what was discussed prior to the appointment in terms of his background, his résumé, his client base. From what I’ve read, he has filed appropriate forms with the Department of Justice ; ask them and subsequently him if you have any questions about the filing.

Sean Spicer is now being known as the "I don't know" press secretary as he gives keeping opaque answer, and quick to use the phrase, "I don't know"

 

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President Donald Trump has finally signed a new executive order that will ban immigration from six countries, while dropping Iraq as part of the affected country. The new executive order bans travellers from Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen.

Donald Trump previous travel ban signed in January was held up in court, challenging the power in Washington, something that gave the new administration some time to go back to the drawing board to map out a new order that will be smoother, and won't embarrass the new government.

                    

The ban exempts people with green cards from the ban, and also those with valid visa are also exempted.

White House adviser Kellyanne Conway while speaking to Trump's favourite TV program, "Fox and Friends" said;

If you have travel docs, if you actually have a visa, if you are a legal permanent resident, you are not covered under this particular executive action. Also, Iraq is no longer on the list based on their enhanced screening and reporting measures.

The Trump's previous ban included Iraq, but the new ban removed Iraq. According to an administration fact sheet, Iraq will "increase cooperation with the US government on the vetting of its citizens applying for a visa to travel to the United States."

Iraq was removed from the ban after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Defense James Mattis and national security adviser Gen. H.R. McMaster advised Trump that Iraq should not be included because of its role in helping the US military fight ISIS, and also for diplomatic reasons.

 

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Jeff Sessions, Attorney General of the United States is in a scandal in the Trump's administration, after he was found to have met with a top Russian diplomat twice, and had failed to mention that during his confirmation hearing in the senate before his confirmation. Sessions had met the same person Michael Flynn met with that caused him his position in Donald Trump's cabinet.

Top democrats, including Senate Minority Leader, Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi have asked that he resigned from his position.

While speaking to reporters, Chuck said;

Last night when I read the revelations ... and his decision to mislead Congress without those contacts, I felt a knot in the pit of my stomach.

The information reported last night makes it clear, beyond the shadow of a doubt, that Attorney General Sessions cannot possibly lead an investigation ... with these revelations, he may very well become the subject of it.

While he would have needed all the help he could get from Republicans, several Republicans have asked him instead to recuse himself from the Trump-Russia inquiries.

The Republican chairman of the House Oversight Committee, Rep. Jason Chaffetz said, Sessions should further clarify his testimony. Also, another Republican and a friend of Session, Rob Portman of Ohio said; Jeff Sessions is a former colleague and a friend, but I think it would be best for him & for the country to recuse himself from the DOJ Russia probe.

Jeff Sessions had met with Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador, known in the US intelligence circle as a top Russian spy and spy-recruiters in Washington.

Sessions met with Kislyak in July while at the Republican convention, and also met him in September in his office when Sessions was a member of the Senate Armed Services committee.

Attorney General Sessions Recused Himself From Trump-Russia Inquiry

Jeff Sessions have now removed himself from the investigations of Trump-Russia inquiry after backlash about his senate hearing where he denied meeting with any Russia officials.

In a news conference on Thursday, Sessions said that Justice Department staff recommended that he recuses himself from further investigation related to the Trump campaign. He said;

I feel like I should not be involved in investigating a campaign I had a role in

Sessions also defended his answer to Democratic Sen. Al Franken's question to him, he said that he had "focused (his) answer on" whether he met the official in his role as a campaign surrogate, not his position as a then-senator. In retrospect, I should have slowed down and said I did meet with one official a couple of times and that was the Russian ambassador.

Sessions Get Suport From Donald Trump

The US President went on Twitter to defend his friend, Jeff Session and accused the Democrats of "overplaying their hand"

            

           

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The US president, Donald Trump is expected to sign a new executive order on the travel immigration ban on Wednesday, after meeting with the joint session of Congress.

          

The executive order was expected to be signed last week, but it was delayed as Press Secretary, Sean Spicer said that the president was holding off on the new plan to make sure it flawless, and not thrown away or blocked by the court as the previous ban.

The Trump previous immigration ban was banned by a Federal judge after it targeted people from 7 different countries, and holders of US Green card.

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President Donald Trump is reversing one of former president Obama policies on Transgender bathrooms. The Obama administration has allowed that transgender students be allowed to use the bathrooms of their gender identity in schools, or they risk federal funding.

The new sheriff in town, and a conservative president Trump, is looking to reverse the policy. Though the Obama policy was put on hold by a federal judge, arguing that states and schools should be able to make the decision without federal interference, Trump administration has decided to revoke the policy.

              

In protest of the new decision, more than 200 people gathered in front of the White house and waved the rainbow flag, chanting;

               "No hate, no fear, trans students are welcome here."

Rachel Tiven, chief executive of Lambda Legal, which advocates for LGBT people in a statement said;

We all know that Donald Trump is a bully, but his attack on transgender children today is a new low

A conservative judge and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who spearheaded the challenging the Obama policies on the bathroom guideline hailed the new Trump decision on the bill, and said;

Our fight over the bathroom directive has always been about former President Obama's attempt to bypass Congress and rewrite the laws to fit his political agenda for radical social change.

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