Donald J Trump

The F.B.I have started an investigation on the U.S President Donald Trump on whether he is a secret agent working for the Russian government. The investigation started days after Trump fired F.B.I director, James Comey for his investigation into Russia meddling in the U.S election.

The intelligent investigators are looking to see if Trump has fallen under Russia influence, and also if his actions could constitute a threat to National security. The president suspicious activities during the 2016 elections had raised an alarm of the president if he was working for the Russians ,and also when he later said he had fired Comey because he was tied to the Russia investigation.

                     

The special investigation also part of the Robert Mueller investigation, it is unclear if Mueller is still pursuing the investigation as some law enforcement official believes that the investigation is an example of agents overstepping their power of investigation.

According to former F.B.I James A. Barker, if the President had fired Comey to stop the Russia investigation, that would mean the the Bureau would not understand how Moscow had integrated itself into the election, and how many Americans had conspired to join Russia to meddle into the election.

Since the investigation, there have been no evidence that proves Trump ties to Russia and also no evidence that says that the president get his direction from the Russian government. 

Mr Trump's lawyer, Rudy Giuliani tried to dismiss the investigation and said “The fact that it goes back a year and a half and nothing came of it that showed a breach of national security means they found nothing,” and he is yet to hear of any investigation from the bureau about the investigation.

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Trump in Iraq

President Trump this Wednesday leaves the Washington issues behind him to meet with US troops in Iraq, his first visit since he was elected US President. The President's plane left the Joint Base Andrews and landed at the airstrip west of Baghdad.

                            

According to White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sander said; "The surprise trip was made “to visit with our troops and Senior Military leadership to thank them for their service, their success, and their sacrifice and to wish them a Merry Christmas"

While in Iraq, Trump thanks the troops, and also defended his reasons for bringing US troops back from Syria.

Donald Trump is also looking to visit the troops at the Ramstein Air Base in Germany on his way back to Washington.

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James Mattis

US Defense secretary, James Mattis has announced he will be leaving the position come February 2019, after Mattis cities policies differences with the US President Donald Trump. In the letter released by the secretary, he stated that America power lies in his allies, and the President has not given much credence to his allies.

                  

In a letter, Mattis did not follow the old-fashion of letter writing that praises President before announcing their resignation, instead Mattis rebuke the President, writing; "Because you have a right to a Secretary of Defense whose views are better aligned with yours on these and other subjects, I believe it is right for me to step down from my position. Because you have a right to a Secretary of Defense whose views are better aligned with yours on these and other subjects, I believe it is right for me to step down from my position."

The news of the resignation comes after Trump claims victory for the war in Syria, and have announced that American troops will now return back home, a move that his party members, and defense officials have kicked against.

Read the letter of Mattis resignation;

   Dear Mr. President:
I have been privileged to serve as our country's 26th Secretary of Defense which has allowed me to serve alongside our men and women of the Department in defense of our citizens and our ideals.
I am proud of the progress that has been made over the past two years on some of the key goals articulated in our National Defense Strategy: putting the Department on a more sound budgetary footing, improving readiness and lethality in our forces, and reforming the Department's business practices for greater performance. Our troops continue to provide the capabilities needed to prevail in conflict and sustain strong U.S. global influence.

One core belief I have always held is that our strength as a nation is inextricably linked to the strength of our unique and comprehensive system of alliances and partnerships. While the US remains the indispensable nation in the free world, we cannot protect our interests or serve that role effectively without maintaining strong alliances and showing respect to those allies. Like you, I have said from the beginning that the armed forces of the United States should not be the policeman of the world. Instead, we must use all tools of American power to provide for the common defense, including providing effective leadership to our alliances. NATO's 29 democracies demonstrated that strength in their commitment to fighting alongside us following the 9-11 attack on America. The Defeat-ISIS coalition of 74 nations is further proof.
Similarly, I believe we must be resolute and unambiguous in our approach to those countries whose strategic interests are increasingly in tension with ours. It is clear that China and Russia, for example, want to shape a world consistent with their authoritarian model - gaining veto authority over other nations' economic, diplomatic, and security decisions - to promote their own interests at the expense of their neighbors, America and our allies. That is why we must use all the tools of American power to provide for the common defense.

My views on treating allies with respect and also being clear-eyed about both malign actors and strategic competitors are strongly held and informed by over four decades of immersion in these issues. We must do everything possible to advance an international order that is most conducive to our security, prosperity and values, and we are strengthened in this effort by the solidarity of our alliances.

Because you have the right to have a Secretary of Defense whose views are better aligned with yours on these and other subjects, I believe it is right for me to step down from my position. The end date for my tenure is February 28, 2019, a date that should allow sufficient time for a successor to be nominated and confirmed as well as to make sure the Department's interests are properly articulated and protected at upcoming events to include Congressional posture hearings and the NATO Defense Ministerial meeting in February. Further, that a full transition to a new Secretary of Defense occurs well in advance of the transition of Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in September in order to ensure stability Within the Department.

I pledge my full effort to a smooth transition that ensures the needs and interests of the 2.15 million Service Members and 732,079 DoD civilians receive undistracted attention of the Department at all times so that they can fulfill their critical, round-the-clock mission to protect the American people.

I very much appreciate this opportunity to serve the nation and our men and women in uniform.

                

 

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Donald Trump

One of Donald Trump campaign promises to the US people is defeating the Islamic State terror group, ISIS, and in a new video released by the President's team, Donald Trump believed ISIS is defeated, and it is time to bring back the US troops in Syria.

                         

The US troops have helped get rid a lot of the members of the group, and only remains a handful of the fighters in the North-Eastern area of Syria, and security chiefs want that the US troops maintain its presence in the country to make sure that the terrorist group does not rebuild again.

                   

                                                Video of Trump announcing withdrawal from Syria

The White house and Pentagon have now concluded that it will be moving to "next phase" of the campaign, but did not give further information about the new phase it will take. 

Senate Republicans have kicked against the idea of President Trump pulling troops out of Syria, and one senator using his voice is Lindsey Graham ,that have now called it "a big gift" to the Iran ISIS.

In the press conference released by Lindsey Graham. He said " I have tried to help President Trump where I can ... but I find myself in the situation where the best way I can help the president is to tell him the truth as I see it."

                         

                                                   Lindsey Graham press conference

Russia's Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on state-controlled Channel One TV that pulling out now from Syria by the US will allow "genuine, real prospects for a political settlement" in Syria." Also, According to the Washington post, Russia President, Vladmir Putin welcome the US President decision on Syria

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jamal khashoggi

The attack on journalists in 2018 has increased, and more this has shown increase in hatred for free press, this includes an increase in verbal attack from the United States President Donald Trump and also the killing of Washington post reporter, Jamal Khashoggi, a royal insider who became a critic of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Saudi Arabia.

                         

There has been an increase of 15% above last year killing of journalists, and 63 journalists have been reported killed in 2018.The number is said to increase to 80 if media workers and citizens journalists are included in the figure. This is a report by the group, reporters without borders.

According to a PDF report released by the group, the five deadliest countries for journalists includes, United States, India and Mexico. This is the first time United States is included in this list after the killing of five employees of Capital Gazette newspaper in July.

The three most deadliest countries before now includes Syria, Afghanistan and Mexico. 

At this time, 348 journalists were being detained worldwide, compared to 2017, which was 326.  China, Turkey, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Egypt are the country with the highest number of journalists detained.

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Donald Trump had denied knowing about the meeting between Russian agent and his son, Donald Trump Jr., but as invesigation into Russian meddling intensifies, and former Trump lawyer now sings for Robert Mueller, there are new reports that Donald Trump himself knew of the meeting.

Trump who seems to have known about the meeting inform his followers during a campaign stop that he got dirt on Hillary and Bill Clinton, and will release a report soon in 2 days. Though Donald Trump never delivered on the promise as it seems he never got any good information from the Russian agent.

                             

Donald Trump and his then campaign manager, Paul Manafort met with Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya in 2016 with the hope of getting damaging information on Hillary Clinton, but she failed to deliver to the men, and candidate Donald Trump was unable to then unable to deliver on his promise.

                   

                           Watch Donald Trump talked about releasing dirt on Hillary two days before his meeting (Watch from 7:08)

Trump had denied the meeting, but Former Trump campaign aide Sam Nunberg also told CNN’s Jake Tapper earlier this year that Trump knew about the meeting. In the latest book fire and fury, former Trump White House chief strategist Steve Bannon told Michael Wolffe  the same thing,  saying the chances of Donald Jr. not walking to the 26th office with the attorney is zero.'

Also, Trump's lawyer Michael Cohen has also told special counsel Robert Mueller that he would discuss everything he knows about the Trump tower's meeting.

 

 

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U.S. President Donald Trump has canceled high talk with North Korean leader, Kim Jong-Un, accusing the North Korean leader of "tremendous anger and open hostility." The U.S. President canceled talks on Thursday, accompanying the cancellation with a letter.

The peace talk between the duo was set up for June 12 at Singapore, and there have been preparation for these talks between the two parties involved.

                 

In a letter released online and released on the internet, the U.S. President praised the NK leader for releasing the recent three Americans in his custody, but wrote the meeting will not hold, he wrote  "Sadly, based on the tremendous anger and open hostility displayed in your most recent statement, I feel it is inappropriate, at this time, to have this long-planned meeting."

Trump also reminds Kim about the U.S. nuclear abilities, and wrote; "You talk about your nuclear capabilities, but ours are so massive and powerful that I pray to God they will never have to be used"

The South Korean government had performed a major role to set up the meeting between the U.S. and North Korea, and were caught by surprise at the news from the Trump's government. 

The news was received in just before midnight in Seoul, and an emergency meeting was called by the Moon Jae-In administration, and released a statement after, writing;

It is very regretful and disconcerting that the US-NK summit will not happen as planned. Denuclearization and the lasting peace on the Korean peninsula cannot be abandoned or delayed as they are the historical assignment. The sincerity of the affected parties who have been working to resolve the problem has not changed. It is hard to resolve sensitive and difficult diplomatic issues with the current way of communications. (We) hope that the leaders resolve problems through direct and close dialogue.

The latest development was a surprise as North Korea was seen dismantling some of its nuclear test site. North Korea had cancelled a major talk with South Korea out of anger, after a joint military drill in the Korean peninsula.

Recently, North Korea had lashed out at the U.S. Vice-president, Mike Pence after he said that the North Korea government might end up like Gaddafi Libya government.

A top North Korean official, Choe Son Hui, responding to Pence's remarks said; "As a person involved in U.S. affairs, I cannot suppress my surprise at such ignorant and stupid remarks gushing from the mouth of the U.S. vice president"

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Trump presidency continues its deep dive into scandals after a report surfaced online recently that Donald Trump's lawyer, Michael Cohen had received $400,000 to help Ukraine fix talk between Ukraine and the White House.

The payment was reported to be done by an intermediary acting for the Ukranian leader, Petro Poroshenko. 

          

A high ranking member talked about how the meeting was able to hold, and how the money got into Michael Cohen's account. Mr Poroshenko decided they needed to bring in Mr Cohen, who at the time was known as Trump's lawyer and fixer.

The registered lobbyists and the Ukranian embassy in Washington could only get Poroshenko a little photo-op, but he needed something that would look like talks between the two leaders, and that was when an idea of Cohen came to light. Ukranian leader then asked a loyal MP to establish talks with Cohen.

The money was initially channeled through the Jewish charity in New York state, Chabad of Port Washington, and then to Cohen, in the sum of $400,000. Though there is no report or knowledge of Trump's knowledge of the accused bribe.

Michael Cohen has denied the reported story, so is the two Ukrainians that had opened the backchannel for their president.

Mr Poroshenko up until the day of the meeting was uncertain about the amount of time he could have with the U.S. President, and official reports on the day of the meeting had said that the Ukrainian leader would only drop by while Trump was having a staff meeting.

Mr Poroshenko was not happy about the embarrassment of small talks and just a handshake he was getting after the hundreds of thousand dollars he had spent for real meet and greet, and negotiation started till the early hours of the day of the visit.

 

Kim Jong-Un is worried he would lose his grip on power if he goes on to meet U.S. President Donald Trump on June 12 in Singapore. 

The North Korea leader is worried about what will happen in Pyongyang when he goes on to meet Donald Trump, he is worried about a military coup or hostile actors that would want to take power from the Kim's power house who had ruled the country since 1953.

               

In recent times, the leader has shuffled his power Politburo, and while some of the military head had disappeared, some are sent to the country's “re-revolutionisation education.”

One example of the NK Purge is General Hwang Pyong-so, who had been one of the top brass in the North Korean government, and had recently disappeared from the public since October. Three other officers often seen with Kim had also disappeared or sent to the re-education camp at the North Korea prison.

Victor Cha, a director for Asian affairs for the National Security Council in his opinion column in 2014 during George W. Bush wrote;

The notion that Kim is secure in his power is fundamentally wrong. Dictators may exercise extreme and draconian power like Kim, but they are also pathologically insecure about their grip on the throne. All of the public speculation about coups or interim leaders would feed the paranoid impulse of a dictator to correct that perception as quickly as possible, even if it were misplaced.

North Korea had recently sent a hard tone to South Korea by not attending a meeting that is supposed to lead up to the June 12 meeting after the South Korea and U.S. Joint training on the North Korea border, a training Nk had expected to stop after the recent meetings between Kim Jong-Un and the South Korean president, Moon Jae-In.

The meeting between the President Trump and Kim Jon-Un is a little sceptical right now as both sides watch carefully on the next move to the meetup.

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After the Robert Mueller team investigated Psy-group,  an Israeli company for its online manipulation tactics during the 2016 elections, the company shut down.

Psy-group is also known as Invop Ltd. , and it is listed under the  Israeli state registrar’s database. The company during the 2016 U.S. election launched an online manipulation campaign.

            

According to the New York Times, Donald Trump Jr. met with the Israeli media specialist Joel Zamel months before the election, that was also when the company was developing a proposal for  a "covert multimillion-dollar online manipulation campaign” a move to help Donald Trump win the 2016 election.

According to the report, Zamel learnt that the campaign would be illegal in the U.S., therefore wanted to end it, but he later got a $2 million from a Trump associate. He had now gone under investigation by the Mueller's team, and also the employees ofthe  Psy-group have also been questioned by the FBI in Israel.

The FBI also worked with local law enforcement to seize all computers owned by Mr Zamel.

Also, Cambridge Analytica, a company that stole Facebook information and was in the midst of numerous scandal after it was known that the company ran different campaigns to help the then candidate Trump win, had declared bankruptcy.

 

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