Donald J Trump

President Trump has started to feel the heat from Special counsel Robert Mueller, and at the end of of the investigation, Donald Trump attempts to screaming "fake news" or the president calling the investigation a "witch-hunt" might be finally over, and we might be looking at a resigning of Trump or impeachment.

The Russian meddling of the 2016 election has been a cloud over Trump's cabinet since his inauguration, but Trump has repeatedly denied any collusion with Russia, calling it a hoax, and a made up story by the Democrats.

                 

During the 2016 election, Trump repeatedly calls on the Russians to find dirt on Hillary Clinton, and also the 30,000 emails that she claimed was deleted. Also, his top advisers, also met with the Russians, asking for dirt on Trump's opponent, Hillary Clinton.

Trump in the past had issues with his businesses, and U.S. banks stop loaning his businesses funds. So he had turned to Russian oligarchs close to the Kremlin to help him with bailout funds, which he was given. After the presidential race turned out to be between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, Russia then treated Trump as an asset, and later worked against Hillary Clinton to elect Trump.

None of the allegations have been connected to Russia strongman, Vladmir Putin, but U.S. Intelligence officials believed that such a massive plot cannot happen in Russia without a go ahead from Putin.

A bill of Trump's impeachment will likely include his connection with the Russian, the finances of his business and the meetings of Trump's family members with Russia oligarchs. 

On a normal day in the U.S., the president of the Republic would have ordered a full scale investigation into the Russia meddling in the election,but Trump is not like other 44 past presidents, instead he appointed a committee on election integrity headed by Vice President Mike Pence and Kris Kobach to find out why Hillary Clinton won the popular vote, based on his belief that California had used illegal immigrants to vote.

The committee collapsed before it even started.

The current level of Mueller indictment makes it too late for Trump to fire Mueller now, if he tries it, the Congress will look into obstruction of justice, and that will lead to an impeachment.

 

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Former President Bush was at an economic summit in the Middle East and while there took aim at the President Trump, who in the past had denied that the Russians meddled in the 2016 U.S. Election. Bush also attacked Russian President Vladmir Putin, saying the Russian President is yet to forgive the West for the demise of the Soviet Union.

               

Bush was speaking in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, at a conference by the Milken Institute, a think tank based in Santa Monica, California.

The former president did not mention President Trump by name, but said;  "Whether (Russia) affected the outcome is another question. It’s problematic that a foreign nation is involved in our election system. Our democracy is only as good as people trust the results"

On Putin

Bush described his Putin as a "zero-sum", Bush said; "He can’t think, ‘How can we both win?’ He only thinks, ‘How do I win, you lose? He’s got a chip on his shoulder. The reason he does is because of the demise of the Soviet Union troubles him. Therefore, much of his moves (are) to regain Soviet hegemony ... That’s why NATO is very important."

While former President Obama has said Russians meddled in the 2016 elections, and Bush also had in different times talks about the meddling of the U.S.. election, President Trump did not believe that the Russians meddled in the election, and has called the investigation on this team campaign team as only a witch hunt and called the news fake news.

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Former White House political aide, Omarosa Manigault cries through a short interview she did with E! correspondent Ross Mathews on the latest edition of CBS’ Celebrity Big Brother. Omarosa described the White House similar to the way it was described by the author of Fire and Fury, Michael Wolffe.

                 

When Matthew asked her while she had worked in the White house despite the chaos that happens everyday in the White house, Omarosa said; "I felt like it was a call to duty, felt like I was serving my country, not serving him."

      

And while commenting on the U.S. President everyday's tweet, she said it was “Like, I was haunted by tweets every single day. Like, what is going to tweet next?"She talks about trying to be a decent person among the members of staff by stopping the President from tweeting, but complains that she was getting attacked by people around the President.

When Matthew asked Omarosa “Should we be worried? and asked that she tells him that it will be ok, the former WH aide responded,  “No, it’s going to not be OK. It’s not.” She looks down as she adds, “It’s so bad.”

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carter page

According to a new Republican memo, the Justice Department has reason to suspect that former Trump campaign associate Carter Page was a Russian spy. The memo, which recently trended on Twitter by some Russian bots, and some Republicans asking for the memo to be released was another way to discredit the Russian investigation headed by the Mueller investigators.

According to the memo, the FBI and Justice Department failed to adequately present to the judge that they were relying on the information of a dossier from a British intelligence officer, Christopher Steele. The dossier from Steele was the document the FBI relied on to renew a warrant for surveillance of Page from the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Court (FISA).

                   

The memo is reported to be put together by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes. This will be used to attack Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein for approving the application of a warrant spy on page without properly vetting the application.

The memo also claims that the FBI and Justice Department abuse of FISA by using the dossier for its application to renew the warrant. The White House is currently asking for the memo to be made public, while Democrats are asking that the Justice Department be consulted on the memo before it is declassified.

The House Intelligence Committee is looking to vote on whether the memo should be released to the public.

Trump is reportedly not happy with Rosenstein after he approved and hire Mueller to investigate the Trump's team connection to the 2016 U.S. election, and Trump is looking to firing Rosenstein.

Carter Page is  an oil industry consultant and former investment banker who worked on the 2016 Trump campaign, and also had a long relationship with Russia. He also visited Russia during the campaign period, but claims he did so on personal capacity only.

 

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HILLARY CLINTON Fire and fury

Former first lady and 2016 presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton made a surprise appearance at the 2018 Grammys, amidst cheers from the audience, and decided to poke fun at the U.S President Donald Trump with the Michael Wolffe book, Fire and Fury.

               

During a pre-taped bit about spoken word albums, the host of the Grammys, James Corden asked the audience if somebody will win awards if they do a spoken word but about the Trump's presidency. He then used some celebrities for samples, asking that they read from the recent book release of author Michael Wolffe, Fire and Fury.

DJ Khaled was next in line, then he suddenly went out of line, that was when Hillary Clinton shows up, and received a loud cheer from the audience.

Watch the video here;

          

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Melania Trump is reported to have left the White House after news of her husband, US President fling with a pornstar, Stormy Daniels. The porn star alleges that Donald Trump had paid her $130,000 (£95,000) not to talk about their time together. 

                

According to Mirror.uk, the first lady had decided to stay in a Washington D.C hotel, and not with her husband at the White House. 

White house responded to the claims that Daniels got some "hush money" and said that the news was old, and had been denied prior to the election.

Trump's attorney Michael Cohen had help brokered the deal to make her stay silent.

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Robert Mueller, special counsel investigating Trump-Russia scandal was about to be last June, after Donald Trump told White House counsel to fire the investigator so as to stop the investigation, but White House counsel threatened to resign rather than fire Mueller.

When Don McGahn received the order to fire Mueller, he refused to ask Justice Department to fire Mueller, as this will have a very adverse effect on Trump presidency. Mueller gets to know of the Presidential order after investigators interviewed Senior White House officials.

The White House has declined to comment on the news of the President obstruction in trying to fire Robert Mueller, White House lawyer, Ty Cobb and John Dowd, Trump lead private attorney have also declined to comment on the recent development.

In August, when the special counsellor to the President, Kellyanne Conway was asked on ABC if the President is considering firing Mueller, she said "The president has not even discussed that, I can tell you as his counselor, he is not discussing that."

Ty Cobb on Dec 16 also reported that the President was not considering firing Mueller on CNN, he said "There is no consideration of firing the special counsel." and after his interview with CNN, four days later, he sang the same song to Washington Post saying; "For five months or more the White House has persistently and emphatically stated there is no consideration of firing the Special Counsel and the White house willingly affirms, yet again, as it has every day this week, there is no consideration being given to the termination of the Special Counsel"

Trump argued that Mueller is not fit to investigate the case for three reasons;

-A previous dispute over membership fees at the Trump National Golf Club in Virginia.

-Working at a law firm that had previously represented Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner.

-Mueller previously interviewing with the FBI to potentially return to lead the agency after the firing of James Comey.

Both Democrats and Republicans have said that firing Mueller will be a major red line for the President Trump presidency. Sen. Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee in a statement said that;

I’ve said it before, and I am saying it again: firing the Special Counsel is a red line that the president cannot cross.Any attempt to remove the special counsel, pardon key witnesses, or otherwise interfere in the investigation, would be a gross abuse of power, and all members of Congress, from both parties, have a responsibility to our Constitution and to our country to make that clear immediately.

Sen. James Lankford, a Republican who also sits on the Intelligence committee said;

The White House and the president have said repeatedly, most recently yesterday, that they will comply with the special counsel and investigating Committees. So, I think we should take the White House at their word.

Mueller was not the one Trump was considering to fire, Trump was also looking to fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein,the man who appointed Mueller after the attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the Russia investigation.

The Mueller investigation is still going on, and four people who had been filed charges includes Paul Manafort, former Trump campaign manager and his associates, Rick Gates; former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn; and former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos.

Trump while on his way to World Economic Forum in Davos told reporters he was looking forward to speak with special counsel Mueller in two or three weeks time.

 

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The Chinese government is not going on twitter before it can let out its own threat to the Trump administration if it intends to provoke China at the South China Sea. The warning was given by a top official of the Communist government in Russia after a USS Hooper warship was spotted within 12 nautical miles of the  disputed Huangyan  island.

                   

While the US has called the sailing on the island as a routine part of its operation the international waters, the party official responded,

China has exercised restraint against U.S. provocations in the South China Sea, but there are limits. If the U.S. doesn't stop its provocations, China will militarize the islands sooner or later. Washington will be left with no countermeasure options and suffer complete humiliation.

The Chinese are angry with the U.S. for sailing near the disputed Huangyan without permission from the Chinese government.

Another communist official newspaper is criticizing the activities of the US in the disputed island,and warn the US that the area it is sailing belongs to the Chinese, and therefore its the Chinese territory. The paper then warns that if the US continue to use the water, it will only allow China militarize the region. The paper wrote;

Some US officials had pointed an accusing finger at China for the “militarization” of the South China Sea.

China’s sovereignty over Huangyan Island and its adjacent waters is indisputable. Aggressive acts by U.S. warships in the South China Sea undermine China’s sovereignty and security interests, and threaten the safety of Chinese vessels and personnel engaged in normal activities, violating the basic norms of international relations and harming relations between the two countries and their militaries.

Shows of strength in the name of “freedom of navigation” operations go against the common interests of all parties in the South China Sea to enhance peaceful cooperation. In fact, the situation in the South China Sea is not as bad as some make it out to be. For example, China and ASEAN have adopted the framework of the “Code of Conduct for the South China Sea,” and China is working with ASEAN to make the South China Sea a sea of peace, friendship, and cooperation for the benefit of all.

The U.S. decision to stir up trouble reveals who is behind the “militarization” of the South China Sea. For its part, China has established a consultation mechanism with the Philippines, and the two countries are discussing ways to foster maritime cooperation. In addition, China and ASEAN are expected to further expand maritime cooperation, and the two have already agreed to conduct a joint maritime exercise in 2018. It is against this backdrop of peace and cooperation that a U.S. warship ran rampant through Chinese waters.

Such reckless behavior will only hit a brick wall.

The U.S. is known to carry out freedom of navigation operation patrols (FONOP) in areas that is called international waters, and the Trump administration has increased the FONOP since the initial patrol in May 2017.

 

 

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The US Government today have shut down officially, but the questions people keep asking is, What does this mean? 

The government shutdown, now called "The Trump Shut down" is happening because Senate Democrats, Senate Republicans and the US President Donald Trump could not make a deal on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which allows undocumented immigrants brought into the US, remain in the country without fear of deportation.

                 

The DACA program protects around 800,000 around the US, and Trump is looking to shut down the program after it expires in March 5.

While the Republicans are looking for a short term funding bill to allow further dialogue on the immigration policy, the Democrats, sees it as throwing away their leverage, and hence resulted in a standoff, causing the US government shutdown.

Who Has The Blame On Shutdown

Trump has been one person that has criticized his predecessor in multiples interview in the past, saying that any shut down is caused by the US government, because he owe it to the country to come to an agreement between his lawmakers to prevent any government shutdown..

Now come 2018, Senate Republicans and Senate Democrats have both been playing the blame game, with Trump calling the shutdown, "The Schumer shutdown", while Senator Chuck Schumer is calling it "The Trump Shutdown"

What Will Happen During Shutdown

This will see to the closure of Federal offices, and employees will stay at home. Essential services like the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security and most military operations will continue working, and will not be shut down.

The last shutdown was in 2013 after Senate Republicans oppose spending bill for the new healthcare law, hence freezing the government for 16 days.

Government shutdown will result in the loss of billions of dollars.

According to a S & P report, the shutdown could cost the US government 6.5 Billion per week.

 

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Former president Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, is causing a standoff in the US Congress, and might lead to a government shutdown in 2 days if both Republicans and Democrats do not come back to a negotiation table.

                  

The Republicans who had supported the bill arenow tossing it.

Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell on Wednesday, said that the congress would only be a spinning wheel if it voted for DACA and President Trump is not willing, and won't sign it. McConnell said; "I’m looking for something that President Trump supports and he’s not yet indicated what measure he’s willing to sign. As soon as we figure out what he is for then I would be convinced that we were not just spinning our wheels going to this issue on the floor."

President Trump in his meeting with a few members of Congress indicated that if the Democrats wants DACA deal, they must be ready to include the US-Mexico border wall to the spending bill, a move that Democrats reject, even though President Trump in his election promises had told the voters that Mexico will pay for the wall along the border.

Another twist on the wall happened on Wednesday when the White House Chief of Staff, John Kelly told the Congressional Hispanic Caucus that the promise of Trump building a wall on the Southern border shows he is uninformed, and said that the White House is no longer pursuing the US-Mexico wall policy.

Kelly also said that some areas in the border does not need a wall, and Trump probably did not know that.

A government shutdown looms in the US Congress, and might happen as early as Friday. If this happens, according to Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, it is the Republican responsibility because they control the House, and also the White House.

Democrats have vowed that it will not support a spending deal, without the DACA protection.

The DACA deal would have given 690,000 DREAMers- undocumented  people who had entered the US illegally as kids a path to citizenship. Last September, Trump said he will look to cancel the program, after it expires in March 5.

Republicans are working to keep the government afloat to Mid-February with short-term funding, but it will also need the support of nine Democrats to pass the bill. To be able to cajole the Democrats in supporting the short-term funding, and prevent a total government shutdown, Republicans are offering a six year extension to the Children’s Health Insurance Program -CHIP, a program that subsidized health insurance for kids of low income family, which is supposed to lapse in September, also Congress has now approved some funding that will keep the program going till end of the year.

Democrats will now have to choose to keep CHIP for now, or refused to end and cause a full government shut down. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is saying that there is no going to be a deal if DACA are CHIP are not included.

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