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FBI Director, James Comey has been fired, in a statement, according to the White House. 

The director was in the FBI office in Los Angeles for field inspection and recruitment event to boost diversity, and was watching the TV when he saw about his removal from his position. According to officials at the scene of where Comey learned of his fate, the director was "surprised, really surprised" and was "caught flat-footed."

            

According to the White House statement;

Today, President Donald J. Trump informed FBI Director James Comey that he has been terminated and removed from office, President Trump acted based on the clear recommendations of both Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions..

While I greatly appreciate you informing me, on three separate occasions, that I am not under investigation, I nevertheless concur with the judgment of the Department of Justice that you are not able to effectively lead the Bureau.

It is essential that we find new leadership for the FBI that restores public trust and confidence in its vital law enforcement mission.

Comey while testifying in front of the House Committee on Intelligence on March 20, 2017 confirmed to that the bureau was investigating Russian interference in the U.S. election and "any links between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and the Russian government and whether there was any coordination between the campaign and Russia's efforts."

Also a later by the Attorney-General Jeff Sessions also released that reads;

It is essential that this Department of Justice clearly reaffirm its commitment to longstanding principles that ensure the integrity and fairness of federal investigations and prosecutions. The Director of the FBI must be someone who follows faithfully the rules and principles of the Department of Justice and who sets the right example for our law enforcement officials and others in the Department.

There has been back and forth love-hate relationship between Donald Trump and James Comey. Trump has criticized Comey before for helping Hillary Clinton get away with charges,Trump tweeted in May 2;

FBI Director Comey was the best thing that ever happened to Hillary Clinton in that he gave her a free pass for many bad deeds! The phony Trump/Russia story was an excuse used by the Democrats as justification for losing the election. Perhaps Trump just ran a great campaign?

In one of his campaign in 2016, Trump had praised Comey when he [Comey] said that the bureau would be reviewing Hillary Clinton emails again, the then candidate Trump on his campaign trail said;

it took guts" for Comey to announce that the FBI would be reviewing emails in the previously closed investigation into Clinton's private email server.

Andrew McCabe is the current acting director of the FBI, he was the deputy to James Comey prior to his firing by Donald Trump.

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After the initial failure of House Republicans to repeal and replace Former President Barack Obama signature healthcare bill, they have decided to try to do it again, and this time has succeeded to repeal Obamacare, and will be replacing it with Trumpcare.

                     

Obamacare was replaced with a final tally of 217-213, a tally that shows a great disagreement between House Republicans. Though the bill is yet to become law, but this is a victory for House Republicans and also a victory for the Donald Trump administration who in his campaign had promised to repeal and replace the Affordable care act program.

Speaking after the vote, House speaker, Paul Ryan said;

This bill delivers on the promises that we have made to the American people,A lot of us have been waiting seven years to cast this vote … (and) to rescue people from this collapsing law.

House Republicans said that the new bill would increase competition between insurance companies, lower costs and also give States and individuals their health care choice.

According to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-California;

Trumpcare eviscerates essential health benefits," such as maternity care and prescription drug coverage,and guts protections for people with pre-existing conditions.

As the vote closed on Obamacare, some Democrats chanted, "Na na na na, hey hey, hey, goodbye"

 

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Donald Trump has asked that South Korea pays for the $1 billion missile defense system that both countries are installing in South Korea as a defence against North Korea. The Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) system was recently delivered to South Korea, a move that angered China.

              

In an interview with Reuters, Donald Trump was quoted to have said;

I informed South Korea it would be appropriate if they paid. It's a billion-dollar system - It's phenomenal, shoots missiles right out of the sky.

Both countries have been allies against the threat of North Korea missile system. The US and North Korea have been allies since the since the 1950-53 Korean war, and more than 28,000 US troops are stationed in South Korea.

Seoul who seems not to be happy with the change in policy said that according to the Status of Forces Agreement that governs the US military presence in its country, the US agrees to provide the THAAD system, while South Korea provides the site and location for which the system will be installed.

Trump has said that no option is off the table against the North Korea regime, and recently just said there is a chance" of "a major, major conflict" with the North, something China and Japan would try to avoid, and also might cause great casualties to the South.

US Pacific Command chief Admiral Harry Harris earlier this week has said that the US wanted to bring the North Korea leader to its senses, and not his knees.

The THAAD system is designed to intercept and destroy medium-range ballistic missiles during their final phase of flight.

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A U.S official has said that the U.S Navy strike group will be moving to the western Pacific Ocean near the Korean peninsula in a show of force, because of recent North Korean leader, Kim Jong-Un missiles weapon program.

The strike group called the  Carl Vinson, will make its way from Singapore toward the Korean peninsula. The Carl Vinson includes an aircraft carrier. In a statement by U.S Navy, the Carl Vinson will be heading North, but its destination is yet to be specified, and will operate in the Western Pacific instead of its previously planned port visits to Australia.

                 

President Donald Trump had recently met with the Chinese leader, Xi Jinping, where he asked the Chinese leader to do more to curb the excesses of Kim Jong-Un, and to stop the firing of missiles, which is dangerous to its surround neighbour and allies.

The National security adviser to Donald Trump had given him different options for North Korea, and this includes military and economic sanctions. Also, the option of pre-emptive strike on North Korea is not off the table.

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Twitter has sued the US government in a lawsuit on Thursday after it received a request from US officials to to reveal people behind an anti-Trump Twitter account. The lawsuit was filed in San Francisco, where Twitter is based.

The anonymous account was set up after President Trump's inauguration, tweeting news happening inside the White house. The account leaked how dozens of US government agencies opposed to the Trump's administration on climate change amidst other issues.

               

According to Twitter, the  account, @ALT_uscisis known to "express public criticism of the department and the current administration," and it's in lawsuit also added byTwitter, 

"may not compel Twitter to disclose information regarding the real identities of these users without first demonstrating that some criminal or civil offense has been committed, that unmasking the users' identity is the least restrictive means for investigating that offense, that the demand for this information is not motivated by a desire to suppress free speech, and that the interests of pursuing that investigation outweigh the important First Amendment rights of Twitter and its users."

Twitter users are also protected by the first amendment right, and in his lawsuit, Twitter wrote;

The rights of free speech afforded Twitter's users and Twitter itself under the First Amendment of the US Constitution include a right to disseminate such anonymous or pseudonymous political speech.

See Twitter lawusit against the US government.

 

The US launched dozen of missile strikes on Syria airbase on Thursday night after the US accused the Assad government of using a chemical attack on civilians, that killed more than 100 people.

Two US warship,  USS Ross and the USS Porter located in the Mediterranean Sea, launched 59 missiles at the Shayrat Airfield in Homs province in western Syria, the airfield supposedly used by the Syrian government to drop the chemical payload on its own citizen.

                

The Pentagon said that people were not targeted, and just the airbase, though no casualties has been reported. Aircraft and infrastructure were hit, including runway and gas fuel pump.

                 

While speaking on the missile strike, President Trump in his Florida Mar-a-Lago family compound in Palm beach said;

Assad choked out the lives of helpless men, women and children,It is in this vital national security interest of the United States to prevent and deter the spread and use of deadly chemical weapons.

Two dozen members of congress were also said to have been briefed on the strike. Vice President Pence, who also had gone home on Thursday for dinner came back to the situation room to monitor the event.

The Syrian government while speaking on the strike, sees it  "as American aggression," while the biggest rebel group,  Ahrar Al Sham said it "welcomes any U.S. intervention through surgical strikes that would deter the Assad regime capabilities to kill civilians and shorten the suffering of our people."

See video of the strike;

                

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Former Trump National Security Adviser, General Michael Flynn has offered to testify before the FBI and congressional committee investigating Trump-Russia inquiry in exchange for immunity.

    

The former NatSec through his lawyer, Robert Kelner said that he had a story to tell, but he wants immunity assurances before telling his story. In a statement by Robert, he wrote;

General Flynn certainly has a story to tell, and he very much wants to tell it, should the circumstances permit. No reasonable person, who has the benefit of advice from counsel, would submit to questioning in such a highly politicized, witch hunt environment without assurances against unfair prosecution.

Michel Flynn was paid $68,000 in expenses by Russia linked companies in 2015.

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Candace Marie Claiborne, 60, US diplomat allegedly charged with taking thousands of dollars in cash and gifts from Chinese intelligence officials have been charged for lying to investigators about her contact.

The Department of Justice said that Candace knew the money that was given to her by the men was for trading US secrets, because the men were security officials of the Chinese government. She took cash given to her and a new iPhone, and also shared some of the loot with an unidentified man she stayed with in Beijing and Shanghai.

             

The Chinese agents also paid her fashion school tuition, sewing machine, apartment rent, vacations and other needs she demanded from the men.

In a statement by Acting Assistant Attorney General Mary McCord;

Candace Marie Claiborne is a US State Department employee who possesses a Top Secret security clearance and allegedly failed to report her contacts with Chinese foreign intelligence agents who provided her with thousands of dollars of gifts and benefits.

Claiborne used her position and her access to sensitive diplomatic data for personal profit.

Candace has been working for the department since 1999, and in recent times had financial problems. She was arrested on Wednesday, and pleaded not guilty in her first court appearance on Wednesday.

The case has been announced just days before the US President Donald Trump will meet with the Chinese President Xi Jinping in Florida next week.

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While the Donald Trump administration sees staying the Paris Climate change as wasting of US funds, and had signed an executive order to withdraw US from the climate change agreement, Exxon’s manager for environmental policy,Peter Trelenberg is advising the US president not to leave the agreement.

                     

Exxonmobil believes that the agreement would reduce climate change and give a boost to natural gas production. In a letter sent to Donald Trump, Peter in his letter said the agreement signed in 2016 by former president Barack Obama is “an effective framework for addressing the risks of climate change. It is prudent that the United States remain a party to the Paris agreement to ensure a level playing field, so that global energy markets remain as free and competitive as possible."

Former Exxon Chairman, and the secretary of state in the Trump's administration, Rex Tillerson is also advocating for President Donald Trump to stay in the agreement, as it will also help the US diplomatically.

Investigators are currently looking into Exxon for hiding information on climate change, and hiding the information on Global warming. The company is alleged of misleading the public about the effects of climate change, and its supposed effect global warming has on sea levels.

 

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President Donald Trump is not going to be having a great weekend after one of his biggest campaign promises, "Repeal and Replace" Obamacare fails to see the inside of the Republican-run Congress.

Trump and his cabinet have been trying to rally support from congress members to help repeal the ACA, which was also one of former President Barack Obama legacy, but Trump faced a major revolt from conservatives and moderates in their ranks, who believes the new AHCA plan proposal is just like the ACA.

            

Donald Trump and the Republicans congress have all been talking about the repealing and replacing Obamacare, and had the plan for 7 years after it was passed into law. The major talking point at every Donald Trump campaign among his cheering supporters is repealing and replacing Obamacare, but the problem for the Trump presidency is that this type of announcement sounds great during the campaign, but hard to pull off in the real world.

The recent debacle by the Republicans also shows a division between the party, even though they have both houses, and also have a Republican president. Donald Trump was later forced to pull the bill after people from his party won't support the new bill.

Speaking after the failure of Trumpcare, Speaker Ryan said in his news conference;

We came really close today, but we came up short. I will not sugarcoat this: This is a disappointing day for us. Doing big things is hard.

The lost of the bill was another big blow to the Donald Trump presidency, but this time, just like everything else puts the blame on the Democrats.

When the man that wrote the "Art of the deal" couldn't close the deal, and as he promised that himself and voters will keep winning at different things, and they will be tired of winning, Donald Trump seems to be loosing, and hopefully bounce back.

Some of his other losses include the Popular vote, which he claimed people voted illegally. He also said his phone was wiretapped before the November 8th election, but FBI director, James Comey in his hearing with the congress debunked the claim.

Also, his two travel bans have also been recently nullified by the judiciary system.

The Republicans and White house are now moving to a new plan, Tax Reform, which we await, and hopefully Donald Trump score a win since his Jan. 20th Inauguration.

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