Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un met in a historic, but arguably “staged” summit in Singapore, which concluded today with a document signing in which both countries committed vaguely to “a lasting and stable peace regime on the Korean peninsula.”
Trump is the first sitting US president to meet with a North Korean head of state.
No specific actions were outlined in the official document, yet Trump still told reporters: “We both want to do something. We both are going to do something. And we have developed a very special bond.”
The document signed did state the Jong-Un has “reaffirmed his firm and unwavering commitment to complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula,” and in return Trump has promised to “provide security guarantees” to North Korea. You can read the full text here.
Trump and Jong-Un shaking hands in front of a row of American and North Korean flags was a major propaganda moment for the brutal dictator, who was shockingly called “talented” by Trump and offered an invite to the White House.
But one can’t help be reminded of the words of British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, on returning from meeting with the Nazis in Munich in 1938: “I have returned from Germany with peace for our time.”
“Peace,” turned out to be the deaths of 60 million people
Donald Trump will not attend the White House Correspondents’ Dinner for a second year in a row, according to a tweet from the White House Correspondents Association.
“The White House has informed us that the President does not plan to participate in this year’s dinner, but that he will actively encourage members of the executive branch to attend and join us as we celebrate the First Amendment,” WHCA President Margaret Talev said. “In keeping with tradition, Press Secretary Sarah Sanders also will represent the administration at the head table. The April 28 dinner celebrates award-winning reporting, scholarship winners, and the vital role of the First Amendment and the free press in American democracy.”
Take a look at the tweet below.
The dinner won’t be empty of celebrity, of course. Kathy Griffin will attend as a guest of the LGBTQ publication The Washington Blade, in the wake of her severed head controversy.
This year’s dinner will be hosted by Michelle Wolf, a writer for The Daily Show, who also has an upcoming HBO standup special and weekly series on Netflix.
Donald Trump has announced that he’ll be placing military forces at the US-Mexico border until the wall he promised in his 2016 campaign can be built, CNN reports.
Speaking at a luncheon with leaders of the Baltic states, Trump said:
“I told Mexico, and I respect what they did, I said, look, your laws are very powerful, your laws are very strong. We have very bad laws for our border and we are going to be doing some things, I spoke with (Defense Secretary James) Mattis, we’re going to do some things militarily. Until we can have a wall and proper security, we’re going to be guarding our border with the military. That’s a big step. We cannot have people flowing into our country illegally, disappearing, and by the way never showing up for court.”
So, until he can get the wall funded (after Mexico has refused to pay for it, he’s now trying to get Congress to cough up the dough) he’s having armed soldiers patrol the entire border. He’s blamed President Obama for weak immigration policy, writing on Twitter this morning (among many, many other things): “Mexico & Canada have tough immigration laws, whereas ours are an Obama joke.”
Trump also spoke of a known caravan of migrants headed through Mexico toward the border at this moment, and demanded the caravan stop moving through a series of heated tweets.
“If it reaches our border, our laws are so weak and so pathetic – you (the Baltic leaders) would not understand this ’cause I know your laws are strong at the border – it’s like we have no border,” he incomprehensibly explained.
Remember when Trump retweeted alt-right Islamophobic videos and was condemned by world leaders and the public alike? It turns out that Twitter finally realized what was going on and has now suspended the account responsible for originally airing said clips.
To recap, late last month Trump retweeted three videos posted by Jayda Fransen, the deputy leader of the United Kingdom’s far-right ultranationalist political party “Britain First.” The videos depict men committing violent acts, with captions alleging those men were Muslim.
Britain’s Prime Minister, Theresa May, publicly condemned Trump’s retweets and called Britain First an organization that tells “hate-filled narratives to peddle lies and stoke tensions.”
Now, at last, Twitter seems to be waking up to what’s going on, and this morning suspended Fransen’s account, in addition to the account of Britain First.
Let us be clear that the authenticity of the videos Trump posted have been widely disputed – Dutch authorities denied that a video titled “Muslim migrant beats up Dutch boy on crutches” involved any migrants at all, and a video titled “Islamist mob pushes teenage boy off roof and beats him to death” was filmed in Egypt during the overthrow of president Mohamed Morsi.
Still, White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders reassures us neither she nor Trump seem to care if the videos are real: “Whether it is a real video, the threat is real. And, that is what the president is talking about, that is what the president is focused on, is dealing with those real threats… You’re focusing on the wrong thing. The threats are real. And that is what the president is talking about.”
As sexual assault and misconduct allegations continue to mount against the President, Trump seems to pointing fingers in any direction he can away from himself.
Take a look below:
Trump is referring to yesterday’s TODAY segment, where Megyn Kelly reinterviewed three women who accused Trump of sexual misconduct during his presidential campaign last year.
Nikki Haley, Trump’s appointed U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, came out on Face the Nation this weekend to show her support for the women accusing Trump of harassment and assault, saying: “Women who accuse anyone [of sexual misconduct] should be heard. They should be heard and they should be dealt with.”
Trump is reportedly livid over Haley’s remarks, according to AP News, which wrote that “Haley’s comments infuriated the president, according to two people who are familiar with his views, but who spoke on condition of anonymity, because they aren’t authorized to speak publicly about private conversations. Trump has grown increasingly angry in recent days that the accusations against him have resurfaced, telling associates that the charges are false and drawing parallels to the accusations facing Republican Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore.”
New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand called on Trump to resign following the numerous allegations against him. Trump responded with a crude, sexist, very on-brand tweet:
Gillibrand swiftly replied with:
Trump’s twitter is making headlines once again – the President today retweeted 3 anti-Muslim videos that depict supposedly Islamic men in a violent light. The videos were originally shared on Twitter by Jayda Fransen, the deputy leader of the United Kingdom’s far-right ultranaturalist political party “Britain First.” Fransen last year was found guilty of religiously aggravated harassment of a Muslim woman. British Prime Minister Theresa May’s office has publicly condemned Trump’s retweets.
The first video is captioned “Muslim migrant beats up Dutch boy on crutches,” and shows one man kicking another to the ground. Aside from the caption, nothing seems to indicate the assailant is of Islamic faith. The second video shows a man with a beard destroying a statue of the Virgin Mary. The third video shows a group of men attacking another group, until a man falls from a ledge. Here they are.
Fransen was found guilty of aggravated harassment after verbally attacking a Muslim woman during a “Christian Patrol” in 2016. She admitted to telling the woman, in front of her four children, that Muslim men “cannot control their sexual urges” and “that’s why they are coming into my country raping women across the continent,” The Independent reports. She continued to explain that that’s why Muslim women must wear hijabs.
“It is wrong for the president to have done this,” said a spokesperson from the office of Theresa May, adding that Britain First is a group that spins “hate-filled narratives to peddle lies and stoke tensions.”
Defending the retweets today, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said “I think his goal is to promote strong borders and strong national security,” and added, according to CNN, that “Whether it is a real video, the threat is real. That is what the President is talking about, that is what the President is focused on, is dealing with those real threats, and those are real no matter how you look at it.”
Illustration: Hilton Dresden
After tweeting that CNN is a “major source of (fake) news” and that “they represent our Nation to the WORLD very poorly” over the weekend, Trump has now tweeted this morning calling for an awards show honoring the “most dishonest, corrupt” news source out there, and he’s excluded Fox News from eligibility. Take a look (this is real):
Trump’s tweet at CNN was met with a sharp response from the international news network:
It’s interesting that Trump is attempting to paint America’s leading news networks as liars when he’s currently wrapped himself up in his own web of falsehoods. Over the weekend, a New York Times story revealed Trump now denies that it was his voice in the infamous Access Hollywood tape that aired last fall. To recap, the tape had audio of Trump bragging to TV host Billy Bush about groping women, and he admitted the recording was him at the time of its publication. Since the tape’s publication, Trump has been accused of sexual assault by several women, New York magazine reports.
The news comes folded into a story about Trump’s support of Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore, who has been accused by six women of pursuing them romantically when they were teenagers, and by two of sexual assault. Moore’s rival for the seat is Doug Jones. The Times wrote:
“But something deeper has been consuming Mr. Trump. He sees the calls for Mr. Moore to step aside as a version of the response to the now-famous Access Hollywood tape, in which he boasted about grabbing women’s genitalia, and the flood of groping accusations against him that followed soon after. He suggested to a senator earlier this year that it was not authentic, and repeated that claim to an adviser more recently. (In the hours after it was revealed in October 2016, Mr. Trump acknowledged that the voice was his, and he apologized.)”
Juli Briskman was fired from her job earlier this month after sticking up her middle finger at Trump’s motorcade while they drove past her on her bike. She worked for government contractor Akima LLC, which was apparently not pleased at the attention Briskman brought to the company.
But some stories do have happy endings. A GoFundMe page was launched by the public to help out the internet hero, and now Briskman has almost $80,000 raised in her name.
“Juli Briskman is an inspiration to us all,” reads the page. “This week we learned that she was fired from her employer for exercising her first amendment rights.”
As a refresher, here’s the now iconic Briskman.
It looks like the internet isn’t such a toxic place after all. The campaign’s goal is to raise a cool $100K. “Through your generous donations, heavy burdens have been lifted. Thank you!” reads a quote from Briskman on the page.