Trump: My Charlottesville response was ‘perfect’

Trump: My Charlottesville response was ‘perfect’

Donald Trump has said his much-criticised response to riots in Charlottesville was “perfect” – and claimed North Korea was starting to respect America. Mr Trump made his comments during a rally in Phoenix, Arizona, a day after his primetime speech outlining his strategy for Afghanistan. The rally drew many protesters who were angry for his failing to denounce white supremacists who had clashed with anti-fascist protesters earlier this month. The Charlottesville protests resulted in the…

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Trump vows to ‘close government’ to build Mexico wall

Trump vows to ‘close government’ to build Mexico wall

Donald Trump has vowed to close down the US government if necessary to build his wall along the Mexico border. The president told supporters at a “Make America Great Again” rally in Phoenix, Arizona, that the opposition Democrats were being “obstructionist”. During the 80-minute speech, he also took aim at the media, blaming them for giving far right groups “a platform”. But he selectively quoted his initial response to violence at a far-right rally that…

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Trump’s Phoenix speech was bizarre and dishonest

Trump’s Phoenix speech was bizarre and dishonest

When the clouds of pepper spray clear from the streets of Phoenix, Americans will survey the wreckage of Donald Trump’s latest assault on the rules of American politics. The uncompromising dispersal of protesters by police was a dramatic end to another extraordinary night in Trump world. Can there be any more telling image of the simmering temperature of American politics right now than what happened outside of where the President had just been speaking? ¬†Police…

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Trump’s North Korea phone call defended by Guam governor

Trump’s North Korea phone call defended by Guam governor

President Trump predicted Guam’s tourism would be boosted by North Korea’s threats – but the island’s governor is not insulted. There should be a “more aggressive position from all countries” in dealing with North Korea, the governor of Guam has told Sky News. On the eve of military drills in the Asia-Pacific region which North Korean leader Kim Jong Un could view as provocative, Eddie Calvo also told us about his take on a phone…

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Trump rules out Afghan troops withdrawal

Trump rules out Afghan troops withdrawal

The US leader says that withdrawing troops would leave a vacuum which would be filled by terrorists. Donald Trump has laid the way for an increase in US troops in Afghanistan, vowing he would “fight to win” America’s longest war. The President said his original instinct was to pull US forces out but he now feared such a move would leave a vacuum for terrorists to fill. Mr Trump did not specify how many more…

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North Korea crisis: War would be horrific, US general says

North Korea crisis: War would be horrific, US general says

A military response to North Korea would be “horrific” but remains an option, the top military adviser to US President Donald Trump says. Gen Joseph Dunford, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, made the comments while visiting China. He was responding to remarks by a top Trump aide ruling out military action over North Korea’s nuclear programme. Tensions have flared between the US and North Korea after Pyongyang made advances in its missile…

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Donald Trump slams removal of historic statues

Donald Trump slams removal of historic statues

Donald Trump has said US history and culture is being “ripped apart” by the removal of statues. It comes amid growing calls for monuments of Confederate generals to be torn down. The US President said on Twitter: “Sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart with the removal of our beautiful statues and monuments. “You can’t change history, but you can learn from it. Robert E Lee, Stonewall Jackson…

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Trump’s strategist Steve Bannon calls far-right ‘clowns’

Trump’s strategist Steve Bannon calls far-right ‘clowns’

Steve Bannon mocks the alt-right and criticises the President’s strategy on North Korea in remarks he claims were off the record. Donald Trump’s chief strategist has called white nationalists in America, whose march on Charlottesville last weekend led to deadly violence, a “collection of clowns”. Steve Bannon, the US President’s top aide, also contradicted Mr Trump’s threat to rain “fire and fury” on North Korea, saying there is “no military solution” to the crisis. He…

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Charlottesville victim Heather Heyer’s mother: We must fight against hatred

Charlottesville victim Heather Heyer’s mother: We must fight against hatred

Hundreds of people pack a memorial in Charlottesville as Donald Trump pays tribute to “beautiful and incredible” Heather Heyer. 18:26, UK, Wednesday 16 August 2017 The mother of a protester who was killed during violent clashes in Virginia has used her daughter’s memorial service to urge people to fight against hatred and division. Susan Bro was given a standing ovation at the service in Charlottesville as she insisted Heather Heyer’s death was the start of…

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Trump business council disbands as criticism over Charlottesville reaction grows

Trump business council disbands as criticism over Charlottesville reaction grows

Donald Trump has been forced to disband two White House business councils after the high profile resignations of five chief executives over his Charlottesville comments. The US President has been heavily criticised after he said there was blame on “many sides” for clashes between white supremacists and counter protesters on Saturday. On Wednesday night, hundreds of people gathered on the University of Virginia campus in Charlottesville for a peaceful candlelight vigil. ¬†Hundreds took part in…

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