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Constant information drip deepens Donald Trump’s Russian woes

The steady trickle of new revelations about the Trump team's real and potential Russian connections is increasing pressure on the White House. And what's more, the issue is unlikely to go away any time soon. On Monday the director of the FBI - in what he himself deemed a highly unusual move - publicly stated that his agency was investigating possible ties between the Trump presidential campaign and the Russian government. While the head of the FBI only confirmed what had already been reported, the official confirmation was still widely described as a bombshell. Two days later, another revelation connected to the Trump campaign and Russia came courtesy of an Associated Press story. According to the report, Donald Trump's former presidential campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, secretly worked for a Russian oligarch, Oleg Deripaska, "to greatly benefit Putin." Citing documents, AP reported that in 2006, Manafort signed a $10 million annual contract for his work which included influencing politics in the US. Asked about the story on Wednesday, White House press secretary Sean Spicer appeared to downplay the report, calling it the business dealings of a former campaign staffer from a decade ago. He added that President Trump had not been aware of Manafort's previous work on behalf of Deripaska. Registered as a foreign agent? While it is accurate that the contract was signed ten years ago, Manafort was not just any campaign staffer, but the former head of Donald Trump's presidential campaign. Making the revelation even more potentially relevant is that the FBI is already looking into Trump associates' possible contacts with Russia and also, according to the report, that Manafort apparently did not register as a foreign lobbyist as required by the Foreign Agent Registration Act (FARA). Manafort, in a statement, said he had always acknowledged that he worked for Deripaska, but that he did not work for the Russian government. The statement did not address the reported nature of his work and whether he registered as a foreign lobbyist. "Legally, the issue is whether he violated a law by failing to register under the US Foreign Agent Registration Act," said Joseph Sandler, an attorney specializing in campaign and election law and a former general counsel for the Democratic National Committee. Failing to register as a foreign lobbyist with the US government is very rarely prosecuted. But it could be different in a high-profile case like this, when there is potentially a significant US foreign policy interest, said Sandler. "It is rare, but that's when they go after it," he said referring to potential US interests at stake. "The question here is whether Manafort was taking directions indirectly from the Russian government, even though he was paid by this oligarch in performing these services." No signed contracts Yoshiko Herrera, a scholar of US-Russian relations at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, said it is clear that Deripaska was one of only a handful of oligarchs that were close to Putin during that time. "So if somebody is working for Deripaska, it is absurd to say that he has nothing to do with Putin," she said. "Nobody is going to work directly for the president of Russia. This is how it would work if somebody was working for the government. There are no signed contracts." It does, however, not mean that this was ordered by Putin, Herrera clarified. "Working for Deripaska means that he is working for somebody who is in communication with Putin; so there is a connection to the government, but it doesn't mean that Putin directed his work." Possible legal consequences aside, the new revelations about the conduct of Trumps' former campaign manager will also have a political impact, said Melissa Deckman, chair of the political science department at Washington College. "I think Americans are not buying the Trump administration's line that Manafort played a "limited role" in the campaign last summer," she said. Special prosecutor She also predicted that the constant trickle of new information about Russian involvement in the US election process would force Republicans to yield to Democrats' demands to task an independent, outside prosecutor to investigate the issue. "I think it is just a matter of time before Republicans in Congress acquiesce to a special prosecutor," Deckman said. All of this means that the issue is not going to go away any time soon, and that it could further damage a president who is already reeling from historically low approval ratings. Said Herrera: "The key question that is important for the United States right now is, Were Donald Trump or people around him secretly offered large sums of money in order to change US policy towards Ukraine, towards Russia, towards NATO?"

The steady trickle of new revelations about the Trump team’s real and potential Russian connections is increasing pressure on the White House. And what’s more, the issue is unlikely to go away any time soon. On Monday the director of the FBI – in what he himself deemed a highly unusual move – publicly stated that his agency was investigating ... Read More »

Trump supporters tricked into waving Russian flags at CPAC

Attendees of the annual conservative conference in the US have been duped into waving red, white and blue Russian flags emblazoned with the word Trump. Two young activists claimed responsibility for the devious prank. Supporters of US President Donald Trump inadvertently waved Russian flags at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Friday after two undercover protesters handed them out. DW correspondent Maya Shwayder witnessed several people being tricked into waving the Russian flag at the annual three-day gathering of conservative activists and elected officials. She reported that security guards later came round to collect the flags as one of the protesters called Trump a fascist. Several other people tweeted photos of the flags, which were emblazoned with the word Trump written in gold lettering. American monthly "The Atlantic" reported that two activists, Jason Charter, 22, and Ryan Clayton, 36, handed out about 1,000 of the red, white and blue flags ahead of Trump's speech at the conference. "Most people didn’t realize it was a Russian flag, or they didn’t care," Charter told the magazine. "I think there are multiple ways you can resist against Trump, and I think this is one way that’s extremely effective," he said. "It shows how Trump and Russia are so connected, they are like peas in a pod!" Trump used his position at CPAC to rail against the immigration practices of Germany, Sweden and France and to double-down on his policy agenda. Trump and his appointees have faced increasing criticism in recent weeks for their seemingly close ties to Russia. Trump fired his national security advisor Michael Flynn for contact with Russia while White House chief of staff Reince Priebus admitted pressuring the FBI to publicly dispute media reports of contact with Russian intelligence agents.

Attendees of the annual conservative conference in the US have been duped into waving red, white and blue Russian flags emblazoned with the word Trump. Two young activists claimed responsibility for the devious prank. Supporters of US President Donald Trump inadvertently waved Russian flags at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Friday after two undercover protesters handed them out. ... Read More »

US National Security Adviser Michael Flynn resigns over Russian ties

White House national security adviser Michael Flynn has resigned from his position over his contact with the Russian ambassador to the US. He reportedly misled officials on whether he discussed sanctions with the envoy. US President Donald Trump's national security adviser, Michael Flynn, resigned late Monday night in the midst of a raging controversy over his phone calls with Russian officials, the White House confirmed. Reports emerged that Flynn misled Vice President Mike Pence and other Trump administration officials about his conversations with Russia prior to Trump taking office. In his resignation letter, Flynn said he held several calls with the Russian ambassador in Washington during Trump's transition to the White House and that he gave "incomplete information" to Pence about those discussions. "Unfortunately, because of the fast pace of events, I inadvertently briefed the vice president elect and others with incomplete information regarding my phone calls with the Russian ambassador," Flynn said in the letter. Possibly illegal calls Flynn told Pence that he had not discussed US sanctions against Russia issued by then-President Barack Obama with Russian officials in the weeks leading up to Trump's inauguration. This led Pence to defend Flynn in numerous television interviews. In recent days, Flynn acknowledged that he might have discussed sanctions with the Russians but could not say with 100 percent certainty. According to a "Washington Post" report from last week, Flynn reportedly discussed lifting sanctions aginst Moscow with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak on December 29 - the same day that Obama issued them over Russian interference in the US presidential campaign. The conversations were revealed in intercepted transcripts, described previously by US officials, that showed that Flynn had discussed sanctions with the Russian ambassador. The talks potentially violated the Logan Act, a law banning private citizens from engaging in diplomacy with foreign officials. Michael McFaul, a former US ambassodor to Moscow, said on Twitter that what got Flynn into trouble was misleading Pence. Blackmail threat Reports also emerged on Monday that the Justice Department warned the Trump administration weeks ago that Flynn misled officials about the nature and content of the calls, sources told the Associated Press. Then-acting US Attorney General Sally Yates said Flynn might have put himself in a compromising position and possibly left himself open to blackmail with the phone calls. Yates was later fired from her post for opposing Trump's entry ban for people from seven Muslim-majority countries. Trump named retired Lt. General Keith Kellogg to replace Flynn as acting national security adviser but it is unclear if he will remain in the post.

White House national security adviser Michael Flynn has resigned from his position over his contact with the Russian ambassador to the US. He reportedly misled officials on whether he discussed sanctions with the envoy. US President Donald Trump’s national security adviser, Michael Flynn, resigned late Monday night in the midst of a raging controversy over his phone calls with Russian ... Read More »

Former Wall Street banker Mnuchin sworn in as US Treasury head

Steven Mnuchin, a former Hollywood financier and Goldman Sachs executive, has been sworn in as treasury secretary. The ex-banker now heads the agency that controls taxation, sanctions and bank regulation. The bitterly divided US Senate confirmed Steven Mnuchin to be the next secretary of the US Treasury on Monday night, with Republicans overcoming strong objections from Democrats over President Donald Trump's nominee. Shortly after his confirmation, Mnuchin was sworn in the Oval Office where Trump hailed his track record and called him a "financial legend." "He has spent his entire career making money in the private sector - and that's ok. It's what we want, especially when you're secretary of the Treasury," Trump said. Trump added that the 54-year-old will work on tax reductions for the middle class as well as financial reforms. Policy questions Lawmakers and businesses alike have been waiting for Mnuchin to take office and bring clarity to how he will pursue tax reform as well as international economic cooperation efforts with partners in China, Mexico and Europe who are worried about the extent of Trump's "America First" strategy. Mnuchin, however, did not reveal many details of his plans for the Treasury after he was sworn in on Monday. "I am committed to using the full powers of this office to create more jobs, to combat terrorist activities and financing, and to make America great again," Mnuchin said. In the past, Trump has pledged to loosen up capital markets regulation, saying he wants to undo substantial parts of the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial reform law enacted after the 2007-2009 housing collapse. He's also threatened to impose a border tax adjustment system to boost US exports. As head of the Treasury, Mnunchin will also be in charge of imposing economic sanctions, including Russia. 'Foreclosure machine' The US Senate voted 53-47 to confirm Mnuchin, with all but one Democrat opposing him. The confirmation votes for Trump's Cabinet picks have unveiled partisan divisions in the Republican-controlled Senate, with many of Trump's nominees being approved by party-line votes. Republicans praised Mnunchin's experience in finance, saying it makes him qualified to run the department. Democrats, on the other hand, argued that Mnunchin made a great deal of money by foreclosing on thousands of homes as head of OneWest Bank during the financial crisis. Some lawmakers labeled him a "foreclosure machine" for foreclosing on 36,000 homes shortly after Mnunchin's investor group acquired IndyMac Bank and rebranded it as OneWest. In 2011, the Treasury Department found that OneWest used "unsafe or unsound" practices in mortgage servicing and foreclosure proceedings.

Steven Mnuchin, a former Hollywood financier and Goldman Sachs executive, has been sworn in as treasury secretary. The ex-banker now heads the agency that controls taxation, sanctions and bank regulation. The bitterly divided US Senate confirmed Steven Mnuchin to be the next secretary of the US Treasury on Monday night, with Republicans overcoming strong objections from Democrats over President Donald ... Read More »

Trump attacks adversaries on Twitter for revoking travel ban

امریکی صدر ڈونلڈ ٹرمپ نے کہا ہے کہ سیاٹل کی ایک وفاقی عدالت کے ’نام نہاد جج‘ کا امیگریشن پابندیوں سے متعلق جمعہ تین فروری کو سنایا گیا فیصلہ ’مضحکہ خیز‘ ہے، جسے منسوخ کروا کے یہ پابندیاں بحال کرائی جائیں گی۔ امریکی دارالحکومت واشنگٹن سے ہفتہ چار فروری کو ملنے والی نیوز ایجنسی ایسوسی ایٹڈ پریس کی رپورٹوں کے مطابق کل جمعے کی رات ریاست واشنگٹن میں سیاٹل کی ایک وفاقی عدالت کے جج نے ڈونلڈ ٹرمپ کے ایک صدارتی حکم نامے کے ذریعے ستائیس جنوری سے امریکا میں مہاجرین اور سات مسلم اکثریتی ممالک کے شہریوں کی آمد پر تین ماہ کے لیے لگائی گئی پابندی کو معطل کرتے ہوئے پورے امریکا میں اس پر جو عمل درآمد روک دیا تھا، اس ہر آج ہفتے کی صبح صدر ٹرمپ کی طرف سے شدید برہمی کا اظہار کیا گیا۔ سیاٹل کی وفاقی عدالت کے جج کے فیصلے پر اپنے رد عمل میں ٹرمپ نے کہا کہ ان کی قیادت میں امریکی انتظامیہ اس ’نام نہاد جج‘ کے حکم کو منسوخ کرواتے ہوئے دوبارہ وہی امیگریشن پابندیاں بحال کر دے گی، جو اس جج نے عبوری طور پر معطل کر دی ہیں۔ اس فیصلے کے فوری بعد وائٹ ہاؤس کی طرف سے کہا گیا تھا کہ امریکی محکمہٴ انصاف اس عدالتی فیصلے کے خلاف اپیل کرے گا۔ لیکن آج مقامی وقت کے مطابق ہفتے کی صبح ہی صدر ڈونلڈ ٹرمپ نے ٹوئٹر پر اپنے پیغامات میں اس فیصلے پر اپنے شدید عدم اطمینان کا اظہار بھی کر دیا۔ صدر ٹرمپ نے اپنے ایک ٹوئٹر پیغام میں کہا، ’’اس نام نہاد جج کی رائے، جس کے ذریعے اس ملک سے قانون کے نفاذ کا حق چھین لیا گیا ہے، ایک مضحکہ خیز بات ہے، جسے منسوخ کر دیا جائے گا۔‘‘ اسی موضوع پر اپنی ایک اور ٹویٹ میں صدر ٹرمپ نے کہا، ’’جب کوئی ملک یہ طے کر ہی نہ سکے کہ کون اس ملک میں آ سکتا ہے اور کون نہیں، خاص طور پر تحفظ اور سلامتی کی وجوہات کی بنیاد پر، تو یہ ایک بڑا مسئلہ ہے۔‘‘ امریکا میں سیاٹل، بوسٹن، نیو یارک اور واشنگٹن سے ملنے والی مختلف نیوز ایجنسیوں کی رپورٹوں کے مطابق اس عدالتی فیصلے کے چند ہی گھنٹے بعد امریکا کے کسٹمز اور قومی سرحدوں کی حفاظت کے ملکی محکمے کی طرف سے تمام فضائی کمپنیوں کو یہ کہہ دیا گیا کہ وہ اپنی تجارتی پروازوں کے ذریعے ایسے مسافروں کو پھر سے امریکا لانا شروع کر سکتی ہیں، جنہیں اس عدالتی فیصلے سے قبل کسی مہاجر یا پابندی سے متاثرہ سات ملکوں کے کسی شہری کو امریکا لانے کی اجازت نہیں تھی۔ صدر ٹرمپ کے اپنا عہدہ سنبھالنے کے صرف ایک ہفتہ بعد ستائیس جنوری کو جاری کردہ ایک ایگزیکٹو آرڈر کے بعد امریکا کے درجنوں بین الاقوامی ہوائی اڈوں پر اس وقت انتہائی پریشان کن صورت حال پیدا ہو گئی تھی، جب باقاعدہ ویزا لے کر آنے والے ہزاروں غیر ملکیوں کو امریکا میں داخلے کے اجازت دینے سے انکار کر دیا گیا تھا۔ تب امریکا کے مختلف شہروں میں ٹرمپ کے خلاف مظاہرے بھی شروع ہو گئے تھے۔ یہ سات مسلم اکثریتی ملک ایران، عراق، شام، لیبیا، سوڈان، صومالیہ اور یمن ہیں، جن کے شہریوں کو، چاہے وہ پہلی بار امریکا آ رہے تھے یا پہلے سے امریکا ہی میں مقیم تھے لیکن غیر ملکیوں کے طور پر بیرون ملک سے واپس لوٹ رہے تھے، دوبارہ امریکا داخلے کی اجازت دینے سے انکار کر دیا گیا تھا۔

US President Trump has criticized a judge’s ruling that blocked his order banning travelers from seven Muslim-majority nations. Trump vowed to overturn the ruling even as the State Department said the ban was suspended. US President Trump has criticized a judge’s ruling that blocked his order banning travelers from seven Muslim-majority nations. Trump vowed to overturn the ruling even as ... Read More »

Protesters in Britain demonstrate against Trump immigration policy

Several thousand people have protested in the UK against a US travel ban that affects several Muslim-majority nations. Critics see the ban as inflaming religious tensions and violating international laws on refugees. Thousands of people on Saturday heeded a call from rights groups and Muslim organizations in Britain to protest outside the US Embassy in London against President Trump's executive order suspending travel to the US from several Muslim-majority countries. Protesters held banners bearing slogans such as "No to Trump, No to War" and "Trump: Special Relationship? Just say no." The protest is taking place the day after a US judge temporarily suspended the order, saying the order had caused "immediate and irreparable injury." It is the third protest addressing various aspects of Trump's presidency to have taken place in the British capital in two weeks. A similar protest was to take place on Saturday afternoon before the US embassy in the Germany capital, Berlin. Trump, on Saturday, criticized a "so-called judge" for suspending the ban saying it was "ridiculous" and would be overturned. Anti-Muslim order? The executive order signed by Trump suspended entry to the United States to people traveling from seven Muslim-majority countries - Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Libya and Yemen - for 90 days, as well as putting a temporary halt to the entire US refugee program.The administration said the move is designed to combat terrorism. The US State Department on Friday said that 60,000 visas had been revoked following Trump's order, after media reports quoted government lawyers as saying that more than 100,000 people had been affected. Critics of the order say that the ban has separated families, harmed thousands of US residents and goes against international law on taking in refugees fleeing conflict. Rights groups have also warned that the move could heighten religious tension and encourage Islamophobia. Australian protests The order also brought thousands of demonstrators onto the streets in Australia on Saturday, with protesters coupling their outrage at Trump's move with calls for Australia to close its offshore processing centers on the tiny Pacific island of Nauru and Manus Island in Papua New Guinea. Australia's hardline refugee policy, which denies asylum to anybody attempting to enter the country by boat, has been slammed by rights groups, and the United Nations have called for the offshore centers to be shut amid allegations of violence, sexual assualt, degrading treatment and self-harm. The protests in Australia come following a diplomatic spat between Trump and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, with Trump calling a deal between the two nations struck by his predecessor, Barack Obama, "dumb." The deal is to see the United States taking up to 1,250 asylum-seekers held on Nauru and Manus to enable Canberra to stick to its "no boat" policy. In return, Australia would take in refugees from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. Trump later said he planned to stand by the agreement, which has been widely criticized in Australia. Student rallies against Trump's immigration policy were also held in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, and outside the US embassy in the Philippine capital, Manila.

Several thousand people have protested in the UK against a US travel ban that affects several Muslim-majority nations. Critics see the ban as inflaming religious tensions and violating international laws on refugees. Thousands of people on Saturday heeded a call from rights groups and Muslim organizations in Britain to protest outside the US Embassy in London against President Trump’s executive ... Read More »

US slaps new sanctions on Iran over missile test

The Trump administration has issued new sanctions on Iranian nationals and entities, in a clear hardening of policy towards Tehran. Days earlier, Washington threatened Iran over its latest ballistic missile test. Washington added 13 individuals and 12 entities to its Iran sanctions authority list, the US Treasury said on its website on Friday. The decision came days after the White House put Tehran "on notice" over Sunday's test of a medium-range ballistic missile, and for supporting Shiite rebels in Yemen. Some of the entities listed are based in the United Arab Emirates, Lebanon and China, and the sanctions affect nationals of those countries as well as Iran. "Iran's continued support for terrorism and development of its ballistic missile program poses a threat to the region, to our partners worldwide, and to the United States," said John Smith, acting director of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control. US President Donald Trump has signaled that he will take a tougher tone with Tehran, tweeting on Friday that they were "playing with fire," and that the Obama administration had been too "kind." No US business dealings Friday's move freezes any assets the sanctioned parties might have in US banks and prohibits US companies and people from doing business with them. Among those sanctioned were companies, individuals, and brokers Washington said support a trade network run by an Iranian businessman, Abdollah Asgharzadeh. A Lebanon-based network was also targeted which the US Treasury said was run by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, the elite military body that is also powerful in Iranian politics and the economy. 'Iran won't start a war' Ahead of the new sanctions, Iran's foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, said Tehran was "unmoved by threats," adding that "we'll never initiate war, but we can only rely on our own means of defense." Iran has test-fired several ballistic missiles since the nuclear deal in 2015, but the latest test was the first since Trump became president. The new sanctions come just a year after international sanctions were lifted following a landmark deal to curb Iran's nuclear ambitions. None of the new restrictions appear to reverse the lifting of sanctions as part of that deal. Nevertheless, the action will almost surely increase tensions with Tehran. Iran insists it has the right to conduct ballistic missile tests now that its nuclear program has been curtailed. "The amateur and irrational policies of the new US administration will change nothing about the principles of Iranian politics," the Foreign Ministry said in a statement. Responding to news of the sanctions, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said he "understood" Washington's reaction, adding that "clearly, these missile tests violate all relevant UN Security Council resolutions."

The Trump administration has issued new sanctions on Iranian nationals and entities, in a clear hardening of policy towards Tehran. Days earlier, Washington threatened Iran over its latest ballistic missile test. Washington added 13 individuals and 12 entities to its Iran sanctions authority list, the US Treasury said on its website on Friday. The decision came days after the White ... Read More »

Hundreds of US State Department officials sign Trump dissent memo

American diplomats around the world have added their signatures to a memo criticizing President Donald Trump's travel ban. However, an opinion poll found that Americans are sharply split over the measure. Hundreds of state department officials in Washington, DC, and in embassies and consulates scattered across the globe had signed the internal dissent memo by Tuesday evening. News agency Reuters reported the number of signatories could be as high as 900. The document lambasted Trump's executive order that bans citizens from Iran, Iraq, Yemen, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Libya from entering the United States, while also suspending the US refugee program for 120 days. "This ban does not achieve its aims [of making the country safer] - and will likely be counterproductive," the memo stated. "Moreover, such a policy runs counter to core American values of non-discrimination, fair play, and extending a warm welcome to foreign visitors and immigrants." "We are better than this ban," the memo also read. Word of the dissent memo leaked over the weekend, prompting White House spokesperson Sean Spicer to warn on Monday that career diplomats should either "get with the program or they can go." Signatories to the so-called 'dissent channel cable' should be protected by law from retaliation. The dissent memo was created during the Vietnam War to allow US diplomats to express their disagreement with the US administration on major policy, which they are publically obligated to support and enforce as US civil servants. Americans divided over the ban The travel ban dissent memo is thought to be one of the most well-supported statements since the mechanism was first established. But a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll released Tuesday indicated that Americans remain highly divided along partisan lines over Trump's executive order that has unleashed protests at American airports. According to the poll, 49 percent of American adults either "strongly" or "somewhat" agreed with the ban whereas 41 percent "strongly" or "somewhat" disagreed. 10 percent answered as being undecided. When broken down by political party, 53 percent of Democrats "strongly disagree" with the measure while 51 percent of Republicans "strongly agree." However, only 32 percent of Americans feel "more safe" because of the ban. A majority of Americans agreed on one point, however: 56 percent believe that the United States should not give preference to Christian refugees over Muslim ones.

American diplomats around the world have added their signatures to a memo criticizing President Donald Trump’s travel ban. However, an opinion poll found that Americans are sharply split over the measure. Hundreds of state department officials in Washington, DC, and in embassies and consulates scattered across the globe had signed the internal dissent memo by Tuesday evening. News agency Reuters ... Read More »

US President Trump names Neil Gorsuch as Supreme Court nominee

US President Donald Trump has announced Neil Gorsuch as his Supreme Court pick. If confirmed by the Senate, the selection of the 49-year-old US appeals court judge swings the court to a conservative-majority position. US President Donald Trump on Tuesday picked Neil Gorsuch to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court. Gorsuch's assignment will likely swing the court in the conservative's favor and could prove to be one of the Trump administration's most consequential moves, with ramifications that could long outlast the president's time in office. Trump announced his Supreme Court pick in a live televised broadcast, his first televised from the White House since becoming President. "Judge Gorsuch has outstanding legal skills, a brilliant mind, tremendous discipline and has earned bipartisan support," Trump said, adding that Gorsuch's resume is "as good as it gets." Gorsuch, a Colorado native, attended Colombia University and Harvard Law School, and also completed doctorate in legal philosophy at Oxford University. After several years in private practice, he went on to work in George W. Bush's Justice Department for two years before he was appointed to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in 2006. "I respect ... the fact that in our legal order it is for Congress and not the courts to write new laws," Gorsuch said following Trump's announcement. "It is the role of judges to apply, not alter, the work of the people's representatives. A judge who likes every outcome he reaches is very likely a bad judge, stretching for results he prefers rather than those the law demands." At 49, Gorsuch's appointment makes him the youngest Supreme Court nominee in over a quarter century. The vacancy on the US Supreme Court arose when judge Antonin Scalia died almost a year ago. President Barack Obama had nominated U.S. Circuit Court Judge Merrick Garland to fill the seat. However, Republican senators blocked the pick, saying the appointment should only be made after November's presidential election. Despite Gorsuch's conservative track record, he is not expected to call into questions recent high profile rulings, such as on abortion and gay rights, which have narrowly divided the nine-seat court by five votes to four in recent years. However, the Supreme Court's conservative tilt is likely to have a strong bearing on divisive issues such as gun control, the death penalty and religious rights. Gorsuch's appointment requires 60 Senate votes to be confirmed. As Republicans hold a slim 52-seat majority, Trump's pick will still need to win over some Democratic votes. Some Democrats, however, had already vowed to mount intense scrutiny and a stern challenge against whoever Trump would have picked in protest to what they view as the court's "stolen seat." Following the announcement, Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said he had "very serious doubts" over Gorsuch's appointment. At 49, Gorsuch's appointment makes him the youngest Supreme Court nominee in over a quarter century. The vacancy on the US Supreme Court arose when judge Antonin Scalia died almost a year ago. President Barack Obama had nominated U.S. Circuit Court Judge Merrick Garland to fill the seat. However, Republican senators blocked the pick, saying the appointment should only be made after November's presidential election. Despite Gorsuch's conservative track record, he is not expected to call into questions recent high profile rulings, such as on abortion and gay rights, which have narrowly divided the nine-seat court by five votes to four in recent years. However, the Supreme Court's conservative tilt is likely to have a strong bearing on divisive issues such as gun control, the death penalty and religious rights. Gorsuch's appointment requires 60 Senate votes to be confirmed. As Republicans hold a slim 52-seat majority, Trump's pick will still need to win over some Democratic votes. Some Democrats, however, had already vowed to mount intense scrutiny and a stern challenge against whoever Trump would have picked in protest to what they view as the court's "stolen seat." Following the announcement, Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said he had "very serious doubts" over Gorsuch's appointment.

US President Donald Trump has announced Neil Gorsuch as his Supreme Court pick. If confirmed by the Senate, the selection of the 49-year-old US appeals court judge swings the court to a conservative-majority position. US President Donald Trump on Tuesday picked Neil Gorsuch to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court. Gorsuch’s assignment will likely swing the court in the ... Read More »

Trump causing domestic political problems in Mexico

After provocations from President Donald Trump, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto canceled a scheduled US visit. Although people in Mexico have shown support for the move, the mood in the country is bad. "Many Mexicans are scared," says Mexican political scientist Carlos Perez Ricart, who is currently researching at the Free University of Berlin's Institute of Latin American Studies. Businesses, citizens with relatives in the United States, and not least, the middle-class, all of whom who have had more influence on the county's economy than anyone else until now, are worried about President Donald Trump's threats of punitive tariffs, tighter border controls and higher import taxes. "Right now many Mexicans are looking closely at the US," says Perez Ricart. "That has led many to ignore Mexico's domestic problems and look instead to the external enemy." The result has been an increasingly nationalist sentiment. Currently, profile images featuring the Mexican flag or other national symbols are very popular on social networks. Mexicans dissatisfied Still, none of that can hide the country's deeper problems. Not only do drug cartels still control much of the country, its government has also been involved in a number of corruption scandals. These are things that Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and his Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) had wanted to tackle. "Mexicans don't see any structural improvements, instead life has just gotten worse for them," says Mexican political scientist Luicy Pedroza of the Hamburg-based German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA). "The promised reforms were poorly enacted, both in the energy sector and the business sector," she says. Recent polls show that just 12 percent of Mexicans approve of their president. Scared of Trump, frustrated with Pena Nieto But Pena Nieto intends to stick to his plan - part of which is the deregulation of fuel pricing. The next phase of the plan is to be introduced in February. Total deregulation is to be complete in 2018. Until now, gas prices have been set by the finance ministry. The measures could not have come at a worse time for Mexico: The peso is at a historic low, and global oil prices are on the rise. The liberalization means that not only do Mexicans have to pay more for gasoline, but they have had to pay higher electricity prices since the beginning of the year as well. Other everyday items have also gotten more expensive due to inflation. People are so angry that even around the time of Trump's inauguration - when hundreds of thousands of people around the world took to the streets to protest the new US president - Mexicans didn't protest the man that so often insulted them publicly. Instead, they demonstrated against Pena Nieto. Many even accused him of being partially responsible for Trump getting elected. Pena Nieto was the only international leader to extend Trump an invitation to visit during his candidacy. Pena Nieto invited Trump to Mexico City despite the fact that he had repeatedly used strong anti-Mexican rhetoric to drum up support. In fact, he began his presidential bid by defaming Mexicans as "rapists" and "drug dealers," charges he repeated throughout the campaign. The day after his Mexico City visit, Trump campaigned in New Mexico, saying: "They're paying for the wall, they just don't know it yet." In an editorial titled "Trump is a problem, Pena Nieto is not the solution," Mexican journalist Ricardo Raphael wrote that Donald Trump had "used Enrique Pena Nieto as the warm-up act for his show." Actually, Pena Nieto should have been able to use the situation with Trump to his own advantage, says political scientist Carlos Perez Ricart: "But the Mexican government lacks strength and confidence." Pena Nieto, he says, acted far too timidly.

After provocations from President Donald Trump, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto canceled a scheduled US visit. Although people in Mexico have shown support for the move, the mood in the country is bad. “Many Mexicans are scared,” says Mexican political scientist Carlos Perez Ricart, who is currently researching at the Free University of Berlin’s Institute of Latin American Studies. Businesses, ... Read More »

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