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Trump warns Google, Facebook, Twitter to be careful

by admin   |   Posted on Wednesday, August 29th, 2018

U.S. President Donald Trump. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri/File Photo

U.S. President Donald Trump warned Google, Facebook, and Twitter to tread carefully on Tuesday (August 28) after recently accusing internet and social media firms of political bias and censorship, without providing evidence.

“I think what Google and what others are doing if you look at what’s going on with Twitter if you look at what’s going on with Facebook, they better be careful because you can’t do that to people,” Trump said in remarks at the White House.

“So I think that Google, and Twitter and Facebook, they are really treading on very, very troubled territory and they have to be careful. It’s not fair to large portions of the population.” — Reuters

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Donald Trump arrives in Britain for state visit laden with diplomatic peril

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Tuesday, June 4th, 2019

U.S. President Donald Trump and Queen Elizabeth | Courtesy : Reuters

U.S. President Donald Trump arrived in Britain on Monday (June 3) for a state visit laden with diplomatic peril, after humiliating outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May over Brexit and demanding she be tougher in dealing with China’s Huawei.

Trump and his wife, Melania, who landed at London’s Stansted airport on Monday morning, will be treated to a display of British royal pageantry during the three-day visit: lunch with Queen Elizabeth, tea with heir Prince Charles, a banquet at Buckingham Palace and a tour of Westminster Abbey, coronation church of English monarchs for 1,000 years.

On Wednesday (June 5), Trump will join the queen and veterans to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings in the southern English city of Portsmouth, before travelling to Ireland. He will then attend official D-Day ceremonies in France on Thursday (June 6).

Beyond the pomp, though, the proudly unpredictable 45th U.S. president also brings demands: He has praised a more radical Brexit-supporting potential successor to May, including former foreign secretary Boris Johnson, and his envoys have urged a tougher British stance towards Chinese telecoms giant Huawei.

A meeting with either Johnson, favourite to succeed May, or Nigel Farage, a bombastic anti-establishment campaigner, would be seen as a snub for May who is bowing out after failing to negotiate a Brexit deal that parliament could ratify. (REUTERS)

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“America First is a fallacy” – Mexico’s president responds to Trump tariff threat

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Saturday, June 1st, 2019

“America First is a fallacy,” Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador told U.S. President Donald Trump in a letter on Thursday (May 30), responding to a White House announcement it was imposing a blanket 5% tariff on all goods from Mexico from June 10.

Lopez Obrador said he wanted to avoid confrontation with the United States and that ideals such as justice and universal brotherhood were more important than borders.

“President Trump: social problems are not resolved with taxes or coercive measures. How can you turn, from one day to the next, the country of fraternity with immigrants of the world into a ghetto, a closed space, where they are stigmatized, mistreated, persecuted, expelled, and cancel the right to justice of those who look to live free of misery through effort and work? The Statue of Liberty is not an empty symbol,” the letter read.

“With all respect, even though you have the sovereign right to say it, the slogan “America First” is a fallacy because even until the end of time, justice and universal fraternity will prevail above national borders,” Obrador said.

The Mexican president also ordered his foreign minister to travel to Washington on Friday (May 31).

Residents of Mexico City, meanwhile, expressed doubt that President Trump’s tariff threat would do anything to stem the flow of mostly Central American migrants through Mexico.

“It’s not going to work… it’s more of a social issue than an economic issue,” said Paula Sousa.

“I think it’s dangerous for both countries because there is definitely a very strong commercial relationship between them. And I don’t think it’s something that’s convenient for either nation since Mexico needs U.S. industry, just like U.S. industry needs Mexican labor,” said Miguel Angel Sanchez.

Earlier the same day, Mexico’s foreign ministry delivered the text of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement to Mexico’s Senate for ratification. The President of Mexico’s Senate said the body would make the pact “a priority.” (REUTERS)

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Trump to impose 5% tariff on Mexican imports over illegal immigration

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Saturday, June 1st, 2019

Workers packing avocados in boxes | Courtesy: Image grabbed from a Reuters video

President Donald Trump said on Thursday (May 30) that the United States will impose a 5% tariff on all goods coming from Mexico starting on June 10 until illegal immigration across the southern border is stopped.

“The tariff will gradually increase until the Illegal Immigration problem is remedied, at which time the Tariffs will be removed,” Trump said on Twitter.

In a statement issued by the White House, Trump said the tariff would increase to 10% on July 1, 15% on Aug. 1, 20% on Sept. 1 and to 25% on Oct. 1.

“Mexico’s passive cooperation in allowing this mass incursion constitutes an emergency and extraordinary threat to the national security and economy of the United States,” Trump said in the statement.

“Mexico has very strong immigration laws and could easily halt the illegal flow of migrants, including by returning them to their home countries,” he said. (REUTERS)

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