Spanish music: Spanish band cancels US tour after immigration officials deny entry | In English | EL PAÍS Making America “safer” by keeping musicians and comedians out? Dumb is as dumb does – Trump is as Trump does.

Theirs is not the only recent negative experience with US immigration officials. In March, several artists had problems when they tried to play at the SXSW Festival in Austin (Texas). One of them was another Spaniard from the southern region of Andalusia, a trap artist who goes by the artistic name of Yung Beef, and who was informed that his ESTA was denied as he was boarding a flight in Barcelona.Something along those lines happened to the Chilean band Trementina, three of whose five members saw their visas canceled by US immigration officials without any explanation. The Italian band Soviet Soviet and the Egyptian-Canadian group Massive Scar Era suffered a similar fate.DeportationFor others, the experience was even more traumatic. Juan García Mosqueda, an Argentinean art curator who owns the Chamber gallery in New York and who has been a legal US resident for the last 10 years, was held at the border as he flew to the US on a flight from Buenos Aires on February 24. It was the beginning of “a 36-hour nightmare,” as he called it on his Instagram account. Immigration officials denied him the right to a lawyer, prevented him from using any communication device, went through his belongings, withheld food from him and kept him under watch when he went to the bathroom. He was finally placed on a flight back to Argentina.Four Mexican comedians recently underwent a similar experience. Immigration officials apparently believed that Carlos Bonavides, Nora Velázquez, Maribel Fernández and Yered Licona were going to work without the corresponding permit, according to Mexican media reports. Their tourist visas were cancelled and they were expelled and barred from returning to US territory within the next five years.

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Trump says China is not a currency manipulator after all: Shanghaiist

US President Donald Trump appears to have had an epiphany, perhaps brought on by some chocolate cake, declaring that he will not label China as a currency manipulator after all.During his presidential campaign, Trump had repeatedly promised to label China a currency manipulator on his first day in office. To explain his sudden change of heart on the issue, Trump told the Wall Street Journal that taking the step could wreck his master plan to get China to handle the North Korea crisis and anyway the Chinese government had not been manipulating its currency for months. “They’re not currency manipulators,” Trump said in the interview. Two months ago, Trump called China the “grand champions” of currency manipulation, and just last week he said they were the “world champions. “As always, there’s a relevant Trump tweet for the occasion. However, Trump’s flip-flop now brings him in line with his own cabinet members, experts and reality on the issue. Previously, Trump had long charged Beijing with artificially keeping the value of the renminbi low in order to hurt American manufacturers. Trump had stuck with this conviction, even as data, the International Monetary Fund and the US Treasury Department said that it was false with most experts believing that China is in fact manipulating the yuan up, not down.Of course, Trump’s about-face on China’s currency manipulation follows his first meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping last week at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida where the two bonded while eating “the most beautiful piece of chocolate cake” and listening to Trump’s granddaughter sing “Mo Li Hua.”

Source: Trump says China is not a currency manipulator after all: Shanghaiist

President Trump’s thoroughly confusing Fox Business interview, annotated – The Washington Post

Even Trump thinks Hitler did not gas Jews?

“No. But if I see them using gas and using things that — I mean even some of the worst tyrants in the world didn’t use the kind of gases that they used. And some of the gases are unbelievably potent.”

Source: President Trump’s thoroughly confusing Fox Business interview, annotated – The Washington Post