US President Donald Trump, who embraced WikiLeaks with giddy joy, may head the administration that finally brings Julian Assange to face the music when predecessor Barack Obama would not, writes Zoe Daniel.
At a fundraiser in San Antonio, Texas, President Trump expressed disappointment that his troops-rough-up-asylum-seekers-at-the-border fanfiction has yet to become a reality. “Our military can’t act like a military would act,” said Trump. “Because if they got a little rough, everybody would go crazy.” Trump also used the roundtable to spread more lies about dangerous migrants and the effectiveness of his fantasy wall. [NY Times/NBC News]
If the CEO of JP Morgan really cared about American workers, he would put an end to corporate executives like him rigging the system
Marcela Coallo is selling handbags in a shop called Bolsa Coketa. “We’re all scared, because we all depend on people from Mexico,” she said. “President Trump talks about wanting to help American families, so why is he threatening our livelihoods?” How long could Bolsa Coketa survive if the border closed? “One week perhaps,” she said. “That’s how serious this is.” Faced with the same question, Juan Aguilera, a pharmacist on the Mexican side of the bridge, has an equally grim answer. About 80% of his customers, he said, are US citizens, come to buy pharmaceuticals at knockdown prices. How long could he survive with a shuttered border – a week, a month, a year? He laughed. “Days,” he replied. “Just a few days.”
Earlier this month, Puerto Rico’s government cut the island’s food stamps program by 25 percent, bringing it back down to the level it was at before the hurricane. An astonishing 43 percent island’s population currently relies on food stamps. After the House passed a bill in January allocating $600 million in emergency funding for food stamps in the territory, Trump called the bill “excessive and unnecessary.” It was also announced today that HUD will look into whether the White House has prevented disaster relief funding from reaching the island, in light of multiple private comments from Trump about his unwillingness to continue providing aid. “We are in the process of looking into whether there has been any interference and do plan to report back to Congress on what we find‚” Jeremy Kirkland, counsel to the HUD inspector general’s office, said in response to questions from Rep. Maxine Waters in front of the House Financial Services Committee.
Chief Executive Elon Musk has never sought pre-approval for a single tweet about Tesla Inc since striking a court-approved deal about how to communicate important information about the electric vehicle maker, the top U.S. securities regulator told a judge on Monday.
Ultimately, what might be most frustrating about Beto is that we all know someone like him. He’s the guy in the meeting who hasn’t done any of the work but who repeats a woman’s points and immediately gets a round of applause and a promotion. He’s the guy who pays eloquent lip service to the importance of diversity, but would never go so far as conceding a woman might be better qualified for a job than him. He’s the epitome of mediocre white male confidence. And if there is one thing America does not need at the moment, it’s more mediocre white guys running things.
Trump vetoes Congress, surrounded by law enforcement officials.
Australia’s prime minister, Scott Morrison, said: “The remarks by Senator Fraser Anning blaming the murderous attacks by a violent, rightwing, extremist terrorist in New Zealand on immigration are disgusting. Those views have no place in Australia, let alone the Australian parliament.” The former Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull wrote: “Fraser Anning’s comments today are contemptible. He is a disgrace to the Senate and, what is worse, by spreading hatred and turning Australians against each other, he is doing exactly what the terrorists want.”
Dispute over Nord Stream 2 Now the Trump Administration is taking the offensive in two other fields, in which Germany seeks to defend its interests, diverging from those of the USA, to enforce its “strategic autonomy.” One is the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which assures Germany – for the time being  – exclusive access to Russian natural gas deposits, as well as granting Berlin a key position in the EU’s natural gas supply. Already at the beginning of the month, a high-ranking State Department official confirmed that if European companies continue construction of the pipeline, they risk “significant sanctions.” Another US government official has now confirmed in the business press that Washington is already preparing sanctions. Reportedly, in Berlin, this is clearly considered an aggression against a NATO partner. Sanctions would certainly lead “to a confrontation – not only with Germany, but with Europe,” a government official in Berlin was quoted. “We will do everything necessary to complete the pipeline.” Dispute over Huawei Simultaneously, the conflict is escalating over the use of the Chinese Huawei Corporation’s technology for setting up the 5G grid in Germany and the E