President Trump fired back at Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., on Sunday, a day after Amash became the first Republican congressman to call for Trump's impeachment.
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump says he hopes the U.S. is not on a path to war with Iran amid fears that his two most hawkish advisers could be angling for such a conflict with the Islamic Republic. Asked Thursday if the U.S. was going to war with Iran, the president replied, “I hope not” — a day after he repeated a desire for dialogue, tweeting, “I'm sure that Iran will want to talk soon.” The tone contrasted with a series of moves by the U.S. and Iran that have sharply escalated tensions in the Middle East in recent days. For the past year, national security adviser John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have been the public face of the administration's “maximum pressure” campaign
Former president Jimmy Carter carved an unlikely path to the White House in 1976 and endured humbling defeat after one term. Now, six administrations later, the longest-living chief executive in American history is re-emerging from political obscurity at the age of 94 to win over his fellow Democrats once again.A peanut farmer turned politician then worldwide humanitarian, Mr Carter is carving out a unique role as several Democratic candidates look to his family-run campaign after the Watergate scandal as the roadmap for toppling Donald Trump in 2020."Jimmy Carter is a decent, well-meaning person, someone who people are talking about again given the time that we are in," Minnesota senator Amy Klobuchar said in an interview."He won because he worked so hard, and he had a message of truth and honesty. I think about him all the time."Ms Klobuchar is one of at least three presidential hopefuls who have ventured to the tiny town of Plains, Georgia, to meet with Mr Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, who is 91.New Jersey senator Cory Booker and Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana, have also visited with the Carters, including attending the former president's Sunday School lesson in Plains. Mr Carter had planned to teach at Maranatha Baptist Church again on Sunday, but he was still recuperating at home days after being discharged from a Georgia hospital.The former president had hip replacement surgery at the hospital following a fall as he was preparing for a turkey hunt. "An extraordinary person," Mr Buttigieg told reporters after meeting Mr Carter. "A guiding light and inspiration," Mr Booker said in a statement.Ms Klobuchar has attended Mr Carter's church lesson, as well, and said she emails with him occasionally. "He signs them 'JC,'” she said with a laugh. The attention is quite a turnabout for a man who largely receded from party politics after his presidency, often without being missed by his party's leaders in Washington, where he was an outsider even as a White House resident. However, more 2020 candidates have quietly sought counsel from Mr Trump's predecessor, former president Barack Obama. Several have talked with former president Bill Clinton, who left office in 2001.But those huddles have been more hush-hush, disclosed through aides dishing anonymously. Sessions with Mr Carter, on the other hand, are trumpeted on social media and discussed freely, suggesting an appeal that Mr Obama and Mr Clinton may not have. Unlike Mr Clinton, who was impeached after an affair with a White House intern, Mr Carter has no MeToo demerits; he and Rosalynn, married since the end of World War II, did not even like to dance with other people at state dinners. And unlike Mr Obama, who was popular among Democrats but polarising for conservatives and GOP-leaning independents, Mr Carter is difficult to define by current political fault lines. He is an outspoken evangelical Christian who criticises Mr Trump's serial falsehoods, yet praises him for attempting a relationship with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Mr Carter touts his own personal relationship with Russian president Vladimir Putin, another Trump favourite. "I have his email address," Mr Carter said last September. For years, Mr Carter has irked the foreign policy establishment with forthright criticism of Israel and its treatment of Palestinians. He also confirmed that he voted for Vermont senator Bernie Sanders, a democratic socialist, over Hillary Clinton in Georgia's 2016 presidential primary.In 2017, Mr Carter welcomed Mr Sanders, who is running again this year, to the Carter Centre for a programme in which the two men lambasted money in politics. Mr Carter called the United States "an oligarchy."Yet he has since warned Democrats against "too liberal a programme," lest they ensure Mr Trump's re-election.Ms Klobuchar credited Mr Carter with being "ahead of his time" on several issues, including the environment and climate change (he put solar panels on the White House), health care (a major step towards universal coverage failed mostly because party liberals thought it did not go far enough) and government streamlining (an effort that angered some Democrats at the time).But she also alluded to how his presidency ended: a landslide loss after gas lines, inflation-then-unemployment, and a 14-month-long hostage crisis in Iran. "Their administration was not perfect," she said.It is enough of an enigma that Mr Carter is the only living president not to draw Mr Trump's ire or mockery, even if Republicans have lambasted him for decades as a liberal incompetent.Mr Trump and Mr Carter chatted by phone earlier this spring after he sent Mr Trump a letter on China and trade. Both men said they had an amiable conversation. Nonetheless, 2020 candidates cite Mr Carter's juxtaposition with Mr Trump. "There was a feeling that people had been betrayed in our democracy by someone who wasn't telling the truth," Ms Klobuchar said, referring to Richard Nixon's resignation in 1974.Mr Buttigieg said he and Mr Carter "talked about being viewed as coming out of nowhere" and how Mr Carter ran two general election campaigns entirely on the public financing system that now sits unused as candidates collectively raise money into the billions.Ms Klobuchar recalled Mr Carter telling her that "family members would disperse to different states and then they would all come back on Friday, go back through the questions they had gotten." Then "he would talk about how he would answer them" so they would all be prepared on their next trips, she said. It was "a different era," she added, recalling that Mr Carter said he felt "hi-tech because they had a fax machine on his plane."Indeed, Ms Klobuchar, born in 1960, was not old enough to vote for Mr Carter until he sought a second term. Mr Booker, 50, recalls voting for Mr Carter, but in a grade-school mock election. Mr Buttigieg, 37, was not even born when he left office. Nonetheless, Ms Klobuchar said she regularly meets Iowans who remember Mr Carter and his family members campaigning in 1975 before his rivals and national media recognised his strength, and she said she sometimes references on the campaign trail how her fellow Minnesotan and Mr Carter's vice president, Walter Mondale, remembers their term: "We obeyed the law. We told the truth. We kept the peace." Whatever the reasons for the renewed attention, Mr Carter’s allies say they hope the 2020 campaign plays a part in bolstering his reputation as a president. "People are tired of hearing that he was a better ex-president than president," said DuBose Porter, a former Georgia Democratic chairman who has known the Carters for decades. "Of course he's done amazing things at the Carter Centre, but he did great things for the country, and we're proud of it."Associated Press
The following is a transcript of the interview with Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York that aired Sunday, May 19, 2019, on "Face the Nation." MARGARET BRENNAN: We turn now to New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. She's running for the Democratic presidential nomination, and she joins us this morning from New York. Senator, ten states have tightened restrictions on abortion in the past year, and others may follow. I know you flew to Georgia this week to protest it. This is one of the most emotionally charged, divisive issues in politics, and it's a fight the president wants to have because it resonates with his supporters. So why are you embracing it? SENATOR KIRSTEN GILLIBRAND: This
Ireland and the US are not arguing over where President Donald Trump might meet the Taoiseach if he visits, the country's deputy premier has insisted. Simon Coveney said reports of a stand-off over locations were exaggerated and not true. There has been expectation that President Trump will visit Ireland on June 5 as part of his trip to Europe. The anticipated stop would come at the end of his state visit to the UK and before he attends D-Day commemorations in France.
In the aftermath of the 2016 election, many Americans reported elevated levels of stress, which some labeled 'post election stress disorder.' A number of psychologists jumped on board with the term, and affirmed that their clients were unusually tense, but others clapped back, saying that to call this stress a 'disorder' was to trivialize PTSD. Now, a new study attempts to parse out who was really pushed to an emotional brink by the election, and whose stress was more closely akin to political outrage. Researchers from Stanford University and Microsoft analyzed post-election searchers for mental health assistance and found that while Democrats' stress levels didn't rise to a mental health
Donald Trump has lashed out at America’s Sunday morning political talk shows, claiming the programming has “bias” and “dishonesty” in a self-serving thread about American military and economic might.Mr Trump’s tweet thread claimed that the American military was a “depleted disaster” when he came onto the scene, touted his record of installing conservative judges in federal courts, and railed on Obamacare, despite praising one of the programme's most popular pieces – protections for pre-existing conditions.He wrote: “For all of the Fake News Sunday Political Shows, whose bias & dishonesty is greater than ever seen in our Country before, please inform your viewers that our Economy is setting records, with more people employed today than at any time in U.S. history, our Military, which was a depleted disaster, will soon be stronger than ever before.”He continued: “our Vets are finally being taken care of and now have Choice, our Courts will have 145 great new Judges, and 2 Supreme Court Justices, got rid of the disastrous Individual Mandate & will protect Pre-Existing Conditions, drug prices down for first time in 51 years (& soon will drop much further), Right to Try, protecting your 2nd Amendment, big Tax & Reg Cuts, 3.2 GDP, Strong Foreign Policy, & much much more that nobody else would have been able to do. Our Country is doing GREAT!”Since Mr Trump became president, the US military budget has not risen or decreased in a significant way compared to during Barack Obama’s presidency.Mr Trump and his Republican allies have also attempted repeatedly to repeal Obamacare, only to be stymied by Democrats and widespread public support for the measure.The economy, which Mr Trump repeatedly praises, has remained strong, continuing a trend established during his predecessor's tenure.
For former Libertarian vice presidential candidate Wayne Allyn Root, President Trump may be the greatest economic president in history. Root, who hosts “The Wayne Allyn Root Show” on USA Radio and on Newsmax TV, and who can be found at RootforAmerica.com, told KIRO Radio's Dori Monson that he may be the idea-generator behind many of Trump's biggest statements. In November, Root wrote a column telling Trump he would never get the money for a wall, and should declare a national security emergency instead to use military funds. “I made sure that column was put right into the president's hands — literally hand-delivered by one of my best friends who spends all his weekends at Mar-a-Lago,” he said.
President Trump is expected to sign an executive order this week that would ban US companies from using equipment from firms that pose a national security risk. If signed, the order would all but block Huawei from the United States. The order isn't expected to name individual companies, although Huawei is clearly the one that will spring to mind for most. It's the world's largest telecom supplier and number two smartphone maker, behind only Samsung. And lately, it's run into one issue after another, most stemming from 23 unsealed indictments that concluded it had run afoul of intellectual property laws, obstructed justice, and committed fraud while trying to evade US sanctions in Iran. Huawei,
BRUSSELS (AP) — The leading candidates in the European Union elections grappled with the thorny issue of migration, rising nationalism and even testy ties with U.S. President Donald Trump in a largely drama-free debate Wednesday barely a week before May 23-26 polls. Quizzed by three European journalists over 90 minutes, the six candidates for Jean-Claude Juncker's post as president of the EU's powerful executive arm also tackled youth unemployment, taxes and climate change in a debate among six mainstream party candidates that was conducted almost exclusively in English despite their different nationalities. Some 400 million people are eligible next week to choose members of the European Parliament,
David Letterman, and his beard, are back. Echoing the format of the freshman season, all six episodes will feature the veteran late-night host speaking with “guests Letterman finds fascinating,” according to a Netflix press release. Netflix is holding off on announcing this season's guest roster, but in an appearance on “Ellen” in March, he said Ellen DeGeneres would return the favor by visiting his Netflix show. Letterman more than delivered the star power last season, kicking off with Barack Obama.
Justin Amash is a US Congressman from the 3rd district in Michigan, which encompasses Grand Rapids. Surprisingly, he's a Republican, and one of President Donald Trump's arch foes. Today, the Commander-in-Tweet raised Amash's profile by mashing him down in his weekend tweetstorm as a "total lightweight," accusing him of "getting his name out there through […]
U.S. retailer stocks have moved from buoyant to bruised this year and the intensification of the U.S.-China trade war makes them especially vulnerable because consumer products would be targeted in the next round of threatened tariff increases. Although it reported better-than-expected earnings, Macy's shares slipped this week after it said the latest tariffs on Chinese imports by Washington are hitting its furniture business and warned that additional tariffs would affect clothing and other areas. Late last week, after Washington imposed a tariff rate increase to 25% on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports, U.S. President Donald Trump ordered his trade chief to begin the process of imposing tariffs on all remaining imports from China, which would subject about $300 billion worth of Chinese imports to tariffs.
Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday ruled out taking on any political office in Brussels or elsewhere after her planned departure as Germany's leader in 2021. The chancellor had sparked speculation that she may be eyeing a job in the European Union when she told the Sueddeutsche Zeitung in an interview on Wednesday that with many people feeling concerned about the continent, she feels “even more duty bound to join others in making sure that Europe has a future”. But Merkel, 64 who has been German chancellor since 2005, stamped out the rumour firmly on Thursday. “I am not available for any further political post, no matter where it is — not in Europe either,” after leaving Germany's top post