Black Man Accuses Sean Spicer of Hurling Racial Slur at Him

Posted: July 29, 2018, 4:39 am

Black Man Accuses Sean Spicer of Hurling Racial Slur at Him White House press secretary Sean Spicer listens to a reporter's question during a briefing at the White House, June 20, 2017 in Washington. MIDDLETOWN, R.I. — A black man yelled at former White House press secretary Sean Spicer in a bookstore and accused Spicer of calling him a racial slur when they were students at a prep school decades ago.
Spicer was “taken aback'' by the man's “outrageous claim'' and had no recollection of him or of being in school with him, his publicist said on Saturday.
Spicer was at a book signing in Middletown on Friday to promote his new book reflecting on his time at the press podium for President Donald Trump.
Alex Lombard, who was standing behind a small group of people waiting in line to meet Spicer and get him to sign the book, called out Spicer's name and said they went to Portsmouth Abbey School together. Spicer waved to him and said, “Hey. Yeah. How are y..

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With 100 Days to Go Until Midterms, Trump is the Top Issue

Posted: July 29, 2018, 4:22 am

There are now 100 days left before U.S. midterm elections in November when control of both chambers of the U.S. Congress will be at stake. Polls give opposition Democrats an edge and both parties agree that President Donald Trump will be the key issue in this year's election. VOA National correspondent Jim Malone has more from Washington.

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Court Pick Kavanaugh’s Gun Views Are No Mystery

Posted: July 28, 2018, 5:35 pm

Court Pick Kavanaugh's Gun Views Are No Mystery FILE – U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is pictured at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, July 10, 2018. SILVER SPRING, MD. — U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh says he recognizes that gun, drug and gang violence “has plagued all of us.'' Still, he believes the Constitution limits how far government can go to restrict gun use to prevent crime.
As a federal appeals court judge, Kavanaugh made it clear in a 2011 dissent that he thinks Americans can keep most guns, even the AR-15 rifles used in some of the deadliest mass shootings.
Kavanaugh's nomination by President Donald Trump has delighted Second Amendment advocates. Gun law supporters worry that his ascendancy to America's highest court would make it harder to curb the proliferation of guns. Kavanaugh has the support of the National Rifle Association, which posted a photograph of Kavanaugh and Trump across the top of its website.
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AP Fact Check: Trump Falsely Claims Historic Turnaround

Posted: July 28, 2018, 4:49 am

AP Fact Check: Trump Falsely Claims Historic Turnaround President Donald Trump delivers remarks about the economy on the South Lawn of the White House, July 27, 2018, in Washington. From left, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin. WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump falsely claimed he’s pulled off “an economic turnaround of historic proportions.”
Speaking at the White House Friday after the government reported that the economy grew at an annual rate of 4.1 percent in the second quarter, Trump declared that the gains were sustainable and would only accelerate. Few economists outside the administration agree with this claim.
His remarks followed events Thursday in Iowa and Illinois, where Trump falsely repeated a claim that the U.S. economy is the best “we’ve ever had” and incorrectly asserted that Canada’s trade market is “totally closed.”
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Trump Says Economy Numbers Sustainable, But Experts Doubtful

Posted: July 28, 2018, 1:00 am

Friday's positive numbers on the U.S. economic growth are “very, very sustainable,” according to U.S. President Donald Trump. His comments came after figures showed U.S. GDP growth hit 4.1 percent in the second quarter. The question is whether that growth is sustainable, as VOA's Bill Gallo reports from the White House.

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Pentagon Creating Software ‘Do Not Buy’ List to Keep Out Russia, China

Posted: July 27, 2018, 2:02 pm

Pentagon Creating Software 'Do Not Buy' List to Keep Out Russia, China FILE – An aerial view of the Pentagon building in Washington, June 15, 2005. The Pentagon is working on a software “do not buy” list to block vendors who use software code originating from Russia and China, a top Defense Department acquisitions official said Friday.
Ellen Lord, the undersecretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment, told reporters the Pentagon has been working for six months on a “do not buy” list of software vendors. The list is meant to help the Department of Defense's acquisitions staff and industry partners avoid purchasing problematic code for the Pentagon and suppliers.
“What we are doing is making sure that we do not buy software that has Russian or Chinese provenance, for instance, and quite often that's difficult to tell at first glance because of holding companies,” she told reporters gathered in a conference room near her Pentagon office.
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Trump Thanks North Korea for Return of US War Remains

Posted: July 27, 2018, 1:15 pm

Trump Thanks North Korea for Return of US War Remains A soldier carries a casket containing a remain of a U.S. soldier who was killed in the Korean War during a ceremony at Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, July 27, 2018. U.S. President Donald Trump extended a word of gratitude to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un Friday for returning to U.S. authorities what are believed to be the remains of 55 U.S. service members who were killed in the Korean War more than six decades ago.
“I want to thank Chairman Kim for keeping his word,” Trump told reporters outside the White House. “We have many others coming, but I want to thank Chairman Kim in front of the media for fulfilling a promise that he made to me and I'm sure he will continue to fulfill that promise as they search and search and search.”
The transfer of the remains is the beginning of the fulfillment of an agreement reached between Kim and Trump during their historic Singapore summit last month.
About 7,700 U.S. soldier..

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Bolton May Meet Russian Security Official By End of Summer

Posted: July 27, 2018, 12:37 pm

Bolton May Meet Russian Security Official By End of Summer FILE – National Security Adviser John Bolton listens as President Donald Trump speaks during a cabinet meeting at the White House in Washington, April 9, 2018. JOHANNESBURG — U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton may meet the secretary of Russia's Security Council, Nikolai Patrushev, by the end of summer, Russian deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov said on Friday.
Ryabkov said a meeting between U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov was also being discussed but there had been some difficulties over scheduling.
“We are looking into different options of where minister Lavrov and Secretary of State Pompeo could possibly meet, including the sidelines of international events,” Ryabkov said.

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Mattis: US Not Pursuing Regime Change in Iran

Posted: July 27, 2018, 12:10 pm

Mattis: US Not Pursuing Regime Change in Iran Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, speaks to reporters at the Pentagon, July 27, 2018. WASHINGTON — The United States has not instituted a policy of regime change or collapse in Iran, U.S.
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Friday, telling reporters that the goal was still to change Iran's behavior in the Middle East.
Asked whether the Trump administration had created a regime change or collapse policy, Mattis said: “There's none that's been instituted.”
“We need them to change their behavior on a number of threats that they can pose with their military, with their secret services, with their surrogates and with their proxies,” he added.

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Trump Open to Visiting Moscow After Putin Invite

Posted: July 27, 2018, 11:46 am

Trump Open to Visiting Moscow After Putin Invite President Donald Trump delivers remarks on the economy from the South Lawn of the White House, July 27, 2018, in Washington. WASHINGTON / JOHANNESBURG — President Donald Trump is open to visiting Moscow, the White House said on Friday after Russian President Vladimir Putin said he had invited the American leader.
Despite the uproar in Washington after the two met in Helsinki last week, Putin said another meeting with Trump was still on the agenda and that both leaders want additional summits.
“Regarding our meetings, I understand very well what President Trump said. He has a desire to have further meetings,” Putin told reporters in South Africa, where he was attending a summit of BRICS nations: Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.
“I am ready for that,” Putin said. “We need for the appropriate conditions to exist, to be created, including in our countries.”
Following the backlash in the United States over Trump's cordial ..

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