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Thursday, February 09, 2017

The 9th Circuit ruled unanimously against reinstating Trump's travel ban.


Thursday, February 02, 2017

The U.S. Treasury Department on Thursday adjusted sanctions on Russian intelligence agency FSB, making limited exceptions to the measures put in place by former President Barack Obama over accusations Moscow tried to influence the U.S. presidential election with cyber attacks on political organizations. ... Beyond its intelligence function, the FSB also regulates the importation of software and hardware that contains cryptography. Companies need FSB approval even to import broadly available commercial products like cell phones and printers if they contain encryption, sanctions experts say. Tech companies had been complaining about this collateral consequence since Obama placed sanctions on FSB in December, said [former State Department official Peter] Harrell.


Washington Post: It should have been one of the most congenial calls for the new commander in chief -- a conversation with the leader of Australia, one of America's staunchest allies, at the end of a triumphant week. Instead, President Trump blasted Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull over a refugee agreement and boasted about the magnitude of his electoral college win, according to senior U.S. officials briefed on the Saturday exchange. Then, 25 minutes into what was expected to be an hour-long call, Trump abruptly ended it. At one point, Trump informed Turnbull that he had spoken with four other world leaders that day -- including Russian President Vladimir Putin -- and that "this was the worst call by far." read more


Wednesday, February 01, 2017

"President Trump blasted Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull over a refu­gee agreement and boasted about the magnitude of his electoral college win, according to senior U.S. officials briefed on the Saturday exchange. Then, 25 minutes into what was expected to be an hour-long call, Trump abruptly ended it."

Other news reports Trump hung up, unexpectedly on P.M. Turnbull. Turnbull would only state that "conversations are conducted candidly, frankly, privately, If you see reports of them, I'm not going to add to them."

Trump informed Turnbull that "This was the worst call (to world leaders today) by far."


Tuesday, December 20, 2016

A new Texas non-profit led by Donald Trump's sons Donald Jr. and Eric is offering access to their father during presidential inauguration weekend in exchange for million-dollar donations to unnamed "conservation" charities. The donor's identities may remain secret. During the campaign, Donald Trump called Hillary Clinton "the most corrupt" for allegedly selling access while she was Secretary of State, calling it a "vast pay-for-play scheme." He's not even president yet and his family's openly selling access to him in contravention of the law.


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