This week Donald Trump becomes only the third American president to be honoured with a state visit since the Queen came to the throne. Following in the footsteps of George W Bush and Barack Obama he will be treated to the full red carpet treatment, including a 41-gun salute and a state banquet. Hundreds of thousands are set to take to the streets of London in protest, while Jeremy Corbyn and Vince Cable have both refused to attend the dinner. They claim Donald Trump does not deserve the accolade given his refusal to condemn white supremacists, the sabotaging of international efforts to tackle climate change and his attacks on the disabled and minorities. The US President’s invitation is certainly divisive but it is not first state visit to cause controversy. Here are five other questionable world leaders who were handed the honour. Emperor Hirohito 1971 Relations between Britain and Japan are now warmer than ever but when Emperor Hirohito was granted a state visit 48 … [Read more...] about 5 most controversial State Visits as Donald Trump arrives in UK
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John Fritze and David Jackson USA TODAY Published 7:04 AM EDT Apr 19, 2019 WASHINGTON – Attorney General William Barr had barely finished taking reporters' questions about the Russia investigation when the Democratic chairman of the House Judiciary Committee signaled he wasn't even close to satisfied with the answers. "We cannot take Attorney General Barr's word for it," Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., said as he whipped out a letter demanding a hearing with special counsel Robert Mueller. Nadler's response to the report, amplified by Democrats in the hours that followed, underscored a political reality taking hold as the nation processes the report's meaning: While the exhaustive investigative work in the Russia probe is finished, the shadow hanging over Donald Trump's presidency may never be fully lifted. Democrats ramped up their rhetoric in the hours after Barr's press conference on Thursday, kicking off a fresh fight over … [Read more...] about Mueller report: Donald Trump faces fresh battle as Dems demand answers
Tom Gross 4 April 2019 6:50 AM 4 April 2019 6:50 AM Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Whatsapp Could Donald Trump win the Nobel Peace Prize after all? He would be following in the footsteps of his predecessor but unlike Barack Obama his award could be for something significant: helping to bring an end to one of the world’s most intractable conflicts – the dispute between Israelis and Palestinians. It might sound implausible but Trump may have a better chance of delivering peace – or at least a non-belligerency agreement – than previous presidents, even if those chances do still remain low. Trump’s Middle East peace envoy (and ex-real estate lawyer) Jason Greenblatt, who I met recently, says that the Trump team will soon unveil their plan – the “deal of the century”, as Trump has dubbed it. It could even come a day or two after next Tuesday’s Israeli elections. The election … [Read more...] about Could Donald Trump unexpectedly triumph in his bid for peace in the Middle East?
opinion Brian L. Ott Opinion contributor Published 3:15 AM EDT Mar 20, 2019 As someone who has spent his entire professional life studying rhetoric, I can confidently say that President Donald Trump’s rhetoric did not cause the horrific terrorist attack on two mosques in New Zealand last week that left 50 people dead. Quite simply, rhetoric does not work that way. It does not directly cause violence because it cannot “force” persons to behave violently. Rhetoric works, rather, by way of invitation. It asks things of us. Sometimes it asks politely, sometimes not; sometimes it asks subtly, sometimes not. We either accept its invitations or we do not. But rhetoric is never neutral. It invites us to view issues, events and people through particular lenses. If we agree to its invitations, if we accept its lenses, then we are also implicitly agreeing to how we ought to respond to those same issues, events and people. So, to be clear. Donald Trump … [Read more...] about Donald Trump’s hateful rhetoric invited New Zealand mosque shooting
opinion David Mastio and Jill Lawrence USA TODAY Published 3:39 PM EDT Mar 19, 2019 Jill: When was the last time one of your elderly uncles went on a tear about a longtime nemesis, and you realized he was talking about someone who had been dead for seven months? Maybe never, right? But if it did happen, you might gently point out the person had passed away or try a diversionary tactic to move the conversation along in a more constructive, less offensive direction. You might try especially hard if the person in question was generally considered a hero, unlike your uncle, who was generally considered a crank. Unfortunately, nobody can do that when the elderly ranter is the U.S. president letting loose on Twitter. A lot of people are debating whether President Donald Trump’s behavior and language are getting worse, by which they mean more unhinged and increasingly indistinguishable from those long lists of psychological behaviors suggesting one diagnosis or another. If … [Read more...] about Donald Trump’s Twitter storms are now Washington background noise