Sport by Press Association September 6, 2018, 1:31 pm FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Sign up to our Sport newsletter Donald Trump has expressed predictable outrage following the unveiling of NFL star Colin Kaepernick as the face of Nike’s 30th anniversary “Just Do It” campaign. But Kaepernick is just one of a number of top sports stars who have crossed paths with Trump since his ascent to the US presidency – with the big names coming out both for and against. Anti-Trump Colin Kaepernick The quarterback kindled Trump’s ire by refusing to stand for the national anthem prior to matches last year. Trump’s response, in which he called for NFL players to be fired for such behaviour, sparked a wave of similar protests in support of Kaepernick. LeBron James Trump and James have been at loggerheads since the basketball ace called the president a “bum” for rescinding a White House invitation to the Golden State Warriors. … [Read more...] about Sporting stars who fell out with Donald Trump – and those who back the president
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One year ago Michael Cohen, the longtime lawyer and fixer to Donald Trump pledged he "would take a bullet for the president." On Tuesday that once-deep loyalty melted away when Cohen stunningly implicated the US president in two felony crimes as he pleaded guilty to charges of bank fraud, tax fraud and campaign finance violations. It was a huge takedown for the brash New Yorker, who tied the last decade of his career personally to Trump. Cohen, 51, a one-time personal injury lawyer who accumulated a small fortune in Manhattan's shady taxi badge industry, bought real estate in a Trump building and eventually worked his way into an office right next to the billionaire's in his eponymous 5th Avenue skyscraper. As personal lawyer to one of New York's richest property magnates and an executive vice president of the Trump Organization, he handled numerous business deals inside and outside the United States for his boss, as well as fixing some of the future president's more seamy problems. … [Read more...] about Michael Cohen, Trump fixer who pledged to ‘take a bullet’ for the president
As the US president arrives in the UK, he will be met with a chorus of disapproval – but also a smaller number of cheerleaders whose enthusiasm for his leadership is matched only by their gift for self-promotion. With millions of Twitter followers between them, considerable television appearance money (for those who are not incarcerated), and in some cases the endorsement of the president himself, the British Trumpocracy is still thriving – and ready for another moment in the limelight. Nigel Farage Nigel Farage, the former leader of Ukip, has long been a self-declared friend of Donald Trump. He was one of the first non-Americans to visit the president in Trump Tower after he was elected in 2016 and has spoken of his support repeatedly, to whomever will listen. Farage, who has seen his political clout wane after Brexit has nonetheless become the British voice of reason for Fox News. Recent headlines have seen Farage tell Fox that Theresa May must resign, that the inflatable … [Read more...] about Britain’s Trumpocracy: who are the president’s biggest cheerleaders?
Our country is divided between red states and blue states, a division that has intensified since the election of President Donald Trump and some of the blue states are intensifying their resistance to the president. Most prominently, California, the country's bluest and most populous state, led by Governor Jerry Brown. Brown has been governor of California twice - the first time, 40 years ago. He criticizes the president on taxes. California is suing the Trump administration over health care, immigration, and air quality, but nothing raises more righteous passion in Jerry Brown than the issue of climate change. As we first reported last fall, he castigates the president for denying the science and aggravating a problem Governor Brown says is causing California to burn. California suffered its most destructive fire season on record last year. Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in December as raging wildfires, whipped by fierce Santa Ana winds and fueled by bone-dry … [Read more...] about The governor who’s castigating the president on climate change
President Donald Trump has had several volatile weeks even by his own standards. It's easy to assume that he's settled into an overall equilibrium that's reflected in his very stable recent approval numbers. It's possible that both his detractors and his supporters have dug in and are unlikely to change their minds, barring any major events such as a war or a recession. Perhaps! But we don't actually know, and I see three developments that could create new troubles for the president.One is the rapidly growing number of ex-Trumpers out there. Some of them -- for example, Hope Hicks, presumably -- are going to be very loyal. Some presumably will not be, such as fired Veterans Affairs secretary David Shulkin. Some of those who speak out will have very limited capacity for changing anyone's mind; people like Shulkin might have some influence within the organized veterans community, but his reach is very unlikely to go much further. The more people Trump sheds, however, the … [Read more...] about Three Potential Problems for the President