U.S. Probe: Uncovering needles in the haystack

Congressional agents have uncovered an email sent in June 2016, from a reliable Trump aide that referenced a formerly unreported push to orchestrate a meeting a year ago between Trump crusade authorities and Russian President Vladimir Putin, as indicated by sources with coordinate information of the issue.

The email was sent by Rick Dearborn, now the president’s deputy chief of staff, to crusade authorities with data about a man attempting to interface them with Putin, CNN said. The individual was just recognized in the email as being from “WV,” which one source said was a reference to West Virginia.

It was an indistinguishable time where Donald Trump Jr. met with Russians offering data to ruin his father’s opponent in the campaign- Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Dearborn did not react to various requests looking for input. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders declined to remark, and would not react to request about Dearborn’s email and whether the campaign brought through with that meeting.

“We aren’t going to comment on potentially leaked documents,” Sanders said.

The demand made by the unidentified West Virginian fits an example of Russians endeavoring  to accumulate human knowledge and look for unwilling – and once in a while unwitting accomplices – as a major aspect of their incognito operations, says the Intelligence experts.

“The Russians are really experts at this,” heaved Steve Hall, a retired CIA chief of Russia operations.

News Source: Reuters, CNN

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A new legislation for immigrants in the USA

After the immigrants’ issue in the USA, President Donald Trump announced that he supports a legislation which will cut in half the number of legal immigrants allowed into the US while moving to a “merit-based” system favoring English-speaking skilled workers for residency cards.

If this new legislation, Reforming American Immigration for Strong Employment (RAISE) Act,  is passed then it can be beneficial for technology professionals and highly-educated people  from countries such as India.
Taking factors in account such as education, English language skills, , high- paying job offers and age, the new act will be a points-based system for earning a green card.

Speaking at the end Trump highlighted the event by saying that the Act will help in reduce proverty, increase wages, and save taxpayers billion dollars.
Trump said at the White House during the event, “Trump said this legislation will not only restore America’s competitive edge in the 21st century, but it will restore the sacred bonds of trust between America and its citizens.This legislation demonstrates our compassion for struggling American families who deserve an immigration system that puts their needs first and that puts America first,”.

Sources-

  1. The Times of India- http://m.timesofindia.com/india/donald-trumps-merit-based-immigration-system-may-benefit-indians/articleshow/59891768.cms

2. NDTV- https://www.google.co.in/amp/m.ndtv.com/indians-abroad/donald-trumps-merit-based-immigration-plan-may-benefit-indian-professionals-1732768%3famp=1&akamai-rum=off

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China reacts to Us bombers flying over South China Sea

“The Chinese military will resolutely safeguard national sovereignty and security as well as regional peace and stability,” said the Chinese defense ministry in response to the US. Bomber planes flying over the disputed South China Sea. The U.S. Air Force strongly believes that the region should be treated as an International territory in spite of China’s opposition.

China has already dispatched military vessels and fighter jets to ward away U.S. warship sailing near the disputed region. The tension between the two escalated as the US President Donald Trump and the Chinese President Xi Xinping are set to meet at the G-20 summit at Hamburg. They are supposed to discuss China’s role in stifling North Korea’s Missile and nuclear weapons programme after King Jong-Un launched an intercontinental ballistic missile on Tuesday.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson was however critical of the U.S. bomber planes,”But China resolutely opposes individual countries using the banner of freedom of navigation and overflight to flaunt military force and harm China’s sovereignty and security,” he exclaimed. The South China Sea witnesses a $5 trillion in ship-borne trade passing through it every year, with countries like Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Taiwan claiming parts of this region.  A U.S. warship reportedly sailed near a disputed island in the South China Sea a few days back as the tension between these two heavyweight countries refuses to fade away.

 

News Sources- Ani, Reuters 

North Korean detained Otto Warmbier dies days after release

Otto Warmbier, the 22-year old American student who was detained by North Korean for 17 months died at a Cincinnati Hospital, reported CNN. Warmbier was released from North Korea last week after he was arrested in 2016. He was visiting North Korea for a five-day sightseeing when he was arrested for allegedly trying to steal an item with a propaganda slogan, according to North Korean media.

The family in a statement after Otto’s death said, “Unfortunately, the awful torturous mistreatment our son received at the hands of the North Koreans ensured that no other outcome was possible beyond the sad one we experienced today.”

Last Thursday, the physicians at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, where Warmbier was died, said that he showed no signs of understanding languages or surroundings and had made no “purposeful movements or behaviours”.

Otto Warmbier was released by North Korea on humanitarian grounds after the U.S. State Department’s special envoy traveled to Pyongyang, reported Reuters.

The US President Donald Trump condemned Otto’s death and issued a statement saying, “The brutality of the North Korean regime as we mourn its latest victim.”

Trump drew a lot of flak in May when he said that he would be “honored” to meet with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. In an interview with Bloomberg news he said, “If it would be appropriate for me to meet with him, I would absolutely, I would be honored to do it… If it’s under the, again, under the right circumstances. But I would do that.”

Rex Tillerson, the Secretary of State also offered his condolence and said that Otto’s parents have entered a time of grief which no parents should ever know. Nikki Haley, the US Ambassador to the United Nations said Otto’s death “touches the American heart like no other.”

Sources : Reuters, CNN

China to increases military spending by 7 per cent

China’s 2017 military spending will extend by around 7 percent, a representative for the annual session of the nation’s top council said Saturday.

Fu Ying, representative for the 12th National People’s Congress (NPC) annual session, said the expansion is in accordance with China’s financial advancement and defense needs.

The new increment could be the nation’s slowest defense budget rise in no less than 10 years, denoting the second time for the defense budget increment to slip into the single digits since 2010. In 2009, the figure was around 15 percent.

Addressing the press conference, Fu Ying said, “China’s military capacity building will be continued. This is the requirement for safeguarding our national sovereignty and security.”

Premier Li Keqiang will present the administration’s 2017 GDP focus on Sunday. The correct figure during the current year’s defence budget plan is likely to come out on Sunday.

As indicated by the last year’s Budget report, China’s defense spending in 2016 was set to grow 7.6 percent to 954 billion yuan (around 138 billion U.S. dollars).

A month ago, U.S. President Donald Trump promised to additionally reinforce his nation’s military development.

In his first deliver to Congress in the wake of taking office, Trump proposed an enormous 54-billion-U.S. dollar surge in the nation’s military spending, up 10 percent from last year.

SOURCES-

  1. XINHUA- http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-03/04/c_136101947.htm
  2.  THE NEW YORK TIMES- https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/04/world/asia/china-to-raise-military-spending-but-less-than-in-recent-years.html?_r=0

IMAGE SOURCE- Andy Wong/Associated Press

Trump addresses US Congress

US President Donald Trump delivered his first address to the US Congress. There was a striking difference in the tone of President Trump. He was more optimistic and asked the nation for co-operation. He hit the notes of inspiration and appealed the US citizenry to “embrace this renewal”.

He put forward a strong case for border enforcement, tougher trade deals and replacing Obamacare. Trump also softened his stance on tougher immigration policy, suggesting to grant legal status to undocumented immigrants. He said, “Real and positive immigration reform is possible”.

In his address, Trump condemned the recent Kansas attack. He said that America stands united in condemning hate and evil in all its ugly forms and said, “We are also taking strong measures to protect our nation from Radical Islamic Terrorism.” He also emphasized the construction of the wall to secure the US-Mexico border. He said that the construction would begin soon.

Donald Trump recalled Abraham Lincoln’s advice of free and fair trade and said that he won’t allow American companies and workers to be taken for granted.

He also appealed the Congress to repeal Obamacare and gave insights to the new health policy which would replace it, stating that Americans must have the freedom to purchase their own health insurances.

In a more conventional and presidential tone, Donald Trump gave an uplifting message and looked for improving his approval rating.

SOURCES-

  1. CNN- http://edition.cnn.com/2017/02/28/politics/donald-trump-congress-speech/

2. WALL STREET JOURNAL- http://www.wsj.com/livecoverage/donald-trump-speech-joint-session-congress

IMAGE SOURCE- Michael Reynolds/European Press photo Agency

When America celebrated ‘Not My President’s Day’

On the occasion of Presidents Day on February 20  Americans protested to condemned current President Donald Trump. Thousands of Americans took the streets for ‘Not My President’s Day’ rallies in the cities across the countries.

People protested against his travel ban, and his victory despite a popular vote defeat. Zack Winestine who is a researcher from lower Manhattan carried a sign which called the election illegitimate, Daily News New York reported. He said, “Technically, the people did not elect him. For him to be governing as though he has a mandate on the far right is not legitimate. Russia intervened in this election. The FBI intervened in the election. Trump himself ran a campaign based on lies and misrepresentations never before seen in modern American politics. He does not represent the will of the American people.”

Twenty people helped in organising these rallies in Los Angeles, Chicago and New York. Olga Lexell, one of the 20 people, said that the intention of the rallies and protest were to show President Trump that people are against his policies and executive orders.

People in the rallies chanted, “In the name of humanity, fascist America — No! No! No! No! No!,” Moreover, merchants were selling T-shirts which read “Not My President” with a sub-text “Elected but not chosen.”

News Source: ANI,  Daily News New York

Image Source: Rex Features