Donald Trump

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • Literature
2020-07-02T19:16:01+00:00
Judge rules Simon & Schuster can move forward with distributing Mary Trump's memoir
Cover of "Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man" by Mary L. Trump, Simon & Schuster
Cover of "Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man" by Mary L. Trump, Simon & Schuster Credit: Simon & Schuster, via Amazon

On Wednesday, a New York appellate judge lifted the temporary restraining order against Simon & Schuster and ruled that the publisher can move forward with printing and shipping Mary Trump's memoir "Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man". Simon & Schuster previously said that they had already printed and distributed 75,000 copies and that they support Mary Trump's "right to tell her story."

The New York State Supreme Court Appellate Division has not lifted the restraining order against Mary Trump until her hearing on July 10.

Politics • American • US
2020-07-02T13:48:48+00:00
Official Trump webshop sells merchandise reminiscent of Reichsadler
"America First Tee" sold on Donald Trump's website
"America First Tee" sold on Donald Trump's website Credit: Screenshot via shop.donaldjtrump.com

Donald Trump's website is selling merchandise bearing a symbol that resembles both the Parteiadler, used by the Nazi Party, and the Reichsadler, a symbol used as a national emblem by Nazi Germany. The t-shirts sold on donaldjtrump.com shows an eagle holding the American flag and the words "America First".

Eagles are a popular symbol used by countries worldwide and have been used as an emblem for centuries.

Politics • Asian
2020-07-02T11:00:01+00:00
House of the United States pass sanctions against China over Hong Kong security law
House of the United States pass sanctions against China over Hong Kong security law
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In a unanimous vote the United States House of Representatives has passed a bill sanctioning banks that are in business with Chinese officials responsible for the national security law and action against the pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has stated that "The law is a brutal, sweeping crackdown against the people of Hong Kong, intended to destroy the freedoms they were promised".

The bill is pending Senate approval and the signature of President Donald Trump.

Politics • American • US
2020-07-01T16:30:01+00:00
CNN and Buzzfeed obtain more records of Robert Mueller's investigation
Robert Mueller at the White House, 2021
Robert Mueller at the White House, 2021 Credit: The White House from Washington, DC / Public domain

CNN and Buzzfeed obtained further reports and notes from "special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into the 2016 election [...] in response to Freedom of Information Act lawsuits by BuzzFeed News and CNN." The notes contain interviews with major witnesses during Robert Mueller's investigations, including Steve Bannon and multiple witnesses whose names had been retracted.

Some of the key takeaways of these notes are:

  • Steve Bannon, Trump's former campaign manager, expressed severe mistrust of Roger Stone, accusing Stone of having leaked damaging information to the press to get Paul Manafort as a replacement for Corey Lewandowski as campaign manager. Bannon called Stone a "nasty piece of work" with a "sketchy background."

  • Bannon described Trump asking frequently about "dirt" on Hillary Clinton and her missing emails to hurt her campaign. According to Bannon, Trump assumed the emails could contain information that would link "crooked Hillary" to the conspiracy theory about an illicit uranium deal.

  • FBI agents visited a male, unnamed witness who asked "if the agents were there to inquire about the campaign, and about Erik Prince, a military contractor and unofficial adviser to Trump’s campaign."
Politics • American • US
2020-07-01T11:30:01+00:00
Memoir of Trump's niece Mary Trump temporarily blocked by NY judge
Cover of "Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man" by Mary L. Trump, Simon & Schuster
Cover of "Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man" by Mary L. Trump, Simon & Schuster Credit: Simon & Schuster, via Amazon

On Tuesday, Judge Hal B. Greenwald of the New York State Supreme Court temporarily blocked the publication of Mary L. Trump's memoir "Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man". Donald Trump's younger brother Robert Trump had filed a temporary restraining order on June 24 to block the book that's described as a "revelatory, authoritative portrait of Donald J. Trump and the toxic family that made him," stating that Mary Trump was breaking a confidentiality agreement.

Mary Trump is represented by Ted Boutrous, a First Amendment attorney, who said the order "flatly violates the First Amendment," and that they would appeal immediately. "This book, which addresses matters of great public concern and importance about a sitting president in an election year, should not be suppressed even for one day," so Boutrous.

Technology • Internet & Web
2020-06-29T17:50:02+00:00
Twitch temporarily suspends Donald Trump
Twitch temporarily suspends Donald Trump
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According to the independent eSports and gaming journalist Rod Breslau (alias "Slasher), Twitch has suspended the president of the United States providing him with the statement that "Hateful conduct is not allowed on Twitch. In line with our policies, President Trump’s channel has been issued a temporary suspension from Twitch for comments made on stream".

Technology • Internet & Web
2020-06-29T17:36:20+00:00
Reddit has banned the pro-Trump subreddit "r/The_Donald"
Reddit has banned the pro-Trump subreddit "r/The_Donald"
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Reddit has deleted r/The_Donald, a popular and controversial subreddit devoted to Donald Trump with over 790,000 members. Reddit Co-Founder and CEO Steve Huffman said that r/The_Donald had consistently violated the community and content policies by harassing others with hate speech. The social networking platform is also banning another 2,000 communities from all different political spectrums, including the subreddit of the left-wing podcast "Chapo Trap House".

Reddit has further introduced new content policies and developed a new enforcement plan to tackle critical issues. The post stated that "no community should be used as a weapon," and that "communities and users that promote hate based on identity or vulnerability will be banned."

Politics • Middle Eastern
2020-06-29T15:46:02+00:00
Iran issued arrest warrant for Donald Trump "on charges of murder and terrorist action"
Iranian major general in the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Qasem Soleimani in 2019
Iranian major general in the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Qasem Soleimani in 2019 Credit: khamenei.ir / CC BY (Creative Commons Attribution 4.0)

Iran has issued an arrest warrant for Donald Trump and more than 30 other unnamed individuals for their alleged involvement in the killing of General Qassem Soleimani in January 2020. The warrants have been issued on the charges of murder and terrorist action, and Tehran prosecutor Ali Alqasimehr has asked Interpol to put out a "red notice", the highest-level notice by Interpol, for Trump and the others involved.

A red notice allows local authorities to arrests suspects on behalf of the country that made the request. Interpol's involvement is unlikely as the notice forbids "from undertaking any intervention or activities of a political" nature.

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • Music
2020-06-28T16:00:02+00:00
The Rolling Stones threaten Trump with legal action for unauthorised use of their music
The Rolling Stones live in concert in Paris, 2017
The Rolling Stones live in concert in Paris, 2017 Credit: Raph_PH / CC BY (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

The Rolling Stones have released a statement on Saturday, that the band are taking "further steps to exclude him using their songs at any of his future political campaigning". The Trump campaign previously used the Stones' song "You Can't Always Get What You Want" during their 2016 campaign, and again at last week's Tulsa Rally despite "cease & desist directives to Donald Trump in the past."

The band said they were working with the giant performing rights organization BMI and have notified the Trump campaign " that the unauthorized use of their songs will constitute a breach of its licensing agreement." According to BMI, there hasn't been a response from the Trump campaign yet.

Politics • American • US
2020-06-28T07:00:02+00:00
"George Floyd" police reform bill passed by the House of the United States
"George Floyd" police reform bill passed by the House of the United States
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The United States House of Representatives, in which the Democratic party has a majority, has passed a police reform bill named after George Floyd. The chamber voted 236-181 in favor of the bill, but Donald Trump has already threatened to veto the legislation. If the legislation would be put into law, police officers could be held personally liable for lawsuits, ban no-knock warrants and stop the cash flow of the military surplus towards the police. The Republicans in the senate are also presenting a reform bill, though the senate one is far less reaching.

Technology • Internet & Web
2020-06-26T16:00:01+00:00
Companies boycott Facebook as advertising platform over failure to moderate posts
Companies boycott Facebook as advertising platform over failure to moderate posts
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Verizon has joined companies like Ben & Jerry's, North Face, Pangolia and others in boycotting Facebook and Instagram as a marketing platform. With more and more companies joining in "Stop the Hate for Profit", the campaign is gathering momentum. The companies have voiced concerns over Facebook's policies and inaction regarding the handling of posts with hateful language, namely posts from the United States President Donald Trump.

Politics • European
2020-06-24T21:30:02+00:00
Poland's president becomes Trumps first foreign visitor during Covid-19 pandemic
President Donald J. Trump, First Lady Melania Trump, President Andrzej Duda and First Lady Agata Kornhauser-Duda in Warsaw in Poland
President Donald J. Trump, First Lady Melania Trump, President Andrzej Duda and First Lady Agata Kornhauser-Duda in Warsaw in Poland Credit: Kancelaria Sejmu / Paweł Kula (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

The Polish President Andrzej Duda has visited the president of the United States. The Polish politician had been tested for Covid-19 previous to the meeting with Trump. One possible motive for the visit, as other country leaders are staying home during the pandemic, could've been the hope for a boost for the upcoming elections as the polish president faces re-election in four days.

Politics • American • US
2020-06-23T12:46:02+00:00
Trump says he has authorised Feds to "arrest anyone who vandalizes" Federal property
Donald Trump at the South Lawn of the White House on June 5, 2020
Donald Trump at the South Lawn of the White House on June 5, 2020 Credit: The White House from Washington, DC / Public domain

Donald Trump announced on Twitter that he has "authorised" the Federal Government to "arrest anyone who vandalizes or destroys any monument, statue or other such Federal property in the U.S."

He further added that the "action is taken effective immediately" and that the offense would be punishable with "up to 10 years in prison."

This move comes after protestors have taken down Confederate statues and monuments while protesting against systemic racism and police brutality.

Politics • American • US
2020-06-23T09:00:02+00:00
United States congressman launches investigation on why Nigel Farage was at Trump rally despite Covid-19 travel ban
Screenshot of Nigel Farage's Tweet, announcing his arrival in the United States
Screenshot of Nigel Farage's Tweet, announcing his arrival in the United States Credit: @nigel_farage via Twitter

The former member of the European Parliament and former leader of the UK Independence Party Nigel Farage has attended the Donald Trump Rally in Tulsa. United States congressman Bennie G Thompson who chairs the committee on homeland security has now requested all documents and information on why the politician has been allowed to travel to the United States despite the ban on all travel from the United Kingdom due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Farage had gotten an exception under the "national interest" clause.

Politics • American • US
2020-06-23T08:00:02+00:00
Tech Industry condemns Trump's executive order freezing work visas
Tech Industry condemns Trump's executive order freezing work visas
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Many tech companies have spoken out against Trump's executive order signed on Monday, barring foreigners to seek employment in the United States. Amazon and Facebook both have released statements, with Amazon stating that the ban will "preventing high skilled professionals from entering the country and contributing to America's economic recovery puts American's global competitiveness at risk," so an Amazon spokesperson, and adding that the company will continue to "support efforts that will preserve their ability to strengthen our economy."

Microsoft President Brad Smith said that it was not the time to "cut our nation off from the world's talent or create uncertainty and anxiety" as "immigrants are contributing to this country at a time when we need them most."

Elon Musk took to Twitter where he replied to the New York Times, writing: "Very much disagree with this action. In my experience, these skillsets are net job creators. Visa reform makes sense, but this is too broad."

Politics • American • US
2020-06-23T06:02:23+00:00
Trump temporarily suspends work visas
Donald J. Trump during a roundtable discussion in the State Dining Room of the White House, June 8, 2020
Donald J. Trump during a roundtable discussion in the State Dining Room of the White House, June 8, 2020 Credit: The White House from Washington, DC / Public domain

On Monday, Donald Trump signed an executive order to temporarily suspend new nonimmigrant work visas through 2020, barring foreigners to seek employment in the United States. The order freezes many different work visas, including H1-B (foreign workers in special occupations), H-2B (seasonal nonagricultural workers), J-1 (scholars and professors participating in cultural exchange programs) and L-1 (used to transfer existing employees to offices in the US).

Politics • American • US
2020-06-22T22:30:02+00:00
Trump plans on suspending work visas through an executive order
President Trump
President Trump Credit: The White House (Public Domain)

Officials have announced that the US President Donald Trump is about to sign an executive order that will suspend the issuance of H-1B visas, H-2B visas, H-4 visas, L-1 visas and certain J-1 visas through 2020. Affected groups are skilled workers working in fields such as the technology sector, seasonal workers and spouses of H-1B visa holders. According to an official, the measures would affect half a million jobs.

Politics • American • US
2020-06-22T16:30:01+00:00
Tom Petty family issues cease and desist notice against the Trump campaign
Tom Petty
Tom Petty Credit: Takahiro Kyono (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

Tom Petty's family issued a cease and desist notice against the Trump campaign for using the song "I Won't Back Down" the president's Tulsa rally on Saturday.

In a tweet, the Petty family stated: "Trump was in no way authorised to use this song to further a campaign that leaves too many Americans and common sense behind,"

The Trump campaign received other cease and desist notices from musicians, including R.E.M., Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Neil Young.

Politics • American • US
2020-06-21T07:37:46+00:00
Tulsa rally attendance lower than expected; Trump mocks protestors, Coronavirus and Biden
Donald J. Trump holding a rally in Panama City Beach, Florida, on May 8, 2019
Donald J. Trump holding a rally in Panama City Beach, Florida, on May 8, 2019 Credit: Office of the President of the United States/Donald J. Trump / Public domain

Trump's first re-election campaign rally since March had lower attendance than expected. At least one-third of the BOK center in Tulsa remained empty and the outdoor venue saw so little people that Trump and Pence cancelled their appearance there.

At the rally, Trump touched on several topics. He falsely claimed protestors outside the BOK center were violent, saying "we had a bunch of maniacs come and sort of attack our city", but coverage showed hardly any interaction with Trump supporters and protestors.

Trump went on to describe Biden as a "helpless puppet of the radical left" and a "puppet for China". He further stated that he plans to "slow down testing" for Covid-19, which he referred to as "kung flu" and "China virus".

Politics • American • US
2020-06-21T01:00:02+00:00
Six Trump Campaign staffers working on Tulsa rally infected with Covid-19
Donald Trump at the Keep America Great rally in Fayetteville, NC on 9/9/2019
Donald Trump at the Keep America Great rally in Fayetteville, NC on 9/9/2019 Credit: Jackson A. Lanier / CC BY-SA (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

Six Trump Campaign staffers, who were working on the organisation of Trump's Tulsa rally, have been tested positive for Covid-19. According to Tim Murtaugh, communications director of the Trump Campaign, "quarantine procedures were immediately implemented" for affected staffers and everyone who had been in contact with them won't be attending the event.