Trump slams Durbin, who he says ‘misrepresented’ his immigration comments

Washington (CNN)By Eli Watkins

President Donald Trump on Monday claimed Illinois Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin “totally misrepresented” comments during an Oval Office meeting last week, where sources said Trump used vulgar and demeaning language to describe immigrants from Africa.


“Senator Dicky Durbin totally misrepresented what was said at the DACA meeting. Deals can’t get made when there is no trust! Durbin blew DACA and is hurting our Military,” Trump tweeted.

Sen. Durbin: Trump Lies, Trump Did Use Hate Filled Language About Immigrants

Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin, D-Ill., confirmed on Friday that President Trump called Africa nations “shitholes,” and said the president’s comments were “hate-filled, vile and racist.” The account came from Senator Durbin after President Trump tweeted that the comments attributed to him on Thursday were not true.

Friday morning, President Trump denied, through Twitter, the accusations that on Thursday, during a meeting dealing with immigration reform, that the President called Haiti and the continent of Africa as “shitholes.”  According to the President’s morning tweet, “The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used.”

Durbin struck back at Trump’s account by stating that, “You’ve seen the comments in the press. I’ve not read one of them that’s inaccurate. To no surprise, the President started tweeting this morning denying that he used those words. It is not true.” Durbin also stated that “I cannot believe that in the history of the White House, in that Oval Office, any president has ever spoken the words that I personally heard our president speak yesterday.”

Trump also tweeted that, “Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country.”  The President concluded that the comments contributed to him were “Made up by Dems.”

Also in the room for this meeting on immigration reform was six Republican lawmakers: Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), David Perdue (R-Ga.), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.); House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), and Reps. Bob Goodlatte, (R-Va.) and Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.) Not one of these senators have stepped up publicly to state if the President did make the comments that have been called “racist.”

Senator Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) was not among the lawmakers in the White House meeting, but tweeted Friday that he heard about Trump’s comments  directly from those in attendance.” The remarks “were not ‘tough,’ they were abhorrent and repulsive,” Flake tweeted.


Walmart Announces Increases to Starting Pay While Laying Off 11,000

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Walmart CEO Doug McMillon announces starting pay wages Thursday while laying off 11,000 employees as Sam’s Clubs close

Thursday morning, Walmart announced that they would be raising the minimum wage for starting employees to $11 an hour and would also give bonuses out to some members of their workforce. Walmart president and CEO Doug McMillon credited the recently passed corporate tax cuts, saying, “Tax reform gives us the opportunity to be more competitive globally and to accelerate plans for the U.S.” That was Thursday morning.


Thursday afternoon, though, Walmart announced they have closed their Sam’s Clubs, so as  the President of Walmart was touting bonuses and an increase in the starting wage for some employees, the company had already closed over 60 Sam’s Club stores. According to reports from Sam’s Club employees, there wasn’t any notice and the closing of the stores will result in 11,000 losing their jobs.


McMillon had announced Thursday that the wages for employees would not go up though for every employee, stating that “Associates that don’t benefit from the new starting wage increase are eligible for the bonus and it will range from $200 to $1,000 depending on your length of service.” Sources though, say that the average employee will not see a $1,000 bonus as most employees have not stayed with the company for that length of time. Any bonuses received would be most like in the $200 range.


The announcement of the increased wages appears to have more to do with how the competition is paying their employees such as Target. Also, the bonuses that have been promised will amount to just 2 percent value of the tax cut that Walmart received under the tax cut. According to the financial reports of Walmart for 2017 they had pre-tax profits of around $20.5 billion. Last year’s tax rate was 30%. The new tax rate now is 21% which means that Walmart will save about $1.85 billion. This cut is also permanent.




Collusion Confirmed Between GOP Consulant, 2016 Election and Russian Hacker

06/17/2017 Update, into the Russian investigation,

In the public hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee it has been said there is no collusion between the Russians and the Trump campaign but have they looked into other Republican candidates? One GOP member admits he used stolen documents which he then shared with other state campaigns. Question is, why isn’t anyone in the Intel Committee asking about it? There is proof that the stolen documents were shared with Trump associalte Roger Stone. Rogsrc

Aaron Nevins, GOP Operative

The Wall Street Journal, Thursday, reported that there is a direct link between hacked Democratic National Committee’s documents and the GOP. The WSJ reports that the hacked material, from Guccifer 2.0, was then posted on a blog run by Aaron Nevins. Nevins is GOP political operative who after receiving the information passed along to White House ally Roger Stone who also served as an informal adviser to President Trump during the campaign. Nevins is not only a GOP operative but worked as a campaign consultant for United States Representative Brian Mast representing the 18th District of Florida. Calls to Representative Mast’s office were not returned.

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Representative Brian Mast being sworn in by Paul Ryan. Mast’s consultant, AAron Nevins, admits using stolen Democratic files by the Russians

Nevins is surprisingly outspoken on his use of stolen documents. “Basically if this was a war, this is the map to where all the troops are deployed,” he tweeted to Guccifer 2.0. Within 10 days, the Russian hacker sent to Nevins 2.5 gigabytes of documents from the DCCC which Nevin then posted. Yet it was also shared to other GOP members up for election such as candidate Brian Mast.

Anthony Bustamante, a campaign consultant to Republican congressional candidate Brian Mast admitted the information changed their campaign game plan. “I did adjust some voting targets based on some data I saw from the leaks,” Bustamante stated. Bustamante said the Democratic voter analyses led him to step up some of his TV advertising but reduce mailed material ahead of the November election. Mr. Mast won a House seat, previously Democrat-held, in Florida’s 18th district near Palm Beach. Yet, Mast’s office denies that Bustamante worked for his campaign after June 2016, but Bustamante stated he was still an adviser to the campaign.

The documents not only affected the Florida race but the information of voting analysis of congressional districts in Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia, which Nevins find nothing about used stolen information. The question arises then, how many “consultants” used this information to get a leg up on Democrats? Nevins told the hacker, “This is probably worth millions of dollars.” Guccifer 2.0 responded,” Okay you owe me a million” via Twitter. For Nevins the concerns for using the stolen data didn’t matter to him whether Guccifer 2.0 was an agent for the Kremlin. “If your interests align, never shut any doors in politics,” Nevins said. Even if it turns out to be foreign nation interfering with the election of the President of the United States.

Gunfire at Manila resort was from lone robber, not terrorists


Thursday, reports of gunfire and explosions have been reported at the Resorts World Manila in the Philippines, multiple news sources say. There have been reports that the attack was an act of terrorism but those on the ground in Manila are saying it is too soon to label this an act of terrorism or if ISIS is involved. According to the news service,, dozens of tourists have been injured.


The area that Resorts World Manila is a vacation spot for tourists. In fact, the RWM is within minutes of the new Trump Tower in Manila. Tourists flock to the RWM for its casino, shopping mall, cinema and theater. The complex, which is described on RWM’s website as “the first and largest integrated resort in the Philippines,” is located across from Ninoy Aquino International Airport.


Reports of the assault are being shared on social media sites Twitter and Facebook. The United States State Department is warning U.S citizens to stay away from the area surrounding the RWM. Police, fire trucks and SWAT teams are in the area. Resorts World Manila said on Twitter: “Resorts World Manila is currently on lockdown following reports of gunfire from unidentified men. “The company is working closely with the Philippine National Police to ensure that all guests and employees are safe. We ask for your prayers during these difficult times.”


Reuters is reporting that employees of Resorts are being evacuated and that police were now in full control of the situation. AFP news tweeted that  ISIS has now claimed responsibility for a Manila casino attack but that has not been verified by authorities.



Developing story – more to come

Tuesday May 30, 2017 5 Top Stories to Start Your Day

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1. Tuesday morning, the Trump administration announced that Mike Dubke has resigned as White House communications director. Dubke has only served in the capacity as communications director for 3 months but offered his resignation on May 15th. The administration had Dubke stay on as director through the President’s overseas trip which ended this past weekend. In an email sent out Monday evening to his co-workers, Dubke stated that,” it has been my great honor to serve President Trump and this administration. It has also been my distinct pleasure to work side-by-side, day-by-day with the staff of the communications and press departments.” According to other news sources this is only the first step in a shake up within the administration and more departments will have personnel changes.

2. President Trump is continuing his dialogue on Twitter stating that Germany is receiving a better trade deal between the two countries and that the United States will be changing that deal. “We have a MASSIVE trade deficit with Germany, plus they pay FAR LESS than they should on NATO & military,” Trump tweeted. “Very bad for U.S. This will change.” The tweet from President Trump comes after German Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed doubt in the relationship between the two countries. Merkel stated Sunday, “The times when we could completely rely on others are, to an extent, over.” After Trump returned from the 9 day overseas foreign tour, he stated that the trip was a tremendous success. Yet, European leaders had hoped for the President to endorse Article 5 of the NATO charter, which states that an attack on one member of the military alliance is viewed as an attack on all and requires each nation supporting the other.

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Monday May 29, 2017 5 Top Stories to Start Your Day

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 1. Just days after President Trump arrived back in the United States after a 9-day trip abroad, Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday, Europe “really must take our fate into our own hands.” This examination of the relationship between the United States and its fellow members of NATO, comes after President Trump refused to say whether he backed the Paris Climate Control Accord and for embarrassing other NATO members for paying a smaller share of their country’s budget on defense. Merkel told a beer hall rally in Munich that the days when her continent could rely on others was “over to a certain extent. This is what I have experienced in the last few days.” President Trump also attacked Germany auto makers for a trade imbalance with the U.S. The fact that European countries feel as though they cannot count on the U. S to support their governments is a huge shift in policy. Merkel may feel that the U. S can’t be counted on due to what Trump also said, “The Germans are bad, very bad,” German news magazine Der Spiegel reported. “Look at the millions of cars they’re selling in the U.S. Terrible,” he reportedly said. “We will stop this.” Splitting apart the partnerships between the United States and its European allies will have Russia gleeful as they would like to return to the top power across Europe.

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Friday May 26th, 2017 5 Top Stories to Start Your Day

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1. Thursday, President Trump continued to double down on his claim that the other nations in NATO do not pay for their fair share for defense. The NATO summit in Brussels was a chance for the new President to listen and learn but President Trump gave a speech that harken to his campaign of complaining that countries in NATO do not pay their fair share. Trump, on the world stage, chided the leaders of Germany, France and Great Britain for their contributions that are less than 2 percent of their budgets. The contributions are not given to a pool; they are not a mandatory club dues or fees that other countries are forking over to cover expenses. The contributions are only to cover defense expenses for that country. It does not cost the citizens of the United States more because the other countries do not pay 2 percent. It does not influence what the U. S pays.

2. The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that they have found a direct connection between the Russian operative who hacked the Democratic National Committee’s computer files and a Republican political operative in Florida. The WSJ identifies the Republican operative as Aaron Nevins who contacted the hacker “Guccifer 2.0” who had been identified as the one who had tapped into the DNC, Nevins wrote to the hacker to say: “Feel free to send any Florida based information.” It is reported that Nevins received 2.5 gigabytes of DNC documents, which he posted on a blog called Guccifer 2.0 then sent a link to the documents to President Trump’s adviser and friend Roger Stone. Stone denies sharing the information with anyone. Nevins admitted his part of the release of documents to the Wall Street Journal.

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 In leaked call, Trump praises Duterte’s campaign to “slaughter” drug addicts

In leaked call, Trump praises Duterte’s campaign to “slaughter” drug addicts. trump2

It was potentially two gaffes for the price of one on President Donald Trump’s call with Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte last month.

First, Trump praised Duterte for his deadly and controversial war on drugs in remarks that stunned White House aids and human rights experts. In a private call on April 29, Trump praised Duterte for doing an “unbelievable job on the drug problem” in his country, referring to Duterte’s violent anti-drug campaign that led to the deaths of nearly 9,000 people, many gunned down on the streets.

“I just wanted to congratulate you because I am hearing of the unbelievable job on the drug program,” Trump told Duterte, according to a transcript of the call obtained by the Washington Post. “Many countries have the problem, we have a problem, but what a great job you are doing and I just wanted to call and tell you that.”