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Jim Mattis writes rebuke of Trump's leadership

Jim Mattis writes rebuke of Trump's leadershipFormer Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis has written what appears to be a not-so-subtle rebuke of President Trump's leadership, not just at home but also on the world stage.



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Michelle Obama issues veiled rebuke of Trump after Baltimore insults

Michelle Obama issues veiled rebuke of Trump after Baltimore insultsMichelle Obama appeared to issue a veiled rebuke of Donald Trump after he lashed out at a Democratic congressman and called his district “a disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess”. The former US first lady tweeted a video of a group of dancers from Elijah Cummings' Baltimore district, hours after Trump launched an attack on the congressman.“On NationalDanceDay, I’m shouting out the Lethal Ladies, a Baltimore STEP team who I saw perform back in 2017. I’m so proud of you all – and everyone who’s dancing today!” Ms Obama wrote.The video that Ms Obama shared shows a group of young women performing a routine to her slogan “when they go low, we go high”.While Ms Obama, who was the world’s most admired woman in 2019 according to a YouGov poll, did not directly reference Mr Trump, her tweet was widely regarded as a rebuke to his recent remarks. The US president attacked Mr Cummings in a series of vicious tweets on Saturday morning, which appeared to have been inspired by a Fox & Friends report that aired minutes before his outburst.Mr Trump described the Baltimore district as a “filthy” and “rat and rodent infested mess” where “no human being would want to live”.He later doubled down on his attack and shared a tweet from the far-right commentator Katie Hopkins, describing the city as a “s***hole”.> On NationalDanceDay, I'm shouting out the Lethal Ladies, a Baltimore STEP team who I saw perform back in 2017. I’m so proud of you all—and everyone who’s dancing today! pic.twitter.com/U15Be9wSMs> > — Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) > > July 27, 2019The US president added that there was “nothing racist” about his tweets after he was widely criticised by a number of prominent Democrats including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.However, political commentators have noted that Mr Trump has used the word "infested" six times on his Twitter account – and each time it has been in reference to areas populated predominantly by people of colour. Mr Trump’s attacks on Mr Cummings are just the latest in a weeks-long series of insulting tweets against minority members of Congress. Last week, he told four Democratic congresswomen of colour – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar \- to “go back” to their countries.However, all four congresswomen are US citizens and only Ms Omar was born outside of the country.Ms Obama appeared to weigh in on Mr Trump’s attack on the four lawmakers, tweeting that diversity is “what truly makes our country great".“Whether we are born here or seek refuge here, there’s a place for us all," she added. “We must remember it’s not my America or your America. It’s our America.”While Ms Obama did not directly reference the US president, her words appeared to echo Mr Trump’s campaign slogan “Make America great again”.



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Siemens boss says Trump is becoming ‘face of racism and exclusion’ in searing rebuke of president

Siemens boss says Trump is becoming ‘face of racism and exclusion’ in searing rebuke of presidentDonald Trump is turning into the "face of racism and exclusion" following his attacks targeting four congresswomen of colour, the chief executive of Siemens has said.In one of the sharpest rebukes from a major business leader against the president, Joe Kaeser, who leads the German industrial giant, responded to a news article about a Trump rally in North Carolina last week, when supporters directed a hostile chant towards Democrat Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, yelling "Send her back!"The president had earlier targeted Ms Omar, who was born in Somalia and is a naturalized US citizen, in a racist tweet, saying on Twitter that she and three other Democrats, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, should "go back" to "the crime infested places from which they came"."I find it depressing that the most important political office in the world is turning into the face of racism and exclusion," Mr Kaeser said on Twitter."I have lived in the USA for many years, experiencing freedom, tolerance and openness as never before."Mr Kaeser has previously used his position as the head of one of Europe's most powerful manufacturers to take a stand on political issues.Last year, he backed out of an investment conference in Saudi Arabia following the killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.Despite his own attacks, Mr Trump has since attempted to distance himself from the crowd's chant, claiming that he tried to stop it by "speaking very quickly".In fact, Mr Trump paused for 13 seconds during the rally to let the chant continue.While business executives have criticised Mr Trump's policies and rhetoric in his two and a half years in office, including opposition to the administration's family separation policy at the southern US border, the recoil against the president's latest derogatory remarks have come mainly from US lawmakers and world leaders.The leaders of the UK, Canada and New Zealand were among those denouncing Mr Trump's comments. Mr Kaeser's compatriot, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, said she "stands in solidarity" with the congresswomen Mr Trump targeted on Twitter."In my view, the strength of America lies in that people from different (origins) contributed to what makes the country great," she said at a news conference last week, according to Business Insider.While some of Mr Trump's political allies have condemned the chant, they have been careful not to directly denounce the president."The chants were offensive and very unfortunate, and it did not speak well of that crowd," said Utah senator Mitt Romney, who was the Republican Party's 2012 nominee for president."I've said what I believe about the president's responsibility in this regard, which is, I believe he has a special responsibility to unite Americans regardless of our ethnicity, race, national origin, and feel that he failed in that regard."The Washington Post



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Venezuela Independence Day marked by rival rallies, UN rebuke

Venezuela Independence Day marked by rival rallies, UN rebukeVenezuela’s Independence Day was marked by rival rallies Friday, led by opposition leader Juan Guaido and President Nicholas Maduro, who waged a war of words even as the UN warned of eroded rule of law in the country. The crowd that gathered to hear the center-right leader, who in January declared himself acting president in a direct challenge to Maduro’s authority, was markedly smaller than those at the beginning of the year. The country was observing the July 5 holiday celebrating its 1811 Declaration of Independence.



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Senate rejects Saudi arms sales in rebuke to Trump

Senate rejects Saudi arms sales in rebuke to TrumpThe U.S. Senate on Thursday voted to block the sale of billions of dollars in military sales to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and other countries, rejecting President Donald Trump’s decision to sidestep Congress’ review of such deals by declaring an emergency over Iran. Trump has promised to veto the Senate action in order to proceed with the deals, worth some $ 8.1 billion. Senators would need 67 votes to override his veto, which looked unlikely after Thursday’s votes.



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Philippines issues strongly worded rebuke vs China flotillas

Philippines issues strongly worded rebuke vs China flotillasMANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine government protested on Thursday the presence of large numbers of Chinese vessels near islands and islets occupied by the Philippines in the disputed South China Sea as illegal and vowed to take "appropriate action."



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Emergency-Declaration Rebuke Splits Senate GOP

Emergency-Declaration Rebuke Splits Senate GOPOn Thursday afternoon, twelve Republican senators — nearly a fifth of the GOP caucus — joined Senate Democrats to pass a resolution terminating the national emergency declared by President Trump last month in an effort to unilaterally appropriate funds for construction of his long-promised border wall. The 59–41 vote was a rare bipartisan rebuke of Trump, who will now issue the first veto of his presidency in order to preserve the emergency declaration.The Senate GOP dissenters — Lamar Alexander, Roy Blunt, Susan Collins, Mike Lee, Jerry Moran, Lisa Murkowski, Rand Paul, Rob Portman, Mitt Romney, Marco Rubio, Pat Toomey, and Roger Wicker— ran the ideological gamut from conservative to moderate. Most argued that the president was operating outside the rule of law, while some simply called the emergency declaration an executive overreach that Congress had a duty to stop.“Never before has a president asked for funding, Congress has not provided it, and the president then has used the National Emergencies Act of 1976 to spend the money anyway,” read a statement from Alexander, who plans to retire after three terms representing Tennessee rather than seek reelection next year. “The problem with this is that after a Revolutionary War against a king, our nation’s founders gave to Congress the power to approve all spending so that the president would not have too much power. This check on the executive is a crucial source of our freedom.”Collins, the moderate from Maine who is the only senator facing a 2020 reelection campaign among the twelve Republicans to vote for the resolution, argued in a floor speech that Trump’s declaration failed to pass the longstanding five-part test of a genuine emergency: “necessary, sudden, urgent, unforeseen, and not permanent.”“This is a vote for the Constitution and for the balance of powers that is at its core. For the Executive Branch to override a law passed by Congress would make it the ultimate power rather than a balancing power,” said Romney, who took a hard-line stance against illegal immigration during his 2012 presidential campaign, in a statement. “This is not a vote against border security. In fact, I agree that a physical barrier is urgently needed to help ease the humanitarian crisis at the southern border, and the administration already has $ 4.5 billion available within existing authority to fund a barrier—even without an emergency declaration.”Romney’s fellow Utahn, Mike Lee, thought Trump’s declaration was legal under the 1976 National Emergencies Act and was willing to uphold it if the law could be changed to curb the power it gives the executive. When a deal to pass Lee’s Article One Act, which would have satisfied his concerns, fell through, he decided to vote “no.”Two of the more surprising votes against terminating the national emergency were those cast by Thom Tillis of North Carolina and Ben Sasse of Nebraska, both of whom face reelection in 2020. Tillis had been expressing disapproval of the emergency declaration for weeks, while Sasse has generally voiced more public criticism of President Trump than any other Republican in the Senate.Sasse said in a statement that the National Emergencies Act (NEA) is “overly broad and I want to fix it, but at present Nancy Pelosi doesn't, so I am therefore voting against her politically motivated resolution. As a constitutional conservative, I believe that the NEA currently on the books should be narrowed considerably. That’s why I’m an original sponsor of Senator Lee's legislation, and it is why I have repeatedly gone to the White House to seek support for NEA reform.” On Wednesday, Pelosi shot down any deal to pass Lee’s bill and uphold Trump’s emergency declaration.Republican senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas, who voted to uphold the emergency, spoke for the vast majority of Senate Republicans when he took the floor to argue that there is a genuine emergency on the Southern border and that President Trump’s declaration was both legal and proper. “Since last October, Border Patrol agents have apprehended more than 260,000 illegal aliens at the border, a surge of 90 percent — almost double —from the previous year,” he said. “He [Trump] is only exercising the statutory authority delegated to him by us. By this very body, the United States Congress. More than half of the $ 8.1 billion the president is using to build the wall and secure the border comes from non-emergency statutes passed by Congress.”While Cotton said he respects colleagues who worry about a slippery slope, he dismissed that objection because Congress has “not delegated to the executive the power to confiscate guns, close power plants, or any of the other common entrants in the parade of horribles on the slippery slope. That’s the difference between lawful and lawless government, and it’s the case here.”“If you want to see lawless executive action, by the way, you can look instead to the last administration,” Cotton added. “President Obama purported to give millions of illegal aliens legal status and work permits in clear violation of statutes passed by Congress. Strange how I don’t recall the self-styled ‘Resistance’ manning the ramparts and rushing to the Ninth Circuit back then. In fact, I only recall congressional fanboys of a president using the ‘pen and phone’ to encroach on our constitutional prerogatives.”In 2014, when the House voted to rescind President Obama’s DACA program for illegal immigrants who arrived as minors, only four Democrats joined most Republicans to rebuke what many said was an unconstitutional action. Democrats controlled the Senate at the time, and Majority Leader Harry Reid never brought the legislation opposing DACA up for a vote.



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House Republicans join rebuke of Trump for easing Russia sanctions

House Republicans join rebuke of Trump for easing Russia sanctionsMore than 130 US House Republicans joined Democrats Thursday in opposing the easing of sanctions against an ally of Russia’s Vladimir Putin, dealing a rebuke to President Donald Trump’s administration. The Democratic-controlled chamber overwhelmingly voted 362 to 53 approving the bill that would block the Treasury Department’s December move to lift sanctions on companies connected to Oleg Deripaska. The oligarch was targeted last year as part of US congressional efforts to punish Russia for interfering in the 2016 presidential race.



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GOP condemnation rises over Rep. Steve King's white supremacy comment; House to vote on rebuke

GOP condemnation rises over Rep. Steve King's white supremacy comment; House to vote on rebukeThe House was scheduled to vote on a formal rebuke of Rep. Steve King, who has received bipartisan condemnation for his comments on white supremacy.



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Judge's rebuke of Flynn upends sentencing, prolongs case

Judge's rebuke of Flynn upends sentencing, prolongs caseWASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge who described himself as disgusted by Michael Flynn's behavior upended a straightforward sentencing hearing, postponing punishment for President Donald Trump's first national security adviser and telling him in a stinging rebuke, "Arguably you sold your country out."



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