President Trump, weighing in on the ongoing conversation about gun violence in America, suggested laying the blame partly at the feet of pop culture today, citing violent movies and video games as possible causes of the problem. “We have to do something about maybe what they’re seeing and how they’re seeing it, and also, video games,” said Trump, speaking during a discussion on school safety at the White House. “I’m hearing more and more people say the level of violence on video games is really shaping young people’s thoughts.” The president is not the only politician, especially on the Republican side, to bring out this old chestnut following last week’s mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, in which 14 students and three staff members were killed. Within two days of the shooting, Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin had given multiple interviews in which he pointed to violent video games as a factor in … [Read more...] about Trump shifts blame to violent video games, movies in gun violence discussion
A growing number of Democrats are boycotting Tuesday’s State of the Union address, underscoring the depth of disdain the Democratic lawmakers hold for President Trump. Only two Democrats — Reps. Maxine Waters (Calif.) and Al Green (Texas) — skipped Trump’s address to a joint session of Congress last year, though more than 60 Democrats boycotted Trump’s inauguration. This year, boycotts appear to be spiking. Here’s a running tally of those skipping the address. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (Ore.) Blumenauer was the first Democrat to announce he would boycott this year’s State of the Union. “Rather than listening to yet another destructive and divisive speech by Trump, I will not attend this year’s annual address to Congress,” Blumenauer said in a statement on Jan. 5. “Instead, like I did during Trump’s Inauguration, I will be working here at home listening to Oregonians about what they think about the State of the … [Read more...] about The Hill’s List of Democrats boycotting Trump’s SOTU.
The European Commission has warned that it will react “swiftly and appropriately” to any threat of a trade war by the US, after Donald Trump appeared to threaten a trade war against the continent. Speaking after slapping new ‘America First’ tariffs on some imported goods, the US president said he had “a lot of problems” with the European Union’s trade policy and hinted he might take similar action against the bloc. But asked about Mr Trump’s comments on Monday, a European Commission spokesperson hit back, warning that “restrictive trade measures from the United States” would face a robust response from Europe. Trump slaps tariffs on solar panels, US industry warns of lost jobs “For us, trade policy is not a zero-sum game, it is not about winners and losers,” the spokesperson told reporters in Brussels. “We here in the European Union believe that trade can and should be win-win. “We also believe that … [Read more...] about EU says it will ‘react swiftly and appropriately’ after Donald Trump trade war threat
Jared Kushner’s old high school in New Jersey is asking its students to send supportive letters to his father-in-law, President Donald Trump, and parents are not happy. The Frisch School, an ultra-Orthodox Jewish institution, asked children—without obtaining the consent of their parents—to write letters praising Trump’s decision to relocate the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. That decision angered Arab leaders and gave rise to protests across the Muslim world. The school’s Rabbi David Sher sent a template email to students telling those who “believe that the president made the right decision” in ordering the relocation of the embassy to sign the letter and thank Trump for showing “courageous leadership.” The children were told: “Just remember to sign your name at the bottom.” The letter appeared to suggest that the movement of the embassy was a widely popular decision. It was hailed by pro-Israeli advocacy … [Read more...] about Jared Kushner’s old high school making kids send pro-Trump letters
By Sherif Saed, Friday, 12 January 2018 09:28 GMT The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) has issued a statement in response to the most recent, racially charged comments made by US President Donald Trump. Trump had reportedly made these comments this week during a meeting about an immigration deal that would give legal status to illegal immigrants who were brought to the US as children. Haiti and other unnamed nations in Africa were included in these protections, getting Trump to ask why immigrants from these “shithole countries” should be allowed into the US instead of immigrants from places like Norway, according to a New York Times report. “Why do we want people from Haiti here?” said Trump, according to people familiar with the conversation. This got the ESA, an organisation that typically lobbies for the benefit of big video game publishers, to issue a statement denouncing Trump’s words. “America’s greatness is built on our … [Read more...] about The ESA denounces Donald Trump’s “shithole countries” comments