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Trump Criticizes Media, Graham in Defense of His Charlottesville Response

U.S. President Donald Trump criticized the media and Republican Senator Lindsey Graham in tweets Thursday, saying they have misrepresented his comments following the deadly violence that erupted last weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia. Trump on Saturday initially blamed the violence on “many sides,” but then on Monday condemned neo-Nazis, white supremacists and the Ku Klux Klan for their role in the unrest. By Tuesday he reverted to his initial assessment of the violence that killed 32-year-old Heather Heyer and wounded 19 others when a Nazi sympathizer drove a car into a…

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South Korea: Trump Promises Not to Attack North Without South’s Consent

South Korean President Moon Jae-in Thursday said he has received assurances from U.S. President Donald Trump that Washington would not launch any attack against North Korea without Seoul’s approval. “The United States and President Trump have declared and promised that whatever military action they would like to take, they will fully discuss it with us and get our consent,” Moon said. The South Korean president held a press conference in Seoul to mark the first 100 days of his administration. The liberal Moon was elected to office in May following…

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Republicans Join Democrats in Denouncing Trump Comments on Charlottesville

President Donald Trump finds himself in a political firestorm this week after his shifting stance on who is responsible for Saturday’s violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, stemming from a protest organized by white nationalist groups. Trump’s remarks Tuesday, blaming both sides for the violence, have drawn condemnation from Democrats and Republicans and come at a time when the president’s poll rating continues to weaken. VOA National correspondent Jim Malone has more from Washington. … Read the referenced story here: Republicans Join Democrats in Denouncing Trump Comments on Charlottesville

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Trump Continues to Take Fire for Comments on Violence in Virginia

U.S. President Donald Trump continues to face a barrage of criticism for his contention that both white supremacists and counterprotesters were to blame for the deadly violence that erupted last weekend. The young woman killed during that protest was buried Wednesday, as VOA’s Bill Gallo reports. … Read the referenced story here: Trump Continues to Take Fire for Comments on Violence in Virginia

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Trump Strategist: No Military Solution in North Korea

President Donald Trump’s chief strategist Steve Bannon says there’s no military solution to the threat posed by North Korea and its nuclear ambitions, despite the president’s recent pledge to answer further aggression with “fire and fury.” In an interview with The American Prospect posted online Wednesday, Bannon tells the liberal publication that the U.S. is losing the economic race against China. He also talks about purging his rivals from the Defense and State departments. The White House did not immediately respond to requests for comment. “There’s no military solution (to…

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Trump Won’t Stop U.S. Hitting Paris Climate Targets

Michael Bloomberg, The Guardianhe global effort to confront climate change was hobbled for many years by the mistaken idea that only national governments and international rules could solve the problem. The Paris agreement, which recognizes and supports voluntary carbon-reduction efforts by cities, regions and businesses, was an important step in the right direction. Ironically, no one has done more to demonstrate the agreement’s strengths than its most prominent critic: Donald Trump. … Read the referenced story here: Trump Won’t Stop U.S. Hitting Paris Climate Targets

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