Secluded resort chosen for Trump-Kim summit in Singapore

President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will meet at a luxury resort on Sentosa Island for nuclear talks next week in Singapore, the White House said Tuesday.


The historic meeting will be held at the Capella Hotel, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders tweeted.”We thank our great Singaporean hosts for their hospitality,” Sanders said.Trump and Kim’s highly anticipated meeting is scheduled for 9 am local time June 12 at or 9 pm June 11 on the East Coast of the US — after a flurry of on-again-off-again action.

Trump hopes to secure a nuclear deal with the North Koreans, seeking for Kim to give up his nuclear program, though he stressed last week that the process would likely take longer than a single meeting.


Located a quarter-mile off the coast of the city-state, Sentosa Island is known for its high-end beach hotels, golf courses and amusement parks. A U.S. advance team was spotted at the Capella Hotel last week meeting with North Korean officials in preparation for the summit.

The hotel is known for luxury amenities, impeccable service and, above all, privacy for business and leisure. Two of the hotel’s buildings were built in the 1880s for British officers based on the island.


On Tuesday evening, workers were painting a fresh coat on the façade, extra security was in place and red carpets were being rolled out at the hotel’s two entrances.

Officials had also considered the Shangri-La Hotel, which hosts an annual international security summit and was the venue for a 2015 meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou.

Trump is expected to stay at that hotel, which is near a major shopping district and less secluded than the island facility chosen for his meeting with Kim.

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Shots fired near California marathon, shooter in custody: Police

LOS ANGELES: A shooter opened fire in downtown San Diego and was taken into custody Sunday as thousands of people participated in the California city’s marathon, police said.

A woman fired shots in a parking structure near the finish line of the San Diego Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon, according to the local CBS and NBC television affiliates, which said a police officer was reportedly injured by an accidental, self-inflicted gunshot wound to the leg or foot.

“There’s no longer a threat to the community. The scene is secure. The Rock and Roll Marathon has resumed,” the San Diego Police Department said in a tweet.




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Preparations for North Korea summit moving along very well: Trump

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump on Wednesday said that preparations for the June 12 summit meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un are moving along very well.

The President’s statement comes a day after Singapore designated a special event area of the Sentosa island tourist resort for Tuesday’s historic summit, which is expected to be covered by over 2,500 journalists from across the world.

There was initially much uncertainty over whether the summit would go ahead at all, and it was briefly called off last month by Trump after a dispute with the North Koreans over the key issue of denuclearisation.

“North Korea (summit) looks like it’s moving along very well. A lot of relationship being built. A lot of negotiation going on even before the trip. But it looks like it’s coming along fine,” Trump said at a White House event.

Multiple US and N Korean teams are holding simultaneous meetings ahead of the Singapore Summit.

“We’ll see what happens. But very important. It will be a very important couple of days,” Trump said.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe would be at the White House later this week for talks with Trump on the latter’s summit meeting with North Korea.

“We certainly anticipate the summit with North Korea that will be next week to come up, as well as trade issues and other matters,” White House Press Secretary Sarah sanders told reporters at her daily news conference.

At the Foggy Bottom headquarters of the state department, secretary of state Mike Pompeo met his Singaporean counterpart, wherein among other things they discussed the N Korean summit which is being hosted by Singapore.

Refuting media reports, state department spokesperson Heather Nauert said the US is not paying for the North Korean delegation to stay in Singapore.

“We’re not paying for their expenses,” she said.

“We have had teams negotiating not only in the Demilitarised Zone every day… meetings are taking place in Singapore as well. The meetings are a little different. The ones in Singapore tend to focus more on logistics, negotiating security, protocol, all those types of things. Those meetings are ongoing,” Nauert said, adding that Pompeo speaks sometimes multiple times a day with his negotiating teams.

Meanwhile, top Republican senator Marco Rubio said that the Singapore summit is just the beginning of a process and nothing major would come out of it.

“My sense is that it will be the beginning of a process. My prediction is that at some point during this process, if I were the North Koreans, I’d want to extend this. I would imagine China is probably trying to finagle its way into it. So I think you should anticipate that at some point down the road, this will turn into a China-US-South Korea-North Korea talks,” Rubio told Fox news.


To have a good deal with North Korea is going to take a little bit of time, he said.


“The important thing for us is we should not be lifting any sanctions or providing any relief until we see a clear path forward on complete and irreversible denuclearisation and getting rid of the missiles, but that may take a while. That is not going to happen in one meeting, so I think everybody needs to understand that,” Rubio added.




More than 2,500 people from the local and international news media are expected to cover the event in Singapore, according to the number of registrations received by the ministry of communications and information.

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Beam Ybarra Maldonado stated that the undocumented lady was arrested Wednesday in Phoenix, Arizona, when she jumped in for a standard check at a U.S. migration office. Here’s what he stated:

“I was informed by the Mexican Consulate that my client was deported from the country.”
Guadalupe Garcia de Rayos, 36, had checked in with U.S. migration specialists consistently since 2008, when she was halted for utilizing a phony Social Security number amid a strike on a water stop where she worked. In past visits, she answered inquiries that were put to her and went home.
Be that as it may, when Rayos went in for her meeting on Wednesday, she was captured and deportation procedures were started. She had lived in the U.S. for over 22 years.

Amid a news conference, Maldonado said he had documented a stay of deportation on Wednesday.

“Yesterday at 5:30 [p.m.], I was told the decision would come shortly. And here it is this morning, and those cowards have yet to even return my call, even send me an email, to give me any information about why they denied our stay,” he included.

An announcement from U.S. Movement and Customs Enforcement said the deportation depended on a “depended on a removal order issued by the Department of Justice’s Executive Office for Immigration Review which became final in May 2013. Relevant databases indicate Ms. Garcia de Rayos has a prior felony conviction dating from March 2009 for criminal impersonation.

“ICE will deport foreigners convicted of felony offenses as ordered by an immigration judge,” the organization said in arrangement of tweets after the media revealed her deportation.


And in the end she tried to blame Trump for her deportation:

“Trump has ruined my life, in fact he ruined my entire family, God will take care of him, I’m sure.” she said.


Should President Trump Be Allowed To Host Bible Study Inside The White House?

Recent reports are saying that President Trump has been holding Bible study sessions inside the White House, but many are saying that this is unconstitutional.

Christianity was quite important in the founding of this nation, and hurts NO ONE. So, being historical in this country particularly, it is NOT unconstitutional for Bible classes in the WH. After all, it was apparently Constitutional for Bill

Clinton to play footsies with a young female aid behind his wife’s back. As that was not unconstitutional, I cannot fathom why Bible classes could be classed as unconstitutional. Other religions SHOULD not be taught in OUR White House….some other religions s had no bearing on the founding of this country, and some religions are dangerous and should be denied access to anything related to OUR government.

This Nation was founded on Christian Principles. Founding Fathers Prayed together on a regularly. No doubt other administrations have had Bible studies in the White House, as well as prayer time. I don’t think is Unconstitutional at all. Just because these people don’t believe in God, we still do, and were proud of that fact. You worship the Devil – and you already known what your final destination will be. Stop with the BS, and climb back into a hole.



NBC News’ ‘self-described unbiased journalist’ Andrea Mitchell slammed for siding with Eagles over Trump

NBC News star Andrea Mitchell got roasted on Twitter Monday night, after her own tweet exposed her rooting interest in the ongoing dustup between President Trump and the Philadelphia Eagles.

After Trump canceled a White House visit from the Super Bowl champs, the Peacock Network’s chief foreign affairs correspondent reacted with a cheerleading tweet.

“Fly #Eagles Fly!!!” read Mitchell’s missive.

Earlier, Trump had said the team was “unable” to attend because they don’t share his view that NFL players should “proudly stand for the National Anthem, hand on heart, in honor of the great men and women of our military and the people of our country.”

Mitchell’s hot take stood out because she is supposed to be a nonpartisan reporter for a major network news division.

“It’s always inappropriate when a self-described unbiased journalist takes a side in a political dispute like Andrea Mitchell has. Sadly, she among others keep lowering their standards,” Mediaite columnist Joseph Wulfsohn told Fox News.

Media Research Center Vice President Dan Gainor said one of the best things about social media is it has outed so many journalists’ biases.

“Where Mitchell really shows her biases is sports. She recently and insanely claimed people are ‘not standing and saluting the anthem for a large part’ at football games. Has she ever even been to one? I had season tickets to two different teams. The people there were proudly to stand and honor our nation and our anthem. And now this pro-Eagles/anti-Trump tweet. She’s a blatant partisan, not a neutral journalist,” Gainor said.

Her tweet was “liked” by several thousand followers, but others responded by pointing out the lack of neutrality.

One user responded , “You are so bias[ed]… you just showed your true color as the Eagles did and it isn’t red, white and blue.” Another added, “Wow so much for unbiased journalism.”

“Wow @NBCNews Unbiased reporting,” another user wrote.

Another user asked, “Why are you a journalist? You are partisan politics. You represent what the main stream media is today. No balance.”

It’s far from the first time that the NBC News correspondent has been accused of openly leaning left. Mitchell, who is married to former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan, and Hillary Clinton are known to be close friends who have publicly praised each other. Mitchell said that Clinton “proved her commander in chief bona fides in terms of being tough as a gender issue” during the pregame show for an NBC News town hall event in 2016.

“I love you, Andrea. You are indefatigable. You’re my kind of woman,” Clinton said while pointing at Mitchell during a 2016 press conference on the campaign trail.

Mitchell has also complimented Clinton’s stamina, downplayed former interim Democratic National Committee chair and CNN political analyst Donna Brazile leaking town hall questions to the Clinton camp, proclaimed an investigation into Clinton’s private email server was “the worst possible situation” for America and appeared to have been fed a softball question by Clinton’s spokesperson.

President Trump has referred to Mitchell as “Hillary Clinton’s P.R. person,” and White House social media director Dan Scavino once said she is a Democratic “PR person.”

Earlier this year, the NBC News veteran was criticized for publically offering advice to famously fired FBI official Andrew McCabe after he was fired by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

The White House will still hold a ceremony on Tuesday for a group of 1,000 fans in which Trump said he “will honor our great country, pay tribute to the heroes who fight to protect it, and loudly and proudly play the National Anthem.”

NBC News did not immediately respond to request for comment.

Fox News’ Ryan Gaydos contributed to this report. 


Manafort attempted to tamper with potential witnesses: U.S. special counsel

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, who has been indicted by U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller, attempted to tamper with potential witnesses, Mueller said in a court filing on Monday.

Mueller, who is investigating possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, asked the judge overseeing the case in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to revoke or revise an order releasing Manafort ahead of his trial.

Manafort was released to home confinement after his arraignment in October.

Mueller has indicted Manafort in federal courts in Virginia and Washington, D.C., with an array of allegations from money-laundering and failing to register as a foreign agent, to bank and tax fraud. Manafort has pleaded not guilty.

FBI Special Agent Brock Domin, in a declaration filed with Mueller’s motion, said Manafort had attempted to call, text and send encrypted messages in February to two people from “The Hapsburg Group,” a firm he worked with to promote the interests of Ukraine.

The FBI has documents and statements from the two people, as well as telephone records and documents recovered through a search of Manafort’s iCloud account showing that Trump’s former campaign manager attempted communication while he was out on bail, according to Domin.

The communications were “in an effort to influence their testimony and to otherwise conceal evidence,” Domin wrote. “The investigation into this matter is ongoing.”

Manafort is the most senior member of Trump’s campaign to be indicted, though the charges do not relate to campaign activities.

Mueller urged Judge Amy Berman Jackson to “promptly” schedule a hearing on the whether to change Manafort’s conditions of release, which could result in Manafort going to jail.

The Washington trial is set to start on Sept. 17.


GOP’s Gowdy targeted by Trump’s allies for daring to tell the truth

Donald Trump’s “Spygate” fairy tale was already gasping for breath last week when House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) finished it off.

In a pair of nationally televised interviews, the retiring Republican congressman – who recently received a special intelligence briefing that was intended to bolster the president’s conspiracy theory – said the FBI acted properly during the 2016 campaign. Asked specifically if he’d seen any evidence to substantiate Trump’s claim of an FBI “spy” infiltrating the future president’s operation, Gowdy answered, “I have not.”

For daring to tell the truth, the conservative South Carolinian quickly took on “pariah” status on the right. Roll Call  reported the other day:

From former White House officials to longtime radio hosts, conservative media figureheads turned on a Republican lawmaker who won them over for his scathing interrogation of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during the House’s Benghazi investigation in 2015.

Less than three years later, Rep. Trey Gowdy of South Carolina has become the latest target for many of today’s pre-eminent conservative spokespeople after he defended the FBI on television shows this week for accepting information from someone within President Donald Trump’s campaign in 2016 about possible ties to Russia.

“Frankly, I’ve always liked Trey Gowdy. Shame on Trey Gowdy,” Fox News host Sean Hannity said on his prime-time program Wednesday night.

Rush Limbaugh reportedly suggested Gowdy is complicit in a cover-up. Lou Dobbs labeled the congressman a “RINO” – for “Republican In Name Only.” Politico  reported that former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) “distributed a 950-word treatise Friday questioning Gowdy’s position.”

And then Rudy Giuliani got to work. BuzzFeed reported:

Giuliani lashed out at Gowdy – who isn’t running for reelection – for his comments, saying that his constituents “would probably be outraged at what he’s doing.”

He then veered off-topic, adding that those constituents “probably want to figure out what the hell he did with Benghazi.” Gowdy was the chair of the House committee that looked into the attack on the US diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, that left four dead, including Christopher Stevens, the US Ambassador to Libya.

“He sure screwed that one up. You got four families that do not think that Trey Gowdy did his job,” Giuliani said.

Keep in mind, Congress had already completed a series of lengthy investigations into the deadly attack in Benghazi when House GOP leaders tasked Gowdy for overseeing yet another investigation. Not surprisingly, it came to the same conclusions as all of the other examinations.

Or put another way, Giuliani went after Gowdy for having twice told the truth in politically inconvenient ways.

To the extent that reality matters, none of the Republicans attacking the South Carolina lawmaker have pointed to anything specific he got wrong. Rather, the pushback appears to be driven by partisans who hoped Gowdy would stick to the Republican script, even if that meant misleading the public – as if GOP lawmakers have a responsibility to carry a fig leaf for the emperor with no clothes.

The message to Gowdy’s colleagues on Capitol Hill couldn’t be clearer: If you repeat facts the White House doesn’t like, the right will turn you into a villain, too.


China approves Donald Trump-branded spas, escort services, hotels and massage parlours without US Congress permission

Chinese authorities have granted preliminary approval for dozens of Trump-branded businesses, expanding his commercial empire and raising further conflicts of interest, say lawyers.

The 38 trademarks include new hotels, spas, escort and concierge services, massage parlors, personal security services and insurance, according to public documents.

The President’s lawyers applied for the trademarks in April last year, at the same time the then Presidential candidate Trump was accusing China of “ripping off” the US and deliberately manipulating its currency to its own advantage.

If there is no objection, the trademarks will be formally registered after 90 days.

Ethics lawyers argue that if the Trump trademarks receive any special treatment due to their association with the President, it would violate the US Constitution, which prohibits those in public office from accepting anything of value from foreign governments, unless they are approved by Congress.

Congress has not approved the China trademarks.

Norm Eisen, who served as chief ethics lawyer for former President Barack Obama, told The Independent that the initial registration of a long-denied Trump trademark “certainly seems to run afoul of the foreign emoluments clause” of the US Constitution.

“I anticipate that these issues will enter into our litigation,” he said.

“When Trump is profiting from these valuable Chinese benefits […], how can we be sure he will advance US interests in his engagements with that country, for example by staunching the flow of American jobs out from the US to China?”

Richard Painter, who served as chief ethics lawyer for George W Bush, said a trademark in itself was not likely to be a violation of the constitutional emoluments clause, but he questioned why so many were granted over such a short period, and whether there was “an accommodation in at least some of them.”

They have already filed a lawsuit to challenge the President’s alleged conflicts of interest.

China’s State Administration for Industry and Commerce, which oversees the Trademark Office, and Trump Organization general counsel Alan Garten did not immediately respond to requests for comment from The Independent.

Spring Chang, a founding partner at Chang Tsi & Partners, a Beijing law firm that has represented the Trump Organization, declined to comment specifically on Trump’s trademarks. But she did say that she advises clients to take out marks defensively, even in categories or subcategories of goods and services they may not aim to develop.

“I don’t see any special treatment to the cases of my clients so far,” she added. “I think they’re very fair and the examination standard is very equal for every applicant.”

The Trump Organisation is being run by Mr Trump’s two oldest sons, Donald Jr and Eric Trump, whilst he is in the White House. He was urged to divest from his businesses and place assets in a blind trust but has not done so. The trust, of which he is the sole beneficiary, is being run by Donald Jr and longtime associate Allen Weisselberg. The President can revoke the trust at any time and stands to benefit financially from it after his term is over.

His sons have continued to expand the Trump brand since Inauguration; in Canada and Dubai. Taxpayers have reportedly spent millions on security costs for the sons on their business trips around the world.


Dan Rather on Trump Dis-inviting Eagles: ‘Akin to McCarthyism’

Disgraced journalist Dan Rather weighed in on President Donald Trump’s decision Monday evening to dis-invite the Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles from a celebratory visit to the White House on Tuesday, calling it “akin to McCarthyism.”

Trump made the announcement suddenly, on the eve of the scheduled team visit, citing differences with the team over a new National Football League rule requiring players to stand for the national anthem:

The Philadelphia Eagles are unable to come to the White House with their full team to be celebrated tomorrow. They disagree with their President because he insists that they proudly stand for the National Anthem, hand on heart, in honor of the great men and women of our military and the people of our country. The Eagles wanted to send a smaller delegation, but the 1,000 fans planning to attend the event deserve better. These fans are still invited to the White House to be part of a different type of ceremony—one that will honor our great country, pay tribute to the heroes who fight to protect it, and loudly and proudly play the National Anthem. I will be there at 3:00 p.m. with the United States Marine Band and the United States Army Chorus to celebrate America.

In a rambling tweet, in which Rather accused Trump of ignoring a variety of other important issues, the former CBS News anchor seemed to suggest that dis-inviting the Eagles was equivalent to persecuting political dissent:

“McCarthyism” refers to a period in postwar America where Congress, led by Sen. Joe McCarthy (R-MN), pursued suspected communists in government and in public life in what was widely perceived as an overzealous fashion that threatened civil liberties.

Fewer than ten of the Eagles players were reportedly planning to attend the White House celebration, according to reports that emerged Monday evening.

Rather lost his job and his reputation over a 2004 story in which he claimed to have obtained documents that showed that President George W. Bush had shirked his military duties while serving in the Texas Air National Guard during the Vietnam War. The documents were later shown to be forgeries.

Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News. He was named to Forward’s 50 “most influential” Jews in 2017. He is the co-author of How Trump Won: The Inside Story of a Revolution, which is available from Regnery. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.