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Gary Neville talks about Raheem Sterling racial abuse predicament

first_imgGary Neville has been talking about the treatment of Raheem Sterling in light of alleged racist abuse the winger suffered at the hands of a Chelsea fan.The former Manchester United captain divulged his own struggle in trying to help Sterling through excessive criticism during Euro 2016.“There’s been times on this show when we’ve avoided taking on this subject. It’s not undertones, it’s blatant (racist media coverage of Sterling),” Neville said, according to Daily Mail.“Ashey Cole was the only one (from when I was playing) – he’s had to escape this country, he’s almost like a football refugee – to get away from the way he was treated.”Neville also went on to discuss the difference in the way he believes black players are covered in the media.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“When Lambert and Vardy came into the team, it wasn’t like that when Welbeck and Rashford came into the squad.”“The evidence is quite heavy in terms of the white players and black players that came into the England squad.”“What can football do? It can show zero tolerance – what Chelsea have done, those players will never set foot in a football stadium again.”“Raheem’s been strong enough to come out of it. He’s made it through the three years of media horror, intrusion, vilification.”last_img read more

Lozano named CONCACAF player of the year

first_imgHirving Lozano has been rewarded with the CONCACAF male player of the year for 2018, while the United States international Alex Morgan went home with the female prize.PSV and Mexico winger Lozano, who has been in excellent form has been linked to top clubs in Europe with Barcelona the likely destination became the youngest ever male recipient of the award at age 23.The Mexican winger was instrumental in his country’s impressive outing at the World Cup and has been pivotal for Dutch side PSV Eindhoven.23 – At the age of 23, Hirving Lozano is the youngest player ever to win the #CONCACAF Male Player of the Year award. Transcendent #concacafawards pic.twitter.com/bulP50EId0— OptaJack⚽️ (@OptaJack) January 15, 2019Cristiano Ronaldo, FIFA, FIFA Best Male playerReport: Morgan is ready to meet Ronaldo George Patchias – September 9, 2019 Alex Morgan is ready to meet Cristiano Ronaldo, even after her some curious if not skeptical words on the player outside of being a…Morgan, meanwhile, collects the CONCACAF female player of the year award for the fourth time in her career, the Orlando Pride star having won the prize three years in a row.Other notable winners were Real Madrid and Costa Rica’s Keylor Navas who won the CONCACAF prize for the best male goalkeeper, while the female equivalent prize went to Alyssa Naeher of the USA and the Chicago Red Stars.4 – Alex Morgan has now won four #CONCACAF Female Player of the Year awards, including three straight. Only one other player – male or female – has won more than one (Keylor Navas – two). Pinnacle. #concacafawards pic.twitter.com/yIzT6O6HpI— OptaJack⚽️ (@OptaJack) January 15, 2019last_img read more

White House Announces Intent to Nominate Esper for Defense Secretary Two Other

first_imgThe White House announced Friday President Donald Trump’s intent to nominate Army Secretary Mark Esper for Secretary of Defense, Under Secretary of Defense David Norquist as Deputy Secretary of Defense, and Army Under Secretary Ryan McCarthy as Secretary of the Army.Earlier in the week Trump had named Esper as acting defense secretary after on Monday he announced that former Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan would not continue to pursue his nomination for the Pentagon chief due to personal reasons.The announcement of the three nominations allowed the administration to informally authorize the officials into their new positions so that they would be in place this week, Military.com reported Friday.However, if Esper does not quickly receive a formal defense secretary nomination following Trump’s intent announcement, he would be unable to step into the role due to the Federal Vacancies Reform Act of 1998, according to the report. The law generally does not allow a secretary nominee to fill the roll in acting capacity, which would trigger a line of succession placing Navy Secretary Richard Spencer as acting defense secretary if Trump does not name another formal nominee.With the Senate’s July schedule a major factor prior to its annual August recess, the Pentagon confirmed it has not yet received Esper’s formal nomination paperwork, according to a Pentagon spokeswoman.“As of right now, we don’t have anything official that he’s been nominated yet,” Jessica Maxwell told Military.com. “We’ll have just have to wait for an official nomination to come through,” she said.Esper has served as Army secretary since 2017 and as a former Army infantry officer during the Iraq War he earned the Legion of Merit and the Bronze Star.Photo by Lisa Ferdinando ADC AUTHORlast_img read more

NEIGHBOR NEWS Whats Making Headlines In Tewksbury

first_imgYour Tewksbury Today is Tewksbury’s premiere online hyperlocal news source. Follow YTT on Facebook and Twitter.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNEIGHBOR NEWS: What’s Making Headlines In Tewksbury?In “Community”NEIGHBOR NEWS: What’s Making Headlines In Tewksbury?In “Community”NEIGHBOR NEWS: What’s Making Headlines In Tewksbury?In “Community” TEWKSBURY, MA — Ever wonder what’s making news next door in Tewksbury? Bill Gilman, editor of Your Tewksbury Today, has the answer!Below is a collection of top Tewksbury stories, primarily written by Gilman, that were recently published on his popular website.Top Tewksbury Stories (August 5, 2019 to August 12, 2019)Construction Work Will Create Detours For Drivers This WeekTewksbury-Based WellPet Hires New Chief Marketing OfficerVIDEO: Confused About Those New Emojis? HeyHeyBobbyJ Has The AnswersThese Tewksbury Properties Were Sold In Junelast_img read more

NOW HIRING 10 Job Openings In Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are some of the newest job openings in Wilmington:Full-Time Web & Email Designer at World Travel HoldingsFull-Time Marketing Copywriter at World Travel HoldingsFull-Time National Account Data & Reporting Specialist at UniFirstFull-Time Management Trainee at UniFirstFull-Time General Service Manager at Limbach Facility ServicesFull-Time Project Sales Representative at Limbach Facility ServicesPart-Time Deli Counter Clerk at Elia’s Country StoreFull-Time Commercial Insurance Account Manager at HUB InternationalPart-Time Snack Shack Help at Wilmington Youth SoccerFull-Time Senior Manufacturing Engineer at MKS Instruments(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of June 30, 2019)In “Business”NOW HIRING: 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of August 4, 2019)In “Business”NOW HIRING: 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of August 11, 2019)In “Business”last_img read more

JU students body in Buringanga mystery unresolved

first_imgAriful IslamThe dead body of Ariful Islam, a Jagannath University student, was recovered from the river Buriganga at Shyampur, Dhaka on Tuesday afternoon.The police still could not confirm whether he drowned or was killed.Ariful’s family, however, suspects he was murdered. He was buried at Raipur in Jibannagar upazila of Chuadanga Wednesday. The naval police had recovered his body around 4:30pm Tuesday.Ariful was a fourth year student of political science. He lived in a mess at Road 1, Ispahani Nadidhara residential area of Aganagar, Dakkhin Keraniganj. Other students live in the area too.Residents of the mess said Ariful left his mess around 10:30am on Monday. He went out for tuition at Lakshmipur area of Sutrapur. He was missing since then. His cell phone and wallet were recovered from a boatman at Ispahani river bank.”My brother’s death is mysterious. It can be a planned murder,” said Ariful’s brother Rashedul Islam.Rumours of his being a leader of quota reform movement have spread in the social media. Several of Ariful’s classmates said he was neither involved in politics nor the quota reform movement.”I know them from their childhood. They were never involved in any scuffles. Ariful was a good student and he might have become a university teacher,” Rawshan Alam, union parishad member of Raipur union said. Ariful’s brother was a Dhaka University student.”Investigations are being carried out. The deceased’s family and his classmates are being interrogated. Every possible angle is being scrutinised,’ Dakkhin Keraniganj police station inspector (investigation) Kamal Talukdar said.last_img read more

Ataur Rahman made AL advisory council member

first_imgAtaur Rahman. Photo: CollectedTheatre personality Ataur Rahman has been made a member of the Awami League (AL) Advisory Council.AL president Sheikh Hasina nominated Ataur exercising her power bestowed upon her through the party’s 20th national council held on 22-23 October, 2016, said a press release signed by AL office secretary Abdus Sobhan Golap on Saturday.With the induction of the Ekushey Padak-winning theatre personality into the AL Advisory Council, the number of its members has risen to 43.Ataur Rahman received the Ekushey Padak in 2001 for his contribution to theatre.Ataur Rahman, who was born in 1941, completed his masters in Science in 1964 from University of Dhaka.last_img

UPDATE Spicer Says Unauthorized Leaks Are Frankly Dangerous

first_imgThe Latest on the report that President Donald Trump shared classified information with Russian officials (all times EDT):2:45 p.m.White House press secretary Sean Spicer says unauthorized leaking of sensitive or classified information is “frankly dangerous,” after President Donald Trump reportedly shared classified information with two Russian diplomats during a meeting in the Oval Office.Spicer says in a White House briefing the unauthorized leaks are a threat to U.S. national security.He drew a distinction between leaks and Trump’s conversation with the Russians, saying the discussion with the Russian officials involved shared threats to the U.S. and Russia.A U.S. official says Trump told Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (sir-GAY’ lahv-RAWF’) during their meeting about an Islamic State plot.___2 p.m.Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr says he has yet to get an explanation from the White House on what happened in the Oval Office meeting where the president reportedly shared classified information with the Russians.Burr says he waited all morning to get a call from someone in the room who can tell him what happened. He says: “Maybe they’re busy.”Burr tells a small group of reporters in the Capitol that: “My major concern right now is that I don’t know what the president said.”Burr added: “I’d like to think somebody from the White House who was in the room is going to get on the phone and tell me what they said.”___1:30 p.m.President Donald Trump is ignoring questions about whether he revealed classified information to Russian officials during an Oval Office meeting last week.Trump was asked about the disclosures after delivering statements alongside Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (REH’-jehp TY’-ihp UR’-doh-wahn). He said only that he had a great meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (sir-GAY’ lahv-RAWF’) and that the U.S. wants to get as much help to fight the Islamic State and terrorism as possible.A U.S. official says Trump told Lavrov during their meeting about an Islamic State plot. According to the official, the information he revealed came from a U.S. intelligence partner.White House National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster says Trump’s disclosures where “wholly appropriate.”___1:20 p.m.House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says President Donald Trump’s comments to Russian officials at the White House last week “undermined the trust that other countries will have with in us in terms of sharing their intelligence.”Pelosi’s comments come as House lawmakers return Tuesday to the Capitol after a week back in their districts. Pelosi led a congressional delegation to India and Nepal.Pelosi says Democrats will try to force a House vote on establishing an independent commission to investigate Russia’s involvement in the 2016 elections and whether there was collusion from Trump associates.Democrats were expected to distribute on Wednesday a discharge petition on the matter. The tactic rarely succeeds because it requires a majority of the House to sign the petition. She asks, “What are the Republicans afraid of?”___12:30 p.m.President Donald Trump’s national security adviser says Trump didn’t know where information that he shared with Russian officials came from.The adviser, H.R. McMaster, didn’t deny that Trump had discussed information deemed classified. But McMaster tells reporters that the information was available through “open-source reporting.” That typically refers to reporting that’s publicly available, such as news accounts, academic reports or social media.McMaster says Trump hadn’t been briefed on the source or method of the information.Trump was later informed that he had broken protocol. White House officials then reached out to the National Security Agency and the CIA in an effort to contain any damage.McMaster identified Trump’s homeland security adviser, Tom Bossert, as the official who contacted both agencies.___12:17 p.m.The No. 2 Democrat in the House says Donald Trump’s presidency is “dangerous.”Maryland Democrat Steny Hoyer told reporters that reports that Trump revealed classified information to top Russian officials was just the latest example of a White House riven by incompetence, chaos, confrontation, and conflicts of interest.Hoyer said, “I think there is an erosion of confidence among the American people and an erosion of confidence of the international community.”Hoyer said that it’s too early to consider impeachment proceedings against Trump, but that “it is time for Republicans to say, ‘enough.’”___12:16 p.m.CIA Director Mike Pompeo will brief members of the House intelligence committee later tonight.Pompeo will likely be grilled by lawmakers about published reports that President Donald Trump shared such highly classified information with Russian officials that it jeopardized a critical intelligence source.Trump’s national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, says Trump’s revelation “in no way” compromised intelligence sources and methods.The CIA wouldn’t comment on Pompeo’s schedule, but a congressional staffer said Tuesday that he was to brief the committee. The staffer, who was not authorized to discuss the meeting and spoke on condition of anonymity, said the meeting had been previously scheduled.___ 12:06 p.m. President Donald Trump’s national security adviser says information that president shared with the Russians was “wholly appropriate” and based on “open source reporting.” The adviser, H.R. McMaster, says Trump’s revelation “in no way” compromised intelligence sources and methods. McMcaster did not deny that Trump discussed classified information. Trump said in a tweet earlier Tuesday that he had the authority to share “facts pertaining to terrorism” and airline safety with Russia. Trump’s tweets did not address whether he revealed classified information about the Islamic State group, as published reports have said and as a U.S. official told The Associated Press on Tuesday. ___ 12:03 p.m. National security adviser H.R. McMaster is standing by his statement denying a Washington Post report that President Donald Trump revealed highly classified information to Russian officials. Speaking to reporters Tuesday, McMaster said the “premise of that article is false.” He added Trump did not have a “conversation that was inappropriate or resulted in any kind of lapse in national security. McMaster said the real threat to national security was leakers “releasing information to the press.” The Washington Post reported Monday that Trump shared classified information with Russian officials that jeopardized an intelligence source. McMaster told reporters after the story broke: “I was in the room. It didn’t happen.” ___ 12:01 p.m. The Royal Court says Jordan’s King Abdullah II and President Donald Trump have spoken by phone about the fight against terrorism and crises in Syria and the rest of the region. Tuesday’s phone call came as published reports said Trump revealed highly classified information about the extremist group Islamic State to Russian officials in an Oval Office meeting last week. Jordan is a key ally in the U.S.-led international military coalition against the Islamic State group, which controls territory in neighboring Syria and Iraq. The Royal Court says arrangements for the phone call between Trump and Jordan’s king were made last week. It said in a statement that the two leaders talked about the strategic cooperation between Jordan and the U.S., fighting terrorism and various regional crises. ___ 11:50 a.m. The Senate intelligence committee has reached out to the White House to request additional information on recent reports about alleged dissemination of intelligence information. Rebecca Watkins, a spokeswoman for committee chairman Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., says Tuesday that the panel wants to know more about reports that President Donald Trump shared classified information with two Russian officials. A current U.S. official tells The Associated Press that the intelligence shared addressed a threat from Islamic State militants that a U.S partner shared with the United States. The official demanded anonymity so as to discuss the private meetings. __ 10:50 a.m. President Donald Trump’s national security adviser plans to brief reporters at the White House. The White House says H.R. McMaster will hold an on-camera briefing before noon. He was originally scheduled to appear with press secretary Sean Spicer, but Spicer plans to hold a separate, off-camera session with reporters later in the day, after McMaster’s appearance. Reporters had been promised a briefing from McMaster about Trump’s first overseas trip, which opens Friday. But McMaster is likely to face questions about reports that Trump shared classified intelligence information with Russian officials when they met in the Oval Office last week. McMaster has denied the reports, telling reporters Monday after the story broke: “I was in the room. It didn’t happen.” ___ 10:45 a.m. The Senate’s top Democrat says Congress needs to have immediate access to a transcript of President Donald Trump’s meeting at the White House last week with senior Russian officials. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York says that if Trump has “nothing to hide,” he’ll turn over unedited transcripts to the House and Senate intelligence committees. If Trump refuses, Schumer says Americans will doubt that their president is capable of safeguarding critical secrets. The request came in response to published reports that the president revealed classified information about the Islamic State group in the meeting with Russian officials. Congress is investigating Russia’s alleged meddling in the 2016 presidential election, including hacking Democratic emails. ___ 10:40 a.m. Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain says reports that President Donald Trump revealed highly classified information to senior Russian officials during an Oval Office meeting last week are “deeply disturbing.” The Arizona Republican said Tuesday that it sends a troubling signal to U.S. allies and partners around the world. McCain also said in a statement that reports that the information was provided by a U.S. ally and shared without the country’s knowledge could mean that other countries won’t share intelligence with Americans in the future. He said the time Trump spent sharing sensitive information was time he did not spend focused on Russia’s aggressive behavior, including interference in elections, and its illegal invasion of Ukraine. ___ 9:35 a.m. The Senate’s top Republican says “we can do with a little less drama from the White House” so the GOP can focus on advancing the party’s legislative agenda. Appearing Tuesday morning on Bloomberg Business, Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky was responding to reports that President Donald Trump revealed highly classified information about the Islamic State group to Russian officials. McConnell says, “I think we could do with a little less drama from the White House on a lot of things so that we can focus on our agenda.” He said the agenda is deregulation, tax reform and repealing and replacing the health care law. McConnell also says he recommended to Trump that he nominate Merrick Garland to replace fired FBI Director James Comey. Garland, the federal judge nominated to the Supreme Court last year by President Barack Obama, was denied a Senate hearing by McConnell. ___ 9:15 a.m. President Donald Trump says more attention should be paid to find who is leaking information to the media. The Washington Post first reported that Trump’s closed-door remarks with the Russians jeopardize a valuable intelligence source on the Islamic State group. Trump defended himself in a tweet Tuesday by saying he had an “absolute right” to share what he wanted. In a follow-up tweet, Trump said he had asked ousted FBI Director James Comey and others “from the beginning of my administration, to find the LEAKERS in the intelligence community.” ___ 9:25 a.m. A senior European intelligence official tells The Associated Press that his country might stop sharing information with the United States if it confirms President Donald Trump shared classified details with Russian officials. The official said Tuesday that doing so “could be a risk for our sources.” The official spoke only on condition that neither he nor his country be identified, because he was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly. -By Jan M. Olsen ___ 8:25 a.m. A senior German lawmaker has expressed concern about reports that President Donald Trump revealed highly classified information about the Islamic State group to Russian officials. Burkhard Lischka said in a statement to The Associated Press that “if it proves to be true that the American president passed on internal intelligence matters that would be highly worrying.” Lischka, who sits on the German parliament’s intelligence oversight committee, noted that Trump has access to “exclusive and highly sensitive information including in the area of combating terrorism.” The Social Democratic Party lawmaker said that if the U.S. president “passes this information to other governments at will, then Trump becomes a security risk for the entire western world.” Germany is heavily dependent on U.S. intelligence. ___ 8:25 a.m. The Kremlin has dismissed reports that Donald Trump shared classified information with Russian officials last week as “complete nonsense.” The Washington Post’s report on Monday claimed that the revelation made by Trump during his meeting with visiting Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov put a source of intelligence on the Islamic State at risk. Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov on Tuesday dismissed the reports as “yet more nonsense” and said that Moscow doesn’t “want to have to do anything with it,” adding that “there is nothing to confirm or deny.” ___ 7:25 a.m. President Donald Trump is using Twitter to defend his sharing of information with the Russians. Trump says he wanted to share with Russia “facts pertaining to terrorism and airline flight safety.” He notes that as president, he has an “absolute right” to do this. The Washington Post reported Monday that Trump divulged highly classified “code-word” information that could enable the Russians to trace the source of the intelligence. Trump added a line in his tweet suggesting why he did it: “Humanitarian reasons, plus I want Russia to greatly step up their fight against ISIS & terrorism.” ___ 6:40 a.m. Russia’s foreign ministry spokesman has denied reports that President Donald Trump revealed classified information to senior officials during the Russian minister’s visit to the Oval Office last week. The Washington Post reported on Monday that the revelation put a source of intelligence on the Islamic State at risk. Maria Zakharova, spokeswoman for the Russian foreign ministry, on Facebook on Tuesday described the reports as “yet another fake.” The reports came several days after the White House faced criticism for a possible security breach after it allowed a Russian news service photographer into the Oval Office to snap photos of Trump with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak last week. —Associated Press reporter Paisley Dodds in London. ___ 4:30 a.m. Jordan says King Abdullah II is to speak by phone Tuesday with President Donald Trump. The Royal Court says arrangements for the call were made last week. The conversation will take place amid a report by The Washington Post that Trump revealed highly classified information to senior Russian officials at a meeting last week, putting a source of intelligence about the Islamic State extremist group at risk. Jordan is a key ally in the U.S.-led international military coalition against Islamic State, which controls territory in neighboring Syria and Iraq. The Post, citing current and former U.S. officials, says Trump shared details about an Islamic State terror threat related to the use of laptop computers on aircraft with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak. ___ 3:30 a.m. Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull won’t comment on a Washington Post report that President Donald Trump revealed classified information to Russian officials, or say whether the report will affect Australia’s intelligence-sharing agreement with the U.S. Australia is a member of the Five Eyes intelligence-sharing program with the U.S., Canada, Britain and New Zealand. Turnbull declined to comment specifically on the report, but said during an interview Tuesday with Adelaide radio station 5AA that he is confident in the Australia-U.S. alliance. Turnbull called it “the bedrock of our national security.” New Zealand’s Foreign Affairs Minister Gerry Brownlee said in a statement that the report was rejected by senior U.S. officials. Brownlee said a resolution to the situation in Syria requires a concerted effort from the U.S. and Russia. Brownlee said he hopes the meeting between Trump and Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov “is a step towards that.” ___ 3:13 a.m. President Donald Trump revealed highly classified information to senior Russian officials during an Oval Office meeting last week, putting a source of intelligence on the Islamic State at risk, The Washington Post reported. The disclosure late Monday drew strong condemnation from Democrats and a rare rebuke of Trump from some Republican lawmakers. White House officials denounced the report, saying the president did not disclose intelligence sources or methods to the Russians, though officials did not deny that classified information was disclosed in the May 10 meeting. H.R. McMaster, Trump’s national security adviser, said: “The president and the foreign minister reviewed a range of common threats to our two countries including threats to civil aviation. At no time, at no time were intelligence sources or methods discussed and the president did not disclose any military operations that were not already publicly known.” President Donald Trump on Tuesday claimed the authority to share “facts pertaining to terrorism” and airline safety with Russia, saying in a pair of tweets he has “an absolute right” as president to do so. Trump’s tweets did not say whether he revealed classified information about the Islamic State group, as published reports have said and as a U.S. official told The Associated Press on Tuesday. The White House has pushed back against those reports, but has not denied that classified information was disclosed in the May 10 meeting between Trump and Russian diplomats. The Kremlin dismissed the reports as “complete nonsense.” The news reverberated around the world as countries started second-guessing their own intelligence-sharing agreements with the U.S. A senior European intelligence official told the AP his country might stop sharing information with the United States if it confirms that Trump shared classified details with Russian officials. Such sharing “could be a risk for our sources,” the official said. The official spoke only on condition that neither he nor his country be identified, because he was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly At the White House, Trump said in his tweets, “I wanted to share with Russia (at an openly scheduled W.H. meeting) which I have the absolute right to do, facts pertaining … to terrorism and airline flight safety. Humanitarian reasons, plus I want Russia to greatly step up their fight against ISIS & terrorism.” Trump shared details about an Islamic State terror threat related to the use of laptop computers on aircraft with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak, a senior U.S official told AP. The classified information had been shared with the president by an ally, violating the confidentiality of an intelligence-sharing agreement with that country, the official said. Trump later was informed that he had broken protocol and White House officials placed calls to the National Security Agency and the CIA looking to minimize any damage. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to speak publicly, would not say which country’s intelligence was divulged. The disclosure put a source of intelligence on the Islamic State at risk, according to The Washington Post, which first reported the disclosure on Monday. The CIA and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence have declined to comment. The U.S. official said that Trump boasted about his access to classified intelligence in last week’s meeting with Lavrov and Kislyak. An excerpt from an official transcript of the meeting reveals that Trump told them, “I get great intel. I have people brief me on great intel every day,” he said. Kislyak has been a central player in the snowballing controversy surrounding possible coordination between Trump’s campaign and Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential campaign. The revelations drew strong condemnation from Democrats and a rare rebuke of Trump from some Republican lawmakers. White House officials denounced the report, saying the president did not disclose intelligence sources or methods to the Russians, though officials did not deny that classified information was disclosed in the May 10 meeting. “The president and the foreign minister reviewed a range of common threats to our two countries including threats to civil aviation,” said H.R. McMaster, Trump’s national security adviser. “At no time, at no time were intelligence sources or methods discussed and the president did not disclose any military operations that were not already publicly known.” The revelations could further damage Trump’s already fraught relationship with U.S. intelligence agencies. He’s openly questioned the competency of intelligence officials and challenged their high-confidence assessment that Russia meddled in last year’s presidential election to help him win. His criticism has been followed by a steady stream of leaks to the media that have been damaging to Trump and exposed an FBI investigation into his associates’ possible ties to Russia. The disclosure also risks harming his credibility with U.S. partners around the world ahead of his first overseas trip. The White House was already reeling from its botched handling of Trump’s decision last week to fire James Comey, the FBI director who was overseeing the Russia investigation. A European security official said sharing sensitive information could dampen the trust between the United States and its intelligence sharing partners. “It wouldn’t likely stop partners from sharing life-saving intelligence with the Americans, but it could impact the trust that has been built, particularly if sharing such information exposes specific intelligence gathering methods,” said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to speak about such intelligence sharing. The Royal Court in Jordan said that King Abdullah II was to speak by telephone with Trump later Tuesday. The revelation also prompted cries of hypocrisy. Trump spent the campaign arguing that his opponent, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, should be locked up for careless handling of classified information. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson also disputed the report. He said Trump discussed a range of subjects with the Russians, including “common efforts and threats regarding counter-terrorism.” The nature of specific threats was discussed, he said, but not sources, methods or military operations. The controversy engulfed the White House. Reporters spent much of the evening camped out adjacent to Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s office, hoping for answers. At one point, an eagle-eyed reporter spotted a handful of staffers, including Spicer and Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, walking toward the Cabinet Room. Muffled yelling was heard coming from the area near the room, but after a reporter tweeted about the noise, press staffers quickly turned up their television volume, blasting the sound to drown out everything else. __ Associated Press writers Julie Pace, Catherine Lucey, Jill Colvin and Ken Thomas and Jan M. Olsen contributed to this report from Washington. Associated Press writer Paisley Dodds contributed from London. Share Video Playerhttps://cdn.hpm.io/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/16114322/US-Trump-Schumer-Fix-CR.mp400:0000:0002:02Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The Senate’s top Democrat says on May 16th, 2017 that Congress needs to have immediate access to a transcript of President Donald Trump’s meeting at the White House last week with senior Russian officials. Video: Associated Press.last_img read more

Sen Al Franken Hit With Second Groping Allegation

first_img Share Carolyn Kaster/APSen. Al Franken, D-Minn., at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Nov. 15. He’s facing a second allegation of groping a woman without her consent.Minnesota Democratic Sen. Al Franken is facing a second allegation that he groped a woman without consent while her husband took a photo of her with the senator at the Minnesota State Fair in 2010.Franken “pulled me in really close, like awkward close, and as my husband took the picture, he put his hand full-fledged on my rear,” said Lindsay Menz, who told her story to CNN. “It wasn’t around my waist. It wasn’t around my hip or side. It was definitely on my butt,” she said.CNN confirmed the account with Menz’s husband, mother and father who she told of the interaction at the time. CNN reports Menz also posted the photo on Facebook at the time and commented to her sister: “Dude — Al Franken TOTALLY molested me! Creeper!”“I take thousands of photos at the state fair surrounded by hundreds of people, and I certainly don’t remember taking this picture,” Franken told CNN in a statement. “I feel badly that Ms. Menz came away from our interaction feeling disrespected.”Menz told CNN that she came forward following broadcaster Leeann Tweeden’s account of a 2006 interaction with Franken in which she alleges he forcibly kissed her and took a photo in which he appears to touch her chest while she is asleep.“I don’t want to paint my story in the same light as hers,” Menz told CNN, saying she believes Tweeden’s account is worse than what happened to her, but “the reason I want to say something is if someone sees that I said something, maybe it would give them the courage to say something, too.”Franken issued an apology to Tweeden last week and called for the Senate Ethics Committee to investigate the matter. Tweeden’s account occurred before Franken was a senator, which cast some doubt on how the ethics panel would conduct an inquiry. However, Menz’s 2010 account occurred while Franken was a first-term senator and clearly falls within the committee’s jurisdiction to investigate.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer have echoed the call for an ethics investigation. While an inquiry seems likely, the panel has not commented on the Franken matter, yet.A Franken spokesperson told the Minnesota Star Tribune over the weekend that Franken has no plans to resign and that he is spending the Thanksgiving holiday in Washington, D.C., with his family, “and he’s doing a lot of reflecting.”The allegations against Franken come as the Republican Party is grappling with allegations of sexual assault and other misconduct against Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore, ahead of a Dec. 12 special election. Moore is accused of a range of predatory behavior towards teenage girls as young as 14, including one allegation of sexual assault. Top Senate Republicans, including McConnell and long-time Alabama Sen. Richard Shelby have called on Moore to get out of the race. Moore remains defiant, and the state GOP largely stands behind him. The Alabama Republican Party remains supportive as does GOP Gov. Kay Ivey.If Moore wins, he will face similar calls for a Senate ethics investigation. One GOP senator, Colorado’s Cory Gardner, has said the Senate should expel him if he wins, but it’s unclear whether senators would ultimately be willing to overturn the results of an otherwise free election.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more