Trump made up trade claims in meeting with Trudeau



Trump says he made up trade claims in meeting with Trudeau

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump boasted at a private fundraiser Wednesday of making up trade claims during a meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau before knowing whether they were true.

“Trudeau came to see me. He’s a good guy, Justin. He said, ‘No, no, we have no trade deficit with you, we have none. Donald, please,'” Trump said during a speech to donors in Missouri, according to audio obtained by The Washington Post and confirmed to CNN by an attendee. “Nice guy, good-looking guy, comes in — ‘Donald, we have no trade deficit.’ He’s very proud because everybody else, you know, we’re getting killed.”
He continued: “I said, ‘Wrong, Justin, you do.’ I didn’t even know. … I had no idea. I just said, ‘You’re wrong,'” Trump recalled. “You know why? Because we’re so stupid. … And I thought they were smart. I said, ‘You’re wrong, Justin.’ He said, ‘Nope, we have no trade deficit.’ I said, ‘Well, in that case, I feel differently,’ I said, ‘but I don’t believe it.'”
Trump said he asked an aide to check if he was correct in telling Trudeau the US runs a trade deficit with Canada.
“I sent one of our guys out, his guy, my guy, they went out, I said, ‘Check, because I can’t believe it,'” Trump said.
“‘Well, sir, you’re actually right. We have no deficit, but that doesn’t include energy and timber. … And when you do, we lose $17 billion a year.’ It’s incredible.”
According to figures provided by the Commerce Department, the US ran a $2.77 billion surplus with Canada for 2017. That figure includes oil and timber. It’s unclear what Trump was referring to with the $17 billion figure.
Trump doubled down on his claim Thursday morning.
“We do have a Trade Deficit with Canada, as we do with almost all countries (some of them massive). P.M. Justin Trudeau of Canada, a very good guy, doesn’t like saying that Canada has a Surplus vs. the U.S.(negotiating), but they do…they almost all do…and that’s how I know!” he tweeted.
Trump has similarly boasted about pressing Trudeau about the US’s supposed trade imbalance with Canada before, most recently at a December rally in Pensacola, Florida. But he didn’t include the “I didn’t even know” reference, and it’s unclear whether it was an admission that he made up the claim.
Trump’s comments came during a half-hour speech to raise money for Republican Senate candidate Josh Hawley, who’s challenging Missouri Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill.
During the fundraiser, Trump also called the North American Free Trade Agreement a disaster and blamed the World Trade Organization for allowing other nations to box in the US on trade.
The President mocked other politicians for supporting NAFTA, attacking Mexico as “spoiled” and arguing that Canada had outsmarted the US, the Post reported.

A magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck southeastern Mexico on Friday night



A magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck southeastern Mexico on Friday night, with the epicenter in the state of Oaxaca, the US Geological Survey reported.

Emergency authorities in the Oaxaca reported “only material damage and no loss of human life” during the earthquake.
In Mexico City, where more than 200 people died in a large earthquake last fall, people streamed out of shaking buildings and into the streets. Video showed ceiling lamps swaying and people embracing after evacuating buildings.
There were no immediate reports of injuries in Mexico City, which is about 348 kilometers (216 miles) away from the epicenter of the earthquake.

A woman embraces a boy after an earthquake shook buildings in Mexico City.

The USGS initially reported a magnitude of 7.5 but revised it downward. Later Friday, a magnitude 5.8 aftershock hit Oaxaca, the USGS tweeted.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center reported that “based on all available data … there is no tsunami threat from this earthquake.”
Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto tweeted that the earthquake was northeast of Pinotepa Nacional, in Oaxaca, and that “protocols have been activated.”

People fled into the streets after the earthquake caused buildings to shake in Mexico City.

Two deadly earthquakes struck Mexico in September.
A magnitude-8.1 earthquake struck off the southern coast on September 8, killing at least 90. On September 19, a magnitude 7.1 earthquake hit Mexico City, killing at least 216 people.

How To Stop The North American Drug War Right Now

How to Stop the North American Drug War Right Now


War is horrible, always has been, always will be. Any deaths or injuries from something that is unnecessary is a travesty and a sin upon the human race. Before you start getting your back hairs up please listen to what I believe is a solution to stop almost all of the bloodshed in North America’s illegal drug trade.  Now don’t faint, get the government out of the drug trade, have Congress pass certain laws that I will explain in a moment, with stated consequences and then make all drugs legal for adults. Don’t choke, just listen okay.

1.a) Treat marijuana as they do now in Washington and Colorado. Also decriminalize other nature made plants like Peyote and Mandrake. Treat them like booze as far as the tax system and the buzz factor. Just like beer or wine a person should be able to relax at home after a hard day’s work with such a natural relaxer. This is no one else’s business, not yours, not mine, not any governments!

b)  Doing this would wipe out some states red ink completely.

c) These are non violent drugs in almost all people who have ever used them; people do not tend to smoke a joint then go out and do any violent act. Pretty much the only violence involving these drugs is because of them being classified by governments as being illegal; this is what causes unnecessary bloodshed between drug cartels and law enforcement officers. Make these nature made relaxers legal to the public and you take all of it’s profit from the drug cartels. When people can grow it domestically then there would be no need for it to be imported from gangs or covertly distributed by domestic gangs.

d) This part is about our sister countries to our south where many products are grown and transported. In a moment I am going to address other types of drugs that are dangerous to the human body and to any culture. If there were no need for Mexican and South American drugs and the cartels that profit from them, then Mexico for an example could live in peace and use their energies, lands, and their smarts to build up their own countries economies. Doing this would also have a byproduct of giving the people jobs within their own countries which would drastically decrease the human flow to the north. These people are coming to America trying to find work so that they can survive, if they can find income in their own homeland, most will not move away.

e) Before I go onto the harder drugs part of this commentary there is something, a line of thought I just have to broach, something in which I believe people are either hypocritical in or simply ignorant in regard too. Forever it seems I have heard people say that if people are allowed to smoke marijuana they won’t stop there, that people will just go onto harder drugs, I disagree with this assumption. I am in my early sixties, I have known people who have smoked marijuana for over forty years and they never went onto other harder drugs, they never wanted to nor “needed” to. These are people who have worked in many different professions, bought homes, raised families, and retired. Good honest hard-working tax payers who bothered no one and only asked to be left alone. What our hypocritical system has done to American society has totally backfired and has only made the drug problem and the violence problems in our country and other countries much worse, now, please let me explain what I mean by that statement. Marijuana tends to stay in smokers systems about thirty days, people who simply wanted to have a way to relax at home at night or on the weekends know this about the THC in that tobacco. People know that this THC will get them in trouble with their employers or potential employers as well as with law enforcement if for some reason they get checked. So many millions of people who only smoked Pot quit and then went onto other things to help them relax and to unwind, many changed to alcohol which leaves ones system within hours. Alcohol in many, many people brings out their violent inhibitions, this act alone has caused many millions of violent deaths and injuries. Some people who would only be smoking Pot have gone to other drugs like Cocaine, Heroine, Crack Cocaine, and Meth. Part of this reason is because these drugs tend to go through a person’s system in about three days, making it less likely for them that they will get caught than with the thirty days of Marijuana’s THC. America’s desire to control and eliminate other people’s right’s, and I do mean “rights”, to simply relax and unwind from the worlds pressures has caused a modern-day Prohibition situation like America had in the 1930’s with alcohol, except our self –righteousness of today has caused it with drugs.

2.a) I am not saying that the hard, chemical, man-made street drugs should be used by anyone, what I am saying is that our laws/focus should be changed to help in stopping the violence in America, Mexico, and South America over drugs. As an example I am going to use powdered and Crack Cocaine. This is a drug that makes the drug cartels a lot of money and a lot of people in our country and along our southern border, including many of our law enforcement officers have died because of it, just like with  Marijuana shipments.

b) Change the laws here in America! If all employers, if they choose to, did pre-employment drug screens and by law could do on the spot at work drug tests if they though a person was using, and were allowed to fire a person on their second positive, this would stop a lot of people from taking the chance of using. If a person knows that they could that easily lose their ability to pay for a roof over their head and lose their ability to buy food, most people would not use. A so-called responsible person with a family, mortgage, car payments and the such would be a fool to take a chance of losing everything they had worked their whole life for just to get a buzz.

c) If a person is working and they get hurt on the job, when they are taken to the clinic or hospital and it is found out that they were buzzed a couple of things should need to happen. One would be they could get fired if the employer wishes. Also the hospital should not have to treat them unless the person could pay the bill themselves, and the work-comp insurance company should not be required to pay the medical bills nor have to pay any payments to the person who was buzzed that caused the accident. If this “buzzed” person caused harm to any company equipment or caused any company “down time” the buzzed person should have to pay these expenses. If this persons actions caused the injury to another person this person should be able to sue the buzzed person in court for any and all damages. This at fault person should then be allowed to be brought up before the court on criminal charges if the court deems it appropriate. If these laws were put into force it would make most people think more than twice about getting that buzz.

d) When it comes to driving put the same type of laws in force. If I am buzzed and I caused an accident no insurance should have to pay for my stupidity, I should have to pay for all damages myself. My car if damaged would be my own loss if I’m high and I wreck it. If I caused damage to other people’s property my insurance should have to pay it if covered under my policy, but then my insurance should be able to retrieve all damage cost from me. If I hurt someone they should be able to sue me directly for all personal damages they incurred. If this means me having to sell my house, cars, boats, ect and hand over all of my life’s savings and investments, so be it. This would even the playing field between rich and poor, if it is mandatory that every individual person will be hit directly in their wallet, it will make even the wealthiest person think before they do the drugs.

e) If the laws were set up so that if I choose to possess heroine in my home or car let me do it legally. Make no law against possession, but put in mandatory prison time if I use any of these drugs and harm anyone in any way, that includes domestic violence. Also, as I said earlier that if I am on a drug like heroin and I get hurt at home and it was due to my chemical state no medical facility or medical person should be obligated or forced to treat me, if I OD and die, that’s my tough luck for acting stupid.

f) That’s it folks, like all things some tweaking would be needed to close all loop holes but I believe a system like this could work. I simply want to stop the violence and at the same time give people their God-given right to relax at home with a glass of wine, beer, or a joint. This program of safety laws would stop the cash flows to drug cartels and in doing so would stop the drug war that is raging in our country, Mexico, and South America.

G) The single biggest reasons that I don’t believe these fixes will ever become law is that when people are allowed to use marijuana, alcohol sales and pharmaceutical sales of narcotics has dropped off, a lot. These are companies that feed a lot of money into political campaigns.

Lasers Reveal a Maya Civilization So Dense It Blew Experts’ Minds




Tikal, home to temples and palaces, is one of the best known Maya sites in northern Guatemala.CreditJustin Lane for The New York Times

They were hidden there, all this time, under the cover of tree canopies in the jungles of northern Guatemala: tens of thousands of structures built by the Maya over a millennium ago.

Not far from the sites tourists already know, like the towering temples of the ancient city of Tikal, laser technology has uncovered about 60,000 homes, palaces, tombs and even highways in the humid lowlands.

The findings suggested an ancient society of such density and interconnectedness that even the most experienced archaeologists were surprised.

“Everywhere that we looked, there was more settlement than we expected,” said Thomas Garrison, a National Geographic explorer and an archaeologist at Ithaca University. “We knew there was going to be more, but the scale of it really blew our minds.”

Researchers found the structures by shooting lasers down from planes to pierce the thick foliage and paint a 3-D picture of the ground below. The technology is called Light Detection and Ranging, or lidar.


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The method has been used elsewhere, including around the Angkor Wat temple in Cambodia. But this lidar project is the largest ever undertaken. More than 800 square miles of the Maya Biosphere Reserve in Guatemala’s Petén region have been mapped, according to an exclusive report by National Geographic, which is airing a Feb. 6 television special about the project.

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“This world, which was lost to this jungle, is all of a sudden revealed in the data,” said Albert Yu-Min Lin, an engineer and National Geographic explorer who worked on the television special. “And what you thought was this massively understood, studied civilization is all of a sudden brand new again.”

The lasers are only the first step, he added, noting that he and archaeologists still had to trek through jungles to verify the data while contending with thick undergrowth, poisonous snakes, swarms of killer bees and the odd scorpion.


Lidar data highlighted about 60,000 structures that had been hidden in the jungle for hundreds of years.CreditWild Blue Media/National Geographic

The project was started by Pacunam, a Guatemalan nonprofit organization, and carried out with help from the National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping, which is based at the University of Houston. The lidar technology essentially allows researchers to spot bumps in the landscape. Most of the ruins look like rocky mounds — even in person, and to the naked eye — but experts can often identify a collapsed quarry, palace or street.

The Maya culture was known for its sophisticated approach to agriculture, arts and astronomy. The peak era for the civilization, which some archaeologists refer to as the Classic Period, is generally considered to have lasted from around A.D. 250 to 900.

The total population at that time was once estimated to be a few million, said Diane Davies, an archaeologist and Maya specialist based in the United Kingdom. But in light of the new lidar data, she said it could now be closer to 10 million.

Dr. Davies was not involved in the lidar project but considered it “really big, sensational news.” She said the data should encourage people not only to re-evaluate Maya civilization, but also to learn from it.

“To have such a large number of people living at such a high level for such a long period of time, it really proves the fact that these people were highly developed, and also quite environmentally conscientious,” she said.

Among the structures uncovered were roads, built wide and raised high above the wetlands to connect fields to farmers and markets to metropolises. There were also small dwellings, quarries and intricate irrigation systems. “We’re seeing the spaces in between, and that’s where really interesting stuff was happening,” Dr. Garrison said.

He added that in addition to changing people’s perception of the Maya culture, lidar represented “a sea change” in the field of archaeology.

“I don’t think you see a lot of discoveries happening across the sciences right now that sort of turn a discipline on its head,” he said. “It’s exciting to know that it can still happen.”

The U.S. Military Being In Syria Is An Illegal Act Of War


This commentary today is simply my belief’s on the issue of the U.S. still having troops, combat or otherwise within the borders of the sovereign State of Syria. When our mission there was to destroy the illegal Caliphate of ISIS we had a defined reason and mission for being inside the borders of Syria. Since ISIS is now just another run of the mill terror group without a ‘State’ foothold our ‘mission’ there is done. The reason I say that we have no right to be there is because the legitimate government of Syria under its President Mr. Assad has said several times that we are not welcome there and that he wants us out of their country, now.


Just because we don’t like the Leader of a country this is not a legal reason for our government leaders to conduct military operations in that country. The last I heard the U.S. is conducting military operations in about 30 countries, why isn’t this enough for the military hawks in our government? As long as the government of these 30 or so countries have asked us in, asked us for help against honest to goodness terrorists, then we have a right to be there, if we so choose to help them. But, in a case like Syria where the government does not want us there and has said that they will attack any of our troops that are on their soil, we have no legal right to be there!


What could possibly be the reasoning behind our government keeping troops in Syria? Is our military and our government trying to start a direct war with Syria? Yet a bigger question would be, is our government trying to start not just a direct war with Syria but a proxy war with Iran and with Russia? If this is the case folks there is no doubt that we will end up being in a direct shooting war with Syria, Iran and Russia, is this really what we the people of the U.S.want? I really don’t think so. About the only member of President Trumps Cabinet that I have been backing so far is our Secretary of State Rex Tillerson but about two days ago he made the statement that we (the U.S.) need to be in Syria ‘long term’. I am not such a fan of his now folks.


Here in the United States if a country, any country, came inside our borders and started shooting and bombing any of our citizens we would declare War on that country. This would be the case even if our direct neighbors like Canada or Mexico attacked any group of our people whether they be Hispanic, Indian, Oriental, Black or White, we would actively repel them, neighbors or not. Why does our government feel that they have any right to be in Syria without the blessings of the Syrian government? Folks, we don’t have any right to be there, none! I do not like the Leadership of Syria nor the Supreme Leader of Iran nor his flunkies but they are a reality that we have no legal right to depose. It is a shame that we have the relations that we now have with President Putin and Russia and it appears that as long as President Putin is in charge there we will not be able to have the friendship between our Nations that I wish we had. No matter what you or I like or think, by the laws of our Country it is illegal for us to have any troops inside the borders of Syria. Without a Congress approved declaration of War it is also illegal for the U.S. Military to fire any missiles into the sovereign Nation of Syria. We need to get out right now before we blow this up into a World War.

(Reality Poem) The Trump Wall

The Trump Wall

Why do you build this wall, is it to keep others out

Was not Berlin’s built built to keep their people in

The Great Wall of China can be seen from space

Decide what is real, is it safety or Race you fear

Your reflection shines in the world’s looking glass

Does it show but one face or your dad’s white cape

Division from the south, but not from the north

Do you not see your two faces as they’re shining

What do you think this wall of your’s will facilitate

The poor of the south do not bring you wealth to take

Hungry, tired, and scared, they come to your gates

Looking for a safe place to build, to work and to pray

You build a higher wall and tell them they have to wait

From terrorist and drugs, you say your wall will defend

Yet you wall out your brother, your neighbor, your friends

How can you be so cold, do you not know, nor see, nor care

By your actions you do offend all that is good in God’s Grace

Do you not think that a terrorist or a drug King Pin

Can enter your haven from the cold frozen North

Do not speak to me of family values you hypocrite

As children and mothers die of hunger and disease

At the foot of this wall you show your self-righteousness!

700 Million People Live South Of U.S. Border: Are They But Toilet Paper?


By now almost all of us have heard of Donald Trumps recent comments about how the people of some countries south of the U.S. Border and in Africa are part of ‘shit-hole’ countries. Trump admits himself that he has not been to most of these countries yet he dumps on them and their people. I myself have also been to none of these countries but I have known people who were from some of them, this does not make me an expert on the countries or their people. Mr. Trump has proven himself to not be an expert or even basically intelligent on any subject that I have ever heard him open his mouth and talk about, quite the opposite. If a person wishes to learn stats about a country they can Google the ‘CIA Fact book’ for things like population, GDP, average age, religion etc. Personally I do not believe that Mr. Trump has ever done even this as he feels that he is the world expert on all things plus the fact that he doesn’t trust the CIA’s basic intelligence or trustworthiness.


Back in 2016 during the Republican Presidential Debates Mr. Trump when speaking of Africa once said ‘I love Africa, many of my friends have gone there to get rich’. Think about that statement for a moment please, ‘many of my friends have gone there to get rich (er)’. Not, I have friends who have gone there to help bring up the standard of living for the people there. You see, people like Mr. Trump go to places like Africa to rape the people there of any and all financial elements the people of a country may have. Why do you think that the countries in Africa who have great mineral wealth whether it be diamonds, gold, oil or anything else still have such starvation rates? Why do you think that the people of these countries are living without clean water or electricity? The reason is that large out of country corporations and banks set up brutal Dictators who they buy off as they and these crooked Leaders funnel billions of dollars out of the countries and into their own personal bank accounts all around the world. They do this as the people starve and are enslaved or imprisoned or just plain murdered. Then pious asses like Mr. Trump slams the people for being poor as they rob them of their wealth and financial dignity.


Now I wish to turn my attention to the countries south of the U.S. border. First I am going to speak of Mexico which Mr. Trump has constantly slammed. Just this week the U.S. State Department put out travel warnings for 5 of the States in Mexico as ‘no go’ States. They say these States are to dangerous for people to visit. There are several issues that the Mexican government must fix within their own borders just like several other Nations to their south must fix. The first single thing that must be fixed is the security issues for the people who live in these areas. The second biggest issues that must be fixed is the economies of the places the citizens live. Mr. Trump doesn’t want these ‘poor’ people flooding across the U.S. border so to do this we must work with, not against these people.


The first thing I am going to write about is the totally failed and totally dangerous U.S. War On Drugs Policy. The easiest first policy would be to totally legalize recreational Marijuana and tax it like it was beer or wine. This would take the profit away from the Drug Cartels and would save thousands of lives each year. Even though I am not a fan of any of the manufactured chemical drugs they should then be treated the same way, mostly. If the laws were different here in the U.S. in regards to drugs like Cocaine and Heroin we could also take all of the profit out of the Drug Cartels also saving many thousands of lives each year. Here is what I am getting at, if I could buy Heroin or Cocaine legally just like beer and wine all of the revenue for the Cartels is gone, now the people who live in the ‘Cartel’ areas would then be able to live in a more peaceful situation. Before you decide that I am totally crazy about making these drugs legal, there is more to my plan.


Here are some of my conditions about having legal chemical drugs. Just like you can get a ticket for being under the influence of a legal prescription medication if that medication messed up your physical ability to drive, expand this to the following. Right now here in the States you can get a ticket and go to jail for driving ‘under the influence’ of a drug like Morphine even if you have a script for it and you can be sued if you caused a wreck and you can go to prison. The same laws hold true if you were driving under the influence of Morphine in your system, but you did not have a script for it. Where we would have to tweak the existing laws is this: If you have a non-script chemical drug in your system ‘like Cocaine or Morphine’ and you get in an accident whether it be in a vehicle or on a job site you must receive Federal Prison time. Also, you personally must pay for all damages. No Insurance Company pays for any damages to you or your personal property. Any and all of your personal property will be attached and sold until all damages are paid in full. If you have an accident at work and you have a drug like Cocaine in your system the Company’s Work Comp carrier is not liable for any of your medical bills and you will not be eligible for payments from the Insurance company while you are unable to work. There would also have to be one other requirement which would be pointed straight at Companies. Just like a famous Soda Pop Company used to add Cocaine to their drink to make it more addictive there would have to be mandatory Federal Prison sentences for any and all company executives who were adding any of these drugs into their products as well as selling off of all of their personal property to help pay for the damages to people.


Most all of the people that I have spoken with who are here in the U.S. who are from ‘Southern Countries’ have told me that they would much rather be in their home Country but there is no work there, no way to feed their families, that this is why they are here in the U.S., for work. These ‘Southern Countries’ must put all of their efforts into creating livable wage jobs within their own borders. These Countries Leaders must not allow companies from other countries to come in and financially rape them of their assets whether it be mineral or human. Mr. Trump would not have to build his 18 billion dollar border wall if the Countries to our south had their own stable economies. One of the things that is obvious about Mr. Trump is that he hates poor people, it seems that if you do not have a personal net worth of at least several hundred million dollars he considers you as nothing more than a used piece of used toilet paper. The true reality of these “shit-hole” Countries is that it is people like Mr. Trump, the mega rich, who come in and steal everything these poorer Countries and their people have, for their own personal gain, who are the true pieces of human feces, not the people they steal from.

African nations slam Trump’s vulgar remarks



African nations slam Trump’s vulgar remarks as ‘reprehensible and racist’

The wave of international outrage grew Saturday against the vulgar language President Donald Trump used when referring to immigration from African nations, with Ghana’s president saying he would “not accept such insults, even from a leader of a friendly country, no matter how powerful.”

President Nana Akufo-Addo tweeted an unflinching defense of the African continent — and of Haiti and El Salvador, countries also mentioned during a meeting Thursday between Trump and a bipartisan group of senators at the White House.

Trump repeatedly referred to African nations in general as “shithole countries,”according to Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and also reportedly asked why the United States needs more Haitian immigrants instead of people from countries such as Norway.

In response, Akufo-Addo tweeted: “We are certainly not a ‘shithole country.'”

The language of @realDonaldTrump that the African continent, Haiti and El Salvador are “shithole countries” is extremely unfortunate. We are certainly not a “shithole country”. We will not accept such insults, even from a leader of a friendly country, no matter how powerful.

The White House did not initially deny Trump made those remarks. But as the controversy grew — with some members of Congress slamming the remarks as racist — the president on Friday responded in a tweet that the “language used by me at the … meeting was tough, but this was not the language used.”

Trump has not further clarified the statements attributed to him, and on Friday ignored questions reporters asked about it after he signed a proclamation honoring Martin Luther King Jr.

Related: In Norway, Trump’s comments on immigration rejected as backhanded praise

Meanwhile, the condemnation has been swift. In addition to Ghana, the government of Botswana said Trump’s language is “reprehensible and racist,” and said it has summoned the U.S. ambassador to clarify what he meant.

Senegal’s president, Macky Sall, said in a statement that it was “shocked” and that “Africa and the black race merit the respect and consideration of all.” His West African nation has long been lauded by the U.S. as an example of a stable democracy on the continent.


 Is Donald Trump a racist? President faces backlash over vulgar comments 2:45

The African Union, which is made up of 55 member states, also took issue with Trump’s remarks.

“Given the historical reality of how many Africans arrived in the United States as slaves, this statement flies in the face of all accepted behavior and practice,” said spokeswoman Ebba Kalondo.

Paul Altidor, Haiti’s ambassador to the U.S., called Trump’s comments “regrettable” and based on “clichés and stereotypes rather than actual fact.” He also noted the insensitivity of its timing, coming the same week as the eighth anniversary of Haiti’s 2010 earthquake, which killed more than 200,000 people.

El Salvador’s government on Friday sent a formal letter of protest to the United States over the “harsh terms detrimental to the dignity of El Salvador and other countries.”

Trump has previously felt backlash over disparaging remarks about immigrants, most notably on the campaign trail when he characterized Mexicans as “rapists” and “criminals.”

The New York Times first reported in December that Trump said Haitian immigrants “all have AIDS” during a summer 2017 meeting about immigration. At that same meeting, he also complained that Nigerian immigrants who come to the United States would never want to “go back to their huts.”

The White House denied Trump ever used the words “AIDS” or “huts.”


 ‘They’re rapists…all have AIDS’: Some of Trump’s comments on immigrants, minorities 3:50

Trump’s apparent struggle with racial insensitivity also surfaced last fall. At the time, he asked a career intelligence analyst where she was from, and after learning she was of Korean heritage, asked why the “pretty Korean lady” isn’t negotiating with North Korea on his administration’s behalf, two officials with direct knowledge of the exchange told NBC News on Friday.

Trump’s remarks have prompted two top House Democrats to announce the introduction next week of a censure resolution of Trump.

Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-La., the chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, and Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., said in a joint statement Friday that they were “deeply disturbed and offended” by the language.

Organizing a formal reprimand of Trump would be difficult since it will require getting bipartisan support in a GOP-controlled House. The censuring of a president is also rare, and was only done once by the Senate against Andrew Jackson in 1834 for his failure to turn over certain documents.

U.S. Has Issued Its Highest ‘Do Not Travel’ Warning for 5 Mexican States  




Updated: January 11, 2018 11:19 AM ET

The U.S. State Department issued a travel warning Wednesday advising Americans to avoid five states in Mexico, putting the regions at the same level of danger as war-torn Syria, Yemen, and Somalia.

The level 4 “do not travel” risk is the highest warning and applies to the Pacific coast states of Sinaloa, Colima, Michoacán, Guerrero, and Tamaulipas on the eastern Gulf.

“Violent crime, such as homicide, kidnapping, carjacking, and robbery, is widespread,” the advisory reads.

TIME Graphic by Lon Tweeten

Guerrero has suffered from a long history of violence. In 2014, 43 students were abducted and killed in Guerrero state. Last week, a police shootout left 11 people dead. In the travel advisory, the State Department warns that, “Armed groups operate independently of the government in many areas of Guerrero. Members of these groups frequently maintain roadblocks and may use violence towards travelers.”

Criminal organizations also operate heavily in the state of Sinaloa. In 2016, the infamous cartel boss Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán was arrested and extradited, but violence remains in the power vacuum of his drug empire.

Last year, Mexico’s homicide rate was the deadliest on record, according to the Guardian, with 23,101 murder investigations opened.

Mexico overall was given a level 2 warning, which means travelers should “exercise increased caution.” Eleven additional Mexican states received a level 3 warning, meaning “reconsider travel.”

The country’s main tourism destinations — Cancún, the Mayan Riviera, Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit, and Mexico City — have no travel restrictions, Mexico’s tourism secretariat said in a statement.




Welcome to 2018! Here’s a week-long deep freeze to help you celebrate



(CNN)Welcome to 2018! Here’s a week-long deep freeze to help you celebrate.

The brutal chill that froze much of the country on New Year’s Day will get even more miserable later this week.
“The cold is here to stay and the worst is yet to come,” CNN meteorologist Taylor Ward said.
More than 100 million people from Canada to Mexico are under wind chill warnings and advisories on Tuesday, according to CNN meteorologist Monica Garrett.
On New Year’s Day, 90% of the US failed to warm up to 32 degrees, CNN meteorologist Ivan Cabrera said.
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You know it’s bad when even Dallas can’t get above freezing.
Hard freeze warnings remain in effect through Wednesday in typically balmy states, from Texas to northern Florida, the National Weather Service said.
And for the rest of the week, “much below normal temperatures and dangerous cold wind chills” will afflict much of the central and eastern US.
The wind chills plummeted to -28 in Fargo, North Dakota, and -6 in Tennessee on Tuesday.
If you live anywhere north or northeast of Oklahoma, you’d feel warmer walking into a freezer than walking outside.
Here’s what else different parts of the country can expect:

The Southeast: Snow on the beach

The Southeast will stay 10 to 15 degrees below average temperatures through the weekend, Ward said.
In coastal South Carolina, “it could be snowing on the beach in the next couple of days,” Cabrera said Tuesday.

The Midwest: School closures

The Plains and Midwest will warm slightly — but that’s totally relative. Temperatures in Minneapolis will rise from below zero to 12 degrees on Tuesday, Ward said.
Indianapolis Public Schools and Cincinnati Public Schools canceled classes for Tuesday,
But by the end of the week, temperatures will be near zero again in the Great Lakes region, Garrett said.

The Northeast: The deep plunge

Get ready, New York City. Your temperatures will keep plunging through the week, with “high” temperatures of 14 and 10 on Friday and Saturday. Your low temperatures on both days will be 2 degrees.
Boston is expected to freeze below 0 degrees on Saturday, Ward said.
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