Trump says he prefers rich persons to be in charge of the economy

U.S. President Donald Trump said he wouldn’t want a poor person in charge of the economy, as he defended his cabinet, which is thought to be the wealthiest in the country’s history.

“Somebody said, ‘Why did you appoint a rich person to be in charge of the economy?’” he told supporters at rally in Iowa.

“So I said …. because that’s the kind of thinking we want… because they’re representing the country.”

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U.S Senate votes to punish Russia and Iran over election interference, aggression

The U.S Senate voted overwhelmingly Thursday to place new sanctions on Iran and Russia, setting up a possible confrontation with the Trump administration as it attempts to improve relations with Moscow.

Republican and Democratic senators said the sanctions, approved by a vote of 98-2, are needed to punish Iran for its recent flurry of ballistic missile tests and human rights abuses and to show Russia that its interference in last year’s presidential election and its aggression in Syria will not be tolerated. Voting no were Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.

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Germany to ban burka’s, masks while driving

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Wearing a burka or mask while driving is to be banned in Germany, according to a legislative draft by the Minister of Transportation, Alexander Dobrindt, a report said on Friday.

The government said that accordingly, violations of the law would attract a fine of $67.

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UK govt to charge Nigerians, others for visa email enquiries

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The British High Commission has announced that email enquiries by visa customers applying from outside the UK would attract a fee as from June 1.

The high commission made this known in a brief report on changes to UK Visas & Immigration customer care operations made available by the Media Officer, Joseph Abuku, in Abuja on Monday.

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Trump administration asks Supreme Court to reinstate travel ban

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The Justice Department asked the Supreme Court Thursday to break its losing streak in lower courts and revive President Trump’s travel ban on immigrants from six predominantly Muslim nations.

The request came in three separate petitions to courts in Richmond and San Francisco that blocked the president’s executive order barring most immigrants from countries deemed at risk for terrorism, as well as international refugees.

Government lawyers asked the justices to let the travel ban go into effect even while they challenge the lower courts’ rulings. While that request faces an uphill battle, the high court ultimately could reverse the 4th Circuit and 9th Circuit courts after hearing the case.

“This order has been the subject of passionate political debate,” Acting Solicitor General Jeffrey Wall said in legal papers. “But whatever one’s views, the precedent set by this case for the judiciary’s proper role in reviewing the president’s national-security and immigration authority will transcend this debate, this order, and this constitutional moment.”

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Canada announces legislation to legalize marijuana for recreational use

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The Canadian government announced Thursday new legislation to legalize marijuana for recreational use, a move that could lure American visitors but create legal headaches when they return home.

Possession of small amounts of pot will be legal throughout the country on July 1, 2018, if the legislation passes. The federal government set the minimum age at 18, but will allow each province to determine if it should be higher. The provinces also will decide how the drug will be sold and distributed. Those under 18 found with small amounts of marijuana would not face criminal charges.

Canada legalized marijuana for some medicinal uses in 2001.

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Spicer says he let Trump down with comments comparing Assad to Hitler

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White House spokesman, Sean Spicer, said on Wednesday he was personally and professionally pained by his comments comparing the atrocities of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Adolf Hitler, saying he made a mistake and let down the president.

“I made a mistake. There’s no other way to say it.

“I got into a topic that I shouldn’t have and I screwed up,” Spicer said during an event at a museum in Washington.

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Boko Haram: Trump moves to sell $5 billion fighter aircraft to Nigeria

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President Donald Trump’s administration is pushing forward with plans to sell up to a dozen aircraft to Nigeria’s air force for the fight against the extremist group Boko Haram.

Sources said the deal could be worth up to $600 million (about N184 billion).

Sources also said the Super Tucano A-29 aircraft, an agile, propeller-driven plane with reconnaissance and surveillance as well as attack capabilities, is made by Brazil’s Embraer.

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Trump donates 1st quarter salary to national park

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U.S. President Donald Trump has donated his first-quarter salary of $78, 333.32 to National Park Service, White House Press Secretary, Sean Spicer, announced on Monday.

Mr. Spicer said the money represented Trump’s entitlements for the quarter.

During campaign, Mr. Trump vowed that he would not take the presidency’s $400,000 annual salary if elected.

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Trump supports former NSA’s decision to seek immunity over Russia probe

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U.S. President Donald Trump has supported the decision of his former National Security Adviser, Michael Flynn, to seek immunity from prosecution in exchange for his testimony in congressional probes of possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.

Mr. Trump, in a tweet on Friday, emphasised that the decision to probe the sacked adviser is a witch-hunt and excuse by the Democrats and the media to justify the defeat of Democratic Hillary Clinton in the Nov. 8 presidential election.

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