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  1. The Wrong Guy Member

    Trump Lawyer Arranged $130,000 Payment for Adult-Film Star’s Silence

    Agreement just before election required woman to keep quiet about an alleged sexual encounter with Trump in 2006, people familiar with the matter say

    By Michael Rothfeld and Joe Palazzolo, The Wall Street Journal

    Quote:

    A lawyer for President Donald Trump arranged a $130,000 payment to a former adult-film star a month before the 2016 election as part of an agreement that precluded her from publicly discussing an alleged sexual encounter with Mr. Trump, according to people familiar with the matter.

    Michael Cohen, who spent nearly a decade as a top attorney at the Trump Organization, arranged payment to the woman, Stephanie Clifford, in October 2016 after her lawyer negotiated the nondisclosure agreement with Mr. Cohen, these people said.

    Ms. Clifford, whose stage name is Stormy Daniels, has privately alleged the encounter with Mr. Trump took place after they met at a July 2006 celebrity golf tournament on the shore of Lake Tahoe, these people said. Mr. Trump married Melania Trump in 2005.

    Mr. Trump faced other allegations during his campaign of inappropriate behavior with women, and vehemently denied them. In this matter, there is no allegation of a nonconsensual interaction.

    “These are old, recycled reports, which were published and strongly denied prior to the election,” a White House official said, responding to the allegation of a sexual encounter involving Mr. Trump and Ms. Clifford. The official declined to respond to questions about an agreement with Ms. Clifford. It isn’t known whether Mr. Trump was aware of any agreement or payment involving her.

    In a statement, Mr. Cohen didn’t address the $130,000 payment but said of the alleged sexual encounter that “President Trump once again vehemently denies any such occurrence as has Ms. Daniels.”

    Mr. Cohen added in the statement, addressed to The Wall Street Journal: “This is now the second time that you are raising outlandish allegations against my client. You have attempted to perpetuate this false narrative for over a year; a narrative that has been consistently denied by all parties since at least 2011.”

    The Journal previously reported that Ms. Clifford, 38 years old, had been in talks with ABC’s “Good Morning America” in the fall of 2016 about an appearance to discuss Mr. Trump, according to people familiar with the matter. In that article, the Journal reported the company that owns the National Enquirer agreed to pay $150,000 to a former Playboy centerfold model three months before the election for her story of an affair a decade earlier with the Republican presidential nominee, which the tabloid newspaper didn’t publish. The company said she was paid to write fitness columns and appear on magazine covers.

    Mr. Cohen also sent a two-paragraph statement by email addressed “TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN” and signed by “Stormy Daniels” denying that she had a “sexual and/or romantic affair” with Mr. Trump.

    “Rumors that I have received hush money from Donald Trump are completely false,” the statement said.

    Ms. Clifford didn’t respond to multiple emails seeking comment.

    After the agreement, Ms. Clifford’s camp complained the payment wasn’t being made quickly enough and threatened to cancel the deal, some of the people familiar with the matter said.

    The payment was made to Ms. Clifford through her lawyer in the matter, Keith Davidson, with funds sent to Mr. Davidson’s client-trust account at City National Bank in Los Angeles, according to the people.

    “I previously represented Ms. Daniels,” Mr. Davidson said, referring to Ms. Clifford’s stage name. “Attorney-client privilege prohibits me from commenting on my clients’ legal matters.”

    A spokeswoman for City National Bank declined to comment.

    Continued at https://www.wsj.com/articles/trump-...yment-for-adult-film-stars-silence-1515787678

    Report: Trump's lawyer paid $130,000 to porn star to quiet her about sexual encounter with Trump | Business Insider

    http://www.businessinsider.com/mich...oney-to-porn-star-stormy-daniels-trump-2018-1

    Report: Trump Lawyer Paid Porn Actress $130,000 For Silence Just Before Election | HuffPost

    https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-stephanie-clifford-payment_us_5a591ad1e4b0fcbc3a100202

    Porn Star Who Claimed Sexual Encounter With Trump Received Hush Money, Wall Street Journal Reports | The New York Times

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/12/us/trump-stephanie-clifford-stormy-daniels.html

    Report: Trump Lawyer Paid $130,000 in November 2016 for Silence of Porn Actress Who Alleged Affair With Trump | Slate

    https://slate.com/news-and-politics...130k-for-pornographic-actress-nda-report.html

    Donald Trump’s lawyer allegedly paid ex-porn star $130,000 to stop reports of sexual encounter | The Telegraph

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/201...wyer-allegedly-paid-ex-porn-star-130000-stop/

    Wall Street Journal: Trump’s lawyer arranged $130,000 in hush money for an ex-porn star | Vox

    https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2018/1/12/16885702/trump-stormy-daniels-payment
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  3. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-42670715

    Donald Trump must apologise for comments - African Union
    7 hours ago


    Media caption'Mr President, are you a racist?'
    The organisation representing African countries has demanded that US President Donald Trump apologise after he reportedly called nations on the continent "shitholes".
    The group's mission in Washington DC expressed its "shock, dismay and outrage" and said the Trump administration misunderstood Africans.
    The US leader made the alleged remark in a Thursday meeting on immigration.
    But Mr Trump has denied using the language reported.
    He has been backed by two Republicans who were at the White House meeting, but Democratic Senator Dick Durbin said Mr Trump called African countries "shitholes" several times and used "racist" language.
    On Friday, Mr Trump on Friday tweeted that his language he used at the private meeting with lawmakers to discuss immigration legislation had been "tough".
    But he added that the words attributed to him were "not the language used".


    Media captionDick Durbin: "Trump said these hate-filled things, and he said them repeatedly"
    What did the African Union say?
    It said the "remarks dishonour the celebrated American creed and respect for diversity and human dignity".
    It added: "While expressing our shock, dismay and outrage, the African Union strongly believes that there is a huge misunderstanding of the African continent and its people by the current Administration.
    "There is a serious need for dialogue between the US Administration and the African countries."
    How countries have reacted
    Was Trump's alleged slur actually racist?
    US ambassador says he cannot serve Trump
    The pan-African grouping represents 55 member states throughout the continent. It succeeded the Organisation of African Unity - which originated in the decolonisation struggles of the early 1960s - in 2002.
    What exactly did Trump say?
    The remarks were allegedly made when lawmakers visited him on Thursday to discuss a bipartisan proposal that would impose new restrictions on immigration but protect the so-called "Dreamers" - hundreds of thousands of immigrants brought to the US illegally as children - from deportation.
    Mr Trump was said to have told them that instead of granting temporary residency to citizens of countries hit by natural disasters, war or epidemics, the US should instead be taking in migrants from countries like Norway.
    "Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?" the Washington Post quoted him as saying.
    What has Trump said about your country?
    Democrats decry 'cruel' immigration order
    Migrant success stories in the US
    Mr Durbin said that when Mr Trump was told that the largest groups of immigrants with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) were from El Salvador, Honduras and Haiti, the president responded: "Haitians? Do we need more Haitians?"
    But in another tweet on Friday the president denied that he insulted Haitians.
    Skip Twitter post by @realDonaldTrump

    Donald J. Trump

    @realDonaldTrump
    Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country. Never said “take them out.” Made up by Dems. I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians. Probably should record future meetings - unfortunately, no trust!
    1:48 PM - Jan 12, 2018
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    End of Twitter post by @realDonaldTrump
    Many US media outlets reported the comments on Thursday, quoting witnesses or people briefed on the meeting. The White House did not deny them.
    What has been the political fallout?
    "I cannot believe that in the history of the White House, in that Oval Office, any president has ever spoken the words that I personally heard our president speak yesterday," Mr Durbin told reporters on Friday
    House Speaker Paul Ryan, a top Republican, said the reported comments were "unfortunate" and "unhelpful"
    Hillary Clinton, who lost to Mr Trump in the 2016 presidential election, said the country had been subjected to his "ignorant, racist views of anyone who doesn't look like him" and noted that it was eight years since Haiti was hit by a devastating earthquake
    Republican Senators Tom Cotton and David Perdue, of Arkansas and Georgia, said that they could not remember Mr Trump describing countries as "shitholes" in the meeting
    Mia Love, a Utah Republican and the only Haitian-American in Congress, demanded an apology from Mr Trump for the "unkind, divisive, elitist" comments
    Steve King, a right-wing Republican Congressman from Iowa, backed the president in a tweet:
    Skip Twitter post by @SteveKingIA

    Steve King

    @SteveKingIA
    Hang in there Mr. President @realDonaldTrump. If those countries aren’t as you described, Democrats should be happy to deport criminal aliens back to them. &End #AnchorBabies, too.
    1:11 PM - Jan 12, 2018 · Washington, DC
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    Hillary Clinton

    @HillaryClinton
    The anniversary of the devastating earthquake 8 years ago is a day to remember the tragedy, honor the resilient people of Haiti, & affirm America’s commitment to helping our neighbors. Instead, we‘re subjected to Trump’s ignorant, racist views of anyone who doesn’t look like him.
    7:14 PM - Jan 12, 2018
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    Another Republican Senator who was there, Lindsey Graham, did not deny the comments were made. "Following comments by the president, I said my piece directly to him yesterday. The president and all those attending the meeting know what I said and how I feel," he said.
    On Friday, Mr Trump ignored press questions about the issue as he signed a proclamation declaring a holiday in honour of civil rights hero Martin Luther King Jr - as presidents do every year.
    He said Americans were celebrating that "self-evident truth" that "no matter what the colour of our skin or the place of our birth, we are all created equal by God".
    What has been the global reaction?
    Botswana summoned the US ambassador and asked the envoy "to clarify if Botswana is regarded as a 'shithole' country given that there are Botswana nationals residing in the US"
    UN human rights spokesman Rupert Colville said the comments, if confirmed, were "shocking and shameful", adding: "I'm sorry but there is no other word for this but racist."
    Haiti's US Ambassador Paul Altidor told the BBC the idea that "we're simply immigrants who come here to take advantage of the US" is wrong.
  4. Nobody wants the potty mouth.
  5. DeathHamster Member

    Money from a shithole, laundered by an asshole?

    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/01/ha...r-laundered-stolen-money-through-trump-tower/
  6. www.cbsnews.com/news/president-trump-first-statement-hawaii-false-alarm-twitter-michael-wolff-deranged/
    President Trump's first public remarks Saturday after a false alert warning Hawaiians of an approaching ballistic missile threat was not to comfort people whose nerves were on edge, or assurance that such an incident will never happen again. Instead, Mr. Trump tweeted about "fake news" promoting "mentally deranged" Michael Wolff, author of "Fire and Fury: Inside Donald Trump's White House" and the 2016 election.
  7. The Wrong Guy Member

    Another porn star says she was invited to Trump's hotel room in 2006 | The Guardian
    • Alana Evans says Stormy Daniels requested Evans join her and Trump
    • Third adult star Jessica Drake reportedly signed non-disclosure agreement
    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/jan/13/trump-porn-star-alana-evans-stormy-daniels-report

    Trump Accuser Jessica Drake Has an NDA Preventing Her from Talking About Donald Trump

    The porn star came forward to accuse then-candidate Trump of sexual misconduct in October 2016.

    https://www.thedailybeast.com/trump...reventing-her-from-talking-about-donald-trump
  8. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5266667/US-tells-tourists-Britain-dangerous-Congo.html





    No wonder Trump ditched his trip! US tells tourists Britain is as dangerous as CONGO after president cancels his visit to London next month
    Washington said UK was as dangerous as countries Trump said were ‘s***holes’
    State Department has ranked Britain on a par with the Congo and Zimbabwe
    US travellers have been warned about ‘heightened risks to safety and security’



    Under a new system, the US now divides countries into four levels of danger for its citizens.

    Level 1 is deemed as safe as staying in America, while Level 4 means ‘do not travel’.

    The UK is classed at Level 2, the same as the Congo, Zimbabwe and Algeria.

    Under its advice for the UK, the State Department says its citizens should ‘exercise increased caution’ because of the threat of terrorism.

    It says: ‘Groups continue plotting possible attacks in the United Kingdom… be aware of your surroundings when travelling to tourist locations and crowded public venues’.

    US travellers have been warned about ‘heightened risks to safety and security’ after the president cancelled his visit to London next month
    US travellers have been warned about ‘heightened risks to safety and security’ after the president cancelled his visit to London next month

    US visitors to Zimbabwe are warned about ‘crime and civil unrest’.

    It says: ‘Violent crime, such as assault, carjacking, and home invasion is common.

    ‘Local police lack the resources to respond effectively to serious crime.’

    While France, Spain, Italy and Germany are also ranked as Level 2 due to terrorism, most European countries, including Ireland, Portugal, Holland, Switzerland, Sweden, Norway, Austria and Poland are ranked as Level 1.

    Level 4 countries include Iran and Libya.

    The State Department says the new system is designed to provide US citizens with ‘clear, timely, and reliable safety and security information’.

    The Foreign Office denied the UK should be classed as a risky destination.

    A spokeswoman said: ‘Britain continues to be a safe and attractive destination for foreign visitors.’


    Trump cancels trip to Britain 'not a big fan' of embassy
  9. http://www.cnn.com/2018/01/14/opinions/trump-reality-show-cost-opinion-obeidallah/index.html
    Trump owes us money

    We should all get paid as cast members on a reality show, over $3000/week
  10. This is how the world works with Trump as president
  11. "I’ve told myself repeatedly that I am done being shocked by a degenerate of such magnitude that I wouldn’t want to invite him to a family gathering for fear of what he might say in front of my mother."


    http://time.com/5102586/republicans-donald-trump/
  12. The Wrong Guy Member

    Weekend Update on Fire and Fury | Saturday Night Live



    Weekend Update anchors Colin Jost and Michael Che tackle the week's biggest news, including the publication of Michael Wolff's Fire and Fury. Oprah Winfrey (Leslie Jones) and Stedman Graham (Chris Redd) stop by to discuss Winfrey running for president.

    Someone projected the word 'shithole' onto the entrance of Trump's Washington hotel

    Quote:

    A video journalist and artist has projected a slur allegedly used by President Trump this week on to the front of his Washington hotel.

    Trump is reported to have used the word "shithole" to refer to countries including El Salvador Haiti, and parts of Africa this week.

    The comments were allegedly made during a discussion about immigrants from those countries with a group of senators as he rejected a bipartisan immigration deal.

    The backlash has been huge, with Trump's words described as 'racist' by the UN's human rights office.

    Continued at https://www.independent.ie/entertai...ance-of-trumps-washington-hotel-36486238.html

    https://twitter.com/bellvisuals
  13. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-42685356


    Donald Trump denies being a racist after reported crude remark
    5 minutes ago


    Media captionThe president made the comments to White House reporters at his Florida golf resort on Sunday
    President Donald Trump has denied that he is racist, after a row broke out over his alleged use of the word "shithole" to describe African nations.
    Mr Trump reportedly used the term last week during a bipartisan Oval Office meeting on immigration reform.
    He has now told reporters: "I am not a racist. I'm the least racist person you have ever interviewed."
    It is the first time the president has responded directly to the racism accusations.
    He made the denial to White House press pool reporters at the Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach in Florida on Sunday night.
    What did the president allegedly say?
    The row broke out after lawmakers from both parties visited the president on Thursday to work on a proposal for a bipartisan immigration deal.
    In recent weeks the Trump administration has been withdrawing Temporary Protected Status (TPS) from a number of nationalities currently living in the country.
    Reports later emerged in US media that Mr Trump had asked during the meeting: "Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?"
    Mr Trump was said to have told them that instead of granting temporary residency to citizens of countries hit by natural disasters, war or epidemics, the US should be taking in migrants from countries like Norway.
    Was Trump's alleged slur actually racist?
    Democrats decry 'cruel' El Salvador migrants order


    Media captionPresident Trump honours MLK amid 'racist slur' controversy
    Accounts suggest that when Mr Trump was told that the largest groups of immigrants with the status were from El Salvador, Honduras and Haiti, the president responded: "Haitians? Do we need more Haitians?"
    Who backed up the claims?
    The president tweeted on Friday morning that the language he used in the meeting was "tough" but disputed the wording of the reports.
    Twitter post by @realDonaldTrump: The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used. What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made - a big setback for DACA!Image Copyright @realDonaldTrump@REALDONALDTRUMP
    Report
    He also posted another tweet denying he had insulted Haitians, accusing Democrats of making it up.
    But Senator Dick Durbin stood by claims, and said that Mr Trump had used "hate-filled, vile and racist" language during the meeting.


    Media captionDick Durbin: "Trump said these hate-filled things, and he said them repeatedly"
    Several senior Republican lawmakers at the meeting, including Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, have said they do not recall Mr Trump making the remark.
    But another Republican senator who was there, Lindsey Graham, did not deny the comments were made.
    "Following comments by the president, I said my piece directly to him yesterday. The president and all those attending the meeting know what I said and how I feel," he said.
    House Speaker Paul Ryan, a senior Republican, said that Donald Trump's immigration comments were "very unfortunate" and "unhelpful".
    Asked on Sunday on whether he thought the comments had made it harder to achieve any immigration deal, Mr Trump responded: "Have you seen what various senators said about my comments? They weren't made."


    Media captionThe missing - consequences of Trump's immigration crackdown
    What has the reaction been?
    The African Union on Friday demanded that the US president apologise expressing their "shock, dismay and outrage" at the "clearly racist" remarks.
    The UN human rights spokesman, Rupert Colville, told a Geneva news briefing: "There is no other word one can use but racist. You cannot dismiss entire countries and continents as 'shitholes'."
    Both Ghana and South Africa have summoned US diplomatic officials in shows of protest.
    In Accra, US ambassador to Ghana Robert Porter Jackson is meeting President Nana Akufo-Addo on Monday. While in South Africa, the foreign office has summoned the deputy chief of mission at the US embassy in the capital, Pretoria.
    The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) accused the president of falling "deeper and deeper into the rabbit hole of racism and xenophobia".
    Several Democratic representatives have said they intend to skip the president's State of the Union address later this month over the comments, accusing the president of racism.




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    Liar.
  14. Some good news here. Romney ( previously a tool) is running for Senator in Utah, he's enormously popular in Utah
    ( Mormons) and is finally speaking his mind about everything including Trump. Trump is courting Romney lol.

    https://www.politico.com/story/2018/01/15/mitt-romney-trump-shithole-340615
    "
    Maybe an adult headed for the Senate? Mormons are pro immigrants too.
  15. Wakanda is a fictional nation in the movie"the Black Panther"
    "I am offering $300 to the journalist who very seriously asks Trump his opinion on our nation's relations with Wakanda and gets the question and answer recorded live on video. I know $300 doesn't sound like a lot to some people but I also know what most reporters make so...$300."
    https://movieweb.com/trump-black-panther-wakanda-question-reward-300-dollars/
  16. The Wrong Guy Member

    Pastor rips Trump for 'shithole' remark during sermon attended by Mike Pence | Washington Examiner

    Quote:

    A Maryland pastor blasted President Trump for his alleged "shithole countries" comment Sunday, leaving Vice President Mike Pence, who attended the service, reportedly "red-faced."

    “I stand today as your pastor to vehemently denounce and reject any such characterizations of the nations of Africa and of our brothers and sisters in Haiti," Rev. Maurice Watson told his congregation at the Metropolitan Baptist Church in Largo, Md.

    “And I further say: Whoever made such a statement, whoever used such a visceral, disrespectful, dehumanizing adjective to characterize the nations of Africa, whoever said it, is wrong. And they ought to be held accountable,” Watson continued to a standing ovation and applause.

    A video of the sermon was posted on the church's Facebook page.

    Continued at http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/p...sermon-attended-by-mike-pence/article/2646010

    New York pol pushes to rename Donald J. Trump Park after 'shithole' remark | New York Daily News

    Quote:

    A Manhattan lawmaker is picking up the battle to rename a shuttered state park named for Donald Trump.

    State Sen. Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan) said Monday he is sponsoring a bill to strip the President’s name from Donald J. Trump Park, a 436-acre property straddling Westchester and Putnam counties, because the alienating leader’s rhetoric is at odds with the inclusive purpose of a park.

    “His most recent racist comments pour oil on the fire for anger and disgust on the part of New Yorkers who don’t think his name should honor anything, let alone a park,” Hoylman said.

    His bill states parks and green spaces should “embody the goals of uplifting and unifying New Yorkers.”

    The legislation does not suggest an alternative name for the park, other than to remove Trump’s name from signage. Hoylman hopes to leave the name change to the community.

    Trump donated the acreage in 2006 after failing to snag permits to build a golf course. The park was closed in 2010 due to budget cuts.

    Hoylman has not visited the park but said he plans to in the coming weeks.

    “I’ve seen news accounts of its disrepair. It’s ironic that the President would use such a vulgar term about a country, that it might apply to the state of the park,” Hoylman said.

    Hoylman announced his legislation first on Twitter and later said Queens Assemblywoman Nily Rozic is co-sponsoring his effort to rename the park.

    Continued at http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/new-york-pol-pushes-rename-donald-trump-park-article-1.3758694

    NY State Senate Bill S7206

    Directs the commissioner of the office of parks, recreation and historic preservation to provide for the re-designation of Donald J. Trump State Park

    https://www.nysenate.gov/legislation/bills/2017/S7206
  17. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5273011/Trump-holds-umbrella-self-boards-Air-Force-One.html



    What a gent! Donald Trump makes sure umbrella protects his famous locks but Melania and Barron are left to fend for themselves as First Family leave a blustery Mar-a-Lago
    The First Family spent the long holiday weekend at Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago club in Florida
    Trump, along with Melania and son Barron, boarded Air Force One on Monday en route to the White House
    They encountered rainy weather and photos show Trump holding a large umbrella over himself while Melania and Barron appear to have been left exposed to the elements
    The Trump administration released a video of Trump praising Martin Luther King Jr on Monday

    Trump has been on defensive after allegedly making disparaging remarks about Haiti and African countries



    What a gent! Donald Trump makes sure umbrella protects his famous locks but Melania and Barron are left to fend for themselves as First Family leave a blustery Mar-a-Lago
    The First Family spent the long holiday weekend at Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago club in Florida
    Trump, along with Melania and son Barron, boarded Air Force One on Monday en route to the White House
    They encountered rainy weather and photos show Trump holding a large umbrella over himself while Melania and Barron appear to have been left exposed to the elements
    The Trump administration released a video of Trump praising Martin Luther King Jr on Monday
    Trump has been on defensive after allegedly making disparaging remarks about Haiti and African countries

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    One photo even shows the ever-careful Trump closing his umbrella from inside the plane - ensuring that at no point he would be struck by the water.

    The First Family is traveling back to Washington D.C. after a long holiday weekend spent at Mar-a-Lago.

    Meanwhile, protesters lined up near the resort to protest against Trump. The most recent reason for protest is Trump's disparaging comments about Haiti and African nations.



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    On and on this shithole president goes unabated.

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