Trump fires Attorney General Jeff Sessions – BBC News

Trump fires Attorney General Jeff Sessions – BBC News

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption Staff applauded as Mr Sessions left the Department of Justice US Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been fired by President Donald Trump.
Mr Trump had criticised his top law official for months, mainly over his refusal to oversee the investigation into alleged Russian meddling in favour of Mr Trump’s election in 2016.
Mr Sessions’s chief of staff, Matthew Whitaker, who has criticised the inquiry, will take over temporarily.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller is investigating alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.
Mr Mueller’s wide-ranging investigation has resulted in a series of criminal charges against several Trump associates.
Trump fires Sessions – is Mueller next? Who is Acting US Attorney General Matthew Whitaker? Skip Twitter post by @realDonaldTrump ….We thank Attorney General Jeff Sessions for his service, and wish him well! A permanent replacement will be nominated at a later date.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 7, 2018 Report End of Twitter post by @realDonaldTrump
In a resignation letter, Mr Sessions – a former Alabama senator who was an early supporter of Mr Trump – made clear the decision to go was not his own.
“Dear Mr President, at your request I am submitting my resignation,” he wrote in an undated letter.
The Trump-Russia saga in 200 words All you need to know about Trump Russia story “Most importantly, in my time as attorney general, we have restored and upheld the rule of law,” Mr Sessions added, while thanking the Republican president.
“We thank Attorney General Jeff Sessions for his service, and wish him well!” Mr Trump tweeted on Wednesday.
Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption Relations between Trump and Sessions soured in 2017 “Clearly, the president has something to hide,” opposition Democratic party Senate leader Chuck Schumer said .
“Given his previous comments advocating defunding and imposing limitations on the Mueller investigation, Mr Whitaker should recuse himself from its oversight for the duration of his time as acting attorney general.”
Why was Sessions fired? Mr Trump has repeatedly pilloried his top law enforcement official since Mr Sessions stepped aside from the Russia inquiry in March 2017.
In July 2017 Mr Trump told the New York Times: “Sessions should have never recused himself, and if he was going to recuse himself, he should have told me before he took the job and I would have picked somebody else.”
Mr Sessions voluntarily removed himself from the probe after Democrats accused him of failing to disclose contacts with the Russian ambassador during his Senate confirmation hearing.
The attorney general later said he had forgotten about those meetings, which happened during the Trump election campaign.
Mr Trump has at various times belittled Mr Sessions as “VERY weak” and “DISGRACEFUL”.
Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption President Trump: “This is a hot White House” What happens now? Matthew Whitaker can now assume control of the Mueller inquiry, which has been under the control of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein until now.
The president cannot directly fire the special counsel, whose investigation Mr Trump has repeatedly decried as a witch hunt. But Mr Sessions’s replacement will have the power to fire Mr Mueller or end the inquiry.
Mr Whitaker has not shied away from sharing his concerns over the investigation. For example, in August 2017, he wrote a piece for CNN in which he stated that looking into Mr Trump’s personal finances, or those of his family, “goes beyond the scope of the appointment of the special counsel”.
He went on to call on Mr Rosenstein to “order Mueller to limit the scope of the investigation” or risk the inquiry starting “to look like a political fishing expedition”.
It was the deputy attorney general who appointed Mr Mueller to lead the Russia inquiry, after Mr Trump fired FBI director James Comey in May 2017.
The special counsel’s probe has also been investigating whether Mr Comey’s firing amounted to attempted obstruction of justice.
There has also been a question mark over Mr Rosenstein’s future since it was reported he had discussed invoking a constitutional clause to oust President Trump.
Top US official denies plot to oust Trump Is Trump trying to shut down Russia probe? Analysis by Anthony Zurcher, BBC Washington
The presidential axe that had been hovering over Jeff Sessions for what has seemed like an eternity just came swinging down with a thud. Donald Trump had previously said he would wait until after the mid-term elections to decide his attorney general’s fate, and he did – but just barely.
And like that the duties of overseeing Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation shift from the man who appointed the special counsel, Rod Rosenstein, to a man who has been a critic of it, Department of Justice Chief of Staff Matthew Whitaker.
In an opinion piece for The Hill before he took the Department of Justice job, Mr Whitaker wrote that calls for an as yet-to-be-named independent prosecutor would be “just craven attempts to score cheap political points”. In April 2017, h e wrote for CNN that any Mueller investigation into the president’s finances would be “going too far” .
What happens next is critical. Mr Mueller’s inquiry could continue unabated – although the special counsel must surely be considering tightening his timeline. There is also the possibility, however, that this is just the opening move of a White House effort to shut down the probe or keep its findings out of the public eye.
Skip Twitter post by @MattWhitaker46 What I do in my free time. #powerclean #CrossFit pic.twitter.com/EO5iDKbIMG
— Matt Whitaker 🇺🇸 (@MattWhitaker46) August 25, 2017 Report End of Twitter post by @MattWhitaker46
What’s the reaction? Democrats were outraged by the attorney general’s removal, with Senate leader Mr Schumer said protecting the Mueller investigation was “paramount” in light of the move.
Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption Chuck Schumer: Timing of Sessions’ firing ‘suspect’ House of Representatives Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said: “It is impossible to read Attorney General Sessions’ firing as anything other than another blatant attempt by President Trump to undermine & end Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation.”
Former Attorney General Eric Holder, who served during President Barack Obama’s administration, tweeted to say that anyone who tried to interfere with the Mueller investigation “must be held accountable”.
Skip Twitter post by @EricHolder Anyone who attempts to interfere with or obstruct the Mueller inquiry must be held accountable. This is a red line. We are a nation of laws and norms not subject to the self interested actions of one man.
— Eric Holder (@EricHolder) November 7, 2018 Report End of Twitter post by @EricHolder
Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said he looked forward to “working with President Trump to find a confirmable, worthy successor so that we can start a new chapter at the Department of Justice”.
Mr Graham, of South Carolina, had said last year there would be “holy hell to pay” if Mr Sessions was ever fired.
The senator was previously tipped as a replacement for Mr Sessions, but he seemed to take himself out of consideration on Wednesday, suggesting he would stay in the Senate.
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Sean Hannity Strides On Stage At Trump Rally, Declares ‘All’ Media Fake News

POLITICS 11/05/2018 11:09 pm ET Updated 2 hours ago Sean Hannity Strides Onstage At Trump Rally, Declares ‘All’ Media Fake News Fox News’ Jeanine Pirro also appeared, adding to the cable channel’s image as propaganda machine for the president. By Nick Visser and Ryan Grenoble 3.4k Despite his promises earlier in the day, Fox News host Sean Hannity joined President Donald Trump onstage at a campaign rally in Missouri on Monday, praising the president while chastising other journalists as “fake news.”
Hannity hosted his hourlong program live from Cape Girardeau during Trump’s last rally of the election cycle. Amid criticism that he was stumping for the president, Hannity had pledged that he was only in the state to do his show before the event. Those promises rang hollow, however, as Trump invited the Fox News personality onstage, praising him as one of the “incredible people” who had “done an incredible job for us.”
“Mr. President, I did an opening monologue today and I had no idea you were going to invite me up here. And the one thing that has made and defined your presidency more than anything else: promises made, promises kept,” Hannity said onstage after shaking Trump’s hand, echoing a rally motto.
Hannity takes the stage at Trump rally. Opens up by pointing to the press area and says, “By the way, all the people back there are fake news.” pic.twitter.com/RS8DcF6SYb
— Angelo Carusone (@GoAngelo) November 6, 2018 Just moments earlier, Hannity pointed to the media pool at the back of the room and said: “By the way, all those people in the back are fake news.”
Trump, who repeatedly attacks the media, quickly moved to minimize the Fox host’s short speech, saying that he didn’t “mean at all to insult” the gathered journalists.
“You do have, you have some very fine people back there, and you have some that aren’t so fine,” the president said. “But we don’t want to insult.”
The appearance contradicted Hannity’s own assertion that he would only be covering the rally and that, “to be clear, I will not be onstage campaigning.”
In spite of reports, I will be doing a live show from Cape Girardeau and interviewing President Trump before the rally. To be clear, I will not be on stage campaigning with the President. I am covering final rally for my show. Something I have done in every election in the past.
— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) November 5, 2018 The president called up another Fox News host and pro-Trump firebrand, Jeanine Pirro, who amplified Hannity’s comments and called the president “the tip of the spear who goes out there every day and fights for us.”
“If you like the America that he is making now, you’ve got to make sure you get out there tomorrow if you haven’t voted yet,” Pirro said. “Everyone you know ― get them out there to vote for Donald Trump and all the people who are running for the Republican Party.”
Fox News labeled its hosts’ actions an “unfortunate distraction” in an emailed statement to HuffPost on Tuesday, adding that the situation “has been addressed.” A spokesperson for the network declined to elaborate on how, exactly, the situation was “addressed.”
“FOX News does not condone any talent participating in campaign events,” the statement read. “We have an extraordinary team of journalists helming our coverage tonight and we are extremely proud of their work. This was an unfortunate distraction and has been addressed.”
Despite the presumed scolding, Hannity defended his actions Tuesday on Twitter, spinning his appearance with the president as somehow permissible ― and not a clear violation of journalistic ethics ― because it was unplanned.
What I said in my tweet yesterday was 100% truthful. When the POTUS invited me on stage to give a few remarks last night, I was surprised, yet honored by the president’s request. This was NOT planned.
— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) November 6, 2018 In another tweet, Hannity sought to separate Fox News journalists from his own onstage comments about all media being “fake news”:
To be clear, I was not referring to my journalist colleagues at FOX News in those remarks. They do amazing work day in and day out in a fair and balanced way and It is an honor to work with such great professionals.
— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) November 6, 2018 This story has been updated with comments from Fox News and Hannity.
Nick Visser Reporter, HuffPost Ryan Grenoble National Reporter,

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Sextortion scheme targets minors through popular online game Fortnite in Quebec | CBC News

Sextortion scheme targets minors through popular online game Fortnite in Quebec Sextortion scheme targets minors through popular online game Fortnite in Quebec Police in the Montreal-area are warning parents about online predators using the popular video game Fortnite to lure minors into a sextortion scheme. Four cases have been reported in the past few weeks, police said. Police urge parents to talk online privacy with their kids after 4 cases of sextortion reported Elysha Enos · CBC News · Posted: Nov 07, 2018 7:27 PM ET 8 Sgt. Jean-Luc Tremblay with the Richelieu Saint-Laurent police said four sextortion cases linked to Fortnite have been reported in the past few weeks.(Radio-Canada)
Police in the Montreal-area are warning parents about online predators using the popular video game Fortnite to lure minors into a sextortion scheme.
Four cases have been reported in the past few weeks, according to police.
In three of those cases, minors were threatened, and in one, the victim sent personal photos to the cyber-predator.
Sgt. Jean-Luc Tremblay with the Richelieu Saint-Laurent police said the predator, or predators, tried to infiltrate groups of friends by offering them a chance to advance their game in exchange for providing revealing photos.
Those messages happen over the social media platform Instagram.
Then the predator threatened to share the images unless the teen sent even more intimate material.
Fortnite has become the most popular game of 2018, thanks to its surreal mix of first-person shooter action and dance moves. Levelling up in the popular video game Fortnite has become the basis of a scheme to get teenage boys to send personal photos to predators online. (Fortnite/Screengrab)
Police are working with school boards in the area to disseminate information about the sextortion.
“[Police] communicated with us asking us to transmit a communiqué to inform parents and help them,” said Lynne Arcand, an administrator with the Commission Scolaire des Patriotes, a French-language school board representing more than 30,000 students on Montreal’s South Shore.
Arcand added that the school board regularly works to build awareness about social media safety.
“Our role is education for the kids. Adopting good behaviours on social media. Not to give up their passwords. To be vigilant with whom they are chatting,” she said. Student Guillaume Lelièvre said he doesn’t play Fortnite but believes “a lot of people would be taken in by this.” Quebec City teen charmed his classmate into sending nude photos, prosecutor says A national problem
The Canadian Centre for Child Protection, a national organization based in Winnipeg, works to prevent the online exploitation of children and says it receives about half a dozen reports to its national tipline about similar cases to what is being reported in Quebec.
“[Kids] are in absolute crisis because they’ve either shared a sexual image and they’re being extorted for more or they’ve paid money, so they’re desperate for solutions,” said Signy Arnason, the associated executive director of the centre. Signy Arnason with The Canadian Centre for Child Protection said the organization receives calls from minors in crisis over similar situations each week. (CBC)
She said the minors think they’re connecting with a friend or peer, and end up sending something because they don’t realize they are messaging with an adult.
“And then they find out that it’s more nefarious and then the blackmailing starts,” she said.
Arnason and police are encouraging parents to have conversations with their kids about the scam. “They’re all vulnerable as soon as they’re online,” she said.

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64 truly remarkable lines from Donald Trump’s otherworldly post-election news conference – CNNPolitics

(CNN) On Wednesday afternoon, President Donald Trump took a victory lap via an almost-90-minute news conference that came fewer than 24 hours after his party lost control of the House but strengthened its Senate majority.
Trump seemed entirely unconcerned with his party’s loss of one of the chambers of Congress — instead he focused on reading out the names of Republican House members who refused to embrace him (and lost) and sparring with reporters. I went through the transcript of the whole thing and pulled out the best lines. They’re below. THE POINT — NOW ON YOUTUBE!
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1. “It was a big day yesterday. Incredible day.” Democrats won control of the House . 2. “The media coverage set a new record and a new standard.” Read More He doesn’t mean this as a compliment. Also, a new record for what? Negativity? How is that even quantifiable? 3. “This vigorous campaigning stopped the blue wave they talked about.” Democrats won control of the House. And are likely to gain more than 30 seats . I don’t know how we define a “wave,” but I tend to think a 30+ seat gain that flips control of the House would meet most people’s criteria. 4. “This election marks the largest Senate gains for a president’s party in a first midterm election since at least President Kennedy’s in 1962.” Correct! Democrats gained three seats in Kennedy’s first midterm election, the same number Trump looks on track to have gained . Republicans gained two Senate seats in 1970 in Richard Nixon’s first midterm and one seat in George W. Bush’s 2002 midterm. 5. “We also had a slew of historic wins in the governors’ races — the governors’ races were incredible — against very well-funded, talented and skilled Democrat candidates, and people that worked very, very hard — respectfully — for those candidates, like Oprah Winfrey, who I like.” That sentence took a turn at the end there, no? Why did Trump mention Oprah? Because she campaigned with Stacey Abrams in Georgia? 6. “By expanding our Senate majority, the voters have also clearly rebuked the Senate Democrats for their handling of the Kavanaugh hearings — that was a factor, I think maybe a very big factor, the way that was handled.” It might have been a factor but, at least according to the exit polls , not in the way Trump is suggesting. Forty three percent of people said they supported Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court while 47% opposed it. Now, among those who supported the Kavanaugh confirmation, 87% voted for Republicans for the House. So, Trump could be right that Kavanaugh fired up the GOP base. But he’s not right to say that voters “clearly rebuked” Senate Democrats for voting against Kavanaugh. ( All except Joe Manchin, of course .) 7. “You had some that decided to, ‘Let’s stay away. Let’s stay away.’ They did very poorly. I’m not sure that I should be happy or sad, but I feel just fine about it.” Thus begins the throw-Republican-members-who-refused-to-embrace-Trump-under-the-bus portion of the President’s remarks. 8. “But Mia Love gave me no love. And she lost. Too bad. Sorry about that, Mia.” [narrator voice] He’s not sorry at all. 9. “I think she could have won that race, but she didn’t want to have any embrace.” Trump is talking about soon-to-be former Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-Va.) here. And, no, Comstock would not have won by welcoming the “embrace” of Trump. She would have almost certainly lost by more . 10. “Peter Roskam didn’t want the embrace. Erik Paulsen didn’t want the embrace.” “The embrace.” It’s a thing. 11. “We’ve had tremendous support, and tremendous support in the Republican Party, among the biggest support in the history of the party. I’ve actually heard at 93%, it’s a record, but I won’t say that, because who knows?” This is the essence of Trump’s verbal gymnastics. He floats the idea, then he affirms the idea, then he says that other people say it but he doesn’t really know. What a world. 12. “Hopefully, we can all work together next year to continue delivering for the American people, including on economic growth, infrastructure, trade, lowering the cost of prescription drugs.” Trump here offers a least a rhetorical olive branch to Democrats. And he’s right that on infrastructure and lowering prescription drug costs, he and Democrats could well find common purpose. 13. “You know, I keep hearing about investigations, fatigue, like from the time — almost from the time I announced I was going to run, they’ve been giving us this investigation fatigue. Been a long time, they’ve got nothing, zero. You know why? Cause there is nothing.” Wait, who is the “they” here? Democrats? If Trump is talking about the Russia investigation, that runs through his Justice Department. And the probe is being run by Robert Mueller, a Republican. So…. 14. “But they can play that game, but we can play it better, because we have a thing called the United States Senate, and a lot of very questionable things were done, between leaks of classified information and many other elements that should not have taken place.” Yes, this is a threat, aimed at Democrats if they step up their oversight role of Trump’s White House after winning the House. Straight out. 15. “So we can look at us, they can look at us, then we can look at them and it’ll go back and forth. And it’ll probably be very good for me politically. I could see it being extremely good politically, because I think I’m better at that game than they are actually.” He said the quiet part out loud. 16.”You can’t do them simultaneously, by the way. Just think, if somebody said ‘Oh, you can do them,’ no you can’t. Cause if they’re doing that, we’re not doing the other, just so you understand.” I really and truly don’t understand. 17. “We want crystal clean water, we want beautiful perfect air. Air and water has to be perfect.” Perfect air is the best air. Many people are saying that. 18. “So environmental is very important to me.” Environmental. So important. 19. “I speak to Democrats all the time. They agree that a wall is necessary. A wall is necessary.” I have a VERY hard time believing that Democrats tell Trump that the southern border wall is necessary. 20. “We’re building the wall. We’ve started.” Tuesday night ends the wall-building until at least after the 2020 election. There is a 0% chance House Democrats will back significant federal spending on a border wall. 21. “I’d rather answer that at a little bit different time.” This was Trump’s answer on whether he would fire Jeff Sessions as attorney general. News emerged later that day that Sessions was fired — by chief of staff John Kelly — something Trump likely knew as he was speaking to media. 22. “As I’ve told you, they’re under audit. They have been for a long time. They’re extremely complex. People wouldn’t understand them.” To sum up, these are Trump’s reasons for not releasing his tax returns: a) they’re under audit and b) they are too complex for any normal person to understand. On the first reason, nothing bars someone from releasing tax returns under audit. On the second, maybe he should trust the American public’s intelligence a little more? 23. “They’re done by — among the biggest and best law firms in the country. Same thing with the accounting firms, the accountants are a very, very large, powerful firm from the standpoint of respect.” To which I ask: Why is it germane to the question of whether or not the President will release his tax returns that they are handled by “a very, very large, powerful firm”? 24. “But it’s big, and it’s complex and it’s probably feet-high. It’s a very complex instrument. And I think that people wouldn’t understand it.” So, Donald Trump is saying his taxes are a very complicated, feet-high instrument. Also, big. Okey dokey! 25. “Nobody turns over a return when it’s under audit.” Except that Richard Nixon did exactly that in 1973. 26. “And I think I know more — and I think I know more than they know.” What’s Trump talking about here? Does it really even matter? 27. “I’m not concerned about anything with the Russia investigation because it’s a hoax.” [narrator voice] That’s not true . 28. “You’re a very rude person. The way you treat Sarah Huckabee is horrible and the way you treat other people are horrible. You shouldn’t treat people that way.” This is Donald Trump talking to my CNN colleague Jim Acosta. And, yes, it is rich that President Trump is decrying someone for being rude or for allegedly treating people badly . 29.” You aren’t — you aren’t the best.” Just the President of the United States telling NBC White House reporter Peter Alexander he’s not great. Totally normal stuff! 30. “When you report fake news — which CNN does a lot — you are the enemy of the people.” ALWAYS remember this: When Trump says “fake news,” you should hear it as, “news that isn’t good for me.” Which, of course, doesn’t make it fake . 31. “We won a lot of elections last night, we did very well last night, and I think it’s going to have a very positive impact.” This is Trump’s response to a question about whether he was dividing the country with his rhetoric. And yes, his answer makes no sense. Unless you consider that, to him, winning is everything — and justifies all things. 32. “This is a investigation where many, many millions of dollars has been spent, and there’s no collusion. It was supposed to be on collusion. There’s no collusion. And I think it’s — I think it’s very bad for our country, I will tell you. I think it’s a shame.” Hours after giving this answer, Trump fired Sessions and named Matt Whitaker as acting attorney general . Whitaker, who has been openly critical of Mueller’s investigation in the past, is now expected to oversee the probe. Which all makes perfect sense. 33. “Sit down. I didn’t call you. I didn’t call you. I didn’t call you.” In which the President of the United States tells American Urban Radio Networks’ April Ryan to sit down. (Ryan is also a CNN contributor.) 34. “I don’t understand what you’re saying. What?” That’s Donald Trump telling Nadia Bilbassy-Charters , the Washington correspondent for Al Arabiya TV, that he can’t understand what she is saying. 35. “Well, I think the results that I’ve learned — and maybe confirm — I think people like me. I think people like the job I’m doing, frankly.” Democrats won control of the House. 36. “I could fire everybody right now.” Donald Trump on the Russia investigation — just hours before he informed the world, via tweet, that he had fired the attorney general. Not ominous at all! 37. “I stay away from it. But you know what I do? I let it just go on. They’re wasting a lot of money, but I let it go on, because I don’t want to do that. But you’re right; I could end it right now. I could say, ‘That investigation is over.'” He really couldn’t. But like I said, not at all ominous! 38. “It’s — it’s really — it’s a disgrace, frankly. And it’s an embarrassment to our country. It’s an embarrassment to the people of our country. And it’s too bad.” To be clear: Donald Trump is talking about a special counsel probe being run out of the Justice Department that is trying to get to the bottom of an active measures campaign by Russia to interfere in the 2016 election. 39. “Just going to push. I’ve been pushing. I’ve done a very good job, too. They’re very happy with me.” This is Trump’s answer on how he plans to make good on his pledge as a candidate to be a anti-abortion president. Yes, really. 40. “And we have been working very hard on China and Russia and everybody else looking into our elections or meddling with our elections.” This directly contradicts Trump’s repeated undermining of the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Directly. 41. “I actually had a very good meeting in Russia that you people didn’t agree with, but that’s OK, it doesn’t much matter obviously” In that meeting, Trump said that both America and Russia were to blame for any alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election. In doing so, he sided with Russian president Vladimir Putin over his own intelligence community . 42. “That was President Obama’s regime. That was during President Obama, right? That — that was not during me.” Trump seems here to not be willing to acknowledge that Putin annexed Crimea, not Obama. Yes, it happened while Obama was president. But that’s about the extent of the role Obama played in all of it. 43. “To be honest — I’ll be honest, I thought it was a — I thought it was a very close to complete victory.” Democrats won control of the House. 44. “But if you look at it from the standpoint of gridlock, I really believe there’s going to be much less gridlock because of the way this is going, than any other way” [nods head slowly but steadily] 45. “I’m surprised at a lot of people. They start off, they’re young people, they’re there for two years, and they’re old by the time they leave.” Truer words have never been uttered. 46. “I mean, we have many people lined up for every single position. Any position — everybody wants to work in this White House.” This is not true. The White House struggled for months to fill the communications director job because no one at that level within the GOP wanted the job. Trump eventually hired former Fox News executive Bill Shine for the position. 47. ” I would love to see unity and peace and love and any other word you want to use.” “What’s so funny about peace, love and understanding?” — Elvis Costello 48. “Nothing surprises me in politics.” Same. 49. “I’d be very good at a low tone.” Yup. Low tone. The best. 50- 51. “I would love to do very — very even-toned.” “I would love to have a very even, modest, boring tone. I would be very honored by that.” An amazing couplet. Shakespearean, almost. 52. “I — I don’t — I really don’t understand you.” The President of the United States to a Japanese reporter. 53. “I think I am a great moral leader and I love our country.” And humble, to boot! 54. “Now, what’s bad for them is being in the majority, I’m just going to blame them. You understand, I’m going to blame them. They’re the majority. Honestly, it makes it much simpler for me.” He said the quiet part out loud. Again. 55. “I — look, now that the election’s over, the election’s over. Now everybody is in love.” No words. 56. “You know what, when you get bored, would you please tell me? Seriously. Tell me.” This is a deep insight into Trump. He wants to make sure he is still entertaining reporters. Because being boring is death to him. And because he loves to spar with reporters. 57. “That’s such a racist question.” The President’s response to this question, from PBS’ Yamiche Alcindor, who is African-American : “On the campaign trail you called yourself a nationalist. Some people saw that as emboldening white nationalists. Now people are also saying….” 58. “Why do I have among the highest poll numbers with African-Americans?” [narrator voice] He doesn’t. Not even close . 59. “In Jeff Flake’s case, it’s me, pure and simple. I retired him. I’m very proud of it. I did the country a great service.” That’s a Republican senator Donald Trump is talking about. 60. “I don’t know who Lil Jon is. I don’t — I really don’t.” Ahem . 61. “No, I don’t, no. Do I regret it?” Trump doesn’t regret an ad that was never run on CNN and pulled by NBC and Fox News because they deemed it to be racist. So. 62. “They said they couldn’t be beaten. They said Heidi could not be beat. ‘Please don’t do it,’ they couldn’t — this was a year out.” No one — and I mean no one — though a Democratic senator in North Dakota couldn’t be beaten. Heitkamp was one of the most vulnerable senators from the first day of the 2018 election. 63. “And I’ll tell you something. When you look at the races that we won in Florida, which we weren’t expected to win, and Georgia, which we weren’t expected to win, and Ohio, which we weren’t expected to win, and won — I mean, you look at some of them, the number of votes that we got is incredible.” The question Trump was asked here was: “So what do you say to women, Mr. President?” 64. “So I do fight back.” This feels like a good place to end it.

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‘It looked disgusting’: Toronto man complains of ‘unsanitary’ meat storage at Real Canadian Superstore | CBC News

Michael Pearl says he got a disturbing sneak peek behind the deli counter on Oct. 5. “It just seemed like it was a very unsanitary way of storing meat,” Pearl said.

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