WASHINGTON - Last month after Donald Trump watched Fox News lob what he called "softball questions" at a Democratic lawmaker, the US president delivered a crisp smackdown of his favorite network: "Fox sure ain't what it used to be." After years of often fawning coverage by Fox, particularly from its pro-Trump anchors like Sean Hannity, the commander in chief appears to be tilting his media gaze toward a younger, more right-wing rival, cable outfit One America News Network (OANN). The small upstart broadcaster was launched only recently, in 2013, by technology millionaire Robert Herring, who sought a more conservative alternative to mainstream media behemoths like CNN. Today it seeks to outfox Fox by drawing extra attention from Trump, who has been voicing his displeasure with the ratings leader over everything from presidential polling to its hosting of Democratic candidate town halls. Last week in a tweet to his 63 million followers, the president managed to disparage Fox and his … [Read more...] about Is Trump’s love affair with Fox News fading?
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WASHINGTON: US authorities are scrambling to get to the bottom of a rash of deaths of US tourists in the Dominican Republic, with the number of reported fatalities over the past year now rising to six.Three people whose deaths have been confirmed all arrived on May 25 in San Pedro de Macoris, a seaside resort in the south of the Caribbean country, Dominican authorities said.Miranda Schaup-Werner, 41, booked a room with her husband at the Luxury Bahia Principe Bouganville hotel. She lost consciousness on the day of her arrival after going out on the balcony. She could not be revived by her husband or hotel medical staff.Cynthia Day, 49, and Edward Holmes, 63, stayed in an adjacent hotel, Grand Bahia Principe La Romana. The couple from Maryland was found dead on May 30 in their room by hotel staff.According to the Dominican Prosecutor's Office, the three victims died of respiratory failure and pulmonary edema. Schaup-Werner also had a heart attack.A PATTERN?News of the deaths has drawn … [Read more...] about Mystery surrounds American deaths in Dominican Republic
WASHINGTON: Democrats on Sunday slammed Donald Trump’s tactics of threatening punitive tariffs to extract concessions on immigration from Mexico, saying the US president was recklessly endangering ties to a major ally and trade partner. “What the world is tired of, and what I am tired of, is a president who consistently goes to war, verbal war, with our allies,“ Senator Bernie Sanders, an independent who caucuses with Democrats, said on CNN’s “State of the Union”. “We need a decent relationship with Mexico,“ added Sanders, who is a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020. “We should not be confronting them every other day.” His comments came two days after the US and Mexico, following urgent talks in Washington, reached a deal to avert the 5% tariffs Trump had threatened on all imports from Mexico, a move economists said would have had devastating impact in both countries. The Mexican side, for its part, … [Read more...] about Democrats slam Trump’s use of trade threats against ally Mexico
WASHINGTON: U.S. President Donald Trump fired off dozens of retweets from purported firefighters, their families and acquaintances on Wednesday (May 1) in his latest assault on Joe Biden, the newest Democratic candidate for the 2020 presidential nomination.Trump unleashed the firestorm two days after the country's largest union of firefighters endorsed Biden, the former vice president and current frontrunner in the race to become the Democratic Party's nominee for president.Trump began his tirade at dawn by quoting a personality from the Fox News Channel, Dan Bongino, who said he knew no firefighters who would vote for Biden."I've done more for Firefighters than this dues sucking union will ever do, and I get paid ZERO!" Trump wrote, reiterating a complaint about unions.As president, Trump receives a salary, but has said he donates it to various agencies and causes.He followed the complaint by retweeting nearly 60 accounts who responded to Bongino by either criticizing Biden or … [Read more...] about Trump sets Twitter ablaze after firefighters union backs Biden
WASHINGTON: A former diplomat confirmed on Monday (Apr 29) that the United States agreed to pay US$2 million to North Korea to release an American student who had fallen into a coma after alleged torture - and said Washington should honour the commitment.Joseph Yun, a veteran US diplomat who had flown to Pyongyang in 2017 to bring back 22-year-old Otto Warmbier, said that North Korea presented him with a US$2 million bill for his medical expenses.He said he called up then secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who he believed then sought a green light directly from President Donald Trump.Tillerson "got back to me very quickly thereafter to say, yes, go ahead and sign," Yun, who has since left the government, told CNN.The Washington Post first reported the payment demand, after which Trump, describing himself as "the greatest hostage negotiator" in US history, tweeted that nothing was paid to North Korea.But Yun said that Trump's decision means that the United States should pay."If … [Read more...] about Ex-diplomat says US signed to pay North Korea for prisoner, should honour deal