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President Trump Arrives in Paris for Meeting with French President Macron Before Bastille Day



Political Editor, LeNora Millen

President Trump arrived in Paris Thursday for talks with French President Emmanuel Macron, and to attend Bastille Day celebrations as the guest of honor on Friday.  The trip to Paris is Trump’s first public appearance since returning from the G20 summit of world leaders in Germany.

Trump and his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, in their talks will work toward setting aside differences on climate change and trade to hopefully find common ground ahead of Bastille Day celebrations in Paris.

U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump arrive aboard Air Force One at Orly (Photo via New York Daily News)

Arriving in the French capital after an overnight flight from Washington hours before his bilateral meeting with Macron, potential solutions to the crisis in Syria and broader counter-terrorism strategies are tantamount to tackling key issues surrounding differences facing both countries.

Trump’s withdrawal from the U.S. from the Paris climate accord, for example, sparked outrage across Europe, which has generated a base for anti-Trump planned protests—while Trump visits Paris.

A visionary and staunch advocate of research to combat global warming, President Macron reached out to “all responsible citizens,” including American scientists and researchers, “to bring their fight against climate change to France.”

Amid the controversy surrounding his eldest son, Donald Jr., Trump is expected to face scrutiny about emails revealing that Donald Trump, Jr., welcomed the prospect of receiving Russian government support in last year’s presidential campaign against Hillary Clinton.

Contending that Russian collusion efforts are a “hoax” made up by the Democrats, Trump did not delay defending his son, on Wednesday, praising Donald Trump Jr.’s performance in an interview on Fox News Channel. Trump also tweeted: “He was open, transparent and innocent. This is the greatest Witch Hunt in political history. Sad!”

Trump’s visit to Paris may have greeted him with a needed escape or ‘proverbial distraction’ from the whirlwind of media reports surrounding Donald Jr.’s email controversy.

President Trump will mark the 100th anniversary of America’s entry into World War I by visiting U.S. troops; he will also be the guest of honor at Friday’s Bastille Day events — a celebration of French national pride. White House officials are casting it as a celebration of the U.S.-French military alliance — both then and now.  A lavish dinner at Jules Verne at the top of the Eiffel Tower is scheduled for both leaders and their wives—ending Thursday meetings.

Upon Trump’s announcing his decision on the climate agreement, Trump stated he was “elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris.”  Placing emphasis on terrorism, he said the city had been ruined by the threat of terrorism, which he ties to immigrants.

“Paris isn’t Paris any longer,” he said in February.

By bridging the gap between countries working toward potential resolutions, and counterterrorism issues, the move could give Macron and Trump the possibility of a healthy working relationship as he visits a city he often disparaged.

Macron’s national security platform is similar to Trump’s. On Syria, he calls for intervention, noting that President Bashar Assad is a threat to Syria and the Islamic State group is a threat to France.  In recent years, France has been plagued by extremist attacks. During last year’s Bastille Day celebrations, a 19-ton cargo truck deliberately plowed into crowds in Nice, killing more than 80 people.

Macron supports intervention against Syria’s government, specifically when strategically addressing measures to respond to use of chemical weapons.  Macron believes this approach could prove an important ally as the Trump administration seeks to increase pressure on Assad.  Macron cautions that the Trump administration will need to address Russia’s support for Assad, something Trump has only passively acknowledged.

Trump’s four-day hiatus from a public appearance, came on the heels of the White House described as “paralyzed” attemps to tackle the most alarming news to date in the long-running Russia inquiry.  Donald, Jr’s attempt last year to obtain damaging information on Hillary Clinton from a Russian lawyer who was described to him as connected to the Kremlin, which places him as a central figure among many other’s in the Russian probe.

Evangelical leaders gathered in the Oval Office to pray for President Trump. (Photo via Washington Examiner)

An initial plan for Trump via Trump aides was to spend a majority of the week pressing Congress to act on his health care bill. However, two tweets from Trump on Monday would create a media storm, thus placing the health care push on the back-burner to address Donald Jr.’s email controversy surrounding the Russian investigation.

Instead, on Monday, a group of evangelical pastors and religious leaders prayed with Trump in the Oval Office, with some laying their hands on the president, their heads bowed. On Wednesday he interviewed with the conservative televangelist Pat Robertson, host of “The 700 Club” program, on Robertson’s Christian Broadcasting Network.

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The Former President Barack Obama Speaks: In your own ability to make a difference in your community and your country.

The Former President Barack Obama Speaks:

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Friend —

A little over a year ago, at my farewell address in Chicago, I asked you to believe. Not in a candidate, or a politician, or a party — in yourself.

In your own ability to make a difference in your community and your country.

For eight years in the White House — and long before that — I’d seen it happen time and time again: ordinary people who got involved, stayed involved, and pushed for a better future for this country we love.

That’s how change happens.

And this November, we have a chance to make that change happen in local and federal elections across the country. We cannot squander it.

Commit to vote in November 2018. Say you’ll fulfill your duty as a citizen, and that you’ll keep pushing for progress.

That faith I placed all those years ago in the power of ordinary Americans to bring about change — that faith has been rewarded in ways I couldn’t possibly have imagined.

In the past year, I saw people like Kim, an OFA volunteer in Virginia, bravely share her story during the health care fight — of how, before Obamacare, her 13-month-old son Isaac was on the verge of being kicked off insurance as he went through surgery after surgery. She spoke up, and helped save health care for Isaac and millions of Americans.

I saw folks in South Carolina identify a problem with their town’s outdated, dangerous school buses — then roll up their sleeves, do some organizing, and get the statehouse to fund new buses for Charleston’s kids.

And I saw a new generation of young leaders grab clipboards, collect signatures, and decide to run for office themselves.

Throughout 2017, I saw Americans all over the country step up, have the tough conversations, and speak out about the issues affecting us all. We have to keep it up in 2018 — because every ballot measure, every election, every conversation on an issue we care about — it all matters.

There are no do-overs.

So right now, I’m asking you to make a commitment: Seize the power you have. Speak up. Make this democracy work. Do not succumb to cynicism. And say you’ll vote in 2018 — there’s too much at stake this year to sit this out.

I’m in

Thank you,

Barack Obama

Reported by Tam Lawrence

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Former Congressman Harold Ford Jr. Fired by Morgan Stanley for Alleged Misconduct



Harold Ford Jr., a former congressman, was fired by the financial services firm Morgan Stanley following allegations of misconduct, NBC confirmed on Thursday.

Morgan Stanley declined to say specifically what prompted the firing. The allegations were presented after a woman who was not employed at the firm accused Mr. Ford of acting inappropriately in a professional setting.

Mr. Ford’s termination reported by HuffPost as an exclusive has been challenged by the former Congressman as “false claims.”

Harold Ford Jr., a former congressman, was fired from his position as a managing director at the financial services firm Morgan Stanley for what the company described as behavior “inconsistent with our values.”CreditMike Groll/Associated Press

In a statement provided by his lawyer, Mr. Ford denied the sexual harassment allegations, stating in a tweet on Thursday that he will be bringing legal action against the reporter, for making false claims against him, as well as Morgan Stanley for wrongful termination.

“This simply did not happen,” Mr. Ford wrote. “I have never forcibly grabbed any woman or man in my life.” He added that socializing with members of the press was part of his job, and said that “false claims like this undermine the real silence breakers.”

Mr. Ford served five terms in Congress as a Democrat representing a Tennessee district after first being elected in 1996—serving as Congressman from 1997 to 207.

He joined Morgan Stanley as a managing director and senior client-relationship manager in 2011 as a vice chairman and senior policy adviser at Bank of America.

Amid the heightened scrutiny of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior toppling key figures in the entertainment and political arena, Mr. Ford is the latest high profiled man to lose his job in recent days for similar allegations.

Time magazine on Wednesday named the “Silence Breakers” its Person of the Year. They shared personal stories about harassment and assault and sparked the #MeToo movement.

According to Time, the #MeToo became a hashtag, a movement, a reckoning. But it began, as great social change nearly always does, with individual acts of courage.

In a tweet acknowledging his thoughts on the “Silence Breaker” quite pointed in his statement, Mr. Ford said the following in regards to news of his firing on Thursday, “This simply did not happen.  I have never forcibly grabbed any woman or man in my life.”

In another tweet, Mr. Ford spoke about his professional demeanor and his tremendous respect for the brave women speaking out “in this important national dialogue.”  Mr. Ford was pointed in stating that false claims alleged against him “undermine the real “Silence Breakers.”

Mr. Ford appeared as a frequent guest on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” MSNBC – which is owned by NBC 4 New York’s parent company.

“We are looking into the report about Harold Ford Jr.,” a spokeswoman for MSNBC said. “During that time he won’t be a guest on MSNBC.”

LeNora Millen            12-7-17

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TV One Cancels Roland Martin’s Morning Show ‘News One Now’



TV One is canceling Roland Martin’s morning show “News One Now,” Roland made the announcement in a tweet Wednesday.

“Fam, the sad news is true. The staff of @tvonetv #NewsnewOneNow was informed this afternoon that after four years of doing groundbreaking and award-winning work, the show will cease production at the end of the year,” Martin tweeted.

Martin, who thanked audiences for their support, said the last episode will air on Dec. 21.

Roland Martin’s morning show “NewsOne Now” was cancelled due to budget cuts according to various reports from reliable sources.

“They called a meeting on Wednesday and told the staff they were canceling the show. They’re having significant financial problems and they have to scale back,” a source said. “After four years of award-winning programming and distinguished service to our viewers as the only black daily newscast on television, the network has made the difficult decision to suspend the production of NewsOne Now as a daily morning news show. The last live show is scheduled [Dec. 21],” TV One’s interim GM, Michelle Rice wrote in a memo.

Host of “News One Now” Roland Martin speaks on stage during 10 Year Anniversary Gala. (Rob Kim/Getty Images for ColorOfChange)

The news of “NewsOne Now” cancellation shocked Martin and staffers according to sources. The network had recently expanded the morning show to two hours in September.

The memo added: “While we will continue our long-standing partnership with Roland Martin to ensure his important voice can be heard across all Urban One platforms examining issues of importance to the black community, we regret this decision adversely affects several of our valued colleagues whose positions will be eliminated with the suspension of the show.”

The network issued a statement on Twitter that read, “We are committed to providing quality news to our viewers and to our long-standing relationship with @rolandsmartin #NewsOneNow who will continue to have a voice on #TVOne.”

LeNora Millen         12-07-17


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