Kenyataan saya akan undi Trump Shania Twain mohon maaf



IKON muzik Country, Shania Twain membuat permohonan maaf selepas secara terbuka selepas mengaku akan mengundi Donald Trump sebagai presiden, sekiranya dia seorang warganegara Amerika Syarikat.

Menerusi akaun media sosial, Twain, pemegang kewarganegaraan Kanada, mengakui kesilapannya membuat kenyataan yang tersebut yang disifatkan sebagai tidak kena tempat.

“Saya mohon maaf jika jawapan itu tidak menyenangkan. Saya hanya cuba menerangkan situasi tentang pilihan raya tersebut, dan komen saya merujuk Trump sebagai seorang yang senang didekati rakyat, bukan sebagai ahli politik.

“Tetapi saya akui komen itu tidak kena tempat, dan ia bukan bermakna saya menyokong nilai yang dibawa Trump sekarang,” tulisnya.

Portal berita, The Guardian pada Sabtu mengeluarkan satu temubual dengan Twain yang antara lainnya membicarakan tentang pendapatnya tentang situasi politik.

Dalam jawapannya, Twain, yang merupakan salah seorang bintang Country dengan jualan album tertinggi dalam sejarah, memaklumkan dia akan memilih Trump pada pilihan raya AS pada 2016, kerana “walaupun bermulut lancang, tetapi Trump seorang yang jujur.”

Ia menerima kritikan peminat, terutama di AS yang tidak sependapat dengan Twain.

“Saya hilang hormat terhadap Shania Twain. Donald Trump jujur? Dia manusia paling banyak tipu muslihat,” kata pengguna Twitter, @mrmetacrisis.



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Proses rundingan nuklear Korea Utara masih jauh – Trump – Luar Negara


WASHINGTON 22 April – Presiden Amerika Syarikat (AS), Donald Trump berkata proses rundingan krisis nuklear Korea Utara masih lagi jauh daripada menemukan jalan penyelesaian.

Trump menyambut baik pengumuman Korea Utara yang mahu menghentikan ujian nuklear dan peluru berpandu serta merobohkan tapak ujian nuklearnya.

“Kita melalui proses yang panjang berhubung isu Korea Utara, mungkin rundingan akan berjalan lancar dan sebaliknya – hanya masa menentukan… Tetapi usaha yang saya lakukan sekarang ini sepatutnya sudah lama diselesaikan,” ujar Trump dalam Twitter. – REUTERS



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Harga minyak: Arab Saudi bidas Trump – Luar Negara


JEDDAH 20 April – Menteri Tenaga Arab Saudi, Khaled al-Faleh menegaskan pasaran global mempunyai kapasiti untuk menyerap harga minyak yang tinggi.

Beliau mengeluarkan kenyataan itu bagi membidas kenyataan Presiden Amerika Syarikat (AS), Donald Trump yang menuduh Pertubuhan Negara-negara Pengeksport Petroleum (OPEC) menaikkan harga minyak.

Beliau berkata demikian semasa mesyuarat OPEC di sini selepas harga minyak berada pada paras tertinggi dalam tempoh tiga tahun.

Trump melalui Twitter berkata, OPEC menaikkan harga minyak dan keadaan itu tidak baik serta tidak boleh diterima.

“Dengan jumlah minyak di seluruh negara termasuk kapal di laut yang tangki diisi minyak penuh, harga minyak amat tinggi! Tidak baik dan tidak boleh diterima,’’ kata Trump.

Harga minyak melambung kepada AS$70 (RM272) setong selepas harga bahan mentah itu merudum sebanyak AS$26 (RM101) pada Januari 2016. – AFP

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Demokrat saman Rusia, WikiLeaks, kumpulan kempen Trump – Luar Negara


WASHINGTON 21 April – Parti Demokrat mengemukakan saman terhadap Rusia, WikiLeaks dan beberapa pegawai kanan kumpulan kempen Presiden Donald Trump kerana bersubahat dalam pilihan raya Presiden AS 2016 yang membawa kemenangan kepada parti Republikan.

Saman itu dikemukakan oleh Jawatankuasa Kebangsaan Demokratik di mahkamah Manhattan dengan dakwaan Rusia memberi maklumat kepada kumpulan kempen Trump.

Maklumat itu termasuklah Rusia telah melancarkan serangan siber terhadap DNC yang membawa kepada pendedahan maklumat yang merosakkan reputasi pesaingnya, Hillary Clinton. – AFP

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Fired FBI director Comey says Trump morally unfit


WASHINGTON: Former FBI director James Comey said in an ABC News interview on Sunday that U.S. President Donald Trump is a dangerous, “morally unfit” leader doing “tremendous damage” to institutional and cultural norms.

Comey, fired by Trump in May last year, was worried the president may be open to blackmail by Russia given claims he was present when prostitutes urinated on each other during a 2013 Moscow visit.

Comey’s firing came as the Federal Bureau of Investigation was probing possible connections between Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and Russia’s meddling in the U.S. election.

Russia has denied interfering in the election and Trump has denied any collusion or improper activity.

Comey said in the exclusive interview with ABC News‘ George Stephanopoulos, which aired at 10pm on Sunday (0200 GMT on Monday), that it is “possible, but I don’t know” whether Russia has evidence to back up the allegations about Trump’s Moscow trip.

Trump told Comey that he had not stayed overnight in the Moscow hotel and that the claims related to the prostitutes were not true, Comey said.

“A person … who talks about and treats women like they’re pieces of meat, who lies constantly about matters big and small and insists the American people believe it, that person’s not fit to be president of the United States, on moral grounds. And that’s not a policy statement,” Comey said.

“He is morally unfit to be president,” he added.

Comey has a tell-all book, “Higher Loyalty,” due out on Tuesday.

Comey's tell-all book, "Higher Loyalty," is due out on Tuesday. - REUTERS
The book’s imminent release – and the slated ABC News interview – prompted Trump to hurl a new set of insults at Comey earlier on Sunday, challenging accusations made in the book, and insisting that he never pressed Comey to be loyal to him.

“Slippery James Comey, a man who always ends up badly and out of whack (he is not smart!), will go down as the WORST FBI Director in history, by far!” Trump wrote early on Sunday in one of five Twitter posts aimed directly at Comey.

Reuters and other news outlets have obtained copies of Comey’s book before its formal release. In it, Comey wrote that Trump, in a private meeting, pressed the then-FBI director for his loyalty.

Comey told ABC News that the title of the book came from that “bizarre conversation” he had with Trump at the White House in January 2017, shortly after his inauguration.

“He asked for my loyalty personally as the F.B.I. director. My loyalty’s supposed to be to the American people and to the institution,” Comey said in the interview.

The FBI has long tried to operate as an independent law enforcement agency.

“I never asked Comey for Personal Loyalty. I hardly even knew this guy. Just another of his many lies,” Trump said on Twitter.

Comey is now a crucial witness for Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into whether Trump has tried to obstruct the Russia probe.

Comey told ABC News that he believes there is “certainly some evidence of obstruction of justice.”

Comey also defended his decision to publicly disclose the FBI’s re-opening of its investigation into Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s handling of email when she was secretary of state.

The Clinton probe was already public, Comey said, whereas the FBI’s examination of possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia was in its early stages. It did not become publicly known until after the 2016 presidential election.

Despite his myriad of reservations about Trump, Comey told ABC News that he did not believe the U.S. Congress should impeach him, as it would let the American people “off the hook” for something “they’re duty bound to do directly.”

“People in this country need to stand up and go to the voting booth and vote their values,” he said.

U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan, interviewed on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday morning, expressed qualified support for Comey. Asked whether Comey was a man of integrity, the Republican speaker said: “As far as I know,” but added that he did not know him well.

Asked about Trump’s use last week of the words “slime ball” to describe Comey, Ryan said: “I don’t use words like that.”

Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said the ABC interview reaffirms that Comey’s “higher loyalty is to himself.”

“He has no credibility and President Trump was right to follow through on the bipartisan calls for him to be fired,” McDaniel said in a statement.



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AS guna berita palsu untuk serang Syria Trump umpama Hitler – Rusia



DAMSYIK: Tindakan Amerika Syarikat (AS) bersama sekutunya Britain dan Perancis melancarkan serangan udara ke atas Syria pada awal Sabtu, disifatkan sebagai campur tangan kuasa Barat terhadap rejim Bashar al Assad dan konco-konconya.

Operasi dilancar seminggu selepas serangan senjata kimia yang meragut hampir 100 nyawa termasuk kanak-kanak di Douma, Timur Ghoutah.

Menurut TRT World, serangan berterusan selama 45 minit itu dibuat ketika Presiden AS Donald Trump membuat pengumuman dari White House.

Dalam siaran berkenaan, Trump mengarahkan serangan tepat dibuat ke atas lokasi yang didakwa menempatkan senjata kimia rejim Bashar.

Menurut agensi berita itu, bunyi letupan kedengaran di ibu negara Syria, Damsyik.

Trump berkata, gabungan operasi dengan Britain dan Perancis akan berterusan sehingga Damsyik berhenti menggunakan senjata itu.

Mengulas mengenai pembabitannya, Presiden Perancis, Emmanuel Macron menjelaskan operasi udara dilakukan secara terbatas iaitu membabitkan sasaran yang menjadi lokasi yang menghasilkan senjata kimia.

Sementara itu, Perdana Menteri Britain, Theresa May berkata operasi  dilakukan bukan untuk campur tangan dengan perang saudara di negara itu atau menukar kerajaan.

Mengulas mengenai perkembangan terbaru, Rusia menyamakan Trump sama seperti Adolf Hitler.

“Trump bukan setakat melakukan jenayah di seluruh dunia, dia adalah Hitler nombor dua,” kata Timbalan Pengerusi  Jawatankuasa Pertahanan Duma, Alexender Sherin.

Sementara itu Syria dan sekutunya Rusia menyifatkan tuduhan penggunaan senjata kimia dalam serangan ke atas orang awam di Douma sebagai rekaan.

Ia selari dengan kenyataan Duta Moscow ke Majlis Keselamatan Pertubuhan Bangsa- Bangsa Bersatu (PBB), Vassily Nebenzia  yang menyifatkan pembunuhan itu sebagai berita palsu.

Beliau berkata, negara anggota tetap Majlis Keselamatan iaitu Amerika Syarikat, Britain dan Perancis telah menggunakan retorik melampau dan biadab dalam memerangi negara Syria.



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Mustapa: Hard to renegotiate TPPA if Trump wants US to rejoin


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MO,13/4/2018, KUALA LUMPUR: Renegotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) to make significant changes may be difficult, says Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed. In a response to President Donald Trump’s indication that the United States might rejoin the trade deal, the International Trade and Industry Minister said the 11 member countries in the agreement had achieved a balanced deal for all parties involved.

“Renegotiation will not only take a long time, but also alter the balance of benefits for parties,” he said in his twitter account @Mustapa_Mohamed on Friday (April 13). Trump had told Republican senators on Thursday (April 12) that he had asked United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow to re-open negotiations.

However, in his Twitter post a few hours later, Trump said the US would “only join TPP if the deal was substantially better than the deal offered to Pres Obama. “We already have BILATERAL deals with six of the eleven nations in TPP, and are working to make a deal with the biggest of those nations, Japan, who has hit us hard on trade for years!”

Malaysia and 10 other countries decided to push ahead with the free trade agreement and signed a deal now known as the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) in March. The 11 countries are Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam.

The CPTPP will incorporate the original TPP agreement but suspend 20 provisions, 11 of which are related to intellectual property.

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Trump adakan mesyuarat bincang isu Syria – Nasional


WASHINGTON 12 April – Presiden Amerika Syarikat (AS), Donald Trump berkata beliau akan menemui penasihat teratasnya mengenai Syria hari ini dan berjanji mengumumkan keputusan mengenai kemungkinan tindakan ketenteraan di negara itu secepat mungkin.

Sebelum itu, jurucakap Pertubuhan bagi Pencegahan Senjata Kimia (OPCW) mengesahkan bahawa pasukan misi pencarian fakta badan itu sedang dalam perjalanan ke Syria dan akan memulakan operasi pada Sabtu ini.

“Kami akan mengadakan pertemuan hari ini mengenai Syria. Kita akan lihat apa yang bakal berlaku,” kata Trump dalam satu majlis perhimpunan penggubal undang-undang dan gabenor negeri di White House.-AFP



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Lagi pegawai keselamatan tertinggi Trump letak jawatan – Nasional


WASHINGTON 12 April – Timbalan Penasihat Keselamatan Negara Presiden Donald Trump meletak jawatan semalam, pegawai kanan ketiga meninggalkan Majlis Keselamatan Negara sejak ketibaan John Bolton, minggu ini.

Nadia Schadlow meletak jawatan selepas kurang tiga bulan memegang jawatan itu dengan memainkan peranan utama merangka strategi keselamatan negara Amerika Syarikat (AS).

“Pentadbiran merakamkan perhargaan kepada Dr. Schadlow di atas perkhidmatan dan kepimpinan dalam merangka strategi keselamatan negara Presiden, ‘Amerika First’,” kata jurucakap White House, Raj Shah. – AFP



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As Trump Mideast peace plan nears completion rollout still unclear – Source



WASHINGTON: The Trump administration has nearly completed a long-awaited Israeli-Palestinian peace plan but is still struggling to decide how and when to roll it out, a senior White House official said, acknowledging that Washington faces a “disconnect” with Palestinians over its planned U.S. embassy move to Jerusalem.

The initiative, which had been widely expected to be released earlier this year, now looks likely to remain on the shelf until its chief architects – President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt – finalize the details and determine the right time to unveil it.

Their decision could depend on an array of obstacles, not least that one of the two sides in the decades-old conflict – the Palestinians – say they have lost faith in the Trump administration to act as a fair mediator and have boycotted the process since last December’s Jerusalem announcement.

The White House has offered few details on a peace plan that has drawn widespread skepticism even before its unveiling.

Asked whether it would contain a U.S. commitment to a two-state solution, as the Palestinians have demanded, the official said: “You can stick with whatever President Trump has said … He would support it if the two sides agree.” But he declined  to specify whether or not the U.S. stance on that issue would be part of the actual final document.

The chill between the White House and Palestinians has affected the peace effort, the official acknowledged, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The “disconnect” with Palestinians over Jerusalem “is not a small blip,” the official said in an interview with Reuters.

Most experts question whether Kushner and Greenblatt, both of whom had no prior diplomatic experience, can achieve any deal.

Pushing back against critics who say the plan is likely to be biased in favor of U.S. ally Israel, the official said both sides would find parts “they like and they hate.”

Among the still-unresolved questions is what the plan will propose for the future of Jerusalem, the official said, citing one of the most sensitive issues in a long history of failed U.S.-led peacemaking.

The official conceded this administration’s efforts might fail too, saying: “It may not work for us either.”

Trump, in a decision that incensed the Palestinians and aggravated Arab and Western allies, reversed decades of U.S. policy when he recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and initiated the move of the U.S. embassy there from Tel Aviv in mid-May.

Israel considers all of Jerusalem – home to sites holy to Muslims, Jews and Christians – to be its capital, a claim not widely accepted internationally. The Palestinians want the city’s eastern part as the capital of a future state.

“We are refining it,” the official said of a peace plan that Trump has boasted could reach the “ultimate deal.” “We are definitely still struggling on Jerusalem … But we are very close to completing it.”

Other issues likely to complicate the rollout include the latest Israel-Gaza violence, Trump’s decision due next month on whether to abandon the Iran nuclear deal and the international tensions over a suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria.

While insisting the plan is progressing, the senior official said: “We’re going to look at all the surrounding circumstances and we’re going to decide” when to announce it.

Trump’s team has had back channel discussions with “regular” Palestinians but their leaders show no sign of returning to negotiations, the official said. The administration does not rule out going ahead with the rollout anyway.

The plan will propose detailed solutions to main disputes: borders, the future of Jewish settlements on occupied land, the fate of Palestinian refugees and security.

While Trump’s new national security adviser, John Bolton, is a pro-Israel hawk who has criticized previous U.S. peace moves, the official said the Middle East team has already met with him and believe he will be supportive.



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