Trump says that fired former aide who released tapes of recorded conversations is low life

Updated: AP reports that Omarosa Manigault Newman’s former colleagues said they are shocked that she secretly recorded private conversations with President Donald Trump and his chief of staff.

But surreptitious tapes in Trump’s world are nothing new, with the president himself once suggesting he secretly recorded fired FBI Director James Comey (who responded by saying : “Lordy, I hope there are tapes”).… Be Informed

Trump’s anti-press rhetoric very close to incitement to violence – Outgoing UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

The Guardian reports that the outgoing UN human rights commissioner described Donald Trump’s anti-press rhetoric as “very close to incitement to violence” that would lead to journalists censoring themselves or being attacked.

Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, a Jordanian prince and diplomat, is stepping down this month as UN high commissioner for human rights after deciding not to stand for a second four-year term, in the face of a waning commitment among world powers to fighting abuses.Be Informed

Erdogan phones Putin as Turkish Lira loses value as tensions with USA reach high levels (UPDATED)

UPDATE: A statement by the Kremlin announced that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan spoke by phone with Vladimir Putin to discuss “trade and economic cooperation.

The statement will fuel speculation that Erdoğan is moving closer to Russia as relations worsen between Turkey and the United States, even though both countries are NATO members.… Be Informed

POLITICO : Putin lobbied Trump on arms control

Vladimir Putin presented President Donald Trump with a series of requests during their private meeting in Helsinki last month, including new talks on controlling nuclear arms and prohibiting weapons in space, according to a Russian document obtained by POLITICO.

A page of proposed topics for negotiation, not previously made public, offers new insights into the substance of the July 16 dialogue that even Trump’s top advisers have said they were not privy to at the time.… Be Informed

Putin-Trump next meeting an issue of “to meet or not to meet” … that’s the question

Just two days after the White House postponed plans to have President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia visit Washington in the fall, the Russian leader said on Friday that he had invited President Trump to visit him in Moscow.

So the situation is as follows:

  • President Donald Trump is open to visiting Moscow — if he gets a formal invitation from Vladimir Putin, the White House said Friday.
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Trump “knew in advance” about campaign meeting in which Russians were expected to offer material for ‘dirt’ campaign against Clinton – Former Personal Attorney Cohen

CNN: Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former personal attorney, claims that then-candidate Trump knew in advance about the June 2016 meeting in Trump Tower in which Russians were expected to offer his campaign dirt on Hillary Clinton, sources with knowledge tell CNN.… Be Informed

Questions to Trump leads to banning of CNN correspondent from attending press event at White House

AP: A CNN correspondent was barred from attending an open press event at the White House on Wednesday because of questions she asked President Donald Trump earlier in the day.

Kaitlan Collins and her employer, CNN, say the White House denied Collins access to Trump’s Rose Garden event with the European Commission president because officials found her earlier questions “inappropriate.”

Collins had served as a representative of the television networks during an earlier pool spray in the Oval Office.… Be Informed

Recording of Trump discussing payment for Playboy model’s story goes live

AP / CNN: A secretly recorded tape of Donald Trump by his longtime personal lawyer was played on CNN Tuesday night in which the two can be heard talking about a potential payment for a Playboy model’s story about an alleged affair and the soon-to-be president is heard discussing whether to “pay with cash.”

The audio recording , surreptitiously made by Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen two months before the 2016 presidential election, was provided to CNN by Cohen’s attorney, Lanny Davis.… Be Informed

US President states he’s ready to impose tariffs on all $500 billion of imported goods from China

Reuters reports that U.S. President Donald Trump said he was ready to impose tariffs on all $500 billion of imported goods from China, threatening to escalate a clash over trade policy that has unnerved financial markets.

“We’re down a tremendous amount,” Trump said in an interview about trade imbalances with China on CNBC television broadcast on Friday.… Be Informed

Trump’s new version focuses on a tough stance

AP: President Donald Trump spent a second day Wednesday managing the political fallout from his widely criticised meeting with Russia’s Vladimir Putin, shifting stances and mopping up what the White House said were misstatements.

His toughness with the longtime American foe in question, Trump said he told the Russian president face-to-face during Monday’s summit to stay out of America’s elections “and that’s the way it’s going to be.”

BBC: The White House has insisted it believes Russia still poses a threat to the US amid confusion over comments made by President Donald Trump.… Be Informed

Thursday Morning Briefing

Good morning,

From Trump’s back pedalling to the Queen’s messages hidden in brooches. From the court room in Valletta to the temporary beach volley court in the same city.

Our Morning Briefing for Thursday, bringing you the salient news, as reported around in Malta and around the World.… Be Informed