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'Hostage-taking': Democrats reject Trump's offer to end shutdown

'Hostage-taking': Democrats reject Trump's offer to end shutdown

World
Donald Trump has offered to extend temporary protection for people brought to the US illegally as children in a bid to end the government shutdown. The US president said he wanted to "break the logjam" but stuck to his demand for $ 5.7bn (£4.5bn) to fund his proposed wall on the US-Mexico border.He offered to extend protection for "dreamer" immigrants - who entered the US illegally when they were young with their parents - for another three years, allowing them access to work permits. Democrats were quick to reject the proposal, with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer calling it simply "more hostage-taking".There are about 700,000 "dreamers" who are currently protected from deportation under a programme that allows them to work but not get citizenship - a program...
Donald Trump's troubled charity foundation to shut down

Donald Trump's troubled charity foundation to shut down

World
US President Donald Trump's troubled charity foundation has agreed to close down amid allegations that he and others illegally misused its funds.The move was announced by the Attorney General of New York State, Barbara Underwood, who will supervise the distribution of its remaining monies.She has accused Mr Trump and his three eldest children of using it for private and political gain.The foundation's lawyer accused her of attempting to politicise the matter. Six legal headaches for Donald Trump What's the deal with the Trump Foundation? This is just one of several legal cases currently swirling around Mr Trump and his family. Others include a wide-ranging special counsel investigation into alleged ties between the Trump campaign...
French president requests respect following Trump's tweets

French president requests respect following Trump's tweets

World
French President Emmanuel Macron said France and the United States must respect each other, in a response to a flurry of critical tweets by Donald Trump. Macron said in an interview Wednesday with French television TF1 from the Charles-de-Gaulle aircraft carrier off the coast of southern France that "the French don't expect from me to answer to tweets." Trump lit into Macron Tuesday over his suggestion for a European defense force, French tariffs on U.S. wine and even Macron's approval ratings. Asked whether Trump's four tweets were unpleasant and inelegant, the French leader answered: "you summed up everything." He said he thinks that Trump "is doing American politics and I let him do American politics." "To be honest, I don't do diplomacy or politics through tweets and comments", he ad...
Could Trump's plan for lowering prescription drug prices work?

Could Trump's plan for lowering prescription drug prices work?

Health
This is a Kaiser Health News story. President Donald Trump’s new pledge to crack down on “the global freeloading” in prescription drugs had a sense of déjà vu. Five months ago, Trump unveiled a blueprint to address prohibitive drug prices, and his administration has been feverishly rolling out ideas ranging from posting drug prices on television ads to changing the rebates that flow between drugmakers and industry middlemen. Thursday, Trump proposed having Medicare base what it pays for some expensive drugs on the average prices in other industrialized countries, such as France and Germany, where prices are much lower. The proposal is in the early stages of rule-making and awaiting public comments. The U.S., Trump said, will “confront one of the most...
Trump's stunned silence as Kanye rants in White House

Trump's stunned silence as Kanye rants in White House

Entertainment
Kanye West appeared to stun Donald Trump into silence as he delivered an expletive-filled rant at the White House. Meeting the president in front of reporters and photographers in the Oval Office, the superstar rapper gave Mr Trump little chance to speak as he made a wide-ranging, off-the-cuff address.He sported a "Make America Great Again" hat - popularised during the president's campaign in 2016 - and revealed that his friends had tried to scare him into not wearing it.Nevertheless, he said he had "enough balls to put on this hat" as it made him feel like "superman", adding: "People expect that if you're black, you have to be Democrat." Image: Kanye West shows Donald Trump his mobile phone in the Oval Office Speaking...