When former FBI chief accuses Trump of being "morally unfit" to be president

Donald Trump is "morally unfit" to lead the United States, said former director FBI James Comey in an interview with ABC TV broadcast Sunday, April 15. Throughout this interview, Mr. Comey, who was fired in 2017 by Mr. Trump as FBI leader, paints a very bleak portrait of the president, portrayed as a liar "dirtying everyone around him".

"I do not believe in those stories that he is mentally deficient or in the early stages of dementia," said Mr. Comey. "I do not think he's medically unfit, I think he's morally unfit to be president." "Our president must embody respect and adhere to the values ​​that are at the heart of our country.The most important (of these values) is the truth.This president is not able to do that," said Mr. Comey. 19659003] "The problem with this president is that he is messing with everyone around him," the former FBI leader said. "And the question is (…) what level of fouling finally renders you unfit to achieve your goal of protecting the country and serving it."

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And Mr. Comey Grounds the Grievances Against Mr. . Trump. "A person who talks about women and treats them like pieces of meat, who is constantly lying about the important things as well as about the little things and insists that the American people believe them, this person is not fit to be president from the United States, for moral reasons "

M. Trump fired Mr Comey in 2017, questioning how the FBI conducted the investigation into Democratic Hillary Clinton's illegal use of a private email server when she was secretary of state. The president also lambasted the FBI's investigation into suspicions of collusion between Trump's team and Russian officials during the campaign for the 2016 presidential election.

M. Comey has just published a 300-page book titled "A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership" in which he portrays Mr. Trump's vitriol, accusing him of being obsessed with his image and caring little about the good public. The book presents Donald Trump as a mafia boss, a dishonest and egocentric being

M. Trump, for its part, was once again unleashed Sunday against the former head of the FBI in a series of tweets. He wrote that Ms. Clinton's email investigation was conducted "stupidly" and called Mr. Comey "scraping".

(With AFP)

Pesticide Mission: Disappointed on glyphosate, Batho resigns as Vice President

Socialist MEP and former Minister of Ecology Delphine Batho, disappointed with conclusions "not up to" the fact-finding mission on phytosanitary products, announced Thursday his resignation of the vice-presidency.

"I have just resigned from the vice-presidency of the information mission on phyto-pharmaceutical products because the draft report does not advocate the exit of glyphosate or even its prohibition in three years, only the prohibition for a "specific" use, she announced at a meeting of the Commission for Sustainable Development.

"Continue as before, it is not up to par, while every day brings a lot of news alarming studies on the impact of pesticides on human health and the collapse of biodiversity, which is also far below the commitments of the President of the Republic on the release of glyphosate, "Ms Batho told AFP

In the draft report, she also regretted statements stating, for example, that the assessment of the health effects of pesticides remained delicate, or the absence of mention of the "Monsanto Papers" case. 19659002] In the eyes of this the vice-president of the Socialist Group, the only point of advance in the report is the creation of a compensation fund for victims of phytosanitary products, subject of a bill PS passed in early February in the Senate against the opinion

On the other hand, pleading for "the hour of truth", Ms Batho passed an amendment to ban the glyphosate from July 2021, during the examination, for opinion, of the draft law. law on agriculture in Sustainable Development Committee. The measure is not yet part of the bill.

The rapporteur LREM initially objected that it was "perhaps a little fast compared to the approach of the president and the government of conviction to the partners". Further proof, according to former PS minister, of an "ongoing rewriting of the presidential commitment, a great procrastination behind the scenes of power."

An amendment by Matthieu Orphelin (LREM), former right-hand man of Nicolas Hulot in his foundation, to include in the law a definition of neonicotinoids was also adopted.

And the president of the commission and former Secretary of State for Biodiversity Barbara Pompili (LREM, from the ranks of ecologists) has then hailed on Twitter "progress in committee on the prohibition of glyphosate, the definition of neonicotinoids, training in alternatives to phyto … and vote on a report on the compensation of victims of phyto".

Tax reform: how Donald Trump became more than ever president of the rich

Oops! Even for a Republican, it was too much. Or rather, too little. The tweet was quickly erased. What was he saying? "The secretary at a public school in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, said she was pleasantly surprised to see her pay increase by $ 1.50 a week, and said it would do more than pay her yearly membership in Costco [géant américain de la grande distribution]. "Thank you Donald Trump what generosity! The author of these dead lines, Paul Ryan, is Speaker of the House of Representatives – the equivalent of the President of the National Assembly in France – and yet a group leader of the mega-tax reform voted in December in United States .

A jackpot for the 0.1% …

The question remains: who will benefit from this tax reform to 1.500 billion dollars over ten years? We already know that the most fortunate individuals, the famous 0.1%, rack up the jackpot, between the decline of the tax on income, that on inheritance and other generous gifts. But what about lambda employees? According to the White House, tax cuts will mean an average salary increase of $ 4,000 a year. It is too early to check, but not too much to celebrate the bonuses that are already starting to distribute the bosses. "Since we voted tax cuts, about 3 million employees have received bonuses related to these decreases.For many, this represents thousands and thousands of dollars per employee," boasted Donald Trump during his State of the Union speech, January 30.

This $ 3 million figure comes from the think tank Americans for Tax Reform, one of the main supporters of the reform. And it is true that many large companies have started to distribute bonuses: Apple Walmart, AT & T, American Airlines, Home Depot … But they are still in the minority: an analysis of the think tank Americans for Tax Fairness shows at the end of January, only 46 of the 500 largest US companies had announced a plan to share the windfall with their employees. When asked by Reuters-Ipsos in mid-January, 2% of US adults said they had received a bonus, an increase or benefits related to tax reform. And a survey of 241 companies, conducted in December by the Aon Hewitt firm, indicates that 83% do not consider salary increases as a result of the reform. For companies that distribute bonuses, the amount most often announced is a bonus of $ 1,000, round and consistent figure. The details are sometimes less attractive. For example, bonuses distributed by Walmart or DIY giants Home Depot and Lowe's are subject to seniority in the company: Home Depot requires 20 years of seniority to earn $ 1,000; median seniority is three years in the distribution sector

Another bad surprise, some large companies took advantage of the announcement of the good news to slip another: layoffs. Hours after the CEO of AT & T announced a $ 1,000 bonus and congratulated Donald Trump and the Republicans on this "milestone", the phone giant sent letters of dismissal to some 600 employees in Illinois and the United States. Midwest. Same timing at Walmart, announcing bonuses and increases and then, a few hours later, the closure of 63 warehouse clubs of its subsidiary Sam's Club

Moreover, some ad effects are misleading. Companies credit the tax reform with the measures they had already decided. In mid-January, Apple announced its desire "to accelerate" its investment in the United States, creating 20,000 jobs and contributing $ 350 billion to the US economy over five years; in fact, the company already had these projects before the vote of the reform.

… crumbs for employees

In total, an estimate made by the national daily USA Today indicates that more than 1.3 million Employees will receive bonuses and increases as a result of the reform, amounting to $ 1.7 billion. An insignificant amount compared to the profits that large companies will derive from this reform: according to a study by Credit Suisse, they will pay this year 75 to 100 billion dollars less tax and will see their profitability a jump of 8% ! How to explain such a gap between the profit windfall and the crumbs distributed to employees? Simple: The overwhelming majority of these profits will go to shareholders. More than $ 125 billion of share buybacks have already been announced since the Senate passed the bill. A single example but they are all alike: the third bank in the country, Bank of America, will distribute $ 145 million in premiums in 2018. Or 5% of $ 2.7 billion that will bring him the tax reform.

The new men

One year ago, no one would have imagined a love story between Donald Trump and brothers David and Charles Koch, 8th world fortune. But the vote on tax reform has changed everything: thanks to it, these two billionaires could save annually $ 1 to $ 1.4 billion in taxes, a figure that does not take into account other potential savings on their profits. offshore and … their inheritance rights. As a result, the Koch networks plan to inject 300 to 400 million in the 2018 election campaign. And they are not the only billionaires to benefit from this reform. Steve Wynn (casinos), energy giants like ExxonMobil, and Wall Street, such as the Blackstone hedge fund, are on the line to win the jackpot. Even those who are not overtly Republicans: for Apple, Donald Trump's tax giveaway amounts to tens of billions of dollars.

Oops! Even for a Republican, it was too much. Or rather, too little. The tweet was quickly erased. What was he saying? "The secretary of a public school in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, said she was pleasantly surprised to see her pay increase by $ 1.50 a week. She says it will do more than pay her yearly membership to Costco [géant américain de la grande distribution]. Thank you Donald Trump, what generosity! The author of these dead lines, Paul Ryan, is Speaker of the House of Representatives – the equivalent of the President of the National Assembly in France – and yet a group leader of the mega-tax reform voted in December in the United States.

A jackpot for the 0.1% …

The question remains: who will benefit from this tax reform to $ 1.5 trillion over ten years? We already know that the most fortunate individuals, the famous 0.1%, rack up the jackpot, between the decline in income tax, that on inheritance and other generous gifts. But what about lambda employees? According to the White House, tax cuts will mean an average salary increase of $ 4,000 a year. It is too early to check, but not too much to celebrate the bonuses that are already starting to distribute the bosses. "Since we voted tax cuts, about 3 million employees have received bonuses related to these decreases. For many, this represents thousands and thousands of dollars per employee, "boasted Donald Trump during his State of the Union address on January 30.

A number of North Korean officials cancel meeting with US vice president

US officials said Vice President Mike Pence had earlier been scheduled to meet with officials from North Korea earlier this month but North Korea canceled the meeting at the last minute.

The meeting was scheduled for February 10, during a visit by the Pence to South Korea to attend the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang held a day earlier.

North Korea Unexpectedly Cancels the Meeting with the US Vice President

Pence was originally scheduled to held talks with Kim Yo-jong, sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, and Kim Yong-nam, head of North Korean regime's government. Both North Korean figures led the North Korean delegation to the opening ceremony. According to The Washington Post, the meeting is scheduled to take place in the Blue House, the residence of the president of South Korea.

Baa also: America Indicates Willingness to Speak with North Korea

Ministry spokesman US Foreign Secretary Heather Nauert said Pence was ready to use the opportunity to urge North Korea to abandon its ballistic and nuclear missile programs. However, Nauert said North Korean government officials canceled the meeting ahead of its implementation.

The administration of President Donald Trump initially denied any meeting between Pence and some North Korean officials ahead of the Pence trip. But The Washington Post, based on information from a White House official, said the meeting was scheduled after the CIA was informed that North Korea wants to meet the US vice-president during a visit to the Korean Peninsula. [ab/uh]

North Korea suddenly cancel meeting with US vice president

United States Vice President Mike Pence is set to hold a historic meeting with North Korean officials on the sidelines of the Winter Olympics in South Korea, but Kim Jong Un's administration canceled its meeting at the last moment, the Trump Administration said on Tuesday (19/2) Associated Press reported.

The possibility of a meeting between Pence and North Korea was highly anticipated in the vice president's visit to Pyeongchang, South Korea, where he led a US delegation to the opening ceremony. Ahead of Pence's visit, Trump officials confirmed that they had not requested a meeting with North Korea, but opened up the possibility.

No indication of the meeting had been planned, and then canceled unexpectedly, until Tuesday, more than a week after Pence returned to the United States. The Foreign Office said that Pence was "ready to take this opportunity" to urge Pyongyang to abandon its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile program. [as/al]