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)

Trump treats James Comey, the ex-FBI director he fired, as a "proven liar"

Donald Trump on Friday treated "liar" James Comey, the former FBI director he fired and who has just published a brutally critical book of the US president, and believes it should be sued. "James Comey organized leaks and is a proven liar," tweeted the president early in the morning, accusing Mr. Comey of "fleeing CLASSIFIEES information, for which he should be pursued."

US President Donald Trump is an inveterate liar submitting his entourage to a code of loyalty recalling the attitude of a "mafia" leader, believes in his memoirs former FBI boss James Comey. In this much-anticipated book that leaked in the press Thursday, a few days before its release, the former police chief describes a tenant of the White House obsessed with details scabrous about him. Mr. Comey recounts that the president asked him to investigate allegations that he was confronted by Russian prostitutes in a hotel in Moscow in 2013.

"I am germophobic, it would not be possible for me to let people to be pee in front of me, "said the billionaire about sexual relations with prostitutes, during which they would have urinated on his request. "I missed a laugh," says Mr. Comey, according to this excerpt relayed by the Washington Post. This "file" was written by a former British intelligence agent on behalf of political opponents to the Republican candidate. Credited initially by American intelligence, its authenticity was then completely questioned.

During this discussion in the Trump Tower in January 2017, Mr. Trump asked the FBI leader to wring his neck in these affirmations which were very unfavorable to him "in case there is only one chance out of 100 that they are taken seriously by his wife, Melania", according to James Comey. This exchange with the president "made me return to the beginning of my career, when I was prosecutor against the Middle," he added. The former police chief described a mafia-like scene: "The silent circle that nods in. The boss who does day and night, the oaths of loyalty, the world view that all are against us." generalized, whether large or small, serving a kind of code of loyalty that places the organization above morality and truth. "

" This president is immoral, detached from the truth and institutional values ​​"

For James Comey," this president is immoral, detached from the truth and institutional values ​​". "His leadership is transactional, focused on ego and personal loyalty," he insists. James Comey's memoirs, "A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership", trace his 20-year career as New York Attorney and then Deputy Minister of Justice in the George W. Bush government, and head of the FBI. between 2013 and 2017.

In the White House as among Republican officials, the book has raised fears about the damage it could inflict on a Trump presidency already affected by rumors, dismissals and resignations. The Republican Party has already put online a site called "Lyin 'Comey" ("Comey the liar), where we can see scroll through a series of quotes of political figures, derogatory to the former boss The book, which comes out on April 17, has risen to the top of Amazon's pre-sales rankings, helped by Twitter's avenging messages from Donald Trump, who fired him in May 2017.

At an extraordinary hearing in the Senate, James Comey revealed the pressure from the White House, the fact that the President demanded his "loyalty" and asked him to abandon a part of the investigation into General Michael Flynn, his national security adviser, forced to resign.

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Chemical attack in Syria: Trump announces impending decisions

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The US President promised Monday to make decisions in the "24/48 hours" after the alleged chemical attack in the Syrian city of Duma, denouncing a "heinous act against innocents."

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Minister of the Environment Leads Great But Trump Defends Him

First-class travel, permanent bodyguards, excessive spending, very advantageous rent: the spending scandal of Donald Trump's environment minister swells, but the US president reiterated his support, satisfied with his action.

Scott Pruitt has headed the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) since last year, tasked with one of the Trump Presidency's priority missions: to dismantle Barack Obama's environmental record.

Oklahoma, where he had built his reputation as an advocate for the fossil industries as Attorney General, he got on with his new job with such zeal that he is now thanked by Donald Trump, who had not been so lenient to Ministers of Health or Veterans Affairs.

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Scott Pruitt has indeed traveled a lot in first class, accompanied by numerous bodyguards. A safety precaution, justified the EPA, evoking threats … But the argument collapsed when it was learned that Mr. Pruitt, for personal trips he had to pay from his pocket, was content to

The number of bodyguards is plethoric, compared to its predecessors: 19 agents and 19 vehicles, for protection 24 hours a day, according to CNN. Democrat Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, who was contacted confidentially by EPA officials, estimates that the number was 30 in a six-week period.

By comparison, Gina McCarthy, who was in the same post under Barack Obama, had only half a dozen, and was traveling alone on weekends. Another administrator, under George W. Bush, Christine Todd, told CNN that she was walking to work alone.

– 'Preferential treatment' –

Scott Pruitt is also charged with having transferred a bodyguard who had refused to activate the sirens on his vehicle because the Minister was late for a dinner because it was not an emergency.

He allegedly ordered excessive expenses such as installing a secure phone booth in his office ($ 43,000). At least five public servants who opposed other spending plans, such as buying an armored office or renting a private plane on a monthly basis, were dismissed or sacked, according to the New York Times.

Not to mention the particularly advantageous lease signed by Scott Pruitt for his nights in Washington: an apartment rented $ 50 a night to a lobbyist, well below market prices.

The US president has, surprisingly, conceded that his minister was relatively expensive

"Although security spending is somewhat higher than its predecessors, Scott Pruitt has received death threats because of his bold action at the EPA," tweeted Donald Trump. "Exceptionally clean air and water, while saving billions of dollars in the US"

"Rent was about the price of the market, travel expenses OK Scott does a great job!"

If the presidential tweet clears the sky in the short term, it does not put an end to the affair.

The Inspector General of the EPA investigates, and the Democratic Opposition of the Congress continues to discover overwhelming facts, referred by EPA officials who regard Pruitt as the agency's gravedigger and benefit from a law allowing them to confidentially confide in parliamentarians to denounce ethical violations.

"While security issues are extremely important, personal security should never be used as a pretext for obtaining preferential treatment," wrote Senator Sheldon Whitehouse to the Inspector General of the EPA. [19659002ManyelectedDemocratsandthreeRepublicanscalledforhisresignationTherestofthemajority'selectedofficialsareincreasinglyreluctanttodefendit

Trey Gowdy, Chair of the House Government Control Commission, has said in response to an environmental activist that he "lost patience" for this kind of behavior.

But as long as the President maintains his trust, Scott Pruitt is assured of keeping his job.

Donald Trump hits hard and threatens Beijing with $ 100 billion in taxes

"I asked the Ministry of Commerce to consider whether an additional $ 100 billion of tariffs would be adjusted under Article 301 (on intellectual property) and, in this case, to identify on which they could be taxed, "said the US president in a statement. Even if he has clearly decided to raise the pressure by one step by answering in Beijing, it is only threats.

The China s is declared Friday ready to "go to the end" and "whatever the price" in a commercial war with the United States, after new threats of the American president Donald Trump . "If the United States ignores the opposition of China and the international community and persists in their unilateral and protectionist measures, China is ready to go to the end, whatever the price," said the Chinese Ministry of Commerce in a statement. Trump threatened Thursday to impose $ 100 billion of new customs duties on Chinese imports, in response to retaliatory measures announced by Beijing.

US Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer took care to note in a statement that, as the trade retaliation announced on April 3 by the United States that provoked the ire and the threat of retaliation from Beijing this week, they would only come into force after the end of a public consultation process. However, the prospect of a proper trade dispute is a concern for investors and stock prices have suffered in recent weeks.

"President Trump proposes an appropriate response to China's recent threat of After a detailed investigation, the USTR found irrefutable evidence that China's unreasonable actions were threatening the US economy, "he said. The USTR again denounces Chinese practices that, according to the Americans, are the looting of the intellectual property of American companies that want or do business in China.

Threats

"Economies Around the World – including the Chinese economy– would benefit from the application in China of policies that would truly reward hard work and innovation rather than pursue policies that distort the vital sector of high technology, "the USTR added. its press release. "Unfortunately, China has chosen to respond with threats of imposing unjustified taxes on billions of dollars worth of US exports, including our agricultural products, which would undoubtedly hurt even more workers, farmers and businesses. USTR,

In response to the Trump administration's Tuesday publication of a tentative list of products imported from China likely to be subject to new tariffs, Beijing responded with a A list of more strategic US products including soybean, automotive and aerospace for an amount equal to the first measures announced by Washington on Tuesday: $ 50 billion.

Beijing has taken careful to establish its list of future products to be taxed to hit as hard as possible regions that voted in favor of Donald Trump, according to experts. One way to exert maximum pressure on the billionaire, which ensures that it will seek a second mandate. China also made an official approach to the first round of tariffs by Trump on Thursday at the World Trade Organization (WTO)

In the Chinese text, published by the WTO, the Chinese delegation the organization is seeking "consultations" with Washington "on the taxes (and) measures" that Mr. Trump plans to apply "to certain products in various sectors including mechanical engineering, electronics, etc., from China". A "request for consultations" is the first step towards a formal complaint to the WTO Dispute Settlement Body.

Donald Trump has launched a merciless struggle against the US trade deficit which he sees as a sign of the weakness of his predecessors who have allowed the rest of the world to profit from the United States.

International mobilization

China is particularly in the sights. The US trade deficit (US $ 375.2 billion in 2017) pushed Trump to ask Chinese officials to "immediately reduce this $ 100 billion deficit." The latest US figures released on Thursday show that since the beginning of the year, the deficit on goods trading has further increased by more than 20%. "We are not in a trade war with China, this war was lost many years ago by stupid or incompetent people, people representing the United States," said Mr. Trump.

Chinese, rhetoric is no less warlike. "Any attempt to put China on its knees by threat and intimidation is doomed to failure," a spokesman for Chinese Foreign Ministry Geng Shuang warned at a press briefing. The Chinese Foreign Minister, visiting Moscow on Thursday, called for international mobilization against Washington, while Trump opened several fronts in his quest for "a better deal."

"The International Community must oppose as a whole such unilateral actions and violations of the rules, defend as a whole the growth of the global economy and help those who think that everything is allowed them to find common sense, "said Wang Yi at of a press conference

(source: AFP)