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Resignation of Trump Minister of Health criticized for private flights

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Tom Price, US Minister of Health, entangled in a scandal related to the use of private aircraft for his governmental travel, resigned Friday, said the White House.

Mr. Price “presented his resignation and the president (Donald Trump) accepted it,” the US executive said in a statement.

A few minutes earlier, Mr. Trump had suggested that Mr. Price’s hours in his government were counted.

“I’m not happy, I can tell you,” he said in an exchange with journalists from the White House gardens, saying he was “disappointed” by his minister.

Politico, who revealed the case, had counted no less than 26 trips of Tom Price by private aircraft since the beginning of the year, for a total exceeding $ 400,000.

In particular, a roundtrip between Washington and Philadelphia in a plane chartered for $ 25,000, while there are many flights between the two cities on the east coast.

Faced with controversy, the minister announced on Thursday evening that he would reimburse the costs corresponding to his seat and committed to travel more than on regular lines. In vain.

The 62-year-old orthopedist, who was elected from South Georgia to the House of Representatives, is also likely to pay Donald Trump’s displeasure over the failed reform of Obamacare, the emblematic law of his Democratic predecessor.

In announcing the appointment of Mr. Price in his government, the US president said he was “exceptionally qualified to carry out our commitment to abrogate and replace the Obamacare.”

All attempts in this direction have since failed in Congress.

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Farmer plows message for the NFL Players: ‘We stand for the national anthem’

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A farmer from North Dakota Gene Hanson has a solid message for NFL players protesting during the national anthem by kneeling before games, and he plowed it into his field of bean crops.

“We stand for the national anthem,” the massive message, which spans the length of two football fields, read in response to the controversial protests.

“I go with Trump on this one,” Hanson told Fox News. “If you want to protest, that’s not the place to do it. A lot of people died over our flag. We’re able to voice our opinion because of it. If you’re going to show respect for anything, do it for the national anthem.”

It took Hansen two tries and two hours to get his message right, as his initial endeavor was thwarted when a bystander intruded on him with just two letters left to finish. He identifies as a Republican and an avid supporter of President Trump and is doing what he can to send his support to Washington, D.C. from his farm.

The rancher has turned out to be popular for the huge messages that he carves into his 840-acre farm, which he photographs by flying his two-seater plane over them Some of his previous messages include “Drain the Swamp,” “Blue Lives Matter,” “GOP, get your act together” and “Vote Trump.” He said he caught a lot of flack for his “Never Hillary” message, but “most responses have been positive.”

 

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China wants to be at the top of the world in arms

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President Xi Jinping said that China should aim to achieve, and even surpass, the weapons technology of the Western powers.

Chinese President Xi Jinping has expressed his desire to the country’s leading defense companies to maximize their armaments so that China is on par with “the most powerful” in the world, according to a documentary issued by Chinese state television this week.

The independent South China Morning Post echoed the Chinese leader’s statements in a CCTV documentary on Monday, in which Xi stated that “gun developers should aim to achieve and even surpass, technology ( armament) of other countries. ”

Military power.  “The importance of weapon development has increased as military technologies have improved in recent years … It is impossible to win a battle if there is an arms gap,” he said.

The documentary series, titled “Mighty Army”, revealed that the Chinese president’s wishes not only point to an improvement of the weaponry itself, but also to the scientific and technological systems of its armed forces: supercomputing, satellite navigation or ballistic missiles. defense.

New defense technologies.  “China’s anti-ballistic missile technology is catching up with the United States,” Xi said, adding that so far only these two countries around the world can successfully intercept missiles of this type.

Experts consulted by this newspaper said that China is using its young talent – university or recent graduates – to develop these improvements and “and get a fighting force in the future,” programs such as the Beidou navigation system, Chinese equivalent to the US GPS.

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Trump avoids talking about gun control after the shooting in Las Vegas

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The president of the United States, a fierce defender of the right to bear arms, has not made any reference to the issue since the Sunday massacre.

President of the United States,  Donald Trump said Tuesday that Sunday’s shooting in Las Vegas, with 59 dead and over 500 wounded, was the work of “a madman” and stopped again talk about the control of firearms in the country. From his campaign and during his presidency, the Republican has had the defenders of the right to carry arms as an important part of its political base.

In brief statements to reporters before traveling to Puerto Rico, he described the attacker as “a sick man”, “a man of insanity”, “with a lot of problems, I imagine”, not to mention that 23 firearms were found in the hotel room from where he shot at those attending a concert. Trump once again avoided condemning or simply referring to gun violence, along with the lines of his  statements on Monday, preferring to focus on police action, calling his “quick” response a “miracle.”

Speaking at a press conference shortly after that appearance, presidential spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said it was “premature” to talk about legislation for greater arms control and said that debate could be held later. However, he recalled that Trump is “an outspoken advocate” of the right to bear arms. Democratic lawmakers urged Republicans to stop blocking gun control laws after the Las Vegas shooting, which was committed with a very powerful firearm and whose attacker had a whole arsenal with him.

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