Trump Visits NATO Headquarters, Drama in Montana Elections, 4th Circuit Court of Appeals Rules Against Trump’s Travel Ban, U.S. Military Says 100 Civilians Killed in Airstrike, and Announcements of New Deaf Superintendents Leading Deaf Schools
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President Trump visited the headquarters of the NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) in Brussels, Belgium. There was some tension there between Trump and other European leaders.
Here is a little background:
The NATO has an important “agreement” among member countries — Article 5 — which says if any of its members is attacked, it is considered as an attack on all — which means the whole of NATO must come in support of the country.
President Trump has previously criticized the NATO while campaigning for president — saying NATO members did not pay enough in defense spending — and that if elected, the U.S. would only help countries that ‘paid their dues.’
Trump even said the NATO was obsolete before he was elected, but later said it was no longer obsolete at the White House.
The current NATO “rules” say members should ‘aim to move towards’ paying 2% of the country’s GDP (Gross Domestic Product, the country’s “economical value”). The countries are expected to invest this money in their own militaries, and make it available to NATO.
Now back to Trump — he gave a speech in front of 28 member countries at new memorials that honored the fall of Berlin Wall, 9/11, and Article 5. It was at the new NATO headquarters building. Trump was standing next to a piece of metal from the World Trade Center.
Trump opened his speech with a moment of silence for those who died in the Manchester bombing. Trump then talked about the 9/11 attacks and thanked the NATO for supporting the U.S. with helping in the war in Afghanistan.
Trump talked about the fight against terrorism, then warned against mass immigration.
He told the members that 23 out of 28 member nations are not paying what they should be paying and that it was not fair to U.S. taxpayers.
Trump said if NATO countries made their full and complete contributions, then the NATO would be even stronger than what it is today — then added that the countries “owed NATO massive amounts of money, that there was a debt.”
He ended the speech without explicitly saying the U.S. would support NATO Article 5, only saying we are bind together by our commitments and will that the U.S. never forsake the friends who stood by our side.”
The White House later said those comments showed that Trump was 100% committed to Article 5 because he was talking at a ceremony that honored Article 5.
Later when there was a group photo opportunity with NATO members, Trump seemed to push aside the PM of Montenegro to get in front of the group. [Clip]
That clip went viral. Another clip that went viral is Trump’s handshake with the new French president Macron when they met for the first time at the American embassy in Brussels. Remember that Macron had very different world views than Trump and defeated a far-right candidate, Le Pen. See this clip:
They had another handshake at the NATO gathering — Macron was walking towards Trump, who was walking with a group of European leaders. Trump appeared to greet Macron, who turned right to greet German leader Merkel and two others before turning to Trump. That’s when Trump did his famous handshake-pull. See this clip
There’s always a lot of attention with Trump’s handshakes. Outside of the meetings, there were thousands of people who protested against Trump in Brussels, saying Trump had to go.
Some of them held signs saying, “get the hell out of our hole” — in reference to Trump calling Brussels a “hellhole” last year when talking about the increase of immigrants there.
So, after a very smooth and positive travel schedule in Saudi Arabia, Israel, and the Vatican City, Trump has run into some tension again with other world leaders and protesters in Brussels.
In Montana, there is a lot of drama and attention to an election for a empty seat for the House of Representatives after a leading Republican candidate, Greg Gianforte, allegedly body-slammed a reporter for the Guardian newspaper yesterday at his campaign office when the reporter asked him questions. The reporter’s glasses broke when Greg allegedly grabbed the reporter by his neck and slammed him to the ground.
After an investigation, Greg got a citation from the sheriff’s office, charged with misdemeanor assault and will have to appear in court.
Greg’s team has denied the body-slamming, saying the reporter entered his office without permission and aggressively shoved a recorder in his face, and when Greg tried to grab the recorder, the reporter grabbed his wrist and pushed both to the ground.
But there was audio recording of the incident and many said the reporter’s side was accurate in that Greg attacked him.
It’s caused political damage to Greg as three major Montana newspapers took away their endorsements of him for the House seat. All this happened the day before the election, wow.
His challenger is Democrat Rob Quist.
People in Montana are voting today for the replacement for Republican Ryan Zinke when he left his position to be Trump’s Interior Secretary.
We will see how much of an impact it has on Greg, who was leading by several percentage points in the polls.
One factor that will help Greg is that many in the state has cast absentee ballots, a majority of them were already mailed in by Tuesday night — well before the body-slamming.
The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals supported the block against Trump’s second attempt at imposing a temporary travel ban of six countries and refugees. This second ban was previously blocked in a federal court in Maryland, and appealed to the 4th Circuit Court — and now this court has ruled against the ban, so Trump’s ban is still considered unconstitutional and discriminatory.
Judges said there is evidence from Trump’s statements during his campaign and after his inauguration that showed views that were against Muslims — so it was a “compelling case” that the ban “targets” people based on their religion, against Muslims.
So, this is another setback for the Trump administration’s goals to have tougher immigration rules. There is another appeal decision based on a federal judge in Hawaii’s decision to block Trump’s second ban. That decision will come soon.
The Trump administration will probably want to continue to appeal this to the Supreme Court, as he has previously tweeted, “See you in court!” after federal judges ruled against his travel bans.
The U.S. military said at least 100 Iraqi civilians were killed in an airstrike that targeted ISIS snipers in Mosul, Iraq in March.
The military said when they fired against the snipers, it caused other explosives in the building (that belonged to ISIS) to go off, causing the whole building to collapse.
There were many civilians at the bottom of the building, apparently ordered there by ISIS fighters. Many of them died, and four more died in a nearby building. Very sad.
The military said they couldn’t have predicted that there were civilians inside of the building and used a smaller 500-pound bomb, but that the ISIS bombs inside were at least four times stronger.
There is still a battle in the western part of Mosul to take away control from ISIS.
NBC News: http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/pentagon-officials-say-u-s-airstrike-killed-over-100-civilians-n764541
We have two more new Deaf superintendents leading Deaf schools:
At the California School for the Deaf, Fremont — California Director of State Special Schools Scott Kerby announced Clark Brooke as their next superintendent.
The announcement was last night at the CSDF gym. On CSDF’s Facebook page, it showed Kerby announcing Clark’s name and the audience cheering and doing eagle signs.
According to the CSDF website, Clark Brooke was the Middle School principal.
Congratulations to Clark Brooke. He will start work July 1 and fills a vacancy left behind when the previous superintendent, Dr. Sean Virnig, was moved to another position within the state education department after protests against his leadership at the beginning of the school year (last August).
CSDF Page: http://www.csdeagles.com/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=563461&type=u&pREC_ID=857462
CSDF Facebook Video: https://www.facebook.com/CSDTHAT/videos/1416227698421167/
The second new superintendent announcement is at the Atlanta Area School for the Deaf — John Serrano will be their new leader starting July.
On AASD’s Facebook post, it said it is historical because John will be the school’s first Deaf superintendent.
John will be leaving his position as the Director of Academic Affairs at the Texas School for the Deaf here in Austin. He is a board member on the CEASD.
Congratulations to John, and best of luck on your move to Georgia and taking the reins of AASD
AASD Facebook Announcement: https://www.facebook.com/AtlantaAreaSchoolfortheDeaf/?hc_ref=SEARCH&fref=nf
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