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Trump’s feuds with Republican lawmakers, from Jeff Sessions to Lindsey Graham

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From the Russia investigation to health care, President Trump has not shied away from fighting those in his own party – especially on social media.

Here’s a look at some of the Republican lawmakers Trump has feuded with since he’s taken office.

Bob Corker

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President Trump claimed Sen. Bob Corker “begged” for his endorsement if he decided to run for re-election.

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Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker announced in 2017 that he would retire at the end of his term – and Trump credited himself with the decision.

“Senator Bob Corker ‘begged’ me to endorse him for re-election in Tennessee. I said ‘NO’ and he dropped out (said he could not win without my endorsement),” Trump said on Twitter, adding that he also denied Corker a position as secretary of state.

Trump blamed Corker, who he nicknamed “Liddle Bob Corker” for the Iran nuclear deal and said he couldn’t “get elected dog catcher in Tennessee.”

But Corker wasn’t without his own jabs at the administration. He said the “White House has become an adult day care center” and accused Trump of having “not demonstrated he understands the character of this nation” following the Charlottesville attack. He also credited White House chief of staff John Kelly, Defense Secretary James Mattis and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson with “help[ing] to separate our country from chaos.”

Jeff Flake

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Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., accused President Trump of having “inspired dictators and authoritarians with his own rhetoric.”

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When Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake announced he would not seek re-election, he took the opportunity to call the president “reckless, outrageous and undignified” from the Senate floor.

Prior to Flake’s speech, Trump called the lawmaker “weak,” particularly on the issue of illegal immigration. He also encouraged Kelli Ward, a controversial Republican, to run against Flake.

Flake, who didn’t vote for Trump in the presidential election, again escalated the fracas between the two men when he publicly shared a check he wrote to then-Democratic Senate candidate Doug Jones with the subject line saying, “Country over Party.” Jones beat Roy Moore, the beleaguered Republican accused of sexual misconduct in the special election in December 2017.

Additionally, Trump has nicknamed the senator “Flake(y).” And Flake accused Trump of having “inspired dictators and authoritarians with his own rhetoric.”

Lindsey Graham

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President Trump infamously gave out the cell phone number of Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., during the election.

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Ever since Trump gave out former GOP candidate Lindsey Graham’s cell phone number during the presidential campaign, the two’s on-again-off-again relationship has continued.

Graham, a senator from South Carolina, clashed with Trump following his response to the attack in Charlottesville in 2017.

“President Trump took a step backward by again suggesting there is moral equivalency between the white supremacist neo-Nazis and KKK members who attended the Charlottesville rally and people like Ms. Heyer,” Graham said, referencing the woman who died when a man drove his car into a crowd of people protesting white supremacists. “I, along with many others, do not endorse this moral equivalency.”

Trump, in turn, accused Graham of “publicity seeking.”

While the pair seemingly came together during efforts to repeal ObamaCare, Graham and Trump again clashed over immigration.

After Graham partnered with Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., on an immigration bill, the White House accused them of being “completely dishonest” in negotiations.

Graham admonished the administration, saying, “If you continue this attack on everything and everybody and make it a political exercise, we’re doomed to fail, and it is President Trump’s presidency that will be the biggest loser.”

John McCain

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Months later, President Trump still attacks Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., for his vote against a skinny repeal of ObamaCare.

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The fight between Arizona Sen. John McCain and Trump started during the campaign – and escalated when the then-presidential candidate said McCain was a “war hero because he was captured.”

“I like people who weren’t captured,” Trump said at a 2015 Iowa event.

Since that comment, the two have feuded over a variety of issues, especially when it came to health care reform.

McCain, who is suffering from an aggressive form of brain cancer, voted against a so-called “skinny repeal” of ObamaCare in July 2017. And Trump seemingly hasn’t forgotten it.

In a radio interview in 2017, Trump called McCain’s vote a “tremendous slap in the face to the Republican Party.” And during a speech to those gathered at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in February 2018, Trump criticized McCain’s vote, shaking his head.

Daughter Meghan, a host on “The View,” said she recently spoke to the president and first lady Melania Trump. During the conversation, she said she “was under the impression that this sort of fight between our families, and between him and my father especially at this particular moment, would end.”

Mitch McConnell

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has fought with President Trump over a variety of issues, including healthcare and the Russia investigation.

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Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell haven’t had the steadiest of relationships since Trump won the White House. The pair have fought over a variety of issues, including health care, the debt ceiling and the investigation into Russia’s involvement in the 2016 election.

McConnell has also reportedly questioned Trump’s governing style in both public and private comments.

Trump, in turn, blamed McConnell for having “failed” to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

Jeff Sessions

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President Trump has often derided his attorney general, Jeff Sessions, on social media.

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Attorney Gen. Jeff Sessions has often found himself the target of Trump’s wrath – especially online.

More recently, Trump blasted Sessions for instructing an “Obama guy” to investigation allegations of government surveillance abuse that came to light after memos were released about FBI and DOJ efforts to obtain FISA warrants to spy on a former Trump campaign adviser.

“Why is A.G. Jeff Sessions asking the Inspector General to investigate potentially massive FISA abuse. Will take forever, has no prosecutorial power and already late with reports on Comey etc. Isn’t the I.G. an Obama guy? Why not use Justice Department lawyers? DISGRACEFUL!” Trump said on social media.

In a statement, Sessions said, “As long as I am the Attorney General, I will continue to discharge my duties with integrity and honor, and this Department will continue to do its work in a fair and impartial manner according to the law and Constitution.”

Sessions also drew much consternation from the president when he recused himself from the Russia investigation.

Trump later lashed out at Sessions online.

“If all of the Russian meddling took place during the Obama Administration … why aren’t they the subject of the investigation?” Trump tweeted.

Kaitlyn Schallhorn is a Reporter for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter @K_Schallhorn.



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Gender gap: Ageing societies give more advantages to men than women, researchers say | World News

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Men have more advantages than women in ageing populations, an international study has found.

Researchers say the gender differences in societal ageing suggest men have better resources to cope with the challenges of getting older.

Different gender roles within society not only shape women’s and men’s life opportunities but also their experience of ageing, the research suggests.

Worldwide, the number of people aged 65 years and older is expected to more than double in the next 30 years, rising from 703 million in 2019 to 1.5 billion in 2050.

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The study, by researchers from the National University of Singapore and Columbia University in America, found men are especially advantaged when it comes to income and wealth.

They are more likely to be financially secure, have paid work and spend fewer years in ill-health than women in later life.

The first of its kind, the research investigated gender differences in the experience of people growing older in 18 countries in the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), which includes the likes of the UK and the US.

Women across the countries analysed were shown to have a three year longer average life expectancy than men, but spend more years in poor health.

They are also more likely to live alone at the end of their lives and earn less than men.

A disproportionately greater risk of disability and ill-health in women increased their likelihood of needing long-term care, the study found, as well.

Researchers used the latest data from the OECD and World Bank between 2015 and 2019 for 18 of the 35 OECD countries with sufficient data to develop a gender-specific ageing index.

The new index accounts for five categories that capture social and economic factors affecting the quality of ageing: wellbeing, productivity and engagement, equity, cohesion and security.

Using the system, researchers calculated the overall index and individual category scores that range from 0 to 100 for men and women.

A higher score suggests a successfully ageing society.

Key differences between men and women in ageing societies according to the study:

  • Men have better resources to cope with the challenges of ageing
  • Women have a three year longer average life expectancy than men
  • Men are especially advantaged when it comes to income and wealth
  • Women spend more years in poor health
  • Men are more likely to be financially secure
  • Women have a greater risk of disability and ill-health, which increases their likelihood of needing long-term care
  • Men are more likely to be engaged in paid work
  • Women are more likely to live alone at the end of their lives
  • Women earn less than men

Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Norway, the Netherlands and Japan did well for both genders with an overall index score of 66 or above for men and 55 or above for women.

Countries in much of eastern and southern Europe were at the bottom of the rankings.

The UK achieved an overall index score of 57 for men and 47 for women. It also had the largest difference in wellbeing scores between the two genders, with a score of 74 assigned for men and 61 for women.

America’s overall performance score was 55 for men and 47 for women.

Both the US and the UK performed poorly in the study, indicating growing inequality in the distribution of income and wealth.

Lead author Dr Cynthia Chen, from the National University of Singapore, said: “Ageing societies reinforce the prevailing gender norms in which men continue to be allocated the majority of opportunities, resources, and social support.

“With the world’s population ageing at an unprecedented rate, and the ratio of older women to older men expected to increase, there is an urgent need to challenge the structural and policy biases that favour men.”

The authors have suggested four measures to help address gender bias and inequality in societal ageing including assessing minimum income requirements for healthy living in older people and minimum pensions.

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The mystery of the whisky bottle, the US secretary of state and the department searching for answers | US News

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The US State Department is investigating the apparent disappearance of a bottle of whisky worth nearly $6,000 (£4,320).

The Japanese government gave the bottle to Mr Pompeo in June 2019 when the then-secretary of state visited the country.

The department reported the investigation in its annual accounting of gifts given to senior US officials by foreign governments and leaders.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, left, sits down for a meeting with Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono, in Osaka, Japan, Friday, June 28, 2019, during the G-20 summit. At right is the secretary's senior adviser Michael McKinley. Jacquelyn Martin/Pool via REUTERS
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Mike Pompeo visited Japan as secretary of state in June 2019 and it is believed he was given the bottle then

It noted that it could find no trace of the bottle’s whereabouts and that there was an “ongoing inquiry” seeking an explanation.

A spokesman for Mr Pompeo said he was unaware of the gift and the inquiry into its whereabouts.

It is thought the bottle of whisky was given to Mr Pompeo while he was attending a G20 summit in Japan, along with then-president Donald Trump.

But the state department’s Office of Protocol, which records gifts given to US officials, said that, while every other gift had been recorded, there was no record of the whisky.

If a gift is over a certain value, the recipient can give it to the National Archives or another government entity, or they can keep the gift and reimburse the Treasury Department.

Among the items given to Mr Pompeo during his time as secretary of state were two carpets worth a total of $19,400 (£14,000) from the president of Kazakhstan and the foreign minister of the United Arab Emirates.

Mr Trump and his wife Melania received more than $120,000 (£86,400) worth of presents from foreign leaders in 2019, including an Ottoman Empire rifle worth $8,500 (£6,120) from the Bulgarian prime minister, a bronze sculpture of an Arabian horse from the crown prince of Bahrain worth $7,200 (£5,100), and a statue of an Arabian oryx worth $6,300 (£4,500) from the emir of Qatar.

The Office of Protocol said all of these were given to the National Archives.

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Greece wildfires: Families reflect on devastation as homes are destroyed – ‘if my mother saw this she would cry’ | World News

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I spot George Kyriakopolous sitting in his car, the door open to blackened surroundings and smouldering earth.

To his left is his house. To the right, the one owned by his 95-year-old mother and 98-year-old father. His parents’ property is burned beyond repair. His own house is badly damaged.

George is a man in shock. He cannot believe what he is seeing. Twenty four hours earlier he was watching a wildfire at what seemed like a distance. In 10 minutes, he says, the fire was upon them in the village of Varympompi, north of Athens.

George Kyriakopolous lost his home, his parents home and his dog in the fire.
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George Kyriakopolous lost his home, his parents’ home and his dog in the fire

He tells me they had to drive through the flames to get out. He is one of the few residents here who have made it back to check on their properties.

George tells me: “If my mother saw this she would cry. She would cry.”

And I think any of us would. Homes that have been lived in and cherished for years were destroyed in minutes. Land cultivated through hard work, now scorched.

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The burned-out homes left behind

And this scene is repeated in street after street in this village where hundreds were forced to leave as one of the biggest wildfires in Greece this week penetrated Varympompi. Most who live here have not been allowed to return.

Residents have lost their homes and cars in the fires
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People have lost their homes and cars in the fires

The area is still regarded as extremely dangerous and most residents can only watch the skies from where planes and helicopters dump vast containers of water on the area and hope things will be okay.

Sadly for many of them that will not be the case. Coming back here will be traumatising. It certainly has been for Rula Mantis who shows us around the charred remains of the fruit vegetable store she runs with her boyfriend. So much of it is destroyed and she wonders how they will ever recover.

Rula Mantis's boyfriend owns the grocers in the village that has been ruined by the fires
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Rula Mantis’s boyfriend owns the grocers in the village that has been ruined by the fires

She’s angry the property was allowed to burn but understands fire crews faced impossible pressure.

She tells me: “It’s very hard. It’s a lot of money you have to spend to make this from the beginning. You can’t save anything. As you can see, there’s nothing left.”

The massive flames which lit up the night sky here when the fire reached its peak may have quelled now but the danger for this village isn’t over. Everywhere we drive or walk in Varympompi the ground is smouldering.

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Smoke threatens to ignite into fresh flames which on scorched earth could spread again. It is why residents are taking their fire extinguishers and buckets to douse where they can.

But they know they are up against challenging elements. Temperatures are predicted to remain high in Greece in the days to come when all villagers hope for is rain.

They also know they face the pain of seeing neighbours and friends return to a village where there will be so much pain to confront.

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