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  1. #46

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    The New York TimesVerified account‏@nytimes 18m18 minutes ago
    “Nothing like this has ever happened at the White House in our long history of covering multiple administrations”





    Keep in mind Baquet is the guy who sat on the Russia/45 story in favor of running one on emails...
    "Even if you dance for your enemy on the rock, he will accuse you of splashing water on him." ~ African Proverb




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    Daniel Wallach‏@WALLACHLEGAL
    Barred from WH press conference:

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    The Daily Fail?! Why?
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  3. #48

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    ErikWempleVerified account
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    White House Deputy Comms. Dir. Raj Shah denies reports of a gaggle block against CNN, NYT, Politico and others:
    "Even if you dance for your enemy on the rock, he will accuse you of splashing water on him." ~ African Proverb




  4. #49

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    I have to say, he's making Kirchner look tempered with the pace he's attacking the media.

    This of course feeds my theory about how he'll erode too fast and won't make it to 4 years.
    Meet again we do, old foe...

  5. #50

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ti-Amie View Post
    Keep in mind Baquet is the guy who sat on the Russia/45 story in favor of running one on emails...
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  6. #51

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    Trump administration sought to enlist intelligence officials, key lawmakers to counter Russia stories
    By Greg Miller and Adam Entous February 24 at 7:00 PM

    The Trump administration has enlisted senior members of the intelligence community and Congress in efforts to counter news stories about Trump associates’ ties to Russia, a politically charged issue that has been under investigation by the FBI as well as lawmakers now defending the White House.

    Acting at the behest of the White House, the officials made calls to news organizations last week in attempts to challenge stories about alleged contacts between members of President Trump’s campaign team and Russian intelligence operatives, U.S. officials said.

    The calls were orchestrated by the White House after unsuccessful attempts by the administration to get senior FBI officials to speak with news organizations and dispute the accuracy of stories on the alleged contacts with Russia.

    The White House on Friday acknowledged those interactions with the FBI but did not disclose that it then turned to other officials who agreed to do what the FBI would not — participate in White House-arranged calls with news organizations, including The Washington Post.

    The White House insisted the officials speak on the condition of anonymity — a practice President Trump has condemned.

    The officials broadly dismissed Trump associates’ contacts with Russia as infrequent and inconsequential. But the officials would not answer substantive questions about the issue, and their comments were not published by The Post and do not appear to have been reported elsewhere.

    The White House did not respond to requests for comment.

    The decision to involve those officials could be perceived as threatening the independence of U.S. spy agencies that are supposed to remain insulated from partisan issues, as well as undercutting the credibility of ongoing congressional probes. Those officials saw their involvement as an attempt to correct coverage they believed to be erroneous.

    The effort also involved senior lawmakers with access to classified intelligence about Russia, including Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), the chairmen of the Senate and House intelligence committees. Through a spokesman, Nunes confirmed that he had spoken to at least one reporter “at the request of a White House communications aide.”

    In an interview, Burr acknowledged that he “had conversations about” Russia-related news reports with the White House and engaged with news organizations to dispute articles by the New York Times and CNN that alleged “repeated” or “constant” contact between Trump campaign members and Russian intelligence operatives.

    “I’ve had those conversations,” Burr said, adding that he regarded the contacts as appropriate provided that “I felt I had something to share that didn’t breach my responsibilities to the committee in an ongoing investigation.”

    The administration’s push against the Russia coverage intensified Sunday when White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus said in television interviews that he had been authorized “by the top levels of the intelligence community” to denounce reports on Trump campaign contacts with Russia as false.

    Priebus’s denunciations ranged from calling the articles “overstated” to saying they were “complete garbage.”

    Administration officials said that Priebus’s comments had been cleared by FBI Director James B. Comey and Deputy Director Andrew McCabe. In doing so, the FBI’s leadership would appear to have been drawing a distinction between authorizing comments by a White House official and addressing the matter themselves.

    Former intelligence officials expressed concern over the blurring of lines between intelligence and politics, with some recalling Republican accusations that the Obama administration had twisted intelligence in its accounts of the 2012 attacks on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya.

    “I doubt that there was any enthusiasm from the intelligence leadership to get involved in this in the first place,” former CIA director Michael Hayden said, noting that it seemed unlikely that Priebus’s bluntly worded denials were consistent with the “precise language” favored by intelligence analysts.

    “Think Benghazi here,” Hayden said in an interview by email. “This is what happens when the intel guys are leaned on for the narrative of the political speakers. The latter have different rules, words, purposes. Getting intel into that mix always ends unhappily, [and] it looks like we just did.”

    The Trump administration’s actions reflect its level of concern about coverage of its relationship with Russia. Trump has continued to praise Russian President Vladimir Putin, even after U.S. intelligence agencies concluded that Russia had interfered in the U.S. presidential race to help Trump win.

    Trump has also repeatedly disparaged the intelligence agencies that his administration last week turned to for support. Shortly before taking office, Trump accused U.S. spy agencies of a Nazi-style leaks campaign to smear him.

    The White House statements on the issue Friday came after CNN reported that the FBI had refused administration requests to publicly “knock down” media reports about ties between Trump associates and Russian intelligence.

    Administration officials disputed the account, saying that rather than soliciting FBI feedback, Priebus had been pulled aside by McCabe on the morning of Feb. 15 and told, “I want you to know” that the New York Times story “is BS.”

    The FBI declined to discuss the matter.

    White House officials declined to comment on the administration’s subsequent effort to enlist other government officials and would not agree to allow the identification of the intelligence officials who had spoken to The Post last week. In separate calls, those individuals insisted on being identified only as “a senior intelligence official in the Trump administration” and “a senior member of the intelligence community.”

    In a brief interview on the night of Feb. 15, the senior intelligence official said that the suggestion that there was frequent contact between Russians and Trump associates was false, describing any conversations as sporadic, limited and based on Russia’s interest in building a relationship with the future Trump administration rather than shaping the 2016 presidential race.

    The senior intelligence official appeared to be referring to contacts between Trump’s designated national security adviser, Michael Flynn, and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak before Trump was sworn in as president. Flynn was forced out of his job earlier this month after The Post reported that Flynn had discussed U.S. sanctions against Russia with Kislyak and then misled Trump administration officials about the nature of his contacts.

    Officials at the CIA and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence declined to comment on whether senior officials at those agencies had discussed Russia coverage with the White House or been involved in efforts to refute stories on that subject.

    CIA Director Mike Pompeo is the senior-most intelligence official in the administration, with former senator Dan Coats (R-Ind.) still awaiting confirmation as director of national intelligence.

    As a Republican member of Congress, Pompeo was among the most fiercely partisan figures in the House investigation of Benghazi, which centered on accusations that the Obama administration had twisted intelligence about the attacks for political purposes.

    It is not unusual for CIA leaders to have contact with news organizations, particularly about global issues such as terrorism or to contest news accounts of CIA operations. But involving the agency on alleged Trump campaign ties to Russia could be problematic.

    The CIA is not in charge of the investigation. Given the history of domestic espionage abuses in the United States, CIA officials are typically averse to being drawn into matters that involve U.S. citizens or might make the agency vulnerable to charges that it is politicizing intelligence.

    A U.S. intelligence official declined to discuss any Pompeo involvement except to say that he was “not involved in drafting or approving statements for public use by the White House this past weekend on alleged Russian contacts.”

    Whether there were such contacts remains a major point of contention. Beyond Flynn, the investigation has focused on other figures including Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign chairman, who had previously served as a paid political adviser to the Putin-backed president of Ukraine.

    U.S. intelligence reports cite multiple contacts between members of Trump’s team and Russians with links to the Kremlin, during the campaign and afterward, according to officials who have seen them. Such reports were based on intercepted Russian communications and other sources, the officials said.

    Nunes, who served as a member of Trump’s transition team, has resisted calls for his House committee to investigate alleged contacts between Trump associates and Russia. He said in an interview that after months of investigations, U.S. authorities have turned up no evidence of such contacts.

    “They’ve looked, and it’s all a dead trail that leads me to believe no contact, not even pizza-delivery-guy contact,” Nunes said, appearing to rule out even unwitting contact between Trump officials and Russian agents. Investigators, Nunes said, “don’t even have a lead.”

    Philip Rucker, Ellen Nakashima and Julie Tate contributed to this repor


    https://www.washingtonpost.com/world...mepage%2Fstory
    "Even if you dance for your enemy on the rock, he will accuse you of splashing water on him." ~ African Proverb




  7. #52

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    Donald Trump Rejects Intelligence Report on Travel Ban
    Tension with intelligence officials rises as Homeland Security contradicts White House on terror

    By SHANE HARRIS
    Feb. 24, 2017 8:53 p.m. ET
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    An intelligence report by the Department of Homeland Security contradicts the White House’s assertion that immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries pose a particular risk of being terrorists and should be blocked from entering the U.S.

    The report is the latest volley in a struggle between intelligence officials and the Trump administration that has rippled across several agencies. Some officials have critiqued administration policies, while the president and senior members of his staff have accused officials of leaking information to undermine his administration and the legitimacy of his election.

    The report, reviewed by The Wall Street Journal, came from Homeland Security’s Office of Intelligence and Analysis. It said that its staff “assesses that country of citizenship is unlikely to be a reliable indicator of potential terrorist activity.” The White House on Friday dismissed it as politically motivated and poorly researched.

    The compilation and disclosure of an intelligence report so directly at odds with top White House priorities marks an unusually sharp rupture between the administration and career public servants. It also underscores the difficulty President Donald Trump has had in converting his confrontational and bombastic campaign rhetoric into public policy.

    The Trump administration is seeking to enforce an executive order blocking immigrants from the seven countries, which it has portrayed as based on nationality and security factors, and not religion. Mr. Trump is expected to issue a new order next week after federal courts blocked his first attempt to temporarily halt immigration and prohibit refugees from entering the country.

    The DHS report was prepared in response to the White House request for intelligence assessments of terrorist threats posed by migration. Current and former officials with direct knowledge of the Homeland Security report said it was compiled on short notice, but that it relied on information that analysts routinely collect and examine in order to guide counterterrorism policies. The report was shared with agencies outside DHS.

    Trump administration officials said the assessment ignored available information that supports the immigration ban and the report they requested has yet to be presented.

    “The president asked for an intelligence assessment. This is not the intelligence assessment the president asked for,” a senior administration official said. The official said intelligence is already available on the countries included in Mr. Trump’s ban and just needs to be compiled.

    “The intelligence community is combining resources to put together a comprehensive report using all available sources which is driven by data and intelligence and not politics," said White House spokesman Michael Short.

    A spokesperson for the Department of Homeland Security also took issue with the quality of the report, describing it as “commentary” based on public sources rather than “an official, robust document with thorough interagency sourcing.”

    “It is clear on its face that it is an incomplete product that fails to find evidence of terrorism by simply refusing to look at all the available evidence,” said Gillian M. Christensen, the department’s acting press secretary.

    “Any suggestion by opponents of the president’s policies that senior [homeland security] intelligence officials would politicize this process or a report’s final conclusions is absurd and not factually accurate. The dispute with this product was over sources and quality, not politics,” Ms. Christensen said.

    It was not the first time this week that DHS officials were at odds with White House policies and statements. On Thursday, DHS Secretary John Kelly, on a trip to Mexico, assured officials there that the U.S. would not undertake “mass deportations” of illegal immigrants and that the U.S. military would not play a role in immigration enforcement.

    The reassurance on military involvement apparently contradicted a statement by Mr. Trump earlier that day, in which he described enforcement as a “military operation.” White House officials later clarified that Mr. Trump was referring to “military precision,” not actual military actions.

    The new DHS report, which is not classified, states that its findings are based on public statistics and reports from the Department of Justice and the State Department as well as an annual report on global threats produced by U.S. intelligence agencies. CNN reported Thursday that the intelligence office had compiled a report that was at odds with the administration’s views.

    Mr. Trump has defended the immigration ban, noting that the seven countries were identified by the Obama administration as “sources of terror,” and that two of them, Iraq and Syria, are home bases to members of the self-proclaimed Islamic State, who conceivably could enter the U.S. posing as immigrants or refugees.

    But the Homeland Security report found that in the past six years, foreign-born people in the United States who were “inspired” to participate in terrorist acts came from 26 different countries.

    In all, analysts found 82 individuals who were “primarily” based in the U.S. who had either died trying to engage in terrorism or were convicted on charges. Of those, “slightly more than half” were native born U.S. citizens, the report found.

    Only two of the seven countries targeted by Mr. Trump—Iraq and Somalia—are among the top origins countries for foreign-born individuals who engaged in terrorism in the United States, the report found. Those countries, in order, are Pakistan, Somalia, Bangladesh, Cuba, Ethiopia, Iraq and Uzbekistan.

    The findings track similar studies by think tanks and news organization. The Wall Street Journal in January found that of 180 people charged with jihadist terrorism-related crimes or who died before being charged, 11 were identified as being from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Yemen, Sudan or Somalia, the countries specified in Mr. Trump’s order. No Americans were killed in any of the attacks by those 11 individuals.

    The DHS report found that countries targeted in Mr. Trump’s immigration order already accounted for a small portion of total visas issued in the fiscal year 2015, with no country accounting for more than 7% of visas granted in the Middle East, North Africa or Sub Saharan Africa, the report found. The country accounting for the largest percentage of visas issued in those regions was Iran, the report found, which the U.S. designated a state sponsor of terrorism in 1984.

    —Carol E. Lee contributed to this article.


    https://www.wsj.com/articles/donald-...ban-1487987629
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  8. #53

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drop-shot View Post
    I have to say, he's making Kirchner look tempered with the pace he's attacking the media.

    This of course feeds my theory about how he'll erode too fast and won't make it to 4 years.
    Agree. And IIRC it took Chavez a couple of years before he banned the press from his ramblings. So 45 is actually doing things faster.

    But:
    Sorry, Drop. How long did the Kirchners stay in power? And how long has the Venezuelan tragedy been going? So it seems to me that the longer 45 stays, the longer he will stay.
    How hard can it be to repeal the 22nd Amendment (Presidential Term Limits)?
    Last edited by ponchi101; 02-25-2017 at 08:41 AM. Reason: grammar
    Starry starry night

  9. #54

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    Quote Originally Posted by ponchi101 View Post
    How hard can it be to repeal the 22nd Amendment (Presidential Term Limits)?
    Legally nigh on impossible. At the point of a gun much easier.
    Roger forever

  10. #55

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    “Eustace Vladimirovich Tilley,” by Barry Blitt. (Françoise Mouly/The New Yorker)

    THE FIRST New Yorker cover, featuring the iconically monocled character Eustace Tilley, landed on news stands 92 years ago this month.

    Now, in a nod to both the anniversary and our modern geopolitical times, the magazine’s mascot has been transformed into “Eustace Vladimirovich Tilley,” who turns his glassy gaze toward a small, fluttering Donald Trump.

    Next week’s cover is by topical artist extraordinaire Barry Blitt, who famously depicted his radicalized, dap-happy Obamas for the magazine’s “The Politics of Fear” cover in 2008. His latest illustration pays homage to that initial 1925 Rea Irwin cover, while also fronting an issue that includes the Trump-Putin investigative piece “Active Measures,” by Evan Osnos, Joshua Yaffa and editor David Remnick (who won a Pulitzer Prize for his 1993 book “Lenin’s Tomb: The Last Days of the Soviet Empire”).

    “Every once in a while, there’s a perfect storm to produce an image,” Françoise Mouly, the New Yorker’s art editor, tells The Post’s Comic Riffs. “Here, while David Remnick, an expert on Russia, was co-authoring a major report on the Trump-Putin dynamic, Barry Blitt knew just how to utilize the aplomb shown by Rea Irwin’s dandy.”

    “But the one who has been most reliable in letting us plan such a cover,” Mouly says, “is President Trump, who has remained unwavering in his admiration for a dictator who — among much else — is notorious for the way he makes pesky journalists disappear.” (According to PolitiFact, based on data from two organizations, at least 34 journalists have been slain in Russia since 2000.)

    How great is Putin’s reach, let alone his political “butterfly effect”? Blitt tells The New Yorker: “I’m boning up on my Cyrillic.”

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/...mepage%2Fstory
    "Even if you dance for your enemy on the rock, he will accuse you of splashing water on him." ~ African Proverb




  11. #56

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    Who is Nils Bildt? Swedish ‘national security advisor’ interviewed by Fox News is a mystery to Swedes
    By Adam Taylor February 25 at 10:06 AM

    In a segment on Fox News's “The O'Reilly Factor” that aired Thursday, host Bill O'Reilly spoke with two Swedish nationals about allegations that Sweden had become a more dangerous place in recent years because of immigration.

    One guest, Swedish journalist Anne-Sofie Naslund of the Expressen newspaper, pushed back against O'Reilly's comments, suggesting that her country was far safer than it was being presented.

    However, the next guest disagreed.

    Nils Bildt, billed as a “Swedish defense and national security advisor” by Fox News, told O'Reilly that Naslund was “rather incorrect” and that there had been big problems with integrating immigrants into Swedish society. “These things are not being openly and honestly discussed,” Bildt said.

    It was only a brief segment, but it quickly caused controversy back in Sweden, where reporters and experts suggested that Bildt was unknown within the Swedish national security world.

    The Dagens Nyheter newspaper reported Friday that neither the Swedish armed forces nor the Foreign Ministry had heard of Bildt. Johan Wiktorin, a fellow at the Royal Swedish Academy of War Sciences, took to Twitter to suggest he had not heard of Bildt either.

    So @FoxNews This is Nils G Tolling and he's not known in our circles as an expert. Not on National Security anyway. [IMG]pic.twitter.com/2MVu85mhWr[/IMG]

    — Johan Wiktorin (@forsvarsakerhet) February 24, 2017

    On Twitter, a number of Swedes mocked Fox News's decision to book Bildt.

    But who is Nils Bildt? Dagens Nyheter reported that Bildt had in fact emigrated from Sweden in 1994 and that he was originally named Nils Tolling. He is not related to Carl Bildt, the well-known Swedish politician who has served as both Swedish prime minister and Swedish foreign minister (Nils is referred to as an “unknown Bildt” in the Dagens Nyheter headline).

    The newspaper also reported that Nils Bildt had been convicted of a violent offense while living in Virginia and was given a one-year prison sentence in 2014.


    Bildt is listed as one of the founding partners of Modus World LLC. The company, which says it is based in Washington, Brussels and Tokyo, offers a variety of consulting services, including the “operations and management of possible kidnap and ransom situations,” according to its website, and reports in the Japanese media suggest Bildt was involved a number of hostage negotiations involving Japanese citizens.

    Reached via email, Bildt initially said that he did not dispute anything in the Dagens Nyheter report, though he noted that he had not chosen the title with which he was attributed by Fox News. “I made clear that I am an independent analyst,” Bildt said. Later, he followed up to dispute the claim he had served time in prison.

    “Had I spent a year in prison, I would think I would remember it,” Bildt said.

    David Tabacoff, executive producer of “The O'Reilly Factor,” defended the decision to book Bildt. “Our booker made numerous inquiries and spoke to people who recommended Nils Bildt and after pre-interviewing him and reviewing his bio, we agreed that he would make a good guest for the topic that evening,” Tabacoff said in a statement.

    However, Bildt's low profile made him a surprising choice, according to Swedish experts. Robert Egnell, a professor at Swedish Defence University, told WorldViews that he did know Bildt, but it was only by chance: The pair had studied together at King’s College London in 2002.

    Egnell said that Bildt had left the program early and moved to Japan, after which they had gradually lost touch. “He is in not in any way a known quantity in Sweden and has never been part of the Swedish debate,” Egnell said in an email “He has not lived in Sweden for a very long time and no one within the Swedish security community (which is not a very big pond) seems to know him.”

    Fox News's coverage of Sweden has become a subject of debate over the past week, after President Trump referred to “what’s happening” in the country during a rally in Florida last weekend. Swedish experts were confused by the comments, but Trump later clarified he had been referring to a segment with filmmaker Ami Horowitz that had aired on Fox News Channel's “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”

    Horowitz's film had suggested a link between refugees and increased crime rates in Sweden, but Swedish experts say he oversimplified the problem, and two policemen interviewed by the filmmaker said they had been misrepresented by him.

    Speaking to Dagens Nyheter, security expert Wiktorin had suggested Bildt's interview was a “disturbing trend” in U.S. media where Sweden is presented as a “problem country.”


    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/...mepage%2Fstory
    "Even if you dance for your enemy on the rock, he will accuse you of splashing water on him." ~ African Proverb




  12. #57

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    White House: 'Absurd' To Suggest KS Shooting Linked To Trump's Rhetoric

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewir...ampaign=buffer
    "Even if you dance for your enemy on the rock, he will accuse you of splashing water on him." ~ African Proverb




  13. #58

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    About Sweden: FoxNews is making some things up as usual, however there are also real problems with integration of immigrants in Sweden. For example, the unemployment rate among foreign born is well above that of the native population (some recent improvements, though) and there are more rough areas in the big cities than there used to be. Those are mostly populated by immigrants. A lot of Middle Easterners, but also second generation immigrants from Balkan wars are often poorly integrated in the wider society.
    Roger forever

  14. #59

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    Meanwhile India is not amused. At all.

    Olathe shooting: India shocked after national killed in US
    25 February 2017


    From left: Srinivas Kuchibhotla, who died; Alok Madasani, who was injured; and Ian Grillot, also injured

    India has expressed shock after the fatal shooting of an Indian national in the US, amid reports that the attack may have been racially motivated.

    Srinivas Kuchibhotla died shortly after Wednesday's attack at a bar in Olathe, Kansas. His friend Alok Madasani, also from India, and an American were hurt.

    Adam Purinton has been charged with premeditated first-degree murder.

    The killing dominated news bulletins in India and social media, where some blamed Donald Trump's presidency.

    Mr Kuchibhotla's wife, Sunayana Dumala, described her husband as a "loveable soul".
    Who were the victims?

    Speaking at a news conference, she described the US as "the country that he loved so much" and called the shooting a "hate crime".
    White House spokesman Sean Spicer said that any loss of life was tragic but that it would be absurd to link events to Mr Trump's rhetoric.


    Adam Purinton was arrested five hours after the shooting

    The FBI is now investigating possible motives for the crime at Austins Bar and Grill, with race among them. Witnesses said that just before opening fire the gunman shouted: "Get out of my country."

    A barman also told local media that the attacker used racial slurs before the shooting on Wednesday night.

    Mr Kuchibhotla and Mr Madasani, both aged 32, were engineers at US technology company Garmin. The two studied initially in India and later took postgraduate degrees in the US.

    Mr Madasani has now been released from hospital.

    The other injured man, Ian Grillot, 24, said he was shot while intervening to try and stop the violence.

    Speaking from his hospital bed, he brushed aside suggestions that he was a hero.

    "I was just doing what anyone should have done for another human being," he said.

    The suspect allegedly fled on foot and was arrested five hours later at a restaurant just over the state border, 80 miles (130km) away in Clinton, Missouri.

    He told a bartender there that he had just killed two Middle Eastern men, the Kansas City Star reported without naming its sources.

    Mr Kuchibhotla was from the Indian city of Hyderabad. His parents, Madhusudhan Rao and Vardhini Rao, were too stunned by news of his death to comment, the Associated Press reported.

    Mr Madasani's father, Jaganmohan Reddy, called it a hate crime.

    After the shooting, Indian actor Siddharth tweeted to his 2.6m followers: "Don't be shocked! Be angry! Trump is spreading hate. This is a hate crime! RIP #SrinivasKuchibhotla."

    (...)

    Indian consular officials have been sent to Kansas City to meet Mr Madasani and arrange the repatriation of Mr Kuchibhotla's body.
    The Indian consul general, Anupam Ray, told the BBC: "We would like to reassure the Indian community that this is being personally monitored at the highest level by Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj from Delhi."

    The US Embassy in Delhi decried the shooting.

    "The United States is a nation of immigrants and welcomes people from across the world to visit, work, study, and live," said Charge d'Affaires MaryKay Carlson.

    "US authorities will investigate thoroughly and prosecute the case, though we recognise that justice is small consolation to families in grief."

    Mr Purinton, 51, was extradited to Kansas on Friday.

    A crowdfunding campaign set up by a friend to support Mr Kuchibhotla's family has already raised more than $493,000 (£396,000) after donations poured in from thousands of people.

    A separate appeal to pay for Mr Grillot's medical costs has raised more than $214,000.

    A vigil held at a Baptist church close to Austins Bar and Grill brought together many people from the local Indian community for an inter-faith service.

    It ended with everyone singing Stand By Me and holding candles, our correspondent reports.

    A community shaken - Brajesh Upadhyay, BBC Hindi, Washington

    The attack has drawn a strong response in the Indian media, with most calling it a hate crime. "The president now has blood on his hands", one headline said.

    The same outlets have also lauded the American man who tried to help the engineers and suffered bullet wounds. He's been called a hero.

    Many in the Indian community in the US have voiced concerns over Mr Trump's diatribes against Muslims and foreign workers accused of stealing American jobs. Such statements have led to anxiety among the thousands of Indian technology workers who have come to the US.

    There's generally been a belief in the community that Indians have gelled well into mainstream America and will not be targeted. That belief may have been shaken, if not totally shattered, by this shooting.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-39081698
    "Even if you dance for your enemy on the rock, he will accuse you of splashing water on him." ~ African Proverb




  15. #60

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    Paul KrugmanVerified account
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    The people associating with Trump never disappoint



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