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  1. RCP: GOP Senators Line up Against Trump’s 5% Mexico Tariff Plan

    In a rare confrontation, Republican senators are declaring deep opposition to President Donald Trump’s threatened tariffs on all goods coming into the U.S. from Mexico. But it’s unclear they have the votes to stop him, and Trump said they’d be “foolish” to try.

    The public split and looming standoff over 5% tariffs on all goods imported from Mexico revealed a fundamental divergence in values between the president and his party. Trump uses tariffs as leverage to get what he wants, in this case to force Mexico to do more to halt illegal immigration. For Republicans, tariffs are counter to firmly rooted orthodoxy and viewed as nothing more than taxes they strenuously oppose.

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday with understatement, “There is not much support in my conference for tariffs, that’s for sure.”

    https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2019/06/05/gop_senators_line_up_against_trumps_5_mexico_tariff_plan_140497.html

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  2. Missy

     /  6th June 2019

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    • Gezza

       /  6th June 2019

      That’s not still going on is it? Once somebody told Trump what the NHS actually is he later clarified in an interview with Piers Morgan that the NHS wasn’t on the table & he “didn’t see it as part of trade”.

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      • Missy

         /  6th June 2019

        Oh yes it is still going on. You don’t think that Corbyn and Co will let this go do you? Labour’s mantra for decades has been that the Conservatives are going to sell off the NHS, now they have a soundbite of the US President stating it will be on the table in trade negotiations. They won’t let a little thing like the clarification dissuade them from their scaremongering that the NHS will be sold off to Trump.

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        • Gezza

           /  6th June 2019

          Ridiculous. Surely there are UK companies the Cinservatives can sell it off to?

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  3. Maggy Wassilieff

     /  6th June 2019

    Why didn’t our PM attend the D-Day Commemoration?
    Leaders from every country that fought alongside the UK on D-Day joined the Queen and the Prince of Wales for the commemorations on Southsea Common.

    They included French President Emmanuel Macron, US President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

    Also attending were German Chancellor Angela Merkel, as well as leaders from Australia, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Greece, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand, Poland and Slovakia.
    https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-48531319

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    • Blazer

       /  6th June 2019

      she had a baseball game to…see…I think,may be ..wrong.

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    • NOEL

       /  6th June 2019

      No NZ Military units landed on Normandy..perhaps?

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    • Griff.

       /  6th June 2019

      During October and November 1943, New Zealand troops from the 2nd New Zealand Division assembled in Bari in Apulia, weeks after the Allied invasion of Italy. In November, the division crossed the Sangro River with a view to breaching the German Gustav Line and advancing to Rome, capturing the village of Castelfrentano in the Abruzzo (part of the Gustav Line) on 2 December. The division attacked Orsogna on the next day, but was repulsed by the strong German defence. In January 1944, the 2nd New Zealand was withdrawn from the stalled front line and transferred to the Cassino sector, where other Allied troops were bogged down in costly fighting for the position of Monte Cassino. On 17 February, the division attacked Cassino but it was strongly defended and they withdrew in early April. Cassino was eventually captured on 18 May by British and Polish troops, with the support of New Zealand artillery units. On 16 July, the division captured Arezzo and reached Florence on 4 August. By the end of October they had reached the Savio River, and Faenza was captured on 14 December. In Operation Grapeshot, the final Allied offensive in Italy, the division crossed the Senio River on 8 April 1945, then began their final push across the Santerno and Gaiana Rivers, finally crossing the Po River on Anzac Day 1945. The division captured Padua on 28 April 1945, crossed the Isonzo River on 1 May, and reached Trieste on 2 May, the day of the German unconditional surrender.

      The Kiwi forces were elsewhere engaged at the time. Every German keep engaged by us was one less that could be direct to defend from the landings
      A large number of Kiwi’s within the UK’s forces were involved at d day in the air and as crew on the ships.

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      • Maggy Wassilieff

         /  6th June 2019

        Some 11,000 New Zealanders were involved with the Navy and RAF operations connected to D-Day
        Dame Patsy said while New Zealand units were in Italy, about 11,000 New Zealanders were involved in the landings.

        “We did have a significant number, about nearly 5000 New Zealanders in the royal navy and about 6000 in the royal airforce and they were of course all involved in that huge force that landed on the beaches in Normandy.”

        Dame Patsy said a New Zealander was also in the meteorological team, which convinced the US President to delay the invasion by 24 hours, improving the weather conditions for troops.
        https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/391147/governor-general-heads-to-d-day-commemorations

        And for the southern folk…. Brigadier Hargest went ashore with a British Division
        https://nzhistory.govt.nz/war/d-day

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  4. Patzcuaro

     /  6th June 2019

    Trump with his usual tact and sensitivity has been likening the border between Northern Ireland and Ireland to Mexico/US border and his wall.

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/jun/05/ireland-visit-donald-trump-arrives-leo-varadkar-discussions

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  5. Patzcuaro

     /  6th June 2019

    I’m heartened to see that Trump’s bone spurs haven’t prevented him from attending the D-day commemorations.

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    • Gezza

       /  6th June 2019

      Quote from an old codger interviewed at the commemorations & shown on Al Jazeera tv:

      “He’s their President. He does what they want. Those around here moanin’ & groanin’ … get a life!”

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      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  6th June 2019

        It is quite ridiculous the way so much media just revolves around trying to find a moment than can be interpreted to portray Trump.negatively. The old codger is quite right.

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      • Patzcuaro

         /  6th June 2019

        He might be their President but is he a role model? You have a President representing the country at commemorations to mark the anniversary of an event where soldiers who risked all for our freedom, who wasn’t prepared to do the same.

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        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  7th June 2019

          How did Vietnam threaten America”s freedom?

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          • Blazer

             /  7th June 2019

            it was Communist= a threat to what the U.S stands for..educate yourself.

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            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  7th June 2019

              It was a nationalist revolt against French colonialism that the US decided to step into. The domino theory was always crap.

          • Patzcuaro

             /  7th June 2019

            Vietnam itself didn’t threaten the US, but there were fears of a communist domino effect in Asia and elsewhere. I doubt that the South Vietnamese government of the time was worth saving. A lot of money and lives were wasted trying and the domino effect never eventuated.

            It wasn’t like Trump was an anti war activist, he didn’t fancy risking his life and worked the system to avoid getting drafted. Now he is commander in chief.

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