Trump Arrives In New Jersey For 17-Day Vacation

U.S. President Donald Trump landed at Morristown Airport on Friday evening, kicking off his vacation at his golf estate in Bedminster, New Jersey at the end of another tumultuous week in the White House.

Trump is expected to stay in the Garden State for 17 days, taking his first extended vacation after assuming office.

A day before the start of his vacation, U.S. media reported that special counsel Robert Mueller impaneled a grand jury in Washington to investigate allegations of Russia’s interference in the 2016 elections.

Trump Fires FBI Chief, James Comey

President Trump Proposes Massive Aid CutsU.S. President, Donald Trump has fired the Director of the FBI over his handling of the inquiry into Hillary Clinton’s emails.

Democrats on the other hand, said he was fired because the FBI was investigating alleged links between the Trump campaign and Russia.

The White House shocked Washington by announcing that Mr Comey “has been terminated and removed from office”.

The development followed reports that he had given inaccurate information about Mrs Clinton’s emails to Congress last week.

According to Politico and the New York Times, Mr Comey was addressing FBI agents in Los Angeles when he saw the news on television that he had just been fired.

The 56-year-old, who was three and a half years into his 10-year term as FBI director, reportedly laughed, thinking it was a prank.

Meanwhile, the White House has said the search for a successor would begin immediately. It is the second time the head of the FBI is being fired.

President Trump Proposes Massive Aid Cuts

President Trump Proposes Massive Aid CutsThe U.S. President, Donald Trump, has proposed slashing funds for international aid and development through the United Nations and its own agencies.

The reduction is expected to boost funding for the U.S. Military and plans to build a wall between the country and Mexico.

If approved by congress, the proposals would see State Department funding cut by 10.9 billion dollars or 28% and Environmental Protection Agency funding cut by 2.6 billion dollars or 31%.

According to BBC, White House Budget Director, Mick Mulvaney, noted that the “core functions” of those agencies would be preserved.

He added that the slashes would target foreign aid, as well as grants to multilateral development agencies such as the World Bank and climate change programs at the UN.

Trump Asked To Back Claim Of Phone Tap

Trump Asked To Back Claim Of Phone TapU.S. President, Donald Trump, has been asked to provide evidence to support his allegation that his predecessor ordered his phones to be tapped during the election campaign.

Republican Senator Ben Sasse, who made the call, described the allegation against former President Barack Obama as “serious”.

However, President Trump who has been facing intense scrutiny over alleged Russian interference in support of his election campaign has supplied no details to back his words.

Mr Obama’s spokesman, Kelvin Lewis, insisted that the former President never “ordered surveillance of any U.S. citizen”.

Lewis said neither President Obama nor any White House official ever ordered surveillance on any citizen.

Under the U.S. law, wire-tapping can only be approved if there is probable cause to believe that the target of the surveillance is an agent of a foreign power.

Trump Promises ‘Renewal Of American Spirit’ In Speech To Congress

trump-congressThe U.S. President, Donald Trump, has delivered his first speech to congress in what has been described as a softer and more statesman-like tone.

In his speech, the president said the U.S was witnessing a “renewal of the American spirit” and he spoke of a “new chapter of American greatness”.

According to the BBC, Mr Trump also condemned recent vandalism of Jewish cemeteries and a shooting in Kansas that left an Indian man dead.

His prime-time address sought to bolster his low approval ratings after a rough start to his presidency.

Trump Seeks Increase In U.S. Military’s Budget

Trump Seeks Increase In U.S. Military's BudgetU.S. President, Donald Trump, on Monday announced a 9% increase in defence spending in his proposed budget planning for 2018.

The blueprint also calls for deep cuts elsewhere, including foreign assistance and environmental budgets.

President Trump’s plan, however, leaves large welfare programmes such as social security and Medicare untouched, despite republicans’ call for reform.

He is expected to release his final budget proposal in mid-March.

The President, who vowed to increase military spending and preserve welfare programmes during his campaign, said the budget would focus on “military, safety and economic development”.

Obama Says He Might Have To Comment On Trump’s Presidency

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U.S President, Barack Obama, says he may have to speak out after leaving office if he feels his successor, Donald Trump, is threatening core American values.

He says, as a private citizen, he might speak out on certain issues if the need arises.

By convention, former presidents tend to leave the political fray and avoid commenting on their successors.

However, outgoing President Obama, speaking at a news conference at the APEC summit in Lima, Peru, said he intends to assist, Mr Trump and give him time to outline his vision.

Republican Donald Trump, won the U.S presidential election on November 9, 2016 as against his Democratic counterpart, Hillary Clinton.

The President-elect has begun the transition process and started choosing members of his cabinet, as he will officially resume office as the 45th U.S President on January 20, 2017.

Buhari Visits Benin Republic

Benin RepublicThe Nigerian President is not relenting in his efforts towards building the required coalition to effectively tackle the challenge of insurgency in Nigeria’s north-east.

Barely days after holding talks with his Cameroonian counterpart on areas of cooperation in the fight against the insurgents, including strengthening border security, President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday paid a one-day visit to Benin Republic in continuation of the effort.

During his meeting with President Boni Yayi, coinciding with the anniversary of the country’s independence, President Buhari pledged to build on the success already achieved in creating a synergy among the Lake Chad Basin Commission members.

Buhari Visits USA

BuhariPresident Muhammadu Buhari has arrived in the United States for that historic meeting with U.S President Barack Obama.

The President arrived at Andrew’s Air Force Base Sunday afternoon and is said to be lodging at the Blair Mansion, on Pennsylvania Avenue, in DC.

Earlier, a statement from the White House said that the U.S President is looking forward to President Buhari’s visit, during which both leaders will be discussing the menace of Boko Haram and how to tackle insurgency.

President Buhari is making this visit, accompanied by a 33-man delegation, who will hold consultations with their U.S counterparts, and other events, aimed at building strong Nigeria-U.S relations.

Also up for discussion during the visit is how the United States would help Nigeria track billions of stolen assets and increase U.S military assistance.

The visit has been seen as a seal on U.S improving ties with Nigeria since Buhari won the April presidential election.

U.S Offers To Help Nigeria Recover Stolen Funds, Assets

stolen fundsThe United States Government says it will offer help to Nigeria in tracking billions of dollars of stolen funds and assets.

The government also said that the United States’ military will offer assistance to Nigeria in the fight against Islamic militants.

A White House statement says that this is part of what is expected to feature during discussion between Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari and U.S. President, Barack Obama in Washington DC.

The cooperation between former President Goodluck Jonathan and the United States government had virtually grounded to a halt over issues, including the alleged refusal of Jonathan to investigate corruption and human rights abuses.

President Obama had long seen Nigeria as arguably the most important influential country in Sub-Saharan Africa and had always been willing to help Nigeria in counter terrorism training.

Since Buhari’s election, Washington is said to have committed 5 million dollars in new support for multi national task force to fight terrorism.

This is in addition to 34million dollars it had provided to Nigeria, Chad Cameroon and Niger for equipment and logistics.

Russia Stages Massive WW2 Parade Despite Western Boycott

RussiaAs the whole of Europe continues to mark 70 years since the end of World War Two, Russia is staging its biggest military parade to celebrate the anniversary.

Thousands of troops are marching on Red Square in Moscow, and new armour being displayed for the first time.

Many world leaders are boycotting the event because of Russia’s role in the Ukraine crisis but more than 20 Heads of States are in Moscow.

Chinese President, Xi Jinping, is attending the event in a sign of closer ties as a column of Chinese troops also took part in the parade.

Dignitaries from India, former Soviet republics and communist-era allies such as Cuba, also attended.

United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, was also among those watching.

German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, U.S. President, Barack Obama and the French and British leaders, all skipped the parade, but will attend a wreath-laying ceremony in Moscow on Sunday.

As the event began, President Vladimir Putin said international co-operation had been put at risk in recent years.

Russia denies claims by the West that it is arming rebels in eastern Ukraine.

More than 6,000 people have been killed since fighting began in April 2014 in Ukraine’s Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

Three New York Residents Deny Aiding IS Plot

IS-New-YorkThree foreign New York residents have denied charges that they tried to aid Islamic State (IS) militants.

The trio, Abdurasul Juraboev, Abror Habibov and Akhror Saidakhmetov aged between 19 and 30, were arrested last month by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

They caught the attention of the authorities, after they posted to Uzbek-language website in recent months.

The FBI said a suspect had pledged to kill U.S. President, Barack Obama.

Another allegedly tried to travel to Syria via Turkey in order to join IS, while the third was accused of helping to fund efforts to join the Syrian jihadist.

The three men appeared in New York’s Federal court on Friday, where they pleaded not guilty of the charges against them. After the session, the Judge had set their next court hearing for June 19.

The US has charged about 20 people with plans to join militant groups abroad, many who intend to go to Syria to fight for IS.

Figures suggest more than 20,000 foreigners have joined the fights in Iraq and Syria in the past three years.