Donald Trump gives TikTok 45 days to complete potential sale to Microsoft

President Donald Trump has issued an executive order giving the Chinese parent company of video sharing app TikTok 45 days to complete a sale, after which date any transaction will be forbidden and the app will be banned.

Trump on Thursday night signed the order titled ‘Addressing the Threat Posed by TikTok’, which bars any transaction with TikTok parent ByteDance after 45 days from the signing.

Amid growing security and privacy concerns about the app’s Chinese ownership, Microsoft has reportedly been in talks to acquire TikTok in a firesale, and Trump’s order only increases pressure on ByteDance to get the deal done quickly.

Any company still doing business with ByteDance in 45 days will be subject to sanctions, Trump said. If a sale does not go through before the September 20 deadline, the order would effectively bar the use of TikTok throughout the U.S.

President Donald Trump has issued an executive order giving the Chinese parent company of video sharing app TikTok 45 days to complete a sale (stock image)

Along with the executive order, Trump sent a letter to the House speaker and Senate president explaining the move.

The letter states that TikTok ‘automatically captures vast swaths of information from its users.’

‘This data collection threatens to allow the Chinese Communist Party access to Americans’ personal and proprietary information — potentially allowing China to track the locations of Federal employees and contractors, build dossiers of personal information for blackmail, and conduct corporate espionage,’ it continued.

ByteDance has denied that it shares data with the Chinese government, and Chinese state media blasted the U.S. response to TikTok as ‘madness.’

Under a Chinese law introduced in 2017, companies have an obligation to support and cooperate with the country’s national intelligence work. 

On Thursday, the U.S. Senate unanimously voted to approve a bill banning federal employees from using TikTok on government-issued devices.

Any company still doing business with TikTok's Chinese parent ByteDance in 45 days will be subject to sanctions, Trump said

Any company still doing business with TikTok’s Chinese parent ByteDance in 45 days will be subject to sanctions, Trump said

‘I’m encouraged by the bipartisan support we have seen in this body to hold the Chinese Communist Party accountable and that includes … holding accountable those corporations who would just do China’s bidding,’ Senator Josh Hawley, who sponsored the bill, said in a statement.

‘And, if I have anything to say about it, we won’t be stopping here,’ the Republican senator added.

Last month, the House of Representatives voted to bar federal employees from downloading the app on government-issued devices as part of a proposal offered by Representative Ken Buck.

A finalized version of the bill, combining the House and Senate versions, would need Trump’s approval to become law.

Meanwhile, Microsoft has expanded its talks on TikTok to a potential deal that would include buying the global operations of the fast-growing video-sharing app, the Financial Times reported Thursday.

Microsoft declined to comment on the report, after previously disclosing it was considering a deal for TikTok operations in the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

According to the report, Microsoft has shifted its view because of the complexities of splitting the app and making it operable globally.

TikTok operates in some 150 countries and has an estimated billion users. 

Chinese state media accused Secretary of State Mike Pompeo of 'madness' for cracking down on Chinese software and technology in the US

Chinese state media accused Secretary of State Mike Pompeo of ‘madness’ for cracking down on Chinese software and technology in the US

China’s state media organs have fired back at Washington over the crackdown on TikTok, saying the plan to ban certain technologies of Chinese origin is a sign of ‘madness’ in U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

‘Pompeo has uttered anti-China remarks almost every day, and constantly played tricks to intensify conflicts between China and the U.S., and display Trump administration’s toughness toward China,’ state-backed tabloid Global Times wrote in an editorial on Thursday.

The U.S. State Department on Wednesday published an expanded update of a plan called the ‘Clean Network’ calling for telecom companies, cloud service providers, and mobile apps of Chinese origin to be kept out of the United States.

‘From the long-term perspective, it’s incredible that the U.S. information industry could totally detach from the Chinese market,’ the Global Times wrote.

‘It would pose a severe test for U.S. companies if U.S. chips, software, and terminal equipment become irrelevant to the Chinese market.’

Developing story, check back for updates.

Joe Biden APOLOGIZES for suggesting Latino American community is more diverse than African Americans

Joe Biden on Thursday attempted to ‘clarify’ his comments suggesting the Latino American community is more diverse than African Americans. 

The presumed Democratic nominee wrote on Twitter: ‘Earlier today, I made some comments about diversity in the African American and Latino communities that I want to clarify. In no way did I mean to suggest the African American community is a monolith—not by identity, not on issues, not at all.’

In an interview with NPR host Lulu Garcia-Navarro had asked Biden if he would stop Cubans from being deported if he became president. It sent Biden into a confusing comment about race in America.

‘And by the way, what you all know, but most people don’t know, unlike the African American community, with notable exceptions, the Latino community is an incredibly diverse community, with incredibly different attitudes about different things,’ Biden said, receiving a slew of backlash for his wording.  

By Thursday evening Biden had responded to the criticism. He did not use the word ‘sorry’ but added: ‘Throughout my career I’ve witnessed the diversity of thought, background, and sentiment within the African American community. It’s this diversity that makes our workplaces, communities, and country a better place.

‘My commitment to you is this: I will always listen, I will never stop fighting for the African American community and I will never stop fighting for a more equitable future.’    

‘What you all know, but most people don’t know, unlike the African American community, with notable exceptions, the Latino community is an incredibly diverse community, with incredibly different attitudes about different things,’ Biden said during an interview

His response came after he was asked by NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro if Biden would put a stop to deporting Cubans from America if he became president

His response came after he was asked by NPR’s Lulu Garcia-Navarro if Biden would put a stop to deporting Cubans from America if he became president

By Thursday evening Biden had responded to the criticism on Twitter

By Thursday evening Biden had responded to the criticism on Twitter

 

Donald Trump criticized his rival for ‘totally disparaging’ black people in the slip-up. 

‘Wow! Joe Biden just lost the entire African American community. What a ‘dumb’ thing to say!’ Trump tweeted along with a link to a right-wing news website with coverage of the gaffe.

Before departing from the White House for a trip to Ohio, Trump ripped into Biden for the comments, which were aired Thursday during a pre-recorded interview with the National Association of Black Journalists and National Association of Hispanic Journalists.

‘I just watched the clip, and Joe Biden, this morning, totally disparaged and insulted the black community,’ Trump told reporters gathered on the South Lawn.

‘What he said is incredible,’ the president continued. ‘And I don’t know what’s going on with him, but it’s a very insulting statement he made.’

Biden is heads and shoulders above the president when it comes to popularity among the black community, with almost every poll on the matter showing the presumed Democratic nominee ahead by several dozen percentage points.  

President Donald Trump said before departing the White House Thursday that Joe Biden 'totally disparaged and insulted the black community' with his comments that aired earlier

President Donald Trump said before departing the White House Thursday that Joe Biden ‘totally disparaged and insulted the black community’ with his comments that aired earlier 

In a follow-up tweet to his White House remarks, Trump claimed Biden 'just lost the entire African American community' with those comments

In a follow-up tweet to his White House remarks, Trump claimed Biden ‘just lost the entire African American community’ with those comments

The interview, which aired in full on Thursday, was conducted by different journalists part of the National Association of Black Journalists and National Association of Hispanic Journalists

The interview, which aired in full on Thursday, was conducted by different journalists part of the National Association of Black Journalists and National Association of Hispanic Journalists

During that same interview, Biden stunned Garcia-Navarro’s co-interviewer CBS News’ Errol Barnett when he made the comment ‘Are you a junkie?’

The remarks came after the former vice president said he would not take a cognitive test despite goading from Trump that his Democratic rival wouldn’t be able to beat his score.

‘Mr. Vice President, your opponent in this election, President Trump, has made your mental state a campaign topic,’ Barnett posed. ‘Have you taken a cognitive test?’

‘No, I haven’t taken a test. Why the hell would I take a test?’ Biden said to Barnett during the interview, which aired in full Thursday, but clips were released Wednesday.

‘Come on man. That’s like saying, before you got in this program, did you take a test where you’re taking cocaine or not. What do you think? Huh? Are you a junkie?,’ the presumed Democratic nominee added with a laugh.

Barnett appeared confused by the response.

‘What do you say to President Trump, who brags about his test and makes your mental state an issue for voters?’ Barnett asked.

‘Well, if he can’t figure out the difference between an elephant and a lion, I don’t know what the hell he’s talking about,’ Biden said.

The Montreal Cognitive Assessment, the test in question, is a ten-minute test of cognitive abilities, which includes a question where it has the taker identify an animal such as an elephant, lion or camel – but the president assured that the further along the test goes, the harder it gets. 

Biden also told the panel that he would not take a cognitive test despite goading from President Donald Trump that he should do so. Why the hell would I take a test?' Biden questioned

Biden also told the panel that he would not take a cognitive test despite goading from President Donald Trump that he should do so. Why the hell would I take a test?’ Biden questioned

Trump has bragged he has 'aced' a cognitive test and said Biden should take one

Trump has bragged he has ‘aced’ a cognitive test and said Biden should take one

Trump bragged he has ‘aced’ the cognitive test and has challenged Biden to take it, claiming he wouldn’t pass. 

‘Joe should take that test, because something’s going on. And, and, I say this with respect. I mean — going to probably happen to all of us, right? You know? It’s going to happen,’ he told Fox News last month.

The president’s test was given at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in early 2018 by Navy Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson, who was then a White House physician but is not running for a Texas House seat as a Republican, The Washington Post reported.  

Biden said he is looking forward to meeting the president in their three debates, where voters would be able to judge both candidates’ mental fitness for themselves.

His confirmation that he will participate comes as some Democrats have suggested Biden should set them out.

‘I’m so forward looking [sic] to sit with or stand with the president in debates. There’s going to be plenty of times,’ Biden said. ‘I am very willing to let the public to judge my physical as well as my mental fitness and, well, you know, to make a judgement about who I am.’

In an interview with ‘Fox News Sunday’ last month, host Chris Wallace told the president he also took the test and it wasn’t the ‘hardest.’  

‘Well, it’s not the hardest test,’ Wallace said. ‘They have a picture and it says, ‘What’s that?’ And it’s an elephant.’

Trump shot back: ‘Yes, the first few questions are easy, but I’ll bet you couldn’t even answer the last five questions.’

‘I’ll bet you couldn’t,’ Trump challenged. ‘They get very hard, the last five questions.’

Trump often brags about his mental prowess and has called himself a ‘very stable genius.’ 

Medical experts said the test does not measure a person’s IQ or intellectual abilities but is designed to flag the beginning of cognitive decline that could come with age or a medical condition such as Alzheimer’s or a stroke.

And the White House has not said why the president needed to take a test of his cognitive abilities. 

Trump and his campaign have pushed for questions of Biden’s mental abilities –  at age 77 Biden is three years old than Trump – but it’s the president who has faced health questions, particularly after his commencement speech at West Point in June where he had difficulty walking down a ramp and had to use two hands to lift a glass of water.

President Trump defended his score on a cognitive test last month in an interview with Chris Wallace on 'Fox News Sunday'

President Trump defended his score on a cognitive test last month in an interview with Chris Wallace on ‘Fox News Sunday’

Jill Biden dinged President Donald Trump for criticizing her husband's cognitive ability during an interview with Fox News

Jill Biden dinged President Donald Trump for criticizing her husband’s cognitive ability during an interview with Fox News

Meanwhile, Jill Biden has come to her husband’s defense, dinging the president for questioning Joe Biden’s cognitive abilities.

She told Fox News on Tuesday that it was ‘surprising’ the president would say that and argued the two men are close in age.  

‘I think Donald Trump is really about Joe’s age right? I think there’s like two or three years difference. It’s surprising that he would say Joe wouldn’t be up to it and made those comments,’ Jill Biden said. 

She also disputed Trump’s characterization that Joe Biden is hiding in the basement. Trump has repeatedly gone after Biden for hiding in his basement after Biden cut down on his campaign rallies because of the coronavirus pandemic.

‘You know, Joe is anything but that characterization. You know we’ve been campaigning, we’ve been listening to the experts, the scientists, and the doctors, and they have told us stay home and be safe,’ she said. 

Donald Trump gives TikTok 45 days to complete potential sale to Microsoft

President Donald Trump has issued an executive order giving the Chinese parent company of video sharing app TikTok 45 days to complete a sale, after which date any transaction will be forbidden and the app will be banned.

Trump on Thursday night signed the order titled ‘Addressing the Threat Posed by TikTok’, which bars any transaction with TikTok parent ByteDance after 45 days from the signing.

Amid growing security and privacy concerns about the app’s Chinese ownership, Microsoft has reportedly been in talks to acquire TikTok in a firesale, and Trump’s order only increases pressure on ByteDance to get the deal done quickly.

Any company still doing business with ByteDance in 45 days will be subject to sanctions, Trump said. If a sale does not go through before the September 20 deadline, the order would effectively bar the use of TikTok throughout the U.S.

President Donald Trump has issued an executive order giving the Chinese parent company of video sharing app TikTok 45 days to complete a sale (stock image)

Along with the executive order, Trump sent a letter to the House speaker and Senate president explaining the move.

The letter states that TikTok ‘automatically captures vast swaths of information from its users.’

‘This data collection threatens to allow the Chinese Communist Party access to Americans’ personal and proprietary information — potentially allowing China to track the locations of Federal employees and contractors, build dossiers of personal information for blackmail, and conduct corporate espionage,’ it continued.

ByteDance has denied that it shares data with the Chinese government, and Chinese state media blasted the U.S. response to TikTok as ‘madness.’

Under a Chinese law introduced in 2017, companies have an obligation to support and cooperate with the country’s national intelligence work. 

On Thursday, the U.S. Senate unanimously voted to approve a bill banning federal employees from using TikTok on government-issued devices.

Any company still doing business with TikTok's Chinese parent ByteDance in 45 days will be subject to sanctions, Trump said

Any company still doing business with TikTok’s Chinese parent ByteDance in 45 days will be subject to sanctions, Trump said

‘I’m encouraged by the bipartisan support we have seen in this body to hold the Chinese Communist Party accountable and that includes … holding accountable those corporations who would just do China’s bidding,’ Senator Josh Hawley, who sponsored the bill, said in a statement.

‘And, if I have anything to say about it, we won’t be stopping here,’ the Republican senator added.

Last month, the House of Representatives voted to bar federal employees from downloading the app on government-issued devices as part of a proposal offered by Representative Ken Buck.

A finalized version of the bill, combining the House and Senate versions, would need Trump’s approval to become law.

Meanwhile, Microsoft has expanded its talks on TikTok to a potential deal that would include buying the global operations of the fast-growing video-sharing app, the Financial Times reported Thursday.

Microsoft declined to comment on the report, after previously disclosing it was considering a deal for TikTok operations in the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

According to the report, Microsoft has shifted its view because of the complexities of splitting the app and making it operable globally.

TikTok operates in some 150 countries and has an estimated billion users. 

Chinese state media accused Secretary of State Mike Pompeo of 'madness' for cracking down on Chinese software and technology in the US

Chinese state media accused Secretary of State Mike Pompeo of ‘madness’ for cracking down on Chinese software and technology in the US

China’s state media organs have fired back at Washington over the crackdown on TikTok, saying the plan to ban certain technologies of Chinese origin is a sign of ‘madness’ in U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

‘Pompeo has uttered anti-China remarks almost every day, and constantly played tricks to intensify conflicts between China and the U.S., and display Trump administration’s toughness toward China,’ state-backed tabloid Global Times wrote in an editorial on Thursday.

The U.S. State Department on Wednesday published an expanded update of a plan called the ‘Clean Network’ calling for telecom companies, cloud service providers, and mobile apps of Chinese origin to be kept out of the United States.

‘From the long-term perspective, it’s incredible that the U.S. information industry could totally detach from the Chinese market,’ the Global Times wrote.

‘It would pose a severe test for U.S. companies if U.S. chips, software, and terminal equipment become irrelevant to the Chinese market.’

Developing story, check back for updates.

Joe Biden APOLOGIZES for suggesting Latino American community is more diverse than African Americans

Joe Biden on Thursday attempted to ‘clarify’ his comments suggesting the Latino American community is more diverse than African Americans. 

The presumed Democratic nominee wrote on Twitter: ‘Earlier today, I made some comments about diversity in the African American and Latino communities that I want to clarify. In no way did I mean to suggest the African American community is a monolith—not by identity, not on issues, not at all.’

In an interview with NPR host Lulu Garcia-Navarro had asked Biden if he would stop Cubans from being deported if he became president. It sent Biden into a confusing comment about race in America.

‘And by the way, what you all know, but most people don’t know, unlike the African American community, with notable exceptions, the Latino community is an incredibly diverse community, with incredibly different attitudes about different things,’ Biden said, receiving a slew of backlash for his wording.  

By Thursday evening Biden had responded to the criticism. He did not use the word ‘sorry’ but added: ‘Throughout my career I’ve witnessed the diversity of thought, background, and sentiment within the African American community. It’s this diversity that makes our workplaces, communities, and country a better place.

‘My commitment to you is this: I will always listen, I will never stop fighting for the African American community and I will never stop fighting for a more equitable future.’    

‘What you all know, but most people don’t know, unlike the African American community, with notable exceptions, the Latino community is an incredibly diverse community, with incredibly different attitudes about different things,’ Biden said during an interview

His response came after he was asked by NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro if Biden would put a stop to deporting Cubans from America if he became president

His response came after he was asked by NPR’s Lulu Garcia-Navarro if Biden would put a stop to deporting Cubans from America if he became president

By Thursday evening Biden had responded to the criticism on Twitter

By Thursday evening Biden had responded to the criticism on Twitter 

Donald Trump criticized his rival for ‘totally disparaging’ black people in the slip-up. 

‘Wow! Joe Biden just lost the entire African American community. What a ‘dumb’ thing to say!’ Trump tweeted along with a link to a right-wing news website with coverage of the gaffe.

Before departing from the White House for a trip to Ohio, Trump ripped into Biden for the comments, which were aired Thursday during a pre-recorded interview with the National Association of Black Journalists and National Association of Hispanic Journalists.

‘I just watched the clip, and Joe Biden, this morning, totally disparaged and insulted the black community,’ Trump told reporters gathered on the South Lawn.

‘What he said is incredible,’ the president continued. ‘And I don’t know what’s going on with him, but it’s a very insulting statement he made.’

Biden is heads and shoulders above the president when it comes to popularity among the black community, with almost every poll on the matter showing the presumed Democratic nominee ahead by several dozen percentage points.  

President Donald Trump said before departing the White House Thursday that Joe Biden 'totally disparaged and insulted the black community' with his comments that aired earlier

President Donald Trump said before departing the White House Thursday that Joe Biden ‘totally disparaged and insulted the black community’ with his comments that aired earlier 

In a follow-up tweet to his White House remarks, Trump claimed Biden 'just lost the entire African American community' with those comments

In a follow-up tweet to his White House remarks, Trump claimed Biden ‘just lost the entire African American community’ with those comments

The interview, which aired in full on Thursday, was conducted by different journalists part of the National Association of Black Journalists and National Association of Hispanic Journalists

The interview, which aired in full on Thursday, was conducted by different journalists part of the National Association of Black Journalists and National Association of Hispanic Journalists

During that same interview, Biden stunned Garcia-Navarro’s co-interviewer CBS News’ Errol Barnett when he made the comment ‘Are you a junkie?’

The remarks came after the former vice president said he would not take a cognitive test despite goading from Trump that his Democratic rival wouldn’t be able to beat his score.

‘Mr. Vice President, your opponent in this election, President Trump, has made your mental state a campaign topic,’ Barnett posed. ‘Have you taken a cognitive test?’

‘No, I haven’t taken a test. Why the hell would I take a test?’ Biden said to Barnett during the interview, which aired in full Thursday, but clips were released Wednesday.

‘Come on man. That’s like saying, before you got in this program, did you take a test where you’re taking cocaine or not. What do you think? Huh? Are you a junkie?,’ the presumed Democratic nominee added with a laugh.

Barnett appeared confused by the response.

‘What do you say to President Trump, who brags about his test and makes your mental state an issue for voters?’ Barnett asked.

‘Well, if he can’t figure out the difference between an elephant and a lion, I don’t know what the hell he’s talking about,’ Biden said.

The Montreal Cognitive Assessment, the test in question, is a ten-minute test of cognitive abilities, which includes a question where it has the taker identify an animal such as an elephant, lion or camel – but the president assured that the further along the test goes, the harder it gets. 

Biden also told the panel that he would not take a cognitive test despite goading from President Donald Trump that he should do so. Why the hell would I take a test?' Biden questioned

Biden also told the panel that he would not take a cognitive test despite goading from President Donald Trump that he should do so. Why the hell would I take a test?’ Biden questioned

Trump has bragged he has 'aced' a cognitive test and said Biden should take one

Trump has bragged he has ‘aced’ a cognitive test and said Biden should take one

Trump bragged he has ‘aced’ the cognitive test and has challenged Biden to take it, claiming he wouldn’t pass. 

‘Joe should take that test, because something’s going on. And, and, I say this with respect. I mean — going to probably happen to all of us, right? You know? It’s going to happen,’ he told Fox News last month.

The president’s test was given at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in early 2018 by Navy Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson, who was then a White House physician but is not running for a Texas House seat as a Republican, The Washington Post reported.  

Biden said he is looking forward to meeting the president in their three debates, where voters would be able to judge both candidates’ mental fitness for themselves.

His confirmation that he will participate comes as some Democrats have suggested Biden should set them out.

‘I’m so forward looking [sic] to sit with or stand with the president in debates. There’s going to be plenty of times,’ Biden said. ‘I am very willing to let the public to judge my physical as well as my mental fitness and, well, you know, to make a judgement about who I am.’

In an interview with ‘Fox News Sunday’ last month, host Chris Wallace told the president he also took the test and it wasn’t the ‘hardest.’  

‘Well, it’s not the hardest test,’ Wallace said. ‘They have a picture and it says, ‘What’s that?’ And it’s an elephant.’

Trump shot back: ‘Yes, the first few questions are easy, but I’ll bet you couldn’t even answer the last five questions.’

‘I’ll bet you couldn’t,’ Trump challenged. ‘They get very hard, the last five questions.’

Trump often brags about his mental prowess and has called himself a ‘very stable genius.’ 

Medical experts said the test does not measure a person’s IQ or intellectual abilities but is designed to flag the beginning of cognitive decline that could come with age or a medical condition such as Alzheimer’s or a stroke.

And the White House has not said why the president needed to take a test of his cognitive abilities. 

Trump and his campaign have pushed for questions of Biden’s mental abilities –  at age 77 Biden is three years old than Trump – but it’s the president who has faced health questions, particularly after his commencement speech at West Point in June where he had difficulty walking down a ramp and had to use two hands to lift a glass of water.

President Trump defended his score on a cognitive test last month in an interview with Chris Wallace on 'Fox News Sunday'

President Trump defended his score on a cognitive test last month in an interview with Chris Wallace on ‘Fox News Sunday’

Jill Biden dinged President Donald Trump for criticizing her husband's cognitive ability during an interview with Fox News

Jill Biden dinged President Donald Trump for criticizing her husband’s cognitive ability during an interview with Fox News

Meanwhile, Jill Biden has come to her husband’s defense, dinging the president for questioning Joe Biden’s cognitive abilities.

She told Fox News on Tuesday that it was ‘surprising’ the president would say that and argued the two men are close in age.  

‘I think Donald Trump is really about Joe’s age right? I think there’s like two or three years difference. It’s surprising that he would say Joe wouldn’t be up to it and made those comments,’ Jill Biden said. 

She also disputed Trump’s characterization that Joe Biden is hiding in the basement. Trump has repeatedly gone after Biden for hiding in his basement after Biden cut down on his campaign rallies because of the coronavirus pandemic.

‘You know, Joe is anything but that characterization. You know we’ve been campaigning, we’ve been listening to the experts, the scientists, and the doctors, and they have told us stay home and be safe,’ she said. 

Trump urges NRA to move to Texas as New York lawsuit filed

President Donald Trump unloaded on New York Attorney General Letitia James’ action to go after the NRA Thursday – and suggested the gun-rights group move to Texas to find a home free of legal hassle. 

‘That’s a very terrible thing that just happened,’ Trump said Thursday shortly after James made the high-profile announcement of her effort to dissolve the group and force it to jettison long-time head Wayne LaPierre.

‘I think the NRA should move to Texas and lead a very good and beautiful life,’ Trump said of the group, which has its headquarters in Richmond, Virginia not far from Washington, D.C.

‘That’s a very terrible thing that just happened,’ President Donald Trump said of New York Attorney General Letitia James’ suit against the NRA

Trump also fired off a tweet trying to connect Jame’s prosecutorial action, less than 100 days before the election, with his political rival Joe Biden. 

‘Just like Radical Left New York is trying to destroy the NRA, if Biden becomes President your GREAT SECOND AMENDMENT doesn’t have a chance,’ Trump said, wrote. ‘Your guns will be taken away, immediately and without notice. No police, no guns!’ he added. 

Trump also hammered Biden on guns in remarks in Ohio, where his original greet Gov. Mike DeWine had to cancel an appearance after testing positive for the coronavirus. 

‘You will have a crash in the market, because he’s going to double and triple your taxes. He’s going to do things that nobody ever would ever think even possible because he’s following the radical left agenda – take away your guns, destroy your second amendment, no religion, no anything, hurt the Bible, God, he’s against God, he’s against guns, he’s against energy, our kind of energy,’ the president said.   

The NRA is counter-suing the New York attorney general, claiming her bombshell lawsuit on Thursday that seeks to dismantle the gun organization is a ‘premeditated’ political attack that has been deliberately timed to thwart Trump’s reelection chances.  

The group endorsed Trump’s reelection this year, and spent more than $30 million to support him in 2016. It spent less than half as much trying to defeat President Barack Obama and back Republican Mitt Romney in 2012. 

The group announced Thursday it is planning another multi-million ad blitz before November.  

Letitia James filed her lawsuit on Thursday. She claims that Executive Vice-President Wayne LaPierre, former Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Wilson ‘Woody’ Phillips, former Chief of Staff and the Executive Director of General Operations Joshua Powell, and Corporate Secretary and General Counsel John Frazer used the NRA as a ‘personal piggy bank’ for years.

She claims in her lawsuit that they used NRA funds to pay for ‘trips for them and their families to the Bahamas, private jets, and expensive meals.’ 

She called the organization ‘fraught with fraud and abuse.’ 

At a press conference on Thursday morning, James declined to comment on speculation surrounding her subpoena to Deutsche Bank for Donald Trump’s bank records, which many thought was going to be the subject of the press conference. 

She also insisted the lawsuit was not politically motivated and not that she was trying to financially cripple the organization which is one of Trump’s biggest donors. 

The NRA responded angrily. 

‘This was a baseless, premeditated attack on our organization and the Second Amendment freedoms it fights to defend. 

‘You could have set your watch by it: the investigation was going to reach its crescendo as we move into the 2020 election cycle. It’s a transparent attempt to score political points and attack the leading voice in opposition to the leftist agenda. 

‘This has been a power grab by a political opportunist – a desperate move that is part of a rank political vendetta. 

‘Our members won’t be intimidated or bullied in their defense of political and constitutional freedom. As evidenced by the lawsuit filed by the NRA today against the NY AG, we not only will not shrink from this fight – we will confront it and prevail.’ 

In 2016, the organization gave more than $30million to Trumps’ campaign. 

The NRA responded angrily with its own lawsuit, claiming James is unfairly targeting the organization because of its political affiliations

The NRA responded angrily with its own lawsuit, claiming James is unfairly targeting the organization because of its political affiliations

New York Attorney General Letitia James announced on Thursday that she was suing the NRA

New York Attorney General Letitia James announced on Thursday that she was suing the NRA

President Trump with NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre, the target of the lawsuit who she claims mismanaged funds for years to support his lavish lifestyle

President Trump with NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre, the target of the lawsuit who she claims mismanaged funds for years to support his lavish lifestyle 

NRA General Counsel John Frazer

Director of Operations Joshua Powell

NRA General Counsel John Frazer (L) and Director of Operations Joshua Powell (R) are also being sued 

On Thursday, James said that an ongoing thread in her investigation was whether or not any mismanaged funds were used to donate to political campaigns. She is now aggressively seeking restitution from the NRA. She alleges that the fraud cost the organization $64million in losses. 

Trump called James’ lawsuit ‘terrible’ and told the NRA to ‘move to Texas’. It is currently based in Virginia.

That’s a very terrible thing that just happened. I think the NRA should move to Texas and lead a very good and beautiful life. 

‘I’ve told them that for a long time. They should move to Texas or another state of their choosing but Texas would be a great place an an appropriate place for the NRA.

‘They’ve been absolutely decimated by the cost of that lawsuit and it’s very sad but I would suggest they move to Texas,’ he said on the White House lawn before boarding Marine One.

He later tweeted: ‘Just like Radical Left New York is trying to destroy the NRA, if Biden becomes President your GREAT SECOND AMENDMENT doesn’t have a chance. Your guns will be taken away, immediately and without notice. No police, no guns!’

At her press conference, James said the organization had gone ‘unchecked’ for decades.

‘The NRA’s influence has been so powerful that the organization went unchecked for decades while top executives funneled millions into their own pockets,’ she said.

‘The NRA is fraught with fraud and abuse, which is why, today, we seek to dissolve the NRA, because no organization is above the law.’  

‘There is one set of laws. Today, we send a loud message that no one is above the law – not even the NRA, one of the most powerful organizations in this country,’ she said. 

James is insisting that the organization be dissolved and not restructured because, she claims, the alleged fraud is so ‘broad’.    

The lawsuit claims that Wayne LaPierre hired his friends in the 1990s and then used NRA funds – which had been donated by supporters – to pay for a luxury lifestyle. 

NY Governor Andrew Cuomo was among Democrats who endorsed the move

NY Governor Andrew Cuomo was among Democrats who endorsed the move 

‘Yacht trips in the Bahamas, private jets, gifts, black car services and lucrative consulting contracts for ex-employees and board members’ are among the things she claims he spent the money on.  

LaPierre approved private jet flights on the company dollar for his family members, including his niece’s husband, the lawsuit claims.

Among them was a private flight for his niece and her husband from Dallas, Texas, to North Platte, Nebraska that cost $11,435.

Later, he authorized a flight for his niece and her daughter from Dallas to Orlando for $26,995.  

In October 2016, he approved a flight for his wife to go alone from Wisconsin to Nebraskafor $8,800 and in January 2017, he authorized a flight for his niece’s husband from Nebraska to Las Vegas for a Safari Club convention.

His reasons for them included that it was difficult to find commercial flights to parts of Nebraska, and that his niece sometimes had a young child with her, the lawsuit claims. 

It also alleges that he himself spent company donations on yachting trips to the Bahamas. 

‘Since June 2015, LaPierre and his family took private flights to and from the Bahamas on at least eight occasions. 

‘On most of those trips, LaPierre stopped in Nebraska on each leg of the trip to pick up and drop off his niece and her family. 

‘The NRA paid over half a million dollars for these flights,’ the lawsuit alleges.  

LaPierre claimed he was going to the Bahamas for a ‘celebrity retreat’ that was run by ‘an individual’ who is the major stakeholder in Associated Television Inc, Membership Marketing Partners, Allegiance Creative Group, Concord Social and Public Relations.

The lawsuit claims the NRA gave $100million to those companies, and LaPierre worked with them to produce projects like Crime Strike, a TV show he was the host of. The lawsuit has inflamed partisan tensions. 

Democrats say welcomed it, claiming it was high time the NRA be brought to action. 

Among those who praised it was New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. 

He tweeted: ‘The NRA has a long history of thwarting New York’s not-for-profit rules. Today the NY AG took action to curb that abuse.’  

Trump urges NRA to move to Texas as New York lawsuit filed

President Donald Trump unloaded on New York Attorney General Letitia James’ action to go after the NRA Thursday – and suggested the gun-rights group move to Texas to find a home free of legal hassle. 

‘That’s a very terrible thing that just happened,’ Trump said Thursday shortly after James made the high-profile announcement of her effort to dissolve the group and force it to jettison long-time head Wayne LaPierre.

‘I think the NRA should move to Texas and lead a very good and beautiful life,’ Trump said of the group, which has its headquarters in Richmond, Virginia not far from Washington, D.C.

‘That’s a very terrible thing that just happened,’ President Donald Trump said of New York Attorney General Letitia James’ suit against the NRA

Trump also fired off a tweet trying to connect Jame’s prosecutorial action, less than 100 days before the election, with his political rival Joe Biden. 

‘Just like Radical Left New York is trying to destroy the NRA, if Biden becomes President your GREAT SECOND AMENDMENT doesn’t have a chance,’ Trump said, wrote. ‘Your guns will be taken away, immediately and without notice. No police, no guns!’ he added. 

Trump also hammered Biden on guns in remarks in Ohio, where his original greet Gov. Mike DeWine had to cancel an appearance after testing positive for the coronavirus. 

‘You will have a crash in the market, because he’s going to double and triple your taxes. He’s going to do things that nobody ever would ever think even possible because he’s following the radical left agenda – take away your guns, destroy your second amendment, no religion, no anything, hurt the Bible, God, he’s against God, he’s against guns, he’s against energy, our kind of energy,’ the president said.   

The NRA is counter-suing the New York attorney general, claiming her bombshell lawsuit on Thursday that seeks to dismantle the gun organization is a ‘premeditated’ political attack that has been deliberately timed to thwart Trump’s reelection chances.  

The group endorsed Trump’s reelection this year, and spent more than $30 million to support him in 2016. It spent less than half as much trying to defeat President Barack Obama and back Republican Mitt Romney in 2012. 

The group announced Thursday it is planning another multi-million ad blitz before November.  

Letitia James filed her lawsuit on Thursday. She claims that Executive Vice-President Wayne LaPierre, former Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Wilson ‘Woody’ Phillips, former Chief of Staff and the Executive Director of General Operations Joshua Powell, and Corporate Secretary and General Counsel John Frazer used the NRA as a ‘personal piggy bank’ for years.

She claims in her lawsuit that they used NRA funds to pay for ‘trips for them and their families to the Bahamas, private jets, and expensive meals.’ 

She called the organization ‘fraught with fraud and abuse.’ 

At a press conference on Thursday morning, James declined to comment on speculation surrounding her subpoena to Deutsche Bank for Donald Trump’s bank records, which many thought was going to be the subject of the press conference. 

She also insisted the lawsuit was not politically motivated and not that she was trying to financially cripple the organization which is one of Trump’s biggest donors. 

The NRA responded angrily. 

‘This was a baseless, premeditated attack on our organization and the Second Amendment freedoms it fights to defend. 

‘You could have set your watch by it: the investigation was going to reach its crescendo as we move into the 2020 election cycle. It’s a transparent attempt to score political points and attack the leading voice in opposition to the leftist agenda. 

‘This has been a power grab by a political opportunist – a desperate move that is part of a rank political vendetta. 

‘Our members won’t be intimidated or bullied in their defense of political and constitutional freedom. As evidenced by the lawsuit filed by the NRA today against the NY AG, we not only will not shrink from this fight – we will confront it and prevail.’ 

In 2016, the organization gave more than $30million to Trumps’ campaign. 

The NRA responded angrily with its own lawsuit, claiming James is unfairly targeting the organization because of its political affiliations

The NRA responded angrily with its own lawsuit, claiming James is unfairly targeting the organization because of its political affiliations

New York Attorney General Letitia James announced on Thursday that she was suing the NRA

New York Attorney General Letitia James announced on Thursday that she was suing the NRA

President Trump with NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre, the target of the lawsuit who she claims mismanaged funds for years to support his lavish lifestyle

President Trump with NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre, the target of the lawsuit who she claims mismanaged funds for years to support his lavish lifestyle 

NRA General Counsel John Frazer

Director of Operations Joshua Powell

NRA General Counsel John Frazer (L) and Director of Operations Joshua Powell (R) are also being sued 

On Thursday, James said that an ongoing thread in her investigation was whether or not any mismanaged funds were used to donate to political campaigns. She is now aggressively seeking restitution from the NRA. She alleges that the fraud cost the organization $64million in losses. 

Trump called James’ lawsuit ‘terrible’ and told the NRA to ‘move to Texas’. It is currently based in Virginia.

That’s a very terrible thing that just happened. I think the NRA should move to Texas and lead a very good and beautiful life. 

‘I’ve told them that for a long time. They should move to Texas or another state of their choosing but Texas would be a great place an an appropriate place for the NRA.

‘They’ve been absolutely decimated by the cost of that lawsuit and it’s very sad but I would suggest they move to Texas,’ he said on the White House lawn before boarding Marine One.

He later tweeted: ‘Just like Radical Left New York is trying to destroy the NRA, if Biden becomes President your GREAT SECOND AMENDMENT doesn’t have a chance. Your guns will be taken away, immediately and without notice. No police, no guns!’

At her press conference, James said the organization had gone ‘unchecked’ for decades.

‘The NRA’s influence has been so powerful that the organization went unchecked for decades while top executives funneled millions into their own pockets,’ she said.

‘The NRA is fraught with fraud and abuse, which is why, today, we seek to dissolve the NRA, because no organization is above the law.’  

‘There is one set of laws. Today, we send a loud message that no one is above the law – not even the NRA, one of the most powerful organizations in this country,’ she said. 

James is insisting that the organization be dissolved and not restructured because, she claims, the alleged fraud is so ‘broad’.    

The lawsuit claims that Wayne LaPierre hired his friends in the 1990s and then used NRA funds – which had been donated by supporters – to pay for a luxury lifestyle. 

NY Governor Andrew Cuomo was among Democrats who endorsed the move

NY Governor Andrew Cuomo was among Democrats who endorsed the move 

‘Yacht trips in the Bahamas, private jets, gifts, black car services and lucrative consulting contracts for ex-employees and board members’ are among the things she claims he spent the money on.  

LaPierre approved private jet flights on the company dollar for his family members, including his niece’s husband, the lawsuit claims.

Among them was a private flight for his niece and her husband from Dallas, Texas, to North Platte, Nebraska that cost $11,435.

Later, he authorized a flight for his niece and her daughter from Dallas to Orlando for $26,995.  

In October 2016, he approved a flight for his wife to go alone from Wisconsin to Nebraskafor $8,800 and in January 2017, he authorized a flight for his niece’s husband from Nebraska to Las Vegas for a Safari Club convention.

His reasons for them included that it was difficult to find commercial flights to parts of Nebraska, and that his niece sometimes had a young child with her, the lawsuit claims. 

It also alleges that he himself spent company donations on yachting trips to the Bahamas. 

‘Since June 2015, LaPierre and his family took private flights to and from the Bahamas on at least eight occasions. 

‘On most of those trips, LaPierre stopped in Nebraska on each leg of the trip to pick up and drop off his niece and her family. 

‘The NRA paid over half a million dollars for these flights,’ the lawsuit alleges.  

LaPierre claimed he was going to the Bahamas for a ‘celebrity retreat’ that was run by ‘an individual’ who is the major stakeholder in Associated Television Inc, Membership Marketing Partners, Allegiance Creative Group, Concord Social and Public Relations.

The lawsuit claims the NRA gave $100million to those companies, and LaPierre worked with them to produce projects like Crime Strike, a TV show he was the host of. The lawsuit has inflamed partisan tensions. 

Democrats say welcomed it, claiming it was high time the NRA be brought to action. 

Among those who praised it was New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. 

He tweeted: ‘The NRA has a long history of thwarting New York’s not-for-profit rules. Today the NY AG took action to curb that abuse.’  

New York AG Letitia James sues to dissolve the NRA

BREAKING NEWS: New York Attorney General Letitia James sues to dissolve the NRA claiming leaders mismanaged funds and committed fraud to support their luxury lifestyles

New York Attorney General Letitia James announced on Thursday that she was suing the NRA, claiming its former leadership mismanaged funds and doled out lucrative, fake deals to former employees. 

James issued a press release on Thursday announcing the lawsuit shortly before a scheduled press conference. 

She had teased the press conference on Wednesday, saying it was a ‘big announcement’.  

In a statement, James said:’The NRA’s influence has been so powerful that the organization went unchecked for decades while top executives funneled millions into their own pockets. 

New York Attorney General Letitia James announced on Thursday that she was suing the NRA,

‘The NRA is fraught with fraud and abuse, which is why, today, we seek to dissolve the NRA, because no organization is above the law.’

She names former Executive Vice-President Wayne LaPierre, former Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Wilson ‘Woody’ Phillips, former Chief of Staff and the Executive Director of General Operations Joshua Powell, and Corporate Secretary and General Counsel John Frazer as defendants. 

At a press conference later on Thursday, James said the suit sent a ‘strong, loud message’. 

‘There is one set of laws Today, we send a loud message that no one is above the law – not even the NRA. One of the most powerful organizations in this country,’ she said.

James dismissed claims that she was going after the NRA to try to harm Trump and his re-election campaign, claiming the investigation started in 2019 and that it was down to the organization serving as a ‘personal piggy bank’ for its executives. 

She said it should be dissolved and not restructured because the alleged fraud was so ‘broad’. 

New York AG Letitia James sues to dissolve the NRA

BREAKING NEWS: New York AG Letitia James sues to dissolve the NRA claiming it mismanaged funds and doled out contracts to former employees

New York Attorney General Letitia James announced on Thursday that she was suing the NRA, claiming its former leadership mismanaged funds and doled out lucrative, fake deals to former employees. 

James issued a press release on Thursday announcing the lawsuit shortly before a scheduled press conference. 

She had teased the press conference on Wednesday, saying it was a ‘big announcement’. 

New York Attorney General Letitia James announced on Thursday that she was suing the NRA,

Facebook removes post by Trump for falsely claiming children are ‘almost immune’ to COVID-19

Facebook REMOVES post by President Trump for violating company’s ‘harmful COVID-19 misinformation’ policy after he falsely claimed children are ‘almost immune’ to coronavirus

For the first time, Facebook took down a video post from Donald Trump’s personal page on Wednesday for making false claims about the coronavirus.

Trump had uploaded a video of an interview he gave to Fox News earlier Wednesday, in which he falsely stated that children are ‘almost immune’ from the disease.

‘They have much stronger immune system than [adults],’ Trump said in the video, which he also tweeted.

In a statement, a spokesperson for Facebook said the president’s post was removed for violating the social media platform’s ‘policies around harmful COVID misinformation.’

Trump had uploaded a video of an interview he gave to Fox News earlier Wednesday, in which he falsely claimed that children are ‘almost immune’ from the disease.

In the removed video, Trump was heard speaking in a phone interview with Fox News in which he argued schools across the nation should be re-opening. 

‘If you look at children, children are almost — and I would almost say definitely — but almost immune from this disease,’ Trump said. 

‘So few, they’ve got stronger, hard to believe, I don’t know how you feel about it, but they’ve got much stronger immune systems than we do somehow for this.

‘And they don’t have a problem, they just don’t have a problem,’ he added.

While children are less vulnerable, they can contract and transmit the disease to others and some have even died from it. Researchers believe infection rates among children are often under-reported because they are frequently asymptomatic and have been largely excluded from clinical trials.

A link to Trump’s post now diverts to a page that says, ‘This Content isn’t Available Right Now.’ 

In response to the removal, the Trump campaign has accused Facebook of exhibiting a ‘flagrant bias’.

‘The President was stating a fact that children are less susceptible to the coronavirus,’ Trump’s deputy national press secretary Courtney Parella said in an emailed statement. 

‘Another day, another display of Silicon Valley’s flagrant bias against this President, where the rules are only enforced in one direction. Social media companies are not the arbiters of truth.’ 

In a statement, a spokesperson for Facebook said the president's post was removed for violating the social media platform's 'policies around harmful COVID misinformation'

In a statement, a spokesperson for Facebook said the president’s post was removed for violating the social media platform’s ‘policies around harmful COVID misinformation’

The action comes as the first time Facebook has removed a Trump post for COVID-19 misinformation, and marks a rare instance in which the company has been willing to censor the president. 

Facebook has previously applied fact-check labels to Trump’s misleading posts about various subjects, including mail-in voting. 

In June, the social media giant took down a series of Trump campaign ads that featured a symbol Nazis used to classify political prisoners during World War II. 

Facebook has been fiercely scrutinized on both sides of the partisan divide for its handling of Trump’s post.

The Mark Zuckerberg-owned company’s refusal to take action on posts in which the president appeared to call for violence against Black Lives Matter protesters sparked outrage among democrats, and helped to inspire the #StopHateForProfit boycott campaign that saw over a thousand companies cease advertising on the site.

 Zuckerberg said in late June that Facebook will now remove posts that incite violence or attempt to suppress voting — even from political leaders — and that the company will affix labels on posts that violate hate speech or other policies.

 

This is a developing story 

Facebook removes post by Trump for falsely claiming children are ‘almost immune’ to COVID-19

BREAKING NEWS: Facebook REMOVES post by President Trump for violating company’s ‘harmful COVID-19 misinformation’ policy after he falsely claimed children are ‘almost immune’ to coronavirus

For the first time, Facebook took down a video post from Donald Trump’s personal page on Wednesday for making false claims about the coronavirus.

Trump had uploaded a video of an interview he gave to Fox News earlier Wednesday, in which he falsely stated that children are ‘almost immune’ from the disease.

‘They have much stronger immune system than [adults],’ Trump said in the video, which he also tweeted.

In a statement, a spokesperson for Facebook said the president’s post was removed for violating the social media platform’s ‘policies around harmful COVID misinformation.’

Trump had uploaded a video of an interview he gave to Fox News earlier Wednesday, in which he falsely claimed that children are ‘almost immune’ from the disease.

In the removed video, Trump was heard speaking in a phone interview with Fox News in which he argued schools across the nation should be re-opening. 

‘If you look at children, children are almost — and I would almost say definitely — but almost immune from this disease,’ Trump said. 

While children are less vulnerable, they can contract and transmit the disease to others and some have even died from it. Researchers believe infection rates among children are often under-reported because they are frequently asymptomatic and have been largely excluded from clinical trials.

A link to Trump’s post now diverts to a page that says, ‘This Content isn’t Available Right Now.’ 

In response to the removal, the Trump campaign has accused Facebook of exhibiting a ‘flagrant bias’.

‘The President was stating a fact that children are less susceptible to the coronavirus,’ Trump’s deputy national press secretary Courtney Parella said in an emailed statement. 

‘Another day, another display of Silicon Valley’s flagrant bias against this President, where the rules are only enforced in one direction. Social media companies are not the arbiters of truth.’ 

The action comes as the first time Facebook has removed a Trump post for COVID-19 misinformation, and marks a rare instance in which the company has been willing to censor the president.  

This is a developing story