​You’ll suffer ‘Painful Experience’ if you run against me, Trump warns Oprah Winfrey

United States President Donald Trump says the candidate he most wants to run against in 2020 – the next U.S presidential election – is Oprah Winfrey.
Speaking in Western Virginia on Saturday night, during a rally in support of Republican, Rick Saccone, Trump said the campaign would be a “painful experience” for the American media proprietor, if she decides to run against him.

Trump said he knows Winfrey well and repeated that he would love to run against her.

“Oh I’d love Oprah to win, I’d love to beat Oprah. I know her weakness,” he said.

But speaking in an interview with CNN’s Van Jones on “The Van Jones Show,” on Sunday night, Winfrey dismissed speculations she will run for office in 2020 but had an advice for anyone who does.

“I will say to whoever is going to run for office, do not give your energy to the other side,” she said.

“Do not spend all your time talking about your opponents. Do not give your energy to that which you really don’t believe in. Do not spend an ounce of your time on that.

Winfrey added that though a bid for the presidency wasn’t for her, “The noise about running for president moved me so humbly and deeply.”

“It means that you have somewhere in the work gained the people’s trust,” she told Jones.

Speculation mounted earlier this year that the talk show host might seek the presidency in 2020, following a captivating speech at the Golden Globes in January.

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​US Court Fines Woman $16,000 For Braiding Hair

A Senegalese hairdresser has been forced to pay over $16,000 in fines after falling foul of a Tennessee law which outlawed employing workers who did not have a government licence to braid hair.
Fatou Diouf has been braiding hair all her life. She works professionally as a licenced natural hair stylist in the US’ State of Tennessee.

For her, hair braiding is a vocation that has brought her joy and remittances to support her family back home in Senegal. It’s also a means to support herself and her two children.

She said, “I never did any other job but hair braiding my whole life,” she said. “I cannot recall a time when I did not.”

But in recent times the job has become a burden. Fatou, who recently divorced her husband has been forced to pay $16,000 in fines to the Tennessee Board of Cosmetology and Barber Examiners.

Though braiders are free to work without a license in almost half the US, in Tennessee it’s not so since only licenced “natural hair stylists” may earn a living by braiding, twisting, wrapping, weaving, extending or locking hair.

She now pays $830 per month to the Tennessee government under a payment plan for her most recent violations. She says the payment is very stressful.

Based on her experiences, Diouf has become one of the most outspoken voices for reform. Together with the Institute for Justice and the Beacon Center, Fatou has testified in favour of a bill that would eliminate the state’s licence for natural hair stylists—and the Board’s basis for fining braiders.

“We can create more employment if this bill passes,” she said.

Diouf is not alone in the predicament. The Institute for Justice has identified nearly $100,000 in fines levied against dozens of braiders and more than 30 different natural hair shops and salons since 2009. All of those violations were for unlicensed braiding; none were triggered by any health or sanitation violation.

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​Why I sacked US Secretary of state, Tillerson – Trump

President Donald Trump of the US has revealed why he sacked US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson.
Trump dismissed him via a tweet on Tuesday.

“I just fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Yesterday Rex said something mean about Putin.

“I’ve warned every American that under no circumstances was anyone allowed to criticize Putin or Russia (even if they committed acts of war against us). Mike Pompeo will replace Rex,” Trump tweeted.

​Nuclear weapon attack on USA imminent – Pentagon

The Pentagon has raised an alarm of a compelling evidence of possible nuclear weapon strike against the United States.
“There is compelling evidence that at least one of our potential competitors in this space believes they can get away with striking us with a low-yield weapon. We cannot allow that perception to persist,” General Paul Selva, the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said.

Selva said the recent Nuclear Posture Review ensured the US could match any nuclear threat, including that of a low-yield nuclear weapon.

“The review makes it clear that the United States will respond in kind to any nuclear threat,” Selva said at the ninth annual Defence Programmes conference hosted by McAleese and Associates and Credit Suisse.

The vice chairman underscored that the goal of the NPR was to maintain a safe, reliable, dependable and secure nuclear arsenal.

“We reviewed the world as it is, not the world as we wished it could be,” Selva said.

The NPR projected what capabilities might be useful to supplement the existing delivery systems in the nuclear triad to “raise the bar for all adversaries who might contemplate use of nuclear weapons against the US or our allies,” he explained.

The new capabilities are the sea-launched cruise missile and a low-yield nuclear weapon that could be delivered from a submarine platform, Selva said.

He said: “Don’t mistake the discussion of new capabilities for growth in the nuclear arsenal.

“And please don’t fall in the trap of having the conversation that low-yield lowers the threshold for the use of nuclear weapons.”

Selva pointed out the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty came into force 48 years ago but fewer than 10 countries possessed nuclear weapons or the capabilities to field them.

“We’ve actually created a safer world. That’s not to say that we’re free of the threat from nuclear weapons,” he said.

The NPR, which was released on February 2, 2018, is nested in the other new national security strategies: the National Security Strategy, National Defence Strategy and a National Military Strategy, Selva explained.

“All of those set a vector for where we want to move the department, and they are all nested in how we built the fiscal year 2019 budget request,” he said.

The nuclear strategy and acquiring the best and most advanced technologies are vital elements as the US seeks to apply its power and influence around the world, Selva told the conference audience.

The US must continue to build strong alliances he said, adding that another important aspect in national security is to maintain the capability and capacity to deploy forces anywhere in the world and project American power where necessary to defend its interests.

Selva said: “If there is no other reason to bring new technologies and capabilities into our force today, it’s to make sure that no asymmetry from an outside force can prevent us from projecting American force, power and influence at the point in place of our choosing.”

The General commended the men and women who serve, saying they make up less than one per cent of the population and are the “secret sauce” to the successes of the Defence Department.

“They’re a unique group of young men and women. What we owe them is good leadership, sound decision tools, the technology that matters on the future battle space, the tools and the training to do the work that we ask them to do,” he said.

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​‘Ask your wife to stop calling me.’ actor, Alec Baldwin, slams Donald Trump

President Donald Trump is no stranger to playing television critic for Saturday Night Live. This time he took aim at “Alex” Baldwin’s impression of him.

In a since deleted tweet, Trump remarked, “Alex Baldwin, whose dying mediocre career was saved by his impersonation of me on SNL, now says playing DJT was agony for him. Alex, it was also agony for those who were forced to watch. You were terrible. Bring back Darrell Hammond, much funnier and a far greater talent!”

Trump deleted the tweet and later reposted the comment, correcting Alex Baldwin to Alec Baldwin and cleaning up his “dieing” error to “dying.”

b:1/Alec Baldwin, whose dying mediocre career was saved by his terrible impersonation of me on SNL, now says playing me was agony. Alec, it was agony for those who were forced to watch. Bring back Darrell Hammond, funnier and a far greater talent!12:07 PM – Mar 2, 2018141K79K people are talki.
Baldwin, Alec not Alex, responded through his foundation’s Twitter account with a grim prediction of the President’s future writing, “Agony though it may be, I’d like to hang in there for the impeachment hearings, the resignation speech, the farewell helicopter ride to Mara-A-Lago. You know. The Good Stuff. That we’ve all been waiting for.” Baldwin added that the President should ask First Lady Melania Trump to stop asking for Saturday Night Live tickets.
b:2/Agony though it may be, I’d like to hang in there for the impeachment hearings, the resignation speech, the farewell helicopter ride to Mara-A-Lago. You know. The Good Stuff. That we’ve all been waiting for.1:38 PM – Mar 2, 201865.8K18.4K people are talking about this.
b:3/Looking forward to the Trump Presidential Library.A putting green.Recipes for chocolate cake.A live Twitter feed for visitors to post on.A little black book w the phone numbers of porn stars.You’re in and out in five minutes.Just like…2:23 PM – Mar 2, 201833K9,198 people are talking abo.
b:4/And Mr President…please ask your wife to stop calling me for SNL tickets.(Hey, Melania…we’ve got Charles Barkley this Saturday!)2:36 PM – Mar 2, 201828.4K6,627 people are talking about this.
Baldwin began regularly delivering his impression of Trump on Saturday Night Live in 2016, taking over for announcer Hammond during the premiere of the show’s 42nd season with a cold open skit about the first presidential debate.

Trump previously called the show “unwatchable” saying Baldwin’s impersonation “just can’t get any worse.”

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​Trump’s meeting with Kim Jong-un is another pledge to do what nobody else can

President Trump in November in Seoul, South Korea. He said on Thursday that he had agreed to meet the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, in the next two months.
WASHINGTON — When the establishment told him he should talk with North Korea , President Trump scorned the idea. “Presidents and their administrations have been talking to North Korea for 25 years” and had been made to look like “fools,” he scoffed, and then rattled his saber. “Sorry, but only one thing will work!”
Five months later, Mr. Trump cast aside his skepticism and agreed to talk to North Korea with no more promise of success at negotiating an end to its nuclear and missile programs than his predecessors had. The main difference this time around is who will do the talking for the United States: Donald J. Trump.

Shocking and yet somehow not surprising, Mr. Trump’s decision to do what no other sitting president has done and meet in person with a North Korean leader reflects an audacious and supremely self-confident approach to international affairs. Whether it is Middle East peace or trade agreements, Mr. Trump has repeatedly claimed that he can achieve what has eluded every other occupant of his office through the force of his own personality.

So far, he has little to show for that. He has yet to successfully negotiate any new trade deals or renegotiate any old ones. A resolution between Israel and the Palestinians, which he once said would be “maybe not as difficult as people have thought,” looks more distant than when he came into office. Beyond threatening

“fire and fury,” he has offered no original formula that suggests a path to unlock the North Korea puzzle.

But in his penchant for unpredictability, his willingness to shift at a moment’s notice and his sense that only he  can make the important decisions, Mr. Trump may find a kindred spirit in the man who would sit across the table, Kim Jong-un of North Korea.

Several times over the years, negotiations between the United States and North Korea have appeared successful. Each time, the agreement fell apart.

“In some ways there’s a symmetry,” said Wendy R. Sherman, a longtime former diplomat who was part of a historic American delegation to Pyongyang under President Bill Clinton and later negotiated the Iran nuclear agreement for President Barack Obama. “You have two leaders who believe fundamentally that they are the only people who matter.”

Other presidents left talks with North Korea to lower-level officials because they did not want to reward Pyongyang with the prestige of such a meeting unless there was a substantial assurance of a breakthrough. They feared an ill-conceived gathering that resulted in failure would be counterproductive.

Mr. Clinton considered going to Pyongyang in the twilight months of his presidency, but ultimately opted against it, partly because of the Florida recount that dominated the postelection period in 2000 and partly because he calculated he had a better chance of forging an agreement between Israel and the Palestinians in the time he had left. He was unable to achieve that either, but after leaving office, went to North Korea to bring home two Americans held prisoner.

Diplomacy is a positive, Ms. Sherman said. “But this is a diplomacy that has to be prepared. It’s why Bill Clinton didn’t drop everything and go to Pyongyang.” She added: “This is very serious business. It is not a reality show. And it’s our national security that is at stake.”

While the president’s economic pressure may have prompted him to come to the table, Mr. Kim made few known concessions to win a meeting with Mr. Trump. The North Korean leader agreed to suspend nuclear and missile tests for the moment, although after a year of accelerated tests, they may not be as necessary for the program’s development at this point. And he assented to routine joint military exercises by the United States and South Korea that usually draw his ire.

What Drives Kim Jong-un?

“I can’t imagine any other president doing this on the basis of these general comments passed on from Kim Jong-un,” said Christopher R. Hill, who negotiated with North Korea for President George W. Bush . “The question is whether Trump will go ahead without clear signs the North Koreans are on the way to denuclearization.”

Among those surprised by the president’s decision to meet Mr. Kim were some of his own advisers. “In terms of direct talks with the United States, you ask negotiations and we’re a long ways from negotiations,” Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson told reporters traveling with him in Africa just hours before the surprise announcement at the White House.

But the president has flirted with the idea of meeting Mr. Kim before, and James Jay Carafano, a national security scholar at the Heritage Foundation, said it was utterly predictable that Mr. Trump would want to personally take on the issue.

“Trump actually has a really good track record of talking to other leaders,” Mr. Carafano said. “We ought to get beyond this thing that he’s going to be stupid. He’s now met with dozens of world leaders. This is actually where he shines, meeting with other leaders and looking very presidential. The fact that he would want to look the guy in the eye is very Trumpian.”

Indeed, Mr. Trump has been far more eager to deal directly with foreign leaders than Mr. Obama, a hands-on interlocutor who has forged relationships that changed his views and policies, such as with President Xi Jinping of China.

Mr. Carafano said Mr. Trump, the first president never to have served in government or the military, is not wedded to stale nostrums and is willing to think outside the box. He cited Mr. Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, a move Democratic and Republican presidents were too wary to make. While it drew loud protests from Palestinians, Mr. Carafano said, the world did not come to an end.

But Mr. Carafano cautioned against expecting a breakthrough if the meeting with Mr. Kim takes place. “The odds of him actually negotiating something are incredibly small,” he said. But the president’s agreement to talk dispels the warnings by critics that Mr. Trump was inevitably headed to war with North Korea through his bellicose messaging. “Our policy is not on this inevitable path to World War III.”

Still, the critics remain dubious. While they have urged Mr. Trump to try diplomacy, many said they did not mean that he should do it personally, and they warned that the president did not seem to have a thought-through plan for what he could reasonably achieve and how he would do it. Given Mr. Trump’s repeated criticism of Mr. Obama’s Iran deal — and a looming deadline for deciding whether to scrap it — the president would be hard pressed to agree to any accord with North Korea that fell short of its terms.

“Trump sees himself as a master negotiator, and yet is not particularly good at it,” said Colin Kahl, a former national security official under Mr. Obama. “He isn’t thoughtful or steeped in the types of details required for this type of diplomacy. He is prone to manipulation and flattery. He often makes threats he doesn’t follow through on and promises he can’t or won’t keep. And he often throws allies under the bus. This does not add up to a recipe for success, and the stakes could not be higher.”

But the president’s aides said he was full of surprises and should not be discounted. While noting that this would be a meeting, not a negotiation, a senior administration official, who briefed reporters on the condition of anonymity, said Mr. Trump was elected in part because he was willing to take approaches different from those of other presidents, a trait best exemplified by his North Korea policy.

Mr. Kim is the undisputed master of his totalitarian system, the official said, and so it made sense to accept an invitation to meet with the one person who can actually make decisions instead of repeating the long slog of the past.

The real question, then, becomes whether the only two leaders who can make decisions can make one together.

​Don’t destroy Nigeria – US warns

*Buhari under a trance, says Soyinka

*Urges citizens to resist herdsmen killing

The United States has warned Nigerians against destroying their country as they prepare for the 2019 general elections.

Apparently referring to the persistent killings across the country, Washington cautioned Nigerians to know that “there won’t be Nigerians without Nigeria”.

The warning came from the United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Stuart Symington, when he visited the House of Representatives (Special) Committee on Nigerian-United States Inter-Parliamentary Relations headed by Hon. Johnson Agbonayinma.

Symington spoke as Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, took a swipe at the manner President Muhammadu Buhari handles burning national issues.

Soyinka said that after appraising Buhari’s leadership style, he had come to the inevitable conclusion that the President “is under a trance”.

In his admonition, Symington tasked Nigerians to embrace “peace, unity, togetherness, free enterprise, not only in the country, but also to its neighbouring countries, adding that there should be a connection between the leaders and the people.

The envoy noted that the success of democracy in Nigeria will on the long run affect the survival of democracy globally, and charged the Federal Government to fight “terrorism, promote economic integration and competitiveness”.

Symington noted that Nigeria is profoundly full of citizens who want to have a say in the development of their country.

Earlier, Agbonayinma told the Ambassador that Nigeria is seeking the support of other nations to get to its desire goal.

He said: “We ask for your support Mr. Ambassador on the repatriation of our stolen wealth stashed away in the United States by corrupt persons. These are proceeds of crime and they should be brought back for the development of our country.

In an interview with journalists in Lagos, Soyinka who was asked what he would tell Buhari if he meets him face to face, said: “I will say to him, Mr. President, I think you are under a trance.

“Too many things are happening now which made me say that. I think he is under a trance”.

He added that the sooner the President gets out of the trance, the better for Nigeria.

On the form of trance he thinks Buhari was in, the literary icon said he did not know but could be attributed to the “errors” by the current administration.

He said: “I don’t know. So many unforced errors! Take for instance the reinstatement of the fellow who was sacked from NHIS (suspended Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), Prof. Usman Yusuf). He was reinstated by the President.

“What is that about? What is going on? It is a certain kind of alienation from reality is going on,” Soyinka stated.

Soyinka added that the phenomenon of attacks by armed herdsmen needs organised resistance by Nigerians.

He described the armed herdsmen as a new breed of Boko Haram and internal colonialists.

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