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Published: Tuesday, March 01, 2016 @ 8:18 PM
Updated: Tuesday, March 01, 2016 @ 8:21 PM
"Donald Trump? ... I like Trump. He'll take America to hell in a rocket ship," Louis Farrakhan said.
It's not exactly an endorsement, but Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan has praised Donald Trump for his financial independence from Jewish donors during a recent sermon.
Farrakhan is an avowed anti-Semite; according to the Anti-Defamation League, he used the same speech to blame Jews for 9/11 and the Iraq War. But is Trump really the anti-Jewish candidate Farrakhan hopes he is? Not quite.
It's true Trump isn't beholden to any campaign donors, Jewish or otherwise. Self-financing has been one of the major selling points of Trump's campaign almost since day one.
He's also cast doubt on Israel's commitment to peace with Palestine and suggested he'd approach the Israeli-Palestinian relationship as a neutral party, comments GOP competitors have taken him to task for.
"A deal is a deal," Trump said.
"A deal is not a deal when you're negotiating with terrorists," GOP candidate Marco Rubio retorted.
But the Presbyterian businessman has deep ties to the Jewish community; he's endorsed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for election, marched at the head of a Jewish parade in New York and has promised to support Israel "1,000 percent" if he's elected.
Oh yeah, and his daughter's Jewish. Ivanka Trump converted to Judaism before marrying her spouse, Jared Kushner, in 2009.
It's worth noting Trump's support for Israel isn't necessarily mutual; Netanyahu blasted Trump's stance on Muslim immigration to the U.S. in December. Trump canceled a trip to Israel shortly thereafter for what he claimed was a scheduling conflict.
Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 5:43 AM
ORLANDO, Fla. — From now through July 4, U.S. veterans and up to three guests can get free admission to SeaWorld Orlando, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay as well as other SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment properties across the U.S.
SeaWorld said in a news release that this new offer joins the ongoing Waves of Honor program that offers complimentary admission to any U.S. active duty military, activated or drilling reservist, or National Guardsman once per year, for the military personnel and as many as three direct dependents.
Veterans must redeem their complimentary single-day ticket(s) online at www.WavesofHonor.com. The free tickets are available online only, not available at the front gate for each park.
In addition to SeaWorld Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, the free admission offer is available at SeaWorld San Antonio, SeaWorld San Diego, and Busch Gardens Williamsburg.
Published: Tuesday, July 25, 2017 @ 9:54 AM
Craig, who was rumored to be stepping down, is proving them all wrong and will be in at least one more film set to be released in November 2019.
James Bond will return to US cinemas on November 8, 2019 with a traditional earlier release in the UK and the rest of the world. pic.twitter.com/6HnaDnfruK— James Bond (@007) July 24, 2017
The untitled film will be written by Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, who were the screenwriting team for the last six Bond movies and will be the 25th in the series.
The film will be made by Eon and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, produced by Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli.
After the wrap of the last Bond flick “Spectre,” Craig said he wanted to focus on other roles. But later backpedaled on harsh comments that he would rather do something else than appear as Bond, saying that he was exhausted during the interview and that he would consider coming back as the secret agent, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Published: Thursday, May 24, 2018 @ 11:33 PM
FLOYD COUNTY, Ga. — The family of a high school senior from Floyd County, Georgia, is planning his funeral just days before they were planning to see him graduate.
His family told WSB-TV they're overwhelmed by the support they've received.
Blue ribbons are everywhere near Model High School, even on the school itself, to honor Caleb Keller, 18.
"He was a very special kid," said his mother, April Helton. "He said, 'I'm going to make it, I'm going to walk across that stage,' and we are all just so excited."
But four days before graduation, the high school senior died in a two-car crash on the way to take his finals.
Floyd County authorities said Keller crashed his car into another truck at Mango Road and Wayside Road at around 10:30 a.m.
He died Tuesday morning.
His family said he was on his way to school to take his finals, but the road was wet.
"The road right there is a gravel road, and it had washed, and he just lost control," said his father, Clint Helton.
His family said the community has placed hundreds of blue ribbons for Keller all across the county, including some at his high school.
They are thankful and hopeful that Caleb's friends can still enjoy the graduation ceremony.
"We want this to be bright and happy for them because that's what Caleb would want," April said.
His parents want everyone to know through their pain and their heartbreak, they feel incredibly proud of their beloved son.
"Even though Caleb's not going to be there to walk with them, he's just as much a part, and he's there," April said.
Published: Thursday, May 24, 2018 @ 9:32 PM
Updated: Thursday, May 24, 2018 @ 9:32 PM
— North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said he is still willing to meet with President Donald Trump, after Trump abruptly canceled a summit Thursday, which was scheduled for June 12 in Singapore.
"We express our willingness to sit down face-to-face with the U.S. and resolve issues anytime and in any format," North Korea’s Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye-gwan said in the statement, according to South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency.
He also said the North was frustrated with the cancellation because they had been preparing for the meeting with Trump.
"Despite all of this, the U.S.' unilateral decision to scrap the talks causes us to reconsider whether all of the efforts and the path we have taken is really the right one or not," he said in the statement.
Yonhap also reported that Kim said the sudden cancellation of the summit next month underscores the urgent need for a meeting between Trump and Kim
In canceling the summit, Trump also left open the possibility that the meeting could be rescheduled
(LEAD) N. Korea says open to talks with U.S. anytime https://t.co/OUM6hAgVc6— Yonhap News Agency (@YonhapNews) May 24, 2018
President Donald Trump said Thursday that he remains open to meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, hours after he canceled their planned summit in Singapore in a letter released by White House officials.
“I believe that this is a tremendous setback for North Korea and, indeed, a setback for the world,” Trump said Thursday at a news conference. “I hope that Kim Jong Un will ultimately do what is right not only for himself, but perhaps most importantly what is right for his people, who are suffering greatly and needlessly.”
I have decided to terminate the planned Summit in Singapore on June 12th. While many things can happen and a great opportunity lies ahead potentially, I believe that this is a tremendous setback for North Korea and indeed a setback for the world... pic.twitter.com/jT0GfxT0Lc— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 24, 2018
He added that “our military ... is ready,” should North Korean officials respond to Thursday’s cancellation with a show of force. Japanese and South Korean officials have also vowed to respond if “foolish or reckless acts be taken by North Korea,” Trump said.
Trump says "we are more ready than we have been before" to use US military might if needed re: North Korea— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) May 24, 2018
Still, the president didn’t rule out the possibility of meeting with Kim.
“A lot of things can happen, including the fact that, perhaps, it’s possible the existing summit could take place or a summit at some later date,” Trump said. “Nobody should be anxious. We have to get it right.”
The president wrote in his letter to Kim that his decision to cancel the planned June 12 meeting came “based on the tremendous anger and open hostility” displayed in a recent statement from North Korea.
In the statement, the North Korean government referred to Vice President Mike Pence as a "political dummy" and said it is just as ready to meet in a nuclear confrontation as at the negotiating table.
“I feel it is inappropriate, at this time, to have this long-planned meeting,” Trump wrote. “Please let this letter serve to represent that the Singapore summit, for the good of both parties but to the detriment of the world, will not take place.”
Senior North Korean diplomat Choe Son Hui told North Korea’s state-run news agency on Thursday that, “Whether the U.S. will meet us at a meeting room or encounter us at nuclear-to-nuclear showdown is entirely dependent upon the decision and behavior of the United States,” The Associated Press reported.
Trump responded to the comment in his letter Thursday, telling Kim that, “You talk about your nuclear capabilities, but ours are so massive and powerful that I pray to God they will never have to be used.”
The letter was released just hours after reports surfaced that North Korea had demolished a nuclear test site in the country's northeast region. The closing of the testing site had been announced as a step leading up to the summit between President Donald Trump and North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un, the Associated Press reported.
Trump earlier this month announced that a historic meeting between him and Kim would take place in Singapore in June.
The highly anticipated meeting between Kim Jong Un and myself will take place in Singapore on June 12th. We will both try to make it a very special moment for World Peace!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 10, 2018
Read the full letter released Thursday by White House officials:```
Check back for updates to this developing story.