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Trump attempts to investigate former President and First Lady Obama

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Barack and Michelle Obama have recently resurfaced in the White House. This caught social media’s attention when they informed the public on their plans after serving their two terms as President and First Lady. Their plans include book deals and Netflix partnerships, both first announced in May 2018. Both ventures will give the public an inside look as to what it was like being the first African American President and First Lady.

It was not a huge surprise when the couple announced their Netflix deal, since entertainment and politics are becoming increasingly intertwined. The Obamas created the joint production company, Higher Ground, to capture inspirational stories that will include controversial topics that the Obama family have experienced throughout the years. 

Their goal is to create  entertainment for a variety of ages, they believe their series will contain something for everyone to enjoy. Over the next couple of years, the Higher Ground production company will be releasing a number of series: American Factory, Bloom, Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom, Overlooked, Listen to Your Vegetables and Eat Your Parents, Fifth Risk and Crip Camp.

With the controversial information that will be supplied to produce these series, it has raised some questions with the current President. President Trump wants to advise an investigation on the Obamas’ “ridiculous” Netflix and book deal. With the Obamas’ book deal being worth around 65 million dollars and the Netflix partnership being an ‘high-8-figure’ deal. Trump has asked the government to look into the details.

Trump’s reasoning for this investigation suggestion was to focus the attention off him for a change as he says “…for the privilege of being your President – and doing the best job that has been done in many decades.”

 He mentions the Netflix deal on Twitter where he suggests Democrats look into Obamas’ business deals and not his own, as he has been under fire for quite awhile. 

As this is not Trump’s first time complaining about the former President, the media was not surprised when he threw out the investigation. President Trump hoped to push over the negativity on his own scandals asl well as the scandals of his administration such as Justice Kavanaugh’s, to the Obamas’ new business arrangement, although deals with Netflix and book contracts are legal and free to carry out. 

However, Trump’s attempt to deflect negativity about himself onto the Obamas might have failed greatly. The widespread use of social media networking has come back to say that if the investigation was turned around onto some of the tweets and plans Trump has made, this battle would be fast ending.

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John Bolton’s disagreements with President Trump lead to termination

Trump (left) and Bolton (right) had opposing views on most issues.

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September 10 brought an end to John Bolton’s two-year tenure with the Trump administration. The third National Security Advisor since 2016 has been known to disagree with President Trump over a variety of diplomatic issues.

In May of 2018, President Trump withdrew from the Iran Nuclear Deal, against the advice of Bolton. The deal was made in 2015 under the Obama administration and Bolton had been on record advocating for the United States’ presence in the negotiation.

President Trump also butted heads with Bolton in January of 2019. Turkish president, Tayyip Erdogan, refused to meet with Bolton to discuss U.S. troops in Syria. The meeting ended with both Bolton and the Turkish President angered with the conditions of the deal.

On May 26, Bolton condemned North Korea’s missile tests, noting how the tests violated the
resolution made by the United Nations Security Council. President Trump later tweeted about the missile
tests, noting how “some” of his administration were “disturbed”, but said that the missile launches did not
bother him. Many assumed this tweet was to made to undermine Bolton’s previous remarks.

In June, President Trump called off a last minute military strike in Iran that Bolton had supported
and in the following week, Bolton did not accompany President Trump and his delegation in the historic
North Korean summit with Kim Jong Un.

President Trump spoke with NBC that month and called Bolton a “hawk” and said he did not agree with many of his decisions.Last week, which turned out to be the last week of Bolton’s time in the White House, Bolton opposed President Trump’s controversial plan to meet with Taliban and Afghan leaders at Camp David.

President Trump and Bolton continue their disagreements even after Bolton left the White House.
Bolton claims that he had tendered his resignation, however President Trump tweeted that he “informed John Bolton…that his services were no longer needed at the White House.”

He referenced that he and Bolton had had many disagreements, but was thankful for Bolton’s service to the White House. Bolton was succeeded by Charles Kupperman who will be the new acting National Security Adviser.

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Pres. Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, sentenced to prison

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Michael Cohen, President Trump’s Ex-attorney, was sentenced to three years this Wednesday for crimes that included arranging the payment of hush money to conceal his boss’ alleged sexual affairs, telling a judge that he agreed time and again to cover up Trump’s “dirty deeds” out of “blind loyalty.”

Cohen, 52, watched with self-disdain as a judge pronounced his sentence for evading $1.4 million in taxes, lying about Trump’s business dealings in Russia and violating campaign-finance laws in buying the silence of porn star Stormy Daniels and Playboy centerfold Karen McDougal, who claimed they had sex with the candidate.

Cohen claimed that if it wasn’t for his “blind loyalty” for the president, things could have been different. “Time and time again, I felt it was my duty to cover up his dirty deeds rather than to listen to my own inner voice and my moral compass,” said Cohen, who once claimed he would “take a bullet” for trump.

The question now is, what will happen to Trump? He has ignored any questions about the issue and has denied having any sexual relations with the two women. Cohen, although he was once on his side, has been praised for speaking out against the most powerful man in the country.

Even with the President’s lack of cooperation, impeachment may not be out of the picture.

In an article by USA Today, it discusses a similar situation that occurred 20 years ago, the impeachment of former President Bill Clinton.

The price the accusers must pay in an impeachment are high. Many Republicans lost house seats in the election following the impeachment and Democrats are fearful that, if they go through with the impeachment of Trump, they may have to deal with the same repercussions.

“It’s hard to impeach somebody who hasn’t done anything wrong and who’s created the greatest economy in the history of our country,” the President stated in an Oval Office interview last week. “I’m not concerned, no. I think that the people would revolt if that happened.”

Trump, according to this quote, isn’t fearful of the consequences that his actions may bring because he believes he has done nothing wrong, he believes this even with physical evidence and many allegations against him by people who know the most.

Although he publicly believes he will not be impeached, the worry is still there. If Democrats take majority in the house, impeachment may become a real possibility for Trump.

Further words about the presidents fate has yet to be released. With about one year left in Trumps term as president, the investigation could lean either way.

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Opinion: Trump’s Road to Impeachment

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Since Donald Trump took office as the President of the United States on Jan. 20, 2017 many people have been rioting and pushing towards his impeachment. Trump’s actions and behavior have greatly affected the United States and have also made us a laughing stock to other countries.

During the 2017 election, many allegations were made against Trump saying he assaulted various women; however, Trump has denied all these accusations. There were also several times Trump said an offensive remark towards women.

According to New York Magazine, in 1992, Trump made an offensive statement towards Olympic gold-medalist ice skater Katrina Witt.

“Wonderful looking while on the ice but up close and personal, she could only be described as attractive if you like a woman with a bad complexion who is built like a linebacker,” Trump said.

Trump completely ignores Witt’s successes as an Olympic gold-medalist ice skater and only focused on her appearance.

Also, on July 13, 2017 Trump met the French First Lady, Brigittie Trogneux, and instead of complimenting her achievements as a leader he made a comment towards her physique.

According to The Telegraph, Trump said, “You know, you’re in such good shape.”

These kinds of statements degrade women to only their looks rather than their accomplishments. Trogneux is a feminist and has helped put in place female-friendly policies to help women in France. It’s insulting for an individual to only be recognized for their appearance rather than the successes they’ve made.

In recent events, Trump made a vulgar comment towards other countries. During an immigration meeting Trump describes countries with Black and Latino citizens as “s***hole” countries. This statement is incredibly racist; and this is the man that represents our country. His job is to lead us and protect us, but instead he has insulted his own citizens and it is an embarrassment to this country. By saying this, Trump has created more problems in this country and is influencing more hate.

President Trump needs to get his priorities in order and apologize for his fatuous behavior. If he doesn’t start making changes he is going to seriously hurt the people of America and cost himself his job.

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