Trump Says, He Never Told His Private Lawyer Michael Cohen To Break Law And Denies Any Ties To His Crimes

New Delhi: US president Donald Trump said he never told his private lawyer Michael Cohen to break the law and denied any ties to his crimes, a day after Cohen was sentenced to prison on charges that included hush money payments to women ahead of the 2016 presidential election.

“Cohen was guilty on many charges unrelated to me,” Trump said in a series of Twitter posts, adding that Cohen wanted “to embarrass the president and get a much reduced prison sentence, which he did.”

Cohen, who once said he would “take a bullet for Trump,” was sentenced in New York on Wednesday to three years in prison after pleading guilty to orchestrating the payments that were part of the “dirty deeds” he did at the behest of Trump. Federal prosecutors said Trump ordered the payouts to protect his campaign from allegations of sexual affairs with an adult film actress and a Playboy model.


Theresa May Remains Defiant Even After Learning That She Will Face Leadership Challenge

New Delhi: Prime Minister Theresa May remained defiant soon after it emerged on Wednesday morning that she will face a challenge to her leadership when the required number of Conservative MPs – 48 – sent in letters expressing lack of confidence in her, throwing the Brexit process into another phase of turmoil.

The letters were sent to the party’s so-called 1922 committee, which is tasked with organising such challenges to the leadership. Voting will be held on Wednesday from 6pm to 8pm (UK time), and the result will be announced soon after.

May will need the support of more than 50% of the 315 Conservative MPs to stay in office, at least 158. If she loses, she will step down as the prime minister, the post she held after David Cameron resigned in the aftermath of the 2016 EU referendum vote.

Speaking outside 10 Downing Street, May insisted she would stay the course by contesting the leadership challenge: “I will contest that vote with everything that I have got”.


Mike Pompeo Calls China The Greatest Challenge Facing His Country; Bigger Than Russia Or Iran

New Delhi: US secretary of state Mike Pompeo has called China the “greatest challenge” facing his country; bigger than Russia or Iran even as the United States and China seek to resolve escalating trade tensions. “Over the five, ten, twenty-five year time horizon, just by simple demographics and wealth, as well as by the internal system in that country, China presents the greatest challenge that the United States will face in the medium to long term,” Pompeo said in an interview to a radio host Monday.

Interviewer Hugh Hewitt asked Pompeo if he considered China the “greatest threat” to the west. He asked if the threat was bigger than Russia, which has inherited and embraced all of Soviet Union’s hostility for the west and Iran, which has been hit with unprecedented sanctions by President Donald Trump’s administration. “I don’t think there’s any doubt about that,” Pompeo said.


Donald Trump defends hush money payments reported by his former lawyer

New Delhi: Donald Trump on Monday defended hush money payments reported by his former lawyer a day after Democrats said the US president could face impeachment and jail time if the transactions are proven to be campaign finance violations.

Trump, in early morning tweets, said Democrats were wrongly targeting “a simple private transaction” after court filings last week drew renewed attention to six-figure payments by his personal lawyer to two women during the 2016 campaign so they would not discuss affairs with Trump.

On Sunday, US representative Jerrold Nadler, who will lead the Judiciary Committee when Democrats take control of the House of Representatives next month, said if the payments were found to violate campaign finance laws it would be an impeachable offence.


Jack Dorsey Now Faces Criticism For Promoting Myanmar As A Tourist Destination

New Delhi: Twitter’s chief executive Jack Dorsey, who faces a lawsuit for hurting Hindu sentiments during his visit to India in November, now faces criticism for promoting Myanmar as a tourist destination despite widespread allegations of human rights abuses in the country. In a series of tweets, Dorsey said he had travelled to northern Myanmar in November for a meditation retreat.

“The people are full of joy and the food is amazing,” he said, before encouraging his four million followers to visit.

This led to widespread criticism of the Twitter chief, some accused him of ignoring the plight of the Muslim Rohingya minority.