#USMCABecomesALaw; #UnitedStates; #DonaldTrump; #USDemocrats
Washington, Jan 29 (Canadian-Media): A trade agreement with Canada and Mexico was signed and changed into a law by United States President Donald Trump Wednesday which gave him more time to rework the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) as the Senate impeachment trial was in progress, media reports said.
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All efforts made by U.S. Trade Representative Robert E. Lighthize failed to convince democratic lawmakers to be present at the signing ceremony.
Provision of new environmental and labor standards for the countries is created by the revised treaty, called the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).
Farmers also have greater access to Canadian markets, and implies that car companies use a higher share of parts within North America in their production, among other changes.
Mexico has already ratified the deal, and Canada is expected to formally approve it very soon
Trump said original NAFTA was a catastrophe and the reason he ran for president and abandoned the life of luxury of a private businessman and celebrity.
“This is a cutting edge, state-of-the-art agreement that protects and defends the people of our country,” Trump said and added USMCA trade deal would increase America’s Gross Domestic Product by 1.2 percent.
But it is not if the trade deal will reverse decades of damage to America’s industrial sector.
The agreement also scrapped the original NAFTA's Investor-State Dispute Settlement system.
Although the North America deal was supported by the AFL-CIO, one of the largest unions in the country, as well as leading business groups, it was greatly opposed by the nation’s leading environmental organizations, including the Sierra Club and the League of Conservation Voters, who said agreement had ignored climate change and helping “corporate polluters.”
Citing the opposition of environmental groups and the Machinists Union, Sen. Bernie Sanders voted against the package.
#Jerusalem, #Israel; #Israel'sUndividedCapital; #TrumpAdministration
Washington, Jan 28 (Canadian-Media): In his long-awaited Middle East peace plan, US President Donald Trump proposed a two-state solution of keeping Jerusalem as Israel's undivided capital, media reports said.
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Trump also promised that neither Israelis nor Palestinians would be uprooted from their homes.
"Palestinians are in poverty and violence, exploited by those seeking to use them as pawns to advance terrorism and extremism. They deserve a far better life...We will also work to create a contiguous territory within the future Palestinian state, for when the conditions for statehood are met, including the firm rejection of terrorism," Trump said.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that this deal has provided them with an opportunity of a century and praised the president as "the greatest friend that Israel has had in the White House".
But Palestinian leaders rejected the plan in advance as it threatened Israel's rule over them.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas called an emergency meeting of the Palestinian leadership over the plan on Tuesday night.
The Palestinians had broken off contacts with the Trump administration in December 2017, when Trump decided to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital and move the US embassy to the city from Tel Aviv.
Since then, the US has ended both bilateral aid for Palestinians and contributions for the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA).
#TemporaryB1AndB2VisitorVisas; #U.S.; #GoingToUSToGiveBirth; #BirthTourism
Washington, Jan 24 (Canadian-Media): It was announced by United States (U.S.) President Donald Trump that effective Friday U.S. would stop issuing temporary B-1 and B-2 visitor visas to aliens seeking to enter the United States for giving birth, said the White House, media reports said.
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The visas were being used by foreign pregnant women to secure automatic and permanent American citizenship for their children by giving birth on American soil, said the White House. said as automatic American citizenship to anyone born on US soil is guaranteed by the US Constitution.
The White House said that by closing these immigration loopholes would not only curb these abuses, would offer more protection to the United States from the national security risks and would also prevent American taxpayers to finance the costs associated with birth tourism.
Around 33,000 babies born from “birth tourism” between mid-2016 and mid-2017. The total number of annual births in the United States is around 3.8 million, according to reports of the Center for Immigration Studies.
It was announced by law enforcement authorities that a year ago, they had broken up three networks which offered Chinese nationals to give birth in California.
Some “birth tourism” operators had been charging up to $100,000 to women seeking to give birth in U.S.
#DoanldTrump; #TrumpImpeachmentTrial; #SenateHouse; HouseOfCongress
New York, Jan 21 (Canadian-Media): Trump's impeachment trial on abuse of power and obstruction of Congress began in earnest in the Republican-controlled Senate on Tuesday, media reports said.
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According to an updated resolution unveiled Tuesday by Senate Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell -- that mirror the rules for the trial as those the Senate used in the 1999 impeachment of then-President Bill Clinton -- House Democratic prosecutors and Trump lawyers would get 24 hours over up to three days each to present their opening arguments, which are expected to begin this week.
The Senate proceedings of the trial which started shortly after 1 p.m. ET are expected to continue six days a week, Monday through Saturday, until at least the end of January.
Trump has been accused by the Democrats of pressuring a vulnerable ally to interfere in U.S. elections at the expense of American national security and that he withheld nearly $400 million in aid to Ukraine that had been approved by the Pentagon and Congress.
Trump and his legal team, denied that there was any pressure and the president did nothing wrong and that Democrats are trying to stop him from being re-elected.
Trump is attending the annual gathering of world business leaders in Davos, Switzerland, on Tuesday and will be briefed about the trial proceedings periodically by staff.
#PrinceHarryArrivesInCanada; #PrinceHarry; #PrinceHarryUnitesWithMeghan&Archie; #SecurityOfHarryMegan&Archie
Victoria (B.C.), Jan 21 (Canadian-Media): Prince Harry unites with His wife Meghan and son Archie yesterday in B.C. where the Duchess has been staying on B.C.'s West Coast with her son.
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Harry arrived on Vancouver Island via WestJet by Sky News, just days after striking a deal with Queen Elizabeth and senior royals that Harry and his wife Meghan exit official roles to seek an independent future.
On Saturday Buckingham Palace and the Queen said that Harry and Meghan would no longer be working members of Britain's monarchy, will not use their "Royal Highness" titles and would pay their own way in life.
It is doubtful if Canada would provide any security to Harry, Meghan and their son.
Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that any agreement between his government and the Royal family in England if there would be any security provided to them and if they do, how much.
#RoyalFamily; #BuckinghamPalace; PrinceHarrySaddened; #SteppingBackFromRoyalDuties;
London (England), Jan 20 (Canadian-Media): Prince Harry said on Sunday that he was greatly saddened to step back from his royal duties, media reports said.
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Although their announcement caught the rest of the Royal Family by surprise and left the Queen and other senior Windsors hurt and disappointed, according to royal sources, a TV interview aired in October, both had made it clear how they were struggling with the immense media attention.
But reacting to the plans by Harry and Megan earlier this month to reduce their royal duties and spend more time in Canada, Buckingham Palace and the Queen announced on Saturday that Harry and Meghan would no longer use their "royal highness" titles nor receive any public funding, would repay 2.4 million pounds ($4 million Cdn) used by refurbishing their cottage in Windsor, and they will not participate in any future ceremonial events or royal tours.
In a speech to the Sentebale charity, Harry said the final outcome was not what he had wanted.
"Our hope was to continue serving the Queen, the Commonwealth and my military associations without public funding. Sadly that wasn't possible," said prince Harry.
"I've accepted this knowing it doesn't change who I am, or how committed I am. But I hope that helps you understand what it had come to, that I would step back from all I have ever known to take a step forward into what I hope can be a more peaceful life."
"It brings me great sadness that it has come to this," Harry said.
"I want you to hear the truth from me, as much as I can share not as a Prince, or a Duke, but as Harry, the same person that many of you have watched grow up over the last 35 years but with a clearer perspective," he said. "The U.K. is my home and a place that I love. That will never change."
#Impeachment; #DonaldTrump; TrumpLegalTeam; #WhiteHouse;
Washington, Jan 19 (Canadian-Media): During the proceedings of the impeachment trial of U.S. President, Donald Trump, Trump’s legal defense team denied on Saturday that he had committed impeachable acts, and denounced the charges against his unlawful attempt to cost him re-election as House Democrats, media reports said.
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Trump’s lawyers denounced the case as constitutionally and legally invalid, and driven purely by a desire to hurt Trump in the 2020 election.
“The articles of impeachment submitted by House Democrats are a dangerous attack on the right of the American people to freely choose their president...is a brazen and unlawful attempt to overturn the results of the 2016 election and interfere with the 2020 election, now just months away,” said Trump's lawyers.
Trump broke no laws, said Trump's legal team, and was acting entirely appropriately and within his powers when he did so and that he was not seeking political advantage, but working to root out corruption in Ukraine.
The defense filing on Saturday argued that Trump “has not in any way abused the powers of the presidency,” and that the July 25 call between Mr. Trump and the president of Ukraine was “perfectly legal, entirely appropriate, and taken in furtherance of our national interest.”
Trump's legal team also rejected the charge that Trump is guilty of obstruction of Congress and added, “asserting valid constitutional privileges and immunities cannot be an impeachable offense.”
#ImpeachmentTrialOfDonaldTrump; #SearingInCeremnies; #TestifyImpeachmentTrial
New York, Jan 17 (Canadian-Media): Official commencement of procedural matters in the Senate this week for impeachment trial of the US president Donald Trump was done with Chief Justice John Roberts and the senators sworn in, media reports said.
It remained doubtful if the requirement of a two-thirds majority of the 100-member body for removing the president from office would be fulfilled in Republican-majority chamber.
A resolution setting the rules of the trial will likely be taken by the Senate on Tuesday, which would be followed by the arguments. Opening statements in the Senate trial are expected next week.
Trump's impeachment trial defence team led by White House counsel Pat Cipollone and Trump private attorney Jay Sekulow, would be joined by the former independent counsel Ken Starr, and prominent lawyer Alan Dershowitz. Trump adviser Pam Bondi and former independent counsel Robert Ray will also be on the team.
After the swearing ceremony of U.S. senators as jurors for Trump’s impeachment trial, it was unclear if new evidence about a pressure campaign on Ukraine would be admitted and whether the Senate will vote to allow witness testimony and new evidence, or whether senators will decide the case as Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has suggested, using only the material amassed by House investigators.
In spite of White House's request, although several key figures in the Trump administration's dealings with Ukraine refused to provide testimony or documents in the House impeachment inquiry, but John Bolton, the former White House national security adviser, had said he is willing to testify at the impeachment trial if a subpoena is issued by the Senate.
#USPresidentDonladTrunp; #ArticlesOfImpeachmentAgaintTrump; USSenate; #AbuseOfPower
United States, Jan 16 (Canadian-Media): The House on Wednesday formally presented two articles of impeachment to the senate after voting to approve the seven managers to prosecute the case against President Donald Trump, media reports said.
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On Thursday, House managers are again expected to physically walk the articles to the Senate and read them aloud, according to a Republican leadership aide, and the President will be officially summoned and given a time to respond to the charges.
There would be a signing ceremony for the impeachment articles of impeachment against the President of the United States for abuse of power and obstruction of the House on Thursday, said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Then, Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts will swear in senators. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the substance of the trial is likely to get underway on Tuesday, January 21.
A two-thirds vote are required for the conviction in the Senate, not likely to be reached as many Republican senators have said that they believe the President's actions do not rise to the level of impeachment.
But regardless of the outcome, the Senate trial will be a historic and momentous event.
The performance of the House managers will play a vital part in how a trial plays out.
During the Clinton Senate impeachment trial, the managers took several days to present their arguments, followed by questions submitted in writing by senators directed to either the managers or the then-President's defense team.
There are no restrictions on the number of House impeachment managers the speaker can name to serve in the role.
During the Clinton Senate impeachment trial, several days had been taken by the managers to present their arguments, followed by questions submitted in writing by senators directed to either the managers or the then-President's defense team.
#DonaldTrump, #Impeachment, #USHouse, #Congressmen, #Senate
Washington, Jan 15 (Canadian-Media): Articles of impeachment against US President Donald Trump would be sent by the House of Representatives to the Senate on Wednesday, said House Democratic Caucus Chair Hakeem Jeffries during a press conference on Tuesday, media reports said.
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"The speaker [Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi] indicated with the full consent of the caucus that those articles of impeachment... will be transmitted to the Senate at some point tomorrow," Jeffries said.
The House of Representatives had voted along party lines on Dec 19, to impeach Trump for abuse of power and obstructing Congress for allegedly freezing military aid to press Ukraine to probe political rival Joe Biden.
Trump has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing and had been dismissing the impeachment inquiry aimed at reversing the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.