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Trump Organization Reportedly Wants To Build Luxury Hotels In East Asian State

On Friday, Donald Trump shockingly broke with four decades of diplomatic policy, becoming the first president or president-elect to speak with a Taiwanese leader since 1979.

Trump’s unscripted 10-plus-minute phone call with Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen threatens to cause a major rift between the US and regional superpower China, which views Taiwan as a breakaway province.  

Trump later claimed on Twitter — apparently his preferred venue for discussing sensitive foreign policy issues — that the Taiwanese leader initiated the call to congratulate him on his victory. However, Trump’s team acknowledged in a statement that the two also discussed “close economic, political, and security ties” between the US and Taiwan. 

Later Friday, we learned of another possible reason for the call. 

Back in September, The Taiwan News reported that a representative from Trump’s real estate company had recently visited Taiwan to express interest in building luxury hotels and resorts in Taoyuan City. 

“A woman working for the Trump Organization came to Taoyuan in September, declaring the company’s investment interest in Taiwan’s Taoyuan Aerotropolis, a large urban planning development project surrounding the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport,” The Taiwan News reported.

Amanda Miller, a spokeswoman for the Trump Organization, is now denying that the company has any interest in building in Taiwan, according to The New York Times. Miller is also denying that anyone from the Trump Organization made an authorized visit to Taiwan. However, the Trump Organization’s sales manager for Asia, Anne-Marie Donoghue, reported on her Facebook page in October that she was in Taiwan on a “work trip.” 

Trump’s Taiwan call is just the latest — and perhaps the most extreme — example of how his worldwide business interests could represent huge conflicts of interest and pose grave threats to national security.

Also Friday, Trump spoke with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and invited him to visit the US. Duterte now says that during the call, Trump even endorsed the Philippine leader’s brutal anti-drug campaign, in which he’s encouraged police to kill dealers and users, resulting in more than 2,000 extra-judicial deaths. 

Back in October, Duterte named one of Trump’s business partners in the Philipines, Jose Antonin, as special envoy to the US. 

 

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Highland Park Shooting Deaths Include Both Parents of Two Year Old Found at Scene of July 4th Massacre

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On Twitter Sunday afternoon in the aftermath of the July 4th Highland Park mass shooting a photo of a young boy appeared in several tweets. He was described as lost, good samaritans assumed he had become separated from his parents in the mayhem of the massacre, and people were trying to reunite him with his family.

CBS Chicago reporter Marissa Parra now reveals the boy’s name is Aiden, but he won’t be reunited with his parents: both were shot dead by the Highland Park gunman.

“Kevin McCarthy, 37, and Irina McCarthy, 35, were among the seven people [who] were killed during the mass shooting,” CBS Chicago reports.

“We took him to safety under tragic circumstances, came together to locate his grandparents, and prayed for the safety of his family,” reads the story on a GoFundMe page hoping to raise money for Aiden.

“Sadly, I need to share his name…Aiden McCarthy. And he needs more of our help,” it adds. “At two years old, Aiden is left in the unthinkable position; to grow up without his parents,” it adds. “Aiden will be cared for by his loving grandparents, Misha and Nina Levberg, and he will have a long road ahead to heal, find stability, and ultimately navigate life as an orphan. He is surrounded by a community of friends and extended family that will embrace him with love, and any means available to ensure he has everything he needs as he grows.”

About $475,000 has quickly been raised with more than 7600 people contributing. The top donation is $5000.

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‘Invasion’: Texas Lt. Gov. Likens Border Crossings to Attack on Pearl Harbor – ‘These People Are a Danger to America’

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Lt. Governor Dan Patrick, a far-right Republican, is comparing migrants crossing the border into Texas to Japan’s 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor that killed 2335 people. He is calling it an “invasion” and says that gives the state the right to “put hands on people.”

Patrick, who because of Texas’ unique structure is more powerful than the governor, told Fox News on Tuesday, “we are being invaded, and if we’re being invaded under the constitution I think that gives us the power to put hands on people and send them back. Put hands on people and send them back,” he said repeatedly.

“These people are a danger to America,” Patrick said in a rant. It was unclear if he was referring to migrants or President Joe Biden and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.

The Lt. Governor, who has hawked the racist “great replacement theoryrepeatedly, and used the term “invasionrepeatedly, told Fox News that Texas is now spending $4 billion annually on the border, while Texas National Guardsmen and Texas Rangers complain of being called up to serve, having to abandon their regular jobs, for no apparent reason.

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“This is the biggest danger we have, to your family,” Patrick says of the fentanyl crossing the border. “It’s all on Biden,” he claimed.

Last week Texas Governor Greg Abbott drew extensive criticism for using the deaths of more than 50 migrants packed into an 18-wheel tractor-trailer as a political opportunity to attack President Biden. Even some conservatives attacked Abbott for his inhumane remarks..

 

 

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7th Victim of July 4th Mass Shooting Dies

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Seven people have now died as a result of a gunman opening fire from a rooftop into an Independence Day parade in Highland Park, Illinois.

The latest victim succumbed to their injuries Tuesday afternoon, NBC 5 Chicago reported. Authorities have not identified all the victims, but have said five of those who died were adults. Another 46 people were wounded.

Police on Tuesday announced that the shooter fired at least 70 rounds into the crowd, using a “high-powered rifle” that is “similar” to a AR-15. They also revealed the suspected gunman planned the attack for weeks, purchased his weapons legally, disguised himself by wearing women’s attire to “conceal his facial tattoos and  his identity,” and to “help him during the escape.” He then walked to his mother’s house after the shooting.

Law enforcement Monday evening arrested Robert Crimo, who they say is a “person of interest,” but he has not been charged.

“There are no words for the kind of monster who lies in wait and fires into a crowd of families with children celebrating a holiday with their community,” Illinois Democratic Governor J.B. Pritzker said in a statement. “There are no words for the kind of evil that robs our neighbors of their hopes, their dreams, their futures. There are no words I can offer to lift the pain of those they leave behind. Please know that our state grieves with you, that MK and I grieve with you.”

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