U.S. Trump Awards Purple Heart at Military Hospital
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Daniel Politi, SlatePresident Donald Trump raised more than a few eyebrows during his first visit as president to Walter Reed National Medical Center on Saturday when he awarded the Purple Heart to Army Sergeant First Class Alvaro Barrientos.”When I heard about this, I wanted to do it myself,” Trump told Barrientos as he placed the Purple Heart on the soldier’s lapel. „Congratulations … tremendous.”The medal is given to service members who were wounded or killed in battle.Many on social media immediately criticized the president’s choice of words to the wounded soldier whose leg had to be amputated after he survived an attack in Afghanistan’s Helmland province.FollowKim Dozier @KimDozierOh…dear.
Really, believe me, no one seeks a Purple Heart. Truly. https://twitter.com/defensebaron/status/855846620902170624 …This isn’t the first time the president has been criticized for remarks he made about the Purple Heart. During the campaign, a veteran gave the then-nominee his Purple heart.”I always wanted to get the Purple Heart. This was much easier,” Trump said at the time.Watch Trump award the Purple Heart below:Read the original article on Slate. Copyright 2017. Follow Slate on Twitter.President Donald Trump has awarded a Purple Heart to an Army sergeant recently wounded in Afghanistan. (April 22
U.S. Trump Awards Purple Heart at Military Hospital Associated Press Videos Sat, Apr 22 6:30 PM PDT1:42 Trump Awards Purple Heart at Military Hospital President Donald Trump has awarded a Purple Heart to an Army sergeant recently wounded in Afghanistan. (April 22)
Angela Merkel reportedly had to explain the ‘fundamentals’ of EU trade to Trump 11 times Sonam ShethApr. 22, 2017, 11:16 AMPresident Trump did not understand that the US cannot negotiate a trade deal with Germany alone and must deal with the European Union as a bloc, a senior German official told The Times of London. „Ten times Trump asked [German chancellor Angela Merkel] if he could negotiate a trade deal with Germany. Every time she replied, ‘You can’t do a trade deal with Germany, only the EU,'” the official said. They continued: „On the eleventh refusal, Trump finally got the message, ‘Oh, we’ll do a deal with Europe then.'”Merkel reportedly told her cabinet members that Trump had „very basic misunderstandings” on the „fundamentals” of the EU and trade. The exchange occurred when Merkel met with Trump last month and reportedly convinced him to negotiate with the EU as a bloc after attempts by his administration to deal with individual countries were declined. The conversation led Trump’s administration to realize that it was more vital to US interests to nail down a trade deal with the EU than one with the UK post-Brexit, a source close to the White House told the Times. Trump’s new stance is similar to the one adopted by former president Barack Obama, who warned that the UK would be „at the back of the queue” if it followed through with Brexit. SEE ALSO: WHO’S RUNNING THE GOVERNMENT? Trump has yet to fill 85% of key executive branch positionsNOW WATCH: Watch a Trump surrogate get shut down after calling Trump the ‘Martin Luther King of healthcare’
World Le Pen faces Macron in final round of French presidential election, estimates say CNN 10 hours ago„The French people must seize this opportunity, because the enormous challenge of this election is the wild globalization that puts our civilization at risk,” Le Pen said. „Either we continue to disintegrate without any borders, without any controls, unfair international competition, mass immigration and the free circulation of terrorists, or you choose France with borders,” she added. A huge cheer went up at Macron’s campaign headquarters as news of the results came through. „France’s political map is tonight redrawn,” said CNN’s Melissa Bell, who was at the scene. „It’s a political earthquake in this country and in Europe,” veteran journalist Christine Ockrent told CNN. „Macron’s is a remarkable …With 97% of polling stations declared, newcomer Macron was leading the field with 23.9%. National Front leader Le Pen was close behind on 21.4%.The result upended traditional French politics: Neither candidate hails from the establishment parties that have dominated the country for decades.It was a stunning victory for Macron, 39, a former investment banker who has never before stood for elected office and now becomes the favorite to become France’s next President. „We did it,” he told jubilant supporters.It was also a success for Le Pen, who has spent years attempting to rid the Front National of the toxic legacy of her father. „It is time to free French people from arrogant elites … I am the people’s candidate,” she declared.But Macron remains the frontrunner, and the markets moved to reflect that.The euro jumped against the dollar to its highest level since November as investors bet that the chances of Le Pen winning power were fading. Stocks got a lift too — futures markets indicated gains of more than 0.5% for the main Dow Jones and S&P indexes.Political sea change The result mirrored others — such as the British vote to leave the European Union and the US election of Donald Trump — where voters have rejected traditional elites. „It’s a political earthquake in this country and in Europe,” veteran French journalist Christine Ockrent told CNN.
North Korea threatens to sink US aircraft carrier CNN 18 hours agoIn the face of recent saber-rattling from North Korea, US President Donald Trump had said the USS Carl Vinson carrier group was being deployed to waters off the Korean peninsula The location of the USS Carl Vinson has dominated headlines after Trump’s remark on April 12. Trump said he was sending „an armada” to Korean waters potentially to deal with threats from North Korea. The statement came after Pyongyang said it had successfully launched a new ballistic missile. „We are sending an armada. Very powerful,” Trump told Fox Business Network’s Maria Bartiromo. „We have submarines. Very powerful. Far more powerful than the aircraft carrier. That I can tell you.” But it turned out the carrier group …Now PlayingUS to North Korea: Stop…Defector: Kim wants to talk to TrumpNow Playing US to North Korea: Stop provocationsNorth Korea’s ominous show of forceWhat it’s really like to be inside North KoreaTrump golfs as N. Korea tensions riseN. Korea: ‘Ready to react to any mode of war by U.S.’Story highlights
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Trump said he was sending „an armada” to Korean waters potentially to deal with threats from North Korea. The statement came after Pyongyang said it had successfully launched a new ballistic missile.„We are sending an armada. Very powerful,” Trump told Fox Business Network’s Maria Bartiromo. „We have submarines. Very powerful. Far more powerful than the aircraft carrier. That I can tell you.”But it turned out the carrier group was not actually steaming toward the peninsula, but rather heading to joint exercises with the Australian navy.Official: Miscommunicated US ‘armada’ location02:04The US Pacific Command said Tuesday that training with the Australian navy had been completed, and that „the Carl Vinson Strike Group is heading north to the Western Pacific as a prudent measure.”US defense officials told CNN the Vinson and its carrier group would arrive off the Korean Peninsula by the end of April.