Politics Trump accuses congresswoman of fabricating what he said to dead soldier’s widow Dylan Stableford Senior Editor•Trump disputes congresswoman’s account of call to fallen soldier’s widow Yahoo News VideoScroll back up to restore default view.President Trump is disputing the account of Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla., who says that he told the widow of Army Sgt. La David Johnson that the fallen soldier “knew what he signed up for.”“Democrat Congresswoman totally fabricated what I said to the wife of a soldier who died in action (and I have proof),” Trump tweeted on Wednesday. “Sad!”In an interview with CNN’s “New Day,” Wilson responded to Trump.“I have proof too,” she said. “This man is a sick man. He’s coldhearted and he feels no pity.” FollowDonald J. Trump @realDonaldTrumpDemocrat Congresswoman totally fabricated what I said to the wife of a soldier who died in action (and I have proof). Sad!On Tuesday afternoon, the White House said Trump spoke on the phone with Johnson’s pregnant widow, Myeshia Johnson, and the families of the three other Green Berets killed in an ambush in Niger on Oct. 4.Wilson, who was with the grieving widow when Trump spoke with her, said the president spoke “sarcastically” when he said the 25-year-old soldier “knew what he signed up for.”“But when it happens, it hurts anyway,” Trump added, according to Wilson.“How could you say that to a grieving widow?” Wilson told a Miami television station shortly after the phone call. “And he said it more than once. I said this man has no feelings for anyone. This is a young woman with child who is grieved to her soul.”Wilson said that Johnson’s widow also told her that the president did not appear to know her husband’s name.“I asked them to give me the phone because I wanted to speak with him,” Wilson told CNN’s Don Lemon on Tuesday night. “And I was going to curse him out. That was my reaction at that time. I was livid. But they would not give me the phone.”Myeshia Johnson collapses over the flag-draped casket of her husband, Army Sgt. La David Johnson, upon its arrival in Florida on Tuesday. (Screenshot: ABC Miami)Johnson’s mother, Cowanda Jones-Johnson, told the Washington Post that Wilson’s account was accurate.“President Trump did disrespect my son and my daughter and also me and my husband,” Jones-Johnson said.Trump’s response to the soldiers’ deaths has come under intense scrutiny this week following a Rose Garden press conference in which the president falsely claimed that former Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush did not call families of fallen soldiers.“If you look at President Obama and other presidents, most of them didn’t make calls,” Trump said. “I like to call when it’s appropriate, when I think I’m able to do it.”On Tuesday, Trump refused to clarify the remarks — and in the process he invoked White House chief of staff John Kelly’s dead son, who died while serving in Afghanistan in 2010.“There’s nothing to clarify,” Trump said in a Fox News Radio interview. “I think I’ve called every family of somebody that’s died, and it’s the hardest call to make. And I said it very loud and clear yesterday. The hardest thing for me to do is do that. Now, as far as other representatives, I don’t know. I mean, you could ask Gen. Kelly did he get a call from Obama. You could ask other people. I don’t know what Obama’s policy was. I write letters, and I also call.”Trump made the calls to the four families of soldiers killed in Niger on Tuesday afternoon, more than 12 days after their deaths.“President Trump spoke to all four of the families of those who were killed in action in Niger,” White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement late Tuesday. “He offered condolences on behalf of a grateful nation and assured them their family’s extraordinary sacrifice to the country will never be forgotten.”Frederica Wilson, Donald Trump. (Photo: Alan Diaz/AP, Chris Kleponis-Pool/Getty Images)On “New Day,” Wilson said that she intends to request a classified briefing from the Defense Department about the deadly ambush.“This might wind up to be Mr. Trump’s Benghazi,” Wilson said.Speaking to reporters at the White House late Wednesday morning, Trump again disputed Wilson’s account of his call with Johnson’s widow — and falsely claimed the Florida Democrat had since taken it back.“I didn’t say what that congresswoman said; didn’t say it all,” the president said. “She knows it. And she now is not saying it. I did not say what she said, and I’d like her to make the statement again because I did not say what she said. I had a very nice conversation with the woman, with the wife who was — sounded like a lovely woman. Did not say what the congresswoman said, and most people aren’t too surprised to hear that.”Trump added: “Let her make her statement again.”Wilson, who had already repeated her assertions on MSNBC and ABC’s “The View,” did so on Twitter as well.“I still stand by my account of the call [between] @realDonaldTrump and Myeshia Johnson,” Wilson tweeted. “That is her name, Mr. Trump. Not ‘the woman’ or ‘the wife.’”During a White House press briefing on Wednesday afternoon, press Secretary Sarah Sanders was asked what “proof” Trump had that Wilson “totally fabricated” his remarks, and whether there were recordings of his conversation with Johnson’s widow.“No but there were several people in the room from the administration that were on the call, including the chief of staff,” Sanders said.Sanders was also asked whether the president has called the families of every soldier who has died since taking office — something Trump claimed Tuesday but later was disputed by the Associated Press.“The president has made contact with all of the families that have been presented to him through the White House military office,” Sanders said.She added: “It is appalling and disgusting what the congresswoman has been doing.”
White House says Trump’s check to military family has been sent
Reuters 4 hours ago WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The check has been sent.That was the message from the White House on Wednesday after the father of a slain U.S. Army sergeant said a generous offer from President Donald Trump had not materialized.Chris Baldridge told the Washington Post that Trump offered his family $25,000 after the death of his 22-year-old son at the hands of an Afghan police officer in June. But he told the newspaper the money never arrived.A White House spokeswoman said on Wednesday the media was advancing a „biased agenda” by following up on the Baldridge story.”The check has been sent,” White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters said in an email. „It’s disgusting that the media is taking something that should be recognized as a generous and sincere gesture, made privately by the president, and using it to advance the media’s biased agenda.”The issue added to controversy over Trump’s response to military families who have lost loved ones. On Monday, Trump said some of his predecessors „didn’t do anything” to console relatives of fallen soldiers, drawing widespread criticism.Trump offered no evidence to back up his claim, which was immediately shown to be false.On Wednesday, Trump denied an account by Representative Frederica Wilson of Florida that he had told the widow of Sergeant La David T. Johnson, who was killed in a firefight in Niger, that the man knew „what he signed up for.””I didn’t say what that congresswoman said,” Trump told reporters earlier in the day. „I had a very nice conversation with the woman, with the wife who … sounded like a lovely woman,” he said.Sergeant Johnson’s mother, Cowanda Jones-Johnson, told The Washington Post on Wednesday that she was present during Trump’s call to her son’s widow and she supported the congresswoman’s account of Trump’s comment.“President Trump did disrespect my son and my daughter and also me and my husband,” Jones-Johnson said.(Reporting by Jeff Mason and Steve Holland; Editing by Caren Bohan, Toni Reinhold)
Gary Cohn: ‘We have to have a permanent change in the tax system’ Nicole Sinclair Markets Correspondent •Gary Cohn: We’re open to ‘a lot of compromise’ to reach a deal on taxes Yahoo Finance Video Scroll back up to restore default view.The Trump administration’s tax framework has faced criticism about its impact to the deficit. After all, the non-partisan Tax Policy Center estimates the current plan would reduce revenue to the government by $2.4 trillion in the first decade and $3.2 trillion in the second decade.This matters, because under Senate rules, tax legislation that passes with only a simple majority of votes (under what is often referred to as “budget reconciliation”) cannot increase the deficit in any year after the 10-year budget period or the legislation expires.And Director of the National Economic Council (NEC) Gary Cohn told Yahoo Finance that he is looking for tax reform, and not just cuts, that is permanent.“We have to have simplification as well as cuts,” he said. “If we’re going from a worldwide system to a territorial system, which is very important for us to compete, it has to be permanent,” Cohn said. “Businesses make long-term capital investments. They make long-term hiring investments. We have to have a permanent change in the tax system.”The current tax framework also faces challenges from deficit-hawks in the Senate, particularly with a current debt-to-GDP ratio at a staggering 75%. This group, including Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky), has emphasized that tax cuts must be paid for by spending cuts.Gary Cohn tells Yahoo Finance he wants a permanent change to the tax codeThe Trump administration has said that tax cuts will pay for itself with sustained growth, as they see GDP near 3%, up from the current estimate of 2% from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO).But most economists say that’s unlikely, especially given we are already near full-employment with record-low interest rates.“They would bloat the budget deficit at a time when we should be preparing for the next downturn, for rising entitlement costs and potentially for the need for increased national security spending,” former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers recently wrote. Meanwhile, increasing the supply of bonds to fund a deficit increase could depress asset prices, he added, offsetting tax program benefits.When it comes to raising revenue to pay for the tax cuts, the Trump administration’s effort to pay for the tax reform has hit hurdles. The original cross-border adjustment tax from the original House proposal is not included in the White House framework. And the discussion of elimination of state and local tax deductions has faced pushback.But Cohn had a more optimistic take.“I don’t believe many of the things that you’re talking about are in trouble,” Cohn said. “We’re still having very robust discussions on state and local tax deduction. I think that’s an important concept that we have to continue to work on, and we’re working on with the tax writers. So I wouldn’t prejudge anything.”Cohn added the priorities are a middle class tax cut and a lowered corporate tax rate and that there is room for compromise as the bill is drafted.“We’ve released an outline of where we are,” Cohn said. “We’re trying to get from an outline to a bill. We’re trying to do that in the Senate and in the House. I think everything’s on the table. We are open to a lot of compromise. As long as we deliver a middle income tax cut and as long as we deliver a corporate rate that makes us competitive with the world, everything’s on the table.”For more from Yahoo Finance’s interview with Gary Cohn, please see:
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U.S.-backed militias defeat Islamic State in Raqqa, Syria•U.S.-backed militias defeat Islamic State in Raqqa, Syria A member of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which is backed by U.S. Special Forces troops, holds up the SDF flag at the Al-Naim square in Raqqa on Oct. 17, 2017. (Photo: Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images)U.S.-backed militias raised a flag inside the stadium in Raqqa, Syria, on Tuesday, a Reuters witness said, as a four-month battle to recapture the capital of the so-called Islamic State came to an end.The fighting was over, but the alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias was clearing the stadium of mines and any remaining hiding militants, said Rojda Felat, commander of the Raqqa campaign for the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).Related SearchesIslamic Relief USARaqqa SyriaIslamic StateA war monitor, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said Islamic State was now completely cleared from the city.The fall of Raqqa, where Islamic State staged euphoric parades after its string of lightning victories in 2014, is a potent symbol of the jihadist movement’s collapsing fortunes. From the city, the group planned attacks abroad.The SDF, backed by a U.S.-led international alliance, has been fighting Islamic State inside Raqqa since June. (Reuters)See more news-related photo galleries and follow us on Yahoo News Photo Twitter and Tumblr.
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Harrison discusses his first solo album, ‘In Parallel,’ as well as his rock ‘n’ roll childhood and life lessons.“I lived next to the studio in our house, so to get to the kitchen I used to have to go past the studio. You’d always get the sights, sounds, and smells of a working rock ’n’ roll band on the road, every day. You’d come home some days and walk through the middle of an Indian classical music session. Like, ‘Sorry, I’ve just came in the hall’ — and there’s tabla players sitting there,” Dhani laughs.
Eventually, Dhani put in his own “10,000 hours” apprenticing, making music, and learning from the masters, and he became a peer among his father’s famous friends. “I don’t think I met anyone at the studio, ever, in any way, that considered themselves to be a big shot — even though they were the biggest of the shots! I never got talked down to, ever. My dad kept good company, and his friends have treated me the same way since from when I was a kid to now. It’s weird, because I grew up, and it’s like they stayed the same age. I grew up, and now I’m part of their group. I think that’s a lot to be said for how lovely the people are.”With such a background, not to mention bloodline, it seemed inevitable that Dhani would become a musician himself. But he reveals that his father — who raised Dhani in the countryside where he “got a chance to be a kid, and actually be a teenager” — wasn’t so keen on the idea.“‘Don’t.’ That was his advice [about going into the music business]. ‘Don’t do it. Don’t be in the spotlight,’” quips Dhani. It wasn’t so much that the elder Harrison didn’t want to encourage his son’s artistic endeavors, but as someone who joined the Beatles as a teen and spent his entire adult life in the public eye, George was all too aware of the pitfalls of fame.“I definitely noticed it with my dad. He used to say, ‘My nervous system’s wrecked,’ after being in the media for that many years,” says Dhani. “He [didn’t want me to pursue music] at the expense of my nervous system; at the end of the day, you’ve got to live in your body for the whole of your life, and if it’s frazzled, you’ve got to get to the end of the race. So you need to look after yourself. He would have rather I was a park ranger or something. That would’ve been nice, too, but unfortunately, I’m a musician.”Of course, it’s a most fortunate development that Dhani decided to pursue his musical passion. In Parallel is a darkly cinematic, apocalyptic masterwork that sees him tackling own nervous-system-wrecking life challenges, and well as the challenges we all face in this chaotic world dominated by fake news and vapid celebrity culture. The resulting sprawling soundscapes, like “Summertime Police,” “#WarOnFalse,” and “Úlfur Resurrection,” signify the arrival of an ambitious, fully realized solo artist, ready to be recognized by his own name.