US News Anger and racial tensions, leadership test for Trump
Furious against Twitter, Trump threatens to "shut down" social networks
For the first time, Twitter reported two messages from the American president as "deceptive" and conveying unverified information, which provoked the fury of Donald Trump. © Copyright 2020, L'Obs Relations between Donald Trump and Twitter, his favorite communication tool, are turning into a storm. Until then a great follower of the social network, on which he is very active, the American president threatened Wednesday, May 27, to "regulate" or "close" social media platforms.
Torn, hesitant, his eyes riveted on his electoral base, Donald Trump seeks the your fair tone in the face of the anger and the demonstrations, sometimes violent, which shake America from Minneapolis to Los Angeles.
In the aftermath of a sixth night of unrest marked by scenes of chaos in front of the White House, he posted his central concern with the laconic tweet "NOVEMBER 3": the presidential election.
For several days, the American President has been sending contradictory messages in the face of the conflagration of dozens of American cities after the death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old African American who has become the sad symbol of police violence and racial injustice in the United States. .
Death of George Floyd: the police officer who tackled him on the ground was arrested
© Copyright 2020, L'Obs He had been fired from the police. He is now arrested. Derek Chauvin, the Minneapolis policeman who kept his knee on George Floyd's neck, was arrested on Friday, May 29, reports the New York Times website, which quotes Minnesota authorities. His arrest is linked to the death of this black man following his muscular arrest. A drama that sparked anger in this city, and across the country.
Since his return from Cape Canaveral on Saturday evening, Washington is buzzing with rumors of '' a solemn presidential address, of a strong speaking, in a country also shaken by the Covid-19 pandemic which caused a brutal economic crisis and weakened the poorest.
But reclusive in the White House, Donald Trump remained invisible and silent on Sunday, except for a series of tweets aimed in turn at the media or elected officials Democrats lacking in his eyes of firmness.
The unusual images of the extinction at the end of the evening of part of the exterior lights of the White House have helped to strengthen the image of a president cut off from the rest of the country.
Merkel declines Trump's invitation to attend the G7 summit in Washington, reports Politico
SANTE-CORONAVIRUS-G7-GERMANY: Merkel declines Trump's invitation to attend the G7 summit in Washington, reports Politico © Reuters / POOL MERKEL DECLINES TRUMP INVITATION TO ATTEND G7 SUMMIT IN WASHINGTON, POLITICO REPORTS PARIS (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel has declined the invitation of US President Donald Trump to a possible G7 summit in the United United, reports Politico on Friday.
No public appearance of the former businessman who has, since coming to power, always reluctant to put on the clothes of a rallyer, is scheduled for Monday.
"An address from the Oval Office will not stop antifa," said spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany, referring to the far left movement to which Trump attributes the violence of recent days.
In his other morning tweets, the Republican billionaire has not, far from it, opted for a calming register.
He quoted a Fox news host who blamed white supremacists for the violence of the past few days.
And he attacked his democratic opponent Joe Biden, asserting that his relatives were members of the "radical left" who are trying "to get the anarchists out of prison, and probably more".
- The specter of Charlottesville -
Sunday, the Democratic mayor of Atlanta Keisha Lance Bottoms, was alarmed by the lack of "leaderhsip" of the tenant of the White House in this period of violent tremors for America.
German government is reluctant to respond to Trump's G7 initiative
Berlin, May 31 (Reuters) - The German government has been reluctant to respond to US President Donald Trump's initiative to postpone the G7 summit to September and to include Russia, South Korea, and India and expand Australia. "We are waiting for further information from the United States, who are hosts," said a government spokesman in Berlin on Sunday. The group of the seven leading industrialized countries includes the USA, Canada, Japan, Germany, Great Britain, France and Italy.
"It is worsening the situation (...) It is as if Charlottesville is starting again," she said.
The elected official spoke of Trump's remarks after clashes between anti-racist and neo-Nazi demonstrators in this small town in Virginia, in August 2017, when he declared seeing good people "on both sides".
If his declarations had caused a real uneasiness within his own camp, the republican party is, since the death of George Floyd, remained rather discreet on the attitude of the president.
Notable exception: Tim Scott, the only black Republican senator, estimated this weekend that some of the presidential tweets were "clearly, not constructive".
The last speech of the Republican President took place Saturday from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. She was revealing of her hesitations, between empathy, calls for respect for "law and order", and search for scapegoats.
He denounced the "tragedy" of the death of George Floyd on the streets of Minneapolis. He spoke of the "anger and grief" of Americans across the country. "I understand the pain people feel," he added.
But after these introductory remarks, he dwelled for a long time on "the anarchists" without addressing head-on the question of exasperation in the face of police violence illustrated by the last words of Floyd become a rallying cry: "I can not not breathe. "
His predecessor Barack Obama has published a text in which he denounces the violent acts "which put innocent people in danger", but also calls to avoid shortcuts.
"The overwhelming majority of those taking part in the protests were peaceful, courageous, responsible and inspirational," he wrote.
"They deserve our respect and our support, not our condemnation", he added in a clear allusion to his republican successor whom he was however careful not to name.
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Former Defense Minister Donald Trump accuses him of seeking to "divide" the United States .
© Phil Stewart, Reuters James Mattis in Singapore on October 19, 2018. General James Mattis, who has resigned from his post as Minister of Defense in December 2018, emerged from his silence on Wednesday with very harsh words for his former boss Donald Trump. James Mattis comes out of his silence. Former Defense Minister Donald Trump, who had resigned to protest the withdrawal of American troops from Syria, accused the President of the United States of trying to "divide" America.