U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday signed into law a $618.7 billion annual defense policy bill, but in a lengthy statement he raised objections to parts of the legislation, including the continuation of policies preventing the closing of the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
“During my administration, we have responsibly transferred over 175 detainees from Guantanamo,” Obama said in the statement. “Our efforts to transfer additional detainees will continue until the last day I am in office.”
(Reporting by Emily Stephenson; Editing by Leslie Adler)
In political turn, Taylor Swift accuses Trump of ‘autocracy’
Taylor Swift, currently promoting the release of her latest album, has accused Donald Trump of treating his White House reign as an "autocracy," in a new political turn for the singer.
"We're a democracy -- at least, we're supposed to be -- where you're allowed to disagree, dissent, debate," the pop star said in snippets of an interview teased Friday by The Guardian.
Speaking about the US president, the 29-year-old said, "I really think that he thinks this is an autocracy."
In American politics, Swift said, "all the dirtiest tricks in the book were used and it worked." She described the current state of affairs as "gaslighting the American public into being like, 'If you hate the president, you hate America.'"
No day at the beach: G7 adapts summit to the age of ‘America First’
Even before this weekend’s G7 summit in Biarritz, host Emmanuel Macron did away with the final communiqué. Officially to spur dialogue, the move, a G7 first, reflects the challenge of corralling a difficult cast of summiteers in undiplomatic times.
White House officials stumped when asked to explain Trump’s attempt to ‘order’ companies to stop business with China
This Friday, President Trump raised eyebrows with his latest series of tweets regarding China, saying he's 'ordering' America companies to "immediately start looking for an alternative to China, including bringing your companies HOME and making your products in the USA."
Additionally, Trump said he was ordering "all U.S. postal carriers, including FedEx, Amazon, UPS and United States Post Office, “to SEARCH FOR & REFUSE all deliveries of Fentanyl from China (or anywhere else!)." Trump's declaration was in response to China announcing this Friday that it would retaliate against the U.S. with 5% and 10% on $75 billion of U.S. imports.