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Military leaders ‘despondent’ over Trump’s defense of white supremacists — but are too afraid to quit

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Military leaders reportedly despaired at President Donald Trump’s equivocal defense of white supremacists who killed a protester during a Virginia rally.

Chief of staff John Kelly, a retired general, and other top administration officials were “despondent” over the president’s insistence that “many sides” were to blame for the violence that erupted when white supremacists marched in support of Confederate monuments, reported Vanity Fair.

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The president insisted some “very fine people” had marched alongside neo-Nazis in Charlottesville, and expressed his own support for the Confederate monuments they were rallying to preserve.

Kelly “could only look at the floor and shake his head as he listened,” according to the magazine’s reporting.

One source told Vanity Fair that Kelly and other military leaders in the Cabinet felt duty-bound to remain in the administration, despite the president’s remarks, in order to carry out essential government business.

That includes developing a strategy to deal with worsening tension with North Korea, according to the source.

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Other top administration officials, including chief economic adviser Gary Cohn and Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, were also upset by Trump’s seeming defense of neo-Nazis and white supremacists who chanted anti-Semitic slogans.

His daughter, who converted to Orthodox Judaism before marrying Kushner, tweeted out a response the following day but has remained silent since, as her husband has.

“There should be no place in society for racism, white supremacy and neo-nazis,” she tweeted.

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Defense Secretary James Mattis addressed troops serving in Jordan, asking them to remain steadfast despite the political divisions back home — which many believe refers to the president’s comments on his white supremacist supporters.

“Our country right now, it’s got problems — you know it and I know it — it’s got problems we don’t have in the military,” Mattis said. “You just hold the line, my fine young soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines, you hold the line until our country gets back to understanding and respecting each other and showing it — to be friendly with one another.”


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Swiss holding ‘funeral march’ to mark disappearance of an Alpine glacier

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Dozens of people will undertake a "funeral march" up a steep Swiss mountainside on Sunday to mark the disappearance of an Alpine glacier amid growing global alarm over climate change.

The Pizol "has lost so much substance that from a scientific perspective it is no longer a glacier," Alessandra Degiacomi, of the Swiss Association for Climate Protection, told AFP.

The organisation which helped organise Sunday's march said around 100 people were due to take part in the event, set to take place as the UN gathers youth activists and world leaders in New York to mull the action needed to curb global warming.

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UAW strike ‘threatens to upend the economy in Michigan’ — and could destroy Trump’s re-election: report

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At the end of the first week of a major strike by the United Auto Workers, the employment standoff threatens to upend President Donald Trump's 2020 re-election map, the Chicago Times reported Saturday.

Approximately 46,000 workers have been striking against General Motors.

There are two major threats to Trump's campaign from the strike.

The first is that the strike could cause regional recessions -- threatening Trump's political standing in key Rust Belt states.

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Security forces fired live rounds at protesters calling for the ouster of Egyptian president: report

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Egyptian security forces clashed with hundreds of anti-government protesters in the port city of Suez on Saturday, firing tear gas and live rounds, said several residents who participated in the demonstrations.

A heavy security presence was also maintained in Cairo's Tahrir Square, the epicentre of Egypt's 2011 revolution, after protests in several cities called for the removal of general-turned-president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

Such demonstrations are rare after Egypt effectively banned protests under a law passed following the 2013 military ouster of Islamist ex-president Mohamed Morsi.

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