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Trump waives US shipping restrictions for Puerto Rico: spokeswoman

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U.S. President Donald Trump waived shipping restrictions on Thursday to help get fuel and supplies to storm-ravaged Puerto Rico, the White House said.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said in a Twitter post that Trump, at the request of Puerto Rican Governor Ricardo Rossello, “has authorized the Jones Act be waived for Puerto Rico. It will go into effect immediately.”

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The Jones Act limits shipping between coasts to U.S.-flagged vessels.

(Reporting by Valerie Volcovici and Doina Chiacu; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)


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Trump campaign fundraises off Mulvaney’s disastrous tirade by selling ‘Get Over It’ t-shirts

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White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney's disastrous tirade on Thursday, in which he admitted there was a quid-pro-quo for delivering aid to Ukraine and told reporters to "get over it," has now become a fundraising pitch for President Donald Trump's reelection campaign.

Per BuzzFeed News' Miriam Elder, the Trump campaign on Friday started selling t-shirts that read "Get Over It" in which the "O" on the shirt is topped by a cartoon of President Donald Trump's hair.

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Trump is flailing as his customary ‘brazen it out’ strategy fails to halt the Ukraine scandal

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It's easy to see why acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney decided it was time to move to the "brazen it out" phase of the administration's attempts to shut down Donald Trump's Ukraine scandal. The nose-thumbing method of PR has been highly effective for Trump since his campaign days, allowing him to steal the nickname "Teflon Don" from its original owner, infamous mafioso John Gotti. (Whose eventual fate — dying in prison — should, one hopes, give the current Teflon Don the night sweats.)

This article was originally published at Salon

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Erdogan threatens to restart Syria operation after Trump insists Turkey ‘very much wants the ceasefire’

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Scattered fighting flared in northern Syria on Friday despite a ceasefire deal as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned he would resume a full-scale operation against Kurdish forces if they do not withdraw from a border "safe zone."

US President Donald Trump said Erdogan told him there had been "minor sniper and mortar fire" in the region "that was quickly eliminated" and the Turkish leader assured him in a call that "he very much wants the ceasefire, or pause, to work."

Mustefa Bali, a spokesman for the Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), accused Turkey, however, of violating the ceasefire deal reached during a visit to Ankara on Thursday by US Vice President Mike Pence.

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