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Publicist who set up Trump Tower meeting believes Don Jr ‘did it for daddy’

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A British music publicist who set up the infamous Trump Tower meeting between top campaign staffers and a Russian attorney says he has little doubt Donald Trump was aware of the gathering.

Rob Goldstone said he was asked to set up the June 9, 2016, meeting by pop start Emin Agalarov on behalf of his father Aras Agalarov, one of Russia’s wealthiest developers, and he admits he conveyed a “dirty offer,” reported NBC News.

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The publicist was surprised that Donald Trump Jr. included Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort in the meeting, which the candidate’s son set up by phone, and he said the Agalarovs tried to arrange another meeting between the president-elect and Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya shortly after the November 2016 election.

Goldstone said special counsel Robert Mueller’s team asked about his role in setting up the first meeting, and why the Agalarovs wanted to arrange the meetings, when he testified before a grand jury.

He also found it difficult to believe the elder Trump did not know his son, son-in-law and campaign chairman were meeting with the Russians, who he now believes had ties to Kremlin intelligence.

“It was taking place in his conference room and it was taking place with his campaign chair sitting and attending the meeting, as well as his son and his son-in-law,” Goldstone said. “So, you know, the publicist in me would say, ‘It’s a bit of a stretch if he’s a floor or two above to believe that he doesn’t know it’s going on.'”

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Goldstone said he believes Emin Agalarov and Donald Trump Jr. set up the meeting for the same reason.

“It’s like they did it for daddy, both of them,” he said.


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Millions around the world joined #ClimateStrike — demanding bold climate action

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Masses of children skipped school Friday to join a global strike against climate change that teen activist Greta Thunberg said was "only the beginning" in the fight against environmental disaster.

Some four million people filled city streets around the world, organizers said, in what was billed as the biggest ever protest against the threat posed to the planet by rising temperatures.

Youngsters and adults alike chanted slogans and waved placards in demonstrations that started in Asia and the Pacific, spread across Africa, Europe and Latin America, before culminating in the United States where Thunberg rallied.

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Trump announces new sanctions on Iran — and deploys US troops to the Middle East

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Trump said the sanctions were the toughest-ever against another country, but indicated he did not plan a military strike, calling restraint a sign of strength.

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‘Do a lot of stupid sh*t as quickly as possible’: Ambassador Power breaks down ’The Trump Doctrine’

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The former ambassador to the United Nations explained "The Trump Doctrine" during a Friday evening interview with comedian Bill Maher on HBO's "Real Time."

Samantha Power, the author of the new book, The Education of an Idealist, was asked by Maher about the foreign policy mantra of the Obama administration.

"Obama's foreign policy doctrine was famously summarized as 'don't do stupid sh*t," Maher noted. "Trump's, of course, is 'Do stupid sh*t.'"

"Do stupid sh*t as quickly as possible," Power clarified.

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