President Donald Trump has expressed a renewed motivation to get Congress to fund his anti-immigrant border wall with Mexico. In an interview with the right wing news outlet The Hill, the president said his visit on the 17th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks to the “gorgeous” Flight 93 memorial wall (image above) inspired him to push even harder.
“They built this gorgeous wall where the plane went down in Pennsylvania, Shanksville,” Trump told the reporters. “And I was there. I made the speech. And it’s sort of beautiful, what they did is incredible,” Trump said, speaking about the memorial wall.
“They have a series of walls, I’m saying, it’s like perfect. So, so, we are pushing very hard,” he added.
Forty passengers and crew members were killed after they made the heroic decision to down their own plane rather than let al Qaida terrorists fly it into the Capitol building in Washington, D.C.
Meanwhile, in other border wall news, New York Magazine reports “Spanish foreign minister Josep Borrell revealed this week that Trump proposed Spain build a wall across the Sahara to stem the flow of migrants into Europe.”
“When diplomats brushed aside the idea and pointed out that the desert is 3,000 miles long, Trump pushed back. ‘The Sahara border can’t be bigger than our border with Mexico,’ he reportedly said. It is, in fact, bigger.”
Gun ‘Van Gogh killed himself with’ to go under hammer
The revolver with which Vincent van Gogh is believed to have shot himself is to go under the hammer Wednesday at a Paris auction house.
Billed as "the most famous weapon in the history of art", the seven mm Lefaucheux revolver is expected to fetch up to 60,000 euros ($67,000).
Van Gogh experts believe that he shot himself with the revolver near the village of Auvers-sur-Oise north of Paris, where he spent the last few months of his life in 1890.
Discovered by a farmer in 1965 in the same field where the troubled Dutch painter is thought to have fatally wounded himself, the gun has already been exhibited at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.
Hong Kong protests a rare defeat for China’s President Xi Jinping say analysts
China's powerful President Xi Jinping has been dealt a rare setback with the suspension of unpopular legislation in Hong Kong following massive protests, but Beijing could bite back by tightening its grip on the semi-autonomous city, according to analysts.
Hundreds of thousands of protesters returned to the streets of Hong Kong on Sunday, calling for the resignation of the territory's pro-Beijing leader Carrie Lam -- even after she suspended a deeply unpopular bill that would have allowed extraditions to the mainland.
Xi is not used to such challenges, having consolidated his power and tightened his grip on civil society on the mainland since taking office in 2012.
Trump’s reelection support is 50-50 in Texas, Biden and O’Rourke lead the Democrats, UT/TT Poll says
Texas voters are split when asked about reelecting the president, and Joe Biden and Beto O'Rourke are their favorites for the Democratic nomination to challenge him, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.
Half of the registered voters in Texas would vote to reelect President Donald Trump, but half of them would not, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.
Few of those voters were wishy-washy about it: 39% said they would “definitely” vote to reelect Trump; 43% said they would “definitely not” vote for him. The remaining 18% said they would “probably” (11%) or “probably not” (7%) vote to give Trump a second term.