President Donald Trump was all set to attend Thursday’s opening of the new Statue of Liberty Museum, a $100 million 26,000 square foot enterprise that will celebrate and educate Americans and visitors from all around the world on the ideals of freedom, liberty, and welcoming immigrants.
“Liberty Enlightening the World,” the Statue’s official name, “stands for good things: democracy, freedom, liberty, inclusion,” says Stephen Briganti, president and CEO of the foundation in charge of the Museum, France 24 reports. “It stands for all those things and so many more.”
The Secret Service “swarmed” Liberty Island last week to prepare for President’s Trump’s attendance at the opening ceremony Thursday.
Instead, “President Trump is ditching Thursday’s opening of the Statue of Liberty Museum because he doesn’t want to hobnob with New York Dems, opting instead to stick with a more receptive right-wing crowd in the Rose Garden at the unveiling of a new immigration plan,” the New York Daily News reports.
Trump not wanting to “hobnob” with Democrats is likely just one of several reasons he’s canceled plans to visit in his own hometown.
Slate calls the Museum “a quiet paean to America’s embrace of immigrants.”
Thursday afternoon Trump will unveil his new immigration program, which is actually Jared Kushner’s new immigration program. And it’s, unsurprisingly, designed to further reduce immigration from asylum seekers and those looking to unite with their families, and instead focus on what Trump calls a “merit” system, based on skills, education, and “patriotic assimilation.”
It’s likely DOA as even Republicans are opposed to it, even though it was “aimed at unifying congressional Republicans on the issue,” as CNN reports.
One major problem: Trump’s new immigration program does not even address DACA, and even Republicans want that critical issue resolved.
But could there be a more stark contrast on this issue today than a celebration of America’s embrace of immigrants on an island by the President’s hometown, and President Trump unveiling a program designed to all but end immigration into the U.S. from “your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free”?
WATCH: CNN uses video to bust Trump for lying and stealing credit for veterans program signed by Obama
Reacting to Donald Trump's abrupt departure from his Saturday press conference after he was pressed by a CBS White House correspondent Paula Reid for lying and taking credit for a veterans bill signed into law by former President Barack Obama, CNN's Victor Blackwell shared clips of the former president announcing the signing in 2014 and Trump attempting to steal credit yesterday.
According to Blackwell, "One of President Trump's go-to lies is his role in passing Veterans Choice. You saw it at the end of the news conference when he walked away. Well that was when he was faced with a question why he said that he passed Choice and Accountability for the V.A."
Nagasaki marks 75 years since atomic bombing
The Japanese city of Nagasaki on Sunday commemorated the 75th anniversary of its destruction by a US atomic bomb, with its mayor and the head of the United Nations warning against a nuclear arms race.
Nagasaki was flattened in an atomic inferno three days after Hiroshima -- twin nuclear attacks that rang in the nuclear age and gave Japan the bleak distinction of being the only country to be struck by atomic weapons.
Survivors, their relatives and a handful of foreign dignitaries attended a remembrance ceremony in Nagasaki where they called for world peace.
Participants offered a silent prayer at 11:02 am (0202 GMT), the time the second and last nuclear weapon used in wartime was dropped over the city.
Lebanon information minister resigns over Beirut blast
Lebanon’s information minister Manal Abdel Samad on Sunday quit in the first government resignation since a deadly port blast killed more than 150 people and destroyed swathes of Beirut.
?After the enormous Beirut catastrophe, I announce my resignation from government,? she said in a statement carried by local media, apologising to the Lebanese public for failing them.
A number of MPs also submitted their resignations a day earlier due to the explosions.
On Saturday afternoon, thousands took to streets in downtown Beirut in anti-government protests that demand the overhaul of the political system, days after massive explosions.