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Trump considering withdrawal from 68-year-old treaty with Japan: report

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Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe meets with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump (R) at Trump Tower in Manhattan, New York, U.S., November 17, 2016. (Cabinet Public Relations Office)

President Donald Trump has been privately talking about withdrawing from the postwar defense treaty with Japan, according to three sources familiar with the matter.

Trump is telling confidants the treaty is unfair to the U.S. because it promises to help if Japan was ever attacked, but doesn’t require Japan to come to America’s defense, the sources told Bloomberg.

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So far, the president hasn’t taken any step toward pulling out of the treaty, which was signed in 1951, and administration officials insist that move would be highly unlikely.

Trump’s criticism of U.S. security pacts has alarmed allies around the world, but so far he hasn’t tried to back out of those agreements like he has with trade pacts.

Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told Bloomberg that the security framework was at the core of the country’s alliance with the U.S.

“There is no talk at all of a review of the Japan-U.S. security alliance as has been reported in the media,” Suga said.

Ending that treaty would risk handing over security in the Western Pacific to China and potentially risk a new nuclear arms race if Japan decided it needed to protect itself from nuclear-armed neighbors.

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Trump will travel to Japan on Wednesday for the G-20 summit in Osaka


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Confused Trump can’t stop talking about the new military ‘hydrosonic’ toothbrush missile

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President Donald Trump spent some of his time at his Ohio rally Saturday saying that under his leadership the military has developed a secret hydrosonic missile.

There's just one problem: Hydrosonic is a toothbrush.

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In a Twitter thread, Behavioral Economist Alex Imas explained that while he was casting his ballot on the outskirts of Philadelphia County, PA Saturday, a parade of semis and other cars surrounded the polling place, laying on their horns.

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Trump gives 9/11 first responders back the $3.3 million he took from health fund: GOP Congressman

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told Rep. Peter King (R-NY) announced that the 9/11 first responders would get the $3.3 million back that President Donald Trump stole from the program that helped them with medical treatments.

Those at the Twin Towers site in the days following the terrorist attacks breathed in a series of toxic gasses and asbestosis, leading them to have a slew of health problems years later. A fund was set up to ensure that those heroes were always taken care of for the rest of their lives as they suffered through their final years.

“It’s a great victory for really deserving people,” King told the New York Daily News Saturday. "I mean this just never should have happened, but we fought hard, we got it done."

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