U.S. Officials Confirm North Korea Responsible For WannaCry Ransomware Cyberattack (VIDEO)

The U.S. blamed North Korea for the WannaCry ransomware attack that affected hundreds of thousands of computers globally this year, offering further justification for the White House’s campaign to step up international pressure on the regime.

“After careful investigation, the United States is publicly attributing the massive WannaCry cyberattack to North Korea,” White House homeland security adviser Tom Bossert told reporters Tuesday. “We do not make this allegation lightly. We do so with evidence, and we do so with partners.”

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VIDEO: President Donald Trump Full Inauguration Speech — January 20, 2017 (Complete Transcript)

President Trump Inauguration Address | The 45th president of the United States speaks outside the Capitol building on Inauguration Day. During his inaugural address, Trump told the American people that this was “their celebration.”He echoed themes that were repeated throughout his campaign, promising not to leave “the forgotten men and women” behind, and calling for a return of power to the people as opposed to politicians in Washington. January 20, 2017.

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Donald Trump Fired Steve Bannon, Top Strategist And Leader Of Nationalist Agenda (August 2017)

Aug 18, 2017 — President Trump on Friday dismissed his embattled chief strategist, Stephen K. Bannon, an architect of his 2016 general-election victory and the champion of his nationalist impulses, in a major White House shake-up that follows a week of racial unrest.

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VIDEO: Kanye West meeting Donald Trump at Trump Tower (August 2017)

Kanye West met with President-elect Donald Trump on August 16, 2017, after he was spotted arriving at Trump Tower in New York City, only days after the rapper first came back into the public eye following his hospitalization.

Trump spoke to reporters with West by his side, calling the rapper a “good man” and telling journalists that they have been “friends for a long time.”
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Donald Trump’s Taped Comments About Women: “Grab them by the pussy” (Full Video)

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Donald Trump ReTweets Anti-Muslim Propaganda Videos From ‘Britain First’, A Racist UK Group

President Donald Trump on Wednesday re-tweeted a series of alarming videos, one of which allegedly depicts a Muslim ‘migrant’ attacking a ‘Dutch boy.’ The videos were originally posted to social media by a far-right British leader. The panel discusses.
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VIDEO: Donald Trump ignores handshake with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in awkward first meeting at the White House 🇺🇸🇩🇪

During his first meeting with Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel, President Trump appeared to ignore requests from the media for the two leaders to shake hands. At one point, Merkel turns to Trump and says, “they want to have a handshake,” but gets no response from Trump.
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Watch Donald Trump Jr Deadlift 375 Pounds Horribly Wrong; Internet Pays Tribute To His Poor Back

People are paying tribute to Donald Trump Jr’s back after seeing his poor form in deadlift video Trump’s son released.

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Leaked Paradise Papers, secret financial documents of world elite, show ties between Russia and Trump, Queen Elizabeth offshore interests

What you need to know about the Paradise Papers: 

‘Paradise Papers’ investigation claims to expose Russia-Trump ties, Queen Elizabeth’s offshore interests

A trove of leaked documents made public Sunday purport to show financial ties between Russia and a member of President Trump’s cabinet.

They also reportedly show how state-run Russian companies funded large investments in Twitter and Facebook.

A staggering 13.4 million records revealed late Sunday under the “Paradise Papers” investigation conducted by International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) claims to expose U.S. President Donald Trump’s ties to Russia, secret dealings of the chief fundraiser for Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the offshore interests of U.K. Queen Elizabeth and over 120 politicians around the world.

The leak, called the Paradise Papers, was revealed when the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and its dozens of collaborating news outlets on Sunday published investigations related to them. The reporting partners included the New York Times, the Guardian and the BBC.

Paradise Papers reveal ties between Russia–Trump, Queen Elizabeth, secrets of world elite finances

The project, which is based on more than 13.4 million documents dated from 1950 to 2016, covers a large number of global corporations, government leaders, and prominent people and their use of offshore accounts to avoid taxes or otherwise hide ownership of assets.

The documents have not been independently reviewed by CNN.

The reporting is similar to the Panama Papers, which in 2016 exposed cases involving celebrities and business executives who reportedly moved large chunks of their wealth into offshore tax havens.

Several members of Trump’s inner circle, including Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and chief economic adviser Gary Cohn, were mentioned in the papers. The Times, which mentioned both men, said there was “no evidence of illegality in any of their dealings.”

The consortium, meanwhile, noted in its reporting Sunday that there are legitimate uses for offshore companies and trusts.

“ICIJ does not intend to suggest or imply that any persons, companies or other entities have broken the law or otherwise acted improperly,” it said in a disclaimer posted online.

Journalists with access to the Paradise Papers noted in stories published Sunday that their contents will continue to make news in the coming days.

Here are some of the government officials and companies mentioned in the first wave of reporting.

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross

The New York Times reported that Trump’s commerce secretary, Wilbur Ross, has retained a multimillion-dollar stake in Navigator, a shipping company whose top customers include the Russian energy firm Sibur.

Sibur’s owners include a member of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s family and a Russian oligarch, according to the Times, which also says the firm itself was created by the Russian government.

Another of Navigator’s clients is PDVSA, Venezuela’s state-run oil company, which Trump targeted with sanctions this year.

The Times reports that Ross held his stake in Navigator through a “chain of companies in the Cayman Islands.”

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The Times also says “much” of Ross’s wealth, which is estimated to total around $2 billion, is tied up in secretive offshore investments.

When Ross disclosed his finances earlier this year, he included Navigator as a company he intended to retain an interest in. But that document did not disclose how large his stake was because it was not required.

But that won’t help Ross escape political controversy.

Senator Richard Blumenthal, a member of the Senate Commerce Committee that questioned Ross before his appointment, accused Ross of misleading the committee and the public by “concealing an ongoing financial relationship” with Russians.

“Inexcusable and intolerable,” Blumenthal said in a series of tweets Sunday. “Americans are owed answers on this Cabinet’s troubling failure to disclose links to Russian interests.”

The Commerce Department told CNN on Sunday that Ross was not involved with Navigator’s decision to do business with Sibur.

“Moreover, Secretary Ross has never met the Sibur shareholders referenced in this story and, until now, did not know of their relationship,” the agency said in a statement.

It added that Ross recuses himself from matters focused on transoceanic shipping vessels, though he has been supportive of the administration’s sanctions against “Russian and other entities.”

Twitter, Facebook and Russian money

The Times also reported that two state-run Russian companies secretly and indirectly poured millions of dollars into Twitter and Facebook.

Both of the transactions allegedly involved Yuri Milner, a Russian tech mogul who has business ties to Trump’s son-in-law, White House adviser Jared Kushner.

According to the Times, Milner invested in Cadre, a tech real estate company that was founded by Kushner and his brother. Milner told the paper he has only met Kushner once.

Milner’s link to Kushner and his company are unrelated to the Russian investments in Facebook and Twitter.

According to the Times, the Russian-owned VTB Bank gave $191 million to an offshore vehicle connected to Milner. Money from that entity was later used to help fund a stake in Twitter.

The newspaper also said the Russian oil and gas company Gazprom lent money to another firm that invested in Milner’s multimillion-dollar Facebook deal.

According to the Guardian, Milner said the funding from VTB did not buy it influence at Twitter. He also told the newspaper that he wasn’t aware that Gazprom was involved in the Facebook investment.

The Guardian noted that it is not clear whether Moscow saw a “political interest” in funding stakes in Facebook and Twitter, or if the acquisitions were “only intended to make money.”

Twitter said in a statement that DST Investments 3 — a fund managed by Milner’s company DST Global– was an investor before its IPO.

A Twitter spokesperson told CNN that the company “reviewed all potential investors” before it went public in November 2013.

The company also said that the stake owned by DST Global was divested in May 2014.

Facebook’s IPO, meanwhile, was in May 2012. The company could not be reached late Sunday for comment.

But a Facebook spokesperson told the Guardian that the Gazprom-backed investment was ultimately sold five years ago.

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Massive “Hawaii 3, Trump 0” anti-Trump protest at Hawaii State Capitol as Donald Trump visits Honolulu. 🇺🇸

Massive Anti-Trump Protest at the State Capitol.

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A 35-year-old Donald Trump Interviewed by Tom Brokaw on Today Show (1980)

Tom Brokaw interviews a 33-year-old Donald Trump in 1980. The young Trump talks NYC real estate on the Today Show.

One of the earliest television appearances of Donald Trump.

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BREAKING: Twitter Employee Deactivated Donald Trump Twitter Account! (for 11 minutes)

@RealDonaldTrump vanished from Twitter on Thursday afternoon.

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VIDEO: Trump Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Confederate Robert E. Lee, “All Our Leaders Have Flaws”

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders defended White House Chief of Staff John Kelly’s comments in which he called Confederate General Robert E. Lee “an honorable man.”

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VIDEO: Trump-Corker feud explodes. Senator Bob Corker calls Trump liar, “utterly untruthful President… will be remembered for debasement of our nation”

The ongoing public feud between Sen. Bob Corker and President Donald Trump exploded Tuesday ahead of the President’s high-stakes visit to Capitol Hill for tax negotiations, with the Tennessee Republican telling CNN’s Manu Raju he wouldn’t support Trump for president if given the opportunity again.

The President had earlier accused Corker, who is retiring, of blocking his party’s efforts on tax cuts.

The exchange between the two men escalates a rift that has highlighted divisions between Trump and several Republican lawmakers on Capitol Hill, threatening to send the President off-message at a critical time for his agenda.

Corker, asked in the interview if he should have backed Trump’s presidential campaign, said he “would not do that again.” He also said Trump has “great difficulty with the truth.”

“You wouldn’t support him again?” Raju asked.

“No, no way,” Corker said.

Corker said Trump has “proven himself unable to rise to the occasion.”

“I think many of us, me included, have tried to, you know, intervene, and I have had a private dinner and have been with him on multiple occasions to try and create some kind of aspirational approach, if you will, to the way that he conducts himself,” Corker said. “I don’t think that that’s possible. He’s obviously not going to rise to the occasion as president.”

Asked if he thought the President was a role model for children, Corker, the chairman of the Senate foreign relations committee, said, “No, absolutely not.”

“I think the things that are happening right now that are harmful to our nation, whether it’s the breaking down of — we are going to be doing hearings on some of the things that he purposely is breaking down — relationships we have around the world that have been useful to our nation,” he said. “But I think at the end of the day, when his term is over, I think the debasing of our nation, the constant non-truth telling, just the name-calling … I think the debasement of our nation will be what he’ll be remembered most for, and that’s regretful.”

After the interview aired, Trump on Twitter called Corker “the incompetent head of the foreign relations committee.”

Trump is set to attend lunch with lawmakers he spent much of the summer blasting for failing to enshrine his political agenda. Some have been critical over his chaotic, unpredictable method of governing, but Trump hopes to woo them to finally rack up a key legislative win on tax reform.

The atmosphere will be especially charged because a number of Trump’s hosts fear a 2018 primary challenge from populist, nationalist candidates in his own image, being recruited by his former top political adviser, Stephen Bannon.

House Speaker Paul Ryan said at a news conference later Tuesday morning that he didn’t think the Trump-Corker spat would affect Republicans’ efforts on tax reform.

“I know Bob, who supported the budget, wants to get tax reform. I know the President want to get tax reform,” Ryan said. “I’m glad the President is coming to lunch, because I’ve have long believed it’s best to settle these things in person and I hope that they can get a chance to do that.”

But Rep. Chris Collins, R-New York, told CNN that Republicans didn’t necessarily need Corker’s support, noting that the party only needs 50 votes from its 52-seat caucus to pass its tax plan, with Vice President Mike Pence able to cast a tie-breaking vote — to hit the necessary 51 — if necessary.

“He should be embarrassed,” Collins added, referring to Corker.

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Insults exchanged over Twitter

In a series of tweets earlier Tuesday, the President accused Corker of fighting tax cuts and called him a “lightweight.” Corker responded by again likening the White House staff to a daycare center.

“Bob Corker, who helped President O give us the bad Iran Deal & couldn’t get elected dog catcher in Tennessee, is now fighting Tax Cuts….,” Trump tweeted. “…Corker dropped out of the race in Tennessee when I refused to endorse him, and now is only negative on anything Trump. Look at his record!”

Corker soon responded on Twitter: “Same untruths from an utterly untruthful president. #AlertTheDaycareStaff.”

Corker had criticized Trump during appearances on several television shows Tuesday morning.

On NBC, Corker called Trump’s effort to court senators over the White House’s tax reform proposal “a photo-op.” And speaking to ABC, he suggested that the President butt out of the process.

“(I)f you start taking things off the table before you get started you make that very difficult. So what I hope is going to happen is the President will leave this effort, if you will, to the tax writing committees and let them do their work and not begin taking things off the table that ought to be debated in the committees at the proper time,” he said on “Good Morning America.”

Donald Trump and Bob Corker: A timeline

When asked if the President is a national security threat, Corker told NBC that he needs to be contained by members of his Cabinet, namely, Secretary of Defense James Mattis, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and White House chief of staff John Kelly.

Both Trump and Corker — who was once in consideration to become Trump’s secretary of state — have publicly bickered following the Tennessee senator’s announcement earlier this month that he would not be seeking a third term in the Senate.

Trump attacked Corker via Twitter at the time, saying he denied the senator’s request for an endorsement — a claim denied by Corker’s office. In response, Corker said, “It’s a shame the White House has become an adult day care center. Someone obviously missed their shift this morning.”

In remarks to a New York Times story published a short time later, Corker said Trump was treating the presidency like “a reality show,” making reckless threats against other countries that put the United States “on the path to World War III.”