BBC says Trump supporter attacked their cameraman at campaign rally

Political News BBC says Trump supporter attacked their cameraman at campaign rally

Joe Raedle/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The White House on Tuesday condemned violence against the press after the BBC said a man wearing a Make America Great Again hat attacked on of their cameraman at a rally for President Donald Trump Monday night in El Paso, Texas.

In an incident caught on video, the man appeared to shove the cameraman, Ron Skeans, before being restrained by Trump campaign security.

Trump, standing in front of the press pen, paused his speech during the scuffle and checked to see if the cameraman was alright.

“You all right? Everything okay?” Trump asked before continuing with his speech. In the background, people in the crowd could be heard yelling “CNN Sucks!”

 The man who allegedly attacked Skeans has not yet been identified.

The BBC said in a statement that Skeans was “violently pushed and shoved” by someone in the campaign rally crowd, and Skeans is doing okay.

“It is clearly unacceptable for any of our staff to be attacked for doing their job,” the BBC stated.

The BBC added that they have asked the Trump campaign for additional security at Trump rallies, and said that the security guards present did nothing to stop the Trump supporter.

Michael Glassner, the COO of Trump for President, Inc., said in a statement to ABC News: “An individual involved in a physical altercation with a news cameraman was removed from last night’s rally. We appreciate swift action from venue officers and law enforcement officers.”

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement that the president condemns all acts of violence against anyone – even the press.

“President Trump condemns all acts of violence against any individual or group of people – including members of the press. We ask that anyone attending an event do so in a peaceful and respectful manner,” Sanders said.

In the wake of violent attacks on journalists, the president has been asked if his rhetoric bears responsibility. The president has stood firm that while he does not condone attacks, he does not take responsibility for recent violence against the press.

“I do notice that people are declaring more and more fake news, where they go, ‘Fake news!'” the president said during an interview with The New York Times earlier this month. “I even see it in other countries. I don’t necessarily attribute that to me. I think I can attribute the term to me. I think I was the one that started using it, I would say.”

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GOP leaders urge Trump to sign border deal, back executive action for more funding

Political News GOP leaders urge Trump to sign border deal, back executive action for more funding

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) —  Even though the bipartisan deal to avoid a shutdown falls far short of what President Donald Trump has been demanding to fund his border wall, top Republicans said Tuesday he should sign it and support his taking executive action to “make up the difference.”

“First of all, I hope he signs the bill, and second, I think he ought to be free to use whatever tools he can legally use to enhance his efforts to secure the border. So, no, I would not be troubled by that,” Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said when asked about the possibility the president might use his transfer authority to move money around.

When asked by ABC News if there is any wiggle room or plans to negotiate with the White House — since the president made clear he wants to add to the deal — McConnell did not rule that out but made clear he hopes the president signs the compromise already on the table.

“They’ve reached an agreement, they now have to put it on paper, we have to see if that reflects the principles and we’re hopeful the president will — once he does that and once we do that — will conclude that it’s a good idea to sign it,” he said.

Sources tell ABC News that if Trump signs the deal, which provides $1.375 billion for physical barriers, he will likely also take executive action to reprogram billions in funds to reach the $5.7 billion he’s been demanding for his border wall. Sources also aren’t ruling out that Trump could declare a national emergency as well, and they indicate he could go well above the $5.7 billion in funding if he both reprograms funds and declares a national emergency.

 The president’s close ally, GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham, says he thinks Trump will “do both” — reprogramming money, while also declaring a national emergency. “Absolutely,” Graham told reporters when asked if he thinks Trump will declare a national emergency, “because he’s well short of what he needs.”

Republican Rep. Mark Meadows, who also has Trump’s ear, told ABC News that “executive action to address the growing border crisis will now be required.”

Trump said Tuesday he’s “not happy” with the deal announced by top congressional negotiators on Monday night. “I consider everything,” he said when asked specifically about a national emergency declaration.

Sources involved in the negotiations have pointed to 10 U.S. Code 284 as a way to obtain funds for wall. The statute says the Department of Defense may provide support for counter-drug activities to another agency.

However, it’s unclear how much money the administration would be able to take from existing Defense Department funds or which account they could draw from. One U.S. official told ABC News Monday that the Pentagon is looking into how funds from the military construction budget could be reprogrammed, but other accounts could be under consideration as well.

Lawyers in the White House, with the Department of Homeland Security and at the Pentagon have for weeks been ironing out the different options the president would have to obtain funds. Sources caution that a way forward is not yet locked in and nothing has been finalized.

With many Republicans warning the president that declaring a national emergency would set a bad precedent, GOP Sen. Roy Blunt says the president’s “transfer authority” is something “which we’re all, I think, universally more supportive of than some of us would be of emergency authority.”

Asked about the inevitable challenge the president will face in the courts if he declares a national emergency, Graham says he thinks Trump “wants that fight.”

“I think he’s saying from my point of view, this is a national emergency and I think he’s willing to have that fight with Congress and the courts,” he said.

Democrats, not surprisingly, think it’s a bad idea.

Rep. Pete Aguilar of California, one of 17 bipartisan negotiators who crafted the border security funding deal, says Democrats will pursue “every possible remedy” if Trump takes executive action to reprogram millions of federal dollars to build border barriers without Congress’ approval.

“The reaction should be swift and it should be a bipartisan rebuke of what the president is contemplating,” Aguilar said on ABC News Live’s “The Briefing Room.” “Every Republican should be upset if they start taking disaster money and money that is programmed for our districts and shifting it for something that Congress has not authorized. That is executive overreach. I just – I can’t imagine what Republicans would do if President Obama had done this.”

“If the president illegally seizes power to reallocate money, he is violating the constitution, his oath of office, and the Congress should act accordingly,” Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal said.

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Octavia Spencer thriller ‘Ma’ gets summer release date

Entertainment News  Octavia Spencer thriller 'Ma' gets summer release date


ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) — Oscar winner Octavia Spencer is embracing a new, creepy persona in her upcoming film Ma.

Spencer took to Instagram to share the new animated poster for suspense-thriller, which now has a release date of May 31. “So ready to take you on the wildest ride from @blumhouse that is @MaMovie2019,” she wrote.

In the film, Spencer plays Sue Ann, a loner in a small Ohio town.  Soon, she befriends a teenager who asks her to buy her and her friends alcohol. But their “friendship” soon turns into an obsession, after Sue Ann invites the young people to hang out in her basement — and follow some important “house rules.”

In addition to Spencer, Ma also stars Juliette Lewis, Luke Evans, Missi Pyle, McKaley Miller, Corey Fogelmanis, Gianni Paolo and Dante Brown.

Blumhouse is the production company that brought us Get Out, The Purge and Split, as well as BlacKkKlansman and Whiplash.

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Woman claims ex-NBA star raped her during her sophomore year at Duke

Sports News Woman claims ex-NBA star raped her during her sophomore year at Duke

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The same woman who has accused Virginia Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax of sexual assault says that former N.B.A player Corey Maggette raped her 20 years ago when the two were both students at Duke University.

Meredith Watson, the second woman to come forward with claims of sexual assault against Fairfax, says that she reported the alleged incident involving Maggette to school officials, who she says did not act on the information.

An attorney for Watson, Nancy Erika Smith, confirmed the claim to ABC News in a statement. The incident and claim were first reported by the New York Times.

ABC News has reached out to representatives for Maggette, who attended Duke for one year and played in the N.B.A for 14 years, but have not yet received a response.

In a statement given to the New York Times, Maggette denied Watson’s claim.

“It has only been through media accounts and a statement from Meredith Watson’s lawyer that I first learned or heard of anything about these sexual assault allegations,” Maggette wrote. “I have never sexually assaulted anyone in my life and I completely and categorically deny any such charge.”

Fairfax has also denied the claims made against him by Watson.

“I deny this latest unsubstantiated allegation. It is demonstrably false. I have never forced myself on anyone ever,” Fairfax wrote in a statement released last week after Watson’s accusation became public.

Whitney Burak, a spokesperson for Fox Sports, where Maggette is now a basketball commentator, issued a statement to ABC News responding to the claims against Maggette.

“FOX Sports takes allegations of misconduct seriously, and we are looking into the matter. We have no further comment at this time,” Burak said.

Michael Schoenfeld, vice president for public affairs and government relations at Duke University issued a statement on Monday saying, “We are in the process of gathering information to determine what policies and procedures were in place during the time period in which these events are alleged to have occurred and whether they were activated and followed. We are not able to provide further information or comment on any individual at this time.”

In Facebook messages obtained by ABC News, Watson communicated with a friend, whose identity has been redacted, about the alleged incidents involving Fairfax and Maggette. The Facebook Messenger communications are dated March 19, 2017.

Watson sent a link to an article about Fairfax’s 2017 campaign for lieutenant governor of Virginia to the friend, with an accompanying message that read: “This is absolutely disgusting! This dude raped me.”

When the friend questioned why she didn’t report it, she responded: “You know I didn’t report it after how the university responded when I reported Corey Maggette…but he told me he [Fairfax] did it on purpose bcuz of what Corey did and bcuz he knew I’d be too scared to do anything about it.”

ABC News also reached out to R. Stanton Jones, a childhood friend of Watson’s, who confirmed that Watson told him about the alleged rape involving Maggette in the summer of 2001 when the two were home for the summer from college.

While this is the first accusation to surface against Maggette, Fairfax was also accused of sexual assault by another woman, Vanessa Tyson, an associate professor of politics at Scripps College in California.

Tyson, who is scheduled to speak tonight at sexual violence symposium at Stanford University on Tuesday evening, says that Fairfax sexually assaulted her in 2004 when the two of them attended the Democratic National Convention in Boston.

Fairfax says the encounter was consensual.

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President Trump says he would feel ‘a little phony’ having a dog

Political News President Trump says he would feel 'a little phony' having a dog

Joe Raedle/Getty Images(EL PASO, Texas) — “If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog,” President Harry Truman is said to have once quipped. President Donald Trump says for now, well, he’s okay without one — a four-legged friend, that is.

At a campaign rally in El Paso, Texas, on Monday night, the president pretty much ruled out joining the tradition of having a first family pet, saying he would feel “a little phony” having a dog.

The mansion at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue has been home to some famous presidential pooches over the years, including the Obamas’ Bo and Sunny, Lyndon Johnson’s Him and Her, and the Bush family’s Barney and Mrs. Beasley.

But the Trumps are the first modern first family to not have a pet of any kind.

In his Texas speech, the president pivoted from border security to presidential pooches after praising what he called the “unbelievable” ability of German Shepherds to sniff out drugs. During a recent trip to the southern border, the president learned high-tech machinery sometimes isn’t as accurate as the super-sensitive noses on the highly-trained dogs.

“You do love your dogs, don’t you?” he said to the crowd. “I wouldn’t mind having one, honestly, but I don’t have any time.”

Continuing his riff, he asked: “How would I look walking a dog on the White House lawn? Would that be right?”

Then, he paused to shake his head. “I don’t know. Feels a little phony, phony to me. A lot of people say, ‘Oh, you should get a dog,’ ‘Why?’ ‘It’s good politically.’ I said, ‘Look, that’s not the relationship I have with my people.’”

Then a voice from the crowd yelled out “Obama had a dog!”

“Yeah, Obama had a dog, you’re right,” the president said with a laugh.

Trump was likely referring to his daughter-in-law and campaign adviser Lara Trump, a dog rescue advocate. In recent weeks, she’s pitched the president on adopting a dog while at the White House, according to a source familiar with the matter.

Lara Trump was recently successful in advocating for the end of greyhound racing in Florida, a state that recently voted to end the sport. She did so along with Trump allies Rep. Matt Gaetz and former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi.

While the president isn’t fond of having a pet himself – his first wife Ivana recounted in a memoir that Trump didn’t want her poodle “Chappy” to move in with their family in New York – he has welcomed Westminster dog show champs to Trump Tower and raised money for charities that train service dogs.

Still, when he speaks about dogs these days, it’s usually as an insult. Trump’s political enemies have “choked like a dog,” “barked like a dog,” “sweated like a dog,” “lied like a dog,” have been “dumped like a dog” or was “fired like a dog.” Even actress Kristen Stewart “cheated like a dog,” according to Trump.

The president’s aversion to getting himself a four-legged companion goes against the American norm, though. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, 68 percent of all Americans own a pet, and 60.2 million Americans — or 48.5 percent — own more than one.

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Venezuelan opposition leader vows to get humanitarian aid at border in to the country, in defiance of president Nicolas Maduro

WORLD NEWS Venezuelan opposition leader vows to get humanitarian aid at border in to the country, in defiance of president Nicolas Maduro

Edilzon Gamez/Getty Images(CARACAS, Venezuela) — Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido said Tuesday that he will authorize several tons of humanitarian aid to enter the country on Feb. 23, in defiance of the country’s sitting president, Nicolas Maduro.

The remarks by Guaido came at massive anti-government protests in Venezuela’s capital Caracas, where tens of thousands filled the streets to hear the lawmaker announce plans for the coming days.

Guaido and Maduro have been locked in a political power struggle since Jan. 23, when Guaido declared himself the country’s legitimate president using a constitutional article that allows him to do so as the legislature head. Guaido and dozens of countries have labeled Maduro’s reelection a fraud.

“This humanitarian aid is getting in no matter what,” Guaido shouted to the crowd Tuesday. “This order is for the military: allow this aid to enter.”

Guaido didn’t clarify how he would force the truckloads of aid across the border without Maduro’s authorization. Maduro has called the effort a pretext for a military invasion of the country and so far the armed forces have followed his orders to block the supplies at the border.

“We need humanitarian aid now,” read a sign held by Miguel Seijas, 54, on Tuesday. Many in the crowd expressed confidence that Guaido had successfully cornered Maduro and that change was imminent.

“This costume represents hope because we’re about to escape this nightmare finally,” Gustavo Misles, a 74-year-old retired university professor, told ABC News. Misles wore a clown wig and was holding a sign that said “we’re going hungry,” adorned with legal Venezuelan bills. The country’s paper currency has become worthless as some economists project inflation could reach 10 million percent this year. Other protesters used the currency as confetti.

As Guaido addressed the crowd, Venezuela’s vice president Delcy Rodriguez took to state television to reject his plans.

“What’s behind this cheap show is a military intervention in Venezuela, and an invasion,” she said.

This year’s protests and the power struggle mark the latest bout of unrest for the restless South American country, currently in the midst of the worst economic and humanitarian crisis in its history. Anti-government protests also rocked Venezuela in 2014 and 2017.

“I’m following the path of my son, I’m still fighting and protesting,” Elvira Pernalete, 49, told ABC News at Tuesday’s demonstration. Her 20-year-old son Juan Pernalete died in 2017 protests when a tear gas canister hit him in the chest at close range.

Maduro also organized thousands of his supporters on Tuesday in response to Guaido’s march and state TV broadcast images of the official protests throughout the day.

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President Trump: Rep. Ilhan Omar ‘should resign from Congress’

Political News President Trump: Rep. Ilhan Omar 'should resign from Congress'

SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump on Tuesday said Rep. Ilhan Omar, one of the first Muslim women in Congress, should resign over Twitter comments that leaders in both parties have called “anti-Semitic.”

“I think she should resign from Congress frankly, but at a minimum, she shouldn’t be on committees, certainly that committee,” President Trump said.

Omar has since apologized for her Twitter reply to journalist Glenn Greenwald in which she suggested that House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, a California Republican, and other members of Congress, support Israel because they get campaign donations from pro-Israel groups and individuals, evoking historical stereotypes linking Jews to money and influence.

It’s all about the Benjamins baby ??
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) February 10, 2019

In the tweet, Omar appeared to be using a common way of referring to $100 bills – which feature Benjamin Franklin – or even playing off a line from “It’s All About the Benjamins,” a 1997 song from rapper Puff Daddy featuring the Notorious B.I.G., Lil’ Kim and the Lox.

She also tweeted “AIPAC!” – a clear reference to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the prominent advocacy organization that has spent millions lobbying for pro-Israel legislation and sponsor trips to Israel for members of Congress. In 2018, AIPAC spent a total of $3.5 million on lobbying, including more than $883,000 spent just in the last three months of 2018.

— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) February 11, 2019

Omar had previously appeared to defend her comments on Twitter later Sunday night in a response to a message from Chelsea Clinton, former President Bill Clinton’s daughter.

The president called Omar’s apology “lame” and accused her of being insincere.

The Anti-Defamation League, which condemned Omar’s comments as “promoting the ugly, anti-Semitic conspiracy theory that Jews have an outsized influence over politics.” On Monday, Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, called Omar’s comments “deeply hurtful and offensive,” while Reps. Josh Gottheimer, D-N.J., and Elaine Luria, D-Va., who are Jewish, began circulating a letter calling on Democratic leaders to take “swift action” to condemn the comments. Rep. Eliot Engel, the Democratic chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee on which Omar serves, also criticized her comments in a statement Monday but made no mention of removing her assignment.

“I fully expect that when we disagree on the Foreign Affairs Committee, we will debate policy on the merits and never question members’ motives or resort to personal attacks,” he wrote. “Criticism of American policy toward any country is fair game, but this must be done on policy grounds.”

In an extraordinary rebuke, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other House Democratic leaders on Monday called on the Democratic freshman to apologize for the comments.

“Anti-Semitism must be called out, confronted and condemned whenever it is encountered, without exception,” Pelosi said in a statement, joined by Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, Majority Whip James E. Clyburn, Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján, Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries and Caucus Vice Chair Katherine Clark.

“We are and will always be strong supporters of Israel in Congress because we understand that our support is based on shared values and strategic interests. Legitimate criticism of Israel’s policies is protected by the values of free speech and democratic debate that the United States and Israel share,” the statement continued.

“But Congresswoman Omar’s use of anti-Semitic tropes and prejudicial accusations about Israel’s supporters is deeply offensive. We condemn these remarks and we call upon Congresswoman Omar to immediately apologize for these hurtful comments,” they said. “As Democrats and as Americans, the entire Congress must be fully engaged in denouncing and rejecting all forms of hatred, racism, prejudice and discrimination wherever they are encountered,” the statement read.

Pelosi also tweeted that she had spoken with Omar, saying “Congresswoman Omar and I agreed that we must use this moment to move forward as we reject anti-Semitism in all forms.”

Shortly afterward, Omar tweeted, in part, that “My intention is never to offend my constituents or Jewish Americans as a whole. We have to always be willing to step back and think about criticism, just as I expect people to hear me when others attack me for my identity. That is why I unequivocally apologize.”

Omar, of Minnesota, has previously been accused by Republicans of anti-Semitism for her comments about Israel, and her weekend comments caused a growing number of Democrats to join in criticizing her social media posts.

Omar, along with Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., another Muslim woman and freshman Democrat, have been outspoken critics of Israel and the country’s treatment of Palestinians, articulating a growing sentiment among progressives that has put them at odds with longstanding American foreign policy consensus on Israel and deep bipartisan support for Israel in Washington and on Capitol Hill.

House Minority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise, House GOP Conference Chair Rep. Liz Cheney, among others, have called for Omar to be taken off the Foreign Affairs Committee.

Republicans, who have been quick to criticize the two Democratic women, have also grappled with charges of anti-Semitism.

And ahead of the midterm elections, McCarthy, then the majority leader of the House, posted and subsequently deleted a tweet that said Republicans “cannot allow” George Soros, Michael Bloomberg and Tom Steyer – three Jewish Democratic billionaire donors – to “buy” the election.

President Trump was accused of anti-Semitism during the 2016 presidential campaign after he retweeted an image of Hillary Clinton and a six-pointed star similar to a Jewish star that read “Most Corrupt Candidate Ever!” superimposed on a graphic of money.

The president eventually deleted the image and replaced it with a similar graphic without the star.

Fellow freshman Democratic lawmaker, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, highlighted Omar’s apology and contrasted her contrition with Trump’s responses when criticized for culturally offensive remarks.

“Unlike this President, Rep. @IlhanMN demonstrated a capacity to acknowledge pain & apologize, use the opportunity to learn abt history of antisemitism,+grow from it while clarifying her stance,” she tweeted. “I’m also inspired by Jewish leadership who brought her in, not push her out, to heal.”

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Olympic hockey star responds to 4-year-old girl inspired by her historic NHL All-Star performance

Sports News Olympic hockey star responds to 4-year-old girl inspired by her historic NHL All-Star performance

Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — After a young Canadian girl saw professional hockey star Kendall Coyne Schofield stun in the NHL skills competition, it inspired her to do a little on-ice drill of her own.

The Olympic gold medalist saw a video of 4-year-old Demie Latham attempt to break Coyne Schofield’s skating time and thought it was “amazing.”

The Team USA star recently made history as the first woman to compete in the NHL All-Star Skills Competition on Jan. 26 and skated around the entire perimeter of the ice in 14.3 seconds.

A video showed the young skater taking off on a frozen pond turned makeshift hockey rink, circling past the first small net followed by the second, and returns to her starting point “without falling,” she exclaimed in the video.

Demie’s mom, Catherine Lathem, posted the video accompanied with the hashtags “skate like a girl,” “hockey” and “girls can do anything.”

The video quickly garnered over 100,000 views, including by Coyne Schofield herself.

“Amazing! You can’t be what you can’t see…Keep up the great work Demie” she said on Twitter.

Lathem told ABC News she thinks her daughter was “a little overwhelmed by all the attention” and hailed the hockey star for her response.

 “It was very kind of Kendall to reach out and respond. She is an absolute class act and a role model,” Lathem said.

The young girl’s mom also applauded the NHL for the impact its inclusion of women has had on young girls.

“I praise the NHL for showcasing women, it’s very clear to see what kind of impact it has had on girls, and on our daughter,” she said. “Demie hopes to start playing hockey next year.”

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