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Trump claims he’ll ‘walk out’ on Kim Jong-un if talks aren’t successful

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Trump claims he’ll ‘walk out’ on Kim Jong-un if talks aren’t successful

Kim Jong-un

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Donald Trump has vowed to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un “in the coming weeks,” but has warned that he’ll walk away from the talks if they’re not “fruitful.”

Although the US president has stated that a meeting between the two leaders to discuss the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula will be a “tremendous thing for North Korea and a tremendous thing for the world,” he stressed on Wednesday that the plan to sit across from Kim could still end before it begins.

“If I think that it’s a meeting that is not going to be fruitful, we’re not going to go,” Trump said during a news conference at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida, while standing alongside Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

He also said that he has no problem walking away from the meeting if it isn’t going as planned. “If the meeting, when I’m there, is not fruitful, I will respectfully leave the meeting.”

Still, Trump says that the US is doing “everything possible to make [the meeting] a worldwide success.” He also noted that Washington’s “campaign of maximum pressure will continue until North Korea denuclearizes.”

If the meeting does take place, Trump has said it will likely happen “in early June or a little before that.” It remains unclear where the two leaders would meet, though Trump has stated that five locations are being considered – none of which are in the United States.

As the world awaits a meeting between two leaders who have traded insults and threatened each other’s countries on numerous occasions, diplomatic wheels have already been set in motion. Trump confirmed on Wednesday that CIA Director Mike Pompeo made a top-secret visit to Pyongyang over the Easter weekend.

“Mike Pompeo met with Kim Jong Un in North Korea last week,” Trump tweeted. “Meeting went very smoothly and a good relationship was formed. Details of Summit are being worked out now. Denuclearization will be a great thing for World, but also for North Korea!”

Meanwhile, the wait continues, with onlookers anxious to see whether Trump can trade his “fire and fury” threats to sit down with “Little Rocket Man,” who he previously called “short and fat” – an insult that came in response to Kim calling Trump “old.” The saga continues.


UK PM’s husband’s Capital Group is largest shareholder in BAE, shares soar since Syrian airstrikes

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UK PM’s husband’s Capital Group is largest shareholder in BAE, shares soar since Syrian airstrikes

UK PM’s husband’s Capital Group is largest shareholder in BAE, shares soar since Syrian airstrikes
Philip May, husband of the UK prime minister, works for a company that is the largest shareholder in arms manufacturer, BAE Systems, whose share price has soared since the recent airstrikes in Syria.

The company, Capital Group, is also the second-largest shareholder in Lockheed Martin – a US military arms firm that supplies weapons systems, aircraft and logistical support. Its shares have also rocketed since the missile strikes last week.

The fact has not gone unnoticed by some on Twitter, who agree that BAE Systems has done very well out of the UK-US-France allied airstrikes on Syria, which were sanctioned by Theresa May. It has been reported that the UK’s contribution to military strikes was to fire eight ‘Storm-Shadow’ missiles at an alleged chemical weapons facility, each of which cost £790,000 ($1.13 million) – totaling £6.32 million ($9 million). The missiles were manufactured by BAE Systems.

Theresa May’s husband has worked as a relationship manager for the research investment company Capital Group since 2005. The Tory-BAE links go even deeper, however. The former chancellor of the exchequer and present editor-in-chief at the Evening Standard, George Osborne’s other employer Black Rock is the fifth-largest shareholder in BAE Systems.


Macron tells journalists over a drink: “I’m the equal of Putin”

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Macron tells journalists over a drink: “I’m the equal of Putin”

Emmanuel Macron (R) speaks to Vladimir Putin

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Emmanuel Macron (R) speaks to Vladimir Putin in the Galerie des Batailles in Versailles, France, May 29, 2017.

France’s Emmanuel Macron said he considers himself an equal to Russia’s Vladimir Putin and that the strike on Syria was meant to show he was “part of this,” journalists who interviewed the French leader have revealed.

President Macron gave a nearly three-hour-long interview on the results of his first year in office to RMC radio host Jean-Jacques Bourdin, and Edwy Plenel of Mediapart website on Sunday. After the program went off the air on BFMTV, the President shared a drink with the journalists and the liquor apparently loosened his tongue.

I am an equal of Putin,” Macron was cited as saying by Bourdin, who told RMC radio that an informal conversation with the head of state provided an insight into the French role in the Syrian crisis and Marcon’s attitude towards Vladimir Putin.

“By the way, Putin understands me. And I decided to strike Syria in order to convey to Putin that we are also part of this,” the journalist cited Macron’s words. According to Bourdin, the French leader also called Saturday’s missile attack on Syrian civilian and military facilities, carried out by the US, UK and France, “a decision that will lead to peace in Syria.”

During Sunday’s interview, Macron said that he convinced his US counterpart, Donald Trump, that it was “necessary” to maintain American military presence in Syria and that the coalition strikes should be limited to the alleged chemical weapons facilities. Shortly afterwards the US reiterated that its troops will be returning home from Syria “as quickly as possible.”

The French president ordered French forces to join the US-led attack without receiving consent from France’s parliament. Macron was grilled over his decision on Monday as the MPs called the missile strike illegal, due to its being carried out without a UN mandate and any reliable evidence to back the claims of chemical weapons use by the Syrian government.

Putin and Macron are expected to meet during the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) in May. The French president decided not to cancel his Russian visit despite the current turmoil in relations between Moscow and the West over Syria and the poisoning of former double agent Sergei Skripal. The Kremlin has welcomed Macron over his “constructive approach” and willingness to “solve problems through dialogue,”which, it said, completely matches Putin’s take on things.

Comment: In height perhaps, but not stature. Macron is delusional.