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Washington, April 21, 2017: Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton slammed President Donald Trump’s administration for what she said were moves against LGBT rights, the media reported.

“Each time this administration elevates an outspoken opponent of LGBT equality, sometimes in particularly cruel ways like replacing the first openly gay Secretary of the Army with someone who called being transgender a ‘disease’, I picture all of the joyful, beaming couples that I’ve met across our country who are so excited to get married, start a family, and begin their lives together,” Clinton said on Thursday night during a fundraiser for an LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) community centre in New York.

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The former presidential hopeful was referring to Trump’s pick of Mark Green for the post, NBC News reported.

Author and columnist Arianna Huffington introduced Clinton, presenting her with the centre’s “Trailblazer” award at the event.

Clinton called the administration’s action insufficient following reports of the arrests and torture of suspected gay men in Chechnya.

“It’s not just here in our country that we’re seeing clouds gathering on the horizon,” Clinton said.

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“The US government, yes, this government, must demand an end to the persecution of gay men in Russia,” NBC News quoted Clinton as saying.

Three others were honoured on Thursday night for their contributions to LGBT equality: fashion designer Marc Jacobs, ADP Chief Financial Officer Jan Siegmund, and New York City Commission on Human Rights Chair Carmelyn P. Malalis.

Clinton also addressed transgender youth, blasting the Trump administration for withdrawing a school guidance aimed at protecting trans kids.

“My heart broke for all the parents who are advocating so fiercely for their child’s right to live, learn and go to school just like anybody else,” she added. (IANS)

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Donald Trump Negotiates Trade Deal With Japan

Trump to negotiate the trade deal with Japan

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The US President Donald Trump announced on Wednesday he is negotiating a bilateral trade agreement with Japan and that his country would only re-enter the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) if its member countries offered him a deal he could not refuse.

“I don’t want to go back into TPP. But if they offered us a deal I can’t refuse on behalf of the US, I would do it. In the meantime, we are negotiating, and what I really would prefer is negotiating a one-on-one deal with Japan,” Donald Trump said at a press conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

However, Abe stressed his country’s position towards the TPP, saying that it “is the best for both countries,” although he acknowledged the US’s interest in a bilateral trade deal, Efe reported.

Trump said that should his country reach a trade agreement with Japan, there will be talks about the possibility of ending tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, a move that Washington introduced in March to a number of countries, including Japan.

Donald Trump and Shinzo Abe.
U.S. President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Trump added that his primary concern at the moment is the “massive” trade deficit with Japan, which amounted to “from $69 billion to $100 billion a year.”

In fact, the trade deficit with Japan last year stood at $69 billion, far from the $100 billion that the US President claimed, according to the official figures by the US Department of Commerce.

The two leaders made these announcements in a joint press conference at the tycoon’s private club Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, where Abe arrived on Tuesday to have meeting with Trump on his four-day visit to the US.

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Last week, the White House announced that Trump had asked the US foreign trade representative Robert Lighthizer and the economic adviser Larry Kudlow to “take another look at whether or not a better deal (with the TPP) could be negotiated.”

However, Trump has shown little interest in negotiations that would further complicate the matter, since the other 11 countries that negotiated the original TPP, with the then Barack Obama administration, have already signed their own multilateral deal, the so-called Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), or TPP-11.

Shinzo Abe
FILE IMAGE- Shinzo Abe.

On the other hand, during this four-day visit Abe has a special interest in getting an exemption for Japan from the 10 per cent and 25 per cent tariffs that the Trump administration imposes on aluminum and steel imports, respectively.

Trump has granted a temporary exemption until May 1 to Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, South Korea and the European Union.

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Japan has been left out of the exempted countries despite being one of the US’s major allies, and for that reason Abe is trying to make use of his visit to secure a place on that list, although Japan barely produces aluminum and the amount of steel exported to the US stands at only around 5 percent of its total steel exports.  IANS