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Trump has often criticized the media's reporting on his campaign, including singling out what he calls the "failing New York Times"

Jessica Leeds arrives at her apartment building, Oct. 12, 2016. VOA

More allegations emerged Wednesday involving Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and what multiple women described as incidents of groping or kissing them on an airplane, inside Trump Tower in New York and at his Mar-a-Lago club in Florida.

Trump, his lawyers and his campaign strongly denied they took place.

A common thread in the reports featured in the New York Times, Palm Beach Post and People magazine were women seeing the video that emerged last week in which Trump described kissing or grabbing women without their consent and his subsequent denial at Sunday’s debate with opponent Hillary Clinton.

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“No, I have not,” Trump said when debate moderator Anderson Cooper of CNN asked if the candidate had done the activities he boasted of in the tape.

The Times story featured two women, including a businesswoman who described sitting next to Trump on a flight to New York. She said he grabbed her breasts and tried to put his hand up her skirt.

“He was like an octopus,” Jessica Leeds told the Times. “His hands were everywhere.”

The other woman, Rachel Cooks, worked as a receptionist for a real estate firm located in Trump Tower. She said that in 2005 she introduced herself to Trump outside an elevator, but he then did not let go of her hand and kissed her on the mouth.

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“I was so upset that he thought I was so insignificant that he could do that,” Cooks said.

The Times also quoted Trump saying, “None of this ever took place.”

His campaign later called it an attempt to smear the candidate.

“It is absurd to think that one of the most recognizable business leaders on the planet with a strong record of empowering women in his companies would do the things alleged in this story, and for this to only become public decades later in the final month of the campaign for president should say it all,” the statement said.

FILE - Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump reacts at a campaign rally in Panama City, Florida, U.S., Oct. 11, 2016. VOA
FILE – Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump reacts at a campaign rally in Panama City, Florida, U.S., Oct. 11, 2016. VOA

And attorneys representing Trump sent a letter to Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet demanding the newspaper remove the article from its website and issue and apology.

“Your article is reckless, defamatory and constitutes libel per se. It is apparent from, among other things, the timing of the article, that it is nothing more than a politically-motivated effort to defeat Mr. Trump’s candidacy.”

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Trump has often criticized the media’s reporting on his campaign, including singling out what he calls the “failing New York Times.”

In the Palm Beach Post story, Mindy McGillivray recounted helping a photographer friend at an event at Mar-a-Lago. She said she was standing next to Trump and his now-wife Melania when she felt a grab and turned to see Trump look away quickly.

FILE - Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump arrives on stage at a campaign rally in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, Oct. 10, 2016. VOA
FILE – Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump arrives on stage at a campaign rally in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, Oct. 10, 2016. VOA

“It was pretty close to the center of my butt. I was startled. I jumped,” McGillivray said.

The other account involving Mar-a-Lago came from Natasha Stoynoff, who once covered Trump for People.

She wrote that she was working on a story about Donald and Melania Trump’s first anniversary when he took her on a tour.

“We walked into that room alone, and Trump shut the door behind us. I turned around, and within seconds, he was pushing me against the wall, and forcing his tongue down my throat,” Stoynoff said.

She said that afterward Trump added, “You know we’re going to have an affair, don’t you?”

People reported a Trump spokeswoman said: “This never happened. There is no merit or veracity to this fabricated story.”

A Clinton campaign statement called the new allegations “disturbing.”

“These reports suggest that he lied on the debate stage and that the disgusting behavior he bragged about in the tape are more than just words,” spokeswoman Jennifer Palmieri said.

Meanwhile, the Clinton campaign faced more criticism of its own on Wednesday with the latest batch of hacked emails released by WikiLeaks.

The messages included correspondence from 2011 between Palmieri and John Halpin, a senior fellow at the liberal think tank Center for American Progress.

Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta speaks to members of the media outside Clinton's home in Washington, Oct. 5, 2016. VOA
Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta speaks to members of the media outside Clinton’s home in Washington, Oct. 5, 2016. VOA

Halpin wrote that the country’s most powerful conservatives are all Catholic and called their politics “an amazing bastardization of the faith.”

“They must be attracted to the systematic thought and severely backwards gender relations and must be totally unaware of Christian democracy,” he said.

Palmieri replied by writing, “Catholicism is the most socially acceptable politically conservative religion. Their rich friends wouldn’t understand if they became evangelicals.”

Another 2011 email sent to current Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta from the head of a progressive group called for a “Catholic Spring,” adapting the pro-democracy “Arab Spring” in the Middle East.

“There needs to be a Catholic Spring, in which Catholics themselves demand the end of a middle-ages dictatorship and the beginning of a little democracy and respect for gender equality in the Catholic Church,” Voices for Progress President Sandy Newman wrote.

Pope Francis celebrates a jubilee mass in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Oct. 9, 2016. The president of Voices for Progress referred to the Catholic Church as a 'middle-ages dictatorship' in recently leaked emails. VOA
Pope Francis celebrates a jubilee mass in St. Peter’s Square, at the Vatican, Oct. 9, 2016. The president of Voices for Progress referred to the Catholic Church as a ‘middle-ages dictatorship’ in recently leaked emails. VOA

Trump told supporters Wednesday the emails show Clinton staffers “viciously attacking” Catholics and Evangelicals.

“It’s just the latest evidence of the hatred that the Clinton campaign has for everyday faithful Americans,” he said. “If you’re a person of faith, I think you’re gonna vote for Donald Trump, and I have such endorsements and such support.”

Podesta said an FBI investigation into his leaked emails is part of a wider FBI probe into the suspected Russian hacking of Democratic Party emails — a charge that Russia denies.

Podesta alleged that longtime Trump adviser Roger Stone had “advance knowledge” of the leaks. Stone has admitted he has been in contact with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Stone also tweeted in August that WikiLeaks would attack Clinton and Podesta.

Podesta says Russia may be trying to influence the outcome of the U.S. presidential election to favor Trump, who has said he admires President Vladimir Putin.

Other leaked emails from the Democratic Party include allegations that Clinton campaign officials tried to discredit former Democratic presidential rival Bernie Sanders, and suggestions the campaign should laugh-off the controversy surrounding Clinton’s State Department emails. (VOA)

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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