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Donald looks beyond summer of Trump

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Washington: Outshining seasoned politicians, drawing huge crowds and surging in polls, front-runner Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump has served notice on his opponents that he is in the game to win.

Donald_Trump“It’s one thing to have the summer of Trump. But it doesn’t mean anything unless we win,” Trump told a crowd Tuesday in Dubuque in Iowa, the state where the nomination process begins with a caucus of party functionaries. “If you lose, what does it all matter?”

The declaration came ahead of another day of media attention sparked by renewed attacks on his opponents particularly establishment favourite Jeb Bush and reigniting a simmering debate night clash with Fox News host Megyn Kelly.

In an email to supporters Tuesday afternoon, Trump touted “Tens of Thousands Support Trump” referring to new polling which showed him with double-digit leads in the early primary states of South Carolina and New Hampshire.

Before addressing another huge rally in Dubuque, Trump had testy exchanges with Jorge Ramos, anchor of Univision, the leading American Spanish language channel, with a security officer at one point ejecting Ramos from his news conference.

Trump also mocked Jeb Bush on Twitter Tuesday after the former Florida governor found himself in a deeper mess in trying to explain his “anchor babies” comment as “frankly, more related to Asian people.”

“In a clumsy move to get out of his ‘anchor babies’ dilemma, where he signed that he would not use the term and now uses it, he blamed ASIANS,” Trump wrote.

“Asians are very offended that JEB said that anchor babies applies to them as a way to be more politically correct to hispanics. A mess!” Trump then wrote, a few minutes later.

Trump also vowed Monday not to host a lavish state dinner for Chinese President Xi Jinping when he visits the US in September.

“I’d get him a McDonald’s hamburger and I’d say we gotta get down to work, because you can’t continue to devalue (the Chinese currency),” Trump said Monday night on Fox News.

“I would give him a very, yeah, but I would give him a double, probably a double size Big Mac.”

Meanwhile, a new deadline loomed for Trump, who has repeatedly refused to rule out a third-party candidacy, noting that he could use the threat of an independent bid as leverage.

But he cannot compete in South Carolina’s Republican primary, unless he signs a pledge before Sep 30 to support the Republican nominee in the general election.

Trump said Tuesday when asked about the rule by reporters in Iowa that his campaign is “looking into it.”

“We certainly have plenty of time,” he said. “My whole desire is just fairness, and I want to run as the Republican nominee, I want to win, I think we will win.”

According to the Washington Post the Virginia Republican Party is also considering requiring a loyalty oath from presidential primary contenders, a move widely considered aimed at Trump.

The development could be an early sign of trouble for Trump, particularly if other state parties consider similar ideas, the influential daily said.

But, according to the Post, Republicans are also worried that it could backfire and breed resentment among activists who are suspicious of attempts by the Republican establishment to control the party.

(IANS)

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Jack Dorsey, Donald Trump Discuss ‘The Health of Public Conversation’

Dorsey recently met various world leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi

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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey.
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey met US President Donald Trump at the White House to discuss “the health of the public conversation” on the micro-blogging platform.

The 30-minute, closed-door meeting on Tuesday came after an invitation from the White House, reports Motherboard, citing an internal email by Vijaya Gadde, Twitter’s global lead for legal, policy, and trust and safety.

“Great meeting this afternoon at the @WhiteHouse with @Jack from @Twitter. Lots of subjects discussed regarding their platform, and the world of social media in general. Look forward to keeping an open dialogue!” Trump tweeted later.

In 2016 when President Trump held a meeting with various tech leaders, the Twitter CEO was not invited.

Twitter has been criticized by the Republicans for censoring conversative speech, which the platform has denied.

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President Donald Trump speaks to members of the media on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, before boarding Marine One helicopter, April 10, 2019. VOA

The micro-blogging platform has also been snubbed by people for allowing Trump to violate its policies by his controversial tweets.

“Some of you might feel we shouldn’t take this meeting at all,” Dorsey wrote in the email.

“As you know, I believe that conversation, not silence, bridges gaps and drives towards solutions,” he added.

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Dorsey recently met various world leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Twitter on Tuesday said its revenue jumped 18 per cent to $787 million in the first quarter of 2019 compared to 2018, while its monthly active users went down to 330 million, a year-on-year drop of six million. (IANS)