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Donald Trump Presses Democrats on Border Wall Funding Ahead of Senate Meeting

Mulvaney on Sunday said that the ongoing partial government shutdown would likely extend into the new year

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As the US Senate is set to reconvene on Thursday, President Donald Trump continued to blame Democrats for the budget impasse and again criticised Democrats’ opposition to funding a US-Mexico border wall.

“Have the Democrats finally realised that we desperately need Border Security and a Wall on the Southern Border,” the president tweeted Thursday morning.

“Need to stop Drugs, Human Trafficking, Gang Members & Criminals from coming into our Country,” it added, reports Xinhua news agency.

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said Saturday that a physical barrier is off the option. Describing the wall as Trump’s “bone to the hard right”.

Schumer said Democrats are pushing for “smart and effective ways” to secure the border, such as drones and sensors, and inspection equipment.

The partial government shutdown, which began on Saturday, was triggered by the White House and Congress’ failed attempts to resolve a budget impasse over the funding of the border wall.

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Trump presses Democrats on border wall funding ahead of Senate meeting. VOA

Trump has demanded $5 billion for the wall, a centerpiece of his 2016 campaign, but Democrats were only willing to approve $1.3 billion to enhance border security.

White House Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney told Fox News on Sunday that the White House has given a “counter-offer” that was “between those two numbers.”

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Schumer, however, denounced the White House for sending mixed messages, tweeting on Monday, “Different people from the same White House are saying different things about what the President would accept or not accept to end his #TrumpShutdown.”

The Senate is scheduled to convene at 4:00 p.m. and no votes have been planned, as the president and Democrats remain far apart on the border wall funding.

Mulvaney on Sunday said that the ongoing partial government shutdown would likely extend into the new year. (IANS)

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US President Donald Trump Again Slams Google for Manipulating 2016 Election

Trump and fellow Republicans have accused tech giants including Google of bias against conservative viewpoints

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President Donald Trump listens during a Cabinet meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House, July 16, 2019, in Washington. VOA

US President Donald Trump has once again lashed out at Google for manipulating millions of votes in the 2016 presidential elections in favour of then Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

“Wow, Report Just Out! Google manipulated from 2.6 million to 16 million votes for Hillary Clinton in 2016 Election! This was put out by a Clinton supporter, not a Trump Supporter! Google should be sued. My victory was even bigger than thought,” Trump tweeted late Monday.

However, the report Trump mentioned in his tweet was published in 2017 that described there was a bias in Google and other search engines during the run-up to the 2016 elections.

Trump’s tweet citing an old research paper also tagged conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch with his tweet, “perhaps asking them to investigate. It’s also unclear who he thinks should sue the company”, reports TechCrunch.

In a statement, Google said: “This researcher’s inaccurate claim has been debunked since it was made in 2016. As we stated then, we have never re-ranked or altered search results to manipulate political sentiment.”

Clinton also responded to Trump: “The debunked study you’re referring to was based on 21 undecided voters. For context that’s about half the number of people associated with your campaign who have been indicted.”

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A man walks past a Google sign outside with a span of the Bay Bridge at rear in San Francisco, May 1, 2019. VOA

The paper was published by Robert Epstein, a psychology researcher who works for the American Institute for Behavioral Research and Technology and testified before the US Senate Judiciary Committee in June.

The CNBC reported that “Trump’s tweet appears to refer to documents leaked to conservative group Project Veritas, but the documents do not appear to contain any outright allegation of vote manipulation or attempts to bias the election”.

Earlier this month, Trump criticized Google CEO Sundar Pichai for alleged ties to election tampering and China’s military.

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“@sundarpichai of Google was in the Oval Office working very hard to explain how much he liked me, what a great job the Administration is doing, that Google was not involved with China’s military, that they didn’t help Crooked Hillary over me in the 2016 Election,” he had tweeted.

Trump and fellow Republicans have accused tech giants including Google of bias against conservative viewpoints. (IANS)