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Trump Addresses Sundar Pichai as “President of Google” on Twitter

Trump again lashed out at the media on Thursday, saying, "The Fake News Media is going Crazy"

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Trump's attempt to undo Obama's protections was unlawful and a violation of the federal Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, Gleason ruled. VOA

Giving more fodder for fun on social media, US President Donald Trump addressed Sundar Pichai on Twitter as “President of Google” after meeting him to discuss issues surrounding its dealings with China and “political fairness”. Pichai is Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Google.

“Just met with @SundarPichai, President of @Google, who is obviously doing quite well. He stated strongly that he is totally committed to the U.S. Military, not the Chinese Military….,” Trump tweeted after the meeting on Wednesday.”…Also discussed political fairness and various things that @Google can do for our Country. Meeting ended very well,” he tweeted.

Google earlier faced flak after media reported that the company was trying to build a secret search engine for China that would censor results. The project was reportedly put on hold after Google faced global outrage.

 

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Pichai is Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Google. Wikimedia

The search engine giant also faced criticism after a conservative news outlet, PJ Media, last year reported that 96 per cent of Google search results for the US President prioritised “left-leaning and anti-Trump media outlets”.

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Trump earlier this month attracted media attention when he called Apple CEO Tim Cook “Tim Apple”. The US President later claimed that he meant to call the executive “Tim Apple” in order to “save time and words”.

After media reported the error, Trump hit out at the “fake news”. “The Fake News was disparagingly all over this and it became yet another bad Trump story,” he tweeted. Trump again lashed out at the media on Thursday, saying, “The Fake News Media is going Crazy”. (IANS)

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Trump Administration End Sanctions Waivers for those Importing Iranian Oil

Trump reimposed sanctions on Iran last year after he abandoned the 2015 international agreement that gave Iran sanctions relief in exchange for it limiting its nuclear activity

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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during the United Against Nuclear Iran Summit on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly in New York, Sept. 25, 2018. VOA

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is expected to announce Monday the Trump administration is ending sanctions waivers for those importing Iranian oil.

President Donald Trump reimposed sanctions on Iran last year after he abandoned the 2015 international agreement that gave Iran sanctions relief in exchange for it limiting its nuclear activity.

The sanctions are meant to pressure Tehran to change what the administration calls Iran’s “malign activities,” including its support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Houthi rebels in Yemen.

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Trump reimposed sanctions on Iran last year after he abandoned the 2015 international agreement that gave Iran sanctions relief in exchange for it limiting its nuclear activity. VOA

The United States issued eight waivers when it brought back the sanctions in November, temporarily exempting most of the biggest buyers of Iranian oil. Those included China, India, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Turkey, Italy and Greece.

Since the sanctions were reintroduced, Italy, Greece and Taiwan have halted their Iranian oil imports.

It was not clear ahead of the announcement if the other countries would be required to end Iranian imports when the waivers expire May 2, or if they will be given more time to wind down their purchases before penalties take effect.

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Since the sanctions were reintroduced, Italy, Greece and Taiwan have halted their Iranian oil imports. VOA

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While the United States has withdrawn from the Iran nuclear deal, Iran and the other signatories — Britain, China, France, Russia and Germany — have said they remain committed to carrying out the agreement.

The International Atomic Energy Agency is in charge of monitoring Iran’s compliance with terms such as limiting the number of centrifuges in operation at its nuclear facilities and abiding by caps on its stock of enriched uranium, and in multiple reports the IAEA says Iran is abiding by the deal. (VOA)