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U.S. President Donald Trump Claims, Saving “Hundreds of Millions of Dollars” By Cancelling Drills With South Korea

Bolton described Yongbyon as "an aging nuclear reactor and some percentage of their uranium enrichment plutonium reprocessing capabilities." He said Kim was unwilling to make a "big deal" with Trump.

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U.S. President Donald Trump attends a press conference following the second U.S.-North Korea summit in Hanoi, Feb. 28, 2019. VOA

President Donald Trump says the reason he canceled large-scale springtime military drills with South Korea is to save “hundreds of millions of dollars” that the U.S. is never reimbursed.

“That was my position long before I became president,” Trump tweeted Sunday while adding “reducing tensions with North Korea at this time is a good thing.”

Pentagon officials say instead of the massive war games, the U.S. and South Korea will hold a series of small-scale exercises.

Washington and Seoul have traditionally held the exercises every spring to test military readiness in case tensions with North Korea should boil over.

The war games have always angered the North, which usually responded with its own military exercises. North Korea has denounced the U.S., South Korea joint exercises as aggressive provocations and rehearsals for war.

Meanwhile, National Security Advisor John Bolton was all over the Sunday morning talk shows to say last week’s summit between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was not a failure, even though talks fell apart with no agreements.

“He’s not desperate for a deal – not with North Korea, not with anybody if it’s contrary to American national interests,” Bolton told Fox News Sunday, while also telling CBS’s Face the Nation. “The president held firm to his view. He deepened his relationship with Kim Jong Un. I don’t view it as a failure at all when American national interests are protected.”

FILE - National security adviser John Bolton listens during a press briefing at the White House, Jan. 28, 2019, in Washington.
National security adviser John Bolton listens during a press briefing at the White House, Jan. 28, 2019, in Washington. VOA

Bolton said Kim was willing to make “a very limited concession” to dismantle its Yongbyon nuclear weapons complex in exchange for “substantial” sanctions relief.

Bolton described Yongbyon as “an aging nuclear reactor and some percentage of their uranium enrichment plutonium reprocessing capabilities.” He said Kim was unwilling to make a “big deal” with Trump.

“It was the sanctions that brought the North Koreans to the table. It’s the sanctions they want relief from and relief they can get if they denuclearize,” Bolton said.

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“That was my position long before I became president,” Trump tweeted Sunday while adding “reducing tensions with North Korea at this time is a good thing.” VOA

Bolton conceded that North Korea is continuing to produce nuclear fuel and said while “there is no expiration date” on further talks, future negotiations with North Korea are in limbo.

Bolton also appeared on CNN’s State of the Union, where he defended Trump who said he took Kim “at his word” when the North Korean leader claimed knew nothing about the alleged torture of imprisoned U.S. student Otto Warmbier.

The Ohio student fell into a coma in a North Korean prison and died shortly after he was sent home two years ago.

Bolton said while Trump accepts what Kim said, it does not mean he accepts it as reality.

“The president’s been very clear he viewed what happened to Otto Warmbier as barbaric and unacceptable and I think the best thing North Korea could do right now would be to come up with a full explanation of exactly what happened to him,” Bolton said on CNN.

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The Democratic head of the House Intelligence Committee Adam Schiff called the entire summit a “spectacular failure” and said Trump made things worse with his comments about Otto Warmbier.

“This the result of a president who is not prepared for these kind of negotiations, a staff that is not well-prepared and that is essentially flying by the seat of its pants,” Schiff said on Face the Nation. (VOA)

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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)