Trump: Paris shooting ‘looks like another terrorist attack’

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“Our condolences, from our country, to the people of France,” President Donald Trump told reporters at a joint White House press conference with Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni on Thursday. | AP Photo

Responding to a shooting in Paris, President Donald Trump on Thursday said the violence “looks like another terrorist attack” and said such violence “never ends.”

“Our condolences, from our country, to the people of France,” Trump told reporters at a joint White House press conference with Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni. “That’s a very, very terrible thing that’s going on in the world today. But, it looks like another terrorist attack, and what can you say? It just never ends.”

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“We have to be strong and we have to be vigilant, and I’ve been saying it for a long time,” he added.

The shooting in Paris has left one police officer dead and another injured, Reuters reported.

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Hawaii senators fire back at Sessions’ ‘island in the Pacific’ comment

Senators from Hawaii shot back at Attorney General Jeff SessionsJeff SessionsDOJ charges man over Jewish center bomb threats Trump admin warns 9 ‘sanctuary’ jurisdictions they may lose funds The Hill’s 12:30 Report MORE on Thursday after he said he was “amazed” a judge “on an island in the Pacific” could halt the president’s travel order.

“Hey Jeff Sessions, this #IslandinthePacific has been the 50th state for going on 58 years,” Sen. Mazie HironoMazie HironoHawaii senators fire back at Sessions’ ‘island in the Pacific’ comment Dem senators ask Bannon for more info about Breitbart contact Sessions ‘amazed’ judge ‘on an island in the Pacific’ halted Trump travel order MORE (D-Hawaii) tweeted.

“And we won’t succumb to your dog whistle politics.”

Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) also fired back at the attorney general.

“Mr. Attorney General: You voted for that judge,” he tweeted.

“And that island is called Oahu. It’s my home. Have some respect.”

Sessions made the comments when asked during an interview on “The Mark Levin Show” about the status of the president’s travel order temporarily preventing people from six predominately Muslim nations and refugees from entering the United States. 

“I really am amazed that a judge sitting on an island in the Pacific can issue an order that stops the president of the United States from what appears to be clearly his statutory and constitutional power,” Sessions said.

A federal judge in Hawaii last month placed a nationwide block on Trump’s travel order.

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Citing ethics concerns, Ivanka scraps book tour

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Ivanka Trump first announced she was writing a book in June of 2016, with a video she posted on social media, describing it as a “labor of love” and likening it “baby No. 4.” | Getty

The first daughter announces on Facebook that she won’t promote her new book and plans to give her advance and any royalties to charity.

When Ivanka Trump signed a deal to publish her second self-help book in November of 2015, her father was still a longshot presidential candidate, one bombastic presence in a field of 17 Republican hopefuls.

At the time, the book, titled “Women Who Work: Rewriting the Rules of Success,” was intended to be a natural extension of Ivanka Trump’s eponymous fashion and lifestyle brand. The entrepreneur was expecting to spend the spring of 2017 promoting it from her perch as an executive at the Trump Organization and CEO of her fashion brand.

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Plans have changed.

Ivanka Trump, who now serves as an official government adviser to her father, complete with a security clearance and an office in the West Wing, announced Thursday she won’t do any publicity for her book – no tour, no book signings, and none of the television interviews that help boost a book to the bestseller lists.

“In light of government ethics rules, I want to be clear that this book is a personal project,” she wrote Thursday in a post on her Facebook page. “I wrote it at a different time in my life, from the perspective of an executive and an entrepreneur, and the manuscript was completed before the election last November.”

She said her decision to opt out of promotion was made “out of an abundance of caution and to avoid the appearance of using my official role to promote the book.”

The First Daughter is currently locked in a possible conflict of interest issue over three new trademarks for her brand that were approved by the Chinese government while Ivanka Trump was dining with her father and Chinese President Xi Jinping at Mar-a-Lago. Her attorney said that she no longer has any involvement with trademark applications submitted by her business.

It’s not the first hiccup for her publisher. The book, which is being published by the Penguin Publishing Group’s business imprint, Portfolio, was originally due out in March. But Ivanka Trump pushed her publication date to May, citing “momentous changes in her life.” She has said she did not change any of the advice in the book — she simply rewrote a new introduction after President Donald Trump’s election.

On Thursday, ahead of her first diplomatic visit abroad to attend a W20 conference in Berlin where she is scheduled to speak on a panel with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Ivanka Trump also announced she had established the Ivanka M. Trump Charitable Fund. The fund is intended to give away money earned from the advance and royalties associated with her book to charities that support the economic empowerment of women and girls.

In the Facebook post, she said she plans to donate $100,000 of her advance to the National Urban League, and $100,000 to the Boys & Girls Club of America.

The president of the National Urban League, Marc Morial, has been a guest at a dinner party Ivanka Trump hosted at her friend Wendi Murdoch’s New York City apartment. And in February, the first daughter visited the Greater Baltimore Urban League chapter.

The National Urban League donation, Ivanka Trump said, will help launch a new “women’s initiative” as part of its entrepreneurship program.

She has not yet announced where the rest of the money, which is being doled out via the donor-advised fund, will go.

Ivanka Trump first announced she was writing a book in June of 2016, with a video she posted on social media, describing it as a “labor of love” and likening it “baby No. 4.” In 2009, she published her first book, “The Trump Card,” in which she described what it was like to grow up in her father’s gilded world.

“It is my sincere hope that ‘Women Who Work’ serves as a powerful resource and that the book proceeds further benefit women and girls through the great work of the National Urban League and Boys & Girls Clubs of America,” she said in her Facebook statement.

She described the book as an attempt to give reads “the best advice, tips and skills I’ve learned over the years from many incredible people, on subjects including identifying opportunities, leading teams, starting companies, managing work and family, and building cultures where multidimensional women can thrive.”

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Mattis: U.S. won’t dig into ‘mother of all bombs’ damage in Afghanistan

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Defense Secretary Jim Mattis also refused to say whether he was informed ahead of time that the U.S. would be dropping the massive bomb. | Getty

The U.S. won’t conduct a damage assessment following the drop of the “mother of all bombs” on Islamic State fighters in Afghanistan a week ago, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Thursday.

The U.S. hasn’t characterized its effectiveness in war through the number of enemy casualties for decades, Mattis said, citing lessons learned from body counts in the Vietnam War.

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“We stay away from [bomb damage assessment] in terms of the number of enemy killed,” he told reporters traveling with him in Israel. “It is continuing our same philosophy that we don’t get into that, plus, frankly, digging into tunnels to count dead bodies is probably not a good use of our troops’ time.”

Separately, Afghan authorities have reported 94 ISIS fighters were killed in the blast.

Mattis also refused to say whether he was informed ahead of time that the U.S. would be dropping the massive bomb, the second largest non-nuclear bomb in the U.S. inventory that had never been used in combat before last Thursday. Instead, Mattis talked about the need to “delegate” authority to field commanders, in whom he expressed full confidence.

“I have no doubt they do, and if they didn’t, I’d remove them,” Mattis said in response to a question about whether his field commanders thought about the strategic after effects of using the bomb.

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Sessions dismisses Hawaii judge in travel ban case as ‘sitting on an island in the Pacific’

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ remark, as well as his description of Hawaii, the 50th state to join the union, prompted quick pushback on social media on Thursday. | AP Photo

As President Donald Trump’s second travel ban works its way through the courts, Attorney General Jeff Sessions dismissed the Hawaii judge who ruled against it as a “judge sitting on an island in the Pacific.”

“I really am amazed that a judge sitting on an island in the Pacific can issue an order that stops the president of the United States from what appears to be clearly his statutory and constitutional power,” Sessions told radio host Mark Levin on Wednesday, as reported by CNN.

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Sessions’ remark, as well as his description of Hawaii, the 50th state to join the union, prompted quick pushback on social media on Thursday.

Matthew Miller, a former Department of Justice spokesperson in the Obama administration, called the comment “an extraordinary attack on a federal judge’s right to do his job by a sitting AG.”

“Completely inappropriate,” Miller tweeted.

“Someone please tell Sessions that Hawaii is a state,” Chelsea Clinton replied. “An American in Hawaii is as American as one from Alabama. Or Indiana.” The latter part of her comment appeared to be a reference to Trump’s attacks on Judge Gonzalo Curiel, an Indiana-born judge who oversaw a pair of California lawsuits against Trump University.

In his conversation with Levin, Sessions signaled that the administration is confident that the ban is constitutional. He also argued that judges should not “psychoanalyze” the president while reviewing it.

“The judges don’t get to psychoanalyze the President to see if the order he issues is lawful,” Sessions said.

Opponents of the president’s stalled executive order banning travelers from several predominantly Muslim countries argue that it is an unconstitutional infringement on the freedom of religion, seeking to target Muslims.

The Trump administration denies this and says it is necessary for national security, but lawsuits have cited Trump’s own words from the campaign trail to make their arguments against it. Trump’s call for an outright ban on Muslims entering the U.S., which he proposed at a rally in December 2015, are evidence that the travel ban is a front for targeting Muslims, they contend.

Sessions, however, told Levin that jurists should evaluate the legality of the ban on its face and argued that there have been some “really weird interpretations of the executive orders that he’s put out.”

“It’s either lawful or it’s not,” Sessions continued. “I think that it will be real important for America to have judges in the model of Judge Gorsuch and Scalia, people who serve under the law, under the Constitution, not above it, and they are faithful to the law. They honor it and don’t try to remake it as they’d like it to be.”

The Trump administration threw out the first ban after it was halted in the courts and later issued the revised version, which is now under review.

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