Saturday, January 28, 2017

Trump Calls On Foreign Leaders, Sees Immigration Decree Challenged In Court

Donald Trump talks for the first time on Saturday with several leaders including Vladimir Putin, Francois Hollande, and Angela Merkel, following a controversial decree on immigration and the entry of refugees in the United States, already attacked in court.


Europe must "respond" with "firmness" to Donald Trump estimated Saturday in Lisbon Francois Hollande, setting the tone of the telephone conversation that the French president will have with his American counterpart in the day.

Donald Trump has already spoken with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Saturday to assure him of the United States' "flawless" commitment to Japan's security and to agree on a meeting in Washington on 10 February.

- 'Protecting the nation ...'

He then called German Chancellor Angela Merkel with whom he spoke for 45 minutes, according to the spokesman of the White House, before meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The White House has not yet provided any information on the content of these conversations. Donald Trump is also scheduled to meet with Hollande on Saturday.

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His latest decree, "Protecting the Nation from the Entry of Foreign Terrorists to the United States" has provoked indignant reactions throughout the world and is already the subject of a complaint filed by several American civil rights associations, Including the powerful ACLU, who want to block it. These associations managed to release an Iraqi arrested Friday night at JF Kennedy airport.

The draconian restrictions on immigration and refugees particularly target nationals of seven Muslim countries (Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen), including those with a different nationality, have plunged Many immigrants in disarray.
Several citizens of these countries, in possession of valid visas, were refused entry to US territory as of Friday evening by the immigration services.

An Iranian, a management student in California, who was due to return to the United States on 4 February, saw her ticket canceled. "I had a ticket on Turkish Airlines on 4 February, but it was canceled," she told AFP on condition of anonymity.

In Cairo, Egypt, an Iraqi family with visas was prevented from embarking on a flight to New York, officials from the airport told AFP.

The White House has indicated that the decree also applies to holders of a permanent residence permit in the United States (green card) from the seven countries mentioned, who will only be able to return to US soil after an interview With a consular officer before their arrival.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said he hoped by his spokesman St├ęphane Dujarric that these measures are "temporary" because "the need for protection of refugees has never been greater."
A week after he joined the White House, the new US president has already taken several controversial steps, from the construction of a wall on the border with Mexico to the denunciation of trade agreements, Drastic cuts in UN contributions and declarations in support of the re-establishment of torture.




Very critical of the European Union, the US president welcomed on Friday the Brexit evoking "a wonderful thing". A few days before taking office, he had strongly criticized Angela Merkel for having committed "a catastrophic error" by opening his country to migrants in 2015.

Donald Trump, on the other hand, is applauded by Czech President Milos Zeman, who praised that the US president is "protecting his country" and is "concerned about the security of its citizens." Exactly what the European elites do not do, Tweeted Saturday the spokesman of Czech President Jiri Ovcacek.

The Democratic opposition in the United States denounced a "cruel" decree that undermines American values.


- Putin: a 'brilliant' man -

But the most awaited phone call was the one that Donald Trump gave to Vladimir Putin after his promise to warm relations with Moscow. It was the first interview between the two men who publicly stormed amabilities. Mr. Putin called Mr. Trump a "brilliant and talented man". The American praised the "intelligence" of the Russian.

The Kremlin expects the US president to lift the international sanctions imposed on Russia after the annexation of the Crimea in March 2014 and support for Ukrainian separatists in eastern Ukraine.

"As for the sanctions, we will see what is going to happen and it is very early to talk about this," Trump said cautiously on Friday at a press conference with British Prime Minister Theresa May

Theresa May, who was the White House's first female leader, stood out from the US president on the issue.

"We believe that the sanctions must continue until the Minsk agreement is fully implemented and we are continuing to militate in this direction within the European Union," she said in reference to the February agreements 2015 on a diplomatic settlement between Kiev, Moscow, Paris, and Berlin to end the Ukrainian conflict.

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