Donald Trump criticized last week the late-term interruptions of pregnancy. His goal is to rally support beyond his most conservative base before the 2020 elections.
Trump wants to deliver a new battle: the one over abortion. The President of the United States plans to attack late-term interruptions of pregnancy. In his speech of last Tuesday evening, Donald Trump attacked a law that has been recently adopted by the state of New York. He declared that this law “will pull a baby from the womb of his mother just before birth”. He added that he wants to “defend the dignity of each person”.
Donald Trump apparently chose the perfect time before next elections to address this subject. Even if the Supreme Court legalized abortion in 1973 and 57% of Americans are in favor of abortion, this subject divides a lot. Jo-Renee Formicola, a politic-sciences teacher explains that Donald Trump already has a lot of support among Evangelicals and Catholics. 59% of Republicans consider that abortion should be illegal and 76% of Democrats think the opposite.
Abortion might be the topic that divides the United States the most.
Pauline Knaff, IEJ2C
On Thursday, Donald Trump annouced that he would renewe his threat to close the border if the Mexican government was to lose control over the migrant caravan situation in Tijuana. He also announced that he would not hesitate to cease trade with Mexico. He told reporters: “If we find that it gets to a level where we are going to lose control or where people are going to start getting hurt, we will close entry into the country.” The US president has given security officers the green light to use lethal force “if they have to”.
For a week now, tensions have risen in Tijuana, a border city between Mexico and the United States. Hundreds of residents are urging migrants to go back to Tijuana. The increasing number of migrants crossing the border is due to the arrival of a caravan coming from Central America. The migrants have crossed Mexico and are seeking to claim asylum in the United States. They are looking to flee poverty violence and persecution. In response, the US and Mexico have both increased security at the border.
Juan Manuel Gastelum, Tijuana mayor has warned that his city was not prepared to host such an increasing number of migrants in the coming weeks. He called the recent migrant arrivals “an avalanche”.
In the next few weeks the number of migrants crossing the borer could reach 10,000 people.
Tom Rousset IEJ 3E G1
After the press pass’ revocation of CNN’s journalist Jim Acosta by the White House on November 7th due to an altercation with Donald Trump, CNN decided to go to trial against The White House last Tuesday.
After the altercation between Jim Acosta and Donald Trump, CNN’s journalist saw his press pass revoked, an act considered as a violation of the First Amendment by CNN, which explains the complaint submission.
CNN is no longer alone in the dispute against the White House: other media joined the fight against Donald Trump, such as Associated Press, USA Today, The Washington Post and amongst a list of a dozen, a big surprise: Fox News.
Through a statement of Jay Wallace, chairman of Fox News, the pro-Trump TV channel, gave support to their rival.
“Secret Service passes for working White House journalists should never be weaponized. (…) Fox News supports CNN in its legal effort to regain its White House reporter’s press credential,” Jay Wallace said.
This support proves that even pro-Trump media are able to fight against their main viewer, and support, a situation that Donald Trump did not think about when he, and his press service, decided to “fire” a journalist from the press conference room.
Antoine Ducarre, IEJ 3E G2
“The problem is that Emmanuel suffers from a very low Approval Rating in France, 26%, and an unemployment rate of almost 10%. He was just trying to get onto another subject. By the way, there is no country more Nationalist than France, very proud people-and rightfully so!… MAKE FRANCE GREAT AGAIN”
Those are the violent words tweeted by the 45th president of the United States on Tuesday.
Last week end, Donald Trump was invited by Emmanuel Macron, along with more than 70 Heads of States, for the ceremony of the 100th Anniversary of the end of World War I.
However, because of the rain, the American president decided to cancel a visit to the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery, where the Battle of Belleau Wood was fought. Despite the weather, other leaders in Paris managed to visit world war cemeteries. The grandson of Winston Churchill even called Trump “pathetic”. Even if he followed his visit to the Suresnes American Cemetery, the first-cancelled visit generated buzz. Calling on a new “fake news”, the American president has tried to deny the media’s version.
Moreover, Macron’s speech at the ceremony was perceived as a reproach of Trump’s “America First” foreign policy, although he has never mentioned him by name. Donald Trump responded via Twitter to Mr. Macron’s denunciation of nationalism and his will to create a European Army in order to defend the continent against cyberattacks.
The relationship of the two presidents which was once rather friendly, now seems deteriorated.
The Elysée has refused to comment Donald Trump’s tweets.
Elena Oliveri, IEJ 3F G2
After president Trump’s firing of attorney general Jeff Sessions, more than 6,000 people marched from Times Square to Union Square in New York Thursday evening in order for the special counsel, Robert Mueller to be allowed to continue his investigation on Russia.
Jeff Sessions announced his resignation, in a one-page letter to the President, on 7 November because of the President’s personnel shake-up after the midterm results. He mentioned that he announced his resignation in line with the demand of Trump. However, a one-time US attorney said that it was not sure if this can be considered as a dismissal or not, and that it would not be a resignation if the court of justice inferred that it was the case.
An organizer of the demonstration, Shannon Stagman, said “Jeff Sessions was fired as attorney general, and we strongly believe it’s part of a larger plan to start discrediting the Mueller investigation.” Adding to that, an organizer of another demonstration on Long Island said “I think it (the firing of Jeff Sessions) puts the Mueller prove in jeopardy, and I think if he has nothing to hide, let it go to its conclusion.”
Aoi Kawasaki IEJ 3E Groupe2
After the heated argument between CNN reporter Jim Acosta and Donald Trump on Wednesday, and the subsequent withdrawal of Acosta’s credentials, the US media are supporting Jim Acosta and criticizing the White House administration’s ways to handle this scandal.
On 7th of November, Jim Acosta, chief White House correspondant for CNN, credentials have been revoked by President Trump after a heated argument during the White House Press Conference. This verbal fight followed several questions Jim Acosta asked repeatedly about Russian interference in the 2016 elections and characterization of a Central American migrant caravan as an invasion. After Acosta came back at the White House to film a sequence for his network, the Secret Service took his Hard Pass -his credentials- and refused his access to the compound.
For Tim Shaw in the opinion section of The New-York Times, “the revocation of Jim Acosta’s press credentials by the White House is the act of a banana republic dictatorship. To deny press credentials to a well-known, legitimate reporter for no other reason than that the president doesn’t like his questions is unprecedented in the United States and reveals the autocratic intentions of this president.”
It wasn’t the first clash between Trump and Acosta. Actually tensions between the president and the reporter were escalating for a couple of years now.
After this unproportionate reaction from the White House, the freedom of press is more in danger than ever in the United States.
Marion Merlant, IEJ 3E group 1
Donald Trump congratulated himself for obtaining $ 250 billion in commercial contracts during his visit to China. In reality, Beijing does not commit to anything new or nearly so.
Trade was at the heart of these meetings. The $ 250 billion deal is “a miracle”, says Chinese Trade Minister Gao Hucheng. To this, must be added the 20 contracts already signed Wednesday for a total of 9 billion dollars.
These contracts include the oil sector, internet, automotive, and aeronautics. Other beneficiaries of these agreements include Caterpillar, General Electric and Qualcomm, one of Apple’s suppliers.
Doing business with China was Donald Trump’s priority. He has come to China with a delegation of nearly 40 contractors. The American president wants to believe that these economic agreements will really change the situation. His entourage assures that this will create 12,000 jobs in the United States and reduce its trade deficit by $ 10 billion each year.
But this impressive figure of $ 253 billion is to be put into perspective. First, because these contracts had been under discussion for months, they were just waiting to be unveiled. Then, because some of them are not binding, which means that they may never be realized.
Moreover, on the bottom of the problem, the opening of the Chinese market to foreign companies, Xi Jinping did not announce anything concrete.
Valentin Dechambre IEJ 3E