Donald Trump has come up with yet another decision which has shocked the Americans. The President of the United States has reauthorized American hunters to import trophies of elephants killed in Zimbabwe. A decision that provokes displeasure among animal rights groups, especially since the arguments announced by Washington remain misleading.
Barack Obama had firmly banned the import of these highly sought after ivory tusks during his tenure.This is all the more worrying as this species is endangered. Thursday on its website, U.S Fish & Wildlife Service announced that it would issue permits allowing the import of elephant trophies hunted by leisure in Zimbabwe from 21 January 2017 until 31 December 2018. According to several American media, the permit should also apply to Zambia, and the authorization of this permit will probably be extended.
For animal welfare associations, it’s a tragedy. According to them, Trump authorizes the killing of endangered elephants. Their numbers dropped by 30% between 2007 and 2014 in Africa, with a 6% decline in Zimbabwe, specifies the Great Elephant Census. The American diplomacy gave this Thursday its first annual report in which it evokes the endangered species in several countries. Yet Zimbabwe and Zambia are missing on this report.
The suspicions of this decision are directed towards a possible family passion. Donald Trump Jr and Eric, the two eldest sons of the president are great fans of trophy hunting in Africa.
Solène Vigouroux, IEJ3E1
This Tuesday on the Senate floor, two senators accused Donald Trump of being “a danger for the democracy”.
In their opinion, the president of the US is debasing U.S politics and the country’s standing abroad.
Jeff Flake and Bob Corker made a public criticism about Trump. They chose to speak about Trump’s style of governing in an emotional speech. They described his American politics with rude terms like “Reckless”, “outrageous” and “undignified”.
After this humiliation, Trump replies obviously on Twitter. He accused them of supporting Democratic priorities. Also the president of the U.S made fun of Corker. He used his dismissal as “little Bob Corker”.
…the entire World WAS laughing and taking advantage of us. People like liddle’ Bob Corker have set the U.S. way back. Now we move forward!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 24 octobre 2017
Those two senators also say that they wanted Trump to “act like a president of the United States but that’s not going to be the case apparently”. This rebellion could cause trouble for Trump’s legislative agenda.
On one side, Flake announced that he would leave politics when his term ends in early 2019. On the other side, Corker is not running for re-election in Tennessee. So they just decided to speak openly because they didn’t care anymore about voters’ reactions.
The U.S president violently attacked the media for an hour, calling them dishonest.
“The press has become so dishonest that if we don’t talk about it, we are doing a tremendous disservice to the American people, tremendous disservice.” In a press conference in the White House that lasted more than an hour Thursday, Donald Trump attacked journalists. He accused media of being hostile and dishonest in their reporting on his first month in office, while his statement was to address the appointment of a new Minister of Labor.
“We have to talk to find out what’s going on, because the press honestly is out of control. The level of dishonesty is out of control,” Trump said. The U.S president assured that when he turns on the TV, when he opens the newspapers, he sees “Stories of chaos. Chaos,” he said. “Yet it is the exact opposite. This administration is running like a fine-tuned machine, despite the fact that I can’t get my cabinet approved.”
Donald Trump concentrated much of his attacks on CNN, one of his favorite targets. He even renamed the reporters of CNN by “very fake news”. Donald Trump also called stories about his campaign advisers’ communications with Russia “fake news”. He said the New York Times was failing: “You’re the one that wrote about them and reported them, I mean the leaks are real. You know what they said, you saw it and the leaks are absolutely real. The news is fake because so much of the news is fake.”
Estelle Priam, IEJ 3C
Source : The Independent
The athletic shoe company New Balance has come under fire from social media users after the company expressed optimism about the administration of President-elect Donald Trump in an interview with The Wall Street Journal last week.
Before this month, New Balance was lucky if it generated a few hundred reactions to posts on its Facebook page. Now, the sneaker company’s page is flooded with negative commentaries. Ever since customers called for a boycott after the company said it looked forward to working with President Donald Trump and a Neo-Nazi blogger called the shoes “the official shoes of white people” the Boston-based shoe company has been doing damage control.
On Twitter, some users responded angrily, posting videos of New Balance shoes being burned, thrown in the trash, or tossed out of windows, forcing the company to issue an emailed clarification to Sole Collector, a sneaker site.
“As the only major company that still makes athletic shoes in the United States, New Balance has a unique perspective on trade and trade policy in that we want to make more shoes in the United States, not less,” the company wrote.
Meanwhile, a spreadsheet has been circulating on Twitter listing the retailers that do business with the Trump family, including Amazon, Macy’s, Marshalls, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, and Lord and Taylor, all of which carry the Ivanka Trump collection, along with contact information their customer-relations departments.
Chloé PARISSE, 3E group 1
Both favorites for the presidential run have been outscored in Wisconsin, respectively by Bernie Sanders and Ted Cruz.
On the Republican side, Ted Cruz gathers 48.3% of the votes whereas «only » 35.1% gave their voices to the rich businessman, Donald Trump. Thanks to this victory, Cruz slows Trump in his will to get an absolute majority of delegates before July. According to Cruz, things are going to be much different : « I’m more and more convinced that we will gather the 1,237 delegates required to win the Republican investiture ».
On the other hand, Sanders also beats Clinton quite easily with 56.5% of the Wisconsin voters. Clinton, with 43.2%, is once again unfortunate facing a young population.
Despite these bad series of results for the two favorites, which could be seen as a momentum swing, they still remain untouchable for some time, even for their closest opponents.
Next stop will be in Wyoming, where we will see things even clearer between the possibility of an incredible comeback by one of the outsiders or a comfortable win for the presidential favorites. Answer tomorrow !
Shady MENARD, IEJ 1 bis.