TRUMP JR.: Facebook, Twitter Using Power to ‘Manipulate’ 2020 Election

WASHINGTON — Left leaning social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook are unfairly targeting conservatives, Donald Trump, Jr. said Tuesday, and something, he says, needs to be done about it.

In an interview with Fox Business’ Maria Bartiromo, Trump said the censoring of conservatives by major social media platforms is a violation of free speech.

“It’s people who are pro-life, it’s people who are pro-Second Amendment, the religious right, I mean it’s happened to me on numerous occasions,” Trump Jr. said. “I got targeted for hate speech, but it turns out I was right,” he said. “That didn’t stop the mainstream media from, you know, dragging me through the mud for three or four days but you know that’s what’s going on.”

Facebook and Twitter are “controlled by leftists … they all believe in one thing and it’s not free speech,” said Trump. “They only believe in their speech, you know, you can only be woke. If you’re not woke, again a cancellable offense.”

Trump went on to say that social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook are also doing whatever they can to prevent his father, President Donald Trump, from winning re-election.

They’re “doing whatever they can to manipulate an election,” Trump claimed, by making sure “certain content is pushed and others’ is totally stymied and that’s not right … they gotta lose those protections and the liability that’s probably worth billions of dollars in terms of protection to them from our federal government because taxpayers shouldn’t be funding their own suppression.”

REPORT: Schiff threatens to subpoena FBI for info on Russia probes

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Intelligence Committee chairman is threatening to subpoena FBI Director Christopher Wray for information related to the bureau’s counterintelligence investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said Wednesday that he has unsuccessfully sought more information about that investigation and any links to Donald Trump’s winning campaign, including whether that probe is still active. The investigation was first disclosed by then-FBI Director James Comey at a committee hearing in March 2017, and Schiff said he has received few answers about it since Comey was fired by Trump two months later.

While special counsel Robert Mueller did examine Russian interference and possible ties to the Trump campaign, Schiff wants to know whether the FBI is still conducting any related counterintelligence investigations. Such inquiries can take years and extend far beyond a criminal investigation.

“We are determined to get answers, and we are running out of patience,” Schiff said after a hearing on the counterintelligence implications of Mueller’s report. “If necessary, we’ll subpoena the director and require him to come in and provide those answers under oath.”

At the hearing, one of several that House Democrats are holding to shed more light on the Mueller report, former FBI officials told lawmakers that Russian meddling bore some of the textbook tricks of the trade of Kremlin spycraft, including the volume and breadth of contacts with Trump associates.

The two witnesses, Robert Anderson and Stephanie Douglas, highlighted aspects of the Mueller report they said showed Russian efforts to screen and test Trump campaign associates, to establish back channels of communications and to spread their contacts around in hopes of maximizing their chances of getting what they wanted.

“It is an absolute classic tradecraft of Russia and Russian intelligence services. They’ll never have one point of failure,” said Anderson, a former FBI executive assistant director who used to supervise counterintelligence investigations. “If they’re looking to try to obtain or pass information or potentially even influence information, they’ll make sure that they have numerous aspects or points to where they can try to get that done.”

Mueller did not find a criminal conspiracy between the campaign and Russia, but he did detail a series of interactions and outreach that have alarmed Democrats and accelerated calls from some in the party for impeachment proceedings and renewed investigations.

Schiff noted that Mueller detailed more than 100 contacts between Russia and associates of the president.

Among the interactions was a June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower during which the president’s oldest son, Donald Trump Jr., expected to receive dirt on his father’s Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton. Trump’s first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, discussed Obama administration sanctions against Russia with the then-Russian ambassador in the weeks leading up to the president’s inauguration in January 2017.

“It immediately put the existing administration in a horribly conflicting position, and they didn’t know about the backchannel in advance of the inauguration,” said Douglas, a former FBI executive assistant director. “It also probably assured the Russians that they were going to get a more favorable treatment” by the incoming Trump administration.

She highlighted how Trump’s campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, shared polling data during the campaign with Konstantin Kilimnik, a business associate accused of having ties to Russian intelligence. Manafort also told Kilimnik he was willing to provide “private briefings” about the Trump campaign to Oleg Deripaska, a Russian billionaire with ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“I thought that that was very interesting, that they are tasking him and building upon that,” Douglas said. “And if he would have stayed with the campaign, I am sure they would have continued to task him.”

Also Wednesday, Trump Jr. spoke with the Senate Intelligence Committee for about three hours to clarify an interview with the committee’s staff in 2017. Senators wanted to talk to him again about the Trump Tower meeting and a Trump real estate project in Moscow.

The president’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, told a House committee in February that he had briefed Trump Jr. approximately 10 times about a plan to build a Trump Tower in Moscow before the 2016 election. But Trump Jr. had told Congress he was only “peripherally aware” of the real estate proposal.

As he left the interview, Trump Jr. said he was happy to clarify his answers, but “I don’t think I changed any of what I said because there was nothing to change.”

The two ex-FBI officials who testified Wednesday retired from the bureau before it opened its investigation into the Trump campaign in summer 2016. By inviting them instead of agents involved in the investigation, Democrats are giving center stage to longtime career officials devoid of the political baggage that accompanies some of the Republican president’s more outspoken critics.

Even so, the partisan divisions surfaced again. Schiff said most Americans consider the Trump campaign’s embrace of Russian aid “to constitute plain evidence of collusion.” The committee’s top Republican, Rep. Devin Nunes of California, described allegations of collusion to be a “hoax” and suggested Democrats should apologize.

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Associated Press writers Laurie Kellman, Eric Tucker, Mary Clare Jalonick and Lisa Mascaro contributed to the contents of this report.

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‘A GOOD DAY’: Trump declares victory in wake of Mueller report

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Thursday declared victory after Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s redacted report on the Russia scandal absolved him of any wrongdoing.

The report, released Thursday morning, found no evidence that Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia and found no causes to justify obstruction of justice.

“It’s a good day,” the president said during a White House event as he welcomed a group of wounded warriors. “This should never be allowed to happen to another president again.”

Trump, who has often times referred to the nearly two-year-long investigation as a “witch hunt,” took to Twitter to declare victory.

“No Collusion. No Obstruction,” the president wrote in a tweet. “For the haters and the radical left Democrats — Game Over.”

One interesting piece of information that came from the Mueller report shows that several times throughout the ordeal Trump pushed Michael Flynn and other members of his administration to track down Democratic rival Hillary Clinton’s private emails, which were also at one time the subject of an FBI investigation.

According to an excerpt from Mueller’s report, “Trump asked individuals affiliated with his Campaign to find the deleted Clinton emails. Michael Flynn, who would later serve as National Security Advisor in the Trump Administration – recalled that Trump made this request repeatedly, and Flynn subsequently contacted multiple people in an effort to obtain the emails.”

Clinton’s emails have been at the center of controversy for years. Clinton’s attorneys claim their client deleted approximately 33,000 emails because they were personal and not government related. Republicans, however, have long fought for the release of the emails, claiming they were improperly deleted and hid damaging information.

Mueller’s report, which most political pundits expected to be much more highly redacted, also shows that Trump, outraged at the investigation, tried often to intervene in the investigation.

The report states that in June of 2017, Trump directed White House counsel Don McGahn to call Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who oversaw the investigation, to say that Mueller must be ousted because Mueller had conflicts of interest. According to the report’s findings, McGahn refused on the grounds that doing so may indicate impropriety.

In his final summary, Mueller wrote: “While the investigation identified numerous links between individuals with ties to the Russian government and individuals associated with the Trump Campaign, the evidence was not sufficient to support criminal charges.”

“Now the tables have turned, and it’s time to investigate the liars who instigated this sham investigation into President Trump, motivated by political retribution and based on no evidence whatsoever,” Trump’s re-election campaign manager, Brad Parscale, said in a statement.

Trump’s son, Donald Trump, Jr., who had also been the subject of investigation throughout the Mueller probe, also weighed in on Thursday’s findings.

“Better luck next hoax!” the younger Trump wrote on Twitter.

Calls for statement to a Hillary Clinton spokesperson were met with “no comment.”

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TRUMP UNDER ATTACK: Dems launch sweeping probe into president’s businesses, campaign, family

WASHINGTON — Democrat House leaders on Monday launched a full-scale attack on Donald Trump, his business and family members in the hopes of scoring some dirt on the much-embattled president.

Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler said Monday that document requests were sent to 81 people connected to the president, business associates and his presidential campaign.

According to Nadler, the investigation will center around allegations of obstruction of justice, corruption and abuse of power.

The document requests, with responses to most due by March 18, are a way to “begin building the public record” and to carry out the responsibilities the committee has to investigate and hold public hearings, Nadler said.

“Over the last several years, President Trump has evaded accountability for his near-daily attacks on our basic legal, ethical, and constitutional rules and norms,” Nadler said while announcing the probe. “Investigating these threats to the rule of law is an obligation of Congress and a core function of the House Judiciary Committee.”

Among those to receive letters from the committee are Trump’s son Donald Trump Jr.; his son-in-law, Jared Kushner; and the former top White House aides Hope Hicks, Sean Spicer, and Steve Bannon—all of whom have already testified before Congress relating to the various probes into Trump’s alleged ties to Russia.

In an interview with The Washington Times on Saturday, Nadler admitted that his committee was still a “long way” from launching impeachment proceedings. “We do not now have the evidence all sorted out to do an impeachment,” Nadler told ABC’s This Week. “Before you impeach somebody, you have to persuade the American people that it ought to happen.”

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy scoffed at the Nadler’s latest probe, saying Democrats are simply desperate to find anything they think they can possibly use against the president.

“There’s no collusion,” McCarthy said, “so they want to build something else.”

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‘WHAT ABOUT MAGA?’ Trump slams Jussie Smollett over staging of alleged hoax

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Thursday lashed out at Jussie Smollett amid news that the actor had been arrested for staging a bogus hate crime.

Smollett, who turned himself in to Chicago police Thursday, had garnered national headlines over the last few weeks after claiming he was the victim of a politically driven, racist and homophobic attack.

“What about MAGA and the tens of millions of people you insulted with your racist and dangerous comments!? #MAGA” Trump tweeted, referencing his 2016 presidential campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again.”

Smollett, who is African-American and openly gay, told police several weeks ago that he was attacked during the early hours of Jan. 29 as he was returning to his Chicago apartment after visiting a Subway restaurant. Smollett claimed that two men who were wearing masks shouted racist and homophobic slurs at him, poured a bleach-like substance on him, threw a noose around his neck and shouted, “This is MAGA country!”

The actor’s story began to unravel, however, after police identified and questioned two “persons of interest” who were captured on surveillance video near the scene of the alleged attack. The men, later identified as brothers Ola and Abel Osundairo, told police that Smollett had given them $3,500 to help him stage the stage the attack.

The pair also told police that a threatening letter with the word “MAGA” written on it, addressed to Smollett and sent to the actor’s production company was written by Smollett himself.

During a press conference on the matter Thursday afternoon, Chicago police Superintendent Eddie Johnson called Smollett’s actions “unconscionable.”

“Jussie Smollett took advantage of the pain and anger of racism to promote his career,” Johnson said. “I’m left hanging my head and asking why. Why would anyone, especially an African American man, use the symbolism of a noose to make false accusations? How could someone look at the hatred and suffering associated with that symbol and see an opportunity to manipulate that symbol to further his own public profile? How can an individual who’s been embraced by the city of Chicago turn around and slap everyone in this city in the face by making these false claims?”

“Absolute justice would be an apology to this city that he smeared, admitting what he did,” Johnson continued. “I’m offended by what’s happened and I’m also angry.”

President Trump’s son, Donald Trump, Jr., also took to Twitter to address the Smollett matter, pondering how long it would take Hollywood to blame his father’s administration for the actor’s behavior.

“Has anyone set the over-under on how long it will take Jussie Smollett and his Hollywood/Media enablers to find a way to blame ‘America’’ and ‘society’ for his disreputable actions?” Trump Jr. tweeted Wednesday. “We all know it’s only a matter of time.”

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BANNON BOWS: President’s embattled former top advisor apologizes for anti-Trump comments

WASHINGTON, D.C. — As the battle between Donald Trump and former advisor Steve Bannon rages on, the Breitbart chair seems to be having second thoughts on firing the next shot.

In a statement issued to Axios on Sunday (https://www.axios.com/scoop-bannon-sends-regret-to-trump-1515329924-dbfe9439-59e0-4773-8d3d-079e5ee2b493.html), Bannon issued a sweeping apology for negative comments he made about his former boss, Donald Trump, and Trump’s son, Donald Trump, Jr., regarding Trump Jr’s meeting with Russian officials during the 2016 presidential campaign. A new book, “Fire and Fury,” quoted Bannon as calling Trump Jr “unpatriotic” for agreeing to the meeting.

“Donald Trump, Jr. is both a patriot and a good man. He has been relentless in his advocacy for his father and the agenda that has helped turn our country around,” said Bannon. “My support is also unwavering for the president and his agenda — as I have shown daily in my national radio broadcasts, on the pages of Breitbart News and in speeches and appearances from Tokyo and Hong Kong to Arizona and Alabama.”

“President Trump was the only candidate that could have taken on and defeated the Clinton apparatus. I am the only person to date to conduct a global effort to preach the message of Trump and Trumpism; and remain ready to stand in the breach for this president’s efforts to make America great again,” Bannon’s statement continued.

“My comments about the meeting with Russian nationals came from my life experiences as a Naval officer stationed aboard a destroyer whose main mission was to hunt Soviet submarines to my time at the Pentagon during the Reagan years when our focus was the defeat of ‘the evil empire’ and to making films about Reagan’s war against the Soviets and Hillary Clinton’s involvement in selling uranium to them,” the apology went on. My comments were aimed at Paul Manafort, a seasoned campaign professional with experience and knowledge of how the Russians operate. He should have known they are duplicitous, cunning and not our friends. To reiterate, those comments were not aimed at Don Jr.”

“Everything I have to say about the ridiculous nature of the Russian ‘collusion’ investigation I said on my 60 Minutes interview. There was no collusion and the investigation is a witch hunt,” Bannon concluded. “I regret that my delay in responding to the inaccurate reporting regarding Don Jr has diverted attention from the president’s historical accomplishments in the first year of his presidency.”

Bannon’s apology comes after days of backlash from Trump supporters, and the president himself, who called his former right-hand man “inconsequential” to his winning campaign and eventual administration.

The book, which also quoted Bannon as saying that many people surrounding the president questioned his mental health and suitability for office, caused a stir last week when snippets of Bannon’s alleged comments were previewed to the media.

During a White House press briefing last week, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee-Sanders addressed the allegations, calling them “laughable”.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders this past week called such suggestions “disgraceful and laughable.”

“If he was unfit, he probably wouldn’t be sitting there and wouldn’t have defeated the most qualified group of candidates the Republican Party has ever seen,” she said The president, said Sanders is “an incredibly strong and good leader.”

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Fire and Fury: White House tell-all rushes to hit bookshelves as Trump fights to prevent release

WASHINGTON, D.C.– A tell-all book which promises to blow the lid off of Trump’s White House secrets is battling to make it to the bookshelves before being stopped by the Commander-in-Chief.

The forthcoming book, ‘Fire and Fury,’ by Michael Wolff, which has caused a sensation since snippets from the tattler was released on Wednesday, is now scheduled to hit bookstores on Friday.

“Due to unprecedented demand, we are moving the on-sale date for all formats of ‘Fire and Fury,’ by Michael Wolff, to Friday, January 5, at 9 a.m. ET, from the current on-sale date of Tuesday, January 9,” a spokesman for publisher Henry Holt and Company announced on Thursday.

Contained in the tell-all are alleged comments by one of the president’s former key advisors, Steve Bannon, who criticised the president and his son, Donald Trump, Jr., as being “treasonous” and “unpatriotic ” over their communications with Russian officials during the 2016 presidential campaign.

The snippets caused an explosion of interest in the book on social media Wednesday, causing the president to respond to the book’s claims.

“Steve Bannon has nothing to do with me or my Presidency. When he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind. Steve was a staffer who worked for me after I had already won the nomination by defeating seventeen candidates, often described as the most talented field ever assembled in the Republican party,” Trump said in a written statement following the book preview’s release.

“Now that he is on his own, Steve is learning that winning isn’t as easy as I make it look. Steve had very little to do with our historic victory, which was delivered by the forgotten men and women of this country. Yet Steve had everything to do with the loss of a Senate seat in Alabama held for more than thirty years by Republicans. Steve doesn’t represent my base—he’s only in it for himself,” the president continued.

“Steve pretends to be at war with the media, which he calls the opposition party, yet he spent his time at the White House leaking false information to the media to make himself seem far more important than he was. It is the only thing he does well. Steve was rarely in a one-on-one meeting with me and only pretends to have had influence to fool a few people with no access and no clue, whom he helped write phony books,” Trump claimed.

“We have many great Republican members of Congress and candidates who are very supportive of the Make America Great Again agenda. Like me, they love the United States of America and are helping to finally take our country back and build it up, rather than simply seeking to burn it all down,” the statement concluded.

Seemingly taking a swipe at the president by flaunting the interest in the, Wolff tweeted: “Here we go. You can buy it (and read it) tomorrow. Thank you, Mr. President.”

During a White House press briefing on Thursday, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee-Sanders slammed the book, calling it a “fantasy”.

The book is mistake after mistake after mistake,” Sanders said, calling it tabloid gossip” laced with “false and fraudulent claims.”

“I’m not going to waste my time or the country’s time going page by page correcting [the book],” Sanders added.

Meanwhile, a lawyer for the president sent a letter to Wolff and the book’s publisher on Thursday demanding the book’s publication be halted and that Wolff issue “a full and complete retraction and apology.”

“Mr. Trump hereby demands that you immediately cease and desist from any further publication, release or dissemination of the book,” the demand reads.

A spokesperson for Henry Holt and Company said that, despite the president’s threats, their company has no plans to hold back the book’s publication.

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‘HE LOST HIS MIND’; War of words explodes between Trump and Steve Bannon

WASHINGTON, D.C. — One of D.C.’s biggest bromances turned into a bitter war of words on Wednesday after President Donald Trump unleashed on once biggest supporter Steve Bannon.

Responding to excerpts of a forthcoming book, “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” in which Bannon called Donald Trump Jr. “treasonous” and “unpatriotic” for meeting with Russian operatives during the campaign, Trump Sr issued a blistering statement against his former ally, claiming that Bannon had “lost his mind”.

“Steve Bannon has nothing to do with me or my Presidency,” Trump wrote. “When he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind. Steve was a staffer who worked for me after I had already won the nomination by defeating seventeen candidates, often described as the most talented field ever assembled in the Republican party.”

“Now that he is on his own, Steve is learning that winning isn’t as easy as I make it look,” Trump’s blistering statement continued. “Steve had very little to do with our historic victory, which was delivered by the forgotten men and women of this country. Yet Steve had everything to do with the loss of a Senate seat in Alabama held for more than thirty years by Republicans. Steve doesn’t represent my base—he’s only in it for himself.”

The president also went on to accuse Bannon of being the source of various leaks during his time at the White House, where he served as a key advisor to the Trump administration.

“Steve pretends to be at war with the media, which he calls the opposition party, yet he spent his time at the White House leaking false information to the media to make himself seem far more important than he was,” he said. “It is the only thing he does well.”

“Steve was rarely in a one-on-one meeting with me and only pretends to have had influence to fool a few people with no access and no clue, whom he helped write phony books,” Trump added.

The statements from each side come as a shock to most political watchers, particularly since the pair had seemingly parted on good terms.

After Bannon’s departure from the White House in August of 2017, Trump thanked Bannon and praised him for his work during the presidential campaign and resulting administration.

“I want to thank Steve Bannon for his service,” the president tweeted at that time. “He came to the campaign during my run against Crooked Hillary Clinton – it was great! Thanks S.”

For his part, Bannon, who denied claims at the time that he had been fired, pledged to continue doing all that he could to help ensure president’s ongoing success.

“If there’s any confusion out there, let me clear it up: I’m leaving the White House and going to war for Trump against his opponents — on Capitol Hill, in the media, and in corporate America,” Bannon said at the time.

Calls to Steve Bannon for statement on Trump’s remarks were met with, “no comment”.

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TAKING A STAND: Celebrities come out in droves in support of bullied Tennessee boy as story goes viral

MAYNARDVILLE, TN — In an age of online bullying, a young Tennessee boy has managed to turn the tide.

Shortly after picking her middle schooler up from school on Friday, Keaton Jones’ mother, Kimberly Jones, uploaded a video to her Facebook page documenting the bullying her son had been being subjected to.

In the video (https://twitter.com/Everything_TN/status/939599024994373637), the boy can be seen detailing, through tears, the torment he had been facing at the hands of several of his classmates.

“Just out of curiosity, why do they bully?” Keaton asks after telling his mother that some of the kids had poured milk on him, told him he had no friends and made fun of the way he looks. “What’s the point of it? Why do they find joy in taking innocent people and find a way to be mean to them? It’s not OK.”

Keaton, who attends Horace Maynard Middle School, goes on to say that it hurts him that other kids bully him, but hurts him more to see other kids subjected to the same fate.

“People that are different don’t need to be criticized about it. It’s not their fault,” he said. “But if you are made fun of, don’t let it bother you. They suck I guess. Hard. But it will probably get better one day,” the boy said before turning away from the camera and dissolving into tears.

Keaton’s mother, who says the boy was born with a brain tumor, documented another incident on her social media page in which the boy was mocked for the scars left behind by the surgery he had undergone to remove the tumor.

Within hours of the video being uploaded, the boy’s story went viral, with celebrities ranging from sports heroes to Donald Trump, Jr. reaching out to share their support.

“Dear Keaton Jones, hopefully you see this. Your an amazing soul my man, never let ANYONE tell you otherwise! Keep your head up & chest out. Your a solider, always remember that,” tweeted DeAndre Washington, running back for the Oakland Raiders.

“We going to the middle school next Tuesday show young Man some love we will also TWITTER LIVE some of it so everyone can show there love and support #vols #StopBullying,” tweeted University of Tennessee’s Tyler Byrd.

“Meet Keaton Jones a very smart little boy who is being bullied at school. This video is heartbreaking!! I want to bring Keaton to Vegas and hang out at UFC Headquarters. If anyone knows how i can reach the family please let me know. Thank u everyone,” tweeted UFC champion fighter Dana White.

In response to White’s video, Donald Trump, Jr., who was also touched by the boy’s story, offered to open his home to the Jones family.

“This boy is incredibly brave and the video really got to me. @danawhite, If he takes you up on your offer to see UFC Headquarters, I would be honored to host him and his family at our place if they need somewhere to stay,” Trump tweeted.

The boy’s school, who claimed that they were “unaware” of the bullying the boy had endured up until now, has refused further comment, claiming the the situations is “under investigation”.

“I’m guessing the principal will be verrrrrrry aware of the situation once Tennessee Football players start showing up this week,” New York Times columnist Jamie O’Grady tweeted in response to the school’s comments.

Fox News’ Sean Hannity took the matter a step further, saying that he would do whatever it took to ensure that the school is held accountable for the bullying that the boy had endured.

“If someone can get to me the name of the school, the principal, school board members i will gladly make the calls myself and fix this. Also if anyone knows Keaton and his parents, i will gladly fly them to NYC to be my guest & visit Fox News”, Hannity tweeted.

Kimberly Jones, who says she is overwhelmed by the love and concern shown for her son, says she never dreamed that Keaton’s story would impact the number of people that it has.

According to StopBullying.gov., 1 in 3 U.S. students say they have been bullied at school. Young people who are perceived as “different” from their peers are often at the highest risk of being bullied. (https://www.stopbullying.gov/media/facts/index.html).

Melania Trump declared ending cyber-bullying as one of her top priorities when it comes to her duties as First Lady. “No child should ever feel hungry, stalked, frightened, terrorized, bullied, isolated or afraid, with nowhere to turn,” she said in a speech to the United Nations last September.

“We must teach each child the values of empathy and communication that are at the core of the kindness, mindfulness, integrity, and leadership which can only be taught by example.”

“By our own example we must teach children to be good stewards of the world they will inherit.

“We must remember that they are watching and listening so we must never miss an opportunity to teach life’s many ethical lessons along the way.”

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BATTLE ON THE HOME FRONT: President caught in war of words between Melania Trump and ex wife Ivana

WASHINGTON, D.C.– First lady Melania Trump came out swinging on Monday over comments by President Trump’s ex-wife Ivana in which she refers to herself as the true “first lady”.

In an interview with “Good Morning America” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3SuegUiqqDg) to promote her new book “Raising Trump,” Ivana Trump said she has direct access to the president whenever she wants it and speaks to her ex husband roughly “every 14 days”.

“I have the direct number to White House, but I [don’t] really want to call him there because Melania is there,” she said. “I don’t want to cause any kind of jealousy or something like that because I’m basically first Trump wife.”

Smiling into the camera, she added: “I’m first lady, okay?”

But would Ivana Trump trade places with Melania if she could? No, she claims. In fact, she says she feels “sorry” for the current Mrs. Trump.

“I think for her to be in Washington must be terrible,” Ivana Trump said of Melania. “It’s better her than me. I would hate Washington.”

The comments did not sit well with the current Mrs. Donald Trump who was quick to issue a scathing statement in response to her husband’s ex. In a release issued through her communications director Stephanie Grisham (http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/10/09/melania-trump-slams-ivana-for-calling-herself-first-lady.html), Melania Trump said the president’s former missus is simply a disgruntled ex who is desperate for attention and that she was simply using her former status to sell books.

“This is unfortunately only attention-seeking and self-serving noise,” the statement reads.

“Mrs. Trump has made the White House a home for Barron and the President. She loves living in Washington, D.C. and is honored by her role as First Lady of the United States,” the statement continued. “She plans to use her title and role to help children, not sell books.”

Ivana Trump was married to Donald Trump from 1977 to 1992. She is the mother of the president’s oldest 3 children, Eric, Ivanka and Donald Trump, Jr.

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