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Indiana Governor Mike Pence has been selected to be Donald Trump’s vice-presidential running mate.

Donald Trump’s campaign planned to announce his selection on July 15, but canceled the event because of the attack in Nice, France.

On July 15, Donald Trump confirmed the selection on Twitter.

Donald Trump hopes Mike Pence – a former congressman popular among social conservatives – can help him shore up support among wavering Republicans.

Other candidates in the running were former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.

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Before his current job, Mike Pence, 57, spent 12 years in Washington in the House of Representatives.

Mike Pence’s legislative experience and position of governor of a Midwestern state could give Donald Trump advantages in the general election.

The Indiana governor is strongly anti-abortion and signed a religious freedom bill, which some saw as anti-gay, into law.

The likely Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton quickly responded to the selection on the same day, emphasizing Mike Pence’s stances on gay rights and abortion.

The campaign hopes that Mike Pence will help boost Donald Trump’s image with social conservatives who have been unsettled by Trump’s brash persona.

Donald Trump has said he wants a running mate who could help him work with Congress.

However, Donald Trump and Mike Pence differ on some key issues including the billionaire’s call to ban Muslim from entering the US.

In 2015, Mike Pence tweeted that Donald Trump’s plan was “offensive and unconstitutional”.

He has also expressed support for free trade agreements and was in favor of the war in Iraq, which Donald Trump says he was not.

Mike Pence also criticized Donald Trump for his attacks on Hispanic judge Gonzalo Curiel, who was born in Indiana.

Donald Trump had said Gonzalo Curiel could not possibly rule fairly in a case against him became of his Hispanic heritage.

Donald Trump has accused China of “raping” the United States, in renewed criticism of the Asian country’s trade policy.

The Republican presidential front-runner told a rally in Indiana that China was responsible for “the greatest theft in the history of the world”.

Donald Trump has long accused China of manipulating its currency to make its exports more competitive globally.

This, the New York billionaire says, has badly damaged US businesses and workers.Donald Trump RNC conspiracy

On May 1, Donald Trump told the campaign rally: “We can’t continue to allow China to rape our country, and that’s what we’re doing.

“We’re going to turn it around, and we have the cards, don’t forget it,” he added. “We have a lot of power with China.”

Chinese PM Li Keqiang has said the US election “has been lively and has caught the eye”, but many in his country see it as more than that.

They consider Donald Trump an inspiration rather than an antagonist.

In his America First campaign manifesto, Donald Trump pledges to “cut a better deal with China that helps American businesses and workers compete”.

Donald Trump sets out four goals that include immediately declaring China “a currency manipulator” and putting “an end to China’s illegal export subsidies and lax labor and environmental standards”.

According to latest figures, the US trade deficit with China reached an all-time high of $365.7 billion in 2015. By February 2016 the trade deficit had already reached $57 billion.

This is the first time Donald Trump has used the word “rape” in the context of China and trade, but his campaign has been punctuated by inflammatory comments.

Donald Trump has accused GOP’s leaders of conspiracy, saying they do not want him to win the presidential nomination.

The system was “stacked” against him, the Republican frontrunner said in New York, accusing the Republican National Committee (RNC) of conspiring against him.

Donald Trump’s comments come after his rival Ted Cruz was awarded all the delegates in Colorado without a state-wide vote.

He leads the race but may fall short of getting enough delegates to get the nomination outright.

That would lead to a contested convention in July, where delegates are free after the first ballot to back whom they want, opening the door for Texas Senator Ted Cruz or even the third candidate in the race, John Kasich.

The Washington Post reported on April 13 that Ted Cruz is likely to win on a second vote, because he has persuaded so many delegates to vote for him when they are “unbound” to vote as pledged.

However, Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus rejected Donald Trump’s charge that the rules in states like Colorado had been changed in response to his rise in the polls.

Reince Priebus tweeted that the nomination process had been well known for more than a year.Donald Trump RNC conspiracy

“It’s the responsibility of the campaigns to understand it. Complaints now? Give us all a break.”

Asked at a town hall event in New York whether the RNC wanted him to win, Donald Trump said: “No, I don’t think so. I really don’t.”

He has been criticized for not campaigning hard enough on the ground in states like Colorado.

However, Donald Trump said delegates who wanted to support him were being pushed out by the RNC.

“They don’t like when I put up my own money because it means they don’t have any control of me because I’m working for the people,” he said.

Most states have opted to hold state-wide primaries or caucuses to determine the number of delegates pledged to a particular candidate.

However, Colorado decided last summer to select its delegates in a different way, at its own state convention.

The state-by-state primary contests come to New York next week where a high number of delegates will be up for grabs.

Several senior Republicans have expressed opposition to Donald Trump winning, doubting his ability to win a general election and disagreeing with his hard line on immigration.

The property tycoon has broken an earlier pledge he made to support whoever the Republicans nominate, therefore refusing to rule out a third-party run.

Donald Trump has said there will be “riots” if he is not chosen as the party’s nominee, having headed to the convention with the most delegates.

Donald Trump has revealed the first members of his foreign policy team.

The advisers include academics and former military officers with expertise on the Middle East and energy issues.

The Republican frontrunner told the Washington Post that he would name more advisers in the coming days.

Several of Donald Trump’s advisers have served as experts for other Republican presidential candidates such as Mitt Romney and Ben Carson.

On March 21, Donald Trump named retired Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg, Carter Page, George Papadopoulos, Walid Phares and retired Gen. Joseph Schmitz.

The team is led by Republican Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama who has helped shape Donald Trump’s policies, most notably on immigration.Donald Trump foreign policy advisory team

Donald Trump has come under criticism in recent days over his policy credentials. When cable news network MSNBC asked him who was advising him on policy, Donald Trump named himself.

While some members of his team are not well known in Republican academic circles, others are seen as controversial figures.

Gen. Joseph Schmitz resigned from the military in 2005 amid accusations of misconduct. However, Joseph Schmitz was never charged with wrongdoing.

Another adviser, Walid Phares, was criticized when he was named as part of Mitt Romney’s foreign policy team in 2011.

Muslim advocacy groups took issue with Walid Phares’s close ties to right-wing Christian militia groups during the Lebanese civil war.

He is an outspoken critic of Sharia, or Islamic religious law, and has appeared on Fox News and other conservative media outlets as an expert on the Middle East.

George Papadopoulos recently served as an adviser to Ben Carson, who dropped out of the race in February. George Papadopoulos has worked as a consultant for energy companies in the Middle East.

Donald Trump also said the US should spend less money on the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

“We are paying disproportionately,” he told CNN.

“It’s too much and frankly it’s a different world than it was when we originally conceived of the idea.”

According to the British research organization Economist Intelligence Unit, Donald Trump winning the US presidency is considered one of the top 10 risks facing the world.

The EIU warns Donald Trump could disrupt the global economy and heighten political and security risks in the US.

However, it does not expect Donald Trump to defeat Hillary Clinton who it sees as “his most likely Democratic contender”.

Donald Trump is rated as riskier than Britain leaving the European Union or an armed clash in the South China Sea.

China encountering a “hard landing” or sharp economic slowdown and Russia’s interventions in Ukraine and Syria preceding a new “cold war” are among the events seen as more dangerous.

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“Thus far Mr. Trump has given very few details of his policies – and these tend to be prone to constant revision,” the EIU said in its global risk assessment, which looks at impact and probability.

The EIU ranking uses a scale of one to 25, with Donald Trump garnering a rating of 12, the same level of risk as “the rising threat of jihadi terrorism destabilizing the global economy”.

“He has been exceptionally hostile towards free trade, including notably Nafta, and has repeatedly labeled China as a <<currency manipulator>>,” the EIU said.

It warned his strong language directed towards Mexico and China in particular “could escalate rapidly into a trade war”.

Donald Trump has called for a “big big wall” to be built on the US-Mexican border, paid for by Mexico, to keep its illegal immigrants and drug dealers out of the United States.

On the campaign trail, Donald Trump has advocated killing the families of terrorists and invading Syria to eradicate ISIS and appropriate its oil.

“His militaristic tendencies towards the Middle East and ban on all Muslim travel to the US would be a potent recruitment tool for jihadi groups, increasing their threat both within the region and beyond,” the EIU added.

Critics of Donald Trump have raised similar concerns.

However, Donald Trump is moving closer to clinching the Republican presidential nominee ticket after winning most of the popular vote.

Donald Trump, who has no prior political experience, has said his supporters would “riot” if he was denied the nomination.

In the event Donald Trump does win the nomination and presidency, the EIU forecasts that domestic and foreign policymaking will be undermined.

Donald Trump has decided to call off a Chicago rally after protests against the Republican presidential front-runner led to violent clashes.

Hundreds of protesters gathered at the venue at the University of Illinois at Chicago hours before DonaldTrump was due.

Inside the auditorium, fighting broke out between supporters and protesters, who waved flags and chanted.

A statement from Donald Trump’s campaign said the candidate decided to postpone the event after meeting with police.

However, a Chicago Police Department spokesman said the force had not recommended that Donald Trump postpone the rally.Donald Trump Chicago rally

The clashes began more than an hour before the event was due to start, and continued after it was cancelled, minutes after Donald Trump was to have appeared.

There were chants for Donald Trump from his supporters and for Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders from some of the protesters.

There were several violent clashes sparked by Donald Trump supporters attempting to wrestle flags from protesters.

One protester had to be physically removed from the stage by what appeared to be a Secret Service agent.

Violent clashes continued outside the venue, with helicopter footage showing chaotic scenes as police attempted to control the large crowds.

The full statement from Donald Trump’s campaign read: “Mr. Trump just arrived in Chicago and after meeting with law enforcement has determined that for the safety of all of the tens of thousands of people that have gathered in and around the arena, tonight’s rally will be postponed to another date.

“Thank you very much for your attendance and please go in peace.”

Speaking to Fox News after the events, Donald Trump denied using hate speech or playing any part in fostering division.

“I represent a large group of people that have a lot of anger,” he said.

“There is tremendous anger out there on both sides.”

Discussing the decision to cancel the rally, Donald Trump said: “I think it was a very good thing we did, I think it was an intelligent decision.”

Donald Trump’s rivals for the Republican nomination, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, both called the incident “sad”.

Donald Trump has dropped out of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), opting instead to campaign in Kansas and Florida.

The CPAC organizers said they were “very disappointed”.

The Republican presidential frontrunner was scheduled to speak on March 5 at the gathering of conservative activists in Maryland.

Donald Trump’s fellow Republican presidential candidates are all expected to speak.

“Very disappointed Donald Trump has decided at the last minute to drop out of CPAC – his choice sends a clear message to conservatives,” CPAC tweeted.

Donald Trump’s campaign team said in a statement that he will be holding a rally in Kansas instead, followed by a rally in Orlando.Donald Trump drops out of CPAC 2016

The statement said Donald Trump looks forward to attending next year, “hopefully as president of the United States”.

The decision could further damage an already-strained relationship with the GOP establishment.

Donald Trump was attacked on March 3 by former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who remains a central figure within the party.

Mitt Romney called Donald Trump a “phony” and a “fraud” and said his controversial policies threatened to make the world less safe.

Later on March 3, Donald Trump came under attack from his nomination rivals at a Republican debate in Detroit. Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz criticized the New York businessman for changing his position on various issues.

Donald Trump admitted he had changed his stance on issues but argued that flexibility was a strength.

Republicans in four states – Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana and Maine – go to the polls on March 5.

Donald Trump has already won 10 of the 15 states that have voted so far, with his promise to “make America great again”.

Donald Trump has re-tweeted a quote attributed to Italian Fascist leader Benito Mussolini.

The tweet, created by a parody account and including Donald Trump’s handle, read: “It is better to live one day as a lion than 100 years as a sheep.”

The account is named @ilduce2016 after Benito Mussolini’s Italian title, the Leader.

Asked about the tweet in a TV interview, Donald Trump said he wanted “to be associated with interesting quotes”.

“Mussolini was Mussolini… What difference does it make?” the Republican presidential hopeful said when asked about the re-tweet on NBC’s Meet The Press.

“It got your attention, didn’t it?”

Benito Mussolini led Italy from 1922 until 1943, and led the coutry into war with the US in 1941.

The Gawker website said it had created “a Twitter bot that would post quotes from the writings and speeches of… Mussolini” at Donald Trump until he eventually re-tweeted one.Donald Trump Mussolini quote

Correspondents say this is the latest example of behavior which would have damaged any other candidate but which seems not to dent Donald Trump’s status as frontrunner for the GOP nomination for the presidential election later this year.

Donald Trump’s campaign has seen a number of surprising moments, including one of his previous rivals for the candidacy, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, endorsing him on February 26.

On February 28, Meg Whitman, CEO of Hewlett Packard and former finance co-chair of Chris Christie’s campaign, called Christie’s endorsement “an astonishing display of political opportunism”.

“Trump would take America on a dangerous journey. Christie knows all that and indicated as much many times publicly,” Meg Whitman said.

On the same day, Donald Trump appeared reluctant in a CNN interview to distance himself from an endorsement from David Duke, a former senior leader of the white supremacist group Ku Klux Klan. He told the interviewer he “didn’t know anything about David Duke”.

Later, however, he tweeted a video from an earlier press conference in which he appeared to recognize Duke’s name immediately and said: “David Duke endorsed me? OK, I disavow.”

An NBC poll put Donald Trump ahead in contests in Georgia and Tennessee due on March 1 as part of “Super Tuesday”, when 11 states will go to the polls to choose candidates.

Donald Trump’s rival Ted Cruz was ahead in his home state of Texas, while Democratic hopeful Hillary Clinton had leads in all three states over Vermont senator Bernie Sanders.

Chris Christie has made a surprise announcement saying that he is endorsing Donald Trump for president.

The New Jersey governor and former Republican candidate dropped out of the 2016 presidential race after a lacklustre showing in polls and state races.

During a press conference, Chris Christie said: “I’m happy to be on the Trump team and I look forward to working with him.”

Donald Trump gives Republicans the best chance to win the White House, Chris Christie adds.Chris Christie endorses Donald Trump

The New Jersey governor said junior senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, both running for president, were “unprepared” for the job.

There is “no question” that Donald Trump will turn around Washington, Chris Christie continued, and keep Democratic candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton from winning the White House.

Donald Trump is leading in many state polls and has already won three consecutive state contests in New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina, despite never having worked in politics.

He shouldered some criticism from Marc Rubio and Ted Cruz at a Republican debate on February 25 but it is not yet clear whether this has hurt his popularity.

“He is rewriting the playbook of American politics because he’s providing strong leadership that is not dependent upon the status quo,” Chris Christie said of Donald Trump.

“I will lend my support between now and November in every way that I can for Donald, to help to make this campaign an even better campaign than it’s already been.”

Florida Senator Marco Rubio continued to assail Donald Trump the morning after the debate.

He told CBS: “A con artist is about to take over the Republican Party and the conservative movement, and we have to put a stop to it.”

Donald Trump has easily won Nevada, cementing his lead in the race for GOP nomination.

The Republican presidential hopeful now has three consecutive wins, after victories in New Hampshire and South Carolina.

Senators Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, who have been attacking each other this week, are vying for second place.

GOP officials said they were looking into reports of double voting and not enough ballots at one caucus site.

Some volunteers also wore clothing in support of Donald Trump, but officials said this was not against the rules.

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In his victory speech, Donald Trump told a roaring crowd of supporters: “We’re winning, winning, winning the country, and soon the country is going to start winning, winning, winning.”

Nevada, typically a swing state with a substantial Latino population, is crucial to the election process. Hillary Clinton won the state on February 20 in the Democratic race.

Some 30 delegates – around 1% of the total – are up for grabs in the Nevada caucuses, the first Republican test in the west of the United States.

Early results show Donald Trump has a 42% lead over the rest of the Republican pack, with his closest rival Marco Rubio getting 25% of the vote.

In the Democrats’ caucus in Nevada last week, Hillary Clinton beat rival Bernie Sanders by five percentage points.

On February 27, both candidates face each other in South Carolina, where they are focusing their campaigns on the black vote.

Donald Trump has announced he will boycott the final Republican presidential debate before the Iowa caucuses.

The Republican presidential hopeful accused Fox News debate moderator Megyn Kelly, whom he has clashed with in the past, of being a “lightweight”.

The unexpected move prompted his closest rival, Senator Ted Cruz, to challenge him to a one-on-one debate.

Donald Trump’s campaign manager announced the decision on January 26, with just 48 hours to go before the debate.

Corey Lewandowski said immediately after the press conference: “He will not be participating in the Fox News debate Thursday.”

The announcement followed a press conference in which Donald Trump lashed out at Megyn Kelly, claiming she had been “toying” with him.

Donald Trump said he intended to hold a separate Iowa event at the same time as the debate to raise money for wounded veterans. Iowa hosts the nation’s opening presidential primary contest on February 1.Donald Trump boycotts final Republican debate

“With me, they’re dealing with somebody that’s a little bit different,” he said.

“They can’t toy with me like they toy with everybody else. Let them have their debate and let’s see how they do with the ratings.”

On Tuesday night’s airing of her Fox News show, The Kelly File, Megyn Kelly said the debate would “go on with or without Mr. Trump”.

A Fox News spokesperson said Donald Trump was still welcome to participate in the debate but would not be allowed to “dictate the moderators or the questions”.

The Republican National Committee (RNC) said the decision was up to Donald Trump.

“Obviously we would love all of the candidates to participate, but each campaign ultimately makes their own decision what’s in their best interest,” said RNC chief strategist Sean Spicer.

Donald Trump had added an element of unpredictability to the Republican contest, and helped generate big ratings in the previous six Republican presidential debates.

His decision leaves seven other candidates in the debate: Texas Senator Ted Cruz, Florida Senator Marco Rubio, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Ohio Governor John Kasich and Kentucky Senator Rand Paul.

Donald Trump, who is in a tight race with Ted Cruz, has garnered media attention with provocative actions and statements, including a call for a temporary ban on all Muslims entering the United States.

Sarah Palin has announced her endorsement for Donald Trump’s presidential bid.

The populist ex-governor of Alaska was the Republican vice-presidential candidate in 2008.

“Are you ready to stump for Trump?” Sarah Palin asked cheering supporters at a campaign rally in Iowa.

Sarah Palin was John McCain’s running mate in 2008 before they lost to Barack Obama.

Despite retiring from politics in favor of a media career, Sarah Palin remains an influential conservative voice.

Officially announcing her endorsement, Sarah Palin said Donald Trump was someone ready to let US troops “kick ISIS’ ass”.

“We are ready for a change,” she told the rally in Ames, Iowa.Sarah Palin backs Donald Trump

“He [DonaldTrump] is beholden to no one but ‘we, the people’. He is perfectly positioned to let you make America great again.”

Donald Trump, who leads the Republican race, said in a statement that he was “proud” to receive Sarah Palin’s backing.

She was a “trusted conservative” with a “proven record of being fiscally modest, staunchly pro-life and [she] believes in small government that allows businesses to grow and freedom to prosper”, the statement added.

Sarah Palin was just two years into her Alaskan governorship when she was picked by John McCain to be his running mate.

The self-described “hockey mom” soon garnered huge crowds and massive media attention.

After the election in 2009, Sarah Palin resigned as Alaska governor and has since forged a lucrative career as a writer and political commentator.

Ahead of the announcement, Sarah Palin tweeted a link to an article by her daughter Bristol attacking Donald Trump’s main rival for the key Iowa caucus, Ted Cruz.

Iowa is the first chance for voters to have their say in the nomination race.

Ted Cruz has himself praised Sarah Palin saying “without her support, I wouldn’t be in the Senate” – a reference to her backing that helped him to his surprise victory in a 2012 Senate run-off election.

“Regardless of what she does in 2016, I will always be a big fan,” Ted Cruz tweeted.

Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton’s campaign team tweeted caustically after the announcement to Sarah Palin “congrats to the YouTube commenter who wrote your remarks”.


The UK’s parliament is to debate on whether to ban Donald Trump from visiting the country.

The lawmakers will discuss a petition, which has attracted 574,000 signatures, urging a ban following Donald Trump’s call for all Muslims to be denied entry to the US.

They will also debate a counter-petition, signed by 43,000 people, claiming such a ban would be illogical.

Donald Trump’s spokeswoman said it was an “absurd waste” of lawmakers’ time.

The Republican presidential hopeful called for a temporary ban on all Muslims entering the US in response to the shooting of 14 people in San Bernardino, California in December.

Donald Trump’s comments were criticized across the political spectrum in the US and Europe. He caused further anger by claiming that areas of London and other parts of the UK have become so radicalized that they have become no-go areas for the police.

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The tycoon is leading several opinion polls in the race to be the Republican candidate for President ahead of the first primary contest in February.

All public petitions which attract more than 100,000 signatures are considered for debate by the House of Commons petitions committee.

The “Ban Trump” petition states that the UK “has banned entry to many individuals for hate speech” and argues that the rules must be “fairly applied to the rich as well as poor”.

The counter-petition argues that foreign nationals should not be banned “for their opinions on domestic actions” and that a ban would risk damaging US-UK relations given the possibility of a Trump victory in November’s election.

Today’s debate will take place in Westminster Hall, the Commons’ secondary debating chamber, rather than the main Commons chamber itself. There will be no vote at the end of it.

The UK home secretary has the power to ban people from entering the country on grounds of national security, if they are thought likely to incite racial hatred or if they are deemed not to be “conducive to the public good”.

Conservative home secretary Theresa May has banned more than 200 people since 2010, according to figures published last year, although she has declined to comment on whether Donald Trump could be added to the list.

PM David Cameron and opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn have both said they would not want to see Donald Trump excluded, arguing he should be encouraged to visit to see first-hand the UK’s diversity, cohesion and tolerance.

However, former Scottish first minister Alex Salmond, who has been involved in a war of words with Donald Trump in recent months, has suggested a ban “would do him good”.

Donald Trump, who owns the Turnberry golf course among other assets in Scotland, has threatened to cancel $1.1 billion of planned investment if he is blocked from returning to the UK.

Ahead of the debate, Trump International Links Scotland issued a statement saying lawmakers should be spending their time debating the problems facing the Scottish and UK economies.

“For the UK to consider banning someone who made a statement in America, about American borders during a US election campaign is ridiculous,” said Sarah Malone, the company’s executive vice president.

“Westminster is creating a dangerous precedent on this issue and is sending a terrible message to the world.”


Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump has defended his call for a ban on Muslims entering the United States after it was used in a propaganda video by Somali militant group al-Shabab.

Donald Trump said people had praised his courage in truthfully highlighting a “problem” that others preferred to ignore.

During an appearance on CBS News, Donald Trump said: “Now people are getting involved.”

The tycoon’s call, after San Bernardino shooting in which 14 people died, has been widely condemned.

Democratic presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that Donald Trump’s rhetoric was turning him into the “best recruiter” for ISIS.Donald Trump al Shabab video

A propaganda video by Al-Shabab, al-Qaeda’s Somali affiliate, used a clip of Donald Trump repeating his call at a campaign rally last month.

His appearance on CBS News’ Face the Nation, to be shown on January 3, Donald Trump was questioned over how his comments had been framed by al-Shabab as an incentive for Muslims to join holy war.

“Look, there’s a problem,” Donald Trump said.

“I bring it up. Other people have called and say you have guts to bring it up because frankly it’s true and nobody wants to get involved.

“People that are on different persuasions than me right now are saying, you know, maybe Trump isn’t wrong. We want to examine it.”

The video, released by al-Shabab’s media wing, also urges African-Americans to convert to Islam and take part in holy war. It says racism, police brutality and anti-Muslim sentiment are rife in the US.

In recent years, several Somali-Americans from Minnesota have gone to fight for al-Shabab in Somalia.

Al-Shabab, which seeks to overthrow Somalia’s Western-backed government and impose a strict version of Sharia, has carried out attacks in Kenya and Ethiopia.

Last month’s campaign statement from Donald Trump called for a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims” entering the United States until the authorities could “figure out what is going on”.

Donald Trump has announced he is planning to spend $2 million a week on campaign advertising.

The Republican presidential hopeful said he would bring out “substantial” adverts in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina ahead of primary elections in February.

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Donald Trump, a property tycoon, has previously said that he is funding his campaign himself and wouldn’t be in the pocket of lobbyists or powerful corporate entities. He has also insisted that he has spent very little on his campaign so far, and yet is the frontrunner.

“I’ll be spending a minimum of $2 million a week and perhaps substantially more,” Donald Trump said in a video broadcast on CNN.

“I’m going to be doing big ads in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and they’re going to be very substantial.”

Donald Trump’s campaign so far has been marked by a series of controversial statements.

The billionaire, who has no political experience, leads the polls nationally among Republican voters, and is also ahead in some key states.

The primary contests begin at the start of February and the presidential election is in November.

Donald Trump has mocked former secretary of state Hillary Clinton for apparently taking a toilet break during a televised Democratic debate.

The Republican presidential hopeful told supporters at a rally in Michigan: “I know where she went. It’s disgusting.”

Hillary Clinton returned to the stage late after an advert break during December 19 debate with her party rivals for the presidential nomination.

Donald Trump also said Hillary Clinton had been “schlonged” by Barack Obama in 2008.

Using a vulgar Yiddish term, the Republican frontrunner was referring to Hillary Clinton’s defeat to the then senator in the primary contests that year.

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“Even her race to Obama. She was going to beat Obama. I don’t know who’d be worse. I don’t know. How does it get worse?

“She was favored to win and she got schlonged, she lost.”

It is not the first time Donald Trump has referred to women in a controversial way.

In August, the property tycoon implied that he received tough questions from Fox News debate host Megyn Kelly because she was menstruating.

He has previously described comedian Rosie O’Donnell as a “fat pig”.

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have been feuding in recent days over claims she made that ISIS was using Donald Trump’s videos as a recruiting tool.

The billionaire has called for Muslims to be banned from entering the United States, in light of the San Bernardino deadly terror attack carried out by a radicalized Muslim couple.

Donald Trump, who has no political experience, leads the polls nationally among Republican voters, and is also ahead in some key states.

The primary contests begin at the start of February and the presidential election is in November 2016.


Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal has described Donald Trump as a “disgrace to America”.

Prince Alwaleed bin Talal said on Twitter that Donald Trump should give up his presidential ambitions because he would never win.

It follows the Republican presidential hopeful’s call for Muslims to be barred from entering the US for security reasons.

Donald Trump tweeted back, calling the prince “dopey”.

“You are a disgrace not only to the GOP [Republican Party] but to all America,” Prince Alwaleed bin Talal tweeted.

“Withdraw from the US presidential race as you will never win.”Donald Trump Prince Alwaleed bin Talal

Donald Trump responded by accusing the prince of wanting to use what he called “daddy’s money” to control US politicians.

That would not happen, Donald Trump said, when he got elected.

The real estate mogul has been widely criticized for his call for a ban on Muslims entering the US.

On December 10, Damac Properties – a Dubai company building a golf complex with Donald Trump – removed his name and image from the property.

Donald Trump’s comments came following the San Bernardino shootings, carried out by two Muslims who the FBI said were radicalized.

Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, 60, is the nephew of King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud. He completed a business degree in California in 1979.

The prince was named world’s richest Arab in Forbes’ 2015 list as he worth an estimated $32 billion.

He has stakes in Disney, 21st Century Fox, News Corp, Apple, GM, Twitter, and a string of hotel chains and luxury hotels, including the Plaza in New York and the George V in Paris.

Prince Alwaleed bin Talal is the owner of 95% of Kingdom Holdings, a publicly-traded company on the Saudi stock exchange. He is considered Westernized and progressive on most issues. He champions women’s rights and most of his staff are women.


Donald Trump has announced he is postponing a planned trip to Israel until “after he is elected”.

The leading Republican presidential candidate tweeted that the trip would take place “at a later date after I become President of the US”.

Earlier this week, Donald Trump proposed a temporary halt on Muslims entering the United States.

Donald Trump’s proposal was met with criticism from around the world, including from Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu.

His proposed Muslim ban made the trip political awkward for the Israeli leader.

“[Benjamin Netanyahu] said we have a meeting and he looks forward to the meeting and all of that. But I didn’t want to put him under pressure,” Donald Trump told Fox News on December 10.

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Donald Trump’s remarks were met with swift criticism. Muslim leaders, the UN and foreign leaders criticized the call as dangerous and divisive, while the White House said real estate mogul should be disqualified from serving as president.

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin implicitly rebuked the leading Republican candidate saying “we have no war with Islam”.

“We have war against those who are using ideas in order to create extremism and threats toward the whole innocent people of the world,” Reuven Rivlin said.

Earlier this week, reports suggested that Donald Trump would visit Jordan in addition to Israel. He denied these reports on Twitter.

Meanwhile, in the UK a petition calling for Donald Trump to be barred from entering the UK has garnered more than 418,000 names – meaning lawmakers will have to consider it.

In response, Donald Trump took to Twitter on December 10 saying “the United Kingdom is trying hard to disguise their massive Muslim problem,” and “many people in the UK agree with me”.


Muhammad Ali has criticized Donald Trump’s proposal to ban Muslims from entering America.

Without naming Donald Trump, the 73-year-old boxing legend said that Muslims “have to stand up to those who use Islam to advance their own personal agenda”.

The three-time world heavyweight champion is a cultural icon and one of the world’s most famous Muslims.

Donald Trump says he will never leave the race, despite widespread criticism.

The White House had said that the Republican presidential hopeful’s comments about Muslims “disqualified” him from running for the presidency.

Muhammad Ali’s statement was directed at “presidential candidates proposing to ban Muslim immigration to the United States”.

“They have alienated many from learning about Islam,” he said.

Muhammad Ali also strongly criticized violence committed by jihadists from ISIS.

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“True Muslims know that the ruthless violence of so called Islamic Jihadists goes against the very tenets of our religion,” he said.

“These misguided murderers have perverted people’s views on what Islam really is.”

Meanwhile, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg also expressed solidarity with Muslims.

In a Facebook post on December 9, Mark Zuckerberg wrote: “After the Paris attacks and hate this week, I can only imagine the fear Muslims feel that they will be persecuted for the actions of others.

“As a Jew, my parents taught me that we must stand up against attacks on all communities. If you’re a Muslim in this community, as the leader of Facebook I want you to know that you are always welcome here and that we will fight to protect your rights.”

In his statement, Muhammad Ali said there was there was “nothing Islamic about killing innocent people in Paris, San Bernardino, or anywhere else in the world”.

The former boxer was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1984, after quitting the sport. Born by the name of Cassius Clay, he converted to Islam and changed his name in 1964.

Muhammad Ali’s statement comes after President Barack Obama’s TV address to the nation on December 6, in which he called on Americans to turn away from discrimination.

“Muslim Americans are our friends and our neighbors, our co-workers, our sports heroes,” President Barack Obama said.

Donald Trump reacted to Barack Obama’s statement saying: “Obama said in his speech that Muslims are our sports heroes. What sport is he talking about, and who?”

The New York billionaire has met Muhammad Ali several times, and even received an award named after the former heavyweight champion in 2007.

Donald Trump’s comments about Muslims came after the deadly shootings in San Bernardino, California.

He called for “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on”.

A Muslim couple, believed to have been radicalized, killed 14 people at a health centre and left scores injured.

Donald Trump is the current frontrunner among the Republicans running for president, six weeks before the primary contests begin for each party to pick their nominee.

Donald Trump has said he will never leave the 2016 White House race despite increasing calls for him to step aside.

The Republican presidential hopeful told the Washington Post he would not step aside, no matter what.

The White House had said Donald Trump was “disqualified” from running after he said the US should ban Muslims from entering the country.

Donald Trump’s comments, in the wake of a deadly terror attack in California, drew global condemnation.

The latest world leader to reject his remarks was Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu, who said Israel “respects all religions”, hours after Donald Trump announced he will be visiting the country this month.

Donald Trump is the current frontrunner among the Republicans running for president, six weeks before the primary contests begin for each party to pick their nominee.Donald Trump White House 2016

He also alluded to running as an independent in a tweet linking to a USA Today poll which found 68% of his supporters would vote for him if he left the Republican Party.

Concerned that Donald Trump could run as an independent, the Republican leaders persuaded the real estate tycoon to pledge to support the eventual nominee.

However, Donald Trump has threatened to leave the Republican Party before if he was not “treated fairly”.

“My whole life is about winning. I don’t lose often. I almost never lose,” he told the Post.

Party officials fear a third-party Trump campaign would split the Republican vote, and give Democrats a winning advantage.

Although Donald Trump has consistently led in national polls for several months, a majority of voters view him unfavorably.

Republican congressman David Jolly has joined a number of commentators who have urged Donald Trump to withdraw from the race.

Donald Trump’s comments about Muslims came after the deadly shootings in San Bernardino, California.

He called for “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on”.

Former Governor of Florida Jeb Bush called Donald Trump “unhinged”. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan said his comments were contrary to American values.

A petition calling for Donald Trump to be barred from entering the UK has gathered more than 250,000 names, so British lawmakers will have to consider debating the issue.

“They don’t know what they’re getting into,” Donald Trump wrote on Twitter about the petition.


The Pentagon has warned that Donald Trump’s anti-Muslim rhetoric undermines US national security by boosting ISIS.

Donald Trump has said Muslims should be banned from entering the US, in the wake of the deadly San Bernardino attacks.

Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook said such talk “bolsters ISIL’s narrative”, referring to ISIS.

There has been a global outcry since Donald Trump made his remarks.

Secretary of State John Kerry joined the onslaught of condemnation on December 8 when he said they were “not constructive” in the fight against ISIS.

The ISIS militants are the target of a US-led bombing campaign in Syria and Iraq.Donald Trump Muslim ban proposal 2015

Donald Trump announced his plan days after an attack in California raised US fears about homegrown terrorism.

A Muslim couple, believed to have been radicalized, opened fire and killed 14 people at a social center in San Bernardino, California.

One of the two perpetrators, Tashfeen Malik, reportedly pledged allegiance to ISIS on the day of the tragedy.

Responding to Donald Trump’s remarks, the Pentagon said a border closed to Muslims would harm American efforts to counter extremist ideology.

Without mentioning Donald Trump by name, Peter Cook said: “Anything that bolsters ISIL’s narrative and pits the United States against the Muslim faith is certainly not only contrary to our values but contrary to our national security.”

The Pentagon’s view echoed a tweet from Hillary Clinton that said Donald Trump’s proposed ban is “not only counter to our values – it plays right into the hands of terrorists”.

The outcry was swift as soon as Donald Trump said in a statement on December 7 that Muslims nursed a “hatred” towards America and should be banned “until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on”.

The Republican presidential hopeful and reality TV star later said it would not apply to people living in the US.

Donald Trump defended the idea on December 8, comparing it to policies implemented by President Franklin Roosevelt during World War Two against Japanese, German and Italian people in the US.

Muslim leaders, the UN and foreign leaders have criticized the call as dangerous and divisive, while the White House said Donald Trump should be disqualified from the race.

Attempting to explain his comments, Donald Trump said parts of London were “so radicalized the police are afraid for their lives”.

Responding to the billionaire’s comments, London Mayor Boris Johnson said that was “ridiculous” and added: “The only reason I wouldn’t go to some parts of New York is the real risk of meeting Donald Trump.”

UK PM David Cameron said Donald Trump’s comments were “divisive, unhelpful and quite simply wrong”.

Republican leaders were strong in their condemnation. House Speaker Paul Ryan said: “What was proposed yesterday is not what this party stands for. And more importantly, it’s not what this country stands for.”


Donald Trump’s call to ban Muslims from entering the US have provoked condemnation from across the political spectrum.

The Republican presidential hopeful said all Muslims should be banned from entering the US.

Republicans, Democrats, Muslim leaders, the UN and foreign leaders criticized the call as dangerous and divisive.

Donald Trump said many Muslims nursed a “hatred” towards America.

The tycoon said they should be banned “until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on”.

Donald Trump’s campaign manager said that would apply to “everybody” – would-be immigrants and tourists.

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However, Donald Trump told Fox News it would “not apply to people living in the country”, adding that Muslims serving in the US military would “come home”.

Donald Trump’s statement was delivered as the US comes to terms with its deadliest terror attack since 9/11.

Last week a Muslim couple, believed to have been radicalized, opened fire and killed 14 people at a health centre in San Bernardino.

Donald Trump’s proposed ban prompted a horrified reaction from Republicans and others.

Rival candidate Jeb Bush called Donald Trump “unhinged”, while former Vice-President Dick Cheney said it “goes against everything we stand for and believe in”.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest later challenged the Republican Party to denounce the leading candidate, and said that the proposal “disqualifies him from serving as president”.

Josh Earnest said that the Trump campaign had a “dustbin of history” quality to it, calling the candidate a “carnival barker” with “fake hair”.

UN refugee agency UNHCR said it was concerned that the rhetoric was putting an “incredibly important” resettlement program for vulnerable Syrian refugees at risk.

“Donald Trump sounds more like a leader of a lynch mob than a great nation like ours,” said Nihad Awad, national executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

“These are not just words… Trump and Carson’s mainstreaming of Islamophobia in the election is inciting discrimination, hate crimes, violent attacks against Muslims and mosques.”

Donald Trump took part in heated interviews on several TV networks on December 8, defending the proposal and saying it was a temporary measure to prevent “many more World Trade Centers”.

On ABC’s Good Morning America, Donald Trump said “what I’m doing is no different than FDR,” referring to policies implemented by President Franklin Roosevelt during World War Two against Japanese, German and Italian people in the US. Some of those measures saw over 100,000 people detained in government camps.

At one point during a lengthy interview on MSNBC, presenter Joe Scarborough forced the network into a commercial break after the candidate repeatedly talked over journalists, refusing to answer questions.

Donald Trump’s statement to reporters on December 7 said polling by the Center for Security Policy, a conservative think-tank, suggested that 25% of Muslims in the US believed violence against America was justified.

“The hatred is beyond comprehension. Where this hatred comes from and why, we will have to determine.

“Until we [do]… our country cannot be the victims of horrendous attacks by people that believe only in jihad.”

It is not the first time the New York billionaire has come under fire for anti-Muslim remarks.

After the terror attacks in Paris, he suggested they register on a database and he said the US should refuse all Syrian refugees. Then he said thousands of Muslims in New Jersey cheered during 9/11, despite no evidence.

Donald Trump’s travel ban pledge sparked loud cheers when he outlined it at a South Carolina rally hours after his initial statement.

A handful of supporters backed Donald Trump online, with controversial conservative commentator Ann Coulter tweeting: “GO TRUMP, GO!”

Another of the Republican frontrunners, Ted Cruz, praised Donald Trump “for standing up and focusing America’s attention on the need to secure our borders”, although he said he disagreed with the policy.


Donald Trump has called for a ban on Muslims entering the US, in the wake of the deadly San Bernardino shootings.

In a campaign statement, the Republican presidential hopeful said a “total and complete” shutdown should remain until the US authorities “can figure out” Muslim attitudes to the US.

At a rally in South Carolina hours later, Donald Trump repeated the pledge, to loud cheers.

Criticism from the White House and other Republicans was swift.

The Republican frontrunner’s comments were contrary to US values and its national security interests, a statement from the White House said.

Republican Jeb Bush, also running for president, said Donald Trump was “unhinged”.

Donald Trump’s statement was delivered as the US comes to terms with its deadliest terror attack since 9/11.

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Last week a Muslim couple, believed to have been radicalized, opened fire and killed 14 people at a health centre in San Bernardino, California.

On December 6, President Barack Obama made a rare Oval Office address in response to the attack and warned against the US falling prey to divisiveness.

Donald Trump’s statement to reporters on December 7 said polling by the Center for Security Policy, a conservative think-tank, indicated that 25% of Muslims in the US believed violence against America was justified.

“Without looking at the various polling data, it is obvious to anybody the hatred is beyond comprehension. Where this hatred comes from and why, we will have to determine.

“Until we are able to determine and understand this problem and the dangerous threat it poses, our country cannot be the victims of horrendous attacks by people that believe only in Jihad, and have no sense of reason or respect for human life.”

When asked by The Hill if that included Muslim Americans who may currently be abroad, his spokeswoman said: “Mr. Trump says everyone.”

The director of the Council on American Islamic Relations, Nihad Awad, said Donald Trump sounded like the leader of a lynch mob rather than a great nation.

Soon after his statement was released, Donald Trump’s Republican rival Ben Carson called on all visitors to the US to “register and be monitored” during their stay.

However, his spokesman added: “We do not and would not advocate being selective on one’s religion.”

Another Republican presidential hopeful, Senator Lindsey Graham, urged all those running to condemn Donald Trump’s remarks, which they did.


Donald Trump has denied mocking disabled New York Times reporter Serge Kovaleski during a campaign address earlier this week.

The Republican presidential hopeful flailed his arms while referring to an article about the 9/11 attacks by Serge Kovaleski, who suffers from a congenital joint condition.

However, Donald Trump insisted he did not know what the reporter looked like.

He tweeted that he simply was “showing a person groveling to take back a statement made long ago”.

“I do not know the reporter for the @nytimes, or what he looks like. I was showing a person groveling to take back a statement made long ago!” the tycoon wrote.

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The row erupted after Donald Trump’s speech at a rally in South Carolina on November 24.

Donald Trump used a 2001 article by Serge Kovaleski, who at the time worked for the Washington Post, to back up his own widely disputed claims that “thousands” of Muslims in New Jersey celebrated the September 11 attacks in the US.

In his article, Serge Kovaleski’s wrote that “law enforcement authorities detained and questioned a number of people who were allegedly seen celebrating the attacks and holding tailgate-style parties on rooftops while they watched the devastation on the other side of the river” in Jersey City.

However, Serge Kovaleski recently told CNN he did “not recall anyone saying there were thousands, or even hundreds of people celebrating”.

At the rally, Donald Trump accused Serge Kovaleski of backing down from his own story.

“Now the poor guy, you gotta see this guy,” the billionaire said, before launching into an apparent impression of Serge Kovaleski, waving his arms around with his hands at an odd angle.

“Uhh I don’t know what I said. Uhh I don’t remember. He’s going like <<I don’t remember. Maybe that’s what I said>>.”

Serge Kovaleski has arthrogryposis, a condition that affects the movement of joints and is noticeable in his right arm and hand.

He reported on Donald Trump between 1987 and 1993. He has said he is sure the businessman remembers him and his physical condition, the Washington Post reported.

The New York Times has called Donald Trump’s actions “outrageous”.


Donald Trump has come again under fire after mocking a New York Times reporter with a congenital joint condition during a campaign rally in South Carolina this week.

The incident occurred as the Republican presidential hopeful was defending his recent claim that he had witnessed thousands of Muslims cheering in New Jersey on September 11, 2001, as the World Trade Center collapsed.

The assertion has since been fact-checked and discredited by law enforcement and government officials who were in New Jersey in the days and weeks following the terrorist attacks.

On November 24, Donald Trump berated New York Times investigative reporter Serge Kovaleski for his recent recollection of an article he had written a few days after the attacks.

Donald Trump appeared to mock Serge Kovaleski’s physical condition; the reporter has arthrogryposis, which visibly limits flexibility in his arms.Donald Trump mocking Serge Kovaleski

“Now, the poor guy – you’ve got to see this guy, <<Ah, I don’t know what I said! I don’t remember!>>” Donald Trump said as he jerked his arms in front of his body.

The gesture was all the more personal because Serge Kovaleski covered Donald Trump while reporting for the New York Daily News between 1987 and 1993, a tumultuous period for the businessman in which he struggled through several financial setbacks.

“The sad part about it is, it didn’t in the slightest bit jar or surprise me that Donald Trump would do something this low-rent, given his track record,” Serge Kovaleski said.

Donald Trump campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks declined to comment on the record about the incident. A campaign official speaking on background said Donald Trump was “not aware of any condition and was not mocking his physical appearance in any way”.

In his speech on November 24, Donald Trump defended his recollection of the Muslim revelers by citing a 2001 article by Serge Kovaleski, who worked for The Washington Post at the time, noting that “authorities detained and questioned a number of people who were allegedly seen celebrating the attacks and holding tailgate-style parties on rooftops while they watched the devastation on the other side of the river”.

Those allegations were never corroborated but have persisted in online rumors in the 14 years since the attacks. In an interview on CNN this week, Serge Kovaleski said he did not recall “anyone saying there were thousands, or even hundreds, of people celebrating”.

Serge Kovaleski’s friends and colleagues took to social media this week to defend him – and excoriate Donald Trump.

The New York Times also issued a sharply worded statement November 25, saying: “We think it’s outrageous that he would ridicule the appearance of one of our reporters.”

On the same day, Donald Trump tweeted: “The failing @nytimes should be focused on good reporting and the papers financial survival and not with constant hits on Donald Trump!”