- President Donald Trump, Republicans, and administration officials have responded to a second December death of a migrant child in US custody.
- In an interview, outgoing White House chief of staff John Kelly said Trump’s “Wall” won’t actually be a wall.
- Business Insider spoke to truck drivers pointedly blocking Tesla Superchargers as multiple reports of the trend have surfaced online.
It was the weekend before New Year’s Day 2019, but 2018’s news didn’t stop.
Following the death of a second migrant child in US custody on Christmas Eve, Trump and other officials have given varied responses.
Another trying weekend for Tesla, capping off a tumultuous 2018.
The outgoing White House chief of staff had some new and confusing things to say about the US-Mexico border obstacle formerly known as the “wall.”
And the US military has some difficult numbers to share in its ongoing fight against ISIS.
And now we know the identity of the former Russian spy who acted as Paul Manafort’s go-between with a Russian oligarch who supposedly exchanged his debts for access.
The deaths of two migrant children in US custody at the southern US border prompted renewed tensions over Trump’s immigration policies, while the president again sought to blame Democrats.
Tensions over the management of US border agencies reached a fever pitch after two migrant children died in US custody in just over two weeks.
There are now rising doubts about the US Customs and Border Patrol agency’s ability to care for the surge of migrant kids and families seeking refuge in the US.
Trump responded to the migrant child deaths by blaming Democrats and immigration policies: ‘If we had a Wall, they wouldn’t even try!’
Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina promised hearings on the children’s deaths and then White House aide Kellyanne Conway doubled down on Trump’s tweet, deepening a scrambled response from the administration
In a wide-ranging interview with the Los Angeles Times, outgoing White House chief of staff John Kelly said there is no actual wall, and the administration’s zero-tolerance immigration policy was all Jeff Sessions and a surprise to officials.
- Outgoing chief of staff John Kelly says Trump’s ‘wall’ won’t actually be a wall: ‘To be honest, it’s not a wall.’
- Kelly’s comments echo the president’s recent change of tune, saying it would be more like “fencing,” that was an “artistically designed” set of “steel slats,” and not concrete.
- Kelly also pointed the finger of blame at former Attorney General Jeff Sessions for the administration’s policy that resulted in the separation of hundreds of migrant children from their families, saying, “he surprised us.”
Lady Gaga kicked off her Vegas residency “Enigma” at the Park MGM Resort in Las Vegas.
There were keytars, Spongebob comparisons, and multiple flying moments. Check out the photos from opening night.
Lady Gaga broke down in tears as she performed ‘Shallow’ for the first time live at the residency. See the video.
Truck drivers are blocking Tesla Superchargers.But really, if you somehow missed it this year, Tesla and its erratic chief executive Elon Musk certainly had an exciting 2018. Take a moment here to reflect on the brilliant, and then bizarre, in this blow-by-blow account.
- A recent spate of blocking TeslaSuperchargers has some drivers comparing the practice to “rolling coal.”
- One Tesla owner told Business Insider a group of truck owners harassed them in the parking lot of a Sheetz convenience store in North Carolina, just as CEO Elon Musk looks to expand the charger network nationally.
- Tesla had an eventful 2018. Full of drama, obstacles, success and Elon Musk.
- Tesla‘s mercurial CEO, attracted attention for his unpredictability, which often led to lawsuits from investors and an investigation from the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Department of Justice.
- Here’s every bizarre thing that happened to Tesla this year as it heads into 2019 with equal cause for optimism and anxiety.
US military says it’s responsible for killing 1,139 civilians in its fight against ISIS — but others estimate much higher numbers
- The US military says it is responsible for inadvertently killing 1,139 civilians in its fight against ISIS since August 2014.
- However many suggest this figure is not accurate, according to a report from Defence One’s Kevin Baron.
- The report flags that 12 civilians were killed in a May 2017 strike on Mosul alone.
- Other estimates are much, much higher, suggesting the civilian death toll in the US’s fight against ISIS is closer to at least 7,000.
Another four-star Army Gen. has taken aim at President Donald Trump’s performance. He says the Commander in Chief is dishonest and immoral.
- Retired four-star Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal criticised President Donald Trump’s handling of the job of commander-in-chief.
- In an interview on “This Week,” McChrystal said, “I don’t think he tells the truth.”
- He called the Commander in Chief is dishonest and immoral.
- McChrystal was also critical of Trump’s recent visit to Iraq and his decision to withdraw troops from Syria.
Now we know the secret identity of the former Russian spy who doubled as Paul Manafort’s main foreign contact during the fraught 2016 US presidential election.
- Aninvestigation by TIME magazine found an ex-spy named Victor Boyarkin was responsible for collecting Manafort’s debts to wealthy Russian-Ukrainian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, for which Manafort offered direct access to then-candidate Donald Trump’s campaign.
- The special counsel Robert Mueller already called out the former Trump campaign chairman for breaching his plea deal by telling “discernible lies” after agreeing to cooperate in the Russia probe.
- Prosecutors said Manafort lied in statements he made about his association with Deripaska and a litany of other key testimonies.
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