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Obama DENIES Trump's sensational 'Nixon/Watergate' phone tap accusation [F}

President Trump Accuses Former President Barack Obama Of Wiretapping Him During Election (Video)

Obama's (pictured during Trump's inauguration) spokesman Kevin Lewis released a statement Saturday afternoon refuting Trump's wire-tapping claims

  • Trump has accused Obama of wire tapping his phones at Trump Tower on Twitter
  • The president tweeted that Obama had been spying on him in October  
  • He claims the phones in Trump Tower were 'tapped' before his election victory 
  • But Obama's spokesman, Kevin Lewis, said those claims were 'simply false' 
  • Lewis released a statement Saturday saying 'neither President Obama nor any White House official ever ordered surveillance on any U.S. citizen'
  • Ben Rhodes, the former policy advisor for Obama, also blasted Trump's claims
  • He responded to Trump in a tweet that said 'no president can order a wiretap'
  • Former Mexican President Vicente Fox also slammed Trump saying he was a 'so-called president' for calling Obama a 'bad and sick guy' 
  • A former senior intelligence official said 'it's highly unlikely there was a wiretap'
  • According to official, wiretap can't be directed at US facility, without probable cause the phone lines were being used by agents of a foreign power
The Obama administration has denied President Donald Trump's claims that Barack Obama wire-tapped his phones at Trump Tower before the election. Trump was spotted waving to his supporters as his motorcade crossed the Bingham Island Bridge in Palm Beach on Saturday

The Obama administration has denied President Donald Trump's claims that Barack Obama wire-tapped his phones at Trump Tower before the election. Trump was spotted waving to his supporters as his motorcade crossed the Bingham Island Bridge in Palm Beach on Saturday

Obama's (pictured during Trump's inauguration) spokesman Kevin Lewis released a statement Saturday afternoon refuting Trump's wire-tapping claims

Obama's (pictured during Trump's inauguration) spokesman Kevin Lewis released a statement Saturday afternoon refuting Trump's wire-tapping claims

Trump accused Obama of tapping his phones at Trump Tower in a flurry of tweets Saturday morning

Trump accused Obama of tapping his phones at Trump Tower in a flurry of tweets Saturday morning

Lewis said 'neither President Obama nor any White House official ever ordered surveillance on any U.S. citizen'

Lewis said 'neither President Obama nor any White House official ever ordered surveillance on any U.S. citizen'

McCarthyism, which the president used in his first tweet, is the practice of making accusations of subversion or treason without proper regard for evidence. 

Trump started tweeting shortly after 3.30am ET and posed the question: 'Is it legal for a sitting President to be 'wire tapping' a race for president prior to an election?' 

In another tweet Trump said it was a 'new low' for the former president, compared it to 'Nixon/Watergate' and called Obama a 'bad (or sick) guy'.

Ben Rhodes, the former policy advisor for Obama, blasted Trump's accusations on Twitter: 'No President can order a wiretap. Those restrictions were put in place to protect citizens from people like you.'

Rhodes shot back at another Trump tweet saying: 'Dear Pundits who lauded his speech. Is it still 'presidential' to call your dignified predecessor 'Bad (or sick) guy!'

Former Mexican President Vicente Fox also slammed Trump following his Twitter tirade.

'A 'so-called' President is calling a real President and true leader: bad and sick guy. What a shame, America you need to do something now!' Fox tweeted. 

'@realDonaldTrump is more aware of what happens in reality TV than his own country. He's a very bad apprentice of politics!' he added in reference to Trump's Celebrity Apprentice show.  

Trump fired off his tweets shortly after 3.30am ET Saturday morning

Trump fired off his tweets shortly after 3.30am ET Saturday morning

Ben Rhodes, the former policy advisor for Obama, also blasted Trump's accusations on Twitter: 'No President can order a wiretap. Those restrictions were put in place to protect citizens from people like you'

Ben Rhodes, the former policy advisor for Obama, also blasted Trump's accusations on Twitter: 'No President can order a wiretap. Those restrictions were put in place to protect citizens from people like you'

Former Mexican President Vicente Fox also slammed Trump following his Twitter tirade

Former Mexican President Vicente Fox also slammed Trump following his Twitter tirade

Fox said Trump was a 'so-called president' for calling Obama a 'bad and sick guy'

Fox said Trump was a 'so-called president' for calling Obama a 'bad and sick guy'

Trump also linked Obama to Attorney General Jeff Sessions's meetings last year with Russia's US ambassador, Sergey Kislyak.

'The first meeting Jeff Sessions had with the Russian Amb was set up by the Obama Administration under education program for 100 Ambs,' he tweeted.

Trump's team has sought to push back over its connections to Russian officials by pointing out instances of Democrats meeting with Kislyak.

But a former senior intelligence official told The Washington Post that 'it's highly unlikely there was a wiretap'.

Trump bizarrely alleges wiretapping by Obama; gives no evidence

'It seems unthinkable. If that were the case by some chance, that means that a federal judge would have found that there was either probable cause that he had committed a crime or was an agent of a foreign power,' the official said.

According to the official, a wiretap cannot be directed at a US facility, without finding probable cause that the phone lines or internet addresses were being used by agents of a foreign power.

'You can't just go around and tap buildings,' the official told the Post.

Another former senior US official, who worked under the Obama administration, told CNN there was no such investigation of Trump, nor were his phones tapped.

'This did not happen. It is false. Wrong,' the former official said.

The official echoed that of others saying Obama could not have ordered this and adding that it would have been taken to a judge by investigators, but investigators never did that.

The president, who is currently vacationing at his private Mar-a-Lago estate, did not provide any additional evidence to back up his claims.  

Another official echoed that of others saying Obama could not have ordered a wire-tap, adding that it would have been taken to a judge by investigators, but investigators never did that

Another official echoed that of others saying Obama could not have ordered a wire-tap, adding that it would have been taken to a judge by investigators, but investigators never did that

Trump's claims seem to have stemmed from a Thursday evening radio show hosted by Mark Levin that claimed Obama executed a 'silent coup' of Trump via 'police state' tactics

Trump's claims seem to have stemmed from a Thursday evening radio show hosted by Mark Levin that claimed Obama executed a 'silent coup' of Trump via 'police state' tactics

Trump's claims seem to have stemmed from a Thursday evening radio show hosted by Mark Levin that claimed Obama executed a 'silent coup' of Trump via 'police state' tactics, according to far-right Breitbart News.

Through a timeline, Levin suggested the former president should be the target of congressional investigation. 

During the summer last year, the Obama administration filed a request with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA) to monitor communications involving Trump and several advisers but the request was denied, according to Heat Street former editor, Louise Mensch.

Just a day before the 2016 election, Mensch reported that 'sources with links to the counter-intelligence community' confirmed that a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA) had granted a FISA court warrant in October to monitor activities in Trump tower.   

On Wednesday, a New York Times report said White House officials took efforts in the closing days of the Obama administration to analyze and spread information about Russian election interference, driven by a concern that the material might get buried by Trump. 

Trump's claims seem to have stemmed from a Thursday evening radio show hosted by Mark Levin that claimed Obama executed a 'silent coup' of Trump via 'police state' tactics

Trump's claims seem to have stemmed from a Thursday evening radio show hosted by Mark Levin that claimed Obama executed a 'silent coup' of Trump via 'police state' tactics

The president, who is currently vacationing at his private Mar-a-Lago estate (pictured), did not provide any additional evidence to back up his claims. Obama has not responded to the accusations

The president, who is currently vacationing at his private Mar-a-Lago estate (pictured), did not provide any additional evidence to back up his claims. Obama has not responded to the accusations

Intelligence agencies rushed to analyze raw intelligence material about Russia connections, going over months-old material as the extent and possible motives of what the agencies say is Russian election hacking emerged.

Officials made efforts to ask specific questions at intelligence briefings as a way to get the information into the record and be archived for examination later.

In January, American law enforcement and intelligence agencies examined intercepted communications and financial transactions as part of a broad investigation into possible links between Russian officials and associates of Trump, according to the Times

The FBI led the investigations, aided by the National Security Agency, and the Treasury Department's financial crimes unit. 

Trump also linked Obama to Attorney General Jeff Sessions's meetings last year with Russia's US ambassador

Trump also linked Obama to Attorney General Jeff Sessions's meetings last year with Russia's US ambassador

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1. In June 2016, the Obama administration filed a request with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA) to monitor communications involving Trump and several advisers but the request was denied, according to Heat Street former editor, Louise Mensch.

2. In October, the Obama administration submitted a new FISA request, which focused on a computer server in Trump Tower suspected of links to Russia, according to Heat Street.

4. In January 2017, Christopher Steele was named as ex-MI6 agent behind 'fake' Trump sex dossier. None of the allegations were verified and some were proven false. Also in January, the Obama administration expanded the power of the National Security Agency to share globally intercepted personal communications with the government's 16 other intelligence agencies before applying privacy protections.

5. In January 2017, American law enforcement and intelligence agencies examined intercepted communications and financial transactions as part of a broad investigation into possible links between Russian officials and associates of Trump, according to the Times

6. The Times also reported in January that White House officials took efforts in the closing days of the Obama administration to analyze and spread information about Russian election interference, driven by a concern that the material might get buried by Trump. 

7. A month later, ex- National Security Adviser Mike Flynn was forced to resign from his position following reports that he had misled Vice President Mike Pence and other officials about his contacts with Russia.

8. Also in February, phone records and intercepted calls showed that members of Trump's campaign and other Trump associates had repeated contacts with senior Russian intelligence officials in the year before the election, the Times reported. 

9. In March, US Attorney General Jeff Sessions removed himself from all investigations involving the presidential campaign in a stunning turnaround to save his job on Thursday afternoon. It was revealed that he didn't tell Congress about his meetings with the Russian ambassador to the US. He then announced he was recusing himself from all investigations connected to the presidential election.  

Investigators found no conclusive evidence of wrongdoing, the officials said.

One official said intelligence reports based on some of the wiretapped communications had been provided to the White House. 

As the news spread about Trump's allegations, many government officials took to social media to respond. 

South Carolina Sen Lindsey Graham, spoke on Trump's accusations at a Town Hall on Saturday.

'I am very worried that our president is suggesting that the former president has done something illegally,' Graham told his audience. 

'I would be very worried if in fact the Obama administration was able to obtain a warrant lawfully about Trump campaign activity with foreign governments. 

In other words, the he Obama administration would have only been able to lawfully obtain a warrant for a wire tap, if a judge found probably cause that Trump was engaging in criminal activity.  

Democrats have also responded to Trump's claims, including House minority leader Nancy Pelosi, who Trump recently demanded by investigated after she said she hadn't met the current Russian ambassador, only to be revealed to have met him in a 2010 photo.

Pelosi hit back at Trump's demands of an 'immediate' investigation by tweeting: 'The Deflector-in-Chief is at it again. An investigation by an independent commission is the only answer.'  

Others have also responded to Trump's claims, including Ted Lieu, a Democratic member of the US House of Representatives, representing California's 33rd congressional district

Others have also responded to Trump's claims, including Ted Lieu, a Democratic member of the US House of Representatives, representing California's 33rd congressional district

Nancy Pelosi, who Trump recently demanded by investigated after she said she hadn't met the current Russian ambassador, also responded to Trump's claims

Nancy Pelosi, who Trump recently demanded by investigated after she said she hadn't met the current Russian ambassador, also responded to Trump's claims

Former Vermont Gov Howard Dean also tweeted shortly after Trump's accusation made headlines

Former Vermont Gov Howard Dean also tweeted shortly after Trump's accusation made headlines

The Trump administration has come under increasing pressure over its connections to Russian officials.

Earlier this week, Sessions recused himself from any investigations involving the presidential election after it was revealed he twice met with Kislyak during the campaign.

On Thursday, Jeff Sessions recused himself from investigations involving the presidential election after it was revealed he twice met with Russia’s ambassador to Washington

On Thursday, Jeff Sessions recused himself from investigations involving the presidential election after it was revealed he twice met with Russia's ambassador to Washington

When Trump was asked if he knew Sessions had met Kislyak before the election, he said: 'I wasn't aware at all.'

The president's extraordinary intervention came as Sessions faced a firestorm over whether he lied to the Senate during confirmation hearings by failing to disclose his two meetings last summer. 

But the president also said he has 'total' confidence in his attorney general and does not think he should recuse himself from Justice Department investigations involving Russia

'I don't think so,' he told reporters asking about recusal on Thursday as he visited the USS Gerard R. Ford in Newport News, Virginia.

Despite saying he did not know of the meetings with Kislyak, he stood by Sessions as he took fire from Democrats for failing to disclose the conversations during his confirmation hearing.

Asked if Sessions told a Senate panel the truth about the communications, Trump gave only a half-hearted endorsement, however.

'I think he probably did,' Trump said. 

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Trump becomes first modern President to have net negative approval rating in first month

U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday accused former President Barack Obama of wiretapping him in October during the late stages of the presidential election campaign, but offered no evidence to support the allegation.

"How low has President Obama gone to tapp my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!," Trump said in a series of Tweets on his Twitter account early on Saturday.

"Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my 'wires tapped' in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!" Trump continued. "Is it legal for a sitting President to be 'wire tapping' a race for president prior to an election? Turned down by court earlier. A NEW LOW. I'd bet a good lawyer could make a great case out of the fact that President Obama was tapping my phones in October, just prior to Election!."

Obama's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Reuters. The White House also did not respond to a request to elaborate on Trump's accusations.

In one of the Tweets, Trump said the alleged wiretapping took place in his Trump Tower building in New York, but there was "nothing found."

Trump's administration has come under pressure from Federal Bureau of Investigation and congressional investigations into contacts between some members of his campaign team and Russian officials during his campaign.

Obama imposed sanctions on Russia and ordered Russian diplomats to leave the United States in December over the country's involvement in hacking political parties in the Nov. 8 U.S. presidential election.

On Saturday, Representative Eric Swalwell, a Democrat who is a member of the House Intelligence Committee, told Fox News that Trump "is not credible when it comes to talking about Russia."

Swalwell downplayed Trump's allegation. "I think this is just the president up early doing his routine tweeting, he said. "Presidents don't wiretap anyone. These are pursued by the Department of Justice in accordance with the FBI and signed off by a judge."

Trump's national security adviser, Michael Flynn, resigned in February after revelations that he had discussed U.S. sanctions on Russia with the Russian ambassador to the United States before Trump took office.

Flynn had promised Vice President Mike Pence he had not discussed U.S. sanctions with the Russians, but transcripts of intercepted communications, described by U.S. officials, showed that the subject had come up in conversations between him and the Russian ambassador.

Trump has often used his Twitter account to attack rivals and for years led a campaign alleging that Obama was not born in the United States. He later retracted the allegation.

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Donald Trump Blocks CNN, The NY Times, BBC, The Daily News & More From Press But Allows Racist, Breitbart Media To Participate [Video] President Trump's job approval rating stands at 44%

President Donald Trump's job approval rating sits at 44 percent, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll – a low bar in this survey for a new commander-in-chief.

Forty-eight percent of voters surveyed said they disapproved of the job the Republican is doing, though the polling shows a stark partisan divide.  

He's the first president in recent history to kick off his administration with a net negative rating – -4 percent – as Barack Obama started with a net positive rating of 34 percent, with George W. Bush and Bill Clinton having similar numbers. 

George H.W. Bush had it even better, with a net positive rating of 45 percent.   

The numbers come just two days before President Trump will deliver his first State of the Union-style address to Congress, where he's expected to lay out his administration's vision. 

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President Donald Trump's approval rating stands at 44 percent, while 48 percent disapprove of the job he's doing, says a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll

President Donald Trump's approval rating stands at 44 percent, while 48 percent disapprove of the job he's doing, says a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll

A month into office, and President Donald Trump is still suffering from historically low approval numbers, with just 44 percent saying they approve of the job he's done 

A month into office, and President Donald Trump is still suffering from historically low approval numbers, with just 44 percent saying they approve of the job he's done 

President Donald Trump began his Sunday by tweeting about the Democrats about about the 'failing' New York Times 

President Donald Trump began his Sunday by tweeting about the Democrats about about the 'failing' New York Times 

He spent his Sunday morning on Twitter whacking his political enemies – the Democrats – and the media. 

'For first time the failing [New York Times] will take an ad (a bad one) to help save its failing reputation. Try reporting accurately & fairly!' the president wrote, referencing a new television commercial that advertises the newspaper.  

When asked about Trump's performance thus far, 30 percent of respondents said the president, who came from the business and entertainment world and held no elected office, was off to a 'good start.' 

Another 24 percent said his start was 'mixed,' while 14 percent called it 'bad.' 

Thirty-two percent, the biggest chunk of respondents, said he wasn't up to being president. 

Now when just Republicans were asked this question, 63 percent said he was off to a good start, 28 percent called it mixed, 4 percent called it bad and 5 percent said he wasn't up to being president.  

When just Democrats were sequestered, 5 percent said Trump was off to a good start, 13 percent considered it a mixed start, 22 percent called it bad. 

There's a sizable partisan split when voters were asked  their view on how the president is doing 

There's a sizable partisan split when voters were asked  their view on how the president is doing 

President Donald Trump's still scores low when voters are asked about his temperament, but higher on 'being firm and decisive' 

President Donald Trump's still scores low when voters are asked about his temperament, but higher on 'being firm and decisive' 

And 58 percent of Democrats said Trump wasn't up to being president.   

The biggest clump of independents, 38 percent, said they viewed Trump's performance thus far as 'mixed.' 

Asked to define those early challenges that Trump has faced, 52 percent of respondents called them 'real problems,' which were specific to his administration, while 43 percent considered them your average 'growing pains' of a new presidency.  

The new poll shows that Trump's temperament is still a problem for many American voters, as he received a net -37 percent  on that characteristic. 

Trump was also panned for his ability to deal with an international crisis (-21 percent), being knowledgeable and experienced enough to be president (-18 percent), and being honest and trustworthy (-15 percent). 

It's not all bad news for Trump. 

He received the highest net positive rating for being strong and decisive, 29 percent, and positive ratings for changing business as usual (14 percent), being straightforward and direct (12 percent), being effective and getting things done (12 percent) and dealing with the economy (11 percent).   

A bulk of Americans haven't been surprised by Trump's job performance thus far, with 57 percent saying the happenings have been about what they expected. 

Another 19 percent said he was doing better than they expected, while 24 percent said he's done worse.  

In a month's time, Trump's numbers have ticked up when respondents were asked their feelings about the president. 

In January, 20 percent viewed him very positively, now that number has moved to 27 percent. 

Additionally, while 38 percent viewed him very negatively in January, 35 percent viewed him very negatively in February, a slight improvement. 

According to NBC News/Wall Street Journal's polling through the years, audiences felt the most negatively about Trump in April 2916, as he was about to clinch the Republican nomination. 

The 27 percent who feel very positively about the president is a high water mark for Trump, who received 3 percent on that question when it was first asked in July 1990, during the midst of his highly-publicized divorce, and again in October 1999, when he announced his first presidential exploratory committee.  

Additionally, the percentage of people who feel the country is moving in a positive direction ticked up slightly too, with 40 percent making that statement in February, while 37 percent made that statement in January. 

That's much better than how the country was feeling last summer, when 18 percent said the country was headed in the right direction and another 73 percent said the country was headed in the wrong direction. 

Today 51 percent say the country is headed in the wrong direction.  

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Trump SCRAPS Obama's transgender bathroom rules: Order which told public schools to let trans students use the bathroom of their gender identity or risk their funding is axed

Donald Trump and his administration are trying to put an end to the Freedom of the Press. Just last week Trump stated that the media is the enemy of the American people. This is usually how dictatorships get started.



Donald Trump and Press Secretary Sean Spicer just took the unprecedented step of banning major news outlets from a White House press briefing.

CNNThe New York TimesThe HillPoliticoBuzzFeedthe Daily MailBBCthe Los Angeles Times and the New York Daily News were not allowed to attend. Many of these outlets – CNN and The New York Times in particular – have been singled out by President Trump as an example of “fake news” because of their critical coverage of his campaign and administration.

Instead, Trump's team filled the room with conservative propaganda outlets like fascist hate-rag Breitbart, conservative TV channel One America News, and clickbait fake news site GatewayPundit.

SMH. America 2017

 

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Hip Hop mogul and one-time Trump pal Russell Simmons leads angry protest against the President in New YorkTrump administration lifts transgender bathroom guidance

The Trump administration has ended federal protection for transgender students that required public schools to allow transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms matching their chosen gender identity.

The administration lifted the federal guidelines on Wednesday that had been issued by the Obama administration back in May. 

It will now be up to states and school districts to interpret federal anti-discrimination law and determine whether students should have access to restrooms in accordance with their expressed gender identity and not just their biological sex. 

A letter sent to schools nationwide by the Justice and Education departments says the earlier directive caused confusion and lawsuits over how it should be applied.

The letter says the guidance is lifted, but anti-bullying safeguards will not be affected.

The Trump administration has lifted federal guidelines that said transgender students should be allowed to use public school bathrooms matching their chosen gender identity

The Trump administration has lifted federal guidelines that said transgender students should be allowed to use public school bathrooms matching their chosen gender identity

'This is an issue best solved at the state and local level,' Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said. 'Schools, communities, and families can find - and in many cases have found - solutions that protect all students.' 

Although the Obama guidance was not legally binding, transgender rights advocates said it was necessary to protect students from discrimination. 

White House spokesman Sean Spicer said President Donald Trump 'made it clear throughout the campaign that he is a firm believer in states' rights and that certain issues like this are not best dealt with at the federal level.'

Conservative activists hailed the change, saying the Obama directives were illegal and violated the rights of fixed-gender students, especially girls who did not feel safe changing clothes or using restrooms next to anatomical males.

'Our daughters should never be forced to share private, intimate spaces with male classmates, even if those young men are struggling with these issues,' said Vicki Wilson, a member of Students and Parents for Privacy. 

'It violates their right to privacy and harms their dignity.'

But the reversal was a setback for transgender rights groups, which had been urging Trump to keep the guidelines in place. Advocates say federal law will still prohibit discrimination against students based on their gender or sexual orientation.

Still, they say lifting the Obama directive puts children in harm's way.

'Reversing this guidance tells trans kids that it's OK with the Trump administration and the Department of Education for them to be abused and harassed at school for being trans,' said American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten.

Protesters with the National Center for Transgender Equality rallied in front of the White House on Wednesday after the Department of Education announced the plans to overturn the school guidance on protecting transgender students.  

The Obama administration had told public schools to grant bathroom access even if a student's chosen gender identity isn't the same as what's in their record 

The Obama administration had told public schools to grant bathroom access even if a student's chosen gender identity isn't the same as what's in their record 

Activists and protesters with the National Center for Transgender Equality rally in front of the White House on Wednesday after the Department of Education announced plans to overturn the school guidance on protecting transgender students

Activists and protesters with the National Center for Transgender Equality rally in front of the White House on Wednesday after the Department of Education announced plans to overturn the school guidance on protecting transgender students

Activists stationed themselves outside the White House on Wednesday after the announcement was made

Although the Obama guidance issued in May was not legally binding, transgender rights advocates say it was necessary to protect students from discrimination

Although the Obama guidance issued in May was not legally binding, transgender rights advocates say it was necessary to protect students from discrimination

The 16-year-old singer who performed the national anthem at Trump's inauguration spoke out against the president as the repeal was announced. 

Jackie Evancho, whose older sister Juliet is transgender, had pleaded with the president to have a discussion about transgender rights just hours before the announcement was made.

'I am obviously disappointed in the @POTUS decision to send the #transgender bathroom issue to the states to decide. #sisterlove,' she wrote.

'@realDonaldTrump u gave me the honor to sing at your inauguration. Pls give me & my sis the honor 2 meet with u to talk transgender rights.' 

About 150,000 young people - 0.7 percent of those between the ages of 13 and 17 - in the United States identify as transgender, according to a study by The Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law.

The Obama administration had told public schools to grant bathroom access even if a student's chosen gender identity isn't the same as what's in their record. 

The guidance was based on its determination that Title IX, the federal law prohibiting sex discrimination in education and activities, also applies to gender identity. 

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement on Wednesday that the Obama guidance did not sufficiently explain how federal sex discrimination law known as Title IX also applies to gender identity. 

Jackie Evancho, the 16-year-old who performed at Trump's inauguration (pictured), spoke out against the president's decision to repeal an Obama directive on transgender bathrooms

Jackie Evancho, the 16-year-old who performed at Trump's inauguration (pictured), spoke out against the president's decision to repeal an Obama directive on transgender bathrooms

Jackie Evancho, whose older sister Juliet is transgender, had pleaded with the president to have a discussion about transgender rights just hours before the announcement

Jackie Evancho, whose older sister Juliet is transgender, had pleaded with the president to have a discussion about transgender rights just hours before the announcement

Spicer: President maintains transgender bathrooms a states issue

It was not clear what immediate impact the change would have on schools, as a federal judge in Texas put a temporary hold on the Obama guidance soon after it was issued - after 13 states sued. 

But it could have consequences for unresolved court cases dealing with Title IX.

They include a case set to be heard by the Supreme Court in March involving a transgender teen who was denied a choice of bathroom access in Virginia.

Courts are unsettled about whether, in the absence of guidance from the federal government, anti-discrimination laws require schools to allow students to use bathrooms and locker rooms based on their gender identity. 

The high court could decide not to hear the case and direct lower courts to decide that question instead.

Similar lawsuits are still playing out across the country. 

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Frustrated FOX News Anchor Shepard Smith Goes OFF on Donald Trump - "We Are Not Fools..." [Video]

Russell Simmons Susan Sarandon protest Trump in New York 

An anti-Donald Trump rally held in New York on Sunday afternoon counted celebrities including former Trump-friend Russell Simmons and Susan Sarandon among those in attendance.

About 1,000 people of different ethnicity and faith attended the demonstration, called 'Today, I Am A Muslim Too,' in Times Square, Manhattan.

Simmons, who previously said he has not spoken to Trump since 2015, cheekily told the crowd: 'We are here, unified, because of Donald Trump, so we won’t speak too harshly of him tonight – today. 

'We want to thank him for bringing us together,' Fox News reported.

An anti-Donald Trump rally held in New York on Sunday afternoon counted celebrities including former Trump-friend Russell Simmons and Susan Sarandon among those in attendance

An anti-Donald Trump rally held in New York on Sunday afternoon counted celebrities including former Trump-friend Russell Simmons and Susan Sarandon among those in attendance

About 1,000 people of different ethnicity and faith attended the demonstration, called 'Today, I Am A Muslim Too,' in Times Square, Manhattan. Pictured: Sarandon at the rally

About 1,000 people of different ethnicity and faith attended the demonstration, called 'Today, I Am A Muslim Too,' in Times Square, Manhattan. Pictured: Sarandon at the rally

Sarandon said it is no longer possible to be neutral and that 'We will fight hatred with love'

Sarandon said it is no longer possible to be neutral and that 'We will fight hatred with love'

Simmons, who previously said he has not spoken to Trump since 2015, cheekily told the crowd: 'We are here, unified, because of Donald Trump, so we won’t speak too harshly of him tonight – today. We want to thank him for bringing us together'

Simmons, who previously said he has not spoken to Trump since 2015, cheekily told the crowd: 'We are here, unified, because of Donald Trump, so we won’t speak too harshly of him tonight – today. We want to thank him for bringing us together'

He added that 'Middle America' has been misled' and said: 'The seeds of hate that were small, and maybe just ignorance, cannot be watered, and that hate cannot grow'

He added that 'Middle America' has been misled' and said: 'The seeds of hate that were small, and maybe just ignorance, cannot be watered, and that hate cannot grow'

Demonstrator chants included: 'I am a Muslim, too,' 'Hey hey, ho ho, Donald Trump has got to go' and 'No wall, No Muslim ban, no fascist USA'

Demonstrator chants included: 'I am a Muslim, too,' 'Hey hey, ho ho, Donald Trump has got to go' and 'No wall, No Muslim ban, no fascist USA'

He added that 'Middle America' has been misled' and said: 'The seeds of hate that were small, and maybe just ignorance, cannot be watered, and that hate cannot grow.' 

Sarandon said it is no longer possible to be neutral and that 'We will fight hatred with love.'  

Demonstrator chants included: 'I am a Muslim, too,' 'Hey hey, ho ho, Donald Trump has got to go' and 'No wall, No Muslim ban, no fascist USA.' 

Simmons helped organize the rally, as did a group of interfaith leaders including Imam Shamsi Ali local Rabbi Marc Schneier.

Schneier said: 'The Muslim community is our greatest ally in fighting terrorism and extreme fundamentalism,' Newsday reported.

He added: 'In the United States it is open season on Muslims.'

Punny: A protestor holds a sign saying 'Yes We Qur'an.' Simmons helped organize the rally, as did local Rabbi Marc Schneier

Punny: A protestor holds a sign saying 'Yes We Qur'an.' Simmons helped organize the rally, as did local Rabbi Marc Schneier

Schneier said: 'The Muslim community is our greatest ally in fighting terrorism and extreme fundamentalism.' He added: 'In the United States it is open season on Muslims'

Schneier said: 'The Muslim community is our greatest ally in fighting terrorism and extreme fundamentalism.' He added: 'In the United States it is open season on Muslims'

Imam Shamsi Ali echoed this sentiment, stating: 'This president is an obstable for Muslims to integrate into America.' Pictured: A woman holding a sign showing a woman wearing a star-spangled hijab

Imam Shamsi Ali echoed this sentiment, stating: 'This president is an obstable for Muslims to integrate into America.' Pictured: A woman holding a sign showing a woman wearing a star-spangled hijab

The New York demonstration follows protests across the world against Donald Trump's political agenda beginning with the women's marches held the day after his inauguration that attracted millions of demonstrators

The New York demonstration follows protests across the world against Donald Trump's political agenda beginning with the women's marches held the day after his inauguration that attracted millions of demonstrators

Thousands march in Milwaukee's Day Without Latinos protest
Recent protests included a human wall formed by hundreds of Mexican residents of Ciudad Juarez on the border with El Paso, Texas and thousands coming together in San Francisco to spell out the word: 'Resist.' Pictured: People at the New York rally in Times Square

Recent protests included a human wall formed by hundreds of Mexican residents of Ciudad Juarez on the border with El Paso, Texas and thousands coming together in San Francisco to spell out the word: 'Resist.' Pictured: People at the New York rally in Times Square

Ali echoed this sentiment, stating: 'This president is an obstacle for Muslims to integrate into America.'

This follows protests across the world against Donald Trump's political agenda beginning with the women's marches held the day after his inauguration that attracted millions of demonstrators.

Recent protests included a human wall formed by hundreds of Mexican residents of Ciudad Juarez on the border with El Paso, Texas and thousands coming together in San Francisco to spell out the word: 'Resist.'

Meanwhile, many immigrants skipped work or school last Thursday to demonstrate what a 'Day Without Immigrants' might look like.

Last night, Trump held a campaign-style rally in Melbourne, Florida while staying at what he has termed the 'Southern White House,' his Mar-a-Lago estate. 

Meanwhile, many immigrants skipped work or school last Thursday to demonstrate what a 'Day Without Immigrants' might look like. Pictured: Times Square demonstrators from Sunday

Meanwhile, many immigrants skipped work or school last Thursday to demonstrate what a 'Day Without Immigrants' might look like. Pictured: Times Square demonstrators from Sunday

Last night, Trump held a campaign-style rally in Melbourne, Florida while staying at what he has termed the 'Southern White House,' his Mar-a-Lago estate. Pictured: A demonstrator dressed up as Trump
Rights activists form human chains near US-Mexico border
Thousands gather on San Francisco beach to protest Trump

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Donald Trump thinking of mobilising 100,000 troops to round up ‘unauthorised immigrants’

Fox News anchor Shepard Smith unleashed 8 minutes of truth bombs during a live segment of his daytime cable news commentary TV show “Shepard Smith Reporting.” The moment happened just following the live broadcast of Donald Trump’s insane press conference.

And today, Shepard hit his breaking point, challenging Trump to tell the truth, admitting that Russians hacked the elections with the express goal of hurting his opponent and that questions as to whether he was aware and when he was aware of the hacking is pertinent and that Americans have a right to know.

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BREAKING NEWS: Federal appeals court REFUSES to reinstate Donald Trump's travel ban +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Federal Judge Halts President Trump's Muslim Ban Nationwide. Citizens Can Resume Travel To The U.S. {VIDEO}

Appeals court: Decision on Trump travel ban coming tonight

David Pearce, left, and his daughter Crissy Pearce hold signs outside of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017

Just minutes after a San Francisco appeals court ruled not to reinstate President Donald Trump's travel ban, the president lashed out on Twitter in all caps.

'SEE YOU IN COURT, THE SECURITY OF OUR NATION IS AT STAKE!' Trump wrote. 

A panel of three judges from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decided unanimously that they wouldn't issue the government a stay, which would have let the ban go back into effect. 

Instead they wrote in their decision that they believed the government, which includes Trump's White House, was unlikely to win an appeal. 

The decision also said that the states suing, Washington and Minnesota, had standing in the case because their public universities were suffering harm from the executive order, which was preventing scholars from the seven countries from coming in.  

The appeals court was looking at a lower-court ruling that suspended the ban and allowed previously barred travelers to enter the U.S. 

An appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court is possible, though the White House could also keep the case in the 9th Circuit and have it heard 'en banc,' by all the judges. 

U.S. District Judge James Robart in Seattle issued a temporary restraining order halting the ban last week after Washington state and Minnesota sued. The ban temporarily suspended the nation's refugee program and immigration from countries that have raised terrorism concerns.

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Shortly after the decision was announced, President Donald Trump announced the government would be repealing the decision in a tweet using all caps 

Shortly after the decision was announced, President Donald Trump announced the government would be repealing the decision in a tweet using all caps 

President Donald Trump has used Twitter over the last few days to try and encourage the three judge panel to rule in his way. They didn't. 

President Donald Trump has used Twitter over the last few days to try and encourage the three judge panel to rule in his way. They didn't. 

David Pearce, left, and his daughter Crissy Pearce hold signs outside of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017
Protesters stood outside the San Francisco court that ruled tonight - refusing to reinstate Donald Trump's travel ban 

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'Don't they know I'm the f*****g President?':

VISA SUSPENSIONS

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Rogue White House staff Twitter account goes viral

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Comment by AfricanGoddess on March 5, 2017 at 11:29pm

Mass distraction... what's really brewing though with Humpty dumpty and his klansmen!?!?

Comment by mr1stroke on March 4, 2017 at 4:42pm

now we understand why most negros are mad at trump, he is not about free programs, he is about business

Comment by mr1stroke on February 27, 2017 at 2:07pm

thanks Bombahdrop and  William Hutchinson Jr than you have homosexual like Russel Simmons out of no where now protesting, but do those negros question him, where has he been while those cops been killing those innocent black men, where was he while those kids are losing their lives by gun violence, the latest tragedy that 15 old boy in brooklyn shot while standing in front of his house, where are all those people when its time to protest, the same negros you see out there following those idiots are the same one who will be out there celebrating St patricks day, but have never acknowledge black history month, nor know what Kwanzaa is about, and watch those same negros are the one always in poverty, i a still waiting for one of those smart negros to tell me about the future plans for the black community, they are so educated but they are yet to come with a response, all they do is argue with other people yelling and shouting, thats how you know their level of ignorance and lack of knowledge about socialism, class and race, i would never thought there are people who dont want to be bother with that race s*** they stand on the grey area they just want to grow, not that they are not racist they just focus on whats more important, living a good life and leave all the nonsense behind 

Comment by Juneyah BeatMaztah on February 27, 2017 at 1:34pm
I totally 10,000% agree with you Mr.1stroke.
Comment by Bombahdrop on February 27, 2017 at 1:32pm
Right on Mr1stroke, right on.
Comment by mr1stroke on February 27, 2017 at 1:28pm

i look for opportunity i stand behind any one who will help me grow that is why im not part of a party, anyone who affiliate with a party is a self slave and will be control and be destroyed  by the party, this election proved it so many family members and friends are now enemies it is so sad now we have Hillary clinton releasing videos telling these people to keep marching, people are so dumb they dont ask their selves marching for what, what will come out of it, if hillary clinton was concern about the people she will tell them to support the president and work with him in order to help with the issues but niggers are so dumb they dont realize the democratic party are so evil they will use them in order to get what they want because now they are being expose for the fraud that they are, when Bernie sanders said lets work toward free college hillary clinton laughed and said we cannot give everything for free, now seriously do negros pay any attention, dumb asses i dont give a damn what trump said, i dont care what he did except for the damages done to black people in the past but if he is willing to provide opportunity going forward i rather use it and move forward instead of being destroy, look at the black community, do any of those people ask their black leaders what plans they have to help the community, since those so call black leaders wont work with trump, they have the same plans they had under obama more crimes and poverty in the community, they are all talk no action, no back bone they will kiss up to a white man quick and sell the dummies

Comment by mr1stroke on February 27, 2017 at 1:10pm

tell that to the negros who are out there protesting with the white folks, the sad part you can tell when negros are dumb and retarded they have yet to even read partial of that travel banned but they are protesting, if they only take time to read they will realize that whole policy will benefits black people more than any one else, in the black community alone majority of the businesses bring their own people, they barely employ people from the community unless its to watch the door, but dumb negros do not look at facts nor ask questions they just follow, people dont realize ice has been put in place since obama back in 2012 trump is just honest about it, i rather stand with Trump 10 times before i stand with a democratic candidate unless it someone like Bernie sanders who was digging dirt on politicians reason why they did not like him, now the democratic party is so desperate they are pimping Bernie Sanders he is doing townhall every where trying to keep the party relevant, but its a bit too late those of us with sense and knowledge have recognized the damage being done by the democrats to black people, they have lied to us, they used us, than they buried us in slavery by providing free limited programs instead of opportunity since so many are lazy and love free bees they carried the democratic party for so long now realize they are buried in poverty and is being controlled for the next 3 years there will be so much opportunity only the bright and success driven will take opportunity of whats out there and no one can say opportunity is just for white people since the information is so much out there i have never seen a president who got more coverage than Trump, after each meetings and executive order sign he has a press conference let you know what is being done behind the scene, that gives you the opportunity to go to the administration website and learn about each opportunity if anything can be available to you than use it thats what i do i dont have time for free programs that cannot help me thats for the lazy negros who always grilling a black man once they see him doing better, and for all those who rather cry and protest i hope they have a plan for the next 4 years, if you are not prepare now, wait until the new policies for 2020 i wont even feel sorry for those who refuse to grow one of my goals is to not even drive into the black community in the next few years the crime rates will be so out of hand , its going to be a disaster and as we can see it starts already its spreading like bad mustard just like chicago

Comment by Bombahdrop on February 27, 2017 at 1:03pm
This is the first presidency in the history of presidents of the United States of American That won't allow a president elected by the majority of "We the Peoples" votes and the Losers both democrats and their supporters won't allow him to use his peaceful transfer of power to Govern the United States like Ricardo explained. Who the hell doesn't want what Donald is addressing are the root of the problem.their favorite tools of these evil wicked people's is lying , making up anything to make him look bad in the light. I'm not buying it, Trump allllll the way.
Comment by Bombahdrop on February 27, 2017 at 12:53pm
Ricardo you are on point , tel the Truth
Comment by Ricardo O'Connor on February 27, 2017 at 10:31am
Trump has all right to do what he did. The media is not interested in true news telling but rather fixated on fabricating the truth to delegitimize and undermine his presidency. They're also determined to tarnish his reputation to make him look like the terrible incompetent narcissist bigoted racist they accused him of, whose motive is to only destroy America. Sadly, many are buying it. It's ironical and hypocritical that they can't get over their lost. Let's not forget that Hillary made the statement that if Trump doesn't accept her victory, something she, the liberals, and her party were certain of, that it would pose a treat to democracy. Yet they're the one willing can't accept Trump's win. Hypocrites!!! There is a reason behind there hysteria though. It's not so much that Trump won but more so what he promised he will do that he is doing that they hate. The Dems don't want the American people getting any type of help that will make them independent. They want the American people to depend on them so they can give them handouts and freebies so the people will love them in return and vote for them. The Dems have an agenda and the media is colluding with them. Every time Trump tweets or speaks it's deliberately misconstrued. The man is eager to fixed what the establishment has been promising time after time and it's scaring the living crap out of them that's why they're trying to undermine him.

What's wrong with protecting the border between Mexico and the United States? You have illegal immigrants crossing the border who are committing crimes and are on welfare. What's wrong with lowering cooperate taxes that will stimulate jobs? What's wrong with removing excessive regulations that caused jobs to be out sourced that will bring jobs back? What's wrong with giving education back to the States? What's wrong with repelling and replaced Obamacare with something more cost efficient that will not increase premium? What's wrong with protecting the American people from radical Islam terrorist who swore an allegiance to kill Americans? What's wrong about being tough? What's wrong with picking a conservative Judge that will uphold the Constitutions of the United States and not a liberal one that will trample under foot?

These are common senses but the left is perpetrating a falsehood to make it look like it's not and it's terrible and it's sad because folks are believing in their propagandism. American needs to wake up and realize what these people are doing. Do your research and read and stop counting on the fake news media for narratives. Trump was raised up for such a time like this. We need to embrace it and be thankful. I understand he's not your polished politician and comes off unprecedented at times. But, he's doing what he promised he would do and that is enough for me.

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