Trump tells Biden to send Putin his ‘warmest regards’ and not to fall asleep during Summit
Former President Donald Trump has aimed a dig at Joe Biden, the man who beat him in last year’s election, by telling his successor to “stay awake” during next week’s summit meeting with Vladimir Putin and to give the Russian President his “warmest regards’’.
“Good luck to Biden in dealing with President Putin—don’t fall asleep during the meeting, and please give him my warmest regards!”, Mr Trump said in the statement on Thursday.
Mr Trump’s cheeky quip at Mr Biden is a return to his “sleepy Joe” comment, which he often employed during the 2020 election campaign.
Mr Trump also suggested that he trusted the Russian president more than US intelligence on interference in the 2016 election.
He made reference to his meeting in Helsinki with Mr Putin during his time as president, during which he ruffled feathers after he refused to side with US intelligence agencies over Putin’s denials over vote interference.
“As president, I had a great and very productive meeting in Helsinki, Finland, with President Putin of Russia,” Mr Trump said.
He added: “Despite the belated Fake News portrayal of the meeting, the United States won much, including the respect of President Putin and Russia.”
The former president then ranted about the “phony Russia, Russia, Russia hoax, made up and paid for by the Democrats and crooked Hillary Clinton.”
Mr Biden is set to meet with Mr Putin on Wednesday in Switzerland to end his first trip abroad as president since taking office, according to Finance Yahoo.
Russia places exiled Navalny aide on wanted list
An exiled top associate of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny said Friday that Russian authorities have put him on a wanted list on suspicion of committing an unspecified crime.
Ivan Zhdanov, the former director of Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK) which a Russian court declared “extremist” earlier this week, has been living in Lithuania to avoid being jailed in Russia.
Interfax reported that the Interior Ministry’s database of wanted persons only specifies that Zhdanov is “wanted on a Criminal Code article,” without specifying the crime. The Interior Ministry has not officially commented on Zhdanov’s status.
|Former FBK Director Ivan Zhdanov speaks to the media as police raid FBK's Moscow offices, July 2020. (Photo: AP)|
The police search comes amid what the opposition calls a pressure campaign on dissenters three months ahead of key parliamentary elections, with a new law banning anyone affiliated with Navalny’s “extremist” groups from seeking office.
Several Navalny associates including Zhdanov have faced a number of lawsuits over FBK’s high-profile investigations alleging large-scale corruption among Russia’s political and business elite. Russian courts have consistently sided with the plaintiffs and ordered the opposition to pay large fines for what they ruled to be false or defamatory information, according to Moscow Times.
Photos of China's new aircraft carrier leaked out
China's third aircraft carrier, which is expected to be the country's first modern flattop, is starting to take shape at the Jiangnan Shipyard in Shanghai, new images that have steadily been leaking online appear to show.
Before 2012, China did not have any aircraft carriers, but over the years, it has managed to develop a modest carrier capability.
China's People's Liberation Army Navy has two aircraft carriers, the Liaoning and the Shandong.
The country built the first from the refitted hull of an old Soviet vessel. The second, which was China's first indigenously produced aircraft carrier, was a larger, slightly improved copy of the Liaoning.
But the latest images of China's third carrier, gathered from Chinese social media and posted on Twitter by Andreas Rupprecht, an expert on the Chinese military, hint at what has long been expected of this new ship - that it is likely going to be a step forward for the country's aircraft-carrier program.
Thomas Shugart, an adjunct senior fellow in the defense program in the Center for New American Security, said the ship "is definitely starting to look like a real-deal CATOBAR aircraft carrier."
There are still a number of unknowns, but as more and more photos come out, they are painting a clearer picture of how the construction of this new ship, a still unnamed vessel designated as the Type 003, is progressing, as reported by Yahoo News.
China punishes 27 officials after deadly ultramarathon kills 21 participants
China has punished 27 government officials deemed responsible for last month’s ultramarathon deaths, the state-run People’s Daily said on Friday, one of the world’s deadliest sporting tragedies in recent history.
Twenty-one people died of hypothermia when extremely cold weather suddenly descended on a government-organized 100 km marathon on May 22 in the rugged northwestern province of Gansu.
The head of Jingtai county, where the race was held, was dismissed from her post, the People’s Daily reported, citing a news briefing by investigators.
Other organizers held accountable included the mayor and the Communist Party chief of the city of Baiyin, to which the jurisdiction of Jingtai belongs.
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Other punishments imposed on officials included major demerit ratings and disciplinary warnings.
Li Zuobi, the Jingtai county party chief, fell from his apartment building on June 9 and died, state media reported, adding that the police have ruled out homicide while Li’s death was still being investigated.
It was not clear whether or not Li’s death was linked to the ultramarathon.
The investigators said the tragedy was a public safety incident brought about by extreme weather including high winds, heavy rain and plunging temperatures, as well as unprofessional organization and operation.
China’s sport administration said last week it was suspending all high-risk sports events that lack a supervisory body, established rules and clear safety standards.
The activities halted include mountain and desert trail sports, wingsuit flying and ultra-long distance running, according to CNBC.
Gold price forecast – gold upside test as US rates drop – last chance for volatility
US CPI rising to 5%, above expectations of 4.7% received a mere shrug of the shoulders from markets. The release did little to stem the decline in US yields with the 10yr now at the lowest level since early March, highlighting just how short the market is of USTs as bond vigilantes feel the squeeze. However, looking under the hood, CPI had once again been boosted by transitory factors with used cars and trucks up a sizeable 7.3% on the month (29.7% Y/Y), which will likely reinforce the Fed’s message that they will remain patient with the inflation spike seen as temporary.
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US CPI rising to 5%, above expectations of 4.7% received a mere shrug of the shoulders from markets. The release did little to stem the decline in US yields with the 10yr now at the lowest level since early March, highlighting just how short the market is of USTs as bond vigilantes feel the squeeze. However, looking under the hood, CPI had once again been boosted by transitory factors with used cars and trucks up a sizeable 7.3% on the month (29.7% Y/Y), which will likely reinforce the Fed’s message that they will remain patient with the inflation spike seen as temporary, Daily FX reported.
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