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International round up: Donald Trump adds three more countries to travel ban

Issue No. 2573

Trump is on the attack, but the Democrats are happy doing deals with him

Trump is on the attack, but the Democrats are happy doing deals with him (Pic: Flickr/Gage Skidmore)


US president Donald Trump has ramped up his racist assault.

On Sunday three countries, including Venuzuela, were added to Trump’s infamous travel ban.

But Democratic leaders such as Nancy Pelosi see no problem in doing deals with him.

Undocumented migrants who came to the US as children, known as “dreamers”, were given limited right to remain in the US by Barack Obama.

Leading Democrats met with Trump and claimed a deal for permanent rights for dreamers had been struck.

But the deal swiftly fell apart. White House spokespeople denied it had happened.

Destroy

Meanwhile immigration officers have been given new powers including the ability to routinely destroy records.

And this weekend Trump picked a fight with the National Football League (NFL).

Players have been kneeling during the national anthem in protest against racism and police brutality.

At a rally on Friday Trump said NFL owners should fire players who kneel during the national anthem for “disrespecting our flag”.

On Sunday players from dozens of teams defied Trump and knelt or linked arms.

Trump has shown he is again willing to sacrifice cordial relations with some bosses in order to consolidate his grip on power and give confidence to his core supporters.


French work law strikes continue

Hundreds of thousands of workers joined marches and strikes in France on Wednesday of last week to oppose new work laws from president Macron’s government.

The measures will weaken unions and make it easier to sack workers.

Further actions by lorry drivers were planned this week, and a day of action by pensioners.

Civil service workers will strike on 10 October.

Around 150,000 people joined a demonstration in Paris last Saturday over the same issue called by left winger Jean-Luc Melenchon’s France Insoumise movement.

Meanwhile the Front National suffered another major blow when its vice president, Florian Philippot, resigned last week.


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