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Donald Trump cancels trip to Denmark after prime minister dismisses his offer to buy Greenland as 'absurd'

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Amid reports that Trump may be interested in buying Greenland, here are a few facts you may not know about the island that is not very green at all. USA TODAY

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump abruptly canceled a trip to Denmark on Tuesday after that country’s prime minister dismissed his offer to buy Greenland as “absurd.”

Trump was scheduled to arrive in Copenhagen on Sept. 2 for a meeting with Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen. But he wrote in a pair of tweets late Tuesday that the meeting is off.

“Denmark is a very special country with incredible people, but based on Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen’s comments, that she would have no interest in discussing the purchase of Greenland, I will be postponing our meeting scheduled in two weeks for another time,” Trump wrote.

“The Prime Minister was able to save a great deal of expense and effort for both the United States and Denmark by being so direct,” Trump said. “I thank her for that and look forward to rescheduling sometime in the future!”

More: ‘We’re looking at it,’ Trump says of potential Greenland purchase

Trump’s interest in buying Greenland – a self-governing territory of Denmark – first surfaced in news reports last week.

Trump later confirmed his interest in buying the island, telling reporters, “We’re looking at it.”

Frederiksen dismissed Trump’s offer as “absurd.”

“Greenland is not for sale,” she said while traveling with Greenlandic Premier Kim Kielsen to visit children from a Greenlandic orphanage. “Greenland is not Danish. Greenland belongs to Greenland.”

More: Danish Prime Minister says discussion of Greenland sale is ‘absurd’

Trump’s visit to Denmark was to have been the final leg of a trip that also includes a stop in Warsaw, Poland, for ceremonies commemorating the 80th anniversary of the start of World War II.

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Trump Accuses Jewish Democrats of ‘Great Disloyalty’

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WASHINGTON — President Trump said on Tuesday that any Jewish person who votes for a Democrat is guilty of ignorance or “great disloyalty,” intensifying his efforts to drive in a partisan wedge over religion and support for Israel even as he appeared to draw on an anti-Semitic trope.

Mr. Trump did not go into specifics about what he considered to be Jews’ disloyalty, but his language is reminiscent of the anti-Semitic smear that Jews have a “dual loyalty” and are more devoted to Israel than they are to their own countries.

Mr. Trump’s comments were the latest turn in a controversy over religion and politics that erupted last week after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, at the president’s urging, barred an official visit to Israel by the first two Muslim women in Congress, Representatives Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, both Democrats. The two have been harshly critical of Israel’s policies toward the Palestinians.

The move prompted condemnation from diplomats and analysts across the political spectrum that in Mr. Trump’s zeal to curry favor with Jewish voters and tighten his alliance with Mr. Netanyahu, he risked endangering the bipartisan support of Israel that has long existed in the United States, the country’s most reliable ally.

“It’s unclear who @POTUS is claiming Jews would be ‘disloyal’ to,” Jonathan Greenblatt, the chief executive of the Anti-Defamation League, said on Twitter, using a common acronym to refer to the president of the United States, “but charges of disloyalty have long been used to attack Jews.”

Logan Bayroff, the communications director for J Street, a progressive Jewish organization, said: “It is dangerous and shameful for President Trump to attack the large majority of the American Jewish community as unintelligent and ‘disloyal.’ But it is no surprise that the president’s racist, disingenuous attacks on progressive women of color in Congress have now transitioned into smears against Jews.”

The accusation that Jews have dual loyalty is nothing new, but it is a toxic element of white nationalist philosophy. In his comments on Tuesday, the president lashed out anew at Ms. Omar and Ms. Tlaib for suggesting in a news conference on Monday that the United States should cut off aid to Israel. The two are vocal proponents of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, which advocates cutting ties with Israel until it ends its occupation of the West Bank. It is often condemned by its critics as inherently anti-Semitic.

“Where has the Democratic Party gone?” Mr. Trump said in the Oval Office, at the tail end of a freewheeling round of comments to reporters during a visit by the president of Romania. “Where have they gone where they are defending these two people over the state of Israel? And I think any Jewish people that vote for a Democrat, I think it shows either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty.”

The remark was the latest from a president who has a history of language that stokes racial and religious divisions. That language has been echoed recently in the statements and writings of deranged people bent on committing violence.

On Tuesday, the F.B.I. said it had arrested a Nazi sympathizer who threatened to butcher a Hispanic woman and boasted that Mr. Trump would wipe out nonwhites in a “racial war and crusade.” Earlier this month, a 21-year-old man accused of killing 20 people and injuring dozens more at a Walmart in El Paso wrote a manifesto echoing Mr. Trump’s language calling migrants crossing the southwestern border “an invasion,” and saying that “this attack is a response to the Hispanic invasion of Texas.”

The president’s “disloyalty” comment prompted a fresh round of outrage on Tuesday from Jewish leaders, who called it divisive and dangerous.

Representative Ted Deutch, Democrat of Florida, said Mr. Trump should apologize for using “the kind of language that ends up fueling the anger of white nationalists.”

“What the president is doing is creating an environment in which anti-Semitism can flourish,” Mr. Deutch said on CNN.

Mr. Trump’s remarks on Tuesday had broad implications: According to the Pew Research Center, 79 percent of Jews voted for Democrats in last year’s midterm congressional elections. The president’s comments were in keeping with his strategy of trying to make the two Muslim lawmakers, along with two other progressive congresswomen of color who have been among his most vocal critics, the face of the Democratic Party.

“A.O.C. plus three,” Mr. Trump said, referring to Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, who, along with Ms. Tlaib, Ms. Omar and Representative Ayanna S. Pressley of Massachusetts, makes up the first-term quartet, which he has repeatedly attacked in explicitly racial terms. “That’s what I call it: Just take A.O.C. plus three. And you should see the things that the four of them have said about Israel over the last couple of years.”

Some conservative allies of Mr. Trump in the Jewish community sprung to his defense on Tuesday, arguing that the president’s comments were giving voice to a sense of befuddlement among many American Jews that too many Democrats appeared to be tolerating extreme views about Israel within their ranks. Matt Brooks, the executive director of the Republican Jewish Coalition, said the views of Ms. Omar and Ms. Tlaib, both of whom have made remarks condemned as anti-Semitic, were far outside the mainstream of their party and the country as a whole, and should be rejected by other Democrats.

“There is a growing cancer within the Democratic Party right now of people who are supportive of B.D.S., who are advocating a shift in the U.S.-Israel relationship away from the strong bond that exists now between this administration and the government in Israel,” Mr. Brooks said. “As the center of gravity in the Democratic Party moves further and further to the left, this problem becomes clearer and more acute. It’s certainly not an indictment of the entire Democratic Party, but the unfortunate part is that none of them are speaking up and speaking out.”

In fact, the Democrat-led House voted overwhelmingly last month to condemn the boycott-Israel movement. During the debate, Ms. Tlaib, who is Palestinian-American, passionately defended the movement as a legitimate economic protest to advance human rights, calling Israel’s policies toward Palestinians “racist” and comparing the campaign to American boycotts of Nazi Germany.

On Monday in St. Paul, Minn., Ms. Omar raised the prospect of cutting off aid to Israel, arguing that a central purpose of the visit that she and Ms. Tlaib had hoped to make there was to conduct oversight over the $3 billion in funding that United States provides.

“We must be asking, as Israel’s ally, the Netanyahu government stop the expansion of settlements on Palestinian land and ensure full rights for Palestinians if we are to give them aid,” Ms. Omar said. “We know Donald Trump would love nothing more than to use this issue to pit Muslims and Jewish Americans against each other. The Muslim community and the Jewish community are being othered and made into the boogeyman by this administration.”

In an emotional moment during the news conference, Ms. Tlaib broke down in tears when discussing why she turned down a last-minute offer by Mr. Netanyahu’s government to allow her to visit her 90-year-old grandmother in the West Bank if she promised not to speak out about the boycott during her stay.

“I’m her free bird, so why would I come back and be caged and bow down when my election rose her head up high, gave her dignity for the first time?” Ms. Tlaib said of her grandmother. “You don’t let anybody tell you that you’re less than or humiliate you.”

Mr. Trump ridiculed the congresswoman for the display, saying her grief was not genuine.

“All of a sudden, she starts with tears, tears — I don’t buy it,” Mr. Trump said. “I don’t buy it for a second, because I’ve seen her in a very vicious mood at campaign rallies.”

“I saw a woman who was violent and vicious and out of control,” Mr. Trump added, without elaborating on what violence he was referring to.

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Migrants disembark rescue ship in Italy after 19-day standoff

A migrant rescue ship carrying more than 80 people was evacuated near Italy’s southernmost Island on Tuesday, ending a 19-day standoff that pushed 15 passengers to jump into the sea to escape deteriorating conditions aboard.

Sicilian prosecutor Luigi Patronaggio ordered the seizure of the ship off the Sicilian island of Lampedusa and the immediate evacuation of its passengers after he boarded the vessel and met with port authorities as part of an investigation into possible kidnapping charges resulting from the refusal of hard-line Interior Minister Matteo Salvini to allow the migrants to disembark, the news agency ANSA reported.

The rescued passengers have been on the Spanish-flagged ship Open Arms since they were plucked from the Mediterranean nearly three weeks ago.

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Migrants on the Open Arms rescue ship preparing to disembark on the Sicilian island of Lampedusa on Tuesday. (AP)

Salvini had refused to open Italian ports to the vessel even after six countries stepped forward to take the migrants. The group stepped ashore about an hour after the resignation of Italian premier Giuseppe Conte, who accused Salvini of sacrificing the country’s 14-month-old populist government out of eagerness to take the top job himself.

The captain of the Open Arms had previously told Italian officials the crew of 17 was no longer able to maintain control and described the situation as “desperate.” After one Syrian national jumped and was rescued and brought to shore on Lampedusa, two more groups followed his lead. A ferry crew took them to land, sparing them a return to the ship.

Dozens of others have been evacuated in recent days for medical reasons or because they’re minors. Officials said tensions on board were running high, with fights breaking out among the migrants.

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The temporary confiscation of the rescue ship by the prosecutor “is a cost that Open Arms assumes to secure that the people on board can be assisted,” said the Spanish NGO’s founder, Oscar Camps, on Twitter.

“We consider indispensable prioritizing their health and security in this humanitarian emergency,” he wrote.

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Spain said it would take three days for its navy ship, the Audaz, to reach Lampedusa from the Spanish port of Rota, and it wasn’t immediately clear how long it would take to escort the Open Arms to the Spanish island of Mallorca.

Emilio Damiá Marqués, the commander of the Audaz, told Spanish public broadcaster TVE from Rota that his ship, carrying 62 people including a doctor, was expected to arrive at the Italian island by Friday afternoon.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Scaramucci launching PAC to ‘dismantle’ Trump: I can possibly move ‘eight percent’ of his voters

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Former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci is launching a PAC in order to “dismantle” President Trump and claims he could potentially sway as much as eight percent of his voters.

During a Tuesday interview on the “Hacks on Tap” podcast, Scaramucci casually mentioned that he was going to be “running advertisements” from his own political action committee featuring him and his wife describing what the president “does to people” in hopes of swaying white suburban women.

“Hold on a second, tell me about your political action committee,” podcast co-host David Axelrod interrupted.

SCARAMUCCI PREDICTS THAT ‘DEMAGOGUE’ TRUMP WON’T BE REPUBLICAN NOMINEE IN 2020

“I haven’t formed it yet, but I will,” Scaramucci said. “I’m in the process of doing it. It’s going to be The Committee to Dismantle Trump, but I’ll come up with a much more clever thing than that. I’m gonna throw in my own dough, ask others to put their dough in there and we’re going to explain to the people what he’s doing.”

Scaramucci suggested that the reason he gets “under Trump’s skin” is because he himself isn’t a politician and that his insults are “a reflection of him.”

“At the end of the day, you know, I can grab ahold of five, six, eight percent of the people that know he’s nuts and possibly move them,” Scaramucci added.

On Monday, Trump blasted Scaramucci on and referenced Scaramucci’s wife, Deidre Ball, on Twitter.

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“I barely knew him until his 11 days of gross incompetence — made a fool of himself, bad on TV. Abused staff… got fired,” Trump tweeted.

“Wrote a very nice book about me just recently. Now the book is a lie? Said his wife was driving him crazy, “something big” was happening with her. Getting divorced. He was a mental wreck. We didn’t want him around. Now Fake News puts him on like he was my buddy!”

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Trump Accuses Jewish Democrats of ‘Great Disloyalty’

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WASHINGTON — President Trump said on Tuesday that any Jewish person who votes for a Democrat is guilty of ignorance or “great disloyalty,” intensifying his efforts to drive in a partisan wedge over religion and support for Israel even as he appeared to draw on an anti-Semitic trope.

Mr. Trump did not go into specifics about what he considered to be Jews’ disloyalty, but his language is reminiscent of the anti-Semitic smear that Jews have a “dual loyalty” and are more devoted to Israel than they are to their own countries.

Mr. Trump’s comments were the latest turn in a controversy over religion and politics that erupted last week after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, at the president’s urging, barred an official visit to Israel by the first two Muslim women in Congress, Representatives Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, both Democrats. The two have been harshly critical of Israel’s policies toward the Palestinians.

The move prompted condemnation from diplomats and analysts across the political spectrum that in Mr. Trump’s zeal to curry favor with Jewish voters and tighten his alliance with Mr. Netanyahu, he risked endangering the bipartisan support of Israel that has long existed in the United States, the country’s most reliable ally.

“It’s unclear who @POTUS is claiming Jews would be ‘disloyal’ to,” Jonathan Greenblatt, the chief executive of the Anti-Defamation League, said on Twitter, using a common acronym to refer to the president of the United States, “but charges of disloyalty have long been used to attack Jews.”

Logan Bayroff, the communications director for J Street, a progressive Jewish organization, said: “It is dangerous and shameful for President Trump to attack the large majority of the American Jewish community as unintelligent and ‘disloyal.’ But it is no surprise that the president’s racist, disingenuous attacks on progressive women of color in Congress have now transitioned into smears against Jews.”

The accusation that Jews have dual loyalty is nothing new, but it is a toxic element of white nationalist philosophy. In his comments on Tuesday, the president lashed out anew at Ms. Omar and Ms. Tlaib for suggesting in a news conference on Monday that the United States should cut off aid to Israel. The two are vocal proponents of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, which advocates cutting ties with Israel until it ends its occupation of the West Bank. It is often condemned by its critics as inherently anti-Semitic.

“Where has the Democratic Party gone?” Mr. Trump said in the Oval Office, at the tail end of a freewheeling round of comments to reporters during a visit by the president of Romania. “Where have they gone where they are defending these two people over the state of Israel? And I think any Jewish people that vote for a Democrat, I think it shows either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty.”

The remark was the latest from a president who has a history of language that stokes racial and religious divisions. That language has been echoed recently in the statements and writings of deranged people bent on committing violence.

On Tuesday, the F.B.I. said it had arrested a Nazi sympathizer who threatened to butcher a Hispanic woman and boasted that Mr. Trump would wipe out nonwhites in a “racial war and crusade.” Earlier this month, a 21-year-old man accused of killing 20 people and injuring dozens more at a Walmart in El Paso wrote a manifesto echoing Mr. Trump’s language calling migrants crossing the southwestern border “an invasion,” and saying that “this attack is a response to the Hispanic invasion of Texas.”

The president’s “disloyalty” comment prompted a fresh round of outrage on Tuesday from Jewish leaders, who called it divisive and dangerous.

Representative Ted Deutch, Democrat of Florida, said Mr. Trump should apologize for using “the kind of language that ends up fueling the anger of white nationalists.”

“What the president is doing is creating an environment in which anti-Semitism can flourish,” Mr. Deutch said on CNN.

Mr. Trump’s remarks on Tuesday had broad implications: According to the Pew Research Center, 79 percent of Jews voted for Democrats in last year’s midterm congressional elections. The president’s comments were in keeping with his strategy of trying to make the two Muslim lawmakers, along with two other progressive congresswomen of color who have been among his most vocal critics, the face of the Democratic Party.

“A.O.C. plus three,” Mr. Trump said, referring to Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, who, along with Ms. Tlaib, Ms. Omar and Representative Ayanna S. Pressley of Massachusetts, makes up the first-term quartet, which he has repeatedly attacked in explicitly racial terms. “That’s what I call it: Just take A.O.C. plus three. And you should see the things that the four of them have said about Israel over the last couple of years.”

Some conservative allies of Mr. Trump in the Jewish community sprung to his defense on Tuesday, arguing that the president’s comments were giving voice to a sense of befuddlement among many American Jews that too many Democrats appeared to be tolerating extreme views about Israel within their ranks. Matt Brooks, the executive director of the Republican Jewish Coalition, said the views of Ms. Omar and Ms. Tlaib, both of whom have made remarks condemned as anti-Semitic, were far outside the mainstream of their party and the country as a whole, and should be rejected by other Democrats.

“There is a growing cancer within the Democratic Party right now of people who are supportive of B.D.S., who are advocating a shift in the U.S.-Israel relationship away from the strong bond that exists now between this administration and the government in Israel,” Mr. Brooks said. “As the center of gravity in the Democratic Party moves further and further to the left, this problem becomes clearer and more acute. It’s certainly not an indictment of the entire Democratic Party, but the unfortunate part is that none of them are speaking up and speaking out.”

In fact, the Democrat-led House voted overwhelmingly last month to condemn the boycott-Israel movement. During the debate, Ms. Tlaib, who is Palestinian-American, passionately defended the movement as a legitimate economic protest to advance human rights, calling Israel’s policies toward Palestinians “racist” and comparing the campaign to American boycotts of Nazi Germany.

On Monday in St. Paul, Minn., Ms. Omar raised the prospect of cutting off aid to Israel, arguing that a central purpose of the visit that she and Ms. Tlaib had hoped to make there was to conduct oversight over the $3 billion in funding that United States provides.

“We must be asking, as Israel’s ally, the Netanyahu government stop the expansion of settlements on Palestinian land and ensure full rights for Palestinians if we are to give them aid,” Ms. Omar said. “We know Donald Trump would love nothing more than to use this issue to pit Muslims and Jewish Americans against each other. The Muslim community and the Jewish community are being othered and made into the boogeyman by this administration.”

In an emotional moment during the news conference, Ms. Tlaib broke down in tears when discussing why she turned down a last-minute offer by Mr. Netanyahu’s government to allow her to visit her 90-year-old grandmother in the West Bank if she promised not to speak out about the boycott during her stay.

“I’m her free bird, so why would I come back and be caged and bow down when my election rose her head up high, gave her dignity for the first time?” Ms. Tlaib said of her grandmother. “You don’t let anybody tell you that you’re less than or humiliate you.”

Mr. Trump ridiculed the congresswoman for the display, saying her grief was not genuine.

“All of a sudden, she starts with tears, tears — I don’t buy it,” Mr. Trump said. “I don’t buy it for a second, because I’ve seen her in a very vicious mood at campaign rallies.”

“I saw a woman who was violent and vicious and out of control,” Mr. Trump added, without elaborating on what violence he was referring to.

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Trump: Jews voting for Democrats show 'great disloyalty'

WASHINGTON —  President Donald Trump suggested Tuesday that Jewish citizens who vote for Democrats are either insensible or disloyal.

“Any Jewish people that vote for a Democrat — I think it shows either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty,” Trump told reporters during an Oval Office photo op. 

The president’s comments come after days of headlines about the relationship and ties between the U.S. and the Jewish state of Israel. The past week has been a turbulent time as Reps. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., and Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., the first two Muslim women elected to Congress, Trump and top Israel officials have all sparred over the progressive lawmakers’ record of criticizing Israel.

“Where has the Democratic Party gone?” Trump continued Tuesday. “Where have they gone that where they’re defending these two people over the state of Israel?”

More:After blocked visit, Tlaib gets emotional as Omar blasts Israel

In a highly unprecedented move last week,Trump publicly urged Israel to block Tlaib and Omar from visiting the country, saying that doing so would show “great weakness.” Soon after, Israel denied the congresswomen entry, citing a 2017 law that bars foreigners who publicly support boycotts of Israel. Israel later granted Tlaib, who is of Palestinian descent, access to the West Bank on humanitarian grounds to visit her grandmother — conditions the Detriot Democrat rejected

Jewish citizens, however, have recently overwhelmingly voted for Democratic candidates. In the last two federal election cycles in 2018 and 2016, Jews voted for Democrats over 70% of the time. 

According to the Pew Research Center, in the 2018 midterm elections, Jewish voters sided with Democratic candidates running for seats in the House of Representatives 79% of the time. In 2016, Jewish citizens were firmly in Hillary Clinton’s corner at 71%, while only 24% sided with Trump — a breakdown that has been a consistent trend in presidential elections going to back to at least 2000, according to Pew’s analysis of exit polling data.

Trump’s comments Tuesday echo a tone the president struck in March of this year, while tweeting about “the ‘Jexodus’ movement.”

Additionally, according to Pew, in Congress, every sitting Jewish senator and 30 of 32 current Jewish members of the House of Representatives are Democrats.

Tuesday Trump also mocked Tlaib’s display of emotion Monday after she decided not to visit her grandmother in the West Bank after initially being barred by Israel. The president claimed the Democratic congresswoman “grandstanded” when she shed tears during a live, televised press conference Monday.

Tlaib got tearful as she spoke about visits she had made as a young girl to see her grandmother in the West Bank. When she spoke about her mother and herself having to go through “dehumanizing checkpoints,” Tlaib grew visibly emotional.

Contributing: Christal Hayes

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Trump Backpedals On Tougher Gun Background Checks, Warning Of ‘Slippery Slope’

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President Donald Trump moved further away from supporting expanded background checks for gun purchases on Tuesday, touting the popular narrative of critics who claim such new rules will somehow lead to the total erosion of the constitutional right to bear arms.

“The Democrats would, I believe — I think they’d give up the Second Amendment,” he told reporters during an Oval Office press conference. “A lot of the people that put me where I am are strong believers in the Second Amendment, and I am, also. And we have to be very careful about that. You know, they call it the ‘slippery slope,’ and all of a sudden, everything gets taken away. We’re not going to let that happen.”

Democratic congressional leaders repeatedly have stressed that they do not want to get rid of the Second Amendment, but time and again they have called for tighter and more expansive regulations on gun sales. The current system does not cover all purchases.

Earlier this month, in the wake of two mass shootings ― one in El Paso, Texas, where a white supremacist is charged in the slaughter of 22 people and another in Dayton, Ohio, where a gunman killed 9 people ― Trump pointed to a “very strong appetite” for “background checks like we’ve never had before.” He teased that a “really, really good” deal could be reached on the issue in Congress.

Calling background checks “important,” the president said, “I don’t want to put guns into the hands of mentally unstable people or people with rage or hate, sick people. I don’t want to ― I’m all in favor of it.”

A presidential push for enhanced checks is viewed by most analysts as essential to the passage of any such legislation, given traditional opposition to the measures by Republicans and the political clout wielded against the proposals by the National Rifle Association.

But as the shock caused by the recent shooting have worn off, so has Trump’s interest in the issue. His latest remarks indicate that he has no serious intention of making tougher background checks a priority.

“We have very, very strong background checks right now,” he said Tuesday. “But we have, sort of, missing areas and areas that don’t complete the whole circle, and we’re looking at different things.”

Trump then steered the conversation back to mental health, a common GOP talking point when it comes to gun control. 

“I have to tell you that it is a mental problem, and I’ve said it a hundred times: It’s not the gun that pulls the trigger; it’s the person that pulls the trigger. These are sick people, and it is also that kind of a problem.”

The Atlantic reported that Trump, in a Tuesday phone conversation, told embattled NRA chief executive Wayne LaPierre that universal background checks were off the table.

On Monday, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) slammed the president’s apparent retreat on stricter gun control measures, calling his initial remarks meaningless.

“We’ve seen this movie before: President Trump, feeling public pressure in the immediate aftermath of a horrible shooting, talks about doing something meaningful to address gun violence, but inevitably, he backtracks in response to pressure from the NRA and the hard-right,” Schumer said. “These retreats from President Trump are not only disappointing but also heartbreaking, particularly for the families of the victims of gun violence.”

Though Schumer and other Democrats have called on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to reconvene the chamber so that it can consider gun legislation, he has refused to cancel the lawmakers’ summer break.

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Trump Backpedals On Tougher Gun Background Checks, Warning Of ‘Slippery Slope’

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President Donald Trump moved further away from supporting expanded background checks for gun purchases on Tuesday, touting the popular narrative of critics who claim such new rules will somehow lead to the total erosion of the constitutional right to bear arms.

“The Democrats would, I believe — I think they’d give up the Second Amendment,” he told reporters during an Oval Office press conference. “A lot of the people that put me where I am are strong believers in the Second Amendment, and I am, also. And we have to be very careful about that. You know, they call it the ‘slippery slope,’ and all of a sudden, everything gets taken away. We’re not going to let that happen.”

Democratic congressional leaders repeatedly have stressed that they do not want to get rid of the Second Amendment, but time and again they have called for tighter and more expansive regulations on gun sales. The current system does not cover all purchases.

Earlier this month, in the wake of two mass shootings ― one in El Paso, Texas, where a white supremacist is charged in the slaughter of 22 people and another in Dayton, Ohio, where a gunman killed 9 people ― Trump pointed to a “very strong appetite” for “background checks like we’ve never had before.” He teased that a “really, really good” deal could be reached on the issue in Congress.

Calling background checks “important,” the president said, “I don’t want to put guns into the hands of mentally unstable people or people with rage or hate, sick people. I don’t want to ― I’m all in favor of it.”

A presidential push for enhanced checks is viewed by most analysts as essential to the passage of any such legislation, given traditional opposition to the measures by Republicans and the political clout wielded against the proposals by the National Rifle Association.

But as the shock caused by the recent shooting have worn off, so has Trump’s interest in the issue. His latest remarks indicate that he has no serious intention of making tougher background checks a priority.

“We have very, very strong background checks right now,” he said Tuesday. “But we have, sort of, missing areas and areas that don’t complete the whole circle, and we’re looking at different things.”

Trump then steered the conversation back to mental health, a common GOP talking point when it comes to gun control. 

“I have to tell you that it is a mental problem, and I’ve said it a hundred times: It’s not the gun that pulls the trigger; it’s the person that pulls the trigger. These are sick people, and it is also that kind of a problem.”

The Atlantic reported that Trump, in a Tuesday phone conversation, told embattled NRA chief executive Wayne LaPierre that universal background checks were off the table.

On Monday, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) slammed the president’s apparent retreat on stricter gun control measures, calling his initial remarks meaningless.

“We’ve seen this movie before: President Trump, feeling public pressure in the immediate aftermath of a horrible shooting, talks about doing something meaningful to address gun violence, but inevitably, he backtracks in response to pressure from the NRA and the hard-right,” Schumer said. “These retreats from President Trump are not only disappointing but also heartbreaking, particularly for the families of the victims of gun violence.”

Though Schumer and other Democrats have called on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to reconvene the chamber so that it can consider gun legislation, he has refused to cancel the lawmakers’ summer break.

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Trump Cancels Meeting With Danish Prime Minister Over Greenland

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President Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday that he’s canceling a meeting with Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen after finding out she thinks his proposal to buy Greenland is “absurd.” 

Trump is scheduled to visit Denmark, which maintains Greenland as an autonomous territory, in two weeks. But since Frederiksen has “no interest in discussing the purchase of Greenland,” he wrote, he’s postponing his meeting with her.

Trump didn’t express any ill will toward Frederiksen and thanked her for “being so direct.”  

Trump confirmed Sunday that he was seriously weighing whether the U.S. could buy Greenland, an ice-covered island situated between the Arctic and North Atlantic oceans. The Wall Street Journal reported last week that he’d been discussing the idea with White House counsel. 

The news was baffling to many U.S. and world leaders, and especially to those in Denmark.

“Greenland is not for sale,” Frederiksen told the Danish newspaper Sermitsiaq on Sunday. “Greenland is not Danish. Greenland belongs to Greenland. I strongly hope that this is not meant seriously.”

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Border Officials Don’t Plan To Vaccinate Detained Migrants Despite Deaths

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U.S. immigration officials do not plan to vaccinate any migrants in their custody, despite the flu-related deaths of three children this year, according to Customs and Border Protection.

Neither CBP nor its medical contractors administer vaccinations to migrants because of the allegedly short time in which migrants are in U.S. custody and the length of time it takes for the vaccines to be effective, a CBP spokesperson told HuffPost.

CBP has about 200 medical personnel working along the southwestern border to assist at detention centers, according to CBP.  In 2018, 423 detainees in centers across the U.S. contracted the flu, according to a Reuters report in March.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends vaccinations be given before the end of October for a flu season that typically peaks from December to February. CNBC was the first to report on Tuesday that CBP had decided not to pursue a vaccination program for its detention centers. 

Earlier this month, doctors at Harvard, Johns Hopkins and other health care groups wrote a letter to two lawmakers urging Congress to investigate the conditions surrounding the deaths of six children who were detained by CBP after crossing the border.

In the letter, obtained by CBS News and The Washington Post, the doctors note that the flu was partly responsible for at least three of the deaths of children ages 2, 6 and 16, according to autopsy results. 

The doctors said that flu-related deaths in children are “fairly rare events” in the U.S. and that children in detention centers are at higher risk of complications from the flu.

They suggested that poor conditions at the detention facilities may be “amplifying” the spread of the flu. The doctors also accused the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Health and Human Services of failing to follow best practices to treat and prevent the spread of the flu.

The doctors recommended that children who were older than 6 months should receive a flu vaccination.

Reps. Rosa L. DeLauro (D-Conn.) and Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Calif.) forwarded the letter to DHS Acting Secretary Kevin McAleenan and Health and Human Services Secretary Alex M. Azar on Aug. 5, asking the officials to address the doctors’ concerns.

“Every single migrant in our government’s care must be kept safe & treated humanely,” Roybal-Allard tweeted in addition to the letter. “As DHS [House Appropriations Chairwoman], I am fighting to ensure [CBP] has the policies and resources it needs to meet this crucial goal, and to address public health concerns before they lead to tragedy.”

Detained migrants who have the flu while in custody may be diagnosed and treated on-site by CBP medical personnel or brought to a local health center for treatment.

Though CBP personnel don’t administer vaccinations, a detainee may receive a vaccination if a medical professional at a local facility determines it’s needed. 

“Persons in our custody who require vaccination are referred to the local health system and may receive vaccinations by medical personnel at a local medical facility, if determined necessary by the medical professional during their assessment,” a CBP spokesperson said in a statement Tuesday to HuffPost.

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