AMERICAN military bosses are withdrawing almost 10 percent of its troops out of African bases because it wants to concentrate on countering Russia and China. But the draw down come as Moscow and Beijing ramp up their power in those same regions. About 700 counter-terrorism troops will be removed over the next few years, the US Department of Defence has confirmed. This is out of 7,200 US soldiers based in dozens of African countries including Libya and Nigeria. The Pentagon said there will not be a shift from action on the ground to advising and sharing intelligence in West Africa. But counter-terrorism ops in several countries including Somalia and Djibouti will remain the same. A US official, speaking on condition of anonymity to Reuters, said the reduction of troops would likely take place over three years. It could include countries such as Kenya, Cameroon and Mali. Pentagon spokeswoman Candice Tresch said: "We will realign our counter-terrorism resources and forces operating in … [Read more...] about US removing hundreds of troops from Africa despite Russia and China’s growing presence
WHITE HOUSE adviser Mira Ricardel has been fired from her post after falling out with Melania Trump. Let’s take a closer look at the former deputy security aide and her feud with the First Lady. Who is Mira Ricardel? Ricardel has been described as a committed conservative who has decades of experience working in the US government, according to reports. She is said to not “suffer fools” and has worked in the defence department in three Republican administrations. The California-born adviser was in the Department of Commerce when she was hired by National Security Advisor John Bolton. According to CNN, one former colleague described her as “obstinate.” Why did she fall out with Melania? Ricardel’s sacking came days after Melania said the adviser "no longer deserves the honour of serving in this White House". The pair fell out during the First Lady’s tour of Africa in October, according to reports. They reportedly rowed over seating arrangements … [Read more...] about Who is Mira Ricardel and why did Melania Trump want her fired from the White House?
MICHAEL Avenatti, the lawyer for porn star Stormy Daniels in her suit against President Donald Trump, has been arrested on suspicion of domestic violence. Avenatti represents Ms Daniels, who alleges she and President Trump had a brief relationship - a claim the president virulently denies. Here's all you need to know about the top American lawyer. What is Michael Avenatti's net worth? Avenatti is a high-powered lawyer with a long career of securing big wins for his clients, and as such, it's not terribly surprising that he'd be a multi-millionaire. But how much he's precisely worth isn't public knowledge. A race car driver with expensive taste and a high-end lifestyle, Avenatti has been estimated to be worth about $20million, around £15.5million. He has won more than $1billion in judgments for clients in high profile cases, with the biggest win for Avenatti the $454million (£355million) 2017 fraud verdict against Kimberly-Clark’s company Halyard Health. Avenatti … [Read more...] about What is Michael Avenatti’s net worth, who is the Stormy Daniels lawyer’s wife and why has he been arrested?
A SHOCKED Theresa May was berated by a bad tempered Donald Trump after she rang to congratulate him on his Midterm election results, it emerged last night. The moody US President snapped at her for opposing his Iran sanctions, grilled her over Brexit and moaned about so-called unfair trade deals following outrage over his cancelled his WW1 memorial visit. It came as he flew on Air Force One to France to mark the 100th anniversary of the First World War. A scheduled visit to a US military cemetery near Paris was cancelled because it was raining. The Washington Post said: “May has endured Trump’s churlish temper before, but still her aides were shaken by his especially foul mood, according to US and European officials briefed on the conversation." But the PM’s official spokesman last night insisted aides at No10 were “unshakeable” and the disagreements between the US and the UK over Iran were well known. BREXIT DEAL What is Theresa May's draft Brexit deal … [Read more...] about Donald Trump berated Theresa May over Brexit and Iran sanctions in phone call
DONALD Trump attacked Emmanuel Macron over a European army yesterday — saying Parisians were “learning German” before US intervention in World War Two. The American President turned on his French counterpart within 24 hours of returning from a World War One Armistice service in Paris. He tweeted: “Emmanuel Macron suggests building its own army to protect Europe against the US, China and Russia. “But it was Germany in World Wars One & Two — how did that work out for France? They were starting to learn German in Paris before the US came along. Pay for NATO or not!” Mr Trump described Mr Macron’s suggestion of a European army as “very insulting”. Macron had said: “We have to protect ourselves with respect to China, Russia and even the United States of America.”Macron was lamenting the US decision to withdraw from a treaty with Russia that prohibited the manufacture of intermediate range nuclear missiles. He was … [Read more...] about Donald Trump claims French ‘were learning German’ before US intervention in WW2