Trump’s refusal to show weakness or humility in defeat

  allied with a brazen, relentless temperament and an indifference to shame helps explain why he is so hard to bring down.

  Showing off sometimes diabolical but compelling political skills, Trump was audacious, prov

ocative and spiteful. He made outrageous boasts about his own success and hinted at his acute sense of hum

an nature and feral appreciation of weakness and discomfort in a political opponent.

  Trump also showed his indifference, or rude disregard for the political plights of allied leaders, indulged his willingness to tra

de in falsehoods, and betrayed his obsessions with his predecessor President Barack Obama.Trump vs. Beto

  At Thursday’s White House meeting, Trump was also asked by a reporter about the f

reshest entrant in the Democratic White House race — former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke. He was ready.

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Well, I think he’s got a lot of hand movement. I’ve never see

  so much hand movement. I said is he crazy or is that just the way he acts.”

  ”Study it, I’m sure you’ll agree,” Trump told reporters.

  The jab at O’Rourke was not just a throwaway. It was a return to the forensic targ

eting of political opponents that helped Trump dismantle the Republican primary field in 2016.

  Mocking O’Rourke’s gestures might seem a frivolous at a time of national political angst and wi

th a heavy duty policy debate already under way. But Trump is an expert at trivializing and belittli

ng opponents, to detract from the gravity of their arguments and to feed the conservative media machine.

  His diagnosis of Jeb Bush’s “low energy” four years ago established a narrative about the former Florida govern

or’s campaign that hinted at a grain of truth. The one-time GOP front-runner could never recover.

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At one point in the meeting Tump, said he wasn’t going to

  ”comment on Brexit,” but characteristically unable to constrain himself, could barely leave the topic alone.

  At the start of his meeting, Trump welcomed Varadkar, and pointin

g out that his visitor was in a difficult position over Britain’s tortured attempts to com

plete its withdrawal from the European Union, which could harm Ireland’s peace and prosperity.

  Trump also, as he often does, used his position to slyly shout out one of his businesses, in this case, a golf course in Ireland.

  ”I have a very warm spot for Doonbeg, I will tell you that and it just a great place really.”

  While praising Ireland, Trump promptly switched to a characteristic boast about his own success, his mana

gement of the economy and how he held “all of the records … every single record for the stock market.”

  Trump’s obsession with Obama — a defining characteristic — app

eared like a nervous tick twice in his photo-op, twinned with a willingness to spout untruths.

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First, he claimed that the former President had predicted

  2016 that British voters would reject leaving the European Union in a

referendum while he had predicted they would vote to exit the bloc.

  Obama did not bet on the outcome. But he did however warn Britons

they would go “to the back of the queue” for a trade deal with the US if they left the EU.

  Then Trump claimed — wrongly — that the EU was unwilling to “negotiate with the Obam

a administration” about trade. In fact, the previous administration sought to conclude a Tran

satlantic Trade and Investment Partnership — or TTIP — with Europe, though was unable to get the deal across the

line. Trump’s own talks on trade with Europe have been inconclusive, after he threatened to spark a trade war.

  Trump’s comments on Brexit also illustrated the tendency of a President who admires dictators to throw allied leaders under the bus.

  He criticized Prime Minister Theresa May, whose credibility has been shredded by parliamentary defeats.

  ”She didn’t listen to that and that’s fine, I mean, she’s got to do what she’s got to do,” said Tr

ump, who was forced into a rare apology last year after hammering May’s Brexit strategy on the eve of meeting her in the UK.

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He also repeated the untruth that he predicted the result of

  when he flew into his Turnberry golf course in 2016. In fact, Trump

arrived on the west coast of Scotland hours after the result of the referendum was announced.

  Whether the President knows he’s lying, or has convinced himself of the truth of his a

lternative reality, is unclear. But his continued use of a discredited fact is a core element of his political technique.

  Trump also put Varadkar on the spot — asking h

im to comment on Brexit, threatening to expose their differences on the issue.

  Then Trump interrupted Varadkar, who watched with a bemuse

d look as the President savaged the EU alongside one of its national leaders.

  ”The European Union treats us very, very unfairly,” Trump said, i

n a screed that included another characteristic political device — a flagrant threat.

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Roper emphasized to reporters that while the issue of the

  material and objects — known as Foreign Object Debris, or FOD — being left inside an

aircraft as it comes off the production line is not a design or safety risk, it is a

matter of great concern to the military.

  ”FOD is really about every person, everyone in the workforce, f

ollowing those procedures and bringing a culture of discipline for safety,” Roper said.

  Top US general says Google ‘is indirectly benefiting the Chinese Culture

is something that I’m not going to believe becaus

e we have a good month, or a good two months, that the culture is back. I’m

going to believe it when I see month after mo

nth for a long time that yes, those practices are now things that aren’t just

being done because they have to be done, th

ey are being done because the workforce says, ‘This is a product we deliver to the Air Force,'” he added.

  Boeing will now have to conduct spot inspections on the aircraft during product

ion, including specific areas of the planes that may be sealed as part of the production processes.

  ”I certainly think they are going to have to have a good team,” to carry out

the new inspection program, Roper said.

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The KC-46 plays a critical role in the refueling of military aircra

  William and Kate, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and Harry and Meghan, The Duk

e and Duchess of Sussex, have said they have all spent time in Christchurch and

its “open-hearted and generous” people.

  They condemned the violence on the Muslim community, calling it

“horrifying assault on a way of life that embodies decency, community, and friendship.”

  ”No person should ever have to fear attending a sacred place of worship,” the royal couples said in a statement.

  Here’s the full statement:

  Our hearts go out to the families and friends of the people who lost their lives in the devastating attack in Christchurch.

  We have all been fortunate to spend time in Christchurch and have felt the

warm, open-hearted and generous spirit that is core to its remarkable people.

  No person should ever have to fear attending a sacred place of worship.

  This senseless attack is an affront to the people of Christchurch and New Zealand, and the bro

ader Muslim community. It is a horrifying assault on a way of life that embodies decency, community, and friendship.

  We know that from this devastation and deep mourning, the people of New

Zealand will unite to show that such evil can never defeat compassion and tolerance.

  We send our thoughts and prayers to everyone in New Zealand today.

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Barack Obama: “We grieve with you and the Muslim communi

  White House official on New Zealand attack: This “seems to be a terrorist attack”From CNN’s Betsy Klein

  National security advisor John Bolton expanded upon the White House’s statement on the

attack on New Zealand mosques, which he characterized as “what seems to be a terrorist attack” and a “hate crime.”

  Bolton said the US is “very concerned” and is following the events “very closely.”

  He told reporters Friday morning:

  “We’re obviously greatly disturbed on what seems to be a terror attack, this hate crime in New Zealand. We’ve been in touch

with our embassy overnight, we’re still getting details, but the State Department and others are following up on it.”

  Bolton continued, “We’re very concerned, we’re going to cooperate with New Zealand author

ities to the extent we can if there’s any role we can play, but we’re obviously following the events there very closely.”

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killed in mass shooting at two mosques in Christchurch, New

  At least 49 people were killed and 20 seriously injured in mass shootings at two mosques in the New Zealand city of Christc

hurch Friday, in a carefully planned and unprecedented attack that has shocked the usually peaceful nation.

  New Zealand’s Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, called the incident a terrorist attack in a Friday press confe

rence, saying the suspects held “extremist views” that have no place in New Zealand or the world.

  The attacks targeted two mosques in central Christchurch at lunchtime local time Friday.

  A total of 48 people, including young children with gunshot wounds, were admitted to Christchurch hospital for treatment.

  Three men and one woman were arrested in the immediate aftermath of the incide

nt. One man in his late 20s was charged with murder and will appear in court Saturday morning local time.

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Of the other three people apprehended, two were arrested in

  possession of firearms and police are still trying to understand their involvement, said New Zealand Police Com

missioner Mike Bush. On Friday night local time police tweeted that the pair remain in custody.

  Police said a fourth person was arrested Friday but “that was not related to these events.”

  Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said that at least one of those arreste

d is Australian. He said the shooting was the work of an “extremist right-wing, violent terrorist.”

  Police said they do not believe there are any other suspects but added that it was still an open investigation.

  None of the four people arrested had been on any security watch lists prior to the attack.

  Attack apparently broadcast live on social media

  Authorities said they “will not be discussing the offenders’ possible motivations or the causes of this incident” at this stage.

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