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Trump to supporters: Let’s take back America *Launches fresh bid for White House



“We have to save our country,” were the words with which former US President, Donald Trump, used to launch his intention to return to the White House, which he vacated last year after being defeated in an election, he is yet to accept that he lost, even after going the whole hog including the highest courts to test its validity.

Incumbent, Joe Biden, was sworn in on January 20, 2021, after defeating Trump, America’s  45th President, after a heated election, which the former President on the platform of the Republican Party, challenged as fraught with irregularities, but which complaints were all thrown out by the courts, including the Supreme Court.

But the former President, has remained resolute in pursuing a come-back option, including sponsoring candidates for his party in the mid-term US elections, a move, which seems to have fallen flat on its face, with many of them failing to win at their various stages.

The expectation had been that with the failure, Trump would have considered it a rejection by the American people, and dump the idea, as many believe that the move was actually a referendum on his acceptance generally.


But, in what is being interpreted as a preemptive move to block other candidates from taking a shot at the number one US job, Trump made his announcement, on the heels of the Republicans losing the Senate majority, while maintaining a slim dominance at the House of Representatives.

BBC quotes Trump, who is being blamed by some of his party men for the dismal performance at the polls, as making the announcement at his Florida estate, while adding that Biden, who defeated Trump two years ago, is eyeing a re-election in 2024.

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Speaking to an invited crowd from the ballroom of his Mar-a-Lago private club in Palm Beach on Tuesday night, Trump, 76, reportedly said: “We are a nation in decline. For millions of Americans, the past two years under Joe Biden have been a time of pain, hardship, anxiety and despair. In order to make America great and glorious again, I am tonight announcing my candidacy for President of the United States.”

Shortly before the speech, he filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission formally declaring his presidential candidacy and setting up a fundraising account.

Meanwhile, outside Mar-a-Lago, supporters gathered to wave Trump 2024 flags.


Mr Trump’s speech lasted for more than an hour and touched on many of the same themes he has been repeating on stage for months.

These included border security, energy independence and crime, as well as attacks on Mr Biden’s record in office.

His wife, Melania Trump, joined him on stage at the end of the speech. But there were fewer family members present than at some of his past events and Ivanka Trump and Donald Jr did not attend.

Nearly 11,000 miles (17,700km) away at the G20 summit in Bali, Indonesia, Mr Biden was asked whether he had a reaction to Mr Trump’s announcement.

“No, not really,” the Democratic president said. Last week, he was filmed laughing when a reporter suggested Mr Trump’s support base remained strong.



Trump to US judge: You’re Democrat’s stooge, you can’t stop me



There seemed no letup in the interpretation Donald Trump, former President of the United State (POTUS), currently making a comeback bid to the White House is giving to his ongoing trial at court in New York, one of the several he is presently facing since he left government about three years ago, following his defeat by incumbent, Joe Biden.

Trump, who is sure to emerge the candidate of the Republican Party in next year’s presidential election, all but accused Arthur Engoron the New York judge handling his civil fraud case of fronting for the Democratic Party to stop him from returning as President, by “issuing fraudulent rulings,” in the same manner he equally took on Letitia James, New York State Attorney General (AG), who instituted the case as a “political hack.”

But both Engoron and James promptly pushed back by brushing the allegation, demanding that the former President was playing to the gallery and address the matter in question, insisting that the facts of the matter in issue spoke for themselves and therefore could not be ensconced in theatrics.

Reports say that though Trump, the first President in more than 100 years to stand a court trial, since the appearance of Theodore Roosevelt, in a 1915 libel suit, might not be going to prison, he and his sons, could lose control over the family’s vast business empire as the case in question centred on them cooking the books to raise the profile of the company to obtain bank loans.

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“He called me a fraud and he did not know anything about me. This is political witchhunt,” Trump was quoted as saying of Engoron during the trial, with the judge, in reply, asking him to address the matter directed at him by simply answering the questions, adding: “This is not a political rally. Please, just answer the questions, no speeches.”

Engoron, even cautioned Christopher Kise, lawyer to the former President, who had an American flag on the lapel of his dark-blue suit to control him, as he continued in his confrontational attitude, as he called the trial “very unfair and crazy” adding that it was brought by Democrats “coming after me from 15 different sides,” reports say.

Regarding the trial itself, where his Don Jr. his eldest son and Eric and other executives of the Trump Organisation are being accused of exaggerating the value of their real estate assets by billions of dollars to obtain more favorable bank loans and insurance terms, the former POTUS pooh-poohed the allegation describing company’s claims in the financial statement as very conservative.

“They were not really documents that the banks paid much attention to. The value of the Trump brand was not taken into account in the valuations of my assets. I became President because of my brand,” Trump told Kevin Wallace, a lawyer for the New York Attorney General’s office, who was interrogating him under oath.

Trump said to have repeatedly attacked James, as “racist,” also referred to Engoron, as “unhinged” and a “Trump-hating radical left, Democrat operative,” comments, said to have earned $15,000 in fines from Engoron for violating a partial gag order imposed after he bashed the judge’s clerk on social media.

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On his part, James, who seemed to have preempted the former President’s combatic posture, was quoted as telling reporters that he had “consistently misrepresented and inflated the value of his assets,” adding: “Before he takes the stand, I am certain that he will engage in name-calling and taunts and race-baiting and call this a witch hunt. But at the end of the day, the only thing that matters are the facts and the numbers. And numbers, my friends, don’t lie.”

The current case is one in the many of legal battles the former POTUS, who has been impeached twice by the US congress, but whose career was saved from the final death-knell by the skin of his teeth has maintained that they are all efforts by the Democrats led by Biden, to stop him from reclaiming the presidency, which he believed was fraudulently snatched from him in the 2020 election, he insists he won.

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BREAKING: US Congress sacks McCarthy as Speaker, first time in 235-year history



Kevin McCarthy on Tuesday, made history by becoming the first shortest on the job of Speaker of the US House of Representatives after he lost the top position, said to be the second in the line of presidency after the Vice President in hierarchy, 10 months after he was elected.

McCarthy a far-right politician, who rode to the job on the back of his unflinching support and hitherto cozy relationship with Donald Trump, former President, replaced Nancy Pelosi to become the 55th Speaker in the world’s most powerful democracy on January 7, 2023.

He had earlier, on November 8 beaten Marisa Wood in the US general election for the California district 20 to return to the House, before being picked the Speaker, after the Republicans gained a narrow majority over the Democrats to oust Pelosi.

That job, he lost on Tuesday, October 3, no thanks to the turn of events in his party, which turned against him in a shock vote, the first time a Speaker, who represents the legislature, would be so ousted in the history of the country.


Unlike Nigeria where the Vice President and the Senate President, come next in ranking, the Speaker is recognised in an order hierarchy and in an arrangement where the office of the Senate President is occupied by the Vice President, whose position appears only ceremonial and could vote in the congress only when there is a tie.

“Young Gun,” only to get battered by his party’s shifting political currents.

McCarthy, had regained the confident of Trump, when he visited the ex-POTUS in his home in Florida, for reconciliation, after joining other lawmakers in the US to condemn his role in the January 6, 2021 protest at the Capitol, which some put down as a riot or even as a coup.

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The action had earned Trump the second impeachment after that of 2019, by the Pelosi-led House, only for a more damning consequence to fail at the Senate, then in the firm control of the Republicans, which voted no, to kill an attempt to remove him from office, though he effectively joined the ranks of Andrew Johnson, who was served the bitter pill in 1868 and Bill Clinton 1998, the two previous Presidents to be impeached.

Hard-line Republicans, who accused him of making too many concessions on spending cuts with President Joe Biden, a Democrat, with whom he cut a last-minute deal in May this year, by backtracking in the extension of the national debt limit saga, which prevented what could have been a calamitous US debt default incident, finally ended his topsy-turvy tenure on Tuesday.


The last straw that nailed him, after the series of accusations from the hardliners who felt he was dealing with the Biden government and Democrats in general with kid-gloves, was when the hardliners berated him last week for helping to avert a government shutdown against the wishes of Trump, said to have favoured forcing massive spending cuts and bringing down the country’s $31-trillion-plus debt burden.

McCarthy’s ouster took the call for a change in the House leadership by Matt Gaetz, a Trump loyalist to engineer, taking advantage of the change only one member to make such a call, indicating that the camp had had enough of the lawmaker, who called himself an “optimist.”

It is not yet known if the Republicans would return him to power, since the son of a fire-fighter and grandson of a cattle rancher, is eligible to run for the position again, especially with his knack for networking among his colleagues, which got him the job in the first place, but it could be a warning, assuming the politician, who started out from the state assembly, who was first elected to Congress, returns, to actually brace up and do the needful by becoming less amenable to the Democrats, especially in the run for the Presidency next year, where Trump is standing again.

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Government declares three days of mourning after Islamic militants wipe out 49 civilians



At least 49 civilians have been reported killed by Islamist militants, after an attack on a river boat in north-eastern Mali, the interim government says, after another attack on an army camp, where 15 soldiers, were also killed in an exchange that also saw to the death of more than 50 of the militants.

The military government in the country, who declared three days of national mourning, said on social media that the boat had been attacked around 1100 GMT by “armed terrorist groups,” while the boat operator, Comanav, was quoted as saying that the vessel had been targeted by at least three rockets aimed at its engines, while an official reportedly said that the vessel was immobilised on the river and the army went in to evacuate passengers.

Despite the huge popular support for the junta when it seized power after mass protests against then-President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, following the buildup of palpable anger over economic uncertainty, a disputed election and chronic insecurity, the new military government had made little progress in its fightback against Islamists who control parts of the country.

The insurgency groups linked to al-Qaeda and Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP), which has been on campaign in West African country, have since spread its operations from the North, where they initially camped in 2012 to other locations in the country and the entire Sahel region to coastal West African nations.


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