February 2nd, 2017

Donald Duck eats his own words

“It’s been less than a week since President Donald Trump signed a sweeping ban on certain foreign nationals and all refugees entering the U.S., but his administration has already had to make multiple tweaks to account for its vague language.
The administration made another change on Wednesday. A counsel to the president issued guidance to government agencies saying the executive order does not apply to legal permanent residents, also known as green card holders, and that they will no longer need special waivers to re-enter the U.S. White House press secretary Sean Spicer announced the “update,” as he put it, during a daily briefing with reporters. 
Trump’s initial executive order , which he signed Friday, was phrased so broadly that it affected green card holders who had left the country only to find out later that the president had tried to block their return.   “
“  The ban was applied to legal permanent residents originally from those seven countries, many of whom were initially detained upon returning to the United States. More than 1,000 of them were admitted under special waivers.  Now, based on the White House guidance, those individuals will not need a waiver.
The Department of Homeland Security announced additional exceptions to the ban on Tuesday, including Iraqis who worked for the U.S. government in positions such as translators. Officials also said the ban does not apply to dual nationals of the seven countries. For example, someone with Syrian and French nationality can enter the U.S. using their French passport.  “
BUT of course – IT’S NOT MY FAULT
“  Trump has denied that there were any issues with implementing the order ...   “It’s working out very nicely,” he said Saturday.

The latest change to the order came after Donald McGahn, counsel to the president, advised that there was “reasonable uncertainty about whether those provisions apply to lawful permanent residents,” “

Канада продолжит поддержку украинской армии

  Около 200 канадских военных находятся в Украине с лета 2015 года. Их основная цель - подготовка украинских солдат. Эта миссия должна была закончиться в марте 2017-го года, но теперь можно с уверенностью сказать, что она будет продолжена. “Мы рассматриваем все способы, чтобы улучшить нашу поддержку..” - сказал министр обороны Канады в среду, - “Можете быть уверены, что Канада поддерживает Украину” ( "I'm looking at the options right now in terms of how we can improve our support, what changes that we need to make," Sajjan said Wednesday.
"But one thing is for sure, that Canada remains committed to Ukraine." )
  Это особенно важно всвязи с тем, что гибридные российско-террористические формирования начали новую эскалацию агрессии против Украины в Донбассе. Многие консервативные политики в Канаде настаивают на увеличении Канадой военно-технической поддерки армии Украины.