Trump to ‘de­port up to 3m im­mi­grants’

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US pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump said he planned to im­me­di­ately de­port or jail as many as three mil­lion un­doc­u­mented im­mi­grants, as he set out his pri­or­i­ties in the first tele­vi­sion in­ter­view since his elec­tion.

The in­ter­view with CBS’s 60 Min­utes broad­cast on Sun­day, with mil­lions tun­ing in for clues on how the bil­lion­aire busi­ness­man-turned-politi­cian will gov­ern the coun­try.

Since Tues­day’s elec­tion tri­umph, Trump had ap­peared to tone down his rhetoric, no­tably sug­gest­ing he might be will­ing to re­con­sider a pledge to scrap Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s sig­na­ture health re­form, the so-called Obamacare.

He made clear, though, in ex­cerpts of Sun­day’s in­ter­view that he still in­tended to crack down on un­doc­u­mented im­mi­grants in the coun­try, fo­cus­ing on peo­ple with crim­i­nal records.

“What we are go­ing to do is get the peo­ple that are crim­i­nal and have crim­i­nal records, gang mem­bers, drug deal­ers . . . prob­a­bly two mil­lion of them, it could be even three . . . out of our coun­try, or we are go­ing to in­car­cer­ate them,” Trump said.

Trump’s stance on his de­por­ta­tion plans stood in op­po­si­tion with com­ments by House Speaker Paul Ryan, who said on Sun­day the fo­cus un­der a Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion would be on se­cur­ing the border, not round­ing up im­mi­grants.

Trump also said he would keep his prom­ise to build a wall along the US border with Mex­ico, but said part of it could be a fence, as some mem­bers of Congress have sug­gested.

“There could be some fenc­ing,” he said in the in­ter­view, but in other ar­eas “a wall is more ap­pro­pri­ate”.

Mike Hanna, re­port­ing from Wash­ing­ton DC, said there was no ques­tion about hav­ing a bar­rier on the border or not, but the dis­cus­sion was about what form it would take as Trump had pre­vi­ously in­sisted it would largely be a phys­i­cal wall, not a fence.

“The is­sue of a strong border is im­por­tant for many Repub­li­cans, and in­deed many Democrats. But the dif­fer­ences are as to what form it takes. There are al­ready fences in large ar­eas of the border at present, which the Congress ap­proved,” Hanna said.

“If Don­ald Trump wants to get his wall, he needs the Repub­li­can-ma­jor­ity Congress to ap­prove the ex­penses for it. He alien­ated many there dur­ing his cam­paign.”

Sep­a­rately, 50 000 peo­ple in the US have signed a pe­ti­tion ask­ing Trump to openly re­ject hate and big­otry.

It was set up fol­low­ing more than 200 re­ports of in­tim­i­da­tion and ha­rass­ment since elec­tion day. Some of those cases have been high­lighted on so­cial me­dia.

Trump’s cam­paign was marked by deroga­tory com­ments about race, re­li­gion, gen­der and dis­abil­ity.

How­ever, in his vic­tory speech, he vowed to be a Pres­i­dent for “all Amer­i­cans”.

Mean­while, Trump made his first two key per­son­nel ap­point­ments on Sun­day, one an over­ture to Repub­li­can cir­cles by nam­ing GOP chief Reince Priebus as his White House chief of staff, the other a shot across the bow of the Wash­ing­ton es­tab­lish­ment by tab­bing Bre­it­bart news ex­ec­u­tive Stephan Ban­non as chief strate­gist and se­nior coun­sel­lor.

The two men had made up the pres­i­dent-elect’s chief of staff short­list, and while Priebus re­ceived that job, Ban­non’s post also is ex­pected to wield sig­nif­i­cant clout. The me­dia ex­ec­u­tive with ties to the alt-right and white na­tion­al­ist move­ment was given top billing in the press re­lease an­nounc­ing their ap­point­ments.

Trump’s hires were, at first glance, con­tra­dic­tory, though they fit a pat­tern of the celebrity busi­ness­man cre­at­ing a ver­i­ta­ble Rorschach test that al­lowed his sup­port­ers to see what they wanted. Priebus, who lashed the RNC to Trump this sum­mer de­spite some in­tra­party ob­jec­tions, is a GOP op­er­a­tive with deep ex­per­tise of the Wash­ing­ton es­tab­lish­ment that Trump has vowed to shake up. He has close ties to House Speaker Paul Ryan, a fel­low Wis­con­si­nite.

“I am very grate­ful to the pres­i­dent-elect for this op­por­tu­nity to serve him and this na­tion as we work to cre­ate an econ­omy that works for ev­ery­one, se­cure our bor­ders, re­peal and re­place Obamacare and de­stroy rad­i­cal Is­lamic ter­ror­ism,” Priebus said in the state­ment an­nounc­ing his ap­point­ment.

Ban­non, mean­while, helped trans­form the Bre­it­bart news site into the lead­ing mouth­piece of the party’s anti-es­tab­lish­ment wing, which helped fuel the busi­ness­man’s po­lit­i­cal rise. Ryan has been one of his most fre­quent tar­gets. “Steve and Reince are highly qual­i­fied lead­ers who worked well to­gether on our cam­paign and led us to a his­toric vic­tory,” Trump said. “Now I will have them both with me in the White House as we work to make Amer­ica great again.”

Nei­ther Priebus nor Ban­non bring pol­icy ex­pe­ri­ence to their new White House roles. Chiefs of staff in par­tic­u­lar play a sig­nif­i­cant role in pol­icy mak­ing, serv­ing as a li­ai­son to Cabi­net agen­cies and de­cid­ing what in­for­ma­tion makes it to the pres­i­dent’s desk. They’re of­ten one of the last peo­ple in the room with the pres­i­dent as ma­jor de­ci­sions are made.

Trump’s adult chil­dren, who serve as in­flu­en­tial ad­vi­sors to the pres­i­dent-elect, are said to have been con­cerned about hav­ing a con­tro­ver­sial fig­ure in the chief of staff role and backed Priebus for the job.

In an­nounc­ing the ap­point­ments, Trump said Priebus and Ban­non would work as “equal part­ners” — ef­fec­tively cre­at­ing two power cen­tres in the West Wing. The ar­range­ment is risky and could leave am­bi­gu­ity over who makes fi­nal de­ci­sions.

Trump has long en­cour­aged ri­val­ries, both in busi­ness and in his pres­i­den­tial cam­paign. He cy­cled through three cam­paign man­agers dur­ing his White House run, cre­at­ing a web of com­pet­ing al­liances among staffers.

Priebus is a tra­di­tional choice, one meant as an olive branch to the Repub­li­cans who con­trol both houses of Congress as Trump looks to pass his leg­isla­tive agenda.

Trump also told 60 Min­utes he would es­chew the $400 000 an­nual salary for the pres­i­dent, tak­ing only $1 a year.

In dra­matic scenes of diplo­matic in­trigue an Amer­i­can woman has an­nounced 30 days of sex sanc­tions against her hus­band. News of the rogue ac­tion broke on Fri­day morn­ing. Ap­peal­ing to the global com­mu­nity on Red­dit, the hus­band in ques­tion re­lated the events since Tues­day but stopped short of call­ing them the ac­tions of a rogue, or hos­tile spouse.

My wife and I vote op­po­sitely usu­ally, and she was sad that Hil­lary didn’t win and prob­a­bly more up­set that Trump did.

The hus­band also ar­gued that such a sanc­tion was not how sex ought to be used, and that by re­duc­ing ac­cess to it was he be­ing sub­jected to a “con­trol move on her part”.

Crit­ics of the sanc­tions are likely to view them as dis­pro­por­tion­ate and could have sig­nif­i­cant im­pact on the pop­u­la­tion. Fears of “a domino ef­fect” against the 60 mil­lion other Trump vot­ers from their spouse is caus­ing a stir in other house­holds.

The move is rem­i­nis­cent of the sex strike held by the women of Athens and Sparta in the anti-war com­edy Ly­sis­trata by Aristo­phanes, first per­fomed in 411 BC.

In the play, the women on both sides of the Pelo­pon­nesian war choose to with­old sex un­til their re­spec­tive hus­bands sue for peace.

Sup­port­ers of the rogue woman’s con­tain­ment said on Red­dit:

Vot­ing for Trump but then not un­der­stand­ing why a woman is with­hold­ing ac­cess to her body to ex­press dis­ap­proval? The irony is pal­pa­ble.

Sug­ges­tions that the sanc­tions could be in­creased be­yond the month have not been con­firmed, yet the hus­band is keen to open ne­go­ti­a­tions in or­der to learn the mo­tive for the un­prece­dented sanc­tion.

No third party has been named to make the ap­proach.

This man’s sex life is just one more ca­su­alty in the Trump era. — AFP pol­icy of

Julius Malema

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