Sorry for helping Trump win
Soon after his victory in the U.S. Presidential election last year, Donald Trump had credited Twitter as being the reason he landed in the White House. Twitter co-founder, Evan Williams who was said to have learned now that President Trump once said he believed Twitter put him in the White house, speaking to the New York Times, was said to have apologized for Twitter’s role in Donald Trump’s rise to the White House. Williams reportedly said, “It’s a very bad thing, Twitter’s role in that. If it’s true that he wouldn’t be president if it weren’t for Twitter, then yeah, I’m sorry.” While delivering a commencement speech at the University of Nebraska this month, Williams said, “Some would say that’s what we deserve for giving the power of tweets to Donald Trump.”
Trump singles out Iran in speech at Islamic Summit
While urging Arab and Islamic leaders to unite and do their share to defeat Islamist extremists, and to "drive out" terrorists President Donald Trump castigated Iran for being a key source of funding and support for militant groups. He portrayed the conflict as one between good and evil, not between civilizations, and made clear in a forceful tone that Washington would partner with the Middle East but expected more action in return. "There is still much work to be done. That means honestly confronting the crisis of Islamic extremism, and the Islamists, and Islamic terror of all kinds," he said in his speech. On Iran he said "For decades, Iran has fueled the fires of sectarian conflict and terror,"... "It is a government that speaks openly of mass murder, vowing the destruction of Israel, death to America, and ruin for many leaders and nations in this very room." Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif hit back at Trump in a tweet that Trump had attacked Iran in "that bastion of democracy & moderation" of Saudi Arabia and suggested he had "milked" his hosts for hundreds of billions of dollars in business deals. In an editorial Zarif advised Trump to discuss how to avoid another September 11 attack with the Saudi hosts of his first official visit abroad.
Israel’s cosmetic concessions to Palestinians-preparing for Trump
Ahead of U.S. President Donald Trump’s visit the Israeli government had authorised a few economic concessions to the Palestinians requested by President Donald Trump. At the same time Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Security Cabinet - a forum of senior ministers - voted to establish a committee to examine legalising outposts built without formal approval in the occupied West Bank. The committee to examine legalising Israeli outposts would work for three years, although its exact mandate was still to be defined. A Cabinet statement said "The security cabinet has approved economic measures that will ease daily civilian life in the Palestinian Authority ..” According to an Israeli diplomatic source the concessions would not harm Israel’s interests. They included the building of two industrial zones at Jalameh in the northern West Bank and Tarqumiyeh in the south and keeping the Allenby Bridge crossing that connected the West Bank and Jordan open 24 hours a day. Restrictions would be eased on Palestinian construction in areas where it retained overall control at places that abuted Palestinian urban areas.
May losing some ground
British Prime Minister Theresa May’s lead in the opinion polls had narrowed after her Conservatives and the Labour opposition published their policy plans this week, with one survey showing the gap between the two parties halving to nine points. May had been on course for a landslide with a majority of up to 150 seats, opinion polls had indicated in the early stages of campaigning ahead of the June 8 national vote. Four polls on Saturday showed the Conservatives with an expected vote share of between 44 and 46 per cent, still easily ahead of the Labour Party on 33 to 35 per cent, but pointing to a smaller projected majority of about 40 seats. A YouGov poll showed her lead had halved to 9 points in a week. May had launched pledges for the government to adopt a more interventionist stance in an attempt to attract traditional Labour supporters. She also set out plans to transfer a greater share of the cost of caring for elderly people from taxpayers to those who could afford to pay for their own care, including property owners who were the basis of support for her party, and to restrict a currently universal winter fuel payment for older people. YouGov found that 40 percent of the public were opposed to the policy changes for the elderly, while 35 percent were supportive. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said the Conservative’s policies would set the young against the old in a “war between generations”.