Trump says he’s trying to help A$AP Rocky after rapper ordered to remain in Swedish jail


Swedish ambassador to the US insists it’s ‘perfectly safe’ for people of colour to visit the country//Clémence MichallonNew York @Clemence_Mcl

Donald Trump says he’s trying to help A$AP Rocky as the rapper has been ordered to spend six more days in a Swedish jail while prosecutors investigate him over a street fight in Stockholm.

“We hope to get him home soon,” the president told a pool reporter on Friday, saying that First Lady Melania Trump had brought the situation to his attention.

Prosecutors requested more time for their investigation of the 30-year-old US rapper, producer and model, whose real name is Rakim Mayers. A district court granted the request.

Daniel Suneson, the prosecutor in charge of the case, said the court decided to keep A$AP Rocky in custody because of an alleged flight risk.

“This gives us time to complete the investigation,” Suneson added.

The artist’s lawyer, Slobodan Jovicic, said the decision was expected but unfair, and that A$AP Rocky was innocent.

“He believes he was assaulted and has acted in self-defence,” Jovicic told journalists.

The detention of A$AP Rocky has gained widespread attention. More than 600,000 people have signed an online petition for his release, while fellow artists have also expressed their support.

Kim Kardashian called senior White House advisor and Mr Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner about the issue, after which Mr Kushner flagged the situation with Mr Trump, The New York Times reported citing a person familiar with the communications.

US Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs Carl Risch met him on Friday and was due to hold talks on the issue with the foreign ministry and the justice department during a two-day visit to Sweden.

Karin Olofsdotter, the Swedish Ambassador to the United States, told TMZ her embassy has been in contact with the US State Department, members of Congress and the White House.

Asked what she would like to tell people who believe that it’s not safe for people of colour to travel to Sweden, the ambassador said in part: “I would say it’s perfectly safe and people are of course more than welcome. The more Americans who want to come to Sweden, the better.”

A$AP Rocky was detained on 3 July along with his bodyguard and two other members of his entourage in connection with a fight in a Stockholm city-centre street in the early hours of 30 June.

Before his arrest, he uploaded videos to his Instagram account of an altercation with two men, alleging they had followed him and his entourage and that he had not wanted any trouble.

The bodyguard was released without charge while a judge on 5 July extended the detention of A$AP Rocky and his two other associates.

The performer was in Stockholm for a concert and has had to cancel several shows in his European tour.


Did Donald Trump and an ‘Upset’ Melania Have a Bustup While at Dinner at Mar-a-Lago on 30 March?


Melania Is Criticized for ‘I Really Don’t Care’ Jacket

President Trump and an ‘Upset’ First Lady ‘Had Words’ While at Dinner at Mar-a-Lago; Linda Marx and Adam Carlson ;PEOPLE//

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump had a disagreement at dinner while at Mar-a-Lago three weeks ago and could not keep it from public view, according to an eyewitness.

“Melania was upset and they had words with each other over something,” the source tells PEOPLE. The couple was eating together in the club’s dining area on March 30.

It remains unclear what the issue was, according to this source. Ivanka Trump, the president’s eldest daughter, and her husband, Jared Kushner, dined that night at a separate table, the source says.

Mrs Trump’s spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, labelled the witness’ account “completely false.”

“I’d encourage the anonymous source to say such things on the record,” she tells PEOPLE. (White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders did not comment.)

RELATED: Inside Melania Trump’s Private World at Mar-a-Lago

The president and Mrs Trump, who share son Barron, 13, regularly travel to Mar-a-Lago, in Palm Beach, Florida, on the weekends.

On March 30, the president spent much of the afternoon golfing and then spoke at a Republican fundraiser that night.

Curiosity about the Trump marriage has flared in the past, as when he has tried and failed to hold her hand or when various women accused him of being unfaithful. But Mrs Trump said in an interview last year that she was not fazed.

“It is not a concern and focus of mine,” she told ABC News. “I’m a mother and a first lady and I have much more important things to think about and to do. I know people like to speculate and the media like to speculate about our marriage.”

“It’s not always pleasant, of course,” Mrs. Trump said. “But I know what is right and what is wrong and what is true or not true.”

From left: Tiffany Trump, Melania Trump and Donald Trump in Palm Beach, Florida, on SundayPABLO MARTINEZ MONSIVAIS/AP/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK

Ivanka Trump (in turquoise) and husband Jared Kushner (behind) leave Palm Beach, Florida, on March 31 JOE FORZANO/THE PALM BEACH POST VIA ZUMA

Recent Florida trips have been clouded by the end of Robert Mueller’s investigation into the president and the Russian government, which interfered in the 2016 election in order to help elect Trump.

On March 22, about a week before the witness saw the first couple fighting, Mueller concluded his investigation.

Within days, the attorney general released a four-page summary of Mueller’s conclusions, including that he did not find that anyone on Trump’s team conspired or coordinated in the Russian election interference.

RELATED: What the Mueller Report Says About Donald Trump and Russia

The president declared it a “total exoneration,” and a White House spokesman told reporters on March 24 that Trump was “in a really good mood” over Mueller’s findings.

The president’s job approval is at 37 percent, per Ipsos/Reuters poll

That jubilation was complicated last week by the release of Mueller’s full report, with some redactions, which showed a president often being restrained from his worst impulses by a staff who simply refused to do what he said.

“Statements are made about me by certain people in the Crazy Mueller Report … which are fabricated & totally untrue,” the president tweeted last week, labelling some of the report’s contents “total bulls—.”

The Trump family returned to Mar-a-Lago for Easter, including daughter Tiffany Trump and eldest son Donald Trump Jr.

But Mueller was not totally forgotten.

A club source tells PEOPLE: “There was no question that the contents of the Mueller report released last week, and the subsequent news and TV air time devoted to it, were weighing heavily on [the president’s] mind, distracting him at times.”

US President Donald Trump on Time’s ‘100 Most Influential People’ List — Alongside Some of His Critics


“Every modern U.S. President tries to influence the world,” former Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie wrote in Time. “President Donald Trump has done this …”

However, Trump sits next to some of his vocal critics on the list of “100 most influential people” – AIWA! NO!

In his third year as the United States president, President Donald Trump finds himself placed on the Time’s “100 most influential people” list.

“Every modern U.S. President tries to influence the world,” former Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie wrote in Time. “President Donald Trump has done this …”

Christie went on to acknowledge some of the president’s accomplishments: tough stance on NATO countries, China and North American trade agreements, and Iran nuclear agreement withdrawal.

He labelled Trump’s “boldest move” as his efforts with North Korea and for placing “his imprint on a problem spanning more than six decades.”

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“[…] President Trump decided to ramp up sanctions early in his tenure (which other Presidents have done) but decided to take a very different tack thereafter.

In June 2018 President Trump broke with decades of U.S. policy and held a summit with North Korean Chairman Kim Jong Un in Singapore. The President believes that only personal diplomacy can solve this crisis. […]”

“President Trump deserves great credit for daring to try to personally persuade Chairman Kim to join the family of nations,” Christie wrote. “This approach holds the possibility for history–making changes on the Korean Peninsula to make us all safer.”

However, Trump sits next to some of his vocal critics on the list of “100 most influential people”:

In her first year in Congress, freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) is listed as one of the most influential “leaders” — even though a recent poll found only 23 percent of those polled were in favor of her.

The rising Democratic socialist star was touted by 2020 Democratic contender Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) for her “commitment to putting power in the hands of the people is forged in fire.”

“A year ago, she was taking orders across a bar,” Warren wrote. “Today, millions are taking cues from her.”

Listed first on the list of “leaders,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) was praised as a “driving force” by 2016 Democrat presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

“She delivered. […] Nancy is leading the charge,” Clinton wrote. ” […] Speaker Nancy Pelosi is living proof that when it comes to getting the job done, more often than not, it takes a woman.”

Former first lady Michelle Obama, listed as an “icon” by Time, was admired as not “much of a choice” but “something that came naturally,” singer-songwriter Beyoncé Knowles-Carter wrote.

“She would’ve been impactful simply by being in the White House, the first African-American First Lady,” Beyoncé wrote. “But she also used her position of power to improve the world around her.”

While the former first lady made the Time’s “100 most influential people” list, U.S. first lady Melania Trump did not.


John Kelly to leave as Trump White House chief of staff at end of year


John Kelly fired –  SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty

John Kelly Is Out As Donald Trump’s Chief of Staff

“The people who think they can go in and control things are nuts,” a former senior Trump White House official told The Daily Beast. “There was this whole narrative that Kelly was supposed to be ‘the guy.’ Yeah, for like an hour,” I think it took him like a week to realize that, and they’ve been operating in that reality ever since.”


“She can be a knife fighter… She’s a Trump [after all],” a source close to Melania told The Daily Beast.

|AIWA! NO!|After serving at the unsteady right hand of President Donald Trump for the past one-and-a-half years, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly is leaving around the end of year, the president announced Saturday, concluding a tumultuous tenure as the administration’s “alpha dog” after the results of a midterm election put the president’s legislative agenda—and, potentially, his administration—in jeopardy.

In doing so, Kelly became the latest in a long string of casualties in a West Wing rife with dysfunction, hostility and vicious infighting between factions of the president’s senior staff.

Speaking to reporters on the South Lawn of the White House before leaving for the Army-Navy football game in Philadelphia, Trump announced that “John Kelly will be leaving toward the end of the year” adding that the former four-star general is a “great guy.”

The president said he would be making a decision on Kelly’s replacement “over the next day or two,” and that the person might hold the position on an interim basis.

In recent months, constant turf battles involving Kelly have spilled into public view, the most dramatic being a screaming match with National Security Advisor John Bolton after he reportedly made a negative remark about Homeland Security Chief Kirstjen Nielsen, a close Kelly ally who has long been rumored to be on her way out.

When Trump tapped Kelly for the post in July 2017, he was widely expected to be a calming, orderly force. “John Kelly, New Chief of Staff, Is Seen as Beacon of Discipline,” declared a headline in the New York Times. The cover of Time Magazine called him “TRUMP’S LAST BEST HOPE.”