Trump told journalists at the White House that a group of several thousand migrants walking through Mexico towards the US border had thrown rocks “viciously and violently” at Mexican police. Read Also: Alleged Petroleum Subsidy, Baru School Law makers, ministry denies allegation “We’re not going to put up with that. They want to throw rocks at our military, our military fights back,” he said. “I told them (troops) consider it (a rock) a rifle. When they throw rocks like they did at the Mexican military and police, I say consider it a rifle.” You may also like: Donald Trump is promoting racism and degradation of US Political discourse Trump spoke during a presentation of his controversial policy on cracking down against what he says is uncontrolled illegal immigration. “I TOLD THEM (TROOPS) CONSIDER IT (A ROCK) A RIFLE. WHEN THEY THROW ROCKS LIKE THEY DID AT THE MEXICAN MILITARY AND POLICE, I SAY CONSIDER IT A RIFLE.” Contacted for comment, Pentagon spokesman Army Lieutenant Colonel Jamie Davis said the military would not discuss hypothetical situations on the use of force “but our forces are trained professionals who always have the inherent right of self-defence.” “I would also emphasize that our forces are in support of DHS/CBP, who are performing law enforcement activities,” he added, referring to the frontline Department of Homeland Security and Customs and Border Protection. Trump has ramped up the rhetoric daily ahead of next Tuesday’s midterm congressional elections, accusing the opposition Democrats of wanting to throw open the borders to floods of “tough people,” “rapists” and other types of threats. The current focus of the president’s repeated claim to be acting against “an invasion” is the dwindling group of a few thousand impoverished migrants trying to get north, but still far from the US border. Trump said that from now on, the United States will stop its policy of allowing people to claim political asylum at the border unless they have first gone through an official border post. Those caught at the border will be held in tent camps or other facilities until they can be deported or have their requests approved, he said. Critics say that such a radical rethink to asylum policies could violate current laws. But Trump rejected this. “This is totally legal. No, we’re stopping people at the border. This is an invasion, and nobody is even questioning that,” he said. “We’ll be doing an executive order sometime next week,” he said, giving little further detail. Despite Trump’s increasingly severe warnings of immigration chaos, the government on Wednesday issued figures saying that only about 400,000 people have been apprehended at the border in 2018, down from around 1.6 million in 2000. Trump said he was not anti-immigrant but wanted immigration to be completely brought under control. “Mass uncontrolled immigration is especially unfair to the many wonderful law-abiding immigrants already living here who followed the rules and waited their turn,” he said. “Some have been waiting for many years. Some have been waiting a long time. They have done everything perfectly, and they are going to come in.”, 'My eyes are wide open', I 've been used for propaganda' - Kanye West distance self from politics
'My eyes are wide open', I 've been used for propaganda' - Kanye West distance self from politics

‘My eyes are wide open’, I ‘ve been used for propaganda’ – Kanye West distance self from politics

Rapper Kanye West, who earlier this month hugged Donald Trump in the Oval Office, declared on Tuesday that he had been “used to spread messages I don’t believe in” and would now be “distancing” himself from politics.

The statement is likely to come to a blow to the US president, who has touted West as a prominent black supporter even as his approval rating among African Americans barely touches double figures.

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West’s primary falling out appears to be not with Trump but Candace Owens, a rising star of the right who was lavished with praise by the president at a gathering of young black conservatives at the White House last week.

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On Twitter on Tuesday, West said he supports prison reform, common-sense gun laws and compassion for people seeking asylum, then denied that he had designed a logo for a branding exercise known as “Blexit,” which urges African Americans to leave the Democratic party. The concept, originated by Owens, claimed that West had designed the group’s merchandise.

“I introduced Candace to the person who made the logo and they didn’t want their name on it so she used mine,” West wrote. “I never wanted any association with Blexit. I have nothing to do with it.”

Evidently stung by the experience, he then followed up: “My eyes are now wide open and now realize I’ve been used to spread messages I don’t believe in. I am distancing myself from politics and completely focusing on being creative !!!”