Top News Stories for Today – January 23, 2017

Top News Stories for Today – January 23, 2017

Trump prepares for busy week

Trump prepares for busy weekPresident Donald Trump has a “busy week planned with a heavy focus on jobs and national security,” he tweeted Monday morning. Much of that will entail reaching out to potential allies: Trump meets with business leaders in a “listening session” Monday to discuss manufacturing jobs, followed by a meeting with union leaders and workers in the afternoon, lunch with Vice President Mike Pence, and his first meeting as president with Speaker of the House Paul Ryan.

Trump is also expected to sign executive orders Monday morning on topics possibly ranging “from immigration to Israel to the economy, including what he called a re-working of the North American Free Trade Agreement,” USA Today writes. Trump’s team will especially be aiming for a smooth first week after a bumpy inaugural weekend. Donald J. Trump, USA Today, The Week



Trump’s war of words with media

Trump's war of words with mediaKey figures in Donald Trump’s administration have become embroiled in a fresh war of words with the media.On Saturday the president had condemned media reporting of the number of people attending his inauguration. White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus said there was “an obsession… to de-legitimise this president. We’re not going to sit around and take it.”

But photos show more people attended the inauguration of Mr Trump’s predecessor Barack Obama in 2009. Mr Priebus said on Fox News Sunday that the “media from day one has been talking about de-legitimising the election”. He said Mr Trump’s presidency would fight such coverage “tooth and nail every day”. BBC



Rubio could upset Tillerson’s nomination

Rubio could upset Tillerson's nominationThe Senate foreign relations committee is set to vote on President Donald Trump’s secretary of state nominee, Rex Tillerson, on Monday. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) could potentially upset the smooth nomination process if he decides to vote no on Tillerson; while Rubio’s no vote wouldn’t concretely stop Tillerson from being confirmed, it would send him to the Senate floor without a positive recommendation, an “embarrassing rebuke to Trump just as his presidency gets underway,” Time writes.

Rubio stood up to Tillerson on the issues of Russia and human rights earlier this month, but Republican Sens. John McCain (Ariz.) and Lindsey Graham (S.C.) have, after some deliberation, announced their support of the former ExxonMobil executive. Time, The Guardian, The Week



Samsung apologizes for smartphone fires

Samsung recalls all Galaxy Note 7Samsung says an internal investigation has revealed thatfaulty batteries are responsible for the fires that hit its flagship Galaxy Note 7 smartphone last year. Koh Dong-jin, chief of Samsung’s mobile division, bowed as he apologized at a press conference Monday in Seoul.He said, “From now on, our first priorities will be product quality and customer safety.”

Samsung was forced to take the device off the market after replacement phones also caught fire. The smartphones were in the headlines last year when their fires injured people, destroyed a car and caused the evacuation of a Southwest Airlines flight. Analysts say the drive to produce a thin phone with longer battery life may have contributed to Samsung’s woes. Samsung is expected to release another smartphone soon. VOA



Deadly storms strike Southern US

Deadly storms strike Southern USSevere weather has killed least 18 people in the southern United States, and forecasters warn of more deadly storms to come. The National Weather Service said Sunday that southern Georgia, northern Florida and the corner of southeastern Alabama could face forceful tornadoes, damaging winds and large hail. Long track tornadoes, which plow on for kilometers, also are a real risk.

Trump spoke with Georgia Governor Nathan Deal Sunday to express his condolences about those killed by the powerful tornadoes that ripped through the state. Trump described the tornadoes as vicious and powerful. He made remarks in the East Room of the White House during his second full day in office, adding that he would talk later to Governor Rick Scott of Florida. VOA



Asians caution on US’s protectionist policies

Asians caution on US’s protectionist policiesIn his inauguration address on Friday, President Trump said he would enact protectionist policies to end free trade practices that he said had caused the US. economy to decline while enriching foreign industry. The White House also issued a statement that the US. would renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which was signed in 1994 by the United States, Canada and Mexico.

President Trump is also expected to withdraw from the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement that has yet to be ratified. The TPP includes the US., Japan and 10 other Pacific Rim countries that account for 40 percent of the world’s economy. Leaders in Asia reacted with caution on Monday to Trump’s tough talk on trade. VOA


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