Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw says there will be a “significant law enforcement presence” when President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping arrive today for their summit at Mar-a-Lago.
Comparing law enforcement preparations to those that come as a hurricane is approaching, Bradshaw said sheriff’s deputies and the Secret Service will be quick to crack down at the first sign of unruliness around Mar-a-Lago or the Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa in Manalapan, where the Chinese delegation is staying.
“We are not going to tolerate any civil disobedience, throwing of objects, or any other type of disorderly conduct whatsoever. At the first sign of that, it will be dealt with…People can come there, express their opinions, hold up all the signs they want to all day long, but when it turns to something other than that, then we are fully ready and capable to make sure that it doesn’t get out of hand,” Bradshaw said.
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With significant help from some of the biggest names in American liberalism, Tallahasee Mayor Andrew Gillum raised $765,000 in his first month as a Democratic candidate for governor, his campaign says.
Gillum announced his candidacy last month. His Gillum for Governor committee raised $243,000 and his Forward Florida political committee raised $522,000, a Gillum spokesman said.
Billionaire George Soros gave $100,000 last week to Gillum’s Forward Florida committee and son Alex Soros chipped in another $50,000. TV producer and People For The American Way founder Norman Lear gave $50,000 to the committee and actress Jane Fonda contributed $7,000, according to a report filed by Forward Florida.
Gillum’s campaign says it also has grass roots support, including more than 3,500 online contributions averaging about $60 and donors from 56 of Florida’s 67 counties.
The other Democrat who has opened a campaign, Orlando-area businessman Chris King, has raised more than $500,000 from contributors and added $1 million of his own money, according to his campaign. King’s fundraising figure includes $181,000 raised by his campaign itself and $325,000 raised by his Rise and Lead, Florida, a committee set up last month.
Gillum and King are among several Democrats who could run in 2018, when Republican Gov. Rick Scott faces term limits (and is expected to run for the seat of Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson).
Neither Gillum nor King is well-known statewide, so raising early money is crucial to build recognition across America’s third-largest state.
Trump wants China to exert more influence on North Korea to curb its development of nuclear weapons. If China doesn’t help, Trump recently told The Financial Times the U.S. is prepared to act unilaterally. On Tuesday, a senior administration official briefing reporters on the upcoming Trump-Xi summit said of North Korea: “The clock has run out and all options are on the table for us.”
Said Trump in a statement released this afternoon: “Today’s chemical attack in Syria against innocent people, including women and children, is reprehensible and cannot be ignored by the civilized world. These heinous actions by the Bashar al-Assad regime are a consequence of the past administration’s weakness and irresolution. President Obama said in 2012 that he would establish a ‘red line’ against the use of chemical weapons and then did nothing. The United States stands with our allies across the globe to condemn this intolerable attack.”
Obama famously declared in 2012 that Syria’s use of chemical weapons would be a “red line for us.” When Syrian President Bashar Assad used chemical weapons against its own citizens a year later, the U.S. did not take military action after Assad agreed to destroy his chemical weapons stockpile.
During the 2013 debate over whether the U.S. should take military action, private citizen Trump weighed in against the idea on Twitter.
“President Obama, do not attack Syria. There is no upside and tremendous downside. Save your ‘powder’ for another (and more important) day!” Trump tweeted on Sept. 7, 2013.
President Obama, do not attack Syria. There is no upside and tremendous downside. Save your "powder" for another (and more important) day!
PALM BEACH — As President Donald Trump‘s summit at Mar-a-Lago with Chinese President Xi Jinping approaches, Post reporter George Bennett gives a 100-second video overview of what they’ll discuss and how much Trump’s visits to his southern White House are costing local taxpayers.
As President Donald Trump heads back to Palm Beach this week for a summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping, U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Boca Raton, says Palm Beach County taxpayers need relief from mounting security costs.
Frankel said county taxpayers could incur $280,000 in new costs during Trump’s upcoming four-day stay at Mar-a-Lago.
“When he comes it costs a lot of money and it costs Palm Beach County a lot of money to provide additional security…I don’t think the taxpayers of Palm Beach County should be forced to shoulder 100 percent of the burden of having the president come down here to play golf,” Deutch said.
“If he’s going to come down on a regular basis we have to make sure it’s secure but we also have to make sure that the costs to provide that security aren’t borne entirely by the people of South Florida,” Deutch said.
Here’s a look at some of Trump’s positions on China over the years:
TIANANMEN SQUARE: “When the students poured into Tiananmen Square, the Chinese government almost blew it. Then they were vicious, they were horrible, but they put it down with strength. That shows you the power of strength. Our country is right now perceived as weak … as being spit on by the rest of the world.” (Playboy interview, 1990)
GLOBAL WARMING: “The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.” (Twitter, Nov. 6, 2012)
The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.
CURRENCY MANIPULATION: “On day one of a Trump administration, the U.S. Treasury Department will designate China a currency manipulator.” (Wall Street Journal column, Nov. 9, 2015)
TRADE POLICY: “We can’t continue to allow china to rape our country, and that’s what they’re doing. It’s the greatest theft in the history of the world,” (Fort Wayne, Ind., campaign rally, May 1, 2016)
45% TARIFF THREAT: “We can’t get into China. I have the best people, manufacturers, they can’t get in. When they get in, they have to pay a tremendous tax. The 45 percent is a threat that if they don’t behave, if they don’t follow the rules and regulations so that we can have it equal on both sides, we will tax you.” (Miami GOP debate, March 10, 2016)
NORTH KOREA: “China, they don’t like to tell us but they have total control — just about, of North Korea. They can solve the problem of North Korea if they wanted to but they taunt us. They say, ‘well, we don’t really have control.’ Without China, North Korea doesn’t even eat.” (South Carolina GOP debate, Jan. 15, 2016)
SOUTH CHINA SEA: “To ensure the security of the nation and our investments, we will build the military we need to contain China’s overreach in the Pacific Rim and the South China Sea,” (Wall Street Journal column, Nov. 9, 2015)