Trump turns Rosh Hashanah call into campaign pitch and tells Jewish leaders 'we love your country'


“We really appreciate you, we love your country also and thank you very much,” Trump said, concluding his call.

His use of “your country” when speaking to Americans was reminiscent of previous remarks he’s made that were criticized for the suggestion that American Jews view themselves as loyal to Israel.

In August of 2019, Trump was harshly criticized for saying Jews who vote for Democrats are “disloyal.”

On Wednesday’s call, he made a direct appeal for support in the upcoming election.

“And I have to say this, whatever you can do in terms of November 3rd is going to be very important because if we don’t win, Israel is in big trouble,” Trump said to those on the call.

He lamented the lack of support he had received from Jews in 2016, saying their vote “seems to be almost automatically a Democrat vote.”

“What really amazes me, and I have to tell you because I saw a poll, that in the last election I got 25% of the Jewish vote. And I said here I have a son-in-law and a daughter who are Jewish, I have beautiful grandchildren that are Jewish,” Trump said. “But I’m amazed that it seems to be almost automatically a Democrat vote.”

The President told those on the call that he hopes they can “do better with that” in the 2020 election.

“I hope you can explain to people what’s going on. We have to get more support from the Jewish people for Israel,” he said.

Trump also called Jared Kushner, his son-in-law and senior adviser, “unbelievable for Israel. He’s really been a leader for Israel.”

Brexit LIVE: Boris Johnson warns EU will 'carve up our country' if rebels block his Bill

Mr Johnson insists the legislation – which will override parts of the Withdrawal agreement he signed last year – is required to end EU threats to install a “blockade” in the Irish Sea. The move has caused considerable disquiet in Westminster, not least among his own backbenchers, with Bob Neill, MP for Bromley and Chislehurst, putting forward an amendment which would effectively veto the Bill.

The Prime Minister said failure to implement the Bill would allow Brussels to “carve up our country” and “seriously endanger peace and stability” in Northern Ireland.

Writing in The Telegraph, Mr Johnson claimed the block would to impose “a full-scale trade border down the Irish sea” which could stop the transport of food from Britain to Northern Ireland.

He added: “I have to say that we never seriously believed that the EU would be willing to use a treaty, negotiated in good faith, to blockade one part of the UK, to cut it off.

“Or that they would actually threaten to destroy the economic and territorial integrity of the UK.”

Negotiators led by David Frost had learned there “may be a serious misunderstanding about the terms” of the deal Mr Johnson signed in October.

Mr Johnson claimed the Withdrawal Agreement had been agreed during “torrid” days with the Brexit deadline fast approaching while “negotiating with one hand tied behind our back” as a result of Parliament blocking a no-deal.

He added: “If we fail to pass this Bill, or if we weaken its protections, then we will in fact reduce the chances of getting that Canada-style deal.”

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7.33am update: Brexit trade BONANZA! Britain on track for £100BN deals outside EU – 4 more deals on way

Boris Johnson says Britain will prosper outside the EU thanks to a £100 billion post-Brexit trading bonanza.

The Prime Minister said bumper trade deals are being lined up with the USA, Australia, New Zealand and Canada that will boost British firms and create tens of thousands of new jobs.

It comes after the UK secured a “historic” first trade deal since quitting the European Union following an agreement with Japan.

International Trade Secretary Liz Truss, the architect of the massive £15 billion tie up, said it is “just the beginning” for Britain’s trading renaissance.



Rand Paul on Liz Cheney: 'I don't think she's good for the country'

Paul, a libertarian-minded Republican, has long sparred with Cheney, who supports hawkish views on national security. And asked about House conservatives lashing out at Cheney behind closed doors, Paul joined in on the criticism in an interview with CNN.

“I mean she tries to sabotage everything he tries to do in foreign policy, so I don’t know whether she’s a good advocate for the President or not,” Paul said when asked if he thinks she should remain as a congressional co-captain for the Trump campaign’s finance committee.

Cheney has broken with Trump over pulling US troops from Germany and Afghanistan, warning in June for instance of “a serious error” with “grave consequences” if US troops were to be pulled out of Germany.

“I think one of the good things about President Trump is he’s tried to end the war in Afghanistan after 20 years,” Paul said. “Liz Cheney was one of the main obstacles to ending the war.”

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Paul added: “I’m not a big fan of the perpetual war caucus. And these are the neoconservatives in our party that really try to prevent us from trying to disengage from a war.”

Amid the criticism, Cheney has defended her alliance with Trump, telling CNN on Tuesday that she and her House GOP colleagues are “all unified in terms of recognizing the dangers the country would face if Joe Biden were elected President.” Speaking on “Fox and Friends” Wednesday morning, a show Trump frequently watches, Cheney stressed that she votes with Trump roughly “97%” of the time.

“There are areas that tend to be on national security where we don’t always agree,” Cheney said of Trump, adding: “Far more of the time we agree than disagree.”

Paul, too, has broken with the President on both foreign policy and domestic issues, including on Trump’s handling of Iran and sending federal troops to Portland, Oregon. And on Tuesday, Paul criticized the White House and Senate Republicans for pushing another $1 trillion of more stimulus and “ruining the country.”

The exchange came after at least seven House conservatives lambasted her at a closed-door meeting on Tuesday, including Reps. Jim Jordan of Ohio, Matt Gaetz of Florida, Thomas Massie of Kentucky, Chip Roy of Texas, Andy Biggs of Arizona, Scott Perry of Pennsylvania, and Ralph Norman of South Carolina, according to sources in the room.

Gaetz and Massie complained about Cheney supporting a primary challenge to Massie, sources said, while Jordan listed areas were Cheney has broken with the President. Roy, facing a tough reelection, hit Cheney for supporting Dr. Anthony Fauci and complained that his Democratic opponent has retweeted some of Cheney’s tweets.

Liz Cheney, a key voice in House Republican leadership, increasingly breaks with Trump

In recent weeks, Cheney has been more forceful than Trump in pushing for masks, has pushed back on the notion that the federal government could force states to reopen their economies and has been critical of Trump’s baseless conspiracy theories of a cable TV host.

On Wednesday, Paul faulted Cheney for backing the primary opponent of Massie, a libertarian-minded Republican who easily won his primary last month.

“I was really disappointed that she came into our state and opposed Thomas Massie, sitting congressman,” Paul said.

During the meeting Tuesday, Cheney pushed back at her handling of the Massie primary, telling her colleagues that their problem over Massie was with Trump, not with her. She was referencing a March tweet from Trump, when the President excoriated the Kentucky Republican for forcing much of the House to return to session to vote on the $2.2 trillion stimulus law that was steaming through Congress amidst the pandemic.

Trump in March called Massie a “third-rate grandstander” and said the GOP should “throw out” Massie from the party.

CNN’s Haley Byrd and Cat Gloria contributed to this report.

SNP's anti-Brexit attack stuns Commons as MP brands UK a ‘third-world country' without EU

Jacob Rees-Mogg has rejected demands from the SNP to hold an urgent debate on the status of the Pound Sterling. The Commons leader hit back at SNP MP Douglas Chapman, after he claimed the UK would become a third-world country after Brexit. During a debate on Thursday in the House of Commons, the SNP’s Douglas Chapman asked Commons Leader Jacob Rees-Mogg about the “impending Sterling crisis and the economic elephant in the room, Brexit”.

Mr Chapman said: “A Bank of America report in the Financial Times yesterday suggests that, post-Brexit, the Pound will be weak and volatile.

“A situation that the Leader of the House will fully recognise will only help the spivs and the speculators.

“Before we move to third-world currency status, will he agree to a debate in Government time on the weakness and volatility of the Pound in a post-Brexit Britain?”

Mr Rees-Mogg quickly shut down the SNP’s criticism, responding: “I spent decades in the City and you could always find some silly analyst to write some silly report and the FT to report it.”

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Following the rebuke, the SNP MP tweeted: “As we take measures towards recovery, the UK Government ignores the impending Sterling crisis and the economic elephant in the room… Brexit!

“Jacob Rees-Mogg thinks he can make a joke about it. I’ll continue to trust FT and Bank of America.”

This comes as Bank of America currency analysts claimed this week that the Pound Sterling was as unstable as developing country currency due to Brexit.

The analysts said: “We believe sterling is in the process of evolving into a currency that resembles the underlying reality of the British economy: small and shrinking.” 

Mr Sharma said that movements in the currency since the June 2016 Brexit vote have become “neurotic at best, unfathomable at worst”. 

He added: “A more bespoke view of the pound is required and one that would take an EM-esque view.”

The SNP have regularly criticised the Government on Brexit, with party leader Nicola Sturgeon calling for an extension over fears a trade deal will not be agreed in time, forcing a no deal Brexit.

Boris Johnson has repeatedly vowed the Brexit transition period with the EU will end as planned on December 31 despite the COVID-19 pandemic