Bannon has been telling friends he and Trump occasionally speak, source says


Trump distanced himself from Bannon on Thursday following the conservative firebrand’s arrest on charges of fraud stemming from his involvement in a private funding project for a wall along portions of the US-Mexico border.

But according to the source, Bannon has boasted of his conversations with Trump as recently as a few months ago. The source said Bannon described his discussions with Trump as sounding board sessions covering a variety of topics.

A second campaign source said both men spoke “weeks ago” but only for a few minutes. Trump and Bannon are unlikely to ever rekindle their relationship as the President was unhappy with Bannon’s involvement in the “We Build the Wall” effort to privately fund a barrier at the US Mexico border, this source added.

A White House spokesman declined to discuss whether Trump and Bannon have been staying in touch. Bannon could not be reached for comment.

The two men had a public falling out in August 2017, when Bannon was forced out of his White House position in the aftermath of the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. Those hard feelings lingered for months after Bannon criticized Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with a Russian attorney at Trump Tower during the 2016 campaign.

In the Oval Office Thursday, Trump said he has not been “dealing” with Bannon “at all.”

“I haven’t been dealing with him for a long period of time, as most of the people in this room know. He was involved in our campaign. He worked for Goldman Sachs. He worked for a lot of companies. But he was involved, likewise, in our campaign, and for a small part of the administration, very early on. I haven’t been dealing with him at all,” Trump said.

The President did say he was “sad” about Bannon’s arrest. Last month, the President told Fox News he appreciated words of support from Bannon, who hosts a pro-Trump podcast.

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany suggested Trump has not been in contact with Bannon in a statement issued Thursday.

“President Trump has not been involved with Steve Bannon since the campaign and the early part of the Administration, and he does not know the people involved with this project,” McEnany said.

That statement is false as Trump did know at least two of the “We Build the Wall” project organizers, Bannon and former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach. Trump Jr. had also spoken out in favor of the private wall effort.

The first campaign source, who said Bannon has been telling friends about his communications with Trump, described a “kinship” between two men who share the same “nationalist, populist ideology” Bannon has championed for a decade.

“Bannon has the ideology and Trump is the vessel,” the source said.

Prince Charles heartbreak: 'Money source of tension' with sons Harry and William

Prince Charles, 71, is the future head of the British Royal Family and in charge of funding both his sons’ Prince William, 38, and Prince Harry’s royal work and lifestyles. This is due to change as Harry seeks to become financially independent after stepping down as a working royal. However, the matter of finding has caused tensions between Charles and his sons 

However, money is said to be a point of tension between Charles and his sons whose relationship “blows hot and cold”, a new book has claimed.

Finding Freedom by Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand is an official biography charting Meghan and Harry’s unprecedented step away from royal life at the start of the year.

The book was published by Harper Collins on August 11 and contains sensational new claims about the circumstances which led to the couple’s royal exit.

These include the alleged rift between brother’s William and Harry and their sometimes tense relationship with their father.

READ MORE: Meghan Markle and Harry book charts couple’s ‘tragic exit’ 

Mr Scobie and Ms Durand write: “Prince Charles, who funds many of his own public, charitable and private activities through the revenues of his private estate, the Duchy of Cornwall ‘controlled the purse strings’ which also caused some issues between William and Harry.

“The brothers sometimes had to vie for additional funds for projects from their father, who also helped cover expenses related to Camilla and some of those for his sons (including Kate and Meghan’s wardrobes).

“‘They actually genuinely have to debate who gets what amount of money from their father to fund their projects’, an aide said. “Add in the fact that there is an inherent hierarchy and that is really tricky.’”

In his review of the book, royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams said: “The book lays bare the rift with the Cambridge’s which seemed so obvious on the appallingly organised Commonwealth Day.

“To be fair, the creation of the ‘Fab Four’ was a totally artificial one.

“Racist trolls and paparazzi intrusion have added to the stress which they finally found unbearable.

“Yet when Meghan talks of ‘giving her life’ to the institution of monarchy, it’s important to remember that they didn’t last two years after they married as senior working royals.

“They also were quite prepared to cause a crisis when they stepped back.

“They come across as a couple with many talents but who are also extremely selfish and controlling.”

He added: “The rift between William and Harry is terribly sad, this won’t help to heal it and the far from flattering portrait of Kate won’t be helpful either.”



Meghan and Harry book quotes a source who sounds VERY familiar -so how involved were they?

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have gone on the record and said they have not contributed to the bombshell book about them called Finding Freedom. Written by Carolyn Durand and Omid Scobie, the new biography cites several sources close to Meghan and Harry and details their relationship with other members of the Royal Family and controversial exit from the Firm.

In the book serialised by The Times, it has since emerged language used in some of the claims bared similarities to an official statement issued by Duchess of Sussex.

In one extract, a source close to the couple described the moment Prince Harry knew Meghan was the girl for him.

They said: “He knew Meghan was right for him. Their love was real, and their feelings for each other were genuine.

“Everything else was noise.”

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry say they did not contribute to the new royal book (Image: GETTY)

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Meghan Markle first met Prince Harry in 2016 (Image: GETTY)

The language quoted by the insider in the book is almost identical to the tone Meghan used in her first interview about Harry in 2017.

For her Vanity Fair cover shoot, Meghan discussed what is was like to date a member of the Royal Family, she said: “The people who are close to me anchor me in knowing who I am.

“The rest is noise.”

Royal expert Russell Myers said it is “very hard to believe” the Duke and Duchess of Sussex had no input into the book.

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Prince William reportedly warned Harry over his relationship with Meghan (Image: GETTY)

He also warned it would not make good reading for any members of the Royal Family.

Appearing on ITVs Lorraine, Mr Myers said: “It’s a lot of mudslinging this book, and I don’t think it will be comfortable reading for anyone in Royal Family.

“It’s airing dirty laundry in public.

“I don’t understand why they would have thought it was a good idea.

“You go back to their team saying they’ve had no cooperation in this, but that is very hard to believe indeed.”

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Finding Freedom is set to be published next month (Image: NC)

Paul Burrell, former butler to Princess Diana, also questioned whether the royals knew about the publication.

In an interview on ITVs Good Morning Britain, Mr Burrell said: “It’s likely that William and Harry did know about this book and turned a blind eye to that.

“Personal friends have obviously given exclusives to journalists.”

The book also claims Prince William feared Harry had been “blindsided by lust” when he first met Meghan in 2016.

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It is also alleged members within the royal circle had raised concerns over his new American girlfriend.

The book quotes one senior royal branding Meghan as “Harry’s showgirl”, while an aide claimed the former Suits actress “comes with a lot of baggage”.

The biography set to be published on August 11 also says by the time Meghan and Harry were due to officially leave the firm, they were barely speaking to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

The quartet once dubbed the “Fab Four” were last seen together at the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey in March and it is claimed Kate blanked Meghan at the event.

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A timeline of Meghan and Harry’s exit from the Royal Family (Image: EXPRESS)

The co-authors wrote: “Although Meghan tried to make eye contact with Kate, the duchess barely acknowledged her.”

A spokesman for Meghan and Harry said the couple did not contribute to the book.

He said: “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were not interviewed and did not contribute to Finding Freedom.

“This book is based on the authors’ own experiences as members of the royal press corps and their own independent reporting.”



A 33-year-old tech CEO was found dismembered in a New York apartment, law enforcement source says

The New York Police Department confirmed a man had been found dead Tuesday in an apartment in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. The source identified him as tech entrepreneur Fahim Saleh, a venture capitalist and CEO of Gokada, Nigeria’s motorcycle ride-hail company.

Saleh was last seen in surveillance footage Monday evening, getting into the elevator in his apartment building in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, the source said.

A man dressed in all black — who, according to police, is suspected to be Saleh’s assailant — is seen in the video entering the elevator with him, according to the official. The elevator in Saleh’s building goes straight into the apartment units there, the source said.

Once inside Saleh’s apartment, the alleged assailant started to attack him, the source said.

When the CEO’s sister went to check in on him, she discovered Saleh’s torso in an area next to the living room, the official said.

Other parts of his body were stuffed into individual bags in the apartment, the source said.

Police haven’t yet determined a motive behind the grisly attack, the source said. The NYPD is looking into how the attacker exited the apartment building.

Police are seen outside the building in Manhattan's Lower East Side.

Saleh’s family confirmed his death in a statement.

“The headlines talk about a crime we still cannot fathom,” the statement said. “Fahim is more than what you are reading. He is so much more. His brilliant and innovative mind took everyone who was a part of his world on a journey and he made sure never to leave anyone behind.”

“There are no words or actions to provide any of us comfort except the capture of the person who exhibited nothing short of evil upon our loved one.”

Gokada called Saleh’s death “sudden and tragic” on Twitter.

“Fahim was a great leader, inspiration and positive light for all of us,” the company wrote. “Our hearts go out to his friends, family and all those feeling the pain and heartbreak we are currently experiencing, here at Gokada. All updates and changes will be communicated with you, as it unfolds. Forever in our hearts.”

CNN has reached out to the medical examiner’s office and NYPD for further comment.

As a high schooler, Saleh founded PrankDial.com, a website for prerecorded prank phone calls that, he wrote in 2018, had generated over $10 million since its start. He continued to found and sell sites throughout his teens and his time at Bentley University.
Most recently, he founded the venture capital firm Adventure Capital, which invested in ride-sharing start-ups in countries like Bangladesh and Colombia.
On Medium, where he blogged regularly, he called his founding of Gokada “one of the most out there things” he’d ever done. His limited knowledge of Nigeria’s transportation system at first turned off Nigerians he tried to recruit for his start-up.
The company raised over $5 million and hired over 800 drivers, but Gokada’s business hit a snag earlier this year when Lagos banned commercial motorcycles in the city. Saleh filmed an impassioned plea on behalf of his employees to lift the ban. In the meantime, the company pivoted to delivery and was working toward launching a boat hailing service, he told CNN in February.

“We need and urge the NYPD and other members of law enforcement to work diligently to get to the bottom of this horrific crime and bring justice for Fahim,” his family said.



Prince William FURY: Duke blasts illegal wildlife trade as source of coronavirus crisis

The Duke of Cambridge made his comments in his first ever webinar, along with members of the United for Wildlife initiative which he leads and other animal experts.

The conversation also turned to reports the coronavirus pandemic is causing a crisis in animal conservation efforts.

Lord William Hague, chair of the United for Wildlife Taskforces, said a “much greater global effort is required” in order to end the illegal wildlife trade and “help prevent future pandemics.”

According to reports, several countries in Africa as well as India have all reported a surge in instances of illegal poaching amid claims wildlife protection programmes have suffered due to a sudden lack of tourism due to COVID-19 lockdown efforts.

The Duke claimed the coronavirus pandemic offers a chance for authorities to take “urgent” steps to prevent the spread of zootonic diseases – diseases that are spread from animals to humans – while also curbing the illegal wildlife trade.

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“Once again, I’m grateful to you all for your continued efforts to end the illegal wildlife trade for good.”

According to the Uganda Wildlife Authority, there have been 367 poaching incidents in its parks between February and May this year.

This is more than double the number of incidents in the same period in 2019.

And The Independent claims 10 percent of the 500 rhinos in Botswana may have been killed since March this year.

Trisha Ghose, project director of The Habitats Trust, said there had been a 151 percent increase in poaching in certain Indian regions.

She said species are being “systematically wiped out” and claimed new poaching techniques and trading routes are emerging.

According to National Geographic, poaching affects a range of animals including rhinos, elephants, monkeys and lizards.

While some are killed, others are known to be captured and sold into the illegal pet trade – a black market that has increased with the advent of online shopping and social media.



Meghan Markle and Prince Harry told to find new income source: ‘We don’t owe them a penny’

Republic campaigns for the monarchy to be abolished and the to Queen be replaced with an elected, democratic head of state. Graham Smith, the organisation’s CEO told Express.co.uk that the United Kingdom does not owe the Duke and Duchess of Sussex a living. 

Mr Smith said: “I think most people would be surprised by any suggestion that people sitting on £30million in the bank might struggle in anyway finically.

“So I think if they want to live the lifestyle that people with £100million to then they have a problem.

“But I think they will be absolutely fine and we don’t owe them a living, we don’t owe them a penny.

“They ought to go and find their own source of income or live off what they have.”

READ MORE: Meghan Markle BLANKED by Kate and Prince William in ‘frosty reception’

Mr Smith went on to reject Meghan Markle’s claim that her wedding generated £1billion for the United Kingdom’s economy.

The Republic’s CEO told Express.co.uk that there is no evidence that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle‘s wedding provided an economic boost for Britain.

Mr Smith claimed that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s wedding was a “net-loss” for UK taxpayers.   

Mr Smith said: “Meghan Markle is falling for the same spin that the royal household put out.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry got married in May 2018.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s son Archie is one-years-old.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry stepped down as senior members of the Royal Family at the end of March 2020.

Following their departure from the Royal Family the couple spent time in Canada before moving to California.  



Russia fury: Moscow denies its nuclear plants are source of radiation leak

Finland, Norway and Sweden’s nuclear safety watchdogs said last week they had found higher-than-usual amounts of radioactive isotopes in the atmosphere. A public health body from the Netherlands said that from analysing the data, they believed the material came from the direction of Western Russia. It’s believed that the material could insinuate damage to a fuel element.

Both the Leningrad and Kola Nuclear Power plant was working normally and had no leaks according to Russia’s nuclear energy body.

“There have been no complaints about the equipment’s work,” a spokesperson for the state-controlled nuclear power operator Rosenergoatom told Tass news agency.

“Aggregated emissions of all specified isotopes in the above-mentioned period did not exceed the reference numbers.”

Radiation levels around the two powers stations “have remained unchanged in June”, the spokesperson added.

The Komsomolets sank in the Norwegian Sea in 1989 after a fire on board killed 42 sailors.

A sample showed radioactive caesium leaking from a ventilation pipe, but researchers said it was “not alarming”, as the Arctic water quickly diluted it.

The Soviet-era sub is also deep down, at 1,680m (5,512ft), and there are few fish in the area, they added.

In 2013, it was unveiled that the Soviet military dumped many tonnes of radioactive hardware at sea.

It was thought that for more than a decade, Western governments had been helping Russia to remove nuclear fuel from decommissioned submarines docked in the Kola Peninsula.

A region closest to Scandinavia.

Soon after plans were put in place to survey numerous other dumps in the Kara sea.