S President Barack Obama on Tuesday slammed Trump’s “flattery” of Russia’s Vladimir Putin as “unprecedented” and “out of step” with both Democrats and rank-and-file Republicans.
“Mr Trump’s continued flattery of Mr.Putin and the degree to which he appears to model many of his policies and approach to politics on Mr.Putin is unprecedented in American politics,” Obama told reporters.
“Mr Trump rarely surprises me these days. I’m much more surprised and troubled by the fact that you have Republican officials who historically have been adamantly anti-Russian and, in fact, have attacked me for even engaging them diplomatically now supporting and in some cases echoing his positions.” Meanwhile, NBC News reported that Billy Bush, the television host with Trump when he was caught on tape boasting about groping women with impunity, is leaving the network’s “Today” show.
The video ignited a furor over Trump’s treatment of women, some of whom have come forward to accuse the Republican presidential candidate of unwanted sexual advances.
Bush, a nephew of former president George H.W. Bush, was a host of celebrity show “Access Hollywood” in 2005 when he and Trump were taped in conversation as they arrived at the set of a soap opera.
Bush had joined NBC’s morning flagship “Today” in August.
“Bush a host on NBC’s ‘TODAY,’ is leaving the show effective Monday, according to an internal memo sent to staff by Senior Vice President Noah Oppenheim, who oversees the broadcast,” NBC News said.
“I am deeply grateful for the conversations I’ve had with my daughters, and for all of the support from family, friends and colleagues. I look forward to what lies ahead,” Bush said in a statement.On the video, Trump is heard bragging that he uses his fame to grope and kiss women without their consent, as Bush laughs and jokes with the real estate billionaire who became a reality TV star with “The Apprentice.”
Also, a billboard written in Arabic located along a Michigan interstate near an Arab-American community is calling Donald Trump “afraid.”
The Detroit Free Press reports the sign translates into English as, “Donald Trump, he can’t read this, but he is afraid of it.”
The sign went up last weekend and the Free Press reports it’s funded by the Nuisance Committee super PAC, which was started by the creator of the Cards Against Humanity card game.
A spokeswoman for Nuisance Committee tells the newspaper it picked Dearborn because of its high percentage of Arab Americans in a swing state.
Trump called for a temporary ban on Muslims entering the United States earlier this year. He’s now calling for an “extreme vetting” of people entering the country.