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Trump’s Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany Revealed President’s Bank Account Details On Live TV

An attempt to publicly show President Donald Trump’s generosity turned sour when his press secretary Kayleigh McEnany accidentally displayed his bank details to the whole world. McEnany stood up at a press conference on Friday, May 22, to reveal Trump would donate his pay cheque to the Department of Health and Human Services in a

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An attempt to publicly show President Donald Trump’s generosity turned sour when his press secretary Kayleigh McEnany accidentally displayed his bank details to the whole world.

McEnany stood up at a press conference on Friday, May 22, to reveal Trump would donate his pay cheque to the Department of Health and Human Services in a bid to ‘support the efforts being undertaken to confront, contain and combat the coronavirus’. As part of his 2016 campaign, Trump pledged to donate his $400,000 salary each quarter to initiatives and ventures of his choice.

Except, unlike in previous announcements where mock cheques have been used to show the president’s donation, McEnany held up the real $100,000 cheque, which allowed White House reporters (and now, the world) to see all of Trump’s banking details.

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However, officials from Trump’s administration have criticised the press for focusing on whether the cheque is real, rather than on the donation itself.

‘Today his salary went to help advance new therapies to treat this virus, but leave it to the media to find a shameful reason not to simply report the facts, focusing instead on whether the cheque is real or not,’ White House spokesperson Judd Deere told the New York Times.

These details being public could potentially put Trump at risk of being hacked, or his account be used by others.

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Mike Chapple, a teaching professor of information technology at the University of Notre Dame, explained that television appearances usually tend to use big promotional cheques to prevent this kind of thing happening.

He said:

They’re not only a nice prop onstage, but they also omit the sensitive account information that normally appears at the bottom of the check. The rest of us should play it safe and keep our account numbers to ourselves.

This is backed up by Eva Velasquez, the president and chief executive of the Identity Theft Resource Center.

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‘It’s not a best practice to share that information publicly,’ she told the publication. ‘If you don’t have protections in place, there are sophisticated schemes and ways someone could access those funds knowing the account and routing number and the individual person it belongs to.’

But, given that Trump is, of course, the president of the United States, it’s highly likely that he has additional protection on the bank account used to donate the money. Even bearing this in mind though, Velasquez pointed out Trump and his staff should be setting an example so they know that it’s not good to share that kind of information.

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Vanessa Bryant Shares Photo Of Kobe Wearing T-Shirt With Words ‘I Can’t Breathe’

Vanessa Bryant has shared a photograph of her late husband Kobe Bryant wearing a T-shirt bearing the words ‘I can’t breathe’. The NBA star and his Los Angeles Lakers teammates originally wore the shirts during a game on December 9, 2014, in protest of the death of Eric Garner, a black man from New York

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Vanessa Bryant has shared a photograph of her late husband Kobe Bryant wearing a T-shirt bearing the words ‘I can’t breathe’.

The NBA star and his Los Angeles Lakers teammates originally wore the shirts during a game on December 9, 2014, in protest of the death of Eric Garner, a black man from New York City who died after an officer put him in a chokehold.

The photograph of Kobe Bryant, captured before a victorious game for the Lakers against the Sacramento Kings, has taken on additional meaning following the tragic death of George Floyd, who also uttered the words ‘I can’t breathe’ as former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck.

Sharing the picture to Instagram, Vanessa wrote:

My husband wore this shirt years ago and yet here we are again.#ICANTBREATHE

[…] Life is so fragile. Life is so unpredictable. Life is too short. Let’s share and embrace the beautiful qualities and similarities we all share as people.

Drive out hate. Teach respect and love for all at home and school. Spread LOVE. Fight for change- register to VOTE. Do not use innocent lives lost as an excuse to loot. BE AN EXAMPLE OF THE CHANGE WE WANT TO SEE. #BLACKLIVESMATTER

Vanessa lost both her husband Kobe and their 13-year-old daughter Gianna after their helicopter crashed into a hillside in Calabasas, California on January 26. Seven others died in the crash, including the pilot.

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Kobe had arranged for almost all his Lakers teammates to wear the shirts, which were also worn by Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls and LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Speaking with the Associated Press at the time of the 2014 match, Kobe said:

I think if we ever lose the courage to be able to speak up for things that we believe in, I think we really lose the value that our country stands for.

It’s important that we have our opinions. It’s important that we stand up for what we believe in. We all don’t have to agree with it, and that’s completely fine. That’s what makes this a beautiful country.

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He added:

They’re really questioning the justice system and questioning the process of the legal system, and those who have authority and whether or not they’re abusing authority, and what’s the threshold to use deadly force and so forth. But that’s what our nation is founded on.

We have the ability to question these things in a peaceful fashion, and that’s what makes us a great country, is we have the ability to voice up. We have the platform to speak up, and we have the platform to affect change.

The death of Eric Garner on July 17, 2014, holds strong parallels with the recent death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, a tragedy which has sparked protests across the US.

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The White House Lights Go Dark As Protests Turn Violent In Washington

As protests sparked by the death of George Floyd continued in Washington over the weekend, the White House went dark. On Sunday night, May 31 – the sixth day of nationwide unrest since the death of George Floyd – protests escalated, with demonstrators setting fires and police officers launching tear gas and rubber bullets into

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As protests sparked by the death of George Floyd continued in Washington over the weekend, the White House went dark.

On Sunday night, May 31 – the sixth day of nationwide unrest since the death of George Floyd – protests escalated, with demonstrators setting fires and police officers launching tear gas and rubber bullets into the crowds.

Much of the conflict occurred outside the perimeter of the White House, with an 11.00pm curfew put in place on Sunday by DC Mayor Muriel Bowser failing to restore calm to the area.

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Instead, protests continued and President Trump – who has been widely criticised for his response to the demonstrations, refusing to address the nation but instead sending erratic tweets that appeared to threaten protesters with being shot – was nowhere to be seen.

His failure to properly address protesters, or the tragic death of Floyd, was only highlighted on Sunday evening when, just before the 11.00pm curfew, the external lights that can usually be seen illuminating the White House were turned off.

Many said this demonstrated the ‘lack of leadership’ shown by Trump, not only in recent days but throughout his presidency, while others accused him of hiding away from his problems and ‘abandoning the nation’.

These thoughts were only amplified on Friday night, May 29, when the protests outside the White House had just started to turn violent, the president reportedly fled to an underground bunker.

Apparently ‘nervous for his safety’, Secret Service agents ‘abruptly rushed’ Trump to the underground bunker, which in the past has been used during terrorist attacks, as The New York Times reports.

A spokesperson for the White House, Judd Deere, said officials would not comment on whether Trump was taken to the underground bunker. ‘The White House does not comment on security protocols and decisions,’ he said.

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It was also not immediately clear what specifically prompted the Secret Service to take him to the bunker, although the agency has protocols for protecting the president when the White House is threatened; according to several advisers, Trump and his family were ‘rattled’ by their experience on Friday night.

This directly contradicts the account given by Trump, who emerged from the bunker on Saturday morning to boast that he never felt unsafe, before saying if protesters would have breached the fence they would have been ‘greeted with the most vicious dogs, and most ominous weapons, I have ever seen’.

He also accused the DC mayor of supposedly not providing police to protect the White House. ‘On the bad side,’ he wrote. ‘The DC Mayor… who is always looking for money & help, wouldn’t let the D.C. Police get involved. “Not their job.” Nice!’

Bowser said in a tweet on Sunday, May 31, she understands protesters are ‘tired, sad, and desperate for change’ and placed blame on the White House for inciting violence.

‘We need leaders who recognise pain and in times of despair can provide us a sense of calm and hope,’ she wrote. ‘Instead, what we’ve got in the last two days from the White House is the glorification of violence against American Citizens.’

Protesters continue to demonstrate outside the White House and across the world in the wake of the killing of George Floyd, an unarmed and defenceless black man who died after a white police officer knelt on his neck during an arrest until he lost consciousness.

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Derek Chauvin, the police officer who knelt on Floyd’s neck, has since been charged with third-degree murder, although Floyd’s family believe the charges are insufficient.

The other three officers involved have not been arrested.

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Seattle Cop Removes His Colleague’s Knee From Man’s Neck During Arrest

The moment a Seattle police officer removed his fellow officer’s knee from a man’s neck during an arrest has been caught on camera. The incident occurred on Saturday night, May 30, as protesters took part in demonstrations across the city against the killing of George Floyd – a black man who died after Derek Chauvin,

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The moment a Seattle police officer removed his fellow officer’s knee from a man’s neck during an arrest has been caught on camera.

The incident occurred on Saturday night, May 30, as protesters took part in demonstrations across the city against the killing of George Floyd – a black man who died after Derek Chauvin, a white Minneapolis police officer, knelt on his neck during an arrest until he lost consciousness.

The two police officers were responding to reports about an alleged looting inside a T-Mobile store in downtown Seattle when those inside attempted to run away, at which point law enforcement officials used force to restrain them.

You can watch the moment it unfolded below:

Photojournalist Matt McKnight shared footage of the incident on his Instagram page shortly after it happened, alongside the caption: ‘SPD officer uses knee-to-neck tactic while arresting multiple looters.’

McKnight continued to explain that one officer decided to use the ‘knee-on-neck’ tactic with the first looter he captured – the same technique used by Chauvin – before using it again on yet another protester when the person ‘tried to make a run for it’.

‘It was only when the crowd started screaming at the officers to stop that his colleague then moved the officer’s knee off his neck and onto his back before they carried him off to arrest,’ the photojournalist explained.

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The video shows a number of people running out of the T-Mobile store as police chase after them. As officers pull people to the ground, a man in a bright orange hoodie can be seen attempting to leave the scene.

It’s at this point a number of police officers chase after him before forcing him face-down to the ground, with one of the officers putting his knee on the man’s neck to hold him down. Another police officer can be seen pulling the man’s arms behind his back to handcuff him.

As soon as this happens, protesters can be heard screaming at the officer to stop. ‘Take your f*cking knee off his neck,’ one man can be heard shouting, at the same time another yells: ‘Get your knee off his neck!’

‘Take your f*cking knee off his neck! Take your f*cking knee off his neck!’, the shouts continue to no avail. Eventually, after about 12 seconds, the other arresting officer appears to tap the leg of his colleague and a second later pushes the officer’s leg off the man’s neck.

It comes as protests across the US and worldwide continue in the wake of George Floyd’s death, with hundreds demanding that the four officers involved in his death be brought to justice.

Chauvin, the police officer who knelt on Floyd’s neck during his arrest, has since been charged with third-degree murder, although Floyd’s family believe the charges are insufficient.

The other three officers involved have not been arrested.

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