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Deutsche Bank probably denied Donald Trump a loan in 2016. And now the confidential appointment calendar of the US President has been leaked. All information in the news ticker.

  • There is still no agreement between the Democrats and Republicans on funds for the construction of a wall on the border with Mexico. The longest shutdown in US history has now come to an end.
  • US President Donald Trump will deliver his State of the Union address on February 5th.
  • Venezuela severed all diplomatic relations with the United States after the head of parliament, Juan Guaidó, declared himself interim president.
  • On the night from Tuesday, February 5 to Wednesday, February 6, US President Donald Trump will deliver his State of the Union address, which was postponed due to the shutdown in January. phoenix will broadcast the speech live from 2.45 a.m.
  • Trump apparently wants to adopt a gentler tone in his speech to Congress on Tuesday. The Democrats plan to fire against it with heavy artillery.
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Trump wants to nominate interior minister - environmentalists protest

10:34 p.m .:After the departure of his scandal-ridden interior minister, Ryan Zinke, US President Donald Trump wants to replace his controversial deputy, David Bernhardt. Trump announced on Twitter on Monday that he would nominate Bernhardt, who has been the provisional head of the ministry since Zinc's departure at the turn of the year. Environmentalists immediately protested Trump's election. The Senate, in which Trump's Republicans have a majority, must approve the candidate.

In the United States, the home secretary is primarily responsible for the administration of the federally owned land. The ministry decides, for example, whether nature reserves are designated or whether energy generation such as fracking is permitted. Internal security is the responsibility of the Ministry of Homeland Security. The "Washington Post" described Bernhardt (49) as "an experienced lobbyist" who had pushed the government's efforts to expand oil and gas wells.

The environmental organization "Friends of the Earth" called Bernhardt corrupt and described him as a "puppet" for companies that pollute the environment. Trump wrote on Twitter: "Since the day he arrived, David has done a fantastic job and we are delighted to have his nomination officially confirmed."

The Washington Post reported that the White House had urged Zinke to resign. Zinke fell into disrepute because of expensive trips and questionable business, among other things, and several investigations were underway against him. A number of high-ranking Trump administration officials have been fired or pressured to resign, while others have left voluntarily. US Secretary of Defense James Mattis and Trump's Chief of Staff John Kelly also left late last year. Both offices are currently only held provisionally.

Confidential Trump calendar leaked: the US President works so little

6:37 p.m .:Donald Trump's typical working day is not exactly characterized by hectic scheduling stress. In the mornings, the world's most powerful man usually has plenty of time for breakfast, tweeting, and following the news. The first official appointment is not due until around 11 a.m. or even later. And in the afternoon the US President has more space for more or less spontaneous activities.

This usual daily routine is documented in Trump's confidential calendar for the past three months, which the US website "Axios" published over the weekend. Accordingly, a full 60 percent of the president's working time was classified as "executive time". These are phases without well-structured processes and deadlines.

However, the White House vehemently rejected the impression that the president was not really working during these phases. The published documents did not show "the hundreds of phone calls and meetings" with which Trump was busy every day, wrote his personal secretary Madeleine Westerhout on the short message service Twitter. This president worked "harder for the American people than anyone in recent history," she said.

In the case of Trump's predecessors, however, the official dates were usually very close to one another. On the other hand, there were only two dates in Trump's official program for this Monday: the routine briefing by the secret services at 11.45 a.m., lunch with Vice President Mike Pence at 12.45 p.m.

Trump-Kim summit: "We have high expectations"

4.47 p.m .:In preparation for the planned second summit meeting between US President Donald Trump and North Korea's ruler Kim Jong Un, US special envoy Stephen Biegun held talks in South Korea. The South Korean security advisor Chung Eui Yong told Biegun how the government in Seoul assesses the current situation and what it believes should be done in the future, the South Korean presidential office announced on Monday. Biegun will consult with North Korean representatives on Tuesday about the upcoming summit between Trump and Kim.

South Korea and the US are allies, but they have different approaches to dealing with North Korea. A senior representative of South Korea told the Yonhap news agency that the two countries "work well together". "We have high expectations for the Pyongyang-Washington meeting."

Trump and Kim will likely meet again in February, most likely in Vietnam. Trump wants to announce the details of the summit before or during his State of the Union address on Tuesday (local time).

Trump causes trouble with statements about Iran

12.11 p.m .: US President Donald Trump caused outrage in Baghdad by saying that US forces should "monitor Iran" from Iraq. "The Iraqi constitution forbids the use of Iraq as a base to attack a neighboring country," said Iraqi President Barham Saleh on Monday. US forces in Iraq are based on joint agreements and any activity outside of that framework is "unacceptable".

Trump told CBS on Sunday that the US wanted to "keep" the Iraqi air base Ain al-Assad in order to "monitor Iran" from there. "Should someone strive to develop nuclear weapons, we will know before he does," said Trump, referring to Tehran. In Iraq, where there have long been calls for US troops to withdraw, these statements met with immediate protest.

MP Sabah al-Saadi said "the withdrawal of American troops from Iraq is a national duty". The MP for the faction of the Shiite preacher Moktada al-Sadr called for the immediate adoption of a bill for the withdrawal that he had recently introduced to parliament. The MP Hassan al-Kaabi, who is also close to al-Sadr, spoke of a "new provocation" for Trump.

6.10 a.m .: US President Donald Trump reaffirmed that US military intervention in Venezuela cannot be ruled out. When asked what would have to happen for the US to become militarily active in Venezuela, he said in an interview published on Sunday by the broadcaster CBS: “I don't want to say that. But it's certainly something that's on the table - it's an option. ”Trump and members of his administration had previously stated on several occasions that“ all options ”were on the table.

Sunday's Trump News

10:51 p.m .: The US government is moving an additional 3750 soldiers to the border with Mexico. Among other things, they are supposed to lay around 240 kilometers of barbed wire there to prevent migrants from entering America illegally. As the Department of Defense in Washington announced on Sunday, the units will also install a cell phone monitoring system. With the deployment, the number of soldiers at the border rises to around 4,350.

The background is that thousands of migrants from Central America had made their way to the USA in the past few months. At the end of 2018, around 6,000 of them had reached the US border in Tijuana. They are hoping for asylum in the USA and have fled the violence and poverty in their home countries.

US President Donald Trump recently had doubts that the Republicans in Congress could get the Democrats to finance the wall he called for on the border with Mexico. Representatives from both parties are currently negotiating border security. You have until February 15th to find a solution to a new budget law. Otherwise, parts of the government face another budget freeze. In order to get the money for the wall, Trump has to rely on votes from the Democrats in Congress.

Deutsche Bank refused credit to Donald Trump

9:53 p.m .: Donald Trump and Deutsche Bank can look back on a long-term business relationship - but according to media reports, it apparently suffered a setback in 2016. The institute denied Trump a million dollar loan. According to the report, the financial mogul wanted to use the money for his golf resort in Miami and for the renovation of another golf resort in Scotland. The report New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.

The Times reports that after Trump won the presidential primaries, the bank had doubts about the loan decision. As president, the total of $ 2.5 billion would have been harder to collect if Trump didn't pay off the debt. The decision would then have been: pledge the US President's assets or waive the claim. The bankers were also worried that the loan could be seen as indirect campaign aid.

Erdogan accuses Trump and the USA of “silence” in the Khashoggi case

8:11 p.m .:Three months after the murder of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused the United States of inactivity. He could not understand America's “silence” in the face of this “atrocity”, said Erdogan on Sunday evening in an interview with the state broadcaster TRT. Erdogan again called for a full investigation of the case.

A Saudi killing squad murdered journalist Khashoggi, who was critical of the government, in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul at the beginning of October. The Washington Post columnist, who lived in exile in the US, wanted to pick up documents for his wedding there. The government in Riyadh only admitted the killing after massive international pressure. The UN rapporteur Agnes Callamard was in Turkey for a week until Sunday to gather information on the circumstances of the Khashoggis.

A series of clues brought the Saudi heir to the throne, Mohammed bin Salman, close to the fact. According to media reports, the US secret service CIA also assumes that the Crown Prince was the mastermind behind the killing. The Saudi government vehemently denies this.

Trump and Syria: No time indicated for troop withdrawal

6.09 p.m.: According to Trump, the planned second summit meeting between US President Donald Trump and North Korea's ruler Kim Jong Un has already been set. It will probably take place in Vietnam or Thailand at the end of February, Trump said in an interview broadcast on Sunday with the television station CBS. He will provide the details "or shortly before" on Tuesday in his State of the Union address, Trump said.

The US president again praised the "incredible chemistry" between him and Kim. Officially, the US government continues to pursue a course of "maximum pressure" on Pyongyang. Accordingly, there should be no relaxation of the sanctions before North Korea has abolished its nuclear weapons.

At the first summit in Singapore last June, Kim promised full nuclear disarmament for his country, but did not commit to the details. Since then, negotiations between the two countries have repeatedly stalled.

5:08 p.m .:There is still no clear time limit for the withdrawal of around 2,000 US soldiers from Syria, as announced by US President Donald Trump. "You are starting to withdraw," said Trump in an interview published on Sunday by the broadcaster CBS. "They will be moved to our base in Iraq and eventually some will come home," Trump said. "But we will be there and we will stay," he added. "We have to protect Israel."

The US presence in Iraq also serves to monitor Iran. When asked if he wanted to be able to attack Iran from Iraq, Trump replied: No, he wanted to be able to watch Iran. The assessment of the US secret services that Iran is currently not working on nuclear weapons, he doubted again. "I allow myself to form my own picture."

Trump: understanding for protests by NFL professionals at the Super Bowl

16.30 o'clock: US President Donald Trump has generally expressed sympathy for the protests of NFL professionals, but continues to condemn kneeling or sitting down during the American anthem. "I think if you want to protest, that's great," Trump said in an interview with the television station CBS, which was broadcast before the Super Bowl on Monday (0.30 a.m. / ProSieben / DAZN). “I think that people have to respect our flag at all times and our national anthem and our country at all times. I think there are many places and times that you can protest. You can do a lot there. But that doesn't work. "

In the past, Trump had sharply criticized Colin Kaepernick, initiator of the protests, and the NFL professional football league. Kaepernick and other professionals demonstrated by kneeling down during the anthem against black repression and police violence. Before this season, the NFL had decided that all players had to stand on the sidelines during the national anthem. The impending punishment for disregard is currently suspended. The New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams meet at the Super Bowl in Atlanta.

3.45 p.m .:US President Donald Trump has once again not ruled out US military intervention in Venezuela. When asked what would have to happen for the US to be militarily active in Venezuela, he said in an interview published by the broadcaster on SundayCBS: “I don't want to say that. But it's certainly something that's on the table - it's an option. ”Trump and members of his administration had previously stated several times that all options were on the table.

Trump said Venezuela's President Nicolás Maduro asked for a meeting with the US President about a month ago. Trump said he refused. "I decided at the time, no, because so many really terrible things happen in Venezuela when you look at this country," said Trump. The oil-rich Venezuela had got into a serious crisis of great prosperity. Huge demonstrations are the result.

Maduro had already offered to meet Trump in a speech at the UN General Assembly in New York last September. Trump himself had not ruled that out at the time either. Nothing was known of an encounter between the two.

Report on an intimate moment between Melania and Donald Trump

3:35 p.m .: News from the Trump "disclosure books" of former Trump advisor Cliff Sims. This time it's about the night of the 2016 election victory. Loud picture Sims writes about a very intimate observation: The election victory was official, Trump speechless. He looked vulnerable, if only for a brief moment. His wife Melania was the first to notice this. She squeezed his hand and said, "We'll do this together - and you'll be a great president."

Racist yearbook photo incriminates US governor - Trump is now intervening

Update from February 3, 2019:A racist yearbook photo expands into a political scandal in the United States, in which President Trump is now also interfering. This is what it is about: Virginia Governor Democrat Ralph Northam was forced to issue a public apology after a website posted a photo from 1984 on Friday. On it, a person in the white robe of the notorious racist sect Ku Klux Klan poses next to someone with a black-painted face. It is impossible to tell which of the two is Northam. The politician admitted in a first statement that the photo shows him "in a costume that is clearly racist and offensive". From today's perspective, he can only apologize for his "hurtful" behavior.

Comparisons with the Ku Klux Klan and the black make-up of faces are considered an absolute taboo in US society. As a result, there were calls for resignation, including from Northam's own democratic party.

In a specially convened press conference on Saturday, the governor suddenly claimed, “It's definitely not me.” He did research and interviewed family members and college friends and found out that he had not even been in Virginia at the time in question.

My fellow Virginians, earlier today I released a statement apologizing for behavior in my past that falls far short of the standard you set for me when you elected me to be your governor. I believe you deserve to hear directly from me. pic.twitter.com/1rSw1oxfrX

- Ralph Northam (@GovernorVA) February 2, 2019

US President Donald Trump stepped in and described Northam's behavior on Twitter as "unforgivable".

Democrat Governor Ralph Northam of Virginia just stated, "I believe that I am not either of the people in that photo." This was 24 hours after apologizing for appearing in the picture and after making the most horrible statement on “super” late term abortion. Unforgivable!

- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 3, 2019

Trump insider blasphemed the daughter of the US President: "Ivanka is a breathing Barbie doll"

News from February 2, 2019Senator Cory Booker has officially entered the running for the Democratic presidential nomination. The 49-year-old African American announced in a video on Friday (local time) that he would run in the party primaries, which begin in a year. There are now nine applicants for the Democrats.

For the announcement of his candidacy, Booker chose the beginning of "Black History Month", which celebrates the history of African Americans every February in the USA. The Senator from New Jersey is considered very liberal. He has been in the Senate since 2013 and made a name for himself, among other things, by sharply questioning President Donald Trump's candidate ministers and judges in hearings.

Trump insider blasphemed the allegiance of the US President: "Ivanka is a breathing Barbie doll"

10:16 p.m .: US President Donald Trump has only been in office for two years - and some “disclosure books” about Trump's work in the White House have already been published. The most recent example is the book "Team of Vipers" penned by former Trump advisor Cliff Sims. The characterizations of the most important protagonists in Trump's environment are dramatic in the work. Sims draws a veritable panopticon.

For example, the author of Trump's daughter Ivanka writes as a "living, breathing Barbie doll". Former companion Steve Bannon, on the other hand, had been walking around in such torn clothes that someone “would have liked to slip him a coin in the lobby of the Trump Tower”, quoted as saying bild.de from the book.

Sims also dramatically describes Donald Trump's own quirks. The US President is constantly moving objects on the table in front of him - when he met NRA boss Wayne LaPierre, Trump even moved his drinking glass.

7:03 p.m .: The US has withdrawn from the INF disarmament treaty. You can now find all the news about the historic decision in our news ticker on the topic.

Donald Trump gives “New York Times” interview and makes misleading statements

4:51 p.m .: US President Donald Trump has repeatedly attacked the critical media as "enemies of the people", and now he gave an interview in the Oval Office to the "New York Times", which he often insulted. It came about after Trump had invited the newspaper's editor, A. G. Sulzberger, to a dinner and a background discussion. But this refused, as the "New York Times" wrote on Friday, and instead asked for the interview. Trump agreed and received Sulzberger and two other journalists from the newspaper on Thursday (local time) in his office in the White House.

In the interview, Trump called the negotiations with the Democrats over the wall in Mexico a "waste of time". He is also considering imposing a national emergency in order to raise money for the wall. This would not require the approval of the Democrats. The dispute over border security had led to the longest “shutdown” in US history to date, ie a partial standstill of government business.

"I love this job," Trump said, rejecting speculation that he did not want to run for re-election. But the presidency does not bring him any money. "I lost tons of money in this job," he said. Trump was also optimistic about the conclusion of a trade agreement with China in the interview.

After the interview, the New York Times examined Trump's statements in a fact check and came to the conclusion that the president had made several inaccurate or misleading statements, for example on trade or border security.

12.14 p.m .:Shortly before the expiry of an ultimatum from Washington, Russia warned the US of an "extremely irresponsible" withdrawal from the INF disarmament treaty. "We consider the treaty to be necessary. It is in the interests of our security and European security," said Vice Foreign Minister Sergei Riabkov in a televised statement on Friday. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Russia expected news from the US on Friday about the termination of the disarmament agreement.

The USA and NATO accuse Russia of violating the INF agreement with its 9M729 cruise missile. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was due to speak about the INF treaty in Washington that afternoon. According to AFP information, the US government will then announce the exit from the contract.

11.00 a.m .: There are now a lot of “reveal books” about the Trump presidency. The list is now longer: In "Team of Vipers" (St. Martin’s Press, 384 pages), Cliff Sims (34) describes the White House as a pit of snakes. The book has already been published in the USA.

In it he describes according to the picture-Newspaper also what is said to have fascinated him most in the White House in the beginning. The president revealed this during a tour with "Fox Business" presenter Maria Bartiromo (51): the small storage room behind the presidential Oval Office. "I was told that this is the room where Bill and Monica ...", Trump allegedly alluded to the affair between Clinton and intern Monica Lewinsky.

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Trump ticker: is the US announcing the exit from the INF treaty today?

10:38 a.m .:Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has expressed regret about the impending end of the INF treaty to renounce land-based medium-range nuclear weapons. Without the treaty there will be less security, said the SPD politician on Friday on the sidelines of a meeting of EU foreign ministers in the Romanian capital Bucharest. It is now necessary to put the issue of disarmament and arms control back on the international agenda.

Maas did not express criticism of the course of the USA, which, according to dpa information, want to terminate the INF agreement this Friday. "We have to take note that the treaty is being violated by the Russian side," he said. "A treaty to which two contracting states belong and which is violated by one side is de facto annulled."

7.28 a.m .:According to information from the German Press Agency, the USA wants to announce its withdrawal from the INF treaty to renounce land-based medium-range nuclear weapons this Friday. The United States informed the allies in NATO about their plans on Thursday. The military alliance planned to support the US decision with a declaration as soon as possible after the announcement.

The reason for the planned termination of the INF contract by the USA are new Russian cruise missiles with the designation 9M729 (NATO code: SSC-8). In America's view, they represent a clear breach of the agreement.

Washington had last given Moscow an ultimatum of 60 days to promise to destroy the new cruise missiles. This actually ends on Saturday. However, Russia had already made it clear several times in the past few weeks that it considers the US allegations to be baseless and is not considering destroying its cruise missiles.

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Trump sees himself in line with intelligence services after criticism

7.03 a.m .:After harsh criticism of the US secret services, President Donald Trump has once again struck conciliatory tones and sees himself in line with the security authorities. Trump wrote on Thursday in the short message service Twitter that he had a "great meeting" with the secret service leaders in the White House. "We are very much in agreement on Iran, IS, North Korea, etc."

The day before, Trump had massively questioned the competence of the secret service. The secret services are "extremely passive and naive" in their positions on Iran and should "maybe (...) go back to school!"

News from February 1, 2019, 6.13 a.m .:The US and China have made progress in their talks to resolve the trade dispute, according to both sides. US President Donald Trump spoke in Washington on Thursday of "enormous progress" without giving any details. The official Chinese news agency Xinhua reported that the delegation from Beijing had promised an increase in imports from the USA and improved cooperation in the protection of intellectual property and technology transfers.

Video: US and China see progress on trade talks

Trump received the Chinese chief negotiator and Vice Prime Minister Liu He in the Oval Office on Thursday. A letter from China's head of state Xi Jinping was read out. The latter stated that relations between the two countries were in a "critical" phase. Xi also expressed the expectation that both sides will continue to treat each other "with mutual respect."

Trump spoke to journalists of a "nice letter". Relations between the two countries are "very, very good". There are still points of disagreement in the trade talks, said the US President. But he assumes that he will reach an agreement at a meeting with Xi.

Embarrassing setback - That was the Trump news on Thursday

10:05 p.m .: So far, the Republicans have been more or less united behind US President Donald Trump. The planned troop withdrawal from Syria has now led to a painful internal party uprising against Trump - if only a more symbolic one.

Influential Republican Senator Mitch McConnell, with the help of party friends in the Senate, passed an amendment to the law that sharply criticized the withdrawal. According to a report by the Washington Post the “amendment” to a legislative package on measures in the Middle East was passed with 68 votes to 23. Apparently both Republicans and Democrats voted for McConnell's move.

“IS and Al Qaeda still have to be defeated. And American security interests require our continued commitment there, ”McConnell said in a speech on Thursday. While the law has not yet cleared all the necessary hurdles, the newspaper believes it was an "unmistakable sign of growing Republican frustration" with Trump, particularly with regard to defense policy.

The US secret services are also considered to be critics of the withdrawal. Trump sharply rejected this impression in a tweet on Thursday. The statements of secret service representatives in the Senate were misrepresented by the media, claimed the US President.

Just concluded a great meeting with my Intel team in the Oval Office who told me that what they said on Tuesday at the Senate Hearing was mischaracterized by the media - and we are very much in agreement on Iran, ISIS, North Korea, etc. Their testimony was distorted press .... pic.twitter.com/Zl5aqBmpjF

- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 31, 2019

8 p.m .: The US government wants to announce the place and date for the second summit meeting between US President Donald Trump and North Korean ruler Kim Jong Un early next week. Trump announced this in Washington on Friday. It is already known that the meeting will take place at the end of February, but both sides have not yet announced an exact date.

Trump told journalists that many of them probably already knew where the summit would take place. Recently it was speculated that a city in Vietnam was in the closer selection among the possible summit locations. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stressed in an interview with Fox News on Wednesday: "We will do it in one place in Asia."

Trump said again that there has been tremendous progress in talks with North Korea. He first met with Kim Jong Un in Singapore last June. At the historic gathering, Kim emphasized his readiness for “complete denuclearization”. However, there were no concrete promises by when the communist-ruled and internationally largely isolated North Korea would disarm its nuclear arsenal and what the US counter-performance might look like. Little progress in the talks has recently been reported.

Trump's wall dispute: "A wall is a wall" - dubious statements by the US President

3.30 p.m .: US President Donald Trump doubts that the Republicans in Congress can obtain funding from the Democrats for the wall he has called for on the border with Mexico. Republicans are wasting their time, Trump wrote on Twitter on Thursday. "Despite all the evidence and caravans, the Democrats will not give any money for the URGENTLY needed wall."

Republicans on the Homeland Security Committee are wasting their time. Democrats, despite all of the evidence, proof and caravans coming, are not going to give money to build the DESPERATELY needed WALL. I've got you covered. Wall is already being built, I don’t expect much help!

- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 31, 2019

Representatives from both parties are currently negotiating border security. You have until February 15th to find a solution to a new budget law. Otherwise, parts of the government face another budget freeze. In order to get the money for the wall, Trump has to rely on votes from the Democrats in Congress. However, they continue to refuse funding. They consider a wall to be an immoral and ineffective means of preventing illegal border crossings.

Trump again claimed on Thursday that the wall was already being built. That is not right. Since he took office, only existing barriers have been repaired or replaced. However, these are not concrete walls, but mostly steel barriers. The construction of new sections in Texas is to begin for the first time in February. But even this is not about the concrete wall originally requested by Trump, but about barriers that go back to an older law.