US President Donald Trump said that he talked to the “incredible president” of the US Virgin Islands, giving rise to online discussions on whether Trump could use a geography lesson, or if there are actually two Trumps secretly present in the White House.
“I will tell you I left Texas and I left Florida and I left Louisiana and I went to Puerto Rico and I met with the President of the Virgin Islands,” Trump said during the Values Voter Summit in Washington as he promised government support for areas hit by hurricanes Irma and Maria.
“The Virgin Islands and the President of the Virgin Islands, these are people that are incredible people, they suffered gravely and… we’re going to be there… it is not even a question of a choice,” he said.
The Virgin Islands are a US territory headed by Governor Kenneth Mapp, with their president technically being Donald Trump.
The apparent slip of the tongue was noticed by CNN, which said that the White House didn’t immediately respond to its request for comment on the issue.
Meanwhile, Trump’s reference to Mapp as the president in the official White House transcript of the Values Voter Summit speech was corrected to “governor.”
Trump’s numerous online critics were not impressed with the idea of the president talking to himself, with some recalling other recent slips of the tongue, including a reference to the nonexistent land of ‘Nambia’ instead of Namibia.
However, it also resurrected a peculiar online theory about “two” Donald Trumps allegedly running the country.
It started in 2016, when former Republican rival Ben Carson endorsed Trump for the party’s presidential candidate.
Carson said there were two “two different Donald Trumps,” one public and one private, with his “very cerebral” version being perfect for the White House.
When asked to comment on Carson’s words, Trump initially agreed, but then took his words back, saying “I don’t think there are two Donald Trumps. I think there’s one Donald Trump.”
Ben Carson said, “There are two Donald Trumps.” Why does no one ever consider looking into the reason for this?
— NCM Terlyn222 (@terlyn222) 14 октября 2017 г.
The theory was further fueled when Trump was asked by MSNBC to reveal the name of his main consultant during the presidential race.
Trump in Vegas and Trump in Puerto Rico two VERY different Trumps. wonder why?!?!
— Kelli Dawn Hancock (@Kelli_Dawn) 4 октября 2017 г.
“I’m speaking with myself, number one,” Trump replied, giving rise to tongue-in-cheek theories that the Republican candidate may have a clone who he refers to as “Number One.”
The media also often speaks of ‘Two Trumps’ when comparing his balanced teleprompter addresses and improvised speeches, which are full of boasting and conflicting statements.
A “brute force” attack on British MPs back in June has allegedly been traced to Iranian hackers, the Times reported citing intelligence sources. The article came as London urged Washington not to derail the landmark 2015 Iran nuclear deal.
An unsourced report by the Times claims that a “brute force” hack attack on the Parliament’s computers was attributed to Iranian hackers. The cyberattack that occurred on June 23 affected 9,000 email accounts, including those of UK Prime Minister Theresa May and other government members.
Citing “a secret intelligence assessment,” the Times wrote the June attack “is believed to be Iran’s first significant act of cyberwarfare on Britain and underlines its emergence as one of the world’s biggest cyberpowers.”
The Times’ sources referred to alleged Iranian perpetrators as “highly capable actors in the cyberworld.” One source said: “It was not the most sophisticated attack but nor did it need to be. It is possible they were simply testing their capability.”
The timing of the publication is particularly noteworthy as it comes only a day after Prime Minister May issued a joint statement on Friday together with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron in support of the landmark 2015 Iran nuclear deal signed by six world powers plus Iran.
“We stand committed to the [Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action] and its full implementation by all sides,” the three leaders said, adding that preserving the agreement “is in our shared national security interest.”
The UK, Germany, and France said that the nuclear deal “was the culmination of 13 years of diplomacy and was a major step towards ensuring that Iran’s nuclear program is not diverted for military purposes,” and that they will “take note” of the Trump’s administration intent not to certify the deal by the deadline set for October 15.
May, Merkel, and Macron urged the Trump administration and Congress “to consider the implications to the security of the US and its allies before taking any steps that might undermine the JCPOA,” including imposing renewed sanctions on Iran lifted under the agreement.
Downing Street did not comment on the Times’ article, though the newspaper said senior British officials acknowledged that “the revelation had complicated Mrs. May’s response to Mr. Trump.”
The hack attack in question targeted the private email accounts of up to 90 members of the UK Parliament, and was designed to access parliamentary user credentials by identifying weak email passwords.
Later, it was announced the attack was likely masterminded by amateur hackers rather than a state entity. Cybersecurity experts familiar with the investigation said the perpetrators were only able to break into the accounts of MPs who set up simple and easily deducible passwords.
The revelation contradicted earlier claims that a foreign government was behind the hack, as many Western commentators immediately pointed the finger at Russia.
There is an ongoing investigation into the incident by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and the National Crime Agency. An NCSC spokesperson told the Times: “It would be inappropriate to comment further while enquiries are on-going.”
A US college football quarterback catapulted to overnight fame after he made an incredible front flip leap to score a now-viral touchdown.
California Golden Bears quarterback Ross Bowers scored the incredible touchdown by executing an unbelievable jump into the endzone, flipping completely over another player in the process.
Footage of the feat shared by Sports Illustrated on Facebook gathered over 63,000 views within five hours of posting.
The impressive acrobatics left audiences stunned at the player’s dexterity.
Some sports fans pointed out a likely explanation for the 20-year-old’s high flying stunt: Bower’s mother, Joanne, is the former head gymnastics coach at the University of Washington.
His team went on to trounce the Washington State Cougars 37 to 3.
This is not the first time Bowers has demonstrated his somersaulting prowess on the football field.
He pulled off a similar stunt while still in high school – front flipping over two defenders before landing on his feet.
Five people have been arrested in front of the Ferguson police station in ongoing protests following the acquittal of a former St. Louis police officer in the fatal shooting of a black driver.
The individuals arrested were part of a larger group of about 50 demonstrators who gathered on south Florissant Road, according to the St Louis Dispatch.
A police officer told the local news outlet that the five were expected to be charged with impeding traffic. The individuals were reportedly released later Friday night.
A new wave of protests ignited on September 15 after former police officer Jason Stockley was acquitted in the fatal shooting of black man Anthony Lamar Smith.
Smith was killed following a high speed chase in 2011. Stockley was accused of intentionally killing the 24 year-old and planting a gun in his vehicle. He denied this and testified that he acted in self-defense.
Police dashcam video which including audio of Stockley saying he was going to kill Smith was included in court evidence, but the judge put the comment down to the stress of the situation.
Protests began in the immediate aftermath of the verdict, prompting Missouri Governor Eric Greitens to put the National Guard on standby.
Police deployed teargas after the mayor’s home was targeted by some protestors on the night of September 15. The St. Louis police department said eight of its officers were injured throughout that day.
Mass arrests have been made on a number of occasions as demonstrations continue. On September 17, 120 people were arrested during a protest in downtown St. Louis, while on October 3, 143 people were arrested for blocking traffic on Interstate 64.
The arrests were made on Jefferson Avenue after the demonstrators had exited the highway, police told RT.