Trump presses border wall ahead of meeting with top Democrats

In this Dec. 7, 2018 photo, President Donald Trump speaks the 2018 Project Safe Neighborhoods National Conference in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Updated 11 December 2018
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Trump presses border wall ahead of meeting with top Democrats

  • Trump praised his administration’s moves to block migrants at the US border with Mexico and said efforts to stop a caravan of migrants seeking to reach the United States were a success

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump on Tuesday vowed to go around Congress and utilize the US military to build a wall along the US-Mexico border if he does not get funding, just hours before he is to meet with the top two Democratic lawmakers.
In a series of early-morning tweets, Trump praised his administration’s moves to block migrants at the US border with Mexico and said efforts to stop a caravan of migrants seeking to reach the United States were a success, and vowed that “the Wall will get built.”
The president has made funding for the border wall, a campaign promise, a central issue as Congress seeks to finalize spending before some federal government funding expires on Dec. 21.
Trump is scheduled to meet at the White House later Tuesday with US Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, who is seeking to become House Speaker when her party gains control of the chamber next month.
“If the Democrats do not give us the votes to secure our Country, the Military will build the remaining sections of the Wall,” Trump said on Twitter ahead of the 11:30 a.m. EST (1630 GMT) meeting.
Trump deployed the US military to the border area before November congressional elections, calling the caravan an “invasion,” and critics decried the action as politically motivated. He has continued to press immigration issues in what could be a political standoff that could shutter the US government.
The president wants $5 billion this year to pay for the border wall in addition to other funds for separate border security measures. Democrats, who have fiercely opposed the wall, say they would back the $1.6 billion that Senate Republicans have sought for the fiscal year to pay for related technology.
During the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump promised that Mexico would pay for the wall, but turned to Congress after Mexico refused.


Daesh woman found guilty of terror crimes in Canada

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Daesh woman found guilty of terror crimes in Canada

  • Rehab Dughmosh, who was arrested in June 2017 when she was 32, was found guilty of four counts of leaving the country for the purpose of joining a terror group

OTTAWA: A Canadian jury found a woman guilty Thursday of terror crimes for trying to join the Daesh group and in its name attacking staff at a Toronto-area department store two years ago.
Rehab Dughmosh, who was arrested in June 2017 when she was 32, was found guilty of four counts of leaving the country for the purpose of joining a terror group, assaults with a golf club and a butcher knife, and carrying an archery bow.
According to court documents cited by Canadian media, she attempted to fly to Syria in April 2016 to join the Daesh group, and when that failed returned home and plotted the mall attack.
Her plans to go to Syria were thwarted by Turkish officials tipped off by her brother. At the time, Dughmosh claimed that she was just trying to visit family, although she admitted after her arrest that she had intended to travel to join Daesh.
The court heard that Dughmosh admitted to pledging her allegiance to the Daesh group, and on the day in question packed bags with weapons, including a hammer, barbecue skewers, straws tipped with screws and a child’s shovel made into claws.
She also hid the knife and bow in her robe.
But on her way out of her apartment she ran into her estranged husband, who confiscated the bags. He reportedly did not know about the concealed weapons.
At the Canadian Tire store east of Toronto, Dughmosh grabbed a golf club off a rack after trying unsuccessfully to access arrows in a locked display case.
She then draped herself in a homemade Daesh banner, tied an Daesh bandana around her head and charged staff with the golf club and butcher knife, shouting: “This is for Daesh,” using an acronym for Daesh.
Staff wrestled her to the ground. Nobody was seriously injured.
Police later found the weapons cache at her home, along with a cellphone containing IS propaganda videos and a handwritten will in which she asked for martyrdom.
A sentencing hearing is scheduled for Monday. The prosecution is seeking eight years in prison.