TRUMP ANGRY AND FRUSTRATED AT STAFF OVER SESSIONS FALLOUT

President Donald Trump is very frustrated with his senior staff and communications team for allowing the firestorm surrounding Attorney General Jeff Sessions to steal his thunder in the wake of his address to Congress, sources tell CNN.

“Nobody has seen him that upset,” one source said, adding that the feeling was the communications team allowed the Sessions news, which the administration deemed a nonstory, to overtake the narrative.

On Thursday, Sessions recused himself from any current or future investigations into ties between Russia and the Trump campaign after it was reported he had met with the Russian ambassador to the US, something he had previously failed to disclose.

In particular, the renewed focus on Russia is seen as a major letdown after Tuesday when top officials were riding high, congratulating one another on Trump’s speech to Congress.

“The staff fumbled,” Trump told the team for not being prepared when the Sessions story came out, according to another source.

The President was “hot” and exasperated thursday night after Sessions’ recusal, a source familiar with the situation said, considering it hasty and overkill.

When the President returned to the White House thursday evening from a day trip to Virginia, there were “a lot of expletives.” The source said for more than a week Trump had been lamenting that his senior staff “just keep getting in their own way.”

“The President had a fantastic week advancing his agenda to lift up all Americans and keep the nation safe. His joint session speech will go down in history as one of the best,” White House spokesman Sean Spicer said in response to CNN’s reporting.

The President is showing increasing flashes of anger over the performance of his senior staff and daily developments about Russia overshadowing his message, multiple people inside the White House and outside the administration told CNN.

Trump voiced his frustration to his inner circle in the Oval Office friday, sources said. He feels attacked by the media, former Obama administration officials and others, and frustrated that things are not going more smoothly. The President expressed his anger at non-stop leaks undermining his administration, the sources said.

One source familiar with the friday meeting said Trump was angry at senior staff, including chief of staff Reince Priebus, about the state of affairs at the White House this week.

Word had spread through the White House that Priebus had been chewed out but those in the room dispute that.

Priebus declined to comment on the record about the meeting.

One official, who was in the Oval Office, said that there was an “animated discussion” about a number of subjects during the meeting – the forthcoming immigration executive order, health care and Russia developments.

Trump is upset because he doesn’t believe he is getting credit he thinks he deserves for his time office so far because of self-inflicted wounds and missteps, the source said. An informed presidential ally outside government but close to the President said Trump was really angry about having a “mini disaster” a week. The President’s mood is adding to enormous pressure inside the West Wing and aides have been seen in tears in recent days at multiple meetings.

With so much on the administration’s plate – leaks, Russia story, pending executive order and Obamacare repeal and replacement – Priebus said that he would not go to Florida with the President this weekend as had been previously planned, a source told CNN. He was on the manifest, and a big donor reception by the Republican National Committee which Priebus used to chair was on Preibus’ schedule.

But the President said that he thought it wouldn’t be a good idea since he is not happy with the state of matters right now, the same source said.

A White House official disputed that Priebus was supposed to travel to Florida, adding that he stayed home this weekend for a family celebration.

White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, who initially decided to also stay in Washington Friday, ended up traveling to Florida Saturday and is joining Trump, Sessions, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross at dinner at Mar-a-Lago.

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MANCHESTER UNITED STRIKER ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC IS ONE OF THE BEST FREE TRANSFERS EVER, SAYS JAMIE REDKNAPP

Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is one of the best free transfers ever and an inspired signing, says Jamie Redknapp.

Ibrahimovic has been a revelation since arriving at Old Trafford in july, netting 26 goals in all competitions and breaking numerous records in the process.

Regardless of having his doubters when he arrived – including Redknapp himself – the Sky Sports pundit admits that the Swede’s arrival could be one of the best ever bits of business in terms of a free transfer.

“In Ibrahimovic, they have a big player in every sense of the word. He has been a great signing,” he said in a facebook live with Sky Bet.

“I can’t lie, at the start of the year I thought ‘that’s a funny signing, will he get in the way of Marcus Rashford? Is he going to stop the development of any young players?’ But the truth it is one of those inspirational signings that happen every so often.”

“If you do talk about Eric Cantona and the effect he had at the club on all the young players, Ibrahimovic is having a very similar one now.”

“He’s the king there at the moment and he has been an inspired signing. Whoever bought him in whether it was Jose Mourinho or the owners, he has been one of the best free transfers ever.”

United collected their first major trophy of the season when they beat Southampton in the EFL Cup last weekend, with Ibrahimovic having a starring role as he scored the opening and winning goals.

Mourinho’s men could also sneak into the Premier League top four for a couple hours with three points on Saturday afternoon as they kick off the weekend’s action against Bournemouth live on Sky Sports, and Redknapp is backing them to finish in the Champions League places.

He added: “I think so now [United to finish in the top four]. At the moment, you’re looking at the teams and wondering who is going to miss out because two good teams won’t make the cut.”

“My top four if I was to pick at the moment is Chelsea, Man City, Tottenham and Man Utd, but it can soon change.”

Source: http://www.skysports.com

MANCHESTER UNITED SEEKING TREBLE GLORY, SAYS ANTONIO VALENCIA

Antonio Valencia says Manchester United are chasing a treble of cup successes, following last week’s triumph over Southampton at Wembley.

The 3-2 win against the Saints earned the Reds their fourth EFL Cup victory, and the defender explained they have now set their sights on Europa League and FA Cup glory too.

The 31-year-old Ecuadorian believes the confidence gained by securing one cup triumph will help the squad chase two more between now and the end of the season.

He said: “We are thinking about these three trophies. I think we can do it. We have to realise we are Manchester United and that we can go on to win these three trophies.”

“This is the mentality that we have. This first trophy has given us much confidence.”

“We haven’t given up hope [in the Premier League] this year” he said. “We’ll still fight for the league this season, but if we can’t do it this year, then we go into next season and we will fight for the league.”

Valencia joined United from Wigan for £16m in 2009 and says there are similarities in the way Alex Ferguson and Jose Mourinho run the club.

He went on: “I think it’s the same atmosphere. We have that security of playing under a top manager, it’s something you can definitely say.”

“It’s always difficult to compare. They each have their own individual style, but both of them are obviously fantastic managers.”

Mourinho has praised Valencia’s performances this campaign and the United player added: “He’s definitely given me an incredible amount of confidence.

“I think it’s totally acceptable to say I have improved my game and he’s given me a lot of game time, which has been very important.”

“I’m still quite an attacking player. I feel comfortable going forward because I have played as a right winger.”

“I like to contribute to the attacks but it’s a bit more about not committing that error when playing at right-back.”

Source: http://www.skysports.com

RUSSIA: THE PROBLEM TRUMP CAN NOT ESCAPE

The first weeks of a US presidency are typically filled with confidence – a new face with a clean slate settles into the White House and maps out a vision for the next four years.

Yet this period to President Donald Trump has been a rocky one, overwhelmed toward mounting Russia issues.

A scandal over communications between key Trump aides and Russian officials ahead of the President’s inauguration widened yet again on Friday as it emerged that Trump’s senior aide and son-in-law Jared Kushner had met with Russia’s ambassador to Washington, Sergey Kislyak, at a time when the Trump administration’s relationship with Russia was under close scrutiny.

On Wednesday evening it emerged that Attorney General Jeff Sessions had also met with Kislyak twice during the campaign period, even though he told Congress upon his confirmation that he did not communicate with any Russian officials.

It is a case of deja vu for Trump – just two weeks earlier his top national security adviser, Michael Flynn, was forced to resign after misleading Vice President Mike Pence about a conversation with the same diplomat, Kislyak.

Here’s a rundown of the latest Russia issues dogging the Trump administration.

Kislyak is proving poisonous for the Trump administration – two senior officials appointed by the President were found to have spoken with the ambassador before the administration’s first day on the job, and then failed to disclose those talks when asked about communications with Russia.

Kislyak is considered by US intelligence to be one of Russia’s top spies and spy-recruiters in Washington, according to current and former senior US government officials. Russian officials dispute this characterization.

In a conference call with journalists Thursday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov said: “Nobody has heard a single statement from US intelligence agencies’ representatives regarding our ambassador. Again, these are some depersonalized assumptions of the media that are constantly trying to blow this situation out of proportion.”

When asked about Russia during his confirmation hearing, Sessions responded that he “did not have communications with the Russians.”

But a Justice Department official later confirmed that Sessions had met with Kislyak twice – in july on the sidelines of the Republican convention and in September in his office when he was a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Sessions responded to the allegations swiftly on Wednesday, saying he had “never met with any Russian officials to discuss issues of the campaign,” and describing the allegations as “false.”

Sessions’s spokeswoman, Sarah Isgur Flores, said there was nothing “misleading about his answer” as he was not asked specifically about “meetings he took as a senator and a member of the Armed Services Committee.”

Sessions was forced to recuse himself from overseeing any investigation involving the Trump election campaign.

And on Friday, a senior administration official told CNN that Kushner and Flynn had met with Kislyak at Trump Tower in December for an “introductory meeting.” The meeting lasted for about 10 minutes, the official added.

Kushner’s involvement in a meeting was first reported by The New Yorker, and Flynn’s by The New York Times.

The official disputed the idea that accepting a meeting with the Russian ambassador could be cause for concern in light of the discussion about Russian meddling in the US election, characterizing the meeting as merely an attempt to meet key international players during the transition to power. The official added that Kushner met with dozens of other ambassadors.

Flynn had resigned amid revelations that he misled the then Vice President-elect Mike Pence about his conversations with Kislyak.

The Washington Post first reported phone calls made in December before Trump took office, including some on the same day that the Obama administration placed fresh sanctions on Russia over the alleged election meddling.

Law enforcement and intelligence officials also told CNN that the calls were made that day – he had told Pence in a briefing that he had not been in communication with Russian officials, the White House says.

He admitted to briefing Pence “with incomplete information regarding my phone calls with the Russian ambassador” and was forced to resign on February 13 after just 23 days on the job.

A US official confirmed to CNN that Flynn and Kislyak spoke about fresh sanctions placed on Russia by the Obama administration.

An ongoing investigation into Russia’s activities in the US – following the country’s alleged interference in the 2016 US election – has opened up a Pandora’s box for the Trump administration.

Flynn’s resignation came after reports emerged that the Justice Department had told the White House about Flynn’s phone calls with the ambassador.

Just two days later, law enforcement, administration and intelligence officials told CNN that high-level advisers close to Trump were in constant communication with Russia known to US intelligence during the election campaign.

They named Flynn as well as then-campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, who denies the accusations.

“That is 100% not true, at least as far as me,” Manafort said.

“I cannot believe that they are including me in anything like that. I have not been involved in any of these activities.”

Flynn did not respond to CNN’s request for comment regarding the report.

The frequency of their communications during early summer “raised a red flag” with US intelligence and law enforcement, according to the officials CNN spoke with.

The communications were intercepted during routine intelligence collection targeting Russian officials and other Russian nationals known to US agencies.

Trump dismissed the claims in a tweet, saying the “Russian connection non-sense is merely an attempt to cover-up the many mistakes made in Hillary Clinton’s losing campaign.”

The President has complained of the leaks coming out of intelligence agencies, branding them as a threat to security and calling the media stories that followed “fake news.”

Just over a week before Trump was sworn in, CNN reported that Trump and then-President Barack Obama were briefed on the existence of a dossier making damning but unsubstantiated allegations, including that Russian operatives had compromising information on Trump.

In February, US investigators said they had corroborated some details in the 35-page document, compiled by a former British intelligence agent, through intercepted communications, giving some weight to the veracity of at least parts of the document as other allegations are investigated.

Investigators did not confirm some of the more salacious allegations, but did detail around a dozen conversations between senior Russian officials and other Russian individuals mentioned in the document, multiple US officials with direct knowledge of the briefings told CNN.

The two-page synopsis originally presented to Trump and Obama included allegations of a continuing exchange of information during the campaign between Trump surrogates and intermediaries for the Russian government, according to two national security officials.

The White House has denied the allegations made in the dossier and alsodismissed them as “fake news.” Russian President Vladimir Putin also shrugged off the allegations as “rubbish.”

Both Trump’s team and Russian officials had called for better relations between the old Cold War adversaries, and Trump and Putin openly exchanged compliments during the campaign.

Despite the Kremlin’s calls for warmer relations, Russia has made a string of provocative moves since Trump took office. On February 14, a senior military official told CNN that Russia had deployed a cruise missile in an apparent treaty violation.

The Kremlin denied that it had violated the treaty.

Moscow has also positioned a spy ship off the coast of Delaware and carried out flights near a US Navy warship, concerning American officials. The US administration has not officially drawn any links between the three events.

The ground-launched cruise missile seems to run counter to the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, the military official said. The New York Times first reported is deployment.

While declining to speak on intelligence matters, a spokesman for the US State Department said that Russia was in violation of the treaty.

Acting spokesman Mark Toner said that Russia was obliged “not to possess, produce or flight-test a ground-launched cruise missile with a range capability of 500 to 5,500 kilometers, or to possess or produce launchers of such missiles.”

He said the White House had “made very clear our concerns about Russia’s violation.”

Russia is believed to have tested one such missile in 2014.

On February 10, a US Navy warship in the Black Sea had three encounters with Russian aircraft Friday that were deemed to be unsafe and unprofessional because of how close the Russian planes flew to the US, according to a senior defense official.

Moscow pushed back on the allegation, with Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov telling state media there had been no such incident.

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TIGER WOODS TO YOUNGER SELF: ‘GET AWAY FROM THE GAME, HAVE A LIFE BALANCE’

Twenty years ago he sparked an era that would change golf forever, but what advice would Tiger Woods give to his 21-year-old self?

“I’d have to say be patient on scheduling, don’t do too much,” Woods told CNN’s Shane O’Donoghue in an exclusive interview for Living Golf ahead of the Dubai Desert Classic.

Much has happened to Woods since he won his maiden major at the 1997 Masters.

Records tumbled, 14 majors piled up, outrage and damage took their toll.

Yet as he attempts to rebuild his career, the former long-time world No. 1 is sidelined again with problems with the back, after missing more 15 months following multiple back surgeries.

“[Get] different hobbies to get away from the game, have a life balance,” the 41-year-old Woods added as he continued to reflect. “I think that’s so important.”.

Woods’ latest comeback stalled when he withdrew from last month’s tournament in Dubai before the second round citing back spasms.

He has not played since and canceled a news conference ahead of the Genesis Open, which benefits his foundation, because of the ongoing back spasms.

While Woods has been battling to get fit for another tilt during the highest priority on the game, another era of players has broken through, with many of his early influences in the game moving on to the senior tour.

“I’m playing against kids that were born after I turned pro,” he added. “That’s what’s so scary.

“The turnover is happening so fast and I’ve been away from it so long that a lot of these names are new to me.”

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TRUMP ATTORNEY GENERAL JEFF SESSIONS UNDER FIRE OVER RUSSIA MEETINGS

Attorney General Jeff Sessions met Russia’s ambassador during the election regardless of telling his confirmation hearing he had “no communications with the Russians”.

The justice department confirmed he met Sergei Kislyak in july and september last year as part of his role on the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Mr Sessions says he did not “discuss any political” issues with Russia.

Claims of Russian interference in the election have dogged President Trump.

The US intelligence community believes the alleged Russian hacking of Democratic organisations was carried out to help Mr Trump defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Mr Trump’s National Security Adviser, Michael Flynn, was fired last month after he misled the White House about his discussions with Mr Kislyak, allegedly regarding sanctions against Moscow.

The Democrats have reacted with anger at the latest revelations, saying Mr Sessions should resign and at the very least step aside from an FBI probe he is overseeing into the hacking claims.

The Washington Post reported that Mr Sessions and Mr Kislyak held a private conversation in Mr Sessions’s office in september and had spoken earlier in the summer at a meeting with several other ambassadors.

Mr Sessions had meetings with more than 25 foreign ambassadors in the course of the year.

But his meetings with Mr Kislyak came while he was a prominent part of Mr Trump’s campaign team – a so-called surrogate – and amid growing reports of Russian meddling in the US election.

During his confirmation hearing on 10 january, Mr Sessions was asked by Democrat Senator Al Franken: “If there is any evidence that anyone affiliated with the Trump campaign communicated with the Russian government, in the course of this campaign, what will you do?”

Mr Sessions responded: “I’m not aware of any of those activities. I have been called a surrogate at a time or two in that campaign and I did not have communications with the Russians. And I’m unable to comment on it.”

In comments to MSNBC’s Morning Joe programme on Thursday, Mr Sessions reiterated: “I have not met with any Russians at any time to discuss any political campaign, and those remarks are unbelievable to me and are false, and I don’t have anything else to say about that.”

Justice department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores said there had been “absolutely nothing misleading about his answer” at the confirmation hearing.

“He was asked during the hearing about communications between Russia and the Trump campaign – not about meetings he took as a senator and a member of the Armed Services Committee,” she said.

Mr Sessions was also backed by the White House, which condemned the “latest attack against the Trump administration by partisan Democrats”.

Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi accused Mr Sessions of “lying under oath” and demanded he resign.

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LIVERPOOL ‘MAKE OFFER’ TO THE ‘NEW NEYMAR’

Liverpool have reportedly made a bid to sign a player dubbed the ‘new Neymar’, Santos starlet Rodrygo.

The 17-year-old, who has a comparable playing style of the Barcelona superstar, has been making an enormous feeling in the Santos young group what’s more that has reportedly alarmed Jurgen Klopp.

The Reds boss is looking to revamp his frontline next season, with Daniel Sturridge seeming likely to leave, while Divock Origi has not done enough to suggest that he could lead the line at Anfield for years to come.

Brazilian paper Globo Esporte claims the Reds have launched an offer for Rodrygo, who has already made history by becoming the youngest ever player to sign a deal with Nike.

Rodrygo is believed to have been stunned by the proposal but has concerns about moving to Europe at too young an age, while his family would prefer him to move into the senior ranks at Santos before trying to follow in Neymar’s footsteps and conquer Europe.

Source: http://www.teamtalk.com

THE REASON WHY EMMA WATSON WILL NOT TAKE SELFIES WITH FANS

Emma Watson gets that she’s a superstar, anyhow she still wants to have a life.

That’s why the actress is declining selfies with fans these days.

“For me, it’s the difference between being able to have a life and not,” Watson recently told Vanity Fair. “If someone takes a photograph of me and posts it, within two seconds they’ve created a marker of exactly where I am within 10 meters.”

The former child star is soon to attract even more fans when her latest film, a live action version of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” hits theaters March 17.

Watson said she’s learned to say no to selfie requests and is being more private.

“[The public] can see what I’m wearing and who I’m with,” she said of the photos. “I just can’t give that tracking data.”

Having grown up in the glare of “Harry Potter,” complete the enthusiastic base, of the franchise, Watson is accustomed to attention.

She said she’s come up with a compromise for those who are super excited to meet her.

“I’ll say, ‘I will sit here and answer every single Harry Potter fandom question you have but I just can’t do a picture,'” she said.

Watson may be specific something like who she enforces the ban with.

“I have to carefully pick and choose my moment to interact,” she said. “When am I a celebrity sighting versus when am I going to make someone’s freakin’ week? Children I don’t say no to, for example.”

Photographs aren’t those main spot she draws the line: Watson adamantly declines with talk her sweetheart.

“I want to be consistent: I can’t talk about my boyfriend in an interview and then expect people not to take paparazzi pictures of me walking around outside my home,” she said. “You can’t have it both ways.”

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LEICESTER MANAGER SEARCH: ROY HODGSON DISCUSSIONS ON PREMIER LEAGUE CHAMPIONS

Premier League champions Leicester have held casual talks for previous England supervisor Roy Hodgson around him turning into their new manager.

However, it will be possibility the 69-year-old might have been recently you quit offering on that one possibility nomination spoken will in the look to Claudio Ranieri’s reinstatement.

Also acting boss Craig Shakespeare could stay in charge until the end of the season if results continue to improve.

Ranieri was sacked on 23 February, nine months then afterward winning those title.

The Italian withdrew for the Foxes just particular case purpose over the transfer zone.

Shakespeare’s initial match concerning illustration overseer director brought about a 3-1 triumph again Liverpool with respect to monday.

Defender Danny Simpson said Shakespeare is a “top coach and a top guy”.

He said: “He has kept it simple and told us what he wanted to do, which was simple and basic, and we’ve done that so let’s hope we can carry it on for him.”

Hodgson has been out of work since resigning as England coach after they lost to Iceland at Euro 2016.

But his former goalkeeping coach Dean Kiely says Hodgson should be a leading contender for the Leicester job and the public perception of the veteran manager is “totally wrong”.

Kiely, who worked under him at West Brom, said: “I can see why he’s on anyone’s shortlist.”

Hodgson, who has been managing for more than 40 years, guided Fulham to the Europa League final in 2010 and had spells in charge of Liverpool and West Brom before he got the England job in 2012.

He took the Three Lions to the quarter-finals at Euro 2012, but two years later they were eliminated at the group stage of a World Cup for the first time since 1958.

Hodgson’s team won all 10 matches in qualifying for Euro 2016 but he quit after a 2-1 defeat by Iceland in the last 16 left him with a record of three victories from 11 games in major tournaments.

Source: http://www.bbc.com

TRUMP SPEECH TO CONGRESS GUARANTEES ‘RENEWAL OF AMERICAN SPIRIT’

President Donald Trump has said the US is witnessing a “renewal of the American spirit”, as he delivered his first speech to Congress.

Adopting a measured, energetic tone, the Republican president spoke of a “new part of American greatness”.

Mr Trump censured later vandalism of Jewish cemeteries what’s more a shooting clinched alongside Kansas that exited a indian man dead.

As much primetime address looked to reinforce as much low endorsement appraisals after a rough start should as much juvenile presidency.

In those beginning about tuesday night’s hour-long speech, mr Trump handled late suspected loathe crimes, stating “we are a country that stands united in condemning hate and evil in all its very ugly forms”.

On immigration, he dangled the intriguing possibility of a major policy shift towards a goal that eluded his two predecessors, insisting that “real and positive” reform was possible.

That line came hours after he told news anchors off the record at a White House lunch that he might be open to granting legal status to undocumented immigrants.

In his remarks on Capitol Hill, the president also talked tough on the issue, pledging to make US communities safer “by finally enforcing our immigration laws”.

He defended his early actions in office, touting his moves to withdraw the US from the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal and order work to start on a US-Mexico border wall.

Source: http://www.bbc.com