Natasha De Alencar returned home on April 12 after making t-shirts and pillowcases in her husband's memory when the Army casualty assistance officer told her that President Donald Trump was on the phone for her.
De Alencar's husband, Army Staff Sgt. Mark R. De Alencar, had been killed during a firefight with Islamic State fighters in eastern Afghanistan on April 8, the Washington Post reported Thursday night.
He left behind five children, one of whom recorded the conversation with Trump.
Trump opened by saying he was sorry about the "whole situation" and called Mark De Alencar "an unbelievable hero." Natasha De Alencar thanked Trump for the call and told him about her family. She noted that her oldest son, Deshaun, is playing college football at Missouri Valley College in Marshall, Mo. on an academic scholarship.
"At that moment when my world was upside down and me and my kids didn't know which way we were going, it felt like I was talking to just another regular human," De Alencar told the Post in an interview.
Trump invited De Alencar to come to the White House and said it was an honor to talk to her.
"Thank you, sir, and to you the same, okay. I really appreciate it, sir, and thank you," De Alencar said.
De Alencar described the call to the Post as a bright moment during a period of darkness.
"It was a moment of niceness that we needed because we were going through hell," she said.
A joint investigation by the Washington Examiner and the nonprofit watchdog group Judicial Watch found that former President Clinton gave 215 speeches and earned $48 million while his wife presided over U.S. foreign policy, raising questions about whether the Clintons fulfilled ethics agreements related to the Clinton Foundation during Hillary Clinton‘s tenure as secretary of state.
According to documents obtained by Judicial Watch and released Wednesday in an ongoing Freedom of Information Act case, State Department officials charged with reviewing Bill Clinton’s proposed speeches did not object to a single one.
Some of the speeches were delivered in global hotspots and were paid for by entities with business or policy interests in the U.S.
The documents also show that in June 2011, the State Department approved a consulting agreement between Bill Clinton and a controversial Clinton Foundation adviser, Doug Band.
The consultancy with Band’s Teneo Strategy ended eight months later following an uproar over Teneo’s ties to the failed investment firm MF Global.
State Department legal advisers, serving as “designated agency ethics officials,” approved Bill Clinton’s speeches in China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Panama,Turkey, Taiwan, India, the Cayman Islands and other countries.
Chief Correspondent Stuart Ramsay reveals the horror of the cells beneath Raqqa's football stadium, where I.S. tortured prisoners with modified gym equipment before executing them.
We've all either had a nosy neighbor, or currently have nosy neighbors who are constantly in your business, this video is what happens when you have a psycho neighbor who won't stay out of your business no matter what you do in your own yard.
Listen to this woman become unhinged after she notices her neighbor has a pony in his yard that is fully fenced in. The lady claims she has the authority to demand that he even pick up the crap that the pony left in his yard because it also affects her yard, without actually explaining how that's the case.
The conversation goes on for several minutes back and forth before the woman is finally silenced and walks off into her house.
Julianne Moore, Bill Hader, Laura Dern, Sheryl Crow and Adam Scott also participate in the clip encouraging Americans to reach out to their Congressional representatives in the wake of the Las Vegas shooting.
In response to the devastating mass shooting in Las Vegas on Oct. 1, stars including Melissa McCarthy, Emma Stone, Bill Hader, Laura Dern, Sheryl Crow and Adam Scott have teamed up for a video showing how everyday Americans can call on their congressional lawmakers to reject legislation that would roll back gun silencer safety laws and to reject a national concealed carry reciprocity bill.
Emma Stone starts off the clip. "The mass shooting in Las Vegas has left all of us grieving, scared and angry," she says. "Knowing what to do about it can be confusing. Here's one thing that can make a difference right now," Bill Hader adds. A slew of stars then urge viewers to text "REJECT" to 644-33 to connect them to Everytown Gun Safety, which will then connect people with their Congressional representatives. The group also provides a script to use when speaking to lawmakers.
Democratic Rep. Frederica Wilson (Fla.) was pushed by CNN's Alisyn Camerota on whether she misinterpreted President Donald Trump's intentions during his phone call to a Gold Star family, but the congresswoman pushed back, saying it "is not a question to ask me."
Camerota initiated the exchange on Friday by asking how the disagreement over Trump's call with Sgt. La David Johnson's widow will end.
"How does this end? Is it time for you all to get on a phone conversation? Is it time for you to speak to the president directly?" Camerota asked.
"If he wants to help us, I sent something to him with the Congressional Black Caucus, it's called the Commission of the Social Status of Black Men and Boys. It would help us if he made that a law and established that commission in the White House. That would help our entire community," Wilson responded.
"How about Congresswoman, from your end? Are you willing to allow today that it's possible that you misinterpreted what the president's intentions were in that phone call to Sergeant Johnson's wife?
"There's nothing to misinterpret. He said what he said. I just don't agree with it. I don't agree with that is what you should say to grieving families," Wilson said.
The answer didn't satisfy Camerota given that White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and others have pointed out the congresswoman could have interpreted the president's words differently than he intended.
"But in terms of his intention not being callous and maybe he got the tone wrong, but that you misinterpreted his intention or his callousness?"
"I think my intentions are not important in this today. This has to do with the family that's grieving. It's their intentions. They were hurt. This is not a question to ask me because I can only imagine how she [Johnson's widow] feels," Wilson said.
"So let's get to the real basis of why everyone is so upset and everyone is so grief-stricken," Wilson continued. "It has absolutely nothing to do with the phone call. It has a lot to do with what we're talking about now."
While speaking with Peter Schweizer, the author of “Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich,” and Breitbart News senior editor-at-large on Friday, Fox Business Network host Lou Dobbs argued that the Uranium One deal could end up being the biggest scandal in the history of American politics.
Dobbs said, “There is no clear statement as to why we would give up, for any reason, any price, 20% of our uranium in this country. And that is a question that is left open still unanswered. and secondly, have you ever heard of anyone putting $145 million, at one moment, into the hands of the Clinton foundation? And the answer is, of course not. These questions, most basic and fundamental, were armed by the very committee made up of the very agencies, departments, and individuals responsible for national security. this, this is the biggest Obama scandal. I think it may well turn out to be the biggest scandal in American political history.”
C-SPAN host Steve Scully: “As you know Sean Hannity on his program has been very critical of the Uranium One deal. The President saying, with regard to Russia, ‘that’s the real story in all of this.’ What would you say to those critics?”
Hillary Clinton: “I would say it’s the same baloney they’ve been peddling for years. And there’s been no, no credible evidence by anyone. In fact it’s been debunked repeatedly and will continue to be debunked. But here’s what they’re doing, and really I have to give them credit, you know Trump and his allies including Fox News are really experts at distraction and diversion. So the closer the investigation about real Russian ties between Trump associates and real Russians, as we heard Jeff Sessions finally admit to, uh, in his testimony the other day, the more they wanna just throw mud on the wall. And I’m their favorite target–and, you know, President Obama–we’re the ones that they always like to put in to the crosshairs. Uh, so, yes, I, I, I’m not surprised but I think the real story is how nervous they are about these continuing investigations.”
MSNBC host Lawrence O'Donnell suggested Thursday night that White House chief of staff John Kelly's harsh words for Democratic Rep. Frederica Wilson (Fla.) earlier that day were racially-tinged, attributing them to his childhood in Irish Catholic Boston.
Kelly, a retired four-star general whose son was killed in the line of duty, attacked Wilson for making public the details of a private conversation between President Donald Trump and the family of a fallen soldier.
Kelly said that two years earlier Wilson had lived up to "the long tradition of empty barrels making the most noise" by hijacking a ceremony for a new FBI building dedicated to bureau agents killed on the job. Kelly said that Wilson spoke at the service and boasted to the audience that she obtained funding for the building.
O'Donnell did not like Kelly's comments one bit, saying his choice of words dated back to his upbringing in a racist neighborhood.
"When John Kelly was going to school in Oak Square in Brighton in the Boston Irish neighborhood he grew up in, the schools were segregated by custom and practice," Lawrence said. "And Boston segregation in the 1950s when John Kelly was in school was as flawless as the legal segregation in Florida and the rest of the South."
"I know the neighborhood John Kelly comes from," said O'Donnell, himself a Boston native. "I know the culture. It was a neighborhood in which calling someone who looked like Frederica Wilson ‘an empty barrel' was the kindest thing that would have been said about her."
Lawrence claimed the term "empty barrel" was "dehumanizing." MSNBC colleague Joy Reid tweeted her agreement the following morning.
Democratic Rep. Frederica Wilson (Fla.) said Friday that what White House chief of staff John Kelly advised President Donald Trump to say to the families of four fallen soldiers killed in Niger earlier this month was not an appropriate message to say to someone who lost a child in combat.
CNN host Alisyn Camerota asked Wilson on "New Day" about her ongoing war of words with the White House over what Trump told the pregnant widow of Green Beret Sgt. La David Johnson, one of four Americans killed two weeks ago in an ambush in Niger, in a phone conversation on Tuesday.
Camerota noted that Trump asked Kelly, a retired four-star Marine Corps general and a Gold Star father, what he should say to the fallen soldiers' families, and that Kelly shared at Thursday's White House press briefing what he told the president. She played a clip of what Kelly said.
"He was doing exactly what he wanted to do when he was killed. He knew what he was getting into by joining that one percent. He knew what the possibilities were, because we're at war," Kelly said, recounting what he was told when his son was killed in Afghanistan in 2010. "And when he died he was surrounded by the best men on this earth—his friends. That's what the president tried to say to four families the other day."
Camerota said that one phrase Kelly used—"he knew what he was getting into"—was almost verbatim what Wilson claimed she heard the president say to Johnson's family.
"Does hearing General Kelly change how you heard that conversation?" Camerota asked Wilson.
"That is not a good message to say to anyone who has lost a child at war," Wilson responded. "You don't sign up because you think you're going to die; you sign up to serve your country."
Wilson also said that Kelly was incorrect to say that Johnson died surrounded by his friends because "he was abandoned" and that "did not apply to him."
Camerota cut in to mention that Kelly was talking about his son in that instance and was not referencing the specific case of Johnson or the other three soldiers killed in Niger.
Wilson had her own advice for what Trump should have said to Sgt. Johnson's family.
"Every soldier is different and every family is different," Wilson said. "And when you have a young mother who is six months pregnant, with two small kids, you say, ‘I am so sorry that you lost your husband, Myeshia Johnson … You have our deepest sympathy, and if there's anything I can do to ease your pain as your president, please let me know. I am so sorry.' That's what I would have said."
The Florida congresswoman said the president needs to refer to the family members by their names and reference the relationship they have with the fallen soldiers during his future calls.
Camerota noted that Kelly said the prior day he was "stunned" when he heard that Wilson "listened in" on Trump's phone conversation and publicly criticized the president for what he said. Kelly lamented how he "thought at least that was sacred."
"I wasn't listening in; I was in a car where a call was being taken on a speakerphone," Wilson said. "I wasn't listening in. Please don't characterize it as that. And I still go back to what I said from the beginning: call her by her name, Myeshia Johnson; call him by his name, Sgt. La David Johnson. He is not ‘her guy,' he is her husband, and that is the part that hurt her the most."
Wilson had originally criticized Trump for telling Myeshia Johnson that her husband "knew what he was singing up for."
Wilson said she has sympathy for Kelly losing his son in combat, adding that she has lost members of the 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project, which she founded to help minority male students graduate from high school, during the Iraq War.
"You have my deepest sympathy," Wilson said, addressing Kelly. "But I would never say to you your son knew what he was signing up for. That would not be a part of my sympathy message."
Watch as the systematic destruction of Black LIES Matter cult members are pointed out and brought down one by one.
18-month-old infant Salah Salame suffered moderate wounds late Thursday night when he was shot during an attempt hit on his family member (who was holding him) in Qalanswa, an Arab town in central Israel, in another criminal dispute in the Arab public. Video footage of the incident showed the shooter disembarking a vehicle and then chasing and shooting at the man, as he was attempting to flee, holding the infant. The infant suffered a leg wound and was taken for treatment at the Meir Hospital in central Israel. Police are investigating the incident. "A masked man came up to me. I asked him not to shoot, but he did and hit the child. I fled the scene. If I hadn't, it would have ended in disaster," the relative holding the infant at the time of the shooting said. Several such shooting incidents took place in this Arab town over the past few days. In one, two men suffered minor and moderate wounds, while in another two businesses were shot at.
Barack Obama: Some, some of the politics we see, now we, we thought we put that to bed. Uh-I-uh-mean that-uh-that folks lookin… (pause)… fifty years back. It’s the 21st century.
Protesters have poured onto the streets of Barcelona today as Spain's Prime Minister moved to impose direct rule over Catalonia and threatened to arrest the region's president if he declares independence.
Mariano Rajoy wants to sack the Catalan government and call an election within six months in a bid to thwart a drive by the autonomous region to break away.
Rajoy said his government had taken the unprecedented decision to restore the law, ensure regional institutions were neutral and guarantee public services.
The measures must now be approved by Spain's upper house, the Senate, where a vote is scheduled for October 27.
Rajoy's conservative Popular Party holds a majority in the Senate, and the measures also enjoy the support of the main opposition Socialists and centrist Ciudadanos party.
If the Senate greenlights the proposals, the Catalan parliament will continue to operate as normal until it is dissolved, but it will be unable to elect a new government chief to replace Puigdemont or vote on any laws that go against Spain's constitution and its statute as a semi-autonomous region.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Friday stood by chief of staff John Kelly calling Democratic Rep. Frederica Wilson (Fla.) an "empty barrel," adding her own description for the congresswoman.
Kelly castigated Wilson during Thursday's White House press briefing for revealing details of a phone conversation that President Donald Trump had with the widow of a soldier this week. Kelly also said that Wilson lived up to "the long tradition of empty barrels making the most noise" by boasting to the audience at a 2015 ceremony for a new FBI building dedicated to bureau agents killed on the job that she obtained funding for the project.
A reporter asked Sanders if Kelly, a retired four-star Marine general, stands by those comments given video of the speech that has surfaced, which shows Wilson not claiming credit for helping to fund the building.
"Absolutely," Sanders replied. "General Kelly said he was stunned that Representative Wilson would make comments at a building dedication honoring slain FBI agents about her own actions in Congress, including lobbying former President Obama on legislation."
"As General Kelly pointed out, if you're able to make a sacred act like honoring American heroes all about yourself, you're an empty barrel," Sanders added. "If you don't understand that reference, I'll put it a little more simply: as we say in the South, ‘all hat, no cattle.'"
Another reporter took issue with Sanders' characterization, saying that Wilson "effusively praised" the FBI agents in "the bulk of the speech." Sanders said she saw the speech and does not think it disproves anything Kelly said.
"[Wilson] also had quite a few comments that day that weren't part of that speech and weren't part of that video that were also witnessed by many people that were there," Sanders said.
The reporter went back-and-forth with Sanders, asking her if Kelly misrepresented Wilson, which she denied. Sanders summarized Wilson's actions as "grandstanding."
"There was a lot of grandstanding; he was stunned that she had taken that opportunity to make it about herself," Sanders said.
Rep. Frederica Wilson (D., Fla.) said Friday that White House chief of staff John Kelly's comparison of the congresswoman's behavior to that of an "empty barrel" was racist.
CNN's Alisyn Camerota asked Wilson about Kelly's comments regarding her criticisms of President Donald Trump and his phone call with the widow of a fallen soldier.
Wilson said she had heard Kelly's comments during a White House press briefing on Thursday and said much of what he said was a lie.
"He can't just go on tv and lie on me," Wilson said.
Camerota referenced Kelly's criticism that "empty barrels make the most noise" and Wilson interrupted the host to claim the comment was racist.
"Okay, that's a racist term too. I'm thinking about that one," Wilson said. "We looked it up in the dictionary because I had never heard of an empty barrel and I don't like to be dragged into something like that."
Wilson did not explain how the phrase "empty barrels make the most noise" is racist. The idiom is in fact used to question the (empty) thought behind a person's words (noise). Simply as a fact of physics, a barrel or vessel will produce the most noise when empty and disturbed.
A toddler was saved by firefighters in the nick of time after locking himself in a car in sweltering temperatures. Two-year-old Apollo Rubin was with his family in Florida when he snatched the car keys from his mum Sac and locked himself inside. The terrified parents told News 6 that Apollo took the keys just as the door was closed, and then begged him to open the door. A police officer was nearby and is seen trying to jimmy open a window in the footage. He was checked by paramedics and appeared not to be suffering from the effects, and was happily pictured with the firefighters moments after. Dad Ken Rubin said: "Orlando Police Department and fire department both showed up right away on the spot and helped us out, so we're very grateful they were there to help us and they're our heroes for the day."
A group of saltwater crocodiles were seen feasting on a cow in Australia’s Northern Territory on October 2.Nine-year-old local Banjo Rowe captured the rare footage while fishing with his father at Corroboree Billabong on the Mary River, southeast of Darwin. The Rowe family believes there were as many as 23 crocodiles feeding on the remnants of the cow.The river has the highest density of saltwater crocodiles in the world but it is extremely unusual to see so many of the animals feeding together at once, according to news reports.The video was shared on the Facebook page belonging to Grahame Webb, who is the chairman of the international Crocodile Specialist Group and owner of Darwin’s Crocodylus Park.
The stoned squirrel was found by a kindly dog walker who noticed that he was in some serious trouble. She initially assumed that the animal had been attacked, but it didn’t take her long to see the mushroom patch and work out what had happened.
Wow, it's like they're filming a scene for the new Michael Bay film, Explosion.
I think they're taking the phrase "bump" a little too literally.
Occurred on July 13, 2017 / San Antonio, Texas, USA
A U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III and a French C-160 aircraft conduct a heavy equipment parachute extraction airdrop at Hohenfels Training Area, Germany.
A felony suspect tried to make a run from police, but her clothes did her in. Here is dashcam video of the suspect running from a car. Her pants eventually fall down, and then, so does she. Norcross officer Bernard Hill pulled over the Toyota Camry this week after running its plates and discovering its owner was wanted on several charges.
For when the wife won't let you have the 'alone time' you want so bad.
Ohio woman throws apple at proposing boyfriend
Drunk woman drives her destroyed car through Laguna beach to avoid police and vigilante men after a hit and run.
This daredevil couple are prepared to go to great heights in their long-running quest to take the perfect selfie. Armed with nothing but a selfie stick and a backpack, Angela Nikolau and her boyfriend Ivan Beerkus scaled to the top of the “highest crane in Hong Kong”. Angela, a 24-year-old Russian artist, has almost 500,000 followers on Twitter thanks to her passion for posing in perilous positions thousands of feet in the air. Her latest quest with Ivan was filmed and posted on their YouTube channel attracting tens of thousands of views.
CCTV captured strange goings on at a village pub that have left staff and regulars with the heebie-jeebies. Bosses at the Tyler’s Kiln, in the historic city of Canterbury, Kent say motion sensors have captured things moving in the dead of night, sparking claims the pub is haunted. Staff have also reported shadows passing doors, glasses flying off shelves and lights turning on mysteriously. Owner Allister Collins has now put together a collection of creepy clips, captured on the the pub’s surveillance footage over a two-month period from August 4, highlighting the number of strange incidents. In it, chairs are mysteriously pulled out, saloon doors swing open and a garden umbrella opens unaided. Items also move on tables and a cushion moves from a sofa.
Animal welfare officers are investigating social media footage that shows a man drop kicking a cat in the street. The cruel moment was filmed on a mobile phone in south London and has sparked outrage online. It shows the man in a white shirt and tie picking up the cat from a wall outside a house. He then turns towards the camera and volleys the animal as if it were a football towards a nearby parked car. Animal welfare officers from the RSPCA are appalled at the footage and have launched an investigation into the incident. The charity's assistant director of inspectorate Dermot Murphy said he was concerned the black and white cat may have suffered severe injuries. He said: "It is completely unacceptable to treat a cat in this way and it could well have suffered some severe injuries from such a brutal kick. "We understand that such acts of cruelty can be very upsetting and emotive, and we would urge anyone who does recognise the culprit or the area to pass the information onto us, and not be tempted to act on it themselves." Anyone with information can call the RSPCA emergency telephone line on 0300 1234 999.
An off-duty female soldier fought off a group of protesters with amazing martial arts skills after the aggressive gang of men called her a whore. The fearless Israeli fighter put her defence training to good use after being surrounded by dozens of Jewish ultra-Orthodox anti-draft protesters during a rally in Jerusalem. Footage has emerged of Nomi Golan turning on the men after they spit and swear at her, calling her a whore and 'shiksa' (non-Jewish woman). Using a number of karate moves, Golan was able to fend off the group despite being outnumbered.
Crowds of space rocket enthusiasts got a close up experience as scientists tested the latest engine which could take humanity back to the moon. NASA was testing the rocket engine at the Stennis Space Center in Mississippi, and hope it will be the system to allow a new generation of rockets to blast off into deep space. More than 1,500 gathered there on Thursday this week, and got a chance to feel the power of the rockets which were anchored to the ground.
Pedophile Meets Another Pedo At A Homeless Shelter!
Them Hands Though
CCTV shows 20-year-old Ukrainian heiress Alyona Zaitseva 'racing another car' through the streets of Kharkiv before colliding with a third vehicle and crashing into a group of pedestrians.
A food truck in Canberra which allegedly served a take away meal infested with maggots has been allowed to continue trading as usual. What The Pho was serving customers at The Hamlet, an outdoor food village in the inner city suburb of Braddon, when it received complaints of alleged larva crawling through a customer's meal. A female customer claimed she was part-way through a Vietnamese dish from the establishment when she saw multiple live insects wriggling around inside, ABC News reports.
A woman in Sydney's west has been filmed screaming at passengers on a train platform while allegedly under the influence of methamphetamine. In a video shared to Sydney Crime News Facebook page, the woman can be seen yelling and acting erratically. The video shows the woman jumping on and off the train and running down the platform repeatedly. Filmed on Snapchat, the clip was tagged at Yennora railway station in western Sydney.
A man has been filmed entering into a racist, expletive-filled rant whilst travelling on a Victoria Line tube in London.