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Clinton’s lead over Trump shrinks to two points

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Washington, Oct 29 : Registering a surprise gain on rival Hillary Clinton’s lead, US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Saturday shrunk the gap to only two percentage points in a new Washington Post-ABC News tracking poll, as core Republican groups returned to Trump’s fold.

Likely voters split 47 per cent for Clinton and 45 per cent for Trump, according to the survey conducted on Monday through Thursday. That is little changed from a 48-44 split in Friday’s results, but a substantial tightening since last weekend when Clinton led by a wide margin, Washington Post online reported.

A clear 59 per cent majority continues to expect Clinton to win on November 8, including more than 9 in 10 Clinton supporters, although the survey finds few signs that overconfidence is dampening enthusiasm.

Among likely voters, only 2 per cent who support Clinton and expect her to win say their prediction makes them less motivated to vote, including just 1 per cent of those who think she will win “easily”.

A similarly small 2 per cent of Trump supporters who anticipate he will win say their expectation makes them less likely to vote.

Clinton’s campaign has expressed concerns about complacency this week as it pushes supporters to turn out even as polls showed her with a comfortable lead, the Post added.

Saturday’s result came after Friday’s news that the FBI is looking into additional Clinton e-mails from her time as Secretary of State, an issue about which the public has been especially critical of her.

A September Washington Post-ABC News poll found 62 per cent of the public overall disapproving of her handling of questions about e-mail while Secretary of State, including 48 percent who disapproved strongly.

National polls released this week have shown ranging sizes of Clinton’s advantage.

Surveys by Fox News and Investor’s Business Daily/TIPP each found Clinton up a narrow three percentage points among likely voters, while she led by nine points in separate CNBC and USA Today/Suffolk polls and by 14 points in an Associated Press-GfK poll.

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Trump says Kim Jong Un wants to meet ‘as soon as possible’ and that he’s ‘very honorable’

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  • President Donald Trump continued his recent trend of praising North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday by saying he was “very honorable” and “very open.”

  • Trump has a habit of mixing praise of Kim with threats, but has lately taken to praising the North Korean leader.

  • Trump is set to become the first US president to ever meet face to face with a North Korean leader after Kim made a set of stunning concessions and appeared to cave to US demands, but experts are skeptical.

President Donald Trump continued his recent trend of praising North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday by saying he was “very honorable” and “very open” ahead of a planned meeting between the two leaders.

“Kim Jong Un – he really has been very open and, I think, very honorable from everything we’re seeing,” Trump said to reporters, as French President Emmanuel Macron visited the White House.

Trump has proven eager to meet with and conduct diplomacy with Kim despite spending almost all of 2017 threatening North Korea with nuclear annihilation and responding to Pyongyang’s own threats.

But since the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in South Korea, and sweeping rounds of US-led sanctions after intercontinental ballistic missile tests and a massive nuclear test, Kim has opened himself up to diplomacy.

First North Korea offered to meet South Korean President Moon Jae-in, then made the same offer to Trump, and then Kim unexpectedly went to Beijing to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Trump reportedly accepted the offer to meet Kim without consulting his secretary of state at the time, Rex Tillerson. South Korea’s Moon was less eager, but ultimately agreed when Kim agreed to meet his conditions.

Trump previously said he’d be “honored” to talk to Kim, which he now looks likely to achieve.

He’s also expressed admiration for Kim’s leadership of North Korea, despite the fact that the regime runs labor camps that have been likened to Auschwitz in Nazi-controlled Europe.

“Not many 27-year-old men could go in and take over a regime … Say what you want, but that’s not easy – especially at that age,” Trump told ABC News before his inauguration in January 2016.

“How many young guys – he was like 26 or 25 when his father died – take over these tough generals, and all of a sudden … he goes in, he takes over, and he’s the boss,” Trump said. “You gotta give him credit.”

Trump is set to become the first US president to ever meet face to face with a North Korean leader after Kim made a set of stunning concessions and appeared to cave to US demands.

But experts warn Business Insider that North Korea has entered into and backed out of talks with the US before, and may simply be working to gain sanctions relief as the country’s economy falters.

 

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Trump confirms CIA chief met Kim Jong Un in North Korea

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Donald Trump confirmed CIA Director Mike Pompeo met with the leader of North Korea last week.

“Mike Pompeo met with Kim Jong Un in North Korea last week. Meeting went very smoothly and a good relationship was formed, ” U.S. President Trump says in Twitter post.

He added: “Details of summit are being worked out now. Denuclearization will be a great thing for world, but also for North Korea!”

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President Trump says WTO ‘unfair to U.S.

China, which is a great economic power, is considered a Developing Nation within the World Trade Organisation.

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WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump blasted the World Trade Organization on Thursday, saying the international trade body was “unfair” to the United States while giving China “tremendous perks and advantages,” but he offered no evidence or examples to back up his claim.

“China, which is a great economic power, is considered a Developing Nation within the World Trade Organization. They therefore get tremendous perks and advantages, especially over the US Does anybody think this is fair. We were badly represented. The WTO is unfair to US,” Trump wrote on Twitter.

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