Trump calls poll

results fake news

WASHHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Monday tried to dismiss public opinion surveys showing opposition to his travel ban as “fake news,” insisting that there is popular support for his executive order temporarily prohibiting the entry of all refugees as well as travelers from seven majority-Muslim nations.

Trump tweeted at 7:01 a.m.: “Any negative polls are fake news, just like the CNN, ABC, NBC polls in the election. Sorry, people want border security and extreme vetting.”

The president followed that up six minutes later with a second tweet: “I call my own shots, largely based on an accumulation of data, and everyone knows it. Some FAKE NEWS media, in order to marginalize, lies!”

Trump sent his tweets from his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, where he has been spending the long weekend golfing and socializing with family and friends.

— The Washington Post


Tribe doesn’t want

activists removed

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe officials said this weekend that while they were working with federal authorities to stabilize the situation at the Dakota Access Pipeline protest site, they were not calling on law enforcement to forcibly remove activists there.

After months of protests, both tribal officials and residents in the town of Cannon Ball, North Dakota, have asked those opposed to completion of the controversial, 1,170-mile pipeline to leave. A few hundred activists remain, both on the Standing Rock Sioux’s reservation and on neighboring land.

On Friday evening, the acting assistant secretary for Indian affairs, Michael S. Black, said that the agency had sent “enforcement support and would assist” the tribe “in closing the protest camps within the Standing Rock Reservation boundary.”

But tribal officials responded over the weekend that while they wanted people to leave the reservation, they did not want them arrested or ousted by force. On Wednesday, law enforcement authorities arrested 74 protesters who had decamped to land owned by the pipeline’s developer, Energy Transfer Partners.

— The Washington Post