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March 31 (UPI) — A fire on Saturday broke out in four World Food Program warehouses in the Hodeidah port of Yemen destroying a lot of the food and humanitarian supplies.
“The fire destroyed huge amounts of fuel and humanitarian aid and foodstuff,” a WFP employee said in PressTV report, adding that an investigation would take place to determine the cause of the fire.
The four warehouses contained 50 tons of food, according to a BBC report, along with cooking fuel and mattresses for people displaced in the war in Yemen, which has killed about 10,000 people in thee years.
The conflict has raged on since March 2015 when a Saudi-led coalition launched a military operation to restore Yemen’s internationally recognized government, and defeat the Iran-backed Houthi rebels. The United States, Britain and France support the coalition of eight Arab countries.
Yemen was one of the poorest countries in the Arab world even before the conflict broke out, according to the WFP.
With millions of people starving and a cholera outbreak amidst the conflict, the United Nations has called Yemen the “world’s largest humanitarian crisis.”
Back in November, the Saudi-led coalition announced it would allow rebel-held ports in Hodeidah and Sanaa airport to accept humanitarian aid, following international outcry.
However, Paolo Cernuschi, country director for the International Rescue Committee in Yemen, said that the move to lift the blockade for humanitarian aid did not go far enough.
“Humanitarian aid alone cannot meet the needs of Yemenis who are unjustly bearing the brunt of this war,” Cernuschi said.
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The plane crash was reported at about 2:15 pm local time, Ventura County Star reports, citing the local fire department. The crashed aircraft is listed by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as a Van’s Aircraft RV6A, a single-engine, two-seater plane sold in kits for home assembly. Fire officials, cited by the local news outlet, have confirmed two fatalities, but it is unclear whether they were on board the plane or on the ground.
Multiple local agencies, including forensic teams, are on the scene. No possible cause of the crash has been named yet.
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Russia has warned its citizens that they face the “insertion of foreign objects” into their luggage when they travel to the UK.
The Russian embassy posted the claim of new “provocations” on its website as the row continues over the poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury.
It said the warning was necessary because of “the anti-Russian policy, the growing threatening rhetoric of the British, the British government’s selective actions against Russian individuals and legal entities”.
The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has also issued a list of 14 new questions about the Salisbury poisoning that it says have not been answered, on top of the 27 made public on Friday.
They want to know what antidotes were administered to the Skripals, how it was determined that the nerve agent used in the attack “originated from Russia” and whether it has been produced in the UK.
Several questions focus on the involvement of French experts in the investigation.
The British government is still considering a request to allow Russian officials to visit Yulia Skripal after it was reported her condition was rapidly improving.
Her father, a former MI6 spy, remains in a critical but stable condition in hospital after being exposed to the nerve agent novichok on 4 March.
Britain expelled 23 Russian diplomats earlier this month after accusing Russia of responsibility for the attack.
Countries join UK expelling Russian diplomats over spy poisoning
Donald Trump has expelled 60 Russian diplomats from the US and closed the consulate in response to the Sergei Skripal spy poisoning.
Prime Minister Theresa May confirmed Britain would be expelling 23 Russian diplomats.
Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko has expelled 13 Russian diplomats.
Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel has expelled 4 Russian diplomats.
France’s President Emmanuel Macron has also expelled 4 Russian diplomats.
Poland’s President Andrzej Duda has expelled 4 Russian diplomats.
President of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaite has expelled 3 Russian diplomats.
Czech Republic President Milos Zeman has also expelled 3 Russian diplomats.
Netherlands Prime minister Mark Rutte has expelled 2 Russian diplomats.
Prime Minister of Latvia Maris Kucinskis has expelled 1 Russian diplomat.
Estonia’s Prime Minister Juri Ratas has expelled 1 Russian diplomat.
Croatia President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic has expelled 1 Russian diplomat.
Italian President Sergio Mattarella has expelled 2 Russian diplomats.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has expelled 4 Russian diplomats.
Finland’s President Sauli Niinisto has expelled 1 Russian diplomat.
Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen has expelled 2 Russian diplomats.
Romania’s President Klaus Werner Iohannis has expelled 1 Russian diplomat.
Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg has expelled 1 Russian diplomat.
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has expelled 2 Russian diplomats.
Sweden’s Prime Minister Stefan Lofven has expelled 1 Russian diplomat.
Albanian President Ilir Meta has expelled 2 Russian diplomats.
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has expelled 2 Russian diplomats.
Macedonia President Gjorge Ivanov has expelled 1 Russian diplomat.
President of Hungary Janos Ader has expelled 1 Russian diplomat.
Russia responded by sending the same number home from Moscow and has retaliated against similar moves by the US and many EU nations.
Additional UK diplomats were told to leave on Saturday as the Kremlin ordered Britain to cut just over 50 more of its Russia-based staff.
Russia has also accused Britain of “blatant provocation” after border force officers searched an Aeroflot plane at Heathrow.
Securities minister Ben Wallace described the search as “routine”.
The most senior Tory in Brussels has accused the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator of seeking to delay the final Brexit deal so that he can be in the “limelight” when candidates are picked for the next president of the European Commission.
In an interview with The Independent, the leader of the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) group in the EU parliament said Michel Barnier had “no interest in finishing negotiations early” because he fancied himself for the bloc’s top job and needed to be a part of the “political theatre”.
Syed Kamall, a Conservative MEP, said he expected EU negotiators would also delay striking a withdrawal agreement to intensify pressure on the UK, potentially leaving less time for Westminster to assess and approve the final treaty.
The ECR group leader, who backed Brexit ahead of the referendum despite working closely with David Cameron, further suggested that the EU did not want to solve the Irish border question quickly because it would provide a shortcut to a future EU-UK trade deal. He argued that Spain was bluffing and playing to its domestic voters by raising the status of Gibraltar in negotiations.
“It’s interesting the language they’re now using: let’s try and get a deal just after summer,” he told The Independent.
“They’ve done that knowing there’s going to be slippage. It’s theatre – what they’ll say is, ‘Oh, we’re aiming for September, October.’ They’ll say, ‘Really sorry Britain, you haven’t done enough, we’ll have to slip a bit maybe until December again.’ They’re building that in, that theatre.”
He added: “Don’t forget, Barnier has no interest in finishing the negotiations early because he needs to be in the public limelight to be considered a spitzenkandidaten. If the negotiations were ended tomorrow, he’s out of the limelight tomorrow for nine months before they start considering the spitzenkandidaten. He needs to be in the limelight at that point.”
Mr Barnier is widely seen in Brussels as a potential candidate for the next president of the European Commission, which since 2014 has been chosen by the major parties nominating a lead candidate or “spitzenkandidaten” before the European parliament elections. The selection of the candidate for the European People’s Party (EPP), of which Mr Barnier is a member, will take place at a meeting in Helsinki in November – meaning it would probably coincide with a last-minute extension of the talks.
However, the chief negotiator has previously said he is fully focused on the Brexit discussions and would see them through to the end. One source close to Mr Barnier said his approach so far did not point to someone trying to delay talks, adding: “It wasn’t us who decided to hold a general election after triggering Article 50.”
The European Commission president selection process is extremely complicated.
First, the European parliament elections are held, and the votes counted. Each political group in the parliament goes into the elections with a “lead candidate” put forward for the presidency.
Then, the European Council – comprised of all the leaders of the EU member states – picks its nominee for president from the lead candidates put forward by the parliament groups, taking into account the results of the elections. This is done using a so-called qualified majority vote – 55 per cent of the countries in the EU, and 65 per cent of the population of the EU under the Lisbon Treaty.
This will probably mean that the leader of the biggest group – currently the centre-right EPP – gets the commission presidency, though in theory other groups could team up and outnumber them.
After the council selects its nominee, the European parliament than has to sign off the council’s selection, again by majority vote.
Mr Kamall said both sides of the negotiations privately knew the talks regarding the Irish border, which has proved the most intractable issue, were a “fudge” to move forward to other areas.
“When you have candid conversations, people tell you that they know in reality if they came up with an Irish border agreement, that’s a template for the EU-UK trade agreement. But they don’t want to do that now, do they? That’s supposed to be dealt with down the road,” he said.
He also predicted that the Gibraltar issue was unlikely to hold up negotiations – after Spain nearly vetoed last week’s transition agreement over the territory and the EU27 called for further discussions about its status.
“It’s partly for show, because they’ve got their domestic politics as well – but it’s partly because in negotiations you’ve got to throw more things into the pot,” he said.
“In negotiations you ask for more than you can want and you have things that you’re prepared to give away. That is one of the things that you throw into the pot – but don’t underestimate it because it could become a lightning pot later on because sometimes people then focus on things that haven’t been resolved.”
In addition to his criticism of Mr Barnier, Mr Kamall accused the European parliament’s Brexit coordinator Guy Verhofstadt of “pretending” that EU citizens were going to be kicked out of Britain after Brexit to drum up political publicity. Mr Verhofstadt has been at the forefront of raising citizens’ rights in talks, and was greeted by grateful British supporters on a recent visit to Britain. Citizens’ groups say they still do not have certainty over their status, though Theresa May says the issue has been resolved.
“Guy and I get on very well, he is a good politician, he knows how to get publicity, he also knows how to play the press. He knows, for example, in certain areas of the British press he will be the pantomime villain and in others he will be the focal point for those who wish Brexit could somehow be reversed,” he said.
“He’s picked his issues very carefully. He’s now a champion for the Irish, knowing full well that plays well, he’s become a champion for the EU citizens, still pretending that they were going to be kicked out.”
Mr Kamall, who says he has not yet decided what he plans to do when Britain’s MEPs are sent home after Brexit, called for a rethink about whether to implement a points-based Australian-style immigration system – an approach which Theresa May has rejected.
In 2016 the prime minister said that a points-based immigration system would not give the UK control over who entered the UK. The Tory MEP however said such a system would help shift the debate from one of numbers to skills.
Recalling the aftermath of the EU referendum, he said David Cameron’s decision to resign had given the EU an “advantage” in talks and “time to regroup” after the shock vote – also branding George Osborne’s lack of regret for not doing any preparation for the possibility of a Leave vote “interesting”.
Brexit so far: in pictures
Boris Johnson MP, Labour MP Gisela Stuart and UKIP MP Douglas Carswell address the people of Stafford in Market Square during the Vote Leave Brexit Battle Bus tour on 17 May 2016. Their lead line on the tour was: “We send the EU £350 million a week, let’s fund our NHS instead.”
A man shelters from the rain as he arrives at a polling station in London on 23 June 2016. Millions of Britons voted in the referendum on whether to stay in or leave the European Union.
Leader of Ukip, Nigel Farage, reacts at the Leave EU referendum party at Millbank Tower in central London as results indicated that it looked likely the UK would leave the European Union.
Protesting the result
A young couple painted as EU flags and a man with a sign reading “I’m not leaving” protest outside Downing Street against the voters decision to leave the EU on 24 June 2016.
David Cameron resigns
British Prime Minister David Cameron resigns on the steps of 10 Downing Street on 24 June 2016 after the results of the EU referendum were declared and the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union
Theresa May Becomes the new Conservative Party leader
Theresa May receives a kiss from her husband Philip, after becoming the new Conservative Party leader on 11 July 2016. May became Prime Minister two days later and although she voted to remain in the referendum was keen to lead Britain’s Brexit talks after her only rival in the race to succeed David Cameron pulled out unexpectedly. May was left as the only contender standing after the withdrawal from the leadership race of Andrea Leadsom, who faced criticism for suggesting she was more qualified to be prime minister because she had children.
Lancaster House keynote speech on Brexit
British Prime Minister Theresa May delivers her keynote speech on Brexit at Lancaster House in London on 17 January 2017. Where she spoke about her offer to introduce a transition period after the UK formally leaves the European Union in March 2019.
Despite repeating the pro-Brexit mantra of “no deal is better than a bad deal”, the Prime Minister claimed she wanted a “tone of trust” between the negotiators and said Britain was leaving the EU but not Europe.
She said there should be a clear double lock needed for the transitional period to make sure businesses had time to prepare for changes to their trading relationships with the EU.
Triggering of Article 50
British Prime Minister Theresa May in the cabinet, sitting below a painting of Britain’s first Prime Minister Robert Walpole, signs the official letter to European Council President Donald Tusk invoking Article 50 and the United Kingdom’s intention to leave the EU on 29 March 2017.
Shock snap election
Soon after triggering Article 50, Theresa May called on 18 April for a snap general election. The election would be on 8 June and it came as a shock move to many, with her reasoning to try to bolster her position before tough talks on leaving the EU.
Dissolution of Parliament for General Election Campaign
Prime Minister Theresa May makes a statement in Downing Street after returning from Buckingham Palace on 3 May 2017. The Prime Minister visited the Queen to ask for the dissolution of Parliament signalling the official start to the general election campaign.
Conservatives lose parliamentary majority
An arrangement of British daily newspapers showing front page stories about the exit poll results of the snap general election. British Prime Minister Theresa May faced pressure to resign on 9 June after losing her parliamentary majority, plunging the country into uncertainty as Brexit talks loomed. The pound fell sharply amid fears the Conservative leader would be unable to form a government.
Britain’s opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn gives a tumbs up as he arrives at Labour headquarters in central London on 9 June 2017 after the snap general election results showed a hung parliament with Labour gains and the Conservatives losing their majority.
Brexit negotiations begin
Brexit Minister David Davis and European Commission member in charge of Brexit negotiations Michel Barnier address a press conference at the end of the first day of Brexit negotiations in Brussels on 19 June 2017.
May speaks in Florence
British Prime Minister Theresa May speaks on 22 September 2017, in Florence. May sought to unlock Brexit talks after Brussels demanded more clarity on the crunch issues of budget payments and EU citizens’ rights.
EU council summit – insufficient progress
German Chancellor Angela Merkel joins other EU leaders for a breakfast meeting during an EU summit in Brussels on 20 October 2017. The EU spoke about Brexit and announced that insufficient progress had been made.
DUP derails settlement on the withdrawal part of Brexit
DUP Deputy Leader Nigel Dodds walks off after speaking to members of the media as a protester holding flags shouts after him outside the Houses of Parliament on 5 December 2017. British Prime Minister Theresa May was forced to pull out of a deal with Brussels after the DUP said it would not accept terms which see Northern Ireland treated differently from the rest of the UK.
May suffers defeat over EU (Withdrawal) Bill
Theresa May suffers defeat in parliament over EU (Withdrawal) Bill on 13 December 2017. The Government was defeated by Conservative rebels and Labour MPs in a vote on its key piece of Brexit legislation.
MPs amended the EU (Withdrawal) Bill against Theresa May’s will, guaranteeing Parliament a “meaningful” vote on any Brexit deal she agrees with Brussels.
Ms May’s whips applied pressure on Conservative rebels who remained defiant in the Commons throughout the day and in the end the Government was defeated by 309 votes to 305.
EU council summit – sufficient progress
Britain’s Prime minister Theresa May arrives to attend the first day of a European union summit in Brussels on 14 December 2017. European leaders discussed Brexit and announced there was finally sufficient progress at the end of the two days.
The game moves to transition
Brexit Secretary David Davis gives evidence on developments in European Union divorce talks to the Commons Exiting the EU Committee in Portcullis House, London, on 24 January 2018.
Trade deal is what May wants
French President Emmanuel Macron gestures to Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May after they hold a press conference at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, on 18 January 2018. May and Macron agreed a new border security deal, through which the UK will pay more to France to stop migrants trying to reach British shores.
Transition period agreed
The UK and EU agree terms for Brexit transition period on March 19, 2018.
No agreement on Irish border
The EU and UK however failed to reach an agreement on the Irish border during the successful talks on other Brexit issues.
“Looking back, they [the EU] had an advantage, because after the referendum with Cameron resigning it created uncertainty on our side,” he argued.
“Until that point they didn’t have a unified position on what happens until Britain leaves. We could have exploited that, but because we had Cameron resign, we had to have a leadership election, fortunately it wasn’t as long as we thought it could possibly have been, it could have gone on longer, it gave the EU time to regroup.”
Donald Trump has come under fire for his track record with the Native American population on more than one occasion. The US president frequently uses the racial slur “Pocahontas” in relation to Democratic senator Elizabeth Warren, and has made a number of policy decisions which will destroy sacred Native American land.
The Trump administration’s budget also proposes sweeping cuts to job training programmes which directly help Native Americans into work. Furthermore, during his pre-White House days as a billionaire property tycoon, Mr Trump repeatedly clashed with tribes after a 1988 federal law made it easier for casinos to open on tribal land.
These are just some of the reasons Democrat politician Debra Haaland says she is committed to standing up to the president at every opportunity. And the outspoken Trump critic hopes to have an even more powerful platform on which to do so by standing for US congress.
“We have never had a native woman in Congress. It is a voice which would add positive things to the conversation about the future of our country,” the 57-year-old single mother tells The Independent. “There is still a majority of men in Congress. We need more women. We need more women of colour.”
Ms Haaland, who lives in Albuquerque in New Mexico, was a full-time volunteer for Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign and was also involved in 2016’s Hillary Clinton election bid. She announced her decision to run for a seat in the US House of Representatives straight after finishing her term as state chair in New Mexico in April 2017.
The politician is both incensed and motivated by the actions of the Trump administration, which she feels are at loggerheads with the views of New Mexicans.
“I am feeling like we need to fight harder than ever,” she says. “Trump’s policies are definitely not in line with New Mexicans. Look at his immigration policies. He wants to build a wall, he wants to deport Dreamers, he wants to ban Muslims. These policies are based on racist attitudes we do not agree with at all. My main mission is to beat Donald Trump – he does not speak for New Mexico.”
“When I was state chairwoman of the Democratic Party of New Mexico we took him to task on everything he was doing in his campaign – misogyny and overt racism – we turned him out at every turn.”
Ms Haaland spoke out nationally after Mr Trump called Senator Warren “Pocahontas” – penning a blistering column in Indian Country Today.
“Trump’s very use of Pocahontas’ name is disrespectful,” she wrote. “The story of Pocahontas is heartwrenching. Towards the end of her life she left her people, went to England, contracted a disease and died at a very young age. When I think of that story, and the hundreds of sad and disturbing stories of how native people have suffered throughout history, I can’t imagine making a mockery of their names or their lives.”
Donald Trump’s first year: in pictures
Inauguration – 20 January 2017
US President Donald Trump acknowledges the audience after taking the oath of office as his wife Melania (L) and daughter Tiffany watch during inauguration ceremonies swearing in Trump as the 45th president of the United States on the West Front of the US capital in Washington on 20 January, 2017. Photographer Jim Bourg: “This photo was shot with one of two remote cameras. The cameras were monitored and triggered remotely and the pictures were transmitted to clients worldwide within minutes of being taken.”
Obama farewell address – 10 January 2017
US President Barack Obama wipes away tears as he delivers his farewell address in Chicago on 10 January, 2017. Photographer Jonathan Ernst: “In his final days in office, Obama made a visit home to Chicago. As he spoke from the stage to his wife and daughter in the audience, he became emotional when he talked about what they had sacrificed during his time in office. I turned from photographing the Obama women embracing to find him onstage wiping away tears.”
Inauguration – 20 January 2017
A combination of photos shows the crowds attending the inauguration ceremonies to swear in U.S. President Donald Trump at 12:01pm (left) on January 20, 2017 and President Barack Obama sometime between 12:07pm and 12:26pm on January 20, 2009.
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Liberty Ball – 20 January 2017
US President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump attend the Liberty Ball in honour of his inauguration in Washington on 20 January, 2017. Photographer Jonathan Ernst: “What I see when I look at this picture is the end of a very long day, not to mention weeks and months of preparation by many photographers, editors and network experts and the beginning of everything since.”
Inaugural Law Enforcement Officers and First Responders Reception – 22 January 2017
US President Donald Trump greets Director of the FBI James Comey as Director of the Secret Service Joseph Clancy (L), watches during the Inaugural Law Enforcement Officers and First Responders Reception in the Blue Room of the White House on 22 January, 2017. Photographer Joshua Roberts: “I have covered the White House for 16 years and normally either the President or the pool is in position when an event starts. In this case the President was not where anyone expected him to be. In fact, he was almost blocking the door when the pool came in. We had to scramble to find a position without bumping him or the furniture as he greeted and thanked members of law enforcement for their security efforts during the inauguration. Luckily, he greeted FBI Director James Comey a few seconds after the pool had made its way into the room.”
Private phone calls to world leaders – 28 January 2017
US President Donald Trump, is joined by his staff, as he speaks by phone with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin in the Oval Office on 28 January, 2017. Photographer Jonathan Ernst: “Very early in the Trump administration, weekends were as busy as weekdays. On Trump’s second Saturday the official schedule said he would be making private phone calls to a number of world leaders including Russia’s Vladimir Putin. I arrived early and, before sitting down at my desk walked up to Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s office. He, too, was just taking his coat off. I gingerly made the suggestion that previous administrations had sometimes allowed photos of such phone calls through the Oval Office windows on the colonnade. To my mild shock, he didn’t even think about it twice. “We’ll do it!” he said. In truth, I really only expected the Putin call, but we were outside the windows multiple times throughout the day as the calls went on.”
Senior advisor Kellyanne Conway – 27 February 2017
Senior advisor Kellyanne Conway (L) attends as US President Donald Trump welcomes the leaders of dozens of historically black colleges and universities (HBCU) in the Oval Office on 27 February, 2017. Photographer Jonathan Ernst: “We’re often asked how much access we have to the Trump administration, and the answer is we have an awful lot. President Trump himself is very comfortable in the spotlight, and his aides are similarly unfazed by cameras. In this instance, senior advisor Kellyanne Conway was so comfortable in our presence she seemed not to consider the optics of kneeling on a Oval Office sofa to take pictures with her phone.”
Angela Merkel heads to Washington – 17 March 2017
Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel and US President Donald Trump hold a joint news conference in the East Room of the White House on 17 March, 2017. Photographer Jonathan Ernst: “Chancellor Merkel made one of the earliest important visits of any US allies to meet Trump in his first months in office. When world leaders give joint news conferences they don’t always tend to give each other their full attention – but Merkel watched Trump intently at several key moments, and here seemed particularly rapt.”
Trump welcomes truckers to the White House – 23 March 2017
President Trump reacts as he sits on a truck while he welcomes truckers and CEOs to attend a meeting regarding healthcare at the White House on 23 March, 2017. Photographer Carlos Barria: “The White House organised a listening session with truckers and CEO’s of major American companies, regarding healthcare reform. An 18-wheeler tow truck was parked on the South Lawn of the White House and as Trump welcomed the truckers someone invited the him to come and sit in the driver’s seat. Trump jumped into the cab and started yelling and pretending to drive – creating one of the most memorable pictures of the year. A lesson learned, always be prepared for the unexpected.”
Air Force One – 6 April 2017
US President Donald Trump talks to journalists members of the travel pool on board the Air Force One during his trip to Palm Beach, Florida on 6 April, 2017. Carlos Barria: “During the many trips to President Trump’s residence in Florida it is usual to see the president coming to the back of the plane to chat with journalists. During one of the trips to the so called ‘Winter White House’, Trump had a long talk with reporters while the Air Force One entertainment system was playing one of the latest Star Wars movies. As I was listening to Trump talk I was also looking at the movie waiting for a part of the movie to frame the mood of the day. Of the many scenes, I choose the one with Darth Vader.”
100 Days – 27 April 2017
US President Donald Trump speaks during an interview with Reuters in the Oval Office of the White House on 27 April, 2017.
Photographer Carlos Barria: “A day before President Trump’s hundred days in office I was part of the team that interviewed the commander-in-chief in the Oval Office. I was only allowed to photograph Trump during the last five minutes of the interview. The time was very tight so I had to move fast as I had pictures in mind that I wanted to shoot. I walked into the Oval Office and saw that the President had printed maps of the country showing areas in red where he won. I raised my hands holding my camera as high as possible to get the best view of the scene using a 16mm wide angle lens.”
100 Days – 27 April 2017
US President Donald Trump reacts as he arrives at Harrisburg international airport, before attending a rally marking his first 100 days in office in Pennsylvania on 29 April, 2017. Photographer Carlos Barria: “President Trump travelled to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania to celebrate his hundred days in office with a victory rally. He was in friendly territory as he won with a big difference over his opponent Hillary Clinton in Pennsylvania, during the November elections. As usual when the commander-in-chief arrives local residents gather to greet him. This time a small group of military personnel attended the arrival. Surrounded by secret service agents Trump walked from the Air Force One and raised his hand in a sign of victory as the crowd cheered him on.”
White House staffers – 2 May 2017
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer (L) and White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus watch as US President Donald Trump presents the U.S. Air Force Academy football team with the Commander-in-Chief trophy in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington on 2 May, 2017. Photographer Joshua Roberts: “Covering the White House does not just mean covering the President. White House staffers are an important part of the story and their relationship with the President and each other is an indicator of how things are going in the West Wing. The tendency is to focus exclusively on the President once an event starts but I always try to look around to see how people are reacting as things unfold.”
Secret Service – 4 May 2017
Secret Service agents use a presidential limousine as cover from spraying water as US President Donald Trump lands via Marine One helicopter in New York on 4 May, 2017. Photographer Jonathan Ernst: “The best part of any trip to New York City with the sitting US President is the helicopter ride into Manhattan. The ride out at night can be stunning. Here, Secret Service agents protect themselves from the spray from the East River as Trump lands on the helipad.”
NATO Summit – 25 May 2017
US President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump wait the arrival of French President Emmanuel Macron (unseen) before a lunch ahead of a NATO Summit in Brussels on 25 May, 2017. Photographer Jonathan Ernst: “One of the best parts of travelling overseas for White House coverage is the chance to see the U.S. president in different environments and (literally) a different light. Here, Trump and his wife came out of the shadows to greet France’s President Macron.”
Trump meets Putin at G20 summit – 7 July 2017
US President Donald Trump meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin during their bilateral meeting at the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany on 7 July, 2017. Photographer Carlos Barria: “On July 7, I witnessed one of the most important meetings of President Trump’s first year in office. Trump met Russian President Vladimir Putin during a bilateral meeting at the G20 summit in Germany. The world’s eyes were on these two leaders after speculation about Russian interference during the 2016 US elections. We entered the room for less than two minutes, where I took dozens of pictures. But there was this very interesting moment when Trump extended his hand to Putin for a handshake. Putin paused for a second and looked at Trump’s hand. That was the picture that I was looking for, a little moment that seemed to say a lot.”
First lady – 8 July 2017
First lady Melania Trump chats with US President Donald Trump during their return from Germany at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland on 8 July, 2017. Photographer Carlos Barria: “After President Trump’s trip to Germany he arrived back at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland. First Lady Melania Trump said goodbye to Trump as she was heading off in a different direction that day. While chatting a breeze blew Melania’s hair up in the air.”
Made in America product showcase – 17 July 2017
Vice President Mike Pence laughs as President Donald Trump holds a baseball bat as they attend a Made in America product showcase event at the White House on 17 July, 2017. Photographer Carlos Barria: “This summer the White House organized an event to showcase ‘Made in America’ products. All kinds of exhibitors brought their products as the President and Vice President toured the event. One of the companies was Marucci Sport, a manufacturer of baseball bats based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. As Trump approached a table full of baseball bats, photographers at the event, including me, rushed to get a good angle hoping that he would pick up a bat. As we predicted, he did. He took one and joked around as though he was hitting something hard. The only thing closer to him right there, was the media.”
White House staffers – 25 July 2017
Former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski says hello to reporters as he and White House advisors including Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci accompany President Trump for an event celebrating veterans at AMVETS Post 44 in Ohio, July 25, 2017. Jonathan Ernst: “The most visible person in any White House is naturally the President, followed by the press secretary. But there are also the staff who support them. For those of us covering the Trump administration, there seem to be more compelling figures in the West Wing than ever before. It’s crucial to know who’s who and why they’re important. When I raised my camera and back-pedalled ahead of the group to take this image Lewandowski gave me a hello. I liked the photo, but had no idea it would go a little bit viral, especially since Scaramucci, who was the biggest mover and shaker that week, was hidden back in the pack. But I guess the image catches a glimpse of what it’s like to be a West Wing staffer on the road.”
Campaign rally – 3 August 2017
US President Donald Trump arrives at a rally in West Virginia on 3 August, 2017. Photographer Carlos Barria: “President Trump travelled to Huntington for one of his usual campaign rallies. While members of his family spoke to the crowd he was waiting under a black curtain to be introduced. Suddenly he walked onto the stage, one of the first frames that I took was of his hand. I set my exposure for the light on the stage hoping to create this dark background and it worked.”
Staring into the solar eclipse – 21 August 2017
Without his protective glasses on, US President Donald Trump looks up towards the solar eclipse while viewing with his wife Melania and son Barron at the White House on 21 August, 2017. Photographer Kevin Lamarque: “On a day when everyone, and I mean everyone, was told not to look at the eclipse without protective glasses, Trump, President of the United States, couldn’t help himself.”
Hurricane Harvey – 2 September 2017
US President Donald Trump poses for a photo as he and first lady Melania Trump help volunteers hand out meals during a visit with flood survivors of Hurricane Harvey at a relief centre in Houston, Texas on 2 September, 2017. Photohrapher Kevin Lamarque: “Trump, eager to deliver the image of a hands-on response to Hurricane Harvey, made this visit to a relief centre and obliged this woman with a selfie as Melania continued to work.”
White House – 15 September 2017
Donald Trump welcomes 11-year-old Frank Giaccio as he cuts the Rose Garden grass at the White House on 15 September. Frank, who wrote a letter to Trump offering to mow the lawn, was invited to work for a day at the White House along the National Park Service staff. Frank was so focused on his task that he did not notice the President arrive to surprise him. He took his father jumping in to grab his attention and point Trump out. Photographer Carlos Barria said: “The image of Trump shouting at a kid who is mowing his lawn might have many interpretations in today’s politically polarized United States. But for me it was just a kid who loved what he was doing, to the point he almost appeared to ignore the President.”
Take a knee – 27 September 2017
A man kneels with a folded U.S. flag as the motorcade of U.S. President Donald Trump passes him after an event at the state fairgrounds in Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S., September 27, 2017. In September, soon after Trump had made comments condemning NFL players who kneel during the national anthem, he made a day trip to a rally in Indianapolis. Jonathan Ernst managed to capture a man on one knee with a tri-folded flag and was able to use a portion of the sign on the building he was kneeling in front of to track the man down and tell his story in full. US Army veteran Marvin Boatright wanted to send a message against social injustice.
Hurricane Maria – 3 October 2017
President Donald Trump throws rolls of paper towels into a crowd of local residents affected by Hurricane Maria as he visits Calgary Chapel in San Juan, Puerto Rico on 3 October, 2017. Photographer Jonathan Ernst: “During an afternoon visit to Puerto Rico for President Trump to survey damage from Hurricane Maria and greet some of its victims, Trump made a stop at a church where food and supplies were being distributed. Among the items were paper towels and Trump, apparently caught up in the moment, decided to distribute some of the rolls.”
Jared Kushner – 1 November 2017
White House Senior adviser Jared Kushner sits behind President Trump during a cabinet meeting in Washington on 1 November, 2017. Photographer Kevin Lamarque: “The role of Jared Kushner has gone through a series of changes. He began front and centre as a high profile adviser, but as time has passed and issues surrounding him have surfaced, he has become more of a background figure.”
Trump in China – 9 November 2017
Donald Trump and China’s President Xi Jinping shake hands after making joint statements at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on 9 November, 2017. Photographer Damir Sagolj: “It’s one of those “how to make a better or at least different shot when two presidents shake hands several times a day, several days in row”. If I’m not mistaken in calculation, presidents Xi Jinping and Donald Trump shook their hands at least six times in events I covered during Trump’s recent visit to China. I would imagine there were some more handshakes I haven’t seen but other photographers did. And they all look similar – two big men, smiling and heartily greeting each other until everyone gets their shot. But then there is always something that can make it special – in this case the background made of US and Chinese flags. The first time it didn’t work for me. The second time I positioned myself lower and centrally, and used the longest lens I have to capture only hands reaching for a handshake.”
Air Force One – 10 November 2017
US President Donald Trump boards Air Force One to depart for Vietnam from Beijing Airport in Beijing, China, November 10, 2017. Photographer Jonathan Ernst: “There is a Reuters photographer in the tight pool covering the US president for every appearance he makes 365 days a year. This was just one of 32 images of mine that were transmitted on the Reuters wire of President Trump visiting China and Vietnam that day. You never know when a sudden interaction, a gust of wind or a unique facial expression will lead to a striking image that grabs peoples’ attention.”
ASEAN handshake – 13 November 2017
Donald Trump registers his surprise as he realises other leaders, including Russia’s Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte and Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, are crossing their arms for the traditional “ASEAN handshake” as he participates in the opening ceremony of the summit in Manila on 13 November, 2017. Photographer Jonathan Ernst: “Having covered a few ASEAN summits, I knew to expect the ASEAN handshake. Not everyone in the room knew to expect the ASEAN handshake. A lot was written about this unscripted moment, and what deeper meaning it might have. The simple truth is that sometimes in life there are unscripted moments.”
She has also made Mr Trump aware of her ire by staging personal protests at rallies the commander-in-chief has held in New Mexico.
New Mexico, a state in the southwestern region of the US, has a population of around two million and is the fifth largest and fifth least densely populated of the 50 US states.
“It is a land of vast open spaces – you can drive in any direction from Albuquerque and you will be in the middle of a beautiful desert. In some spaces you can see forever,” she says. “Geologists from all over the world come to New Mexico.”
Ms Haaland is an enrolled member of the Pueblo of Laguna – the Native American tribe of the Pueblo people in west-central New Mexico whose population exceeds 7,000 enrolled members. She is greatly angered by the Trump administration’s efforts to scale back national monuments across the US.
She was raised in a military family that moved around a lot; her father was a 30-year career marine and her mother served in the Navy.
Despite a traditionally nomadic military upbringing, she found stability during summers with her grandparents in Laguna Pueblo. Despite the fact her grandparents went to one of the then government’s controversial assimilation programmes, where indigenous people were forced to adopt traditional white US customs, they managed to keep their traditional practices intact – something she is very grateful for.
“I feel that a lot of Native Americans are not as lucky as me,” she says. “There were a lot of things which the government did – they sent native folk to boarding school, cut their hair, changed their clothes, adopted them out of their families so they were never able to reconnect with their families. They basically turned them into Americans.”
“There are individuals who are likely still resentful but I think it’s important to recognise the resilience of Native American communities who have moved forward,” she adds. “We are active participants in our country and our politics, and we’re working to be successful. Just like any other community, we want to advocate for issues that are important to us.”
Mr Trump’s political agenda and rhetoric have come as a cruel blow to many Native Americans who had enjoyed progress under Barack Obama. The former president is praised for doing more than any other American leader to acknowledge their grievances, such as the government’s historical neglect of treaty obligations.
In September 2016 the Obama administration settled lawsuits with 17 Native American tribes that accused the federal government of long mismanaging both their funds and natural resources. The settlements totalled $492.8m.
Native American history has included mass killings and attempts to deprive tribes of their land, language, rituals and overall culture. In more recent years, disputes have played out in the form of cultural and legal fights over property and casinos.
Ms Haaland’s goals for New Mexico include making the state a leader in renewable energy, safeguarding women’s rights to an abortion, legalising marijuana, improving veteran support, backing small businesses and striving for universal health care.
Ms Haaland says she is steadfastly committed to fighting for women’s right to have an abortion – something which she has come under fire from all angles under the Trump administration.
“I am absolutely going to fight for women’s reproductive rights anytime I have to. We can’t go backwards. A lot of women have died because of this issue of when it’s not safe and legal,” she says.
Addressing why she is so keen to legalise marijuana, she says: “I think we need to stop putting people in for-profit prisons for smoking marijuana. Especially when they target people of colour. We need to be able to prescribe marijuana for post-traumatic stress and pain issues. These are combat veterans who come back from fighting because the country sent them there and we need to take care of them. It would also help with the Opioid crisis.”
Fortunately for her, she says the campaign is going well so far. Ultimately spurred by the ambition to become the first ever Native American in Congress, Ms Haaland wants to give the community which has long been marginalised by US voting laws a voice in the political mainstream.
“For me, voting has never been enough,” she says, her voice ringing with emotion.
If so many of the remaining doubts regarding Tottenham Hotspur revolve around winning big away games to make that final leap, you wouldn’t guess it from the way Erik Lamela talks about them. “Honestly, yes,” the Argentine attacker enthuses, when asked whether he most enjoys matches like his side’s trip to Chelsea this Sunday. “Because I like to play with intensity, when the game is alive. I really enjoy that.
“There’s no pressure. It’s a football game. I enjoy the game, it’s not about the pressure.”
There’s certainly not as much pressure on Spurs as there was in April 2016, for that infamous Stamford Bridge fixture that frames Sunday’s game. Mauricio Pochettino’s side needed to win that match to prevent Leicester City winning the title, and went ahead 2-0, only to lose the lead while losing their heads.
It was a 2-2 draw and performance still seen as someway indicative of Spurs’ nearly-there status, but Lamela’s thoughts on it – a match he describes with no little understatement as “a little bit emotional” – are entirely indicative of his own attitude.
The 26-year-old was involved in one of the many, many flashpoints from that match, when he trod on Cesc Fabregas’ hand.
“Yeah, a lot of things went on in that game but that’s football. People talk about that as a classic game because of all the naughty stuff?! Yes. That game was a little bit emotional. It was a very big game for us.
“I didn’t see [Fabregas]. I was just walking. I stepped on his hand but it’s football, no? It can happen. Sometimes defenders kick me without the ball and I’m not saying anything and no-one sees. It’s part of the game.
“What happened in the game stays on the pitch. Afterwards, everything is finished. In the game, you do everything to try to win. Sometimes, in a tackle, you want to take the ball but you arrive one second too late and it’s a big foul but you want to try to get the ball. This happens when the game is very intense, especially in a derby. It happens.”
It also happens to be the case Lamela has been involved in many intense derbies, like when the bus of his River Plate squad had all of its windows smashed on the way to a Super Clasico with Boca Juniors.
“Yes, in Argentina, the derby is different! Outside the pitch, it’s different. You have see it to realise it. It’s more than just one game. You have to win. If not, you are the worst. It’s too much. It’s not balanced.
“Boca-River, yes, it’s like this, but also here. And in Italy. All the supporters want to win the derby. It’s the most important game of the season. For us, yes, of course it’s important but every game is important. If we win the derby and then we don’t win the next one, it means the same, no?”
That puts what happened at Stamford Bridge in April 2016 into perspective, but so do Lamela’s personal circumstances. This is a player who has only recently returned to action to add his energetic ingenuity to Spurs’ attack, after over a year out with a hip injury. A match that gets a bit physical barely matters when you’re just content to touch a ball again.
“When I was injured my motivation was to come back to play football again, to touch the ball. I was so happy just training. After my long injury I really enjoy everything much more than before.”
Lamela also admits that he doesn’t endure the pain of setbacks or defeats in the way he used to either.
“I was like that, but I have changed. I tried to, for my girlfriend and the people that are close to me, because they are not involved in the game. We can lose, it’s football. Before, I was angry after games, especially if I didn’t play well. But I understand that if you lose, you lose. The important thing is to put everything on the pitch.
“I only put my mind on the pitch, like I do always. Once the game starts, you are just focused on the game. And what you need to do.”
That is what he intends to do now, and he hasn’t completely ruled out making the World Cup, even though Lamela admits there has been no contact as yet with Argentina manager Jorge Sampaoli.
There is also the possibility that Sunday’s match could mean everything to Spurs’ season. If they win at Stamford Bridge for the first time in 28 years, it will put eight points between Tottenham and Chelsea, and effectively end the race for the top four. Lamela insists there is no desire for revenge from 2016, but it would be some reward for finally winning there.
“We learned that we always have to push to win. This is the only thing in football and we want that more and more. We now have a great opportunity in front of us.”