Brits prepare for a ‘snap’ visit by Donald Trump

British officialdom is preparing for a “snap” visit by President Donald Trump to Scotland and London this month. So are protesters. From The Guardian newspaper:

A formal state visit, which was expected to take place over the summer after Theresa May extended an invitation personally when she visited the White House late last year, was postponed last month amid fears that it could be disrupted by mass protests.

 

But Whitehall sources confirmed the government had now been warned that the president could visit Turnberry, his golf resort in Scotland, during his trip to Europe, between attending the G20 summit in Hamburg next weekend and joining celebrations for Bastille Day in France on 14 July.

 

Trump would be expected to come to Downing Street to meet the prime minister for informal talks as part of any such visit, though final confirmation would be likely to be given with just 24 hours’ notice to minimise the risk of disruption.

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As he preps for his first visit with Russian President Vladimir Putin later this week, President Donald Trump is getting some encouragement from Moscow in his war on the media.

In an interview with the pro-government news outlet Izvestia, Russia’s deputy foreign minister Sergey Ryabkov takes Trump’s side in his fight against CNN, MSNBC, the New York Times and the Washington Post. From Newsweek:

“In some news outlets in the U.S., there is almost no truth left,” Ryabkov said. “All there is, there is nothing but half truths, some misrepresentation, tailoring of a previously needed response, some quasi-analysis of some events that are so insignificant that they would otherwise be ignored if they had not put a load of false interpretation on them. This is a storm in a teacup.”

 

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Nydia Tisdale, the citizen-journalist who was arrested at a GOP pumpkin patch rally in 2014 when she wouldn’t stop recording a speech by state Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens, informs us that she has a court date in Dawsonville this morning:

 

 

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Our AJC colleague Meris Lutz reminds us that Cobb County government, considered one of the most efficient in the state, got that way under the leadership of a largely unsung African-American:

The proposed East-West Connector had been stalled for some 20 years when, in 1993, Cobb County Manager David Hankerson was assigned the task of winning the permits to build it.

 

The path of the road cut through not just Austell and Smyrna, but a historic district and wetlands. Local preservationists and conservationists who opposed the project had drawn a line in the sand. Multiple federal and state agencies had to be appeased.

 

But two years later — to the surprise of no one who knows Hankerson, many say — construction began.

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