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Trump Says Japanese Prime Minister Wrote A ‘Beautiful Five-Page Letter’ Nominating Him For Nobel Peace Prize

Evie Fordham | Politics and Health Care Reporter

President Donald Trump said Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe nominated him for a Nobel Peace Prize in “the most beautiful five-page letter” while speaking in the White House Rose Garden Friday.

Trump said his talks with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un were the basis for Abe’s reported recommendation.

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Where are we now? No missiles, no rockets, no nuclear testing,” Trump said. “We’ve learned a lot. But much more importantly than all of it — much more important, much, much more important than that is we have a great relationship. I have a very good relationship with Kim Jong Un. I’ve done a good job.”

Prime Minister Abe of Japan gave me the most beautiful copy of a letter that he sent to the people who give out a thing called the Nobel Prize,” Trump continued. “He said, ‘I have nominated you respectfully on behalf of Japan. I am asking them to give you the Nobel Peace Prize.‘ I said, thank you. Many other people feel that way, too.” (RELATED: Will American Consumers Be Getting Their Meds From China In 2025?)

Trump was the first U.S. president to meet with a North Korean leader when he and Kim held a one-on-one summit in Singapore in June. Trump is scheduled to meet with Kim for a two-day summit in Vietnam to discuss denuclearization at the end of February, reported Politico.

Trump added that he believed former President Barack Obama “would have gone to war with North Korea” during his term. Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize for his “extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between people” in 2009.

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks with US President Donald Trump during a meeting in the sidelines of the G20 Leaders' Summit in Buenos Aires, on November 30, 2018. (SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks with US President Donald Trump during a meeting in the sidelines of the G20 Leaders’ Summit in Buenos Aires on Nov. 30, 2018. (SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

“I’ll probably never get it,” Trump said Friday. “But that’s okay. They gave it to Obama. He didn’t even know what he got it for. He was there for 15 seconds, and he got the Nobel Prize. He said, ‘Oh what did I get it for?’ With me, I probably will never get it.”

The Trump administration’s positive assessment of its nuclear diplomacy with North Korea was cast into doubt after commercial satellite photo analysis showed in November that the country continues to develop ballistic missiles at a previously unconfirmed network of secret bases.

North Korea insisted through an individual identified only as Jong Hyon that the U.S. remove “all elements of nuclear threats from the areas of both the north and the south of Korea and also from surrounding areas from where the Korean peninsula is targeted” in December.

US President Donald Trump and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un sign documents as US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (R) and the North Korean leader's sister Kim Yo Jong (L) look on at a signing ceremony during their historic US-North Korea summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore on June 12, 2018. (SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un sign documents as U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (R) and the North Korean leader’s sister Kim Yo Jong (L) look on at a signing ceremony during their historic US-North Korea summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore on June 12, 2018. (SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Trump deserved the Nobel Peace Prize for his work with North Korea, a South Korean official said in April according to Reuters.

A spokesman for the Japanese Embassy in the U.S. was not able to comment to The Daily Caller News Foundation about Trump’s claims.

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Trump Trolls Dems With ‘Everybody Hurts’ Parody From State Of The Union

Saagar Enjeti | White House Correspondent

President Donald Trump poked fun at his Democratic presidential challengers in a Twitter video posted Friday afternoon.

The video features the ubiquitous song “Everbody Hurts” by R.E.M. overlaid on footage from the State of the Union address. The footage features shots of Democrats like California Rep. Eric Swallwell, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar, California Sen. Kamala Harris and others.

The video was first created by Twitter user “CarpeDonktum,” whose bio section reads “Eternally Sarcastic Memesmith specializing in the creation of Images and Videos. I tweet and meme in support of Donald Trump. Posted content is 100% original.”

The user frequently tweets memes and videos featuring prominent Democrats in humorous sketches of music and animation.

Two Men Originally Considered As ‘Persons Of Interest’ In Smollett’s Alleged Attack Arrested

Neetu Chandak | Education and Politics Reporter

The Chicago Police Department (CPD) said Friday the two men who were being questioned over the alleged racist and homophobic attack on “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett were arrested.

The men were identified as two Nigerian brothers, according to The Associated Press.

CPD spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said both were arrested, but not charged, for possibly being involved in the alleged attack. One of the men worked on “Empire,” but it is not clear how much this person was involved, The AP reported. (RELATED: Authorities Seeking ‘Persons Of Interest’ In ‘Empire’ Star Jussie Smollett’s Alleged Attack)

The arrest comes after multiple media outlets and journalists reported on various allegations surrounding the incident.

Sources claimed the attack was allegedly planned by Smollett and the “persons of interest” could have been co-conspirators after learning that Smollett’s character was allegedly “being written out of the show ‘Empire.’”

“TOP SOURCE: ‘…indicators point to Smollett orchestrating the event….’” CBS Chicago’s Brad Edwards tweeted.

“BREAKING: Multiple sources [sic] tell @ABC7Chicago Eyewitness News Jussie Smollett [sic] and the 2 men who are being questioned by police staged the attack – allegedly because his character was being written out of the show Empire,” Rob Elgas of ABC 7 tweeted.

“Empire” writers countered the allegation about writing off Smollett’s character, however.

“The writers of Empire have never planned or even discussed writing @JussieSmollett off of the show,” the Empire Writers tweeted Thursday.

The writers of Empire have never planned or even discussed writing @JussieSmollett off of the show.

— Empire Writers (@EmpireWriters) February 15, 2019

Guglielmi also said that media reports about whether the attack was a hoax were not confirmed.

“Media reports about [sic] the Empire incident being a hoax are unconfirmed by case detectives,” Guglielmi tweeted Thursday. “Supt Eddie Johnson has contacted @ABC7Chicago to state on the record that we have no evidence to support their reporting and their supposed CPD sources are uninformed and inaccurate.”

Media reports anout the Empire incident being a hoax are unconfirmed by case detectives. Supt Eddie Johnson has contacted @ABC7Chicago to state on the record that we have no evidence to support their reporting and their supposed CPD sources are uninformed and inaccurate. pic.twitter.com/iSO5YFv452

— Anthony Guglielmi (@AJGuglielmi) February 15, 2019

Smollett claimed two men beat him up, tied a rope around his neck, said racial and homophobic slurs and threw an unidentified chemical substance on him on Jan. 29, according to The AP. He reported that the attackers said “This is MAGA (Make America Great Again) country,” in a follow-up interview with CPD.

The “Empire” star disputed that he ever said the attackers wore MAGA hats in a Good Morning America interview Thursday.

CPD did not immediately respond to The Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.

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NFL Settles Collusion Lawsuit With Colin Kaepernick

David Hookstead | Reporter

Colin Kaepernick settled his collusion lawsuit against the NFL Friday.

The NFL and Kaepernick’s representatives released the following joint statement:

For the past several months, counsel for Mr. Kaepernick and Mr. Reid have engaged in an ongoing dialogue with representatives of the NFL. As a result of those discussions, the parties have decided to resolve the pending grievances. The resolution of this matter is subject to a confidentiality agreement so there will be no further comment by any party.

Kaepernick sued the league for collusion after he went unsigned following his release for the San Francisco 49ers. The fact he refused to stand for the national anthem was believed to have made him a toxic figure for the league, and the league’s reputation among many fans took a hit when kneeling engulfed the NFL a couple years ago. (RELATED: Will The Panthers Sign Colin Kaepernick)

Eric Reid also filed a collusion case, which was settled as well.

Financial details of the settlement haven’t been released, but Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk floated a number as high as $50 million for a settlement.

That’s the end of the saga for now, gentlemen. Kaepernick will probably never throw a football in a pro game ever again, and he probably got paid a ton of money to finally go away.

Something also tells me that it won’t take long long before a number leaks. That’s just the way the world of sports works.

Now, Kaepernick can get back to focusing on his Nike campaigns. The issue is officially over for the NFL. It’s time to move forward.

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Trump Says US Is ‘A Lot Closer Than We Ever Were’ To China Trade Deal

Jason Hopkins | Energy Investigator

President Donald Trump praised the progress U.S. and Chinese negotiators made as they work to reach a sweeping trade agreement, saying China finally respects the U.S. again.

In Friday’s Rose Garden speech that largely revolved around his emergency declaration, Trump also told reporters trade talks with China have been going “extremely well” and that the U.S. is closer than ever before to reaching a “real” trade deal.

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“In China we had a negotiation going on for about two days. It’s going extremely well. Who knows what that means because it only matters if we get it done, but we’re very much working very closely with China and President Xi, who I respect a lot,” Trump said. “And we’re a lot closer than we ever were in this country with having a real trade deal. We’re covering everything.”

His comments come after U.S. and Chinese representatives concluded two days of trade talks in Beijing. The meetings included top brass from both countries: U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Chinese President Xi Jinping.

While no final deal has been reached, both sides claim progress was made and have agreed to meet again in Washington, D.C., later in February. The next round of talks come as a U.S.-imposed deadline is fast approaching. Trump pledged to enact another round of tariffs on Chinese goods if the two sides fail to reach an agreement by March 1.

The back-and-forth negotiations are a product of Trump’s desire to correct China’s “unfair” trade imbalance with the U.S. — something he has adamantly criticized since running for office. Not only have Chinese leaders agreed to buy more U.S. agricultural products, such soybeans and natural gas, but Trump also wants to see the Communist country to restructure its industrial policies. Numerous Western governments have complained China unfairly supports state-owned enterprises while abusing foreign companies that try to enter its market.

BEIJING, CHINA - NOVEMBER 9: U.S. President Donald Trump takes part in a welcoming ceremony with China's President Xi Jinping on November 9, 2017 in Beijing, China. Trump is on a 10-day trip to Asia. (Photo by Thomas Peter-Pool/Getty Images)

BEIJING, CHINA – NOVEMBER 9: U.S. President Donald Trump takes part in a welcoming ceremony with China’s President Xi Jinping on November 9, 2017 in Beijing, China. Trump is on a 10-day trip to Asia. (Photo by Thomas Peter-Pool/Getty Images)

Trump — who already imposed a 10 percent tariff on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods — vowed to hike the rate to 25 percent until Xi agreed to trade talks in early December 2018. That began the 90-day trade negotiation process, slated to end March 1. China’s slowing economy — which in 2018 grew at its lowest rate in nearly three decades — has pressured communist leaders to reach a deal.

“The tariffs are hurting China very badly,” Trump said. “And the relationship with China is very good. But I think they finally respect our country. They haven’t respected us for a long time — not for a long time.”

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