President Donald Trump said the U.S. would halt "war games" as a gesture of good faith in nuclear negotiations with North Korea, but his use of the phrase drew criticism as mirroring North Korean propaganda.
However, Trump used "war games" to refer to joint military exercises with South Korea long opposed by Pyongyang, and a Free Beacon video shows the term has often been used by mainstream reporters.
"We will stop the war games, which will save us a tremendous amount of money," Trump said during a press conference. "Unless and until we see the future negotiations is not going along like it should."
Trump also called the excercises "war games" in an interview with ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos, and reporters and pundits were aggrieved.
"Did you notice that Donald Trump didn't call them military exercises?" MSNBC analyst Richard Stengel asked.
"No, he called them war games," host Katy Tur replied.
"He's using the same terminology that our adversaries use," Stengel said.
"That is language from Pyongyang, not from the United States of America," CNN reporter Kaitlan Collins said.
"Do you think he understands the difference between military exercises and war games?" MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace asked.
"I don't know how any president of the United States can say that U.S. military exercises are, to use the parlance of a dictator, ‘war games,'" MSNBC analyst Malcolm Nance said.
CNN analyst John Kirby, a former State Department spokesman, took exception to Trump's remarks as well, saying "we call them exercises," and CNN's Joe Johns reported on the "issue of war games versus military exercises."
An alleged thief has learned quite a painful lesson after he was caught stealing at a sports academy in Harbin, north China.
More than 100 students at Harbin Sport University rushed to one of the college's dormitories on Saturday after a pupil reported seeing a suspicious man loitering on the school grounds.
The man was recognised by students as a suspected thief who had previously stolen at the school before and was subsequently cornered and beaten up by the angry pupils - many of whom are said to major in martial arts.
Police eventually had to intervene to rescue the man from the wrath of the students. He was reportedly unhurt.
A food cart owner accused of a racist attack on a customer earlier this week released two rambling videos Friday, defending himself, blaming fasting for the incident and the media for blowing it out of proportion, and saying he hopes to go back to Egypt, his home country.
He also talks about using the racial slur and dousing the woman, who is African American, in Sriracha sauce.
Islam R. El Masry, the owner of Small Pharoah’s Egyptian and New Yorker Food at Southwest Fifth Avenue and Stark Street in downtown Portland, was arrested Wednesday after being filmed throwing a Gatorade bottle at customer Carlotta Washington.
…Washington told KGW in an interview that she never threw anything at El Masry.
El Masry says that after the bottle broke on the grill, he had to throw everything he was cooking in the garbage. Then, he says, he started insulting her “really bad,” got the Sriracha sauce and “put it in her face.”
He says he was in a bad mood because of pressure on his business and fasting for Ramadan.
“I was fasting at that day, and you know Ramadan,” he says, “we fast for like 18 hours now, and it’s really hard like to be in a hot place, no water and no food, and you’re cooking the food right in front of you. … plus also I’m a smoker, and I can’t smoke during the fasting.”
El Masry says even before the incident his main concern is selling his business so he can go home.
The valedictorian of a California high school said she had her microphone cut off by the school’s administration during her graduation speech as she started to speak about sexual assault.
Lulabel Seitz, 17, was giving her speech at Petaluma High School when she was abruptly cut off around four minutes into it.
At first, she talked about how her fellow classmates should feel proud for overcoming obstacles to graduate and pursue their dreams, and she said she never thought she would be the valedictorian as the daughter of parents who left high school early. She spoke about classmates persevering through the devastating wildfires in Northern California that destroyed some of their homes, and what it was like being in school during teacher strikes.
But when Seitz’ started to address the issue of sexual assault, specifically as she was about to say that some at the high school had silenced victims, her microphone was cut off.
“When they cut my mic, I was appalled at them,” Seitz told the Press Democrat.
Her microphone was shut down when she was about to bring up sexual violence, according to video posted online: “Because the class of 2018 has demonstrated time and time again that we may be a new generation, but we are not too young to speak up, to dream and to create change, which is why even when some people on this campus, those some people — “
After her microphone was turned off, her classmates started chanting “Let her speak!” and standing up and applauding. The school did not let her finish her speech. Refusing to be silenced, Seitz later recorded the full speech and uploaded it to YouTube herself, where she said: “And even learning on a campus in which some people defend perpetrators of sexual assault, and silence their victims, we didn’t let that drag us down.”