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Some of President Donald Trump's Republican allies are urging him to ditch his divisive messaging and outline a clear vision for a second term, fearing his handling of a series of crises has dimmed his re-election hopes. With four months to go before he faces Democrat Joe Biden in a Nov. 3 U.S. election, Trump's opinion poll numbers have sunk as he struggles to manage the coronavirus pandemic, economic woes and protests over racial injustice. Speaking on condition of anonymity, allies said Trump was often his own worst enemy.
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(Bloomberg) -- A London judge delivered a blow to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s attempt to retrieve $1 billion of gold in Bank of England vaults, ruling that opposition leader Juan Guaido should be recognized as the country’s interim president.In deciding the ownership of the gold, the court should accept the U.K. government’s “unequivocal” recognition of Guaido, Judge Nigel Teare said Thursday. The decision dismisses the attempt by Maduro-appointed executives at Venezuela’s central bank to set aside the comments.The bank sued the BOE to get the gold that it says is urgently needed in a joint effort with the United Nations Development Fund to fight the Covid-19 pandemic. The bullion has been in limbo since U.S. officials successfully lobbied their British counterparts last year to block Maduro from withdrawing the gold.The U.K. government last year said it recognizes Guaido as Venezuela’s interim president until new, credible elections can be held.“Today’s decision recognizes the legality of our interim government as we transition into democracy,” Guaido-appointed Attorney General Enrique Sanchez Falcon said in a phone interview. “It also establishes a criteria that will surely impact other ongoing trials.”Sanchez, who called the judge’s ruling a “triumph,” said the opposition planned to safeguard the gold for the time being, as part of Guaido’s efforts to secure Venezuela’s financial assets abroad.The Venezuelan bank said it planned to seek permission to appeal. A representative for the Bank of England declined to comment.The judgment “entirely ignores the reality of the situation on the ground,” Sarosh Zaiwalla, a lawyer for the bank, said. “This outcome will now delay matters further, to the detriment of the Venezuelan people whose lives are at risk.”(Updates with comments from Guaido’s prosecutor starting in the fifth paragraph.)For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.
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Jada Pinkett Smith has strongly denied claims by the singer August Alsina that he had an affair with her after her husband-Will Smith-gave the relationship his blessing.Reps for Pinkett told Page Six that Alsina’s claims are “absolutely not true” after he made the shocking allegation in an interview with Angela Yee to promote his new album.Around the 18-minute mark, Alsina claims: “I actually sat down with Will [Smith] and had a conversation due to the transformation from their marriage to life partnership… He gave me his blessing.”Alsina, 27, said he was introduced to Pinkett, 48, in 2015 by her son Jaden. He says he vacationed with the family in Hawaii in 2016 and fell in love with Pinkett, saying: “I totally gave myself to that relationship for years of my life, and I truly and really, really deeply love and have a ton of love for her. I devoted myself to it, I gave my full self to it-so much so to the point that I can die right now and be OK with knowing that I truly gave myself to somebody.”Alsina added: “I really loved a person, I experienced that and I know what that feels like-and some people never get that in this lifetime. I know that I am completely blessed and this conversation is difficult because it is so much, that it would be hard for people to understand but-once it starts to affect me and my livelihood-I have to speak up about my truth.”Terry Crews and the Toxic ‘Black Supremacy’ MythLeah Remini: Jada Pinkett Smith Is a ScientologistIt is not clear when the alleged affair ended, but Smith has previously said he and Jada Pinkett Smith “broke up within” their marriage and “got back together again” to avoid divorce.During the interview, Yee asked: “Is it disappointing that she [Pinkett] never addressed it to you, because like you said, you lost out on opportunities?”“I really can’t even get into the thought of that because I am only responsible for myself, right,” Alsina responded. “And I am only responsible for, you know, what I do. When I am repressing and suppressing things and it starts to affect me. I have to address it. I just always stay solid because I never want to be the person to start confusion.”Alsina’s 2019 song “Nunya,” was widely rumored to be about Pinkett.Alsina said: “I don’t think that it is ever important for people to know what I do, who I sleep with, who I date… but in this instance it is very different because as I said, there are so many people that are side-eyeing me.“I have lost money, friendships, relationships behind it and I think it is because people don’t necessarily know the truth. But I have never done anything wrong.”He added of the Smith family, “I love those people literally like my family. I don’t have a bad thing to say about them. They are beautiful people.”Jada Pinkett Smith’s responded forcefully to Page Six’s enquiries saying: “Absolutely not true!!”Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.