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Dad of girl dragged into water by sea lion praises rescuer: ‘That reaction makes him a hero’

The father of the 6-year-old girl yanked into the water by a sea lion in Canada is setting the record straight.

Read: Terrifying Video Shows Sea Lion Dragging Young Girl Into Water

He says his family has been wrongly accused of putting his daughter in harm’s way for feeding the sea lion bread crumbs last week in British Columbia during an outing with her grandparents.

“There was somebody beside them that was trying to feed them,” the girl’s father told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, in his first interview since the shocking video went viral.

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“My daughter went to the front to try to see the sea lions, to get a closer look,” he added.

That’s when the animal suddenly sprung out of the water, grabbing the girl by her clothes and pulling her into the water.

She was rescued by her grandfather, who is being praised for his quick action to save the girl.

“My girl could have been gone. That reaction makes him a hero,” the dad said.

Read: 4 Sea Lion Pups Are Released Back Into the Sea After 4 Months of Rehabilitation

He also revealed that his daughter is now on strong antibiotics because she received a superficial wound when the sea lion grabbed her.

Bacteria found on sea lion’s teeth can lead to a serious infection known as “seal finger.”

“Only thing I care is God, she is safe. I could have gone organizing a funeral by now rather than doing an interview,” he said.

Watch: Curious Sea Lion Become Mesmerized by a Family’s Umbrella at Aquarium

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Christie Brinkley and Billy Joel’s daughter, Alexa Ray, goes topless in sultry beach photo

Alexa Ray Joel may have her dad’s big eyes, but the rest definitely comes from her mama!

The 31-year-old daughter of Billy Joel and Christie Brinkley, who posed alongside her mom and sister for Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue earlier this year, shared a fully topless photo this week. The brunette beauty is seen by the ocean, lightly cupping her hands over her breasts.

“Cultivate and celebrate the skin you’re in; don’t compete, don’t compare,” she wrote. “You’re precious and sacred, whether covered or bare.”

~Be gentle with yourself. ?Cultivate and celebrate the skin you’re in; don’t compete, don’t compare. You’re precious and sacred, whether covered or bare.~?

A post shared by Alexa Ray Joel? (@alexarayjoel) on May 20, 2017 at 4:54pm PDT

The photo appears to be a still from Alexa Ray’s Sports Illustrated shoot. She previously shared a number of other snaps from the shoot, but always clad in a black bikini. In February, her younger sister, Sailor, shared set photo of both women sans bikini tops.

Just 3 MORE DAYS!!! #SiSwim2017 everywhere on (of course) V-Day ?❤? Houston, we have no problem. ?

A post shared by Sailor Brinkley Cook (@sailorbrinkleycook) on Feb 11, 2017 at 9:34am PST

Sailor is currently traveling with Christie as a volunteer medic in Haiti. Christie is an ambssador for Smile Train, a philanthropic organization that sends doctors to operate on people with cleft palates in impoverished countries.

1975 I made my first appearance in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue.Yes! That’s actually me under that crazy Parisian perm done for a shoot in France. I almost didn’t go to the casting call for Sports Illustrated because I didn’t know how to deal with that mop, and I didn’t think I was thin enough. But ironically, They are both the reasons I got hired! When I went for my “go-see” I tucked the “Brillo” pad into a beret. Jule Campbell the editor told me as she was doing the final casting she kept thinking about “that girl in the beret”. It had made me stand out! And she liked my weight, because you couldn’t see my bones. I got the job , eventually the cover, ( and a few more covers!) and it changed the course of my career and my life in the best most exciting way! So Ladies, and girls out there, those little things you may think are flaws, may be just the things that make you uniquely you! Don’t ever let your fears hold you back! Be brave in little and in big ways! Have the courage to go for it! And hang on to that attitude because you are never too old for a new adventure! You are never any younger than you are today .. so get up , suck it in, shoulders back chin up, berets on! Smile…ADVENTURE AWAITS!!! @si_swimsuit @mj_day @alexarayjoel @sailorbrinkleycook #sportsillustrated #beyourownkindofbeautiful #thankyouJule Campbell #thankyoumj

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Shop these stunning handbags from Nordstrom’s Half Yearly Sale

As you probably already know, Nordstrom’s Half Yearly Sale began on Wednesday (up to 40 percent off, folks!) — and one of the first places we rushed to on the site was the handbag section. Duh.

SEE ALSO: 20 shoes we’re eyeing from Nordstrom’s Half Yearly Sale

We looked through every single bag that’s marked down and picked our favorite 20, which was not an easy feat. From Zac Posen (those bag silhouettes, though!) and Rebecca Minkoff to Ted Baker and Alexander McQueen, we chose some beauties — if we do say so ourselves. Not to mention, the retailer offers free shipping and free returns — so it really is a no-brainer. You have until June 4. Ready, set, go!

REBECCA MINKOFF

Chase Leather Saddle Bag
Original: $295
Markdown: $176.98



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‘Isobel’ Saddle Bag
Original: $295
Markdown: $176.98



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ZAC ZAC POSEN

Eartha Soft Leather Top Handle Satchel
Original: $550
Markdown: $329.98



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REBECCA MINKOFF

‘Always On Regan’ Tote
Original: $295
Markdown: $176.98



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TORY BURCH

Duet Embellished Leather Shoulder Bag
Original: $575
Markdown: $385.25



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LONGCHAMP

Le Pliage – Heritage Leather Crossbody Bag
Original: $565
Markdown: $338.98



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TED BAKER LONDON

Large Faux Leather Top Handle Satchel
Original: $209
Markdown: $125.40



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RAG BONE

Small Pilot II Leather Backpack
Original: $550
Markdown: $330



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ZAC ZAC POSEN

‘Eartha Iconic Mini’ Top Handle
Original: $295
Markdown: $176.98



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ALEXANDER MCQUEEN

Small Heroine Flower Embroidered Leather Satchel
Original: $1,950
Markdown: $1,169.98



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You need to see Amazon’s new custom wedding shop

It doesn’t seem like there is anything Amazon can’t tackle nowadays when it comes to the e-commerce world. From becoming one of the biggest fashion retailers in the world to offering fresh groceries and recently tapping into the pharmacy market, it is no surprise that the retail giant is now getting their foot in the $300 billion wedding industry.

When Amazon launched their handmade shop featuring products created by artists around the world, it sparked the conversation about competition with Etsy. This week Amazon recently launched a new wedding shop which features a wide range of DIY items including bride and groom accessories, invitations, cake toppers, signs, personalized gifts and so much more. The introductory page states, “explore unique, handcrafted items for your wedding day and all the special events leading up to “I do.”

SEE ALSO: 16 products you need from Amazon’s handmade page

Whether you are planning a wedding of your own or can’t keep up with how many you are attending, shop the best items from Amazon’s new shop in the gallery below just in time for wedding season.

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Hillary Clinton slams Trump’s budget proposal, GOP health care efforts as ‘unimaginable level of cruelty’

Hillary Clinton railed against President Trump’s newly released budget proposal and GOP-led push to repeal and replace Obamacare on Tuesday night, saying the moves symbolize an “unimaginable level of cruelty.”

Addressing a New York audience during her keynote speaker at the Children’s Health Fund Annual Benefit, the Democratic presidential candidate addressed the state of resources for U.S. children — sounding off on what she describes as an “onslaught” against America’s most vulnerable populations.

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“We’ve made progress. I’m proud of that,” addressing But still, more than 31 million children live at or near poverty in our country,” Clinton said. “It’s not someone else’s problem. it’s not someone else’s children. Its America’s problem because these are America’s children.”

Clinton has a history of working with children’s rights advocacy and started her post-law school career with the Children’s Defense Fund.

The former secretary of state did not parse words in commenting on Republican efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare — a health care law that, if repealed, would mean loss of coverage for some 24 million Americans — and the Trump administration’s recent budget proposal that includes cuts to social programs including food stamps and Medicaid.

SEE ALSO: President Trump’s budget would hit these states the hardest

“At a time when we are closer than ever to realizing the promise of universal health care, there are still too many children who are left out and left behind, and too many people who are in positions of power who want to set us back,” Clinton stated. “This administration is mounting an onslaught against the needs of children, people with disabilities, women and seniors.”

“Poverty is neither a crime, nor a character flaw,” Clinton continued. “Stigmatize those who let people die, not those who struggle to live.”

RELATED: Inside Clinton’s election night event

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Homeless man gives harrowing account of helping victims after Manchester suicide bombing

A homeless man who was present when a suicide bomber launched a deadly attack at a packed concert hall in the English city of Manchester on Monday night has spoken out about the horrors he witnessed at the venue.

Stephen Jones, who was sleeping outdoors near Manchester Arena at the time of the attack, gave ITV News a harrowing account of the events that transpired after the deadly explosions, which left at least 22 dead and 59 injured.

Jones, 35, told the outlet he woke up late on Monday night after he heard a huge bang, which he initially assumed was a firework.

“I then realized what was happening and saw children coming out, screaming and covered in blood,” he said.

He recalled in graphic detail rushing to help as many victims as he could, wiping blood from children’s faces amid a devastating scene of “lifeless” bodies strewn about the floor surrounded by “hysterical” moms.

“We were having to pull nails and bits of glass out of their arms and faces,” he told ITV News. “We haven’t slept most of the night because of what we’ve seen.”

After a clip of Jones’ interview was shared on Twitter, it quickly went viral, amassing over 23,000 retweets and 32,000 likes.

Unsurprisingly, it seems Jones’ compassion has really struck a chord with the online community.

After many Twitter users requested a way to donate to Jones to thank him for what he had done, a Manchester woman named Diane Moore started a JustGiving page so anyone interested could help him pay for a place to sleep.

Currently, the campaign “Steve The Hero” has raised £1,541, which is 308% of its original £500 goal.

Jones, however, is under the impression that his actions don’t make him a hero at all.

“It had to be done, you had to help,” he said. “If I didn’t help, I wouldn’t be able to live with myself for walking away and leaving kids like that.”

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Report: Pentagon has amassed billions by overcharging the military for fuel

The Pentagon is being accused of amassing billions of dollars by overcharging the military on fuel.

According to the Washington Post, which broke the story on Saturday, “The Pentagon has generated almost $6 billion over the past seven years by charging the armed forces excessive prices for fuel and has used the money — called the ‘bishop’s fund’ by some critics — to bolster mismanaged or underfunded military programs, documents show.”

The report notes that, in the past couple of years, money from this account has gone towards various projects including, “$450 million to shore up a prescription-drug program riddled with fraud and $1.4 billion to cover unanticipated expenses from the war in Afghanistan, according to military accounting records.”

An Air Force F-22 Raptor flies over the Arabian Sea to support Operation Inherent Resolve, January 27, 2016.

(Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Corey Hook)

Marine Corps Sgt. Josh Greathouse scans the area during a perimeter patrol in Taqaddum, Iraq, March 21, 2016. Greathouse is a team leader assigned to Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force Crisis Response, for US Central Command.

(Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Rick Hurtado)

Navy Seaman Fabian Soltero looks through shipboard binoculars aboard the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower in the Atlantic Ocean, March 25, 2016.

(Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Taylor L. Jackson)

USS Bulkeley receives fuel and cargo from dry cargo/ammunition ship USNS Medgar Evers during a replenishment at sea in the Persian Gulf, February 25, 2016. The guided-missile destroyer was supporting Operation Inherent Resolve, maritime security operations, and theater security cooperation efforts in the US 5th Fleet area of operations.

(Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael J. Lieberknec)

Navy Seaman Brice Scraper, top, and Petty Officer 2nd Class Alex Miller verify the serial number of a training missile on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan in the Philippine Sea, October 5, 2016. The Reagan was supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.

(Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Nathan Burke)

Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Brianna Caballero maneuvers a harbor patrol boat to load it onto a trailer for maintenance on Naval Support Activity Bahrain, January 6, 2016.

(Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Gary Granger Jr.)

Soldiers offload equipment and supplies from a CH-47F Chinook helicopter after landing on Kahiltna Glacier in Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska, April 24, 2016. At 17,400 feet, Mount Foraker towers above.Air Force Maj. Steve Briones and 1st Lt. Andrew Kim fly a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft over Turkey, January 6, 2016. Coalition forces fly daily missions to support Operation Inherent Resolve.Members of the visit, board, search, and seizure team for the guided-missile destroyer USS Gonzalez operate a rigid-hull inflatable boat in the Gulf of Aden, April 26, 2016. The Gonzalez was supporting Operation Inherent Resolve, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the US 5th Fleet area of operations.

(Army photo by John Pennell)

Air Force Maj. Steve Briones and 1st Lt. Andrew Kim fly a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft over Turkey, January 6, 2016. Coalition forces fly daily missions to support Operation Inherent Resolve.Members of the visit, board, search, and seizure team for the guided-missile destroyer USS Gonzalez operate a rigid-hull inflatable boat in the Gulf of Aden, April 26, 2016. The Gonzalez was supporting Operation Inherent Resolve, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the US 5th Fleet area of operations.

(Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Corey Hook)

Members of the visit, board, search, and seizure team for the guided-missile destroyer USS Gonzalez operate a rigid-hull inflatable boat in the Gulf of Aden, April 26, 2016. The Gonzalez was supporting Operation Inherent Resolve, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the US 5th Fleet area of operations.Air Force Maj. Steve Briones and 1st Lt. Andrew Kim fly a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft over Turkey, January 6, 2016. Coalition forces fly daily missions to support Operation Inherent Resolve.Soldiers offload equipment and supplies from a CH-47F Chinook helicopter after landing on Kahiltna Glacier in Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska, April 24, 2016. At 17,400 feet, Mount Foraker towers above.

(Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Pasquale Sena)

Sailors move a T-45C Goshawk aircraft on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower in the Atlantic Ocean, February 5, 2016. The Eisenhower was preparing for inspections and conducting carrier qualifications.

(Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Anderson W. Branch)

The guided-missile destroyer USS Carney breaks away from the fleet-replenishment oiler USNS Big Horn after a replenishment at sea in the Mediterranean Sea, August 14, 2016. The Carney was patrolling in the US 6th Fleet area of responsibility to support US national-security interests in Europe.

(Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Weston Jones)

A Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey aircraft prepares for takeoff from the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer in the Pacific Ocean, August 26, 2016.

(Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Michael T. Eckelbecker)

Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Kristen Neufeld performs maintenance on a Mark 38-25 mm machine gun aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson at its home port in San Diego, August 18, 2016.

(Navy photo by Seaman Theo Shively)

Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Brian Evans repairs an antenna system during a replenishment at sea involving the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, the guided-missile cruiser USS Monterey, and the Military Sealift Command combat support ship USNS Arctic in the Persian Gulf, September 2, 2016.

(Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Nathan T. Beard)

Sailors aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Ross move ropes during a sea-and-anchor detail near Aksav, Turkey, January 7, 2016. The Ross was conducting a routine patrol in the US 6th Fleet area of operations to support US national-security interests in Europe.

(Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Justin Stumberg)

Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Trevor Ellam signals to the fleet-replenishment oiler USNS Laramie from aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Stout during a replenishment at sea in the Persian Gulf, October 14, 2016. Ellam is a boatswain’s mate. The Stout was supporting security efforts in the US 5th Fleet area of operations.

(Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Bill Dodge)

Marines depart a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter aboard the amphibious-assault ship USS Makin Island in the Pacific Ocean, October 22, 2016. The Makin Island was supporting the Navy’s maritime strategy in the US 3rd Fleet area of responsibility. The helicopter is assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 163.

(Navy photo by Seaman Devin M. Langer)

Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Matthew Fulks motions to crew members on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis in the Philippine Sea, February 24, 2016. The Stennis provides a ready force to support security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.

(Navy photo by Seaman Cole C. Pielop)

The guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen patrols the eastern Pacific Ocean, March 10, 2016. The Lassen was supporting Operation Martillo with the US Coast Guard and partner nations within the US 4th Fleet area of responsibility.

(Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Huey D. Younger Jr.)

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Based on standard protocols, the Pentagon’s Defense Logistics Agency is in charge of purchasing fuel from major oil companies like Exxon and reselling it to the various military branches and others, notes the Wall Street Journal.

Concerns about the high fuel cost paid by for the armed services have been raised before; a 2014 CNBC report found that the branches end up spending multiple times more than civilians do. However, other factors reportedly figure into the cost, including the challenges in securing and transporting the material.

The Post says that in response to the recent allegations, the Pentagon issued a statement acknowledging that “it accumulated $5.6 billion in ‘enterprise gains’ from fuel purchases between 2010 and 2016, but said the surplus was the result of falling oil prices in an inherently volatile market.”

The scale of fuel consumption by the armed forces is enormous. According to the Union of Concerned Scientists, “The U.S. military is the largest institutional consumer of oil in the world. Every year, our armed forces consume more than 100 million barrels of oil to power ships, vehicles, aircraft, and ground operations—enough for over 4 million trips around the Earth, assuming 25 mpg.

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Josh Duhamel hilariously photobombs Cyrus family photos at the Billboard Music Awards


We see you, Josh Duhamel!

The 44-year-old actor couldn’t help but photobomb the Cyrus family’s group pics at the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas on Sunday.

RELATED: Liam Hemsworth Joins Miley Cyrus Backstage After Her Emotional Billboard Music Awards Performance

Olivia Munn’s sheer black dress, featuring floral appliques, seems conservative at first glance — but sans bra and (possibly) full-coverage panties, it’s definitely a risky ensemble!

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He has arrived! Jason Derulo looked dapper in a fancy tux with some teal detailing.

(Photo by Gustavo Caballero/BBMA2017/Getty Images for DCP)

Leggy lady! “Baywatch” star Alexandra Daddario looked incredibly sexy in a dress with a slit that reached all the way above her hip.

(Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

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Miley joined her parents Tish and Billy Ray and her sisters Brandi and Noah in the audience after her emotional performance of “Malibu,” and the group happily posed for pics — with Duhamel in the background of nearly every one!

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WATCH: Fergie and Josh Duhamel Celebrate 8 Years of Marriage in Sweet Photo With Son Axl

While Duhamel’s clearly a fan of Miley, who is a coach on The Voice, he told ET on the red carpet that he thinks his wife, Fergie, would be a great judge on American Idol.

“She would be great at it,” he gushed. “She would be very great at it!”

“Why not?” he added.

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Trump tells Middle East: step up in fight over ‘Islamist extremism’

RIYADH (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump called on Arab leaders to do their share to fight “Islamist extremism” on Sunday in a speech that put the burden on the region to combat militant groups while urging unity among religions.

SEE ALSO: North Korea tests another missile; Seoul says dashes hopes for peace

Trump, who generated controversy with his push to ban many Muslims from entering the United States, described the fight against terrorism as a battle between good and evil rather than a clash of civilizations.

“This is a battle between barbaric criminals who seek to obliterate human life, and decent people of all religions who seek to protect it,” Trump will say in the speech, according to excerpts of the speech released by the White House.

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“That means honestly confronting the crisis of Islamist extremism and the Islamist terror groups it inspires. And it means standing together against the murder of innocent Muslims, the oppression of women, the persecution of Jews, and the slaughter of Christians.”

Trump’s “America first” philosophy helped him win the 2016 election and has rattled allies who depend on U.S. support for their defense. The president, who is struggling to contain a brewing political scandal at home, made clear in his address that Washington would partner with the Middle East but expected more action in return.

“Terrorism has spread across the world. But the path to peace begins right here, on this ancient soil, in this sacred land,” he will say in Saudi Arabia, the first stop on a nine-day tour that includes Israel, Italy and Belgium.

The speech is part of an effort to redefine his relationship with the Muslim world after Trump frequently attacked Muslims on the campaign trail last year and tried to ban many from entering the United States.

The approach was also designed to contrast with former President Barack Obama, whom Trump has criticized for his handling of the fight against Islamic State.

“We are not here to lecture, we are not here to tell other people how to live, what to do, who to be, or how to worship,” Trump says.

“But we can only overcome this evil if the forces of good are united and strong, and if everyone in this room does their fair share and fulfills their part of the burden…the nations of the Middle East cannot wait for American power to crush this enemy for them.”

Trump received a warm welcome from Arab leaders, who set aside his campaign rhetoric about Muslims and focused on his desire to crack down on Iran’s influence in the region, a commitment they found wanting in Obama.

Trump’s signature phrase “radical Islamic terrorism” was not included in the speech excerpts.

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The United States and Gulf Arab countries agreed on Sunday to coordinate their efforts against the financing of terrorist groups, a key White House objective.

The president also convened the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council as part of his effort to counter Iran with a NATO-like Arab force.

Trump and the leaders will establish a center aimed at cracking down on the ability of Islamic militants to spread their message.

Trump’s welcome in the region was put on display during a series of individual meetings with Arab leaders.

He praised Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, telling him, “You have done a tremendous job under trying circumstances.” Trump promised to schedule a trip to Egypt soon, and he singled out the Egyptian’s choice of footwear, a pair of shiny black shoes. “Love your shoes. Boy, those shoes,” he said.

Reinforcing his theme of U.S. economic deals, Trump told Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani they would discuss “lots of beautiful military equipment because nobody makes it like the United States.”

To Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa, Trump declared that the two nations had a lot in common and “there won’t be strain with this administration.” The king lauded the relationship and said it had led to “great stability in the region and prosperity.”

And in a meeting with the emir of Kuwait, Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah, Trump noted Kuwait bought large amounts of U.S. military equipment. The Kuwaiti leader referred to Trump as “my brother.”

Trump’s Riyadh visit kicks off his first presidential trip abroad, with Saudi Arabia the first stop on a nine-day journey through the Middle East and Europe.

The speech comes as Trump tries to escape the fallout from his May 9 firing of former FBI Director James Comey amid accusations he was trying to stop a federal investigation into his campaign’s ties with Russia last year.

The New York Times reported Trump called Comey a “nut job” in a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov last week. The Washington Post said the probe had reached into the White House to include a Trump adviser, who was not named.

(Editing by Ralph Boulton)

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Passenger jet collides with truck at Los Angeles airport, injuring eight

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – An Aeromexico passenger jet collided with a utility truck on a taxiway of Los Angeles International Airport shortly after landing on Saturday, injuring eight employees who were aboard the truck, but no one on the plane was hurt, authorities said.

The cause of the mishap, which damaged the right wing of the Boeing 737 and left the large supply truck overturned on its side, remained under investigation, said Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey.

Six men and two women aboard the truck were taken to an area hospital for treatment of various unspecified injuries, none of them considered to be life-threatening, Humphreys said.

Airport officials said all eight were listed in stable condition.

No one among the approximately 150 passengers and crew aboard the plane, Aeromexico Flight 642 from Mexico City, required any medical attention, according to Humphreys.

But a statement from the airport said one passenger reported suffering some pain after leaving the aircraft.

The accident occurred at about 2:30 p.m. Pacific time. There was no fuel spill or fire, and the plane was able to finish taxiing to its gate, where the passengers disembarked.

Los Angeles International ranks as America’s second-busiest airport, with nearly 700,000 takeoffs and landings a year.

(Reporting by Steve Gorman in Los Angeles; Editing by Bernard Orr)

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