Monthly Archives: May 2018

Walmart is going high end with an invite-only personal shopping service — and it costs 6 times as much as Amazon Prime

  • Walmart is launching Jetblack, a personal-shopping service that’s accessible through text message and costs $50 a month, or about $600 annually.
  • Customers can send a text saying they need a specific product, and Jetblack’s couriers will deliver the product as soon as the same day.
  • It’s currently available in New York City and will eventually roll out to other markets in the United States.
  • Products will be delivered from Walmart, as well as from other retailers like Pottery Barn.

Walmart is rolling out a $50-per-month personal-shopping service.

The service, called Jetblack, gives customers access to personal shoppers through text message.

Customers can send a text saying they need a specific product, and Jetblack’s couriers will deliver the product as soon as the same day.

Customers can also make a general request for a birthday gift, and Jetblack’s personal shoppers will send recommendations for the customer to select from.

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In a press release, Walmart said the service targets “time-strapped urban parents” and described it as being “as easy as texting a close friend who knows your preferences.”

“The service uses a combination of artificial intelligence practices and expertise from professional buyers across the home, health, parenting, fashion and wellness categories, as well as parents themselves,” the company said.

Some products will be sourced from Walmart and Jet.com, while others will come from local shops or chains like Pottery Barn or Saks.

Jetblack is a product of Walmart’s technology incubator, called Store No. 8.

The service, which has been quietly tested for several months, is first launching in New York and will later be expanded to other US markets. Customers can join a waitlist to join the Jetblack, which is currently invite-only.

The annual cost of Jetblack is $600, which is about six times the $99 annual membership fee for Amazon Prime.

“Consumers are looking for more efficient ways to shop for themselves and their families without having to compromise on product quality,” Jenny Fleiss, co-founder and CEO of Jetblack, said in a statement. “With Jetblack, we have created an entirely new concept that enables consumers to get exactly what they need through the convenience of text messaging and the freedom of a nearly unlimited product catalogue.”

Coming soon to a big screen near you: a Bollywood film about Mahathir’s political comeback

A Bollywood producer is planning to make a movie on Dr Mahathir’s recent victory.
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Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has had a following in Malaysia for decades but his popularity skyrocketed when he led the opposition alliance to a shock victory in Malaysia’s General Election last month.

According to Bernama, it now appears that there are plans to immortalise Dr Mahathir’s achievement on the big screen.

Bollywood producer Raman Kumar is planning to make a movie documenting Dr Mahathir’s political comeback and his fight against corruption.

The proposed title of the film? “Malaysia’s Saviour Mahathir”.

“I want to direct and produce this movie because Dr Mahathir, at 92, has brought Malaysians together in what proved to be a victorious election. He’s indeed a marvel of strength, will and tenacity,” Kumar said.

He also added that the focus of the film would be on how Mahathir used his previous experience as Prime Minister from 1981 to 2003 – as well as his common sense and wisdom – to emerge victorious in the election.

The movie is set to be shot in Hindi, though there are plans to dub it also in both Malay and English. Malaysian actors are set to be featured, and part of the film crew would come from Mumbai.

Despite his Bollywood credentials, half of the ten movies Kumar has produced were made in Malaysia.

He currently lives in the United Kingdom, but he splits his time between Mumbai and Malaysia.

Social media users have chimed in with ideas. One wants to see over-the-top Bollywood action sequences while another suggested cameos:

Another Twitter user is even calling for a prequel to the planned film:

A July rate hike in Canada is ‘a lot less of a done deal’ after GDP slows

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  • Canadian GDP grew 1.3% in the first quarter of 2018.
  • A slowing housing market is weighing on economic activity.
  • Some economists say a Bank of Canada rate hike next month now looks a lot less likely.

After economic activity in Canada slowed more than expected in the first quarter, some economists think chances of the central bank raising its key rate next month are looking slim.

Canada’s gross domestic product grew 1.3% in the first quarter, Statistics Canada data showed Thursday, compared with economist expectations of 1.8%. A sluggish housing market weighed on economic growth, with home investment seeing the sharpest quarterly drop in nine years.

The data came a day after the Bank of Canada kept its benchmark interest rate steady at 1.25% and offered an upbeat tone on the economy. The central bank dropped a reference to remaining “cautious” on monetary policy, which raised speculation that the benchmark rate could rise as soon as July.

But Paul Ashworth, an economist at Capital Economics, said a July rate hike now looks like “a lot less of a done deal.” He said there is “little hope of an imminent rebound” for the housing market, which has recently seen stricter regulations and higher mortgage rates.

Housing starts fell last month, according to data from the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, to 214,379 units from 225,459 in March. And home prices are plummeting, with the average house price in Canada dropping more than 11% in April from a year ago.

Elsewhere, trade tensions with the US could further drag on the Canadian economy. The Commerce Department announced Thursday that exemptions from hefty tariffs on steel and aluminum imports to the US are set to expire at the end of the day. The move puts further strain on stalled NAFTA negotiations, which analysts think could drag into next year.

“That doesn’t seem like the environment that would require higher interest rates,” Ashworth said.

IT’S A TRADE WAR: Europe, Mexico, and Canada retaliate against Trump’s steel and aluminum tariffs

French President Emmanuel Macron and US President Donald Trump.

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  • President Donald Trump announced that the European Union, Canada, and Mexico would soon be subject to steel and aluminum tariffs.
  • The decision angered the three key trading partners.
  • EU leaders promised to retaliate with tariffs on US goods.
  • Mexico’s economy ministry said pork, steel, and other US products would be subject to tariffs.

It didn’t take long for the European Union, Canada, and Mexico to hit back at the US after the Trump administration announced on Thursday that the three key allies would soon be subject to steel and aluminum tariffs.

The countries lambasted the US decision, calling the move a violation of trade rules and a breakdown of international cooperation.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the steel and aluminum tariffs were “totally unacceptable” and a violation of a centuries-old relationship between the US and Canada.

“These tariffs will harm industries and workers on both sides of the Canada-US border and will disrupt supply chains that have made North American steel more competitive across the globe,” Trudeau said.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said Trump’s tariffs were “totally unacceptable” and promised to retaliate in due course. “This is a bad day for world trade,” he said.

French President Emmanuel Macron called the move illegal. Steffen Seibert, a German-government spokesman, also called the tariffs “unlawful.”

“This measure brings the danger of a spiral of escalation, which in the end harms everyone,” Seibert said in a statement.

The Mexican economy ministry also related the country’s displeasure with the new crackdown: “Mexico profoundly regrets and condemns the decision by the United States to impose these tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum from Mexico.”

The EU, Canada, and Mexico took umbrage with the US’s justification for the tariffs. The Trump administration is using an obscure section from a half-century-old trade law to impose the tariffs on national-security grounds. Yet all three key trading partners insisted that they pose no national security risk to the US and ought to be exempt from the restrictions.

Here’s a rundown of the announced or expected countermeasures from the US allies:

  • Mexico: Its government said it would impose “equivalent measures” on US products – including flat steel, lamps, pork legs and shoulders, sausages and food preparations, apples, grapes, blueberries, various cheeses, and more.
  • EU: Juncker said the bloc would move forward with tariffs on equal value to the steel and aluminum measures. The EU had previously released a list of US products that would be subject to tariffs in the event the metal restrictions went into effect. The list included blue jeans, motorcycles, boats, bourbon whiskey, rice, playing cards, and steel.
  • Canada: Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland told reporters that Canada would impose retaliatory tariffs on US goods including steel, aluminum, and more – up to a value of $16.6 billion. According to Freeland, the tariffs were the “strongest action by Canada in the post-War era.” In addition to the industrial metals, the Canadian tariffs would apply to some consumer products, such as maple syrup, pizza, and toilet paper.

If you were born in the ’80s or later, you’re at significantly higher risk of colon and rectal cancer — and experts say you should get screened younger

  • The American Cancer Society has issued new guidelines that suggest people should start getting screened for colon and rectal cancers at age 45 instead of 50.
  • The new guidelines were issued based on a disconcerting rise in rates of these types of cancers, known as colorectal cancers, among young people.
  • Someone born around 1990 is now four times as likely to develop rectal cancer as someone born around 1950, according to one analysis.
  • There are various types of screening tests that work.

Rates of colon and rectal cancers are rising quickly among young people – from 1991 to 2014, rectal cancer rates for people between the ages of 20 and 49 doubled. According to one analysis, someone born around 1990 is twice as likely to develop colon cancer as a person born in 1950, and four times as likely to develop rectal cancer.

This spike has led the American Cancer Society to recommend that people start getting screened for colorectal cancer, a term often used to describe colon and rectal cancers, at age 45 instead of 50, the agency announced Wednesday.

Colorectal cancer is the fourth most common type of cancer diagnosed in adults and the second leading cause of cancer deaths, behind only lung cancer.

For decades, colorectal cancer death rates for people 55 and older have been declining. That change has been attributed to healthy lifestyle changes and more widespread screening. But in recent years, rates of colon and especially rectal cancers have started to rise among a younger demographic. And researchers don’t yet know why it’s happening.

A search for explanations

It’s worth noting that overall case numbers still aren’t high for people aged 20 to 49 – rates in that group rose to 5.2 cases per 100,000 people from 2.6 per 100,000. But the change is disconcerting. The biggest increases have been seen in white Americans, who typically have lower rates of colorectal cancer than black Americans and some Native American groups.

As the ACS researchers explained in the paper announcing the new screening guidelines, the rise in cases of colon and rectal cancers cannot simply be explained by the fact that more cases are being found because screening is more common. People in this younger age range are not often screened, and death rates among young people are increasing too.

A study in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute discussing the changing disease rates noted that young people who are developing these cancers are in many ways healthier than they used to be. They drink and smoke less, but they have higher rates of obesity, which increases the risk for colorectal cancer.

The authors also think diet could play a role, with a Western-style high-fat, low-fiber diet increasing cancer risks. But there may be other not-yet-known explanations as well.

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Different types of screenings – it’s not just a colonoscopy

Catching colorectal cancer early can make a big difference, since precancerous polyps – abnormal growths in the colon or rectum – can be removed. With early detection, these cancers have high cure rates.

But about one-third of people over 50 never get screened.

The ACS’s new guidelines suggest that all healthy adults should start getting screened for colon and rectal cancers at age 45 instead of 50 and continue doing so through at least age 75. For people aged 76-85, the ACS says doctors and patients should decide on a case-by-case basis whether it makes sense to continue screening, based on life expectancy and preference. For people older than 86, the ACS discourages screening.

A screening for colon or rectal cancer isn’t always a colonoscopy, though that is usually needed if another type of test indicates a problem.

There are six tests the ACS suggests as options for screening. Annual test options include two that can be done from home – for those, people collect a stool sample and send it in to be tested (the scientific names are a fecal immunochemical test and a high-sensitivity, guaiac-based fecal occult blood test).

Another option is a multitarget stool DNA test, which is done every three years and involves collecting a sample at home and sending it in. Every five years, a person could do a computed tomography colonography test (like a CAT scan) or a flexible sigmoidoscopy scan (essentially using a tube with a light and camera on it).

The ACS recommends a colonoscopy be done every 10 years.

The agency didn’t recommend a specific test, saying a general recommendation for screening with different options is more likely to be followed.

The US Preventative Services Task Force, an independent expert panel that issues recommendations about preventative medical services like screenings, has previously found that there are strengths and weaknesses to different tests. But overall, getting screened using any of these tests reduces mortality rates from colon and rectal cancers when compared with not getting screened.

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Changing guidelines

According to the ACS, there’s still a “strong recommendation” that adults begin screening at age 50. That wording means there’s good evidence that doing so will help reduce mortality rates.

The suggestion that people start getting screened at 45 is what the ACS refers to as a “qualified recommendation.” That means researchers still need more data on the effects of screening people at these ages to better understand how the practice affects colorectal cancer diagnoses and patients. But based on the ways colon and rectal cancers have started to affect younger people, the ACS determined that such a change is still important to recommend.

For now, the task force still strongly recommends people begin screening at age 50.

As younger patients get screened, there will be more data on how doing so affects rates of colon and rectal cancers. If the current trends continue, it’s possible that some researchers could suggest starting screening at even younger ages.

Pig’s blood, a staged photo and a trip to the morgue: Russian journalist describes faking his own death

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  • Arkady Babchenko, the Russian journalist who staged his own death with the help of Ukraine, described in a televised interview on Thursday how the ruse went down.
  • He said that pig’s blood and a make-up artist were used to stage a dead photo of him, and that he was afterward taken in an ambulance to the morgue.
  • Babchenko also responded to critics who have said that the ruse may ruin the credibility of journalists and the West, and raises a number of ethical questions.

The Russian journalist who staged his own death with the help of Ukraine’s Security Services (SBU) described in a televised interview on Thursday how the ruse went down.

Arkady Babchenko said that pig’s blood and a make-up artist were used to stage a dead photo of him, and that he was afterward taken in an ambulance to the morgue, according to the Moscow Times.

Babchenko, a prominent war reporter and Kremlin critic, was reported assassinated on Tuesday, but then appeared in the flesh at a press conference on Wednesday, where the SBU said that they faked his death to catch a would-be assassin who was allegedly contracted by Russia.

Babchenko said that a make-up artist went to his apartment on Tuesday, that he was a given a shirt with bullet holes, shown how to fall like he’d been shot, and had pig’s blood poured on him before they took the fake picture, according to CNN and the Moscow Times.

While “still pretending to be dead,” Babchenko said that he was taken in an ambulance to the morgue, CNN reported. “Measures were taken to resuscitate me but it was not successful and I died, where the doctor established death.”

The medical teams were apparently in on the ruse.

“Once the gates of the morgue closed behind me, I was resurrected,” Babchenko said in the interview, Moscow Times reported. He then washed off the blood, put on a sheet and “watched the news and saw what a great guy I had been.”

Babchenko also responded to critics who have said that the ruse may ruin the credibility of journalists and the West, raising a number of ethical questions.

“Everyone who says this undermines trusts in journalists: what would you do in my place, if they came to you and said there is a hit out on you?” Babchenko said, according to Moscow Times.

Babchenko said that when the SBU told him about the plot, “my first reaction was: ‘To hell with you, I want to pack a bag and disappear to the North Pole’ … But then I realized, where do you hide? Skripal also tried to hide.'”

Arkady Babchenko at the press conference in Kyiv.

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Arkady Babchenko at the press conference in Kyiv.
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Sergei Skripal, a former Russian double agent, was poisoned with a nerve agent in the UK, which authorities have blamed on Russia.

Babchenko also responded to a number of British media outlets that criticized his move.

“Dear British press, please go f— yourself. If you want to do good, give me a UK passport and protection. Then you can teach me how to protect my family. F—ing smart—s,” Babchenko said, according to CNN.

Babchenko said now he just wants “to get some decent sleep, maybe get drunk, and then wake up in two or three days,” according to Moscow Times.

Banned substance and potent laxatives found in 2 slimming products being sold online: HSA

Slimming products “Nuvitra” and BeColi” were found to contain banned substance sibutramine and potent laxatives.
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Singapore’s Health Sciences Authority (HSA) has issued an advisory to warn members of the public against buying and consuming two particular slimming products being sold online.

In a statement on Thursday (May 31), HSA said slimming products “Nuvitra” and “BeColi” were shown to pose serious health risks after being tested positive for sibutramine – a banned substance – and potent laxatives.

Both products were advertised online by NKD Singapore as supplements for slimming, with accompanying claims that weight loss could be achieved within a short period of time.

Nuvitra, marketed as “Nuvitra King Diet”, was also sold on various local online platforms by other merchants.

NKD Singapore has since been directed by the authority to cease all sales of the products and administrators of online sales platforms were told to remove relevant web listings.

The company is currently assisting HSA in its investigations.

According to the statement, sibutramine was previously available as a weight loss drug obtained exclusively via prescription but has been withdrawn from Singapore since 2010 in light of increased risk of heart attacks and strokes.

Other adverse effects include high blood pressure, irregular heartbeats, hallucinations and mood swings.

HSA had in the past received adverse effect reports concerning consumers experiencing hallucinations or hearing voices, palpitations and breathlessness after taking in slimming products containing the substance.

Potent laxatives were found in Nuvitra and BeColi, with the former containing sennosides while the latter had sennosides and bisacodyl.

Sennosides and bisacodyl are used for the relief of constipation but come with associated adverse effects like nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain and diarrhea, HSA said.

Prolonged use could result in watery diarrhea which consequently leads to fluid and electrolyte abnormalities and colonic atony, which is the lack of muscle strength in the large intestine that may cause chronic constipation.

Consumers have been advised to stop consumption of the products immediately and consult a doctor should they feel unwell.

They are also told to be wary of health products that promise quick and miraculous weight loss as such products could potentially contain prescription medicines meant to be taken under medical supervision, or undeclared potent or banned ingredients which are harmful.

The authority added that consumers should not trust product reviews due to the inability to verify the validity of such testimonials. Caution should be exercised when buying health products online as well.

“Anyone can be a seller on these e-commerce platforms. You cannot be certain where and how these products were made,” said HSA.

“They could potentially be counterfeits or adulterated with undeclared potent or banned ingredients which can seriously harm your health.”

HSA has issued an order to sellers and suppliers to stop selling Nuvitra and BeColi immediately as they are deemed illegal products.

Individuals who supply illegal health products are liable to prosecution and may be imprisoned for up to three years and/or fined up to S$100,000 ($7,481) if convicted.

Rudy Giuliani and Michael Avenatti trade blows after Avenatti withdrew his petition in Michael Cohen’s case

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  • President Donald Trump’s outside attorney Rudy Giuliani is battling with Michael Avenatti, the attorney for porn star Stormy Daniels.
  • Giuliani tried to take a victory lap after Avenatti’s day before US District Judge Kimba Wood didn’t go as planned.
  • Avenatti fired back moments later.

Rudy Giuliani on Wednesday traded blows with Michael Avenatti, the attorney for the porn star known as Stormy Daniels, after Avenatti experienced a rough day in federal court during proceedings for his client’s case..

Giuliani, President Donald Trump’s outside attorney, fired the first shots, telling Fox News host Sean Hannity on his Wednesday night program that US District Judge Kimba Wood “threw” Avenatti “out of court” during a Wednesday hearing in the Southern District of New York.

Giuliani claimed Wood suggested that Avenatti “doesn’t belong in a New York court” and was “not ethical enough” to appear before her.”

“You want to know why?” Giuliani asked. “Because he’s a big liar. And he wanted to debate me. Like heck he’s going to debate me. He should go debate in some gin mill.”

What went down in Wood’s courtroom

Giuliani’s recounting of Avenatti’s day in court served as his extrapolated interpretation of the events. But Wednesday did not go as planned for the porn star’s lawyer.

The dramatic proceeding was highlighted by the battle between Avenatti and the lawyers for both Cohen and Trump. Avenatti ended up withdrawing his petition to appear before the court as part of the case.

Cohen is the focus of a criminal investigation in the Southern District of New York into whether he violated campaign-finance laws or committed bank fraud.

Avenatti’s client, Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, is suing Cohen and Trump in California, seeking to get out of a nondisclosure agreement that paid her $130,000 for her silence about an alleged 2006 affair with Trump. Cohen facilitated that agreement just prior to the 2016 presidential election, and Trump recently admitted to reimbursing Cohen for that expenditure.

During the Wednesday hearing, Wood needled Avenatti for his “publicity tour,” saying Avenatti’s frequent press appearances would have to end if Cohen faces a criminal trial and Avenatti is allowed to appear before the court because of its potential effect on a jury pool.

She said that would mean no more document dumps from Avenatti – such as when he released information on Cohen’s financial dealings – and no opinions on Cohen’s abilities.

In concluding the proceedings, Wood put Avenatti’s motion to appear on hold.

“Until you are admitted here, I don’t expect you to stand and be heard here,” she said.

Wood did not throw Avenatti out of the courtroom, however, and she did not express judgment about his ethics.

After his appearance in court, Avenatti withdrew his petition to appear, saying he’d refile the motion “if necessary, at a later time.” Daniels has a separate motion in the case to become an intervenor, and that motion is on hold.

Avenatti blasts Giuliani in response

Avenatti responded to Giuliani’s attack just moments later. While appearing on MSNBC’s “The Last Word” with Lawrence O’Donnell, Avenatti called Giuliani “pathetic” and expressed shock that he was “the best lawyer” Trump could find to represent him.

“This guy is a known liar, he can’t keep his facts straight, he contradicts himself, he’s an absolute buffoon on television,” Avenatti said. “This is the lawyer that represents the president of the United States? It’s an absolute joke.”

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And on Giuliani’s comment about Avenatti’s suggestion that the two hold a one-on-one debate, Avenatti said it’s “clear as day” why Trump’s attorney won’t argue with him on TV.

“It’s because he can’t handle it,” he said. “He would be absolutely destroyed. He knows it, the president knows it, and anyone with any common sense knows it.”

The two have been going at it for the last month

Earlier this month, Giuliani told Business Insider during a phone interview that he wouldn’t debate Avenatti because the lawyer was “pimping for money.”

“I don’t get involved with pimps,” Giuliani said. “The media loves to give him room because he makes these roundabout charges and they turn out to mean nothing. I think he’s going to get himself in serious trouble.”

Avenatti fired back at Giuliani on Twitter, posting a 2000 video of Giuliani dressed in drag with Trump performing a skit for the then-mayor’s Inner Circle Press Roast.

Last week, the two went at it again after Daniels sought to revive her civil suit against Trump and Cohen by filing a motion with a federal judge in California.

That filing claimed the president and Giuliani have made public comments that allow her case against Trump to proceed without Cohen.

Giuliani told Business Insider he thought that argument made “no sense.”

“I think they’re shooting all around the place for something to land,” Giuliani said of Avenatti’s and Daniels’s strategy. “And so far it hasn’t.”

Asked about Giuliani’s comments, Avenatti told Business Insider in an email that Giuliani “is clueless.”

“Next time, maybe he should review the motion and the law before speaking,” he said.

5G technology will revive a global smartphone market that’s had near standstill growth for two years

The smartphone market’s growth has been at a near standstill for two years and is expected to experience more of the same in 2018; however, it could be revived by the arrival of 5G in late 2019.

As this chart from Statista shows, the largest spike the global market experienced in the last decade was in 2010, when the number of smartphone shipments went up 75% from 173.5 million units in 2009. Since then, the smartphone market has grown by progressively smaller increments, until 2016 when it only grew by 2.5%.

Last year, the smartphone market actually shrank (-0.1%) for the first time, and estimates from International Data Corporation (IDC) show the market research firm expects more of the same this year.

Next year, however, the data shows things will change for the smartphone market: The introduction of 5G, the next generation wireless technology, will drive more and more growth, and in 2022 the year-over-year change could be back to 2016 levels.

Chart of the day

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14 surprising celebrities Donald Trump has been friends with over the years

As a billionaire reality TV star and real estate mogul in New York, a lot of people have tried to get into Donald Trump’s inner circle over the years.

From politics to business and to Hollywood, it’s not surprising that Trump has had friends in almost every line of work.

On Thursday, the president announced that he is considering a pardon for his friend Martha Stewart. Stewart was convicted for conspiracy, obstruction, and making false statements to investigators in 2004.

Along with Stewart, here are 14 people you may not have known Trump befriended:


Trump took a liking to Mike Tyson when he starting hosting some of the boxer’s biggest matches at Trump Plaza in Atlantic City. When Tyson was convicted of rape in 1992, Trump defended the boxer, calling the verdict “a travesty.”

Source: CNN


Shortly after the 2016 election, Trump met with rapper Kanye West at Trump Tower in New York. “We’ve been friends for a long time,” Trump said, adding that the two discussed “life” during their meeting. The two also shared the love on Twitter in April.

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Trump meets with Kanye at Trump Tower in December 2016, shortly after winning the election.
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Journalist Barbara Walters has been friends with Trump on and off for years. After having a bit of a falling out in 2007 after she defended Rosie O’Donnell’s criticisms of Trump, Walters “rekindled” their friendship two years later, saying “I’ve missed you.”

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Trump has long admired Oprah Winfrey, the much-beloved media mogul and self-made billionaire. In 1999, Trump said he “loves” Oprah and called her a “popular, brilliant … wonderful woman.” In 2015, Trump said he would win the presidency “easily” if Oprah were his running mate.

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Donald Trump teases a presidential bid during a 1988 appearance on “The Oprah Winfrey Show.”
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Yet their relationship deteriorated over the years. In January, she delivered a powerful speech excoriating him at the Golden Globe awards — prompting many to speculate at 2020 presidential bid. In February, Trump tweeted, “Hope Oprah runs so she can be exposed and defeated just like all of the others!”

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Oprah speaks at the 2018 Golden Globe Awards.
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Longtime broadcaster Larry King has personally known Trump for decades, calling him one of his “oldest, dearest friends.” During an interview on MSNBC in 2017, King recalled going to the Super Bowl with Trump, attending a Broadway show, and having many dinners in New York together.

Source: MSNBC


TV personality Regis Philbin met Trump back in 1983. “We just became friends and we’ve been seeing each other ever since,” Philbin said in a 2016 interview with Newsday. “I think he’s a great guy.”

Source: Newsday


Entrepreneur Russell Simmons has been friends with Trump for decades, but Trump’s presidency has strained their relationship. “You’re smarter and certainly more loving then [sic] you let on,” Simmons said to Trump in an open letter in December 2015. “I know the cheap seats are easy to play to, but you can get them just by being the man I have known for nearly 30 years.”

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Fellow New Yorker and singer Tony Bennett has been close to Trump for a long time and considers himself a friend. Last year, Bennett told reporters: “Sooner or later, I’ll probably be doing something for him,” perhaps hinting that he would perform for the president.

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Controversial boxing promoter Don King told Politico last year that he is still a good friend of Trump’s and can easily get him on the phone to talk to him about urgent matters. The two dined together at the president’s Mar-a-Lago resort in March.

Sources: Politico, Washington Post


Rapper P. Diddy, whose real name is Sean Combs, told the Washington Post in 2015 that he “always liked Donald’s style,” admired his work ethic, and that he and Trump are friends.

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Anna Wintour, the legendary editor of Vogue, has been in Trump’s orbit for years. She attended Trump’s wedding in 2005, offered Ivanka Trump a job at her magazine, and reportedly met with Trump shortly after the 2016 election.

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Anna Wintour and Donald Trump, pictured together in 2005.
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New England Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady and Trump go back more than a decade. When their relationship drew scrutiny ahead of the 2016 election, Brady described Trump as “a good friend” who has “always been so supportive of me.”

Source: CBS Sports


When the sitcom “Roseanne” returned to the airwaves this year, the president called pro-Trump comedian Roseanne Barr to congratulate her on the show’s high ratings. Barr’s character in the show was also a Trump supporter. But the show was canceled after Barr sent a racist tweet about a former Obama administration official.

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Chef Martha Stewart hosted a spinoff of Trump’s “The Apprentice” franchise, and Trump said “she used to be my biggest fan in the world.” Stewart served five months in prison after a jury found her guilty in 2004 of obstructing justice and lying to investigators about why she sold shares of a company. Trump’s now considering pardoning her.

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Donald Trump and Martha Stewart attend The New York Observer Relaunch Event on April 1, 2014 in New York City.
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Sources: Business Insider, Martha Stewart