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Scott Morrison hasn’t tweeted congratulated Jacinda Ardern on New Zealand election victory

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Scott Morrison was slammed online for failing to publicly congratulate Jacinda Ardern for her landslide victory in the New Zealand election.

As messages of support poured in from politicians across the globe, celebrities and even the Dalai Lama, social media users were quick to point out Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison hadn’t sent his well wishes publicly.

But Ms Ardern on Sunday refuted any rumours of bad blood between the pair, revealing he was ‘quick off the bat’ to call her and personally congratulate her. 

The 40-year-old mother-of-one said she received a ‘few lovely messages’ from world leaders including the Australian PM, ahead of the second Bledisloe Cup Test at Eden Park on Sunday.

‘Scott Morrison was very quick off the bat last night but also reminded me of our wager today on the rugby,’ Ms Ardern said. 

Mr Morrison’s office said he privately congratulated her as soon as her victory was announced, and said the pair enjoy a ‘very strong personal working relationship’. 

Ms Ardern led her Labour party to a landslide victory against her opposition during this weekend's election, and can form a majority parliament for the first time in 50 years

Ms Ardern led her Labour party to a landslide victory against her opposition during this weekend's election, and can form a majority parliament for the first time in 50 years

Ms Ardern led her Labour party to a landslide victory against her opposition during this weekend’s election, and can form a majority parliament for the first time in 50 years

Pictured: Ms Ardern and Scott Morrison during a joint conference in February 2020, where they discussed Australia's stance on deportation

Pictured: Ms Ardern and Scott Morrison during a joint conference in February 2020, where they discussed Australia's stance on deportation

Pictured: Ms Ardern and Scott Morrison during a joint conference in February 2020, where they discussed Australia’s stance on deportation 

But critics condemned the PM for his apparent public ‘snub’ of the Kiwi leader, and described him as ‘churlish’ for not posting a message of support. 

‘Ardern has shown him up. She’s competent, compassionate and sensible,’ one person wrote online. 

‘Still no tweet from Scott Morrison congratulating Jacinda Ardern? It seems a bit churlish to wait this long,’ another added.

Ms Ardern led her Labour party to a landslide victory against her opposition during this weekend’s election, and can form a majority parliament for the first time in 50 years.

With more than 90 per cent of ballots counted, her centre-left Labour Party had won 49 per cent of votes, enough to secure 64 seats in the 120-seat parliament, the country’s first majority since 1996.

The centre-right National Party had only 27 per cent of the vote and 35 seats, a disastrous result for the main opposition party which suffered its second-worst tally in its 84-year history.

Politicians around the world, including UK leader Boris Johnson and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau were among the first to congratulate the PM.

‘Congratulations @jacindaardern for winning a second term as New Zealand PM. From our work together to tackle climate change to forging an exciting new trade partnership, the UK and NZ have great things to look forward to in the future,’ Prime Minister and conservative party leader Mr Johnson said. 

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Social media users have condemned the PM for his apparent 'snub' of the Kiwi leader, and described him as 'churlish' for not posting a public message of support

Social media users have condemned the PM for his apparent 'snub' of the Kiwi leader, and described him as 'churlish' for not posting a public message of support

Social media users have condemned the PM for his apparent ‘snub’ of the Kiwi leader, and described him as ‘churlish’ for not posting a public message of support

Mr Trudeau said: ‘Congratulations, @JacindaArdern. Whether it’s fighting climate change, empowering women and girls around the world, or ensuring equitable vaccine distribution, I look forward to continuing our work together – and keeping the Canada-New Zealand friendship strong.’

The Dalai Lama even congratulated Ms Ardern for her victory.

‘I congratulate Jacinda Ardern on her party’s resounding victory in the New Zealand general election,’ he said.

‘I admire the courage, wisdom and leadership, as well as the calm, compassion and respect for others, she has shown in these challenging times.’ 

A spokesman for Mr Morrison said the prime minister contacted Ms Ardern last night and both he and his wife passed on their congratulations to her and partner Clarke and daughter Neve.

‘The Prime Minister contacted Jacinda Ardern last night and he and Jen passed on their congratulations to PM Ardern, Clarke and Neve, which they appreciated. 

‘The PMs are both looking forward to the Bledisloe today at Eden Park where they have a carry over bet from last week.

‘The PMs have always had a very strong personal working relationship which will continue.’ 

But Twitter has been alight with comments from disgruntled users who claim it is insulting that the leader of New Zealand’s closest neighbour is yet to publicly congratulate her. 

‘Has Scott Morrison sent our congratulations to Jacinda Ardern yet? Or is he still under a doona somewhere? He does seem to be unraveling pretty rapidly,’ wrote actor Mark Langham.

‘Has Scott Morrison congratulated his counterpart on her thumping win yet?,’ asked Lucy Downes.

‘Have I missed Scott Morrison’s congratulatory tweet?,’ added Cathy Thomson.

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Politicians around the world, including UK leader Boris Johnson and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau were among the first to congratulate the PM

Politicians around the world, including UK leader Boris Johnson and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau were among the first to congratulate the PM

Politicians around the world, including UK leader Boris Johnson and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau were among the first to congratulate the PM

Ms Ardern and Mr Morrison haven’t always enjoyed the friendliest of relationships and butted heads earlier this year over Australia’s deportation policy.

She previously admitted the policy could be ‘corrosive’ to the friendship between the two nations, after Mr Morrison expressed his intentions to deport criminals who were born in New Zealand.  

Ms Ardern has insisted many of the criminals have ‘almost no connection’ to New Zealand.

‘In friendships there will sometimes be issues that can be corrosive,’ she told Newshub at the time.

‘Deportation continues to be one of those issues.’

The duo have also not seen eye-to-eye on climate change policy.

During the Pacific Islands Forum in Tuvalu in 2019 – an independent island nation in the South Pacific – Ardern warned that the Morrison Government ‘will have to answer to the Pacific’ on global warming. 

Her comments prompted conservative former radio host Alan Jones to encourage Mr Morrison to ‘shove a sock down her throat’. 

But the relationship between the two nations seems stronger than ever, proven by the COVID-19 bubble which began just last Friday.

Voters rewarded Ms Ardern for her successful handling of COVID-19 after the country extinguished the disease with only 1,883 cases and 25 deaths recorded

Voters rewarded Ms Ardern for her successful handling of COVID-19 after the country extinguished the disease with only 1,883 cases and 25 deaths recorded

Voters rewarded Ms Ardern for her successful handling of COVID-19 after the country extinguished the disease with only 1,883 cases and 25 deaths recorded

Former Labor party leader Bill Shorten congratulated Ms Ardern on social media

Former Labor party leader Bill Shorten congratulated Ms Ardern on social media

Former Labor party leader Bill Shorten congratulated Ms Ardern on social media

New Zealanders have been welcomed into New South Wales and the Northern Territory without the need to quarantine – a clear message that Mr Morrison and the Australian government is satisfied with the steps taken to stem the spread of the virus across the ditch. 

Ms Ardern will not consider opening her borders to Australians until the entire nation manages 28 days straight without a single case of community transmission. 

Voters rewarded Ms Ardern for her successful handling of COVID-19 after the country extinguished the disease with only 1,883 cases and 25 deaths recorded.

As the pandemic began to gather pace across the globe, the PM in March opted for a draconian lockdown and sealed off the country’s border to all but returning citizens while shuttering non-essential shops and bars.

Coupled with New Zealand’s obvious geographical advantage – an island with a sparse population – the virus was not allowed to spread to the same extent it has done so rapidly in other nations.

In a unifying victory speech at Auckland Town Hall, Ms Ardern said: ‘Tonight’s result has been strong and it is clear that Labour will lead the government for the next three years.

‘We will build back better from the COVID crisis. This is our opportunity to take on poverty and inequality. Let’s step forward together.’

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern arrives at an Auckland cafe the day after securing a landslide win in New Zealand's election

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern arrives at an Auckland cafe the day after securing a landslide win in New Zealand's election

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern arrives at an Auckland cafe the day after securing a landslide win in New Zealand’s election

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Annastacia Palaszczuk denies waiting for polling data before making Queensland border decision

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Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has denied receiving crucial polling data in the hours before Friday’s decision to open up Queensland’s borders to much of New South Wales. 

Leaked documents from a research company, which has previously been hired by the Queensland government to work on its coronavirus response, showed a swing in support for open borders.

The research is dated from Thursday, just hours before Ms Palaszczuk – who faces an election on Saturday – announced she would let more NSW towns enter the state. 

But she claims the decision was made as a result of the advice of Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young, and that she had never seen the data.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk (pictured) has insisted her decision was made purely on medical evidence

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk (pictured) has insisted her decision was made purely on medical evidence

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk (pictured) has insisted her decision was made purely on medical evidence

Protesters are seen outside the debate between Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington at the Queensland Media Club in Brisbane on Friday

Protesters are seen outside the debate between Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington at the Queensland Media Club in Brisbane on Friday

Protesters are seen outside the debate between Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington at the Queensland Media Club in Brisbane on Friday

Dr Young said she gave the advice because Sydney suffered four cases of community transmission on Thursday, one of which could not be traced to a known contact. 

In the polling data, seen by The Courier Mail, support for opening borders in state had swung from as little as 15 per cent earlier in the pandemic to 51 per cent.

A spokesman for the premier told the outlet that Ms Palaszczuk had ‘never received the research’ and the Queensland government had not commissioned it.

The long-awaited announcement came as a relief to many wanting to travel in the warmer months, but Sydneysiders were told they will still be kept out.

Ms Palaszczuk, who faces a state election on Saturday, previously said she hoped to ease the hard border with NSW on Sunday after it was reimposed in August to stem the spread of the coronavirus.

But she has pushed the opening back to Tuesday and banned residents from all 32 Greater Sydney local government areas. 

Leaked polling by Newgate Research shows how Queenslanders are tracking throughout the pandemic.

‘Support for state borders opening within a month has increased significantly this week among those from QLD (51 per cent up from 42 per cent last week) and South Australia (51% up from 38% last week),’ it said, according to the newspaper.

Victorians (pictured in Melbourne) remain banned from Queensland and all other states except the Northern Territory where they must pay $2,500 for hotel quarantine

Victorians (pictured in Melbourne) remain banned from Queensland and all other states except the Northern Territory where they must pay $2,500 for hotel quarantine

Victorians (pictured in Melbourne) remain banned from Queensland and all other states except the Northern Territory where they must pay $2,500 for hotel quarantine

Ms Palaszczuk was on the campaign trail on the Gold Coast on Thursday ahead of Saturday's election

Ms Palaszczuk was on the campaign trail on the Gold Coast on Thursday ahead of Saturday's election

Ms Palaszczuk was on the campaign trail on the Gold Coast on Thursday ahead of Saturday’s election

Queensland’s support for borders to open has gone from a low of 15 per cent to 51 per cent this week.

Polling also showed a significant increase in support for borders to be completely reopened by Christmas, with support now at 65 per cent.

Meanwhile, support for international borders opening remains low at just 22 per cent.  

‘The Chief Health Officer came in and she presented me with what she wanted to do in relation to the borders,’ the premier said on Friday.

‘I said to her, “Is this your expert medical advice? Is this what you want to do?”

‘She said yes and I said I accept your advice, now that’s the health advise based on community transmission.’

Flights from Sydney to the Gold Coast (pictured) on Sunday are nearly at capacity, while the airport has reported 'good bookings' for the rest of the week

Flights from Sydney to the Gold Coast (pictured) on Sunday are nearly at capacity, while the airport has reported 'good bookings' for the rest of the week

Flights from Sydney to the Gold Coast (pictured) on Sunday are nearly at capacity, while the airport has reported ‘good bookings’ for the rest of the week

Motorists are stopped at a checkpoint at Coolangatta on the Queensland-New South Wales border when it was re-introduced in August

Motorists are stopped at a checkpoint at Coolangatta on the Queensland-New South Wales border when it was re-introduced in August

Motorists are stopped at a checkpoint at Coolangatta on the Queensland-New South Wales border when it was re-introduced in August

Ms Palaszczuk sad she has to take Dr Young’s advice as they are in the ‘best interests of the state’ despite residents calling for borders to open.

‘If that had happened back in July, I still firmly believe the consequences for Queensland families would have been diabolical,’ she said.

New South Wales residents who have been outside Greater Sydney for 14 days will be allowed to enter Queensland from 1am on 3 November. 

They will be allowed to fly from Sydney Airport but must not stop anywhere else in the city.

Victorians remain banned from Queensland and all other states except the Northern Territory where they must pay $2,500 for hotel quarantine.

Dr Young previously said the NSW border would not be opened until the state went 28 consecutive days without mystery cases.

‘Yesterday they had four new cases and one of those cases they could not link to any other known clusters,’ she said.

Traditionally, Gold Coast theme parks employ about 500 seasonal workers over the busy summer season. Pictured: Sea World

Traditionally, Gold Coast theme parks employ about 500 seasonal workers over the busy summer season. Pictured: Sea World

Traditionally, Gold Coast theme parks employ about 500 seasonal workers over the busy summer season. Pictured: Sea World

Annastacia Palaszczuk (right) previously indicated she hoped to ease the hard border, which was introduced to stem the spread of COVID-19, from 1 November

Annastacia Palaszczuk (right) previously indicated she hoped to ease the hard border, which was introduced to stem the spread of COVID-19, from 1 November

Annastacia Palaszczuk (right) previously indicated she hoped to ease the hard border, which was introduced to stem the spread of COVID-19, from 1 November 

‘Sydney is one city and people move around that city. That is why those 32 LGAs all need to be declared hot spots. Outside those 32 LGAs, there have not been any cases in the previous 28 days.’

Dr Young added: ‘They have cases there that they do not know about that are spreading in that community. It is all about unlinked cases.’

Asked when Sydneysiders will be allowed in, she said: ‘You asking me to look into a crystal ball. I genuinely do not know. It depends what happens with the virus.’

The ban on more than five million Sydney residents will devastate Queensland tourism businesses who are desperate for cashed-up customers while international travellers remain banned indefinitely. 

Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Friday morning urged Ms Palaszczuk to open the border, saying: ‘We can’t stay stuck in neutral. We’ve got to gear up again.’ 

NSW Premier Gladys Berejikian wants the QLD border opened

NSW Premier Gladys Berejikian wants the QLD border opened

Prime Minister Scott Morrison wants all borders opened

Prime Minister Scott Morrison wants all borders opened

NSW Premier Gladys Berejikian and Prime Minister Scott Morrison have both encouraged Ms Palaszczuk to reopen her border

What are the border restrictions?

New South Wales: Exemption required if coming from VIC

Victoria: No restrictions

Queensland: Exemption required if coming from VIC or Greater Sydney. Due to open to rest of NSW on 3 November

South Australia: Exemption required if coming from VIC

Tasmania: Will open to NSW on 2 November. Exemption required if coming from VIC

Western Australia: Exemption required from anywhere

ACT: Exemption required if coming from VIC

Northern Territory: Victorians must quarantine at their own expense 

Australia: Only people who have been in New Zealand for 14 days can enter without hotel quarantine

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Gregory John Richardson victims furious at knowledge rapist could be out in just five years

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Sexual assault survivors of a truck driver who preyed on women over almost 20 years cried in court when they learnt their attacker could be out of jail in just five years. 

Gregory John Richardson, 53, was sentenced to at least seven years in prison for attacks on four girls between 1989 and 2007 in Epping, northwest Sydney.

His sentence was backdated to the time of his arrest in 2018, the Daily Telegraph reported, meaning he could be out in just five years.

The court heard the truck driver preyed on his victims, the youngest just 14, at night, hiding in bushes and attacking them from behind.

Gregory John Richardson (pictured), 53, was sentenced to at least seven years in prison for attacking four girls in Epping, northwest Sydney, between 1989 and 2007

Gregory John Richardson (pictured), 53, was sentenced to at least seven years in prison for attacking four girls in Epping, northwest Sydney, between 1989 and 2007

Gregory John Richardson (pictured), 53, was sentenced to at least seven years in prison for attacking four girls in Epping, northwest Sydney, between 1989 and 2007

He told the schoolgirl while she was walking home: ‘Don’t call the police or I will hurt you’.

The first two rapes, of a 16-year-old girl and another aged 15, took place in 1989 and 1994. 

Richardson threatened the life of a 16-year-old girl when she tried to get a look at her attacker, Nine News reported.

The next attack on a 14-year-old girl happened in 2003, but was interrupted when someone walked by.

An assault on a 25-year-old woman in 2007 was also stopped after she screamed and he fled.  

In one vicious assault Richardson wore a ‘shiny pink halter bikini top’ and ‘fluorescent yellow knickers’ when grabbing a woman at her front door. 

Defence lawyer Daniel McMahon told the court Richardson was forced to wear women’s lingerie when he was abused by his father.

This led to his offending and developing mental health issues, Mr McMahon argued. 

Mr McMahon’s claims were supported by forensic psychologist Stephen Woods, who said Richardson may have been suffering psychosis and PTSD at the time of the attacks.

But this provided little comfort for his victims, aged between 14 and 25 at the time of the attacks, who were supported by friends and family in court. 

Victim impact statements tendered to the court stated the women are still haunted by the horrifying assaults and experience nightmares and flashbacks.   

The court heard the truck driver (pictured during his arrest) preyed on his victims - the youngest just 14 - at night

The court heard the truck driver (pictured during his arrest) preyed on his victims - the youngest just 14 - at night

The court heard the truck driver (pictured during his arrest) preyed on his victims – the youngest just 14 – at night

Richardson (pictured during arrest) could be out of jail in August 2025, after his arrest in 2018 when DNA evidence from his jailed brother linked him to the crime

Richardson (pictured during arrest) could be out of jail in August 2025, after his arrest in 2018 when DNA evidence from his jailed brother linked him to the crime

Richardson (pictured during arrest) could be out of jail in August 2025, after his arrest in 2018 when DNA evidence from his jailed brother linked him to the crime

One of the victims walked out in tears after the sentence was handed down, while a supporter shouted ‘bulls***’.

Judge Peter Berman said girls and women have the right to walk home without fear of being attacked. 

‘Sadly, the offender too was the victim of sexual assaults of his father. He too has suffered long lasting effects as a result,’ Judge Berman said.

‘His father forced him to wear stockings and other female attire which were ripped off him before he was raped and forced to commit oral sex.’

Richardson could be out of jail in August 2025, after his arrest in 2018 when DNA evidence from his brother linked him to the crime. 

The truck driver said he had no memory of the incidents, but pleaded guilty to aggravated sexual assault of a minor, sexual assault, assault occasioning actual bodily harm, aggravated indecent assault of a minor and assault with an act of indecency. 

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Lil Wayne praises Donald Trump and his work on criminal justice reform after their ‘great meeting’

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Lil Wayne on Thursday praised Donald Trump and his work on criminal justice reform, saying the president’s Platinum Plan to benefit black Americans ‘is going to give the community real ownership’.

The rapper tweeted about the pair’s ‘great meeting’ at the commander in chief’s resort in Doral, Florida, sharing an image of the two men.

Lil Wayne tweeted: ‘Just had a great meeting with @realdonaldtrump @potus besides what he’s done so far with criminal reform, the platinum plan is going to give the community real ownership.

‘He listened to what we had to say today and assured he will and can get it done.’

Trump later retweeted the post.

The meeting with Lil Wayne comes after other prominent black artists 50 Cent and Ice Cube appeared to lend their support to the president. Rapper Lil Pump also endorsed Trump on his Instagram page on Monday.

Despite urging fans to ‘VOTE For TRUMP’ earlier this month, 50 Cent criticized Lil Wayne, tweeting the photo of the younger rapper with the president saying, ‘Oh no WAYNE, I WOULD HAVE NEVER TOOK THIS PICTURE.’

Lil Wayne on Thursday praised Donald Trump and his work on criminal justice reform, saying the president's Platinum Plan to benefit black Americans 'is going to give the community real ownership'. The rapper tweeted about the pair's 'great meeting' at the commander in chief's resort in Doral, Florida, sharing an image of the two men

Lil Wayne on Thursday praised Donald Trump and his work on criminal justice reform, saying the president's Platinum Plan to benefit black Americans 'is going to give the community real ownership'. The rapper tweeted about the pair's 'great meeting' at the commander in chief's resort in Doral, Florida, sharing an image of the two men

Lil Wayne on Thursday praised Donald Trump and his work on criminal justice reform, saying the president’s Platinum Plan to benefit black Americans ‘is going to give the community real ownership’. The rapper tweeted about the pair’s ‘great meeting’ at the commander in chief’s resort in Doral, Florida, sharing an image of the two men

Lil Wayne tweeted: 'Just had a great meeting with @realdonaldtrump @potus besides what he's done so far with criminal reform, the platinum plan is going to give the community real ownership. 'He listened to what we had to say today and assured he will and can get it done.' Trump later retweeted the post

Lil Wayne tweeted: 'Just had a great meeting with @realdonaldtrump @potus besides what he's done so far with criminal reform, the platinum plan is going to give the community real ownership. 'He listened to what we had to say today and assured he will and can get it done.' Trump later retweeted the post

Lil Wayne tweeted: ‘Just had a great meeting with @realdonaldtrump @potus besides what he’s done so far with criminal reform, the platinum plan is going to give the community real ownership. ‘He listened to what we had to say today and assured he will and can get it done.’ Trump later retweeted the post

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany says White House officials have been speaking to Lil Wayne’s team for some time, and it culminated with Thursday’s meeting when the president campaigned in Florida.

She said: ‘I think you’re seeing a lot of supporters come off the sidelines and want to joint president in a second term.’

While Joe Biden is expected to win the vast majority of black voters in next week’s election, Trump has courted them and hopes to shave into Democrats’ historic advantage in the community.

The image sparked a backlash from some online. Comedian Sarah Cooper tweeted: ”He assured me we will get it done’ My god how dumb are you.’

Ice Cube on Sunday defended his co-working effort with Trump on his Black Economic Empowerment 'Platinum Plan' saying, 'I’m not playing politics with this'

Ice Cube on Sunday defended his co-working effort with Trump on his Black Economic Empowerment 'Platinum Plan' saying, 'I’m not playing politics with this'

Ice Cube on Sunday defended his co-working effort with Trump on his Black Economic Empowerment ‘Platinum Plan’ saying, ‘I’m not playing politics with this’

50 Cent sparked a social media circus when he shared an image of the super tax the Democrat candidate was proposing – 62 percent for those earning more than $400,000 in New York City, 50 Cent's home

50 Cent sparked a social media circus when he shared an image of the super tax the Democrat candidate was proposing – 62 percent for those earning more than $400,000 in New York City, 50 Cent's home

50 Cent sparked a social media circus when he shared an image of the super tax the Democrat candidate was proposing – 62 percent for those earning more than $400,000 in New York City, 50 Cent’s home

What is the Platinum Plan?

The Platinum Plan lays out Trump’s ‘promise to Black America’ if he wins a second term, including a push for economic development and loan money and a pledge to designate Juneteenth as a federal holiday.

The plan unveiled last month included a long list of promises, with few details on how they would be paid for or fulfilled.

‘If you vote Republican over the next four years, we will create 3 million new jobs for the Black community, open 500,000 new black-owned businesses, increase access to capital in Black communities by $500 billion,’ Trump said.

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Ice Cube on Sunday defended his co-working effort with Trump on his Black Economic Empowerment ‘Platinum Plan’ saying, ‘I’m not playing politics with this’.

The hip hop icon said the Biden campaign wanted to work with him after the election and the Trump campaign showed more immediate interest.

The artist said he sat down with Trump advisor Jared Kushner for three hours about the proposal.

Rapper 50 Cent has indicated his support for Trump in social media posts.

He sparked a social media circus when he shared an image of the super tax the Democrat candidate was proposing – 62 percent for those earning more than $400,000 in New York City, 50 Cent’s home.

‘WHAT THE F***! (VOTE ForTRUMP) IM OUT.’ 50 Cent wrote. ‘I don’t care Trump doesn’t like black people 62% are you out of ya f***ing mind.’

Radio personality Charlamagne Tha God then credited Trump with attempting to reach young black male voters, a group he said ‘never gets courted’ during election campaigns.

In September at a ‘Black Voices for Trump’ event in Atlanta, Georgia, Trump announced what his campaign dubbed a ‘Platinum Plan’ laying out his ‘promise to Black America’ if he wins a second term, including a push for economic development and loan money and a pledge to designate Juneteenth as a federal holiday.

Juneteenth, which commemorates the end of slavery in the United States, is so named because June 19, 1865, is when slaves were freed in Galveston, Texas.

Rapper 50 Cent has indicated his support for Trump in social media posts. On Thursday he tweeted: 'oh no WAYNE, I WOULD HAVE NEVER TOOK THIS PICTURE'

Rapper 50 Cent has indicated his support for Trump in social media posts. On Thursday he tweeted: 'oh no WAYNE, I WOULD HAVE NEVER TOOK THIS PICTURE'

Rapper 50 Cent has indicated his support for Trump in social media posts. On Thursday he tweeted: ‘oh no WAYNE, I WOULD HAVE NEVER TOOK THIS PICTURE’

50 Cent tweeted a shot of the tax rates Democratic candidate Joe Biden and running mate Kamala Harris are proposing in their administration

50 Cent tweeted a shot of the tax rates Democratic candidate Joe Biden and running mate Kamala Harris are proposing in their administration

50 Cent tweeted a shot of the tax rates Democratic candidate Joe Biden and running mate Kamala Harris are proposing in their administration

Influential black men who have supported Donald Trump

50 Cent: Rapper 50 Cent endorsed Donald Trump stating that Joe Biden’s tax policy will turn him into ’20 Cent.’

The Hip-Hop mogul, 45, sparked a social media circus when he shared an image of the super tax the Democrat candidate was proposing – 62 percent for those earning more than $400,000 in New York City, 50 Cent’s home.

‘WHAT THE F—! (VOTE ForTRUMP) IM OUT.’ 50 Cent wrote. ‘I don’t care Trump doesn’t like black people 62% are you out of ya f—ing mind.’

50 Cent later appeared to change his mind, saying: ‘F*** Donald Trump, I never liked him.’ After Lil Wayne’s post he tweeted: ‘oh no WAYNE, I WOULD HAVE NEVER TOOK THIS PICTURE.’

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Ice Cube: The rapper confirmed that he will collaborate with the Trump Administration on a program to invest in black communities.

He defended his decision to work with Donald Trump on a plan for black Americans, insisting he is ‘working with whoever is in power’ and that he is ‘not on nobody’s team’.

Ice Cube hit headlines after it was revealed his organization would work with the Trump administration’s Platinum Plan, which the President has held up as a program to support invest capital in black communities.

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Herschel Walker: The retired football great has also voiced his support for Trump.

In a recent interview, he slammed the press for not scrutinizing Joe Biden’s relationship with a former Klansman-turned-senator while warning that voters should re-elect President Trump because ‘Democrats do not like America.’

The former All Pro running back, who spoke in support of Trump at the Republican National Convention this past summer, said Democrats will ‘take your freedoms’ if they win in November.

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Dennis Rodman: Former NBA star Rodman has previously said that he likes Trump as a friend but has been more tight-lipped about whether he likes him as president.

He took an about turn this year, however, calling Trump for a ‘Make America Great Again’ tweet days after he death of black man George Floyd in police custody.

‘Make America Safe for minorities,’ Rodman returned.

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Mike Tyson: Trump and Tyson have had a rocky friendship and business partnerships for at least 30 years.

Tyson endorsed Trump for president in 2016 and is said to have played an instrumental part in securing votes.

The pair still appear to be close friends with Trump in May sending words of encouragement via Twitter after Tyson announced his plan to return to the ring.

‘Keep punching Mike!’ he wrote.

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Floyd Mayweather: In November 2016 as Trump was elected, Mayweather defended his vulgar comments about women calling it ‘locker room talk’.

‘Listen, if y’all didn’t want the man in the White House, y’all should have voted the other way,’ Mayweather told Hollywood Unlocked.

More recently he has tried to distance himself from the president, however, and hit back at claims that they are friends.

‘I don’t want my name in no bulls–t,’ Mayweather told TMZ in 2018. ‘I’m out of it.’

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Kanye West: While the rapper is attempting to run for the presidency himself this year, he has previously spoken out in support of Trump and worn a Make America Great Again hat as he visited the Oval Office in 2018.

He told Trump that he ‘is on his hero’s journey’. West told Trump, ‘I love you,’ as he came around to give him a hug.

On July 4, he announced that he no longer supported Trump as he launched his own presidential bid.

‘I am taking the red hat off, with this interview,’ he told Forbes.

He also said it was wrong to assume that black people will always vote for Democrats. ‘To say that the Black vote is Democratic is a form of racism and white supremacy,’ he claimed.

The rapper has denied claims that he is being used by Trump to siphon black votes from the Democrats with his presidential bid this year.

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Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron: The Kentucky AG has become a high-profile name this year for his role in the Breonna Taylor case.

Trump also shortlisted him on his Supreme Court nominee list and he spoke at the Republican National Convention in support of the president.

Cameron has claimed that Trump is the ‘best for this country’ amid racial strife.

‘Whether it be economically, or whether it is related to how he fights every day for the American worker,’ he told ABC News.

‘I appreciate the values that this party upholds and I think they’ve been consistent with the way that the president has conducted himself in the last four years.’

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Shawne Merriman: The former linebacker has said that he believes Trump is misunderstood but that he has ‘always been a good friend’.

‘He’s a little bit more honest than others,’ Merriman admitted.

He had been a critic of Clinton in the lead-up to the 2016 election, slamming her over the email scandal.

‘Moral of the story, you lose when you delete,’ he tweeted after Trump’s victory.

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