Washington, Aug 30 (AP/UNB)— President Donald Trump urged evangelical leaders this week to get out the vote ahead of the upcoming midterm elections and warned of "violence" by opponents if they fail.
Trump made the dire warning at a White House dinner Monday evening attended by dozens of conservative Christian pastors, ministers and supporters of his administration.
Trump was stressing the stakes in November when he warned that, if Democrats win, they "will overturn everything that we've done and they'll do it quickly and violently," according to attendees and audio of his closed-door remarks obtained by media outlets, including The New York Times. He specifically mentioned self-described antifa, or anti-fascist groups, describing them as "violent people."
Asked Wednesday what he meant, Trump told reporters, "I just hope there won't be violence."
"If you look at what happens ... there's a lot of unnecessary violence all over the world, but also in this country. And I don't want to see it," Trump said.
At the dinner, Trump talked up his administration's efforts to bolster conservative Christian causes and urged those gathered to get their "people" to vote, warning the efforts could quickly be undone.
"I just ask you to go out and make sure all of your people vote," Trump said, according to the Times. "Because if they don't — it's Nov. 6 — if they don't vote we're going to have a miserable two years and we're going to have, frankly, a very hard period of time because then it just gets to be one election — you're one election away from losing everything you've got."
Ohio Pastor Darrell Scott, an early Trump supporter who attended the dinner, said he interpreted the comments differently than the media has portrayed them.
"It wasn't any kind of dire warning," Scott said, "... except the things that we've been working on as a body of voters will be reversed and overturned."
"What he was saying," Scott continued, is that "there are some violent people ... but it wasn't that we've got to worry about murder on the streets and chaos and anarchy ... just that the things we've worked for will be overturned."
Tony Perkins, the president of the Family Research Council and another attendee, said he, too, interpreted Trump's message as a warning not to be complacent.
While Trump did make a reference to antifa, Perkins told CNN, "I don't think anybody in the room suggested that there was going to be violence across the nation."
"I did not interpret him to say that the outcome of the election is going to lead (to) violence in the streets, and violence in the churches," he told CNN.
Kathmandhu, Aug 30 (UNB) - Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi had a meeting here on Thursday and they agreed to work together for the welfare of the people of the two countries.
PM's press secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters after the meeting held at Hotel Soaltee Crowne Plaza in Tahachal Marg.
"They both agreed to work together for the development of the fate of the people of the two neighbouring countries ," said Ihsanul Karim.
He said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina expressed her gratitude to India for their support to Bangladesh from its Liberation War to development activities. "We want to take this friendship to a newer height," the Prime Minister was quoted as saying.
Narendra Modi said both the countries want to help each other for their mutual benefits.
The two Prime Ministers hoped that Bimstec will go a long way in economic development of its member countries through enhanced cooperation among themselves.
Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali, Bangladesh High Commissioner to India Syed Moazzem Ali, Principal Secretary Md Nojibur Rahman and Foreign Secretary Md Shahidul Haque were, among others, from Bangladesh side.
Dhaka, Aug 30 (UNB) - BNP senior leader Moudud Ahmed on Thursday said their party will form a commission, if it returns to power, to investigate all the incidents of enforced disappearance and put those responsible on trial.
“BNP as a party will be committed to identifying those involved in such killings and enforced disappearances, and ensuring punishment of them one day. We’ll do it surely if we get a chance,” he said.
Speaking at a discussion, the BNP leader further said, “We need to form a commission to do that. The Commission will identify those who are involved in the incidents and thus ensure punishment to them.”
BNP arranged the programme at the Supreme Court Bar Association auditorium, marking the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances.
Moududl, also a former Law Minister, said the violation of human rights in the country has become so acute that it cannot be described in words. “The country is going through continuous unjust, torture, arrest, abduction and extrajudicial killings,” he said.
“If we get the chance, we’ll try to bring fair politics and an environment for fair democratic practice in the country,” he added.
Moudud also alleged that the government does not observe the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances recognised by the United Nations because it has been ‘patronising’ the abductions of the 1972-75 period and from 2009 to till date.
He further alleged that the government is using ‘state tools’ for violating the human rights.
The discussion programme was presided over by BNP Vice-chairman Abdullah Al Noman while BNP Joint Secretary General Barrister Mahbub Uddin Khokon and Human Rights Affairs Secretary Advocate Asaduzzaman also spoke on the occasion.
Sylhet, Aug 30 (UNB) – Referring to the party’s debacle in the Sylhet City Corporation (SCC) polls, Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader on Thursday said actions will be taken against the leaders and activists who acted against the party.
“Those who were engaged in self-destructive activities during the SCC polls won’t be spared. They’ve to face exemplary punishment,” he said while addressing rally organised by district and city units of Awami League at Registrar ground marking the National Mourning Day.
Quader, also Road Transport and Bridges Minister, further said, “I haven’t come here to deliver speech, but to look into the allegations raised about the SCC election.”
In the SCC polls, BNP's Ariful Haque Chowdhury defeated Awami League mayoral candidate Badar Uddin Ahmed Kamran. Many blamed the defeat on the betrayal by some Awami League leaders.
Sherpur, Aug 29 (UNB) – Detectives in a drive arrested three leaders of BNP and its youth wing Jubo Dal from different parts of the district town on Tuesday night in connection with a case filed under Anti-terrorism Act.
The arrestees are Shafiqul Islam Masud, 38, president of district unit Jubo Dal, Abdul Malek, 53, joint convener of Sadar unit BNP and Rashiqul Islam Riyel, 42, joint convener of town unit BNP.
Inspector Nawajesh Ahmed of Detective Branch of police said all of them were arrested in connection with a case filed under the Anti-terrorism Act.