BELGIAN NATIONAL DAY – A PROMISING MILITARY PARADE

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keywords: belgian national day, military parade, d’arméi, belgium. The 21st of July marks the Belgian National Day and with it its military parade in the heart of Brussels on the Place des Palais. A military and civilian parade on the “proud to serve” theme this year 2017. An air parade opened by the Red Devils will precede the parade of the equipments and men. A detachment of the Luxembourg army with men and equipments will also be present, as well as French, German and Dutch detachments. A promising parade that…

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LUXEMBOURG ARMY – DEPLOYMENT IN LITHUANIA – NATO MISSION

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keywords: enhanced forward presence, nato, lithuania, arméi, luxembourg. The Lithuanian Ministry of Defense confirms the arrival of Luxembourg soldiers on its soil by the port of Klaipėda on 17 July late night. These soldiers intervene as part of the “Enhanced Forward Presence” (eFP), a NATO mission to ensure the security of the Eastern European Alliance member countries ( The Baltic States and Poland) with regard to the potential risks posed by Russia following the annexation of the Crimea and support for the pro-Russian separatist militias in eastern Ukraine. This reinforcement…

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DEFENSE 2025 ROADMAP – BUDGET HIKE AND AMBITIOUS STRATEGY

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keywords: defense 2025 roadmap, francine closener, d’arméi, luxembourg. After the great success of the Open Door at Diekirch Military Center last Sunday, Defense Secretary Francine Closener presented today the “Guidelines of the Luxembourg Defense to 2025 and beyond”. The increase of the military budget, the recruitment strategy, the purchase of monitoring drones, but that’s not all. Reminding the efforts made since 2014 to increase the share of the military budget in GDP and the future efforts to be made in the new NATO missions, the following guidelines are announced: Confirmation…

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LUXEMBOURG PALACE – SOLEMN CHANGING OF THE GUARD

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keywords: solemn changing of the guard, grand-ducal palace, luxembourg. The coming weekend is full of military events. As the Army celebrates the 50th anniversary of the voluntary military service and opens the doors of the Diekirch Military Center to visitors on Sunday 09 July, it will be the capital city that the day before will welcome the solemn changing of the Guard in front of the Grand-Ducal Palace Saturday 08 July at 4.00 pm. An event awaited by the locals and tourists, the changing of the Guard is experiencing a…

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LUXEMBOURG – OPEN DOOR AT DIEKIRCH MILITARY CENTER

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keywords: military center door open, diekirch, d’arméi, luxembourg. As the Army celebrates 50 years of voluntary military service in Luxembourg, the Diekirch Military Center opens its doors to the public on Sunday, July 09, 2017 from 10 am to 6 pm. Throughout the day materials will be exhibited and demonstrations will be carried out according to the planing below. For safety reasons it is not advisable to come with a backpack and access by car to the “Härebierg” will be allowed only for people with reduced mobility. Demonstration program: 11.00-11.30…

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LUXEMBOURG – A VOLUNTARY MILITARY SERVICE ATTRACTIVE

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keywords: voluntary military service, army, luxembourg. While Luxembourg Army is celebrating 50 years of voluntary military service this year, the government is trying to make the military career more attractive. For a long time poorly considered, the military career is increasingly considered by young people, rejuvenation of staff is under way. While the law of 28 June 1967 put an end to compulsory military service by introducing voluntary service, since that date more than 8,350 volunteer soldiers have joined the Army. In 1987, voluntary military service was opened to women….

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DEFENSE – LUXEMBOURG TO BUY TANKER-AIRCRAFTS

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keywords: defense, nato, tanker-transport aircrafts, brussels, luxembourg. At the initiative of Luxembourg and the Netherlands a memorandum of understanding for a European multinational fleet of Airbus tanker-transport aircrafts was signed in July 2016, ordering two Airbus A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport aircrafts, which should be delivered in 2020. On Thursday, June 29, 2017, Germany and Norway join the initiative, and at the same time the fleet goes from two to seven ordered aircrafts. The units will be delivered from 2020 onwards. Four will be stationed at Eindhoven airbase (the Netherlands), the…

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NATIONAL DAY – WHY THE AWACS IS FROM LUXEMBOURG

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keywords: national day luxembourg, military parade, awacs, nato, luxembourg. The military parade of the National Day last Friday impressed by its quality on the one hand and by the overflight by 2 times of an AWACS aircraft. And after the great success of this day, many have wondered how such a small country can have such a aircraft with the lion’s head. As soon as NATO’s first Boeing E-3A AWACS became operational in 1982, it was decided to register them in Luxembourg, since this country does not have any air…

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LUXEMBOURG NATIONAL DAY – AWACS AND C-130 OVERFLIGHT

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keywords: national day luxembourg, military parade, c-130, awacs. The Government is today communicating the details of the planning of the festivities on 22 and 23 June. At the time of the military parade avenue de la Liberté starting at 11:30 am and presided by HH Grand Duke Henri, the avenue will be overflown by a Lockheed Hercules C-130 piloted by a Luxembourger and an Awacs E-3A type, flying with the Luxembourg flag, closing the parade at around 1:00 pm. The Army Festival “Arméifest um Rousegäertchen” will start at 1:00 pm…

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DEFENSE – LOCKHEED MARTIN SELLS 440 F-35 TO 11 COUNTRIES

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keywords: lockheed martin, f-35, defense, president trump. According to insistent rumors Lockheed Martin (LMT) is about to sign the firm order of 440 F-35 type aircraft destined for 11 different countries including the United States to deliver until 2020. The aircraft is already a commercial success. The F-35 is the flagship of the US defense industry and to date only 2 countries have it, the United States and Israel. This aircraft is, in the opinion of the experts, without any competitor at present, and thus gives a considerable advance to…

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LUXEMBOURG NATIONAL DAY – ARMEIFEST PUBLIC INVITATION

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keywords: national day luxembourg, arméifest um rousegäertchen, luxembourg. On Wednesday, the Army General Staff, on the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of Volunteering with the Army and in the framework of the 175th Anniversary of Military Music, communicates on the public invite by the Luxembourg Army to attend the “Arméifest um Rousegäertchen”. Organized at the Place des Martyrs in Luxembourg-Ville, this popular festival celebrates the anniversary of these two milestones in the history of the Luxembourg Army will take place at the end of the military parade that takes place…

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DEFENSE – EU LAUNCHES FUND FOR HIGH TECH EQUIPMENT

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keywords: nato, european union, europe of defense, defense budget, luxembourg. The European Commission announced on Wednesday (07 June) the launch of a fund for the defense of the countries of the Union. This fund is expected to provide 500 million euros of money from the European Union to help buy and develop high-tech military projects such as drones or robotics. This amount is expected to double from 2020 to reach the billion euros annually. This decision comes as President Trump continues to press his NATO allies to increase their military…

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NORTH KOREA – NEW MISSILE LAUNCH DIRECTION JAPAN

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keywords: north korea, japan, missile, president trump. The Japanese authorities confirm this morning the launch of a North Korean short-range ballistic missile that has grounded 300 km off the coast of Japan. This launch is the 3rd in 3 weeks. The Japan Prime Minister promises a “concrete action” following this launch. This is not the first missile launch in direction of Japan, it is clearly targeted by North Korea. While appeals to resolve the crisis peacefully do not seem to be crowned with success the Japanese Prime Minister is increasing the tone…

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DEFENSE – NATO WILL HELP FIGHTING AGAINST DAESH/ISIS

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keywords: otan, defense, terrorism, luxembourg. Since taking office on January 20, President Trump has continued to put pressure on his NATO allies. German Chancellor Merkel faced it when going to Washington. The objective is for the members of the Organization to spend at least 2% of their GDP in military expenditure in order to contribute actively to NATO missions (defense and anti-terrorism), the United States considering they pay the defense of their allies without return from them. The United States has also voted a defense budget for next year up…

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LUXEMBOURG – GOVERNMENT WARNS ABOUT WANNACRY VIRUS

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keywords: cyber attack, cyber security, ransomware, wannacry, luxembourg. This Saturday, May 13 at 6 pm the Luxembourg Government communicates on the dangers of the “WannaCry” ransomware worldwide cyber attack. The Government explains that the virus is spread by the mailbox and that it uses a vulnerability of the Windows operating system. It is therefore recommended not to open doubtful e-mails. A Windows security update (MS17-010) is available and must be installed. For more than 24 hours now the world is facing what Europol calls ransomware “unprecedented attack”. Large companies and…

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DEFENSE – AIRBUS A400M DELIVERIES DELAYED AGAIN

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keywords: a400m, airbus military, nato, defense, luxembourg. With an increasing military budget, Luxembourg army wants to take on a new dimension. By 2020, the government plans to raise the military budget from 0.4% of GDP to 0.6% of GDP, a 50% increase. This increased budget allows the large recruitment of soldiers and the purchase of equipment such as drones, helicopters and transport aircraft. As for the transport aircraft, it is an Airbus Military A400m purchased jointly with other NATO allies (France, Germany, Belgium, Spain, Turkey). According to Reuters, Airbus Military may need…

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CYBER ATTACKS – MAIN PRESS WEBSITES IN FRANCE UNAVAILABLE

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keywords: cyber attack, ddos, cyber-security, press, france. After the massive attacks on the Luxembourg State servers, several French press websites such as Le Monde, Le Figaro, Sud Ouest, 20 Minutes, L’Obs were unavailable for about an hour on Wednesday afternoon. The cause is an IT attack, not to these titles directly, but to their IT provider. The situation was back to normal at 17:40. Cedexis company is the provider (a sort of web control tower that routes traffic based on network overload) that suffered a large DDOS attack. The main French media sites are…

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ETTELBRUCK – PUBLIC SECURITY DAY – A SUCCESS

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keywords: security, police, customs, firemen, army, ettelbruck, luxembourg. Today, the Security Profession Day in Ettelbrück is a great success. Even if the weather is not that good, it is in number that the onlookers are gathered in front of the materials and men. Since 10:00 this morning the pedestrian center of Ettelbrück is taken by the Public Security forces which expose material and men. In number are the representatives of the Luxembourg Army with heavy material and young soldiers who are available for questions. A camouflage workshop brings out the youngest faces…

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LUXEMBOURG – PUBLIC SECURITY RECRUITMENT DAY

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keywords: army, customs, police, firefighters, recruitment, ettelbrück, luxembourg. Ettelbrück city organizes a special day named “Your security – Our job”, a presentation day of the Public Security professions this Saturday, April 22, 2017. In the heart of the pedestrian center, men and equipment will be presented from 10:00 to 18:00. Whether you are planning a career in the Police, Army, Customs, Firefighters, or to make the little ones dream, this day is not to be missed. Share this page with:

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DEFENSE – HOW MUCH COSTS THE BOMB DROPPED ON ISIS

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keywords: defense, security price, united states, daesh. In our series on the price of defense, today what is the price of the largest non-nuclear bomb in the US military. The US fired yesterday Thursday this bomb on the Islamic State/Daesh in Afghanistan to destroy a set of underground tunnels and caves in which terrorists hide. But immediately a controversy over the price of this weapon broke out, the wildest figures circulating on social networks. According to official sources (Pentagon) one of these bombs costs $16 million, and 20 bombs of this type…

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CYBER ATTACKS – LUXEMBOURG MP KARTHEISER SEEKS CLARIFICATION

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keywords: cyberattacks, ddos, fernand kartheiser, xavier bettel, luxembourg. MP Fernand Kartheiser (ADR) sent a parliamentary question on 7 April requesting details of DDOS (Distributed Denial of Service) attacks that government servers and servers in some private companies in the Grand Duchy suffered recently. Among the private companies whose servers were attacked, the name of Paul Würth appeared in the press but the firm didn’t confirm. In a session to the Parliament few weeks ago, Prime Minister Bettel said that the heart of the State servers have not been reached, that the security…

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NORTH KOREA – TODAY’S MISSILE LAUNCH DIDN’T REACH INTENDED DISTANCE

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Photo AFP. keywords: north korea, missiles, united states, international affairs North Korea fired a ballistic missile today again, just few hours after President Trump talked again about the “North Korea problem” for its neighbors, South Korea first and all the western countries allies second, Japan, Philippines in the front. North Korea is looking for testing what could be nuclear missiles, able to target Japan or even the United States. Today’s launch could be interpreted as a provocation from North Korea after President Trump asked North Korea best ally China to…

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DEFENSE – LUXEMBOURG ARMY IS HIRING

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keywords: army, military, defense, jobs, luxembourg. The Luxembourg military recruits permanently. With a budget expected to rise from 0.4% of GDP to 0.6% of GDP by 2020, a 50% increase in 4 years time, and a questioning on the future of NATO, procurement equipment decisions (drones) have already been taken. And an increase in staff numbers is also planned. But attention, increasing numbers does not mean lower requirements. Even though it is composed of only a thousand men today, this military now plays an important role in supporting the abroad operations, and its role…

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SPACE – RECYCLED ROCKET LAUNCH WITH LUXEMBOURG SATELLITE SUCCESS

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Photo AFP. keywords: spacex, falcon, ses astra, satellites, luxembourg. The launch of a recycled rocket is a first. And for this first, Luxembourg is concerned. Indeed, the Falcon 9 rocket flew this Thursday at 18:27 (local time) from the American base of Cape Canaveral in Florida with on board the communications satellite SES 10. The orbiting of the satellite is successful. Space X has the ambition to recycle the launcher elements by retrieving them and reusing them for subsequent launches. Its President Elon Musk plans to reuse the launchers 10 to 20…

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CYBER ATTACKS – LUXEMBOURG IS INCREASINGLY TARGETED

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keywords: cyber attacks, wikileaks, cia, luxembourg. After Wikileaks revelations about cyber attacks by the CIA, Luxembourg’s Prime Minister Xavier Bettel was asked to confirm those facts. Answering a parliamentary question Prime Minister Bettel confirmed that Luxembourg is increasingly targeted by cyber attacks, but not necessarily by state actors. The authors of such attacks remain undetermined he stated. Luxembourg increasingly targeted. Prime Minister confirmed recent DDoS-attacks (distributed denial-of-service) to state servers and private companies servers but without core data or core systems reached. Vulnerabilities described in Wikileaks reports and observed in recent DDOS attacks are…

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NORTH KOREA – MISSILE EXPLODES JUST AFTER LAUNCH

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keywords: north korea, international affairs, tension, missile, united states.   A new missile launch test today from North Korea. But according to the American Military and South Koreas’s Defense Ministry the launch failed and the missile exploded just after launch. North Korea authorities deny the missile explosion. This launch comes as tension runs high between North-Korea and occidental countries, South Korea first but Japan and the United States too. Ten days ago Japan decided to dispatch its largest warship across South China Sea and last week the US House Intelligence Committee Chairman stated that…

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DEFENSE – PRESIDENT TRUMP SAYS NATIONS MUST PAY ‘FAIR SHARE’ FOR NATO

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keywords: press conference, president trump, chancellor merkel, otan, luxembourg, europe.   At the joint press conference on Friday afternoon with Chancellor Merkel, President Trump once again put pressure on the NATO allies. After confirming the strong commitment of the United States in NATO, he declared that the nations must pay a “fair price” to benefit from the protection of NATO, with Germany in mind, repeating its commitment of electoral campaign to make pay more to the nations to benefit from this protection mainly financed by the United States and without…

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DEFENSE – LUXEMBOURG PLANS TO BUY DRONES AND HELICOPTERS

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keywords: defense, luxembourg, drone, surveillance, airspace. The Secretary of State for Defense said on Tuesday during the session in the Chamber of Deputies concerning the military that the government plans to buy drones and helicopters in order to monitor the national airspace. These drones and helicopters will not be armed and will only be assigned to monitoring tasks. While the decision to buy drones seems taken, nothing has yet been decided regarding the helicopters. An A400M transport aircraft should also be acquired in partnership with other NATO members (France, Germany,…

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DEFENSE – 4 good reasons to start Krav Maga self defense now

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keywords : krav maga, self defense, close combat, insecurity, street fight, law enforcement.   What is Krav Maga ? What for ? Am I concerned ? We will see that facing a growing insecurity feeling in the population, this self defense martial art deserves attention. A growing insecurity for people. Saying that insecurity feeling in the population has never been so high for a long time is a no brainer. Between terrorism, aggressions and acts of incivility, a lot of people would like to know self defense techniques even if…

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DEFENSE – Why the return of military service is only a matter of time

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keywords: military service, cold war, deterrence, russia, sweden. While the question of the return of military service may seem absurd as it is admitted that the European countries no longer practice conscription, a recent news issued yesterday caused the perplexity of military experts. Western countries are facing an unprecedented news, the return of conscription in a European country in peace. Sweden announced yesterday 02 March 2017, the return of military service from the summer of 2017. The news impact is equaled only by the precipitation of its implementation. The country…

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DEFENSE – Budget increase by 10% in the US, what about Luxembourg?

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keywords: pentagon, president trump, nato, military ambition, europe of defense.   President Trump announces today a significant increase of nearly 10% in the budget of the national defense (Pentagon) which leaves the whole world puzzled. While he seemed to want to reduce military spending (see the pressure he put on US military equipment manufacturers with a series of tweets in order to lower the prices) he now takes the opposite side. An increase of such importance is not surprising in China for example, but it is well in the United…

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LUXEMBOURG – How the tiny country wants to become a Space GIANT

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keywords : spaceresources.lu, luximpulse, satellites, spacex, blue origin, ses astra. While the traditional space actors remain stable (the European Space Agency (ESA) with its flagship Ariane program), or are losing ground (NASA with shutdown of the shuttle program), the space industry is facing the arrival of new stakeholders that are willing to disrupt the launch satellites market (Elon Musk’s SpaceX, Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin) or to a lesser extent are willing to democratize the space tri (Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic). By gradually getting moe and more public budgets from the…

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DEFENSE – Want to make someone betray his company or country? Think MISE! (espionage)

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keywords : intelligence services, betray, secrecy, money, ideology, ego. Intelligence Services (IS) are continuously looking for the good information. In order to find this good information, they have many options. Nowadays the Internet takes an important part, as the electronic exchanges and social networks take a big part of our lives. But it is not the only option to do so. Historically they insist on human intelligence. And of course it is still the case. The idea is to find out the person who can access the desired information, and…

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STRATEGY – President Trump’s Tweet Diplomacy Decrypted

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keywords : donald trump, china, lockheed martin, #unpresident, #MakeAmericaGreatAgain. President-elect Donald Trump was criticized during his presidential campaign because of so called tweeting too much and being too impulsive on social networks, mainly Twitter. At some point even his aide took control of his twitter account in order to prevent him to make a mistake that could cost him the White House. But now, the Twitter account is back to his owner. With more or less 5 tweets a day, President-elect Trump shows to American people and to the world…

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