The chief eurocrat pitched ideas including support for an independent EU finance minister and recommending the merging of the European Union and European Council presidencies.
Jean-Claude Juncker also seem to confirm the emergence of a European Army, with plans for a full EU defence union by 2025.
In the wake of the speech, Nigel Farage tweeted the European Commission president comments would have killed off any Remainers’ desire to stay in the EU.
He posted: “Remain would lose any second EU referendum in the face of Juncker’s plan.”
He said he felt relieved the UK had “left in the nick of time”.
The future painted by Mr Juncker is one where national governments veto power is dissolved and even more power is handed to Brussels, Mr Farage warned.
He said: “The EU is now heading toward a new form of communism with all power at the centre and the member states simply having to obey.
“Unless there s a fightback by freedom-loving forces across Europe we will see the 2019 European elections held on a playing field that is heavily tilted towards the establishment.”
And he said Mr Junker’s plan heralded “the death of the nation state democracy in Europe”.
The MEP also voiced fears over what he saw as removing obstacles to the united European vision through funding allocation.
He said: “It is clear that those who oppose the EU funding project will not receive funding.”
And he claimed that the proposals are “punishing those who have an alternative vision for the future of Europe”.
In his speech, Mr Juncker was positive about the union continuing and flourishing – even in the wake of Brexit.
He said: “March 29, 2019 – that will be the day when the United Kingdom will leave the EU.
“This will be a very sad and tragic moment in our history we will always regret this and I think that you will regret it as well soon if I might say.
“Nonetheless, we have to respect the will of the British people but we are going to make progress, we will keep moving, we will move on because Brexit isn’t everything, it’s not the future of Europe – it’s not the be all and end all.”
Following Mr Juncker’s speech on Wednesday, Mr Farage told the floor: “The message is very clear: Brexit has happened, new steam ahead.”
The Giants’ offensive line can’t block the criticism, either.
After Sunday’s 19-3 loss to the Cowboys, it appears as if the Giants’ biggest weakness from last season is still the main concern after Week 1, and that is not lost on some members of the offensive line.
“I mean it is in our face,” left guard Justin Pugh said on Wednesday. “Every time I turn around, somebody is asking us what is wrong with the O-line.”
“It’s New York,” right tackle Bobby Hart added. “There’s going to be a lot of criticism if things don’t go right. It’s the lay of the land.”
Even when asked about any positives, Giants left tackle Ereck Flowers did not see a point in talking about it.
“Does it matter?” he asked. “We didn’t get what we wanted, go out there and do what we want.”
Flowers has received the brunt of the criticism of the offensive line.
The Giants’ first-round draft pick in 2015 has failed to live up to expectations and things did not appear all that much better Sunday night in Dallas.
Down 16-0 in the third quarter, the Giants had a 2nd-and-4 from the Dallas 4-yard line and were poised for a touchdown, but Cowboys defensive end Charles Tapper blew right by left tackle Flowers for a nine-yard sack.
The Giants settled for a field goal—their only points of the game.
“Everything needs to be improved,” Flowers said. “Try and fix the negatives.”
One of those negatives for Flowers appears to be his footwork.
During the broadcast, NBC color commentator Cris Collinsworth pointed out that Flowers appears to be cheating on pass protection by starting with his left foot back really far, but it’s costing him in run blocking.
“One of the things that it does is it locks him up when he wants to make a play in the running game,” Collinsworth said. “When he has to move to his right, he just can’t move that right foot first.”
“For Ereck Flowers, he has to survive the passing game and worry about the run game secondarily. Because he has to protect Eli.”
The Giants never established a running game, rushing just 12 times for 35 yards, but that could also be attributed to playing from behind the entire game.
Flowers was not the only culprit.
Hart and John Jerry continued to struggle with blocking stunts—a problem evident in preseason—as Cowboys defensive end Demarcus Lawrence pushed right through Jerry on the third play of the game for a sack and forced the Giants to punt.
Hart also injured his right ankle early in the game and had it heavily taped in the locker room on Wednesday but believes he will be ready for Monday night’s game against the Lions.
When asked if his injury affected the way he played, he replied, “It’s my ankle, bro. You try blocking on it.”
“You’re trying to stop people from pushing you and you plant on your ankle but it is what it is,” he added. “Part of the game. You deal with it.”
As the Giants try to shift their attention to Monday night, Flowers said there is a sense of urgency among the O-line after watching the film from Sunday’s loss.
“There’s more urgency to go out there and do what we got to do,” he said.
Whether or not the Giants can do that, Flowers remained confident:
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin requested a government jet for his honeymoon to Scotland, France and Italy last month, sources said.
Mnuchin, who married the Scottish-born actress Louise Linton in a ceremony officiated by Vice President Michael Pence in June, submitted a written request for his honeymoon in August, sources told ABC.
The request for the U.S. Air Force jet, which could have cost around $ 25,000 every hour, is being reviewed by the Treasury Department’s Office of Inspector General, the sources said.
A spokesperson for the Treasury Department issued a statement saying Mnuchin, a member of the National Security Council was concerned about maintaining a secure method of communication during his travel.
The request was eventually deemed unnecessary when it became apparent he could access secure communication through other means, the spokesperson said.
The Inspector General is already reviewing Linton and Mnuchin’s trip to Kentucky on August 21 after a government watchdog group questioned whether it was planned around viewing the solar eclipse from just outside to path of totality.
A scandal also erupted after Linton flaunted her designer duds in an Instagram photo of her disembarking the government plane in Kentucky.
When Jenni Miller, a mother of three from Oregon, left a comment calling the 36-year-old “deplorable”, Linton went on the offensive in a long-winded tirade that branded her “adorably out of touch”.
Linton later apologized, and a Treasury spokesperson defended Mnuchin, saying he obtained the appropriate approval for the official visit and reimbursed the government for his wife’s travel.
It is unusual for White House officials to travel on military aircraft unless they deal directly with national security.
O.J. Simpson‘s actually got some misgivings about his impending release … he feels a bond with his comrades in lockup and is finding it hard to say goodbye.
O.J.’s lawyer, Malcolm LaVergne, tells TMZ … Juice has been bored and sad in his current situation — in an isolated cell for his own safety since he was granted parole in July. He says the decision was bittersweet for Simpson, because he’s developed close friendships during his 9 years behind bars.
LaVergne says O.J. actually “loved being in general population” because he’s super social and feels most comfortable around other people, and he even misses his prison jobs … like being commissioner of the softball league.
Still … LaVergne says O.J.’s ready for a return to normal life, and there’s a chance he’ll get to say goodbye to his prison buddies.
LaVergne tells us he’s working on paperwork to get O.J. moved to Florida to be with his family once he’s released … which he expects to be the second week of October.
President Trump on Wednesday received a history lesson that put his inflammatory reaction to violence at a white nationalist rally in perspective, according to Sen. Tim Scott.
Scott, the Senate’s lone black Republican, sat down with Trump a month after saying the President’s “moral authority” was “compromised.”
Trump faced intense bipartisan backlash after blaming “many sides” for the violence at a deadly Charlottesville, Va., protest attended by Klansmen, white supremacists, neo-Nazis and anti-Semites.
The Oval Office face-to-face gave Scott a chance to confront the President and offer him an education in white supremacy.
“We had three or four centuries of rape, murder and death brought at the hands of the (Ku Klux Klan) and those who believe in a superior race,” Scott told reporters later at the Capitol. “I wanted to make sure we were clear on the delineation between who’s on which side in the history of the nation.”
The President said that he got the point, Scott said.
Asked if Trump can regain his moral authority, Scott responded, “That will take time.”
The White House issued a statement following the meeting, which included Vice President Mike Pence and other aides, that avoided mentioning Charlottesville or the President’s contentious comments.
The discussion focused on “the Administration’s relationship with the African American community,” the statement said.
White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders later added that Trump and Scott had an “in depth” discussion about the Charlottesville comments, “but the focus was primarily on solutions moving forward.”
Trump tried to clarify his words, telling Scott that he meant to convey “that there was an antagonist on the other side” — to which Scott replied, “The real picture has nothing to do with who is on the other side.”
Words, Scott told Trump, are “containers of power … and there is no more powerful voice than the President of the United States without question.”
“I think he understand that and echoed that in our conversation,” he added.
Shortly after the meeting, the White House sent out a photo of the pair that misspelled Scott’s name in the caption, referring to him as “Sen. Tom Scott.”
The error set off a firestorm on social media.
“As in Uncle Tom Scott?” tweeted Janiece J. Williams.
“Senator Tim Scott was referred to as Tom Scott in official WH photo… Chump doesn’t know him from a hole in the wall,” wrote Lorna Mendez Lynch.
The pair also discussed Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett, who has accused Las Vegas police of using excessive force against him because of his race.
Last year, Scott delivered an emotional speech on the Senate floor about relations between the police and the African American community — and what it’s like to be stopped by a cop because of the color of your skin.
“There’s a deep divide between the black community and law enforcement, a trust gap,” Scott said in that speech. “I do not know many African American men who do not have a very similar story to tell, no matter their income, no matter their disposition in life.”
The Russian leader mocked the UN attempts to stop North Korea‘s nuclear plans with a wider set of sanctions.
Speaking at a public press conference, Mr Putin said: “Do you think that following the adoption of some sanctions, North Korea will abandon its course on creating weapons of mass destruction?
“As I said to one of my colleagues yesterday, they will eat grass but they will not abandon this programme unless they feel safe.”
Mr Putin said North Korean leader Kim Jong-un feared he would become the next Saddam Hussein if he were to give up his nuclear weapons.
He said that, having seen what happened to Hussein when he disarmed, Kim Jong-un would continue to invest in nuclear development.
Mr Putin continued: “Sanctions of any kind are useless and ineffective in this case.
“Russia condemns these exercises on the part of North Korea. We believe they are provocative in nature. However, we cannot forget about what I just said about Iraq, and what happened later in Libya. Certainly, the North Koreans will not forget it.”
Mr Putin’s comments come as the lonely East Asian country threatened to unleash a lethal attack on Japan, a key US ally in the region.
A North Korean state agency said the DPRK was prepared to “sink” the Japanese archipelago and reduce the United States to “ashes and darkness” as payback for the new sanctions.
Pyongyang’s Korea Asia-Pacific Peace Committee said: “The four islands of the archipelago should be sunken into the sea by the nuclear bomb. Japan is no longer needed to exist near us.”
Tensions between North Korea and the United States continue to grow after President Donald Trump promised to release “fire and fury” on Kim Jong-un for the constant nuclear threats to the US and its Asian allies.
Odell Beckham Jr. walked through the locker room with pep in his step on Wednesday, but until the Giants hit the practice field on Thursday there won’t be any sign of whether he’ll play in Monday night’s home opener against the Detroit Lions in Week 2.
Eli Manning said as much when he admitted he hadn’t expected Beckham to play in last Sunday night’s 19-3 loss in Dallas — despite Beckham’s pre-game warm up — because the receiver hadn’t practiced since spraining his left ankle on Aug. 21.
“In my mind, I didn’t think he was playing,” Manning said Wednesday. “When you see him kind of warming up and catching passes, the guy hadn’t practiced in three weeks. I never thought it was a reality of him playing and just if he would have come out there, it might have been limited in certain things … I didn’t think he was going to play in the game.”
Beckham is expected to meet the media on Thursday, when he may have to explain a report that he was allegedly part of a “dance battle” last week at a Meatpacking District spot with NBA star Russell Westbrook. But for now, the Giants just need him healthy.
Rosas said the plan was to have Lopez go into an induced labor on Monday so he can be present for the birth, but things changed.
Instead, Rosas was Facetiming with Lopez from the hotel on Saturday night.
“In the moment of it I kind of freaked out,” he said. “But I have a good friend in Zak DeOssie as someone to talk to and calm me down and talk through it and it was fine.”
Rosas eventually left Dallas for Los Angeles on owner Steve Tisch’s private jet after the game. From there he flew up to Sacramento to be with his girlfriend and daughter — whom he got the chance to hold and stay with until returning to New Jersey Wednesday morning.
The former White House press secretary joined Jimmy Kimmel Wednesday night and said the applause from the audience was a welcome relief — but insisted that people have thanked him for his service.
Spicer left his position at the White House in July after Anthony Scaramucci was named communications director, but stayed with the administration until the end of August.
But Kimmel was more interested in how his employment began, not ended: a fight with the press corps over the attendance at President Trump’s inauguration.
“The President wanted to make sure the record got straight,” Spicer said.
“There was a faction of people out there that didn’t want to give him the credit that he rightly deserved. And I think he takes that personally. A lot of people, in the media in particular, constantly sought to undermind the validity of that election.”
The former press secretary also insisted he’s never seen Trump naked when Kimmel asked about the President’s obsession with size.
Spicer also said that he had little choice in what he said at the lectern: whatever Trump says goes.
“Your job is to give him advice,” Spicer said, “but ultimately he’s the President.”
But even out of the White House, Spicer is still defending Trump’s alternative facts.
“You can look at an argument or a set of facts and come out with one opinion…and someone else can come up with a different conclusion,” he said.
“That’s what makes our country great.”
The former press secretary also said he never tried to pre-approve Trump’s tweets, no matter how problematic they became late into the night, calling social media “one of the President’s most effective tools in the campaign.”
As for his hostile relationship with the press, Spicer blamed reporters for “perpetuating myths.”
He hedged when Kimmel pointed out that Trump does the same thing, but instead said “the press corps attacks the President or undermines him or calls into question his credibility.”
Spicer also denied that he left the White House over personal problems with Scaramucci, but said the New York financier didn’t have “the qualifications or the background to work in the communications office.”
As for the New Yorker article, in which Scaramucci unloaded an R-rated tirade at a reporter, Spicer said he wouldn’t “relish in someone else’s problems,” but that the outbursts “proved my point.”
He ended the late night appearance by insisting that Trump does, in fact, want to be President.
Kathy Griffin‘s photo of a fake, bloody Trump head has would-be buyers chomping at the bit to have it hanging in their living rooms … but the photog has his price, and it’s mighty steep.
Sources close to Tyler Shields — who took the shot of Kathy holding the fake, bloody head resembling President Trump — tell us he’s already gotten over 1,000 offers from folks interested in buying a print of his controversial art piece … many reaching 6 figures.
We’re told an art collector offered Shields $ 150k for an original print, but we’re told he passed … ’cause he wants more to put it in ink. He has a print size in mind for anyone interested — 72″ x 52″ … a one size fits all type deal.
As for Kathy — who took tremendous heat for the stunt — sources say Tyler doesn’t need her to sign off on any potential sale since he owns the rights to the pic.
Disgraced ex-pol Anthony Weiner should get probation for sexting a 15-year-old because he’s sick but not a sexual predator, his lawyers argued late Wednesday.
Weiner, who on May 19 pleaded guilty to transmitting obscene material to a minor, is set to be sentenced on Sept. 25. Weiner’s wife, Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin, filed for divorce the day of his guilty plea.
Under Weiner’s plea deal, prosecutors said a sentence from 21 to 27 months in federal lockup is appropriate. Federal judges don’t have to follow plea deals, however, and the maximum sentence for him could be up to 10 years behind bars.
In his bid for probation, Weiner’s lawyers said his behavior came from an untreated addiction that caused him to compulsively respond to internet messages.
Weiner did not sext the teen because he is sexually interested in teenagers, they contend, pointing out his previous sexting partners were all adults. They also argue Weiner didn’t seek out his victim, let alone other teenagers.
Anthony Weiner’s sexting scandals
They said that while Weiner was in the throes of his illness, the teen contacted him to gather material for a book — which, according to the feds, she is now pitching to publishers.
The teen tracked their exchanges from the get-go, “selectively” deciding which exchanges to record and which to delete, they maintain.
The teen — who allegedly sold her story to a tabloid for $ 30,000 in September 2016 — later told federal investigators she had wanted to affect the election, court papers contend.
Weiner’s lawyers emphasized that this isn’t an excuse, but claim it shows his case is unique in comparison to other sexting cases — where an adult, possibly in a position of authority, acted in a predatory fashion.
Weiner copped to sending explicit sexual pics to the North Carolina high school student — and encouraging her to participate in sexual conduct even though she is a minor.
Weiner, who texted the teen under the alias “T-Dog,” is touching his genitals in one photo he sent to the girl.