Rapper TI and wife Tiny guarded by assault rifle-wielding security at Detroit nightclub.. .
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Rapper T.I . and his wife Tiny were guarded by assault rifle-wielding, bulletproof vest-wearing security at a club appearance in Detroit on July 4. According to TMZ3, Michigan is an open carry state so there was no problem with the security team flashing their heavy duty artillery in public. The couple were in town for singer Tameka ‘Tiny’ Harris’s performance as part of group Xscape’s reunion concert – which came shortly before claims that the pair indulged in a threesome with Blac Chyna.
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Security detail: A guard carrying an assault rifle guarded rapper T.I . and wife, singer Tony, at a Detroit nightclub on July 4
The shocking photos show the couple surrounded by guards clad all in black as they fulfilled at a promotional appearance at Touch Lounge The shocking photos show the couple surrounded by guards clad all in black as they fulfilled at a promotional appearance at Touch Lounge. T.I. – real name Clifford Harris – and the couple’s three children joined Tiny for the event.
The pair, who have a combined seven children between them, star on VH1’s reality show T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle. Locked and loaded: According to TMZ , that first ran the pictures, Michigan is an open carry state so there was no problem with security flashing their heavy duty artillery in public
Big night: The couple were in town for singer Tameka ‘Tiny’ Harris’s performance as part of group Xscape’s reunion concert
Back together: T.I . surprised his wife by showing up in Detroit as the couple seek to fix their marriage after separating
Protected: Tiny was photographed chatting with a fan as a camo and ammo vest-wearing burly guard stood close by The pics of T.I . and Tiny hanging with their entourage at the Detroit club were taken before Rob Kardashian claimed on social media that his baby mama Blac Chyna had engaged in a threesome with the couple. The only son of Kris Jenner alleged the rapper paid his former stripper ex to have sex with him and Tiny as he ranted on social media about Chyna cheating on him with other men. Kardashian told T.I .
on Twitter: ‘Chyna told me everything about your threesomes with you and her and Tiny . U got no moves bro ;;; Correction ::: TI paid Chyna to have sex with Tiny and him.’ T.I .
and Tiny have not responded publicly to respond to the reality star’s claims.
Gossip fodder: The photos were taken before Rob Kardahsian claimed on social media that his baby mama Blac Chyna had engaged in a threesome with the couple Wife and mother: Xscape singer Tony shares three children with T.I, whom she wed in 2010
Caught up in social media scandal: Kris Jenner’s only son claimed in a Twitter rant that T.I . had paid former stripper Chyna to have sex with himself and his wife
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Revellers at this year’s Pride parade1 will be guarded by armed police amid heightened security following recent terror attacks in the capital. Firearms officers will patrol the parade through central London on Saturday, with Scotland Yard having already warned those attending to expect an increased police presence.2
Concrete roadblocks have also been set up to guard against a London Bridge-style attack, with 24,500 partygoers set to descend on Soho for the parade. This year, 150 police officers and staff from the Met will take part in the parade, alongside officers from British Transport Police, paramedics and the London Fire Brigade.
Tens of thousands of people are expected to march through central London during the parade (PA Archive/PA Images)
Chief Superintendent Helen Millichap said: “We know that recent events in London and Manchester will cause people to worry.
As with any large event the Met’s priority is public safety and we are working closely with the organisers in the lead up to Pride to develop our policing plan.
“We want Pride to be a friendly and safe event for everyone to enjoy and, to help us, we need the public to take the usual precautions by remaining vigilant and reporting anything of concern to police officers or stewards at the event.”
Plain clothes officers are also set to patrol the event, with the Met having worked with organisers over the past few months to prepare security measures. At a meeting last week, the Met said the event would be policed within the context of recent terror attacks in Manchester and London. Met Commisioner Cressida Dick said the celebrations would look and feel a bit different this year .
Officers were forced to review security arrangements at last year s festival in the wake of the terror attack at an Orlando gay club, which left 49 people dead. On June 3, eight people were killed when terrorist mowed down pedestrians on London Bridge before going on a stabbing rampage in Borough Market. The parade, which runs from 1pm until 4.30pm, starts in Portland Place before marching through Soho and ending at Whitehall.
U.S . Secretary of State Rex Tillerson | Alex Wong/Getty Images
US national security officials worked on the language in between meetings in a fast-moving effort to send Syria a message.
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President Donald Trump s blunt, public warning to the Syrian regime late Monday night was cobbled together in a series of hurried discussions, squeezed in between meetings with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and kept among a small, tight circle of top officials. Defense Secretary James Mattis and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson both arrived at the White House late Monday afternoon, ahead of the Rose Garden ceremony at which Trump and Modi each read a prepared statement . Upon the Cabinet members arrival, according to a senior defense official, they were informed of Trump s plan to issue a public warning to Syrian President Bashar Assad, based on new intelligence the Syrian regime3 was preparing another chemical weapons attack on its own people. National security adviser H.R .
McMaster, who also was at the White House for meetings, had already been briefed and had weighed in on the plan, administration sources said. But no stand-alone principals meeting followed to discuss the intelligence, which Trump received Monday morning, according to two senior administration officials. Rather, over the course of the day, officials said, McMaster, Mattis, Tillerson and a few other top officials had the opportunity to work the language of the statement, in between meetings with Modi . None of them expressed any hesitation or disagreement about the decision to issue a public warning, according to one of the senior administration officials.
But a Defense Department official acknowledged that the events were fast-moving and that there were minimal deliberations about the bold move and that only a limited number of top military officials were aware of the new intelligence and planned response. The episode marked another example of ongoing frustration between administration rank-and-file and leadership, which this time could carry serious consequences if the backbiting appears to weaken the U.S . government s resolve in turning up the pressure on Assad.
It hurts American credibility, said Ilan Goldenberg, a former State Department official who served under Secretary of State John Kerry . When the Syrian regime sees a report that government officials have no idea, the message to them is that these guys don t have their act together . And if nobody at State knows, it hurts your ability to follow up and have a diplomatic game plan.
But one former Obama administration official shrugged off the issues of communication between the White House and lower-level agency officials.
There s a broader issue here of effective coordination and communication sometimes the president contradicts his own people, Tom Donilon, President Barack Obama s former national security adviser, said in an interview . But I don t think that s the most important issue here . If, in fact, the United States has evidence that they re preparing a chemical attack, laying down a warning that you intend to follow through on is an appropriate thing to do. The careful language of the 87-word statement which was drafted by the afternoon but not released until close to 10 p.m . was cleared by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the Central Intelligence Agency, the State Department and the Defense Department before it was blasted out from the press secretary s office.
On Tuesday, the White House insisted that military and State Department officials were not blindsided by the statement, which warned Assad that if he launches another chemical weapons attack, he and his military will pay a heavy price.
In response to several inquiries regarding the Syria statement issued last night, we want to clarify that all relevant agencies including State, DoD, CIA and ODNI were involved in the process from the beginning, the White House said in a statement released Tuesday morning . Anonymous leaks to the contrary are false. Multiple administration officials said people surprised by the statement were simply not senior enough to be clued in and some said they were frustrated that a bold move by Trump, which they believed could save lives, was overshadowed by a side story about leaks and internal disagreements.
The story seems to be about whether or not a public affairs officer on a regional desk at the State Department was notified in what they would consider to be a timely manner, vented a third White House official . If Tillerson knew and some desk officer in the Middle East section didn t know, they need to take that up with Tillerson . It s not their right to know . It s his prerogative if he wants to share the information.
The move, and the frustration were reflective of the Trump administration s approach of making key decisions within a close, inner circle unlike the deliberative, and sometimes paralyzingly inclusive, decision making that defined Obama s process. Despite the confusion and complaints over who was looped in and when, foreign policy experts lauded Trump s choice to make a public statement rather than to try to pressure the Syrian regime through diplomatic back channels. The Trump administration realizes they re being dragged into a very dangerous situation, said Jim Jeffrey, a former U.S .
ambassador to Turkey and Iraq and deputy national security adviser for President George W . Bush . He said the U.S . approach to Assad so far had been a bunch of tit for tats that seemed to have no long-term impact.
The benefit of a public statement is they re now on record as saying, this shall not happen, Jeffrey added . There was a conscious decision made by the people who realize whatever we want to do in the Middle East, we re going to look like fools if they do this again, and we blow up a few more airplanes . We have to react very strongly to them. Trump s own seeming lack of interest in the issue, though, could also diminish the message s effect on Assad.
Instead of using the megaphone of his Twitter feed to amplify the White House statement, marked by his press office as urgent, Trump took to Twitter minutes after its release to harp on one of his personal obsessions . From @FoxNews Bombshell: In 2016, Obama dismissed idea that anyone could rig an American election . Check out his statement Witch Hunt ! the president tweeted.
He s very undisciplined, said Jeffrey . He does this all the time .
That s a separate problem .
But what s clear is that in the end, he goes along with what his top advisers tell him.
Bryan Bender contributed to this report.