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Petition for Trump to release tax return merits response

Donald Trump has refused to release his tax returns until an audit is complete. Credit: AP

An online petition demanding the release of President Donald Trump's full tax returns has attracted enough signatures to require a White House response.

The petition, created on Inauguration Day, was signed by more than 135,000 people by midday on Saturday.

Under rules by former President Barack Obama, a petition needs 100,000 signatures within 30 days to get a response from the government.

Trump has refused to release the tax returns until the IRS completes an audit.

It is unclear whether Trump's White House will respond.


Trump tells CIA: I am so behind you

Donald Trump at the CIA headquarters Credit: APTN

Donald Trump has told the US intelligence service: "I am so behind you."

On his first full day in office, Mr Trump said the CIA has been "restrained" in the past and not "used the real abilities" available to them.

He added that the CIA are "really special amazing people", and that "very few people could do" their job.

Speaking to 400 employees at the CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia, he reiterated a key campaign promise and said: "We have to get rid of Islamic State.

"Radical Islamic terrorism has to be eradicated - this is evil."

His speech follows repeated and sharp public criticism of the CIA before and after the election.

Trump challenged their conclusions that Russia attempted to influence the election to help him win.

Madonna urges 'rebellion' against 'new age of tyranny'

Pop star Madonna addressed Washington DC's Women's March on Saturday describing Donald Trump's inauguration as president as a "horrific moment".

"Welcome to the revolution of love," she said to the crowd of an estimated 500,000 people. "To the rebellion, to our refusal as women to accept this new age of tyranny."

In an expletive-laden speech, that was aired live on American television, she said: "It took this horrific moment of darkness to wake us the f*** up."

"Let's march together through this darkness and with each step know we are not afraid and we are not alone. We will not back down. There is power in our unity and no opposing force stands a chance in the face of true solidarity," she added.

The singer then went on to perform two of her hit records, Express Yourself and Human Nature.

Mexico's President to meet Trump 'in near future'

Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto told President Trump he wanted an open dialogue. Credit: AP

Mexico's President and President Donald Trump have agreed to meet in the near future, a statement from Enrique Pena Nieto's office said.

Speaking on the telephone on Saturday, Pena Nieto told Trump the country wants an open dialogue with their northern neighbours, the statement said.

Both leaders expressed confidence that it would bring good results for both countries, it added.

Canadian PM offers congratulations to President Trump

Justin Trudeau spoke to President Trump about trade. Credit: AP

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke to US President Donald Trump on Saturday and congratulated him on his inauguration, his office said in a statement.

The Prime Minister and the President reiterated the importance of the Canada-United States bilateral relationship, and discussed various areas of mutual interest.

The Prime Minister noted the depth of the Canada US economic relationship, with 35 states having Canada as their top export destination.

– Canadian Prime Minister's Office


Huge turnout blocks entire route of Washington march

So many people arrived for the march, the route was blocked. Credit: ITV News

Thousands of protesters attending the Washington DC Women's March have prompted organisers to divert the route.

The entire planned route to the White House was filled with protesters by 1pm, according to a District of Columbia official speaking to Associated Press on the condition of anonymity.

The crowd is now expected to move in the direction of the Ellipse, an area of the National Mall in front of the White House, along the lakefront.

By 1pm, protesters were unable to move along the planned route. Credit: AP

The official estimated that more than half a million people had joined the demonstration on the Mall.

Theresa May to meet President Trump this week

Prime Minister Theresa May Credit: PA

Prime Minister Theresa May will meet President Donald Trump this week, a White House official has confirmed.

It comes after Mrs May congratulated Mr Trump on taking office as US president - and said she looked forward to meeting him in Washington.

Speaking after the inauguration, Mrs May said: "From our conversations to date, I know we are both committed to advancing the special relationship between our two countries and working together for the prosperity and security of people on both sides of the Atlantic.

"I look forward to discussing these issues and more when we meet in Washington."

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Moore: March to end the 'Trump carnage'

Filmmaker Michael Moore says he's at the Women's March on Washington "to vow to end the Trump carnage".

Moore is riffing on a phrase from President Donald Trump's inaugural address - he said on Friday that he would stop the "American carnage".

The activist says attendees "have to get busy" and call their members of Congress every day to protest Trump's policies.

Those concerned about Trump should join organisations like Planned Parenthood, the American Civil Liberties Union and environmental groups, he adds.

More travel to Washington on march day than inauguration

Protesters in Washington may outnumber the number of inauguration attendees.

Transport officials in Washington DC said more people are likely to be on the National Mall for the Women's March than were at President Donald Trump's inauguration.

As of 11am on Saturday, 275,000 people had taken trips on the city's subway system.

On Inauguration Day, 193,000 trips had been taken as of that time, and the rail system opened an hour earlier that day, at 4 am.

A video shared on social media showed hundreds of people cheering as they arrived at the Metro station.

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It was eight times more passengers than a normal Saturday and 42% more travellers than on Friday.

In addition, some 1,800 buses were registered to park in the city.

Greyhound reported adding more buses from New York and a commuter rail system in Washington added five times its normal capacity to help deal with the crowds.

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