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Trump reacts to Mexican president’s $20 billion demand from the Biden admin

Former President Trump joined “One Nation” host Brian Kilmeade to discuss the “lack of respect” foreign leaders have for President Biden and his administration.

During an exclusive interview, the “Fox & Friends” co-host asked Trump about Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s interview with CBS’ “60 Minutes” correspondent Sharyn Alfonsi.

“On ‘60 Minutes,’ the president of Mexico says, ‘We’re not going to shut down our border until you change your policy on Cuba and change your policy on Venezuela.’ Is it OK for the Mexican president to dictate American policy?” Kilmeade asked.

Trump said, “Well, he said much more than that. He said he wants $10 billion essentially just to talk, $10 billion to talk, and that’s come out since, and no, that wouldn’t happen with me, with the wall.”

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“What changed,” Kilmeade followed up with.

“It’s very simple: lack of respect for the president. They would never say that to me. They would never say before we even talk. They want $10 billion a year, Mexico just asked for $10 billion a year. They would never ask it. I wouldn’t give them 10 cents,” Trump said. 

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During the “60 Minutes” interview, López Obrador doubled down on his demands previously made in January to the Biden administration in exchange for support from the Mexican government to halt the surge of illegal migrants, among them: lifting sanctions on Cuba and Venezuela; sending Latin American and Caribbean countries $20 billion in aid a year; and granting legal status to Mexican illegal immigrants in the U.S.

The Mexican president said the “flow of migrants will continue” unless the U.S. meets his demands.

Trump concluded the interview with Kilmeade by saying, “The most important day in the history of our country is going to be November 5th. Our country is going bad, and it’s going to be changed on November 5th, and if it’s not changed, we’re not going to have a country anymore.”

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Trailer of Bibles intentionally set on fire in front of church on Easter Sunday

Authorities in a Tennessee community are investigating after a trailer full of Bibles was intentionally set on fire in front of a church on Easter Sunday.

Around 6 a.m. on Sunday, the Mount Juliet Police Department and Fire Department swiftly responded to a trailer fire located in an intersection that was blocking the entrance of the Global Vision Church.

The church’s pastor, Greg Locke, said in a statement posted on Facebook, that the church’s security cameras were able to capture a man reportedly dropping off the trailer before setting it ablaze. 

“There was a lady that had driven through the night to get to our church, and she was in the parking lot and was able to get the police officers here quickly, but it was quite the scene to wake up to on my first morning back from Israel,” Pastor Locke wrote.

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The Wilson County Sheriff’s Office also issued a statement saying they believe the fire was set intentionally.

Hundreds took to social media to show their support for the church, that was able to proceed without having any Easter services interrupted.

“The evil out there is frightening. So thankful no one was harmed or damage done to the church. May our Lord touch the heart of the person who did this,” one user wrote.

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“Gods got the next move. Jesus is alive and doing mighty things. Prayers for that man and also for the church. Onward Christain Soldiers,” another user wrote.

“Wow… the enemy is stirred and knows his time is limited. We shall not be shaken!” one comment read.

The Wilson County Sheriff’s Office said it is not known at this time if the fire was aimed at the church or not.

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“To uphold the integrity of the ongoing investigation, other specific details cannot be provided at this time. However, we assure the community that further updates will be shared at the appropriate juncture,” the sheriff’s office stated. 

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No injuries have been reported following the incident, officials said. 

Anyone who may have additional information and/or camera footage is urged to contact the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office at 615-444-1459.

Gwyneth Paltrow refuses to involve herself in polyamory relationships

Gwyneth Paltrow is known for her progressive approach to relationships after coining the phrase “conscious uncoupling” amid her divorce with ex-husband, Chris Martin.

When it comes to her status as a married woman, though, she prefers romancing just one man.

During an Instagram Q&A with followers, Paltrow revealed she’s a little more conservative than assumed.

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“Have you ever considered a poly relationship?” one user asked the Goop lifestyle brand founder. Polyamory is defined as the practice of engaging in multiple romantic relationships.

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“No thanks!” Paltrow responded in the “Travel day AMA (Ask Me Anything) on her Instagram stories. 

The Academy award-winner added, “Not for me but have no judgment. I’m a one man kinda gal.” 

She married TV writer and producer, Brad Falchuk, in 2018 after dating for four years. They first met on the set of “Glee” in 2010.

Paltrow and Martin, the lead singer of Coldplay, were married 10 years and have two children together, Apple and Moses, but announced their separation as a “conscious uncoupling” in 2014. 

Their divorce was finalized in 2016, and they’ve remained an example when it comes to friendly exes in Tinseltown. 

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The Academy Award winner proved to be cool with her ex, his girlfriend Dakota Johnson and her husband when the foursome was spotted hanging out on the beach in the Hamptons in 2019. 

Martin also tagged along on Paltrow’s honeymoon in the Maldives after she married Falchuk in September 2018, and Johnson was reportedly included on a family ski trip to Aspen, Colorado, the same year. 

Paltrow previously discussed the “love” she has for the “Madame Web” actress in a 2020 Harper’s Bazaar interview.

“I love her. … I can see how it would seem weird because it’s sort of unconventional. But I think, in this case, just having passed through it iteratively, I just adore her,” she said. 

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“I always start to think of the ampersand sign — what else can you bring in, instead of being resistant to or being made insecure by? There’s so much juice in leaning into something like that.”

“Maybe I think about relationships like that differently because I grew up in my family,” Johnson told Vanity Fair in June. 

Her parents, Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith, were married briefly in 1976 and once again in 1989, before divorcing in 1996. Griffith was previously married to Steven Bauer, and the former couple has one son. 

Melanie was married to Antonio Banderas from 1996, before a divorce was finalized, to 2015. They also have a daughter named Stella.

Don, 73, has been married five times to four women, two of which were annulled within days. He tied the knot with Kelley Phleger in 1999, and they have three children.

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“We were all cool [with each other],” Dakota said of her unique childhood. “Obviously, there were times where it was not cool, but I experienced that, so I don’t want that in my life.”

Over 150 alumni sick with cancer have one thing in common

North Carolina State University in Raleigh continues to investigate student and alumni exposure to concerning levels of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), a probable carcinogen, in one of its campus buildings that the school officially shut down in November of last year.

More than 150 cancer cases in people who attended classes at Poe Hall have been reported to local news outlet WRAL, which began probing concerns about the building starting around November 2023, a month after PCB levels at more than 38 times the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) standards for building materials were detected inside five rooms within the building. 

“I was finishing up my finals, and I was going in for a physical at the health center. … I was having night sweats for weeks and weeks before this, and I could not figure out what was happening,” NC State alumna Christie Lewis told Fox News Digital. “I was having to get up in the middle of night and change clothes completely. And then I would fall asleep. And I had to put a towel down. It honestly took me weeks to even tell my husband about them because I kept on forgetting about it because it was just in the middle of the night.”

Lewis attended NC State between 2007 and 2012. She began studying in the business school and eventually ended up in the education department, where she took classes in Poe Hall, which housed NC State’s College of Education and Department of Psychology, “for about four years,” she said.

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Around 2011 or 2021, while in college, she was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. Months later, after discovering a lump on her neck, she was diagnosed with angiosarcoma.

“And so just as I’m finishing up my finals and my papers, I’m going to see an endocrinologist and they’re doing a biopsy of my neck, and that’s traumatic,” she said. “They don’t sedate you or anything. They just kind of shove a huge needle into your throat and jab it around everywhere.”

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When she was diagnosed, her first thought was “people get cancer,” Lewis recalled. But when she heard that the number of NC State alumni who were diagnosed with cancer was three times the number of average cancer cases in Wake County, as WRAL first reported, she became more skeptical.  

“I could have never made that connection by myself because I didn’t know anybody else. I was the only one in my little cohort of classmates who had cancer when I was in college,” she said. “And I just thought that something was just wrong with my body. That something was wrong with me. I have four siblings, and everybody’s so healthy except for me.”

When she started reading reports about a potential link between Poe Hall and cancer cases, she thought: “Maybe my body isn’t the problem. Maybe I was actually exposed to something that caused this. I don’t know, it definitely shook me a little bit.”

“Maybe my body isn’t the problem.”

— Christie Lewis

Poe Hall was constructed in 1971, when the use of PCBs in construction materials were common, but they would come to an end by the next decade.

The 152 total cancer cases in people who attended classes at Poe Hall reported to WRAL have not officially been linked to the building, nor can the cases officially be categorized as a “cluster,” which is “the occurrence of a greater than expected number of cancer cases among a group of people in a defined geographic area over a specific time period,” according to the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Jennifer Walter, another NC State alumna, was also diagnosed with thyroid cancer and synovial sarcoma years after attending NC State between 2004 and 2007. She attended classes in Poe Hall as a psychology major.

Walter was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2017 after years of trying to determine what was wrong with her. The synovial sarcoma diagnosis came later, in 2022.

“The biggest symptom was the fatigue,” Walter told Fox News Digital. “They had tested me for mono and all other things like that. … It was debilitating. I was able to work, but I couldn’t do anything else. And then there was really bad joint pain. So, I got tested for arthritis and all those types of things. Of course, they didn’t find anything. But it was, again, just debilitating. I couldn’t do anything. I was barely able to work, and then that was it. I would just go home and go to sleep.”

“I was engaged, and then I wasn’t,” Walter said when asked how the diagnosis had impacted her life. 

To Walter, her thyroid cancer “wasn’t a huge deal,” but the sarcoma changed her life, she said. 

“I have medical trauma or medical PTSD, I think they call it. Around my scans, I get ridiculously anxious, because you never know if what’s going to come back,” she said. “There are such scary statistics that are tied with sarcoma. It’s just a lot more real. … They got it early, which I’m grateful for, but that fear never goes away. It’s something I’m going to have every day for the rest of my life.”

“It’s something I’m going to have every day for the rest of my life.”

— Jennifer Walter

Since shutting down Poe Hall, NC State has created a webpage directing users to updates about its investigation into contaminants in Poe Hall and how the school continues to analyze testing results. The University referred Fox News Digital to the webpage when asked if they would like to share a statement in response to ongoing concerns.

“The university remains committed to doing the right things to ensure this is a safe place to work, learn and live,” reads a statement from Chancellor Randy Woodson on the page.

The webpage notes that the school initially received information from the Occupational Safety and Health Division of the North Carolina Department of Labor (NC DOL) saying an NC State employee had submitted a “complaint concerning alleged health and/or safety hazards related to Poe Hall” in August 2023.

Health officials began sampling in the building in October. The initial phase of NC State’s Indoor Environmental Investigation Report sharing sample test results are available on NC State’s website.

“Poe Hall is a 7-story academic building constructed in approximately 1971, when PCBs were widely used in building materials, such as paint, caulk, and some mastics, across the United States,” the report notes. “PCBs are a family of related artificial compounds, manufactured for use in a multitude of industrial and commercial products prior to 1979, when they were banned in the United States.”

On March 25, Chancellor Woodson spoke during a webinar with epidemiologists Dr. Zack Moore, of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS), and Dr. Andy Olshan, of the University of North Carolina (UNC)-Chapel Hill. Moore explained during the webinar that “most” groups of cancer cases stemming from a specific area “don’t” fit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) definion of a “cancer cluster.”

“[CDC] guidance defines a cancer cluster as a higher-than-expected number of cases of the same or related cancers in a particular area over a particular period of time. So, not every concern that comes up meets that definition of a cancer cluster. In fact, most don’t,” Moore said during the March 25 webinar. “That’s not because it’s some impossibly strict definition, that’s because of challenges with actually having the data to understand whether a cluster is really present.”

NCDHHS said in a statement to Fox News Digital that “NC State has taken action to protect the public’s health including notifying staff about concerns, closing Poe Hall and consulting with an outside environmental expert to initiate remediation of the building.”

“NCDHHS is in frequent communication with NC State and understands NC State and [National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health] will be working together on the investigation at Poe Hall. Investigating potential linkage of cancer cases to occupational exposures is challenging and part of the specialized work of NIOSH,” the agency said, adding that NCDHHS does “not have information on whether the NC State situation will ultimately be determined to meet” the CDC’s most recent definition of a “cluster.”

Ben Whitley, an attorney at Whitley Law Firm in Raleigh, said his firm is looking into litigation against Monsanto, the company that made the materials that contained PCBs used in the construction of Poe Hall. He noted that Vermont recently passed a law requiring testing of school buildings renovated before 1980 for PCBs.

“Unfortunately, I think we’re going to see it more and more in these buildings that were built during that range — 1971 to 1979. That’s when the PCBs were around. They were being used in caulking and insulation and they were like this wonder material,” Whitley explained to Fox News Digital. 

“I think we’re going to see it more and more in these buildings that were built during that range — 1971 to 1979.”

— Ben Whitley

Whitley added that NC State may see more issues with PCB contamination as it tests more buildings on campus.

Lewis said she feels “violated” because she trusted that she was “getting a good education…in a safe place,” and then “all of a sudden,” she was “put in unsafe conditions.” She also has concerns that the “forever chemicals” can “pass in utero” and therefore onto her children.

“It’s made me just feel really nervous,” she said.

Walter similarly said the Poe Hall investigation has made her question “what else” she and her family have been or are being exposed to in their everyday environments.

“I feel like we deserve more answers. If there are more answers to be had … everyone should be actively looking for that,” she said.

Retired general sounds alarm over ISIS’ ‘strong desire’ to attack US homeland

The former head of U.S. Central Command warned Sunday that the Islamic terror group ISIS has a “strong desire” to attack the U.S. and other foreign powers, a threat he suspects is growing.

Retired Gen. Frank McKenzie told ABC News’ “This Week” that U.S. officials should “believe them when they say that.”

“I think the threat is growing,” McKenzie said, noting threats from ISIS-K after the group took responsibility for a deadly attack in Moscow, Russia, last month that killed more than 140 people. The terror group also claimed responsibility for a mass bombing in Iran in January.

“It began to grow as soon as we left Afghanistan, it took pressure off ISIS-K,” McKenzie said, referring to the chaotic U.S. withdrawal from the country in 2021. “So I think we should expect further attempts of this nature against the United States as well as our partners and other nations abroad. I think this is inevitable.”

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McKenzie, who commanded U.S. forces in the Middle East, including the withdrawal from Afghanistan, said the U.S. holds a large enough military presence in Iraq and Syria to combat extremists in the region.

The retired general maintains that the U.S. should have kept a small troop presence in Afghanistan amid the exit instead of completely pulling out and ending the longest war in U.S. history.

President Biden previously claimed there would be an “over-the-horizon capability” to “act quickly and decisively” in Afghanistan, even with troops no longer stationed in the region.

McKenzie said the U.S. now has “almost no ability to see into that country and almost no ability to strike into that country,” which he says benefits ISIS and other terror groups.

“If you can keep pressure on them … in their homeland and their base, it makes it hard for them to conduct these types of attacks,” he said. “Unfortunately, we no longer place that pressure on them, so they’re free to gain strength, they’re free to plan, they’re free to coordinate.”

McKenzie said he believes “things would be different” and “we might actually be safer than we are” if the U.S. and its allies kept a small presence in Afghanistan, prolonging military involvement in the region.

The deadly attack in Moscow on March 22 highlights the threat of terror groups being able to regroup and plan large-scale operations, McKenzie said.

Despite the dangers, these efforts by the terror groups are more easily detectable, McKenzie said. The U.S. said it alerted the Kremlin to a possible terror plot weeks before that attack happened.

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“I think there was probably good opportunity for the Russians to have averted this attack had they actually listened to the material that was presented to them,” McKenzie said.

The suspects in the Moscow attack opened fire in one of the largest shopping and entertainment complexes in Russia before a fire broke out in the complex, according to the Russian Foreign Security Service.

A U.S. counter-terrorism official told the New York Post that ISIS-K terrorists could cross through the U.S. borders and carry out an attack similar to the one in Moscow. The official said ISIS is growing “bolder” and that its members may attempt to take advantage of the chaos at the southern border and seek out a “bigger” target.

“An attack on US soil is definitely a possibility,” the official said. “It would certainly send a message.”

McKenzie’s comments on Sunday also come after European leaders warned about the prospect of war.

Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk called on European nations to step up investment in their defense, arguing that the continent is not ready for the current “prewar era.”

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“I don’t want to scare anyone, but war is no longer a concept from the past,” he said in a recent interview with European newspapers before pointing to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. “It’s real, and it started over two years ago.”

And in January, Swedish defense officials warned about potential war as the nation was close to joining NATO, which has officially happened.

“For a nation for whom peace has been a pleasant companion for almost 210 years, the idea that it is an immovable constant is conveniently close at hand,” Swedish Civil Defense Minister Carl-Oskar Bohlin said at the time at Folk och Försvars, or “Society and Defense,” annual national conference in Sälen.

“But taking comfort in this conclusion has become more dangerous than it has been for a very long time,” he said. “Many have said it before me, but let me do so in an official capacity, more plainly and with naked clarity: There could be war in Sweden.”

NBA star offers theory for why Biden is pushing transgender holiday on Easter Sunday

President Biden marked March 31 as Transgender Day of Visibility and drew criticism for doing so during Easter Sunday.

Orlando Magic star Jonathan Isaac joined in on ripping the president, saying on X, formerly Twitter, the White House “know[s] exactly what they are doing.”

“They want you to hate! This helps no one and only promotes division,” he wrote. “They know exactly what they are doing.. we should be angry but shouldn’t lose the spirit of what tomorrow means! Don’t lose focus. Because He is risen there is hope for all.”

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Isaac joined the likes of former President Trump, entrepreneur and former presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy, and other political commentators to criticize Biden. Trump’s national press secretary, Karoline Leavitt, called it “appalling and insulting.”

“We call on Joe Biden’s failing campaign and the White House to issue an apology to the millions of Catholics and Christians across America who believe (Sunday) is for one celebration only — the resurrection of Jesus Christ,” she said.

“The Biden White House has betrayed the central tenet of Easter — which is the resurrection of Jesus Christ,” House Speaker Mike Johnson posted on X. “Banning sacred truth and tradition—while at the same time proclaiming Easter Sunday as ‘Transgender Day’—is outrageous and abhorrent. The American people are taking note.”

While March 31 has been designated to honor the transgender movement since Biden took office, this year it falls on Easter Sunday, one of the most important days for Christians celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ. 

Isaac added context to his post later on, saying it is “important” that Biden continues to recognize the trans community on the same date, which “releases the administration from the allegation on intentionality.”

“Instead of deleting the tweet like it never happened this is my good faith retraction lol,” Isaac added on X. 

“The message is the same. Keep focused on what Resurrection Sunday Is all about. Christ defeating sin and death for all people who would believe.”

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“On Transgender Day of Visibility, we honor the extraordinary courage and contributions of transgender Americans and reaffirm our Nation’s commitment to forming a more perfect Union — where all people are created equal and treated equally throughout their lives,” a statement released by the White House said. 

“Today, we send a message to all transgender Americans: You are loved. You are heard. You are understood. You belong. You are America, and my entire Administration and I have your back,” it continued. “Now, therefore, I, Joseph R. Biden Jr., President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim March 31, 2024, as Transgender Day of Visibility.”

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Isaac has been critical of vaccine mandates, and his jersey sales skyrocketed after he stood during the national anthem while his teammates knelt in 2020.

Fox News’ Sarah Rumpf-Whitten and Haley Chi-Sing contributed to this report.

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1 dead, 4 injured after gunman opens fire in Nashville coffee shop on Easter Sunday

Nashville Police have identified the gunman who opened fire at a Nashville coffee shop, leaving at least one person dead and four others injured, during Easter brunch, Nashville police said.

Police announced that Anton Rucker, 46, who they said is a convicted felon, is being sought for the homicide at Roasted Salemtown.

“He has agg assault convictions in Nashville and was arrested in Murfreesboro on felony drug charges last 10/31, and on agg assault and gun charges last August,” the Metro Nashville Police Department posted on X, formerly Twitter. 

Police said that detectives are working to determine the motive him opening fire during Sunday brunch at Roasted on Garfield St., police said. 

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Police said the shooting happened around 3 p.m. when Rucker opened fire inside the coffee shop, striking five people and killing one man.

“There was an altercation between two men at Roasted. Sunday brunch was being served. During that time period, the altercation occurred and escalated, very sharply, to one of the men pulling a gun and firing multiple shots,” said Don Aaron of the Metro police at a press conference.

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Police said they believe the person with whom Rucker was having an issue was the one who was fatally shot. 

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“A total of eight persons were transported from the scene,” Aaron continued. He said five people were shot, one of whom died. Another person suffered a scratch and a pregnant woman went to the hospital for treatment due to a panic attack.

Police added that this was not a shoot-out, and they have no indication that the people fighting knew each other.

Police have released surveillance photos of Rucker and said he left the scene in a Mercedes GLS 450.

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This coffee shop has not had significant issues in the past, according to authorities. Police added that this shooting was an isolated incident.

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The police department’s homicide team is leading the investigation.

Anyone with information that can help police is urged to call 615-862-8600.

Fox News’ Samantha Daigle contributed to this report.

FLASHBACK: Disney-DeSantis settlement humiliates media’s past pro-Disney headlines

The mainstream media’s open support for Disney in its fight against Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., took on a whole new look after a settlement was reached that appeared to end in DeSantis’ favor.  

After ongoing legal battles, the Central Florida Tourism Oversight District, a board appointed by DeSantis, voted to approve a settlement deal with Disney on Wednesday. The settlement addressed the two-year litigation battle over who rightfully controls the formally titled Reedy Creek Improvement District that encompasses the Walt Disney World Resort.

The settlement officially invalidated Disney’s previous attempts to retain governing control over the district and ended all pending litigation in Florida state court.

Since DeSantis’ plan to dissolve Disney’s self-governing status was announced in 2022, many media outlets quickly took sides with the House of Mouse and predicted that DeSantis would be crushed.

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In 2022, several people at MSNBC called DeSantis’ move “authoritarian” and mocked the governor for attempting to go after the billion-dollar company.

“Later in the program, the governor of Florida’s growing authoritarian rule there and its retaliatory move against one of the biggest corporations in America — all for Disney’s crime of speaking out against discrimination and hatred,” MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace said.

Wallace spoke with frequent MSNBC guest Jason Johnson, who quipped that there were “so many Disney songs” he wanted to sing “in preparation” for the interview with Wallace. “Let It Go” and “We Don’t Talk about DeSantis” were two of the Disney reprises that Johnson had in mind.

NBC News chief political analyst Chuck Todd and MSNBC host and former 2020 Biden campaign aide Symone Sanders-Townsend also weighed in on the controversy, with Todd beginning a panel discussion by asserting that Republicans had “better be careful going after Disney.”

“Oh, my money’s on the Disney lobbyists, honey. My money is on the Disney lobbyists,” Sanders said.

ABC’s “The View,” which is owned by Disney, also criticized the Florida governor and suggested that there was no way DeSantis could beat the company.

“So, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is punishing our parent company, Disney, for speaking out against his so-called Don’t Say Gay law. He revoked Disney’s special status that could cost Florida taxpayers $2 billion. This goes against the GOP’s brand of being business-friendly,” co-host Joy Behar said. “Now, can he win this culture war? Because he’s taking on the mouse, and the mouse is bigger than Ron DeSantis.”

On a “Morning Joe” segment in 2023, co-host Joe Scarborough said “you can’t beat Disney” with MSNBC contributor Donny Deutsch in agreement.

“You’ve also talked in the past, and I’ve agreed with this, that DeSantis, once the stage starts to get bigger, is going to start to wilt a little bit. You can just see he’s got no answers. He’s got no punches. He’s fighting a fight he can’t win, and this, to me, is a precursor of him on a bigger national stage. And he’s just stupid. It’s a stupid, stupid play,” Desutsch said.

During a “CBS Mornings” segment in 2023, co-host Gayle King praised Disney after it canceled an office complex project in Florida, suggesting that DeSantis’ move was a factor.

“OK, drop the microphone, [Disney CEO] Bob Iger. He seems to be saying, ‘You want to play hardball, Gov. DeSantis? Let’s go,'” King said.

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Throughout 2023, headlines said DeSantis was being outmaneuvered by Disney and would eventually lose his case.

“How Disney just beat Ron DeSantis,” a Vox headline read. A Salon piece was titled “’Out-negotiated by Mickey Mouse’: DeSantis’ board reveals Disney quietly stripped them of power.” Newsweek reported, “Ron DeSantis suffers huge blow in his battle with Disney.”

“Disney is proving to be the foe that will not die,” Vox wrote.

In a statement to Fox News Digital, DeSantis communications director Bryan Griffin said, “As you know, hours before CFTOD took authority, Disney entered into a last-minute Development Agreement with the former Reedy Creek board to grant itself additional powers and perpetual property rights.”

“The media was quick to celebrate this action as an indisputable win. … And, as usual, the media were wrong,” he added.

The dispute between the two began after Disney’s criticism of Florida’s Parental Rights in Education Act, which has been derided by critics as the so-called “Don’t Say Gay” bill, prompted the DeSantis administration to revoke the special Disney-controlled tax district that gave the entertainment company autonomy over its theme parks in the region.

Following the settlement, however, both Disney and the DeSantis team spoke optimistically about the future.

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“We are pleased to put an end to all litigation pending in state court in Florida between Disney and the Central Florida Tourism Oversight District,” Walt Disney World President Jeff Vahle told FOX Business in a statement.

“This agreement opens a new chapter of constructive engagement with the new leadership of the district and serves the interests of all parties by enabling significant continued investment and the creation of thousands of direct and indirect jobs and economic opportunity in the State,” Vahle added.

Griffin told Fox News Digital in the statement, “We are glad that Disney has dropped its lawsuits against the new Central Florida Tourism Oversight District and conceded that their last-minute development agreements are null, void, and unenforceable. No corporation should be its own government. Moving forward, we stand ready to work with Disney and the District to help promote economic growth, family-friendly tourism, and accountable government in Central Florida.”

DeSantis still faces a federal lawsuit from Disney that alleges the governor unfairly retaliated against the company for political reasons. However, a federal judge dismissed the case in January, and Disney has agreed to hold off on an appeal until after a new development agreement with the district.

Fox Business’ Eric Revell and Fox News Digital’s Nikolas Lanum contributed to this report.

King Charles bittered by Prince Harry’s upbringing, ties it to Princess Diana: author

King Charles III has one major regret in raising his children, especially his younger son.

The claim was made by Ingrid Seward, editor-in-chief of Majesty magazine. The royal expert recently wrote a book, “My Mother and I,” which explores the monarch’s upbringing and relationship with his late mother, Queen Elizabeth II. Seward also sat down with the 75-year-old at his Highgrove estate.

“Prince Harry and King Charles were very, very close,” Seward told Fox News Digital. “They got on incredibly well. I think Charles probably regrets that he wasn’t strict with Harry and [his older son] William.”

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“He went on with [Princess] Diana’s freestyle of bringing up children,” Seward shared. “Diana allowed them to do, more or less, what they wanted, which was very fashionable in those days. You let children just get on with things. I think Charles probably regrets that he wasn’t a bit stricter, because it might’ve given both boys a few more boundaries.”

“… Children all need boundaries, and I don’t think they had too many,” Seward added.

In her lifetime, the glamorous mother ditched a more formal approach to raising her children. Diana was known for her unconventional hands-on approach behind palace doors. She prioritized playtime, scheduled impromptu trips with her sons and attended to their emotions. Charles, raised in a more traditional environment as a future king, kept things more formal with his children.

Seward claimed that it’s likely that the king may have wondered over the years if he should have done things differently as a parent.

Harry has had a troubled relationship with the royal family since he quit royal duties in 2020 and moved to California with his wife, Meghan Markle. According to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, the unbearable intrusions and racist attitudes of the British media prompted the move.

Harry showed up alone for his father’s coronation in May, but he left as soon as the ceremony ended to return to California for his son Archie’s birthday.

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“I don’t think that the king would worry about Harry living halfway across the world, because it is not that difficult to get from LA to London, as we know,” Seward explained. “But I think what’s sad for him is that he doesn’t see his grandchildren and that Harry has been such a disruptive force to the whole royal family.”

“That doesn’t stop Charles [from] loving him,” Seward continued. “But I think he’s very upset by Harry’s behavior and especially upset by Harry’s remarks about his wife, about Camilla … Charles just has to be there with open arms. Otherwise, it’s just going to make things much, much worse. And I’m sure he wishes that William and Harry were on better terms, but there’s nothing he can do about it. It’s between them. But he did say, ‘Please boys, don’t make my last years miserable,’ which is exactly what they have done.”

In his 2023 memoir, “Spare,” Harry accused his stepmother, Queen Camilla, of leaking private conversations to the media to burnish her own reputation. The 39-year-old accused members of the royal family of getting “into bed with the devil” to gain favorable tabloid coverage. He singled out Camilla’s efforts to rehabilitate her image with the British people after her longtime affair with his father.

He also detailed his sibling rivalry with William, 41, who is heir to the British throne.

Harry wasn’t the first royal to speak out about his childhood.

In 1994, Charles, then Prince of Wales, spoke to Jonathan Dimbleby for an authorized biography, in which he criticized his upbringing. The book described how the queen and her husband, Prince Philip, were emotionally distant from their firstborn.

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“He did feel unloved by his parents,” said Seward. “… He criticized [their] parenting style and said he never remembers his mother hugging him. Well, she did hug him, but he doesn’t remember it. He felt that he was unloved by his parents and brought up entirely by nannies. . . . The queen and Prince Philip were quite hurt by these remarks. They thought, ‘Well, where did we go wrong? We did our best.’”

“The queen came to the throne so young, and it was very much a man’s world,” Seward pointed out. “Her motherhood was taken from her. She wasn’t able to have the time to look after two very young children.”

The opening chapter of Harry’s book recounts how Charles broke the news of Diana’s accident. He pointed out that the patriarch didn’t hug his son.

Diana died from injuries she sustained in a 1997 car crash. She was 36.

“I think Charles was in shock, in enormous shock, and was probably … trembling himself,” said Seward. “So what he did was just sort of patted Harry on the shoulder, which is what you might do when you are in shock. It’s quite hard to suddenly let emotions go and hug someone. . . . You are quite mechanical. So I completely understood why Charles was like that, but obviously Harry held it against him.”

Royal watchers have long hoped for a family reconciliation. After Charles called Harry to tell him he had cancer, Harry said he immediately arranged to go to London.

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“I jumped on a plane and went to go see him as soon as I could,” Harry told the news program “Good Morning America.” “I love my family. The fact that I was able to get on a plane and go see and spend any time with him, I’m grateful for that.’’

Harry arrived from California less than 48 hours after Buckingham Palace announced on February 5 that the king had cancer and had begun treatment.

The visit between the monarch and his younger son at Clarence House was relatively brief, as Charles and Camilla were seen leaving about an hour later.

The palace has not revealed the type of cancer the king has, saying only that it had been discovered during a treatment for an enlarged prostate, but it is not prostate cancer.

Meanwhile, William has been watching over his wife, Kate Middleton. On March 22, the Princess of Wales announced that she has cancer and is undergoing chemotherapy. The news came after relentless speculation on social media since January when the mother of three was hospitalized for unspecified abdominal surgery.

Seward said that Charles isn’t in any hurry for William to be king.

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“It’s something that happened at the beginning of William’s career,” Seward explained. “Instead of going straight ahead and doing a lot of royal duties, [William] found a career of his own. He was a search and rescue helicopter pilot. He spent time with his family before he took on royal duties. And there was quite a lot of criticism. ‘William’s lazy, he’s not doing anything.’ But his father … was right behind this.”

“And I think recently when William … said that he’s going to look after his wife … Charles was fully behind that decision,” Seward shared. “Because he let duty rule his life, and it ruined a great of his [life] because of it. He’s not going to change. But he wants his sons to have more of a chance to have a family life.”

Seward remarked that she has fond memories of speaking with the king.

“We talked about children, the problems of children and drugs,” she recalled. “And we did talk about William and Harry. Charles said, ‘Well, the only drug I ever took was a cigarette!”

“We talked about the things that annoyed him, and he was really funny,” she continued. “He said that he has an appalling memory. . . . He used to have a little pack of those stick-it notes . . . he would stick all his memos inside his blazer whenever he would get dressed. . . . [And] I think what surprised me was… every time that little Prince Charles had an ailment – and kids get ill all the time – he was parted from his mother. I think that must have been really difficult. And I think that’s why he’s probably a little phobic about illness. . . . He refuses to give in to it. . . . He just gets on with it.”