Trump, Bloomberg trade barbs as ex-NY mayor rises in polls Feb 14, 2020 0 1808 12345 AFPNew YorkUS President Donald Trump and White House hopeful Mike Bloomberg locked horns on Thursday in a blaze of caustic tweets as the former New York mayor climbs in the polls in his drive to capture the Democratic presidential nomination.In the latest skirmish between the New York billionaires, Trump hit out at “loser” Bloomberg, who responded that the president was a “circus barking clown.” For days now, an especially aggressive post-impeachment Trump has been going after Bloomberg, whom he has known for decades.Trump repeatedly comments on the stature of the former mayor, who is estimated to be around five foot eight inches (1.73 meters) tall, calling him “mini Mike.” Trump stands at six foot three inches.“Mini Mike Bloomberg is a LOSER who has money but can’t debate and has zero presence, you will see,” Trump tweeted on Thursday. In another broadside, he described his rival as “a 5’4’ mass of dead energy who does not want to be on the debate stage with these professional politicians.” On Tuesday, Trump accused Bloomberg of racism, retweeting part of a 2015 recording in which the media tycoon defended the police policy known as “stop and frisk,” which targeted non-whites during his time running New York.In November, just before entering the presidential race, Bloomberg changed course and apologised for the policy.Bloomberg, one of the richest men in the world with a net worth estimated at $56 billion, hit back at Trump on Thursday.“@realDonaldTrump - we know many of the same people in NY. Behind your back they laugh at you & call you a carnival barking clown,” Bloomberg tweeted. “They know you inherited a fortune & squandered it with stupid deals and incompetence. I have the record & the resources to defeat you. And I will,” he added.The war of words comes as Bloomberg, who has so far spent more than $260 million of his own money on his campaign, is rising the polls.An average of recent nationwide surveys places him in third place after self-declared democratic socialist Bernie Sanders and former vice president Joe Biden.And Trump is taking note, as are Bloomberg’s rivals for the nomination, who accuse him of trying to buy the election with his vast fortune.Bloomberg is skipping the first four votes in the nomination contest, which contribute just a small number delegates to the convention that will choose the Democrat who will take on Trump. RELATED ARTICLES Greek islanders take anti-camp protest to Athens Feb 14, 2020 0 89 Macron visits retreating glacier, urges ‘fight of the century’ Feb 14, 2020 0 100 British finance minister quits in reshuffle shock Feb 14, 2020 0 1217 UK PM names minister to take over UN climate talks London, Feb 13, 2020 (AFP) -British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Thursday appointed a dedicated government minister to lead the UN climate talks in Glasgow later this year, after warnings that planning for the event .. N Macedonian police intercept van with 53 migrants inside Belgrade: North Macedonian police have intercepted a van with 53 migrants crammed inside and arrested the driver, the Makfax news agency reported on Thursday. The vehicle was stopped on a regional road near the village .. Brazil’s Bolsonaro lashes out at Pope Francis’s Amazon text Brasília: Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro lashed out at Pope Francis on Thursday after the pontiff pleaded for the protection of the Amazon rainforest. “Pope Francis said yesterday the Amazon is his, the world’s, .. Mexican billionaires contribute to presidential plane raffle Mexico City: Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Thursday that business leaders had pledged to buy 80 million dollars worth of tickets in a raffle he organised to fund the upkeep of his predecessor’s .. Senate passes measure to curb Trump on military action against Iran Washington: The US Senate passed a bipartisan resolution on Thursday to curb President Donald Trump’s ability to take military action against Iran without congressional approval. The move comes amid growing concern ..