Snapshots: Clooney vows Trump won’t be president

Cannes, France — George Clooney has vowed that Donald Trump will not be elected president, promising that “fear is not going to be something that drives” the United States.

Clooney spoke to reporters Thursday at the Cannes Film Festival where he stars in Jodie Foster’s hostage thriller “Money Monster.” Clooney, a prominent fundraiser for Hillary Clinton, insisted that Trump will not win.

“There’s not going to be a President Donald Trump,” Clooney said. “That’s not going to happen. Fear is not going to be something that drives our country. We’re not going to be scared of Muslims or immigrants or women. We’re not actually afraid of anything.”

Clooney and his wife, human rights lawyer Amal Clooney (who joined him on the Cannes red carpet for the premiere of “Money Monster”), last month hosted a pair of events in Los Angeles and San Francisco that raised millions for Clinton.

The actor said that Trump is the product of the collision of news and entertainment depicted in “Money Monster.” In it, Clooney plays a Jim Cramer-like financial guru taken hostage live on the air by a distraught investor (Jack O’Connell). Julia Roberts co-stars as the program’s producer.

Hillary Clinton supports statehood for D.C.

Washington — Hillary Clinton says she’ll fight to make the District of Columbia the nation’s 51st state if she’s elected president.

Clinton wrote about her support for District statehood in an op-ed published Wednesday in the Washington Informer, an African-American newspaper. She says it’s unfair that the District’s 672,000 residents lack voting representation in Congress.

President Barack Obama did not publicly announce his support for District statehood until 2014, and some advocates have criticized him for not doing more. Republicans generally oppose statehood, in part because the overwhelmingly Democratic city would almost certainly elect two Democrats to the Senate.

Clinton’s op-ed indicates that she’ll make statehood an issue during the campaign for president. Presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump took no position on statehood during a recent interview with The Washington Post.