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  • Obama to George Floyd protesters: Channel 'justifiable anger' into action
    June 1, 2020, 9:28 am

    Former President Barack Obama addressed nationwide protests over the death of George Floyd, condemning the violence brought on by a "small minority."



  • New Yahoo News/YouGov poll: Most Americans say Trump is a 'racist' and want h...
    June 1, 2020, 9:08 am

    By a bare majority, Americans think President Trump is a racist, and want him to stop tweeting, according to a new Yahoo News/YouGov poll. The public?s response to Trump?s tweets and racial attitudes is predictably divided along party lines.



  • North Carolina governor rejects GOP's demand for full-fledged convention
    June 2, 2020, 10:53 am

    Trump and Republicans want a 50,000-person event.



  • China's state media says US can now 'enjoy' protests after criticizing China'...
    June 2, 2020, 10:40 am

    A foreign ministry rep tweeted "I can't breathe" above a screenshot of a State Department flack condemning how Hong Kong protesters were treated.



  • Minnesota National Guard Opened Fire on a Vehicle, Commander Says
    June 1, 2020, 1:32 pm

    A soldier fired three rounds at a speeding vehicle deemed a threat, officials said.



  • 2 Atlanta police officers were fired and 3 were placed on desk duty for their...
    May 31, 2020, 7:56 pm

    Mark Gardner and Ivory Streeter, who were both members of the department's fugitive unit, were terminated from the Atlanta Police Department.



  • Democratic Rep. Eliot Engel caught on hot mic amid unrest: 'If I didn't have ...
    June 2, 2020, 4:18 pm

    It comes as the New York congressman has faced his toughest primary since being elected Congress in 1988.



  • Iranian 'spy' scientist flies home after release from US prison, raising hope...
    June 2, 2020, 8:47 am

    The families of British dual nationals imprisoned by Iran today criticised the Foreign Office for ?complete inaction? in trying to secure their release, as an Iranian scientist previously jailed by the US was allowed to fly home. A plane carrying Sirous Asgari took off early this morning and was on its way back to Tehran to bring him home, Iran?s foreign minister announced, raising hopes of a potential prisoner swap for Western dual nationals in Iran. Mr Asgari was accused by a US court in 2016 of stealing trade secrets while on an academic visit to Ohio, where he visited a university working on projects for the US Navy. However, the 59-year-old scientist from Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, was acquitted in November when an American judge dismissed the case against him. Several British, US and other dual nationals remain imprisoned or on temporary release in Iran, typically on controversial charges of espionage. They include British-Iranian mother Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, jailed in 2016, and retired engineer Anoosheh Ashoori, 66, who has been held in Tehran?s notorious Evin prison since August 2017. Both the US Department of Homeland Security and the Iranian Foreign Ministry today denied reports that Mr Asgari?s release was part of a prisoner swap, but such arrangements have been made in the past, despite the breakdown in diplomatic relations between Washington and Tehran.



  • Amsterdam anti-racism rally criticised for lack of social distancing
    June 2, 2020, 12:40 am

    Amsterdam's mayor faced criticism from politicians and health experts on Tuesday after thousands of demonstrators packed the city centre for an anti-racism rally in violation of social distancing rules put in place to ward off the coronavirus. The protesters rallied in support of George Floyd, a black American who died in police custody in the United States last week, their number swelling from an expected 200-300 to several thousands on Monday. Amsterdam Mayor Femke Halsema, of the Green Left party, said city authorities were caught off guard by the huge turnout and could not have intervened peacefully.



  • George Floyd protests: NYC mayor Bill de Blasio ?proud? of daughter after she...
    June 2, 2020, 6:29 am

    New York City mayor Bill de Blasio has told reporters that he is proud of his daughter, Chiara de Blasio, for getting arrested at a George Floyd protest over the weekend.Ms de Blasio was arrested on Saturday, at a protest at East 12th Street in Manhattan, for ?unlawful assembly,? according to NBC News.



  • A photo op as protests swirled: how Trump came to walk to the church
    June 2, 2020, 11:23 am

    Trump?s decision to walk to St John?s to be photographed with the Bible was another extraordinary decision made on the hoof * George Floyd killing ? latest US updates * See all our George Floyd coverageEarly one Saturday morning in May 1970, Richard Nixon, under enormous pressure, left the White House, seeking to talk to people protesting against the Vietnam war around the Lincoln Memorial. It was a strange moment in American history but a hugely symbolic one, foreshadowing a president?s fall.Fifty years later, on a Monday afternoon in early June, Donald Trump also walked out of the White House. But his route was very different and went through Lafayette Square. Moments before, peaceful protesters, priests and families among them, had been assaulted by national guardsmen and federal officers: gassed, shot with rubber bullets, forcefully cleared from the president?s path.With a small group of aides, his daughter Ivanka among them, the president walked to St John?s, the so-called Church of the Presidents, to be photographed by the press, holding aloft a Bible.The president had ordered an assault on his own citizens, in order to stage a PR stunt. Like many momentous decisions in an extraordinary presidency, it was a call made on the hoof.George Floyd, a 46-year-old African American man, was killed by police in Minneapolis on Memorial Day, 25 May, just a week before. Peaceful protests against police brutality and racism followed, and spread. Over the weekend, in the face of violently aggressive policing, many protests were marred by chaos and looting.Trump did express sympathy with protesters, including in public remarks in Florida. But by Sunday he had disappeared from view.On Friday night, as protesters clashed with police and Secret Service agents outside the White House, Trump hid in an underground bunker. It was reported that he did not speak on Sunday because he had nothing constructive to say. Floyd?s brother said a call from the president went badly, Trump seemingly unwilling to let him speak. The White House lights went off.All this landed on top of the president?s long-brewing frustration with coverage of his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, in which more than 105,000 Americans have died and 40 million have filed for unemployment in a stricken US economy.And so, the Washington Post reported, on Monday morning Trump began to consider a visit to St John?s. Every president since James Madison has worshipped there. It is a national treasure. On Sunday, as protest churned, it was briefly threatened by fire.The president wanted to show Washington was under his control. He also wanted to reassure a key bloc of support. Polls have shown that among white evangelical Christians, as the campaign against Joe Biden heats up, backing for Trump is slipping.There was also other business to be conducted: a conference call with governors. Trump used it to taunt political opponents, rant about the need to dominate protesters, call for mass arrests and threaten to call in the army. Tellingly, he said: ?Washington was under good control, but we?re gonna have it under much more control ? we?re gonna clamp down very, very strong.?The call promptly leaked to media outlets, the Guardian among them.As controversy spread, according to the Axios website, advisers ?hotly debated? whether Trump should finally address the nation. Some argued not, saying he could change nothing. Some insisted he had to be seen. Finally, Trump tweeted that he would speak in the White House Rose Garden.?I am your presidentof law and order,? hesaid at the podium, striking a firmly Nixonian note, as he has on the campaign trail.?We are ending the riots and lawlessness that has spread throughout our country. We will end it now.?As the president declared himself ?an ally of all peaceful protesters? his audience could hear the sound of battle in Lafayette Square, flash-bangs detonating, teargas hissing. TV viewers could see both images in split screen. As Trump left the White House grounds, social media began to spew a fog of anger and division as thick as the clouds which enveloped protesters.Fox News approved. But one unnamed Trump aide doubted the long-term impact of the president?s move.?It was just to win the news cycle,? the aide told the Post. ?I?m not sure that things are any better for us tomorrow.?Speaking anonymously, another senior White House official told Axios they had ?never been more ashamed?.?I?m really honestly disgusted,? the official said. ?I?m sick to my stomach.?The bishop of Washington was outraged. Pundits were swift to agree.Joe Lockhart, a press secretary for Bill Clinton now an analyst for CNN,tweeted:?I lived through Martin Luther King Jr and Bobby Kennedy being assassinated, our cities burning, Watergate, 9/11 and other national tragedies. I?ve never been so frightened for our country as I am tonight. Trump has to go now.?As Monday night bled into Tuesday morning, Washington was largely peaceful, under curfew, helicopters buzzing overhead. But across the US, other protests continued. In some cities, New York and Philadelphia prominent among them, violence and looting continued.On Tuesday morning, as after many an unprecedented moment since 2016, Americans read the news, tweeted their horror or support, then went back to watching for Trump?s next move.The president?s inner circle, said another senior official who spoke to Axios, were ?all celebrating? the events of Monday.?They?re very, very proud of themselves,? they said.Another top aide was reported to be boasting of a political coup, an ?iconic? moment in America under Trump.



  • Philippine exit from key US military pact 'suspended'
    June 2, 2020, 8:10 am

    The Philippines has told the United States it is suspending its bid to break off a key military pact, the two allies said Tuesday in a sharp turnaround of President Rodrigo Duterte's foreign policy. Duterte in February gave notice to Washington he was axing the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) after accusing the US of interference in his internationally condemned narcotics crackdown. Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin said Tuesday the plan has been put on hold for at least six months.



  • 'You will move, or you will die': A frightened truck driver's widely shared F...
    June 2, 2020, 11:38 am

    "Air horns will sound, steering wheels will be held tightly, but those brakes will not be touched," the truck driver wrote.



  • Wuhan tests nearly 10 million people, finds only 300 infections
    June 2, 2020, 3:44 am

    China tested almost 10 million people for coronavirus in just over two weeks in Wuhan, the city where the pandemic began, officials said Tuesday, reporting only a few hundred positive cases. Chinese authorities claim to have largely brought the virus under control but Wuhan officials -- wary of a second wave -- launched the programme after new infections emerged for the first time since the city re-opened in April following more than two months in lockdown. More than 9.8 million people were tested in the city of 11 million people between May 14 and June 1, officials said at a press conference.



  • Pakistan 'blasphemy' death row couple's plea for freedom
    June 2, 2020, 3:26 am

    Shagufta Kausar and Shafqat Emmanuel hope judges in Pakistan will overthrow their 2014 conviction.



FOX 5 San Diego

  • Obama to George Floyd protesters: Channel 'justifiable anger' into action
    June 1, 2020, 9:28 am

    Former President Barack Obama addressed nationwide protests over the death of George Floyd, condemning the violence brought on by a "small minority."



  • New Yahoo News/YouGov poll: Most Americans say Trump is a 'racist' and want h...
    June 1, 2020, 9:08 am

    By a bare majority, Americans think President Trump is a racist, and want him to stop tweeting, according to a new Yahoo News/YouGov poll. The public?s response to Trump?s tweets and racial attitudes is predictably divided along party lines.



  • North Carolina governor rejects GOP's demand for full-fledged convention
    June 2, 2020, 10:53 am

    Trump and Republicans want a 50,000-person event.



  • China's state media says US can now 'enjoy' protests after criticizing China'...
    June 2, 2020, 10:40 am

    A foreign ministry rep tweeted "I can't breathe" above a screenshot of a State Department flack condemning how Hong Kong protesters were treated.



  • Minnesota National Guard Opened Fire on a Vehicle, Commander Says
    June 1, 2020, 1:32 pm

    A soldier fired three rounds at a speeding vehicle deemed a threat, officials said.



  • 2 Atlanta police officers were fired and 3 were placed on desk duty for their...
    May 31, 2020, 7:56 pm

    Mark Gardner and Ivory Streeter, who were both members of the department's fugitive unit, were terminated from the Atlanta Police Department.



  • Democratic Rep. Eliot Engel caught on hot mic amid unrest: 'If I didn't have ...
    June 2, 2020, 4:18 pm

    It comes as the New York congressman has faced his toughest primary since being elected Congress in 1988.



  • Iranian 'spy' scientist flies home after release from US prison, raising hope...
    June 2, 2020, 8:47 am

    The families of British dual nationals imprisoned by Iran today criticised the Foreign Office for ?complete inaction? in trying to secure their release, as an Iranian scientist previously jailed by the US was allowed to fly home. A plane carrying Sirous Asgari took off early this morning and was on its way back to Tehran to bring him home, Iran?s foreign minister announced, raising hopes of a potential prisoner swap for Western dual nationals in Iran. Mr Asgari was accused by a US court in 2016 of stealing trade secrets while on an academic visit to Ohio, where he visited a university working on projects for the US Navy. However, the 59-year-old scientist from Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, was acquitted in November when an American judge dismissed the case against him. Several British, US and other dual nationals remain imprisoned or on temporary release in Iran, typically on controversial charges of espionage. They include British-Iranian mother Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, jailed in 2016, and retired engineer Anoosheh Ashoori, 66, who has been held in Tehran?s notorious Evin prison since August 2017. Both the US Department of Homeland Security and the Iranian Foreign Ministry today denied reports that Mr Asgari?s release was part of a prisoner swap, but such arrangements have been made in the past, despite the breakdown in diplomatic relations between Washington and Tehran.



  • Amsterdam anti-racism rally criticised for lack of social distancing
    June 2, 2020, 12:40 am

    Amsterdam's mayor faced criticism from politicians and health experts on Tuesday after thousands of demonstrators packed the city centre for an anti-racism rally in violation of social distancing rules put in place to ward off the coronavirus. The protesters rallied in support of George Floyd, a black American who died in police custody in the United States last week, their number swelling from an expected 200-300 to several thousands on Monday. Amsterdam Mayor Femke Halsema, of the Green Left party, said city authorities were caught off guard by the huge turnout and could not have intervened peacefully.



  • George Floyd protests: NYC mayor Bill de Blasio ?proud? of daughter after she...
    June 2, 2020, 6:29 am

    New York City mayor Bill de Blasio has told reporters that he is proud of his daughter, Chiara de Blasio, for getting arrested at a George Floyd protest over the weekend.Ms de Blasio was arrested on Saturday, at a protest at East 12th Street in Manhattan, for ?unlawful assembly,? according to NBC News.



  • A photo op as protests swirled: how Trump came to walk to the church
    June 2, 2020, 11:23 am

    Trump?s decision to walk to St John?s to be photographed with the Bible was another extraordinary decision made on the hoof * George Floyd killing ? latest US updates * See all our George Floyd coverageEarly one Saturday morning in May 1970, Richard Nixon, under enormous pressure, left the White House, seeking to talk to people protesting against the Vietnam war around the Lincoln Memorial. It was a strange moment in American history but a hugely symbolic one, foreshadowing a president?s fall.Fifty years later, on a Monday afternoon in early June, Donald Trump also walked out of the White House. But his route was very different and went through Lafayette Square. Moments before, peaceful protesters, priests and families among them, had been assaulted by national guardsmen and federal officers: gassed, shot with rubber bullets, forcefully cleared from the president?s path.With a small group of aides, his daughter Ivanka among them, the president walked to St John?s, the so-called Church of the Presidents, to be photographed by the press, holding aloft a Bible.The president had ordered an assault on his own citizens, in order to stage a PR stunt. Like many momentous decisions in an extraordinary presidency, it was a call made on the hoof.George Floyd, a 46-year-old African American man, was killed by police in Minneapolis on Memorial Day, 25 May, just a week before. Peaceful protests against police brutality and racism followed, and spread. Over the weekend, in the face of violently aggressive policing, many protests were marred by chaos and looting.Trump did express sympathy with protesters, including in public remarks in Florida. But by Sunday he had disappeared from view.On Friday night, as protesters clashed with police and Secret Service agents outside the White House, Trump hid in an underground bunker. It was reported that he did not speak on Sunday because he had nothing constructive to say. Floyd?s brother said a call from the president went badly, Trump seemingly unwilling to let him speak. The White House lights went off.All this landed on top of the president?s long-brewing frustration with coverage of his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, in which more than 105,000 Americans have died and 40 million have filed for unemployment in a stricken US economy.And so, the Washington Post reported, on Monday morning Trump began to consider a visit to St John?s. Every president since James Madison has worshipped there. It is a national treasure. On Sunday, as protest churned, it was briefly threatened by fire.The president wanted to show Washington was under his control. He also wanted to reassure a key bloc of support. Polls have shown that among white evangelical Christians, as the campaign against Joe Biden heats up, backing for Trump is slipping.There was also other business to be conducted: a conference call with governors. Trump used it to taunt political opponents, rant about the need to dominate protesters, call for mass arrests and threaten to call in the army. Tellingly, he said: ?Washington was under good control, but we?re gonna have it under much more control ? we?re gonna clamp down very, very strong.?The call promptly leaked to media outlets, the Guardian among them.As controversy spread, according to the Axios website, advisers ?hotly debated? whether Trump should finally address the nation. Some argued not, saying he could change nothing. Some insisted he had to be seen. Finally, Trump tweeted that he would speak in the White House Rose Garden.?I am your presidentof law and order,? hesaid at the podium, striking a firmly Nixonian note, as he has on the campaign trail.?We are ending the riots and lawlessness that has spread throughout our country. We will end it now.?As the president declared himself ?an ally of all peaceful protesters? his audience could hear the sound of battle in Lafayette Square, flash-bangs detonating, teargas hissing. TV viewers could see both images in split screen. As Trump left the White House grounds, social media began to spew a fog of anger and division as thick as the clouds which enveloped protesters.Fox News approved. But one unnamed Trump aide doubted the long-term impact of the president?s move.?It was just to win the news cycle,? the aide told the Post. ?I?m not sure that things are any better for us tomorrow.?Speaking anonymously, another senior White House official told Axios they had ?never been more ashamed?.?I?m really honestly disgusted,? the official said. ?I?m sick to my stomach.?The bishop of Washington was outraged. Pundits were swift to agree.Joe Lockhart, a press secretary for Bill Clinton now an analyst for CNN,tweeted:?I lived through Martin Luther King Jr and Bobby Kennedy being assassinated, our cities burning, Watergate, 9/11 and other national tragedies. I?ve never been so frightened for our country as I am tonight. Trump has to go now.?As Monday night bled into Tuesday morning, Washington was largely peaceful, under curfew, helicopters buzzing overhead. But across the US, other protests continued. In some cities, New York and Philadelphia prominent among them, violence and looting continued.On Tuesday morning, as after many an unprecedented moment since 2016, Americans read the news, tweeted their horror or support, then went back to watching for Trump?s next move.The president?s inner circle, said another senior official who spoke to Axios, were ?all celebrating? the events of Monday.?They?re very, very proud of themselves,? they said.Another top aide was reported to be boasting of a political coup, an ?iconic? moment in America under Trump.



  • Philippine exit from key US military pact 'suspended'
    June 2, 2020, 8:10 am

    The Philippines has told the United States it is suspending its bid to break off a key military pact, the two allies said Tuesday in a sharp turnaround of President Rodrigo Duterte's foreign policy. Duterte in February gave notice to Washington he was axing the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) after accusing the US of interference in his internationally condemned narcotics crackdown. Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin said Tuesday the plan has been put on hold for at least six months.



  • 'You will move, or you will die': A frightened truck driver's widely shared F...
    June 2, 2020, 11:38 am

    "Air horns will sound, steering wheels will be held tightly, but those brakes will not be touched," the truck driver wrote.



  • Wuhan tests nearly 10 million people, finds only 300 infections
    June 2, 2020, 3:44 am

    China tested almost 10 million people for coronavirus in just over two weeks in Wuhan, the city where the pandemic began, officials said Tuesday, reporting only a few hundred positive cases. Chinese authorities claim to have largely brought the virus under control but Wuhan officials -- wary of a second wave -- launched the programme after new infections emerged for the first time since the city re-opened in April following more than two months in lockdown. More than 9.8 million people were tested in the city of 11 million people between May 14 and June 1, officials said at a press conference.



  • Pakistan 'blasphemy' death row couple's plea for freedom
    June 2, 2020, 3:26 am

    Shagufta Kausar and Shafqat Emmanuel hope judges in Pakistan will overthrow their 2014 conviction.



Channel 8 San Diego

  • Obama to George Floyd protesters: Channel 'justifiable anger' into action
    June 1, 2020, 9:28 am

    Former President Barack Obama addressed nationwide protests over the death of George Floyd, condemning the violence brought on by a "small minority."



  • New Yahoo News/YouGov poll: Most Americans say Trump is a 'racist' and want h...
    June 1, 2020, 9:08 am

    By a bare majority, Americans think President Trump is a racist, and want him to stop tweeting, according to a new Yahoo News/YouGov poll. The public?s response to Trump?s tweets and racial attitudes is predictably divided along party lines.



  • North Carolina governor rejects GOP's demand for full-fledged convention
    June 2, 2020, 10:53 am

    Trump and Republicans want a 50,000-person event.



  • China's state media says US can now 'enjoy' protests after criticizing China'...
    June 2, 2020, 10:40 am

    A foreign ministry rep tweeted "I can't breathe" above a screenshot of a State Department flack condemning how Hong Kong protesters were treated.



  • Minnesota National Guard Opened Fire on a Vehicle, Commander Says
    June 1, 2020, 1:32 pm

    A soldier fired three rounds at a speeding vehicle deemed a threat, officials said.



  • 2 Atlanta police officers were fired and 3 were placed on desk duty for their...
    May 31, 2020, 7:56 pm

    Mark Gardner and Ivory Streeter, who were both members of the department's fugitive unit, were terminated from the Atlanta Police Department.



  • Democratic Rep. Eliot Engel caught on hot mic amid unrest: 'If I didn't have ...
    June 2, 2020, 4:18 pm

    It comes as the New York congressman has faced his toughest primary since being elected Congress in 1988.



  • Iranian 'spy' scientist flies home after release from US prison, raising hope...
    June 2, 2020, 8:47 am

    The families of British dual nationals imprisoned by Iran today criticised the Foreign Office for ?complete inaction? in trying to secure their release, as an Iranian scientist previously jailed by the US was allowed to fly home. A plane carrying Sirous Asgari took off early this morning and was on its way back to Tehran to bring him home, Iran?s foreign minister announced, raising hopes of a potential prisoner swap for Western dual nationals in Iran. Mr Asgari was accused by a US court in 2016 of stealing trade secrets while on an academic visit to Ohio, where he visited a university working on projects for the US Navy. However, the 59-year-old scientist from Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, was acquitted in November when an American judge dismissed the case against him. Several British, US and other dual nationals remain imprisoned or on temporary release in Iran, typically on controversial charges of espionage. They include British-Iranian mother Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, jailed in 2016, and retired engineer Anoosheh Ashoori, 66, who has been held in Tehran?s notorious Evin prison since August 2017. Both the US Department of Homeland Security and the Iranian Foreign Ministry today denied reports that Mr Asgari?s release was part of a prisoner swap, but such arrangements have been made in the past, despite the breakdown in diplomatic relations between Washington and Tehran.



  • Amsterdam anti-racism rally criticised for lack of social distancing
    June 2, 2020, 12:40 am

    Amsterdam's mayor faced criticism from politicians and health experts on Tuesday after thousands of demonstrators packed the city centre for an anti-racism rally in violation of social distancing rules put in place to ward off the coronavirus. The protesters rallied in support of George Floyd, a black American who died in police custody in the United States last week, their number swelling from an expected 200-300 to several thousands on Monday. Amsterdam Mayor Femke Halsema, of the Green Left party, said city authorities were caught off guard by the huge turnout and could not have intervened peacefully.



  • George Floyd protests: NYC mayor Bill de Blasio ?proud? of daughter after she...
    June 2, 2020, 6:29 am

    New York City mayor Bill de Blasio has told reporters that he is proud of his daughter, Chiara de Blasio, for getting arrested at a George Floyd protest over the weekend.Ms de Blasio was arrested on Saturday, at a protest at East 12th Street in Manhattan, for ?unlawful assembly,? according to NBC News.



  • A photo op as protests swirled: how Trump came to walk to the church
    June 2, 2020, 11:23 am

    Trump?s decision to walk to St John?s to be photographed with the Bible was another extraordinary decision made on the hoof * George Floyd killing ? latest US updates * See all our George Floyd coverageEarly one Saturday morning in May 1970, Richard Nixon, under enormous pressure, left the White House, seeking to talk to people protesting against the Vietnam war around the Lincoln Memorial. It was a strange moment in American history but a hugely symbolic one, foreshadowing a president?s fall.Fifty years later, on a Monday afternoon in early June, Donald Trump also walked out of the White House. But his route was very different and went through Lafayette Square. Moments before, peaceful protesters, priests and families among them, had been assaulted by national guardsmen and federal officers: gassed, shot with rubber bullets, forcefully cleared from the president?s path.With a small group of aides, his daughter Ivanka among them, the president walked to St John?s, the so-called Church of the Presidents, to be photographed by the press, holding aloft a Bible.The president had ordered an assault on his own citizens, in order to stage a PR stunt. Like many momentous decisions in an extraordinary presidency, it was a call made on the hoof.George Floyd, a 46-year-old African American man, was killed by police in Minneapolis on Memorial Day, 25 May, just a week before. Peaceful protests against police brutality and racism followed, and spread. Over the weekend, in the face of violently aggressive policing, many protests were marred by chaos and looting.Trump did express sympathy with protesters, including in public remarks in Florida. But by Sunday he had disappeared from view.On Friday night, as protesters clashed with police and Secret Service agents outside the White House, Trump hid in an underground bunker. It was reported that he did not speak on Sunday because he had nothing constructive to say. Floyd?s brother said a call from the president went badly, Trump seemingly unwilling to let him speak. The White House lights went off.All this landed on top of the president?s long-brewing frustration with coverage of his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, in which more than 105,000 Americans have died and 40 million have filed for unemployment in a stricken US economy.And so, the Washington Post reported, on Monday morning Trump began to consider a visit to St John?s. Every president since James Madison has worshipped there. It is a national treasure. On Sunday, as protest churned, it was briefly threatened by fire.The president wanted to show Washington was under his control. He also wanted to reassure a key bloc of support. Polls have shown that among white evangelical Christians, as the campaign against Joe Biden heats up, backing for Trump is slipping.There was also other business to be conducted: a conference call with governors. Trump used it to taunt political opponents, rant about the need to dominate protesters, call for mass arrests and threaten to call in the army. Tellingly, he said: ?Washington was under good control, but we?re gonna have it under much more control ? we?re gonna clamp down very, very strong.?The call promptly leaked to media outlets, the Guardian among them.As controversy spread, according to the Axios website, advisers ?hotly debated? whether Trump should finally address the nation. Some argued not, saying he could change nothing. Some insisted he had to be seen. Finally, Trump tweeted that he would speak in the White House Rose Garden.?I am your presidentof law and order,? hesaid at the podium, striking a firmly Nixonian note, as he has on the campaign trail.?We are ending the riots and lawlessness that has spread throughout our country. We will end it now.?As the president declared himself ?an ally of all peaceful protesters? his audience could hear the sound of battle in Lafayette Square, flash-bangs detonating, teargas hissing. TV viewers could see both images in split screen. As Trump left the White House grounds, social media began to spew a fog of anger and division as thick as the clouds which enveloped protesters.Fox News approved. But one unnamed Trump aide doubted the long-term impact of the president?s move.?It was just to win the news cycle,? the aide told the Post. ?I?m not sure that things are any better for us tomorrow.?Speaking anonymously, another senior White House official told Axios they had ?never been more ashamed?.?I?m really honestly disgusted,? the official said. ?I?m sick to my stomach.?The bishop of Washington was outraged. Pundits were swift to agree.Joe Lockhart, a press secretary for Bill Clinton now an analyst for CNN,tweeted:?I lived through Martin Luther King Jr and Bobby Kennedy being assassinated, our cities burning, Watergate, 9/11 and other national tragedies. I?ve never been so frightened for our country as I am tonight. Trump has to go now.?As Monday night bled into Tuesday morning, Washington was largely peaceful, under curfew, helicopters buzzing overhead. But across the US, other protests continued. In some cities, New York and Philadelphia prominent among them, violence and looting continued.On Tuesday morning, as after many an unprecedented moment since 2016, Americans read the news, tweeted their horror or support, then went back to watching for Trump?s next move.The president?s inner circle, said another senior official who spoke to Axios, were ?all celebrating? the events of Monday.?They?re very, very proud of themselves,? they said.Another top aide was reported to be boasting of a political coup, an ?iconic? moment in America under Trump.



  • Philippine exit from key US military pact 'suspended'
    June 2, 2020, 8:10 am

    The Philippines has told the United States it is suspending its bid to break off a key military pact, the two allies said Tuesday in a sharp turnaround of President Rodrigo Duterte's foreign policy. Duterte in February gave notice to Washington he was axing the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) after accusing the US of interference in his internationally condemned narcotics crackdown. Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin said Tuesday the plan has been put on hold for at least six months.



  • 'You will move, or you will die': A frightened truck driver's widely shared F...
    June 2, 2020, 11:38 am

    "Air horns will sound, steering wheels will be held tightly, but those brakes will not be touched," the truck driver wrote.



  • Wuhan tests nearly 10 million people, finds only 300 infections
    June 2, 2020, 3:44 am

    China tested almost 10 million people for coronavirus in just over two weeks in Wuhan, the city where the pandemic began, officials said Tuesday, reporting only a few hundred positive cases. Chinese authorities claim to have largely brought the virus under control but Wuhan officials -- wary of a second wave -- launched the programme after new infections emerged for the first time since the city re-opened in April following more than two months in lockdown. More than 9.8 million people were tested in the city of 11 million people between May 14 and June 1, officials said at a press conference.



  • Pakistan 'blasphemy' death row couple's plea for freedom
    June 2, 2020, 3:26 am

    Shagufta Kausar and Shafqat Emmanuel hope judges in Pakistan will overthrow their 2014 conviction.



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