WASHINGTON — U.S. President Donald Trump was abruptly escorted from the White House briefing room on Monday shortly after a shooting outside the fence surrounding the complex.
Trump returned to the briefing room after several minutes and said a person was shot by law enforcement and has been taken to the hospital. He said he understood the suspect had been armed.
“It was a shooting outside of the White House,” Trump said. “It seems to be very well under control. … But there was an actual shooting, and somebody has been taken to the hospital. I don’t know the condition of the person.”
The Republican president told reporters he was taken to the Oval Office outside the briefing room after he was escorted out.
Minutes into a news briefing, Trump was taken out of the room with no explanation for the disruption. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and Office of Management and Budget Director Russ Vought were also taken out of the room and the doors were locked. (Reporting by Jeff Mason; Editing by Mohammad Zargham and Sandra Maler)
WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday slammed China for the arrest of Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai, who he said was a “patriot,” and said the move indicated that Beijing is unlikely to change its position on the financial hub.
Pompeo told the Conservative Political Action Conference that the United States would take action to ensure that Washington treated Hong Kong as an extension of China after Beijing passed its new national security legislation in June, prompting Washington to end the territory’s special status.
“I’m not optimistic given what we saw this morning … that they’re going to change what they’re doing,” Pompeo said.
“But what we can be sure, and President Trump has said, is that to the extent the Chinese Communist Party treats Hong Kong as just another communist-run city, the United States will do the same,” he added.
Pompeo said that Lai, who on Monday became the highest-profile person arrested under a new national security law, was a “patriot” who wanted nothing more than basic freedoms for the people of Hong Kong.
Lai’s arrest comes amid Beijing’s crackdown against pro-democracy opposition in the city and further stokes concerns about media and other promised freedoms when it returned to China in 1997. China imposed the sweeping new security law on Hong Kong on June 30, drawing condemnation from Western countries.
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Relations between the world’s two largest economies have deteriorated sharply in recent months over issues ranging from trade, to Hong Kong and China’s handling of the novel coronavirus. Trump has made tough talk against China a feature of his campaign for re-election.
China’s sanctions are the latest in a tit-for-tat round of measures between Beijing and Washington over accusations of rights abuses and interference.
The United States on Friday imposed sanctions on Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam and the city’s current and former police chiefs.
The U.S. lawmakers targeted by China on Monday have been among vocal critics of a new national security law that Beijing imposed on Hong Kong in late June.
Members of Congress typically take sanctions from U.S. adversaries as compliments, not problems. Hawley’s office issued a statement that he would not “back down” and that he would “continue defending America’s interests.”
It was the second time recently China has announced sanctions against Republicans. Last month, Beijing targeted Cruz, Rubio and Smith after Washington penalized Chinese officials over the treatment of Uighur Muslims.
Beijing’s latest measure includes sanctions against the heads of five U.S.-based, non-government organizations. All five groups had been subjected to sanctions in December in connection with their positions on Hong Kong. (Reporting by Yew Lun Tian and Cate Cadell, additional reporting by Patricia Zengerle and Andrea Shalal in Washington; Writing by Tony Munroe; Editing by Robert Birsel and Alistair Bell)
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Washington selected Guice in the second round of the 2018 NFL Draft out of LSU. He missed his entire rookie season after suffering a torn ACL in camp, played the season opener in 2019, then missed two more months after undergoing surgery in September for a torn meniscus.
Guice played in five games last season, rushing for 245 yards on 42 carries with a pair of touchdowns. He also caught seven balls for 79 yards and a score.
Rivera also addressed the team’s decision on Sunday to activate Reuben Foster off the physically unable to perform list.
Washington claimed Foster off of waivers when the San Francisco 49ers parted with the troubled linebacker in November 2018. The 49ers let Foster go in the wake of a domestic violence accusation stemming from an alleged incident during a team road trip to Tampa, Fla.
Foster, 26, spent the remainder of the 2018 season on the commissioner’s exempt list.
“Reuben and I have talked about some things, some specific stuff, I’m not going to get into details,” Rivera said. “But the one thing Reuben has shown since I’ve been here is that he is doing things the right way. He is doing things the way we need him to do and he has been excellent. He really has. He’s done great things in terms of his rehab. He’s done a great job in terms of working with our coaches. I’m excited for the young man’s opportunity.
“You know, here’s a guy who needed a change of scenery. I think that may be one of the things that has truly benefited him. Who knows, that’s what might be needed in Derrius’ case, an opportunity for a change of scenery.”
Foster has played in 16 of a possible 48 games in his career since being selected with the 31st overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft.
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WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Monday he was “deeply troubled” by reports of the arrest of Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai “under Hong Kong’s draconian National Security Law.”
Lai became the highest-profile person arrested under a new national security law on Monday, detained over suspected collusion with foreign forces as around 200 police searched the offices of his Apple Daily newspaper. “Further proof that the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) has eviscerated Hong Kong’s freedoms and eroded the rights of its people,” Pompeo said in a Twitter post. (Reporting by Doina Chiacu; Editing by Franklin Paul)
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“Khan’s demonstrated commitment and dedication to human rights make her highly qualified for the position of director of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights — the first museum solely dedicated to the evolution, celebration and future of human rights,” Guilbeault said in news release.
Pauline Rafferty, the museum’s board chair and interim CEO, said Khan’s appointment is a crucial step towards rebuilding trust. Rafferty said in the news release that Khan has the experience to lead the institution “through the difficult process of self-reflection and positive change that has already begun.”
Rafferty apologized last week after an independent report found employees experienced systemic racism and other mistreatment at the museum. The report included 44 recommendations.
After the museum posted images of a Justice for Black Lives rally in June, stories from employees were posted online by a group called CMHR Stop Lying. Current and former employees said it was hypocritical of the museum to bring up the rally because of racism staff faced at work.
Some employees alleged they had to censor displays about LGBTQ history at the request of some school groups that visited the museum.
The stories led to the resignation of CEO John Young, who had already planned to step down when his term finished at the end August.
“Clearly with things that have gone on recently and the recent report, I have some clear work to do and have been tasked with that as a priority,” Khan said. “I’m just really eager to get started.”
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Monday said U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, the top Democrat in the Senate, want to meet with him to make a deal on coronavirus-related economic relief, after talks between Democrats and members of Republican Trump’s administration broke down last week.
“So now Schumer and Pelosi want to meet to make a deal. Amazing how it all works, isn’t it,” Trump wrote on Twitter. (Reporting by Lisa Lambert Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)
Realistic render of Frédéric Chopin by Hadi Karimi. (Also, Chopin’s cartooning on his manuscript) “If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music… I get most joy in life out of my violin.” Shostakovich Posing with a cat and a kitten. Also, a pig. Shostakovich working on Symphony 8 Saint-Saens in his amazing pajamas. Early 1900s Colorized Stravinsky and Rachmaninoff. Also, Listz 4 months before he died. Extra, My great great Grandfather chilling with Rachmaninoff Alfred Schnittke’s gravestone. (And Stockhausen’s)