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President Trump said Monday on Twitter that Immigration and Customs Enforcement will begin deporting “millions” of illegal migrants next week.

“Next week ICE will begin the process of removing the millions of illegal aliens who have illicitly found their way into the United States. They will be removed as fast as they come in. Mexico, using their strong immigration laws, is doing a very good job of stopping people…” the president tweeted.

“…long before they get to our Southern Border. Guatemala is getting ready to sign a Safe-Third Agreement. The only ones who won’t do anything are the Democrats in Congress. They must vote to get rid of the loopholes, and fix asylum! If so, Border Crisis will end quickly!” he added.

The president did not offer specifics on what his claim entails.

The news comes the same day as the State Department announced it would be cutting foreign aid to El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras for failing to take proper steps to curb illegal migrants coming to the United States.

A Huawei company logo is seen at the Shenzhen International Airport in Shenzhen in Shenzhen
A Huawei company logo is seen at the Shenzhen International Airport in Shenzhen in Shenzhen, Guangdong province, China June 17, 2019. REUTERS/Aly Song

June 18, 2019

By Sijia Jiang

HONG KONG (Reuters) – China’s Huawei Technologies Co Ltd has taken a harder-than-expected hit from a U.S. ban, the company’s founder and CEO Ren Zhengfei said, and slashed revenue expectations for the year.

Ren’s downbeat assessment that the ban will hit revenue by $30 billion, the first time Huawei has quantified the impact of the U.S. action, comes as a surprise after weeks of defiant comments from company executives who maintained Huawei was technologically self-sufficient.

The United States has put Huawei on an export blacklist citing national security issues, barring U.S. suppliers from selling to the world’s largest telecommunications equipment maker and No.2 maker of smartphones, without special approval.

The firm has denied its products pose a security threat.

The ban has forced companies, including Alphabet Inc’s Google and British chip designer ARM to limit or cease their relationships with the Chinese company.

Huawei had not expected that U.S. determination to “crack” the company would be “so strong and so pervasive”, Ren said, speaking at the company’s Shenzhen headquarters on Monday.

Two U.S. tech experts, George Gilder and Nicholas Negroponte, also joined the session.

“We did not expect they would attack us on so many aspects,” Ren said, adding he expects a revival in business in 2021.

“We cannot get components supply, cannot participate in many international organizations, cannot work closely with many universities, cannot use anything with U.S. components, and cannot even establish connection with networks that use such components.”

Huawei, which turned in a revenue of 721.2 billion yuan ($104 billion) last year, expects revenue of around $100 billion this year and the next, Ren said. This compares to an initial target for a growth in 2019 to between $125 billion and $130 billion depending on foreign exchange fluctuations.


The Trump administration slapped sanctions on Huawei at a time when U.S.-China trade talks hit rough waters, prompting assertions from China’s leaders about the country’s progress in achieving self-sufficiency in the key semiconductor business.

Huawei has also said it could roll out its Hongmeng operating system (OS), which is being tested, within nine months if needed, as its phones face being cut off from updates of Google’s Android OS in the wake of the ban.

But industry insiders have remained skeptical that Chinese chip makers can quickly meet the challenge of supplying Huawei’s needs and those of other domestic technology firms.

Negroponte, founder of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab, said the U.S. ban was a mistake.

“Our president has already said publicly that he would reconsider Huawei if we can make a trade deal. So clearly that is not about national security,” he said.

“It is about something else,” Negroponte added.

Huawei’s smartphone sales have, however, been hit by the uncertainty. Ren said the firm’s international smartphone shipments plunged 40%. While he did not give the time period, a spokesman clarified the CEO was referring to the past month.

Bloomberg reported on Sunday that Huawei was preparing for a 40-60% drop in international smartphone shipments.

The CEO, however, said Huawei will not cut research and development spending despite the expected hit from the ban to the company’s finances and would not have large-scale layoffs.

($1 = 6.9239 Chinese yuan)

(Reporting by Sijia Jiang in Hong Kong and Brenda Goh in Shanghai; Writing by Sayantani Ghosh; Editing by Himani Sarkar and Muralikumar Anantharaman)

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Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainees arrive at FCI Victorville federal prison in Victorville
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainees arrive at FCI Victorville federal prison in Victorville, California, U.S. June 8, 2018. REUTERS/Patrick T. Fallon

June 18, 2019

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump said on Monday that U.S. authorities would begin next week removing millions of immigrants who are in the United States illegally.

“Next week ICE will begin the process of removing the millions of illegal aliens who have illicitly found their way into the United States,” Trump tweeted, referring to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. “They will be removed as fast as they come in,” he said. He did not offer specifics.

There are an estimated 12 million immigrants who are in the United States illegally, mainly from Mexico and Central America.

Under a deal reached earlier this month, Mexico has agreed to take Central American immigrants seeking asylum in the United States until their cases are heard in U.S. courts.

The agreement, which included Mexico pledging to deploy National Guard troops to stop Central American immigrants from reaching the U.S. border, averted a Trump threat to hit Mexican imports with tariffs.

Trump also said in the tweet that Guatemala “is getting ready to sign a Safe-Third Agreement.”

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence suggested last week that Guatemala could receive asylum seekers from its neighbors as a so-called safe third country.

Details of the plan have not been made public, and Guatemala has not publicly confirmed talks that the U.S. State Department said were taking place in Guatemala on Friday.

U.S. rights group Human Rights First said, however, it was “simply ludicrous” for the United States to assert that Guatemala was capable of protecting refugees, when its own citizens are fleeing violence.

Mexico has agreed that if its measures to stem the flow of migrants are unsuccessful, it will discuss signing a safe third country agreement with the United States.

(Reporting by Eric Beech; Editing by Mohammad Zargham and Peter Cooney)

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is in the position she’s in because of moderate congressional districts flipping from Republican to Democrat, according to former Clinton adviser Richard Goodstein.

The Democrats’ progressive wing, led by lawmakers like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., remained blue but trended “bluer,” Goodstein said Monday on “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”

“Democrats are in the majority because of all the districts that went from red to blue. AOC’s district went from blue to bluer. Nancy Pelosi is speaker because of the red-to-blue people. So, if your district was super blue, having AOC In your corner would be cool,” the Clinton adviser claimed.


Ocasio-Cortez said in a weekend interview that several Democrats were frustrated at the House leadership’s reluctance to consider holding impeachment proceedings.

“I believe that there is a very real animus and desire to make sure that we are holding this president to account,” the New York lawmaker told ABC News.

Tucker Carlson called the debate the “war for the soul of the Democratic Party” and asked Goodstein whether there would be any moderate Democrats left.

“The biggest bloc of the House Democrats are the pro-business New Democrats — 101 of them — more than there are progressives, more than the Black Caucus,” he responded.


“It just happens not to be where the leaders of the party are, and the biggest bloc in the House at least,” he said of the left wing.

“It’s just not even debatable.”

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Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn, is placing blame on President Trump for last Thursday’s attacks on two oil tankers, which the U.S. has linked to Iran.

“None of this would be happening if Trump didn’t back out of the Iran nuclear deal,” Omar tweeted. “America’s response should be to return to the table and reinstate the Iran nuclear deal. Increasing tensions and threats of war serve nobody’s interests.”

President Trump declared Iran was responsible for the attacks in the Gulf of Oman, pointing to video released by the U.S. Navy showing an Iranian vessel removing an unexploded mine.

“Iran did do it and you know they did it because you saw the boat,” Trump said during an interview on “Fox & Friends” last Friday. “They’re a nation of terror and they’ve changed a lot since I’ve been president, I can tell you.”

Omar took to Twitter on Monday condemning Trump’s decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal shortly before the Pentagon approved sending 1,000 more troops to the Middle East in response to the attack.


Critics slammed Omar for “appeasing the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism.”

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FILE PHOTO: A woman rides a tricycle carrying a child near a residential compound in Beijing's Tongzhou district
FILE PHOTO: A woman rides a tricycle carrying a child near a residential compound in Beijing’s Tongzhou district, China, February 25, 2016. REUTERS/Jason Lee/File Photo

June 18, 2019

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s new home prices rose 0.7% month-on-month in May, picking up the pace slightly from a 0.6% gain the previous month, Reuters calculated from National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) data published on Tuesday.

On a yearly basis, average new home prices in China’s 70 major cities increased 10.7% in May, unchanged from the growth rate in April.

China’s real estate market has shown signs of resurgence in recent months as some smaller cities quietly loosened curbs, and confidence has been lifted by Beijing’s call on banks to beef up lending and lower interest rates.

But a broader economic slowdown means the rebound might not be sustainable, some analysts caution, while official purchase restrictions in most cities are also expected to remain in place.

China’s property investment growth cooled in May and sales saw their biggest decline since October 2017, suggesting the frothy housing market may not be able to cushion the effects of a slumping manufacturing sector and intensifying trade tensions.

(Reporting by Beijing Monitoring Desk; Editing by Shri Navaratnam)

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CHARLESTON, S.C. — Jazz Johnson’s trust in presidential candidates often wavers in the months leading up to the election. The South Carolina native has grown accustomed to seeing presidential hopefuls zipping across her state in an attempt to woo the support of African American voters, like herself.

She listens as they speak on important policies like the economy, healthcare, and education but wonders if they will continue to visit areas like Denmark, S.C., where residents have been grappling with rust-colored water they say is not safe to drink.


“I want to see a candidate committed not only to national issues but South Carolina issues as well,” said Johnson. “One who will keep showing up regardless of the polls, and win or lose will continue to use their platform to help us.”

As the first Southern state to vote in the 2020 Democratic primaries, African-Americans in South Carolina have become a critical voting bloc that could help sway the primary. Black voters make up more than 60 percent of the electorate in the Democratic primary in the state.

Four Democratic presidential candidates pitched policies plans to the federal government's approach to African-Americans on Saturday, using a forum in South Carolina to woo the state's crucially important electorate.

Four Democratic presidential candidates pitched policies plans to the federal government’s approach to African-Americans on Saturday, using a forum in South Carolina to woo the state’s crucially important electorate.

This past weekend, a handful of candidates ramped up their efforts to connect with the black community in an attempt to break away from the crowded primary race. The candidates spent their day Saturday sharing their plans to address America’s growing racial wealth gap.

South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker and former Texas congressman Beto O’Rourke attended the Black Economic Alliance Presidential Forum, which was dedicated to discussing the significance of “work, wages, and wealth” in black communities.

“The road to heaven and the White House runs through South Carolina,” said Antjuan Seawright, a prominent South Carolina-based Democratic consultant and CEO of Blueprint Strategy.

For Democratic candidates vying for the presidency, South Carolina is the first real test to see if their message will resonate and generate enthusiasm among black voters, a large and loyal voting bloc for the party that will be critical in the race for White House. A win in South Carolina would boost a candidate’s chances nationally among African Americans.

“South Carolina has been a very good indicator or a signal to the rest of the country as to how the African American population feels about a candidate,” said Kendra Stewart, a political science professor at the University of Charleston.

According to Seawright, the issues most important to African American voters are affordable housing, wages, health care and education.

Vaughn Postema-Swain, a 27-year-old college graduate, was recently married and said what’s most important to her is building and having access to “generational wealth.” Postema-Swain said she is drowning in college debt and, despite working full time, the salary is still too low, and the opportunities in her state are scarce.

Marva Smalls, a board member for the Black Economic Alliance and a South Carolinian, said access to opportunity and education are among her top concerns.

“Work, wages, and wealth are the issues that matter here these issues can uplift the community through economic empowerment,” said Smalls.

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders visited the state recently, as did California Sen. Kamala Harris. But while Booker and Harris are both African American, that doesn’t mean they have locked up the black vote in the state.

Smalls said Warren’s policies, in particular, have stuck out. Tracy Dilligard, a Charleston resident, said affordable housing and gentrification are among his biggest concerns and he believes Sanders is the best person to challenge President Trump.

“I feel like I know his policies,” said Dilligard. “Some call his policies socialism, but I call it equality for all.”

Johnson disagrees, saying she is looking at candidates with a fresh perspective.

“I attended the forum and Cory Booker stood out to me not so much because of what he said, but because later on in the evening he was marching with us and sticking true to his promise,” said Johnson in reference to the Fight for $15 march, which took place after the forum.


Former Vice President Joe Biden holds a commanding lead among Democrats in the state. Biden, along with the other 21 Democratic presidential candidates, return to the Palmetto State later this week to attend the state party convention and House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn’s famous fish fry on Friday night. African American voters will be listening, watching and, most important to Johnson, waiting.

“I want to look for someone who is genuine and really means what they say, and has a track record of doing what they say they’re going to do,” said Johnson.

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FILE PHOTO: A Sydney businessman walks into the light outside the Reserve Bank of Australia
FILE PHOTO: A Sydney businessman walks into the light outside the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA), February 3, 2015. REUTERS/Jason Reed/File Photo

June 18, 2019

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia’s central bank believes it will likely have to cut interest rates further from the current record low of 1.25% in order to push down unemployment and revive growth in wages and inflation.

Minutes of the Reserve Bank of Australia’s (RBA) June policy meeting showed its Board decided cutting rates by a quarter point at that meeting would help speed up the economy, but would not be enough on its own.

“Given the amount of spare capacity in the labor market and the economy more broadly, members agreed that it was more likely than not that a further easing in monetary policy would be appropriate in the period ahead,” the minutes showed.

Financial markets have already priced in another rate cut to 1% by August and a further move to 0.75% by early next year.

The Board also noted that lower rate were not the only policy option available to assist with unemployment, echoing calls by RBA Governor Philip Lowe for government action on infrastructure spending and economic reform.

So far, the newly re-elected government of Prime Minister Scott Morrison has downplayed the need for fiscal stimulus and stuck to plans for returning the budget to surplus in 2019/20.

The Liberal National Coalition won re-election in mid-May, beating the favored Labor Party.

Tuesday’s minutes showed the Board judged lower rates would support the economy by pushing down the value of the Australian dollar. The currency has duly fallen to five-month lows since the RBA’s June 4 meeting.

Lower rates would also reduce debt repayments by households, so freeing up extra cash, while lowering borrowing costs for business, the minutes showed.

The Board acknowledged that cutting rates crimped returns for savers, but felt the overall impact would be to support economic growth.

Members also saw little risk that easing policy would lead to a risky rise in household borrowing or to an unexpectedly strong pick up in inflation.

Indeed, the Board judged that the factors suppressing inflation and wage growth would last for some time given the extent of spare capacity in the labor market.

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The Justice Department has rejected New York County District Attorney Cy Vance Jr.’s attempt to have former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort transferred to the notorious Rikers Island prison complex ahead of his pending state court trial, amid questions as to why the move was even contemplated in the first place, Fox News is told.

Fox News first reported earlier this month that a New York State judge ordered the transfer at Vance’s request. However, because Manafort has been convicted on federal charges, any attempt to move him out of federal custody must be approved by Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen. On Monday, Rosen denied the attempt, effectively keeping Manafort in federal custody.

“There’s no reason for [Manafort] to go to Rikers,” a source close to the case told Fox News. “He can go to his New York initial appearance and then return to federal custody.”

Vance, a Democrat, said in March that a New York grand jury charged Manafort, 70, with 16 counts including residential mortgage fraud, falsifying business records and other charges. He said at the time that “no one is beyond the law in New York.”

Rikers Island is the famous jail in the shadow of LaGuardia Airport. It has been the temporary home of some of the most high-profile violent criminals in the city, including David Berkowitz, the Son of Sam; and Mark David Chapman, the man who killed John Lennon.


Vance’s effort to have Manafort sent to Rikers attracted immediate criticism from all angles, including prominent progressives.

Rikers Island in New York.

Rikers Island in New York.

“Rikers Island & Solitary Confinement are both tortures *no one* should be subjected to,” Scott Hechinger, a public defender in Brooklyn, tweeted. “By supporting solitary for Manafort, we support an immoral, barbaric, cruel & unusual practice. Torture w/ long lasting, debilitating mental health consequences. And solitary for one means solitary is available for all.”

“It is yet another example of the weaponization of the criminal process for partisan advantage,” defense attorney Alan Dershowitz wrote in an opinion piece for Fox News. The Harvard Law professor emeritus suggested that Manhattan prosecutors may have been putting Manafort through tough conditions intentionally in order to prod him to work with them as state officials investigate President Trump.

And, responding to reports that Manafort would be held in solitary at Rikers, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., likened the move to “torture.”

For now, Manafort is expected to await his state trial in a federal prison in either New York or Pennsylvania.

Manafort’s conviction in August made him the first campaign associate of President Trump found guilty by a jury as part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe. U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis emphasized ahead of sentencing that the Manafort case was not about Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Ellis said that the guidelines of sentencing Manafort to between 19 and 24 years in prison were “excessive for this case.”

Prosecutors said Manafort hid income earned from political work overseas from the IRS while fraudulently obtaining millions in bank loans. Manafort had pleaded not guilty to all 18 counts in the case.

In connection with a separate case in Washington related to foreign lobbying and witness tampering, Manafort ultimately was sentenced to nearly seven years in prison.


Separately on Monday, the Supreme Court upheld a constitutional rule that allows state and federal governments to prosecute someone for the same crime, a closely watched case because of its potential implications for people prosecuted in the Russia investigation, including Manafort.

The court’s 7-2 decision Monday preserves a long-standing rule that provides an exception to the Constitution’s ban on trying someone twice for the same offense. Ruling for the defendant in this case might have made it harder for states to pursue criminal charges against defendants in the Russia investigation in the event Trump pardons them.

Fox News’ Ronn Blitzer, Edmund DeMarche and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Trump critics pointing to President Trump’s less than ideal 2020 poll numbers are forgetting what happened in 2016, according to Linda McMahon.

Not only are they missing the point, but McMahon said those concerns about Trump’s reelection prospects are largely unfounded on Monday on “The Story.”

“Doesn’t it sound a little bit like it did four years ago at about the same time?” the America First Action chairwoman asked host Ed Henry.

“How is Trump ever going to win? Well, he did win. He just absolutely surprised a lot of the pundits, and they were all wrong.”


On Monday, MSNBC host Joe Scarborough became the latest in a chorus of critics to question the president’s viability in 2020.

“Considering everything that’s happened over the past several years, I must say I’m completely at a loss at how he thinks he’s going to get where he needs to go to get reelected again, while he still just keeps playing to that small base,” he said.

A Fox News Poll released Sunday showed the president trailing former Vice President Joe Biden in a hypothetical head-to-head matchup by double-digits, and four other contenders by single digits.

Henry asked McMahon what she thought of Trump falling behind the former Delaware senator.


“If you want to roll back the clock a little bit and look, how did it look with Reagan? He was behind. How did it look with Clinton? He was behind and he won again,” she said.

“I really do think that polls, at this particular point, we’re not really putting much faith in them.”

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