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Protesters converge on Sudan defence ministry sit-in to demand civilian rule

A group of protesters acting like a mock TV crew interview a demonstrator in front of the Defence Ministry in Khartoum
A group of protesters acting like a mock TV crew interview a demonstrator in front of the Defence Ministry in Khartoum, Sudan, April 18, 2019. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

April 18, 2019

By Khalid Abdelaziz

KHARTOUM (Reuters) – Huge crowds joined a sit-in protest outside Sudan’s defence ministry on Thursday to demand that the country’s transitional military council hand power to civilians.

Hundreds of thousands packed the streets by early evening – the largest crowds to gather in the centre of the capital since former President Omar al-Bashir was ousted and the military council took over last week.

Protesters chanted “Freedom and revolution are the choice of the people” and “Civilian rule, civilian rule”, and waved national flags.

“We will remain in the street until power is handed to civilian authority,” said 24-year-old protester Samia Abdallah. “We will bring down military rule.”

The council has said it is ready to meet some of the protesters demands, including fighting corruption, but has indicated that it would not hand over power to them.

It has said that a transitional period of up to two years will be followed by elections and that it is ready to work with opposition groups to form a civilian government.

“We are completely committed to handing over power within a maximum two years,” one of the members of the council, Lieutenant General Salah Abdelhalek, told state TV on Thursday.

“Perhaps the most difficult issue facing the military council now through its political committee is getting agreement from the political spectrum and the community forces on the naming of a prime minister,” Abdelhak said. “The ball is in their court.”


The Khartoum sit-in was the culmination of 16 weeks of protests triggered by a worsening economic crisis in Sudan, leading to the ouster and arrest of Bashir after three decades in power. [nL5N21Y6EJ]

Sudanese have been struggling with sharp price rises and shortages of cash and basic products.

The central bank has repeatedly devalued the currency since the start of last year, though the pound strengthened against the dollar on the black market on Thursday, a change attributed a lull in import orders amid political uncertainty and expectations of economic aid from the Gulf. [nL5N2205ZZ]

Many analysts blame the country’s economic troubles on economic mismanagement, corruption and the impact of U.S. sanctions, as well as a loss of oil revenue when South Sudan seceded in 2011.

In 2017 the U.S. lifted trade sanctions but kept Sudan on its state sponsors of terrorism list, depriving it of debt relief from international lenders.

On Thursday the United States expressed its support for a democratic transition in Sudan, saying it was encouraged by the release of political prisoners and the cancellation of a curfew. [nL1N220121]

It said Washington’s policies toward Sudan would be based on “our assessment of events on the ground and the actions of transitional authorities.”

(Additional reporting by Hesham Hajali; Writing by Aidan Lewis; Editing by Andrew Heavens)

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Stock ETFs, corporate bonds, junk debt enjoy another week of inflows

A computer screen showing stock graphs is reflected on glasses in this illustration photo taken in Bordeaux
FILE PHOTO - A computer screen showing stock graphs is reflected on glasses in this illustration photo taken in Bordeaux, France, March 30, 2016. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau

April 18, 2019

By Jennifer Ablan

(Reuters) – Investors’ appetite for risk was on display yet again this week with huge cash inflows into U.S.-based stock exchange-traded funds, corporate bond funds and high-yield “junk” bond portfolios, according to Refinitiv’s Lipper research service data on Thursday.

U.S.-based investment-grade corporate bond funds attracted more than $2.3 billion in the week ended Wednesday, extending their weekly inflow streak since late January, Lipper said. U.S.-based high-yield junk bond funds attracted more than $1.1 billion in the week ended Wednesday, their sixth consecutive week of inflows, Lipper said.

Stock exchange-traded funds (ETFs) attracted about $7.35 billion of inflows, Lipper said. Investors in exchange-traded funds are thought to represent institutional investors, including hedge funds. Mutual funds are thought to represent retail investors. U.S. stock mutual funds posted cash withdrawals of more than $1.84 billion, Lipper added.

Tom Roseen, head of research services at Lipper, said a “tale of two cities” still exists within equities.

“Mom and Pop are still net sellers of equity funds, withdrawing $1.8 billion for the week, while (institutional investors) continue to pad the coffers of equity ETFs,” Roseen said. “But for the 14th consecutive week, the average fund investor remained enamored by fixed-income funds, pouring in roughly $1.7 billion this week.”

All told, Roseen said investors put money to work, partly evident in the cash withdrawals from money-market funds. Investors yanked cash from money funds to pay for taxes but they also felt compelled to put money to work in rising markets, he said. U.S.-based money market funds posted $54.5 billion in outflows in the week ended Wednesday, their largest cash withdrawal since August 2011.

“I am attributing that to tax season and investors’ moves back into bonds and equity funds,” Roseen said.

Outside the United States, U.S.-based emerging market funds attracted more than $417 million in the week ended Wednesday, extending their weekly inflow streak since early January, according to Lipper. U.S.-based international funds attracted $1.22 billion in the week ended Wednesday, their first inflows since mid-March, Lipper said.

(Reporting by Jennifer Ablan; Editing by Lisa Shumaker and Leslie Adler)

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Brexit inertia means London’s finance workers face summer slump

FILE PHOTO: Workers emerge from Bank underground station with the Bank of England and Royal Exchange building seen in the City of London financial district, London, Britain
FILE PHOTO: Workers emerge from Bank underground station with the Bank of England (L) and Royal Exchange building (R) in the City of London financial district, London, Britain, January 25, 2018. REUTERS/Toby Melville/File Photo

April 18, 2019

By Sinead Cruise, Josephine Mason and Huw Jones

LONDON (Reuters) – The weeks before Easter are usually some of the busiest of the year for bankers, lawyers and consultants in the City of London, as clients rush to get deals done before a run of public holidays.

But this year comparatively little has been happening.

City workers had been hoping the torpor of the first quarter would be lifted if Britain left the European Union on March 29, or indeed, April 12.

But with Brexit on ice until as late as October 31 and the terms of the exit still to be agreed, fears are building that this could be one of the leanest years for the City since the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis.

The London Stock Exchange has had only one corporate listing in excess of 75 million pounds ($97.61 million) so far this year. Trading turnover on the London Stock Exchange in February and March was down a third from a year ago, and the lowest since August 2016.

Average daily turnover on London’s blue chip FTSE 100 stock index fell harder in those two months than all the main bourses in Europe except the DAX 30, according to a Reuters analysis of Refinitiv data.

European investment banking fees – the biggest chunk of which are earned in London – were down 25 percent in the first quarter, according to Refinitiv. And there were just 11 new UK-based hedge funds launched in the first quarter, compared to 35 in the same quarter in 2018, data from Prequin shows.

“There is going to be a long hiatus. Investors will need to see something far more positive in politics to be persuaded to move again,” Alastair Winter, economic adviser to Global Alliance Partners told Reuters.

“I can’t see how Labour and Conservatives can agree a deal. They are playing games to avoid blame. And until they figure it out, the City will be left to just twist in the wind.”

Recruitment firm Morgan McKinley’s latest London Employment Monitor, which tracks financial services hiring trends from January to March, showed vacancies and job seekers dropping 9 percent and 15 percent respectively year-on-year. The number of job vacancies and job seekers in the first quarter were half the level they were in 2017.

Hakan Enver, Morgan McKinley Managing Director, said the figures showed confidence among City employers was flatlining.

“Even with all the uncertainty of the last few years, there was always an assumption that come March 29, we would have some answers. Yet here we are, still waiting,” Enver said.

Neil Robson, regulatory and compliance partner at law firm Katten Muchin Rosenman, said in the six weeks leading up to the end of March the “chargeable” work he had done was what he would usually do in a week-and-a-half.

“People are not setting up new funds, are not hiring, firing, they’re not doing new deals because they’re just waiting for what’s happening with Brexit,” he told Reuters.

Unlike the 2008 financial crisis, there is no sense of panic, just a pause pending greater clarity around Brexit, as well as other global issues like the U.S.-China trade dispute.

“We haven’t seen any panic-selling. There is resilience, and people have decided they need to just watch this play out,” one senior private banker said.

Robson said he had seen a small pick-up in activity since the Brexit extension was agreed, but it was still not at full capacity.

(Graphic: LSE turnover –


The slowdown has forced firms to be more creative about how to make money.

Several large investment banks, including JPMorgan and Goldman Sachs, have ramped up fundraising for private companies to fill an income void left by shallow capital markets activity. JPMorgan recently helped British banking start-up Starling raise 75 million pounds to fund expansion.

Banks are also spending more time taking companies off the stock market.

“I’m probably spending more of my time talking about take-private opportunities than I was a year ago. You will see more of that from now on. There are going to be more take privates if valuations continue to be depressed,” Indy Bhattacharyya, director at broker Peel Hunt, said.

The slowdown is not isolated to London – U.S. banks this week reported slides in their trading businesses globally.

But with Brexit uncertainty confounding the issue, UK-based finance houses in particular are finding it tough going.

“The bigger players will survive this, with some cuts here and there. Where there will be carnage is among the small-cap brokers, the boutique operators,” said Winter.

Canada’s Canaccord Genuity Group last month blamed Brexit and regulatory pressure for unacceptable returns in its UK capital markets business and the launch of a restructuring program expected to lead to significant job cuts.

As part of that plan, the company has put 48 jobs in London, more than a quarter of its City workforce, at risk of redundancy, according to an internal document seen by Reuters. It also plans to ax its mining and investment trust businesses, two sources familiar with the situation said.

Canaccord said in a statement that it was going through a consultation process and could not confirm details about the affected employees.

“This process, while difficult, is in connection with our previously stated strategy of better focusing our operations in the areas where we can be most relevant to our clients, while limiting our exposure in areas that are more sensitive to an unpredictable market backdrop,” the firm said.

With the threat of potential cuts, bankers say they are holding off booking extended holidays and doubling down on meeting clients and pitching ideas instead. But until there’s more Brexit clarity, few expect that to lead to much new business.

“There’s every chance this year that you’ll see more bankers doing the school run,” Peel Hunt’s Bhattacharyya said.

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(Additional reporting by Helen Reid, Maiya Keidan and Virginia Furness. Editing by Jane Merriman and Rachel Armstrong)

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Tesla’s Elon Musk, SEC ask court for another week to work out deal on Twitter use

FILE PHOTO: Tesla CEO Elon Musk arrives at Manhattan federal court
FILE PHOTO: Tesla CEO Elon Musk arrives at Manhattan federal court for a hearing on his fraud settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in New York City, U.S., April 4, 2019. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton/File Photo

April 18, 2019

By Brendan Pierson

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Tesla Inc Chief Executive Elon Musk and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission are seeking more time from a federal court to settle a dispute over Musk’s use of Twitter, according to a court filing Thursday.

A federal judge in Manhattan on April 4 ordered Musk and the agency, which had previously asked to hold Musk in contempt of court for violating an earlier agreement, to try to reach an agreement and report back by April 18. The judge said she would rule on the contempt request if they failed to reach an agreement.

Lawyers for Musk and the SEC said in Thursday’s filing that “discussions are ongoing” and asked for another week, until April 25, to deliver their report.

The SEC sued Musk last year after he tweeted on Aug. 7 that he had “funding secured” to take Tesla private at $420 per share. The agency said the tweet, which sent Tesla’s share price up as much as 13.3 percent, violated securities laws. Musk’s privatization plan was at best in an early stage and financing was not in place.

Musk settled the lawsuit, agreeing to step down as chairman and have the company’s lawyers pre-approve written communications, including tweets with material information about the company.

In February, the SEC accused Musk of violating that settlement by sending a tweet about Tesla’s production that had not been vetted by the company’s attorneys, and asked U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan in Manhattan to hold him in contempt.

Musk’s lawyers have argued that the tweet did not contain new information that was material to investors, and that Musk did not need pre-approval for all tweets about Tesla under the settlement.

At the April 4 hearing, a lawyer for the SEC said that if Musk were found in contempt, the agency would ask the judge to require him to submit regular reports about his Twitter use, and to pay a series of progressively higher fines for any future violations.

Nathan declined to rule on the contempt motion at the hearing, instead ordering Musk and Tesla to meet and try to resolve the dispute on their own.

(Reporting by Brendan Pierson in New York; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)

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Trump Critic Conway Trolls Trump on Mueller Findings

President Donald Trump critic George Conway, husband of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, lobbed Twitter torpedoes at the White House over some findings of special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia report.

In a series of tweets, Conway picked apart Attorney General William Barr, who released the report Thursday, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders, and Trump being his own worst enemy.

Conway tweeted from the report:

"Page 38. [Former New Jersey GOP Gov. Chris] Christie said there was no way to make an investigation shorter, but a lot of ways to make it longer. The President asked Christie what he meant, and Christie told the president not to talk about the investigation even if he was frustrated at times."

Conway commented:

"Simple, excellent advice. Imagine if the Self-Defeating Narcissist-in-Chief had been capable of following this advice. There would have been no Volume II to this report. In fact, there would have been no Special Counsel."

He also slammed Attorney General William Barr and deputy AG Rod Rosenstein for their refusal to indict Trump for obstruction.

In one tweet, Conway wrote:

"Barr's March 24 letter said that '[o]ur' — his and Rosenstein's — determination on obstruction 'was made without regard to, and is not based on, the constitutional considerations that surround the indictment and criminal prosecution of a sitting president.'"

In a follow-up post, he added Barr "left out the fact that the Special Counsel's decided not to make a 'traditional prosecutorial judgment' on obstruction precisely because the longstanding DOJ view that a sitting president cannot be indicted."

He also took a swipe at Sanders' admission to Mueller investigators she made up comments about former FBI Director James Comey losing the loyalty of FBI agents.

"Because that's what they do for him. Lie," Conway tweeted.

Source: NewsMax America

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Air Canada pilots reviewing aircraft systems on Boeing’s MAX jets

An Air Canada Boeing 737 MAX 8 from San Francisco approaches for landing at Toronto Pearson International Airport over a parked Air Canada Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft in Toronto
FILE PHOTO - An Air Canada Boeing 737 MAX 8 from San Francisco approaches for landing at Toronto Pearson International Airport over a parked Air Canada Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, March 13, 2019. REUTERS/Chris Helgren

April 18, 2019

(Reuters) – Air Canada said on Thursday its Boeing Co 737 MAX pilots were reviewing aircraft systems and alternative flight conditions for the grounded planes, and the carrier would decide on further training pending final recommendations from regulators.

On Wednesday, Canadian Transport Minister Marc Garneau called for pilots to receive simulator training for Boeing’s new 737 MAX software, going beyond a draft report by a U.S. Federal Aviation Administration-appointed board, which recommended additional training without requiring a simulator.

Boeing is working to deliver to global regulators a software update and new training proposals for the MAX following a Lion Air crash in Indonesia in October and an Ethiopian crash in March, which killed 346 people combined.

Boeing said on Wednesday it was making “steady progress” on the path to certifying the software update and had made the final test flight before a certification flight.

Air Canada said it was the only carrier in the United States and Canada with 737 MAX simulators. The country’s largest carrier said it was pleased to see the Canadian government take a “rigorous approach” in how it weighs its requirements for reintroducing the jets into service.

Air Canada’s rival, Westjet Airlines, declined to specifically address Garneau’s comments, but the carrier follows all Transport Canada recommendations, a company spokeswoman said by email.

(Reporting by Sanjana Shivdas in Bengaluru and Allison Lampert in Montreal; Editing by Peter Cooney)

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Bernie Kerik to Newsmax TV: DOJ Targeted Trump, Out Perps

President Donald Trump was a "political target" and the people who kickstarted the Russia investigation should be discovered, former NYPD commissioner Bernie Kerik told Newsmax TV.

Kerik was on Thursday's "America Talks Live" to discuss the Mueller report, which was made available to the public earlier in the day.

"The president was a political target of a selective investigation by the Justice Department as part of an overall coup to remove him from office, and I think there must be an investigation to determine who was responsible and why," Kerik said.

"I don't give a damn where it falls, I don't care if it goes all the way to President Obama. At the end of the day, there has to be a real investigation. And I would say that investigation would be a quick one, given that they already have the majority of the evidence they need, between the congressional hearings, the Senate, the House, between the criminal investigation by the [FBI] and Justice. I'm sure they have all the evidence they need."

Kerik added Attorney General William Barr has a duty to follow the facts and try to get to the bottom of the entire Russia investigation, which determined the Trump campaign did not conspire with the Russians to win the 2016 presidential election.

"I think it's inherent on the attorney general to conduct a real investigation and hold those accountable that started this thing, from the FISA complaint, to targeting, to outing people that were mentioned in the FISA stuff . . . You're never gonna have trust within the Justice Department or the FBI if they don't get to the bottom of this."

Barr addressed reporters Thursday morning about special counsel Robert Mueller's report. After the press conference, Barr sent copies of the redacted report to members of Congress. The report was then posted on the Department of Justice website.

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The architect of former President George W. Bush’s presidential campaigns said Tuesday he isn’t optimistic about Bill Weld’s chances in the presidential election against his party mate, Donald Trump.

“It’s hard to see how even if he was able to get a light, even in New Hampshire, that he could take it anywhere from there,” Karl Rove said on “Your World with Neil Cavuto.”


Weld, the former governor of Massachusetts, was interviewed by Neil Cavuto earlier Tuesday about his intent to compete against President Trump for the Republican presidential nomination. Weld said he hoped to emulate the late Sen. John McCain’s scrappy presidential campaigns and succeed, as McCain did, in New Hampshire.

“John McCain made that work here twice. Not once but twice. He was the underdog both times,” Weld told Cavuto.

Weld has been a vocal critic of Trump and believes he could do a better job than the sitting president. “I can cut spending. I have the political will to do it,” Weld said.

Rove said that Weld could be “effective” in New Hampshire, but he also talked about the tough path ahead.

“Well look, he’s probably right that as the former governor of Massachusetts, albeit some number of years ago … he could be effective in New Hampshire because he’s the next-door neighbor. But that’s only the starting place,” Rove said.


“And it’s hard to see where he’s going to get traction after that.”

Rove added, “Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, South Carolina, those are going to be … the first four contests, and then about half of the delegates to the Republican National Convention are going to be chosen in the first month of the … primaries next year.”

Source: Fox News Politics

FILE PHOTO: Terry McAuliffe speaks at NABTU legislative conference in Washington
FILE PHOTO: Former Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe speaks at the North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU) 2019 legislative conference in Washington, U.S., April 10, 2019. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas/File Photo

April 18, 2019

By James Oliphant

Former Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, who has deep ties to Democratic icons Bill and Hillary Clinton, said on Wednesday he would not seek his party’s 2020 U.S. presidential nomination.

“I have listened to Virginians and I’m going to help Virginians for the next six months,” McAuliffe said in an interview with CNN, adding that he would help coordinate campaigns of Democratic candidates running for office in the state.

McAuliffe had not been a factor in early public opinion polls for the 2020 race, which features the largest Democratic field in the modern political era, vying to challenge Republican President Donald Trump.

Prior to serving his one term as governor, McAuliffe, 62, was largely viewed as a party kingpin and fund-raising dynamo who ran the Democratic National Committee in the early 2000s.

In 2008, McAuliffe chaired Hillary Clinton’s unsuccessful bid for the Democratic presidential nomination, when she lost to Barack Obama in the party primary.

While McAuliffe never held a White House position during Bill Clinton’s two terms as president, he was a close confidant of Clinton.

Former Vice President Joe Biden, who is not a candidate yet, and Senator Bernie Sanders lead among the nearly 20 declared candidates and possible contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination, according to RealClearPolitics national polling averages.

(Reporting by James Oliphant and Mohammad Zargham; Editing by Leslie Adler)

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U.S. President Trump departs on travel to the Texas from the White House in Washington
FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump talks to reporters as he departs for travel to Texas from the White House in Washington, U.S., April 10, 2019. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

April 17, 2019

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump has vetoed a congressional resolution that sought to end U.S. involvement in the Saudi-led war in Yemen, the White House said on Tuesday.

“This resolution is an unnecessary, dangerous attempt to weaken my constitutional authorities, endangering the lives of American citizens and brave service members, both today and in the future,” Trump said in the veto message.

The resolution passed the House of Representatives in April and the Senate in March, marking the first time both chambers of Congress had supported a War Powers resolution, which limits the president’s ability to send troops into action.

Neither the 247-175 tally in the Democratic-majority House nor the 54-46 vote in the Republican-led Senate would be enough to override the veto, which would require two-thirds majorities in both chambers.

Backers of the measure said the Saudi-led bombing campaign in Yemen had made the humanitarian crisis worse, harshly criticizing Riyadh for killing civilians.

They also argued that U.S. involvement in Yemen violated the constitutional requirement that Congress, not the president, should determine when the country goes to war.

The four-year-long civil war in Yemen, which pits the Saudi-led coalition against Houthi rebels backed by Iran, has killed tens of thousands of people and spawned what the United Nations calls the world’s most dire humanitarian crisis, with the country on the brink of famine.

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

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FILE PHOTO: Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman speaks during a meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Hyderabad House in New Delhi
FILE PHOTO: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman speaks during a meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Hyderabad House in New Delhi, India, February 20, 2019. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi/File Photo

April 15, 2019

CAIRO (Reuters) – Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met U.S. Central Command commander General Kenneth McKenzie in the capital Riyadh to discuss cooperation between the two countries, especially in the military arena, Saudi Press Agency said late on Monday.

They reviewed bilateral relations between the two countries and latest developments in the region, SPA said.

(Reporting by Ali Abdelaty; Editing by Sonya Hepinstall)

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White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders confirmed to “Fox News Sunday” that President Trump’s prospective plan to send illegal immigrants to sanctuary cities is undergoing a “complete and thorough review,” days after Democrats who have fought to protect illegal immigrants from federal authorities characterized the possible move as a dangerous stunt.

Sanders also made clear that Trump has no intention of backing down from his fierce criticism of Minnesota Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar, who last month appeared to downplay the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Trump had responded to reports Friday that his administration proposed releasing immigrant detainees to sanctuary cities by not only confirming the plan, but saying it remains under “strong” consideration. Further, the president tweeted that relocating illegal immigrants to these districts should make the “Radical Left” happy.

“Nobody thinks that this is the ideal solution,” Sanders began. “But until we can fix the crisis at the border, we have to look at all options. This is one of them. Whether or not it moves forward — that’s yet to be determined. This was raised at a staff level, initially, and pushed back on. The president wants us to explore it again, and that’s being done, and they’re doing a complete and thorough review. “

Sanders added: “The president has asked them to do everything they can and everything they’re allowed to do under the law to stop the massive crisis we have at our southern border. It’s the same thing he says publicly day in and day out, and it’s the same thing he says behind closed doors to staff — is figure out how we stop this crisis, how we fix this problem, let’s look for every possible option to do so, and that’s what our team has been doing.”

Democrats, Sanders asserted, have no plan on immigration other than to “fight the president.”

On Saturday, Trump wrote on Twitter: “Just out: The USA has the absolute legal right to have apprehended illegal immigrants transferred to Sanctuary Cities. We hereby demand that they be taken care of at the highest level, especially by the State of California, which is well known or its poor management & high taxes!”


“It’s a sad day in America when the Mexican government is willing to do more for the United States’ illegal immigration problem than Democrats in Congress,” Sanders said.

In another shot at Democrats in Congress, Sanders vowed that Trump would “continue to call out” Omar, whom Sanders charged unabashedly “continues to make anti-Semitic comments over and over again.” Top Democrats have defended Omar and accused Trump of anti-Muslim bigotry.

Omar, speaking last month at a Council of American-Islamic Relations [CAIR] fundraiser, described the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks as an episode in which “some people did something” — prompting Trump to tweet out searing images of the hijacked planes flying headlong into the World Trade Center, along with the words, “WE WILL NEVER FORGET.”

“The president’s not trying to incite violence against anybody; he’s actually speaking out against it,” Sanders said, referring to Democrats’ charges that Trump was drawing attention to Omar as an anti-Muslim dog whistle. “The question is, why isn’t the congresswoman, why is she brushing this off dismissively? She continues to make anti-Semitic comments over and over again and Democrats refuse to call her out for it.”

Top Democrats have criticized Omar’s anti-Semitic remarks, but last month pointedly omitted her name from a resolution that was initially drafted to respond to her comments. The resolution ultimately condemned hatred and bigotry “of all kinds,” as part of what Republicans called a concession to the radical left.

“If she continues to do it, the president will continue to call her out — call her out by name,” Sanders told host Christ Wallace. “He’s not going to be ashamed, nor should he be. The only shame I see in this is that Democrats and others aren’t standing up and taking the same hard line that the president is.”

Separately, Sanders slammed Democrats’ requests for Trump’s tax returns as “political partisanship,” and said Trump was merely joking when he spoke favorably of WikiLeaks during the 2016 presidential campaign, when the organization published leaked emails that revealed the Democratic National Committee (DNC) had worked to help then-candidate Hillary Clinton defeat Bernie Sanders in the Democratic primary.


The emails also contained a slew of embarrassing internal campaign communications.

“Look, clearly the president was making a joke during the 2016 campaign,” Sanders said, referring to Trump saying that he “loved” WikiLeaks. “Certainly, we take this seriously. In fact, our administration is the only one that’s done anything about it. Let’s not forget that the reason Julian Assange is being looked at, is because of the engagement he had with Chelsea Manning. That individual is the person that the Obama administration commuted their sentence. We’re the only ones that have taken this whole process seriously in actually doing something to solve the problem.”

Source: Fox News Politics

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