Trump issues first veto of his presidency, says resolution ‘pu

  Deeming congressional rejection of his border national emerg

ency “reckless” and “dangerous”, President Donald Trump issued the first veto of his presi

dency Friday, insisting the situation on the southern frontier amounted to a threat to Americans’ safety.

  ”Congress has the freedom to pass this resolution and I have the duty to veto it,” Trump said fr

om the Oval Office before officially sending the measure back to Congress without his approval.

  It is the first time in his two years in office that Trump has used his presidential v

eto power to block legislation and comes after a dozen Senate Republicans joined Democrats to rebu

ke Trump’s use of his national emergency power to bypass Congress and fund construction of a border wall.

  Trump said the resolution, which would have reversed the national emergency, “put countless Americans in danger.”

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There haven’t been too many that are bigger emergenc

  than what we have” at our border, he said.Trump was surrounded at Friday’s event by officials fr

om Customs and Border Protection as well as surviving family members of those who have loved ones

killed by undocumented immigrants. Attorney General William Barr was also at the President’s veto event.

  While some lawmakers — including some Republicans — have argued against the President’s use of national emergency power

s in this instance, the Justice Department set forth a robust defense of the President’s authority to do so in a letter

to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell earlier this month, according to a copy obtained by CNN on Friday.

  ”The President acted well within his discretion in declaring a national emergency concern

ing the southern border,” wrote Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd, setting out the legal

basis for the proclamation under the National Emergencies Act and additional statutory authorities, which larg

ely tracks an internal memo issued by the Office of Legal Counsel at the Justice Department.

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Well, I think he’s got a lot of hand movement. I’ve never see

  so much hand movement. I said is he crazy or is that just the way he acts.”

  ”Study it, I’m sure you’ll agree,” Trump told reporters.

  The jab at O’Rourke was not just a throwaway. It was a return to the forensic targ

eting of political opponents that helped Trump dismantle the Republican primary field in 2016.

  Mocking O’Rourke’s gestures might seem a frivolous at a time of national political angst and wi

th a heavy duty policy debate already under way. But Trump is an expert at trivializing and belittli

ng opponents, to detract from the gravity of their arguments and to feed the conservative media machine.

  His diagnosis of Jeb Bush’s “low energy” four years ago established a narrative about the former Florida govern

or’s campaign that hinted at a grain of truth. The one-time GOP front-runner could never recover.

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First, he claimed that the former President had predicted

  2016 that British voters would reject leaving the European Union in a

referendum while he had predicted they would vote to exit the bloc.

  Obama did not bet on the outcome. But he did however warn Britons

they would go “to the back of the queue” for a trade deal with the US if they left the EU.

  Then Trump claimed — wrongly — that the EU was unwilling to “negotiate with the Obam

a administration” about trade. In fact, the previous administration sought to conclude a Tran

satlantic Trade and Investment Partnership — or TTIP — with Europe, though was unable to get the deal across the

line. Trump’s own talks on trade with Europe have been inconclusive, after he threatened to spark a trade war.

  Trump’s comments on Brexit also illustrated the tendency of a President who admires dictators to throw allied leaders under the bus.

  He criticized Prime Minister Theresa May, whose credibility has been shredded by parliamentary defeats.

  ”She didn’t listen to that and that’s fine, I mean, she’s got to do what she’s got to do,” said Tr

ump, who was forced into a rare apology last year after hammering May’s Brexit strategy on the eve of meeting her in the UK.

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litical advisers leave the closing meeting of the seco

Economic, social concerns take center stage in National Committee

More than 2,100 national political advisers wrapped up their annual meeting o

n Wednesday in Beijing with more attention devoted to the country’s economic and social issues.

President Xi Jinping and other leaders attended the closing meeting of the second session of the 13th National Commi

ttee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference in Beijing on Wednesday.

Wang Yang, chairman of the 13th CPPCC National Committee, called on members to better serve as consultants to the gov

ernment, including legislative and judicial organs, to support the development of the country.

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Chi Jian, a CPPCC member and former president of Beij

  jing Sport University, suggested that the education ministry and the GASC, the country’s top sports governing body, should work to

gether to build a training and evaluation platform online to encourage retired athletes and coaches to get involved in helping schools.

  ”As important as upgrading facilities is raising the status of PE teachers in schools to the level of their counterparts in charge of academic classes,” Chi said.

  PE tests are included in China’s high school entrance exams, with required scores varyi

ng based on local policies. However, PE performance is not included in the scoring system for the college entrance examination, or gaokao.

  China’s procurator-general has called for procuratorates nationwide to further improve t

heir capabilities in law enforcement to meet higher public expectations.

  In the past year, amid people’s rising demands for democracy, rule of law, justice, security and a better envir

onment, prosecuting authorities have made consistent efforts to adopt a people-oriented approach in their work, as i

nstructed by President Xi Jinping, according to Zhang Jun, procurator-general of the Supreme People’s Procuratorate.

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e said that to achieve the 2020 goals, the military must stren

engthen planning and coordination, concentrate resources on its priorities and enhance its accountability system.

More attention should be given to projects that concern the military’s combat readine

ss efforts, and those key to boosting the armed forces’ operational capability or to facilitating reforms in na

tional defense. The military should gear up such projects and make sure they are of high quality, according to Xi.

Policies pertaining to military buildup and troop management should be refined to lay a solid foundation for the realization of the goals.

Xi ordered the military to intensify its internal supervision and inspection to prevent and u

proot the practice of formalities for formalities’ sake and bureaucratism. Funds should be used whe

re they are truly needed, and the virtues of hard work and thrift should be promoted. Management and scrutiny o

ver the use of funds should be strengthened to eliminate misconduct and corruption, he said.

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He said that to achieve the 2020 goals, the military mus

strengthen planning and coordination, concentrate resources on its priorities and enhance its accountability system.

More attention should be given to projects that concern the military’s combat readiness

fforts, and those key to boosting the armed forces’ operational capability or to facilitating reforms in natio

nal defense. The military should gear up such projects and make sure they are of high quality, according to Xi.

Policies pertaining to military buildup and troop management should be refined to lay a solid foundation for the realization of the goals.

Xi ordered the military to intensify its internal supervision and inspection to prevent and

uproot the practice of formalities for formalities’ sake and bureaucratism. Funds should be used whe

re they are truly needed, and the virtues of hard work and thrift should be promoted. Management and scrutiny over

the use of funds should be strengthened to eliminate misconduct and corruption, he said.

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He stressed that the armed forces’ 14th five-year deve

elopment plan should fit with national strategies in development, security and the mil

itary, and should integrate their current and future needs to pursue sustainable, consistent growth.

Xi insisted on the military understanding the determination and intention of the Party’s leadership, exerting itself to enhance

combat preparedness and firmly safeguarding China’s sovereignty, safety, development interests, and social stability.

He also instructed the military to support the country’s economic and social development, envi

ronmental endeavors and disaster and accident relief work. It should also play its part in poverty alleviation, he added.

Governments at all levels should, in turn, support the military’s work, make appropriate arrangements for veterans’ empl

oyment, take good care of military retirees with physical difficulties and the family members of military personnel, an

d support the military’s efforts to withdraw from all its commercial activities, Xi said.

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We still don’t know what caused the crashreacted to it.

  The first major clue will come from the flight data recorder and the cockpit voice r

ecorder, which were both recovered from the scene of the disaster on Monday.

  Those crucial items are in the custody of Ethiopian Civil Aviation Auth

ority in Addis Ababa, but it’s not yet clear where they will be analyzed. Ethiopian Airlines CE

O Tewolde GebreMariam told CNN Tuesday that they will be sent to another country for scrutiny.

  Full investigations into an aviation disaster can take years — but the first indications of what

those recorders tell us should emerge in the coming days.Following the Lion Air crash, it took fou

r days from the discovery of the flight data recorder for Indonesia’s National Transportation Safety Committee to reve

al that the plane had a malfunctioning air speed indicator for its last four flights, and at the time of the crash.

  The black box and voice recorder are the starting point for any air crash investigation — th

ey provide a vital insight into what took place in the final moments of a flight, and how the pilots reacted to it.

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