In a discussion about the recent decision by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to stop President Donald Trump’s ban on immigrants and refugees, CNN panelists got into a heated discussion.
In an earlier panel discussion, Democratic consultant Angela Rye noted that she couldn’t understand why the countries that the 9/11 hijackers were from were not listed among the ban. Republican Trump surrogate Jeffrey Lord said that the president’s executive order had nothing to do with 9/11, but Rye explained to him that the order itself brought up 9/11 as a reason for the ban.
Rye is correct. the first paragraph of the executive order says, “Perhaps in no instance was that more apparent than the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, when State Department policy prevented consular officers from properly scrutinizing the visa applications…”
“This is about foreign nationals,” Rye told conservative Kayleigh McEnany. “We’re talking about foreign nationals, no one was killed.”
McEnany tried to cite Somalia refugees and attacks in which people were injured, but Rye wasn’t having it.
“If we use 9/11 as the bait, we should talk about the 9/11 countries,” she explained. “If we’re going to talk about these other countries, we need to look at the data that exists.”
“We still have to be honest about the fact that ‘America’s mayor’ Rudy Giuliani has been touting this as if it’s an answer to 9/11 and that’s disingenuous,” she went on to say.
Watch the full exchange below:
Melania Trump statue torched near her Slovenian hometown: report
On Wednesday, The Daily Beast reported that a wooden statue of First Lady Melania Trump carved from a tree outside her hometown in Slovenia last year has been burned to the ground.
"The artist who had commissioned the sculpture, Brad Downey, had the statue removed on July 5," reported Madeline Charbonneau. "Downey, who is American but works out of Berlin, had hoped his statue of the first lady would create dialogue about American politics, given that Melania Trump is an immigrant married to a president who seeks to stem immigration. Though the investigation is still pending, Downey said he hopes to interview the perpetrators for an upcoming exhibition."
FBI investigating Chinese businessman who bankrolled media company linked to Steve Bannon
A Wall Street Journal expose revealed that a Chinese businessman is under investigation by the FBI after he used funds to bankroll a media company with ties to a former aide to President Donald Trump, Steve Bannon.
"Federal Bureau of Investigation national security agents in recent months have asked people who know both men for information on Mr. Guo’s activities, including the source of funds of a media company linked to him that hired Mr. Bannon in 2018 as a consultant, the people said," according to the Journal. "As recently as last week, the FBI met with one person familiar with the companies tied to Mr. Guo, the people said. The probe has been underway for more than six months, and prosecutors from the U.S. Attorney’s offices in Manhattan and Brooklyn have been involved.
Mike Pompeo asks Egypt to stop harassing US citizens
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday welcomed Egypt's release of a US citizen but urged the ally to stop harassment of others.
Mohamed Amashah, 24, was freed Monday, nearly 16 months after he was arrested in Cairo's Tahrir Square for holding up a sign seeking the release of prisoners, according to human rights campaigners.
A dual US-Egyptian citizen who lives in New Jersey, he had gone on a hunger strike this year to protest his conditions.
"We thank Egypt for securing his release and his repatriation," Pompeo told a news conference.
"But at the same time, we urge Egyptian officials to stop unwarranted harassment of US citizens and their families who remain there," he said.