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‘Sadistic and sociopathic’: NYC council speaker blasts Trump’s ‘pathological’ cruelty toward Puerto Rico

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Melissa Mark-Viverito, the speaker of the New York City Council, blasted President Donald Trump’s cruelty toward the hurricane-ravaged U.S. territory where she was born.

The Puerto Rican-born Mark-Viverito appeared Tuesday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” to discuss the ongoing relief efforts after Hurricane Maria — which Trump threatened to end last week in a tweet.

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Host Joe Scarborough said he was reluctant to view politics through race, but he said it was nearly impossible to escape the conclusion that the president was bigoted against Latinos — including the U.S. citizens suffering in Puerto Rico.

“Is it not hard to look at Donald Trump’s history, how he launched his campaign for president of the United States, how he has acted every step of the way and look at the uneven treatment between Texas and Puerto Rico, Florida and Puerto Rico,” Scarborough said, “the rest of the country and Puerto Rico — and not say, that this unequal treatment has to do with race?”

Co-host Willie Geist agreed the difference was clear, and Mark-Viverito suggested even more sinister motivations.

“I don’t understand what is going through the mind,” Mark-Viverito said. “This is pathological behavior — it is sadistic, it is sociopathic. I’m very serious, this is a level of lack of empathy that just is egregious, so we have to call it out for what it is.”

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Trump admits he may have goofed up launching trade war with China: report

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According to a report from the Washington Post, Donald Trump admitted that he is now second-guessing himself over his trade war with China which has severely impacted American farmers and U.S. manufacturers.

The report is based upon an exchange between the president and a reporter that was noted by CNN's Jim Acosta.

Trump was reportedly asked by an unnamed reporter, "Mr. President, any second thoughts on escalating the trade war with China?”

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Hong Kong police threaten use of water cannon in latest clashes

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Hong Kong police on Sunday for the first time rolled out water cannon trucks in clashes with protesters, after months of escalating violence, but stopped short of using them.

The financial hub has been gripped by three months of street demonstrations that started against a proposed extradition bill to China, but have spun out into a wider pro-democracy movement.

As thousands of people who had gathered at a sports stadium marched in the pouring rain to Tsuen Wan, a town in the New Territories, a group of hardcore protesters erected makeshift roadblocks and dug up bricks from the pavements.

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Hundreds of new fires in Brazil as outrage over Amazon grows

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Hundreds of new fires are raging in the Amazon rainforest in Brazil, official data showed Saturday, as thousands of troops were made available to help fight the worst blazes in years following a global outcry.

Multiple fires billowing huge plumes of smoke into the air were seen across a vast area of the northwestern state of Rondonia on Friday when AFP journalists flew over the area.

Several residents in the capital, Porto Velho, told AFP on Saturday that what appeared to be light clouds hanging over the city of half a million people, was actually smoke from the blazes that had scorched swaths of land and left tree trunks smoldering on the ground.

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