Former US ambassador Christopher Hill told MSNBC on Friday that Trump has so “diminished” the presidency that no one at the G20 summit in Argentina takes him seriously anymore.
“I think what we’re really seeing is a much diminished American presidency,” Hill said, pointing to the president’s many problems, from his former lawyer Michael Cohen’s cooperation with special counsel Robert Mueller to losing control of Congress.
“It’s a sense that this is a president who simply has never mastered his brief. He doesn’t seem to understand these issues,” Hill said, casting doubt on the president’s ability to do his job.
“All he can do is continue to be a disrupter. The world, they don’t believe anything he says,” he added. “I don’t think people are taking him seriously right now, and I think this is the real problem moving forward.”
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Big chain retailers — including Target and Home Depot — beg government to enforce standard mask-wearing nationwide
In a letter sent to the National Governors Association, an industry group representing many of the largest retailers in the U.S. asked the country's governors to mandate and enforce rules requiring people to wear masks at all times while in public.
With the coronavirus spiking dramatically in some states, the Retail Industry Leaders Association, which represents Target and Home Depot among others, sent the letter on Monday, reports CBS News.
One major issue has been the increasing incidence of angry shoppers attacking employees due to non-standardized rules on masks.
Tech titan chiefs to testify at US antitrust committee
The US House Committee on the Judiciary on Monday announced that leaders of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google will testify during an antitrust investigation hearing.
The hearing, scheduled to take place July 27, comes against a backdrop of growing complaints about tech platforms that have dominated key economic sectors, and calls by some activists and politicians to break up the Silicon Valley giants
Chief executives Jeff Bezos (Amazon), Tim Cook (Apple), Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook) and Sundar Pichai (Google) will be allowed to appear virtually if they wish, according to a joint statement released by Judiciary committee chairman Jerrold Nadler and Antitrust subcommittee chairman David Cicilline.
New Zealand restricts entry for Kiwis escaping coronavirus
New Zealand began restricting the return of its own nationals Tuesday as the country faces an accelerating influx of citizens fleeing coronavirus outbreaks overseas and limited quarantine facilities.
National carrier Air New Zealand put a three-week freeze on new bookings and the government is in talks with other airlines to limit capacity, officials said.
New Zealand has gone 67 days without any cases of coronavirus in the community and its 22 active cases are all in managed quarantine facilities for New Zealanders flocking home from worsening epidemics elsewhere.
There are nearly 6,000 people currently undergoing the mandatory 14-day quarantine in the facilities and another 3,500 are due to arrive this week.