Fox News host Chris Wallace pointed out to acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney that he had spoken against a border wall before joining President Donald Trump’s administration.
“The fence doesn’t solve the problem,” Mulvaney said in 2015. “Is it necessary to have one? Sure. Would it help? Sure. But just to say build the darn fence and that be the end of immigration discussions is absurd and almost childish for someone running for president to take that simplistic a view.”
“If building a wall is childish and simplistic as a solution for the immigration problem, why is it worth shutting down the government?” Wallace asked on Sunday.
“It has to be part of a comprehensive [immigration bill],” Mulvaney insisted.
“But it isn’t!” Wallace interrupted. “You’re not saying it’s part of any comprehensive immigration plan.”
“The border wall is absolutely necessary, which is why we’re having the battle,” Mulvaney declared. “We need a comprehensive solution and a border barrier, steel-slat fence, has to be part of that.”
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Actress Kelly Preston and wife of John Travolta dies aged 57 from breast cancer
American actress Kelly Preston, who featured in hit films "Jerry Maguire" and "Twins", has died from breast cancer, her husband John Travolta said Sunday.
She was 57 years old.
"It is with a very heavy heart that I inform you that my beautiful wife Kelly has lost her two-year battle with breast cancer," Hollywood star Travolta said on Instagram.
"She fought a courageous fight with the love and support of so many."
A family representative told People Preston died Sunday morning.
"Choosing to keep her fight private, she had been undergoing medical treatment for some time, supported by her closest family and friends," People quoted the representative as saying.
New Zealand mosque shooter to represent himself at sentencing
The gunman behind New Zealand's Christchurch mosque shootings sacked his lawyers Monday and opted to represent himself, raising fears he would use a sentencing hearing next month to promote his white-supremacist views.
Australian national Brenton Tarrant will be sentenced on August 24 on 51 murder convictions, 40 of attempted murder and one of terrorism arising from last year's massacre, the worst mass shooting in New Zealand's modern history.
He has pleaded guilty to the charges.
At a pre-sentencing hearing on Monday, High Court judge Cameron Mander allowed Tarrant's lawyers, Shane Tait and Jonathan Hudson, to withdraw from proceedings at the request of their client.
China hits top US lawmakers, envoy with sanctions over Xinjiang
China on Monday slapped retaliatory sanctions on three senior Republican lawmakers and a US envoy in a deepening row over Beijing's treatment of Uighurs in the western Xinjiang region.
Some of the most outspoken critics of China -- Senators Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz along with Congressman Chris Smith -- were targeted by the action, as well as the US ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom, Sam Brownback.
The unspecified "corresponding sanctions" were announced days after the US imposed visa bans and asset freezes on several Chinese officials, including the Communist Party chief in Xinjiang, Chen Quanguo, over rights abuses in the region.