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Trump put razor wire on border fence — Arizona town just voted unanimously to tear it down

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Opposition to President Donald Trump’s border fortification continues to grow.

Trump pledged to build a cement wall during the 2016 campaign, but Mexico refused to fund the expensive project as he had pledged. He then sought money from Congress, but Capitol Hill refused to fund either a concrete wall or steel-slat border fence.

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Trump, however, has defiantly continued to push for fortifications and has sent 3,700 troops to the border to increase fortifications.

Nogales, Arizona was outraged after troops installed razor wire, also known as concertina wire, along the existing border wall in their community.

“Mayor Arturo Garino, we just spoke to him a moment ago, and he says the concertina wire that’s up now along the border fence is the type of wire that you’d see in a battlefield setting or a war zone or in a prison, KVOA’s Eric Fink reported. “He say’s it’s not the type of setting he wants to see in a city like downtown Nogales.”

“Now, just a few days ago, the Trump administration sent more than 3,700 troops to border towns across the southwest to help put up razor wire and help fortify these border towns,” he continued.

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Mayor Garino worried about the perception it gives his town. Fink interviewed a couple visiting from Michigan “who were both alarmed by what they saw.”

“I don’t believe it’s necessary on this side of the wall and to have razor wire — they already have a big wall, why do they need something more?” the husband wondered.

Town leaders agreed with those concerns.

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“The Nogales City Council unanimously approves Mayor Garino’s resolution to tell the federal government to take down the razor wire,” Fink reported.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection said their was a request for the razor wire for “high-risk urban areas commonly exploited by criminal smuggling organizations.”

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CBP would not tell the Associated Press who requested the razor wire.

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MSNBC anchor blasts Trump’s ‘lunacy’ after ‘a Twitter tirade that sent the Dow spiraling’

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The New York Stock Exchange closed down over 600 points on Friday as President Donald Trump's trade war with China escalated.

MSNBC anchor John Heilemann said, "we’re hours away for the president taking off to the G7 summit in Bairritz, France, where allies are bracing for the Trump-fueled mayhem that is now 100% certain to ensue, with Trump like a drunken traveler in the departure lounge about to take a trip that he dreads, already sewing global chaos, days-long public meltdown typically moved from words to actions."

"Donald Trump beginning this day with a Twitter tirade that sent the Dow spiraling, closing down more than 600 points today and escalating his trade war with China with these norm-shattering, power-abusing words in this tweet," he said, putting the tweet on-screen.

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‘Making things worse’: National Farmer’s Union chief unloads on Trump in blistering statement on trade war

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Roger Johnson, the president of the National Farmers Union, delivered a blistering rebuke to President Donald Trump after he responded to new tariffs from China by issuing a purported "order" telling American companies to look for alternative places to manufacture their goods.

In an official statement, Johnson pointed out that farmers so far have felt the brunt of the president's trade war, as China has slapped heavy tariffs on key agricultural products such as soybeans.

He also crushed the president for failing to make any progress on reopening the Chinese market to American goods.

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Doctors treat Ruth Bader Ginsburg for tumor on her pancreas: SCOTUS spokesperson

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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg this week had underwent a procedure to treat a tumor from her pancreas, a court spokesperson tells Washington Post reporter Robert Barnes.

According to the Court, "the tumor was treated definitively" with radiation "and there is no evidence of disease elsewhere in the body."

The 86-year-old Ginsburg late last year underwent surgery to treat lung cancer and she returned to the bench this past February.

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