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Trump blasted for placing foreign manufacturers on government ban list reserved for terrorist nations

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In an examination into how Donald Trump is waging multi-front trade wars that are roiling the world’s economy, an intelligence analyst pointed out that the president is placing foreign manufacturers on an official government list reserved for terrorist-supporting nations.

According to the New York Times, the Trump administration has “added the telecom gear maker Huawei to what is known as an Entity List, which effectively cuts the company off from buying American technology,” adding that Trump “had previously placed two other big Chinese companies — the telecom giant ZTE and a memory chip maker, Fujian Jinhua Integrated Circuit — on the list and is now considering adding HikVision, a Chinese video surveillance giant.”

Speaking with the Times, James Lewis, a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said that Trump’s move is unprecedented as well as inappropriate.

“The Entity List is reserved for our most dangerous opponents,” Lewis explained. “It used to be you had to be a terrorist supporting nation or a proliferator, so this is a new chapter.”

Accordingly, Trump’s move has increased tensions, with the Chinese Commerce Ministry which is reportedly “putting together a list of foreign companies and individuals it considered ‘unreliable,’ a response to the American move to blacklist Huawei,” the Times reported, adding, “The Chinese government also summoned major tech companies from the United States and elsewhere to warn that they could face steep consequences if they cooperate with the ban.”

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For their part, executives at Huawei responded in a statement, saying : “We believe this sets a dangerous precedent. Today it’s telecoms and Huawei. Tomorrow it could be your industry, your company, your consumers.”

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Jeffrey Epstein’s IT consultant reveals he saw girls who ‘couldn’t have more than 15 or 16’ on private island

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ABC News broke a story just after midnight Thursday about a former IT consultant of Jeffrey Epstein's who resigned because he couldn't take some of the things he was seeing on Epstein's private island compound.

The island, which has been called "pedophile island" by locals, had "topless women everywhere.

"There were photos of topless women everywhere," said contractor Steve Scully, who began working for Epstein in 1999 and continued for six years. "On his desk, in his office, in his bedroom."

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‘Names are going to start coming out’: New report says more elites will be exposed in the Epstein case — and ‘DC is on edge’

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Will other powerful people — presumably men — get taken down as a result of the sex trafficking case against Jeffrey Epstein?

That’s the hope of many closer followers of the story, but it’s far from clear what, if any, fallout there will be. Epstein’s connections to Presidents Bill Clinton and Donald Trump have raised suspicions about potential evidence of their wrongdoing, such suspicions remain unproven. Alan Dershowitz has already faced accusations of being involved in Epstein’s crimes, though he denies the charge vigorously.

But a new report from Vanity Fair’s Gabriel Sherman says that “DC is on edge” over the Epstein case, and any elites who have run in his circles could be involved. Dozens of girls, if not more, are believed to be involved in his alleged sex trafficking, and lawyers for some of the women who have accused Epstein are strongly suggesting that other high-profile figures will be implicated.

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‘It’s so un-American’: Internet scorches Trump supporters for racist chants of ‘Send her back!’

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The ignoble highlight of President Donald Trump's rally in Greenville, North Carolina on Wednesday was when his fans doubled down on his racist attacks on four Democratic congresswomen of color and targeted Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), chanting "Send her back! Send her back!"

Political commentators of all stripes were gobsmacked by the crowd's naked racism — and buried them in condemnation:

The crowd at Trump’s rally chanting “send her back” after the President viciously and dishonestly attacked Ilhan Omar is one of the most chilling and horrifying things I’ve ever seen in politics.

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