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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.”

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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.”

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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New Zealand epidemiologist: ‘We look at Trump’s behavior and we’re horrified’

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To learn how New Zealand has largely eliminated COVID-19, we continue our extended interview with Michael Baker, an epidemiologist who is a member of the New Zealand Ministry of Health’s Technical Advisory Group and advising the government on its response to the COVID-19 pandemic. He describes how the country’s response compares to the government actions in the United States and worldwide.

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.

AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now!, democracynow.org, The Quarantine Report. I’m Amy Goodman, with Juan González, as we bring you Part 2 of our discussion of New Zealand.

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Trump White House hammered for covering up their own economic projections as jobs vanish

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The Trump White House has decided against releasing midyear economic projections this summer, breaking precedent at a time when unemployment is expected to top 20 percent.

The Washington Post reports that the administration is not releasing updated economic projections that "would almost certainly codify an administration assessment that the coronavirus pandemic has led to a severe economic downturn" with massive job losses that have topped 36 million in just two months.

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Joe Scarborough can sue for defamation — and ‘it could require Mr. Trump to pay substantial punitive damages’: Legal expert

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MSNBC's Joe Scarborough may have a defamation case against President Donald Trump, according to one legal expert.

Peter Schuck, an emeritus professor of law at Yale and visiting professor at the University of California, Berkeley, laid out the case against the president in a new column for the New York Times.

"Trump’s wantonly cruel tweets about the tragic death in 2001 of Lori Klausutis are distinctive," Schuck writes. "They may constitute intentional torts for which a civil jury could award punitive damages against him."

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