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Maddow reveals Trump may allow ‘bloodbath’ in Hong Kong — because of a condo deal

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MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow warned about the “critically compromised” president of the United States potentially allowing a “bloodbath” in Hong Kong.

“The Chinese military, the peoples army just released a new video bragging about their mad skills, showing off their weapons, their long-range sniper skills,” Maddow reported. “In this video they just released, they appear to be going out of their way showing how the Chinese army could be deployed to devastating effect against civilians, against rioters, protesters — some of that involves water cannons, street maneuvers by uniformed soldiers using their shields, using their guns.”

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She showed a clip of soldiers in riot gear chanting, “fall back.”

“Why would soldiers in the Chinese army need to shout ‘fall back, fall back’ in English as they confront people in the streets? The only place in China you’d ever have to do anything in English is Hong Kong, where lots of people speak English,” she noted.

The host played video showing the crackdown in Hong Kong being conducted by police.

“Here at home, President Trump was asked about the situation in Hong Kong and he responded with one of his patented both-sidisms. He said I hope it works out for everybody, including China, by the way. I’m sure China is heartened to know that the American president is hoping this is all going to work out for them as they threaten overtly to use the People’s Liberation Army in the streets against Chinese unarmed civilians in Hong Kong,” she explained.

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“And so here’s this new thing that we’ve never really had to contend with before. While President Trump made those remarks today, while he spoke at the White House about China and the protests in Hong Kong, what China might do to those protesters, the president’s eldest son at that moment was in Indonesia launching a new Trump-branded real estate project,” she explained.

“Of course, for the company the president still owns and still profits from, his eldest son was touting their latest integrated lifestyle resort and theme park,” she said. “Theme park! Trumpland! It’s not Trump and — it’s not like dystopian Disneyland — but there is an amusement park that’s attached to this real estate development, to this new bunch of Trump-branded condos and hotel rooms.”

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“Here’s the thing. When we first learned the details of this new Indonesia project the president’s company is building, we learned as part of that the exciting news that the theme park part of this development, the part that presumably adds most of the value to the prospect of living in these Trump condos or representing these hotel rooms, the adjacent theme park for this development was to be built by the Metallurgical Corporation of China, a state-owned Chinese construction company,” she explained.

“And the advancement of that project was being celebrated today literally at the same moment while the president was saying he hopes this unfolding maybe bloodbath in Hong Kong works out okay for China,” she noted.

Maddow said, “even just looking at him and China alone, he and his family literally today celebrating a business deal that will mean the president will personally benefit potentially to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars. We think maybe from Chinese government investment, while he at that moment is commenting at the White House on China’s threat to use military force against his own civilian what does a U.S. president have to say about that while they’re stuffing his pockets at the same time?” she asked.

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GOP in a panic about what to do with Steve King as Democrats can’t wait to face him in the election

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On Saturday, MSNBC's Garrett Haake broke down the nightmare situation Republicans are facing with Rep. Steve King (R-IA), who has faced outrage for years of white supremacist comments, and more recently suggested that rape and incest might be a good thing for society.

"What more recourse do Republicans have?" said host David Gura. "We had this cycle of condemnation in the past after comments were made. He was stripped of committee assignments. Is there more Republicans can do vis-a-vis Steve King?"

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According to a report from ABC, Donald Trump's economic advisers are baffled about how to stop what appears to be a recession coming before the 2020 election after his trade war upset an already teetering worldwide economy.

With the report noting that Trump had hoped to run on a strong economy as part of his 2020 re-election strategy, warnings from economists that a recession may arrive before then has White House officials in a panic.

"The financial markets signaled the possibility of a U.S. recession this week, sending a jolt of anxiety to investors, companies and consumers. That's on top of concerns over Trump's plans to impose punishing tariffs on goods from China and word from the United Kingdom and Germany that their economies are shrinking," the report states, adding, "Trump advisers fear a weakened economy would hurt him with moderate Republican and independent voters who have been willing to give him a pass on some his incendiary policies and rhetoric."

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Race to remember Berlin Wall victims, 30 years on

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Where guard towers and barbed wire once stood, runners pounded the 100-mile (160 kilometer) path along the former Berlin Wall this weekend in a race with victims of the Cold War relic at its heart.

On Saturday at 6:00 am (0400 GMT), around 500 runners, started the 8th edition of the Berlin Wall Race, ahead of the 30th anniversary of the Wall's demise this November.

With weary legs, most runners will jog through Saturday night, aiming to reach the city centre stadium which doubles as both start and finish, in the early hours of Sunday.

The race is part ultra-marathon, part tribute to those who died trying to cross the Wall, which the East German communist regime hastily erected in 1961 and stood for 28 years.

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