China on Wednesday denounced new U.S. sanctions linked to North Korea trade, accusing the Trump administration of “long-arm jurisdiction” that unfairly targets Chinese companies and threatens Beijing's cooperation in reining in the rogue state.
The Treasury Department on Tuesday slapped sanctions on 10 firms and six individuals, mostly from China and Russia. U.S. officials aim to sever economic ties that allow North Korea to advance its weapons program.
“We urge the U.S. side to stop this wrongdoing and correct this immediately,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told reporters.
Thousands of protesters gathered here Tuesday outside a campaign-style rally by President Trump, engaging his supporters in shouting matches over whether he harbors racist views.
The demonstrations remained peaceful until the end of the rally, when some protesters tried to break through barricades near an entrance to the convention center where Trump was finishing his speech. Police, who said some protesters had thrown rocks and bottles at them, used tear gas to disperse the crowds.
Hanging over the city all day was the shadow of Charlottesville, Va., and Trump’s recent assessment that “both sides” were to blame for the violence at a recent rally there by white nationalists and his comments that “some very fine people” were marching alongside neo-Nazis.
After hours of largely peaceful protests, clashes broke out Tuesday night between police and protesters at a rally held by President Trump in downtown Phoenix.
Once the president's speech was done, some protesters attempted to move barricades that were holding back the anti-Trump crowds. Police issued a warning, then fired tear-gas canisters. Thick plumes of smoke filled the air.
"Some people in the crowd began fighting and throwing rocks and bottles at police," said Phoenix police spokesman Sgt. Jonathan Howard, who said officers "reportedly dispersed gas into the area."
President Trump played some of his greatest hits Tuesday night.
The president made a 90-minute speech during a campaign-style rally in Phoenix. He began by complaining about his old foe, the "truly dishonest people" in the media, then moved on to a rehash of his widely criticized response to the racial violence at Charlottesville, Va., this month, omitting his claim -- the one that led to most of the criticism -- that "many sides" had been responsible for the trouble.
At different points, the crowd chanted "USA!" "Drain the swamp!" and "Lock her up!," some of the unofficial mottos of last year's presidential campaign.
The Navy said Wednesday it has fired the commander of the Japan-based U.S. fleet that has suffered four major accidents at sea this year, including two deadly collisions in the last two months, a rash of mishaps that have shaken the Navy.
The Justice Department has dropped its request for digital addresses that could identify more than 1 million visitors to a website involved with organizing protests on President Trump’s Inauguration Day.
Government lawyers wrote in a court filing Monday they had “no interest in records relating to the 1.3 million IP addresses” of site visitors, but wanted information on the planning, coordinating and participation of the protests.
“The government values and respects the 1st Amendment right of all Americans to participate in peaceful political protests and to read protected political expression online. This warrant has nothing to do with that right,” the filing said.