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July 16th, 2019

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July 15th, 2019

How political leaders reacted to Trump’s ‘go back’ tweets – CTV News

July 15th, 2019 Staff, with files from The Associated Press
Published Monday, July 15, 2019 9:52PM EDT

Political leaders including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, British Prime Minister Theresa May and former U.S. presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Hillary Clinton have all reacted to racist tweets by U.S. President Donald Trump, who said that four non-white congresswomen, three of them born in America, should “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.”

Here’s a look at what they said.

Justin Trudeau

The prime minister told reporters in Petawawa, Ont., on Monday that “Canadians and indeed people around the world know exactly what I think about those particular comments. That is not how we do things in Canada.”

Jagmeet Singh

The NDP leader, who has been the target of racism in the past, called the tweets “a sad & ugly display of racism by a President that shows no interest in, or ability to unite people.”

Theresa May

Through a spokesperson, the outgoing British prime minister said that she thinks that “the language which was used to refer to the women was completely unacceptable.”

Boris Johnson

The favourite to replace May as U.K. prime minister next month said: “If you’re the leader of a great multiracial, multicultural society you simply cannot use that kind of language.”

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

The congresswoman from New York, who was one of the targets of Trump’s tweets, told reporters that the president “does not know how to defend his policies and so what he does is attack us personally.”

Ayanna Pressley

The Massachusetts Congresswoman, another of Trump’s targets, said that the “xenophobic, bigoted” tweets are a “disruptive distraction from the issues.” She warned: “Do not take the bait.”

Ilhan Omar

The Minnesota Representative, who is originally from Somalia, called the tweets directed at her and three others an attempt to “pit us against” each other. She and Rashida Tlaib, a Michigan congresswoman and Trump’s other target, called for impeachment.

Mitt Romney

The Utah senator and 2012 Republican presidential nominee called the president’s comments “destructive, demeaning and disunifying.”

John Kasich

The former Ohio governor and congressman urged fellow Republicans to speak out against the comments, which he said contradict the “foundation of our country and all that we teach our children.”

Lindsey Graham

The Republican senator from South Carolina told Fox News that Trump should “take on their policies” instead of launching personal attacks. He also called the women “a bunch of communists (who) hate Israel (and) hate our own country.”

Mitch McConnell

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican, declined to comment on the situation, telling reporters he would “address whatever questions you have” at a news conference on Tuesday.

Nancy Pelosi

The U.S. Congressional Majority Leader, a Democrat, said that Trump’s comments “reaffirm his plan to ‘Make America Great Again’ has always been about making America white again.”

Kevin McCarthy

The House Minority Leader, a Republican, told reporters that he doesn’t think Trump is a racist but said of the congresswomen that “this is their country” and “they have a right to give their opinion.”

Hillary Clinton

The 2016 Democratic presidential nominee suggested that Trump attacked the women because “they brought attention to the inhumane conditions they saw at this administration’s (migrant) detention camps.”

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July 15th, 2019

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July 15th, 2019

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July 15th, 2019

Donald Trump said Ilhan Omar is ‘pro al-Qaida’ — she’s said nothing of the sort – Global News

July 15th, 2019

First, U.S. President Donald Trump issued a series of tweets on Sunday saying that a group of Democratic congresswoman could “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime-infested places from which they came.”

He mentioned no names, but it was clear he was talking about a group of congresswomen who held a press conference Monday: Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar, New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib and Massachusetts Rep. Ayanna Pressley.

WATCH: Trump accuses Omar of hating Jews while defending tweets against congresswomen

On that same day, the president doubled down on his weekend tweets and reserved particular attention for Omar.

“I look at Omar, I don’t know, I’ve never met her. I hear the way she’s talked about al-Qaida. Al-Qaida has killed many Americans, she said you could ‘hold your chest out,’” Trump said.

“When she talked about the World Trade Center being knocked down, ‘some people,’ you remember, the famous ‘some people.’ These are people who in my opinion hate our country.”

He also issued a series of tweets, emphasizing his previous comments.

READ MORE: Democratic congresswomen denounce Trump’s Twitter attack, say it is a ‘distraction’

In Monday’s news conference, Omar, who was born in Somalia, said she did not want to dignify Trump’s remark about going back where they came from.

“I know that every single Muslim who has lived in this country, across the world, has heard that comment,” she said.

“So I will not dignify it with an answer because I know that every single Islamophobe, every single person who is hateful, who is driven by an ideology of othering, as this president is, rejoices in us responding to that, and as defending ourselves.”

WATCH: (April 15) Supporters of Ilhan Omar protest Trump tweet with pro-Trump demonstrators nearby

Nevertheless, Trump’s claim about how Omar has “talked about al-Qaida” invites closer scrutiny of what she actually said.

Omar never said “hold your chest out” while talking about al-Qaida, as Trump asserted.

The claim originates with a 2013 interview that Omar did with BelAhdan, a PBS show that focuses on Minnesota’s Middle Eastern community.

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Omar and host Ahmed Tharwat were talking about the names of terrorist groups such as al-Qaida, al-Shabaab and Hezbollah, and how they tend to be emphasized in Arabic instead of being translated.

Omar said, “that is a product of the sensationalized media. You have these sound bites, and you have these words and everybody says it with such an intensity, so it must mean, it must hold a bigger meaning.”

She then talked about a terrorism professor from college, who she said would add extra emphasis any time he said the names of certain terrorist groups.

READ MORE: Trump says congresswoman is ‘never happy’ with America and ‘hates Jews’

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“The thing that was interesting in this class, was every time the professor said al-Qaida, his shoulders went up and said al-Qaida, Hezbollah,” she said, laughing as she described his mannerisms.

“You don’t say America with an intensity, you don’t say England with an intensity, but you say these names because you want that word to carry wight, you want it to leave something.”

Omar’s remarks were cut out of the interview and circulated on conservative websites — the very clip circulated again on Twitter Monday, with a user saying, “here’s the clip that Trump is referencing with Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar (MN) where she laughs while talking about ISIS and al-Qaida — Islamic terror groups that kill Americans, U.S. allies, and Jews.”

WATCH: (April 12) Trump tweets video suggesting Rep. Ilhan Omar was dismissive of 9-11

Omar did not mention ISIS in that clip — ISIS is an abbreviation of the English name, “Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.”

Daesh is ISIS’ Arabic acronym.

Trump’s remark about “some people” originates with Omar’s speech to the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) earlier this year.

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At that event, she said of Muslims that “for far too long we have lived with the discomfort of being a second-class citizen. Frankly, I’m tired of it. And every single Muslim in this country should be tired of it.

“CAIR was founded after 9/11 because they recognized that some people did something and that all of us were starting to lose access to our civil liberties.”

Omar’s remarks were cut out into a video that circulated on social media. Fox News’ Brian Kilmeade questioned Omar’s loyalty to her country, saying, “you have to wonder if she’s an American first,” as noted by The Atlantic.

READ MORE: ‘We’re not going anywhere’: Congresswomen react after Trump tells them to leave the U.S.

Republican Congressman Dan Crenshaw described her as the “first member of Congress to ever describe terrorists who killed thousands of Americans on 9/11 as ‘some people who did something.’”

Trump tweeted a video of her remarks himself, but it didn’t contain the full context of what she said.

In response, Omar tweeted that she has an “unwavering love” for the U.S.A.

In the Monday news conference, Omar, Ocasio-Cortez, Pressley and Tlaib said Trump’s Twitter attack is a distraction.

Omar tweeted similar rhetoric the same day, re-tweeting a quote from author Toni Morrison.

“The function, the very serious function of racism is distraction. It keeps you from doing your work. It keeps you explaining, over and over again, your reason for being.”

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July 15th, 2019

University severs ties with researcher who was escorted out of National Microbiology Lab – CBC News

July 15th, 2019

The University of Manitoba has cut ties with a researcher who was escorted out the National Microbiology Lab (NML) in Winnipeg earlier this month, until an RCMP investigation is complete.

Dr. Xiangguo Qiu is a medical doctor and virologist who helped helped develop ZMapp, a vaccine for the deadly Ebola virus.

She was also an adjunct professor in the university’s department of medical microbiology — until Monday.

Her non-salaried position “has ended and all students she supervised have been reassigned, pending the RCMP investigation,” university spokesperson John Danakas said in an email.

Danakas was unavailable to provide further details, including the number of students affected.

Qiu could not be reached for comment. On Monday, her profile was still on the university website.

Qiu accepts a Governor General’s Innovation Award at Rideau Hall in 2018. (CBC News)

According to sources inside the NML, Qiu, her husband Keding Cheng and an unknown number of her students from China were removed from the lab on July 5. The level-4 virology facility — the only one in Canada — is equipped to work with the most serious and deadly human and animal diseases. 

Security access for the couple and the Chinese students was revoked.

Sources say this comes several months after IT specialists for the NML entered Qiu’s office after hours and replaced her computer. Her regular trips to China also started being denied.

At a meeting on July 8, NML staff were told the couple is on leave for an unknown period of time. They were told not to communicate with them.

Manitoba RCMP started an investigation after the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) contacted them on May 24.

The RCMP and PHAC say there is no threat to public safety.

PHAC is describing the situation as a possible “policy breach” and is taking steps to “resolve it expeditiously,” said Eric Morrissette, the health agency’s chief of media relations.

He declined further comment, citing privacy reasons.

Qiu received her medical degree from Hebei Medical University in 1985 and came to Canada for graduate studies in 1996.  

She is still affiliated with the university there and has brought in many students over the years to help with her work.

During a news conference on Monday, China’s foreign ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said the Chinese Embassy in Toronto has not received any notification that Chinese citizens are involved.

“If indeed there are Chinese citizens involved, our embassy and consulates will provide consular assistance and earnestly protect their legitimate rights and interests according to law,” he said, according to an English transcript on the Chinese foreign ministry’s website.

It was not immediately clear if Qui is a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or a Chinese national.

NATO secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg said he can’t comment on this specific case but says NATO is helping improve the resilience of allies when it comes to cyber espionage. (CBC News)

The situation also came up during a news conference with the secretary-general of NATO. 

Jens Stoltenberg, who toured CFB Petawawa on Monday and met with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, said at a news conference he couldn’t comment on this specific case, but appeared to suggest the possibility of espionage.

“What I can say in general is that we have seen increased efforts by the nations to spy on NATO allies in different ways,” he said . 

“This is partly about industrial espionage and it affects our military forces and military intelligence so this is something that we take very seriously.” 

There is no confirmation espionage is involved in this case.

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July 15th, 2019