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bbc america.o esident trump has paid the way for tariffs on up to $60 billion of imports from china. being does not like it and neither do the markets, which took a plunge. thgdow jones industrial los more than 700 points. but the move is fulfilling mr. trump's campaign promise of cracking down on unfair trade practices. this is how he described the imbalance with china. gepres. trump: it is the l deficit of any out of contr h likewise, is hundreds of billions of and s on a yearly basis. jane: for me on the tarsp, ifoky
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badly indeed. what would be the consequences? robert we are not in a trade war : yet. th implynep. weilow itweks,5 days, what kinds of chinese imports president trump wi target. in the meantime there is a , period for comment. we have seen that during these periods of comments president , trump walks back some of his more extreme proposals. he said he would put all tariffs on all steel and alumim. now the e.u., mexico, korea, south america and brazil are exempted. i think a tre war is theto the s tinnding to the president's lefa meeting. ll e up negotiating on these issues, not fighting about them. this maye the president's way of signaling to trump that the united states is serious.
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jane: what do you think china's strategy is? the say they willight to end with necessary measures. that does that mean?robert: ns that china wants to appear very tough est trp alli f thiare thisate om s which he said this is about the trade , deficit, but he announced mor, ct aerreciprocal of vestment. ununthe concerns in there. some of the things he is asking chinto d which is to protectintn e of its markets to a greater degree, are things thath to do anyway. whsident trump begins us ter anyou wienll see that from i well. we are in for a long-overdue na aadjument in u.s.-chations. neenot tade r w el. iconomja prennelsat: ulffe s? ecoed thum
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neeseld wellif t bou ta, investments, mergers, duithis process is already un loss okthreaten national security. the proposal is to broaden thes high-tech investmeors, exa fmple, would be for bid in. income socould l they can look at reciprocity through investnt, rather than look for a more balanced trade latishipith ina,nd is h biptisan support in the united states. just going after the trade deficit, a lot of republicans oppose jane:t daily thank you so , much for joining me.erob what is the action to these tariffs on capitol hill? senator jeff flake was a critic, ande ined my colleague.
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♪ >> senatoru have been critical of the idea protectionism and imposing tariffs on other countries. do you think president trump is setor flake: i do. the last announcement on steel and aluminum, that was tariffs mixed with what he callednty. os an caw uyo all you are assured of ourst so. this latest announcement, we really have not had time to tostudee if it is tailored for intellectual property theft or is it broader? >> do you think china retaerates against a?
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sen. flake: yeah, i think that isib definitely a poity. if we do ftgo erch a,e pperty, you want th.r trade awis ouie y them, you know what do you do? , what organization do you work under? do you go to the wto alone unilaterally? that just n't the way to go. >> the president has made it fairly clear that he does not like the wto. nato's article five, and does not like -- and does not seem to like the multilateral organizations in trerica. do you think donalp could change america's role in the world and the world itself? sen. flake: international order that was created after world war ii, very much initiated by the united states, witregard to
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,ecurity umbrellas, and trade preferential treatment, this is very much led to the prosperity that we have seen in the world since worlwar ii. and i just cannot for the life of me want to know why the united stes, younitiated all of this would be the one to run fastest from these organizations and institutions? and i do think it has the potential to really change the world as we know it. >> you have made it pretty clear, more so than all of your republican colleagues, that you are no fan of this president. is it simply that you just don't like the guy? sen. flake: not at all. obviously, i have differences with him on policy, protectionist trade policy, immigration issues, on muslim nsba, religio/freedom issues d things like that, but also in terms of behavior and a lack
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, of decency. just the coarsening of the political cuure. those other things i have a problem with, not hidividually, inredentiho alouglth m pushing the e s youayou y havyo ,na laarsting impact on the ton what you call the coarseness of american, political life, or if you take a step back, is he a moment in time? sen. flake: well, if we, particularly as republicans if idwe let this slide and do not challenge the prt, and believe me, i am sympathetic to my colleagues who don't want to talk about this all the time, if we spent all of our time responding to the lateet or statement from the white house, or latest outrage, you avmeor dl hnghiyngarlse. ha said that, when the
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president goes so overboard sometimes, it is our obligation as elected officials to call them out. in that way, we can ensure that this is an aberration, that this is not the new normal. if this becomes the new normal, if we just accept it as a regular course of events, then yes, it will have a laing impact. thats once jane: that was senator jeff flake speaking earlier to my colleague katty kay. icstaying with pol the president is losing its top attorneyiaru inss -- hnwagrowg y frustrated as his boss ignored his advice on how to approach the investigation. anthony zurcher joins me to discuss this. tthony, does this mean th white house is going to change its approach and strategy to the robert e. lee investigation? anthony: it is possible. john dowd has been the top lawyer since last summer, and he
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counseled that they would coerate with robert mueller's investigation, that they should go abondeyond because the quicker they get this over, the more they can get this all behind them. growg tired of that advised, iwhich is why the reportsth are john is leaving. ti'onalm,donald trump say, io'fa lawyer, i fbir conspiracy against donald tthis a chfge o from the go alongavget along webeen seeing. irectid be taking? anthony: i think it does. we know that robert mueller has been looking at donald trump's businesseangs with russia,
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and is looking into other countriesti influ -- .nfluence jane: former vice president joe biden getting into a strange verbals that thatnvve threats and violence. what was that about? [laughter] anyony: joe biden said if t were both in high school and he heard donald trump talking about women that he has in the past, he would take him behind the gym and beat him up. donald trump would not let that slide, so he tweeted that crazy joe ben is talking like a buughuy w gkt atmethnt physicaynd, and the he would go down hard and fast there is a little bit of much easement no going on here --
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there is of ones bt wod youtint? a lbitle anthony: we may get rsus th voin [laughter] jane:thyou ry much. quick look at other news. syrian rebels and their families havet d gunthe agreement could r advancement in government efforts to secure the nearby capital. an inquiry of the death of russian -- he fled russia afterng b acced of asfraud. he due to ourtheat dahis dy was discovered. now, mark zuckerberg's apolog
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yfo hi data and promises t ket. chang efacebook's stock continues to slide and calls are growing for him to testify on capitol hill. after zuckerberg was featured on tv, he explained how information aboumillions of users was us political purposes in the 2016 election, and he tried to reassure customers that it won't happen again. mark:is 't rocket science. otr nhaation states like russia, to do election interference, to make it so that trolls and other folks cannot spread fake but we cann front of this. and we have a responsibility to do this, not only for the 2018 t iserig ae b brazil, and big elections around the world. jane:ear, for more on t -- our technology reporter dave lee
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joins us in san francisco. do you thinkis comments have ne enough to restore trust and facebook? dave: no, jane i do not think , they have. that is the sense we are getting. i think his comments, he seems to conceal a lot, pecially talking about new regulation. what he did not do is give much ef an donation as to why -- noi ve mcoucmph any adid not infors when they know about t problem, which was back in 2015. we whav ie three ceatnts ly heard m of fianceylr shatg, fac sebook, thd in command to mark she was tato cnbc. re reiterated some of those lines again, open ulation, that veo y, about in the regulatioare backing, by their own admission, would not change much about facebook whatsoever. so we shourye ldutng a rwat. wbo
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ha jane: facebook hre been here be if they do not get this right this time around, what could be the consequences for t company?l, whey have been here before, but it has not been at level of tocalls for mark zuckerberg -- the calls for mark zuckerberg in front of congres has gotten louder. he was asked by the u.s. house, energy, and commerce committee, it is a strong invitation that he should. and i think if he doesn't starts rsha ew toi control companies like facebook. of ioursf th doesltregution wou t only affect mark zuckerberg and his company, but potentially, other businesses that siworld, which i think alo facebook's dropped in value that you mentiod, we are seeing similar hits from companies like
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twitter d google. this is an issue that right now is engulfing facebook, but if it is not contained by mark zuckerrg and his team, it leenmul for erodheyb re ja: you are watching bbc world s america. when art meets politics, ahead of this weekend's march for our lives, we will look at civil unrest over the years. ♪ jane: french police have clashed ash protesters in paris public sector workers went on strike. reacting toward emmael macron's plan to cut jobs and benefits lucy williamson has more lucy the old ways are often : cherished in france. that goes for protests as much as for job
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fiackers, unione bere, but are they a match for france's newest president? >> emmanuel macron wants to be ran breakingsucceed ths union. as one of the last wrong unions, so for him, that would be a real victory. >> emmanuel cron is destroying an entire social system, whether is social security, pensions, the rail service, or hospitals. he is destroying all of our righ are predecessors won, a we have to fight against that. lucy: the drew teachers, a march traffic controllers, hospitaltaff -- all protestis against refoat will mean fewer jobs, fewertybut it is france's railway workers who were seen as the reachallenge. president macronmore than job sn argument about long-established values and expectations.
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coitions for france's train drivers have barely changed in half a centu. it is a job for life with retirement at 52. the national rail cohas promised months of rolling strikes to protect those benefits, but president macron onhas staked his presidenc reforming the economy, and when -- comes to the railways, polls ree with him. lucy williamson, bbc news, jane: it is been six months of hurricane maria devastated the u.s. territory of puerto rico. eight agencies say life for many of the island's manyre still without in second of his reports on heectricity. the island, we look at the
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growing anger over what many see as a lack of uencye u.s. government's response. >> imagine havinon a generator to keep your mother alive?g toepd en s the way carmen has bee living for six months. she, like so many here, has had no electricity since hurricane every time a generator fails, her mother's respirator s hu wn.>> i have been crying all the time. i thought my mother would die becausco me and her are struggling so much to fight the situation. it was the most hurricane to hit puerto rico in living memory. plunging more than 3 million people intoarkness and into a humanitarian crisis.
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oblerated infrastructure across this island. people crossing the river here because the bridge wasly destroyed. for so many people in so many , li an puerto rico has been set back for decades. this bridge is being rebuilt, but the pace of recovery across what is an american territory has been painfully slow. puerto ricans expected for more help from the u.s. it is hard enough to wonder if this school had been in texas florida, whether the children y?uld have gone this long without electric unable to use computs,erften t is teacher told us she was upset by the imp was having on her students. saying they were alrea mons behind in their learning. but the misery is not just about power. there is so much damage done to homes elasl.
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many though have been given more than -- to repair them. some have left the island, sprawling their content details on the buildings they abandoned. evelyn knows more than anyone psychological impact of staying here. her brother, m. she says it is because he was ondiwhelmed by the c ssi >>di with all thstrous maria left, it affected him. seeing so muchicitseeing all , the bad news, saying all of -- seeing all the desolation and people leaving. it affected him mentally. there has been a massive sike in puerto ricans attempting suicice the storm. in many ways, people here cannot aaccept the devastation o force of nature like hurricane maria much more thn understand the suffering they
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are still going throcaugh y nowt bbc news, puerto rico. jane:he legacy of hurricane maria there. supporters of gun control legislation are getting ready to ascend on washington d.c. other cities this weekend. the march for our lives was organized by survivors of last month's parkland school shooting, just the latest issue to inspire mass protest. america has a rich history of demonstrations and artistic works that reflect them. nick bryanhas gone to the um in newneitmuy or an exhibition of some of those ke yy mokments. seckge tiprt. african-americans condemning police brutality. women campaigning against misogyny. end to gun violence. and working-class voters rally against the esblishment.
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american story with an exhibition of politically-inspired art. at its heart is the question? what is the role of the artist in the modern-day political realm? >> i think they are trying to hessasen m t at omn, sreomwee i s how to get out of certain moments. twhalso to ate ga he mo inick: looking at this art, u are struck by its permanent city. >> the exhibition looks and works in the 1940's to the rrent day. andhink cank att and say, we are still dealing with the same issues, whether it s twar,nd y cane ve cynalon, an abe haouve nitot gotheten our t. i, of these tra nick: this installation looks like a trophy room, but it showcases the historof police s k nd ty in newor y94tw0'b' 's.e90' eatadechnttethtue srt oetf wort
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can easily be updated. >> yes, you can absolutely fill it in with not only this time, other police departments around the country, .round the world there is a o lf ples you can look to think about this issue. nick when you are walking : through this gallery, you notice the absence of one key figure, and that is donald trump. >> yeah. for us, i think the idea was that putting together an exhibition and a history of protest in the united stas is more important than anyone person. evenhe predef thun and the idea is to think about whesessueho and how different audiences have responded to it, and how artists will continue to create work wat demonstrates the moment live in. nick the creative process is not : a rapid response endeavor.ha so p, it will be sometime yet before the iconic imagfes
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captioning sponsored by newshour productions, llc >> wdrf: good wening, i'm judruff. on the newshour tonight, president trump hits china with $60 billion in tariffs for stealing u.s. technology and ad secre guttenberg losett his daughter, jaime, in the parkland, florida, school shooting. now he is mopping gun violence.throh whaa wen through and what my family is going through i just have this need to fight like this. >> woodruff: and, diving deepres rich history. >> 150 years, and it's still intact.


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