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the freeman foundation. by judy and peter blum kovler foundation; pursuing solutions for america's neglected needs. and by contributions to this pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. >> this is "bbc world newsa. amer reporting from new york city tonight, i'm laura trevelyan. president trump is sending federal agents to chicago to fight violent crime, expanding his controversial intervention in local law enforcement. pres. trump: my first duty as president is to protect the american people, and today i'm taking action to fulfill that obligati. laura: as the u.s. reports more
than 1000 coronavirus deaths in one day, president trump warns the pandemic will get worse before it gets better. teions between the world's biggest powers escalate as the u.s. orders china close its consulate -- china to close its consulate in houston. ♪ for all of you watching on pbs and arounthe globe, welcome to "world news america." president trump is sending federal agen to chicago and other u.s. cities to fight what he says is violent crime spiraling t of control. the president is acting against the wishes of local leaders, who say he is provoking a constitutional crisis. here is how the president and the attorney general explained the move. es. trump: there's been a radical movement to defund, dismantle, and dissolve our police departments.
we have no choice but to get involved. a.g. barr: we have initiated activity of our taskforces, our anti-crime taskforces in the hard-hit cities, by committing more federal agents. laura: joining us now for more is barra. the president is saying this move is about fightilent crime. is it any different to what the trump administration has done in portland, when they deployed hetero agentsfe -ral agents there? >> in portland, the mission was to protect federal buildin and the agents were deing with protesters. in this case, they will be dealing with the fight against violent crime. the attorney general made the point that there was a strong precedent for this. he said the laws allow fence to go after gang activity -- allow feds a to go after gangivity. he said there are existing
istaskforces in place for purpose and the new agents would be reinforcinghat and it would be classic anti-crime activity, which would be coordinated by officials who are already on the ground. in portland, one of the big criticisms was that these federal agents came in, against the objections of local leadersh an did not coordinate and they were seen as making a bad situation worse. laura: one former homeland security secretary says the department shouldn't be used as the president's personal militia. is t backlash building not just on thleft, but also on the right? >> i mostly on the left, from democratic mayors and governors state governors, and congresspeople who are sayinges the ent is acting in an authoritarian manner by overwriting local objections and -- by overriding local objections. there may be some uneasiness on
the right as well, especially from security officials, who would not want to see any sort of law enforcetint become pozed. we did see that sort of objection from the pentagon when the president cleared protesters away from the fnthi of the house and then marched over to hold a bible in front of a church for a photo op. you had military officials falling over themselves to distance themselves from that kind of activi. there may be something similar in this. laura: law has become the president's reelection cry -- law and become e president's reelection -- law & o has become the president's reelection cry. >> president trump himself has consistently said liberal democraticor m are losing control of their cities. in also presented this new surge in federal agentolitical terms. he blamed the rise in violence on these protests against police brutality.
helped to weaken the police because they were calling for a shift in resources away from police forces and that democratic politicians had joined the crusade, is what he called it, the crusade to vilify he presented himself as somebody who would protect poli strengthen them, and make every effort to strengthen l & order en it came to violent crime. frankly, that sounded like the lelanguage of anion campaign. laura: thank you. california has overtaken new york as the state with the most recorded coronavirus cases. 21 u.s. states are reporting increasing death rates. idprt trump is warning the coronavirus outbreak is likely to get worse before it gets better, and he is now asking everyone to wear face coverings. >>on afterths of lockdown, it is perhaps not surprising they are partying like it is 2019.
in florida, nighttime curfews have had to be reintroduced because coronavirus is ripping through the state. last week, there were more new cases in this one state per day than there were the european uon, and the health system is buckling. it'she same story in texas. in the past couple of weeks, hospitals have been overwhelmed by the rising number of new cases and it's taking a toll on >> we are trying our best to keep everybody healthy and when it's out of our hands, it's out of our ctrol, we sometimes feel helpless. >> how do you deal with that? >> we cry. we talk to each other. we embrace each other and try to be the best that we can. >> has cases in the u.s. have soared, so donald trump's poll ratings have slumped. he is belatedly extolling the
virtues of mask wearing and last briefinve a somber about the state of play. pres. trump: it will probably geerworse before it gets be something i don't like saying. that's the way it is. you look over the world, it's all over the wor. >> much of the rest of the world woulds argue with t assessment. let's look at daily new cases in germany, italy, and the u.k., and come to those to the u.s. -- and compare those to the u.s. what they have in common is all three countries were well below a recommended benchmark of fewer than four daily new c per 100,000 residents. the u.s. wasn'tn e close to that benchmark when the first states let their lockdown expire on april 30, nor by may 15, when half of americans lived in by may 31, 47 states,d
representing 90% of the population, had lifted lockdowns. one area where the president has claimed huge success is over testing, but testing is only effective if it is matched by contact tracing. manymericans are waiting so long for their results, it makes contact tracing virt impossible. the briefing from donald trump last night was unprecedented. for 31/2 years, he has been able to define his own reality, shape facts to serve his own narrative, but coronavirus has made that impossible. donald trump last night had to admit that things were going wrong and that this was going to be a long haul. jon sopel, bb news -- bbc news. laura: i'm joined now by dr. leana wen, former health commission of baltimore. from coronavirus is above 1000
for the first time in weeks. wh does that say to you about the severity of this outbreak? time you and i are speaking today at lst two americans are go cg to dieid-19 -- die it is so tragic we are in this position, becauseote've seen r countries not just flatten the curve, but they have crushed the curve. the u.s. could've done that. we could have prevented the suffering and death we are seeing now. although all is not ltt. it's nevitable. there is still a chance for us to do the right thing, starti with the national strategy for testing and contact tracing. we need to foves on saving laura: but it doesn't seem like there is a natiol strategy on contact tracing. it is all down to the states, isn' it? he is wearing masks the closest we are going -- is wearing masks the closest we are going to have to a national strategy, even thondh it is not ed? dr. wen: we don't even have a
universal mandate to wear masks in the u.s. we could reduce the rate of transmission by up to five times, save 34,000 lives over the next several months, if 95% of people wear masks.bu we need a lot more at this point. the level of infection has the west, and in mtates.e south, we need to be doing a lot more than wearing masks and contact tracing alone. we don't have enough test. we don't have enough tests or tr acers. we need to do some form of stay-at-home orders once again. laura: there's a lot of resistance to that. inhe absence of more stay-at-home orders, do you see the virus continuing to spread? dr. wen: unfortunately, that's th i hope it were different, but we know this is a coagious virus that spreads from person
to person. the only thing keeping it in check was people staying apart from one anoer. maybe we need some ty of modified stay-at-home order. maybe people should be outdoorsr rather than in maybe indoor bars and restaurants and nightclubs that are these super spread to types of places should be shut dow certainly, states that are overwhelming their hospital and icu capacity need to be looking at far more than piecemeal solutions. otherwise, it'going to be too little too late. ura: you mentioned hospitalizatns. the rate across america is jue below ak in april. do you think our hospitals will be able to cope? are they better eyepared than ere? dr. wen: i do think tert they are berepared. we have learned more about this virus. s we have better treatmeat are available. we know we have betterroducts
to protect health -re workers an better protocols to protect health care workers and other patients. we still have a shortage of ppe, masks, gowns, and other supplies. that's something we need thme federal gove to step in and prevent more tragedy, because it was a national disgrace laste that we ran out of ppe to protect our front-line workers. we cannot let that happen agala. a: dr. leanaor wen, thanks being with us. the u.s.na has ordered c to close its consulate in houston in the latesdi escalation of omatic tension. the state department says this will protect intellectual property and private information. u.s. media in houston have been sharing footage of chinese consar sff apparently burning documents in the courtyard. police and firefighters were called, but they were not allowed into the building. more now on this story. >>ir the signs of trouble came last night, when there was smoke, literally smoke coming
out of the chinese consulaten houston, as employees were seen burning what appeared to be documents in open containers inf the courtyarhe consulate. the local police and firefighters were deoyed to the scene, but they did not enter the building,ic over china has sovereignty. the tw countriesater confirmed that u.s. has ordered china to close its consulate in houston within 72 hours. if you look at the official statement issd byhe u.s. and china, you would notice there is a mismatch. the u.s. said this move was taken in order to protect american intellectua property and american private information. now the closure of the consulate has been huge news in china and anti-american sentiment has been on the ris beijing will he to react to that and do it in a way that does not further escalate tension.
expected closure of an american consulate in china. laura: doctors in pakistan say they face intimidation and threats from patients as they tried to contain the coronavirus -- as they try tore contain the of coronavirus. people are hiding sym ooms for febeing stigmatized. we got access to the intensive care unit ofhe main covid hospital in islamabad. >> doctors here say they are not just having to fight the virus, but an information war as well. they have to convince people coronavirus isan rea that they should trust them. op are saying it's a hoax. it's an effort to controtithe popu. doctors are he, acting as agents.
a gallup poll found ione in five pakistaniselieve the virus has been deliberately spread by foreign powers. mathel thought the virus was nothing to worry about -- until shcaught it. people must take it seriously, she tells us. critics say the government has failed to combat nspiracy theoriesith a clear health message. doctors here say the families are desperate to release -- toe claim dies of their loved ones, who can't be released due health protocols. >> they were threatening to murder us.
one of the patients said, clearly threatening all of us, i will break the legs of one of you. >> threats like this are pushing some doctors to breaking point. >> one woman accused me of killing her mother who died of covid. i was so disappointed and hurt i thought i should ju quit. our job is thankless i can't save people. i became a doctor to help peop'e , but i cat do it. >> doctors are warning that upcoming religious festivals, where thousands are expected to gather in mosques, will put more pressure on the struggling health system. laura: in other news now from around theorld, china has
evacuated thousands of residents in hubei province after somf o the heaviest rainfall in decades triggered a landslide. it created a link that threatene to submerge l villages -- a lake that threatens to submerge several villages. the editor of one of hungary's last independent news sites has been sacked. you are watching "bbc world news america." still to come otonight's program -- why animal rights campaigners in south korea want to save the country's moon bears, sayin they shouldn't be killed to produce medicine. after a maratho summit, eu leaders struck a deal on a 750 billion euro cor recovery fund. now there's another hurdle. the package must pass the european parliament, and some
'members say the deal 't get througin its current form. spain would benefit greatly from the fund, and its foreign minister tells the bbc the deal really is a good one, despite the objections from others. >> this is the game of democrac the european parliament is a democratic institution. european union is a democrac what we need to do now is work with the european parliament or groups in the parliament need to work to find anme agr, just like leaders did over the weekend. i hope that what prevails is the importance of agreeing to an important package quickly that can provide a response to the millions of europeans that are waiting for this recovery fun to be put in place. laura: the u.s. and the u.k. have agreed to end a legalop
le that allows the family of u.s. diplomats to claim immunity from criminal cosecution. thes after anne sacoolas was involved in a car crash that killed teenager harr dunn last august. she was allowedo return to the s. and now can't be extradited to britain. here is our correspondent. >> harry dunn was 19 years old, on his motorbike, when he was hit and killed by a woman apparently driving on the wrong side of the road last august. it happened close bo the americtish air base in northamptonshire. the driver was anne sacoolas, wife of an american official posted to the intelligence base. northampton shire police wanted to arrest and charge her with causing death by dangerous driving. the united states said they omatic't, citing di immunity, and anne sacoolas went home. today, the foreign secretary said the anomaly had been changed by agreement with the u.s.
even though it's not retrospective, harry's motherel told me she ishted. >> we're really pleased that they haveke w to pass, to make sure the loophole has been plugged. sadly, it doesn't bring harry back, i bwill make sure that another family won'tth suffer e injustice that we ar far suffering. >> harry's mother has even been a the white house as part of a campaign to gete sacoolas back from the u.s. to face trial. the united states ha refused an extradition request and still won't budge. >> i understand the heart ache for them. i understand the agony and anguish and the fact that the process they are going through to get justice for harry adds further painnd frustration. we are on their side. we feel there is a denial of justice being done here. >> the united states has relied
on a msive loophole in the secret and botched agreement covering the airbase. it meant many u.s. officials gave up diplomatic immunity, but sacoolas, remains protected.ne >> one of the points we always made it to both governments is it is absolutely -- it is absolute nonsense to argue what they are trying to argue she should have her own separate , independent bubble o munity, when we all know the smmunity of dependents derive from the immunity of the diplomat himself or herself. despite all the campaigning by harry's family, today's announcement doesn't mean anne sacoolas will face tri will fight on, and she thinks harry would be proud of them. >> harry, i don't thi would have expected anything less of us. i really hope we've done him proud with toda's outcome, but we'vetill got a long way to go. anything less.ted
laura: animal rights campaigners are asking south korea's president to help save hundreds of caged moon bears, caps on farms across the country, waiting to be slghtered -- kept on farms across the country, waiting to be slaughtered for their bile. laura bickerts rep >> distressed, she rocks from side to side. she has not known life beyond these rustbars. over 120 moon bear are kept in filthy cages, some missing limbs and fur, all just waiting to die. >> i started the farm to sell bear bile. back then, get used to sell well --- then, it used to sell so well. >> this distressing footage
shows a bear being killed for its bile. it's illegal in south korea as long as the bear is over 10 years -- it's legalre in south as long as the bear is over 10 years old. these bears are fed leftover donuts from the krispy kreme factory. out of any farm in south korea, so we anticipated it would be in poor condition, but it's a lot worse than what we expected. >> campaigners are pushing the government to provide a korea's forgotten moon bears and close down these farms. >> we need to stops trming culture, especially in this time of coronavirus, when it's important to put distance between wildlife and humans.
>> the smell of the bearung that's piled up underneath these cages is really overwhelming. ool are tsometimes these bears will fightne another, injure one another, and often they are just left to die. moon bears are not meant to be t in cagesogether. they are solitar animals. this is what a happy mn bear looks like. this is ad two-year-olin the bear bile was once so soughtrk. after that these bears wereil captured and kd to near extinction. dozens have now been reintroduced to the wild, including this mother and her cubs, spotted on hidden cameras. it's not possible to re-wild the over 400 caged bears in this country, but campaigners are
trying to make some of them more comfortable, in the hope that one day they will have more freedom. bbc news. laura: time to save the moon bears. i'm laura trevelyan. thank you so much for watching "bbc world news americ dtake care and have a goo evening. ♪ narrator: funding fothis presentation of this program is provided by... language specialists teaching spanish, french and more. raymond james. the freeman founda on by judy and peter blum kovler foundation; rsuing solutions for america's neglected needs. and by contributions to this pbs station from viewers like you. thank you.
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