skills, Trump was audacious, provocative and spiteful. He made outrageous boasts about his own success and hin
ted at his acute sense of human nature and feral appreciation of weakness and discomfort in a political opponent.
Trump also showed his indifference, or rude disregard for the political plights of allied le
aders, indulged his willingness to trade in falsehoods, and betrayed his obsessions with his predecessor President Barack Obama.
At Thursday’s White House meeting, Trump was also asked by a reporter about the fre
shest entrant in the Democratic White House race — former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke. He was ready.
”Well, I think he’s got a lot of hand movement. I’ve never seen so much hand movement. I said is he crazy or is that just the way he acts.”
”Study it, I’m sure you’ll agree,” Trump told reporters.
The jab at O’Rourke was not just a throwaway. It was a return to the forensic
targeting of political opponents that helped Trump dismantle the Republican primary field in 2016.
The Chinese icebreaker Xuelong, carrying the 349 members of China’s 35th research mission to Antarctica, returne
d to Shanghai safely on Tuesday, about a month earlier than originally scheduled due to a collision with an iceberg.
Despite the Jan 19 collision in the Amundsen Sea, the crew managed to carry out com
prehensive research at five stations, including Changcheng, Zhongshan and Taishan, aerial geop
hysical remote sensing observation in the southeast polar ice cap, and marine surveys in the Amundsen Sea.
“Our team obtained valuable data and samples on the expedition, and filled the scientific ga
ps in the investigation of the Amundsen Sea area,” said Li Yuhong, an assistant researcher from No 3 Marine In
stitute of the Department of Natural Resources, who joined the 35th expedition
using his powers to hire and fire cabinet members under Article 2 would have been seen as obstruction — a standard that he alleged was “only for Trump.”
”The Attorney General recuses himself, and I don’t fire him, no obstruction,” Trump said. “That’s the other thing — if y
ou use your rights, if you use your power, if you use Article 2, it’s called obstruction, but only for Trump, f
or nobody else. So the attorney general is weak and ineffective and he doesn’t do what he should have done.”
Trump fired Sessions in November following an increasingly str
ained relationship and months of personal attacks by the President.
He also recounted Comey’s firing as being due to the former FBI direc
tor being “a bad, bad guy,” saying that he had discussed it at the time with first lady Mela
nia Trump, and that he had anticipated bipartisan support after Democrats voiced criticism of Comey.
Beijing will invest 235.4 billion yuan ($35.2 billion) in 300 key projects focusing on infrastructure construction, improve
ment of people’s livelihoods and high-tech industries this year, director of the city’s Development and Reform Com
mission Tan Xuxiang said at a working conference yesterday, Beijing Business Today reported.
Among these projects, construction and installation investment is estimated to reach 124.3 billion yuan, the director added.
177 key infrastructure construction projects, including
those related to the city’s sub-center in East Beijing’s Tongzhou district and the improvement of
the southern city, will take 82 percent of total construction investment, around 101.4 billion yuan.
The total number of projects for the improvement of residents’ liv
elihoods, such as hospitals and affordable housing, doubled from 57 in 2018 to 100 this year.
US sanctions have exempted medical goods. “The United States maintains broad authorizations that allow for the sale of agricultu
ral commodities, food, medicine, and medical devices by US persons or from the United States to Iran,” the spokesperson said.
Budget over emotions
A middle-aged man suffering from lung cancer writhes and squirms on his hospital b
ed as Dr. Behrouz Emami checks on him. His eyes bulge as he gasps for air through an oxygen mask.
The cancer has metastasized to the man’s brain, Emami explains. The doctor has recommended
to the patient’s family that he be sent to a private ward where he can spend his final days with his family.
But the family simply cannot afford it, says Emami. They must settle for daily visits of just one-hour a day at the government-funded ward.
”The decisions of families are not made by their emotions. They decide based on their budget,” explains Emami.
Reem pre-booked the taxi. It was Rawan’s job to retrieve their passports from a bag stored in their parents’ bedroom. Around 2 a.m
., she tip-toed past them as they slept, took the bag with their passports, then snuck back in again to return the bag so as not to raise suspicion.
”It’s a really great memory, exciting,” Rawan tells CNN, smiling. Of the two sisters, she‘s the more talkative, taking the lead and occasi
onally looking to her sister for advice on the right word in English. Reem is more reserved. She’s careful about what she says and who to tr
ust. They both have dark, short, curly hair and being small in stature seem much younger than their years.
When the cab driver arrived at 5 a.m., the sisters say they did something they’d never do
ne before. They pulled on jeans they’d bought in secret and walked out of the house without their abayas.
It was only after they arrived at Colombo Airport that the sisters booked the flight they’d
meticulously researched online: SriLankan Airlines flight UL892 departing Colombo at 9 a.m., arriving Hong Kong a
t 5:10 p.m. local time. From there, they’d take Cathay Pacific flight CX135 departing at 7:10 p.m. for Melbourne, Australia.
They had no trouble boarding the plane for the roughly six-hour flight to Hong Kong.
It was after they arrived in at Hong Kong International Airport that things started to go wrong.
The second summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong