News Wrap: Trump defends rally supporters, doubles down on Omar attacks

News Wrap: Trump defends rally supporters, doubles down on Omar attacks


JUDY WOODRUFF: Tensions in the Persian Gulf
have escalated sharply today, with reports
of Iran seizing two oil tankers.
Britain says one was British-flagged.
The other was a Liberian-flagged ship, operated
by a British concern.
The vessels were stopped in the Strait of
Hormuz and diverted to Iranian waters.
Tehran confirmed the first seizure, but denied
the second.
Earlier, Iranian officials also denied that
the U.S. warship Boxer destroyed an Iranian
drone yesterday.
We will hear from Iran’s foreign minister,
Javad Zarif, right after the news summary.
President Trump is now defending his supporters
who targeted Democratic Congresswoman Ilhan
Omar this week.
They chanted “Send her back” at a Trump campaign
rally in North Carolina.
Omar came to the U.S. from Somalia as a child,
and is now a U.S. citizen.
Yesterday, Mr. Trump sad he wasn’t happy with
the chants.
Today, at an Apollo 11 anniversary event in
the Oval Office, he went after Omar again,
and rejected criticism of the crowd.
DONALD TRUMP, President of the United States:
Those are incredible people.
Those are incredible patriots.
But I’m unhappy when a congresswoman goes
and says, I’m going to be the president’s
nightmare.
She’s going to be the president’s nightmare.
She’s lucky to be where she is, let me tell
you.
And the things that she has said are a disgrace
to our country.
JUDY WOODRUFF: Yesterday, Omar said she believes
the president is a fascist and that the confrontation
has become a fight over — quote — “what
this country truly should be.”
Three more white supremacists were sentenced
today for attacking counterprotesters at a
2017 rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.
The sentences ran from two to three years.
The men pleaded guilty to riot charges for
punching and choking their opponents.
All were members of the Rise Above movement.
It’s a group known for training in martial
arts and inciting violence at rallies in California.
In Chicago, a police oversight board has fired
four officers in connection with the murder
of a black teenager, Laquan McDonald.
The board found they made or approved false
statements about the killing.
A white officer, Jason Van Dyke, shot the
17-year-old McDonald 16 times in 2014.
Van Dyke was convicted of second-degree murder
and is now in prison.
The U.S. Justice Department today announced
the early release of more than 3,000 federal
prisoners.
It is part of a new criminal justice law that
eases mandatory sentences imposed for drug
crimes and other offenses.
TONI BACON, U.S. Deputy Assistant Attorney
General: In terms of the range of people who
have been released, the largest number are
drug offenders, the second group are weapons
and explosives, and the third are sex offenders.
But there’s a very wide range of people who
are being released.
JUDY WOODRUFF: There are currently 180,000
inmates in the federal prison system.
A heat wave spread misery across more of the
country today, pushing temperatures to near
100 degrees in Washington, New York, and other
cities.
The blanket of heat and humidity now extends
from Kansas to the East Coast, and forecasters
say temperatures will climb even higher over
the weekend.
We will look at what’s driving this warm-up
later in the program.
In Germany, thousands of young people protested
in Berlin, demanding action to stop Earth’s
climate from overheating; 16-year-old Swedish
activist Greta Thunberg spoke to the crowd,
and urged older generations to take responsibility.
GRETA THUNBERG, Climate Activist: We young
people are not the ones who are going to save
the world.
There is simply not enough time to wait for
us to grow up and become the ones in charge,
because this needs to happen now.
It has gone so far that young people feel
like they must sacrifice their own education
in order to protest against the destruction
of their future.
JUDY WOODRUFF: Separately, Germany’s Chancellor
Angela Merkel defended her government’s efforts
and pledged decisive action.
Germany aims by 2030 to cut greenhouse gas
emissions 55 percent from 1990 levels.
Back in this country, President Trump says
that he will nominate corporate lawyer Eugene
Scalia to be U.S. secretary of labor.
He is the son of the late Supreme Court Justice
Antonin Scalia.
Today was Alexander Acosta’s last day as labor
secretary.
He resigned over a plea deal he once arranged
with Jeffrey Epstein on allegations of sexually
abusing teenage girls.
And Wall Street finished the week on a down
note.
The Dow Jones industrial average lost 68 points
to close at 27154.
The Nasdaq fell 60 points and the S&P 500
slipped 18.
Still to come on the “NewsHour”: sitting down
with Iran’s foreign minister as tensions escalate
between his country and the U.S.; the threat
to human life as a triple-digit heat wave
rolls across the country; 50 years after we
put a human on the moon, what does the future
of space exploration look like?; Mark Shields
and David Brooks analyze another packed week
of political news; and much more.

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