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North Dakota court overturns life term for man whose girlfriend cut baby from neighbor’s womb

A man who was sentenced to life in prison for kidnapping a baby who was cut from his neighbor’s womb by his girlfriend and lying to police about it will receive a new hearing after the North Dakota Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the original sentence did not fit the elements of the crime.

William Hoehn, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit kidnapping, received a life sentence because the judge in the case granted prosecutors’ request to designate him a dangerous special offender, which carries a life sentence.

Savanna Greywind was eight months pregnant when she disappeared from her apartment in north Fargo in August 2017. Her body later turned in Red River. Her baby had been cut from her womb but survived the attack.

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Savanna Greywind, 22, was eight months pregnant when she was murdered by her neighbor, and her baby cut from her womb in Aug. 2017. Her body was found in Red River lake.  (Facebook)

Rather than impose the maximum sentence of 21 years in prison on the kidnapping charge, Judge Tom Olson designated Hoehn a dangerous special offender, which carries the maximum sentence of life with the possibility of parole, for which he’d be eligible in 25 to 30 years.

The prosecutor’s request was based on Hoehn’s prior conviction of child abuse in 2012 when his son suffered multiple fractures to his skull after being in Hoehn’s care.

Hoehn, 34, appealed his sentence arguing that the district court incorrectly labeled him a dangerous offender because the crimes to which he pleaded guilty did not seriously endanger the life of another and he didn’t have any similar prior convictions. Hoehn also claimed that the district court didn’t adequately advise him of the possible sentencing ramifications of entering a guilty plea, KFYR reported citing court documents.

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The state Supreme Court upheld the conviction but said a comparison of the elements of the kidnapping crime with the child abuse charge from 2012 did not support the finding that the two offenses were comparable, thus a dangerous special offender label was unsubstantiated.

Hoehn’s defense attorney, Kiara Kraus-Parr, said it was a “pretty clear-cut case” and she had been “cautiously optimistic” her client would prevail.

“I think the state overreached in what they charged, as far the special dangerous offender,” she told The Associated Press.

Hoehn’s resentencing may occur as soon as in two weeks, notwithstanding the prosecution filing for a rehearing.

Hoehn’s girlfriend, Brooke Crews, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit murder and kidnapping and was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Crews, 40, told the jury in Hoehn’s trial that she feigned pregnancy because she was afraid of Hoehn ending their relationship, but once he discovered she was lying, he told her she needed “to produce a baby,” which Crews interpreted as an “ultimatum.”

Crews said she never explicitly told Hoehn what she planned to do, but when he arrived home, he saw Greywind bleeding and dying, along with her newborn baby, and he twisted a rope around Greywind’s neck to make sure she was dead. A coroner was unable to determine whether the cause of death was strangulation or blood loss.

Hoehn denied knowing anything about Crews’ plan to kill Greywind and take her baby, but he admitted he hid the newborn and gave false information to law enforcement to cover up the crime.

Greywind, 22, was a member of the Spirit Lake Sioux Tribe and her family had ties to the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa.

Her death sparked outrage from Native American activists who urged Congress to pass a bill, Savanna’s Act, spearheaded by then-Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, a Democrat. The bill, which remained under consideration, would improve tribal access to federal crime information databases and create standardized protocols for responding to cases of missing and murdered Native American women.

Greywind’s now-2-year-old daughter, Haisley Jo, lives with her grandparents near Red River, not far from the same spot that Greywind’s body was found.

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Norberta Greywind, Haisley Jo’s grandmother, begged the court to impose the maximum sentence on Hoehn and never let him walk free again.

“My life has been forever changed. As for Savanna’s daughter, this man tried to take her and raise her as his own. He said the days he spent with my granddaughter were the happiest days of his life. How sick is that?” she said during sentencing.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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New York Times editor apologizes after old, potentially offensive tweets resurface

An editor with The New York Times apologized Thursday after potentially offensive tweets he sent as many as 11 years ago resurfaced online.

Tom Wright-Piersanti had made numerous anti-Semitic and racist tweets that date back to 2008, some of which have since been deleted.

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He apologized Thursday — according to The Wrap, tweeting: “I have deleted tweets from a decade ago that are offensive. I am deeply sorry.” Wright-Piersanti’s account was still up as of Thursday evening, but his tweets were protected.

A spokesperson for the Times told Fox News: “We are aware of these tweets, which are a clear violation of our standards. We are reviewing next steps.”

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Wright-Piersanti’s tweets included one in which he said he wanted to be “less anti-Semitic.”

On January 1, 2010, he wrote: “I was going to say ‘Crappy Jew Year,’ but one of my resolutions is to be less anti-Semitic. So… HAPPY Jew Year. You Jews.”

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In another post from 2009, Wright-Piersanti shared an image of a car with a giant lit menorah on top of it and tweeted, “Who called the Jew-police?”

Wright-Piersanti also made several derogatory tweets against “Indians” in 2008 and 2009.

“Want to see dozens of Indian girls grind all over each other? Go to the Golden Rail Pub in New Brunswick, NJ,” he wrote in 2008.

Another tweet from 2009 read, “Two high-voiced Indian guys keep calling each other “dawg” and they aren’t doing it as a joke. F— THAT s—.”

“There are four Indian guys with mohawks in this one class, and each one is a douche in his own awful way. I hate mohawk Indians,” Wright-Piersanti wrote in a pair of tweets back in 2009. He later added: “I don’t hate Mohawk Indians, though. I love those guys. I just hate Indians with mohawks. Different Indians, different mohawks.”

The tweets surfaced after The Times demoted a high-ranking editor following recent incidents that resulted in a heavy backlash on social media.

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The Times confirmed to Fox News at the time that the editor, Jonathan Weisman, has been demoted for his “serious lapses in judgment.”

“Jonathan Weisman met with [New York Times Executive Editor] Dean Baquet today and apologized for his recent serious lapses in judgment,” a Times spokesperson told Fox News. “As a consequence of his actions, he has been demoted and will no longer be overseeing the team that covers Congress or be active on social media. We don’t typically discuss personnel matters, but we’re doing so in this instance with Jonathan’s knowledge.”

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Jesse Watters: 2020 Dems ‘short on solutions’ for illegal immigration, ‘birthright citizenship’ debate mischaracterized

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Democratic presidential candidates are attacking President Trump over the “birthright citizenship” debate because they have no solutions for illegal immigration, according to Jesse Watters.

The authors of the 14th Amendment, which codified the citizenship rights of people born in the United States, did not craft it to expressly cover children of illegal immigrants but instead recently emancipated slaves, Watters claimed Thursday on “The Five.”

“The Trump administration says it’s taking a big step toward ending catch and release by scrapping the Flores agreement, which limits the amount of time migrant families can be detained,” he said.

“The 2020 Democrats are short on actual solutions, but have plenty of insults for President Trump.”

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The “Watters’ World” host then played clips of several media and political figures slamming the president on the issue.

Presidential hopeful Julian Castro, former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and former mayor of San Antonio, Texas, claimed Trump is trying to “carry out maximum cruelty with little children who are brown.”

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On MSNBC, host Rachel Maddow asked rhetorically whether the president’s plan to reject Flores would create an environment resembling the military detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Additionally, former Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-Texas, claimed Trump’s consideration of trying to end birthright citizenship is “racist on its face.”

Responding to O’Rourke’s claim, Watters said he believed the intention of the amendment is clear.

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“The author of the 14th Amendment, a senator, said that it was primarily directed at slaves,” he said. The amendment was ratified in the Summer of 1868 — shortly after the end of the Civil War.

“It was not discussing illegal immigrants or sons and daughters of ambassadors from other countries,” Watters continued.

In an 1866 speech on the Senate floor, Sen. Jacob M. Howard said the language of his amendment would not “include persons born in the United States who are foreigners, aliens, who belong to the families of ambassadors or foreign ministers accredited to the government of the United States, but will include every other class of person.”

The amendment itself reads, “all persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States.”

“Nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”

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Wildlife committee votes to protect giraffes as endangered species for the first time

National representatives at an international wildlife conference in Geneva voted Thursday to protect giraffes as an endangered species for the first time, drawing praise from conservationists and protests from some sub-Saharan African countries.

The vote by signatories of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) at the World Wildlife Conference paves the way for the measure’s likely approval by its plenary next week.

The plan would regulate the global trade in giraffe parts — including hides, bone carvings, and meat — but stopped short of a full ban. It passed 106-21 with seven abstentions.

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Giraffes in Kriger National Park, South Africa. A wildlife panel moved to protect giraffes as an endangered species Thursday. (AP, File)

The Wildlife Conservation Society said it was concerned about threats including drought, illegal killings, and trade in giraffe body parts, that have triggered a population decline. A key African conservationist said more protection could help reverse that trend, as the move would help track numbers of giraffes.

“The giraffe [population] has experienced over 40 percent decline in the last 30 years, said Maina Philip Muruthi of the African Wildlife Foundation. “If that trend continues, it means that we are headed toward extinction.”

But not all African countries were on board.

“We see no reason as to why we should support this decision, because Tanzania has a stable and increasing population of giraffes,” said Maurus Msuha, director of wildlife at the Tanzanian Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism. “Over 50 percent of our giraffe population is within the Serengeti ecosystem, which is well protected. Why should we then go for this?”

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The meeting in Geneva came after the Trump administration announced earlier this month plans to roll back parts of the U.S. Endangered Species Act — a landmark law which protects hundreds of species of animals and plants, including the bald eagle.

Many Republicans have argued the law has been too broad.

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As part of the planned changes, officials would be able to publicly attach a cost to saving an animal or plant for the first time, and blanket protections for creatures newly listed as threatened would be removed.

On Wednesday, more than half a dozen environmental groups filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration to stop the changes.

Fox News Andrew O’Reilly and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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$1 million worth of cocaine found in banana box shipments at Washington Safeway stores, police say

Officials in Washington state have opened an investigation after employees at three Safeway stores reported finding over $1 million worth of cocaine that was hidden in boxes of bananas.

The contraband was first reported at a Safeway in Woodinville, about 20 miles northeast of Seattle, on Sunday, the King County Sheriff’s Office said.

Employees were opening a box of bananas and found 22 kilos of cocaine – the equivalent of over $550,000, according to investigators.

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Employees at multiple Safeway stores in western Washington told authorities they found cocaine in banana box shipments. (King County Sheriff’s Office)

Later that day, employees at a Safeway in Bellingham – in northwestern Washington, near the Canadian border – found about 23 kilos of cocaine while unloading banana shipments, Q13 Fox reported.

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Additional cocaine turned up in banana shipments at a Federal Way Safeway, but the total amount was unclear.

The origins of the cocaine remained a mystery.

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“We do know it was all shipped from a central warehouse, but we don’t know where it originated yet, so that’s a work in progress,” said Sgt. Ryan Abbott of the King County Sheriff’s Office.

The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) was handling the investigation, he added.

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Anti-Trump Republican uses Ohio nickname to describe Iowa amid possible 2020 run

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If former Rep. Mark Sanford, R-S.C., is planning to launch a 2020 challenge to President Trump, he hasn’t gotten off to a good start.

On Thursday, Sanford delivered a message to Iowans as he announced he was preparing to visit the battleground state on Aug. 28 and 29.

“Will be going to Iowa next week would love your wisdom on local perspectives from the Buckeye state!” Sanford tweeted.

There was just one problem. “Buckeye” is the nickname for Ohio, not Iowa, which is referred to as the “Hawkeye” state.

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The former congressman and South Carolina governor apparently realized the error as the tweet was removed from his timeline.

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A Sanford 2020 run would inevitably have to reconcile with the politician’s rocky history. Sanford was a prominent figure in the Republican Party and served as chairman of the Republican Governors Association. He resigned though after news surfaced that he had an affair with a woman in Argentina.

Although Sanford was able to win a congressional seat in 2012, he lost the primary in 2018 after publicly criticizing the president. At that point, Sanford seemed to agree with critics in that his political career was over. “Never say never,” he added as a caveat.

Thursday’s tweet seemed like the latest indication that he would try to challenge the president after duking it out with him before midterms.

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Sanford has painted his potential run as a way to influence the national conversation. “I think it’s about trying to force a larger national debate and a debate within Republican circles,” he said during a July interview with Fox News.

He’s also acknowledged he couldn’t beat Trump. “I always like to be real, and I don’t think anybody’s going to beat Donald Trump. That’s my personal opinion,” he previously told Fox.

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Bus companies reject calls to ban immigration agents from boarding

BANGOR, Maine — Some bus companies say they will continue to allow U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents on board, despite calls from the American Civil Liberties Union to deny them consent.

Within 100 miles of the border, agents routinely climb onto buses and patrol bus stops to ask passengers about their immigration status.

In Bangor, Maine, one of the first U.S. cities you encounter after crossing the northern border traveling south from Canada, bus checks and operations at transportation hubs have become routine.

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents conduct an immigration check at a bus stop in Bangor, Maine. (Rob DiRienzo / Fox News)

“It’s exactly the same as what you would see on the on the southwest border with Mexico,” said Jason Owens, CBP chief patrol agent for the Holton sector. “Up here, we have a lot less manpower but a lot more area to cover.”

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Before boarding the 11 a.m. Concord Coach bus to Boston, passengers were asked by agents about their legal status. Owens said that those interactions will usually tip them off if a passenger is smuggling, trafficking, or in the country illegally.

In its letters to bus companies, like Concord Coach, the ACLU said they should not cooperate with the agents or consent to searches to protect their passengers.

“Passengers involved in these incidents, whether they were directly contacted by CBP or witnessed others being contacted, describe highly coercive circumstances and resulting distress inflicted on them,” the letter to Greyhound said. “Greyhound has a Fourth Amendment right to deny CBP permission to board and search its buses without a judicial warrant.”

Both Concord Coach and Greyhound say that’s not going to happen.

“Denying a federal law enforcement agent access to our buses, or putting our staff in a position of determining whether that agent’s burden of proof has been met, is not something Concord Coach Lines is willing to do at this time,” said Concord Coach Vice President Benjamin Blunt in an email.

Both companies have published their own passengers’ bill of rights online. Greyhound said although they will continue to comply, they don’t agree with it.

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“Greyhound does not coordinate with CBP in regards to these checks, nor do we support these actions. We are calling on Congress to change the law and will support positive efforts to do so,” the company said, according to the Miami Herald.

Some Democrats in Congress have introduced legislation to reduce border zones from 100 to 25 miles from the border, within which CBP has broader powers and can set up checkpoints.

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Within 100 air miles of the border, immigration agents have greater authority to stop and search vehicles, including buses. A bill in Congress introduced last month would reduce that zone to 25 miles. (Fox News)

But New Hampshire ACLU legal director Gilles Bissonnette argues that when it comes to bus checks, the issue isn’t with the laws.

“[Bus companies] have the right to not provide consent where there isn’t a warrant presented to them,” Bissonnette said. “So nothing needs to change as a matter of constitutional law or statutory law for them to do the right thing and for them to protect their passengers.”

The ACLU accuses Customs and Border Protection agents of profiling passengers, stepping up their operations under the Trump administration.

“Folks who look white are just allowed to pass through, whereas individuals who may have darker skin are given more rigorous scrutiny,” Bissonnette said.

He also claimed that citizens who invoked their right to remain silent were detained for longer periods of time.

Owens refutes that, adding that the agents need probable suspicion to detain someone.

“Just by virtue of the fact that we literally encounter people from dozens of countries every year, it doesn’t make sense to think that racial profiling would ever pay off for us because we would be missing out on a vast majority the criminal element,” Owens said.

In his 23 years on the job, bus checks have always been a part of their operation, he said.

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The ACLU is now encouraging passengers to comply with the searches and immigration checks – but to get it all on camera. Owens said he welcomes the recording of interactions with his agents.

“I think it’s a good thing from a public servant standpoint,” Owens said. “We are accountable to the people. And so, whether we’re being filmed or not we should always act the same.”

Last year, 4,316 undocumented immigrants were arrested along the Northern border, according to data from U.S. border patrol.

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Apple iPhone 7 radiation test prompts FCC investigation: report

Apple’s popular iPhone 7 produced radiofrequency radiation above the legal limit in a new test, prompting the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to investigate the issue.

The cellphone was set to operate at full power and was secured below a tub of clear liquid formulated to mimic human tissue during the test, which was conducted and paid for by The Chicago Tribune inside an accredited lab following federal guidelines. For 18 minutes, a tiny probe measured the radiofrequency radiation the liquid was absorbing from the iPhone 7.

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According to the Tribune, the test found radiofrequency radiation “over the legal safety limit and more than double what Apple reported to federal regulators from its own testing.”

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A customer checks an iPhone 7 in Paris, France. (Getty Images)

The newspaper tested three more brand new iPhone 7s at full power, and those also measured above the exposure limit. In total, 11 models from four different manufacturers were tested.

The FCC told the Tribune it would conduct its own testing over the next few months.

“We take seriously any claims on non-compliance with the RF (radiofrequency) exposure standards and will be obtaining and testing the subject phones for compliance with FCC rules,” agency spokesman Neil Grace said.

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As the Tribune notes, it’s not clear whether prolonged exposure to radiofrequency radiation can increase the risk of cancers or cause other harm. With cellphones in wide use around the world, the issue is sure to receive increased scrutiny.

Two phone manufacturers, including Apple, disputed the Tribune’s results, saying the lab that the newspaper used does not conduct tests the same way the tech giant does — although the company did not specify exactly what was different or wrong about the Tribune’s tests.

“All iPhone models, including iPhone 7, are fully certified by the FCC and in every other country where iPhone is sold,” Apple’s statement to the Tribune said. “After careful review and subsequent validation of all iPhone models tested in the [Tribune] report, we confirmed we are in compliance and meet all applicable … exposure guidelines and limits.”

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The tests were conducted by RF Exposure Lab in San Marcos, Calif., which is recognized by the FCC as accredited to test for radiofrequency radiation from electronic devices.

Fox News has reached out to Apple with a request for comment on this story.

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Jewish model who came to Trump’s defense speaks out

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Model and founder of The Exodus Movement, Elizabeth Pipko, joined a panel of guests on Thursday to discuss the choice that Jewish Democrats will face in 2020.

“Look, the Democrats have shown with their words and actions over the last several years that they are taking Jews and their support totally for granted,” Pipko said in an earlier interview.

Pipko is a former Trump 2016 campaign staffer, who made headlines earlier this year when she announced her support for President Trump, and co-founded Jexodus — now known as The Exodus Movement. According to their website, The Exodus Movement is comprised of “proud Jewish Americans who reject the hypocrisy, anti-Americanism, and anti-Semitism of the rising far-left.”

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Appearing in the latest episode of Fox Nation‘s “Deep Dive,” Pipko, 24, is speaking out after defending President Trump after he suggested that Jewish Americans who vote for Democrats show a lack of knowledge or “great disloyalty” to Israel. The President has since doubled down on his comments accusing Reps. Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar of “hating Israel” and the Jewish people.

Both Congresswomen have been outspoken in their support for a movement to boycott, divest, and sanction Israel, and have championed the movement in the House.

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“The BDS movement wants to boycott and cancel out Israel, the only Jewish state in the world,” said Pipko. “That is blatantly antisemitic.”

“Israel also has contributed so much to the world, in technology and medicine and it’s a huge ally to America,” Pipko continued.

“And despite what Ilhan Omar says, and the air quotes she uses when she says it, Israel is the only true democracy in the Middle-East,” she explained.

“To try to cut our relationship with Israel and help towards the destruction of Israel is something I never thought I’d see, and really just disgusting to watch.”

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Pipko believes the Republican party is well-positioned to win over Jewish voters in 2020, because, Pipko explained, until recently, “supporting Israel was not controversial.”

“Both sides, no matter what side of the aisle you were on, supported Israel — and now the Democratic party has chosen to blatantly disregard Israel,” she said, explaining that “the obvious shift” may lead to an increase in Jewish Americans voting Republican.

“I don’t think Democratic Jews ever saw this coming for Israel and they’re going to have to make a very difficult decision in 2020,” Pipko concluded.

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Newt Gingrich: President Trump willing to take economic risks to deal with China

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President Trump is still willing to take the necessary risks to “deal” with China despite talk from many quarters about a potential economic downturn, Newt Gingrich said Thursday.

Appearing on “America’s Newsroom,” Gingrich told host Sandra Smith that he thought the president waivered “in part based on the news media coverage.”

He noted that as news of a possible recession continuously circulated, the White House “went all out putting Larry Kudlow and others on TV saying, ‘Oh, things are fine; don’t worry about it.’”

Then, just one day after considering a tax cut to promote economic growth, the president pivoted and said that the nation already had a “strong economy.”

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Trump told reporters on Thursday: “I’m not looking at a tax cut now. We don’t need it; we have a strong economy. Certainly, a payroll tax cut — President Obama did that in order to artificially jack up the economy. President Obama had zero interest rates. I don’t have zero interest, I have real interest rates. And, despite that, I have a strong economy.”

Additionally, he commented that the idea of indexing the capital gains tax to inflation would be “perceived, if I do it, as somewhat elitist.”

The comments came in the wake of recent market volatility and uncertainty amid a testy trade war with China and chatter about a possible recession.

On “America’s Newsroom,” Gingrich said the change of heart paints a clear picture of how the administration thinks the economy is tracking.

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“I think they’re pretty well convinced that, in fact, we’re not going to have a recession in the near future and they don’t need any of those tools,” said Gingrich.

He added: “I also think the president is a businessman who understands that a very short-term limited payroll tax cut isn’t much of a boost. If you get permanent tax cuts, it’s a different thing because it changes your behavior. If you have a very short-term tax cut, frankly, you just go spend it.”

That said, analysts have warned that a slowdown could hit before the 2020 election. The president has largely blamed the Federal Reserve and Chairman Jay Powell.

On Thursday morning he tweeted: “Our Federal Reserve does not allow us to do what we must do. They put us at a disadvantage against our competition…The Economy is doing really well. The Federal Reserve can easily make it Record Setting! The question is being asked, why are we paying much more in interest than Germany and certain other countries?”

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Gingrich agreed with the president’s push against the “Fed,” telling Smith: “We have a higher interest rate than, say, Europe does which means if you’re a wealthy person you’re getting out of European bonds which now pay zero. And, you’re moving into American bonds…in a sense we’re seeing an artificial strengthening of the dollar because we have a much higher interest rate pattern than Europe does and the president would like to see the Federal Reserve…kind of bring our interest rates down to be more competitive with European interest rates.”

Furthermore, the president has indicated he had no choice but to impose trade penalties that have been a drag on U.S. manufacturers, financial markets, and American consumers.

“Somebody had to do it. I am the chosen one.” Trump told reporters on Wednesday. “Somebody had to do it. So, I’m taking on China. I’m taking on China on trade.”

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The world economy has been slowing in recent months, and stock market swings have added to concerns that the U.S. economy is not impervious.

“On the other front, remember part of what’s happening worldwide is that the American economy is probably the strongest single economy in the world right now,” Gingrich stated.

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