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Trump Insists His Hurricane Warning Was Right Even After NWS Corrected Him

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President Donald Trump on Monday insisted he was right to warn Alabama of a non-existent hurricane threat and attacked a TV reporter who pointed out the fact that the state was not at risk from Dorian

Such a phony hurricane report,” he declared on Twitter as he railed at Jon Karl of ABC News for reporting on his erroneous warning.

Trump had claimed in a tweet on Sunday that Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia and Alabama “will most likely be hit (much) harder than anticipated.” 

He made a similar claim about Alabama in televised comments. 

The false alarm caused the National Weather Service to issue a correction, albeit without mentioning the president. About 20 minutes after Trump’s warning, the agency tweeted: 

Trump on Monday said he was right because Alabama was facing a hurricane threat “under certain original scenarios.”

However, Trump on Sunday did not refer to “certain original scenarios” but instead said after a FEMA briefing that “this just came up, unfortunately” as he spoke about a supposed threat to Alabama. 

In reality, the projections at that point did not show any path that would bring the storm to Alabama. Dorian instead was tracking further east. 

The storm is currently off the coast of Florida and is expected to move along the coast, with Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia all facing potential threat in the coming days. 

Twitter users called out the president from trying to save face instead of focusing on ensuring correct emergency information gets to the people who need it: 

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25 bodies found after California scuba boat fire, Coast Guard says

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The U.S. Coast Guard said late Monday that 25 bodies have been found and nine others remain missing after a fire broke out on a scuba boat anchored off an island in Southern California.

Authorities will continue to search for the nine still missing but have little hope that any others will be found alive, the Associated Press reported.  Only five people—all crew members—are known to have survived the fire after they jumped into an inflatable lifeboat and were rescued by a nearby vessel.

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Rescuers initially recovered four bodies about 90 miles northwest of Los Angeles just off Santa Cruz Island. Sixteen more bodies were pulled from the water later in the day Monday. The U.S. Coast Guard located but has yet to recover five bodies on the ocean floor underneath the boat, which sank 20 yards from the shore.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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25 bodies found after California scuba boat fire, Coast Guard says

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The U.S. Coast Guard said late Monday that 25 bodies have been found and nine others remain missing after a fire broke out on a scuba boat anchored off an island in Southern California.

Authorities will continue to search for the nine still missing but have little hope that any others will be found alive, the Associated Press reported.  Only five people—all crew members—are known to have survived the fire after they jumped into an inflatable lifeboat and were rescued by a nearby vessel.

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Rescuers initially recovered four bodies about 90 miles northwest of Los Angeles just off Santa Cruz Island. Sixteen more bodies were pulled from the water later in the day Monday. The U.S. Coast Guard located but has yet to recover five bodies on the ocean floor underneath the boat, which sank 20 yards from the shore.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Tiger Woods and Rafael Nadal trade fist pumps at US Open

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Rafael Nadal was pumped and so was Tiger Woods. Let the fist pumping begin.

The golf great, along with his kids and girlfriend Erica Herman, watched Nadal’s 6-3, 3-6, 1-6 fourth-round win over Marin Cilic in the fourth round of the U.S. Open from a private box at Arthur Ashe Stadium on Monday night. At one point the 18-time major champion triggered a roar and signature fist pump from Woods.

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“What a great night watching @RafaelNadal.,” Woods tweeted after the win. “Just an incredible performance and awesome way to close out the match.”

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His fist pump came after a nine-shot volley that Nadal won with a strong forehand shot from the back line to put himself up 40-love while leading 2-1 in the third. He let out a yell and fist pump and Woods followed suit.

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US and Poland sign agreement to cooperate on 5G technology

The U.S. and Poland signed an agreement Monday to cooperate on new 5G technology as concerns grow about Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei.

Vice President Mike Pence and Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki signed the deal in Warsaw, where Pence is filling in for President Donald Trump, who scrapped his trip at the last minute because of Hurricane Dorian.

The signing comes during a global battle between the U.S. and Huawei, the world’s biggest maker of network infrastructure equipment, over network security and fears of Chinese access.

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The U.S.-Poland agreement states: “Protecting these next generation communications networks from disruption or manipulation and ensuring the privacy and individual liberties of the citizens of the United States, Poland, and other countries is of vital importance.” Both countries pledged to endorse the principles developed by cybersecurity officials from dozens of countries at a summit in Prague this year to counter threats and ensure the safety of the next generation of mobile networks.

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U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, right, exchange copies of an agreement they signed in Warsaw, Poland, Monday, Sept. 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Pence, speaking at a news conference with Polish President Andrzej Duda, said he hoped the declaration would set a “vital example for the rest of Europe on the broader question of 5G.”

The U.S. has been lobbying allies to ban Huawei from 5G networks over concerns the Chinese government could force the company to give it access to data for cyberespionage. Huawei has denied the allegation and states in Europe — where countries are gearing up to deploy the new networks, starting with the auction of radio frequencies this year — have balked at U.S. calls for an outright ban.

Pence’s chief staff, Marc Short, cited Huawei by name in a statement later Monday that called on other nations to “ensure that only trusted providers have access to their developing networks.”

“We recognize 5G networks will only be as strong as their weakest link,” he said, adding, “We must stand together to prevent the Chinese Communist Party from using subsidiaries like Huawei to gather intelligence while supporting China’s military and state security services – with our technology.”

At the news conference, Duda was asked whether the U.S. had ever provided Poland with evidence of Chinese spying using Huawei technology.

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He didn’t mention the U.S. in his answer, but said, “Indeed, Poland’s counterintelligence has detected activity that could be of espionage nature” and that prosecutors are investigating.

A Chinese businessman who served as Huawei’s sales director in Poland and a Pole who cooperated with the government on security measures were arrested in Poland in January on suspicion of espionage.

During a visit to Sweden last week, Morawiecki said work was being done to have Swedish networking and telecommunications company Ericsson invest in 5G development in Poland.

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Sikh Politician Goes Viral For Calm And Powerful Response To Anti-Muslim Attack

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A Canadian politician is winning praise on social media this week for his surprising response to a racist attack at Sunday’s MuslimFest in Mississauga.

Gurratan Singh, who represents the Ontario district of Brampton East, went viral for declining to correct a man’s ignorant string of Islamophobic comments directed at him ― despite the fact he is not Muslim.

“I will never respond to an Islamophobe by stating, ‘I am not a Muslim,’” the Sikh politician tweeted.

“Instead, I will always stand with my Muslim brothers and sisters and say hate is wrong.”

In the video of the incident, which has been viewed more than 1.2 million times since it was posted on Sunday, Singh condemns the man’s Islamophobic comments and tells him it has “no place in Canada.”

“It’s not hate, it’s the truth buddy,” the man says at one point, denying repeatedly that he’s a racist. “What about sharia? Political Islam? You’re hiding bud. I’ll debate you anytime.”

The man in the video is Stephen Garvey, the leader of a minor federal political party called the National Citizens Alliance (NCA) which is known for its anti-immigration policies.

NCA streamed the same incident live to Facebook, stating “National Citizens Alliance’s agenda is Canadian First, and opposition to political correctness and third world migrant populism.”

Singh’s brother, leader of the federal New Democratic Party Jagmeet Singh, famously told a heckler he loved and supported her in response to racist remarks in 2017.

Watch the video of the incident below.

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Democrats Preparing To Investigate Trump Over Links To Hush Money Payments: Report

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Congressional Democrats plan to open an inquiry into claims that President Donald Trump was involved in hush money payments to two women during the 2016 election, according to a report Monday evening in The Washington Post.

The outlet, citing people familiar with the plans, notes that the House Judiciary Committee may soon hold hearings with witnesses linked to the payments as early as October when lawmakers are back from their summer recess. The probe would focus on payments made to adult film star Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal. Both women claim they had affairs with the president before he was elected, but were paid off in 2016 by people linked to the Trump campaign so their stories wouldn’t damage his bid for the White House.

The White House did not immediately reply to HuffPost’s request for comment on the reports. Jay Sekulow, the president’s personal attorney, told the Post that Trump did not engage in any “campaign violations.”

The payment to Daniels was arranged by Trump’s longtime attorney and former fixer, Michael Cohen, who is currently serving a three-year sentence for campaign finance charges and other crimes. During his trial, Cohen testified that Trump ordered him to pay $130,000 in hush money to Daniels. He later told Congress that he was reimbursed by Trump after he was elected to office, showing lawmakers two copies of checks that Cohen received, including one signed by the president himself.

Cohen also helped broker a deal between McDougal and the parent company of the National Enquirer, American Media Inc., to pay her off as part of a “catch and kill” effort.

Trump has denied the affairs took place and distanced himself from the payments, at times saying he didn’t even know about them. His attorney, Rudy Giuliani, later said he reimbursed Cohen but “didn’t know the specifics” of the payments.

However, Cohen told prosecutors during his trial that he had blind loyalty to the president at the time and was being sentenced because of it, noting that he was “going to jail in part because of my decision to help Mr. Trump hide that payment from the American people before they voted a few days later.”

A judge said in July that the federal investigation into Cohen and any potential campaign finance violations was closed. But the Post notes Democrats believe there is enough evidence to begin their own probe and potentially name the president himself as a co-conspirator in the crimes that resulted in Cohen’s sentence. Any potential wrongdoing would only further Democratic efforts to bring articles of impeachment against Trump and build on what special counsel Robert Mueller said were five instances of potential obstruction of justice during the investigation into the 2016 election.

Should lawmakers open their own inquiry, they may consider speaking with AMI chief executive David Pecker, a longtime friend of the president, the Post reported.

More than 130 House Democrats have called for an impeachment inquiry, but Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has continued to resist such calls. Last month, Pelosi said once again that the public didn’t yet support impeachment, saying that Congress’ role was to be “unifying and not dividing.”

“If and when we act, people will know he gave us no choice,” the speaker told fellow lawmakers several weeks ago, per a report by the Associated Press.

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With a $2 Billion Factory From China, a German City Lets Others Worry

ARNSTADT, Germany — Officials in Brussels or Berlin may fret about China’s growing sway over the European economy, about the ports under its control and the high-tech firms that Chinese firms have acquired. But that is not a concern one hears in Arnstadt, a Baroque-era German hamlet where, long ago, Johann Sebastian Bach was the church organist.

It is difficult to find anyone in the city of 28,000 who is not happy, even euphoric, that a Chinese company plans to invest more than $2 billion to build a battery plant in an open field on the outskirts of town.

The project, by Contemporary Amperex Technology Ltd., better known as CATL, is believed to be the biggest example yet of a Chinese company’s choosing to build a factory from the ground up in the European Union, rather than buy an existing business.

Perhaps no place better illuminates Europe’s ambivalence toward Chinese investment, which could be summed up as: Fear the power, love the money.

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The church in Arnstadt where Johann Sebastian Bach played the organ.CreditKsenia Kuleshova for The New York Times

There was an outcry in 2016 when a Chinese company bought Kuka, a German maker of industrial robots, and alarm early last year when a Chinese investor bought nearly 10 percent of Daimler, the German auto giant. The acquisitions inspired new laws giving European Union members more power to scrutinize foreign investment.

But when CATL announced last summer that it had chosen an industrial zone in Arnstadt known as Erfurter Kreuz for the factory, which will supply companies like Volvo and BMW with batteries for electric cars, leaders including Chancellor Angela Merkel jostled to take credit.

Germany’s conflicted view of China will be on display this week when Ms. Merkel arrives in Beijing for a three-day visit that will include a meeting with President Xi Jinping.

Ms. Merkel, who will bring along a delegation of business leaders, must walk a fine line between protecting German investments in China and appearing to tolerate Chinese repression in Hong Kong.

Proponents argue that the CATL project represents a new, more benign phase in China’s emergence as an economic superpower. Instead of acquiring European technology or gobbling up an iconic brand like Volvo, a Chinese company is bringing its own cutting-edge know-how.

And instead of destroying industrial jobs in Europe with cheap labor, German officials say, a Chinese firm is creating 2,000. That argument is especially compelling as recession looms and the German job market is showing the first signs of weakness.

“What we are doing is exactly the opposite of Kuka,” said Wolfgang Tiefensee, economics minister in Thuringia, the state that includes Arnstadt.

CATL purchased a former solar cell factory in Arnstadt, and will build an additional plant. It will supply companies like Volvo and BMW with batteries for electric cars.CreditKsenia Kuleshova for The New York Times

Mr. Tiefensee was so intent on luring CATL that, soon after hearing in 2017 that the company was looking for a site in Europe, he jumped on a flight to visit its headquarters in Ningde, a coastal city in Fujian Province, for a personal pitch.

“We are enabling the transfer of battery technology from China to Europe,” Mr. Tiefensee, a former German transportation minister, said in an interview at his office in Erfurt, the state capital. “It’s a completely new form of cooperation.”

Some analysts warn that China is pursuing a darker agenda, that CATL is part of a state-sponsored drive to dominate a strategically important technology. Batteries can account for about half the cost of an electric car. As electric vehicles become increasingly common, whoever commands the battery business will rule the auto industry.

“As China’s E.V. battery manufacturers expand abroad, manufacturers in free-market economies are up against Chinese state-backed competitors,” Anna Holzmann, an analyst of China’s industrial policies, wrote in a report last year for the Mercator Institute for China Studies in Berlin.

Founded less than a decade ago, CATL has quickly become a serious challenger to Tesla, Panasonic, LG Electronics and other makers of lithium-ion batteries for electric cars. The Arnstadt project is part of an expansion plan that could make CATL the largest producer within a few years.

“My job is to improve the city,” Mayor Frank Spilling said. “The rest is at a different level. Even if I was critical, I doubt anyone would care.”CreditKsenia Kuleshova for The New York Times

Leaders in Arnstadt say geopolitical concerns are above their pay grade. They are looking forward to the tax revenue that CATL will generate, which will help build kindergartens and public swimming pools, and to a chance to be at the center of an important industry.

The mayor, Frank Spilling, said he was well aware of China’s attempts to expand its influence worldwide and of accusations of human-rights violations.

“It’s not my job to talk about that,” Mr. Spilling said on a day when the police in Hong Kong were battling pro-democracy protesters. “My job is to improve the city. The rest is at a different level. Even if I was critical, I doubt anyone would care.”

His view is echoed across the political spectrum. “There is no resistance” to the project, said Jan Kobel, a photographer and hotel owner who represents the Green Party in the Arnstadt City Council. “Everyone is welcoming it.”

There are murmurs of frustration by Mr. Kobel and others that CATL has provided Arnstadt officials with only bare-bones information about its plans, even as the scope of the project grows at a head-spinning rate.

Initially, the company planned to invest 240 million euros in the factory, but as orders have rolled in, that investment has grown to €1.8 billion, or $2 billion, according to local news reports that CATL has not disputed. Production is expected to start next year.

“There is no resistance” to the project, said Jan Kobel, a photographer and hotel owner who represents the Green Party in the Arnstadt City Council.CreditKsenia Kuleshova for The New York Times
“It’s coming so quickly,” said Judith Rüber, who was formerly the leader of the Left Party in Arnstadt. “It will be interesting to see whether we can manage to integrate it into the community.”CreditKsenia Kuleshova for The New York Times

“It’s coming so quickly,” said Judith Rüber, who is married to Mr. Kobel and was formerly the leader of the Left Party in Arnstadt. “It will be interesting to see whether we can manage to integrate it into the community.”

A CATL spokeswoman declined to answer questions about why the company had chosen Arnstadt, or about anything else, saying the company would disclose more at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt this month.

No doubt one lure was the location near the crossroads of two major highways about 10 miles from Erfurt. CATL can easily supply companies, like BMW, that have factories in the region and are already placing orders.

Putting the factory in Arnstadt may also have been a savvy political move.

After World War II, Arnstadt wound up on the eastern side of the Iron Curtain, and many people still have bitter memories of the wrenching transition to a free-market economy after German reunification in 1990. Thousands of people were idled when the town’s main employer, the chemical industry, shut down. The unemployment rate rose to almost 27 percent.

The jobless rate has since fallen below 5 percent after companies like BorgWarner, an American auto parts maker, built factories in the same industrial zone that CATL will occupy.

But many new jobs were on temporary contracts that offered little job security. Residents are eager for any investment that will give the local economy a more solid foundation and perhaps draw back the young people who migrated west in search of better opportunity after 1990.

Leaders in Arnstadt are looking forward to the tax revenue that CATL will generate, and looking past the geopolitical concerns that typically follow large Chinese investments.CreditKsenia Kuleshova for The New York Times

“People are very happy that a firm is establishing itself here that will provide jobs for their children and grandchildren,” said Martina Lang, director of the local government employment agency.

The far-right, anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany party, or AfD, a barometer of citizen fears and resentments, won 17 percent of the vote in City Council elections in May. But AfD representatives say they have no quarrel with Chinese bearing checkbooks.

“What bothers us are so-called refugees,” Rüdiger Schmitt, the mayor of the nearby village of Eischleben, said before veering into a tirade against immigrants from Syria who, in his telling, get free driver’s education while Germans have to pay hundreds of euros to qualify for licenses.

Hans-Joachim König, another AfD activist, said he was worried that lithium-ion batteries would be supplanted by another technology, rendering the factory obsolete. But at the AfD’s storefront office in Arnstadt, Mr. Schmitt and Mr. König said they had no plans to try to block the factory.

So far there is not much to block. The large fenced-in area for the factory is vacant except for a few construction vehicles and a long trench where on a recent day a handful of workers were laying cable.

Construction has started on an additional site where CATL will do most of its battery production.CreditKsenia Kuleshova for The New York Times

A few CATL executives, both Asian and European, have been spotted at the Stadtbrauerei Arnstadt, a brewery and hotel that advertises that it is the birthplace of Weizenbier, or wheat beer. (It is not the only place to make that claim.) But municipal officials say they have had only sporadic contact with CATL representatives.

CATL has also taken over a large glass-and-steel complex near the construction site that was once used to manufacture solar cells. The previous occupant, SolarWorld, went out of business in part because of low-cost competition from China.

There was little sign of life at the complex recently. Weeds sprouted between paving stones in a parking lot with a handful of cars. When a New York Times reporter and photographer appeared unannounced, Constance Ulbrich, a CATL employee, was cordial but said she was not authorized to answer questions or allow photos.

CATL has been so low-key, said Eberhardt Pfeiffer, a retired newspaper reporter who writes a blog about Arnstadt, that most local people have not really grasped the magnitude of the project or considered the implications.

“From my point of view,” Mr. Pfeiffer said over coffee at a cafe in the town square, which has changed little since Bach’s time, “it’s not perceived as much as it should be.”

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London Mayor Mocks Trump For ‘Dealing’ With Hurricane Dorian While Golfing

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London Mayor Sadiq Khan took a swipe at Donald Trump for apparently playing golf despite claiming he would be monitoring the devastating Hurricane Dorian.

“He’s clearly busy dealing with a hurricane out on the golf course,” Khan noted sarcastically in an interview Sunday with Politico.

The two men have clashed since 2016, when Trump first floated the idea of banning Muslims from entering the U.S. (Khan is Muslim). The mayor called the U.S. president the “global poster boy for white nationalism” in an Observer article, and Trump has called him a “stone-cold loser.”

Trump canceled his planned trip to Poland at the last minute on Thursday to be ready to direct the federal response to Hurricane Dorian, he said. But he spent hours at one of his golf courses on Saturday — and again on Monday.

The president gave the impression when he left the White House on Friday for Labor Day weekend that he would be hunkered down at Camp David for the duration of the hurricane. But reporters caught Trump flying back and forth by helicopter from the presidential retreat in Maryland to his links at the Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Virginia. The president arrived at the Virginia course at 10:10 on Monday morning and left at 2:15, according to press pool reports.

The White House has been cagey about Trump’s exact use of his time over the holiday weekend. White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham insisted that Trump received Dorian updates “every hour.”

As his motorcade left the golf club, chanting protesters outside waved signs saying “Impeach,” “Jail Trump,” “Stop the Donald” and “rat-infested Trump family reunion,” according to a pool report.

Critics have suggested Trump is more worried about Hurricane Dorian as it approaches Florida because it could threaten his Mar-a-Lago property. He repeatedly grilled officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency at a briefing on Sunday about the predicted storm path in Florida, where his resort is located.

That’s when Trump also said he didn’t know if he had “ever even heard of a Category 5 hurricane,” which Dorian was at the time. Yet hurricanes Irma, Maria and Michael were all Category 5 hurricanes that occurred during his presidency.

Hurricane Dorian might not have been Trump’s only consideration in skipping the Poland trip to mark the 80th anniversary of the start of World War II. Polish President Andrzej Duda criticized foreign leaders at a ceremony on Sunday for being too soft on Russian President Vladimir Putin in the wake of Moscow’s aggression in Georgia and Ukraine. He indicated that Russia’s “imperialism” smacked of the Nazis’ land grabs.

Trump clashed with world leaders at the G-7 summit last week as he battled to have Russia reinstated as a member of the group of major industrial nations.

Duda spoke out against the idea of a G-7 rapprochement with Russia on Monday, Agence France Presse reported. 

“Should we have a business-as-usual approach toward Russia? … I believe that we cannot under the current circumstances,” Duda told reporters at a joint press conference with visiting Vice President Mike Pence, who had traveled to Poland in Trump’s stead.

CNN’s Jim Acosta reported that while Trump was on the links in Virginia, Pence traveled to Trump’s course in Ireland.

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Hong Kong’s Lam says she’d quit if she could: report

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Carrie Lam, the embattled chief executive of Hong Kong, on Monday said she would “quit” if she could and said she caused “unforgivable havoc,” Reuters reported, citing an audio recording presented to a group of businesspeople.

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Hong Kong has been in the grips of a political crisis after Lam’s government proposed a law that would allow suspected criminals to be extradited to Chinese courts.

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She admitted that the person in her position has to serve “two masters,” The people of Hong Kong and Beijing. She was heard in the recording saying, “For a chief executive to have caused this huge havoc to Hong  Kong is unforgivable.”

Lam, 62, has a reputation as an efficient and pragmatic administrator. But she was unpopular with Hong Kongers even before she took office because she was seen as a proxy for Beijing who was out of touch with ordinary people.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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