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FedEx CEO says shipping regulations creating ‘impossible burden’ for company: ‘We are expected to be the policeman’

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FedEx’s lawsuit against the Trump administration stems from its inability to police hundreds of thousands of shipments for regulatory violations, according to its CEO.

It is nearly impossible for FedEx to exactly what technology is contained in its deliveries, and where it comes from, company chairman Fred Smith told Bret Baier Monday on “Special Report.”

“We contacted the Department of Commerce today and told them that the increasing use of restrictions on exports and imports by the Commerce Department in various geopolitical and trade disputes creates just an impossible burden on FedEx and common carriers,” he said.

“Because, under the Department of Commerce’s regulations, we are expected to be the policeman for these export and import controls – and there are about 1,100 entities now on this list and five were just added last Friday.

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“We’re required under the regulations of the department to certify that the shipper – who may or may not be telling the truth – is in compliance with those export regulations. Despite the fact that we handle 15 million shipments a day, if we make an error on any one of them… we can be fined $250,000 per piece.”

In a statement released earlier Monday, the company further explained its decision to sue.

“As a company that is committed to complying with all laws and regulations in the countries we serve, FedEx strongly supports the objectives of U.S. export control laws,” the statement read.

“FedEx is a transportation company, not a law enforcement agency.”

The lawsuit comes after Chinese tech firm Huawei demanded clarification from FedEx after it apologized for failing to ship a branded device destined for the United States.

China’s foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said the shipping company should offer an explanation after FedEx released a statement saying an “operational error” was to blame for the package not being shipped to the U.S., Reuters reported.

On Friday, PCMag said FedEx refused to ship a package that reportedly contained a Huawei phone. The parcel, which was shipped from Great Britain and bound for the U.S., was ultimately returned after spending about five hours in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Smith reacted to the situation in his interview with Baier.

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“Huawei is just emblematic of this problem,” Smith claimed.

The Huawei incident concern two packages – two out of 15 million – where a 30-year employee – a great FedEx team member – made an error and diverted two packages for a compliance audit. We found out about it. We returned them to the customer. We apologized.

“There was third one in the U.K., where a relatively new teammate – because the box said Huawei on it – misinterpreted the regulations and didn’t accept the package.”

Smith said the issue was emblematic of the “confusing situations” that can arise from the rare shipment that, “becomes an international cause celebre.”

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“It’s impossible,” he said.

Fox Business’ Katherine Lam contributed to this report.

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Dan Crenshaw calls Maxine Waters’ Iran comments a ‘disgrace,’ accuses her of ‘repeating lies’

Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., drew fire from Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas, on Twitter for accusing President Trump of provoking a conflict with Iran.

The U.S. military’s Central Command released a video earlier this month showing Iranian forces removing an unexploded mine from one of the two ships that were attacked near the Strait of Hormuz. Iran has denied any involvement in the conflict.

Trump called off a military strike against Tehran after they shot down an American drone they claimed was in Iranian airspace.  It was valued at over $100 million. Iran has since claimed they have the capability to continue shooting down American drones if necessary.

Waters said Trump didn’t deserve credit for showing restraint and questioned the nature of America’s surveillance of Iran.

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Crenshaw responded less than six hours later and called Waters’ comments “shocking” and accused her of repeating falsities from the Iranian regime. He also called her conduct disgraceful.

These comments come after Trump announced new sanctions via executive order against Iran on Monday, during a press gathering in the Oval Office.

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“Today’s action follows a series of aggressive behaviors by the Iranian regime in recent weeks including shooting down a U.S. drone,” Trump said. “[The sanctions] will deny the supreme leader and the supreme leader’s office and those closely affiliated with him and the office access to key financial resources and support.”

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Lara Trump: Joe Biden tanking earlier than expected, ‘maybe he regrets now even deciding to run’

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Former Vice President Joe Biden’s popularity is taking a hit from recent gaffes, and the 2020 hopeful may be having second thoughts, according to Lara Trump.

Biden has been taking heat that could hurt his chances to be the Democratic nominee, Trump suggested during an interview on “The Todd Starnes Show.”

“I don’t know what’s going on with Joe Biden,” she said.

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“We don’t know if Joe Biden is going to be who we run against in 2020, but it certainly isn’t looking promising for him. I feel like he’s really started to tank a little bit earlier than anyone expected.

“Maybe he regrets now even deciding to run, because there’s been a lot that’s happened that doesn’t look great for him since he announced he was running for president.”

Host Todd Starnes then raised two recent controversies the former vice president has faced — accusations of inappropriate touching from several women, as well as comments he made about working with segregationist senators.

Trump said such instances are more reason her father-in-law, President Trump, should allow Democrats to battle amongst themselves.

“With all the Democrats, I say just let them keep digging,” she said.

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“I don’t know who gave them the shovel but let them keep digging it deeper. We’re going to see the debates this week. It should be very interesting.

“As we say in the South, ‘bless his heart’.”

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Chris Stirewalt: Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren ‘in a lunatic derby’

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Democratic presidential contenders Sens. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., are trying to outdo each other with their campaign promises, according to Chris Stirewalt.

Sanders and Warren are both staking their claim in the progressive wing of the 2020 primary field, and beginning to cause concern among party brass, Stirewalt said Monday on “The Daily Briefing.”

“By the time Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren are done, they will be promising each and every American a new Buick LaCrosse in their parking lot,” the Fox News politics editor claimed.

“They are in this lunatic derby. This is why Democratic leaders are rightly afraid of what’s going on. Because, if Sanders – who is now promising to forgive the student loans of everybody, basically, ‘throw in another trillion dollars,’ – if either Sanders or Warren get the nomination, there is a reality that Democrats won’t just miss out on taking the White House back, but they could get cleaned out in the Senate.”

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Stirewalt claimed there is a danger the two candidates’ platforms could cause Democrats to also lose control of the House.

“This stuff is way outside the mainstream,” he claimed. “That’s what Democrats are afraid of.”

During a speech Saturday at Clinton College in Rock Hill, S.C., Sanders claimed graduates are put in an “absurd position of having to pay that debt off for decades.”

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“Some of those people, they can’t afford to get married,” he said, in a clip played by host Dana Perino.

“They can afford to have kids. They can’t afford to buy their own home. Well, we are going to change that.”

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Bill de Blasio roasted for tweeting ‘definitely not staged’ conversation with his son

New York City Mayor and 2020 presidential hopeful Bill de Blasio was mocked on social media Monday after tweeting a conversation with his 21-year-old son, Dante, that many don’t believe to be authentic.

The WhatsApp conversation beings with de Blasio admitting he’s a “little nervous” about the upcoming Democratic primary debate and asking his son for advice. De Blasio is schduled to partake in the first of two-night NBC debate on Wednesday.

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“Hey Dad, I’m glad you asked. I’ve got a few ideas,” Dante wrote to his father in the conversation that was shared. “First of all, you’re going to want to establish credibility, especially among skeptical young voters. Tell them the story of how you met mom… weave it into a reflection about how hard it is to find, like, ‘the one’ on tinder.”

The mayor wasn’t impressed with his son’s initial advice and informed him that he’s looking for a universal message.

“Ah, ok,” Dante responded. Well, in a time of unprecedented national division, one thing we can all agree on are dogs. You’re going to want to build your platform and performance around them.”

Dante then told his father to bring photos or even a litter of puppies to the debate stage.

“That is definitely a creative approach… but how about something that allows me to stand out by talking about my accomplishments? I need to impress the American people,” de Blasio told his son.

Dante told his father to tell people that New York City was “just Staten Island” when he started his first term.

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The conversation continued with the mayor asking his son how to make his presence felt on the stage. Dante tells his father to “leap over the moderator” to dunk a basketball before they express love for each other.

The conversation was quickly mocked, with many people responding that he should fix the subways in New York City before worrying about a presidential bid.

“De Blasio’s son Dante tells him to reference Tinder in Wednesday’s debate in these totally real and definitely not staged texts,” New York Daily News reporter Anna Sanders tweeted.

CNN’s Ana Navarro asked if it was a parody account, while New York Post reporter Jon Levine sarcastically wrote, “Just totally normal dad-son banter here.”

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Today on Fox News, June 24, 2019

STAY TUNED

On Fox News: 

Special Report, 6 p.m. ET: Special guests include: Mark Morgan, acting director of ICE. Exclusive interview: DIA Director  Lt. Gen. Robert Ashley Jr.

On Fox Business:

Mornings with Maria, 6 a.m. ET: U.S. Reps. Henry Cuellar and Roger Williams.

Varney & Co., 9 a.m. ET: Joe Hinrichs, president of Automotive for Ford Motor Company.

On Fox News Radio:

The Fox News Rundown podcast: “Did POTUS Show Where His Red Line Is With Iran?” – President Trump withdrew his command for a retaliatory attack on Iran after the downing of a U.S. drone, and he suspended scheduled ICE raids over the weekend. RealClearPolitics President Tom Bevan weighs in. Hackers have been making U.S. cities fall to ransomware, shutting down entire systems and demanding money for the data. Kurt “CyberGuy” Knutsson, Fox News chief tech contributor, explains how to protect yourself. Plus, commentary by Abby Hornacek, a Fox Nation host.

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The Brian Kilmeade Show, 9 a.m. ET: Dan Hoffman, former CIA statio  chief, on the U.S.-Iran conflict; U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy on the immigration crisis; talk radio host Casey Hendrickson on criticism 2020 candidate Mayor Pete Buttigieg faced at an angry town hall back home. Bret Baier on the top headlines of the day and Brad Thor details his new vbook,

The Todd Starnes Show, Noon ET: Lara Trump discusses how President Trump will build momentum from his Orlando rally and director and actor Alex Kendrick will discuss how faith based films have become a powerful force

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Iran likely at ‘inflection point,’ launching attacks to change ‘status quo,’ Defense Intelligence Agency director tells Fox News

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Iran is likely at “an inflection point,” and the recent attacks on tankers and the downing of a U.S. surveillance drone appear to be part of an effort to change “the status quo,” the director of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) told Fox News exclusively.

“I’d say that they’re probably at an inflection point right now,” the director, Lt. Gen. Robert Ashley Jr., explained in his first national TV interview as the leader of the nearly 17-thousand strong agency. Director Ashley said, based on their activity over the last several years, the Iranians would probably say they were in a “favorable” position with their influence over the Iraqi government and the likelihood their longtime regional ally — Syrian President Bashar al-Assad — will remain in power.

But, Director Ashley — whose agency’s mission is to understand foreign militaries and the operational environment — said the United States’ withdrawal from the Iran deal and subsequent sanctions made a major impact on the regime. Later this year, DIA expects to release an unclassified military study on Iran, which follows similar reports on China and Russia.

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“As you look at the developments of JCPOA (the Iran deal), the lack of an economic outcome for them, and then, really, the sanctions which have put a lot of pressure on the Iranian government… I think this uptick that you’ve seen is a reflection of them trying to kind of change the status quo in the path that they’re on,” Ashley said.

He continued, “I would say the pressure campaign is working and there is hardship. And, you know, the president has asked the question before, “Does this have an impact on the Iranian people?” And, it has an impact on the entire nation when you look at their economy, because the economyʼs moving into a recession and they are struggling.”

When the U.S. surveillance drone was shot down last week, the Defense Intelligence Agency provided immediate analysis of Iran’s military capabilities. This past Friday, Ashley described recent events avoiding operational details citing national security reasons.

“We map those things out for the chairman, for the secretary, for the warfighters, so that they can have a sense of, what are the capabilities the Iranians have, what are the possible reactions that they might take if pressure’s put upon them. And so, we give them options to understand what are the low, mid, and high probability kind of reactions from the Iranians.”

Tehran’s threat this past week to surpass enriched uranium limits brokered by the Obama administration — a deal President Trump abandoned — may be designed to pressure other nations to rein in the U.S., Ashley said. “They’re looking to go beyond 300 kilograms, and with the Iraq heavy water nuclear reactor, to start increasing the – the heavy water – that that produces as well,” Ashley said.

“I think one of the things that Iranians and we assess is, they want to figure out how they can also leverage the European nations to come back in and bring the dialogue back to the floor and to have those discussions… if they were to break out and start fully building out the program, then it’s still about a year out before they can actually get to a weapon.”

On a high-security installation near the Pentagon, Fox News went inside the secretive agency. Its analysts were embedded with Special Forces to track Saddam Hussein to his hiding place, the so-called spider hole, in Iraq, as well as Al Qaeda leader Usama bin Laden to his Pakistan compound.

“Being in the Air Force I have used information that came from DIA and see the other side of it, and how, if the information isn’t correct or isn’t up to date, how that could impact the warfighters deployed,” Staff Sgt. Leanna Parker, a military forces analyst, said. “They use this (intelligence) on a day-to-day basis. It’s that tactical piece versus strategic — looking five years ahead — this is something they can use today.”

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Now, the pivot has been away from terrorism to competition between nations.

“China is the long-term concern. If you think about Russia, in so many ways, even though they have thousands of nuclear weapons and a lot of things that are left over from the Soviet era. In a lot of ways they are a declining power, especially economically,” Ashley told Fox News.

But, China and Russia are working together against U.S. interests.

“It is a transactional relationship,” Ashley said. “This is not a relationship that’s built on trust. This is a relationship that’s built on a mutual interest, which is, where do they block us… and in many ways, China looks at Russia as a junior partner and that’s not something that they like.”

Though President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un recently exchanged letters, Ashley said the findings of the intelligence community — or “IC” — have not changed.

“We still continue to assess within the IC that Kim Jong Un is not ready to denuclearize… We’re still doing everything we can to make sure that we can characterize the capability that the North Koreans have, that they continue to train hard and build out their forces. And so, whether weʼre in discussions or whatever is happening on the political side of that, for the policymakers and for the senior decision makers, our job is to make sure that we’re able to tell them what is happening, because they may go into a negotiation and hear something, but we’re able to give them as much ground truth as possible which gives them leverage and advantage.”

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One of Ashley’s goals is the MARS project — which is short for Machine-Assisted Analytic Rapid-Repository System — which brings together current military intelligence databases with artificial intelligence to put together “a virtual environment so that the decision makers can understand strength, weaknesses, capabilities, and that we can do it in a very dynamic fashion.”

Ashley said, “the goal is not to go to war, it’s to prevent war, and that really is the outcome that we desire. But, if we do go to war, obviously the objective is to win.”

Fox News’ Cecilia Duffy contributed to this report.

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Bill Maher claims Oprah would be only ‘sure’ bet for beating Trump in 2020

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HBO host Bill Maher argued on Friday that there was a good chance former Vice President Joe Biden would ruin a 2020 bid and that talk show empress Oprah Winfrey was the only sure bet for beating the president.

“The only person who is a sure thing is Oprah Winfrey,” Maher said before emphasizing the importance of celebrity in American politics. Later in his monologue he said, “I am telling you that at this particular moment in history, in this particular election year, she is the only candidate who is a sure thing winner for the Democrats.”

He argued that Oprah “checks all the boxes” needed to beat Trump: she would energize the African American base, galvanize women, and wouldn’t “scare” white men.

“If Oprah’s running, don’t get in the way of women on election day or you’ll be seeing the color purple,” Maher said in a play off of one of Winfrey’s movies.

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He went on to argue that like President Trump, Winfrey had the advantage of being in people’s living rooms for decades. “This is now a ‘as seen on TV kind of country,'” Maher asserted.

At the beginning of that segment, Maher ran through a list of leading Democratic candidates and ticked off reasons why they faced questionable prospects in a general election against Trump.

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“I like Joe,” Maher said, referring to the frontrunner, “but if we give him the keys, there’s at least a 50 percent chance he gets in the car and mows down a farmer’s market.”

Speculation has swirled around Winfrey for a potential 2020 run, although she has made it clear that she wasn’t interested in the fight. “I know my path and my path isn’t that,” she said in April.

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Bill Maher likens Trump event to ‘Klan rally,’ defends Biden against Booker

Comedian Bill Maher took aim Friday night at President Trump‘s 2020 re-election campaign kickoff event, which was held in Orlando, Fla., earlier in the week.

“Did you see this Klan rally he was having there?” Maher joked at the start of the 500th episode of “Real Time,” which he has been hosting since 2003. He added that Trump supporters had a “goldfish memory.”

Maher later congratulated himself for the influence he believes his show has had on America.

“We went on the air in 2003. Since then, weed has become increasingly legal, religion is on the decline, and less people are having children,” he said. “You’re welcome, America.”

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Maher continued with jokes about Trump being a racist. For example, he told the audience that Hope Hicks — Trump’s former White House communications director — had admitted during Capitol Hill testimony this week that she had told “white lies” to protect the president.

“That’s Trump for you,” Maher said. “Even the lies have to be white.”

“That’s Trump for you. Even the lies have to be white.”

— Bill Maher

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(Bill Maher, host of “Real Time with Bill Maher.”)

Later, Maher took issue that the media did not point out that members of the controversial Proud Boys group had attended the Orlando rally, adding that the group’s members were “accepted” by Trump’s base.

“Look at these guys,” Maher said, referring to the Proud Boys. “They’re making that, that sign, that white supremacist sign, and they’re welcomed as part of this base. OK, I didn’t hear about that at all this week.”

One of Maher’s guests, Dan Savage — the syndicated columnist and LGBT activist — asserted that the Republican Party was “controlled by racists.”

At another point in the show, Maher defended Democratic presidential frontrunner Joe Biden over his controversial comments about having worked with segregationist senators. Maher blasted the media for focusing on the matter and dismissed Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Cory Booker’s call for an apology from Biden as “nonsense.”

“I always imagined that… some real person who, like, sees this chattering going on among people who sit in places like this on the coasts and are always talking about some nonsense and they’re like, ‘What the f— are you talking about?'” Maher said.

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Maher also addressed Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and her controversial comparison of border detention centers to “concentration camps.”

He noted that if Democrats planned to defeat Trump in 2020 by running on the topics of “concentration camps” and reparations, he wasn’t sure they could pull it off.

“I’m not saying you can’t do it,” he added. “But [it’s] very hard to argue that this is helping.”

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Sean Spicer: Joe Biden a ‘flip-flopping gaffe machine’ benefitting largely from Obama ties

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Democratic 2020 frontrunner Joe Biden is reliably gaffe-prone and is leading in the polls chiefly due to his association with former President Barack Obama, according to Sean Spicer.

The former vice president’s name identification is another reason he leads a pack of more than 20 candidates — not because he is running a good campaign, Spicer, a former White House press secretary under President Trump. said Friday on Fox News’ “Hannity.”

“I think there’s a false narrative out there that Joe Biden is some sort of political success,” Spicer told guest host Jason Chaffetz. “He’s been saying dumb things since he was first elected in the early 1970s. He has run for president twice and epically failed.

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“I think there’s a false narrative out there that Joe Biden is some sort of political success. He’s been saying dumb things since he was first elected in the early 1970s. He has run for president twice and epically failed.”

— Sean Spicer, former White House press secretary

“Biden right now benefits from eight years of … being vice president to, frankly, a popular president from the Democratic Party.”

However, Biden’s penchant for making public gaffes and the absence of Obama at his side will hurt him when he joins his fellow contenders for next week’s primary debates in Miami, Spicer said.

“He is a flip-flopping gaffe machine,” Spicer claimed.

“Right now, once the other candidates have an opportunity to go after him on the debate stage coming up …  and he doesn’t have Obama to carry the ticket, he will fail epically as he has twice before.”

Most recently, Biden remained defiant after making comments about how he was able to work well with former Sens. Herman Talmadge, D-Ga., and James O. Eastland, D-Miss., despite the fact they were avowed segregationists.

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Biden’s campaign defended the comments while the candidate himself rebuffed calls for his apology — and has fired back at his critics.

“Apologize for what?” Biden told reporters Wednesday night when asked about the criticism over his remarks. “Not a racist bone in my body. I’ve been involved in civil rights my whole career. Period. Period. Period.”

Fox News’ Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.

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