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Rosario Dawson pens op-ed alleging U.S. immigration policy furthers ‘a larger white nationalist narrative’

Rosario Dawson penned an op-ed in which she said the current U.S. immigration policies feed into “a larger white nationalist narrative.”

The 40-year-old actress, who is dating 2020 presidential hopeful Sen. Cory Booker, shared her thoughts in an article for The Daily Beast in which she pulled no punches speaking about the Trump administration’s rhetoric on immigration, directly linking it to the Aug. 3 shooting in Texas.

“The story that the current administration repeats ad nauseam is about a “violent invasion” of immigrant hordes — the exact same words used by the gunman who targeted our Latino community and shot down 22 innocent people in El Paso last month,” she wrote. “This last week’s denial of refugees from the Bahamas fleeing the destruction of Hurricane Dorian because they could be “very bad gang members” saw thousands of climate refugees abandoned to squalid conditions.”

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The star highlighted the importance of telling positive stories about immigrants in the U.S. as well as the consequences of misrepresenting them.

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Actress Rosario Dawson at a Fashion Week event on February 9, 2019 in New York City. (Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for IMG)

“ICE raids and hate crimes don’t happen in a vacuum. They operate as part of a larger white nationalist narrative, a continuation of manifest destiny-thinking remixed for the age of Twitter,” she wrote.

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Dawson continued: “The truth is, this thinking is symptomatic of an old and still very much alive colonial disease. If we want to heal this country’s deep scars on these issues, we need to look at the root causes and treat them at the source. When it comes to immigration, this is more than just a political crisis—we’re suffering a crisis of our very humanity. And one way to change the debate in Washington is by changing the stories we produce and consume in our own lives.”

Dawson pointed to a new web series that she helped make and co-stars in titled “The North Pole” as an example of something telling worthwhile stories about immigrants. The series is set in Oakland, Calif., and follows four young people as they deal with issues such as immigration struggles, wildfires, racial tensions and much more.

The actress, who fans may know from roles in films like “Rent,” “Men in Black II” and “He’s Got Game,” is also known for her political activism. She backed Sen. Bernie Sanders’ 2016 campaign for president and then endorsed Green Party candidate Jill Stein once Hillary Clinton defeated him. She’s also the co-founder of Voto Latino, a nonpartisan group that encourages young Latinos to register to vote and become more politically active.

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In March, she confirmed that she’s dating Booker and made it clear earlier this month that she’s fully endorsing his candidacy for president in the 2020 election.

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Hannity on whistleblower report: ‘Key facts, details don’t matter’ to the media mob

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Sean Hannity ripped the media, in particular, The Washington Post, for reporting whistleblower allegation that President Trump made an unspecified “promise” to a foreign leader.

“We don’t know any details of the allegations. We don’t know which world leader was referenced. Nobody has a clue what the so-called promise was,” Hannity said on his television show.  “Naturally, nobody else in the media that is now echoing what the Washington Post says ever decided to independently verify these unknown claims on their own that this unknown individual is making.”

WHISTLEBLOWER COMPLAINT, REPORTEDLY ON TRUMP’S ‘PROMISE’ TO FOREIGN LEADER, TOUCHES OFF DC FIRESTORM

Details surfaced regarding a whistleblower early Thursday in a Washington Post report. But many specifics remain unclear including the identity of the foreign leader. The Post reported late Thursday the complaint involved the Ukraine.

The host ripped the new revelation.

“Maybe [the Ukraine] will give us information that they said that they want to give us, that we have not taken yet about their influence in the 2016 election to help Hillary Clinton,… or maybe they’re going to tell us, oh, why they really gave in to Joe Biden’s pressure basically leveraging a billion of our taxpayer dollars,” Hannity said.

Hannity continued to bash the Post and it’s owner, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos

“We do know that key facts, details don’t matter to this mob,” Hannity said.

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“Now that’s what we saw today, what is a rage psychotic level of speculation hysteria on nearly every single solitary network over what is one sketchy story with no details, no specifics from Bezos’ Washington Post,” Hannity declared.

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Charles Barkley says Democrats ‘only talk to black people every four years’, adds Republicans don’t at all

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NBA player Charles Barkley indicated that he was tired of Democrats’ inaction, saying Dems only talked with black people when they wanted their votes.

“They’ve been taking black people’s votes – and they only talk to black people every four years. All of these politicians only talk to black people every four years because they want their vote,” Barkley said in an interview aired Wednesday.

He added that he thought Republicans didn’t talk to black voters and that Democrats did “nothing in the four years in between.”

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Barkley told radio host Michael Smerconish that he wanted while campaigning with Sen. Doug Jones, D-Ala., he said: “We need to start holding you Democrats accountable.”

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Barkley also bashed the Democratic National Committee debate system and offered support for Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg as a 2020 candidate.

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His Wednesday interview echoed his previous comments about black voters. “Every black person I know has always voted Democratic and, with the exception of a few guys who can play sports, all those people are still poor,” he said during another interview in the summer.

The 56-year-old legend also knocked Trump but was wary of calling him racist. “I’m leery of calling people ‘racist.’ He says some things that can be construed as racist,” Barkley said of Trump’s recent controversies. “Some things he’s said are very wrong and flagrant.”

Fox News’ Tyler McCarthy contributed to this report.

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Shane Gillis jokes Trump would be ‘funniest’ president to ‘see get shot’ in first stand-up after ‘SNL’ axing

Shane Gillis joked that Donald Trump would be “the funniest” president “to see get shot” in his first return to stand-up after the comic was fired from “Saturday Night Live” earlier this week.

Gillis was booted from the NBC late-night staple after a YouTube video surfaced of him using a racial slur while discussing a Chinatown neighborhood with another comedian.

In addition to the jokes about President Trump, the 31-year-old comic addressed the backlash he’s received since his joke came to light.

SHANE GILLIS GETS SUPPORT FROM ‘SNL’ ALUM ROB SCHNEIDER AFTER BEING FIRED OVER RACIAL SLURS

“It’s been weird,” Gillis said during his 10-minute set at The Stand NYC comedy club in New York City on Wednesday night (via USA Today). “Twitter, obviously, has been nuts. You try to stay off it when the whole country hates you. That’s not a fun feeling.”

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Axed “Saturday Night Live” cast member Shane Gillis, left, jokes that President Trump would be “the funniest” president “to see get shot.” (Getty/AP)

He continued: “Everybody’s like, ‘You can’t say (expletive) and not expect consequences.’ I’m fine with the consequences – that’s it, I’m not arguing. But I do want everyone to know that I have been reading every one of my death threats in an Asian accent.”

Gillis then said that once he was labeled “a bad guy” people assumed he is “alt-right or something.”

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“For real, though, I did not vote for Donald Trump,” he said, while winking at the audience, reported USA Today. “Look at me: I didn’t, but that was tough. His whole campaign was at me. ‘Are you a fat idiot? Yeah, dude, what’re we doing?'”

Gillis then said “Trump is funny” and admitted if the president were to come out on stage and roast him after his set “he’d bury me. He’d come out and be like, ‘Fat. Loser. Fired.'”

That’s when Gillis pivoted to his joke about Trump being shot in an attempt to prove to his audience he’s not “too pro-Trump.”

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This combination of photos released by NBC shows, from left, Shane Gillis, Bowen Yang and Chloe Fineman who will join the cast of “Saturday Night Live,” premiering its 45th season on Sept. 28. Gillis will no longer join the cast. (NBC via AP)

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“I don’t want you to think I’m too pro-Trump,” Gillis shared. “I will say this: Of all the presidents I’ve been alive for, Trump would definitely be the funniest one to see get shot. Like, without a doubt, that’d be funny. I’m not asking for that; I don’t want that to happen, but it would be funny to see. He’d be on stage talking (expletive), the shooter would be coming at him, and he’d be like, ‘Sit down.’ He’d definitely make a funny noise when he got hit. … It would be funny.”

The White House did not immediately return Fox News’ request for comment.

On Tuesday, NBC announced Gillis would not be on the new season of “SNL.” “We were not aware of his prior remarks that have surfaced over the past few days. The language he used is offensive, hurtful and unacceptable. We are sorry that we did not see these clips earlier, and that our vetting process was not up to our standard.”

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Gillis later issued his own statement on Twitter: “Of course I wanted an opportunity to prove myself at SNL, but I understand It would too much of a distraction. I respect the decision they made. I’m honestly grateful for the opportunity. I was always a mad tv guy anyway.”

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Shane Gillis jokes Trump would be ‘funniest’ president to ‘see get shot’ in first stand-up after ‘SNL’ axing

Shane Gillis joked that Donald Trump would be “the funniest” president “to see get shot” in his first return to stand-up after the comic was fired from “Saturday Night Live” earlier this week.

Gillis was booted from the NBC late-night staple after a YouTube video surfaced of him using a racial slur while discussing a Chinatown neighborhood with another comedian.

In addition to the jokes about President Trump, the 31-year-old comic addressed the backlash he’s received since his joke came to light.

SHANE GILLIS GETS SUPPORT FROM ‘SNL’ ALUM ROB SCHNEIDER AFTER BEING FIRED OVER RACIAL SLURS

“It’s been weird,” Gillis said during his 10-minute set at The Stand NYC comedy club in New York City on Wednesday night (via USA Today). “Twitter, obviously, has been nuts. You try to stay off it when the whole country hates you. That’s not a fun feeling.”

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Axed “Saturday Night Live” cast member Shane Gillis, left, jokes that President Trump would be “the funniest” president “to see get shot.” (Getty/AP)

He continued: “Everybody’s like, ‘You can’t say (expletive) and not expect consequences.’ I’m fine with the consequences – that’s it, I’m not arguing. But I do want everyone to know that I have been reading every one of my death threats in an Asian accent.”

Gillis then said that once he was labeled “a bad guy” people assumed he is “alt-right or something.”

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“For real, though, I did not vote for Donald Trump,” he said, while winking at the audience, reported USA Today. “Look at me: I didn’t, but that was tough. His whole campaign was at me. ‘Are you a fat idiot? Yeah, dude, what’re we doing?'”

Gillis then said “Trump is funny” and admitted if the president were to come out on stage and roast him after his set “he’d bury me. He’d come out and be like, ‘Fat. Loser. Fired.'”

That’s when Gillis pivoted to his joke about Trump being shot in an attempt to prove to his audience he’s not “too pro-Trump.”

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This combination of photos released by NBC shows, from left, Shane Gillis, Bowen Yang and Chloe Fineman who will join the cast of “Saturday Night Live,” premiering its 45th season on Sept. 28. Gillis will no longer join the cast. (NBC via AP)

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“I don’t want you to think I’m too pro-Trump,” Gillis shared. “I will say this: Of all the presidents I’ve been alive for, Trump would definitely be the funniest one to see get shot. Like, without a doubt, that’d be funny. I’m not asking for that; I don’t want that to happen, but it would be funny to see. He’d be on stage talking (expletive), the shooter would be coming at him, and he’d be like, ‘Sit down.’ He’d definitely make a funny noise when he got hit. … It would be funny.”

The White House did not immediately return Fox News’ request for comment.

On Tuesday, NBC announced Gillis would not be on the new season of “SNL.” “We were not aware of his prior remarks that have surfaced over the past few days. The language he used is offensive, hurtful and unacceptable. We are sorry that we did not see these clips earlier, and that our vetting process was not up to our standard.”

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Gillis later issued his own statement on Twitter: “Of course I wanted an opportunity to prove myself at SNL, but I understand It would too much of a distraction. I respect the decision they made. I’m honestly grateful for the opportunity. I was always a mad tv guy anyway.”

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Trump says border initiatives working, cites drop in illegal crossings

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President Trump, in an exclusive interview airing on “Fox & Friends,” on Thursday morning, said maneuvers taken by his administration to secure the U.S.-Mexico border have resulted in a major drop in illegal crossings and a safer working environment for Border Patrol agents.

“We wish we had help from the Democrats in Congress, but they said they want open borders,” the president said during the wide-ranging interview with Fox News’ Ed Henry. “They don’t want this. They want criminals to come in.”

“We wish we had help from the Democrats in Congress, but they said they want open borders. They don’t want this. They want criminals to come in.”

— President Trump

Illegal immigration has been a key topic at recent Democratic debates and the difference between Trump’s vision and the Democratic field could not be clearer. Some Democratic candidates want to eliminate the law that makes it illegal to enter into the U.S. without permission. They include Sen. Elizabeth Warren and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

Trump’s claim that illegal border crossings are down could be based off preliminary government figures obtained by Politico earlier this month that said the numbers are down 60 percent since the peak in May.

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Much of the credit for the drop was given to Trump’s agreement with the Mexican government in June that resulted in the country intercepting migrants from Central America before reaching the border.

“I think that they are getting exactly what they said they would get, by forcing the hand of Mexico,” one immigration expert from a pro-migrant group told Politico. “But the question is, ‘Is it sustainable?’”

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Abraham Sofaer: To deter Iran’s aggressive and dangerous actions, US must show strength

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The weekend attack on oil facilities in Saudi Arabia, which Secretary of State Mike Pompeo blamed on Iran Wednesday and called an “act of war,” shows that the Obama administration was delusional to think the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran would curb that nation’s radical and violent policies.

Iran has repeatedly intervened abroad directly and through surrogates and continued its intercontinental ballistic missile program regardless of the nuclear deal, which is officially called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

All indications from U.S. and Saudi officials are that that the sophisticated drones and missiles involved in the attack on Saudi Arabia were launched from Iran.

SAUDI OIL ATTACKS AN ‘ACT OF WAR’ BY IRAN, NOT YEMEN REBELS, POMPEO CLAIMS

An appropriate response should be directed not only at the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen who have claimed responsibility for the attack, but also at Iran if its involvement in the attack is firmly established.

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Iran should not be allowed to continue to exploit an apparent immunity from accountability because it typically uses surrogate forces and territory to attack its enemies.

The 2015 nuclear deal reached with the U.S. and other nations did absolutely nothing to stop the Islamic Republic from using surrogates, and now from more direct involvement in an attack on Saudi Arabia, if Pompeo’s assessment is correct.

Asked if Iran was responsible for the attack on Saudi Arabia, President Trump said that “it’s looking that way.” The president said an investigation was underway and that he wanted to “avoid” war, but was leaving all options open.

President Trump tweeted Wednesday that he “instructed the Secretary of the Treasury to substantially increase Sanctions on the country of Iran!” That’s a good move, but won’t end Iran’s support of terrorist groups and its own aggressive behavior.

The call for increased sanctions makes clear the president is unprepared to renew U.S. participation in the Iran nuclear deal. That is a sound decision, since Iran understands that deal as immunizing it from sanctions brought on by its disregard of international rules, so long as it adheres to its nuclear promises.

Accepting the nuclear deal on that premise would accept the untenable understanding that it limits Iran’s obligations to a temporary, partial suspension of its nuclear program – while implicitly accepting and funding Iran’s other dangerous activities through the release of some $125 billion in frozen Iranian assets and another $1.5 billion in U.S. cash.

No deal that allowed Iran to assume it was free to continue to violate fundamental sovereign obligations could possibly endure.

The U.S. had tried a milder version of wishful thinking in the Algiers Accords in 1981. Iran returned our diplomats held hostage and we unfroze its U.S. assets and lifted all sanctions. Then too, Iran understood the U.S. government to have accepted a new normal in which Iran could pursue its radical agenda with impunity.

Inevitably, Iranian murders abroad and Revolutionary Guard Corps missiles and mines in the Persian Gulf led the U.S. to again impose sanctions. The nuclear deal is far less defensible than the Algiers Accords in that it lacked legitimacy. It was neither a treaty, nor an executive agreement, nor a commitment approved by domestic law. It never gained majority support in Congress.

But sanctions alone will not demonstrate strength adequate to deter Iran. The U.S. must adopt other measures necessary to achieve that objective.

We failed to do so in response to Iran’s role in the bombing of the Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia (killing 19 U.S. airmen and wounding hundreds); or in supplying armor-penetrating weapons to Iran’s Shiite allies in Iraq (enabling them to kill hundreds of Americans); or most recently when Iran shot down a U.S. drone.

Covert measures – such as the Stuxnet computer virus deployed against Iran – can have positive effects; but avowed actions convey clearer messages.

So, what more should the U.S. do now beyond the unspecified sanctions announced by President Trump?

The U.S. knows how to demonstrate proportionate but responsible strength, as it did in negotiating with the Soviets. With Iran, American presidents of both parties have since 1979 negotiated from weakness, relying on empty threats and amateurish initiatives.

Strength need not mean war. But adequate strength to deter a radical agenda is as necessary and potentially effective in dealing with Iran as it was in dealing with the Soviets.

During Operation Praying Mantis in 1988, the U.S. hit several gunboats, warships and planes belonging to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps. The Revolutionary Guards have never again fired missiles at U.S. flagged vessels or laid mines in the Gulf.

Similarly, after President George H.W. Bush pushed Iraq out of Kuwait, Iranian President Hashemi Rafsanjani arranged to release the hostages held in Lebanon. After President George W. Bush attacked Al Qaeda in Afghanistan, Iran cooperated in establishing a new government. And after the U.S. drove President Saddam Hussein from power in Iraq, Iran offered to negotiate with the U.S. on all issues.

As strength, including sanctions, has its impact, the U.S. will have diplomatic options which we should seriously pursue. Negotiating with Iran makes sense, just as negotiating with the Soviet Union did despite its being what President Ronald Reagan called an “Evil Empire.”

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We had opportunities after Praying Mantis and the Afghanistan and Iraqi actions to negotiate, but failed to respond positively. Today direct negotiations with Iran are unlikely. But firmness and creative initiatives could enable the leaders of both nations to engage.

What possible diplomatic steps could be taken?

Once diplomacy becomes feasible, a viable approach could be a process of “conscious parallelism” by which both the U.S. and Iran would take steps towards a better relationship that the other nation would view positively and respond to with comparable steps.

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Working with other nations that were part of the Iran nuclear deal in this process could give the U.S. greater leverage, and an acceptable channel for reciprocal arrangements.

Any such effort would require climbing down from rhetorical confrontation, which may be impossible in today’s political climate. But the pressure for progress grows. And U.S. diplomacy is currently full of surprises. President Trump is wise not to rush into military action. But he cannot succeed if he continues to ignore Iran’s ever-worsening behavior.

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Trump says EPA to slap San Francisco with violations related to homeless population

President Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One Wednesday that within a week, his administration will slap San Francisco with a notice of environmental violations related to the city’s homelessness problem.

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Trump made the remarks while returning to Washington, D.C. after a two-day fundraising trip in California.

Trump said the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will give San Francisco a notice related to the “tremendous” amount of pollution flowing into the ocean from the city’s storm sewers, Reuters reported. He also said hypodermic needles also littered the sewers there and were polluting the sea. Trump did not mention the source of the information.

“It’s a terrible situation that’s in Los Angeles and in San Francisco,” Trump said. “And, we’re going to be giving San Francisco, they’re in total violation, we’re going to be giving them a notice very soon.”

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“They have to clean it up. We can’t have out cities going to hell,” he added, according to Bloomberg.

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Former Bush official urges Latinos to vote Trump out, saying GOP has ‘lost control of the monster they helped create’

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A former official in the George W. Bush administration has penned a Washington Post op-ed urging “fellow Latinos” to vote President Trump out of office, saying Republicans have “lost control of the monster they helped create.”

Abel Guerra, who served as an associate director of public liaison in the Bush White House, also characterized the GOP as a party that condones racism and “looks away while the current president degrades our community and destroys America.”

“I know a little about this,” Guerra wrote in his piece, published Wednesday. “I am a Republican. I worked in the George W. Bush White House. And I say to my fellow Latinos: I’m not asking you to become a Democrat. But I am asking you to vote President Trump out of office.”

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Guerra cited Trump’s rhetoric and the mass shooting that left 22 dead last month at an El Paso, Texas, Walmart. The suspected shooter drove from the Dallas-Fort Worth area to the border city to target Mexicans in the Aug. 3 massacre.

In his manifesto, he warned of a Latino “invasion” of Texas.

El Paso sits across from Cuidad Juarez in Mexico. Many critics of the current administration have blamed Trump for inciting hatred toward Hispanics and immigrants through his policies and incendiary political-rally rhetoric.

“From Day 1, Trump spewed his white-supremacist views, promising to halt the invasion of immigrants and spurring a rhetoric of resentment and retaliation against the ‘other.’ No matter our background, we have been vilified as invaders, marked as illegal and degraded as subhuman. The silence from prominent Republicans is deafening,” Guerra wrote.

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He urged Republicans to “dust off their moral compass” and remember what the party stands for. He said the GOP could suffer heavy losses in Congress if it chooses to stand by this president.

Hispanics are expected to be the largest racial or ethnic minority group in the 2020 electorate, with 32 million eligible voters, according to the Pew Research Center.

Trump won 29 percent of the Hispanic vote in the 2016 presidential election.

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Iran warns of retaliation against US actions as Trump asks for increased sanctions amid Saudi tensions

Iran on Wednesday warned that it would “immediately” retaliate against the United States if Tehran is targeted over a crippling weekend attack on Saudi oil facilities.

The threat, which was sent via the Swiss Embassy in Tehran, also condemned remarks made by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and other high-ranking U.S. officials suggesting Iran was behind the move.

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“Iran’s response will be prompt and strong, and it may include broader areas than the source of attacks,” Iran’s Mehr News Agency reported.

Tehran’s Far News Agency added that any response would be “rapid and crushing.”

The warning came shortly before President Trump tweeted that he had ordered Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to “substantially increase sanctions” imposed on Iran, amid escalating tensions between the two countries. Trump has not publicly stated that Iran was behind the weekend attack that knocked out almost half of Saudi Arabia’s oil capacity but others in his administration have.

Meanwhile, Saudi officials alleged on Wednesday that Iranian cruise missiles and drones were behind the attack on Sunday, showing journalists remains of the weapons. However, they stopped short of directly accusing Iran of launching the assault.

Saudi military spokesman Col. Turki al-Malki said the attack “came from the north,” without saying specifically where it originated. Iraq and Iran are to the north of Saudi Arabia across the Persian Gulf.

“The attack could not have originated from Yemen,” he said, disputing the claim by Yemen’s Iranian-backed Houthi rebels that they launched the weapons.

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They said the cruise missile, which had what appeared to be a jet engine attached to it, was a land-attack cruise missile that failed to explode.

“Almost certainly it’s Iranian-backed,” Prince Khalid bin Bandar, Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the United Kingdom, told the BBC. “We are trying not to react too quickly because the last thing we need is more conflict in the region.”

Cmdr. Joshua Frey, a spokesman for the U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet, declined to comment on the Saudi announcement, saying it “would be inappropriate to comment on the status of individual nations and the nature of any potential support.”

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Iran’s state-run news agency also reported that the country’s president and the foreign minister may not be able to attend next week’s high-level meetings at the United Nations because the U.S. has yet to issue them valid visas.

As the host of the U.N.’s headquarters, the U.S. is mandated to offer world leaders and diplomats visas to attend meetings there. But as tensions have risen, the U.S. has put increasing restrictions on Iranians like Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. Since becoming Iran’s president in 2013, Hassan Rouhani has spoken each year at the General Assembly.

The U.N. meeting had been viewed as an opportunity for direct talks between Rouhani and Trump amid of a summer of heightened tensions and attacks in the wake of America’s unilateral withdrawal from Iran’s nuclear deal with world powers a year ago.

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However, the likelihood of such talks decreased dramatically following the Saudi oil attack, U.S. accusations that Iran was behind it and hardening comments from Iran. Yemen’s Iranian-backed Houthi rebels have claimed the attack was in response to the Saudi-led war in Yemen, which has sparked the world’s worst humanitarian crisis and killed tens of thousands of people.

Iran sent a note through Swiss diplomats in Tehran on Monday, reiterating that Tehran denies being involved in the Saudi attack, IRNA reported. The Swiss have looked after American interests in Tehran for decades.

Pompeo is traveling to Saudi Arabia for meetings after Saturday’s attack, which hit a Saudi oil field and the world’s largest crude oil processing plant.

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The coalition aims to secure the broader Persian Gulf region. It includes surveillance of the Strait of Hormuz, the narrow mouth of the Persian Gulf through which a fifth of the world’s oil travels, and the Bab el-Mandeb, another narrow strait that connects the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden off Yemen and East Africa.

The U.S. blames Iran for the apparent limpet mine explosions on four vessels in May and another two in June sailing in the Gulf of Oman near the Strait of Hormuz, something Iran denies being behind. Iran also seized a British-flagged oil tanker and another based in the United Arab Emirates after the British seized a tanker carrying Iranian oil.

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In Tehran, Rouhani told his Cabinet that Saudi Arabia should see the weekend attack as a warning to end its war in Yemen, where it has fought the Houthi rebels since 2015 and sought to restore the internationally recognized government.

Rouhani said Yemenis “did not hit hospitals, they did not hit schools or the Sanaa bazaar,” referring to the Saudi-led coalition’s widely criticized airstrikes on civilian targets.

He added that Iran does not want conflict in the region, but it was the Saudi-led coalition that “waged the war in the region and ruined Yemen.” Saying the Houthis were responsible for the drone strikes, he said: “They attacked an industrial center to warn you. Learn the lesson from the warning.”

Iran’s defense minister, Gen. Amir Hatami, also denied his country launched the attack, saying the Houthis had the capability to launch the assault.

Wednesday’s announcements come after Saudi Arabia’s energy minister said late Tuesday that more than half of the country’s daily crude oil production that was knocked out by an attack had been recovered. He said production capacity at the targeted plants would be fully restored by the end of the month, in part by drawing from Saudi reserves of crude oil.

Pompeo was due to land in the Red Sea city of Jiddah, where he was scheduled to meet with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Pompeo will later travel to the United Arab Emirates on Thursday to meet with Abu Dhabi’s powerful crown prince, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. Both nations are U.S. allies and have been fighting against the Houthis in Yemen.

Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Tuesday that U.S. military experts were in Saudi Arabia working with their counterparts to “do the forensics on the attack” — gleaning evidence that could help build a convincing case for where the weapons originated.

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On Wednesday, French President Emmanuel Macron’s office announced experts from his nation would be traveling to Saudi Arabia to help the kingdom shed light “on the origin and methods” of the attacks. France has been trying to find a diplomatic solution to the tensions between Iran and the U.S., so any conclusion they draw could be used as a third-party assessment of what happened.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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