Herman Cain hospitalized after testing positive for coronavirus

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Former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain has been hospitalized and is being treated for COVID-19, according to a statement Thursday.

Cain’s staff announced on Twitter that the 74-year-old businessman was admitted to the hospital near Atlanta on Wednesday, but is doing well and is not on a ventilator. Cain was notified on Monday that he had tested positive for the novel coronavirus and by Wednesday had developed symptoms serious enough that he required hospitalization, the statement said.

His staff said they don't know how Cain became infected.

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“There is no way of knowing for sure how or where Mr. Cain contracted the coronavirus, but we do know he is a fighter who has beaten Stage 4 cancer,” Cain’s staff said on a message posted on social media. “With God’s help, we are confident he will make a quick and complete recovery.”

Cain was diagnosed in 2006 with stage 4 colon cancer that metastasized to his liver and was given a 30 percent chance of survival. He successfully underwent chemotherapy and has been in remission since.

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Cain, who successfully steered food chains like Burger King and Godfather’s Pizza to profitability and served as chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, shot to national prominence in 2012 when he launched a bid to be the Republican presidential nominee. While he had a strong following among Tea Party activists and led in the polls at one time, his campaign was derailed when he was accused of sexual harassment and misconduct during his time as CEO of the National Restaurant Association in the late 1990s. He vehemently denied the claims but dropped out of the race.

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Following his 2012 presidential bid, Cain launched THE New Voice, an advocacy group focused on tax reform, energy policy, and national security, and has become a frequent commentator on news outlets.

Most recently, Cain attended President Trump's campaign rally in Tulsa, Okla., tweeting a photo from the June 20 event with other supporters.

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Mount Rushmore July Fourth celebration to feature Trump remarks, fireworks, military flyovers

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South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem reacts to criticism of the president's planned visit to her state on 'The Ingraham Angle.'

President Trump is expected to deliver remarks at Mount Rushmore on Friday night at a celebration which is slated to include a fireworks display and military flyovers to kick off the July 4 weekend.

Friday night’s event will be hosted by South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem.

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“The president looks forward to taking part in the Independence Day festivities, hosted by Governor Noem, and celebrating the greatest country the world has ever known capped off with a magnificent fireworks display above the great faces of Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln,” White House spokesman Judd Deere said.

A spokesman from Noem’s office told Fox News that South Dakota’s Mount Rushmore Fireworks Celebration will also include the Blue Angels, UH-60s from the South Dakota Army National Guard, F-16s from the South Dakota Air National Guard, and the Ellsworth Air Force Base B-1 bombers.

Earlier this week, Noem welcomed attendees to the event but said that they will not be expected to practice social distancing, even as cases of COVID-19 continue to surge across the country.

"We're asking them to come, be ready to celebrate, to enjoy the freedoms and the liberties that we have in this country," Noem told Fox News' “The Ingraham Angle.” "But we won't be social distancing.”

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Noem said those with concerns about the event are welcome to "stay home" and added that face masks will be distributed to those who "choose to wear one.”

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Noem said residents who are conflicted about whether to attend the event should "focus on personal responsibility" and make a decision that "they're comfortable with.”

"This is a wonderful opportunity for us to celebrate America's birthday, to join together and have some unity, and really focus on opportunity in America," Noem said in response to the president's critics, "and perhaps that's what they don't want to talk about.”

Meanwhile, the Trump administration will host Independence Day celebrations on Saturday in Washington, D.C., which will include a “monumental” fireworks display.

The Interior Department, though, urged onlookers to follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, including practicing social distancing, wearing a mask or face covering, and avoiding public events if experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19.

The agency also said it would supply more than 300,000 cloth face coverings and distribute them to visitors attending the celebrations at the National Mall. The department said, however, that the face coverings are “not surgical masks or respirators,” and warned that “supplies are limited” and “visitors should not rely upon receiving a mask.”

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Biden warns Trump is ‘deadly wrong’ after president calls jobs report ‘spectacular news’

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2020 presumptive Democrat nominee Joe Biden delivers a statement critical of President Trump after the release of the June jobs report.

President Trump on Thursday wasted no time in praising June’s jobs report as “historic” and proof that the “economy is roaring back” after being flattened by the coronavirus pandemic.

But presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden charged just a couple of hours later: “Trump wants to declare this health crisis over and unemployment solved. Unfortunately, he’s deadly wrong on both fronts.”

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As the coronavirus swept the nation in March, most Americans were forced to huddle in their homes to prevent the spread of the disease. The outbreak sparked a massive economic downturn, with more than 40 million people filing first-time unemployment claims, surging the jobless rate to levels not seen since the Great Depression nearly a century ago.

The president touted the “historic numbers” in the Thursday’s jobs report, which saw the nation’s unemployment level drop to 11.1 percent in June – as employers added 4.8 million jobs. Nearly 8 million jobs have been restored over the past two months.

"I'd like to just announce the spectacular news for American workers and for American families and our country as whole," Trump started.

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With an eye toward the November general election, when the president is running for a second term in the White House, Trump then said, ”You’re going to have a fantastic third quarter."

"It will be a third quarter the likes of which we’ve never seen before, in my opinion," he continued. "And the good thing is the numbers will be coming out just prior to the election, so people will be able to see those numbers.”

Biden acknowledged that Thursday report “is positive news and I’m thankful for it for real.”

But the former vice president also argued, “Make no mistake, we’re still in a deep, deep, job hole because Donald Trump has so badly bungled the response to the coronavirus and now has basically given up on responding at all.”

He claimed that a million more Americans “would still have their job if Donald Trump had done his job. Many of the jobs that have now come back should have never been lost in the first place. And for everyone who’s job hasn’t come back, for everyone who doesn’t own stock, who can’t get a sweetheart loan through connections, does this feel like a victory?”

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Biden noted that only a third of the jobs lost in March and April have returned and stressed that “most of those jobs that returned are people on temporary furlough. That means these were the easiest jobs to get back as we reopened cities and states. It’s only going to get harder from here though.”

Following the president’s lead the past two months, many states started relaxing social distancing and other restrictions in order to jump-start the economy. Forty-five of the 50 states are now experiencing a rise in coronavirus cases. And many of the states that heeded Trump’s advice – among them Arizona, Texas and Florida – are now experiencing a surge in new cases. Many of these states have paused or rolled back efforts to loosen restrictions to jump-start the economy.

Biden emphasized that the new unemployment report “measures job gains as of June the 12th. In days since, we’ve seen cases spiking around the country. Some businesses closed down again. Some states re-imposed restrictions. And in the last two weeks we’ve seen almost 3 million new unemployment filings and another 1.7 million people seeking pandemic unemployment insurance.”

“There’s no victory to be celebrated. We should hope but there’s no victory to be celebrated. We’re still down nearly 15 million jobs and the pandemic is getting worse, not better,” Biden argued.

And taking aim at the president, he highlighted that “millions of Americans are still out of work wondering when or if their job will come back. They’re worried about how to pay the bills in the meantime. Trump wants to declare this health crisis over and unemployment solved. Unfortunately he’s deadly wrong on both fronts.”

The most recent Fox News national poll, conducted two weeks ago, indicated the president’s overall approval is underwater at 44 percent, with 55 percent disapproval. But voters had a more positive impression of how he’s handled the economy, at 49 percent approval and 46 percent disapproval.

A USA Today/Suffolk University national poll conducted over the past week indicated voters believed Biden would do a better job handling every major issue except the economy, where the Republican president had a 47-45 percent edge over his Democratic challenger.

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Trump touts business gains, warns of 1929-level economic ‘crash’ if he loses election

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President Trump recognized small businesses and touted an economic recovery on Thursday, during a "Spirit of America" celebration at the White House, a precursor to this weekend's Fourth of July celebrations.

At the same time, he ominously warned of a "crash" on par with the 1929 nosedive that coincided with the Great Depression — if he loses reelection.

The "showcase of America's small businesses," as the president described it, featured companies that produce items such as grills, fly fishing reels, flags, coffee, ice cream, sunscreen and baseball bats. Prior to speaking, Trump was seen taking a few swings with one of the bats on display.

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“Every company here today embodies true American excellence," Trump said during a brief address.

Trump went on to celebrate "outstanding news from all over our country," as nearly 5 million jobs were added in the month of June — a recovery from severe unemployment that befell Americans in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Regarding the battle against COVID-19, Trump said "we haven’t totally succeeded yet" but "we will soon."

With the economy gradually reopening and jobs coming back, Trump predicted that by next year the country will be in an even stronger position than prior to the pandemic. That is, he warned, as long as he wins in November and remains in office.

"You'll have a crash like you've never seen before," Trump said, warning against potential Democratic tax hikes. "You put the wrong person in office, you’ll see things that you would not have believed were possible."

Reprising a warning he delivered earlier in the day about the prospect of Democratic challenger Joe Biden raising taxes, he said, "That will be, all of this incredible job that we’ve done, will go down like that. It will be a terrible, terrible sight. It might even be a 1929 situation. So you have a chance to have the greatest numbers in history."

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The president then thanked law enforcement officials and the National Guard for protecting monuments that some rioters have targeted in recent weeks in the name of racial justice. Trump declared that "we’re a nation committed to equal and abundant opportunity for citizens of every race, color, religion and creed."

Democrats, meanwhile, warned that the June jobs report might be misleading, and continued to hammer Trump's handling of the pandemic.

“The early June snapshot in the jobs report, when the economy was opening up too early, does not reflect the coronavirus spiraling out of control, forcing communities that had begun to reopen to close once again," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said in a statement.

On Friday, Trump will appear at Mount Rushmore for a fireworks display, followed by a celebration in Washington, D.C., on July 4.

Fox Business' Evie Fordham contributed to this report.

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UN Ambassador Craft warns of ‘mass graves’ if Russia won’t back down in Syrian aid impasse

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U.N. Ambassador Kelly Craft is warning of “mass graves” if the United Nations Security Council fails to extend a vital Syrian cross-border aid program, as she races against the clock to overcome Russian opposition. The program is due to expire in just over a week.

“What we’re really focused on in the Council is the outcome, and that is saving lives, that’s reaching over 4 million Syrians. And if we don’t, the COVID outbreak is going to … I hate to say this … it’s going to be mass graves of very innocent people,” Craft told Fox News in an interview Wednesday.

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The cross-border aid program allows aid to be funneled into Syria by keeping open crossings on the borders in the north of the war-torn country. The years-long program was partially extended in January when Russia vetoed a resolution that would see four crossings open, and instead forced the Council to pass Resolution 2504, which reduced the border crossings to two and cut the mandate to six months.

That resolution runs out on July 10, and a resolution the U.S. supports would extend the opening of those two crossings – Bab al-Salam and Bab al-Hawa – in the rebel-held northwest on the border with Turkey by 12 months, and reopen the third Al Yarubiyah crossing in the northeast on the border with Iraq for an initial and renewable six-month period.

Although often isolated at the U.N., this is one area where the U.S. is in the majority. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called for the aid program to be extended, and the U.S. has the support of its allies on the Council. It’s also supported by the assessment of U.N. experts.

Undersecretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Mark Lowcock told the Council this week that the northwest of Syria is suffering from a “major humanitarian crisis,” particularly with the COVID-19 outbreak, and called for the cross-border operation to be scaled up.

He warned that children and infants are arriving at nutrition centers with acute and chronic malnutrition, and that parents have had to resort to cooking weeds in order to supplement the scarce food rations to feed their children.

“A failure to extend the cross-border authorization would sever the UN operation currently underway,” Lowcock said. “It would end the UN food deliveries and the support to nutrition centres.”

“It would cause suffering and death.”

Craft told Fox News that extending the crossings to three is also vital: “It’s the only way….we’re going to be able to reach the northeast, that’s about 1.3 million people who are waiting on medical supplies.”

But Russia holds veto power at the Council, and opposes the expansion of crossings. Moscow, which supports the brutal regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, has claimed that the cross-border aid was only a temporary fix and has instead become a political tool to stoke division in Syria.

Russia has long been a thorn in the side for multiple U.S. ambassadors, and Craft is trying to find a way to overcome the Russian obstinance. Meanwhile, Ambassador James Jeffrey, the special representative for Syria engagement, has been in Vienna to take part in U.N. negotiations there to try and break the impasse.

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“The main opposition is as it was, in January, it’s Russia, and China will pretty much vote the way of Russia, so my main goal is to keep the lines of communication open with the Russian [permanent representative]," Craft told Fox News.

The Russian ambassador, Vassily Nebenzia, is particularly prickly and regularly engages in anti-U.S. rants at the Security Council table. But Craft says they have developed a good working relationship and says she intends to keep trying to find a solution until the day of the vote — expected to be July 10.

Craft had visited the refugee camps in March and on Wednesday spoke about her fears that the COVID outbreak could be disastrous at camps with bare necessities and where refugees are tightly packed in.

“To see the passion in the eyes of the refugees and how they look to America — we have a moral responsibility, I take that very seriously,” she said.

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She also had harsh words for the Assad regime, and those countries propping it up.

“Assad does not care about his people, his is a rogue regime,” she said. “We care deeply, American taxpayer dollars are being used to save lives and we want to make certain we have full accessibility to as many lives as we possibly can to save.”

But in the face of so far unyielding opposition from the Russians, Craft said that the U.S. and groups like the World Food Program and UNICEF intend to be ready and prepared both for the program to be opened or closed.

"I wish I sounded more optimistic, I want to be cheerfully optimistic, but at the same time I have to think about these lives and that just keeps me moving forward," she said.

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She also acknowledged the pressure being put on Russia by a growing consensus at Turtle Bay and elsewhere that the Russians should back down and allow the program to be extended.

“I think what that does mean is it’s going to put pressure on them, and whatever the outcome is going to be, someone is going to be responsible for the lives,” she said. "If we lose lives, they will be held responsible.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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President Trump says historic June jobs report shows U.S. economy is rapidly recovering

President Donald Trump speaks during a news briefing at the White House, Thursday, July 2, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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President Trump said the latest monthly jobs report proves the U.S. economy is roaring back. During a White House press briefing Thursday, he touted the historic 4.8 million jobs added in June.

The president said the boost in consumer confidence, fewer workers dropping out of the labor force and the soaring stock market shows the economy is quickly recovering from its shutdown.

President Trump also noted that his administration and Congress have made efforts to ensure this success and discussed how the Paycheck Protection Program helped save several businesses and jobs.

The president added that the economy will only get better from here and he anticipated the third quarter will show great numbers before the 2020 elections. He also said 2021 will be a historic year for jobs, companies and growth.

Vice President Mike Pence also expressed optimism over job growth. In an interview Thursday, he echoed the president’s remarks that the administration is very pleased with the new numbers.

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The vice president said the report shows the economy is coming back strong, which reflects the resilience and hard work of the American people. Pence also credited the growth to the president’s actions from the beginning of the pandemic until now.

“It’s also a testament unquestionably to the historic steps President Trump took to see this nation through the coronavirus pandemic, the mitigation efforts, the rescue packages,” he stated.

Pence finished by saying it’s a great day for America and a tribute to the president’s leadership.

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Trump swipes at Biden, says tax hikes would tank market: ‘401ks will drop down to nothing’

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After the release of the record-breaking June jobs reports, President Trump says the only thing that will kill the economic momentum is a bad president or raising taxes.

President Trump is warning that if Democratic challenger Joe Biden is elected in November, the stock market will collapse and Americans' financial investments “will drop down to nothing.”

As he was touting the June unemployment report on Thursday morning, the president used a press briefing to highlight the rebound in the stock market after the coronavirus pandemic swept the nation in March.

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“In the second quarter, the Dow Jones increased 18 percent,” Trump stressed. “It’s the best in 33 years.”

The president then cautioned that “the only thing that can kill it is a bad president or president that wants to raise taxes. You want to raise taxes? This whole, your 401k’s will drop down to nothing and your stock market will drop down to nothing. This is not just luck what’s happening. This is a lot of talent.”

Biden – the Democratic Party’s presumptive presidential nominee – earlier this week told campaign donors during a virtual fundraiser that he would roll back most of the president’s tax cuts, which were passed in December 2017 when Republicans controlled both the House and the Senate.

“I’m going to get rid of the bulk of Trump’s $2 trillion tax cut,” the former vice president said. “And a lot of you may not like that but I’m going to close loopholes like capital gains.”

Biden also said he would raise the corporate tax rate to 28 percent, which he said would raise an estimated $1.3 trillion in revenues over the next 10 years. The Trump tax cuts lowered corporate tax rates from 35 to 21 percent.

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As the coronavirus swept the nation in March, most Americans were forced to huddle in their homes to prevent the spread of the pandemic. The outbreak sparked a massive economic downturn, with more than 40 million people filing first-time unemployment claims, surging the jobless rate to levels not seen since the Great Depression nearly a century ago.

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The president touted the “historic numbers” in the June jobs report, which saw the nation’s unemployment level drop to 11.1 percent – as employers added 4.8 million jobs in June.

Trump called the report “spectacular news” and said it “proves that our economy is roaring back. It’s coming back extremely strong.”

With an eye towards the November general election – when the president is running for a second term in the White House – Trump said ”you’re going to have a fantastic third quarter. It will be a third quarter the likes of which we’ve never seen before, in my opinion. And the good thing is the numbers will be coming out just prior to the election so people will be able to see those numbers.”

Following the president’s lead the past two months, many states started relaxing social distancing and other restrictions in order to jump-start the economy. Many of the states that heeded Trump’s advice – among them Arizona, Texas, and Florida – are now experiencing a surge in new coronavirus cases. Many of these states have paused or rolled back efforts to loosen restrictions.

Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez, a former Labor secretary, charged on Thursday that “the economic situation in our country didn’t have to be this bad. While this jobs report is a snapshot of our economy as many states were reopening, we are now seeing states backtracking and American workers are the ones feeling the pain – all because of Trump’s incompetent handling of this pandemic.”

“It’s critical that we get people back to work and continue to help the millions who are still out of work, but this president’s failure of leadership is devastating our economy and costing people their jobs, their savings, and their lives,” he added.

The most recent Fox News national poll, conducted two weeks ago, indicated the president’s overall approval is underwater – at 44 percent approval and 55 percent disapproval. But voters had a more positive impression of how he’s handled the economy, at 49 percent approval and 46 percent disapproval.

A USA Today/Suffolk University national poll conducted over the past week indicated voters believed Biden would do a better job handling every major issue except the economy, where the Republican president had a 47-45 percent edge over his Democratic challenger.

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Feds arrest ‘ringleader’ in attack on Andrew Jackson statue by White House

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A suspect allegedly connected with Antifa is apprehended and charged with destruction of federal property in Washington, D.C.; Doug McKelway reports from the courthouse.

Federal law enforcement officials on Thursday arrested a man in Washington they call a “ringleader” in the recent attempt to destroy the Andrew Jackson statue in Lafayette Square near the White House.

Law enforcement sources tell Fox News that Jason Charter was arrested at his residence Thursday morning, without incident, and charged with destruction of federal property. These sources add that Charter has connections to Antifa and was in a leadership role on the night of June 22 when a large group of protesters tried to pull down the statue.

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“They were very organized,” a federal law enforcement official said. “Charter was on top of the statue and directing people … they had acid, chisels, straps and a human chain preventing police from getting to the statue.”

Charter is expected to make an appearance — likely virtual — in U.S. District Court in Washington on Thursday, Fox News is told.

Protesters say the Andrew Jackson statue is offensive because he was a slave owner and because of his treatment of Native Americans.

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Another man, Graham Lloyd, 37, turned himself in for similar charges in Portland, Maine, and had an initial appearance in federal court there on Wednesday afternoon. Lloyd is also accused of destruction of federal property for his role in the attempt to take down the Jackson statue.

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A magistrate judge in Maine has transferred Lloyd’s case to federal court in Washington D.C.

These arrests come in the wake of the June 24 executive order signed by President Trump intended to protect monuments and statues.

Trump tweeted, “I just had the privilege of signing a very strong Executive Order protecting American Monuments, Memorials and Statues- and combating recent Criminal Violence. Long prison terms for these lawless acts against our Great Country.”

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Giuliani: ‘Russian bounty’ leak is high federal crime

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Rudy Giuliani said the leaker behind the so-called ‘Russian bounties’ reports should face a lengthy prison term.

While talking to reporters Wednesday, the president’s personal attorney said intelligence reports behind Russia’s alleged payments to Taliban were classified information. He added that releasing them to the broader public may undermine America’s national security.

Giuliani also said intelligence reports do not unequivocally confirm Russia’s alleged actions or President Trump’s reaction to it.

“That was actionable intelligence, that was raw, disputed, unresolved,” he stated. “I can’t think of a worse crime…it’s not quite treason, but its close and what he revealed is something that is in dispute.”

Giuliani also denounced the New York Times for trying to immediately capitalize on the reports to attack President Trump. “If the New York Times had any integrity they wouldn’t use it,” the attorney continued.

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Parscale claims Trump beating Biden where it counts

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2020 presumptive Democrat nominee Joe Biden still significantly trails President Trump's overall cash haul; John Sununu reacts.

Pushing back against public opinion polls that indicate President Trump’s trailing Democratic challenger Joe Biden, Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale argues that the president “is dominating” the former vice president “when it comes to the most important factor, enthusiasm.”

“The unprecedented enthusiasm behind the president’s reelection efforts stands in stark contrast to the flat, almost nonexistent enthusiasm for Biden,” Parscale said Thursday in an opinion piece in The Washington Post.

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The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee tops Trump by 9.4 percentage points in an average of the latest national polls compiled by Real Clear Politics. And, more importantly, Biden enjoys outright leads or edges the president in the key battleground states where the race for the White House will likely be won.

Parscale touted that the “president’s reelection war chest, including a record-setting $131 million raised in June from thousands of donors at all levels, reflects the continued support, enthusiasm and confidence so many Americans have in President Trump and his agenda.”

But Biden’s campaign topped Trump’s team in the dash for campaign cash by $10 million in June, the second straight month that Biden and the Democratic National Committee combined outraised the president and the Republican National Committee.

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Parscale also spotlighted the campaign’s voter turnout machine, noting that “the president’s reelection effort has built the largest field program and data operation in Republican Party history, including 1.3 million volunteers trained and activated. The campaign has already made north of 45 million voter contacts, and efforts are growing stronger by the day.”

And Parscale highlighted that Trump won an unprecedented number of votes for an incumbent running in a mostly uncontested nominating season, far surpassing the totals achieved by President Barack Obama in the 2012 Democratic primaries and President George W. Bush in the 2004 GOP primaries. While the Bush and Obama re-election campaigns didn’t emphasize primary calendar turnout efforts, the Trump campaign showed up in force during the primaries, using them as a voter turnout test run for the general election.

Trump’s campaign manager also argued that even though the president’s the incumbent in the White House, he’s running like the outsider during his re-election bid.

“When your opponent has been a career politician in Washington for 47 years and is campaigning on a return to the former status quo, it’s clear who the insider is and who remains the political outsider,” Parscale wrote. “Biden, like Hillary Clinton in 2016, is a career politician who has been a central part of the very Washington political system that voters opposed in 2016 and are doing so again.”

But while Biden once stressed a return to normalcy, his campaign has pivoted in recent months as the nation’s been swept by the coronavirus pandemic and by national protests over racial inequality.

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Parscale’s opinion piece is the second time in less than a week that the Trump campaign touted the president’s enthusiasm advantage over Biden.

The campaign made the same argument in a memo released on Sunday that also charged that "Public Polling Methodology is Cheaper and Flawed." Yet the campaign referenced those same public opinion polls to spotlight the president's enthusiasm advantage over Biden.

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Supreme Court to hear arguments over House request for Mueller grand jury material

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Former FBI Director Robert Mueller was appointed to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 election on May 17, 2017; Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton weighs in.

The Supreme Court announced Thursday that the justices will hear arguments in the Trump administration's challenge against the House Judiciary Committee's attempt to access the secret grand jury materials from Robert Mueller's Russia investigation.

This is a major setback for the Democrat-led committee, which has been trying to access the information ever since Mueller's report came out last year.

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While most of Mueller's report was unredacted, information from the grand jury proceedings has been kept under wraps, as the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure prohibit grand jury information from being released, with limited exceptions.

House Democrats have argued that their request falls under the exception for "judicial proceedings," claiming that their impeachment inquiry qualifies. They claim that even though President Trump has already been impeached and acquitted, their investigation is still going on and new articles of impeachment remain a possibility.

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So far, their argument has been successful, with a lower court granting the release of the information. The Supreme Court, however, has blocked the release of the materials pending their ruling. With oral arguments set for October, a decision would likely not come until after November's election.

Fox News' Bill Mears contributed to this report.

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New Zealand’s health minister resigns over handling of COVID-19

New Zealand Health Minister David Clark, center, flanked by Cabinet colleagues Grant Robertson, right, and Kris Faafoi addresses a press conference where he announced his resignation at parliament in Wellington, New Zealand Thursday, July 2, 2020. Clark resigned Thursday following a series of personal blunders during the coronavirus pandemic. (Mark Mitchell/New Zealand Herald via AP)

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New Zealand’s top health official is stepping down from his post over his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. Health Minister David Clark announced his resignation during a press conference early Thursday.

His departure follows a series of security lapses at facilities where the coronavirus was detected just days after the virus was said to be eliminated from the country. In a statement, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said she approved of the resignation.

Clark also faced public scrutiny earlier this year after he defied lockdown measures by taking a beach trip with his family. He made the following statement regarding his departure from the Health Ministry:

“This morning I have formally tendered my resignation as Minister of Health, which has been accepted by the Prime Minister. Serving as Minister of Health has been an absolute privilege, particularly through these extraordinary last few months. It’s no secret that health is a challenging portfolio. I have given it my all, but it has become increasingly clear to me that my continuation in the role is distracting from the government’s overall response to COVID-19 and the global pandemic.”

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Ardern has appointed the country’s education minister to fill Clark’s position until a permanent replacement can be determined.

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Fla. sheriff to deputize lawful gun owners amid ongoing protests

Clay County Sheriff Darryl Daniels addresses the audience from the stage as the MC at a Ron DeSantis Jacksonville rally Oct. 25, 2018. Daniels said in a three-minute video released Wednesday, July 1, 2020 that he will deputize every gun owner in his county to put down any violent protests his deputies can’t handle alone. (Bob Self/The Florida Times-Union via AP)

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A Florida sheriff plans to deputize every lawful gun owner in the county amid ongoing nationwide protests. On Tuesday, Sheriff Darryl Daniels released a video discussing his stance towards violence seen in recent protests.

If protests become too much for his deputies to handle, the sheriff said he intends for those being deputized to “stand between lawlessness and civility.” Daniels clarified authorities will protect any peaceful protesters, but any acts of violence will be unacceptable.

“Lawlessness, that’s unacceptable in this country,” stated the Florida Sheriff. “Lawlessness, that’s unacceptable in Clay County and if you threaten to come to Clay County and think that for one second that we’ll bend our backs for you, you’re sadly mistaken.”

Sheriff Daniels is currently nearing the end of his first term and faces six opponents in his bid for reelection.

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Trump, in video message, vows to stop ‘lawlessness’

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DHS deploys special federal unit to protect statues and monuments over July 4th weekend

Rep. Austin Scott (R-GA) weighs in on attacks on statues.

President Trump, in a video message on Thursday, vowed to stop “lawlessness” and to continue to protect monuments and statues across the nation after many were vandalized and destroyed in recent weeks.

“Lawlessness has been allowed to prevail. We’re not going to let it prevail any longer,” Trump said in a video message posted to his Twitter feed Thursday. “I signed an executive order just a few days ago, and since then, it’s been very calm. They go to prison for 10 years if they hurt our monuments or our statues.”

“It started off with Confederate statues but then it went to George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln,” Trump continued. "It went to people that were abolitionists, people who wanted to stop slavery.

TRUMP SIGNS EXECUTIVE ORDER TO PROTECT AMERICAN MONUMENTS, MEMORIALS, STATUES

“It went to anything because frankly it didn’t matter to them. Anarchists, agitators, looters,” he said.

“And people aren’t happy,” Trump went on. “We call it the silent majority but it’s really bigger than that—its called the vast silent majority. And we’re all going make sure that this doesn’t happen any longer.”

He added: "Our country is great, it’s going to be greater than ever before. No doubt about it.”

The president’s video message comes after he signed an executive order last week to protect American monuments, memorials and statues and threatened those who try to pull them down with “long prison time.”

The new order enforces laws prohibiting the desecration of public monuments, the vandalism of government property, and recent acts of violence, withholds federal support tied to public spaces from state and local governments that have failed to protect public monuments, and withdraws federal grants for jurisdictions and law enforcement agencies that fail to stop their desecration. It also provides assistance for protecting the federal statues.

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Earlier this week, Fox News reported that Department of Homeland Security will be deploying a special federal unit across the country for the July 4 weekend in order to protect federal monuments and statues amid concerns of “increased disruptive activity at specific locations across the country that could threaten our personnel and the Federal facilities and property they protect.”

Rapid Deployment Teams (RDTs) from the Protecting American Communities Task Force (PACT), consisting of law enforcement officers specially trained in areas such as crowd control and riot control, will be dispatched to Portland, Seattle and Washington D.C.

Additional RDTs will be dispatched regionally so that they can be flown into any other area within a few hours should unrest spark up in other cities across the U.S.

This is on top of a Federal Protective Service (FPS) presence being ramped up higher than usual for a weekend in response to the potential challenge. Hundreds of FPS officers will be protecting facilities, and DHS has identified hundreds more in case they need assistance.

DHS DEPLOYS SPECIAL FEDERAL UNIT TO PROTECT MONUMENTS OVER JULY 4 WEEKEND AMID VANDALISM FEARS

The move marks an aggressive response by the Trump administration to push back against the effort to target statues.

While the initial targets were Confederate generals and figures, it has spread to others including Abraham Lincoln, who signed the Emancipation Proclamation, and Thomas Jefferson, who penned the Declaration of Independence.

But the efforts to reconsider these monuments have taken a more formal route as well, mostly for Confederate figures. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., recently ordered the removal of portraits in the Capitol of previous House speakers who served in the Confederacy.

"There's no room in the hallowed halls of this democracy, this temple of democracy, to memorialize people who embody violent bigotry and grotesque racism of the Confederacy," she said.

Meanwhile, a new ad from the Republican Attorneys General Association (RAGA) pushes back on the effort to target statues.

Fox News' Adam Shaw and Morgan Phillips contributed to this report.

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VP Pence visits Ariz. to discuss COVID-19 outbreak

Vice President Mike Pence, right, answers a question as he holds a news conference with Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, left, after their meeting to discuss the surge in coronavirus cases in Arizona Wednesday, July 1, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

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Vice President Mike Pence recently visited Arizona to discuss the state’s recent coronavirus surge. He met with Gov. Doug Ducey (R) on Wednesday to offer his help with the rise in cases.

The vice president assured Ducey the federal government would equip Arizona with whatever supplies needed to stop the spread, including personal protective equipment and additional personnel.

“I’m absolutely confident with your leadership, with the full support of the federal government behind you, cooperation of the people of Arizona, that we’ll slow the spread, flatten the curve,” Pence stated.

The governor encouraged Arizona residents to observe the upcoming Fourth of July holiday privately with their families.

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House Dems pass massive $1.5T infrastructure bill, GOP slams them for ‘partisan wish list’

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Chris Wallace: Republicans, Democrats won't agree on infrastructure package soon

FOX News Sunday host Chris Wallace says neither party will give the other side a 'political victory' through an infrastructure package and government spending won't stop anytime soon due to the coronavirus pandemic.

House Democrats passed a massive $1.5 trillion infrastructure bill on Wednesday, as Republicans accused them of pouring money into what one congressman called a “partisan wish list.”

The Moving Forward Act passed by a 233-188 vote that was almost entirely along party lines. It goes far beyond transportation to fund schools, health care facilities, public utilities and affordable housing, and opponents argue it focuses too much on cities and climate change.

TRUMP TOUTS NEARLY $1B IN US INFRASTRUCTURE PLANS, PROPOSALS

"Instead of seeking bipartisan solutions, this bill adds $1.5 trillion to the nation’s debt and disguises a heavy-handed and unworkable Green New Deal regime of new requirements as an ‘infrastructure bill,’” said Missouri Rep. Sam Graves, according to The Associated Press. Graves is the top Republican on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

Transportation Committee Chairman Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., touted the bill as a “transformational investment in American infrastructure that will create millions of jobs,” but Graves said it was merely “a partisan wish list,” due to Democrats including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi throwing in too many of their own demands instead of working toward a bipartisan measure that would have a chance of success.

SEN. JOHN BARRASSO: CORONAVIRUS RECOVERY — INFRASTRUCTURE BILLS ARE A START. WHY WON'T HOUSE DEMS HELP?

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has already derided the House bill as “pure fantasy,” according to Politico.

The only Republicans who voted in favor of the bill are Pennsylvania’s Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick and New Jersey Reps. Jeff Van Drew and Chris Smith. Two Democrats, Reps. Collin Peterson of Minnesota and Ben McAdams of Utah, voted against it.

The White House has already threatened to veto the bill, saying it would “disproportionately benefit America’s urban areas” and divert money from the Highway Trust Fund to transit and rail projects that “have seen declining market shares in recent years.”

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The bill includes hundreds of billions of dollars earmarked for improving high-poverty schools with dangerous facilities, creating or preserving affordable homes, upgrading child care facilities, and increasing access to safe drinking water. It also aims to boost low- and zero-emission vehicles and cut carbon pollution, including $25 billion to the U.S. Postal Service for modernization that includes a fleet of electric vehicles.

A narrower infrastructure bill was approved by a Senate committee nearly a year ago but has not made progress since.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Trump touts jobs report at press briefing: ‘Our economy is roaring back’

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President Trump on Thursday morning touted the June jobs report during a press briefing after the data showed the economy starting to rebound from the depths of its crash during the coronavirus pandemic.

"Our economy is roaring back," Trump said, saying the response to the coronavirus pandemic, coordinated with governors is "working out very well."

He added: "These are historic numbers."

"The United States economy added almost 5 million jobs in the month of June, shattering all expectations," Trump said. "The stock market is doing extremely well … this is the largest monthly jobs gain in the history of our country."

The president announced the event while hailing Thursday's jobs numbers, which showed the economy added 4.8 million jobs in June, reducing the unemployment rate to 11.1 percent. Economists expected the rate would be 12.3 percent with an increase of just 3 million jobs.

The jobs numbers serve as a bit of positive news for the president, who is embroiled in several controversies at once. They range from his handling of the coronavirus pandemic to his support of keeping the names of Confederate generals on military bases.

The president is also under fire from members of both parties in Congress after reports that he knew of about intelligence of Russia paying bounties to Afghan militants to kill American soldiers. Trump and the White House have denied that he was ever briefed on that issue.

The unemployment rate, which is still astronomically high at 11.1 percent, is significantly lower than what some economists were predicting it could be just months ago — some projections said it could approach 20 percent due to persistent state shutdowns.

Those shutdowns, with Trump's backing, have been partially lifted in many cases. But as coronavirus cases surge to some of the highest daily numbers yet some states are re-imposing the shutdowns, which could put the economy in jeopardy going forward.

The nation has now recovered roughly one-third of the 22 million jobs it lost to the pandemic recession. The re-closings are keeping layoffs elevated, however.

Trump's son, Eric Trump, also hailed the jobs numbers Thursday.

"JUNE JOB NUMBERS EXCEED EXPECTATIONS BY 1.6 MILLION JOBS!!! 4.8 MILLION vs. 3.2 MILLION EXPECTED Unemployment rate falls to 11.1% (from 13.3%)", he tweeted.

Fox Business' Morgan Henney and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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U.S. reports 50K new COVID-19 cases in single day

A stack of paperwork detailing positive COVID-19 test results sits in a box at the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department offices in Toledo, Ohio, on Wednesday, June 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

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The number of new coronavirus cases in the U.S. has hit a new high. According to Johns Hopkins University, over 50,000 new cases were reported in the states on Wednesday.

At least five states, including Arizona, California and Texas, have also been seeing daily spikes and record numbers. The Trump administration said the increases are due to heightened testing.with more than half a million tests being done a day.

Many state officials have raised concerns over the Fourth of July weekend and are advising people to continue to wear masks as well as socially distance while out in public.

FILE – In this June 26, 2020, file photo lines of cars wait at a drive-through coronavirus testing site outside the Miami Beach Convention Center in Miami Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)

Meanwhile, President Trump said he supports another round of corona virus relief payments to American households. In an interview Wednesday, he said a potential phase four relief package should provide direct payments to tens of millions of Americans.

The president added that this new round of stimulus checks should provide greater payments to individuals to support consumer spending and business activity.

President Trump is calling on Democrats to approve the new relief package by saying it’s crucial to economic recovery.

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House passes bill to sanction Chinese entities that menace Hong Kong, banks that work with them

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Hong Kong protesters defy police ban to remember Tiananmen Square massacre

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The House of Representatives on Wednesday night passed a bill to impose sanctions on entities that help violate Hong Kong's autonomy and financial institutions that do business with them, a response to the passage of a "national security" law that tightened Beijing's grip on Hong Kong — which has been semi-autonomous from China since 1997.

The Chinese law, passed earlier this week, says that those who destroy government facilities and utilities would be considered subversive. Damaging public transportation facilities and arson would constitute acts of terrorism. Any person taking part in secessionist activities, whether organizing or participating, would violate the law regardless of whether violence is used.

It comes after a full year of pro-democracy protests in the former British territory that was handed over to China 23 years ago on the condition that it would keep a high degree of autonomy from mainland China and a British-style rule of law — a "one country, two systems" framework. China has slowly encroached on Hong Kong's autonomy, leading U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo early this year to declare that it is "no longer autonomous."

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CHINA PASSES NATIONAL SECURITY LAW FOR HONG KONG DESPITE PROTESTS, US CONCERNS

"The United States Congress on bipartisan basis has long been united in our mission to hold Beijing accountable for its brutal crackdown against those peacefully demanding their rights and freedoms, including in Hong Kong," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said of the bill's passage Wednesday.

She added: "Today’s action is an urgently needed response to the cowardly Chinese government’s passage of its so-called ‘national security’ law, which threatens the end of the ‘one country, two systems’ promised exactly 23 years ago today. All freedom-loving people must condemn this horrific law, which is purpose-built to dismantle democratic freedoms in Hong Kong."

Texas Rep. Michael McCaul, the top Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said in a statement, "As Americans we must do everything we can to support the freedom loving Hong Kongers fighting against the CCP’s tyranny. The US is determined to impose consequences."

And on the heels of the House legislation Wednesday, the State Department Thursday morning released a letter to American businesses warning of "reputational, economic and legal" problems they could see by continuing to do business with companies in the Xinjiang region of China. The Chinese government has run internment and forced labor camps there, which hold an estimated 1 million Uighur Muslims, according to a report by The Washington Post.

Riot police stand guard after pushing back protesters demonstrating against the new security law during the anniversary of the Hong Kong handover from Britain, Wednesday, July. 1, 2020, in Hong Kong. Hong Kong police have made their first arrests under a new national security law imposed by mainland China. The law, which took effect Tuesday night, makes activities deemed subversive or secessionist punishable by up to life in prison. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

Riot police stand guard after pushing back protesters demonstrating against the new security law during the anniversary of the Hong Kong handover from Britain, Wednesday, July. 1, 2020, in Hong Kong. Hong Kong police have made their first arrests under a new national security law imposed by mainland China. The law, which took effect Tuesday night, makes activities deemed subversive or secessionist punishable by up to life in prison. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

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The Chinese government has also required forced sterilization of Uighurs in what the State Department's letter called "some of the most serious acts involving mass human rights abuses since the Second World War… The aim of the internment has been to force members of these minority groups to renounce their ethnic identity and religion, and to embrace the ideology of the Chinese Communist Party."

Pompeo on Tuesday slammed the imposition of the repressive Hong Kong law.

"The Chinese Communist Party’s decision to impose draconian national security legislation on Hong Kong destroys the territory’s autonomy and one of China’s greatest achievements," he said. "The United States will not stand idly by while China swallows Hong Kong into its authoritarian maw. Last week, we imposed visa restrictions on [Chinese Communist Party] officials responsible for undermining Hong Kong’s autonomy. We are ending defense and dual-use technology exports to the territory. Per President Trump’s instruction, we will eliminate policy exemptions that give Hong Kong different and special treatment, with few exceptions."

The House legislation would take those actions by the State Department a step further. A Congressional Research Service summary of the legislation says it provides for sanctions against "foreign individuals and entities that materially contributed to China's failure" to respect Hong Kong's autonomy and "foreign financial institutions that knowingly conducted a significant transaction with such identified individuals and entities."

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The sanctions against financial institutions would be mandatory and the sanctions against "entities and individuals" would be at the discretion of the president, unless they are named on State Department reports as helping violate Hong Kong's autonomy for two consecutive years.

The Senate passed a similar bill earlier this month. The sponsors of that bill, Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., and Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., said they plan on getting the Senate to match its legislation with the House's to send it to the president's desk "as soon as" Thursday.

"Tens of thousands of Hongkongers are in the streets protesting and refusing to surrender their basic rights to the Chinese Communist Party," Toomey and Van Hollen said. "They are doing so even as CCP collaborators harshly crackdown on free speech and the right to assemble. Our bipartisan Hong Kong Autonomy Act will punish those responsible for these crackdowns and other CCP aggression with strong sanctions."

Fox News' Edmund DeMarche and Caitlin McFall, Fox Business' Blake Burman and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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