News Wrap: Trump says McConnell ‘on board’ for stronger gun background checks

News Wrap: Trump says McConnell ‘on board’ for stronger gun background checks


AMNA NAWAZ: President Trump expressed hope
today that he will be able to persuade Republicans to back stronger background check legislation
for firearms. He said he’s spoken with congressional leaders
and officials from the National Rifle Association after last weekend’s mass shootings in Texas
and Ohio. Before leaving the White House this morning,
the president told reporters there is — quote — “tremendous support” for background check
legislation. DONALD TRUMP, President of the United States:
Frankly, we need intelligent background checks, OK? This isn’t a question of NRA, Republican,
or Democrat. I will tell you, I spoke to Mitch McConnell
yesterday. He’s totally on board. He said, I’ve been waiting for your call. He is totally on board. AMNA NAWAZ: Now, McConnell has not endorsed
any type of gun safety legislation. Yesterday, he told a Kentucky radio show the
Senate will discuss background checks and so-called red flag laws when it returns in
September. Five years after the fatal shooting of Michael
Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, his father called for a new investigation of his death. The 2014 killing sparked nationwide protests
demanding greater police accountability. A grand jury declined to indict Darren Wilson,
the white police officer who shot and killed the unarmed black teenager. Today, Brown’s father said justice had not
yet been served. MICHAEL BROWN SR., Father of Michael Brown:
As a father, I vowed to protect my children. Well, on August 9, 2014, that wasn’t the case. I could not protect him that day, and it breaks
my heart. His family is still standing, and we’re not
stopping until we get some type of justice. AMNA NAWAZ: Saint Louis County’s new prosecuting
attorney, Wesley Bell, has not yet said if he will reopen the case. In Hong Kong, demonstrators descended on the
international airport today for the first of three days of planned anti-government protests. Hundreds of activists filled the airport’s
terminal and chanted demands for democratic reforms in the region. Protesters said they want to send a message
to visitors in Hong Kong. CHENG, Protester (through translator): Every
foreigner who came to Hong Kong could see how united we are. This shows that Hong Kong youngsters are 100
percent peaceful and not violent. AMNA NAWAZ: While today’s protests remained
peaceful, some recent demonstrations have led to violent clashes between police and
protesters. Today, the territory’s chief executive, Carrie
Lam, who has faced calls to step down, urged lawmakers not to give in after months of chaos. CARRIE LAM, Hong Kong Chief Executive: I don’t
think we should just sort of make concessions in order to silence the violent protesters. We should do what is right for Hong Kong. And, at this moment, what is right for Hong
Kong, as we have heard all of our 33 business representatives told us, is to stop the violence
and to say no to the chaotic situation that Hong Kong has experienced in the last few
weeks. AMNA NAWAZ: The protests started in opposition
to a now-tabled extradition bill that could have moved Hong Kong residents to mainland
China to face criminal charges. Police have arrested nearly 600 people in
the demonstrations since June. There is word tonight that North Korea has
fired two projectiles into the sea off its eastern coast. It comes as the country has ramped up their
missile tests in recent weeks amid a stalemate in nuclear talks with the U.S. Today, President Trump told reporters he received
a three-page letter from North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, but he declined to share what
it said. China, meanwhile, is on red alert, as a powerful
typhoon made landfall on its east coast. It touched down in Zhejiang province around
1:00 a.m. Local time on Saturday. Heavy rains and strong winds had already impacted
parts of northeastern Taiwan, canceling flights and suspending schools. The typhon — typhoon, rather, is expected
to weaken as it moves farther inland. The Indian government today temporarily eased
a strict curfew in the disputed territory of Kashmir for Friday prayers. That came during an unprecedented five-day
lockdown in the Muslim-majority state by India’s Hindu nationalist government. Today, in Pakistan-administered Kashmir, hundreds
demonstrated against that crackdown. UMAR AFTEB KIYANI, Student Leader (through
translator): We are on the streets, and we have just one demand, that we should be given
the right of determination as soon as possible and that a solution should be found for the
Kashmir issue. We appeal to the United Nations to find a
peaceful solution and grant us self-determination. AMNA NAWAZ: The Indian government implemented
that lockdown after it unilaterally revoked Kashmir’s autonomy, leading to mass protests
and escalating tensions with Pakistan. The remains of a Detroit man who died in Baghdad
after being deported from the U.S. will be returned to his home state of Michigan for
burial. Jimmy Aldaoud, who was born in Greece to Iraqi
refugees, had lived in the U.S. legally since he was an infant. The 41-year old struggled with mental health
issues and was deported in June as part of an ICE crackdown on immigrants with criminal
convictions. He died in Iraq, a country he’d never before
set foot in, after being unable to obtain insulin to treat his diabetes. And there are new signs that uncertainty about
Brexit is taking a toll on the British economy. It unexpectedly shrank in the second quarter
for the first time since 2012, as Britain prepares to the leave the European Union in
October with or without a deal. Back in this country, Wall Street ended the
week with another decline. The Dow Jones industrial average lost more
than 90 points to close at 26,287, the Nasdaq fell 80 points, and the S&P 500 slipped 19.

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