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from berlin. u.s. president donald trump condemns what he calls the evils of racism. this after the killing of a woman who was protesting against a white supremacist gathering in charlottesville. trump faced criticism for his initial failure to explicitly condemn right-wing extremists. also coming up, mudslides in sierra leone leave hundreds dead. thousands are left homeless with the death toll certain to rise. south koreans are used to getting threats from their neighbor to the north. but the world words between donaldrump and kim jong-un has added a her attention in rent days. dw reports from seoul. ♪
sarah: it is good to have you with us. donald trump today has condemned what he called the evils of racism after the killing of a woman who was protesting against a far right gathering in charlottesville, virginia. trump had faced criticism when he initially did not respond explicitly condemning right-wing extremists. now the u.s. justice department has announced a civil rights investigation into the weekend's deadly violence. reporter: the plane -- the pain is still raw from the mayhem. some here are still afraid. the man any redshirt to fill comfortable showing his face on camera. >> i saw people pull out knives and pistols. it was crazy. it's all ridiculous. now we have loved ones who are getting gone.
-- dead and gone. all those are smiling and laughing and where picking up the pieces. reporter: has the people of charlottesville pick up the pieces, others are gathering to denounce racism and hatred into remember this woman. 30-year-old heather heyer was killed when a cargo drove into a group of antiracist protesters. her family say she attended the rally because she felt strongly about standing up to eight. -- to hate. >> i saw heather heyer lying on the ground and i watched her die. from that moment on i swore to myself that i would not stop in the fight against white supremacy. reporter: but white supremacists are refusing to take the blame for the deadly violence. the organizer of the unite the right rally said on sunday, authorities were responsible. >> the hate that you hear around
you, that is anti-white hate that fueled what happened yesterday. what happened yesterday was a result of the charlottesville police officers refusing to do their job. reporter: others clearly do not agree. the news conference was cut short by counterdemonstrators who forced him to run. for now, charlottesville is in morning as this community tries to mend. sarah: trump's initial statement that he made was not singling out white supremacists. he was strongly criticized for that. today he had another go. >> racism is evil. and those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the kkk, neo-nazis, white supremacists, and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as americans.
sarah: that was president trump speaking earlier on monday. i'm joined by the program director of the aspen institute here in berlin. would you make of trump's comments, specifically the timing. this happened on saturday. why now? guest: you can contrast this with the swiftness with which he reacted to the man who stepped down from his board advisors, and he reacted immediately. this took 48 hours. i don't want to describe intent to president trump but one could sense that he is giving the sign to this faction of the u.s. populace that he is being forced to do this. basically he is doing it reluctantly and against his
will. sarah: because those people make up part of his voter base. guest: right. like many western societies including germany, canada, u.k. -- right-wing extremists are a very small part of the population, around 5% or less. but trump's core voters, 30%, the people who are not leaving him, the people that really make up the base of his power currently, that is about 20%. 5% of 30% is about 18% of his core support. if you were to spurn them, that would undercut what he sees -- sarah: how similar is it to what neo-nazis here in germany espouse? tyson: you can compare it to
right-wing extremists in other countries like france and germany. they tend to be at no nationalist, less educated, white, rural . the trend in the u.s. is that they can be younger, which is something that was not the case in the past. they tend to be more protectionist. and they see themselves as aggrieved. they are the losers of globalization, losers of this pluralistic vision, this openness at the heart of post-cold war america and the west. sarah: it puts trump in a weird position because on the one hand, the neo-nazis have strong anti-somatic associations, yet trump's grandchildren are jewish. where does that leave him? tyson: it is extremely
perplexing because clearly they are aware of the hatred, the visceral hatred these groups have for jews, for blacks, for women. many people in his own administration. yet they are willing to play footsie with him. it's a very faustian bargain, and what has to ask a dangerous this is. sarah: tell us about the significance of charlotte. tyson: charlottesville is a really important city in u.s. history. it's the home of thomas jefferson, the drafter of the declaration of independence. of james madison, the drafter of the constitution. both work slaveholders. it's kind of the cradle of the united states. on the other hand it is the cradle of this idea of the antebellum south. it is full of symbolism for both sides in this debate, that's why it is so important.
sarah: thank you for your insights today. we have breaking news just coming in from france. police say one person is dead and at least five are injured after a driver rammed into customers of a pizza restaurant. it happened east of paris. police say the fatality was an eight-year-old girl. the driver of the vehicle has been arrested. will bring you more updates on the breaking news story as soon as we get them. we do have our correspondent i am hearing in paris. lisa, were other detail can you tell someone what happened today? lisa: the situation is still evolving and we are waiting to hear more. one sources reporting five people have been injured, and one little girl was killed. a driver plowed into a pizzeria
in a little village. it is unclear so far if this is linked to terrorism or what is behind this terrible event. but what we are hearing is the police have arrested a man, so we should know more in the coming hours. sarah: do we know anything else about the driver of the vehicle? lisa: the identity of the driver has not been published yet. the news just broke about 15 minutes ago. the police have not commented officially yet. we are waiting to hear more. all we know is -- sarah: paris has seen a number of vehicle attacks in recent months. we don't know what this is.
is the city on natural things like that? lisa: people are aware here in france that there is a new -- a high risk of terror attacks everyday. we don't know what kind of background this particular event has today. yes of course, people are on edge. they are trying to go about their normal way of living, but obviously when things like this happen, even if the background is not linked to terrorism, it is shocking to many people. people think back to all the numerous terrorist attacks of the past two years. sarah: lisa, with the latest on an incident where one person is dead and five injured after a driver rammed into customers at a pizza restaurant. we will check back in with you soon. turning out to other news, seven years ago, india -- 70 years ago, in yet was divided into
multiple nations. today pakistan is marking the anniversary of his creation in 1947. a flag voice things ceremony was held at the mazza liam of the nation's founder. pakistan and india became independent at the same time, india held its celebrations one day later. patrician was met by waves of communal violence in mass migration. on that report takes a look at that turbulent history as seen by a man who is eight years old when partition happened. reporter: from his garden in islamabad, he reflects on a turbulent life. in the summer of 1947 he was eight years old. he clearly remembers hearing the news that in view become independent but divided. like many muslims, his family fled to the new nation of pakistan. about 20 million people were displaced.
>> we really did not know why all this is happening. but from the faces of our elders, because his of my parents, -- the faces of my parents, i could feel something was terribly wrong. reporter: neighbors turned on each other and met -- more than one million people left -- lost their lives. he would later join the pakistani military. the divisive -- pakistan and india fought four wars over it. he was wounded and captured in 1971 he considers himself lucky. >> they took care of me for 10 months. maybe i had the same feeling and
they had the same feeling. wounded soldier. he should be taken care of. reporter: the hostility between the nations is visible every day. thousands of spectators cheer their soldiers on from the sidelines. here it is a symbolic show what other border points the soldiers are firing live around. lives are lost almost every month. the colorful spectacle should not distract from the fact that these two nations are armed to the teeth and both have nuclear weapons. he is saddened by all this. it was almost 70 years before india allow the old man to visit his ancestral village. >> we should have lived up to the independence that we got. there have been ups and downs in life.
i wish more stability could have come and the fighting between the two countries stopped. what we all wish, i don't know if that wish will come true during my lifetime. reporter: at the border crossing every evening there is a brief handshake. but the governments of india and pakistan are not on speaking terms. so it appears is wish will not be fulfilled anytime soon. sarah: still to come on our program, china's stands by sanctions against north korea as beijing announces bans on goods from its neighbor. but will that be enough to halt pyongyang's nuclear ambitions? that and plenty more coming up next on dw. ♪
♪ sarah: welcome back. our top story is a breaking news story coming in from france. paris police say in eight-year-old girl has been killed after a driver rammed his car into a pizza restaurant. at least five others were injured in this incident which occurred in a small town east of paris. the driver was arrested soon after the incident. it is still unclear whether this was an act of deliberation. last week in algerian man drove his car into a group of french soldiers in paris and a truck attack in nice over a year ago left 86 dead. we will update you with the latest as we get it. also coming up, u.s. president donald trump yesterday condemned the evils of racism after a
woman protester died over the weekend. he faced criticism when his initial response did not explicitly condemn right-wing extremists. the u.s. joint chiefs of staff said his country wants a peaceful resolution with a standoff with north korea. marine general joseph dunford met with south korean officials to try to ease concerns about a military or nuclear confrontation. south koreans are used to aggressive posturing from pyongyang, but this time it is different. reporter: if anything is keeping people in seoul office treats these days, it is most likely the rain. not fears of an attack by north korea. even though the rest of the world seems to be feeling a sense of panic over the conflict, that is a hard sentiment to find here. >> some of my friends are
serving in the army. whenever they hear about military action from north korea, they are mobilized to counter anything that might come our way. but normal people like us to not pay attention to this kind of news. we hear it so often from the media on tv, we are known in this respect. that's why we are not concerned. reporter: some feel this time is not the same saber rattling from their neighbor. >> i am partly worried because of trump. if it were not him in office i would worry less. he's more of a show off than a politician. if he continues like this something might actually happen. he's only interested in himself. >> this is a power game by two sides and we are caught in the middle. in korea we say, if two big guys fight, the little guy in the middle gets hurt. reporter: it's a realization
that has become part of life in the city of 10 million. even know most people in seoul did not think an attack is very likely they are also aware there is always the possibility, especially in times like these. if worse comes to worse they will have very little time to react. they will get alerts and then as quickly as they can ill have to find the nearest air raid shelter which could be a basement, and underground parking garage, for the entrance of a subway station. if an attack took place, people might push down escalators and stairs trying to find safety on the floors below. that is where you will find a reminder that something is different in the city. there are gas masks in every station. something the people of seoul are hoping they will never need. sarah: as concern grows in seoul , china is wrapping up the pressure on north korea. let's go to our business desk
for more. javier: of course this all has economic implications as well. no matter how big economic -- international pressure was, north korea can always rely on china as a solid ally. they share strong trade ties along with the border. but tensions are now wkening those ties and you and sanctions are being implemented on tuesday and china will no longer accept key imports from north korea. it is a big hit for the country led by kim jong-un. reporter: north korea's main exports to china are commodities like coal and iron, but also seafood. north korea is china's largest trading partner. north korea had been economically development -- dependent on its large neighbor for a long time. north korea will earn two
hundred $95 million this year from seafood exports to china. iron sales will bring in $251 million. lead, $113 million. loss of that revenue could hurt north korea badly. although china officially supports the un's sanctions against north korea, beijing has continued to prop up the regime of pyongyang. that now seems to have changed. javier: investors are following these developments closely. after a bumpy week less week. let's bring in our financial correspondent. 's situation between the u.s. and north korea is not improving but the markets seem to be. >> it didn't look too bad during trading hours. it looked like investors were back to normal monday.
the volatility index retreated to close to his average. the so-called havens that benefited from geopolitical -- white house officials did a good job in calming the crisis on sunday and ensuring -- the immediate was busy covering the violent white supremacist rally in virginia. javier: after that incident, merck ceo kenneth brazier has resigned from a group of top -- top level executives advising donald trump. izzy industry turning its back on the president? sophie: it does seem that when facing the toughest decisions to either please the president or the companies, he is not the
first ceo to show his disapproval of the president by leaving. in june when trump decided to leave the paris climate agreement, elon musk was the first to be the president's advisory council and disney ceo robert eiger also reside. in february, the uber ceo step down after criticism from customers and drivers. javier: sophie, thank you very much for the analysis. that's all from the business desk. back to sarah to continue our coverage of breaking news from france. sarah: let's go straight to paris where police say eight-year-old girl has been killed after a driver ran to his car into a pizza restaurant. at least five others were injured in this incident which took place in a small town east
of paris. officials say the driver was arrested soon after the incident. is unclear whether this act was deliver it. afp citing police sources to say this appears to be deliberate but it does not have any connection with a terrorist. for context, in france last week an algerian man drove his car into a group of french soldiers in paris. over a year ago a truck attack in the city of nice killed 86. lisa lewis joins us now on the line. can you give us any more information about this deadly attack that left an eight-year-old girl dead? lisa: the information we are hearing is slightly confusing. some reports say the dead girl is eight years old, other sources say she was 13 years old. we are hearing that the prosecutor's office nearby has told afp news that this act has
nothing to do with terrorism, really. other immediate reporting that the attacker, the person who plowed into people at the pizzeria, that he had actually tried to commit suicide a few days ago. sarah: what do we know about this attacker? lisa: not very much except for that this happened apparently earlier tonight. when it was still daylight he plowed into the restaurant, at least five people were injured and one girl died. the area around the pizzeria is currently cordoned off by police. they have said to keep clear of the area, are operation is still ongoing.
we are right now waiting to hear more about that. sarah: car attacks unfortunately are not a rarity in france. tell us more about that. lisa: there had been an attack just a few days ago, someone attacked a group of soldiers. and police officers are often the target such attacks because they are a symbol of the republic. terrorists target them and have targeted them on various occasions. people are well aware that such attacks can happen in a regular basis here in france. sarah: lisa lewis reporting for us from paris, where police say an eight-year-old girl has been killed after a driver rammed his car into a pizza restaurant. thank you for bringing us up to date. we will continue our coverage as we get more information. for now, a reminder of our headline. donald trump has today condemned
what he called the evil every system after the killing of a woman protesting against a far right gathering in charlottesville, virginia over the weekend. trump face criticism when his initial response to not explicitly condemn right-wing extremists. thank you for watching. ♪ [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] ♪
♪ welcome to "potus 2017" where we keep watch on the oval office and pour cold, hard facts on the overheated political rhetoric. i'm brian lehrer. today we discuss the u.s. investigation into russia's potential meddling in the 2016 presidential election as seen through the lens of a prominent investigator of watergate. later on in the show we will take a look at the effect automation is having on jobs. a new study finds it is much more than bad trade deals which get more political heat. first up, the president under the microscope then and now.