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speaking in philadelphia, trump underlined his determination to mexicans pay the billions of dollars for the wall's construction, adding that a meeting with the mexican president would be fruitless at this current time. onoftentimes, they'd say television -- the president of mexico, and myself, have agreed to cancel our planned meeting scheduled for next week. unless mexico is going to treat united states fairly, with meeting would be fruitless and i want to go a different route. have no choice. ahead more, let's straight to mexico city and speak to our correspondent, who joins us now live. atasha, this is the latest in ping-pong of exchanges between mexico and the u.s., over this wall. tell us more. reporter: well, before today's quite dramatic turn of
events, this game of political ping-pong over the wall had already been going on months, even after trump's controversial visit to mexico .uring his campaign after after he left, there were nietong between president and trump about the wall. it's really just developed into this huge physical and symbolic sticking point between the two leaders. and it's not an insignificant that we'reoney talking about here. conservative estimates place the cost of building this at $14ersial wall billion, higher estimates go up to $40 million. at no point has mexico indicated any willingness to contribute. the most firmlly response we've seen from peña nieto to this. looks like it may have managed to strike a slightly con conciliatory tone from the white house, saying they'll reschedule the meeting. this -- despite the bold nieto message
sent -- and it seems here they have no choice to do so, after this -- and forth on this is a really crucial relationship for mexico. one they want for the u.s. countrie countries are deeply entwined in trade, security, immigration. weighing on what's going to happen. government is clearly not budging on this issue. but in real terms, what cards do they have up their sleeve to play? reporter: the answer to that is unfortunately. no one is kidding themselves that this isn't a one-sided relationship. having said that, especially with nieto indicating this stands newly revived firm by sending this message, there are a few things being discussed here. this is speculative at this stage, but some of his ministers have indicated that perhaps, rather than allow trump to roll back the slow and painful way on
agreements, which is absolutely crucial to the mexican economy structure right pull outco would altogether, if it was to come to that. discussed pulling back on the support of the u.s. policy.ion mexico currently does a lot of deportingand immigrants, trying to reach the u.s. from the south. if it rolled back on that, tens of thousands of people who it would deport every year. so that could have implications for the trump administration and their approach to immigration. and also, in security, mexico beenhe u.s. have strategically involved together in the drug war, trying to combat cartel violence. just last week, el chapo was perhapsed to the u.s., symbolic of how close that relationship has been. thatere are a few things mexico may be able to use. but the reality is that it does
and trump'se u.s. administration has all the power inthis stage, and mexico is a tight spot, sort of waiting to of what's going to come out this, these uncharted waters. >> thank you very much for that insight. well, as well as signing an executive order on the construction of that wall, trump put pen to paper on another tax, stripping over $2 billion of federal funding to so-called sanctuary cities that shield illegal immigrants. trump is widely expected this of all pause the flow refugees into the country and indefinitely bar those fleeing war in syria. haveter: donald trump may declared himself a president of the people when he was inaugurated less than a week ago. but that's not stopped thousands of them taking to the streets ever since. to stripatest threat municipalities of federal dollars for shielding illegal
sparked fresh demonstrations nationwide. to stand with our muslim and immigrant neighbors and friends in new york. of immigrants and we should stand with our community. reporter: in the big apple, trump's directive goes from the streets all the hall. the town >> we're not going to allow our police officers to be used as enforcement agents. we have come so far in making this city safe and building a better relationship between police and community. we are not going to take the very people who keep us safe turn them against the communities they serve. simple as that. reporter: elsewhere in the country, people say they've been resist these kinds of orders ever since donald trump won the election. reaffirmed in november that we would remain a sanctuary city. we are not going to turn the on what and who we have been or want to be, which is a for those that
choose cambridge to be where they want to reside, as they this pathway to citizenship. reporter: in the u.s., there are more than 200 jurisdictions that have vowed some kind of protection for undocumented migrants, along with new york, both, denver, los angeles, seattle and chicago, some of the that offer sanctuary to families. >> the first world leader to meet with trump in his new capacity as u.s. president will be the british prime minister, theresa may. this thursday, she left her london residence bound for the u.s. to hold talks with trump at the white house this friday, after having first republican delegates at an event in philadelphia. asked about trump's comments on a spokesperson for theresa may said that britain's close relationship with the u.s. frank exchanges on those areas on which the two
leaders disagree. well, for more, we can go live u.k. andool in the speak to a lecturer in american at the city's john moore's university. thank you very much for taking us here to speak with on france 24 this evening. >> good evening. >> good evening. is this set to be an amicable meeting, or might mrs. may be wanting to question trump on some of his more controversial policies or rhetoric? >> it's certainly being framed as an amicable meeting, the so-called special relationship and a long history of of relations. theresa may said just before she attract, opposites referring to a relationship with trump. think it's framed in am miccability. trump will want to be seriously challenged over issues like torture remains to be seen.
in the post-brexit world, who most, do you think? >> america needs britain very little, to be honest. america much more, outside of the e.u., america is largest nation trading partner. of exports go to america. as has always been the case with the so-called special relationship since 1945, britain has needed america much more needed britain. i think the idea of the special relationship is based on kind of of britishea influence and british standing world.tish weight in the >> as i've been saying, theresa may is the first world leader to meet with mr. trump. come from decision to her house or from the white house? reporter: i think it's interesting that theresa may is going to the white house or to philadelphia to meet with trump.
i think it's a reaffirmation of what trump has been seeing during the campaign. talked about himself being mr. brexit, that he'd champion brexit, of a british withdrawal from the e.u. and therefore, i think he maybe sees something of a kindred spirit with theresa may and relationshipd a based on ideas of political upheaval and revolution and all things.nd of >> we have, of course, as you've been mentioning, been speaking very long time about this special relationship between washington and london. that become consolidated over the years, between various prime ministers and presidents. is this relationship set to change across the next four years, do you think? think, as with anything to do with donald trump, it is incredibly hard to predict what happen. to i think that since 1945, they've been having ups and downs in the relationship. the relationship was most often as -- that was a
relationship driven with despite outward amicableness, there were disputes within various issues to do with the wider world the we're dealing with. so how it will actually pan out, assured himself to be volatile, change his mind a lot. at this stage, as in so many of things with his presidency, we just don't know at this point in time. >> okay. a lecturer. thank you very much for being us on france 24. with heavily armed soldiers made ag on, barrow jubilant home coming to gambia just a few hours ago. the country's new president had taken shelter in senegal, where was sworn into office last week, after the man he beat in election refused to budge, exilefinally flying into
in ecuador. we go live to our correspondent, standing by. a homecoming marked by dancing and celebration. clearly happy to see barrow back on home turf. reporter: we are indeed witnessing incredible scenes there tonight, as tens of thousands of supporters welcome gambia's new president home. he arrived at the airport five hours ago. he left two hours ago. and he's still on the road, from airport to towns surrounded by celebrating supporters. continue at this pace, he will be home tomorrow morning. for thetain that gambians, barrow's return marks the end of the yahya jammeh rule, 22 years of one of the dictatorships in the world. gambians say they now have gained independence, democracy
and freedom of speech. >> but, of course, now he's back on home soil. down toas to get business. what do you think are his immediate aims, or what is to-do list? his reporter: barrow will have to take control over state the country and that has been ruled by the same man for the past 22 years, one of the most important tasks for him is security reforms. know that those police and controlled by jammeh and barrow will probably have to reform them as soon as possible. has asked for a west african theonal force to remain in country while this work starts. secondly, barrow is a businessman. have to deal with the economy. the political crisis has hit one most important incomes we haveia, tourism -- already heard about hotel resorts that have been forced to
lay off people. the third issue may be not as longing but will take a time is reconciliation between the people. this work should start as soon as possible. barrow has already announced and he will set up a troop reconciliation commission, while he also deals with the former leaders and people who were close to yahya jammeh. >> okay. youcorrespondent, thank very much for joining us. theng on here in france, conservative nominee francois fillon has gone on t.v. to the recent scandal to have engulfed both him and riz wife. he is under the spotlight over his wife over alf a million euros for fictitious job as a aide. he said all is above board and
legal, adding that he'll be suing those publications that dared to make those allegations. reporter: i'm very confident that all my comments, that the lawyer was willing to make, after handing him documents as evidence on wednesday. the le canard enchaine ran an article, keuzing fillon of accusing hisfe -- keuzing his wife forg working as a parliamentary aide. they could find no proof of that. >> this role involved being both an advisor and carrying out small tasks. would meet people from the region. we have many accounts of that. go directlyo would to her. reporter: however, back in october, penelope fillon said until now, i had never been involved in my husband's political life.
launchedtigation was just hours after the article hit the press. fillon's supporters said prosecutors were too quick to jump on the claims. but this lawyer says the financial prosecutor's office has long proved its neutrality. >> within fillon's political general, there's not a belief of their independence. in fact, his office acted in independence of the political party in power and i've been a witness to this in many cases. reporter: investigators must now unearth exactly how or if penelope fillon works within the government. >> now, if, like me, you're a tin tin, or even calvin and hobbs, this next story is definitely for you. french culture minister has opened the 44th annual comic in france this thursday. writers, illustrators and fans of the literature have gathered to read, share and discuss the
latest cartoon and graphic novel offerings. here's more. reporter: it's a tribute to one comic bookts of the industry. the father of asterisks, and what better place to do it than the 44th international comic festival? the third biggest in the world. days every year, this is the biggest comic bookstore in the world. the authors are here. theiret to meet audiences. reporter: another celebrated theoonist was here, awarded prestigious grand prize. year's fair wasn't all about the praise. in an interview with france 24, criticized the industry cartoonistsf women
in the comic world. >> i've always worked for the press. and of course, in the british newspapers, there aren't that cartoonists. men.of them were done by but there were one or two done by women. it's always been male dominated, like a lot of professions. reporter: joining the chorus of voices, according to one woman, there are plenty of characters but they are often overshadowed with their male counterparts. >> we're not used to seeing them, nor are we used to considering them. but in reality, they're everywhere. reporter: the criticism aside, the comic book industry continues to thrive in france. some 5,000 copies have been published in 2016. publications in the country's market.
>> i'm incredibly jealous. i really, really, really want to be there! business news. for that, i'm joined by will. and will, you have more. here forto be business, right? >> great, even though i'd love to be reading a cartoon. but no. to be moving on to business. in the u.k., the whole brexit negotiations have had an impact businesses. >> that's right. some of these headlines, kind of like the funny papers themselves. barkley's choosing to make its headquarters. last year, mink is planning to add about 150 staff to their dublin operation. barkley's is concerned if u.k.-based finance companies lose easy access to the trading bloc. so-called plan a is they will indeed reach a beneficial deal. standard, chartered and credit swiss are each believed exploring their options in dublin as well. now, last year, u.k. for cars reached a
17-year high with exports to the climbing 7.5%. but brexit will not disappear can secure strong trade deals. for more on the british auto industry, here's brian quinn. metal forpedal to the british car makers in 2016. last year saw the country's largest auto production numbers since 1999. on thursday, the society of and traderscturers announced that over 1.7 million cars had been assembled in the u.k. during 2016, an 8.5% jump over 2015. sales hit 2.6 million in the kingdom. potentialggest roadblock, of course, brexit. >> 2017 is going to be more challenging. a period of much more uncertainty. we don't know what our future relationship will be with europe. >> britain exported roughly three quarters of a million
europe in 2016. 56% of its total exports. 7.5%. a rise of but with the british government moving to push brexit through parliament and prime minister theresa may prepared to leave european single market, those exports could be in for a drop. looking much't smoother across the atlantic. trump's trade policies are looming over export markets. >> we have a new president in the united states. we're not entirely clear exactly what his priorities will be in terms of trade and trade with europe, with the u.k. so any uncertainty does cause back a bit.o hold reporter: thursday morning, theresa may headed to philadelphia for a meeting with trump. u.s. and the the u.k., certain to be on the agenda. >> and despite that brexit uncertainty, the u.k. economy finishing 2016 on strong terms, growing faster than expected at
0.6% in the fourth quarter, helped by strong consumer spending. finance minister noted that every major sector of the economy grew last year. overall, 2016 saw the u.k. economy grow 2%. slower than the previous two years, which it 2.2 and 3.1%. but 2016 will be under close scrutiny to see if the u.k. can indeed secure beneficial trade deals. in on the markets. after yesterday's record showing on wall street, stocks are u.s.y flat in the technology stocks earlier among the biggest losers, while financial companies were leading gains. digesting several key earnings today. expectations.les caterpillar beat earnings its revenue fell short.
germany saw its index, the only one to finish in the green. after years of painful austerity, greiss is on track -- is on tack for a sur -- surplus, before debt repayments runs 3.5% of g.d.p. eurozone may grant athens further debt relief. the will be discussing greek economy in brussels. officials say athens has been steady improving and outperforming their forecasts. >> greece has substantially outperformed on last year's fiscal targets. they are going to meet this year's target. and we need to finalize the work 2018.sures from >> now, also getting attention therussels is donald trump, man tipped to be his ambassador thate european union said the euro currency could collapse months, a comment
that stirred some laughter in brussels. think this is a very informed judgment. the euro is not going to collapse. neither in 18 months, neither in 10 years, neither in 20 years. have a single currency, a major factor of unity between us. use trying to divide the europeans. the u.s. president has been encouraging companies to manufacture in the united states alone in advocating domestic production. launchedrime minister the make in india initiative back in 2014, as the country celebrates its 68th republic day this thursday. feelings towards the economy are bittersweet. on one hand, growth is ex e.b.t.ed to take a -- hit.ted to take a but just this week, two global companies said they're taking a india. look at
reporter: marching towards sustained growth, that's what indian business leaders and come inans hope will 2017 for their country's economy. few is after a painful months following the prime minister's decision to scrap 85% bank notes in an effort to tackle the problem of illicit money and tax evasion. some analysts think that more modi's done to boost flagship "make in india" policy, which began in 2014. to grow.e we have to grow in the manufacturing sector. i'm not saying we neglect agriculture. we should support agriculture. but the core of our development fewtegy over the next years, manufacturing and jobs. reporter: new government guidelines, which enable more foreign direct investment may be bearing fruit. week, they announced they will return manufacturing to two-decader a absence. meanwhile, apple has been in government about
expanding its operations in the south asian country. most profitable company wants to open a network of flapship stores and manufacture iphones there. with or without apple, this analyst is calling for more between different stakeholders. >> clusters that you see in countries, which are the clusters of innovation, universities, labor markets, government, all working together in a cluster, which helps you innovation. that has been absent in india. reporter: apple hopes for india import rules and other tariffs. on company hopes to expand its 2% share of india's smartphone market, largely dominated by companies selling cheaper devices. another quickr break. do stay with us.
01/26/17 01/26/17 [captioning made possible by democracy now!] amy: from the sundance film festival in park city, utah, this is democracy now! pres. trump: i have spoken as recently as 24 hours ago with people at t the highest level of intelligence and i asked them the question, does it work? does torture work? and the answer was yes, absolutely. amy: in his first television interview as president, donald trump openly backs the use of torture. this comes as