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well destroy that's true if you looked at slavery. i do think that archie is propaganda arm of the russian government and helps to spread. information that helps advance russia's interest and so that's why i think it's important for people like me to come on if it were me would be somebody who was less capable who would maybe not do as good a job presenting the american point of view.
i'm with the francis is the boss broadcasting around the world from washington d.c. tonight we have more emissions scandal information from around the world car manufacturing giants get set to admit wrongdoing and cough up the billions of dollars in cash for recalls and government finds and venezuela is still in trouble and it's heating up again we fill you in on what both sides stand accused of now and my guests and i delve into the first sixty days of a term presidency former u.s. trade commissioner bart chilton joins me for this standby starts right now. german automaker audi the luxury brand of the volkswagen group will. trophy it up
to eight hundred fifty thousand diesel cars with new software to improve their emissions performance it's admitted to creating software which turned on emissions controls during lab tests and then illegally turned them off when the cars were on the road in order to improve performance in total five german automakers mercedes benz opel volkswagen and its subsidiaries audi in porsche recalled six hundred thirty thousand diesel vehicles in europe after it was found they also manipulated emissions audi is now set to fork over one point three billion dollars in a payout to the state of california alone over this it's compounded by a four point three billion dollars settlement due to the us government the global cost of fines and compensation is estimated at around twenty two billion euros or more. and if you've ever suspected that online retailers recognize your account or ip address then proceed to boost the prices over time the federal
trade commission says you may have been right a consumer watchdog prompted the f.t.c. investigation into around one thousand products on amazon's web site in june it noticed that sixty one percent of amazon's reference prices were higher than it had sold the same product four in just the previous ninety days this is bad news for consumers and it's coupled with a new move by longtime american retailer sears which has signed on to save itself its former footprint of thirty four hundred stores nationwide has shrunk by two thousand it's got the largest distribution of kenmore appliances in the country though which it plans to feature on amazon its shares jumped twenty two percent on this news but as this f.t.c. investigation moves forward you may want to keep an eye on those price comparisons .
well foreign buyers are about to have a much harder time acquiring american companies and the reason for that goes far beyond economic concerns about the shooting has more on this for us right now bianca what is the cause for this roadblock these foreign acquisitions well as far as we know it's over concerns about national security so even though it's the treasury that is involved in monitoring these sort of deals we could eventually see other government departments and agencies getting involved as well earlier this week u.s. treasury secretary steven newton met with chinese leaders in washington it was part of the u.s. china comprehensive economic dialogue which is meant to foster discussion over the economic ties between both countries during the meeting newton expressed his desire to work together and maximize the benefits for both sides and he added this is only possible there is a more fair and balanced economic relationship between the united states and china this means providing access for american firms in china as we provide access for
chinese firms in the united states but it doesn't look like the u.s. will be providing extensive access to chinese firms so far this year the u.s. government has rejected nine acquisitions of american companies from foreign buyers those objections followed complaints from the committee on foreign investment in the united states regarding concerns over national security while the changes affect foreign buyers everywhere this will notably impact china in two thousand and seventeen chinese firms by eighty seven u.s. companies and that's up from last year's record of seventy seven it comes at a crucial time for china as the government restricts capital outflow to preserve foreign exchange reserves it's also unclear how this could impact chinese investment in u.s. real estate but you just hit a record high in two thousand and sixteen china. buyers purchased thirty one point seven billion dollars worth of u.s. homes up nearly four million dollars from two thousand and sixteen that rate is expected to cool down
a bit this year but it's still anticipated to continue somewhat strongly in the years to come according to the o.e.c.d. just eighteen ownership of foreign real estate compared to g.d.p. buying a business is different than buying residential property but both could be influenced by future policy decisions ok so what industries have been affected by this the mouse well you know the rules certainly don't discriminate here but the biggest sector that has been impact is the tech sector because a lot of these concerns were guard cyber security and cyber attacks that could happen so it's important to know that if this committee does come forward with a complaint about certain potential deals happening doesn't immediately kill them it just kind of puts them on hold but of course not every international firm is going to have the time and money to wait around because that they don't try to wait around and stick it out you know it could their second line behind hundreds of other companies that are trying to buy up companies here as well right so other
countries cutting down on foreign buying to throw you out of the whole list of people that are kind of way way back it's certainly not just the u.s. actually last year australia blocked chinese firms from buying stakes in which is a state owned electricity company for the same reason the national take over state owned electricity big secret ok i don't even time to talk about the elf in the room yeah. so they it was about a fifty percent stake in the company australia said no because of national security concerns but they ended up realizing that you know they lost out on a bit of money because they gave it to local firms instead and their valuation was a few million dollars lower so obviously safety is first but that is something to consider when pushing out foreign buyers and instead. america first or if you're prioritizing local firms and companies right on australian for australia first the first american to learn i doubt they used the i don't i don't think i'm not quite
alright and not only that you know as well as i do the lot of chinese people buy up real estate here so they can get visas and i think there's also a clampdown on that as well absolutely in many of the big cities around the nation and we'll see if there is for the clampdown coming up a lot of money to lose out on now thank you so much. the crisis in venezuela is deepening after a twenty four hour nationwide strike shut down parts of the capital take night had more clashes between anti-government protesters and the police venezuela's opposition called the strike to protest president nicolas maduro plan to rewrite the constitution and strengthen his party's power the material government says it will move forward with the controversial election of a constituent assembly on july thirtieth this is despite a threat of economic sanctions by the u.s. for more we cross live now to our miami marina you've been following this story since it began according to reports the last venezuela that venezuela experienced
such a massive national strike was back in two thousand and two and that's when the opposition tried to oust former president chavez thursday strike was successful in creating chaos but it's brought chaos and as we've seen you know. televisions around the world people can see this unfolding on the streets there and it's a burden to ordinary people as the opposition gets closer to its main objective to oust material so what do you what do you say about where this is all headed now. the question is will they get what they want the opposition and it appears that the short answer is no president nicolas maduro has the backing of the country's powerful military and his supporters and thus far he refuses to give in to the demands of the protesters unfortunately this has led to an estimated one hundred deaths since anti-government demonstrations began in april and on thursday clashes between protesters and venezuelan police broke out in different points of the capital groups of masked men young men set fire to
a handful of blockades and hurled stones at riot police who fired back to tear gas businesses were shuttered public transport stalled and streets were deserted in areas affected by the strike now while the international media and the opposition to the strike as a success it was a costly inconvenience to ordinary people the blockade and chaos prevented countless citizens from getting to work forcing many to sacrifice a day's salary is under fire for plans for a july thirtieth election of a citizen's body a constituent assembly to rewrite the constitution now critics see it as a power grab venezuelans ambassador to the u.n. resigned thursday night insisting he can no longer work for the administration. my little has been violating the rights he has being systematically persecuting civilians he is protecting and encouraging state terrorism against civilians he has been responsible for more than one hundred deaths of
crimes against humanity torture and political prisoners and it is time for him to go. that as well has grappled with a deadly political and economic crisis as low crude oil prices have forced the government to cut back or eliminate its socialist programs this has led as you've reported lindsey over and over again it's led to food and medicine shortages and skyrocketing unemployment in the country. well u.s. president of course he's been threatening to take strong and swift action economic action specifically against the venezuelan government if it does move ahead with the july thirtieth election and how is responded to this well president nicolas maduro as expected has been quite defiant he's rejected the white house's calls to halt a rewriting of the constitution insisting that venezuela will respond firmly to any economic sanctions imposed by the u.s.
on tuesday the socialist party leader blamed the united states for supporting and inflaming violent protests in his country ok. believe it will the united states asks the venezuelan government to abandon its proposal for a national constituent assembly if the government of venezuela responds the proposal of the original constituent power and for the national constituent assembly is already in the hands of the people and so he belongs to the sovereign people of venezuela who will exercise their right to vote on july thirtieth and to no one else. while the majority government has been facing widespread opposition it's important to point out that eighty grassroots movements across south america. known as the people's summit have proclaimed their support for the democratic democratically elected government that we're going to zation this criticize america's meddling in venezuela as domestic affairs it has also condemned. america's trade bloc for suspending venezuela's membership back in december twenty
sixth seen obviously this is not the end of the crisis in the chaos there but for now the government of venezuela seems defiant against all the opposition. miami thank you so much for covering this for us thank you time now for a quick break stick around though when we get back exxon mobil is fined millions for working with russian business giants that were put under sanctions by the u.s. back in two thousand and fourteen and my guests former u.s. attorney for national park health and joins me to take apart president bush six months and as you go to break check out the number. is one of the instruments to drive the economy. to tragedy i did.
when you fight your consent to public will. when the right wing project. the flame of. the sun we don't. know if we can leave the room. do. you really. exxon mobil must pay a two million dollar fine for showing what the u.s. treasury department calls reckless disregard for u.s. sanctions on russia while secretary of state rex tillerson was the oil giant c.e.o. this lawsuit was brought by the u.s. treasury department for this fine now it claims that the oil giant violated
sanctions against russia when it signed contracts in may two thousand and fourteen with russian oil magnate igor sation chairman at the time of government owned energy giant rosneft us had blacklisted sation now the company says that the treasury had permitted an american c.e.o. to attend a board meeting with station as long as it wasn't related to say sions personal business the treasury department disagrees arguing that it never said there was an exception or carve out for the professional conduct of designated or blocked persons exxon sued the us government to stop this fine. and dozens of workers visas classified as age to be have been requested from the labor department by the trump organization it would grant foreigners the right to work at two of the president's private clubs in florida the filing came days after the administration announced it would offer. an extra fifteen thousand temporary
seasonal work visas this project there according to a posting by the labor department this request includes thirty five waiters and waitresses with twenty cooks fifteen maids at the president's mara log of resort in florida at the national golf club in jupiter florida a request was posted first six cooks the jobs pay anywhere from ten dollars thirty three cents to twenty dollars one cent per hour this comes on the heels of the trump administration making it more difficult for highly skilled foreign workers to snap up the coveted h one b. one visas which technology companies rely on so heavily. that spent six months since donald trump was inaugurated as president of the united states now friday his press secretary sean spicer suddenly resigned from his possession just as wealthy financier anthony's car moved she was appointed as white house communications director the drama is nonstop so it's a good time to reflect on the presidency and look at what's coming up next here to discuss former u.s.
trade commissioner bart chilton. our thanks for joining us what's break this down on the economy we've seen a couple of dozen stock market record highs and bunch of drops even a few this week donald trump's economy on a roll is of slowing down i'm hearing it from both sides not a lot of people are too happy about the future what do you think this real quick on the sean spicer thing i mean how difficult is it when you go before the national media when you have to say i don't know the answer because my boss hasn't told me so boy he's had a tough job and you know there were and whether or not he would leave a lot of people thought he wouldn't musing that he lasted so long that it's a tough to beat him but on the economy you know i mean we keep seeing record after record highs of me to you know twenty one six forty a new record this week nasdaq on the wall the ten days of gains the first time they've done that since the nasdaq's down there since. very and the markets are up
since the election seventeen percent and nine cents nine percent since the inaugural so they're doing pretty well i mean there are some other economic indicators that aren't quite is positive you know but but by and large the economy i think it's doing pretty well whether any negative economic indicators for talking growth probably i mean you know one point six gross domestic product last year the first quarter which was the only quarterly numbers we have was only one point four the may numbers was one point two so again down a little bit the second quarter won't be released until the end of this month another week and a half or so so we'll have to see me i expect that they will increase significantly i don't believe it's going to get up to the four five or six percent that candidate trump talked about but perhaps the three percent that the council of economic advisers gary call and said three percent is still doable and it could be who knows i would be big news to me to see that three percent but very very good news
president so far and geopolitics you sure you want to get this far as well we talked about it before and it's very interesting as areas where if they hear that again so he started off you know doing these meetings with the. japanese prime minister and the president china down at mar a lago the private resort in florida had bunch of meetings here in washington d.c. and then his first foreign for a pretty successful in saudi arabia right not quite as successful in israel and then in in brussels in italy and then he went back with the g. twenty and to your give a good speech in poland and really improve and then even the new president of france emmanuel mccrone invited him the last week for big deal day and they go out along famously and at the restaurant in the eiffel tower until midnight supposedly so it's hard to say that you know the president hasn't done so much work at. building relationships by the same token his position on climate change has angered
a lot of folks his position for not unusually embracing article five which is the nato mutual defense doctrine ultimately did that is paul and speech but not at first it was sort of ruffled some feathers with world leaders and it doesn't appear as any plan to deal with north korea which is warmongering attitude directed pretty much at the at the u.s. and the continuation of the nuclear proliferation program so that and syria which we've talked about before too so lots out there lots of challenges and doesn't seem like on those key sort of medicine foreign policy issues that there is really a game plan. let's talk about his legislative policy and if they can if i can get started right yeah exactly because then running mate you know mike had said they both promise a lot when they're on the campaign trail dating back to twenty sixteen let's just listen to some of what they said and they were out something about the policies
that will be developing in the months ahead but the president elect has strongly supported efforts popularly advanced in the congress in years past of health savings accounts allowing americans to purchase health insurance across state lines association health plans the architecture of the replacement of obamacare will come together as it should through the legislative process in the weeks and months ahead the launch of our national rebuilding i will be asking congress to approve legislation that produces a one trillion dollar investment in infrastructure of the united states financed through both public and private capital creating millions of new jobs this effort will be guided by two core principles by american and high you're american. number one. are you ready was ready.
was we will build a great thing was and. will pay you the the one hundred percent of the. you know you're going to pay was a progress report what do we think lots of excitement from the crowds from those voters and who are cracks there are we looking out for progress. well on the on the last one on the border wall i'm not sure that mexico still knows they're going to pay for it they've certainly said they're not going to look at it i mean that's the weakest part of the president's policy proposals is that he hasn't got much done and he's been very reactive on health care which you know we know it's passed the house but not the senate it's being bogged down in the senate the president really sort of he said i'm waiting with my pen to sign it but he's not proactive in trying
to reach a compromise he's not out there giving speeches around the country now in fairness it took president obama fourteen months to get the affordable care act passed so maybe there is you know you can give them more leeway but he's the one the president and the vice president said they were going to do it on day one then they said go do it in february here we are six months into it and they're having a heck of a time on tax reform all they've done is a mere one page on the trillion dollar infrastructure program that he just said there in the clip he would send to congress he sent cliff notes he sent six pages you know that's not that's not acceptable and that's certainly out of the norm for presidents and as somebody asked me other day lindsey they said but you've got to respect that he is so different than all the republican and democrat presidents like you have in the past but what my response was maybe because they were right. maybe he should do things sort of similarly i'm not saying don't be disruptive but by and large the policy proposals you put forward haven't gone anywhere it seems
like a have ministration is intent on its ability to throw shade to blame the other side for not getting things done instead of being positive as much as barack obama struggled to get this passed there was sort of a reaching across the aisle and trying to get it passed much more certainly than this president and i think it's really frustrating for people what do you see next in congress let's point out first that there is usually a more honeymoon a honeymoon. period that's given to presidents for a longer term you think this is been taken away from him or you know i don't think he had any even and by the way when you talk about blaming the other side you know it's so easy and it's cynical as all get out but you know blame the other side or in the president's case blame the media right now to bill it's got to have a villain in his narrative and it's just unfortunate because they should be working together if you get elected you hope they work together but he's had no honeymoon in part because of the election tampering investigation which continues to dog him
and facts continue to come out despite the fact him and his spokespeople say there's no there there and then secondly the poll numbers are just dropping like a stone he's down to a low of thirty six percent which is the lowest since it started paula seven hours ago and even republicans like republican of south carolina lindsey graham senator lindsey graham some of his ideas are about the dumbest ideas he's ever heard so there's no love lost among some republicans many democrats he hasn't had a honeymoon and this comes at a time where it's going to get tougher not easier one just real quick one is the end of the year budget battles lindsey right absolutely september there we go and then the raising of the debt ceiling which will comprise the end of september the beginning of october those are tough votes and so it's going to be tougher not easier and i think one of the things that's interesting when we look at these numbers is that moderate traditional moderates traditional republicans you know
center right who voted for trump because they couldn't stand hillary in office those are the people that you have to win over to get these polling numbers up right these are not die hard to the people wanting product and that's why he's not giving them you watched six presidents now pretty closely. this one's different overall assessment six months before there are glimmers and gleams particularly with regard to the economy and potential for more in the legislative front but it's going to be a tough hurdle i think it's a historic. bad beginning for the president on fortunately i hope things get better in the future thank you so much for your time today former u.s. attorney mark chilton. shares in chipotle a fell four point five percent to close at three hundred fifty six dollars five cents their lowest point since april two thousand and thirteen mexican grill has
faced food scandals two years running after customers recently tested positive for norovirus in northern virginia those problems have only grown but health officials say they don't exactly have enough information on that now to connect the dots yet we are looking at a very bad situation for this chain earlier this week diners captured video of rodents crawling on the floor and up a wall to post labor released a statement claiming this is an extremely isolated incident but it's marred reputation remains almost two years after any coli outbreak that sent its sales plunging and caused a halt to its massive supply chain. that's all for now check out the show on you to youtube dot com slash the must r t thanks for watching for next time.
in the u.s. a child can choose a nominee course in school. with a retired offices as teachers we don't. recruit we'll sisters if the cadet is interested in going in the military but we don't recruit ourselves. the pentagon is funding a program to boost interest in the military among teenagers a chance to step up to an apollo so that comfortable with yourself. things you can't go wrong with the military it's a great stepping stone for every one do but some veterans are willing to tell enthusiastic children a little more they ask me call of duty is a very popular first year video game. it's play and that's because the military like call of duty to turn off call of duty oh yeah well you can't turn off your lot