whether or not the long awaited miller probe into trump russia collusion will deliver a smoking gun democrats look set to launch their own investigation intend it seems on still achieving one thing for you peach somebody you have to persuade the american public to happen is a long way down the road we don't have the facts yet as some in washington continue to ratchet up talk of regime change in caracas the self-proclaimed interim president returns home from a latin american tour without upset or incident. also this hour french president
emanuel mccrone outlines his grandiose vision for a new europe and it's lining in popularity and bricks it was but is told to focus on the mass protests and growing criticism at home. and the u.k. primary school reportedly caved into pressure and suspends its lessons on homosexuality after hundreds of angry parents keep their children at home in protest. a very warm welcome to the program from all of us here at r t h two in moscow thanks for tuning in this hour. we start in the u.s. where senior u.s. democrats are demanding access to all communications between donald trump and vladimir putin that's amid claims that u.s. president conceal details of what he spoke about with his russian counterpart the following request has been sent to the white house. the committee's request the by
march fifteenth twenty nineteen the department produced all documents communications regardless of form and classification to refer or relate to any communications between president trump and president putin democrats are doubling down on their efforts to put trump under ever more intense scrutiny or writing alleged collusion with russia that could be because there's talk the current miller probe into the issue will prove to be a disappointment in that respect as killed often explains. there's an old saying among cops and prosecutors if you throw enough at a wall eventually something will stick and this old saying usually expressed with less polite terminology seems to now be the montra of the democrats in congress gerry nad lawyer has been selected to lead the charge impeachment is a long way down the road we don't we don't have the facts yet but we're going to initiate. a proper investigation so you have ph somebody you have to persuade the american public that it ought to to happen to remember the bob muller investigation
that highly expensive two year long probe into allegations that donald trump had colluded with russia not too long ago democrats had many people convinced that it would be a huge game changer. well the final report is imminent and some are worried that it won't contain a bombshell or smoking gun revelation but some democrats seem to have the same overall goal because we're going to go in there really. i eighty one people have received a letter from the house judiciary committee they plan on following up on every last lead from the testimony of trump's former warrior michael cohen at this point they are planning to investigate the relations between the white house and trump's family the firing of james komi foreign trade deals and much much more and it won't
just be the judiciary committee that is looking into donald trump you have to do is follow the transcripts if there were names that were mentioned records that were mentioned during the hearing we're going to take a look at all of that the u.s. constitution lays out procedures for trying and removing a president who is guilty of high crimes and misdemeanors the idea is to put a check and balance on the executive branch so that it is not above the law however it seems that as of late investing. ations and impeachment have turned into just another play in the never ending political football game. r.t. new york. the white house has reacted with scorn to news of a new probe saying the democrats were opening up a quote disgraceful and abusive investigation the tired false allegations felon trump has even branded it harassment of innocent people former us republican congressman michael patrick flanagan believes a democrat controlled angry black for the democrats knowing that it's not going to
be much of a report are now trying to build their own campaign and continue the to video of them all are in their own clumsy imperfect way and their goal is to take this president down and make sure that he is in no way possibly reluctant next year and so they will do their best to keep this alive if more was keeping his or his his summer his investigation somehow alive they would be doing this because the need for this investigation would be would be vitiated by a bible or doing his but now motor's done and he's apparently not going to report much of anything this has the democrats furious so they're going to build an investigation that they control that they run that they can control the outcome of and what surprised price it will have the outcome that they wanted to have and no one will believe it. and as well as opposition leader is back home and rallying support after washington where in there be trouble if he was arrested one choir had
been touring latin america in violation of a travel ban imposed by caracas his return has prompted very different reactions on twitter from a cheering u.s. state department to a defiant venezuelan president. than this one has welcomed back who are. good to see them as well and security forces standing on the right side of history the world must unite push to end the brutal murder regime and peacefully restore democracy. the world is watching as venezuela confronts imperial aggression and moves forward with dignity we will continue to hold high the flag of our free people who raise their voices against imperial interference venezuela will return to the streets determined to mobilize in search of freedom the ambassadors of france germany the netherlands and spain greeted quite a at the airport along with a crowd of journalists off lag waving supporters welcomed him home at a rally in the capital y. to urge them to mobilize for yet another protest against president maduro on
tuesday. meanwhile that as well as becoming a problem for others in the region as well the u.s. has threatened to tighten the economic screws on cuba over havana's promo stance the u.s. national security adviser said the new restrictions would target cuba's military john bolton also tweeted the region's nations should condemn caracas have takes a look at why washington things can dictate whose side people should be on. the united states is exceptional literally. by different rules to you and me of the nations states groups you see they have the right to decide who rules where like in venezuela they decide who is a dictator and who isn't they decide which dictators rule and which don't know the state supports any number of dictators who violate human rights including
the leaders of egypt saudi arabia the u.a.e. you don't see that the united states support for other brutal dictators around the world undermines the credibility of the argument you're making no i don't think it does make it separate and i think look in this administration we're not afraid to use the phrase monroe doctrine. it's an odd chaotic nineteenth century policy that basically says new nation in the americas maybe colonize. used by europeans out of bounds for europeans and everyone not from the americas a little later teddy roosevelt twisted this policy turn that inside out instead of protecting american nations the us now toppled governments it didn't like there now they've twisted it again now they think they can do this everywhere all over the world and they are and a bill that legitimizes us meddling there terry quire threat assessment and
strategy to counter russian influence in venezuela. in effect they're trying to justify meddling in venezuela pogany because it's too friendly with russia and saying no not that then is asked for it not even america's champ there but you don't see broad support for i believe that there is respectful participation of russia in regards to watching the fate of our country but the same goes for other countries that are paying attention here and merica knows better in syria half the world away it's the same story in syria the united states where used to plumb us in work with our partners to expel every last iranian brute and work through the un a process to bring peace and stability to the long suffering syrian people for the life of me i don't remember syrians are asking the united states to get rid of iranians but america knows better africa too many chinese
there thinks washington up to no good now is the time to boot them out china uses bribes opaque agreements and the strategic use of debt to hold states in africa captive to beijing's wishes and demands goes without saying it wasn't the africans who asked for this in fact according to the latest gallup poll most africans approve of chinese investment plans leadership in africa but the united states knows better you know why because it's special exceptional better than you or me officially our mission is to reassert our sovereignty reform the liberal international order this is a unique exceptional country. imagine mr moore nuru would turn in his grave
if he could see what is but nine policy protecting the weak from european. colonizes what that has been turned into a license to kill to meddle to topple governments and politically but continents oh you've got to be special all right we have all sorts of recent cases libya syria iraq where u.s. intervention has essentially obliterated any possibility of democracy but this is true throughout the decades that the united states has meddled in the affairs of latin america overthrowing one democratically elected government after another whether in one thousand nine hundred fifty four with armed and brutal military regimes in countries like el salvador although venezuela is in the fight the moment cuba nicaragua are also mentioned by figures like bolton in the same breath this is
clearly a concerted effort to bring latin american countries once again under the iron control. with brags that just around the corner and euro skeptic parties gaining momentum in the e.u. french president emmanuel necron has outlined his grand vision of a reformed europe is open letter features a number of ambitious plans charlotte has more. well this letter has been out lying to citizens of europe and it's been published in newspapers in the twenty eight member states of the european union this comes as many centrist politicians fearing that they're not going to do as well in the forthcoming european elections as we've seen polls suggesting that nationalist and populist parties are likely to gain seats across europe in those forthcoming elections now mark corns outlining his vision or in a source and figure a passage calls it but he also outlined that there are threats to europe never
since the second world war has europe been so necessary and yet never has europe been in such a danger he sees that danger is being twofold one is the euro skeptic m.p.s. euro skeptic politicians people who he's described as exploiting public anger but it's not just euro skeptic politicians that is pointing the fingers that he's also pointing the fingers towards those who don't want to do anything he want the status quo to remain as it is he says in his letter this is about people who would be sleepwalking towards a diminished europe he also talks about migration a very sticky issue for many centrists and something that europe has been battling now with for the last fifty years and he describes the need to set out new rules for the borders of the schengen area and also a border force of police that all of europe works towards no community can create
a sense of belonging if it does not have protected territory limits with their full need to rethink the shingle area all those who want to be part of it should comply with obligations of responsibility stringent border controls and solidarity a single assignment policy with common acceptance and refusal rules one of the other things he talked about was interference and meddling suggesting that foreign powers shouldn't be able to find. anse parties in europe i propose the creation of a european agency for the protection of democracies to provide each member states with european experts to protect the election process against cyberattacks manipulation so what's the reaction being well across europe many politicians have slapped my corn on the back for outlining is vision but here in france there's been a lot of criticism from opposition politicians some describe him as being like the character dr jekyll and mr hyde flip flopping on his policies being all about the
words and not being about the substance this is of course not the first time we've heard some of these ideas from michael since he took office back in two thousand and seventeen and there's been criticism of social media of the fact that president michel while outlining this grand vision this renascence of europe is really struggling to control many of the things that are happening here in france take the yellow vest protest this is in consecutive saturdays of process that people have described times as being some of the worst in the last fifty years here in france and it's not just the best protest we're seeing protests by students protests by teachers protests by workers from the medical fields all unhappy with the reforms that much corn has been trying to push through since his election and many people say you know if you can't sort out things in your own country how can you then decide to outline what you think more than he can chew. still to come a british primary school reportedly suspends its l.g.b.
to lessons on pressure from outraged parents explain what caused their anger just after the break. when i was told seemed wrong why don't we all just don't hold. any belief yet to shape our disdain become educated and in gains from it equals betrayal. when so many find themselves worlds apart we choose to look for common ground. life expectancy in america is plummeting if you look at the chart it's shocking to look at almost every other country it's kind of inching up on one side of the chart and then as an outlier is the united states it's way over here it is all crashing
down from the drugs from the having junk food having junk culture having it's junk politics and fake news it's all fake and fake doesn't sustain life and you see it in the numbers it's clear. and. welcome back a primary school in birmingham has caved into pressure and temporarily pulled the plug on its lessons on l g b t rights that's after hundreds of parents reportedly kept their children at home in protest parties piling boycott gives us the details . well the cause of this route is a educational diversity program called no outside isn't it aims to teach kids
about the different types of families that they might encounter and talking to them about things like the idea of having two mom or two dads and reading books to kids as young as four about the concept of same sex families a program was devised by the deputy head of the school at the center of this route his name's andrew marr fats and actually he's been nominated for the world's best teacher award take a look at him talking about the program mobley lula another cyclone both of them mostly nearly got some tissues on them but. this is about teaching to you are different you can still be friends with anybody there's a huge going to. the schools we have to find ways to teach children to talk to counter them. but the majority of the parents at the school are on happy with andrew marr fats teaching methods it's
a predominantly muslim school and parents fundamentally disagree with the idea of teaching kids about homosexuality in l g b t issues some of our viewers might know that islam in islam homosexuality is forbidden so up until now the school had really held and said that they would continue this what they see as a very necessary diversity program but now a number of media outlets saying that the school has sent a letter to parents saying that the lessons are going to be stopped take a lesson up to the end of this term we will not be delivering any new outsiders lessons in our long term your curriculum plan as this often has already been blocked for religious education because you simply will continue as normal and welcoming. will be the. this comes after protests last friday some six hundred parents said that they hadn't taken their kids to school that's eighty
percent of the school's attendance of the school's pupils the school wouldn't confirm that number but these protests have been taking place for a while now ever since this route started and some of them have been pretty sizeable take a look. at. that . i'm prior to the protests taking place there had been a big school petition that some four hundred predominantly muslim parents had signed calling on the school to stop these lessons so this is clearly an issue that's really riled up the parents in this school in the community i reported on the storing from birmingham a couple of weeks ago and this is what the parents had to say to me it's not for
the reappeared for the reception kids. to homosexuals you should learn about your to old age not right now because it can easily get you can watch the teach your kids no need to steer with boys and boys who doesn't a good thing this was a two hour live with the like it's because if you have to obviously clearly says you can't discriminate against religion and whatnot that's what they're doing it's ninety nine percent muslim it's not about being muslim that the jewish community the other communities the christian communities they're all have issues around the way things are being done now i've been in touch with some of those parents from the school and so far what i've heard is that this diversity program hasn't exactly been stopped it's more that it's been posed for this task and some of the headley the case we've. requested clarification from the school and we all still waiting for it but if the moment it looks that if the school sticks with this program and returns to it next or next year well it may well face the same
protests all over again. russia's foreign minister has discussed syrian reconciliation with the chief negotiator of the country's opposition on his visit to saudi arabia sergei lavrov expressed hope that the opposition would facilitate the return of refugees. we appreciate your commitment to finding solutions and we expect that you and other representatives of the syrian opposition who contribute to creating a constitutional committee and of course we expect that the responsible elements of the opposition support the provision of assistance to syrians by the international community not only in the form of humanitarian aid but also in terms of water supply educational and medical services and enabling refugees and displaced people to return to their homes. the russian foreign minister has just met with the members of the syrian opposition belonging to the so-called political wing of the
syrian opposition movement meaning that basically they're not exactly members of any militant group or on the ground i should say it was a surprise meeting really wasn't announced and it wasn't anywhere in the program in fact we journalists had already boarded the plane expecting to depart shortly so according to the russian foreign minister quoting to sergey lavrov they found some common ground as the talked about the possibility of the elections in syria and as well as the new syrian constitution this meeting is coming right after the russia's foreign ministries statement on the recent report by the o.p.c. w on last year's that chemical attack in syria's duma now the russian foreign ministry is saying that they are studying this more than a hundred pages long report very carefully but the russian foreign ministry can already say that from what they can see is that the un backed body is ignoring their information that certain parts of the attack could be staged like the video
from the hospital that emerged right after the attack this is something that russia had warned months in advance before that incident happened the vague conclusions the o.p.c. w. body is making in its report could be used to justify the u.s. british and french aggression against the use. syrian government so this is what the russian ministry is talking about when they're saying the world of the o.p.c. wu somewhat you can lure in russia's information that some parts of that chemical attack were staged. china is flexing its military muscle in a bid to keep pace with america splashing the cash on defense aging as hiking its budget to more than one hundred seventy seven billion dollars for this year of angeles obsess reports from the chinese capital. i'm understanding in front of the great hall here where the thirteenth a national congress was held it's the highest organ of the chinese state war elites
and powerful politicians come here and they came here today to actually hear the draft of the budget and the economic vision of the next year and that he also said here today that there was an increase in the military budget and the outline the reasons why that happened maintaining reasonable and appropriate growth in the national defense budget is needed to safeguard national security and is in line with the transformation program of china's military the u.s. has been going to great lengths to show to the world how china's military might pose a danger we face growing threat from china and beijing will use its military clout to expand its footprint using military tools as well as propaganda to modernize and expanding its already considerable nuclear forces but when you compare the two countries and how much they've been pouring into arms it's quite of gap between china and the united states the u.s. last year and vest that about six hundred eighty billion dollars in their national
defense were china has been nothing close to that end it's that's not even enough this year president trump has been pressuring congress to increase that to over seven hundred billion dollars. china's defense spending accounted for one point three percent of its gross domestic product in two thousand and eighteen well during the same period some major developed countries spent more than two percent on their g.d.p. on defense. well that two percent pretty much rings a bell it's been. pretty much the whole time he's got elected he's been saying that the his allies is nato allies are actually not spending enough on defense hoping that they will do up to two percent you have to pay the minimum required two percent of g.d.p. must pay what they owe of the united states has more than eight hundred military bases all around the world where china has only one and that's in africa and should booty while the u.s. has been saying that they have these bases to maintain peace among the world the
chinese simply just say that they just wanted to be there to protect their national interests. that's a global news update for this hour but don't forget you can always head to our website are to dot com for the details on all of the stories and many more. after the previous stage of my career was over everyone wondered what i was going to do next. different clubs on one hand it is logical to go from fields where everything is familiar on the other i wanted a new challenge and the fresh perspective i'm used to surprising. or not if you think. i'm going to talk about football now or else you can think i was going to go.
joining me every day on the i like simon chill and i'll be speaking to guests of the world of politics small business i'm show business i'll see you then. the politicians. put themselves on the line they get. the reject. so when you want to be president. some want to. have to go right to the press this is what before three of the boy can't be good. i'm interested always in the waters about how.
it's a bigger weekend this is going bust broadcasting on round the world and covering the world of business and finance and the impact upon all of us i'm burchill in the belly of the beast washington d.c. we're so glad and honored that you're on board here we're going to make it worth your while coming up today as another big day of super interesting huawei news and this time u.s. actions on wall way could make it hard for worrell and lower income americans would figure and u.s. china trade continues to perkel why some say it has been brought to a boil over while.