White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany slammed the media for asking numerous questions about the Confederate flag but none about the young children killed across the US over July 4 weekend violence; plus, more of today’s top stories and conservative politics.
WH Press Secretary slams media for focusing on Confederate flag while ignoring weekend shootings of children
On Monday, during a press briefing, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany slammed reporters for seemingly ignoring the spate of violence over the July 4 holiday weekend in which several children were killed, Real Clear Politics reported.
“And finally, I’d end with this,” McEnany told reporters at the White House on Monday. “You know, I was asked probably 12 questions about the Confederate flag. This President is focused on action, and I’m a little dismayed that I didn’t receive one question on the deaths that we got in this country this weekend.”
“I didn’t receive one question about New York City shootings doubling for the third straight week,” McEnany pointed out. “And over the last seven days, shootings skyrocketed by 142 percent. Not one question. I didn’t receive one question about five children who were killed.”
Most of the children killed over the July 4 three-day holiday weekend violence were African-Americans.
“And I’ll leave you with this remark by a dad — it broke my heart — a dad of an eight-year-old lost in Atlanta this weekend,” McEnany continued. “‘They say black lives matter…you killed a child. She didn’t do nothing to nobody,’ was his quote.”
“We need to be focused on securing our streets,” McEnany added, “making sure no lives are lost because all black lives matter — that of David Dorn and that of this eight-year-old girl. Thank you.”
Georgia Governor declares emergency, deploys 1,000 National Guard troops to Atlanta after Democratic mayor fails to stop violence
On Monday, Georgia’s Republican Governor Brian Kemp declared a state of emergency and authorized up to 1,000 National Guard troops to be deployed to Atlanta, after the city’s Democratic mayor, Keisha Lance Bottoms, has failed to quell the escalating violence in the city, Daily Wire reported.
“Peaceful protests were hijacked by criminals with a dangerous, destructive agenda,” Kemp said in a statement. “Now, innocent Georgians are being targeted, shot, and left for dead. This lawlessness must be stopped and order restored in our capital city.”
“I have declared a State of Emergency and called up the Georgia Guard because the safety of our citizens comes first,” the Governor’s statement added. “This measure will allow troops to protect state property and dispatch state law enforcement officers to patrol our streets. Enough with the tough talk. We must protect the lives and livelihoods of all Georgians.”
Pompeo: US considering ban of TikTok and other Chinese social media apps
As tensions rise between the United States and China, as well as increased scrutiny on TikTok and Chinese technology firms, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the US was “looking at” banning TikTok and other Chinese social media apps, CNBC reported.
“We have worked on this very issue for a long time,” Pompeo said during an interview with Fox. “We are taking this very seriously. We are certainly looking at it.”
“Whether it was the problems of having Huawei technology in your infrastructure, we’ve gone all over the world and we’re making real progress getting that out,” Pompeo stated. “We declared ZTE a danger to American national security.”
Huawei and ZTE are two Chinese telecommunications networking companies that the US had determined could be used for espionage by Beijing and compromising the safety of American’s data.
House Democrats include removing Confederate statues as part of funding bill
A draft of a $4 billion funding bill, released by Democrats on the House Appropriations Committee on Monday, includes a provision requiring the removal of statues and busts from the US capitol of those who served in the Confederacy or have “unambiguous records of racial intolerance.”
The move could spark a potential fight, as President Trump recently emphasized preserving such tributes in certain circumstances.