Mar 18, 2019

Australian senator not sorry for hitting boy or for Muslim remarks

Photo: Michael Masters/Getty Images

An Australian senator critcized by two prime ministers after striking a teenager who egged him and blaming Muslim immigration for the fatal Christchurch mosque attacks defiantly stands by his actions, Australian media report.

What he's saying: Sen. Fraser Anning held a wide-ranging press conference in Brisbane, Queensland, Monday afternoon local time in which he addressed the controversy head-on.

On the boy egger: "He got a slap across the face, which is what his mother should have given him long ago, because he's been misbehaving badly. When someone cracks you on the back of the head you react and defend yourself."

On a move to censure him in Parliament: "I hope it's not too painful."

On a petition to remove him from Parliament: "A million people from Australia — I am not sure they are all from Australia — but yes, a million have signed the petition. However, quite a lot of people have told us they're happy for me to stay where I'm at."

Go deeper

Scoop: Inside the Trump campaign's big hedge on Facebook

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

The Trump campaign has invested most of its advertising budget to date on Facebook, testing thousands of versions of ads per day to maximize its spending.

But behind the scenes, a source familiar with the campaign tells Axios, the thinking has shifted: "As everyone can see, we still have strong spending on Facebook, but the percentage of our total media budget [on Facebook] is shrinking."

Trump's revenge tour has the House in its sights

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios. Photo: Saul Loeb/Getty Contributor

In the lead-up to the 2018 midterm elections — buoyed by Republican control of both chambers — President Trump viewed campaigning for the House as a lower-tier priority and instead poured his energy into rallying for the Senate.

But after the GOP reckoning in 2018, and experiencing firsthand how damaging a Democratic-led House has been to him, Trump is now personally invested in helping Republicans regain the majority in November, several people familiar with his thinking tell Axios.

Pelosi warns U.S. allies against working with China's Huawei

Nancy Pelosi, Feb. 16. Photo: Sven Hoppe/picture alliance via Getty Images

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday cautioned U.S. allies against allowing Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei to develop their 5G networks, arguing at the Munich Security Conference that doing so is akin to “choosing autocracy over democracy," CNBC reports.

Why it matters: Pelosi's hawkish stance marks a rare area of agreement with the Trump administration, which believes Huawei is a national security threat because the Chinese government may be capable of accessing its equipment for espionage.

Go deeperArrow4 hours ago - World