Oct 29, 2019

Harris likens Trump's Baghdadi announcement to video game commentary

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris during an interview with "Late Night" host Seth Meyers Monday. Photo: Lloyd Bishop/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris denounced President Trump on NBC's "Late Night with Seth Meyers" for his "extraordinary" remarks at a news conference announcing the death of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

You would’ve [thought] that he was talking about watching and giving commentary on a video game."

Details: Harris praised the role of U.S. special forces in the Syria mission and the American intelligence community. But she told host Seth Myers that the commander-in-chief "has as her highest priority the responsibility to concern herself" to the solemnity of the role, prompting cheers from the crowd.

  • "He clearly does not fully appreciate the importance of the job, which must be done with integrity, which must be done in a way that is solemn, understanding what is at stake," she said.

Background: During his news conference on the raid, Trump raised Democrats' ire when he said he didn't tell them of the raid because he was concerned about potential leaks, though he did inform the Russian government that U.S. soldiers were conducting an operation in northwestern Syria.

  • Trump said Baghdadi went to his death "whimpering and crying and screaming" before detonating a suicide vest. And he said the raid was "bigger" than the 2011 one that killed Al Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden.

Go deeper: Baghdadi raid depended on international ties Trump has spurned

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George Floyd protests: What you need to know

Police block protesters at a rally on May 30 outside the state house on the fourth straight day of demonstrations against the death of George Floyd. Photo: Megan Jelinger/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Protests over the death of George Floyd and other police-related killings of black men spread across the U.S. Saturday, amid tense standoffs with police in several cities.

The big picture: Floyd's fatal run-in with police is the latest reminder of the disparities between black and white communities in the U.S. and comes as African Americans grapple with higher death rates from the coronavirus and higher unemployment from trying to stem its spread.

U.S. cities crack down on protests against police brutality

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Major U.S. cities have implemented curfews and called on National Guard to mobilize as thousands of demonstrators gather across the nation to continue protesting the death of George Floyd.

The state of play: Hundreds have already been arrested as tensions continue to rise between protesters and local governments. Protesters are setting police cars on fire as freeways remain blocked and windows are shattered, per the Washington Post. Law enforcement officials are using tear gas and rubber bullets to try to disperse crowds and send protesters home.

Trump to invite Russia and other non-member G7 countries to summit

President Trump at Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Saturday. Photo: Saul Martinez/Getty Images

President Trump told reporters on Saturday evening he would postpone the G7 summit to September and expand the meeting to more nations that are not members of the Group of 7.

Details: Trump said he would invite Russia, South Korea, Australia and India to the summit, according to a pool report. "I don’t feel that as a G7 it properly represents what’s going on in the world. It’s a very outdated group of countries," he said.