The Trump administration is considering banning all members of the Chinese Communist Party and their families from traveling to the United States, according to a source within the administration.
According to the New York Times, who spoke to the source, senior administration officials discussing the matter have begun circulating a draft of a possible presidential order, a move that would worsen the already damaged relationship between the US and China.
According to the NY Times, the source speaking on condition of anonymity, said deliberations are at an early stage and the issue has not yet been brought to U.S. President Donald Trump.
According to the New York Times, the ban which will focus on denying visas to tens of millions of Chinese citizens, would be one of Washington’s toughest actions against China.
The source said the ban could hit the ruling Communist Party from the highest levels down to its rank-and-file and would be certain to draw retaliation from China.
The ban could also affect business executives, potentially harming U.S. interests in China.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying reacting to the reports on Friday, said such action by the United States, if true, would be “pathetic.”
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday refused to confirm the report but said:
“We’re working our way through, under the president’s guidance, about how to think about pushing back against the Chinese Communist Party.”
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany told reporters: “We keep every option on the table with regard to China.”
Relations between China and the US are now at the lowest point in decades as both countries clash over China’s handling of the Coronavirus outbreak, China’s new security law on Hong Kong, China’s disputed claims in the South China Sea, and trade disputes.
Real Madrid, Juventus Crash Out Of UEFA Champions League
Guardiola’s men will now head to Portugal for a quarter-final tie with Lyon, who have pulled off an upset by beating much-fancied Juventus on away goals following a 2-2 aggregate draw.
As for Madrid, they have a month’s rest before doing it all over again. Manchester City are through to the quarter-finals of the Champions League with a 2-1 victory on the day to seal a 4-2 win on aggregate.
Sterling made the most of a Varane error to give the hosts an early lead and, after Benzema had levelled things up with a good header, Jesus scored a second for the hosts following another Varane howler.
Despite losing the game 2-1, Lyon are through to the quarter-finals on away goals. Depay gave his side an early lead with a penalty, catching Szczesny out with a Panenka after Aouar was fouled by Bernardeschi.
Ronaldo pulled one back from the spot after Depay’s handball. Ronaldo got his second with a brilliant curling effort, but they couldn’t find the other goal they needed to get through.
Alas, the end of the road…
Facebook’s Zuckerberg Becomes World’s Third Centibillionaire
Facebook’s CEO has joined Amazon’s CEO, Jeff Bezos, and Microsoft’s founder Bill Gates, as the only people with centibillionaire status.
According to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index Bloomberg Billionaires Index, Mark Zuckerberg’s fortune has topped $100bn for the first time, placing him among members of the world’s centibillionaires’ club.
This comes after Facebook’s shares surged by 6% on the news that the company plans to launch Instagram Reels, a rival to the Chinese video-sharing application TikTok.
Earlier this week, US President Donald Trump banned US companies from dealing with ByteDance and Tencent – the Chinese owners of TikTok and the WeChat messaging service.
The 36-year old media magnate has joined Jeff Bezos, the Amazon founder, and Bill Gates, Microsoft’s founder, as the only people who have centibillionaire status, the Bloomberg Billionaires Index said.
Zuckerberg, who founded Facebook while a student at Harvard in 2004, owns a 13% stake in the company. Earlier, he said that he was going to give away 99% of his Facebook shares over his lifetime to charity.
Aisha, Wife Of Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari Flown To Dubai For Urgent Medical Treatment
New reports reveal that Aisha Buhari, the wife of Nigeria’s President, has been flown to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, for urgent medical treatment.
It was gathered that the First Lady was flown to the Arabian country last weekend during the Muslim Sallah holiday after complaining of neck pain for about two weeks before that time.
The neck pain was said to have started shortly after Mrs Buhari returned to Abuja from a trip to Lagos in July where she had visited Florence, widow of former Oyo State governor, Abiola Ajimobi, who died of Coronavirus complications on June 25, 2020.
Upon her return to Abuja, Aisha was said to have self-isolated for 14 days in line with the Coronavirus safety regime.
A source close to the seat of power informed SaharaReporters that the First Lady’s neck pain assumed a disturbing dimension shortly after she completed the 14-day isolation period, forcing the decision to fly her to UAE for medical treatment.
The source confirmed that she is in a stable condition and observing bed rest at a hospital in the Arabian country.
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