Gov’t Shutdown Continues; US Only Removes Equipment Not Troops From Syria

On this episode of The Critical Hour, Dr. Wilmer Leon is joined by Tom Porter, African American Studies Department at Ohio University; and Anthony Monteiro, author, activist DuBois Scholar and former professor in the African American Studies Department at Temple University.

It is Friday, so that means it is panel time!

There’s a lot that has transpired this week. Today, government workers missed their first payday of this shutdown. About a quarter of the federal government is going without funding until a budget is agreed upon, leaving 800,000 employees without pay. US President Donald Trump made an Oval Office presentation on Tuesday, and Democrats Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi provided their rebuttal. I don’t think either of them moved the needle. Neither of them offered the American people anything new. I thought they both looked bad. The president made no mention of the national emergency during his Oval Office speech. Why not?

Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of Chinese tech giant Huawei and also the daughter of Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei, was apprehended in Vancouver on December 1. The US Justice Department sought the arrest as part of an ongoing investigation, and she is still in Canada and faces extradition to the United States. The Canadian government has said 13 of its citizens have been detained in China since Meng’s arrest. Previously, only three of the detentions had been made known to the…

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