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Fox News pundit complains about Ilhan Omar quoting Trump's 'grab 'em by the p****' remark

Fox News pundit complains about Ilhan Omar quoting Trump's 'grab 'em by the p****' remarkA Fox News pundit has complained that Ilhan Omar used profanity when quoting Donald Trump in response to a series of racist tweets he directed at the Democratic congresswoman.Dana Perino, a former White House secretary under George W Bush, defended Mr Trump’s original statements and argued that he “didn’t make them on live television at five o’clock”. Ms Perino was referring to a number of the US president's controversial remarks quoted by Ms Omar, including the "grab 'em by the p****" line he said in an interview with Access Hollywood in 2005. Ms Omar also quoted Mr Trump reportedly saying last year that people were coming to the US from "s***hole countries". It came after the US president tweeted at the weekend that some Democratic congresswomen should “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came”.While the US president did not name the targets of his attack, the context of his tweet made it clear it was aimed at a group of four progressive Democratic women of colour known as “the squad”.The four – Ms Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley – spoke out against Mr Trump’s remarks at a press conference in Washington on Monday.Ms Omar claimed that the US president’s racist attacks were a “distraction” from more important issues and sought to divide Americans."This is a president who has ultimately violated the very value our country aspires to uphold," she said."To distract from that, he is launching a blatantly racist attack on four duly-elected members of the United States House of Representatives, all of whom are women of colour."Mr Omar, who was falsely accused by Mr Trump of being both antisemitic and a supporter of Al Qaeda, said the US president had adopted the agenda of white nationalists. "This is a president who has said 'grab women by the p****,'" she added. "This is a president who has called black athletes 'sons of b****es'. This is a president who has called people who come from black and brown countries 'sh**holes.' This is a president who has equated neo-Nazis with those who protest against them in Charlottesville."However, in a discussion of the congresswomen’s impassioned rebuke of the US president on Fox News, pundit Ms Perino said: “Can we also mention the profanity?”In response, one of Ms Perino’s co-hosts, said: “They can argue, well that’s what Trump said. So I’m going to say it.”“But he didn’t say it on live television at 5 o’clock in the afternoon,” Ms Perino added.“These are things that they’re quoting from other places. He didn’t say it on television,”The co-host then added: “This is from the only person on The Five who ever swore," referring to Ms Perino, who said the word “a**hole” in a live recording of the weekly Fox News talk show in response to a video of an alligator in a convenience store.In his latest round of tweets Mr Trump has demanded an apology from the Democratic congresswomen targeted by his racist comments.He doubled down on his “go back home” remarks in front of reporters in the White House, adding: “If you’re not happy here, then you can leave”.



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Mercedes apologises to China after quoting Dalai Lama

Mercedes apologises to China after quoting Dalai LamaMercedes-Benz has apologised for "hurting the feelings" of the people of China for quoting the Dalai Lama on Instagram. The German auto giant became the latest of several international companies that have backpedalled recently for offending Chinese consumers with advertising or information that clashes with Beijing's official position on Tibet and other Chinese-claimed regions. Mercedes' seemingly benign post to its official Instagram account showed a Benz on a beach before rolling white-capped waves. "Look at situations from all angles, and you will become more open," the ad copy ran, citing the Dalai Lama, who is seen by Beijing as a separatist. "Start your week with a fresh perspective on life from the Dalai Lama," the carmaker wrote in the tagline. Mercedes' seemingly benign post to its official Instagram account showed a Benz on a beach before rolling white-capped waves The Zen post immediately drew criticism from Chinese internet users for quoting the Nobel Peace Prize laureate, whom Beijing accuses of being a "wolf in monk's robes" seeking Tibetan independence through "spiritual terrorism". The Dalai Lama has called for granting Tibetans greater autonomy within China, but not independence. While Instagram is blocked in China and inaccessible to most Chinese – and the post was penned in English – Mercedes-Benz quickly deleted the photo after the outcry and issued an apology on China's Twitter-like Weibo social media platform. "Even though we deleted the related information as soon as possible, we know this has hurt the feelings of people of this country," Mercedes said on its verified Weibo account on Tuesday. The post "published extremely incorrect information, for this we are sincerely sorry," the company wrote, without naming either Instagram or the Dalai Lama, or explaining what the offending post was about. "We have immediately taken real action to deepen our understanding of Chinese culture and values, including among our colleagues abroad, and in this way regulate our behaviour." China's foreign ministry applauded Mercedes' quick response on Wednesday, with spokesman Geng Shuang telling reporters: "Recognising and correcting one's mistakes is the most basic of ethics." Beijing "welcomes foreign companies to reap the opportunities of China's development but during this process we hope foreign companies can perform the most basic of compliance," Geng said. China's state media was less conciliatory, with the online edition of the Communist Party mouthpiece People's Daily running an editorial attacking Mercedes after it published an apology. Offending the sensitivities of Beijing has proven a problem for a number of foreign companies tapping the lucrative Chinese market. Earlier this year, a spate of brands came under government criticism for online material that listed Chinese regions such as Tibet and Hong Kong as separate countries. Marriott hotels even had its Chinese website and app blocked for a week by mainland authorities, while Spanish clothing giant Zara and Delta Air Lines were also called out. Trendy Japanese retailer Muji has also faced the wrath of what the foreign ministry called the "new era" of a "more confident and open" China. One of the retailers' in-store catalogues held a store location map which Beijing said omitted islands disputed with Japan. Last summer, British band Placebo was scheduled to perform at the Summer Sonic Festival in Shanghai – until they posted a photo of the Nobel winner on Instagram. The picture resulted "in a lifetime ban by the Ministry of Culture in China," the band said in another post acknowledging they would be unable to perform. "We apologise to all the fans who were hoping to see Placebo perform," it wrote.



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‘Well, history’: Fox’s Shep Smith says he tries to avoid quoting Kellyanne Conway

‘Well, history’: Fox’s Shep Smith says he tries to avoid quoting Kellyanne ConwayFox News anchor Shep Smith dismissed White House counselor Kellyanne Conway’s credibility on air Thursday, saying, “We don’t really quote [her] anymore, because, well, history.” The barbs were in response to Conway’s defense of President Trump’s unsubstantiated claim that President Obama ordered a wiretap of the phones in Trump Tower. “There are many ways to surveil each other,” Conway said in a Sunday interview with the Record, a New Jersey newspaper.



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