Britain has decided to allow Huawei on its 5G wireless network, rebuffing pressure from the Trump administration.
Britain said Tuesday it won’t ban equipment from the Chinese telecommunications company from the network, The New York Times reports, although Huawei will be limited to “less-critical parts of the new network.”
This is despite the fact that the United States has warned the U.K. that Huawei, writes, “is a national security risk, claiming that China could use its equipment for espionage.” With that in mind, the Times calls this decision the “starkest sign that an American campaign against the telecommunications company is faltering.”
Just weeks ago, in fact, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo penned an op-ed in Politico writing that “it’s critical that European countries not give control of their critical infrastructure to Chinese tech giants like Huawei,” as the company “is implicated in espionage in the Czech Republic, Poland and the Netherlands, has allegedly stolen intellectual property from foreign competitors in Germany, Israel, the United Kingdom and the United States, and is accused of bribery and corrupt practices in countries like Algeria, Belgium and Sierra Leone.”
The Times notes by “limiting Huawei gear,” Britain does provide the Trump administration with a “partial victory.” Still, wrote Tuesday that Britain’s decision “signals a failure of U.S. diplomacy at the highest level,” while ‘ Jonathan Swan called it a “disaster for the U.K.-U.S. relationship.” Swan previously reported, citing U.S. officials, the decision “could ultimately lead to the U.S. government curtailing the intelligence it shares with its closest ally.”
The Israeli news media have speculated that Trump’s plan will endorse Israel’s annexation of large portions of occupied territory that Palestinians would expect for an independent state, all but ending the broad international consensus that a two-state solution is the only workable end goal of Israeli-Palestinian talks. But “Trump has spent three years accruing political capital” with Netanyahu, , and “if he offers the Palestinians their own state,” it’s “hard to imagine Netanyahu defying him even if he faces internal pressure” from his conservative nationalist base.
Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam in a news conference Tuesday said that train service between Hong Kong and mainland China will be suspended beginning Thursday, and flights from the mainland will also be reduced, The Associated Press reports. Tour bus and ferry trips will be suspended as well, reports.
Lam also announced China will “stop issuing visas for individual travelers to Hong Kong from the mainland,” writes. This comes as China’s death toll from the virus that broke out in the city of Wuhan last month has reached 106, with more than 4,500 confirmed cases. Still, Lam “stopped short of completely closing the border between Hong Kong and China, saying it isn’t warranted at the moment,” the Journal writes.
Five coronavirus cases have been confirmed in the United States, and the Centers for Disease Control is urging U.S. citizens against travel to China. CNN writes that Hong Kong’s new travel restrictions are a “big deal,” noting that “memories of the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) outbreak of 2002 and 2003 run deep in Hong Kong,” while the Journal writes that the “curbs on travel are some of the most extreme measures ever taken.”
The first time Jimmy Fallon met Kobe Bryant, they were at a house party in Los Angeles, Bryant a 17-year-old Laker and Fallon a 21-year-old up-and-coming comedian, Fallon said at the start of Monday’s Tonight Show, 24 hours after news broke that Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter, and seven other people died in a helicopter accident.
The two of them went on a memorable beer run, Fallon said, “and when we’d run into each other over the years, we’d laugh about that night that we first met, we’d laugh about all the good things that had happened since, and we’d laugh about how fun it was to raise kids and all the stupid mistakes we made figuring out how to be good dads,” he added, choking up. “Kobe had four daughters and I have two daughters, and today he and one of his girls are gone. … Kobe, when we meet again, we’re going on a beer run.”
Monday’s Jimmy Kimmel Live didn’t have an audience, “because going forward with a comedy show didn’t feel right,” Kimmel said. Bryant’s death “was a punch in the gut for many of us,” he explained. “I had many conversations with Kobe off of television, and they always involved his daughters — always. Once he retired from basketball, his life revolved around their lives.” Kimmel also started crying: “There’s no silver lining here. It’s all bad. It’s all sad. He was a bright light, and that’s how I want to remember him.” So the rest of the show was clips from Bryant’s 15 appearances on Kimmel Live.
Sportscenter‘s Elle Duncan also teared up when recalling her one meeting with Bryant, in which he gushed about being a father to four girls, more if possible. “The only small source of comfort for me is knowing that he died doing what he loved the most: being a dad,” she said. “Being a girl dad.”
Conan O’Brien focused on “another aspect of Kobe’s talent: He was naturally very funny and charming.” That’s “the guy that I’ve been thinking about these past 24 hours,” he said, “and it’s that memory that I would like to share with you tonight.”
The Late Late Show‘s James Corden was almost at a loss for words: “All I can think of is this: If you can, take a moment — tonight, tomorrow — to call up someone you love and just let them know.” Peter Weber
President Trump’s lawyers made their case in Monday’s Senate impeachment trial, Trevor Noah said on Monday’s Daily Show. “And it basically boils down to this: One, this is just a political attack by the Democrats; two, Trump did nothing wrong; and three, there are no first-hand witnesses who spoke to Trump about a quid pro quo.” He was impressed with the brazenness of complaining “about having no eyewitnesses when you’re the ones blocking the eyewitnesses.”
Seriously, “how is possible that so many people have secret recordings of the president?” Seth Meyers asked at Late Night. “Trump was so worried about Obama spying on him, he failed to notice that everyone else was. This is why it’s so crucial that the Senate vote to allow new evidence to be considered in the impeachment trial, because almost every day new evidence emerges,” including Bolton’s bombshell.
“There was an impeachment bombshell that just came out, and it could possibly bring down Trump’s presidency,” Jimmy Fallon said at The Tonight Show. “Or as it’s known in the White House, Monday.” He showed a photo of Bolton: “It would be the ultimate irony if Trump gets taken down by the KFC colonel.”
“These allegations are the most disturbing thing to come from John Bolton’s lips since his mustache,” James Cordon joked at The Late Late Show. But Bolton’s bombshell “just goes to show you that sometimes, political figures will have the moral courage to go against their party, as long as its perfectly timed with the release of a book.” The new information “put a ton of pressure on Republican senators to call Bolton and other witnesses to testify,” he added. “They’re still not going to, but the pressure!” Watch below. Peter Weber
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