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Indian American Congressman Asks Donald Trump to End Government Shutdown

Khanna and Harris' remarks comes a day after Trump in a primetime address to the nation appealed to the American people to pressure legislators to fund the border wall he wants and end the government shutdown

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Indian American Congressman asks Trump to end government shutdown. VOA

Indian American Congressman Ro Khanna has asked President Donald Trump to end the ongoing government shutdown and denounced hiss plans to declare a national emergency to build a border wall.

As the partial government shutdown entered 19th day on Wednesday, making it the second-longest in the US history, the California Democrat, in a series of tweets, talked about the implications of the shutdown and how it is affecting Americans, reports The American Bazaar.

“Trump may want to declare a ‘national emergency’ to sidestep Congress and build a border wall. The real ‘national emergency’ is that young Americans are drowning in student debt, families are forced into bankruptcy due to health costs & millions of our citizens are left behind,” Khanna, who represents California’s 17th district, said in the tweet.

The Congressman, who has been very vocal about his views on building the wall on the US-Mexico border, had described in December that issue was a manufactured crisis and said it was a “15th century concept”.

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Donald Trump. VOA

“Not only did Trump leave hundreds of thousands of federal workers without pay for the holidays due to the shutdown, but he’s also frozen their 2019 pay increase. Can someone please tell me how this will grow the economy?… End this shutdown now,” he said in another tweet on Wednesday.

In a CNN interview also on Wednesday, Indian-American Senator Kamala Harris criticised Trump and called the shutdown a “crisis of the President’s own making”.

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She spoke about how her heritage as the daughter of immigrants from India and Jamaica has shaped her outlook on the plight of immigrants under the policies of the Trump administration.

Khanna and Harris’ remarks comes a day after Donald Trump in a primetime address to the nation appealed to the American people to pressure legislators to fund the border wall he wants and end the government shutdown. (IANS)

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US President Donald Trump Again Slams Google for Manipulating 2016 Election

Trump and fellow Republicans have accused tech giants including Google of bias against conservative viewpoints

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President Donald Trump listens during a Cabinet meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House, July 16, 2019, in Washington. VOA

US President Donald Trump has once again lashed out at Google for manipulating millions of votes in the 2016 presidential elections in favour of then Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

“Wow, Report Just Out! Google manipulated from 2.6 million to 16 million votes for Hillary Clinton in 2016 Election! This was put out by a Clinton supporter, not a Trump Supporter! Google should be sued. My victory was even bigger than thought,” Trump tweeted late Monday.

However, the report Trump mentioned in his tweet was published in 2017 that described there was a bias in Google and other search engines during the run-up to the 2016 elections.

Trump’s tweet citing an old research paper also tagged conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch with his tweet, “perhaps asking them to investigate. It’s also unclear who he thinks should sue the company”, reports TechCrunch.

In a statement, Google said: “This researcher’s inaccurate claim has been debunked since it was made in 2016. As we stated then, we have never re-ranked or altered search results to manipulate political sentiment.”

Clinton also responded to Trump: “The debunked study you’re referring to was based on 21 undecided voters. For context that’s about half the number of people associated with your campaign who have been indicted.”

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A man walks past a Google sign outside with a span of the Bay Bridge at rear in San Francisco, May 1, 2019. VOA

The paper was published by Robert Epstein, a psychology researcher who works for the American Institute for Behavioral Research and Technology and testified before the US Senate Judiciary Committee in June.

The CNBC reported that “Trump’s tweet appears to refer to documents leaked to conservative group Project Veritas, but the documents do not appear to contain any outright allegation of vote manipulation or attempts to bias the election”.

Earlier this month, Trump criticized Google CEO Sundar Pichai for alleged ties to election tampering and China’s military.

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“@sundarpichai of Google was in the Oval Office working very hard to explain how much he liked me, what a great job the Administration is doing, that Google was not involved with China’s military, that they didn’t help Crooked Hillary over me in the 2016 Election,” he had tweeted.

Trump and fellow Republicans have accused tech giants including Google of bias against conservative viewpoints. (IANS)