Hong Kong police chief calls for peace ahead of big protest march

Hong Kong’s police chief has urged citizens to demonstrate peacefully ahead of what is expected to be a large-scale pro-democracy march on Sunday, an event planned amid a lull in violence in the Chinese-ruled city. Speaking to reporters before departing for a “courtesy visit” to Beijing, newly-installed police commissioner Chris Tang urged Hong Kongers to set a global example. “We hope our citizens can show the whole world (that) Hong Kong people are capable of holding a large scale rally in an


Hong Kong’s police chief has urged citizens to demonstrate peacefully ahead of what is expected to be a large-scale pro-democracy march on Sunday, an event planned amid a lull in violence in the Chinese-ruled city.
Speaking to reporters before departing for a “courtesy visit” to Beijing, newly-installed police commissioner Chris Tang urged Hong Kongers to set a global example.
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Hong Kong police chief calls for peace ahead of big protest march

Hong Kong’s police chief has urged citizens to demonstrate peacefully ahead of what is expected to be a large-scale pro-democracy march on Sunday, an event planned amid a lull in violence in the Chinese-ruled city.

Police on Thursday gave a rare green light to the demonstration, organized by the Civil Human Rights Front, the group that called the million-strong marches in the summer. Sunday’s march is a key gauge of the pro-democracy movement’s support following its sweeping victory in local elections.

Speaking to reporters before departing for a “courtesy visit” to Beijing, newly-installed police commissioner Chris Tang urged Hong Kongers to set a global example.

“We hope our citizens can show the whole world (that) Hong Kong people are capable of holding a large scale rally in an orderly and peaceful manner,” he said. “We urge the organizer to assist the police on maintaining the order.”

Tang was traveling to meet with senior officials from the ministry of public security in Beijing and is expected to return to Hong Kong on Sunday.

The unrest in Hong Kong is the biggest popular challenge to Chinese President Xi Jinping since he came to power in 2012.


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‘A toxic political force’: Westminster wary of Trump’s visit just days before the election, analysts say

The sitting prime minister also said he would walk out of trade talks with the U.S. if the health service was a pre-condition to negotiations. An overwhelming majority of Brits reject his politics, even as many realize that Britain without the United States is far weaker than with the United States in a ‘Special Relationship.’ “Sometimes he says it will be on the table in trade talks, sometimes he says it won’t be on the table. Johnson has repeatedly insisted the state-run NHS would not be on th


The sitting prime minister also said he would walk out of trade talks with the U.S. if the health service was a pre-condition to negotiations.
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'A toxic political force': Westminster wary of Trump's visit just days before the election, analysts say

U.S. President Donald Trump and Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson arrive for a bilateral meeting during the G7 summit on August 25, 2019 in Biarritz, France. Stefan Rousseau | Pool | Getty Images

President Donald Trump’s arrival in the U.K. just 10 days before Britons head to the ballot box could spell trouble for Prime Minister Boris Johnson, political analysts told CNBC. The U.S. president, who is scheduled to arrive in London on Monday, is likely to be pressed to comment on a range of hyper-sensitive political issues — ranging from the National Health Service (NHS) to prospective trade talks. Britons head to the ballot box on Dec. 12, in a vote likely to decide both the fate of the U.K.’s departure from the European Union and the future direction of the world’s fifth-largest economy. Johnson has urged Trump not to get involved in the upcoming election, fearing he could say something that threatens to derail the Conservative Party’s campaign. “What we don’t do traditionally as loving allies and friends, what we don’t do traditionally, is get involved in each other’s election campaigns,” Johnson, who’s center-right party currently holds a commanding lead in the latest opinion polls, told LBC radio on Friday. The sitting prime minister also said he would walk out of trade talks with the U.S. if the health service was a pre-condition to negotiations.

Beware of the ‘bogeyman’

Trump has typically been unafraid to comment on a wide range of U.K. election issues, with Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn often quick to use the U.S. president’s praise of Johnson as a key attack line against the Conservatives. In recent months, Trump has suggested Johnson and Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage would form an “unstoppable force” if they formed a cross-party alliance, claimed Corbyn would be “so bad” for Britain and indicated that the NHS would, in fact, be “on the table” during prospective trade talks. He has even warned that Johnson’s Brexit deal might ultimately block a much sought-after trade deal between the U.S. and the U.K. “He’s a bit of a bogeyman,” Matthew Oxenford, lead U.K. and Brexit analyst at the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), told CNBC via telephone.

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A lot of external commentators have offered their opinion on U.K. politics in recent weeks, Oxenford said, citing the outgoing European Council President Donald Tusk and former U.S. presidential candidate Hilary Clinton. But, when it comes to Trump, the “biggest issue” was clearly likely to be the NHS, Oxenford said. On a state visit to the U.K. earlier this year, the U.S. president suggested that the NHS — which has provided free healthcare at the point of use for more than 70 years — would be up for grabs during post-Brexit trade talks. Standing alongside former prime minister Theresa May in June, Trump told reporters: “Look, I think everything with a trade deal is on the table.” “When you’re dealing in trade everything is on the table. So, NHS or anything else, or a lot more than that — but everything will be on the table, absolutely.”

An overwhelming majority of Brits reject his politics, even as many realize that Britain without the United States is far weaker than with the United States in a ‘Special Relationship.’ Brian Klaas Professor of global politics at University College London

Trump has since sought to backtrack on his comments about the NHS, saying earlier this month that health would not feature in post-Brexit trade negotiations. “Sometimes he says it will be on the table in trade talks, sometimes he says it won’t be on the table. This confusion gives Labour an opportunity to use it as a good attack line,” Oxenford said.

Key battleground

Corbyn has warned a Conservative-led trade deal with the U.S. could drive up the price of medicines, warning Johnson’s party would sell-off parts of the health service to U.S. business after Brexit. Johnson has repeatedly insisted the state-run NHS would not be on the table in any trade talks. “Trump doesn’t have a filter. It won’t matter if his advisers tell him — or Boris pleads with him — not to speak about the election, the NHS, or what Britain will have to give up to the United States in a prospective trade deal,” Brian Klaas, a professor of global politics at University College London, told CNBC via email. “He also has a very limited understanding of British political sensitivities. In previous visits, it wasn’t clear that he knew what the NHS was, let alone how sensitive it is for an American president to speak about it,” he added.

President Donald Trump and Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May hold a joint news conference in London, Britain, June 4, 2019. Carlos Barria | Reuters

The NHS is often a key battleground during an election period, with politicians quick to champion an institution that is celebrated across the country. However, despite its recognition as one of Britain’s most cherished institutions, problems associated with the NHS remain a regular feature of public discourse. This includes near-constant concerns about a shortfall in funding, long waiting times for consultations and operations, cutbacks to social services, crumbling hospitals and staff shortages. “Trump is, in general, a toxic political force in the U.K. An overwhelming majority of Brits reject his politics, even as many realize that Britain without the United States is far weaker than with the United States in a ‘Special Relationship,'” Klaas said.

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China suspends US military visits to Hong Kong, sanctions US-based NGOs

Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China November 27, 2019. China said on Monday U.S. military ships and aircraft won’t be allowed to visit Hong Kong, and also announced sanctions against several U.S. non-government organisations for encouraging protesters to “engage in extremist, violent and criminal acts.” China last week promised it would issue “firm counter measures” after U.S. President Donald Trump signed into law the “Hong Kong Human Rights and Democr


Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China November 27, 2019.
China said on Monday U.S. military ships and aircraft won’t be allowed to visit Hong Kong, and also announced sanctions against several U.S. non-government organisations for encouraging protesters to “engage in extremist, violent and criminal acts.”
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China suspends US military visits to Hong Kong, sanctions US-based NGOs

Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China November 27, 2019.

China said on Monday U.S. military ships and aircraft won’t be allowed to visit Hong Kong, and also announced sanctions against several U.S. non-government organisations for encouraging protesters to “engage in extremist, violent and criminal acts.”

The measures were announced by China’s Foreign Ministry in response to U.S. legislation passed last week supporting anti-government protesters. It said it had suspended taking requests for U.S. military visits indefinitely, and warned of further action to come.

“We urge the U.S. to correct the mistakes and stop interfering in our internal affairs. China will take further steps if necessary to uphold Hong Kong’s stability and prosperity and China’s sovereignty,” said ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said at a daily news briefing in Beijing.

China last week promised it would issue “firm counter measures” after U.S. President Donald Trump signed into law the “Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act,” which supports anti-government protesters in Hong Kong and threatens China with potential sanctions.

There are fears that the row over Hong Kong could impact efforts by Beijing and Washington to reach preliminary deal that could de-escalate a prolonged trade war between the two countries.

The U.S.-headquartered NGOs targeted by Beijing include the National Endowment for Democracy, the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, the International Republican Institute, Human Rights Watch, and Freedom House.

“They shoulder some responsibility for the chaos in Hong Kong and they should be sanctioned and pay the price,” said Hua.

In more normal times, several U.S. naval ships visit Hong Kong annually, a rest-and-recreation tradition that dates back to the pre-1997 colonial era which Beijing allowed to continue after the handover from British to Chinese rule.

Visits have at times been refused amid broader tensions and two U.S. ships were denied access in August.

The USS Blue Ridge, the command ship of the Japanese-based Seventh Fleet, stopped in Hong Kong in April – the last ship to visit before mass protests broke out in June.

Foreign NGOs are already heavily restricted in China, and have previously received sharp rebukes for reporting on rights issues in the country including the mass detention of Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang.


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Traveling on a budget? Here are the world’s cheapest, and costliest, cities to visit

Booking an urban adventure packed with excitement, entertainment and cultural engagement doesn’t have to bust your budget, according to U.K.-based Starling Bank. Todd Brown | The Image Bank | Getty Images1. Delhi, India A day spent touring the capital territory of India will only cost you $35.56. Free attractions include the Batu Caves, one of the most popular Hindu shrines to be found outside India, and the Bukit Bintang shopping and entertainment district. The cheapest dinners and drinks, on a


Booking an urban adventure packed with excitement, entertainment and cultural engagement doesn’t have to bust your budget, according to U.K.-based Starling Bank.
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Delhi, India A day spent touring the capital territory of India will only cost you $35.56.
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Dreaming of a big city escape somewhere around the world, yet dreading a big credit-card bill when you get home? Booking an urban adventure packed with excitement, entertainment and cultural engagement doesn’t have to bust your budget, according to U.K.-based Starling Bank. The firm analyzed 35 cities worldwide, comparing metrics such as hotel, food, public transit and attractions prices, to determine an average daily cost to visitors. It also developed a calculator to help visitors to see how far 100 British pounds (about $129) a day will get them around the world. The tool can be sampled here. Three of the top five spots for affordability turned out to be in Asia. The least affordable destinations were in North America (four of them) or Europe (one).

Head to Asia for deals

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1. Delhi, India A day spent touring the capital territory of India will only cost you $35.56. Top sights? The India Gate military memorial and 17th century Jama Masjid mosque in New Delhi are both free to the public. The tab for a three-course Indian meal? Figure about $8.61. A round-trip ride on public transit costs 89 cents, and the average attraction entry ticket runs about $4, Starling found. 2. Cairo, Egypt With daily costs of just $36.82, Cairo will leave you “feeling like a pharaoh,” according to Starling. Hotel rooms in Egypt’s capital can be had for $18.17 a night, on average, while the check for a “luxury” meal might only add up to $8.59. Entrance to the pyramid complex at Giza costs about $9, with added fees for actual pyramid access. A bus ride there and back from the city center? About 60 cents total. 3. Istanbul, Turkey Bridging Europe and Asia, history-steeped Istanbul can be yours for just $44.74 a day. Views of the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia are free, as is strolling the Grand Bazaar, where you can pick up treasures and treats for a song. (Turkish delight, anyone?) Wind down by watching whirling dervishes, simmering in a Turkish bath or ferrying across the Bosphorus Strait. Fill up on kebabs and baklava at about $16 a meal. More from Personal Finance:

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This app makes clearing customs a breeze 4. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Malaysia’s capital is popular with backpackers for a reason. Stays can total just $50.80 day if you pinch your pennies. Free attractions include the Batu Caves, one of the most popular Hindu shrines to be found outside India, and the Bukit Bintang shopping and entertainment district. Dinner or lunch will run you about $11 a pop. 5. Beijing, China It’ll set you back just $52.64 a day to explore the capital of the People’s Republic of China. Top attractions in Beijing cost just about $8 on average and there’s plenty to see and do. Scale the Great Wall of China, wander Tiananmen Square or inspect the recesses of the Forbidden City without breaking the bank. Metro fares are about 50 cents for travel within an 8-mile radius. And then there’s all that Chinese food …

Eat, see on the cheap

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The three world cities where the generally agreed-upon top attractions are free or the least expensive are, according to Starling, Sydney, Australia; Santiago, Chile; and Buenos Aires, Argentina. Down Under, the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Bondi Beach can both be accessed free of charge. Santiago’s views of the surrounding Andes Mountains are free, as are strolls through Plaza de Armas square and climbs up San Cristobal and Santa Lucia hills. In Buenos Aires, tango your way through the streets of the colorful La Boca district or explore the alternately creepy and stunning confines of La Recoleta Cemetery — all for nothing. The cheapest dinners and drinks, on average, to be found in the cities surveyed can be found in Bangkok. A local dish — be it tom yum goong (shrimp soup) or khao pad (fried rice) — plus a bottle of water will set you back only $2.25 in the capital of Thailand, Starling found.

Budget busters

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Trump makes surprise Thanksgiving visit to US troops in Afghanistan in his first trip to country

U.S. President Donald Trump eats dinner with U.S. troops at a Thanksgiving dinner event during a surprise visit at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan, November 28, 2019. Trump landed at Bagram Airfield and served Thanksgiving dinner to service members before meeting with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. Trump’s visit to Afghanistan is his first to the country, but the second time he has visited U.S. troops in a warzone during his presidency. At this point in his presidency, President Barack Obama had


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Trump makes surprise Thanksgiving visit to US troops in Afghanistan in his first trip to country

U.S. President Donald Trump eats dinner with U.S. troops at a Thanksgiving dinner event during a surprise visit at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan, November 28, 2019. REUTERS/Tom Brenner

President Donald Trump traveled to Afghanistan for the first time to visit U.S. troops during the Thanksgiving holiday, where he met with the Afghan president and raised hopes of a ceasefire with the Taliban.

Trump landed at Bagram Airfield and served Thanksgiving dinner to service members before meeting with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. He then addressed 1,500 troops representing all services in a hanger.

Trump said the U.S. is “substantially” drawing down its troop numbers in the country, though he did not provide specifics. The president said the Afghan Taliban wants to make a deal and he believes they want a ceasefire.

Trump has repeatedly said he wants to reduce troop numbers in Afghanistan, where the U.S. has fought the longest war in its history. American service members first deployed to Afghanistan in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C.

The conflict has spanned three administrations, cost the lives of at least 2,218 U.S. service members and left 20,091 wounded in action, according to the Defense Department.

The president’s visit comes one week after the Taliban freed two Western hostages, American Kevin King and Australian Timothy Weeks. The American University professors had been held for more than three years.

In September, Trump abruptly cancelled peace talks with the Taliban after the insurgent group claimed responsibility for an attack in Kabul that killed an American soldier and 11 other people. The president had planned a secret meeting with the Taliban’s major leaders at Camp David before calling it off.

Trump’s visit to Afghanistan is his first to the country, but the second time he has visited U.S. troops in a warzone during his presidency. He and first lady Melania Trump made an unannounced post-Christmas visit to Iraq to meet with political and military personnel last year.

The president’s Iraq trip came on the heels of his sudden decision to withdraw American ground forces from Syria, which prompted then-Secretary of Defense James Mattis to hand in his resignation. Mattis’ shock departure was mourned by lawmakers of both parties who saw him as a stabilizing figure within the Trump administration.

At the time, Trump said he had “no plans at all” to remove the more 5,000 U.S. troops currently serving in Iraq. But he defended his decision to withdraw the nearly 2,000 troops in Syria, saying, “A lot of people are going to come around to my way of thinking.”

At this point in his presidency, President Barack Obama had visited troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. President George W. Bush visited Iraq eight months after the start of the war in 2003.


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Pence meets with top Kurdish leader in surprise visit to Iraq

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen Pence greet U.S. troops at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq November 23, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan ErnstVice President Mike Pence visited Iraq on Saturday to reassure Iraqi Kurds of U.S. support after President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw troops from northern Syria drew criticism that Washington had betrayed its Kurdish allies there. The visit also served to bolster U.S. troops ahead of next Thursday’s Thanksgiving holiday in the United States. “We sp


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Pence meets with top Kurdish leader in surprise visit to Iraq

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen Pence greet U.S. troops at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq November 23, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Vice President Mike Pence visited Iraq on Saturday to reassure Iraqi Kurds of U.S. support after President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw troops from northern Syria drew criticism that Washington had betrayed its Kurdish allies there.

His trip included a visit with Nechirvan Barzani, the president of the Kurdistan region in Iraq, and also a phone call with Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi to discuss the unrest and protests over corruption that have rocked the country.

The visit also served to bolster U.S. troops ahead of next Thursday’s Thanksgiving holiday in the United States.

Pence made two stops during his short trip, which was previously unannounced for security reasons. Traveling on a military cargo plane, he landed first at Al Asad Air Base northwest of Baghdad and talked by phone with Abdul Mahdi.

“We spoke about the unrest that’s been taking place in recent weeks here in Iraq,” Pence told reporters. “He assured me that they were working to avoid violence or the kind of oppression we see taking place even as we speak in Iran.”

“He pledged to me that they would work to protect and respect peaceful protesters as … part of the democratic process here in Iraq.”

Hundreds have been killed since early October when mass protests began in Baghdad and southern Iraq. Protesters want to dislodge a political class they view as corrupt and beholden to foreign powers at the expense of Iraqis who suffer from poverty and poor health care.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Monday the United States was prepared to impose sanctions on any Iraqi officials found to be corrupt as well as those responsible for the deaths and wounding of peaceful protesters.

The trip gave the Trump administration a chance to show it is working on foreign policy even as impeachment hearings led by Democrats consume Washington.

Pence said he reiterated Trump’s commitment to an independent and sovereign Iraq. “We continue to be concerned about the malign influence of Iran across Iraq,” he said.


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Apple begins building its new Austin campus on the day of Trump and Cook’s visit

Apple said it will begin construction on its new Austin, Texas campus on Wednesday as CEO Tim Cook tours the manufacturing plant there with President Donald Trump. Apple plans to invest $1 billion into the new campus which is expected to open in 2022 with 5,000 employees. The campus will expand Apple’s Austin operation, which is currently home to the plant that builds the Mac Pro, the only major Apple computer assembled in the U.S. The Mac Pro has been a key piece in Cook’s negotiations with Tru


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Apple begins building its new Austin campus on the day of Trump and Cook's visit

Apple said it will begin construction on its new Austin, Texas campus on Wednesday as CEO Tim Cook tours the manufacturing plant there with President Donald Trump.

Apple plans to invest $1 billion into the new campus which is expected to open in 2022 with 5,000 employees. The campus will be 3 million square feet with the capacity to grow to 15,000 employees. The campus will expand Apple’s Austin operation, which is currently home to the plant that builds the Mac Pro, the only major Apple computer assembled in the U.S.

The Mac Pro has been a key piece in Cook’s negotiations with Trump over the China tariffs. Many Apple products are assembled in China, but Cook decided to keep Mac Pro assembly in the U.S. after Trump made clear he would not give Apple any tariff exemptions if he moved the assembly outside the U.S. Apple said it received exemptions to import parts needed for the Mac Pro without paying tariffs. The Mac Pro is not one of Apple’s mass market products and is primarily aimed at professional programmers and artists who require a lot of power, with a starting price of $5,999. It goes on sale in December.

Cook has deftly navigated a nuanced relationship with the president by engaging him in private meetings and dinners while maintaining his views on policies on which he disagrees with Trump. Cook has touted continued investments in the U.S. as Trump continues his trade negotiations with China.

Apple said in Wednesday’s announcement that it is on track for its goal of contributing $350 billion to the U.S. economy between 2018 and 2023 and hire an added 20,000 employees nationwide.

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White House: Trump undergoes exam at Walter Reed

President Donald Trump faces reporters as he departs for travel to Tupelo, Mississippi from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, November 1, 2019. President Donald Trump spent more than two hours at Walter Reed National Medical Center on Saturday for what the White House said were medical tests as part of his annual physical. Walter Reed spokeswoman Sandy Dean said the hospital does not comment on patients who receive care at the facility and referred questions to the White House. Te


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President Donald Trump faces reporters as he departs for travel to Tupelo, Mississippi from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, November 1, 2019.

President Donald Trump spent more than two hours at Walter Reed National Medical Center on Saturday for what the White House said were medical tests as part of his annual physical.

The appointment wasn’t on Trump’s weekend public schedule, and his last physical was in February. Press secretary Stephanie Grisham said the 73-year-old president was “anticipating a very busy 2020” and wanted to take advantage of “a free weekend” in Washington to begin portions of his routine checkup.

She did not specify which tests he’d received or explain why the visit had not been disclosed in advance. Trump’s 2018 and 2019 physicals were both announced ahead of time and appeared on his public schedule.

Grisham said after the visit that the president had had “a quick exam and labs” and assured he remains in good health.

“The President remains healthy and energetic without complaints, as demonstrated by his repeated vigorous rally performances in front of thousands of Americans several times a week,” she said.

Trump also spent time at the hospital meeting with the family of a special forces soldier injured in Afghanistan. And he visited with medical staff “to share his thanks for all the outstanding care they provide to our Wounded Warriors, and wish them an early happy Thanksgiving,” Grisham said.

It was the president’s ninth visit to the hospital since taking office.

Walter Reed spokeswoman Sandy Dean said the hospital does not comment on patients who receive care at the facility and referred questions to the White House.

Trump’s last checkup in February, 2019 showed he had gained weight in office. At 243 pounds and 6 feet, 3 inches tall, he passed the official threshold for being considered obese, with a Body Mass Index of 30.4.

That checkup, which was supervised by Dr. Sean P. Conley, his physician, took more than four hours and involved a panel of 11 specialists.

“I am happy to announce the President of the United States is in very good health and I anticipate he will remain so for the duration of his Presidency, and beyond,” Conley wrote afterward.

Test results were released six days later, showing that Trump weighed 243 pounds — up seven pounds from September 2016, before he became president.

A Body Mass Index rating of 30 is the level at which doctors consider someone obese under the commonly used formula. About 40 percent of Americans are obese, raising the risk for heart disease, diabetes, stroke and some forms of cancer.

Trump doesn’t drink alcohol or smoke, but is known to enjoy fast food, steaks and desserts. His primary form of exercise is golf.

Saturday’s test came as House investigators on Capitol Hill were interviewing a White House budget official as part of the impeachment inquiry. Trump has insisted he did nothing wrong.


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Trump to visit Apple’s manufacturing plant in Austin on Wednesday

The White House confirmed on Sunday that President Trump will tour Apple’s manufacturing plant in Austin, Texas, on Wednesday. Reports first surfaced in the past week that a Trump visit to Apple’s Austin factory, where the new Mac Pro will be assembled, was in the works. Apple shifted its Mac Pro assembly to a facility in Austin, Texas, in September after a round of tariff exemptions for computer parts the company won from trade regulators. Apple CEO Tim Cook has been lauded for his relationship


The White House confirmed on Sunday that President Trump will tour Apple’s manufacturing plant in Austin, Texas, on Wednesday.
Reports first surfaced in the past week that a Trump visit to Apple’s Austin factory, where the new Mac Pro will be assembled, was in the works.
Apple shifted its Mac Pro assembly to a facility in Austin, Texas, in September after a round of tariff exemptions for computer parts the company won from trade regulators.
Apple CEO Tim Cook has been lauded for his relationship
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Trump to visit Apple's manufacturing plant in Austin on Wednesday

The White House confirmed on Sunday that President Trump will tour Apple’s manufacturing plant in Austin, Texas, on Wednesday.

Reports first surfaced in the past week that a Trump visit to Apple’s Austin factory, where the new Mac Pro will be assembled, was in the works.

Apple shifted its Mac Pro assembly to a facility in Austin, Texas, in September after a round of tariff exemptions for computer parts the company won from trade regulators.

Apple CEO Tim Cook has been lauded for his relationship with Trump at a time when domestic manufacturing and the trade war with China could seriously harm Apple’s existing business model. The Apple CEO has met one-on-one with Trump, including private dinners, as Apple faced the threat of tariffs on its products this year.

Apple has trumpeted its overall investment in the U.S. since Trump took office in 2017, including a planned $350 billion “contribution” to the U.S. economy and a “job footprint” that has grown to 2.4 million in the U.S.

Apple directly employs about 130,000 people.

Apple also has avoided the intense antitrust scrutiny faced by some of its rivals like Amazon and Google.

The Mac Pro is not a major driver of Apple revenue or profit. Apple’s most profitable and popular products are made in China. But the tariff exemptions for most of the Mac Pro’s parts are seen as a win for both the company and Trump, who can boast about domestic manufacturing jobs.

Apple’s shares are up nearly 70% this year, almost tripling the return of the S&P 500 Index.

—CNBC’s Steve Kovach contributed to this report.

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Santa visits reserved for shoppers who spend over $2,500 at London’s famous Harrods store

Harrods, London’s 170-year-old luxury department store, opens its Swarovski-sponsored Christmas Grotto on Friday — to shoppers who have spent thousands on its products. In Britain, department stores and malls commonly open Christmas “grottos” around the holidays, where children can visit Santa and are given a gift. A spokesperson for Harrods told CNBC on Tuesday that the invitation system had been implemented due to high demand. Harrods, which was acquired by Qatar’s sovereign wealth fund in 201


Harrods, London’s 170-year-old luxury department store, opens its Swarovski-sponsored Christmas Grotto on Friday — to shoppers who have spent thousands on its products.
In Britain, department stores and malls commonly open Christmas “grottos” around the holidays, where children can visit Santa and are given a gift.
A spokesperson for Harrods told CNBC on Tuesday that the invitation system had been implemented due to high demand.
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Santa visits reserved for shoppers who spend over $2,500 at London's famous Harrods store

Harrods, London’s 170-year-old luxury department store, opens its Swarovski-sponsored Christmas Grotto on Friday — to shoppers who have spent thousands on its products.

In Britain, department stores and malls commonly open Christmas “grottos” around the holidays, where children can visit Santa and are given a gift.

Running from November 15 until Christmas Eve, Harrods’ “Secret Forest Grotto” is described as a “snow-covered woodland filled with sparkling surprises,” with visitors being promised an exclusive gift from Santa Claus.

But according to Harrods’ website, only those who have achieved Green 2 Tier or above in the store’s loyalty program are “eligible for an invitation to (the) grotto.”

Members of the scheme needed to have unlocked that status by August 26 this year to be invited to the grotto — meaning they would have had to have spent more than £2,000 ($2,566) in Harrods between January 1 and the cut-off date.

Visiting the grotto costs £20 per child, with adults and children under the age of three able to visit for free. The Grotto is already fully booked, according to the booking page.

However, according to The Guardian newspaper, Harrods agreed last week to host 160 lower-spending families in the grotto following anger from customers. The Guardian reported that wealthier families will still be given 96% of the available timeslots.

A spokesperson for Harrods told CNBC on Tuesday that the invitation system had been implemented due to high demand.

“Each year, we are overwhelmed by requests for this special experience, which we make every effort to facilitate,” they said in an email. “We care hugely about making a visit to the Grotto as magical as possible, therefore tickets are extremely limited. Unfortunately, we simply cannot meet the demand for places.”

The spokesperson added that this year, Harrods offered those who didn’t have the opportunity to purchase a ticket the chance to win free entry to the grotto, noting that this arrangement was not “a response to customer reactions of any kind.”

A “wishing well” appeared in Harrods’ childrenswear department from October 19 to November 3, where customers could submit an entry to the competition.

“Ten winners per day were drawn from the wishing well, and the winners were each awarded one of the 160 booking slots allocated for this purpose,” they told CNBC.

Harrods, which was acquired by Qatar’s sovereign wealth fund in 2010, has been hosting a Christmas Grotto in its store in London’s Knightsbridge since 1955.

Harrods reportedly used a similar invitation system to limit visits to Santa to high spenders last year. In 2017, a spokeswoman told U.K. newspaper The Daily Mirror the grotto was open to all members of its loyalty program.

The department store made a profit of £171.6 million in 2018.

A spokesperson for Harrods was not immediately available for comment when contacted by CNBC.


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