‘There is a cri­sis to­day here is a cri­sis to­day, it’s a cri­sis of lead­er­ship’ Ex-obama min­is­ter joins 2020 race

He cites ex­pe­ri­ence in the Obama cab­i­net and as mayor of one of the largest cities

Daily Nation (Kenya) - - INTERNATIONAL NEWS -

Huawei said yes­ter­day it fired a Chi­nese em­ployee who was ar­rested in Poland on es­pi­onage al­le­ga­tions, as China's tele­com gi­ant dis­tanced it­self from the case amid Western con­cerns that it could act as a proxy for Chi­nese se­cu­rity ser­vices.

The de­ten­tion of Wang Wei­jing fol­lows the De­cem­ber ar­rest of Huawei's chief fi­nan­cial of­fi­cer in Canada and US ef­forts to black­list the com­pany in­ter­na­tion­ally over se­cu­rity con­cerns.

While China's gov­ern­ment has vo­cif­er­ously de­fended Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou and de­manded her re­lease, the firm swiftly sacked Mr Wang, who works at its rep­re­sen­ta­tive of­fice in Poland. "His al­leged ac­tions have no re­la­tion to the com­pany," Huawei said in a state­ment.

Ju­lian Cas­tro, the tele­genic for­mer mayor of San An­to­nio, Texas and Obama-era cab­i­net mem­ber, launched his bid to be­come the na­tion's first His­panic pres­i­dent yes­ter­day, em­pha­sis­ing a mes­sage of hope and di­ver­sity at a time when Amer­i­cans are locked in an­gry de­bate over im­mi­gra­tion and bor­der se­cu­rity.

"I am a can­di­date for pres­i­dent of the United States," the 44-year-old Cas­tro told a crowd in San An­to­nio's his­toric Guadalupe se­cu­rity, but there is a smart and hu­mane way to do it. And there is no way in hell that caging chil­dren is keep­ing us safe," Mr Cas­tro said. "We say no to build­ing a wall and say yes to build­ing com­mu­nity," he added, to roars from the crowd. Mr Trump wants the bor­der wall to block il­le­gal im­mi­grants he has sought to equate with crime, drugs and gangs.

"There is a cri­sis to­day — it's a cri­sis of lead­er­ship. Don­ald Trump has failed to up­hold the val­ues of our great na­tion," Mr Cas­tro said.

Urg­ing his sup­port­ers to look around the blue-col­lar neigh­bour­hood where he grew up, Cas­tro said, "there are no front-run­ners that are born here, but … with big dreams and hard work, any­thing is pos­si­ble in this coun­try."

He added that his grand­mother Vic­to­ria would surely have been amazed when she ar­rived from Mex­ico in 1922 — she went on to work as a maid and a cook — had she known that one grand­child would end up in Con­gress and the other as a pres­i­den­tial can­di­date.

Cas­tro's twin brother Joaquin, who in­tro­duced him Satur­day, is a con­gress­man.

The two rode to the event to­gether on the same bus line that once took them to pub­lic school. Ju­lian Cas­tro's strong or­a­tor­i­cal skills, ex­pe­ri­ence in the Obama cab­i­net and as mayor of the na­tion's sev­enth largest city, cou­pled with his charisma, could help pro­pel him into the top tier of Demo­cratic can­di­dates.

For­mer Sec­re­tary of Hous­ing, Mr Juliàn Cas­tro as he an­nounced his can­di­dacy for Pres­i­dent of the US at the week­end.

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