‘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
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.