Category: Erin Burnett

Dem Rep Maloney Hits Back at AOC’s Opposition to Amazon HQ2: ‘It Used to Be That We Would Protest Wars — Now We’re Protesting Jobs’

Friday on CNN’s “OutFront,” Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) reacted to Amazon’s decision to pull out of an agreement to build its second headquarters in New York City. The decision was heralded by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), but Maloney questioned that opposition. Partial transcript as follows: BURNETT: I want to ask you about another big story tonight, Amazon, abruptly canceling plans to build, it would be a massive headquarters in New York. People like your colleague Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have been celebrating this. You’ve seen this from some several progressives. She said, “Today was the day a group of dedicated everyday New Yorkers defeated Amazon’s corporate greed, its worker exploitation, and the power of the richest man in the world.” It’s your district, not hers, now is that how you see it? MALONEY: Absolutely. My constituents want jobs. BURNETT: This was 25,000 job. MALONEY: Twenty minimum, it would have been many, many more, 25,000 jobs at 150,000 minimum for the for the job. Many entry-level jobs would have been – many, many more they were working with the community on job fairs and the other types of entry-level jobs that they would have. There were promises for a new school and having

Dem Sen. Merkley: Trump Created ‘Humanitarian Crisis’ on Border with Child Prisons, Family Internment Camps

Wednesday on CNN’s “OutFront,” Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) dismissed President Donald Trump’s remarks stating that he wanted more legal immigration to the United States. The Oregon Democrat said he didn’t believe Trump was sincere and added that the president had criminalized asylum, which in turn has created a humanitarian crisis. “No, I don’t believe it — unless he had some thing in his head that he was talking about tourism or something of that nature, business partnerships. But I think he was trying to take a little bit of a step away from the fact that he’s presented himself as really being against immigrants coming to the United States. Now, realize when people flee persecution, and the vast bulk of people come to the southern border, they’re fleeing persecution in Central America, they’re presenting themselves for asylum. They are taking a legal act under our law and international. It was a criminalization of this, which is incorrect and wrong by the president in all kind of ways, followed by child separation, abuse of children, child prisons, family internment camps. He’s created that humanitarian crisis.” Follow Jeff Poor on Twitter @jeff_poor

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