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Barack Obama on a Biden presidency, racism in the Trump era and what he misses about being president

Former U.S. president Barack Obama says the biggest challenge for president-elect Joe Biden will be to bridge the gulf that exists in the country and bring together a vastly polarized populace.

“You’ve seen growing divisions, some of which are deeply rooted in questions of race and gender and date back to the founding of this country, some of which are a result of a changing economy,” Obama told CBC Radio’s The Current in a Canadian exclusive interview that will air on CBC Radio Monday morning.

Obama said Biden and vice-president-elect Kamala Harris would “set a different tone” from that of the Trump administration but will face a divided country, one where more than 73 million people voted for Trump and some still support the current president’s refusal to concede.

Obama served as the 44th president of the United States from 2008 until Trump’s upset victory in 2016. His new book, A Promised Land, published last Wednesday, charts his rise in politics up to the first two and a half years of his two-term presidency.

The book, the first of a two-volume memoir of his presidency, broke records, selling nearly 890,000 copies in the U.S. and Canada in its first 24 hours.

  • Listen to the full interview on The Current on CBC Radio One, Monday at 8:37 a.m., online or on the CBC Listen app.

Obama told The Current‘s host, Matt Galloway, that healing divisions will be especially challenging for a Democratic president because the “splintering of media has created a big ecosystem of conservative media that is very hard to penetrate.”

“If that’s your source of what’s happening in the outside world, then you would think that Donald Trump has not only done great work as president, but you would think that he’s justified in taking the positions he’s taking,” Obama said.


Obama meets with then president-elect Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House on Nov. 10, 2016. Obama said the new president, Joe Biden, must find a way to heal the divide between those who kicked Trump out of office in the recent election and those who still support him. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Associated Press)

He warned that it’s important for Democrats to try to understand why people voted for Trump, because it will be “hard to get big stuff done if the country is this polarised.”

“How we bridge that gap between those who have strongly opposed this president and those who still support him is going to be a big challenge,” he said.

“There are all kinds of ways in which a determined opposition can block everything, not just some things. So, I think Joe is going to have to try to arrive at areas of potential compromise.”

WATCH | Biden must tap into ‘areas of potential compromise’:

Former U.S. president Barack Obama said in an interview with The Current that for president-elect Joe Biden’s first job will be to heal the deep divisions in the country, which run deeper than just the recent election. 3:45

Failure to lead

When asked whether he, as the country’s first Black president, saw his successor, Donald Trump, as racist, Obama said what’s important is that Trump was “more than happy to fan racist sentiments” during his four years in office. Whether or not he personally believed that rhetoric doesn’t matter, he said.

“I’m not interested in what’s in his heart. I’m interested in what he does,” Obama said.

“Whether he’s cynically riding that wave to achieve his ends or whether it taps into something he actually believes, here’s what I can say for certain: that he does not consider it his job to fight against racist sentiments.

“That, to me, is a failure of any leader.”

He said during Trump’s time in office, rhetoric that had been relegated to the fringes of the Republican Party moved “front and centre.”

“This fear of the other, this suggestion that somehow there’s real Americans and then there are people who, I guess, are fake Americans,” he said.

“And somehow, the fake Americans tend to look like me.”

WATCH | Trump ‘more than happy to fan racist sentiments’: Obama

Former U.S. president Barack Obama said in an interview with CBC’s The Current that while he can’t say whether or not Donald Trump is a racist at heart, the current president fans racist sentiments and is ‘cynically riding that wave to achieve his ends.” 4:43

Advice from the sidelines

Four years after he left office, Obama said he misses the camaraderie, the team work and “mental exercise of figuring out hard policy problems” — but not the pomp of the presidency.

Someone once asked him if he would serve a third term if he could.

“I wouldn’t have wanted to be out front,” he said.

“But if somebody had said, you can sit in your basement in your sweats, and there’s somebody else who’s playing the president with a microphone in his or her ear, and you can just kind of give suggestions and policy — then I might have enjoyed doing that.”

WATCH | What Obama misses about the presidency:

Former U.S. president Barack Obama doesn’t miss the pomp of the office but joked in an interview with CBC’s The Current that he’d like to be the bug in the ear of the president, offering real-time advice from his basement. 2:15

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Shiffrin narrowly misses slalom win, Canada’s St-Germain career-best 6th

Petra Vlhova held on to her opening-run lead to beat Mikaela Shiffrin on Saturday in a women’s World Cup slalom that was the American’s first race in nearly 10 months.

On a course set by her coach Livio Magoni, Vlhova also posted the fastest time in the second run and extended her advantage over Shiffrin to 0.18 seconds in Levi, Finland.

“I tried to take this advantage that my coach set the course, and I did it,” Vlhova said. “It wasn’t easy, as it started snowing and also the course was a bit destroyed. But I did it and I am really happy. First victory in the first slalom of the season is always good.”

Austria’s Katharina Liensberger was 0.57 behind in third, while the rest of the field, led by Swiss racer Wendy Holdener, was at least 1.35 off the lead.

World No. 18 Laurence St-Germain of St. Ferréol-les-Neiges, Que., was the top Canadian in sixth, 1.42 seconds behind
Vlhova, followed by Erin Mielzynski of Collingwood, Ont., in 15th — she was 25th in last year’s race — and Amelia Smart 25th. Smart, from Invermere, B.C., has been able to commit more time to the World Cup this season while studying remotely at the University of Denver.

Laurence, who started in 10th spot, was pleased with how she skied the flat sections of the course. 


Laurence St-Germain reacts after topping the Canadian contingent with a sixth-place performance. (Jussi Nukari/Lehtikuva/AFP via Getty Images)

“I’m really stoked about my race. To put two good runs together like that for the first race of the season, I really wasn’t expecting to do so well,” Laurence told Alpine Canada.

“I know I can improve on the pitch for tomorrow and hopefully do even better.”

Death of father cut season short

Added Mielzynski: “For me that was a big step in the right direction and a nice way to start the year. It’s always a good day when you have three Canadians in the top 30.”

Roni Remme, also of Collingwood, did not qualify for a second run while Toronto’s Ali Nullmeyer straddled a gate mid-way through the first run and did not finish.

Shiffrin hadn’t competed since January, as her previous season ended prematurely after the death of her father, Jeff Shiffrin, followed by the cancellation of the season-ending races amid the coronavirus outbreak. Then, she sat out the first race of the new season in Austria in October with a back injury.

“It’s kind of crazy to be back after a very long time and everything,” Shiffrin said after her opening run. “It’s pretty amazing and I am just really happy to be here.”

Wearing bib No. 1, Shiffrin had opened the race in Finnish Lapland with an error-free run.

‘Nothing’s changed but everything’s changed’

Vlhova trailed Shiffrin by 0.13 at the first split but was ahead of the American at all following check points before finishing 0.15 ahead.

In the final run, Vlhova initially extended her lead to 0.52 but lost over three tenths as she failed to match Shiffrin’s pace in the flat finish section.

WATCH | Shiffrin’s historic World Cup slalom in 2019 in Levi, Finland:

American Mikaela Shiffrin won her 41st World Cup slalom in Levi, Finland, surpassing Swedish great Ingemar Stenmark. 1:47

“In the second run you start last and want to confirm you first run. That’s pressure. It was not a perfect run because I did some mistakes. But at the end it was green,” said Vlhova, referring to colour in which leading times are displayed on a video-wall in the finish area.

In a streak that started in January 2017, the last 27 World Cup slaloms have all been won by either Shiffrin, with 19 wins, or Vlhova.

Vlhova won the season-long slalom title last year, edging Shiffrin by 20 points, after the American had won it six times in the previous seven seasons.

The pair continued their dominance in Saturday’s race.

“Nothing’s changed, but also everything’s changed,” Shiffrin said. “But it’s really fun to be here, to see everybody skiing. It’s fun to watch and for me it was fun to do.”

Limited number of fans allowed at race

Federica Brignone, who ended Shiffrin’s three-year reign as overall champion last season, was 1.61 behind after the opening run but failed to finish her second and didn’t score World Cup points.

Italian teammate Marta Bassino, who won the season-opener last month, finished more than three seconds behind in 18th.

Slalom specialist Anna Swenn Larsson missed the race as the entire Swedish team quarantined after a COVID-19 test for one of its coaches came back positive.

A limited number of spectators were allowed at the race.

Another women’s slalom is scheduled for Sunday.

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Andre De Grasse misses podium in Birmingham, placing 5th in 100m

Andre De Grasse of Markham, Ont., finished fifth in Sunday’s 100 metres, stopping the clock in 10.13 seconds — his highest time of the season — at the Müller Grand Prix Diamond League track and field meet in Birmingham, U.K.

It marked just the second time of six races in the event during the sprinter’s strong comeback season from injury that he failed to place in the top three. De Grasse ran 10.14 earlier in the day in one of two semifinal heats at Alexander Stadium after running 10.03 on July 26 to place second to Aaron Brown at the Canadian championships.

“I came out of the [starting] blocks and wasn’t really feeling it [in my legs] and couldn’t get myself back into the race,” said a disappointed De Grasse.

WATCH | Andre De Grasse on what might have led to his disappointing race:

Andre De Grasse discusses his 5th place finish in the men’s 100m race in Birmingham. 0:48

Yohan Blake of Jamaica and De Grasse’s training partner, Adam Gemili of Great Britain, crossed the finish line together on Sunday, with Blake eventually declared the winner by 8-1,000ths of a second in a photo finish. Michael Rodgers of the United States was third in 10.09.

De Grasse, who ran a season-best 9.98 in the semifinals at nationals, clocked 10.11 at the Taiwan Open Athletics Championships on May 25 and had witnessed a steady drop in time since then entering this weekend.

WATCH | Yohan Blake beats Adam Gemili in photo finish:

Jamaica’s Yohan Blake finished first in the men’s 100m event in Birmingham with a time of 10.07, while Andre De Grasse came in fifth with 10.13. 3:23

He continues to work at getting faster out of the starting blocks while being more efficient in getting to the 30-metre mark as the 2016 Olympic triple medallist has demonstrated a solid final 50 metres this season.

De Grasse/Coleman showdown nixed

“Andre isn’t very tall [at five-foot-eight] but he has great velocity,” CBC Sports track analyst Donovan Bailey said entering the Müller Grand Prix, “so he has to get himself in good position coming out of the blocks.”

Sunday’s race was supposed to be a showdown against Christian Coleman, who boasts a 2019 world-leading time of 9.81, but the American was forced to withdraw on Friday “as a result of complications occurring after practice this week.”

Each of the previous two scheduled races featuring the one-time NCAA 100 and 200 champions was scuttled because one of the them was nursing a hamstring injury. De Grasse and Coleman haven’t gone head-to-head in the 100 since the 2015 NCAA semifinals in Eugene, Ore.

Blake, 29, was the 2011 world champion and beat fellow countryman and current 100 world-record holder Usain Bolt at the 2012 Jamaican Olympic trials, but has been slowed by a series of leg injuries since 2013.

He’s got massive shoes to fill [with Usain Bolt retired]. Everyone expects him to at least get to the podium [at the world championships].— CBC Sports track analyst Donovan Bailey on Yohan Blake of Jamaica

However, the world No. 9 sprinter before Sunday’s race posted a winning time of 9.96 at the Jamaican championships on June 21 and went 9.97 to finish third at the Müller Anniversary Games in London on July 20.

With Bolt retired, Blake is Jamaica’s “hope for greatness” leading up to the world championships in September and 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, according to Bailey.


Jamaica’s Yohan Blake wins the 100-metre final ahead of Great Britain’s Adam Gemili by 8-1,000ths of a second at the Muller Grand Prix Diamond League track and field event on Sunday at Alexander Stadium. American Christopher Belcher was fourth. (Martin Rickett/PA via Associated Press)

“He’s got massive shoes to fill,” Bailey said. “Everyone expects him to at least get to the podium [at worlds in Doha, Qatar].

“I read an article where he said he’s going to bring it in Doha, so he’s putting himself verbally in the conversation, but he’s never put himself physically in the conversation.”

Blake was fourth at the 2017 world championships in London, his 9.99 effort trailing winner Justin Gatlin (9.92), Coleman (9.94) and Bolt (9.95). He was also fourth in the 2016 Olympic final behind Bolt, Gatlin and De Grasse.

Newman rebounds in pole vault

Elsewhere on Sunday, Canadian pole vaulter Alysha Newman carried the momentum from her bronze medal performance at the recent Pan Am Games to a second-place finish behind Katerina Stefanidi of Greece.

The 25-year-old breezed through her first three heights of the day, clearing 4.40 metres, 4.55 and 4.65 on her first attempt before missed all three tries at 4.75. 

Newman, who broke her own Canadian record with a 4.77 clearance in Germany on July 17, went 4.65, 4.56 and 4.55 in three subsequent events ahead of Pan Ams.

Stefanidi entered Sunday’s competition at 4.55 and cleared that height and 4.65 on her first attempt before achieving 4.75 on her third and final try.

American Jenn Suhr, 37, was third. She also cleared 4.65 but had five overall misses to Newman’s two.

DeBues-Stafford 2nd in women’s mile

Toronto native Gabriela DeBues-Stafford placed second of 13 finishers in the women’s Millicent Fawcett Mile in honour of the political leader who was instrumental in securing the right to vote for British women in 1918.

The 23-year-old’s time of four minutes 22.47 seconds was nearly five seconds off her personal- and season-best time of 4:17.87, set July 12 at a Diamond League meet in Monaco.

WATCH | Gabriela DeBues-Stafford excited about her prospects at worlds:

Gabriela DeBues-Stafford discusses her second place finish in the women’s 1 mile event in Birmingham. 0:32

DeBues-Stafford, who now lives in Scotland with her husband Rowan, set a Canadian record of 4:00.26 in the 1,500 at the Müller Anniversary Games in London on July 20 for her third national mark in a 52-day span.

In January, DeBues-Stafford shattered Canadian indoor records in the 5,000 (14:57.45) and mile (4:24.80).

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Defending champ Koepka in command, but Masters champ Woods misses cut at PGA

Brooks Koepka has a big lead at the PGA Championship and another entry in the major championship record book.

Koepka birdied three of his last four holes for a 5-under 65 to shatter the 36-hole record in all four majors. He was at 12-under 128, breaking the mark of 130 set at the Masters by Jordan Spieth, the U.S. Open by Martin Kaymer, the British Open by Nick Faldo and Brandt Snedeker, and the PGA Championship by Gary Woodland.

Still to be determined was the size of his lead, which most likely would be another PGA Championship record.

Tiger Woods witnessed it all, but that’s all Woods will see at Bethpage Black. He shot a 73 and will miss the cut. It’s the first time Woods has missed the cut at a major in the same year he won a major since 2006.


Masters champion Tiger Woods missed the cut after shooting a 73 on Friday. (Julio Cortez/Associated Press)

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Kylie Masse misses out on world record at Canadian swim championships

The world 100-metre backstroke record will have to wait for Kylie Masse.

The 23-year-old native of LaSalle, Ont., won the event Wednesday night at the Canadian swim trials in 58.16 seconds. While that secured Masse a spot on the national team for the ’19 world championships, it was short of American Kathleen Baker’s world mark of 58 seconds.

Masse held the world record of 58.10 seconds that she set at the ’17 world championships in Budapest. But Baker broke that mark last summer.

Masse, who covered the opening 50 metres in 28.2 seconds, said she went into the final thinking a world-record effort was possible.

“I don’t think there’s a set day that you think, ‘Today I’m going to do it. Another day I’m not going to do it,”‘ she said. “You always want to feel you can do it whatever.

WATCH | Kylie Masse speeds to 100-metre backstroke title:

The 23-year-old and fellow Olympian Taylor Ruck finished 1st and 2nd respectively with times of 58.16 and 58.55 respectively at the 2019 Canadian Swimming Trials in Toronto. 1:20

“I think it’s always something that’s in the back of my mind and striving for all the time. I can’t control how fast other people go, I just have to stay in my lane and do what I can do.”

Taylor Ruck of Kelowna, B.C., finished second in 58.55 seconds. Jade Hannah of Halifax was third in 59.89.

WATCH | ‘Each meet is a chance to get better,’ Kylie Masse on preparing for Tokyo 2020:

CBC Sports’ Jacqueline Doorey caught up with Kylie Masse after topping the field in the women’s 100-metre backstroke at the 2019 Canadian Swimming Trials in Toronto. 1:50

Ruck, who won eight medals at the ’18 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, was more than content with her finish. It secured the double bronze medallist at the ’16 Rio Summer Games a spot on the Canadian team that will compete at the world championships this summer in Gwangju, Korea.

“I’ve never been to Korea,” she said. “I hear they have really good (bubble tea) there.”

But Ruck was aware she’d have to be quick in the final swimming against Masse.

“I always try to stay in my own race whoever it’s against,” she said. “But, yeah, definitely swimming against Kylie it was like I could kind of see her.”

Masse said her two races Wednesday are an indication she’s heading into the world championships in the right direction. She won the preliminary event in 58.19 seconds, which was the fastest time in the world at that distance prior to Masse’s performance in the final at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre.

WATCH | MarkusThormeyer sets Canadian record in 100-metre backstroke:

The 21-year-old from Vancouver set a new Canadian record in the men’s 100-metre backstroke with a time of 53.35 at the 2019 Canadian Swimming Trials in Toronto. 1:37

“I think my two swims today definitely give me a lot of confidence and reassurance,” she said. “I don’t think it’s been as easy training lately so it’s definitely nice to do that time.”

More than 600 swimmers are competing this week for spots on six Canadian teams: the FINA world championships, the world para championships, the Pan American Games, the Parapan American Games, the FISU Summer Universiade, and the FINA world junior championships.

Earlier on Wednesday, Saskatoon’s Shelby Newkirk set a world record in the women’s 100-metre backstroke S7 event with a time of one minute 19.99 seconds. She won the final later that night in 1:20.49.

Nicolas-Guy Turbide of Quebec City won the men’s event in 59.93 seconds. Tyson Macdonald of Tillsonburg, Ont., was second in 1:04.86 while Nick Bennett of Qualicum Beach, B.C., took third in 1:06.14.

Sydney Pickrem, a dual U.S./Canadian citizen, claimed women’s 200-metre breaststroke after race winner Kierra Smith of Vancouver was disqualified. Pickrem had a time of 2:22.63 while Winnipeg’s Kelsey Wog claimed second in 2:22.82. Mary-Sophie Harvey of Trois-Rivieres, Que., was third in 2:27.41.

WATCH | Sydney Pickrem outpaces field in women’s 100-metre breaststroke:

After Kierra Smith’s disqualification, Pickrem vaulted to the top of the field with a time of 2:22.63 at the 2019 Canadian Swimming Trials in Toronto. 3:07

Smith launched an appeal following the race but it was turned down.

Pickrem was relieved to secure her spot on the national squad on the opening day.

“Yes, very much,” she said. “Instead of crossing my fingers whenever I mention worlds I can actually talk about it because now I’m going.”

Ditto for Vancouver’s Markus Thormeyer, who punched his ticket by winning the men’s 100-metre backstroke in a Canadian-record time in 53.35 seconds. Calgary’s Cole Pratt was second in 54.64 while Robert Hill of North Vancouver, B.C., took third in 55.32.

“When you get it out of the way on the first day, it’s a bit of a relief,” Thormeyer said.

Vancouver’s James Dergousoff captured the men’s 200-metre breaststroke in 2:12.33. Ottawa’s Eli Wall was second in 2:12.80 while Jaren LeFranc of Penticton, B.C., took third in 2:14.90.

Maggie MacNeil of London, Ont., won the women’s 50-metre butterfly in 26.15 seconds, ahead of Haley Black of Prince George, B.C., (26.43). Sadie Fazekas of Essex, Ont., was third in 26.91.

Will Pisani, another dual American-Canadian citizen, claimed the men’s race in 23.57 seconds, finishing ahead of Montreal’s Mehdi Ayoubi (24.24). Ottawa’s Alexandre Perreault was third in 24.34.

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Cardi B Raps About Divorce as Offset Says He Misses Her

Cardi B is speaking her mind!

The hit-making rapstress performed at New York City’s Jingle Ball on Friday night where she cleverly switched up the lyrics to hit single “Motorsport” to reflect her recent split from her daughter Kulture Kiari’s father, Offset.

Usually the line goes, “I turn Offset on. I told him the other day, ‘Man, we should sell that porn.’”

However, at Jingle Ball, she rapped, “I turn Offset on. I told him the other day, ‘We should get divorced.’”

And that wasn’t all, Cardi also slyly took aim at the Migos member while performing “Bartier Cardi.” She put her middle finger in the air while rapping, “Cardi got rich, they upset, Cardi put the p***y on Offset, Cartier, Cardi B brain on Offset.”

Then, Sunday morning Offset seemed to tweet out a response, writing, “F**K [YA’LL] I MISS CARDI.”

The pointed lyrics switch-up comes just days after she revealed to fans that she and Offset had parted ways.

“So everybody been bugging me and everything, and you know I’ve been trying to work things out with my baby father for a hot minute now,” Cardi said in a clip on Tuesday. “We’re really good friends, and you know we’re really good business partners, and you know, he’s always somebody that I run to to talk to and we got a lot of love for each other. But things just haven’t been working out between us for a long time.”

“It’s nobody’s fault, it’s just like, I guess we grew out of love,” she added. “But we’re not together anymore. I don’t know, it might take time to get a divorce.”

The former couple got hitched in secret back in September 2017, finally revealing their nuptials in June. They welcomed their daughter in July. 

Soon after they announced that they were having a child, the pair were bombarded with cheating rumors directed at Offset.

Cardi shared the first photo of her daughter the day after announced their split. In the photo, the adorable little one is tucked in a car seat and wearing a bib.

“I’m scared of sharing her to the world. There are too many mean people out there,” she recently told ET at Fashion Nova X Cardi B’s launch.

“Sometimes I do want to show people how beautiful and how precious she is. She’s so precious,” she added. “There’s a lot of people that have crazy minds, you know. I want to protect her! She’s my little buggy.”

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White House claim on fentanyl from China misses the mark

U.S. President Donald Trump is claiming victory in getting China to designate fentanyl a controlled substance, but China took that step against the deadly opioid years ago.

What's actually on the table is a far more sweeping shift in the way China regulates synthetic opioids. The question is how China will follow through on its words.

Its stated intention is to expand controls on drugs that mimic fentanyl.

Trump, speaking aboard Air Force One Saturday about his meeting at the G20 summit in Argentina with Chinese President Xi Jinping:

"What he will be doing to fentanyl could be a game changer for the United States — and what fentanyl is doing to our country in terms of killing people. Because he's agreed to put it at the highest level of crime in his country." 

The White House statement on Saturday:

"Very importantly, President Xi, in a wonderful humanitarian gesture, has agreed to designate Fentanyl as a Controlled Substance, meaning that people selling Fentanyl to the United States will be subject to China's maximum penalty under the law." — statement Saturday.

The facts:

That's a misreading of what China agreed to do, at least as far as Chinese authorities are concerned.

Fentanyl has been a controlled substance in China for years, according to Chinese regulators. As well, China has already put more than 25 variants of fentanyl on its list of controlled substances, China's foreign ministry spokesperson, Geng Shuang, said last week.

Cracking down on variants

Now, "China has decided to list all the fentanyl-like substances as controlled substances and start working to adjust related regulations," says China's foreign ministry.

Doing so could help block China's opioid merchants from skirting the law by inventing new chemical variants of fentanyl faster than regulators can declare them illegal.

The standard approach of regulating drugs one by one has failed to control the proliferation of new and deadly synthetic opioids in the United States.

Nearly 4,000 Canadians died from apparent opioid overdoses last year, up from about 3,000 in 2016, according to government figures released last June. Seventy-two of those deaths in 2017 involved fentanyl or fentanyl analogues, compared to 55 per cent in 2016. (Associated Press)

In February, the U.S. said that for the next two years, all new chemical versions of fentanyl that weren't already regulated would be classified as illegal controlled substances. U.S. officials had been urging China to do something similar.

But China hasn't always followed through on its promises. "Similar suggestions have failed to gain approval from Chinese regulators in the past," the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission said in a report last week that criticized China for "slow and ineffective" regulation of fentanyl.


In 2016, U.S. negotiators thought they had secured an agreement with Beijing that China would target U.S.-bound exports of substances that were illegal in the United States, even if they weren't illegal in China, but Beijing never implemented the policy, according to the commission, a group formed by the U.S. Congress to monitor economic relations with China.

China's new approach could indeed be game-changing, as Trump said. But so far there's no timeline for implementation of the policy.

On Monday, Geng, the foreign ministry spokesman, said, "I think this is just an announcement from the Chinese side. The specific work still needs further development."

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Canada misses out on bronze with loss to New Zealand at U-17 World Cup

Canada, victimized by two early goals, had to settle for fourth place at the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup after a 2-1 loss to New Zealand on Saturday.

The Canadian women found themselves down just 15 seconds after the opening kickoff with New Zealand's Grace Wisnewski erasing the tournament record of 22 seconds for fastest goal, set by Nigeria's Soo Adekwagh in 2008.

Wisnewski also scored in the 13th minute as the Canadians dug themselves a deep hole.

Lara Kazandjian threw Canada a lifeline in the 64th minute with a sweet left-footed strike from outside the penalty box after New Zealand failed to clear its lines.

Canada kept pressing for the equalizer but New Zealand held tight through five minutes of extra time.

Still, the fourth-place finish was Canada's best ever at the U-17 world championship. Canada's previous best was seventh in 2008 and 2012.

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Aaron Brown narrowly misses 200m podium at Diamond League final

Toronto sprinter Aaron Brown was unable to post a second sub-20-second performance needed to upset top-ranked American Noah Lyles, placing fourth in the men's 200 metres of Thursday's Weltklasse Zurich Diamond League track and field final.

Brown, who hadn't raced in three weeks since capturing a silver medal at the NACAC championships in his hometown, finished in 20.14 seconds on a comfortable and calm night at Letzigrund Stadium.

American Noah Lyles took first spot at the Diamond League Championships on Thursday. 2:07

"It was okay," said Brown as he tried to regain his breath. "I would have liked to have been on the podium but it's been a really long year. I look forward to building off [the success] of this year and getting better."

The 26-year-old, who set a personal-best 19.98 at the Bislett Games in Oslo on June 7, earned $ 6,000 US for Thursday's run.

Lyles, who ran a world-leading 19.65 on July 20 in Monaco, clocked 19.67 and will take home the $ 50,000 top prize and Diamond Trophy for his efforts. The 21-year-old's time fell 1-100th of a second shy of retired world-record holder Usain Bolt's meet record from 2012.

Lyles also improved his record to 5-0 against Ramil Guliyev from Turkey, who finished second in 19.98. Jereem Richards, of Trinidad and Tobago, rounded out the podium in 20.04.

Brown, who finished third in the Diamond League standings behind Lyles and Guliyev, will complete his season Sept. 3-4 at the IAAF World Challenge in Zagreb, Croatia.

He began a busy campaign in late March with a victory at the Brisbane Grand Prix in Australia, three weeks before capturing a silver medal at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast. Brown added Canadian titles in the 100 and 200 along with 12 podium finishes across the two disciplines.

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Canadian skip Gushue narrowly misses clinching world semifinal berth

Canada’s Brad Gushue fell 6-5 to Sweden’s Niklas Edin on Friday at the men’s world curling championship in Las Vegas.

The loss for Canada means Gushue won’t get a bye to Saturday’s semifinals.

Gushue has to win a quarter-final Saturday morning to stay in medal contention.

Sweden and Scotland’s Bruce Mouat earned the semifinal byes.

Canada fell 6-5 to Sweden’s Niklas Edin, dropping their record to 8-3, as they finish the World Men’s Curling round robin portion in third place.0:54

Edin struck early, taking advantage of two first-end miscues from Canadian vice-skip Mark Nichols, making a runback double takeout to score three.

“It was a horrible start by me; I didn’t play very well, the first four or five ends, and the guys hung in there as much as we could and finally started putting pressure on them,” said Nichols. “We played a really good last five ends, we put lots of pressure on them. We just have to do that for the full game.”

Down 4-1 through five ends, Gushue was forced to a single in the sixth and then evened matters with a steal of two in the seventh end.

Gushue and Edin exchanged points in the eighth and ninth ends, respectively, before the latter picked up a single in the 10th and final end for the victory.

‘We’re the best team in the world’

“Outside of the three, I thought we were as good [as Sweden] or better,” said Gushue. “We put some pressure on them in a number of ends. Niklas himself played real well. But I liked everything about that game other than our start.

“It was just two shots [in the first end], really. That’s all it was. I feel like — well, I know we’re the best team in the world. It’s not a matter of feeling it. So I knew that we would outcurl them for [the final nine ends]. It’s just that three is a lot to spot them. But I felt we could grind back.”

Canada will complete its round-robin schedule later Friday against Germany’s Alexander Baumann (1-10) at 9:30 p.m. (all times ET), looking to generate some momentum going into the playoffs.

The medal games are Sunday.

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