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>> this is "bbc world news america." funding of this presentation is made possible by the freeman foundation. newman's own foundation, giving all profits from newman's own to charity and pursuing the common good. kovler foundation, pursuing solutions for america's neglected needs. and aruba tourism authority. >> planning a vacation escape that is relaxing, inviting, and exciting is a lot easier than you think. you can find it here in aruba. families, couples, and friends can all find their escape on the island with warm, sunny days, cooling trade winds, and the
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crystal blue caribbean sea. nonstop flights are available from most major airports. more information for your vacation planning is available at >> and now, "bbc world news america." katty: this is "bbc world news america." reporting from washington, i am katty kay. battling over the ban -- president trump doubles down on the need to keep certain people out of america but several top american businesses say it goes too far. the speaker of the british house of commons makes it clear where he stands on donald trump coming to visit, and he doesn't like it. >> i would not wish to issue an invitation to mr. trump to speak in the royal gallery. ♪ katty: and where rock 'n' roll meets politics. a new exhibition explores how
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music can be and has been an instrument of change. welcome to our viewers on public television in america and also around the globe. the white house is making its case to an appeals court to get the president's immigration ban reinstated, but it faces a legal battle that could drag on. some of america's top companies have signed their own legal statement, arguing that the president's executive order in -- inflicts significant harm on u.s. businesses. our north america correspondent nick bryant has this report. >> president donald j. trump. nick: america's new commander-in-chief receiving a standing ovation
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from the troops under his control. his speech at a military base focusing on the terror threats to the american homeland and defending his controversial travel ban blocked by the u.s. courts. president trump: we need strong programs so that people that love us and want to love our country and will end up loving our country are allowed in, not people that want to destroy us and destroy our country. [applause] >> ♪ god bless america nick: last night it was lady gaga who was center stage, she kicked off her super bowl halftime show with "god bless america," a patriotic song written by a jewish immigrant. she did not make an explicit political statement, but was this high-profile hillary clinton supporter sending a message to donald trump? >> super bowl 51! >> welcome to america. >> you are not wanted here!
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go back home! nick: even the adverts last night seemed loaded. this pro-immigration message from budweiser depicted the arrival of one of the country's founders from germany, prompting calls for a boycott from some trump supporters. >> this is the beer we drink. nick: corporate america has also weighed in on the travel ban. around 100 technology firms including apple, google, facebook, have filed a legal brief arguing it would make it more difficult to recruit employees. immigrants from the mainly muslim countries hit by the travel ban continue to enter the country, knowing the door opened by the legal challenge to the executive order could soon be shut if appeals judges side with president trump. >> thank you for every single person who tried to help me bring my kids back. i'm so happy, i'm so glad. this is america. america is for everybody. thank you, thank you, thank you.
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nick: the question at the center of this legal showdown has huge applications -- how much power does the president wield in deciding who comes to this country? nick bryant, bbc news, washington. katty: still getting over lady gaga there. the clamor over the travel ban and the president's praise for vladimir putin recently are fueling headlines that the white house is somewhat chaotic. i'm joined by our north america reporter anthony zurcher. i want to ask you about these american companies. and spacex tesla have joined this legal brief as well. how much of a problem is this for the white house? anthony: donald trump has been relying on input from these comedies and they are under more and more pressure to distance himself from the administration. visasre worried about bringing talented people overseas to help them with technical areas. the ban may not affect directly
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the countries they draw in from but it introduces uncertainty into the immigration process and that could affect the bottom line. katty: what about the broader allegations in the american press over the course of the weekend that the management process in the white house is somewhat chaotic, particularly when it comes to this immigration ban? anthony: you heard james baker, the elder statesman of the republican party, saying that the rollout wasn't going all that well, there were multiple bases of power within the white house feuding with themselves. he knows how to run a good white house. he is offering criticism, republicans should listen. part of the problem is that they didn't have a plan coming into this and they are rolling out -- katty: "new york times" headline over the weekend, "trump and staff rethink tactics after stumbles." anthony: they need to streamline the operation and when they have a new executive order, make sure
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everyone is on the same page. all the problem with the immigration order to on the congress and the agencies responsible for rolling it out. when these courts are looking at the immigration order, they are saying, well, you didn't plan for this, so why should we reinstate it when it already has caused a lot of disruption? those are things judges take into account. katty: anthony zurcher, thank you for coming in. political drama on the subject of donald trump is not confined to america. they are feeling it back in britain, too. the politician who runs the house of commons has expressed his opposition to president trump addressing parliament when he makes his state visit to britain later this year. the comments are surprising because the speaker is meant to be impartial. our chief political correspondent has the story. reporter: it is an honor that has been bestowed on popes and president's speech to both houses of parliament in the splendor of westminster hall with part of the itinerary for a
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dignitary for the visit to britain. the same invite may not be coming president trump's way. in an astonishing intervention, the comments speaker said recent statements by the president made him uneasy about issuing an invitation. >> i feel very strongly that our opposition to racism and to sexism and our support for equality before the law and an independent judiciary are hugely important considerations in the house of commons. reporter: rare applause from mp's highly critical of the american president. the anger brought anti-trump demonstrations to the prime minister's door after she invited him on a state visit this year. >> for us to roll out the red at buckingham palace or invite him to speak to both houses sends out all the wrong
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messages. that is why speaker bercow was right today. reporter: the speaker of the commons is a powerful figure who has a say over who addresses mp's. he is independent of party politics and is supposed to represent the whole house. tonight it is clear that some are unhappy with his outburst. >> i think the speaker of the house of commons should be neutral. to express political opinions devalues this great office, is insulting to president trump. >> generally, the speaker meant to referee all of this should keep himself above that. that is to be regretted, but it is a symptom of the controversy over the visit. reporter: the prime minister has been trying to forge a close partnership with the president, saying today that the government should engage patiently and constructively with his administration. while theresa may has launched a charm offensive with president trump, john bercow said he is unfit to come here and speak to mp's. many agree with the speaker, saying he is upholding the values of parliament, but others
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say bercow has completely overstepped the mark. >> i invite you, mr. president, to address us. >> tory mp's pointing out that mr. bercow has welcomed the leaders to parliament whose values they don't always share. katty: the house of commons speaker may have made his feelings clear on mr. trump's immigration ban, but egypt has been conspicuously quiet on the subject. the country's authoritarian president hopes to build stronger ties with the new american administration. he was the first arab leader to on hisulate mr. trump victory. president trump says that he is "fantastic guy." orla guerin reports on their relationship. orla: a first meeting, and apparently the beginning of a beautiful friendship. egypt's strongman leader sat down with donald trump when he
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was still on the campaign trail. they had good chemistry, mr. trump said. hardly surprising when you spot the similarities -- the red ties, the hand gestures, the hard-line stance. the regime in cairo expects fresh momentum in relations with the u.s., though other arab states are facing new roadblocks. elsewhere in the region there are serious concerns about donald trump, but for president sisi and his supporters can he is a welcome change. the 2 leaders speak the same language about defeating islamic extremism, and there is common ground in another area -- neither has much to say about the need to safeguard human rights. critics fear president trump will push the region in the wrong direction and play into the hands of extremists. this liberal activist says his travel ban, now suspended, is racist.
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>> he is antagonizing the majority of muslims worldwide. that is exactly what daesh and other terrorist groups want to do, to push confrontation and send a message that the 2 cannot coexist. orla: it is a very long way from this. president obama center stage in cairo in 2009 with a seminal speech about healing age-old divisions. president obama: thank you very much. i have come here to cairo to seek a new beginning between the united states and muslims around the world. one based on mutual interests and mutual respect. orla: in the great hall of cairo university which echoed to the soaring rhetoric, we sat down with 2 of those in the audience that day. they say president obama didn't
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deliver what he promised, and his successor is off to a bad start. >> there is concern in the region, particularly from the seven muslim-majority countries that were banned and other countries that might be included. i think we are all trying to brace ourselves for what will happen next. and we will all just watch carefully. orla: what would you say to donald trump? >> look at the u.s. constitution and stick to american values of freedom and democracy, because when you are doing is very dangerous to not only the united states but to the whole world. came to speak here in this hall, would you want to listen, would you want to see him? >> no, i guess not. orla: the egyptian leader, on
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the other hand, is eagerly awaiting the red-carpet treatment at the white house, something he was denied under president obama. but he and president trump are marching in step. whatever the cost to democratic values in the region. orla guerin, bbc news, cairo. katty: for more on relations between the u.s. and egypt and middle east under the new trump administration, i'm joined by michelle dunne of the carnegie endowment for international peace. i think we are learning not to look so much of what president trump says but what he does. he may call president sisi a fantastic guy but what would changing america's relationship with egypt under this president look like? egypt isent sisi in basically a desperate economic need and that will be difficult for president trump to help him with. i do think president trump will make gestures in sisi's
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direction. perhaps trump visiting cairo. now under consideration is declaring the muslim brotherhood a terrorist organization in the united states, which sisi has wanted the united states to do. those are gestures trump can make. in terms of pushing economic assistance egypt's way, i don't think it is in the cards, that needs, because economic conditions are going straight downhill. katty: if they carry on downhill, it would be present -- andlem for president sisi the middle east and american alliance as well. michele: a destabilized middle east which we could be headed towards in a couple of years would be a problem. it requires changes on economic policy on egypt's part -- enlivening the private sector and creating jobs. just hasn't been
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good about that. he is a military man could that is his background, and he sees the state in control of the economy. that is not working in egypt. no matter how much trump might embrace sisi, i don't see him trying to fix that problem. are indications that egypt is shifting out of this fear of influence of saudi arabia for a little bit -- for example, buying oil from iraq -- and shifting more into iran's influence. presumably that would worry is administered. -- this administers an. michele: there are a lot of contradictions --right, right. as a wants to see sisi muslim leader who is going to crack down on islamists. at the same time, there are contradictions in the middle east policy. iran is a big one. not only related to egypt, but syria -- katty: russia.
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michele: exactly. trump wants to work with russia on syria and yet russia is allied with iran on syria he will keep walking into these contradictions a seat tries to put forward -- katty: having bilateral relations are complicated when countries are connected in different ways. quickly, the silence on the middle east more broadly on the immigration ban. michele: the silence is from the governments, and the countries that are concerned to many of them are in chaos. some of the ones like egypt, for example, there's been talk of a travel ban on egypt as well since a number of the 9/11 attackers came from egypt. some of these governments are keeping quiet because they don't want to travel ban extended to them. katty: thank you for joining me. you are watching "bbc world news america." still to come, how hackers reportedly tried to blackmail david beckham over embarrassing
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handles. -- e-mails. sporadic gunfire continues to ring out in each of ukraine with pro-russian rebels and ukrainian troops and blaming each other for reaching the cease-fire despite the conflict, people living on the front line are trying to hold some semblance of normal life. tom murry test sent us this report. -- tom burridge has sent us this report. right next to the industrial area where there is been fighting between russian backed separatists and the ukrainian military. what is amazing is it is so close to the fight, people standing around in the local shop.
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katty: the pr company representing david beckham has confirmed to the bbc that it was the subject of a blackmail attempt by hackers threatening to leak his personal e-mails. "the daily mirror" says the private messages were published after the firm refused to hand over a six-figure sum. a spokesman for mr. beckham says the e-mails were tampered with and deliberately inaccurate. our media editor has more. reporter: since hanging up his boots, david beckham's public profile has been largely about charity work, including his role as a unicef ambassador. after playing a key role in the london 2012 games, he wasn't the only person who thought he might the knighted the following year. but the knighthood never came.
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now hacked e-mails appear to show his anger. it is claimed that david beckham wrote to his pr representative, "they are a bunch of [expletive] i expected nothing less. who decides on the honors? it is a disgrace, to be honest. if i was american i would've gotten some thing like this 10 years ago." beckham's team says the e-mails have been doctored. some of the morning papers were unsparing in the headlines. >> some thought he did deserve a knighthood. reporter: but "the daily mirror" leapt to bekcham's defense. >> i can't really see what david beckham has done wrong. he clearly was upset about not getting a knighthood but the whole of the media predicted he would get one. he worked very hard to bring the olympics to london and he works incredibly hard for charity. reporter: newspapers used to determine the public narrative about the likes of beckham, but social media has changed the game. now celebrities can use digital platforms to speak directly to the public and manage their own
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image. over the weekend, david beckham's son posted this intimate photographs on instagram, perhaps with his father's approval. a pr executive who worked closely with beckham for a decade. >> it is really the ebb and the flow. david has had wonderful publicity for a long time. it is the laws of the universe. but i'm sure he will sail through. reporter: newspapers may not be the force they once were, but negative front pages are bad news for a brand as big as david beckham's. it will take a fresh dose of pr to undue damage. -- to undo any damage. katty: here in the u.s. protesters have been on the streets every weekend's installed trumps inauguration and many are voicing anger at
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his travel restrictions. one of the biggest illustrations was against abortion -- demonstrations was against abortion. ist they have in common freedom of speech as guaranteed by the u.s. constitution. you know who else has that right? rock stars. that is the theme of a new exhibition at the newseum in washington. >> rock 'n' roll is really the sound of freedom. and this exhibit is such a powerful expression of the power of free expression because these musicians took words and added a beat to it and got people to change the way they think about this. -- think about things, and even even change the world in some ways. >> ♪ the times, they are a-changing ♪ >> this is one of my favorite artifacts of the exhibit, they to bobtten lyrics dylan's "the times they are a-changin'." you get to see the artistic process here and what is going on in his mind, what he is thinking about. when you take words written on a
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page, i could say them over and over again -- "give peace a chance, give peace a chance." but when you add a guitar to it, the time in which the songs are being sung, it makes it louder than words. that is why we call the exhibit "louder than words." >> ♪ give peace a chance >> here you are looking at bill clinton's saxophone, the saxophone bill clinton was given after elected president. famously during his campaign he appeared "the arsenio hall show" and played the saxophone. it was a moment that got him dubbed the rock 'n' roll president and probably helped get him elected. this is the guitar that jimi hendrix played at the woodstock music festival in 1969. woodstock was three days of love, peace, music, hippies, mud, in upstate new york.
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he played his electrified version of "the star-spangled banner" that woke up the crowd sleeping off the night before. and really woke up america. ♪ the way he played that electrified version of the song, people heard the machine guns going off in vietnam. the sounds of protests in the streets of america at the time. it lifted beyond the simple playing of "the star-spangled banner" and had resonance for generations of what he was tried say. politicians say that who are the most popular people around? rock stars. these are the gods and goddesses of our time and politicians want that to rub off on them. likewise, the musicians want to be respected for their thoughts and the provocative songs and lyrics they are writing and they want to challenge power in some cases. they want to change the world as they see it and make it better. katty: exhibition at the newseum here in washington.
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sound of the politics of the 1960's, and there was a lot of talk about that era going on in america right now. i am katty kay. thanks so much for watching "bbc world news america." >> make sense of international news at >> funding of this presentation is made possible by the freeman foundation. newman's own foundation, giving all profits from newman's own to charity and pursuing the common good. kovler foundation, pursuing solutions for america's neglected needs. and aruba tourism authority. >> planning a vacation escape that is relaxing, inviting, and exciting is a lot easier than you think. you can find it here in aruba. families, couples, and friends can all find their escape on the
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island with warm, sunny days, cooling trade winds, and the crystal blue caribbean sea. nonstop flights are available from most major airports. more information for your vacation planning is available at >> "bbc world news" was presented by kcet, los angeles.
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