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Tuesday morning news: September 5, 2023


WORLD Radio - Tuesday morning news: September 5, 2023

News of the day, including President Biden rallies union support on Labor Day and Russian President Putin refuses to revive a grain export deal until the West meets his demands

President Joe Biden speaks at the Sheet Metal Workers Local 19 in Philadelphia on Monday Associated Press/Photo by Joe Lamberti

SOUND: [Rally with labor union supporters]

Biden unions » President Biden rallied labor union supporters in Philadelphia Monday in a holiday address that took on the tone of a campaign event.

BIDEN: Hello Philadelphia! Hello, hello, hello!

Instead of standing at the podium, the president roamed the stage with a microphone in hand behind signs that read “UNION STRONG.”

BIDEN: Folks, on this Labor Day, let tell you what we’re celebrating. We’re celebrating Jobs, good-paying jobs, jobs you can raise a family on - union jobs!

UAW » The president was also asked whether he thinks autoworkers building Ford, GM, and other vehicles will soon trade the assembly line for a picket line.

One of the nation’s biggest autoworker unions, the UAW, says its nearly 150,000 members may walk off the job next week.

President Biden said he did not believe that would happen.

But UAW's President Shawn Fain said Biden must know something we don't know.

FAIN: If we don’t get our share of social and economic justice, I can guarantee you one thing, come September 14th, we’re going to take action to get it by any means necessary.

The union wants a 46% pay raise, shorter work hours, and a return to traditional pensions.

Major automakers say the union’s demands are unrealistic.

GOP Labor Day » President Biden wasn’t the only one rallying supporters on Monday.

Businessman Vivek Ramaswamy was one of multiple GOP White House hopefuls stumping in New Hampshire Monday.

RAMASWAMY: I stand on the side of revolution. I stand on the side of the American revolution. I stand on the side of a revival.

Former Vice President Mike Pence and former Arkasas Gov. Asa Hutchinson also campaigned in the Granite State.

Hutchinson is still working to qualify for the next presidential debate, three weeks from tomorrow at the Reagan Library in California.

Raimondo » Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo revealed that while she was in China last week for trade talks, she called out the Chinese government after her email was hacked before her trip.

RAIMONDO: They did hack me, which was unappreciated, to say the least. I brought it up, clearly, put it right on the table.

China’s habit of stealing data and intellectual property from Western companies and governments was one of the big concerns she was there to discuss.

She said she pulled no punches in raising other concerns on behalf of U.S. businesses and national security.

Grain deal » Vladimir Putin says he will not revive a landmark deal allowing Ukraine to ship grain safely out of its own Black Sea ports until the West meets his demands. WORLD’s Josh Schumacher has more.

JOSH SCHUMACHER: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sat down with Putin in southern Russia on Monday, hoping to talk him into restoring the grain deal.

But Putin dashed those hopes — at least in the minds of many in the West, even though Erdogan struck an optimistic tone.

Putin backed out of the deal in July, claiming the West hasn’t honored a separate agreement to lift obstacles to Russia’s exports of food and fertilizer.

Erdogan said he believes all sides will resolve their differences and revive the deal soon.

But German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock said Putin is playing a “cynical” game with global food supplies.

For WORLD, I’m Josh Schumacher.

Gabon leader » In the Central African nation of Gabon, the leader of a military junta that seized control of the government last week is now serving as interim president.

SOUND: [Clapping]

Sounds from a ceremony naming General Brice Nguema as interim president.

Soldiers ousted President Ali Bongo Ondimba just hours after he won reelection in a disputed presidential vote.

The junta claimed the vote was rigged, voided the election results and placed Bongo under house arrest.

The takeover in Gabon came just one month after a military coup in Niger.

I'm Kent Covington.

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