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Inside Trump (May 31st, 2019)

1. President Trump announced the U.S. will impose a 5% tariff on goods from Mexico starting June 10. Trump says the tariffs will increase by 5% every month until October 1 "until Mexico substantially stops the illegal inflow of aliens coming through its territory."  In response, various Republican senators blasted Trump. Senator Charles E. Grassley -- president pro tempore of the Senate and chairman of the Finance Committee -- called the Mexican tariff a "mistake" and a "misuse" of Trump's powers. Meanwhile, Mexico's undersecretary for foreign relations and the country's chief trade negotiator, Jésus Seade, said Mexico "must respond energetically" if the tariffs are implemented. - NBC POLITICS

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2. Attorney General William Barr says former special counsel Robert Mueller could have legally reached a decision on obstruction of justice by Trump. On May 29, Mueller said he could not determine whether or not Trump broke the law due to Department of Justice guidelines forbidding the indictment of a sitting president. However, Barr, who as Attorney General is the head of the Department of Justice, disagreed. "The opinion says you cannot indict a president while he’s in office, but he could’ve reached a decision as to whether it was criminal activity," Barr said in an interview with CBS News. - REUTERS

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3. The Trump administration submitted a draft version of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade deal to Congress as part of its plan to replace NAFTA. As a result, House Democrats and the administration now have 30 days to negotiate and come to an agreement on the bill's wording. After that period of time, the White House will be allowed to submit legislation for congressional consideration. The move has upset Democrats, with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi arguing it "indicates a lack of knowledge" by the administration about how to pass a trade agreement. “We have been on a path to yes, but it must be a path that leads to an agreement that delivers positive results for American workers and farmers,” Pelosi added. - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

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4. A federal judge rejected a Trump administration effort to start building a wall on the border of Mexico, refusing to pause his previous ruling that blocked the government from moving forward. On May 24, California U.S. District Court Judge Haywood Gilliam ruled against the Trump government constructing the wall using funds from the Departments of Defense and Treasury. As Congress did not agree to provide funding, he argued this violated the separation of powers principle. The Trump administration tried to appeal this ruling this week "to stop the flow of illegal drugs" but proved unsuccessful. - THE HILL

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5. For the first time, President Trump publicly acknowledged Russia tried to help with his presidential campaign. The POTUS tweeted he had “nothing to do with Russia helping me get elected.” Later, however, he denied Russia helped him. "You know who got me elected? I got me elected," he told reporters confronting him about the tweet. Trump officials also later told reporters the president's first tweet was a mistake. - PEOPLE

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6. Trump says he did not ask the Navy and Air Official officials to move the USS John S. McCain "out of sight" while he was in Japan. On May 29, The Wall Street Journal reported on an email that instructed officials the "USS John McCain needs to be out of sight."  "I would never have done that," Trump said in response to the accusations adding, however, that whoever did it was "well meaning." - POLITICO

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Written and curated by Inside Dev and Inside Deals Editor Sheena Vasani, a freelance journalist based in California. Proficient in Javascript and Ruby. Got my start at Dev Bootcamp and Thinkful.

Editing team: Kim Lyons (Pittsburgh-based journalist and managing editor at Inside) and David Stegon (senior editor at Inside, whose reporting experience includes cryptocurrency and technology).

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