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Inside Trump (Jun 5th, 2019)

1. President Trump joined other world leaders and World War 2 veterans in commemorating the 75th anniversary of D-Day in Portsmouth, England. Trump stood on stage reading a prayer Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered on June 6, 1944. He was seated alongside Queen Elizabeth II, who he had met and dined with on Monday. The visit is part of Trump's first official state visit to the UK, in which he met with Prime Minister Theresa May, Brexit leader Nigel Farage, got into an argument with London mayor Sadiq Khan, and more. - THE TELEGRAPH

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2. Republican senators said they are willing to challenge President Trump if he moves ahead with his plan to impose a 5 percent tariff on all goods imported from Mexico next week. During a closed-door lunch meeting at the Capitol, GOP senators warned the White House they should be concerned about another Congressional vote of disapproval. "There is not much support in my conference for tariffs, that's for sure," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said. However, McConnell and many other senators hope current talks with Mexican officials visiting Washington D.C. will resolve the issue, preventing the need for a rebellion. - AP NEWS

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3. The Trump administration banned government scientists from conducting medical research using human fetal tissue. It is a big win for anti-abortion activists and a setback to scientists, who used it in research on HIV, childhood cancers, and other health conditions. The administration also canceled a multi-million dollar contract for the University of California at San Francisco laboratory that aimed to use fetal tissue to test new HIV treatments. - WASHINGTON POST

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4. President Trump would prefer to "talk" to Iran instead of engaging in military action. In an interview with British TV host Piers Morgan, Trump says it's possible the US will have to resort to the military but says he would prefer to avoid that.  "I’d rather not," he said," but there’s always a chance" adding that "I’d much rather talk." - THE HILL

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5. A former Trump aide has agreed to hand over 2016 election campaign documents to Congress as part of its inquiry into whether Trump obstructed Russian interference investigations. Former White House Communications Director Hope Hicks will hand over a computer disc containing documents from Trump’s campaign. She agreed to do so despite a White House directive instructing Hicks and former White House lawyer Annie Donaldson not to comply with the congressional subpoenas. However, Hicks' attorney says she will not hand over documents related to Trump's time as president, or during the transition period. The news comes a day after the House announced it will vote whether to hold Attorney General William Barr and former White House counsel Don McGahn in contempt of Congress for defying similar subpoenas next week. - REUTERS

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6. Republican and Democratic congressional members are working on legislation that would block President Trump's plan to sell $8 billion in weapons to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Jordan. The news comes just after Democratic lawmakers revealed the Trump administration approved two nuclear technology transfers to Saudia Arabia after Saudi agents murdered journalist and U.S. resident Jamal Khashoggi. "The alarming realization that the Trump administration signed off on sharing our nuclear know-how with the Saudi regime after it brutally murdered an American resident adds to a disturbing pattern of behavior," Democratic Senator Tim Kaine remarked. - THE NEW YORK TIMES

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7. The Trump administration has banned cruises and group tours to Cuba. By doing so, it aims to impose economic pressure on the country "in order to hold the Cuban regime accountable for its repression of the Cuban people and its support of the Maduro regime in Venezuela," Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said. - NPR

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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), David Stegon (senior editor at Inside, whose reporting experience includes cryptocurrency and technology), and Bobby Cherry (senior editor at Inside, who’s always on social media).

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