Inside | Real news, curated by real humans
Inside Trump

Inside Trump (Jun 19th, 2019)

1. President Trump formally kicked off his 2020 presidential re-election campaign on June 18 in Orlando, Florida. In less than 24 hours, the president raised $24.8 million for his campaign. In his opening speech, Trump described his administration as the victim of "the biggest witch hunt in political history" while once again blasting the media as "fake news." He also labeled his Democratic rivals as "radical socialists," saying they will destroy the American dream. At the same time, Trump took credit for the strong economy and low unemployment rates, vowed to continue to pressure China on trade, and said he wanted to launch a space mission to Mars. - REUTERS

  • Email gray
  • Permalink gray

2. Hope Hicks, a former close Trump aide, testified before the House Judiciary Committee behind closed doors this morning. The House committee questioned Hicks on Trump's potential obstruction of justice as described in the Mueller report, as well as other topics. It was the first time someone who has served as a senior administration official has appeared before the panel to answer questions about the matter. However, several House Judiciary Committee members claim Hicks' testimony did not offer much insight as her White House lawyer repeatedly argued Hicks had blanket immunity discussing her time working for the Trump administration. - NBC NEWS

  • Email gray
  • Permalink gray

3. The Trump administration replaced the Obama-era Clean Power Plan climate policy proposal with the Affordable Clean Energy rule, thus fulfilling one of Trump's 2016 campaign promises. Under this new policy, states will decide whether to require efficiency upgrades at coal plants, not the federal government. With the Clean Power Plan, the Obama administration sought to gradually wean the nation off of coal-fired power plants and increase dependence on renewable energy instead. However, Trump argued the Environmental Protection Agency did not have the right to close down coal-fired power plants. “The Clean Power Plan was designed largely to put coal out of business,” Mandy Gunasekara, a former senior official at the EPA who helped write the Affordable Clean Energy rule, said. - AP

  • Email gray
  • Permalink gray

4. Patrick Shanahan has stepped down from his role as acting Defense Secretary and dropped out of the running to take the job permanently. Army Secretary Mark Esper will take Shanahan's place as the Acting Secretary of Defense. News of Shanahan's resignation comes after USA Today and the Washington Post reported about familial domestic violence that led to authorities arresting Shanahan's wife, and later his son, over ten years ago. “I believe my continuing in the confirmation process would force my three children to relive a traumatic chapter in our family’s life and reopen wounds we have worked years to heal,” Shanahan said. - CBS NEWS

  • Email gray
  • Permalink gray

5. The president once again repeated that immigration authorities will start carrying out large-scale deportations next week. “They’re going to start next week, and with people coming to our country, and they come in illegally - they have to go out,” he told reporters at the White House. His comments come a day after tweeting that "ICE will begin the process of removing the millions of illegal aliens" as "fast as they come in." Despite his remarks, however, some experts say Trump's plan to deport millions is unfeasible. "There's no way operationally they are going to be able to do it," John Cohen, a former senior Homeland Security Department official, said. - THE NEW YORK TIMES

  • Email gray
  • Permalink gray

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).

  • Email gray

Subscribe to Inside Trump