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Inside Trump (Jun 21st, 2019)

1. The president approved of airstrikes against Iran before changing his mind "10 minutes before the strike." The president said he instead imposed sanctions on the country on Thursday. Trump says he was ready to carry out the attack after Iran shot down a US drone. "We were cocked and loaded to retaliate last night on three different sites," the president tweeted. However, after asking how many would die, the president said he decided such a response was disproportionate given the number of lives it could cost.  - NBC NEWS

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2. White House lawyers blocked former Trump aide Hope Hicks from answering House Judiciary Committee questions 150 times, a transcript of Hicks' testimony reveals. Panel Chairman Jerry Nadler released the 273-page transcript a day after Hicks testified behind closed doors before the committee on Wednesday. The transcript additionally reveals Hicks believed Trump was serious when he said there was nothing wrong about accepting information about political rival from foreign countries. - DEADLINE

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3. President Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met to move forward with the ratification of USMCA, the US-Canada-Mexico trade pact meant to replace NAFTA, on Thursday. The two came to an agreement on a number of areas, such as, for example, agreeing to accelerate pre-clearance and more. During the meeting, the Canadian Prime Minister also discussed the two Canadians being held by China over spying charges, which Trump promised to do "anything" he could to help with. - CBC

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4. President Trump vowed to veto the Senate's block on selling arms to Saudi Arabia. On Thursday, the Senate voted on legislation to stop the sale, a move the White House says "would send a message that the United States is abandoning its partners and allies at the very moment when threats to them are increasing." The resolution passed 53-45 with the support of Republican senators including Senators Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, and Rand Paul of Kentucky. - AP NEWS

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5. Kelly Craft, Trump’s pick to replace Nikki Haley as United Nations ambassador, told the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee she believes climate change is a threat. Craft noted that she will recuse herself from U.N. talks about coal because her husband is a coal billionaire. “If confirmed, I will be an advocate in addressing climate change," Craft told the senators. - REUTERS

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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.

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