Inside Trump - July 1st, 2019

Inside Trump (Jul 1st, 2019)

Trump's N. Korea Visit / China Trade Truce / Border Funding Wall Block

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1. President Trump met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in North Korea on Sunday, becoming the first sitting U.S. president ever to step foot into that country. The two shook hands at the demilitarized zone (DMZ) before talking for nearly an hour in a private meeting. Reports reveal Trump invited Kim Jong Un to visit the White House. The news comes after The New York Times reported the Trump administration is contemplating acknowledging North Korea as a nuclear power and lifting sanctions if the country agrees to stop making new nuclear material. State Department envoy to North Korea, Stephen E. Biegun, however, calls the reports "pure speculation” and adds his team is "not preparing any new proposal currently." - NBC NEWS

2. Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping said they've reached a trade war truce. After speaking at the G20 Summit, the two agreed to a ceasefire and resolved to continue trade talks, while Trump said he would not add additional tariffs on Chinese goods. Before the meeting, Trump had threatened to impose a 25% duty on another $300 billion worth of Chinese goods. Trump also agreed to loosen a trade ban on Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei, but said he will wait until negotiations with China are at its end to completely resolve the issue. - POLITICO

3. A federal judge forbade President Trump from using $2.5 billion in Defense Department funding to build some of his US-Mexico border wall. In a ruling, Judge Haywood Gilliam of the Northern District of California declared Trump could not tap into these funds without congressional approval. Trump called the decision "a disgrace" and began officially appealing it immediately. - AP NEWS

4. Donald Trump Jr. shared a tweet questioning Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris' racial heritage, sparking outrage among Democrats. Trump Jr. shared a tweet by Ali Alexander, a black conservative political commentator, accusing Harris of not being an "American Black" but "half Indian and half Jamaican" instead. After retweeting, Trump Jr. added, "is this true? wow," before deleting it, with a spokesperson later arguing Trump Jr. was merely asking if Harris was half-Indian as he was unaware of the fact. Nevertheless, a number of Democratic politicians, including Harris' presidential election rivals Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, Beto O'Rourke, Bill de Blasio and Kirsten Gillibrand, slammed such remarks as racist. "The Trump family is peddling birtherism again and it’s incumbent on all of us to speak out against it," tweeted Washington Gov. Jay Inslee. 

5. The Trump administration agreed to delay implementing a rule allowing medical workers to decline performing treatments such as abortions on religious and moral grounds. The "conscience" rule, officially known as the 'Protecting Statutory Conscience Rights in Health Care; Delegations of Authority' measure, was supposed to go into effect on July 22. However, it was postponed after a California court challenged it, with both sides agreed to delay a final ruling on the issue until November 22. - AP NEWS

6. The president says he still plans to carry out mass Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids after the July 4 holiday. "Unless we do something pretty miraculous, but the Democrats it seems to me they want to have open borders, te will be removing large numbers of people," Trump told reporters while at the G20 Summit in Japan. Trump said the raids will likely happen after Independence Day, specifically "at the end of the second week" of July. - CNN

7. Trump says he brought up journalist Jamal Khashoggi's murdering in his meeting with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman during the G20 Summit, telling the Saudi prince he was "extremely angry and very unhappy" about it. Nonetheless, Trump continued to defend his relationship with the leader to the media, praising the prince as “a friend of mine.” - THE HILL

8. The House Ethics Committee is launching a formal inquiry into Rep. Matt Gaetz after he posted a tweet in February targeting President Donald Trump's former lawyer, Michael Cohen, before he gave his public testimony. In the tweets, Gaetz commented about Cohen's alleged infidelities in what some are calling a threatening manner. - ABC NEWS

9. Canadian cartoonist Michael de Adder says "all newspapers" in New Brunswick, Canada, stopped publishing his work after his illustration of President Trump playing golf over the bodies of two drowned migrants went viral. "Do you mind if I play through?" the cartoon Trump asks the corpses. Brunswick News Inc., however, says the cartoonist's freelance contract was not ended because of the illustration. - CNN


10. Former White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders is starting life as a private citizen again. Sanders, who resigned from her position June 28, plans to write a book about her time in the Trump administration. She recently moved back to Arkansas and plans on spending July relaxing with her family. - AXIOS

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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