Inside Trump - July 8th, 2019

Inside Trump (Jul 8th, 2019)

Census Legal Team Change / Trump Approval Rating High / UK Ambassador Slams Trump

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1. The U.S. Department of Justice is replacing various members of the legal team trying to add a controversial immigration question to the 2020 census. James Burnham, deputy attorney general in the department’s civil division, is among those leaving, while attorneys from the department’s civil and consumer protection divisions will take over. The department is expected to file court papers Monday to facilitate the transition, although it did not explain why they were changing lawyers. The news comes a few days after President Trump also said he is also considering issuing an executive order to add the question. "We can start the printing (of the census forms) now and maybe do an addendum after we get a positive decision, so we're working on a lot of things, including an executive order," said Trump. - WASHINGTON POST

2. President Trump has achieved the highest approval rating of his presidency, a poll conducted by The Washington Post and ABC News reveals. Forty-four percent of registered and unregistered voters polled approve of Trump's performance, while 47 percent of registered voters are happy with the administration. This is a five percent increase since April. Meanwhile, 53 percent of all voters -- and 50 percent of registered voters -- disapproved of the president's performance. - ABC NEWS

3. The U.K.'s ambassador to the United States, Kim Darroch, called President Trump's administration "inept," "insecure," "incompetent," and more, leaked memos reveal. “We don’t really believe this administration is going to become substantially more normal; less dysfunctional; less unpredictable; less faction-riven; less diplomatically clumsy and inept,” one cable read, while others accused Trump of possibly being indebted to "dodgy Russians." British officials say they will be conducting a formal investigation into the leaker's identity, adding they believe the mole is of British origin. - AP

4. President Trump is accusing The New York Times of making up "phony and exaggerated accounts" in its piece depicting the poor conditions of migrant detention centers. In the article, The New York Times describes crying children suffering from outbreaks such as scabies, shingles, chickenpox, as well as soiled clothing and more. "One girl seemed likely enough to try to kill herself that the agents made her sleep on a cot in front of them, so they could watch her as they were processing new arrivals," the Times reported. Although Trump agreed there is a crisis, he blames Democrats for it, denies claims of outbreaks, and encouraged the press to "go in and see" the centers for themselves. - NEW YORK TIMES

5. Rep. Justin Amash, the Trump critic who left the Republican Party last week, says high-ranking members of the GOP privately thanked him for publicly supporting impeachment proceedings against the president. "I get people sending me text messages, people calling me, saying 'thank you for what you're doing,'" Amash said in an interview with CNN while discussing an op-ed he penned for The Washington Post announcing his departure from the GOP. In that same interview, Amash also says House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is "making a mistake" by not initiating impeachment proceedings against Trump. "When she says things like, 'Oh, I think that we need to have the strongest case before we go forward,' what she's telling the American people is, she doesn't think there's a strong case," he said. - CNN

6. The president warned Iran "better be careful" in response to news the country increased uranium enrichment. "Because you enrich for one reason and I won't tell you what the reason is. But it's no good they better be careful," he told reporters before boarding Air Force One. - REUTERS

7. The president slammed Fox News for its reporting and accused the media outlet of "changing fast" and forgetting "the people who got them there." "Watching @FoxNews weekend anchors is worse than watching low ratings Fake News @CNN, or Lyin’ Brian Williams," Trump tweeted. - THE HILL

8. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the Trump administration is appointing a commission to delve into human rights in American foreign policy. It is believed the commission will specifically look into religious freedom and abortion. - KOMO

9. Asked about the controversy over equal pay between men and women in professional soccer, President Trump said he agrees both should be paid the same but that he'd also like to look at the "numbers." “I would like to see that, but you’ve also got to look at the numbers.You have to look at who’s taking in what," the president said in response to questions concerning the recent U.S. Women's soccer team World Cup victory. - THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER

10. A federal grand jury in New York is investigating Elliot Broidy, who served as vice chair of President Donald Trump’s inaugural committee. It is believed he may have used his role to help him score business deals with foreign leaders such as the president of Angola and two politicians in Romania. - TIME

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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