Trump Visits Pittsburgh – President Trump paid a visit to the Jewish community in Pittsburgh following the massacre in a Squirrel Hill synagogue which shocked the nation. The president was accompanied by First Lady Melania Trump, his daughter Ivanka, and son-in-law Jared Kushner. The president laid stones atop the Stars of David’s memorializing the 11 victims of the shooting. A group of protesters greeted the president outside the synagogue, who said the presidents words were partially to blame for the incident. The president went on to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, where he spent over an hour visiting law enforcement personnel injured while responding to the attack.
Trump Wants To End Birthright Citizenship – In an interview, President Trump said he wants to end birthright citizenship, which grants citizenship to children born on US soil even if their parents are not citizens. The majority of Constitutional experts believe that birthright citizenship is granted in the 14th Amendment. The president said he has the ability to end the policy via executive order, and claimed to have many legal scholars backing his claim, though he declined to state who they are.
Troops Sent To Border – President Trump ordered thousands of troops to the US-Mexico border in advance of the expected arrival of a migrant caravan from Central America. Trump said that the number of troops being deployed to secure the border could ultimately reach 15,000, saying we need a “wall of people” to stop the migrants from illegally entering the US. The president also added that massive tent cities would be erected to house captured illegal immigrants, where they would be detained before being deported.
US Reimposes Iran Sanctions – Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that the US would reinstate the full slate of sanctions placed on Iran before the nuclear deal was made with the regime. Another 700 Iranian individuals will also be added to sanctions lists, according to the State Department. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said the sanctions, which cover shipping, finance, and energy, will be reinstated on Monday, November 5th.
US Charges Chinese Spies – The Department of Justice charged 10 Chinese spies with stealing trade secrets from aviation companies in the US, UK, France, and Australia. The charges came as the US is becoming more assertive in it’s resolve to halt spying and other malicious activities perpetrated by the Chinese against US interests. None of those named in the indictment have been arrested, and with those named likely being in China, it is unlikely they ever will be.
Millions Voted Early – A massive amount of Americans have already voted for their preferred candidates in the upcoming midterm elections. According to data gathered by the University of Florida, over 11 million voters have already cast their ballots, suggesting a massive surge in voter turnout for the elections. If the projections are correct, Tuesday’s voter turnout for the midterms would be the largest in decades. The surge in early votes is spread across political ideologies, with Republicans, Democrats, and Independents all increasing in early vote turnout from previous election cycles.
Job Numbers Released – On Friday, the Labor Department released numbers showing the US adding 250,000 jobs in October, with the unemployment rate unchanged at 3.7%. The number of people working or looking for jobs increased by 711,000, pushing the labor force participation rate up to 62.9%, an increase of 0.2% from September. The strong numbers may give the Republicans some credibility on the economy and momentum heading into this week’s midterms.