Weekly National News Roundup – by Shlomo Rudman

Cohen Throws Trump Under The Bus – On Thursday, former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen claimed that candidate Trump was aware of the controversial Trump Tower meeting between Trump campaign representatives and a Russian lawyer claiming to have dirt on Trump opponent Hillary Clinton. In a Friday morning tweet, President Trump denied having any prior knowledge of the meeting, and accused Cohen of fabrications in order to assist himself with his various other legal troubles.

Iran Threatens, Trump Responds – Iranian Supreme Leader Khameini warned Trump against a conflict with the Iranian regime, saying it would result in ‘the mother of all wars’. Trump responded forcefully in a tweet, warning the Iranians to never threaten the United States, or “you will suffer consequences the likes of which few throughout history have ever suffered before”.

Trump Backtracks, Again – After the Helsinki summit in which the President seemed to side with Putin over U.S. intelligence, Trump read a statement saying he believed in U.S. intelligence and accepted their conclusions that Russia interfered in the 2016 elections. In a Monday morning tweet, Trump seemingly reversed his position again, saying the claim that Russia interfered was a “hoax” and nothing more than an excuse for Democrats.

WH Suggests Pulling Security Clearances – Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said the White House was looking at revoking security clearances from former director of national intelligence James Clapper, former CIA director John Brennan, former FBI director James Comey, former CIA director Michael Hayden, former national security advisor Susan Rice, and former deputy FBI director Andrew McCabe. The reasoning the White House gave was the officials’ repeated “biased and false” statements against President Trump.

Page FISA Application Released – The Department of Justice disclosed the application for a FISA warrant against Trump campaign advisor Carter Page. The application says the FBI had reason to believe Page was an active agent for the Kremlin. It contradicted claims by some Republicans that the infamous Steele dossier was the sole info for which the warrant was granted.

U.S. Remains Returned – The White House announced that North Korea had begun returning the remains of United States military men and women killed in the 1950’s during the Korean War. Vice President Mike Pence will greet the remains upon their return to the U.S.

WH Delays Putin Invitation – President Trump ordered NSA John Bolton to invite Russian President Putin to the White House in the fall, but the White House then retracted the offer, saying they would delay the invitation until next year so that the “Russia Witch Hunt” can conclude first. On Friday, Putin said he would accept the White House’s invitation, and invited President Trump to visit Moscow. Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Trump was open to the offer, and was considering the invitation.

Lawsuit Against Trump Approved – A federal judge approved a lawsuit claiming that President Trump is violating the Constitution by continuing to benefit from the Trump Organization’s business decisions while he is in office. The lawsuit may open the door to the Trump Organization’s private documents becoming public.

New VA Secretary – The U.S. Senate approved Pentagon official Robert Wilkie to become the Secretary of Veterans Affairs. The position had been vacant since March 28 when David Shulkin resigned the Cabinet seat. White House doctor, Admiral Ronny Jackson, who was Trump’s first choice to replace Shulkin, retracted his nomination after questions of his past behaviors arose. The Senate approved Wilkie’s nomination to become the new Secretary by a vote of 86-9.

Farmer Bailout – The Agriculture Department announced $12 billion in aid for farmers affected by retaliatory tariffs against the United States. Farmers have been heavily hit by the ongoing trade disputes.
Jordan Is Running – GOP Ohio Congressman Jim Jordan announced that he would be running to become the Speaker of the House of Representatives. Jordan is looking to replace current Speaker Paul Ryan, who is retiring at the end of his current term.

Economy Booms – The Department of Labor released the economic numbers for the 2nd fiscal quarter of 2018, showing that the GDP rose by 4.1%, the biggest GDP of President Trump’s time in office, and the largest GDP since the 5.3% of the 3rd quarter of 2014.

Russia Attacking Elections – Senator Claire McCaskill’s campaign was attacked by Russian hackers just hours after President Trump called upon activists to defeat the Democrat. McCaskill says the attack failed and no operations were affected. The cyberattack marks the first publicly known attempt by Russia to interfere and affect the upcoming midterm elections.

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