President Trump’s Trip Abroad

The President will make five stops in four countries during the eight-day trip. The President will seek to reaffirm America’s global leadership, continue building key relationships with world leaders, and deliver a message of unity to America’s friends and allies. He will be making stops in Saudi Arabia, Israel, Italy, and Belgium, and will be attending both the NATO and G7 summits. First Lady Melania Trump is traveling with the President on the trip abroad.

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President Donald J. Trump’s Weekly Address | whitehouse.gov

For Immediate Release

May 19, 2017 President Donald J. Trump’s Weekly Address

My fellow Americans,   This weekend I begin my first trip overseas as president – a trip with historic significance for the American people.   I will be visiting with the leaders in many different countries to strengthen our old friendships, build new partnerships, and unite the civilized world in a fight against terrorism.   In that spirit of unity…..

Source: President Donald J. Trump’s Weekly Address | whitehouse.gov

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Flanigan set to make history in Greensburg district judge race | TribLIVE

Assistant district attorney and former Common Pleas Court law clerk Chris Flanigan, 54, defeated retired Greensburg police Detective Sgt. Henry Fontana, 54; assistant public defender and private attorney John Sweeney, 57; and former Greensburg police officer Eugene “Geno” Zulisky, 51, on both ballots by double digits, according to unofficial results with all 15 precincts reporting.

Source: Flanigan set to make history in Greensburg district judge race | TribLIVE

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Justice Dept. names Mueller special counsel for Russia probe – POLITICO

Former FBI Director Robert Mueller will oversee the probe into Russia’s alleged involvement in the 2016 presidential election.

“As I have stated many times, a thorough investigation will confirm what we already know – there was no collusion between my campaign and any foreign entity,” President Trump said. “I look forward to this matter concluding quickly.”

Source: Justice Dept. names Mueller special counsel for Russia probe – POLITICO

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Violence Breaks Out During Protest At Turkish Embassy In Washington, D.C. : The Two-Way : NPR

During Tuesday’s demonstrations, an altercation broke out and nine people were injured, two seriously, and two arrests were made.

Dustin Stenbeck, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Police Department, says the fight was between two groups.

Source: Violence Breaks Out During Protest At Turkish Embassy In Washington, D.C. : The Two-Way : NPR

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In his own words: The best quotes from Macron’s inauguration speech

Emmanuel Macron took over as French president on Sunday, promising to heal the country’s divisions and breathe new life into the European Union.

“The time has come for France to meet the challenges of our time. The divisions and fractures that run through our society must be overcome, whether they be economic, social, political or moral.”

The first of two priorities is “to give back to the French people the confidence that has been flagging for too long.”

Source: In his own words: The best quotes from Macron’s inauguration speech

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North Korea ‘would hold talks’ with Trump administration – BBC News

Talks could be held with the US “under the right conditions”, South Korean media reports.

A senior North Korean diplomat said dialogue with the Trump administration was possible following a meeting with ex-US government officials in Norway.

Earlier this month US President Donald Trump said he would be “honoured” to meet Kim Jong-un.

Source: North Korea ‘would hold talks’ with Trump administration – BBC News

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The Head of the Census Resigned. It Could Be as Serious as James Comey | Time.com

Yet the news this week that John H. Thompson, the director of the Census Bureau, has abruptly resigned is arguably as consequential to the future of our democracy. That’s because the Census Bureau, while less flashy than the FBI, plays a staggeringly important role in both U.S. elections and an array of state and federal government functions.

Source: The Head of the Census Resigned. It Could Be as Serious as James Comey | Time.com

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US, China reach access deals for beef, poultry | TheHill

The White House struck agreements with China on several persistent trade irritants to reduce the trade deficit with Beijing.

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announced deals that will send U.S. beef exports to China, allow Chinese imports of cooked poultry, expand U.S. electronic payment services and provide for faster regulatory approval of biotechnology products by Beijing.

Source: US, China reach access deals for beef, poultry | TheHill

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Press Briefing by Principal Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Sanders and Homeland Security Advisor Tom Bossert

James S. Brady Press Briefing Room

MS. SANDERS:  Another light crowd today.  Good afternoon.  First off, before we get started, I’d like to bring up Homeland Security Advisor Tom Bossert to tell you about an executive order on cybersecurity that the President just signed.  He’ll take a few of your questions and, respectfully, I ask that you keep your questions for him on the topic of the executive order.  And don’t worry, I’ll come back and answer all of the rest of your pressing questions as soon as he wraps up.

So with that, I’ll turn it over to Tom.

MR. BOSSERT:  Thank you, Sarah.  Thank you very much for your time.  Couple of things positive to report today, and the first is that President Trump, about an hour ago, signed an executive order on cybersecurity.  And that executive order, among other things, is going to keep his promise that he has made to the American people to keep America safe, including in cyberspace.

I’d like to do a few things.  I’ll promise you that we will distribute the executive order, but if I could, I’ll preview the executive order for you, walk you through its three primary sections, some of its wave tops, and then take your questions.

Among other things, at least as an observation for me, I think the trend is going in the wrong direction in cyberspace, and it’s time to stop that trend and reverse it on behalf of the American people.  We’ve seen increasing attacks from allies, adversaries, primarily nation states but also non-nation state actors, and sitting by and doing nothing is no longer an option.  So President Trump’s action today is a very heartening one….

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President Donald Trump Fires FBI Director James Comey, and Even White House Aides Are Stunned – The Daily Beast

Official Washington was caught totally off-guard by the nearly unprecedented move. FBI directors—especially ones leading probes into the president’s inner circle—just aren’t fired.

The stunning and sudden removal comes after Comey told Congress in March that the FBI was engaged in an ongoing investigation into the Trump campaign and its potential ties to Russia; Comey’s firing also follows a dramatic dismissal of acting Attorney General Sally Yates in January.

Source: President Donald Trump Fires FBI Director James Comey, and Even White House Aides Are Stunned – The Daily Beast

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France rejects Le Pen and her right-wing populist tide, and turns to Macron

Macron, a centrist, vowed to draw voters away from the extremes following a decisive victory.

France on Sunday shrugged off the siren call of right-wing populism that enchanted voters in the United States and United Kingdom, rejecting anti-E.U. firebrand Marine Le Pen and choosing as its next president Emmanuel Macron, a centrist political neophyte who has pledged to revive both his struggling country and the flailing continent.

Source: France rejects Le Pen and her right-wing populist tide, and turns to Macron

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President Donald J. Trump’s Weekly Address

The President’s Weekly Address is now available to watch

On Thursday, the House voted to repeal one of the worst job-killing laws of all.  It’s called ObamaCare, perhaps you’ve heard of it. Everywhere we look, ObamaCare is collapsing.  The House Bill is a plan that will save Americans from this disaster, and replace it with more choices, and more freedom for American families. Most importantly, it will be great healthcare, and your premiums will come down, and your deductibles will come down.  So you’ll have better healthcare at a lower cost.  And now, I’m calling on the Senate to take action. Repealing and replacing ObamaCare will be a big, big win for the American People.

Source: President Donald J. Trump’s Weekly Address

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4 aim to succeed outgoing Greensburg district judge | TribLIVE

Westmoreland County Assistant District Attorney Chris Flanigan, retired Greensburg police Detective Sgt. Henry Fontana, Westmoreland County Assistant Public Defender and attorney John Sweeney and retired Greensburg police officer Eugene “Geno” Zulisky have cross-filed and will appear on both the Democratic and Republican ballots in the May 16 primary.

Source: 4 aim to succeed outgoing Greensburg district judge | TribLIVE

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Comey says classified Clinton emails were forwarded to Anthony Weiner

The FBI director also said he was ‘nauseous’ at the thought he might have affected the election.

Under questioning from the senior Democrat on the committee, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), James B. Comey revealed more details about how Clinton’ s emails ended up on the computer of former congressman Anthony Weiner.

Source: Comey says classified Clinton emails were forwarded to Anthony Weiner

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Steps to Prosecute George Soros for Treason Has Begun!

Action has now charged out the gate to take down the most evil man on earth, Communist Billionaire George Soros, a citizen of the U.S. (and Hungary) by prosecuting him for Treason and Sedition. Both are serious actions that can bring the death penalty.

Treason means to work with enemies to cause chaotic harm, destabilize and interfere with your own country with the goal of its destruction and seizure to replace it with another government. Sedition is inciting disorder in a country, which is similar, but with the same severe consequences.

Source: Steps to Prosecute George Soros for Treason Has Begun!

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Congress reaches deal to keep government open through September

Congress is expected to vote on the roughly $1 trillion package early this week. The bipartisan agreement includes policy victories for Democrats, whose votes will be necessary to pass the measure in the Senate, as well as $12.5 billion in new military spending and $1.5 billion more for border security requested by Republican leaders in Congress.
Source: Congress reaches deal to keep government open through September

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A different sort of White House correspondents’ dinner

But even before Trump sent his regrets, it was clear that folks from Hollywood – a community that has been vocally opposed to the president – were not interested in coming to Washington this year. Many of the corporate sponsors of the glitziest parties from past seasons also decided to stand down.

Source: A different sort of White House correspondents’ dinner

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Russians, in peaceful protest, call for Putin to quit | Reuters

Saturday’s protest in the capital — called “We’re sick of him” — was organized by the Open Russia movement founded by Kremlin critic Mikhail Khodorkovsky. Once Russia’s richest man, he was freed by Putin in 2013 after spending a decade in jail for fraud, a charge Khodorkovsky said was politically-motivated.

Source: Russians, in peaceful protest, call for Putin to quit | Reuters

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