June 5, 2017

6-05-2017 Political Nuggets….

Washington Brief

  • Following a June 3 terrorist attack in London, President Donald Trump said the U.S. Justice Department should not have submitted a “watered down, politically correct version” of his “travel ban” to the Supreme Court. Trump’s remarks could complicate legal efforts by the administration to reinstate his executive order. (CNN)
  • Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said there is “a lot of smoke” but “no smoking gun at this point” regarding the panel’s investigation of alleged collusion between Russia and Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign (The Hill). Russian President Vladimir Putin said the allegation that his government meddled in last year’s U.S. presidential election is a “load of nonsense.” ( The Washington Post)
  • The Trump administration will begin its push for $1 trillion in infrastructure investment with an event today announcing an effort to privatize the nation’s air-traffic control system. (The Wall Street Journal)
  • Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen said they are suspending diplomatic ties with Qatar because of its support for the Muslim Brotherhood and Al Jazeera. U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson offered to help broker an agreement to preserve what the Trump administration views as a key regional coalition in countering Iran and terrorist organizations. (The New York Times)

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