Week in Review
- President Donald Trump met with Russian President Vladimir Putin, a high-profile encounter that took place on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit in Hamburg, Germany. The leaders exchanged pleasantries before the cameras and then discussed Syria, Ukraine and global terrorism.
- Trump again questioned the consensus of the U.S. intelligence community that Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election, but he also called on the Kremlin to “cease its destabilizing activity in Ukraine and elsewhere.”
- After North Korea said it successfully tested an intercontinental ballistic missile, the top American general in South Korea said “self-restraint” is the only thing stopping the United States and South Korea from going to war with North Korea.
- Sixty percent of registered U.S. voters support Trump’s revised travel ban on visitors from six predominantly Muslim countries, according to a recent poll, which also found that the temporary ban may be more popular when it is separated from the president.
- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said if Republicans do not pass their own health care bill then he will have to negotiate with Democrats to pass legislation to stabilize insurance markets.
- In Kansas, Sen. Jerry Moran (R) got an earful at town hall meetings, at one point being asked by a voter why Republicans are focused on repealing and replacing Obamacare instead of making it better. At a town hall meeting of at least 250 people, including Republican constituents, in Ashland, Mo., not a single voter raised their hand when asked by Sen. Claire McCaskill (D) if they support the GOP’s health care bill.
- Republicans have yet to secure a candidate to challenge McCaskill in 2018 following news that Rep. Ann Wagner (R-Mo.) would attempt to unseat the Democratic incumbent. In order to avoid a competitive GOP primary, officials and political consultants said they want state Attorney General Josh Hawley to decide soon if he’ll challenge McCaskill in next year’s midterm elections.
- In Nevada, the Democratic establishment, still led by former Sen. Harry Reid, solidified behind first-term Rep. Jacky Rosen to challenge Sen. Dean Heller (R) for re-election. While fellow Rep. Dina Titus (D) is still considering a Senate run as well, national groups such as the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and EMILY’s List have already endorsed Rosen.