Today in 5 Lines
During a joint news conference with Polish President Andrzej Duda in Warsaw, President Trump said he’s considering a “pretty severe” response to North Korea’s recent missile tests. When questioned about Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election, Trump said he thinks other countries could also be to blame, adding “nobody really knows.” Attorneys general from 18 states filed a lawsuit against Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, accusing her of illegally suspending student-loan regulations. Walter Shaub, the director of the Office of Government Ethics who has criticized the Trump administration repeatedly, announced he will resign before the end of his term. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell suggested that if the Republican effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act fails, the Senate might have to push for a partial bill that would address health-insurance markets.
- Donald Trump Jr. was promised damaging information about Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton before meeting with a Russian lawyer with ties to the Kremlin in June 2016. President Donald Trump’s eldest son initially said the meeting focused on Russian adoption policies. (The New York Times)
- Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said he was “dumbfounded” by Trump’s suggestion that the United States and Russia could create a “Cyber Security unit” to guard against election hacking. GOP Sens. Marco Rubio (Fla.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) also said it was a bad idea. (The Washington Post)
- Trump returned from his first Group of 20 summit with little consensus on issues such as North Korea and trade. Leaders from the other 19 nations reaffirmed their support for the Paris climate agreement despite Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the accord. (Bloomberg News)
- Senators return to Capitol Hill today, still divided over how to repeal and replace Obamacare. Trump said he could not imagine lawmakers “would dare to leave Washington” for their scheduled August recess without “fully” approving a health care bill. (The Wall Street Journal)