5 things you need to know now
5 things you need to know now
  • House to vote on condemnation of G7 summit at Trump Doral resort

  • Mick Mulvaney tries to take back public admission of Ukraine quid pro quo

  • U.S. imposes tariffs on $7.5 billion in European goods

  • At least 62 people killed in Afghanistan mosque explosion

  • Shelling and gunfire reported along Syrian border despite Turkey ceasefire

The House is reportedly set to vote on a resolution to condemn the White House over its choice to hold the 2020 Group of Seven summit at President Trump's Doral resort in Miami, Florida. Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney announced the decision Thursday saying Trump would not profit from the event. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle criticized the move as a potential ethics violation, pointing out that diplomats, world leaders, and their staffers would end up at the financially strained resort. The House resolution will determine whether lawmakers want to reject Trump's "practice of accepting foreign government Emoluments without obtaining Congress' affirmative consent." The resolution will be considered next week.

Source: Politico

Not long after acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney publicly admitted President Trump's decision to hold up aid to Ukraine was partly linked to his wish for the country to launch an investigation into the 2016 Democratic National Committee hack, Mulvaney walked back his comments. Mulvaney's initial remarks, during a televised press conference Thursday, were surprising, as Trump has repeatedly denied engaging in any quid pro quo. Mulvaney said this was something "we do all the time," and anyone with a problem should "get over it." In his follow-up statement, Mulvaney said "there was never any condition on the flow of aid related to the matter of the DNC server," and tried to shift the blame for his words on the media.

Source: The Wall Street Journal

The Trump administration on Friday imposed tariffs on $7.5 billion worth of European Union goods, including parts and planes made by Boeing-rival Airbus, French wine, and Scottish whiskies. The tariffs took effect at midnight after U.S. and European negotiators failed to agree on a deal in last-minute talks. Aircraft from Britain, France, Germany, and Spain imported to the U.S. now will face a 10 percent tariff, a move the Trump administration announced earlier this month after the World Trade Organization ruled the U.S. could impose tariffs to offset illegal preferential treatment of Airbus by the EU. French Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire, who is scheduled to meet U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer on Friday, warned that "Europe is ready to retaliate."

Source: France24, MarketWatch

At least 62 people have died and more than 100 others were injured in explosions at a mosque in eastern Afghanistan. Multiple bombings caused the roof of a mosque in the Nangarhar province to collapse during Friday prayers. Rescuers are still excavating the site and pulling survivors and bodies out of the destroyed mosque, a member of Nangarhar's provincial council said. No one has claimed responsibility for the attacks, though the Deh Bala district borders rural ISIS-held areas. Afghanistan's government has so far blamed the Taliban, but the Taliban has reportedly denied involvement. The United Nations recently said violence against civilians has reached "extreme levels" in Afghanistan. At least 1,174 civilians died in the months of July-September, the largest quarterly total in a decade.

Source: Reuters

Vice President Mike Pence announced Thursday that Turkey has agreed to a five-day ceasefire in Syria. After meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Pence said Turkey will "pause" its operation in Syria "in order to allow for the withdrawal of YPG forces from the safe zone for 120 hours." Shelling and gunfire were still heard in some Syrian border towns Friday morning. The announced ceasefire comes after Trump pulled back troops from northern Syria, clearing the way for Turkey's military to enter Kurdish-held zones in a decision that drew bipartisan criticism. A senior Turkish official told CNN after the announcement, "we got exactly what we wanted."

Source: The Associated Press, CNN
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