Locally sourced Basque food prepared by Michelin-star chefs may have been on the menu, but that didn't satisfy Donald Trump during a G7 summit dinner in Biarritz, France on Saturday night (Aug. 24). According to reporting by the Guardian, heated debates began when the US president demanded the group readmit Russia. Russia was removed by the previously named G8 after it annexed Crimea in 2014. During the seaside meal, French president Emmanuel Macron and European Council president Donald Tusk opposed Trump's demands. A diplomat present told the publication that the evening was tense: "Most of the other leaders insisted on this being a family, a club, a community of liberal democracies and for that reason they said you cannot allow president Putin"who does not represent that"back in."
A man has been arrested on suspicion of threatening to kill an unnamed Florida individual and her family and to exterminate all Hispanics, according to a copy of a criminal complaint filed in federal court on Monday. The person who was threatened, identified in court documents as C.I., received online messages over a period of months, from late May through the first half of August, according to the complaint. C.I., who is from Spain and resides in Miami-Dade County, brought the messages to the attention of the Miami Police Department, which subsequently informed the FBI. The messages contained a pair of laudatory comments about President Donald Trump, invoking him in furtherance of the genocidal language. read more
The Pentagon inspector general issued a report to Congress saying that the Islamic State is again growing in power in Syria and Iraq, with approximately 14,000 to 18,000 militants. The report specifically said President Donald Trump's decision to rapidly draw down troops in Syria and pull diplomatic staff from Iraq increased instability and allowed the militants to regroup. read more
it may even have been Trump who told the police about Epstein -- but for self-interested reasons. The two men had fallen out over who would buy a villa that Trump would later sell to a Russian oligarch for an immense profit. As has been widely reported, Epstein had found out that the villa was for sale at a discount and took Trump to see it for advice on how to move the swimming pool. Trump then snatched the deal out from under his nose, buying the place with money lent by Deutsche Bank. He paid $41m and sold it to the oligarch, Dmitry Rybolovlev, for $96m a profit of $55m. read more
Senator Mitch McConnell is usually impervious to criticism, even celebrating the nasty nicknames critics bestow on him. But Mr. McConnell, the Senate majority leader, is incensed by the name "Moscow Mitch," and even more miffed that he has been called a "Russian asset" by critics who accuse him of single-handedly blocking stronger election security measures after Russia's interference in 2016. read more