May 1, 2019

Trump envoy visits Poway synagogue on Holocaust Remembrance Day

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President Trump's special envoy for Middle East Peace Jason Greenblatt on Wednesday visited the Poway synagogue in southern California, which was attacked last Saturday by a white supremacist.

Why it matters: Greenblatt is the most senior Trump administration official to visit the Poway Jewish community since the attack. Trump had a phone call a few days ago with Rabbi Goldstein, who was wounded in the attack. Greenblatt's visit was meant to send a message from the White House condemning anti-Semitism and hate crimes on the date that Israel and Jewish communities around the world mark Yom HaShoa, or Holocaust Remembrance Day.

In a series of tweets earlier today, Greenblatt wrote: "We must continue to stamp out anti-Semitism & all other forms of hate. Rabbi Goldstein is a pillar of strength for his community/our nation. A very moving visit. He & others acted heroically. I shared the Administration's heartfelt sorrow for Poway's loss & thanked him for his message to turn a hateful act into a lesson on tolerance".

The Trump administration also sent a message by sending a delegation of senior U.S. officials to participate Wednesday in the 31st annual "March of the Living" at the Auschwitz Nazi death camp in Poland.

  • The delegation consisted of the U.S. ambassadors to Poland (Georgette Mosbacher), Israel (David Friedman) and Germany (Richard Grenell), in addition to the U.S. ambassadors to Spain, the Vatican, Switzerland and Trump's special envoy for combating antisemitism, Elan Carr.

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SpaceX will attempt to launch NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken to the International Space Station today.

Why it matters: If all goes well, this launch — expected to happen at 4:33 p.m. ET — will mark the first time a private company has successfully launched people to orbit and the first crewed, orbital rocket launch from the U.S. in 9 years.

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Pompeo tells Congress Hong Kong is no longer autonomous from China

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement Wednesday that he has certified to Congress that Hong Kong is no longer autonomous from China and does not warrant special treatment under U.S. law.

Why it matters: Revoking Hong Kong's special status would hasten its economic and financial decline, already set in motion by China's growing political grip on the city. The preferential status that the U.S. has long granted Hong Kong has made the city a top U.S. trading partner.

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