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Ahead of a midnight deadline, it's still unclear whether President Trump will open a European front in his trade war.
The backdrop: Temporary exemptions from steel and aluminum tariffs granted to the EU, Mexico, Canada, Australia, Argentina and Brazil expire at 12:01am.
The big picture: Trump's trade war isn't just about China. He made pointed references to trade deficits during a visit from German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday, then traveled to Michigan over the weekend and claimed the EU was "formed to take advantage of the U.S."
Why it matters: This not only could roil relations with America's closest allies, it has massive economic implications. The countries in question account for half of U.S. steel imports, and a big chunk of U.S. trade. Germany, France and the U.K. have all said they'll respond forcefully if the tariffs do come into force.
Netanyahu presents the intelligence. Photo: Jack Guez, AFP/Getty
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claimed in a speech today that Israel has new intelligence showing Iran lied about its nuclear ambitions, and is “secretly storing” materials to resume its nuclear program in the future.
Some observers noted that what Israeli officials billed as "new and dramatic" information didn't appear to be particularly new:
President Trump had a different take, citing Netanyahu's statements in a press conference today while explaining why he's considering pulling out of the "horrible" deal.
The bottom line: The Trump administration has struggled to make the case for pulling out, but this gives Trump additional ammunition less than two weeks ahead of the deadline. With the hawkish John Bolton and Mike Pompeo in place, and Emmanuel Macron's overtures appearing to have fallen short, chances of the White House killing the deal look higher with each passing day.
Friends and relatives of AFP Afghanistan Chief Photographer Shah Marai Faizi, who was killed in one of the bombings, gather today at his burial in Kabul. Photo: Andrew Quilty/AFP/Getty Images
A pair of suicide bombs, one set off after journalists gathered to report on the first, killed 31 in Afghanistan's capital of Kabul today. Nine of those killed were journalists, CNN reports.
Go deeper: Peace has never been more elusive in Afghanistan.
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman harshly criticized Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in a closed-door meeting with heads of Jewish organizations in New York on March 27, Axios contributor Barak Ravid scoops.
Go deeper: Read Barak's full report.
Amber Rudd has resigned as U.K. Home Secretary after the Guardian printed a letter to Prime Minister Theresa May in which Rudd set a target for deporting illegal immigrants — something she told Parliament she had never done.
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari met with President Trump at the White House today. CFR's John Campbell writes for Axios Expert Voices that "Trump’s relationship with African countries was damaged by his alleged characterization of them as 'shithole countries.'"
Asked about the "shithole" remark today, Trump said: "You do have some countries that are in very bad shape and very tough places to live in." He later said Nigeria was "beautiful."
A horse race in Hong Kong. Photo: Vince Caligiuri/Getty Images
"President @MBuhari FYI he said it."— Ex-White House aide Omarosa Manigault-Newman, tweeting at Buhari after "shithole countries" came up in the press conference
Correction: In Thursday's newsletter, I incorrectly listed Burkina Faso as among the "least accepting" countries for migrants, rather than "most accepting". Sorry about that!
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