Oct 18, 2018

Sanders says White House staff "passionate," not angry at each other

John Bolton and John Kelly. Photo: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders disputed reports of a "shouting match" over immigration between Chief of Staff John Kelly and National Security Adviser John Bolton. "The shouting match was so intense that other White House aides worried one of the two men might immediately resign," Bloomberg reported.

“While we are passionate about solving the issue of illegal immigration, we are not angry at one another."
— Sanders statement

Why it matters: The fight "over immigration and border crossings, including the performance of the Homeland Security Department under Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen," according to Bloomberg, shows that "tension is flaring in the White House" before midterm elections with Republicans might lose control of Congress.

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U.S. cities crackdown on protests against police brutality

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Major U.S. cities have implemented curfews and called on National Guard to mobilize as thousands of protesters gather across the nation to continue protesting the death of George Floyd.

The state of play: Hundreds have already been arrested as tensions continue to rise between protesters and local governments. Protesters are setting police cars on fire as freeways remain blocked and windows are shattered, per the Washington Post. Law enforcement officials are using tear gas and rubber bullets to try to disperse crowds and send protesters home.

Trump to invite Russia and other non-member G7 countries to summit

President Trump at Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Saturday. Photo: Saul Martinez/Getty Images

President Trump told reporters on Saturday evening he would postpone the G7 summit to September and expand the meeting to more nations that are not members of the Group of 7.

Details: Trump said he would invite Russia, South Korea, Australia and India to the summit, according to a pool report. "I don’t feel that as a G7 it properly represents what’s going on in the world. It’s a very outdated group of countries," he said.

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George Floyd protests: What you need to know

Thousands of protesters march in Denver, Colorado, on May 30. Photo: Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images)

Curfews are being imposed in Portland, Oregon, and Cincinnati, while the governors of Georgia, Kentucky, Ohio and Texas activated the National Guard following unrest in the states, per AP.

The big picture: Floyd's fatal run-in with police is the latest reminder of the disparities between black and white communities in the U.S. and comes as African Americans grapple with higher death rates from the coronavirus and higher unemployment from trying to stem its spread.