Nov 3, 2017

Trump again calls out Justice Department on Hillary Clinton

Melania looks on as President Trump speaks with reporters before departing for Asia. Photo: Evan Vucci / AP

En route to board Air Force One ahead of his 10-day Asia tour, President Trump doubled down on his morning tweets when talking to reporters.s. "A lot of people are disappointed in the Justice Department, including me," he said, for not opening an investigation into Hillary Clinton and the DNC.

Why it matters: Attorney General Jeff Sessions, already under fire for failing to disclose information relating to the Russia probe, is back on Trump's bad side for not being tougher on the Democrats, while still harboring frustration regarding Sessions' decision to recuse himself from the Russia investigation.

Other highlights:

  • Trump's March 2016 meeting with George Papadopoulos and Sessions: "I don't remember much about that meeting. It was a very unimportant meeting. It took place a long time ago. Don't remember much about it."
  • Extra day added to his Asia tour: Trump said he has added [last-minute] an extra day onto his 5-country tour of Asia to attend the East Asia Summit in the Philippines. His initial plan to be absent concerned experts, who warned it could signal a lower level of U.S. engagement in Asia-Pacific.
  • NYC terror attack: We are hitting ISIS "ten times harder... They claim him as a soldier, good luck. Every time they hit us, we know it is ISIS, we hit them like you folks won't believe."

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Trump and Zuckerberg share phone call amid social media furor

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In the week that President Trump took on social media, Axios has learned that he had a call Friday with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg that was described by both sides as productive.

Why it matters: With the White House and Twitter at war, Facebook has managed to keep diplomatic relations with the world's most powerful social-media devotee.

Twitter, Google lead chorus of brands backing George Floyd protests

Illustration: Lazaro Gamio/Axios

Twitter and Google are among the dozens of brands over the past 24 hours that have taken public stances in favor of Americans protesting racial equality. Some companies have changed their logos in solidarity with the movement, while others have pledged money in support of efforts to address social injustice.

Why it matters: The pressure that companies feel to speak out on issues has increased during the Trump era, as businesses have sought to fill a trust void left by the government. Now, some of the biggest companies are quickly taking a public stand on the protests, pressuring all other brands to do the same.

NYPD commissioner: "I'm extremely proud" of officers' response to protests

New York City Police Commissioner Dermot Shea in February. Photo: Yana Paskova/Getty Images

New York City Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said in a public statement Sunday that he is "extremely proud" of the New York City Police Department's response to protests over the death of George Floyd Saturday night, writing: "What we saw in New York City last night and the night before was not about peaceful protest of any kind."

Why it matters: New York City residents captured several instances of police officers using excessive force against demonstrators. In one video, two NYPD SUVs are seen ramming into protesters who were blocking a road and throwing traffic cones at the vehicles.