Jul 14, 2018

Trump intends to run for re-election in 2020

President Trump arriving in Scotland with Melania. Photo: Jeff Mitchell/Getty Images

In an interview with Piers Morgan, President Trump announced his intention to run for president again in 2020, reports Reuters.

What he said: Trump said he "fully intends" to run for re-election and that it seemed like "everyone wants me to." As far as his competition, Trump said he doesn't see a Democrat who can beat him in the election during the interview. "I know them all. I don't see anybody."

Highlights: Trump, in a breach of royal protocol, talked about his visit with Queen Elizabeth, as well as his upcoming summit and relationship with Russian President Vladmir Putin.

  • Trump said he and the queen chatted about Brexit and she called it a "very complex problem" that everyone initially thought would be simple. "I think nobody had any idea how complex that was going to be."
  • Trump said the queen is an "incredible woman" and described her as "sharp" and "beautiful — inside and out."
  • It's too early to say whether Trump is "friends" or "enemies" with Putin, Trump said. He believes they could get along moving forward, but also noted "right now, I say we're competitors...that's a good thing, that's not a bad thing."

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Netanyahu says July 1 deadline for West Bank annexation won't change

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday at a Likud Party faction meeting at the Knesset, Israel's parliament, that his July 1 deadline for starting the process of annexation in the West Bank will not change, according to people in attendance.

Why it matters: The White House and the State Department have stressed over the last few weeks that the deadline set by Netanyahu is "not sacred" to the Trump administration — and that any discussion of annexation needs to be in the context of renewed Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

Trump threatens to move Republican convention from North Carolina if capacity reduced

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President Trump threatened in a series of Monday tweets to move this summer's Republican National Convention from Charlotte if North Carolina's Democratic governor, Roy Cooper, doesn't allow the event to be held at full capacity.

The state of play: Mandy Cohen, the state's health and human services secretary, said last week that the GOP should "plan for the worst" as mass gatherings will be a "very big challenge" if the number of coronavirus cases in the state continues to increase, per NPR.

The wreckage of summer

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We usually think of Memorial Day as the start of the summer, with all of the fun and relaxation that goes with it — but this one is just going to remind us of all of the plans that have been ruined by the coronavirus.

Why it matters: If you thought it was stressful to be locked down during the spring, just wait until everyone realizes that all the traditional summer activities we've been looking forward to are largely off-limits this year.