Aug 11, 2017

Trump: "hopefully it will all work out" with North Korea

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After a meeting with his national security team Trump spoke to reporters this evening in New Jersey.

If anything happens to Guam there will be big, big trouble in North Korea.

Trump said he'll be cutting his vacation short and returning to Washington where on Monday he'll hold a press conference. Secretary of State Tillerson, who met with Trump along with UN Ambassador Nikki Haley, said the U.S. still a diplomatic solution in North Korea. Trump said he prefered a "peaceful solution."

Some news on Venezuela: Trump said he wouldn't rule out the military option in response to the crisis there

On other issues:

  • McConnell's failure on healthcare: "We should have had health care approved ... what happened ... was unacceptable." Trump said McConnell should have gotten the votes by "taking away a committee chairmanship."
  • Comments about Putin expelling diplomats were "absolutely" a joke.
  • Iran not abiding the spirit of the nuclear agreement
  • Decision coming on Afghanistan soon

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Energy deputy secretary nominee faces heat after contradicting Trump

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Trump administration officials are internally raising concerns about President Trump’s nominee for Energy deputy secretary, who appeared to openly contradict the president on nuclear waste storage at Nevada’s Yucca Mountain last week.

Driving the news: While speaking at a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing last Wednesday, Mark Menezes told members of the panel that the Trump administration is still interested in storing nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain and that “what we're trying to do is to put together a process that will give us a path to permanent storage at Yucca."