May 4, 2018 - Politics

Trump says countries are "sending their worst" immigrants to U.S.

President Trump delivering a speech to at the annual NRA convention. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

During a visit to the NRA's annual meeting in Dallas, President Trump touted the latest unemployment numbers, said countries who send immigrants to the United States "send up their worst," and praised the judge who said Mueller aims "to hurt Trump."

On gun control: The president noted that there "has never been a case where more red flags have been shown" in the case of the Parkland school shooting, but nothing was done and claimed that 98% of public shootings happen in places where guns are banned. He slammed "gun-free" zones and saying the signs read shooters can "come in and take us."

Trump began his speech by giving his "full endorsement" to Texas Senator Ted Cruz to retain his seat, and Greg Abbott in his re-election campaign for Governor of Texas. He said the administration has gotten plenty done during his time in office, but that his supporters can't "be complacent" as they enter the 2018 mid-term elections.

  • Trump touted his upcoming meeting with North Korea saying "weakness gets you nuclear war."
  • On gun control laws: Trump said Chicago has the "toughest" gun laws in the country, but they haven't been effective. He also noted that if guns are outlawed, "all vans and all trucks" must be outlawed as well as the "new form of death for the maniac terrorists."
  • "Thank you Kanye": Trump said West "must have some power" after a new poll he saw showed his support among African Americans jumped from 11% to 22%.

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Honoring Kobe Bryant: Sports stars, politicians and celebrities mourn NBA great

Kobe Bryant on court for the Los Angeles Lakers during the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest on All-Star Saturday Night, part of 2010 NBA All-Star Weekend at American Airlines Center in Dallas in February 2010. Photo: Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images

Sports stars, politicians and celebrities paid tribute to NBA legend Kobe Bryant, who was killed in a California helicopter crash alongside his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and seven others on Saturday. He was 41.

What they're saying: Lakers great Shaquille O'Neal said in an Instagram post of his former teammate, "There's no words to express the pain I'm going through now with this tragic and sad moment of losing my friend, my brother, my partner in winning championships, my dude and my homie. I love you brother and you will be missed."

Bolton alleges in book that Trump tied Ukraine aid to investigations

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President Trump's former national security adviser John Bolton alleges in his forthcoming book that the president explicitly told him "he wanted to continue freezing $391 million in security assistance to Ukraine until officials there helped with investigations into Democrats including the Bidens," the New York Times first reported.

Why this matters: The revelations present a dramatic 11th hour turn in Trump's Senate impeachment trial. They directly contradict Trump's claim that he never tied the hold-up of Ukrainian aid to his demands for investigations into his political opponent Joe Biden.

Impeachment: Then & now

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

We are living in a measurably different political and media landscape than when the Senate acquitted President Bill Clinton of impeachment charges in 1999.

The big picture: These dynamics are setting the pace as President Trump’s legal team speeds through arguments to seek a fast acquittal.