Jun 9, 2018

Trump pulls endorsement of joint commitment to G7 countries

US President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Photo: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images

President Trump tweeted his decision to not endorse the commitment with fellow G7 nations, just hours after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that all seven countries had signed the agreement, despite trade tensions.

The president went on to criticize Trudeau claiming that the prime minister "acted so meek and mild during [the G7] meetings." Trump blamed the reversal on a news conference the Canadian leader gave following Trump's departure saying, "US Tariffs were kind of insulting," calling the PM "Very dishonest & weak... Our Tariffs are in response to his of 270% on dairy!"

The intrigue: That last line could perk up ears at the World Trade Organization, as the White House had been saying that the U.S. tariffs are based on national security concerns. It was already a controversial justification, and Trump's tit-for-tat tweet creates new ammo for critics.

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Amid racial unrest, a test at the polls

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Eight states plus D.C. are holding primary elections today following a week of intense protests across the country over the brutal police killing of George Floyd.

Why it matters: It's the first major test for voting since the national outcry. Concerns over civil unrest and the police — as well as the coronavirus and expanded absentee voting — could reduce the number of voters showing up in person but heighten tensions for those who do.

Axios-Ipsos poll: America’s big racial divide on police, virus

Data: Ipsos/Axios survey; Note: ±3.2% margin of error; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

A new Axios-Ipsos poll finds that America has a massive racial gulf on each of our twin calamities — trust in police, and fear of the coronavirus.

  • 77% of whites say they trust local police, compared with just 36% of African Americans — one of many measures of a throbbing racial divide in Week 11 of the Axios-Ipsos Coronavirus Index, taken the week George Floyd was killed by a white policeman in Minneapolis.
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Updates: George Floyd protests nationwide

Police officers wearing riot gear push back demonstrators outside of the White House on Monday. Photo: Jose Luis Magana/AFP via Getty Images

Protests over the death of George Floyd and other police-related killings of black people continued for a seventh day across the U.S., with President Trump threatening on Monday to deploy the military if the unrest continues.

The latest: Four police officers were struck by gunfire while standing near a line in St Louis on Monday after a peaceful demonstration, Police Chief John Hayden said early Tuesday. They were all taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries. He said a small group of people had thrown rocks and fireworks at police officers.