Jun 9, 2018 - Politics

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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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."

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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

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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.