Jul 2, 2018

Trump says he's "interviewed" four potential Supreme Court picks

Trump and Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte ahead of their meeting. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Ahead of his meeting with the Prime Minister of the Netherlands, Mark Rutte, President Trump said he interviewed with four potential Supreme Court picks Monday, and will meet with two or three others before announcing his decision on Monday.

Why it matters: The behind-the-scenes plotting to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, who retired on Wednesday, has happened a rapid pace. Trump and Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell have been pushing to get Kennedy's replacement confirmed prior to the midterm elections, despite pushback from Democrats to wait until after November.

Highlights: Trump also weighed in on Mexican President-elect Andrés López Obrador's victory, and discussed Axios' reporting that the president wants to abandon key aspects of the World Trade Organization.

  • Trump said he spoke with AMLO for about 30 minutes on trade, border security and the possibility of a Mexico-U.S. trade deal. "I think the relationship will be a very good one," Trump said.
  • On abandoning the WTO: Trump says the administration is not "planning anything now," but warned that if the organization doesn't "treat us properly," than the administration will take action.

Go deeper

Clyburn: Sanders' "socialist" label will be "extra burden" in House races

Clyburn with Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images

House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) said on ABC's "This Week" Sunday that Sen. Bernie Sanders' identification as a democratic socialist may be an "extra burden" in down-ballot House races if he were to win the Democratic nomination.

Why it matters: Clyburn's comments echo fears from many establishment Democrats, who worry the House majority they won in 2018 by taking moderate seats carried by President Trump could be at risk with Sanders at the top of the ticket.

O'Brien rejects intelligence report of Russia effort to re-elect Trump

National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien. Photo: Chris Usher/CBS via Getty Images

White House national security adviser Robert O'Brien repeatedly rejected on ABC's "This Week" an assessment from a congressional briefing led by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence that Russia is interfering in the 2020 election to help President Trump get re-elected.

Why it matters: The report put the Trump administration under fresh scrutiny in regard to steps it has been taking to combat the kind of interference that the U.S. encountered in 2016.

Go deeperArrowUpdated 34 mins ago - Politics & Policy

Italy becomes site of largest coronavirus outbreak outside of Asia

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens.

The novel coronavirus has spread to more nations as South Korea and Italy step up emergency measures in their countries amid rising case numbers on Sunday.

The big picture: COVID-19 has killed at least 2,462 people and infected almost 79,000 others, mostly in mainland China. South Korea increased the infectious disease alert to red, the highest possible, as its case numbers jumped to 602 and the death toll to five. Italy's government announced emergency measures as it confirmed a spike from three to 132 cases in matter of days, making it the largest outbreak outside of Asia.

Go deeperArrowUpdated 2 hours ago - Health