May 26, 2017

Trump was the only G7 leader not to endorse Paris deal

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On the second-to-last-day of Trump's first foreign trip, he was the only leader of the G7 leaders to not endorse the Paris Agreement to lower carbon emissions as the G7 leaders met in Taormina, Sicily in Italy. The six other leaders confirmed "our commitment and our determination" to the Paris Accord. The U.S. confirmed "a period of reflection" on the deal.

Clarification: Gary Cohn stepped in front of that and said, "I think [Trump]'s leaning to understand the European position. Look as you know from the U.S., there's very strong views on both sides." (Check out Axios' Amy Harder's breakdown on the competing interests.) Cohn added, "His views are evolving, he came here to learn and get smarter…His basis for decision ultimately will be what's best for the United States."

On ISIS: All seven leaders signed a measure to put pressure on internet and media sites to do more in stopping the spread of "hateful ideology," and all agreed the threat from ISIS "is evolving rather than disappearing," stepping behind Britain in the wake of the Manchester terrorist attack.

Trump was the last leader to arrive to the G7 meeting, per a pool report. Still, later in the day while overlooking the sea, "at one point all leaders were gathered around POTUS, listening to him, laughing at times," although the pool couldn't hear what was said.

The who's who of the G7: Italian Prime Minister Gentiloni, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau, French President Macron, German Chancellor Merkel, U.K. Prime Minister May, and, of course, POTUS Trump. Also at the meeting: European Commission President Juncker, European Council President Tusk.

Here's the rundown of what else went down Friday and what we learned today from POTUS:

  1. Trump kicked off his day with a bilateral meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to discuss North Korea and terrorism, and they agreed to enhance sanctions on North Korea according to the readout of the call. Trump said he and Abe had "developed a great friendship" and Abe congratulated Trump on his first successful foreign trip. 1 fun thing from Shinzo Abe: "There is one unfortunate thing I have to confess, this time around we will not be able to play golf together."
  2. On the attack on Christians in Egypt: Trump's statement: "…[T]his attack also steels our resolve to bring nations together for the righteous purpose of crushing the evil organizations of terror, and exposing their depraved, twisted, and thuggish ideology."
  3. On Gianforte winning the House race in Montana: Trump said, "Great win in Montana."
  4. On Russia: Cohn clarified, "We're not lowering our sanctions on Russia. If anything we would probably look to get tougher on Russia."
  5. On yesterday's comments about Germany: When Trump was asked, "Did you say that Germany is very bad?" Trump said nothing. Later Friday Cohn clarified Trump's Thursday comment: "He said they're very bad on trade but he doesn't have a problem with Germany."
  6. On Trump's support for Macron: When asked if Trump said he supported Macron over candidate Marine Le Pen in France's presidential election, Cohn said, "I don't have a comment on that."

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Coronavirus antibody tests are still relatively unreliable, and scientists still aren't sure whether people who get the virus are immune to getting it again, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cautioned on Tuesday.

What they're saying: The agency explicitly warned against using antibody tests to determine whether someone should return to work or to group people within schools or prisons.

Trump accuses Twitter of interfering in 2020 election

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President Trump responded via tweets Tuesday evening to Twitter fact-checking him for the first time on his earlier unsubstantiated posts claiming mail-in ballots in November's election would be fraudulent.

What he's saying: "Twitter is now interfering in the 2020 Presidential Election.They are saying my statement on Mail-In Ballots, which will lead to massive corruption and fraud, is incorrect, based on fact-checking by Fake News CNN and the Amazon Washington Post," the president tweeted. "Twitter is completely stifling FREE SPEECH, and I, as President, will not allow it to happen!"

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  5. Business: How the new workplace could leave parents behind.
  6. Tech: Twitter fact-checks Trump's tweets about mail-in voting for first timeGoogle to open offices July 6 for 10% of workers.
  7. Public health: CDC releases guidance on when you can be around others after contracting the coronavirus.
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