Apr 5, 2019

Trump drops Ron Vitiello, nominee for director of ICE

Ron Vitiello (right). Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

The White House has retracted its nomination of 30-year border official Ron Vitiello to lead U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the AP reports.

Details: The announcement was delivered to members of Congress on Thursday. Vitiello was expected to join President Trump on a planned trip to the U.S.-Mexico border on Friday, but will no longer attend, according to AP sources. Details are unclear as to why Trump pulled the nomination, however, the news comes after a week of warnings that he would shut the border entirely. Three sources with direct knowledge were unauthorized to speak on the record, per the AP.

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Dominic Cummings: "I respectfully disagree" that I broke U.K. lockdown rules

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Dominic Cummings, the top aide to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, defended himself Monday against allegations that he broke the U.K.'s coronavirus lockdown rules during a Downing Street press conference.

What he said: "I respectfully disagree. The legal rules do not necessarily cover all circumstances, especially the ones I found myself in."

Netanyahu says July 1 deadline for West Bank annexation won't change

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday at a Likud Party faction meeting at the Knesset, Israel's parliament, that his July 1 deadline for starting the process of annexation in the West Bank will not change, according to people in attendance.

Why it matters: The White House and the State Department have stressed over the last few weeks that the deadline set by Netanyahu is "not sacred" to the Trump administration — and that any discussion of annexation needs to be in the context of renewed Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

Trump threatens to move Republican convention from North Carolina if capacity reduced

President Trump on stage during the 2016 Republican National Convention in Ohio. Photo: Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call via Getty Images

President Trump threatened in a series of Monday tweets to move this summer's Republican National Convention from Charlotte if North Carolina's Democratic governor, Roy Cooper, doesn't allow the event to be held at full capacity.

The state of play: Mandy Cohen, the state's health and human services secretary, said last week that the GOP should "plan for the worst" as mass gatherings will be a "very big challenge" if the number of coronavirus cases in the state continues to increase, per NPR.