Nov 16, 2017

White House: Trump believes Moore's fate is "up to the people of Alabama"

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders during her daily press briefing. Photo: Evan Vucci / AP

Press Secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters Thursday that President Trump believes the allegations against Roy Moore "are very troubling, and takes them very seriously," but the people of Alabama should decide who they want to represent them in the Senate.

She reiterated: Trump "firmly believes" that if the allegations are true, "then he should step aside."

Sexual harassment:
  • How are the current sexual harassment allegations different from those against Trump? "I think the president has, certainly a lot more insight into what he personally did or didn't do."
  • Will Trump campaign with Moore? "Not that I'm aware of."
  • On allegations against Sen. Al Franken: "It appears the Senate is looking into that and we believe that is an appropriate action."
Asia Trip:
  • Trade with China: "The president knows that there hasn't been fair and reciprocal trade with China ... he's been very clear directly with President Xi which he'll continue to be."
  • Does Trump believe Putin would lie to his face? "As the President said many times before, he doesn't think it's helpful to get into a back-and-forth argument with Vladimir Putin, but he does think there are places where we can work with Russia."
Other highlights:
  • Kushner's involvement in WikiLeaks and Russia emails: Kushner's spokesman will make a statement on that shortly.
  • Uranium One deal: "The president hasn't directed any investigation or the appointment of a special counsel."

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Major U.S. cities have implemented curfews and called on National Guard to mobilize as thousands of demonstrators gather across the nation to continue protesting the death of George Floyd.

The state of play: Hundreds have already been arrested as tensions continue to rise between protesters and local governments. Protesters are setting police cars on fire as freeways remain blocked and windows are shattered, per the Washington Post. Law enforcement officials are using tear gas and rubber bullets to try to disperse crowds and send protesters home.

Trump to invite Russia and other non-member G7 countries to summit

President Trump at Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Saturday. Photo: Saul Martinez/Getty Images

President Trump told reporters on Saturday evening he would postpone the G7 summit to September and expand the meeting to more nations that are not members of the Group of 7.

Details: Trump said he would invite Russia, South Korea, Australia and India to the summit, according to a pool report. "I don’t feel that as a G7 it properly represents what’s going on in the world. It’s a very outdated group of countries," he said.