5 things you need to know now
5 things you need to know now
  • Trump targets 8 countries in new indefinite travel ban

  • Jared Kushner used private email account for White House business

  • Merkel wins 4th term as German chancellor

  • Trump redoubles attacks on kneeling NFL players

  • Trump escalates Korea rhetoric, sends bombers in show of force

On Sunday evening, President Trump issued a presidential proclamation placing indefinite travel restrictions on visitors from eight nations: Chad, Libya, Syria, Yemen, North Korea, Venezuela, Iran, and Somalia. Sudan was dropped from Trump's original travel bans, the latter of which expired Sunday, while Chad, North Korea, and Venezuela were added. The proclamation, which Trump administration officials say carries the weight of an executive order, spells out different restrictions for different countries, ranging from total bans for North Korea, Syria, Libya, Yemen, and Chad to just a ban on Venezuelan government officials and their families. It goes into effect Oct. 18. Trump's ban on refugees will be addressed separately.

Source: The New York Times, The Washington Post

Jared Kushner, President Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, has used a private email address he set up after the election to communication about White House matters with other administration officials, Politico reported Sunday and Kushner's lawyer, Abbe Lowell, confirmed. Kushner set up the private family domain and new email addresses in December. "Fewer than 100 emails from January through August were either sent to or returned by Mr. Kushner to colleagues in the White House from his personal email account," Lowell said, and to comply with the Presidential Records Act, Kushner forwarded all non-personal emails to his White House account. During the 2016 campaign, Trump relentlessly hammered opponent Hillary Clinton for her use of private email while secretary of state.

Source: Politico, The Associated Press

Germans voted Sunday to give Chancellor Angela Merkel her fourth term in office. Her center-right Christian Democratic Union (CDU) won 32.5 percent of Bundestag seats, the single largest parliamentary block, with which it will form a coalition government. Exit polling suggests the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party — which campaigned on a populist, anti-immigration message — will claim about 13.5 percent of the vote. This marks rapid growth for AfD and makes the it the third-largest of the six parties represented in the Bundestag. Merkel told supporters she had hoped for a "better result" and expects to meet "extraordinary challenges" in her new term.

Source: NBC News, The Independent

President Trump redoubled his attacks on NFL players who kneel during the national anthem with tweets Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning — amid broad backlash from pro athletes and other observers. "If a player wants the privilege of making millions of dollars in the NFL, or other leagues, he or she should not be allowed to disrespect our Great American Flag (or Country) and should stand for the National Anthem," Trump tweeted in two parts Saturday. Early Sunday, he encouraged "NFL fans [to] refuse to go to games until players stop disrespecting our Flag & Country" and claimed this boycott has already begun on a significant scale.

Source: Donald J. Trump, The Hill

President Trump again referred to Kim Jong Un as "Little Rocket Man" in a tweet Saturday night, the third iteration of the president's favorite new insult in his war of words with the North Korean leader. "Just heard Foreign Minister of North Korea speak at U.N.," Trump wrote. "If he echoes thoughts of Little Rocket Man, they won't be around much longer!" The post came hours after a group of U.S. bombers and fighter escorts flew well north of the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea, staying over international waters but making a clear show of force toward Pyongyang. The Pentagon characterized the flight as a demonstration "that the president has many military options to defeat any threat."

Source: Reuters, Politico
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