5 Things for Friday
President Trump in Sicily:
President Trump is finally in the last leg of his first foreign trip. It’s ending with a bang- Mr. Trump’s first G7 meeting. G7- essentially the “cool kids club” of foreign nations includes foreign leaders of the U.S., Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the U.K.
The group of heavy-hitters will meet in Sicily to discuss an array of issues. Most likely it will be a push-pull between the President and other foreign leaders. Mr. Trump wants a tougher stance on fighting terrorism and Japan to step up and put stricter restrictions on North Korea, while leader of the countries in Europe want Mr. Trump to be more open to climate change and trade. We’ll see how it goes.
The son-in-law of President Trump- Jared Kushner, has found himself in the limelight. Officials think Kushner has significant information relevant to the looming investigation into ties with Russia and plan to obtain it. Note that this does not mean Kushner is guilty of any crimes or being charged with anything, just another connection in the string of White House officials pressed for information.
In case you missed it, yesterday a federal appeals court decided to not put President Trump’s travel ban back in place. Despite the President revising the original ban- eliminating the mention of religion, lifting the ban on Iraq, and opening up to some travelers on a case by case basis, the appeals court still said the ban “drips with religious intolerance, animus and discrimination.”
Attorney General Jeff Sessions vowed to appeal, and now the case is headed to the Supreme Court. It will no doubt be one of the most heated cases they take up, if they decide to.
Montana Special Election Results:
If you were wondering if you could pick someone up by their neck and body-slam them to the ground the day before a Congressional election and still win, you can. Shockingly, after being charged with misdemeanor assault, Greg Gianforte won by 6 percent in the Montana election. In his victory speech, he did apologize to the Guardian reporter, who was probably staring at election results, broken glasses in hand, completely dumbfounded.
Memorial Day Weekend:
Memorial Day is just a few days away and events are already underway for those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. Just today in Cenla, Boy Scouts are headed to the Central Louisiana Veterans Cemetery to put flags on each burial site in Leesville. This weekend, more flags will be put at the Alexandria National Cemetery to honor those who fought for our freedom.
So as we take time on this long weekend to relax and spend time with family and friends, try not to forget the true reason we celebrate this holiday.