5 Things for Monday
Since President Trump’s return from his second foreign trip, some have been wondering how it all went- especially his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The meeting was closed-doors, but immediately after Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov was quickly in front of a camera, pronouncing that our President had accepted Putin’s denial of Russian interference in the U.S. election. There was no such press for the United States though, so rumors swirled. While the White House later denied Lavrov claims, it was the Russians that first controlled the narrative.
The President also recently talked about the possibility of cyber security unit with Russia, tweeting:
“Putin & I discussed forming an impenetrable Cyber Security unit so that election hacking, & many other negative things, will be guarded..”
But since that tweet, Mr. Trump has backed down on that claim, tweeting:
"The fact that President Putin and I discussed a Cyber Security unit doesn't mean I think it can happen. It can't-but a ceasefire can,& did!"
So I guess we’ll just have to see how that all plays out.
Senator Bill Cassidy took to Fox News on Sunday to discuss the GOP’s latest efforts at crafting a new health care plan. Cassidy said “We don't know what the plan is. Clearly, the draft plan is dead,” when asked about the Senate’s recent proposal. He also put the odds of getting a new bill passed in the next 3 weeks as a 50-50. The senator did mention that if the Senate fails to pass something, simply repealing Obamacare without a replacement would be a “non-starter”. We’ll just have to see the changes to the health care plan and see if Senator Cassidy has an official stance on it.
Later today state legislators will be coming to Pineville to discuss the outcomes of the legislative session that recently wrapped up. The event will place members of the legislature face-to-face with their constituents to answer questions about how the new policies will affect the Cenla area. We will be there later today to cover the luncheon so be sure to tune back in.
It has been a good couple of weeks in terms of jobs and the economy in the United States. The jobs report released late last week showed that the U.S. added 222,000 jobs in June, way more than the predictions were saying. This makes last month the 81st consecutive month with job gains, and wages also grew.
On top on that, in a survey released yesterday it was revealed that gas prices are falling. Gas dropped a cent and a half in the past two weeks, accounting for an average price per gallon of $2.31. This is due to a large amount of oil being produced in the U.S., running at high capacity.
Questions are swirling this morning after a man and a young girl were found at the bottom of a hotel pool in New Orleans. It was confirmed that it was the man’s 24th birthday, but no other details have come out including the girl’s age. Of course we’ll be keeping track of this story throughout the day, so be sure to keep an eye out for any new information.