5 Things for Tuesday
President Trump Meeting with Republican Leaders:
Today President Trump is set to meet with Republican congressional leaders at the White House about what’s up with the current legislative session. With lagging efforts concerning replacing Obamacare and current struggles with getting a tax reform package through, Mr. Trump will most likely be asking more from Republican leaders. The president also wants progress made on a future infrastructure proposal. Time is running out though, Congress is only scheduled to be in session for another 4 weeks before the recess on July 4th.
Heavy hitters are set to attend this meeting, including House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. It’ll be interesting to see what action will be taken, there’s surely a ton to discuss.
Rex Tillerson in New Zealand:
In his visit to New Zealand today, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was met with a cold welcome when around 200 protesters showed up to oppress their discontent with who they call “Trump’s henchman”. Tillerson will only be there for eight hours, but his motorcade was greeted by a slew of middle fingers, some members of U.S. media stating that they’ve never seen so many people flip the bird at an American motorcade.
Much of the discontent stemmed from the United States’ decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord.
Devastating Shooting in Orlando:
New details have come out regarding the fatal shooting at an Orlando business Monday morning. A former employee of Fiamma Inc., John Robert Neumann Jr., went into the building and singled out individuals who were his former co-workers. Five people in total were killed, including a man a year away from retiring and a single father of two. It wasn’t random, as the shooter told a temporary worker to flee the building before the senseless act began. He shot and killed himself when he was done.
A recent leak from a federal contractor has shaken up the NSA. 25-year-old Reality Leigh Winter was charged after leaking a secret document to The Intercept that contained information on a possible Russian military intelligence hack during the 2016 election. Government officials have had to face leaks like these constantly during the Trump administration, almost like trying to cover holes from a quickly deflating balloon with duct tape.
Today is the 73rd anniversary of D-Day, and an event of remembrance at the World War II memorial will honor the more than 9,000 Allied soldiers killed or wounded on that day. The 1944 invasion of the beaches Normandy thrusted 160,000 troops on the French coastline to fight Nazi Germany.