5 Things for Wednesday
The heat is rising surrounding relations with North Korea after the country tested a long-range missile during Independence Day, which they say is capable of reaching the U.S. This did not pose well for America, putting us quickly in defense mode as we teamed with South Korea to perform a missile drill that warned North Korea that the countries are not backing down.
It’s not completely clear what will happen at this point, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson recently said “global action is required to stop a global threat.” Maybe that will come into play during today’s emergency U.N. Security Council meeting requested by the United States, Japan, and South Korea.
President Donald Trump is leaving for Europe today, heading out on his second foreign trip. First, he is headed to Warsaw, Poland where he will deliver a speech. Poland’s minister of foreign affairs has come out and said they are concerned that the President will stop the presence of U.S. and NATO troops in Poland, so that should be a key discussion between the two countries (especially since Mr. Trump isn’t crazy about NATO in the first place).
After Poland, the President is headed to Germany for the big G-20 summit (focuses on the economies of 20 major countries) for a couple of days until he ends his week with the big event- sitting down for a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Louisiana recently refused to supply President Trump’s voter integrity commission with our state’s sensitive voter information, Secretary of State Tom Schedler calling it “federal intrusion and overreach”.
Well as it turns out, 43 other states did the exact same thing. The calls for information like social security numbers obviously crossed the line (Mississippi told the White House inquirers to "go jump in the Gulf of Mexico") and many just simply don’t see the point. The commission itself was put in place after the President claimed voter fraud diminished his presidential victory (did anybody let him know that he won?).
Rep. Clay Higgins has put himself in a bad light after he filmed a video of himself in a Nazi gas chamber at Auschwitz. In the video he uses the gas chambers as an example of the need for a strong U.S. military force stating the gas chamber killings only took about 20 minutes so the military “must be invincible”.
A post on the Auschwitz Memorial's official Twitter account said Tuesday that a former gas chamber is not a stage but a place where there should be silence (not quite the location for one of Mr. Higgins’ infamous videos). It will be interesting to see whether the congressman comments on this in the near future.
The man accused of kidnapping a University of Illinois grad student will be in court today for a bond hearing. Brendt Christensen was the last one seen with 26-year-old Yingying Zhang, who disappeared last month and is not believed to be alive. Even stranger, Christensen recently showed up at one of the vigils held after Zhang’s disappearance among her friends and family.