In our news wrap Friday, the family of Arizona senator John McCain announced that he is ending treatment for his aggressive form of brain cancer. Also, President Trump postponed an upcoming visit to North Korea by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, declaring on Twitter a lack of “sufficient progress” with Korean denuclearization, and Hurricane Lane inundated Hawaii with heavy rains and strong surf.
Arizona Senator John McCain is ending medical treatment for his aggressive brain cancer. He was diagnosed last year with a serious tumor known as a glioblastoma. The six-term Republican is 81 and has been away from the Capitol since December.
McCain was held as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, elected to the U.S. Senate in 1986, and won the GOP presidential nomination in 2008.
In a statement today, McCain's family thank caregivers, family and friends for their support. They added, "John has surpassed expectations for his survival, but the progress of disease and the inexorable advance of age render their verdict."
The longtime financial chief of the Trump business organization, Allen Weisselberg, has reportedly been granted legal immunity. It grew out of the probe surrounding the president's former lawyer, Michael Cohen.
We will discuss what this development may mean for the president after the news summary.
Meanwhile, President Trump says he has canceled upcoming nuclear talks with North Korea. Today, Mr. Trump announced on Twitter that he has delayed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's trip to Pyongyang, which was slated for next week.
He wrote — quote — "We are not making sufficient progress with respect to denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. He added "Because of our much tougher trading stance with China, I do not believe they are helping with the process of denuclearization."
Administration officials say the president coordinated with Secretary Pompeo. But the "NewsHour" has learned that the announcement came as a surprise elsewhere in the administration at the Pentagon. Staffers there working on North Korea were meeting to prepare for the Pompeo trip as the president tweeted his decision."
Mr. Trump said Pompeo will likely make the trip to North Korea after U.S.-China trade talks are resolved. The latest round of those talks in Washington this week found no resolution to that dispute.
Hurricane Lane is spinning near Hawaii, dumping torrential rains on the Big Island. Crews responded to landslides, and officials reported catastrophic flooding caused by more than 30 inches of rain in 48 hours.
The storm did weekend and slow today. It's expected to turn west on Saturday and could skirt the most populated island of Oahu. But even without a direct hit, forecasters warned of the danger.
Set expectations. They're called disasters because stuff is broken after the after the fact. And citizens need to realize that we're looking at major hurricane impacts and things are going to break. And we need to set the expectations that the power could go on for quite some time and the infrastructure is going to be heavily impacted.
The storm has caused numerous road closures. And the National Guard has rescued six people trapped in a flooded home on the Big Island.
The former head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been arrested on a sex abuse charge. Dr. Thomas Frieden was taken into custody in New York this morning and appeared in court this afternoon. He's charged with forcible touching, sex abuse and harassment for allegedly groping a woman at his home last October. He's been ordered to stay away from the woman.
In a statement, Frieden said the allegation — quote — "doesn't reflect his values."
In Australia, lawmakers have picked Treasurer Scott Morrison to be the next prime minister, capping a week of political turmoil. He replaces Malcolm Turnbull, who was ousted by his party amid a feud between hard-right conservatives and moderates. In all, 13 ministers resigned and the Parliament was shut down for an afternoon.
After he was sworn in, Morrison promised to bring stability.
Today, our team needs to — after the events of this week and how that's impacted on them, they have gone back to their electorates. They have gone back to their families, and they're going to listen and they're going to bring things back to us. And where there needs to be changes, they will be made. And where there needs to be continuity, then that will be maintained.
It is the fourth time since 2010 that an Australian prime minister has been forced from office by his or her own party.
In South Africa today, the government summoned the top U.S. diplomat in the country over a tweet from President Trump. Early yesterday, Mr. Trump tweeted about alleged seizures of white-owned farms and — quote — "large-scale killing of farmers."
South Africa said the claims, which have been repeated by white nationalists, are based on false information. Officials told the U.S. envoy they were disappointed.
In neighboring Zimbabwe, the Constitutional Court has up held Emmerson Mnangagwa's victory in last month's historic presidential election. The opposition had challenged the results over allegations of vote-rigging. The court said there wasn't enough evidence of those claims.
And as supporters celebrated outside the ruling party's headquarters, Mnangagwa well on Twitter urged peace and unity.
The Trump administration is cutting more than $200 million in bilateral aid to the Palestinians. The State Department said today that the funds will be redirected to — quote — "high-priority projects elsewhere."
The announcement came as the U.S. prepares to roll out a much anticipated peace plan between Israel and the Palestinians.
And there were more records broken on Wall Street today. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 133 points to close at 25,790. The Nasdaq rose 67 points to 7945, a record high. And the S&P 500 added almost 18 points to close at 2874. That's also a record. For the week, the Dow and the S&P 500 both gained a fraction of a percent. The Nasdaq rose just over 1.5 .
Still to come on the "NewsHour", what legal immunity for a senior Trump Organization executive means for the Mueller probe; U.S.-supported airstrikes blamed for civilian casualties in Yemen; David Brooks and Ezra Klein weigh in on the crimes committed by Trump associates; and much more.
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