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News Wrap: Pompeo pledges efforts to counter Russian interference in 2018

Editor's Note: In the news wrap, it was incorrectly reported that President Trump was sued by seven people who had been blocked from viewing the site. They were blocked from seeing the president's tweets or communicating with him on the site.

In our news wrap Wednesday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo insisted the Trump administration will not tolerate Russian interference in the 2018 elections. He told the House Foreign Affairs Committee that there will be "appropriate countermeasures" -- but gave no details. Also, Georgia voters made history when they chose Stacey Abrams as the first-ever female, African-American gubernatorial candidate.

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  • Judy Woodruff:

    From President Trump today, a new demand on the Russia investigation. He said he wants, "Total transparency" on whether an FBI informant spied on his campaign.

    At the same time, former intelligence chief James Clapper says he now believes Russian meddling won Mr. Trump the White House. We will talk to Clapper after the news summary.

    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo insisted today that the Trump administration will not tolerate Russian interference in the 2018 elections. He told the House Foreign Affairs Committee that there will be appropriate countermeasures, but he gave no details.

  • Mike Pompeo:

    We have not been able to achieve deterrence, effective deterrence, with some of these efforts with the Russians, but this administration has taken enormous efforts to push back against Russia that haven't been done in an awfully long time, either here in the United States or, frankly, from our partners who are more threatened by Russia than we are in Europe and elsewhere.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    The Democrats voiced doubts about the Trump team's efforts on election interference.

    New York Congressman Eliot Engel said the administration is — quote — "giving Russia a pass."

    A string of Southern and border states held primaries on Tuesday, and voters made some history.

    Lisa Desjardins has our report.

  • Lisa Desjardins:

    In Georgia, a historic primary night.

  • Stacey Abrams:

    Now let's go get it done.

  • Lisa Desjardins:

    As Democrats picked Stacey Abrams, a former statehouse leader, as the country's first female African-American nominee for governor from either major party.

  • Stacey Abrams:

    We are writing the next chapter of Georgia's future.

  • Lisa Desjardins:

    Abrams' strategy, notably, is not about the middle. It's more about the base, increasing registration and voting among minorities and the poor.

    Meanwhile, Georgia Republicans are moving to the right, with a run-off between two candidates pushing hard on immigration, Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle and Secretary of State Brian Kemp.

  • Narrator:

    Criminal illegal aliens are spreading across the country.

  • Brian Kemp:

    I got a big truck, just in case I need to round up criminal illegals and take them home myself.

  • Lisa Desjardins:

    Another first last night, in Texas, Lupe Valdez became the first Latina and first openly gay person to win a party nomination for the state's governor.

    Overall, it was another banner night for Democratic women, including two first-time candidates winning key congressional races in Texas and one pulling off an upset in Kentucky, all three seen as potentials to take over Republican seats.

    The midterms, and his own agenda, were clearly on President Trump's mind as he addressed abortion rights opponents in Washington last night.

  • President Donald Trump:

    But if Democrats gain power, they will try to reverse these incredible gains. These are historic gains. They will try and reverse many of them. So your vote in 2018 is every bit as important as your vote in 2016, although I'm not sure I really believe that, but you know…

  • Lisa Desjardins:

    For the "PBS NewsHour," I'm Lisa Desjardins.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    And we will talk to one of Tuesday's big winners, Georgia's Stacey Abrams, a little later in the program.

    As the 2018 campaign heats up, President Trump is calling for radical changes in foreign aid to curb illegal immigration. In Bethpage, New York, today, he talked of slashing aid to countries whose citizens enter the U.S. illegally. He didn't say which nations he had in mind.

    There's word that presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner has now obtained a permanent security clearance. That was widely reported today. Kushner is serving as senior adviser on the Middle East, but he was temporarily barred from access to secrets as his FBI background check dragged on.

    The president is promising a decision soon on whether the U.S.-North Korea summit takes place as planned. For now, Mr. Trump is set to meet with North Korea's leader, Kim Jong-un, on June 12 in Singapore. He suggested yesterday that the summit might be postponed, and he was asked about it again today.

  • President Donald Trump:

    It could happen, could very well happen, but whatever it is, we will know next week about Singapore. And if we go, I think it will be great thing for North Korea. Someday, a date will happen. It could very well be June 12.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    Meanwhile, foreign journalists headed to North Korea's remote nuclear test site today. Pyongyang has invited them to watch as it demolishes the underground facility.

    The U.S. State Department says that a diplomatic staffer in China has reported what it calls abnormal sensations of sound and pressure. It happened at the U.S. Consulate in the southern city of Guangzhou. The department says the symptoms were similar to a mild concussion. The same unexplained ailment affected a number of Americans in Cuba last year.

    On the China trade talks, President Trump said today that negotiations are — quote — "moving along nicely." But he suggested the two sides need a different structure to govern trade relations. Otherwise, he said, in an early morning tweet: "This will be too hard to get done and to verify results."

    For now, the U.S. and China have suspended plans for new tariffs.

    A federal judge in New York ruled today the president violates his critics' free speech rights when he bars them from his Twitter account. He was sued last July by seven people who'd been blocked from viewing the site. The Justice Department said it disagrees with the court's ruling, and is considering an appeal.

    And on Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrial average gained 52 points to close at 24886. The Nasdaq rose 47 points, and the S&P 500 added eight.

    Still to come on the "NewsHour," I sit down with former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper after the president calls him out; new NFL penalties for kneeling during the national anthem; why many patients can't get the cure for hepatitis C; and much more.

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