In our news wrap Wednesday, President Trump sharply criticized a federal judge who blocked his decision to end the DACA program. Also, federal immigration agents showed up at nearly 100 7-11 convenience stores to make arrests and check employee immigration statuses. Officials say it was the largest such operation since President Trump took office last year -- and “the first of many.”
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In the day’s other news- President Trump sharply criticized a federal judge who blocked his decision to end the DACA program. It protects young immigrants brought here illegally from deportation.
In a tweet today, Mr. Trump said, “It just shows everyone how broken and unfair our court system is.”
Federal immigration agents showed up today at nearly 100 7-Eleven convenience stores nationwide. They ran checks on employees’ immigration status and arrested 21 people. U.S. officials say that it was the largest such operation since President Trump took office, and they say — quote — “the first of many.”
There is word that President Trump will not reimpose broad-based sanctions on Iran, at least, not yet. The Associated Press and others are reporting that he is expected to announce the decision by a Friday deadline. That’s despite his criticism of the 2015 nuclear deal. But the reports say he will restore some targeted sanctions on specific businesses and individuals.
A new diplomatic effort on North Korea appeared to gain momentum today. Both President Trump and South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in said they are open to direct talks with North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un. In Seoul, Moon said that Mr. Trump’s tough stance led to yesterday’s North-South talks, and could yet pave the way to a summit with Kim.
President Moon Jae-in (through interpreter):
I think President Trump deserves big credit for bringing the inter-Korean talks. I keep myself open to any meeting, including the summit with North Korea, if it’s helpful for an improvement of South-North relations or a settlement of the North Korean nuclear issue.
In Washington, President Trump welcomed yesterday’s North-South meeting and said — quote — “Who knows where it leads?”
The White House said that U.S. talks with the North are possible, at the appropriate time, under the right circumstances.
Senate Democrats are out with a report that warns Russia is intensifying efforts to undermine democracy in the U.S. and Europe. It argues President Trump has offered no response, and declares — quote — “Never before has a U.S. president so clearly ignored such a grave and growing threat to U.S. national security.”
We will discuss election security with two leading senators from both parties later in the program.
Another veteran of Congress says that he will not seek reelection. California Republican Representative Darrell Issa announced today that he will retire after nine terms. He had once chaired the House Oversight Committee, and was a dogged critic of the Obama administration. So far, 35 Republicans and 16 Democrats have announced that they will leave Congress or seek other offices.
New York City today sued five oil giants over global warming. The suit named BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil and Royal Dutch Shell. Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city wants to recoup billions of dollars in costs related to climate change.
And on Wall Street today, the Dow Jones industrial average lost 16 points to close at 25,369. The Nasdaq rose 10 points, and the S&P 500 slipped three.