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Friday's News: Sources say the formal whistleblower complaint about President Trump involves Ukraine, the Pentagon is weighing sending military assets to the Middle East after the strike on Saudi Arabia's oil facilities, and it remains unclear whether President Trump will sign a gun bill if Congress passes one.

Whistleblower complaint about President Trump involves Ukraine, according to two people familiar with the matter by The Washington Post's Ellen Nakashima, Shane Harris, Greg Miller and Carol Leonnig

"A whistleblower complaint about President Trump made by an intelligence official centers on Ukraine, according to two people familiar with the matter, which has set off a struggle between Congress and the executive branch." https://wapo.st/2mqYKuN

Pentagon Weighs Sending More Military Assets to Mideast by The Wall Street Journal's Gordon Lubold and Nancy Youssef

"The Pentagon is considering sending additional antimissile batteries, another squadron of jet fighters and added surveillance capabilities to the Middle East to shore up the military’s regional presence in the wake of the attack last weekend on Saudi Arabia’s petroleum industry, U.S. military officials said." https://on.wsj.com/2m3Vs06

Senate Republicans indicate willingness to pass a gun bill, but will Trump sign it? with the PBS NewsHour's Lisa Desjardins and Amna Nawaz

"White House officials have been meeting with Republicans in Congress about a potential plan for a gun bill. While President Trump hasn't weighed in on what sort of proposal he would back, Republican senators are feeling pressure to take some action on the issue." https://to.pbs.org/2msWumV

Here are key topics in the US-China trade talks with CNBC's Kayla Tausche

"A Chinese delegation about 30 officials deep has been meeting with U.S. trade officials led by the Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Jeffrey Gerrish. The Chinese side is led by its Vice Minister of Finance Liao Min." https://cnb.cx/2mr4zsa

After Resisting, McConnell and Senate G.O.P. Back Election Security Funding by The New York Times's Carl Hulse

"Facing mounting criticism for blocking proposals to bolster election security, Senator Mitch McConnell on Thursday threw his weight behind a new infusion of $250 million to help states guard against outside interference in the 2020 voting." https://nyti.ms/2krjkdJ