Nightly Rundown: Israel and Palestine, Russia, And More

Good evening, here’s what happened today.

  • The White House hosts Israel

President Donald J. Trump today hosted Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel today in Washington, where they discussed Middle East policy, most significantly the Israel-Palestinian conflict. The two leaders held a joint press conference at the White House, where most notably President Trump said that he has no preference as to whether Israel and Palestine pursue a one or two-state solution.

To read more about the meeting, click here

  • Russia denies New York Times report

Today Russia denounced a report by the New York Times that senior Russian intelligence officers had contacted President Trump and his campaign staff members the year before the U.S. presidential election. President Trump fired back at the report and called the leaks “Very un-American!”

  • Andrew Puzder withdraws from confirmation

President Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of labor after mounting fear that he would not be confirmed. The news was a high point for Senate Democrats and Democrats everywhere, who thought that Mr. Puzder’s treatment of workers and his opposition to increasing the minimum wage was enough to make him unfit for the office.

  • President Trump housing discrimination files published

Today the F.B.I. released hundreds upon hundreds of pages of files on an investigation during the 1970’s that looked into racial discrimination in apartment renting President Donald Trump’s real estate company.

  • Admiral asked to be Flynn’s replacement

Today President Donald Trump asked retired Vice Admiral Robert Howard to be his new national security adviser, following the resignation of General Michael Flynn amid scandal, about his talks with Russia. “The president is currently evaluating a group of very strong candidates that will be considered to fill the national security adviser position permanently and is confident in the ability of General Kellogg, decorated and distinguished veterans of the United States Army” White House press secretary Sean Spicer said today.

 

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