President Donald Trump will be heading home from Japan Tuesday after stopping aboard a U.S. warship to give a Memorial Day speech to U.S. forces. Trump will land aboard on two vessels near a base in nearby Yokosuka. One is the Japanese destroyer J.S. Kaga where he’ll be joined by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The other is the USS Wasp, a multipurpose amphibious assault ship where he’ll deliver Memorial Day remarks to the troops. Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako also are expected to visit with Trump and first lady Melania Trump.
Donald Trump on Wednesday terminated a meeting with Democratic leaders after just a few minutes, saying he refuses to work with them on an infrastructure plan unless they stop investigating him and lift the threat of impeachment. Democrats quickly fired back, claiming that the US president had planned the stunt in advance and what happened at the White House would “make your jaw drop”. In a snap 10-minute press conference in the Rose Garden, just outside the Oval Office, Trump condemned the House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, after she told reporters that he was “engaging in a cover-up”.
After months of oscillating speculation, followed by a long ramp up that drew out uncomfortable reassessments of his long public career, former Vice President Joe Biden has announced that he will run for president in 2020. The 76-year-old former Delaware senator immediately becomes a top contender vying for the Democratic nomination, four years after passing on a bid for the White House in the wake of his son Beau’s death. Biden is the 20th candidate to enter the Democratic primary race.
Former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld says he is seeking the Republican nomination against President Donald Trump in 2020. Weld said Monday in announcing his candidacy that “it is time to return to the principles of Lincoln — equality, dignity and opportunity for all. Weld was the 2016 Libertarian vice presidential nominee. He served two terms as Massachusetts governor in the 1990s. Weld’s move makes Trump the first incumbent president since George H.W. Bush in 1992 to face a notable primary challenge.
Kamala Harris announced Monday that she is running for president in 2020, arguing that the time has come to fight against what she views as the injustices of the past two years of the Trump presidency. Harris is the first African-American woman to announce a run for the White House in 2020, and the fourth woman in the field. While avoiding directly engaging Trump, Harris has accused the President of stoking racist and xenophobic rhetoric, while aligning his administration with white supremacists at home, and cozying up to dictators abroad.
Former President George H.W. Bush who died on Friday at the age of 94 will be laid to rest on Thursday in his presidential library in College Station, Texas in a military service. The 41st president of the US began serving his term in office in 1989 after serving as Ronald Reagan’s vice president.
Nearly 3,000 mourners gathered on Wednesday at the Washington National Cathedral to pay their respects to the 41st President of the US George H.W. Bush. Bush was called ‘America’s last great soldier-statesman.’ Former president George W. Bush called his father ‘a great and noble man.’ Wednesday was declared a national day of mourning.
On Monday, president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt enacted a law that imposes strict new regulations on aid groups, stoking fears that his government intends to accelerate its harsh crackdown on human rights activists before a presidential election scheduled for next year. The law was approved in November but Sisi was hesitant to sign it as the USA said that if the law were signed they would restrict American aid to the region, but recently Mr. Sisi has appeared emboldened by a burgeoning friendship with President Trump, who has hailed the Egyptian strongman as a “fantastic guy” and indicated that he did not intend to allow human rights issues to sour their relationship.
On Thursday, President Michael Temer of Brazil said in a five minute speech broadcast nationwide regarding a Supreme Court decision authorizing an investigation into allegations he condoned bribery of a potential witness in a major corruption probe, that he had done nothing wrong and would not resign from the presidency. He claimed his presidency was helping turn around Brazil’s economy and he welcomed an investigation so he could prove his innocence. “I did not buy the silence of anyone,” Temer said, referring to the allegations made against him. “I will not resign.”