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President Trump met Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday before the weekend Group of 7 summit, which Trump now plans to skip early.
President Trump met Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday before the weekend Group of 7 summit, which Trump now plans to skip early. (Susan Walsh / Associated Press)

President Trump will leave the weekend Group of 7 summit early, the White House announced Thursday night amid an intensifying battle over his decision to impose tariffs on some of the United States' closest allies.

The White House announcement followed Trump’s tweets earlier in the evening attacking Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the summit host, and French President Emmanuel Macron, who will attend, for criticizing him over the tariffs.

Trump is to fly to the two-day summit in Quebec on Friday but now plans to depart earlier, at 10:30 a.m. Eastern time on Saturday. He will travel directly to Singapore, ahead of his scheduled meeting there with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Monday night.

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Federal law enforcement officials seized several years’ worth of email and phone records from a reporter who currently works for the New York Times, the paper reported Thursday.

The seized material does not include the contents of the emails, but does include customer records from Verizon and Google covering two email accounts and a phone used by the reporter, Ali Watkins.

The seizures would mark the first known time that the Justice Department under President Trump has authorized prosecutors to obtain a reporter’s records as part of a leak investigation.

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President Trump greets French President Emmanuel Macron in April.
President Trump greets French President Emmanuel Macron in April. (Carolyn Kaster / Associated Press)

It may or may not be a trade war. But it’s definitely a Twitter war. Between friends.

On the eve of the annual summit of the so-called G-7 economic powers in Quebec, President Trump traded thinly veiled insults over trade with French President Emmanuel Macron, who has worked to be one of Trump’s closest friends on the world stage — to little avail.

Trump also took a shot at another ally, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, following Trudeau’s criticisms of the president’s tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.

During his campaign, Donald Trump lashed U.S. presidents for cutting “stupid” foreign deals, alleging that they gave too much away to allies and adversaries alike, and insisted “the world is laughing at America's politicians.”

House Republicans emerged from a meeting Thursday morning without clear agreement on immigration legislation, opening the door for a group of moderate lawmakers to move forward with a maneuver to force a vote — over GOP leaders’ objections — on the divisive issue.

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President Trump on Wednesday commuted the sentence of Alice Johnson, a woman serving a life sentence for a nonviolent drug offense whose cause was championed last week by Kim Kardashian West during a visit to the Oval Office.

House Speaker Paull D. Ryan (R-Wis.) and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield), right, in Washington on May 16.
House Speaker Paull D. Ryan (R-Wis.) and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield), right, in Washington on May 16. (J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press)

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) is agreeing with another senior House Republican who says there's no evidence that the FBI planted a “spy” in President Trump's 2016 campaign. 

The comments contradict Trump, who has insisted the agency planted a “spy for political reasons and to help Crooked Hillary win.” 

Both Ryan and House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) attended a classified briefing last month following reports that the FBI used an informant in its Russian meddling probe. Gowdy said afterward he was convinced that “the FBI did exactly what my fellow citizens would want them to do” and he didn't see evidence of a spy. 

(Jabin Botsford / Washington Post)

President Trump blasted "the Fake News Media" in two tweets early Wednesday for fanning speculation about First Lady Melania Trump, who hasn't been seen in public for more than three weeks following a medical procedure last month.

"The Fake News Media has been so unfair, and vicious, to my wife and our great First Lady, Melania," Trump tweeted. "During her recovery from surgery they reported everything from near death, to facelift, to left the W.H. (and me) for N.Y. or Virginia, to abuse. All Fake, she is doing really well!"

He followed that up with a second tweet, claiming that some reporters saw Melania Trump headed to a White House meeting and withheld the information to propel conspiracy theories about her health. 

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President Trump tweeted congratulations Wednesday morning to  Republican John Cox on advancing in the race for governor. 

The multimillionaire had 26% of the vote, with 95% of precincts reporting Wednesday morning. He will face Democrat Gavin Newsom on the November ballot.

The Supreme Court on Monday steered around a long-pending abortion dispute between the Trump administration and ACLU lawyers over young immigrant women in custody, telling lower courts on Monday to start over in deciding the issue.