Top 5 in Politics: May 22nd-26th
1. British Response to Terror Attacks
Prime Minister Theresa May has sent out nearly one thousand troops in response to the 22 killed in a terror attack on Monday, May 22. After an Ariana Grande performance in Manchester, a suicide bomber with ties to ISIS set off bombs filled with bolts and screws in the arena.
Since then, five have been arrested in the United Kingdom, with several in Libya also being questioned. In a controversial move, Prime Minister May raised the threat level to critical and plans to deploy nearly four thousand foot soldiers to protect the streets of Great Britain.
There are tensions between the US and UK after information was reportedly leaked from US officials, including the terrorist’s name as well as pictures of what was thought to be the bomb. The New York Times was targeted, and Prime Minister May reportedly met with President Trump about the confidentiality issues.
2. News on NATO
Leading up to the actual summit are a series of dramatic moments for the Trump administration. In a video, President Trump is seen pushing aside the Montenegrin Prime Minister to get to the front of the group. The media is having a field day with the gif spurred on by this moment, but no presidential comments have been made concerning it.
President Trump’s mentioning of increased monetary contributions to battle terrorism has also caught the public’s eye. Upon seeing the new NATO headquarters in Brussels, the US President noted that there are many countries not paying what they should and that it is hurting American taxpayers.
To add more to the mix, Former President Obama mentioned the need for cooperation, noting that we can’t hide behind a wall. President Trump is keeping with some of his campaign rhetoric against NATO, but he hasn’t seceded from it yet.
3. Travel Ban Banned?
Six countries were named in President Trump’s second attempt at introducing a travel ban. Some scholars believed it was more likely to get passed due to a rewording that excluded the Islamic religion from the order. However, on the basis of campaign rhetoric and even the president’s tweets since inauguration, the 4th US Circuit Court of Appeals decided 10-3 to denounce the executive order as unconstitutional.
The travel ban would have blocked people from Iran, Syria, Somalia, Yemen, Sudan, and Libya from entering the United States for 90 days. Refugees from any countries would not be allowed in for 120 days. President Trump argues that the text of the order is the only aspect that should be looked at; the countries were picked because of terrorist ties, not because of their religion.
An appeal to the Supreme Court could occur, but the 9th Circuit is still investigating the order without a set date for reaching their verdict. Until they finish, the travel ban cannot be enacted.
4. President Trump Meets Macron
Still on his trip overseas, the president has met with several leaders along the way both in the Middle East and in Europe. In their first meeting, President Trump and President Macron of France shared a lengthy handshake. Some argue that their knuckles were turning white in this showdown, but it could have just been trying to get the best picture that encouraged the extensive hand-holding.
In the video, the handshake appears awkward, but all that is said are congratulations for President Macron’s recent win. Their first encounter was odd, but hopefully their next few meetings will have more definitive substance. Some mention that this is but one of President Trump’s blunders on the route to NATO, but others are unsure of what to make of it.
5. Body Slamming in Montana
Fighting for the one House of Representatives seat in Montana were Democratic candidate Rob Quist and Republican nominee Greg Gianforte. On Wednesday Night, May 24th, Gianforte allegedly attacked a reporter named Ben Jacobs, breaking his glasses and getting charged with misdemeanor assault.
Eyewitnesses from Fox News attest to this, and there is an audio recording of the event as well. Most of the ballots were mail-in, so only a small percentage of votes were given after this incident. In a statement, House Speaker Paul Ryan noted that Gianforte should apologize for the incident, but that there will be no interference by the Republican party if he is elected.
The Speaker wants to leave it to the voters in Montana. As of May 26th, Gianforte holds his state’s sole House seat and is looking forward to working with President Trump.