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Today’s Agenda: Trump Drops A Trade Bomb To The Chagrin Of A GOP Chairman

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May 31, 2019 8:56 a.m.

Happy Friday, May 31. President Donald Trump dropped a trade bomb on Mexico Thursday, promising tariffs until Mexico somehow stops immigrants from crossing the U.S. border illegally. Here’s more on that and the other stories we’re covering.

Three Things We’re Watching Today

Trump’s tariff announcement engenders friendly fire

Trump announced Thursday that he would impose and hike tariffs on Mexico until the “illegal immigration problem is remedied.” Senate Finance Committee chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) is already pushing back. We’ll see if other Republicans follow his lead.

Barr continues to act like Trump’s personal lawyer

After special counsel Robert Mueller broke his two-year silence Wednesday, Attorney General William Barr has been continuing to act like Trump’s personal lawyer. In a CBS interview, Barr emphasized his doubts about the origin of the Russia probe, undermining Mueller’s work and playing up Trump’s pet topic.

Trump continues one-sided feud with the dead McCain

We learned yesterday that Trump’s grudge against Sen. John McCain is still very much alive, though the senator is not. After it was reported that the White House ordered the Navy to hide the USS McCain’s name during Trump’s Japan trip, the President was forthcoming about his dislike for the late senator. Now, he’s muddying the situation again.

Today’s Rundown

The House and Senate are out.

5:30 p.m. ET Trump attends a reception in honor of Gold Star Families on the State Floor of the White House.

Yesterday’s Most-Read Story

Trump Responds To Sen. Cochran’s Death With Another Dig At McCain — Cristina Cabrera

Reading List

New Democratic Debate Rules Will Distort Priorities, Some Campaigns Say — Shane Goldmacher and Lisa Lerer, The New York Times

Extreme weather is pummeling the Midwest, and farmers are in deep trouble — Katie Mettler, The Washington Post

‘A plunder of black wealth’: Predatory housing contracts gouged Chicago’s black homeowners, new report says — Carlos Ballesteros, Chicago Sun Times

Twitter Still Has A White Nationalist Problem — Luke O’Brien, HuffPost

We’re buying into a giant lie about plastic — Alex Lubben, Vice News

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