Donald Trump: I trust Vladimir Putin more than US intelligence
Donald Trump has told Joe Biden to give his “warmest regards” to Vladimir Putin and not fall asleep at the US-Russian summit in Geneva next week. In a statement issued by his Save America campaign, Mr Trump also said he would trust Russia over “sleezebags” and “lowlifes” the US intelligence agencies, and claimed that his 2018 summit with Mr Putin in Helsinki helped win Washington Moscow’s respect. “Despite the belated Fake News portrayal of the meeting, the United States won much, including the
Swiss villa to host first Biden-Putin summit
This 18th-century Swiss villa overlooking Lake Geneva will play host to the first summit between U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin.But the tranquil setting belies what will likely be a scene of tense, adversarial talks.Bitter disputes over election interference, cyber-attacks, human rights and fighting in Ukraine hang over their first face-to-face meeting.The Swiss police and army have closed the two parks surrounding the Villa La Grange and installed barricades and barbed wire.Neutral Switzerland, which did not join Western sanctions against Russia after Moscow seized and annexed Ukraine’s Crimea region in 2014, lobbied hard to land the first big power summit in the Alpine country in decades.The country hosted the 1985 nuclear summit between U.S. President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev.It was in Geneva in 2009, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov a yellow box bearing a red “reset” button to symbolize improved ties under President Barack Obama.But the word “reset” was mistranslated into the Russian word for “overcharge”, creating an awkward moment.The Russian leader is certainly expecting a different sort of discussion than he enjoyed with the last U.S. president.Donald Trump often praised Putin, despite his own intelligence agencies assessment that Moscow was behind cyber-espionage and election meddling.Russia denies allegations it interfered in U.S. politics.Biden on Wednesday departed on his first trip abroad since taking office for a G7 gathering in the U.K., and ending with the Putin summit in Geneva next week.The eight-day mission to Europe aims to rebuild trans-Atlantic ties strained during the Trump era.
Fin-credible Sight! Sea Lions Spotted Soaking Up Some Sun in Alaska
A large pod of sea lions was spotted catching some rays and playing in the water at Port William Sound, Alaska, on June 6.Anchorage resident Stacy Thorpe captured footage of the seal lions chilling out and having fun while she was on “staycation” in the coastal city of Valdez.Thorpe told Storyful that the video was filmed while she and her husband were on a wildlife glacier cruise, which allowed them to “get up close and personal with some amazing glimpses of nature.”“As we rounded the corner of some rocky outcroppings, we were treated to a couple [of] pods of Steller sea lions, sun bathing and playing in the water,” she said. Credit: Stacy Thorpe via Storyful
Trump asks Biden to pass a message to his old friend Putin
Ahead of Biden’s meeting with Vladimir Putin, Trump released a lengthy statement about his relationship with Putin and asked Biden to give the Russian leader his ‘warmest regards.’ Jeremy Bash breaks down what message Trump was really sending to Putin.
Iran sends warships to Atlantic amid Venezuela concerns
An Iranian destroyer and support vessel are now sailing in the Atlantic Ocean in a rare mission far from the Islamic Republic, Iran’s state TV reported on Thursday, without offering the vessels’ final destination. The trip by the new domestically built destroyer Sahand and the intelligence-gathering vessel Makran comes amid U.S. media reports, citing anonymous American officials, saying the ships were bound for Venezuela. The vessels departed last month from Iran’s southern port of Bandar Abbas, said Adm. Habibollah Sayyari, Iran’s deputy army chief.
Developer officially cancels Keystone XL pipeline project blocked by Biden
Keystone XL, which was proposed in 2008 to bring oil from Canada’s Western tar sands to U.S. refiners, was halted by owner TC Energy Corp after U.S. President Joe Biden this year revoked a key permit needed for a U.S. stretch of the 1,200-mile project. Its demise comes as other North American oil pipelines, including Dakota Access and Enbridge Line 3, face continued opposition from environmental groups. “This is a landmark moment in the fight against the climate crisis,” said Jared Margolis, a senior attorney at the Center for Biological Diversity.
11 dead, including 8 children, in Mumbai building collapse
The incident occurred close to midnight in a northern suburb of Mumbai, officials said, adding that more people could be trapped inside the debris.Eight people were injured and have been moved to nearby hospitals.Local television showed pictures of rescue workers pulling out debris in a narrow lane, as relatives and onlookers milled about.Incidents of building collapses become more common in India’s financial capital of Mumbai during the monsoon. Wednesday was the first day of heavy rains in the city.
AP Exclusive: State bar investigating Texas attorney general
The Texas bar association is investigating whether state Attorney General Ken Paxton’s failed efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election based on bogus claims of fraud amounted to professional misconduct. The State Bar of Texas initially declined to take up a Democratic Party activist’s complaint that Paxton’s petitioning of the U.S. Supreme Court to block Joe Biden’s victory was frivolous and unethical. The investigation is yet another liability for the embattled attorney general, who is facing a years-old criminal case, a separate, newer FBI investigation, and a Republican primary opponent who is seeking to make electoral hay of the various controversies.