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Trump vows to protect 2nd Amendment after gun briefing

Trump vows to protect 2nd Amendment after gun briefingPresident Donald Trump pledged Thursday to protect the Second Amendment, hours after huddling with top advisers to discuss gun control measures he might be willing to publicly stand behind. Speaking to reporters before flying to Baltimore for a Republican retreat, Trump insisted “a lot of progress” had been made on background checks “and various things having to do with guns” during Thursday’s discussion.



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Iranian official mocks Trump with 'good morning selfie' after president tweets out image from secret intelligence briefing

Iranian official mocks Trump with 'good morning selfie' after president tweets out image from secret intelligence briefingDonald Trump has found himself trolled on Twitter by a top Iranian official after he controversially tweeted a classified photograph taken by a US surveillance satellite.The US president posted the high-resolution aerial image of a smouldering launch pad surrounded by a plume of black smoke – complete with annotations – late on Friday, apparently the result of a failed rocket catching fire at the Imam Khomeini Space Center in Iran’s Semnan province.



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Trump accused of tweeting image from secret intelligence briefing as he says US not involved in Iran satellite launch failure

Trump accused of tweeting image from secret intelligence briefing as he says US not involved in Iran satellite launch failureDonald Trump has tweeted what appears to be a new, high resolution image of the site of a failed Iranian satellite launch, claiming that the United States had nothing to do with the incident.The image was posted shortly after Mr Trump was scheduled to receive an intelligence briefing, and experts say was likely taken from briefing documents. It has the reflection of what appears to be a flash in the centre, suggesting the image may have been photographed from separate materials.



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Germany expects No Deal and will not renegotiate, says leaked briefing

Germany expects No Deal and will not renegotiate, says leaked briefingGermany expects a No Deal Brexit and is not prepared to renegotiate the withdrawal agreement, according to leaked details of an internal briefing paper for Angela Merkel’s government. The leaked paper is the first evidence that Germany may be preparing to let Britain walk away with No Deal rather than back down to Boris Johnson’s demand to drop the Irish backstop. The paper was prepared by civil servants for the German finance minister, Olaf Scholz, ahead of face-to-face talks with the chancellor of the exchequer, Sajid Javid, in Berlin on Friday.  In public, Mr Scholz has said Germany will do everything it can to secure a deal with the UK. But according to details leaked to the usually reliable Handelsblatt newspaper, the briefing paper calls for the European Union to stick to its previous line of refusing to renegotiate the withdrawal agreement. It warns that there is now a “high probability” of a No Deal Brexit on October 31, but says  the EU must not "lose its nerve". Preparations  by Germany and the rest of the EU-27 to manage the impact of No Deal are “largely complete”, and the European Commission is not planning any further emergency measures, it says. Mr Javid is the first senior minister from the Johnson government to hold face-to-face talks with his German counterpart Credit: TOLGA AKMEN/AFP The paper says it is “currently unforeseeable that Prime Minister Johnson will change his tough negotiating position” and predicts that he may use next weekend’s G7 summit in Biarritz for a “big moment” to announce success or failure in negotiations. “Against this background, it is important from the EU perspective to stick to the previous line” of refusing to renegotiate the withdrawal agreement, it  says, adding that even if the EU were to agree to drop the Irish backstop, it is not clear that Mr Johnson would be able to win approval for a revised withdrawal agreement in parliament. The UK has made repeated attempts to split the EU side, and “the EU-27’s unity  in adhering to the negotiated exit agreement” has been “decisive”, the paper says. Germany has already passed more than 50 laws and measures to deal with the impact of a No Deal Brexit, and the paper provides details of arrangements in the finance ministry’s area of tax and banking.  It cites a transitional agreement between the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and BaFin, the German financial regulator on cross-border financial services, and says German customes authorities are prepared for the increased workload expected under No Deal.



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White House on lockdown with reporters being moved to press briefing room, reports say

White House on lockdown with reporters being moved to press briefing room, reports sayThe White House was put under lockdown on Monday morning, according to reporters who cover the administration. Journalists posted messages on social media announcing the lockdown as they were assembled in the White House press briefing room, where they have not had a briefing in nearly 100 days. “We are literally locked in here,” wrote Megan Pratz, a reporter for Cheddar. “We can’t see much but Secret Service officers just ran across the lawn.”The Secret Service posted a statement on Twitter minutes later saying the agency was “responding to an incident involving a suspicious package located on Pennsylvania Ave.”Nearby pedestrian traffic routes were closed on Monday, the Secret Service added. The White House did not immediately respond to requests for comment. > Secret Service Uniformed Division Officers are responding to an incident involving a suspicious package located on Pennsylvania Ave. Pedestrian traffic is closed along Pennsylvania Ave. between 15th and 17th streets to include Lafayette Park. pic.twitter.com/t7veePoDb7> > — U.S. Secret Service (@SecretService) > > June 24, 2019More follows…



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Boeing sets briefing on 737 MAX as Ethiopian carrier expresses confidence in planemaker

Boeing sets briefing on 737 MAX as Ethiopian carrier expresses confidence in planemakerThe carrier will work with Boeing and other airlines to make air travel safer, its chief executive, Tewolde Gebremariam, said, after regulators this month grounded the worldwide fleet of the aircraft following a crash that killed 157 people. “Despite the tragedy, Boeing and Ethiopian Airlines will continue to be linked well into the future,” he said in a statement on Monday. “Ethiopian Airlines believes in Boeing.



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Graham asks FBI director for briefing on Roger Stone raid

Graham asks FBI director for briefing on Roger Stone raidWASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham said Wednesday that he wants a briefing from the FBI on the tactics it used last week when agents arrested President Donald Trump's confidant Roger Stone as part of special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation.



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Senate judiciary chair requests FBI briefing on arrest of Trump ally

Senate judiciary chair requests FBI briefing on arrest of Trump allyThe Republican chairman of the U.S. Senate judiciary panel on Wednesday requested a briefing from the FBI on the arrest of Roger Stone, a longtime associate of President Donald Trump, in an inquiry into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election. Senator Lindsey Graham said he was concerned about the number of agents involved, tactics employed and the timing of Stone’s arrest on Friday in Florida. Special Counsel Robert Mueller is investigating U.S. allegations that Russia meddled in the election and whether members of the campaign of then-Republican candidate Trump coordinated with Moscow officials.



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Donald Trump Made His First Appearance in the White House Briefing Room

Donald Trump Made His First Appearance in the White House Briefing RoomPresident Donald Trump made his first appearance in the White House briefing room Thursday after Democrats formally took over the House.



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Trump invites congressional leaders to border security briefing

Trump invites congressional leaders to border security briefingThe president’s invitation, which was described by congressional sources as a briefing and not a negotiating session, was sent to the top two Democrats and Republicans in both the Senate and the House of Representatives. Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s office said he would attend the briefing, which is set for Wednesday. The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the specifics of the briefing.



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