With the president traveling overseas, there is much being written about Donald J. Trump.
Below are the three stories that are catching the most traction Sunday evening. For more information, the ‘click here’ link will take you to the original source.
1. FROM FOX NEWS: Trump, Duterte to hold first formal sit-down as uncertainty over Philippines’ human rights lingers… President Donald Trump is set to meet Monday with the so-called “Trump of the East,” Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, another controversial world leader known for his ultra-tough approach.
However, the first formal sit-down between the two leaders may not trigger substantial changes in the Philippines’ human-rights record. In fact, Duterte said last week that he would tell Trump to “lay off” if he raised the issue of human rights, according to Reuters. CLICK TO READ MORE
2. FROM WASHINGTON POST: Comey responds to Trump’s “liar” statement… In one of his latest tweets, former FBI director James Comey quoted a sermon from the late English Baptist preacher Charles Haddon Spurgeon about the difference between a truth and a lie: “If you want truth to go around the world you must hire an express train to pull it; but if you want a lie to go around the world, it will fly; it is light as a feather and a breath will carry it.”
The tweet may seem innocuous to someone who had not been following the news of the past couple days. But they came just hours after President Trump resurrected his attacks against Comey during a trip to Asia. Speaking with reporters in the press cabin on Air Force One on Saturday, Trump called Comey a proven “liar” and “leaker.” CLICK TO READ MORE
3. FROM ASSOCIATED PRESS: Putin manipulating Trump with flattery, ex-director suggests…A day after being criticized by President Donald Trump, a former CIA director questioned whether Russian President Vladimir Putin was manipulating Trump with flattery during the president’s lengthy trip to Asia.
He tried to have it both ways Sunday on the issue of Russian interference in last year’s presidential race, saying he believes both the U.S. intelligence agencies when they say Russia meddled and Putin’s sincerity in claiming that his country did not.
“I believe that he feels that he and Russia did not meddle in the election,” Trump said in Hanoi, Vietnam.
“As to whether I believe it, I’m with our agencies,” Trump said. “As currently led by fine people, I believe very much in our intelligence agencies.”
But just a day earlier, he had lashed out at the former heads of the U.S. intelligence agencies, dismissing them as “political hacks” and claiming there were plenty of reasons to be suspicious of their findings that Russia meddled to help Trump defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton.
Former CIA director John Brennan, appearing Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union” with former national intelligence director James Clapper, said Trump was deriding them in an attempt to “delegitimize” the intelligence community’s assessment. CLICK TO READ MORE