Trump will be the 12th US President to meet Queen Elizabeth

Reuters: When Donald Trump meets Queen Elizabeth next week, he will become the 12th U.S. President that the monarch has met during her 66 years on the throne, the longest in British history.

Prime Minister Theresa May offered Trump a state visit – a pomp-laden affair usually featuring an open-top carriage trip through central London and a banquet at Buckingham Palace – when she became the first foreign leader to visit him after his inauguration in January 2017.… Be Informed

Trump considered invading Venezuela

The Independent: Donald Trump considered invading Venezuela, a senior US administration official has said.

In a meeting last August to discuss sanctions on Venezuela in the Oval Office, Mr Trump asked why he could not just invade the country.

Months later, Mr Trump was briefed not to mention the topic at a private dinner with leaders from four Latin American allies, but the first thing the president said was “my staff told me not to say this” – stunning his advisers at the time.… Be Informed

Trump warns NATO allies

New York Times: President Trump has written sharply worded letters to the leaders of several NATO allies — including Germany, Belgium, Norway and Canada — taking them to task for spending too little on their own defence and warning that the United States is losing patience with what he said was their failure to meet security obligations shared by the alliance.… Be Informed

What’s in a name – Trump’s FART Act set to replace WTO agreement arrangements

The Guardian: A report that Donald Trump is looking to walk away from the World Trade Organisation and instead adopt a United States Fair and Reciprocal Tariff Act, or Fart Act, has been greeted with loud amusement on Twitter.

Axios reported that it had received a leaked early draft of a bill ordered by the president, that would see America take the unlikely step of abandoning WTO rules, allowing Trump to raise tariffs without the consent of Congress.… Be Informed

The Millennial Socialists Are Coming – Michelle Goldberg

New York Times: In May, three young progressive women running for the state Legislature in Pennsylvania, each endorsed by the Democratic Socialists of America, won decisive primary victories over men heavily favored by the political establishment. Two of the women, Summer Lee, 30, and Sara Innamorato, 32, ousted incumbents, the distant cousins Dom Costa and Paul Costa, members of an iconic Pennsylvania political family.… Be Informed

Deutsche Bank fails US stress test

DW: German banking giant Deutsche Bank’s US operations failed the Fed’s second round of stress tests, the qualitative test. Of the big banks tested, 32 out of the 35 passed the test.

The US Federal Reserve said on Thursday that Deutsche Bank US operations had failed the central bank’s annual stress test due to “widespread and critical deficiencies” in its risk management.… Be Informed

Mike Pompeo to visit North Korea next week

US secretary of state Mike Pompeo will visit North Korea next week in a bid to press forward with the Trump administration’s efforts to secure the country’s denuclearisation, according to four people familiar with his plans.

The visit will be the first senior level face-to-face contact since US president Donald Trump met leader Kim Jong Un in an unprecedented summit earlier this month.… Be Informed