Trump delivers warning on trade as he leaves G- 7 summit
Exiting a world summit with characteristic bravado, President Donald Trump delivered a stark warning Saturday to America’s trading partners not to counter his decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. Despite his sharp differences with U. S. allies, the president insisted he has a “great relationship” with his foreign counterparts.
“If they retaliate, they’re making a mistake,” Trump declared before departing the annual Group of Seven summit in Canada for his meeting with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un in Singapore on Tuesday.
Trump’s abbreviated stay at this Quebec resort saw him continuing the same type of tough talk on trade as when he departed the White House, accusing the summit’s host, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, of being “indignant.”
The summit came during an ongoing trade dispute with China and served as a precursor to his unprecedented meeting with Kim, in which he has sought to extend a hand to the Asian autocrat who has long bedeviled the international order.
“His message from Quebec to Singapore is that he is going to meld the industrial democracies to his will — and bring back Russia,” said Steve Bannon, Trump’s former campaign and White House adviser. Bannon said China is “now on notice that Trump will not back down from even allies’ complaints in his goal of ‘ America First.’ ”
NORTH KOREA Trump casts summit as ‘ one- time shot’ for Kim
President Donald Trump cast his Tuesday summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un as a “one- time shot” for the autocratic leader to ditch his nuclear weapons and enter the community of nations, saying he would know within moments if Kim is serious about the talks.
Trump said Saturday he was embarking on a “mission of peace,” as he departed the Group of Seven meeting in Canada to fly to the summit site in Singapore. Saying he has a “clear objective in mind” to convince Kim to abandon his nuclear program in exchange for unspecified “protections” from the U. S., Trump acknowledged that the direction of the high- stakes meeting is unpredictable, adding it “will always be spur of the moment.”
“It’s unknown territory in the truest sense, but I really feel confident,” he told reporters. “I feel that Kim Jong Un wants to do something great for his people and he has that opportunity and he won’t have that opportunity again.”
“It’s a one- time shot and I think it’s going to work out very well,” he said.
The meeting will be the first between a sitting U. S. president and a North Korean leader. Unlike traditional summits between heads of state, where most of the work is completed in advance of a photo- op, U. S. officials say the only thing certain ahead of these talks will be their unpredictability.
ANTHONY BOURDAIN Death means loss of a voice for immigrants
Anthony Bourdain’s culinary passions went far beyond the cuisine he put on a plate. He also was committed to the immigrant workers who toil in his and other kitchens throughout the restaurant industry.
Bourdain, who died Friday in France in an apparent suicide at age 61, was an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump’s immigration policies and a fierce defender of Hispanic workers.
The chef, global traveler and author, whose popularity grew with his CNN series “Parts Unknown,” often was the first to tip his hat to his employees from Central America or Mexico. He promoted his Mexicanborn sous chef, the late Carlos Llaguno Garcia, to run two of his New York restaurants and complained loudly about the United States’ “ridiculously hypocritical attitudes” toward immigration.
“Some, of course, like to claim that Mexicans are stealing American jobs,” Bourdain said in 2014. “But in two decades as a chef and employer, I never had one American kid walk in my door and apply for a dishwashing job, a porter’s position or even a job as prep cook.”
During the 2016 presidential campaign season, Bourdain slammed Trump’s promises to deport immigrants in the U. S. illegally and build a wall along the Mexican border.
HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR Gena Turgel, consoler of Anne Frank, dies
Gena Turgel, a Holocaust survivor who comforted Anne Frank at the Bergen- Belsen concentration camp before the young diarist’s death and the camp’s liberation a month later, has died. She was 95.
Turgel died Thursday, Britain’s chief rabbi, Ephraim Mirvis, said on Twitter. The news triggered tributes from some of the people the Polish native touched in the decades she shared her World War II experiences, including witnessing the horrors of the Nazi camps at Auschwitz, Buchenwald and Bergen- Belsen.
After World War II, Turgel married one of Bergen- Belsen’s British liberators, Norman Turgel, earning the nickname “The Bride of Belsen.” Her wedding dress, made from parachute silk, is part of the collection of the Imperial War Museum in London.
Turgel attended Britain’s annual Holocaust remembrance two months ago in a wheelchair with a blanket draped over her knees.
“My story is the story of one survivor, but it is also the story of 6 million who perished,” she said at the event in London’s Hyde Park. “Maybe that’s why I was spared — so my testimony would serve as a memorial like that candle that I light, for the men, women and children who have no voice.”
EGYPT Eritrean U. S. detainee kills himself in airport
Egyptian airport officials say an Eritrean detainee of the U. S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency has died in an apparent suicide in an airport holding area.
The officials say Zeresenay Ermias Testfatsion was being held by authorities at Cairo International Airport, awaiting his return to Asmara, Eritrea. They say he was found dead Wednesday in a shower area and his remains were taken to a hospital.
The officials spoke Saturday on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief the media.
ICE confirms the man’s death. The agency says the man had been in its custody since February 2017 following his arrest in Hidalgo, Texas, where he had tried to unlawfully enter the United States. Court records show he went to the U. S. seeking asylum.
The Eritrean embassies in the U. S. and Egypt haven’t responded to requests for comment.
MILITARY Marines weigh wooing older members for new cyber force
The head of the Marine Corps says it’s time the U. S. military branch known for its fierce, young warriors becomes a little more mature.
The Marine Corps is considering offering bonuses and other perks to entice older, more experienced Marines to re- enlist as it builds up its cyber operations to defend the nation, especially against cyberattacks from Russia and China. About 62 percent of Marines are 25 years old or younger with many serving only four years.
The move marks a historical change that could transform a force made up primarily of high school graduates lured by the bravado and physical challenges of joining a branch that prides itself on being the “tip of the spear,” the first to go into battle and knock in doors. It’s part of the Marine Corps’ modernizing efforts after 16 years of largely low- tech, counterinsurgency fights.
“It’s going to be a Marine Corps that’s a little bit older, a little more experienced because as much as we love our young Marines … we need a little bit older because it takes longer to learn these skills,” Gen. Robert Neller told defense leaders at a San Diego conference. “And so we’re an organization looking at the whole way we do business, and it’s going to change our culture.”
Marine Corps officials are quick to emphasize the core recruiting mission will remain the same for the branch that boasts having the toughest warriors in the U. S. military.
AFGHANISTAN Taliban plans cease- fire for Eid holiday
The Afghan Taliban announced a three- day cease- fire over the Eid alFitr holiday at the end of the holy month of Ramadan, a first for the group, following an earlier cease- fire announcement by the government.
A statement released Saturday by the Taliban said that they would defend themselves in case of any attack. They say foreign forces are excluded from the cease- fire and Taliban operations would continue against them.
The statement said the leadership of the Taliban may also consider releasing prisoners of war if they promise not to return to the battlefield.
Mohammad Haroon Chakhansuri, spokesman for the Afghan president, welcomed the cease- fire announcement during a news conference in Kabul.
“We hope that ( the Taliban) will be committed to implementing their announcement of the cease- fire,” he said. “The Afghan government will take all steps needed to make sure that there is no bloodshed in Afghanistan.”
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, center, speaks with President Donald Trump, seated at right, during the G7 Leaders Summit in La Malbaie, Quebec, on Saturday.