Trump de­liv­ers warn­ing on trade as he leaves G- 7 sum­mit

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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.”

Jesco Den­zel / As­so­ci­ated Press

Ger­man Chan­cel­lor An­gela Merkel, cen­ter, speaks with Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, seated at right, dur­ing the G7 Lead­ers Sum­mit in La Mal­baie, Que­bec, on Satur­day.


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