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Trump dishes up fresh dose of chaos aimed at May, Lon­don­ers

BLEN­HEIM PALACE, Eng­land — Dish­ing up a fresh dose of chaos on his Euro­pean tour, Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump left be­hind a con­tentious NATO gath­er­ing in Brus­sels and moved on to Bri­tain, where a pomp­filled wel­come cer­e­mony was soon over­shad­owed by an in­ter­view in which Trump blasted Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May, blamed Lon­don’s mayor for ter­ror at­tacks against the city and ar­gued that Europe was “los­ing its cul­ture” be­cause of immigration.

Trump, in an in­ter­view with The Sun news­pa­per, said he felt un­wel­come in Lon­don be­cause of protests, in­clud­ing plans to fly a gi­ant bal­loon over Par­lia­ment on Fri­day that de­picts him as an an­gry baby in a di­a­per.

“I guess when they put out blimps to make me feel un­wel­come, no rea­son for me to go to Lon­don,” he said.

Trump, in the in­ter­view given be­fore he left Brus­sels for the U.K., ac­cused May of ru­in­ing what her coun­try stands to gain from the Brexit vote to leave the Euro­pean Union. He said her for­mer for­eign sec­re­tary, Boris John­son, would make an “ex­cel­lent” prime min­is­ter, speak­ing just days af­ter John­son re­signed.

Trump added that May’s “soft” blue­print for the U.K.’s fu­ture deal­ings with the EU would prob­a­bly “kill” any fu­ture trade deals with the United States.

FBI agent clashes with GOP at hear­ing on Rus­sia probe

WASH­ING­TON — An em­bat­tled FBI agent whose anti-Trump text mes­sages ex­posed the Jus­tice Depart­ment to claims of in­sti­tu­tional bias vig­or­ously de­fended him­self Thurs­day at an ex­tra­or­di­nary con­gres­sional hear­ing that de­volved into shout­ing matches, fin­ger-point­ing and veiled ref­er­ences to per­sonal trans­gres­sions.

Peter Str­zok spoke pub­licly for the first time since be­ing re­moved last year from spe­cial coun­sel Robert Mueller’s team be­cause of texts he traded with an FBI lawyer in the run-up to the 2016 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion. He in­sisted that he never al­lowed per­sonal opin­ions to in­flu­ence his work, though he did ac­knowl­edge be­ing dis­mayed by Don­ald Trump’s be­hav­ior dur­ing the cam­paign. “At no time, in any of those texts, did those per­sonal be­liefs ever en­ter into the realm of any ac­tion I took,” Str­zok told law­mak­ers.

In a chaotic hear­ing that spanned 10 hours, he also said the FBI had solid ba­sis to open an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into ties between Rus­sia and the Trump cam­paign. He told law­mak­ers that he knew in­for­ma­tion dur­ing the cam­paign that could have dam­aged Trump but never con­tem­plated leak­ing it. And he lamented that the con­tin­ued scru­tiny of him was “just an­other vic­tory notch in Putin’s belt.”

In break­ing his si­lence, Str­zok came face-to-face with Repub­li­cans who ar­gued that the texts tainted two hugely con­se­quen­tial FBI probes he had helped steer: in­quiries into Hil­lary Clin­ton’s email use and pos­si­ble co­or­di­na­tion between the Trump cam­paign and Rus­sia.

U.S.: Nearly half of youngest chil­dren not re­join­ing fam­i­lies

WASH­ING­TON — The Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion said Thurs­day all el­i­gi­ble small chil­dren who were sep­a­rated from their fam­i­lies as a re­sult of its zero-tol­er­ance immigration pol­icy have been re­united with their par­ents.

But nearly half of the chil­dren un­der 5 re­main apart from their fam­i­lies be­cause of safety con­cerns, the de­por­ta­tion of their par­ents and other is­sues, the ad­min­is­tra­tion said.

The ad­min­is­tra­tion was un­der a court man­date to re­unite fam­i­lies sep­a­rated between early May and June 20, when Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump signed an ex­ec­u­tive or­der that stopped sep­a­ra­tions. The Amer­i­can Civil Lib­er­ties Union filed a law­suit on be­half of a woman who had been sep­a­rated from her child, and U.S. Dis­trict Court Judge Dana Sabraw or­dered all chil­dren re­united with their par­ents.

Fifty-seven chil­dren were re­united with their par­ents as of Thurs­day morn­ing, ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cials said.

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