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Possible Trump-Macron Split Fuels European Power Vacuum
Bromance burned bright at first, but presidents spent weekend trading barbs

President Donald Trump, right, and French President Emmanuel Macron in April at the White House, when the two had a closer relationship than was in evidence in recent days. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Donald Trump is pushing away one of his few close allies, French President Emmanuel Macron, as experts warn of an emerging European power vacuum and some GOP lawmakers defend the U.S. president’s latest brash move.

The two presidents have little in common but quickly became unlikely allies. Trump is a businessman and former reality television star. Macron was a philosophy major who became a finance and economic wonk. A bromance developed, and Trump feted Macron during an official visit that included a private dinner at George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate and an elegant state dinner at the White House.

U.S. Aware of All North Korea Nuclear Work, Trump Says Despite Report
President responds to report about alleged deception by Kim Jong Un

South Koreans watch on a screen reporting on the U.S. President Trump meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un at the Seoul Railway Station on June 12. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump on Tuesday denied that North Korea is moving ahead with its nuclear weapons program despite a pledge from Kim Jong Un to freeze all such work.

Citing satellite images, the New York Times reported Monday that Kim is continuing work at sites he promised to Trump would cease while the two leaders — and, sometimes, their staffs — try to strike a denuclearization deal.

Trump-Macron Bromance Shows More Signs of Fading
U.S. president offers French counterpart mocking lecture on securing Europe

President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron head for Marine One following a tree-planting ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in April. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images file photo)

Are President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron headed for a Trans-Atlantic breakup?

After Trump’s rocky and controversial visit to Paris, which included some less-than-warm body language toward his younger French counterpart, the unlikely bromance appears to have hit choppy waters. Many U.S. lawmakers — Republican and Democrat — have warned Trump to avoid alienating close allies and want him to end a nasty trade flap with the EU. 

Thank you, Dan Crenshaw
Injured Navy SEAL an example of humor, forgiveness and leadership

That Dan Crenshaw survived his injuries to eventually run for Congress must feel like a miracle, Patricia Murphy writes. (Courtesy Crenshaw for Congress)

OPINION — As a political columnist, the hardest part isn’t finding something to write about, it’s narrowing your focus to just one topic. For today’s column, I could have written about the election mess in Florida, President Trump’s non-attendance at a Veterans Day parade in France, the fact that Nancy Pelosi could soon be second-in-line to the presidency (it could happen), or my complaint that 2020 speculation is the new Christmas decorating (too much too soon).

But after I saw Dan Crenshaw on Saturday Night Live, everything else seemed small in comparison. If you don’t know his name, you will. If you don’t know the story, here it is.

Woman Charges Trump Motorcade as He Celebrates End of WWI in France
President was not harmed

President Donald Trump speaks to the media before departing on Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House on November 9. President Trump traveled  to France to attend ceremonies marking the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

A woman charged President Donald Trump’s motorcade as it carried him along Paris’ Avenue des Champs-Élysées for a World War I Armistice ceremony. He was not harmed.

The woman was quickly apprehended by French security officials and Trump continued to the event in his heavily armored Cadillac limousine, known colloquially as “The Beast.” The protester appeared to have written “fake peacemaker on her body,” a play on his characterization of many media outlets as “fake news.”

Three Things to Watch When Trump, Putin Land in Paris
Analysts: ‘Trump is operating from an assumption that he can bully our allies’

President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron attend a Bastille Day military parade on the Champs-Elysees on July 14, 2017 in Paris. Macron will host Trump and other world leaders this weekend to mark the 100th anniversary of World War I Armistice Day. (Thierry Chesnot/Getty Images)

Three days after Republicans lost control of the House, President Donald Trump departed Friday for a diplomatic weekend in Paris that will put him face-to-face with Russian President Vladimir Putin as Democrats with their newfound House majority prepare to explore that relationship more deeply.

Trump campaigned on warming relations with Moscow after things chilled under former President Barack Obama, and kept up that hope for much of his first year in office. But lately, even the 45th president has shown with Putin, expressing doubt that things will get better anytime soon. Trump’s administration has repeatedly implemented sanctions and other tough-on-Russia policies that have further chilled relations.

Rep. Darrell Issa Resigned to His District Flipping to Democrats
‘Quite frankly, we know the results already,’ retiring California congressman says

Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., leaves the House Republican Conference meeting at the Capitol Hill Club in Washington in June 13 (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Voting in California’s 49th District is still underway, but Rep. Darrell Issa is already calling it.

Issa said in an interview on Fox News Tuesday that a Democrat, environmental lawyer Mike Levin, will replace him in the next Congress.

Senators Press Supreme Court to Lift State Uranium Mining Ban
Domestic production at historic low

Republican senators contend that a case about uranium mining before the Supreme Court involves issues that are critical to national security and defense. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Three Republican members of the Senate Armed Services Committee contend that a case now before the Supreme Court could undermine federal policy about uranium and other assets that are critical to national security and defense.

The justices heard arguments Monday in an environmental case about a three-decades-old Virginia law that prevents mining of the largest deposit of uranium in the United States, in Pittsylvania County, in the southwest region of the state.

Democrats Appear Poised to Take Control of House, Trump Acknowledges
President on split government: ‘I’ll just figure it out’

President Donald Trump greets Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., after addressing a joint session of Congress in the Capitol’s House chamber in February 2017. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

President Donald Trump acknowledged at a Friday rally in West Virginia that Democrats appear poised to take control of the House.

“Could happen, could happen ... Don’t worry about it,” he said. “I’ll just figure it out,” he added, saying that is how he has operated when problems arise “my whole life.”

Senior Writer John M. Donnelly Wins Dirksen Award
Donnelly is 20th journalist to have worked at CQ or Roll Call to win

John M. Donnelly is a senior writer covering defense for CQ Roll Call. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

 

CQ Roll Call senior writer John M. Donnelly has won the Everett McKinley Dirksen Award for Distinguished Reporting of Congress for his coverage of national security and foreign policy.