The Start of the Summit, The G7, Putin and another SCOTUS decision

The summit we have all been waiting for will begin tonight at 9 p.m. EST, as Singapore is 12 hours ahead of the United States. Joining Trump in Singapore is Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, George W. Bush’s former Chief of Staff Josh Bolten, speechwriter Stephen Miller, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, National Security Advisors Mira Ricardel, Matthew Pottinger, Allison Hooker,  Sarah Tinsley, the Chargé d’affaires, a.i., at the U.S. Embassy in Singapore Stephanie Syptak-Ramnath, Ambassador Michael McKinley, Foreign Affairs Specialist for the Under Secretary of Defence Brenan Richards and Melissa Brown.In his morning briefing, Mike Pompeo described the summit as a “mission of peace” and that the talks were moving rapidly. Pompeo was very optimistic about the meeting between Trump and Kim Jong Un.  Thus far Trump has sat down with the Prime Minister of Singapore, Lee Hsien Loong to discuss "ways to enhance bilateral cooperation on diplomatic, defense, and economic issues to promote stability, security, and prosperity in the region." There have been no comments made about the willingness of the united states to drawdown troops on the Korean peninsula.

Over this past weekend the 44th G7 summit was held in La Malbaie Canadian Forces Base Bagotville, in Saguenay. Typically the summit is held to show unity and collaborative discussion on issues such as global economic governance, international security, and energy policy. This year's summit was not conducted with such a collaborative attitude. Trump began his involvement by suggesting that Russia possibly be allowed to rejoin the G7, after they were kicked out four years ago for invading the Ukraine and annexing Crimea. He then arrived late on Saturday morning which resulted in him missing a conversation amongst the leaders about gender and diversity. A big ticket topic for the summit was the recent tariffs the US has placed on aluminum and steel. After Trump had left the summit, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stated that a response to Trump’s trade moves should be expected from Canada, and that Trump’s trade policy. Larry Kudlow, top economic advisor to Trump, responded to Trudeau stating that he had pulled off an “amatuer” and “ sophomoric political stunt.” Kudlow went on to describe Trudeau’s comments stating that the Canadian Prime Minister “really kind of stabbed us in the back” and that Trump would not “let a Canadian prime minister push him around." Tensions had been building between the two leaders since before the summit began. Thursday night Trump hd tweeted that Trudeau was 'so indignant' about American tariffs. Despite disagreements that were had thought the Summit, Trump left stating “ would say the level of relationship is a 10. We have a great relationship. Angela (Merkel) and Emmanuel (Macron), Justin (Trudeau). I would say the relationship is a 10.”

Although not apart of the G7 summit Russian President Vladimir Putin made a public comment on Sunday morning. During his visit with China, Putin said he was willing to meet with Trump “as soon as the American side is ready.” Putin followed this statement with the assurance that Russia was in no hurry to rejoin the G7 and that he was happy with his position within the Chinese-led grouping  which he described as a more important relationship for his country.

Justice Alito authored an opinion which was handed down by the Supreme Court today. In the case of Husted v. A Philip Randolph Institute the court ruled 5-4 in favor of Ohio determining that states are allowed to purge voters who are inactive and do not respond to requests confirming their residency from their rolls as registered voters.The case presented before the Court involved the National Voter Registration Act, a federal law passed in 1993. The NVRA prohibits any state from removing a registrant from the federal roll “by reason of the person’s failure to vote.” The intent behind this act was to protect right to vote and not to vote by not allowing states to implement the "use it or lose it" policy.Justice Alito stated in his opinion that although Ohio had been removing voters it has also done its due diligence and "removes registrants only if they have failed to vote and have failed to respond to a notice. He went on to state that "A state violates the failure-to-vote clause only if it removes registrants for no reason other than their failure to vote."