A Federal Deadline On Immigration, Another NATO Summit, and A SCOTUS Nomination

A Federal Judge declared today was the deadline to reunite immigrant children under the age of four back with their families. This deadline is being missed by the Trump Administration. There are at least 38 children out of 102  have been reunited with their families today despite the imposed Federal deadline to reunited all the children. The Dept. of health and Human Services claims that the children who have not been reunited due to the unfit nature of the parents and the Government’s inability to prove relation between the child and alleged parent. There is an additional Federal deadline approaching in the next few weeks to reunite all children age seventeen and younger back with their families.  

Trump left Washington today to head to two meetings, one in Brussels with the members of NATO and the other in Helsinki with the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin.  Similar to the previous NATO summit, Trump unleashed a Twitter storm against NATO leaders. Members from the European Council President Donald Tusk, spoke back to Trump’s Twitter comments urging him to remember who his friends and allies are; “Speaking on the eve of the NATO summit here in Brussels, I would like to address President Trump directly, who for a long time now has been criticizing Europe almost daily for, in his view, insufficient contributions to the common defence capabilities, and for living off the U.S….Dear President Trump: America does not have, and will not have a better ally than Europe,” Tusk continued. “Today Europeans spend on defence many times more than Russia, and as much as China. And I think you can have no doubt, Mr. President, that this is an investment in common American and European defence and security — which can’t be said with confidence about Russian or Chinese spending.”

Last night, the president nominated Brett Kavanaugh to be the next Supreme Court Justice of the United States. Today Kavanaugh went to the Hill to introduce himself to Senators from both the left and the right.  Although identified as a conservative Judge from the D.C. circuit Kavanaugh gave a speech last night that seemed to ally himself with women. He called special attention to the relationship he shared with both of his daughters and emphasized the important role his wife played during the Bush administration, particularly in the days following 9/11. Republicans need a simple 51 majority to confirm Kavanaugh to the bench but his confirmation hearings will not be without pushback from Democrats.