Every week, Quibbl Politics’ Noah Berman examines the biggest questions the nation has about President Donald Trump and his administration. Controversy lingers over the President’s Helsinki comments, and questions remain about the FCC’s comment filing system.
by Noah Berman
Following remarks President Donald Trump made in Helsinki that he seemed to trust Russian President Vladimir Putin over his own intelligence officials, critics have argued for Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats to resign as a form of protest. Some have argued that a resignation by a high-level official would illuminate the severity of Trump’s remarks. Coats has ignored the calls for resignation, but doubled down on the findings by U.S. intelligence agencies that Russia meddled in the 2016 election and continues to undermine our democracy today. Will Dan Coats resign?
At the recent Helsinki summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, President Trump seemed to side with Russia over the U.S’s own intelligence community when asked about Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election. When asked about potential interference, he replied that “President Putin said it’s not Russia. I don’t see any reason why it should be … I will tell you, President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial.” After he so publicly accepted the word of the accused party over those conducting an impartial investigation, members of Trump’s national security team have faced calls to resign. Trump’s team had previously been vocal about the ongoing threat of Russian cyber attacks. Will a member of Trump’s national security team resign?
FCC Chariman Ajit Pai recently requested upgrades to the organization’s Electronic Comment Filing System in a letter to the House and Senate Appropriations committees. The upgrade request comes in response to reports of widespread fake submissions while the organization was debating the net neutrality rollback last year. Will the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) overhaul its comment filing system by the end of the summer?
President Trump made headlines last month for hosting the first U.S. summit with North Korea. The summit marked the first time a sitting U.S. president had met the North Korean leader, and the first time any president had met Kim Jong Un. The Trump administration is reportedly considering hosting a second summit, this time in the U.S., to speed up the pace of North Korean denuclearization. The meeting would be timed with the convening of the United Nations General Assembly in September. Will the next U.S.- N. Korea summit take place before September?
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