July 2017

The Hill: Dems use defense bill amendments to protest Trump stance on Russia

Two Democratic Reps. have introduced amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act hammering the President's perceived dovishness on Russia. 

Rep. Don Beyer (D-Virg) introduced an amendment blocking funding to any new joint cybersecurity effort with Russia, such as the one the President is said to have agreed to with Russian President Vladimir Putin. 

Officials from both the United States and Russia in the room when President Trump and Putin met Friday both said the leaders agreed to some form of bilateral cybersecurity unit. 

Politico: Trump's deal with Russia alarms cyber experts

President Donald Trump declared on Twitter that he and Russian President Vladimir Putin had "discussed forming an impenetrable Cyber Security unit." | Getty

President Donald Trump’s pledge for cybersecurity cooperation with Russia would likely fail quickly and could even make the U.S. less secure, numerous cyber analysts said Sunday after the president's announcement met dismay and mockery from lawmakers of both parties.

The Hill: Defense bill amendments seek to curb support for Saudis

Several amendments to the annual defense policy bill seek to curb U.S. support for the Saudi Arabia-led campaign in the Yemen civil war.

The amendments come as Saudi Arabia’s conduct in the war and the region at large comes under increasing scrutiny in Congress, including a closer-than-expected vote in the Senate that would have blocked an arms sale to the country.

CNN: Trump still doesn't seem to believe his intelligence agencies

Nearly six months into his presidency, President Donald Trump declined yet again Thursday to state definitively that Russia meddled in the 2016 US election.

Trump said it might have been Russia, but he raised the prospect that it could have been others, too, clashing with the US intelligence community's assessment that Russian intelligence agencies interfered.

The Sacramento Bee: West Coast lawmakers divided on ever-more provocatory, nuclear-armed North Korea

WASHINGTON West Coast lawmakers are urging the Trump administration to alter its approach toward North Korea after Pyongyang’s successful launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of striking Alaska, and possibly other parts of the United States.

The trouble is, they can’t agree on what that alteration should look like.

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