Donald Trump’s 2020 secret sauce

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump isn’t in a great place to win a second term in 2020. That economic message could well be Trump’s secret sauce come 2020. In strong economies — or economies perceived as strong — voters tend to reward the incumbent president, just as they punish the president when the economy is faltering. Trump could well run on this basic argument: You may not like me or my style of politics. But look at the results! Is now really the time to change presidents?

Trump’s approval rating on North Korea solid ahead of second summit but majority still call Kim a threat

(CNN)President Donald Trump arrives in Vietnam Tuesday for a second major summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un with nearly half of Americans approving of the way he has been handling relations with the Hermit Kingdom, according to a Fox News poll out last week. While Trump is trying to strike a diplomatic deal with Kim to denuclearize North Korea, about half of Americans favor the US taking military action to stop Kim from developing the country’s nuclear weapons program. The Fox News poll showed 49% of Americans are in favor of taking military action to end the North Korean nuclear weapons program. Upon leaving the Singapore summit in June 2018, Trump said that “there is no longer a …

Michael Cohen testifies that Trump paid for portrait with Trump Foundation funds

Washington (CNN)The President’s former attorney Michael Cohen testified that Donald Trump directed his charity organization to refund a “fake bidder” for a portrait of himself. Cohen alleged that Trump directed the Trump Foundation to use its funds to reimburse the bidder and kept the art, which Cohen claims currently hangs in one of Trump’s country clubs. Cohen also provided the House panel with an article about the portrait auction that Trump wrote on and sent to Cohen. Trump tweeted about the portrait sale back in 2013. “Just found out that at a charity auction of celebrity portraits in E. Hampton, my portrait by artist William Quigley topped list at $60K,” Trump wrote then. Dan’s Papers, a local Hampton newspaper, reported …

This exchange between Mike Pompeo and Jake Tapper on North Korea is literally unbelievable

(CNN)As Donald Trump heads to Vietnam for the second summit of his presidency with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, one big question remains: Is the rogue nation still a nuclear threat or, well, isn’t it? So that seems pretty clear, right? “There is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea.” Problem solved! Nothing to see here, folks!

New Pentagon report warns of Russian and Chinese laser threats to US satellites

(CNN)A new Pentagon report on threats in space warns that China and Russia are both developing capabilities to threaten the US’ preeminent position, including lasers that could target and destroy US satellites. They also house sensors involved in detecting enemy missile launches. The report comes as the Chinese government has been increasingly stepping up its space program, becoming the first nation to land a probe on the far side of the moon in January. The growth of China’s space capabilities and the need to help safeguard US satellites have been cited by the Trump administration as a reason why the US needs a Space Force. China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has yet to respond to the new US report. Anti-satellite …