What We’re Following
May’s Minority: Theresa May will stay on as prime minister of the U.K. with the help of the Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party, which agreed to join its 10 parliamentary seats with May’s ruling Conservatives to form a minority government.* Though the coalition will have just a few seats more than the 326 needed to form a parliamentary majority, the results of the election signal a failure of May’s political gamble to call for one in the first place, as it leaves the ruling Conservatives worse off than before.
Qatar Confusion: President Trump assailed Qatar for funding terrorism “at a very high level,” just hours after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called on Arab countries to ease their blockade on the Gulf nation. Trump’s remarks, which come less than a week after six countries moved to sever ties with Qatar over its alleged support of extremist groups, are not the first contradictory comments to be offered by the U.S. since the diplomatic crisis in the Gulf began, and make it difficult to determine what exactly U.S. policy on Qatar is.
Comey, Continued: President Trump said he would “100 percent” be willing to testify under oath about his conversations with former FBI Director James Comey, who Trump accused of lying after he told the Senate Intelligence Committee that he was fired “because of the Russia investigation.” Trump said Comey’s testimony proved that he was guilty of neither collusion nor obstruction—sentiments that were echoed by Republican senators who contend the president’s conduct did not demonstrate he knew what he was doing. Still, such reasoning may be unpersuasive to some. As Yoni Appelbaum argues, when you’re president, ignorance is no excuse.