Today in 5 Lines
During a news conference in Palm Beach, Florida, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the U.S. is considering an “appropriate response” to Tuesday’s chemical attack in Syria. When asked by reporters if Assad should remain in power, President Trump said “he’s there and I guess he’s running things so something should happen.” Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Palm Beach for his first meeting with Trump. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes recused himself from the panel’s investigation into Russia’s alleged interference in the U.S. presidential election, citing ethics complaints. Republicans voted to change Senate rules to push through Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Judge Neil Gorsuch, after Democrats attempted to filibuster his confirmation.
Today on The Atlantic
Senator Mitt Romney?: The former Republican presidential nominee is mulling over a 2018 Senate bid in Utah. Could his strong opposition to Trump fuel a return to public life? (McKay Coppins)
Hitting a Wall: The Trump administration would need to acquire private property through eminent domain to construct a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. But doing so would put the president at odds with his own party.(Priscilla Alvarez)
Will Trump Triangulate?: The strained relationship between Donald Trump and Republicans threatens to stall future policy, raising the question: Will Trump adopt the strategy Bill Clinton used to revive his chaotic first two years as president? (Ronald Brownstein)