Federal law enforcement officers arrested a California man, Robert D. Chain, on Thursday after he made several threatening calls to the Boston Globe, reports the Post. In his phone calls threatening to shoot members of the paper, Chain allegedly called the Boston Globe the “enemy of the people,” a phrase popularized by President Trump.
The Trump administration is preparing to impose sanctions on countries that buy oil from Iran after Nov. 4, including China, reports the Wall Street Journal. In response to Chinese non-compliance, Hook said that the U.S. may impose secondary sanctions on China. China claims that the import of Iranian oil is lawful, and Beijing refuses to reduce imports, with some analysts claiming that China may double down and increase trade with Iran in order to undermine U.S.
Prosecutors in the Manafort trial are expected to rest their case today, according to the Associated Press. The trial enters its ninth day on Friday. So far, the prosecution has called over 20 witnesses, including Rick Gates—Manafort’s deputy in the Trump presidential campaign—and Heather Washkuhn—Manafort’s bookkeeper—and submitted over 500 pieces of evidence. Prosecutors have also contended with multiple scoldings from Judge T.S.
Senior intelligence officials described Russian interference as an ongoing threat to the United States during a Thursday press briefing at the White house, according to the Wall Street Journal. Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats told reporters that President Trump had instructed intelligence agencies to prioritize election hacking.
Italy’s new populist government is threatening to shoot down a free trade deal between Canada and the European Union, reports the Wall Street Journal. The agreement, called the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, eliminates tariffs on most goods between the two entities.
Trump announced plans to invite Russian President Vladimir Putin to visit Washington this fall, according to the New York Times. The announcement was made on Twitter by Sarah Huckabee Sanders and came while many in the intelligence community were still trying to decipher what Trump and Putin had discussed in Helsinki on Monday.
President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin met in Helsinki on Monday, reports the New York Times. At a press conference after the two leaders met, Trump said that he brought up Russia’s interference in the 2016 election and that Putin denied involvement.