South Korea confirms the new summit between the U.S. and North Korea to be held next month. According to a South Korean spokesman Saturday, the summit will take place in late February, with the hope it will be a ‘turning point for lasting peace on the Korean peninsula’. The summit will also reportedly pursue the continued goal of denuclearization, which was previously agreed on by President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during a June summit in Singapore.
President trump calls out Mexico over it’s apparent inaction regarding the latest migrant caravan to be heading to the U.S. The president took to Twitter Saturday to say Mexico is doing nothing to stop the caravan, which is now fully formed. He then pointed out the U.S. topped the last two groups, and many of the members of those caravans are still in Mexico.
It is officially the longest federal shut down in U.S. history, as the White House and congress continue to be at an impasse over border security. Congress has adjourned until Monday, and there are no signs of a compromise spending deal coming anytime soon. President Trump said he’s holding off for now on declaring a national emergency over the border, and is calling on Democrats to make a deal to end the shutdown.
Another migrant caravan is reportedly forming in Honduras. The caravan’s organizers plan to leave for the U.S. sometime next week, and they are using social media as a way to spread the word. Mexico is already sending hundreds of additional law enforcement agents to its southern border, in anticipation of the caravan.
A new report claims, the State Department approved thousands of requests made by adult men over the past decade, to bring adolescent brides into the U.S. The results of a Senate committee investigation published Friday, said the department granted more than 5,500 requests to bring underage spouses to America.
Moscow accuses the U.S. of detaining one of their citizens, following the arrest of a retired U.S. Marine by Russian authorities. On Saturday, the Russian Foreign Ministry claimed the United States detained Dmitry Makarenko on December 29th on the northern Mariana islands, and had him moved to Florida.
President Trump speaks out on trade negotiations with China, saying they’re going very well. Speaking at a press briefing Friday, the president said China is paying tremendous tariffs, and as a result, the U.S. is getting billions of dollars. When asked about Apple’s recent stock drop — which affected the overall stock market — and whether it was concerning, he said apple is a great company, but he has to worry about the U.S.
The Department of Homeland Security is being forced to release thousands of detained illegal immigrant families into the U.S. due to overcrowded detention centers. According to DHS, 2,000 illegal immigrants arrested at the southern border have been released over the past few weeks.
President trump highlights the need for more border security as the new congress takes over. During a surprise press briefing Thursday, the president said he wants to get a lot done with bipartisan support now that Democrats control the House. He also introduced a number of border security and immigration officials that he had just met.