This week, the President also re-upped his feud with windmills, a common target for him both during and before his time in the White House. While on the international stage at the G7 summit, Trump said he wouldn’t waste the US’ wealth on “on dreams, on windmills — which, frankly, aren’t working too well.” It was his response to whether he still harbors skepticism about the climate crisis.
The President also refused to sign on to the G7’s aid package for the wildfires raging in the Amazon.
Trump used his platform at the G7 to push another unpopular idea — bringing Russia back into the gathering for world leaders. Both in public and private, Trump blamed Russia’s exit on his predecessor, Barack Obama, and asked why Russia was not involved given its size and role in global affairs. The suggestion got little support from the six other G7 leaders.
But it wasn’t all conflict for the President this week.
On Thursday, Trump announced the creation of the US Space Command
— the result of an offhand remark
made in 2018 that would create a sixth branch of the military.
Space Command “will soon be followed — very importantly — by the establishment of the United States Space Force as the sixth branch of the United States Armed Forces,” Trump said Thursday, adding that the Space Force will “organize, train and equip warriors to support Space Command’s mission.”
The President has also kept a keen eye on achievements he can point to amid his 2020 reelection battle. Despite barriers to getting his signature border wall built, Trump reportedly has instructed aides to forge ahead with wall construction
(including painting it black), and said he would pardon anyone who ran into legal trouble along the way.
Meanwhile, the 2020 field continues to shift for the Democrats eager to take on Trump in the general election. Only 10 qualified for the third debate in Houston in September, prompting another candidate who didn’t make that cut to drop out: Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York
The Point: Amid the storm, Trump continues to keep an eye on 2020.
And that was the week in 18 headlines.