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Donald Trump's unusual North Korea video, explained

Among the outcomes of President Donald Trump’s summit with Kim Jong Un was a video of cinematic proportions. Trump showed a four-minute video to journalists in the Singapore press conference, who initially mistook it as North Korean propaganda. As it turns out, it was made in the USA. The video plays like a low-budget movie trailer, depicting two epic heroes, Trump and Kim, on whom one choice falls: world peace or annihilation.

Is North Korea no longer a nuclear threat, as Donald Trump said?

Fresh back from his meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, President Donald Trump tweeted to Americans that they could rest easy. “Everybody can now feel much safer than the day I took office,” said Trump. “There is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea. Meeting with Kim Jong Un was an interesting and very positive experience. North Korea has great potential for the future!” See Figure 1 on Really? North Korea is no longer a nuclear threat? We won’t take that as a statement of fact because Trump’s own words say otherwise.

Fact-checking Donald Trump in Singapore about North Korea

President Donald Trump detailed his discussion with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un during a lengthy news conference following the leaders’ June 12 summit in Singapore. Trump described the meeting as a success, reporting that North Korea would dismantle its nuclear arsenal “very quickly.” Reporters pressed Trump for details on the process and whether he brought up North Korea’s human rights violations against its people and U.S. citizens, which Trump largely glossed over.

So the Donald Trump, Kim Jong Un handshake happened. Now what?

President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un adopted an upbeat tone as they opened a new chapter in their tense courtship, with both leaders broadly agreeing at a historic Singapore summit to pursue a path toward more peaceful relations.  Given Pyongyang’s strides toward developing a nuclear-tipped missile capable of reaching the United States, the question of whether an arms control deal would take shape loomed large over the talks. Both leaders signed a joint statement that experts characterized as aspirational but short on specifics.

In Context: What Justin Trudeau said that made Donald Trump angry

In two fuming tweets fired aboard Air Force One upon his departure from the Group of 7 summit, President Donald Trump accused the host, Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau, of lying. “Based on Justin’s false statements at his news conference, and the fact that Canada is charging massive Tariffs to our U.S. farmers, workers and companies, I have instructed our U.S. Reps not to endorse the Communique as we look at Tariffs on automobiles flooding the U.S. Market!” Trump tweeted.

What you need to know about the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance immigration policy

President Donald Trump has said Democrats need to be pressured to end a “horrible law” that separates children from their parents at U.S. borders. But Democrats including Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley counter that Trump is the one to blame for a “cruel new child separation policy.” What exactly is going on? There is no law mandating the separation of families, contrary to Trump’s claims. However, the Trump administration has introduced a “zero-tolerance” policy calling for the prosecution of all individuals who illegally enter the United States.

Fact-checking the death toll estimates from Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico

Many news reports latched on to the number 4,645 in a new Harvard University study about the death toll in Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria — more than 70 times above the government’s official count. While the number grabbed headlines, it requires explanation about the methodology and what the study actually found. The number is an estimate, not a specific count of documented deaths. Death counts after a disaster are important, because they fuel recovery efforts and planning for the future.