DC Daily: Trump, Clinton exchange Twitter shots; President says US out of Paris climate deal

Posted at 7:45 AM, Jun 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-01 16:30:59-04

What's happening in the political world:

Trump: U.S. withdrawing from Paris Accord
-- President Trump announced his decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate accord Thursday, a major step that will fulfill a campaign promise while sparking global outcry.

The Accord was an agreement among members of the United Nations to curb carbon emissions in an effort to combat climate change.

Throughout the 2016, Trump promised to leave the agreement if he were elected President. He has said in the past that he is a climate change skeptic.

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Comey to testify before Senate intel panel next week
-- Former FBI Director James Comey will testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee on June 8, CNN reported.

Comey is expected to offer insight on possible Russian involvement in the 2016 presidential election.

President Trump fired Comey as the FBI's head man last month.

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Trump, Clinton take shots at each other on Twitter
-- Hillary Clinton blamed the Democratic Party for her loss to Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election.

Speaking at a conference in California Wednesday, the one-time Democratic nominee said, "I take responsibility for every decision I make -- but that's not why I lost … I'm now the nominee of the Democratic Party. I inherit nothing from the Democratic Party. It was bankrupt, it was on the verge of insolvency, its data was mediocre to poor, non-existent, wrong. I had to inject money into it -- the DNC -- to keep it going."

Upon learning of her comments, the president took to Twitter and criticized Clinton for blaming "everybody but herself."

Clinton responded with a retweet of Trump's message and a message of her own that included a reference to the president's most talked-about tweet thus far:

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Mexican businessman introduces "Trump" toilet paper
-- Mexican corporate lawyer Antonio Battaglia is creating "Trump" brand toilet paper, marketed under the slogans "Softness without borders" and "This is the wall that, yes, we will pay for."

Mexico's Institute of Industrial Property has granted Trump's company trademarks on his name in sectors such as construction, hotels, tourism, real estate and financial services. But the Trump Organization didn't bother to cover what's referred to in Spanish as "hygenic paper," and Battaglia's trademark for Trump toilet paper was approved in October 2015, according to the institute's records.

Packages are expected to begin rolling off production lines later this year, with 30 percent of the profits promised to programs supporting migrants.

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Sources: Congress looking into second Sessions-Russia meeting
-- Congress is investigating a second meeting between Attorney Jeff Sessions and Russians, according to a CNN report that cited sources.

Congressional investigators are examining whether Attorney General Jeff Sessions had an additional private meeting with Russia's ambassador during the presidential campaign, according to Republican and Democratic Hill sources and intelligence officials briefed on the investigation.

Investigators on the Hill are requesting additional information, including schedules from Sessions, a source with knowledge tells CNN. They are focusing on whether such a meeting took place April 27, 2016, at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC, where then-candidate Donald Trump was delivering his first major foreign policy address. Prior to the speech, then-Sen. Sessions and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak attended a small VIP reception with organizers, diplomats and others.

In addition to congressional investigators, the FBI is seeking to determine the extent of interactions the Trump campaign team may have had with Russia's ambassador during the event as part of its broader counterintelligence investigation of Russian interference in the election. The FBI is looking into whether there was an additional private meeting at the Mayflower the same day, sources said. Neither Hill nor FBI investigators have yet concluded whether a private meeting took place -- and acknowledge that it is possible any additional meeting was incidental.

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CNN and The Associated Press contributed to this report