DC Daily: Trump pursued deal for Trump Tower in Moscow during campaign, WaPo reports

DC Daily: Trump pursued deal for Trump Tower in Moscow during campaign, WaPo reports
Posted at 9:57 AM, Aug 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-28 12:57:59-04

What's happening in the political world:

Report: Trump wanted to build tower in Moscow
-- During his presidential campaign, Donald Trump and his company were looking to build a Trump Tower in Moscow, according to a Washington Post report published Sunday.

The Washington Post, citing several people familiar with the proposal, reported "investors and Trump's company signed a letter of intent," but "they lacked the land and permits to proceed and the project was abandoned at the end of January 2016, just before the presidential primaries began."

According to The Post, White House officials declined to comment on the story.

In the past, Trump has steadily denied having any business-related links to Russia.

The Post report comes as investigations continue into possible collusion between Trump campaign staffers and Russia during the 2016 presidential election.

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Trump to survey Harvey damage during Texas visit
-- President Trump is scheduled to visit the Texas area Tuesday to get an up-close look at the recovery effort from Hurricane Harvey.

According to a CNN report, the president is expected to travel away from the storm zone and avoid the most hard-it areas.

On Sunday, Trump tweeted: "I will be going to Texas soon as that trip can be made without causing disruption. The focus must be life and safety."

Federal officials say Harvey, now a tropical storm, will force 30,000 people out of their homes and into shelters. About 450,000 people will likely be in need of disaster assistance, officials added.

As rescues and evacuations continue in southern Texas, weather forecasters say more rain is expected to douse the region.

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Trump to overturn Obama directive on military equipment for police
-- Local police officers could soon get their hands on surplus military equipment following a three-year hiatus.

The Trump administration is planning to undo an Obama-era order that would give police access to armored vehicles, large-caliber weapons and other heavy military equipment.

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Mexican government once again says country won't pay for border wall
-- The Mexican government reiterated once again that it won't foot the bill for President Trump's proposed border wall.

Mexico's foreign ministry said in a press release Sunday the country will not, "under any circumstances," pay for a barrier on the border between the U.S. and Mexico.

The statement was in response to a tweet Trump posted that morning. He said, "With Mexico being one of the highest crime Nations in the world, we must have THE WALL. Mexico will pay for it through reimbursement/other."

The border wall was one of Trump's signature campaign promises.

"I will build a great, great wall on our southern border, and I will have Mexico pay for that wall," Trump said.

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CNN and Newsy contributed to this report