In a new interview with his favorite cable TV network, President Donald Trump was adamant that “the people won’t stand for it” if a report delivered by Special Counsel Robert Mueller makes him look bad. “It’s always interesting to me because a deputy who didn’t get any votes appoints a man who didn’t get any votes, he’s gonna write a report on me,” Trump told Fox Business News, referring to Robert Mueller and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. “I had one of the greatest election victories in history, wouldn’t you say that’s right?” he then asked host Maria Bartiromo, who nodded her head and responded “Yes, absolutely.” Trump then went on to describe the voters. “They came from the valleys, they came from the rivers, they came from the cities, they came from all over.” After blaming all of people involved in investigation, he said, “With all of that being said, for two years we’ve gone through this nonsense–cause there’s no collusion with Russia and you know that better than anybody.”
A bellwether U.S. bond indicator has turned negative for the first time since the beginning of the financial crisis in 2007. The closely watched gap between yield rates on the three-month and 10-year Treasury notes vanished in trading early Friday as buyers rushed into the longer-term bonds, pushing prices down. This event—known as inversion—has long been a reliable predictor of economic recessions in global markets. Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said Friday the U.S. economy is facing a “stern test” from the bond market turbulence. Analysts pointed to the Fed’s comments this week that it would hold steady on interest rates for all of 2019 as a source of investors’ worries. “Yield curves are responding to what they see, to what I believe is a global economic slowdown,” Peter Boockvar, chief investment officer at Bleakley Advisory Group, told CNBC. “You don’t see this kind of move in curves, not just here but everywhere, unless you get one.”
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo believes President Trump may have been sent by God to rescue the Jewish people from Iran, according to an interview he gave to the Christian Broadcasting Network. In an interview aired after Pompeo visited the Western Wall in Jerusalem with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday, he was asked whether Trump could be just like the biblical figure Esther, who is said to have saved the Jews with help from God. “As a Christian, I certainly believe that’s possible,” he responded. He went on to praise the Trump administration for ensuring that “this Jewish state remains.” “I am confident the Lord is at work here,” he said. Pompeo’s remarks came after Trump announced Washington’s decision to recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights, territory that was seized from Syria in 1967.
Before taking off to Palm Beach, Florida, President Trump repeated his assertion that Democrats are “anti-Israel” ahead of his meetings with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu next week. “The Democrats have very much proven to be anti-Israel. There’s no question about that,” he told reporters. “And it’s a disgrace. I mean, I don’t know what's happened to them but they are totally anti-Israel. Frankly, I think they’re anti-Jewish.” According to The Washington Post, the Jewish Democratic Council of America quickly denounced the presidents remarks—calling for Trump to “stop lying about Democrats and Israel” and saying “Jews should not be treated as political pawns.” This comes after the House passed a resolution earlier this month condemning “hatred” rather than specifically condemning comments made by Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) about Israel. Trump is reportedly slated to meet with Netanyahu at the White House on Monday and Tuesday.
Schools in Charlottesville, Virginia, were closed for the second day in a row on Friday as officials searched for the author of racist threats against the students of Charlottesville High School. An online post threatening “ethnic cleansing” first appeared Wednesday and was later posted on a Reddit thread, the Richmond-Times Dispatch reports. The original post reportedly came from channels frequently used by white-supremacist groups. School Superintendent Rosa Atkins would not confirm the original source of those threats. “I think we all have to keep in mind a threat against one student, no matter what the ethnicity, is a threat against all of our students and a threat against our teachers and our community,” she wrote in an email to parents.
Almost a year year after his prison release, 21-year-old Ethan Couch will be allowed to remove his GPS monitor on Monday, according to court documents. Couch became known as the “affluenza teen” after a psychologist suggested—during his 2013 trial for killing four people during an underage drunk-driving accident—that his wealthy upbringing left him with an affliction, which no medical expert agreed existed. Couch served almost two years in jail after he fled to Mexico in December 2015 with his mother, violating the terms of his probation. He was released from Texas prison in April 2018, under three conditions: a GPS monitor, a curfew at 9 p.m., and alcohol and drug testing.
Robert S. Khuzami, the lead federal prosecutor in the criminal case against longtime Trump lawyer Michael Cohen, will step down next month, The New York Times reported Friday. His departure as a senior prosecutor in the Southern District of New York, which is expected to be announced Friday, “is for personal reasons and unrelated to any political pressure” from his investigation into Cohen. Audrey Strauss will be appointed to replace Khuzami as deputy United States attorney, the newspaper reports.
Jimmy Carter becomes the oldest living president ever on Friday, beating out George H.W. Bush, who died at the age of 94 years and 171 days. Carter, who will turn 95 on Oct. 1, turns 94 years and 172 days on Friday. Just four years ago, in 2015, the 39th president was diagnosed with brain cancer and thought he might die. “I thought I only had maybe two weeks to live,” he told USA Today. “So I told goodbye to my family and to the Carter Center staff who work with me.” Instead, the Nobel Peace Prize winner remains active in the Carter Center and Habitat for Humanity with his wife, Rosalynn. “Both President and Mrs. Carter are determined to use their influence for as long as they can to make the world a better place,” the Carter Center said in a statement. “Their tireless resolve and heart have helped to improve life for millions of the world's poorest people.”
A man has been arrested after stabbing a priest Friday morning during a livestream of a morning mass in Canada’s largest church. Authorities responded to a call around 8:40 a.m. after Father Claude Grou, the rector of the Saint Joseph’s Oratory in Montreal, was reportedly stabbed with “a sharp object.” He was taken to the hospital and is in stable condition. The attack was captured on a livestream by the Catholic channel Salt + Light. “What a horrible and inexcusable gesture that has no place in Montreal,” Valérie Plante, mayor of Montreal, said following the incident.