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CNN panel rips Trump for an elementary explanation of ISIS: ‘Most presidents would have at least read about the region’

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On Wednesday, legal commentator Jeffrey Toobin nailed President Donald Trump over his ignorance of foreign policy and the threat of terrorism.

During a cabinet meeting, Trump went on a rant about Defense Secretary James Mattis. Trump, who dodged the draft said that he could have probably made a good general.

He also said that the U.S. should allow the Taliban and ISIS to “just fight each other.”

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Toobin said, that a president of the United States should have a broader and deeper understanding of the impact of foreign policy.

“Jeffrey, do you think he would have been a good general or who knows?” Wolf said.

“It is so unbelievable. Like most presidents have read a book before they became president and know something about the history of the region or they listen to people or they read briefing papers,” Toobin said.

He added, “The idea that the whole story there is ISIS and Taliban fighting each other and let’s just leave it, is so incredible that it is really hard to know how to address it.”

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Watch the full panel discussion below via CNN.

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Japan emperor to proclaim enthronement in ritual-bound ceremony

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Japan's new Emperor Naruhito will formally proclaim his ascension to the throne next week in a ritual-bound ceremony, but the after-effects of deadly typhoon will cast a shadow over proceedings.

Naruhito officially assumed his duties as emperor on May 1, a day after his father became the first Japanese monarch to abdicate in 200 years.

But the transition will not be complete until his new role is officially proclaimed on Tuesday, in a series of events expected to be attended by foreign dignitaries from nearly 200 countries.

The event will come just over a week after Typhoon Hagibis slammed into Japan, killing nearly 80 people and leaving a trail of destruction.

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US imposes tariffs on EU goods, targeting Airbus, wine and whisky

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The United States imposed tariffs on a record $7.5-billion worth of European Union goods on Friday, despite threats of retaliation, with Airbus, French wine and Scottish whiskies among the high-profile targets.

The tariffs, which took effect just after midnight in Washington (0401 GMT), came after talks between European officials and US trade representatives failed to win a last-minute reprieve.

The WTO-endorsed onslaught from US President Donald Trump also comes as Washington is mired in a trade war with China and could risk destabilising the global economy further.

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Why key Senate Republicans should be terrified as Trump drags the party down

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Incumbent Republican senators in swing states and blue states find themselves caught between a rock and a hard place. On one hand, criticizing President Donald Trump can result in a burdensome GOP primary battle; on the other hand, being perceived as pro-Trump can be the kiss of death in places where Trump is unpopular. And according to a report by Eli Yokley for Morning Consult’s website, things aren’t getting any better for incumbent GOP senators who are considered vulnerable in the 2020 election.

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