President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin’s summit consisted of a 46 minute news conference where Trump attacked his own FBI on foreign soil and heavily praised Russia. Before the meeting, Trump’s staffers provided him with 100 pages of briefing materials that involved a tough stance towards Putin, but the president ignored most of it. Trump’s remarks were, “very much counter to the plan”, said someone familiar with the discussions. Advisers covered matters from Russia’s annexation of Crimea, to its interference in the U.S. elections. However, it has been reported that the president has been reluctant to accept the idea that Russia meddled in the elections.
Federal officials have begun to return the 2,500 immigrant children separated from their parents under the Trump Administration’s former family separation policy. Mothers and fathers are being reunited with their children after weeks and months. Many of these children are now deeply traumatized, showing up with cuts and bruises on their face and refusing to speak of their experience. Most suffer from nightmares and now have difficulty trusting their parents. Some explain that they felt like prisoners, as punishment was a constant threat. Mark Weber, a spokesman for the Department of Health and Human Services, which oversees the agency responsible for the shelters, said they couldn’t comment on specific children or cases. However, he stated, ““our focus is always on the safety and best interest of each child.”