What we’re reading: Trump vs. Democrats

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We’re back and we’re reading – everything from “Fox News” to the “Washington Post.” We’re trying to help you keep up with the rapid pace of politics and everyday news. Today, we’ve got Trump lashing out to Democrats, the Pope’s remarks on “sexual slavery,” Trump’s contentious remarks on late-term abortions, and how other world leaders are reacting to the president’s State of the Union address.

President Trump is criticizing Democrats’ investigations

President Trump scorned the Democrats’ investigations as “ridiculous” and “harassment,” according to The Washington Post.

In response to these critiques, Nancy Pelosi accused the president of threatening lawmakers, who are committed to providing the checks and balances on his power.

Trump claimed that the Democrats’ investigations are “impeding progress for the American people.”

Democrats rebutted these investigations and said it is their congressional responsibility to ensure that the proper duties are being carried out within our country.

Catholic Church under fire for sex slavery of nuns

Pope Francis is having to clarify his recent remarks on the sexual slavery that Catholic nuns have faced.

According to CNN, Vatican spokesman, Alessandro Gisotti, clarified that when the Holy Father spoke of sexual slavery he meant manipulation.

The Pope acknowledged that this form of abuse has and continues to take place within the Catholic church.

In terms of the future he said, “Must something more be done? Yes. Do we have the will? Yes.”

Pope Francis noted that problems like this typically happen within newer congregations and the church is doing their best to remedy it.

President Trump fighting against late-term abortions

In his State of the Union address, President Trump called for a fight against New York’s newest abortion bill in hopes of prohibiting late-term abortion.

CNBC reported that the president based this prohibition on the grounds to “defend the dignity of every person.”

Republicans cheered for this, while Democrats remained seated shaking their heads.

World leaders responding to the State of the Union

World leaders had mixed reactions to Trump’s State of the Union address.

ABC News reported Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif lashed out at Trump. He noted that the U.S. has a hostility that is seeking to ruin their region.

A little farther east of Iran, South Korean President Moon Jae-in praised Trump’s confirmation of a second summit with North Korea and Vietnam.

Japan was also intrigued by the notion of a second summit. They hope this summit will take steps towards the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary, Yoshihide Suga, hopes that the second U.S.-North Korea summit will be a “meaningful one.”

That’s all we have for today. Check back tomorrow for more.