Monumental Reductions, Tillerson’s Journey and Jerusalem Declaration
The Week Ahead: On Monday, President Trump plans to visit Utah to announce downsizing the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante National Monuments increased in size by his predecessor. That day, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is scheduled to begin a Europe visit amid reports that the president — who denies them — plans to replace his chief diplomat. And Friday is the deadline for a congressional budget deal required to prevent a government shutdown, but there’s talk of extending it.
Know This: The Trump administration is expected to declare American recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital next week, a move that Palestinians warn will derail any peace process. Federal authorities have issued a new arrest warrant for undocumented immigrant Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, acquitted Thursday in a San Francisco homicide cited in President Trump’s anti-immigration statements. And the Honduran government has given its security forces extraordinary powers to quell unrest.
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