Isolated in victory, EC president-elect Ursula von de Leyen sits in the plenary chamber of the European Parliament in Strasbourg beneath a display of the results of the vote confirming her appointment by MEPs. Photo: EC - Audiovisual Service
De Rugy steps down, Trump looks at Chinese infiltration of Google, Maltese journalist killers charged, Johnny Clegg passes away. Delano’s breakfast briefing.
Reuters reports that the US House of Representatives voted on Tuesday to condemn Donald Trump for “racist comments” the president made against four Democratic congresswomen on Sunday. The resolution was approved on a mostly partisan-line vote of 240 to 187, says The Guardian. Trump was defended by Republican Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell, CNN reports. White House counsellor Kellyanne Conway got into an argument with a reporter when she asked “what’s your ethnicity?”, according to Vox. But earlier in the day her husband, lawyer George T. Conway III, called Trump a “racist president” in an op-ed for the Washington Post, which probably made for an interesting dinner conversation in the Conway household on Tuesday evening.
De Rugy resigns over lifestyle reports
French Environment Minister François de Rugy has resigned over claims by investigative website Mediapart that and his wife had been “living like royals on public funds” while he was parliament speaker, The Guardian reports. De Rugy says the attacks were tantamount to a “media lynching”, according to France 24.
Trump to investigate Google-China infiltration accusations
Donald Trump has said his administration will take a look to “see if there’s any truth” to accusations made by PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel that Google may be infiltrated by Chinese intelligence agents, Reuters reports. The US president called Thiel a “great and brilliant guy who knows this subject better than anyone!”
Maltese journalist suspects charged
Three men have been formally charged over the October 2017 murder of Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, The Guardian reports. Her anti-corruption investigations linked several Maltese politicians to the Panama Papers. Prosecutors now have up to 20 months to set a trial date, says The Times Of Malta.
Asia stocks fall amid uncertainty
Remarks by Donald Trump that there was still a long way to go before Washington and Beijing agree on trade sent stocks in Asia on a downward trend in early trading on Wednesday, CNBC reports.
Residents of Harlech in Gwynedd, Wales, are celebrating their entry in the Guinness World Records for having the steepest street in the world, the BBC reports. Part of Ffordd Pen Llech has been officially registered at a challenging 37.45% gradient, beating previous holder Baldwin Street in Dunedin, New Zealand, which measures just 35%.
Today’s breakfast briefing was written by Duncan Roberts