1600 Daily: Everything White House 07/10/2018
The Day Ahead
President Donald J. Trump arrives in Brussels, Belgium, to prepare for a meeting with America’s NATO allies. Learn more about the NATO commitment.
What to know about Judge Brett Kavanaugh
“A judge’s job is to interpret the law, not to make the law or make policy,” writes Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s nominee to succeed Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court. “Don’t make up new constitutional rights that are not in the text of the Constitution. Don’t shy away from enforcing constitutional rights that are in the text.”
Judge Kavanaugh has served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit since 2006, authoring more than 300 opinions—including 11 that have been affirmed by the Supreme Court. A graduate of Yale College and Yale Law School, Judge Kavanaugh has clerked on the Supreme Court and on the Third and Ninth Circuit Courts of Appeals.
“In keeping with President Reagan’s legacy, I do not ask about a nominee’s personal opinions,” President Trump said last night. “What matters is not a judge’s political views, but whether they can set aside those views to do what the law and the Constitution require. I am pleased to say that I have found, without doubt, such a person.”
‘A beautiful moment’ in Thailand
The world received good news from Thailand this morning. After being stranded in a cave for more than two weeks, 12 young boys and their soccer coach were successfully rescued in a difficult mission. “On behalf of the United States, congratulations to the Thai Navy SEALs and all on the successful rescue,” President Trump tweeted.
American personnel helped stage equipment, prepared the first three chambers of the cave system for safe passage, assisted in transporting the soccer team evacuees through the cave system, and are providing medical personnel and other technical assistance as needed. U.S. coordination with the Thai military, Thai government, and other entities was extremely positive and effective, according to Department of Defense officials.