President Donald Trump speaks alongside Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach during the first meeting of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity in July 2017. Trump endorsed Kobach for Kansas governor on Monday.
President Donald Trump on Monday endorsed Kris Kobach for Kansas governor over the state’s incumbent Republican, as he announced the reimposition of sanctions on Iran and called on California’s governor to change the state’s water rules.
PITCH FOR KOBACH
Trump said in a tweet that Kobach, the secretary of state of Kansas, will be a “GREAT Governor and has my full & total Endorsement!” Like Trump, Kobach is a hard-liner on immigration policy, and led the president’s voter-fraud commission. Trump created the now-disbanded panel in May 2017 after saying, without evidence, that as many as five million votes were cast illegally in the 2016 presidential election.
Kobach is vying to unseat Gov. Jeff Colyer in Tuesday’s primary election. Colyer is also a Trump backer but has presented himself as the more moderate candidate. Kobach has said if voters are talking about a “wishy-washy politician” who says what he thinks they want to hear, “you don’t know if that guy’s going to deliver.”
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IRAN SANCTIONS BACK ON
Trump said in a statement that the U.S. is reimposing sanctions on Iran that had been lifted by the 2015 nuclear agreement. The administration is demanding Tehran stop supporting militant groups in the Middle East and is pressing for it to end its nuclear enrichment. The first wave of sanctions will take effect at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, and bar transactions with Iran involving gold, foodstuffs including pistachios, and metals. Another tranche of sanctions targeting oil exports will take effect after Nov. 4. See executive order from the White House’s web site.
Trump reiterated that he’s wiling to meet with Iranian leaders, saying “I remain open to reaching a more comprehensive deal that addresses the full range of the regime’s malign activities, including its ballistic missile program and its support for terrorism.”
Read: Trump reimposes sanctions on Iran, banning imports of pistachios and carpets.
TWEET TO GOV. BROWN
A day after blaming California’s water diversions for making the state’s wildfires worse, Trump tweeted that Gov. Jerry Brown must allow the “Free Flow” of water coming from the north to be used for fire fighting and farming. On Sunday, experts quickly refuted Trump’s assertion that water policy was to blame. The state doesn’t lack water to fight fires.
See: Trump wrongly blames California’s worsening wildfires on water diversions.
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