Prominent Latino group snubs Trump

WASHINGTON — For the first time in almost 40 years, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute is not inviting a sitting president to its annual convention.

The caucus is one of the leading institutions in the development of young Latino leaders and is nonpartisan, though only two of the 25 members of Congress in its advisory council are Republican.

Donald Trump upset many Latinos from the start of his candidacy, when he referred to Mexican immigrants as ‘‘criminals.’’ Since becoming president, he decided to phase out the protection from deportation for young immigrants living in the United States illegally who were brought to the country as children.


The White House did not reply to a question about the snub.

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US to hold meeting on climate change

WASHINGTON — Gary D. Cohn, the chief White House economic adviser, is convening senior climate and energy ministers from about a dozen nations in advance of next week’s UN General Assembly meeting, the White House confirmed Tuesday.

The breakfast in New York on Monday will be held against a backdrop of devastation in the United States and the Caribbean from two monster hurricanes that scientists say may have been made more ferocious by warming trends. It also comes as the Trump administration is navigating an uncertain position in the international climate change negotiations, having declared it will withdraw from the global Paris agreement while also telling nations it remains open to continued discussions.

Invitations were sent to officials from the world’s largest economies. The event is billed as “an opportunity for key ministers with responsibility for these issues to engage in an informal exchange of views and discuss how we can move forward most productively,” according to the invitation. The note says the group will be kept small and include ministerial-level officials only.


“It is too early to say what may come out of the meeting, but it shows that the US is keen to engage with key countries,” said one diplomat who asked not to be identified because he was not authorized to speak for his government. “If the US expresses its clear intent on addressing climate change issues at the meeting, that would be a positive sign.”

A White House official said the meeting was intended to be an informal discussion to help the Trump administration find a way to fulfill the president’s pledge to cut emissions without harming the US economy.

President Trump declared in June that the United States would abandon the Paris agreement, which binds nearly 200 nations to promises of curbing heat-trapping greenhouse-gas emissions and helping vulnerable nations adapt to the ravages of extreme weather events.

But in a letter submitted to the UN on Aug. 4, the administration hinted it might stay in the pact. Under the rules of the Paris agreement, no country can formally withdraw until November 2020.


Don’t alter review on debt, McConnell says

WASHINGTON — Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky, on Tuesday positioned himself in opposition to President Trump and Democratic leaders in Congress on the nation’s borrowing authority when he expressed no enthusiasm for repealing Congress’ oversight of the debt ceiling.


It marked the latest sign of division between Trump and Republicans on Capitol Hill, a divide that has been growing. ‘‘Getting Congress to give up the tool like that would probably be quite a challenge,’’ he said.

McConnell predicted that the debt ceiling ‘‘will continue and we’ll have to decide when these intervals come along the best way to handle it.’’

Trump and Senate minority leader Charles Schumer of New York agreed last week to pursue an agreement to permanently do away with the requirement that Congress periodically raise the debt ceiling.

Trump and Democrats also reached a deal to extend the debt limit until December, overruling McConnell and other GOP congressional leaders, who wanted a longer-term agreement that extended past the 2018 midterm elections.

McConnell said he does not expect to have to raise the debt ceiling again until ‘‘some time next year,’’ due to extraordinary measures the government can take to buy time, which he has said he pushed to include in last week’s package.

The United States spends more than it takes in and must therefore continually issue new debt, which is why officials consistently push to rise the limit.

Washington Post

Hicks formally named communications chief

WASHINGTON — The White House is naming Hope Hicks as communications director.

Hicks is a longtime aide of President Trump, having served as his presidential campaign’s lead spokeswoman. She has been interim communications director for the past few weeks. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Tuesday that Hicks has been named to the job permanently.

Hicks, 28, is the third White House communications director in the administration’s nearly eight months. Her predecessor, Wall Street personality Anthony Scaramucci, served in the role for less than two weeks.

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