The Obama administration granted a license letting Iran access the United States financial system despite officials’ pledges that they would prohibit it, according to a draft report from the Senate’s Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations.
President Donald Trump has agreed to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the White House announced, setting the scene for an unprecedented encounter between two nations that only recently threatened to wipe each other out.
The immigration fracas continued apace Wednesday. But there have been no real signs of a deal to keep the government open, or that much headway has been made on the issue. A State Department official told me on Wednesday morning: “The U.S. government’s national-security visitor screening and vetting procedures are constantly reviewed and refined to improve security and more effectively identify individuals who might pose a threat. . . . At this time there has been no change to the Diversity Visa program or to family-based immigrant visa processing.”