Mitt Romney says President Trump will win re-election in 2020. ICE hits SLC International Airport with ‘enforcement action.’ Supporters unveil plans to build a George Washington museum in Utah.
Happy Friday. Mitt Romney, who is seeking a Senate seat from Utah, says that President Donald Trump would win re-election in 2020 because the economy is good and Democrats are likely to nominate someone outside the mainstream. “I think President Trump will be re-nominated by my party easily, and I think he’ll be reelected solidly,” Romney said. [Politico]
Topping the news: Agents with U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement carried out an “enforcement action” at the Salt Lake City International Airport after a subtracting company was accused of labor trafficking and worker exploitation. [Trib] [Fox13] [ABC4]
-> The suicide rate in Utah jumped 46.5 percent between 1999 and 2016, making Utah the fifth-highest in the nation for residents taking their own lives. [APviaTrib]
-> Sen. Orrin Hatch and others are pushing for a $70 million museum for George Washington to be built in Utah honoring the 250th anniversary of the founding of the United States. [Trib]
Tweets of the day: From @JWadeTaylor: “I hope Macron and Trudeau speak only french to each other when they are around Trump, and regularly drop ‘Mueller’ in their conversation.“
-> From @ericawerner: "The Stanley Cup final probably won’t get very good ratings tonight since it’s up against the House rescission vote on C-SPAN”
Happy Birthday: To USU’s Matt LaPlante.
Behind the Headlines: Tribune reporters Erin Alberty, Taylor Anderson and Courtney Tanner and columnist Robert Gehrke join KCPW’s Roger McDonough to talk about the week’s top stories, including a new plan to address disagreements over the planned inland port and the actions one dessert shop employee took to protect four men being pursued by a mob shouting homophobic slurs.
Every Friday at 9 a.m., stream “Behind the Headlines” online at kcpw.org or tune in to KCPW 88.3 FM or Utah Public Radio for the broadcast.
In other news: Five months after Dixie Technical College President Kelle Stephens was fired for claims of blackmail and collusion, the college rehired her and offered her a raise. [Trib]
-> Residents of Dutch John, a small town in Daggett County, are suing the county and accusing officials of using money that was supposed to go to the city. [Trib]
-> After a store worker fought off a mob that chased a group of men as they were leaving the Utah Pride Festival, people are visiting him and bringing him balloons. [Trib]
-> Robert Gehrke points out that the representatives overseeing the area of Salt Lake City being considered for an inland port are women, and says they should be included in discussions about the project. [Trib]
-> Pat Bagley wonders if President Donald Trump owes his predecessor some credit for the rising economy. [Trib]
Nationally: President Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau traded remarks on Twitter over steel tariffs ahead of the G-7 summit this weekend in Quebec. [NYTimes]
-> Trump said he didn’t feel a need to prepare for the historic June 12 meeting with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un. [Politico]
-> Four Arizona police officers were placed on administrative leave after surveillance video showed them beating an unarmed man. [CNN]
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