Top40 News for 07/26/2018

#3 Trump declares a ‘new phase’ in trade relations with Europe

President Donald Trump announced a 'new phase' in trade relations with Europe after a period of months of escalating rhetoric and retaliatory tariffs – but he announced few specifics and the European Commission said no concessions had been made.

Trump met with EC chief Jean-Claude Juncker in the Oval Office, then spoke before reporters to proclaim a pause in the simmering trans-Atlantic trade dispute – but without announcing the concrete pillars of any agreement that exists.

Trump said the United States and the European Union have agreed to work toward 'zero tariffs' and 'zero subsidies' on goods other than automobiles. Trump has repeatedly railed against comparatively high tariffs Europe slaps on U.S. cars and trucks.

But he announced no timeline, and few details other than the creation of a new 'working group.'

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#4 Man who says he destroyed Trump’s Walk of Fame star is booked on felony vandalism charge

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LOS ANGELES - A man who said he took a pickax to Donald Trump's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame early Wednesday has given himself up to police, authorities said.

The man strode up to Trump's star off Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue about 3:30 a.m. and proceeded to destroy the majority of it, including bashing through Trump's name plate, police said.

After bashing through the plaque, the man "called police and advised he had vandalized Donald Trump's star and basically called on himself and said, 'See you soon,'" said Lt. Karen Leong of the LAPD's Hollywood Division.

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This photo shows Donald Trump's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame that was vandalized Wednesday, July 25, 2018, in Los Angeles. Los Angeles police Officer Ray Brown said the vandalism was reported early Wednesday and someone was subsequently taken into custody. Authorities said a pickax was used in the vandalism. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

Private security officers in the area attempted to intervene but couldn't stop the man because they don't have police powers, she said.

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