- The news of George H.W. Bush’s passing Friday largely framed the weekend, with funeral plans and official ceremonies being announced.
- Foreign leaders met at the G20, whose news was more spectacle than substance.
- Neil deGrasse Tyson took to Facebook to responded to sexual misconduct allegations, which he mostly denied.
This weekend (Dec. 2 and Dec 3.) largely stood under the shadow of the news that former President George H.W. Bush had passed away Friday evening. The details of his death, the funeral preparations, responses from world leaders, and the effect on Washington largely overshadowed the other news that was made on Saturday and Sunday.
Here’s everything you might have missed.
The details are still being decided, but President Donald Trump ordered the federal government to close on December 5 „as a mark of respect“ for former President George H.W. Bush.
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- Bush died Friday after suffering from Parkinson’s and experiencing multiple hospitalizations.
- World leaders gave touching reactions and shared their memories of the former president throughout the weekend.
- President Trump announced that the federal government would close its offices Wednesday to honor Bush’s funeral. Nasdaq and the NYSE will also close. Starting Monday, Bush will lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda for three days.
- The federal budget is also expected to be extended for two weeks with a stop-gap measure, setting up a deadline for a new budget to be negotiated by the Friday before Christmas to avoid a shutdown.
Trump attended the G20 Summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina, not without controversy.
Here are the highlights:
- Trump had a meeting and a formal dinner to hold high-stakes talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping concerning the burgeoning US-China trade war.
- Trump took a break from his preferred diet of meatloaf, Oreos, and Diet Coke while in Argentina.
- Trump stood alone on the issue of climate change. Still, G20 leaders found common ground on trade and migration after heated negotiation.
- At the end of the two-day summit, Trump appeared more than ready to leave for Washington, nearly missing a photo-op and telling an aide: „get me out of here.„
Neil deGrasse Tyson responded to sexual misconduct allegations: „I cannot continue to stay silent“
Here’s what happened:
- Astrophysicist and media personality Neil deGrasse Tyson posted a statement Saturday addressing sexual misconduct allegations and describing his memories of the incidents.
- On Friday, Fox announced that it was placing Tyson under investigation after reports accused documented multiple accusations against him.
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