PUBLISHED JUN 5, 2019

Skimm This: Arms Sales, Mexican Tariffs, and Mass Weddings

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It’s June 5th. Today, we Skimm’d This:


  • The Trump administration wants to sell $8 billion worth of weapons to some countries in the Middle East -- including Saudi Arabia. Arms sales aren’t a new thing, but Democrats and Republicans have issues with Saudi Arabia -- and they’re trying to stop this sale from going through. We’ll explain why.

  • Last week, President Trump said he would add tariffs on all goods coming from Mexico. Now, Mexico’s foreign minister is in DC to make sure this isn’t a lose-lose situation. We’ll break it down.

  • A lot of people are feeling the pride this month, including those in Israel. Twenty-three gay couples held a mass (but unofficial) wedding in Tel Aviv, with rainbow desserts and all. We’ll tell you more.

  • And finally: Rihanna just beat out Madonna, Celine Dion, and Beyoncé. We’ll tell you in what category.


theSkimm: The Trump administration wants to sell $8 billion worth of weapons to – among other countries – Saudi Arabia. And many US lawmakers are saying: ‘bad idea.’ We’ll explain why they don’t want this sale to go through, and how they plan to stop it. Meanwhile, Mexico’s foreign minister Marcelo Ebrard is in DC trying to talk the Trump administration down from raising tariffs. We’ll tell you where that debate stands now - it’s taxing. Also on today’s episode: a mass wedding in Israel with a lot of pride, and $600 million reasons to work, work, work, work, work, work.

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