Daily News Digest June 19, 2018

This Week's Headlines: 

The Senate voted Monday night to reimpose the U.S. ban on Chinese telecom giant ZTE, in a rebuke to President Donald Trump and his efforts to keep the company in business.

GOP Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas) said on Monday that he will introduce legislation aimed at preventing the controversial practice of separating immigrant families along the border.

“While these cases are pending, families should stay together. Children belong with their mothers and fathers," Cruz, who is up for reelection in November, said in a statement. 

It’s not clear whether Michael Avenatti set out to be Donald Trump’s worst nightmare, or if being a force for justice just happens to mean opposing this president at every turn, but the attorney is now taking on POTUS at the border.

The U.S. military has “suspended all planning” for a joint military exercise with South Korea that was scheduled for August, the Pentagon announced today.

The move comes a week after President Donald Trump pledged to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un that he would halt joint “wargames” on the Korean peninsula, calling them “provocative.”

California Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris on Monday called for the resignation of Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen as a result of immigration policy that has resulted in family separations at the US border.

"The government should be in the business of keeping families together, not tearing them apart," Harris, a rising star in the Democratic Party, said in a statement. She added, "And the government should have a commitment to transparency and accountability. Under Secretary Nielsen's tenure, the Department of Homeland Security has a track record of neither. As a result, she must resign."

But Kelly’s status in the White House has changed in recent months, and he and the president are now seen as barely tolerating one another. According to four people close to Kelly, the former Marine general has largely yielded his role as the enforcer in the West Wing as his relationship with Trump has soured. While Kelly himself once believed he stood between Trump and chaos, he has told at least one person close to him that he may as well let the president do what he wants, even if it leads to impeachment — at least this chapter of American history would come to a close.