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U.S., Mexico reach new trade agreement » President Trump announced Monday his administration has struck a new trade deal, in principle, with Mexico to replace NAFTA.

TRUMP: They used to call it NAFTA. We’re gonna call it the United States-Mexico Trade Agreement. We’ll get rid of the name NAFTA. It has a bad connotation because the United States was hurt very badly by NAFTA for many years. And now it’s a really good deal for both countries. 

Details are still emerging, but the agreement would set new rules for manufacturing in multiple industries, including auto manufacturing.

At the White House Monday, President Trump had Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto on the Oval Office speaker phone for the announcement. Peña Nieto spoke via a translator.

NIETO: It is our wish Mr. president that now Canada will also be able to be incorporated in all this.

President Trump said he hopes to bring Canada into the agreement but continued his hardball approach, threatening to impose tariffs on Canadian cars if they can’t reach a deal.

Once details are finalized, Congress must sign off on the agreement.


North Korea accuses U.S. of ‘double-dealing’ and plotting invasion » North Korea is hurling new accusations at the U.S. following the Trump administration’s decision last week to cancel another round of in-person talks. WORLD Radio’s Kristen Flavin has more.  

KRISTEN FLAVIN, REPORTER: A state-run newspaper in Pyongyang accused the U.S. of “hatching a criminal plot” and planning invasion, while negotiating—quote—“with a smile on its face.”

The Trump administration on Friday scrapped Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s upcoming visit to Pyongyang. The U.S. said North Korea so far has not kept its end of the deal.  

Kim Jong Un’s regime continues to blast demands from Washington that the country completely rid itself of nuclear weapons before the U.S. eases sanctions. North Korea was also angered by recent U.S. military air drills in Japan.

Reporting for WORLD Radio, I’m Kristen Flavin.


McCain aide reads farewell statement, President Trump pays respects » Arizona Senator John McCain had one final message for Americans on Monday. In a statement he wrote before his death, McCain said he had a heartfelt faith in America.

McCain’s former campaign manager, Rick Davis, read the statement at a news conference Monday.

DAVIS: Do not despair of our present difficulties. We believe always in the promise and greatness of America, because nothing is inevitable here. Americans never quit, we never surrender, we never hide from history. We make history. Farewell, fellow Americans. God bless you, and God bless America. 

President Trump issued a statement on Monday saying—quote—“Despite our differences on policy and politics, I respect Senator John McCain’s service to our country.” McCain and Trump had traded some very public barbs in recent years.

Monday’s statement followed media reports that the president vetoed a drafted White House statement that would’ve honored the late senator, and onetime prisoner of war, as a hero.

After McCain’s death on Saturday, the president tweeted a brief statement offering condolences to his family.

The late senator will lie in state at the Arizona Capitol tomorrow. A memorial service will follow in Phoenix on Thursday. McCain’s colleagues in Congress will hold a ceremony Friday morning at the U.S. Capitol where he will lie in state once more.


Florida shooter had history of mental illness » The suspect in Sunday’s deadly shooting at a video game tournament in Florida had a history of mental illness. That according to court records found on Monday. As a teenager, 24-year-old David Katz was twice hospitalized in psychiatric facilities and was prescribed antipsychotic and antidepressant medications.

The records are part of legal documents filed when Katz’s parents divorced in 2007 amid a disagreement about how to care for their son.

The FBI continues to look for answers about the suspect and a possible motive. Special Agent in Charge Charles Spencer told reporters…

SPENCER: In Baltimore, our agents are working with the subject’s family. His parents, both mother and father, have been fully cooperative with the FBI so far. They’ve provided access to all the records we’ve requested, and have been very understanding of the need for information to ensure the safety of others. 

Katz killed two people and wounded nine others before fatally shooting himself on Sunday afternoon at the Madden NFL 19 tournament in Jacksonville.


Pope responds to allegations of cover up » Pope Francis on Monday reacted to an explosive allegation by former Vatican ambassador Carlo Maria Vigano.

As the pope visited Ireland over the weekend to address the church’s sexual abuse scandal, Vigano published a letter claiming Francis participated in the cover-up of abuses, and called on him to resign.

The pope told reporters he won’t dignify Vigano’s accusation with a response.

FRANCIS (translator): Read the document carefully and judge it for yourselves. I will not say one word on this. I think the statement speaks for itself. 

The pope on Sunday vowed to work for justice for victims of sexual abuse within Catholic churches around the world.


I’m Kent Covington. Up next—Sarah Schweinsberg reports on the looming EpiPen shortage. And Cal Thomas on the president’s unhelpful tweets. This is The World and Everything in It.


(AP Photo/Evan Vucci) President Donald Trump arrives for a phone call with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto in the Oval Office of the White House, Monday, Aug. 27, 2018, in Washington. 

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