President Donald Trump said Monday that the U.S. is committed to peace as the American embassy opened in Jerusalem, as he thanked the man hailed as a hero for saving lives at a shooting in Nashville and discussed Argentina’s economy with its president.


In a recorded message, Trump told a ceremony opening the Jerusalem embassy that he was “fully committed” to a lasting peace between Israel and the Palestinians. “Our greatest hope is for peace,” Trump said. “The United States will always be a great friend of Israel and a partner in the cause of freedom and peace.”

Palestinians clashed Monday with the Israeli military at the fence dividing the Gaza Strip and Israel, leaving dozens of protesters dead and scores injured. A White House spokesman said Hamas, the organization that controls Gaza, was responsible for the deaths.

Read: Dozens of Palestinians, including children, killed in Gaza clashes as U.S. opens Jerusalem embassy.


Trump called James Shaw Jr., who is credited with saving numerous lives when he wrestled an AR-15 out of the hands of the Waffle House shooter in Nashville on April 22. Trump had faced criticism for not acknowledging Shaw’s actions earlier. Vice President Mike Pence called Shaw “an American hero,” and White House spokesman Raj Shah said the president called him “to commend his heroic actions and quick thinking last month.”

Also see: Hero in Waffle House shooting says he was just trying to stay alive.


Trump tweeted again about ZTE Corp.

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  , saying the Chinese company “buys a big percentage of individual parts from U.S. companies,” a day after tweeting he was working with President Xi Jinping to keep ZTE in business. The Commerce Department is reviewing ZTE’s request for a stay of an order banning U.S. companies from selling to the firm. Trump said his actions were “also reflective of the larger trade deal we are negotiating with China and my personal relationship with President Xi.”


The White House said Trump spoke with President Mauricio Macri of Argentina, and expressed support for Macri’s “efforts to transform Argentina’s economy.” The two leaders also “underscored the need to maintain momentum against the regime in Venezuela,” the statement said.

The Argentine peso

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  dropped to a historic low against the U.S. dollar on Monday. The country is on the brink of another currency crisis and has been using reserves to prop up its currency in recent weeks, MarketWatch writes.

See: Argentine peso drops almost 9% to lowest ever against U.S. dollar.



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