Here’s the biggest news you missed this weekend – USA TODAY
Behind-the-scenes drama at G7 summit as Trump claims all is well
Fears of a global recession and otherÂ troubling issues awaited President Donald Trump and fellow leaders of the worldâs most industrialized economies over the weekend at theÂ annual G-7 summit. Trump denied reportsÂ Sunday of tension among world leaders at the summit in Biarritz, France, insisting that he was having âgood meetingsâ and that everyone was getting along well. But behind the scenes, there were signs of discord. Here are a fewÂ key developments:Â
- Trump may have regrets over hisÂ trade warÂ with China. At a meeting Sunday with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, a reporter asked Trump if he had second thoughts about how the trade conflict with China has escalated. âI have second thoughts about everything,â Trump said. The White House later tried to clarify Trump’s comments, suggesting he regrets not placing higher tariffs on Chinese goods.
- The U.S.Â and Japan agreed on a new trade deal that calls for Japan to buy U.S. surplus corn, Trump said Sunday. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said the deal will open up markets to $7 billion in other products.
- A top Iranian official arrived unexpectedly at the G-7 summit Sunday, a move that seemed likely to highlight U.S. isolation on its handling of Tehran.Â Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman said Foreign MinisterÂ Mohammad Javad ZarifÂ had landed in France, but specifically mentioned heÂ wouldn’t be meeting with Trump or other U.S. officials. The office of French President Emmanuel Macron confirmedÂ Zarif left Biarritz after a five-hour visit.
Colts QB Andrew Luck abruptly retires from NFL
Andrew Luck stunned the sports world by abruptly announcing his retirement from the NFL on Saturday. The former Colts quarterback, who is just 29, said in a press conference that he felt âexhaustedâ as he dealt with the âcycle of injury, pain, rehab.â Despite his contributions to Indianapolis, the fans still booed him as he walked off the field Saturday night. Itâs another example of fans just not getting it, columnist Mike Jones writes, as Luck showed courage to control his own life. By retiring, Luck is giving up $58.125 million left on his contract.Â What’sÂ next for the Colts? Meet theirÂ likely starting QB.Â Â
Joe Walsh to run against TrumpÂ in the GOP primary
Former Illinois Rep. Joe Walsh announced Sunday that he willÂ run against President Donald TrumpÂ in the Republican primary for president.Â The formerÂ tea party congressman and current conservative radio hostÂ said on ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” that he’s running because Trump is “unfit” and “somebody needs to step up.” Walsh, who has used racist slursÂ andÂ promoted the “birther” conspiracy about former President Barack Obama, alsoÂ apologized for past comments.Â âI helped create Trump, thereâs no doubt about that,â said Walsh, who has become anÂ outspoken critic of Trump and his relationship with Russia. Walsh joins former Massachusetts Gov. Bill WeldÂ in the Republican primary against the president.Â
- Amazon rainforest fires are destroyingÂ thousands of acres annually,Â putting the world’s environment at greaterÂ risk.
- A hurricane could result from a growing tropical stormÂ as Dorian reaches the Caribbean.
- A NASA astronaut is accused of accessing her estranged wife’s bank account. It’s the first alleged crime in space.
- Taylor Swift braces for worst-case scenarios: “I’ve had a lot of stalkers.”
- Doubling down on racist comments, a Michigan city council candidate said she opposes interracial marriage.
- A newlywed coupleÂ was killed in a carÂ crash moments after their Texas wedding.
Star Wars, Marvel and more: Disney stuns at D23
Throughout Disney’s three-day biennial expo, D23, fans were transported between epic-space battles, the Marvel Cinematic Universe and childhood nostalgia. Disney not only showed special footage of “Star Wars: Episode IX â The Rise of Skywalker,” but revealed that the saga is far from over. Disney’s new streaming service, Disney+, premiered the trailer “The Mandalorian,” along with announcing a new series featuring Obi-Wan Kenobi. More shows were announced too, including a series about about a Muslim Pakistani student joining the Marvel Universe called “Ms. Marvel,” the mercenary-led “Moon Knight” and the show aboutÂ a woman hulk aptly named “She-Hulk.” Hillary Duff is making her return to Disney asÂ Lizzie McGuire, this time as a 30-year-old millennial navigating New York City. Disney also revealed the first look of Emma Stone as Cruella de Vil, the villain from the animated 1961 film “101 Dalmations.” Â
This is a compilation of stories from across the USA TODAY Network. Contributing: Associated Press.