National Headlines 4-5-18

Trump Is Cutting Old Gordian Knots (National Review)

Brennan Is ‘Doing Putin’s Bidding’ With Anti-Trump Rhetoric, Says Former CIA Station Chief (Daily Caller)

Texas Republican Makes Secret Peacemaking Trip To Venezuela (CBS News)

Inside Hollywood’s Embrace of Saudi Arabia (The Information)

Trump: 2,000-4,000 troops needed for Mexico border security (Associated Press)

From Facebook to Harvey Weinstein, America’s scandals amount to a giant crisis of maturity. (Wall Street Journal)

Trudeau sees high chance of NAFTA deal with US, Mexico (AFP)

Trump Doubles Down on Potential Trade War With China (New York Times)

U.S. plans to sanction Russian oligarchs this week (Reuters)

Trade Deficit Hits Near Decade High, Raising Specter of Twin Deficits (Wall Street Journal)

As Trump Bashes Amazon, the Government Relies on It (Wall Street Journal)