Good Tuesday morning. Here are some of the stories making news in Washington and politics today.
• President Trump shifted his tone on his trade war with China, again. As the Group of 7 summit ended, Mr. Trump expressed confidence in reaching a trade deal and called President Xi Jinping a “great leader” three days after branding him an “enemy.” He added that Chinese officials had reached out by telephone to restart trade talks. Beijing did not immediately confirm any calls.
• The president says Americans must sever commercial dependence on China. He also says he wants powerful economic growth. The trade war threatens to force him to choose.
• Mr. Trump spent the weekend in France insisting that he was not having a debate with his fellow world leaders, but at times it seemed like he was having a debate with himself, leaving much of the world with geopolitical whiplash.