CBS News tells us that retired Vice Admiral Robert Harward turned down President Donald Trump’s offer to replace Michael Flynn as national security adviser last night, leaving General Keith Kellogg as acting national security adviser, and depriving the administration of a top candidate for the critical foreign policy post.
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In a bizarre, sprawling news conference that was the first of his presidency, Trump claimed that he “inherited a mess” and attacked his critics and the intelligence community.
The New York Times reports that phone records and intercepted calls show that members of President Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and other Trump associates had repeated contacts with senior Russian intelligence officials in the year
Michael T. Flynn resigned as national security adviser last night after it was revealed that he had misled Vice President Mike Pence and other top White House officials about his conversations with the Russian ambassador to the United States, Sergey Kislyak.
North Korea fired a ballistic missile into the sea early on Sunday in the first such test since Trump became president, Reuters informs us. An official said that the Trump administration had been expecting a North Korean “provocation” soon after taking office and will consider a full range of options in response, with the goal of avoiding escalation.
The Washington Post informs us that despite earlier denials by National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and others in Trump’s administration, Flynn did discuss the possibility of lifting U.S.
Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch reportedly called President Trump’s recent attacks on the courts “demoralizing” and “disheartening” in a private meeting with Senator Richard Blumenthal (R-CT), the Times informs us.
The New York Times writes that Yemen, angry over the civilian casualties caused by the raid that resulted in the death of a U.S. Navy SEAL, has withdrawn its permission for the United States to run Special Operations ground operations to target terrorists in the country.
The New York Times informs us that during a speech at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida, Trump accused the media of downplaying the threat that ISIS poses, claiming that the media “have their reasons,” for doing so.
The legal battles continue over President Trump’s executive order banning the entry of immigrants and refugees from seven Muslim-majority countries. On Friday, Judge James Robart of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington issued a nationwide temporary restraining order late Friday afternoon against the implementation of the executive order. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit denied the Justice Department’s motion to stay the restraining order.