The president makes a rare public admission on not attending a ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery to commemorate the holiday.
President Donald Trump on Sunday continued to defend Matt Whitaker, his
Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) appeared to endorse voter suppression during a
Donald Trump’s weekend visit to fire-ravaged California has prompted a withering barrage of ridicule and anger after he suggested the state should copy Finland in raking forest floors to prevent a repeat of wildfires that have killed at least 76 people. He claimed he had received the tip from the president of Finland, who promptly said he could not remember offering such advice. “You gotta take care of the floors. You know the floors of the forest, very important,” said Mr Trump during his trip. “I was with the president of Finland and he called it a forest nation, and they spend a lot of time on raking and cleaning and doing things and they don’t have any problem.” But in an interview published in the Ilta-Sanomat newspaper, Sauli Niinisto said he told his American counterpart that the secret lay in an extensive monitoring system. “Finland is a country covered by forests but we also have a good surveillance system and network" in case of wildfires, ran his account of their conversation last week, according to the Ilta-Sanomat newspaper. Even before those comments, Mr Trump received a barrage of criticism for a tone-deaf response to a state hurting badly from the human and economic impact of its most deadly wildfire in history, and where almost 1300 people are listed as missing. He was condemned for blaming officials working to prevent more loss of life and mocked for comparing arid California with a Nordic country where melting snow causes springtime floods. Veli Pekka Kilimaki, a Finnish defence researcher, tweeted: “I perhaps wouldn't compare Finland and California climate-wise… And besides, 80% of the country is classified as forest land. We don’t exactly manicure all of it.” Only in Finland! pic.twitter.com/2W3VqStnin— Outi Länsman (@outilansman) November 18, 2018 An army of Finns posted photographs showing how they spent their weekends, rake in hand, working to prevent forest fires. The liberal New York Daily News headlined its front page “Make America rake again”, in a play on Mr Trump’s election slogan. Northern California's Camp Fire has so far destroyed nearly 10,000 homes and blackened 233 square miles. Firefighters say it is 55 percent contained. Strong winds yesterday complicated their efforts but they hope 4in of rain forecast for midweek will slow the spread. However, it could also bring the risk of mudslides. Five more bodies were found on Saturday, as Mr Trump flew in to tour the affected region. All that's left of a burned neighbourhood in Paradise, California Credit: Josh Edelson/AFP He was accompanied by the state’s outgoing and incoming governors, both Democrats who have traded barbs with the Republican administration – often on climate change. Jerry Brown, the outgoing governor, told CBS’s Face the Nation they had set their differences aside. “He’s got our back,” he said on Sunday. But he offered a bleak vision of the future. “If you're going to live this close to the forest, if the climate is going to keep changing, you're going to have to build some kind of underground shelters, so that you can go in and protect yourself,” he said. Donald Trump is briefed by emergency workers during his visit Credit: Evan Vucci/AP He has been credited with taking steps to tackle dangerously overgrown forests, signing a law approving $1 billion for controlled burns and other thinning measures. Even so, Mr Trump has repeatedly blamed management practices for the massive fire, attracting the ire last week of the body that represents 30,000 of the state’s firefighters. Brian Rice, president of California Professional Firefighters, described his comments as "ill-informed, ill-timed and demeaning to those who are suffering as well as the men and women on the front lines”.
Rick Scott, Florida's outgoing governor, was declared the winner on Sunday of his hard-fought U.S. Senate race against incumbent Democrat Bill Nelson following a hand recount of ballots, giving Republicans control of both of the state's Senate seats for the first time since the 19th century. In the recount of the Nov. 6 election, Scott won by 10,033 votes out of 8.19 million cast statewide, Florida elections officials said. Scott took 50.05 percent, compared to 49.93 percent for Nelson, they added.
Trump, on a trip to California, said the killing "should never have happened." The report on Tuesday will explain who the U.S. government believes killed Khashoggi and what the overall impact of his murder is, Trump said. Trump also said the CIA finding that bin Salman was responsible for the killing was "possible." Trump made the remarks hours after the State Department said the government was still working on determining responsibility for the death of Khashoggi, a U.S.-based Washington Post columnist. "Recent reports indicating that the U.S. government has made a final conclusion are inaccurate," State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement.
Offensive tweets behind him, Donald Trump made it to California on Saturday to survey the damage caused by the wildfires. He vowed to "take care of the people who have been so badly hurt.”
After spending more than a month traveling the 4,300 kilometers (2,700 miles) to the Mexican border city of Tijuana, walking and hitch-hiking much of the way, thousands of migrants faced the bleak reality that their American dream was about as untouchable as it was when they started. Osman Bueso, a 28-year-old Honduran man who was one of the first to reach the border, said he had no intention of waiting the months or years it could take to seek asylum in the US, and was ready to try to crash the border, as the migrants did when they entered Mexico from Guatemala on October 19.
WASHINGTON — CNN’s legal team says that a new Trump administration effort to revoke Jim Acosta’s hard pass still violates his constitutional rights. The news network is asking for a hearing next week, but one could come sooner. A federal judge on Friday ordered that Acosta’s credentials be restored, after he granted CNN’s request for […]
Andrew Gillum, who tried to energize Florida's young and minority voters through a Democratic coalition seeking to end two decades of Republican control of the governor's office, ended his hard-fought campaign Saturday as the state's first black nominee for the post. Gillum, whose refrain had been "bring it home" as he recounted stories of growing up poor in the state, concluded his campaign with a Facebook video he recorded alongside his wife in a park. In his four-minute plus video , Gillum congratulated Republican Ron DeSantis and also vowed to remain politically active even though his term as mayor of the Florida capital of Tallahassee ends next week.
The sources said the CIA had briefed other parts of the U.S. government, including Congress, on its assessment, which contradicts Saudi government assertions that Prince Mohammed was not involved. The CIA's finding, first reported by the Washington Post, is the most definitive U.S. assessment to date tying Saudi Arabia's de facto ruler directly to the killing. The Saudi Embassy in Washington rejected the CIA assessment.