JOE SCARBOROUGH: President Trump a ‘far greater threat to America’ than 9/11 hijackers

WASHINGTON, D.C. — MSNBC host Joe Scarborough on Tuesday referred to President Donald Trump as a ‘far greater threat’ to American safety than terrorists.

The controversial “Morning Joe” host made the outlandish comments during a special edition of his morning show commemorating the seventeenth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C.

Scarborough, who’s made no secret of his disdain for Donald Trump claimed events such as 9/11 have worked to bring Americans closer together, while Trump continues to “tear them apart”.

“If you strip America of its ideas, forget about knocking down buildings in the financial district — forget about running planes into the Pentagon. Those are tragedies, but those tragedies bring us closer together,” he said. “America is an idea. You gut America of that idea, that’s when you do the most harm to America.”

Scarborough then went on to detail what he called the “negatives” of the Trump administration which he deemed a “threat” to the United States.

“You have just this week, Brett Kavanaugh who wants to be on the Supreme Court refusing to answer whether people should be banned from coming to the United States because of their race — and his reading of the Constitution,” Scarborough continued.

“The accumulation of that, the retweeting of neo-Nazi videos, Charlottesville, I mean I could go on and on, what he said about the majority black countries — that is tearing more at the fabric of America than attacks on the Twin Towers did. We rebuilt from that. We became stronger because of that,” he said. “But this seems to me a far graver threat to the idea of America.”

Scarborough’s comments follow an op-ed he wrote for Tuesday’s Washington Post Tuesday, where he proclaimed that Trump is harming America “more than any foreign adversary every could.”

“For those of us still believing that Islamic extremists hate America because of the freedoms we guarantee to all people, the gravest threat Trump poses to our national security is the damage done daily to America’s image,” he wrote.

Scarborough’s comments drew almost immediate criticism from both sides of the political spectrum with Real Clear Politics issuing a piece stating that he owed both Trump and the American people an apology.

“September 11 should not be about politics, nor about Donald Trump, and surely not about Joe Scarborough,” Real Clear Politics’ Steve Cortes wrote Tuesday. “Only 17 years separated from that incredibly painful day, the solemnity of our national remembrance should remain particularly poignant and reservedly reverent. After all, there are many thousands of still-school-aged young Americans who lost parents on that fateful day or in the global military struggle that followed.”

“But MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” callously used the calamity of 9/11 to take cheap political shots at President Trump, writing in a Washington Post op-ed that he “is harming America more than any foreign adversary every could” and declaring on-air that Trump presents a “graver threat” to America than the 2001 attacks did,” Cortes continues. “Such hyperbole would be ridiculous and disqualifying coming from some anonymous troll on Twitter, but is jaw-dropping from a former congressman and prominent cable news morning host.”

“Scarborough’s comments revealed not just a hardness of heart and total lack of decorum but also an abject hypocrisy that has marked his media career,” Cortes went on. “Scarborough should apologize for denigrating our national day of remembrance with his shameful clickbait.”

 

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REPORT: Seventeen years after Sept. 11, Al Qaeda may be stronger than ever

LOS ANGELES, CA (L.A. Times) — In the days after Sept. 11, 2001, the United States set out to destroy Al Qaeda. President George W. Bush vowed to “starve terrorists of funding, turn them one against another, drive them from place to place, until there is no refuge or no rest.”

Seventeen years later, Al Qaeda may be stronger than ever. Far from vanquishing the extremist group and its associated “franchises,” critics say, U.S. policies in the Mideast appear to have encouraged its spread.

What U.S. officials didn’t grasp, said Rita Katz, director of the SITE Intelligence Group, in a recent phone interview, is that Al Qaeda is more than a group of individuals. “It’s an idea, and an idea cannot be destroyed using sophisticated weapons and killing leaders and bombing training camps,” she said.

The group has amassed the largest fighting force in its existence. Estimates say it may have more than 20,000 militants in Syria and Yemen alone. It boasts affiliates across North Africa, the Levant and parts of Asia, and it remains strong around the Afghanistan-Pakistan border.

It has also changed tactics. Instead of the headline-grabbing terrorist attacks, brutal public executions and slick propaganda used by Islamic State (Al Qaeda’s onetime affiliate and now rival), Al Qaeda now practices a softer approach, embedding itself and gaining the support of Sunni Muslims inside war-torn countries.

Here’s a look at how Al Qaeda has grown in some key Middle Eastern countries:

Iraq:

The United States went to war against Iraq in 2003, based in part on the assertion — later debunked — that Al Qaeda had ties to dictator Saddam Hussein.

That claim turned out to be a self-fulfilling prophecy.

In victory, the U.S. disbanded the Iraqi army, putting hundreds of thousands of disgruntled men with military training on the street. Many rose up against what was perceived as a foreign invasion, feeding an insurgency that has never stopped. The insurgency gave birth to Al Qaeda in Iraq, a local affiliate that pioneered the use of terrorist attacks on Shiite Muslims, regarded as apostates by Sunni extremists.

In its 2007 “surge,” the U.S., in concert with pro-government Sunni militias, largely defeated Al Qaeda in Iraq. But by 2010, the group was “fundamentally the same” as it had been before the boost in troops, according to Gen. Ray T. Odierno, the top U.S. commander in Iraq at the time.

The 2011 uprisings in neighboring Syria gave the group the breathing space it needed. Two years later it emerged as Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, also known as ISIS, and split from Al Qaeda’s central leadership.

It also launched an audacious offensive that saw large swaths of Iraq fall into the hands of the jihadists. Although Islamic State has since lost most of its territory, it remains a threat.

Yemen:

Al Qaeda was active in Yemen even before Sept. 11: It orchestrated the October 2000 bombing of the U.S. destroyer Cole in the port of Aden. After the World Trade Center twin tower attacks, Bush hailed Yemen’s then president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, as a vital partner in the U.S.-declared war on terrorism.

Saleh received what he called “limitless” U.S. support to fight the jihadists. He in turn gave the U.S. a free hand to conduct attacks against the group’s operatives, including controversial drone strikes, which began in 2002.

But by January 2009, Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (known as AQAP) had emerged and was soon considered the group’s most dangerous branch.

President Obama unleashed special forces teams to hunt down AQAP operatives. He also ramped up drone strikes, launching roughly 200 from 2009 to 2016, according to a report by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. President Trump has launched 160.

But the strikes and raids often killed more civilians than militants.

In late 2014, Iranian-backed Shiite Muslim rebels known as Houthis swept in from the country’s northwest to seize the capital, Sana. Amid the resulting chaos, AQAP netted a prize: the city of Mukalla, with Yemen’s third- largest port. It became the centerpiece of an Al Qaeda fiefdom.

As early as 2012, Nasser Wuhayshi, AQAP’s self-styled “emir” and founder, had said the group needed to win people over by “taking care of their daily needs.”

The group rebranded itself as Ansar al Sharia, or Supporters of Islamic Law, and slowly introduced Al Qaeda’s harsh form of Islamic law and governance.

Under Trump, the United States has largely continued Obama’s policies in Yemen. It has given full support to an air campaign led by Saudi Arabia against the Houthis, despite criticism that the strikes have caused most of the 16,000 civilian casualties in Yemen since the war began.

But even as the U.S. has continued to carry out airstrikes and raids against AQAP, the group has positioned itself as a virtual ally, battling the Houthis alongside tribal fighters supported by Saudi Arabia.

Somalia:

The fall of Somalia’s government in 1991 led to the rise of the Islamic Courts Union, a collection of clerical organizations that formed a sharia-based judiciary. It gained legitimacy by offering services such as education and healthcare.

Washington, suspecting links to Al Qaeda, supported the group’s enemies, and enlisted the Ethiopian army to crush it, which it did in 2006. In the de-facto occupation that followed, the Islamic Courts Union’s radical youth wing, the Shabab, grew as an independent resistance movement that took over most of Somalia’s central and southern regions.

Despite its unpopular application of fundamentalist Wahhabi doctrine, residents tolerated the Shabab because it fought the Ethiopians, who are mostly Christian and have a long-standing enmity with Somalis.

In 2012, it was declared as the new Al Qaeda affiliate. The change of status attracted a significant number of foreign fighters, including some from the United States.

The Obama administration’s policy of drone strikes along with support for African Union peacekeeping forces, flushed the Shabab out of the capital, Mogadishu, in 2011. It lost control of most of Somalia’s towns and cities.

And in September 2014, a U.S. drone strike killed its leader, Ahmed Abdi Godane, also known as Mukhtar Abu Zubeyr.

But the group held sway in rural areas, where its estimated 4,000 to 6,000 militants make it one of Al Qaeda’s largest franchises. They carry out guerrilla attacks on African Union forces and civilian targets and have launched attacks in others parts of East Africa, including the 2013 attack on the Westgate mall in Nairobi, Kenya.

Syria:
On Dec. 23, 2011, a car bomb struck a residential neighborhood of Damascus, Syria, that was home to the State Security Directorate.

The building was all but destroyed. Drivers unfortunate enough to be near the explosion were burned alive. A second car bomb detonated soon after. All told, 44 people were killed.

That attack marked the debut of Al Nusra Front, Al Qaeda’s branch in Syria.

The Syrian government had once given the jihadis passage to Iraq to fight coalition forces there. With the civil war, many had now come to return the favor. Nusra’s battle-hardened fighters delivered dazzling successes to the rebel coalition seeking to overthrow President Bashar Assad.

It was so effective that U.S. officials, including former CIA Director David Petraeus, suggested arming and deploying the Al Qaeda jihadis to fight their former comrades in Islamic State.

And despite its adherence to a strict Islamist code of behavior and its imposition of sharia in areas it controlled, the group enjoyed popular support from civilians tired of dealing with rapacious opposition factions more interested in looting than fighting.

Yet here again, the affiliate did not declare a caliphate. Instead, it rebranded itself, publicly cutting ties with Al Qaeda even while retaining some of the group’s top operatives.

The group, now known as the Organization for the Liberation of Syria, is estimated to have 10,000 to 15,000 fighters, including foreigners from as far as Albania and China.

Libya:
Officially, there is no Al Qaeda group in Libya. Its affiliate, the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, was disbanded in 2011; its members renounced violence but distinguished themselves as relatively disciplined rebels once the revolution against Libyan strongman Moammar Kadafi kicked off.

Since then, some, such as former group leader Abdel-Hakim Belhaj, who fought with Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan and was renditioned by the U.S. after 2001, have become powerful Islamist leaders, with a significant role in Libya’s chaotic politics.

Others have gone over to Islamic State’s Libyan branch or joined other Islamist groups, including a number that took over the Libyan capital, Tripoli.

But while the U.S., other Western nations and the United Arab Emirates have focused almost exclusively on dislodging Islamic State from its bastions in the north and northeast, Al Qaeda has enjoyed a resurgence, according to an August report from the United Nations.

The group’s threat in Libya registered with the U.S. only this year. In March, the Pentagon’s Africa Command said it had killed two Al Qaeda militants in a drone strike, including what was said to be a high-ranking official, Musa Abu Dawud.

It was the first such attack against the group in Libya. More followed, including another in June, in what is thought to be an expanded counter-terrorism campaign in the country.


The Los Angeles Times’ Nabih Bulos contributed to this report.

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ISIS WARNS TRUMP: Terror group threatens President in disturbing new propaganda video

WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Sun) — A CHILLING new ISIS propaganda poster shows US President Donald Trump in chains, dressed in the same orange jumpsuit as so many of their execution victims.

Other twisted videos, uploaded onto the terror group’s social media channels, threaten the West with drive-by shootings.

In the footage, a jihadi dressed in Western-style clothes and a baseball cap, aims a silenced automatic pistol at the driver of a pick-up truck.

The extremists also posted videos of two school-aged boys, one of whom says he dreams of being a suicide bomber for the terror group while the second prays for death to America.

In December, the terror group released a twisted, doctored image of Trump and Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu keeling in front of a hooded, Jihadi John-style executioner.

The shocking image, featuring the disupted al-Aqsa mosque, was released as fanatics pledged to carry out lone wolf attacks on US soil in terrifying propaganda pamphlets circulating online.

The latest message comes as the US military sounds a warning that ISIS has still not been completely finished off in Syria.

ISIS forces have all but been destroyed in neighboring Iraq but Colonel Ryan Dillon, a spokesman for the US-led coalition fighting ISIS, says it still exists in Syria.

He said the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and its ally Russia have not been totally successful in holding the terrain recaptured from ISIS.

He said: “As we look at ISIS in areas where we are not operating… there have been ISIS elements who have been able to come back and take territory [including in] some neighborhoods in southern Damascus.

“We’ve seen ISIS start to resurge in areas west of the Euphrates River.”

The US military is closely watching ISIS in Syria and Iraq, where the militants have lost 98 percent of the land they once held, according to the Pentagon.

Progress, however, has ground to a halt in recent weeks in areas where the US-led coalition is fighting ISIS through the Syrian Democratic Forces due to Turkish military action in the north.

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TERRORISM CONFIRMED: Port Authority bombing suspect ‘acted in the name of ISIS’

NEW YORK, N.Y. — An explosion near New York City’s Port Authority bus terminal Monday morning has been confirmed as an act of terror.

Speaking to the media shortly after the event, NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton said the Port Authority bomb suspect “acted in the name of ISIS”.

“Preliminary information indicates the attack was committed in the name of ISIS,” Bratton said Monday, adding that the suspect, believed to be an immigrant from Bangladesh, has been in the U.S. for approximately seven years.

The suspect, a 27-year-old resident of Brooklyn, was injured during the attack and was shortly thereafter taken into custody. According to police sources, the man, who has not yet been officially identified, was armed with a five-inch metal pipe bomb and battery pack as he walked through the Manhattan transit hub.

Police say the suspect, who they believe was on a suicide mission, managed to only partially detonate the device. Three others were injured in the attack, but officials say those numbers would have been much higher had the suspect been successful in his mission.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders tweeted that President Donald Trump has been briefed on the incident and is receiving frequent updates from FBI officials.

The incident marks the second ISIS-inspired attack on New York City in less than two months. On Oct. 30 a man drove a rented truck into a crowd of people on a bike path in Lower Manhattan. Eight people were killed and 11 others were injured in that attack.

Although ISIS has yet to formally claim responsibility for the Monday morning attack, the Islamic terror group released propaganda last week ordering their followers to strike Times Square.

An image released by the group shows a crowded Times Square scene with the words, “We meet at Christmas in New York…soon.”

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‘HE WAS ONE OF US’: ISIS says Las Vegas shooter converted to Islam ‘months ago’; claims responsibility for deadly attack

LAS VEGAS, NV — Steven Paddock, who police say was responsible for the deadliest mass shooting on U.S. soil, converted to Islam several months ago and was acting on behalf of the Islamic State, claim published reports.

“The Las Vegas attack was carried out by a soldier of the Islamic State and he carried it out in response to calls to target states of the coalition,” the terrorist group claimed on it website (https://www.rt.com/usa/405409-isis-responsibility-vegas-shooting/). “The Las Vegas attacker converted to Islam a few months ago.”

Paddock, 64, a resident of Nevada, unleashed an assault of bullets from the 32nd floor of the nearby Mandalay Bay hotel, says Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Sheriff Joseph Lombardo.

At least 50 were confirmed dead from the attack and more than 400 are confirmed wounded.

The massacre occurred late Sunday night at a country music festival where thousands had gathered for a live concert.

Las Vegas police have not yet commented on the terror group’s claims. When asked whether they were treating the incident as an act of terror hours ago, Las Vegas Sheriff Joe Lombardo said: “No, not at this point. At this time we believe we have a lone wolf suspect.”

The hotel room occupied by Paddock was found to have contained several high compacity firearms, including multiple long rifles.

President Donald Trump is expected to address the nation on the tragedy later Monday.

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TRUMPED AGAIN: 9TH CIRCUIT UPHOLDS BLOCK ON TRAVEL BAN; RULES PRESIDENT DISCRIMINATED ON BASIS OF NATIONALITY

WASHINGTON, D.C. — In yet another blow to the Trump administration the 9th Circuit Court on Monday again ruled against the president’s embattled travel ban.

In a hearing to determine whether or not the president discriminated against people based on their nationality, the court upheld a prior injunction from the 9th Circuit, which blocked enforcement of a Trump executive order that would have temporarily prevented immigrants from terror prone countries from entering the United States.

“We conclude that the President, in issuing the Executive Order, exceeded the scope of the authority delegated to him by Congress,” the opinion (http://cdn.ca9.uscourts.gov/datastore/opinions/2017/06/12/17-15589.pdf), which came from an anonymous three-judge panel, reads. “Immigration, even for the President, is not a one-person show.”

“In suspending the entry of more than 180 million nationals from six countries, suspending the entry of all refugees, and reducing the cap on the admission of refugees from 110,000 to 50,000 for the 2017 fiscal year, the President did not meet the essential precondition to exercising his delegated authority,” the ruling continues. “Here, the President has not done so.”

In its ruling to uphold the previous ruling, the 9th Circuit cited the president’s tweet on The judges cited a tweet by the president on June 5, in response to the terror attack in London.

“That’s right, we need a TRAVEL BAN for certain DANGEROUS countries, not some politically correct term that won’t help us protect our people!” Trump tweeted.

“Indeed, the President recently confirmed his assessment that it is the ‘countries’ that are inherently dangerous, rather than the 180 million individual nationals of those countries who are barred from entry under the President’s ‘travel ban,'” one judge on the panel wrote.

The panel also cited comments by White House press secretary Sean Spicer that the President’s tweets are “considered official statements by the President of the United States.”

“The President must make a sufficient finding that the entry of these classes of people would be “detrimental to the interests of the United States.” Further, the Order runs afoul of other provisions of the INA that prohibit nationality-based discrimination and require the President to follow a specific process when setting the annual cap on the admission of refugees. On these statutory bases, we affirm in large part the district court’s order preliminarily enjoining Sections 2 and 6 of the Executive Order,” the jurists concluded.

President Trump has said a temporary travel ban on individuals seeking to enter the U.S. from terror prone countries is essential to providing the federal government the time it needs to develop enhanced vetting procedures. Critics, however, claim the executive order amounts to an unconstitutional “ban on Muslims”.

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Virginia also ruled against the travel ban in an opinion given on May 25. That ruling has been appealed by the Trump administration to the Supreme Court.

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US TENSIONS MOUNT WITH IRAN; IRANIAN PRESIDENT: ‘WE NEED MISSILES TO CONFRONT TRUMP’

TEHRAN, IRAN — Recently re-elected Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has made it clear that he is no fan of U.S. president Donald Trump and took aim this week at Congress’s announcement of new sanctions.

Just days after Trump criticized the Islamic Republic for its ballistic missile program and support of terrorism in the Middle East, Rouhani countered that Iran would will never halt its clandestine missile program and said his nation will use military force if necessary to stop the United States and it’s allies.

“We need missiles and the enemy should know that we make everything we need and we don’t pay an iota of attention to your words,” Rouhani said on Wednesday during a meeting with Iranian cabinet members. “The remarks by the enemies of the Iranian nation against Iran’s missile power are out of ignorance.”

Rouhini’s remarks came as the rogue nation announced the construction of a third underground ballistic missile production factory, helmed by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps, or IRGC.

Iranian General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, said the factory is necessary to to boosts Tehran’s “missile power” and intimidate the United States and the “Zionist regime,” of Israel.

“We will increase our missile power. Our enemies, the United States, and the Zionist regime (Israel) are naturally upset and get angry at our missile production, tests and underground missile facilities because they want Iran to be in a weak position,” vowed Hajizadeh on Thursday.

Iran’s repititious firing of ballistic missiles and launching of space missiles—which are believed to be cover for an intercontinental ballistic missile program—have angered both Democrats and Republican leaders on Capitol Hill.

In a bi-partisan decision, Congress announced on Thursday it’s plan to increase economic sanctions on Iran as a direct result of its missile program and support of Islamic terrorism and illegal weapons trade.

Sen. Robert Menendez (D., N.J.), a chief sponsor of the legislation, said the sanctions are necessary to ensure that “Iran’s leaders understand they do not enjoy blanket impunity as the United States” and that Iran “continues to live up to its commitments under the nuclear agreement”.

“Independent of the nuclear portfolio, and as President Rouhani starts his second presidential term, our broader policy towards Iran must be one that holds Tehran accountable for their destabilizing efforts in the region, illegal and dangerous missile technology development, and nefarious activities as the world’s leading sponsor of terrorism,” Menendez said. “As the administration continues to review its Iran policy, Congress must set out clear markers that impose real consequences to Iran’s illicit behavior that runs counter to our national security and that of our allies in the region.”

The new legislation will impose mandatory sanctions on all individuals associated with Iran’s ballistic missile program, and any nation who carries out transactions with them.

In a controversial deal worked out with the Obama administration in 2015, Iran agreed to redesign, convert, and reduce its nuclear facilities and accept the Additional Protocol (with provisional application) in exchange for the lifting of all nuclear-related economical sanctions, freeing up tens of billions of dollars in oil revenue and frozen assets.

President Trump, calling the Iran nuclear deal “the worst deal ever made” vowed to overturn the agreement.

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BREAKING: 19 DEAD, 50 INJURED AFTER EXPLOSION AT U.K. CONCERT. TERROR SUSPECTED, SAY POLICE

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND — An explosion at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England late Monday has resulted in at least 19 fatalities and 50 injuries, say police.

Sources close to the case say law enforcement officials have are treating the incident as a “terrorist incident.”

British Transport Police say an initial explosion occurred in the foyer of Manchester Arena at approximately 10:30 p.m. Although it police have yet to confirm, eyewitnesses to the event say additional explosions occurred shortly after.

Concert goer Sasina Akhtar told the Manchester Evening News that Grande had just finished her final song of the concert when “there was an explosion behind us at the back of the arena. We saw young girls with blood on them, everyone was screaming and people were running. There was lots of smoke.”

David Richardson, who had brought his 13-year-old daughter to see the show, said he heard two explosions just after the show.

“It was about 40 feet behind us near one of the exits. We just thought it was people messing about then it happened again. Another explosion sounded. Then we saw the smoke. Everyone just fled.”

A video that was uploaded to social media shortly after the event shows the outside of the arena and the sound of an explosion could be heard coming from inside.

So far, no terrorists groups have claimed credit for the bloodshed, but an unconfirmed report suggests that the act may have been carried out by a suicide bomber.

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NORTH KOREA NUCLEAR THREAT ‘PRIORITY ONE’ AS SENATE IS BRIEFED ON ESCALATING TENSIONS

WASHINGTON, D.C. — One hundred Senators were called to the White House on Wednesday during a nearly unprecedented event to be briefed on rising tensions between the United States and North Korea.

According to a report published by Reuters (http://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-nuclear-usa-senate-idUSKBN17Q1LR), the briefing, which began at 3:00 pm EST, was originally scheduled to take place in the Capitol building but was moved to the White House at the request of President Trump.

The Senators are reportedly being briefed by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who will chair the meeting, and Secretary of Defense James Mattis on the latest developments in North Korea’s nuclear weapons program and the threats that it’s leader, Kim Jung-un, has made against the United States. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford, and Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats will also participate in the briefing.

The meeting comes on the same day that local governments throughout the Washington, D.C. area are participating in “full-scale” terror attack drills in response to the developing conflict. The drills are being carried out in multiple locations throughout the District of Columbia and Northern Virginia and Maryland suburbs at the direction of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Sen. Lindsey Graham, (R)-South Carolina, discussed the North Korea briefing during a dinner Monday evening at the White House with President Trump, and told reporters on Tuesday that his fellow colleagues will be advised on Trump’s plan to respond to North Korea’s recent acts of aggression.

“It’s clear to me that this president will not allow North Korea to develop an [intercontinental ballistic missile] with a nuclear weapon on top to hit America,” said Graham. “And I think the senators are gonna hear that tomorrow night.”

Sen. Ben Cardin, (D)-Md., the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, told Reuters that he hopes that North Korea’s recent hostilities can be countered without military action.

“It’s (the location of the meeting) their choice,” he said of Trump’s meeting request. “I hope that we hear their policy as to what their objectives are, and how we can accomplish that hopefully without dropping bombs.”

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