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Sen. Tim Kaine, D- Va., rejecting the Trump administration’s attempt to blame former President Obama for the continuing carnage in Syria, said it was time for President Trump to take responsibility for American policy in the Mideast. After a toxic gas attack reportedly left at least 70 people in Syria dead Tuesday, the White House released a statement faulting Obama’s inaction in the Middle Eastern country after declaring the use of chemical weapons a “red line.”
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, listens during the March 20, 2017, confirmation hearing for Supreme Court justice nominee Neil Gorsuch. TED CRUZ MAKES THE ‘MISSING’ LIST. The ongoing national campaign of hanging up “Missing” posters for members of Congress who are not holding town hall meetings hit Texas in March, as the local Indivisible chapter and other groups put up posters with his face around Houston.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un oversees a firing contest in Pyongyang, Dec. 21, 2016. WASHINGTON — Days before President Trump hosts his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, a top U.S. official warned Tuesday that “the clock has run out” on decades of diplomatic efforts to rein in North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs, and military action may ultimately be necessary. Hours after those remarks were reported, North Korea fired a ballistic missile into the waters off its east coast, according to South Korean officials.
This week, President Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, traveled to Baghdad to meet with Iraqi officials and U.S. military personnel about the fight against ISIS. Despite having no military or foreign policy training, Kushner’s unexpected arrival in Baghdad was hardly a shock to those who’ve been tracking the rapid expansion of the 36-year-old real estate developer’s wide-ranging White House portfolio. From quietly choreographing U.S. relations with China to remodeling the federal government and brokering peace in the Middle East, it appears there are increasingly few aspects of his father-in-law’s administration that Kushner does not have his hands in.
A doctor who operates the clinic closest to the site of a chemical weapon attack in Syria told Yahoo News he personally treated “delirious” victims who were “foaming at the mouth,” gasping for air and suffering muscle spasms, symptoms he said are consistent with sarin nerve gas poisoning. The doctor, Dr. Mohammed Mansour, sent Yahoo News a video from his clinic showing rows of young children lined up under blankets, their faces and eyes frozen, apparently unable to speak or move. “Based on my medical expertise, there is a 90 percent chance this was sarin gas used against these civilians,” said Dr. Mohammed Mansour in a Skype interview from Idlib province, where he runs a clinic that he said is a 15-minute drive from where the attack occurred.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday afternoon that he was confident he had the votes to change the body’s rules if Democrats go through with their threat to filibuster President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch. McConnell downplayed the significance of that change, even as other members of his caucus have said it would damage the Senate and lead to a more ideological, partisan Supreme Court. “The practical effect of all of this would be to take us back to where we were before Sen. Schumer convinced Democrats to routinely filibuster judges,” McConnell said, referring to Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.
Former White House national security adviser Susan Rice said Tuesday that allegations that she was responsible for intelligence leaks were false. In her first public comments since reports surfaced that she had requested the “unmasking” of the names of Trump associates in surveillance reports, Rice told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell she hadn’t leaked any of that information to the press. Bloomberg reported Monday evening that Rice sought the names of Trump transition officials whose communications were swept up incidentally during routine monitoring of foreign officials. As national security adviser, she was entitled to see the information.
The White House released a statement on Tuesday blaming the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad for a suspected chemical attack that reportedly left dozens dead in that country — and blaming former President Barack Obama for not doing more to get rid of Assad. White House press secretary Sean Spicer read the statement in his daily press briefing on Tuesday, where he also faced questions about the Trump administration’s position on Syria.
The National Organization for Women and organizers of the Women’s March have joined in the boycott against Bill O’Reilly as at least 18 companies have pulled their advertising from “The O’Reilly Factor” following a report the Fox News host and his network reached settlements with five women who had accused him of harassment.
IDLIB — Dozens of people are dead after a suspected chemical attack in the Khan Shaykhun neighborhood of Idlib province, Syria. Yahoo News spoke to several eyewitnesses via WhatsApp and Facebook. One Syrian activist, Zouhir, said his brother is in Idlib.
Trump administration officials and allies were out in force this week promoting the story that Susan Rice, national security adviser in the Obama administration, requested the names of Americans who were caught up in surveillance of Russian officials during last year’s presidential campaign and transition. The most recent, and enthusiastic, endorsement came from Donald Trump, Jr., who proposes the writer who broke the story for a Pulitzer Prize.
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., speaks at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing in January. “We’ve seen this movie before,” McCain said on CNN’s “New Day,” referring to Syrian President Bashar Assad’s numerous attacks on his own people with chemical weapons, including one after President Barack Obama declared such attacks a “red line” that would warrant U.S. military action.
In light of Jared Kushner’s unexpected arrival in Iraq on Monday, conservative commentator Glenn Beck expressed concerns about President Trump’s son-in-law-turned-senior-adviser’s large role in the White House. “This is professional nepotism,” Beck told Yahoo News and Finance Anchor Bianna Golodryga in a Monday interview. Kushner’s White House portfolio has repeatedly expanded and now includes China policy, tax reform, brokering peace in the Middle East and running a new White House innovation office.
During the 2016 campaign, Donald Trump condemned the Obama administration for not doing more to publicly promote human rights in the Muslim world. But now that he has reached the White House, Trump has muted those concerns — notably declining to raise them publicly as he met Monday with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.