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Trump had to cancel the North Korea summit — We almost lost sight of who we’re dealing with

Trump cancels summit with Kim, cites tremendous anger White House officials tell Fox News that a threat from Vice Minister of the North Korean Foreign Ministry, Choe Son Hui, was at center of decision to cancel meeting with Kim Jong Un; chief White House correspondent John Roberts reports. President Trump did the right thing Thursday when he canceled his planned June 12 summit in Singapore with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un and pledged to continue a “maximum pressure campaign” against the nuclear-armed communist dictatorship. Kim really gave President Trump no choice, after North Korean propaganda outlets once again made veiled references to a potential nuclear clash with the U.S. After that, President Trump would have looked weak and foolish to meet with the dictator – with a summit e...

Trump awards Medal of Honor to Navy SEAL for controversial mission in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON –  Six months after the 9/11 attacks, then-Senior Chief Petty Officer Britt Slabinski led a seven-man Navy SEAL Team Six unit to set up an observation post in eastern Afghanistan atop a 10,000-foot mountain known as Takur Ghar, to support U.S. forces in the valley below battling Al Qaeda in an operation known as Anaconda. In the ensuing battle, seven Americans would be killed. Thursday afternoon at the White House, President Trump presented Slabinski with the Medal of Honor for his actions – getting wounded team members off the mountain and directing devastating close-air-support against the enemy. But not everyone in the military’s close-knit special operations community sees it that way. Many in the Army’s elite Delta Force and 75th Ranger Regiment claim Slabinski left a man b...

Spanish Opposition Plans No-Confidence Vote for Rajoy, Sources Say

Spain’s biggest opposition party, the Socialists, is ready to push for a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy after his former aides were convicted of running a multimillion-euro corruption racket inside the party on his watch, according to people familiar with the plans. Socialist leader Pedro Sanchez will hold an emergency meeting of the party’s federal committee at 11 a.m. Friday where the leadership is set to back his call for a parliamentary vote on Rajoy’s ouster, said the people, who asked not to be named discussing party strategy. Party press officers didn’t respond to text and voice messages seeking comment after business hours. Rajoy’s government is on the ropes after the National Court ruled Thursday that former party officials had operated an illegal slush ...

North Korea Says It Remains Willing to Meet With U.S. Any Time

North Korea said it was surprised by President Donald Trump’s decision to cancel a June 12 summit with Kim Jong Un and that the country remains willing to meet with the U.S. any time. In a statement Friday by state-run KCNA, citing Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye Gwan, North Korea vowed to continue to pursue peace and signaled it will willing to give Washington more time to reconsider talks. The North Korean statement followed Trump’s decision Thursday in Washington to cancel the planned summit in Singapore, citing “tremendous anger and open hostility” in recent statements from Pyongyang. But Trump also held out hope that the June 12 summit in Singapore could get back on track, or that he and Kim could meet in the future. “Nobody should be anxious. We have to get it right,” he said. https://...

Pompeo blames North Korea for summit cancellation, but still hopeful it will happen

The Trump administration is blaming North Korea for President Donald Trump canceling his summit with Kim Jong Un, with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo saying the country’s recent rhetoric showed they were unprepared to meet. “We did not walk away from this,” Pompeo told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Thursday. “I regret the statements that the North Koreans have made over the past few days and the fact that we’ve not been able to conduct the preparation between our two teams that would be necessary to have a chance for a successful summit.” But Democrats weren’t buying it, arguing the administration had mishandled the opportunity, blaming tough talk from top officials for sending the wrong message to Pyongyang. “The art of diplomacy is...

Warriors coach rips NFL’s ‘idiotic’ national anthem policy, calls it ‘fake patriotism’

Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr derided the NFL for it’s “fake patriotism” and “idiotic” new rule requiring players and personnel stand for the national anthem.  (Reuters/Brian Spurlock-USA Today Sports) Golden State Warriors Coach Steve Kerr accused the NFL of promoting “fake patriotism” after the football league moved to fine players and personnel who don’t stand for the national anthem. Kerr, 52, called the new NFL mandate “idiotic” and “just typical of the NFL,” ESPN reported. “They’re just playing off their fan base, and they’re just basically trying to use the anthem as fake patriotism, nationalism, scaring people,” Kerr said. “It’s idiotic, but that’s how the NFL has handled their business.” The league has adopted a new policy which mandates that...

Pompeo, Udall spar over Trump conflict of interest questions

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Secretary Betsy DeVos under fire for saying schools can report undocumented students

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos set off a furor over comments she made to members of Congress suggesting that schools should decide whether or not to report undocumented students and their families to federal immigration authorities. The head of the Education Department shifted the responsibility of reporting undocumented students to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials to principals and teachers when she said on Tuesday, “it’s a local community decision.” “I think that is — that is a school decision,” DeVos said during her testimony before the House Education and Workforce Committee after Rep. Adriano Espaillat, D-N.Y., pressed her on the issue of undocumented students. “It’s a local community decision and again I refer to the fac...

Congressional leaders meet with DOJ, intel officials on informant controversy

Top congressional leaders are meeting with senior intelligence and law enforcement officials Thursday in a series of White House-brokered meetings to review highly-classified information about the Russia investigation, including possible details about a reported FBI informant in touch with several Trump campaign advisers during the 2016 presidential campaign. President Donald Trump has said the briefings could provide proof of his unsubstantiated claim the FBI was likely spying on his campaign. At noon, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, a California Republican, and House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy, a South Carolina Republican, met at the Justice Department with FBI Director Chris Wray, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and Ed O’Callaghan, a Jus...

Trump pardons late boxer Jack Johnson: ‘It’s about time’

President Donald Trump signed a full posthumous pardon for former heavyweight boxer Jack Johnson in a surprise Oval Office ceremony alongside actor Sylvester Stallone, former heavyweight boxer Lennox Lewis, and others. “It’s my honor to do it. It’s about time,” Trump said during the ceremony in the Oval Office. Just 30 minutes before reporters were called to the event, Stallone posted a picture of himself on Instagram. “He was treated very rough, very tough,” Trump said of Johnson on Thursday as he signed the pardon. In 1913, Johnson, a noted boxing legend, was convicted by an all-white jury with violating the Mann Act after transporting a white woman he was dating across state lines for “immoral purposes.” He served one year in prison. His great-great-niece, Linda ...

Toddler hit by alleged street racer who killed her mother also expected to die

Cameron Herrin, 18, was charged with vehicular manslaughter stemming from the death of Lillia Raubenolt’s mother, Jessica Resingner.  (Tampa PD/Fox 13) A 21-month-old child who was injured when a street racer struck and killed her mother in Tampa, Fla., earlier this week is not expected to survive either, according to police. Jessica Reisinger, 24, was pushing her toddler’s stroller through a crosswalk Tuesday when they were hit by a black Ford Mustang driven by 18-year-old Cameron Herrin. The man was allegedly racing with a gold Nissan sedan on the city’s Bayshore Boulevard. Fox 13 obtained an arrest affidavit on Wednesday stating that the toddler, Lillia Raubenolt, is likely to succumb to her injuries. She and her mother had come to Tampa from their home in Ohio, for a visit....

White House pulls out of summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un

President Trump on Thursday canceled the highly anticipated summit with North Korea that had been set for next month, calling the talks “inappropriate” following the “hostility” displayed in the latest comments from dictator Kim Jong Un. The move to pull out of the summit, slated to take place in Singapore on June 12, came after threats from Kim to call off the talks. In a letter to Kim on Thursday, Trump said the world, and North Korea, had lost a “great opportunity for lasting peace and great prosperity.”  “Based on the tremendous anger and open hostility displayed in your most recent statement, I feel it is inappropriate, at this time, to have this long-planned meeting,” Trump wrote in a letter to Kim on Thursday. “Therefore, please let this letter serve to represent that th...