President Trump has pardoned Michael Flynn, his first national security adviser who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about contacts with a Russian official. Trump announced the long-expected pardon in a tweet on Wednesday. Trump is expected to offer pardons to a number of key aides before he leaves office on 20 January. Flynn, a retired general, was a trusted Trump surrogate on the campaign trail in 2016.
The United States said on Thursday it will withdraw from the 35-nation Open Skies treaty allowing unarmed surveillance flights over member countries, the Trump administration’s latest move to pull the country out of a major global treaty. “I think we have a very good relationship with Russia. But Russia didn’t adhere to the treaty. So until they adhere, we will pull out,” Trump told reporters.
Los Angeles’s transit agency will become the first in the country to employ body scanners to screen passengers. The scanners aim to prevent terrorist attacks in rail and subway systems as the federal government moves to expand screenings beyond airports. The scanners look for concealed weapons and explosive devices.