The Turkish foreign minister has formally conveyed his objection to the US Ambasador to Turky for briefely detaining the Turkish President’s bodyguards after a brawl that happened last week, calling the action “aggressive”. The event outside the Turkish ambassador’s residence involved protesters critical of the Turkish government and bodyguards for Turkish officials.
An American military aircraft patrolling the East China sea had a close encounter with two Chinese fighter jets after they flew too close and “unprofessionally” according to a spokeswoman for the Pacific Air Forces, Lt. Col. Lori Hodge. The United States has formally issued a complaint to China through diplomatic and military channels, she said in a statement. The “speeds and proximity” of the two Chinese planes, coupled with the “maneuvers” of one of the pilots, raised the concerns, she said.
According to a long-awaited military report, a US airstrike which detonated ISIS explosives leading to the death of over 100 civilians in March, has been publicized. The Pentagon blames the Islamic State for the loss of life. The toll is one of the highest in the American-led campaign against the Islamic State, though the investigation asserts that jihadists explosives were mainly at fault. Critics have also put the US at fault as they failed to observe the mass of people enter the building even though the Iraqi forces on the ground could observe the building for three days before the strike.
Kim Hak-song, an American citizen in North Korea, has been detained on charges of committing “hostile acts” against the country on Saturday. This detention raises the total number of Americans held by the North Korean government to four. A State Department official said that “The security of U.S. citizens is one of the department’s highest priorities,” and
the department would liaise with the Swedish Embassy in Pyongyang, which represents the United States in North Korea.
Former acting Attorney General Sally Yates said Monday that she alerted the White House earlier this year that former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn could be essentially blackmailed by the Russians. Flynn was compromised with respect to the Russians, Yates told a Senate judiciary subcommittee, in a high-profile hearing on Russian meddling into the US election. We weren’t the only ones that knew all of this, that the Russians also knew about what General Flynn had done and the Russians also knew that General Flynn had misled the vice president and others, Yates said, relating the contents of her conversation with White House Counsel Donald McGahn.
Senator John Cornyn, Republican of Texas, was one of the most high profile people to withdraw from the nomination of becoming the next director of the FBI. Many are relieved Cornyn withdrew from consideration as they saw a politician being the head of such an agency as “damaging the institution.” Another candidate that was suggested by many, Judge Merrick Garland, whose nomination to the Supreme Court by President Barack Obama was blocked by Senate Republicans, has stated that he has no interest in becoming the new director. Garland has declined to comment on reports, but one unnamed friend of Garland commented, “He loves his job and is not interested in leaving the judiciary.”