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1. Rex Tillerson, Secretary of State, stated Friday, that the United States will not rule out military force being used against North Korea as that country continues to develop nuclear weapons and missiles that can attack the United States or any of the countries that the United States is aligned with. Tillerson said in Seoul, “If they elevate the threat of their weapons program to a level that we believe requires action, that option is on the table. Let me be very clear: the policy of strategic patience has ended.” South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se. who joined with Tillerson in a joint appearance, stated that, “If imposing diplomatic pressure is a building, military deterrence would be one of the pillars of this building.” Byung-se also stated that, “We plan to have all relevant nations work together more closely than in the past and make sure that North Korea, feeling pain for its wrongdoings, changes its strategy.”
2. After the release of a budget plan by President Trump, many are concerned that the cuts to non-military services as Rep. Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) called them, “draconian, careless and counterproductive.” Rogers also stated that, “We will certainly review this budget proposal, but Congress ultimately has the power of the purse. We’ve not had our chance yet.” Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa), a member of the Budget Committee, stated, “I’ve never seen a president’s budget proposal not revised substantially,” said Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa). “As a member of the Budget Committee, I’ll carefully scrutinize and assess priorities as the president has with his proposal.” Continuing Grassley said,” I’ll carefully scrutinize and assess priorities as the president has with his proposal.” White House budget director Mick Mulvaney said of the budget that, “The message we’re sending to the Hill is, we want more money for the things the president talked about, defense being the top one, national security. And we don’t want to add to the budget deficit. If Congress has another way to do that, we’re happy to talk to them about it.”
3. Friday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel will meet with President Trump for the first time at the White House. The importance of the meeting is complicated by the fact that the two politicians’ relationship has been stormy. Trump has called out Merkel for her policy of allowing refugees into Germany and capitalizing on criminal events that have taken place at the hands of refugees such as the raping of women two New Year’s Eve ago. In 2015. Trump also tweeted that Merkel was “ruining Germany” when she was name Time Magazine’s Person of the Year. Merkel for her part said Monday, “talking together instead about each other: that’ll be my slogan for this visit, which I’m really looking forward to.”
4. Thursday, Sean Spicer, the White House Press Secretary, while acknowledging President Trump’s claim that President Obama had “wiretapped” Trump Tower during the presidential campaign, tried to say the British intelligence agency spied on President Donald Trump. British Prime Minister Theresa May said senior UK officials had protested to the Trump administration and told the administration that “We’ve made clear to the US administration that these claims are ridiculous and should be ignored. We’ve received assurances that these allegations won’t be repeated.” For the Trump administration and particularly Trump, this Mea Culpa may be tough to swallow as Trump has stated he never apologizes.
5. A senior member of Donald Trump’s Oklahoma campaign team has been arrested after he was found in a motel room with a teenage boy.The Oklahoma state senator was booked Thursday on child prostitution charges, Ralph Shortey, a Republican state senator who backed the US leader during the presidential contest, is facing the prospect of prostitution charges after being discovered with a boy under the age of 18. Shortey has already been suspended, with pay, from his position with the state with many calling for Shortey to resign. Shortey served on the Trump team in Oklahoma as an advisor and recently had lunch with Donald Trump Jr.
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Oklahoma State Senator Ralph Shortey and Trump adviser arrested for child prositution