Thursday April 20, 2017 5 Top Stories to Start Your Day

Thursday, April 20, 2017: 5 Top Stories to Start Your Day

South Korea Signals Mistrust of President Trump After Bluff About U.S. Military Sending “Armada” to Korean Peninsula

1. President Trump, in an interview with Fox Business Network’s Maria Bartiromo last week, stated, “We are sending an armada, very powerful. We have submarines, very powerful, far more powerful than the aircraft carrier.” That statement, however, did not turn out to be true. The USS Carl Vinson is now sailing towards North Korea per the United States Navy. The administration now faces new criticism that the US bluffed its way around the military operations of North Korea, and South Korea is none too happy about that bluff.

Wednesday, presidential candidate Hong Joon-pyo told the Wall Street Journal that “What Mr. Trump said was very important for the national security of South Korea. If that was a lie, then during Trump’s term, South Korea will not trust whatever Trump says.” The South Korean media is also showing their displeasure with the Trump administration. “Like North Korea, which is often accused of displaying fake missiles during military parades, is the United States, too, now employing ‘bluffing’ as its North Korea policy?” it asked.

Despite Tillerson’s and Trump’s Displeasure of the Obama-Era Nuclear Deal With Iran, Agreement Goes Forward

2. Wednesday, United States Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, spoke about Iran and the nuclear deal that was brokered during the Obama administration. Tillerson declared that the nuclear deal has failed and that “Iran is the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism and is responsible for intensifying multiple conflicts and undermining US interests in countries such as Syria, Yemen, Iraq, and Lebanon, and continuing to support attacks against Israel.” President Trump has described the nuclear agreement as the “worst deal ever.” Yet, the United States is not throwing the deal out and the administration is will continue to follow that agreement.

More Evidence of Russian Interference in U.S. Presidential Election Surfaces

3. Thursday, Reuters is reporting that three current and four former U.S. officials told the news agency that Russian President Putin and a Russian think-tank worked actively worked to change the outcome of the 2016 U.S. presidential election, undermine voters’ faith in the American electoral system, and helped to elect Donald Trump as president. The confidential sources stated that the Moscow-based Russian Institute for Strategic Studies documented how Russia would interfere with the election by intensifying their messaging about voter fraud to undermine the U.S. electoral system’s legitimacy and damage Clinton’s reputation to undermine her presidency. This was done through social media sites such as Facebook. For example, the Russian media site Russia Today created the most popular anti-Clinton video titled “How 100% of the 2015 Clintons’ ‘charity’ went to … themselves” ended up accumulating 9 million views on social media.

Texas Incumbent Senator Ted Cruz Faces Stiff Opposition to Retain His Seat

4. In Texas, the race for the Senate is heating up between incumbent Senator Ted Cruz and his Democratic Challenger Representative Joaquin Castro. In the newest polling, Castro is leading Cruz with 35 percent support of Texas adults in the potential matchup, while Cruz gets 31 percent. The poll also showed that the approval of President Trump is sinking. The poll showed that a majority, 54 percent disapproved of President Trump while 42 percent who approve. A Democrat hasn’t won a Senate race in Texas in 29 years.

President Trump Flunks China/Korea History Lesson

5. President Trump raised eyebrows when he tried to explain the history of Korea and how China impacts the country. Trump stated on April 12th, that the Chinese president explained that “He then went into the history of China and Korea. Not North Korea, Korea. And you know, you’re talking about thousands of years . . . and many wars. And Korea actually used to be a part of China. And after listening for 10 minutes, I realized that it’s not so easy.” Unfortunately, Trump’s assertion that Korea was a part of China is not historically true.

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