Friday April 28, 2017 5 Top Stories To Start Your Day

Friday April 28, 2017 5 Top Stories to Start Your Day

1. Thursday, President Donald Trump, in an interview with Reuters, spoke about North Korea and its leader Kim Jong Un declaring that the actions of North Korea could cause a “major, major conflict.” Continuing Trump stated that he hoped that “we’d love to solve things diplomatically but it’s very difficult.” When asked what his opinion on the North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Trump stated, “as to whether or not he’s rational, I have no opinion on it. I hope he’s rational.” Trump concluded that Un has not had it easy as North Korea’s leader. Trump said of Un, “he’s 27 years old. His father dies, took over a regime. So say what you want but that is not easy, especially at that age. I’m not giving him credit or not giving him credit, I’m just saying that’s a very hard thing to do.”

2. Thursday, Democrats on the House Oversight Committee the Department of Defense Inspector General’s Office has launched an investigation of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. Ranking Democrat Elijah Cummings also stated that the White House is not cooperating with the committee and that the White House has not released documents pertaining to how Flynn was vetted for his positon within the Trump Administration. Sean Spicer, Press Secretary for the White House put the blame on Obama Administration for Flynn receiving national security clearance. Spicer argued “why would you rerun a background check on someone who was the head of the Defense Intelligence Agency that had and did maintain a high-level security clearance?”

3. The Taliban issued a defiant statement Thursday saying that the terror group is now in the midst of their spring offensive and that they promise the attacks would be “twin-tracked political and military approach.” This new statement comes only days after attacking a military base in Afghanistan killing 135 soldiers. The Taliban also stated that they would continue to “target foreign forces, their military and intelligence infrastructure”. The United States supports Afghan forces, by about 8,400 US troops and 5,000 Nato soldiers.

4. United Airlines, on Thursday, announced that they have settled a suit filed by Dr. David Dao who had been injured while being dragged off a flight that had been overbooked. The offense was captured by cell phone video which showed the elderly Dao being dragged down the aisle of the plane after he refused to give up his seat for a member of the flight team. The flight had been overbooked by 4 seats that were needed for the crew. Dao had injuries including a concussion, injuries to his face and broken teeth. The amount of the settlement is confidential.

5. Thursday night, Arkansas executed a death-row inmate, Kenneth Williams, late in the state’s fourth lethal injection in eight days. This execution comes after a frantic schedule that the prison officials said was necessary to carry out death sentences before one of their drugs expired. This execution is being called in question as to whether or not it was cruel and unusual punishment because the prisoner, after being administer the drugs, convulsed and his body jerked about.

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