Tuesday May 2, 2017 5 Top Stories to Start Your Day

Tuesday May 2, 2017 5 Top Stories to Start Your Day

1. Tuesday morning it was announced that the American missile defense system that was installed in South Korea is now operational. The system is ready to intercept missiles from North Korea. Tensions between South Korea and North Korea remain high while the United States taking measures to punish North Korea’s missile firings with possible nuclear bomb testing. The missile defense system, the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, was put in place to deter any military movement by North Korea. President Trump caused a controversy with South Korea last week when he stated he would charge South Korea for the use of THAAD, which caused great confusion between the two countries. Later, it was announced that the US will not make South Korea pay for the system. President Trump has stated again that war is possible between North Korea and the US due to the aggression of North Korea.

2. In an about face, President Trump, in an interview, when asked if he would meet with the North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un, under the right circumstances. Continuing in the Bloomberg interview, Trump stated, “If it would be appropriate for me to meet with him, I would, absolutely, I would be honored to do it.” The idea of meeting with Kim Jong Un would turn back 40 years of diplomatic measures the United States set up after the Korean War. Trump sees is differently though stating that, “I’m telling you, under the right circumstances, I would meet with him. We have breaking news.” Later at the Daily Briefing, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said that the conditions for a meeting between the US President and Kim Jong Un “were not there yet” and that many things, including North Korea’s “provocative” actions and statements would need to be “ratcheted down immediately”.

3. In yet another unusual interview, President Trump questioned why there was ever an American Civil War. Trump asked why issues that triggered the war “could not have been worked out” to avoid the war. Trump then spoke glowingly of the accomplishments of President Andrew Jackson, who Trump he has cited as a role model. It was apparent that the President was not aware that Jackson had been dead of 16 years before the first shots were ever fired in the Civil War with Trump stating that, Jackson “was really angry that he saw what was happening regarding the Civil War.” Trump speaking so highly of Jackson had many questionings whether Trump realized that Jackson himself was a slave owner or that Jackson ordered the Indian Removal Act which caused the deaths of thousands of Native Americans who had to walk from their homes in the Southern states to an area west of the Mississippi. The walk came to be known as the Trail of Tears. Although Jackson had, as President, kept the nation together without a war earlier but he was slave owner, slave trader and even stopped anti-slavery publications from being mailed to the South.

4. In France, Presidential candidate Marine Le Pen’s replacement as acting leader of Front National has stepped down over comments he made doubting the existence of the Holocaust and the use of Nazi gas chambers. Jean-François Jalkh, in 2000, asked in 2000 whether ovens or gas chambers were used in th4e Holocaust, “I believe we should be able to discuss this issue [of gas chambers].” He also stated that he does not remember the interview that his comments were attributed to. He stated, ““It’s the first time I’ve heard of this rubbish,” he said. “I have no memory of this. I may have given an interview but these are not my preferred subjects.”

5. May Day in Philadelphia, and across the world, was a day for protesting treatment of undocumented workers, work conditions and for Philadelphia teachers, working for 4 years without a raise of contract. Protests across the country were peaceful but there were pockets of violence that police departments had to act on. In Portland, police made 25 arrests as those protesting began throwing smoke bombs and setting fires. Across the globe, people marched for better treatment and better working conditions. Marchers also marched to support democratic rights, human rights, freedom of expression and rule of law.

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