Wednesday May 17, 2017 5 Top Stories to Start Your Day

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017 5 Top Stories to Start Your Day

1. In yet another crisis for the Trump White House, Tuesday, it was reported that former Director of the F.B.I, James Comey kept a record of conversations with President Trump in the form of memos. As part of that paper trail, Comey had written a memo after a meeting he had with the president in February where according to Comey, President Trump, after he excused his normal team that sits in on meetings, asked the Director about the case against Michael Flynn. The conversation steered towards the President’s defense of Flynn being a “good guy” and that the President said to Comey, “ I hope you can let this go.” “Let go” would be the investigation into Flynn’s connections to Russia and of being an agent for a foreign nation. The White House denied the conversation but Congress and the Senate has already asked the FBI for the documentation. The meeting occurred between the President and Comey on February 14th.

2. According to Reuters Tuesday, Ford Motor Co. plans to cut its salaried workforce in North America and Asia by ten percent. The Ford decision comes as U.S. auto sales slumped in April, raising fears that a period of strong sales has reached the end. The Trump Administration had been pushing U.S. automakers to add jobs, and has also taken credit for Ford decisions to invest in North American production and cancel plans for a factory in Mexico, although critics say he had nothing to do with the decisions. The jobs to be cut at Ford would be salaried positions and the hourly positions particularly in North America, will not be cut. The company said in a statement. “Reducing costs and becoming as lean and efficient as possible also remain part of that work. We have not announced any new people efficiency actions, nor do we comment on speculatiion.”

3. Tuesday, during a meeting with President Trump at the White House, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan waited silently while reporters barraged President Trump with questions about his sharing of top-secret intelligence with Russia’s foreign minister and ambassador in Washington last week. Trump responded only once to the gathered journalists, offering an insouciant remark about his “very, very successful meeting with the Russian foreign minister.” After the meeting, at the Turkish Embassy, there was a violent exchange between supporters of Erdogan and those who call the President a human right violator. Captured on video were security guards for Erdogan violently physically fighting with protesters.

4. Wednesday, US soldier Chelsea Manning was released from prison after serving seven years for leaking hundreds of thousands of diplomatic cables and military files to Wikileaks. The soldier’s sentence had been commuted by President Obama before he left office. Manning was convicted of 20 charges about the leaks, including espionage. She was acquitted of the most serious charge, aiding the enemy.

5. Wednesday morning, President Putin of Russia, offered to share with Congress the records of the meeting President Trump had last week with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Ambassador Sergei Kislyak. The meeting has touched off a flurry of questions as to whether President Trump revealed sensitive information given to the White House by Israeli intelligence. Putin called the accusations “dangerous’ and “political schizophrenia.”

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