1 North Korea Says Missile Test Was Warning To US, South Korea
Kim Jong Un admitted yesterday to launching tactical guided missiles as a warning to the U.S. and South Korea's joint military drills taking place.U.S. national security adviser John Bolton reminded North Korea of its pledge to President Trump not to resume launches of any intercontinental-range missiles. The country had already conducted four short-range missile tests in less than two weeks but pledged not to launch anymore.Kim Jong Un supervised the live-fire demonstration of these newly-developed short-range ballistic missiles and said that it was an "adequate warning" to the United States and South Korea over their joint military exercises.Pyongyang's official Korean Central News Agency said the launches verified the reliability and combat ability of their newly-developed missiles.
2 El Paso & Dayton Prepare For Trump's Arrival
President Trump will visit El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio today as the two cities grieve from the weekend mass shootings that left 31 dead and scored injured. Several Democratic officials have urged Trump not to visit their respective cities - and that includes Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, who has encouraged people to protest his arrival. “I think people should stand up and say they’re not happy if they’re not happy he’s coming." Similarly, El Paso Mayor Dee Margo says he's aware of the controversy surrounding the president's visit, but that it's his duty to welcome the president to the city, whatever criticism he might receive. Whaley says the same - but at a press conference, said she plans to give Trump a piece of her mind. Meanwhile, the family of the shooter involved in the mass shooting in Dayton has released a statement, "The Betts family is shocked and devastated by the events of Sunday morning," and that the family is "cooperating with law enforcement in their investigation into this tragedy." On a related note, the FBI has also launched an investigation into evidence that the Dayton mass murderer had researched "violent ideologies" prior to Sunday's shooting. According to various reports, the Dayton shooter had a history of troubling behavior - and a supporter of Antifa.
3 White House on Protests to President's Ohio and Texas Visits
President Trump is preparing to visit El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, today as the two cities grieve from weekend mass shootings that left 31 dead and dozens more injured. The move is in spite of the fact that a number of lawmakers and locals are asking him not to. White House counselor Kellyanne Conway confirmed the President's plans saying he “has wanted to go there since he learned of these tragedies" and that the President and First Lady will salute first responders and spend time with mourning families and survivors. As for his detractors? White House spokesman Hogan Gidley says all the President wants is healing - and "to have a conversation" about ways to keep this from happening again. "What he wants to do is go to these communities and grieve with them, pray with them, offer condolences," says Gidley. "We can do something impactful to prevent this from ever happening again if we come together."