In the hours after President Donald Trump said on an Oct. 17 radio broadcast that he had contacted nearly every family that had lost a military servicemember this year, the White House was hustling to learn from the Pentagon the identities and contact information for those families, according to an internal Defense Department email.
The email exchange, which has not been previously reported, shows that senior White House aides were aware on the day the president made the statement that it was not accurate -- but that they should try to make it accurate as soon as possible, given the gathering controversy.
Not only had the president not contacted virtually all the families of military personnel killed this year, the White House did not even have an up-to-date list of those who had been killed.
Police in Gainesville, Florida on Thursday arrested three white men in connection to a shooting that took place following a speech by avowed white supremacist Richard Spencer. Tyler Tenbrink, William Fears and Colton Fears -- two of whom police say have known ties to extremist organizations -- are being held in the Alachua County Jail on charges of attempted homicide after allegedly firing on another group of people during a violent encounter shortly after Spencer's speech. According to police, the trio argued with and threatened a group of protestors demonstrating against Spencer, who was addressing a small crowd at the University of Florida Phillips Center for Performing Arts. The men reportedly began threatening to "--- kill" and "shoot" the protestors, before eventually offering the Nazi salute and shouting "Hail Hitler." Police say Tenbrink, a convicted felon, fired the shot.
Winston Churchill's grandson called President Trump a "daft twerp" on Twitter, criticizing the president for his comments connecting the U.K.'s rise in crime to "radical Islamic terror."
Nicholas Soames, Churchill's grandson and a member of parliament affiliated with the Conservative party, replied to Trump's tweet in which the president cited new U.K. crime statistics and wrote that "we must keep America safe."
Soames's response was condensed into a single hashtag: "#Thenfixguncontrolyoudafttwerp."
Russian President Vladimir Putin has called on U.S. citizens to stop disrespecting President Donald Trump, a trend that the Russian leader called a symptom of a poor political system in the U.S.
Putin, who U.S. officials have accused of swaying the 2016 U.S. presidential race in Trump's favor, broke a streak of hostile diplomatic exchanges between the two leading powers during a speech Thursday in order to defend his former political ally from what he considers unfair criticism at home. Speaking at the Valdai Discussion Club in Sochi, Putin again denied any claims of Russian interference in last year's U.S. elections, asserting that Trump "won honestly" and that he and his supporters have behaved legitimately in response to the current U.S. political climate.
"Inside the country, disrespect is shown for him. This is a regrettable negative component of the U.S. political system," Putin said, according to the state-run Tass Russian News Agency.
President Trump gave himself a pretty big pat on the back when asked about his handling of recovery efforts in Puerto Rico.
"I would give myself a 10," Trump said when asked how he would score his response to the devastation wrought by Hurricane Maria.
"I think we've done a really great job and we've had tremendous cooperation from the governor and we are getting there and people are really seeing the effort that's been put into Puerto Rico," Trump said during an Oval Office meeting with Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló.
The self-applied high marks are at odds with what critics say was a bungled response by federal officials in the wake of the Category 5 storm.