Top News Stories for Today – June 17, 2017
Trump confirms he is investigated
President Trump took to Twitter on Friday to vent his frustration over the widening investigation into ties between his campaign and Russia — in the process, confirming that he was a subject of the investigation. “I am being investigated for firing the FBI director by the man who told me to fire the FBI director! Witch hunt,” Trump tweeted.
He also mocked the probe, tweeting that “after 7 months of investigations [and] committee hearings about my ‘collusion with the Russians,’ nobody has been able to show any proof. Sad!” White House aides are reportedly concerned that “the greatest threat to Trump and his presidency … comes from his own conduct and obsessive behavior after he took office,” Politico writes. Donald J. Trump, Politico, The Week
Trump walks back completely Cuba deal
In a speech Friday in Miami, President Trump announced that, “effective immediately,” he is “canceling” the Obama administration’s “completely one-sided deal with Cuba.” Trump swore the U.S. would not lift sanctions on Cuba “until all political prisoners are free.” A statement released by the White House confirmed that the policy changes will tighten rules that had made it easier for Americans to travel to the communist-run Caribbean island and also tighten restrictions against U.S. companies doing business with a conglomerate controlled by Cuba’s military that has hotels and other businesses.
Trump decides to not deport DREAMers
President Trump will not deport undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children, known as “DREAMers” (after the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act), a reversal of his campaign pledge.
The Department of Homeland Security made the announcement, which affects about 800,000 people, Thursday night. The decision to keep the Obama-era policy is “a tribute to the strength of the DREAMer movement and an acknowledgment — at least in part — by [the DHS] that it should not be targeting undocumented immigrants who have strong ties to their communities and have abided by the law,” said immigration lawyer David Leopold. Trump claimed during the campaign that the program “defied federal law and the Constitution.” The administration also announced the program would not expand to include the parents of DREAMers. The New York Times, The Week
Climate Change Study Canceled Because of Impact of Climate Change
The University of Manitoba has terminated its project to study climate change in the Hudson Bay area because of hazardous ice conditions caused by a change in the climate. The study involved Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker Amundsen, which was scheduled to sail through the area making scientific measurements and observations. But the southward flow of Arctic sea ice, caused by climate change, led to unusually severe ice conditions along the northern coast of Newfoundland, so the ship could not depart for Hudson Bay, a huge ocean basin in northeastern Canada, in time to meet the research objectives.
However, the reminder of the study will continue, and scientists say results so far indicate that climate change already affects environments and communities, not only in the north but also in the south of Canada. VOA
Seven US navy crews missing off Japan
Seven US Navy crew members are missing after their ship collided with a merchant vessel off the coast of Japan. Among the injured is the USS Fitzgerald’s commanding officer, who was taken to hospital by helicopter. The destroyer collided with the container ship about 56 nautical miles (104km) south-west of Yokosuka.
Aerial images showed heavy damage to the Navy ship’s starboard side after the collision at about 02:30 local time on Saturday. USS Fitzgerald is one of the most advanced warships in the world – with highly sophisticated radars systems. BBC
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