5 Things for Thursday
President Trump in Brussels:
The President is in Brussels today, facing another possibly awkward situation due to statements made in the past. Yesterday there was the meeting with the Pope, who Mr. Trump had prior beef with, but the meeting was amicable. Today, Mr. Trump will meet with the leaders of NATO, who if you don’t remember, the President called “obsolete” on the campaign trail.
The meeting with NATO marks the President’s fourth stop on his first foreign trip, and the meeting brings new urgency with the recent terror attack in Manchester- the fight against terror already being a key talking point.
Manchester Bombing Operation:
The number of arrests made in relation to the Manchester bombing is now up to eight, an operation much larger and wider than first imagined-mainly concerning suicide bomber Salman Abedi’s family. Abedi’s father and brother were arrested in Libya and another brother was also detained. It recently came out that Abedi also made a trip to Germany shortly before the bombing, raising concerns that on top of Libya and the United Kingdom, plots might also be in place in Germany.
On top of the network being investigated by counter-terrorism police, the U.S. was recently cut off of information pertaining to the incident. The United Kingdom is apparently fuming after the New York Times published pictures they say altered their investigation. Prime Minister Theresa May is expected to tell President Trump to keep it hush-hush at the NATO summit today.
Montana Election Drama:
In a twist ending the day before an election that no one could’ve predicted, Republican candidate for Congress Greg Gianforte allegedly “body-slammed” a reporter for the Guardian. Gianforte must’ve been inspired by The Rock recently announcing he was running for president, because according to witnesses in the room, Gianforte grabbed Jacobs by the neck with both hands and slammed him to the ground- maybe he was practicing his wrestling moves? Who knows.
Gianforte has since been charged with misdemeanor assault for the altercation that broke Jacobs’ glasses (not to mention over a question about healthcare) and people, media outlets, and organizations are removing endorsements for him like wildfire. It might be too late though- Montana is a traditionally red state and lots of early voting has already taken place.
The beginning of June is right around the corner, and today weather experts are coming together to give us the latest information on anticipated hurricanes during hurricane season. The meeting will focus on prediction, preparedness, and enhancements in technology. So keep your fingers crossed and hope nothing heads for Louisiana in the upcoming months.
Memorial Day Preparation:
Memorial Day is Monday, and activities have already started today to set the weekend off properly. Soldiers are placing thousands of American flags at Arlington Cemetery this morning, a small symbol of the huge sacrifice made by so many U.S. soldiers over the years. Even locally, Fort Polk is holding their Memorial Day ceremony today with the same goal in mind. So before you celebrate this weekend, remember those who died to keep this great country safe.