In a televised speech Thursday, Maduro announced the Brazil border closure and warned against trying to bring humanitarian supplies into Venezuela by force. “I don’t want to make such a decision, but I am considering it — an absolute closure of the border with Colombia,” he said. “We have taken all the measures so that everything can be peaceful,” he added.
The image was taken Wednesday and represents the first time J-10s have been seen on Woody or any Chinese-controlled islands in the South China Sea, according to ImageSat International, which supplied the image to CNN.
The deployment comes as tensions remain high in the South China Sea and Chinese President Xi Jinping prepares to meet United States President Donald Trump at the G-20 summit in Japan next week.
With no official participation from the two main protagonists, Israel and the Palestinians, and scant enthusiasm from others, continued uncertainty and strong doubts over the plan’s political vision and the distraction of potential U.S.-Iran conflict, expectations are decidedly low. President Donald Trump’s senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner faces high hurdles in building support for the initiative.
Asked if planes were in the air, the president responded, “No, but they would have been pretty soon, and things would have happened to a point where you would not turn back, you could not turn back.”
“Nothing was green lighted until the very end because things change,” Trump said during the interview with Todd.
Tensions have escalated since the U.S. withdrew from the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran last year and began a policy of “maximum pressure.” Iran has since been hit by multiple rounds of sanctions. Tensions spiked this past week after Iran shot down an unmanned U.S. drone — an incident that nearly led to a U.S. military strike against Iran on Thursday evening.
In an interview with ABC, Immigration and Customs Enforcement Acting Director Mark Morgan said the raids are about maintaining the “rule of law.” And though a ramped-up enforcement effort had been in the works, Trump’s decision to publicly telegraph a major law enforcement operation was an unusual one for a president to make. Coming as it did the evening before his 2020 reelection kickoff, his announcement appeared to be motivated by politics more than necessity. And as I detailed on Tuesday, ICE was blindsided by his tweet.
Sharing the news on Twitter, the president said that “at the request of Democrats” the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) would delay its plans to seek out people with deportation orders.
Trump said he had approved the delay so that Democrats and Republicans in Congress could work out a new immigration compromise — a deal that has so far eluded the president and his allies.
Physicians and public health experts agree that the widely available MMR vaccine is almost 100% effective and perfectly safe. Still, a vituperative debate rages in the public square and on social media between proponents of vaccination and opponents of the procedure. This ongoing debate is one reason why Americans cannot agree on a national vaccination policy. Russia’s propaganda apparatus that is stoking the controversy is a less well-known reason.
The blaze, which continued to burn late Friday, could shut in about 4.2 million gallons a day of supply, enough to meet about 2.7% of East Coast demand, according to Bloomberg estimates. To fill the gap, prices would have to increase high enough to attract more supply from Europe of other parts of the U.S.
“I know I’m not the only one who had a mini heart attack when the ‘EAS Radiological Hazard Warning’ test went out moments ago,” Billy Heath, a photojournalist for Atlanta news station FOX 5, wrote on Twitter. “I had to do a double take.”
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