47 mins ago
As the world understandably focuses on Donald Trump’s threatening Syria tweet, he also posted a message about California this morning.
He said governor Jerry Brown “is doing the right thing and sending the National Guard to the border.” Here’s international editor Chris Stevenson to explain what the president is talking about:
“President Donald Trump is claiming victory in getting California Governor Jerry Brown to move National Guard members to the Mexico border in his state.
“Mr Trump has been pushing for border states to do this, having issued an order for Guards to be sent to the border having seen reports from a ‘migrant caravan’ coming up through Central America and into Mexico. Mr Trump has sought to paint this as a sign of all the “criminals” that are trying to make their way into America, and has tied it to his immigration crackdown. Even with the order, he needs state governors to agree.
“The truth as Mr Brown points out in the letter below, is a little different. Mr Brown says he will take the funds being offered and deploy an extra 400 guards to help tackle “transnational gangs, human traffickers and drug smugglers” as he did following requests from George W Bush in 2006 and Barack Obama in 2010.
“However, as a staunch opponent of Mr Trump’s push for a tougher stance on undocumented immigrants, Mr Brown says that the California National Guard will not be “enforcing federal immigration laws” and claims that immigrant apprehensions on the California border last year were “as low as they’ve been in nearly 50 years”.”
2 hours ago
The president followed his dramatic message with a “good luck” to Mike Pompeo, who will testify at his confirmation hearing today.
The outgoing CIA director will replace Rex Tillerson as Trump’s next secretary of state.
2 hours ago
As international tensions rise over military action in Syria, Donald Trump says a US attack “could be very soon or not at all”. Read more about what the president said here:
Donald Trump says US attack on Syria ‘could be very soon or not so soon at all’
1 day ago
Donald Trump has hit out at Russia telling them to “get ready” for a missile attack on Syria, saying: “They will be coming, nice and new and ‘smart’!”
Moscow threatened to shoot down any missiles fired at Syria in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack.
You can read more here:
Trump tells Russia to ‘get ready’ for US missile attack on Syria