(Washington, DC) – President Trump says the U.S. is “locked and loaded” following an attack on a Saudi Arabian oil plant.
On Twitter, Trump said the government believes it knows who was behind the attack, but is waiting to hear verification from Saudi Arabia about who they think carried it out.
U.S. authorities have blamed Iran for the attack that knocked out half of Saudi Arabia’s oil supply this weekend. The President has authorized the release of U.S. oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to keep the oil market stable.
(Washington, DC-AP) – Former South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford is entering the race for president in 2020. Sanford announced on Fox News Sunday that he’s challenging President Trump for the Republican nomination.
He’s the third Republican to throw his hat in the ring, joining former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld and former Illinois Congressman Joe Walsh.
Sanford said he decided to run because “We need to have a conversation on what it means to be Republican.” He added, “As a Republican Party, we have lost our way.”
(Odessa, TX-AP) – Authorities in Texas are refusing to publicly name the gunman who killed seven people during a shooting rampage on Saturday.
Odessa Police Chief Michael Gerke offered an update on the investigation at an afternoon news conference today. Investigators are confident there was only one shooter involved although they have no motive for the crime.
Police said the shooter used an AR-style semiautomatic rifle to shoot people at random. The victim’s range in age from 15-years-old to 57-years-old. A 17-month-old child is among the 21 people wounded in the shooting rampage.36-year old Seth Ator has been identified as the shooter.
(Washington, DC-AP) — Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is ending her presidential campaign. Gillibrand failed to gain traction in the crowded field of Democratic candidates, falling short of the criteria to qualify for the third Democratic presidential debate.
The New York Democrat said in a video that this wasn’t the result she hoped for, adding that it’s important to “know when it’s not your time.”
She said she believes that she can now best serve by helping to unite people against President Trump in 2020
On Twitter, the President joked that he’s glad Democrats never found out that she was the one he was really afraid of.
(Rock Hill, SC-AP) – Former Vice President Joe Biden says that President Trump’s “worst instincts” could emerge as the 2020 election nears. Campaigning in South Carolina, Biden said Trump inherited a “pretty good economy” from President Obama.
Biden accused Trump of squandering steady economic gains that started long before he came into office.
The Democratic presidential candidate also expressed support for new gun safety laws after the deadly mass shootings in Texas and Ohio.
(AP) – Michigan Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib’s grandmother has strong words for President Trump after he reportedly urged Israeli officials to ban Tlaib and Minnesota Representative Ilhan Omar from visiting Israel and Palestine.
In an interview released by Reuters today, Muftia Tlaib said “May God ruin him.”
Trump tweeted that Tlaib’s grandmother was the only winner because now she doesn’t have to see her granddaughter.
Israel later reversed its stance, but Tlaib rejected that offer, saying the country is treating her like a criminal and trying to silence her for her criticisms of the Israeli government.
(Jackson, MS-AP) – Immigration and Customs Enforcement is detaining 680 undocumented immigrants working illegally in Mississippi. Speaking today in Jackson, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Mississippi Mike Hurst says ICE conducted raids at several food processing facilities across the state.
Hurst says the raids were planned a month ago and search warrants were executed at seven locations in six cities, setting a record for the number of ICE raids in a single state. Companies targeted include Peco foods and poultry producer Koch Foods.
Approximately three bus-loads of employees were taken to a military base for processing.
(Baltimore, MD-AP) — Congressman Elijah Cummings is responding to a week of attacks by President Trump against him and his city. The chairman of the House Oversight Committee said he would welcome a visit by the President to visit Baltimore.
He said Trump will see strong people who get up and go to work on the early bus. Cummings said he’ll see organizations that have come to the inner city and instead of criticizing it, asked how can they help.
He said that what upsets him most is that when people criticize his hometown they are stepping on the hope of the children who live there
(Beijing-AP) — China is ready to fight back against a new round of tariffs President Trump announced Thursday. A Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman said today that China doesn’t want a trade war with the U.S. but is not afraid of fighting one.
Trump’s threatening to impose a ten-percent tariff on another 300-billion dollars worth of Chinese imports starting September 1st.
A Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman said today that Beijing would have to take countermeasures if the U.S. puts tariffs on more Chinese goods.
(Los Angeles, CA-AP) — Former VP Joe Biden is condemning President Trump for not stopping supporters from chanting “Send Her Back!”
Speaking today in Los Angeles, the presidential candidate said Trump is playing a game by targeting the four minority congresswomen. Biden added that Trump is “dividing the country and raising the issue of racism.”
Trump disavowed the chants that were directed at Minnesota Democratic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar during his rally in North Carolina last night. Trump said the chants started up quickly and noted that he moved on with his speech as soon as possible.