5 things you need to know now
5 things you need to know now
  • Trump: 'I never said Russia did not meddle in the election'

  • Florida school shooting survivors announce 'March for Our Lives'

  • Trump attacks FBI on Florida shooting, Russia probe, Iran deal

  • Netanyahu threatens war with Iran

  • Iranian plane crashes, killing 66

"I never said Russia did not meddle in the election," President Trump tweeted early Sunday. "I said 'it may be Russia, or China or another country or group, or it may be a 400 pound genius sitting in bed and playing with his computer,'" he continued. "The Russian 'hoax' was that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia - it never did!" Trump was referring to comments he made in the first general election debate saying interference efforts "could be Russia. But it could also be China. It could also be lots of other people. It also could be somebody sitting on their bed that weighs 400 pounds, okay?" However, Trump also said in November of 2017 he "really believes" Russian President Vladimir Putin's denial of election meddling.

Source: The Hill, The Washington Examiner

Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where 17 people were killed in a mass shooting on Wednesday, on Sunday announced "March for Our Lives," a demonstration for new gun control legislation scheduled for Saturday, March 24, in Washington, D.C., and cities around the country. "People are saying that it's not time to talk about gun control. And we can respect that," said Cameron Kasky, a Marjory Stoneman Douglas junior who explained the event on ABC's This Week. "Here's a time: March 24 in every single city. We are going to be marching together as students begging for our lives," Kasky continued. "At this point, you're either with us or against us." He made a similar statement on Fox News Sunday.

Source: Axios, ABC News

In a pair of tweets posted Saturday night and Sunday morning, President Trump aired three separate grievances with the FBI. First, he targeted the agency's failure to investigate a January tip about Nikolas Cruz, the 19-year-old who confessed to the school shooting in Florida this past week. In the same tweet, the president went on to blame this grim error on the FBI's involvement in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe. The FBI is "spending too much time trying to prove Russian collusion with the Trump campaign," he wrote. In a follow-up tweet, Trump turned to the Iran deal, criticizing the FBI for not investigating the Obama administration for paying Iran $1.7 billion to settle a decades-old legal dispute and help secure the release of American prisoners.

Source: The Associated Press, The Hill

"Israel will not allow Iran's regime to put the noose of terror around our neck," Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday. "We will act without hesitation to defend ourselves. And we will act, if necessary, not only against Iranian proxies that are attacking us but against Iran itself." Netanyahu alleged Iran is attempting to "colonize" Syria, which is located between the two countries. As he spoke, he waved a piece of an Iranian drone recently downed on Israeli land. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif labeled the remarks "a cartoonish circus which does not even deserve a response."

Source: The Washington Post, Reuters

An Iranian passenger plane heading to Tehran crashed Sunday morning in a mountainous rural region. All 66 people on board, 60 passengers and six crew members, are presumed dead. Retrieval efforts have been hindered by the crash site's remote location and bad weather. Iran has a poor record on aviation safety because international sanctions intended to restrain its nuclear development make it difficult to obtain parts to keep planes in good condition. This plane, operated by Aseman Airlines, was 25 years old.

Source: BBC News, The Wall Street Journal
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