The Presidential Daily Brief


  1. Tillerson’s Mideast Headaches, Grand Canyon Crash and Trump’s Spygate

    The Week Ahead: Today Secretary of State Rex Tillerson begins a difficult 6-day Mideast trip, during which he will attempt to convince Turkey to scale back its offensive against U.S. allies in Syria. Former Massachusetts governor and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is expected on Thursday to announce his candidacy for U.S. senator representing Utah. And on Friday, the Chinese begin welcoming the Year of the Dog.

    Know This: Three people died in the Saturday crash of a Grand Canyon sightseeing helicopter, run by the same company involved in 2001 fatal crash. President Trump has seized upon a report of a shadowy Russian reportedly bilking American spies out of $100,000 in September, providing possibly fabricated information about Trump’s Russia ties, instead of promised cyberespionage tools. Two police officers near Columbus, Ohio, were killed Saturday responding to a 911 hang-up call during a domestic incident. And it rained Cape Town, South Africa, on Friday, but the city’s water crisis continues. 

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