Cramm for 10/17/17
Trump is having a blast from the past.
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It’s not exactly a secret that Prez Trump isn’t the biggest fan of Former Prez Obama. See: he criticized him constantly while on the campaign trail. But many people expected this to chill when Trump became prez. Scratch that.
Yesterday, the Prez held a sudden press conference at the White House. And was asked about Niger. Reminder: a couple weeks ago, four US soldiers were killed in an ambush in Niger. The Trump team was totally quiet. Cue the side-eyes. So yesterday, a reporter asked Prez Trump why the sudden silence.
Turns out Trump had written letters to the families of the soldiers. And was planning on sending them out that night. But said ‘this is totally not the custom’ and that other presidents (looking at youuuuu, Obama) never, ever, ever called or wrote letters. Ever. Spoiler alert: this is so 100% false. As in former staffers for Obama instantly spoke up, saying this is a “*bleep*ing lie.”’ Later, Trump said ‘jk, aaaaaactually’ and announced that Obama just didn’t call AND write letters. Slight difference.
Some are saying ‘not cool’ and that current presidents shouldn’t really be hating on former prezes. Now, all eyes are on Trump to see if all this backlash will affect future talks of ‘Murica’s past leaders.
WORLD: The US and Syria are throwing a party. Recently, they said ‘finaaaaaally’ and announced they had officially driven ISIS out of Raqqa. Which is a pretty huge deal. Case in point: for the longest time, Raqqa has been ISIS’s self-declared capital. Not anymore. In some not-so-happy news, North Korea is ansty for (nuclear) war. Really. Ansty.
WEATHER: Already, at least 3 people have died in Ireland’s worst storm on record, Ophelia. The entire island was forced to go into lockdown yesterday due to winds of nearly 100mph and heavy rainfall. Storm Ophelia also reportedly caused U.K. skies to turn red. Now, the historic storm is moving along the edge of Ireland and is expected to leave the island entirely by tomorrow.
SCIENCE: Yesterday, astronomers got their first look at two neutron stars colliding. ICYDK, this is where precious metals like gold and silver are from. No surprise that for forever, people have tried to catch a glimpse of the event. And failed….until yesterday. Out of this world. Who else is kinda freaking out with excitement? Facebook. Recently, they bought tbh (as in the app) in an attempt to, you know, actually connect with teens and millennials. Stepping into the future.
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