CNN reported on Monday that President Donald Trump is still considering firing Special Counsel Robert Mueller even though the White House has insisted otherwise.
CNN correspondent Jim Acosta reported the news to host Wolf Blitzer just hours before Trump’s State of the Union Address.
“While the president is not expected to address the Russia investigation in tonight’s State of the Union, CNN has learned that Trump has grown increasingly impatient with the special counsel’s office,” Acosta said. “A source close to the White House, who is familiar with the president’s speech, said that it is still possible that the president could fire Robert Mueller.”
Acosta quoted the sources as saying, “Anybody who knows Trump best knows that is a possibility. This guy is a street fighter and he thinks this Mueller investigation is B.S.”
President Trump not expected to mention Russia probe in his State of the Union address, but source says it is still possible the President could fire Robert Mueller, “he thinks this Mueller investigation is BS” @acosta reports https://t.co/wFgc5HdWiz pic.twitter.com/eJYodB4Sbe
— The Situation Room (@CNNSitRoom) January 30, 2018
Previous reports have claimed that Trump has already threatened to fire Mueller but the action was shelved after White House Counsel Don McGhan threatened to resign.
On Tuesday, NBC News reported that Trump has even discussed ordering Attorney General Jeff Sessions to prosecute Mueller and his team of investigators.
Hawaii holds woman over missing children amid suspicious deaths and ‘doomsday cult’ links
A 46-year-old American woman with reported links to a doomsday cult and to at least three people whose deaths are being investigated has been arrested in Hawaii over the disappearance of her two children.
Lori Vallow was arrested Thursday on the island of Kauai and charged with felony desertion of the children, 7-year-old Joshua Vallow, who is autistic, and 17-year-old Tylee Ryan, police said in a statement.
According to US media reports, the children, who have different fathers, were last seen on September 23, 2019.
Their disappearance was reported in November by the boy's grandparents, who live in Louisiana and had heard nothing from the children for an extended period.
Pressured by US sanctions, Cuba struggles to pay its debts
Foreign companies going unpaid, creditor countries told to be patient: as Cuba struggles under the weight of US sanctions it has also been struggling to pay its debts, raising serious concern among its partners.
Having negotiated a restructuring of its debt with 14 countries through the Paris Club of creditors in 2015, Cuba last year failed to make timely payments to six of them - Austria, Belgium, Britain, France, Japan and Spain.
The Caribbean nation was supposed to pay those countries "$32 to $33 million" of the total $82 million due in 2019, one diplomatic source said. Its failure to do so leaves it facing stiff interest payments of 9 percent.
Israel’s ‘most vulnerable’ hit by political stalemate
Israel's grinding political deadlock has squeezed funding for programmes helping troubled youths, disadvantaged communities and the disabled, forcing state-backed social organisations to rely on crowd-funding to get by.
Polls indicate the country's March 2 election, the third in less than a year, will not produce a clear win for right-wing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu or his main rival Benny Gantz of the centrist Blue and White party.
That result could force more fraught coalition talks, prolonging the stalemate that has kept lawmakers from passing a budget for this year.