President Donald Trump blamed California Governor Jerry Brown for the raging fire burning through the state. President Trump’s former campaign aide was at a surprising loss of words when asked by CNN’s Chris Cuomo about the president’s reaction.
“California is on fire. Nobody’s going to dispute that fact if they know what they’re talking about,” Cuomo said. “But our president is blaming environmentalists and California’s Democratic governor.”
Cortes said he knew nothing about fires.
“I have to say first, I have enormous empathy for the victims of this awful tragedy and great admiration for the people who are fighting it,” Cortes said.
“I’m a city boy. I know very little about forests, even less about forest fires. you’d have to ask the White House.”
He continued: “I think you might think and certainly a lot of your viewers think that I always just instinctively back the president on everything. I don’t back him on this nor am I criticizing. I’m just saying I frankly don’t know. I’m not a scientist. I’m certainly not a forest management person. So I don’t know the answer.”
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Pence knew about and actually participated in Trump’s apparent Ukraine extortion plot: report
Vice President Mike Pence is seemingly complicit in President Donald Trump's apparent extortion and bribery plot, based on the transcript of a press conference the VP held in Poland on September 2. At issue is a whistleblower's complaint that the White House refuses to release. It is believed it says Trump repeatedly threatened to withhold military aid from Ukraine until, or in exchange for, that country digging up and handing over dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden. There is no evidence any dirt was found or even exists.
UK braced for key court ruling on parliament suspension
Britain's Supreme Court will rule on Tuesday whether Prime Minister Boris Johnson acted unlawfully in suspending parliament, in a seismic case that could have profound implications for Brexit and the country's constitutional foundations.
If the verdict goes against Johnson, it could see parliament rapidly reassemble and would inevitably trigger questions about his position, having unlawfully advised Queen Elizabeth II to suspend parliament.
It would be the latest hammer blow to his plans for taking Britain out of the European Union on October 31, and pile huge pressure on his minority government.
Seoul confirms 4th swine fever case — and asks North Korea for cooperation
South Korea confirmed its fourth case of African swine fever on Tuesday, as Pyongyang was yet to respond to Seoul's request to make joint efforts to tackle the deadly animal disease.
The latest case was confirmed at a farm in Paju, a city near the inter-Korean border where the nation's first case was recorded, according to Seoul's agriculture ministry.
South Korea has culled around 15,000 pigs since the first case was reported on Sept 17.
"We have carried out an immediate culling and are proceeding with an epidemiological investigation," the ministry said in a statement, adding that some 2,300 pigs were being raised at the affected farm.