US National Security Advisor John Bolton will travel to Israel at the weekend for “regional security talks” with top Russian and Israeli officials, the White House said Thursday amid spiking tensions with Iran.
Bolton will meet Sunday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, followed by talks with his Israeli and Russian counterparts, Meir Ben-Shabbat and Nikolai Patrushev, NSC spokesman Garrett Marquis said.
Bolton also will meet with the director general of the Israel Atomic Energy Commission Zeev Snir.
The NSC announcement came just hours after Iran shot down a US drone in what Washington called an unprovoked attack.
Tehran said the drone, a high-flying Global Hawk, was brought down with a surface-to-air missile after it entered its airspace. The US military said the drone was in international airspace.
“Iran made a very big mistake!” US President Donald Trump tweeted.
It was the latest of a series of incidents in and around the strategic Strait of Hormuz that have sent regional tensions soaring.
The United States has accused Iran of attacks on shipping in the area, including suspected mine explosions on two tankers last week.
Adding to the uncertainty is Iran’s threat to stop observing some restrictions on its nuclear program in retaliation for the United States’ unilateral withdrawal last year from a 2015 nuclear agreement between Tehran and world powers.
Trump’s own investigators couldn’t find any deep-state conspiracy in Russia probe
President Donald Trump and his Justice Department appointed their own investigator and prosecutor to look into Robert Mueller's team as well as the FBI agents that dealt with the early days of the Russia investigation. Not surprisingly, after extensive international travel, interviews with high-level foreign officials and a desperate need to verify a conspiracy, nothing could be found.
The New York Times revealed the Trump humiliation Friday, saying that the final report will "debunk a series of conspiracy theories and insinuations about the F.B.I. that Mr. Trump and his allies have put forward over the past two years, the people said, though they cautioned that the report is not complete. The New York Times has not reviewed the draft, which could contain other significant findings."
Facebook executive ‘helped quarterback’ his friend Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination for the Supreme Court
A new book reveals that Bret Kavanaugh had a lot of help for his seat on the Supreme Court thanks to Facebook.
According to the Daily Beast, a Facebook senior executive in charge of the company’s public-policy arm "helped quarterback" Kavanaugh's nomination. Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus authored a new book about the conformation of the disgraced justice.
Supreme Ambition: Brett Kavanaugh and the Conservative Takeover details the way in which Joel Kaplan worked to shore up public support for Kavanaugh. Kaplan was one of the many people that could be seen sitting in the Capitol Hill hearing room during the tearful denials of sexual assault alleged by Dr. Christine Blasey-Ford.
Billionaire Mike Bloomberg launches what ‘might be the biggest political ad buy of all time’: report
Billionaire presidential hopeful Mike Bloomberg is launching a massive television ad buy as he seeks the 2020 Democratic Party nomination.
So far, Bloomberg has purchased $19.4 million worth of ad reservations -- for just next week -- Politico reported Friday.
Politico interviewed Ben Taber of Advertising Analytics, which tracks television ad spending.
“This buy is MASSIVE,” Taber said. "I think it‘s going to be the biggest buy of all time" and it "seems like this might pass that for largest buy in one week."