Let’s Get Political: Special elections, school safety, and President Trump in St. Louis

In the White House:

Trump fires Tillerson

Pompeo: Mike Pompeo, new Secretary of State (source CNBC)

President Donald Trump fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (pictured above, source: CNN) and replaced him with CIA director Mike Pompeo, a Wichita, Kansas native. The new CIA director, Gina Haspel, the first woman to head the organization, is under scrutiny for her controversial history with interrogation techniques, such as waterboarding and sleep deprivation.

Russian sanctions

Russia Sanctions (source: The sleuth journal)

The White House announced on Thursday it will implement new sanctions on 24 Russian officials for interfering in the 2016 election.

Trump’s assistant escorted out

John McEntee (source: Time)

Trump’s personal assistant, John McEntee, was also escorted out of the White House Monday. McEentee, a formal NFL football player, was fired after officials found about outt about his extensive gambling addiction.

 

Other national news:

Pennsylvania special election results

Connor Lamb on left, Rick Saccone on right (source Medium)

A special election in Pennsylvania had a surprising end when a district Trump won by 20 points in 2016, swung Democratic by fewer than 700 votes. Connor Lamb, Pennsylvania’s new 18th district representative, won over Rick Saccone who President Trump had supported publicly.

School safety bill

Congress: Congress new school safety bill (Source Washington Times)

The House of Representatives passed a new school safety bill in response to the Parkland shooting, which among other things, provides more funding for mental health crises, active shooter training and metal detectors.

 

Local:

Trump visits St. Louis

President Trump arriving in St Louis (source STL Today)

President Trump came to St. Louis on Wednesday. He had a roundtable meeting with economic leaders at Boeing CO. He then attended a fundraiser for Missouri Senate candidate Josh Hawley.

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