Mike Pompeo has warned that any attack by Tehran or its proxies resulting in a single American casualty will generate a counterattack, U.S. officials said. The departure of acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan could further sideline the Pentagon, which has sought to reduce the potential for hostilities.
While President Trump also created a whirlwind of headlines during his 2016 campaign, he now has a record of actions affecting people’s lives and sense of stability. Polls have consistently shown low approval ratings, but Trump has redoubled his focus on his most avid backers.
The planes will include one of the jetliners used as Air Force One. The flyover reflects his interest in replicating a celebration he observed in France in 2017 and his desire to throw an extravagant patriotic event, three people briefed on the plans say.
Reports of a confrontation in the state of Veracruz came as Mexico increased enforcement against migrants at the behest of the United States, creating new checkpoints and deploying thousands of national guardsmen.
The president refused to apologize Tuesday for the full-page ad he ran in 1989 calling for the execution of the Central Park Five and suggested the men might still be guilty, even though they were exonerated years ago.