Jan 15, 2019

NYT: Trump discussed U.S. withdrawal from NATO

President Trump at last year's NATO summit with national security adviser John Bolton. Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

President Trump told top administration officials in private conversations throughout 2018 that he wanted to withdraw the U.S. from NATO, the New York Times reports.

Why it matters: Senior national security officials believe the withdrawal from the 29-country military alliance "would drastically reduce Washington’s influence in Europe and could embolden Russia for decades," the Times reports. The move would be "the wildest success that Vladimir Putin could dream of," Michèle A. Flournoy, a top defense official under President Obama, told the Times, which reported last week that the FBI had opened a counterintelligence investigation into whether Trump was secretly working for Russian interests in 2017.

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In photos: Protests over George Floyd's death grip Minneapolis

The Third Police Precinct burns in Minneapolis on Thursday night. Photo: Stephen Maturen/Getty Images

Cheering protesters set a Minneapolis police station on fire Thursday night in the third night of unrest following the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody in the city, per AP.

The state of play: Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey said at a briefing early Friday he told police to evacuate the building because "there were imminent threats both to officers and public." "The symbolism of a building cannot outweighs the importance of life," he said.

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Updated 1 hour ago - Technology

Twitter: Trump's Minnesota tweet violated rules on violence

Twitter said Friday morning that a tweet from President Trump in which he threatened shooting in response to civil unrest in Minneapolis violated the company's rules. The company said it was leaving the tweet up in the public interest.

Why it matters: The move exacerbates tensions between Twitter and Trump over the company's authority to label or limit his speech and, conversely, the president's authority to dictate rules for a private company.