Feb 1, 2017

White House puts Iran "on notice"

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Gen. Michael Flynn made a surprise visit to the White House press briefing today to say the Trump administration is "officially putting Iran on notice." The reasons:

  • A recent Iranian ballistic missile test conducted this past weekend. The Trump administration says it's a violation of a U.N. Security Council resolution, and the U.N. is meeting today to discuss the test. Iran says it is not a violation. Check out our earlier story to read text from resolution 2231 in question.
  • The Monday attack by Iran-supported militants against a Saudi naval ship was actually meant to hit a U.S. ship, according to two Pentagon officials. The attack came in the same area where U.S. naval ships were attacked in October. Fox has the story.
  • Other attacks by Iran-supported militants against Saudi and Emirati vessels during the past six months, along with threats directed at U.S. and allied vessels.

Here's Nikki Haley's two cents: "What I told the rest of the Security Council members is we are only as good as if we enforce what happens."

Why this matters: Trump has said in the past he wants to dismantle the Iran nuclear deal, which restricts and monitors Iran's nuclear program.

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Cuomo: Engaging in politics during coronavirus crisis is "anti-American"

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said during a Monday press briefing that he won't get into a political tussle with President Trump — calling it "counterproductive" and "anti-American" — as his state deals with the most confirmed coronavirus cases in the country.

The backdrop: Trump said during an appearance on "Fox & Friends" earlier Monday that Cuomo has received high polling numbers during the outbreak because New York has received federal aid.

Maryland and Virginia issue coronavirus stay-at-home orders

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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan and Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam issued stay-at-home orders on Monday, with exceptions for residents engaged in essential services, including health care and government functions.

The big picture: The states are the latest to announce policies to enforce social distancing, which have affected almost 250 million Americans. More than 1.5 billion people worldwide had been asked to stay home as of last week.

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