FROM Tara Copp
US sailors missing after naval warship collision The USS John S. McCain collided with an oil tanker this morning near Singapore, just over two months since another destroyer, the USS Fitzgerald, was struck by a container ship off the coast of Japan. All this as naval exercises are under way in waters off Korea. Tara Copp, Pentagon bureau chief for the Military Times , says in the aftermath of the two recent events the Navy has ordered an in-depth review into training, maintenance and operational tempo.
Trump announces ban on transgender troops It took President Trump just two tweets today to lay out the essence of a new policy for military personnel. "After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow… transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the US military." We hear more about the new policy and what it has to do with the president’s border wall from Tara Copp, Pentagon bureau chief for the Military Times and author of The Warbird: Three Heroes, two Wars, One Story , and Adam Blickstein, who served as a public affairs strategic planner for the Pentagon in the Obama administration.
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.
What happens when America retreats from the world? Is President Trump taking his "America First" agenda to extremes, withdrawing the country from the international stage on trade and climate change, distancing America from its traditional allies across the Atlantic and even threatening to physically isolate the country through the building of a wall along its southern border? León Krauze guest hosts.
The Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.