Photo: President Donald Trump tosses rolls of paper towels to people at a hurricane relief distribution center at Calvary Chapel in San Juan, Puerto Rico, October 3, 2017. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)
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It's been reported that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has considered leaving his job because of disagreements with President Trump. Today Tillerson held a special news conference about his tenure. Calling "erroneous" reports that he had to be persuaded to remain in his post.
Tillerson was also asked about reports on the Iran nuclear deal and how it fits into US relations with that country. Susan Glasser, international affairs correspondent with Politico, expounds on the he-said, he-said going on in Washington.
In the aftermath of disaster, the President of the United States is traditionally the "Uniter-in-Chief." But Donald Trump is often called "The Divider." His Administration stepped up after Hurricanes hit Texas and Florida. Today, the President is mourning victims of the mass shooting in Las Vegas. But yesterday in Puerto Rico, he continued to minimize the damage and loss of life after Hurricane Maria devastated the home of 3.4 million American citizens. Are officials keeping the death toll artificially low? Why has the US military been so late to arrive?
Omaya Sosa Pascual, Center for Investigative Journalism (@omayasosa)
Armando Valdés-Prieto, attorney, writer and political strategist (@armandovaldes)
Alvin Chang, Vox (@alv9n)
Tim Naftali, New York University (@TimNaftali)
Richard Parker, journalist and author (@richardparkertx)
Sosa on government official acknowledging there are more deaths in Puerto Rico from Maria
Valdés-Prieto on aid in Puerto Rico not getting out of San Juan
Chang on charts that show Fox News really did ignore Puerto Rico's crisis
President Trump's top environmental official is dining with leaders of the industries he's supposed to regulate — and whose interests he served as Attorney General of Oklahoma. That's according to a 320-page accounting of EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's daily schedule, obtained by a freedom of information request. What else does it reveal? We ask William Reilly, administrator of the EPA for President George H.W. Bush.
William K. Reilly, environmentalist
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