The Morning Briefing: Redacted FISA Released, IRAN, and Much, Much More
Good Monday morning.
Here is what's on the president's agenda today:
- The president receives his intelligence briefing
- President Trump participates in the Made in America Product Showcase
- The president delivers remarks at the Made in America Product Showcase
Trump threatens Iran IN ALL CAPS
Trump's tweet appears to be in response to Rouhani's remarks earlier in the day:
Addressing a gathering of Iranian diplomats, Rouhani said: “Mr Trump, don’t play with the lion’s tail, this would only lead to regret,” the state new agency IRNA reported.
“America should know that peace with Iran is the mother of all peace, and war with Iran is the mother of all wars,” Rouhani said, leaving open the possibility of peace between the two countries, at odds since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.
“You are not in a position to incite the Iranian nation against Iran’s security and interests,” Rouhani said, in an apparent reference to reported efforts by Washington to destabilize Iran’s Islamic government.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo addressed the Iran issue at the Reagan Forum in Simi Valley, California, on Sunday evening.
The U.S. is "undertaking a diplomatic and financial pressure campaign to cut off the funds that the regime uses to enrich itself and support death and destruction," Pompeo said.
Despite some mixed messages from senior State Department officials in recent weeks, Pompeo made clear that pressure campaign includes dropping Iranian oil imports to "as close to zero as possible by Nov. 4" when U.S. sanctions snap back into place.
The U.S. is also launching a 24/7 Farsi-language channel across mediums to dispel the "fake news ... that America is the Great Satan" and "so that ordinary Iranians in Iran and around the globe can know America stands with them."
Things are going to get even worse for Iran.
Late last night: Gunman kills one, injures 13
A gunman killed one woman and injured 13 last night in Toronto's Greektown neighborhood. One of the victims, a child, is in critical condition. The gunman is dead.
It's not clear what motivated the shooter, police said. They're investigating "every possible motive, including terrorism," Saunders said.
Toronto Mayor John Tory urged people not to draw any conclusions and let police investigate the shooting.
A witness describes:
Local resident Andrew Van Eek told CNN partner CBC that he looked out his window after hearing gunshots.
"There was a lot of commotion in the street," he said. "I saw somebody come just down the sidewalk and shoot into Demetres restaurant."
Van Eek described the suspect as a white male aged in his early to late thirties and wearing black clothing.