Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., said Sunday that he doesn’t understand why President Trump has revived his criticism of the late Arizona Sen. John McCain.
While admitting that he didn’t always see eye to eye with McCain, Rubio said he respected the longtime lawmaker and Vietnam veteran for his service to the country and was confused as to why Trump continued to attack McCain and his legacy months after the seantor’s death.
“I don’t get it, I don’t understand it,” Rubio said on NBC’s “Meet The Press.” “I didn’t agree with John McCain on everything but so what? I honored and I respected his service to the country and his time in the Senate. I always felt he did things he felt passionate about.”
Trump last week slammed McCain during a speech to workers at an Army tank plant in Ohio – criticizing the deceased lawmaker for his support of the United States’ wars in the Middle East and his infamous vote against repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act.
Trump tore into McCain’s legacy and in an unusual remark, and took credit for the late senator’s state funeral in Washington late last year.
“I endorsed him at his request, gave him the kind of funeral he wanted, which as president of the United States I had to approve,” Trump said.
“I don’t care, but I didn’t get a thank you.” “I never liked him much,” Trump said. “I really probably never will.”
The president’s recent criticism of McCain and his legacy has rankled many members of his own Republican party – with many GOP lawmakers speaking out in defense of the late Arizona senator.
“Today and every day I miss my good friend John McCain,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., tweeted. “It was a blessing to serve alongside a rare patriot and genuine American hero in the Senate. His memory continues to remind me every day that our nation is sustained by the sacrifices of heroes.”
Trump’s feud with McCain dates back to well before he was elected president.
In 2015, after McCain had said Trump’s platform had "fired up the crazies," Trump mocked McCain’s imprisonment in the Vietnam War, saying: "I like people that weren’t captured."
The two continued to be at odds until McCain’s death from brain cancer last year.
While Trump had remained quiet about his dislike of McCain since the senator’s death, over the weekend the president renewed his attacks on McCain and blasted giving the FBI the uncorroborated Steele dossier alleging that Moscow held compromising information on Trump.
“Spreading the fake and totally discredited dossier ‘is unfortunately a very dark stain against John McCain.’ Ken Starr, Former Independent Counsel,” Trump tweeted. “He had far worse “stains” than this, including thumbs down on repeal and replace after years of campaigning to repeal and replace!”
Megan McCain, the late senator’s daughter and a co-host on ABC’s “The View,” tweeted early Wednesday: “As my father always used to say to me – Illegitimi non carborundum” – a mock-Latin aphorism loosely translated as "Don’t let the bastards grind you down.” She followed up on “The View” by saying her father “would think it was so hilarious that our president was so jealous of him that he was dominating the news cycle in death.”
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PARIS – Catherine Norris Trent, a British citizen who has lived in Paris since 2007, rushed to become French before her native country left the European Union. She worried Brexit might force her to leave her French partner and their two young children.
While the EU has promised to allow Britons living in France and other member countries to stay after the U.K. pulls out, Norris Trent said she saw French citizenship as the one certain way to protect her right to remain.
"Brexit was definitely a factor that gave my request urgency," Norris Trent, 38, a television journalist who is among France’s estimated 150,000 British residents, said. "I don’t want my family to be split apart. It’s a terrifying prospect."
As France conferred her second nationality during a spectacular one-hour ceremony last week, Norris Trent left her politics-induced fears at the door of Paris’ monumental Pantheon, where French literary luminaries such as Victor Hugo, Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Emile Zola are buried.
She, along with a throng of others who sought to become citizens, were welcomed by a school choir that sang French national anthem "La Marseillaise" beside a floodlit bust of Marianne, the national symbol. They watched a film called "Become French" that explained French national values such as secularism, respect for cultural diversity and gender equality.
The new citizens proudly clutched French birth certificates, excerpts from the French Constitution and a signed letter from French President Emmanuel Macron saying, "France is proud and happy to welcome you."
Hundreds of kilometers away in Brussels, British Prime Minister Theresa May waited to find out if the leaders of the 27 remaining EU countries would agree to delay Brexit day. For almost two years, Britain’s departure was set to take effect this month, on March 29.
But U.K. lawmakers have refused to approve the agreement on withdrawal terms and future relations May’s government negotiated with the EU, creating fears of a disruptive "no-deal Brexit" that could lead to shortages of food and medicine, tie up traffic on roads, airports and ports where border controls area reintroduced, and upend the lives of ex-pats throughout Europe.
The European leaders refused to extend the Brexit deadline until June 30 as May requested. Instead, they said Britain’s pull-out could wait until May 22 if the prime minister could persuade Parliament to pass the twice-rejected agreement.
If lawmakers still refuse the deal, the leaders gave Britain until April 12 to choose between leaving the EU without a divorce deal and setting a radically different path such as revoking the decision to leave.
"I don’t recognize the rhetoric in the U.K. anymore. I don’t want to close the door on the European project," Norris Trent said. "This is about protecting my family against populism and closing borders," she said.
France’s Interior Ministry recorded 3,173 British citizens who became French ones in 2017, an eightfold increase compared to the year before, when U.K. voters decided to leave the EU. Numbers for 2018 are not yet available.
France has its own problems, of course, including persistent discrimination against residents with immigrant backgrounds despite a national motto proclaiming equality for all. On the day Norris Trent became a citizen, French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe spoke during another naturalization ceremony at the Pantheon about the country’s alarming rise in anti-Semitism.
But Macron is a fierce champion of the European Union, both its practical elements such as open borders and the idea it represents of European unity built from the ashes of World War II.
"Generations of men and women… contributed to give (France) the identity it has today: a welcoming nation that protects human values," Macron said in the letter addressed to each new French citizen.
The Pantheon has only been used for French citizenship ceremonies since 2017. The monument, a former church built in the 18th century that has become a famous mausoleum, has symbolism of its own.
Several of the well-known figures buried there were born in other countries and became naturalized French citizens, including French-Polish scientist Marie Curie. Norris Trent suggested French authorities chose the location to impress new citizens with the splendor and inclusive history of their adopted country.
"What a stunning place to become French. It’s better than a pokey town hall," Norris Trent said. "You really feel privileged, and so it’s quite a clever strategy."
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MADRID – There will be lots of politics to talk about when Venezuela takes on a Catalonia squad in a friendly soccer game in Spain on Monday.
Venezuela has a coach who offered his resignation over the alleged political use of his national team, while Catalonia — the region in the middle of an independence dispute with Spain — will be missing players because some non-Catalan teams didn’t release them.
Venezuela is coming off a convincing 3-1 win over Lionel Messi’s Argentina on Friday, but what attracted most of the attention after the friendly was an announcement by Venezuela coach Rafael Dudamel. He offered his resignation because he was not happy with the politicization of a pre-game visit by a representative of Juan Guaido, the man challenging Nicolas Maduro’s claim to the presidency in Venezuela.
Dudamel and the rest of the squad had welcomed the visit but the coach apparently did not like that images were later released to the public.
"Regrettably, they politicized the visit," Dudamel said. "The agreement was that if there was any image or video, it would have been used internally only. But they politicized the visit, and we can’t allow that to happen. It was regrettable how they used it."
Venezuela is in the middle of a power struggle since Maduro’s re-election last year was deemed illegitimate by several governments.
Dudamel said he will remain in charge of the squad on Monday, but his future will depend on talks with Venezuelan soccer federation officials in the coming days.
Catalonia has also undergone political turmoil, peaking recently in 2017 with an independence referendum not recognized by Madrid. The issue divided Spain at the time and remains a hot topic politically.
Although the region is not independent, Catalonia has often put together squads to play in friendly matches against other nations.
Among the Catalan players expected to play on Monday are veterans Gerard Pique and Xavi Hernandez. Both have retired from the Spanish national team and are off-duty with their clubs because of the international break.
Hernandez, a 39-year-old midfielder, currently plays in Qatar. The 32-year-old Pique, still a starter with Barcelona, decided to stop playing with Spain’s national team after the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
But other players initially selected for the squad were not released by their clubs, who said their decisions were not related to politics.
Valladolid, which is fighting relegation from the top tier of the Spanish league, was the first team to keep its players from taking part in Monday’s match, and Rayo Vallecano and Huesca — also threatened by relegation — later followed suit.
"We understand the reasons why these clubs are not going to let their players play," Catalonia coach Gerard Lopez said.
The match will be played in Girona, a Catalan city about 100 kilometers (60 miles) from Barcelona.
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According to UGA student newspaper The Red and Black, the video that surfaced online on Friday showed four members of the Xi-Lambda chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon pretending to use a belt as a whip while saying "pick my cotton," followed by a curse word and a racial slur.
The fraternity said that the incident took place off-campus at a non-Tau Kappa Epsilon function and condemned the students’ behavior in a statement posted online.
"Tau Kappa Epsilon is disgusted, appalled and angered by the remarks shown in a video of four expelled members," the fraternity said in a statement. "TKE will not tolerate any actions such as these that would be defined as racist, discriminatory and/or offensive."
The video had attracted the notice of UGA’s student government association, which said the chapter of TKE was "currently suspended" pending an investigation.
The university also rebuked the video in its own statement on Saturday.
"The University of Georgia condemns racism in the strongest terms. Racism has no place on our campus. We will continue our efforts to promote a welcoming and supportive learning environment for our students, faculty and staff," the university said on Twitter.
The University of Georgia, which was founded in 1785 and is one of the country’s oldest public universities, was racially integrated in 1961.
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Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, argued on Sunday that all the documents relating to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation should be released if the report is eventually made public.
While Jordan did not say if he would directly ask President Trump to release all the documents surrounding the investigation, he said that if Democrats want the information made public, then they should be prepared for everything involving Mueller’s investigation to be released.
“If the Democrats are going to call for all that to be released, then they should call for everything to be released," Jordan said during an appearance on ABC’s “This Week.”
Jordan specifically demanded the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act application on former Trump aide Carter Page, "302" summaries from the FBI, and any information on briefings lawmakers received on the counterintelligence investigation into President Trump.
“We have asked for that information to be made public a long time ago,” he said.
Jordan added that he does not think that Mueller’s report will be the “bombshell” that some Democrats are hoping for.
“We haven’t seen any” indication of the “central charge of the special counsel … to see if this was conspiracy, coordination, or collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia to impact the election,” Jordan said.
“They don’t think this Mueller report is going to be the bombshell they anticipated,” Jordan added in reference to House Democrats. “Now they’re launching other charges, other investigations.”
Democrats are on a hair trigger over the prospect that some information may be withheld.
"I suspect that we’ll find those words of transparency to prove hollow, that in fact they will fight to make sure that Congress doesn’t get this underlying evidence," Rep. Adam Schiff of California, chairman of the House intelligence committee, said on ABC’s "This Week."
His plan: Ask for information and if that’s denied, "subpoena. If subpoenas are denied, we will haul people before the Congress. And yes, we will prosecute in court as necessary to get this information."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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A dog is being lauded as a hero by his family for giving his life to save them during a shooting near Houston, Texas.
The labrador, named Zero, jumped to action when a gunman opened fire during a birthday party at the home of Laura Martinez last Sunday night. Martinez and her two children were shot as Zero attacked the shooter. The dog was hit by a bullet during the altercation and later died.
"I honestly believe if Zero had not kept jumping on him, he would’ve been able to get shots higher than our legs," Martinez said, according to Click 2 Houston.
The suspected shooter has now been identified as Javian Castenada, a friend of the family who they believe was involved in a robbery of their home. Police believe he is in hiding and is considered armed and dangerous.
The Martinez family said after the burglary, they confronted Castaneda’s parents with their suspicions that he was responsible. A few days later, Canstaneda allegedly arrived at the party and began arguing with the Martinez family, which escalated into gunfire.
"I’m staring at the whole scene around and it almost feels like a dream," Martinez’s daughter Valori Pace said. "I went to go turn to run and I just feel instant pressure in my lower back. Put my hand back there and I realize there was blood all over my hands," she said.
The family is recovering from their gunshot wounds, but mourning the death of their beloved dog, who they’ve dubbed "Zero the Hero."
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Surveillance images released by fire officials show the man entering the store wearing sunglasses before returning to the pump outside.
Marichal Brown, who was working at the cash register at the time, told FOX40 he looked up and saw a "huge fire."
“He spilled gasoline on the floor on purpose, then set the nozzle up and lit a match to it and set it all on fire, as a man just pulled up to pump gas," he said.
Brown told FOX40 the gas station was nearly full at the time and he knew customers were in danger.
“I was afraid that it would activate the pump to explode. Once we got everyone to safety, I ran back in and grabbed the fire extinguisher,” he said.
Brown was able to put the fire out before fire crews on the scene. The man fled the gas station on foot into the surrounding neighborhood.
Metro Fire Capt. Chris Vestal said his crews are now working to find the man before he puts anyone else at risk.
“We don’t know what the danger is because we don’t know who he is, we don’t know his motive, and we don’t know what his intentions were,” Vestal told FOX40. “We really need help in identifying him and locating him to make sure there’s no danger to the community and to make sure this doesn’t happen again.”
Anyone who is able to identify the man in the photos released by fire officials is urged to contact the Metro Fire arson tip line at 916-859-3775.
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KIEV, Ukraine – About 2,000 opponents of Belarus’ authoritarian government have rallied in the country’s capital of Minsk.
The Sunday rally marked the 101st anniversary of the formation of the short-lived Belarusian People’s Republic, an attempt to form an independent state amid the chaos of World War I. It ceased to exist the next year when all the territory was taken by Soviet or Polish forces.
The anniversary has become a traditional rally day for opponents of President Alexander Lukashenko, who has cracked down on opposition and independent news media during his quarter-century in power. Demonstrations also took place in the cities of Brest and Grodno.
The human rights group said Minsk rally organizer Zmitser Dashkevich was detained by police.
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Tens of thousands of people attended a vigil in Christchurch to mourn the 50 Muslims killed in an attack on two mosques by a suspected white supremacist.
A huge group of mourners, estimated to number between 20,000 and 40,000 by local police, came to Hagley Park on Saturday evening to honor and remember the victims of what New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has called a terrorist attack.
According to Reuters, many non-Muslim women wore headscarves at the vigil to show their support for those of Islamic faith as they had at similar events last week.
On March 15, a 28-year-old Australian man who had reportedly described himself in a manifesto as a white supremacist opened fire inside two mosques, killing 50 people and injuring 50 more.
Mourners listened while the names of 50 worshippers were read aloud, beginning with the youngest victim, 3-year-old Mucaad Ibrahim, reports Al Jazeera.
"May your spirits go to the top of Aoraki … and look down on us and give us peace and love," one speaker reportedly said, using the traditional Maori name for Mount Cook, New Zealand’s highest peak.
On Sunday, Ardern said a national remembrance service would be held on March 29 to honor the massacre victims.
Mustafa Boztas, a 21-year-old survivor of the shooting at Al Noor, told Al Jazeera that remembrance events show that "New Zealand cares" about its Muslim minority, which accounts for over 1 percent of the country’s nearly 5 million people.
A student from one of the nearby schools, Okirano Tilaia, reportedly told the assembled crowd: “Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can. Hatred cannot drive out hatred, only love can.”
Earlier on Saturday, according to the Qatar-based news channel, more than 1,000 people marched in a rally against racism in Auckland, carrying "migrant lives matter" and "refugees welcome here" placards.
“The service will be a chance to once again show that New Zealanders are compassionate, inclusive and diverse and that we will protect those values,” Ardern said in a statement.
The prime minister’s response to the mosque attack has included a swift denunciation of the incident as terrorism and a push to toughen the country’s gun laws.
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Police began investigating the unidentified 19-year-old man this week after officers were called to the rental car location in Arnold, Mo., about two people feeling dizzy and shaky for an unexplained reason, KMOV reported.
The workers were taken to urgent care before being transferred to the hospital.
Police officers then questioned the 19-year-old, who admitted he put the hallucinogenic drug in two co-workers’ water bottles and a third employee’s coffee that day because they had “negative energy.”
The employees were okay after the drug’s effects wore off. The 19-year-old could face charges of second-degree assault and possession of a controlled substance when lab tests are completed, according to police.
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