Monday, June 17, 2019 1:00 am
Cyber-intrusion story draws Trump's anger
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump has lashed out at the New York Times, saying it engaged in a “virtual act of treason” for a story that said the U.S. was ramping up its cyber-intrusions into Russia's power grid.
The Times reported on Saturday that the U.S. has bored into Russian utility systems in an escalating campaign meant to deter future cyber activity by Russia. It comes as the U.S. looks for new ways to punish Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election and prevent a recurrence.
The Times, in its official public relations account, called Trump's accusation “dangerous” and said it had told officials about the story before it was published and no security issues were raised.
The newspaper, basing its reports on three months of interviews with current and former government officials, said this campaign was conducted under new cyber authorities granted by Trump and Congress. But it also reported that two administration officials believed the president had not been briefed in detail, fearing he might countermand the action against Russia or reveal sensitive information to foreign officials.
Buttigieg open to starting family
Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg wants to start a family with his husband, Chasten, and says that could happen if he's in the White House.
“I don't see why not,” the South Bend mayor said in a Father's Day television interview that also marked his one-year wedding anniversary.
He told CNN's “State of the Union” that “it wouldn't be the first time that children have arrived to a first couple, but obviously that's a conversation I had better have with Chasten before I go into it too much on television.”
Buttigieg is seeking to become the first openly gay presidential nominee from a major political party.
Israeli settlement gets Trump name
The Trump name graces apartment towers, hotels and golf courses. Now it is the namesake of a tiny Israeli settlement in the Golan Heights.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Cabinet convened Sunday in Ramat Trump to inaugurate a settlement named after President Donald Trump in a gesture of appreciation for the U.S. leader's recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the territory.
Currently known as Bruchim, the settlement is over 30 years old and has a population of 10 people.
Israel is hoping the rebranded “Ramat Trump,” Hebrew for “Trump Heights,” will encourage a wave of residents to vastly expand it.