TRUMP JOKINGLY THREATENS TO FIRE PRICE IF VOTE FAILS
W.VA.» President Donald GLEN JEAN,
Trump on Monday jokingly threatened to fire his health secretary if a crucial vote to repeal “Obamacare” fails. Trump told thousands of Boy Scouts at a national gathering that Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price “better get” the votes to begin debate on health care legislation Tuesday.
“You gonna get the votes? He better get ’em,” Trump said, adding: “Otherwise, I’ll say: Tom, you’re fired.”
The comment drew laughs from the crowd, and Trump gave Price a friendly pat on the shoulder, suggesting he’d been joking. White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said she’d taken the comment that way as well.
Trump also singled out West Virginia Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, who has expressed reservations about the Republican health care bill.
“You better get Sen. Capito to vote for it,” he told Price, adding: “You gotta get the other senators to vote for it. It’s time.”
Sources: Trump speaks to advisers about firing “beleaguered” Sessions.
WASHINGTON» Trump has spoken with advisers about firing Attorney General Jeff Sessions, as he continues to rage against Sessions’ decision to recuse himself from all matters related to the Russia investigation.
The president’s anger bubbled into public view Monday as he referred to Sessions in a tweet as “beleaguered.” Privately, Trump has speculated aloud to allies in recent days about the consequences of firing Sessions, according to three people who have recently spoken to the president.
Last orca calf born at SeaWorld dies.
ANTONIO» The last killer SAN whale born in captivity under SeaWorld’s former orca-breeding program died Monday at the company’s San Antonio park. Veterinarians were treating 3-month-old Kyara for an infection last weekend, but her health continued to decline, the Orlando, Fla.-based company said in a news release.
A veterinary team will conduct an examination to determine the cause of death.
Hunt is on for chainsaw attacker who wounded five.
SWITZERLAND» A man armed with a chainsaw wounded five people at a health insurer’s office Monday in this northern Swiss city, police said, triggering a manhunt for a suspect described as aggressive and psychologically unstable.
Suspect Franz Wrousis, 51, has two previous convictions for weapons offenses and no fixed residence, authorities said.
Suicide bombing kills 26, wounds 54.
PAKISTAN» A LAHORE, suicide bomber struck near a police team Monday, killing at least 26 and wounding an additional 54, many of them police officers. An outlawed Taliban faction claimed responsibility. Senior police officer Haider Ashraf said a suicide bomber on a motorcycle targeted police guarding a demolition site at Kot Lakhpat’s vegetable market on the outskirts of Lahore.
Former leaders of polygamous community found guilty; one had 25 wives.
COLUMBIA» Two former leaders of an isolated polygamous community in Canada were convicted Monday of practicing polygamy after a decades-long legal fight, setting up another potential court battle over the constitutionality of Canada’s polygamy laws.
Winston Blackmore, 60, and James Oler, 53, were found guilty by British Columbia Supreme Court Justice Sheri Ann Donegan, who said the evidence was clear that Blackmore was married to 25 women at the same time and that Oler was married to five women in the tiny community of Bountiful.
Duff thankful no one hurt in burglary.
A representative for Hilary Duff calls a burglary at the star’s Beverly Hills home “a scary and upsetting situation.” Publicist Erica Gerard said Duff is thankful her family and staff weren’t hurt in the burglary last week, which was reported by TMZ on Sunday. TMZ says Duff was vacationing in Canada at the time of the incident and the thieves made off with hundreds of thousands of dollars in jewelry.