News Wrap: Trump says U.S. ship shot down encroaching Iranian drone

News Wrap: Trump says U.S. ship shot down encroaching Iranian drone


JUDY WOODRUFF: In the day’s other news: Federal
court records shed more light on President Trump’s knowledge of hush money payments before
the 2016 election. The money went to silence two women who claimed
they had had sex with Mr. Trump. The documents showed that he spoke repeatedly
with Michael Cohen, his personal attorney at the time, as the payments were organized. Cohen is already in prison, but it was widely
reported that prosecutors will not file additional charges. The U.S. and Iran have clashed again at the
entrance to the Persian Gulf. President Trump says an American warship destroyed
an Iranian drone today when it came within 1,000 yards of the ship, and ignored warnings
to move off. He spoke at the White House. DONALD TRUMP, President of the United States:
The United States reserves the right to defend our personnel, facilities and interests, and
calls upon all nations to condemn Iran’s attempts to disrupt freedom of navigation and global
commerce. JUDY WOODRUFF: News of the drone incident
came hours after Iran confirmed that its Revolutionary Guard seized a foreign tanker in the Gulf. State media said the impounded ship was trying
to smuggle fuel out of Iran. The vessel was based in the United Arab Emirates. And we will be speaking with Iran’s foreign
minister tomorrow. Meanwhile, the Pentagon is sending roughly
500 U.S. troops to Saudi Arabia, in a move aimed at Iran. Reports today said the troops will make ready
for advanced warplanes to use a key Saudi air base. It’s part of a larger deployment already announced. The nation’s top homeland security official
drew fire today over conditions for detainees at the southern border. Kevin McAleenan, who is the acting secretary
of homeland secretary, went before the House — U.S. House Oversight Committee. He defended the Trump administration’s efforts. But the committee chair, Democrat Elijah Cummings,
rejected it out of hand. REP. ELIJAH CUMMINGS (D-MD): I guess you feel like
you’re doing a good job, is that right? Is that what you’re saying? KEVIN MCALEENAN, Acting Secretary of Homeland
Security: We’re doing our level best in a very challenging… REP. ELIJAH CUMMINGS: What does that mean? What does that mean when a child is sitting
in their own feces, can’t take a shower? Come on, man. What’s that about? None of us would have our children in that
position. They are human beings. JUDY WOODRUFF: McAleenan said that conditions
improved greatly after Congress recently approved emergency funding. And he said the numbers of children being
separated from families has dropped sharply since last year. The U.S. House voted today to raise the federal
minimum wage for the first time in a decade. Majority Democrats pushed through a bill to
raise the wage to $15 an hour over six years. It is now set at $7.25. The measure is given little chance in the
Republican-run Senate. A heat wave began building to scorching intensity
today from the Southern Plains to the East Coast. In Washington, visitors to the National Mall
have been stocking up on bottled water. Temperatures in the city could hit 100 degrees
by the weekend. More than 150 million Americans will be under
heat advisories and warnings for the next several days. In Japan, at least 33 people were killed today
when a man set fire to a popular animation studio in Kyoto. Black smoke billowed from the three-story
building for hours, as rescue workers scrambled to pulled people out. They worked well into the night, as bystanders
looked on. HIROFUMI IWAOKA, Teacher (through translator):
I never expected such an incident could happen this close to my neighborhood. So many people lost their lives or got injured,
and I really feel for them. It is so outrageous hearing this was caused
by arson, regardless what the motivation could have been. I feel anger towards the suspect. JUDY WOODRUFF: Officials said the suspect
was a 41-year-old man who burst into the building shouting, “You die,” and doused the place
with gasoline. He was burned in the attack before being arrested. Officials in the Philippines say nearly 8,000
police officers have been punished for misdeeds during a nationwide anti-drug offensive. More than 2,000 were fired outright, and the
rest were suspended, demoted or reprimanded. At least 5,500 people have died in the drug
raids. President Rodrigo Duterte launched the campaign
three years ago. Back in this country, the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency has announced that it will not ban the widely used pesticide chlorpyrifos. Environmental and public health groups argued
that it can cause brain damage in children. But the EPA questioned that claim, in a reversal
of earlier findings. Opponents of the decision are expected to
fight it in court. A federal judge in New York didn’t bail today
for financier Jeffrey Epstein on sex trafficking charges. He’s accused of exploiting dozens of underage
girls in New York and Florida in the early 2000s. Epstein was silent as the judge refused to
let him await trial at his Manhattan mansion. Later, a lawyer who’s representing some of
the victims commended the judge’s action. INGRID MCCAWLEY, Attorney for Victims: Only
by taking away the freedom of Jeffrey Epstein can we restore the freedom of these victims. They have been living in fear and intimidation
since the day they were abused by him, and now he is in jail. JUDY WOODRUFF: Prosecutors argued that Epstein
was a danger to the community and could be a flight risk, and the judge said he agreed. Puerto Rico’s governor, Ricardo Rossello,
insisted today that he will not step down, despite protests roiling the U.S. territory. Violence erupted last night, as thousands
of people marched to Rossello’s residence in San Juan, and police fired back with tear
gas. Protests began after online chats showed that
the governor and aides were insulting women, gays and even hurricane victims. President Trump today accused island leaders
of corruption and of wasting hurricane aid. The governor of Hawaii has declared an emergency,
as growing crowds of protesters delay construction of a giant telescope. The project is slated for Mauna Kea, but some
native Hawaiians say that the work will desecrate sacred ground. Up to 2,000 demonstrators have turned out
to prevent construction. The governor’s action gives police more options
to remove the blockades. On Wall Street today, the Dow Jones industrial
average gained three points to close near 27223. The Nasdaq rose 22, and the S&P 500 added
10. And the top U.S. diplomat in Iran during the
1979 hostage crisis, L. Bruce Laingen, has died. Laingen was among 52 Americans who were captured
when Iranian protesters stormed the U.S. Embassy. They were held for 444 days before being released. L. Bruce Laingen was 96 years old. Still to come on the “NewsHour”: how pharmaceutical
companies fueled a spike in overdose deaths as the opioid epidemic was worsening; a photo
app goes viral and sparks fears over Russian misuse of facial recognition; taking history
into the future, the new head of the Smithsonian institute, Lonnie Bunch, in his first national
interview since taking the helm; and much more.

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