WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he can identify up to five people who could have written the anonymous New York Times opinion piece criticizing his leadership. But he declined to name names when asked for them during an interview Friday with North Dakota television station KVLY. He says the individual’s identity will eventually become public.
URBANA, Ill. (AP) — Former President Barack Obama has issued a scorching critique of his successor, accusing President Donald Trump of “capitalizing on resentments that politicians have been fanning for years.” Obama spoke at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign less than two months before midterm elections that could determine the course of Trump’s presidency.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump tweets “No Collusion. A great day for America!” after a former campaign adviser received a 14-day prison sentence for lying to the FBI. George Papadopoulos is the first former campaign aide to be sentenced in special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation. Papadopoulos learned his fate Friday in federal court in Washington. Trump referenced Papadopoulos’ 14-day prison term in his tweet.
VATICAN CITY (AP) — A 2006 letter from a top Vatican official confirms the Holy See received information in 2000 about the sexual misconduct of a cardinal in the U.S., lending credibility to bombshell accusations of a cover-up at the highest echelons of the Catholic Church. Catholic News Service on Friday published the letter from then-Archbishop Leonardo Sandri to the Rev. Boniface Ramsay, a New York priest. Sandri’s letter refers to Ramsey’s earlier report of misconduct by then Cardinal Theodore McCarrick.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The New York Times is reporting that Jack Ma, the co-founder and executive chairman of Chinese e-commerce behemoth Alibaba Group, is retiring. The Times says that in an interview, Ma said he planned to step down as executive chairman on Monday to pursue philanthropy in education. He will remain on Alibaba’s board of directors. Ma started Alibaba in 1999 in his apartment in the Chinese city of Hangzhou and is now among the richest people in the world.