US President Donald Trump has fired the director of the FBI over his handling of the inquiry into Hillary Clinton’s emails.
The White House shocked Washington by announcing that James Comey duties have been terminated and removed from office. But Democrats said he was fired because the FBI was investigating alleged links between the Trump campaign and Russia.
The move came as it emerged that Mr. Comey gave inaccurate information about Mrs Clinton’s emails to Congress last week. President Trump wrote in a letter to Mr. Comey that he agreed with US Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ recommendation that his is not able to effectively lead the Bureau. The White House said the search for a successor would begin immediately.
In a swift reaction, Democrats said Mr. Trump had fired Mr. Comey to influence the FBI inquiry into whether members of the Trump election campaign colluded with the Kremlin.
Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump has approved supplying weapons to Kurdish forces fighting Islamic State in Syria. Kurdish elements of the Syrian Democratic Forces would be equipped to help drive Islamic State from its stronghold. Turkey views the Kurdish rebels as terrorists and wants to stop them taking more territory in Syria
In another development, South Korea’s new leader Moon Jae-in has been sworn in, vowing to address the economy and relations with the North during his first speech as president.
Mr. Moon Jae-in took his oath of office in Seoul’s National Assembly building less than 24 hours after winning the country’s election. His inauguration was low-key, taking barely 10 minutes.
The former human rights lawyer and son of North Korean refugees is known for his liberal views.
Finally, Marion Maréchal-Le Pen, the niece of defeated far-right French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen, is to quit politics. She will also quit her position as president of the National Front in the south-eastern region. The twenty-seven year old Marion, a lawmaker for the National Front had been seen as a future leader of the party. She is the granddaughter of National Front founder Jean-Marie Le Pen.