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D.C. Daily: President Donald Trump arrives in Japan for Asia Tour

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Posted at 8:00 AM, Nov 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-05 11:00:30-05

Reports compiled by Zac Self.

TOKYO (KGTV) -- Ahead of a 13-day trip through Asia, President Donald Trump touched down in Japan late Saturday night.

Following his arrival, the President spoke at the joint U.S.-Japanese military base, reports CNN.

"Our brave warriors are the last bulwark against threats to the dreams of people in America and Japan and all across the world," Trump said. "You are the greatest hope for people who desire to live in freedom and harmony and you are the greatest threat to tyrants and dictators who seek to prey on the innocent."

President Trump’s tour through Asia will take him to South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines.

Much of the President’s trip will focus on rallying other countries in the region to step up efforts to pressure North Korea into abandoning nuclear and ballistic missile programs.


N. Korea faces U.S. sponsors of terrorism list

The U.S. is reportedly mulling returning North Korea to the list of state sponsors of terrorism.

A country is added to this list if it "repeatedly provided support for acts of international terrorism." The country's missile testing usually grabs the most headlines, but it's the alleged assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's half-brother earlier this year that could land the country back on the list. 

"A regime that murders someone at a public airport using nerve agent, and a despotic leader who murders his brother in that manner, I mean, that's clearly an act of terrorism," White House national security adviser H.R. McMaster said during a press conference. 

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Rand Paul assaulted by man in his Kentucky home, police say

GOP Sen. Rand Paul was assaulted in his home in Bowling Green, Kentucky, on Friday, according to Kentucky State Police.

State troopers responded to a call to the senator's residence at 3:21 p.m. Friday. Police arrested a man named Rene Albert Boucher, who they allege "intentionally assaulted" Paul, causing him "minor injury."

Boucher, 59, of Bowling Green was charged with one count of fourth-degree assault. As of Saturday afternoon, he was being held in the Warren County Regional Jail on a $5,000 bond.

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New climate report has some worried about the White House's response

The U.S. Global Change Research Program's recently published Climate Science Special Report concludes global warming is "extremely likely" driven by human activity — specifically, humanity's greenhouse gas emissions.

That doesn't really go along with some past statements and actions by the Trump administration, and many are worried about the White House's response.

The report is mandated by law and produced by scientists from 13 federal agencies. Many experts consider it one of the most comprehensive reports on climate science, and some worried the administration would suppress or dismiss it.

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