Welcome to WHAT NOW, a morning round-up of the news/fresh horrors that await you today.
After a bomb ripped through an Ariana Grande concert at a 21,000-seat arena in Manchester, England, on Tuesday night—leaving 22 people dead—President Trump offered his condolences and decried the “evil losers” who carry out terror attacks.
“So many young, beautiful, innocent people, living and enjoying their lives, murdered by evil losers in life,” Trump said during a joint press conference in Bethlehem with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. “I won’t call them monsters, because they would like that term. They would think that’s a great name. What I will call them, from now on, is losers, because that’s what they are.”
He continued: “They’re losers, and we’ll have more of them. But they’re losers, just remember that.”
In a televised address to the nation after the attack, the deadliest the U.K. has seen since 2005, Prime Minister Theresa May said: “This attack stands out for its appalling, sickening cowardice, deliberately targeting innocent, defenseless children and young people who should have been enjoying one of the most memorable nights of their lives.”
- We previewed the rollout of Trump’s budget proposal yesterday, but the $4.1 trillion budget document is expected to be officially released today. The New York Times reports that programs that help the poorest Americans, including Medicaid, food stamps, disability benefits, and more, will be the hardest hit. But hey, at least there will be $1.6 billion to start building that wall.
- Michael Flynn, the former national security adviser who just won’t go away, failed to disclose $45,000 in payments from Russian companies to the Pentagon.
- Trump is considering bringing on Corey Lewandowski, his strong-armed former campaign manager, as a crisis manager as the independent investigation by former FBI Director Robert Mueller into Russian efforts to meddle in the 2016 election ramps up.