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Stephen Colbert weighed in on the New York City bomb attack Monday, during his nightly monologue on the Late Show aired only hours after the 27-year-old suspect was arrested.
Colbert began by acknowledging the “scary morning in New York City.”
Around 7:20 a.m. on Monday, a man authorities later identified as Akayed Ullah partially detonated an improvised explosive device that was attached to his body at an underground walkway near the Port Authority Bus Terminal and Times Square. At least four people suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the blast, which also caused panic among morning commuters.
Officials said the suspect was acting alone and was inspired by ISIS, though he did not have direct contact with the group.
Colbert remarked that the suspect was a resident of Brooklyn, so “used only locally sourced handmade artisanal bomb parts.” The comedian then advised that it would take more than Monday’s blast to rattle New York City commuters.
“I’ve got something to say to this guy,” Colbert said. “Seriously? You tried to terrorize New York subway commuters? Nice try.”
“New York commuters don’t even flinch when the subway break dancers kick two inches away from their face. They have to battle rats for their seats, which, for the record, you should only give up if the rat is pregnant,” he added.
Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer announced Monday night that he is writing a book about his brief run behind the podium, taking readers “behind the scenes of his turbulent tenure.”
“I’ve decided that it is incumbent on me to set the record straight,” Spicer told Fox News’ Sean Hannity on Monday night. “I looked back at the coverage of the campaign, the transition and the first six, seven months of this White House and realized that the stories that are being told are not an accurate represent[ation] of what President Trump went through to get the nomination, to transition to the White House and then his first six months in office.”
His book titled “The Briefing” will be published by Regnery Publishing, which calls itself “the leader in conservative books,” in July.
Spicer resigned after only six-months as President Donald Trump’s spokesman, but in his short tenure he became known for vocally defending the president’s assertions about his Inauguration crowd size, tussled with reporters and became the inspiration for Melissa McCarthy’s Emmy-winning portrayal of him on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live.” He resigned in protest after Anthony Scaramucci was hired as White House communications director, a position Scaramucci held for only 11 days.
Russian troops will soon begin exiting Syria under new orders from President Vladimir Putin, who made an unannounced visit to the war-torn country Monday.
“I order the defense minister and the chief of the general staff to start withdrawing the Russian group of troops to their permanent bases,” Russia’s RIA Novosti news agency quoted Putin as saying, according to the BBC.
“I have taken a decision: a significant part of the Russian troop contingent located in Syria is returning home to Russia,” he added.
Russian military action in Syria began in 2015 after Syrian President Bashar al-Assad appealed to Putin for help. Although airstrikes nominally targeted ISIS, Russian bombs frequently hit more mainstream groups opposing pro-Assad forces and proved crucial in swinging the country’s civil war in the government’s favor.
Russia’s Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu heralded the partial military withdrawal on the day of Putin’s visit. The speed at which it would occur would “depend on the situation” in Syria, he said.
Putin reportedly issued a similar directive last year, although the Kremlin’s operations in Syria continued.
Last month, the Russian President hosted Assad in the Black Sea resort of Sochi. There, ahead of a summit between Russia, Turkey, and Iran, Putin announced his intention to end Russia’s military operations in Syria.
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