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- The attack: A van plowed into a crowd of people in Barcelona near Las Ramblas, an area popular with tourists.
- The victims: At least 13 people were killed, and more than 100 more were injured. At least 15 of the injured were in critical condition.
- The arrests: Catalan President Carles Puigdemont said two suspects have been arrested. One suspect was Moroccan, while the other was from the Spanish enclave of Melilla. Police are treating the incident as an act of terrorism.
- And ISIS: The terror group claims attackers as “soldiers of the Islamic state” — but it has not explicitly claim responsibility for attack.
- Other: There was an explosion in Catalonia which may be connected to the incident. All trains and public events in Barcelona have been cancelled.
Donald Trump’s Dissolution of his Councils
After several business leaders announced their resignations from the White House’s American Manufacturing Council in recent days, President Donald Trump announced he was ending the panel Wednesday, along with the separate Strategic and Policy Forum.
“Rather than putting pressure on the businesspeople of the Manufacturing Council & Strategy & Policy Forum, I am ending both,” wrote Trump on Twitter. “Thank you all!”
Eight members of the American Manufacturing Council dropped from the panel following Trump’s response to last weekend’s violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. A ninth, Greg Hayes of United Technologies, announced his resignation just minutes after the president’s tweet.
“.@Merck Pharma is a leader in higher & higher drug prices while at the same time taking jobs out of the U.S. Bring jobs back & LOWER PRICES!” -Tweet from Donald Trump