Trump Offers Assistance to New Zealand Prime Minister

On Friday, President Donald Trump, in the aftermath of the New Zealand deadly shooting at a pair of mosques that killed 49 people, offered assistance to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

In a pair of tweets, Trump said he spoke by phone with Prime Minister Ardern “regarding the horrific events that have taken place over the past 24 hours” and told her “we stand in solidarity with New Zealand – and that any assistance the U.S.A. can give, we stand by ready to help.”

“We love you New Zealand!” he wrote on Twitter.

Meanwhile, Special counsel Robert Mueller and attorneys for former Trump campaign aide Richard Gates on Friday asked a federal judge to further postpone his sentencing on account of cooperation in “several ongoing investigations.”

Lawyers on both sides asked a federal judge in a joint filing to push back the sentencing date, citing Gates’s ongoing assistance in several unnamed probes, adding more mystery to the questions of what information Gates is providing to federal investigators.

Gates, who was Paul Manafort’s ex-business partner and President Trump’s former deputy campaign chairman, has been cooperating with Mueller’s probe for more than a year. However, it remains unclear what other investigations he may be assisting in.

Gates was indicted alongside Manafort, Trump’s former campaign chairman, in October 2017 on charges stemming from their lobbying work for pro-Russian politicians in Ukraine.

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