An apparent attempted military coup in Turkey took the diplomatic world completely by surprise overnight on Friday. More than two hundred people were reported killed and over a thousand detained. The situation was fluid and confusing for several hours after elements of the Turkish military took to the streets and claimed to have taken control of the government. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who was not in the capital Ankara at the time, appeared on television via FaceTime and urged his supporters to resist the coup attempt. He later vowed a crackdown and said the plotters would ‘pay a heavy price.’
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Presumptive GOP Presidential nominee Donald Trump will officially introduce Indiana Governor Mike Pence as his running mate on Saturday morning. The initial announcement was swamped in confusion amid apparent leaks, second thoughts and then the tragic events in Nice.
Meanwhile, preparations continue for the opening of the GOP convention in Cleveland on Monday.
In the aftermath of Thursday’s horror attack in Nice, and the apparent claim of responsibility by ISIS, investigations are ongoing and arrests are being made. For those affected, however, the mourning will continue forever.