News With Ed -- June 19, 2017

Attacking Syrian plane ‘by no standard acceptable under intl law’ – fmr US diplomat

Tensions between the US and Russia have not been so critical since the end of the Cold War. US forces shooting down a Su-22 Syrian fighter jet was the first direct engagement between US and Syrian air forces since the beginning of the country’s civil war. The jet was en route to fight Islamic State militants near Raqqa, capital of the self-proclaimed caliphate. The Trump administration’s goals in Syria are confusing even to the experts. Former diplomat Jim Jatras joins “News with Ed” to offer his perspective.

DEBATE: How to ‘handle’ North Korea?

Otto Warmbier, an American student held in North Korea for 17 months and recently released with severe neurological trauma following months spent in a coma, has passed away. President Donald Trump responded to the news by lamenting the “bad things” which happened in North Korea, “but at least we got him home to his parents.” He added that North Korea “is a brutal regime, but we’ll be able to handle it.” What does he mean? Dr. Gina Loudon, conservative author and commentator, and Rob Taub, Democratic strategist and radio host, join “News with Ed” to discuss the likely US response to Warmbier’s death and other offenses of North Korea’s pariah regime.