RT America -- June 17, 2016
‘Dissident’ diplomats call for US bombing of Syria
Fifty-one officials at the US State Department have signed an internal memo calling for airstrikes against the Syrian government, which was leaked to the media Friday. RT correspondent Caleb Maupin reports that the dissent marks a break from the Obama Administration policy and may undermine Secretary of State John Kerry. Then, former Pentagon official Michael Maloof joins RT’s Manila Chan to discuss the memo, and says that it fails to address the possible consequences of such US action against Syria.
Russian track and field team banned from 2016 Olympics
The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) upheld its ban of Russia's track and field team over allegations of doping. This means the entire team will be excluded from this summer's Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. RT America’s Alexey Yaroshevsky reports that more than 400 athletes will be affected by the ban, the majority of whom have never been accused of doping.