The main suspect in the attack on a nightclub in Istanbul on New Year’s Day has been captured, the state-run Anadolu news agency is reporting Monday. Here’s more: “The suspect, who has not been named, was captured during a police operation in Istanbul's Esenyurt district, the [security] sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on talking to the media,” said. The attack on the Reina nightclub, which was popular with Westerners and others, killed 39 people from at least 12 countries. ISIS claimed responsibility, citing Turkey’s involvement in the civil war in neighboring Syria.
—President-elect Donald Trump told The Washington Post his plan to replace the Affordable Care Act will include “insurance for everybody,” adding he will force drug-makers to negotiate with the government on Medicare and Medicaid prices.
—Trump’s description of NATO as “obsolete” has prompted Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, to says Europe’s fate “is in our own hands.”
—We’re tracking the news stories of the day below. All updates are in Eastern Standard Time (GMT -5).
Turkish Authorities Say They Have Arrested New Year's Nightclub Attacker
Orlando Gunman's Wife Arrested Near San Francisco, Reports Say
Noor Salman, the wife of Omar Mateen, the man who killed 49 people at a nightclub in Orlando, Florida, in June 2016, has been arrested in the San Francisco area, multiple news organizations are reporting. The New York Times said she was being charged with obstruction of justice in connection with the case. Her lawyer told ABC News Salman was arrested for aiding and abetting Mateen. Salman was arrested at her home outside San Francisco, news reports said. She is expected to make an initial court appearance in San Francisco on Tuesday. Investigators had interviewed Salman after the rampage at the Pulse nightclub, believing she was withholding information about her husband’s actions, for which he claimed allegiance to ISIS. Mateen was killed in a shootout with police.
Pence Calls John Lewis's Remarks on Trump 'Deeply Disappointing'
Vice President-elect Mike Pence is calling Congressman John Lewis’s remarks about Donald Trump’s election “deeply disappointing,” ensuring the controversy between the civil-right icon and the president-elect will play out during Martin Luther King Jr. Day. “For someone of John Lewis’s stature to lend credibility to the baseless assertions of those who question the legitimacy of this election is deeply disappointing,” Pence said on Fox & Friends on Monday. “I hope he reconsiders it.” Sean Spicer, the incoming White House spokesman, went on NBC’s Today show and echoed those statements, adding: “Congressman John Lewis started this.” Trump responded Friday to Lewis’s claim on Twitter, saying the Georgia Democrat “should spend more time on fixing and helping his district, which is in horrible shape and falling apart (not to mention crime infested) rather than falsely complaining about the election results. All talk, talk, talk—no action or results. Sad!” A day later he added: “Congressman John Lewis should finally focus on the burning and crime infested inner-cities of the U.S. I can use all the help I can get!”
Responding to Trump, Merkel Says 'We Europeans Have Our Fate in Our Own Hands'
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other European leaders are reacting Monday to President-elect Donald Trump’s remarks in interviews in which he praised Brexit, dismissed the EU as an area for German interests, criticized Germany’s refugee policy, and described NATO as “obsolete.” Speaking in Berlin Monday, Merkel, responding to the comments on Brexit and the EU, said, “We Europeans have our fate in our own hands.” French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault echoed those comments, saying: “The best response is European unity.” German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said Trump’s remarks “caused astonishment and excitement, not just in Brussels.” NATO, he said, had heard the comments “with concern.” NATO has been the bulwark of Western security since the end of World War II. Throughout the Cold War, and indeed after it, NATO has served to protect Europe from the threat of, first, Soviet, and, subsequently, Russian ambitions in the regions.
Trump, in Interview, Says His Plan to Replace Obamacare Includes Insurance for All
President-elect Donald Trump has told The Washington Post in an interview published late Sunday he already has a plan to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), will reveal it when Tom Price his nominee for secretary of health and human services is confirmed, but added it includes “insurance for everybody.” Both the House and Senate took a major step last week to make it easier to dismantle Obamacare, as the ACA is better known, but Republicans have acknowledged they don’t have a plan with which to replace the ACA. Trump also told the Post that he will target drug companies to lower prices, adding: “They’re politically protected, but not anymore.” Of expected Republican opposition to such a plan, he suggested he would use public pressure to get what he wants: “The Congress can’t get cold feet because the people will not let that happen,” he said. Read the Post’s story here.