American troop boost: The U.S. announced it will increase its military presence in eastern Europe to show “our strong and balanced approach to reassuring our NATO allies and partners in the wake of an aggressive Russia in eastern Europe and elsewhere.” Elsewhere, however, the U.S. has taken a more conciliatory approach to the country it has vowed to isolate politically: Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said yesterday Russia is “playing a constructive role” in the conflict in Syria.
Good news for Trump: The American labor union representing 16,500 border patrol agents has never endorsed a candidate for president—until today. The National Border Patrol Council said it’s backing Trump for being “bold and outspoken as other world leaders who put their country’s interests ahead of all else.” Priscilla has the story here.
Bad news for Trump: The Republican front-runner suggested in an interview with MSNBC that women should face “some form” of criminal punishment for illegal abortions. His remarks drew sharp criticism from liberals and conservatives alike, including Ted Cruz, who pointed to the GOP anti-abortion view that doctors and others who perform illegal abortions are the ones that should be held responsible, not women. Trump changed his position hours later, saying he has not changed his position:
"My position has not changed" pic.twitter.com/gzMVcNmqD4— Ben Jacobs (@Bencjacobs) March 30, 2016
News from this afternoon here