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Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti brought his all-but-announced 2020 presidential candidacy to Iowa on Friday, visiting for two days of stumping in the state that traditionally casts the first ballots of the presidential campaign.

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As President Obama considered strikes against Syria in 2013 over the threat posed by its chemical weapons, businessman Donald Trump strongly opposed U.S. intervention.

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After President Trump announced an attack on Syria by the United States, France and Britain, sounds of explosions were reported in Damascus, the Syrian capital.

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President Trump announces the United States' military response to Syria's chemical weapon attack this month.
President Trump announces the United States' military response to Syria's chemical weapon attack this month. (Susan Walsh / Associated Press)

President Trump on Friday night announced missile attacks on Syria to retaliate for a chemical weapons attack.

“These are not the actions of a man. They are crimes of a monster,” he said, referring to Syria’s use of chemical weapons. He spoke in a nationally televised address to announce the joint attack by the U.S., the United Kingdom and France.

“We are prepared to sustain this response until the Syrian regime stops its use of prohibited chemical agents,” Trump said.

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President Trump addresses the U.S. about missile strikes against Syria on Friday.
President Trump addresses the U.S. about missile strikes against Syria on Friday. (MANDEL NGAN)

The U.S., the United Kingdom and France have launched strikes against Syria to retaliate for a chemical weapons attack.

"Chemical weapons are uniquely dangerous," President Trump says in announcing the attack. Syria's use of them are ‘crimes of a monster.’

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Michael Cohen, personal lawyer for President Trump
Michael Cohen, personal lawyer for President Trump (Justin Lane / EPA-Shutterstock)

Attorneys for President Trump and his beleaguered personal lawyer Michael Cohen asked a federal judge on Friday for a 90-day suspension of the lawsuit filed against them by porn star Stormy Daniels.

The FBI raids on Cohen’s home, office and hotel room in New York on Monday are part of a criminal investigation that overlaps Daniels’ suit to void the contract that bars her from talking publicly about what she says was a 2006 sexual encounter with Trump, the lawyers argued in court papers.

If the lawsuit in Los Angeles federal court proceeds without delay, Cohen would be forced to choose between defending himself in deposition testimony or exercising his 5th Amendment rights, the lawyers told Judge S. James Otero.

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Michael Cohen
Michael Cohen (Justin Lane / EPA-Shutterstock)

A court hearing Friday of an attempt by President Trump's personal attorney, Michael Cohen, to prevent federal investigators from using materials the FBI seized in searches of his Manhattan office, apartment and hotel room this week has adjourned.

Before the adjournment, lawyers for Trump and Cohen told a federal judge in New York that they believe some of the documents and devices seized from Cohen during FBI raids on Monday are protected by attorney-client privilege, and they want a chance to review the materials before prosecutors get to examine them.

Prosecutors and attorneys for Cohen and Trump appeared before U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood on Friday in Manhattan.