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About 150 supporters greeted President Trump when Air Force One landed Monday afternoon at Griffiss Airport.  But that was a fraction of the people who ended up taking part, either supporting Mr. Trump and Rep. Claudia Tenney in her reelection bid, or as part of a large protest against the candidate and/or Trump policies.  

Mr. Trump had earlier in the day visited Fort Drum for a rally and to sign a $717-Billion defense spending bill.  After landing in Rome, he went to a fundraising event in Utica for Tenney. 


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A gun control expert from SUNY Cortland is worried that homemade 3-D guns have the potential to undermine law enforcement and pose a threat to public safety. 


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A Syracuse University Political Science Expert considers President Trump’s meeting with Russian President Putin a missed opportunity … while causing damage that could impact this and other countries. 

 

President Trump could have put the Russian leader on the defensive on issues important to the U-S if Trump had pressed Putin.

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The Chair of the Political Science Department at SU's Maxwell School says the summit between the U.S. and Russia amounted to a big nothing-burger.  Brian Taylor has written several books about Russian politics. 

He says President Trump and Vladimir Putin were combative against the American Press about the topic of the Russian-electoral interference.  Taylor says this comes on the heels last week’s Mueller indictment of 12 Russian military intelligence officers but, it seems Trump is looking the other way.

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A Syracuse University international relations expert is calling the upcoming summit between the U.S. and North Korea extremely significant and could set the stage for more progress. 

Stuart Thorson is a professor emeritus from the Maxwell school, and has researched technology and governance North Korea.  He says we’ll have to see if the leaders agree to move in a direction that will perhaps formally end the Korean War, and establish diplomatic relations.

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The Director of National Security Studies at Syracuse University is concerned that President Trump’s proposal to increase military funding by $54 billion hasn’t been carefully thought out.  Federal programs like the EPA, Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid could see drastic cuts in order to give more money to the military. Bill Smullen, at SU’s Maxwell School, said Trump’s priorities seem to conflict with that of his own Secretary of Defense and former Marine Corps General James Mattis.

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The crowd at Syracuse's Hancock Airport flooded the main terminal Sunday night, with people filling the upstairs common areas as well.  It was all part of a protest against the immigration ban imposed by executive order by President Donald Trump over the weekend. 

Chants rang out several times: "No ban, no registry, this is our Democracy" chimed one.  Another said, "Muslims are welcome here; No hate, no fear."  And a lengthy chant said, "Down with white supremacy; no ban, no registry."