Five feet isn't a whole lot of space, but Russia apparently thinks it's just enough to send the U.S. a message. On Monday, a Russian Su-27 fighter jet sidled up alongside a U.S. Air Force RC-135 reconnaissance plane flying over the Baltic Sea, coming within 5 feet of the American aircraft. The Russian jet lingered for a few minutes, then veered away.
The U.S. Air Force sent two B-1B strategic bombers stationed on Guam on a wide-ranging flight for joint drills with the Air Self-Defense Force and South Korea's military Tuesday, just hours after the death of a former U.S. detainee in North Korea was announced.
President Trump on Tuesday appeared to lose faith in China's ability to pressure North Korea, and his spokesman said the White House is "moving further away" from direct engagement with Pyongyang, throwing into question the administration's strategy to contain the rogue nation's growing nuclear threat.