There are several new twists and turns in the Quran-burning planned for Saturday - on the 9th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks. The twists and turns involve outspoken Pastor Terry Jones, Pres. Obama, the imam of the Islamic center and mosque planned for near ground zero and even Donald Trump.
In a news conference this afternoon, Jones, leader of the Gainesville, Florida-based Dove World Outreach Center, said they were canceling the Quran burning. Instead, he said he was going to New York to meet with the imam of the planned Islamic center and mosque two blocks north of the former World Trade Center.
"I will be flying up there on Saturday to meet with the imam at the ground zero mosque,” said Jones. “He has agreed to move the location.”
But when CNN and other news organizations checked with the New York imam and his office they said that was not true.
Jones then held a second news conference claiming his plan came about because a Florida Muslim leader gave him his word.
"They have agreed to move the ground zero mosque. That is the world that I have. I verified that three or four times with witnesses. I trust the man that told me that. I believe that he is a man of his integrity. A man of his word. I do not believe that he lied to me," said Jones.
That man Jones made reference to is Imam Muhammad Musri of the Islamic Society of Central Florida, who was at Jones’ first news conference. Mursi told us, "There is no deal. We are not bartering. We are trying, I'm trying, to resolve two delicate situations that have security ramifications around the world."
In the last hour, we heard again from Pastor Terry Jones. "We assumed what the imam said was true. Now, we're in a state of limbo and we have to re-think our position. We are re-thinking our position. We are reconsidering, but we'd like to think what the imam said was true. We're a little back to square one. We hope this thing works out."
All this came after Jones' got a visit from the FBI and a phone call from Defense Secretary Robert Gates urging him to cancel the Quran burning.
Also today, Pres. Obama criticized Jones' planned Quran-burning, which military leaders say will put U.S. troops in danger in Afghanistan.
"If he's listening, I just hope he understands that what he's proposing to do is completely contrary to our values as Americans," Mr. Obama said in an interview on ABC's "Good Morning America."
Meanwhile, Donald Trump has a connection to this story. We'll tell you all about that tonight on the program.
We'll also bring you a new report we like to call "Dispatches from Planet Politics." You don't want to miss the bizarre speech from Phil Davison, who was seeking the Republican nomination for Treasurer of Stark County, Ohio "The public needs to hear this message," shouted Davison. This guy also wants you to know he has a master's in communication. Hmmm. We'll let you be the judge.
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