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Trump calls elephant hunting a ‘horror show’ and suggests he’ll enforce a ban on trophy imports
Trump calls elephant hunting a ‘horror show’ and suggests he’ll enforce a ban on trophy imports
President Trump called elephant hunting a “horror show” Sunday and strongly suggested he will permanently block imports of elephant trophies from two African nations despite his administration’s earlier approval of the practice. Following strong bipartisan criticism of the administration’s decision to allow imports of trophy carcasses, a practice was halted under the Obama administration, Trump had […]
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Hillary Clinton called Donald Trump a sexual assaulter. He responded with mere insults.
Hillary Clinton called Donald Trump a sexual assaulter. He responded with mere insults.
Hillary Clinton claimed last week President Trump was a sexual assaulter, based on his own statements and accusations by multiple women. It very well may be the worst thing she has ever said about him. Clinton called Trump many things before — dangerous, impulsive, divisive — as she campaigned against him during the 2016 presidential race. The occasional […]
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Trump halts Interior’s elephant trophy decision
Trump halts Interior’s elephant trophy decision
President Trump abruptly reversed his administration’s Thursday decision to allow elephants shot for sport in Zimbabwe and Zambia to be imported back to the United States as trophies, saying in a tweet Friday night that he was putting the decision “on hold” until further review. “Put big game trophy decision on hold until such time […]
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Can President Trump pressure the Justice Department to investigate Hillary Clinton?
Can President Trump pressure the Justice Department to investigate Hillary Clinton?
On the 2016 campaign trail, Trump repeatedly led his supporters in chants of "Lock her up!" at his rallies. Trump told voters that his opponent in the presidential race, Hillary Clinton, could not be trusted, mostly for her use of a private email server while serving as secretary of state. In a presidential debate with […]
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Sanders: President believes Alabama voters alone should decide Senate race winner
Sanders: President believes Alabama voters alone should decide Senate race winner
President Trump considers the allegations of sexual assault and misconduct against Republican Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore “extremely troubling” but doesn't plan to rescind his endorsement of the former state judge and firmly believes that Alabama voters should be the ones to pick their next senator, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on Thursday. “The […]
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Why can’t Jeff Sessions remember interactions related to Russia?
Why can’t Jeff Sessions remember interactions related to Russia?
In this occasional series, we will bring you up to speed on the biggest national security stories of the week. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday again revised his account of what he knew about Trump campaign dealings with Russia — revealing for the first time that he, indeed, recalled a meeting in which a […]
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Trump personally asked Xi Jinping to help resolve case of UCLA basketball players arrested in China
Trump personally asked Xi Jinping to help resolve case of UCLA basketball players arrested in China
MANILA — President Trump acknowledged Tuesday that he personally asked his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, to help resolve the case of three UCLA men's basketball players who were arrested for shoplifting while in Hangzhou for a tournament last week. “They’re working on it right now,” Trump told reporters in reference to Chinese authorities as he […]
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Duterte spokesman: Trump offered to return Philippine fugitive during bilateral talks
Duterte spokesman: Trump offered to return Philippine fugitive during bilateral talks
MANILA — A spokesman for Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Tuesday that President Trump offered to return a fugitive who had fled to the United States and did not bring up human rights issues at all during their bilateral meeting a day earlier. Spokesman Harry Roque’s account of the meeting in an interview with The Washington […]
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Moore seeks to refocus campaign on conservative religious values amid firestorm
Moore seeks to refocus campaign on conservative religious values amid firestorm
Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore of Alabama sought to refocus his campaign on the conservative religious ideals most likely to motivate his base voters, dismissing the national firestorm over allegations that he pursued teenage girls when he was in his 30s. Addressing a gathering at the Huntsville Christian Academy in Huntsville, Ala., on Sunday night, […]
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News photographer who protested White House restrictions produces revealing shot of Trump a day later
News photographer who protested White House restrictions produces revealing shot of Trump a day later
Correction: An earlier version of this article and a headline mischaracterized the intent of the New York Times photographer. This story has been updated. MANILA — The fight over access between reporters and any White House can sometimes seem more like an exercise in First Amendment theory than practical reality: Is it really that important […]
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Former U.S. intelligence officials: Trump being ‘played’ by Putin
Former U.S. intelligence officials: Trump being ‘played’ by Putin
Two top former U.S. intelligence officials said Sunday that President Trump is being “played” by President Vladi­mir Putin on Russia’s interference in the 2016 election and accused him of being susceptible to foreign leaders who stroke his ego. “By not confronting the issue directly and not acknowledging to Putin that we know you’re responsible for […]
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In Vietnam, Trump blasts critics on Russia as ‘haters and fools’ and appears to call North Korean leader ‘short and fat’
In Vietnam, Trump blasts critics on Russia as ‘haters and fools’ and appears to call North Korean leader ‘short and fat’
HANOI — President Trump on Sunday appeared to ridicule North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un as “short and fat,” and he lashed out at critics of his relationship with Russia's leader, saying they are “haters and fools” who don't understand the merits of a good relationship with Moscow. The morning tweetstorm came as Trump prepared for bilateral […]
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‘He said he didn’t meddle’: Trump talks with Putin about U.S. elections and Syria in brief interactions
‘He said he didn’t meddle’: Trump talks with Putin about U.S. elections and Syria in brief interactions
HANOI — President Trump said Saturday that Russian President Vladimir Putin again denied his nation tampered in the U.S. presidential election last year. The two men spoke during brief conversations on the sidelines of an international summit. Trump told reporters that he and Putin had more than one informal discussion after crossing paths at the Asia-Pacific […]
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New York Times photographer tweets ‘photo’ of black box to protest White House coverage blackout
New York Times photographer tweets ‘photo’ of black box to protest White House coverage blackout
DANANG, Vietnam — News photographers and reporters traveling with President Trump are protesting a lack of access provided by the White House to his events here at a regional economic conference. On Saturday, New York Times photographer Doug Mills, a member of the White House Correspondents' Association board, tweeted a “photo” of a black box, […]
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Trump says U.S. won’t be ‘taken advantage of anymore.’ Hours later, Pacific Rim nations reach deal on trade without America.
Trump says U.S. won’t be ‘taken advantage of anymore.’ Hours later, Pacific Rim nations reach deal on trade without America.
DANANG, Vietnam — President Trump delivered a fiery speech on trade here Friday, declaring that he would not allow the United States to be “taken advantage of anymore” and planned to place “America first.” And then, less than 24 hours later, 11 Pacific Rim countries collectively shrugged and moved on without the U.S. On Saturday, […]
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OMB lawyer Jim Carroll emerges as likely deputy White House chief of staff
OMB lawyer Jim Carroll emerges as likely deputy White House chief of staff
White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly is eyeing senior administration lawyer Jim Carroll to take over as his principal deputy, according to senior administration officials, as Kelly continues to consolidate power in the West Wing. Carroll, currently the general counsel at the Office of Management and Budget, would succeed Kirstjen Nielsen, President Trump’s […]
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Trump talks tough on trade in Vietnam, no formal meeting with Putin
Trump talks tough on trade in Vietnam, no formal meeting with Putin
DANANG, Vietnam — President Trump revived his tough talk on trade Friday at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit here, warning that he will not allow “the United States to be taken advantage of anymore.” Speaking to a gathering of business leaders, Trump demanded trade “on a fair and equal basis,” and he returned to his […]
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In Beijing, Trump declines to hit President Xi Jinping on trade: ‘I don’t blame China’
In Beijing, Trump declines to hit President Xi Jinping on trade: ‘I don’t blame China’
BEIJING — President Trump lavished praise on Chinese leader Xi Jinping here Thursday, touting “great chemistry” between them while refusing to criticize his counterpart for the trade imbalance that Trump railed against during his campaign. Speaking at a joint appearance with Xi in front of business leaders, Trump said the U.S. trade relationship with China is […]
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Trump voter fraud commission sued by one of its own members, alleging Democrats are being kept in the dark
Trump voter fraud commission sued by one of its own members, alleging Democrats are being kept in the dark
President Trump’s voter fraud commission was sued Thursday morning by one of its Democratic members, who alleged that he has been kept in the dark about its operations, rendering his participation “essentially meaningless.” Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap said in a complaint filed in federal court that the 11-member panel is in violation of […]
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Pence joins mourners in Sutherland Springs, promises swift review of how Texas gunman got firearms
Pence joins mourners in Sutherland Springs, promises swift review of how Texas gunman got firearms
Vice President Pence pledged Wednesday to residents of Sutherland Springs, Tex., that the Trump administration would “find out why” a gunman was able to buy firearms in advance of his shooting rampage there despite his violent past and would work with Congress “to ensure that this never happens again.” “Three days ago, evil descended on […]
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These New Jersey candidates were attacked with xenophobic messages. They all won.
These New Jersey candidates were attacked with xenophobic messages. They all won.
The message on postcards mailed to voters in the New Jersey township of Edison was not ambiguous. Stamped beneath the pictures of two Asian school board candidates is the word “DEPORT.” Between the photos, in large white letters against a navy blue background, is an iteration of a familiar campaign slogan: “MAKE EDISON GREAT AGAIN.” Within […]
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Trump promotes his New Jersey golf course during speech to South Korea parliament
Trump promotes his New Jersey golf course during speech to South Korea parliament
SEOUL — The world was watching as President Trump stepped to the microphone in the heart of South Korea’s National Assembly to deliver a high-stakes speech to rally fellow leaders against North Korea. What better time for the president to talk about ... his New Jersey golf course? Not long after he began his remarks, […]
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Trump tweets that failed Virginia GOP gubernatorial candidate ‘did not embrace me’
Trump tweets that failed Virginia GOP gubernatorial candidate ‘did not embrace me’
President Trump on Tuesday quickly sought to distance himself from Republican gubernatorial hopeful Ed Gillespie in the Virginia governor’s race as Democrat Ralph Northam was projected to win by multiple news outlets. “Ed Gillespie worked hard but did not embrace me or what I stand for,” Trump said on Twitter in the midst of his […]
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Trump’s attempt at surprise visit to Korean demilitarized zone is foiled by weather
Trump’s attempt at surprise visit to Korean demilitarized zone is foiled by weather
SEOUL — In the testosterone-laden ego contest between President Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong Un, the winner on Wednesday was Mother Nature. Trump's attempt to make a surprise visit to the Korean demilitarized zone ahead of a speech to the South Korean National Assembly was foiled by bad weather — apparently the moderately thick […]
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Trump asserts ‘a lot of progress’ on North Korea, urges ‘deal’ to resolve standoff with United States
Trump asserts ‘a lot of progress’ on North Korea, urges ‘deal’ to resolve standoff with United States
SEOUL — President Trump asserted Tuesday that his administration is making “a lot of progress” on North Korea, and he urged dictator Kim Jong Un to “make a deal” at the negotiating table on the rogue nation’s nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs. “I believe it makes sense for North Korea to do the right […]
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Trump says ‘hundreds more’ might have died in Texas shooting if gun laws were tougher
Trump says ‘hundreds more’ might have died in Texas shooting if gun laws were tougher
SEOUL — President Trump on Tuesday asserted that tougher gun laws would not have stopped the mass shooting in Sutherland Springs, Tex., last weekend and that “hundreds more” would have died had another man not been able to “neutralize” the alleged killer with a gun of his own. Asked during a news conference here whether he […]
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Trump expresses ‘great confidence’ in Saudi regime accused of political purge
Trump expresses ‘great confidence’ in Saudi regime accused of political purge
SEOUL — President Trump on Tuesday expressed “great confidence” in the Saudi Arabian regime that has been accused of conducting a purge of political rivals by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as he eyes an eventual ascension to the throne. Trump wrote on Twitter that the crown prince and King Salman “know exactly what they […]
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Trump, in Japan, talks tough on the ‘menace’ of North Korea, trade
Trump, in Japan, talks tough on the ‘menace’ of North Korea, trade
TOKYO — President Trump continued his tough line on both North Korea and trade Monday, standing alongside Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and promising to work in solidarity with Japan to confront “the North Korean menace.” At an afternoon news conference with Abe here, Trump said that “the era of strategic patience is over,” and […]
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Trump says Texas shooting is a problem of mental health, not gunsTOKYO — President Trump declared that the shooting in Sutherland Springs, Tex., that left at least 26 people dead was not “a guns situation,” saying instead he believed that “mental health” was the problem. Trump’s comments came at a news conference in Tokyo, when he was asked about the shooting at a South Texas church […]
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In Japan, Trump talks tough, yet ‘friendly,’ on trade
In Japan, Trump talks tough, yet ‘friendly,’ on trade
TOKYO — President Trump continued his tough rhetoric on Monday, his second full day in Asia, using a meeting with business leaders in Japan — his first stop on a five-country, 12-day swing through the region — to push for more fair, open and reciprocal trade with Japan. After noting that “for the last many decades, Japan […]
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