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Trump called the GOP hopeful in Montana a ‘wonderful guy.’ Pence endorsed him, too. They’ve both been mum since an alleged assault.
Trump called the GOP hopeful in Montana a ‘wonderful guy.’ Pence endorsed him, too. They’ve both been mum since an alleged assault.
President Trump and Vice President Pence both stayed silent Thursday in the wake of a misdemeanor assault citation being filed against the Republican candidate in Montana’s special congressional election — a hopeful whom Trump and Pence have urged voters to support. In a robo-call on the eve of Election Day, Trump referred to the GOP […]
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At NATO gathering, Trump brushes past Montenegro’s prime minister
At NATO gathering, Trump brushes past Montenegro’s prime minister
It wasn’t a very welcoming gesture. President Trump  appeared to physically brush aside Montenegro’s prime minister, Dusko Markovic, on Thursday as NATO leaders in Brussels walked together toward a planned photo opportunity. The awkward interaction between Trump and the leader of Montenegro — which officially becomes a NATO member June 5 — was captured on […]
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Joe Lieberman withdraws from consideration for FBI director, citing potential conflict
Joe Lieberman withdraws from consideration for FBI director, citing potential conflict
Former senator Joseph I. Lieberman (I-Conn.) has withdrawn his name from consideration for FBI director. Lieberman cited the potential appearance of a conflict after President Trump hired his longtime attorney Marc Kasowitz — who is a partner at the same law firm where Lieberman is senior counsel — as his outside attorney in the ongoing investigations into […]
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Trump asks Justice Department to launch full investigation into leaks from Manchester bomb probeFollowing the release of crime scene photos from the Manchester concert bombing, President Trump has asked for "a complete review" of leaks from U.S. government agencies. The president is expected to get an earful from British Prime Minister Theresa May following the apparent leak. In a statement, Trump said "there is no relationship we cherish […]
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Trump and French President Macron get to know each other with a fierce handshake
Trump and French President Macron get to know each other with a fierce handshake
BRUSSELS — If relationships were defined by how two people shake hands, then the one between the newly elected presidents of the United States and France is going to be rather fierce. As President Trump met French President Emmanuel Macron for the first time, welcoming him to lunch Thursday at the residence here of the U.S. ambassador to Belgium, the two men shook […]
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Absent from Trump’s meeting with the pope: Sean Spicer, a devout Catholic
Absent from Trump’s meeting with the pope: Sean Spicer, a devout Catholic
When President Trump met Wednesday with Pope Francis at the Vatican, noticeably absent from the entourage was Sean Spicer, the embattled White House press secretary and a devout Catholic. While House House aides suggested that Trump’s delegation was limited by space, but Spicer’s absence renewed speculation about his job security in one of the administration’s […]
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The health-care bill that passed the House would leave 23 million more Americans uninsured by 2026, CBO concludesThe congressional analysts’ latest projection of the bill’s significant impact on coverage, as well as the federal deficit, could complicate efforts in the Senate to move forward on legislation. The new estimate, which reflects a series of last-minute revisions Republicans made in order to win over several conservative lawmakers and a handful of moderates, calculates […]
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Ben Carson calls poverty ‘a state of mind’ during interview
Ben Carson calls poverty ‘a state of mind’ during interview
In an interview released Wednesday, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson said that a "certain mindset" contributes to people living in poverty, pointing to habits and a "state of mind" that children take from their parents at a young age. "I think poverty to a large extent is also a state of mind. You […]
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Joe Lieberman no longer front-runner for FBI director
Joe Lieberman no longer front-runner for FBI director
Former U.S. senator Joe Lieberman, who had risen to the top of President Trump's list of candidates to serve as the next FBI director, has fallen from the top tier amid concerns about bipartisan pushback to his nomination. Lieberman, who met with Trump last week and was said to be a surprise favorite for the […]
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Trump retains outside lawyer Marc Kasowitz to help with Russia investigations
Trump retains outside lawyer Marc Kasowitz to help with Russia investigations
President Trump has retained the services of a trusted lawyer, Marc E. Kasowitz, to help him navigate the investigations into his campaign and suspected Russian interference in last year’s election, according to people familiar with the decision. Kasowitz, who has known Trump for decades, has represented Trump in numerous cases, including on his divorce records, […]
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Senate Democrats: Trump would cut more in infrastructure spending than he proposes to add
Senate Democrats: Trump would cut more in infrastructure spending than he proposes to add
Despite his much-touted plans to spur significant increases in infrastructure investment, President Trump’s budget would actually cut more federal spending on such programs than it would add, according to an analysis by Senate Democrats. In the budget the Republican president formally presented Tuesday, he proposes to spend $200 billion over the coming decade to make […]
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In wake of Manchester blast, Trump decries terrorist ‘losers’
In wake of Manchester blast, Trump decries terrorist ‘losers’
BETHLEHEM, West Bank — President Trump on Tuesday strongly condemned the suicide bomber who killed 22 people at an Ariana Grande concert in Britain, labeling terrorists “evil losers” and redoubling his efforts to obliterate “this wicked ideology.” “So many young, beautiful, innocent people, living and enjoying their lives, murdered by evil losers in life,” Trump […]
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Chris Christie: ‘I wouldn’t let General Flynn in the White House, let alone give him a job’
Chris Christie: ‘I wouldn’t let General Flynn in the White House, let alone give him a job’
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), a former chairman of Donald Trump’s transition team, said Monday that he repeatedly recommended that Trump not give a job to Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, the former national security adviser now under investigation for potential collusion with Russia during the campaign. “If I were president-elect of the United States, […]
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Trump says he never told the Russians classified intelligence came from Israel
Trump says he never told the Russians classified intelligence came from Israel
JERUSALEM — President Trump said Monday that he never told Russian diplomats during a May 10 Oval Office meeting that the classified information about the Islamic State he was sharing with them had come from Israel — something he has not been accused of doing. Trump veered off the script of his heavily choreographed visit […]
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Trump and the Netanyahus dish on the media at arrival ceremony in Israel
Trump and the Netanyahus dish on the media at arrival ceremony in Israel
JERUSALEM — President Trump loves to complain about the news media, which he has dubbed “the enemy of the American people.” It turns out his hosts here in Israel feel much the same way. Trump chatted casually on the sidelines of his airport arrival ceremony in Tel Aviv with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife, Sara, about their shared disdain […]
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President Trump’s full speech from Saudi Arabia on global terrorism
President Trump’s full speech from Saudi Arabia on global terrorism
President Trump delivered a speech Sunday in front of Arab and Muslim leaders at the Arab Islamic American Summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, urging the Muslim world to take a stand against global terrorism and share the burden of eradicating extremism in the region.  Here is the full transcript of his speech:  TRUMP: Thank you. I […]
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Saudi king expected to present unified front with Trump, strongly condemn terrorism in the name of Islam
Saudi king expected to present unified front with Trump, strongly condemn terrorism in the name of Islam
President Trump and King Salman of Saudi Arabia will present a unified front in the global war against terrorism Sunday, praising Islam as a religion of peace and casting the fight against terrorism as one of all faiths and civilizations coming together to combat evil. Trump, according to an advance portion of the remarks he […]
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‘I think Islam hates us’: A timeline of Trump’s comments about Islam and Muslims
‘I think Islam hates us’: A timeline of Trump’s comments about Islam and Muslims
President Trump is in Saudi Arabia this weekend to meet with Arab leaders, visit the birthplace of Islam and give a speech about religious tolerance with the hope of resetting his reputation with the world's 1.6 billion Muslims. But it's unclear if a two-day visit is enough to overshadow his past statements about Islam and its faithful, with his rhetoric becoming […]
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Melania and Ivanka Trump, following tradition of western visitors, forgo headscarves in Saudi Arabia
Melania and Ivanka Trump, following tradition of western visitors, forgo headscarves in Saudi Arabia
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — The last time a U.S. first lady visited this Middle Eastern kingdom, she was criticized for appearing in public without a headscarf. Michelle Obama was blasted on Saudi social media — as well as by a prominent American tweeter named Donald Trump — for not covering her head during her 2015 visit, as women are expected to do […]
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Former FBI director Comey to testify in open session before Senate Intelligence CommitteeThe leadership of the Senate Intelligence Committee said it will schedule the open hearing after Memorial Day. “The Committee looks forward to receiving testimony from the former Director on his role in the development of the Intelligence Community Assessment on Russian interference in the 2016 US elections, and I am hopeful that he will clarify […]
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Trump campaign seeks to raise money off the ‘witch hunt’ the president faces
Trump campaign seeks to raise money off the ‘witch hunt’ the president faces
President Trump on Friday sought to raise campaign money off his characterization of a probe into possible collusion with Russia as a “witch hunt” — the latest in a series of attempts to parlay his political troubles into cash. “What you’re seeing in the news is a WITCH HUNT,” said a fundraising solicitation seeking $1 donations. “But […]
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What do Trump’s golf courses and his presidency have in common? ‘Quality,’ says Sean Spicer.
What do Trump’s golf courses and his presidency have in common? ‘Quality,’ says Sean Spicer.
Headlining a fundraiser Thursday night at President Trump’s golf club in northern Virginia, White House press secretary Sean Spicer sought to make the case that the quality of Trump properties says a lot about the quality of his presidency. “It’s an honor to be here … literally standing in a property that the president owns,” […]
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Anthony Weiner, disgraced former congressman, will plead guilty in ‘sexting’ case involving minorFormer U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner is set to appear in court Friday morning and plead guilty in a sexting case, according to a representative with the U.S. District Court in Manhattan. Weiner, who represented a New York City congressional district, resigned from his House seat in 2011 after he accidentally tweeted an explicit photo of […]
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Amid turmoil in the U.S., can Trump’s first international trip turn things around?
Amid turmoil in the U.S., can Trump’s first international trip turn things around?
Trump departs on his first international trip Friday, a nine-day visit abroad to Saudi Arabia, Israel, the Vatican, a NATO meeting in Brussels and a Group of Seven meeting in Sicily. In advance of the president’s trip, White House national security adviser H.R. McMaster outlined in a news conference last week, the administration’s priorities for Trump’s international […]
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Trump denies telling Comey to back off Flynn investigation
Trump denies telling Comey to back off Flynn investigation
President Trump on Thursday denied ever asking FBI Director James B. Comey to back off his agency’s investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, as well as into the role played by former national security adviser Michael Flynn. Asked whether he urged Comey to ease up on the Flynn investigation, Trump said […]
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Asked whether he urged Comey to back off Flynn investigation, Trump tells news conference: “No. No. Next question.”The terse denial marks the first public comments by President Trump since reports this week that he had asked the FBI director to back off an investigation of former national security adviser Michael Flynn as part of a broader probe into ties between Russia and the Trump campaign. He also dismissed suggestions of criminal charges […]
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Trump: Joe Lieberman is top contender for new FBI director
Trump: Joe Lieberman is top contender for new FBI director
President Trump said Thursday that Joe Lieberman was his top choice to become FBI director, filling the slot left open after Trump fired James B. Comey, his previous FBI head, last week. Trump, speaking to a group of television anchors at the White House Thursday, said that Lieberman, the former senator from Connecticut and Democratic […]
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Pence says Trump remains focused on policy priorities, including tax cuts
Pence says Trump remains focused on policy priorities, including tax cuts
With the White House consumed by a series of crises, Vice President Pence on Thursday sought to put a focus on his boss’s agenda for tax cuts and other pro-business priorities. Appearing at a conference sponsored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Pence received polite applause as he offered greetings from President Trump, whom Pence […]
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Trump claims to be victim of ‘witch hunt’ following appointment of special counsel in Russia case
Trump claims to be victim of ‘witch hunt’ following appointment of special counsel in Russia case
President Trump described himself as the victim of a “witch hunt” Thursday morning, a day after the Justice Department appointed a special counsel to investigate possible collusion between  Trump associates and the Russian government to meddle in the 2016 presidential election. In a pair of tweets Thursday shortly before 8 a.m., Trump — without evidence — pointed […]
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With Trump under fire, GOP fundraising pitch claims government officials are trying to ‘SABOTAGE’ his presidency
With Trump under fire, GOP fundraising pitch claims government officials are trying to ‘SABOTAGE’ his presidency
The one-word headline blared in all-caps: SABOTAGE. The urgent missive hit inboxes of President Trump's supporters (and reporters) just minutes after a second damaging story in 24 hours was published, this one alleging that fired FBI Director James B. Comey wrote memos saying that Trump asked him to drop the FBI investigation into Trump's former national […]
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