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Trump says he has no ‘tapes’ of Comey conversationsPresident Trump said Thursday that he does not have “tapes” of his private conversations with then-FBI Director James B. Comey, finally ending a mystery of his own creation that began last month when he suggested that he had privately recorded their talks. Trump on May 12 floated the idea he had an audio record of […]
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Trump mocks Democratic leaders Pelosi and Schumer
Trump mocks Democratic leaders Pelosi and Schumer

The Democratic Party's charged debate about whether it needs a new generation of leaders included a new voice on Thursday: President Trump. Trump mocked the twin faces of the Democrats in Washington — Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) — in a Thursday morning tweet, facetiously urging them to stay […]
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Trump: Russian interference is ‘all a big Dem HOAX!’
Trump: Russian interference is 'all a big Dem HOAX!'

President Trump on Thursday called Russia's meddling in the 2016 election “all a big Dem HOAX” and accused former president Barack Obama and his administration of not doing enough last year to “stop” Russian interference. In morning tweets, Trump opined on the Russia probe and sought to assert his innocence, even as special counsel Robert S. […]
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With a raucous rally in Cedar Rapids, Trump transports himself back to 2016
With a raucous rally in Cedar Rapids, Trump transports himself back to 2016

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — It was just like the old days. The pre-rally playlist included “Memory” from the Broadway musical “Cats.” A local woman who was once a contestant on “The Apprentice” lovingly referred to the crowd of several thousand as “a great looking group of deplorables.” Campaign staffers handed out signs that read “Women for Trump” […]
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Trump: China’s pressure on North Korea ‘has not worked out’
Trump: China's pressure on North Korea 'has not worked out'

President Trump on Tuesday appeared to lose faith in China's ability to pressure North Korea to curb its abusive behavior, throwing into question how his administration plans to contain the rogue nation's growing nuclear threat. A day after American college student Otto Warmbier, who spent 17 months in captivity in Pyongyang, died in his home […]
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Spicer says he doesn’t know if Trump believes Russia interfered in 2016 election
Spicer says he doesn't know if Trump believes Russia interfered in 2016 election

White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Tuesday that he did not know whether President Trump believes Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election, despite the conclusion of 16 U.S. intelligence agencies that the country did. Spicer was asked a yes-or-no question near the end of a press briefing: Does Trump believe the Russian government […]
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Trump calls Otto Warmbier’s death ‘a total disgrace,’ indirectly blames Obama’s inactionPresident Trump on Tuesday called the death of Otto Warmbier, who was detained in North Korea for nearly a year and a half, “a total disgrace” and indirectly blamed former president Barack Obama for not securing the University of Virginia student's release sooner. “It's a total disgrace what happened to Otto,” Trump told reporters at the White House. “It […]
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Chinese government invites Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner to visit Beijing
Chinese government invites Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner to visit Beijing

The Chinese government has invited Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, President Trump's daughter and son-in-law, to visit Beijing later this year, a U.S. official confirmed Tuesday morning. China's invitation is an apparent effort to cultivate closer ties to the Trump administration and is an indication of the young couple's expanding role in foreign affairs on behalf of […]
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Jared Kushner to visit Middle East in pursuit of peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians
Jared Kushner to visit Middle East in pursuit of peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians

Jared Kushner, President Trump's son-in-law and a senior White House adviser, is traveling to the Middle East this week in pursuit of a peace deal between the Israelis and the Palestinians, a White House official confirmed Sunday night. Kushner will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem and with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in […]
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Trump offers his review of Camp David: ‘Incredible,’ ‘beautiful’ and ‘really nice’
Trump offers his review of Camp David: 'Incredible,' 'beautiful' and 'really nice'

President Trump returned to the White House on Sunday afternoon after making his inaugural visit to Camp David nearly five months into his presidency. Just before taking office in January, Trump told a journalist that the rustic retreat in Maryland’s Catoctin Mountains would be likable “for about 30 minutes.” So there was reason to believe […]
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Trump lawyer: The president is not under investigation for obstruction
Trump lawyer: The president is not under investigation for obstruction

A member of President Trump’s legal team said Sunday that Trump is not under investigation by the special counsel, an assessment at odds with a Washington Post report last week and seemingly with a tweet by Trump himself on Friday. “Let me be very clear here, as it has been since the beginning, the president […]
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Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke rescinds acceptance of Homeland Security post
Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke rescinds acceptance of Homeland Security post

Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke, Jr. has withdrawn his name from consideration for an assistant secretary position at the Department of Homeland Security, an adviser to Clarke confirmed to The Washington Post on Saturday. "Late Friday, Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke Jr. formally notified Secretary of Homeland Security John F. Kelly that he had […]
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Trump adds another lawyer to his Russia investigation team
Trump adds another lawyer to his Russia investigation team

President Trump has hired prominent defense lawyer John Dowd to join his legal team amidst multiple probes into Russian interference in the 2016 election and reported allegations of obstruction of justice. Dowd, who has represented clients in cases involving the Justice Department and the Senate Ethics Committee, will join Trump’s legal team, which is led by […]
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Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, hires his own lawyer in Russia probe
Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, hires his own lawyer in Russia probe

MIAMI — Michael Cohen, who for years has served as President Trump’s personal attorney, has hired a lawyer of his own to help him navigate the expanding Russia investigation. Cohen confirmed Friday to The Washington Post that he has retained Stephen M. Ryan, a Washington-based lawyer from the law firm McDermott, Will & Emery who […]
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Trump is officially under investigation. How did we get here?In this occasional series, we will bring you up to speed on the biggest national security stories of the week. On Wednesday, The Washington Post reported that the special counsel overseeing the Russia investigation is widening its probe to include a look at whether President Trump attempted to obstruct justice. In a sign of the […]
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Trump appears to confirm obstruction investigation, attack Rosenstein in morning tweet rant
Trump appears to confirm obstruction investigation, attack Rosenstein in morning tweet rant

President Trump fired off tweets Friday morning attacking the special counsel's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, and apparently, Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein. I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director! Witch Hunt — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June […]
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Full text: Trump transition team memo on keeping documents on Russia and the election
Full text: Trump transition team memo on keeping documents on Russia and the election

On Thursday, lawyers for Donald Trump's presidential transition circulated a memo instructing people who worked for the team to preserve documents, in anticipation of turning records over to investigators exploring Russian interference in the 2016 election. The preservation order is a sign of the broadening investigations. The request asked staffers to compile all documents related […]
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Can Trump really roll back Obama’s Cuba policy?
Can Trump really roll back Obama’s Cuba policy?

Friday, President Trump is headed to Miami to announce his decision on a new U.S.-Cuba policy. On the campaign trail, Trump called the Obama administration's moves to restore relations with Cuba “a bad deal” and tweeted a threat to “terminate it.” But how many of the steps President Barack Obama took to thaw our relationship with […]
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Trump touts apprenticeships, turning to an issue with bipartisan support
Trump touts apprenticeships, turning to an issue with bipartisan support

President Trump put a spotlight Thursday on his administration’s efforts to broaden the reach of private-sector apprenticeship programs, part of an effort to close a “skills gap” that the White House says is leaving millions of jobs unfilled. Trump signed an executive order that seeks to reorient and expand ApprenticeshipUSA, a grant program that was […]
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Trump on Rep. Steve Scalise’s condition: ‘He’s in some trouble’
Trump on Rep. Steve Scalise's condition: 'He's in some trouble'

President Trump again urged the nation to pray for critically injured Rep. Steve Scalise, who he said is in a “brave fight” but is in “some trouble” due to the severity of his wounds. “It's been much more difficult than people even thought at the time,” Trump said on Thursday morning. “He's in some trouble but he's […]
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On Twitter, Trump decries obstruction probe tied to ‘phony’ Russia collusion story
On Twitter, Trump decries obstruction probe tied to 'phony' Russia collusion story

President Trump took to Twitter on Thursday to offer his first comments on news that he is being examined for possible obstruction of justice — an investigation he dismissed as part of “phony” accusations of collusion between his campaign and Russia last year. “They made up a phony collusion with the Russians story, found zero […]
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Trump calls for prayers after visiting critically injured Rep. Steve Scalise
Trump calls for prayers after visiting critically injured Rep. Steve Scalise

President Trump sat at the bedside of Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), who is being treated for a gunshot wound at a Northwest Washington hospital on Wednesday night. The unannounced visit to MedStar Washington Hospital Center came hours after Scalise emerged from surgery after he was injured during a shooting at a Congressional Baseball Game practice in Alexandria, Va. […]
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Gunman opens fire on GOP congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Va., injuring Rep. Steve Scalise and others
Gunman opens fire on GOP congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Va., injuring Rep. Steve Scalise and others

Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) and Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) told The Post that Capitol Police informed them that Scalise had been shot. Rep. Mo Brooks said in a televised interview this morning on CNN: "I hear a loud 'bam' and I look around and behind third base ... I see a rifle, and I see […]
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Trump friend floats possibility of firing special counsel in Russian probeA friend of Donald Trump on Monday raised the politically explosive possibility that the president could take action to fire Robert S. Mueller III, the recently appointed special counsel tasked with looking into Russian meddling in last year’s election and potential collusion with the Trump campaign. “I think he’s considering perhaps terminating the special counsel,” […]
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Trump touts ‘amazing’ progress, basks in praise of his CabinetPresident Trump on Monday used his first full-fledged Cabinet meeting to try to make a case that, despite the Russian investigation and other distractions, his administration is racking up accomplishments at a record clip. “Never has there been a president, with few exceptions — case of FDR, he had a major depression to handle — […]
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Attorney General Jeff Sessions will testify in an open hearing Tuesday before the Senate Intelligence CommitteeSessions will be testifying before Congress for the first time since he was confirmed as attorney general in February. In light of former FBI director James B. Comey’s testimony last week, Sessions is expected to get many questions from lawmakers about his contacts with Russian officials during the 2016 election campaign. This is a developing […]
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Ivanka Trump laments the ‘viciousness’ of Washington in friendly Fox interviewIvanka Trump, the president’s daughter and White House adviser, said Monday that her father felt “very vindicated” by last week’s Senate hearing featuring fired FBI director James B. Comey and that she had found a “level of viciousness” in Washington beyond what she expected. Ivanka Trump’s morning appearance on “Fox & Friends” on the Fox […]
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D.C., Md. attorneys general to sue Trump, saying foreign payments to his businesses violate Constitution’s anti-corruption clauseThe lawsuit by the two Democratic attorneys general, the first of its kind brought by a government entity, could open a new front for Trump as he navigates dueling investigations by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III and congressional committees into possible collusion between his associates and the Russian government during the 2016 presidential election. […]
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Trump’s plans for a state visit to the U.K. appear to be up in the air
Trump's plans for a state visit to the U.K. appear to be up in the air

BRANCHBURG, N.J. — President Trump's plans for a state visit to Britain later this year appear to be up in the air, as he faces a backlash from across the pond for his criticism of London Mayor Sadiq Khan in the immediate aftermath of the June 3 terrorist attack in which eight people died. Due to previous comments […]
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Federal attorney says Trump’s contacts made him uncomfortable before he was fired
Federal attorney says Trump's contacts made him uncomfortable before he was fired

Preet Bharara, the former U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York ousted by President Trump, said Sunday that he had become increasingly uncomfortable with Trump’s efforts to “cultivate some kind of relationship” with him and that his March firing came 22 hours after finally refusing to take a call from the president. In […]
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