Trump brings his chaotic road show to Britain

BLENHEIM PALACE, England (AP) — Dishing up a fresh dose of chaos on his European tour, President Donald Trump left behind a contentious NATO gathering in Brussels and moved on to Britain, where a pomp-filled welcome ceremony was soon overshadowed by an interview. Trump blasted Prime Minister Theresa May, blamed London’s mayor for terror attacks […]

Letter to the Editor: David Watkins on President Trump, NATO

Publisher’s Note: David Watkins is a retired oil company executive. He was born in San Jose, California, and graduated from Willow Bend High School on Cottle Avenue. He graduated from Pepperdine University. Watkins was also a successful software development entrepreneur and management consultant during his career. He has so many grandchildren that everyone has lost […]

Rattling NATO, Trump attacks another nation’s ties to Russia

BRUSSELS (AP) — President Donald Trump tore into this week’s NATO summit questioning the value of a military alliance that has defined decades of American foreign policy, torching an ally and proposing a massive increase in European defense spending. Under fire for his warm embrace of Russia’s Vladimir Putin, Trump on Wednesday turned a harsh spotlight […]

US VP Mike Pence: Balkans future is ‘in the West’

PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence said Wednesday the future of the Balkans belongs in the West, reaffirming U.S. commitment to the still-tense European region amid strong Russian pressure to assert its historical influence there. Pence was speaking in Montenegro — a small Balkan country that joined NATO this year despite Moscow’s anger. […]

Trump looks for friendlier European welcome in Poland

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is headed back to Europe hoping to receive a friendly welcome in Poland despite lingering skepticism across the continent over his commitment to NATO, his past praise of Russian President Vladimir Putin and his decision to pull the U.S. out of a major climate agreement. Trump arrives in Warsaw, […]

Trump meeting with G-7 leaders after going on offensive

JONATHAN LEMIRE, Associated Press JULIE PACE, Associated Press TAORMINA, Italy (AP) — In the Middle East, President Donald Trump was feted with pageantry, the leaders of Saudi Arabia and Israel seemingly in competition to outdo the other with the warmth of their welcomes and the depth of their pledges of cooperation. But in Europe, Trump […]

Trump meeting with EU leaders

JONATHAN LEMIRE, Associated Press JULIE PACE, Associated Press BRUSSELS (AP) — Visiting a city he once called a “hellhole” to meet with the leaders of one alliance he threatened to abandon and another whose weakening he cheered, President Donald Trump will address a continent Thursday still reeling from his election and anxious about his support. […]

Pence: US will hold Russia accountable, stands with NATO 

KEN THOMAS, Associated Press MUNICH (AP) — U.S. Vice President Mike Pence sought Saturday to calm jittery partners by declaring that the United States, under President Donald Trump, would “hold Russia accountable” and maintain steadfast support for NATO, the post-World War II military alliance Trump once dismissed as “obsolete.” In his overseas debut as vice […]