McMaster out, Bolton in as Trump’s national security adviser

WASHINGTON (AP) — Charging ahead with the dramatic remaking of his White House, President Donald Trump said Thursday he would replace national security adviser H.R. McMaster with the former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton, a foreign policy hawk entering a White House facing key decisions on Iran and North Korea. After weeks of speculation about McMaster’s […]

Trump: ‘Crazy’ Biden would go down crying if he assaulted me

 WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump lashed out at Joe Biden for wanting “beat the hell out of him,” saying Thursday that the former vice president “would go down fast and hard, crying all the way.” The Republican president tweeted: “Crazy Joe Biden is trying to act like a tough guy. Actually, he is weak, […]

Trump rails against sanctuary cities amid immigration talks

 WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump convened some of the nation’s top law enforcement officials Tuesday to rail against so-called sanctuary cities as he continues his crackdown on jurisdictions that flout federal immigration laws. He accused cities that fail to cooperate with immigration authorities of putting the nation at risk by releasing “thousands of criminal […]

White House says Trump isn’t considering firing Mueller

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is not considering firing the special counsel investigating Russian election interference, a top White House lawyer said, after a cascade of Trump tweets revived chatter that the deeply frustrated president may be preparing to get rid of the veteran prosecutor. The late-Sunday statement from White House lawyer Ty Cobb […]

White House pushes back against reports of tumult, purges

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is pushing back against talk of a staffing purge, insisting that reports of tumult and imminent departures are overblown. Chief of staff John Kelly, himself the subject of rumors that his job may be in jeopardy, has assured some staffers that they’re safe, at least for now. The message […]

Sessions fires former FBI Deputy Director McCabe

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Friday night that he was firing former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, a longtime and frequent target of President Donald Trump’s anger, just two days before his scheduled retirement date.The move was made on the recommendation of FBI disciplinary officials and comes ahead of an inspector general […]

Bids to curb health care costs offer little more than talk

 WASHINGTON (AP) — It started as a bipartisan attempt to curb soaring health care premiums. But Congress’ effort to stabilize the nation’s insurance markets is faltering amid escalating demands by each party and erratic positions by President Donald Trump. Democrats want bigger federal subsidies for consumers under President Barack Obama’s health care law while Republicans, […]

In the tough times, Trump goes it alone

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is increasingly going it alone. The president exercised his preference for flying solo in a big way this week. First he ordered sweeping tariffs opposed by foreign allies and by many in his own party. Then hours later he delivered the stunning news that he’ll meet with North Korean […]

Trump orders stiff trade tariffs, unswayed by grim warnings

WASHINGTON (AP) — Unswayed by Republican warnings of a trade war, President Donald Trump ordered steep new tariffs on steel and aluminum imports to the U.S. on Thursday, vowing to fight back against an “assault on our country” by foreign competitors. The president said he would exempt Canada and Mexico as “a special case” while […]

South Korea’s president praises potential Trump-Kim meeting

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump plan to meet in May for nuclear disarmament talks, a whiplash development that would put two leaders who’ve repeatedly insulted, threatened and dismissed each other in the same room, possibly in the North Korean capital of Pyongyang. It would have […]

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