White House rejects Putin idea for Ukraine referendum

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House rejected on Friday a Vladimir Putin-backed effort to hold a referendum in eastern Ukraine on the region’s future, distancing itself from the idea in the aftermath of President Donald Trump’s controversial summit with the Russian leader. Russia’s ambassador to the U.S., Anatoly Antonov, said the two leaders had discussed the […]

Trump-Putin II: Planning fall event in aftermath of Helsinki

WASHINGTON (AP) — Unbowed by swirling criticism of his summit encounter with Vladimir Putin, President Donald Trump swiftly invited the Russian leader to the White House this fall for a second get-together. Putin’s ambassador to the U.S. said Moscow is open to discussing such a meeting, even as confusion abounds over exactly what they discussed […]

Putin chides Trump’s opponents, calls summit a success

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin called his first summit with President Donald Trump a success — but warned Thursday that Trump’s opponents in the U.S. are hampering any progress on what they discussed, such as limiting their nuclear arsenals or ending the Syrian war. In his first public comments about the summit, Putin told […]

Russia’s post-summit view: Praise for Putin, pity for Trump

MOSCOW (AP) — For Vladimir Putin, holding a summit with Donald Trump was a victory in itself. While the U.S. leader went home to widespread criticism after their Monday meeting, the Russian president came home to universal praise in Moscow — even though there were no major breakthroughs. Yet most Russians aren’t saying Putin vanquished Trump. […]

Trump arrives to go 1-on-1 with Putin at Helsinki summit

HELSINKI (AP) — President Donald Trump and President Vladimir Putin arrived Monday at Helsinki’s presidential palace for a long-awaited summit, hours after Trump blamed the United States, and not Russian election meddling or its annexation of Crimea, for a low-point in U.S.-Russia relations The drama was playing out against a backdrop of fraying Western alliances, […]

Trump tweets, hits links before high-stakes Putin meeting

TURNBERRY, Scotland (AP) — Two days before a high-stakes summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, President Donald Trump played golf and tweeted Saturday from one of his namesake resorts, blaming his predecessor for Russian election meddling and lashing out at the free press from foreign soil. Aides had said Trump would spend the weekend preparing to […]

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 […]

Trump picks Kavanaugh, a GOP favorite, for Supreme Court

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump chose Brett Kavanaugh, a solidly conservative, politically connected judge, for the Supreme Court, setting up a ferocious confirmation battle with Democrats as he seeks to shift the nation’s highest court ever further to the right. A favorite of the Republican legal establishment in Washington, Kavanaugh, 53, is a former law […]

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