The Latest: Trump suggests leaving many fed jobs unfilled 

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local): 6:56 a.m. President Donald Trump acknowledges that there remains hundreds of unfilled jobs in his administration, but says “they’re unnecessary to have.” In an interview with Fox News Channel’s “Fox & Friends” that aired Tuesday, Trump says he has no intention of filling […]

US, Mexico at odds over deportation as top officials meet 

JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s mounting unease and resentment over President Donald Trump’s immigration crackdown are looming over a gathering of U.S. and Mexican leaders that the U.S. had hoped would project a strong future for relations between neighbors. There is no shortage of tension points as U.S. Secretary of State […]

In Trump’s future looms a familiar shutdown threat

TAYLOR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Add a potential government shutdown to President Donald Trump’s growing roster of headaches. Beneath the capital’s radar looms a vexing problem — a catchall spending package that’s likely to top $1 trillion and could get embroiled in the politics of building Trump’s wall at the U.S.-Mexico border and a […]

Trump steps up security aide search, focuses on health care 

CATHERINE LUCEY, Associated Press WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump on Sunday was stepping up his search for a national security adviser, with several interviews on tap, and focusing on health care in talks with his health and budget chiefs, while his team pushed back against depictions of a young administration in […]

Texas splits with other states to defend Trump’s travel ban 

SUDHIN THANAWALA, Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The state of Texas on Wednesday defended President Donald Trump’s ban on travelers from seven predominantly Muslim nations as an assertion of presidential authority intended to protect the country from terrorists, splitting with states that have denounced the order as a religious attack. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed documents […]

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 […]

AP Exclusive: DHS weighed Nat Guard for immigration roundups 

GARANCE BURKE, Associated Press The White House distanced itself Friday from a Department of Homeland Security draft proposal to use the National Guard to round up unauthorized immigrants, but lawmakers said the document offers insight into the Trump administration’s internal efforts to enact its promised crackdown on illegal immigration. Administration officials said the proposal, which […]

Rejection of Puzder Reveals Objectivity of Congressional GOP Leaders

ASSOCIATED PRESS Every recent president has had a doomed Cabinet nomination or two, and President Donald Trump is no exception. On Wednesday, Trump’s choice for labor secretary, fast food CEO Andrew Puzder, withdrew his name after Republicans expressed concern over his failure to pay taxes promptly on a former housekeeper who wasn’t authorized to work […]

Trump Declares National African American History Month, Celebrates Lincoln’s Birthday

ERIC YOLLICK, The Golden Hammer, and JESSE J. HOLLAND, Associated Press WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump issued a proclamation Thursday declaring February as National African American History Month. The text names Katherine Johnson, a mathematician and one of three black women whose roles in the space race were featured in the recent film “Hidden Figures.” […]