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Trump plans to offer Canada, Mexico 30-day tariff exemption: official


WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump plans to offer Canada and Mexico a 30-day exemption from planned tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, which could be extended based on progress in NAFTA talks, a White House official said on Wednesday night.The move, first reported by the Washington Post, followed comments earlier in the day by a White House spokeswoman that the impending tariffs could exclude Canada, Mexico and a clutch of other countries "based on national security." [Source]

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - White House lawyer Ty Cobb said on Sunday that President Donald Trump was not considering or discussing firing Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

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The Trump administration seems more interested in appeasing student loan companies than helping those who are in debt.

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Ignoring the advice of aides over how to deal with the special counsel was the decision of a president who ultimately trusts only his own instincts.


Trump to unveil opioid plan seeking death penalty for drug dealers: White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump will unveil a plan on Monday to combat the opioid addiction crisis that includes seeking the death penalty for drug dealers and urging Congress to toughen sentencing laws for drug traffickers, White House officials said on Sunday.


Forty-five U.S. trade groups urge Trump to avoid tariffs against China

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Forty-five U.S. trade associations representing some of the largest companies in the country are urging President Donald Trump not to impose tariffs on China, warning it would be "particularly harmful" to the U.S. economy and consumers.

Facebook under fire over how data got into hands of a firm with Trump ties

Politicians on both sides of the Atlantic want answers after Facebook's latest controversy involving the 2016 election.


White House officials made to sign non-disclosure agreements: Washington Post

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump ordered senior staff after they joined the White House to sign non-disclosure agreements following several leaks in the early months of his administration, the Washington Post reported on Sunday.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Several U.S. Republican lawmakers expressed concern over privacy violations on Sunday after media reports that a political consultancy that worked on President Donald Trump's campaign gained inappropriate access to 50 million Facebook users' data.

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U.S. tariffs, China trade tensions overshadow G20 finance meeting

Buenos Aires (Reuters) - Worries about the potential for a U.S.-China trade war and frustration over U.S. President Donald Trump's steel and aluminum tariffs threatened to dominate a gathering of finance leaders this week amid strengthening growth.

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Key Republicans on Sunday warned President Donald Trump not to interfere with special counsel Robert Mueller.


Mexico leftist says he would try to halt energy auctions if president-elect

MEXICO CITY, March 18 (Reuters) - Mexico's leftist presidential front-runner said on Sunday that if he wins the July election, he will ask President Enrique Pena Nieto to stop at least two energy auctions scheduled to take place before the new president takes office.

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While President Trump had largely sought to avoid alienating the special counsel in recent months, he has shifted his tone in the past two days.

Gowdy to Trump lawyer: If your client is innocent, act like it

Outgoing Rep. Trey Gowdy on Sunday bristled at President Donald Trump's attorney John Dowd calling for the Justice Department to end the special counsel probe.


Republicans to Trump: Let Mueller do his job

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican senators warned President Donald Trump on Sunday not to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller, and said the president must let federal investigators looking into Russian meddling in the U.S. election do their jobs.


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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions' testimony that he opposed a proposal for President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign team to meet with Russians has been contradicted by three people who told Reuters they have spoken about the matter to investigators with Special Counsel Robert Mueller or congressional committees.

Bernstein: Trump determined to stop Mueller

CNN's Carl Bernstein says that people close to President Trump are saying that he is determined to shut down Robert Mueller's investigation.

Sen. Paul vows to filibuster Trump nominees

Republican Sen. Rand Paul said on CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday that he would take all necessary steps to oppose President Donald Trump's nominees for secretary of state and CIA director.

GOP senator says if Trump fires the special prosecutor, it will be 'the beginning of the end of his presidency'

Sen. Lindsey Graham gave a stern warning Sunday to President Donald Trump against firing special counsel Robert Mueller.


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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senior U.S. Democratic Senator Dick Durbin said on Sunday that lawmakers would find a way to pass a budget in time for a Friday deadline to fund government agencies despite disagreement over immigration issues.


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Trump's opioid plan may include death for drug dealers

President Donald Trump will roll out new plans to tackle the country's opioid epidemic on Monday in New Hampshire, a senior administration official tells CNN. The plan will likely include stiffer penalties for high intensity drug traffickers, including the possibility of the death penalty.


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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican U.S. Senator Bob Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said he expects President Donald Trump to pull out of the Iran nuclear agreement in May.


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Facebook suspends firm with Trump ties

Facebook has announced it is suspending Cambridge Analytica, a data firm with ties to President Donald Trump's campaign, over concerns about violations of the social media site's policies.

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The lawyer, John Dowd, said he was speaking on behalf of President Trump, only to backtrack shortly afterward and say he was speaking only for himself.

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Cambridge Analytica harvested personal information from a huge swath of the electorate to develop techniques that were later used in the Trump campaign.

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Trump celebrates McCabe firing on Twitter

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe late Friday, less than two days shy of his retirement, ending the career of an official who rose to serve as second-in-command at the bureau.


Former FBI No.2 McCabe fired; claims he is being targeted

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired the FBI's former No.2 official Andrew McCabe Friday, prompting McCabe to say he is being targeted because he is a crucial witness into whether President Donald Trump tried to obstruct the Russia investigation.


Facebook suspends data analytics firm that worked for Trump campaign

(Reuters) - Facebook Inc on Friday said it was suspending political data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica, which worked for President Donald Trump’s 2016 election campaign, after finding data privacy policies had been violated.

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Lack of candor is a fireable offense at the F.B.I., but Mr. McCabe’s last-minute dismissal from the agency was carried out against a highly politicized backdrop.

Trump attorney joins Stormy Daniels lawsuit

Attorneys defending President Donald Trump and the company of his personal legal counsel, Michael Cohen, have filed to move the lawsuit against their clients by porn star Stormy Daniels to federal court and are claiming she could owe as much as $20 million for violating a nondisclosure agreement.

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Before the president’s trip to Lima, the administration should take a close look at why U.S. credibility in Latin America is at historic lows.


Product exclusions from U.S. metals tariffs may take 90 days: document

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Steel and aluminum users that depend on imported products not available from U.S. producers may have to wait up to 90 days for an exclusion from the Trump administration's new metals tariffs, according to a Commerce Department document.


Trump lawyer seeks $20 million damages from Stormy Daniels: filing

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A law firm representing U.S. President Donald Trump and the corporation that paid porn actress Stormy Daniels $130,000 in what she called hush money over an alleged affair with Trump said in a court filing that it was seeking at least $20 million in damages for multiple violations of a nondisclosure agreement.


Trump signs U.S.-Taiwan travel bill, angering China

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday signed legislation that encourages the United States to send senior officials to Taiwan to meet Taiwanese counterparts and vice versa, angering China, which views the self-ruled island as a wayward province.

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Trump settles in as reality TV producer in chief: 'I like conflict'

Midway through the first year of his presidency, Donald Trump had an idea. Wouldn't it be fun, he told an associate, to revive his hit NBC reality show "The Apprentice" inside the White House, using his own staffers as the contestants and the West Wing as his board room? The idea, conveyed to CNN by two people familiar with the conversation, was quickly squelched by aides.

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The C.I.A.’s emergence as the primary player speaks to the influence of Mike Pompeo, the agency’s director, who has been nominated to replace Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson.


Product exclusions from U.S. tariffs may take 90 days: document

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Steel and aluminum users that depend on imported products not available from U.S. producers may have to wait up to 90 days for an exclusion from the Trump administration's new metals tariffs, according to a Commerce Department document.


Next to exit Trump White House? Odds favor McMaster, online bookie says

(Reuters) - U.S. National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster is most likely the next official to leave the Trump administration, following a string of firings and resignations, according to an online betting website said which put the odds against him staying at 3/2.


Trump signs U.S.-Taiwan travel bill; China 'strongly dissatisfied'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Friday signed legislation that encourages the United States to send senior officials to Taiwan to meet Taiwanese counterparts and vice versa, angering China, which views Taiwan as a wayward province.


Canada Struggles as It Opens Its Arms to Victims of ISIS

A special refugee program mostly for Yazidis, a tiny religious minority, is testing Canada’s celebrated resettlement system.


Mexican election front-runner offers referendums, could end term early

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican presidential front-runner Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Friday he will hold a referendum on his performance every two years if he wins election in July, and would cut his six-year term short if he loses the consultation.


Canada's De Grasse pulls out of Commonwealth Games

(Reuters) - Canadian triple Olympic sprint medalist Andre De Grasse has withdrawn from next month's Commonwealth Games to concentrate on his fitness for the outdoor season, he said on Friday.


Trump's back-to-back visitors unlikely to solve Gulf dispute

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Saudi, Emirati and Qatari leaders will beat a path to U.S. President Donald Trump's door in the next few weeks for back-to-back visits that are unlikely to solve a long-running dispute among America's Gulf allies.

Stormy Daniels' lawyer says some alleged incidents took place during Trump presidency

The lawyer representing the adult film star Stormy Daniels alleges that some of the accusations she's making against President Donald Trump occurred while Trump was in office.


Trump signs U.S.-Taiwan travel bill that China has opposed

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Friday signed legislation that would allow U.S. officials to travel to Taiwan to meet their Taiwanese counterparts, a move certain to anger China, which views Taiwan as a wayward province.

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The choice of Larry Kudlow as chief economic adviser, a position with real influence over Americans, crosses a threshold in an administration that has already blurred the line between it and the media.


Corn-state senators seek Trump meeting as U.S. biofuel changes loom

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The administration has been far tougher on Russia than the president himself, whose pattern of diversion has steadily increased since he took office.


Icahn unveils 6.9 percent stake in Newell, could seek board seat

(Reuters) - Activist investor Carl Icahn on Friday disclosed a 6.86 percent stake in Sharpie pens maker Newell Brands Inc , and said he could seek a board seat at the company, which is already battling another top shareholder over board representation.

Source: Trump enjoying staff speculation

President Donald Trump fuels speculation of more White House turnover as he aims to get closer to having the cabinet that he wants. CNN's Jeff Zeleny reports.


Exclusive: European powers propose new Iran sanctions to meet Trump ultimatum

BRUSSELS/PARIS (Reuters) - Britain, France and Germany have proposed fresh EU sanctions on Iran over its ballistic missiles and its role in Syria's war, according to a confidential document, in a bid to persuade Washington to preserve the 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran.


White House seeks to allay staff concerns about personnel changes

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - White House Chief of Staff John Kelly assured aides to President Donald Trump on Friday that no immediate personnel changes were in the works, as he sought to tamp down a wave of uncertainty generated by persistent indications Trump wants more turnover.


Caterpillar's latest restructuring move could cut 880 jobs

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Caterpillar Inc will close two facilities in Texas and Panama and is also considering shutting its engine manufacturing plant in Illinois as part of a strategy to boost profitability and better handle business cycles, but the move could cut 880 jobs.

United States Politics and Government

Despite Speculation, Trump’s Cabinet Remains Intact

Two embattled cabinet secretaries — Ben Carson and David Shulkin — remained in their jobs Friday. The absence of any formal announcements suggested an effort to tamp down the anxiety in the West Wing.

Panelists erupt over Trump-Stormy Daniels saga

Trump Advisory Board member Paris Dennard and Republican strategist Rick Wilson clash while discussing Stormy Daniels and President Trump.

Analysis: Trump's staffing upheavals come in spurts

Things seem to happen in spurts. Reince Priebus resigned on July 28, but the cards really started to fall a week and a half earlier.


London court rules UK spy behind Trump dossier must give evidence in U.S. libel trial

LONDON (Reuters) - Former British spy Christopher Steele, who compiled a "dossier" of allegations linking U.S. President Donald Trump to Russia, must give a deposition in a U.S. libel case, lawyers for the Russian businessman involved said on Friday.


Review: At Washington Ballet, 3 Affable, Immature Premieres

Marcelo Gomes returns to American ballet, but as a choreographer and with unconvincing results. Gemma Bond proved the most capable of dance poetry.

United States Politics and Government

Op-Ed Contributor: Trump Was Elected to Govern Without These People

The duty of the president’s team is not to second guess him or the outcome of the last election.

Trump is creating a dangerous echo chamber

Just as Trump urged, Tarkanian drops Senate challenge to run for House seat

Danny Tarkanian is dropping his bid to unseat Nevada Sen. Dean Heller in the Republican primary and running for a House seat instead.


EU starts retaliation process against U.S. tariffs

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Commission called for industry views on Friday on a list of U.S. products it will subject to import tariffs, the first step towards measures to counter planned U.S. taxes on European steel and aluminum.

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Ireland’s leader, Leo Varadkar, the gay son of a Hindu father of Indian descent, tries to nudge the United States back to the moral high ground.


UPDATE 1-SunPower, facing tariffs, mulls expanding U.S. manufacturing

March 16 (Reuters) - SunPower Corp said on Friday it was strongly considering expanding its solar panel manufacturing in the United States as it grapples with the Trump administration's tariffs on solar imports.


Caterpillar to close facilities, could cut 880 jobs

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Caterpillar Inc will close two facilities and is contemplating the closure of its engine manufacturing plant in Illinois, which together could potentially result in about 880 job losses, a company spokeswoman told Reuters on Friday.

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Louise Slaughter, longtime progressive New York congresswoman, dies at 88

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic U.S. Representative Louise Slaughter, a Kentucky blacksmith's daughter who became a leading progressive voice in Congress from New York, died early on Friday, her chief of staff said. She was 88.


Porn actress Stormy Daniels physically threatened over Trump: lawyer

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The adult film actress known as Stormy Daniels was physically threatened and warned to remain silent about her relationship with President Donald Trump, her lawyer told MSNBC and CNN on Friday.


Argentina prepares 4G spectrum auction that could raise $800 million: source

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Argentina is preparing to auction 90 megahertz of 4G spectrum to mobile telephone and internet companies in a process that has already attracted interest from Telecom Argentina SA, Telefonica SA and Claro, a government source told Reuters.


Trump asked South Korea officials to show flexibility in trade talks: Seoul

SEOUL (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump asked South Korean officials to show flexibility in trade negotiations with the United States in a phone call with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, the Blue House said in a statement on Friday.

The President's personal lawyer and the White House deny allegations of an affair between Daniels and Trump

The lawyer representing Stormy Daniels, the porn star suing President Donald Trump, claimed Friday that she has faced physical threats.

Analysis: Trump's very public embarrassment of H.R. McMaster

President Donald Trump has apparently grown sick of H.R. McMaster and is preparing to jettison his national security adviser in the not-too-distant future. That news was first broken by The Washington Post on Thursday night but subsequently confirmed by CNN. It appears to now be a matter of when, not if, McMaster will leave.


CANADA STOCKS-TSX opens higher as bank, energy shares rise

March 16 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index opened higher on Friday, boosted by the heavyweight financial and energy sectors as shares of oil companies were lifted by the higher price of crude.


Trump's tariffs head for a legal minefield

GENEVA (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's announcement last week of a 25 percent tariff on U.S. imports of steel and 10 percent on aluminum caused a global outcry.


Deadly listeria could herald tighter food safety rules in South Africa

LONDON, March 16 (Reuters) - A huge and deadly outbreak of listeria in South Africa could alter the country's approach to food-borne disease and prompt improvements in food safety standards, a leading health official said on Friday.


Fight over U.S. spending bill rekindles immigration debate

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - As another U.S. government funding deadline looms, a huge spending bill is ground zero in the latest battle between Republicans and Democrats in Congress over President Donald Trump’s push to toughen immigration policy.


In Chicago, a Democratic incumbent is targeted by the left

CHICAGO (Reuters) - U.S. Congressman Dan Lipinski is campaigning for re-election in Illinois with a bullseye on his back, targeted not by Republicans but a coalition of progressive activists in his own Democratic Party on a mission to steer it further to the left.


ASEAN, Australia reject protectionism amid fears of Trump trade war

SYDNEY (Reuters) - The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Australia reject protectionism, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and his Singapore counterpart said on Friday, amid fears about a possible trade war sparked by U.S. plans to raise tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.


White House says no decision on whether to sign U.S.-Taiwan travel bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump has not decided whether he will sign legislation that would allow U.S. officials to travel to Taiwan to meet their Taiwanese counterparts, the White House said on Thursday, as China repeated its opposition.

The latest bombshell: Mueller has subpoenaed Trump Organization records, including some about Russia

If President Vladimir Putin's aim was to become the most incendiary, corrosive influence on American politics, he succeeded spectacularly.


Trump has decided to remove his national security adviser: Washington Post

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump has decided to replace his national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, but the move is not expected to be made immediately, the Washington Post reported on Thursday.

Dating and Relationships

Modern Love: She Was My World, but We Couldn’t Marry

A young lawyer sidelined by a mystery ailment wishes he could plan a full and lasting life with the woman he loves.

Anderson Cooper: Hard to fact-check Trump's fairy tale

CNN's Anderson Cooper looks at President Trump's claims of a US trade deficit with Canada, despite a recent economic report with Trump's signature on it that says the opposite.

Opinion: Why is Trump like a pussycat when it comes to calling out Putin?

Things move fast in President Trump's Washington. You can hardly keep up with the news. Unless, that is, you are waiting for Trump to condemn Russian President Vladimir Putin and his government. Then it requires a great deal of patience. And the world has taken notice.

The push for a replacement comes after months of tension between Trump and his national security adviser, sources say

Dana Bash: McMaster's briefing style grated on Trump

CNN's Dana Bash discusses President Donald Trump's decision to remove his national security adviser H.R. McMaster, according to multiple sources familiar with the matter.


Donald Trump Jr.'s wife files for divorce in New York

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - The wife of Donald Trump Jr., the eldest son of U.S. President Donald Trump, has filed for divorce in New York, according to court records.

Mueller probe could go into summer, NYT reporter says

New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman tells CNN's Anderson Cooper that Robert Mueller's investigation could last into the summer.

Trump looks to cable news for new hires

Multiple media personalities have close ties to President Trump's administration. CNN's Randi Kaye reports.

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In Larry Kudlow, Trump Finds His Economic Evangelist

The new National Economic Council director could help the president sell his agenda, but critics say he could be blinded to bad economic news.

Divorce, Separations and Annulments

Vanessa Trump, Donald Trump Jr.’s Wife, Files for Divorce

The president’s daughter-in-law filed for an uncontested divorce in Manhattan Supreme Court on Thursday.

Donald Trump Jr. and Vanessa Trump are separating

Donald Trump Jr. and his wife Vanessa Trump are separating, they announced in a joint statement Thursday.


Chamber of Commerce warns Trump against China tariffs

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of the most influential U.S. business lobbying group warned the Trump administration on Thursday that unilateral tariffs on Chinese goods could lead to a destructive trade war that will hurt American consumers and U.S. economic growth.

Trump uses 'bowling ball test' to make odd point

President Donald Trump accused Japan of using a "bowling ball test" to cheat US auto companies out of selling cars to Japanese consumers. CNN's Jeanne Moos looks at how social media reacted.


Mexico's No. 2 presidential candidate calls Trump policies 'crazy'

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - The Mexican presidential candidate running in second place said on Wednesday U.S. President Donald Trump's economic policies were a "crazy" bid to turn back the clock on advancing technologies that will eliminate manufacturing jobs.

United States Politics and Government

Trump Readies Sweeping Tariffs and Investment Restrictions on China

Before the dust has settled on a plan to introduce sweeping tariffs on foreign metals, the White House is readying another major trade action.

White House: Trump was joking about Japanese bowling ball test

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said President Trump was joking when he said Wednesday that Japan uses bowling balls to test the safety of imported cars.

Former US North Korea envoy calls Trump's acceptance of Kim meeting 'a great outcome'

The man who spearheaded US diplomatic efforts on North Korea until his surprise retirement earlier this month said he welcomes plans for a meeting between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, which is expected to take place in May.


In a first, U.S. blames Russia for cyber attacks on energy grid

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration on Thursday blamed the Russian government for a campaign of cyber attacks stretching back at least two years that targeted the U.S. power grid, marking the first time the United States has publicly accused Moscow of hacking into American energy infrastructure.


U.S. sanctions Russians for meddling, but not Putin's oligarchs

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States slapped sanctions on Russian individuals and entities for U.S. election meddling and cyber attacks but put off targeting oligarchs and government officials close to President Vladimir Putin, prompting lawmakers in both parties to say President Donald Trump needs to do much more.


Tillerson to talk soon with successor nominee Pompeo: State Department

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Fired U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson plans to speak soon with CIA Director Mike Pompeo, who has been nominated to succeed him, the State Department said on Thursday.

How Trudeau copes with Trump lies

In one bizarre, unguarded moment at a private fundraiser in Missouri, Donald Trump showed why months of trade negotiations between Canada, Mexico and the United States have been fitful, frustrating, and fruitless.

Trump pick for UN migration job shared tweets warning of creeping Sharia

The Trump administration's pick to head the United Nations organization that coordinates assistance to migrants worldwide regularly pushed anti-Muslim sentiment, including claims that Muslims were trying to impose Sharia law in the US.


Mueller subpoenas Trump business for Russia, other documents: NYT

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller has subpoenaed the Trump Organization for documents, including some related to Russia, the New York Times reported on Thursday, citing two people briefed on the matter.

Mueller subpoenas Trump Organization records

Special counsel Robert Mueller has subpoenaed the Trump Organization for business documents, a source familiar with the matter told CNN on Thursday.

Interest payments on US debt could top $1 trillion under current policies

Analysis: Did Mueller just cross Trump's red line?

Special counsel Robert Mueller has subpoenaed the Trump Organization for business documents -- some of which are related to Russia, according to The New York Times -- a move that represents the latest evidence that the probe seems to have widened to include far more than simply Russia's attempts to meddle in the 2016 presidential election.


Democrats accuse Republicans of stalling on Trump administration records

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrats on a congressional oversight panel accused Republicans on Thursday of failing to insist that U.S. President Donald Trump's administration comply with requests for records in an investigation of security clearance practices, use of private jets and private email accounts.

United States Politics and Government

White House Memo: ‘There Will Always Be Change,’ Trump Says as More Personnel Shake-Ups Loom

The president, who is famously fickle, appears to have soured on additional members of his senior leadership team, and some people around him are convinced he could make more moves soon.

Analysis: There's a lot of smoke around Trump on the Stormy Daniels story

The legal and political storm around Stormy Daniels -- and her allegations that she had an extramarital affair with President Donald Trump in the mid-2000s -- just keeps growing.

United States Politics and Government

Op-Ed Contributors: Is Trump Giving Authoritarianism a Bad Name?

Support for a “strong” leader has dropped in America — but retains a foothold in the G.O.P.

Trump, Donald J

Trump Says He Made Up Deficit Claim in Talk with Trudeau, Baffling Canadians

The president boasted that he was just improvising when he insisted to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that the U.S. had a trade deficit with Canada.

United States Politics and Government

Mueller Subpoenas Trump Organization, Demanding Documents About Russia

The court order is the first known time the special counsel has ordered that documents directly related to the president’s businesses be turned over.


Senators propose bill to bar airlines from endangering animals

(Reuters) - Two. U.S. senators on Thursday unveiled legislation to explicitly bar airlines from putting animals in danger by placing them in overhead baggage compartments, after the recent death of a puppy on board a passenger aircraft.


House will not pass current Senate bill easing bank rules: Hensarling

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives will not approve a bill easing bank rules passed by the Senate without additional provisions that would further relax regulations introduced after the 2007-2009 financial crisis, a leading lawmaker said on Thursday.


Weathering Trump's skepticism, US officials still fighting global warming

WASHINGTON/OSLO (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump has bashed international efforts to combat climate change and questioned the scientific consensus that global warming is dangerous and driven by human consumption of fossil fuels.

Analysis: Trump's fib to Trudeau is totally predictable -- and scary

In a speech at a Republican fundraiser on Wednesday, President Trump revealed that he made some stuff up when talking with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Andrew McCabe is set to retire Sunday, but could lose his job -- and pension -- if a recommendation is followed

Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is currently at the Justice Department meeting with the deputy attorney general's office making his case why he should not be fired days before his 50th birthday and lose his pension, a source familiar with the meeting said.

International Trade and World Market

After Admitting Uncertainty Over Trade Figure, Trump Repeats False Claim About Canada

The U.S. had a trade surplus with Canada of $12.5 billion in 2016. But during a fund-raiser in Missouri on Wednesday evening, the president recounted ignoring that reality in a meeting with the Canadian prime minister.


Asylum seekers sue U.S. government over prolonged detention

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A group of migrants seeking asylum in the United States sued the Trump administration on Thursday, claiming the government is unfairly keeping them in custody while they pursue their cases in immigration court.


U.S. blames Russia for cyber attacks on energy grid

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration on Thursday blamed the Russian government for a campaign of cyber attacks stretching back two years that targeted the U.S. power grid including nuclear facilities.


U.S. hits Russians with sanctions for election meddling, cyber attacks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Thursday took its most notable action against Russia since Donald Trump became president, slapping sanctions on a group of Russian individuals and entities, including Moscow's intelligence services, for meddling in the 2016 U.S. election and malicious cyber attacks.

Midterm Elections (2018)

Op-Ed Contributors: Democrats, Put District Over Party, Pelosi and Washington

The winning formula for 2018 is a relentless local focus, say two prominent observers.


Key senator wants documents on Trump CIA nominee's 'black site' record

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The lawmaker behind a landmark congressional torture report on Thursday demanded the release of classified documents on past CIA interrogations before the U.S. Senate considers President Donald Trump's nomination of Gina Haspel to lead the spy agency.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates

Trump Administration Sanctions Russians for Election Meddling and Cyberattacks

The actions came at the same time the Trump administration joined a collective statement with Britain, France and Germany denouncing Russia for its apparent role in a nerve-gas attack.

Trump: 'It certainly looks like' Russia was behind UK spy attack

President Donald Trump, during a meeting Thursday in the Oval Office with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, told reporters that "it certainly looks like" Russia was behind the nerve agent attack in the United Kingdom.

Barron Trump's school doesn't want armed teachers

The school attended by President Donald Trump's youngest son joined an open letter demanding the President pass gun legislation to protect students.

International Trade and World Market

Op-Ed Columnist: Paul Krugman Explains Trade and Tariffs

Pennsylvania, China, steel and illusions. Here are his answers to some of your questions.

Bill Gates to meet with Trump

Porn star's mom: I would vote for Trump every time

The mother of Stormy Daniels, a porn star in the center of a controversy roiling President Donald Trump's second year in office, said she is a staunch supporter of the President.

See Trump react to cabinet rumors

Donald Trump speaks amid cabinet chaos and rumors of more firings within his administration.

Trump dodges question about Russia sanctions

Donald Trump speaks from the Oval Office after announcing sanctions against Russia over election meddling.


Alexion's second rare blood disorder drug could fortify future revenue

(Reuters) - Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc said its experimental drug to treat a rare blood disorder showed in an eagerly awaited study that it was not inferior to its flagship drug, Soliris, paving the way for the company to establish a dominant position in the market as competition looms.

No, Mr. President. The US doesn't have a trade deficit with Canada


Trump administration seeks swift action on Alaska oil leases

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) - The Trump administration is seeking to sell leases in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as quickly as possible – drawing fire from opponents of drilling in the sensitive area, who are warning against a rushed process.


U.S. lawmakers: Trump administration risks losing the information war

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Influential Republican U.S. lawmakers joined Democrats to urge President Donald Trump on Thursday to take action - including spending millions of dollars allocated by Congress and staffing a key "information warfare" unit - to stop Russian efforts to undermine American national security in cyberspace.


Mexico, Canada should be set to continue with NAFTA without U.S.: minister

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Mexico and Canada should be ready to continue with a version of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) without the United States, the Mexican economy minister said on Thursday.

Trump says he made up facts in meeting with Trudeau

President Donald Trump boasted at a private fundraiser Wednesday of making up trade claims during a meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau before knowing whether they were true, according to The Washington Post.


CANADA STOCKS-TSX opens higher amid rise in oil price

TORONTO, March 15 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index opened higher, lifted by gains in global stocks and oil prices.

GOP's top Senate brass warn of Trump's Cabinet reshuffle

President Donald Trump's appetite for an ambitious shake-up of his Cabinet and other key advisers is already facing headwinds from inside his own administration and some Republicans on Capitol Hill.

Trump hints at withdrawing US troops from South Korea over trade

President Donald Trump on Wednesday appeared to threaten to withdraw US troops from South Korea if he can't get a better trade deal with Seoul,


Trump touts new White House economic adviser Kudlow

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday named conservative commentator Larry Kudlow as his choice to lead the National Economic Council, one day after the CNBC contributor made the announcement on-air.

Freedom of the Press

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: One Thing Donald Trump Would Like Is Freedom From the Press

The president dreams of living in a world with “Fox & Friends” and almost no one else.

United States Politics and Government

Trump’s Vow on Welfare Faces an Uncertain Future

Disagreement among Republicans as well as the president’s ambivalence have helped thwart a favorite conservative proposal.

Daniels' lawyer says other women are considering legal cases against Trump

The lawyer representing Stormy Daniels says that, on the heels of her lawsuit against Donald Trump, several other women are now exploring the possibility of legal action against the President.


Balancing act: Chip giant Qualcomm caught between Washington and Beijing

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - U.S. chipmaker Qualcomm Inc , blocked this week from a takeover bid amid national security fears, was already walking a Pacific tightrope: it has government and defense contracts in America, but two-thirds of its revenue comes from China.


Weathering Trump's skepticism, U.S. officials still fighting global warming

WASHINGTON/OSLO (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump has bashed international efforts to combat climate change and questioned the scientific consensus that global warming is dangerous and driven by human consumption of fossil fuels.


Senators to grill Trump's pick for NSA chief on Russia, privacy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. senators will grill President Donald Trump's pick to lead the National Security Agency on the government's surveillance reach and a range of cyber security issues on Thursday, when he faces his second confirmation hearing to lead the electronic spy agency.


INSIGHT-Weathering Trump's skepticism, US officials still fighting global warming

WASHINGTON/OSLO, March 15 (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump has bashed international efforts to combat climate change and questioned the scientific consensus that global warming is dangerous and driven by human consumption of fossil fuels.


U.S. solar forecast ratcheted down as tariffs weigh

(Reuters) - U.S. solar energy installations will grow slower than previously expected in the coming years due to the Trump administration's tariffs on panel imports and new federal tax laws that will restrict investment in the clean energy source, according to a report published on Thursday.


Former Trump campaign manager Manafort files to dismiss charges

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort on Wednesday filed a motion in federal court seeking to dismiss charges against him, saying that the special counsel had exceeded his authority by charging Manafort with crimes not related to Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

Don Lemon: Voters sent a strong message to Trump

CNN's Don Lemon says President Trump wants to replace the staffers that he chose with peoples that won't restrain him and "let Trump be Trump."


Senate approves bill rewriting post-crisis bank rules

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate voted 67 to 31 on Wednesday to ease bank rules, bringing Congress a step closer to passing the first rewrite of the Dodd-Frank reform law enacted after the 2007-2009 global financial crisis.

Trump voter: I stopped believing 6 months ago

The nationally watched congressional battle in Pennsylvania was viewed as a referendum on President Trump. CNN's Gary Tuchman went searching for some voters in that race.

Stormy Daniels crowdfunding her legal fees in suit against Trump

The porn star suing President Donald Trump is using a crowdfunding effort to cover her legal fees and other related expenses.

Trump would call Daniels 'all the time' during affair, her friend says

Keith Munyan, a close personal friend of Stormy Daniels, confirmed to CNN he listened in on several private phone conversations between the porn actress and the man who would become president.

New documents raise questions about Michael Cohen's claim that neither the Trump Organization nor campaign 'was a party to the transaction'

New documents obtained by CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360" on Wednesday suggest a deeper link than previously known between the Trump Organization and the company that Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, established in 2016 to pay off porn star Stormy Daniels in exchange for silence about her alleged affair with Trump.

Lawyer says Trump Organization wanted a muzzle on Daniels

The attorney representing porn star Stormy Daniels, Michael Avenatti, says it's clear the Trump Organization is linked to the arbitration agreement with his client and wanted to put a "muzzle" on her.

Opinion: Trump's Saccone spin won't work

The White House and Republican leaders are struggling to paper over the failure of their candidate for the special election in Pennsylvania's 18th congressional district, painting the strong showing of his Democratic challenger as a kind of victory for President Donald Trump's agenda.

Friend: Trump called Daniels all the time

Keith Munyan, a close personal friend of Stormy Daniels, confirmed to CNN he listened in on several private phone conversations between the porn actress and Donald Trump, noting that Trump "would call all the time." CNN's Sara Sidner reports.

United States International Relations

Cabinet Changes Could Delay Planning for Meeting with Kim Jong-un

Mike Pompeo, the new secretary of state, won’t be able to contact South Koreans, let alone North Koreans, until the Senate approves his nomination.