2016 U.S. election

WASHINGTON  | Trump and Putin raise possibilities of another meeting

WASHINGTON  — Rarely has an RSVP been so complicated. President Donald Trump is open to visiting Moscow — if he gets a formal invitation from Vladimir Putin, the White House said. Russian President Putin said he’s game for a trip to Washington — but his answer came only after Trump retracted his invitation for a … Continue reading WASHINGTON  | Trump and Putin raise possibilities of another meeting

WASHINGTON  | AP FACT CHECK: Trump off base on Russia, vets, queen

WASHINGTON  — It was a week of bewilderment over what President Donald Trump really thinks about Russian interference in the U.S. election and what he and Russia’s Vladimir Putin told each other in their private meeting. The confusion was fed by Trump’s vacillating statements about the summit. On other fronts, Trump inaccurately claimed Queen Elizabeth … Continue reading WASHINGTON  | AP FACT CHECK: Trump off base on Russia, vets, queen

ASPEN, Colo. | US intelligence chief is tough on Russia, at odds with Trump

ASPEN, Colo.  — National Intelligence Director Dan Coats’ drumbeat of criticism against Russia is clashing loudly with President Donald Trump’s pro-Kremlin remarks, leaving the soft-spoken spy chief in an uncomfortable — and perhaps perilous — seat in the administration. Trump’s remarks after Wednesday’s Cabinet meeting, where he appeared to deny the longtime U.S. foe was … Continue reading ASPEN, Colo. | US intelligence chief is tough on Russia, at odds with Trump

WASHINGTON  | Trump backs off siding with Russia over US intelligence

WASHINGTON  —Blistered by bipartisan condemnation of his embrace of a longtime U.S. enemy, President Donald Trump backed away from his public undermining of American intelligence agencies, saying he simply misspoke when he said he saw no reason to believe Russia had interfered in the 2016 U.S. election. Rebuked as never before by his own party, … Continue reading WASHINGTON  | Trump backs off siding with Russia over US intelligence

HELSINKI  | Trump returns from summit with Putin to forceful criticism

HELSINKI  — In an extraordinary embrace of a longtime U.S. enemy, President Donald Trump openly questioned his own intelligence agencies’ firm finding that Russia meddled in the 2016 U.S. election to his benefit, seeming to accept Russian President Vladimir Putin’s insistence that Moscow’s hands were clean. The reaction back home was immediate and visceral, among … Continue reading HELSINKI  | Trump returns from summit with Putin to forceful criticism

WASHINGTON  | Russia hack of Democrat followed Trump speech

WASHINGTON  — Was it just a coincidence? In a July 27, 2016, speech, then-candidate Donald Trump called on Russian hackers to find emails from his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, in the U.S. presidential campaign. “Russia, if you’re listening,” Trump said, “I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing.” Hours later, the … Continue reading WASHINGTON  | Russia hack of Democrat followed Trump speech

White House issues threat over leaked Trump briefing papers

WASHINGTON/March 21, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — The tempest over President Donald Trump’s congratulatory phone call to Vladimir Putin quickly grew into an uproar over White House leaks, sparking an internal investigation and speculation over who might be the next person Trump forces out of the West Wing. The White House, which has suffered frequent leaks — … Continue reading White House issues threat over leaked Trump briefing papers