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WASHINGTON | Trump argues he ‘never directed’ longtime fixer to break law

WASHINGTON— President Donald Trump is contending he “never directed” longtime lawyer Michael Cohen to break the law. Trump’s tweet Thursday comes a day after Cohen was sentenced to prison for crimes including arranging hush money payments to conceal Trump’s alleged affairs. Cohen and federal prosecutors have said the payments were made at Trump’s direction to … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump argues he ‘never directed’ longtime fixer to break law

WASHINGTON | Trump, Democrats dig in for fight over border-wall funding

WASHINGTON— Congressional leaders on Wednesday were digging in for a fight over government funding, a day after a combative White House meeting with President Donald Trump that seemed to raise the likelihood of a partial government shutdown. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said Trump was holding parts of the government “hostage to a petty campaign … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump, Democrats dig in for fight over border-wall funding

WASHINGTON | Trump cites France attack as reason for US-Mexico wall

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is citing a shooting attack in France as he calls on Democratic congressional leaders to support funding for a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border. Trump tweeted Wednesday: “Another very bad terror attack in France. We are going to strengthen our borders even more. Chuck and Nancy must give us the … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump cites France attack as reason for US-Mexico wall

WASHINGTON  | Trump looking at several candidates for chief of staff

WASHINGTON  — President Donald Trump is weighing at least four people to serve as his next chief of staff, after plans for an orderly succession for departing John Kelly fell through. The high-profile hiring search comes at a pivotal time as the president looks to prepare his White House for the twin challenges of securing … Continue reading WASHINGTON  | Trump looking at several candidates for chief of staff

WASHINGTON | Trump names State spokeswoman Nauert for UN ambassador

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump announced Friday he’s nominating State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert to be the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. “Heather Nauert will be nominated,” Trump said Friday before departing the White House on Marine One for an event in Kansas City. “She’s very talented, very smart, very quick, and I … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump names State spokeswoman Nauert for UN ambassador

WASHINGTON | Trump political aides shifting over to re-election campaign

WASHINGTON — White House political director Bill Stepien and deputy Justin Clark are leaving the administration to work on President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign. Their plans were confirmed by two people with knowledge of the advisers’ thinking who weren’t authorized to speak publicly before an official announcement. Stepien oversaw Trump’s midterm campaign push, which included … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump political aides shifting over to re-election campaign

WASHINGTON | State spokeswoman Trump’s expected choice for UN ambassador

WASHINGTON— President Donald Trump is expected to announce he will nominate State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert to be the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Two administration officials confirmed Trump’s plans Thursday. A Republican congressional aide said the president was expected to announce his decision by tweet on Friday morning. Trump has previously said … Continue reading WASHINGTON | State spokeswoman Trump’s expected choice for UN ambassador

WASHINGTON | Trump expected to pick State spokeswoman for UN ambassador

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is expected to nominate State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert to be the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Two administration officials confirmed Trump’s plans. A Republican congressional aide said the president was expected to announce his decision by tweet on Friday morning. The officials were not authorized to speak … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump expected to pick State spokeswoman for UN ambassador