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WASHINGTON | Trump gains weight, now considered obese; cholesterol down

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has put on some pounds and is now officially considered obese. The White House on Thursday released results of his most recent physical, revealing that his Body Mass Index is now 30.4. That’s based on the fact that he’s now carrying 243 pounds on his 6-foot, 3-inch frame. That’s … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump gains weight, now considered obese; cholesterol down

WASHINGTON | Trump to meet North Korean leader Feb. 27-28 in Vietnam

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he will hold a two-day summit with North Korea leader Kim Jong Un Feb. 27-28 in Vietnam to continue his efforts to persuade Kim to give up his nuclear weapons. Trump has said his outreach to Kim and their first meeting last June in Singapore opened … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump to meet North Korean leader Feb. 27-28 in Vietnam

WASHINGTON | Aide says Trump OK with second shutdown over border spat

WASHINGTON —Jan 27, 2019—  Two days after the record-long shutdown ended, the White House made clear Sunday that President Donald Trump is prepared to shutter the government again without a border money deal from Congress. The president’s standoff with Democrats on Capitol Hill is far from over and the clock is ticking — the spending … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Aide says Trump OK with second shutdown over border spat

WASHINGTON | Timetable of Trump’s pullout from Syria being questioned

WASHINGTON — Amid questions about the pace of his exit from Syria, President Donald Trump complained on Monday that he’s getting “bad press” for his decision to pull American troops out of the country and insisted he was simply making good on his campaign promise against U.S. involvement in “never ending wars.” Trump abruptly announced … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Timetable of Trump’s pullout from Syria being questioned

PHILADELPHIA | Trump set for his first Army-Navy football game as president

PHILADELPHIA — President Donald Trump mixed politics and sports Saturday, announcing the departure of his chief of staff before settling in for Army-Navy football game. The commander in chief flew to Philadelphia for the 119th meeting in the storied rivalry between the service academies, and was to officiate the coin toss at Lincoln Financial Field, … Continue reading PHILADELPHIA | Trump set for his first Army-Navy football game as president

WASHINGTON | Heather Nauert likely to be quizzed on her diplomatic resume

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s pick to be America’s ambassador at the United Nations is likely to face questions about her thin diplomatic resume during an upcoming Senate confirmation hearing that will shine fresh attention on the president’s “America first” approach to foreign policy. If confirmed by the Senate, Heather Nauert, a 48-year-old former Fox … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Heather Nauert likely to be quizzed on her diplomatic resume

WASHINGTON | Bush remembered for enjoying a joke, even aimed at himself

WASHINGTON — Memories of George H.W. Bush’s underappreciated sense of humor drew laughter and brought smiles to the sorrowful mourning of the death of America’s 41st president. Presidential historian Jon Meacham recounted how comedian Dana Carvey once said that the key to doing his iconic impersonation of Bush was to mimic “Mr. Rogers trying to … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Bush remembered for enjoying a joke, even aimed at himself

WASHINGTON | Memories of Bush humor brought smiles to sorrowful farewell

WASHINGTON  — Memories of George H.W. Bush’s underappreciated sense of humor drew laughter and brought smiles to the sorrowful mourning of the death of America’s 41st president. Presidential historian Jon Meacham recounted how comedian Dana Carvey once said that the key to doing his iconic impersonation of Bush was to mimic “Mr. Rogers trying to … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Memories of Bush humor brought smiles to sorrowful farewell

WASHINGTON | White House staffers admonished for posting political tweets

WASHINGTON  — Six former and current White House staffers were reprimanded Friday for posting political tweets, such as the campaign slogan “Make America Great Again” and “MAGA,” on Twitter accounts they use for government business. The U.S. Office of Special Counsel sent warning letters to the six warning them that their tweets violated the Hatch … Continue reading WASHINGTON | White House staffers admonished for posting political tweets

WASHINGTON | First lady calls opioids ‘worst drug crisis’ in US history

WASHINGTON  — First lady Melania Trump is calling the opioid epidemic the “worst drug crisis in American history” and says she is struck by how it has touched the lives of so many people. Mrs. Trump is speaking Wednesday about the crisis at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. She says the stigma of shame must … Continue reading WASHINGTON | First lady calls opioids ‘worst drug crisis’ in US history

WASHINGTON | Trump says CIA has not found Saudi prince culpable in murder

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Thursday disputed that U.S. intelligence officials had concluded that the de facto leader of American ally Saudi Arabia ordered the killing of a U.S.-based journalist critical of the kingdom’s royal family. Citing vehement denials by the crown prince and king that they were involved, Trump said “maybe the world … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump says CIA has not found Saudi prince culpable in murder

WASHINGTON | Trump’s embrace of Saudi Arabia causes GOP rift

WASHINGTON  — President Donald Trump‘s embrace of Saudi Arabia has exposed a foreign policy rift in the Republican Party, as some of his GOP colleagues warn that not punishing the kingdom for its role in killing a U.S.-based columnist will have dangerous consequences. Many Republicans — even Sens. Lindsey Graham and Rand Paul, who share … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump’s embrace of Saudi Arabia causes GOP rift

WASHINGTON | Trump says no new Saudi punishment for Khashoggi murder

WASHINGTON  — President Donald Trump said Tuesday the U.S. will not punish Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at this time nor cut arms sales to Saudi Arabia for the killing of U.S.-based columnist Jamal Khashoggi. Trump called the killing of Khashoggi inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul a “horrible crime” that the U.S. does … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump says no new Saudi punishment for Khashoggi murder

WASHINGTON | Trump pressed for harsher US response to killing of writer

WASHINGTON— President Donald Trump faces increasing pressure to take tougher measures against Saudi Arabia over the killing of writer Jamal Khashoggi. Trump says that Saudi Arabia is a “spectacular ally” and that he’s not convinced that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the kingdom’s de facto leader, was directly responsible for the Oct. 2 slaying of … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump pressed for harsher US response to killing of writer

WASHINGTON | Trump on Khashoggi death tape: ‘No reason for me to hear it’

WASHINGTON— President Donald Trump said there is no reason for him to listen to a recording of the “very violent, very vicious” killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, which has put him in a diplomatic bind: how to admonish Riyadh for the slaying yet maintain strong ties with a close ally. Trump, in an interview … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump on Khashoggi death tape: ‘No reason for me to hear it’

WASHINGTON | Amid Khashoggi questions, Trump won’t listen to death tape

WASHINGTON— President Donald Trump said he would not listen to a recording of the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi even as an upcoming report on the slaying threatens to put him in a diplomatic bind: how to admonish Riyadh for the slaying yet maintain strong ties with a close ally. Trump, in an interview … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Amid Khashoggi questions, Trump won’t listen to death tape

WASHINGTON | Trump says report on Khashoggi death expected in coming days

WASHINGTON  — An upcoming administration report about the circumstances surrounding the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi may put President Donald Trump in a diplomatic bind: how to admonish Riyadh for the slaying yet maintain strong ties with a close ally in the Middle East. “We’ll be having a very full report over the next … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump says report on Khashoggi death expected in coming days

WASHINGTON | Trump says report on Khashoggi death expected in a few days

WASHINGTON  — The death of a Saudi journalist is the subject of an upcoming government report — and is presenting President Donald Trump with a diplomatic dilemma. Trump faces the challenge of admonishing the Saudi government in the death of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi while maintaining strong ties with a Middle East ally. Trump … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump says report on Khashoggi death expected in a few days

WASHINGTON | Trump administration denies reaching conclusion on Khashoggi

WASHINGTON  — The Trump administration denied on Saturday that it had reached a final determination about Jamal Khashoggi, whose murder in the Saudi Consulate in Turkey was ordered by the kingdom’s crown prince, according to a U.S. official has said. After President Donald Trump called his CIA chief and top diplomat from Air Force One … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump administration denies reaching conclusion on Khashoggi

WASHINGTON | Trump expects CIA briefing Saturday on Khashoggi killing

WASHINGTON  — President Donald Trump awaited a briefing Saturday from the CIA on the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi after a U.S. official said American intelligence agencies had concluded that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the killing. The Saudi government has denied that claim. “We haven’t been briefed yet. The CIA is going … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump expects CIA briefing Saturday on Khashoggi killing

WASHINGTON | Bolton says tape doesn’t link Saudi prince to critic’s death

WASHINGTON— President Donald Trump’s national security adviser said Tuesday that people who have listened to an audio recording of the killing of a Saudi journalist do not think it implicates Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in his death. “That is not the conclusion that the people who have heard it have come to,” John … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Bolton says tape doesn’t link Saudi prince to critic’s death

WASHINGTON | Michelle Obama rips Trump in new book

WASHINGTON  — Former first lady Michelle Obama blasts President Donald Trump in her new book, recalling how she reacted in shock the night she learned he would replace her husband in the Oval Office and tried to “block it all out.” In her memoir “Becoming,” set to come out Tuesday, Michelle Obama denounces the president … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Michelle Obama rips Trump in new book

WASHINGTON | Trump cuts red tape for launching offensive cyberattacks

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump‘s national security adviser warned U.S. adversaries on Wednesday that the U.S. is prepared to respond offensively to cyberattacks on the United States. John Bolton said that even before the administration released its cyber strategy last year, Trump had issued a classified executive order effectively reversing the Obama administration’s approach to … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump cuts red tape for launching offensive cyberattacks

WASHINGTON | Trump says new proposal will lower some US drug prices

WASHINGTON — Less than two weeks before the midterm elections, President Donald Trump on Thursday announced a plan to lower prices for some prescription drugs, saying it would stop unfair practices that force Americans to pay higher prices than people in other countries do for the same medications. “We are taking aim at the global … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump says new proposal will lower some US drug prices

WASHINGTON | Russian woman charged in first 2018 election meddling case

WASHINGTON — The U.S. accused a Russian woman Friday of conspiring in a sweeping effort to sway American public opinion through social media in the first federal case alleging foreign interference in the 2018 midterm elections. The criminal complaint alleges that Russians are using some of the same techniques to influence U.S. politics as they … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Russian woman charged in first 2018 election meddling case

WASHINGTON | Journalist’s disappearance tests Trump’s close Saudi ties

WASHINGTON— Sword dancers. Gleaming palaces. Military jets streaming red, white and blue trails. President Donald Trump soaked up the grandeur of Saudi Arabia on his first foreign stop as president last year and envisioned huge benefits for the United States in building closer ties with the repressive and oil-rich desert kingdom. Now, the White House … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Journalist’s disappearance tests Trump’s close Saudi ties

WASHINGTON | US-Saudi relations hit snag over journalist’s disappearance

WASHINGTON — Sword dancers. Gleaming palaces. Military jets streaming red, white and blue trails. President Donald Trump soaked up the grandeur of Saudi Arabia on his first foreign stop as president last year and envisioned huge benefits for the United States in building closer ties with the repressive and oil-rich desert kingdom. Now, the White … Continue reading WASHINGTON | US-Saudi relations hit snag over journalist’s disappearance

WASHINGTON | Trump says he may pick new UN ambassador this month

WASHINGTON — In the latest shake-up for President Donald Trump‘s turbulent administration, U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley abruptly announced she is resigning at the end of the year, raising questions about who will fill the key national security post and about the outspoken diplomat’s own political ambitions. Trump later told reporters he was considering five candidates … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump says he may pick new UN ambassador this month

WASHINGTON | UN’s Nikki Haley to leave in latest Trump shake-up

WASHINGTON  — In the latest shake-up for President Donald Trump’s turbulent administration, U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley abruptly announced Tuesday she is resigning at the end of the year, raising fresh questions about the Trump team and about the outspoken diplomat’s own political ambitions. The news blindsided some key U.S. allies and many congressional Republicans involved … Continue reading WASHINGTON | UN’s Nikki Haley to leave in latest Trump shake-up

ORLANDO, Fla. | Trump calls on Chicago to embrace stop-and-frisk policing

ORLANDO, Fla. — President Donald Trump drew an enthusiastic response from a law-and-order crowd Monday, advocating the use of “stop and frisk” policing and saying he has directed the Justice Department to work with local officials in Chicago to stem violence in the nation’s third-largest city. “The crime spree is a terrible blight on that … Continue reading ORLANDO, Fla. | Trump calls on Chicago to embrace stop-and-frisk policing