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WASHINGTON | Trump celebrates Kelly’s first full year as chief of staff

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is celebrating his chief of staff’s survival for a full year on the job. Trump congratulated John Kelly in a tweet that includes a photo of the two men smiling wide. He writes: “Congratulations to General John Kelly. Today we celebrate his first full year as @WhiteHouse Chief of Staff!” … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump celebrates Kelly’s first full year as chief of staff

WASHINGTON | White House defends decision to bar CNN reporter from event

WASHINGTON — The White House on Thursday defended its decision to bar a CNN correspondent from attending an open press event but contended it had nothing to do with the questions she asked. Deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley said Kaitlan Collins was denied access to Trump’s Rose Garden event with the European Commission president on … Continue reading WASHINGTON | White House defends decision to bar CNN reporter from event

WASHINGTON | White House bars CNN correspondent from open press event

WASHINGTON — A CNN correspondent says she was barred from attending an open press event at the White House because of questions she asked the president earlier in the day. Kaitlan Collins says the White House denied her access to President Donald Trump’s Rose Garden statement with the European Union Commission president on Wednesday because … Continue reading WASHINGTON | White House bars CNN correspondent from open press event

WASHINGTON | The princes, the president and the fortune seekers

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a yearlong pursuit of money and influence, two American businessmen played Middle East countries against each other, as they leveraged connections stretching from Persian Gulf palaces to the Oval Office into millions of dollars in contracts. An investigation by The Associated Press found that fundraiser Elliott Broidy and George Nader, an … Continue reading WASHINGTON | The princes, the president and the fortune seekers

BERLIN | No bromance: Merkel gets much smaller platform on US visit

BERLIN — German Chancellor Angela Merkel is heading to Washington with the same message French President Emmanuel Macron delivered only days earlier: that America and Europe need to bury the hatchet on key issues, from global trade to international security. Yet despite Macron’s and Merkel’s efforts to portray a united European front, the optics of … Continue reading BERLIN | No bromance: Merkel gets much smaller platform on US visit

Trump loses a trusted aide, White House anxiety lingers

WASHINGTON/March 29, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —With a handshake and a presidential kiss on the cheek, Hope Hicks bid farewell to the White House, the press-shy communications director taking a rare moment in the spotlight on her final day in Donald Trump’s administration. The Thursday exit of the president’s most trusted aide, coming one day after yet … Continue reading Trump loses a trusted aide, White House anxiety lingers

The Latest: Trump says he may ‘hold up’ South Korea deal

WASHINGTON /March 29, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — The Latest on President Donald Trump,President Donald Trump (all times local): 9:10 p.m. President Donald Trump is threatening to “hold up” the trade agreement his administration finalized this week with South Korea to gain more leverage for talks with North Korea. Trump highlighted the newly completed renegotiation of the … Continue reading The Latest: Trump says he may ‘hold up’ South Korea deal

The Latest: Trump meets with NRA in Oval Office

WASHINGTON/March 1, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — The Latest on President Donald Trump, Congress and the gun debate (all times local): 10:15 p.m. President Donald Trump has met again with top National Rifle Association officials as he weighs ideas for preventing the next school shooting. Trump tweeted Thursday evening that he’d had a “Good (Great) meeting in … Continue reading The Latest: Trump meets with NRA in Oval Office