Oval Office

WASHINGTON | Trump on the fringes of presidents’ group at Bush’s service

WASHINGTON — The nation’s most exclusive fraternity — the presidents club — assembled Wednesday to mourn George H.W. Bush, putting on public display its uneasy relationship with the current occupant of the Oval Office. The uncomfortable reunion brought President Donald Trump together in the same pew with past White House residents who have given him … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump on the fringes of presidents’ group at Bush’s service

WASHINGTON | From Bush to Clinton, a grace note for the ages

WASHINGTON— It was a grace note for the ages. “Dear Bill,” George H.W. Bush scribbled Jan. 20, 1993, to the Democrat about to succeed him as president. “When I walked into this office just now I felt the same sense of wonder and respect that I felt four years ago. I know you will feel … Continue reading WASHINGTON | From Bush to Clinton, a grace note for the ages

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 | The Latest: Freed pastor prays for Trump in Oval Office

WASHINGTON — The Latest on Andrew Brunson, the American pastor freed after nearly two years of detention in Turkey (all times local): 3 p.m. American pastor Andrew Brunson, recently freed after nearly two years of detention in Turkey, has asked God for “supernatural wisdom” for President Donald Trump. Trump and Brunson are meeting Saturday at … Continue reading WASHINGTON | The Latest: Freed pastor prays for Trump in Oval Office

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

Kelly in harsh spotlight after senior aide’s resignation

WASHINGTON/February 8, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —  Pressure mounted on White House chief of staff John Kelly Thursday as questions swirled about his defense of a senior aide he fought to keep in a highly sensitive West Wing job despite accusations of spousal abuse from two ex-wives. White House staff secretary Rob Porter, a member of President … Continue reading Kelly in harsh spotlight after senior aide’s resignation

The Latest: Trump defends remarks about Africa, Haiti

WASHINGTON /January 12, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — The Latest on President Trump and immigration (all times local): 8 p.m. President Donald Trump has privately defended his remarks disparaging Haitians and African countries, saying he was only expressing what many people think but won’t say about immigrants from economically depressed countries. That’s according to a person who … Continue reading The Latest: Trump defends remarks about Africa, Haiti

Trump: Why allow immigrants from ‘shithole countries’?

WASHINGTON/January 11, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —In bluntly vulgar language, President Donald Trump questioned Thursday why the U.S. would accept more immigrants from Haiti and “shithole countries” in Africa rather than places like Norway, as he rejected a bipartisan immigration deal, according to people briefed on the extraordinary Oval Office conversation. Trump’s contemptuous description of an entire … Continue reading Trump: Why allow immigrants from ‘shithole countries’?

The Latest: Trump begins holiday after signing tax bill

WASHINGTON /December 22, 2017 (AP)(STL.NEWS) —The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local): 4:10 p.m. President Donald Trump is in Florida celebrating the holidays and a much-needed political victory. Before departing for his Mar-a-Lago estate, Trump signed the $1.5 trillion tax overhaul into law. He also put off a government shutdown by signing a … Continue reading The Latest: Trump begins holiday after signing tax bill

The Latest: Trump says he’s learned a lot about Washington

WASHINGTON/December 22, 2017 (AP)(STL.NEWS) — The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local): 9 p.m. Donald Trump finalized his top achievement as president in what he himself called a “rush job” in the Oval Office. None of the members of Congress who muscled through the biggest tax overhaul in 30 years were on hand … Continue reading The Latest: Trump says he’s learned a lot about Washington

The Latest: Trump signs $1.5 trillion tax overhaul into law

WASHINGTON/December 22, 2017 (AP)(STL.NEWS) — The Latest on President Donald Trump(all times local): 11 a.m. President Donald Trump has signed into law a $1.5 trillion tax overhaul package. Trump touted the size of the tax cut, declaring to reporters in the Oval Office before he signed it Friday that “the numbers will speak.” The president … Continue reading The Latest: Trump signs $1.5 trillion tax overhaul into law

Oval Office meeting with Russian officials raises eyebrows

NEW YORK/May 11, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — The White House is facing criticism for a possible security breach after it allowed a Russian news service photographer into the Oval Office to snap photos of President Donald Trump and a pair of top Russian officials. While the administration downplayed the threat, a senior administration official acknowledged that … Continue reading Oval Office meeting with Russian officials raises eyebrows