Oval Office

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’?