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  • Donald Trump Dec 3, 2019

    Trump Administration Quietly Releases Lebanon Military Aid

    The Trump administration has quietly released more than $100 million in military assistance to Lebanon after months of unexplained delay that led some lawmakers to compare it to the aid for Ukraine at the center of the impeachment inquiry. The $105 million in Foreign Military Financing funds for the Lebanese Armed Forces was released just before the Thanksgiving holiday and...

  • Donald Trump Sep 14, 2019

    Trump to Have Dinner With Otto Warmbier's Parents

    President Donald Trump planned to have dinner Saturday with the parents of an American college student who died in 2017 shortly after being freed from captivity in North Korea. An administration official said Trump was to host the parents of Otto Warmbier, who was convicted of trying to steal a propaganda poster while in the North Korea capital and spent...

  • Donald Trump Jul 12, 2019

    Trump Abandons Bid to Include Citizenship Question on Census

    President Donald Trump abandoned his controversial bid to inject a citizenship question into next year’s census Thursday, instead directing federal agencies to try to compile the information using existing databases. He insisted he was “not backing down,” declaring in a Rose Garden announcement that the goal was simple and reasonable: “a clear breakdown of the number of citizens and non-citizens...

  • Donald Trump Jun 18, 2019

    Trump Threatens to Deport Millions Beginning Next Week

    President Donald Trump is threatening to deport millions of people living in the United States illegally, heralding a plan that could help energize his supporters just ahead of formally announcing his reelection bid . The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement next week will “begin the process of removing the millions of illegal aliens who have illicitly found their way into...

  • NBC News Apr 16, 2019

    U.S. Secretly Filed Charges Against Assange Last Year

    Court documents reveal federal prosecutors filed criminal charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in late 2017, NBC News reports, more than two months earlier than the indictment disclosed when he was arrested last week. Assange was taken into custody April 11 after spending more than six years under the protection of Ecuador’s embassy in London. A federal indictment unsealed after...

  • Donald Trump Mar 9, 2019

    Trump Offers Budget With Funds for Space Force, Border Wall

    President Donald Trump will be making a significant request for border wall funds and seeking money to stand up Space Force as a new branch of the military in the White House budget being released next week, an administration official said. For the first time, Trump plans to stick with the strict spending caps imposed years ago, even though lawmakers...

  • administration official Jul 11, 2018

    Trump to Rescind Obama-Era Guidance on Affirmative Action

    The Trump administration said the government would no longer encourage schools to use race as a factor in the admissions process, rescinding Obama-era guidance meant to promote diversity among students. The shift announced Tuesday gives colleges the federal government’s blessing to leave race out of admissions and enrollment decisions and underscores the contentious politics that for decades have surrounded affirmation...

  • Donald Trump Apr 27, 2018

    Trump Pardons Ex-Cheney Aide Scooter Libby in CIA Leak Case

    President Donald Trump issued a full pardon Friday to I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, a former top aide to Vice President Dick Cheney, suggesting he had been “treated unfairly” by a special counsel. Libby, Cheney’s former chief of staff, was convicted in 2007 of lying to investigators and obstruction of justice following the 2003 leak of the covert identity of CIA...

  • Donald Trump Apr 13, 2018

    Trump Pardons Scooter Libby

    President Trump pardoned I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, who was convicted of lying to the FBI and obstruction of justice in 2007. Libby was the focus of a four year investigation into the leaking of CIA agent Valerie Plame’s name to reporters. Former FBI Director James Comey, who was then deputy attorney general, had appointed the special prosecutor in the leak...

  • California Jan 6, 2018

    Trump Seeks $18 Billion to Extend Border Wall Over 10 Years

    The Trump administration has proposed spending $18 billion over 10 years to significantly extend the border wall with Mexico, providing one of its most detailed blueprints of how the president hopes to carry out a signature campaign pledge. The proposal by Customs and Border Protection calls for 316 miles (505 kilometers) of additional barrier by September 2027, bringing total coverage...

  • Hillary Clinton Jan 5, 2018

    FBI Investigating Clinton Foundation ‘For Months': Official

    A Trump administration official said that a revived investigation of the Clinton Foundation “has been going on for months,” contrary to a Friday report of a new inquiry, NBC News reported. The Hill had reported that the Justice Department “has launched a new inquiry” into the foundation and that FBI agents from Little Rock, Arkansas, recently conducted an interview with...

  • Donald Trump Dec 1, 2017

    Trump Says Reports of Tillerson Ouster Are ‘Fake News'

    President Donald Trump said media speculation that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will leave job soon is “fake news.” Trump responded on Twitter Friday to widespread reports attributed to White House officials describing a plan to oust Tillerson and replace him with CIA Director Mike Pompeo. Trump said it’s incorrect that he “fired Rex Tillerson” or that the secretary will...

  • Donald Trump Dec 1, 2017

    White House Considers Replacing Tillerson as Secretary of State: Sources

    After months of clashes on policy and personality, President Donald Trump is considering ousting Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and replacing him with hard-nosed CIA Director Mike Pompeo following less than a year on the job, senior U.S. officials said Thursday as turmoil within Trump’s national security team burst into the open. The White House plan, which Trump has not...

  • America Oct 4, 2017

    Tillerson Says He Never Considered Leaving Trump Administration

    Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says he never considered leaving the Trump administration and reiterated his admiration for President Donald Trump, publicly refuting an NBC News report that outlined his frustration with the president.

  • Twitter Apr 25, 2017

    Moving Beyond China and Mexico, Trump Targets Canada Trade

    President Donald Trump has long railed about unfair trade practices of China and Mexico. Now he’s drawn a new target — Canada. The two countries are suddenly sparring openly over inexpensive Canadian timber and Canada’s barriers to U.S. dairy products — disputes that go back years but rarely get such a public airing.

  • Donald Trump Apr 20, 2017

    Trump Welcomes Palin, Nugent and Kid Rock to the White House

    Rockers Ted Nugent and Kid Rock joined former reality-show star and one-time Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin for dinner at the White House with President Donald Trump Wednesday night, an administration official told NBC News. Palin, a former Alaska governor, posted photos on Facebook of the her, Nugent and Rock in the oval office, speaking with the president and...

  • Russia Apr 11, 2017

    White House Says Russia Trying to ‘Cover Up' Syrian Chemical Weapons Attack

    The White House has accused Russia of trying to “cover up” Syrian president Bashar Assad’s role in a chemical weapons attack that left dozens, including children, dead, NBC News reports....
    Senior administration officials briefed reporters Tuesday on declassified intelligence that knocks down the Russian-pushed narrative that last week’s deadly chemical weapons attack could have been carried out by non-state or terrorist...

  • Donald Trump Apr 4, 2017

    Trump Son-In-Law Kushner Arrives in Iraq With Joint Chiefs Chairman on Official Visit

    President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, flew to Iraq with the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford on Monday. Kushner’s travel plans initially were revealed late Sunday by a Trump administration official who said Kushner wanted to see the situation there for himself and show support for Baghdad’s government. The official said Kushner had...

  • Russia Oct 4, 2016

    White House Warns of ‘Actions' in Syria If Russia Won't Negotiate

    White House officials told NBC News they are considering escalating United States involvement in Syria’s civil war as thousands of women and children die in Aleppo. These considerations include unspecified “actions…that would further underscore the consequences of [Russia] not coming back to the negotiating table,” the officials said. The hope for a diplomatic solution to the yearslong conflict went out...

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