World Leaders

White House responds to Comey tape inquiry with Trump tweet

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> The White House is letting President Donald Trump's tweet Thursday -- asserting that he had not taped former FBI Director James Comey -- stand as the President's official statement.<p>In a brief, two-paragraph letter to the leaders of the House and Senate Russia investigations, …

James Comey

White House Yanked A Job Offer For Its Top Africa Post

In a sign of continued disarray in the White House’s national security team, the Trump administration has rescinded its job offer to the National Security Council’s senior director for Africa, ejecting a highly-regarded retired lieutenant colonel who had been given the job this spring.<p>The decision …

Photojournalism

State Department plans to eliminate special envoy on Afghanistan, Pakistan

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> The State Department is planning to eliminate the position of Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, senior US officials confirmed to CNN Friday.<p>The move comes as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is conducting a broad review of the State Department's organizational …

Politics

The Post’s new findings in Russia’s bold campaign to influence the U.S. election

February<p>Clinton in the lead<p>Feb. 1<p>Democrat Hillary Clinton wins the Iowa caucuses but edges Bernie Sanders by the smallest margin in history. Most Democrats still agree Clinton can win in November.<p>Read more<p>Feb. 1<p>Republican Donald Trump finishes second in the Iowa caucuses, just behind Ted Cruz. A …

Russia

Decision to start or delay transgender troop policy rests with Defense chief Jim Mattis

WASHINGTON — The decision on whether to develop a policy for transgender recruits for the military now rests with Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, a Pentagon spokeswoman said Friday.<p>Dana White, the Pentagon's chief spokeswoman, said the chiefs of the military services met with Deputy Defense Secretary …

Politics

Trump aide Juster to be nominated as U.S. ambassador to India: officials

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to nominate a top economic aide, Kenneth Juster, as the next U.S. ambassador to India, two senior White House officials said on Friday.<p>Juster is a top deputy on the White House National Economic Council. He is a familiar face among …

India

Iran's president heckled at rally after criticism by supreme leader

Protests in Tehran suggest escalation in power struggle between Rouhani and Khamenei after landslide re-election<p>Iran’s president, Hassan Rouhani, has been heckled during an annual pro-Palestinian rally in Tehran, a week after he was criticised by the supreme leader, as a power struggle between the …

Iran

Lawmakers ask Mattis to review reports of Yemen torture

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two senior U.S. senators are asking Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to investigate reports that U.S. military interrogators worked with forces from the United Arab Emirates accused of torturing detainees in Yemen.<p>Sen. John McCain, the Republican chairman of the Senate Armed Services …

United States

Trump lashes out at WH counsel over Russia probe

President Trump is growing increasingly irritated with his team for their handling of the Russia investigation, and he's taken many of his …

Don McGahn

The President's Election Integrity Commission Could Hold Hearings in July and Address Russia Election Meddling

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said the president's commission to investigate voter fraud and voter suppression could begin hearings in July.<p>…

Government

What do young Indians think of Donald Trump?

<b>New Delhi (CNN) —</b> Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to meet US President Donald Trump for the first time on Monday.<p>His visit comes at a time of immense uncertainty and unpredictability in Indian-US relations.<p>Trump's "Buy American, Hire American" executive order, signed in April, overhauled …

India

Trump Aides Struggle to Keep Him Calm on Russia

“President Trump has a new morning ritual. Around 6:30 a.m. on many days — before all the network news shows have come on the air — he gets on the …

The White House

Trump 'rolling out red carpet' for Modi on June 26; his first ever White House working dinner will be with Modi

The United States is "rolling out the red carpet" when India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets Donald Trump at the White House Monday June 26 and …

India

Saudi Demands of Qatar Pose Test for Tillerson's Gulf Strategy - Bloomberg

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson insisted this week that Saudi Arabia spell out exactly what Qatar must do to end the diplomatic and economic …

Middle East

Trey Gowdy: Oversight Committee Won't Pursue Russia Probe

Newly appointed chairman of the House Oversight Committee, Trey Gowdy (R – S.C.), said Friday the committee will not insist upon calling former FBI …

U.S. Congress

Donald Trump reaffirms commitment to build Mexico Wall

United States President Donald Trump has reaffirmed his commitment to build the Mexico Wall.<p>He said that the drug trade was largely responsible for …

Donald Trump

What Happens when a President Loses Legitimacy?

David Frum: “The U.S. government is already osmotically working around the presidency, a process enabled by the president’s visible distaste for the …

H. R. McMaster

Obama official slams ‘hypocrisy’ on Russia response

A former Obama administration official slammed what he called “hypocrisy” coming from Capitol Hill regarding former President Obama’s response to …

Hypocrisy

Trump does not intend to fire investigator Mueller: White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump has no intention of firing the special counsel investigating charges of Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election, even though he questioned the official's impartiality in an interview, the White House said on Friday.<p>White House spokesman Sean Spicer …

Robert Mueller

Trump publicly doubting that Russia meddled in election

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump appeared to cast doubt on the assessment of 17 U.S. intelligence agencies that blame Russia for election meddling, questioning Thursday why the Obama administration didn't try to stop it.<p>"By the way, if Russia was working so hard on the 2016 Election, it all …

Russia

Poll shows Americans are way more likely to believe Comey than Trump

President Donald Trump has a massive credibility problem, a new poll shows: Far more Americans are likely to believe Former FBI Director James Comey's version of events that led up to his firing than Trump's.<p>Forty-five percent of respondents say in the new NBC/WSJ poll that they are more likely to …

Elections

Ryan backs Russia sanctions; Dems say GOP delaying for Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — Speaker Paul Ryan is expressing support for a popular bill that would hit Iran and Russia with new sanctions amid Democratic criticism that House Republicans are stalling for time to weaken the penalties at the Trump administration's request.<p>"We just want to get moving on it," the …

U.S. Congress

Sources: Trump suggested rebutting collusion

Top intel chiefs said Pres. Trump had suggested that they refute any allegations of collusion with Russia. CNN's Jessica Schneider reports.

Politics

State Dept. Moves to Shut Office Planning Afghanistan Strategy

WASHINGTON — The State Department is winding down an Obama-era office responsible for developing long-range strategy in Afghanistan and Pakistan — just as the Trump administration conducts a major review of the future of America’s longest war.<p>The office of the special representative for Afghanistan …

World News

Trump and Modi to Seek Personal Rapport, Talk Defense Deals - Bloomberg

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet U.S. President Donald Trump next week on a trip to Washington that might allow the two leaders to build …

India

Donna Brazile: Congress has duty to halt Trump on Russia sanctions

The Trump/Russia scandal is STILL playing out before our eyes—and I don’t just mean the continuing investigations, or the fact that Russia …

Donna Brazile

Trump steels US for start of global trade war

US promises ‘bold’ protectionist action in name of national security<p>After two years of lobbing threats at the global economy as either candidate or …

Economics

Gulf Standoff: Amid Trump’s Qatar-Bashing, Tillerson Called For Easing Tensions Thrice | International Business Times

Two weeks after the Arab countries imposed a blockade on Qatar over alleged terror links, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Wednesday the U.S. …

Middle East

White House shows no sign of reopening Paris talks

Three weeks after Trump announced he's pulling the U.S. out of the climate accord, everyone is waiting for the White House to move forward.<p>Updated 06/22/2017 10:45 AM EDT<p>Three weeks after President Donald Trump pledged to pull the United States out of the Paris climate agreement and negotiate a …

Climate

Trump says he did not record conversations with former FBI Director Comey

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday said he did not make and does not possess any tapes of his conversations with former FBI Director James Comey, laying to rest speculation that arose after he tweeted last month that Comey better hope there were no tapes.<p>"With all of the …

James Comey