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Trump denies sheltering in White House bunker

Jun 04, 2020 - 12:03 AM

'It was a false report,' Donald Trump tells Fox News radio, before elaborating that he did go into the secure area but only for a 'tiny, little, short period time'

DENIAL. In this file photo US President Donald Trump walks back to the White House escorted by the Secret Service after appearing outside of St John's Episcopal church across Lafayette Park in Washington, DC on June 1, 2020. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Pentagon chief opposes using active duty troops to quell protests

Jun 03, 2020 - 10:26 PM

'I do not support invoking the Insurrection Act,' US Defense Secretary Mark Esper says, two days after President Donald Trump said he could do so to call up the army to quash protests

MARK ESPER. In this file photo, US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper holds a media briefing at the Pentagon on August 28, 2019, in Arlington, Virginia. File photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

Zuckerberg backs Facebook Trump policy despite anger, dissent – reports

Jun 03, 2020 - 7:05 PM

Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg defends a decision to not interfere with posts made by US President Donald Trump

ZUCKERBERG DEFENSE. In this file photo taken on April 10, 2018 One hundred cardboard cutouts of Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg stand outside the US Capitol in Washington, DC. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

White House race becomes digital dogfight due to pandemic

Jun 03, 2020 - 4:32 PM

Digital will play a critical role in the 2020 White House race as social media takes the place of rallies and door-to-door campaigning

U.S. scrambles to stem anger as Trump faces backlash for violent crackdown

Jun 03, 2020 - 2:03 PM

Protests have been held in cities across the country, mostly peaceful but many descending into mayhem as night falls, with both activists and officials blaming rabble-rousers, and thousands arrested

A man with an upsidedown US flag walks during a demonstration for the end of police brutaity in uptown Charlotte, North Carolina on June 2, 2020. US President Donald Trump said June 2, 2020, that he was now looking for a state to host the Republican National Convention later this summer, after North Carolina said it could not do so as planned due to the coronavirus pandemic. Charlotte was the designated city to hold the Republican convention from August 24 until August 27. Logan Cyrus / AFP

Trump angers American religious leaders with Bible photo op

Jun 03, 2020 - 9:29 AM

'It was traumatic and deeply offensive, in the sense that something sacred was being misused for a political gesture,' Washington's Episcopal Bishop Mariann Budde says

BIBLE. US President Donald Trump holds up a Bible outside of St John's Episcopal church across Lafayette Park in Washington, DC on June 1, 2020. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Amid protests, Pentagon squirms under pressure to do Trump's political bidding

Jun 03, 2020 - 8:49 AM

'America is not a battleground. Our fellow citizens are not the enemy,' says retired General Martin Dempsey

GAS. Tear gas rises above as protesters face off with police during a demonstration outside the White House over the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis Police in Washington, DC, on May 31, 2020. Photo by Samuel Corum/AFP

George W. Bush calls on U.S. to examine its 'tragic failures'

Jun 03, 2020 - 8:13 AM

'The heroes of America – from Frederick Douglass to Harriet Tubman, to Abraham Lincoln, to Martin Luther King Jr. – are heroes of unity,' the former US president says

BUSH. Former US President George W. Bush speaks during a memorial service for US Senator John McCain at the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, DC, on September 1, 2018. Photo by Saul Leob/AFP

Activists rip Facebook's Zuckerberg over Trump comments

Jun 03, 2020 - 8:06 AM

'We are disappointed and stunned by Mark's incomprehensible explanations for allowing the Trump posts to remain up,' says a statement

ZUCKERBERG. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks about the new Facebook News feature at the Paley Center For Media on October 25, 2019 in New York City. File photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

Spurs coach Popovich calls for change, dismisses Trump as 'fool'

Jun 02, 2020 - 2:47 PM

'In the end, what we have is a fool in place of a president,' says Gregg Popovich who serves in a committee aiming for change after Floyd's death

SPEAKING UP.  Gregg Popovich continues to criticize Trump's leadership for failing to resolve issues regarding racism and police violence. File photo by Ronald Cortes/Getty Images/AFP

Trump threatens military mobilization against violent U.S. protests

Jun 02, 2020 - 1:07 PM

Despite the president's rhetoric, the June 1 protests appear largely peaceful in major cities, though some looting was reported in New York and Los Angeles

TRUMP. US President Donald Trump holds a Bible while visiting St. John's Church across from the White House after the area was cleared of people protesting the death of George Floyd June 1, 2020, in Washington, DC. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Biden condemns 'institutional racism,' Floyd death as he reignites campaign

Jun 02, 2020 - 10:04 AM

(UPDATED) 'Hate just hides. Doesn't go away. And when you have somebody in power who breathes oxygen into the hate under the rocks, it comes out from under the rocks,' Joe Biden says of Donald Trump

JOE. File photo taken on March 12, 2020 of former US Vice President and Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden during a press event in Wilmington, Delaware. Photo by Saul Leob/AFP

Facebook employees speak out against company's refusal to police Trump's posts

Jun 02, 2020 - 9:20 AM

'Mark is wrong, and I will endeavor in the loudest possible way to change his mind,' tweets Ryan Freitas, the design director of Facebook's News Feed

ZUCKERBERG. Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg looks on before to deliver his speech during the VivaTech (Viva Technology) trade fair in Paris, on May 24, 2018. Photo by Gerard Julien/AFP


WHO says it wants to keep working with U.S.

Jun 01, 2020 - 11:55 PM

WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says US involvement with the organization has made a 'great difference' over the decades and 'it is WHO's wish for this collaboration to continue'

WORK WITH US. This handout image provided by the World Health Organization on May 16, 2020, shows WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus attending a virtual press conference on May 16, 2020 at the WHO headquarters in Geneva. AFP PHOTO/World Health Organization/Christopher Black

China threatens to 'counter-attack' U.S. over Hong Kong curbs

Jun 01, 2020 - 5:57 PM

(UPDATED) 'Any words and actions that harm the interests of China will be met with counter-attacks on the Chinese side,' says foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian at a regular briefing, without providing details

PROTEST. Pro-China activists protest outside the US consulate in Hong Kong on May 30, 2020. Photo by Isaac Lawrence/AFP

Trump says will place 'Antifa' activist group on terror list

Jun 01, 2020 - 10:20 AM

Antifa – the name is a contraction for anti-fascist – is a secretive grouping of radical activists that has emerged in recent years

INJUSTICE. Military Police face off with protesters across from the White House on May 30, 2020 in Washington DC, during a protest over the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, who died after a Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his neck for several minutes. Photo by Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP

Trump says he will delay G7 summit, invite other countries

May 31, 2020 - 3:38 PM

The US President would like to invite Russia, South Korea, Australia and India to join an expanded summit in the fall

TRUMP. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC on April 27, 2020. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Trump warns to stop rioters 'cold' as race protests spread

May 31, 2020 - 8:23 AM

'My administration will stop mob violence. And we'll stop it cold,' says US President Donald Trump as protesters rage over the killing of African American George Floyd

WARNING VS PROTESTERS. US President Donald Trump speaks during a press conference in the White House on April 23, 2020, in Washington, DC. File photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Trump strips Hong Kong privileges, restricts entry of some Chinese students

May 30, 2020 - 3:03 PM

The US president attacks China over its treatment of the former British colony, saying it was 'diminishing the city's longstanding and proud status'

STUDENTS. File photo of students in the arrivals hall of Hong Kong's international airport on January 22, 2020. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Trump cuts ties with WHO mid-pandemic, as Europe speeds reopening

May 30, 2020 - 10:46 AM

The US is the WHO's biggest financial contributor, having given $400 million to the UN agency in 2019

US President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference on the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC on April 27, 2020. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP)

Taylor Swift says Trump 'stoking fires of white supremacy'

May 30, 2020 - 10:08 AM

'After stoking the fires of racism your entire presidency, you have the nerve to feign moral superiority before threatening violence? We will vote you out in November,' the pop star writes to the US president on Twitter

White House dares Twitter in war over Trump tweets

May 29, 2020 - 11:36 PM

The tit-for-tat marks a new escalation in the row between Twitter and Donald Trump, who has more than 80 million followers and uses tweets daily to announce policies, attack opponents, and comment on breaking news

Twitter conceals Trump tweet for 'glorifying violence'

May 29, 2020 - 4:25 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Twitter says it is placing a 'public interest notice' on a Trump message about protests in Minneapolis over the death of an unarmed black man at the hands of the police

TRUMP. US President Donald Trump addresses the nation from the Oval Office about the widening Coronavirus crisis on March 11, 2020 in Washington, DC. File photo by Doug Mills-Pool/Getty Images/AFP

Trump signs order targeting social media after tweets flagged

May 28, 2020 - 8:17 PM

(UPDATED) If enforced, the action would upend decades of precedent and treat internet platforms as 'publishers' potentially liable for user-generated content

DONALD TRUMP. US President Donald Trump walks across the South Lawn upon his return to the White House in Washington, DC on May 27, 2020. Photo by Olivier Douliery/AFP

WHO launches new foundation for private donations

May 28, 2020 - 10:25 AM

The UN health agency launches the independently-run WHO Foundation, which the organization hopes will give it greater control to direct philanthropic and public donations

KITS. Officials check medical equipment and coronavirus testing kits provided by the World Health Organization at the al-Maktum International airport in Dubai on March 2, 2020. Photo by Karim Sahib/AFP

Trump threatens to 'close down' social media after tweets tagged

May 27, 2020 - 8:19 PM

(UPDATED) 'Republicans feel that Social Media Platforms totally silence conservatives voices. We will strongly regulate, or close them down, before we can ever allow this to happen,' Donald Trump says in a tweet.

SOCIAL MEDIA. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Romania's President Klaus Iohannis in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC on August 20, 2019. File photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Huge U.S. labor union endorses Biden over Trump

May 27, 2020 - 9:07 AM

'[Trump's] response to COVID-19 has been delinquent, delayed, disorganized and deadly,' says AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka

TRUMP VS BIDEN? Donald Trump and Joe Biden. File photos by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Trump sounds warning over Hong Kong's future

May 27, 2020 - 8:36 AM

Trump promises a 'very interesting' US response within days

FREE HONG KONG. Protesters march on a road during a pro-democracy rally against a proposed new security law in Hong Kong on May 24, 2020. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Twitter calls Trump tweets 'unsubstantiated' for the first time

May 27, 2020 - 8:01 AM

Trump tweets a conspiracy theory accusing one of his media critics of murder, prompting an agonized letter from the victim's wife and calls for the company to block the Republican leader's 'vicious lie'

UNSUBSTANTIATED. US President Donald Trump participates in a roundtable at the White House on December 9, 2019 in Washington,DC. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Trump threatens to pull Republican convention out of North Carolina

May 26, 2020 - 10:00 AM

Trump wants the state's Democratic governor to guarantee that he will swiftly lift restrictions on large gatherings of people during the coronavirus pandemic

POINT. US President Donald Trump arrives to speak at a rally at Bojangles' Coliseum on March 2, 2020, in Charlotte, North Carolina.  Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

China 'open' to international effort to identify coronavirus source, says FM

May 24, 2020 - 5:20 PM

Foreign Minister Wang Yi also blasts what he called efforts by US politicians to 'fabricate rumors' about the pathogen's origins and 'stigmatize China'

LAB TEST. This photo taken on March 17, 2020 shows a laboratory technician working on testing samples from people to be tested for the COVID-19 coronavirus at a laboratory in Changzhou in China's eastern Jiangsu province. Photo by AFP

Europeans rally around defense pact dropped by Trump

May 22, 2020 - 10:51 PM

The US accuses Russia of blocking flights over certain sites and forbidding surveys of military exercises, normally allowed under Open Skies

US PULLOUT. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump (R) walks with Russia's President Vladimir Putin before taking a family photo at the G20 Summit in Osaka on June 28, 2019. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Trump to withdraw U.S. from 'Open Skies' treaty

May 22, 2020 - 12:52 PM

Donald Trump says Moscow did not stick to its commitments under the 18-year-old Open Skies Treaty, which is designed to improve military transparency and confidence between the superpowers

DONALD TRUMP. US President Donald Trump disembarks from Marine One on the South Lawn upon returning to the White House in Washington, DC on May 21, 2020, following a visit to a Ford plant in Michigan. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Senate approves Trump political ally as U.S. intelligence czar

May 22, 2020 - 10:24 AM

The Senate approves Ratcliffe 10 months after he first withdrew from consideration for the job amid broad doubts about his qualifications

INTELLIGENCE CZAR. John Ratcliffe testifies before a Senate Intelligence Committee nomination hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington,DC on May 5, 2020. Photo by Andrew Harnik/AFP

Trump urges quicker U.S. reopening from virus lockdown

May 22, 2020 - 10:08 AM

Trump adopts the theme of 'Transitioning Back to Greatness' as states reopen at different speeds

SELLING. Dressmaker Flor Hernandez sells face masks on street after losing her job, during the novel coronavirus outbreak, in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Apu Gomes/AFP

Jailed Trump lawyer Michael Cohen released due to pandemic

May 21, 2020 - 11:00 PM

Michael Cohen is serving a three-year sentence after admitting paying hush money to two women who said they slept with Donald Trump, for tax fraud, and for lying to Congress

RELEASED. In this file photo, Michael Cohen, US President Donald Trump's former personal attorney, testifies before the House Oversight and Reform Committee in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on February 27, 2019. File photo by Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP

China rebuts Trump accusation of coronavirus 'mass killing'

May 21, 2020 - 6:53 PM

Tensions between the US and China have been on the rise as the deadly coronavirus, which first surfaced in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, ravaged the global economy

REBUTTAL. In this file photo, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian takes a question at the daily media briefing in Beijing on April 8, 2020. File photo by Greg Baker/AFP

Trump blames China for 'mass worldwide killing'

May 21, 2020 - 10:10 AM

His early morning tweet also refers to an unidentified 'wacko in China'

SHAKING HANDS. US President Donald Trump (L) shakes hands with China's President Xi Jinping at the end of a press conference at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on November 9, 2017. Photo by Fred Dufour/AFP

Trump proposes in-person G7 summit as pandemic rages

May 21, 2020 - 9:05 AM

Trump also lashes out again at China, saying its 'incompetence' was responsible for 'this mass Worldwide killing'

TRUMP ARRIVES. US President Donald Trump arrives at Biarritz, France, for the 2019 G7 summit. Photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

WHO faces coronavirus probe after Trump threat

May 20, 2020 - 9:16 AM

Trump threatens to make permanent a temporary freeze on US funding to the body

WHO AND CHINA. In this file photo taken on March 09, 2020 a picture shows the sign of the World Health Organization (WHO), with its Chinese name under at the WHO headquarters in Geneva. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Trump threatens to pull out of WHO over virus response, China

May 19, 2020 - 12:43 PM

(UPDATED) Donald Trump is locked in a bitter spat with Beijing, alleging it covered up the initial outbreak in central China late last year before the disease unleashed death and economic devastation across the planet

TRUMP. US President Donald Trump speaks during the daily briefing on the novel coronavirus, which causes COVID-19, in the Brady Briefing Room of the White House on April 23, 2020, in Washington, DC. File photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Trump defends firing watchdog said to probe Pompeo, Saudi arms

May 19, 2020 - 11:34 AM

The sacked inspector general, Steve Linick, was investigating in part whether Pompeo ordered a government employee to walk his dog, pick up dry-cleaning and make dinner reservations

FIRED. Former US State Department Inspector General Steve Linick departs the US Capitol October 2, 2019 in Washington, DC. Photo by Win McNamee/AFP

WHO to review coronavirus response as Trump renews attack

May 19, 2020 - 11:24 AM

'They're a puppet of China, they're China-centric to put it nicer,' Trump says about the WHO

UNDER FIRE. World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus attends a daily press briefing on COVID-19. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Trump reveals he is taking hydroxychloroquine

May 19, 2020 - 10:09 AM

US government regulators warn that hydroxychloroquine has 'not been shown to be safe'

THUMBS UP. US president Donald Trump gestures as he arrives at the Congress center during the World Economic Forum in Davos, on January 22, 2020. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

White House hits out at 'Deep State' after Trump fires watchdog

May 18, 2020 - 9:43 AM

The president and his allies regularly rail against a 'Deep State' of shadowy forces they see as committed to undermining Trump. There is no evidence that such a movement exists.

TRUMP. In this file photo taken on March 6, 2020 US President Donald Trump speaks after touring tornado damage in Cookeville, Tennessee. Photo by Jim Watson/AFP

Leaders 'aren't even pretending to be in charge' – Obama

May 17, 2020 - 8:20 AM

Former US president Barack Obama also expresses outrage at the shooting of 25-year-old black jogger Ahmaud Arbery

President Donald Trump and former President Barack Obama talk on the East front steps of the US Capitol after inauguration ceremonies on January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. / AFP PHOTO / Robyn BECK

Trump fires State Dept watchdog said to be probing Pompeo

May 16, 2020 - 5:52 PM

US President Donald Trump removes State Department Inspector General Steve Linick in his latest abrupt dismissal of an official tasked with monitoring wrongdoing inside a government agency

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 02: U.S. State Department Inspector General Steve Linick departs the U.S. Capitol October 02, 2019 in Washington, DC. Linick reportedly met with congressional officials to brief them on information related to the impeachment inquiry centered around U.S. President Donald Trump. Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP WIN MCNAMEE / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP

Trump threatens to cut China ties as virus toll tops 300,000

May 15, 2020 - 1:38 PM

Despite fears of a second wave of infections, national and local governments around the world are easing lockdown orders as they try to get stalled economies moving again

TRUMP. U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to reporters on his way to Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House on May 14, 2020 in Washington, DC. Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

Trump calls on Senate to question Obama in conspiracy theory

May 15, 2020 - 12:00 PM

'The first person I would call to testify about the biggest political crime and scandal in the history of the USA, by FAR, is former President Obama,' Trump tweets

PRESIDENTS. President Donald Trump and former President Barack Obama talk on the East front steps of the US Capitol after inauguration ceremonies on January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. Photo by Robyn Beck/AFP

Trump threatens China ties, says in no mood for Xi talks

May 14, 2020 - 10:59 PM

Asked how the US might choose to retaliate, the President gives no specifics but strikes a threatening tone, saying: 'There are many things we could do. We could do things. We could cut off the whole relationship.'

SHAKING HANDS. US President Donald Trump (L) shakes hands with China's President Xi Jinping at the end of a press conference in 2017. File photo by Fred Dufour/AFP