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Trump escalates war on social media at White House 'summit'

Jul 12, 2019 - 9:51 AM

Trump claims that firms such as Facebook, Google and Twitter – who were not invited to the summit – discriminate against him and his supporters, even though his own Twitter account has nearly 62 million followers

US President Donald Trump looks on as the US attorney general delivers remarks on citizenship and the census in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, DC, on July 11, 2019.  Brendan Smialowski / AFP

Rapinoe: World Cup champions USA to snub White House invite

Jul 10, 2019 - 3:38 PM

'You're excluding me. You're excluding people that look like me. You're excluding people of color,' Team USA star Megan Rapinoe tells President Donald Trump

POWER PAIR. Team USA, bannered by Megan Rapinoe (left) and Alex Morgan, says it doesn’t want to lend the platform it 'worked so hard to build.' Photo by Franck Fife/AFP

Attacks on Big Tech likely at White House social media 'summit'

Jul 09, 2019 - 11:43 AM

President Donald Trump has invited conservative critics of Big Tech but excluded the platforms themselves

TRUMP. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump holds a meeting on the opioid epidemic in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC, June 12, 2019. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Trump announces exit of 'warrior' spokeswoman Sarah Sanders

Jun 14, 2019 - 7:17 AM

Sanders is one of Trump's most loyal foot soldiers, almost constantly at his side during his tumultuous two and a half years at the White House and during the campaign.

LEAVING. File photo of White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders addressing a briefing at the White House June 25, 2018 in Washington, DC. Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Politics-shy Woods to be honored by Trump at White House

May 05, 2019 - 3:12 PM

The 43-year-old golf icon will be awarded with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, USA's highest civilian honor

RELATIONSHIP. Tiger Woods has shared the golf course with Donald Trump before and after he took office. Photo from PGA Tour's Twitter account (@PGATOUR)


Trump, U.S. media in open war on annual dinner date

Apr 28, 2019 - 12:23 PM

President Donald Trump chooses to spend his day 1,100 kilometers away in Green Bay, Wisconsin, for a rally with his baseball cap-wearing supporters

(FILES) In this file photo taken on January 14, 2019, US President Donald Trump speaks to the media as he departs the White House in Washington, DC. Trump had a message on January 22, 2019, for Democrats counting on him to relent in the Washington arm wrestle blocking funds to swaths of the government for a record 32 days: "No Cave!" Trump's defiant tweet again blamed congressional Democrats for the chaos, insisting he will not lift his shutdown on federal government funding unless they approve his $5.7 billion plan for more walls along the US-Mexican border. Jim WATSON / AFP

Former U.S. VP Biden announces 2020 run for White House

Apr 25, 2019 - 6:32 PM

The party's 76-year-old senior statesman is the most experienced and recognized Democrat in the race, a popular former vice president who has been dominating early polls following months of campaign planning

Trump to end waivers on Iran oil imports – White House

Apr 22, 2019 - 9:23 PM

'This decision is intended to bring Iran's oil exports to zero, denying the regime its principal source of revenue,' the White House says in a statement

TRUMP AND IRAN. US President Donald Trump speaks during a roundtable meeting with conservative leaders at the White House on January 23, 2019. File photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

White House denies Trump inciting violence against Muslim lawmaker

Apr 15, 2019 - 12:04 AM

(UPDATED) Ilhan Omar says in a statement on Sunday that many of the increased threats she had received were 'directly referencing or replying to the President's video'

TAKE BACK. US President Donald Trump says European countries should take back and put to trial its citizens who left to join the Islamic State. Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP

Trump confirms he will skip 'boring' correspondents' dinner

Apr 05, 2019 - 11:59 PM

Asked if he'd go to this year's gathering, on April 27, Donald Trump tells reporters that 'the dinner is so boring and so negative that we're going to hold a very positive rally'

DONALD TRUMP. In this file photo taken on February 5, 2019 US President Donald Trump gestures as he delivers the State of the Union address at the US Capitol in Washington, DC. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Whistleblower reveals 'grave breaches' in White House security clearances

Apr 02, 2019 - 12:07 AM

House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah E. Cummings says on April 1 that White House security official Tricia Newbold detailed to his panel 'grave breaches of national security at the highest levels of the Trump Administration'

ELIAH CUMMINGS. House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah E. Cummings discusses breaches in White House security clearances in a letter to the White House counsel Pat Cipollone. Photo from Elijah E. Cummings Facebook Page.

U.S.-backed Syrian forces fight last ISIS jihadists

Mar 23, 2019 - 10:06 AM

Though the WHite House says the 'caliphate' has been wiped out, the Syrian Democratic Forces say clashes are still ongoing

WAR. A fighter of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) loads an ammunition belt at a position in the village of Baghouz, near Syria's border with Iraq, in the eastern Deir Ezzor province on March 15, 2019 during the SDF's preparations to advance in the battle against the last pocket of Islamic State group jihadists. Photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

Trump to host Brazil's far-right president Bolsonaro

Mar 09, 2019 - 9:32 AM

Brazil president Jair Bolsonaro, who has been dubbed 'South America's Trump', has vowed to forge close ties with Washington

'TROPICAL TRUMP.' Jair Bolsonaro has been in line with Donald Trump in key international stands. File photo by Mauro Pimentel/AFP

U.S. downgrades its Palestinian diplomatic mission

Mar 04, 2019 - 7:36 PM

The change means Washington's relations with the Palestinians will now fall under the authority of US ambassador to Israel David Friedman, who has been a supporter of Israeli settlement building in the occupied West Bank

DOWNGRADED. In this file photo, US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman listens as US President Donald Trump speaks before pardoning the turkey 'Peas' during the annual ceremony at the White House in Washington, DC, on November 20, 2018. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

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Feb 15, 2019 - 2:09 PM

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Trump defends 'executive time' after schedule leak

Feb 11, 2019 - 7:03 AM

Trump tweets: 'When the term Executive Time is used, I am generally working, not relaxing. In fact, I probably work more hours than almost any past President.'

EXECUTIVE TIME. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump talks to the press as leaves the White House by the South lawn. Photo by Olivier Douliery/AFP

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Jan 14, 2019 - 9:32 PM

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White House sought military strike against Iran

Jan 14, 2019 - 11:04 AM

The report says the move came after a mortar attack launched by an Iran-linked group on the Baghdad diplomatic quarters home to the US embassy in September.

STRIKING IRAN. US National Security Advisor, John Bolton, speaks to the Federalist Society in Washington DC on September 10, 2018. File photo by Andrew Caballero-Reynolds

White House chief: Trump not building a 'wall'

Dec 31, 2018 - 5:26 PM

Outgoing White House chief John Kelly's remarks oppose President Trump's rhetoric on the US-Mexico border

US-MEXICO BORDER. American soldiers install fencing as part of a military deployment ordered by President Donald Trump to harden the US-Mexico border and provide engineering and logistical support to Customs and Border Protection agents. Photo by Thomas Watkins/Agence France-Presse

How George H.W. Bush secretly helped a Filipino boy for 10 years

Dec 20, 2018 - 12:00 PM

The former US president helped a young Filipino boy fund his education, extracurricular activities, and meals

BUSH. Former US president George HW Bush speaks before students at Tokyo's Waseda University on December 15, 2006. AFP file photo

Trump signals retreat on wall funding, but shutdown threat remains

Dec 19, 2018 - 3:30 PM

'The president asked every one of his cabinet secretaries to look for funding that can be used to protect our borders,' White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders says

TRUMP. US President Donald Trump speaks during a press conference in the East Room of the White House January 10, 2018 in Washington, DC. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

2018: Trump's year of disruption – and danger ahead

Dec 16, 2018 - 2:00 PM

From trampling near-sacred allies like Canada to trying to make good with rival Russia and enemy North Korea, Donald Trump's foreign policy shook up the world

Trump's son-in-law Kushner possible next chief of staff – U.S. media

Dec 14, 2018 - 10:37 AM

According to reports, Jared Kushner met with the Republican leader to discuss the job

NEXT CHIEF OF STAFF? This file photo taken on February 16, 2017 shows Senior White House adviser Jared Kushner as he arrives to attend US President Donald Trump's press conference at the White House in Washington, DC. File photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Trump attacks Paris climate agreement, cites France protests

Dec 08, 2018 - 10:03 PM

US President Donald Trump's comments came admi the UN climate talks in Poland, where 200 nations gather to agree on a rulebook on the 2015 climate accord

CLIMATE CHANGE. In this file photo taken on September 11, 2018, US President Donald Trump speaks to members of the press following a briefing on Hurricane Florence in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, DC. File photo by Zach Gibson/AFP

Tributes pour in for ex-U.S. president George H.W. Bush

Dec 01, 2018 - 4:45 PM

(UPDATED) Here are excerpts of messages from the worlds of politics, business and Hollywood for the 41st US President

BUSH 41. In this file photo taken on September 25, 2008, former President George H. W. Bush waves as he arrives at the White House to participate in US President George W. Bush's signing of S. 3406, the ADA (Americans With Disabilities) Amendments Act of 2008, at the White House in Washington, DC. Photo by Jim Watson/AFP

George H.W. Bush: Head of political dynasty, war hero

Dec 01, 2018 - 2:42 PM

The decorated war pilot, oilman, and diplomat who later became the 41st US President steered America through the end of the Cold War

BUSH 41. In a file photo taken on June 4, 1992, President George H.W. Bush answers reporters' questions during a news conference in the East Room of the White House. Photo from Shutterstock

Former U.S. president George H.W. Bush dead at 94

Dec 01, 2018 - 1:09 PM

(UPDATED) 'George H.W. Bush was a man of the highest character and the best dad a son or daughter could ask for,' his son, former president George W. Bush, says in a statement

HOSPITALIZED. In this file photo, Former US President George H. W. Bush points to his wife Barbara Bush (not in photo) during an event in the East Room of the White House July 15, 2013 in Washington, DC. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Trump says he doesn't believe own government's climate warning

Nov 27, 2018 - 2:56 PM

'I don't believe it,' President Donald Trump says at the White House, adding that the United States will not take measures to cut emissions if the same is not done in other countries

CLIMATE CHANGE. In this file photo taken on September 11, 2018 US President Donald Trump speaks to members of the press following a briefing on Hurricane Florence in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, DC. File photo by Zach Gibson/AFP

Ivanka Trump used personal email for gov't business – report

Nov 20, 2018 - 3:17 PM

President Donald Trump has repeatedly pilloried Hillary Clinton, his rival in the 2016 presidential election, for her use of a private email server for government business while she was secretary of state

White House restores CNN journalist's credentials, with warning

Nov 20, 2018 - 12:56 AM

(UPDATED) CNN says it is dropping its lawsuit on reporter Jim Acosta's access, a case that has raised concerns over constitutional rights for the press

EYE OF THE STORM. In this file photo taken on November 16, 2018 CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta arrives at US District Court in Washington, DC, where Judge Timothy Kelly ordered the White House to reinstate Acosta's press credentials. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

U.S. judge orders White House to restore CNN reporter's access

Nov 17, 2018 - 12:45 AM

A federal judge issues a temporary restraining order that requires the White House to restore CNN reporter Jim Acosta's access based on 'due process'

US President Donald Trump (R) gets into a heated exchange with CNN chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta (C) as NBC correspondent Peter Alexander (L) looks on during a post-election press conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC on November 7, 2018. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP)

U.S. media in court showdown over White House access

Nov 15, 2018 - 11:44 AM

In the emergency hearing, CNN's lawyer Ted Boutrous asks the judge for a temporary order allowing Jim Acosta to get his White House pass back ahead of a full hearing

LEGAL BATTLE. CNN attorney Ted Boutrous delivers remarks outside US District Court following a hearing on CNN's case against the White House regarding White House correspondent Jim Acosta November 14, 2018 in Washington, DC. Photo by Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP

CNN sues White House over barring of reporter

Nov 13, 2018 - 11:04 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The news network says the 'wrongful revocation of these credentials violates CNN and Acosta's First Amendment rights of freedom of the press, and their Fifth Amendment rights to due process.'

CONFRONTATION. In this file photo taken on November 7, 2018 US President Donald Trump gets into a heated exchange with CNN chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta during a post-election press conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC. Photo by Jim Watson/AFP

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Nov 08, 2018 - 9:49 PM

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White House bars CNN reporter after heated Trump exchange

Nov 08, 2018 - 9:29 AM

(UPDATED) A visibly angry Donald Trump has called reporter Jim Acosta a 'rude, terrible person,' after the CNN White House correspondent refused the president's orders to sit down and give up the microphone during a news conference

CLASH. US President Donald Trump (R) gets into a heated exchange with CNN chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta (C) as NBC correspondent Peter Alexander (L) looks on during a post-election press conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC on November 7, 2018. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Kremlin says it sees no prospects for better Russia-U.S. ties

Nov 07, 2018 - 7:03 PM

'Rosy prospects for the normalization of Russian-US ties are not visible on the horizon,' says Dmitry Peskov, spokesman of Russian president Vladimir Putin

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov speaks on the phone before a session of the Council of Heads of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) in Sochi on October 11, 2017.  MAXIM SHEMETOV / POOL / AFP

The week in photos: October 27-November 2, 2018

Nov 03, 2018 - 10:26 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

MIGRANTS. A view of Honduran migrants heading in a caravan to the US resting in a basketball pitch in San Pedro Tapanatepec, Oaxaca, Mexico on October 28, 2018.  Photo by Guillermo Arias/AFP

1 dead as monstrous Hurricane Michael tears into Florida

Oct 11, 2018 - 10:10 AM

Federal Emergency Management Agency chief Brock Long says Michael is the most intense hurricane to strike the Florida Panhandle since 1851

AFTER MICHAEL. Damaged buildings and a flooded street are seen after Hurricane Michael passed through the downtown area on October 10, 2018 in Panama City, Florida. Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP

Trump dismisses Woodward book as 'joke'

Sep 11, 2018 - 5:35 PM

'Fear: Trump in the White House' hits US bookstores on September 11 after a weeklong buildup, with published excerpts, leaks and interviews that portray Trump as dangerously erratic and uninformed

SQUARING OFF. This combination of file photos created September 4, 2018 show Associate Editor of the Washington Post Bob Woodward (L) speaking at the Newseum during an event marking the 40th anniversary of Watergate at the Newseum in Washington, DC June 13, 2012; and US President Donald Trump speaking during an event to announce a grant for drug-free communities support program, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC, on August 29, 2018. Photos by Mandel Ngan and Jim Watson/AFP

Trump received Kim Jong-un letter seeking second meet – White House

Sep 11, 2018 - 10:49 AM

White House spokesperson Sarah Sanders says the letter shows Pyongyang's 'continued commitment to focus on denuclearization' on the Korean Peninsula

HISTORIC. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump gestures as he meets with North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un at the start of their historic US-North Korea summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore on June 12, 2018. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Trump calls on Times to reveal 'coward' behind critical op-ed

Sep 07, 2018 - 11:45 AM

'Unidentified deep state operatives who defy voters to push their secret agendas are truly a threat to democracy itself,' says US President Donald Trump

ON NEW YORK TIMES. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump speaks during a working session with mayors in the East Room of the White House on January 24, 2018 in Washington, DC. File photo by AFP

Officials rush to assure Trump they didn't pen op-ed criticizing him

Sep 07, 2018 - 8:59 AM

Amid frenzied speculation about who is hiding behind a cloak of anonymity, Vice President Mike Pence is the first to assert that he did not pen the New York Times piece

ASSURANCE. Senior officials rush to assure US President Donald Trump they didn't write the New York Times 'resistance' op-ed published on Wednesday, September 5. AFP file photo

Trump slams 'gutless' New York Times 'resistance' op-ed

Sep 06, 2018 - 9:05 AM

But Donald Trump insists his administration is 'doing a great job.' He also unloads on the 'failing New York Times' for running an 'anonymous - meaning gutless - a gutless editorial.'

Screenshot of New York Times op-ed; Trump file photo by AFP

Damning Woodward book depicts 'Crazytown' Trump White House

Sep 05, 2018 - 10:36 AM

Bob Woodward's investigation carries particular weight coming from the man who together with Carl Bernstein authored the Watergate expose that brought down Richard Nixon

New Yorker drops Steve Bannon from festival lineup after outcry

Sep 04, 2018 - 10:53 AM

The decision comes after several panelists said they would not share a platform with former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon

STEVE BANNON. In this file photo, Senior White House adviser Steve Bannon (L) listens as US President Donald Trump speaks to the press before he meets with his Cabinet in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, DC, on March 13, 2017. File photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Trump insists White House a 'smooth-running machine'

Aug 31, 2018 - 9:12 AM

President Donald Trump also brands the Mueller probe as 'illegal' – despite the fact his own Justice Department says the opposite

MUELLER PROBE. In this file photo US President Donald Trump speaks to the media after holding a press conference ahead of his early departure from the G7 Summit on June 9, 2018 in Quebec City, Canada. File photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images/AFP

Top White House lawyer to leave as Russia probe heats up

Aug 30, 2018 - 11:29 AM

Donald Trump makes the announcement on Twitter without first telling McGahn, The New York Times reports, citing people close to the president and the lawyer

MCGAHN. In this file photo taken on April 13, 2018 US White House Counsel Don McGahn walks after the investiture ceremony for US District Judge Trevor N. McFadden at the US District Court in Washington, DC. File photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images North America/AFP

Michael Cohen, Trump fixer who pledged to 'take a bullet' for the president

Aug 22, 2018 - 9:47 AM

'I'm the guy who stops the leaks. I'm the guy who protects the president and the family. I'm the guy who would take a bullet for the president,' Cohen says in a 2017 interview

MICHAEL COHEN. His once-deep loyalty to Donald Trump melted away when he stunningly implicated the US president in two felony crimes. AFP file photos

Trump calls former aide Omarosa a 'dog'

Aug 15, 2018 - 3:48 PM

President Donald Trump ratchets up the war of words to a level of nastiness rarely seen, even from a president who has shown he does not pull punches when insulting his critics

BREACH OF TRUST? US President Donald Trump looks on during a press conference on April 3, 2018 in Washington, DC. File photo by Olivier Douliery/AFP

Omarosa's White House recordings fuel Trump woes

Aug 14, 2018 - 11:34 AM

The recording by former aide Omarosa Manigault Newman represents another stunning breach of presidential trust