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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

Trump extends ban aimed at Huawei, ZTE to May 2021

May 14, 2020 - 3:16 PM

The order prevents US companies from using telecoms equipment made by companies that the government believes pose a national security risk

Trump deepens rift with top doctor Fauci on US reopening

May 14, 2020 - 9:52 AM

Trump, speaking to reporters at the White House, says he found Fauci's latest call for a highly cautious reopening 'not acceptable'

BUTTING HEADS. U.S. President Donald Trump listens to Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases speak at the White House on March 21, 2020. Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images/AFP

Trump aide Kushner suggests delay possible in U.S. election

May 13, 2020 - 11:31 PM

Although Jared Kushner does not say he wants a change in date and notes 'it's not my decision to make,' his remarks are attacked by Trump critics as evidence of overreach

ON US ELECTIONS. Senior Advisor to President Donald Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner looks on as US President Donald Trump holds a news conference on the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC on May 11, 2020. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

U.S. judge stalls effort to drop case against ex-Trump aide Flynn

May 13, 2020 - 10:51 AM

'The parallels and the contrasts between the Watergate affair and the present situation now before this Court are striking,' says a group dubbing itself the 'Watergate Prosecutors'

STALLED. Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn arrives for a meeting with US President Donald Trump at Trump Tower in New York in 2016. Photo by Timothy A. Clary/AFP

Trump backs Tesla on reopening after Musk defies order

May 13, 2020 - 9:06 AM

'California should let Tesla & @elonmusk open the plant, NOW. It can be done Fast & Safely!' Trump says in a tweet

ELON MUSK. The Tesla chief on Saturday, May 9, threatened to pull his electric car headquarters and plant out of California after local authorities kept him from resuming production due to the coronavirus pandemic. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

'Trump Death Clock' counts preventable U.S. coronavirus deaths

May 12, 2020 - 10:55 AM

The 'clock' ticks on the assumption that 60% of COVID-19 deaths in the United States could have been prevented

TICK TOCK. A Trump Death Clock which calculates the portion of U.S. COVID-19 deaths caused by President Trumps delayed response to the coronavirus pandemic was unveiled by Eugene Jarecki in Times Square during the coronavirus pandemic on May 08, 2020 in New York City. Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images/AFP

Trump dismisses concern over virus spreading inside White House

May 12, 2020 - 9:34 AM

Though it may appear spacious in movies and TV shows, the West Wing is actually rather cramped, making social distancing difficult

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U.S. Supreme Court to take on Trump taxes, presidential immunity

May 10, 2020 - 3:18 PM

The hearing gives time for the justices to render a decision before the presidential election in November, as Donald Trump seeks a second term

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Obama calls Trump's handling of pandemic a 'chaotic disaster'

May 10, 2020 - 8:50 AM

In a leaked web call, former US president Barack Obama also hits the dropping of charges against Michael Flynn then rallies support behind Democratic party presidential bet Joe Biden

TRUMP CRITIC. Former US President Barack Obama speaks during the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on July 27, 2016. File photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP PHOTO

Venezuela charges Americans with terrorism, conspiracy

May 09, 2020 - 9:59 AM

President Maduro accuses US President Donald Trump of being behind the invasion

(FILES) In this file photo taken on September 30, 2019 Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro speaks during a press conference in Caracas. - The United States on November 5, 2019 vowed to maintain maximum pressure to topple Venezuela's Nicolas Maduro as it slapped sanctions on five more officials."While Maduro and his associates continue to enrich themselves, the Venezuelan people suffer brutality, violence and oppression at the hands of the intelligence, security and armed forces," Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement. (Photo by YURI CORTEZ / AFP)

U.S. Justice Department drops case against ex-Trump aide Flynn

May 08, 2020 - 9:13 AM

In a nearly unheard-of reversal, the department says that Flynn's December 2017 guilty plea was moot because the lies were insignificant

TRUMP AND FLYNN. US President Donald Trump and former national security advisor Michael Flynn. File photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Trump vetoes measure limiting his war powers in Iran

May 07, 2020 - 9:27 AM

It is the second time Trump has vetoed an attempt by Congress to control his military initiatives

THE DON. US President Donald Trump pauses while speaking at an event on November 12, 2019, in New York. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Coronavirus worse for U.S. than Pearl Harbor, 9/11 – Trump

May 07, 2020 - 8:45 AM

'It should have never happened," Trump says. 'Could have been stopped at the source. Could have been stopped in China.'

PLASTIC. A man waits for a train in a subway station during the coronavirus outbreak on April 13, 2020 in New York City. Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Trump backtracks on scrapping of White House coronavirus task force

May 06, 2020 - 10:57 PM

The coronavirus task force has spearheaded the complex response to the fast-spreading virus, which has already killed more than 70,000 Americans

COVID-19 TASK FORCE. In this file photo taken on April 16, 2020 (R-L) Response coordinator for White House Coronavirus Task Force Deborah Birx, US Vice President Mike Pence and US President Donald Trump participate in the daily briefing on the novel coronavirus in the Brady Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, DC. File photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Trump denies U.S. role in mysterious Venezuela sea invasion

May 06, 2020 - 9:58 AM

President Nicolas Maduro appears on state television with the US passports of a pair he says belongs to US security forces

POTUS. 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

Mask-less Trump visits mask factory in Arizona

May 06, 2020 - 8:13 AM

President Donald Trump's first major trip since the lockdown comes with political color, as he mentions the elections and endorses his political allies

Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Europe emerges from lockdown as global virus cases top 3.5 million

May 04, 2020 - 3:16 PM

Politicians are grappling with how to get the wheels of commerce and industry turning again without sparking a second wave of infections

EASING THE LOCKDOWN. Commuters arrive from regional trains at the Cardona railway station on May 4, 2020 in Milan, as Italy starts to ease its lockdown. Photo by Miguel Medina/AFP

Trump relaunches campaign with vaccine promise, vision of 'incredible' future

May 04, 2020 - 9:31 AM

(UPDATED) 'We can't stay closed as a country, we're not going to have a country left,' Trump says at the TV town hall

GRIMACE. US President Donald Trump looks on prior to departing on Marine One from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP