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White House asks Congress for $2.5 billion to fight coronavirus

Feb 25, 2020 - 1:25 PM

Democrats slam the request as too low, and the House Appropriations Committee releases a statement calling it 'woefully insufficient'

Billionaire candidates shake up Democratic White House race

Feb 14, 2020 - 4:14 PM

Billionaires Mike Bloomberg and Tom Steyer invest hundreds of millions of dollars in their efforts to win the Democratic Party's presidential nomination. And so far, it seems like that strategy is working.

HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 13: A television screen shows Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg as he speaks to a crowd on February 13, 2020 in Houston, Texas. The former New York City mayor launched "Mike for Black America," an effort to focus on key issues relating to black Americans on his fifth campaign trip to Texas. Callaghan O'Hare/Getty Images/AFP Callaghan O'Hare / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

Former White House chief of staff rips Trump

Feb 14, 2020 - 9:54 AM

Kelly also blasts Trump's portrayal of illegal immigrants as dangerous criminals, saying 'in fact, they're overwhelmingly good people'

KELLY. Donald Trump's respected former chief of staff let rip against the 'illegal' scheme in Ukraine that led to impeachment. Photo by John Watson/AFP

Trump impeachment witnesses lose their jobs

Feb 08, 2020 - 10:17 AM

(UPDATED) The firings come two days after the Senate acquitted Trump of charges he abused his office, and one day after he gave a victory speech branding his opponents as 'evil'

TERMINATED. File photo of Alexander Vindman who was fired as director for European Affairs at the National Security Council. Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP

China hits out at Taiwan VP's visit to White House

Feb 07, 2020 - 10:37 AM

The White House meeting angers Beijing, which sees self-ruled Taiwan as part of its territory awaiting reunification, by force if necessary

VEEP. Taiwan Vice President William Lai in a file photo taken April 17, 2018. Photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

Iowa White House vote turns to fiasco as results delayed

Feb 04, 2020 - 10:11 PM

Republicans led by President Donald Trump gloat over the setback, and candidates who normally rely on the Midwestern state's caucuses for momentum as the primary season unfolds are denied that bounce

CAUCUS. Caucus volunteer works on paper work on February 3, 2020 in Carpenter, Iowa. File photo by Steve Pope/Getty Images/AFP

White House lawyers say voters should decide Trump's fate

Jan 26, 2020 - 1:34 PM

Pat Cipollone argues that Democrats are asking the Senate to 'tear up all of the ballots' from the 2016 presidential election and attempting to prevent Donald Trump from running for reelection in November

TRUMP LAWYERS. White House counsel Pat Cipollone (R) and US President Donald Trump's personal attorney, Jay Sekulow (L) arrive at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, January 22, 2020. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Washington airspace alert sparks White House lockdown

Nov 27, 2019 - 10:47 AM

The North American Aerospace Defense Command deploys a US Coast Guard helicopter to investigate what appeared to be an unidentified aircraft nearing tightly controlled Washington airspace but found nothing

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Court says White House must comply with impeachment subpoenas

Nov 26, 2019 - 6:55 PM

Judge Ketanji Jackson says in the decision, 'No one, not even the head of the Executive branch, is above the law'

TRUMP AT THE WHITE HOUSE. In this file photo taken on September 4, 2019 US President Donald Trump updates the media on Hurricane Dorian preparedness from the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, DC. File photo by Jim Watson/AFP

Former Trump advisor accuses White House of blocking Twitter access

Nov 23, 2019 - 6:06 PM

White House spokesperson Stephanie Grisham says John Bolton simply didn't know how to use the platform

Handout photo released by the Peruvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs of US President Donald Trump's National Security Advisor, John Bolton, speaking during the International Conference for Democracy in Venezuela in Lima on August 6, 2019. Washington warned third parties on Tuesday to avoid doing business with the Venezuelan regime of Nicolas Maduro, as delegates from some 60 countries met in Lima to discuss ways of ending the crisis in South American nation. HO / Peruvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs / AFP

'Hero' dog to get a White House homecoming – Trump

Oct 31, 2019 - 9:51 PM

According to the US account, Conan was injured chasing Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi into a dead end tunnel in his Syrian hideout, where the cornered ISIS leader detonated a suicide vest, killing himself and two children

'HERO.' This undated image released by the US Department of Defense on October 30, 2019, shows the military dog who sustained minor injuries during the Al-Baghdadi raid. The dog has returned to duty, according to the Pentagon. AFP PHOTO/US Department of Defense

New impeachment witness shakes White House

Oct 30, 2019 - 12:05 AM

National Security Council Ukraine expert Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman is the first witness to have personally listened in on the July 25 phone call at the core of the impeachment inquiry

WITNESS. Army Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman, Director for European Affairs at the National Security Council, arrives at a closed session before the House Intelligence, Foreign Affairs and Oversight committees October 29, 2019 at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

Trump seeks to discredit entire impeachment

Oct 09, 2019 - 9:33 AM

(UPDATED) In an eight-page letter signed by the White House counsel, the administration bluntly announces it will not cooperate with the Democratic-led House of Representatives, calling its impeachment push illegitimate

(FILES) In this file photo taken on October 3, 2019 US President Donald Trump leaves after signing an executive order regarding Medicare at Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center in The Villages, Florida. A second whistleblower has comes forward, this one with first-hand information of the events that triggered an impeachment investigation of President Donald Trump for alleged abuse of power, the informant's lawyer said Sunday. Brendan Smialowski / AFP

White House blocks U.S. diplomat impeachment probe testimony

Oct 08, 2019 - 10:30 PM

'The failure to produce this witness...we consider yet additional strong evidence of obstruction of the constitutional functions of Congress,' says House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff

IMPEACHMENT PROBE. In this file photo, Gordon Sondland, the United States Ambassador to the European Union, addresses the media during a press conference at the US Embassy to Romania in Bucharest September 5, 2019. File photo by Daniel Mihailescu/AFP

Democrats threaten to subpoena White House for Ukraine scandal docs

Oct 02, 2019 - 11:08 PM

'The White House's flagrant disregard of multiple voluntary requests for documents have left us with no choice but to issue this subpoena,' says the chairmen of House committees on intelligence, foreign affairs and oversight

WHITE HOUSE. In this file photo, a member of the Secret Service stands guard outside the White House on January 13, 2019 in Washington, DC. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Chronology of events in the Trump phone call scandal

Sep 27, 2019 - 7:21 AM

Here is a chronology of events in the Ukraine scandal which prompts the opening of an impeachment into inquiry President Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump speaks to the press after arriving on Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, September 26, 2019, after returning from New York. SAUL LOEB / AFP

White House sought to bury Trump-Ukraine call – whistle-blower

Sep 26, 2019 - 9:13 PM

(UPDATED) The top-secret complaint, declassified by the administration and released by Congress, caps a stunning week of revelations that have put Donald Trump in the sharpest political and legal jeopardy of his presidency

US-UKRAINE. US President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky shake hands during a meeting in New York on September 25, 2019, on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Netanyahu, Trump deny report of Israeli spying near White House

Sep 13, 2019 - 10:50 AM

The Israel president says: 'I have a directive: no intelligence connection in the United States, no spying... It's rigorously enforced without any exception'

US President Donald Trump shakes hands with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu(R) in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, DC, March 25, 2019. - US President Donald Trump on Monday signed a proclamation recognizing Israeli sovereignty over the disputed Golan Heights, a border area seized from Syria in 1967."This was a long time in the making," Trump said alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the White House. US recognition for Israeli control over the territory breaks with decades of international consensus. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP)

Trump says Iranian leadership 'wants to meet'

Sep 13, 2019 - 7:38 AM

The US president has repeatedly indicated he is ready to meet with President Hassan Rouhani, who is expected to attend the UN General Assembly in New York this month

NUCLEAR DEAL. US President Donald Trump and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. File photos by Atta Kenare and Nicholas Kamm/AFP

U.S. says will deny citizenship to immigrants who use public benefits

Aug 12, 2019 - 11:06 PM

Announcing a new definition of the longstanding 'public charge' law, the White House says migrants will be blocked from entering the country if they are likely to need public assistance

SUNRISE. In this file photo, Salvadorean migrants heading in a caravan to the United States, walk at sunrise in Escuintla, Guatemala, on November 1, 2018. File photo by Marvin Recinos/AFP

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