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Pence says he stands with Trump but did not defend president’s ‘both sides’ comments on Charlottesville

Pence says he stands with Trump but did not defend president’s ‘both sides’ comments on Charlottesville

SANTIAGO, Chile — Vice President Pence says he is standing by President Trump in the aftermath of deadly violence at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, but he declined Wednesday to defend the president’s statement from the day before that “both sides” were to blame. Asked at a news conference whether he agreed with Trump that there […]
Is Trump gutting Meals on Wheels? His budget director says no.

Is Trump gutting Meals on Wheels? His budget director says no.

Meals on Wheels, the popular nationwide program that provides hot meals to needy seniors, has become a rallying point for critics of President Trump’s proposed budget, which slashes spending on social initiatives to beef up military spending. But on Sunday, the Trump administration answered an emphatic "no" to the question of whether the budget would […]
Trump expands counselor Dina Powell’s role to include national security

Trump expands counselor Dina Powell’s role to include national security


The portfolio of one of President Trump's top economic advisers, Dina Habib Powell, is greatly expanding to include national security strategy and interagency coordination, an administration official confirmed Wednesday night. Powell, a former Goldman Sachs executive and a veteran of President George W. Bush's administration, has been serving as Trump's senior counselor for economic initiatives, as well […]
VP Pence: ‘America’s Obamacare nightmare is about to end’

VP Pence: ‘America’s Obamacare nightmare is about to end’

Vice President Pence forcefully defended on Thursday night the Trump administration's plans to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, saying the law known as Obamacare is a “nightmare” and that the administration is committed to “an orderly transition” to a new health-care system. Addressing a gathering of conservative activists in the Washington area, Pence sought to […]
Trump touts recent immigration raids, calls them a ‘military operation’

Trump touts recent immigration raids, calls them a ‘military operation’

President Trump on Thursday celebrated what he called “a military operation” to round up and deport undocumented immigrants who have committed crimes or caused violence in the United States. “We’re getting gang members out, we’re getting drug lords out, we’re getting really bad dudes out of this country — and at a rate that nobody’s […]

Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau to meet with Trump at the White House Monday

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who is emerging as a leader of the liberal global resistance to President Trump, plans to visit Washington Monday for his first face-to-face meeting with the newly-inaugurated U.S. leader. Trump plans to welcome Trudeau at the White House for a bilateral discussion, making Trudeau the third head of state to […]
Trump says his critics ‘pull out the racist card’

Trump says his critics ‘pull out the racist card’


President Trump accused television pundits and other critics of playing "the racist card" when they characterize him or his policies as anti-Muslim or anti-black. Fox News Channel personality Bill O'Reilly asked Trump in an interview that aired Tuesday night whether his feelings are hurt when critics "are making you into a hater." "No, because they always do it," Trump […]

Trump gives ‘fake news’ sneer at polls critical of travel ban order

President Trump on Monday tried to dismiss public opinion surveys showing opposition to his travel ban as “fake news,” insisting that there is popular support for his executive order temporarily prohibiting the entry of all refugees as well as travelers from seven majority-Muslim nations. Trump tweeted at 7:01 a.m.: “Any negative polls are fake news, […]
Trump on ‘tough’ calls with world leaders: ‘Don’t worry about it’

Trump on ‘tough’ calls with world leaders: ‘Don’t worry about it’

President Trump told the American people there is no reason for concern about his contentious and at times hostile calls with foreign leaders such as the Australian prime minister, saying these dangerous times demand a U.S. president who will be 'tough' — even with steadfast allies. "Believe me, when you hear about the tough phone calls […]
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