Jeff Mason
Jeff Mason
Reuters White House Correspondent; Past president at WHCA; Colorado native, Northwestern grad, Fulbright alum. Postings in DC/Brussels/Frankfurt/Berlin.Source
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Trump torpedoes meeting with Democrats, blasts Pelosi's 'cover-up' accusation

Trump torpedoes meeting with Democrats, blasts Pelosi's 'cover-up' accusation

By , , WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Wednesday abruptly cut short a White House meeting with Democratic lawmakers on infrastructure, then ripped into them over House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s accusation that he is engaged in a cover-up and asserted that he could not work with them unless they dropped multiple investigations.“I don’t do cover-ups,” the Republican president, clearly agitated, told reporters at a previously unscheduled Rose Garden appearance after his brief meeting with Democratic congressional leaders that Pelosi described as “very, very, very...

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May 22, 2019
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Trump move could scrap or weaken law that protects social media companies

Trump move could scrap or weaken law that protects social media companies

By , WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said he will introduce legislation that may scrap or weaken a law that has protected internet companies, including Twitter and Facebook, in an extraordinary attempt to regulate social media platforms where he has been criticized.The proposed legislation is part of an executive order Trump signed on Thursday afternoon. Trump had attacked Twitter for tagging his tweets about unsubstantiated claims of fraud about mail-in voting with a warning prompting readers to fact-check the posts.Trump wants to “remove or change” a provision of a law known...

May 28, 2020
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Pence spokeswoman, married to top Trump adviser, diagnosed with coronavirus

Pence spokeswoman, married to top Trump adviser, diagnosed with coronavirus

By , WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Mike Pence’s press secretary, the wife of one of President Donald Trump’s senior advisers, has tested positive for the coronavirus, raising alarm about the virus’ potential spread within the White House’s inner most circle.The diagnosis of Katie Miller, who is married to White House immigration adviser and speech writer Stephen Miller, was revealed by Trump in a meeting with Republican lawmakers on Friday, a day after news that Trump’s personal valet had tested positive for the virus.“Katie, she tested very good for a long period of time and...

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May 8, 2020
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Trump shifts rhetoric as he urges mask-wearing, warns of worsening pandemic

Trump shifts rhetoric as he urges mask-wearing, warns of worsening pandemic

By , WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump, in a shift in rhetoric and tone, encouraged Americans on Tuesday to wear masks if they cannot maintain social distance and warned that the coronavirus pandemic would get worse before it got better.In his first press briefing in months focused on the outbreak, Trump urged young people to avoid going to crowded bars and maintained that the virus would disappear at some point.Trump’s remarks were a change in strategy from his robust emphasis on reopening the U.S. economy after its long, virus-induced shutdown and represented his first recent...

July 22, 2020
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Trump disagrees with Georgia's push to re-open economy

Trump disagrees with Georgia's push to re-open economy

By WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday said he strongly disagrees with Georgia’s aggressive push to re-open its economy in the midst of the novel coronavirus pandemic, saying it’s “just too soon” to lift some restrictions.Georgia Governor Brian Kemp, a Republican and Trump ally, is allowing businesses such as beauty salons, tattoo parlors and bowling alleys to reopen as soon as Friday. Trump said Georgia is not adhering to federal guidelines for states to re-start their economies.“It’s just too soon. I think it’s too soon,” Trump said. “They can wait a little bit...

April 22, 2020
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Trump, Pence test negative after White House valet contracts coronavirus

Trump, Pence test negative after White House valet contracts coronavirus

By , WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have tested negative for the novel coronavirus after a member of the U.S. military who works at the White House as a valet came down with the virus.During a meeting with the governor of Texas in the Oval Office on Thursday, Trump told reporters he had little contact with the man and would be tested daily going forward.Neither Trump nor Pence wore masks during the meeting.People working around the president at the White House have been getting regular tests for the coronavirus. But staff, Secret Service...

May 7, 2020
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Mexican leader lauds Trump despite past tariff threats, insults

Mexican leader lauds Trump despite past tariff threats, insults

By , WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador lavished praise on President Donald Trump at their first meeting on Wednesday, saying the U.S. leader treated Mexico with respect despite his history of threatening tariffs and insulting Mexicans.The leftist Mexican leader made his first foreign trip as president to the White House, where he and Trump accentuated the positive in their public remarks while largely glossing over their differences on business, illegal drugs and migration.“What I most appreciate is that you have never tried to impose anything on us that...

July 9, 2020
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Trump threatens to block aid for U.S. Postal Service if it does not raise prices for Amazon

Trump threatens to block aid for U.S. Postal Service if it does not raise prices for Amazon

By , WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Friday threatened to block federal aid for the U.S. Postal Service unless it raises shipping rates for online companies like Amazon.com, prompting criticism that the move would hurt consumers relying more than usual on packages during the coronavirus outbreak.The president has long accused the post office of charging too little for packages, saying that deliveries for Amazon and others cost the service money. Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos owns the Washington Post newspaper, which Trump has accused of unfair coverage of his...

April 24, 2020
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Democrats launch probe of Trump's firing of State Department watchdog

Democrats launch probe of Trump's firing of State Department watchdog

By , WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrats in Congress on Saturday launched an investigation into President Donald Trump’s move to oust the State Department’s internal watchdog, accusing the president of escalating his fight against any oversight of his administration.Trump announced the planned removal of Inspector General Steve Linick in a letter to House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi late Friday night, making Linick the latest government inspector general to be ousted in recent weeks under the Republican president.The top Democrats on the House and Senate Foreign Relations...

May 16, 2020
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Trump move could scrap or weaken law that protects social media companies

Trump move could scrap or weaken law that protects social media companies

By , WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said he will introduce legislation that may scrap or weaken a law that has protected internet companies, including Twitter and Facebook, in an extraordinary attempt to regulate social media platforms where he has been criticized.The proposed legislation is part of an executive order Trump signed on Thursday afternoon. Trump had attacked Twitter for tagging his tweets about unsubstantiated claims of fraud about mail-in voting with a warning prompting readers to fact-check the posts.Trump wants to “remove or change” a provision of a law known...

May 28, 2020
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