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Trump cuts short infrastructure meeting, blasts Pelosi's 'cover-up' accusation

Trump cuts short infrastructure meeting, blasts Pelosi's 'cover-up' accusation

United States WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Wednesday abruptly cut off a meeting with U.S. congressional Democrats on infrastructure spending, then ripped into them over intensifying investigations by lawmakers and U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s accusation that he is engaged in a cover-up. “I don’t do cover-ups,” an agitated Trump told reporters at a previously unscheduled White House appearance afterward, as he unleashed a litany of gripes about Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe and follow-up inquiries by congressional Democrats that the Republican...

May 22, 2019
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U.S. set to slap new sanctions on Russia as soon as Thursday: sources

U.S. set to slap new sanctions on Russia as soon as Thursday: sources

By , , WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States will announce sanctions on Russia as soon as Thursday for alleged election interference and malicious cyber activity, targeting several individuals and entities, people familiar the matter said.The sanctions, in which 30 entities are expected to be blacklisted, will be tied with orders expelling about 10 Russian officials from the United States, one of the people said.The United States is also expected to announce aggressive new measures targeting the country’s sovereign debt through restrictions on U.S. financial institutions’ ability to...

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Biden compares Xi to Putin, Republican voting restriction plans to segregation-era laws

Biden compares Xi to Putin, Republican voting restriction plans to segregation-era laws

By , WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Joe Biden vowed on Thursday to push China to play by international rules, criticized his Republican opponents and defended his policy to provide shelter to children crossing the U.S. border from Mexico at his first solo news conference since taking office.Appearing before reporters for more than an hour, Biden seemed well-prepared, read from written papers occasionally, and calmly took questions, a sharp contrast to the often raucous, combative news conferences held by his Republican predecessor, Donald Trump.Amid the worst U.S.-Chinese relations in...

Mar 25
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Trump tells Republican donors he'll help win Congress in 2022

Trump tells Republican donors he'll help win Congress in 2022

By WASHINGTON (Reuters) -Former President Donald Trump vowed to help Republicans win seats in Congress in 2022 elections but lashed out at two top party figures, Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell and former Vice President Mike Pence, at a donor retreat on Saturday.At a dinner at his Mar-a-Lago Club for Republican National Committee donors in Palm Beach, Florida, Trump made clear he is still irked at his inability to hang on to the White House despite losing the Nov. 3 election to Democrat Joe Biden, who is now president.McConnell drew Trump’s ire in the aftermath of the election for...

Apr 11
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U.S., Japan and South Korea agree to keep up pressure on North Korea

U.S., Japan and South Korea agree to keep up pressure on North Korea

By , WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The United States, South Korea and Japan agreed in high-level security talks on Friday to work together to keep up pressure on North Korea to give up its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.Slideshow In a joint statement after a day of talks, new U.S. President Joe Biden’s national security adviser, Jake Sullivan, and his Japanese counterpart, Shigeru Kitamura, and South Korea’s national security adviser Suh Hoon reaffirmed their commitment to address the issue “through concerted trilateral cooperation towards denuclearization.”The three countries also agreed...

Apr 2
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Biden proposes $2 trillion "once-in-a-generation" investment in U.S. economy

Biden proposes $2 trillion "once-in-a-generation" investment in U.S. economy

By , PITTSBURGH (Reuters) -President Joe Biden on Wednesday called for a sweeping use of government power to reshape the world’s largest economy and counter China’s rise in a $2 trillion-plus proposal that has been met with swift political resistance.Biden’s proposal would put corporate America on the hook for the tab for projects putting millions of Americans to work building infrastructure such as roads as well as tackling climate change and boosting human services like elder care.“It’s a once-in-a-generation investment in America, unlike anything we’ve seen or done,” Biden said in...

Mar 31
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Biden to declare it is 'time for American troops to come home' from Afghanistan

Biden to declare it is 'time for American troops to come home' from Afghanistan

By , WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Joe Biden will declare on Wednesday he plans to end the longest U.S. war and that it is “time for American troops to come home” from Afghanistan, looking to close the book on 20 years of U.S. military involvement there even as critics warn that peace is not assured.“We went to Afghanistan because of a horrific attack that happened 20 years ago,” Biden will say, according to excerpts of his speech released by the White House. “That cannot explain why we should remain there in 2021.”Biden is set to announce in a speech scheduled for 2:15 p.m. EDT (1815...

Apr 14
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Eyeing 2022 elections, Republicans jockey for Trump's blessing

Eyeing 2022 elections, Republicans jockey for Trump's blessing

By , , , KELSO, Wa (Reuters) - Speaking before a crowd of mostly maskless, white and older voters in this rural Washington county south of Seattle, four Republicans last week made their case for trying to unseat Jaime Herrera Beutler, a Republican congresswoman who voted to impeach Donald Trump for inciting a mob that attacked the Capitol.One after another, the candidates used their 15-minute pitches to tout their unshakable loyalty to Trump. Off the stage, the candidates said in interviews they all want his blessing to replace Herrera Beutler, a 10-year incumbent, in Washington’s third...

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Former top economic aide Sperling to oversee COVID-19 stimulus plan: White House

Former top economic aide Sperling to oversee COVID-19 stimulus plan: White House

By , WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former top U.S. economic adviser Gene Sperling will oversee the Biden administration’s implementation of the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 stimulus plan, the White House said on Monday as President Joe Biden readies to promote the recovery effort.Sperling, who advised Biden’s presidential campaign and served under former Democratic Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, will work with officials across the administration, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters at a briefing.Biden announced the move at a White House event, calling Sperling a “gifted manager”...

Mar 15
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Tensions rise within Biden administration as migrant kids crowd shelters

Tensions rise within Biden administration as migrant kids crowd shelters

By , , , WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Top aides to President Joe Biden are ramping up pressure on the agency that shelters thousands of unaccompanied migrant children, voicing frustration that kids are not being released quickly enough from detention, three U.S. officials said.In daily calls with representatives from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and other agencies, White House officials have demanded HHS speed up releases from its overloaded shelter system to free up space for children packed into crowded border patrol stations, the officials said. HHS is in charge of...

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Apr 15
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