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Trump to nominate conservative judge Amy Coney Barrett to succeed Ginsburg, sources say

Trump to nominate conservative judge Amy Coney Barrett to succeed Ginsburg, sources say

By , WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump plans on Saturday to name conservative federal appeals court judge Amy Coney Barrett to fill the vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court created by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, two sources said on Friday.His decision, which comes a week after the liberal icon’s death at age 87, sets the stage for what promises to be a bitter confirmation fight in the U.S. Senate, which is controlled by Trump’s fellow Republicans. Trump has asked Senate Republicans to confirm his nominee ahead of the Nov. 3 U.S. election, when he seeks a second term...

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Trump pledges to make Juneteenth federal holiday in bid for Black voters

Trump pledges to make Juneteenth federal holiday in bid for Black voters

By , ATLANTA (Reuters) - President Donald Trump made a series of promises at a campaign event in Atlanta on Friday in a bid to woo Black voters, including establishing Juneteenth, which commemorates the end of U.S. slavery, as a federal holiday.Trump, who announced the promises less than 40 days before the November presidential election, also pledged to designate two groups as terrorist organizations: the white supremacist Ku Klux Klan and the amorphous movement known as antifa that opposes fascism. He also promised to increase access to capital in Black communities, create more jobs,...

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U.S.-China tensions take center stage at U.N. as Trump accuses Beijing of unleashing 'plague'

U.S.-China tensions take center stage at U.N. as Trump accuses Beijing of unleashing 'plague'

By , NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump told the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday that China must be held accountable for having “unleashed” COVID-19 on the world, prompting Beijing to accuse him of “lies” and abusing the U.N. platform to provoke confrontation.China’s President Xi Jinping struck a conciliatory tone in his pre-recorded virtual address to the General Assembly, calling for enhanced cooperation over the pandemic and stressing that China had no intention of fighting “either a Cold War or a hot war with any country.”But China’s U.N. ambassador Zhang Jun...

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Exclusive: U.S. to slap sanctions on over two dozen targets tied to Iran arms

Exclusive: U.S. to slap sanctions on over two dozen targets tied to Iran arms

By , WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Monday will sanction more than two dozen people and entities involved in Iran’s nuclear, missile and conventional arms programs, a senior U.S. official said, putting teeth behind U.N. sanctions on Tehran that Washington argues have resumed despite the opposition of allies and adversaries.Speaking on condition of anonymity, the official said Iran could have enough fissile material for a nuclear weapon by the end of the year and that Tehran has resumed long-range missile cooperation with nuclear-armed North Korea. He did not provide detailed...

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Trump says he will name Supreme Court successor to liberal Ginsburg 'without delay'

Trump says he will name Supreme Court successor to liberal Ginsburg 'without delay'

By , WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A fierce political battle shaped up over the future of the U.S. Supreme Court on Saturday, with President Donald Trump saying he would quickly name a successor to liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a move that would tip the court further to the right.“We were put in this position of power and importance to make decisions for the people who so proudly elected us, the most important of which has long been considered to be the selection of United States Supreme Court Justices,” Trump said on Twitter. “We have this obligation, without delay!”Ginsburg, the senior...

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In break with past, UAE and Bahrain forge ties with Israel at White House

In break with past, UAE and Bahrain forge ties with Israel at White House

By , WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United Arab Emirates and Bahrain signed agreements on Tuesday to establish formal ties with Israel, becoming the first Arab states in a quarter century to break a longstanding taboo, in a strategic realignment of Middle East countries against Iran.U.S. President Donald Trump hosted the White House ceremony, capping a dramatic month when first the UAE and then Bahrain agreed to reverse decades of ill will without a resolution of Israel’s dispute with the Palestinians.In front of a crowd of several hundred people on the White House lawn, Prime Minister Benjamin...

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Bahrain follows Emirates in normalizing ties with Israel

Bahrain follows Emirates in normalizing ties with Israel

By , , WASHINGTON/JERUSALEM/DUBAI (Reuters) - Bahrain joined the United Arab Emirates in agreeing to normalize relations with Israel on Friday, a move forged partly through shared fears of Iran but one that could leave the Palestinians further isolated.U.S. President Donald Trump posted the announcement on Twitter after he spoke by phone, according to the White House, to Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.“This is truly a historic day,” Trump told reporters in the Oval Office, saying he believed other countries would follow suit.“Opening...

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Facing potential money crunch, Trump ramps up big and small-dollar fundraising

Facing potential money crunch, Trump ramps up big and small-dollar fundraising

By , WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump will embark on a heavier fundraising schedule in coming weeks as his re-election campaign faces a possible cash crunch that has forced it to pull back television advertising in some crucial states.Trump’s campaign started the year with more than 10 times as much money as Democratic rival Joe Biden. But to the alarm of some Republican donors, the former vice president closed the gap as Democratic donors consolidated behind him and the Trump campaign burned through its cash more quickly.Biden, who leads Trump in most national and battleground...

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U.S. watching 'terrible' situation in Belarus closely, warns Russia not to meddle

U.S. watching 'terrible' situation in Belarus closely, warns Russia not to meddle

United States WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States believes mass protests in Belarus make clear the government of longtime president Alexander Lukashenko “can no longer ignore” calls for democracy there, a senior Trump administration official said on Monday. The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, also said Russia should stay out of the situation brewing in the Eastern European country, saying Moscow “must also respect Belarus’ sovereignty and the right of its people to freely and fairly elect their own leaders.” Security forces have clashed with protesters in Minsk and other...

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Trump says he probably would not participate in Putin Iran summit

Trump says he probably would not participate in Putin Iran summit

United Kingdom BEDMINSTER, N.J. (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday all but dismissed Russian President Vladimir Putin’s call for a summit of world leaders to discuss Iran, saying he probably would not participate. During a news conference at his Bedminster, New Jersey, golf club, Trump also said he intended to move next week to trigger a “snapback” of sanctions on Iran at the United Nations. “We’ll be doing a snapback,” Trump told reporters one day after the U.N. Security Council rejected a U.S. bid to extend a U.N. arms embargo on Iran. “You’ll be watching it next week.”...

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Trump scores diplomatic deal with Middle East allies before election

Trump scores diplomatic deal with Middle East allies before election

United States WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Thursday managed to pull off a rare victory for U.S. diplomacy in the Middle East ahead of his Nov. 3 re-election bid by helping to broker a deal between American allies Israel and the United Arab Emirates. The Gulf monarchy and Israel agreed to a normalization of diplomatic relations. Israel also said it would suspend annexing areas of the occupied West Bank as it had been planning to do. Soon after he sealed the agreement by phone with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, one of his strongest supporters, and Abu Dhabi’s...

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Israel and the United Arab Emirates reach historic deal to normalise relations

Israel and the United Arab Emirates reach historic deal to normalise relations

Israel and the UAE reach historic deal to normalise relations, with US helpcloseAdvertisementBy Normal text sizeLarger text sizeVery large text sizeWashington: Israel and the United Arab Emirates have reached a historic deal that will lead to a full normalisation of diplomatic relations between the two Middle Eastern nations in an agreement that US President Donald Trump helped to broker.Under the agreement, Israel has agreed to suspend annexation of parts of the occupied West Bank, senior White House officials said.The deal was the product of lengthy discussions between Israel, the UAE and...

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Israel and the United Arab Emirates reach historic deal to normalize relations, with Trump's help

Israel and the United Arab Emirates reach historic deal to normalize relations, with Trump's help

United States WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Israel and the United Arab Emirates reached a historic deal on Thursday that will lead to a full normalization of diplomatic relations between the two Middle Eastern nations in an agreement that U.S. President Donald Trump helped broker. Under the agreement, Israel has agreed to suspend applying sovereignty to areas of the West Bank that it has been discussing annexing, senior White House officials told Reuters. The deal was the product of lengthy discussions between Israel, the UAE and the United States that accelerated recently, White House officials...

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Coronavirus may force Trump nominating convention outdoors

Coronavirus may force Trump nominating convention outdoors

United States WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans are planning to move their convention formally nominating President Donald Trump for a second White House term from an indoor arena to an outdoor venue as Florida’s coronavirus cases surge, two party sources familiar with the conversations said on Tuesday. They said the plan, which Trump tentatively accepted on Monday during a White House meeting with top Republican National Committee (RNC) officials, emerged as the party scrambles to host a large-scale event next month amid the health crisis. “We’re not blind to the health concerns in...

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Trump to raise $10 million at in-person fundraiser in COVID-hit Florida

Trump to raise $10 million at in-person fundraiser in COVID-hit Florida

United States MIAMI (Reuters) - President Donald Trump is expected to raise $10 million on Friday during a high-dollar fundraiser hosted by the chief executive of a snack company in coronavirus-stricken Florida, according to a Republican official. The in-person fundraiser, hosted by Troy Link, chief executive officer of Wisconsin-based Link Snacks Inc, comes after Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden outraised Trump for two consecutive months. The former vice president banked $141 million in June, according to his campaign, topping Trump’s $131 million haul. Both candidates have...

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Fearing an election loss, Trump allies push him to be less polarizing

Fearing an election loss, Trump allies push him to be less polarizing

United Kingdom WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Some of President Donald Trump’s Republican allies are urging him to ditch his divisive messaging and outline a clear vision for a second term, fearing his handling of a series of crises has dimmed his re-election hopes. With four months to go before he faces Democrat Joe Biden in a Nov. 3 U.S. election, Trump’s opinion poll numbers have sunk as he struggles to manage the coronavirus pandemic, economic woes and protests over racial injustice. Speaking on condition of anonymity, allies said Trump was often his own worst enemy. They pointed to him...

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Trump slams protesters at Phoenix rally, visits border wall in Arizona

Trump slams protesters at Phoenix rally, visits border wall in Arizona

United States PHOENIX, Arizona (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump sought to turn nationwide protests to his political advantage in a campaign appearance in Arizona on Tuesday, vowing to prevent “the left-wing mob” from pushing the United States into chaos. Trump, whose first rally of the coronavirus pandemic on Saturday in Tulsa, Oklahoma, drew fewer supporters than expected and was seen to expose weaknesses in his campaign, pushed a law-and-order theme in Phoenix before a cheering audience of several thousand young people. Trump pointed to protesters who tried to pull down a statue of...

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U.S. officials to meet this week on Israel annexation plan

U.S. officials to meet this week on Israel annexation plan

United States WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. officials will gather this week to discuss whether to give Israel a green light for its plan to annex Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank, as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s target date of July 1 approaches. A senior administration official said on Monday that the U.S. ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, will be in Washington to meet officials including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, senior White House adviser Jared Kushner and Middle East envoy Avi Berkowitz. President Donald Trump could also join in. Under Trump’s Middle...

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Ex-White House adviser Bolton has book 'Donald Trump doesn't want you to read'

Ex-White House adviser Bolton has book 'Donald Trump doesn't want you to read'

United States WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former White House national security adviser John Bolton has written a book that provides an insider account of President Donald Trump’s “inconsistent, scattershot decision-making process,” his publisher said on Friday. Bolton’s “The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir,” is to be published on June 23 over the objections of the White House, which has been dickering with Bolton’s representatives over whether some parts of his account reveal classified information. Bolton was fired by Trump last September amid simmering differences on a wide array...

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Trump plans order on policing, opposes major reforms

Trump plans order on policing, opposes major reforms

United States DALLAS (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Thursday announced modest plans for an executive order on policing, while making it clear he would not support sweeping proposals in response to protests against police brutality prompted by the killing of George Floyd. Speaking at a campaign-style event at a church in Dallas, Trump said the order would advise police departments to adopt national standards for the use of force. His administration would also support better training for police and pilot programs for social workers to work alongside law enforcement officers, he said....

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Trump calls Fauci remarks on risks to reopening schools, economy unacceptable

Trump calls Fauci remarks on risks to reopening schools, economy unacceptable

United States WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday described as not acceptable a warning given by top U.S. infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci this week about the dangers of reopening the economy and schools too quickly. “To me it’s not an acceptable answer, especially when it comes to schools,” Trump told reporters at the White House when asked about Fauci’s warnings to senators on Tuesday about the risks of reopening the schools and economy too soon. Fauci, who directs the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, also warned that a premature...

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In leaked call, Obama describes Trump handling of virus as chaotic

In leaked call, Obama describes Trump handling of virus as chaotic

United States WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former President Barack Obama described President Donald Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic as “chaotic” in a conference call with former members of his administration, a source said on Saturday. Obama has largely kept out of the fray even as Trump has blamed him and his Democratic administration for a variety of problems related to having sufficient supplies to battle the pandemic that has killed more than 75,000 Americans. But in his call on Friday with 3,000 members of the Obama Alumni Association, people who served in his administration,...

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In leaked call, Obama describes Trump handling of virus as chaotic

In leaked call, Obama describes Trump handling of virus as chaotic

United States WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former President Barack Obama described President Donald Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic as “chaotic” in a conference call with former members of his administration, a source said on Saturday. Obama has largely kept out of the fray even as Trump has blamed him and his Democratic administration for a variety of problems related to having sufficient supplies to battle the pandemic that has killed more than 75,000 Americans. But in his call on Friday with 3,000 members of the Obama Alumni Association, people who served in his administration,...

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Trump, Pence test negative after White House valet contracts coronavirus

Trump, Pence test negative after White House valet contracts coronavirus

United States 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...

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Trump denies U.S. role in what Venezuela says was 'mercenary' incursion

Trump denies U.S. role in what Venezuela says was 'mercenary' incursion

United States WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Tuesday denied any involvement by the U.S. government in what Venezuelan officials have called a failed armed incursion in the South American country that led to the capture of two American “mercenaries.” Trump made the comment to reporters at the White House after socialist Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Monday said authorities there had detained two U.S. citizens working with a U.S. military veteran who has claimed responsibility for the foiled operation. “We’ll find out. We just heard about it,” Trump said when asked...

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