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  • Donald Trump Nov 7, 2019

    Diplomat William Taylor Testifies He Had ‘Clear Understanding' of Ukraine Quid Pro Quo

    A State Department envoy told lawmakers it was his “clear understanding” the U.S. government intended to withhold military aid from Ukraine until the country committed to investigations sought by President Donald Trump, including into a political rival, according to a transcript of the closed-door interview released Wednesday.

  • Donald Trump Oct 24, 2019

    Republicans Stand by Trump, Gingerly, After William Taylor's Testimony

    They pleaded ignorance, saying they’d not read the diplomat’s damning statement. They condemned the Democrats’ tactics as unfair. They complained that the allegations against President Donald Trump rested on second- or third-hand evidence. Wednesday was a day of careful counterargument by congressional Republicans, the day after America’s top envoy in Ukraine gave House impeachment investigators an explosive, detailed roadmap of...

  • Donald Trump Oct 24, 2019

    Pentagon Official Testifies After Republicans Storm Closed-Door Impeachment Hearing

    Republicans briefly brought the Democrat-led impeachment investigation to a halt Wednesday when around two dozen GOP House members stormed into a closed-door deposition with a Defense Department official. Democrats said the move compromised national security because some of the Republicans brought electronic devices into a secure room.

  • Donald Trump Oct 24, 2019

    House Republicans Storm Impeachment Deposition

    Impeachment hearings were delayed by five hours on Wednesday when two dozen House Republicans stormed the deposition room to protest the proceedings.

  • Donald Trump Oct 23, 2019

    Diplomat: Trump Linked Ukraine Aid to Demand for Probe

    A top U.S. diplomat testified Tuesday that President Donald Trump was holding back military aid for Ukraine unless the country agreed to investigate Democrats and a company linked to Joe Biden’s family, providing lawmakers with a detailed new account of the quid pro quo central to the impeachment probe.

  • Donald Trump Oct 22, 2019

    Impeachment: Former Ukraine Ambassador Bill Taylor Testifies

    Former Ambassador to Ukraine Bill Taylor testifies before Congress on Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, as the impeachment inquiry continues. NBC’s Tracie Potts reports.

  • Department of State Mar 4, 2019

    US Closes Jerusalem Consulate, Demoting Palestinian Mission

    The United States has officially shuttered its consulate in Jerusalem, downgrading the status of its main diplomatic mission to the Palestinians by folding it into the U.S. Embassy to Israel. For decades, the consulate functioned as a de facto embassy to the Palestinians. Now, that outreach will be handled by a Palestinian affairs unit, under the command of the embassy....

  • Donald Trump Oct 8, 2018

    Pompeo: ‘Significant Progress' Made on N. Korea Denuclearization Trip

    U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday that he and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made “significant progress” toward an agreement for the North to give up its nuclear weapons. While significant work remains to be done, he said he expected further results after an as-yet unscheduled second summit between Kim and President Donald Trump. “It’s a long...

  • Donald Trump Oct 7, 2018

    Pompeo Seeks Allied Unity in Dealing With North Korea

    America’s top diplomat left Tokyo for Pyongyang on Sunday after pledging that the U.S. will coordinate with allies Japan and South Korea on efforts to persuade North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons. On the eve of his fourth visit to North Korea, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met Saturday with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to try...

  • Donald Trump Sep 21, 2018

    Other Nations Adjust to ‘America First' Policy: Analysis

    America first? Try America first, second and third. As President Donald Trump prepares for his second U.N. General Assembly, the Olympics of international diplomacy, his administration has turned unabashedly and profoundly inward, pursuing ever more unilateral policies in what critics argue is a great retreat from global engagement that had been a bipartisan hallmark of previous U.S. leaders. Trump aides...

  • Associated Press Sep 19, 2018

    North, South Korea Strike Nuclear Site Deal, With US Condition

    North and South Korea reached a deal to shut down North Korea’s main nuclear site – on one condition.

  • Donald Trump Jul 20, 2018

    Translators Stay in Shadows, But Dems Want Trump's to Emerge

    After a week of erraticism by President Donald Trump about what really went on in his private meeting with Russia’s Vladimir Putin, history could use a fly on the wall. There were two — their interpreters. And some Democrats want Trump’s to talk. One translator’s reaction: What’s Russian for fuhgeddaboudit? Diplomatic interpreters speak when they’re spoken at, and that’s about...

  • Associated Press Mar 19, 2018

    Trump Announces Plan for New Steel and Aluminum Tariffs

    President Donald Trump’s plans to impose heavy, punishing penalties on foreign steel and aluminum raised fears of a global trade war and brought a response from global markets. Trump plans to put a 25 percent tariff on steel imports and a 10 percent tariff on aluminum imports.

  • Donald Trump Mar 19, 2018

    Trump Dangles Israel Trip for New Embassy; Mum on Peace Plan

    Under twin clouds of legal investigation, President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu presented a united front on Monday, Trump announcing he might travel to Jerusalem to preside over the opening of the new U.S. Embassy Netanyahu had wanted, and the Israeli lavishing praise on the American leader. In a show of strong support for Netanyahu, who faces...

  • Donald Trump Dec 24, 2017

    US Agrees to Send Lethal Weapons to Ukraine, Angering Russia

    The Trump administration has approved a plan to provide lethal weapons to Ukraine, a long-awaited move that deepens America’s involvement in the military conflict and may further strain relations with Russia. Moscow responded angrily on Saturday. The new arms include American-made Javelin anti-tank missiles, U.S. officials said late Friday. Ukraine has long sought to boost its defenses against Russian-backed separatists...

  • Europe Oct 17, 2017

    After ISIS Collapse in Raqqa, US Faces Other Extremism Threats

    The imminent fall of the Islamic State’s de facto capital leaves America a multitude of tasks to restore stability in the Middle East, starting with pockets of remaining ISIS resistance in Syria and Iraq. Then there are the more deeply rooted problems, not fixable by guns or bombs, that allowed extremism to rise and flourish: Syria’s civil war and Iraq’s...

  • Congress Sep 19, 2017

    ‘Rocket Man': Trump Slams North Korea in First Address to UN

    On his first address to the United Nation’s General Assembly, President Donald Trump called for more countries to join together against North Korea and Iran, and for Venezuela to restore “democracy and political freedoms.”

  • Donald Trump Apr 25, 2017

    State Department Removes Promotion of Trump's Mar-a-Lago

    The U.S. State Department has removed its promotional posting about President Donald Trump’s Florida resort, after a storm of ethics criticism Monday....
    In an April 4 blog post that was republished by several U.S. embassies abroad, Mar-a-Lago was described as “Trump’s Florida estate,” where he has hosted foreign leaders. “By visiting this ‘winter White House,’ Trump is belatedly fulfilling the dream...

  • Donald Trump Sep 14, 2016

    US Pledges Billions to Israel Over 10 Years in Largest American Military Aid Deal Ever

    The United States will provide Israel’s military with $38 billion during the next 10 years, officials said Tuesday, the largest batch of military assistance the U.S. has ever pledged to another country. Following months of behind-the-scenes negotiations, the State Department said the two countries had reached a 10-year agreement, with a signing ceremony planned for Wednesday. The U.S. and Israel...

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