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The GOP inherits what Trump has wrought

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - 1 min 12 sec ago
The president’s behavior becomes a model — and a burden — for Republican candidates.

Will Trump’s budget cut mail delivery? Plan revives contentious question.

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - 9 min 23 sec ago
Regarding another part of the budget, Rep. Steny Hoyer calls Trump’s plan to cut retirement programs for federal employees “draconian.”

Here's why the FBI is likely to be interested in Jared Kushner's meeting with Russians

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - 9 min 23 sec ago
Former CIA director John Brennan said earlier this week that Trump officials' meeting with the Russians set off his “radar"

How would removing Trump from office affect U.S. democracy?

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - 1 hour 12 min ago
Here's what we can learn from other countries' experiences with impeachment.

Senators hope to have their own partial health-care draft after next week’s recess

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - 1 hour 12 min ago
Still unclear is whether a bill can emerge from the Senate at all, let alone be acceptable in the House.

Trump's proposed budget does the opposite of what most U.S. taxpayers want

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - 1 hour 53 min ago
The 'Taxpayer First' budget doesn't listen to the taxpayers.

What can Michael Flynn's actions tell us about the Russia investigation?

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - 4 hours 9 min ago
Harvard's Alex Whiting explains where former national security adviser Michael Flynn might have broken the law. Plus, The Post's Greg Miller tells us how Flynn fits in the story of possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia.

Explaining the CBO's vision of health-care catastrophe in the GOP plan

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - 4 hours 9 min ago
In one-sixth of the United States, the CBO said, insurance markets would become so unstable they would no longer function.

Before the White House, Kennedy was a high-school prankster

REUTERS POLITICS - 6 hours 55 min ago
BOSTON (Reuters) - Years before he captained the torpedo boat PT-109, ran for office or set the United States on a path to put a man on the moon, President John F. Kennedy was a troublesome teen whose hijinks nearly got him kicked out of his prestigious boarding school.

Hillary Clinton returns to her alma mater Wellesley for speech

REUTERS POLITICS - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 22:04
BOSTON (Reuters) - Former U.S. secretary of state and failed 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton returns to her alma mater, Wellesley College, on Friday to address its graduating class.

U.S. visas issued to citizens of Trump travel ban nations continue to decline

REUTERS POLITICS - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 21:27
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States issued about 50 percent fewer visitor visas in April to citizens of seven countries covered by President Donald Trump's temporary travel bans than it did in an average month last year, according to a Reuters analysis of preliminary government data released on Thursday.

Agencies retool their missions to align with the Trump administration

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 21:02
New words to describe government work and an effort to ‘lay low.’

FBI Russia investigation looking at Kushner role

CNN POLITICS - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 20:45
The FBI's criminal probe of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election is increasingly touching on the multiple roles of senior White House adviser Jared Kushner on both the Trump campaign and the Trump transition team.

GOP leaders move to break health care gridlock

CNN POLITICS - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 20:25
A day after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he didn't know how he was going to find 50 votes to pass a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare, the No. 2 Senate Republican emerged from a key health care meeting saying he was suddenly "optimistic" about the negotiations over the thorny, high-stakes issue.

The investigation of Jared Kushner fits a very troubling pattern

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 20:01
Ethics experts have long warned that corruption often runs through family members.

Jared Kushner now a focus in Russia investigation

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 19:50
Investigators are looking in particular at meetings the president’s son-in-law held in December with Russians, people familiar with the matter said.

Investigators' attention on Jared Kushner puts Trump in an awkward position

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 19:42
If you become a problem, Trump will freeze you out. But what if you are the president's son-in-law?

U.S. lawmakers reintroduce bill to end restrictions on Cuba travel

REUTERS POLITICS - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 19:34
HAVANA/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A bipartisan group of U.S. senators reintroduced legislation on Thursday to repeal all restrictions on travel to Cuba, this time attracting far more co-sponsors in a sign of growing support for U.S.-Cuban detente even as its future looks uncertain.

Senators to force vote on Saudi weapons sale next month

CNN POLITICS - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 19:28
A bipartisan Senate trio is planning to force a vote next month on a small sliver of the $110 billion in arms sales to Saudi Arabia that President Donald Trump announced last week.

Democrats prepare to claim victory in Montana, regardless of outcome

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 19:08
A win for cowboy-poet Rob Quist would give his party its first major victory of the Trump presidency. A narrow victory for Greg Gianforte — in a state Trump won by 20 points — would be spun as fresh evidence of GOP decline.

Travel ban case: Here's what the Supreme Court might look at

CNN POLITICS - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 18:58
The next stop in the legal challenge over the Trump administration's travel ban against people from six Muslim-majority countries may be the Supreme Court.

Trump son-in-law Kushner under FBI scrutiny in Russia probe: media reports

REUTERS POLITICS - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 18:55
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner, a senior White House adviser, is under scrutiny by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the Russia probe, the Washington Post and NBC News reported on Thursday.

U.S. lawmakers to fight massive Trump Saudi arms deal

REUTERS POLITICS - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 18:25
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. lawmakers introduced legislation on Thursday seeking to stop at least a portion of President Donald Trump's sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia.

In Montana's special, it's time to count the votes

CNN POLITICS - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 18:21
Republican candidate Greg Gianforte was considered the favorite heading into Montana's special election Thursday night to replace Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, but that was before the Republican allegedly "body slammed" a reporter during his final campaign event in Bozeman Wednesday.

US mayoral races becoming less competitive, study indicates

CNN POLITICS - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 18:00
A study found more than half of mayoral races from 2000-2016 in six states went uncontested.

Trump officials under fire over vague tax proposals

REUTERS POLITICS - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 17:54
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Missing from President Donald Trump's budget proposal this week was an annual report, known as the Green Book, that presidents have issued for many years to spell out their tax goals in detail, an omission that tax experts called telling.

Leading from the side: At NATO event, Trump waffles again on U.S. commitments

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 17:43
The president has kept one foot in and one foot out on NATO and other international obligations.

Trump arrives in Sicily ahead of Group of Seven summit

REUTERS POLITICS - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 17:22
SIGONELLA, Italy (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump arrived in Sicily from Brussels on Thursday ahead of a two-day Group of Seven summit at which other leaders are expected to pressure him to soften his stance on trade and climate change.

Hill demands answers on Robert Mueller probe

CNN POLITICS - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 17:22
A growing number of key lawmakers in both parties are calling on Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller to detail what specifically his Russia investigation is targeting, with one Democratic senator warning bluntly that failing to do so could jeopardize the criminal probe into President Donald Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Senate Intelligence Committee votes to give leaders solo subpoena power

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 17:13
The move will let committee leaders issue subpoenas faster, but they have not identified who or when they may target.

Trump pushes around NATO; lecture seen as unsettling alliance

CNN POLITICS - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 17:06
When President Donald Trump lectured NATO members on their contributions to the trans-Atlantic alliance, he demonstrated a lack of understanding about how the group works and potentially alienated the US' closest allies, analysts said.

Will Trumpshake make world leaders avoid his grip?

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 17:02
France's president, Emmanuel Macron, appeared to deliberately swerve out of President Trump's path on May 25.

Obama: 'As the father of two daughters, I am heartbroken' by Manchester attack

CNN POLITICS - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 17:02
Former President Barack Obama delivered a poignant message to the people of Manchester today following Monday night's deadly terrorist bombing.

Two Nominations Sent to the Senate Today

THE WHITE HOUSE PRESS OFFICE - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 16:56

NOMINATIONS SENT TO THE SENATE:

Callista L. Gingrich, of Virginia, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Holy See.

George Nesterczuk, of Virginia, to be Director of the Office of Personnel Management for a term of four years, vice Katherine Archuleta, resigned.

Civil rights group sues in U.S. court over immigration detention

REUTERS POLITICS - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 16:44
(Reuters) - The American Civil Liberties Union sued the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in federal court on Thursday, seeking records the civil rights group contends provide accounts of hunger strikes at immigration detention facilities.

Macron appears to swerve away from Trump at NATO summit

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 16:40
French President Emmanuel Macron appeared to swerve away from President Trump during a meeting of NATO leaders on May 25 in Brussels.

Greg Gianforte's defense is as important as his violent actions

CNN POLITICS - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 16:39
At the very top of the job description for "politician" -- and especially so for "candidate" -- is the requirement to take questions and give answers, either with constituents or reporters. This might sometimes be an uncomfortable practice. Occasionally, the exchanges can be infuriating.

Melania Trump is the first Catholic first lady since Jackie Kennedy

CNN POLITICS - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 16:34
It was a small moment, buried in the news of President Trump's brief audience yesterday at the Vatican with the Pope: the pontiff blessed first lady Melania Trump's rosary.

Montana voters react to GOP candidate’s alleged assault of a reporter

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 16:29
As the polls close for Montana’s special election, voters respond to whether the incident with Republican congressional candidate Greg Gianforte and a Guardian reporter influenced their vote.

FBI director search: back to drawing board for Trump team?

REUTERS POLITICS - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 16:17
(This version of the May 24 story corrects paragraph 9 to add reference to White House waiver)

U.S. bill would ban American tourist travel to North Korea

REUTERS POLITICS - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 16:11
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican and Democratic U.S. congressmen introduced a bill on Thursday that would ban Americans from traveling to North Korea as tourists and require them to obtain special permission for other types of visits.

Congressman and former MMA fighter weighs in on reporter 'body slam'

CNN POLITICS - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 16:11
The buzzword around Capitol Hill on Thursday is "body slam," and you'd be hard-pressed to find a member of Congress who better understands the concept of "body slamming" than Oklahoma Republican Rep. Markwayne Mullin, who is a former mixed martial arts fighter.

Trump's travel ban stays frozen

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 16:04
The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld an earlier halt on President Trump's second attempt at a travel ban on May 25, as another court battle continues to play out over the ban in the 9th Circuit.

House panel chairman says FBI declines to meet request for Comey-linked documents

REUTERS POLITICS - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 15:50
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Federal Bureau of Investigation has declined to give the House Oversight Committee documents it had requested regarding communications between former FBI chief James Comey and President Donald Trump, the head of the panel said on Thursday.

Congress ends effort to kill limits on debit card fees

REUTERS POLITICS - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 15:33
Washington (Reuters) - Banks were regrouping on Thursday, a day after being handed a large defeat in the U.S. House, where Republicans sided with retailers in agreeing to preserve limits on debit card fees.

The more a poll mentions Republicans, the less popular the party's health-care bill

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 15:21
A poll that mentioned the party twice saw half the support for the AHCA as a poll that didn't mention it at all.

Nurse tells Wis. lawmaker that AHCA will increase emergency room visits

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 15:21
Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) held a town hall, May 21.

Montana's special election: Know the facts

CNN POLITICS - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 15:19
Montanans are heading to the polls Thursday, voting in a special election to fill the open spot for the state's single at-large House seat in the US House of Representatives.

Obama photographer keeps trolling Trump

CNN POLITICS - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 15:09
Former White House photographer Pete Souza has mastered the "show, not tell" technique in outlining the stark contrasts between former President Barack Obama and President Donald Trump.

FBI declines to provide requested materials to House Oversight, Chaffetz issues new June 8 deadline

CNN POLITICS - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 15:09
The Department of Justice declined for now to provide documents to House oversight committee chairman Jason Chaffetz related to former FBI Director James Comey's communications with President Donald Trump.

Poll: 57% disapprove of GOP health care bill

CNN POLITICS - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 15:01
A new poll shows trouble for lawmakers who back the Republican plan to repeal and replace Obamacare.

U.S. appeals court largely upholds block on Trump's travel ban

REUTERS POLITICS - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 14:27
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Thursday to keep largely in place a block on President Donald Trump's temporary travel ban for six Muslim-majority nations.

Kelly discusses plan for future border protection

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 14:16
Department of Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly discusses his plan for securing the U.S.-Mexico border with a physical barrier.

Ten Nominations and One Withdrawal Sent to the Senate Today

THE WHITE HOUSE PRESS OFFICE - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 14:14

NOMINATIONS SENT TO THE SENATE:

Richard Ashooh, of New Hampshire, to be an Assistant Secretary of Commerce, vice Kevin Wolf, resigned.

J. Paul Compton, Jr., of Alabama, to be General Counsel of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, vice Helen R. Kanovsky, resigned.

Brett Giroir, of Texas, to be Medical Director in the Regular Corps of the Public Health Service, subject to the qualifications  therefor as provided by law and regulations, and to be an Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services, vice Howard K. Koh, resigned.

Robert R. Hood, of Georgia, to be an Assistant Secretary of Defense, vice Stephen C. Hedger.

David S. Jonas, of Virginia, to be General Counsel of the Department of Energy, vice Steven Croley, resigned.

Gilbert B. Kaplan, of the District of Columbia, to be Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade, vice Stefan M. Selig, resigned.

Karen Dunn Kelley, of Pennsylvania, to be Under Secretary of Commerce for Economic Affairs, vice Mark Doms, resigned.

Heather L. MacDougall, of Florida, to be a Member of the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission for a term expiring April 27, 2023.  (Reappointment)

Neal J. Rackleff, of Texas, to be an Assistant Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, vice Mercedes Marquez.

Michael Arthur Raynor, of Maryland, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia.


WITHDRAWAL SENT TO THE SENATE:

James Donovan, of Virginia, to be Deputy Secretary of the Treasury, vice Sarah Bloom Raskin, which was sent to the Senate on May 16, 2017.

At the Capitol, some (jokingly) empathize with urge to 'bodyslam' reporters

CNN POLITICS - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 14:10
"Do you know how many times I've wanted to body-slam a reporter?" more than one House member asked Thursday as they reacted to the news that Montana House candidate Greg Gianforte had allegedly done just that to The Guardian's Ben Jacobs.

Four puzzling responses from Betsy DeVos's budget hearing

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 14:03
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos testified before Congress on May 24 on the Trump administration's proposed education budget.

Appeals court upholds nationwide ban against Trump's travel ban

CNN POLITICS - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 14:03
A federal appeals court upheld Thursday an injunction against President Donald Trump's travel ban against six Muslim-majority countries.

Greg Gianforte and the worst Election Day headlines ever

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 13:55
One of the only ways to become the target of negative front-page coverage on Election Day is to do something truly outrageous.

Hard-working taxpayers don’t support big cuts to food stamps, it turns out

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 13:06
The public and workers are more supportive of cutting welfare, especially Republicans.

Lieberman withdraws from FBI director consideration

CNN POLITICS - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 13:00
Former Sen. Joe Lieberman withdrew Thursday from consideration for FBI director.

Joe Lieberman withdraws from consideration for FBI director citing potential conflict

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 12:45
Lieberman had already been dropped as the front-runner for the post.

At NATO gathering, Trump brushes past Montenegro's prime minister

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 12:45
A video captures the U.S. president in an awkward moment with a new NATO member.

Stoltenberg: NATO will 'share more fairly the burden of our security'

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 12:45
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said the NATO summit will "strengthen" the alliance on May 25. "We will take decision to share more fairly the burden of our security and to do more in the fight against terrorism," he said at a working dinner.

Bernie Sanders just went full Bernie Sanders on Trump's budget director

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 12:39
Millionaires and billionaires get the hairdryer treatment from the senator from Vermont.

Montana's absentee vote turnout in the spotlight after Gianforte 'body slam'

CNN POLITICS - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 12:39
Republican candidate Greg Gianforte's alleged "body slam" of a reporter Wednesday night might have shaken up expectations for a special election for Montana's single seat in the House, but a large percentage of those expected to vote have already turned in their ballots.

OMB Director Mulvaney: 'Republicans care about poor people'

CNN POLITICS - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 12:30
Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney offered a blunt defense of the Trump administration's budget proposal on Thursday.

Ryan, other Republicans call on Gianforte to 'apologize' for 'mistake'

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 12:29
The Republican candidate in Montana's special congressional election has been accused of assaulting a reporter.

Meet another national candidate who assaulted a reporter. He's still not sorry 36 years later.

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 12:29
Senate hopeful H. John Rogers punched a TV journalist at a news conference in 1981. He says he would do it again.

ICYMI: Gingrich: “The President Just Made A Titanic Foreign Policy Shift. The Media Missed It.”

THE WHITE HOUSE PRESS OFFICE - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 12:20

NEWT GINGRICH: “THE PRESIDENT JUST MADE A TITANIC FOREIGN POLICY SHIFT. THE MEDIA MISSED IT.”

“While the media focused on the ephemeral questions … they largely missed the real drama of the moment: a titanic shift in U.S. foreign policy occurring right before their eyes.”

The President Just Made A Titanic Foreign Policy Shift. The Media Missed It.
By Newt Gingrich
Washington Post
May 24, 2017

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While the media focused on the ephemeral questions — whether the president would use campaign rhetoric in a diplomatic setting, or how the trip would affect the Obama legacy — they largely missed the real drama of the moment: a titanic shift in U.S. foreign policy occurring right before their eyes.

Trump stood before an unprecedented gathering of leaders to do something far more significant than utter a single phrase or undermine his predecessor’s record. He was there to rally the Muslim world, in his words, “to meet history’s great test” — defeating the forces of terrorism and extremism. He did so in a way that no American president ever had before. While extending a hand of friendship to Muslim nations, he also issued them a clear challenge: to take the lead in solving the crisis that has engulfed their region and spread across the planet. “Drive out the terrorists and extremists,” he urged them, or consign your peoples to futures of misery and squalor.

To find a comparably dramatic moment in the history of U.S. foreign policy, we have to look all the way back to 1982. That June, 35 years ago next month, President Ronald Reagan stood in the Royal Gallery at the Palace of Westminster in London and called on the West to rally in defense of freedom and against communist aggression.

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Never before has an American president tried so clearly to unite the civilized world, including the nations of the Middle East and Africa, against the forces of terrorism. Never before has an American president issued so direct a challenge to those nations to do more in the fight. And never before has an American president so plainly put the ultimate responsibility for eradicating terrorism on the nations of the region. In doing so, Trump’s speech implicitly repudiated the approaches of his two immediate predecessors and promised instead what he characterized as a “principled realism,” based on a clear-eyed view of America’s interests, security and limits.

That this decisive shift in U.S. foreign policy occurred on a foreign trip within the first four months of the administration is all the more impressive. Reagan didn’t take his first international trip until well into his second year. And unlike President Barack Obama’s early speech to the Muslim world in 2009, Trump backed up his words with action.

Read the full op-ed here.
 

In 2017, even 'body slam' is subject to political interpretation

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 12:17
A professional wrestler weighs in on a political fight over semantics.

Senate Republicans likely to change custom that allows Democrats to block judicial choices

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 12:17
Under “blue slip” practice, nominations don’t proceed unless home-state senators approve.

Lieberman withdraws from consideration to be FBI director: Wall Street Journal

REUTERS POLITICS - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 12:14
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former U.S. Senator and Democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Lieberman has withdrawn from consideration to be the next director of the FBI, citing the potential for an appearance of a conflict of interest, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday.

Wilbur Ross seeks bigger budget for trade enforcement

REUTERS POLITICS - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 12:10
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said on Thursday that a $5.5 million increase requested for the agency's enforcement budget this year will have a "real impact" in cracking down on unfair trade practices and export security violations.

Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Meetings with the King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium and Prime Minister Charles Michel of Belgium

THE WHITE HOUSE PRESS OFFICE - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 12:10

Yesterday, President Donald J. Trump visited the Royal Palace in Brussels to meet with King Philippe and Queen Mathilde and with Prime Minister Charles Michel of Belgium.  This visit marked the President's first engagement with Belgian leadership.
 
At the Royal Palace, President Trump and the First Lady first met with the King and Queen and expressed their appreciation for the hospitality and their long personal support for better economic relations between Belgium and the United States. This year is the centennial year of the Commission for Relief in Belgium, which kept millions of Belgians from starving during World War I and currently supports Belgian educational exchanges with the United States. 
 
In a subsequent meeting with Prime Minister Charles Michel, the President praised Belgian contributions to the Global Coalition to Counter ISIS, noting the critical importance of Belgian F-16s flying missions in Iraq and Syria.  On the eve of the NATO Leaders Meeting, the President discussed the responsibility of all nations to share our common defense burden, including the need for all NATO members to meet the Wales commitment to spend 2 percent of their Gross Domestic Product on defense. The President expressed sympathy for Belgium’s suffering at the hands of terrorists, and the two leaders explored how to improve their cooperation on counterterrorism. The President reaffirmed his desire for a productive economic and security relationship with Europe and promised to continue strengthening cooperation with Belgium on these and other important issues.

Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Meeting with European Council President Donald Tusk and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker

THE WHITE HOUSE PRESS OFFICE - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 12:04

President Donald J. Trump met today in Brussels with European Council President Donald Tusk and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.  The leaders reaffirmed the strong bond between the United States and Europe, anchored in shared values and longstanding friendship.

The leaders discussed the United States’ and the European Union’s shared challenges in fighting global terrorism and protecting our homelands.  They agreed on the need to work together to deepen our security cooperation in fighting ISIS, combating radicalization, and responding to other common threats.  They also discussed the threat from North Korea and agreed to work together to further isolate the North Korean regime politically and economically.

The leaders agreed that the United States and the European Union should deepen our strong economic relationship.  They also discussed the need to protect American and European industries against unfair competition.
 

Watch Trump push a prime minister aside

CNN POLITICS - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 12:03
While walking with the NATO leaders during his visit to the alliance's headquarters Thursday, President Donald Trump pushed aside Dusko Markovic, the prime minister of Montenegro, as he moved to the front of a group of the leaders.

Paul Ryan: Gianforte should apologize after reporter 'bodyslam'

CNN POLITICS - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 12:00
House Speaker Paul Ryan said Thursday that Republican House candidate Greg Gianforte should apologize after a reporter for the Guardian said Gianforte "body slammed" him.

Sessions just added more smoke to Trump-Russia story

CNN POLITICS - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 11:47
Attorney General Jeff Sessions failed to properly disclose his contacts with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in a security clearance application, CNN reported on Wednesday night.

Trump called the GOP hopeful in Montana a 'wonderful guy.' Pence endorsed him, too. They've both been mum since an alleged assault.

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 11:41
“He knows how to win. He’s going to win for you,” Trump said in the recorded message, which was paid for by the National Republican Committee.

Trump's full speech at new NATO headquarters

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 11:41
Here are President Trump's full remarks from May 25 in Brussels.

Trump scolds world leaders at NATO ceremony

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 11:41
President Trump criticized leaders at a dedication ceremony at the new NATO headquarters in Brussels, May 25, saying they need to increase financial contributions to combat "the threat of terrorism."

US report: Building in Mosul airstrike contained explosives

CNN POLITICS - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 11:36
The results of a US military investigation have found that many of the more than 100 Iraqi civilians killed in west Mosul in a US airstrike in March died because the building in which they were held had explosives inside that detonated after a US bomb hit the building.

Remarks by President Trump at NATO Unveiling of the Article 5 and Berlin Wall Memorials - Brussels, Belgium

THE WHITE HOUSE PRESS OFFICE - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 11:34

NATO Headquarters
Brussels, Belgium

4:39 P.M. CEST

PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Thank you very much, Secretary General Stoltenberg.  Chancellor Merkel, thank you very much.  Other heads of state and government, I am honored to be here with members of an alliance that has promoted safety and peace across the world.  

Prime Minister May, all of the nations here today grieve with you and stand with you.  I would like to ask that we now observe a moment of silence for the victims and families of the savage attack which took place in Manchester.  (A moment of silence is observed.)  Thank you.  Terrible thing.

This ceremony is a day for both remembrance and resolve.  We remember and mourn those nearly 3,000 innocent people who were brutally murdered by terrorists on September 11th, 2001.  Our NATO allies responded swiftly and decisively, invoking for the first time in its history the Article 5 collective defense commitments.  

The recent attack on Manchester in the United Kingdom demonstrates the depths of the evil we face with terrorism.  Innocent little girls and so many others were horribly murdered and badly injured while attending a concert -- beautiful lives with so much great potential torn from their families forever and ever.  It was a barbaric and vicious attack upon our civilization.

All people who cherish life must unite in finding, exposing, and removing these killers and extremists -- and, yes, losers.  They are losers.  Wherever they exist in our societies, we must drive them out and never, ever let them back in.  

This call for driving out terrorism is a message I took to a historic gathering of Arab and Muslim leaders across the region, hosted by Saudi Arabia.  There, I spent much time with King Salman, a wise man who wants to see things get much better rapidly.  The leaders of the Middle East have agreed at this unprecedented meeting to stop funding the radical ideology that leads to this horrible terrorism all over the globe.

My travels and meetings have given me renewed hope that nations of many faiths can unite to defeat terrorism, a common threat to all of humanity.  Terrorism must be stopped in its tracks, or the horror you saw in Manchester and so many other places will continue forever.  You have thousands and thousands of people pouring into our various countries and spreading throughout, and in many cases, we have no idea who they are.  We must be tough.  We must be strong.  And we must be vigilant.  

The NATO of the future must include a great focus on terrorism and immigration, as well as threats from Russia and on NATO’s eastern and southern borders.  These grave security concerns are the same reason that I have been very, very direct with Secretary Stoltenberg and members of the Alliance in saying that NATO members must finally contribute their fair share and meet their financial obligations, for 23 of the 28 member nations are still not paying what they should be paying and what they’re supposed to be paying for their defense.

This is not fair to the people and taxpayers of the United States.  And many of these nations owe massive amounts of money from past years and not paying in those past years.  Over the last eight years, the United States spent more on defense than all other NATO countries combined.  If all NATO members had spent just 2 percent of their GDP on defense last year, we would have had another $119 billion for our collective defense and for the financing of additional NATO reserves.

We should recognize that with these chronic underpayments and growing threats, even 2 percent of GDP is insufficient to close the gaps in modernizing, readiness, and the size of forces.  We have to make up for the many years lost.  Two percent is the bare minimum for confronting today’s very real and very vicious threats.  If NATO countries made their full and complete contributions, then NATO would be even stronger than it is today, especially from the threat of terrorism.  

I want to extend my appreciation to the 9/11 Memorial and Museum in New York for contributing this remnant of the North Tower, as well as to Chancellor Merkel and the German people for donating this portion of the Berlin Wall.  It is truly fitting that these two artifacts now reside here so close together at the new NATO Headquarters.  And I never asked once what the new NATO Headquarters cost.  I refuse to do that.  But it is beautiful.

Each one marks a pivotal event in the history of this Alliance and in the eternal battle between good and evil.  On one side, a testament to the triumph of our ideals over a totalitarian Communist ideology bent on the oppression of millions and millions of people; on the other, a painful reminder of the barbaric evil that still exists in the world and that we must confront and defeat together as a group, as a world.

This twisted mass of metal reminds us not only of what we have lost, but also what forever endures -- the courage of our people, the strength of our resolve, and the commitments that bind us together as one.  

We will never forget the lives that were lost.  We will never forsake the friends who stood by our side.  And we will never waiver in our determination to defeat terrorism and to achieve lasting security, prosperity and peace.

Thank you very much.  It’s a great honor to be here.  Thank you.

END                 
4:48 P.M. CEST
 

Kaine, Flake to introduce new ISIS military force authorization

CNN POLITICS - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 11:30
Virginia Democrat Sen. Tim Kaine and Arizona Republican Sen. Jeff Flake are trying once again to get Congress to debate and vote on authorizing military action against ISIS.

Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s May 25th Working Lunch with President Emmanuel Macron of France

THE WHITE HOUSE PRESS OFFICE - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 11:23

President Donald J. Trump hosted French President Emmanuel Macron for a working lunch today at the official residence of the United States Ambassador to Belgium. The meeting marked the first in-person engagement between the two presidents, and follows on their initial telephone call on May 9.

In advance of the NATO Leaders Meeting, President Trump urged President Macron to meet the NATO defense spending pledge and ensure that NATO is focused on counterterrorism. The President thanked President Macron for France’s leadership in counterterrorism efforts in Africa. The leaders agreed on the critical importance of defeating ISIS in Iraq and Syria. President Trump discussed his recent travel to Saudi Arabia and Israel and his hope for Middle East peace. The two leaders committed to maintaining and building on the already strong alliance between the United States and France as they cooperate on these and other vital issues.

U.S. Senate committee passes bill to impose new sanctions on Iran

REUTERS POLITICS - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 11:22
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee backed legislation on Thursday that would impose new sanctions on Iran over its ballistic missile development, support for Islamist militant groups, weapons transfers and human rights violations.

GOP Sen. Bill Cassidy: Latest health care plan doesn't fulfill Trump's promises

CNN POLITICS - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 11:15
The Republican senator who made headlines for insisting the GOP health care bill pass the "Jimmy Kimmel test" said the health care replacement plan does nothing to address President Donald Trump's past pledges for comprehensive care.

Trump arrives for NATO summit

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 11:15
In Brussels, President Trump and other world leaders attended a summit on May 25.

U.S. Treasury sees business taxes as fruitful ground for bipartisan deal

REUTERS POLITICS - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 10:58
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration is particularly hopeful it can reach a bipartisan tax deal when it comes overhauling laws for business taxes, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Thursday.

Trump slams NATO allies over dues payments

CNN POLITICS - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 10:57
President Donald Trump, speaking in front of the heads of state of fellow NATO allies at the alliance's new headquarters, called out member countries Thursday for not meeting their financial commitments.

Statement from President Donald J. Trump

THE WHITE HOUSE PRESS OFFICE - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 10:55

The alleged leaks coming out of government agencies are deeply troubling. These leaks have been going on for a long time and my Administration will get to the bottom of this. The leaks of sensitive information pose a grave threat to our national security.

I am asking the Department of Justice and other relevant agencies to launch a complete review of this matter, and if appropriate, the culprit should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.   

There is no relationship we cherish more than the Special Relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom.

Trump says intelligence leaks 'deeply troubling'

REUTERS POLITICS - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 10:44
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - U.S. President Trump vowed on Thursday to bring anyone caught leaking U.S. intelligence to justice after British police stopped sharing information about the Manchester suicide bombing with the United States.

‘Anyone . . . with a pulse’: How a Russia-friendly adviser found his way into the Trump campaign

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 10:33
Carter Page appeared as Trump needed a foreign policy team. The story behind his arrival could answer key questions in the Russia probe.

Gianforte has history of controversial views, hostile comments to journalists

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 10:26
The Montana Republican was cited for allegedly assaulting a reporter on the eve of Thursday’s special House election to replace Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.

Trump and Macron shake hands

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 10:26
President Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron shared an intense handshake at their first meeting on May 25.

Trump and the art of the super-awkward handshake

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 10:26
Can you tell a lot about a man by his handshake?

US official: Russia apologized after Russian jet performed barrel roll over US plane

CNN POLITICS - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 10:06
A Russian fighter jet recently conducted an "unprofessional" intercept of a US KC-10 tanker aircraft in the skies over Syria, prompting Russian officers to apologize, Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Harrigian told reporters at the Pentagon Wednesday.

Key lawmaker says could take up Russia sanctions bill as soon as summer

REUTERS POLITICS - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 10:05
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senator Bob Corker, the Republican chairman of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said on Thursday the panel could take up a bill to impose new sanctions on Russia as soon as this summer, if there is no sign of a change of direction on Syria.

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