Trump Slams Democrats, ‘Dirty Cops’ Ahead of Mueller Report Release

Posted: April 16, 2019, 11:24 am

Trump Slams Democrats, 'Dirty Cops' Ahead of Mueller Report Release FILE – A sign of the Office of the Attorney General is displayed on the Department of Justice building the day after Special Counsel Robert Mueller delivered his report into Russia's role in the 2016 U.S. election, March 23, 2019. WASHINGTON — The U.S. Justice Department will release on Thursday a redacted version of the nearly 400-page report of special counsel Robert Mueller on Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election aimed at helping Donald Trump win the presidency.
In a steady drumbeat against the Mueller investigation, Trump claimed again Tuesday that he has already been exonerated of wrongdoing linked to the election, even as he and the American public await details of the prosecutor's 22-month investigation.
“No Collusion – No Obstruction!” Trump said on Twitter.
On Monday, the U.S. leader contended that “these crimes were committed” by his 2016 opponent, Democrat Hillary Clinton, the De..

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Trump: ‘I Know Nothing About WikiLeaks’; US Seeks Assange Extradition

Posted: April 12, 2019, 3:15 am

Trump: ‘I Know Nothing About WikiLeaks’; US Seeks Assange Extradition WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange arrives at the Westminster Magistrates Court, after he was arrested in London, Britain, April 11, 2019. LONDON — U.S. President Donald Trump said Thursday he has no knowledge of the website WikiLeaks, after the whistleblowing site’s founder, Julian Assange, was arrested in Britain.
The 47-year-old Australian national had been living in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London since 2012, but was ejected Thursday and taken into custody by British police.
Ecuador said Assange had broken asylum conventions by continuing to interfere in other countries’ affairs through the publishing of confidential information.
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Kyiv Renames Street in Honor of Late US Senator McCain

Posted: April 4, 2019, 2:18 pm

Kyiv Renames Street in Honor of Late US Senator McCain FILE – Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko greets Cindy McCain at the Presidential Palace in Kyiv, Ukraine, April 1, 2019. KYIV — Kyiv on Thursday renamed one of its streets after John McCain, in a gesture of honor to the late U.S. senator who supported Ukraine's pro-Western leadership in the standoff with Russia.
McCain, who died last year at age 81, backed Kyiv's popular uprising which in 2014 ousted Ukraine's pro-Kremlin president as well as supported sanctions over Moscow's annexation of Crimea.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko praised McCain, who was a frequent visitor to the country, as “a great friend and advocate of Ukraine.”
He noted McCain's “historic importance” in building a “new independent Ukraine” during the meeting with his widow Cindy McCain on Monday in Kyiv.
On Thursday, Kyiv City Council decided to rename one of the streets in the Ukrainian capital after McCain.
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The Future of US-Russian Relations After Mueller Report

Posted: April 3, 2019, 10:18 am

When U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report found that neither Donald Trump nor any of his aides colluded with Russia during the 2016 U.S. presidential election, some thought it could mark the beginning of a new era for Trump's presidency, especially when it comes to Vladimir Putin. But will the White House and the Kremlin have a rapprochement after the Mueller report? Experts who gathered in Moscow to discuss the U.S.-Russian relations told VOA's Igor Tsikhanenka that is unlikely.

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The Future of US-Russian Relations After Mueller Report

Posted: April 2, 2019, 11:31 pm

When U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report found that neither Donald Trump nor any of his aides colluded with Russia during the 2016 U.S. presidential election, some thought it could mark the beginning of a new era for Trump’s presidency, especially when it comes to his relationship with Vladimir Putin. But will the White House and the Kremlin have a rapprochement after Mueller report? Experts who gathered in Moscow told VOA’s Igor Tsikhanenka that is unlikely.

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US Expands Ban on Foreign Aid to Overseas Abortion Providers

Posted: March 26, 2019, 12:31 pm

US Expands Ban on Foreign Aid to Overseas Abortion Providers Secretary of State Mike Pompeo answers a question during a news conference on Tuesday, March 26, 2019, at the Department of State in Washington. WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday expanded the Trump administration’s ban on U.S. aid to groups that promote or provide abortions to include organizations that comply with the rules but give money to others that don’t.
Pompeo also said the U.S. would cut some assistance to the Organization of America States because at least two of its agencies are allegedly lobbying for abortion availability in the Western Hemisphere.
Pompeo said the administration was committed to protecting “the sanctity of life” in the United States and abroad and would enforce the policy “to the broadest extent possible” by not allowing foreign non-governmental organizations to skirt the ban.
“We will refuse to provide assistance to foreign NGOs that give financial support to other foreign..

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Mueller Report Draws No Immediate Reaction From Moscow

Posted: March 23, 2019, 7:43 pm

Mueller Report Draws No Immediate Reaction From Moscow FILE – People walk along Nikolskaya Street near the Kremlin on a sunny day in Moscow, Russia, March 9, 2019. MOSCOW — It was late Saturday evening in Moscow and almost 24 hours since the news that special counsel Robert Mueller submitted his long-awaited report to the U.S. attorney general had reached Russia's capital. But both the Kremlin and the country's Foreign Ministry were quiet.
While no details of the inquiry were made public, a single commentary by an unnamed Justice Department official could be viewed in Moscow as a preliminary victory: Mueller and his team, investigating alleged collusion between Russia and President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign, did not recommend any further indictments.
Russian officials for months have been denying any interference in the U.S. elections, despite dozens of charges brought by Mueller and his team against 25 Russian nationals, mostly military officers and trolls, for the..

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Former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley Walks into Twitter Feud with Finland

Posted: March 21, 2019, 4:06 pm

Former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley Walks into Twitter Feud with Finland U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley speaks during the Hudson Institute's 2018 Award Gala Monday, Dec. 3, 2018, in New York. Haley received the Global Leadership Award for her contributions as a champion of human rights and strong American leadership abroad. UNITED NATIONS — Former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley found herself in a Twitter feud with the people of Finland on Thursday, after she commented unfavorably on their health care system.
Haley, a savvy politician who as President Donald Trump's United Nations ambassador from 2017 until December 2018, regularly topped opinion polls as the most popular member of his administration, ignited the Finns when she tried to take a swipe at a tweet by Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders.
Sanders, who has made universal health care one of his signature platforms, said it costs an average of $12,000 for a woman to have a baby in the United States,..

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Trump Assails News Accounts Linking Him to New Zealand Massacre

Posted: March 18, 2019, 11:33 am

Trump Assails News Accounts Linking Him to New Zealand Massacre President Donald Trump steps from his motorcade vehicle as he arrives to attend service at Saint John's Church in Washington, Sunday, March 17, 2019. President Donald Trump complained Monday that the U.S. national news media “is working overtime to blame me for the horrible attack in New Zealand.”
He said on Twitter, “They will have to work very hard to prove that one. So Ridiculous!”
Trump apparently was incensed that major U.S. news outlets reported that Brent Harris Tarrant, the Australian white supremacist accused in the massacre of 50 Muslim worshippers at two mosques in Christchurch, said in a manifesto he released Friday shortly before the attacks that he viewed Trump as “a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose,” even though he did not support his policies.
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Leaders Invite NATO Secretary-general to Address Congress

Posted: March 11, 2019, 7:11 pm

Leaders Invite NATO Secretary-general to Address Congress NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg speaks during a media conference after a meeting of the NATO-Russia Council at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Jan. 25, 2019. WASHINGTON — Democrats and Republicans are inviting NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg to address a joint meeting of Congress next month around the 70th anniversary of the trans-Atlantic alliance.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, with agreement from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other members of Congress, is expected to extend the invitation, the leaders' offices said. The address is expected to be one of several events in the U.S. capital celebrating the treaty's signing in 1949, congressional officials said.
SEE ALSO: Russian Defense Ministry Boasts About Revived Military Power The bipartisan show of support for NATO comes after President Donald Trump has criticized the alliance's 29-member nations for, in his view, not paying their fa..

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