Trump Renews Call for ABC Apology

Posted: May 31, 2018, 10:05 am

Trump Renews Call for ABC Apology President Donald Trump again asks ABC TV network, May 31, 2108, for an apology a day after the network canceled Roseanne Barr's television show following racist remarks she posted about Valerie Jarrett, a former White House adviser to President Barack Obama. U.S. President Donald Trump again asked the ABC TV network Thursday for an apology for reasons that were not entirely clear. The request came a day after the network canceled Roseanne Barr's television show following racist remarks she posted about Valerie Jarrett, an African American who served as a White House adviser to President Barack Obama.
Trump’s request comes after he suggested Wednesday he should get an apology from Bob Iger, chairman and CEO of the Walt Disney Company, which owns ABC.
On Thursday, though, Trump was more direct when he tweeted: “Iger, where is my call of apology? You and ABC have offended millions of people, and they demand a response. How is Brian Ross doing? ..

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Trump Ramps Up Rhetoric Against Special Counsel Probe

Posted: May 31, 2018, 1:14 am

U.S. President Donald Trump has ramped up his campaign to discredit Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe in the eyes of the American people. Mueller has not responded to Trump's attacks as he works to compile what is expected to be an exhaustive report on Russian election meddling, the actions of Trump's inner circle, and whether the president obstructed justice. VOA's Michael Bowman reports.

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Source: Ex-FBI Official Wrote Memo on Comey Firing

Posted: May 31, 2018, 12:22 am

Source: Ex-FBI Official Wrote Memo on Comey Firing FILE – Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe appears before a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing about the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, on Capitol Hill in Washington, June 7, 2017. McCabe has been buffeted by attacks from President Donald Trump and his Republican allies over alleged anti-Trump bias in the agency. WASHINGTON — Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe drafted a memo on the circumstances leading up to the firing of his onetime boss, James Comey, a person familiar with the situation said Wednesday night.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press to discuss a secret document that has been turned over to special counsel Robert Mueller. His team is investigating whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Russia during the 2016 presidential election and whether the president sought to obstruct that inquiry through actions including the firing of Comey last May.
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Ross: US-EU Trade Deal Could be Reached

Posted: May 30, 2018, 1:11 pm

Ross: US-EU Trade Deal Could be Reached FILE – Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross arrives at a State Dinner at the Great Hall of the People, Nov. 9, 2017, in Beijing, China. U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said Wednesday a U.S.-European Union trade deal could still be reached even if the United States imposes tariffs on EU steel and aluminum imports.
EU and U.S. officials are holding last-minute negotiations two days before U.S. President Donald Trump decides to apply tariffs on Europe.
The threat of tariffs has increased prospects of retaliation and a global trade war that could hinder the global economy.
“There can be negotiations with or without tariffs in place,” Ross said at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in Paris. “There are plenty of tariffs the EU has on us. It’s not that we can’t talk just because there’s tariffs.”
The Trump administration is also exploring possible limits on foreign auto imports, citing national security.
The EU wants exemptio..

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Trump Says He Wishes He’d Picked Another Attorney General

Posted: May 30, 2018, 12:40 pm

Trump Says He Wishes He'd Picked Another Attorney General FILE – President Donald Trump listens as Attorney FILE – General Jeff Sessions speaks in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Feb. 9, 2017, after Vice President Mike Pence administered the oath of office to Sessions. WASHINGTON — U.S. President Donald Trump said Wednesday he wishes he had picked someone other than Jeff Sessions as his attorney general, but, according to a Trump lawyer, Sessions’ job appears safe for now.
Trump has been furious that Sessions quickly removed himself from oversight of the investigation into possible collusion between the Trump team and Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential campaign.
Sessions recused himself because of long-standing Justice Department rules prohibiting lawyers from involvement in investigations when they have a conflict of interest. In Sessions’ case, this includes his political support for Trump and his 2016 meetings with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

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Missouri Governor Greitens to Resign Amid Scandals Investigation

Posted: May 29, 2018, 6:12 pm

Missouri Governor Greitens to Resign Amid Scandals Investigation FILE – Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens looks on before speaking at an event near the capitol in Jefferson City, Mo., May 17, 2018. JEFFERSON CITY, MISSOURI — Missouri Governor Eric Greitens, a sometimes brash outsider whose unconventional resume as a Rhodes Scholar and Navy SEAL officer made him a rising star in Republican politics, abruptly announced his resignation Tuesday after a scandal involving an affair with his former hairdresser led to a broader investigation by prosecutors and state legislators.
The 44-year-old governor made the announcement nearly 17 months after taking the oath as Missouri's chief executive with a pledge to root out “corrupt career politicians.” The investigations of him widened to include questions about whether he had violated the law in financing the campaign.
Greitens said his resignation would take effect Friday.
A St. Louis grand jury indicted Greitens on Feb. 22 on one felony count ..

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Misleading Tweets by Liberal Activists Fuel Trump

Posted: May 29, 2018, 3:08 pm

Misleading Tweets by Liberal Activists Fuel Trump FILE – Two female detainees sleep in a holding cell, as the children are separated by age group and gender, as hundreds of mostly Central American immigrant children are being processed and held at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Nogales Placement Center in Nogales, Arizona, June 18, 2014. WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Tuesday seized on an error by liberal activists who tweeted photos of young-looking immigrants at the U.S.-Mexico border in steel cages and blamed the current administration for separating immigrant children from their parents.
The photos were taken by The Associated Press in 2014, when President Barack Obama was in office. The photo captions reference children who crossed the border as unaccompanied minors.
Early Tuesday, Trump tweeted: “Democrats mistakenly tweet 2014 pictures from Obama's term showing children from the Border in steel cages. They thought it was recent pictures in order to make us ..

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Trump to Campaign in Tennessee to Thwart Dems’ US Senate Bid

Posted: May 29, 2018, 12:40 pm

Trump to Campaign in Tennessee to Thwart Dems' US Senate Bid FILE – President Donald Trump departs the White House en route to Cleveland to tout the Republican tax cuts just ahead of Tuesday's Ohio's primary election in Washington, May 5, 2018. WASHINGTON — Diving into the midterm elections, President Donald Trump is seeking to build a stable of Republicans who will help promote his agenda and serve as a check on Democrats aiming to win majorities in Congress.
Trump is traveling to Nashville, Tennessee, on Tuesday to raise campaign cash for Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn, the party's leading U.S. Senate hopeful in Tennessee, and headline a rally with his most loyal supporters.

FILE – In this Oct. 26, 2017, file photo, Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., leaves the House chamber after the House gave a significant boost to President Donald Trump's promise to cut taxes on Capitol Hill in Washington. Blackburn is expected to face Democratic former Gov. Phil Bredes..

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For GOP, Immigration a Fraught Issue as Midterms Approach

Posted: May 20, 2018, 1:09 am

For GOP, Immigration a Fraught Issue as Midterms Approach Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., left, confers with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, May 16, 2018. The GOP leadership praised the work of the Agriculture Committee in crafting the farm bill which conservative Republicans scuttled in an immigration protest. WASHINGTON — The chaos among House Republicans this past week on immigration shows how problematic and risky the issue can be for a party that needs unity heading into the elections in November that will decide control of Congress.
GOP leaders thought they had found a way by Friday morning to make the party’s warring conservative and moderate wings happy on an issue that has bedeviled them for years.
Conservatives would get a vote by late June on an immigration bill that parrots many of President Donald Trump’s hard-right immigration views, including reductions in legal immigration and opening the ..

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First Somali-American Legislator Seeks Re-Election

Posted: May 19, 2018, 2:06 am

It's been an unlikely journey from a Somali refugee camp in Kenya to the Minnesota State House of Representatives, but 36-year-old Ilhan Omar's historic rise as the first Somali American legislator in the United States is a beacon of hope for Muslims – particularly Muslim women – worldwide. VOA's Kane Farabaugh has more from St. Paul, Minnesota.

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