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HAGERSTOWN, Md./WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump reviewed an array of options for a strategy on Afghanistan with his top national security aides, but made no decision on whether he would commit more troops to America’s longest war. Friday’s meeting was the latest in a series of high-level discussions on Afghanistan and a broader
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump elevated the status of the Pentagon’s U.S. Cyber Command on Friday to help spur development of cyber weapons to deter attacks, punish intruders and tackle adversaries. In a statement, Trump said the unit would now be ranked at the level of Unified Combatant Command focused on cyberspace operations. The
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BRIDGEWATER, N.J./WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump decried on Thursday the removal of monuments to the pro-slavery Civil War Confederacy, echoing white nationalists and drawing stinging rebukes from fellow Republicans in a controversy that has inflamed racial tensions. Trump has alienated Republicans, corporate leaders and U.S. allies, rattled markets and prompted speculation about possible White
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NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump’s turnabout on the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia has rocked his administration, leading to rising speculation that some top officials may be looking for a way out. A parade of business executives broke ties with Trump on Wednesday, a day after he blamed white nationalists and counter-protesters in equal
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WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump disbanded two high-profile business advisory councils on Wednesday after corporate CEOs quit in protest at his remarks blaming violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, not only on white nationalists but also on the protesters who opposed them. A parade of prominent Republicans and U.S. ally Britain rebuked Trump after
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(Reuters) – Voters in Alabama head to the polls on Tuesday to choose Republican and Democratic nominees for a U.S. Senate seat, in a race that has been dominated by debate over President Donald Trump. Nine Republicans and seven Democrats are competing in the respective primaries, with little expectation that any candidate will reach the
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va./WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump, facing a mounting political furor and backlash from business leaders, has explicitly condemned neo-Nazis, the Ku Klux Klan and other white supremacists two days after a rally by hate groups in Virginia turned deadly. The Republican president’s specific denunciation of extreme right-wing organizations, whose followers constitute a
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(Reuters) – The chief executives of Intel Corp, Merck & Co Inc and Under Armour Inc resigned from U.S. President Donald Trump’s American Manufacturing Council on Monday, following Trump’s initially tepid response to weekend violence at a rally of white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia. “I resigned from the council to call attention to the serious
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AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – Texas measures to restrict access for transgender people to bathrooms in schools and public buildings appear doomed this week after hundreds of businesses stood in opposition and moderate Republican powerbrokers blocked the bills. The so-called bathroom bills have caused rifts among Republicans who control the state’s legislature, leaving no likely path
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign released its first television advertisement on Sunday, a 30-second spot that attacks Democrats and touts the accomplishments of his first seven months in office. The ad’s release comes amid intense criticism of Trump’s response to the events in Charlottesville, Virginia, where a planned rally by white
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(Reuters) – At first glance, U.S. Representative Mo Brooks seems exactly the kind of candidate President Donald Trump would love to see win Tuesday’s Republican primary election for Alabama’s open U.S. Senate seat. The 63-year-old Republican is a Freedom Caucus member and an immigration hardliner who calls opponent Luther Strange “Lying Luther,” echoing Trump’s penchant
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BEDMINSTER, N.J. (Reuters) – For President Donald Trump, this was the week when the real world began to intrude upon his presidency. The violent clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia, between white nationalists and counter-protesters confronted Trump with perhaps the first true domestic crisis of his young administration. And to some, even within his own Republican Party,
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NEW YORK (Reuters) – President Donald Trump’s administration reiterated arguments defending its temporary travel ban in a filing with the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday, repeatedly citing the executive’s broad powers to exclude foreigners from the United States. The travel ban barring refugees and people from six Muslim-majority nations was signed as an executive order
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WASHINGTON/HAVANA (Reuters) – Cuba said on Wednesday it was investigating allegations by the United States that unspecified “incidents” caused physical symptoms in Americans serving at the U.S. Embassy in Havana, after two Washington-based Cuban diplomats were expelled. “Cuba has never, nor would it ever, allow that the Cuban territory be used for any action against
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump’s vow to respond with “fire and fury” if North Korea persisted in threatening the United States caught his foreign policy and military aides by surprise, two administration officials with direct knowledge of how the issue unfolded said on Wednesday. “President Trump’s comment was unplanned and spontaneous,” said a senior
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