Trump’s tweets on judges ‘demoralising’, says his Supreme Court nominee

Trump’s tweets on judges ‘demoralising’, says his Supreme Court nominee

Donald Trump’s nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch, on Wednesday described the president’s Twitter attacks on the judiciary as “demoralizing” and “disheartening,” a spokesman for Gorsuch said. Spokesman Ron Bonjean, a Republican strategist hired by the White House to help guide Gorsuch’s nomination through the U.S. Senate, confirmed that Gorsuch used those words […]

Trump US immigration ban triggers global backlash

Trump US immigration ban triggers global backlash

US President Donald Trump faced a growing international backlash Monday as foreign nations, including key US allies, and chiefs of industry denounced his immigration order. Taking a swipe at diplomats who signed a letter protesting the ban, White House spokesmen Sean Spicer said the document was “blown way out of proportion and exaggerated,” adding, “I […]

Trump and May underscore US-UK special relationship

Trump and May underscore US-UK special relationship

US President Donald Trump on Friday pledged America’s “lasting support” with Britain after he emerged from his first meeting with British Prime Minister Theresa May, a leader hoping to nudge the populist president toward the political mainstream. May, who said the meeting gave the two a chance to build a relationship, announced that Trump had […]

‘Sometimes opposites attract,’ says May in US ahead of Trump talks

‘Sometimes opposites attract,’ says May in US ahead of Trump talks

British Prime Minister Theresa May on Thursday embraced U.S. President Donald Trump as a friend and ally, but cautioned him not to turn his back on global institutions and long-established political values. On her first visit to the United States as prime minister, May called the start of Trump’s term “a new era of American […]

Trump to announce immigration, visa restrictions: reports

Trump to announce immigration, visa restrictions: reports

President Donald Trump will sign executive orders starting Wednesday restricting refugees, visas and immigration, making good on his signature campaign pledges, US media reported. Trump is due to speak Wednesday to employees at the Department of Homeland Security — which handles immigration — and sign orders there on refugees and national security, according to The […]

Trump blocks abortion funding for US NGOs abroad

Trump blocks abortion funding for US NGOs abroad

U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday reinstated a global gag rule that bans U.S.-funded groups around the world from discussing abortion, a move that was widely expected but nonetheless dismayed women’s rights advocates. The rule, which affects American non-governmental organizations working abroad, is one that incoming presidents have used to signal their positions on abortion […]

Senators back Trump’s top diplomat as CIA boss confirmed

Senators back Trump’s top diplomat as CIA boss confirmed

The US Senate on Monday confirmed Mike Pompeo as CIA director and advanced the nomination of Rex Tillerson to be secretary of state, taking key steps toward filling President Donald Trump’s cabinet. Pompeo, a Republican congressman on the House Intelligence Committee, becomes only the third member of Trump’s cabinet to take his post, as the […]

In war with media, Trump administration rolls out ‘alternative facts’

In war with media, Trump administration rolls out ‘alternative facts’

The White House vowed on Sunday to fight the news media “tooth and nail” over what it sees as unfair attacks, with a top adviser saying the Trump administration had presented “alternative facts” to counter low inauguration crowd estimates. On his first full day as president, Trump said he had a “running war” with the […]

Trump discusses Iran threats, White House visit with Israel’s Netanyahu

Trump discusses Iran threats, White House visit with Israel’s Netanyahu

US President Donald Trump Sunday discussed threats from Iran with Benjamin Netanyahu, inviting the Israeli prime minister to visit the White House early next month. The two leaders spoke by telephone and “agreed to continue to closely consult on a range of regional issues, including addressing the threats posed by Iran,” the White House said […]

Trump: NATO ‘obsolete’, Brexit a ‘great thing’

Trump: NATO ‘obsolete’, Brexit a ‘great thing’

President-elect Donald Trump, in remarks published on Sunday, described NATO as “obsolete” and suggested a deal with Russia that would reduce nuclear arsenals and ease sanctions on Moscow. He also hailed Britain’s exit from the EU and backed a speedy trade deal with the UK, but condemned as “catastrophic” Chancellor Angela Merkel’s decision to open […]

Trump blasts intelligence agencies for Russia dossier at chaotic press conference

Trump blasts intelligence agencies for Russia dossier at chaotic press conference

President-elect Donald Trump Wednesday denied reports that Russia had obtained compromising personal and financial information about him, calling it a “tremendous blot” on the intelligence community if such material had been released. The incoming president, in his first news conference since late July, slammed US intelligence agencies for “disgraceful” leaking of what he called “fake […]

Nukes, climate change, Russia: Tillerson says ready to oppose Trump on key policies

Nukes, climate change, Russia: Tillerson says ready to oppose Trump on key policies

Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of state signaled Wednesday he is prepared to diverge from the US president-elect on numerous key issues, notably nuclear non-proliferation, climate change and Russia, which he branded a “danger.” Despite accusations of being too cozy with the Kremlin, former ExxonMobil chief Rex Tillerson told skeptical senators at his confirmation hearing […]

Russians ‘have compromising intelligence on Trump’

Russians ‘have compromising intelligence on Trump’

US spy chiefs have informed Donald Trump that Russian operatives claim to possess deeply compromising personal and financial information about him, US media reported Tuesday on the eve of the president-elect’s first press conference. Trump denounced a “political witch hunt” after CNN reported that intelligence officials briefing him last week on allegations of Russian meddling […]

Trump hands senior White House role to son-in-law Kushner

Trump hands senior White House role to son-in-law Kushner

Donald Trump on Monday named son-in-law Jared Kushner as senior White House advisor, rewarding the man widely credited as the brains behind his election but courting serious legal and ethical concerns. The baby-faced real estate developer and magazine publisher who turns 36 on Tuesday, will be the youngest top member of the administration, working closely […]

Trump ‘accepts Russia’s role in US election hacking’

Trump ‘accepts Russia’s role in US election hacking’

President-elect Donald Trump accepts the U.S. intelligence community’s conclusion that Russia engaged in cyber attacks during the U.S. presidential election and may take action in response, his incoming chief of staff said on Sunday. Reince Priebus said Trump believed Russia was behind the intrusions into the Democratic Party organizations, although Priebus did not clarify whether […]

Far-right leader Le Pen says Trump and Putin’s policies ‘good’ for France

Far-right leader Le Pen says Trump and Putin’s policies ‘good’ for France

French far-right leader Marine Le Pen on Friday dismissed allegations that Russia was behind cyber-attacks during the US presidential elections, a day after America’s top intelligence official said Moscow aggressively interfered in the campaign. Le Pen defended Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President-elect Donald Trump, who beat Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton in November’s elections, […]

Trump questions validity of US intelligence on Russia hacking ahead of hearing

Trump questions validity of US intelligence on Russia hacking ahead of hearing

Top US spy chiefs will testify in Congress Thursday on alleged Russian interference in the US election as President-elect Donald Trump continued to question intelligence that Moscow was behind the hacking of Democratic party computers. The American public could get a better idea of the strength of the evidence on the alleged hacking as the […]

Trump vows to close foundation to avoid conflicts of interest

Trump vows to close foundation to avoid conflicts of interest

S President-elect Donald Trump on Saturday said he intends to dissolve his controversial philanthropic foundation to avoid any conflicts of interest with his presidency. Trump’s sprawling portfolio of US and overseas business interests and holdings, as well as his Donald J. Trump Foundation, have come under increased scrutiny in the weeks since his election. “The […]

Trump picks China critic to head US trade body

Trump picks China critic to head US trade body

In another sign that he intends to shake up relations with China, President-elect Donald Trump named economist Peter Navarro to lead a newly created White House council on trade. In another sign that he intends to shake up relations with China, President-elect Donald Trump named economist Peter Navarro to lead a newly created White House […]

After Trump victory at Electoral College, world views collide

After Trump victory at Electoral College, world views collide

Donald Trump will become the 45th US president next month, after prevailing Monday at the Electoral College amid nationwide protests at state capitals. FRANCE 24 spoke to electors and insiders with divergent views of where the country is headed. On January 20, Republican Donald J. Trump will raise his right hand, place his left on […]

Trump dismisses ‘ridiculous’ claims of Russian interference in election result

Trump dismisses ‘ridiculous’ claims of Russian interference in election result

President-elect Donald Trump rejected as “ridiculous” U.S. intelligence reports that Russia intervened in the presidential election on his behalf through targeted hacking, putting him at odds with top lawmakers who vowed to investigate the findings. He blamed Democrats for news reports on the intelligence findings and said he did not believe they came from the […]

Ex-NYC mayor Giuliani out as Trump narrows diplomat pick

Ex-NYC mayor Giuliani out as Trump narrows diplomat pick

Donald Trump plunged his quest for America’s next top diplomat back into the spotlight Friday by confirming that one frontrunner, outspoken former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, will not join his cabinet. Giuliani had made no secret of his desire for the job, but came under media scrutiny over business dealings that could pose conflicts […]

Civil rights group condemns move to block Trump inauguration protests

Civil rights group condemns move to block Trump inauguration protests

A civil rights group on Wednesday urged US officials to free up Washington landmarks for thousands of people planning protests around the inauguration of president-elect Donald Trump. The Washington-based Partnership for Civil Justice Fund (PCJF) said the National Park Service (NPS) had handed over control of sites such as the Lincoln Memorial to the private […]

Climate sceptic to head environment agency as Trump fills out cabinet

Climate sceptic to head environment agency as Trump fills out cabinet

Donald Trump on Wednesday picked a fossil fuel industry defender as his top environmental official, a retired general as homeland security chief and Iowa’s governor as US ambassador to China in choices at odds with some of his recent pronouncements. Trump, continuing to build his Cabinet as he prepares to take office on Jan. 20, […]

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