Gore, Trump meet for ‘productive’ talks on climate

Gore, Trump meet for ‘productive’ talks on climate

Former Vice President Al Gore, a leading voice in the fight against climate change, and Donald Trump, who at one point called it a hoax, met on Monday in what Gore called a “productive” session. Gore, a Democrat, spent about 90 minutes in meetings at the president-elect’s Trump Tower apartment and office building in Manhattan. […]

Trump names retired general ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis as defence chief

Trump names retired general ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis as defence chief

US President-elect Donald Trump said Thursday he has picked tough-talking retired general James Mattis to be his defense secretary as he soaked up adulation at a large Ohio rally where he pledged to unite the nation. The splash of hard news came during a sea of soaring — and then blunt — rhetoric from the […]

Trump considers retired General Petraeus for secretary of state

Trump considers retired General Petraeus for secretary of state

Donald Trump is to meet with retired US General David Petraeus on Monday as the president-elect considers him to serve as US secretary of state, reports Bloomberg, citing a source inside Trump’s transition team. In response to speculation on whether he would serve in Trump’s administration, Petraeus told BBC Radio 4’s Today program that, “the […]

Trump backtracks on climate, threat to jail Clinton

Trump backtracks on climate, threat to jail Clinton

Two weeks after his election victory, Donald Trump began backing off campaign promises Tuesday, including his hard line on climate change and his vow to jail “Crooked Hillary” Clinton that had brought thunderous “Lock her up” chants at his rallies. A top adviser said Trump is now focused on matters that are essential in setting […]

Trump vows to withdraw from TPP ‘on day one’ of presidency

Trump vows to withdraw from TPP ‘on day one’ of presidency

Donald Trump on Monday announced the United States would signal its withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal on his first day in the White House, as one of six immediate steps aimed at “putting America first.” The Republican billionaire — who for 10 days has been sounding out cabinet picks at his Trump […]

Obama may weigh in on Trump presidency to defend US ideals

Obama may weigh in on Trump presidency to defend US ideals

  President Barack Obama said Sunday he doesn’t intend to become his successor’s constant critic — but reserved the right to speak out if President-elect Donald Trump or his policies breach certain “values or ideals.” Offering a rare glimpse into his thoughts on his post-presidency, Obama suggested once he was out of office he would […]

Japan PM has ‘great confidence’ in Trump after meeting

Japan PM has ‘great confidence’ in Trump after meeting

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he believes Donald Trump is a leader in whom he can have great confidence after meeting with the president-elect Thursday. Abe, who became the first world leader to meet with Trump since his election, was seeking reassurances over the future of U.S.-Japan security and trade relations. He described the […]

Japan PM says ‘great confidence’ in Trump after meeting

Japan PM says ‘great confidence’ in Trump after meeting

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he believes Donald Trump is a leader in whom he can have great confidence after meeting with the president-elect Thursday. Abe, who became the first world leader to meet with Trump since his election, was seeking reassurances over the future of U.S.-Japan security and trade relations. He described the […]

Trump denies reports of a transition in turmoil

Trump denies reports of a transition in turmoil

President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday denounced reports of disorganization in the team overseeing his transition to the White House in January, singling out the New York Times for saying world leaders have had trouble getting in touch with him. Trump took to Twitter to list several world leaders he had spoken with since his upset […]

Syria’s Assad says Trump ‘an ally if he fights terrorists ‘

Syria’s Assad says Trump ‘an ally if he fights terrorists ‘

Syrian President Bashar al Assad said on Tuesday Damascus would have to “wait and see” if U.S. President-elect Donald Trump would change Washington’s policy on Syria but that he was ready to cooperate with him in fighting militants. In his first comments on Trump’s election victory, Assad said the Republican leader had made promising comments […]

Sarkozy pins hopes on ‘Trump effect’ ahead of crucial right-wing vote

Sarkozy pins hopes on ‘Trump effect’ ahead of crucial right-wing vote

Donald Trump’s surprise victory last week has injected new confidence into the faltering campaign of former French president Nicolas Sarkozy, ahead of Sunday’s primaries to choose a conservative candidate for the 2017 French presidential election. Two polls published Monday showed that former conservative prime minister Alain Juppé, who is seen as a “safe pair of […]

Obama: Trump set for White House reality check

Obama: Trump set for White House reality check

President Barack Obama cautioned against dire predictions for Donald Trump’s presidency Monday, saying his Republican successor faces a reality check if he tries to enact his most controversial campaign promises. The outgoing Democratic leader made his comments at a wide-ranging news conference before he embarks on a farewell visit to Europe to reassure worried allies […]

Fresh protests erupt against Trump in cities across US

Fresh protests erupt against Trump in cities across US

Immigrants, their advocates and others opposing a Donald Trump presidency continued to protest Sunday, speaking out against the president-elect’s support of deportation and other measures. Organizers in Manhattan carried signs in English and Spanish saying things like “Hate won’t make us great,” and chanted, “We are here to stay.” More than 1,000 people joined the […]

Trump selects Priebus as White House chief of staff

Trump selects Priebus as White House chief of staff

President-elect Donald Trump named Republican Party chief Reince Priebus as White House chief of staff and conservative media owner Stephen Bannon as his top presidential strategist, two men who represent opposite ends of the unsettled GOP. In bringing Priebus and Bannon into the White House, Trump is making overtures to both traditional Republican circles and […]

‘Don’t be afraid’, Trump tells protesters as he outlines plans to deport millions

‘Don’t be afraid’, Trump tells protesters as he outlines plans to deport millions

  Donald Trump sought in his first televised interview as president-elect to reassure Americans fearful of a crackdown on minorities — while assuring his core supporters he will not let them down on gun rights, abortion or immigration. The Republican billionaire — whose shock election on a populist and anti-immigration platform has spurred days of […]

Trump names Pence head of operations in transition team shakeup

Trump names Pence head of operations in transition team shakeup

President-elect Donald Trump is shaking up his transition team as he plunges into the work of setting up his administration, elevating Vice President-elect Mike Pence to head the operations. It amounts to a demotion for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who had been running Trump’s transition planning for months. On the heels of Trump’s upset […]

Far-right leader Le Pen says Trump win ‘good news for France’

Far-right leader Le Pen says Trump win ‘good news for France’

French far-right leader Marine Le Pen on Wednesday said Donald Trump’s victory in the US presidential election was “good news” for France. “I repeat, the election of Donald Trump is good news for our country,” said Le Pen, who will be the anti-immigration National Front’s candidate in France’s 2017 presidential election. Le Pen, 48, was […]

How will control of Congress enable Trump to carry out his policies?

How will control of Congress enable Trump to carry out his policies?

  Not only did their candidate score a shock win in the presidential vote Tuesday night, but the Republicans also held their grip on Congress, giving Donald Trump more power to bring about policy change than his predecessor Barack Obama ever enjoyed. The results of the elections to the Senate and the House of Representatives […]

Protests erupt across the US after Trump election win

Protests erupt across the US after Trump election win

Protesters rallied across the United States Wednesday to express shock over Donald Trump’s election victory, vowing to oppose divisive views they say helped the Republican billionaire win the presidency. In Washington, several hundred protesters gathered in front of the White House for a candlelight vigil on a damp, chilly evening, criticizing what they called Trump’s […]

US is ‘rooting’ for Trump after election win, says Obama

US is ‘rooting’ for Trump after election win, says Obama

U.S. President Barack Obama pledged on Wednesday to work for a smooth transition of power with president-elect Donald Trump, the Republican winner of Tuesday’s election, who has promised to undo Obama’s top domestic and foreign policy initiatives. In brief remarks to reporters in the White House Rose Garden, Obama urged fellow Democrats to put aside […]

France’s far-right chief Marine Le Pen congratulates Trump on victory

France’s far-right chief Marine Le Pen congratulates Trump on victory

France’s far-right National Front party leader Marine Le Pen congratulated Donald Trump on Wednesday as he looked set for a shock victory in the U.S. presidential election. “Congratulations to the new president of the United States Donald Trump and to the free American people!” she said on Twitter. Opinion polls show Le Pen likely to […]

Strong Trump showing puts US election on a knife edge

Strong Trump showing puts US election on a knife edge

  The race for the White House is shaping up to be closer than expected as Donald Trump challenges Hillary Clinton in a number of battleground states. Follow all the results of this dramatic election in real time on FRANCE 24’s live blog. Former Democratic senator and one-time secretary of state Hillary Clinton, 69, is […]

Trump’s get-out-the-vote effort ‘not even close’ to Clinton’s, experts say

Trump’s get-out-the-vote effort ‘not even close’ to Clinton’s, experts say

With only two days to go before the US presidential elections, candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are polling just a few points apart in key states. But observers and activists say Trump’s weak ground game may cost him the election. National polls give a snapshot of how people are planning to vote at a […]

FBI under scrutiny amid speculation over Trump’s Russian ties

FBI under scrutiny amid speculation over Trump’s Russian ties

Speculation has mounted in recent days over what the FBI knows about Donald Trump’s ties to Russia, from a preliminary FBI probe into a former Trump adviser to an ex-spy’s claims that the Kremlin sought to cultivate Trump over several years. FBI Director James Comey set off a firestorm of controversy on Friday by announcing […]

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