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By Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The first gripe came three minutes into President Donald Trump's first solo news conference on Thursday, when he accused reporters of ignoring a poll showing him with a 55 percent approval rating – a figure at odds with most other surveys. On a day when he ceded a loss over a signature policy in a federal appeals court, had to replace his labor secretary pick and faced questions over the resignation of his national security adviser, Trump chose to make the media a central focus of an unusually long and combative presidential news conference. When asked by journalists of contacts between his presidential campaign and Russian operatives, he deflected the questions and put the focus instead on what he described as "illegal" government leaks and "dishonest" media coverage.
President Donald Trump dismissed media reports that his presidential campaign team had contacts with Russian intelligence officials, saying on Thursday that he was not aware of any member of his team having been in touch with Russia ahead of the November election. As his administration grapples with a growing controversy about the relationship between his aides and Moscow, Trump also said he had not directed his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, to talk to Russia's ambassador about U.S. sanctions before taking office. Speaking at a White House news conference, Trump dismissed the controversy about the relationship between his aides and Moscow as a "scam" and "a ruse" perpetrated by a hostile news media.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is holding a campaign rally Saturday in politically strategic Florida — 1,354 days before the 2020 election.
US President Donald Trump vowed Thursday to catch those responsible for intelligence leaks that led to the ouster of his national security advisor over contacts with the Russian ambassador to Washington. "The spotlight has finally been put on the low-life leakers! They will be caught!" Trump declared in an early morning tweet, the latest in a series of Twitter attacks that have portrayed the leaks as part of a campaign to undermine his administration. The president on Wednesday decried the treatment of his ousted national security advisor, Mike Flynn, even though Trump himself fired the retired general for misleading Vice President Mike Pence about conversations he had had with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.
For up to 16 hours a day, tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers and mangoes grown in Mexico flow north through a border checkpoint into Nogales, Arizona, helping to ensure a year-round supply of fresh produce across the United States. In many ways, Nogales represents the flip side of free trade deals that have battered industrial cities in the Midwest, where jobs have been outsourced and manufacturing plants shut down. The cities where Donald Trump's promise to throttle what he calls unfair competition resonated most profoundly during the presidential campaign.
French conservative Francois Fillon suffered a new blow to his ailing presidential campaign Thursday when prosecutors said they would not drop a probe into an expenses scandal. "The many elements already gathered do not point to throwing out the investigation," prosecutor Eliane Houlette said in a statement. Revelations that Fillon, 62, put his wife Penelope and two of their children on the public payroll have dented his support and boosted prospects for upstart rival Emmanuel Macron ahead of the two-stage vote starting April 23.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of anti-Muslim hate groups in the United States has nearly tripled since 2015, due in part to radical Islamic attacks and the incendiary rhetoric of last year's presidential campaign, the Southern Poverty Law Center says.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are criticizing the FBI over its refusal to discuss potential contacts between Russian officials and associates of President Donald Trump, saying the bureau's tight-lipped approach and its public disclosures about Hillary Clinton's emails during the fractious election campaign reflect a double standard.
US President Donald Trump, asked Wednesday about a spike in anti-Semitic acts in the United States, promised that Americans would see "a lot of love" across the country in the future — but only after bragging about his election win. At a joint press conference with visiting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Trump was asked by an Israeli reporter about anti-Semitic attacks, which spiked in the days after his November election. Trump offered a rather circuitous reply starting with a non sequitur — but one reporters have grown accustomed to — about the size of his Electoral College victory and the "tremendous enthusiasm" his campaign had generated.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of anti-Muslim hate groups in the United States has nearly tripled since 2015, due in part to radical Islamic attacks and the incendiary rhetoric of last year's presidential campaign, the Southern Poverty Law Center said Wednesday in a new report.