Trump’s threat of Venezuela military action could bolster Maduro

By Hugh Bronstein CARACAS, Aug 13 : US President Donald Trump’s talk of possible military action in Venezuela could be a political life-line for the country’s unpopular leader, who has long used the threat of US aggression to justify policies that have shredded the economy. President Nicolas Maduro has continued the free-spending socialist “revolution” started […]

Trump to ramp up trade pressure on China with call for probe on Monday

By Lesley Wroughton WASHINGTON, Aug 12 : President Donald Trump will order his top trade adviser to determine whether to investigate Chinese trade practices that force US firms operating in China to turn over intellectual property, senior administration officials said today. The move, which could eventually lead to steep tariffs on Chinese goods, comes at […]

With military discipline imposed, Trump getting more time for decisions

By Steve Holland WASHINGTON, Aug 4 : Donald Trump’s choice of a general as chief of staff has quickly brought more order to the White House and is giving the president more time to ponder decisions as he tries to bounce back from a rocky six months with no major legislative achievements. But John Kelly, […]

In blustery call, Trump pressured Mexico on border wall payment

By Ayesha Rascoe WASHINGTON, Aug 4 : US President Donald Trump pressured the Mexican president to stop voicing opposition in public to his plan to have Mexico pay for a border wall, according to transcripts of phone calls published that gave an insight into Trump’s attempts to influence foreign leaders in his first days in […]

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By Joseph Ax BEDMINSTER, N J, Aug 4 : Three military helicopters hovered over Anne Choi’s backyard, engaged in what appeared to be a drill ahead of President Donald Trump’s visit three weeks ago to this tranquil town of farmland and horse barns in rural New Jersey. “My sheep were terrified,” Choi, 44, said yesterday […]

Grand jury subpoenas issued in relation to Russian lawyer, Trump Jr. meeting -sources

By Karen Freifeld NEW YORK, Aug 3 : Grand jury subpoenas have been issued in connection with the June 2016 meeting between Donald Trump Jr., a Russian lawyer and others, two sources familiar with the matter told Reuters today. The sources also said special counsel Robert Mueller had convened a grand jury in Washington to […]