Pope asks Trump to be peacemaker, gives him environmental letter

By Philip Pullella and Steve Holland VATICAN CITY, May 24 : Pope Francis urged US President Donald Trump to be a peacemaker at their highly anticipated first meeting today, and Trump promised he would not forget the pontiff’s message. Under clear blue skies, Trump, who exchanged sharp words with the pope during the U.S. election […]

Trump travels to Bethlehem for talks with Palestinian president

By Jeff Mason BETHLEHEM, West Bank, May 23 : US President Donald Trump travelled in a high-security convoy to Bethlehem in the Israeli-occupied West Bank today to discuss Middle East peace with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Much of central and southern Jerusalem was shut down to allow the presidential motorcade of around 60 vehicles to […]

US Senate confirms Iowa Governor Branstad as ambassador to China

By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON, May 23 : The US Senate voted overwhelmingly to confirm Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, one of the US politicians most closely acquainted with China, as President Donald Trump’s ambassador to Beijing. Yesterday One of Branstad’s first challenges will be pushing China to take a harder line against North Korea, which said […]

Trump meets the Pope: from trading barbs to seeking common ground

By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY, May 22 : Several days after Pope Francis was elected four years ago, he was criticised by Donald Trump for returning to the Church-run residence he was staying at in Rome to pay his bill in person. “I don’t like seeing the Pope standing at the checkout counter of a […]

US senator asks ethics office to review Trump hotel payments

By Julia Harte WASHINGTON, May 22 : The top Democrat on the US Senate committee overseeing pensions today asked the US Office of Government Ethics to assess whether President Donald Trump is violating the Constitution and federal bans on conflicts of interest. Reuters reported on April 26 that public pension funds in at least seven […]

Trump, Netanyahu’s wife lament negative media coverage

By Amir Cohen TEL AVIV, May 22 : Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s wife, Sara, offered sympathetic words to visiting US President Donald Trump and his wife Melania today, telling them that people still loved them despite negative media coverage. Standing on the red carpet and chatting minutes after Trump and the First Lady had […]