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Trump to unveil missile defence review

Washington: US President Donald Trump will visit the Pentagon on Thursday to unveil his administration’s long-awaited missile defence review, officials told CNN. The officials said on Wednesday that the review is expected to embrace putting advanced sensors in space in a bid to better detect enemy missiles, allowing the US military to intercept them even […]

Trump holds off calling border emergency

Washington: US President Donald Trump has halted his plan to declare a national emergency over immigration at the southern border, saying it was an “easy way out”, but he remained open to declaring it at a later time. “It’s the easy way out,” CNN quoted the President as saying on Friday. “Congress should do this. […]

Trade negotiations with China going well: Trump

Washington: The United States is doing very well in trade negotiations with China, President Donald Trump said Friday. We have a massive trade negotiation going on with China. President Xi is very much involved; so am I. We’re dealing at the highest levels and we’re doing very well. We’re doing very well, Trump told reporters […]

Trump says looking forward to meeting with N Korean leader Kim

Washington: US President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that he looks forward to meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, a day after Pyongyang warned of considering a change of approach if Washington maintains pressure. Trump’s response comes after Kim said in his New Year Speech that he wants good relations with the US but […]

Trump compares US-Mexico border wall with protection at Obamas' home

Washington: President Donald Trump compared the wall he wants to build along the US-Mexico border with the protection at the Washington DC home of his predecessor, Barack Obama. “President and Mrs. Obama built/has a ten foot Wall around their DC mansion/compound. I agree, totally necessary for their safety and security. The US needs the same […]

Trump says government shutdown 'could be a long stay'

Washington: US President Donald Trump said Saturday that he was negotiating with the Democrats to end a partial government shutdown, but “it could be a long stay” due to continued discrepancy on his long-time demand for a border wall, reported Xinhua. “We are negotiating with the Democrats on desperately needed Border Security (Gangs, Drugs, Human […]

US Supreme Court rejects Trump request to enforce asylum ban

Washington: The US Supreme Court has rejected a request from the Donald Trump administration to begin enforcing a ban on asylum for immigrants who illegally cross the US-Mexico border. The narrow 5-4 ruling on Friday, with Chief Justice John Roberts siding with his four more liberal colleagues, left in place lower court rulings that blocked […]

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Obama dons Santa hat to cheer sick kids

Washington DC: Former Us President Barack Obama paid a surprise visit to the Children’s National Medical Center here, bringing with him a sack of presents for the young patients. The 44th President was given a rock star’s entrance as he entered the hospital, with his swagger giving way to dance moves as he neared the […]

Trump's Chief of Staff pick calls him 'terrible human being'

Washington: US President Donald Trump’s budget director and his pick to be the acting Chief of Staff, Mick Mulvaney, called Trump “a terrible human being” during a campaign debate in 2016. In a video posted by The Daily Beast news website on Saturday, Mulvaney said at the debate with his then-Democratic challenger for South Carolina’s […]

Trump names Mulvaney as acting White House chief of staff

Washington: US President Donald Trump on Friday named budget director Mick Mulvaney as acting chief of staff, a week after he announced John Kelly’s scheduled departure. “I am pleased to announce that Mick Mulvaney, Director of the Office of Management & Budget, will be named Acting White House Chief of Staff, replacing General John Kelly, […]

Trump commits to $750 bn defence budget

Washington: US President Donald Trump has agreed to a request from Defence Secretary James Mattis to propose a defence budget of $750 billion for the coming year, according to an administration official. Last week, Trump appeared to call the Defence Department budget of $716 billion “crazy” in a tweet. The next day Mattis and key […]

Trump may nominate Heather Nauert as UN Ambassador: Reports

Washington: US President Donald Trump plans to nominate Heather Nauert, the chief State Department spokeswoman, as his next envoy to the UN to replace Indian-American Nikki Haley, according to media reports. In October, Haley announced that she was leaving the post by the end of the year. Haley has served nearly two years in the […]

Trump says China to cut tariffs on US cars; markets rise

Washington: China has agreed to cut tariffs on cars it imports from the US, President Donald Trump has said, after he negotiated a truce in the trade war with Beijing. The announcement boosted the financial markets. “China has agreed to reduce and remove tariffs on cars coming into China from the US. Currently the tariff […]

Xi, Trump hold 'successful meeting', agree not to impose tariffs

Buenos Aires: Following a “highly successful meeting” here between US and Chinese Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping, the leaders of the two largest economies have agreed not to impose new tariffs from January 1, 2019, and pledged to continue negotiations to seek a way out of the ongoing trade war. The dinner meeting between […]

'Putin, Trump will meet at G20 summit as planned'

Moscow: A meeting between US President Donald Trump and Russia’s Vladimir Putin will take place at this week’s G20 summit as planned, the Kremlin said Thursday, despite US threats to cancel over Moscow’s tensions with Ukraine. “Washington has confirmed the meeting,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists. Peskov said the meeting in Argentina would start […]

Trump administration asks SC to take up military transgender ban

Washington: US President Donald Trump’s administration has asked the Supreme Court to hear a challenge to Trump’s policy that bars most transgender individuals from military service. The policy, first announced by the President in July 2017 via Twitter and later officially released by Secretary of Defence James Mattis, blocks individuals who suffer from a condition […]

Trump backs Saudi Crown Prince over Khashoggi's murder

Washington: US President Donald Trump on Tuesday said that the CIA had not reached a “definitive” conclusion about who ordered the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, despite press reports saying that the agency has determined that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the hit. The CIA has “nothing definitive” on the crown prince’s involvement […]

Trump plans to visit US troops in war zones

Washington: US President Donald Trump said that he plans to visit American troops in war zones. His remark on Sunday comes after he received widespread criticism for not visiting an American burial ground outside Paris earlier this month and Arlington National Cemetery on Veterans Day, reports CNN. “Well, I think you will see that happen. There […]

Trump nominates Indian-American woman for senior judgeship

New York: US President Donald Trump has announced that he is nominating an Indian-American woman, Neomi Rao, to the senior judgeship that was vacated by Brett Kavanaugh when he was elevated to the Supreme Court. Flanked by a phalanx of about 20 top Indian-American officials in his administration, Trump said at the annual White House […]

Diwali a special opportunity to reflect on India-US friendship: Trump

Washington: Greeting people on the occasion of Diwali, US President Donald Trump said the festival of lights is a special opportunity to reflect on the bond of friendship between India and the United States. Trump said First Lady Melania joins him in sending their best wishes for a very happy and memorable Diwali. He also recognised […]

White House breaks tradition of Diwali celebrations amid midterms

New York: US President Donald Trump broke a 15-year tradition of holding formal Diwali celebrations at the White House this year with the festival falling amid the crucial midterm polls. The Diwali celebration was started by former President George W. Bush in 2003 and was carried on by his successor Barack Obama. Continuing the tradition, Trump […]

Trump orders sanctions to target Venezuela's gold exports

Washington: US President Donald Trump slapped new sanctions targeting Venezuela’s gold exports on Thursday, as his National Security Adviser John Bolton unveiled a hard-line policy toward Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua. Trump informed US lawmakers that he has signed an executive order to bar US citizens and entities from involvement in the gold export trade from […]

US could send up to 15,000 troops to US-Mexican border: Trump

Washington: US President Donald Trump has said that up to 15,000 military personnel could be sent to the southern border with Mexico to help defend against a caravan of Central American migrants. Speaking to reporters at the White House, Trump said the number of troops to be deployed at the border “will go up to anywhere […]

Trump unlikely to honour India's invite for Republic Day celebrations

New Delhi: US President Donald Trump is unlikely to accept India’s invitation to be the chief guest at the Republic Day celebrations, sources said Sunday. The US is understood to have conveyed to New Delhi that Trump may not be able to honour the invitation as he will have pressing engagements, including his State of The […]

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Trump administration touts 33% increase in foreign arms sales

Washington: US foreign military sales totalled to $55.66 billion in 2018, a 33 per cent increase compared to the nearly $42 billion in weapons sold in 2017, the Defence Cooperation Agency announced. According to the announcement on Wednesday, is the highest annual total for military sales to foreign governments since 2012 when the US conducted […]