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Aced it: Doc says Trump got perfect score on cognitive test

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump performed “exceedingly well” on a surprise cognitive screening test administered last week, his doctor said Tuesday, as the White House continued to bat back questions about the president’s mental fitness for office. Navy doctor Ronny Jackson, who administered Trump’s first presidential physical last week, said Trump received a perfect score …

Bannon tries to make amends as aides defend Trump’s fitness

WASHINGTON — Steve Bannon is trying to make amends. Faced with a growing backlash, President Donald Trump’s former chief strategist released a statement Sunday reaffirming his support for the commander in chief and praising Trump’s eldest son as “both a patriot and a good man.” Bannon infuriated Trump with comments to author Michael Wolff describing …

Trump washes his hands of insurgency against GOP incumbents

THURMONT, Md. — President Donald Trump says he’s done campaigning for insurgents challenging incumbent Republican members of Congress. Trump told reporters after meeting GOP House and Senate leaders at Camp David on Saturday that he’s planning a robust schedule of campaigning for the 2018 midterm elections and that includes involvement in the Republican primaries. He’ll …

Trump wishes for better libel laws after book slams him

WASHINGTON — Plainly agitated by a new book portraying him as dysfunctional, President Donald Trump is bemoaning his country’s “very weak” liberal laws and making the case that he’s “like, really smart” and, indeed, a “very stable genius.” Trump defence of his mental fitness in a series of tweets was a singular episode in a …

Trump, Republican lawmakers pore over agenda at Camp David

THURMONT, Md. — Emerging from closed-door meetings with Republican leaders, President Donald Trump on Saturday held out the prospect of a deal with Democrats on the fate of young immigrants brought to the country illegally as children but appeared to put a welfare system overhaul — once a top White House priority — on the …

Trump says he’s ‘like, really smart,’ ‘a very stable genius’

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump felt compelled Saturday to let the world know he’s playing with all his marbles and is among the sharpest cookies around. In a series of tweets, Trump defended his mental fitness and boasted about his brains, saying he is “like, really smart” and “a very stable genius.” It was the …

Trump signs order disbanding voter fraud commission

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has signed an executive order disbanding his controversial voter fraud commission amid infighting, legal threats and information denials. The White House blamed the decision, announced Wednesday evening, on a refusal by more than a dozen states to comply with the commission request for reams of personal voter data, including voters’ …

Trump commutes sentence of kosher meatpacking executive

WASHINGTON— President Donald Trump on Wednesday commuted the sentence of an Iowa kosher meatpacking executive who had been sentenced to 27 years in prison for money laundering, marking the first time he’s used the presidential power. The decision to intervene on behalf of Sholom Rubashkin, who ran the Iowa headquarters of a family business that …

Under Trump, climate change not a national security threat

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump removed climate change from the list of worldwide threats menacing the United States on Monday, a shift that underscores the long-term ramifications of the “America first” world view he laid out in his new National Security Strategy. The document depicts Russia and China as combative rivals in perpetual competition with …

AP sources: Trump considers replacing Tillerson with Pompeo

WASHINGTON — After months of clashes on policy and personality, President Donald Trump is considering ousting Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and replacing him with hard-nosed CIA Director Mike Pompeo following less than a year on the job, senior U.S. officials said as turmoil within Trump’s national security team burst into the open. The White …

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