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Trump credits troops, and himself, for military advances

PALM BEACH, Fla.— President Donald Trump thanked U.S. troops for their service on Thursday, assuring them “we’re really winning” against America’s foes as he celebrated Thanksgiving at his private club in Florida and provided lunch for Coast Guard men and women on duty for the holiday. Using the occasion to pat himself on the back, Trump …

Trump wrapping up Asia trip with meetings with US partners

MANILA, Philippines — President Donald Trump is wrapping up his extensive trip to Asia with an international summit and one-on-one meetings with international partners, including his Philippine host who is overseeing a bloody drug war. Trump was meeting Monday with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and dining with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull ahead of the East Asia summit …

Putin manipulating Trump with flattery, ex director suggests

MANILA, Philippines — A day after being criticized by President Donald Trump, a former CIA director questioned whether Russian President Vladimir Putin was manipulating Trump with flattery during the president’s lengthy trip to Asia. Trump’s trip was meant to be centred on trade and North Korea, and on Monday, he will talk with Philippine President …

Trump: ‘I’m with our agencies’ on Russian election meddling

HANOI, Vietnam — President Donald Trump on Sunday said he believes U.S. intelligence agencies, which have concluded that Russia meddled in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. But Trump also said he believes Russian President Vladimir Putin is sincere when he says Russia didn’t interfere. “I believe that he feels that he and Russia did not …

Trump calls Putin sincere, ex US intelligence heads ‘hacks’

HANOI, Vietnam — Days before returning home from a whirlwind trip to Asia, President Donald Trump was back on the defensive over Russian election meddling, saying he considers President Vladimir Putin’s denials sincere, dismissing former U.S. intelligence officials as “political hacks” and accusing Democrats of trying to sabotage relations between the two countries. Speaking to …

Trump, Xi present united front despite differences

BEIJING — President Donald Trump sought to present a united front with Chinese President Xi Jinping following two days of meetings Thursday, despite lingering differences over trade and North Korea. On trade, Trump criticized the “very one-sided and unfair” trade relationship between the U.S. and China but stopped short of castigating Xi by saying he …

Pomp and flattery: Asia rolls out the red carpets for Trump

BEIJING — Honour guards marching in unison. Elaborate dinners. Endless flattery. The first half of President Donald Trump’s whirlwind tour of Asia has been an exercise in the art of flattery, as world leaders try to woo the man the South Korean National Assembly introduced as the “leader of the world.” Japan was first to …

Trump criticizes ‘one sided’ Chinese trade deals

BEIJING – President Donald Trump on Thursday criticized the “very one-sided and unfair” trade relationship between the U.S. and China, but stopped short of castigating Chinese President Xi Jinping by saying he doesn’t blame the country for taking advantage of the U.S. Speaking after the announcement of new business deals between U.S. and Chinese companies, …

Trump projects optimism ahead of South Korea talks

SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of — President Donald Trump projected optimism ahead of talks with South Korea’s leader Tuesday, as he kicked off a two-day visit centred on pressuring the North to abandon its nuclear weapons program. Trump arrived at the Blue House in Seoul after visiting Camp Humphreys, a military base about 40 miles away. …

Trump reviews military forces in South Korea amid tensions

CAMP HUMPHREYS, Korea, Republic Of — Reviewing American forces along the Korean peninsula, President Donald Trump met with U.S. and South Korean military leaders Tuesday at the start of a two-day visit centred on pressuring the north to abandon its nuclear weapons program. Trump has repeatedly struck a hard line against Pyongyang and South Korea …